Friday Linkzookery – 27 Aug 2010

Pakistani Taliban hint at attacking aid workers
The Taliban hinted Thursday they may launch attacks against foreigners helping Pakistan respond to the worst floods in the country’s history, saying their presence was “unacceptable.”

Army Cancels GCV Competition
Is going to change the RFPs and will re-start within a few months.

The China Gap
The US may be in a military airpower race with China, but only one side is racing.

Hi-Point .45 ACP Carbine
Cheap and powerful.

Carrier Enterprise braces for hurricane
In the path of Danielle

HMS Astute commissioned into navy
The Royal Navy gets the first of its new nuclear attack subs.

Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Announces Employment Reduction in Mississippi
Don’t need so many shipbuilders when the Navy isn’t going to buy so many ships.

AF looks to automation to help monitor UAVs
One combat patrol by a Predator or Reaper flying over Iraq or Afghanistan currently requires 174 airmen.

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Lack of skilled workers threatens recovery
Workers with specialized skills like electricians, carpenters and welders are in critically short supply in many large economies…You mean shop class (when it’s still available) isn’t just for dumb hicks?

The Vulnerable Humvee
A PDF showing the trials and tribulations of the Humvee in Iraq. It’s wrong about the Army starting to field more up-armored Humvees only after the soldier asked Rumsfeld about it, though.

Lawyers want dismissal in Hadithah trial
But I was assured that all of these men were “cold blooded killers.”

Navy admiral emphasises new urgency on carrier-based attack UAVs
Roughhead says 2018 is not soon enough.

Boeing again delays first delivery of 787
787 delivery now expected in the mid-1st-qtr 2011, following 2 years of delays

Trident and its infamous past
A thoughtful and logical opinion piece from Air Commodore Alastair Mackie, vice-president of the UK’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).

Report: Taxpayers duped on stadium deal, Marlins’ profits came at taxpayer expense
The public was mislead about funding for a sports stadium? That doesn’t even seem believable.

25 classic science fiction movies that everybody must watch
Like all such lists, everyone will have opinions about movies on the list or left off of it. But it’s a decent overall collection, though a few of them could hardly be considered “classics.”

Screw Burning Man: This year’s greatest desert festival is a three-day Mad Max reenactment!
Mad Max Reenactors. That cracks me up.

In the Living Room, Hooked on Pay TV
Some find it’s not easy to give up the programming that is not available online.

Carnival of Homeschooling
The panorama of homeschooling


      1. Hmmmm. Maybe I need to look into a High Point pistol then too!

        I’ve been looking for a good pistol/carbine/common mag combo for a long time.

        $300 for the carbine is almost silly low.

        1. The carbines are a bit rough/simple looking. They won’t win any beauty contests. But they are, as far as I’ve ever been able to gather, pretty dependable. They definitely seem worth more than the price. I’ve wanted to pick up a .40 for a while now to share ammo with my FNP-40. I admit the ability to share mags with a Hi-Point pistol is intriguing.

          I don’t know much about their handguns, though.

  1. The Trident article was interesting. The guy has clearly earned his right to his opinion, but it still seems short sighted to me.

    1) In a world where nukes exist, they cannot be uninvented. If potential enemies have them, not being able to retaliate is also a potential invitation to disaster.

    2) While they may not have needed their own arsenal, since they were and are protected under our own “umbrella,” it doesn’t negate the basic theory for their need.

    3) It’s quite arguable that the existence of nukes has kept the number of shooting wars bellow what it would have been otherwise, as the costs of fighting would have been too high. No one can argue that war is an invention of the atomic age, and there has actually been less of it since the invention of the Bomb.

    Then again, a nuclear strike tomorrow would negate that whole last paragraph, and that is the awful risk we all live with in the present state of affairs.

    4) I hope that some day not too far off we can have a world without weapons like that, but my sense of human history makes that seem pretty unlikely. Better that the democratic, stable, western-style nations have them than the nutjobs. I don’t lose sleep at night worrying about Britain or France nuking the world.

    I respect the Christian argument, but it is a moot point to turn the other cheek to demented players like Iran. Hunger strikes and unilateral disarmament only achieve their ends when you are dealing with a reasonable, humane foe. The Soviet Union might have been the latter, but I wouldn’t have bet the world on it.

  2. Re the 787:

    That’s too bad this thing has been delayed over 2 years. The lead they had over the A350 is going to shrink. I guess that’s to be expected with the convoluted production scheme they created. I am glad during WW2 and the Cold War they built planes the sensible way.

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