How United is the Kingdom?
Keep in mind that this is a view from the outside, not the inside. Opinions will certainly vary.
The United Kingdom was not born in glory. The English conquest of Ireland in the 17th century was brutal, motivated by fear of invasion, and facilitated by the superiority of Cromwell’s army. The English takeover of Scotland in the 18th century was more pragmatic, born out of Scottish bankruptcy after an ill-fated American investment and English worries about France. But the resulting union was more than the sum of its parts: it gave birth to an intellectual and scientific revolution, centered on Edinburgh as well as London; an industrial revolution which grew out of that, enriching Glasgow as well as Manchester and Liverpool; an empire built as much by Scots as Englishmen; and a military power which helped save the world from fascism.
One of my personal friends of 45 years or so is a leader in the Scottish National Party and from what he says, the divisions in the UK are deeper than ever. Yes, I know the SNP for what it is, but still and all, the dissatisfaction of Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland is not trivial.
The Temple of the Living Elvis
I spent quite a bit of time doing organized crime-related undercover police work in Las Vegas. I didn’t work for Metro or for Nevada, but the work took me there. The city has changed. As it grew, Lake Mead shrank. The place has over-built the capacity of the area to deliver water. It will become a serious problem in years to come if the growth continues — or even if it doesn’t. Vegas is The Temple of the Living Elvis. Separate from that, I taught money-laundering and Asian investigation to Nevada Gaming for about twenty years – off and on.
The Green New Deal will make it all unreliable wind and solar… and it will deliver a train wreck if it succeeds.
We discussed this on the blog a week or so ago. How do you say “soft drink” regionally? It’s a map, providing some overview without too much granularity.
You have to buy them. They are not awarded based on talent – not all of the time anyway. It’s interesting how Sunset Blvd. and that whole walk of fame area is so very dirty. And now it’s infested with homeless encampments. Very woke. And still, busses arrive and disgorge would-be actors, actresses, and screenwriters every day. They end up being prostitutes, doing porn in the Valley, waiters, baristas, etc. for the most part, spending their youth on those dirty streets with the stars on the sidewalks.
The American T28 Super Heavy Tank
T28 Super Heavy Tank, Originally designed in 1945 by Pacific Car and Foundry, was first designated as a heavy tank, then secondly as a gun motor carriage, then thirdly, and finally as a super-heavy tank. Its original role was to be the beast that would break through the German Siegfried line. When that didn’t happen, it was intended to be a powerful force multiplier used during the mainland invasion of Japan.
With this in mind, it was armed with a 105mm T5E1 smoothbore cannon, with a secondary armament of an M2 Browning .50 caliber heavy machine gun at the commander’s hatch.
It was protected by a thick hull that was over 350mm (that’s almost 13 inches of solid steel) thick frontally, and 250mm thick on the sides.
It was powered by a slightly underwhelming Ford GAF V8 gasoline engine pushing out 550 horsepower. Using this engine, the over 100-ton tank could barely reach a maximum speed of a lethargic 8mph/13 kph. It had a somewhat average combat effective range of 100mi/160km. It rode on top of a double-tracked horizontal volute spring suspension.
The War Department canceled the beast after a disastrous engine fire in one of the two test models proved irreparable, and it was subsequently sent to be torn apart to be scrapped. The project was deemed to be no longer viable, outdated, and obsolete design. Work on the project stopped in 1947 when the War department concluded it no longer wanted to move forward with such a heavy and hard to transport armored vehicle.
Of the two produced, only one survives. The only surviving T28 was discovered abandoned in the woods on the outskirts of a US army base in Virginia in 1974, and at the time military leadership had no real idea how it ended up there. It was repainted and restored and now resides at Fort Benning, Georgia.