Grant

Grant

  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Yep. Just about summarises the situation... Though, I'm only surprised that more redneck don't go after the left leaning justices with an M16 to make sure of a republican bias....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    I think I take the view that things have gone to crap since Nasser screwed up. I remember the 6 Day and Yom Kippur wars well. If it was two normal countries involved in the problem you might have resolved...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Last I heard Israel is a small country - blink and you miss it in a fast jet - with a number of neighbours who have sworn its destruction / eradication. It would be astonishingly prosperous if it didnt have...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Hezbollah is funded by Iran and Syria - who they serve. So how free and fair were any elections in Lebanon? Besides which, they suffer from the usual problems with freedom fighters. If they were to get their way, they...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Aren't Hezbollah rather like a larger and better funded IRA with knobs on? An armed occupying force/militia with an associated political sock puppet wing to give a veneer of respectability. Of course, thats only needed until they win an election...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    I remember while on holiday in Washington being stuck at traffic lights behind a bus that on its back had an advert for jobs with Top Secret clearances. Its a bit of a different world there I think. No messing...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Fetid dingo's kidney alert....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    30% sounds about right for the UK. Possibly even 35% - look at the 2019 election result, they voted in someone with the intellect of a house brick and the moral integrity of a puff adder on speed. 50% of...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    That democracies will endure in an age of Facebook and Twitter?...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    Quoting the thinking sociopath's sociopath isn't a hugely convincing. She didnt believe in altruism and professed rational egoism - which can be nicely summed up as "Screw you, I'm okay.". I've a dim recollection that she ended up living on...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Well, I do hope you are right and they do have appropriate/capable hardware components onboard or we just wasted £0.4B on one of Cummings whims. Its such a pain when the restricted bits of Galileo are only in there because...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    True, you can synchronise a satellite to a good accuracy, but how long will that last if it doesn't have a high precision atomic clock on board? And given how many there are in that constellation, the UK would need...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    There certainly have been reports on that from about 2000 onward. Just watch a ferry dock at Holyhead and you realise that without a differential GPS feed you would be taking 10x longer. Then theres the 50% of the population...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Sorry, I'm probably being dumb here (its been known), but how does a satellite provide differential GPS? A satellite might get a GPS fix every few seconds but then needs a very good predictor. They were clearly inappropriate to do...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Cannot recall if I have said before, but I travelled long haul through Shanghai in late November. When we disembarked there we were frog marched walked about 500m through the terminal (and then back) just so we could walk past...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    So, herd immunity in 3 and a bit years. Looks like, in the absence of a vaccine, the "extremely vulnerable" are going to be stuck indoors until winter 2023... Thats going to be hard for many of them....
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    I think I have discovered what the problem is. Civil Servants are appointed according to the Civil Service Code. That requires the staff are appointed "on merit" and are "impartial" and "objective". By contrast, the Code for SPADs explicitly removes...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    With Blue Streak as a first stage, as was used for ELDO: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Launcher_Development_Organisation we had all the bits needed for a launcher even without HTP. It was just a lack of ambition - rather like these days actually....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Last I heard, a few years ago an effort was made to send the instructions Prospero required to turn it on, but they had a couple of problems: Most the documentation stored at RAE/DERA was lost/binned during the drive to...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    It regularly becomes borderline naked eye visible, but is an easy spot in 10x50 binoculars - if you know the constellations. Worth spotting for fun - real space history....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    I think one of the big problems was that she was a crap scientist*, who hated Civil Servants, thought the unions were manifestations of the anti-Christ, distrusted anyone with a triple digit IQ and was just one step away from...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    I find I spend a lot of time scouring news feeds for the first sign of: 1, Trump losing the election, coughing unproductively or being arrested for fraud 2, Johnson being videoed drunkenly groping Nicola Sturgeon and being put on...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Thanks for introducing me to the expression casus belli. Had never heard it. I would argue that it was obvious how important to Blair the document was and so Kelly should have realised a minefield was nearby. For a bright...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Oops typo in previous posting... For "wouldnt" read "would"...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Clearly not simple. My distinct impression was that he was one of the individual merit technical appointments to the SCS and one down in remuneration terms from the Porton Down CEO and on a par (though lacking management responsibiity) with...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Well, if your neighbour started shouting about his loaded gun when the kids irritate him by playing football in the garden, he shouldnt be surprised when an ARU turns up on his doorstep. As to the WMD: I am very...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    I'm not sure thats quite right. In what sense Press Liaison? Press Officer would have been a major demotion for a government advisor of his level of expertise. He would occasionally have been forced to interact with the media but...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    I'm really not sure how its Tony Blair's fault that an experienced Civil Servant was stupid enough to discuss Government business with a BBC journalist. I cannot imagine being so blissfully naive as to believe in the concept of off-the-record...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Would some kind soul outline briefly what I need to do to reduce the multinamed noise I see on this blog please. Theres only so much insult, gibberish, paranoia and condescension I'm willing to wade through everyday. I'm just bored...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    Actually, its largely dominated by the colleagues at work who have announced their status as non-neurotypical at work. Though there may be a component arising from my daughters experiences looking after severely autistic blind children. To be honest, when my...
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