Opinion

The universe (or set of universes) that those who read these words occupy are incredibly complex and elegant in their function.

I was asked the other day whether or not I believe in extraterrestrial intelligence. The answer to that is an unequivocal yes. Anyone who believes in God believes that. It’s a far different question than “do you believe in flying saucers – sort of cult science”? The question is sometimes followed up with a strident demand for proof. I do have friends (all seem to be wealthy, educated, democrats) who demand proof of elegant design, when it’s evident in mathematics, in the universe, and in the world around us.

You can counter with the concept of a “blind watchmaker” if it makes you more comfortable with your mortality. That’s up to you. Our lives are pitifully short and finding meaning and happiness in them often revolves around how much good you can do for others, humbly, with no hidden agenda. A vain and selfish life seldom results in much happiness. And that’s the sermonette for what it’s worth.

 

Uneasy is the Head who Wears the Crown

“King Louis XI of France was a firm believer in astrology and yet he was somewhat uneasy when an astrologer accurately predicted the death of a lady at court. He felt the astrologer would be better off dead, so Louis called him to his apartments where his servants were ordered to throw him out the window once given the signal.

First, however, Louis asked the man a question, ‘You claim to understand astrology and to know the fate of others, so tell me what your fate will be and how long you have to live.’ The astrologer replied, ‘I shall die just three days before Your Majesty.’ This so unnerved the king that he decided to let the astrologer live.”

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Meme-of-the-Day

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Come and take it, Mr. Schwab. Come alone, not with an army. That would be interesting. I predict (like King Louis IX’s astrologer) that Schwab would beat me to hell by at least three days.

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War Treasure

(The Drive) (h/t Claudio)

Ukrainian forces continue to capture, or at least stumble across, examples of some of Russia’s most sophisticated ground combat hardware as the conflict in the country rages on. Just this past weekend, pictures emerged online showing a Russian radar-equipped air defense command post vehicle, part of a larger system known as Barnaul-T, that Ukrainian troops found during a counteroffensive in the northeastern Kharkiv region. The fact that this vehicle is intended to serve as a sensor, command and control, and communications node all rolled into one could make it a particularly invaluable source of intelligence for Ukrainian and foreign governments, as well as be a significant operational loss for Russian forces.

A Ukrainian unit reportedly found this vehicle relatively intact, also known by the nomenclature 9S932-1 and the acronym MRU-B, among other Russian vehicles and artillery pieces, in the town of Husarivka. The 9S932-1 is most readily identifiable by its 1L122 surveillance and target acquisition radar, which is mounted on the top rear portion of the hull and is folded down during transit. There was also a TZM-T dedicated reloading vehicle for the TOS-1A thermobaric artillery rocket launch system, another uncommon find.

Ukrainian forces appear to come across at least three examples of this particular component of the Barnaul-T system in the course of what has now been nearly five weeks of fighting. What looks to have been a second 9S932-1 was found in relatively good condition in the Kharkiv region sometime around March 12. A third one was captured near the capital Kyiv on or about March 3 and was apparently so pristine that it was then pressed into Ukrainian service in an unclear capacity.

Barnaul-T, as a complete system, which first began to enter Russian service in 2009 and is said to have reached an initial operational capability by 2011, is designed to network together various short-range air defense (SHORAD) systems and be mobile enough to work closely together with advancing ground forces. It is reportedly a very modern and highly automated system intended to enhance the ability of air defense forces to rapidly spot and engage a variety of threats across an entire section of the battlespace.

The 9S932-1, which uses a modified MT-LBu multi-purpose tracked vehicle, serves as a battery command post within the complete system. It is directly linked to units equipped with various SHORAD systems, such as tracked Tor-M-series (SA-15) and 9K35 Strela (SA-13) surface-to-air missile systems, 9K33 Osa (SA-8) wheeled surface-to-air missile systems, 2K22 Tunguska (SA-19) tracked air defense systems, and 9K333 Verba (SA-25) shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles, also known as a man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS).

