Saturday, May 2, 2015

phony egalitarians

2014 WEF Gender Gap report (PDF)

Well, there is no good news for Australia in this year's Gender Gap report.  Like last year, Australia (p104) had men showing a lower life expectancy than women by 3 years which the WEF scores as women suffering a gender gap. They manage this by redefining life expectancy "equality" as women outliving men by 1.06:1. 

The Gender Gap report also lists any category in which women outscore men as "Equality" no matter how onesided. (For example, p364 the US is marked as "equal" in the Educational Attainment category despite women being equal in 2 of the subcategories and leading men in the other 2 subcategories) The WEF must really hate women to define their terms so women can only be behind men or equal to men never ahead of them. 

The Gender Gap Report claims that Russia is the most equal country when it comes to life expectancy last year and the second most equal country this year (p74) because Russian men die so much earlier than women. 

One might get the impression these are not the most rigorous egalitarians.

Submarines on dry land

(a not necessarily definitive list of submarines on dry land. At the moment, in no particular order)

German U-boat U-505 in the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Illinois, United States

Holland Boat at Paterson Museum, Paterson, New Jersey, United States

USS George Bancroft at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia., United States

USS Albacore at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States

USS Batfish, Muskogee, Oklahoma, United States (now that is a long way from the ocean)

Japanese Type A Midget Submarines left on Kiska Island, Alaska, United States
 (need better location on map)
German U-Boat U-534 at Liverpool, Scotland, United Kingdom
(photo from 2005, it has since been cut in to pieces to form a display)

HMS Alliance, Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom

HMS Courageous,  Devonport Dockyard, Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
 (need better location on map)

HMAS Otway,  Holbrook, New South Wales, Australia

USS Drum (SS-228) at Battleship Alabama Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama, United States

INS Gal at the Naval Museum, Haifa, Israel
(need better location on map)

USS Cavalla (SS-244, later SSK-244 and AGSS-244) at Seawolf Park, Pelican Island, Galveston, Texas, United States

HNLMS Tonijn at Dutch Navy Museum, Den Helder, Netherlands
(photo from here)

HMAS Ovens (S70) at the West Australian Maritime Museum, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia

HMCS Onondaga (S73) at Site Historique Maritime de la Pointe-au-Pere, Rimouski, Quebec, Canada
(photo from here)

Tiburón class SA-51 at Barcelona, Spain (between a divided road)

Peral in Cartagena, Murcia, Spain

HMS Ocelot at Chatham Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, England, United Kingdom

French built sub Ouessant (S623) at  Klebang, Malacca, Malaysia
(photo from here)

Russian B-307 Tango Class Submarine, at Togliatti Museum of Technology, Samara, Russia
(photo from here)

Ha. 62-76 Japanese Midget Attack Submarine at Comnavmarianas, Guam
(need better location on map)

Japanese HA-8  at Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum, Groton, Connecticut, United States

USS X-1 at Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum, Groton, Connecticut, United States

Maiale submarine in front of the museum.
Italian Siluro San Bartolomeo at Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum, Groton, Connecticut, United States

Seehund submarine from aft at the museum.
German Seehund at Submarine Memorial Association, Hackensack, New Jersey, United States 

Kaiten submarine on display outdoors.
Japanese Kaiten (Type 1 Human Torpedo) at Submarine Memorial Association, Hackensack, New Jersey, United States

Seehund submarine in front of USS Salem.
German Seehund (KU-5075) at United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum, Massachusetts Military Research Center, Quincy, Massachusetts, United States 

Kaiten submarine on display in HI.
Japanese Kaiten (Type 4 Human Torpedo) at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States 

RV Trieste II shown at the Naval Undersea Museum
RV Trieste II DSV 1 (Deep Submergence Vessel) at Naval Undersea Museum, Navy Region Northwest, Silverdale, Washington, United States

Photo of RV Trieste in the National Museum of the United States Navy
RV Trieste at National Museum of the United States Navy, Washington Navy Yard, Washington DC, United States

Photo of Fenian Ram submarine in the museum.
Fenian Ram at Paterson Museum, Paterson, New Jersey, United States 

USS Marlin (SST-2) at Freedom Park, Omaha, Nebraska, United States
(I think this one is the furthest from the sub's native  ocean habitat)

RV Ben Franklin at Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

X24 submarine in the museum.
HMS X24 at Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom

HMS Hajen submarine at the museum.
HMS Hajen at The National Maritime Museums of Sweden/The Naval Museum, Stumholmen,  Karlskrona, Sweden  

HMS Holland 1 at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
(need a better location for the map)

Japanese HA-19 Type "A" Midget Submarine at National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg, Texas, United States
(photo from here)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

An Open Letter to Garry Trudeau

Hi Mr Trudeau,
Having read your comments about "Free Speech Absolutists" and your preference for unfree speech I couldn't help but notice that you expect the authors of Charlie Hebdo to follow the rules of other people's religions.

I assume you wouldn't hold Charlie Hebdo to a different standard than you would hold yourself so I want to encourage you to embrace your position and start following the religious rules of everyone and not just those rules that some people are willing to murder over.  (Personally, there is no chance I'll give up bacon for anything).

Anyways, I have bad news for you, the Heaven's Gate religious group believed in wearing uniform black shirts, sweat pants, and black-and-white Nike shoes but they also believed in castration and mass suicide.

Good luck with that.

Col. Milquetoast

p.s. I'll leave it to someone more unkind than me to suggest you might already be ballless

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Civility! : Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken
is “not a fan” of his former political opponent, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), calling the congresswoman a “b----” and an "idiot" in a Monday interview.

Aiken appeared on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show on Monday to promote his Esquire Network docu-series “The Runner-Up,” which follows his failed congressional campaign.
“You should see the second episode, because she’s a b----,” Aiken told Stern, referring to Ellmers.
“She’s an idiot,” Aiken said of the 51-year-old lawmaker, “And I think her self-esteem is just in the floor, under the floor.”
At another point in the wide-ranging interview, Aiken, 36, referred to the lawmaker with a derogatory slang term for the female anatomy.


Will we ever get Washington to return to days of civility when compromise is no longer a dirty word?
And after the release of the video, we took that message of civility and compromise on the road.
Clay Aiken quoted in his campaign material (2014) :
“Politics shouldn’t be a game of tearing each other down. It should be about building everyone up,”
by Gene Conti,  Senior Adviser to Clay Aiken for North Carolina (his official Congressional campaign) : 
Clay Aiken believes that you can disagree without being disagreeable.  He wants to restore civility to Congress.  That is one of the reasons why he is running …Let's keep the momentum going. And let's restore civility to Congress.
I suspect he wanted civility and compromise from others not from himself.

Respect is reciprocal so he is simply setting the standard for how he wants to be treated.