Saturday, June 03, 2017


Peter Gabriel with I go swimming. Album Peter Gabriel plays live (1983).

Guy produced a ton of great music, but he's also a weird duck. It's why his episode with Genesis came to an end.

Rush with The Trees. From the 1978 album Hemispheres.

Lyrics by Neil Peart, as usual. The greatest drummer on Earth. Too bad he's a bit woozy in the head.

I keep hearing that he has left the band recently. Then I keep hearing no he has not. If I were him, I'd wait to stop till next year: Rush was founded in 1968 for Chrissake.

Goede nacht.



Soeren Kern offers a chilling overview of the rising number of honor killings in Germany. Via The Gatestone Institute:

Germany: Wave of Muslim Honor Killings
by Soeren Kern
May 30, 2017 at 5:00 am

"... In Ahaus, a 27-year-old Nigerian asylum seeker stabbed to death a 22-year-old woman after she seemingly offended his honor by rejecting his romantic advances.

The trial of a Kurdish man who tied one of his three wives to the back of a car and dragged her through the streets of a town in Lower Saxony has drawn attention to an outbreak of Muslim honor violence in Germany.

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Honor violence — ranging from emotional abuse to physical and sexual violence to murder — is usually carried out by male family members against female family members who are perceived to have brought shame upon a family or clan.

Offenses include refusing to agree to an arranged marriage, entering into a relationship with a non-Muslim or someone not approved by the family, refusing to stay in an abusive marriage or living an excessively Western lifestyle. In practice, however, the lines between crimes of honor and crimes of passion are often blurred and any challenge to male authority can elicit retribution, which is sometimes staggeringly brutal.

On May 22, a court in Hanover heard how a 39-year-old Turkish-born Kurd named Nurettin B. attempted to murder his second wife, Kader K., 28, after she asked him to provide financial support for their two-year-old son. State Prosecutor Ann-Kristin Fröhlich reconstructed Nurettin B.'s actions:

"At around 6PM on November 20, 2016, Nurettin B. got into his car in Hamelin to meet Kader K. The trunk contained a knife, an ax and a rope. Sitting on the back seat of the car was their two-year-old son, who had spent the weekend with him. On the street, the former couple got into an argument and he begins hitting her. Then he takes the knife and plunges it into her chest. The 12.4 centimeter long blade penetrates the pericardium and heart muscle. A second stab opens the left abdominal cavity. Nurettin B. then pulls out the ax. With the blunt side he hits her head and upper body, cracking her skull.

"Then he grabs the rope. On one end he ties a gibbet knot around her neck, then he ties the other end to the trailer hitch on the back of his black VW Passat. Nurettin B. steps on the gas. He races through the streets at 80 km/h (50 mph). After 208 meters (680 feet) the rope breaks. Kader K. is hurled against the curb. Nurettin B. drives to the police station to turn himself in. The child is still sitting in the back seat."

Presiding Judge Wolfgang Rosenbusch asked Kader K., who was comatose for weeks, to tell her side of the story. She said "the horror" began immediately after their Islamic sharia wedding (the marriage is not valid according to German law) in March 2013, when Nurettin B. prohibited her from having any contact with friends and family. She was allowed to leave the house only for grocery shopping and medical visits. She was not allowed to have a mobile phone. Rosenbusch asked: "Does he have a problem with women?" Kader K. replied: "He believes women are slaves; they must keep silent."

Nurettin B. has confessed to the crime but insists it was not premeditated. He has been charged with attempted murder and faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

The picturesque town of Hamelin, Germany was the scene of horrific honor violence, when a Turkish-born Kurd named Nurettin B. attempted to murder one of his three wives.

On May 9, a court in Kiel sentenced 35-year-old Turkish man to two-and-a-half years in prison for shooting his estranged wife in both knees and permanently laming her, in the hope that she would be unattractive to other men. The court heard how the man took his wife to the back of a local mosque after Friday prayers, accused her of offending his honor and shot her, saying: "Now you can no longer walk. You will stay at home."