 

Housekeeping

This blog often uses photographs for the purposes of illustration. Unless specifically stated, it’s not necessarily THE photo of a piece of captured equipment (in the case of the current war). There are websites that count captured or destroyed Russian equipment that have photos documenting each one. I don’t do that. That’s not the purpose of the blog.

If you were to ask, “why do you publish this blog,” the only answer would possibly be “a lonely impulse of delight” – see WB Yeates, An Irish Airman Foresees his Death, a poem written in 1918 and first published in the Macmillan edition of The Wild Swans at Coole in 1919.

Q “What is the point if those that you fight, you do not hate and those that you guard you do not love?”

A — “Exactly. Now you get it.”

57 COMMENTS

  1. I appreciate that you are feeling significantly better after your surgery that you continue to educate and inform us common folk. May you enjoy many more long productive years keeping us on the straight and narrow.

    • I was in horrible pain for 18 months or so. The first surgery was botched and it took me the better part of a year to convince the medical establishment to cut again. Fortunately the second time I had a much better surgeon. Better with a blade and correctly diagnosed the problem. That’s just how it went for a lot of people who didn’t have the plague at a time when the only illness in America was the plague.

  2. Simply finding your piece of happiness in the world is hard enough, but few people see the wisdom in it. Power, wealth, etc. are not the key people seem to think it is and far too many will pass up their chance at that little bit of happiness in favor of them.

    I keep telling people we are not smarter than the ancient Greeks or Romans, we simply have another 2000 years of understanding to build on. However, that doesn’t mean we actually understand the universe or ourselves, it just gives another 2000 years of arrogance in thinking we do.

    • There isn’t a lot of difference in mankind 3,000 years ago and mankind today. Our follies are the same, our scandals are the same, our wars are remarkably similar, even though we have more refined tools for war and everything else. Our understanding of the world around us is much better, and going to the Moon fifty years ago notwithstanding, we still have a long way. to go.

      I was reading suicide rates in America yesterday. Why do young men kill themselves? We all know why, though I’m sure that each instance is deeply personal. For all our advances, we’ve done a poor job of imparting a sense of meaning, purpose, and value to the youth of ALL nations. The woke culture makes everything so much worse for them.

      • For decades the feminazi’s (h/t Rush) marginalized boys and fathers, the result being no men, only guys…without purpose.

        Lack of vision is a demoralizer. Dad taught us boys to “always have a plan”. What ends up happening is others look to you, even if you’re making it up as you go.

  3. To the question on Intelligent Design…
    As a trained Meteorologist, who spent a quarter century practicing (Oh so much practice), trying to get the guessing game better, and teaching others to improve their game as well…
    Then I became a teacher of Weather, Astronomy, and Science in general and started all of my classes with the following quote along with the admonition to:
    “Open your eyes! The Good Lord created amazing things, don’t let them or your mind go to waste”

    Creation speaks so loud only a Madman or a demoncrat would demand that there is no sound.

    Psalm 19:
    The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
    Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
    They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
    Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.

    • I attended laser safety class at University of Toronto.
      Everyone else was a PhD using lasers for some arcane purposes.
      The professor than pulled out a chart showing the construction of the eye and the function of each component.
      I raised my hand and remarked that it was as if it had been designed that way.
      He smiled at me and continued. A number of the others really did look stunned.

    • Amen, MSG.

      Ed, and yet there are so many who don’t see. Still the rules are so very simple. Love God and love others as yourself – and we struggle so very hard to get that right.

  4. There’s no doubt in what’s left of my mind that there’s intelligent life elsewhere. It may or may not be common, but it’s unrealistic to assume we’re alone. There are too many stars and too many possibilities out there.

  5. Intelligent Design? One only need to look at DNA, something we just discovered recently (as a whole of our existence, in our “time”). Or Stem Cells (I call them the ‘God cells’), that can race through one’s system, make repairs, and heal. (We see this mostly in veterinary medicine but is translating to human more slowly because people think “cloning”, as created by th idiot media). That’s just two “higher mysteries” revealed…what else will we discover in time to prove it’s not all happenstance?

