Thursday, October 13, 2016

Link In And Read The CNO’s 241st Navy Birthday Message

CNO’s 241st Navy Birthday Message

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"Team, we’re all proud of our Navy’s 241 years of history and heritage. From 1775 to today, our Navy, with our Marine Corps teammates, has protected America from attack, and preserved our influence in key regions around the world...." READ THE ENTIRE MESSAGE



Recent WikiLeaks demonstrated that  Hillary Clinton campaign’s spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri has a deep disdain for  Catholics and Evangelicals. The now open hostility of Clinton to Christians prompted some thoughts quoted below from Republicans. Really, would anyone in their right mind vote for someone who has publicly stated that Christian doctrine must be changed to accommodate abortion, gay marriage , etc. Since when do candidates for public office campaign on promises to change the doctrines of any religion?  Should anyone with such a deep disrespect for the Constitution be elected to uphold and defend it? Christians, were paying attention, they held their noses if had to, but voted for Trump and avoided increased direct Federal persecution of Christians. 

"The Clinton campaign’s disdain for the Catholic faith and Christian evangelicals is staggering. Catholicism has been the catalyst for the creation of hospitals, orphanages, and much of the university system across the world. To disparage the Catholic Church as ‘severely backwards’ is an insult to millions of people across the nation. If anything, these statements reveal the Clinton campaign’s hostile attitude toward people of faith in general. This is the United States of America—for centuries, people fled to our shores to find refuge from religious persecution. All Americans of faith should take a long, hard look at this and decide if these are the values we want to be represented in our next president. If Hillary Clinton continues to employ people with biased and bigoted views, it’s clear where her priorities lie."-Paul Ryan

"The hostility to religious liberty and the beliefs that we hold as Catholics should not go unnoticed or unpunished,” Trump campaign manager KellyAnne Conway said on the call. “We call on Hillary Clinton to apologize and to fire the staff who have engaged in this vicious anti-Catholic bigotry. All of this shows who these people are at the core.” -Trump campaign manager KellyAnne Conway



Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Sponsored by Helios Ruehls, Inc


Update 4/18/2017: Sometimes even your usually infallible catfish gets blindsided. After the Trump inauguration the usual post presidential bear market did not happen. Instead we had a bull market . However, momentary market fluctuations not with standing I stand by my observations below concerning aerospace stocks as "buy and hold investments". 

 As some of you know I've been working a second job with a company called Helios Ruehls, Inc. which specializes in research supporting transformative and disruptive high technology development. One of the things I've learned hanging out with the folks at Helios Ruehls is that in the early stages of any investigation into a potentially transformative or disruptive technology one must research the "state of the art" to help determine if additional investments in research will be productive. From researching the state of the art one quickly gets something of a picture of the state of the related industry and who the leaders are. Most of the work of Helios Ruehls, Inc. relates to optical physics and related technologies. A lot of optical physics is applicable in the aerospace realm.

  A "bi catch" of our research is often a look at companies in aerospace that aren't directly part of our research or highly likely to be part of our customer base any time soon. None the less we think some of our "bi-catch" looks like worth while investments so we thought we'd pass them along to our American Admiralty Readers just for the sake of building good will. Of course if you run out and buy these companies stock and lose your shirt you may not like the old catfish any more. Despite my much vaunted historical perspective and keen insights I'm not a stock broker. I don't charge for the information found here. I only suggest that investors interested in aerospace and transformative and high technology stocks take a look at these companies that we found recently in our "bi catch". If your own research confirms the probabilities that are suggested by our quick sorting of our research net contents, these bi-catch stocks might prove a good investment. But check everything out yourself, remember catfish advice may be worth what you pay for it....

AEROJET ROCKETDYNE, if there is such a thing as an "old line" company in aerospace, Aerojet is a close approximation. Under the name "GenCorp, Inc" this $1.34 billion company has been around since 1945 and has even deeper roots in General Tire and Rubber Co. In 1969 Aerojet participated in NASA's Moon Landing and has been working with NASA ever since. Aerojet Rocketdyne reported 2016 second quarter net sales of $408.4 million and net income of $5.9 Million, or $0.09 per share and enjoys a funded project backlog of approximately $2.3 billion. There will be companies seen as start ups now when NASA makes the leap to Mars, but AEROJET ROCKETDYNE will be there. This is a great start to any portfolio of aerospace stocks.

