Tag Archives: War

Uff Da! Viking Blood!


Meet Murr Brewster, if you haven’t already.  If she didn’t exist, I’d have had to invent her — except I’m not that clever.  Read — Rejoice!  You have a new addiction just waiting to happen.

When I was the age I should have been reading about spunky girl detectives or Victorian maids, my dad brought home a copy of Njal’s Saga, finally in paperback after a thousand years in vellum. Njal’s was one of several Norse sagas originating in tenth-century Iceland, and I devoured it. I’m not sure why. I might have been trying to locate some sign of gusto in my heritage. I’d already preferred to think of my own origins as leaning to the Norwegian side, although it was not a spicy bunch, my maternal relatives pale and mild-mannered and modest to a fault. I discounted the contribution from my dour Puritan forebears who were brought into the gene pool to introduce blotchiness. But I simply had nothing in the way of ethnicity….  Read more…

Navy wants commando ‘mothership’ in Middle East


In response to requests from the U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, the Navy is converting an aging warship it had planned to decommission into a makeshift staging base for the commandos. Unofficially dubbed a “mothership,” the floating base could accommodate smaller high-speed boats and helicopters commonly used by Navy SEALs, procurement documents show.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/pentagon-wants-commando-mother-ship/2012/01/27/gIQA66rGWQ_story.html

New drone has no pilot anywhere, so who’s accountable?


The X-47B is an experimental jet — that’s what the X stands for — and is designed to demonstrate new technology, such as automated takeoffs, landings and refueling. The drone also has a fully capable weapons bay with a payload capacity of 4,500 pounds, but the Navy said it has no plans to arm it.

Yeah. Right.