el Día de los Muertos
Happy dead day. It’s a two-day holiday that ends today, so if you planned on celebrating and missed yesterday – you can still participate. It is celebrated partially in the USA, but they make a fiesta in Mexico. It’s big in Vietnam during the Lunar New Year (Tet) with similar celebrations, burning Hell Money, setting off fireworks, shooting in the air (invading Hue City), etc.
In Italy, November 2 is All Souls’ Day, colloquially known as the Day of the Dead or “Giorno dei Morti.” In Sicily, families celebrate a long-held Day of the Dead tradition called The Festival of the Dead or “Festa dei Morti.” The pupi di zucchero, thought to be an Arabic cultural import, is often found in the shapes of folkloric characters who represent humanized versions of the souls of the dead. Eating the sugar dolls reflects the idea of the individual absorbing the dead and, in doing so, bringing the dead back to life within themselves.
I’m trying to hit all of the celebrations here at Virtual Mirage. We did celebrate the Japanese Penis festival here if you’ll recall.
“Death smiles at us all. The only thing that we can do is smile back.” –Gladiator
Identify the Aircraft
PLA Armor Guide
Bullet Points & Housekeeping
** This blog has been attacked and many of you have taken note of it. On November 10 it will change hosting. That may or may not help.
** Movie News: Sicario 3 – Josh Brolin is undeterred by potential delays. He eagerly anticipates returning for Sicario 3, even if it means waiting for an extended period. The script for the third film has already been written and revised, and the team remains determined to create it according to their vision.
** Ah, the Swiss: (h/t Claudio) Switzerland has signed a contract to buy the most advanced version of the Lockheed Martin-made Patriot missile as an add-on to the country’s Air2030 program, the company announced Tuesday.
Between Putin and Xi, the world is turning against them and toward re-armament including the NATO expansion. They shifted the tide on their own and should take a lap.
Lockheed did not detail the number of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement weapons Switzerland plans to buy. But the U.S. State Department previously approved a series of Swiss requests for Patriot equipment.
** Jules wants to tempt you with an apple…it’s been done before.
** In Iceland: The exact spot where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates almost meet. It’s believed to be the only place in the world where 2 continents can be touched at the same time.
** (h/t Claudio) WASHINGTON — After L3Harris Technologies acquired one of the two U.S.-based solid rocket motor providers in July, the new division’s chief embarked on a barnstorming tour of the sector.
For nearly two months, Ross Niebergall bounced from one newly acquired Aerojet Rocketdyne facility to another, he told Defense News, spending just two days in his home office as he reviewed propulsion production processes for critical weapons such as the Javelin, Stinger and Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System. One of his goals: finding ways to open up the military’s constricted pipeline for rocket motors.
My good friend, Sam Rosenberg, has a book coming out (don’t we all?) Called Live Ready that will be recommending to you. I’m writing a review of his book at his specific request. Sam is a close protection expert. He knows his business. He’s worked with me, or I’ve worked with him. This is an excerpt:
In a perfect world, you actually only have about four-and-a-half seconds to get into motion and save your client or stop the threat once you recognize the attack for what it is. And that’s being very generous, as we haven’t accounted for the element of surprise.
Given all that, what do you think are your chances of success?
Most people answer, “Not very good…” This answer is often followed by some variation of the question “Who the hell would do a job like this?”
In reality, the only reason it looks like the Bad Guy holds all the cards is because most people consider the situation from the wrong perspective. Here’s the correct perspective: the stopwatch isn’t racing against the protectors; it’s racing against the Bad Guy.
You see, in the mind of the Bad Guy, he only has one chance to pull off his mission. One chance to get it right, or he gets stopped. Maybe he gets hurt, or caught, or killed. Whatever the case, the target escapes, and he fails in his mission. To the Bad Guy, the notion of failure is ever present, and this fear (or lack thereof) is what ultimately determines whether or not he launches an attack.
But don’t feel bad. Almost everyone arrives at similar feelings of powerlessness when I ask the question about the fictional scenario above. This is the crux of the myth of helplessness to which we’ve all been conditioned. It comes from the erroneous belief that you are incapable of defending yourself. It suggests to you that the Bad Guy holds all the cards—the physical upper hand (whether he is bigger, younger, stronger, or armed); the opportunity to choose the time and place; or the element of surprise. That Bad Guy has total control of the situation.
The reality is that you control the most important situational factors. You just have to understand what those factors are and then consciously never relinquish control of them. By under- standing and accepting your own power, deterrence is not only possible; it’s probable.
I’ve done (police) combat gun take aways from armed suspects. One particularly busy night I did three. I’ve prevailed in a lot of physical confrontations as evidenced by the fact that I’m alive. So when I recommend Sam’s book, filled with first-hand stories and good advice, I do know what I’m talking about.
Oddly enough, I was initially recommended to Sam by then Senator John (Swiftboat) Kerry who asked around about somebody who could solve specific problems. I think that the recommendation came because I taught a (classified) course on planned political kidnapping – how to do it – to USGOV people back then. Sam had a corporate client who experienced problems in PR China.
CDRSAL mentions at his blog: Almost all of our strategic petroleum reserves was sold off to the People’s Republic of China by Pedo Joe (10% to the big guy). We produce enough for ourselves – especially if we husband a portion of our exports – but our global economic partners outside North America do not. That is where the danger lies.