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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Failski

Russia’s Apocalypse Missile Keeps Crashing:

Vladimir Putin’s much-hyped nuclear-powered cruise missile is having trouble staying in the air. The Russian president announced the weapon in March as part of a package of new nuclear arms, but the unnamed missile has crashed four times in four months.

The use of a nuclear engine theoretically gives the new missile unlimited range, allowing it to fly thousands of miles to skirt existing U.S. air defenses. So far, however, the missile has flown no further than 22 miles over the course of two minutes. Sources told CNBC the nuclear engine is apparently failing to start, causing the crashes.

When it was revealed in March, Russia's missile was immediately compared to the Pentagon’s Cold War-era Supersonic Low Altitude Missile, or SLAM. A low-flying nuclear-powered cruise missile, SLAM was made to fly a long, circuitous route over the Soviet Union, raining hydrogen bombs down on communist targets. SLAM was cancelled in part because it was simply too difficult to test. A crash-landed missile would spew radioactive debris, contaminating a wide area.


That last part is very telling. We cancelled the program because ICBMs rendered the concept obsolete. We did, however, build and test the nuclear engines... in 1961. That's how "advanced" Russian military research programs are: they can't build something we built and discarded in 1961. In fact, they've never built anything on par with American military equipment unless they stole the plans from us. Every time their military equipment comes up against American equipment, a Russian junkyard instantly materializes. Remember how a few months ago they threatened to shoot down the cruise missiles we fired into Syria? Know how many they shot down? It's a nice round number. Very round. ZERO.

The only "apocalypse" this missile is likely to produce is to the already anemic Russian economy. Perhaps they should stop dicking around with ancient and useless military technology and focus instead on figuring out how to feed their population without importing food every year.

"Alexa, invade my privacy"

Woman says her Amazon device recorded private conversation, sent it out to random contact



My wife bought one of the infernal devices. When she's not at home, I tell Alexa to do disgusting things to herself and hold one-sided conversations with the FBI monitor. Or maybe that's the other way around...

Broke, sir!

Haynes is publishing a repair manual for the A-10 Thunderbolt II attack jet. If it's as crappy as the rest of their "repair" manuals, you'll have parts left over and the damned thing won't start.

Fucking 'Boons



I doubt they even realize they just proved the "stereotype." That would require self-awareness.

Lost and Found

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Thank you, Doctor Obvious

Hotel Pools Are Cesspools of Diarrhea and Bacteria, Says CDC

Whatever would we do without the "experts" at places like the CDC to advise us on these things? I'd swim in a bayou before I'd get within throwing range of a public pool.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Et tu?

Different

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The New Corps

Marine Corps announces sweeping changes to ground-combat forces

They ain't kidding around. Squads will be restructured into 3 three-man fire teams, plus a squad leader, ASL, and "systems operator" -- he plays with the high-tech shit like the squad's quadcopter. At the platoon level is a full drone operations team, and a counter-drone unit at the company level. Firepower is going up across the board. Tanks and artillery, which had been mostly deactivated, are coming back as brigade integral formations.

Since we've started cleaning those Obama-era flyboys out of HQMC, we're actually seeing the focus shift back to where it's supposed to be: the infantry Marine. Now scrap the purchase orders for those overpriced F-35 pieces of shit and we'll really be cooking with gas. That program has been sucking the life out of my beloved Corps for eight years and needs to become a bad memory.

Monday, May 14, 2018

No Shit, Sherlock

Some of Kepler's Discovered Planets Might Not Be Real After All

YA THINK?!!

The validity of the detection process for these so-called exoplanets is flimsier than toilet paper -- and worth about the same. The entire process is a series of inferences, should-bes, and probably-ares. There has been no independent verification -- not of a single one -- because the only way to verify the accuracy of the process is to physically send a probe to within visual distance of one of the planets in question and see that it is indeed where the inferences say it is. Since that would take several thousand years for even the nearest of them, it's impractical in the extreme. Which leaves us with... more inferences.

I repeat: these self-styled "planet hunters" are not scientists, they are sensationalists. Like little kids, they've figured out that the more outlandish the story, the more attention they'll get. In their world, attention means grant money, the lifeblood of pure scientific research organizations. It's all quite harmless -- until somebody calls them out for making up stories, at which point their credibility evaporates, along with generations of future researchers who may be more scientifically honest.

None of which, you can be sure, will slow them down in the least. You'll continue to see articles about how many hundreds of "planets" they've discovered every year, complete with improbable details and rampant speculation. That's because, like everyone else, scientists prefer steak over hamburger. Just remember to follow the money before you swallow the story.

We're all gonna... die?

No, it's gonna miss us too...

On Tuesday, our planet will get a brief visit from a solar system traveler. An asteroid the size of the Statue of Liberty will pass by the Earth, narrowly missing us.


One measly extinction-level event, that's all I'm asking. I don't think I'm being greedy, here.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Holy batshit crazy, Batman!

Police Allege Woman Stalked Man, Sent 65,000 Texts After Only One Date



Oh yeah, she's got the Crazy Eyes, alright. I know them only too well. So glad that dating thing is long in my past.

First Woman on the Moon

#METOO

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Pray you don't have a layover...

Thursday Tunes

A live cover of Metallica's Nothing Else Matters by the somewhat bizarre, Enigma-inspired German band called Gregorian.




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