A Statement

“The poor, the underclass need to be eliminated. They prey on our compassion: They absorb billions in welfare payments simply so that they can eat and be housed/warehoused; they use up still more billions in medical care, for inevitably, they are the sector of society that is the most disease-prone and in the worst health. It is that group with few or no skills that cause today’s visions for a brighter future to fail. The only redeeming skill that they have is in voting to keep certain groups in power where the political system is based on democracy. The downside there is that those leaders who manipulate those votes are the least able to manage and are inevitably the most blatantly corrupt. We have arrived at a place and time when their votes matter less because it only matters who counts the votes, and by what means.”

You can evaluate the statement and share your views with other blog readers if you are so inclined because it’s the sermonette – the very first one of 2022. The statement does not suggest the means for selection or elimination. There is no reference to plague, nor is there a reference to a social credit system such as the one that China has installed and other would-be tyrants only envy. (more here)

The “social credit system,” first announced in 2014, is “an important component part of the Socialist market economy system and the social governance system” and aims to reinforce the idea that “keeping trust is glorious and breaking trust is disgraceful,” according to a 2015 government document.

The rankings are decided by China’s economics planning team, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the People’s Bank of China, and the Chinese court system, according to the South China Morning Post.

The original Obamacare system recommended a “death panel” evaluation of people over the age of seventy who no longer contribute actively to society. Clearly, key party apparatchiks would be spared withholding medical care based on their age or need. The same might be true of a beloved public influencer who slips over the age-seventy boundary.

Do not be deceived, the elites of all nations have the same agenda. Eliminating private ownership of firearms (see Australia) and the means to resist in a meaningful way are precursors to implementation. What once was merely a conspiracy theory is in the open and being ‘sold’ to students attending elite universities. It’s the new Long March.

 

LCR

I was going to make it a mystery photo, but I don’t know how many if any would get it.

This is the photo of a Landing Craft Retriever. Not many were made, but they were and the photo is evidence.

 

In the UK it is necessary to purchase a TV license to watch the BBC, in the past detector vehicles have been used to check which homes were using an unlicensed television. I found the whole system – strange – when I lived there. Back then, there were cars that went around to detect which homes had televisions (licensed and unlicensed).

As I understand it, you must still buy a TV license from the government in the UK.

 

Mobile Pigeon Loft (Historical Reference)

Type B Bus “Pigeon Loft” used during World War I

From its start in the summer of 1914, the demands of the First World War provided the impetus for the development of the latest developments and technologies. It was at this time that the first warplanes, tanks, and submarines appeared. In the context of hostilities over large areas, the problem of coordination between individual units became increasingly important, as the means of communication at that time still remained relatively imperfect.

The telegraph already existed, but mobile devices were relatively heavy and unreliable, and their use was accompanied by constant technical problems. Faced with the question of communication, military commanders compromised and decided to use a tool often employed in earlier conflicts, namely birds, as a connection to the location of the previous deployment. The amazing ability of certain species of birds, pigeons, in particular, to return to their homes from a great distance would once again save the lives of many soldiers in the coming years of the Great War.

A special miniature container was attached to the bird’s foot, in which a note with a message could be placed. Given the fact that the speed of the pigeon could be up to 60 miles per hour (almost 100 km per hour), despite this rather archaic method, the message could be delivered to its destination quite quickly.

Another factor was the possible destruction of the bird – for example, by heavy fire from enemy positions. This problem was overcome by the widespread use of pigeons, sending messages of the same content at the same time, carried by a large number of birds.

As early as 1914, during an intense German offensive towards Paris near the River Marne, pigeons released from their “lofts” delivered an important message to the command headquarters about the critical situation in this area, which allowed troops to regroup and prevent calamitous developments for the Allies.

