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Space: A new era begins

2 days ago

On 30th May the USA will launch its first manned spacecraft since 2011.  Provided all goes well the 30th of May 2020 will mark the real beginning of the Space Age.The key to this new age is that SpaceX has managed to build a launcher, the Falcon 9, that is both low cost and high capacity.  You can now send a Kg bag of sugar into orbit for under $5000 which means you can have a cup of coffee in space for only $500. Just cheaper than fifty cups in Lille (France).SpaceX is a commercial success and says "We’ve
had many years of profitability".  This is surprising because
the early days of such an R&D heavy industry as space flight are
extremely expensive.  The Banks and Markets know that hi-tech needs
time, they financed Amazon for decades of losses and will keep faith
with SpaceX.In the

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Our borders are not under control: COVID19 and Migration: BBC Silent.

2 days ago

The UK is failing to control illegal migration.  The French are attempting to get rid of their migrant problem by using the French Navy to escort migrants to the middle of the Channel where they phone the UK coastguard to pick them up.This video actually shows the system at work:[embedded content]The French are shipping the migrants to the UK because they are unwelcome in France, as they are in the rest of the EU (See EU Racism is far worse than UK).  Being Remain is being racist.The BBC has not covered the French naval assistance for illegal migrants. Failing to control borders has also killed thousands of us. 20,000 cases of Covid 19 were brought to the UK during February
and March before the lockdown on 23rd March.  These infected about
50,000 other people and created a massive

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Is Twitter a Menace?

4 days ago

Social media is decried as the denizen of fake news and slander.  How did social media happen and does it have a problem?Twitter was founded in March 2006.  Amongst its first users were large media chains.  The BBC News was one of the first to publicise Twitter, joining in Jan 2007.  The joining dates of other big media were CNN Feb 2007, New York Times March 2007, NBC News March 2008, Daily Express Dec 2008, ITV News Feb 2009, Guardian Nov 2009, Daily Mail Feb 2010.  These established media companies used Twitter to host their user groups and provided massive advertising free of charge for Twitter – "if you wish to comment on this program go to Twitter hash tag bbcqt" etc.  Yes, the BBC advertised a commercial corporation on every other programme and no questions were asked despite this

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China: Are we too late to react?

8 days ago

My joy at opening this week’s AAAS magazine "Science" was slightly blunted by the four pages of Chinese Government advertising that were followed by a long editorial article on how the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) should be given NIH funds.  The article did not mention that due to the COVID debacle the WIV is now under Chinese military command so it obviously cannot receive US Government funding.  Even in science it seems that those who pay the piper call the tune.I then see that China will shortly terminate Hong Kong’s semi-independence. (See CNBC Report).China is also increasing its military spending this coming year by 6.6%.  In 2019 China already had the world’s highest military expenditure, allowing for the massive undervaluation of the Yuan (See OECD PPP value), Chinas military

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The BBC Charter Must be Amended

9 days ago

When the BBC Charter was renewed in 2016 much of the wording and intention was based on an assumed continuation of EU membership.  The wording of the Charter was extended so that it was implied that the BBC would serve an international audience as much as a domestic audience.In the 2016 Charter the purpose of the BBC is to operate so that: "all audiences can engage fully with major local, regional, national, United Kingdom and global issues""the  BBC  should  provide  high-quality  news  coverage  to  international  audiences"In other words the BBC is authorised to provide an International News channel that is separate from the World Service.  In 2018 the BBC used this authorisation to address a global audience by merging world and domestic news using "the integration of the

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Rules for beating Covid-19

9 days ago

How can a country have a short, sharp COVID-19 epidemic then return to normal life? Lockdowns should be early and sharp.  Countries that had serious lockdowns such as S. Korea and China brought the infection under rapid control.  Countries that had lockdowns before serious epidemics occurred stopped serious epidemics occurring.  The scale of the epidemics in different countries has been largely defined by the number of cases at the start of lockdown.Serious travel bans should be implemented at the start of an epidemic.  The UK imported 20,000 COVID-19 cases, largely from the EU, which infected 50,000 other people.  The initial large scale of the UK epidemic was due to a very tardy travel ban and lack of quarantine of arrivals which guaranteed a massive infection before lockdown.Coughs

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Australia is under attack from China – UK broadcasters are silent.

