Mining Greenland

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Bullet Points:

** The Pavese – It was an underappreciated component of warfare for a long time unless you were carrying a crossbow and didn’t want to reload under direct fire. They didn’t do much to stop the cavalry.

** Tesla – In March 2023, Alexandre Ponsin set out on a family road trip from Colorado to California in his newly purchased Tesla, a used 2021 Model 3. He expected to get something close to the electric sport sedan’s advertised driving range: 353 miles on a fully charged battery.

He soon realized he was sometimes getting less than half that much range, particularly in cold weather – such severe underperformance that he was convinced the car had a serious defect…

** In 1940, men lied about their ages so that they could serve in WW2 and save the world. In 2023, they lie about their genders so that they can win medals in women’s sports. How things change.


Mining Rare Earth in Greenland

President Trump announced that he wanted to buy Greenland. He said that he was joking but I never thought that.

Melting permafrost has opened Greenland up to potential mining, and things started to move.  Then Greenland said, “No, we’ve changed our minds, back in 2021.”

That’s all back in play now.

China is the dominant producer of rare earths, a group of 17 specialized minerals. In September it hiked its annual output quotas amid tight supply for manufacturers. read more. Demand for rare earth permanent magnets, key for electric vehicles (EVs) and wind turbines, is set to soar with greater efforts to cut carbon emissions.

Whenever I think of Uranium, I think of the sale of the uranium mining company Uranium One to the Russian state-owned corporation Rosatom. The FBI investigated the Clintons and said, “What $145 million bribery scandal involving Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation? The FBI found no evidence of wrongdoing. Make of that what you will. They also failed to find anything incriminating on Hunter Biden’s laptop and for a long time, responded this way to Congress: “What laptop?” The FBI’s credibility is severely strained these days.

The European Commission is expected to set up an office in Greenland in 2023, with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg calling presence in the region a necessity to counter Chinese and Russian interests.

A consortium of billionaires including Jeff Bezos, Michael Bloomberg, and Bill Gates financially backed a California start-up now partnered with UK-based Bluejay is trying to get Denmark/Greenland to change the law so that they can strip Greenland’s Disko Island and Nuussuaq Peninsula. The Chinese call foul, claiming that Greenland’s mineral wealth should belong to them too. What standing the Chinese may have to make that claim is not presently clear.


Identify the Aircraft




This may be a tough one so you’ll get two pictures.

Yes, the vertical stabilizer is slightly different. There were some changes made during the production run.


From the Days of Fighting Sail

The Victualling Board

The supply of food and beverages to the Navy was the responsibility of the Victualling Board, which had originally been established in 1550. The Board consisted of seven members, who had their office in the Tower and who each oversaw a specific area. The chairman oversaw the cash books whilst the others controlled the Brewhouse Department, the Cutting House Department, the Cooperage Department, the Hoytaking (shipping) Department, and the Stores Department.


The Royal William Victualling Yard, Plymouth, by William Williams (1808–1895)

As the Navy grew in size and demand for supplies increased exponentially, the Board began to set up dedicated victualling yards with its own offices at the main Royal Dockyards and also at Dover. Smaller yards were established later at Chatham, Sheerness, Deal, Hull, Newcastle, Leith, Whitehaven, Falmouth, and Cobh near Cork in Ireland. A major base was set up at Gibraltar and other facilities at Halifax, Bermuda, Malta, the Cape of Good Hope, Jamaica, and Antigua. The yards had their own dedicated deepwater wharves where ships could come alongside to be completely victualled for sea from the warehouses and slaughterhouses on site. The goods loaded would be mainly the preserved foodstuffs, including ship’s biscuits, salt beef and pork, peas, oatmeal, butter, cheese, and small beer which were largely supplied in wooden casks which were themselves manufactured by the Board, which was by far the largest purchaser of foodstuffs and beverages in Britain.


The Victualling Office, Plymouth c. 1835, by  Nicholas Condy (1793 – 1857) 

In 1793 Deptford Wharf could accommodate four ships alongside its wharf at one time and could deal with 260 oxen per day in the slaughterhouse and 650 pigs in the hog-hanging house. It had 12 ovens to bake the biscuits and spirit vats holding 254,581 liters.