In the following years of the Great War, despite the fact that the field telegraph continued to improve, communication with the help of birds still played an important role. Thus, in October 1918, when the conflict was almost at its end, a unit of American troops surrounded by the Germans released several birds with a note calling for immediate help. One of the birds named Cher Ami brought this urgent message to the headquarters in half an hour, and the unit was soon freed from the enemy’s encirclement. For this act, the bird was given one of France’s highest awards – the Order of the Croix de Guerre, which by any measure is a remarkable achievement.

To transport a large number of birds together special mobile carriages were used, the so-called “pigeon lofts”. Initially, they were horse-drawn trailers, and later double-decker B-type buses were used as mobile bird shelters, which had now changed the scene from the streets of London to the front lines of contact with the enemy on the Western Front.

Some of the two-story vehicles were rebuilt in order to perform their new task; the passenger seats on both levels were removed, the windows on the first floor were shuttered with boards, and the fence on the second floor was replaced by windows, cut out and covered with nets through which birds could fly simultaneously at the required time.

 

From the ArchiveRange Day (for RIVERRIDER)

 

You might have said F4U Corsair

But you would be wrong. It’s an FG-1D of VMF-122 in flight near Peleliu. Vought’s design was subcontracted for production by other companies, among them Goodyear, whose Corsairs carried the designation FG.

 

Identify the Mystery Aircraft

This aircraft saw combat with both British and American aircrews during WW2.

 

Final Thought: People are blaming things on the pandemic that are in fact the fault of the government’s response to the pandemic. They are two different things.

30 COMMENTS

  1. A-17 by Northrop.
    After a relatively short and undistinguished career of duty in some active/frontline units before WWII this plane was then used as an experimental aircraft. It never saw frontline combat duty as it was retired to a role of a flying testbed only.
    Again, praise to Jane’s and the “Luftfahrzeugerkennungsblätter” (aircraft recognition papers).

    Thank you very much for the mystery — it is good to see you back in old form again.
    Get well soon!

    A

  2. “key party apparatchiks would be spared withholding medical care based on their age or need”

    There will always be individual exemptions. The larger social problem is doling out care based on the claimed historical suffering of the group to which a person belongs. New York’s fearless, stunning, and brave governor has already laid out this plan. (And that’s yet one more reason for the most powerful minority in the US to vehemently deny that they are white.)

    As to the opening Statement, I have no public comment. But I’ll toss out another claim for consideration: the “underclass”, while admittedly a resource sink and general drag on society, are NOT the ones who have done the greatest harm to our society. I would submit that ALL the ferals in, say Baltimore, have done less harm than the Frankfurt School. Or the top 100 hedge funders. When it comes to sucking the financial lifeblood out of a nation, it’s not the stupid, impulsive ones that are the biggest problem.

    • It’s interesting that NYC now systematically denies care based solely on race, and at the same time boldly declares that it isn’t racist. How will history view this insanity?

      As an aside, I’ve been exchanging email with my anesthesiologist, who is leaving CA for Sedona, AZ. He’s a young guy and I’m planning to take him rock climbing in my 4×4. He also wants guidance with firearm purchases.

  3. We, okay they; are busy importing a new and more reliable underclass of voters to ensure their continued control of the blue utopian metropolises. It is only the history of the free people of the Republic they truly wish to kill off. The housing, the pseudo education, the mediocre protocol based healthcare – these are all income streams for the elites which must be maintained.

  4. did some range time yesterday, very disappointed in myself and my optic. the adjustable diopter was not so much, and my eyes demand more. maybe i’d go to the range more if she was the rso.
    as to the opener, the problem with eliminating them is that many great people come from that group, so that do contribute. dr. ben carson comes to mind. there must be some way to train and motivate the masses so we get more like dr. carson and less useless dimwits. i think we need to go back to the original voter rules ie: only landowners can vote. this encourages people to work hard to earn and save and buy land. it gives them a stake in what goes on, and its their tax money that pays for everything. when they let everybody vote, they vote themselves other peoples’ money.

