Moon landing was one giant leap for hypocrisy
TV stations went “into orbit” recently to mark fifty years since America squandered billions – “for mankind” – by propelling three men in a tin can to the moon, while many fellow “Earthlings” suffer crippling poverty, hunger and a lack of clean water and sanitation.
Despite being hailed by the world’s leaders and media in ‘69 as an “epoch-making event” that would “bring the world together in peace”, in reality it was just one small step for man; one giant leap for hypocrisy.
US President Nixon’s “historic” live telephone message to Apollo 11’s crew – as to how their achievement “inspires us to redouble our efforts to bring peace and tranquility to Earth” – could of easily been mistaken for an unexpected belch of hot rocket gas.
His phone was barely back on the hook before he extended the senseless slaughter in Vietnam and ordered the invasion of Cambodia.
Hero-worshipped astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin even left a “comedy plaque” on the moon, inscribed with: “We Came In Peace For All Mankind”.
Evidently there wasn’t enough room to add that these “Great guys!” had both been fighter pilots in the merciless and “genocidal” Korean War (death toll: nearly five million – mostly innocent civilians).
But “moon-mania” wasn’t to last. By the early ‘70s the public’s interest in space had fizzled out and the novel idea of man bringing lasting – real – peace to the world by “lunar love” had also been jettisoned.
As they looked back awestruck at our beautiful planet, the earlier Apollo 8 spacemen were inspired to read from the Bible book of Genesis: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Given the dire state of the world, it may now be more fitting for astronauts to quote from the prophetic Bible book of Revelation (11:18): “And the appointed time came… to ruin those who are ruining the earth” – or any other planet they may boldly go where no hypocrite has gone before.
Howard H Smith
Labour’s dream of socialist tyranny
Much has been written about Jeremy Corbyn since his elevation to the zenith of the Labour Party, but the reallly frightening prospect is John McDonnell, opposition Shadow Chancellor.
This is a politician who believes that capitalism will somehow evolve itself out of existence.
Let’s consider the implications of this insane remark – private and free citizens would no longer be permitted to respond to market profit incentives and thus furnish the goods/services that consumers desire.
Instead, the hegemony of the state will monopolise the control of resources, all decision-making and thus eliminate consumer sovereignty. There is a term for this conduct – tyranny and autocratic dictatorship, pure and simple.
Now consider his crass nationalisation plans whereby he will borrow billions and tax citizens to the stratosphere to establish inefficient state public sector dinosaurs.
In conclusion, McDonnell will initiate a race to the bottom of the global GDP Premier League.
Who’s going to pay for independence?
So, 8000+ people march for an independent Wales.
Can any one of them tell me how Wales, with a working population of 1.42 million from a population of 3 million, are going to pay for the following:
- The Welsh Assembly with its current 60 AMs (of which only 40 are elected);
- 22 councils;
- 4 police forces;
- And of course the NHS and defence forces?
Do they expect to still receive funding from Westminster?
Dixon J Dagg
Parents must be so proud of idiot youths
IT’S ONLY day two (Tuesday, July 23) of the school holidays and the idiots are out!
My husband and I were driving home last night past Thornhill Primary School on Heol Hir when it felt like an explosion had gone off in the car.
A gang of youths were hiding in the lane next to the school and, as we passed, threw eggs at us! They came through the open windows and hit my husband in the side of the head.
The inside of the car was covered in eggs, which were actually starting to ‘cook’ in the heat.
I had egg and eggshell in my hair and on my clothes and the back seats had eggshell on them as well.
We stopped the car to go after them but as they were on bikes they got away.
We drove around the estate and found them by Cefn Onn Park, where I phoned the police.
They arrived and took details but because they didn’t have anything on them, they were let go with a caution.
We were left with a car and ourselves covered in eggs and, to cap it all, my husband has torn his left calf muscle chasing after them.
We’re sure that their parents must be very proud of them!
Bernard & Kim Chinnick
Boris has found a money tree forest
Is it any wonder the country has lost faith in Westminster politicians?
We had Theresa May telling the country there was no magic money tree for the poor and vunerable – then found £1bn to buy 10 votes from the DUP.
Now Boris Johnson, who wants to leave the EU on October 31 (whether right or wrong), within one week of taking office, has found a forest of money trees – £300m for each devolved nation, tax breaks for the rich, plus other headline-grabbing financial promises.
He has also put aside £2.1n for a no-deal Brexit.
Yet he cannot find £3,200, the average annual payment for those in the FAS, which includes former ASW steelworkers.
The trouble former ASW workers have is that Welsh
Conservative and Labour MPs, who should be supporting them, just do nothing.
Shame on Boris Johnson, his party and Welsh MPs.
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