The BMC

In a recent discussion of the French disaster at Dien Bien Phu, I mentioned that the French air dropped Mama Dai’s girls at the sight of the disaster to improve morale.

The French went so far as to issue a parachutist’s badge to the ladies who parachuted into Dien Bien Phu. The ladies marched out with the surrendered French as part of the garrison.

During the French Indochina War, the Bordels Mobiles de Campagne consisted of both indigenous Vietnamese prostitutes and Nailiyat (women from the Ouled Naïl people group in Algeria) prostitutes.

Bernard Fall (Street with No Name) wrote of them. “In Indochina, the B.M.C.’s function admirably well, and it made for a pleasant change in the monotony of an army convoy all of a sudden to spot a 2½-ton truck loaded with the Oulad-Naïl in their gaily colored Algerian garb, shouting jokes at the soldiers.”

Bordels Mobiles de Campagne or Bordel Militaire de Campagne (both abbreviated to BMC) were mobile brothels used during World War I, World War II and the First Indochina War to supply prostitution services to French soldiers fighting in areas where brothels were generally unavailable. General Patton wanted the same program for American troops, but it was shot down as ‘encouraging impurity’ among our American boys.

Mobile brothels organized by the army in this century consisted of large trailer trucks in which up to ten women would work nearly around the clock. A medic checked each soldier before entering to insure that he was not infected with a social disease.

The Foreign Legion still used them extensively but closed the last BMC on French soil, in Guyana, in 1995. The BMC in Djibouti operated until 2003. They were considered to be essential to maintaining morale – along with a wine ration.

The Ukranians are said to operate several BMC’s currently to keep soldiers from deserting.

Jo/Ho are working to decriminalize prostitution in America. If that happens, should we expect to see mobile military brothels deploy with American troops? Will the navy’s large surface combatants have brothels embedded in berthing spaces? If the navy does that, they’re going to have to issue rum rations, or just open a large bar that can service the 5,000 thirsty sailors assigned to an aircraft carrier.

 

Proxima Centauri

A flare from Proxima Centauri that is fully 100 times more powerful than any flare ever detected from our own star erupted from the surface. more here. Full power to the shields, Scotty.

Proxima Cen is a unique target given that it hosts a planet in the habitable zone but also produces anomalously powerful flares for its old age. Can a planet truly be habitable in this environment? It is clear that necessary pieces are missing from our current understanding of M dwarf flares in order to answer that question.

Once again, this link makes its way into the blog.

 

The Planet Uranus observed in the Infrared

Credit: Keck Observatory

 

US Taxpayers Pay People NOT to Work

(Zero Hedge) It’s a socialist wet dream. Business Insider spoke with Blake Casper, the franchisee who owns the fast-food restaurant in Tampa, who said the idea to hand out free money is an attempt to secure workers. He said he would do “whatever it takes to hire workers.”

“At this point, if we can’t keep our drive-thrus moving, then I’ll pay $50 for an interview,” said Casper, who owns 60 McDonald’s restaurants across the Tampa-St. Petersburg Metropolitan Area. 

Casper said McDonald’s business is booming, but a labor shortage has made workers harder to find. His problems are merely a reflection of a much larger significant labor shortage developing across the country as trillions in Biden stimulus are now incentivizing potential workers not to seek employment but to sit back and chill and collect the next stimmy check for doing absolutely nothing in what is becoming the world’s greatest “under the radar” experiment in Universal Basic Income.

At the moment, there are over 100 million Americans who are out of the labor force (of whom just 6.85MM want a job currently, and a record 94 million don’t want a job).

 

How Old were You?

This is a modern map, showing trends in the 2020’s. I was married in the 1980’s and I expect that the numbers were younger then.

 

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18 COMMENTS

  1. Larry. My apologies my good friend. Sorry to be picky. The book on the First Indochina War by Fall was “Street Without Joy”. This was one of the must reads we had before going to Southeast Asia in the mid sixties, along with “The Centurions” by Larteguy, “The Quiet American” by Greene, and “On Guerrilla Warfare” by Mao. There were a number of others but their titles and authors now escape me. Fall also wrote a book on Dien Bien Phu entitled “Hell In A Very Small Place”.

    • You’re not out of line at all my friend. My error. I somehow slipped the lyrics of a song by America into the account. I don’t know that I can find an excuse that would be good enough. I have all of Fall’s books.

      mia culpa

  2. Since you’re asking. My first marriage was at age 30 and if you want to know how that went, have a lookit the boat video for a pretty fair approximation. #2 seems to have worked out much better.

  3. You mentioned Navy ships having bordellos on them. In a way…they already do. Since opening up the fleet to co-ed crews nature will take its course. When it first took place, enterprising sailors set up bordellos in fan rooms and other places.

    • Of course, you’re right. I’m talking about a shift from illegal bordellos to legal ones, which doesn’t mean that scab labor won’t cut the cost in the fan compartment or the machine spaces in lower decks.

  4. “It’s a socialist wet dream.”

    It’ll get worse as the Dem’s are loving the past year lead up to their perceived nirvana, and not a shot fired, all done electronically and through social media/tech. I say, keep going fools, print as much money as you want, gather the mind-numbed robots (h/t Rush) and segregate yourselves in cop-less urban areas. Rats in a cage…us out here in the hinterland know how that’ll turn out, in our favor.

  5. Just because the Foreign Legion does it doesn’t mean we should do it. I mean, bordellos, punishing marches, training that kills people regularly…

    Wait.

    Maybe we should be more Foreign Legion and less Diversity Legion…

  6. Bordellos. Given the VD rates around Hanau early 60’s, 5 Mark corner wasn’t the best solution. Never partook what with Frankfurt’s Kaiserwilhelmstrasse a twenty minute train ride away.

    • The BMC reduced rates of infection because the whores were clean. It kept the soldiers ready to fight. I’m not arguing for them, but there was that point.

  7. I was married in mid 1965 at 21 years old. Could have waited but she was pregnant (I had to make sure she was in working order). Seriously, I wanted to be married – until I was. She was my starter-wife, but a great gal. She just matured much faster than I did, thus the split.

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