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  • What's your Best method to start a fire for Survival

    05/19/2016 11:12:54 AM PDT · 66 of 82
    darth to w1n1

    My son was on a canoe trip with a group of wilderness instructors when they had to camp in a pouring rain.

    No one could start a fire, except my son.

    He started a fire using only one match just like old Dad taught him.

    I was never so proud!

  • Untold Riches—Way Above

    05/19/2016 11:07:31 AM PDT · 2 of 10
    darth to Sean_Anthony

    The High Frontier is the New World without the natives.

    There are endless resources, land, and energy once you escape Earth’s gravity.

    The Vikings, among others, discovered the Americas, but lacked the ships, navigation instruments, and economic incentive to colonize the new lands.

    Columbus came along with better technology. Plus, the Spanish discovered rich empires to conquer.

    Outer space will follow a similar path. When we have cheap, reliable access to space, we will mine and colonize the new lands.

    Ad Astra

  • Jerry Pournelle Wins the National Space Society Robert A. Heinlein Award

    04/13/2016 11:12:44 AM PDT · 16 of 28
    darth to EveningStar

    I met Jerry in 1984. At the time, he was drinking quite a bit. Having read his books, I was already a supporter when we found ourselves on the same panel discussion at a SF convention.

    He shocked me by being loud and abrasive.

    I guess he cleaned up his act.

    He was a great author and another of Mr. Heinlein’s Children.

    Jerry, may the Force be with you and thanks for all of your contributions to the sanity of humanity.

  • A Visionary Project Aims for Alpha Centauri, a Star 4.37 Light-Years Away

    04/13/2016 11:08:33 AM PDT · 45 of 45
    darth to MarchonDC09122009

    Its way too late to hide.

    We have been broadcasting our position for over 100 years now to any who might listen.

    I think when we create the first colony starship, we should tell them to change course a few times and never use RF to communicate at all, much less with Earth.

    The only way to insure survival is to go full stealth.

  • A Visionary Project Aims for Alpha Centauri, a Star 4.37 Light-Years Away

    04/12/2016 12:22:08 PM PDT · 39 of 45
    darth to MarchonDC09122009

    I came up with an idea about 30 years ago when I was an aerospace engineer.

    Using asteroid resources we can build a mass driver, which is a linear magnetic accelerator, in gravity gradient mode around the Sun. The mass driver could be up to several thousand kilometers long. In space there is no real limit on the size of such as structure.

    Using solar power, we can accelerate nano-probes (5 kg or so) to about .1 C

    Such a mass driver could launch millions of probes in every direction over a period of decades.

    To return a signal to Earth, I proposed a very slow rate of laser pulses that would be picked up by dedicated telescopes.

    I like this better than laser propulsion. We already proved in rail gun programs that we can build sophisticated nano-craft that take over 100,000 Gs of acceleration.

    So, when we got our rail gun up to 100,000 Gs, what do you think we launched first? A Timex watch! It was still ticking when we pried it out of the backstop.

  • Trump predicts a ‘massive recession’ but intends to eliminate the national debt in 8 years

    04/03/2016 12:24:18 PM PDT · 52 of 57
    darth to Mad Dawgg

    Mad Dawgg, I have a degree in Econ as well as engineering.

    I worked as a for the Army or the fedgov for 25 years.

    YES, we can pay down the debt. None of the steps are easy, but:

    1. Go thru the entire fed bureaucracy with a complete restructuring. NASA has already been surpassed by the private sector launch biz.

    Outsource everything possible. Why does the fedgov have factories? Aircraft repair depots? Nuke weapons manufacturing? In almost every case, you need about 5% of current actual govt employees to manage the contractors who will do the work.

    Large numbers of fedgov employees have no discernible product in Dept of Education, Dept of Labor, Commerce, etc. EPA and OSHA could be completely replaced by state agencies regulating workplace safety and environmental pollution.

    Like The Donald sez, “Yer fired”.

    2. Take a hard look at all entitlements. Drug/alcohol testing to get food stamps, housing, etc. Hard to say it, but we need to have means testing for SS and Medicare. I have a buddy worth over $5M who gets the Obamacare subsidy because he keeps his taxable income low.

    3. Reform Medicare and Medicaid to make them more patient-outcome oriented and less bureaucratic.

    4. SELL FEDGOV ASSETS! Half of the land West of the Mississippi belongs to the fedgov. Why? Get the land and the minerals and agriculture and forestry into private, American hands. Trade fed bonds for land.

    5. Open up our own resources. Fire the greenies from the BLM, Forest Service, Interior Dept, et al. Why are we importing rare earths, titanium, uranium, etc. when there are deposits here to be mined?

    The USA should be the Saudi Arabia of coal for export. It is one of the most transportable forms of energy.

    6. Legalize drugs (with prescriptions for addicts), put the cartels out of business, and tax them. Yes, it is terrible, but we lost the war on drugs a long time ago.

    7. Sue foreign competitors for their offenses, e.g., stealing intellectual property and seize their assets (fed bonds).

    How are those for a start?

