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Linkskrieg! From “Front Hole” to “Shotgun”

Russian arms manufacturers must be really ticked off at how inaccurate the Iranian missiles were. Not to mention how their ground to air missile system was used to shoot down a civilian airliner. Not great advertisements for future sales. Buy American!…  A Large Regular: Flotsam and Jetsam

Despite multiple interventions, Africa remains the most corrupt continent by far. Some 200 coups or attempted coups have taken place, 25 heads of state have been assassinated, and roughly fifty wars have been fought.
Get the Hell Out of Afghanistan Now Julius Caesar understood how to pacify a country. So did Curtis LeMay. You go in and wipe out your enemies. You kill them in massive quantities until they beg you to surrender. And you destroy their territory, leaving it a wasteland. We did that in World War II, not coincidentally the last war we unequivocally won.
Another Expensive Solar Scheme Bites the Dust Crescent Dunes was obsoleted by technological advances in the form of photovoltaic based solar plants.  That is nonsense and misses the whole point of the Crescent Dunes project.  It also misses the reality that all utility-scale solar is a failure — not marginal, not growing into being practical, but a total and complete failure.

“The nation’s biggest grocery chain is charging headfirst into online retail. Since 2016, Walmart’s online sales are up 78%. And get this, Walmart’s online sales are now growing twice as fast as Amazon’s. “Walmart is already the world’s third-largest online store. And since last March, Walmart stock beat Amazon’s return by 30%.” Amazon has to pay shipping from the warehouse to the customer, which is getting expensive as demand for shipping rises. Walmart has you pick it up from the store. You buy it online, pick it up, and go home. Other brick and mortar retailers are following suit. What was once a disadvantage — having physical stores — is now an asset. Well played.

Soleimani Killing: An Initial Assessment [pdf]

Hungary’s Viktor Orban Strikes Gender Studies as an Academic Discipline In an effort to restore curricular and administrative sanity to university education, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his Fidesz Party have passed legislation to abolish Gender Studies as an area of official study. Hungary’s Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen has stated that such programs ha[ve] no business in universities as they representœan ideology, not a science with a market profile œclose to zero Similarly, Orban’s Chief of staff Gergely Gulyas said,”The Hungarian government is of the clear view that people are born either men or women. They lead their lives the way they think best [and] the Hungarian state does not wish to spend public funds on education in this area.”

White women who are masochists without a shred of dignity can sign up to listen all evening to how complicit they are with white supremacy because of the color of their skin. They can’t even talk! They are there simply to “bear witness to the pain of black and brown women,” pain which…wait for it… white women have caused. What a crock!

Steele Dossier Traffickers Have Lost All Credibility There were certainly lots of firewalls. Anonymous Russians gave their scurrilous stories to Christopher Steele who exaggerated and collated them for Fusion GPS, which was hired by Perkins-Coie, which in turn had been assigned the task by the Democratic National Committee, which in turn was ultimately working on the direction of and in cahoots with Hillary Clinton. One unspoken reason that Hillary Clinton remains persona non grata among liberal circles is the suspicion that the entire truth about her role in “collusion” with foreign actors will eventually emerge and her presence will become at last toxic.

Lefty Lingo The wokescenti’s biggest terminological success is surely “people of color,” whose nearly universal installation in public discourse shouldn’t reprieve the term from scrutiny. (After all, what does that make everyone else, “people of whiteness”?) While this curiously archaic construction is commendably inclusive, erstwhile “minorities” also encompassed a range of skin tones. And there’s no avoiding the absurdity that “colored people,” which the fresher phrase strains to avoid, is a dated 1950s expression that came to be construed as disrespectful.

Eliminating Qasem Soleimani was Donald Trump’s Middle East farewell letter The point, which was not lost on the Germans, was that the Romans could go anywhere they wanted, whenever they wanted, and there was nothing the Germans could do about it.
the Iranian mullahs when he introduced Qasem Soleimani to the payload of a couple of MQ-9 Reaper drones. The Americans, they now know, can go anywhere, anytime, and can pick off anyone they like with pinpoint precision. At 1:00 a.m. Baghdad time on January 3, Soleimani is sharing a latte with his pal Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, presumably dreaming about the American diplomats they are going to kill. 1:01 a.m., poof! No more bad guys.

Soleimani’s last words: “I call shotgun.”

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  • Mike Anderson January 11, 2020, 7:55 AM

    Please. We are Persons of Pallor to our friends. To all others, we are the Pale Penis People. It’s OK to be Whitey.

  • John Venlet January 11, 2020, 8:12 AM

    In regards to Eric Early’s oh so earnest political ad and pokes at Adam Schiff, I’ll say the same thing I wrote concerning Jessica Taylor on October 23rd in these pages, with minor edits, due to the fact that Early is a guy, and does not possess Taylor’s photogenic femininity.

