Wednesday

1. As expected:

2. The hopelessness of them all:

Brighton’s i360 tower closed again due to fault.

Quite conscious of Ivan in this who is pro-tech and I’m not anti, myself, but these human foibles come into it far more today, to the point you’d not get me up there, not with my opinion of their competence.

3. ‘Dilbert’ has some good things at times:

I have been predicting this story arc for some time now. So far, we’re ahead of schedule.

4. How are your lungs? Seems they’ve been working overtime:

http://www.sciencealert.com/an-unexpected-new-lung-function-has-been-discovered-and-it-could-disrupt-decades-of-scientific-thought

[H/T Chuckles and haiku]

They can make it whatever they damn well want it to mean

Many of you will remember Gordo’s hellbent push, carrying on Blair’s bad work, to get as many things criminalised as possible – think there were 3000 new laws were there not in his time?  Whatever the number, it was a hell of a lot.

One of those was the Rest In Peace Act, of which more below.  Bottom line was that they could make anything a crime if they so determined or ignore it if you’re a good boy or girl.  Thereby they exert control.  They learnt this from Russia, causing Gorbachev to remark on it, let alone Russians of my acquaintance who shook the head at the mania of ‘Britain’ in adopting the worst practices of the Soviet Union.

However, reading through the Marriage Act [1949] earlier, what was apparent was that at any time, a government official can challenge and charge, even over something as innocuous as when and where the banns were published, when and where the ceremony could be held.  Those acts have now been supplemented by 1968 and 2013.

Three hours in the life of …

Tales of 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. Wednesday morning – not an important post. More important for us is 11 a.m.

Anyway, for the hell of it:

There are 24 hours in the day of which at least 14 are taken up with ‘other matters’, plus there is the factor of age and declining ability to process information, something I’ve noticed with my input and subsequent output, with errors creeping in where once there were just the occasional.

This takes me back to my ‘overemployed days’ of two jobs – that was not fun. Bottom line is that there is only so much that one can do, though having increased ‘disposable time’ certainly helps.

Into this come innocent requests and I’d not want them to cease, otherwise I’d stop learning and stop presenting interesting things [to some]. However, one must judge what is time-effective or not.

An example was someone from the other side in the Knox case some years back who sent a list of 100 questions, as if I had time for that. So I passed them onto a couple of experts, one within Italy au fait with all the testimony and judgments who looked down the list and said that all bar three or four had already been answered/debunked. Thus I concentrated on the three or four and that saved inordinate amounts of time.

One chap sent me the text of his mini-story as far as I can gather, for inclusion in Sackerson‘s EU-GB writing challenge. That one was easy enough to attend to – just forward to Sackers.

Next came Lord Somber‘s link to John C Wright asking for thoughts on it. I know a couple of things about this Rabid Puppies business. Apparently, some SF writers were not getting nominated for awards because leftist toerags had hijacked them and a key player was Vox Day whom I follow and who once had me in his sidebar.

That led to something about someone called Cerno on 60 Minutes. I know of this man from Breitbart and from Twitter, he appears to be one of the ‘good guys’, if you accept Vox is and people like Steve Bannon. I’ve also had this Rabid Puppies explained and it seems a good cause.

However, this John C. Wright does seem incredibly turgid and abstruse:

A man with a modern so-called education who would never think about denying any step of the complex chain of inferences and observations leading to a concept like quantum entanglement, Darwinism, or manmade global warming, will nonetheless blandly deny that male and female are two different sexes.

Fine … but may we have that in plain English please?  I thought my writing was abstruse at times but if you’ve followed this post so far … perhaps not.

This once happened in Russia where a [Russian] girl came up to me with Bloom’s Taxonomy she had to summarize for her lesson and said she didn’t understand one passage.  I looked at it and said don’t feel bad, I don’t understand it either.  I told her the writer was a prat [that was explained too] who loved his own verbosity, to ignore it, because all it said was A, B, C.

