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This is not an April Fool joke. I spent the best part of Two hours this morning watching the live briefing (31/3) to the press by President Trump and his Coronavirus taskforce. You are a very lucky country to have... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Sic Semper Tyrannis
On 16 March Australian researchers announced the "successful" trial of an anti viral drug and Chloroquine mixture to treat hospitalised Coronavirus patients. Latest advice this morning (Fri 2200 UTC) is that trials will start in 50 Australian hospitals next week.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
I attended a private briefing today on the Wuhan Coronavirus (the virus) that I think I should share with the Committee. This information is as reliable and accurate as it gets. I should have taken notes. I apologise in advance... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Michael Bloomberg really did disparage farmers and metalworkers by saying that these are just “processes” that can be taught to anyone and then stating that information technology work requires a higher order of brainpower, implying that farmers and metalworkers are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
I’m starting to think that Trumps weakness is believing that everyone and everything has a monetary price. I think perhaps his dealings with China may reinforce his perception, as, also, his alleged success in bullying the Europeans over Iran - with the threat of tariffs on European car imports. His almost weekly references to Iraqi and Syrian oil, allies “not paying their way”, financial threats to the Iraq Government, all suggest a fixation on finance that has served him well in business. The trouble is that one day President Trump is going to discover there is something money can’t buy, to the detriment of America.
I am a member of august clubs and societies around the world but the membership I most treasure is that of a volunteer fire fighter in the local brigade. To be judged worthy of a place on the fire ground... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Multiple news sources are reporting the assassination, near Baghdad Airport, of Suliemani, the leader of Irans Quds force. Some commentators are saying that this is "bigger than killing Bin Laden". According to the Pentagon, the assassination was at the direct... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
My father, a former intelligence person during WWII, explained to me that if a secret is to be preserved, two links in the chain of evidence, not just one, need to be broken. Many of us predicted that Epstein, as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2019 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
The corollary to the Houthis brilliant use of do - it - yourself drones and perhaps cruise missiles, is that anyone else can do the same. This makes the possibility of false flag attacks using such weapons more likely in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2019 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
1. when gas burns it doesn’t leave soot. 2. The steel won’t melt.
Just google “open source rc autopilot” I think that answers the question of guidance along with my earlier link to some chinese hardware that gives an example of what can be done. I guess optical terminal guidance is doable as well.
Damage assessment seems to me to prove the Houthis did it, not Iran. Images allegedly showing what was hit at Abqaiq are on zerohedge and maybe elsewhere. If real, they appear to me to be very revealing. Google Earth shows the general arrangement of the plant. 1. What was targeted were spherical (therefore under pressure) storage tanks that probably contained LPG. These are the most “lethal “ assets in the plant in terms of potential for fire and explosion. If you are “lucky” and start a fire that heats one of these things, you can trigger a boiling liquid expanding vapour explosion - a BLEVE in firefighters terms that can level square miles and kill a lot of people. So whoever did the targeting knew what to aim for. Guess which tanks are going to be most difficult to repair too. 2. Each of the eleven tanks that appear to have been hit have what appears to be about a ten foot hole in the upper hemisphere which must have been delivered in a diving attack. This demonstrates impressive accuracy and consistency. This suggests to me either some sort of terminal guidance and a sophisticated autopilot or perhaps differential or WAAS(aviation grade) GPS because I don’t believe you can get that accuracy with a cheap off the shelf civilian GPS. 3. Each of the tanks has ONE hole. That is accuracy again, such economy! 4. The puncture holes are all aligned on the South west quadrant of the tanks! That suggests that if these drones flew straight line courses, then they came from the direction of Yemen. However the sophistication of the attack COULD mean that an Iranian launching site is still possible and that the drones were programmed to start their attacks from an initial point to the Southwest so as to disguise the perpetrator. All together a pretty good display of offensive capabilities. The Saudi Princes must be thankful the targets weren’t palace bedrooms. Disclaimer: I is an amateur at BDA.
Col. Lang, what if your target is a 150ft diameter oil storage tank? Google earth says many tanks are about 160ft diameter.
Current GPS give location, speed, heading, altitude, signal quality, accuracy/precision as an NMEA serial or USB data stream at anything up to five times per second, every smartphone and most tablets have one. You can also buy a “puck” receiver $17.99 at Amazon. that gets you thirty feet accuracy anywhere in the world, you don’t need a data link. This is child’s play.
Google Earth is all you need to target something that big.
Eric if the thing has GPS, you can preprogram it to go anywhere in. the world by any route you like and it will fly it to within about 30 feet accuracy. A GPS with a USB or serial output is less than $200.
If Iran launched the strike then they are dead stupid. I would imagine KSA has radar good enough to paint something coming from seaward - a clear horizon, etc. In addition, assuming the bad guys weren’t devious enough to plot a curved course, crashed drones and wreckage may tell from which direction the drones came from.
Oil storage tanks like those made by Chicago Bridge and Iron, aren’t very thick or armoured at all. I seem to remember maybe 3/4’’ plate in the walls and the roof is much lighter again.
Could it be that Flynn, through perhaps a lapse of memory, was mistaken in his belief that he lied?
I said at the beginning of this mess that the one sure thing was that we would end up with chains of Iraqi and afghan restaurants begun by the refugees who had to leave their countries with us when we left. I just hope we have progressed from leaving behind card indexes of our in-country supporters for the Taliban to discover, as allegedly happened in Vietnam.
It seems that another voice for peace and moderation in foreign policy has abandoned the Trump Administration. John Bolton has quit as National Security Advisor. It sounds to me like the constant calls for a more aggressive, warlike, stance from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Suspicious shipments of lawnmowers and model aircraft?
The thing must be a purely blast weapon, largely symbolic I would have thought, assuming the Saudis are as stoic as Londerners were during the blitz.
How do they get to yemen? No idea. Probably the same way as ammo? The electronics and motor are small. If they had a mold for the wings and body they could probably glass them up in country. Human ingenuity knows no bounds.
I’m no expert but I think it could be throwaway - a poor mans Tomahawk. The bulbous bit over the center could be a fibreglass cover over the electronics. The body itself looks like aluminium or possibly fibreglass. There is a small piston engine at one end and you would put explosives of similar weight in the nose and fuel in the middle. That way you shouldn’t get centre of gravity shifting much as the fuel is used. The electronics are a model aircraft autopilot and. servos, a GPS and a simple flight control computer. It all sounds simple, but my guess is that “somebody” not the houthis, crashed hundreds of prototypes getting the wing and other aerodynamics right and perfecting a rail/rocket launch system.