Friday Linkzookery – 14 Mar 2008

Petraeus: Iraqi Leaders Not Making ‘Sufficient Progress’
The General is in a tough spot because he wants to pressure the Iraqi government but anything like this he says is going to be reported by many as “the ‘Surge’ has failed.”

Obama Has The Lead, But Potential Problems Too
Pew: One-in-five white Democrats (20%) say that they will vote for McCain over Obama, double the percentage who say they would switch sides in a Clinton-McCain matchup (10%).

Harry Potter Pulls a ‘Kill Bill’
Final Harry Potter movie to be split into two.

U.S. Navy Mulls New F/A-18E/F Buy
Because the F-35 may not get here in time.

Mozilla speeds up Firefox
Users say FF3 twice as fast as Safari, three times faster than IE.

Firefox 3.0 Beta 4
Can be downloaded for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux in 36 languages from Mozilla’s site. Been trying it out for a few days.

Starblazers DVD

Star Blazers – The Quest for Iscandar
I loved Starblazers as a kid, and have recently been watching it again with my own children.

By Stephanie Simon, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Media bias against guns? In the LA Times? Are you kidding me?

Intel Atom Desktops Could Go for $199
Diamondville-based machines could serve as a second machine in developed countries or a primary desktop in developing countries.

A Republican Wipe Out
Florida bill would mandate that all eating establishment must have enough toilet paper when you go into the restroom.

Junk-food dieters fake their way to skinny
No silver bullet, folks. If you avoid too much junk and keep your portions moderate, then toss in a bit of exercise, you should be okay.

Book Your Rooms for the Gun Blogger Rendezvous
October in Reno. 50-50 that Murdoc can make it, but even if he does you should still think about going. You don’t have to be a blogger to attend.

Comments

  1. Goblet of Fire wasn’t a bad movie by any yardstick, but it cut out three quarters of the book- I’d have enjoyed it even more had it been split up. That being the case, I don’t mind a bit if the final movie receives that treatment.

  2. The Petraeus: Iraqi Leaders Not Making ‘Sufficient Progress’ story is bunk!! From OP-FOR.COM — transcipt is included MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ PRESS DESK BAGHDAD, Iraq http://www.mnf-iraq.com 703.343.8790 Press Release 080314a March 14, 2008 Transcript of General Petraeus Interview with the Washington Post on Government of Iraq Progress Today’s Washington Post inaccurately characterized the discussions General Petraeus and their reporters had yesterday. During the one-hour interview General Petraeus never intimated or stated that Iraqi leaders have ‘failed to take advantage of a reduction in violence to make adequate progress toward resolving their political differences.’ The Washington Post has been asked to make a correction on this statement and we are awaiting their decision. The following transcript is from an interview with the Washington Post’s Sudarsan Raghavan, Joshua Partlow and Cameron Barr of Gen. Petraeus’ comments on the Government of Iraq’s economic and political progress.

  3. The Petraeus: Iraqi Leaders Not Making ‘Sufficient Progress’ story is bunk!! From OP-FOR.COM — transcipt is included MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ PRESS DESK BAGHDAD, Iraq http://www.mnf-iraq.com 703.343.8790 Press Release 080314a March 14, 2008 Transcript of General Petraeus Interview with the Washington Post on Government of Iraq Progress Today’s Washington Post inaccurately characterized the discussions General Petraeus and their reporters had yesterday. During the one-hour interview General Petraeus never intimated or stated that Iraqi leaders have ‘failed to take advantage of a reduction in violence to make adequate progress toward resolving their political differences.’ The Washington Post has been asked to make a correction on this statement and we are awaiting their decision. The following transcript is from an interview with the Washington Post’s Sudarsan Raghavan, Joshua Partlow and Cameron Barr of Gen. Petraeus’ comments on the Government of Iraq’s economic and political progress.

  4. The F-35 is such an expensive fraud! I feel sorry for Australia and Israel being lured to buy this phoney plane. I know Dfens will hate to hear this, but the US should backup the Eurofighter, its mostly made already. And its a quite cool, versatile plane that seems to perform better than expected. Tts too radical, I know, specially after all this tanker controversy. But why even the pragmatic israelis dont say a ‘no thanks’ ?

  5. Re: Republican Wipe Out. Yugh! Government interfering with Freemarkets again? I keep a pack of tissues on hand for that reason, and make sure to not revisit such sad locations. Re: super duper Space battles ala Yamato.. old school and serious: http://www.animenfo.com/animetitle,644,uinshf,legend_of_the_g.html Newer, funny, babes, subtly serious: http://www.animenfo.com/animetitle,1,iixlmv,martian_success.html Newest, still serious but has anime babes …if you’re into that http://www.animenfo.com/animetitle,1666,kklxtn,starship_operat.html

  6. Vitor, in general I think canard equipped fighter aircraft have a big advantage over those with conventional aft mounted elevators, but even so it is inexcusable that the Eurofighter has no stealth. Why would you design a fighter without stealth at this time? That was almost ludicrously bad judgment.

  7. Hey, I’m not militarily inclined (though I support them in all their endeavors no matter what), but I have to ask… why on Earth would the navy want more F-18s? Aren’t they kind of lame by today’s standards?

  8. Dfens, I think stealth is overrated when its not to a air dominance fighter or bomber, i see the Euro being a superb multi-role. And even if the Eurofighter is not stealth, still is very discreet, its RCS is half of the french Rafale. Oh, and it seems to be a super smooth joy to fly. What is quite interesting since you mentioned the F-22 pilots finding the Raptor a sorta of annoying. In all specs, with the exception of stealth, the Euro is clearly superior to the F-35. And its pretty much done!

  9. Yeah, the Raptor is hot in the summer, cold in the winter, and contorts your body into shapes it doesn’t want to be in for long periods of time. As far as stealth goes, though, if the reduction in signature is less than an order of magnitude or two, it’s not worth discussing. Hell, you can get about 2 orders of magnitude out of edges and coatings, which if they put those on the Eurofighter thats even dumber still. There is no reason not to design in stealth in any military airplane designed today. The principles are well understood and not that difficult to apply. It is definitely not something that can be retrofitted after the fact. In the fighter biz it is still, first to see, first to kill, just like it was in WW1. Stealth should be as routine now as grey paint.