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  • ISIS in Jets for First Time, US Reportedly Trains Rebel Pilots

    10/17/2014 11:37:28 AM PDT · 27 of 39
    Captain Rhino to Olog-hai

    Hello. Rebel airfield meet cluster bomb.

  • Missing California woman found in Maine shack after it’s suspected she was swindled out of home

    10/13/2014 7:04:32 PM PDT · 28 of 29
    Captain Rhino to sheana

    Prosecutorial discretion.

    There are times when I would really like to interrogate the person or persons making the decisions not to pursue these cases just to understand the logic (if there is any) behind the decision.

    Was there a civil remedy that could be pursued in your case?

  • Missing California woman found in Maine shack after it’s suspected she was swindled out of home

    10/13/2014 5:14:45 AM PDT · 10 of 29
    Captain Rhino to ConservativeMind

    Having read about several of these scams in the past, the perpetrators usually get the victim to sign power of attorney papers giving them unlimited legal authority to act on their behalf. They then loot their checking and savings accounts, charge credit cards to the limit, sell the house, etc.

    In the above case, the abuse of an elderly person charges may have been the only ones the prosecutor could bring with a possibility of a conviction.

  • This is the Navy Warship of the Future

    10/13/2014 1:09:02 AM PDT · 57 of 89
    Captain Rhino to roadcat

    Err...among his other non-accomplishments was committing the United States to land a man on the Moon and safely return him before the decade was out.

  • Police: Letter Threatens To Behead Elementary School Students In 3 RI Communities

    10/09/2014 11:58:23 AM PDT · 30 of 87
    Captain Rhino to Uncle Miltie

    Beslan was a warning of what these bastards will do when they have numbers and arms and hostages. Horrific event. Gruesome as the pictures are, thanks for posting the link. Here is a picture I find particularly touching. I have come to refer to it as the “Beslan Pieta.” You will understand why when you see it.

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=beslan+school+massacre&qs=IM&form=QBIR&pq=beslan&sc=8-6&sp=1&sk=&id=73FD208443F198C22678B801F1F1A11E717D6E42&selectedIndex=0#view=detail&id=250E8908C89CB86836641EB2874634EC5BB6730A&selectedIndex=179

  • The FN FAL Was Almost America’s Battle Rifle

    10/06/2014 8:20:38 AM PDT · 10 of 30
    Captain Rhino to Drew68
    Add to that list the 7.62mm M240 GPMG (successor to the M60) and the 5.56mm M249 SAW (both FN designs, IIRC).

    Counting the 9mm M9 Beretta, the only US-designed weapon carried by your typical US infantryman (soldier or Marine) is the 5.56mm M16/M4 rifle.

    Of course, all the foreign designed weapons mentioned above are made under license in the USA.

  • Jacksonville-built Super Tucano — first made in U.S. — rolls off the line

    09/25/2014 2:25:27 PM PDT · 21 of 29
    Captain Rhino to C19fan

    Dunno about the price, but they have some enthusiasts here in the US building Me-262 replicas so authentic that Messerschmitt (in Germany)is reportedly assigning Werk No.s to them. (Use modern jet engines I believe.)

    Here’s a clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8HblYdUUcg

    Search Me-262 replica for others.

    For the Strumovik to live again (as a replica) will cost $$$, talent, and time.

  • Jacksonville-built Super Tucano — first made in U.S. — rolls off the line

    09/25/2014 12:53:14 PM PDT · 12 of 29
    Captain Rhino to C19fan

    Love the Strumovik.

    But you would lose your bet.

    According to the Wikipedia article on the aircraft (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilyushin_Il-2), only 12 examples survive and only 1 is in flyable condition. (Scroll to the bottom of the article for a list of the surviving aircraft.

  • It’s Official: Religion Doesn’t Make You More Moral

    09/23/2014 3:54:33 PM PDT · 10 of 28
    Captain Rhino to SeekAndFind
    Yeah, because those societies founded on atheism - the Soviet Union, the communist regimes of Eastern Europe, the People's Republic of China, and last but not least North Korea - were/are such wonderful places that thousands wanted to enter them while millions attempted to flee their utopia built on man-made values.
  • IS Militants Kill 300 Iraqi Soldiers with Chlorine Gas

    09/22/2014 9:18:44 AM PDT · 42 of 86
    Captain Rhino to driftdiver

    The account I read last week (which was admittedly short on details) was that ISIS was attempting to fill a shell with chlorine gas when it detonated. My interpretation was that the shell was an empty gas shell.