In court, however, the woman, possibly under pressure from her family or the mosque, told the court that they couple had reconciled and would attend marriage counselling. Some observers surmised that the dispute may have been resolved in a sharia court. In any event, the German court allowed the man to return home with his wife and it remains unclear if and when he will serve his sentence.

In Münster, a court sentenced a 36-year-old Lebanese man named Amer K. to 12 years in prison for stabbing his wife to death. The court heard how Amer K. stabbed 26-year-old Fatima S., the mother of his three children, in the chest and neck more than twenty times with a large kitchen knife because he thought she wanted to divorce him.

Meanwhile, a court in Hanau sentenced a 22-year-old Syrian refugee to twelve years in prison for stabbing to death his 30-year-old sister, Ramia A., with a kitchen knife. She was 23 weeks pregnant and was accused of having brought shame to her family. Her unborn child also died in the attack.

The true scale of Germany's honor crime problem is unknown: many such crimes go unreported and reliable statistics do not exist. Empirical evidence indicates that honor violence — primarily but not exclusively the product of Muslim culture and Islamic law, sharia — has metastasized since Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed in some two million migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

In March 2011, the Max Planck Institute published a landmark study on honor killings. The study analyzed all such crimes known to have occurred in Germany between 1996 and 2005. The report found that there were two honor killings in 1998 and 12 in 2004. By 2016, however, the number had jumped to more than 60, an increase of 400%, according to the website Ehrenmord.

The actual number of honor crimes presumably is much higher. Increased censorship by the police and the media, aimed at stemming anti-immigration sentiments, makes it impossible to know the names and national origins of many victims or perpetrators, or the true circumstances surrounding many murders, which often appear to be honor killings but are downplayed as "domestic disputes" (Familienangelegenheiten).

2017 is nevertheless on track to be a record year for honor violence in Germany; in the first five months of this year, there have been at least 30 honor killings, including the following:

May 18. In Berlin, a 32-year-old Bosnian, Edin A., murdered his former girlfriend, a 35-year-old German woman named Michelle E., after she ended their abusive relationship. He also abducted and tortured her 12-year-old son, who was forced to watch his mother's murder. Neighbors said they had repeatedly alerted the police about Edin A.'s violent behavior, but the police did nothing.

May 17. In Pforzheim, a 53-year-old Tajik man stabbed to death his 50-year-old wife at her place of employment, a Christian daycare center. It remains unclear if the woman was a convert to Christianity.

May 17. In Wardenburg, a 37-year-old Iraqi man stabbed to death his 37-year-old wife while she was asleep in her bed. The couple's five children, between the ages of four and 15, were at home at the time of the murder and are now living with relatives.

May 8. In Neuendettelsau, a 24-year-old Ethiopian asylum seeker, Mohammed G., stabbed his 22-year-old girlfriend in the stomach at a restaurant after she allegedly "provoked" him. The woman was five months pregnant; the unborn baby died in the attack.

May 4. In Freiburg, a 33-year-old Syrian asylum seeker stabbed his 24-year-old wife, a Kurdish Christian who had moved out of the couple's apartment, but had returned to collect some personal belongings. The couple's three children — aged six, three and ten months — are now in protective custody.

April 29. In Prien am Chiemsee, a 29-year-old Afghan man stabbed to death a 38-year-old Afghan woman, Farima S., who had converted to Christianity. The attacker ambushed the woman as she was exiting a grocery store with her two children.

April 23. In Syke, a 32-year-old Iraqi man, Murad B., strangled his 32-year-old wife, Mehe K., in front of the couple's three children, ages one, two and nine.

April 23. In Dresden, a 29-year-old Pakistani refugee, Shahajan Butt, murdered his girlfriend, a 41-year-old Vietnamese woman named Thu T. Police say the man, who arrived in Germany in December 2015, became enraged after he noticed that the woman had not posted any photos of him on her Facebook page, and suspected that she may have had another boyfriend.

April 16. In Mainz-Finthen, a 39-year-old Egyptian asylum seeker stabbed to death his 32-year-old wife. Police said the couple had been arguing at the time of the attack. Their two children are being held in protective custody.

