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  • Lockheed nears $37 billion-plus deal to sell F-35 jet to 11 countries

    06/19/2017 6:32:17 AM PDT · 12 of 17
    Captain Rhino to Krosan

    Thanks for your quick research on my question.

    A better than 100% reduction in flyaway cost in 7 years. As I noted before, it sure would be interesting to know the where and how of those cost savings.

    Or shall we just chalk it up to the usual culprit: amortization of the un/underfunded company R&D program costs over the first production batches (followed by price reduction to the real item cost)?

    Thanks again!

  • Lockheed nears $37 billion-plus deal to sell F-35 jet to 11 countries

    06/19/2017 5:20:04 AM PDT · 8 of 17
    Captain Rhino to Krosan; Psalm 73

    Thanks for your replies.

    Glad that the price is down.

    While bulk buying (or, in this case, large lot buying) is a known way to realize production cost savings, it would sure be interesting to see a detailed price comparison with previous block purchases. Of particular interest would be the large cost decreases and the explanation of the specifics of how the cost savings were realized.

  • Lockheed nears $37 billion-plus deal to sell F-35 jet to 11 countries

    06/19/2017 3:36:44 AM PDT · 3 of 17
    Captain Rhino to Krosan

    Substantially lower than the 135 million dollars per aircraft I saw in recent articles. Wonder if the 80-88 million dollar price tag is without engine?

    I’ll like the Nissan

    Great choice, sir. Only $17,000.

    Wow! Great price! What kind of and engine does it have?

    Engine? You wanted an engine with the car?

    Well, that’ll be extra. A lot extra.

  • new Israeli naval launcher: '8 concomitant rockets to a range of 150 kilometers'

    06/13/2017 3:47:44 PM PDT · 8 of 8
    Captain Rhino to Pecos

    I thought that as well but wondered why there was no reference to target acquisition and fire control in the video.

  • What Do China's Military Strategists Think of the Battle of Midway?

    06/13/2017 4:50:25 AM PDT · 106 of 113
    Captain Rhino to itsahoot

    PM Edrogan’s quote points to the precise problem for Islam. Due to the status of the Quran and the controlling Hadith about “innovation,” a reform movement within the religion - one that might produce a moderate version of the religion - is just about impossible.

    And yet there are at least five major sects within Islam. Unfortunately, the radicalized violent adherents of the sects kill each other with the same enthusiasm as they attack Westerners.

    The key phrase is radicalized violent. And that mind set of using violence to assert an extreme and exclusive interpretation of ...well, anything...says more about their hateful world view than about the millions that, despite sometime harsh verses in their own religious texts, just want to leave in peace and dignity with their neighbors.

  • new Israeli naval launcher: '8 concomitant rockets to a range of 150 kilometers'

    06/12/2017 7:20:44 PM PDT · 3 of 8
    Captain Rhino to sukhoi-30mki

    Since. 120 to 150 km is well over-the horizon, how is the ship getting its real time targeting and mid-course guidance information?


    06/12/2017 4:52:56 PM PDT · 24 of 41
    Captain Rhino to Purdue77

    The funny thing is that by the time the historical event occurred, the “democracy” they are alluding to had long been subverted by the privileged classes of Rome. Caesar sparked the 1st Roman Civil War when he brought an army across the Rubicon to “explain” his disagreement at being denied the opportunity to stand for consular election, his murder sparked the second civil war between the factions, and the third was a war between the victors of the second.

    Ultimately, there can be only one (Caesar).

    Consequently, the production is closer to our actual situation that the play’s producers imagine. It is a play about a class of obsolete politicians plotting and murdering controversial and erratic but equally privileged “man of the people.”

    My only question is where are the establishment politicians in the portrayals of the conspirators? Which contemporary politician is Marc Antony, which Brutus, which Cassius?

    Unfortunately, there are no roles for female conspirators because there are two or three top Democratic women that would be perfect for the role.

  • Female Minister Who Identifies as Male Asserts: ‘God Is Transgender’

    06/12/2017 1:17:17 PM PDT · 56 of 62
    Captain Rhino to GuavaCheesePuff

    If you are going to cite Genesis, you should also cite the relevant verses from Romans 1 since this is really an argument about the sophistry of the sexually corrupt.