  • Obama commutes sentences of 61 drug offenders

    03/30/2016 9:18:48 AM PDT · 19 of 56
    darth to detective

    Back in the day when I was busting drug dealers, we often knew through informants that the dealers were probably guilty of extortion, armed robbery, and murder.

    However, we often busted them for possession because we could not prove the more serious charges. Possession is easy to prosecute and prove.

    Expect that the people that Obama is releasing will go on to murder a few folks in the ‘hood.

    That said, I have come to the conclusion that there was a “War On Drugs” and we LOST.

    It is time to begin legalizing drug use again. I would start by letting clinics hand out prescriptions to known addicts. Of course, we will have to prevent them from selling the drugs on the street, but we already handle that problem with methadone clinics. At least, we did the last time I looked.

  • Tired of politics..Gun and supply talk anyone?

    03/25/2016 9:47:28 AM PDT · 37 of 53
    darth to Big Red Badger

    I have not tried this with ammo, but in my business, I often have to pack zinc plated steel parts in drums up to 50 gal.

    The parts used to rust in the bottom of the drum as the zinc plating outgassed water over time and dripped to the bottom.

    I solved the problem by dumping charcoal briquettes or kitty litter in the bottom as a sorbent. Then I layered newspaper on top to keep the parts clean before filling the drum with parts.

    In my area, Houston, there is as guy who sells used steel drums with removable tops for $9 each. That beats the hell out of plastic totes from Wallymart or an ammo can. First, you have to scrub the residue out of the drum (appplesauce from China), then dry it before use.

    I find the drums ideal for storing things like bags of sugar and salt in my barn (heat does not affect those).

    I would not, of course, store primers or powder in a hot barn regardless of how dry it stayed.

  • Adventures with a Pair of Bushmen

    03/19/2016 6:07:28 AM PDT · 4 of 25
    darth to marktwain

    I once took a trip through Morocco with a buddy.

    We encountered a lot of hostile natives, some of whom were in large groups. Many had large daggers at their waist.

    I carried a pair of nunchuks as well as a couple of blades. I also had a Wrist Rocket with a bag of ball bearings.

    The Moroccans had seen enough Bruce Lee movies to recognize the nunchuks which I carried openly.

    They never had to learn that I did not know how to use the chuks; the intimidation was enough.

  • Ashley Graham Makes History as the First Size-16 Model to Cover Sports Illustrated

    02/14/2016 10:43:33 AM PST · 96 of 97
    darth to TigerClaws

    That gal is built like a bag fulla bobcats.

    Very healthy!

  • The CIAs Secret Heart Attack Gun

    02/14/2016 7:20:26 AM PST · 85 of 162
    darth to DeathBeforeDishonor1

    I had a friend back in 1974 who was in Army counter-intel.

    He caught a US sergeant selling secrets to the Russkis. He caught him at the meeting and bagged two Russki spy handlers as well.

    A few months later my friend ended up in a hospital in Rotterdam where I assume he was on assignment. His leg swelled up, turned black, and had serious necrosis.

    The docs concluded after testing that it was Brown Recluse Spider venom.

    Brown Recluse Spiders are not native to Europe.

    Apparently, he was hit by a dart so small he did not know he had been shot.

    This kind of thing does not just happen in movies. Payback, you understand.

    Oh, the docs saved his leg. Last time I checked, my buddy was still working in Europe.

  • A Reagan Doctrine for the Twenty-First Century - Let's take off our gloves

    01/31/2016 6:18:41 AM PST · 28 of 30
    darth to Cincinatus' Wife

    Retired Cold Warrior here.

    My credentials: I graduated from the Hudson Trade School for Wayward Boys (service academy), studied nuke war strategy, contributed as an engineer to Reagan’s Star Wars programs, and had success forecasting the downfall of the Soviet Union over 10 years before it occurred.

    My observations:

    Russia wants their damned Empire back! The Czars spent hundreds of years expanding it, the Marxists continued this expansion, and the current leaders are just as nationalistic.

    The USA and its allies need to let limits and make those clear to the Russians. For example, while the Russians could keep Crimea (which had been “given” to Ukraine), they cannot re-conquer Ukraine itself which was independent for much of its history and wishes to remain so.

    As for Syria, keeping Assad in power and preventing Persian Gulf oil and gas pipelines from competing with Russia in Europe is clearly the Russian goal. Despite the protest from our Persian Gulf “allies”, I think we should leave this one alone. Maybe the pipelines should go through Jordan, Israel, and Lebanon instead? That could be very profitable for those countries.

    There are no Good Guys in Syria to speak of. Furthermore, the USA is a major oil producer just like Russia, Saudi Arabia, et al. Why are we helping one competitor at the expense of another?

    The best US strategy to deal with this is to COMPETE with Russia as a supplier of hydrocarbons to Europe. We should be shipping oil, coal, and LNG as fast as we can. Russia’s threatening posture against European customers can result in more profit for the USA. What’s not to like?

    Reagan’s strategy against the USSR was to bankrupt them by lowering the prices for oil, gold, and diamonds which were their sources of hard currency. The current oil glut and Russia’s foolish decision to rely upon hydrocarbon exports has accomplished the same for us now. When Russia’s economy is smaller than Spain’s, they do not pose much of a threat to Europe.

