Remember those US warship collisions last year? First we had the USS Fitzgerald colliding off the coast of Japan with a freighter, and then the USS John McCain suffered a collision in the heavy traffic sea lanes near Singapore. Despite numerous emails from people trying to tell me that this was all due to simple incompetence, no exotic mind-manipulation or otherwise exotic jamming technology required, I stuck to my guns.

I remain unconvinced about the incompetence explanation, or rather, remained unconvinced, until today when I saw this article from Mr. F.L.M. in my inbox, and it's a stunner, regardless of which hypothesis one uses to explain it:

Here's the basic gist of the story:

Recently, a sailor on the cruiser Shiloh started to behave erratically.  He claimed he had the ability to shoot fireballs from his hands and that he had traveled into outer space.  Despite his obvious insanity, no action was taken.  The sailor, named Peter Mims, then hid aboard his ship, and no one was able to find him for a week.

Wait a minute: no one was able to find Mims for a week? Just imagine, for a moment, the Japanese Navy or Chinese Navy or Royal Navy not being able to find a sailor on a ship. But wait, it gets much worse:

After he went missing and sparked a massive, 5,500 square-mile man overboard search across the Philippine Sea, the ship's crew continued a hopeful and fruitless search for him inside the claustrophobic catacombs of the ship's engineering spaces.

A week after he disappeared – and after his family was notified of his presumed death – a search crew found him hiding in an escape passage leading out of a sweltering engine room.

He was covered in urine and feces, and had a camelback, a multi-tool, Peeps candy[,] and an empty peanut butter jar with him.

Mims could have been apprehended prior to his discovery when another sailor spotted him in the middle of the night, days earlier.  But that sailor just went back to sleep instead of sounding the alarm.

The article concludes with the following observations:

There were a number of obvious failures here.

1) Mims was never competently evaluated by his superiors.  He was obviously mentally ill and derelict in duty, yet his superiors never took action.

2) A crewmember who found Mims was derelict in his duty in not apprehending him.

3) The crew proved unable or unwilling to search their own ship.  They claimed they confused Mims's feces for engine oil.  How can this be?  It looks as though they just didn't want to search because it was too unpleasant.  How would these soldiers perform in a real crisis, in combat?

4) Not mentioned above is that the cruiser's helicopter was nonoperational, which explained why Mims could not be transferred off the ship immediately.  The ship's helicopter is a vital piece of equipment, especially in anti-submarine warfare, and should have been operational at all times.


What's going on with the U.S. Navy?  Is it simply years of neglect under Obama or something else?  What do you think?

Well, one thing I think is that if things are this incompetent, then something is wrong.

But I contend it is not with the US Navy. It's with the US academy.

And it's now reaching national security proportions. A look at colleges, high schools - indeed, a look at the whole system, top to bottom - is rotten with progressive "Bolshe-Marxist" codswallop, which begins to be imbibed the moment a "student" steps through the doors of his school, which is probably more concerned about my masculine pars pro toto use of the pronoun that it is with teaching him the essentials of standard - not politically correct  or "sensitive" - English grammar, and is more concerned about the microaggressions of white patriarchy in mathematics or biology or physics, than it is with learning mathematics, biology, or physics, whose teachers spend more time in "certification" classes learning the latest boondoggle of psychoblither to come out of Columbia teachers' college or the NEA's "doctors of edubabble" than they spend learning the disciplines they are supposed to teach, and learning them to genuinely collegiate levels. And, should the occasional rebel teacher actually attempt to uphold those standards, he will be villified, persecuted, and shouted down by the butt-hurt progressive idiots - his "colleagues" - and "counseled" by his "administrators" (who earn, incidentally, far more than he ever will for producing failure after failure) and screamed at by fat ugly  and thoroughly dumb, illiterate, mannerless, discourteous, and stupid students - and by ugly, I mean ugly in character and soul.

And don't think it will be confined to sailors on ships, or captains of warships who apparently cannot even maintain a rudimentary standard of discipline and performance; tomorrow it will be the doctors, lawyers, mechanics, and other technical professions that will be dumbed down as well. And we won't wake up and throw these worthless deadweights out of our schools and universities until the planes can no longer fly, or elevators come crashing down, or surgeons forget the anesthetic (or overdose their patients). Save your money, and spare your children the horrible and terrible imbecilities of an American education... educate them yourselves, because the movie Idiocracy is quickly becoming a reality.

Ok... rant over.

See you on the flip side...

