Saturday, May 23, 2020

CORONACRISIS: THE GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY FOR MUSLIMS TO FORCE THE AZAN UPON THE GULLIBLE.

London, Canary Wharf:




Amsterdam:




Mechelen, Belgium




The muslim call to prayer starts with:


āllahu ākbar, āllahu ākbar
āllahu ākbar, āllahu ākbar


... and ends with:


āllahu ākbar, āllahu ākbar
lā ilaha illā-llah (there is no God but Allah)



These days, daily in hundreds of European cities. Courtesy the corona crisis.

We are beating Covid-19. Beating the islamic virus is a challenge of a far bigger magnitude.


MFBB.


Sunday, May 17, 2020

AGAIN: CORONACRISIS ABUSED BY MUSLIMS TO CONSOLIDATE THEIR POSITION.

For the second time on this blog, I will empatically state that muslims in Europe are abusing the Coroncrisis to consolidate their position.

All over the continent - at least in Western Europe - they have been seeking approval from mayors to allow the broadcasting with loudspeakers of the adhan, ostensibly 'to boost morale'.

Unfortunately, in a great many cases those mayors have given their permission.



This is in The Netherlands:





And this is in the UK:





Make no mistake, this horrible practice is here to stay. Give muslims a finger, they will take a hand. There is now a precedent. Those who think that once the coronacrisis emergency is over, the muezzins will keep silent, are fools.



MFBB.

Saturday, May 09, 2020

SATURDAY NIGHT EURYTHMICS, THE FRAY.

Euryhtmics with It's Alright (Baby's coming back). Album Be Yourself Tonight (1985).





Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, both ex The Tourists, were a British synthpop duo who formed around 1980 in Wagga Wagga, Australia, of all places.



The Fray with How To Save A Life. From their 2005 debut album How To Save A Life.





US rock band who formed in 2002 in Denver, CO around schoolmates Isaac Slade and Joe King.



Good night and stay safe.



MFBB.

Friday, May 08, 2020

BAF TO ACCEPT DELIVERY OF FIRST A400M THIS MONTH.

Fooled you! The first one to be delivered is actually the MSN104, the sole Luxembourgian A400M. To be sure, it is being delivered in BAF livery since the plane will be operated jointly by Belgium and Luxembourg. I have no video material of the MSN 104, but the video below does show a Belgian plane, the MSN 106, being rolled out of the Airbus hangar in Sevilla, Spain, upon completion of the paint job.

Belgium purchased a total of 7 A400M's - not counting the MSN104 - to replace its ageing 'fleet' of the 15th Transport Wing's nine C-130H Herculeses. And Luxembourg purchased one, the MSN 104, for the time being to be delivered to Melsbroek AFB near Brussels (four Luxembourgian pilots are being trained in Belgium). It will also be the sole plane in the LUX AF!





The seven 'real' Belgian A400M's will be delivered from 2021 to 2023, by which time the last of the venerable Hercules will be phased out. In 1972/1973 the BAF purchased twelve of these do-it-all cargo planes (and later a thirteenth second hand) to replace the about 32 Fairchild C-119 Boxcars which until then formed the backbone of the BAF's transport wing.


Some background, via airrecognition dot com:


Design

The Airbus A400M will increase the airlift capacity and range compared with the aircraft it was originally set to replace, the older versions of the Hercules and Transall. Cargo capacity is expected to double over existing aircraft, both in payload and volume, and range is increased substantially as well. The A400M's wings are primarily carbon fibre reinforced plastic. The eight-bladed Scimitar propeller is also made from a woven composite material.


Avionics

The two-pilot flight deck crew will have the benefit of an integrated, digital avionics system in the cockpit and a fly-by-wire control system. Additional systems will provide a night-vision-compatible glass cockpit complete with two head-up displays supported by at least five multi-function displays that will allow state-of-the-art avionics developments to be incorporated to the flight-deck design, so greatly reducing crew workload. A modern Defensive Aids Suite will be fitted, incorporating radio and infra-red frequency detectors, electronic-countermeasure equipment and chaff/flare dispensers. The EADS Defence Electronics defensive aids suite will include an ALR-400 radar warner from Indra and EADS, MIRAS (multi-colour infraRed alerting sensor) missile launch and approach warner developed by EADS and Thales, and chaff and flare decoy dispensers. A laser DIRCM (directed infrared countermeasure) system may be added later.

Thales and Diehl Avionik Systeme are developing the A400M's FMS400 flight management system, based on integrated modular avionics modules, an adaptation of systems being fitted on the Airbus A380 airliner. The avionics will include cockpit control and display systems with nine 6in×6in displays and a digital head-up display which features liquid crystal display (LCD) technology and enhanced vision systems (EVS), for enhanced situational awareness, automated CG calculation, automated defensive aids systems, simple EMCOM switching, simplified switching, uncluttered screens, automated tanker and receiver fuel control and auto fuel tank inerting.
The aircraft's independent navigation system comprises an inertial reference system (IRS) integrated with a global positioning system (GPS). The weather and navigation radar is to be the Northrop Grumman AN/APN-241E, which incorporates windshear measurement and ground mapping capability. The radio navigation suite includes a pair of instrument landing systems, VHF Omnidirectional Radio ranging (VOR), radio distance measuring equipment (DME), air traffic control (ATC) transponders, automatic direction finders (ADF) and a tactical air navigation unit (TACAN).


Propulsion

The A400M will be driven by four Europrop International (EPI) turboprop engines, which will be the most powerful turboprops developed to date in the western world, they will be lighter, easy to maintain and will consume 20% less fuel per mission relative to a similar turbofan engine. The A400M's normal operating speed is 555km/h, but it can reach a maximum speed of 780km/h. The normal and ferry ranges of the aircraft are 3,298km and 8,710km respectively. The service ceiling is 11,300m. The take-off and landing distances of the aircraft are 980m and 770m respectively. The aircraft weighs around 76,500kg and the maximum take-off weight is 141,000kg.

Capability

The A400M carries outsize loads such as helicopters, heavy engineering equipment and armoured vehicles that are too large or too heavy for current tactical airlifters.The A400M satisfies the fundamental requirement of recent humanitarian missions and today’s ongoing military operations to airlift heavy and large equipment directly to where it is most urgently needed, and thus enabling cost-effective and rapid response to crisis.



While it is true that an A400M can carry about twice the payload of a Hercules, the fact that only 7 were bought is a reminder of Belgium's unenviable status of the worst student in NATO class. Indeed, it still spends at best a meagre 0.93 per cent of GNP on Defense. The former Michel I government pledged to raise that number to 1.6 per cent by 2030 or so, but you can be damn sure the corona crisis will be used as the perfect excuse to postpone that lofty goal to 2300 instead.



MFBB.

Saturday, May 02, 2020

MAY 2ND, 2020.

9 years ago to the day, my father died.




My father never claimed to be a leader; indeed, he was of a rather individualistic nature, far too much a perfectionist to ever direct, and allow, personnel to do his job.

And yet he was a leader. By example.




"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me."
~ Psalm 23:4 ~



Rest in peace father. You are not forgotten.



MFBB.

Friday, May 01, 2020

BALTIC AIR POLICING AND SWING WINGS.

The BAF has, over the past eight months, again been participating in a Baltic Air Policing mission. In SEP 2019, four F-16s from Florennes AFB arrived in Siauliai, Lithuania, and in JAN there was a change of the guard by four jets from Kleine Brogel AFB. From Siauliai, they regularly conducted missions over the Baltic Republics and their territorial waters.

