At least we were not eclipsed by this

Scientists see first confirmed extra-solar meteor going through solar system. Way cool!

'Oumuamua

BBC: Bizarre shape of interstellar asteroid

The strange, long, red rock has been wandering between the Milky Way for hundreds of million years, failing to become attached to any star system. It then flew through our own, letting scientists have a look at the first alien, interstellar object they’ve ever seen.

“For decades we’ve theorized that such interstellar objects are out there, and now – for the first time – we have direct evidence they exist,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “This history-making discovery is opening a new window to study formation of solar systems beyond our own.”

One of the strange things about it is that it is long and roughly cylindrical.

Observations using different telescopes showed that the asteroid’s brightness varied dramatically by a factor of 10 as it span on its axis every 7.3 hours.

“This unusually large variation in brightness means that the object is highly elongated: about 10 times as long as it is wide, with a complex, convoluted shape,” said Dr Meech.

It was discovered by a telescope in Hawaii used to monitor near earth moving objects, and named Oumuamua.

Another sign of Britain’s eclipse under the Tories

UK suffers ‘major failure for diplomacy’ after losing seat on UN International Court of Justice, says Tory MP

Britain’s failure to elect a judge to the UN’s most powerful court has been branded a “major failure for diplomacy” by a Tory MP.

Robert Jenrick, who is parliamentary aide to Home Secretary Amber Rudd, launched a stinging attack on the Government over the decision to withdraw the UK candidate from election to the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ).

It is the first time the UK will be without a judge on 15-seat bench in the Hague since its inception in 1946, in what will be regarded as a blow to its diplomatic prestige.

The Boris was stinging in his reply:

“I don’t think I can quite agree with the construction my friend places on events but I will repeat my congratulations to the Indian judge and as the House will know, it has been a long-standing objective of UK foreign policy to support India in the UN.”

Translation: put the best face you can on a British defeat under Tory misrule. Not that it’s a bad thing to have an Indian on the ICJ, far from it. But what it demonstrates is that since the Brexit chaos began, so gleefully supported by the spectacularly unerudite Boris, Britain’s answer to the Donald for complete ineptitude, nobody respects the UK any more.

And who can blame them. The one sensible answer to Brexit is to stop it entirely, but the drivers of the Tory Clown Car are too inept or cowardly to do it.

OMG – the Tory Clown Car gets better and better.

Now we discover the Tories hadn’t figured out that the EU would be relocating those agencies currently located in the UK, back to Europe upon Brexit.

Brexit: EU to move key agencies from London to France and Netherlands when UK leaves, Brussels announces

Bye-bye jobs! Who couldn’t figure this out?

In April Brexit Secretary David Davis wrongly said the agencies would be able to stay in Britain after it left the EU.

Oopsie. Well, one doesn’t expect much in the way of intelligence from today’s crop of Tories. It’s less than  a couple of thousand well paying jobs. And now that Chancellor Hammond has claimed there’s no unemployment in Britain, no doubt the sacked European civil servants will instantly find another job.

Well, good luck with that in an economy due to be tanking thanks to Brexit.

Well, isn’t THAT a relief!!!

Top US general says he would resist illegal nuclear strike order from Donald Trump

Soooo… The Donald can’t cause havoc and mayhem all by himself. It has to be approved by an adult in the White House. That makes me feel so much safer.

But what if The Donald replaces this outstanding general of independent mind with one of his flunkies?

What is wrong with Americans? Why do they tolerate this narcissistic boor and ignoramus as their president?

But who am I to criticise? We still have Theresa May, who slobbered all over Trump as soon as she could, as prime minister.

And as for The Donald *roll eyes*

Can it get any worse? Yes, my lovelies, it certainly can.

Donald Trump administration lifts ban on importing lion hunt trophies

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Apparently the Donald is not much of a game hunter, but:

his sons Eric and Donald Trump Jr are. Photographs emerged in 2012 of the brothers posing with a dead elephant, buffalo and other animals while on safari.

This follows this atrocity:

Donald Trump lifts ban on importing elephant hunt trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia

The US government has scrapped regulations which forbid elephant trophies being brought into the country from Zimbabwe and Zambia, arguing hunting could help conservation efforts.

The Obama administration banned imports of trophies from Zimbabwe in 2014 after finding the nation’s management of legal hunting did not “enhance the survival of the African elephant the wild”.

It could be that The Donald is just an evil person hell bent on destroying nature just for the hell of it, but I think there’s a more sinister motive. He’s hell bent on undoing everything Obama accomplished.

That alone is grounds for impeachment. Trump clearly has no creative impulses. His instincts are entirely destructive and vengeful.

Apparently Obama got off a few easy shots at him in a White House correspondents dinner – not that those will happen again. He wants revenge and he doesn’t care who or what suffers as a result.

This imposter of a human being is a total moral vacuum.

Tusk Issues Ultimatum To May

Brexit: EU gives May two weeks to act on divorce bill and Ireland

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council

I just do not see how Ireland  and the Irish border can work with any sort of hard Brexit. The Tory extremists, the Goves and Johnsons, are kidding themselves, but they hate Europe so much they’d happily sacrifice Irish peace and prosperity to the altar of hard Brexit. It’s the Tory rebels who are the only ones left in that party with more  common sense than god gave a louse.

Yes, I know lice evolved, but th0se reactionary Tories screaming for hard Brexit  have shown no signs of evolution whatsoever. Fossils have more fresh thoughts and dynamism than they do.

