St. Kevin’s Church
I didn’t know that there was a Saint Kevin.
A Greek Chapel
DEI in the Intelligence Agencies (your sermonette)
Let’s start here with the Daily Wire. The NSA’s 34-page glossary defines hundreds of social justice terms, including “white fragility,” “transmisogyny,” and “settler colonialism.” If you don’t buy into the bullshit, you shouldn’t work there. “But the agency, which has been sharply criticized for its mass surveillance operations on American citizens, goes beyond openly endorsing the extreme tenets of Critical Race Theory with its glossary — it pushes queer theory as an approach that ‘critically deconstructs and challenges binaries such as male and female or heterosexual and homosexual.'”
Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the CIA started having a homosexual week, where sodomy was glorified. I have a vague idea of how bad it is now from people I know who had to stick it out to retire with a pension so they could lap at the trough for the rest of their lives. I don’t blame them. That’s just how it is.
Back to the NSA – “Ze” and “zir,” meanwhile, are noted as “gender neutral pronouns that can be used instead of he/she” and “his/her,” while “two spirit,” is defined as a “Native American term for individuals who identify as both male and female.”
Other terms defined in the glossary include “genderqueer,” “AFAB/AMAB: Assigned Female At Birth, Assigned Male At Birth,” “Latinx,” and “same gender loving,” a term that serves as “a description for homosexuals” who think that terms such as gay and lesbian “carry negative connotations.”
There’s also “demigender” — with variations such as“demiboy” and “demigirl” included — defined as “having a partial connection to one or more genders.”
A member of the House Intelligence Committee who viewed the document says he was shocked at the level of indoctrination within one of our most powerful military agencies.
“I just can’t overemphasize how shocking this is,” Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL), a combat-decorated U.S. Army veteran who fought in the elite Green Berets, told The Daily Wire. “I’m a member of the Intelligence Committee in the House, and it is an authentic document.”
It’s that way throughout the Federal Government these days, including the US Geospatial Agency (for you who were going to ask).
** The LA Times demanded, “Editorial: Ceasefire now. The killing in Gaza must stop.”
It said, “The trauma inflicted on Palestinian survivors only increases the recruiting ability of Israel’s enemies, whether they be Hamas, Hezbollah or any successors bent on the destruction of Israel.”
Yes, bombing Berlin only helped Nazi recruitment in 1945.
** What do you call somebody with no body and no nose? Nobody knows.
** Why did the CDC not want to evaluate the infectious agents in the illegal California biolab run by a Chinese fugitive? Ebola, malaria, SARS Cov 2, all play a role. Tom Clancy might have as well written this story, but it’s apparently real.
** The J6 tapes will be released, and we will see if it really was worse than Pearl Harbor for anyone but Ashley Babbit.
From the Days of Fighting Sail
Heating, Ventilation, and Light aboard a Ship
We somehow take three things for granted, but it could be a problem on board a ship at the time of the sailing ships. Here is a brief overview.
It was not always necessary because if even a sixth-rate frigate had 200 men on board and lived very cramped together, a heater was superfluous even in cold regions. And the galley, the ship’s stove, also produced a lot of heat.
Captain’s quarters – Great Cabin of USS Constitution with a portable oven, photo by Chris Walton
But there were portable stoves, mainly used in the officers’ quarters, such as the Great Cabin, Ward, or Gunroom. Later, during the early and mid 19th century, during the expeditionary service, which was very much concerned with the Arctic regions, they were extremely necessary as these ships did not sail with the high numbers of men that the warships did.
Fresh air was a huge problem below the main deck. Not only was it very warm due to the galley, but it was also humid. There was little opportunity to dry clothes, and due to the watch system, the men often went to bed with damp to wet clothes. This ensured that the bedding and clothing were always damp, encouraging rheumatism and colds. (Hence the assumption that rheumatism is a seafarer’s disease). Warm and damp also made it difficult to breathe, and together with stale, vinegar-soaked air (vinegar was used for disinfection), lung diseases were also common on board.
Middle Gundeck of HMS Victory with open Gunports, which gave fresh air and light
The gunports were opened as soon as possible to get some fresh air. The officers who had no windows, as in the gunroom, left the doors of their cabins open. On larger ships that had several stern windows, these were opened. But this was only possible in good weather and with little swell. Otherwise, they tried to get fresh air via the bilge pump system. The bilge was flushed, and the water had to be pumped out again, providing a little fresh air. Otherwise, it was a case of holding out or, if possible, going on deck.
Natural light was not very common below decks. Only through the gunports could a little light come in. The officers, if they had windows, were more fortunate.
Mess deck (Lower deck) of HMS Trincomalee with the lanterns, photo by Robert J. Smith
Otherwise, candles were used in lanterns or so-called storm lamps. But also oil lamps, but only in the officer’s quarters or the great cabin. The light was not very bright, but at least there was a little light. Free candles had to be handled carefully as they were a potential fire hazard.
Identify the Aircraft