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  • If we see a full moon tonight, will there be a full moon on the other side of the worldt?

    10/24/2010 6:00:24 PM PDT · 53 of 53
    IonImplantGuru to RegulatorCountry
    You should take a gander at the swarm of ellipses present in a geocentric system a la Ptolemy. Even more fun is the wild, Etch-A-Sketch in the sky traced by the Moon and planets when viewed over time from a geostationary perspective.

    LOL! I have taken the gander, and seen why the Ptolemaic system lies defunct on the far side Occam's razor from the surviving Galilean Model.

  • If we see a full moon tonight, will there be a full moon on the other side of the worldt?

    10/24/2010 12:11:11 AM PDT · 51 of 53
    IonImplantGuru to RegulatorCountry
    There is no dark side of the moon really. As a matter of fact it's all dark.

    The Earth doesn't revolve around the moon, either. Hence, the sarc tag.

    To be astronomically correct,the earth-moon system revolves around their common center of gravity (aka center of mass). The center of mass of the earth-moon system lies at a point beneath the earth's surface about 2900km from the earth's center; that's about 75% of earth's radius.

    For the above reason, the earth's orbit around the sun isn't a perfect ellipse - it has a wobble with a period of 28 days.

    Lord, I love useless trivia!

  • Something is Happening in Top Kill Process [LIVE THREAD]

    05/27/2010 12:01:28 AM PDT · 227 of 313
    IonImplantGuru to mojitojoe
    Surface oil accounts for only 5% of the total oil that has gushed out so far, so if we ALREADY have seen/measured the surface oil in the gulf to be around 12,000 square miles, how many square miles do you think that the oil would cover if all of it were to surface?
    Divide .05% into 12,000 and you get 2,400,000 square miles and the closest country that I can get to that 2.4 square miles is Russia at a bit over 2 mil square miles.

    Let's try that again:
    12,000 = 5% of x ... where x = surfaced area of total spill.

    Therefore x = 12,000 / 0.05 = 240,000 sq mi ... so you were only off by a factor of 10.

    Unfortunately the media is, for the most case, 10x worse than you on their math and who knows what kind of fudge factors BP et al are using. If your numbers have any validity, this puts the potential surfaced oil (as of right now) at somewhere between the area of California (163,696 sq mi) and Texas (268,581 sq mi

  • Superior Swedish Sub Sinks American Nuclear Subs & Aircraft Carrier, USS Reagan (Video)

    02/13/2010 5:53:30 PM PST · 239 of 261
    IonImplantGuru to jveritas
    The Vikings control the seas (extreme sarcasm). Get real. It is a totally insignificant war game. This sub will be long gone if it goes in a real fight with the US Navy.

    What are your credentials, JV, to enable you to make such cavalier statements? I doubt you have any background or real knowledge of either submarine or anti-submarine operations, based on your statements so far.

    I am a US Navy submarine vet, and keep up on developments in both areas. Trust me, the USN wouldn't have spent the money to bring the Swedish boat over to San Diego if they felt we were so damn invincible. Facts are that diesel-electric and AIP (air-independent propulsion) boats are harder to detect than other nuke boats and carry a weapons suite just as deadly. Yeah, they don't have the top speed and legs that our boats have ... but if they're around where and when we go into harm's way, it could be dicey for our side indeed.

  • 25 Microchips That Shook the World

    05/03/2009 11:23:04 PM PDT · 32 of 38
    IonImplantGuru to blam; Bloody Sam Roberts
    "OMG. I havent heard that name since the days when I used to program EPROMS so many eons ago. Signetics...what a blast from the past." Me too. I was at Signetics between 1971-73.

    Likewise, FRiends! I climbed aboard the Semiconductor roller coaster at Signetics (Sunnyvale) in early 74 (when Corning Glass owned it) and worked there in various aspects of manufacturing for 17 years (through the Philips acquisition). Started out as a electronics tech supporting several fabs, gravitated into ion implantation because of my nuclear physics background, and left as a Sr Process Engr in 1991.

    Moved to Silicon Systems in Santa Cruz in 91 when they were owned by TDK (yeah, the Nipponese tape company) and went through their acquisition by TI. Made Sr Principal engr and was elected to TI group Technical Staff.

