Sunday, April 30, 2017

Marine le Pen has an excellent campaign commercial. Very inspiring.

Via Gorges Grouse.

Puss looks cold and hungry


Better not get any fatter

Such a beautiful machine

The Boeing Model 40 was a United States mail plane of the 1920s. It was a single-engined biplane that was widely used for airmail services in the United States in the 1920s and 1930s, especially by airlines that later became part of United Airlines. It became the first aircraft built by the Boeing company to carry passengers

Oh yeah

Every adult taxpayer with a clean criminal record should be required to have one of these.  Like the Swiss.  That's the militia.  I wonder which political party would support placing such power in the hands of each productive citizen, and which would fight such an idea?

Hey, sharks like a good woman as much as anyone!

But perhaps for different reasons.

Four women were in the water at a surf spot called “Church,” north of the San Onofre surf beach and in front of Camp Pendleton campgrounds, said state park aide Travis Lara. Two women were on surfboards, and the two other females were swimming nearby in the surf line up.

One of the women, who was wearing swim fins and wading in the water, was bit on her glute and down her thigh by a famished shark.
Two surfers pulled her out of the water and a person on the beach used a surf leash on her upper thigh to stop the bleeding.
The incident happened late afternoon. Lara didn’t know if the women’s injuries were life threatening or where she was being treated. It was also unclear what kind of shark attacked the woman and what size it was.
Well Travis, it was a hungry shark, that's what kind it was.  And it was a "he" shark for sure, as he bit her on the most delicious, succulent parts.  
And, get this, just recently this video was taken of a very large shark breaching at a beach just to the north of San O.  Check it out:
That is not what one wants to see swimming in the same water.  
Just last year, if you can believe this, a whale died of the SoCal coast, and as it was being towed away from shore (rotting corpse, you know), it and the boat towing it were attacked by at least seven great whites.  
Check out the tooth marks on the boat!

They need a bigger boat!

And finally, way back in '96 a guy I went to middle school with was mauled by a 15 foot long great white over off Tomales Bay.    That area, all the way out to the Farallon Islands, is famous for sightings of really huge great whites, who like to feed on the seals and sea lions, as well as the occasional seal impersonators in the form of abalone divers.

Moral of the story, if you go in the sea, it's like going into the jungle.  You are not the apex predator. You are not even the beta predator.  Behave accordingly.

The inability to see the contradiction between their words and their behavior is stunning. It's like all the chanting and marching is nothing more than elaborate virtue signaling!

Via Weasel Zippers

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Macrons wife deletes "who will you vote for?" poll after 80% answer Le Pen. Posts a new poll - Le Pen wins again.

Screen shot.  Both embarrassing results have been deleted now.  A poll gone horribly, horribly wrong.

Obama’s new biography reveals that he ‘considered gayness’ during college

Althouse discusses this here.  The comments are well worth reading.

The Blaze reports here.

Was there ever any doubt, really?  I always figured him as obviously bisexual.

But some of his choices in "body men" suggested he might well favor the fudge.

4/chan grabs another scalp. Trolling the prejudices of the MSM and the left is sometimes too easy.

OMG broccoli!

You could get a charge out of that. High voltage insanity!

What's happening is due to the extraordinarily large voltage, the electricity can jump through the air, as the 'circuit breakers' (giant switches) begin to separate. As this happens the arc (the white lightning) heats the air it jumps through, turning it into a hot plasma, which allows for more electricity to pass through it, so as they gap becomes larger, it still jumps the gap. As the plasma is hotter than the surrounding air, and therefore less dense, it rises, and the path of least resistance begins to be longer and longer, and eventually the arc breaks. Smaller examples of this can occur in your main switchboard, and some circuit breakers in industrial setting have what are called arc chutes, which effectively break up the arc faster. 

B-17 ball turret gunner. Cramped! Better not be claustrophobic.

Royal Netherlands Air Force T-33 Shooting Star in flight

Been working on my last raised bed, and I think I'll put some of this in. Will it be good? I'll find out.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Glorious. The float plane is nice too.


The Railton Mobil Special, is a one-off motor vehicle designed by Reid Railton and built for John Cobb's successful attempts at the land speed record in 1938.

On 15 September 1938, the Railton Special took the land speed record from Thunderbolt at 353.30 mph (568.58 km/h), also being the first to break the 350 mph (560 km/h) barrier. Eyston re-took the record within 24 hours (357.50 mph / 575.34 km/h), holding it again until Cobb took it a year later on 23 August 1939 at a speed of 369.70 mph (594.97 km/h).

After the Second World War further development and sponsorship by Mobil Oil led to renaming as the Railton Mobil Special. It was the first ground vehicle to break 400 mph (640 km/h) in a measured test. On 16 September 1947 John Cobb averaged 394.19 mph (634.39 km/h) (385.6 & 403.1) over the measured mile in both directions to take the world land speed record, before the American Goldenrod set a new mark for piston-engined, wheel-driven LSR cars eighteen years later.