16 days ago

At the end of April the Australian government requested that there should be an international inquiry into the origins and handling of the Chinese COVID-19 outbreak.  China responded by threatening to boycott Australian goods. (See Guardian article). China has now slapped import controls on Australian beef and is threatening to do the same with barley exports. See China ignores requests for talks – SBS News.What is the reaction of UK broadcasters to this news of an attack on our ally?  To suppress it.  Something is very badly wrong with UK broadcast news.  Something is also wrong with the UK Government which should be publicly backing Australia.China has stamped on any domestic coverage of COVID-19 origins and handling. 484 people have been charged for speaking out in China (See China

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Something is very wrong with UK Broadcasters

16 days ago

UK Broadcasters seldom produce fake news but they suppress and omit news instead.  There have been several important news items that have been omitted or suppressed over the past three months:The fact that keeping UK rail and marine borders open has killed tens of thousands of us .The role of China in leaking and spreading COVID 19.

The incorrect advice given by the WHO in January.

The videos of EU negotiators celebrating victory over the UK.The existence of Hardware Trojans in Chinese supplied electronics equipment.The threats issued by China to Australia and EU.The suppression by Twitter and YouTube of documentaries and publications that criticise China.The dependence of Apple, and Amazon and numerous multinational corporations on Chinese suppliers.

The true reasons for the

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Coronavirus: What went wrong?

22 days ago

There will be many investigations of what went wrong with the UK response to Coronavirus (COVID19).The answer is straightforward: the UK failed to control its borders.As early as the first week in February some people who had been skiing in France brought back COVID19.  This was the start of the UK epidemic.Other countries were imposing border controls but the UK Government left our borders wide open and imported 20,000 cases of COVID19 before the lockdown.  These 20,000 cases created at least 50,000 further infections. A third of all UK COVID19 cases (by May) were imported or infected by new arrivals right at the beginning of the epidemic in February and March.The initial UK epidemic was fueled by millions of travellers from overseas.  In evidence to the Health and Social Care Committee

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British Universities are Severely Compromised by Links with China

23 days ago

The Russell Group of top UK universities released a document in 2018 that detailed how the UK has now moved ahead of Japan to become the second most popular partner for Chinese researchers after the US.  China is a National Socialist State (See National Socialism with Chinese Characteristics) yet British universities boast of their dependence on Chinese finance.British academics largely regard China as a sort of Communist wonderland where the Left is demonstrating its full potential but China is certainly not a Marxist State.  When you talk to the Chinese in China their main concern is high school fees for all children up to the age of 18 and crippling medical costs.  If you say that these things are free in the UK they look at you as if you must be lying.  I had a delightful conversation

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Britain’s Reaction to China is Puzzling

25 days ago

There can be no doubt at all that the early noughties assessments of Chinese politics are wrong.  China is not becoming more democratic with increasing wealth.  The noughties assessments failed to predict the increased power of surveillance provided by "new technology".  If you are caught in a country that uses the full panoply of modern surveillance methods resistance is futile. There will be no democracy for China for the foreseeable future.In fact the increased trade with China puts the West at risk from the Chinese system of government, not vice versa.  When Western democratic tools such as freedom of speech and ownership fall into the hands of totalitarian regimes such as China they can lead to the spread of pro-China propaganda that misleads people about what is truly happening.

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Extending the Transition Period for Brexit

April 30, 2020

The decision on whether to extend the transition period must be made by 30th June.  Does it need extending?Barnier says that the biggest obstacle is that "“the EU will not agree to any future partnership that does not include a balanced and long-term agreement on fisheries" (Euractiv).  If that was all then you might have imagined that a trade deal could be obtained by January 31st so what is the problem?The problem goes deeper.  The UK wants to have a trade deal like Canada or South Korea.  A deal about trade.  The EU wants to bind the UK into a sort of EEA deal in return for free trade.The EU expects that the UK will commit to keeping EU standards on social
and environmental policy, as well as state aid, in return for a free
trade deal with zero tariffs and quotas.  In Barnier’s

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Why BBC Journalists and Presenters must be Changed.