    To me, Shockley, Fairchild, and Signetics acted as incubator and 'university' for most of the key players in the integrated circuit industry - at least from the manufacturing end. A lot of 'graduates' from those three companies went on to form their own companies and make millions. (Sadly, I'm not one of them.)

  • A Whiff of Fascism from Obama's White House

    03/29/2009 11:00:46 PM PDT · 43 of 79
    IonImplantGuru to jackmercer
    GM went to the government, not vice versa. Bailout funds can come with strings just like any other investor that saves a company, they get to call some shots to affect the investment. Bush did the same with AIG CEO Robert Willumstad last September. GM has lost over $80 billion in the last three years and 95 percent of its total value since CEO Wagoner took the reins in 2000. Do you honestly think firing this guy as a condition of taking OUR money is a facist move? I don’t think so, I think like Bush’s firing of AIG’s Willumstad, it isn’t facist, it’s prudent.

    Thanks for the sanity! You've saved me the trouble of pointing out the same things I would have. Both guys deserve to fall on their swords. AIG was smoke and mirrors accounting; GM is a dinosaur that has refused to evolve in response to global competition.

    Now that we're out of power, a lot of Freepers are taking us to the level of DU creeps.

  • Volcanic Ash Fall - Anchorage

    03/29/2009 2:54:30 PM PDT · 85 of 107
    IonImplantGuru to mentor2k
    Unfortunately, within the next few years as our solar system crosses the galactic plane of Milky Way, some scientists say the gravitational effects of such alignment could cause even more widespread tectonic activity.

    Horse-pucky! The gravitational impact of the galaxy on the solar system, and on Earth in particular, are sub-microscopic in comparison to the gravitational impact of the sun and to a lesser degree the moon. And those influences have been with us since before life started on this planet.

    Your 'some scientists' wouldn't be astrologers or or 2012 Apocalypso-nuts, would they? There's no 'Science' in a statement like that.

  • Arizona Game and Fish Biologists Begin Monitoring Collared Jaguar

    03/04/2009 5:32:43 PM PST · 13 of 25
    IonImplantGuru to Flycatcher; jazusamo
    Did you hear, Jaz, that this cat (Macho B) is/was probably the same jaguar first sighted in the Peloncillo Mountains in 1996 by a hunting guide.
    It's hard to imagine such a striking animal going 12-13 years without being seen, but such is the wild backcountry of southeast Arizona.

    Depends on how one defines 'sighting'! Macho B has been caught by motion-sensing cameras a number of times - that's how they were able to identify him so quickly when he was trapped in February. They know his spot patterns; I found it amusing that Macho B's defining spots were called 'Betty Boop' and 'Pinnochio', LOL.

    Jaguars just can't get any respect anymore ... at least since Ford bought the company, heh heh.

  • Armless pilot's goal is to inspire others

    02/15/2009 11:11:25 PM PST · 12 of 12
    IonImplantGuru to Doohickey
    More power to her, but I’m inspired to ride in a different airplane.

    Wuss! I'm ok with flying with her ... but on the other hand, I have a private pilot's ticket, so in extremis I'd like to believe 4 limbs wins over 2.

  • Explosion Reports May Be From Satellite Collision

    02/15/2009 4:53:03 PM PST · 41 of 99
    IonImplantGuru to chuck_the_tv_out
    “two satellites that collided in space Tuesday”
    the russians kamakaze’d a US satellite?

    Two satellites collide in orbit. Indeed! A defunct Russkie Cosmos bird rammed into a US commercial Iridium bird about 5oo miles up.

    Apparently one of the larger chunks of debris was knocked out of orbital velocity, and it took until today for its orbit to to decay and finally the chunk (maybe a mostly intact satellite) enter the atmosphere at thousands of mile per hour over the lower mid-west US, creating a sonic boom and the chunk broke up raining down debris.

  • Armless pilot's goal is to inspire others

    02/15/2009 4:33:44 PM PST · 2 of 12
    IonImplantGuru to IonImplantGuru

    More photos available at the linked article.

  • Armless pilot's goal is to inspire others

    02/15/2009 4:32:15 PM PST · 1 of 12
    No limits! There is nothing that can't be done with enough determination.

