Friday Linkzookery – 29 Aug 2008

Fighting intensifies in Pakistan’s Northwest
If this isn’t out of control already, it’s close.

U.S. to Hand Over Security Duties in Anbar to Iraqi Forces
If this isn’t under control already, it’s close. We’ll see if things hold as US troops pull back.

11 headless bodies found near Mexico graveyard
Why we’re not more concerned about the escalating drug war in Mexico, I don’t know.

War a US election plot, claims Putin
Remarks made right after Russia test-fired a Topol RS-12M missile.

Putin chokes chicken supplies from U.S.
That, my friends, is a terrible headline.

Secret Space Shots’ Hidden Emblems
Secret patch for STS-38.

Pentagon Reports U.S. Airstrike Killed 5 Afghan Civilians, Not 90
I find it hard to believe that someone would inflate collateral damage numbers.

LPD 17 underway after mechanical problems
Only two days late for her first deployment. What a bust so far.

Progress on India’s Thorium Nuclear Reactor and South Africa’s Pebble Bed
Bring it on.

Calculate Your Obama Tax Cut
Includes the WaPo graph from a while back which I meant to post on but didn’t because I still can’t figure out how someone making less than $19,000 could get a $567 tax cut.

MADD – a modern Temperance Movement
Like many causes, this is a tough one because critics of MADD are portrayed as pro-dunk driving. That’s not (usually) the case.

New Climate Record Shows Century-long Droughts In Eastern North America
Who would have guessed that the sun influenced earth’s climate?

First Flight of Sikorsky X2 Demonstrator
I continue to believe that this route, and others, are better than the V-22 Osprey route. Too late.

Tanker Bid Moves Toward Endgame
Endgame. Yah. Right.

As Geothermal Energy Heats Up, 5 Next-Gen Projects Take Shape
Though I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it before, I’ve wondered about geothermal on a larger scale. My in-laws heat and cool their house with geothermal and have been pretty happy with it. This would be a way to bring energy generation closer to the energy consumer, cutting out transmission infrastructure woes and losses over long distances.

The Palin call
My guess is that McCain gets a big boost from this choice and the fact that his convention is after Obama’s.

More Palin links and commentary
At Instapundit.

McCain Myths
Some true. Some not so much.

CIA Curtails Contract With U.S. Security Firm in Iraq
MVM, Inc. apparently didn’t provide enough security personnel to meet the Agency’s needs.

Comments

  1. Damn, Mo,

    You should have gone just a bit further….

    Like this maybe!

    Fighting intensifies in Pakistan’s Northwest

    If this isn’t out of control already, it’s close.

    U.S. to Hand Over Security Duties in Anbar to Iraqi Forces

    If this isn’t under control already, it’s close. We’ll see if things hold as US troops pull back.

    11 headless bodies found near Mexico graveyard

    Why we’re not more concerned about the escalating drug war in Mexico, I don’t know. If this isn’t out of control already, it’s close.

    War a US election plot, claims Putin

    Remarks made right after Russia test-fired a Topol RS-12M missile. If this isn’t out of control already, it’s close.

    Putin chokes chicken supplies from U.S.

    That, my friends, is a terrible headline. If this isn’t out of control already, it’s close.
    Secret Space Shots’ Hidden Emblems

    Secret patch for STS-38.

    Pentagon Reports U.S. Airstrike Killed 5 Afghan Civilians, Not 90

    I find it hard to believe that someone would inflate collateral damage numbers.

    LPD 17 underway after mechanical problems

    Only two days late for her first deployment. What a bust so far.
    If this isn’t out of control already, it’s close.

    Progress on India’s Thorium Nuclear Reactor and South Africa’s Pebble Bed

    Bring it on. If this isn’t IN control already, it’s close.
    Calculate Your Obama Tax Cut

    Includes the WaPo graph from a while back which I meant to post on but didn’t because I still can’t figure out how someone making less than $19,000 could get a $567 tax cut. If this isn’t out of control already, it’s close.

    MADD – a modern Temperance Movement

    Like many causes, this is a tough one because critics of MADD are portrayed as pro-dunk driving. That’s not (usually) the case. If this isn’t out of control already, it’s close.

    New Climate Record Shows Century-long Droughts In Eastern North America

    Who would have guessed that the sun influenced earth’s climate? If this isn’t out of control already, it’s close.

    First Flight of Sikorsky X2 Demonstrator

    I continue to believe that this route, and others, are better than the V-22 Osprey route. Too late. If this isn’t out of control already, it’s close.

    Tanker Bid Moves Toward Endgame

    Endgame. Yah. Right. If this isn’t out of control already, it’s close.

