The spin-doctors are hard at work

I’m more than a little bemused by the frantic attempts to spin Donald Trump’s candidacy in any and every negative way possible.  There’s very obviously a concerted attack from the political establishment on both left and right, desperate to derail him before he becomes the official Republican nominee. Consider the latest screed in the Washington Post. For almost five years, ever since state legislatures and commissions finished drawing the new congressional districts for this decade, the Republican stranglehold on the House has been taken for granted because of the precise targeting that fortified GOP-held swing seats to seemingly withstand the

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A judge tells it like it is

A Manhattan Supreme Court judge gets it said. A Manhattan judge on Tuesday lashed into a Harlem man convicted of attempted murder — telling him that “black lives don’t matter to black people with guns” before tossing him in prison for 24 to 26 years. “Black lives matter,” Justice Edward McLaughlin told defendant Tareek Arnold, 24, as he sentenced him in Manhattan Supreme Court. “I have heard it, I know it, but the sad fact is in this courtroom, so often what happens is manifestations of the fact that black lives don’t matter to black people with guns.” Arnold, who

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Cute!

I have no idea whether or not this is true – certainly, in all the years I flew with KLM and passed through Schipol Airport in Amsterdam, I never saw one of these critters.  Nevertheless, it’s cute and funny. Nice to hear Dutch again, too.  I recall (with a grin) a police dog (a Belgian Malinois) that had been acquired at great expense by a sheriff’s department near me, some years ago.  It had been trained to respond only to commands in Dutch, to prevent bad guys giving it orders that it might obey.  The handler’s chagrin was epic when

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Doofus Of The Day #896

Today’s award goes to a British man who climbed on top of his compost bin to get to the roof of his garden shed.  Unfortunately . . . Yes, that’s his wife laughing her ass off!  I daresay he’ll take a while to live down that one . . . Peter

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Rethinking COIN air support

We’ve spoken recently of the reintroduction of the OV-10 Bronco in the Middle East on a trial basis, and the use of Embraer’s EMB-314 Super Tucano light strike aircraft by Afghanistan and other countries for counter-insurgency warfare.  Now it seems that Textron has its eyes on the same market (amongst others) for its Scorpion light jet (shown below), which we first met in these pages in 2013.  See the earlier article for a full description of its features. Textron is mounting a big push to sell the aircraft in the Third World, and is currently exhibiting it at the FIDAE

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The man who sold out his city

Regular readers will recall my long series of posts made during and after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.  I was involved in the relief effort at the time, and gathered together many of the experiences and ‘lessons learned’ by myself and others in an effort to make them available to those who might go through something similar in future.  Many people have called them ‘essential reading’ to prepare for any natural disaster – and perhaps a few man-made ones, too.  I think they’re certainly among my most useful articles. Now CNBC is preparing to show a documentary on New

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Aviation Oops!

C & T Auctions in England will be selling a photograph album from the First World War at its ‘Printed Paper, Ephem[e]ra and Photographs Auction’ tomorrow.  The pictures were apparently taken by an unidentified pilot of the Royal Naval Air Service at Cranwell airfield.  Amongst other things, they document a number of accidents to the trainee pilots there.  Here are a selection of them. At least those early aircraft flew slowly enough that one had a chance of surviving a crash, despite the lack of safety equipment! Peter

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Carver: a blast from my aviation past

Regular readers will recall Weekend Wings #40, in which I discussed South Africa’s Carver tactical fighter program.  I worked on one of the subsystems that would have been used in the aircraft.  In that article, I provided this photograph of a model of the Carver displayed by Atlas Aircraft Corporation at a South American arms exhibition.  This represents the original, single-engined, lightweight design iteration. As I noted in the article: By 1988 the Carver design was almost ready to proceed to the construction of a prototype. Many of the composite components that would have been used on production aircraft weren’t

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Bank ‘bail-ins’: you are sheep to be sheared

We’ve spoken of bank ‘bail-ins’ in these pages on several occasions, dating back to the Cyprus crisis.  Basically, it involves depositor funds being confiscated to refinance struggling banks and other financial institutions.  Here’s a selection of some of my past articles on the subject: Cyprus: “Suck & Fail” writ large . . . The Cyprus contagion spreads When someone else’s debt means losing YOUR money What debt is doing to the world – and all of us This may spell catastrophe for the international financial market Now Canada appears to be heading down that road as well.  Inquisitr reports: The

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