Friday Linkzookery – 27 Apr 2007

Junk Science: Light Bulb Lunacy
I hadn’t thought about it, I guess, but breaking a CFL is a notgood thing to do.

Next-Gen Scopes for Can’t-Miss Snipers
Scopes that might increase the sniper’s kill rate tenfold.

Musharraf Caves to Red Mosque Demands
Islamists’ ‘Death By A Thousand Cuts’ Strategy Gains Another Slice

What He Said
General Petraeus briefed House and Senate members this week.

C or Bust!
Buckethead is headed for planet Gliese 581c.

Navy Missile Intercept
Two targets, two kills. I had seen a story earlier saying that the first interceptor failed to launch, so the second one was scrubbed. Now I guess we go them both. What gives?

Astronaut to catch early flight home
No US record for Sunita Williams, though she should set the all-time women’s record.

Stryker simulator gives view of real deal
The simulators, known as Common Driver Trainer/Stryker Variants, contain exact replicas of the driver’s compartment in a Stryker.

Ronald Smith Rocks Iowa
Children need BOTH parents.

RAF Jaguars leave service after 33 years
The RAF’s air-to-ground mission will be taken on by the Eurofighter Typhoon.

Chernobyl. 21 years later…
More pics from the ruins.

Stryker colonel talks about situation in Iraq
Right now, the Arrowhead Brigade is employed in a role that is ideally suited for a Stryker Brigade.”

Ventriloquist dummy WON’T SHUT UP & has KILLED all my other ventriloquist dummies
Hilarious eBay feedback

Carnival of Homeschooling #69
Bee Edition at Sprittibee. Good stuff.


  1. From Bloomburg yesterday: Shareholders of Lockheed Martin Corp., the world’s biggest defense contractor, rejected a proposal that would have given them an advisory vote on executive pay. The proposal received support from holders of 137.2 million shares at the company’s annual meeting in New Orleans today, Lockheed spokesman Jeffery Adams said in an e-mailed statement. Those in favor represented 43 percent of the 321.6 million shares voted, with 57.9 million abstentions or non-votes. Holders of 184.3 million shares, or 57 percent, rejected the proposal. Chief Executive Officer Robert Stevens, 55, received a pay package valued at $18.6 million last year. It was the second largest payout among the top five U.S. defense contractors after the $21.7 million paid to Northrop Grumman Corp. CEO Ronald Sugar. Northrop, the third largest U.S. defense company, faces a similar shareholder proposal on executive pay at its May 16 annual meeting. ‘The Lockheed vote shows a great level of support for a relatively new topic,’ John Chevedden, the investor and shareholder rights advocate who made the proposal, said in a phone interview. ‘This proposal would rein in the compensation committee from giving away bonanza pay packages.’ Chevedden holds 100 shares of Lockheed’s stock. His proposal was supported by Institutional Shareholder Services Inc., the largest adviser to pension and mutual funds on corporate elections. —————- Lockheed’s only business line is selling to the government. Guess who actually paid his salary? Here’s how it breaks down: $18,600,000.00 per year $74,400.00 per day $9,300.00 per hour $155.00 per minute $2.58 per second

  2. Why don’t they outsource the CEO position to India? It saves money on everything else. Seriously, I hate the argument supporters of outrageous CEO pay use. They say we need to follow the free market and that in a competitive world companies have to spend top dollar to attract the best CEO. I think most of the CEOs would do the same job for a lot less money. The reason is in their personality. They have to be part of the ‘game’. It’s like the POTUS. The position only pays $400,000 per year and the media will skin you alive. But you are the man. The world revolves around you. You have access to Air Force One and can close down any airport when you decide to land. Just look at Bill Clinton. That guy is dying for attention. I’d bet he would pay us to be the President. Just think if you were the CEO of a major corporation. The prestige it carries is worth it’s weight in gold to these guys. Heck if they were in it for the money, they could retire and just play the stock market. But these guys are different. They have to be in the game. Look at Sumner Redstone. The guy is a billionaire and is close to 90 years old. So why does he get involved in the day to day running of Viacom? For the $50 million dollar annual compensation? No, he doesn’t need the money. He does it because it gives him a reason to live. It is probably why he has lived to be almost 90. It’s in his DNA. I am not saying these guys are bad. We need guys to run companies. I am just saying the pay is out of line. As in the earlier example, it would be like offering Clinton a million dollars to be the President when we all know he would pay us to do it.