By 1810 the one victualling yard alone covered 20 acres. The slaughterhouses only operated in the cooler months of the year (October- April). In an effort to ensure the quality of food supplied, the Victualling Board set up manufacturing processes at each yard and they became major food manufacturers as well.


Victualling Yard gates at Deptford, 1841 

The quality of the food produced might be indicated by the fact that less than 1% of the food supplied was condemned for going off, despite long-term stowage. Use was made of all by-products possible, using hides to make leather, tallow to make soap and candles, and shins and bones to make portable soup. Deptford specialized in the production of other foodstuffs on a smaller scale, such as mustard, pepper, oatmeal, and chocolate. There were also separate storehouses for rum, coffee, sugar, tea, rice, raisins, wine, and tobacco, all of which were purchased in London and stored in Deptford prior to being distributed for use in the other depots as required. Fresh water supplies had also to be secured to fill the ship’s barrels.

With the huge quantities of food required to be prepared, seasonal restrictions, and the difficulties of getting it to numerous far-flung destinations despite the vagaries of wind power, it is not merely the sheer scale of the operation that astounds, but the fact that it actually worked pretty efficiently throughout the period. In 1817 the Victualling Board took over responsibility for medical services when the Transport Board was abolished, but was itself abolished in 1832, its duties transferring to the Admiralty.

57 thoughts on “Mining Greenland

    1. Albatros D.III
      FW 187
      Pfalz D.III

      HogsbreathSS took this one.

      I thought that the Pfalz would be difficult. The Albatros D.III didn’t have that aerodynamic spinner when it first came out. Later models were fitted with it.

    1. Another GOT quote that springs to mind when thinking about the quality of the FBI’s Honor…

      I am Not obsessed with GOT, but the writers did have some very good moments…And most of the acting was very good, at least the first six seasons.

      MSG Grumpy

    1. The FBI investigated Ruby Ridge and whitewashed it twice. Then Congress sent a US Postal Inspector who happened to be a friend of mine to investigate it and the dirt poured out. They have a long history of this all the way back to Hoover.

      1. Speaking of G. Gordon “Captain Real Estate” Liddy as mentioned below, he wrote in his book Will about how the FBI trained him for illegal break-ins and such and using it on the job. Late 50’s or thereabouts maybe, if I recall correctly.

        1. True – but I’m sure that it was only Liddy. You know that the FBI has too much integrity to teach it to anyone else…

  1. EV’s are fine for in town grocery getting, beyond 50-100 miles they are iffy. Stories such as this one – let alone the self-immolation aspect some FD’s have had to deal with – are rampant. Purchasers will never be dissuaded from believing they have achieved motoring nirvana regardless the strip mining going on in foreign countries. Ford is poised to lose $4.5 BILLION this year ($2.1B last year) as EV’s sit unsold. People don’t want them. How are they even in business? (rhetorical) Next we’ll hear Ford is entering a bailout deal with Congress…using our money.

    FBI- Should be FBHIID, Federal Bureau of Hiding Incrimination Information for Democrats. We suspect, LL, that you were only discussing “the weather” with your foreign business partner at 2AM…that click & whir you heard was The Boys checking in, nothing to worry about.

    1. Click and whir. Reminds of listening to G. Gordon Liddy’s radio show. He recalled from back in his day when those in the know would hear the tell-tale sounds on the phone, then shout into the receiver “F#@K J. EDGAR!”.

      1. Loved listening to Liddy…maybe that’s where that came from, bubbling up from the back recesses of the mind that experienced modem acoustic cups.

          1. A classically educated man who was much more interesting than the indoctrinated bunch we are currently subject.

    2. After the next election (when the Uniparty is done counting the votes) they can ban the sale of internal combustion engines. That will be a huge boost to the electric car industry!

      1. When all you are left with is Soylant Green once the Insane Leadership (usually starts in Cali then leaches out from there) then you will learn to overcome the gag-reflex and embrace the only food available.

