Saturday, January 08, 2022


Paul Carrack with How Long.

Actually a single from English band Ace's debut album Five-A-Side (1974), of which Carrack was a founding member.

MGMT with Little Dark Age. From their eponymous 2017 album.

American indie rock band from Middletown, Connecticut. Founded in 2002 by multi-instrumentalists Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser. Hat tip OutlawSon.

Goede nacht.


Friday, December 31, 2021


It's 2022. Another year has come and gone.

DowneastBlog wishes all its reades of good will the very best for the coming year! Support each other and shy away from negative people. Above all, never stop fighting for what is good and decent!


Saturday, December 25, 2021


Today, on Christmas Day 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope, purported to be a hundred times more powerful than the Hubble Telescope, was launched atop an Ariane 5 rocket from ESA's base in Kourou, French Guyana, towards its destination, the Lagrangepoint L2. To view the graphics unimpeded by all my stuff and links to the right, simply click on each pic:

It will now have its designers, its financiers and every space enthousiast sitting on edge as it travels towards L2...a 29-day journey during which much can go wrong!

Once there it is time for commissioning the JWST:

More info here.



Friday, December 24, 2021


To all my readers of good will, a heartfelt Merry Christmas!

Adorazioni dei pastori (1485), in the Cappella Sassetti in Florence's Basilici di Santa Trinita


Sunday, December 19, 2021


Last week the Parker Solar Probe was hurtling though the Sun's corona at speeds sometimes approaching 100 miles per second:

Taking into account how solar radiation can potentially wreak havoc to the ISS's electronics when it is, after all, 150 million kilometers distant, how can the Parker Solar Probe even be functioning, let alone relay back these fascinating images, when it has now come as close as 8 million kilometers? Here are some answers:


Saturday, December 04, 2021


Well, unveil...

Neutron, the successor to Rocket Lab's Electron was announced in March already, but on 2 DEC the company lifted the veil on the new launch vehicle's revolutionary characteristics:

Neutron will be a medium-lift two-stage launch vehicle, capable of bringing up to 8 tonnes (17,600 lb) in LEO in a reusable configuration (15 tonnes when the first stage is expended). That's quite a jump from Electron's typical payload of around 300 kilograms. Unlike competitor SpaceX's Falcon 9, the 40m tall Neutron will be built from carbon composites, and use LOX and liquid methane propellant for its new Archimedes engine (which will be mainly 3D-printed).

The rocket's revised design features a tapered shape with a maximum diameter of 7 m (23 ft), standing on four fixed landing legs. Rocket Lab abandoned plans for landing Neutron on a floating platform, instead opting for a return-to-launch-site reusability profile instead. There will be no conventional payload fairing to be jettisoned and recovered at sea, but instead the fairing will be integrated into the vehicle and open like the petals of a flower to release the second stage and payload. While the cheap second stage will be lost, the first stage lands back on earth. Neutron will be launched from MARS, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, on Virginia's eastern coast.Rocket Lab is planning for the first launch to take place no earlier than 2024.

One thing is crystal-clear: Space has become Big Business!


Friday, November 26, 2021


Via Tim Dodd, the "Everyday Astronaut"!

It is but a small booklet, but it is one of the prized possessions in my library: "Three Paces beyond the Horizon". Many years ago, as a High School student having to write an essay about the USSR, I simply wrote the Embassy in Brussels for material and true enough, they sent me a stack of books and pamplets dealing on a wide range of topics - among them "Three Paces...":

It jibes with Mr Dodd's brilliant video. Never underestimate Russian engineering!


Sunday, November 21, 2021


If you are White and happened to grow up in a stable family, in case you didn't know it yet: you're a White Supremacist!


Saturday, November 20, 2021


Probably nobody but Europe's muslims are more pleased with all the bruhaha surrounding the covid pandemic, since it allows them to inch forward with their efforts to islamize the continent.

In September, in the major German city of Cologne a 2-year "pilot" project was started whereby Cologne's mosques - about 35 - are now permitted to broadcast the adhan on Fridays five times a day. Count on a poco cunt like Mayor Henriette Reeker to have made this possible, "as a sign of mutual respect".

That's Cologne's Diyanet-run main mosque. The monstrosity looks like a hoplite helmet to me, and the minarets like things to stab. Remember what Erdogan said back in 1998:

"The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers…"

The next important European city to follow suit with this self-destroying madness was Utrecht in The Netherlands, where a large majority in the Town Council voted in favor of a motion by islamic party Denk to allow muslim women wanting to join police to don the hijab:

Europe, at least Western Europe, is committing suicide as we speak.


Sunday, November 07, 2021


So after 16 years at the helm of Germany, Angela Merkel has left office, giving the reins to Olaf Scholz of the SPD, the German socialists.

For those not following German politics too closely, it would seem that Merkel, during her time as Bundeskanzlerin, proved to be an efficient steward of the German economic locomotive. And her CDU being politically centrist - at least that being the perception - neither foreign nor domestic policies seemed to lean too far to either the left or the right.