She asked why he didn’t say that then and I wholeheartedly agreed.

Next up was the worthy Robin [of ‘who rules the world’ posts of late] who directed me to the Births Deaths and Marriages Act of 1953 and the premise that marriages are not valid.  I didn’t even get past square one with this, as all I could find was the 1949 Act on Marriages, then the 1953 on Births and Deaths in England and Wales. Have you read any of these Acts right through?  I did, skim reading at 5 a.m.

At the end of it all, I came up with a blank. However, the notion of the wording of the Acts meaning a govt can determine, if it wishes, anything it damn well likes about your marriage, should you inconvenience said govt, is a bit like Russia.

Now I don’t think it fair to say I can neither reason nor research but there’s a hell of a lot out there I don’t know much about and the more I know, the less I know so to speak.  Chuckles and haiku are forever sending things I’ve not a clue about.

Currently, there’s a comment I noticed by Distant Relative:

I don’t mind doing the digging but you’re the expert at writing. I know my limitations. I’ll see what I can find.

I’m quite happy to go digging myself but it’s a question of time allocation right now.  I’m most appreciative of his digging so far though and all that needs to be read, collated and incorporated, with a post on Bureaucracy an ongoing project.

Latest just coming in now is today’s Brexit and the rearguard action.  Another just through is Guido‘s legs-it, whatever that is.  Apparently May and Krankie were sitting and were wearing dresses – that’s meant to be bad apparently.

However, this one was right on the money:

Green Party leader Caroline Lucas flew in business class to Washington yesterday on a gasoline guzzling, CO2 spurting aeroplane which dumped almost a tonne of carbon into the atmosphere. A spokesman for Lucas confirmed to Guido that she flew on British Airways and said:

“Caroline is in Washington DC on a work visit with the Environmental Audit Committee. Travel was arranged by the [Environmental Audit] Committee.”

Gotta love it.  Meanwhile, Nigel seems to have had brain fade and I’ve replied to this, as have 1000 others:

Farage Says Geert Wilders-Style Islam Ban Will ‘Alienate’ Moderate Muslims

What the hell is Farage on about? Of course there’s no such thing as ‘peaceful’ Islam, just as there is no hard or soft Brexit – there is Islam, full stop. There is Brexit, full stop.

Anyway, onto Ken Craggs who just sent through two versions of a post, of which this is part:

The UK Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (UK IPAct 2016) informs us (p.7) that “Bulk interception is used by the security and intelligence agencies to obtain overseas related communications (or secondary data) in large volumes in order to find intelligence on known threats and to identify new ones.” Section 56 which is subject to Schedule 3 of the UK IPAct 2016 also allows the State to tell lies about you in court.

… which has been sent in superscript, which involves going to the html and removing all ‘sup’ script from each paragraph.  That will be posted once I’ve de-supped it.

Something just came in from OoL – someone can’t post his comment apparently.  Sorted.

After that is this one to look into:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-27/tesla-model-3-ramp-up-aims-to-crush-bmw-and-mercedes

Churchmouse has just put up something about this Cerno referred to earlier:

Mike Cernovich: Internet sensation’s interview propels <i>60 Minutes</i> ratings to the top

https://churchmousec.wordpress.com/2017/03/28/mike-cernovich-propels-60-minutes-ratings-to-top/

Wolfie’s just come through with the run on the pound, need to get back to him on that.

Haven’t been able to write any of the book for two days as sitting here is doing the back in so am doing most by iPad now but can’t compose on that.

7 a.m. – need the loo.

Traitors to our returned servicemen and women

Today is Brexit Day, the Battle of Britain.

Breitbart mentioned Heseltine, the arch-traitor but we could add:

The Queen, who signed the sell-out, Heath, Wilson, Major, Blair, Brown, Clegg, Labour, LidDems, half the Tories, leftwing press and academics, bureaucratic fatcats, banksters, to name a few.

Arch-patriots are fewer in the public sphere:

Powell, Farage. That’s about it.