    Metropolitan churches are not Christian churches, My understanding is that they will quote just as readily from any other religion’s sacred text (or any source) that supports the message they are promoting at the moment.

    If you believe in everything, you believe in nothing.

  • U.S. led forces appear to be using white phosphorus in populated areas.

    06/11/2017 12:19:49 PM PDT · 74 of 91
    Captain Rhino to Born to Conserve

    That was my impression as well. The spread and descent arcs were suggestive of the anti-MANPADS flares that are carried by nearly every modern warplane these days.

    Just add a little grist to the WP as a weapon mill, in the early days of WWI, the German Army began using WP machine gun ammunition in repelling assaults by Allied troops. Because it bursts into flame on contact will air, it was stored in oil until ready to be fired. The WP produced terrible wounds that were very difficult to treat because the bullet fragments were prone to self-ignite. It’s use as machine gun ammunition stopped suddenly when the British sent word across the trench line that they would summarily execute any captured machine gun crews if evidence of WP machine gun ammunition was found in German positions.

    Of course, WP has, for a long time, been lawful to use for screening and marking targets. My knowledge is dated but I seem to recall improved WP rounds were under development to deal with advanced imagery in fire control systems.

  • Mayors Ready to Act on Paris Climate Accord Without Federal Government

    06/10/2017 4:49:56 AM PDT · 34 of 40
    Captain Rhino to MtnClimber

    Implementing the Paris climate change treaty was going to cost the US several TRILLION dollars. We will see how the property owners and taxpayers of these cities and states like having their taxes go up to support these virtue signaling Democratic politicians.

    “Waiter, what is this $7.51 ‘CC’ surcharge on my bill?”

    “Well, you had a steak, your wife had the salmon fillet, and your children each had a hamburger. The city requires that we purchase carbon credits to offset our use of wood fired grill and other non-green cooking appliances. We are a business, so we have to pass our costs on to you as a surcharge.”

    “Is this surcharge just on food?”

    “Oh no. Almost everything in (fill in the blank with the green city of your choice) now has a CC surcharge. I hear there is even a CC surcharge on parking tickets to pay for police department carbon offsets.”

    “Is that the reason why we were only able to rent electric cars at the airport? To cut down the business ...ah, CC surcharge costs? “

    “(Chuckles) No. That is state mandated. Big program with the state subsidizing the conversion. The rental companies complained but fell in line for the most part. Heck, it’s just another pass through to them. The real problem was all the charging stations that had to be installed all over the city. The utility company is way behind in getting them installed and charging an electric vehicle takes much, much longer than refilling a gas tank.”

    ” I’ll say. When we are out, I have to constantly monitor the charge and look for parking spaces that also have charging stations. PAY charging stations, I might add. Well, at least the hotel parking spaces all have charging stations.”

    “You pay for them three times.”

    “Three times?”

    “Yes. The energy you use is added to your room charge. Then there is a thing they call an “infrastructure improvement fee” to pay for putting in the charging stations. And the CC surcharge, of course.”

    “Of course. Well, thank you for taking time to explain.”

    “You’re welcome. We actually get asked about the CC charge a lot, so we’ve had to study up on it. Are you ready to pay?”

  • What Do China's Military Strategists Think of the Battle of Midway?

    06/09/2017 4:25:25 PM PDT · 55 of 113
    Captain Rhino to rbg81

    Here are some other differences:

    1. Germany, Japan, and Italy were established states with millions of soldiers, ten of thousands of combat aircraft, and thousands of ships.

    2. Germany, Japan, and Italy posed an existential threat to the western alliance that opposed them.

    3. Germany, Japan, and Italy were (and still are)established geopolitical states with significant territories, populations, industrial capacities, natural resources, and financial assets that formed the basis of their military and political power.

    4. Germany, Japan, and Italy, although certainly imperfect in their execution, fought the war following the generally accepted rules of warfare.

    5. The subordination of the military in Germany, Japan, and Italy to their national civilian political leadership was an established fact.

    6. Average daily US military KIA rate during WWII: 299 KIA/day
    (407,316 KIA/1364 days (7 Dec 42 through 2 Sep 45)
    (Daily rate calculation is my own.)