However, the following analysis by the Brussels Report's Pieter Cleppe proves that there is more than meets the eye... and it's not exactly flattering for "das Maedchen":


"When Germany gave up its D-Mark, there was a very clear quid pro quo: whenever governments in the Eurozone would get into trouble, they would not be able to count on being bailed out by taxpayers from other countries.

In practice, that’s of course not how things went. For years already before the Eurozone bailout machinery was created in 2010, the European Central Bank had been fueling easy money to banks in Eurozone member states that would have never been able to enjoy the low interest rates offered by the ECB to obtain euro funding.

Banks in Italy, for example, used that money to buy Italian government bonds, which in turn drove down Italy’s borrowing rates. There was little incentive left for governments in excessively indebted member states like Italy or Belgium to implement the necessary structural reforms to generate tax revenue to finance government spending. Eurozone membership was sufficient to keep those bloated welfare states afloat. Similar dynamics were at play all across the Eurozone, long before Greece, one of the Eurozone governments that were being showered with easy money, was suddenly no longer able to refinance its debt. Others, like Spain and Ireland, witnessed a housing bubble and bust, caused by easy ECB cash that had been pumped by local banks into the real estate market, in turn saddling some of these local banks with excessive debt, with the ensuing financial instability ultimately forcing the Irish and Spanish government to request a Eurozone bailout.

The pressure had been building for a while until finally, in early 2010, the Greek sovereign debt crisis erupted, which was followed by three fiscal bailouts of Greece, as well as bailouts of Ireland, Portugal, Cyprus and Spain. Others, like indeed Italy and Belgium, were being bailed out by the ECB.

The German establishment, with Angela Merkel at the helm, could have blocked bailouts, but opted not to do so, despite some severe misgivings, witnessed by a number of high profile Bundesbank resignations in 2011. Apart from endorsing bailouts, Merkel also provided tacit support to the ECB to do “whatever it takes” to keep the shaky monetary union alive."


"...Most notable is Merkel’s big change of heart over energy policy. A trained physicist, she has always been a supporter of nuclear power, until she got her government to decide to phase out nuclear power, right after the public turned against it following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March of 2011. This despite some more independent thinking greens considering this to be the ultimate stress-test for nuclear.

The result of these policies are that Germany is being plagued by sky-high energy prices for households. Also from the perspective to cut CO2 emissions, Merkel’s approach hasn’t exactly been a great success, given the persistent role of coal in Germany’s energy mix, which is apparently only possible to change by means of importing more Russian gas via the controversial new Nord Stream 2 gas pipe line between Russia and Germany."


"...As mentioned, Germany’s economy did fairly well during Merkel’s time in office. However, the reasons for that were unrelated to Merkel. For one, there were the courageous but unpopular “Agenda 2010” labour market reforms implemented by her predecessor, Gerhard Schröder. His policies managed to really restore Unit labour cost competitiveness had really by the end of 2005, when Merkel became Chancellor, and have remained stable since. This was also due to responsible wage restraint that was agreed between employers and employees.

Secondly, as a result of the ECB’s expansionist monetary policies, intended to keep interest rates as well as the euro exchange rate low, the German export sector profited from an exchange rate that was artificially weak. This helped exporters, but did hurt importers and consumers – a cost that may well be three times as big as compared to the benefits for exporters.

Under Merkel, a minimum wage was introduced, increasing the cost for employers to create jobs and reducing the flexibility that was possible under the system of sectoral agreements, while no proper reform of the pension system was undertaken – despite the massive ageing challenges the welfare state faces. Annual top-ups needed for the state pension system may well reach “well above €100bn by 2031”, compared with €67.8bn in 2018...."


"...Despite being seen as the “leader of the EU”, Merkel hasn’t made a lot of friends in the European Union. Her Eurozone bailout policies contributed to anger in the North over the request to pay for transfer as well as anger in the South over the conditions linked to those transfers. Both dynamics resulted in greater electoral support for anti-establishment parties.

Also her handling of Central and Eastern Europe leaves much to be desired for. Despite warnings from the French Interior Minister, Merkel’s government opted to push ahead with outvoting Eastern European countries and impose “mandatory refugee quotas” at the EU level in 2015..."


"...Much has been said over Merkel’s handling over the 2015-2016 migration crisis. To be fair, the “gates of Europe” were wide open long before Merkel made the assertion “Wir schaffen das“, meaning “we can manage this”, going against many in her own party.

The episode reveals another spectacular and panicky u-turn by Merkel. In August 2015, her government was using television adverts to warn people in Albania not to come to Germany as their chances of getting asylum were close to zero. And then, that same month, her government decided to suspend the so-called Dublin rules. This meant that it would stop returning Syrian asylum seekers to their first port of entry in the EU. Suddenly, the “hard line” vanished.

Merkel made the assertion “Wir schaffen das“, meaning “we can manage this”, going against many in her own party. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that a few months earlier Merkel had been sharply criticised for her insensitive response to a sobbing Palestinian refugee girl who begged to be allowed to stay in Germany.