April 5. In Leipzig, a 34-year-old Syrian man stabbed his 28-year-old wife because she wanted a divorce. The couple's two children witnessed the attack; they are being held in protective custody.

March 31. In Gütersloh, a 43-year-old Syrian man burned his 18-year-old daughter with a cigarette and threatened to kill her. When the police intervened, the father refused to allow his daughter to leave the house. After police succeeded in bringing the girl to safety, the father and son attacked the police, who used pepper-spray to fend them off. The girl is being held in protective custody.

March 15. In Kiel, a 40-year-old German-Turkish man stabbed to death his 34-year-old Turkish wife in front of a daycare center. Neighbors said the couple, who were separated, had quarreled about moving their three children to Turkey.

March 4. In Duisburg, a 30-year-old Syrian asylum seeker, Mahmood Mahrusseh, stabbed his 32-year-old ex-girlfriend. The woman survived; her attacker remains at large.

March 3. In Mönchengladbach, a 32-year-old asylum seeker, Ahmed Salim, murdered a 47-year-old German woman, Nicole M., apparently after she ended a relationship with him. The man, who also uses the alias Jamal Amilia, was arrested in Spain. In his asylum application, he had written that he was from Israel. In another asylum application filed in another country, he had written that he was from Morocco. He is believed to be from Iraq.

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March 2. In Scheeßel, a 42-year-old Iraqi man stabbed to death his 52-year-old wife, also from Iraq. Police described the murder as an honor killing. The couple's children are now in protective custody.

February 25. In Euskirchen, a 32-year-old German-Turkish man stabbed to death his former girlfriend, a 32-year-old German woman who had begun dating someone else.

February 17. In Offenbach, a 32-year-old Turkish man, Volkan T., shot to death his former girlfriend, a 40-year-old woman, Silvia B. The man said he was angry that the woman, who had two children, had ended her relationship with him.

February 15. In Bielefeld, a 51-year-old Iraqi man tried to murder his 51-year-old wife by attacking her with a hammer while she was attending a German class at a local language academy. The man was apparently angry that his wife was mixing with other language students.

February 10. In Ahaus, a 27-year-old Nigerian asylum seeker stabbed to death a 22-year-old woman after she seemingly offended his honor by rejecting his romantic advances. The woman, a Hindu, was employed at the same asylum shelter where her attacker lived. He was arrested in Basel, Switzerland.

February 7. In Hanover-Mühlenberg, a 21-year-old Serbian man stabbed his ex-girlfriend after she ended their relationship and had begun dating someone else.

February 1. In Hamburg, a 26-year-old Afghan man stabbed his estranged 28-year-old wife during an argument; she survived the attack.

January 15. In Bremen-Vegesack, a 39-year-old Turkish man murdered his 40-year-old Syrian wife, who was nine months pregnant, because she wanted to divorce him. The unborn baby also died during the attack.

January 5. In Waldshut-Tiengen, a 47-year-old Turkish man stabbed his estranged wife as she was walking with a friend. When she tried to run away, he pursued her and plunged a knife in her back.

January 4. In Köln-Buchheim, a 44-year-old Iraqi man murdered his 19-year-old daughter because he did not approve of her boyfriend. Two days later, he called police. "I killed my daughter," he said. The man may never face justice; he is believed to have fled to Iraq...."

Wir schaffen das!!!



Friday, June 02, 2017


Perhaps, in a distant future, saner humans will scratch their heads and wonder why postChristian Europe chose to ignore the messages on the wall. Especially in view of the fact that these messages were so often crystal-clear, unambiguous, and full of verifiable facts. Mark Steyn on Salman Abedi & Co:

"....According to Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, "This man [the perpetrator] was a terrorist, not a Muslim." For the British security state, it's about keeping the problem manageable: There are too many Muslims, but there are fewer terrorists. Even then, there are too many to keep an eye on. Shortly before the bombing, Salman Abedi returned from the jihad-riddled failed state of Libya to his "home" town of Manchester via the immigration officers of three Nato members - Turkey, Germany, and finally the United Kingdom. He sailed through all of them, unimpeded. In January, the FBI fingered him to MI5. The spooks did nothing. France's Interior Minister said that, according to his intelligence services, Mr Abedi had been in Syria. But a lot of Brits fall into that category, don't they? The Didsbury Mosque reported him to the Government's "Prevent" program for tackling "extremism". The chaps at "Prevent" declined to prevent him. Four acquaintances of Mr Abedi alerted the authorities. It could have been 40, or 400.

