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By Pete Moore On January 28th, 2020 at 9:33 pm

For that I was a “climate denier”.

“The bush needs to burn,” says Shannon Foster.

She’s a knowledge keeper for the D’harawal people – relaying information passed on by her elders – and an Aboriginal Knowledge lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney.

An Abo says it and it’s ancient cultural wisdom, from a “knowledge keeper”.

For those that demand witnesses

By Patrick Van Roy On January 28th, 2020 at 7:44 pm

It is very important you watch these 4 minutes. Ted Cruz tells you where the Republicans are going to take it…..


By Pete Moore On January 28th, 2020 at 7:12 pm

The police and fire brigade are now fighting each other on the streets. One wonders just what has to happen for the media to notice.


By Pete Moore On January 28th, 2020 at 7:03 pm

Never trust the Tories.

The UK has decided to let Huawei continue to be used in its 5G networks but with restrictions, despite pressure from the US to block the firm.

The Chinese firm will be banned from supplying kit to “sensitive parts” of the network, known as the core.

In addition, it will only be allowed to account for 35% of the kit in a network’s periphery, which includes radio masts.

And it will be excluded from areas near military bases and nuclear sites.

Boris has given out a bigger signal than he might imagine in allowing the evil Chinese communists any role, let alone this much access. It says that it’s crony, insider government as usual. Peking’s idea of buying up politicians and senior civil servants has paid off. They’ve played on Tory natural complacency.

Note that Peking (Peking is Huawei) will be excluded from things the government owns. It’ll be stealing your information, your bank account records, your firm’s trade secrets and your medical records. But nothing “sensitive”.

Don’t doubt that the Chinese will do this. It is a wicked regime which steals everything and shouldn’t be trusted one inch. The further we are away from the Chinese the better in my book. It is a catastrophically bad decision, typical of the Tories.

Where we are now

By Patrick Van Roy On January 28th, 2020 at 3:13 pm

House legislators want to hand NASA’s human spaceflight program over to Boeing


This worries me…..

On Friday evening, a US House of Representatives committee released H.R. 5666, an authorization act for NASA. Such bills are not required for an agency to function, and they do not directly provide funding—that comes from the appropriations committees in the House and Senate. Authorization bills provide a “sense” of Congress, however and indicate what legislators will be willing to fund in the coming years.

The big-picture takeaway from the bipartisan legislation is that it rejects the Artemis Program put forth by the Trump White House, which established the Moon as a cornerstone of human exploration for the next decade or two and as a place for NASA astronauts to learn the skills needed to expand toward Mars in the late 2030s and 2040s. Instead, the House advocates for a “flags-and-footprints” strategy whereby astronauts make a few short visits to the Moon beginning in 2028 and then depart for a Mars orbit mission by 2033.


Space policy


Whatever one might think about NASA’s Artemis Program to land humans on the Moon by 2024, it attempted to learn from decades of space policy failure. Artemis set a near-term target, 2024, for a human return to the Moon that provided some urgency for NASA to get moving. It also sought to develop a “sustainable” path with meaningful activities on the surface of the Moon, including polar landings, efforts to tap lunar resources (the House bill specifically prohibits this), and establishment of a base.

Moreover, Artemis recognized that spaceflight has changed in 50 years. The Artemis program included new players in the industry, such as SpaceX and Blue Origin, as well as up-and-coming companies like Maxar, along with the established aerospace giants like Boeing and Lockheed Martin. NASA’s plans, essentially, invited everyone to the table. Over time, the companies that provided the most reliable services at the lowest costs were likely to get more contracts.

These Politicians don’t represent the will of the people, and spit in the face of our future.

Do you remember ?

By Patrick Van Roy On January 28th, 2020 at 2:35 pm

January 28 1986

Seven crew, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe, die when the Challenger space shuttle explodes 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida. A single faulty ‘O-ring’ will be identified as the cause of the explosion.

I was on the phone with a friend of mine with the Launch playing on the TV. I remember bitching about the type of crutches they gave me the day before after finally getting out of a wheelchair and the sight just stunned me. It broke my heart.

Space Launches didn’t really get TV coverage anymore, they were routine. This one was different, we were sending a plain School Teacher up with them who was actually going to teach some classes from orbit. So this launch had wall to wall TV coverage including millions of school children watching in their classrooms there were tens of millions watching as it exploded live on TV that morning.

That event killed NASA, it was the last nail in it’s coffin.




By Pete Moore On January 27th, 2020 at 9:50 pm

Well look at this. Ants and termites in a kind of stand-off, warily watching each other. Genuinely, this is a fascinating few seconds in a different world-


By Pete Moore On January 27th, 2020 at 7:24 pm

I wasn’t aware that the Duke of York was obliged to cooperate with the Feds. I don’t think he is obliged to cooperate. If they have anything on him then they can request his presence in the US, through official channels.

We can do a swap, get into the whole trade deal thing. They can have the Duke of York in exchange for Mrs Sacoolas. That’s a win-win in my book.

The Boy From County Armagh

By Mahons On January 27th, 2020 at 7:13 pm

Seamus Mallon, a Constitutional anti-violence nationalist and former SDLP luminary, has been buried at a fine age of 83. An accomplishment for someone who denounced the violent actors on both sides of the NI conflict. He famously called the Good Friday Agreement “Sunningdale for Slow Learners” and achieved respect across Ireland. His participation in securing the Peace Process was significant, necessary and essential. A brave, thoughtful and principled man. He will be missed.

Every Day I Write The Book

By Mahons On January 27th, 2020 at 1:26 pm

One can be forgiven for giving Trump’s former National Security Advisor the long look. Apparently, he’s wrotten a book that contains the claim, furiously denied by Trump, that Trump had tied the release of aid to the Ukraine to their cooperation against his political rival.

Trump, as expected, has gone on a twitter tirade. Whether Republican Senators deem this sufficient grounds to call Bolton as a witness remains to be seen. I doubt they will, having committed themselves to aquittal. But the fact remains that Bolton isnt some left wing dude who was out to get Trump. He was a member of the Administration, a right wing figure for decades, and selected by the President himself to serve in the area of national security.