        Tyranny comes by many avenues once TPTB get a foothold and decide they own the place.

  2. Forgot to mention–am seeing reports that as of today, the current administration has outlawed the sale of incandescent light bulbs.

    1. Like they have (or should have) any say in the matter. Bums.

      Consumer Grade Front Load washers don’t clean the clothes because “The Gubmint” made them use so little water “to save the planet” (about a cup or two) that you have to do work-arounds to actually clean the clothes. People spent more money on these units thinking “they’re better”…but meddling Fed’s (like they did with gas cans) ruined the machines for people. Oddly, manufacturers were forced to comply but should have told them to go pound sand as they are the experts, not some ninny bureaucrat agency in DC.

      Was in HD yesterday (yup, survived a town run)…front loaders are set off to the side while top load machines are front and center…and for half the price. Might swap our fairly new F/L units out for a set of ones that actually clean clothes.

      1. Agreed. Our current is front load. We include Oxiclean and always run double rinse. Seems to work OK. I’m 5’11” and have to take a knee to reach items at the back of the drum. Also miss being able to fill the top load drum and let the load soak if needed.

        Gas cans too. My old one got left behind in the move, so had to buy another. Truly a WTF moment. Next thing I did was order a spout kit online. Miss my old metal ‘Jerry Can’ even though I don’t really have a use for it now.

        1. We too bought the larger spout kits off Amazon, game changer that allows me to fill whatever (gas or diesel) without taking forever and getting forearm lockup, or spilling/dribbling all over the place.

          My addition to Murphy’s Law, If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.:

          Bureaucrats don’t fix anything broken and break everything that works.

      2. If you have to replace your washer or dryer, consider the tadly more expensive Speed Queens. American built, metal parts, basically civilian versions of laundromat machines.

        Seriously, buy not from big box stores for your washers and dryers.

        1. Speed Queen’s are certainly commercial grade, and don’t have the same imposed restrictions. (bookmarked from when you first suggested them moons ago)

          While I’m not for wasting resources, I have a problem with the Ninny’s who always swing the pendulum way past reasonable. Same with some of those [more early models now] toilets that required 2x flushing, defeating their water saver regulation.

        2. Old box style laundromat washer and dryers are the way to go. Because they actually washed and dry the blood out of the clothes. Not to mention they’re cheap to maintain and run forever.

  3. I used to live in Deptford, curiously. Alas, the wharves are gone. Mind you, some riverfront industry’s returning.

    What, the FBI investigate Hillary?

    1. As I recall Deptford from my days of running around Old Blighty, it was not the best of neighborhoods. Maybe it’s gentrifying?

  4. Imagine my surprise when Dr. Robert Rea at Auburn University informed me that the word I had been pronouncing as “vick tue als” for twenty odd years (and a couple of normal ones) was in fact pronounced “vittles.”

    1. One requires an extended pinky finger per British while the other is rural. Always pronounced it “vittles”. Maybe that’s what caused our separation back then?

      1. George Bernard Shaw said, “The Americans and British are the only people in history who are separated by a common language.”

        I have tried unsuccessfully to get Jules Smith to embrace pre-sweetened tea over ice with lemon as the pinnacle of culture. She resists and puts milk in hot tea. ABOMINATION!

        1. Well, there’s your problem…including ice. Brits don’t have ice, not even those countertop appliance deals, preferring to embrace warm beverages…must be some sort of self-imposed flagellation or penance.

  5. Regarding the Crossbowman’s Pavese. Each man had one and a large post carried. Pound the post into the ground and lean the pavese against it.

    Good paveses were nigh unto impenetrable, as the back was wood, the front was leather or cloth and between the wood and front cover was hoof glue infused with horse or cow hair, making a natural version of kevlar. Waterproofing the front and rear was necessary, using paint or such.

    Despite being wood, glue, hair and leather or cloth, the pavese was, for its side, was surprisingly light. Carried on the back with a cross-strap from left shoulder to right hip. And the construction allowed multiple shields to be easily stacked, taking less space. Of course, easiest was hanging them on the walls or ceiling in one’s armory or abode.

