Friday Linkzookery – 07 Sep 2007

Iraq Diary: Sleep Through Those Bombs
Noah Shachtman in Iraq on the MRAP.

How I Didn’t Dismantle Iraq’s Army

Stryker crews train on new Mobile Gun System
1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, is the third Stryker brigade to receive the M-1128 Mobile Gun System

Air Force testing alternative fuels on C-17
The USAF seems to be making great headway in the move toward synthetic fuels.

House committee asks Air Force to look at need for ANG F-35 units
Doesn’t really seem to make much sense to me.

In the Shadow of the Moon
Looks real good and opens in LA and New York today. More cities here.

Vista SP1 beta weeks away; final due in Q1 ’08
Microsoft also will release XP SP3 — the final service pack — at same time

Study: ‘Winglets’ could save USAF $600 million on fuel tanker costs
Modifying all KC-10s would pay for itself in 8 years. Modifying all KC-135s would pay in 9.

Nuclear power’s new age
Abundant electricity is critical to weaning ourselves off of oil.

Hardline takeover of British mosques
Almost half of Britain’s mosques are under the control of a hardline Islamic sect whose leading preacher loathes Western values and has called on Muslims to –shed blood” for Allah

Kolchak – The Night Stalker
The original series on DVD. The quality is decent, particularly compared to that on Sci-Fi channel re-runs.

Is this the man who sank the Titanic by walking off with vital locker key?
I never knew what had happened to the missing key for the binoculars locker. I had always assumed it was just misplaced that night and then lost with the ship. In any event, I’ve also never thought that the binoculars would have made much difference. I believe it was the same inquiry noted in the article where it was claimed that binoculars were used only to identify objects after they had been spotted.

S.F. citywide Wi-Fi plan fizzles as provider backs off
Chicago: The Latest Muni Wi-Fi Casualty
This seems to be a trend.

Mountaineers Bring Change to AP Poll
I-AA teams now eligible to be ranked thanks to defeat of Michigan last week by Appalachian State

IEEE 1394b Playing Pivotal Role in F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter

Living Wages for Thee…
Maryland state government exempt from paying the Maryland government-mandated minimum wage

First flight for Boeing’s new 787 delayed

NASA Attaches Rocket Boosters to Repaired Shuttle Fuel Tank
Trying to prevent debris from the brackets that damaged Endeavour.

Big Deck vs Small Deck Naval Aviation

US naval power wanes
Carriers big and small

Sea Links
Naval Linkzookery by Mike Burleson

Carnival of Space #19
Space Linkzookery on Universe Today

88th Carnival Of Homeschooling
Homeschool Linkzookery at Consent of the Governed

Snake Eater Osprey in Flight
Air Force Special Ops V-22s gearing up

Gdansk Shipyards
With a couple pics.

Machine Shed of Horrors

Blind Vietnam vet severely beats assailant
Disarmed and severely beat a man who had just gunned down the former Marine’s wife, mother and sister-in-law. Apparently a family dispute. Seriously, now, don’t fuck with Marines.


  1. I have a friend who designed a drag reducing wingtip that can serve as a fuel tank. In fact, that’s what it looks like is a tip tank with a longitudinal hole through the center. It looks like a doughnut if you’re looking at it from the front. It may have had a fin on the back sticking up at a 45 degree angle like a tip tank on a T-33 or F-104. It has been a long time since I saw a picture. Apparently it provided a big drag reduction and provided some room for additional fuel. It is similar in concept to these except even more effective and without the flutter problems. You really have to know what you’re doing to design one as you do any time you have flow going through an area that is bounded all around. That’s actually what makes these better than anything else out there.

  2. We continue to contract more and more services, including soldier services, as though the very concept of ‘conflict of interest’ evades us entirely. Then we wonder why we got screwed. From the book of Proverbs, ‘a fool and his money are soon parted.’

  3. While Mike Griffin sole sources a $2 billion contract to his ex-employer ATK to ‘modify’ shuttle solid rocket boosters to have even more joints to fail, $2 billion just happens to be what NASA paid ATK (then Morton Thiokol) to build the original boosters from scratch, the Chinese and Russians are racing to the Moon.

    Russia plans to send cosmonauts to the Moon by 2025 and establish a permanent manned base there in 2027-2032, the head of the space agency said Friday. Anatoly Perminov said that in accordance with Russia’s space program through 2040, a manned flight to Mars will be carried out after 2035. He said that toward the end of this year, Russia will have 103 satellites in orbit, up from the current 95. There are plans for a new space center in the country, but a site has not yet been selected, he said. Russia currently launches all manned flights from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan. Perminov said previously that construction of a new launch facility would only begin after a new type of spacecraft was built.

    These are the same Russians, who convinced that idiot Clinton to put the space station in an orbit useless for the assembly of space exploration vehicles in low Earth orbit, are now themselves going to assemble such a station:

    The agency chief said that in 2016-25, after the ISS is put out of operation, Russia plans to deploy a platform in a low-earth orbit to assemble spacecraft.

    We have squandered our lead in space exploration and wasted the resources we have invested there. The Russians and Chinese will have been mining the Moon for decades before we are able to set up even one permanent habitation there, if they allow us to do even that. We sell out our children by running up huge deficits, both our federal spending deficit and trade deficit, we sell them out by promising government ‘entitlements’ that we’ve never funded, now we’re selling them out by squandering our technological leadership.

  4. Here’s a news story that relates to a recent topic here on Murdoc’s blog. GI Joe, the movie. Except instead of being a ‘real American hero’ he is now an international metrosexual:

    Now some critics say the globalization of G.I. Joe has gone too far. ‘G.I. Joe is not an international hero. That’s crap,’ said Col. Hunt. ‘They don’t have to water it down. That doesn’t make sense.’ For blogger Huston, who played with G.I. Joe as a boy, transforming the entire character into an amorphous task force in the movie feels like a hit to his childhood memories. ‘I certainly understand that it’s for international audiences, but these things are American icons,’ he said. ‘Why even pretend it’s G.I. Joe then? I am a little bit upset about the whole thing.’ Huston believes it’s the latest example of Hollywood’s hostility toward all things American, and he said he probably won’t go to see the film if the existing plans are executed. ‘It’s the last spit in the face of our military,’ Huston said. ‘The doll was G.I. Joe, the government-issued guy who was a hero and American. It was celebrating this one heroic soldier. They want to take even that away.’

    This should get Murdoc stirred up!