    There were numerous reports immediately after the 2003 invasion of stockpiles of deteriorating chemical weapons being discovered throughout Iraq. A lot of effort was expended during 2004-2011 in locating and destroying these weapons. I suspect there might be stocks of empty gas shells that were either missed or exempted from destruction for reasons of practicality (too many of them).

    Another reason to think this was a release of bottled gas is that there is no mention of other shelling. If, as you seem to suggest, ISIS can deliver gas by artillery (which requires specialized equipment, crews, and training), why wouldn’t they just pound the Iraqi Army positions with conventional artillery fire?

  • IS Militants Kill 300 Iraqi Soldiers with Chlorine Gas

    09/22/2014 8:50:35 AM PDT · 29 of 86
    Captain Rhino to driftdiver

    Not necessarily WMD.

    Bottled chlorine gas is used in water purification. Just bring the cylinders to an upwind location and vent. There are pictures from WW1 showing this being done on the Western Front. However, unless the enemy is concentrated in a relatively small area (or a building, etc.), it is hard to achieve a “field” (or lethal) concentration this way. And if the wind shifts, the attacker becomes the attacked.

    ISIS probably used up a lot of chlorine gas in making this attack and might have difficulty repeating it. Once might be enough if it sufficiently damages Iraqi Army morale.

    The defense is gas masks with combat (vice training) filters. But chemical (gas) warfare has been outlawed, so who carries gas masks any more, right? I imagine the Iraqi Army is scrambling right now to issue/obtain gas masks.

    Any doubt remaining as to what these ISIS bast*rds would immediately do if they got hold of real WMDs (chem/bio/nuclear)?

    There is no gradualism or half measures with ISIS. How long will it be before the Western Powers realize that we don’t have the time needed to train up the Free Syrian Army/Peshmerga/etc. to do this work?

    ISIS has to be attacked and wiped out to the last person, and now.

  • Ministry eyes Japan-made AEW aircraft

    09/22/2014 4:47:58 AM PDT · 5 of 7
    Captain Rhino to Ronin

    From the article:

    “But ¥252.8 billion has already been spent over 12 years to develop the P-1, so additional domestic development could present problems in terms of cost.”

    The Wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_P-1) states total procurement is 13 P-1 aircraft ending in FY 2014. Japan already operates US-manufactured AEW aircraft based on the B707 and B767 airframes. Developing an AEW version using the P-1 airframe is a way of extending the domestic production run for another couple of years. By that time, there maybe other military missions identified for the aircraft. In addition, the P-1 might be adaptable for use as a airliner given its range and payload.

    As for development cost, all the technology is developed. So this is really more of a systems integration problem. Not simple (or necessarily cheap), but nowhere as complex (or expensive) as developing a new airframe (actually two airframes since there was a new cargo aircraft using common technology in parallel development with the XP-1 at the time).

  • Missing 6-Year-Old (Autistic Boy)Found at Homeless Encampment

    09/07/2014 12:22:13 PM PDT · 7 of 7
    Captain Rhino to Puppage

    They may not have all the latest bells aand whistles, but prepaid cell phones and additional time cards for them can be purchased at many retail stores (WalMart, Target, etc.) for not a lot of cash. Well within the panhandling/bottle refund cash generating capabilities of the homeless (who, BTW, may also be receiving some form of welfare benefits).

    Along with normal users, the prepaid has been a favorite method of communication for drug dealers, terrorists, and others concerned about communicating without leaving an extensive trail (electronic or credit). (Terrorists, of course, also rig them to detonaate bombs.)

    Cheap enough to be thrown away as frequently as necessary (or left for someone else to find), it can still be tracked when powered (even if off). Just make sure to buy one with a removable battery and actually pull the battery out when not using it.

    Of course, once the number is known...if that concerns you ... time for a new cell phone.

  • University Squelches Freedom Of Speech With Campus-Wide Discrimination Initiative

    09/06/2014 4:05:02 PM PDT · 47 of 56
    Captain Rhino to Mechanicos

    Agreed.

