AppleTv alerted me of their acquisition of the WW2 Atlantic convoy movie Greyhound and I had time so I watched it. It was pretty good, especially considering none of it was shot at sea, the computer graphics were that realistic.
Then it was on to a documentary on armored tanks, called just Tanks, a history from Britain’s “Mother” in WW1 to the new Russian T-14. I noted that many German and Russian tanks were built to protect (as much as possible) the crew of three or four. American tanks of the 40s through the 60s were not. Something I learned back in 68-69 as a second lieutenant of Armor, the tanks.
Most of the Internet is not in the cloud but on fiber optic cable spanning the bottom of the oceans—including the arctic circle.
Where Wretchard the Cat says Russia may be working on mini-subs to cut or otherwise interfere with the cable in a digital Pearl Harbor.
“Later this year, someone born after 9/11/2001 will be old enough to serve in Afghanistan.” —Stephan Green at Instapundit.
The Forever War.
It’s about time. Paris Archbishop, a French cardinal, calls the Muslim Allah a “god of death.” Compares him to Moloch, an ancient Middle Eastern god who demanded the sacrifices of infants to satisfy his lust for human blood.
Some think it’s just a matter of time before the French mount a new crusade to kick some Radical Muslim ass in retaliation for the mass murders they have suffered under the definitive Muslim war cry of Allahu Akbar.
The battleship Texas with San Jacinto monument on the right. And my guys.
When you hear some unthinking person wish everyone a “Happy Memorial Day,” what’s really being said is “Happy Dead Soldier Day.” T’ain’t kosher, is it Mrs Pursel?
Much as I dislike His Earness for other reasons, I have to say that his Hiroshima speech, transcribed here by the NYTimes, isn’t bad at all—assuming the transcription is accurate. He preached against war in general and nukes in particular. Who could argue with that?
“Some day,” he said, “the voices of the hibakusha [bomb survivors] will no longer be with us to bear witness. But the memory of the morning of Aug. 6, 1945, must never fade. That memory allows us to fight complacency. It fuels our moral imagination. It allows us to change.”
The usual crazies have portrayed the speech as pandering to Japan’s old warlords and glossing over their attack on Pearl Harbor. I don’t see it. Nor the Daily Wire’s “one of the most repulsive speeches in American history.” It’s hardly that.
The Wall Street Journal had it right (so to speak): “In solemn comments, Mr. Obama neither apologized for nor justified the U.S. atomic bombs dropped both here and in Nagasaki that killed more than 200,000 people, and instead focused on a nonnuclear future, seeking to avoid inflaming passions on either side of the Pacific.”
It’s ludicrous, even harmful, for a politician’s opponents to misrepresent his benign actions when there are malignant ones worthy of whacking.
ISIS has torn down some of your handiwork, oh ancient one, in a fit of Islamic fundamentalism.
“The Gate of Mashki was built during the era of the Assyrian King Sennacherib in 705-681 B.C. It was located east of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, which was taken over by Islamic State forces in June 2014.
“Photographs distributed by Islamic State on Sunday show militants using at least one bulldozer to knock down the ancient ruin, although it was unclear when the action took place. National Geographic said in April that it had obtained images revealing the destruction of the Mashki Gate and the nearby Adad Gate, built around 700 B.C., by Islamic State.”
Via Weasel Zippers.