    As for defense, YES, we should maintain a commanding edge over all competitors. However, we need to be very careful about where we commit forces. In retrospect, it turns out that conventional victories in North Africa and the ME don’t always produce better end results.

    One area that DOES pay rich dividends is a robust anti-missile capability.

    Few people realize that the most important benefit of Star Wars was not to defend our cities against Russian nukes. That was the public window dressing.

    With even a limited SDI, we could prioritize and defend Navy ships in port, air bases, and missile silos thus preserving a powerful second strike capability.

    This is what drives the Russkis nuts. A limited missile defense checks the threat of a Russian first strike. They always planned to use a first strike BOOB (Bolt Out Of the Blue) attack to remove our nuke forces. This would leave our cities as hostages and force check mate.

    At this time, Russia is only a super power in the area of nuke arsenal. If that is negated, they lack the threat to defeat Europe.

    Reagan’s advisers, some of whom I worked with, understood this.

    In summary, we need to find as much common ground as possible with the Russians. We have common enemies such as the islamonazis and common competitors. We should be working together when possible.

    I vote for peace through strength.

  • I'm in need of mentoring

    01/29/2016 11:30:18 AM PST · 18 of 25
    darth to CorporateStepsister

    I have gone down that route before with major outside funding. The company went belly up and I lost just about everything I owned.

    Venture capital is appropriate for new tech startups. As one guy told me, “Don’t ask for $2 million. Ask for $20 million, or better yet, $200 million. That is EASIER to get if you have the right new technology”.

    My best advice is: Study your new industry/market. Take courses. Prepare. Forget the Harvard Biz School advice. You will succeed if you are technically proficient, have the best people, and understand where every penny is coming from/going to.

    Oh yeah, cut your living expenses to the bone. I spent a few years on beans and rice before I succeeded. You cannot milk it. You must re-invest every penny you can.

    I was an engineer and manager for huge aerospace firms for many years. When I got into manufacturing, I had to UNLEARN everything I knew before. The habits and strategies that made a successful corporate guy were totally useless in a small biz.

    I had a buddy who made $100M importing auto parts. He told me it was a matter of hiring the best in the industry and being a great accountant.

    If you like, let’s talk.

  • MOMENTS BEFORE - Onboard (with subtitles) Columbia Crash During Re-Entry

    01/29/2016 11:17:30 AM PST · 20 of 20
    darth to WhiskeyX

    Whiskey, that is excellent research.

    However, I am talking about a DIFFERENT reactor. The program was classified, therefore the reactor was not known to the public. According to my source, this reactor did NOT end up at Santa Susanna.

    I’ll bet there were not more than 5 execs or managers in the company that even knew it existed. Everybody who was on the project had long since died. That was in 1983.

    I don’t know how much experience you have, but in some of the companies that I worked for, the Black programs had a different chain of command than the regular programs. The Division President and COO did not know exactly what was being done in their own divisions or buildings. And they knew not to ask either.

    I know this because one of my inventions became classified. I had to brief some corporate guy that you would never suspect of being in the loop. There was only one level above him instead of the usual chain of command that was five levels deep.

    Unless the old man lied, there IS a nuke reactor buried under the runway.

  • MOMENTS BEFORE - Onboard (with subtitles) Columbia Crash During Re-Entry

    01/28/2016 10:16:17 AM PST · 18 of 20
    darth to WhiskeyX

    One of those authors was the JSC customer that we visited about the weakened RCC leading edge.

    I am a busy guy with a business to run. However, I still have my notes archived including the notes from that meeting.

    Someday, I will write a book about what I know.

    By the way, if anyone has a geiger counter, I was told that there is a nuke reactor buried under the old runway at the Downey plant.

    One day in 1983 or so, I was chatting with one of the old timers from North American.

    He said, “I think everyone else on the team is dead now. I am probably the only one who knows.”

    “What?” I asked.

    He then told me, “Back in the late 40s, every aircraft company wanted to have a nuclear reactor. We got a contract from the government and set up a small reactor. When the government suddenly canceled the program in 1949, we dug a hole under the runway and buried it in concrete. Almost nobody knew because the program was classified”.

    I think it is a car sales lot now. This would be South of Stewart & Gray and East of Lakewood in Downey. The old runways ran diagonal across the back of the lot. They used to build and fly Consolidated Vultee aircraft out of there as well as North American aircraft later.

    I have a geiger counter but no time to go search for it.

    The land belonged to the USAF before it got deeded to the City of Downey, IIRC.

    I guess that now I am the Old Timer, hah!

  • MOMENTS BEFORE - Onboard (with subtitles) Columbia Crash During Re-Entry

    01/28/2016 8:36:53 AM PST · 15 of 20
    darth to WhiskeyX

    Thanks for the link to the video.

    I was a Shuttle engineer working for Rockwell out of Downey, CA for many years.

    I have related the story below a couple of times, but I want to insure that future space historians have all the facts to determine what really happened with Columbia.