    Further, the students should demand an publically accessible audit system be established so that every report must be accounted for (no sweeping incidents under the liberal/left rug). The actions of the committee must also be subject to scrutiny by an impartial, outside-the-college, third party to ensure strict impartially and fairness in handling incidents (with an emphasis on like incidents resulting in like punishments). Lastly, notice should be served by outside student rights advocacy groups that the college will be immediately sued if there is any perception of favoritism or...gasp, bias, in administering the program.

    In short, make it so onerous and unpleasant an assignment, that no faculty member or student will want to serve on the committee. Lacking that, as you suggest, flood it with complaints of liberal bias incidents so that teaching faculty will be afraid to stray off topic for fear of a bias report and resulting investigation.

  • Japan Enters Global Submarine Market With Soryu Offering

    09/04/2014 2:56:25 AM PDT · 14 of 31
    Captain Rhino to sukhoi-30mki

    Some details from Wikipedia on the Soryu class:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C5%8Dry%C5%AB-class_submarine

    Note the potential weapons load of 30 torpedoes or Harpoons.

  • Google working on quantum chip to allow human-like thought

    09/03/2014 1:09:36 PM PDT · 29 of 37
    Captain Rhino to USFRIENDINVICTORIA

    I’m waiting for the day a robot does plumbing...

    The inventor will make a fortune. He will need it to escape all the men who find themselves suddenly divorced.

    </ sarcasm>

  • VIDEO: Zimmerman acquitted because Trayvon Martin was black, says US attorney

    09/02/2014 2:35:30 AM PDT · 39 of 56
    Captain Rhino to blueplum

    No. The first line is misleading. This article is in a Jamaican newspaper. Rand is an attorney from the US; she is not a US Attorney.

    Line got me too until I read she was representing the interests of the Martin relatives.

    The Zimmerman trial was a state trial.

    As far as I know, the United States has never brought a case (civil rights or otherwise) against Zimmerman.

  • Russia's move to sell S-400 missiles to China may rile India

    08/29/2014 11:47:25 AM PDT · 8 of 11
    Captain Rhino to Little Ray

    I stand corrected.

    Umm...beats me how I came up with 53K as the needed altitude valve (in meters) is 16,363; not a value you are likely to enter by accident. Must have had something left over from a previous computation in my iPhone calculator application.

    Thanks for setting me straight.

  • Russia's move to sell S-400 missiles to China may rile India

    08/29/2014 10:37:06 AM PDT · 6 of 11
    Captain Rhino to sukhoi-30mki

    A typo in the slide:

    30 km = 30,000 meters = 53,182 feet ((30000x39)/12)

  • U.S. Officials Won’t Call Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine An “Invasion”

    08/29/2014 3:33:47 AM PDT · 82 of 82
    Captain Rhino to grania

    The mention of Americans fighting with ISIS is an inappropriate comparison since: 1) they are not active duty members of the US Armed Forces, 2) being on leave is a authorized duty status for a serving member of an armed force - regardless of country, and 3) soldiers do not take organizational weapons (tanks, artillery, advanced AA missile systems, etc.) with them when they do go on leave.

    Those Americans currently fighting with or even attempting to travel to fight with ISIS fall into another ststus. They are CRIMINALS since it is a felony under US law to give material aid to a terrorist organization. Every subsequent act they take will be done in furthering a criminal enterprise. The few that survive will be subject to arrest and imprisonment once they return. Personally, I hope they all die horrific deaths at the the hands of the peoples they came to brutalize or, at the very least, die in a hailstorem of American bullets and bombs. They richly deserve the worst end possible.

    The use of “on leave” to somehow legitimize the insertion of Russian troops and arms into eastern Ukraine fools no one. And it actually degrades the service of the Russian soldiers sent to fight. If a government has ordered its soldiers as a unit to go fight in another country, it should at least have the integrity to state so openly and without using some vapor-thin fiction that they are just engaged in some sort of group off-duty activity.

  • U.S. Officials Won’t Call Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine An “Invasion”

    08/28/2014 4:29:43 PM PDT · 81 of 82
    Captain Rhino to tcrlaf

    Actually, I have heard of the Flying Tigers.

    But, as the link below relates, Chennault and the rest were contract members of the Nationalist Chinese Air Force. The Chinese Air Force also owned the aircraft.

