Thursday, April 19, 2018

1953 Jaguar C-Type

Of course the hood's up - it's broken down again.

Seven grizzly bears on the plains near Choteau, Montana

Carry enough gun.

They're coming out of the Front Range of the Rockies to see what edible goodies they can find out on the flats.   In their view, you are an edible goodie.

Brad Hodgskiss shared a video with KRTV of seven grizzly bears that he saw just southwest of Choteau on Monday evening.
Mike Madel, an FWP bear management specialist, said last month, “We had reports, sightings and footprints in the last few days indicating maybe four or five or so bears out." He noted that the bears emerging from their dens happened a bit later this year than usual.
Madel told KRTV on Tuesday evening that the bears in the video appear to be two family groups, or female grizzly bear relationships, in the open-prairie grasslands.

Seen in Philadelphia

On the set of "The Great Escape," 1963

I wonder what this went in.

Mysterious Beauty

Let's be serious.  If you're shaving aggressively, as you should, you'll need this.

Let this bad boy do the damage!  Grandpa could handle one, can you?

Freckles, they are good

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wait, what? How?

This is how:


The pilot who landed the stricken Southwest flight had "nerves of steel."

Bad Ass, Squared.

Capt. Tammie Jo Shults

You’ve probably read about the near-disaster of Southwest Airlines flight 1380, which had to make an emergency landing after an engine exploded at 32,000 feet. It will be months before the NTSB releases a final report, but investigators are already saying one of the blades on a fan inside the engine had broken off. Some piece of shrapnel set loose by the broken blade struck a window leading it to shatter. That led to decompression of the cabin which sucked one woman, Jennifer Riordan, partly out of the plane. Passengers rushed to pull her back inside and then provided CPR but she was later pronounced dead.

Meanwhile, the plane’s captain, a former Navy fighter pilot, remained extremely calm, quickly dropping the plane to an altitude where passengers could breath without masks and asking for a new heading to the nearest airport.

This recording of her talking with the air traffic controllers during the crisis is simply fascinating, and speaks volumes about the superior quality of the people flying these big airliners and those controlling the airspace.

Shults joined the Navy in the mid-1980s and became one of the first women pilots of the F/A-18 Hornet. Shults resigned in 1993 just a few days before the Navy requested that women be allowed to fly in combat.
After landing the plane, Shults greeted every person getting off the plane. Some of them hugged her. 

Dad was right, she shouldn't have gotten a cent.

Why is it that these epic losers always look something like this?  Who says you can't judge a book by its cover?

Brodie Bond, from Morwel, in Australia, successfully fought for a huge slice of her father’s will, $220,000 to be exact, after he left her nothing when he died. But rather than using that money wisely, the 28-year-old blew much of it in less than a year.

When she finally received the money in June 2016, Ms Bond says she celebrated with a slab of Jack Daniel’s and vodka shots during a drug-fuelled night with a friend. She said: ‘Why not? It’s not everyday you get that much money.’

She then proceeded to foolishly waste the hard earned money on drugs, booze, clothes ( I guess on tee shirts, based on the above photo ), stupid hair cuts, and a car, which, like her life, she crashed.

Why is it not surprising she was estranged from her Dad, and he didn't want her to get any of his money.  The judge that overruled that wise decision was as much of a fool as she is.

The Predator's Stare



The Hurst Police Department is continuing the investigation into the residential house explosion that occurred at 433 Myrtle Drive at approximately 1:03 pm on Saturday, April 7th, 2018. Hurst Police and Fire personnel were initially dispatched to the residence on the homeowner’s report that a vehicle had just crashed into their house, and one of the residents was trapped in a bedroom.
Several officers from the Hurst Police Department arrived on scene at the same time, and as they were walking up to the residence to assist, the house suddenly exploded in a massive fireball which lifted the roof from the structure and blew out most of the back wall. At the time of the explosion, a husband and wife were still inside the house with their adult son. Officers ran to the back of the house and found the wife severely injured and buried in rubble. They pulled her outside to safety while getting her husband and son outside away from the house.
Meth lab?  Gas leak?  Mexican food?

Shave of the Day

Russia appears to have surrendered to SpaceX in the global launch market

As recently as 2013, Russia controlled about half of the global commercial launch industry with its fleet of rockets, including the Proton boosters. But technical problems with the Proton, as well as competition from SpaceX and other players, has substantially eroded the Russian share. This year, it may only have about 10 percent of the commercial satellite launch market, compared to as much as 50 percent for SpaceX.
In the past, Russian space officials have talked tough about competing with SpaceX in providing low-cost, reliable service to low-Earth and geostationary orbit. For example, the Russian rocket corporation, Energia, has fast-tracked development of a new medium-class launch vehicle that it is calling Soyuz-5 to challenge SpaceX.
On Tuesday, however, Russia's chief spaceflight official, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, made a remarkable comment about that country's competition with SpaceX.
"The share of launch vehicles is as small as 4 percent of the overall market of space services," Rogozin said in an interview with a Russian television station. "The 4 percent stake isn’t worth the effort to try to elbow Musk and China aside. Payloads manufacturing is where good money can be made."

