What are you doing to celebrate Black Friday?
** Believing is seeing.
** Watch out, guys. When you visit family over the holidays, there will be charming, flannel-wearing women who never left your hometown and will attempt to swindle you into quitting your high-paying city job to rope you into a boring, traditional small-town relationship.
** “I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.” —Thomas Jefferson (1824)
** Gladiator 2 – I don’t know if I’d pay to sit in a theater and watch a Pedro Pascal film. The problem with actors who identify themselves politically is that I struggle to choke off that public personification from their role. Its release is a year off, so there’s time to wait and see. I wouldn’t pay to see Fonda, Oprah or Streisand either.
** From HaroldM – Ride the Wayback Machine to the 1950s, Cessna acquired Seibel Helicopter Co. and began work on the CH-1 Skyhook.
** It’s a lighter article with a few interesting points (h/t Claudio) that cover submarine computing and weapons systems. It’s worth a read, but for old squids, there’s always an interest in more red meat.
** AP reported, “Federal authorities in New York announced on Wednesday the largest-ever seizure of counterfeit goods, consisting of handbags, shoes, and other luxury merchandise valued at more than $1 billion.” That’s good because when New Yorkers loot a store, they should get the real thing, not some cheap knockoff.
** “An army marches on its stomach,” Napoleon is supposed to have said. Unfortunately for the armies of his time, the food available to the stomachs of those hungry soldiers was neither appetizing nor nutritious–consisting primarily of hard bread and salted meat. Napoleon wanted to feed his army better, so he offered a prize of 12,000 francs to anyone who could invent a better way to store and preserve food.
The chef, Nicolas Appert, rose to the challenge. After years of trial and error, he eventually perfected a method of putting food in jars and submerging the jars in boiling water to preserve the food and seal the jars. In other words, he invented canning.
Appert won the prize and the fame that came with it. The process he invented is essentially the same process we still use today.
Appert is still celebrated and well-known in France (where “canning” is called “appertization”). Still, he has faded into obscurity in the rest of the world despite being responsible for one of humanity’s most important inventions.
** Connected to the point above – Chicken Marengo – Chicken sautéed in oil with garlic and tomato, garnished with fried eggs and crayfish. The dish is similar to chicken à la Provençale but with the addition of egg and crayfish, which are traditional to chicken Marengo but are now often omitted. The original dish was named to celebrate the Battle of Marengo, a Napoleonic victory of June 1800.
According to a popular myth, the dish was first made after Napoleon defeated the Austrian army at the Battle of Marengo at Marengo, south of Alessandria, Italy when his chef Dunand foraged in the town for ingredients (because the supply wagons were too distant) and created the dish from what he could gather. According to this legend, Napoleon enjoyed the dish so much that he had it served to him after every battle. When Dunand was later better-supplied and substituted mushrooms for crayfish and added wine to the recipe, Napoleon refused to accept it, believing that a change would bring him bad luck.
This colorful story, however, is probably a myth; Alan Davidson writes that there would have been no access to tomatoes at that time, and the first published recipe for the dish omits them. The more plausible explanation for the dish’s origin is that a restaurant chef created it to honor Napoleon’s victory.
** Dutch Support for Ukraine – h/t Claudio – The Netherlands is making €2 billion ($2.2 billion) available for military aid to Ukraine in 2024, the Dutch Ministry of Defence said. One can only wonder if the Ukrainian oligarchs would liquidate their billions in graft for the nation’s good if the flow of funding started to dry up. The cynic in me says no.
** CNN reported “what a CNN reporter saw inside hospital basement in Gaza.” He saw proof that Palestinians use the hospital to shield its Hamas military arm, a war crime. CNN must be feeling the heat for using Hamas terrorists as photographers. I mean, showing the other side of the story is just not done by journalists in the 21st century.
The IDF advanced deeper into the center of Gaza City from the Southwest and advanced up to the Indonesian Hospital and the Northern edge of the Jabalya camp. When the IDF finds an opening to a tunnel system, engineers use explosives specifically designed to over-pressure the system. Other exits and entrances are found when the tunnel is over-pressurized and doors blow here and there. Those other points of egress are foamed closed.
Identify the Aircraft
hint: The gun in the nose is a 57mm cannon.
Identify the Tank