I am embarrassed to be Polish

Poland insists far-right marchers calling for ‘Islamic holocaust’ just sideshow to ‘great celebration of Poles’

Except the demonstration by neo-Nazi bigots from all over Europe was bigger than the official shenanigans.

A 60,000-strong nationalist march in Warsaw which saw demonstrators tout white supremacist, anti-Semitic and Islamophobic messages was largely an expression of patriotic feeling, Poland‘s Foreign Ministry has said.

Marchers hung a banner which said, “pray for Islamic holocaust” and carried signs with slogans like “white Europe of brotherly nations”. Others chanted “pure Poland, white Poland” and “refugees get out!”

Although the country’s government condemned racist and xenophobic ideas, it called the event “a great celebration of Poles, differing in their views, but united around the common values of freedom and loyalty to an independent homeland”.

And it wasn’t just Poles.

Fascists to stage ‘world’s biggest’ far-right march in Warsaw on Polish Independence Day

The march, held on Poland’s 11 November Independence Day holiday, has drawn tens of thousands of participants in recent years. Extremists from Sweden, Hungary, Slovakia and elsewhere now join Polish nationalists in a public display of xenophobic and white supremacist views, since the event began on a much smaller scale in 2009.

The slogan for this year’s event is “We Want God”: words from an old religious Polish song that President Donald Trump quoted in July while visiting Warsaw. Trump praised Poland for what he described as the country’s defence of Western civilisation.

Part of the problem is that Poland is now ruled by the right-wing Law and Justice party. That isn’t helpful.

You would think Poles had learned a lesson from fascism. Evidently not.

This is what the European Union was established to stamp out. And the Conservative idiots want us out of it. How many more wars do they want and support?

We are governed by blithering idiots.

Congrats Australia!

It took you an expensive referendum, but here you are, voting for gay marriage. At last.

Australians vote to legalise same-sex marriage in historic move towards equality

Australian statistician David Kalisch announced the results in the capital Canberra, with 7,817,247 of the ballots cast saying yes, compared to 4,873,987 opposed to the idea, on a turnout of 79.5 per cent.

Across all six states in Australia, the yes vote won – ranging from 57.8 per cent in New South Wales to 74 per cent support in the Australian Capital Territory.

Tiernan Brady, director of Australians for Equality, said: “If this were a general election it­ would be the biggest landslide in Australian history.”

Finally. What a cliff-hanger

Some 61.6 per cent of the electorate backed gay marriage, against 38.4 per cent who opposed the move, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said.

Let’s see what the Australian parliament does with it. So many bigots elected to it, it’s hard to know.

Interesting to note that in the UK, gay marriage was instituted by a Conservative government, the one thing David Cameron did that won’t go down in infamy, as opposed to his Brexit referendum.

Not to say the UK doesn’t have its share of bigots, it does. People who hate gays, Jews, Muslims, women, blacks, browns, and indeed anything not lily-white Anglo-Saxon male heterosexual. They don’t care much for any European, either. The UK has a foetid history of bigotry. Hence Brexit.

So kudos to the Australians. It took you a while and you’ve a few steps more to go. But welcome to the club. We need you.

Is Theresa May Unravelling?

MPs to get vote on new Brexit Bill as Government caves in to Tory rebels

Well, isn’t THAT  a novel idea! MPs voting on legislation. Who knows, maybe May will consider introducing democracy into Britain.

And all because the number of Tory MPs willing to vote for a leadership election is approaching the magic number of 48. Plus she’s been taking instructions from Johnson and Gove.

She doesn’t have anyone’s confidence at this point.

 

Amendments to Brexit repeal bill demanded

And these are fairly simple changes.

Labour demands changes to Brexit repeal bill

For example:

  • MPs get the “final say on whether to approve the withdrawal agreement and how best to implement it”
  • The transition period requested by Prime Minister Theresa May is added into the legislation
  • A “completely different approach” to the use of powers the government argues are needed to make technical changes to regulations from Brussels
  • A guarantee that workers’ and consumer rights, as well as environmental standards, are not watered down after Brexit
  • A concession to devolved administrations who want repatriated powers that would normally fall under their remit to go straight to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, rather than the Westminster government first
  • Putting the EU charter of fundamental rights into UK law

Of course, they could have just demanded the entire bad idea be forgotten. Labour seems to think that the Tories are hell bent on a hard Brexit:

Brexit: Emily Thornberry predicts no deal with the EU

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Ms Thornberry said: “I think what we may be seeing is the Europeans trying to make it clear that it is not their fault that there are these difficulties – the intransigence does not come from their side, it comes from Theresa May’s side.

“And in the end I think the reality is the intransigence is on Theresa May’s side, because she doesn’t have the strength or the authority to be able to control her backbenchers, let alone her cabinet. And I think we are heading for no deal, and I think that that is a serious threat to Britain and it is not in Britain’s interests for that to happen.

“We will stop that.”

The things the Tories can’t deliver are settled status on EU citizens resident in Britain, anf a non-existent Irish border. The first because Tory extremists can’t stand the thought of immigration – all those nasty Europeans around – and the second because it’s a logical impossibility.

Compared with those, the Brexit bill is a minor matter. May has made kind noises about European residents, noises she likely can’t deliver on given the party she heads, but she hasn’t said diddley on the Irish border, because she has no solution to that. There is none.

May would rather Britain crash out of Europe without a deal than risk her place in Downing Street. And let the Irish Troubles start up again.