Friday, February 22, 2019


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"incapacitate the enemy by attacking the central nervous system or damaging internal organs."

Directed energy weapon Russian style.

Devoted readers to the blog please be fully aware I am almost sorry for having come across this item and am posting. Thanks also to Forbes.

Yet one more TOP SECRET Russian weapon of awesome power and effectiveness for which there is no known defense?

"Are We Ready for the Russian Zombie Gun?"

"Strange, alarming, morbidly intriguing -- any or all of those would serve to describe the newly announced 'Zombie Gun' that Russian president Vladimir Putin plans to use 'for achieving political and strategic goals' (his words, as quoted from the UK Mail Online)"


Directed energy weaponry [microwave] is in use even now as we speak for crowd control. Does not maim or kill but can make a person very uncomfortable.

"You can't say civilization don't advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way. ~Will Rogers"

Will was right, wasn't he!


Thursday, February 21, 2019


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From the Wall Street Journal a book review.

"Books Bookshelf"

"‘Long Shot’ Review: Triggering a Revolution"

"A memoir by an Iranian deserter [Azad Cudi] turned Kurdish sniper who picked off 250 Islamic State fighters during the battle of Kobani."

"He fought with great distinction. In the city of Kobani, site in 2014-15 of what may be remembered as the battle that arrested Islamic State’s expansion, he spent months punching holes in the walls of abandoned houses so he could peek out and shoot ISIS fighters in nearby buildings. He killed about 250 of them in total, he says. The number is high but plausible."

"The number is high but plausible." YES! Consider the great snipers of the World War Two era. The Russian Zaitsev or the Finn Hayha. Three-hundred plus kills in the case of the former and five-hundred plus kills in the case of the latter!!

Azad by his own description wielding a Soviet SVD sniper rifle of rather ancient vintage [sixty years old design] but still very deadly!

It is not the gun itself but the man behind the gun that counts! Always has been and always will be.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019


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And what would Von Moltke the Elder have to say about all this?

"Germany’s soldiers of misfortune"

"The once mighty Bundeswehr is looking increasingly threadbare."

"BERLIN — Fighter jets and helicopters that don’t fly. Ships and submarines that can’t sail. Severe shortages of everything from ammunition to underwear."

. . . .

"Once one of the fiercest (and most brutal) fighting forces on earth, today’s German army increasingly looks more like a volunteer fire department — last month, mountain troops were dispatched to shovel snow from roofs in Bavaria — than a modern military machine."


See recent blog entries the topic of which is German military unpreparedness:

    "Wir. Dienen. Deutschland."

With what I am not sure.



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Consider this more of a BASH issue? Danger to aircraft landing and taking off.

Thanks to the Russian controlled [?] media outlet Russian Times [RT].

"US Army declares war on Russian… weeds"

"The US Army Corps of Engineers considers 'Russian' weeds such a problem in the Pacific Northwest, it is seeking a contractor willing to clear them from an airbase and a training range near Seattle, Washington."

"To get rid of the dastardly Russian thistle, Russian olive, Dalmatian toadflax and other 'invasive' plants, the Army is looking for a small business with $7.5 million in average annual receipts, and fully licensed by the state department of agriculture as a pesticide applicator."

BASH = Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard.

1. Invasive species a greater threat to the environment than so-called man-made global warming.

2. Invasive species such as Russian thistle producing a prodigious multitude of seeds. Seeds that attract large flocks of migrating birds. Migrating birds in flocks that in the vicinity of an airfield pose a definite BASH danger to aircraft.

3. Joint military base Lewis-McChord having a lot of aircraft take-off and landings and also in close proximity to the civilian Sea-Tac international airport. BASH mitigation surely a must!


Tuesday, February 19, 2019


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More material from the Internet web site of Archbishop Cranmer.

Once again the topic the Great War [WW1]. Personal comments and an appreciation of events from that period and the aftermath. All thanks to His Grace.

"Meditation and Reflection"

"Armistice 100: They shall not grow old…"

Read the whole article. And as extracted in entirety the last two paragraphs of special interest.

"Some carp that World War I was a national tragedy – a whole generation of our brightest and best lie buried somewhere on the long, long trail of trenches from Ypres to the Somme. Lions led by donkeys, they say, left hanging on the old barbed wire for vacuous notions of nationalism and crass pseudo-patriotism. Don’t believe them. That is the black and white caricature of futility. Don’t dignify their monochrome cynicism or prettify their one-dimensional pessimism with a second thought. Just be silent and perfectly still. Take time to study a coloured image of their joyous witness, and give thanks that that each and every one of them gave all their yesterdays so that we might have today, and our children and grandchildren can revel in a thousand tomorrows."

Click on image to see an enlarged view.

"We live in colour because they died in black and white. And now that we can see them in hues of green and red, our judgment shows itself in a thousand greys of futility. Be not deceived: they did not die in vain; war is not futile. They are not here so that we might be; and in that being is their infinite and everlasting worth. We will remember them."

Within  context see a previous blog entry the pro and con, the Great War, was it worth it.



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His Grace would not be pleased?

From the Internet web site of Archbishop Cranmer we have this item of interest. A heritage the topic of which is the Great War [WW1].

But not so totally inclusive?

"Worcester Cathedral hosts heritage event – Methodists not welcome"

"On 4th December [2018] Worcester Cathedral is hosting an educational heritage event"

"In line with the 2018 commemoration of the end of the First World War, Worcester Cathedral Education Department is holding ‘The Great War: Then and Now,’ a lecture and tour event on Tuesday 4th December. This afternoon event will include a talk entitled ‘Armistice and After: The Consequences of the Great War for Europe and Beyond,’ a lecture on the poetry of the trenches, and an introduction to a new Cathedral audio tour based around the theme of war poetry. This will be followed by a special tour of the cloister windows of remembrance. Tea and coffee will be provided."

As to why those of the Methodist faith not allowed you need to read the entire entry.

This is the type of remembrance and heritage event, a history course in miniature so to speak, those undergraduates at Stanford University need to attend?

Indeed, material for blog entries can be found at the most unusual places.


Monday, February 18, 2019


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I highly recommend these You Tube video and do so without qualification or reservation.

The "BAE Systems" video the construction of an Astute class British RN nuclear attack submarine.

"Combat Approved" Part one and two courtesy the controlled [?] Russian media Russian Times.

More than anything else I guess emphasis on the infrastructure first to build a modern nuclear attack submarine. Enormous. A dedicated facility just required for fabrication.

Even beyond that consider the infrastructure and process required for retrofitting and refit, periodically, as part of the vessels normal life expectancy.

"Retrofitting refers to the addition of new technology or features to older systems."

"Refitting or refit of boats includes repairing, fixing, restoring, renewing, mending, and renovating an old vessel"

These nuclear attack submarines currently the most complicated thing made by man. The process of decommissioning and dismantling such a vessel also a dangerous, laborious, expensive and time-consuming process. Especially with regard to proper disposal of the atomic reactor.