I don't know about you, but I suspect something mightily weird is going on in the world's shipping lanes, and it's getting too big to ignore. Consider what we've seen in the past few years: off Japan, the USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant ship; later, the USS John McCain collided with a ship near Singapore. And who can forget the cargo ship that ran aground in the Suez Canal, after having entered the canal by performing a series of bizarre maneuvers.

Now there's another incident according to this RT article spotted by G.C.:

Iran blasts ‘suspicious’ reporting as UK Navy agency warns of potential ship ‘hijacking’ off UAE

Note firstly that the article isn't really about strange events involving ships, but rather about Iran's, versus Great Britain's reporting of the same event, an event that Britain regards might be a possible ship hijacking:

Continuous reports about security incidents in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea are “highly suspicious”, Iran has said as the UK’s maritime trade agency reported a fresh “potential hijacking” off the coast of the UAE.

“An incident is currently underway” some 61 nautical miles (113 kilometers) east of the United Arab Emirates region of Fujairah, UK Maritime Trade Operations said on Tuesday. The agency – which is staffed by Royal Navy reservists and monitors marine traffic in the area – also marked the incident as an “attack, hijacking or kidnapping.” 

The Times newspaper, citing “British government sources”, reported that a ship named the ‘Asphalt Princess’ was allegedly seized off the coast of Fujairah by a “squad” of about eight or nine armed attackers.

And of course, Britain is blaming Iran for the alleged hijacking:

According to the Times, again citing a government source, British officials are “working on an assumption” that Iran is allegedly behind the apparent attack. Tehran denied any involvement while branding the reports themselves “highly suspicious.”

Would Iran seize a ship? Yes, but in my opinion only under very special circumstances, e.g., the ship was a spy ship, or acting in some covert capacity against Iran, or engaged in provocative behaviour that was perceived as a threat. But otherwise, probably not, and especially now.

So far, so good: the usual Middle East tensions and brinksmanship.

But then, as G.C. pointed out, there's a strange statement, plopped down in the article with no explanation whatsoever, and it's this statement that concerns me:

At least four more vessels sailing near the UAE coast reported on Tuesday they had “lost control” of steering, according to AP. The vessels were oil tankers called Queen Ematha, the Golden Brilliant, Jag Pooja and Abyss, media reports said. The exact circumstances of those incidents remain unclear. (Boldface emphasis  added)

Now, unlike the Ever Given blocking the Suez canal, at least this time they're not blaming the loss of steering on "strong winds".  But how not one, not two, not three, but four separate  ships - all oil tankers - should lose their steering in one of the busiest waterways in the world, one moreover the scene of constant tension, is disturbing, especially if "the exact circumstances of those incidents remain unclear."

At the time of the USS Fitzgerald incident, I speculated that perhaps one of two things had happened, or perhaps some combination of both: (1) both ship's navigation systems had been hacked, or (2) the bridge crews may have been under some sort of mind manipulation influence, or (3) perhaps some combination of both. A retired US Navy friend of mine who knows a great deal about bridge procedures and steering large ships assured me that it was simply bad training and so on, and that eventually was the story the Navy settled on. Quietly, however, they ramped down their dependency on digital systems, and began to "re-analogue" steering systems. I don't know about you, but if I were on a ship (call her the RMS Olympitanic) headed for a collision with an iceberg, I'd feel a lot better if, in addition to computer screens and cursors to steer the thing, there was a great big wheel in the wheel house connected by levers, pulleys, and lots of hydraulics to the rudder that one actually had to physically turn in order to turn the ship. But I digress.

But now we're way beyond the occasional warship-merchant ship collision. We're in new territory, and ships are losing steering, and no one appears to know why, or perhaps they do know why, but they're not saying. The fact that the four ships were all oil tankers, and that their steering loss appears to have occurred in roughly the same general location, suggests that we might be looking at a shore- or space-based technology, a technology moreover perhaps interfering with steering systems remotely via broadcast. In this case, the crew itself becomes part of the steering systems. Did they merely perceive they had lost control? Or were the systems themselves actually being interfered with?

