|Stemme S12 Powered Glider|
|Rotax 914 F2/S1 Turbocharged Engine|
|Stemme S12 Powered Glider|
|Rotax 914 F2/S1 Turbocharged Engine|
|Bougainville Police Officer Victor Sihung, attached to an Australian Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, assists with the removal of World War II mortar rounds in the Torokina district during Operation RENDER SAFE 14. (From an earlier post)|
I’m attempting to deal with the central problem Star Trek solves by its most egregious handwavium: in a super cool high tech socialist paradise, what do people *do*? Some tiny percent explore strange new worlds, etc., but most, it is implied, become Trobriand Islanders, only with better toys and manners. They have no hope to better themselves or the world in any objective sense, so they raise yams, figuratively, and screw, trade ‘art’ to reinforce social standing and improve self-esteem , and scheme for enhanced social position.Trobriand Islanders live on the Trobriand Islands (duh) which are down in the South Pacific near New Guinea (!). The introduction to Wikipedia's article on these people has some interesting bits.
The people of the Trobriand Islands are mostly subsistence horticulturalists who live in traditional settlements. The social structure is based on matrilineal clans that control land and resources. People participate in the regional circuit of exchange of shells called kula, sailing to visit trade partners on seagoing canoes. In the late twentieth century, anti-colonial and cultural autonomy movements gained followers from the Trobriand societies. When inter-group warfare was forbidden by colonial rulers, the islanders developed a unique, aggressive form of cricket.Living in a High Tech Socialist Paradise reminds me of:
Although an understanding of reproduction and modern medicine is widespread in Trobriand society, their traditional beliefs have been remarkably resilient. For example, the real cause of pregnancy is believed to be a baloma, or ancestral spirit, that enters the body of a woman, and without whose existence a woman could not become pregnant; all babies are made or come into existence (ibubulisi) in Tuma. These tenets form the main stratum of what can be termed popular or universal belief. In the past, many held this traditional belief because the yam, a major food of the island, included chemicals (phytoestrogens and plant sterols) whose effects are contraceptive, so the practical link between sex and pregnancy was not very evident.
|Omeletry salad & vegie chili|
|2nd automobile registered in Orange county, 1909|
|Cutaway view of a flux compression generator.|
|The classic wheel-shaped space station concept of the 1950s. (NASA)|
|"Digital Rain" from The Matrix - ANIMAL LOGIC/WARNER BROS|
|The Emperor, James Carroll Beckwith (c. 1890)|
The first step in political understanding is to see that every society has a ruling class, and that the myth of popular government is an opiate of the masses. If you need help taking this step, I suggest you consult Main’s Popular Government (1886) or Burnham’s Machiavellians (1943). - JMSmithI like what JMSmith writes, I've quoted him a couple of times in this blog (though not all posts tagged with Orthosphere quote JMSmith). This post draws gut level picture of our current power structure, historical power structures and power structures in general. It's good to step back from the day to day bullshit and get a good overview of what's really going on.
|Artwork from Led Zepplin's Houses of the Holy album|
|The soldiers of the new Songshan monument are lined up and face the double summit of Songshan Mountain.|
If some things trump freedom of religion, then whatever the state wants to suppress will be cast as one of those things.Stolen entire from Monday Evening
If nothing trumps freedom of religion, then anything any depraved freak wants to do will be cast as a sacrament of his religion.
So it looks like we get either a depraved freak show, or repressive state-enforced orthodoxy.
But this is America; it turns out we can have both. - Marcel
|Grumman J2F “Duck" festooned with camera jockeys|
|Fairchild K-17 Camera|
"The cameras in Figure 1 are Fairchild K-17s—the most widely used American aerial cameras in the war. These cameras used enormous 9-inch square negatives on a roll of 200 to 300 feet. This film magazine gave 250 to 390 exposures." - Pearl Harbor Aviation MuseumCamera-wiki has a short article about it.
|Daring young men with their flying machine|
"Gibbons grew up in Seattle, and he was only thirteen when four Douglas World Cruisers took off from a nearby lake in the successful attempt to circumnavigate the globe by air." [last page of chapter 3].Douglas World Cruisers? Never heard of them before. Seems the Army was eager to make it big in the flying game so they contracted the Douglas Aircraft Company to build them four airplanes specifically to fly around the world. They made it all the way around, or at least some of them did, though it took them six months.
