California’s Agenda

There’s a lot of Green New Deal blended into the mix.

California is a Progressive Paradise


I had planned to be out of town now, but I’m not.

And an idle mind is the Devil’s workshop.



I’m still casting about for the new vehicle for the White Wolf Mine to replace a Honda Accord (nice ride, but I need my daily driver to be a  4×4 for bad weather). I looked at the new Ford Bronco…maybe…but my skirt is not blown up. Keep in mind that this will be my new travel ride, so it’s not just a mountain rig, but I want a comfortable road trip as well.

Next week, I have to pick up new suits that I was fitted for in Scottsdale and I’m going to drop by the Land Rover dealership and look at their new Defender. Range Rover is a bit too corporate for me, but the Defender might be more along the line of what I need. Keep in mind that I have my highly customized 2007 Toyota FJC 4×4, and a Ford Raptor that I use to haul/tow with. I don’t beat the Raptor up on extreme off-roading. It’s not been relegated to ‘mall crawler’, but it’s driven mostly on hardball roads.

I’m not in a rush to buy something new, but I’m shopping around. And just when I thought the Land Rover might be the ticket, I see this.


Sometimes I wonder if there is arcane information that is too esoteric for this blog. Yes there is, but I don’t think that I’ve gotten that far yet.

Death water phenomenon

What is it that mysteriously causes ships to slow down or even stop when everything is working perfectly? You might not have even known that this happens.

Researchers at the University of Poitiers (with time on their hands) succeeded in explaining this phenomenon, which may explain why the Battle of Actium in 31 B.C. ended so badly for Cleopatra, even though she and Marc Antony had the stronger fleet.

This phenomenon, known as dead water, occurs in all seas and oceans where water of different density (due to salinity or temperature) mixes. In experiments carried out in a transparent wave channel with colored salt water and uncolored fresh water, internal turbulence of the boundary layer was made visible on images from high-speed cameras. This revealed that we are basically dealing with a resistance phenomena: The first, called Nansen wave resistance (named after the Norwegian Fridtjof Nansen, who got stuck in 1893 and could not get any further), causes a constant braking effect. “This is a depression that forms under the ship and moves with it as if it were attached to it,” explain the scientists.

The second phenomenon is called Ekman wave resistance (named after the Swedish physicist and oceanographer Vagn Walfrid Ekman who in 1904 discovered that the waves that formed below the surface at the interface between the saltwater and freshwater layers that form the upper part of this area of the Arctic Ocean interact with the ship and create resistance) and is characterized by variations in the speed of the ship concerned. However, the cause of this was previously unknown.  “The cause is manifest when another internal wave forms at the bow”. The offshoots of these waves are reflected on the shore and pass under the ship again. “Each passage of one of these wave offshoots causes a change in the ship’s speed,” the researchers say.

The waves act like a jolting conveyor belt on which the ship moves forwards and backwards. It is trapped in it and gets stuck. And this is exactly what is described in the ancient account of Actium. Cleopatra’s fleet simply stuck in place because of death water, and Octavian’s danced around and sank most of them. Only when both layers have adjusted and calmed down, is the ship free again.


Never Forget


    • Champagne tastes/beer budget.

      I could swing the defender. Everything is around $75K these days – Tahoe, loaded Bronco, etc.

  1. Being that you already own the FJC what about the new 4Runner TRD pro?A neighbor recently purchased one and can’t stop talking about it. Good aftermarket support as well.

  2. From what I’ve seen, all the 4×4 SUVs are right around the same price with most of the same options, well, except for the Mercedes B. with a price tag in the ‘Yikes!’ range.

    Get what fits your overly long frame. Use that as a primary qualification, then go from there. Maybe bring a 2×4 that’s about the same size as your favorite truck rifle and see how it fits.