    I was assigned to a team from Lab & Test Dept. to go to JSC and make them aware of the problems with the RCC leading edge on Columbia. I do not recall the year, but I think it was between 1995 and 1997.

    Specifically, L&T found tiny craters on the RCC leading edge after one of Columbia’s flights. Note that the RCC was visually checked for problems using magnified images.

    L&T concluded that the shock wave off the nose was impinging on the RCC (Reinforced Carbon-Carbon) leading edge resulting in very high heating rates in that area. At high enough temps, the oxygen molecules were crossing the glass coating and forming CO (carbon monoxide) which then outgassed causing the craters. They reproduced these results in the Lab.

    L&T dubbed this process “de-densification” and showed that the RCC lost it’s structural integrity over time. After CT scanning, they learned that the RCC on Columbia had become so weak, you could poke your finger through it.

    I was in that meeting at JSC and still have my notes on who was there.

    I recall that at the time we were told, “RCC is $30,000 per square foot. There is NO money in the budget to replace the leading edge on Columbia”.

    I left the program to work on the CSOC proposal.

    Did they replace the RCC before the foam impact? I do not know and most of my contacts have retired.

    Someone needs to look into this to find out if it was simply the foam or whether the weakened RCC was an accident waiting to happen.

    Ice-laden foam was always a hazard and known risk. However, the loss of the Orbiter may have also been due to a budgetary oversight by the Agency.

    I hope my information helps.

  • A tale of two traitors

    11/24/2015 11:53:52 AM PST · 10 of 11
    darth to SJackson

    My best spook buddy sez there is more to the Pollard story:

    1. The secrets he stole for Israel were re-sold to the Russkis. We were in the middle of the Cold War and some Israeli spook decided to make an extra shekel by selling US secrets to Russia. Pissed off a lot of people.

    2. Pollard appeared to have helpers within the NSA and he never would give them up.

    3. The NSA fired every Jew in the place to prevent said helpers from continuing to spy.

    I do not have personal knowledge, just passing on what I was told by a guy who knows where the bodies are buried.

  • Analyst: Doomsday Nuclear Torpedo Leak Gives Insight to Russian Strategic Mindset

    11/14/2015 6:09:56 AM PST · 9 of 19
    darth to Bringbackthedraft

    I knew a guy when I was an aerospace engineer. He was a black program guy back in the 1950s.

    He told me that he had proposed hitting strontium deposits inside the USSR with ground penetrating nukes in the event of all-out war in order to create a radioactive desert.

    Phillip Wylie, who had been a nuke planner in the 1950s also wrote of underwater nuke mines loaded with sodium to create isotopes in one of his novels of thermonuclear war. IIRC, it was written in 1963.

    Such options are fairly futile in a real war. The primary objective of a war has to be engaging the military assets of the enemy.

    This idea of a high speed, deep diving, nuke torpedo is totally silly. First of all, it would give off an enormous acoustic signal that could be detected. Second, at great depth and pressure, nuke depth charges have enormous effect. Third, it has to rise towards the surface at the continental shelf. Fourth, the amount of nuclear material necessary for such a huge warhead would deplete the resources needed to build thousands of smaller, more effective warheads.

    In short, this weapon is Sci Fi briefing charts.

    Russia threatens nukes because their economy is so weak that they cannot offer a credible threat in any other area of military options.

    If they had tried capitalism instead of oligarchy and kleptocracy, maybe they might be a larger threat.

  • In 1983 ‘war scare,’ Soviet leadership feared nuclear surprise attack by U.S.

    10/26/2015 7:45:09 AM PDT · 48 of 51
    darth to PghBaldy

    Yes.

    Books have mentioned the incident.

    Victor Suvorov mentioned it in his books on the GRU.

    We actually learned a lot from Soviet defectors who wrote books in the last 30 years.

  • In 1983 ‘war scare,’ Soviet leadership feared nuclear surprise attack by U.S.

    10/25/2015 7:13:30 PM PDT · 31 of 51
    darth to The Ghost of FReepers Past

    This article is about a supposed crisis a year after the real crisis occurred.

    So there I was standing in a phone booth in Los Angeles in March 1982 calling a girl from work. Was thinking about asking her for a date.

    Instead, her mother answered the phone. Now, I knew from the girl that her mom was a Hungarian immigrant.

    She said, “My daughter told me about you. You are an Academy grad, yes?”

    I replied in the affirmative.

    She went on, “I am not supposed to talk about this on an open line, but I have been recalled to duty”.

    I thought that was strange as she was about 55 years old. I asked, “What branch of service were you?”

    She replied, “I was a career CIA agent. I am being recalled because at this moment, we are very close to thermonuclear war. The Russian boomers are up on our continental shelf with their missile doors open. We are in great danger.”

    At this point, my BS meter was pegging out. I politely made chit chat and asked to talk to her daughter.

    I wondered how a civilian knew that Soviet SLBM subs were called boomers and that being close to our coast with missile doors open was a sign of imminent launch.

    I dismissed the entire incident.

    A few years later in a classified briefing, I found out that every word she said was true.

