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1  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: News from the front, Iraq, the Middle East, and elsewhere. on: June 23, 2017, 08:59:49 PM
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The Marines’ call to ground the F-35B came a day after the Air Force cleared its version of the fighter to fly again.

Flights had been grounded at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona after pilots developed symptoms of hypoxia — acute oxygen deprivation.

In lifting the suspension, Air Force and F-35 Joint Program Office leaders mandated that pilots avoid the altitudes at which they suffered hypoxia.

Russian hackers?
2  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: News from the front, Iraq, the Middle East, and elsewhere. on: June 22, 2017, 04:45:46 PM
You think those are fun, start watching the flat earth ones...
3  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: News from the front, Iraq, the Middle East, and elsewhere. on: June 21, 2017, 06:57:52 PM
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“Not a good beginning. Not a good beginning. Do not do that again, Mr. Shanahan, or I will not take your name up for a vote before this committee,” McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said, enunciating each word.

McCain was chastising Patrick Shanahan, who had his confirmation hearing to be deputy Defense secretary months after he was announced as the nominee. The hearing for Shanahan, until this month an executive at defense contractor Boeing, has been delayed as he worked to untangle from his financial obligations.

What started as a genial hearing with neither McCain nor the committee’s ranking member, Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), reading opening statements to speed up the proceedings, quickly soured when McCain asked about Shanahan’s answers to advanced policy questions about Ukraine.
The question was whether Shanahan supported providing lethal defensive aid to Ukraine, which has been fighting separatists backed by Russia.

“The provision of lethal defensive equipment as part of our already robust security assistance program is an option I plan to look at closely if I am confirmed,” Shanahan wrote. “I do not have access to classified assessments of the performance of the Ukrainian and Russian militaries in the course of the conflict, and particularly the impact of the security assistance we have provided thus far.”

McCain, a longtime proponent of giving the Ukrainians weapons, was not pleased.

“Inexplicably, you responded by saying you have to look at the issue,” McCain said. “That’s not satisfactory. Mr. Shanahan, would you wish to abridge or amend your statement?”

Shanahan responded that he does support providing lethal weapons to the Ukrainians.

McCain said he was “glad to hear” that but warned Shanahan against waffling again.

Yes!  Its indefensible for the defense under secretary to want to see classified information before making a policy decision. More important to rubber stamp the neocons endless pursuit of wars to entangle America without being informed, and before even starting the job.

In Washington D.C. the Swamp drains YOU!
4  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: News from the front, Iraq, the Middle East, and elsewhere. on: June 20, 2017, 07:26:42 AM
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Russia’s Monday decision to suspend a memorandum of cooperation with the US-led coalition in retaliation after a US jet shot down a Syrian Army plane has rattled some US allies, who fear escalating tensions between Russia and the coalition. In what it called a "precautionary measure," Australia became the first coalition member to suspend flights in Syria, claiming it's too dangerous for its planes to fly without the agreement, according to

Probably not the kind of no fly zone the neocons had in mind.
5  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: News from the front, Iraq, the Middle East, and elsewhere. on: June 15, 2017, 04:13:36 PM
clearly perceived them as a threat..

I agree he perceived them as a threat. What do yo think convinced him that the republicans were 'traitors'.
6  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: News from the front, Iraq, the Middle East, and elsewhere. on: June 14, 2017, 08:22:52 PM
At least he wasn't swayed by propaganda to believe he was shooting at Russian symp traitors.

Nobody is falling for that shit, right?

He was 66, so he was already eligible for free government healthcare.

Why is this Bernie bro trying to mow down Republicans?
7  Games / Games Corner / Re: Upgrade or replace on: June 14, 2017, 01:49:53 PM
Not too old, but probably halfway to dead.
When I got a new prescription for contacts last summer I noticed I lost close up vision with them. It was enough fun trying to read tiny serial numbers in dark places before this...

When I was a kid I had a great plan. I was going to graduate from college and fly the F-14 (it went operational a year before I was born), leave the navy when it was retired (last wing shut down in '06) and fly for a job somewhere that I could be hooked up with a Warthog reserve wing.
Instead I got glasses in 8th grade and still haven't figured out what to do when I grow up.
8  Games / Games Corner / Re: Upgrade or replace on: June 13, 2017, 07:34:43 PM
I mostly agree with Elmar except I consider an SSD to be essential.  M2 SSD prices continue to fall so a 500GB one (or thereabouts) is not expensive - particularly not if you are thinking about HD projectors or three 46" screens.

I will say the biggest performance upgrade I've seen in the last few years is SSD over spinners.
But I'd don't expect paging problems from this sim with the SATA mirror I have now.

Projector is a planned purchase as part of partitioning off the garage and adding a den. I have two 46" LCDs in my makeshift office, but most of the time they're split between work laptop and PC anyway.  When I move the refurb 55" to the bedroom I'll reclaim another 46" and that's why I'm considering the 3 way setup for the den, with projector as alternate.
I realize LCD TVs don't make for the best monitors, but they're more than good enough for my eyes. Hence playing A-10 sim...
9  Games / Games Corner / Re: Upgrade or replace on: June 12, 2017, 06:50:06 PM
Definitely upgrade your joystick. I just got a VKB Gunfighter and its amazing. That with the MFG Crosswind pedals makes
Flight sims fun again. The cheap Saitek throttle is just fine though.