    Jessica Cox, who was born without arms, recently earned her sport pilot license at Ray Blair Airport in San Manuel. She flies this Ercoupe plane the way she does most other things in her life — with her feet. She also has started her own motivational-services company.

  • Blinded by his own ball, golfer sues

    02/07/2009 11:36:50 PM PST · 51 of 52
    IonImplantGuru to Cletus.D.Yokel
    We’ve all been there, bro! Drive (Square Sumo, Titleist ProV1x ball): Duck-hook topper, 125 yards Second (4 iron): 160-yard bannana while attempting to fly the leftside fairway bunker. The miraculously changed-to Pinnacle Gold ball lands behind the yardage marker, 158 left. Lie is scruffed up with the blade of the iron. Third (7 iron): Low screamer that hits the yardage marker square - A come-backer! That will leave a mark.


  • North Korea scrapping all accords with the South and on the brink of war

    01/30/2009 11:53:57 PM PST · 30 of 68
    IonImplantGuru to gondramB; lefty-lie-spy
    oesn’t a story like this appear at least every six months somewhere? Where’s the mandatory “not this shit again” picture?<< Do you know that guy died last week... very sad. His name escapes me but everybody on the net knew his face.

    I know I do!

    My old URL for the pic is defunct but it survives; Google "not this sh*t again".

  • Top Hamas figure killed in Israeli airstrike (IDF says, "Happy New Year, Hamas!")

    01/03/2009 7:36:27 AM PST · 112 of 117
    IonImplantGuru to dpwiener
    It's interesting to read the comments on this thread, because the word "assassinated" had no negative connotations for me. Assassination of enemy leaders is an excellent thing, far preferable to killing grunt soldiers who are often just following orders. The ideal war would consist of "cutting off the enemy's head" while leaving everyone else unharmed. True, that makes your own leaders prime targets for the enemy in response, but that should be part of the risk and price of achieving leadership of a nation at war.

    Stop making sense! ... was the title of a 1984 Talking Heads movie and album. But it was the phrase that sprang to my mind when I read your very cogent comments.

  • Submarine's crew was 20 seconds from death

    12/28/2008 5:29:20 PM PST · 48 of 51
    IonImplantGuru to relee; Oatka
    ... It's my understanding that, on nuclear boats, even when all ballast tanks are blown they still need engine power to get to the surface ...

    Perhaps that is true on the newer boats but it is not true on the older SSNs & SSBNs I sailed on.

    Not true for any manned submarine in the USN or other navies. They all have XX% (I can't recall the minimum required) reserve buoyancy with ballast tanks empty (completely blown).

    There are several factors which can make achieving that positive buoyancy dicey:

    a.) if you're leaking into the people tube (interior of the boat), every ton of seawater taken in = a ton of reserve buoyancy lost;

    b.) when you blow ballast tanks at test depth, you're not instantly ridding yourself of all the seawater in the ballast tanks ... you're simply putting a bubble of high-pressure air in the tanks to make a change from the normal submerged neutral buoyancy to a positive buoyancy. As the boat begins to rise the bubble expands, pushing more seawater out of the ballast tanks, giving even more positive buoyancy and so on ... until you finally reach then surface and the ballast tanks are finally empty.
    However keep in mind factor 'a' above ... enough water in the people tube and you lose positive buoyancy, and you kiss your ass goodbye. WW II fleet boats were designed with enough positive reserve buoyancy to be able to survive 1 completely flooded compartment, but modern boats have fewer compartments - though I can't speak for RAN Collins class boats, US nukes can't survive a fully flooded compartment. ;

    c.) Your rate of rise towards the surface CAN be enhanced by increasing speed and putting 'Rise' on the control planes.

    As an aside, the Thresher NEARLY made it to the surface (within a couple hundred feet!) before they lost speed and became negatively buoyant and began back down to 10,000 feet, imploding and breaking up on the way down ... God rest your souls, my brothers of the 'Phins!

    - A Cold War submarine vet (SSN-588, SSBN-629B, SSN-669 plank-owner)

  • Missing Pages of History Restored: The Obama-Blago Story That Disappeared

    12/10/2008 10:44:48 PM PST · 138 of 201
    IonImplantGuru to JennysCool
    The ad on that page [the Oba-Blago meet] is painfully ironic.

