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  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Note on Para 2 of this. Arnold is referring to the "Metropolitan Police [Force|Service]" which is responsible for policing "Greater London", not the "City of London Police" which is a separate force responsible purely for policing the financial district known...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    I think Charlie may already have covered this but the "Royal 'Ulster' Constabulary" was not a body that most of the rest of great Britain would recognse as a "normal police force"....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    #43, and to some extent at least #56 (and various others) I wasn't trying to say "An M-60A1 Patton in every garage, several Browning 50cals on every gunrack" but just to demonstrate that some military grade weapons are genuinely and...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Facts:- 1) There are some operational Browning 0.5" HMGs in civilian hands in the USA. Crew served weapon. 2) Some of said 50 cals in a Maxson turret - mobile anti-softskin weapon. 3) A few civilians actually posess operational mortars....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Er, I said "citizenry": That term is not normally regarded as a synonym of "gangbangers" but rather as the entire body politic except for members of the armed forces....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Thanks; as I said, it would bother me....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Not to burst your bubble, but I've seen and heard members of all emergency services, not just the police, refer to anyone not a member of the "armed forces" or the emergency services as "a civilian"....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Ok, I don't agree per se with the methods etc being used in Ferguson, but I do also wonder whether part of the perceived need for military force in law enforcement there is due to the real prospect of meting...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    On the point of language, is the adjective form "Peelian" or "Peelesque"? I understood what Charlie was saying, but the form will bother me at least slightly....
  • Commented on So ...
    It will also get us to a point where either independance negotiations should be winding down or the fearmongers have condemned us to another generation of rule by the Con and Liebour parties. {hint hint}...
  • Commented on So ...
    Um, this means that I am about to break my record for "never having knowingly bought a this year's a Hugo-winning work". ;-) Conga-Rat-Shoelaces!!...
  • Commented on Hiatus
    On 3), I suspect that if the RN thought that you were up to something like this, the "gunboat" in question might have had a name like "HMS Dreadnaught". Enough said?...
  • Commented on Hiatus
    That 3 hours was the worst I've ever been in, but I suspect I've been lucky to avoid a couple of others. Worst I ever heard of was, you know (of) Linda and Gary Stratman? They were going to the...
  • Commented on Down tools
    I'm not disputing that "quantity has a quality all of its own"; what I'm arguing is that 10 tactical aircraft based 300 miles from the battlefront are a more effective fighting force than 30 tactical aircraft based 3_000 miles from...
  • Commented on Down tools
    AIUI helped by some Vietnam-style thinking by the USAF who kept using the same waypoints, timings etc night after night after... I'm more counter-convinced by the RN frigate that detected a bogie on their surface radar but not on their...
  • Commented on Hiatus
    Hasn't Charlie already written a book about this?...
  • Commented on Hiatus
    total of 2 hours of tailbacks on the M1 and M25 Is that all? I once managed 3 hours of tailbacks getting from Thiefrow to the M3 turning....
  • Commented on Down tools
    And that's what I'm arguing; when the OR specifically includes "is capable of operating from an aircraft carrier", then the Fin is not, and never has been, a valid answer....
  • Commented on Down tools
    Er, my point was that the Tornado is not, and never even considered being, carrier-borne. I don't know enough about the SHAR FA2 to make meaningful comparisons with the F35....
  • Commented on Down tools
    Cite needed for the Panavia Tornado deck landing trials....
  • Commented on Down tools
    For which the Allied OrBat opens "One aircraft carrier, Three..." and their losses include "One torpedo bomber shot down". By contrast, the Italians have no cited air power and 5 vessels sunk. Explain to me why you're arguing that air...
  • Commented on Down tools
    Agreed. As for potential ship-killers, well even just looking at the RN, all the Lynx fleet can carry torpedoes and/or missiles, and most of the frigates and destroyers are capable of carrying Harpoon......
  • Commented on Down tools
    Sorry, I didn't mean to imply otherwise. What I meant was that the Battle of Denmark Strait (in itself; the subsequent sinking of the Bismark was a classic case of airpower trumps battleship) was the last classic engagement of capital...
  • Commented on Down tools
    The range of the Whisky's radar is a whole lot more than that of an Aster 30 too, as long as you get it high enough to exploit the range. The real issue is being able to detect something that's...
  • Commented on Down tools
    Make that "even in WW2 naval battles occurred". Of course, in WW2, other than the obvious "Battle of Denmark Strait", the side that won tended to be the one with the better air power....
  • Commented on Down tools
    Boeing - The company who's response to having it pointed out that the F-35 was doing hover to flight and vice versa transitions during the technology demonstrator phase whilse the F-32 was having bits bolted on and off to get...
  • Commented on Down tools
    Let me know when you succeed in getting a Sea King Whisky up to about FL330. I won't be holding my breath....
  • Commented on Down tools
    Et seq to #88 inclusive:- I'd agree with Nojay; it was clearly implied "look, we've just done this to these guys, oh and we can and will do the samee to you if we have to". So no shortage of...
  • Commented on Message for GISHWHES participants
    TBH cream alergy seems to involve deliberate ingestion (ok, include force-feeding here) rather than "being present whilst others are eating cream" but the point still stands that the suggestion was rather less funny than the originator intended....
  • Commented on Down tools
    {smug} Got it (well one volume anyway, or is EuroTemps volume 2?) {/smug}...
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