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Waste Of Money

US to send troops and air and missile defense to Saudi Arabia as Trump announces new Iran sanctions after oil attack. We are wasting resources training people who don’t want to work to use systems that won’t be effective. Patriot Missile Systems are worthless against terrain-following cruise missiles and small drones.

They need Land-based Phalanx Weapon Systems to protect their oil facilities. The Phalanx System ties together a 20mm Gatling gun with target acquisition and fire control systems. It was originally designed for the Navy to protect ships against anti-ship missiles and small boat swarms.

Of course, the Saudis could save a lot of money and live more quietly if they would stop attacking other countries and financing weaponized religious whackoes throughout the Middle East.

September 25, 2019   Comments Off on Waste Of Money

Please Note

What Trump released was not a transcript of his call with the President of the Ukraine, but notes taken by members of the national security staff during the call that were later assembled into a single document.

Transcripts are verbatim written records of speech. Given how easy it is to provide an audio/video record of conversations that could be accurately transcribed at a later date, the continued reliance on note taking is rather archaic.

September 25, 2019   2 Comments

Hurricane Lorenzo – Day 4

Hurricane LorenzoPosition: 14.7N 38.1W [10:00PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [285°] near 15 mph [24 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 100 mph [155 kph].
Wind Gusts: 115 mph [185 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 205 miles [335 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 35 miles [ 55 km].
Minimum central pressure: 974 mb ↓.

Currently about 915 miles [1470 km] West of the Cabo Verde Islands.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

September 25, 2019   Comments Off on Hurricane Lorenzo – Day 4

Tropical Storm Karen – Day 4

Tropical Storm KarenPosition: 24.4N 63.6W [10:00PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northeast [015°] near 15 mph [24 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 55 mph [ 90 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 45 miles [ 75 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1003 mb ↓.

Currently about 445 miles [ 715 km] North-Northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

September 25, 2019   Comments Off on Tropical Storm Karen – Day 4

Post-Tropical Cyclone Jerry – Day 9

Post-Tropical Cyclone JerryPosition: 32.2N 65.6W [ 4:00PM CDT 2100 UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [070°] near 12 mph [19 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 999 mb.

Currently about 45 miles [ 75 km] West of Bermuda.

At 4PM CDT: All watches and warnings have been cancelled. This is the final NHC advisory.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

September 25, 2019   Comments Off on Post-Tropical Cyclone Jerry – Day 9