Friday Linkzookery – 17 Dec 2010

Security Council ends Saddam-era Iraq sanctions
And the war-mongers said sanctions wouldn’t work.

WaPo Reprises the “90% Lie”, Whines for Selective, Ineffective BATF
The percentage of guns from US gun shops seized from Mexican criminals is NOT 90%, it’s 8%. This is the number from the ATF to the US Congress. Anyone who says differently is either misinformed or lying.

Loaded Gun Slips Past TSA Screeners
Loads of crap.

Former Blackwater bought by investment group
Xe Services has been bought by USTC Holdings. Erik Prince will no longer be involved.

House Oks Split LCS Buy
The proposal to buy both defeats the benefits of competition idea behind the “winner take all” competition. And huge questions remain about both designs.

Air Force Is Through With Predator Drones
USAF won’t be buying any more MQ-1 Predators.

More Linkzookery below:

Unused in Afghanistan, Longbow Deliveries Continue
The choice in the field is to leave the Longbow system behind and carry fuel and ammo instead.

Russia’s chic uniform ‘sends soldiers to hospital’
Looks sharp. Is crap.

RAF Dropping to 6 Fast-Jet Units
Looking at only six RAF fighter squadrons (5 Typhoon and 1 JSF) by 2020. So Few, indeed.

Mexican government drone crashes in El Paso
Oops.

Britain Launches 2nd Astute-Class Sub
HMS Ambush is second of seven planned attack boats in the class.

Cane Gimmick
Pretty good with a bostaff.

Auto-Ordnance 100th Anniversary Edition 1911
Hard to believe the good old .45 1911 is 100 years old.

No Answers for Missile Interceptor Mishap
Another failure for the ground-based missile defense system.

13M get unexpected tax bill from Obama tax credit
It will probably be Bush’s fault.

Is US facing another extreme winter?
Scientists speculate that heat released from storms racing up the US East Coast toward the Labrador Sea may be feeding the so-called North Atlantic Oscillation – nicknamed “The Greenland Block” – in ways that are not yet understood. It’s nice to see weather/climate coverage that isn’t either “our model is nearly perfect and we’re all doomed!” or “there is nothing different ever!”

“Erin Brockovich” Town Shows No Cancer Cluster
What? It was over-hyped by alarmists, lawyers, and the press? Doesn’t seem believable.

After dozens of deaths, drop-side cribs outlawed
Thank God the government is doing away with these. How any children at all managed to survive drop-side cribs is beyond Murdoc.

Pistol Sword
Is the pistol the back-up for the sword, or is the sword the back-up for the pistol?

Carter Strikes Again
The Peanut Farmer says his biggest mistake was not rescuing the hostages…because failing to do so cost him reelection. Murdoc says Jimmy is half right.

List of Republican Sell-outs On The START Treaty
Murdoc is shocked, shocked to see Dick Lugar (R-IN) on this list.

December’s Total Lunar Eclipse Is Best One Until 2014
For the Western Hemisphere, the eclipse will “officially” begin on Dec. 21 at 12:29 a.m. EST but there won’t be much to see until 1:30 am or so. The dimmest moment will be at 3:18 am.

Boeing raises aircraft prices 5.2%, cancels short-haul 787
No 787-3s will be built.

ISSC-Austria MK22
Sharp-looking SCAR-style all-metal .22 AR.

Time Warner Views Netflix as a Fading Star
The people who want to sell you physical discs are telling you that the online distribution is not a big deal. Seems I’ve heard this one before.

Lab scans bones that may belong to Amelia Earhart
Or maybe a turtle.

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