Heseltine, he was one of those 40 years ago who lied to the British public.
The lie at that time was that we were only joining the EEC as a trade organization. As the other major European nations were going to be doing this, The UK felt it should get in and become part of and maybe even defend or dominate - whatever.
That's how it was presented to the public and a referendum was put in which people affirmed they wanted to be part of that.
Maastricht and sundry other events such as Lisbon showed clearly though there had been no intention ever at leaving it at that. The Club of Rome was behind the whole push and that contained many of the worst elements of the German old family elite, the same ones who had enabled Hitler.
The Germans' purpose became clear - to dominate Europe and assist in the dismantling of the UK, in particular dismantling England as a unit and turning it into 9 regions of the EU, along with Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Health warning: this post defends Christianity in places but contains no nuts, gluten or proselytizing. If allergic, just move on to the next post.
Haiku sent a Smithsonian story on the discovery, in the wilds of Russia, of the Lykov family.
The family had been isolated behind snow walls and so on in Siberia for hundreds of years until "discovered" by a team of geologists:
Thus it was in the remote south of the forest in the summer of 1978. A helicopter sent to find a safe spot to land a party of geologists was skimming the treeline a hundred or so miles from the Mongolian border when it dropped into the thickly wooded valley of an unnamed tributary of the Abakan, a seething ribbon of water rushing through dangerous terrain.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
By "this site" is meant two sites which form a continuum:
1. The original blog which ran from 2006 to 2009;
2. The current blog which has run from 2009 until now.
Both are active - the original blog still gets quite a deal of traffic but posts are generally on the current one.
It began as a political outlet concerned with a third force in politics - the oligarchical "them", which in 2006 most people hadn't researched and didn't fully understand the extent of. Quickly the blog became a sort of magazine because there were just too many other interesting things to write about as well in many fields, from technology to cuisine.
The name came from an article on China, written in 2006, which refers to Deng Ziaoping:
According to Deng Xiaoping, in order to eventually overcome, China should adopt the ancient maxim of "hiding brightness and nourishing obscurity," and Beijing adds: "to bide our time and build up our capabilities" and again: "to yield on small issues with the long term in mind."
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Sunday, December 18, 2011
AK Haart wrote, on the topic of electric cars:
We run into difficulties when people say things of such mind-boggling stupidity that we almost wonder at their sanity. Why does he/she say such things? It's nonsense. I’m not speaking of specific slogans here, but conceptual frameworks which may just about make sense internally, but which are obviously in wild conflict with other, more rational frameworks. Examples are not difficult to find.Let's open with this one from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, via This is True, via email:
Monday, September 28, 2009
A man who doesn't do things by halves:
Dalton Chiscolm is unhappy about Bank of America's customer service - really, really unhappy. Chiscolm in August sued the largest US bank and its board, demanding that "1,784 billion, trillion dollars" be deposited into his account the next day. He also demanded an additional $US200,164,000, court papers show.
Attempts to reach Chiscolm were unsuccessful. A Bank of America spokesman declined to comment.
"Incomprehensible," US District Judge Denny Chin said in a brief order released in Manhattan federal court. "He seems to be complaining that he placed a series of calls to the bank in New York and received inconsistent information from a 'Spanish woman,'" the judge wrote. "He apparently alleges that checks have been rejected because of incomplete routing numbers."
Would you be able to write that amount in numeral form?
Mark Fu has an amusing post. Do you know what those devices are in the photo above? They are sleeves for the bar to hold the weights in and I'd guess 'd one kilo each. They used to in Russia. Mark asks:
Some things have just one function that justifies their existence; an umbrella for instance. Scuba gear is another that comes to mind. Since most of us are weight lifters in one manner or another, we have all run into barbell collars.
They have no other apparent use. Sure, you could use the ones pictured above at the dinner table to hold nice linen napkins, but I doubt any of us would actually do that.
So are we in agreement that barbell collars have only one function?
He then points us to an article here. Now my two observations are:
1. Was the guy so small that he could do that?
2. Did the guy have a brain in the first place?
All lifters have run into the newbie who wanders around like a lost sheep or the guy who spends half his time in front of the mirror, seeing if his biceps have grown any since he did a set of exercises. I've never run into anyone like this though. :)
Which of the shapes below completes the lower line?
triangle: pentagon square
square: hexagon hexagon square
pentagon: hexagon hexagon hexagon square triangle
hexagon: octagon octagon octagon octagon ______ ?
The choice of the shape which goes before the question mark depends on the value each shape caries and how it relates to the others in a mathematical relationship.
The will be up late this evening.
This blog has many articles on Airbus safety - that it is inherently and for quite valid reasons, unsafe. The last post is here and if you enter "Airbus" in the Blogger site search, you can see the other posts too.
Anonymous [appropriate, yes, for one throwing in the ad hominem] commented on the last post, on 25 September 2009:
Following your childish trend:
Maybe, the US corp. Goodrich has yet to learn how to make proper pitot tubes? "The European Aviation Safety Agency has issued a safety warning for air speed sensors that are made by Goodrich Corp. and fitted on many Airbus jets — just two weeks after advising airlines to use them instead of instruments made by Thales SA".