Friday Linkzookery – 07 Jan 2011

20,000 Marines could be victims of drawdown
The Army could be losing 27,000.

Australia adopts HK417 rifle
Well, they are buying $1.6 million dollars worth of the 7.62 rifles, anyway.

Wilson says he hopes to reinstate DADT
Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s military personnel panel wants the decision reviewed and reversed.

The Armed Citizen
The reports of civilians defending themselves with guns are back in business.

The military as a conservative plot to dominate America
Well, according the Mother Jones, anyway.

Beyond Surveillance: Darpa Wants a Thinking Camera
The quest for “visual intelligence.”

How Disney Designed The Military’s Electromagnetic Launch System
Murdoc’s not a big coaster guy, but the Rock-n-Roller Coaster is his favorite by a long ways.

Iraq And Jordan Agree on Building Oil Pipeline
See? We DID invade to steal their oil! Wait…Jordan? Well, that must be so we can steal it without anyone noticing.

Obamacare Ends Construction of Doctor-Owned Hospitals
45 hospitals canceled, possibly so the Obamacare-supporting American Hospital Association will have less competition.

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J-20 vs. F-35, One Analyst’s Perspective

Navy intel chief: Chinese missile is effective
The DF 21D is apparently for real, but the reaction lukewarm on what it means.

China Could Field its First Carrier in 2011
The Shi Lang (nee-Varyag) may become operational a year ahead of estimates. But every is pretty lukewarm about their capabilities to do much with it right now.

Ruger LC9
Small and lightweight 9mm carry gun.

Eco-bulb cost to treble: Makers cash in as the ban on old-style bulbs kicks in
The UK, which is a few years ahead of the US on the ban-the-incandescents timeline, is canceling subsidies that help lower CFL prices at the same time that they’re banning oldschool bulbs. What a coincidence.

TV makers to put out 3-D sets with cheaper glasses
Though Murdoc is currently not overly impressed with the 3D craze, it will probably start being good in a few generations of tech.

Newly Discovered Molecule Will Make Rocket Fuel Super Efficient
Potential to boost efficiency by 20-30%. The rule of thumb is apparently that a 10% increase doubles the payload to orbit.

Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven in Hall
Not only was Murdoc glad to see Rikalbert get in, he was glad to see the steroids players snubbed. Voting in a steroids players would pretty much invalidate every single player elected to the Hall of Fame.

Ruger Scout Rifle
A short .308 bolt-action.


  1. All these new stories about Chinese jets, Chinese missiles, Chinese carriers.

    Must be DOD budget season again…..

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