View from Chaos Manor, Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Apologies for being invisible. I wasn’t inactive, but I have been under the weather, getting physical therapy, and working on two books – that is I plot and others write because I don’t type fast. Alas. Autocorrect helps a lot because the most common error is hitting more than one key at once.
More I hope tomorrow.
This will serve as an intro ;
Re: Terror Inc.: How the Islamic State became a branding behemoth
This morning there is a somewhat lengthy article on Yahoo News about the very VERY tech-savvy and local cultural-savvy marketing efforts of ISIS. To be blunt, these people have their shit together. The combination of breadth and depth is impressive. Obama branding them as junior varsity is beyond merely ignorant. These people are dangerous.
Terror Inc.: How the Islamic State became a branding behemoth
It is a very good introduction to the reality of dealing with the Caliphate.
And their weakness is that unlike al Qaeda ISIS cannot fade into invisibility: you are not Caliph if you do not have territory in which to impose Islamic law, including slavery, beheadings, and cutting off hands. If you do not impose these things you are not, according to the Caliphate Muslims, a Muslim, and can and indeed must be corrected or deposed. So it goes.
Which means, just now, that a division of US regulars and all the warthogs, with some Marine air, and USAF anti-missile air superiority planes, could in a year destroy the Caliphate. We give North Iraq to the Kurds. Central Iraq to whomever we select among the factions. Syria – not clear, but possibly to the dictatorship, with what conditions we choose to impose. It doesn’t matter because it’s fantasy: Obama will do no such thing. But we could do it if we had a President.
Is the word “not” missing?
“If you do ^ impose these things you are not, according to the Caliphate Muslims, a Muslim, and can and indeed must be corrected or deposed.”
It was and I fixed it. Thank you
F-35 limit cannot replace the A-10,
We have been told the F-35 will replace the A-10. Well, I found this in an article in AvWeek on GE’s plans for its adaptive cycle engine technology:
It is behind a paywall, so I’ll extract the relevant paragraph:
The AETP-based engine design “is more aggressive than today’s standard F-35 requirements but not to the level of [powering] directed energy weapons,” comments McCormick. Instead, the potential benefits of the third stream would be aimed at opening up the low-altitude/high-speed corner of the F-35’s flight envelope to enable extended operation at Mach 0.8/0.9 and 500 ft. “Today, the F-35 has flight restrictions at lower altitudes because of thermal management. You just can’t get heat off the airplane,” he adds. “The program we have laid out says you could be in the F-35 before mid-2020s. It depends on funding profiles and how big AETP is, but it’s early in the 2022-24.”
So, they need new technology “to enable extended operation at Mach 0.8/0.9 and 500 ft,” exactly the A-10’s workspace today. And the Air Force plans to retire the A-10.
The Air Force brass want the F-35 so badly they are willing to trash the mission of supporting the Army to get their toy. What a surprise.
(#3 afflicts the US military as well).
Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Retired.;
Former Governor of Wasit Province, Iraq;
Righter of Wrongs; Wrong most of the time;
Distinguished Expert, TV remote control;
Chef de Hot Dog Excellance; Avoider of Yard Work
More to think about.
Regarding The Ongoing Geopolitical Upheaval
For one, I must say I love how accessible you are to the world. I’ve not read a great deal of your works, but my father has read every book of yours he’s found; along with most other Mil-Sci Fiction from ‘your orbit’. With that said, I will say I very much respect your intellect and the contributions to thought (in my opinion) you have made over the years, and clearly continue to do today.
I was reading your thoughts on the Western Imperial Adventure in Ukraine, and Putin’s fairly justifiable positions. It’s refreshing to hear SOMEONE, from your era, not propagating the ever deafening falsehood of the infallible Atlanticist world view. Your recent comment, “…social decay under crony capitalism/liberal progressivism” really struck a chord in my mind. That decay and the ongoing ambitions by Western Oligarchy Inc. et. al. to dominate Eurasia has become my most fervent subjects of my intellectual life, i.e., what I read, and ponder while not working.
If I speak too much, just tell me. I’m guessing your email wouldn’t be available if you weren’t interested in discussion. So, I’ll tell you a little regarding myself, just for perspective, even if not relevant to the subject matter.
