Tuesday, 31 January 2012

A little levity

In these dark and depressing times, as our civilisation slides over the abyss, it's worthwhile to partake in a little levity...


RegThe Hedge said...

I recently read a post where some guy refered to an "electric Jew". Asked what he mean't he said "The TV stupid".

I thought that was very funny.

RegThe Hedge said...

This is also very funny.
But is it true?

RegThe Hedge said...

Is anybody going to the Amren conference in March? I would like to go....

Anonymous said...

Thank you for highlighting the appalling thing that white privilege is.

Yours sincerely,

The Mayor of Duluth, Minnesota.

PS anyone want a brain? Unused.

00:43 said...

Is this a case of deja vu Savant? She-I mean the humourous cartoon-sure looks familiar. No worries though for it's still as funny as it was back then and she's still as pretty. Julia Gillard she ain't, that's for sure!

rambaloosa said...

Reg: I had arranged to travel to the one last year but it got changed and screwed up my plans.

Anonymous said...

Savant as weird as this may sound it ia absolutely true , your blog preserves my sanity

SAVANT said...

@anon 20.50. Words like that make it all worth while.......

Franz said...

00:43 said: "I mean the humourous cartoon-sure looks familiar."

Actually Bo Derek once starred in exactly the same situation as is depicted in the Savant's latest post:


Anonymous said...


Television, AKA:

The televitz, Talmudvision, The One Eyed Joo,

I'm sure there are more....

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous bod ... I have always wondered what the story was with that pic. Maybe someone can enlighten?

Anyway the off-topic king strikes again.

It appears that the Pentagon have decided to retire one of the most foolproof, bulletproof and effective fighting aircraft of the last century ... the A10 Warthog.

Why would they do this, you may ask? probably because there is nothing the left hate more than something that is foolproof, near bulletproof and effective. It goes against their dysfunctional if-it-works-bend-every-effort-to-destroy-it grain.


What does not help matters is that it was not designed by a left-handed, red-haired lesbian eskimo in a wheelchair. It was designed by old white men.

It don't fit the meme.

This whole thing reminds of a comment by (I think) Malcolm Muggeridge when he heard that Churchill's appalling son Randolph had had a benign tumour removed.

The comment?

"Only modern medical science could find the one part of Randolph that is not malignant ... and remove it."

Imagine saying that today?


m said...

UN - you might be wrong in blaming the left for this. Remember the military-industrial complex hates nothing more than stuff that works and lasts a lifetime. Bad for business, my boy!

What they need is to invest billions in the development of new and fancier stuff with lots of bells and whistles. And costs a fortune.

After all, what decent soldier would want to use the primitive AK 47 compared to the M16?

Anonymous said...

M makes several excellent points. I am inclined to forget the collusion of the very worst of the left with the very worst of the right ... when it suits them.

Another thing of course, is the very rapid ascent of the US military's newest Best Friend Forever ... The unmanned drone.

When I say very rapid, perhaps one should use the word "meteoric".


Monday, 30 January 2012

Drone Diplomacy: Comply or Die

Gunboat diplomacy was the essence of military power projection for centuries. Want to coerce a country? Sail a aircraft carrier battle group into their national waters.

However, carrier battlegroups are hideously expensive, increasingly vulnerable to low cost attack, and less lethal than they appear (most of the weapons systems are used for self-defense).

What are nation-states replacing them with? Drones. You can already see it in action across the world as drone staging areas are replacing traditional military bases/entanglements. Further, drones already account for the vast majority of people killed by US forces.

Of course, the reason for this is clear. Drones are relatively cheap, don't require many people to deploy/operate, don't put personnel directly at risk, can be easily outsourced, can be micromanaged from Washington, and are very effective at blowing things up.

The final benefit of Drone Diplomacy: drones make it possible to apply coercion at the individual or small group level in a way that a blunt instrument like a carrier battle group can't.
What does this mean?

It allows truly scalable global coercion: the automation of comply or die.

Call up the target on his/her personal cell (it could even be automated as a robo-call to get real scalability -- wouldn't that suck, to get killed completely through bot based automation).

Ask the person on the other end to do something or to stop doing something.

If they don't do what you ask, they die soon therafter due to drone strike (unless they go into deep hiding and disconnect from the global system).

With drone costs plummeting, we could see this drop to something less than <$1000 a strike in the next half dozen years (particularly if kamikazee drones, like Switchblade, are used to reduce explosive payload requirements).
What can we look forward to?

The mid term future of a national security apparatus in secular ($$) decline?

Drones, drones, and more drones. Shrink the headcount. Cut training. Put manned weapons systems in life support mode. Cut mx.

All the money is on cyber intel (to generate targets based on "signatures") and drones to kill them. When domestic unrest occurs in the US due to economic decline, these systems will be ready for domestic application.

Oh joy.

It is every defense ministry's wet dream. Inflict enormous casualties at almost no risk to yourself ... and if you screw up and take out an orphanage -- blame the software.

Talk about a win-win situation.

Please read the article ... I find the author's enthusiasm a little misguided, personally.

Rather like your kid enthusing about the beautiful patterns on the 80 foot pet anaconda he's saving up for.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for that, M. You knocked a few cobwebs loose, there.


great white said...

The irony is that much of the technology for drones has been outsourced to China. When it comes to profits there's only one winner.

Anonymous said...

LA QUINTA– Four people were arrested at a Southern California Walmart this weekend, after police investigators say a “love triangle” fight broke out at the superstore.

Riverside County sheriff’s deputies say three men and a woman were arrested Saturday on assault and vandalism charges, around 1:00 p.m. at the Walmart on Highway 111 in the desert resort community of La Quinta.

Deputies say the three of four involved in thelover’s quarrel were throwing wine bottles at one another in the middle of the store.

The store was not evacuated and deputies say no one was injured.

Jail records indicate that at least two of those arrested, 40-year-old Jose Maria Zambrano and 43-year-old Manuel De La Torre, were released on $25,000 bail Saturday.

Back to nature. No worrying about modern stuff like a triangle having four sides.

Rusty Mason said...

A nation cuckolded is not funny.

Anonymous said...

"Racists are less intelligent, have lower reasoning and cognitive abilities, and are frightened of the new, say the studies. Their racism is the path of least resistance for their intellectual and psychological shortcomings. Interesting, eh?"

Which goes to explain why black people have to destroy everything they can?

Anonymous said...


I forgot where this was discussed last year anyways a traveller woman and her child were treated just like settled people as they constantly ask for and then they sue the schoool?
Because they were not treated as travellers!

Anonymous said...

that i beleive is the irish beauty queen and her yard ape engaging in mating rights, correct me if i am wrong.

Anonymous said...

Just saw Steve Tyler at the Superbowl.

Dude looks like ... the ugliest lady in the universe!

Anonymous said...

Scientists have found that men are more attracted to women of other races as this photo shows.
For proof just check page3 and its dominantion by Asian babes!