In search of the lost ark…
AUKUS – trilateral security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States
(Defense News) On Monday, the U.S., Australia, and the United Kingdom unveiled new details about their partnership to produce for Australia its own nuclear-powered submarine by 2040, known as the SSN AUKUS. The U.S. is offering an interim capability of three to five Virginia-class submarines, either newly built or used, in the 2030s.
To meet the U.S. Navy’s undersea warfare needs under a 2021 force structure assessment, the submarine industrial base must sustain a minimum construction rate of two Virginia-class attack submarines and one Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine per year throughout this decade and into the next — without counting any additional submarines for Australia. So far, builders have not been able to keep up with that workload and are years behind schedule on some Virginia submarines.
More here at the Atlantic. A different spin on the same issue.
What sort of navy is needed to insure freedom of navigation and to secure trade? Is the US Navy up to the task anymore? It’s a question worth asking and the Australians are clearly concerned enough to embrace US and UK Nukes ported on the subcontinent. It’s a serious change of posture for Australia as they buy nuclear submarines from the US.
When I served in the US Navy, people would have been cashiered if they allowed our ships to look like that. The USSR’s ships all looked like that. Times have changed. The Admirals are more concerned with pronouns.
Identify the Aircraft
** More on Bank Failures – How will this backstop for depositors be paid for you might be asking? Jackson claims “We were told that we’re going to pay for that with a fund that banks already pay into – not taxpayer money”
Interesting, given no details about the size of this fund, were released. If bank failures continue, will depositor bail-ins be required to keep the fund solvent? There certainly are lots of unanswered questions that depositors should be asking Congress as well as their banking establishments in the near term. In addition, depositors need to clearly understand, the Treasury used the full bail-out strategy for depositors at the two large failed banks as a psy-op in the hopes to stave off further bank runs. Given that fact, our takeaway is there would likely be [insufficient] funds to make whole other depositors should a large number of other banks should fail. After all, we’re talking potentially Trillions of Dollars at stake. In that event, it would be foolhardy to believe the US Government can backstop all depositors’ funds….. without dipping into either tax coffers or bailing-in bank depositors.
** Where does the woke money come from? Think about this before you peel open the top of the breakfast cereal box.
** In the 1970s, Western politicians thought it a good idea to give the peasant economy of China run by a totalitarian communist government advanced technology, manufacturing ability, and trillions of dollars in investment capital. That was followed by awarding the nation-favored nation trade status, thus allowing it the ability to manipulate trade through the use of slave labor and currency manipulation. Of course, the plan worked well for the political class of the West and, their corporate handlers, all of whom were able to enrich themselves at the expense of American and European workers. After all, what could possibly go wrong?
** Climate Change is a religion, and possibly a cult, that has nothing to do with the climate.
My grandfather, 17 maple trees tall
Stubble-ridden, stained second-shift shirt
Nudges me towards a quick trip countertop
He growls something barely audible as I sneak a second bag of candy onto the counter
He is getting too old for my shit,
But cannot begrudge my newfound love of root beer barrels and red and white vaporwave
He tells me only 11-year-olds can have coffee
I am 10 years old
My grandfather, 13 maple trees tall
Teeth clacking on sugar-free hard candy
Pins my hand to the arm of his recliner with a deep chuckle
He grins at me and hugs me tight
He feels my strength in me years before I do
We never arm wrestle again
I am 14 years old
My grandfather laughs at me as I fall off the wooden swing as he exits the house, my page in the book forgotten
He limps toward the garage
I limp after him
I am 18 years old
My grandfather is fading.
He says ” Hi Larry!” with the same enthusiasm as all 27 years prior
He has 15 days left
For the first time