    Indeed! particularly when one notes the ad is sponsored by ... The Dep't of Justice.

    Anyone else feel like you're trapped in a Costa-Brava movie? (Google it)

  • Dawood sitting pretty in Karachi, Pakistan

    12/03/2008 2:42:39 PM PST · 4 of 6
    IonImplantGuru to MyTwoCopperCoins
    Dawood sitting pretty in Karachi, Pakistan

    Why is it that, when I get this guy's name flashed at me in a headline, I get a mental image of a big multi-layered sandwich being built in a dark kitchen, illuminated only by an open fridge door, by a guy in PJs with a weird-looking hairdo?

  • GOTTA SEE THIS-WarEndur.Freedom 11/28/08 - Mumbai

    11/29/2008 5:29:24 PM PST · 102 of 117
    IonImplantGuru to 82ndABNOfficer
    India should do the world a favor and unleash all its nuke arsenal on pakistan before pakistan knows it even exisists anymore... then israel should take out iran with a massive fury of hell raining down on the islamic empires.

    Actually tis would be a good time of year to execute that plan. December wind patterns in that region of the globe are generally South Westerly, so any fallout would head for Somalia ... kinda like a twofer. During monsoon. prevailing winds a North easterly, so fallout would rain down on China and the Northern 'Stans' states. Probably not a good idea to piss off the Russians and Chinese.

    Spring and Fall not much wind at all, so the target areas would stew in their own juices.

  • Russian navy: 20 dead from poison in sub accident

    11/09/2008 4:13:02 PM PST · 90 of 113
    IonImplantGuru to Doohickey
    Even the range hood used only PKP charged with CO2.

    Wasn't that 'PPK' (vice ), aka 'Purple K'? Of course my mind (what's left of it, that is; CRS and all that) has to go back 40 years to my last boat. Stuff may have changed since then.

  • What's on that Top Secret Obama tape?

    10/29/2008 5:45:05 PM PDT · 32 of 40
    IonImplantGuru to Gondring
    In fact, I’m not sure anyone (except a few of us here) even considers treason an offense anymore.

    At least a few of us know what "treason" means.

    'None Dare Call It Treason', don't cha know?


    10/10/2008 1:31:47 PM PDT · 136 of 154
    IonImplantGuru to JennysCool
    Here’s what needs to happen. Everybody forgives everybody else’s current debt. We start over tomorrow. Okay! Next problem, please ...

    We don't start over until you pay me back that $100 you borrowed!

    Then we can talk forgive and forget, eh?

  • Mark-to-Market suspended?: SEC Clarifications on Fair Value Accounting

    09/30/2008 4:56:11 PM PDT · 81 of 150
    IonImplantGuru to Maelstorm
    CPA smoke and mirrors gets some added fog and white noise.

    Mirror, mirror, on the wall ... whats my value after all?

  • FReeper Canteen~Hall Of Heroes:Chester M. "Whitey" Mack~29 Sept 08

    09/30/2008 4:48:19 PM PDT · 323 of 326
    IonImplantGuru to mylife
    Which boat? 637 class here.

    Tommy rode my qual boat, Scamp. I'm also a 637 fan, as I was a plankowner on 669, Seahorse. The whole cv is in my FR profile; like the quote selection in yours, BTW.

  • FReeper Canteen~Hall Of Heroes:Chester M. "Whitey" Mack~29 Sept 08

    09/29/2008 5:17:39 PM PDT · 318 of 326
    IonImplantGuru to mylife
    God Bless Tommy Cox.. A Submarine legend Who in his old age lives in Caribou Maine

    God bless Tommy, indeed. He is one of the few true submariner troubadours. It's important to know a few things about Tommy: a) he was what we boat sailors called a 'spook' or 'rider', i.e., he wasn't part of ship's company; b) he's one of the few spooks to actually complete submarine qualification and earn the coveted silver dolphins badge; c) I'm pretty sure he earned those dolphins aboard Whitey Mack's Lapon.

    Those songs are from the heart because Tommy Cox LIVED the events he sings of. I'm proud to have a signed CD of his, because he rode one of MY boats too.

