Snow Strykers

Dragoon troopers assigned to Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Cavalry Regiment along with Soldiers assigned to the Dutch 42nd Battle Group perform Preventive Maintenance and Services to their equipment while constructing a Regimental Tactical Operations Center during Allied Spirit I at Hohenfels Training Area located in Hohenfels, Germany, Jan. 20, 2015. The purpose of the exercise is to conduct multinational training as well as improving allied interoperability between U.S. and NATO forces.
Dragoon troopers assigned to Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Cavalry Regiment along with Soldiers assigned to the Dutch 42nd Battle Group perform Preventive Maintenance and Services to their equipment while constructing a Regimental Tactical Operations Center during Allied Spirit I at Hohenfels Training Area located in Hohenfels, Germany, Jan. 20, 2015. The purpose of the exercise is to conduct multinational training as well as improving allied interoperability between U.S. and NATO forces.

Friday Linkzookery — 06 Jan 2017

New nuclear-armed subs win Pentagon OK before Obama leaves
Ohio Replacement Submarine: Columbia-class SSBN

Sources: Mattis clashing with Trump transition team over Pentagon staffing
Behind the scenes, Mattis has been rejecting large numbers of candidates offered by the transition team for several top posts, two sources close to the transition said.

Swedish 6-hour workday runs into trouble: It’s too costly
Same pay for less work doesn’t, um, work? If only someone had been able to predict this result.

The most expensive F-35 variant has hit another major snag that could take years to fix
F-35C: Essentially the problem, detailed in a Navy report with data dating back to 2014, deals with rough takeoffs that hurt and disorient pilots at the critical moment when they’re taking off from a carrier.

Engine falls off Air Force B-52 bomber while in flight
The unarmed aircraft, which was on a training flight at the North Dakota base, landed safely and none of the crew were injured

Earth Cooling At The Fastest Rate On Record
Over the last ten months, temperatures have dropped more than three quarters of a degree, breaking the previous global cooling record set in 1999.

DeVos: Mainstream or monster?
Glenn Reynolds: “She’s not being targeted for a wave of hate because they think she’ll do a bad job. She’s being targeted for a wave of hate because they fear she’ll do a good job.”

A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences
Murdoc thinks this is an important thing to learn. Opinions vary on that, though.

The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller (The Origin Mystery, Book 1) Kindle Edition
The Atlantis Gene is the first book in The Origin Mystery, the global bestselling trilogy that is now in development to be a major motion picture.

The Green Berets only $1.99

For very limited time only: The Green Berets: The Amazing Story of the U.S. Army’s Elite Special Forces Unit (Kindle Edition) by Robin Moore

In Vietnam Robin Moore became on the of the first true “embedded” journalists, training and fighting alongside America’s most elite fighters. Though fictionalized, The Green Berets exposed the American public to the horrors of the ground war in Vietnam, and gave the men of the Green Berets the recognition they deserved.

Normal Kindle edition price of $14.99

Mule-Mounted Mk 47

A #USArmy Green Beret, assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), provides security for a mule carrying the Mk 47 grenade launcher during MULE Packing Training on Fort Bragg, N.C., Jan. 27, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt Edward F French IV/Released)
A #USArmy Green Beret, assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne),
provides security for a mule carrying the Mk 47 grenade launcher during MULE
Packing Training on Fort Bragg, N.C., Jan. 27, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt Edward F French IV/Released)

The Boss on the incoming boss

Bruce Springsteen Says Trump Is Actually Appealing To ‘Un-American’ Tendencies

Surprise! Bruce Springsteen wants to go on the record about his dislike for Donald Trump:

The “Born to Run” singer, who has candidly expressed his disapproval of the president-elect before, discussed his fears regarding Trump’s presidency in a wide-ranging conversation on an episode of Mark Maron’s “WTF” podcast released Monday.

“I’ve felt disgust before, but never the kind of fear that you feel now,” Springsteen said. “It’s as simple as the fear of, is someone simply competent enough to do this particular job? Do they simply have the pure competence to be put in the position of such responsibility?”

I’m always amused by folks who have supported Obama all this time suddenly worried about things like incompetence.

