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Sunday Sermonette

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    The Old Anglican Church of Tulit’a, Canadian Northwest Territories. This church is an official historic site because it was built in 1880 and is one of the oldest standing buildings in the Northwest Territories. Apparently there is a prophecy that when the bell falls the end of time is near.   Saints in a Cave ...

Boats

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    Best Submarines of WW2? The very well done feature film Das Boot shows German submariners living aboard a fighting U-Boat during the Second World War. It portrays a small crew, living on a boat with one head and very cramped conditions, but at the same time being very combat effective. From all accounts, the film reflec...

Then and Now and Then

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  Caption: Grenadier of the 1st Foot (Royal Scots) as they appeared during the Seven Years War.   Dragon Ship Yes, it's in need of a refit, I'll give you that. But with a few stout souls, a sail, some steel and chainmail, we could cross to England, or move down the coast to Francia, raid and bring back treasure. Maybe I wa...

Toys, Rights and Chicken

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  The Nell Mitsubishi G3M Nell, or Type 96, was a long-range medium bomber of the Imperial Japanese Navy. They first rolled off the assembly line in 1935, and engaged in combat in China (to be shot down by the Flying Tigers of the AVG) and in actions early in the Second World War. They worked well in situations where there wer...

Things to Think About

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  Is She too White?   Is She too Viking?   So tell me, what's wrong with living at a Mine?   Jumping a Battery in the Middle East   Get to da Choppa T-629 prototype- - unmanned drone with an electric engine. So you got to da choppa, and there's no way to get inside - frus...

Utopia

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  A Hive City or simply a hive, is a massive arcology, or self-contained city, that is home to millions or even billions of human beings loyal to the Imperium of Man.   There was a lot of talk about the time that the Green New Deal was rolled out (because we're all dead if we don't go along with it) about moving people into "hive cit...

Software Upgrade

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  Heads-Up Virtual Mirage will be going through a software upgrade cycle this afternoon, February 25, and the blog won't be available for a few hours because of that. Sometimes when these upgrades happen, some of you have a problem viewing graphics and content afterward. I don't know why that would be, and I'll do my best to keep it real...

Settled Science

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  The Glory of Dogma The good thing about science is the methodology by which phenomena can be analyzed, conclusions drawn, and then checked against measurable results. In theory, this means that erroneous conclusions and predictions should be discarded when found to be in error. Climate Forecast Headline Predictions 1967 Sal...

Thor…is Coming

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  Those Pesky Drones We have had some discussions her on the blog about drones and the best way to take them down. Janes Defense (h/t Claudio) reported that Thor is about ready to take on the problem ...more here Tactical High-Power Microwave Operational Responder (THOR) THOR is a counter-swarm electromagnetic weapon the Air Force ...

Wednesday’s Child

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    The Congressional Brain Trust The line "Wednesday's child is full of woe" is a part of a nursery rhyme known as "Monday's Child," sometimes attributed to Mother Goose; it predicts that children born on Wednesday are sad. The rhyme is a fortune-telling song, predicting that children born on different days are ...

Commentary

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    I wonder how the CEO will feel when everybody refers to him as "bitch"? Will all manuals be written in ebonics? It would be very progressive.   P-61 as a taxi? The P-61A used as the personal transport of Maj. Gen. Barnes of the 13th Fighter Command, Java, 1944   The ho is a different matt...

Beating the Odds

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    Historical References April 28, 1789 was the darkest day of Lieutenant William Bligh’s life. Early in the morning he was awakened by men of his own crew on HMAV Bounty, tied up and taken on deck. There he was told that Fletcher Christian (Acting Lieutenant), along with several others, had taken command and would now abandon...

History

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  Short Range Artillery (WW1) Bombarde DR ‘Garnier’ The bombarde took its name from its credited inventor, commandant Gilbert Garnier of the French artillery, deputy to the director of the APX state arsenal, and the men who designed its projectile, Driant and Renouard. It was intr...

Different Topics

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  Historical Map Map of France’s borders for about 10 minutes in 1866. In 1866, The newly United Italy begged for Austria to give them Veneto so they could be closer to a full Italian unification, but Austria decided not to give Veneto to Italy, but gave it to France instead since Austria was backed into a corner by Prussia as wel...

Monday Madness

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  What will the Republican Party Look like in 2022? If they won't put America First, they're going to look very small indeed. Although with the voting machines working as they do, does it really matter?   Looking for Work? (Carrier Advancement Training) I'm not looking for work, but if I was - IF I WAS - I'm sure that my re...

Sunday Afternoon (Extra)

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    The Era of the Climate Coach Just when the old idiocracy meter is pegged, there's more room for the needle to swing. (more here) "$9.9 million will be used to hire climate coaches for all secondary schools in the L.A. school district." Even the sci-fi writers who drop acid to "get out there" couldn't come up with this stuff. ...

Sunday Sermonette

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  There are All Sorts of Churches I've been hanging out, recovering from surgery, trying not to use painkillers, and so forth. I'm almost back to normal. Thank you for your kind thoughts, prayers, etc.   Walk Softly and Carry What do you do when you have to go to mass but you know bad people are around? "A gun hidd...

February 20 – in History

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    There was only one major battle fought in Florida during the War Between the States/Civil War/War of Northern aggression. That battle was fought on this day in history, 1864. Fearing defeat in the 1864 presidential election, President Lincoln encouraged Congress to pass the so called '10 percent plan'. The plan stated tha...

Historical References

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It's said that Civil Wars are the nastiest. I can't disagree. America's War for Independence, and the War of the Roses are discussed below. In many quarters America is still fighting the War of Northern Aggression/Civil War.  A simmering 'cold war' between globalists and nationalists - between advocates of huge government as a socialist arbiter a...

Randomness

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  Italian Flat Top Italian aircraft carrier ITS Cavour (CVH 550) is in Virginia as part of its effort to become certified to operate the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. The ship arrived at Naval Station Norfolk on Feb. 13 and will work with a test team from the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) “to conduct sea trials, a ser...