  • Caption Algore

    09/24/2008 12:34:18 PM PDT · 11 of 34
    IonImplantGuru to Constitutionalist Conservative
    "On the sixth day I created the internet ...
    And on the seventh day I rested!
    Say 'Hallelujah' brothers and sisters!"
  • 2,089,351 Reasons to Put Down the Keyboard After a 26 Hour Shift [FR status report]

    09/24/2008 11:50:06 AM PDT · 174 of 297
    IonImplantGuru to Lurker
    Have you tried adjusting the Fresten Valve? Or you could try checking the Proprietating Pickler.... New FR Server Room. L

    LOL Your image is a photo-shopped combo of what appears to be an IBM 360 main-frame computer input/printer station from the late 60s/early 70s. The background controls and indicators are a mock up of the S5W reactor & engineering plant controls from a nuclear submarine of the same era, from a Smithsonian exhibit a few years back.

    The left panel (with the throttle wheels) is the SPCP (steam plant control panel); center is the RPCP (reactor plant control panel); the right panel is the EPCP (electric plant control panel). I know it well, as my watch station on 2 subs was the RPCP. Can't speak to the TV, but I never saw one in either the sub environment, or on the 360 computer floor where I once did duty.

  • Sailor dies aboard USS Nebraska

    09/23/2008 3:51:15 PM PDT · 32 of 52
    IonImplantGuru to submarinerswife
    Perhaps a WA ping is in order? I think this boat may be homeported in Bangor.
    It was in Kings Bay 5 years ago (when we were there)

    According to Wikipedia, Big Red is home-ported in Bangor now.

  • Caucasus Crisis Prelude To War On Iran

    09/08/2008 1:02:17 PM PDT · 10 of 16
    IonImplantGuru to Sal
    OTOH I DO hope somebody's going to strike Iran's nuclear facilities. You think we won't. Do you think Israel will?

    For an interesting scenario, check out Protect and Defend by Vince Flynn

  • Police: Mexican Cartels Give OK to Hit U.S. Targets

    08/26/2008 4:12:22 PM PDT · 67 of 119
    IonImplantGuru to LearsFool

    Help us, Obi-Juan! You’re our only hope!

    Post of the year, IMHO.

  • US warship docks in Georgia port

    08/24/2008 1:16:24 PM PDT · 88 of 119
    IonImplantGuru to TigerLikesRooster
    Aegis destroyer carrying humanitarian supplies which any dinky freighter can do? This is more than humanitarian mission for sure.,

    Wouldn't be prudent to send in 'unarmed' merchants, carrying 'humanitarian supplies', without some sort of visible protection.

  • Press Report Details (Naval) Battle in the Black Sea-("Moskva" Heavily Damaged!)

    08/16/2008 2:44:53 PM PDT · 236 of 259
    IonImplantGuru to Jeff Head
    Reminds me of the US sailors in the Battle off Samar during the larger battle of Leyte Gulf in the Phillipines in World War II when the main Japanese thrust under Admiral Kurita broke through and came within gun range of the jeep carriers and their few destroyer escorts of Taffy 3 not far from the anchorage for the the Leyte invasion forces, which was the Japanese target. is an excellent source of information on the Battle off Samar and the actions of Task Group 77.4 (radio call 'Taffy 3').
    It was put together by a fellow submariner in honor of his uncle, who survived the sinking of USS Gambier Bay - one of the 'jeep' carriers lost. It has a ton of documentation, and some great action photos of one of the last great sea battles.
    Here is a listing of major awards earned by participants, which included the MOH and something like 29 Navy Crosses.

  • Welcome Obama Media and Supporters to!

    08/15/2008 4:20:39 PM PDT · 265 of 350
    IonImplantGuru to FlingWingFlyer
    Hanoi Jane sure didn’t “age well.”

    [ NOTE: this is NOT a defense of Ms Fonda's politics ] She is 70 years old and has chosen to minimize (apparently) nips and tucks.

    Make a deal with you: post a picture of yourself when YOU are 70 ... then we can 'compare and contrast' as we were instructed to do when answering college essay questions. (And God, I learned to loath that phrase, back when.)

  • McCain Has Mole-Like Skin Removed

    07/28/2008 2:01:55 PM PDT · 46 of 66
    IonImplantGuru to Gay State Conservative
    The RATS will pounce on this.