The week of April 17 was quite a busy one, with interceptions of a host of Russian planes. Among them Su24 Fencers:








It's probably these very same Fencers that had made quite a nuisance of themselves in the preceding week, involving the same US destroyer USN Donald Cook:





One should nevertheless also give some thought to the Russian POV. For them, the presence of strong NATO air elements so close to Russian territory must also be, if not unnerving, at the very least annoying. Yet, given the history of the Baltic Republics at the hands of Russia's predecessor, the USSR, I still think them joining NATO was an appropriate move. It's a solid guarantee they won't be overrun again as happened in 1940. If you think that's unlikely in today's world, think again and ask the Ukrainians about the Crimea. Weakness invites agression.

Be all that as it may, I think NATO's eastward expansion has reached its limit and the organization should respect Russia's sphere of influence. I hear e.g. that Georgia is angling for NATO membership. Sorry; as sympathetic as one might be towards the aspirations of this small republic on the wrong side of the Black Sea, they should politely receive notice that that is out of the question.


As for the air elements deployed by the Russian Air Force, it's interesting to see that apparently the Fencers (with their trademark smokey engines!) remain firmly in the inventory. They can't have flown fast - wings are in the take off/landing position. And those swing wings got me thinking again about something that's been on my mind for a long time: the ordnance, or jettisonable fuel tanks, stored under those swing wings... if the wings turn, so must the pylons on which the bombs, missiles etc are mounted turn too, right? That means automatically that the entire weight is suspended from only one rotational point. I was glad enough that on Twitter, the gentleman known as @PrivateFrazer, who is an aerospace professional, presented me this magnificent scheme of the swing wing/pylon system for the F-111! I'm happy to share it with you:





(Some fleshing out this evening yet)


MFBB.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

SATURDAY NIGHT SUPERTRAMP, THE BLUE NILE.

Supertramp with Take the long way home. Album Breakfast in America (1979).





English rock band, founded in London in 1969 by Roger Hodgson (vocals, keyboards, guitar) and Rick Davies (vocals, keyboards).



The Blue Nile with Tinseltown in the Rain. From their 1984 debut album A Walk Across the Rooftops.





Scottish band formed in the early eighties by Paul Buchanan, Robert Bell and Paul Joseph ("PJ") Moore. The three of them studied at the Glasgow Uni, where they obtained degrees in literature and medieval histor, mathematics, and electronics, respectively.

Hat tip OutlawDaughter.


Good night and stay safe.



MFBB.

CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE DISCOVERIES!!!

30 years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope was brought into orbit by Space Shuttle Discovery.





Via Space dot com:


"...In 1946, soon after World War II, astronomer Lyman Spitzer proposed launching a space telescope, which could overcome the limitations of ground-based observatories. It took a couple more decades before the idea garnered enough support for the National Academy of Science to organize a committee of scientists to evaluate the potential of a Large Space Telescope. With Spitzer at the helm, the committee published a document in 1969 that outlined the scientific uses of a Large Space Telescope and advocated for its construction, according to a history of the telescope written by Gabriel Olkoski for NASA.

The National Academy of Science took their pitch to NASA — the only agency capable of making the Large Space Telescope a reality. NASA was already considering a space telescope of some type, but they were undecided on how big to make it and where to start. In 1971, George Low, the agency's acting administrator at that time, greenlighted the Large Space Telescope Science Steering Group and NASA soon began lobbying Congress for funding for the endeavor."








"...The expensive project was a tough sell, and funding was initially denied by the House Appropriations Subcommittee in 1975. NASA then upped their lobbying efforts and got buy-in from European Space Agency, which shared the costs. Congress eventually granted funding for NASA's portion of the Large Space Telescope in 1977.

Development began almost immediately, and NASA planned to launch the telescope in 1983, but various production delays pushed the launch date back to 1986.


In the meantime, the Large Space Telescope was renamed the Hubble (HST) in honor of Edwin Hubble, an American astronomer who, among other things, determined that the universe extended beyond the borders of the Milky Way.

The HST was delayed once more after the 1986 space shuttle Challenger exploded a minute after takeoff on January 28 of that year, killing all seven astronauts on board. It took two years before shuttle flights could resume and NASA could begin planning Hubble's launch again.

The world's first space telescope finally launched aboard space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990. The effort cost $1.5 billion, but there would be ongoing costs — both expected and unexpected...."








"...Initial instruments on Hubble included the Wide Field Planetary Camera, the Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph (GHRS), the Faint Object Camera (FOC), the Faint Object Spectrograph (FOS) and the High Speed Photometer.

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Hubble experienced equipment issues right off the bat. The telescope's images came back so blurry that they were close to useless. Hubble's main mirror had a defect — a spherical aberration caused by a manufacturing error. The flaw was minute, at just 1/50th the thickness of a sheet of paper, but that was big enough to cause major imaging problems.

It took three years before NASA could mount a repair mission. On Dec. 2, 1993, the Space Shuttle Endeavor ferried a crew of seven to fix Hubble during five days of spacewalks. Two new cameras, including the Wide-Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC-2) — which later took many of Hubble's most famous photos — were installed during the fix. In December 1993, the first new images from Hubble reached Earth, and they were breathtaking.

Since then, Hubble has continued to provide unprecedented information about our universe and inspire curious minds around the world..."



Indeed.

Probably the most iconic photo provide by Hubble to date is the one showing the 'three pillars of creation', clouds in the Eagle Nebula composed mainly of cool hydrogen and dust, which serve as incubators for new stars. I myself I prefer this astounding image:





That image is called the Hubble Legacy Field, actually a composite image. It's some kind of a “history book” of galaxies in the universe. It's a combination of nearly 7,500 separate Hubble exposures, representing 16 years’ worth of observations. The wavelength range stretches from ultraviolet to near-infrared light, capturing all the features of galaxy assembly over time. The Hubble Leagy Field depicts a wide portrait of the distant universe and contains roughly 265,000 galaxies, which stretch back through some 13.3 billion years of time to just 500 million years after the universe’s birth in the big bang. More info here:







Some HST facts:

Telescope size:

Length: 43.5 feet (13.2 meters)
Weight: 24,500 lbs. (11,110 kilograms)
Maximum diameter: 14 feet (4.2 m)


Spaceflight stats:

Orbit: Average altitude of 307 nautical miles (569 km, or 353 miles), inclined 28.5 degrees to the equator.
Time to complete one orbit: 97 minutes
Speed: 17,500 mph (28,000 km/h)
Data:

Hubble transmits about 120 gigabytes of science data every week. That would be roughly 3,600 feet (1,097 meters) of books on a shelf. The collection of pictures and data is stored on magneto-optical disks.


Power:

Energy source: Sunlight
Mechanism: Two 25-foot solar panels
Power usage: 2,800 watts
Batteries: 6 nickel-hydrogen (NiH), with a storage capacity equal to 20 car batteries


Optics:

Primary mirror diameter: 94.5 in (2.4 m)
Primary mirror weight: 1,825 lb (828 kg)
Secondary mirror diameter: 12 in (0.3 m)
Secondary mirror weight: 27.4 lb (12.3 kg)


Among the most valued discoveries and observations of the HST we count:

a.) Creating a 3-D map of mysterious dark matter.
b.) Discovering Nix and Hydra, two moons of Pluto.
c.) Helping determine the rate of the universe's expansion.
d.) Discovering that nearly every major galaxy is anchored by a black hole.
e.) Helping refine the age of the universe.



