Friday Linkzookery – 10 Feb 2012

It’s takers versus makers and these days the takers are winning
“After a while, people who pay their bills on time start to feel like suckers.”

Maybe there’s something to the idea that Eastwood’s Chrysler commercial was an Obama campaign ad?
Sounds made up.

P-8A makes debut in Bold Alligator exercise
Currently being tested.

Marine scout snipers used Nazi SS logo
This is utterly ridiculous. They’re saying that maybe the Marines didn’t realize it was an SS logo, but it apparently went on for several years.

The Navy faces reality
Everyone has always known the 313 ship goal was a joke. They’re just into the “start publicly admitting it to set up the next stage” phase.

The Himalayas and nearby peaks have lost no ice in past 10 years, study shows
Scientists thought that the area had lost 400,000,000,000 tons of water from 2003-2010. The actual loss looks like it was about 0.

Love the Constitution? Hate government regulations? New DHS “lexicon” brands you a “militia extremist.”
A recently published “lexicon” distributed to thousands of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) targets citizens concerned about their Second Amendment rights and the steady encroachment of the federal government, categorizing such as “militia extremists.”

Mileage Moment of Truth: We Put 40 Mpg Claims to the Test
Popular Mechanics looks at the numbers on some 40 MPG cars.

The Last Raptor
Will be delivered in May.

Aussies’ modest proposal: Sell us F-22s, mate
Not overly thrilled with the F-35, mate?

Supreme Court should limit Congress’ copyright power
Well, ALL of Congress’ power. But copyright power is a good one to curtail.

Ford pulls out of JLTV competition
Ford’s interest in the contract has defense analysts fascinated at what their manufacturing muscle could bring to the Army tactical wheeled strategy even if it means the car and truck company doesn’t compete to build the JLTV.

10 years in prison for Sudafed?
Seems crazy, but aren’t we all glad that the restrictions have put an end to the availability of meth?

Teacher pleads guilty to raping student
Life in Prison! Execution! Oh, wait, it’s a woman. Probation should do it. No sex offender list necessary.

Nuclear Reactor Approved in U.S. for First Time Since 1978
Appears that we’ll have fewer nuclear reactors (due to retirements) before we have more.

North Dakota produced 534884 barrels of oil per day in December 2011
Not a lot, big picture wise, but definitely good.

Frankfurt airport shooter gets life in prison
He decided to kill US troops after he saw a video of Americans raping a teenage Muslim girl…turns out the video was from Brian DePalma’s anti-war movie “Redacted.”


    1. I admit to being surprised to learn that it’s been fairly common for so long. I’m not usually one to get all bothered by un-PC things, but this really seems over the line to me.

      I mean, they wouldn’t use a swastika, right?

  1. The nazis had a great sense of aesthetics and design, I love the grey trenchcoat uniform, much more fashion than the saggy american uniform, although not as pratical.

  2. Re: Himalayan Glaciers.

    Try actually reading the article. ie they are still melting, just not at the peaks.

      1. Well there was definitely observer bias in the old estimate, but your description of the article did not match the greater meaning in the article:

        “The scientists are careful to point out that lower-altitude glaciers in the Asian mountain ranges – sometimes dubbed the “third pole” – are definitely melting. Satellite images and reports confirm this. But over the study period from 2003-10 enough ice was added to the peaks to compensate.”

        Basically, the exchange of water-ice in the Himalayas is more volatile than before…the ice is heavier yet less ‘permanent’; and the average altitude of said ice is moving up-slope.

        Also worth mentioning via the article is the GRACE satellite has only had 8 effective years of operation; which makes for statistical inaccuracies. About 20 more years of observations are needed for clear statistical significance.

        1. Again: Yes. Also, the 400,000,000,000 tons of water assumed lost from the peaks was not.

          As for “greater meaning in the article” I saw it as basically “way too many times the people who tell you exactly what’s going on with the climate are exactly wrong.”

          “Also worth mentioning via the article is the GRACE satellite has only had 8 effective years of operation; which makes for statistical inaccuracies.”


          1. In the interest of editorial clarity, (had I been you editor) I would have suggested your link and statement to read something like:

            Himalayas Melting Away? Not so fast enviros!
            New satellite observations show a not so simple story of ice.

            It’s fairer, given the icky complicated contexts of climate and it’s changes. The article itself is quite good btw.

          2. Understood.

            The link is the title of the article, standard Linkzookery procedure.

            The comment is my own comment, not someone else’s also standard Linkzookery procedure.

          3. p.s.
            where did you get the ‘400 billion tons of water lost at the peaks’ thing? It’s not in the article at all.

          4. p.p.s.
            If you had bothered to dive into the source Nature article referenced in the Guardian article, you would have found this:
            “The high mountains of Asia, in particular, show a mass loss of only 4 ± 20 Gt yr−1 for 2003–2010, compared with 47–55 Gt yr−1 in previously published estimates2, 5”

            Gt=billion tones. This shows that (allegedly anyway) 47-55 billion tons of ice-loss was the original estimate, not 400 billion tons (your ‘math’). Why bother with your own math when the work was already done for you?

    1. I’ll admit that I’ve never really favored selling F-22s. I guess I could be convinced that an export version might be acceptable, though.

      1. We are not willing to buy enough to do the job that we are going to require of them. At this point, I don’t see why we shouldn’t let some of our closest allies spend their dough on them when their interests and aims align with ours. I mean, Japan would basically be another air wing forward deployed to deter China 24/7.

        How you ensure the security of their secret tech is a hard matter though. The Japanese are not known for their ability to keep it safe. Aussies, just sell it to them.

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