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

    A better example would be the fully armed “volunteer” forces deployed by Germany, Italy, and Russia to Spain during the Spanish Ciivil War. However, I doubt any of them were in “leave” status while there.

  • U.S. Officials Won’t Call Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine An “Invasion”

    08/28/2014 12:27:45 PM PDT · 66 of 82
    Captain Rhino to Hojczyk

    The AP is reporting that the Russians are saying these troops are “on leave” and technically are fighting in Ukraine as volunteers.

    Odd, I know of no other military that let troops take tanks, APCs, artillery pieces, their personal weapons, ammunition, etc with them “on leave.”

  • 'Air Bubble' Submarine Pursued by China Would Be Supersonic

    08/28/2014 4:43:19 AM PDT · 20 of 74
    Captain Rhino to wetphoenix

    Assuming the very considerable technological hurdles could be overcome, the trip would be faster than a commercial airliner flight across the Pacific.

    Since this a technology limited to transoceanic travel, it would operate only between the margins of the 1/4 of the Earth’s surface where human beings actually live. Once you reach the shoreline, onward travel would involve debarking and continuing on by conventional jet. Kind of inconvenient for the passengers.

    Might be better just to develop a much more economical successor to the Concorde so the tickets don’t cost $10,000 per trip or a hypersonic airliner whose globe spanning speed really would justify the ticket cost. Then you could offer point to point supersonic travel without interruption.

  • U.S. Soldiers Eliminate Three Taliban Fighters During Ambush (video)

    08/27/2014 4:25:16 AM PDT · 3 of 11
    Captain Rhino to sopwith

    Images of dead Taliban edited out - Geneva Convention considerations, I suppose.

  • Well-known Turkish Jewish couple murdered at Istanbul home

    08/23/2014 4:15:06 AM PDT · 7 of 7
    Captain Rhino to 05 Mustang GT Rocks

    Nah. Even though blaming the ROP is a convenient general explanation, in this case it sounds like the much more familiar wage dispute is the underlying cause of the crimes.

    From the article:

    “An Uzbek couple, who were suspected to have stabbed the Karakos, have been detained at midnight after allegedly fled the crime scene following the murder.

    Suspects reportedly confessed to murder in their first statement to the police. “When we demanded our salaries that they [the Karako couple] have not been paying for the past two months, they said they would not pay anything, as they deducted the amount from the damage we caused at their house,” the 28-year-old suspect and his 27-year-old wife told the police.

    A third suspect is apparently still at large but police have given no further details about him or her.”

  • How Hamas Beat Israel in Gaza

    08/11/2014 8:36:32 AM PDT · 15 of 19
    Captain Rhino to SoFloFreeper

    The author has adopted the usual Arab standard for declaring victory:

    In defeat, some of them are still alive, therefore they won.

  • Russian navy boosts ASW capability with modernised Il-38N

    07/28/2014 9:56:24 AM PDT · 12 of 17
    Captain Rhino to sukhoi-30mki

    In the meantime, the US is building 122 P-8 Poseidons, the Boeing 737-800-based successor to the P-3 Orion.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_P-8_Poseidon

  • Defying allies, France to deliver first warship to Russia

    07/22/2014 3:31:40 PM PDT · 22 of 24
    Captain Rhino to MeganC
    It is a matter of efficiency.

    The ships are to be fitted with Russian sensors, C4I, and weapon systems after delivery. What the Russians are paying for basically is a modern hull and propulsion system built to 21st century commercial standards. Being build to commercial standards means the structure of the vessel is not as heavily reinforced as a warship. Think employment in humanitarian assistance/counterinsurgency/low intensity conflict scenarios. Perfect platform for intimidating your weaker neighbors.

    Yes, they could develop this platform themselves but then there would be all that duplicated effort in engineering and development. Not to mention the time it would take to accomplish this.

    I am probably wrong, but I seem to recall the original deal was for two French-built ships with options to build more in Russian yards. If the French limit them to one, the Russians will reverse engineer the single ship they are going to receive and build the numbers they need.

    However, nothing they acquire or build can cure the strategic problems for the four Russian fleets created by the lack of direct access to the open sea. Each is constrained either by multiple, uncontrolled straits they must pass through (Baltic and Black Sea fleets) or by being ice bound for part of the year (Northern and Pacific fleets).

  • Apollo 11 Astronauts Walked on the Moon 45 years ago Today! (Or Did They?)

