Saturday Linkzookery – 21 Nov 2009

Note: Murdoc is shirking his duties. Here’s the Linkzookery I owe you from yesterday.

An Officer’s Outrage Over Fort Hood
I’m angry that the murderer was a terrorist who masqueraded as an Army officer for half a dozen years. And angrier that it was allowed to happen.

SF units to get latest Land Warrior kit
Killed in 2007, Land Warrior lives on. Looks like each man will get a unit, not just team leaders as in infantry.

Army Launches Examination of Armor Testing
As an outsife observer, a new look at how armor is tested and rated appears to be long overdue. It’s a still-developing technology and the ways it’s used are still being tested under fire. We need to accept that some changes in ways we think about things may be in order.

Another F-35 test plane takes its first flight
AF-1, the redesigned A-model conventional Lightning, begins test flights.

Leaked emails apparently show the lengths one climate scientist goes to make sure the data fits the narrative.

How do I plug my electric vehicle in at home?
For the record, Murdoc supports the concept of the plug-in hybrid or electric car. He thinks we need more nuclear power plants, though.

If Day
I had not heard of this 1942 Canadian enactment of Nazi occupation of the Great White North.

History In These Plates
Armor plating from the Tirpitz used by Oslo road construction crews.

Northrop Invests Own Money In Fire Scout
Murdoc continues to be a fan of this unmanned whrilybird.

Post Veterans Day Thoughts
Richard Mann on remembering the veterans and their rifles when out on a hunt with yours.

Union troubled by Eagle Scout project in Allentown
Union files grievance over Boy Scout clearing a hiking path for his project.


  1. I’ll be honest with you Murdoc. I’m the guy who yesterday at the MO board meeting voted to replace you with some younger more energetic Murdoc. But I want to make sure you know that it was just business.

  2. Re: If Day
    That was very cool…interestingly enough, the school described as having the 3 winning students was none other than Saint John’s Ravenscourt in Winnipeg, which was my alma mater! In fact the teacher of the student who wrote that essay taught me history there as well…but that was years later!

  3. Re: An officer’s outrage over Ft. Hood

    Jihadist rhetoric espoused by Hasan was categorically dismissed out of submissiveness to the concepts of tolerance and diversity.

    I am glad an officer in the active army actually has the guts to write this publicly.

    There are two good articles this week which address diversity and the crazy ideology behind it. One is written by Ann Coulter.

    “Diversity” is a difficulty to be overcome, not an advantage to be sought.

    The other is written by William Lind and is a nice summary of the whole PC movement over the last 80 to 90 years. Yes, it did not start in the 1960s. It goes back to WW1.

    “Diversity” is one of the many false gods of “Political Correctness.”,15202,206026,00.html

  4. The problem of american nuclear plants is that they produce too much waste thanks to some fearmongers who said that recycle the still very radioactive waste would be dangerous since someone “could steal plutonium and build a nuclear bomb”, really.

    “In fact, there’s really no such thing as “nuclear waste”: a nuclear reactor is refueled by its waste. In other words, almost all “waste” can be recycled. Indeed, ninety-five percent of a spent nuclear fuel rod is natural uranium, and so it can be put right back in the ground, just as it was found.

    The radioactive part constitutes only about five percent, but of that, half is uranium and plutonium, and so it can be recycled as fuel β€” specifically mixed-oxide fuel, which is exactly what the French have been doing for twenty-five years now.

    After twenty-five years, the French store all their so-called waste in one room, under La Hague, which is about the size of a basketball gymnasium.

    Why haven’t you heard this? A writer for the New Yorker magazine named John McPhee in 1974 published a highly influential book called The Curve of Binding Energy, which convinced President Jimmy Carter (et al.) that people could steal used plutonium from nuclear plants and makes bombs with it. But this is untrue. Nevertheless, solely on the basis of this detrimental misinformation, our country now has fifty thousand tons of nuclear “waste,” because our government won’t allow nuclear plants to reuse it.”

  5. I found this speech by Oliver Wendell Holmes to be both uplifting, and prescient. You all should read it.

    I’ll quote one small part. Mind you, he’s speaking in 1895.

    “The society for which many philanthropists, labor reformers, and men of fashion unite in longing is one in which they may be comfortable and may shine without much trouble or any danger. The unfortunately growing hatred of the poor for the rich seems to me to rest on the belief that money is the main thing (a belief in which the poor have been encouraged by the rich), more than on any other grievance. Most of my hearers would rather that their daughters or their sisters should marry a son of one of the great rich families than a regular army officer, were he as beautiful, brave, and gifted as Sir William Napier. I have heard the question asked whether our war was worth fighting, after all. There are many, poor and rich, who think that love of country is an old wife’s tale, to be replaced by interest in a labor union, or, under the name of cosmopolitanism, by a rootless self-seeking search for a place where the most enjoyment may be had at the least cost.

    Meantime we have learned the doctrine that evil means pain, and the revolt aginst pain in all its forms has grown more and more marked. From societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals up to socialism, we express in numberless ways the notion that suffering is a wrong which can be and ought to be prevented, and a whole literature of sympathy has sprung into being which points out in story and in verse how hard it is to be wounded in the battle of life, how terrible, how unjust it is that any one should fail.”

  6. Jusuchin, the speech was given on, and in regards to, memorial day. And it is an interesting speech indeed. Kinda cuts to the core of the human condition.

    I liked this:

    “You know your own weakness and are modest; but you know that man has in him that unspeakable somewhat [something?] which makes him capable of miracle, able to lift himself by the might of his own soul, unaided, able to face anniliation for a blind belief.”

    This aspect, coupled with the mirror aspect of the savage brutality inherent in war (often in the same act) is what has fascinated me about war at its roots. The very best of man, and the very ugliest come out in war at the same instant, and I have never understood how to reconcile that.

    Also worthy of quote:

    “Out of heroism grows faith in the worth of heroism.”

    And like he points out, it takes acts of ugliness to force us out of our quest for comfort and safety to accomplish and witness those acts. In a dark and awful way, Al Queda showed us who we are, and who we can be, on that terrible fall day.

    Good link AW1 Tim.

    1. If opponents of denepolivg new warheads are saying that the existing stockpile can be maintained indefinitely, that’s not correct. Plutonium is radioactive, and it deteriorates. Eventually the warheads won’t go boom anymore. As far as I can tell, the U.S. stopped producing new nukes after the Cold War. It stands to reason that unless we keep building new warheads, eventually we won’t have any.Personally, that’s fine by me. But if we want to not have nuclear weapons, we should say so. We shouldn’t be going around with a bunch of duds. Otherwise some president is going to think and act like he has world destroying power under his sleeve, and as soon as other countries realize that our nuclear arsenal actually won’t work they will test us to the limit. The worst possible position to be in pointing what you think is a loaded gun at someone, when that person knows that it is really empty.

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