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CENTRE OF MASS

By Pete Moore On February 7th, 2021 at 8:23 pm

A deputy sheriff shoots and kills a man who attacked him with a lump of wood. Graphic video is here, courtesy of an arsehole who egged on the officer to “shoot his ass”. It’s unclear why the man attacked the officer. Alcohol, drugs, mental illness or some combination are all possible, even likely. It’s another sad episode all round.

The interesting thing is that the officer shoots him repeatedly in the chest, at very close range, and the man keeps coming forward. The officer could still have been killed if the man had a knife. That’s why “aim for the leg” stuff is nonsense. A lot of people take a long time to go down when shot.

BOYCOTT CHINA

By Pete Moore On February 7th, 2021 at 7:56 pm

Campaigners are calling for boycotts of the Peking 2022 Winter Olympic Games. I’m sympathetic to boycotts of all communistic regimes, particularly murderous, genocidel regimes like China. But for an athlete those games might be their one shot at the biggest prize. To sit them out is to deny the point of being a competitor and it hits their income hard. I blame the IOC which awarded the games to China. The names of the genocide-sympathisers should be known. They deserve to be laighed at in public and refused service in shops, bars and restaurants.

Peking has responded to campaigners in typical Peking fashion. As usual anyone questioning Peking’s gentility will suffer grievous retaliation. There really is not a day to be lost in boycotting that entire country while that regime exists.

Let’s start the day…..

By Patrick Van Roy On February 7th, 2021 at 4:13 pm

2 Stories most will never read, two things that just go against the grain of the Correct Think they want to force on all of us and over half of have already been there for decades.

I am told I represent no one, I’m a freak. A rarity that exists in our society that must be denied, hidden, and most importantly ignored. I am the wretched Righteous….. The saying goes… I won’t be wronged, I won’t be insulted, and I won’t be laid a hand upon…. now the original response to any of that was forfeiture of your life…. but we can’t be that way now can we.  Since it’s not acceptable civil behavior to kill those who just frankly deserve it… we’ve evolved beyond that, but we have not evolved past the hostility that feeds it…..

Today we choose to be civilized.

Instead we must stomp the terra, refuse to flinch, and get in the face of every idiot who’s peeing down our collective backs while telling us it’s raining…. I will not comply. It is not in my mental make up, I may fail, even die trying to hold the Glave of Law “Right & Wrong” to the  U.S. if not to the Earth.

I am not violent, nor will I ever be. Violence has no place in this Arena because we are Civilized Men and Woman of an Enlightened 21st Century. The first Century where we have communication across the entire planet instantaneously. I can pick up my phone or tap my computer and reach anywhere on the planet instantly. The only reason for EVERYONE not to be talking to EVERYONE is there are forces and GOVERNMENTS that fear that FREEDOM.

Freedom is what it is, the freedom to speak freely. To say whatever you want about anything you want. To speak freely whatever it is you believe. This has always scared the human species power structure, because all to often those in power don’t want to hear they may be wrong. Now if we were truly a civilized people we would allow others to challenge our views and opinions. This however seems not to be the case.  My Government has joined with other entities of Power and Wealth to silence that Freedom.

I will never be silent and I will never backdown….. I will fight the entire World with my words. I will shove their idiocy right in their face delivered with a serving of bile and revulsion….. Words and Shame are the most powerful weapons that can ever be deployed.

I am the wretched righteous, and alone I’m worth more than 1000 of you….

 

Just a Sunday morning sermon…. for your edification.

I’d give up politics…

By Patrick Van Roy On February 6th, 2021 at 10:01 pm

Some people have obsession’s about Football(both kinds), Basketball, Baseball, Hockey some kind of sport. They know all the scores, all the players, the stats, avg’s stuff that most who enjoy the sport never bother to go into. Each sport however has it’s core followers that can give you these details off the top of their head without batting an eye. For me, that Sport is Politics, always has been….. and as you all know I am obsessive on the topic.

