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    Charlie: My deepest sympathies. No matter whether it's sudden or long expected, the loss of a parent is a real gut punch. When the spouse and I went to Germany in 2009, all four were alive; now only her dad...
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    Well now I'm confused: the Rebel Alliance has seized control of Parliament, but they're all part of the Empire, and they have English accents, so how can they be part of the Rebel Alliance? Is Bercow Yoda? BoJo certainly isn't...
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    That was mainly a question for the crowd. Have not had the honor of visiting Scotland yet....
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    Paws@267: On a tangentially related note: In my six decades of travels, five in North America and one in Europe (plus Israel), I have noted some near-universal establishments: Irish pubs, Indian restaurants, and Chinese restaurants. Am I alone in this?...
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    Charlie, Enjoy Worldcon! I see Scalzi is there as well; perhaps he can drag you to the burrito restaurant he found in Dublin (who'da thunk it?)....
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    @117: Severodvinsk is the site of major repair and construction facilities for the Russian Northern Fleet, and one of two declared sites for the loading of Russian SLBMs; it is also reportedly home of the world's largest shipyard. Given the...
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    The Washington Post reports the incident was related to the testing of a nuclear-powered missile that Putin has been touting. Much more sure to come....
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    Wow, subject drift set in early for this post. Continuing drift - we had a decent pair of Bosch (separate washer and dryer) laundry machines issued to us in Germany. They were great! The main point of adaptation was going...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Greg @1091: Thanks for the link to Blinker Hall. He was unknown to this Yank. Fascinating bio, but I think he's rather the exception that proves the rule. Also, he didn't come to intelligence work until later in his career,...
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    Agree....
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    Charlie @1070, Heteromeles @1072, EC @1073: I'd much rather have this discussion over a bottle of Charlie's favored Talisker than here on the web. Caveats: 1) I have not worked as an intelligence officer since before 9/11. 2) I am...
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    Charlie @1059: "[T[he US intel community's ability to understand foreign motivations is ridiculously stunted—American exceptionalism is indoctrinated from birth, most Americans have no grasp of foreign languages never mind cultures and outlook, and those who do have to figure out...
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    @1064: So what, then - give up on fixed bases? Nothing is invulnerable. You say you've done force protection; so have I. You minimize the threats and try to be ready to react to the thing you haven't predicted....
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    @1064: The same thing we do every night, Pinky: try to take over the world....
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    @1035: "In my book, age would relegate both Bernie, Biden and Warren to the VP slot..." The Orange Shitgibbon is 73 years old, not exactly a spring chicken either. I agree that Biden and Sanders are too old for the...
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    JBS @1001: You really think we didn't learn anything from the tragedy of Khobar Towers? How many successful attacks have there been on DOD facilities since then (excluding Afghanistan, the whole of which I consider "Indian territory")? Note also that...
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    @978: RAF Fairford is used as a staging base both for bomber operations in the European theater and "points further east". From the Wiki article: "Due to RAF Fairford's location and infrastructure, the airfield is designated as a forward operating...
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    Troutwaxer @973: Great minds run in the same gutter?...
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    Charlie @971: "Trump is basically Emperor Nero with the brakes off" I hear he's taking up the violin....
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    JBS @833: That's horrible. Testosterone poisoning is a terrible thing. JBS @912: "I'm not putting USNORTHCOM down, just noting that in 2005 they were still learning the part about "provide military assistance to non-military authorities". Oh, very much (I was...
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    Charlie @907: Concur and agree. The boom refueling system was specifically and primarily intended for strategic bombers - B-47 and B-52. Note that 1950s U.S. fighters up to and including the F-105 were built with probe and drogue systems. The...
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    @902 Here's an interesting bit from the F/A-18E/F Wiki: The Super Hornet, unlike the previous Hornet, is designed to be equipped with an aerial refueling system (ARS) or "buddy store" for the refueling of other aircraft, filling the tactical airborne...
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    Going back to the original topic, it now appears that BoJo is going to press on with "crashing out" of the EU....
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    JBS comment was at 697....
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    @ 867: I was originally replying to this comment from JBS: @ 522 NOT available in the UK .... That was with respect to my posted YouTube link. Can any Brits explain why it doesn't work there?...
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    The idea of a draft in the U.S. is done. over. dead. not gonna happen. Apart from the previously noted possibility of student and "peace activist" protests, the modern battlefield, and the current American way of fighting wars, do not...
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    @766 "Who is going to protect that airbase in Qatar from attack by "irregular" forces?" Qatar is not Afghanistan. The security environments are very different. From the Al Udeid Wiki article: "According to media reports in June 2017, the base...
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    @761 "The reduced maintenance man hours per flight hours was something like 140 to 40 which is just plain huge for a carrier." Agreed. I didn't say it was a bad tradeoff, but we did lose some (particularly long range...
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    @760 "Some time in the late 50s my dad bought a Henry J[1] as a early mid life crisis car." Neat little car. If you really want something that looks like it came out of a cartoon, try a Nash...
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    @757 Oliver's show is essentially banned in the UK "How does that even work when YouTube exists? Oliver has an official channel with clips, and invariably the full show goes up shortly after it's shown. Occasionally people play whack-a-mole but...
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