Brexit

When I took my sixth month pause from writing this blog at the end of 2018, the UK was still in the throes of organising its leaving of the EU, Brexit as it is called.

Prime Minister May had put a proposed deal to parliament which was constantly rejected. Death threats had been made against politicians, as traitors. Some leavers simply wanted ‘leave’ whatever that meant, regardless of the consequences. “Brexit means Brexit”, whatever that means. As one friend said to me, we need to leave the EU to “get the blacks of our streets”.

Since no-one was agreeing and no compromises were to be had, progress was nonexistent.

So now here we are in August, and it’s all sorted, right?

Well, no. Deadlines have been extended to October, provided good use of the time was made. For MPs, that meant going on holiday.

Since we are still in the EU, we had to elect MEPs (Members of the European Parliament). Mr Farage and Anne Widdecombe did well. Miss W made a speech about how being gay could one day be cured, and the whole lot went to Brussels and behaved badly.

Mrs May had enough and has gone. Boris Johnson has employed Trump tactics and is now PM. He says the chances of leaving without a deal are “one in a million”, though billions of pounds are being allocated for just that eventuality.

Medicines and food are being stockpiled. Warehouses are already full.

Mr Johnson says he will go to Brussels, bang on the table and sulk a bit and get a new deal. That won’t happen. Why should it?

Current theory is that, when the MPs come back from their current holiday, there will be a vote of no confidence, an election and we will leave in the middle of that with no deal. It seems like it’s illegal, but it’s on the cards.

Meanwhile, Mr Gove, Johnson’s big pal, is saying that the EU is totally to blame and refusing to renegotiate. Like it’s a surprise. They have been saying that all the time.

It will all turn out very badly, believe me…

Men on the Moon

Given that just 12 men have walked on the Moon, how many can you name. More than two is good. I can do most, but get the mission numbers a bit confused (mind, I don’t remember what I had for breakfast).

So here they are:

11 Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin

12 Pete Conrad, Alan Bean

14 Alan Shepherd, Edgar Mitchell

15 Dave Scott, Jim Irwin

16 John Young, Charlie Duke

17 Gene Cernan, Harrison Schmitt

As I write, four are still alive: Aldrin, Duke, Schmitt and Scott.

Apollo 13, of course, was due to land on the Moon but an explosion aborted the mission.

Did it really happen?

Apparently, one American in 20 does not believe we went to the Moon. One in 10 does not believe we have ever been in Space. A similar number believe that the Earth is flat (and that the Eater Bunny is real too, I guess).

All the interest in space has brought all the nut cases out of the woodwork.

Some really are just nutty. I guess they actually believe it was all a conspiracy and a fake, filmed by Kubrick just like the film Capricorn One.

I don’t know why people listen to these folk. They talk nonsense. Just because you can say it, doesn’t mean it’s true. Here are some arguments the Discovery Channel is using to suggest it’s a fake:

  • the flag blows in the wind on the “Moon”
  • man would die when pasing through the van Allen belts
  • America couldn’t trust the astronauts to complete the task so they faked it
  • Wernher von Braun was a Nazi so we didn’t go to the Moon
  • there is no real evidence of going to the Moon
  • if they had gone into space, where are all the pictures of the Earth?
  • you can’t see anything on the Moon that proves we went

and so on.

I don’t know why the media give these stupid people the time of day. It’s a failing of our educational system that folk believe in nonsensical things.

Mythbusters categorically disproved every popular fake theory a few years ago. I am sure you can find it and others on YouTube.

And ask yourelf this question. Why would they fake it? It would need hundreds of thousands of people to be in on the conspiracy and for all of them never to admit such a fake existed.