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Open thread 3/27/24

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  • ghostsniper March 27, 2024, 8:09 AM

    Remove the scales from thine eyes and see for the first time.

  • ghostsniper March 27, 2024, 8:43 AM

    Multiple intel sources: Baltimore bridge collapse was an “absolutely brilliant strategic attack” on US critical infrastructure – most likely cyber – & our intel agencies know it. In information warfare terms, they just divided the US along the Mason Dixon line exactly like the Civil War.

    Second busiest strategic roadway in the nation for hazardous material now down for 4-5 years – which is how long they say it will take to recover. Bridge was built specifically to move hazardous material – fuel, diesel, propane gas, nitrogen, highly flammable materials, chemicals and oversized cargo that cannot fit in the tunnels – that supply chain now crippled.

    Make no mistake: this was an extraordinary attack in terms of planning, timing & execution.

    The two critical components on that bridge are the two load-bearing pylons on each end, closest to the shore. They are bigger, thicker and deeper than anything else. These are the anchor points and they knew that hitting either one one of them would be a fatal wound to the integrity of the bridge.

    Half a mile of bridge went in the river – likely you will have to build a new one. Also caused so much damage to the structural integrity of the bottom concrete part that you cannot see & won’t know until they take the wreckage apart. Structural destruction likely absolute.

    Attack perfectly targeted.

    “They have figured out how to bring us down. As long as you stay away from the teeth of the US military, you can pick the US apart. We are arrogant and ignorant – lethal combination. Obama said they would fundamentally change America and they did. We are in a free-fall ride on a roller coaster right now – no brakes – just picking up speed.”

    The footage shows the cargo ship never got in the approach lane in the channel. You have to be in the channel before you get into that turn. Location was precise/deliberate: chose a bend in the river where you have to slow down and commit yourself – once you are committed in that area there is not enough room to maneuver.

    Should have had a harbor pilot to pilot the boat. You are not supposed to traverse any obstacles without the harbor pilot.

    They chose a full moon so they would have maximum tidal shift – rise and fall. Brisk flow in that river on a normal day & have had a lot of rain recently so water was already moving along at a good pace.

    Hit it with enough kinetic energy to knock the load-bearing pylon out from under the highway – which fatally weakens the span and then 50 percent of the bridge fell into the water.

    All these factors when you look at it – this is how you teach people how to do this type of attack and there are so few people left in the system who know this. We have a Junior varsity team on the field.

    Tremendous navigational obstruction. Huge logistical nightmare to clean this up. Number of dead is tragic but not the whole measure of the attack.

    That kind-of bridge constantly under repair – always at night because there is so much traffic and they cannot obstruct that during the day. So concern is for repair guys who were on foot (out of their vehicles) working who may now be in the water – 48 degrees at most at this time of year.

    When you choke off Baltimore you have cut the main north-south hazardous corridor (I95) in half. Now has to go around the city – or go somewhere else.

    To move some of that cargo through the tunnel you may be able to get a permit but those are slow to get and require an escort system that is expensive and has to be done at night.

    For every $100 dollars that goes into the city, $12 comes from shipping. Believe this will cripple the city of Baltimore at a time when they do not have the resources to recover.


    • Joe Krill March 27, 2024, 10:35 AM

      And O’Biden wants the American Taxpayer to pick up the tab. Not the insurance companies —

    • DT March 27, 2024, 4:44 PM

      You know, it might actually have been an accident.
      On the other hand, I don’t know that I can truly imagine the depravity of the DNC and gang.

      • ghostsniper March 27, 2024, 5:06 PM

        I don’t know that I can truly imagine the depravity of the DNC and gang.
        Make that the gov’t at large and I will agree.
        We have no idea.
        But we can imagine….

      • azlibertarian March 27, 2024, 9:24 PM

        You know, it might actually have been an accident….”

        Firstly, this story is not even 48 hours old, and that is faaar too early to definitely assign a cause. That said, I’ve got $20 that says that this was an accident. Tragic, consequential, and arguably preventable, but an accident nonetheless.

