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ATW OPEN THREAD

By Pete Moore On December 6th, 2018 at 9:38 pm

The run up to Christmas is always a busy time at the coalface of capitalism. What wit working round the clock, I’m also working most of it at the weekend too. Amid the helter skelter I’ve had to find time to get a sharp right wing haircut and give the Loakes a fine polish too. Winchester Cathedral calls next week and a man has to make some effort.

Have yourselves an Open Thread then, for tonight and tomorrow. This one comes decorated with a bit of Bruges.

Tell us what you know –

A GENERATION GOES SO FAST NOWADAYS

By Pete Moore On December 6th, 2018 at 7:32 pm

“If we vote to leave, we will leave. They’ll not be another renegotiation or another referendum.”

THE CHINESE CAN’T BE TRUSTED

By Pete Moore On December 6th, 2018 at 7:23 pm

Well, hardly at all, but it’s travel advice to London is spot on.

Elsewhere, we need to stay at arm’s length. British Telecom has announced that it is removing equipment supplied by Chinese giant Huawei, following concerns raised by MI6. Whoever thought it sensible to buy any hardware or software from the Chinese, or touched by the Chinese in any way, shouldn’t be in charge of anything.

They are inveterate spies, thieves and blackmailers. We can buy their cheap tat, if we must, but in all other respects they should be kept out of our business.

THE TRUTH ABOUT NIGEL FARAGE

By Pete Moore On December 5th, 2018 at 9:30 pm

Nigel Farage has resigned from UKIP, the party he helped found and led with distinction for so many years. He blames the party’s recent “fixation” with Islam and (this week’s leader) Gerard Batten’s recruiting of Tommy Robinson to the ranks, who Farage claims is far-right. Farage is wrong about Robinson, who is a classical liberal by any stretch. However the press has created the caricature and Farage has bought it.

Nevertheless, that makes Nigel Farage the one and only politician in the UK to have resigned from his own party over institutional racism. I cannot wait for the left to honour his stand.

EVEN TORY MPs KNOW IT

By Pete Moore On December 5th, 2018 at 6:20 pm

Forget the government having to release the legal advice it received from the Attorney General on May’s stitch-up deal. We know that the PM has lied to us repeatedly. The AG’s advice merely confirms those lie. Of greater significance is that a Remain Parliament has stolen Brexit.

May’s deal will be voted down. If she had an ounce of shame she will resign. Nevertheless, the Commons will then look to kill Brexit. Sometime in the new year, this will become an extremely angry country. They can’t say they weren’t warned as the the consequences of their actions. When you deny people their voice, negate their vote and overturn their decisions, some will decide that democratic politics is not the path to change.

Space the Next Frontier

By Patrick Van Roy On December 4th, 2018 at 7:35 pm

The truth

Everything in our modern lives all of our electronic devices are a direct benefit that can be traced back to the space program. It pushed us, we get breakthroughs from conquering challenges especially ones fuelled by the imagination. The vastness of Space has the same draw to us as the Ocean’s did for mankind before we knew the entire surface of our world. We WILL boldly go where no one has gone before.

I say Space is the Next Frontier rather than the Final Frontier because I believe Time Travel is the Final Frontier.

I remember as a child being obsessed with space travel. Going to Cape Canaveral. After all I am a child of the 60s and 70s when America had a real space program. I watched every Launch that was on TV , I watched along with my entire family the Moon Landing. And I was watching the live feed when the Shuttle blew.

Over my lifetime I’ve seen the Program scaled back to nothing, the politicians didn’t see the value in it. Mondale was the first to truly lead a campaign against it he did so when it was at it’s peak. He wanted every dime for Welfare programs. Obama made it’s Primary mission Outreach Programs to the Middle East.

I’m not just blaming the Dem’s either the Republicans share an equal amount of the blame.  None of them grasp the opportunity laid out before them, the space program in their eyes was nothing more than a rock collecting venture. Not enough of them could line their pockets off of it.

As I sit here now after it being stripped down to nothing the dream is coming back to life.

Yesterday SpaceX launched 64 Satellites from a single rocket which after deployment returned to earth and landed to be used again.  The past decade we’ve turned over the domain of Space to the Billionaire Entrepreneurs like Bigalow, Musk, and Branson for all essential purpose we’ve taken it out of  Government hands. These 3 gentleman have done great works. But exploration of space just as exploration of the Seas need government support.

