De-icing the ride in the run-up to April at DIA.
The best things about flying private are: no lines, no masks, no scheduled departure.
Bruce Jenner’s Next Big Thing
(a trans governor for California?) He was Vogue’s “woman of the year” and he’s a former star of the Kardashian’s reality TV show. Jenner would run as a white Republican woman to try and capture the seat currently held by Gavin Newson. He couldn’t do worse than Newson has done – laying a very low bar for the next California governor to leap.
Jenner occupies an interesting niche that is 100% California. Female, lesbian, former male, pro-gun, conservative… There is a lot of appeal at the voting booth, I guess.
Will the woke turn on what would be California’s female governor? Stay tuned ‘as the stomach turns’.
Just a quick note on limpet mines. They continue to be in the news as Iran (and possibly Israel) are using them to damage shipping.
If the target ship has a lot of barnacles on the bottom, you can’t place the mine there. shaped charges of this sort need direct contact, not contact with a foot of barnacles. All you will succeed in doing is cleaning part of the bottom and creating a boom. Maybe a dent?
This means that they are almost ALWAYS placed AT the water line, clear of barnacles. Thus they “send a message” short of sinking a ship. If the Israelis or Iranians for that matter, want to sink a ship, they will use a torpedo or a much LARGER mine – or a cruise missile, etc. Any nation with submarines, can come up with a better solution than a limpet. Or they can use some sort of captor mine, which works well too in shallower waters. As Mike_C and others suggested, infiltrating a saboteur onto the ship’s crew also works wonders. You can poison the crew’s food, place a small charge in a vital area of the engine, etc. The options are nearly endless. So why use a limpet mine? — for the press.
The Senkaku Islands Flap
Japan is proposing an expanded role for its Coast Guard (ZeroHedge) The new proposed law comes at a moment of more frequent and heightened incidents between Chinese and Japanese vessels around the contested Senkaku islands near Taiwan (and which happen to also be claimed as Taiwan’s). Currently Japan doesn’t have a mechanism which would activate its Self-Defense Forces in any entanglement with Chinese fishermen landing on the islands, which might escalate to involve Chinese military patrols.
But that could change, especially after Beijing recently allowed its own coast guard to be militarized at a moment it attempts to stave off regional rivals’ claims to islands in the East and South China Seas. Tokyo is preparing to beef up is own ability for an immediate and rapid response, as Nikkei details of the new legislation: “The Japanese government says the Police Duties Execution Act allows ships to fire on vessels to halt an unauthorized landing,” Further it explains, “If the police or coast guard is unable to mount an adequate response, then a phone call and a snap decision by the Cabinet would mobilize the Self-Defense Forces to a police operation.”
The only thing that it lacks is a threaded barrel. On the way from Lone Wolf.
White Wolves need love too