  3. If I had money like that, I’d do aerospace engineering projects with it until I’d spent it all. It used to be people who ran these companies were just like me. This weiner is a damn bean counter. What the hell is he going to do with it all, count it? The thing that should really piss you off is, you pay that salary. It is your tax dollars that pays 100% of his salary. It makes you wonder how much good that money could be doing paying the medical bills for poor children or something like that. We should either nationalize the defense industry or fix it. This is a bunch of crap, paying these jerk offs $20 million a year. These people are getting rich off of your tax dollars and all you get in return is screwed. You get crappy weapons that take forever to build, don’t work, and cost a fantastic fortune. Anyone who can live with that is a pure idiot.

  4. LED lights. This article says they’ll be economically viable in 2 years. Not only do they reduce the amount you spend on light, they’re also much cooler than standard light bulbs (and CFLs too, I think), so you won’t spend as much money cooling your house during the summer. No toxic waste is produced if you break one, too.

  5. This is psychotic! Our legal system is completely out of control! ————————- ‘I would have never thought it would have dragged on this long,’ she told ABC News. ‘I don’t want to live here anymore. It’s been so difficult. I just want to go home, go back to Korea.’ ‘I’ve been in the dry cleaning business for 14 years, but this has never ever happened before. If anything happened to our customers’ clothing, we would always compensate them accordingly and fairly,’ Jin Chung said through a translator. The problems date back to 2002. Pearson says in court papers that he took a pair of pants into Custom Cleaners in Fort Lincoln that year, and the pants were lost. So Jin and Soo Chung gave Pearson a $150 check for a new pair of pants. Three years later, Pearson says he returned to Custom Cleaners and — like some real-life ‘Groundhog Day’ nightmare — his trousers went missing. Again. It was May 2005 and Pearson was about to begin his new job as an administrative judge. Naturally, he wanted to wear a nice outfit to his first day of work. He said in court papers that he tried on five Hickey Freeman suits from his closet, but found them all to be ‘too tight,’ according to the Washington Post. He brought one pair in for alterations and they went missing — gray trousers with what Pearson described in court papers as blue and red stripes on them. First, Pearson demanded $1,150 for a new suit. Lawyers were hired, legal wrangling ensued and eventually the Chungs offered Pearson $3,000 in compensation. No dice. Then they offered him $4,600. No dice. Finally, they offered $12,000 for the missing gray trousers with the red and blue stripes. Pearson said no. With neither satisfaction nor his prized gray pants, Pearson upped the ante considerably. The judge went to the lawbooks. Citing the District of Columbia’s consumer protection laws, he claims he is entitled to $1,500 per violation. Per day. What follows is the beginning of thousands of pages of legal documents and correspondence that, two years later, have led to a massive civil lawsuit in the amount of $67 million. ————————– This is nothing but our legal system terrorizing our citizens!