    As to that 6-wheeled freak, yeah, no. I’d just get a surplus 5ton 4×4 for the same or less price. Be more useful (especially the one that has a crane arm and can fit a 20′ shipping container on the back deck, let’s see, here’s my hunting cabin, here’s my portable sawmill and shop, here’s my firefighting container, here’s my year’s supply of canned and dry goods that I pick up once a year…)

    As to forgetting? No. Don’t forget any of the attacks on the WTC, or the Bengazi 4, or Oklahoma City (where the real killer was government corruption in the building inspector’s office – the major structural members weren’t tied together, so when one fell, it took all the others with it.)

    • You point out something critical. The ride has to fit – You, the people you haul, the gear you haul (long enough for the .50?), the roads you haul on, the stuff too big to fit below that is lashed to the top, etc. Toyota has been a winning brand for me. Ford ok, not perfect but ok. Chevy took Obama money and I haven’t forgiven them. And I’m not really looking for a “truck” because I have one. Sort of a compromise, which means it won’t be perfect. I’d prefer a really nice road car, maybe MBz S500, but not on mountain roads. And, Beans, I’m old enough that when it’s time for comfort, I want that too.

      • It doesn’t cost much to convert over from gas shocks to air-ride shocks (like on semi-tractors) and it improves the ride tremendously.

        Hell, the new Ford E350 comes in a 4×4 package. Be nice to have one of those, but the inner deck height is a tad hard to get up to, so I’ll stick with my Ram Promaster City that I and my wife can easily get in and out of.

        The Toyota Sequoia – their version of the Tahoe – looks really nice. Room for family and for a crew served weapon. Plus you can get a roof-rack so you can carry your camo netting and…

        • I’ve seen the Sequoias and they’re a but too much of a mall crawler for me. I have not checked them out for a couple of years, and maybe Toyota has worked on them.

          If money and mileage do not matter, the Land Cruisers are a comfortable ride and are formidable off pavement, off road, off trail. A Land Cruiser is a $90K+ problem out the door (and yes, you can buy two Sequoias for that price).

  3. Thinking the 6-wheel tactical ride would afford some Anitifa/BLM protection, one sight of that and they may walk the other way.

    Walk in the woods…nothin’ to see here. (A willow branch is great at sweeping away drag marks, not that I’ve ever done that.)

    • The tactical ride would just be fun to drive around in. Eye candy.

      Somebody with an eye for cutting for sign might be able to divine your intentions and actions, but there aren’t many of those folks in cities, and that’s where the progs originate, so you’re safe.

  4. Defender sounds sensible. Then again, a quad copter would be cool too.

    Thanks for the Actium history. A good day for Octavian, not so fun for A&C.

    • I know that there will soon be an LSP-mobile there at the compound. I’m waiting with so many others to see what the “inspired” selection will be.

      A&C sailed off on the queen’s barge, apparently with enough rowing power to make good the escape. Not enough muscle to keep their lives though. Actium was the actual end. They just took a little longer to die. Better that it would have been in battle, but that’s just me.

    • Yeah, I’d likely get another Accord first, even though they’re not optimal in bad weather. I’m not a huge Subaru fan. The Accord is very comfortable, and in my experience is bullet proof mechanically.

  5. As to Actium, the waters where fresh or even brackish waters meet salt waters are always ‘frisky’ areas, with all sorts of weird currents, standing waves, undertows, rip currents, yada yada.

    That’s what you get for having an Army commander in charge of your Navy.

  6. I would avoid anything Land Rover from after maybe the early 1980s like the plague. Maintenance and reliability are Italian supercar-grade, although not as expensive. IDK, maybe they work for a while when new?


    • I have the same fear, Kle. I’ve recovered/rescued more than a few Land Rovers in the back of beyond, but to be fair, usually it was some metro dude who knew nothing about rough country driving. When I posted it up, it was sort of to contrast it with the armored 6×6, but I have looked at the Defenders. I have no idea what will replace the Accord. Maybe the Bronco, but the quality of ride is important to me.

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