There is not much for Russia to celebrate. They’ve revealed themselves as a regional power that is not able to dominate Ukraine’s military. Putin will put lipstick on the pig for the big parade, but the First Guards Tank Battalion, which usually leads the parade was almost lost to a man in Ukraine in the push toward Kiev and their equipment was destroyed or captured. Maybe they’ll change the designation of another unit?

From reports out of Russia, the families fallen the Ukraine War have seldom been acknowledged and there is no formal notification or state funeral for them. So much for those who gave their last full measure of devotion.


What is a Loan?


By definition, it is something different than using taxpayer funds to buy votes.

Today’s college students expect to make about $103,880 in their first post-graduation job, a survey suggests. But the reality is much lower – as the average starting salary is actually about half that at $55,260, statistics show.

The survey, conducted by Real Estate Witch, found that, across all majors and institutions, undergraduate students overestimate their starting salaries by 88%. And 1 in 3 worry that they won’t make enough money to live comfortably after graduation.

Real Estate Witch found that undergrads studying journalism, psychology and liberal arts were the most likely to overestimate their future pay. Journalism students, for example, expected 139% more than the median journalist’s starting salary – projecting to make $107,040 one year after graduating while the average salary is actually $44,800.



The Office of Environmental Justice

“Although violations of our environmental laws can happen anywhere, communities of color, indigenous communities, and low-income communities often bear the brunt of the harm caused by environmental crime, pollution, and climate change”

The Brandon DOJ Announced the creation of the ‘Office of Environmental Justice’. These mountebanks (who are our betters) have no limits, do they? But, I admit that it is very woke.


Identify the Aircraft


The Value of a Rock


    • It’s a tougher ID because of the angle of the shot.

      The education system has become a scam in many ways. There are a NUMBER of jobs that really don’t require the level of education that is advertised as needed. Or the degree required doesn’t deal with the nuts and bolts skills that you need to actually do the job as part of the education system.

      • Or the degree required doesn’t deal with the nuts and bolts skills that you need to actually do the job as part of the education system.

        They never do. I’ve seen too many people with degrees come in to a new job, and think they know everything already.

        • To make a degree truly valuable, they need to begin to include elements of on-the-job training (OJT) in my opinion. It would still be generalized but should be a big part of HOW the subject is taught.

          • Henry Ford demanded that ALL his new Engineers spend six moths to a year on the shop floor so they could learn practical skills in what they were dhired for.

            I always liked the way that General Motors Institute (Now Kettering University) was structured. You dpent six weeks at work in your sponsor’s factory, and then back on campus for six weeks of Book Learnin’. Rinse, lather, repeat for four years, and then do a thesis. Made for well-balanced Engineers.

        • One young man came to work for us.
          He worked with me and asked questions.
          I remember the day we were wiring a project I designed and he said “I’ve learned more in the last two weeks working with you than I did in 2 years of school.”.

          • Can’t engineer in a bubble. In my formative years purchasing was one door away from engineering and manufacturing was a dbl door the other eay. Seeing assembly difficulties in the prototype phase was always a leap forward in learning, making any follow on designs more efficient and accurate in process. But it does require humility.

  1. Last year, employer hired a 22 y.o. skull full of mush fresh out of skool with a newly minted engineering degree in some discipline that does not seem to have included basic math skilz. He is openly dismissive of those who do not have an engineering degree, proudly proclaimed himself to be “the smartest person in the room” and proceeded to pi$$ off everyone in the building except the VP what hired him, including me, so he has that going for him, and joy of all joys, I’ve been assigned to teach him what it is we think we do around here, which according to him, is all or mostly wrong. Hilarity has ensued. Anyway, regarding elevated expectations, if we could have hired him for what he’s really worth and could rent him out for what he thinks he’s worth, we’d get rich.

      • My dad had a guy work for him.
        They brought him up from the Cleveland plant because his resume reflected a lot of experience.
        They found he didn’t fit, but had moved him, so they tried to find a fit for him. His resume reflected more experience.
        Finally, he left for Toyota.
        Some resume!

    • Anyone who proclaims himself “the smartest person in the room” is never the smartest person in the room. Even if he is the only person in the room.

      Now I’m curious as to which fine institution of higher learning granted this paragon his degree. Not that “pedigree” is what it’s sometimes believed to be. I brought up pedigree because your story reminded me of a young man at PKG’s job.

