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It can’t be worse than last year, can it? Credit: Valery SharifulinTASS/Getty

HOW WILL COVID SHAPE 2021?

With the pandemic routed, old political problems will resurface. Read the full article over on UnHerd here.

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SNOWDEN: “WE CAN FIX A BROKEN SYSTEM”

Below is a link to a message from whistleblower Edward Snowden. His revelations about secret surveillance programs opened the world’s eyes to a new level of government misconduct, and reinvigorated EFF’s continuing work in the courts and with lawmakers to end unlawful mass spying.

CLICK HERE TO READ ED’S MESSAGE
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UFOS ARE STILL A MYSTERY, AND 2020 SHOWED US THE DOD IS PAYING ATTENTION

In June 1960, Rear Admiral Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter, third Director of Central Intelligence under the Truman Administration and first to direct the newly formed Central Intelligence Agency created under the National Security Act of 1947, went on the record with his views on UFOs.

“I know that neither Russia nor this country had anything even approaching such high speeds and maneuvers,” Hillenkoetter was quoted saying.

It would not be the last time a former CIA director would comment on UFOs’ perennially controversial topic, as recent days have shown. Within the final weeks of 2020, former CIA director John Brennan also weighed in on the subject, during a podcast interview with George Mason University economics professor Tyler Cowen. Read the full article over at The Debrief here!

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UAP TASK FORCE TO PROVIDE REPORT TO SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE

On December 28th, President Donald Trump signed into law an omnibus spending bill allocating $1.4 trillion in federal funding for the 2021 fiscal year. Covering everything from pandemic-relief provisions to defence spending, the massive bill also contains the FY 2021 Intelligence Authorization Act, which codifies U.S. covert and clandestine operations and defines reporting requirements to Congress. Read the full Debrief article here.

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2021 RESOLUTIONS

So, here we are in the year 2021, the ‘future’! I’ve been banging on about making changes, so here, for my reference is the list of things that need to change and things to do.

I RESOLVE TO…

  • Change to a low carb diet. Cut out as much sugar as possible.
  • Fast daily from dusk ’til dawn.
  • Stop using social media.
  • Stop using WhatsApp, where possible.
  • Stop using my smartphone, where possible.
  • Wind up all of my websites, once and for all.
  • Focus on my fitness.
  • Focus on Karta’s fitness.
  • Spend less.
  • Draft a will.
  • Visit Nordkapp in Norway.
  • Climb Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis.
  • Start swimming regularly.
  • Meditate daily.
  • De-clutter and minimise my belongings.
  • Attend to some personal health issues.
  • Enter some virtual endurance racing events.
  • Read a book every week.
  • Write a daily blog post.
  • I will not take on any more unpaid work.
  • I will only check emails on my pc, where possible.
  • Change the format of this blog to include capitalised headings.
  • I will only check my emails twice a day, AM & PM.
  • I will go to bed at 2300 every day.
  • I will get up every morning at 0700.
  • No haircuts.

There it is. A long list, but one that I am determined to keep to. By following these resolutions, I will change my life for the better. If 2020 has shown me anything, it is that life is short, life is precious, and that life is fragile. I have to be around long enough to help my son grow into a fun-loving, passionate, kind-hearted man. Only then will I take my foot off the gas and begin to wind down.

I wish you all a happy new year, and I hope you get everything you wish for. Stay rad. JP.

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2020 SUCKED – BUT HAD A FEW GOOD TIMES!

Thank fuck for that! I managed to get through 2020 reasonably unscathed (well, I didn’t get the Covids – as far as I know?).

My son completed his first year of home schooling, I think he’s where he needs to be, and is progressing nicely. We got the first year in our new home under our belts, village living will always be my preferred choice from now on.

My father died back in the summer. I am still working out how I feel about that, especially as I have not seen the man since the early 90s. He was, and remains aloof. The subsequent contact with ‘his side of the family’, people that I haven’t seen or heard from for a similar amount of time, was interesting. I don’t think that we will have any kind of relationship going forward?

This blog has become my main outlet as I move away from mainstream social media channels once and for all. Seth Godin sums up the best blog in this post. I will continue to write here, and I will continue to post links to articles and pretty much anything else that comes to mind. This is my shiny thing, I take care of it, I own it, and I can say anything I like without fear of censorship. If you don’t like what I have to say, then go and find something else to read. There is, of course, my newsletter. I will make an effort to write it at least once-a-week during 2021, but this will only be when I have the time to write something decent.

I found some time to reconnect with friends that I should never have lost touch with. They are among the most important people that I know of, and having them in my life is fulfilling. Next year I will do more to nurture those friendships (pandemic permitting).

I am still working out if I will continue with a couple of projects that are a huge time suck, time spent that is of little benefit to me and my family and that could be used in ways that will improve my life – I’ve kind of answered my own question, I think?).

So there it is, a quick round-up of 2020. I’m happy to see the back of it, and I am optimistic about 2021, the forthcoming Covid-19 vaccines, and several adventures on the horizon.

Until next year, adieu!

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