    07/20/2014 4:04:38 PM PDT · 22 of 155
    Captain Rhino to ansel12

    Umm...the Moon has gravity. It’s approximately 1/6 the strength of the Earth’s due to its much smaller mass.

  • Apollo 11 Astronauts Walked on the Moon 45 years ago Today! (Or Did They?)

    07/20/2014 4:02:19 PM PDT · 19 of 155
    Captain Rhino to lastchance

    Listened to the broadcast from the Moon while standing radio watch in the command bunker of a Marine infantry company guarding the Nam-O bridge on Highway 1 (just north of DaNang).

  • Gaza doctors' hearts break as health care collapses under Israeli attack

    07/13/2014 3:50:50 AM PDT · 85 of 96
    Captain Rhino to 2ndDivisionVet
    Dear Saleh1966,

    Your complaint is based on proportionality.

    But it is a false complaint because Hamas, your elected government, is certainly trying to inflict as many casualties on Israel as it can. It is only the “Iron Dome” defensive measures that are mitigating the casualties by letting Israel know which missiles will fall harmlessly and which ones need to be intercepted.

    There isn't a single critical word in your commentary about Hamas’ disproportionate response to the revenge killing of the Palestinian youth (a horrific crime) or the murders of three Israeli teenagers which provoked it (an equally horrific crime).

    And we know why you didn't mention Hamas. In Gaza, to criticize Hamas is to invite death to your door. So, in your intimidated, cowardly way, you displace from what ought to be the legitimate institution of blame, Hamas, and instead blame Israel, as if it just got up one morning and decided, for no particular reason, to start blowing up Gaza.

    No. You don't get to have it both ways. Your government doesn't get to fire hundreds, perhaps thousands, of rockets into a sovereign country and have these attacks ignored simply because Israel has an effective defense system to protect its citizens. You have not right to demand that Israel not make a vigorous response in reply. Yet even when it does strike back, Israeli attempts to warn Gaza civilians in order to reduce casualties. Hamas tells its citizens ro ignore the warnings. Israel says the strikes and incursions will stop when the rocket attacks stop. Hamas fires more rockets.

    No, it is your government that, by its actions, is responsible for those children's injuries and deaths. At least have the moral courage to place the blame where it really lies, Hamas.

  • ‘I Feel Like Killing Someone’: Police Say Man Beaten To Death In Front Of Crowd At Amtrak Station

    07/09/2014 9:23:16 AM PDT · 47 of 56
    Captain Rhino to jocon307

    The Brietbart article reported that Amtrak security arrived on scene “within a minute or two” of the incident start. (However long that really was.) Probably officers on area patrol that were summoned when someone in the security CCTV room noticed what was going on.

    200 lb weight difference between the 21 year old attacker and the 56 year old victim.

    I know it is small comfort to the victim’s family, but Texas definitely does execute murderers albeit way too slowly.

    No pictures on the national news, naturally. Un-PC. Might stoke unjustified bigotry towards large, young, aggressive black males.

    The sheer injustice of this crime is too minor to the liberal media crowd to be worth noting or commenting on.

    Beyond contempt at all levels.

  • IRS Admits Wrongdoing, to Pay $50,000 in Leaking of Marriage Group’s Tax Return

    06/24/2014 2:48:02 PM PDT · 43 of 50
    Captain Rhino to SeekAndFind

    From the end of the linked article:

    “Unauthorized disclosure of confidential tax information is a felony offense that can result in five years in prison, but the Department of Justice did not bring criminal charges.”

    So, basically the government admits it did wrong but know one is going to go to jail or will even lose their job. I see a signal here: GREEN LIGHT!

