The Big Re-Write
But there’s a Plague
Apparently pirates are not bothered by the plague, which disturbs me because they may turn out to be super spreaders. (more here)
“Crew kidnappings in the Gulf of Guinea surged to a new record in 2020, the International Maritime Bureau reported in its annual piracy report.
“Worldwide, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre recorded 195 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in 2020, up more than 20% from the 162 incidents recorded a year earlier. The incidents included three vessel hijackings, 11 fired upon, 20 attempted attacks, and 161 boardings.”
The companies who select which flags fly on their vessels might want to consider a change of color. Or they could hire mercenaries (Private Military Companies) to simply hunt out the pirates where they reside and eliminate them if their national affiliation isn’t enough to solve the problem. The pirates are high profile enough that a PMC can do quickly what may strain national will.
These vessels and their owner’s responses rely on insurance rates being reasonable. It always comes back to the bottom line. There is no more Thomas Jefferson to declare war on the Barbary Pirates.
You’ll note from the article that Somalian pirates were shut down. They didn’t mention that was due to US Special Forces and SEALs engaging them before they could go out and pillage.
What is Her Political Future?
And what pronouns is the Mooch using these days because pronouns are critically important in the Brave New World.
The Capitol Army
I find it interesting that President Lincoln refused army protection at the White House during the Civil War. The house was open to one and all and there were often people waiting in the hall when he emerged from his bedroom.
The drama unfolding with 20,000+ troops surrounding and presumably protecting Jo and Ho is intended to be a threat to all who didn’t vote for the most popular president in American history. (just ask CNN) I can only guess that they will remain, the White House will be surrounded by walls topped with razor wire (that the donkeys claim don’t work) and backed by troops. Maybe they’ll build concrete bunkers around that White House? Slow Joe has been living in one for the past year, so I’m sure that he’d be comfortable.
Street closures in DC in preparation for the January 20 military defense of the donkeys. The real question is the extent to which they will remain closed after Jo and Ho take over.
German executioner’s sword dated 1613
Inscribed “ET VERBVM CARO FACTVM EST” (And the Word became Flesh)
Do you remember when we didn’t have $5 billion to build a wall? That was back before we gave away $700 billion in foreign aid, including money to build walls other than ours, only ours is racist.
Fun with Maps
I start, not with a map, but with the absence of a map. Yes, Canyonlands has been mapped and you can orienteer your way around the place with a map and a lensatic compass, but it’s wild country and if you’re on foot, you can get lost. In the winter it’s cold as a stepmother’s caress and in the summer it’s like Satan’s kitchen.
This next entry is for WSF the “official car guy” of this blog.
There are countless car models sold by hundreds of car manufacturers around the world each and every year. So when a single model strikes a chord with people, it’s usually pretty special.
What is each country’s most popular vehicle?
In this new study, Budget Direct Car Insurance crunched the numbers and created maps showing what and where.
Yes, it’s clearly sexist to have genders identifying countries. Spanish and French offend greatly in this regard.
This map is for Mike_C, who knows more about splitting chests than most of us.
Though it’s politically incorrect to write this in the era of plague that shuts the nation down until somebody the donkeys like can be elected — Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and it is most prevent in the south. Although obesity is linked to heart disease high obesity states like the Dakotas, Iowa, and Nebraska offset that with a higher quality of healthcare.
And last of all, a sign