Cat Worship?

It is clearly established that, by 450 BC, the penalty in Egypt for killing a cat was death (though this law is thought to have been observed much earlier). It’s well known that the ancient Egyptians loved their cats and that they were one of the first civilizations to have worshipped them as holy deities. Above, Servants feed cats in an ancient Egyptian temple.

Today we joke about crazy old ladies, surrounded by 50 feral cats, sitting on their porch with a shotgun… but we avoid those ladies. Maybe they’re onto something.

 

War with Russia?

Nuclear combat toe to toe with the Ruskies? Get it over with now?

(Zero Hedge) One day after a reckless maneuver by a UK warship sailing just off the Crimea coast nearly started a hot war, Reuters reports that Russia warned Britain on Thursday that it would bomb British naval vessels in the Black Sea if there were any further provocative actions by the British navy off the coast of Russia-annexed Crimea.

Really Russia?

Russia said the HMS Defender had ventured as far as 3 km (2 miles) into Russian waters near Cape Fiolent, a landmark on Crimea’s southern coast near the port of Sevastopol, headquarters of the Russian Navy’s Black Sea fleet. Britain’s BBC released footage from the ship showing a Russian coast guard warning that he would shoot if the British ship did not change course.

“If you don’t change the course, I’ll fire,” a heavily accented Russian voice said in English to the British ship. The BBC said shots were fired and that as many as 20 Russian aircraft were “buzzing” the British ship. Britain said the shots were part of a Russian gunnery exercise, however, this fake narrative quickly fell apart after Russia released footage filmed from a Russian SU-24 bomber flying close to the British ship.

“These aircraft posed no immediate threat to HMS Defender, but some of these manoeuvres were neither safe nor professional,” Britain’s Wallace said.

Ok, it’s not a bad plan… Mines figure into it. (WWM a candidate?)

“We can appeal to common sense, demand respect for international law, and if that doesn’t work, we can bomb,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told news agencies referring to Moscow’s version of events in which a Russian aircraft bombed the path of the British destroyer. Ryabkov added that in the future, bombs would be sent “not only in its path but also on target.”

Seeking to de-escalate tensions, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the British warship, which was travelling from the Ukrainian port of Odessa to the Georgian port of Batumi, was acting in accordance with the law and had been in international waters.

“These are Ukrainian waters and it was entirely right to use them to go from A to B,” Johnson said. British Defence Minister Ben Wallace accused Russian pilots of conducting unsafe aircraft manoeuvres 500 feet (152 m) above the warship.

Well, then he should tell the ship to sail the same route again and be shocked when his idiotic actions start World War III.

If the British are intent on starting a war, they should send more than one destroyer.

HMS Defender

Type, class: Guided Missile Destroyer; Type 45 / Daring class
Builder: BAE Systems Naval Ships, (various shipyards), U.K.
Commissioned: March 21, 2013

The NATO Treaty would oblige all signatory nations to pile on Russia if they attacked the HMS Defender. The right of innocent passage notwithstanding, it’s never a bad idea to check before you sail through disputed waters.

I realize that this was between the UK and Russia. When President Trump was POTUS, and not the weak, senile, Biden, I suspect that the Russians would have been more circumspect. But Jo/Ho are an international joke and the US is more preoccupied with male sailors into females and running white people out of the navy – so they have little fear.

16 COMMENTS

  1. Sadly true… FONs are always touchy in that part of the world. We had a destroyer literally hit by a Soviet destroyer to try to make them change course back in the day.

    • The US practiced submarine ramming using Permit class boats so that the LA Class and more particularly, boomers, could clear their baffles and delouse from Russian Deltas – if you recall. Or maybe that’s still classified…oops. My point is that people are touchy in their own waters.

      I realize that Crimea is disputed as far as the West is concerned, but something like 95% of the population wanted the Russians back and Ukraine out. There are two sides to that and sailing ships into harm’s way to prove a point (with Jo/Ho in DC) is hazardous.

      • PS. British destroyers have very similar capabilities to FREMM Frigates… They can put up a fight, but shouldn’t sail into places like the Black Sea (or the Sea of Okhotsk) alone. Certainly without submarines to take out enemy SSNs. And if you sail a full task force into Russian-controlled waters, filled with Russian SSNs and aviation, will it ever sail out?

  2. I happen to like cats, but looking at them objectively, their primary activities are that they sleep, eat, and fornicate. They also torment other creatures for their own amusement, when not occupied by sleeping, eating, and fornicating. Cats don’t seem to have much concept of doing things for the common good, nor of self-restraint, but rather are pretty much are ruled by Id.

    We’ve already been trained by the infotainment complex, advertising, academia, and government to worship Id-ruled creatures with poor self-control who sleep, eat, and fornicate (when not occupied tormenting others), so we as a culture ought to be maximally primed for cat-olatry.

    • Most movie stars could be interchanged by house cats – for much less money. I wonder if the Hollywood production class understands this concept fully? Cats howl – could they be interchanged with hip-hop artists?

  3. I have got to believe that the captain of the Defender had a go ahead from the highest levels of the British government to go ahead and sail where it did. Seems like a pretty inept plan just to prove a point that the seas off of Crimea need to still be considered Ukrainian territory.

    • I’m certain that it was chopped from high up and likely had the concurrence of the USGOV. But if the shooting started would have it been worth it? Certainly, the defense contractors would have forked over big bucks to the Biden Crime Family. Maybe that was the hope?

  4. RE: Cats and Egypt. Considering that, well, cats saved Egypt’s budding civilization and kept the graineries mostly rodent free, worshiping them and protecting them was a good idea.

    As to the PLAN, nice that our nation’s leaders have decided to cut the destroyer and cruiser numbers in our (the US Navy) fleet by 30%. Yay. More money for Muh Diversity and Hypocritical Race Theory.

    And the British Navy? Yeah, the miracle of the Falkland’s War sure couldn’t be repeated today, could it?

    Yes, BJ is right, international waters, following the law, yada yada. Same as the US in the Persian Gulf. But, well, that hasn’t and won’t stop some idiot on the other side being stupid.

  5. Not really a “Cat Person”, although my son is. They have their place, and I understand the bond between hoomans and animals. As somebody said here the other day, “Dogs have owners, and cats have staff”. Quite apt.

    The Brits? Picking on the Russkies? Uhhhhh……..don’t know about that, but I wouldn’t provoke the Russians these days. “Our” stuff might be newer, but they have LOTS of older stuff to throw at them.

  6. Did you see this?
    “The tracking data of two NATO warships was faked off the coast of a Russian controlled naval base in the Black Sea while the actual ships were moored 180 miles away, USNI News has learned.
    The U.K. Royal Navy’s HMS Defender, a Type-45 Daring-class destroyer, and the Royal Netherlands Navy’s HNLMS Evertsen, a De Zeven Provinciën-class frigate, pulled into Odessa in Ukraine on June 18.”
    I have no idea what that could be about. But ‘someone’ faked the HMS Defender making that transit a couple of days before it actually did.
    https://news.usni.org/2021/06/21/positions-of-two-nato-ships-were-falsified-near-russian-black-sea-naval-base

  7. I like your cover/banner photo of life at the WWM. Compelling, though I have to say I’m not so much into cats. Still, to each their own.

    If you recall, the British Museum has several cat mummies on display, from the days when Egypt was a major power. Draw the Black Sea parable as you will, but I’d wager the mighty if ship poor RN stays well clear of Russian waters in the near future.

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