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. duncan mckean on January 14, 2018 at 11:54 am

    “Bolshe-Marxist” thanks! and to the point ! welcome to borgville..where is lecutus? tear em up joe!! Fake civility on steroids..P C is. Now retrograde= progressive..The war on definition began when chicken little psychopathic soccer moms thought bugs bunny cartoons were too violent for children ..Here comes” he man and the masters of the universe” more like; masters of social engineering . lose of property rights and a new cartoon to live by. sorry about the country inner dialogue is much clearer.

  2. Sandygirl on January 13, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    The education system is training the children of tomorrow for Amazon warehouse positions and other low level tasks. Computer algorithms will decide which students to promote to higher education. AI will also decide whether the child is depressed and needs counseling or social skills training, it’s being implemented now in many school districts.
    With technology involved in most areas of our daily lives society reminds me of The Jetsons cartoon series. AI made life wonderful and easy.
    We are the first generation of mass media programming, how’s it going so far? Tptb introduce a meme 50 years in advance to manipulate public opinion so many years later. Social engineering is too easy when they own the airwaves.
    We need thousands of mentors to get the children outdoors in nature away from technology.

  3. Robert Barricklow on January 13, 2018 at 11:42 am

    The education system is not currently designed for the student. A reading of Dr. Farrell’s Rotten To the (Common) Core shows it is being engineered for A.I.
    The engineering mind-set has little patience for the fetishization of words and images, for the mystique of art, for moral complexity. Algorithms are meant to erode free will, to nudge humans in the right direction. They are teaching A.I at the expense of our students, the guinea pigs fodder for A.I. learning.

    • Robert Barricklow on January 13, 2018 at 2:55 pm

      That’s the way I framed, Rotten To The (Common) Core; that the whole effort, is to make human beings predictable[throw Facebook into the mix as well] – to anticipate “our” behavior, which makes us easier to manipulate.
      We’ve become the screws and rivets in their grand design.
      From citizen, to consumer, to commodity, to the screws & bolts in their social structure. that is being engineered to dominate us all.
      Imprisoned in a superior virtual world, w/o us being aware of the A.I. hand guiding us, into their “superior” direction.

  4. jplatt39 on January 13, 2018 at 6:51 am

    Wow. While neither my brothers nor I were ever healthy enough so Uncle Sam wanted us, Dad’s constant meditations on his WWII service meant we were constantly around veterans – including Vietnam Vets when two of us were marching against that war.

    And that is why the anecdotal nature of this undercuts the credibility of your rant. It does not surprise me but it would not have surprised me at 15 or at 35. I heard too many similar anecdotes. Not many this bad but certainly a few. Cynicism among Vets has been common for a long time. And so has a tendency to whitewash the past.

    I’m not suggesting this isn’t horrible, and I certainly don’t want to insult anybody, but this is neither new nor the academy’s doing,

    It’s the culture, is the easiest way to put it.

  5. Jim Cooper on January 12, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    After the Fitzgerald & McCain incidents, a lot of old salts like myself talked about (more like complained) about today’s modern Navy. Quite a lot has changed since I took my last cruise in ’82. Officers are no longer trained for watch standing, but passing their Surface Warfare certification test. Senior officers are graded on how many are qualified and won’t get their next desired assignment if they don’t meet quota. In both accidents, the was not a proper and qualified Sea & Anchor detail set. They weren’t using charts to plot their positions. When you add to this the number of deployments that they now have to make and the ships in varying states of disrepair (no budget for parts or can’t be fixed except in the Yards) it’s surprising that there aren’t many more accidents.

    As far as not finding Mims aboard ship, if he didn’t want to be found there are lots of places where one could hide. The alleged Sailor that saw him and did nothing could have alerted the Master of Arms, but if they didn’t find him, then he was likely in hiding again. I don’t believe the story that his performance wasn’t evaluated by his Chief or his Department Head. If there is a disrupting crew member that isn’t being handled by the chain of command, then the crew would take matters into their own hands and give him an attitude adjustment party. That Mims was found in an engineering crawl space means he had to be a “snipe” (someone who works in engineering) and knew where to hide. His alleged mental state was likely a quick onset or he’d have be assigned to sick bay.


  6. Maggan on January 12, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    This is exactly why the US should never go to war… we are too incompetent. Bravo for saying what needs to be said… education at all levels is worthless. It doesn’t matter if you go to Harvard or a state school, they are all the same. While professors retire & get replaced with these idiots who instill more stupidity in students. It’s laughable to think we can ever conduct space research. It’s laughable that any doctor today will make a life saving discovery. More likely a life ending ….Bolshevism is alive & well in the US of A.