    I need no convincing of God’s existence and His pleasure of creating our world, I know it is by His hand. As for other worlds…any normal person would look out and think to themselves that it’s certainly possible. Yet I tend towards the constraints placed in The Bible. A conundrum of sorts, but doesn’t matter to me…especially when “sitings and abductions” are never really proven one way or the other, and usually on some backwoods guy in Arkansas. Doesn’t make it false though.

    • DNA is considered arcane now, and not an indicator of gender according to the “wisest” among us. The science of abomination (or Obamanation if you prefer) has become what the politically motivated push these days.

      I don’t know why alien abductions seem to lead to unwholesome probing before they’re returned to Earth.

      • Why is it that those who are proponents of “no sexes” become “trannies” and elect to transition to the opposite sex if there is no “other” sex? Self delusion must have some intoxicating effect that renders one illogical.

        • Pres. Brandon wanted to appoint a black woman to the US Supreme Court. Which really means anyone because how do we define a “woman”? And we know that race is just what you self-identify as.

        • It is a direct descendant of “there is no morality.”
          It is a repudiation of the conscience, and a setting of validation of that repudiation from those around. Much like the naked king walking the streets of his capital, the genderless transgenders desire acclaim and confirmation by those around, that they might feel better about their own choices. That the king can hold court in the buff because he is the king never occurs to them; like a toddler claiming to be a police dragon fireman, they need that outside affirmation of their pretension, because they cannot ahut up that still small voice they disregard. More, they try to replace and drown out that voice by demanding the crowds cheer. It doesn’t work.
          The emperor is naked, and boys and girls are made differently.
          Drowning out reality with shouts of delusion does not change reality.

  6. Extraterrestrials? Cave painting, ancient legends and accounts, and modern sightings of UFOs shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand. We should be thankful they don’t seem to be hostile towards we humans.

    Am I a “believer”? No, ambivalent with the certainty I’m not smart enough to know everything.

    Your return to functioning health is welcome to all of us who look forward to your insights. Living with chronic pain and still functioning may be the hardest challenge any of us face.

    • I’ve watched Ancient Aliens and the X-Files.

      As we shared in e-mail, it was a grind, WSF, but I’m very much back to normal with aches, general complaints, and grousing that comes with age.

  7. Klaus is such a swell dude; no wonder all the West’s leaders listen to him.

    He does get points for actually articulating the truth of their plans.

    As I mentioned to Claudio, I bet the Russians would get a lot more use out of those C3I (I know it’s C4I now, but I object to the construction of that abbreviation) vehicles if their comms net functioned. Since it doesn;t, I am unsurprised by the abandonment of them.

    -Kle.

    • Klaus could do with an ass-kicking.

      The Russians and the Chinese have a solid tradition of killing the messenger, so nobody brings the boss bad news until the invasion begins and shit doesn’t work. Not to say that it doesn’t happen elsewhere, but they’ve crafted an art out of it.

  8. LL- Given your background I was wondering if you might be able to give us an idea of what kind of security surrounds people such as Schwab, Soros, and any such person? I imagine it is the best money can buy but is it as in depth as say a head of state? These people, given they’re openness as to what they plan on implementing, are pretty arrogant and comfortable in the belief that it’s all going to happen, and we are just going to have to live with it.

    • The threat level against Schwab and Soros isn’t universally high. They have advance teams, good tradecraft on the ground, secure coms, maybe on the level of a CIA or FBI director but short of a head of state. They hire former Secret Service people and their foreign equivalents and those people know their business. In the past, Putin ran around Moscow without bodyguards. He had a driver but he had no fear in town. When he went abroad he had his own people and those of the host government.