Aerojet was in on the action when NASA launched Apollo 11 and landed men on the moon for the first time in 1969. Their NYSE Stock exchange Symbol is AJRD. This year the stock has been trading between about $13.+ to $19.+ per share and mostly trades in the $17.+ range. The company has seen a down turn in its stock price since the year's high of $19.+ due to a failed rocket launch and other problems with its AJ26 rocket engine. As a catfish and former demigod with a 3,000 year perspective I doubt this company will stay down. The stock price may fall further between now and January as after a presidential election the entire market generally gets depressed a bit. Personally I think while its down is a good time to buy this old reliable player in the aerospace field. I see it as a buy and hold asset vice a big dividend payer, or a stock prone to a sudden and dramatic rise. I believe Aerojet Rocketdyne will be around for the Mars shot. If you are investing in aerospace it belongs in your portfolio as a buy and hold asset. 
On the opposite end of the spectrum in Aerospace upstart Space X looks like a player that will be in the game a long time, perhaps evolving over time into an "old line" player comparable in the future to Aerojet. This would be a highly speculative investment as the company is pretty much pre-revenue. But the start up continues to make tangible progress. In September 26, 2016 the company successfully fired its "Raptor" rocket engine touted as an "interplanetary transport engine". The company is operated by visionary engineer Elton Musk and is not publicly traded. However if you can find any of the private investment stock or the company goes public we pick Space X to be as likely present at the Mars shot as old line Aerojet Rocketdyne. As an almost infallible ancient catfish ex-demigod  I'd rate this a "speculative buy and hold" stock, if you can ever buy it.

The Boeing Company (BA) your catfish mentor rates as a buy and hold old line aerospace stock. The company reported strong earnings growth in 2015 of roughly +25%. In 2015 the stock surged +26% over 2014 outperforming the S&P 500 index. Since we anticipate a coming bear market to accompany the presidential election we actually expect this stock to fall with the rest of the market, but like Aerojet Rocketdyne we expect Boeing to be there when the Manned Mars mission takes off. After the post election Bear market we expect Boeing to resume its climb. Some time in the very near future is the time to buy this stock, watch for a price decline soon based on the general trend towards a post election Bear Market, or over all long over due market correction. Again your catfish mentor sees Boeing as a buy and hold portion of an aerospace portfolio. When you're three thousand years old, timing the market is not your thing. While I sometimes suggest highly speculative investments such as Space X ( if you could buy it), it is with an eye to up and coming buy and hold stocks, the increase in stock price for the up and coming companies is a bonus. Balance your risks, include some old line buy and hold stocks in any portfolio, investigate everything for yourself, look for sound financial fundamentals, and remember even free advice from your ancient infallible catfish pal may only be worth what you paid for it. Even stock advice from paid "expert sources" may not be worth what you paid for it. But enterprise will not go away no matter which of the current crop of idiots occupy the White House. Cash under the mattress, or even gold coins  may not beat inflation. Own part of the world's entrepreneurial spirit, own stocks.

 And watch us grow , I'll be back now and then with more ideas from our bi-catch here at Helios Ruehls, Inc. where we not only research transformative and disruptive technologies, we invest in them.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


Sponsored by Helios Ruehls, Inc.