    Here’s the thing. While Early is hitting all the right melodic notes in that ad, which sing sweetly in conservative folks’ ears,…I’ll bet serious money that he already has a little list of new bills/laws he would like to see instituted. Until such time as political candidates get up on their soapboxes and state unequivocally that they desire to be elected so that they can begin the dismantling the bureaucratic state under which Americans suffer, rather than institute new rules, regs, laws, etc., all are simply blowing smoke. Trump is the only individual in political office who has made that promise. He’s delivering a little here and there, but his efforts are continually attempted to be thwarted by Demorats, and Republirats, in both the House and the Senate. Politicians are not Americans’ friends.

  • OneGuy January 11, 2020, 9:07 AM

    There is a fatal flaw with commercial scale solar generation. They generate commercial amounts of power for 5-6 hours a day more or less. And they generate this power during a lull in the peak load of the distribution system. The Crescent Dunes was an attempt to “fix” this problem with add-ons and theoretical plans not proven or workable solutions. More akin to a hope and a prayer than settled science. As such it was doomed to fail. But let me clarify that. The project was doomed to fail but not for the backers of the deal. They took advantage of the stupidity of politicians, the raving about global warming and the general inattention of most Americans. Money changed hands, the project failed, taxpayers are out billions (not even clear how much because some of it just isn’t talked about). Someone made big bucks. Not the taxpayer.

  • ghostsniper January 11, 2020, 11:26 AM

    Regarding solar, when the wire becomes the storage, success might occur.
    Think of a pipe filled with water with a cap on each end, how much water can it hold?
    Now, change pipe to a wire. ta-da!

    The big downside to residential solar, even though the cost has dropped drastically, is that it is still far more expensive than the regular stuff. Plus, solar requires a little bit of responsibility on the owners part. Residential solar is a rocket grenade to the authorities ass pocket and power curve so they do all they can to prevent it from happening.

  • Traveling Man&&&& January 11, 2020, 12:35 PM

    GS is right about residential solar. It’s very maintenance intensive because of the battery storage systems. Those have to be constantly maintained/ checked. They aren’t your typical 12 battery and are expensive to replace

    They say that solar will pay for itself, but by the time that happens, it’s time to replace the panels. Those are expensive to replace.

    We checked on solar for our cabin, 1 bdm, 1 bath with typical appliances. They wanted $ 30K.

  • James ONeil January 11, 2020, 2:38 PM

    My daughter’s house, here in Alaska, is off grid and 100& solar, except for the diesel generator with run pretty much all of the winter and much of the summer, of course.

  • Casey Klahn January 11, 2020, 3:03 PM

    I read every link, almost, and will comment more later.

    John, I couldn’t agree with you more. Dismantle. Upturn the tables. Close the alphabet agencies and throw as many in jail as possible.

    We had an ex NFL guy run for senate out here (name escapes me as he did lose) and he said: “I am not going to congress to make friends. I am going to pick a fight.”

    Trump can be as acerbic and rude as he can be and it won’t be enough for me. but, it’s a start.

  • azlibertarian January 11, 2020, 3:25 PM

    I’m sure everyone involved, from the boxers to the owner, are wondering how that dog got on top of those cabinets. Of course, the owner is also wondering how to keep him from getting up there again.

    We don’t use them anymore so I don’t look for them, but in my bachelor days, I used to drop those blue sanitizer tablets into the toilet tank. Used to keep them under the kitchen sink with all the other cleaning supplies. Anyway, my roommate and I had these two Yellow Lab puppies. One day while we were at work they got into that cabinet and ate those tablets. Why it didn’t kill them, I don’t know. But those 2 dogs crapped the bluest crap for days.

    The cabinet got a kiddie lock.

  • Casey Klahn January 11, 2020, 4:28 PM

    Hydro power works so exceedingly, mindblowingly, well – and wind works do fuckingly, awfully, shittily, bad, that I see no course of action but to dismantle all envro bullshit public works and clear the boards. I am no expert on solar, but if you cannot store it, WITAF would you even consider it at all?

    Walmart as an online. I shop at their stores, and have always wondered why the service there is so pathetic. then, I recalled my days in the South, in the army. Seattle, for all of it’s terribleness, did invent retail customer service. Nordstrom, Eddie Bauer, Pay&Save, REI: all bulletproof guarantees in their day. I went from that environment to shop in stores in the South. Don’t get me wrong, the grace and love of God-fearing Southerners is superb, but they haven’t a clue which end of the barrel the customer service comes out of.

    GD WalMart is a child of the South. Service just ain’t spoken there.

  • rabbit tobacco January 11, 2020, 4:31 PM

    re: genitalia and such
    I was taught sweet milk, buttermilk,
    lemonade; right around the corner is where the fudge is made.

