Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Goodies from Ol' Remus

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photo shows the "boom" method, appropriate for quickly transferring large quantities of fuel. The "drogue" method is more versatile and widely used. Both have their place.
An aside. No info with this photo. The extra-tall tail suggests it's not a stock B-29 being refueled. Any experts out there?
The first aerial refueling supported an endurance flight record of 37 hours 15 minutes in June, 1923. Sixteen successful refills were made.
Ol' Remus

The quote for this week comes from Michael Vlahos at American Conservative:
Today’s Blue elite represents the greatest concentration of wealth and power in the United States. Moreover, such wealth is scattered across a mosaic of pristine, manicured, gated communities physically and socially divorced from the realities of normal American life—glittering bubbles of sovereign privilege. This is the very oligarchy Founders like John Adams so feared.
Charles Smith at Of Two Minds has a pretty good overview of the coming unpleasantness. A couple of excerpts:
Beneath the superficial red-blue divide they are hawking, a broad-based political rebellion against the Oligarchy and their Ruling Class nomenklatura is gathering momentum.
Much of the wealth is controlled by corporate-state cartels operating rentier skims: prices rise while quality and quantity of goods and services remains the same or decline. This is more akin to extortion than a free-market competitive market.
Like most of Mr. Smith's screeds it reads like union boilerplate from the 1930s, but he describes the approaching calamity with clarity.

  San Diego Union Tribune - Climate contrarian uncovers scientific error, upends major ocean warming study ... walked back scientific findings published last month

  CNN, PJ Media - Who is profiteering off the grandstanding of Acosta and others? Why after all these years are these press conferences the same pointless activity? Look no further than the White House Correspondents' Association. They determine who gets to sit in that room and where. Naturally, when the White House usurped their prerogatives and banned Acosta, they were irate, as any trade union would be. Only it's not the working class they are helping, it's those big media conglomerates. What the WHCA is doing is of no value to the American public at large. Consciously or not, they are working to preserve a defunct system that preserves the spoon-feeding of information and opinion to the largely unwitting masses.