        …On the other hand, I don’t know that I can truly imagine the depravity of the DNC and gang.

        That an accident might occur while the DNC are as depraved as they are, are not mutually exclusive events.

        • ghostsniper March 28, 2024, 3:32 AM

          In light of all the things that have been revealed of the criminal class in charge over the past 20 years is it any wonder thinking people are suspicious?

        • Joe Krill March 28, 2024, 6:37 AM

          azlibertarian. I’ll up your twenty to fifty. If you think that this was an accident then you have never read Sun Tzu. They are here. My name if Joe Krill–what’s yours?

          • ghostsniper March 28, 2024, 7:32 AM

            If a Joe Krill weighed 180 lbs a great blue whale would have to eat 13.7166 Joe Krills per day in order to maintain equilibrium.

            It is estimated that an average-sized blue whale must consume 1,120 ± 359 kilograms (2,469 ± 791 lb) of krill a day.


            • Joe Krill March 28, 2024, 9:21 AM

              Krill, Backbone of Marine Ecosystems. I appreciate the compliment, especially about the backbone. America needs more of it. Joe Krill

          • azlibertarian March 29, 2024, 9:52 AM

            OK. Fifty dollars is fine with me. Loser donates to a charity of the winner’s choice. My choice is the Pat Tillman Foundation.

            I use my nom-de-internet for my own reasons, and I’ll keep it that way.

            Also, I have read Sun Tzu. I have also read of Hanlon’s Razor.

            “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

  • ghostsniper March 27, 2024, 5:07 PM
  • ghostsniper March 27, 2024, 5:07 PM

    with velveeta

    you know U want sum

  • ghostsniper March 27, 2024, 5:09 PM

    3d end grain cutting boards for $1400 ???
    What circles do these people run in?


  • Didi March 28, 2024, 8:23 AM

    On December 11, 2023, the Washington Bridge in Providence, RI, collapsed wreaking havoc – it’s the main approach to downtown Providence and I95 to Boston. At first we were told it would take 3-4 months to repair, but the most recent finding is that it will be 3-4 years before the Washington Bridge reopens. Now, those working in Providence or trying to get into or through Providence, for instance, have to take the Tiverton Bridge north of Providence and drive across Aquidneck Island to the Newport Bridge and Jamestown bridge to get onto 195 West over the Seekonk River. Causing gridlock on the island at rush hours morning and night. As you may recall, the US Naval War College is in Newport.

  • ghostsniper March 28, 2024, 8:27 AM

    But what does it mean?

    McConnel’s sister in law that recently drowned in a Tesla is listed as the CEO of the company that owns the ship that hit the bridge.

    Letting a man with dementia run the gov’t proves how little we need the gov’t.

    • azlibertarian March 28, 2024, 2:05 PM

      It means that you have fallen for some social media nonsense.

      Thirty seconds of internet research tells me this: McConnell’s late sister-in-law was a CEO of a shipping company, but not the shipping company which owns the MV Dali.

      BTW, it appears that she was also drunk at the time of her death.

      • ghostsniper March 28, 2024, 2:23 PM

        Fallen? Because I posted it here?
        I saw that on a meme, didn’t see the relevancy, thus my question.

        • azlibertarian March 28, 2024, 4:58 PM

          I maintain that 60% of what any of us reads online is an outright lie, incomplete, premature, biased, slanted or otherwise something less than the complete truth. This applies to memes at least as much as anything else.

          • ghostsniper March 28, 2024, 6:23 PM

            I agree.
            But 80%.

            I post stuff here to get opinions.
            I’m not an expert on anything.

