Our Place in Space
Two million blood cells are born and die with each heartbeat. With roughly 40 trillion cells in the body, there are at least a sextillion chemical reactions occurring every second.
Some things are a lot bigger than us and some things are a lot smaller.
Three Days Ago
“Remember, remember the fifth of November.” Jules reminded me with art and tale of that fateful (and yet imperfect) attempt by Guy Fawkes to blow up Parliament.
“Penny for the man!” The youth of Great Britain try to keep the memory alive, and Jules is doing her part, too.
Between the devil and the deep blue sea.
By way of a heads-up
I will be traveling to a memorial service for an old war horse who has gone downrange for the last time. It will take place over the Veteran’s Day holiday. As a result, anticipate very light blogging for a few days. Stories will be shared, and so it will be until Valhalla.
** Who’s Normal? The Asymmetric Warfare Group is a special mission unit for U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. The AWG is designed to help other units plug vulnerabilities while identifying emerging threats abroad. (Generally speaking, targets identified by AW guys downrange are not long for this world.) The unit’s motto is “Otatsiihtaissiiststakio piksi makamo ta psswia,” which is the Blackfoot Indian language translation of “Normal is the cycle on a washing machine.”
** Thoughts on reparations – The Romans repressed the Jews, forerunners of the modern Italians. However, the Romans were subjugated by the Celts in 390 BC. The Romans returned the favor and then oppressed Christians as well before becoming Christians themselves and forcibly converting the Pagan Celts. Later, other Christianized Romans oppressed Christianized Celts, and the two combined, which is where we come to the African issue. However, certain Africans enslaved other Africans, so perhaps the Central African Republic should be footing part of the bill, but they’re broke as usual.
The Pagan Norse oppressed the Slavs, predecessors of the Russians. On the other hand, the Germans subjugated the Balts, Danes, and Norwegians, as did the Russians, who also hurt the Finns and the Andronovan steppe people of Central Asia. Sweden claimed Finland and Norway for some length of time, and there were atrocities in Germany during the Thirty Years War by them, the Germans, the Austrians, the Scots, the English, the French, and the Spanish. Then there were Norse-descended Norman French (coming back to England), who oppressed Jutes, Angles, and Saxons from the German region who were in England to repress the Romano-Celts and became English, but whose descendants were oppressed themselves under Henry II, and during the Hundred Years War by France or England, depending on whose land claims one believes. The later English oppressed the Irish and Scots, who had earlier moved across the sea, and displaced the Picts, who themselves oppressed the Celts and the Irish, as did the Phoenicians, which brings us back to the Greeks.
After doing the math, Surly owes me US$4.72, which I have taken out of VM points, so we’re even. I, in turn, owe PaulM a cold Diet Dr. Pepper. That should settle the books.
** Mollie Ziegler Hemingway is an American conservative author, columnist, and political commentator. She is the editor-in-chief of the online magazine The Federalist and a contributor for Fox News. @MZHemingway
I’m still processing today’s news that I was personally targeted by my government for suppression of my speech rights. I’m extremely angry but also just sad at what our government has become.
Welcome to the club, Mollie.
Ghost Warrior (h/t Frank) – yes, it does include a white wolf. It’s sort of a blend of Mongol music and Viking chants, I guess. It’s definitely not polka.
Identify the armor
Identify the Pilot
Piper L-4 Grasshopper, World War 2 (h/t Frank)
Hint: His moniker has much to do with his armament.