The Feminist Retelling
The Guardian newspaper out of Great Britain reports that the estate of Eric Arthur Blair, better known as George Orwell, has granted permission to rewrite his classic dystopian nightmare book NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR from a feminist perspective.
The tale is reimagined from the viewpoint of Winston Smith’s lover Julia, who operates a writing machine in the Fiction Department of the Ministry of Truth.
“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book was rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”
How will the Woke Lunatic Left reword this passage to defang it of its grimly grinning, gallows’ humor in a book rewritten to suit the eternal present in which the Left is always right?
This book and apparently one more, extolling a general hatred of men is coming from the heirs of Eric Arthur Blair. The article has details and references that I will allow you to delve into on your own.
I sense a coming bomb. And not in a good way.
A Modern Landing Craft
The Navy’s new Light Amphibious Warship (LAW) program envisions procuring a class of 24 to 35 new amphibious ships to support the Marine Corps, particularly in implementing a new Marine Corps operational concept called Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO). (June 17, 2021, long-range Navy shipbuilding document envisions procuring a total of 24 to 35 LAWs, while other Navy documents refer to a requirement for 35 LAWs.) The Navy envisions the first LAW being procured in FY2023.
The Commandant has suggested that he will reduce the size of the Marine Corps to absorb the cost. I thought that was interesting. You don’t hear that sort of thing often, do you?
The EABO concept was developed with an eye toward potential conflict scenarios with China in the Western Pacific. Under the concept, the Marine Corps envisions, among other things, having reinforced-platoon-sized Marine Corps units maneuver around the theater, moving from island to island, to fire anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs) and perform other missions so as to contribute, alongside Navy and other U.S. military forces, to U.S. operations to counter and deny sea control to Chinese forces. The LAW ships would be instrumental to these operations, with LAWs embarking, transporting, landing, and subsequently reembarking these small Marine Corps units.
As conceived by the Navy and Marine Corps, LAWs would be much smaller and individually much less expensive to procure and operate than the Navy’s current amphibious ships. LAWs would cost about $130 million each to procure.
By the time of Nelson’s Navy, transporting horses over long distances by ship was nothing new, even the Persians did it in 1500 BC, but the conditions there were a bit more pleasant for the animals than in the 16th or 17th century.
The first difficulty one faced was to get the animals safely on board. This provided challenges with ships that consisted of several decks, so they were lifted/hoisted.
European horses boarding a ship bound for America. Escuela de a cavallo, Salvador Rodríguez Jordán. Madrid, 1751
The animal was blindfolded and hoisted on board via pulleys. Once on the ship, they were placed in small compartments so that the animals would not injure each other in heavy seas. From the early 18th century onwards, horses were transported on purpose-built ships that only carried animals.
A contemporary model of the midship section of a vessel showing arrangements for the transportation of horses (circa 1760)
Depending on the size of the transporter, up to 100 horses could be shipped, but the number per ship was more usually around 40. These ships traveled in large convoys with the soldiers who were also brought to British North America. Depending on the convoy, several hundred horses could be shipped.
Unfortunately, this kind of journey was a high-stress factor for the animals and many did not survive the crossing.
Discharging the horses
Another risk was the unloading, which usually did not proceed in the same way as the loading, and the animals were often made to jump into the sea and swim ashore. This was too much stress for many of them and they died a little later.