After decades of halfhearted smirks and outright dismissals, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s newest chief Bill Nelson says the agency is officially joining the effort to understand UFOs better. Read the full article over at The Debrief here.
Here is a link to a great article on The New Yorker website.
For decades, flying saucers were a punch line. Then the U.S. government got over the taboo. Read HOW THE PENTAGON STARTED TAKING U.F.O.S SERIOUSLY.
I’ve been wondering how easy it would be to live permanently in a motorhome, here in Europe. This requires further research. Van life is appealing, especially if I could support myself and my family along the way.
The Pentagon has confirmed that U.S. Navy personnel captured several leaked images and a video depicting unidentified aerial phenomena, or UAP, involving incidents currently investigated by the Department of Defence’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF). Read the article here.
I am glad to see that MotoGP has returned with the start of the new season in Qatar under lights. I am determined to watch every session of every race weekend this year; it deserves my attention.
In an interview with Fox News, recent former Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, confirmed the U.S. Government is aware of “a lot more” sightings of “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena,” or “UAP,” than has so far been made public. – Read the full article here.
I am starting to think that the government ‘roadmap out of lockdown’ will be changed quite a bit over the coming weeks. I hope that the council will open up outdoor skateparks again to get Karta out of the house and doing something physical. Plus, I start longing for springtime at this time of year and with it warmer weather and longer days.
Leo Babauta of Zen Habits has written The Beginners Guide to Unschooling. Much of his advice is the same as what we have been doing with Karta. Why not read through it and see what you think?
I feel a change is coming to the way I move through life. It is time to let go of everything that has held me back. For too long, I have let myself get caught up with things from my past, and that has compromised my clarity of thought. Not anymore.
I’m having another crisis as a wave of doubt about approaching my future endeavours consumes me. I need to continue to narrow my focus when it come to thinking about what I want to do with the rest of my life.
Here’s the rub. I have doubts about my ability to do certain things, specifically writing about certain subjects and topics. I have dipped my toe into several different subjects, and for a while, I became quite good at some of it. Writing about motor racing is a prime example. I became good at it, mostly because I allowed myself to become completely immersed in it. But I always felt like an imposter, an interloper who didn’t have a right to b there among some of the best journalists and writers in the world. That held me back and caused me to make mistakes.
Recently I’ve been coming up with all kinds of ideas for blogs and websites. I’ve even gone as far as creating newsletters and social media accounts for them. What the fuck am I doing, and what is the point? I’ve spent some time pondering these questions and have concluded that I have to look at those things in life that bring me the greatest joy. So I did that. It’s quite a shortlist; here it is.
- I ENJOY BEING WITH FRIENDS & FAMILY
- I LIKE TO TRAVEL
- I ENJOY BEING OUT IN NATURE
- I LIKE TO WRITE
- I LIKE TO READ
- I ENJOY PHOTOGRAPHY
Over the next few days and weeks, I will decide how to move forward using this list as a guide. The first thing will be ‘trimming the fat’ by closing down the things that are a huge time suck. By paring down and pulling my fingers out of the pies of distraction, I will gradually start to get back to the things that really matter to me.
The dangers of compulsory vaccination
The ‘no jab, no job’ debate has parallels with the fight over free speech. Read this article over at UnHerd now.
Today I finally took the plunge and closed my WhatsApp account once and for all. I will continue to extricate myself from the Facebook ecosphere, with Facebook and Instagram being next on my hit list. First, I need to download my data from each account before changing the account name. The name change is to preserve my Insta-handle in case I decide to rejoin at a later date.
Using images from the Kaguya orbiter, Seán Doran has constructed a 4-hour real-time orbit of the Moon.
See also another video by Doran: An Incredible Video of What It’s Like to Orbit the Earth for 90 Minutes.
I am considering reverting to not having post titles. I’ll experiment with the format.
I’ve been watching and reading programmes and articles about the QAnon thing. I cannot believe that so many people have been suckered into believing the shit that they spout! Even David Icke thinks it is bullshit.
GOVERNMENT COVID FAILURES
Johnson has insisted his government “truly did everything we could” to limit coronavirus deaths.
NO YOU DIDN’T
- Lockdown soon enough
- Lockdown 2 soon enough
- Lockdown 3 soon enough
- Provide frontline staff with adequate PPE
- Cancel Christmas
- Close borders
- Cancel all foreign travel
- Make testing easily available early enough
- Put a viable track and trace system in place
- Close schools soon enough
- Have a “firebreak” half term lockdown in October
- Sort out exams, last year or this year
- Make wearing face masks compulsory early enough
- Keep people WFH where they could
- Provide IT support/equipment to kids for home schooling
- Feed kids
- Support self employed
- Punish people breaking rules (you know who)
- Issue clear rules and guidance
- Have a plan
- Follow the science
You did however:
- Provide numerous contracts worth millions to Tory donors
- Encourage the celebration of VE Day
- Encourage the spread of the virus through Eat Out to Help Out
- “Save Christmas” in the face of expert advice to the contrary – until only a week beforehand, when everyone’s Christmas arrangements were finalised
- Threaten schools in parts of London with legal action if they didn’t stay open
- Forced schools to go back for one day – one day – at the beginning of January
Apart from that, you truly did do everything possible.
PORSCHE BOXSTER 25 YEARS
Why couldn’t they come up with a better name for the new Porsche Boxster 25th anniversary edition? I mean, Boxster 25 Years, really?
Anyhoo, I am a lifelong fan of Porsche cars. I’m not sure why, but I think that it goes back to the 1981 action movie, Condorman. In that film the bad guys drive black Porsche 911s. They looked cool, sounded great and were really fast.
From then on, I looked out for these fine German sportscars whenever I went out on my bike or with my friends on some of the many adventures we used to undertake as kids. Fast forward to 1993 and the announcement of the Boxster Concept. The car, whose name is derived from the boxer engine and roadster, was shown at the USA’s prestigious Detroit Motor Show. In 1996 the production version of the car was launched with only a few changes to its appearance. I loved it and promised myself that I would own one of these cars. Sadly, that has not yet happened, but I live in hope.
This new car has taken its design cues from the original concept car and is based on the current 718 Boxster GTS 4.0. That’s all I’ve got to say; the new Boxster 25 Years is available to order from Porsche Centres in the UK, priced from £72,760.00 RRP. Deliveries will follow later in the Spring.
THE PRIVACY QUINTET
Here’s a list of five go-to applications for keeping my data secure and private.
My secure email provider, free to use, but a subscription is worth the money. Sign up here.
THREEMA SECURE MESSAGING
Threema is an instant messenger designed to generate as little user data as possible. All communication is end-to-end encrypted, and the app is open source. Chat Anonymously: No Phone Number Required. Each user generates a random Threema ID when setting up the app. Linking a phone number or email address is optional.
This secure messaging app was recommended to me by a hacker friend of mine. If it’s good enough for him and the likes of Edward Snowden and Elon Musk, it is good enough for me! Sign up for free here.
Internxt Drive is a zero-knowledge file storage service that’s based on absolute privacy and uncompromising security. I store my important digital documentation with this service. Sign up for a free account here.
Jottacloud is a Norwegian company that operates under Norwegian jurisdiction. Norway has some of the strongest privacy laws in the world. Their cloud storage service is my go-to for all of my photos, videos and less secure documentation. Data plans are excellent value for money, we use the family bundle that provides a full 5TB of storage, but individual plans feature unlimited storage. Sign up for your cloud storage account here.
There really are some brilliant alternatives to the services provided by large american corporations. These are just a few. Cheers.