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2015 in review

Posted by picard578 on December 30, 2015

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 320,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 14 days for that many people to see it.

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Tribal Preferences Everywhere

Posted by picard578 on December 24, 2015

Patrice Ayme's Thoughts

Even In Science, Tribal Effects Dominate:

Human beings are tribal animals. A tribe is a small group of individuals, helping each other, cemented by deep emotions. Don’t say it’s over. A recent study demonstrates what some have guessed all along, namely that it flourished in science.

Max Planck — the Nobel Prize–winning physicist who launched quantum theory by discovering that energy radiation was quantized  — once made the cynical observation that science progressed “one funeral at a time”. Said he:

“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”

(When Hitler started to devastate Germany, Planck visited the madman, and told that imbecile that his institute and university had been destroyed by Hitler’s racial policies. Hitler later had Planck’s son killed.)

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We Are All Romans Now

Posted by picard578 on December 24, 2015

As I constantly point out (and am just as constantly ignored by happy go lucky audience “educated” on modern sci-fi, Hollywood and military PR bullshit), lessons of combat from 50, 500 or 5.000 years ago are just as relevant today as they were then. More things change, more they stay the same. But this goes way beyond the just military. West today faces the same dangers as those that brought down the Roman Imperium, primarily plutocracy – rule of the rich, as well as religious fundamentalism, including Islamic fundamentalism and neoliberalism*.

  • Faith means believing in something without proof, and all basic arguments for neoliberalism have been proven false. Yet many economists advocate more of the same as a way of fixing what neoliberalism screwed up, because they are either too fossilized / brainwashed into their way of thinking, or because they are financed / supported by, or otherwise connected to, precisely those plutocrats who profit the most from neoliberalism.

Patrice Ayme's Thoughts

China is still China. Rome is still Rome.

China is still China, sort of. Rome is still Rome, Rome more than ever, Rome, much expanded.

China still writes in Chinese, something very useful, when one wants to be read by 100 nations within “China”, each with its own language. However China is now endowed with a Republic (of sorts), and plenty of philosophy which blossomed in the Greco-Roman civilization. Not. In China. So much for Confucius, Lao Tsu, Mencius.  Today’s China thinks in Greco-Roman terms.

Today’s world is as if the Roman armies went to the ends of the world, and they did. When the French and British armies thought intelligent (it was not) to burn the Summer Palace, they were Roman armies, actually. The United Nations’ basic set-up is reminiscent of that of the Roman National Assembly (not really one, in the Athenian, or modern sense).

Yesterday’s philosophy rewrote…

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A fighter for Canada

Posted by picard578 on December 21, 2015

Introduction

Canada is a Western country that at the first look has most at common with Russia. It is huge, but vast majority of its population is concentrated in a narrow swath of land to the south, near the US-Canadian border. It borders United States to the south and west, while to the east is rest of the NATO and to the north is inhospitable Arctic, with its vast natural riches and strategic importance.

Defense of northern Canada depends mostly on three or four forward operating locations – fourth one is the only with permanently assigned squadron, and that one consists of transport aircraft. Only the far east and south of Canada have proper air bases. CF-18s are based in Bagotville to the extreme south-east and Cold Lake to the south-west. Extreme north is patrolled by long-range patrol squadrons using CP-140 Aurora aircraft; no fighter aircraft are present there on a continuous basis, despite primary mission of Canadian fighter jets being to patrol Canadian airspace. Main warning system is a chain of radar stations making up the North Warning System (DEW Line). Read the rest of this entry »

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F-15 vs F-16

Posted by picard578 on December 11, 2015

Introduction

F-15 and F-16 are two fighters that came out of programmes started after the Vietnam war demonstrated clear inadequacy of BVR-only designs then in service. When it became obvious that high agility is a necessary characteristic of modern fighter aircraft, F-15 project was revamped in order to give it better agility. LWF project was also started, and resulted in F-16 and F-18. F-16 was designed around John Boyd’s energy maneuverability theories, with low drag and high sustained turn rate. However, USAF did not want a dedicated dogfighter, especially since it could steal light from high-cost F-15; as a result, they turned F-16 into a multirole platform despite it being far less suited for the role than the F-15 (which was later acknowledged with the F-15E). This led to weight increases and loss of maneuverability. Currently, main variants in service are F-15C and F-16C, and these two will be compared by default, unless noted otherwise.

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Media Manipulations

Posted by picard578 on December 6, 2015

This is not just New York Times. I’m going to adress it in more detail in one of my scheduled-for-writing articles, but media censorship is alive and kicking, positively bouyant, in the “democratic” West. And once you know the structure of the media (which I’ll also explain), you’ll understand why.

Patrice Ayme's Thoughts

More than ten years ago, I pointed in comments that President Wilson was a racist, and that this had a dominant effect on policy, in the USA, and worldwide. To this day. The New York Times blocked all such comments. The New York Times thus gained more than years in the public revelation that president Wilson was an extreme racist, who implemented racist policies, from inside the USA, onto the world stage, on the grandest scale. Not just this, but racism was, arguably the most important effect of the Wilson presidency. When that policy was not anti-black, it was anti-French. It was also extremely crucial in supporting exterminationist racist oligarchy in Germany, which peaked with World War Two and exterminationist policies. The intimate conviction of exterminationist Germans, thanks to Wilson, was that the USA was on their side. And indeed it was, in many ways.

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Take action now to break the media silence on TTIP

Posted by picard578 on December 3, 2015

Six media corporations own all the major media in the West. Thus lack of coverage on TTIP by the mainstream media is not surprising. This alone is enough to negate any claims about “unbiased” media helping “democracy”, or indeed the claim that we really are living in a democracy. Democracy with no right to freedom of information is no democracy at all.

Stop TTIP Manchester

Last month 250 people, including MPs and trade union leaders, were arrested in Brussels while peacefully protesting against TTIP. But this was not covered by the UK mainstream media.

We can beat the media blackout. The UK’s most read print news source is our 1,100 local papers. Please write to your local editor to make sure people in your area hear about TTIP.

TTIP is being negotiated in secret – clearly, policy makers do not want people to know what they are planning to do to our environment, our public services, and our democracy. If we want to beat this undemocratic deal, we need to make sure that the public knows about TTIP and the impact it would have on our lives.

Local papers are read by more than 30 million people in the UK every day. Please take action to make sure people hear about TTIP.

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F-20 upgrade proposal

Posted by picard578 on December 1, 2015

Introduction

While I have originally done an F-5 upgrade due to its simplicity and consequental export potential for third world countries, it was brought to my attention that F-20 does have more potential. Read the rest of this entry »

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