Random Thoughts On A Wednesday

There are some longer works I hope to get done and posted this week, will see how it goes. Meantime, just some random bits that have caught my attention that you may find interesting or amusing.

I noticed earlier that some people are finally noticing that Soros has bought heavily into American radio. Yes, it is quite concerning. I’m wondering if it might also be tied into the push to do away with AM being included on the radios in new cars. Yes, that is a thing, it’s a serious discussion, and it would be a disaster for AM stations. Which is where you find most conservative talk radio. Which is likely the real reason behind the effort to do away with AM in car radios. Me, once I get some new wheels, I not only want a radio that can get AM, but short wave as well even though our local talk/news station is FM. Be subversive in all things, and in all ways great and small.

Going back to the Tucker/Putin interview, I think I touched on the fact that Vladimir’s take on history was about as realistic as the “Improbable History” segments on “Rocky and Bullwinkle.” Where is Prof. Peabody when you need him??? BTW, at conventions, be sure to ask Sarah A. Hoyt to say “moose and squirrel.” Anywho, here’s a decent take on Prof. Vladimir’s Fractured Fairy Tales, er history. As noted, it’s just a start, but it’s a good start.

It’s going to be interesting to watch what happens in New York over the next few years. Already intent on driving out major contributors to it’s tax base in the name of woke politics (Remington Arms being but one example), you have the triumph of Soviet jurisprudence that is the work of Judge Engoron. New York abandoned the rule of law a while back, and these days loves to viciously prosecute those who dare defend themselves and others while rewarding those who harm others, so no surprise that the AG, Judge, and others put on the show trial of the century (so far at least) after announcing the verdict ahead of time. Now, they and the other politicians are shocked that after announcing that such would only be done to the evil (cough) Trump that big money (and small) is voting with their feet. L’Ombre de l’Olivier (allow me to add it to my recommended regular reads) has a good post on this, and I think the tide is going to rise a lot faster than New York realizes.

The same applies for Delaware, which decided to join the war against Elon. The number of companies switching their incorporation to other states may fast be approaching a flood. It’s much quieter than the head-shot body of New York real estate dropping to the floor with a splat, but it’s there and is somewhat amusing to watch. The bet isn’t if, but when Delaware and New York start screaming for a Federal bailout because of their actions.

While I’m thinking about it, a couple of quick thoughts about Elon, his companies, and the war on him. Make no mistake, it is a war and it is being waged by the Biden Regency. Rather, they are being allowed to head up that war on the U.S. side. Understand, X is only free speech in comparison to the competition. It still bans a lot of speech under the banner of being nice and encouraging nice-speak. I frankly don’t care if the boot on the throat is the black jackboot of fascism or the white boot of the pretend angel of niceness — it’s still a fucking boot on the throat. However, by allowing any speech not endorsed by our would-be masters (looking not just at DC but also towards Europe and that smug little bitch TM) earned Elon the ire if not outright hatred of said wanna-be masters.

Which is deliciously ironic given that Tesla is for all intents and purposes the EV producer in the U.S./world, and that without Space X we have almost zero access to orbit. Blue Origins talks a lot, but still hasn’t made orbit — which might make me take some of the talk seriously. Everyone else is still playing catch up. I agree with Elon: we need to become a spacefaring race, and fast. Earth is the cradle of humanity, and we need to leave the cradle ASAP as crib death is still a thing. Elon is the best option for that happening at this time. For all that I agree with Glenn Reynolds on this, I worry about the future and what happens if Elon is taken out of the equation.

I was working on a short bit of fiction, but Iran just may have ended it. Their recent missile test used a standard CONEX to launch a missile. My story also did the same. Well, it was an exploration of a first-strike scenario using six to ten container ships to launch a rather devastating first strike against the U.S. Almost all of our sensors are focused out of CONUS, but not so much on close-in. Just think about one large container ship and the dozens of CONEX just on the top layer. Forget ballistic, go with hypersonic cruise missiles, say from a container ship headed into the Port of Baltimore. If very lucky, you would have up to five minutes warning in DC. Most likely less than that. With the six to ten ships, it could be possible to take out about ninety percent of the first and second strike targets. Don’t worry, I still maintain that Vladimir will not nuke DC as he wants to hurt us, not help us.

Speaking of space, I’ve been considerably amused at the frantic activity in DC around the “leak” of the so-called major security concern/threat. Boy howdy did that blow up in some very embarrassed faces. I still need to do a post on the subject and the Outer Space Treaty, it’s one of those longer pieces that I hope to get done later this week.

Meantime, I am working to re-arrange and clean my room. This has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that the priest is coming to bless the house and the room I rent. I will say that organizing and major cleaning have not been on the table since the first shoulder replacement last June, and it shows. My OCD has been having conniption fits for a while now, and of course one bit of (re) organizing always leads into other things… BTW, the priest is young and never been around the military, so I think my telling him that he was not allowed to try to bounce a quarter on the bed went right over his head… I use fitted sheets anyway.

UPDATE: Just remembered what it was I was going to post. Sarah posted this about some good people in need. Sadly, Synova’s husband has passed, but help is still needed. I also just read that Steve Miller, Sharon Lee’s husband and co-author has passed. Prayers are urgently needed for all.

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5 thoughts on “Random Thoughts On A Wednesday”

  1. The Russians developed the Cruise Missile in a Box (Klub-K) decades ago, and any nation with both cruise missiles and shipping containers can try it. My target list for a cargo ship cruise missile attack would require about 20 ships with four missiles each, but would destroy our Command and Control system, our Ballistic Missile Warning and Defense, the majority of the Army, the Navy ships in port, and kill hundreds of thousands of Americans.

    1. Thanks for reminding me of Klub-K! I went with the larger container ships because of ease of conversion, large number of launchers (50+ per ship at need), and better security overall (fewer people involved). Also, China owns or controls several hundred of those larger ships… Wondering how much our targeting overlaps. 🙂 And, yep, lots of dead, way too many dead but our C&C network, most of the strategic response forces, etc. taken out. With the cruise missiles, you could even put a warhead into the tunnel at the Mountain, which would take it offline if not completely out — even the Stargate would feel that one. 🙂

  2. mentioning Baltimore makes me think of the egregious ‘the sum of all fears’ movie – its only saving grace was that they nuked Baltimore. Being from there I have a love-hate relationship with it.

    do you think Iran has the ability to build that many warheads though? or should we consider the possibility of others supplying them, either directly or via material assistance?

    1. Snort! on the love-hate with Baltimore. With help, Iran could, but I see the real player in this as China, though they are working with others in the scenario I created. I’m also concerned/suspecting that they may have a way to take the missile field out of the equation even without the nukes — nukes would just finish things there.

  3. You don’t need cruise missiles in containers, you just need to get a nuke in a container into the San Francisco Bay.

    Bonus points for the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Seattle and Monterey Bay.

    A nuke on the surface of the water in the SF bay does several things:
    1. Wipes out most of the “tech” leadership AND their main datacenters (yes, they have backups in other places…but not for the people).
    2. Kills somewhere north of 200,000 people directly.
    3. Puts a LOT of radioactive water into the air where it will fall out into the central valley through the western Sierra Nevadas. Which contaminates a LOT of really productive farmland.

    Similar effects happen in LA and Seattle. LA would be particularly devastating if you did this during an El Nino event.

    And yeah, I know that there are agencies monitoring for this sort of thing. Just like the TSA is monitoring for weapons. But you’d get a smaller scale result if popped them off shore.

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