I would give up following Politics if I could get the Politicians to stop screwing with the Space Program. It’s not just one side or the other it’s both, but I will use a Dem as an example one who isn’t around anymore. Walter Mondale and his position. “there are other things the government is doing that I’m interested in, and if getting what I want means we don’t go to the Moon, then so be it.”… that spirit lives on.

Well two weeks into the Biden Administration and wallah…. the Space program is under threat, they aren’t saying it’e under threat just that it needs reevaluating and a new head of the Program.

 

Artemis and the moon

One of the outstanding questions of the Biden administration is what will happen to the Artemis program, NASA’s push to land humans on the moon by 2024. The Artemis program was the Trump administration’s showcase space initiative, speeding up a previous timeline that targeted a 2028 crewed lunar landing.

“The administration so far has signaled their support for our moon-to-Mars strategy,” Jurczyk said. “Obviously, the core of our lunar strategy is Artemis.”

But the 2024 deadline — which was ambitious even before the coronavirus pandemic forced NASA to slow work on many of its projects — may shift.  “We need to go look at what that means for the HLS schedule and evaluate whether we can make a landing in [20]24 or not,” he said. “That work is in progress, and we’ll have to take a few months to go through that analysis.”

NASA has a big year ahead of it: Landing on Mars, further delivering on the promise of commercial flights to the International Space Station, tackling climate change, and much, much more.

But as former President Donald Trump left the White House on Jan. 20, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine stepped down, after a little less than two years leading the agency. Now, NASA must wait for President Joe Biden’s administration to nominate and Congress to approve a permanent agency chief.

 

Mondale’s Spirit is alive and well….

THE SOUND OF ANOTHER PLANET

By Pete Moore On February 6th, 2021 at 8:26 pm

It’s a bit rumbly and maybe muffled, but what a privilege to hear what every human in the past could never imagine. It sounds highly amplified to me. Maybe the thin atmosphere doesn’t woosh around like here on Earth.

ZERO-COVID? NO THANKS

By Pete Moore On February 6th, 2021 at 8:20 pm

“Zero-Covid” advocates eradicating the virus and disease. It has its adherents and has made some ground. We really don’t want that idea spreading any further. Let’s see how China is going about things in its aim of eradicating Covid.

David Rennie, Beijing bureau chief of The Economist, recently gave an astonishingly candid account of current ZeroCovid life in the Chinese capital:

“China’s strategy, from the start, was to have no infections at all… Still in Beijing, where we have hardly any cases, every time you step outside your door you have to use a smartphone to scan a QR code — every shop, every taxi, every bus, every metro station. You have no privacy at all — it’s all built around this electronic system of contact tracing. To leave Beijing you have to have a Covid test, to come back in you have to have a Covid test…. We basically don’t have the virus here, but the flip side is that they are keeping this place locked down as tight as a drum… It’s very hard to know where Covid containment starts and a Communist police state with an obsession with control kicks in.”

It seems to me that there are two (overlapping) ways of achieving zero-covid. One is to close your borders tight. We are not North Korea. I know that New Zealand closed its borders but the virus is in the world and NZ must unseal at some point. Then the virus enters the country. Closing borders is costly, impractical and provides only temporary relief. The other approach is the Chinese way, but who wants that?

“Zero-Covid” is an awful aim because it is out of reach if we wish to remain reasonably free and prosperous.

Satire… that’s not.

By Patrick Van Roy On February 6th, 2021 at 3:01 pm

 

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Teachers Union

By Patrick Van Roy On February 6th, 2021 at 2:56 pm

Biden Administration

By Patrick Van Roy On February 6th, 2021 at 2:48 pm

ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX

By Pete Moore On February 5th, 2021 at 7:28 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night

It’s the most rugbiest time of the year with the Six Nations starting tomorrow. Well that’s my weekend sorted. For added manliness I will pop on Master and Commander tomorrow night, the greatest of naval films. So we’ll have a change of pace and a bit of Boccherini.

Have fun whatever you’re up to (watching England smash the porridge wogs, Ireland smash the leek-munchers and France trolly the eyeties, I should hope) this weekend. As always, feel free to share your top sounds down below.