Jet Blue says NO to FISH!

Friends returning from Cabo San Lucas on Jet Blue traditionally brought the catch in sealed coolers with them, but they can’t do that anymore. US Customs says no now and so does Jet Blue.


Ukraine War Update

This is the overall map showing the occupation and zones of control today. Breaking it down below:

Sumy is north of Kharkov/Kharkiv and the Russians have made forrays across the Ukraine border in order to pull troops away from other areas. I wish that I had a detailed satellite overlay to show the Russian troop disposition on the other side of the border. Is it serious or not? I can’t say, but there is a large border area of Ukraine where the Russians have not been attacking. It puts defensive pressure on them.

Russian forces are continuing to push from Izyum towards Slovyansk. Fighting continues on this axis in the settlements of Bohorodychne, Dolyna, and Krasnopillya. This sounds worse than it is because they are small unit clashes and the Russians are making cross-border raids north of Kharkov/Kharkiv. The areas represented in pink represent contested areas but they all used to be areas of almost total Russian control.

The Ukrainian propaganda machine doesn’t want you to believe that they are “winning” because it suggests that they don’t need more outside assets to continue the fight.

The area around Severodonetsk has seen heavy fighting and this is where the Russian army has been putting the most pressure by way of counterattack. As you can see by the map, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men are not able to do much. This region has seen a lot of push and pull over a relatively small area of real estate.

Ukrainian counterattacks in the Kherson Oblast have taken back control of Soldats’ke, Pravdyne, and Oleksandrivka.

It’s one thing to fight a defensive war against the Russians, and it’s another to go on the offensive. The Ukraine Army has suffered losses that come with offensive attrition that is expected in any war, but those losses are keenly felt in this situation in the flat land around Kherson.


Remote Viewing

Remote viewing (RV) is the practice of seeking impressions about a distant or unseen subject, purportedly sensing with the mind. Typically a remote viewer is expected to give information about an object, event, person, or location that is hidden from physical view and separated at some distance.

In the early 1990s, the Military Intelligence Board, chaired by Defense Intelligence Agency chief Harry E. Soyster, appointed Army Colonel William Johnson to manage the remote viewing unit and evaluate its objective usefulness. Funding dissipated in late 1994 and the program went into decline. The project was transferred out of DIA to the CIA in 1995.

In 1995, the CIA hired the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to perform a retrospective evaluation of the results generated by the Stargate Project. Reviewers included Ray Hyman and Jessica Utts. Utts maintained that there had been a statistically significant positive effect, with some subjects scoring 5–15% above chance. Hyman argued that Utts’ conclusion that ESP had been proven to exist, “is premature, to say the least.” Hyman said the findings had yet to be replicated independently, and that more investigation would be necessary to “legitimately claim the existence of paranormal functioning”. Based upon both of their studies, which recommended a higher level of critical research and tighter controls, the CIA terminated the $20 million project in 1995. Time magazine stated in 1995 that three full-time psychics were still working on a $500,000-a-year budget at Fort Meade, Maryland, which would soon be closed.


A photograph showing the size comparison between the Titanic and a modern-day cruise ship.

I suppose that the cruise ship industry will eventually bounce back from its disastrous years during covid in the same way that the world reconciled the Titanic disaster. Cruising is not something that I particularly enjoy though a lot of people seem to prefer it to other forms of vacations.



Let’s Go Brandon!

It’s the meme-of-the-day. I wonder if creepy old Scarecrow Joe understands that his green new deal (which would see the end of cows as a species worldwide) would also mean the end of ice cream? Has anyone told the Europeans?



  1. Cruise ships: no wonder “clearing” a cruise ship of zombies was such a big deal in Ringo’s “Black Tide” books. I have no desire to go on one of those things: waaaay too many people in too high density for me.

    Plus: A mentor/friend has a wife who is an avid birder, so they took am Alaska Inside Passage cruise for the seabirds. He reported that the accommodations were just fine, and the views and birds were spectacular, but “after my wife let slip that I’m a cardiologist I didn’t have a minute of peace the rest of the cruise. Everyone on those things is elderly, mostly rich, and it seems like all of them have heart disease and want to talk to you about it. I’m glad to be back in the clinic, it’s less work.”

    Pity about the fish. That doesn’t sound like JetBlue’s fault, but they are nothing like what they were in, say, 2019. Seat pitch is worse, nickle and diming is worse, and so forth. Sigh. Used to quite like them.

    • I haven’t flown Jet Blue recently. They fly out of Long Beach, CA which is a considerably easier in-and-out than any other airport in the area and I used that option quite a bit. I’ve heard the same complaints that you wrote.

      I guess the cruise ships are no longer considered plague carriers. If you’re ANY kind of doctor, I expect you’d be hounded to death given the demographic. It’s not really the Love Boat. Elderly people often breathe their last on those floating coffins of natural causes, far from adequate medical care. Maybe they die happy? I can’t say. But you’re highly unlikely to meet some single, beautiful, talented intelligent thirty something woman on the boat.

      • When I told my Docotor about the Medical Care onboard the ships I worked on, and the time required to get me to adequate care, he signed my Medical Certificate as “NOT Cleared For Sea Duty”.

      • When we took an Alaskan cruise several years ago we were seated with the on-board mortician and his wife for dinner (back of the dining room). Apparently they all have body handling services and they get comped a free cruise. As I recall, 4 died. Apparently a ton of red tape if you die at sea or in Canadian waters

        • I don’t know what the freezer capacity on a large cruise ship is for those passengers who shuffle off their mortal coil would be. Maybe a dozen? Covid may have stretched that capacity during quarantine when the 90+ year olds were teetering on the door to the great beyond.