    Andropov had gone to the Politburo and insisted that the Cowboy Reagan would definitely attack. He said the USSR must attack first.

    However, for once, the CIA did their job and found out about the war preparations.

    Reagan sent a stern letter to the Politburo letting them know that we KNEW and would retaliate massively in the event of an attack.

    Once again, showing strength and resolve averted war.

    Let it always be so.

  • Army Gen: Obama Is Destroying Military From Within

    10/24/2015 10:53:14 AM PDT · 29 of 60
    darth to yefragetuwrabrumuy

    I remember Bob Dees. He was in my company (E-1) at West Point. If there ever was a straight arrow, it was Bob. Last I heard, he retired and runs a ministry now.

    Had dinner last night with some grads whose fathers and grandfathers were Academy grads. Some of their kids are grads.

    The admissions process now openly discriminates against white males. Females and minorities get first crack at appointments.

    The civilian leadership now values things like getting transgenders into the ranks and women passing Ranger School over fighting wars.

    This will turn out badly.

  • Bankrupting America: Or, Gorbachev’s revenge

    11/03/2013 7:55:39 AM PST · 14 of 15
    darth to 2ndDivisionVet

    I am reminded of the timeless wisdom of Sun Tzu.

    To paraphrase him:

    “As you attack the enemy and take his lands, plunder them that you may become richer and more powerful while he is permanently diminished as an enemy”.

    If we applied that to the war against islamonazis, we would take their lands, colonize them, and pump their oil or mine their resources.

    Our country should never go to war without a plan to totally destroy the enemy and become stronger in the process.

    Am I an old fashioned guy or what?

  • Ted Cruz Was Heckled Repeatedly at the Values Voter Summit —...

    10/11/2013 2:22:58 PM PDT · 41 of 47
    darth to Fledermaus

    In my experience, the commies are the most greedy and self centered people that you will meet.

    When I took a bus tour of East Berlin, our bus driver brought along a bag of cookies.

    When the commie tour guide boarded the bus, he ate every one of the driver’s cookies.

  • Ted Cruz Was Heckled Repeatedly at the Values Voter Summit —...

    10/11/2013 1:59:56 PM PDT · 37 of 47
    darth to Impala64ssa

    Back in 1984 I was debating a leftie professor at San Diego State in front of a huge audience of students. My subject was the Strategic Defense Initiative, aka, Star Wars. I had been asked to rep by the Air Force Association.

    I was having a good time goading my opponent on why he thought Russkie nukes hitting our cities was a good idea.

    Suddenly, a large, organized group of hecklers in the back started yelling “Bullsh!t” after each of my sentences.

    I called out, “You stepped in WHAT?” Then I started leading everyone in dancing the Cotton Eyed Joe. The audience cracked up laughing. The heckling stopped. My opponent started babbling in a confused state.

    Once you get the audience laughing at your opponents, you are winning!

    I also represented the High Frontier Foundation, headed by LTG (Ret) Danny Graham, a number of times.

    I learned that you should never treat these occasions as a formal debate. You are there to skewer the commies and make the audience laugh at them.

    At one of my first debates, I was opposed by a professor from UC Riverside. He made a lot of outlandish accusations including that Reagan wanted to nuke the USSR.

    After the debate, I went over to chat with him thinking that he could not be serious about some of his insane assertions.

    “So”, I asked, “If Soviet missiles are on the way to American cities, do you really want them to succeed?”

    “YES!”, he replied.

    I was thunderstruck. “So if there is a nuclear war, you want the Russian missiles to hit our cities?”

    “YES!”

    I was totally dumbfounded. I asked, “Why would you want Russian missiles to hit our cities?”

    He replied, exasperated, “Because I’m a COMMUNIST!”

    I never realized that people like him actually existed.

    And we were paying him to teach.

  • FBI Releases Chilling Footage of Navy Yard Shooter Aaron Alexis

    09/25/2013 3:04:33 PM PDT · 18 of 19
    darth to Boogieman

    Not everything is a conspiracy theory.

    I was briefed on the capability to make enemy soldiers “hear” words or sounds using powerful RF weapons. I know for a fact that we tested the capability over 20 years ago.

    However, if someone starts transmitting powerful RF outside of a DoD range, the FAA or FCC should notice right away.

    There is a fun book out there by an EE titled, “How to Turn a Microwave Oven Into a Death Ray”. He rigged a broken 5 KW commercial microwave oven to shoot a beam out. He set plywood on fire at 500 feet. Not that I would want to be anywhere near such an experiment (backscatter and sidelobes).

  • Blue man dies of heart attack at 62

    09/25/2013 1:05:53 PM PDT · 39 of 57
    darth to JoeProBono

    At first, I thought it was this guy:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDOW8TJC7Wo

    I actually met the Blue Tatoo guy at his nephew’s wedding.

    He had tatoos over his entire body except for a fingertip.

    Some peoples’ obsessions can be life threatening.

  • Police

    08/31/2013 1:09:41 PM PDT · 17 of 49
    darth to Jonty30

    A Texas prison Warden famously once said, “On any given day at least 5-10% of our staff belong on the other side of the bars”.

