The Empire Nova
Jan 20, 2020 - EMALS
Two years ago, I wrote about the US Navy's biggest scandal, the EMALS disaster. The Navy's newest aircraft carrier can't reliably launch jet aircraft. It continued to fail and after a two year break to fix problems, has just began launching and recovering aircraft again. We are told all problems were fixed with a software update. I hope so, but after reading about problems with its elevators EMALS may be unfixable.
It sounds simple to input the aircraft weight and the system provides the exact electrical power needed to properly launch an aircraft, and this works at land bases where the launch rails never move. The problem with the elevators and EMALS is that a moving carrier moves. It twists and rolls and bends every so slightly and so do the electromagnetic rails. But just a .5mm shift reduces the launch output, and up to 5mm misalignment eliminates launch power. There is no way to know the precise alignment of the rails for each launch since they constantly flex. There is also the huge maintenance issue of electrical cables exposed just below the deck, but it seems the only way this new carrier can reliably launch aircraft is in dry dock.
Jan 19, 2020 - America's Fundamental Misunderstanding of China
Here is a great 4-minute video of Kishore Mahbubani explaining basic change in China. Note his other videos to the right.
Jan 12, 2020 - Did Pompeo Graduate from High School?
Commenting on the assassination of an Iranian leader, American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the world:
“There is no doubt that there were a series of imminent attacks that were being by plotted by Soleimani. We don’t know precisely when and we don’t know precisely where — but it was real.”
Jan 6, 2020 - American Media Control
The current crisis in Iraq provides an excellent example of how information is controlled in the USA. No one on corporate TV criticized the assassination, some just noted it was problematic. Then big media ignored key follow on stories. These were carried by the somewhat independent government funded "Stripes."
So they quickly retaliated but Trump did nothing, and this is not mentioned.
Note that "Stripes" only allows a few page views before requiring a subscription. But if you delete your browser history you can view several more pages.
The USA now faces two big problems. Iraqis want American troops out and most Americans agree. Now the spinmasters must explain why American troops must stay. The US military now faces a tough logistics problem. Bases in Iraq are supplied via trucks driven by local Iraqis. Most drivers will refuse to work in sympathy with protestors or fear of them. Resupply by airlift is not practical, so thousands more American troops will be needed as drivers who will be vulnerable to attack.
Jan 5, 2020 - No Rights for GIs
I am disturbed that no one in Congress or the media is disturbed that our military now kicks out servicemen for belonging to legal religious and political groups. They did not violate any law or military order, but if some radical doxers file complaints they are kicked out. Here are recent examples that include:
“Army investigators started looking into Dalton Woodward and Trent East, both members of a neo-pagan sect called the Asatru Folk Assembly, earlier this year after the activist group Atlanta Antifascists published a report linking the two men to the controversial sect of paganism identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.”
I know nothing about these groups and don’t care what they discuss. But what happened to freedom of religion and association in the USA? It is okay to be white, and okay to be a nationalist, but not both? Too bad the ACLU no longer attempts to protect everyone's rights after it was overrun by communists.
Jan 3, 2020 - Pushing the Youtube Envelope
My Youtube series is doing well so I've done a few on recent history that may upset the powerful. For example, my latest is: The Empire's Fake War on Terror.
Jan 2, 2020 - 2 SS Panthers vs. 21 US Shermans
Mark Felton's Youtube channel produces excellent historical videos. The volume and quality is so good that it must be a production team. Best of all he doesn't dodge unpleasant history. For example, this shocking video highlights a 1945 battle where two German Panther tanks attacked 21 American Sherman tanks. The Germans destroyed several and the rest of Sherman crews quickly surrendered.
Jan 1, 2020 - The Empire Nova
This year's theme compares the American Empire to a star that glows brightest just before it quickly burns out. The US government can no longer borrow all the money it needs to grow. The US Congress and President work with the Fed to create hundreds of billions of dollars each year in computers that it spends for real things. This has destabilized world markets and most nations are developing options to function outside the US dollar.
Carlton Meyer editorG2mil@Gmail.com
2019 Blog - The Empire Retreats
2018 Blog - The Empire's Suez Crisis
2017 Blog - Emperor of the Empire
2016 Blog - Defending the Empire
2015 Blog - Enemies of the Empire
2014 Blog - The Empire in Decline
2013 Blog - The Yellow Man's Burden
2012 Blog - The Empire in Turmoil
2011 Blog - The Empire Retreats
2010 Blog - The Empire Crumbles
2009 Blog - The Bankrupt Empire
2008 Blog - The End of the Empire
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