We are not alone

Sean Kirkpatrick
Sean Kirkpatrick, the Director of the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), which the Department of Defense has tasked with studying UFOs

US Has 12 Or More Alien Spacecraft, Say Military And Intelligence Contractors: Military and intelligence agencies are withholding evidence from Congress, sources say.

Before the recent slow trickle of UFO information into the public domain, you read it here first.

June 15, 2023

Three Days of the Condor

It is certainly a privilege to grow old, though its pleasures are open to debate. One of them is sharing good things you discovered years ago.

Three Days of the Condor poster

I had forgotten just how good Sydney Pollack’s Three Days of the Condor is. Maybe influenced by the Kennedy assassinations, I told Miki, the Seventies saw a whole slew of paranoid thrillers: Three Days of the Condor, but also The Conversation, The Parallax View and others.

Prescient too.

— Do we have plans to invade the Middle East?
— Are you crazy?
— Am I?

— It’s simple economics. Today it’s oil, right? In 10 or 15 years — food, plutonium, and maybe even sooner. What do you think that people are going to want us to do then?
— Ask them.
— Not now. Then. Ask them when they’re running out. Ask them when there’s no heat in their homes and they’re cold. Ask them when their engines stop. Ask them when people who have never known hunger start going hungry. Want to know something? They won’t want us to ask them. They’ll just want us to get it for them.

Miki was puzzled. Which bit, she asked, did you think was paranoid?

June 5, 2022

Open for the business, as usual

Londonistan, Monday
Commenting on yesterday’s press release from the City of London the prime minister, widely admired for his handiness with Greek and Latin tags, confirmed the City’s key role in Global Britain.

Property rights are sacred in Britain, which remains wide open for business. Conservatives everywhere will always be staunch defenders of the stasis quo.

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March 28, 2022

Take me to the cleaners

Londonistan, Sunday.
In a press release following reported seizures of oligarchs’ assets, the City of London reminds us its financial markets remain an indispensable part of Buccaneering Britain”, and that many properties in the capital still have potential to become luxuriously vacant.

As part of an inspiring brand refresh”, the city formerly known as The City will in future be The Londromat.

March 27, 2022

The sea of dirty money

The sea of dirty money is the sea the Conservative leadership swims in. It can no more live outside it than a fish can live on land.

Nick Cohen: Pulled by a current of Tory indolence, Britain flounders in a sea of dirty money

The ghost in the shell: denying standing in UK courts to anonymous shell companies.

Who ya gonna call?

February 6, 2022

Blue remembered hills


In Radnorshire, moles riot under sheep-stripped hills.

We shouldn’t leave the job of loving the earth to the mole.
Dulce María Loynaz


Into my heart an air that kills
  From yon far country blows:
What are those blue remembered hills,
  What spires, what farms are those?

That is the land of lost content,
  I see it shining plain,
The happy highways where I went
  And cannot come again.

A. E. Housman A Shropshire Lad XL

February 5, 2022