  • The B-52 bomber: Long-standing symbol of US strength

    06/13/2014 1:04:17 PM PDT · 45 of 48
    Captain Rhino to sukhoi-30mki

    At one point there were over 750+ B-52s of various model numbers in squadron service. Now, thanks to end-of-Cold War force reductions and START Treaty terms, there are less than 100.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_B-52_Stratofortress

    http://usmilitary.about.com/library/milinfo/affacts/blb-52stratofortress.htm

  • Ramadan Fast: 15 Hours in UAE; 20 in Germany

    06/12/2014 9:58:41 PM PDT · 12 of 15
    Captain Rhino to nascarnation

    Actually, there are a number of exemptions to the requirement to fast for Ramadan. One of them is for young children.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sawm_of_Ramadan#Exceptions

  • French Man Developed 3D Metal Printer for Just 600€: Capable of printing in steel, titanium and more

    06/03/2014 2:49:25 AM PDT · 16 of 16
    Captain Rhino to 2ndDivisionVet

    Althought I’m sure it costs a bit more than $816.00, a commercial company is already doing this:

    http://www.engineering.com/3DPrinting/3DPrintingArticles/ArticleID/7618/ExOne-M-Flex-Production-Metal-3D-Printer.aspx

    The issue/question is: Can the technology be developed to the point where we can send a machine to a moon or planet and have it manufacture items using only the raw materials on hand?

  • Aliens Are Almost Definitely Out There, SETI Astronomers Tell Congress

    05/23/2014 8:42:19 PM PDT · 152 of 152
    Captain Rhino to Captain Rhino
    Geometric should be logarithmic
  • Aliens Are Almost Definitely Out There, SETI Astronomers Tell Congress

    05/23/2014 4:51:06 AM PDT · 143 of 152
    Captain Rhino to discostu

    I came to appreciate the magnitude of the distances involved some years ago when, in the course of calculating what would constitue a “practical travel time” to Alpha Centari (the nearest star at 4.3 light years (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha_Centauri)), I discovered that light leaving the Sun would transit our solar system in approximately 6 HOURS.

    Actually, I think Fermi was pointing to how much time is involved even for the distances involved.

    13.8 billion years is a long time ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_the_universe).
    Assuming (and it’s a big assumption since we have only one data point) that the evolution of life on Earth during the last 4.6 billion years (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_the_Earth and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_evolutionary_history_of_life) falls within the normal range for these events, the threshold for practical interstellar travel is somewhere beyond now. But how far? Complex, increasingly technological civilization on Earth is only... what? 5-6,000 years old with the geometric acceleration only occuring since the Scientific Revolution starting in the 1500s. Assuming we don’t kill ourselves off (either deliberately or by accident) let’s say it takes another MILLION years for our technological civilization to develop “practical” interstellar travel (however defined). How far would that civilization’s exploration and colonization spread in the next million years after that and in the next and in the next?

    Fermi’s point, brilliantly made in his “Where are they?” comment, is that 13.8 billion years is a long, long, long, long, long, long, long time with no evident contact even allowing for the time needed for the rise of advanced civilizations and the incredible distances involved.

    My personal view is that an advanced, interstellar, spacefaring civilization would still be constrained by consideraions of resource investment versus expected returns and would establish criteria for what systems were or were not explored. First, sticking to just our galaxy, our solar system is located towards the end of one of its spiral arms. So the Earth is in a pretty marginal location, spatially speaking. Second, from a contamination standpoint, a lifeless, mineral laden planet with a stable environment (even if pretty hostile) is far easier to deal with than a planet with a highly dynamic atmosphere that is also teaming with all sorts of biota ranging from the submicroscopic to the macroscopic, most of which is aggressively predatory. Third, by the time these explorers reach the Earth, just how interesting are we going to be to them? Ethical constraints about disturbing developing civilizations probably would apply but, practically, why bother interacting with beings miliions of years behind yourselves in technology and social development?

    In short, we may be too isolated, too difficult, and too boring to be worth contacting more than once (if even then).

  • Aliens Are Almost Definitely Out There, SETI Astronomers Tell Congress

    05/22/2014 12:37:57 PM PDT · 60 of 152
    Captain Rhino to oh8eleven
  • Aliens Are Almost Definitely Out There, SETI Astronomers Tell Congress

    05/22/2014 12:33:44 PM PDT · 56 of 152
    Captain Rhino to DannyTN

    Ming: If you are going to be a villain, be a stylishly outstanding one.

  • California Mileage Tax Would Charge Drivers Based on Distance Driven

    05/08/2014 4:31:42 AM PDT · 77 of 161
    Captain Rhino to lowbridge

    Let’s do some math:

    The number of gallons of vehicle fuel consumed in California is approximately 18 billion gallons:

    https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/pubs/hf/pl11028/chapter5.cfm

    However, these are 2009 figures and let’s say that consumption now is 22 billion gallons of vehicle fuel annually

    22 billion gallons x $0.529 = $11,638,000,000.00

    So, right off we see that the proposal to raise $100 billion represents a nearly ten fold increase over the current revenue.

