And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Monday, October 31, 2022
Mountain lion captured in Los Angeles back yard after hours-long search
Next up for the LA invasion: wolves!
The Los Angeles Police Department responded to the area of Gretna Green Way and San Vicente Boulevard in the Brentwood neighborhood about 10 a.m. Thursday morning on a report of a mountain lion sighting.
The officials were able to shoot the mountain lion with tranquilizer darts at least three times, but it fled before they could capture it.
The cougar was located in a wooded area near the Brentwood Country Club golf course, and officials pursued the animal until it was cornered in the back yard of a home, where it was again tranquilized and taken into custody just after 4 p.m.
Fish and Wildlife officials said the mountain lion would be relocated to the Angeles National Forest.
Bet that cat had a splitting headache the next morning.
My dad's uncle Alfred out harvesting. Amazing to think that only a short time ago literal horse power was the normal way to bring the crop in.
Sunday, October 30, 2022
THAT is a fat bear!
Brown bear 747, (excellent name - 747 - the wide body!) tipping the scales at an estimated 1,400lbs (635kg), won 68,105 votes, beating Bear 901 with 56,876 votes.
The result marks an end to Fat Bear Week 2022, which saw people from around the world vote for the fattest bruin at Alaska's Katmai National Park.
The chow-down spotlights the park's famous brown bears as they feed in preparation for winter hibernation.
"Ultimately, 747 ripped apart the salmon - and the competition - to seize his 2nd crown as the 2022 Champion," the park tweeted after Tuesday's vote.
But Bear 747 nearly didn't make it to the final because of an unprecedented case of voter fraud in the semi-finals that was quickly corrected by officials.
Action at the Mesta Gear-Cutting Department, c. 1915 Mesta Machine Company, West Homestead, Pennsylvania
Saturday, October 29, 2022
Ukrainian drone boats attack ships of the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol. The part where the Hind desperately tries to machine gun one of them is amazing, as is the fact that the next day we have the video on the internet.
Sounds like a great read
CMBs were 40ft long, had a crew of three, carried two Lewis machine guns and a single torpedo. They had hydroplane hulls, hence their nickname "skimmers," but were made of plywood so were almost defenceless against enemy fire.
The fastest naval vessels afloat, they were ideal for slipping past the huge array of defences in the Gulf of Finland - except for the deafening noise they made when they reached their top speed of 45mph.
Protecting the sea approach to Petrograd was the forbidding island fortress of Kronstadt and its 15 forts - nine to the north, six to the south - with enough guns to halt any enemy fleet.
Furthermore, the forts were connected by a hidden breakwater that MI6 told Agar was only three feet under the surface and which, since CMBs drew 2ft 9in of water, meant that his two vessels would have only three inches to spare at normal speed.
Although the Gulf of Finland is 250 miles long, it is only 30 miles wide, and with gunboat patrols, floating and fixed mines, searchlights, submarines and seaplanes, it seemed impassable to any but the most intrepid sailor.
Cumming explained the mission to Agar in his office in Whitehall, and ordered him to choose only unmarried men with no immediate dependents for his seven-man team; Agar himself had been orphaned at the age of 12, and although he had a sweetheart they were not then engaged.
Cumming also warned Agar that in the event of capture he could expect no help, or even official recognition, from the British Government.