April 30, 2020

Most BBC current affairs offerings such as the BBC News, "Today" program and "Newsnight" have become Punch and Judy shows.  Why is the BBC failing to fulfill the Charter requirement of offering " a range and depth of analysis and content not widely available from other United Kingdom news providers, using the highest calibre presenters and journalists"?The answer is in the question.  The BBC does not employ the highest calibre presenters and journalists to meet the terms of the Charter.  It is employing entertainers.Worse still 95% of presenters and journalists are Humanities graduates despite the fact that almost 50% of graduates study science subjects in UK Universities.  This means that most BBC front line staff have little or no understanding of mathematics and how natural systems fit

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The mystery of rising stock markets.

April 28, 2020

The Dow, FTSE etc have risen by 20% since the third week in March.  They have risen despite dreadful profit forecasts and the worst GDP figures since the Great Depression in the 1920s. Why?The answer is simple.  There is almost nowhere else to put money so you might as well invest in Government Bonds and the FTSE.  The amount of money in circulation is growing at a ferocious pace with central banks vying with each other for the largest bail out packages for their economies.  This is new ground, never before have governments sanctioned pouring bucket loads of cash into the system.Much of the money is being borrowed but this is safe so long as it does not go on for too long.  How long is too long?  Good question.28/4/2020

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Coronavirus: The Experts were wrong in the UK. The way forward.

April 28, 2020

The countries that have focused on removing coronavirus (Covid19) from their population and have ignored the WHO advice on travel have been most successful at tackling the epidemic.  New Zealand, Australia, S. Korea, China etc. have all achieved nearly zero new cases and reduced infection levels to where tracking contacts of new infections is relatively easy.The method they have used is straightforward: intense lockdown, quarantining new cases, totally locking down contacts and imposing quarantine regulations for visitors from overseas.  This method can reduce new cases from thousands a day to a few hundred a day within a month (cf: China and rate of change in S Korea etc).The method the UK has used is "herd immunity".  This means that over 60% of the UK population would need to be

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China launches a Cold War. Coronavirus disinformation is just the start.

April 27, 2020

China is enraged that the West is publicising the origin of Covid-19, that it is describing their wildlife markets as disgusting and dirty, that it is saying that Covid-19 was a laboratory escape and is accusing China of deliberately delaying the WHO by declaring that Covid-19 was not transmitted between humans.What have they done to contradict this litany of accusations?  According to Reuters the EU produced a report that referred to China’s involvement and China told the EU that “if the report is as described and it is released today it will be very bad for cooperation,” and it would make Beijing “very angry”.  The EU reacted to this by removing much of the content that irritated China.  The online magazine Politico had seen the original report which said “China has continued to run a

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Coronavirus exit strategy

April 23, 2020

When the government introduced the policy of herd immunity they did not make it crystal clear that this involved as many as 20% of those over 80 dying as well as a substantial number of younger people.  It is becoming clear that the countries that have opted for herd immunity are suffering dreadful losses from Covid-19 compared with those that adopted a quarantine and contact chasing strategy:

The quarantine and contact chasing strategy involves effectively policing borders with all new arrivals into the country being tested for Covid-19 and even the 14 day quarantine of all arrivals at ports and airports.The figures for Germany are not shown on the graph.  It has an intermediate, 55 deaths per million and this is due to Germany pursuing an aggressive contact chasing regime whilst

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Philosophy, Science, Religion and Plays

April 21, 2020

Pythagoras first coined the term "philosophy" to mean love of wisdom.  Philosophy goes deeper than knowing about the world because it considers knowing about knowing.  It is the realisation that even when you know about knowing you still have to know about knowing about knowing and so on, ad infinitum,  so knowledge is an endless analysis of questions about answers.  Philosophers call this an infinite regress.Science seemed to break free of the regress by focusing on the material world and making models of the world.  The model could be mathematical or it could be something as practical as a steam engine which is a model of transferring heat into motion.  Science yields a working description, a model of the world and calls this knowledge.  Science progresses by obtaining ever more

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The Effect of Women

April 21, 2020

What effect has the past 50 years had on British society?The really big changes are in the role of women and the crash of the Church of England.The 1970s industrial workplace usually had men in the positions of control and, where women occurred. they were in the minority or casual workers.  In the retail industry women were rapidly become predominant on the shop floor and in white collar jobs, especially teaching, the proportion of women was rising rapidly.  This increase in the proportion of women had a huge effect.Garage Wall
In 1970 all garages had a back room with oil stained surfaces and at least one, large picture of a naked, pneumatic woman’s body on the wall.  At this time most engineering factories would have men standing at their machines and they might shout "throw us the

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Why is there a lack of PPE? PPE and Public Sector Contracts.

April 21, 2020

Journalists have been having fun at the government’s expense on the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) issue but what is actually happening? Why haven’t UK manufacturers been engaged to cope with the shortfall?  The answer seems to lie with NHS purchasing. The NHS has demonstrated true public sector flair by reducing its supplier base for PPE to a single supplier for surgical gowns under it’s NCP Programme.It awarded the supply of surgical gowns to IMS Euro Ltd which is a wholesaler that obtains products globally.  Prior to this deal eleven other suppliers and manufacturers all provided product.It awarded most of the supply of surgical gloves to the Malaysian company Supermax, 20% of the contract to Malaysian Semperit and 20% to the Singaporean company Unigloves.There has been no

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China back to work but should the world resume trade?

April 17, 2020

The satellite nitrogen dioxide data shows how the world has shut down due to Covid-19 coronavirus.

The data suggests that although China shut down in February it went straight back to production in March.China is a National Socialist (NAZI) state that is now producing much of the world’s pollution.  It has most of the world’s concentration camps, perpetually threatens war in the South China Sea and created the Covid-19 pandemic.China is a member of the WTO so enjoys prosperity due to global trade.  The Chinese are controlling the exchange rate of the renmimbi (yuan), the Chinese currency, which is against WTO rules. The WTO reaction, voiced by its director Pascal Lamy is: "when the currency issue pops up, shut up."China does not trade fairly (see Note 1) yet the WTO and USA are under

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Evidence that Covid-19 was a Bioweapon.

April 16, 2020

The broadcast media in the UK are so anti-Trump that they are missing the really important facts about coronavirus.  In doing so they are putting you and me at risk.The current Covid-19 pandemic is 90% likely to have come from the Wuhan Virology Institute.  This has been suspected for weeks, as those who read this blog will know.  Patient zero was very probably Huang Yanglin, a technician at the Institute who died of Covid-19 last December. The global media are beginning to accept that there is increasingly persuasive evidence for Covid-19 starting as a laboratory escape (See for instance Fox News).The Chinese authorities went to great lengths to suppress any information about the outbreak for over a month, whistleblowers were "disappeared" and the Wuhan doctor who triggered the general

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Predictions for the Global and UK Economy

April 15, 2020

The IMF has recently released predictions for the economy.  It predicts a 3% fall in global GDP in 2020 and a 6.5% fall in the UK:

 The IMF is pessimistic about global recovery, apparently the economic recovery is beginning now, which is puzzling. 

It is interesting that only a month ago, on the 3rd March, well after the outbreak had started, the OECD was predicting positive 2.4% growth for the world, it shows that economists live in a small bubble (by 26th March OECD predicted huge falls everywhere – 26% for UK Q2 on Q1).  Notice that the IMF is highly positive about emerging and developing economies despite the fact that Africa, South Asia and Central/South America are about to experience the most appalling epidemics.JP Morgan have three scenarios for the recovery in the USA:

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The Pro-EU Argument

April 15, 2020

The essence of the pro-EU argument is that we are all better off living in harmony, that Globalization is inevitable and that we need the protection of a large organization like the EU.   We need to be part of a large state as fellow citizens because the whole world is becoming more uniform, we should not only accept this but work actively to achieve it.EU PR Photo
Harmony comes in many forms.  The best approach to harmony is to find methods of resolving differences so that we can live diverse lives in harmony with each other.  This EU PR film clip shows the EU’s view:
[embedded content]
Sadly it appears that what the EU imagines to be harmony is racism.  Really think about this.   Their racism is what old people who were influenced by John Lennon’s "Imagine" and other 20th century

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Coronavirus: Strong evidence that it is man made: BBC silent.