Because maintenance missions to the HST stopped when the Space Shuttle program ended in 2012, anything that breaks down is not repaired so Hubble finds itself in effect in a decaying state. There's talk however of using the Orion Capsule to provide a token of maintenance.

And even if that doesn't go through, the HST's successor is in the works: the James Webb Space Telescope, which will be bigger and more sensitive. However, because of budget overruns and technical delays, and also because of the current Corona Crisis, it is practically certain that the planned launch date of Spring 2021 cannot be maintained. Which means that at least for the time being and for the foreseeable future, the Hubble Space Telescope will remain the undisputed workhorse when it comes to cosmological observations!


MFBB.

Friday, April 24, 2020

EUROPE: MUSLIMS ABUSING CORONA CRISIS TO CONSOLIDATE POSITION.

Sheer horror: at the end of March, the muslim call to prayer was for the very first time broadcast from loudspeakers from the Brussels Central Mosque near the Cinquantenaire monument:





Mark my words, a precedent has been set!


Same in Duisburg, in Germany's Ruhrgebiet, where the adhan resounded fromthe minaret of the DITIB-run central mosque:



Duisburg is no isolated case. There are reportedly hundreds of mosques in Germany which did the same.


Same in Amsterdam, this tweet is from muslim police officer 'Mohsin' and shows the El Umma mosque:



This 5th column man in police uniform is actually far more dangerous than the cruelest ISIS member who left The Netherlands to wreak havoc in Syria.



And for those not swayed by these lovely demonstrations of muslim compassion there were more convincing arguments of solidarity in times of corona:





"Rioting started in Villeneuve-la-Garenne on Sunday evening, according to broadcaster France Bleu, and continued on Monday night time with fireworks released at law enforcement.

Numerous other Paris suburbs also noticed violence and rioting such as the infamous no-go location of Seine-Saint-Denis which noticed rubbish cans lit on fire in both Aulnay-sous-Bois and Saint-Denis.

Various parts also reported attacks on police instantly in Asnières, Nanterre, Meudon, Clamart, and Gennevilliers.

The section of Yvelines, which has viewed almost everyday assaults on the law enforcement for the earlier two weeks, reported officers attacked in the town of Noé by a team of about 20 men and women who released projectiles and fireworks at them.

Significantly less than an hour later on in the commune of La Verrière, one more police patrol was attacked by a team of close to five persons. Rocks were being then thrown at officers in Mantes-la-Jolie and a bus was attacked with fireworks in Sartrouville a brief time later on..."



Villeneuve-la_Garenne: police counterattacking muslim youths. YES, they are definitely 'MUSLIM' youths! Ain't no Biofrench youths, no Vietnamese youths, they ain't even Chinese youths:














Aulnay-sous-bois, a well known Dar-al-Islam hotbed and muslim no-gone zone:




Corona may be bad, but we will conquer it, that's for sure.

The ongoing - actually, 'thanks' to corona, *accelerating*, islamization, now, that is another matter.


MFBB.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

SUNDAY ART SNACK: GEORGE HENRY, EMILE CLAUS, FREDERIC EDWIN CHURCH.

Japanese Lady with fan by George Henry.





George Henry RA (1858–1943) was a Scottish painter and a prominent member of the Glasgow School. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art and later in Robert MacGregor's studio.



Emile Claus with Afternoon along the river.





Émile Claus (27 september 1849 te Sint-Eloois-Vijve – 14 juni 1924 te Astene) was a Belgian painter, the most talented Luminist. Luminism was a late-impressionist style centered around light effects. The painting above is no luminist work of Claus, but the one below is: Anna De Weert. De Weert, a pupil of Claus, later became a prominent luminist in her own right.






Frederic Edwin Church's Koenigsee, Bavaria.





Frederic Edwin Church (May 4, 1826 – April 7, 1900) was an American landscape painter and a central figure in the Hudson River School.


MFBB.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

RECOMMENDED READS: ANDREA WIDBURG'S "POLYAMORY, SAYS THE LEFT, IS COOL - UNTIL THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONG US GET HURT".

Over at American Thinker, Andrea Widburg's column, by means of a sobering example, is yet one more illustration of the Left's reverse Midas Touch:


"The nuclear family, one with a married mother and father, has proven very successful in Western culture. Children benefit from a nurturing mother in the home and a successful father outside of the home. Children benefit as well from the different energies men and women bring to childrearing. This is not to say that nontraditional parenting cannot produce successful, happy children. It’s simply noting that, on the bell curve, the traditional nuclear family is the big fat part with the best results.

Small wonder, then, that the left has been out to destroy the nuclear family for seventy years. It started with the Kinsey report, which tricked Americans into believing that monogamous heterosexuality wasn’t normative but was, instead, a behavior that fell somewhere on a vast spectrum. The reality, which didn’t come out until decades later, was that Kinsey was a bisexual masochist whose “researchers” came from the fringes of society, including pedophiles, and who tended to interview people like themselves, grotesquely skewing the data.

With Kinsey as a template, though, the left has long pushed to normalize behavior that falls outside the nuclear family grouping. Probably the biggest act to break the nuclear family was creating the welfare state, which effectively made fathers superfluous, thereby destroying nuclear families in the black community.

Within too many black communities, single motherhood was the norm – and with single motherhood came the boyfriend. Sadly for children, there is no more dangerous person for a child than a mother’s boyfriend who has no biological tie to the child.*

Outside of the welfare state, leftist popular culture has worked hard to make nontraditional families seem “cool.” We’re told that we have to accept all of these nontraditional relationships lest we are considered “judgmental.” That edgy, cool, non-judgmental approach is why Tory Ojeda, a Florida resident, made the news last December:



~ A polyamorous woman in Florida with four partners is pregnant, and says despite sharing her bed with her many lovers, she’s certain of who the father is.

Tory Ojeda, 20, lives with three of her four partners in their Jacksonville, Fla., home. Marc, Travis, Ethan and Christopher take turns spending time with Ojeda, “swapping in and out” of her bed each night, she tells Barcroft Media.

The household’s love story began three years ago when Ojeda met Marc, 18, in high school. Two months later, she opened things up with Travis, 23 — to whom she is now engaged. Later, she brought Ethan, 22, and Christopher, 22, into the fold.

And despite her plans to get married to Travis, Ojeda said he’s not the father of her baby girl, due in February.

“Chris is the biological father,” she says. “We just know that because of timing and when the approximate conception date was. Based off of the approximate conception day, we had been on vacation. So it was only us.”




At day’s end, this living situation boils down to a baby girl sharing a home, not just with one man who’s not her biological father, but with three men who are not her biological fathers. You’ve probably guessed by now that this does not end well for that baby:




~ Ethan Baucom is charged with aggravated child abuse after a 5-week-old girl suffered multiple injuries, police said.

A 22-year-old Westside Jacksonville man told an officer he “needed to tell the truth” on March 17, according to his arrest report.

While much of the report about Ethan Bishop Baucom’s charge of aggravated child abuse has been redacted, one line is not.

“He stated he believed he heard a ‘pop’ during the occurrence,” the officer wrote in the report.

The 5-week-old girl’s grandmother gave more details in an email to The Times-Union, saying the baby suffered a broken leg, arm, ribs and skull fractures.

[snip]

Baucom told the responding detective that he was getting frustrated due to his inability to get any sleep while baby-sitting. At some point something happened that was blacked out in the report, and that’s when he said he heard the pop. The baby briefly ceased crying, then cried harder, he said.