  • 5 Really Depressing Things and then Some Music

    07/21/2013 2:51:54 PM PDT · 2 of 12
    darth to plsjr

    Part of the problem is that Idiocracy was not a comedy, it was a DOCUMENTARY!

  • 2013's solar maximum could be weakest since the dawn of the space age

    07/16/2013 3:51:02 PM PDT · 23 of 28
    darth to BenLurkin

    I do not fully understand what this guy is explaining, but it is incredibly interesting:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phnPdLAdtII&feature=c4-overview&list=UUTiL1q9YbrVam5nP2xzFTWQ

    I find his 3 and 4 minute news segments very informative, and his knowledge of meteorology and space weather are very impressive.

    I think he is on to something with the interaction of space weather, solar phenomena, and Earth weather. I always suspected that the climate was an incredibly complex system with a lot of variables and drivers.

    I do not think that the climate is a simple matter of total solar output, although that is clearly important.

  • Syria's Brotherhood says West must step up arms to rebels

    07/08/2013 1:40:11 PM PDT · 18 of 18
    darth to Tailgunner Joe

    Does anyone remember the four demands of Osama bin Laden?

    One of them was that the West and the USA had to use our armed forces to overthrow the middle Eastern leaders that the islamonazis found to be insufficiently pious.

    Incredibly, Obama is following Osama bin Laden’s playbook.

    So Hussein is helping the islamonazis take power in MENA.

    The next thing you know Hussein will be removing references to islamic terrorism in training manuals and providing security clearances to radicals....uh,oh, too late.

  • Spectacular Video-Sukhoi35:Paris Airshow June 2013

    07/08/2013 8:05:21 AM PDT · 24 of 76
    darth to lbryce

    In 1982 I worked for Northrop Aircraft.

    The company took a bunch of us out to Edwards AFB to see the F-20 Tigershark.

    It was AMAZING!

    The thrust/weight was incredible.

    It rolled about 50 yards down the tarmac, pointed the nose at the sky, and went to 50,000 feet in about 2 minutes.

    As the pros on this forum know, we lost two out of the three F-20s to pilots blacking out during 9 G turns.

    For it’s time, it was an incredible accomplishment.

  • Dispelling the myth of "the wild west" (2009 article worth reposting)

    07/07/2013 1:14:34 PM PDT · 10 of 13
    darth to PUGACHEV

    In his autobiography, “Hell, I Was There!”, Elmer Keith describes his life in the early 1900s in Montana and Idaho.

    Elmer was threatened by a co-worker. His dad bought him a small barrel of powder and a few pounds of lead because he was still shooting a cap-n-ball revolver. He practiced all Summer and became a crack shot with a fast draw.

    There were shootouts and bank robberies.

    During WWII when he worked for the Army, Elmer was famous for shooting birds flying by at 100 yards or so with his .45 1911.

    One time he won a bet by hitting a half man target at 550 yards with the same pistol.

    Yup, I think the reporting may be off. Thought you would enjoy the history.

  • Michael Savage on George Zimmerman: ‘You have to find this man guilty’ [AUDIO]

    07/04/2013 3:37:54 PM PDT · 106 of 189
    darth to C. Edmund Wright

    I sometimes think the whole thing is just a schtick for him.

    Wally George redux.

  • Scientists May Have Found a Biological Basis for Homosexuality.That Could Be Bad News for Gays.

    06/28/2013 1:00:17 PM PDT · 35 of 118
    darth to MestaMachine

    About 20 years ago I read a paper where the researchers exposed pregnant rats to marijuana smoke.

    Many of the male offspring showed no sexual interest in females, only in males.

    If this worked the same way in humans,it would explain a lot of what we see.

  • A3SM: A True Game Changer for Submarine Self Defence against Threats from the Sky

    06/26/2013 6:01:47 PM PDT · 25 of 32
    darth to 0.E.O

    I have concluded that most of you guys must sack groceries for a living.

    Is there a single aerospace engineer out there?

    Did everyone buy the MSM story?

  • A3SM: A True Game Changer for Submarine Self Defence against Threats from the Sky

    06/26/2013 5:46:56 PM PDT · 23 of 32
    darth to 0.E.O

    I was not a Navy guy and so I cannot speculate on how to detect aircraft from underwater.

    OK, I will speculate: It would be safe to assume that the sub may be able to detect the acoustic signature of an aircraft since they can identify specific enemy boats by their unique signature.

    BTW, one of my other contributions was a way of detecting submerged craft from space sensors. It involved the use of a very advanced chip that one of our subcontractors had developed. The guys in San Diego really loved that one.

  • A3SM: A True Game Changer for Submarine Self Defence against Threats from the Sky

    06/26/2013 5:41:40 PM PDT · 20 of 32
    darth to Chode

    Cannot say.

    I will only say that it was a new and very significant technology.

    To my knowledge, it has never gone into mass production. Check back issues of AWST (Aviation Secrets Weekly, we used to call it).

  • A3SM: A True Game Changer for Submarine Self Defence against Threats from the Sky

    06/26/2013 5:36:49 PM PDT · 18 of 32
    darth to 0.E.O

    OK, so a multitude of witnesses including a couple of pilots testify they saw missiles rising from the ocean.

