Friday Linkzookery – 14 Sep 2007

Counterinsurgency success in Haswa
Bill Roggio at Combat Outpost Corregidor, Baghdad Province.

6 decades later, World War II gunner gets another mission in a B-17
Louis Correia had just completed his 26th mission in a B-17. Some time has passed since his 25th. That would have been in 1945. Go read about his narrow escape on mission #4.

‘We were abandoned’
The sad story of the investigation into the Canadian sniper team which scored a 2430m kill by Cpl. Rob Furlong with a McMillan TAC-50.

Iranian special-ops unit flees Iraq to avoid capture
Qods recalled to Tehran because captured operators are spilling the beans.

Building Loyalty, One Toilet at a Time
Fighting in the Horn of Africa. Africa will be trouble for a long, long time.

High-ranking al Qaeda operative nabbed in Afghanistan
Inayatullah on his way to Gitmo.

Abandoned Plane Wrecks of the North
Bones in Alaska and northern Canada. With pics.

Much more Linkzookery below!

Blast kills top sheik working with U.S. in Iraq
Roadside bomb slays leader who cooperated in fight against al-Qaida

Iran upgrading its U.S. F-14s, testing GPS-guided smart bombs
Saber rattling continues. (Though they got 79 Tomcats, not 60…)

Bush cites Michigan soldier’s family in TV address
Family of slain soldier supports Bush and the war. Don’t they have “absolute moral authority”?

New ‘Tron’ races on
Joseph Kosinski to direct just as soon as he finished remaking ‘Logan’s Run’. Really. ‘Logan’s Run.’

CNN: Mystery 9/11 aircraft was military ‘doomsday plane’
Anonymous sources confirm that it was, indeed, an E-4B Advanced Airborne Command Post in the air above Washington, DC, on 9/11.

Two of Seven Soldiers Who Wrote ‘NYT’ Op-Ed Die in Iraq
Traffic accident.

Spacecraft Zips Over ‘Space Odyssey’ Moon
Cassini hit by cosmic ray while passing Iapetus, sending the probe into reset. No monolith spotted. At least not that they’re telling us.

What was it like to be at Disneyland and/or Walt Disney World six years ago today?
Disney on 9/11.

Compendium of Lost Words
Words “that have been entirely absent from the Internet, including all online dictionaries, until now.”

Bigger Brains, Better Genes
I’ve always believed that moderate exercise and a decent diet were more valuable than all the wonder drugs and medical prevention combined.

Two die in dog pack attack in Livingston
A 91-year-old man and a woman thought to be a passing jogger killed by a pack of vicious dogs? East of Detroit.

Russian ‘sex day’ to boost births
A day off with “benefits”? Leave it to the Rooskies.

The “Moon Trees”
Trees grown from seeds brought to the Moon by Apollo 14.

Chrysler sets up electric, hybrid vehicle division
Good move.


  1. Even 60 is a high count. 79 were delivered. Factor in losses and inoperable. If they have 24 operational, I would be surprised. Especially with what I know about structural fatigue found in the A’s in the early 80s…

  2. Hmmm. I usually try to get several energy links in, usually ones that I happen to agree with but I’m not afraid to point out some opposing views from time to time, particularly on that topic. I guess I just didn’t see much this week. As for mountain-top mining, I’m cautiously optimistic on a case-by-case basis, but I’d sure like to see it as part of an overall move to cut dependence on foreign oil as opposed to just another source of fuel to go into the mix. That’s basically how I feel about drilling in Alaska, as well. The USAF’s fuel-from-coal program looks to hold a great deal of potential. That’s something that could make me back expanded coal mining, particularly if nukes are expanded to shoulder more of the electricity load.

  3. DJ: I meant that Iran’s original inventory was of 79 Cats, not that they have 60 now. I usually see numbers in the 12-25 range for operational today, and I’d be the actual ‘war ready’ planes are at the lower end of the range with ‘flyable but not really ready’ filling out the number.

  4. Here’s an energy story I saw on Drudge today:

    Lord Oxburgh, the former chairman of Shell, has issued a stark warning that the price of oil could hit $150 per barrel, with oil production peaking within the next 20 years. He accused the industry of having its head ‘in the sand’ about the depletion of supplies, and warned: ‘We may be sleepwalking into a problem which is actually going to be very serious and it may be too late to do anything about it by the time we are fully aware.’ In an interview with The Independent on Sunday ahead of his address to the Association for the Study of Peak Oil in Ireland this week, Lord Oxburgh, one of the most respected names in the energy industry, said a rapid increase in the price of oil was inevitable as demand continued to outstrip supply. He said: ‘We can probably go on extracting oil from the ground for a very long time, but it is going to get very expensive indeed. ‘And once you see oil prices in excess of $100 or $150 a barrel, the alternatives simply become more attractive on price grounds if on no others.’

  5. That’s pretty scary. But did Lord Oxburgh take into account market repsonse? ie right now it is only slightly more expensive for me to take the bus than drive, up the price of fuel to $4/gln and I am in the pocket of Big Bussing. Lot’s people doing that and the demand and thus price of fuel stablizes.

  6. addendum, Lord Oxburgh apparantly runs a biodiesel company, so he’s possibly being self serving in his statements.

  7. I’m not going to pretend to be an oil expert. I do know that oil is funding the terrorism we are fighting. I also know it is a finite resource.