Whenever leftists are advancing their policies, they argue that their positions are “for the children.” However, when it comes to destroying the traditional family, it’s most certainly not “for the children.” It's true that there’s no way to protect children entirely from immature, selfish, careless, or evil people. Still, we can tilt the odds in children’s favor if we place them in a traditional two-parent home with a biological father who has a genetic interest in seeing his offspring thrive. Ojeda went in the opposite direction and her baby paid the price."



To conclude, a telling graph. Married nuclear family (by which we assume of course a woman and a man, not the travesties they try to sell us as 'families') = LEAST abuse. Cohabiting parent = MOST abuse. That's with 'only' one partner. Now calculate in if there's FOUR partners.





MFBB.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

HAPPY EASTER 2020!!!

To all our readers of good will a Happy and Blessed Easter!





John 11:25-26 (NIV)

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”



MFBB.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

HOW POLICE ENFORCES LOCKDOWN IN BRUSSELS.

With varying degrees of zeal and effectiveness, police across Belgium try to discourage unnecessary movements. By and large, Biobelgians and well-integrated "new" Belgians adhere to the rules. For instance, many Belgians from the centre of the country have a second home, most often an apartment, at the coast. During the current lockdown, they are prohibited from venturing there, and at the main highway exits to the coastal cities police check whether you are actually a resident or a 'tweede verblijver' (lit. second dweller). In the case of the latter, no pardon is given: a 250 EUR fine and back pronto to your offical first residence:







Even in the city of your offical residence you may be prone to controls. One of my sisters is general manager of a real estate company in Brussels and was 'intercepted' by a police patrol which asked her a legitimate reason for venturing out on the streets (OK such instances are relatively rare, since last Friday I myself was able to enter Brussels by car; there was a police patrol, but it was only trying to discourage traffic by their mere presence, and I passed them without problem). Anyway, my sister was able to show evidence that she was on her way to her office to get salaries paid and she was waved through.

Sadly, there's a category of New Belgians which flouts the rules Big Time, and as per usual, it's muslims. Why, rules made by kuffars don't mean a thing. Which is why hospitals in the eastern province of Limburg, with a very large presence of Turkish muslims (Europes most ardent Erdogan followers outside of Turkey), are choke full of followers of the prophet since they gave a hoot to the lockdown rules.

And which is why in Brussels, well, see for yourself. When police today tried to get a group of young Moroccans to disperse, this is what happened:




Who is boss on the street? It depends on whom police encounters:




Don't come tell me there's no islamic angle and these 'youths' are merely bored. These bastards are told day and night that there is them, true believers, and that there is us, infidels. In another instance today or yesterday, police called onto an imam to calm the sons of bitches: that's implicitly admitting that the islamic faith plays a role in this outrageous behaviour.

The very, very sad reality is that if these scoundrels by their irresponsible acts end up with Covid-19 in UZ Jette, Saint Luc, Brugmann or whatever hospital in Brussels, they will occupy many ICU's and if YOU, a decent citizen who obeyed the rules but thru bad luck contacted the virus anyway, show up at said hospitals, you may find there's no place anymore for you.



MFBB.


Friday, April 10, 2020

GOOD FRIDAY.

A brief summary on the situation in Belgium. The charts with het most relevant parameters reveal a conflicting image. The death tally now stands at 3,019 cases. For an (official) population numberting around 11,600,000 individuals, that's a rather dire proportion, only surpassed by Italy and Spain. Yesterday, the number of deaths was a whopping 500, the biggest daily increase since the start of the crisis.

On the other hand: there are NO Italian, Spanish or NYC scenarios here. The situation in the hospitals, while harrowing in several in the province of Limburg, is under control. This very morning I was in Onze Lieve Vrouw in Aalst for a treatment where I spoke with, of course, the nurses but also my doctor, a very accomplished oncologist who is the very opposite of the bullshitting type.

The nurses were - how shall I put it - rather relaxed. Definitely less under stress than two weeks ago. They say their hospital, among the best in Belgium, can cope. As can the majority of the nation's hospitals. Indeed, at the outbreak of Covid-19 in Belgium there were a total of 1,900 ICU's nationwide. Some three weeks ago measures were taken to raise that total to 2,650, which would have placed Belgium in the top tier segment of ICUs per capita in the EU. Today, some 2,200 are available, but 'only' around half of them are occupied… and ICU occupancy has even been slowly decreasing over the past few days.

My doctor's story more or less confirmed this relatively optimistic outlook - as did the assessment of a GP who is a client last week. Plus, there is also the fact that to date, deaths in the medical frontline have been 'limited' to Isaura Castermans, a 30-year old nurse from Zutendaal, Limburg. A very sad story involving a beautiful, dedicated young woman who 'was not afraid to die'. But compared to this single case, Italy's tally of over 100 doctors (I don't have the number of fatalities among nurses, but it too must be harrowing) is downright apocalyptic.

So how come that on paper Belgium's numbers look Southern European, while 'in the field' (or 'on the surface', whichever you prefer) the situation does not seem so dire.

I guess that's because of the very recent (only the last four or five days) glut of fatalities in homes for the elderly, of which the management now suddenly have decided to reveal rather harrowing statistics. It seems most in not all of them have been left pretty much to their own devices, and infections among patrons and personnel have been rampant for weeks. Only now does this phenomenon begin to contribute to a significant uptick in the statistics, obliterating the reassuring news emerging from the hospitals.

I'm not a believer in conspiracy theories, but something a client of mine who is the general manager of a home for the elderly in Jette, Brussels, made me think twice. He complained bitterly of not having received a single mask, disinfecting bottle, or any other item or financial support, to help contain the spread of the virus in his establishment. Half of his personnel does not turn up. His daughter was forced to assist in the kitchen. My client told me the government is deliberately witholding aid to the (very) elderly in hopes that when all this is over, there will be a lot less pensions and doctor bills to pay.

Well, I don't know about that. It's a stark accusation. But while I am still absolutely sure there's not something of a blueprint envisaging just such a senior-killing scheme, I AM certain that many among our Moral Betters, chief among them the greens, socialists and liberals, are secretly - or not so secretly - glad the corona virus is wreaking such a heavy toll among a population of which the care indeed is rather costly but more importantly, of which the voting behaviour is not very progressive.

Be all that as it may, we must keep our heads cool, use our brains and above all keep adhering to the strictest guidelines re social distancing, hygiene, and disinfection. Even if there are promising signs we are getting this devil under control, our efforts to contain it may not slack for another three months at least.




Amidst all the turmoil, the very real suffering of too many people, and the fact that the lives of so many are turned upside down, it is time to reflect.

It's Good Friday, on which Christians commemmorate the Crucifixion of Christ.






A painting by Gabriel Metsu, an accomplished Dutch artist in Holland's Golden Age.



Stay safe and stay healthy. But remember that the best chance for that is to stay cautious and alert.



MFBB.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

SATURDAY NIGHT THE CHURCH, LEVEL 42.

Sorry for the very light blogging. No time left in between chemo, all the corona mayhem, and trying to keep the company afloat.



The Church with Reptile. Album Starfish (1988).





Aussie band, alternative rock. Formed in Sydney in 1980, still around. Only constant member is Steve Kilbey (lead vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards).



Level 42 with To Be With You Again. Album Running in the Family (1987).





Longtime DowneastBlog readers may remember I have always had a soft spot for this Isle of Wight band. So damn sorry one of the founding members, Rowland 'Boon' Gould, passed away last year, aged 64.