But if not broadcast, then alternatively, were the systems hacked?

And if, indeed, we are looking at such a scenario, then who is behind it? The "usual suspects" certainly come to mind. But I would not rule out non-state actors either.

This strange admission, right in the middle of an article ostensibly about piracy and Middle Eastern finger-pointing, is ultimately, for now, a case of you tell me.

See you on the flip side...


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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. Mr. G. B. on August 10, 2021 at 9:27 am

    I think you could be on to something but you mentioned that ship that basically got wedged in the canal. Well, if you look at how it was moving at the time there was some rather strange steering going on along with strong winds hitting the broad side of the ship. If they can turn off the ships steering and there’s not a total loss of power they can certainly takeover the steering of the vessel just enough to get it in a precarious situation like that one that got stuck.

    • William Houston on August 11, 2021 at 3:38 pm

      My understanding is that since 1996, ME or mechanical engines have been designed and engineered to be attached to the main CPU of all automobiles, trains, planes and ships. This will allow those CPUs and thus computers to be taken over and controlled in flight, on the roads or across water. Example: A major airline had a plane disappear after takeoff and then land on Diego Garcia, taxied to a hanger with all 200+ people on board dead. That plane was later used in a missile shoot down “mistake” event.

  2. Michael UK on August 8, 2021 at 4:16 am

    Well, the US military’s Central Command has announced the results of its forensic investigation into last week’s fatal drone attack on a merchant tanker off coast of Oman.
    It says explosives experts concluded that the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was produced in Iran.
    The evidence has been shared with explosives experts in Britain and Israel who concurred with the findings.
    The attack on the MT Mercer Street killed two people.
    The vessel is managed by the London-based Zodiac Maritime, a company owned by Israeli shipping magnate Eyal Ofer.
    More evidence of the shadow war between Iran and Israel.

  3. Laurent on August 8, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Weird, I just spent a few minutes on a reply mentioning the Society of Cycles, Maurice Cotterell lecture on the Secrets of the Super Gods and Chinese astrology relating to governance. I contemplated that maybe there is something going on with the sun affecting us in a mental capacity much like a full moon can affect people on a grand scale.
    Also, isn’t there something about a technology that can affect radar signatures and alter them?

    • anakephalaiosis on August 8, 2021 at 3:22 am

      The Stargate franchise has produced a decade of entertainment, debunking gods, as snake heads.

      There is a problem, with parasites, that want to be worshipped, by papal claims, bestowed on monarchy.

      Astrology seems to nourish superstition, in cōck-and-bull stories, having sheeple starstruck, believing in mass media.

      Six million gods:

      • Loxie Lou Davie on August 8, 2021 at 8:46 am

        So, what is the point, Anak, about the 6 million???

        • anakephalaiosis on August 8, 2021 at 9:51 pm

          “Six million” supports the claim of Court Jews, to reign Scandinavian thrones, in addition to papal legacy bestowing them divine right to rule.

          The Court Jews, reigning Scandinavian thrones, need to enchant the sheeple, as guilt-tripped and star-struck.

          Hans Christian Andersen pointing out, that the emperor’s new clothes are fake, occurs, when the Glücksburgs are conspiring to power.

          The Glücksburgs financed Rottenchild, to economical power.

          • anakephalaiosis on August 9, 2021 at 12:56 am

            The brothers Hesse-Cassel, (who were directly involved, with both Adam Weishaupt and Mayer Amschel Rottenchild), married their first cousins, and spawned the first matriarch of the Glücksburgs, while conspiring, to gain power in Denmark, over the dead body of the last Oldenburg.

            One’s Danish bloodline has, for generations, been targeted, by these criminals, in their perpetual foxhunt, against anything that moves.

