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Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Steve Cole's thoughts on military science.

1. The Trojan Horse was probably a battering ram, not a hollow statue that soldiers hid inside of. Once the battering ram broke through the gate, soldiers "inside the horse" could jump out to attack the city.

2. African countries are moving forward with technology. Many are buying used fighter planes from larger countries and creating an Air Force, but they discovered that Africa has more birds than anywhere else and that birds and jet engines do not mix. (African countries are also getting more airports and commercial aircraft.) Many solutions have been tried, but the most effective (first used in South Africa) was to train cheetahs to kill some birds and scare away the others. Cheetahs have always been the easiest cats to train (the ancient Egyptians did it, a lot). The cats seem to enjoy their new jobs where they are protected from bigger cats and from hyenas, have plenty of food (including treats from the friendly soldiers), and have a comfortable place to live. They even get veterinary care. Even better, the cheetahs were quite happy to also take care of small land animals that get into the bases and airports and cause no end of problems and damage. Cheetahs are expanding their employment opportunities to include food storage facilities and no end of other warehouses and storage places.

3. The very concept of modern weather patterns began in the early days of the US when Postmaster General Ben Franklin directed the commander of every fort and port occupied by the US military to mail him a weekly report summarizing the weather, day-by-day, over the last week. Franklin discovered that the weather in one fort was repeated in others a few days later, and studying months of reports was able to discern (for the first time in history) the idea of weather fronts and storm systems moving across wide areas. Until then, everyone just assumed that the weather in any area had little or nothing to do with the weather a hundred miles away.