  7. Robert Barricklow on January 12, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    The 21st Century’s foundation is being built upon sand; albeit, in the form of silicon. Today’s monopoly platforms; are in fact in Silicon Valley. “They” are shaping education[and other inste too SHens] to complete the merger between man & machine – to redirect the trajectory of human evolution.
    Naturally, the Academy’s would be tasked with this mission by their corporate fascist masters[after all; soldiers are Smedley Butler’s: gangsters for capitalism].
    Leibnitz was a prophet of the digital age: the automation of reason; where the power of the tech companies becomes so potentially menacing.
    Therefore; this line of grupthink[groupthink], is a total 180 from the Academy’s real education: an unmatched esprit de corps. The procedures that enable mechanical thinking[algorithms], the crucial blocks of software; are not warriors. They remove humans from the whole process of inquiry; as they are starting to do in the military’s sacred kill-chain, where human is being targeted as the weak link.
    I doubt the academies are that derelict in their duties; torturing the future military leaders until it confesses like data in the relentless hunt to fit the new silicon-based patterns.
    The mission of the Academy is an esprit de corps of human warriors; not cyborgs, machines, nor under the command of silicon valley companies.
    The Academies know that the amateur who wants to dominate uses guns; the professionals uses social structure[especially when educating their own].

  8. Neru on January 12, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    When I look at my own workspace it does not surprise me. Social rot is so devastating that when all oldies are pensioned the real fun will start.
    Youth can’t read nor write, the only thing produced are tantrums and all my bosses say I have to endure because considered normal behavior. However, I am expected to function at peak efficiency because the youth can’t, go figure. Sick leave is also at an all-time high.

    Large parts of the Western world is not able to function and it will get worse over time. Problem is the war toys and accidents. Within a decade the Western world is ripe for invasion and take over. Then again who wants 2 continents (EU+USA) full of nonfunctioning nut potters.

    • Robert Barricklow on January 12, 2018 at 6:23 pm

      The media is the primary tool that is corrupting the moral social structures. Extremely sinister in its sophistication. I doubt an alien race could match their disguised evil. Unless of course, we’ve already been invaded.

  9. goshawks on January 12, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    It’s interesting seeing (reading) Joseph having a full-blown meltdown… (grin)

    While all of the above is true, unfortunately, I would posit a different reason for the situation aboard that Navy ship: Peace.

    As a history buff, I read a lot about WWII. On the (US) Navy side, they had to suffer through a ‘winnowing-out’ process at the start of the war. Many sailors and ships were lost through faulty tactics, leadership, training (and lack of), and weapons. (A US submarine lies on the sea-bottom off the Aleutian Islands because a faulty torpedo-fuse would ‘crunch’ and not detonate the torpedo if you had a perfect, 90-degree hit on the target.)

    Real warfare (against a near-peer foe) demands real discipline. Going the extra mile. Looking out for each other. Working-out what really works. Etc. The US Navy (somewhat fortunately) has not had this ‘conditioning’ since 1945. That’s three-plus generations to ‘forget’ the battle-forged unit a ship, officers, and crew had to be in order to survive. (Incompetence was ruthlessly weeded-out, one way or another.) A peacetime navy is different than a wartime navy (against a near-peer foe).

    In a way, that is also the state of the US. A peacetime nation is different than a wartime nation (against a near-peer foe)…

  10. Yiannis Katospiti on January 12, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Ron Paul Curriculum
    Decentralized ,each student write essay which is posted in blog for every course , no books , $50 a class . No grades . Take a CLEP after course test out of college breadth courses enter collage with credits depending on how many CLEPs. Make$$ , reduce university/ college costs by thousands. I pay my kids $400 for each course. They will each have taken business I and II and have set businesses through RPC curriculum .
    Live courses with Harvard , and other university level profs. that have written many books , articles and operate successful business most of them. Boom! Take charge.

  11. anakephalaiosis on January 12, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Beast behaving beastly is natural. Dogs urinate their territory, and eat their own feces. Man’s regressing into beast is no different.

    Man is only man, because there is a social contract defining norm. Man is norm. Human is soul, because “hue” is radiation.

    Original Christianity is social contract in natural state, showing footsteps from beast to talking beast. These footsteps are the Runes.

  12. DanaThomas on January 12, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Rant on, no holds barred!

  13. basta on January 12, 2018 at 10:24 am

    It’s not just education that’s the problem; it’s the societal rot of a degenerate empire in terminal decline.

  14. Charles Smarr on January 12, 2018 at 10:23 am

    I assume you have seen coverage about this incident. “Vermilion Parish Teacher Handcuffed At School Board Meeting; Board Also Renews Superintendent’s Contract”

  15. basta on January 12, 2018 at 10:16 am


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