    Apparently the headline writer is a 'Rat, because McCain Has Mole-Like Skin Removed has to be one of more atrocious leads I've ever seen.

    IMHO, they've already pounced!

  • Mexico ties flooding in Nogales to U.S. Border Patrol-built wall

    07/24/2008 2:40:30 PM PDT · 31 of 31
    IonImplantGuru to Tammy8
    Yes, and it is not a good idea for Mexico's storm drains to empty into the U.S. in any case; sometimes the floodwaters contain sewage due to the bad plumbing in Mexico.
    Mexico needs to figure out how to drain their storm runoff in their own country- they also need to figure out how to do a lot of other things without depending on us.

    Even they can't defy gravity, Tammy. Water (and sewage) flow downhill; from Nogales any flow goes NORTH (across the border into the US), because that's downhill, and goes into the Santa Cruz River channel. The Santa Cruz flows north past Tucson and eventually joins the Gila River, which flows west and eventually joins the Colorado R. which drains to the Gulf of California. With the exception of the Colorado of course, I don't know if that entire system has ever actually had flowing water for the entire length in the last century or more ... but local portions do flood during our 'monsoon' season, which is upon us this time of year.

    Bottom line: there's no way Mexico can engineer it to do other than flow across the border into the US. At best they could redirect the 'point of entry'.

  • Mexico ties flooding in Nogales to U.S. Border Patrol-built wall

    07/23/2008 12:50:32 PM PDT · 1 of 31
    The Law of Unintended Consequences just keeps on keeping on.
  • Tiger Woods is out for the season, discloses he has leg stress fractures

    06/19/2008 5:19:15 PM PDT · 28 of 36
    IonImplantGuru to wildbill
    What an addition to the Tiger Legend—winning the U.S. open on a gimpy leg.

    Tiger follows in another legends footsteps - Ben Hogan. From World Golf Hall of Fame Hogan bio, here's a little excerpt:

    Hogan didn't bloom until he found "a secret"-believed by some to be a weakening of his left hand along with the pronounced clockwise rotation of his left arm on the backswing that allowed him to play a power fade. After several close calls in major championships, he won his first major at the 1946 PGA. When he won the 1948 PGA Championship in May and the U.S. Open at Riviera three weeks later, Hogan felt he was at his peak.
    But on Feb. 2, 1949, a Greyhound bus crossed a center divider and crashed into the car carrying Hogan and his wife, Valerie. Hogan nearly died and suffered permanent leg injuries. Miraculously, Hogan won the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion in an 18-hole playoff with George Fazio and Lloyd Mangrum. "Merion meant the most," he would say later.

    [My emphasis added.]

  • 108th U.S. Open

    06/16/2008 3:29:31 PM PDT · 66 of 67
    IonImplantGuru to mdittmar

    Today’s playoff performance was finer than fine! What competitors both Tiger and Rocco were! 18 playoff holes to another tie, and one errant tee shot from Rocco on first sudden death ... and the party’s over.

  • Nuclear submarine which hit rock may have to be scrapped { HMS Superb }

    05/29/2008 5:19:09 PM PDT · 39 of 41
    IonImplantGuru to Captain Rhino; Taylor42; All
    There have been a number of extensive FR threads on USS San Francisco 'grounding'. Because of limited search capabilities nowadays since reworking this site, I couldn't find the very long ones from immediately after the incident. But here's a few links if anyone is interested:

    'Final investigation results
    USS San Francisco Commander Guilty Of Hazarding Vessel
    Navy photos of Submarine USS San Francisco in Dry Dock (you won't believe the extent of damage!)
  • Law protects armed homeowners

    05/12/2008 2:37:17 PM PDT · 19 of 25
    IonImplantGuru to Hacklehead
    Night is a relative term. If you ever sit on a Grand Jury you will learn that there is an entire subculture that sleeps all day and is up to no good all night. 5 AM is their equivalent of 5 PM.

    Get real! The 'up to no good' crowd is a distinct minor subset of day-sleepers. Much of manufacturing, medical, law enforcement and firemen are all 24/7 occupations ... a lot of time on compressed work week 12 on - 12 off schedules; in other words half the workers are on permanent night shift!