Nite and stay safe.



MFBB.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

HOW TO HELP ITALY IN TIMES OF CORONA.

You could do it the Chinese way:





Yes I know it's a PR maneuver. I'm sure those dying in Lombardy care about that.



Anyway… you could also do it the Russian way:





Yes, propaganda coup. Probably. Don't matter. AFAIK, 14 planes have landed already. At least 8 medical teams, 100 plus virologists, many with first hand experience in fighting swine flu, ebola, whatever…



...or you could do it the Cuban way:





Cuba is dirt poor, yet they managed to fly across the Atlantic with 52 specialists. Sheesh.



But BEHOLD!!!



You could also do it the European Union way!!!





Brought to you by… Her Majesty Ursula von der Leyen, European President!!!



If this crisis is proving anything, it's that the European Union is FAILING COMPLETELY to address its first major crisis. Yes, its first. The 2015 "refugee" tsunami was actually the first, but the EU had no intention to solving it in the first place - quite the contrary - so that one doesn't count. What a godforsaken mess!!! Italy is bleeding, and the only thing the EU has been able to do the last ten days is host fucking Greta Thunberg and making this shabby video. How UvdL doesn't drop down from shame is beyond me.

When all this is over, there's gotta be some serious discussion about which direction Europa has got to take, and I see no EU in its present form as a constructive part of that movement.



MFBB.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

SATURDAY NIGHT DURAN DURAN, THE STRANGLERS.

Duran Duran with Serious. From the album Liberty (1990).





I passionately hated The Reflex stuff, and loathed their image. But nevertheless, they provided us with a couple of good hits. Serious, a classic poppy tune, is one of them. The lyrics mean nothing, but hey... it doesn't have to be serious.




The Stranglers with Skin Deep. Album Aural Sculpture (1984).





Originally called the Guildford Stranglers when they formed in 1974, this is a band that I will forever associate, first and foremost, with Hugh Cornwell, although he left in 1990 already. But honest is honest: all hail to Jean-Jacques Burnel, who like Cornwell was there too in 74... and who still is.


Good night, and stay safe.



MFBB.

RECOMMENDED READS: AARON GINN'S "EVIDENCE OVER HYSTERIA - COVID-19".

Via Medium.

Hat tip CDR Salamander. Caveat: Medium tells us they don't fact-check so you shouldn't take everything Mr Ginn says at face value, but the article probably nails it in the sense that the panic and hysteria is spreading faster than the virus itself.

I do not want to imply we should sit back and relax - BY NO MEANS. Rather, we should acknowledge that the current pandemic constitutes indeed a grave threat, and act accordingly: very very strict personal hygiene of especially the hands; social distancing; put your kids under house arrest; avoid all unnecessary movement; use vinyl throwaway gloves every time you have to pin, push parking ticket dispensers, elevator buttons (better: use the stairways) etc...

But consider this: a century ago, the Spanish Flu ravaged practically the entire planet, claiming anywhere between 17 million and 50 million lives worldwide. In general, the number of 20 million plus is widely accepted as the best estimate. The world's population at the time was about 2 billion plus. Currently, it stands at 7 billion plus. This means that if we extrapolate the numbers of 1918-1920 (yes, the Spanish Flu lasted 2 years), the death toll two years from now (alas, with upflares I do think the Corona virus will be with us for more than a year and a half)...

... that the death toll today would be around 70 million. That's the population of France and Belgium combined.

With all the medical progress made over 100 years, we can, with mathematical certainty, say that that is NOT going to happen.

True, I fear that many more lives are going to be lost. But never something on the scale our grandparents or great-grandparents witnessed. And they lived through it. And thrived.

So, while we should be extremely careful, panick and hysteria are NOT the answer. We should face the crisis with a cool head, common sense, and, dare I say it, a little bit of optimism.


Aaron Ginn:


"After watching the outbreak of COVID-19 for the past two months, I’ve followed the pace of the infection, its severity, and how our world is tackling the virus. While we should be concerned and diligent, the situation has dramatically elevated to a mob-like fear spreading faster than COVID-19 itself. When 13% of Americans believe they are currently infected with COVID-19 (mathematically impossible), full-on panic is blocking our ability to think clearly and determine how to deploy our resources to stop this virus. Over three-fourths of Americans are scared of what we are doing to our society through law and hysteria, not of infection or spreading COVID-19 to those most vulnerable.

The following article is a systematic overview of COVID-19 driven by data from medical professionals and academic articles that will help you understand what is going on (sources include CDC, WHO, NIH, NHS, University of Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, NEJM, JAMA, and several others). I’m quite experienced at understanding virality, how things grow, and data. In my vocation, I’m most known for popularizing the “growth hacking movement” in Silicon Valley that specializes in driving rapid and viral adoption of technology products. Data is data. Our focus here isn’t treatments but numbers. You don’t need a special degree to understand what the data says and doesn’t say. Numbers are universal.

I hope you walk away with a more informed perspective on how you can help and fight back against the hysteria that is driving our country into a dark place. You can help us focus our scarce resources on those who are most vulnerable, who need our help.
Note: The following graphs and numbers are as of mid-March 2020. Things are moving quickly, so I update this article twice a day. Most graphs are as of March 20th, 2020.

Best,
Aaron Ginn








Table of Contents

1.) Total cases are the wrong metric
2.) Time lapsing new cases gives us perspective
3.) On a per-capita basis, we shouldn’t be panicking
4.) COVID-19 is spreading
5.) Watch the Bell Curve
6.) A low probability of catching COVID-19
7.) Common transmission modes
8.) COVID-19 is likely to burn off in the summer
9.) Children and Teens aren’t at risk
10.) Strong, but unknown viral effect
11.) What about asymptomatic spread?
12.) 93% of people who think they are positive aren’t
13.) 1% of cases will be severe
14.) Declining fatality rate
15.)So what should we do?
16.) Start with basic hygiene
17.) More data
18.) Open schools
19.) Open up public spaces
20.) Support business and productivity
21.) People fear what the government will do, not infection
22.) Expand medical capacity
23.) Don’t let them forget it and vote"


Like I said, don't take anything Ginn says at face value. His points 18 and 19 are nonsense, as I can all too well confirm from my neck of the woods, Belgium, where they closed schools, pubs, restaurants whereas they did not do so in The Netherlands and the UK. It is already plainly apparent that Belgium took the right decision by implementing exactly that which Mr Ginn disadvocates. Still, his material, often backed by offical stats, should give you something to ponder.

So don't panic. Don't raid supermarkets.

Cool heads. Common sense. Precautions. (Moderate) optimism.



Everybody stay safe.


MFBB.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

SATURDAY NIGHT JOE JACKSON, PIXIES.

Joe Jackson with Real Men. Album Night and Day (1982).





There's bass, there's violin, but - correct me if I'm wrong - there ain't no guitar, electric or otherwise, on the entire album!



Pixies with All Over The World. From the album Bossanova (1990).





In my not so humble opnion, Bossanova, with its typical surf rock/space rock blend, remains Pixies' best album.


Goede nacht.


MFBB.

RECOMMENDED READS: JAMES MCCOY "IS AMERICA'S MELTING POT BECOMING A FRAGILE MOSAIC?"

Decent article by James McCoy over at Townhall:


"Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Dr. Loyd Pettegrew.