"Mathematics may work so well to describe reality, perhaps because mathematics is the physical reality" During the time of the ancient Greeks there was a wide spread belief  in a "Realm of Forms" Supposedly in this realm the perfect triangle, the perfect circle, the perfect square, name your shape and the perfect version existed in "The Realm of Forms". Over time it became ever more apparent that the world was more complex than just imperfect forms. See: August 10, 1632 THE BATTLE OVER THE "INFINITESIMAL". As illustrated by the Great Namazu in his THE BATTLE OVER THE "INFINITESIMAL" there was actually an academic, religious, and political battle over the entire concept of any form of mathematics that didn't involve equations that arrived at a single "right" answer. The greatest minds of the era were all caught up in the battle over the Infinitesimals including GalileoNewtonBellarmineHobbs, Clavis, and Wallis. It was a long time between the official onset of the fight over "the infinitesimals" the evolution of serious mathematical systems to measure, estimate, and manipulate "complexity". The "one right answer" geometries of Euclid and the calculus of Newton were sufficient for us to figure out how to split the atom and travel to the moon, but at the level of Quantum Mechanics it became insufficient. In 1984  Benoit Mandelbrot published his Fractal Geometry and mathematics and science began to mathematically explore above the old Eculidian / Newtonian Line" . Where will it end? Watch the linked video below to explore the idea more deeply:

NOVA: The Universe Space Time Mystery | Mathematical Science

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

An Ode to Sailors-Everywhere

Nautical Doggerel

An occasional Feature of the NIP Quarterly On Line republished with permission
 An Ode to Sailors-Everywhere

I liked standing on the bridge wing at sunrise with salt spray in my face and clean ocean winds whipping in from the four quarters of the globe.
I liked the sounds of the Navy - the piercing trill of the boatswain's pipe, the syncopated clangor of the ship's bell on the quarterdeck, harsh, and the strong language and laughter of sailors at work.

  I liked Navy vessels -- plodding fleet auxiliaries and amphibs, sleek submarines and steady solid aircraft carriers. I liked the proud names of Navy ships: Midway, Lexington, Saratoga, Coral Sea, Antietam, Valley Forge - memorials of great battles won and tribulations overcome.

  I liked the lean angular names of Navy "tin-cans" and escorts, mementos of heroes who went before us. And the cruisers - - San Jose, San Diego, Los Angeles, St. Paul, Chicago, Oklahoma City, named for our cities.

  I liked the tempo of a Navy band. I liked liberty call and the spicy scent of a foreign port. I even liked the never-ending paperwork and all hands working parties as my ship filled herself with the multitude of supplies, both mundane and to cut ties to the land and carry out her mission, anywhere on the globe where there was water to float her.

  I liked Sailors, Officers, Chiefs, & Enlisted Men from all parts of the land,  farms of the Midwest, small towns of New England, from the big cities, the mountains and the prairies, from all walks of life. I trusted and depended on them as they trusted and depended on me -- for professional competence, for comradeship, for strength and courage. In a word, they were "shipmates"; then and forever.

  I liked the surge of adventure in my heart, when the word was passed: ''Now Hear This'' "Now station the special sea and anchor detail - all hands to quarters for leaving port," and I liked the infectious thrill of sighting home again, with the waving hands of welcome from family and friends waiting pier side The work was hard and dangerous; the going rough at times; the parting from loved ones painful, but the companionship of robust Navy laughter, the "all for one and one for all" philosophy of the sea was ever-present.
I liked the fierce and dangerous activity on the flight deck of aircraft carriers, earlier named for battles won but sadly now named for politicians. Enterprise, Independence, Boxer, Princeton and oh so many more, some lost in battle, and sadly many scrapped.

   I liked the names of the aircraft and helicopters; Skyraider, Intruder, Sea King,  Phantom, Skyhawk, Demon, Skywarrior, Corsair, Tracker and many more that bring  to mind offensive and defensive orders of battle. I liked the excitement of an alongside replenishment as my ship slid in alongside the oilier and the cry
of  "Stand by to receive shotlines" prefaced the hard work of rigging spanwires and  fuel hoses echoed across the narrow gap of water between the ships and welcomed  the mail and fresh milk, fruit and vegetables that sometimes accompanied the fuel.

  I liked the serenity of the sea after a day of hard ship's work, as flying fish flitted  across the wave tops and sunset gave way to night. I liked the feel of the Navy in darkness - the masthead and range lights, the red and green navigation lights and stern light, the pulsating phosphorescence of radar repeaters - they cut through the dusk and joined with the mirror of stars overhead.