I wanted the mock A-10 controls, but that base with the extended stick looks neat. Do I understand correctly that the Thrustmaster grip/buttons can be put on the extended stick?
Doubt I'd spend the money on it in addition, but worth keeping in mind if I mock up a cockpit.

Plan now is to use 3 46" screens and an iPad 3 for the ipadpit.
If I can't run three monitors with the hardware I have, I'll probably opt for a single HD projector.

Thanks for the heads up on pedals, hadn't made a choice there yet.
10  Games / Games Corner / Upgrade or replace on: June 12, 2017, 04:35:49 PM
It feels like it has been forever since building a gaming PC. With my interests largely being in war games, I just haven't had the need for a screaming machine except in one regard.
Finally plunked down money for the Thrustmaster Warthog stick, with the plan to finally get into DCS World.
I want to play with a three screen setup at some point (5760x1080) but wondering if I should start anew or upgrade what I have:

Six Core Intel Xeon Processor W3690, 3.46GHz,12M L3, 6.4GT/s
6GB, DDR3 ECC SDRAM Memory 1333MHz, 3X2GB

Mobo will support 24GB of RAM, which would run ~$250
Also has 2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots.
I'd have to look what the vid card is, nothing too special, was cheap when I got the PC.

I was wondering what would be the best vid card (with 3 outputs) for this older rig, or if I shouldn't ball that money (+RAM price) up into something newer.
11  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: News from the front, Iraq, the Middle East, and elsewhere. on: June 07, 2017, 12:39:32 PM
We had to restore the Kuwaiti king and defend the Saudi throne to protect our way of life, or somefink.
12  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: News from the front, Iraq, the Middle East, and elsewhere. on: June 06, 2017, 12:32:00 PM
Hell, the American Revolution isn't looking so good in hindsight, given that it led to this, if you want to play that game.

I look upon it differently. The American revolution holds the key.
On July 4th I don't celebrate the birth of this country insomuch as the enshrinement in word and ultimately deed of political secession.
Conceptually, I think it's the ultimate answer to imperialism.
I'm afraid those cultures were trying to mold are going to end up more misshapen than if we'd just let them evolve more internally.
Things certainly seem worse to me after over two generations of current methods. 

Maybe Trump and Mattie will go the annihilation route on the enemies. I do believe in this day and age Indian Wars can still be won, but are we going to fight that kind of war? 
The Red Scare seems to be drawing more focus than any progress or lack there with ISIL. What's the latest?
13  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: News from the front, Iraq, the Middle East, and elsewhere. on: June 06, 2017, 12:17:12 PM
I know, we're largely on the same page.
It's really just a racket, and best understood and explained as such in most instances.

14  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: News from the front, Iraq, the Middle East, and elsewhere. on: June 06, 2017, 11:30:25 AM
But... but... there were babies tossed out of their incubators!!!!!

Ha!  Seems fake news is old hat:

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The Nayirah testimony was a false testimony given before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus on October 10, 1990 by a 15-year-old girl who provided only her first name, Nayirah. The testimony was widely publicized, and was cited numerous times by United States senators and President George H.W. Bush in their rationale to back Kuwait in the Gulf War. In 1992, it was revealed that Nayirah's last name was al-Ṣabaḥ and that she was the daughter of Saud Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States. Furthermore, it was revealed that her testimony was organized as part of the Citizens for a Free Kuwait public relations campaign which was run by American Hill & Knowlton for the Kuwaiti government. Following this, al-Sabah's testimony has come to be regarded as a classic example of modern atrocity propaganda.

In her emotional testimony, Nayirah stated that after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait she had witnessed Iraqi soldiers take babies out of incubators in a Kuwaiti hospital, take the incubators, and leave the babies to die.

Her story was initially corroborated by Amnesty International and testimony from evacuees. Following the liberation of Kuwait, reporters were given access to the country. An ABC report found that "patients, including premature babies, did die, when many of Kuwait's nurses and doctors... fled" but Iraqi troops "almost certainly had not stolen hospital incubators and left hundreds of Kuwaiti babies to die."  Amnesty International reacted by issuing a correction, with executive director John Healey subsequently accusing the Bush administration of "opportunistic manipulation of the international human rights movement".
15  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: News from the front, Iraq, the Middle East, and elsewhere. on: June 06, 2017, 10:02:58 AM
OBL set off the cartwheel. Give credit where credit is due.

OBL started his war with the US after the US stationed troops in Saudi Arabia.
Why no credit to Bush I for the policy that put us in the crosshairs to save the Saudi dictatorship from the Iraqi dictatorship and restore the Kuwaiti dictatorship?
Given all that has transpired since, does that still seem like it was a good idea?
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