The melting pot metaphor applies to a society where many different types of people blend together as one. A national identity bouillabaisse if you will. It is essentially an environment in which many ideas, religions and races are socially assimilated. Since its inception America has prided itself in being a melting pot. While some countries are composed of people who are almost all the same in terms of race, religion, and culture (Scandinavia, the Middle East, Asia and India come to mind), the United States is a nation of many different types of people.

This concept was recognized with the gift of the Statue of Liberty to America back in 1886. In recent years, however, it seems that the assimilation of peoples and cultures has become more of a distant memory than a present reality.

....

In 1892, the U.S. government opened a federal immigration station on Ellis Island, located near Bedloe’s Island in Upper New York Bay. Immigrants were greeted by the Statue of Liberty as they arrived in Ellis Island for processing. Between 1892 and 1954, some 12 million immigrants were processed on Ellis Island before receiving permission to enter the United States. Lady Liberty carries the saying: “Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free/The wretched refuse of your teeming shore/Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me/I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Now some 124 years later, many Americans are wondering if we remain a melting pot or if we have become simply an incoherent mosaic of difference. If we have departed from our early melting pot ambition and identity, it is because many of our most prominent politicians have promoted societal, cultural and religious division to advance their own political careers over the best interest of the nation. Bi-lingual K-12 education is but an example.

This purposeful fracturing of American society for political gain was plainly evident in the Democratic Presidential Primary in South Carolina on February 25, 2020, as presidential candidates groveled for the black vote before Super Tuesday. Tom Steyer even went so far as to claim he was the only candidate on stage in favor of reparations for the black population. He also proposed the establishment of a race commission to retell the story of discrimination and injustice towards African-Americans. It is hard to imagine the political, social and cultural chaos that would surround efforts to enact such legislation. Nonetheless, each candidate seized their opportunity to convince the listening audience why they were the best candidate to represent the black population despite South Carolina being a melting pot, like America.

Each candidate similarly courted the Hispanic vote in Nevada. The identity of an American electorate seems to be blindly lost in the fervor for tribal voting blocs. The two largest minority voting blocs are firmly rooted in race and culture. Consequently, you have the political promises and pandering. Since the civil rights movement in the 1960s, democrats and the left have perpetuated a social tension between minority groups, which are quickly approaching a majority level, and Caucasian populations as a political lever to garner support for federal social programs which disproportionately benefit those minority groups. This in turn increases their appeal to those same groups. The loser in these divisive tactics are the American middle class taxpayers. The one candidate who seems to advocate most often for an all-inclusive American electorate is President Donald Trump. He believes that the best way to realize the benefits of a true blending melting pot is a prosperous economy for all groups.

Pew Research documents that there are nearly 11 million illegal immigrants in our country. Unlike previous years, many are actual family units, not individuals. Some believe this is good for America and support open borders. Others believe America has both a right and obligation to control who enters our borders and that our safety is at risk with unbridled illegal immigration. The reality of the immigration issue is that the United States economy simply cannot afford open borders. The flood of immigrants from Latin and South America, and quite possibly elsewhere, will overwhelm the social safety network programs that the Democrats and the left are so willing to extend to them to further expand and consolidate their political base."



A functioning melting pot America is possible with these people:





It is most definitely NOT with cockroaches like these:





Which faction will be dominant and will either mold together a strong nation... or else fracture it beyond repair?

The upcoming elections will be a lithmus test.



MFBB.

Sunday, March 08, 2020

CANDACE OWENS AT CPAC 2020.




From this side of the Pond it's incredibly difficult to gauge the effect of Candace Owens' campaigning on behalf of the GOP and its effect on the black vote. One reason is, of course, that coverage on Owens in our media is nonexistent - for obvious reasons. An accomplished, intelligent, attractive black woman who is a Conservative? The horror!!! So I have to make do with tidbits like this. Via ABC11:



Friday, January 24, 2020

"RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Danielle Robinson is a newly registered Republican in Raleigh. But the bold choice has been met with concern from her family and online backlash and name-calling from strangers.

"There's coon. There's Uncle Tom. It's just sad that as black people, we limit the expression or the journey of other black people," Robinson said. "I'm tired of the idea that the Left thinks that they can have black people in their pocket."

"There's coon. There's Uncle Tom. It's just sad that as black people, we limit the expression or the journey of other black people," Robinson said. "I'm tired of the idea that the Left thinks that they can have black people in their pocket."

Nearly 1.5 million black voters are registered in North Carolina, and nearly 80 percent of them are Democrats, according to the State Board of Elections.

But there's a movement afoot to get black voters to leave the Democratic Party, one that has fueled voters such as Robinson to abandon politics as usual.

It's Blexit -- also known as Black Exit.

Robinson is state director for Blexit North Carolina. The group launched this month in Charlotte with a rally on MLK weekend.

"That rally signaled that black people, we are ready to have that discussion," Robinson said.

Blexit NC said it will hold forums to discuss candidates on the left and right running for local and state races. The group also plans to encourage people of color to consider new ideas without influence from Democrats.

Democrats are dismissive of the idea.

Robert Howard is the state's Democratic Party spokesman. He released a statement critical of the organization and the media, saying: "Blexit is a fringe organization started by a far-right provocateur. It's embarrassing any news outlet would lend credibility to this organization when they deserve none."

Robinson disagreed. She said Blexit NC is not getting funding from Republicans currently, but it is not opposed to accepting funding from anyone who supports its mission. Right now, Blexit NC is self-funded.

"We don't need to worry about Candace Owens," Robinson said of the woman who started the Blexit movement. "She has found the end of her journey. We've got to worry if we are on our correct journey and on our correct path."

Dr. Hasan Crockett is a political science professor at St. Augustine's University in Raleigh. Crockett said blacks have consistently supported Democrats ever since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a move signed into law by a Democratic president, Lyndon B. Johnson, but also fiercely opposed by many Democrats in the Senate, particularly in the South.

Crockett said controversies around voter suppression and gerrymandering will be challenges for Blexit.

"The fact that they are looking at African-American issues and to empower the black community -- fine. But when you talk about moving into the Republican Party that has a historical agenda that opposes black leadership, suppresses the black vote, that has minuscule presence in the black community -- I think you're going to run into so many problems," Crockett said.

Robinson said Blexit NC will be targeting millennials.

"Many of us as an organization are conservative or unaffiliated, but that's because we did the work. And so when you think about it, only people that have walked away can help others figure out if they should make the same decision," Robinson said. "We're invested in that process. And black people need to be invested in that process."

The group has another rally set for next month at Appalachian State University.



Well, time will tell.


MFBB.

Saturday, March 07, 2020

SATURDAY NIGHT PETER GABRIEL, NIRVANA.

Peter Gabriel with DIY. From the best live album evah, Peter Gabriel Plays Live (1983).





Originally on Gabriels second solo album which was titleless (1978).



Nirvana with Come as you are. Album Nevermind (1991).





Nevermind was grunge going mainstream. I remember well the euphoria it caused in Belgium. And that is now... almost thirty years ago! Jesus.


Goede nacht.


MFBB.

BELGIAN VLAAMS BELANG MP DRIES VAN LANGENHOVEN TO PM WILMES: "DO YOU REALIZE WHO OUR TRUE ALLY IS? IT IS OUR FELLOW EUROPEANS, THE GREEK PEOPLE."

A fiery speech this week in Belgian Parliament, where VB MP Dries Van Langenhoven told Belgian MP Sophie Wilmès in no uncertain terms whom she should support, and it is NOT Erdogan.