            Today, going Scythian, one causes stampede on the steppe, against the cabal, by reconstructing the narrative, back to the Bronze Age.

            Sport, at the cranial cups:


    • hacktivist on August 9, 2021 at 1:19 am

      I’m sure there are cycles like that in the stock market and other things too. I don’t go into them. The movie Pi explained them. They’re dangerous. Goldman would know. I bet those guys have them.

      Here’s some more Matrix soundtrack sounding music:

      These tunes get weird when you’re looking at solar phenomena naming in electronica. I just looked around a little bit. I like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwJYoUKCzf4

      It goes fast and slow. That’s what I like about it. Guys I have to go. I’m sorry about the drunken DJing. The movie “Pi” deals with the sun thing you’re talking about I think but it’s in the Torah. I don’t want to upset anyone by commenting on it (or the movie). It’s kind of a deep flick. There’d be patterns in the Buddhist texts too I’m sure, Vedic, and all of it not just in the Torah but basically you can find God through all spirituality and end up in the sun (they say) and knowing more about mankind too. That is the enlightenment they’re always talking about. That’s all I know. I hope no-one takes this the wrong way (that I’m enlightened) or anything weird, and enjoy the music. Sorry again, and peace out guys.

      p.s. I was drunk in the previous posts. Lets hope this doesn’t happen again. Here is my favorite producer around who named a sun song.


  4. Roger on August 7, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    A strange report of my own. My sister is out of town for a few days and I’m watching her dog. Took it outside to use the bathroom in the dark. Took LED flashlight to make sure no snakes around. Got a lot of water moccasins that sometimes come up from canal. Narrowed the beam and aimed it at a star. In the light beam a few feet above my head was a two inch long needle thin something made up of pulsating lights that went back and forth inside it’s two inch length. At first thought I was seeing reflection from a floating spider web dancing in the air but there was no wind at all. Whatever it was it danced back and forth above my head but stayed in my beam. Sometimes it danced out real quick and I had to search to find it again. Sometimes it came back to the beam on it’s own. As I became more and more curious about what it was it seemed to become more curious about me and slowly flittered down to just a couple feet above my head. Reached up to touch it and it darted real quick out of reach again about six feet above me. I got real excited because whatever it was it was showing intelligence and curiosity. As I got excited it flittered around a little more excitedly as well as if it felt what I felt. My mom was smoking a cigarette in the screened in Florida room and I called for her to hurry and come out to see what she thought it was and to see if she could see it. As I called for her to come see it it darted over the roof and out of sight and when I became disappointed and hoped it would reappear it seemed to reluctantly come back. It was so small it took my mom a moment to see it in the flashlight beam. You could only see it and it only pulsated with bright visible light while in the flashlight beam. It eventually got used to my mom and danced around above both of us and seemed as curious of us as we were of it. My mom started praying to God to cast out evil in case it was evil but I could feel it was not evil and it ignored her. When I got excited and told her to stop and aggravated with her because she didn’t it flittered around very excitedly and fast but calmed again when I calmed. I felt it wasn’t sure it like being seen and it darted off a few times and disappeared but came back when I became disappointed that it left. Whatever it was it could move at super high speeds, maybe even light speed when it wanted to. Eventually my mom wanted to go back in and I took the dog in behind her before coming back out to study it further. But it was no where to be found and didn’t come back. What ever it was it was as thin as a needle and only two inches long. It was clear like fishing line but pulsated inside with bright blue-green tinted white lights as bright as stars when viewed inside the flash light beam. It seemed intelligent, curious and responsive to my emotions and wishes. Never seen anything like it ever before nor have I ever heard of anything like it before. There really does seem to be more to reality than we caneven imagine.