    As Geothermal Energy Heats Up, 5 Next-Gen Projects Take Shape

    Though I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it before, I’ve wondered about geothermal on a larger scale. My in-laws heat and cool their house with geothermal and have been pretty happy with it. This would be a way to bring energy generation closer to the energy consumer, cutting out transmission infrastructure woes and losses over long distances.

    The Palin call

    My guess is that McCain gets a big boost from this choice and the fact that his convention is after Obama’s. If this isn’t out of control already, it’s close.

    More Palin links and commentary

    At Instapundit. If this isn’t out of control already, it’s close.

    McCain Myths

    Some true. Some not so much. If this isn’t out of control already, it’s close.

    CIA Curtails Contract With U.S. Security Firm in Iraq

    MVM, Inc. apparently didn’t provide enough security personnel to meet the Agency’s needs. If this isn’t out of control already, it’s close.

  2. Wow, I really bitched up that formatting.

    It would have been SO much funnier if I would have got that right….

  3. Re: Mexico

    I mentioned in a previous post the US should seriously consider some form of involvement in Mexico, similar to how we are trying to “spread democracy” in other areas of the world. I can’t understand why our political elites don’t consider Mexico the biggest potential problem we face instead of the constant concern over Georgia and Iran.

    These drug cartels are threatening to turn Mexico into a failed state. The violence is alarming and it has to be hurting their economy. If the US is going to stick its nose into other peoples’ business, then why not on our doorstep that has a demographic time bomb waiting to explode onto our borders?

    There are 110 million people in Mexico and this is growing by over 1 pc per year. According to census data released last week Mexicans, not just hispanics, will probably comprise around 25% to 30% of the US population by 2042. With our “melting pot” model of assimilation being replaced by multicultural policies like dual citizenship, retention of immigrant’s languages, etc., it does not look like we are going to absorb all these folks into our culture. It is incredible to think that the USA might actually become a “latin” nation.

    And given the territorial disputes with Mexico along our shared border, it worries me that we might get our own Kosovo or S. Ossetia in the not so distant future.

    Even if this doesn’t happen, the migration of so many who don’t assimilate will undoubtedly change our national character. Maybe by 2042 the US won’t actively support Israel anymore. Given Mexico’s ambivalence towards this issue, what would make one think that unassimilated Mexicans living here would suddenly support it? This would probably be true with other issues that most Americans take for granted.

    It is not just the potential for border disputes or a changed national culture that is worrisome. Think about the fact that our population was at 200 million in 1967, reached 300 million less than 40 years later and will probably be closing in on 450 million by 2050. With that many people, it will definitely affect our quality of life by putting more strain on water resources and other infrastructure like schools, hospitals and the power grid.

    Yet we continue to worry about 4 million Georgians thousands of miles away. It is time to make Mexico a top priority.

  4. Re: Tanker deal

    MO, I thought the USAF changed the requirement for the tanker to now favor a larger plane. This is why boeing is wanting more time so they can put together a bid for the 777. Originally they went with the 767 because it fit the requirement as a replacement for the kc-135. Now they appear to be changing the requirement to favor an even larger plane. I haven’t paid too much attention to this over the summer, but here is an article that contains some good info.

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2008043091_tankercontract100.html

  5. “My in-laws heat and cool their house with geothermal and have been pretty happy with it. ”

    I assume you mean Ground Source Heat Pumps; this merely stores relatively cool or warm thermal energy (depending on season) for use latter. Which is a far cry from what Enhanced Geothermal energy is.

    But some land owners are lucky enough to have sufficiently hot springs with which to do actual geothermal energy production on.

    Enhanced Geothermal Energy are artificial very deep very hot springs, and it is probably the best alternative energy production method out there.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geothermal_heat_pump

  6. I like how now some people who went to great lengths to point out how the KC-30 was an aircraft that was too large to be an replacement for the KC-135 are now arguing for the 777. The 777 being larger then a KC-30 and even more expensive.

  7. :Eric: People are changing their tune because the requirements have, well, changed. What’s happening is that the Air Force basically changed their requirements to favor for a larger aircraft, which favored the KC-30. Boeing had been open to a 777-based tanker earlier in the process but the requirements at the time favored something smaller.

    Now they’re saying that if the requirements have changed, they should be given time to submit a proposal that meets those requirements. Lockmart had submitted a proposal that was too large for the original requirements but somehow magically met the new requirements, and Boeing is calling that unfair.

    Though I’m thoroughly unimpressed by everyone’s behavior throughout this entire ordeal, I’m inclined to side with Boeing on this point.

  8. Sam: You’re probably right. They just call it “geothermal.” I know that it certainly isn’t the exact same thing as the proposed large-scale generation plants, but I thought it was along the same lines. I don’t really know, though.

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