(For those of you who weren’t in the Navy)
** America’s urban woes aren’t limited to the West Coast, of course. But the decline there has generally been steeper than elsewhere. Why? How did such golden cities get so tarnished, so quickly? Unlike in the tragic case of the Midwest, the answer is not reliance on declining industries: tech, space, and entertainment continue to show promise and could propel growth for decades. Instead, the damage has been remarkably self-inflicted, reflecting the reckless growth of a set of progressive dogmas, tough on police and permissive toward criminals and vagrants while imposing ever more burdens on what is left of the middle class.
** Triton – Triton is big. It’s the seventh-largest moon in the solar system, and it’s over 200 times bigger than all of the other moons of Neptune combined, which makes it really stick out. It orbits backward relative to Neptune’s spin, and its orbit is inclined at a stunning 67 degrees — almost perpendicular to its parent planet. Despite its irregularity, Triton’s orbit is surprisingly circular — in fact, one of the most perfectly circular orbits out of all the objects in the solar system.
Elysium (2013 Film)
In 2154, Earth is experiencing ecocide, it is overpopulated, diseased, and polluted. The planet’s citizens live in poverty and speak Spanish while the rich and powerful live on Elysium speaking French (and a smattering of English), on an orbiting space station just outside of Earth’s atmosphere.
It’s a type of liberal elite wet dream where they can be separated from the great unwashed and at the same time utilize all of that human capital as labor.
The elite’s lack of ruthlessness in dealing with the Earthbound leads to trouble for them. It’s not a great film, but you know that the coastal elites are ready to abandon the mess that they made and live up there. It will work out for them if there are enough mindless and willing slaves. Once the slaves wear out, they render out their protein to feed other slaves. The model has a certain symmetry to it. The slaves must be disarmed and they weren’t in the film…oops.
IS-122, the early (1943) version of the famous Soviet IS-2 heavy tank. This used the KV-13 tank chassis. They made a lot of IS-2s, not many IS-122s, so they can be tough to ID.
KV-7 prototype assault gun, armed with the U-13 gun system which mounted an F-34 76mm gun between two 45mm guns.
LTJG Edmund D. Wright, USNR, (left) showing off the nose art he painted for B-29 Superfortress “Jackpot” to Army Air Corps corporals Eugene H. Rees (center) and Marion V. Lewis, at Tinian, 1944-45.
Identify the Aircraft
Identify the Tank
Identify the Tank Destroyer
Identify the Armored Car