      An explosively formed penetrator will go through just about any armor there is. And they can be made at home with very few supplies. The knowledge is universal and they were used with great effect in Afghanistan. And yet you don’t see people being taken out by them.

      Some time ago, I was approached to handle security for the actor, George Clooney, but declined. The pay for that level of service is good, but you have to give your life and full attention to it. It’s really not my thing.

      Every protected who can afford it has what they are comfortable with. Some want more than others.

      • PS – I have done a lot of advance work as I’ve gotten older for non-US state actors. I have one gig lining up as I type. So I do keep my hand in. There is both art and science to it. A friend of mine handled it for the Dalai Lama. He said that he “Guards the man who needs no guards” – and still he has them.

        • The 14th (current) Dalai Lama is in his mid-80’s. When he dies and the search is on to find his reincarnation (i.e. the boy who will become the 15th Dalai Lama) all hell is going to break loose. Will he re-incarnate in exile, or will his tulku manifest in PRC-controlled territory?

          • There has been a lot of drama surrounding the 17th Karmapa. There are currently two, separately enthroned 17th Gyalwang Karmapas: Ogyen Trinley Dorje and Trinley Thaye Dorje. I take no position on the matter because I’m not a Nyingma Buddhist.

            What if they enthroned two 15th Dalai Lamas? Talk about all hell breaking loose. I take no position on that either. It’s way too much drama. If he manifests PRC territory they’ll assassinate him and they’ll be on to the 16th. Buddhists are flexible and reincarnation is a tricky business.

            I have close friends who are Nyingma (the black magicians of Buddhism). It’s an interesting crowd to rub shoulders with.

        • Thanks for your insight, Larry. I look at people such as Schwab and I find him to be a power-hungry worm. That unfortunately can pay well, and I imagine there are many out there that have no problem being an employee of the man who looks upon the likes of me as a serf. I think it’s all coming to a head. For good or ill.

  9. Where is God?

    Imagine a box. (This represents the Universe.)
    There are two possibilities: either there is stuff in the box, or it is empty.

    It seems clear that there is “stuff” in our box. Just look around.
    But where did it come from? Did God put it there?
    Was empty before that?

    Maybe “In the beginning” God was outside the box.
    (This would suggest the existence of other “boxes.”)
    And maybe a really big box to contain them…

    …………………

    I’m going to watch some Funny Cat videos now.

        • If you were to die, Schrodinger’s Cat would eat your face off if nobody kept it away, which is to say, it’s a cat.

          • What if a tree falls on the cat? Will the cat be crushed? If another cat responds to the scene of the accident, will curiosity in the form of another falling tree crush that cat? And would satisfaction bring him back presuming all 8 lives weren’t expended previously?

          • Only if the cat hears the tree, if not it didn’t really fall. BUT, if the cat self identifies as a dog then he/him/she her is safe, especially if the tree likes dogs.

          • If the dog is pissing on the tree that falls on him and crushes him, does he go to dog heaven? What if he’s killed chasing a parked car?

      • LL – Thought it was BOTH there and not there? I’m so confused.

        Heard a sermon moons ago, “It all has to go back in the box.” Maybe God will put it all back in the box at some point when he’s tired of playing with his Creation, as long as it’s not one of the Matrix style dystopian “wall of boxes”…THAT would demoralize the stoutest “we’re the only ones” adherents.

        • Yes, the paradox. There and not at the same time. But if two trees fall, one crushing the box and one not – will the second tree inevitably fall on the damned cat?

          • And what if there are really two cats since there are two Karmapas, Ogyen Trinley Dorje and Trinley Thaye Dorje?

          • You must have been a joy for the Psyche 101 class prof.

            But hey, at least Schrodinger wasn’t a Smith or Brown, wouldn’t have the same panache.

          • It’s as if Sigmund Freud had been named Sigmund A. Hitler. The world of psychoanalysis would have never recovered.

          • …or existed. We could have only hoped…and HR departments would still be called “Personnel”, with employees simply focusing on doing their job. Horrors.

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