Government Eggs

The skim…AOC is pushing a US$10 trillion deficit spending plan on top of the trillions blown on the COVID-19 boondoggle. Since the Green New Deal is said to cost $100 trillion, it would be a modest down payment. Of course, inflation would savage the numbers, so they’d need to raise $1.2 quadrillion to make the dream a reality.

Today, there is approximately US $37 trillion in circulation worldwide, including all the physical money and the money deposited in savings and checking accounts. Money in the form of investments, derivatives, and cryptocurrencies exceeds $1.2 quadrillion. So if AOC can raise all the money and value on the planet, she might be content. She needs a few more Easter Eggs…

 

Meme-of-the-Day

 

Easter Island is an island and special territory of Chile in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeastern most point of the Polynesian Triangle in Oceania.

Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called Moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people.

It is said to be Easter every day there… not really though.

Some also say that the stone statues were inspired by space aliens (Ancient Aliens TV show). It’s difficult to know what the creators were trying to express, but they ended up eating each other when the island population exceeded its capacity to produce food (with the exception of human cattle). By so doing, they were being progressive before progressive was cool.

 

ZR. MS. Buffel (Naval Historical Corner)

The Dutch Navy began to modernize itself in the late 1860s, and the Buffel ( Buffalo) was one of a pair of ships that adopted the latest design features: armored sides from the Gloire and Warrior, twin guns in a turret as in the Monitor, and a ram bow based on the Italian experience at the Battle of Lissa.

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The Buffel was built by Napier’s in Glasgow 1868, and her sister Guinea was completed in Amsterdam two years later. The Buffel was designed as a coast-defense ship and only left Dutch waters for a trip to Antwerp in 1871 , but she helped the Dutch Navy train and exercise in the new naval warfare techniques. Her armament was first of all the ram on her bow, mainly against wooden ships, and originally two 300-pound (140 kg), 23 cm (9 in) Armstrong guns, with a total weight of 25 metric tons, in one turret.

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The turret

These were later replaced by a single 28 cm (11 in) gun, and the armament was enhanced by a couple of smaller guns; two 7.5 cm (3 in), four 3.7 cm (1.5 in), and two Hotchkiss revolving cannons. Her crew consisted of 150 men, officers, petty-officers, and sailors. She was reduced to a barracks ship in 1896 and restored to her original state between 1974 and 1979. Where she became a museum ship.

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The prominent black hull is adorned with gilded decorations at the bow and stern. At a coastal steamship she carries very little rigging. The two light masts were used mainly for signaling. On the main deck, the wheel is placed near the stern in traditional fashion, although it is some way from the bridge.

The aft- deck is comparatively clear, except for the hatches and companion ways down its center and the area around the funnel, which is surrounded by ventilators to take air to the pair of 1,000- horsepower engines. Forward of that is the light bridge, the the circular turret, with its twin guns normally kept inboard and the ports closed. The deck is also quite clear forward, with the anchors and capstans in the bow.

 

 

12 COMMENTS

  1. I’m thinking the name was read wrong, it’s really Esther Island and those were statues of the Kings wives until he ran out of eligible woman so had to jump to the mainland. See, anyone can make up historical stuff that sounds plausible, don’t need a PhD.

  2. The Dutch ship? Could be the model for the HMS Thunderchild from the book “War of the Worlds.”

    As to the National and International Socialists in big government, nothing a nice uplifting helicopter ride wouldn’t cure…

    The Moa? What’s so hard to figure out. They’re facing away from the island so they’re either protection statues, ancestor worship or both. People overthink stuff too much. Like, well, the Moa. How can you move such big statues if there are no real trees on the island to make rollers or cranes or wheeled carts? Gee, dunno, but you do know the bases are slightly rounded, so maybe you could ‘walk’ them? (Which, seriously, works quite well. Using ropes, you can make the statues shimmy and walk forward, as long as you don’t pull them too hard and they fall down, as that leaves you poop out of luck due to the aforementioned lack of really big logs for cranes or stuff.)

    • Heh- when doing restoration work at the Avebury stone circle, , a unfortunate was found under one of the toppled stones- at one time they were thought demonic, and pushing them over was the thing to do. I would guess this incident both confirmed the hypothesis and halted the work. Few want to mess with a real demon.

  3. Ham a Ham Radio friend on Easter Island, CE0AE. His QSL cards had the big stone heads on them.

    Quite an interesting ship. I’m assuming that it’s engines were the Triple Expansion ones from that era. Must have had some impressive boilers.

  4. I’ve always wanted to go to the Netherlands and see Buffel.

    But then, I’ve also always wanted to go to Peru for Huascar, Greece for Georgi Averoff, and Japan for Mikasa.

    I think my world vacation priorities might be atypical.
    -Kle.

    • In its day Clyde Shipbuilding (Firth of Clyde=Glasgow) built a LOT of ships. The unions killed that business. Everyone wanted more money, the communists encouraged endless strikes, the businesses went under and the workers went on the dole (welfare). It’s a familiar tale. Like oil pipeline cancelations in the US with Jo/Ho telling the workers, “eat cake”.

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