    • Ben Carson succeeded because he had the right stuff as did his mother. That capacity doesn’t appear to be widespread…

    • It seems that the supply of Ben Carsons is exactly one. The supply of Thomas Clarences, and of Thomas Sowells is also extremely limited. And that’s all I’ll say about that. For Reasons.

      Let’s look at another group instead, namely the Chinese. What is the supply of Chinese NFL linebackers? Or of NBA starters? (Sure, there was Yao Ming, but out of over a billion Chinese there’s YM and maybe that Jeremy Lin fella? Two out of 10exp9 is essentially zero.) I could be wrong, but from my perspective, I don’t care how much Midnight Basketball, intensive summer camps, and protein powder you provide for Chinese youth, you’re not going to get pro-level NBA and NFL players because the substrate is simply not up to the requirements. Group differences are real, and they are NOT purely because of culture or environment.

      We’ve been taught to believe that all humans have the same cognitive potential. Which is utter nonsense. What’s funny is that we have little problem with openly saying that east Asians are too little, weak, etc for the NBA and the NFL, for genetic reasons, but we are supposed simultaneously to believe that evolution and genetics end at the neck? This doesn’t mean there are not individual outliers, where you get some guy who is 3SD above the mean IQ for his group. The problem is that if your group mean IQ is 70, then +3SD is 115 (IQ is periodically re-normed to mean, SD =100, 15) which is actually not all that bright in cognitive-heavy professions in the modern West.

      • As I understand it IQ is partly environmentally based so some one who is not exposed to the same environment may not test as high even though they are just as smart! Also if the education system says that math is racist then those who aren’t even taught basic skills have little chance to excell in higher math! Often differences between groups is relative to the expectations of those who rear them; so a group of Japanese students who are raised with topical Japanese expectations will do better than a group of students from a slum who were allowed to run ferrel by parents more interested in their next drug hit than raising the kids no mater the skin color or geographic origin! The latter group may however exhibit more “street Smarts.”

        • Nature vs nurture, fair enough. Yes, both play a role in measured IQ (which is not necessarily the same thing as “native intelligence” — whatever that might be*). But sadly there is no getting around the fact that some folks are (on average) just plain dumb. The notion that all groups are “just as smart” is like the notion that Malays are just as tall as Dutchmen. Twin studies, adoption studies, etc. have overwhelmingly demonstrated this repeatedly. There is a lot of evidence that nature plays a larger role than we might like.

          As to “street smarts” my bottom line is that it’s likely a load of crap. It’s all part of the desperate attempt to come up with things like “emotional intelligence” to give some “points” to not-smart people. I’d submit that what most people call street smarts is highly situational, such as “how to not get stabbed in Philadelphia while out and about at 2am on a school night.” That is certainly useful if you live in Philly or similarly wrecked urban blight, but the real question is whether a person can rapidly adapt to fit in (or at least slide by) in ANY social situation. (This requires intelligence, empathy, and broad background knowledge of many cultures.) Now admittedly, many high-IQ persons can’t do this either (in fact, many are spectacularly bad at it), so that does point out certain limitations of IQ testing.

          *IQ: FWIW, I’m actually NOT a big fan of IQ (and yes, I was tested long ago and did very very well, so it’s not sour grapes, but I still am not a fan. Same goes for SAT, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, etc). That said, of all the (mostly squishy) metrics in the social sciences, IQ is the most reproducible, and is highly correlated with success. Not just success in terms of making money, but in terms of staying out of legal trouble, and so forth.

          Final words. Intelligence as measured by IQ (or however you like) does NOT equate to moral goodness, or to value. A stupid person can nonetheless be a very good and decent person, as well as an asset to society. His value before the law (or in the eyes of God, if you swing that way) is in no way diminished by his low cognitive ability. But the last decades have seen our society tearing itself apart trying to make real the absurd belief that we can achieve equal outcomes if we all agree to pretend really really hard that dumb people are not dumb.