    Been there, done that.

  • LCS Rewrites The Rules of Surface Warfare

    05/09/2008 3:26:20 PM PDT · 3 of 5
    IonImplantGuru to Bloody Sam Roberts
  • (Cornell) E-mails Target Professor For Showing Tibet Film

    04/16/2008 7:13:25 AM PDT · 15 of 19
    IonImplantGuru to reformedliberal
    Also, isn't Tibet a cause near and dear to the liberal leftist elite? The ones I know were demonstrating against China's occupation and for the Dalai Lama for over a decade. I have read recently that boycotting Chinese goods has become a liberal cause.

    Indeed! If you check out the posts #1/#2 link City of Evil bump: You'll see that Ithaca (the home for the professor under attack by our 'honored Chinese guest students') also boasts the North American home base for the Dalai Lama.

    I personally believe you are also correct in your analysis of the economic MAD policy these little pukes advocate.

    Finally, I'll observe they are perfectly willing to terrorize 'their own', as you can see in this FR thread about a Duke University Chinese student being attacked for speaking out on Tibet.

  • Earthquake Swarm of the Oregon Coast

    04/13/2008 8:35:19 AM PDT · 37 of 44
    IonImplantGuru to bd476
    I'm thinking a fresh eruption like these: 300 miles off the Oregon coast. However this swarm is closer to the coast, so it may be some Juan de Fuca subduction zone activity.
  • Haitian president fails to restore order

    04/10/2008 6:54:16 AM PDT · 18 of 50
    IonImplantGuru to PurpleMan
    Breaking news??? This has been going on for over 100 years!

    Amen! Testify, brother!
    I'm glad I read through a thread for once before firing off a comment - you beat me to the punch. I used to know a latin phrase that translated something like 'Curse those who express our great ideas before us!'

  • Egyptian killed, two hurt by US warship-(Breaking)

    03/26/2008 8:33:01 AM PDT · 103 of 119
    IonImplantGuru to ASOC
    This symbol, also called an international load line or *Plimsoll line*, indicates the maximum safe draft, and therefore the minimum freeboard for the vessel in various operating conditions. Just for fun, when you all go ship watching.

    Note that there are actually several lading lines, depending on where the ship is bound:

  • US 'deploys nuclear sub to Persian Gulf' (lots of activity)

    03/23/2008 10:55:18 PM PDT · 68 of 76
    IonImplantGuru to OCCASparky
    No worries. I remember seeing that thing in Sandy Eggo. Weird kinda boat, actually. Then again, I never saw NR-1.,p> Actually, I had the privilege to 'tour' NR-1 at EB while I was PCU putting Seahorse into commission. 'Tour' being a relative term, of course! It was like a walk-through of a long skinny RV.

    As a nuke, what rang my bell was the reactor; it was roughly the size of a large trashcan.

  • US 'deploys nuclear sub to Persian Gulf' (lots of activity)

    03/23/2008 4:48:49 PM PDT · 45 of 76
    IonImplantGuru to OCCASparky

    Ah well, maybe next time.

  • US 'deploys nuclear sub to Persian Gulf' (lots of activity)

    03/23/2008 4:41:53 PM PDT · 42 of 76
    IonImplantGuru to Eurale
    They’re all nuclear submarines - unless we still have some diesels in active service.

    Not any more! the last US diesel sub was decommissioned 1 1/2 years ago. It was basically a deep submergence testbed.

    USS Dolphin AGSS-555

  • Craig keeps promise to retire

    03/21/2008 11:34:12 PM PDT · 29 of 117
    IonImplantGuru to kingattax

    thank goodness Eliot Spitzer has stepped into the role of Jay Leno’s cannon fodder for night-time monologues.

  • The U.S. Is Poised to Hit a New Oil Gusher

    03/21/2008 6:49:02 AM PDT · 112 of 136
    IonImplantGuru to dennisw
    Start slant drilling immediately and steal the part in Canada. Suck it dry. Then start on our part

    Too late! The Canucks have been doing slant drilling from there side for 12 and a half years and, according to latest estimates by NOAA/USCGS that explains why there has been ~ 34 feet of subsidence in northern N Dakota.
    / sarc