|Seattle II Reproduction Douglas World Cruiser|
|Flight Plan of the Douglas World Cruiser|
|Chiang Kai-Shek and his wife Soong Mei-ling|
|Original Marco Polo Bridge, built in 1190|
|Current Marco Polo Bridge, built in 1698|
|Otto Aviation Celera 500L|
|RED A03 V12 Turbo-diesel Engine|
|Damaged Oil Tanker Andrea Victory in the Gulf of Oman|
|1888 Bertha Benz with two sons on the Patent Motorwagen|
|Four Roses Bourbon|
|Lucid Air electric car|
I'm making motions to move to AZ for a bit to get my biters fixed (teeth) fixed in Mexico, today I talked to a guy, Randy, my age who built a big house in the mountains, got divorced and now has a wing of the house for rent, sound's good.He might be exaggerating about the number of tunnels under the border. The story just tells us they found 3 tunnels back in January. 3 tunnels a month times 12 months is 36 tunnels. At that rate, three years would put you over a 100, and this has been going for how long? There's probably thousand's of tunnels. I wouldn't be surprised that to hear that whole sections of the town collapsed due to the number of tunnels.
I've been looking at the news of the area. Lucid motors is building plants on both sides of the border for production of their 1000hp electric 235mph car, I'd never heard of such a company or car.
Apparently there is glut of late season grapes pouring over the border, trying to beat tariffs. Cool spring means rush of Mexican grapes before threatened tariffs. Almost all grapes imported from Mexico passed through Nogales ports last year, data show.
And 100's of tunnels under the border walls in Nogales.
|Lucid back seat - gratuitous space car porn|
(link goes to YouTube video)
|Renshobo on Horseback by Hakuin Ekaku|
|28 Leicester Square||19 Charing Cross Road|
|John Hunter's House|
|Floor Plan for Hunter's House|
|Alabama State Capital|
A kakistocracy is a system of government that is run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens. The word was coined as early as the seventeenth century. It also was used by English author Thomas Love Peacock in 1829, but gained significant use in the first decades of the twenty-first century to criticize populist governments emerging in different democracies around the world. - WikipediaWhat a fine word. Not to be confused with kleptocracy, which is a government of thieves who are stealing everything they can get their mitts on.
|A partisan airplane, the Polikarpov Po-2, during World War II. |
(Photo by: Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images)
|Women pilots of the “Night Witches” receiving orders for an up-coming raid. |
(Credit: Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images)
|USS Independence LCS-2|
|SeaRAM Close In Weapons System|
|Glacier water vending machine survived the inferno of the Camp Fire. |
Picture taken at the remnants of the Paradise Safeway.
|Boeing Stearman PT-17|
The Stearman (Boeing) Model 75 is a biplane formerly used as a military trainer aircraft, of which at least 10,626 were built in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s. Stearman Aircraft became a subsidiary of Boeing in 1934. Widely known as the Stearman, Boeing Stearman or Kaydet, it served as a primary trainer for the United States Army Air Forces, the United States Navy (as the NS and N2S), and with the Royal Canadian Air Force as the Kaydet throughout World War II. After the conflict was over, thousands of surplus aircraft were sold on the civilian market. In the immediate postwar years they became popular as crop dusters, sports planes, and for aerobatic and wing walking use in air shows. - WikipediaThe engine is a "Continental R-670-5 7-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 220 hp". Radial engines have an odd number of cylinders, it makes for evenly spaced power strokes. 9 cylinders is most common and is also easier to layout as 360 degrees is evenly divisible by 9. Seven cylinders is not as popular and one reason for that might be that nothing is evenly divisible by 7.
|Perseverance: Dagger board snapped in half due to the sheer force of Stage 1’s confused and violent seas.|
Hi, got an email about MISSION Act and several robocalls inviting me to attend a conference call announcing this improvement to my VA benefits.
The always-delusional Drumpf has taken steps to increase the privatization of the VA health system. This will cost the 140 million tax payers each about $1,300 a year each.
My experience at the existing VA has been a wonderful extravagance, now it gets better by pumping more-deficit money into these urgent care palaces we see sprouting on the street corners. I was wondering what they saw that I did not, now I know.
By the way, the number of vets having actually seen combat, at least as close as a safe FBO, is a hard figure to nail down. The military doesn't want people to know how fat it is. Some say 10%, my experience says, for those that actually hear high velocity whizzing by, is closer to 1%.
A interesting picture of disciplined future combat veterans graduating from West Point, getting a piece of the pie is increasingly equal opportunity. Go Girl!
|Black female cadets with the Class of 2019 pose at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. on May 7, 2019. Hallie H. Pound—U.S. Army/AP|
|Busy Commercial Kitchen|
|Refugee Camp in Myanmar - APP|