I was a huge fan of Springsteen’s music while I was growing up. It resonated with me on many levels and I believe that it influenced me as much or more than any other music I listened to.

It’s too bad that his vocal political stance has sucked most of the enjoyment out of it. And makes me question the values that were used to create the music in the first place.

Winter Paratroopers

A team of paratroopers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, practice a tactical halt with the brigade’s new Light Tactical All Terrain Vehicle on Fort Pickett, Va., Feb. 26, 2015. The 1st Battalion, 325th AIR developed tactics, techniques and procedures for tactical movement with the new LTATVs. The battalion is currently assessing the LTATV as a platform to provide a rifle company with rapid mobility in support of airfield seizure operations.
A team of paratroopers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, practice a tactical halt with the brigade’s new Light Tactical All Terrain Vehicle on Fort Pickett, Va., Feb. 26, 2015. The 1st Battalion, 325th AIR developed tactics, techniques and procedures for tactical movement with the new LTATVs. The battalion is currently assessing the LTATV as a platform to provide a rifle company with rapid mobility in support of airfield seizure operations.

All the climate scientists have to do is prove that they know what they’re talking about

Skeptical Climate Scientists Coming In From the Cold

Via Instapundit:

Researchers who see global warming as something less than a planet-ending calamity believe the incoming Trump administration may allow their views to be developed and heard. This didn’t happen under the Obama administration, which denied that a debate even existed. Now, some scientists say, a more inclusive approach – and the billions of federal dollars that might support it – could be in the offing.

Murdoc was making this point a few weeks ago in conversation with someone who claimed that Trump’s appointments meant the end of research into climate change and, basically, the end of the world. Literally the end of the world.

My point was that I expected that all sides would have a chance to prove their positions, and if they could prove it they’d get the dollars. If they couldn’t, they’d lose their budgets.

Which is EXACTLY how it’s supposed to work.

That sharp disagreements are real in the field may come as a shock to many people, who are regularly informed that climate science is settled and those who question this orthodoxy are akin to Holocaust deniers.

Two decades of claiming that anyone who doesn’t buy the whole Climate Change theory all the way is a denier with their head in the sand have produced a generation of yes-men and yes-women. But it really appears that “climate science” is more of a belief system than science. If it’s not, it should be pretty easy to prove it.

These people are demanding public policy (and the billions of dollars that come with it) based on their predictions. But their predictions have been spotty at best. Shouldn’t we have some confidence in their predictions before we pay them and harm our citizenry based on their predictions?

Chinese Carrier Skirting Taiwan

Taiwan warns of increasing threat as Chinese warships conduct drill

Taiwan warned on Tuesday that “the threat of our enemies is growing day by day”, as Chinese warships led by the country’s sole aircraft carrier sailed towards the island province of Hainan through the South China Sea on a routine drill.

China has given few details of what the Soviet-built Liaoning aircraft carrier is up to, save that it is on a routine exercise. Taiwan has said the aircraft carrier skirted waters outside of its eastern air defence identification zone.

The carrier is expected to arrive at a Chinese military base on the southern Chinese island of Hainan late on Tuesday, Taiwan’s defence ministry said.

The Liaoning was laid down by Russia as a Admiral Kuznetsov-class carrier then sold–supposedly for use as a floating hotel and casino–to China. The carrier has been in commission in the Chinese navy since 2012. It was recently declared “combat ready.”

Its main combat aircraft are 24 Shenyang J-15 fighters operating from a ski-jump flight deck. The Liaoning is to serve as a training and development ship while the Chinese figure out how to build and operate carriers.

Battlewagon Wednesday — USS Oklahoma in Cuba

USS Oklahoma (BB-37) in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 1920.
USS Oklahoma (BB-37) in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 1920.

USS Oklahoma (BB-37) was a Nevada-class battleship laid down in 1912 and commissioned in 1916. She had ten 14″ 45cal guns in two triple and two twin turrets. She was torpedoed early in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and capsized quickly, with 429 men killed or missing. She was righted and refloated in 1943 but was a total loss. She sank in 1947 while being towed to the scrappers.