|20170528 14:15||Pappy||Likely. I suspect that existing stocks are being moved out to where they will be needed.|
|20170528 11:34||badanov||Also s'plains the increase in rail traffic nationwide.|
|20170528 11:17||Pappy||One from wretchard (not at his best):|
Israel is peering intently past its borders but its world has changed so much it doesn't know quite what it is looking for. The [Israeli] Air Force’s reconnaissance aircraft have been flying more intelligence missions in light of rising threats along Israel’s borders and the continuing wave of Palestinian violence in the West Bank. America is also beyond peering beyond its borders at indistinct shapes. In what future historians may regard as a below the fold epitaph for nonproliferation, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile for the first time in a test next week.
While it's heartening such a defense exists work, the "Site K", global space monitoring system and the ICBM test for all their technical impressiveness are an implicit admission that states like North Korea and Iran can no longer be stopped from developing a nuclear umbrella under which they can advance their terrorist or conventional armies. In so doing they will free not only themselves to wage war, but everyone else. Perhaps the Long Peace has long been sputtering to an end but the world is only now realizing it.
The new secretary of defense certainly sounds like he's in contact with the foe. One story is reporting that Mattis lobbied against new equipment in favor of 'fill[ing] the holes first'. The urgent need for re-ammunitioning is the result of the US expending 65,000 bombs since August, 2014. Even Russia is running short. The resupply requests of the world's militaries appear to tell a more somber story than the calm media narrative where Europeans fret over the style of Donald Trump; where former president Barack Obama recently told an audience "no challenge poses a greater threat to our future and future generations than a change in climate".
Perhaps the difference is motivation.
|20170528 10:12||trailing wife|
|20170528 00:33||Skidmark||Did you remember to tighten your nuts?|
|20170527 23:26||Fred||Bought a new charcoal grill today, spent the afternoon with my grandson putting it together. Naturally it came with a warning label.|
|20170527 18:37||Skidmark||Greg Allman died|
|20170527 17:32||badanov||Some Saturday evening Al Green:|
|20170527 09:49||Pappy||Morning from He'll With Saguros.|
|20170527 08:55||badanov||Some Saturday morning AC/DC:|
|20170526 17:18||swksvolFF||Thanks Skid. Stuff I was coming across (very early reports) sounded really really bad.|
|20170524 19:16||Skidmark||BBC has coverage of Jakarta bombing, Kansas.|
JakartaGlobe.id is offline.
|20170524 15:37||swksvolFF||Hearing stuff about Jakarta.|
Skid, we tell/remind out-of-area people that if they can, park with the hood into the wind, and try not to park past-perpendicular.
|20170524 12:14||Skidmark||Mine might have identified as spam.|
With regards to interstate migration:
What was a gravel parking lot of dusty pickups is now a carefully manicured holding area for BMWs and Land Rovers.
A note on my truck advised me of the implied social contract of parking between the lines so as to make room for everyone. The author, apparently newly arrived, didn't know the winds often bang doors into adjacent parkers and line splitting was a courtesy.
It was very windy that day.
|20170524 11:54||trailing wife||Sorry Skidmark -- in my enthusiasm to delete spam posts, I got yours posted some time after 9:30 as well. Please repost.|
The Independent offers predictable advice to the British public after a terror bombing attack on a concert for teenage girls in Manchester that left more than 20 killed and 3 score mutilated and crippled for life. The writers confidently assert that "there's only one way Britain should respond to attacks such as Manchester. That is by carrying on exactly as before." They themselves may do so if they wish but there may be a scarcity of followers. The latest in a line of phrases like "we can't let hatred change us; this is not who we are etc" sound like the pleadings of a cult leader to the faithful after the Mothership failed to arrive. In fact the Independent itself reported panic as hundreds ran from real or imagined peril inside a Manchester shopping mall.
Government is losing its credibility as an effective protector. Even the virtual world which once promised to be the frontier of freedom has become a hacker-haunted place. Under these circumstances "carrying on exactly as before" is likely to have a meaning opposite to Independent's intention. For most people it will mean continuing to batten down the hatches and rebuilding the trust networks so foolishly discarded when they put their trust in the State. If government fails to protect people they are likely to fall back on tribalism and wire instead. The vision of future may prove to be not the borderless EU after all -- but Israel.
Tribes and clans are still used when information security and omerta are paramount. No technical solution yet devised can beat treachery. Only loyalty can do that -- and we have made loyalty, to nation at least, a bad word. If we are to prevent a new medievalism, finding the right balance between an open society and maintaining loyalty and allegiance is necessary. It is a difficult task under any circumstances. But rarely has anyone failed more dismally at it than the leaders of our multi-culti world. By stigmatizing calls for reasonable loyalty as bigotry, they have climbed out on a limb and sawed themselves off; by their dogmatic insistence on mindless inclusion they've foreclosed all attempts to bring things back to even keel. They have reduced themselves to the level of hapless bystanders, unable to either prevent or explain an onslaught they themselves -- were they honest enough to admit it -- should have foreseen.