29 Aug 2017
Montague Dawson, Night at Sea
Montague Dawson (1890–1973), was the grandson of marine painter Henry Dawson, and is considered the foremost maritime artist of the twentieth century.
Let’s see how much “bang for the buck” we’re getting from DC’s bespoke suited and storied intelligence services. Pearl Harbor in 1941, oops. The Ardennes Counteroffensive, or Battle of the Bulge, in 1944, the biggest battle fought by the US in World War II, sprung while DC was certain German resistance had collapsed. China entering the Korean War in 1950, big surprise, where did they come from?
Russia, which DC said “couldn’t build a decent alarm clock”, launched the first satellite ev-ver in 1957, the first of many firsts, even ‘though DC’s odious Operation Paperclip “guaranteed” it couldn’t happen.
Castro took over Cuba in 1959, obviously some sort of fluke. Put the 1968 Tet Offensive in Viet Nam alongside the Battle of the Bulge. Then it was DC’s biggest “unknown unknown” of all time, the dissolution of the USSR in 1991. Didn’t see that coming. Too busy schmoozing with their counterparts at KGB to take care of business, perhaps.
Then came the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001 by Moslem amateurs who all but took out announcements in the newspapers. Nobody coulda knowed, except anyone who did their job. And we can be assured they were stunned by the absolutely unpossible election of Donald Trump in 2016.
DC’s intelligence services routinely embarrass themselves, decade after decade, yet they strut their stuff and talk wink-wink conspiratorially at Georgetown cocktail parties. Okay. But why do we listen to these people? They’re either lying or incompetent or delusional, same result whichever way.
Next item please
Ever wonder where the carriers were when Pearl Harbor was attacked? Michael Hull at the Warfare History Network tells us:
The USS Saratoga (CV-3) was refitting in San Diego, the USS Enterprise (CV-6) was returning after ferrying fighters to the Marine Corps defense force on Wake Island, the USS Wasp (CV-7) was serving with the Royal Navy Home Fleet in the Mediterranean, the USS Yorktown (CV-5) was at Norfolk, Virginia, and the USS Lexington (CV-2) was carrying a squadron of Vought SB2U Vindicator dive bombers to the tiny Marine garrison on Midway Island.
From Popular Science, Make DIY cold brew coffee—without fancy equipment:
Hot coffee draws out more acids, which gives the beverage more bright or floral flavor notes. More compounds also exit the drink in its steam, producing that characteristic coffee smell. Cold brew gets fewer acids so it tastes naturally sweeter on our tongues. Hot coffee’s accelerated extraction process also accelerates the onset of decay, which creates the liquid we think of as rancid coffee.
Here at Woodpile Report Global Headquarters and Jiffy Screen Door Repair, we use a Takeya one quart coffee maker , nineteen bucks at Amazon . Fill it with coffee and water at night, put it in the refrigerator—hint: shake with vig-gah and lay it on its side—it’s ready in the morning. Pour a cup, microwave, and you have the tastiest non-acid coffee there is. If you decant it and keep it in the ‘fridge, it’ll taste as good a day or a week later.
Hot brewed coffee is for those who won’t inconvenience themselves for a first rate cup-o’-java. But do you actually need the coffee maker? No. During the Depression it was common to brew coffee pretty much like the PopSci article describes, although drinking it cold is thisclose to being a Crime Against Nature.
Jennifer Kabbany at The College Fix reports an outfit calling itself the Social Justice Collective Weekly at the University of Colorado says:
… it is “frightening” for some students to have vets in their classes, describing former service members as “overwhelming” and a distraction. It also suggests the “military culture” is akin to a “white supremacist organization,” and that veterans are typically associated with “right-wing groups such as the tea party and NRA.” The flyer ends by saying veterans should be allowed to go to trade schools or community colleges, but that “in order to protect our academic institutions we must ban veterans from four-year universities.”
Perhaps a two-year tour running chow and supplies to forward observation posts is in order for these too-precious-to-live snowflakes.
The Boston Antifa outs itself on Twitter:
Antifaschistische Aktion, known as “Antifa”, was founded by the Moscow-directed German Communist Party in 1932. It’s stated mission was armed revolution with extreme violence, especially against their main competitor, the brown-shirted Sturmabteilung, paramilitary street thugs of the National Socialist German Worker’s Party. Antifa lost and faced difficult times at Dachau. Then Hitler decapitated and downsized the Sturmabteilung. It predated the Party and was, therefore, unhallowed. Devouring their own is the way it goes in socialist lands.
In the postwar years, olde tymme kommunists in Europe attempted from time to time to resuscitate Antifaschistische Aktion, but it was an embarrassing relic the established socialist parties would prefer crawl off and die. Now however, collectivists are panicking over their deepening disfavor, especially with straight whites and Generations X and Z.
Generation X and Generation Z are appalled by the adult world they were expected to enter, because they realize that in this world, nothing good wins, ever, and most people are crazy and most of what we do is merely for show and has no value.
In the left’s last desperate attempt to keep its nostrils above water, the always delusional Antifa is being resurrected and breast-fed for reenactments of ’30s street brawls with imaginary Brown Shirts. Truly pathetic. So sad. Cue the violins.
What’s to become of our Antifaschistische Aktion? Even the “Pravda on the Potomac” newsrag The Washington Post has recognized Antifa for what it is, says Brett Stevens at Amerika . While the left unravels into incomprehensible silliness and insane violence, the Alt-Right is fast becoming the grownup in the room.
Woodpile Report’s Grand & Most Marvelous Electronic Brain was off line for two days, having been breached and perfidiously fouled despite its spiny porcupine-like defenses. Disgourging the intrusion and installing more concertina wire and gravel mines took a while. So, no extras or asides in this issue, ’tis bare bones, and even then only just making its Tuesday release.