America as naval superpower – are we putting our eggs in the wrong baskets?

I read an article in the National Interest with some skepticism. It’s titled ‘How to Make the U.S. Navy Great Again‘, and harks back to the attitudes of the Cold War, IMHO.  Here’s an excerpt. The United States has critical national interests in eighteen maritime zones identified by warfighting commanders. These maritime regions range in size from the small Gulf of Guinea to the vast northern Pacific and from the northern Arctic Sea to the Indian Ocean. Each zone requires a naval presence to uphold American interests. Some of these zones, like the Baltic Sea, require only a single American

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No. Just . . . NO!!!

Arachnophobics, don’t read this report any further. Hungry customers began calling Bull City Burger and Brewery in Durham, North Carolina, last month asking for its famous tarantula burgers. . . . The exclusive beef burger is topped with gruyere cheese, oven-roasted tarantula and spicy chili sauce. The tarantulas are “free-ranged” and certified edible, Cindrich explained. Everyone has a unique way of consuming the large burger. “One person took the tarantula off the burger, dipped it in ketchup and just popped it in there,” Cindrich said. The tarantula burger tastes like a crustacean, Cindrich described. It’s crablike — salty but bitter,

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Banning semi-auto firearms? There are alternatives.

One of the latest tactics of the anti-gunners seems to be to try to demonize all semi-automatic firearms, not just rifles like the AR-15 or AK-47.  The propaganda war to achieve a ban on such weapons is already under way.  For example, the anti-gun Washington Post claims: But the latest available polling shows that, in fact, more than half of Americans say they would support an across-the-board ban on all semiautomatic weapons. And academics who study gun violence say that such a ban would be an effective way to combat mass shootings and gun violence overall. Those in favor of

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Why not put a Tide Pod in it?

I’m more than a little disgusted by the latest alleged “teenage craze”. Viral videos posted on social media show teenagers snorting condoms as part of a so-called “condom snorting challenge.” In the videos, teens put an unwrapped condom up one of their nostrils and inhale until the condom comes out of their mouth. Like other viral challenges, the condom snorting challenge has been around for years but recently reemerged on social media. . . . While teens may think the condom snorting challenge goes without consequences, it can be dangerous … with the exception of doctor-prescribed nasal sprays, “anything else

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“Naval Air: A Disaster Of Epic Proportions”

That’s the title of an article at Strategy Page, analyzing in some depth the apparent failure of the US Navy’s new aircraft carrier catapult system.  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis. In February 2018 the U.S. Navy confirmed that it had major problems with the design and construction of its new EMALS (Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System) catapult installed in its latest aircraft carrier; the USS Ford (CVN 78) and the three other Ford class carriers under construction. . . . An EMALS catapult was supposed to have a breakdown every 4,100 launches but in heavy use EMALS actually failed every

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Apple progress – and a nifty computer gadget

As I mentioned some weeks ago, I’ve been considering buying an Apple computer system for use with Vellum, a desktop publishing program.  After a lot of to-ing and fro-ing (including the use of an old Apple computer donated for testing purposes by friend and fellow author Cedar Sanderson, for which I’m very grateful to her), I decided to go with a Mac Mini, the cheapest entry level system.  Following reader advice in that first post, I bought a lower-cost Apple-refurbished and -guaranteed computer.  I’ve been setting it up this week, and I’m enjoying the learning curve.  After so many years

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