They know Brexit is unravelling

But a great deal hangs on this. If the prime minister is found to have lied to parliament and to the people, what defence is there to the allegation that the Brexit cause – mired in similar controversy over lies and dissembling – was conducted with the same disregard for the truth? More here.

The only people left defending Brexit are those who can make a lot of money from it or those who put their fingers in their ears and refuse to listen, because they feel stupid.

Tory bots, empty words and lies lies lies

Hard to know what to believe anymore. And for those of you not in the UK, the below video shows the next UK Prime Minister (fingers crossed) being abused by morons who have used what the current Prime Minister said (he lied) in Parliament last week for their own strange and hard to understand motives. Warning: very bad language included.

I can’t think of one Brexit promise that has been kept

I can’t think of one Brexit promise that has been kept. Not one.Slashing taxes? No. Reducing energy bills? No. Taking back control of borders? No. Making a bonfire of EU regulations? No. This Government has broken every big bold Brexit promise.Ever feel like you’ve been cheated? Tweeted here.

It is like a large part of the population has amnesia or is deliberately refusing to accept that they were conned. They know they were conned, they know the people in charge are liars and they refuse to fully acknowledge what happened, and what is happening now.

They are not to blame, the people behind Brexit are, but to this day we seem to be stuck without a big movement pushing to change things, or at the very least make the most of where we are. We are stuck and seemingly heading downwards.

Jordan Peterson: ‘absurd’ and ‘dangerous’

As podcaster Joe Rogan faces condemnation from medical scientists for spreading misinformation about vaccines and Covid-19, another interview by the controversial host this week has become the subject of mockery — this time among climate scientists.

Canadian clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson appeared on “The Joe Rogan Experience” on Monday, making false and generalized claims that the modeling scientists use to project climate change and its impacts are flawed… More here.

I’m not sure if Peterson is losing popularity or something, but even before the latest hysteria over his Joe Rogan podcast I have noticed that he has started to offer views that appear designed to gain attention rather than be as rational as he once was.

He got slammed by fellow panellists on a UK politics show recently and he appears to moving in a bizarre direction. Sit him down with Rogan and you just know things are going to go strange.

Apple Reports First Quarter Results- is this good news?

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2022 first quarter ended December 25, 2021. The Company posted an all-time revenue record of $123.9 billion, up 11 percent year over year, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.10… More here.

The numbers are staggering. However, if you read the first chapter of End State you will understand that numbers like these are a march to a potentially very bad place. There comes a point when the biggest corporations become so dominating and powerful that even their home government cannot compete with them.

Spotify to remove Neil Young’s music

Spotify on Wednesday confirmed it will remove Neil Young’s music from its platform, after the singer demanded that the streaming giant take it down in response to vaccine misinformation being spread by Joe Rogan, a popular podcaster on the platform… More here.

The more I consider this, the more my head hurts. So many things enter my thoughts; misinformation, vaccines, freedom of speech, the power of organisation and people, and on and on and on. My head is really hurting…

Where is Peng Shuai?

Tennis great Martina Navratilova has condemned as “pathetic” the Australian Open’s decision to stop fans wearing ‘Where is Peng Shuai?’ T-shirts, accusing Tennis Australia of “capitulating” to China.

Late last week spectators at Melbourne Park were asked to remove their T-shirts and security confiscated a banner emblazoned with the same words, on the grounds that TA prohibits “clothing, banners or signs that are commercial or political”… More here.

It would be easy to jump up and state that this is a terrible decision by the Australian authorities, but there is obviously more to it. When a tournament like this is TV’d around the world there likely has to be a draconian rule stopping any slogans that could offend in one country or another.

The fact that the Peng Shuai case is just awful does not override that, but it does bring home just how many global high-level interests become involved in so many aspects of our lives.

The BBC cannot see a queue, a very big queue

This is becoming a very big problem, one that was easily seen way before Brexit changes came into effect. And it seems that most of the British media cannot see it, or to be more accurate are (being told?) choosing not to see it.

A surprising tendency among right-wing authoritarians

Right-wing authoritarianism is a psychological construct developed in the aftermath of World War II that is characterized by submission to authority and strong adherence to conventions, along with aggression directed at those seen as violating social norms. Because of their preference for social conformity, researcher Paulina Górska and her colleagues hypothesized that right-wing authoritarians should be particularly susceptible to perceived social norms… More here.

A decent read actually. Always fascinated by what makes us lean one way or another.