    Airliner goes down.

    BS story about exploding fuel tanks is met with derision by lots of aerospace engineers.

    Do you really think the Russkies and Chicoms did not get this immediately?

    My primary point was that the coverup fooled a lot of American voters but not our enemies.

  • A3SM: A True Game Changer for Submarine Self Defence against Threats from the Sky

    06/26/2013 5:31:34 PM PDT · 17 of 32
    darth to Strategerist

    Forgot to mention, some of the public info I got from AWST, which I read religiously every week. In addition to the articles, there were lots of letters to the Editor about TWA 800 calling BS on the official story line.

    One of the most irritating aspects of FR is the insults from people who know little about the technologies involved.

    So how do you get kerosene vapor to explode? And why were those guys in the hangar pounding on the aircraft wreckage to make it look like the explosion was inside the aircraft instead of outside?

  • A3SM: A True Game Changer for Submarine Self Defence against Threats from the Sky

    06/26/2013 5:26:38 PM PDT · 16 of 32
    darth to Strategerist

    Are you saying that all of the witnesses did not see missile(s)? I think their testimony is well established.

    As to whether we had or have such a sub-to-air missile, are you saying you have access to every black program that has been tested? Sorry, but you and I only would have access if we had a need-to-know.

    In my case, I often knew things I was not supposed to know which came in handy when we were bidding against competitors.

    Thanks for the gratuitous insult, but see the short resume that I posted.

  • A3SM: A True Game Changer for Submarine Self Defence against Threats from the Sky

    06/26/2013 5:18:25 PM PDT · 14 of 32
    darth to okie01

    Nope.

    I am a retired aerospace engineer. During my career I worked for five aerospace companies and held a TS clearance.

    I worked on programs including the Space Shuttle, Space Station, and the Strategic Defense Initiative.

    When Ronaldus Magnus gave his “Star Wars” speech, I was selected as the Business Development Manager because I was an Academy grad. The Division GM was Class of ‘39, so we got along well.

    About one year later I was instrumental in running the first SDI laser experiment that utilized the Space Shuttle. Remember when we shot a laser at the Shuttle from AMOS (Air Force Maui Optical Station)? That was my idea.

    The company got a nice contract and I got a 26% raise that year.

    Later, I had a chance to work on advanced technology programs from across the corporation, many of which went “black”. Not being a Black World guy, I still don’t know if our Cloaking Device actually worked outside of the Lab!

    In 1990, just before the first Gulf War, I came up with a dirty rotten trick we could use to shut down Saddam’s entire front line. The JCS liked it and procured the hardware, but decided it was too dirty too deploy....bad publicity and all that. Besides, Saddam was not that tough to defeat, and we might need that arrow in our bag of tricks for bigger foes in the future.

    One thing I should clear up is that I saw the new sub-to-air missile plan while working on interceptors for strategic defense programs. When TWA 800 got shot down, I knew immediately which missile had been involved.

    I am not a conspiracy theorist. Hell, I was THERE. I know where the bodies are buried and what got covered up.

    Speaking of which, I really need to take my geiger counter to Downey, California. One of the old timers told me that they buried a small nuke reactor under the runway at the old Consolidated Vultee plant in 1949 when the feds ended a contract. There’s a car lot there now.

  • A3SM: A True Game Changer for Submarine Self Defence against Threats from the Sky

    06/26/2013 4:50:19 PM PDT · 8 of 32
    darth to sukhoi-30mki

    The USA tested this type of weapon in 1996.

    TWA 800 was the tragic result of a bad decision by a program manager.

    Because the project was “black”, there was no one to overrule the program manager.

    I was once an engineer at the aerospace company that developed the missile that took out TWA 800.

    I know:

    1. What missile was being tested.
    2. The new sensor that was mounted on the missile that made it seek out the airliner and not the target drone.
    3. Why the test was performed in Long Island Sound.

    What I do not know is who the idiot was who decided to test a missile in crowded civilian airspace.

    The lessons that everyone needs to learn from this:

    1. Black programs have a strict need-to-know requirement. The SecDef and Prez Billie would not have been in the loop. They would only find out after the airliner was shot down that the missile had come from a U.S. Navy submarine. The Black World folks do NOT trust pols or senior civvies...with good reason. I KNOW these black world guys and they keep their mouths SHUT.

    When the briefing charts about the cool new technology or weapon disappear and everybody clams up....you know the project went black. And you know that you will be fired for even asking about it.

    2. The coverup and the ridiculous explosion-in-the-center-fuel-tank was designed to fool the American people just before an election. The Russkies and Chicoms are not stupid. They knew IMMEDIATELY that the U.S. Navy had a sub-to-air missile that could be fired without surfacing.

    Did everyone get that? The coverup and scam were NOT directed at our enemies. The voters were the stupid sheep to be led.

    And the MSM supported the BS story all the way because they could not let Clinton take the blame. They always assume that the general public is stupid, and they are often proven right.

    Once again, NEVER trust the MSM or the fedgov. That applies when the pubbies are in power and double when the dims are in power.