  2. Agree with Mike C, too many people, too small a space so I’ll just stay away from cruises. Maybe the inside passage ferry one of these days if I go to Alaska with a vehicle and gear but that is about it.

    Remote viewing: Didn’t the Soviets have a program back in the 60s and 70s for this?

    Ukraine: LL, as always thank you for the update. Your series is the most understandable sets of data that I see.

  3. Why would the feds prohibit international transport of personally harvested perishable food properly packaged? Could it be the dry ice or synthetic chemicals in cold packs? Is it about non-certification as a shipper? Whatever it is, its a boneheaded policy. It reminds me of previous policies under Ovomit or Clinton which layed the same rules on private persons as on commercial entities. The hue became loud enough that they eventually backed off. By then a lot of people had suffered the wiley dictates of a despot.

    Cruise ships scare me. At night they’re lit brightly as they scurry from port to port. You see the glow over the horizon as like a distant city. The wise perceive the glow as a warning. The one good thing is at least they have American bridge officers. Yet that is small solace. They move fast and you stand little chance.

    Different subject:
    Today I had a conversation with the owner of a small trucking company. He said after puddingcup occupied the White House his insurance premiums increased from $17k to $28k. When his underwriter said to expect higher in the coming months, he canceled.

    So now he operates with no coverage. He said he offers to help his clients get a Transport Rider (through their insurer) for each shipment. The Rider is a couple of hundred dollars and is in effect for one to two weeks. He also said others in the industry are doing the same.

    I’d expect one to say the competition is doing the same. Nontheless, it may be true. The man seemed a straight shooter.

    So now we have any number of uninsured trucks on the road. Would being uninsured make them more careful? I think yes, however these are professional drivers with certificates on the line. Their job is transporting as safely as practical. It is how ‘practical’ is defined which is open to interpretation.

    • Soon there won’t be enough DEF for them to run legal and they’ll have to disconnect those systems. Brandon promises that there will be plenty of DEF by September. If you believe that I’ll sell you a bridge for Krugerrand.

  4. TC just went there. The guy has cajones, I will give him that. The DEF shortage is real, and the sheep have no idea what’s coming. The Fed Chairman is pushing a NWO/WEF digital currency to replace the dollar. I don’t think the Rothchild’s will allow the hoi polloi to own gold and other precious metals to circumvent the monetary takeover. Stay tuned, it’s about to get serious.

    • We ripped the bandage off the Biden sexual deviancy – showering with his teenage daughter among other things as told in her diary when Veritas first reported it. Fox News (Carlson) is calling it what it is. He’s laying out the FBI as America’s Geheime Staatspolizei (transl. Secret State Police) or GESTAPO. He deserves major credit.

    • Got a chance to listen to TC’s show, damning and yes, cajones. At least ONE person is taking the gloves off, pulling back the curtain to expose these cretins for what they are: Criminals.

      LL, Two thoughts on “The Book”:

      1) Sounds like sequel-lite to The Anarchist’s Cookbook, of which I thumbed through a copy once or twice. Probably makes me a domestic terrorist under the new whack-job rules.

      2) Watch your back. You have skills and “know the game”. But look at Assange, he exposed the elites for the evil scumbags they are and for years they keep trying to hang the guy to shut him up, like Foster to Epstein, the “expendable” bodies have been piling up.

      The Swamp Rats are getting more desperate as their house of cards starts to crumble and their public face has a swiss cheese brain on an implosion course…the rats have no where to go but fangs out. It’s going to get uglier as the desperation ratchets up to redline.

      • I haven’t written it – yet. When I think of the outline, I just laugh. It’s no laughing matter but there are so many stories that can’t be told. Some are just too weird to be believed, others are just sad. It won’t be written in that format, but maybe in a novel of some sort?

        • A memoir (of sorts) is always better. Besides, if it’s actual “events”, even if true, the GP will think it’s fiction. Win, win.

  5. Remote viewing. I know two people who claim the ability. As they are otherwise sane appearing and functional adults, I don’t dispute their ability but have no interest. As to psychic abilities, I have the same amount as I do with patience, that is to say, none.

    • There are people who have some weird skills that way. They can read from a paper report in a locked safe, in a controlled access room in a secure facility on a continent they have never visited. Those people are very rare, but I’m persuaded that they exist.

  6. The Ukrainians are putting up much more resistance than was expected. This isn’t any “Grenada” type action, and orders of magnitude bigger than the Falklands.

    Ah, yes. Remote Viewing, i.e….The Men Who Stare At Goats

    The only cruises I was interested had a max cap of 150~175 passengers. SLW wants her Floating Hotel, and there’s no way I’d be on a ship with that many people. Exceptions made far anything gray and owned by the USN.

    Why surely they’ll have nutritious, plant-based “Ice Cream”, won’t they?

  7. MrsPaulM and I were flying to St. Croix (needed to experience island culture at least once, plus it’s originally a Danish outpost so a must see, driving left side was weird, crashed rentals at the airport proved people can’t easily adapt).

    We were on the requisite 10-seater from San Juan. It was later, so getting dark when we took of. A storm had passed, sun was setting as we broke over the mountains to clear ocean. Looking down from 10,000 feet or so I saw a puddle of lights all by itself…a cruise ship, one of the big ones. Looked like a bobbing dot on a vast ocean…a self-contained mini-city with people of all sorts crammed together…sharing.

    No thanks.

  8. Thanks for the war reporting, I follow the same mapper. Let’s see how this plays out. Tragically, already, with tens of thousands dead. I hate that.

    • The war mapper gets some things right and some things sort of right. I appreciate the work that he puts into the effort.


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