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The haystack is full of needles, and the state has to prioritize. Despite the FBI tip, and the concerns of his mosque, and the frequent trips to Club Jihad paid for by British taxpayers out of his government student loans, Salman Abedi could not catch the authorities' eye. One suspects there will be rather more of this in the years ahead. The preferred euphemism of British politicians for the likes of Mr Abedi is "extremist". But there are an awful lot of moderate extremists out there, so you'll have to be a really extreme extremist to jostle your way through the pack to the point where anybody notices you.

Terrorism is not the problem, but merely a manifestation of it. You glimpse the scale of it in the world in which Salman Abedi lived the entirety of his brief life. Salman Abedi's parents fled a brutal dictatorship and were generously given refuge by a country of incomparably greater liberty and opportunity. Their son was born in Manchester and passed all his 22 years in a heavily Muslim area of the city. "He was such a quiet boy, always very respectful towards me," says a neighbor. Toward the society that took his family in he was less "respectful".

What of his family?

Ramadan Abedi, Salman's father, is 48, born in Tripoli and a "security guard" in the Gaddafi regime until he came under suspicion for his ties to "extremists". He scrammed to Saudi Arabia, but that's a tough slog for refugees, so within a year he was in London. He's been resident in Britain since he was more or less Salman's age, but his new land doesn't seem to have made much impression upon him. In Manchester, he worked as a muezzin (the fellow who gives out the Islamic call to prayer five times a day) at the Didsbury Mosque, formerly the Albert Park Methodist Chapel, in the days before Manchester traded Methodists for Muslims. As Lancashire muezzin go, he was apparently crackerjack, way better than George Formby or Morrissey would have been. But he threw it all in to go back to post-Gaddafi Libya and resume his old Islamic nom de guerre "Abu Ismail", which is the name he went under when he was soldiering in the Nineties with the LIFG.

If you don't know your jihadist acronyms, that's the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, an al-Qa'eda affiliate overseen by Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Lader's successor.. We're told that there's nothing British Immigration can do to scrutinize incomers, but asking whether your "Islamic Fighting Group" has given you a nom de guerre commencing with "Abu" might be a start.

Abu Ismail doesn't think we should be leaping to conclusions about his boy. "My son is a suspect," he insisted from Tripoli.. "Every father knows his son and his thoughts. My son does not have extremist thoughts," he declared, adopting the coy formulations of the British state. Pa Abedi was subsequently arrested in Libya for being, er, an extremist.

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Samia Tabbal Abedi, Salman's mother, is 50, also born in Tripoli and said to be a "nuclear scientist" who "graduated top of her class from Tripoli University". I wasn't aware Colonel Gaddafi offered courses in nuclear science, but since coming to Britain Mrs Abedi has worked in less fissile areas. Farazana Kosur, who lives around the corner from the Abedis in Manchester, says Samia was a kindly lady who taught her friend's daughter to read the Koran.

What of Salman's brothers? Presumably, Abu Ismail's other sons also have nary an "extremist thought" in their heads. Nevertheless:

Ismail Abedi, 23, born in London, was arrested in Manchester on the morning after the slaughter.

Hashim Abedi, 20, born in Manchester, was arrested that same day in Libya for ties to ISIS.