    • Roger on August 7, 2021 at 11:37 pm

      Don’t know if this had anything to do with it but when I narrowed the beam of the flashlight and aimed it at the star I did it playfully and in the spur of the moment to connect with and communicate with the star in jest. But then noticed the pulsating dancing thread and seemed to connect and communicate with it instead. Very strange sign and I have been working on becoming one with the more positive energies and potentials of the Universe lately before I sleep. Especially last night and felt like I was experiencing some success and was on the right track in life finally.

      • anakephalaiosis on August 8, 2021 at 12:54 am

        A flying hair of Goldilocks in delirium tremens? Detective Morse is on the case, at pub.


      • Loxie Lou Davie on August 8, 2021 at 8:51 am

        Thanks, Roger, for such an interesting story!!! I’m sure we have no clue about what goes on in the Universe around us as we live in such a tiny sliver of “reality”!!! 😉

      • Robert Barricklow on August 8, 2021 at 11:28 am

        You are intimately & symbolically in sync w/the living universe.

      • zendogbreath on August 8, 2021 at 5:41 pm

        Given what it seems we r up against, Roger, it might be a worthwhile friendship to foster.


    • Wu Wu on August 8, 2021 at 6:39 pm

      You might try Hebrews 13:2 on Mom.

    • Sandygirl on August 9, 2021 at 7:32 am

      Roger, a thought, an emotion, a touch, these can change the molecule structure of the water. I would think it’s the same with the space all around us. Maybe you were communicating with elementals which felt/responded to your playfulness in the moment. Very cool story.

  5. hacktivist on August 7, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Drugged out suspects who are then taken into custody and make into aliens. All aboard U.S. Navy submarines. This is the MILABS phenomenon gentlemen. Are we ready ? Somehow this may be going on. It would explain everything (why Iran is willing to act). Look I don’t want to dabble in paranoia, but here we are. I wish I could express it all..

    Lain is hot now. This video is through the looking glass Lain. She’s a mean bitch after they created her. Japanese culture knows it. This is possible. This is an example. The grabs are infinite…

    Lesbian sex is where they wanted to go with it… but it has the Aeon Flux eye!

    Notice the “Ghost in the Shell” parts.. Here is their song (my favorite one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u77XdL8_B4)
    Aldous Huxley eat your heart out.

    When she touches the surface it is a spiritual moment if you know the movie…

    Akira is another one. If you guys are paranoid with no anime background check these two:

    (sorry you have to know Gold for this one… [really do go see the movie…])

    Sorry about all the trans looking stuff. They had to make it look stereotype back then. The cars were future ahead. Trunk space is not needed…

    This film is about PK as is the Animatrix (if you watch it carefully). There’s more to come but I won’t comment everyday here guys as it seems you have the place to yourself and I don’t want to infringe on Farrell’s work.

    Basically Farrell documents everything [the high crimes in history], but really the futurism is most important if we’re to deal with it. I mean we have to deal with what is comming and let’s face it a historical researcher can only go so far…


    Here the anime diverges into past and future selves and the quality of life is diminished so that swords are it, and basically you either kill or be killed (this is all).

    We are in a kill or be killed world (sorry about the cheesy music and bad subtitles and English dubbing). Here is a priestess in the Matrix killing to save her husband’s soul (really she is doing what she has to do): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZn19SDs0mE

    This was an anime post. I don’t have many more in me. Good luck guys. Thanks for your help


    • hacktivist on August 7, 2021 at 11:47 pm

      More on Deep Underground Military Bases (in U.S. culture). Here it is pretty obvious in rap music:

      (sorry about the offensive lyrics if they are present)


      Unless you pull out the fat-crispy
      5 dollar bill, on the real, before it’s history
      Cause fools be having them vacuum lungs [Microcosm and the medium referenced here]
      An if you let em hit it for free; you hella dum-da-dum-dumb [Deep Underground Military Base]
      I come to school with the Taylor on my earlobe
      Avoiding all the thick teasers, skeezers, and weirdos [teasers, skeezers, geezers, and weirdos] (here’s our nefarium folks, taking him to school)