  • ghostsniper January 11, 2020, 6:05 PM

    The best way to ease into solar is to learn everything you can from online articles and videos then add it to one room in your house. That is my plan, and I will start here in my office. In the course of any day I have 2 desktop rigs, a stereo receiver connected to both, a desk LED lamp, a ceiling fan, and a pedestal fan, and 4 battery chargers. I will start with 1 panel and 1 battery, 1 charge controller and 1 sinewave inverter and that will power 1 desktop rig. If that set up can run indefinitely then I will double it for the 2nd desktop rig. Then 1 more panel for the incidentals, fans, lights, etc. By planning ahead, I get a charge controller and inverter big enough to handle the whole set up, rather than buying 3 of them. The panels need to face south, the batteries need to be protected from the elements, and the wire runs need to be as short as possible. Here it is, 9pm, and I only have 1 small LED desk lamp on. That’s a primary condition for solar, training ones self to with less. I was never one to turn all the lights on then leave the room, but I’ve some how managed to live with them all of my life. I assure you I turn off more lights than I turn on around here. Always been that way. At some point in the future the cost of municipal electric will exceed solar electricity but if you wait til the last minute and try to jump onboard you’ll find that solar stuff will be like everything else becomes in this country – quality control goes right in the shitter and trying to find people to work on the stuff will be impossible.

  • Terry January 11, 2020, 6:33 PM

    Solar power-

    My wife and I lived off-grid in the boon docks of Nevada for eighteen years. We used photovoltaic and generators for power. Winters got as low as -30F. As much as 3 ft of snow was not unusual. Ninety mile per hour winds were not unusual.

    We moved north to another state and now live in luxury. Grid power, maybe -10F winters, less than a foot of snow. If a 20 mph wind comes up the locals think their roofs may blow off. And the County plows the road.

    We now know how to live in a remote home in cold weather and survive. Thank you to the Nevada experience. There is much, much more to that eighteen years of adventure.

    We both love our grid power . .

  • Rob January 11, 2020, 7:52 PM

    I’m sitting in my off-grid home in northern Arizona typing this response. Many of the comments above are very pertinent and it’s always an engineering trade off. When we tried to get grid power 11 years ago, APS told us we are at least 4 miles from the nearest utility pole. They were willing to run power to our house for a mere $75k per mile. So our baseline cost trade was to beat $300k. That’s pretty easy with photovoltaic solar.

    We have about 2.5 kW of panels feeding one charge controller and an inverter for the house. Batteries will always be a significant trade and we went through 2 sets of lead-acid cells (first 8 batteries, then 12 batteries) in the first 9 years. Two years ago we bit the bullet and got lithium. It turns out that amortized over the lifetime of the batteries that it is about the same cost, but lithium cells are zero maintenance.

    During the summer all is copacetic because the days are long and I don’t run furnaces at night. I have about 2 months in the winter when I need to run the propane generator at night to make up for the energy I don’t get from the sun. I probably will add another 750-800 W of panels this next year and may get about 30% more battery capacity. So far my outlay has been $27-28k for the currently operating system. We have three big screens in the house and three power-hog audio workstations along with the usual appliances. We only have LED lights, and we only do high-current activities (laundry, dishwasher, vacuum, power tools, welder) during the day. I don’t have many complaints, especially because we live in a dream location in a red-rock canyon where peace and beauty are just outside on the front or back porch.

  • ghostsniper January 12, 2020, 4:37 AM

    “We both love our grid power . .”

    Except when it goes out, which is not infrequent around here when the iced wires and tree limbs come to visit. For me it’s mostly about “control”, in that no matter how well we’re prepped the electricity responsibility is borne by people that suffer not when the power goes out.

    Not being perfect, but a curious creator, and willing to learn from my mistakes, I have a deep need to be in control of as much of my environment as possible. I’ve always seen my dependency on others, specifically state controlled entities, as a weakness on my part and I’m always striving to get free.

    The goal is simple in idea, use less electricity, and provide it myself, with multiple levels of redundancy. Solar arrays should be ground mounted so as to allow easy access for maintenance and other issues.

  • Sam L. January 12, 2020, 10:55 AM

    “People of Whiteness”? Ought that be “People of no particular color”?
    Most paper is white. I don’t look like paper.

  • Grizzly January 13, 2020, 7:44 PM

    Amazon’s website is not perfect, but works pretty well. By and large, the descriptions of items are detailed and correct, the search engine works pretty well, and I like the customer reviews feature.

    By contrast, the WalMart online retail website is a piece of sh*t. I’m amazed that they are able to compete with Amazon straight-up.

    That said, I did make a purchase once through the WalMart website using the option to pick up at the local store. The store had signage on the outside saying that the pick-up counter was inside. I stepped inside the store, and the pick-up counter was nowhere in sight, with no signage to give directions. I asked around and it turned out that the counter was in a room waaaaaayy at the back of the store. So I finally got to the room. There was a long counter running the length of the one side of the room. It had three or four POS terminals/stations where clerks could assist customers. (Yeah!) However, only one of the stations was open, the one on the far right side of the room. (So sad.) But the designers of the pick-up had the foresight to help expedite the process: As a customer, instead of proceeding directly to the counter and getting in line to wait, there was an electronic kiosk where you first enter your order number. This allows them to have more than one clerk who go fetch items from the back while the cashier takes care of the paperwork. (OK, good.) Unfortunately, the dummies who actually set up the room chose to place the kiosk in a maximally unoptimal location in the room: on the right hand side of the room, so as to impede the line that forms to the single open station (*facepalm*).

    Maybe they have improved things since then. But based on my early experience, I don’t understand how they compete.