As you may recall, the Vlaams Belang toppled the Michel I government in the wake of the signing of the Marrakesh Pact, as the VB's stance on this monstrosity, which effectively blurs any distinction between legal and illegal immigrants, forced N-VA out of the government. In less than a year, the predictions of the VB re the effects on illegal immigration turned out to be, unfortunately, all too true.

Deprived of its main coalition partner N-VA, Charles Michel continued with a minority government which was promptly labeled "Michel II". In October 2019, Charles Michel was rewarded for his treason with a cushy job as President of the European Council (in a similar way, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen was rewarded for a disastrous 7-year tenure with an even cushier job as EU Commision Chairwoman, efffectively European President).

Anyway, Michel was succeeded by Sophie Wilmès, of his own MR Party (Mouvement Réformateur), formerly the PRL (Francophone Liberals). The most votes Wilmès, a fanatical Fleming-hater, ever got in her life was somewhere around 4,500, but let that not be a problem. Anyway, like the rest of the cretins in the remaining rump government, Wilmès is just as much of the kick down, lick up variety when it comes to dealing with Erdogan. So someone had to remind her where her loyalties should lay.

That someone turned out to be Vlaams Belang MP Dries Van Langenhoven:





Sorry, subtitles in Dutch, but Infowars has some background in English:


“Prime Minister, if I told you that I would have given the keys of my house to a burglar and that I would now pay him not to break into my house, you might have declared me crazy,” van Langenhove said. “Well, this is exactly what CD&V, VLD and also the N-VA [Belgian political parties] did in 2016 when you signed a blackmail deal with Erdogan. You gave him the keys to our European borders and then paid him many billions of euros, not to make an abuse of these keys.”

“But Erdogan, of course, is a whole lot smarter than you ‘establishment politicians' are. The Turks have a leader who - unlike you - know what ‘Realpolitik’ is. Erdogan knew from the beginning that he could very easily blackmail Europe with this deal.”

Van Langenhove touted his own party, the nationalist-populist Vlaams Belang faction, as the only party that has not supported sending billions to Ankara in exchange for defense of the EU’s borders from mass migration.

Calling Erdogan’s move an “act of war,” van Langenhove unfurled a Greek flag and aimed his final statements directly at Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès.

“Do you know this flag, Prime Minister? Do you know this people?” van Langenhove asked. “They are the Greeks, and they also guard our border. They also watch over our future. My question is therefore simple, Mrs. Wilmès: do you now realize who our true ally is?”

“It is not Erdogan, madame Minister. It is our fellow Europeans, the Greek people.”



And in Greek:






Congrats Dries!!! More of the same!


MFBB.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

SATURDAY NIGHT THE TRAMMPS, TEARS FOR FEARS.

The Trammps with The Night The Lights Went Out. Album The Trammps III (1977).





The Trammps more or less invented disco. I was never a huge fan of the genre, but must admit key hits deserve their rightful place in Humanity's Great Pantheon of Music. Earl Young was the key figure throughout, being co-founder, singer and drummer.



Eighties softrock: Change from Tears for Fears. From the album The Hurting (1983).





Tears for Fears, i.e. the duo Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal, formed in 1981 in Bath, UK. Despite their rather ghey look, especially Smith, TfF were immensely popular with teen girls in the Low Countries in the early to mid eighties. 'Despite' or perhaps rather 'because of' cause they were not the only band like that for which them females fell in droves (Duran Duran, the inventors of metrosexuality, comes to mind). Anyway, TfF had considerable talent and it's a pity they broke up in 1990. Some of their stuff is perfect and does not deserve the relative obscurity their oeuvre has sunk in.


Goede nacht.


MFBB.

THE JOYS OF MULTICULTURALISM: CONGOLESE RAPPERS SET FIRE TO CONCERT HALL AND GARE DU LYON IN PARIS.

Last week, Congolese rappers gave a concert near the Gare du Lyon in Paris last week. A bunch of other Congolese not pleased with the rapper's fans musical style showed up and there followed a huge brawl between the two parties, resulting in the setting of fire of the concert hall, which then spread to the Gare du Lyon:





When fire crews arrived to fight the flames, they were attacked by the Congolese and couldn't do their job, result:





More scenes of this lovely multicultural event:





Unfortunately, French Police wasn't able to intervene because they were far too busy a coupla blocks away to smash the umpteenth demo of tax paying Gilets Jaunes apart. Macron and Hidalgo know their priorities.


MFBB.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

PRAGER U: "DATING: DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME".

Valentine's Day has come and gone, so I'm a bit late with this video. It's about 'dating'.

Funny, not two weeks ago CDR Salamander tweeted a quote by his old man re 'dating', more precisely 'quality dating'. I'm not sure I get the words right but the counsel of Pa Salamander went something like this: 'careful who you date. You might fall in love, and you don't want to fall in love with a jerk or a twat who ain't worth is'.


We will leave it to the lovely Miss Chen to enlighten us further on the matter:






MFBB.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

SATURDAY NIGHT JAMIROQUAI, DAVID BOWIE.

Jamiroquai with Love Foolosophy. Album A Funk Odyssey (2001).





We don't hear from Jamiroquai anymore - at least not in my neck of the woods - although they are supposedly still around. British funk and acid jazz band which formed in London in 1992. Guy's name is Jay Kay, by the way.



David Bowie with Let's Dance. From the album Let's Dance (1983).





It was my mate John D., my original (and only) mentor in rock, who introduced me to the Early Bowie, of which he was a huge aficionado. However, when Bowie released Let's Dance, John more or less defenestrated him for being '(far) too commercial'. I for one didn't really mind. The album indeed featured a couple of rather catchy songs, but I couldn't care less whether a whole new bunch of people suddenly were huge Bowie fans. It was just another example of the man's eerie capacity to reinvent himself time and again.



Nite.


MFBB.


Friday, February 14, 2020

YOUR TAX £ AT WORK!!!

Uh-oh:





Via The Telegraph, JAN 19, 2020:


"Wind farms were paid up to £3 million per day to switch off their turbines and not produce electricity last week, The Telegraph can disclose.

Energy firms were handed more than £12 million in compensation following a fault with a major power line carrying electricity to England from turbines in Scotland.

The payouts, which will ultimately be added onto consumer bills, were between 25 per cent and 80 per cent more than the firms, which own giant wind farms in Scotland, would have received had they been producing electricity, according to an analysis of official figures.

The payments have prompted questions in Parliament, as one charity warned that consumers were having to fund the consequences of an "excessive" number of onshore wind farms, which can overwhelm the electricity grid...."



More harrowing info here.

It is quite clear. Wind turbines turn more on subsidies than on wind.


MFBB.

Saturday, February 08, 2020

SATURDAY NIGHT TALKING HEADS, U2.

First off, my sincerest apologies for the nonexistent blogging of the last couple of weeks. The old monster (Multipel Myeloma aka Kahler's Disease) is back. I am again under the competent care of Dr. F. The five years he envisaged in 2013 for PFS (Progression Free Survival) turned out to be six. I am undergoing a DRd regimen now (Darzalex Revlimid Dexamethason) plus some radiation for a nasty spot in the pelvis. Most difficult thing however is to keep running the company. Well, there's no other way than to sail forward into the storm. MM is still incurable but I must stay hopeful. That, using the brains the good God gave me to the fullest extent, and pray. Pray a lot. I don't ask for support but if you can spare a (figurative) clap on the shoulder, thx!!!



Then it's time for Talking Heads with And She Was. Album Little Creatures (1985).





