Martin

Martin

  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    I agree with the main thrust of what I think you're saying (he says, covering himself with caveats) although I might disagree with how you say it. Hate begets hate; revolutions eat their young. I agree that there is a...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    ... and the rightists who just split off from Labour to go die in the wilderness (because they're (a) idiots and (b) have no stomach to work for control over party policy from within). Does your opinion on this change...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    ...not sarcasm. AIUI, they decided that there were easier ways to launch a D-21... Anyway, the M-21 was a two-seater A-12 rather than an SR-71 - which basically drives an oxcart through any claim that we were ignoring the A-12...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    The other (favourite?) competitor to replace the Collins-class was the Japanese Soryu-class submarine - at 4200t submerged. So the Suffren isn't unique. By comparison, the Royal Navy's last class of conventional boats was the Type 2400, aka Upholder-class - described...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    You don’t need a B-71, after all, you’ve still got the B-70. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_XB-70_Valkyrie Regarding bomb-bay and doors on a “B-71” - that wasn’t what killed high-altitude supersonic bombers; it was the introduction of credible SAM systems. Flying high and fast...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    ...and more besides. Apparently, because of the transition from vertical cable to tow cable, the acceleration for the passenger is within reason. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PErEsNhDmo8...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    What's lacking is the sense of urgency, though Which is probably why Lockheed-Martin gave the project to its Skunk Works... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_Martin_Compact_Fusion_Reactor...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    and because of bolloxed-up cycle path conversions in previous decades they can't run on the former urban rail track out to Leith and Ocean Terminal All the plans I remember from when they were proposing the tram system, included later...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    when it was Jenkins in particular who called for the realignment of British politics which crushed an entire generation. Alternatively, it was Benn, Scargill, and the like who crushed an entire generation, by behaving so appallingly badly that they...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Nope, Joseph Kennedy, aka “Joey the Parrot” to the Unionists. He arrived in NI in 1988? On a “fact finding” tour, and managed to get himself captured on film telling a soldier to “go home (to Britain)”; and receiving the...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    The mistake is to assume that the “Boston Irish raising funds for PIRA through Noraid and sending guns to the Belfast Brigade” narrative of the 1960s and early 70s held true throughout the Troubles. It didn’t. It became less operationally...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I really hope you’re right. It’s interesting that when discussing potential trouble, you only mention Republicans. I rather suspect that the nightmare scenario isn’t a strengthened IRA splinter group, but instead those organisations that have “Ulster” in their names... The...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    There's a loose connection with my post @947 - namely, that Jeremy Hardy was firmly in the "Northern Ireland is part of Ireland" camp, and supported a few "unjustly convicted" types. No, not those poor sods in the Guildford Four...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    ;) Ahhh, then we could hear Shakespeare in the original ;)...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I’m sure the majority of NI citizens are perfectly decent, reasonable people with the same hopes and aspirations as you or I. However, over the years they’ve colluded (actively or passively) with and given their tacit support (through ballot box,...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I was staying out of this one... Re Norn Iron, you are absolutely correct that the troops were sent in to protect the repressed minority - and were initially treated as saviours by those people. It all went wrong, because...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    My personal theory is that the RAF are planning to get rid of those nasty Eurofighters and other foreign aircraft, :) Quite right, replace them with some good old British Typhoon FGR.4 :) I was involved with part of the...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    One M4 against one Tiger was a Tiger win. 5 M4s against one Tiger usually cost 3 tanks. Beware simplifications. Some of these statistics were created by a variation on "100 Tigers in Normandy, 500 M4s lost, ergo a 5:1...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Paratroop landing with what, exactly? Read this, it's fairly brutal about the inability of the Luftwaffe to cope with what it faced - and contains some fairly terrifying statistics, such as Bf.110 units at one-third strength by September 1940. http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/AAF/AAF-Luftwaffe/AAF-Luftwaffe-2.html...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    The results of one debate are here: https://www.arrse.co.uk/community/threads/what-if-sealion-goes-ahead-but-is-defeated.272753/page-2#post-8416813 It's not a deal-breaker for Germany. The Kriegsmarine gets destroyed, pretty much - so less of a surface raider threat to the North Cape convoys. The Luftwaffe gets mauled, loses many of...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I agree that the people on the ground, at the time, were seriously worried about the prospect of Op SEALION. Many people saw a fragment of the overall picture (e.g. limited ammunition for the obsolete, heavier, guns added to static...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    ...The big mistake was resuming the advance on Moscow instead of ignoring Moscow and going for the Caucasus oil fields in 1941... The big mistake was invading the USSR. It was almost as stupid as their plans for SEALION, and...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    You’re forgetting that the U.K. hasn’t handed over AD systems to separatists to shoot down any airliners, then spent years lying about it. The U.K. hasn’t invaded and annexed Ireland or Normandy, claiming historic imperative. Then incited and supported Breton...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Roman scientists invented plenty of potentially labor-saving technologies like watermills, but they weren't actually used till a thousand years later, as there was no need for them seen, as making higher profits was simply not what the Roman economy was...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    This whole crazed Russian conspiracy nonsense is being pushed by the Dems because... Beware declaring it “nonsense” until Mueller reports... I actually agree with much of what you and sleepingroutine say. The idea that there are dedicated influence operations, all...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    I think it's pretty hard to slander the weekend warriors of the National Guard, who no longer have much of a purpose for existence now that the draft has been abolished so it is no longer a good way to...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    I reckon that one key breakpoint will be 7th January, when “Brexit: The Movie” gets shown on Channel 4; if it displays it as a “screw whether it’s a good idea, we just want to win, so what if we...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Two Gs in Krugg... I’ve got a copy, it’s a fun book ;)...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Regarding running an F-35A/C Fleet being cheaper than building F-35B, the question is “define cheaper”... A lot of the cost of CATOBAR comes from keeping the pilots trained to do the most stressful job in aviation, namely land a fast...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Your airports must have rather hefty radars... But no, not going to work. There are instances of hardened fly-by-wire fast jets crashing after going too close to a transmitter tower, but that was with lots and lots of kilowatts kicking...
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