Jomana Abedi, Salman's sister, is 18 and was also born in Manchester but says on Facebook that she's "from" Tripoli, although the banner on her page shows the Eiffel Tower on one of its rare non-darkened days. As the only un-arrested sibling of Salman, she posted on Facebook an Arabic prayer celebrating her brother's entry into Paradise. Under Andy Burnham rules, she's not a terrorist, so presumably she's a Muslim. She does, after all, work at a mosque. On the other hand, she's a Muslim who thinks you enter Paradise by blowing up infidel children. One recalls the mordant jest that a radical Muslim is someone who wants to kill you, and a moderate Muslim is someone who wants the radical Muslim to kill you.

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But let's not be divisive. Salman had a traditional Manchester upbringing. He went to Burnage Academy for Boys, where he reported his teacher for Islamophobia on the grounds that the teacher had expressed misgivings about suicide bombing. Also at the Academy was Ahmed Halane, who subsequently headed off to the Islamic State to join the jihad. Ahmed's sisters, Salma and Zahra, attended Whalley Range High School with Jomana Abedi, but at the age of 16 the so-called "terror twins" dropped out and went to Syria to become brides of Isis.

Later Salman attended Salford University, where a classmate or two might have noticed his tendencies toward "extremist thoughts" and signed him up for the Government's "Prevent" program, which is designed to "prevent" "extremism". Alas, Salford University is committed to preventing "Prevent": Under its president Zamzam Ibrahim, the Students Union announced that it would boycott the "Prevent" program because, although it's supposed to target "extremism", Zamzam & Co have somehow got the idea that as a practical matter it targets Muslims. And targeting Muslims is, of course, divisive. So it's more important to prevent that than prevent "extremism"...."


Thursday, June 01, 2017


It's good to know the US at least is being led by a character like PRESIDENT Trump, otherwise a news item like this would cause me a hell of a depression.

Further evidence of the spreading madness taking hold over the entire Western world (not only the Western world anymore, Taiwan has decided to join the slippery slope too) was offered today by...

Check it out yourself, there's plenty of coverage elsewhere. I got to know it "thanks" to Belgian daily Het Laatste Nieuws, a prog news outlet (which is naturally elated):

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Biff Chaplow en Trystan Reese will soon welcome their first biological child. Trystan, who is transgender, will give birth this sommer to a son. The gay couple from Oregon has already two adopted children, Riley and Hailey.

Biff and Trystan's particular story travels around the world. The gay couple is preparing for the arrival of their baby this summer. In 2011 the two adopted Biff's niece and nephew after his addicted sister was no longer capable to take care of the children. But Biff and Trystan were already then dreaming of a biological child of their own..."

Sick sick sick sick sick.

Poor, poor, poor Riley and Hailey. Poor, poor, poor unborn child in the womb of that... anomaly.

Oh yeah... so Biff's sister was an addict? Why, really, why does-that-not-surprise-me?

Excuse me while I puke.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017


CBS's Norah O'Donnell, whose face is sick with worry because the US economy is doing swell and that might HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUURT people!!!

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Hat tip Newsbusters.

Manchester Police's incompetent asshole of a Chief Constable, Ian Hopkins, happily accepting a Koran. Presumably this was before Salman Abedi ended the lives of 22 Britons, but keep in mind that this foul idiot emphatically stated, post the blowup, that 'hate would not be tolerated'. What hate? Oh, ask Mark Steyn, who nailed it perfectly when he described Hopkins as: "... the nincompoop diversicrat who serves as Chief Constable of Greater Manchester sternly warning that we must not "tolerate hate" - by which he means not the hate of people who shred little girls' bodies with nail bombs but the mean-spirited Tweets of people who get angry at the people who shred little girls' bodies with nail bombs."

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Look at the stupid grin on that blowhard turd's smug face when he accepts a book FULL of hate. The very same hatred that killed eight year old Saffie-Rose Roussos and 21 others. Hat tip Gates of Vienna.

Kathy Griffin, a 'comedienne', holding up an effigy of Trump's severed head in the way ISIS terrorists hold decapitated heads of their prisoners:

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Actually she's not worth it, but here's some background info.

Sigh. And the week is not even over yet.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Short but telling video by Victor Davis Hanson for Prager University.

Hat tip Theo Spark.


