From an Elon Musk Tweet:

I have to admit that I like Elon Musk more and more as time goes on.

 

Finally PROOF

 

The following is an excerpt of a news analysis by journalist Matt Taibbi.

This weekend I re-read 1984, a book I tend to reach for when I get Defcon-1 depressed about the state of the world. Deep in the novel, Winston ponders the intricacies of doublethink:

To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which canceled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them… To forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again… that was the ultimate subtlety.

In the last weeks, Russia took an already exacting speech environment to new extremes… On the flip side, a slew of actions have been taken to crack down on “fake news” and “misinformation” in the West. The big one was the European Union banning RT and Sputnik…

In the U.S., Google and YouTube disallowed Russian state media ads (following a request by Senator Mark Warner) and demonetized “a number of Russian channels,” including RT but also many non-Russian individuals, before proceeding to demonetize all individual Russian content creators, even the individuals opposing the invasion. Even DuckDuckGo, the speechier, more pro-privacy alternative to Google, announced it was de-ranking “sites associated with Russian disinformation.” A growing list of Westerners have seen accounts frozen for supposed parroting of Russian talking points or “abusive” commentary.

YouTube banned Oliver Stone’s documentary Ukraine on Fire, while Netflix is going so far as to shelve a production of Anna Karenina. In what might have been the craziest move of all, Meta reportedly followed up a decision to un-ban the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion with a mind-blowing decision to alter its hate speech policies to “allow Facebook and Instagram users in some countries to call for violence against Russians and Russian soldiers in the context of the Ukraine invasion,” according to internal emails seen by Reuters.

 

Merkava Mk-4 Barak (not named for Obama)

This is for Martin. And I think that this photo is of the older Mk 3 (above). Mk 4 below.

The Israeli Trophy anti-tank missile system is used on the Mk 4M, on US M-1s, and on German Leopard 2 tanks. The British are in the process of adopting it. The system has achieved 100% success in all low and high-intensity combat events, in diversified terrain (urban, open, and foliage).

The system uses a miniature EFP that penetrates the threat envelope and disintegrates RPGs at a safe distance from the vehicle. In ATGM’s case, the EFP will affect the chemical energy jet, dramatically decreasing its penetration capability into medium-sized platforms. It has been proven in tests and battle, that such a kill mechanism poses an extremely low risk to dismounts around the vehicle, and therefore does not affect usual combined arms tactics, techniques, and procedures.

 

Selling yourself Short?

In 75/74 BCE a merchant vessel was taken by Cilician pirates while sailing past the island of Phamacusa, located off the coast of Asia Minor (Turkey). As the captain of the pirates boarded the ship, he immediately noticed amid the frightened passengers a young aristocrat, one clothed in the latest of Roman finery, who sat reading nonchalantly among his servants and slaves. Standing before the young man and demanding his name, the pirate received only the briefest look of disdain from his captive, who otherwise turned back to his reading, ignoring the infuriated bandit.

After learning his captive’s name from the young Roman’s personal physician, the pirate conferred with his second in command, asking how much ransom he thought should be asked for the party. Sizing up the somewhat effeminate Roman and his group, ten talents was voiced to the captain as a realistic sum. Not exactly pleased with his captive’s behavior, he shouts that he now wants 20 talents. This caused the young aristocrat to raise his voice in insult, explaining that 20 was a joke, after all, he was worth at least 50. The stunned pirate chose to take the man at his word. Sending messengers to relay terms for ransom, he transported the prisoners to his stronghold to await a reply. During that time, the somewhat foppish young Roman entertained his captors with tales of his plans to return upon being released and crucify most of them. They, of course, listened to the threats with much laughter.

Once the ransom was received and his party freed, the young man proceeded to Miletus, where he borrowed several warships and soldiers. Returning to the stronghold of his former captors, he not only recovered his 50 talents but apprehended around 400 of his former hosts as well. Arriving at Pergamumm he went to Iuncus the governor of Asia. When Iuncus postponed a decision on the matter, he went to prison let most of them be executed. Reserving the promised fate of crucifixion for 30 of the principal leaders. As a show of compassion for their previous hospitality, however, he granted them the favor of cutting their throats before crucifixion.

The young man’s name you ask? Gaius Julius Caesar. Whether the story is true? According to the historical writers it is, but since they wrote it a good 20 or even 100 years after his death, most of it is likely to have come from imagination.

 

For MRS PAULM

 

24 COMMENTS

  1. Elon has his moments. Even better that he gets the crowd who push things like electric cars frothing at the mouth.

    Probably the thing I like best though, is he still dreams of the stars and is making strides to get there.

