Friday Linkzookery – 28 Jan 2011

Blackwater founder trains Somalis
Erik Prince is involved in a multimillion-dollar program financed by several Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates, to mobilize some 2,000 Somali recruits to fight pirates who are terrorizing the African coast.

Battleship New Jersey faces rough seas
Big J hanging on despite tough economic times.
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The New Reagan Revolution: How Ronald Reagan’s Principles Can Restore America’s Greatness
by Michael Reagan, Jim Denney, and Newt Gingrich

Pentagon Still Learning China Stealth Jet Details
Trying to work out how legit the plane is. See also: J-20 photos and J-20 video on MO.

Himalayan Glaciers Shrinking, With Some Exceptions
“Some,” in this case, means that over half of the glaciers that were supposed to be gone by 2035 or sooner are stable or growing.

Biofuel Breakthrough?
A genetically adapted E. coli bacterium – that feeds solely on carbon dioxide and excretes liquid hydrocarbons? Seems too good to be true.

Oilman: Bakken holds 20 billion barrels of oil
Says about five times the government’s estimate is recoverable. Seems too good to be true.

Much more Linkzookery below!

Where Have All the Phantoms Gone?
An older story in Air & Space magazine that I thought I had linked to some time back but apparently didn’t.

Army wants to redirect Humvee funding
They also would like to get rid of Cougar and first-generation RG-33 MRAPs.

American interpreter takes a stand in Afghanistan
An Afghan soldier making trouble for US personnel? No way. Luckily, a former Victoria’s Secret manager got it straightened out.

Yellowstone Has Bulged as Magma Pocket Swells
Some places saw the ground rise by ten inches, experts report.

Fighter Hits Snowbank – Pilot Ejects
A Finnish F-18 skidded off a runway and slammed into a snowbank…so the pilot EJECTED.

Germany extends Afghan war mission
I spent a little time in Germany a while back and was surprised at the level of anti-war protesting and propaganda all over the place.

Italian Air Force Receives 1st Tanker From Boeing
First of four KC-767As for Italian air force. MO noted the rolling out of this plane. In 2005.

Welfare Tab for Children of Illegal Immigrants Estimated at $600M in L.A. County
One county. Welfare only. Not counting education, for instance.

‘Charter Schools are Like Hitler, Tyrents Trying to Take What’s Not Thiers!
Spotted at a New York public school.

ANWR – The Big Lie
A new pipeline across Alaska isn’t required since the location for drilling in ANWR is about 160 miles from the North Slope Prudhoe Bay pipeline where it would be connected.


  1. “I spent a little time in Germany a while back and was surprised at the level of anti-war protesting and propaganda all over the place.”


    You think it’s bad now? I was there in 1970 and the Krauts practically assaulted me every time I brought up the subject of “Vietnam”.

    So I finally kept my mouth shut, but then they started to bring it up.

    Actually, in my many years of traveling around Europe I’ve found the majority of people hate American foreign policy, distrust Americans in general (but they like the Yankee dollars) and Conservative ideals.

    Matter of fact they’re even beginning to lose their cosy feeling about Obama.

  2. Roger that, TJ! I spent 3 weeks in Austria in the fall of ’84 (yes, not a very lengthy or representative Euro sampling) running around seeing the sights and partying (did I say that out loud?). Right at the tail end of the first Reagan Admin…………most of the young Austrians I was running with were nearly apoplectic about Reagan and his baiting the Big Bad Bear. Buncha &^#%^*( American war mongering. They also relentlessly bragged about all the great “free” social benefits they received from their mre just and fair socio/political system…………except on paydays, oddly enough. Man, you should have heard the whining then. Nice peole but completely schizoid, or maybe just clueless bout the direct connection between their “free” benefits and high tax rates. Had a great time and laughed my *** off for three weeks!

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