Monday, May 29, 2017


Via 90 Miles from Tyranny, this photo of the tombstone of a Marine Lance Corporal who fell in 2010 in Afghanistan, being mourned by two girls, either family members or acquaintances ...

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It was not difficult to find an obituary for Lance Corporal Eric L. Ward, USMC. Here's an exerpt from The Seattle Times, FEB 23, 2010:

"... Friends and family described Eric L. Ward, a 19-year-old Marine from Redmond who died Sunday in Afghanistan, as a proud and generous man who kept everybody around him laughing.

Lance Cpl. Ward died in a “hostile incident” in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Tuesday. A machine-gunner, he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.

“He was always the person to make you laugh no matter what happened,” said Trey Hoover, 19, a fellow Marine who was Ward’s roommate in Afghanistan. “No matter what happened, where we were at, even if we were sleeping in the field getting a torrential downpour rained on us, he’d always make it funny.”

Besides his humor, Lance Cpl. Ward was known for his athletic talent and unusual generosity, said his father, Steven Ward. Every year while he was a student at Snoqualmie Valley Public Schools, Eric Ward would buy extra sets of school supplies to give to those who were less fortunate.

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A fourth-generation Marine, Lance Cpl. Ward had dreamed of joining the Corps from an early age, his father said.

“He was a natural leader,” said Steven Ward, 48. “He was proud to serve. He was proud for his family. He was strong.”

Eric Ward joined the Marines in July 2008. He deployed to Afghanistan in October and was promoted to the rank of lance corporal last month.

His awards include the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and NATO International Security Assistance Force Medal.

The exact cause of death has not been released. Ward’s battalion reportedly has been participating in an intense offensive to retake the city of Marjah, in the southern province of Helmand, from Taliban control.

About 15,000 American and NATO troops, including soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, are participating in the offensive, which has been described as the largest operation in the eight-year war.

The operation has resulted in the deaths of many American soldiers, Taliban fighters and Afghan civilians. At least seven Marines in Lance Cpl. Ward’s regiment alone have died since Feb. 1.

Lance Cpl. Ward’s body arrived at Dover Air Force Base late Tuesday, said his father, who was on the tarmac when the plane landed. Because he died in combat, Lance Cpl. Ward will be buried at Arlington National Ceremony.

The family is planning services in Western Washington to celebrate Eric Ward’s service, his father said...

God bless.


Sunday, May 28, 2017


Towards the end of WWII the USAAF was developing a dedicated ground attack plane. This was the Douglas A-1 Skyraider, a piston-engined behemoth which came too late to participate in WWII, but which performed admirably in the Korean War and also in the Vietnam War. But before that war had even started, the Skyraider's successor had already been developed. This was the Grumman A-6 Intruder, a twin-engined, mid-wing design with a relatively small airframe but which nevertheless could carry an amazing load of ordnance (some 8,200 kilograms on its 5 hardpoints).

The following video is from the 1991 film Flight of the Intruder, a decent warflick directed by John Milius and starring Willem Dafoe, Danny Glover, Brad Johnson and Patricia Arquette. It was based on Stephen Coonts' 1986 novel of the same name.

Below a pic of a cutout of one the Intruder's two Pratt & Whitney J52-P8B turbojets (with a 9,300 lbf (41 kN) thrust each).

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You can actually only see the compressor section and the combustion chambers (although one turbine ring is visible to the extreme right of the photo).

Duh. I don't believe a word of it. When I checked out the Pratt and Whitney J-52 the wiki page told me that it was an axial turbojet (of course) but dual spool, see the difference below:

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And here is a more relevant pic. You can clearly see from left to right the low pressure compressor, the high pressure compressor, the combustion chambers, the high pressure turbine and the low pressure turbine.

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Yet the photo of the first cutaway shows a single spool engine. And this while the Flickr account where I found it labels it as an A-6 Intruder engine, put on display at Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, Lexington Park, Maryland.

Oh well. Maybe someone among our readers has an explanation?

Another video, though not from the movie, but a documentary: