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Cheer up, its just the end of days

What is in common between the riots in the USA, Chinese expansionism, a Global Pandemic, Global Warming, drought, wildfires across Siberia, global economic collapse etc. ?Is it the media?  Certainly the media are hysterical and determined to bring down the government in the UK and USA but as part of this program they have actually been suppressing news about China, Asian wildfires and several other important developments.Is it a social change?  Political parties are no longer tolerating...

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How much of the world is owned by China?

China has over $3 trillion dollars of foreign exchange reserves (Trading Economics).   The official figure for Chinese foreign investment is $65 bn (CEIC Data). Where does all the rest of the money go? Much of the cash goes to the China Investment Corporation (CIC) which has $941 bn of Chinese cash under management.(Wikipedia).The CIC owns Central Huijin Investment Ltd.  (CN), and Warlord Investment Corporation  (CN). These have Hong Kong subsidiaries China Everbright Holdings and CITIC...

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EU is Desperate for Extension of Transition. UK Broadcasters silent.

The EU Coronavirus bailout plan will involve 750 billion euros split between 500 bn euros of grants and 250 bn of loans. (See Euractiv).This huge bailout package is occurring as the UK drastically reduces its EU contributions to the relatively small amount needed to pay pensions etc.  The EU will lose almost a sixth of its income (omitting residual UK contributions).The EU is hoping that Barnier and the EU negotiating team can pull off a coup and persuade the UK to extend transition for at...

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Space: A new era begins

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...

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

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...

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Is Twitter a Menace?

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...

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China: Are we too late to react?

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...

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The BBC Charter Must be Amended

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 ...

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Rules for beating Covid-19

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...

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

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...

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