Lest we forget………a lot!

Just a reminder of what we have agreed to leave behind. The thumbnail pix is of the launch of an Ariane5 rocket, with a payload of four Galileo GPS Satellites. Galileo is the name for the European GPS-funded system, which is not really needed because

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MARIETTE LE ROUX AND LAURENCE COUSTAL (FILES) This file photo taken on November 17, 2016 shows a handout released on November 17, 2016 by the European Space Agency (ESA), the Centre national d'etudes spatiale (CNES, the French government space agency) and the Arianespace satellite launch company shows the Ariane 5 rocket with a payload of four Galileo satellites lifting off from ESA's European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.  Seventeen years and more than 10 billion euros ($11 billion) later, Europe's Galileo satnav system is set to go live on December 15, 2016 promising to outperform US and Russian rivals while boosting regional self-reliance. Initial services, free to use worldwide, will be available only on smartphones and navigation boxes already fitted with Galileo-compatible microchips.  / AFP PHOTO / ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE / S. MARTIN / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ESA / CNES / ARIANESPACE / S. MARTIN" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS S. MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images

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the American GPS system is up, working like a Swiss watch, and free to everyone who wishes it. But the EU had to have one because, well, France got fed up with their beloved EU needing to use the cursed Yankee satellites just to find out where they were. So, we in Britain, despite the fact that we are leaving, will have to pay our share of the running costs; estimated as being €750 million per year, as well as the agreed share of the satellites, launch vehicles, ground stations:along with the launch vehicle and the two replacement satellites, because the first two were set in a lower orbital altitude after a ‘mishap’:( because well SHIT HAPPENS): all of which is costing €20 Billions plus; and rising to where no-one actually knows any more.

 

And all of this cost, all of YOUR cash, was spent / is being spent / will be spent in the future without a single voter, out of the entire 508 million, ever being asked if they wanted to be able to proudly point, well, upwards, and state; ‘We paid for that!’ How did the EU get away with that, as well as all the other boondoggling expenditures over the past forty-odd years? Simples: because the system was designed so no-one, apart from the Brussels bureaucrats, ever gets to ask ‘Why?”

10 comments for “Lest we forget………a lot!

  1. Errol
    December 17, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Of course, one has to ask what it’s really for. A GPS network? Really?

  2. Errol
    December 17, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Of course, one has to ask what it’s really for. A GPS network? Really?

    “…A premium service eventually will offer even greater precision to paying customers and police, fire departments and government agencies. …”

    And also: ‘owned by the EU commission’. Not the governments of Europe, but the EU commission. he EU commission can now track you to within a metre. That’s the point of this wretched thing: population control an monitoring by the EUrocracy.

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/12/16/business/years-late-billions-budget-europes-gps-rival-satnav-system-galileo-switched/#.WFVoMXvBtsY

  3. Gregory Tingey
    December 18, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Because, once Donaldo Trumpolini become POTUS, nothing at all can be expected from the USA, as it slips into fascism.
    Galileo is an INSURANCE POLICY

    • ivan
      December 18, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Name calling – the last resort of someone with nothing to say of any consequence.

  4. ivan
    December 18, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    As far as I understand it, the US said that if necessary, for various reasons, their military would shut down the civilian component when ever they wished.

    Since there is a lot of the worlds commerce dependent on the GPS system, ship navigation, heavy road transport etc. and a lot of ordinary people use it to find their way about (most couldn’t read a map to save their lives), it was decided by someone in the EU that there should be a second one available.

    This got up the nose of the US military who didn’t want it at any cost. Eventually a compromise was reached that there would be some input from the military (sorry I can’t remember the details).

    All in all, there is likely to be another system, maybe two, up there, China and maybe India or Russia, all of which will be out of the control of the US military, which I consider to be a good thing.

  5. Ed P
    December 18, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    It will also provide the basis of complete state control over vehicle movements, and therefore speed violations and future road pricing intentions. There’s even discussion about automatic speed control of vehicles: enter a restricted speed zone on the motorway and your car’s speed would be reduced without driver override. And I’m sure they’ll dream up even more invasive interferences with liberty when the system’s been established.

    • Hereward Unbowed.
      December 19, 2016 at 12:29 am

      A cashless society is the ideal and hooked up to the obligatory smart phones and satnav; ‘they’ [TPTB] will know where you are, what you spend, where you bank, how much you earn and where you spend it and on what AND…… if they so will it – you will be thrown out, cast down as a non person “for waycism!” or not abasing yourself at the foot of the idols holy relic – to St Jo of somewhere in west yorkshire.

      Though, I wonder what our new breed of Asian brethren think about all of that?

      Ultimate control, that’s only what TPTB in Brussels, in Apple, in London, in Amazon, in SF Google, in Berlin/Paris want – you [the proles]…… are a “unit” nothing more and much less than that – in the long run.

    • December 19, 2016 at 2:20 am

      Ahhh yes. The vehicular management bizzo, The aim is to bring in driverless cars. Just imagine it. The GPS even when tweaked to near perfection, is accurate to within a metre. That’s 3’3″. Vehicles approaching one another at the extremities of the error may find themselves occupying the same bit of road centreline. The insurance companies will have to go to ‘auto’arbitration where a robot decider presides.

      • Hereward Unbowed.
        December 19, 2016 at 8:45 pm

        Do you then go to Meccano to be broken up, it’s so artificial is intelligence :-O!

        and then, does anybody remember Meccano?

        • December 20, 2016 at 10:04 am

          I received my first ‘engineering instructions’ from a Meccano set. Great toy, and unusually, long-lasting (as long as you saved all the nuts and bolts in a safe place. I learnt a great deal about the basics of construction, and also about getting along with my two brothers, as we had to agree on what was to be built, and who got to build it!

          And best of all, not an electronic sound was heard!

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