Martin

Martin

  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Even Godwin's Army only killed 10 of the enemy as revenge for every soldier killed in occupied territories. Not really fair. Pick up a weapon and wear a uniform (or identifying symbol as addressed by Geneva/Hague), and you can't really...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    This shit wouldn't have happened if DJT hadn't authorized the drone strike. An Iranian pulled the trigger, but as an indirect response to DJT's crime. Likewise, the VINCENNES wouldn't have been in-theatre and acting like an incompetent bunch of trigger-happy...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    So, you're careful about what you order at the local curry house? I rather like Broccoli, but I agree with you about cauliflower - drench it in cheese sauce, put it in a decent curry, or away with you! My...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Yup. It looks like the current incumbent is asking "so... what makes people believe that they've encountered the paranormal?", with the implicit assumption being that it's not a thing... https://koestlerunit.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/becoming-edinburghs-second-koestler-chair-of-parapsychology/...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    The article was in the multi-Pulitzer-Prize winning Philly Inquirer ... I don't doubt that the newspaper is incredibly competent. Unfortunately, that doesn't guarantee that they were correct. When it comes to defence matters, the Daily Telegraph (broadsheet UK paper, decent...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Nope, been done in Groznyy by the Chechens firing RPGs downwards onto the engine decks of the tanks from buildings above. Likewise, top-attack rounds that fly over the tank and fire an EFP downwards. Likewise, it's done by attacking the...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I hate to say it, but that story is on a par with "inventor creates engine that runs ten times further, but it was bought by the oil companies to shut him up!" Magical lightweight ultra-cheap anti-tank rocket capable of...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    I really enjoyed it; I wanted to keep reading, more than for most books. A possibly awful analogy (from my perspective, and I hope not to cause any offence) is "Gerald Seymour writes thrillers like you write fantasy"; flawed characters...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    The problem is one of doctrine; the US Navy historically likes to run its ships with a larger crew than comparable navies (e.g. the RN); it relies on greater levels of specialisation among crew members, which presumably allows for shorter...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    They "couldn't" return fire, IIRC, because the rules of engagement prevented it. It depends. IF there's a clearly identifiable firer, and they continue to be a threat to life, then you can fire. However, what the specialist firing ranges in...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Not really - I think you’re under a misapprehension that professional militaries are mercenaries. The two are rather different. Take, for instance, the US military; they swore an oath to defend the nation and its Constitution, and aren’t personally loyal...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    After years of opposition to first-person shooters, my wife eventually sided with my sons and allowed them to buy “CoD”. Last night, youngest son finally persuaded me to play it for the first time - and I found it very...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    “A professional army will happily shoot kids and grandmothers of their own country. A conscripted one will not.” Sorry, but that’s IMHO utterly wrong. Got any examples? Meanwhile, right-wing governments in Argentina, Chile, Guatemala happily tortured and murdered their own...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Remember, Blackadder is comedy, not history... Regarding British (and Commonwealth) WW1 Generals - more British Generals died at the Battle of Loos than in the whole of WW2. These are the Generals and soldiers who held the line in March...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Thirded? Fourthed? Anything Graydon writes is worth reading. It can be utterly different, but always fun :)...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Not quite. Firstly, moving from 7.62 to 5.56 meant you could carry twice as much ammunition for the same weight (operational analysis in the 1940s revealed that 0.303 / .30-06 / 7.92 was overpowered for the vast majority of infantry...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Not quite. Ships Taken Up From Trade remained part of the Merchant Marine; take the case of the MV Atlantic Conveyor https://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/2012/04/the-atlantic-conveyor-falklands30/ The crew didn’t become RNR or RFA; although ISTR that the ship’s Master (Captain Ian North) had started...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    As a young Second Lieutenant on my Platoon Commander’s course, we spent a week on exercise on Salisbury Plain, merrily digging and getting as suitably muddy and frozen as a January course at the School of Infantry would suggest (Mario...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    my point still stands - Russia has realized it is much easier and cheaper to destroy the west via Facebook and a few cheap politicians that via the military... as such the nuclear threat to the western world from Russia...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Rather depressingly, I suspect that the answer is to start preparing for global weather events. On the optimistic side, I suspect the answer is for the UN to mobilise a relief effort on a scale never before seen; and who...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Putin is interesting, in so much as he has realized that Russia can't compete with raw military force On the global stage, perhaps. He’s perfectly willing to let the tanks roll into the Near Abroad. Basically, Russia invaded and still...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Who said I forgave the others? Blair was delusional and faked up evidence to join a war... Cameron and May did little to slow down Yemen. The difference, while slight to civilians in Belgrade or Baghdad, is that the IRA...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    My parents (both 76) are both Remainers and Unionists. They found their siblings’ attitudes to the Scottish independence referendum, bafflingly inconsistent (Remainers, but Nationalist Glaswegians) and driven by a mildly parochial worldview... but they’ve always been atypically liberal. Dad left...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Less of an issue than you might think. You might be able to scan a card for its account details, but ask yourself how you can use the information? You’ll need an account on a payment gateway; then to provide...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Not particularly “fine” (the funeral of a corrupt bigot with a bad history; arguably a war criminal, if unconvicted); but then, he was the Prime Minister of an ally, so attendance was “diplomatically necessary”. Having said that, I’m no fan...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I expect a Scottish transitional government with a mandate to leave will have a better grasp of reality than the European Research Group -- but remember, I'm an optimist. The key differences IMHO are that they aren’t motivated by...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Jezza's problem is that he's a deeply sincere man of strong principles who has spent a third of a century as a stiff-necked principled dissident within his own party I suspect that’s more Corbyn’s opinion of himself. As others...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    One obvious lesson from the Brexit fiasco has been that a 52/48 margin is no mandate for constitutional change. While I agree with that statement, others might not. For instance, the SNP would have been overjoyed with a 52:48...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Pffffft. VHF radio for the win. Fire Mission UT3231, add 300, right 50, troops in open, three rounds fire for effect, over...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    That rate of fire is most likely incidental; It’s a feature of the strength of the recoil spring (you still have to manipulate it one-handed) the weight of the recoiling mass (a light slide) and the length of travel (short,...
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