Friday Linkzookery – 17 Jul 2015

It’s been a long time since Murdoc’s shared any Linkzookery. That’s his bad. Here’s a bit of the good stuff, though.

Weapons: M4A2
The U.S. Army has agreed to create another batch of upgrades for its M4A1 assault rifle, basically creating the M4A2 (or M4A1+, take your pick).

Russia Suffers Sixth Military Aircraft Crash in Six Weeks
A Tupolev Tu-95MS Bear strategic bomber failed whilst on a training flight in Russia’s far-eastern Khabarovskiy region.

US Air Force Launches New GPS Satellite
The 10th Block IIF bird, with two more to go. The Block IIIA series was supposed to start operations in 2014 but won’t probably fly before 2017 at the earliest.

Japan Buys Five Ospreys in Boeing’s First Export Deal
Agreement to buy 12 more. Should look nice on those “destroyers.”

Somali Militant Leader, Others Killed in US Drone Strike
Al-Shabab hit Wednesday night near the rebel-held town of Bardhere.

McDonald’s franchisees have never been this depressed
Personally, Murdoc supports unionization of McDonald’s employees and compensation that starts at $15 per hour and includes full benefits. Because shortly after that Murdoc will be able to enter his McDonald’s order on his phone and have a machine make it for him. Getting a Big Mac will finally work right the first time.

Thousands Renounce U.S. Citizenship Hitting New Record, Not Just Over Taxes
Many, many more renouncing during Obama than back in the days when everyone was threatening to leave if Bush got re-elected.

Parents Dedicate New College Safe Space In Honor Of Daughter Who Felt Weird In Class Once
Yes, it’s The Onion. Also, it sounds true.

All Those Books on Identity and Victimization That Dominate Freshman Summer Reading
This isn’t The Onion. It’s victimhood training.

A cheap but dangerous global warming fix
“Solar radiation management”: A geoengineering technique, it would shoot particles into the sky to reflect sunlight back to space. (NOTE: Also not The Onion.)

Lake Michigan, Lake Huron water level at 17-year high
No doubt due to Global Warming. Just like the low levels were due to Global Warming. Murdoc notes that things tend to average out over time, but it’s hard to get all alarmist over things like that.

Weapons: 7.62×35
The Netherlands Marines have become the first military force to adopt the 7.62×35 rifle cartridge.

Report: Nearly 1 in 3 Young Adults Too Fat for Military
Between too little physical activity and too much food, especially sugar, kids are in rough shape. It’s ridiculous. 30 Years from now when these kids are in their 40s and 50s it’s going to look like a plague.

Iron Cowboy
Speaking of overweight kids, this guy is doing 50 Iron Man triathlons in 50 states in 50 days to raise money and support for the fight against childhood obesity. Today is #42. If you’ve ever done anything longer than a half-marathon, you may have an inkling about how ridiculously insane this quest is.

CA Dem Wants ‘Husband,’ ‘Wife,” Banned from U.S. Code
You may laugh, but you also would have laughed at the idea that the Dukes of Hazard car needed to be banned because it was racist.

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