    There are approximately 33.3 million registered cars, vans, trucks, motorcycles, etc in California:

    http://dmv.ca.gov/about/profile/official.pdf

    Consequently, the per registered vehicle fuel tax burden is approximately:

    $11.638 billion/33.3 million registered vehicles = $349.49/registered vehicle

    In order to eliminate the fuel tax entirely and raise the $100 billion based on a $0.05/mile driven tax requires a total mileage of:

    $100 billion/$0.05/mile driven = 2,000,000,000,000 miles driven

    2 trillion miles!

    To put that into perspective:

    2 trillion miles/33.3 million registered vehicles =

    60060 miles/year/registered vehicle
    ($3003/year mileage tax)
    5005 miles/month/registered vehicle
    ($250/month mileage tax)
    164 miles/day/registered vehicle
    ($8/day mileage tax)

    The proposal requires that every registered vehicle in the state be driven 164 miles each day of the year.

    It is interesting to note that the legislator proposing this tax has a 200 mile/per day daily commute. He must think that every one else in California has a similar comute as well.

    Note: Although I did use a spreadsheet to do these calculations, it is still pretty early here on the East Coast. When you are dealing with that many zeros, the possibility of an error exists. Frankly, given the derived magnitude of the proposed increase and its likely impact on the average driver if implemented, I hope I did make an error somewhere along the line.

  • Sonar cameras capture first images American ships sunk practicing D-Day attack

    04/24/2014 4:21:29 AM PDT · 4 of 5
    Captain Rhino to logi_cal869

    Yes, but:

    1) We know with a high degree of certainty where these ships were sunk,

    2) Comparatively, the ships were mostly intact when they sank,

    3) The bottom is flat, making objects easier to find, and

    4) The depth here is only 50 meters, not 5,000.

  • As Army shrinks, young officers being pushed out

    04/21/2014 2:53:06 PM PDT · 40 of 47
    Captain Rhino to Olog-hai
    Here is a 2014 Congressional Research Service paper on the proposed reductions:

    http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R42493.pdf

    Interesting reading.

    If you equate 3 BCTs to a division, the proposal is to go from 14 2/3 active duty division equivalents (44 BCT) down to 8 active duty division equivalents (24 BCT). Army leadership says it can't do the job with any less than 9 1/3 active duty division equivalents (28 BCT).

    The report also notes that the Army wants to add a battalion to each one of the 24 reserve BCTs. 24 battalions is equivalent to the infantry strength of 2 2/3 divisions.

  • Ukraine: Anti-Maidan protesters in Kharkov detain ‘US mercenary’ [video]

    04/10/2014 1:17:33 PM PDT · 27 of 34
    Captain Rhino to elhombrelibre

    I’m with you on this one.

    Had a friend that did some nuclear material recovery work in a former republic acouple off years after the fall of the Soviet Union. Local security was being provided by a company manned entirely by ex-Spetnaz that had been originally recruited from that locale. In conversation with them, my friend said that he found out 2 things:

    1) The guards had detailed knowledge of US cities and locations indicating they had all spent significant time in the United States learning about US geography, politics, society, etc. and

    2) All the conversations were in unaccented, standard Mid-western dialect with plenty of properly used American slang thrown in.

    In other words, they had been trained to convincingly pass for Americans as part of their mission preparation.

    The detained “US mercenary” is Russian Spetnaz pretending to be one.

  • Why Are Military Bases Such As Fort Hood Gun-Free?

    04/05/2014 1:45:01 PM PDT · 54 of 54
    Captain Rhino to AlmaKing

    I wasn’t arguing for or against anything. I was stating the background reality that any proposed “solution” has to work within. This reality has been in effect since before the beginning of the republic. Government weapons have been, are now, and will be kept locked up when not actually in use.

    Nowhere in my post did I say anything about the service members 2nd Amendment rights to own and bear arms.

    I will tell you that service members DO NOT enjoy exactly the same rights as private citizens do because they accept many restrictions on their behavior as a condition of their service and that service is voluntary. Being limited as to how they exercise their ownership of personal firearms is one of those restrictions. Don’t like the restrictions? Fine, don’t serve.

