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I NEED A LIE DOWN

By Pete Moore On July 23rd, 2020 at 8:35 pm

In 2018 (the last year for which figures are available) the UK sent £71.6m of taxpayers money in foreign aid to China. For economic development reasons. Some of it to help Chinese firms compete with British firms.

I bow to no-one in despising government, but some days even I am impressed by how crap government can be.

NO DEAL IT IS

By Pete Moore On July 23rd, 2020 at 6:34 pm

The UK and EU have said they still remain some way off reaching a post-Brexit trade agreement, following the latest negotiations in London.

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said a deal looked “at this point unlikely” given the UK position on fishing rights and post-Brexit competition rules.

What Barnier objects to is the UK controlling British waters and not having its laws set by the EU. Four years later and they still don’t get it. It’s like the UK saying no deal unless we get access to French farmland. Imagine trying to agree anything with these bozos.

The EU is now floundering like a fat carp on the bank. It’s time to walk away. We can wait for someone sensible to pop up in Brussels.

“FOLLOW THE SCIENCE”

By Pete Moore On July 23rd, 2020 at 6:17 pm

Well this was an extraordinary admission which ought to have lead every news bulletin here. The Times reports:

The coronavirus pandemic was probably already in retreat before the full lockdown was imposed, the chief medical officer for England said as he insisted that there was no “huge delay” in government action.

We began to figure that out after the lockdown was imposed and while the economy was crumbling. Recall, the sole justification for the lockdown was to “flatten the curve” of infections. But the peak went by like a tsunami passing a boat without anyone noticing. So we imposed the greatest economic hit in 300 years on ourselves for no good reason. All thanks to the brains trust and “modelling”.

Operation Legend

By Patrick Van Roy On July 22nd, 2020 at 10:02 pm

The best parts are Barr and the Head of DHS

Portland, We Have A Problem

By Mahons On July 22nd, 2020 at 5:23 pm

The mess in Portland, Oregon is not getting better. Especially because the various sides to the problem are all behaving badly.
An observation: the phrases “mostly peaceful” or “largely peaceful” when describing protests in the media is a deliberate attempt to downplay the actually unpeaceful elements that are rioting and committing arson. And there is a media use of exaggerated claims of Oregon’s racist history that would make you think it was the present day Selma, Alabama 1965. There are bad actors among the protestors, they are doing illegal things, and the City should be cracking down on them. The Mayor (who despite calling for reform) seems unwilling to take the full and necessary steps to end the illegal protests. And the protesters who arent commiting illegal acts are not sufficiently distancing themselves from those who do. Is it Beruit in its worst day? No, but a lawless element continues.
Enter Trump’s use of Federal police, justified by the administration (and perhaps by facts on the ground) to protect Federal Property. There is an argument that it is needed, though usually this is done in collaboration with local and state authorities. Trump’s federal officers however have been acting in very odd ways for American police, pulling people into unmarked vans, wearing camouflage, and reportedly not wearing identification. Also they seem to be acting beyond the scope of protecting federal property which has escalated the situation.
It is like the people with the worst instincts are in charge on the municipal, state and Federal levels. And no good seems to be happening because of it.

When nobody but Democrats run your city

By Patrick Van Roy On July 22nd, 2020 at 3:50 pm

Corruption

By Patrick Van Roy On July 22nd, 2020 at 2:59 pm

Matthew Borges, a lobbyist and former chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, was arrested in connection to a year-long $60 million federal bribery scheme. According to prosecutors, Borges and three other lobbyists allegedly conspired with the Republican Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives to secure a $1.3 billion taxpayer bailout for an Ohio-based energy company, FirstEnergy Solutions.

 

BLM supports Slavery

By Patrick Van Roy On July 22nd, 2020 at 2:51 pm

The major support for BLM started with a Black Football Player, it has become the cause celeb among a large group of Black Professional Ball Players. All who shill for Chinese made Products. China still practices Slavery and endurtered workers. All these sports figures are beholden and supportive of profiting off of Chinese Slavery, but white people and the Cops are the problem as they make millions off of Slavery.

Injury Time

By Mike Cunningham On July 22nd, 2020 at 2:16 pm

Been in hospital.

Fell and hit my head. Somehow this translated into not being walk or to keep my balance

Ambulance team suggests hospital.

Examined, pinched, prodded, poked, x-rayed, bloods tested.

Knowledgeable nods all around. Seems I have acquired a kidney infection.

Up on ward with similar-aged elderly men, I am pumped full of antibiotics and saline. 

Checked around ward, realised how lucky I was to have all my faculties fairly intact.

Back home, with lots of pills;  still weak as a kitten.

Normal service shall be resumed when normality returns

Back as the USSR

By Mahons On July 22nd, 2020 at 1:30 pm

A pretty damning report has come in indicating the the United Kingdom had dropped the ball on a variety of Russian meddling, including cyber terrorism, in order to interfer with UK politics, domestic institutions and alliances (EU and NATO). The phrase dropped the ball is heard, with reasons ranging from attention elsewhere (counterterrorism), a naive hope that Putin was a reformer, and stickinf of one’s head in the sand. I dont think the news is as shocking as it is depressing. The UK would be the number one target for Russia in Europe. The real issue is not so much that it happened. The issue appears to be what will be done about it.