Stuff

It’s hot, I didn’t sleep well, and just not terribly motivated to look for stuff on the web today, nor write. So you just get stuff this morning.

I’m afraid of heights. If I was on top of this contraption, I’d be puking my guts out. And looking out for EA-6Bs.

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I may be a touch enamoured of Bianca Beauchamp. (Mostly SFW)

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No band for her at the Change of Command. 1. BUMED is on a tear. 2. While the Surface Warfare community seems to be very reluctant to fire females, BUMED seems to have missed the memo from the Diversity Commissariats. 3. I’m getting pretty old when I can look at a Navy Captain and my first thought is “she’s kinda cute.”

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HMS Iwo Jima?

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C-130s lend a hand with the Waldo Canyon wildfire. They’re an imperfect solution compared to a dedicated air tanker, but better than nothing.

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SCOTUS on Obamacare, my thoughts- I’ll keep digging in the pile, but the more I read, the less convinced I am that there’s a pony in there.

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The Daley Gator celebrates four years of blogging.  Congrats!

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Army Testing a Laser-Induced Plasma Channel to Destroy Targets With Lightning | TheBlaze.com

Using technology that even Thor — the hammer-wielding, lightning-controlling Norse god — would be jealous of, the U.S. Army has begun to test directing lightning with laser technology.

As directly stated on the Army website announcing successful progress and testing of this innovation “soldiers and science fiction fans, you’re welcome.”

via Army Testing a Laser-Induced Plasma Channel to Destroy Targets With Lightning | TheBlaze.com.

The only real stumbling block in the development so far has been strapping it to a shark.

IPFU Changes Says New Army G-4, Tells Duffel Blog to ‘Shove It’ | The Duffel Blog : The Duffel Blog

He continued, “My first priority as Chief of Staff for Army G-4 is to rename the IPFU to the Uniform for Individual or Group Physical Training All Weather Environment Uniform, or the UIGPTAWEU. If there’s one thing I’ve had enough of, it’s soldiers referring to the IPFU simply as a PT uniform. From now on the IPFU shall be referred to as the UIGPTAWEU and anyone caught referring to it as a PT uniform or otherwise will be subject to UCMJ.”

via IPFU Changes Says New Army G-4, Tells Duffel Blog to ‘Shove It’ | The Duffel Blog : The Duffel Blog.

Old diplomatic spat keeps Kiwis out of Pearl Harbor – News – Stripes

The New Zealand Defence Force, marking its first participation in Rim of the Pacific naval exercises in 28 years, has sent a frigate, a tanker and other war-fighting elements to Honolulu for the world’s largest international naval exercises.

“They are certainly integrated into all the events. They are hosting a reception — just like many of the other ships are,” said RIMPAC spokesman U.S. Navy Cmdr. Charlie Brown.

Just not in Pearl Harbor, where the rest of the 42 participating surface ships from 11 nations will be.

Altogether, 22 nations, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in the largest RIMPAC ever, running through July and into early August.

But a nearly three-decade quarrel over New Zealand’s anti-nuclear posture still prevents the Kiwi frigate Te Kaha and tanker Endeavour from stopping in Pearl Harbor, just as U.S. Navy ships are not allowed to make port calls in New Zealand.

via Old diplomatic spat keeps Kiwis out of Pearl Harbor – News – Stripes.

Those poor Kiwis, having to tie up in downtown Honolulu instead of Pearl…

Still, while New Zealand and the US have  a long history of shared sacrifice and goodwill, there have been times when that goodwill has been strained. Not broken, not bent, just strained.

Alleged Fort Bragg shooter faced court martial, discharge, officials say – U.S. News

The Army soldier who allegedly shot and killed his battalion commander at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Thursday was facing court martial and possible discharge from the Army on criminal charges, U.S. military officials told NBC News. The Army specialist, whose identity has not been released, was also shot and critically wounded, and is not expected to survive.

via Alleged Fort Bragg shooter faced court martial, discharge, officials say – U.S. News.

What a damn shame.

J-2X Extra: Human-Rated Chili

J-2X Extra: Human-Rated Chili.

No, I haven’t started posting recipes here. This article is probably one of the best explanations I’ve ever read of what all goes into man-rating a rocket. From design to test and verification, safety and quality to configuration management, it all folds together into a working system. And like chili, there’s a wide variety of what you can add, you just choose the ones that gives you the least heartburn.

Plus he included some cool pics and one of my favorite Dilbert cartoons.