Perhaps her approach after that of taking selfies with refugees to humanise them deserved praise, but the overall effect of her policy was not positive. Again, the suspension of the Dublin rules wasn’t the key factor leading to the great influx, which really began in March 2015. More important was Europe’s failure to close the Balkan route. This only happened in March 2016, which stopped the flow from people from Turkey to Greece and led to a large drop in drownings-at-sea. Many people, both genuine refugees and others, no longer tried to cross from Turkey, which had given shelter to more than 3.5 million refugees..."


"...Last but not least, Merkel also took steps away from Germany’s transatlantic foreign policy attitudes.

In a profile of Merkel, the Wall Street Journal notes:

“As she is preparing to leave office after her fourth term—having interacted with four U.S. presidents—she has overseen a dramatic increase of her country’s economic dependence on China, pushed through a far-reaching energy deal with Russia, joined France in challenging U.S. political influence in Europe and rejected American demands in areas such as economic policy and Berlin’s openness to Chinese technology(…)

The shift also has roots in the chancellor’s changing views. As a leader, Ms. Merkel gradually became disillusioned with the U.S., a development triggered by the 2008 financial crisis, which she blamed in part on America’s loose financial regulation. Since then, she developed a fascination with China that mixed concern about its totalitarian drift with admiration at its rapid growth and technological progress, according to aides, confidants and her own statements.”

Surely, Merkel is merely following trade flows, which happen to have increased with China, one could object. Then Merkel did actively override concerns of other EU governments on signing an EU investment pact with China at the end of last year, when Germany was chairing the EU Council and in this capacity in the driving seat.

One could also retort that the U.S. are the ones to have distances themselves from Europe and Germany, most certainly under Trump. Then, the WSJ describes how it is “emblematic of the cooling U.S.-German relationship” that “Angela Merkel declined the offer of being Joe Biden’s first call as president. She would be at her cottage, gardening”.

This indicates how it goes deeper than an aversion of Trump....

If after this damning analysis, you still are of the opinion that Frau Merkel was an efficient Bundeskanzlerin who did well for her country, you might want to consider that she was actually VERY LUCKY that her 'subjects' were Germans. If Germany still gives the impression that its economic powerhouse runs smoothly - it's NOT because of Merkels policies but because of the average German, who staunchly wakes up every morning and marches to his or her job. There is no social unrest in Germany like in France (les gilets jaunes), and yet large swaths of the population are worse off than their French counterparts and have every reason to air their concerns loudly. Incredibly, home ownership is the lowest in the entire EU. Scores of employees have to make ends meet with pitiful wages - a LIDL or ALDI caissière sometimes earning as little as 600EUR (or less!) a month. Truck drivers and their handlers delivering goods to my company regularly prove to be far into their sixties - and I assure you that it's hard work. People of that age doing backbreaking work are basically nowhere to be seen in Belgium. But in Germany, it's normal. When about five years ago the age to be eligible for pension was raised to 67 overnight, Germans did not give a peep. In France, Italy or even Belgium it might have caused a revolution. Any success das Maedchen has had in keeping the German locomotive going can be attributed directly to a staunch workforce still adhering to a no questions asked, 'Befehl ist Befehl' spirit.

But perhaps the shine of the Merkel era will lose its brightness sooner than expected. Angela 'Wir schaffen das' Merkel imported close to two million 'refugees'. However, violent welfare seekers from the Hindu Kush are another matter than Belgians arriving in Great Britain in 1914. The BKA (Bundeskriminalamt) just released its annual report and the conclusions are appalling. Far from importing rocket scientists and brain surgeons in 2015 and the years since, Germany let in specialist in completely different disciplines:


Sunday, October 03, 2021


Arthur Williams is a former Royal Marine who lost the use of his legs in an accident, took up flying, and is now a successful TV reporter! To get a taste of his work, watch this fascinating video:

As Winston once said: "Never, never, never give up!".


Saturday, September 11, 2021


I've read a lot of "Never forgets" today.

I've barely read "Never forgives".

Over here at DowneastBlog we will never forget, never forgive and we will never be shy to squarely put the blame where it lies:

After 9/11, in an incomprehensible state of collective delusion the West, which should right away have enforced a ban on muslim immigration, rolled out the red carpet for them instead.

Here we are, twenty years later, with the outcome of the Bush Doctrine for 50 per cent a failure and for the other 50 per cent still in doubt, with truly MASSIVE inroads of islam in our countries, no solution in sight, and plenty of fucking TRAITORS in our midst. As a stark reminder of how much the rot has set in at the highest level, consider this disgraceful speech by Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:

This... PIG, who was more concerned about 'White Rage' than ensuring the withdrawal from AFG didn't turn into a humiliating rout, manages to NOT disclose who those "They, they, they, they, they" are. What an appalling disgrace for not calling the perpetrators for what they were, ISLAMIC TERRORISTS. The scoundrel should be fired, pronto!

I don't know how it is with you, but I will fight to the death against the islamic takeover of our countries. Islam is a cancer. You either destroy cancer, be it by chemotherapy or radiation or cutting it away... or it destroys you.

I should know.

Save a prayer for the innocent victims of the barbaric death cult that is islam.