April 12, 2020

The Epoch Times has produced this well researched documentary on Covid-19.   Both the genetic and and clinical data suggest the virus came from a laboratory source in Wuhan.[embedded content]The evidence has been clear for months that the Hua Nan market in Wuhan was NOT the source of the virus. The genetics show this:  "Phyloepidemiologic analyses suggested that the SARS-CoV-2 source at the Hua Nan market was imported from elsewhere. The crowded market then boosted SARS-CoV-2 circulation and spread it to the whole city in early December 2019." (See Decoding evolution and transmissions of novel pneumonia coronavirus using the whole genomic data).  In the first outbreak of Covid-19 in the first week of December 2019 three out of four cases had no connection to the food market:Source:

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Coronavirus: The Eurozone Refuses to back Italy

April 10, 2020

Since the UK left the EU the 19 members of the Eurogroup now control the EU Council and Parliament, having 70% of the vote.  (See EU Document on Qualified Majority Voting, 80% of EU decisions use QMV).President Mario Centeno
Had Italy not joined the Eurozone it would have been able to expand
it’s debt after the financial crisis of 2008 so that its economy might
have recovered further by 2020.  Instead of using stimulus measures to
escape the 2008 crisis Italy was forced by the EU and Eurozone to adopt
austerity measures.  Incidentally, the UK also felt obliged to implement EU austerity after 2008 to comply with EU rules – see Parliamentary Report on EU Excess Deficit Procedure in the UK.  As a good Eurogroup member Italy found itself in near recession as the Coronavirus outbreak

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Italy, Spain and the Future of the EU

April 8, 2020

Italy and Spain are in trouble.  Not only do they have the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the EU but their economies are on the rocks.  The European Central Bank (ECB) saved Italy with promises in March as the Italian Treasury was having to offer ever increasing yields on its bonds to raise money:

Since the ECB promises have failed to materialise the markets in bonds are again losing confidence in Italy.  The Eurogroup and EU Council was supposed to have resolved the problem of how Italy will raise the cash to pay for Covid-19 by yesterday but it has dithered and is still in a (virtual) meeting as I write this article.The Italian problem has three possible outcomes, the happiest for Italy is that the EU backs its bonds, otherwise the EU may make loans to Italy or Italy may leave the

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Re-structuring the UK Economy after Coronavirus

April 7, 2020

When Coronavirus is finally resolved the economy will be severely damaged.  We should regard this as an opportunity for change.There is no doubt that the NETWORK will become the prime medium for business transactions.  The NETWORK is the Internet, the increasingly advanced commercial agents, such as AIs, that manage and monitor it and the multinational corporations that control it.  The Government must treat the Internet in the same way as it treats general business transactions.  We know what is needed to make business reasonably fair, open, safe and profitable but the NETWORK has been given an anarchic free pass on business regulation.

During the Coronavirus epidemic many companies will have shifted business online and huge companies such as Amazon will have become commercially

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Why we should be angry about the economy.

April 7, 2020

After the 2008 financial crisis most of the OECD economies used "Quantitative Easing" to provide cash to banks and corporations.  Quantitative Easing is where the Central Banks buy back Treasury Bonds before they have matured so that banks (which hold Treasuries as collateral) have cash which they then lend to customers, often at very low interest rates.  Since 2009 the Bank of England has released £1655 bn of QE – see Bank
of England QE. What happened to the Quantitative Easing (QE) cash? A small amount went to large corporations but the banks failed to lend to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs).Bank of England Data
Only £185bn of UK bank lending went to business and hardly any went to medium sized and smaller businesses.  The bulk of the money went into property and financial

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Gender Politics and Gender Bias – Why Men and Women are Equal

April 6, 2020

Why are women superior to men? Women are superior to men because they have more genes, they perform better at school, they are less inclined to physical violence etc.Each of these arguments is typical of the sort of argument that used to be made for why white people are superior to black people.Such arguments are made with absolute conviction even though the evidence and the interpretation of the evidence is always shaky.  Take the gene argument.  We still do not know exactly how many protein coding genes reside in the genome by a factor of plus or minus about 1000 genes (we have around 21000 protein coding genes – see Nature).

It is only 20 years since people thought that humans had as many as 100,000 protein coding genes.  Did we think we were cleverer and more robust 20 years ago?When

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