Serendip is a satisfying landscape for wandering … following little strange attractors … Listening to Studio Ghibli music. My daughter tells me I should give readers some idea of where this is going. So, because I acknowledge that she is probably right about that, I will tell you that this is a post about how seemingly disconnected or unrelated pieces of information often can connect to form an unexpected picture. I am positing, based on the three items of data here laid out that Canada is moving to join the international club of nuclear powers. Shocking, right? ( The next 6 paragraphs are just personal background and anti-Liberal rant, a kind of “full disclosure” of my own anti-Liberal biases. Please feel free to skip them and go on to the data below the 3 stars.)
This humble correspondent once earned his daily bread by scanning hundreds of bits and pieces of information from hundreds of contacts and correspondents (this was pre-www, and what is sometimes referred to in some circles as “humint“).
From this soup of data I would then collate and categorize and ponder and eventually write detailed briefing notes for senior officers which the Department of Justice called “Environmental Scans”.
These were little free standing gospels of what if, and what might, and perhaps, and by the way, to which my masters would attach more or less weight depending upon their understandings, catalyzed by other data to which I was not party. Saved quite a few hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years.
To do this successfully one must have a wide web of trusted, and even not so trusted, contacts developed over years and routinely stroked and rewarded with little bits of whatever the contacts are looking for. Those habits never went away any more than an understanding of “CW” communications does to the long time user.
So, here are a couple of items of interest, perhaps, or perhaps not, if one’s interests are more of a “magical” nature. As previously mentioned, one can always get one’s reality ready made from Salon, the CBC, and Being Liberal, if it suites one’s fancy. Of course I suspect that those sorts of readers would never “waste” time reading anything I write. They are much more interested in prosecuting “Cecil’s Assassin”, for example than talking about, or even worse, actually doing anything about millions of babies murdered, dismembered and sold for parts by our government “health” ministries.
But, “who am I to judge”? I am just an intolerant, homophobic, bigot, right? HEY! The emperor is still naked! What about that? Strange what comes around. The very folks who were calling me a “baby killer” because I served in the military back in the 70’s are now the same constituency who are fully in support of murdering millions of babies and selling their body parts, in the name of “choice”. Strange world. By their works, and all that …
So what about “disparate data”?
First, “Fighter Jets” … the “Canadian F-35“.
In some circles, some commentators pan the F-35 for not being as capable as other jets in the roles advertised for it. For example, Bill Whittle and his Trifecta compatriots did a remarkable summary of what is actually going on in “The Psychology of Suck, Part Deux”: Static Systems Suck. They have a set of expectations associated with “Fighter Jet”.
If those expectations are in fact the actual parameters which define the success of the F-35 program then they are right to conclude that the only thing that makes sense is the discussion of “Why do government agencies mutate into immortal bureaucracies? Because the actual mission of ANY government program is to spend money.” Once you understand that the rest becomes clear. But are those the actual parameters defining this aircraft’s success?
If they are, then this is a highly entertaining video relating a phenomenon I have personally seen in action several times and been the victim of. Who knew? Alberta Health is not alone!
However, maybe those are not actually the REAL paramaters, but rather just a lot of disinformation, smoke and mirrors. In other circles you have industry professionals and media telling us that this is the fighter jet of choice for Canada’s future needs. It doesn’t specify what those needs are. beyond the “renewal” of Canada’s fighter fleet.
According to Reuters, “Canada is poised to buy 65 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets, sources familiar with the process told Reuters, marking a major renewal of Canada’s fighter fleet and helping contain costs of the expensive defense program.
An 18-month independent review of Canada’s fighter jet needs (very expensive and provoked by the Opposition Parties for political reasons) has concluded that the government should skip a new competition and proceed with the original C$9 billion (actually C$8.22 billion) purchase, three sources said.”
And, while I am on the topic, just how the hell does C$8.22 billion become C$9 billion in the media? Who the hell knows, but hey, what’s a few hundred million when you have a chance to smear Conservatives.
We all know that accuracy is a Grey tribe fetish for rocket scientists and engineers. WE Liberal media types don’t neeeed no stinkeen’ accuracy, right ? And this whole accuracy thing is just SO Grey Tribe, through and through. The Pink Feelings Folks will never get it, no matter what happens to them. For all of them it is all about “image” and “optics”. It’s all Cecil vs Babies.
Now, in the past, the Canadian Liberals routinely sent limited numbers of well trained but very poorly equipped military personnel into global hotspots, all in the mushy name of “Peacekeeping”. What this usually translated as was a dropping a tiny group of Canadian soldiers in blue helmets with no weapons and extremely restrictive “rules of engagement” into the middle of a gun fight to “separate” the two sides. This gave the Liberal government “good optics” and global cover, but resulted in frequent death and or wounding of Canadian personnel. Just gotta respect Lester Pearson, who loved the adulation of the UN more than his own soldiers lives. But what else would one expect from a Liberal. The adulation, praise and recognition of all the right progressive audiences ARE the MOST important thing in life, right? So on to the next item …
along the way I decided that this original post is too long so I will split it up starting here with item 2 ….