Decent song. Great video.



U2 with One Tree Hill. Album The Joshua Tree (1987).





The lyrics were inspired by the tragid death of U2 roadie - and personal assistant to Bono - Greg Carroll, only 26 years old, in a motorcycle accident in Dublin. The band flew to Carroll's native New Zealand to attend his traditional Maori funeral.

Prolly the last truly authentic U2 album. That it was produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno will have played a role in that.



Jan - if you are still out there - I've been unable to reach you ever since my laptop crashed and I lost all Outlook mails. If I have never again replied to mails you sent thereafter, it's not because I chose to ignore them. If you read this, get in touch via the comments. Hope you're doing fine.

Leo - same. Hope you're doing fine also.


Goede nacht. I'll try to post some better material shortly. I feel better, treatment in its third week by now, and DRd is possibly the best I can get right now.


MFBB.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Saturday, January 18, 2020

PRAGER U: DEMOCRATS FOREVER ON THE WRONG SIDE OF BASICALLY EVERYTHING.




You betcha.


MFBB.

Friday, January 17, 2020

THANK ALLAH IT'S FRIDAY!!!

So the original Ford Mustang from Peter Yates' 1968 movie sold::





The new owner paid the now ex-owner Sean Kiernan a whopping $3.4 million for the iconic Ford Mustang GT. No bad deal for Mr Kiernan, as he himself paid $3,500 for it... in 1974.

Apparently Steve McQueen's own bids were never enough, since father and son Kiernan time and again turned down the actor's numerous offers. With just 46,000 miles on the counter ('just', cause I just sold my trusted silver Audi A6 station wagon after almost 480,000 kilometers), the Kiernans parked the Bullitt Mustang in 1981 and it never surfaced again, so that people began to think it had perhaps been scrapped. Until now, that is.


But what a beauty! I remember that as a kid growing up in the seventies, I was smitten by Ford Mustangs. We barely saw them over here in Europe - at least in my neck of the woods - but even so the car was a legend!





Quiz: what Mustang exactly is Steve McQueen aka Frank Bullitt driving in the movie? If you ain't sure, go over the specs of the three versions available back then. If you ARE sure, immediately skip the specs:


1.) Ford Mustang GT Hardtop 302 Challenger Special V-8 4-speed (man. 4) , model year 1968, version for North America U.S. (up to September)

* 2-door coupe body type
* RWD (rear-wheel drive), manual 4-speed gearbox
* gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 4942 cm3 / 301.6 cui, advertised power: 171.5 kW / 230 hp / 233 PS ( SAE gross ), torque: 420 Nm / 310 lb-ft
* dimensions: outside length: 4663 mm / 183.6 in, width: 1801 mm / 70.9 in, wheelbase: 2743 mm / 108 in
* reference weights: base curb weight: 1376 kg / 3033 lbs
* speed: max. 195 km/h (121 mph)
* accelerations: 0- 60 mph 7© s; 0- 100 km/h 7.4© s; 1/4 mile drag time (402 m) 15.5© s
* fuel consumption and mileage: average estimated by a-c©: 16.9 l/100km / 16.8 mpg (imp.) / 13.9 mpg (U.S.) / 5.9 km/l



2.) Ford Mustang GT Hardtop 390 Thunderbird Special V-8 Cruise-O-Matic (aut. 3), model year 1968, version for North America U.S. (up to September)

* 2-door coupe body type
* RWD (rear-wheel drive), automatic 3-speed gearbox
gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 6384 cm3 / 389.6 cui, advertised power: 242.5 kW / 325 hp / 330 PS ( SAE gross ), torque: 579 Nm / 427 lb-ft
* characteristic dimensions: outside length: 4663 mm / 183.6 in, width: 1801 mm / 70.9 in, wheelbase: 2743 mm / 108 in
* reference weights: base curb weight: 1513 kg / 3335 lbs
* speed: max. 193 km/h (120 mph);
* accelerations: 0- 60 mph 6.3© s; 0- 100 km/h 6.6© s; 1/4 mile drag time (402 m) 14.6© s
* fuel consumption and mileage: average estimated by a-c©: 25.1 l/100km / 11.2 mpg (imp.) / 9.3 mpg (U.S.) / 4 km/l



3.) Ford Mustang GT Hardtop Cobra 427 V-8 Cruise-O-Matic (aut. 3) , model year 1968, version for North America U.S. (up to September)

* 2-door coupe body type
* RWD (rear-wheel drive), automatic 3-speed gearbox
* gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 6964 cm3 / 425 cui, advertised power: 291 kW / 390 hp / 396 PS ( SAE gross ), torque: 624 Nm / 460 lb-ft
* characteristic dimensions: outside length: 4663 mm / 183.6 in, width: 1801 mm / 70.9 in, wheelbase: 2743 mm / 108 in
* reference weights: base curb weight: 1515 kg / 3340 lbs
* speed: max. 210 km/h (131 mph);
* accelerations: 0- 60 mph 5.5© s; 0- 100 km/h 5.8© s; 1/4 mile drag time (402 m) 13.8© s
* fuel consumption and mileage: average estimated by a-c©: 28 l/100km / 10.1 mpg (imp.) / 8.4 mpg (U.S.) / 3.6 km/l




Answer: Lt Frank Bullitt had No. 2, the 1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT 2+2 Fastback.

(and the gangsters drive a 1968 Dodge Charger 440 Magnum)


Have a nice weekend! Ah dang it, I almost forgot THE Mother of all Car Chase Scenes!!! Enjoy:





They don't make 'em like that any more!



MFBB.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

IN MEMORIAM SIR ROGER SCRUTON (1944-2020).

At a time when the West is rocked by turmoil, for which it is to a large degree itself responsible, a Great Conservative Mind has left us:




But his parting gift offers a ray of hope:


"We have entered a spiritual limbo. Our educational institutions are no longer the bearers of high culture and public life has been deliberately moronised. But here and there, sheltered from the noise and glare of the media, the old spiritual forces are at work. Popular culture contains pockets of gentleness and melody. Architects, writers and composers produce works which are neither kitsch nor 'kitsch'. Prayer and penitence have been interrupted, but not forgotten. To those who wish for it, the ethical life may still be retrieved. Ours is a catacomb culture, a flame kept alive by undaunted monks. And what the monks of Europe achieved in a former dark age, they might achieve again."

~ Sir Roger Scruton



God bless.

Rest in Peace, Sir.


MFBB.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

SATURDAY NIGHT RUSH, RUSH & RUSH.

Freewill, from the 1980 album Permanent Waves.





If you ever wondered who the beauty on the cover was, it's Canadian model Paula Turnbull.



Marathon, from the 1985 album Power Windows.





Further use of synthesizers, first introduced massively on Signals (1982) and Simmons electronic drums, which Peart first used on Grace under Pressure (1984).



Dreamline, album Roll the Bones (1991).





From the beginning I found the cover art intriguing. It's designed by Hugh Syme, a Canadian Juno Award winning graphic artist. Btw, that's the guy waving in the background on the cover of Permanent Waves.


So... I'm guessing it's Rush no more, although that was effectively the case since 2015 already, when Neil Peart (his real name, as opposed to Geddy Lee who is really Gary Weinrib and Alex Lifeson whose real name is Alex Zivojinovich) stopped on account of severe pain in shoulders and limbs. Pity they never toured in Belgium.

Fair winds, guys. Thanks for close to a half century of great music and thanks for staying normals throughout.



Good night.


MFBB.