    If a story like the center fuel tank seems ridiculous, it is a SCAM.

    I will not reveal any details that could harm the national security of our country, so don’t ask.

  • Stockman Requests Subpoena Of NSA’s White House, IRS Phone Logs:

    06/13/2013 4:07:57 PM PDT · 15 of 16
    darth to EXCH54FE

    Way to go, Steve!

    Back in 1998, I took two weeks vacation from my job and worked with Steve Stockman on some campaigns.

    Steve is a brilliant, creative campaigner. He has no illusions about the criminals and commies who infest the dim party and the lengths they will go to win.

    After winning in 1994, he lost his seat in Congress to massive vote fraud in 1996.

    Oh boy, did I ever get an education on vote fraud!

    That experience led me to believe that if we can prevent vote fraud, conservatives will win almost every time.

  • Baby Neanderthal Breast-Fed for 7 Months

    05/25/2013 8:10:49 AM PDT · 16 of 45
    darth to SunkenCiv

    Read history and you will see that before formula, and especially among primitive tribes, it was not uncommon for mothers to nurse kids until they were three or four year old.

    For a meat diet Neanderthal, the only supplemental food available was blood or meat juices. My father told me that when he was a child on a ranch, they would put chunks of rare cooked meat in a cloth and squeeze out the blood and juice to feed to babies (1930s).

  • Judy Faulkner Likely Has Your Medical Records (Meet the Billionaire Obama Crony in charge of it)

    05/25/2013 8:00:01 AM PDT · 4 of 33
    darth to SeekAndFind

    It’s like the STASI on steroids.

  • CIA: Fox News Scandal “Goes Much Deeper,” White House Sitting On Something WH “Terrified” About

    05/24/2013 10:36:21 AM PDT · 249 of 250
    darth to DannyTN

    My forecast based on my knowledge of the enemy and how they think/act:

    The real scandal that “terrifies” the staff is that they have used “national technical means” to spy on EVERYONE! Just think, they could use the incredible capabilities of the NSA, CIA, DoD, Google, et al to spy on everyone including not only opponents, but also supporters and allies. Maxine Waters did not say they just had files on Republicans. They have a dossier on EVERYBODY!

    The other half of the scandal is how they use the information gathered. We will find that people have been blackmailed, intimidated, harassed, and, perhaps, even murdered.

    What is the Chicago Way? How do they use power when they get it? First, they solidify control. Then they wipe out enemies. Then they proceed to get filthy rich off corrupt deals.

    These people from Chicago not only have ties to organized crime and street gangs, they ARE organized crime.

    Not every dim is a crook, but most of them are.

  • Would You Believe The Administration Got Phone Records of The House Of Representatives?

    05/16/2013 12:08:26 PM PDT · 228 of 235
    darth to CA Conservative

    I’m sorry, but it would be a violation of commie Standard Operating Procedure if they did not use all possible means against their conservative foes.

    I would be shocked if they did NOT utilize all the capabilities of the NSA, FBI, DoD, and every other arm of government to wiretap and attack us.

    The technical capabilities of the fedgov are just this side of magic. I know because I helped develop them.

  • Would You Believe The Administration Got Phone Records of The House Of Representatives?

    05/16/2013 12:03:03 PM PDT · 227 of 235
    darth to jughandle

    Ya know, he messed with the CIA and spec ops guys.

    They know where all the bodies are buried.

    I expect a lot more revelations...like one per week.

  • Syrian rebel defends eating dead soldier’s organs…

    05/15/2013 5:24:19 PM PDT · 11 of 13
    darth to Dallas59

    This reminded me of the American soldier in Iraq who got a new tattoo on his butt:

    MAY CONTAIN PORK PRODUCTS

  • L'Affaire Richwine (Is it racist to draw conclusions about race and IQ based on statistical data?)

    05/11/2013 11:22:27 AM PDT · 15 of 37
    darth to Viennacon

    My Jedi suit protects me from flames.

    I am a STRONG advocate of legal immigration.

    My Foreman is an immigrant from Mexico with a third grade education. He would score poorly on any written test, even in Spanish.

    However, he is a GENIUS in the shop. He not only knows all of our manufacturing processes, he can repair or fabricate any piece of equipment from electrical to forklifts.

    Even more important, his work ethic is amazing. He never stops working. When he finishes an 80 hour week at the shop, he goes home and welds on the side.

    He is ambitious and an avid saver. He always puts his family first and paid over $140,000 to put his son through the state’s top university.

    His morals are old world straight and Catholic.

    Our country is richer because of immigrants like this. As an engineer I worked with immigrants from many countries. The brain drain from the old countries to ours is undeniable.

    That said, we get a lot of low quality immigrants, especially the illegal kind. They need to be sent packing across a well defended border.

    One policy I would recommend is that when an immigrant kid commits a felony, the entire family is deported. The families often have excellent control over their kids behavior, and in many cultures, a kid would not dare harm his family.

    The other policy which I advance is that we should immediately offer asylum to ALL oppressed Christians in the world. For example, we should rescue the Copts of Egypt.