Black Friday Linkzookery – 26 Nov 2010

Murdoc hopes everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Here is a little Linkzookery to check out while you let that turkey settle a bit more.

New M4A1
The Army has ordered the first of the full-auto carbines. Pics at GunPundit.

‘We hate obese passengers and people with personal hygiene issues’
Now ‘abused’ TSA staff vent their anger at patdown searches

Kuwait, Iraq ‘agree’ on new border deal
500-meter no-man’s land on each side of the border. There is still a lot to be worked out between the two nations, with a lot of issues from the 1990 invasion and subsequent war unresolved.

Black Friday Sale on Kestrel Weather Meters
These are some of the coolest gadgets around.

Leaking Siberian ice raises a tricky climate issue
Increased release of methane from warming permafrost.

The Navy View: Korean Peninsula
Washington has put to sea, while Reagan and Nimitz (west US coast) and Lincoln and Truman (supporting Afghanistan mission) are not too far away if needed.

North Korea says on ‘brink of war’ as US, South Korea prepare for military exercises
Maybe they’re just out of food and are looking for more aid.

The Irrelevance of START
This: From the naval treaties of the 1920s to this day, arms control has oscillated between mere symbolism at its best to major harm at its worst, with general uselessness being the norm. Claims that this treaty is the first step toward a nuke-free world are stupid, moronic, uneducated, retarded, and stupid.

First Chinese Carrier Nearly Complete
Two years ago, this ex-Russian aircraft carrier, Varyag, was renamed the Shi Lang (after the Chinese general who took possession of Taiwan in 1681, the first time China ever paid any attention to the island). Just coincidence that they named it after the general who took control of Taiwan?

Chaplains Fading Away
Severe shortage, particularly Catholics.

USN Gets A Smarter JSOW
AGM-154 C1 Joint Stand-Off Weapon glide bombs can hit moving targets.


  1. Murdoc,

    Speaking of gadgets, a few months back, I think you mentioned something about a high tech mosquito repellant that you liked. I can’t remember what it was called and I can’t find the link.

    Do you know what I am talking about? And if so, could you maybe do a little blurb on it again? I’m in the market for something like that now.


    1. I’m sure the thing you’re thinking about is the ThermaCELL, and I’m surprised to see that other than a couple of contests they’ve run, I’ve not posted on it.

      You can check it out at

      I’ve not used them in the deep wild, but they work great in the back yard and around the campfire. The butane cartridges aren’t too expensive and they last for a while, though it’s not the sort of thing you’d want running all day or night, expense-wise.

      I’ll have to do a better write-up at some point.

  2. Off Topic. Any information about firings or demotions concerning the disenfranchisement of Military ballots.

  3. I do want one of those nice Kestrels but timing is everything with money right now, and that’s an expensive little gadget. I am reminded of another top of the line drool inducing product in the Kestrel bicycle. Wow I want one, really really want one, dangit.

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