Because he would be angered at what has become of his beloved Navy…
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Now that it has been over 9 years since Lex was taken from us I have felt ready to read his multipart posting of “Rhythms”, a story of life on a carrier.
It is a very well written description of that life, and holds your attention. I could not put it down until I finished it. I wish that he had published it. You learn quite a bit about life aboard a carrier and the various ratings and their tasks. We are fortunate to have such people protecting this nation
I have come to firmly believe that parts of Rhythms are autobiographical. Lex never names the carrier in Rhythms, but he gives a strong hint at the end when he describes the carrier’s pennant. It is the Gadsden “don’t tread on me” snake against a background of red and white horizontal stripes. That pennant is the oldest of the US Navy and is allowed to be flown only on designated ships — those that have the longest record of duty. A limited number of carriers flew it, and one is the Kitty Hawk, a carrier that Lex had written posts about (using a nastier name, since the carrier was so old).
Lex also had been an XO and flown in the Iraq war. He had been a Top Gun instructor. There is a character that he describes (posting in Oct 2005) leading a two-ship that takes out a time-critical target with a JDAM. The target was identified by someone going by the code name “Assassin” who was in close proximity to the target. Later on he quotes a “Sgt B” letter of thanks to another two-ship that rescued his marine group from a serious ambush (that he had listened in on). The XO is Lex, body and soul.
I hope that those who log in are able to read Rhythms. It is well worth your time.
Richard Fernandez introduces the story of the Fighter Directors (FDOs) who protected our carriers in WWII Pacific campaign.
Space Invaders Off Okinawa, 1945
BY RICHARD FERNANDEZ FEB 22, 2021 6:19 PM ET
You can then follow his hot link to the full story…
This link gives the introduction, but also gives a table of contents with hot links that allow you to read the ful story. It is FASCINATING.
Read and enjoy. I know that Lex would have.
Dan Crenshaw has posted an incredible ad.
It is a MUST WATCH!
Beware a fake web site
Soldiers Angles real URL is soldiersangles.org
Fake site is soldierangles.org
Note the lack of “s” at the end of soldier.
I strongly recommend this article
Here are the first 2 paragraphs:
Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by researchers at the chip maker Nvidia, didn’t look different from other autonomous cars, but it was unlike anything demonstrated by Google, Tesla, or General Motors, and it showed the rising power of artificial intelligence. The car didn’t follow a single instruction provided by an engineer or programmer. Instead, it relied entirely on an algorithm that had taught itself to drive by watching a human do it.
Getting a car to drive this way was an impressive feat. But it’s also a bit unsettling, since it isn’t completely clear how the car makes its decisions. Information from the vehicle’s sensors goes straight into a huge network of artificial neurons that process the data and then deliver the commands required to operate the steering wheel, the brakes, and other systems. The result seems to match the responses you’d expect from a human driver. But what if one day it did something unexpected—crashed into a tree, or sat at a green light? As things stand now, it might be difficult to find out why. The system is so complicated that even the engineers who designed it may struggle to isolate the reason for any single action. And you can’t ask it: there is no obvious way to design such a system so that it could always explain why it did what it did.
And there is a lot more of interest — including DARPA work.
Read and be amazed.
I highly recommend this fascinating story of the undersea during the Cold War and afterwards. You can read it for free at the internet site:
or (better yet) go to the Home Page there and purchase the eBook for $4.99.
It is a fascinating read, and near the end you run across Ballard.
Breaking the Outer Ring: Marine Landings in the Marshall Islands by J.C. Chapin
Breaching the Marianas: The Battle for Saipan by J.C. Chapin
Both available for download from http://www.gutenberg.org.
I told Lex a few years back that he would have silicon wingmen in the future that could take the g-forces that would allow them to operate inside the loop of protein-based pilots.
First they will support, then they will supplant.
And Skynet will have excellent tools when the AI awakening occurs.