In my opinion, Michiel de Ruyter is a better Admiral then the better known Nelson. Granted, he often had the advantage of fighting in his home waters. But Ruyter fought the comparatively competent English where as Nelson fought poorly trained and led French. Anyway, somebody decided to make a movie about Ruyter fighting the English and it looks pretty cool to a history nerd like me. If I had to guess, I would say it is centered around the 4 day battle.
A lot of things don’t look right to me. For one thing, I don’t think that the English wore uniforms at this point in their navy’s history but I am sure the movies makers did that to make it easier to tell who is who. But over all, the clips look like someone trying to do justice to sailing age warfare.
Tech Upgrades Just Aren’t That Great Anymore. Someone more technical then me can correct me if I am wrong, but I am pretty sure the author’s problems with tech upgrades are primarily issues that Apple has created and not problems with the state of technology in general. Granted, faster processor speeds don’t do you much good anymore, but there are lots of other benefits from upgrading if you are not slavishly loyal to Apple.
Methane surge needs ‘urgent attention’. What makes this story bogus is the allegation that the sudden surge over the last few years in methane emissions comes from agriculture sources. They don’t even try to pinpoint those sources or explain why it suddenly spiked.
Why do they pick on agriculture as opposed to fracking or other sources that could produce a more plausible sudden upsurge? I have read in other sources that this is because fracking or pipeline bursts should be locatable. Since they can’t locate any obvious culprits, they blame agriculture solely on the ground that it is impossible to prove that agriculture did not cause the sudden increase in the last few years.
Mosul Dam collapse ‘will be worse than a nuclear bomb’ . This Dam was in the news when people thought that ISIS might blow it up. But the real problem is the dam itself. And if the descriptions of the problems with it are accurate, it can’t really be fixed. My personal bet on how it fails involves heavy rains that political pressure requires them to be held back (this does happen on occasion even in this part of the world).
Shackles and Dollars. In my view, this is a debate that goes back to founding of this country. Southern leaders have always believed that slavery was crucial to the wealth of the entire country and that northern wealth was built on the backs of the south via tariffs and other political tricks. It was felt that if the south withheld cotton the entire industrial world would come to its knees and Europe would be compelled to intervene on the side of the south to bring the cotton back to market. In my opinion, history in the form of the civil war has already empirically demonstrated who was right. And it was the not the people who think that slavery was crucial to America’s wealth.