      • hacktivist on August 8, 2021 at 12:32 am

        Bitcoin resonance early on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tzSjtuMGOQ

        But I gotta get mine, so scream out, mo, and let me hear ya holla
        Not about that mighty dollar
        Roll with the bone, mo’ thugs will follow
        Chain gang, remains the same

        Same group here showing crypto early (before Bitcoin)

        Time to roll to the pad [One Time Pad]
        Count up my profits and add it to the stash
        Gotta watch my back see for niggas that’s tryin’ to rob me, fool [NSA eyes]


        Daddy fat sacks, B-I-G B-O-I [BITCOIN]
        It’s that same motherfucker that took them knuckles to your eye
        And I try, to warn you not to test but you don’t listen
        Giving the shout out to my Uncle Donnel locked up in prison
        Now throw your hands in the air
        And wave ’em like you just don’t care
        And if you like fish and grits and all that pimp shit
        Then everybody let me hear you say O-Yea-yer

        • anakephalaiosis on August 8, 2021 at 2:51 am

          Anime is inspired, by vegetative alchemy, growing and transforming.

          Maneater music is a hymn to the flesh, gaining strength, from devouring an enemy.

          Scythian sport is restraint, by self-discipline, that produces Saxon warriors.

          The West is born in Plato’s Cave:


          • RRoss on August 11, 2021 at 4:34 am

            Interesting…Plato was reconstituted by Plethon.
            You write of Scythians
            I think of Kurgan hypothesis.

  6. Mark Thrasher on August 7, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    Well… you know… it could actually be Iran… ?‍♂️

    • anakephalaiosis on August 7, 2021 at 9:16 pm

      Rottenchild’s gambling casino is unsustainable, and needs a fall guy, to avoid its own holocaust.

      There is a Dust Bowl here, and a Holodomor there, and a Needle-Noodle everywhere!

      Rottenchild has a monster under his bed, called Moloch, and he needs to feed it, or it will eat him.

      Rottenchild hangs from his own doorknob.

      • Loxie Lou Davie on August 8, 2021 at 8:55 am

        Good one, Anak!!!

  7. Joe on August 7, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    Maybe a chess move by one of the horsemen to gain more leverage over reciprocal “trade” with mere mortals.

    • anakephalaiosis on August 7, 2021 at 9:40 pm

      Grey horseman is the brass. Black horseman is the ninjas. Red horseman is the street gang. White horseman is the gullibles. The military has all sorts of war horses in its ranks.

      The original war horse image, in the Revelation of the New Testament, has Scythian origin.

      One gains insight, by comparing Indo-Scythian and Scandio-Scythian derivatives.

      One doesn’t learn this in church, because it is heathen tradition, burned by the pope.


  8. Phil on August 7, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    Exxon valdez 2.0?

    • Wu Wu on August 8, 2021 at 6:33 pm

      Bay of Tonkìn 2.0??

  9. Loxie Lou Davie on August 7, 2021 at 11:48 am

    We keep forgetting we ARE in the middle of a real war, unlike any we have in our memory bank!!

    We Normies have NO clue the “toys” that both sides have to play with now!!! I would say it was just one “side” showing the other “side” what they are able to DO!!! ???

    Who knows……maybe this is a war on the Galactic Scale & we are caught in the middle??? The age old battle of Good vs. Evil……There IS such a thing as evil, right?!!!

    • anakephalaiosis on August 7, 2021 at 8:48 pm

      A two-faced god has a flip side. Toss a coin, and you will know willy-nilly.

      Rebranding Odin’s brothers, as Willy & Nilly is a profound wordplay.

      All things have a shadow side, depending on their relative position, somewhere between point of observation and source of light.

