Monday, June 13, 2016

The scale of Falcon 9

From Chuckles [haven't yet worked out how to attribute author in Blogger]:

The scale of the Falcon 9 rocket can be seen in this pic. Other pics at the site.


#  What makes us - us:

#  It's taken a while to get moving this Monday for reasons known to readers but the Blogger version of N.O. here is now running nicely and possibly looks better after some renovation.

The major reason I can't blog from here regularly is the Blogger approach to comments - there is no protection from the naughty people, except by putting on moderation and I like neither moderation nor captcha. I'll never drop captcha on you, which so many Blogger bloggers do.

Wimmin on bikes #778

Thanks to Microdave who has come to the rescue with a new batch [was about to do a best of series and still will down the track]:

The conservative backlash

It's important, in the interests of clarity, to mention that by the word "conservative", that means those who liked the largely middle-class dominated society we had, despite all the issues.

There was around 4% unemployment, including the unemployable, work was the major aim of most and there was actually work about, manufacturing and other business was thriving in many cases, folding in others - it just went on that way.

Many liked their football and to a lesser extent, cricket and rugby, a pint at the local was a standard, cheap thing to do on a hot day, people sat out in beer gardens, we watched the boat race, we went on holiday.

Most children were in families with daddy and mommy, there was always a percentage of deviants but they were people you read about. There were atrocities but not all that many and each one filled a week of MSM space because it was so rare. Not many were religious, there were a few immigrants about in your town and they seemed to be part of it all so there was little issue.

N.O. current state of play

UPDATE 10:50 a.m., Monday, June 13th, 2016

Back in the main site for now but shall be blogging from here, not there.


Love thy murderers, say the gays

This was a tweeted response from the gay lobby to the massacre:

Don’t you dare use dead LGBT people to justify your Islamophobia. Don’t you dare use us to further your campaign for hatred and inequality.

Our old mate Katabasis replied using choice language. 50 people dead to jihadis and this lobbyist does not want gay people "used"?  Is the man a total moron? If he even set foot in one of those sad countries, he'd find himself thrown off a building.

This is the thinking which is afflicting so many, this desperation to let the enemy in and rampaging because some ideology tells them that these are really sweet, cuddly bears with beards and guns, instead of the throwbacks they are.

If the shootings themselves were beyond any sort of civilized people, there were other issues too.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Blogging from here for now

N.O.'s main site is currently down, meaning neither the front page can be accessed nor the dashboard.

Cloudflare has always been a problem where I/we have had sites. Cloudflare call it a 522 error, meaning they send out some packages to N.O. to make contact, N.O. then should respond with a thing called an ACK.

It is not doing so and Cloudflare surmise that it is because the host's server has something on it hogging resources. Could be a firewall, could be a limit on processes, whatever.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

The cold, dark heart of the British public

Matthew Parris writes:
What Jeremy Corbyn, like David Cameron, understands about the cold, dark heart of the British public - leave compassion to journalists and Lib Dems. Voters want a dash of acid.
Oh yes, I can relate to that and so, it seems, can the "cold-hearted" British public:
I think Mr Parris is on to something. When the little boy refugee was found drowned on a beach in Greece, the media tugged hearstrings for the plight of all refugees. But I found a much colder attitude amonst people I knew. There was universal sadness that such a small child should suffer such a tragic fate, but that sadness did not translate to a willingness to be open armed to every refugee. Rather, the sadness was offset by questions about why the family left a safe location in Turkey, the responsibility of that family, and the responsibilitry of the people smugglers. I do not think this is new - the British have always been a less emotional, more pragmatic, more realistic, people than, say, some continentals. Whether Jeremy Corbyn, champion of the underdog, will connect to this realism is another matter - I doubt it.