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GJ and the rest – It gets more Orwellian each day. I fear for the future.
ISIS – Well, if uncle Sam is having trouble defeating one small enclave, maybe he should ask the SAA for help.
Not much to disagree with there. Corbyn rarely sees an open goal he doesn’t miss!
Secretly Corbyn – never a fan of the EU – is hoping for a no-deal Brexit. The ensuing chaos can be blamed firmly on the Tories, the DUP will withdraw its support so the government will not survive the next vote of confidence. PM Corbyn can then put in place all the measures, such as re-nationalizing the railways, supporting key industries and agriculture etc., which would all be in breach of EU laws.
If a new referendum were to be organized, I think it very likely that a majority of British would now vote to remain. Nevertheless, there would still be a substantial number of leave voters. I don’t see them just shrugging their shoulders and suddenly becoming happy EU burghers. That genie will not go back in the bottle and I think it’s naïve of the remainers to think it will. What thar might mean is anyone’s guess, but a resistance model is already out there in the form of yellow vests.
Corbyn cannot accept staying in the EU as that would prevent him from carrying out the major social and economic reforms he plans.
Later in the day I went back to the Zuesse article and read it all the way through. I was a bit hasty in my negative judgement of it, the second half is much clearer.
I saw a BBC documentary on MH17 from a couple of months after it happened and in it there were several locals (20?) who clearly remembered there being multiple aircraft in the sky at the time. The presenter suggested that these people were delusional or had an agenda before finding just one old woman who said there had been a big explosion going up rather than coming down. That is the right description of a Buk launch the presenter said and so is therefore conclusive evidence that the rebels did it.
Well, we can only hope that spitzenkandidat Timmermans and his ilk get the comeuppance they so richly deserve at the European elections in May.
I can’t get on with the Zuesse piece even though I want to; it’s just way too badly written.
The official story stinks, so I am in no doubt that the truth has been buried, but to find out if Zuesse has really discovered the truth I suppose I’ll just have to plough through all his links rather than rely on the text.
Thanks for writing this piece, it’s exactly what has been bothering me ever since Trump got elected. Yes, I hoped he would be elected in preference to HRC. No, I don’t agree with all his policies, but amongst friends and colleagues I am in a minority of one. The press here in Holland is unanimous: Trump is an idiot, a buffoon, a disaster, so it doesn’t matter what you say about him. I disagree; admittedly he’s no erudite, suave, well-mannered gentleman and he seems to tweet before he thinks, but he is the elected head of state of the lead country in the “free world” – and should be treated as such. He also knows that even as a billionnaire you still have to care for the little guy and that making enemies all over the world is not good for conventional business (i.e. not the war racket thing).
More about drones. I agree with zerosum that over the runways a shotgun is not such a great idea, but as I said, high-power RF pulses would take out pretty much anything that hadn’t been specifically designed to cope with such an attack. Specifically, that would entail shielding for the central electronics and limiters that could absorb an enormous amount of power. So, we’re left with a three options: 1. These were military-grade drones; 2. The British security forces are incompetent; or 3. It’s a hoax to allow the British government to introduce tough new drone laws. Take your pick.
Hard to understand how the British failed to take out a few hobby drones – unless they weren’t hobby drones (I haven’t seen a picture of one yet). A few high-power pulses of RF in the right direction will take out all but the most advanced (read military) drones. Cue the “it was them damn Russkies what done it” statement from Westminster.
Meanwhile at Schiphol (Amsterdam airport) sea eagles are being used to tackle the drone menace:
Good grief, what a daft op-ed from The Guardian; what with the Manafort idiocy that paper is nose diving.
How about that last sentence: “Yet Russia’s activities in the 2016 election against Hillary Clinton and in favour of Mr Trump are not fiction,” just dropped in there as iron-clad fact.
Further to the link I posted the other day about the troika having infringed the Greeks human rights by impairing their access to food, Ewald Engelen, a professor at the University of Amsterdam wrote the following, rather incisive article (in Dutch):
The peolpe from Clearcast must have thought long and hard about how to ban that commercial, but even they must have thought that “too political” was pretty lame. In any case, banning it might just be what it needed to really grab the public’s attention: the Twitterverse is alive with it.
Well, they’re witches aren’t they? Admittedly they’re wearing rather a lot of clothes for witches, but the goat is the hornèd one, Pan, Herne, Cernunnos, it’s where they get their power from. Did you never wonder where the expression “feeling horny” came from?
RIM, you might appreciate this article on Brexit by Joris Luyendijk, one time journo for The Guardian and based in London at the time. He certainly doesn’t sit on the fence about it.
> Rightwing Thinktanks Unveil Radical Plan For US-UK Brexit Trade Deal (G.)
Then, after that, they can rename the place Airstrip One.
I wonder if would-be remainers like Sadiq Khan take into consideration what would happen if at the last minute they could secure a second referendum (and win it). My guess is that the 27 would meet to decide what to do and would then agree to allow the UK to stay in the union with the a few provisos:
1. UK to accept all new EU legislation since applying to leave
2. UK to give up its rebate
3. UK to agree not to hold any more referendums on EU membership
4. UK to provide fixed timeline for joining the euro
I can imagine that these would not go down well with even some of the staunchest remainers, let alone any recent converts from the leave camp. Beyond that, I think there would be a great deal of residual bitterness which could potentially lead to significant social unrest and even civil war.
At least at the moment most people over there seem to have resigned themselves to leaving.
I suppose you saw this hatchet job on Assange in the Groene Amsterdammer?