Thursday

1. Still keeping it nautical in that haiku way:

If the Navy can’t find Norfolk …

http://taskandpurpose.com/missing-norfolk-based-sailor-turns-colorado/

2.  And haiku again: “Should have stuck with sheep:”

Cairns man who binged on ice feared dead after attempting to have sex with crocodile

3.  Glad this is happening [via Chuckles] – he really is a communist first, Pope second.  And how he could say populism should be stamped out is amazing:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/conservative-cardinals-step-pope-challenge-172755486.html

I just want leaders in whatever field to be what is written on the tin, not something else entirely.  It’s called integrity.

4.  Different angle [Chuckles]:

In America, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has begun to crack down on the Salvadoran criminal gang called MS-13. In Germany, where people are more enlightened, police and judicial authorities have ceded areas of the nation to criminal gangs. Many, if not most of the gang members are Muslims, but they have been in Germany for a generation or two. They are, as one says, assimilated.

German prosecutors and judges are too afraid to do anything. Soeren Kern reports on the phenomenon for the Gatestone Institute. (via Maggie’s Farm) As always, his report contains extensive documentation.

No2ID all over again

No2ID

The point’s been made by many pundits and readers that the government already has us tabbed through Revenue plus National Insurance.

In fact I’ve gone overboard helping our beloved government by having a dedicated phone number just for them – if anyone calls on that line, it will be the government. So why be up in arms over this nasty new attempt at digital ID?

My reply is that these are not government departments directly concerned with my living, they are nasty global Marxists with no business knowing who or where I am.

Snoops like Google are still trying to track me down and the only way to stop them is to spread false locations, something I’ve been doing for some years. Recently one of my closest blog colleagues made some curious remarks in general about a former location and I wondered where he got that idea from. I’m a member of certain services which get you details for a certain price and checked – yep, that former location was listed. Let it be so.

But it does go to show that there is NO privacy at all online, nor on a mobile phone. As for BT, they leak like a sieve. I’d suggest you build some firewalls in case you haven’t already, otherwise they’ll target you.

One thing I really don’t like is bloggers who put this widget or gadget in the sidebar proudly showing where I’m from when I visit. I detest this – why do I wish for enemies to know where I’m from? The reason I still visit is that BT kindly obliges with wrong locations – once it had Scotland, once Durham, once Essex. Let it be so. Plus they keep changing my IP. Hee hee – let it be so.

And so to despot May and her bosses who want her to keep pushing this global backdoor ID for no good reason – this is from the Queen’s Speech:

Potentially controversial plans to make Britain “the safest place to be online” with a new “digital charter” were also confirmed, with concerns that heavy regulation of the Internet will undermine personal freedom and expression.

Safest place to be – bollox. This is the old No2ID rehashed yet again. Ken Craggs sends this:

The goal of ID2020 is to create a digital ID system for all citizens worldwide. ID2020 it seems was set-up in 2015 as a public private partnership which includes the likes of the Rockefeller Foundation, Microsoft, Accenture, PwC, and governments. The ID2020 Summit 2017 was held at the UN on the 19th June. Here is some info about what could possibly happen if an individual has no digital ID and is classified as a non-citizen.

On the one hand, by all means be up in arms about it on Twitter or Gab if you like. On the other, it’s time to take steps if you haven’t already done so by putting out disinformation of a ‘valid’ sort- real locations which just happen not to be your abode.

Remember, at the same time – make sure the government and the government alone has all your correct details. Your fight, strangely, is not with government departments which have a right to know who and where you are – it’s with other nosy parkers you wish to mislead, particularly the smug who think they’re so clever.

Wednesday

1. So, here’s the solstice, laze and gem – did we not just have the equinox?  Your humble blogger’s a bit body weary but the heat wasn’t as bad today in the yesterday in the yard as Monday or maybe there are ways to beat it [the heat that is].

Can’t blog quite as much now but maybe that’s a good thing for the long-suffering reader.

2.  Sweet:

MIT is “fixing” the low graduation rate in its low-income, LGBT-friendly dorm by kicking everyone out

3. From haiku:

Fascinating website.  Given that a capital ship is “… a vessel able to dish out and absorb punishment against a peer navy” I wonder what it would cost to modernise (replace oil with atomic, 16” with Tomahawks, etc.) an Iowa ?

http://taskandpurpose.com/americas-battleships-will-never-make-comeback/

Not your average grunt

http://taskandpurpose.com/30-books-mattis-thinks-every-good-leader-needs-read/

Sage advice, though dunno about the caffeine: your average old-school programmer would pass out from the lack thereof

http://taskandpurpose.com/5-habits-we-picked-up-overseas-that-are-not-safe-for-work/

Mel always did claim that the movie was an accurate representation of the actual events

http://taskandpurpose.com/10-things-never-knew-soldiers/

[H/T chuckles also]

Deplorable policies won ‘bigly’ in Georgia 6 overnight

Karen Handel’s 5% victory over out-of-town Ossoff is not one  Brits will know much about and yet it’s hugely significant for Brits in the long term.

Handel ran on a Trump platform but also a ‘first woman elected’.  Simple truth is, it’s a good political move to play the woman card … provided the woman is good.  This has been a major theme at this blog – that the women on offer have been so appalling.

But conservative women have been doing well by-and-large and so it was in Georgia overnight, our time.  It was a litmus test for Trump at a difficult time.