      So there was this mid-20’s guy with a liberal arts BA from some place like Swarthmore (only less prestigious). “Ellis,” as we’ll call him, thought this made him better than anyone else in the institution. Not only the other young paper pushers with similar educational attainment, but also the department heads, including PKG (who holds a public-ivy STEM PhD), several Harvard Medical School full professors; you get the picture. What made Ellis particularly insufferable was that he was only adequate at his job. He eventually resigned after losing it and screaming abuse at a C-level exec (who had not done him any wrong) during an all hands meeting. Apparently what pushed Ellis over the edge was discovering, that very morning, that a (venomous) girl from the office he had been shagging, had also been shagging his male roommate — who also worked in the same office. What made it better was that the roommate was unaware that Venomous Girl had been shagging Ellis (drama much, VG?). I had the misfortune of knowing VG socially (she had been trying to get close to PKG for Reasons), and I can say that both Ellis and Roomie were fools for having anything to do with VG. VG had more brains than both those nitwits put together, but also less than half the ethics of either one.

      • Can’t say, Mike, identifying the “institution” might make he ‘n me identifiable and I have enough drama as it is. FWIW, I don’t think he’ll be Peter-Principled up, but over is a distinct possibility. That might be best for all concerned. Plainly he needs some seasoning. We’ll see. I would in fact like to see the kid succeed and I don’t like to give up on people, but at my age, not a lot of patience left so I hate to waste it.

        The bottom line is, he may be a dumb SOB, but he’s our SOB and that cuts a lot of slack at our organization.

        • VGs exist in all organizations where there are women. (PKG’s don’t)

          They can be managed and used only with the greatest of care but can be turned against rivals in the clawing match to the top of the ladder with significant benefit. I hate to allow my Machiavellian side to poke out but a VG that you are not having any congress with but have a certain degree of influence over can be a powerful weapon.

        • Fair enough. I should not have brought it up.
          Hopefully that person will shape up after getting a few rough corners knocked off. It just occurred to me that he may be acting out partly out of insecurity. I’ve known a few people who were kind of arrogant jerks while in training, but after graduation and attaining faculty status actually turned into good teachers and even mentors. Because they finally felt secure enough to take off the compensatory facade and stop being a jerk. (Then again, others are jerks all the way down.)

          • I’d be happy to tell you, Mike, it just wouldn’t be prudent at this time, so no offense meant, and I hope none taken. Oddly enough, we hired another kid out of the same skool two years previously, and he’s a natural. Listens, pays attention, learns and puts things into practice, and can figure things out on his own. He is a young MAN and he’s gonna be great. The other one, I just gotta find the key to getting his attention. I hope I find it. But I’m running out of time, old age, etc.

          • None taken.
            I was just curious because I’m always looking for more data points to check my hypothesis that people (Western whites at least, and people who act like WWs) minimize their pedigree if they come from “elite” institutions, while those from lower-ranking places are (paradoxically) more likely to brag about pedigree.

    • I was just in a TEAMS meeting today with 4 “engineering managers” from two other plants telling me what we needed to do to improve the efficiencies of a particular welding line in my plant.
      I disagreed with them. They will win because there are four of them and to any one else, there solutions sound reasonable. They will make the equipment shiny, but it will not run any better.
      And they have no personal experience with the process.

  2. I find people cannot understand the sheer scale of loss the Russians had in WW2. An entire generation of young men wiped out. Just the battle of Stalingrad cost them more then the USA has lost, ever, in foreign wars.

    They lost more people in WW2 than the entire population of Australia, North Korea, or Taiwan.

    The depth of feeling, of loss, symbolized by their victory flag isn’t something I can get anyone to understand unless they get it instinctively. It’s not a symbol of Communism to most Russians, it’s a memorial to the uncles, brothers, parents, etc. who died, the grandparents they never met. The heart ripped out of multiple generations in one terrible war.

    • Yes, that is absolutely the case.

      It’s burned into their brains. So when Putin plays the “rescue from Nazis” card, they go along with whatever he wants.

      • When dealing with Russians or Russia, the Great Patriotic War (WW2) must be factored in and considered since they were mauled so completely. It’s in their DNA.

  3. i read bono had a concert in a ukraine subway “for the people” with complete production crew etc along with kamelface herself and other dignitaries. some war they got there. v-day? i halfway expected two or more suns in the sky this morning. a tiny part of me was disappointed. day’s not over though. maybe they sent kamelface to get blown up? maybe they’re a little disappointed too?