      Diametrical oppositions have, predictably, a point of balance, in the center of Plato’s Cave:


  10. marshallgeese on August 6, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    I have personal experience with the equipment on container ships. One of the duties I had in the deck department was getting to the steering gear room in the event steering control was lost on the bridge. The steering gear room is where the two hydraulic rams attach to the top of the tiller. There is a back up wheel that the ship can be steered from by way of a gyro repeater and a sound powered phone. It only takes throwing two switches to take control from the bridge. Any one of us on the ship had the ability to do this and slip back into other parts of the ship unseen if we happened to be evil maniacs. If the ship is in a canal all it would take to cause a disaster would be to take control spin the wheel and that would be it. Of course none would do that, but it is a definite risk.

    • Mark Thrasher on August 7, 2021 at 9:13 pm

      Makes things worse when your a Western nation with militaries, labor forces and general populations overfilled with citizens from your actual adversarial and enemy nations. I hate to say this, but your enemy combatant sleeper just waiting for the call to action is the Jamal, Pedro, Chan, maybe even the Borge, Nigel or Dimitry sitting next to you in a foreign exchange program, living next door… running the majority of the small business in your town… overrunning your culture and society… for a number of years now……
      compounded by and joining forces with the domestic disloyalist-counter revolutionary ‘wokeness’ insurgencies Western nations are crumbling under today… keep and eye on today’s vegan sitting next to you too

      • Mark Thrasher on August 7, 2021 at 9:32 pm

        They’re not hard to spot anymore… they’re all of the ones wearing the masks anyway…. if there was a counter revolutionary code insignia and “armband” if you will that beats all we ever saw

        • anakephalaiosis on August 7, 2021 at 10:28 pm

          Protesting against industrial revolution, the saboteurs used their “sabot”, a wooden shoe, to smash machinery.

          The globalist agenda is, to further the industrial revolution, to get rid of surplus population, that is put down as cattle.

          The Needle-Noodles run into the banksters’ bayonet, because they have seen the light, in the massive stampede of the herd.

          The Scythian answer, by Jonathan Swift, is an intelligent horse named Houyhnhnm, in contrast to the Yahoos.


  11. marcos toledo on August 6, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    This looks like a plan to destroy the supply chain and make the problems of a coming mini ice age worse. It is called culling the herd.

  12. Tulips Moran on August 6, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    No surprise. Same thing happened in So. China Sea US ship lost navigational controls and started to drift out of Intl waters. The question is whether this is CCP (again) or Iranian Mulahs saber rattling. A much larger question for me is HOW did the U.S. Navy assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard docked pier-side at the principal homeport of the Pacific Fleet base in San Diego on July 12, 2020. It burned out of control for five days before being completely destroyed. Note this vessel is the top capital ship for the US Navy just shy of the size of air craft carriers. Thisis the ship that would launch invasionary force of amphibious/troop/Marines and armament/gear to a beach head. Not a small little asset for the US Navy. Investigation FINALLY concluded with results this week finding a Navy Seal candidate who washed out, recommissioned to the Bonhomme was identified as the “sole” cause responsible for the fire…”Navy Charges Sailor with Arson, Hazarding a Vessel in 2020 Bonhomme Richard Fire”. No doubt a patsy fall guy. Wonder what he knows…
    If interested in reading more –



    • Mark Thrasher on August 7, 2021 at 9:45 pm

      With the level of military compromise today, saboteering is never out of the question. I sense a war with anyone right now under our current regime would really be an invited invasion and occupation. Bie-jiden would love nothing more than his Chinese puppet masters to literally set a victorious conquering foot on the West Coast.

      • anakephalaiosis on August 7, 2021 at 11:05 pm

        When engaging in war with everyone, one’s primary target is oneself.

        It takes diligence, and nerves of steel, to face oneself, as an opponent.

        Those, who run away from themselves, need a fall guy to blame.

