July 26, 2016

Palate Cleanser

Recent posts have been less than inspirational, so here is a study of a serene tropical beach....and a watermelon.




Art by Yana (formerly went by Nekoarashi)

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Arguably Less Disturbing Than The Previous Post

It looks like the Russians are commissioning not one, but two classes of big submarines to carry their new heavyweight torpedoes, which we've blogged about before. These torpedoes, which are variously referred to as KANYON or Status-6, are believed to have a warhead with a yield somewhere between 50 and 150 megatons. This sounds like a plot point from a summer blockbuster or comic book, but as a practical matter, these would be fiendishly hard to stop and they would utterly destroy (and render uninhabitable for years) the ports upon which we rely for our Navy and trade.


One of these submarines, a brand new ship believed to be named KHABAROVSK appears to be a dedicated carrier for six or so of these port busters and basically would serve much the same function as a ballistic missile sub, doing deterrence patrols. The other one is something of an oddball....


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BELGOROD is a Russian cruise missile submarine being refitted as a sort of research vessel/spy sub/ underwater support ship. Yet this vessel is also reported to have six of these weapons fitted. While this contradictory set of requirements is perplexing, Covert -Shores is a fairly well regarded site and was way ahead of the curve on their analysis of the North Korean Ballistic Missile sub. Why an underwater reconnaissance vessel/work boat is carrying strategic weapons is unknown, but the vessel seems to be designed to support nuclear powered underwater sensor arrays in the arctic and conduct reconnaissance. This may simply be a second large hull that can get the weapons out to sea so they can start "deterring". After all,  a navy needs at least three ships to keep one on patrol at all times. Alternatively, the extensive spy sub equipment might have applications for sneaking these weapons into U.S. ports.

Obviously our European allies would be vulnerable to this weapon too but I can't see the Russians setting off something that dirty in Europe. Japan might be a target as the jet stream and currents would carry the contamination East, but Japan is not a threat to Russia, so this is probably only aimed at the U.S.

Of course, there is actually a bigger story here than just operationalizing some doomsday torpedoes, and that is the ongoing construction of a series of nuclear powered sensor arrays in the Arctic. This is after all purported to be the primary function of this new submarine. Such a sensor array is reminiscent of the old SOSUS but it has the potential to be far more capable thanks to the raw power available from the underwater nuclear reactors associated with it. When completed, this sensor net has the potential to very much turn the Arctic into a Russian lake in which US or Canadian subs will exist only at Russian indulgence.

In a related story (related in that it involves Russians, submarines and breathless, apocalyptic clickbaitery) here is an AEI article that has been making the rounds in the consevosphere. It attaches some considerable significance to the names of Russian Strategic submarines. Note though, that the author's premise does not hold up with regard to the name KHABAROVSK .


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...And You Thought Current Events Were Horrifying

Still...

This might appeal to Pete.
This should be right up his alley*.



The English name is Ikigusare

Apparently, someone had the bright idea of doing a fictional pop idol group revolving around the theme of birth defects, including cyclopia, diprosopus and whatever the hell is going on with the girl in the middle.

They aren't just high octane nightmare fuel, they act pretty much like your typical pop idol group. It's one of those....unique...art meme ideas that got picked up on pixiv after a while because of the...novelty...or whatever polite euphemism we're using this week.


*Logically it has got to be up somebody's...Note that if I end up riddled with bullets from from  a Charter Arms Pitbull, then we'll have to revisit our premises. 

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July 25, 2016

When Horror Comes in The Dead of Night

Meanwhile, In Japan: As many as 19 people are dead after a former employee walked into a home for the disabled in Kanagawa and began...stabbing. He later turned himself into Police

Asahi Shimbun reported that the suspect was quoted by police as saying "I want to get rid of the disabled from this world." 

Good Lord. 

UPDATE: J. Greely points out that this sad story gets even weirder and sicker:
...five months ago, he sent a polite letter to the government announcing his detailed plans and asking for official support. It’s not clear from the stories whether he wrote the letter and then got fired when the police investigated, or got fired first.

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July 24, 2016

Wait! They LIED to us!

I'm not complaining...I just didn't expect....this.

Wait for it...

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