Mystery Solved

Stormy's scary intimidator was...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

One tolerant cat

Not just this guy, but all the Starbucks employees nationwide who now must spend a day being told they are racist by their virtue signaling idiot of an owner

I'll have a venti red pill, no soy.

C-SPAN dropped a poll last night asking who people trust more, GEOTUS or COMEY. After 116,000 votes they canceled the poll. Wonder why?

Owls born outside of office window won't stop staring at workers inside


Looks like a beautiful day

“A Supermarine Walrus amphibious aircraft taxiing up to HMS Warspite after returning from a sweep in the Indian Ocean. A crew member is sitting on the top wing to the winch cable to the aircraft when it arrives alongside the battleship. An Illustrious-class aircraft carrier can be seen moored in the background. Alongside her is another vessel, possibly a hospital ship, and HMS Ludlow. A cruiser is moored aft of these vessels and a motor cutter is making its way from this group of ships towards the camera.”

Dangerous Skies.

B-17, 836th squadron.
Aircraft lost on 30-Nov-44 on mission to Merseburg Germany
Flak hit on aircraft shortly after bomb release.

I may need to ask for this for my birthday. Maybe Mrs. CW will read this.

A Lancaster getting ‘the once over’ before embarking on another raid on Germany - RAF - World War 2

Eagle Man - Yanktonai Nakota 1872

Mysterious Beauty

The Art of Speed

Amateur metal detectors find a single ancient coin in Northern Germany, and thereby set off an investigation that reveals spectacular finds linking all the way back to Danish Viking King Harold Gormsson, also known as Harold Bluetooth (r. 958-986).  The computer you're using likely has linking software named after this kingly dude.

Fresh from the blood soaked earth, and the first view of it for over a thousand years.

The single thin silver coin has led to this, a hoard of Viking silver, with more likely to come.

Braided necklaces, pearls, brooches, a Thor’s hammer, rings and up to 600 chipped coins were found, including more than 100 that date back to Bluetooth’s era, when he ruled over what is now Denmark, northern Germany, southern Sweden and parts of Norway.
“This trove is the biggest single discovery of Bluetooth coins in the southern Baltic Sea region and is therefore of great significance,” the lead archaeologist, Michael Schirren, told national news agency DPA.

The oldest coin is a Damascus dirham dating to 714 while the most recent is a penny dating to 983.
The find suggests that the treasure may have been buried in the late 980s – also the period when Bluetooth was known to have fled to Pomerania, where he died in 987.
“We have here the rare case of a discovery that appears to corroborate historical sources,” said the archaeologist Detlef Jantzen.

Probably the last "Winter Wonderland" image we'll see this year from Yosemite

Spring is a bit overdue.

Heavy, heavy haul

Monday, April 16, 2018

The League of Craggy Faced Gentlemen

The Art of Speed

When ships lay down for a nap

Weirdly Fascinating

Zeppelin LZ11 ‘Viktoria Luise’ in flight during the Kiel Regatta, Germany, 1912

I need to make one of these

Cabin Porn, Hebrides Edition

With a far smaller population and land area, Texas smokes the country of Russia in size of economy.

A good read

The criminals begin to receive their reward.

The wave this year won't be blue, it'll be a wave of long overdue justice for the criminals in our government.  Pick your color for that surge.  They're eating their own already, competing to throw each other under the proverbial bus.

Read it all in it's glory, but here's a tasty bit:
It’s important to remember some background details here. Remember the day after FBI Director Christopher Wray saw HPSCI Chairman DevinNunes Memo? McCabe was sent home, his badge and gun rescinded, and he was told he was on paid leave til vacation with no access to cases.
Andrew Mccabe came unglued when meeting with Christopher Wray who told him the news. However, Wray stood firm, allowed Office of Inspector General investigation to run its course; Christopher Wray and AG Jeff Sessions rightly determined summary dismissal was warranted.
Remember also that James Comey and Andrew McCabe are publicly savaging each other & BOTH have criminal offenses OUTSIDE of this report yet to be addressed that will be by the LARGER OIG report yet to come.
Note: McCabe’s lawyer Michael R Bromwich is all over twitter claiming he’s a victim, threatening defamation suits against Donald Trump who isn’t even involved; note the GoFundMe for Andrew McCabe references they need money for CRIMINAL representation – it’s clear they know his indictment is imminent.
Then there's this:

Hackers stole a casino's high-roller database through a thermometer in the lobby fish tank

Unbelievable, but the Internet of Things can be a curse as well as a blessing.

Hackers are increasingly targeting "internet of things" devices to access corporate systems, using things like CCTV cameras or air-conditioning units, according to the CEO of a cybersecurity firm. 
The internet of things refers to devices hooked up to the internet, and it has expanded to include everything from household appliances to widgets in power plants. 
Nicole Eagan, the CEO of Darktrace, told the WSJ CEO Council Conference in London on Thursday: "There's a lot of internet-of-things devices, everything from thermostats, refrigeration systems, HVAC systems, to people who bring in their Alexa devices into the offices. There's just a lot of IoT. It expands the attack surface, and most of this isn't covered by traditional defenses."
"The attackers used the connected thermometer to get a foothold in the network," she said. "They then found the high-roller database and then pulled that back across the network, out the thermostat, and up to the cloud."

Mysterious Beauty