        Scythians, with cranial cups in Valhalla, sip the holy grail:


  13. Perelandra on August 6, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    I once thought of things as Left vs Right. Then came the realisation of a 3rd (multinational or non-national) player at work. Then the PRChina became its own odd instrument of the globalists in my awareness. And on it goes so that now I wonder about interference from unknown nations below the sea and extraterrestrial actors playing with toys up above and lads on the beaches using new (read: ancient) technology aimed at sea and ocean-going vessels. Perhaps next I will wake up one morning to a blinking sign that says “You have reached the end of the hologram. Try to have a day.”

    • anakephalaiosis on August 7, 2021 at 11:34 pm

      Historically, the political spectrum is just a ruse, hiding the fact, that the fake king doesn’t have clue, when being a pretender.

      Any captain faces mutiny, when bewildered, and Jesuit agents on thrones will never transcend the morphogenetic field.

      A real Cyning, being kin to clans, always knows who he is, and what he is, because he bound, by blood of kin, as father of family.

      The political spectrum is a fatherless house.


  14. Kevin Ryan on August 6, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    After the Fitzgerald and McCain accidents, I suspected outside interference with the steering systems of both ships, probably China given our shift in policy to contain China’s expansion. I read the Navy’s report as set forth in Proceedings. It basically said that modern ships with more electronics and computers have fewer crew members, that those crew members have broader duties and responsibilities in regard to ship operation than their former crew counterparts, and that lack of training led to the two collision incidents. I have read a lot of accident reports involving workplace accidents and they rarely identify product defects and failures as the cause, even when it was later determined product failure precipitated the mishap. The root cause. Accident investigators tend to focus on workers and tend to blame workers. It is easier to find fault with a worker than to identify a product defect, failure, or malfunction. This is not to say the Navy investigation did not find that a product, like a computer system, was the actual cause of the collisions. If they switched to analog steering control systems after the collisions, it seems they publicly blamed ship commanders for lack of crew training while privately acknowledging they had equipment/product problems. (Which is why fail safe product/system design is important – to minimize serious damage and injury in the event of a product failure, which should be defined to include hacking or electronic interference.)

    With regard to the current situation – 4 ships with loss of steering issues. After the Suez Canal grounding. Non-state actors? Maybe. But Why not China? Why is it not in China’s interest – or more to the point – the CCP’s interest – to pit nations in the west against each other? To draw the US into a conflict in the Med and Persian Gulf, if not militarily then at least divert attention there. We hardly have any aircraft carriers. Not enough to “cover” the western pacific and a conflict between israel and iran.

    How could China interfere with steering control? Who makes the chips used in these ships? The chips themselves may enable a remote operator access to steering operations. Or send signals, glitches, that cause random loss of control. No need to take control of steering if you simply want to deny control to the crew, just sabotage their steering control by making left right and right left, randomly. And stand back while the parties involved blame their usual suspects.

    • Robert Barricklow on August 6, 2021 at 7:48 pm

      General formula:
      human is the problem; technology is the solution.

      The internationalist want to split the world’s armed forces so that one can’t achieve full spectrum dominance. They want an international armed forces w/full spectrum, that their politburo totally controls. World Government.
      One military. One religion. One ideology. Total technocratic control.

      • anakephalaiosis on August 8, 2021 at 12:08 am

        There is only ONE captain on a ship, and that is why ancient Samuel gave in, to popular demand, for a general.

        A council of elders takes too long time, to agree, when straightaway action is needed, in dire straits.

        Placing Captain Robot at the helm, is having multiple programmers making predictions, who know nothing of the sea.

        Democracy on a ship is Samuel’s nightmare.

  15. DanaThomas on August 6, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Don’t forget those legends about “ghost ships”- certain manipulations probably go back long before the current “nifty” technology.

    • Allen S on August 8, 2021 at 12:04 am

      Dana, you may appreciate this.