  And I liked drifting off to sleep lulled by the myriad noises large and small that told  me my ship was alive and well, and that my shipmates on watch would keep me safe.  I liked quiet mid-watches with the aroma of strong coffee -- the lifeblood of the Navy permeating everywhere. And I liked hectic watches when the exacting minuet of haze-gray shapes racing at flank speed kept all hands on a razor edge of alertness. 

  I liked the sudden electricity of "General quarters, general quarters, all hands man your battle stations," followed by the hurried clamor of running feet on ladders and  the resounding thump of watertight doors as the ship transformed herself in a few brief seconds from a peaceful workplace to a weapon of war -- ready for anything.

  And I liked the sight of space-age equipment manned by youngsters clad in dungarees and sound-powered phones that their grandfathers would still recognize.

  I liked the traditions of the Navy and the men and now women who made them.

 I liked the proud names of Navy heroes: Halsey, Nimitz, Perry, Farragut, John  Paul Jones and Burke. A sailor could find much in the Navy:comrades-in-arms,  pride in self and country, mastery of the seaman's trade. An adolescent could find  adulthood.

In years to come, when sailors are home from the sea, we still remember with fondness and respect the ocean in all its moods - the impossible shimmering mirror calm and the storm-tossed green water surging over the bow. And then there will come again a faint whiff of stack gas, a faint echo of engine and rudder orders, a  vision of the bright bunting of signal flags snapping at the yardarm, a refrain of  hearty laughter in the wardroom and chief's quarters and mess decks.

 Gone ashore for good, we grow humble about our Navy days, when the seas were  a part of us and a new port of call was ever over the horizon.

  Remembering this, we stand taller and say,

  "I was a sailor once."



Robot Sailboats Scour the Oceans for Data American Admiralty Books Safety & Privacy Policies   EU VISITORS WARNING POSSIBLE COOKIES AHEAD


NOAA and others are now using remotely controlled and autonomous drone sailing vessels to study a variety of ocean phenomena. These unmanned "drone" sailing vessels have virtually unlimited on scene endurance. They also have the ability to move between study cites; and compared to even very small manned research vessels are relatively inexpensive.  Moreover, when unmanned, with the weather deck sealed over, size is no longer a decisive factor in seaworthiness. Like a fisherman's float or "cork" small drone sailing vessels when properly ballasted can withstand even hurricane sea forces.  LINK TO NOAA POST

 We present here a number of links to recent web posts on the use of such drone sailing vessels in oceanographic research. We feel the subject is worth following because these sailing drones should provide a lot of low cost utility in a variety of other missions. Naval intelligence comes to mind. Given coatings with radar absorbing qualities, with their tiny size, and camouflage paint schemes these things may be even more stealthy than submarines for near coastal intelligence gathering and surveillance missions. Remotely controlled from larger manned naval combatants at "stand off" range they could even be armed to play a role in clearing a contested littoral area of small combatant craft. For law enforcement surveillance in remote and freezing places such as the High Arctic these tiny unmanned vessels can sail the smallest open leads. Should one become frozen in it might be easily retrievable by helicopter if available, left frozen in for later retrieval if it survives crushing in the ice flow,  or after all data is remotely down loaded, simply abandoned as the most cost effective solution. Unmanned and small in size means low cost. The more uses found for these things the more cost effective production lines become. Check out the links to other posts below. We will duplicate this post in our Naval Interest and Sailing Sections shortly. This evolving technology should be of interest to both our naval professional visitors and sailing enthusiasts.  If such sailing drones are ever more widely adopted there will be a need for operators and programmers who understand small craft sailing. Who would have ever thought that sailing would be a prerequisite skill for a high tech drone operator in the 21st century:

Saildrones Monitor The Bering Sea

"On April 22, 2015 two autonomous surface vehicles equipped with meteorological and oceanographic sensors will be released for the first time in the Bering Sea by NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory" READ THE POST:  


"At least 20 companies are chasing the possibly quixotic dream of a self-driving car in Silicon Valley. But self-sailing boats are already a real business" READ POST 



The Drone That Will Sail Itself Around the World

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