  2. Musk manages to cut through the noise, and I too have become a fan…especially after years of less than acceptable attempts at garnering a robust internet for a reasonable price. Musk solved the problem perfectly while keeping it simple, all for $99/month with unlimited data. The other outfits look like amateurs and used car salesmen in comparison.

    MrsPaulM appreciates the sentiment, altho she added, “Usually hear that right before the poke when the needle is an inch away.” I can attest to that…while wearing my welding gloves…and Carhartt chore coat…or trying to pull a neck twitch on an already wired horse, in a stall, with the owner “not helping”. Never a dull moment.

    • All we could get was AT&T alleged high-speed innernets at 2.5 MBPS. AT&T would not upgrade our area, the schmucks. Getting the Starlink system has been like when electricity came to Kansas. It works “as advertised” and then some.

      • We were using Verizon JetPacks, 2-40g plans, $370 a month…and if you went over it was $15 a Gig. All for spotty service and 1-3mbps depending on the day. Useless for modern work, and a scam. Starlink is anywhere from 50-150mbps, usually above 100 consistently. Life changing.

  3. it dawns on me this morning while watching the talking heads that the left is talking the right into a war with putin using the right’s military veteran congress critters. then they can blame the war on the gop, and they’d be correct. that’s how the dims plan to stay in power. at this point i believe the exact opposite of what i hear or see in the media…

    • What’s the charade with Zelensky addressing congress? And Madam P’s cringe worthy slurred “greeting”? These people know no shame. It’s theater, has to be. 13.6B in “Ukraine aid”…gotta protect the kickbacks with more slight-of-hand crap. Can’t forget that Zelensky is an actor by profession.

      I’m more concerned as to what’s next…could be war as you suggest.

    • IF the Dems want a war with Russia to win the midterms, good luck to them ruling from DC after a few dozed megatons visit.

      -Kle.

  4. Hearing about the banning silliness (or mind-numbing stupidity, your choice), I am reminded of the incidents after early moslim terrorism took place. Some enlightened US geniuses ganged up and attacked some Sihks, they wore cloth wound around their heads so they must be the bad guys….right?

    • I think there were multiple attacks on Sikhs by idiots who mistook the Sikhs for Muslims. (This is particularly insulting seeing as how Sikhs and Muslims hate each other.) The main incident however was in the Milwaukee area when a single “white supremacist” shot up a Sikh temple, killing something like 6 or 7 people. I remember this because I was impressed with how the founder of the temple, who was 65 at the time of the shooting, went after the shooter armed only with his symbolic kirpan. (IIRC local laws did not allow him to carry a proper edged weapon, so what he had was basically a butter knife.) Butter knife or no, that is what a proper Sikh does in the face of threat to his community.

      I put “white supremacist” in quotes because that is what the press said about the shooter. But seeing as how utterly mendacious the press is, who knows?

      Big tech is also mendacious and hypocritical. The current cancellation of Russia may be stupid, but it is neither silly nor accidental. Rather, it is being done by high-IQ people with deliberate malice, and damn the fallout (to their claimed support of free speech, open inquiry, and honest debate). The CEO of Youtube is descended on both sides from people with reason to hate the Russians (Russian-Jewish mother, Polish father). So are the founders of Google. So is Mark Zuckerberg. We’ve talked before here about whether the ROK (South Korea), if they had nukes, would use them on the Chicoms and the DPRK, or on the Japanese, because they hate the Japanese so much. It is no different regarding how certain other groups feel (in the aggregate, individuals will of course vary) about Russia.

      • Big tech may have some idea of the short term results of their meddling, but not all.
        I seriously doubt they have a good handle on the long term, unintended consequences.
        Tactically smart, but strategically stupid.
        Imagine Potatus getting the nuke football primed as a test, then goes for his pudding break. A pet cat walks in and starts batting the football around – he can know that hitting the football one way will make it move this direction, but he can’t know about the potential for Armageddon being unleashed.
        Ditto on WSF’s comment about being tired of living in interesting times.

        • Being Sikh is a long way from being Muslim. I’ve had stupid, myopic Americans try and convince me that Islam is a race – and if you don’t like the way that they behave, you’re racist. You simply can’t discuss anything with people like that. It’s bigotry with a foundation in stupidity – much like critical race theory itself. I’ve also had black people tell me that they can’t be bigots because they’re negroes. Right…

          • I’ve sometimes wondered – the (snicker, snicker) elites in the US have a population that is easily stirred up, by rumors, to form mobs and riot.
            They see Muslims oversees doing the same thing and think that if they get a bunch of them over here, they can manipulate them in the same way. If more blacks are leaving the plantation, then they need replacements.

  5. I’m weary of living in “interesting times”, not that there is anything I can do about it.

    Internet. Comcast has a monopoly in my building. I get internet only, $60 a month, but it is fast enough for my needs. The company for whom I am an agent provides me with a tablet. AT&T is the carrier and it sucks.

    • We’ve got ComCrap “Xfinity”, and while it has good download speeds, the lag time is high, and their network is not very responsive. Click on a link and….and….and…there it is. It’s borderline unacceptable for me, and I might look into Starlink.

      • I was out of town when the Starlink dish arrived. Mrs. pulled the dish out of the box and more or less tossed it in the yard, ran the cord up to the Starlink box on the back patio, hooked up the cord and the modem and power and BOOM! 100+ Mbps. This during the preliminary period for our area, whatever they call it. Understand that my wife barely knows which end of the screwdriver to pick up. We have since relocated the dish to the roof and moved the little box and the modem inside the house, but it really was that simple.

        • It’s brilliant, and what a customer oriented product developer would design. It works, it’s simple, and fairly priced.

  6. AT&T. We have had everything bundled with them for a very long time. Land line (for backup) internet, cell phones, TV. To be fair, when ever we have had a tech come to our house, their service has been stellar. Nowadays, I’m sure it’s partly a case of the devil we know vs. the devil we don’t. Our neighborhood was recently upgraded with underground fiber optic cable. We are being bombarded with offers to upgrade “for the same price you pay now”. Quietly not mentioned are equipment rental fees and the price jump at the end of the promotion period.

    Went to the AT&T store recently for assistance with a glitch in my wife’s iPhone. That went fine, but we didn’t even make it home before I got a text from AT&T informing me that two days hence, they would be out to hook us up to fiber optic. When I got a live body on the phone, I asked rather firmly who had placed the order. They replied “The system”. Right.

    Comcast. Shortly before we moved from Kalifornia, I was in our local Comcast office. The had a rent-a-cop behind the counter. Seems an irate customer had gone over the counter after an obnoxious employee.

    @Paul M–I hear ya about the horses. As a young lad, I administered many injections to our horses. First, keep the needles sharp. I would ‘palm’ the needle and then give the horse a few firm pats on the injection site. PAT, PAT, stab, PAT PAT. Sometimes they didn’t even notice. GENTLY attach syringe and inject, which occasionally got a look of “Excuse Me?”. Done.

    • Same technique The DVM uses; distract then a quick hit with the syringe palmed, super fast. Great for yearly vaccines if needing to give multiple shots (we use a 5-way, 1 shot and done).

  7. I am looking into Starlink as my prime internet source. although I may have to cut down a tree or two. Since my previous satellite company de-orbited their satellite last year I have been using my Verizon jetpack (my old backup) which is pretty slow. I will still keep the jetpack for when I travel but would like much faster internet at home.

    Hopefully we will stay out of the mess between Russia and the Ukraine to the maximum extent possible. I know we should support the Ukraine to the amount president Clinton promised in writing back in 1994? but no more.

  8. Elom Musk is a capitalist. But he is a capitalist with vision. He creates products and markets them….better than most.
    I’m not in the market for an EV but the Teslas I’ve seen are pretty nice.

    SpaceX on the other hand is amazing! Imagine what he could do if the FAA and EPA would get out of the way.

    SIDEBAR: Want to read about somebody amazing? This guy: Jared Isaacman.
    He’s local to me. I met him once. He still shops at local stores like the rest of us!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Isaacman
    (Yep. 39 years old and he has his own private air force)

  9. If I may add to the Mish-Mash: The hits keep coming…

    Somebody got a call…Mr. Race Baiter Jussie was released six days after being sentenced to a lousy 150 days (in solitary for his protection of course…because he’s special) while Jan 6th protesters rot in jail, most without being charged with a single crime.

    Yet another demented glaring indicator that something is seriously screwed up in this country.

  10. Jussie has some influential supporters: Michelle Obama, Val Jarrett, etc. Cory Booker and Heels Up Harris encouraged him to do something to help them push their Anti-Lynching bill, which would have made any assault by two or more white people against a brother a federal hate crime. He called Harris three times in the days before he beat himself up. Coincidence? The fix is in….again. He won’t spend another day in jail, and the brothers in lock-up won’t be singing, “I want to be Jussies girl” anymore. Out of the four boxes the founding fathers gave us; soap box, ballot box, jury box and the cartridge box….we’re left with #4. End times indeed.

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