    Other paveses could be just basically a solid wood door with hinged supports on the back, used in sieges. Thick enough to stop arrows, bolts, quarrels and even lighter ballista bolts. Tall enough to protect longbow archers or gunners or… ballistae or other siege weapons. But those were big, usually not stored for long time, built near or on site.

  6. Ifn I recollect correctly, Trump ‘joked’ about buying Greenland because even in the late 2010’s the ChiComs were sniffing around said island for to buy access.

    Before that, Greenland sold leases and invited prospectors to do all the work of finding what’s there, and then once the Greenlanders got the silly foreigners to pay for all the research, kicked them all out. Then, apparently, sold for big bucks the info and the rights to the ChiComs.

    And… Trump was right. We should have bought Greenland back in the day or even now. We needed it for coaling stations back in the days of steam, and forward air bases in WWII and other bases during the Cold War.

    But, no, our short sighted Congress and State Department, pretty much under the control of one form of socialist/communist dictatorships, could never see the need.

    Heck, considering how much Norway owed us in lend-lease and after WWII loans, they could have ponied up Greenland to pay off all their debts.

    1. Thought I read something a few years back when Trump floated the Greenland purchase that it was to keep it out of the ChiComs hands…a strategic move versus “ownership”. And yeah, probably would have gotten Norway to hand it over for pennies on the Krone. The man does know how to play the [good] deal game better than anyone.

    2. Greenland has been under Danish rule since before WWII. Norway would have had to get it back from the Danes in order to sign it over to us.

      1. Unlike the Swedes (heh), the Danes and Norwegians get along so maybe a mutually beneficial deal can be had…just need a Good Deal Maker to facilitate a win for all parties.

      2. Okay, so Some Random Scandinavian Country owed the US of A big moneys in debts and could have foisted off Greenland as payment of their loans.

        Yah, Denmark. My bad.

        1. Denmark could have made a few bucks on us the way Louis Napoleon did with Louisiana.

          1. The Danes are nice so didn’t press it…the Swedes, however, would have demanded double, half in cash half in booze. The Norwegians would have stood back and watched then stepped in to claim the place after the smoke cleared.

  7. If I remember what I was told correctly, there were numerous stories about ‘which’ ships got what coming out of victualling yards… Those in favor got the best, those out of favor got the oldest stuff.

  8. Geez…I gotta check in more often. I get pummeled by all the comments to read!

    Tesla’s been getting a lot of flack lately for their range “estimates”. Car and Driver in particulra has been critical of range estimates that are 15~20% below what Tesla claims.

    The FBI lost it’s remaining credibility some years ago.

    Wars have been started over far less than a supply of Strategic Materials.

    “Small Beer”? Is that like “3.2” beer?

    Really appreciate the takes of Fighting Sail. Fills in a lot of blanks for me.

    1. What, nobody’s questioning regular vehicles’ listed MPH and ranges? Your car will get 35mph on a slight downgrade in 55 degree weather with a tailwind and no cargo with 1 gallon of fuel and a 120lb weakling behind the wheel with no accessories on.

      Seriously, it’s all mumbo-jumbo.

      I once had a Ford Econoline that had 2.5 hours of fuel, just like a plane. 2.5 hours of driving 90mph, 2.5 hours of idling, 2.5 hours of city traffic. So I stopped at 2.0 hours for gas.

      It’s all a scam. Just some are scammier than others.

    1. I grew up with my rather cultured parents calling food “eats.” They liked yanking peoples’ chains.

  9. Ruby Ridge and Bill Barr:
    I knew Barr was not the straight arrow that many claimed to be when he was touted as such, because he organized the defense of Lon Horuchi when Horuchi was indicted for the killing of Vicki Weaver.
    The FBI cover up at Waco had Horuchi and the FBI claiming that the cartridge cases found a Horuchi’s position could not be matched to his rifle because the rifle had been re-barreled.
    Horse hockey!
    The head of the cartridge impacts against the bolt face during firing and is stamped with the microscopic machine marks that are as individual as fingerprints.
    Basic forensics.

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