  • John A. Fleming March 28, 2024, 11:01 PM

    1. Complex systems such as the USA industrial economy are fragile. If they don’t get this bridge cut up and out of the water it will have repercussions. Senescent economies recover slowly from these kinds of disasters, sometimes they can’t even.
    2. The USA has lost a lot of industrial workforce with vim and vigor and know how to get that bridge out of the river. Plus our governments, those guys we hire to do some dirty jobs for us, are positively sclerotic. Get a crew in there, get crane barges, get a job-site manager who kicks ass and doesn’t take bullshit, and get busy right now. Oh no, we can’t do that, we need to first study and plan and do all sort of accident investigations and environmental impact statements and bids and contracts and make sure all the stakeholders are heard from (yeah, to put their grift bids in).
    3. They should import a bunch of those shipbreakers from that beach in Pakistan. Those guys can get that bridge cut up and right quick. Send two planes tomorrow, one for all the cutting tools and such-like, and the other for the workers. Set up a table on the beach, offer them triple their normal pay plus all expenses, no days off until the work is done and they’re back on the plane to home. (Yeah, I can just imagine their homecoming back in Paki, they get off the plane with their pants stuffed full of dollars, to be met by government stooges with guns, who confiscate the dollars and give them a pittance of their worthless rupees, and then send them back to the beach. Such as it always is, pretty much every government ever since Sumer and Egypt first rose from the sands.)

    • ghostsniper March 29, 2024, 3:11 AM

      Well said John and, sadly, true.

    • azlibertarian March 29, 2024, 9:44 AM

      The clean up has begun. I can’t claim any expertise here at all, but this looks to be a giant game of Pick Up Sticks that I (we?) used to play as kids, only under water and often requiring a diver with a cutting torch. That said, I am somewhat encouraged by this…..
      “…Demolition workers may be able to clear a channel large enough for ships to pass through as soon as a month after the required equipment arrives on scene, according to an expert in the field familiar with ongoing discussions….” [my emphasis]

      • ghostsniper March 29, 2024, 7:30 PM

        “The vessel’s captain, his mate, the chief engineer and another engineer have already spoken to investigators, said NTSB chair Jennifer Homendy.”

        Oh dear….
        A negro governor.
        A negro mayor.
        A faggot transportation secretary.
        What a recipe.

        • Daniel K Day March 30, 2024, 12:23 PM

          Trivia, but… I looked at the background of Jennifer Homendy. BA from Pennsylvania State U, legislative representative in DC from the Teamsters for 5 years, followed by Democrat members’ staff experience for 14 years, currently a master’s degree candidate at a SC university. What was her original BA in? No information. All the sites just say a BA at Penn State. But she’s running the NTSB.

          • ghostsniper March 30, 2024, 2:24 PM

            Good to see you around these parts DKD!

            • Daniel K Day March 30, 2024, 3:35 PM

              Back atcha, ghost.

  • Snakepit Kansas March 29, 2024, 4:33 AM

    If we only had a former Army combat engineer with an architecture background to lead the removal and replacement of such bridge…..if he had jump wings and a challenging disposition then that would just be a bonus.

    • ghostsniper March 29, 2024, 7:52 AM

      If I had some ham I’d make a ham sandwich if I had some bread.

      Can you imagine the nightmare of trying to take on that bridge project with it infiltrated at all levels by divisions of incompetent, unaccountable and surly gov’t parasites clambering all in it?

      The first order of bidnit would be to drop in a couple companies of ‘sheen gunners to clear out the riff-raff and serve as a distraction for the sharks while the civilian MEN get to work.

    • Pebo March 29, 2024, 9:28 PM

      Ron DeSantis got the Pine Island bridge rebuilt in 3 days for emergency vehicles after being destroyed by hurricane Ian in late 2022. Fully opened in about 2 weeks when all the experts said months. They are kicking DeSantis out of the Republican party for getting too much done according to the Bee.

      • ghostsniper March 30, 2024, 6:03 PM

        It was the local residents that got that bridge working.
        It’s the only access to the island so there was no time to waste dikkin around with gov’t asswipes.

        I own Pine Island and have for at least 40 years.
        I’m currently designing 3 new homes and 1 commercial building on Pine Island.
        May purchase a property there later this year in Eagle Lake Estates.

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