Saturday, April 4, 2020


Snow Load (up to four feet predicted for Mt. Lassen from these weekend storms!)


She seethes with a cold rage, and will make you pay for what you did!

Cannon on the HMS Victory

The Salvation Army HQ at 101 Queen Victoria Street collapses during a night the 1941. Blitz on London

Cool Gadget

F-86 Sabre Jet

Images from the family album: Alfred Out Harvesting

Interesting three horse team set up.

This one would be good to print large and frame.

Full parental marks on this one. Got a tub full of kids at home on quarantine? Well, then sing the quarantine version of Les Mis!

An interesting article on the likelihood of a hot war with the Communist Chinese.

The brute fact constraining the PRC’s ambitions in that direction is that mass movement of troops by sea is risky and difficult. I recently did the math on Chinese sealift craft and despite an expensive buildup since the 1980s they don’t have the capacity to move even a single division-sized formation over ocean. Ain’t nobody going to take Taiwan with one division, they’ve has too much time to prepare and fortify over the last 60 years.
The PRC leadership is evil and ruthless, but it’s also cautious and historically literate and can read maps. Accordingly, the People’s Liberation Army is designed not to take territory but to hold the territory the PRC already has. Its mission is not conquest but the suppression of regional warlordism inside China itself. The capability for the PLA to wage serious expeditionary warfare doesn’t exist, and can’t be built in the near-term future.

The first prototype Handley Page Victor at Farnborough, 1953

The periscope of HMS Talent pokes above the waters of Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland.


A solid American, who knows his rights, his Constitution, and his job

Maine's Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols has a strong message for the Governor of Maine, Janet Mills, who issued "stay-at-home" orders with threats of police punishment if not followed. Sheriff Nichols issued a statement on the Franklin County Facebook page saying in no uncertain terms he will not follow the unconstitutional order.

"We will not be setting up a Police State. PERIOD," he wrote. "The Sheriff’s Office will not purposefully go out and stop vehicles because they are on the road or stop and ask why people are out and about. To do so puts our officers at risk. This is not Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia where you are asked for your papers!"

You said it, sheriff!

Nichols made it clear that he only intends to arrest for matters of law-breaking, and nothing else. Executive orders aren't laws. He finished his announcement with words of encouragement for his constituents: "Most of you are doing a fantastic job – we appreciate that! Please look out for one another, especially the elderly and shut-ins. Please be a good neighbor/citizen always showing compassion. Please be kind especially on social media, negativity online only adds to the stress people are currently experiencing."


Those were the days

The ideal daily commuter

The bane of any virus

Friday, April 3, 2020

Well, wow!

Just when you think this can't get any better. See the whole video and you'll be glad you did that. from r/nextfuckinglevel

Reasonably good camo


Relax, it's just swamp gas

Peter Navarro, one of Trump's wolverines, rips the CEO of 3M.

Just hanging out from r/interestingasfuck

Oops! But then again, that's why we do testing.

Cute it is. I wonder if any are still airworthy?

The Saab 210 Draken ("the dragon”) is a scaled-down testbed for the double-delta concept in the development of the J 35 fighter. Although never officially named anything but Draken by Saab, it soon became known by its unofficial nickname Lilldraken (”the Little Dragon”) after the first flight of the prototype of the Saab 35. Its first flight was on 21 January 1952.


Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra attend the opening night performance of Eddie Fisher at the Cocoanut Grove, Hollywood, California. (1961)

Friday Open Road