Friday Linkzookery – 28 Oct 2011

USS Iowa Begins Trek to Richmond for Transformation
To become a museum ship in San Pedro, CA.

Rick Perry’s Flat Tax Plan
Murdoc could buy into this. But Murdoc thinks there should be NO deductions whatsoever for anything. A decent-sized personal exemption. Period. And making it optional doesn’t do anything to eliminate the crap it’s supposed to eliminate.

Libyan Revolution by the Numbers
Before the war Libya produced 1.6 million barrels of oil per day (bpd). This level isn’t expected to be reached again before 2013 as it had fallen down to 60,000 bpd during the revolution.

Gov’t Regulations at Top of Small-Business Owners’ Problem List
Bigger problem than poor consumer confidence or lack of consumer demand.

The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
If this is anywhere near as good as The Star Wars one it’s a must-read for Star Wars fans.

Alberta’s Oil Sands Heat Up
The oil sands will generate over 1.5 million barrels of oil per day this year

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7 reasons why Obama is wrong on income inequality
Murdoc thinks the biggest problem is that so many people seem to think income should be equal for some reason. That’s just plain stupid.

Opportunity Past 21 Miles of Driving! Will Spend Winter at Cape York

SpaceX Could Dump NASA if Contract Doesn’t Change
NASA wants a lot more control over things than SpaceX and others are comfortable with, especially for a fixed-price deal. Plus all players say they can be ready by 2015 while NASA wants(?!?) to wait until 2017. Murdoc hopes NASA holds the line so the real changes can begin.

Muslims throw shoes, verbally abuse Christian street preachers
Dearborn, Michigan.

Successful launch for Europe’s satellite navigation system
Initial operation capability will be reached around 2015.

Corps orders 1,000 guided artillery shells

Pentagon takes a harder line with Lockheed Martin over F-35
With budget crunches coming soon, the DoD is demanding that LockMart share the cost of fixes.

Navy To Arm LCS With New Missile System
Griffin to replace cancelled NLOS-LS. LCSs to be even wimpier than originally designed.

GDLS Canada to Upgrade 550 LAV IIIs for the Canadian Army
Survivability upgrades at the top of the list.

Netflix’s Quarterly Loss of Subscribers Worse Than Forecast; Shares Plunge
That’s how it works: Piss off customers, lose customers, lose money. Though Murdoc hasn’t jumped off the ship yet.

142 legal secretaries surveyed and not one preferred working with a woman partner
Comments indicate that emotional conflicts and “making things personal” have a lot to do with the preference to not work with other women. Who would have ever guessed that in a million years.

Nationwide concealed carry passes House Judiciary
Wondering how this is going to go.

The Scam of traffic safety
It’s not usually about safety. It’s usually about making money.

Will Humvee Rebuild Kill JLTV?
Scaled-back JLTV has little to show over upgraded Humvees.

Carriers to swap ports during complex projects
Big ‘E’ to be de-fueled in 2013.

‘Cannibal’ fear over German tourist
Nuku Hiva in French Polynesia

Proposal would ‘recycle’ satellite parts
The idea would be to use the antenna of dead satellites in GSO for new “nanosatellites” which could be launched without antennas, saving weight.