I’m a 29 Industrial Electrical/Instrumentation Technician and I’m also a Louisiana native (Baton Rouge area). I’m of American/German/Japanese origin on a genetic level. Both grandmothers remember hearing the bombs falling during the war (Germany and Japan). My entire life I’ve been a prodigious reader; my interests and areas of research/study are highly eclectic: Chemistry, Human Origins, Economics/High Finance/Central Banking, Ponerology, Covert Sociopolitical Organizations/Secret Societies/Jacobism, Military Technology, and that eternal past time of Man, WAR. I’m an avid practitioner of the 2nd amendment. I’ve always delved deeply into new subjects that interest me with an Autistic degree of focus, or even obsession at times. The word Polymath intrigued me when I first learned it, and in a child-like way I’ve pursued such as an ideal ever since. Eternal love and pursuit of the truth, even if fatalistic, appeals greatly to my soul. And so I’ll cease telling you about myself, as I am aware you are a busy man.
I’m curious whether you take a conspiratorial view of the ongoing geopolitical chessgame being played by Earth’s (alleged) preponderant powers. It seems that something much greater is going on below the surface than just the Geopolitical/strategic/economic machinations that logically drive current events. Studying ancient historical mythologies and cosmologies has lead me to believe that there certainly exists some type of 5th column nudging our progress to various desired outcomes. Something of a supernatural/supertechnological nature clearly. It seems to me that something has been operating from behind/within the veils of our physical universe for some time and continues still. I am of the position that these forces are not from a monolithic power structure, and perhaps are in direct conflict with one another in a sort of Good vs. Evil dichotomy. Perhaps I’ve read too much into various Gnostic interpretations of history, and their so called ‘Archons’ (or Nephilim/Annunaki), I can’t say.
But, If you’d prefer not to take a position on what to many is a ‘conspiracy theory’ type subject, direct me to a book of your or even another that you feel would lead me to greater understanding of this matter.
I’ve come to you with this because I know you are a man with great knowledge, and are beyond ‘well read’. Obviously, these kinds of things aren’t generally as easy to apply the Scientific Method to as there is little evidence that can be weighed beyond the simple empirical data contained in historical texts/books/petroglyphs/archaeological sites/current events. Nonetheless, something doesn’t add up to me. The saying, “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence,” comes to mind. I want to temper my enthusiasm for any outcome, and maintain an open mind.
Thank you for your time sir, and look forward to hearing back from you in time.
Thank you. It is good to hear that people are listening.
I am accessible so long as the subscriptions come in. Hate to put it that way, but it’s work to maintain this place.
As to conspiracy, the rejection of Western values without any self consistent and workable replacement is very open; never ascribe to malice..
We have sown the wind and shall reap the whirlwind. Hang On.
‘The most fundamental reason America’s huge military can’t win wars is that it doesn’t need to.’
I do not entirely agree, but much of is true. A strike force of 3 divisions with air support can defeat any power or combination of them, but we never follow it up. We won Viet Nam, but allowed the North to invade; won that; and then did not oppose the second invasion. Saigon accordingly fell. We are unreliable allies.
And we gave Iraq to Bremer, who dismantled it. Anyone could see what would happen then, as all know what will happen to Afghanistan. We sow the wind.
We must defeat the Caliphate, grind it out of existence; and we can do it with what we have. We don’t need any allies. If they want to help they can, but it’s our war. And we must win it before they are a real threat.
Global Warming Propaganda
The propagandists are hard at work again:
Words are everything, even in the global warming debate. TV personality Bill Nye the “Science Guy” told MSNBC’s Joy Reidto use the phrase climate change, not global warming, when it’s so cold out.
“Let’s not confuse or interchange climate change with global warming,”
Nye told Reid on Monday. “Global warming – The world is getting warmer. There is more carbon [dioxide] holding in more heat.”
“So when the climate changes, some places get colder,” Nye added. “And the thing that’s really consistent with climate change models is this variance where it’s cold, it’s warm, it’s cold, it’s warm… So what I would hope for, my dream, Joy, is that you all, you and the news business would just say the word climate change.”
This is nothing new; the shift from “global warming” to “climate change” existed in the buzz for some time and this hack — Billy Nye
— isn’t the first one to push for a change in the narrative. Over successive generations, any climate change will be asserted as cause for alarm and we continue to move steadily back to the Corn Laws of the 1400s.
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Joshua Jordan, KSC
But it is 0.03 degrees warmer out there!
Freedom is not free. Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.