Moongazing Apollo 11 Moonlanding Fifty years .

Making the news is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing by the USA in July 1969. There has been no visits to the moon since 1972 and the  last of the Apollo missions,  But nowadays there is a talk of going back to the moon to stay this time and possibly onwards to Mars. Its likely to be a expensive exercise with only countries like the USA being able to foot the bill, perhaps a international approach this time might work. The “Space Race” lead to the development of many industries like computers, satellite communications and so on. So there was a dividend to the “Space race” after all. One wonders if they will find a place for us all out in space or we just have to make our cloth fit our measure here on Earth. Mankind is certainly at colossuses numbers  these days and some off world migration may ease the pressure on Mother Earth. Though has to say something like that sounds many years away. We wait so see if the space programs brings benefit this time to mankind rather though expensive knowledge which a lot of the programs account for.  The moon-landing was a remarkable feat for its time but the pace of exploration was not maintained and robots largely did the exploration, What will one have to say in another fifty years time or what will we have seen ? One Wonders

Books I have Read- “Unsung Hero” by Kevin Fulton

Unsung Hero: How I Saved Dozens of Lives as a Secret Agent ...

Britain’s Dirty War

Now here’s a book I have just finished reading. It tells the story of a Catholic Newry man who uses the pseudonym Kevin Fulton who signed up as a British soldier and was quickly picked up by British Military intelligence as a “spy” on the Provisional I.R.A and later the R.I.R.A. To this effect he was officially “demobbed” from the British army (given a dishonourable discharge) but paid a weekly wage in secret.  He (Fulton) was assured by British Military intelligence that he would be pulled out if he got into any trouble, relocated to a new home and a lump sum for his resettlement. These assurances would prove to be hollow when the time came for him to flee the North of Ireland.

According to his book it took him all of seven years to join the P.I.R.A as they where not very trusting of an ex British soldier and wisely so but his handlers in British Military intelligence / Force Research Unit (FRU) were prepared to wait years to insert their “mole” into the IRA. Fulton hung around republicans/ republican bars to ingrate himself with the local IRA. Initially he started off by carrying “things” in his ice cream van over the border. (Never knew that a ice cream round was so profitable ) carrying messages and so on. Whilst all the time meeting with his FRU handlers  and reporting on all that happened. Fulton eventually got into the bomb making section of the IRA and ground down fertiliser to make into bombs, he claims that none of the bombs he made killed anyone but is reticent on his exact involvement for legal reasons obviously. However a opening section in his book says he took part in the killing of British soldiers, police informants and members of the RUC (the then Police force ) all to keep his cover. He (Fulton) became increasing aware that the FRU promises of relocation were hollow and he would have to provide some major intelligence or some big victory for the FRU to obtain it.

Fulton was eventually caught out when he supplied a car and a cloned mobile phone for a Belfast IRA unit who where intercepted by the RUC. All the fingers pointed to Fulton being a “mole” even the provos had figured it out. Fulton claims that his interrogator “Michael” was a bigger tout than him and he had basically being “given up” to protect a bigger informer. After some questioning by the IRA Fulton fled the North and went to England. He found whilst in London that’s his hotline number to the FRU no longer worked and got a Forklift company instead. They the (FRU) were prepared to have Fulton killed rather than pay out on resettlement for their agent.  Fulton also claims to have “tipped” off the RUC about the Omagh bombing in 1998 at least 48 hours in advance of it. He is suing the British government for what he believes he is entitled to in a civil suit.

Renewing the TV Licence.

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One evening there last week, I decided to renew my tv licence which was up since the 31st May. So I decided to look up the tv licence website and lo and behold I was treated to what the new family In Ireland looks like. There seems to be no getting away from this stuff like this, all the advertisements which abound and all apparently made by women as they are never the other way around. Seemingly the “women” have taken up with somebody else and are rubbing our noses in it. Do the “ladies” have some other explanation for this ?

I was tempted to click on the “back button” and not pay the tv licence, let them send me the usual legal notices and so on, but like a sucker I actually paid it. (Don’t know why I did) I guess its a case of groan and sigh and be oblivious to the slight we as White Irish males are being given all the time apparently.  One wonders why we have to put with this as there is little joy in paying for everything and doing all the hard slog. Maybe some hard slog for the women would change their “attitudes” and make them more appreciative for what they’ve got and not throwing it all way.

I find advertisements like this demeaning maybe I am alone in thinking so.

http://www.anpost.ie/AnPost/MainContent/Personal+Customers/More+from+An+Post/TV+Licence/TV+Licence+home

 

Sinn Féin’s Dismal Showing….

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Above is a screenshot of the Sinn Féin website which is @ sinnfein.ie .They have taken a drubbing at the local and European elections, losing 2 MEPs and host of councilors (81 now-out of previous 159) in the local elections. So what has gone wrong with Sinn Féin ??

They seem to have lost touch with their own voters or they have become disillusioned with Sinn féin. Don’t think Sinn féin’s stance on the Abortion referendum did them any good and was a “unnatural” position for Sinn féin to be in. Maybe toning down the women’s lib abit might help it doesn’t seem to a vote winner some how.

The main problem seems to be them failing to get their message across to voters or what Policies they stand (United Ireland obvious )for to voters. A quick perusal on the internet and this political party stands for Abortion, All Ireland Soccer teams and allowing the diaspora to vote in referendums (including a Border Poll) and Presidential elections. Two tier health systems which only serve the rich hardly get a mention, affordable housing for our young people another issue which needs to be dealt with, they are many others which might be a vote puller for them. You can see their polices at https://www.sinnfein.ie/policies

 

Their side of the fence is increasing crowded also with the independents sharing a lot of their polices and their points of view. So increasing competition is a fact of life. One thing that might help is if they stopped cozzing up to Fianna fail and Fine gael and put the booth into them instead … Fianna fail left the “state” almost bankrupt and largely squandered the boom, Fine gael on the other hand gives a $350 million maternity hospital to the nuns as “sole owners” and pays a whopping €1.7 plus billion for a children’s hospital that originally was to cost €450 million. These “cost overruns” show that you wouldn’t hire Fine gael to build your house at any time. Both establishment parties stand for two tier health systems, the rich paying the least and in a international downturn will encourage you to move somewhere else and that is just for starters. So there is a lot of work for Sinn fein to do if they want to avoid their usual manoeuvre of “one step forward followed by two steps back“. I actually have a lot of issues with this particular party but see a bigger picture for now anyway.