Historical Map

Map of France’s borders for about 10 minutes in 1866.

In 1866, The newly United Italy begged for Austria to give them Veneto so they could be closer to a full Italian unification, but Austria decided not to give Veneto to Italy, but gave it to France instead since Austria was backed into a corner by Prussia as well. France had a secret deal with Italy so that once Veneto was in French hands that they would give it to Italy.

And… that’s how France owned Venice for about 10 minutes.

 

“The only reason they want to take your guns, is because they are going to do something you would shoot them for”

 

But, It was a GIFT!

(more here) In the past week, two of Jeffrey Epstein’s wealthy and famous accomplices have been arrested under suspicion of rape, sex trafficking, and other related charges.

Fashion mogul Peter Nygård was arrested for charges relating to dozens of victims, who claim that the 79-year-old multi-millionaire was just as bad, if not worse than Epstein.

Now, another well-known modeling agent that was associated with Epstein has been arrested. Jean-Luc Brunel, who allegedly once gifted Epstein two 12-year-old French girls, was arrested in Paris this week while attempting to board a flight to Dakar in Senegal. Victims believe that Brunel was on his way to Dakar because he was tipped off about the arrest, as Senegal doesn’t have an extradition treaty with France.

Meanwhile, the oligarchs who visited Epstein’s fantasy island seem to be safe, the story is spiked and …Epstein killed himself (dead men tell no tales), right?

 

 

 

From Wings

When you were young and your heart
Was an open book
You used to say live and let live
(You know you did)

 

Catch and Release?

A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer has seized a cache of illicit of weapons from two dhows in international waters off the coast of Somalia. …more here

The seizures took place February 11 and 12 by the USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81).

The Navy said the cache included thousands of AK-47 assault rifles, light machine guns, heavy sniper rifles, and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, along with components such as barrels, stocks, optical scopes and weapon systems.

Did the US Navy exceed its bag limit? No arrests were made. The Navy said the dhow crews were provided food and water before being released.

My personal feeling would be to try them on a drumhead, convict them there on the high seas, hang them and bury them at sea. But I guess we don’t do that anymore. Why do we have a $1 trillion a year military budget?

 

The Endless War

(link) Congress is on the move to continue the War in Afghanistan. Because the war is ESSENTIAL to the American war machine. What a world…

What would we do without a war? Ask yourself what tragedy would befall us if we ended the war that has gone on for a generation and will be kept going for another two generations. Maybe three.

The NDAA also called on the incoming Biden administration to take a second look at Trump’s executive order to pull 12,000 U.S. troops from Germany. The bill said troop levels in Germany should remain at 34,500.  Why? 

I know. “War is a racket.”

 

Sixth Generation Fighter Speculation

The Air Force announced nearly six months ago that they tested and built a sixth generation fighter. They said it broke records, but nothing specific was mentioned. Speculation from informed people think it’s hypersonic, has directed energy weapons, and is optionally manned.

It will be something well short of a space plane, but something that would leave platforms such as the F-35 in the dust.

The Navy wanted to piggy-back the program but so far, the Air Force has said, “Thanks for your interest, we’ll get back to you.”

 

Nuclear Power in the EU

Nuclear power plants provide about a quarter of EU’s electricity 🇪🇺☢️ 13 Member States operate 106 nuclear reactors in total⚡ 🔋

Largest producers:

  • 🇫🇷 France (52.1% of EU total),
  • 🇩🇪 Germany (9.8%),
  • 🇸🇪 Sweden (8.6%) and
  • 🇪🇸 Spain (7.6%)

 

20 COMMENTS

  1. Like most Hitlers, Trump, who was literally Hitler, was against war. What a brazen Nazi.

    I’m against war too, which is wrongthink, but like the idea of a hypsersonic next gen fighter. It’ll come in handy in the upcoming space war.

      • The Tic-Tac? That was, I fully believe, an actual US aerospace project.

        The videos released? That’s a subtle warning to other nations as to what we have up our sleeves.

        Kind of like back in the days, when GPR satellites were a new and secret thing, the US released GPR data on the Nile Delta, showing ancient positions of the Nile, and lots of previously unknown archeological sites.

        DARPA won the Tic-Tac war. The Naval Aviators could not figure it out, could not match it.

        What would really be funny is if the Tic-Tac was an Air-Force project. Even funnier if it was an Army project. I would die laughing if the Coasties thought it up.

  2. Fun Fact: In August of 2019 the FBI raided Epstein’s island and seized his computers and laptops.
    Where are they? What happened to them? What was on them? And why won’t anyone important ask these questions?
    (rhetorical. I know why.)

    • The Air Force is jumping up and down, acting like the players who just scored the 20th goal against a team, over the Space Force not going with nautical ranks.

      The Air Force will never play nice with the Navy. Heck, from what I’ve gathered, they’re still peeved that the F4 was originally a Navy product. And that the Navy guided missiles can shoot down ballistic warheads.

      • USAF guards its remit very jealously. They hate the army and the navy at an organic level in much the way that the FBI hates other federal law enforcement and state/local law enforcement at an organic level.

  3. France and nuclear, had no idea. Too bad Texas didn’t have a couple of SMR’s at the ready, would have fixed up the grid in a day or two.

    • Mali and Niger. The US supports the French military activity with transport aircraft, some ground attack rotors and drones from an air base in Niger.

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