  6. From Aerospace Daily today: ————————- Next decade’s AF bomber to be subsonic, manned, general says By Michael Fabey The U.S. Air Force’s long-range strike aircraft set to be deployed by 2018 will be subsonic and manned, said Brig. Gen. Mark Matthews, director of plans and programs, headquarters, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, VA But it would be wrong to characterize the aircraft as being entirely devoid of current technology, Matthews said May 1 during a panel discussion ‘Return of the Bomber: The Future of Long Range Strike,’ presented by the Eaker Institute, the research arm of the Air Force Association (AFA). ‘There is new technology associated with this,’ Matthews said. For example, the Air Force is looking at technological advancements in low observability, sensors and engine development, he said. The 2018 deadline for a new bomber aircraft was set by the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) to address a perceived gap in strike capability. In later years, the Air Force is slated to procure and deploy more advanced bombers. The service is looking now at some directed energy technology to make the aircraft more survivable, Matthews said. For now, the Air Force must concentrate on developing an aircraft that can penetrate enemy territory and persist and survive there long enough to deliver an effective payload. To do that, Matthews said, the service had to make tradeoffs. One of those was the supersonic speed. ‘Id love to have the world,’ he said. ‘But I can’t afford the world.’ And the Air Force can’t afford to lose a new bomber to such things as crosswinds or dynamic flight conditions. The technology just isn’t there yet for an unmanned aircraft to meet the necessary criteria, said retired Gen. Gregory Martin, another panel member. However, Matthews said there is still room for ‘optionally manned’ possibilities. One option that is likely not on the table, according to ‘Return of the Bomber: The Future of Long Range Strike,’ an AFA special report, is an FB-22, or F-22 Raptor bomber variant. ‘The QDR-backed move to build a 2018 capability signaled the end of the FB-22 initiative, at least in its old form,’ said report author Rebecca Grant, president of IRIS Independent Research Inc., in Washington, D.C. The Air Force could revisit an F-22 variant plan, Grant wrote. ‘But, for now, that’s separate from the 2018 bomber.’ —————- What a bunch of weiners! We need a supersonic bomber. We have since the XB-70 was canned. They shouldn’t be the Air Force any more, they should be the Air Cushion.

  7. Globalization is not just killing our automotive industry: In recent years, EADS has been building assembly and service facilities in Alabama and securing the support of targeted congressional delegations. ‘The company has been busy building U.S. domestic political support for a program that would ultimately involve billions of dollars and thousands of jobs,’ Air Force magazine reported in June, 2006. ‘The company also has been recruiting talent with the technical know-how (and political connections) to get deals done in Washington.’ In reality the amount of American jobs EADS plans to create is miniscule compared to the huge number of jobs it provides to anti-American labor unions that form the backbones of some of Europe’s most powerful anti-American socialist parties. Anti-American union workers in Germany. The German socialist IG Metall union represents workers at Airbus Deutschland. Faced with losing thousands of jobs to the current Airbus reorganization, IG Metall is hoping EADS aircraft will start winning large DoD contracts. But the union, as a matter of policy and pride (its flag is still the Soviet-era red banner), openly shows hatred of the United States. The May 2005 cover of its magazine Metall contains a cartoon of a bloodsucking insect grinning and tipping its Uncle Sam hat. In words reminiscent of Germany’s darkest era, Metall ripped American businesses as ‘bloodsuckers’ and ‘parasites.’ When asked to renounce the grotesque depiction, IG Metall’s Chairman Juergen Peters responded by calling the insect cartoon ‘a good caricature’ of Americans. EADS CASA workers in Spain: On the wrong side. In Spain, where the EADS CASA division manufactures a variant of the CN-235 for the Coast Guard’s Deepwater program, the aircraft workers are even more militant than the Germans. The EADS CASA’s main union, the General Confederation of Workers (CGT), is virulently opposed to the war on terror, to the United States, and to the NATO alliance. Its red-and-black anarcho-Marxist flag indicates an alliance of two forms of extremism, and its official Rojo y Negro (Red and Black) newsletter shows a militancy seldom seen any more in industrialized democracies. – Stirring up extremism in Mexico. The CGT appears to back any radical movement in Mexico that opposes the Mexican government and the United States. The union openly supports both anarchist and communist causes in Mexico that seek to destabilize the southern border of the U.S. The union has its own ‘CGT Solidarity with Chiapas’ committee to back the Marxist Zapatista guerrillas in the south of Mexico,[15] and publishes communiqu+