  5. I see you are in “a mood” this morning. Good. Means you are on the mend.

    I can appreciate the opening statement, it concisely identifies the Dem’s/Left’s “march towards totalitarianism” drumbeat narrative, exposing their unconstitutional approach to governance. We see it as tyranny, they see it as their God-given authority…like the Pharisees, only with more arrogance and evil tossed into the mix. As RR suggests, not all from that political realm are narcissistic leeches who believe they can tell the rest of us how to live, some are decent folks who understand they work for us. Case in point (to the former group):

    Watched another A&E documentary on the bin Laden raid, had all the usual “leader” suspects from that administration giving their “aren’t I so wonderful and smart” views on the Op (gag reflex was kept in check). Thankfully they included Seal Team Six guys (veiled). That was May 2011. A year and change later these same “wonderful leaders” left our boys in Benghazi to die…by all accounts purposely, then lied about it.

    The pandemic hasn’t been one for over a year, and the further off from January 2020 we get, the more the ruse is exposed for what it was, a Psy-Op of grand proportions. But we aware folks knew that already. At some point there will be hell to pay.

    • I’m feeling much better, PaulM.

      Riddle me this: If Creepy Joe passes plague response to the states, shouldn’t all the federal persecution end??

      • In a heartbeat.

        Altho, doubtful those telling us how great a job they’ve done will relinquish the entire power grab, states will have to forcefully reinstate their constitutional authority; likely over the loud whining from those who “have no federal plan” yet are desperate to maintain micromanagement of everyone’s lives.

  6. A UK TV licence is still required to watch live broadcasts (any channel). But the detector vans are no longer used, as they detected old tube/valve sets with CRTs – the vans picked up the IF and thus knew which channel was being watched (not hard when the UK had only 2!). The pretense at detection of ‘tax avoiders’ continues, but it’s a bluff – there’s no way of telling from outside a property if a TV is on nowadays (except for hearing it). So many people are now not renewing their licences, ha ha!

  7. Yep, they ARE out to get rid of us ‘old farts’. We’re past our usefulness, other than as voting machines (if only for the ‘right’ party), and now, even that is overridden by the ‘ability’ to vary the count as desired. Sigh…

    Good year made a lot of interesting things during the war, just like other manufacturers… Cadillac built tanks, GM built M-1 carbines, Singer built 1911s, and the list goes on.

    Glad to see you’re improving and getting your ‘grump’ back on too! 🙂

    • I don’t want to live in a world that has no use for grumpy men (or women). I have learned and continue to learn far more from listening to “old codgers'” stories than I ever did in school.
      Plus, I aspire to be a grumpy man some day. My wife says I have the grumpy part down, but I’m still working on the old portion.

  8. I heard the BBC license detector cars were phony, a sad little psyop. On point, never met anyone who was rounded up into the BBC gulag on account of one.

    These days? Different story.

  9. Your opening ststement is quite throught-provoking. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, as a “civilization” that commits murder-in-the-womb, for profit, no less, could consider huge segments of the existing population as “undesirables”, and other segments as “commodities”.

    I think we’ve been here before, and it wasn’t pleasant.

    All “they” have done (again) is to change the names to something “cool” and “hip-sounding”, along with putting some flashy new lipstick on the pig.

    Interesting about the LCR. I never knew they had such things, and it looks like you could spend hours reading about them.

    You can think of the British TV Detector Cars as elint. When the targets are located with it, they call in the Taxman!

    In the US at one time, you were required to get a license for your own satellite dish. This was back in the C-Band days, when Intelsat had a monopoly on commercial satellite use, down to demanding the Earth Recieve ONLY stations meet certain minimum specs, and be licensed.

    The Avenger also had a unique designation depending on who built it. The TBM’s were built by GM, and the TBF’s were Grumman manufatured.

    The mystery aircraft absorbed enough time that I had to stop looking. You’d think it would be easy to find with those two scoops, but I pulled the plug.

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