I don’t know how many of you have heard of Bob Bigelow? I know everyone knows Musk and Branson, but Bigelow has had his own Space station orbiting longer than the current joint governmental International Space Station has been up there.

NASA has been stripped to nothing except unmanned probes, they just landed another one last week on Mars.

Well the game is finally changing.

“The directive I am signing today will refocus America’s space program on human exploration and discovery. It marks a first step in returning American astronauts to the Moon for the first time since 1972, for long-term exploration and use. This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprints — we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars, and perhaps someday, worlds beyond.”

-President Donald Trump

In December 2017, President Donald J. Trump gave NASA a new direction, telling the agency to work with international and commercial partners to refocus exploration efforts on the moon, with an eye to eventually going on to Mars and even beyond.

What the President did back a year ago was just a reauthorization of the Original Space Mission statement. The Moon Colony is 40yrs behind schedule.

What Gives me hope that the program will truly be given the serious attention that it deserves is that the Chinese have announced that they are going to the moon. And the Russians have announced openly their new space weapons division.

Nothing opens up the spigot of money better than a military threat…… onward to the Moon.

HAIL FRANCO

By Pete Moore On December 4th, 2018 at 7:00 pm

We’re having none of that Duranty-esque commie propaganda round here. The facts of history are quite clear.

Franco was no classical liberal, but the choice faced by Spain in 1936 was as in Syria today. You can have a strong man or a genocidal madhouse. Franco saved Spain from the worst people on the planet. He saved Spain from the most murderous ideology yet known. He saved literally millions of Spanish lives. If Franco’s patriots had lost, Spain would have become a totalitarian outpost of Stalinist terror. But he won, and his great victory will always be a standing rebuke to the Marxist ideal.

On this, the 126th birthday of Generalissimo Francisco Franco Bahamonde, we remember a patriot and a country’s saviour.

CHAPEAU

By Pete Moore On December 4th, 2018 at 6:43 pm

Fuel tax rises which have led to weeks of violent protests in France have now been postponed for six months.

The move was announced in a televised address by PM Edouard Philippe, who said anyone would have “to be deaf or blind” not to hear or see the anger.

The protests have hit major cities, causing damage and disruption over the past three weekends.

The “gilets jaunes” (yellow vest) protests have now grown to reflect more widespread anger at the government.

Splendid work, mes amis. The mafia demanded a bigger slice of the cake, the people faced them down and Don Macron slinks off. The tax resistance has been extraordinary. If Macron thinks he can get through it by delaying his increased theft for six months he’ll be disappointed. He is so unpopular now that he’s effectively a lame duck. The people hate him and they know that resistance works.

Republican Voter Fraud in North Carolina?

By Phantom On December 4th, 2018 at 6:02 pm

In October, during the final stretch of the congressional election in North Carolina’s Ninth District—one of the most tightly contested House races in the nation—Datesha Montgomery opened her door, in Bladen County, to find a young woman who explained that she was collecting absentee ballots. “I filled out two names on the ballot—Hakeem Brown for Sheriff and Vince Rozier for board of education,” Montgomery wrote in an affidavit. Under North Carolina law, only voters themselves are allowed to handle or turn in their ballots, but the woman at Montgomery’s door “stated the [other races] were not important.” Montgomery added, “I gave her the ballot and she said she would finish it herself. I signed the ballot and she left. It was not sealed up at any time.”

On December 4, there’s on House race that’s still not decided. It’s in the ninth CD in North Carolina.

The vote tally shows Republican Mark Harris winning in a close election. But the election commission has not certified the result, due to allegations of widespread voter fraud involving absentee ballots, in what looks to be black neighborhoods, as organized by Leslie McCrae Dowless, a GOP operative with a criminal history.

Mr. Trump has made numerous, unfounded allegations of widespread vote fraud by Democrats in recent years. But here we apparently find evidence of actual voter fraud, in a red state. But no 6am tweets from you know who.

Aux Armes, Citoyens!

By Patty On December 4th, 2018 at 2:45 am

Grenades thrown on French citizens by French police.  What is going on?   Pray for France.