AS AGREED AND SET OUT IN JANUARY 2020: It is agreed that the commencement of the revised role of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will take effect Spring 2020 and undergo a 12 month review. The Royal Family respect and understand the wish of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to live a more independent life as a family, by removing the supposed "public interest" justification for media intrusion into their lives. They remain a valued part of Her Majesty’s family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will become privately funded members of The Royal Family with permission to earn their own income and the ability to pursue their own private charitable interests. The preference of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex was to continue to represent and support Her Majesty The Queen albeit in a more limited capacity, while not drawing on the Sovereign Grant. While there is precedent for other titled members of the Royal Family to seek employment outside of the institution, for The Duke and Duchess of … [Read more...] about Harry and Meghan escaped for a life of peace and quiet – so why must the Queen suffer their loud, childish tantrums?
Beginning life on earth
Meanwhile in England, the press, without tobacco advertising, sided with the anti-smokers. The BBC made itself "smoke-free" and I realised how sinister this was. The BBC's problem, which won't go away, is that there is no neutral viewpoint. Heisenberg's uncertainty principle is part of the basis of the mathematics that led to the computer, but it also stated that the observer affects the observed - no one is neutral. The BBC used to claim that it was neutral, but now it is part of a massive social engineering project paid for by its listeners and viewers. It is against a group of 12 million people who choose to smoke - not very fair. … [Read more...] about ‘I smoke for my mental health’
In many ways, an aggressive embrace of market fundamentalism dovetailed neatly with the core philosophy of the Egyptian state. Both were predicated on the notion of governance being left to authorities that existed beyond the realm of popular oversight – elders and technocrats for whom democracy did not apply, but who should be trusted to rule in the interests of the people. Just as importantly, Egypt’s patriarchs required a far-reaching security apparatus to protect their reserved bastions of control from being trespassed by outsiders; the government spent more on its ministry of interior, the main element of its policing system, than on health and education combined. As economic reforms fuelled disentitlement and poverty among the Egyptian population, that security apparatus became vital in facilitating the opening up of new terrains upon which the wealthy could speculate and profit, and in repressing opposition from below. As strikes and pro-democracy protests roiled … [Read more...] about The future of the Egyptian revolution
I think they've just been very enthusiastic. I think realistically what they're going to do is test it in low Earth orbit. Then they have some claim that if they could continuously do this, yes, it could save hundreds of millions of dollars in street lighting. But that would then require multiple satellites and very carefully coordinated orbits, all coordinating themselves and making sure that they provide continuous illumination. And I don't think 500 kilometers is a good altitude for this. I think there's intermediate orbits as well that could be used. You could also put it in a polar sun synchronous orbit that passes over the city at the right times. … [Read more...] about China’s artificial moon — The numbers ‘just don’t add up’
The mines would also involve an influx of foreign workers into Narsaq, as there simply aren't enough skilled workers in Greenland to fill all the jobs the mines will create. Some see this as a benefit - the miners will live in the community, send their kids to the school, and spend their money at local businesses. … [Read more...] about Mining in Greenland – a country divided