    Whether or not this restriction will change going forward, I don’t know. I do know that, whatever solution is ultimately crafted, it will have to be compatible with the maintenance of good order and discipline in the armed forces. Personally, I don’t think that allowing every servicemember to carry a loaded personal firearm at all times - that is what you are arguing for, isn’t it? - is in the possible set of solutions.

  • Why Are Military Bases Such As Fort Hood Gun-Free?

    04/04/2014 5:23:07 PM PDT · 45 of 54
    Captain Rhino to raptor22

    I hate to inject some reality into this gripefest but there are practical reasons for why the weapons are locked up when not actually in use.

    First and foremost is accountability. I hate to burst bubbles, but the armed forces do have a small percentage of persons of less than sterling character that will not hesitate to grab up a weapon (or any other easily convertable item) however briefly it may be left unattended. Since the majority of personal weapons are automatic (okay, burst fire) rifles (M16, M4, SCAR, etc.) they are highly pilferable and eagerly looked for because they are so easily converted into cash.

    As an battalion S-4 (infantry battalion, air control squadron, and CSS unit), for me twice-a-day weapons counts were a fact of life whether we were in the field or back in garrison. Nobody secured and liberty was not sounded until all weapons were accounted for, period.

    A lost/missing weapon (or other accountable piece of pilferable ordnance) stopped EVERYTHING the unit was doing until it was found or we gave up and declared it missing (by formal message addressed to just about everybody in the world, I might add). You did not want to be the person who had a weapon go missing through inattentiveness. Really bad reflection on your basic leadership skills. Consequently, all the officers and Staff NCOs were keen to account for weapons when out of the armory and eager to get them securely stored back in the armory when not needed.

    The only time you could relax a little bit was when, except for the duty stander weapons, they were all locked up in their company armories/squadbay rifle racks (I’m dating myself here). Even then, you had to pay attention for misbehavior on the part of the armorers and the junior watchstanders. I could tell you stories...but I won’t.

    That was the background reality during my time in the Marine Corps (1967-1990) and I am absolutlely certain that it is still the dominant background reality today.

  • China Demands Malaysia Turn Over Satellite Data

    03/25/2014 3:53:45 AM PDT · 3 of 26
    Captain Rhino to Biggirl

    While the PRC has every right to be deeply involved in the investigation due to the loss of its citizens (majority on flight were Chinese), I can’t help but wonder how much of the demand is driven by the desire to know the details of the INMARSAT (sp) technique for analyzing the data. It apparently had never been used before; might be of strategic interest.

  • What We Learned In Crimea (Putin Won With Spetnaz Troops Alert)

    03/18/2014 5:48:40 PM PDT · 18 of 23
    Captain Rhino to Lysandru

    Add to those, the Russian Naval Infantry (Marines) from the Black Sea Fleet.

    810th Separate Naval Infantry Brigade:

    880 Separate Naval Infantry Battalion
    881 Separate Assault Battalion
    888 Separate Reconnaissance Battalion
    1613 Separate Artillery Battery
    1619 Separate Air-Defense Artillery Battery
    382 Separate Naval Infantry Battalion

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_Infantry_(Russia)

  • If everything was free: the economics of abundance (Utopian Laff Riot, But Thought-Provoking)

    03/06/2014 4:09:16 AM PST · 43 of 52
    Captain Rhino to 2ndDivisionVet

    Ummm...so okay Mr. Kalinowski, what do you plan on doing to support yourself and your family while waiting impatiently for your 3D Utopia of free stuff to arrive for everybody?

    Seriously, if you must smoke that stuff, please do it after work, not before. Your “articles” will make a lot more sense if you do.

  • Super Megaliths

    03/02/2014 5:22:14 AM PST · 23 of 30
    Captain Rhino to spokeshave
    Columnar basalt

    Saw my first examples on a road trip from Seattle to Lewiston ID. As you approach from the West, the highway descends from the Columbia Plateau (created by 53K square miles of basaltic lavaflowa) to cross the Snake River. During the descent, the road follows the route the river has cut down through a formation of columnar basalt: very large, regular shaped basalt columns lying next to the highway where they have fallen due to water and ice erosion. A little unnerving.

    Lots of links and images on the web. At least one Seattle company considers them to be a resource: http://www.cascadestoneworks.com/index.php