Friday Linkzookery – 29 May 2009

Missing F-35s Replaced By F-15 Refurbs
Didn’t I just link to a story about retiring some F-15s early? This is all so confusing.

$118 Million in New M777 Howitzer Orders
More lightweight 155mm towed howitzers. You can never have too many be guns.

Official: National D-Day Memorial may close
Shortage of funds threatens it. They should apply for a bailout.

Popular Mechanics 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Coverage
Looks to be pretty good series.

The Case for Taxing E-Mail

Shipbuilding Program is a Mess
Award for Understatement of the Year.

More than 10,000 welded joints on at least eight U.S. submarines and a new aircraft carrier might need to be reinspected after the discovery by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding that one of its inspectors had falsified inspection reports.
It’s almost like the Shipbuilding Program is a Mess.

Report: Over 20,000 died in Sri Lanka battle
That place is a wreck.

Centralia, the mouth of Hell
I remember hearing about this at some point in the past, but the pics and video are cool.

Russian ship accidentally shells village

Russian Customs Expose Massive Arms Smuggling Ring
The criminal ring had smuggled parts of S-75, S-125, S-200 and S-300 air defense missile systems to Russia’s ex-Soviet neighbors of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine and also to Bulgaria.

Last Utah ANG KC-135E Stratotanker retires
R-models will continue to carry the gas until new tankers arrive shortly after Hell freezes over.

Woman calls 911 three times when McNuggets run out
“This is an emergency, If I would have known they didn’t have McNuggets, I wouldn’t have given my money, and now she wants to give me a McDouble, but I don’t want one,” Latreasa L. Goodman told police. “This is an emergency.”

The Greatest American Heroine?
Believe it or not!


  1. Are those “Life After People” shows any good? The concept looks interesting, but I’ve become quite leery of any History Channel stuff lately.

  2. They’re good because they borrow heavily, shall we say, from books.

    One in particular, “The World Without Us”, is exceptional but so far as I can tell isn’t cited anywhere in the show.

    As someone I worked with pointed out however, there must be at least 2 people left in the world “without people”, since there is a narrator and someone to hear him…

  3. A little weekend sags to break the monotony:

    A C-130 “Hercules” cargo plane, an Air Force workhorse since 1954, was flying over the Persian Gulf on a mission when a cocky pilot in an F-16 “Fighting Falcon” fighter flew up next to him.

    The fighter jock got on the radio and told the C-130 pilot, “Watch this!” and promptly executed a barrel roll, a picture perfect eight point hesitation roll followed by a steep afterburner climb. He then rolled over and finished with a sonic boom as he broke the sound barrier.

    The F-16 pilot asked the C-130 pilot what he thought of that.

    The C-130 pilot said, “That was impressive, but watch this!”

    The C-130 droned along for about 5 minutes, and then the C-130 pilot came back on the radio and said, “What did you think of that?”

    Puzzled, the F-16 driver asked, “I didn’t see anything. What the hell did you do?”

    The C-130 pilot yawned deeply and said, “I stood up, stretched my legs, went to the back, took a leak, then I got a cup of coffee, a Dunkin donut, returned to the cockpit and sat next to my right-seater 1st Lt. Jody Higgins who, incidentally, won a “Miss best bikini body” contest in San Diego last year.

    Have a nice day!

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