      Three or four decades ago I came across a story related to my inquiries related to my search related to the word / name of “Octavius.” Source, now forgotten, referenced (one of several) it as being the name of a “ghost ship” credited with the discovery of the Northwest Passage in the Artic, describing the passage taking a number of years – I believe east to west – due to seasonal warming and cooling of ice. When eventually discovered intact on the opposite side of of the passage, with no trace or information of the vanished crew, except for the deduction of the existence of a passage. Just another not infrequent event in an odd life. All in my effort related to to research a suitable name for my respectfully socially distancing house spider. Well, I did use the term odd. Odd, but true.

  16. Robert Barricklow on August 6, 2021 at 11:49 am

    The title is unsettling; as it refers to the ongoing experimentation of testing new technologies, both in various militaries and other ent1ties.
    There are the usual suspects, but is there an “other”; that shows them all, The upper hand of control?
    To today’s blog.

    After reading a few paragraph my suspicions are running along the Nazi International lines; wanting to mix it up in any waters that can spark any warfare.

    But this also shows the fault of an international press that is highly suspect themselves; so you end up w/a bunch of players all pointing fingers: some w/ink[medias]; and some w/weapons, on hair triggers.

    And, if that weren’t enough already; “they” could pull the, “I lost control of my mind, ship, steering”, or whatever is in vogue

    Many scenarios come to mind.
    One could be combination of players getting together against others. Or, The controller giving clearance to another to pull this kind of stunt.

    Why its unsettling – experiments going on all over hell’s green Earth –
    not knowing when; one or more will go, “Live-In-Action!” to another level.

  17. Michael UK on August 6, 2021 at 9:22 am

    There was also a deadly attack by a suspected drone on the Mercer Street tanker that happened last week, prior to the Asphalt Princess boarding.
    It is reported that British special forces are already in the region following the Mercer Street attack and the Asphalt Princess boarding. The team is assisting in the investigation into what happened to both vessels.
    We do know there is a shadow war underway between Israel and Iran, and three other tankers linked to Israel have been targeted since February, while Iran has experienced a number of cyber attacks and mysterious explosions at sensitive strategic research sites.

  18. Marco Fredriks on August 6, 2021 at 6:35 am

    “Disruption” of the supply chain to cover hyper inflation like the colonial pipeline?

  19. anakephalaiosis on August 6, 2021 at 6:12 am

    Drunken Captain Haddock has a blindfolded autopilot, with a Wi-Fi backdoor, through a firewall, behind his whiskey bottles.

    Normally, casus belli is a dispute about natural resources. Sometimes, it is the first shot in Sarajevo. Occasionally, US marshall organizes a hanging party.

    Today, there is a total lack of excuses for big wars, because people are waiting, for those aliens to show up, as promised.

    Internet pirates hacking oil boats, is a lame plot, and with archvillains pitiful, Hollywood doesn’t fly. Six million is old news.


    • Peter on August 6, 2021 at 9:39 am

      I christen this ship for the queen and the archons of crab nebulae, Asphalt Princess.
      ASPHALT PRINCESS…. really. Really. They named the ship Asphalt Princess? You can’t make this stuff up.

      • KSW on August 6, 2021 at 9:52 am

        I know, right? The majesty and allure of the sea has definitely been lost here.

      • Allen S on August 8, 2021 at 7:48 pm

        Right! Kind of like naming the ship The Iron Duck. (Lookout below. Literally.)

    • KSW on August 6, 2021 at 9:50 am

      Seriouslyy, wasn’t there supposed to have been an “official” disclosure in June about aliens or whatever they’re calling them these days? I kept hearing about disclosure, then nothing.

      • Peter on August 6, 2021 at 10:04 am

        I am certainly not native to this realm. I am, I could be, the alien you are waiting for.

        • Allen S on August 7, 2021 at 9:15 pm

          Perhaps most of us are. The way things appear these days, just passing thru (with any luck at all).

    • Robert Barricklow on August 6, 2021 at 11:52 am

      You had me from that stellar first sentence!

    • Terminal Tom on August 7, 2021 at 8:50 am

      That you, Elias?

      Say “hi” to Ikaria for me.

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