    • Even her own people want her gone so they can use the 25th to rid themselves of the Brandon albatross.

  4. By way of background, I have been a machinist/tool and die maker for more than 30 years. I have yet to meet a mechanical engineer who understands how to make the parts they design. If it works in their modeling software, it MUST work in real life. They have very little understanding of stacking tolerances and how to design parts that minimize the effects of same.

    • In all jobs, you should know how the sausage is made before you tell people how to make sausage. It’s the major flaw in the education system/

    • Because they aren’t teaching visualization, instead heavy reliance on the Cad tools is the norm. I worked in product development for a long time, learned from your type on every design. Whenever possible I hung out in the fab shops to enhance my end of the deal, machining, sheetmetal, injection molding tooling, manufacturing, etc.

      “Design to Shop” is a relationship.

    • “If it works in their modeling software, it MUST work in real life.”

      Years ago as a brand-new sniveling and miserable Master’s student at MIT I was walking down Mass Ave with a physics PhD candidate who was the friend of a friend. Somehow we got on the topic of mathematical models. The physics guy was holding forth that “the equations are the system.” I objected to this, saying “You have three PDEs that describe the behavior of the system, but they are NOT the physical system. You might get arbitrarily close to the system with a complicated-enough model, but it’s always only going to be a model.” PhD-to-be disagreed vehemently. At that point I had an epiphany. And I learned two things that day.

      The epiphany was that I was in the wrong field. The intellectual hierarchy is that physicists are supposed to be the big brains, and engineers like me (or as I was, at any rate) are knuckledraggers. If the big brain couldn’t grasp a fundamental truth obvious to a knuckledragger then maybe the hierarchy was wrong.

      The other thing I learned, well you can decide for yourself. We were walking through Central Square (Cambridge, MA) at around 2pm on a sunny fall day. Two Black dudes came strutting up the sidewalk the other way. PhD2B and I stepped out of their way. At the last minute one dude jinked right and mimed stabbing me in the solar plexus before jinking back and saying to his companion, “So dass how you do it, man.”

      • When I was a kid, I knew of an educated idiot who blew the tip of his finger off, while holding the muzzle of a rifle, saying that if he held the tightly, the bullet couldn’t come out because the compressed gas would not allow the bullet to travel through it. He had a master’s in something, going for his Ph.D. I saw the finger and spoke to people who witnessed the event. The weirdest part was that while looking at the bloody fimger, he said, “I must not have held it tight enough.” He wanted to fire another round, holding it tighter.

        It’s been a long time ago and I heard that he had some sort of research job somewhere, but the incident told a teenage LL that education wasn’t everything and that common sense was far more valuable.

        I obtained an education over my lifetime but there is something to working just as hard or harder on the common sense quotent.

        • Impressive example of someone believing they can’t be wrong.

          Even if his calculations were right (they weren’t, of course) why would he think his finger could possibly contain that kind of pressure?

          He should have gone into politics, he would have fit right in.


        • A politician would have goaded somebody else to try it and then blame Trump or the firearm when the fingertip exploded in a cloud of bloody mist.

  5. Lockheed Hudson. A decent patrol bomber at the start of WW2.

    I’m amazed at how much education has been simplified and watered down, at all levels. My wife attended the same (Italian, high standards, Major focus on the classics) high school her parents graduated from half a century ago. She discovered from their notebooks their Ancient Greek, Latin and Italian literature classes that they were taught what she later learned in university. Things have gotten worse since, with increasing levels of dumbing down.

  6. The Liberal Arts types are always overestimating their knowledge and secular market value. In contrast, VoTech and Trades students know what they don’t know, and apprenticeship’s are still in play. Fluff versus reality and hard work.

    OEJ – These people are mental. Where do they come up with this stuff? Maybe too many soy latte’s from Starbucks further warping their already warped brains.

    Must have been a heck of a speech, those soldiers are clean and still smiling.

    • It’s an old photo, not one from today’s big victory party.

      Then again, enough stoli — and a Russian soldier will smile.

      • The aircraft is the venerable Martin 187 Baltimore, also designated by the USA as the A-30. A number of them were sold to France (as pictured).

      • I was taking Machine Shop Theory so I’d know how to make stuff.
        The instructor was explaining the table on the lathe for thread cutting and Feed per Inch. I did the math and realized he was wrong.
        And he listened. He had taught that class for over ten years he said, and nobody had caught that. We still didn’t know the answer. But we both eventually found it.
        He was a retired journeyman tool maker.

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