Mandate Without End

The news today is that Obamacare is now the law of the land.

The Federal Government can now mandate that citizens buy a product, under the guise of calling that transaction a “tax”, which falls, with that twisted bit of logic, under Federal authority.  Was it so long ago that the Obama Administration and the lame-duck Congress that passed the bill declared unequivocally that Obamacare was NOT a tax in any way, shape, or form?

Make no mistake, the discussion is not of “health care”, as is so often mentioned, but health insurance.  And be not mistaken in the slightest, either, that the old axiom holds true.  Who pays the piper, calls the tune.  The Federal Government will have the say on just what this new health insurance mandate will cover.  And what it will cost.  By extension, they will eventually be the de facto determinant of what such care will be allowed, and as importantly, what will not be allowed.   Actuarially, those that are horrendous insurance risks will see their premiums drop dramatically, while those whom are good risks will see theirs rise.  Because the Government says so.  No longer am I being insured on MY risk categories, but on everyone else’s too.   Any incentive to live healthily and responsibly vanishes in the foul miasma of collective responsibility and forced egalitarianism.  Expect costs to insurers, and businesses who must provide, to skyrocket.  Just what a struggling economy needs.  Oh, and those who cannot “afford” to pay for the mandate?  (Cigarettes, alcohol, tattoos, and other priorities notwithstanding.)  The rest of us pick up the tab for them, too.

Our health care system, which cares for three hundred million people with a quality unmatched for its size on the planet, will find itself short of doctors and nurses, and worse, of those willing to enter the medical field, once the real and lasting effects of nationalized health care begin to have effect.  Shortages?  Rationing?  Count on it.

What is worse, and oh-so-predictable, is that there will be no accountability in how anything that is controlled by the Federal Government is run.  No incentive for efficiency, no profit motive, no customer satisfaction concerns.  Like the VA, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and the IRS all rolled into one.

That jolt you felt was the accelerator of the eco-friendly hybrid Obamamobile being mashed to the firewall as we are propelled down the road to Statism.   A Statism where the constraints of the enumerated powers and the Ninth and Tenth Amendments are no longer even given lip service, and an omnipotent Federal Government hands out individual freedoms like so much royal patronage, along with forcibly collected tax revenue, to politically favorable groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, or some other self-defined and liberally-acceptable criteria.  Perpetuation of a voter base, and of power, bought and paid for from the taxpayers’ wallets.  Laws for thee, but not for me.

Daily across our country we have law enforcement entities at all levels routinely violating individual freedoms, TSA badgering and assaulting law-abiding Americans, an Attorney General who ran guns to Mexico illegally, resulting in the deaths of 300 Mexican citizens and a US Border Agent, in order to make a case for gun confiscation in THIS country.  And we wonder how such things could happen.  Today’s ruling shows us how such things happen.  In fact, such things are inevitable results.  Rampant, unchecked authority and abuse of power on the part of Government entities being codified and excused.  And more, much more, is to come.  That is also inevitable.

When the Solicitor General made his rambling and disjointed arguments before the bench for the mammoth socialist Nanny-ism of Obamacare, he was essentially asked “Where does it end?”   If this, what next?  Where does the limits of government authority over individual choice stop?   He never did give an answer.  Because the answer is that such doesn’t end.  Precedent is a very powerful tool for government usurpation of power.  We have been given, thanks to Chief Justice Roberts, a Mandate Without End.

How sure am I?  I’d bet my two Navy Crosses on it.

Injecting life-saving oxygen into a vein: Microparticles could deliver oxygen when breathing is impaired

Patients unable to breathe because of acute lung failure or an obstructed airway need another way to get oxygen to their blood—and fast—to avoid cardiac arrest and brain injury. A team led by researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital has designed tiny, gas-filled microparticles that can be injected directly into the bloodstream to quickly oxygenate the blood.

via Injecting life-saving oxygen into a vein: Microparticles could deliver oxygen when breathing is impaired.

Faster, please. This would be a miracle drug in a medic’s aid bag.

MRS

 

Nice little pic of the M1 tank’s Muzzle Reference System.

One of the keys to the incredible accuracy of the M1 is the MRS. Basically, it is a precise measurement of any thermal distortions of the barrel. Firing rounds, or differential heating due to environmental factors can cause minute changes in the barrel, typically a slight droop after firing several rounds. By referencing that distortion, corrections can be made to sight alignment, increasing the accuracy of subsequent shots.

Or you can just watch the fall of the shots, and manually adjust. That’s what us M2 guys did.