    7. Average daily US military AND civilian KIA rate during the War on Terror: 2 KIA/day
    (10,008/5744 days (11 Sep 01 to present)
    (Source: (Although very recently edited, I suspect these numbers do not reflect American deaths in the most recent attacks in Europe.))
    (Daily rate calculation is my own.)

    8. Estimated number of Muslims in the world: 1.5 billion

    9. If x% of the world’s Muslims were terrorists:

    a. 1% = 15,000,000
    b. 1/10 of 1% = 1, 500,000
    c. 1/100 of 1% = 150,000

    10. Estimated number of Muslim terrorists: No accurate number available. Highest number cited was 325,000 “subject to extremist radicalization.” Let’s say the estimates are off by 300% and make it an even 1,000,000.
    At that figure, Muslim terrorists would constitute less that 1/10th of 1% of the world population of Muslims.

    Different kind of enemy, different kind of war.

    All this said, it would sure would be nice if the 99.999% of Muslims who are probably not radicalized extremist Muslim terrorists would start sounding off very loudly and continuously that the actions of the terrorists do not represent them or their religion.

    Western non-Muslims talking about Islam have no credibility within Muslim communities. The War on Terror won’t end until the Muslim community itself turns anyone preaching, teaching, or practicing terror on behalf of Islam into a pariah and an outcast.

  • Gun Porn - Thermal or Light enhancing scope?

    06/07/2017 7:34:11 PM PDT · 18 of 21
    Captain Rhino to nevergore

    Here is a YouTube link to thermal use by JagerPro, a professional hog eradication company operating in the Southeastern United States.

    The thermal hunts are guided shots using company-provided Remington .308 semiauto rifles mounting a $13K plus thermal sight.

    The company is mostly staffed with retired US Army special operations soldiers. Very methodical, reconnaissance and sensor-based approach to hog eradication. There are a lot of videos detailing their approach on their YouTube channel.

  • Justice Department names federal contractor as suspected leaker of 2016 classified intel

    06/06/2017 6:37:45 AM PDT · 14 of 52
    Captain Rhino to circlecity

    Gee...doesn’t vetting for a Top Secret clearance include looking at the applicant’s social media posts?

    Oh yeah, she would have gotten her clearances (military and contractor) under Obama.

    So, no problem.

    I guess being able to speak Pashto, Farsi, and Dari compensates for many shortcomings.

    Seriously, if she is that out there, somebody dropped the ball big time; especially after Brady and Snowden.

  • Aid Coordinator in Yemen Had Secret Job Overseeing U.S. Military Shipments

    06/06/2017 5:43:56 AM PDT · 14 of 19
    Captain Rhino to blueplum


    If MSM outs the CIA head of Iran operations, it stands to reason they would need to out any other American that was/is assisting the US government in conducting covert operations.

    The fact that this particular individual was kidnapped and might still be alive or that revealing his role will without a doubt endanger other aid workers who are not secret ops enablers is irrelevant. The NYT’s and these journalist’s need to pursue their mission of disclosing the information and therefore complicating the operations of the evil “machine” is far more important to them.

    One of my history professors remarked that, by the end of the Roman Empire, many contemporary commentators were thoroughly sick of it and wanted something different. He then noted that, after the Empire’s collapse, commentators in following centuries lamented the loss of its culture and order.

    Today’s left/liberal MSM is the modern equivalent of those ancient critics: longing for something new because they are tired of the old regime impeding the arrival of their utopian paradise. But the new twist is that they are actively working to undermine and destroy the hated regime’s efforts to hold back the outside forces working for its downfall.

    Unfortunately, for them, the new regime they long for is probably going to be very intolerant of press criticism. When that happens, the press, that is, those that manage to survive, will complain - but very, very quietly - about the loss of the civilization they so actively worked to undermine.

    The MSM behaves this way because the Fourth Estate is immune from effective punishment for their irresponsible actions.

  • 'None of it makes much sense': Experts are baffled by Comey's use of a fake [trunc]

    06/03/2017 6:03:59 AM PDT · 51 of 81
    Captain Rhino to mad_as_he$$
    Here is the scenario I felt matched the facts the best.

    Reports surface in Spring 2016 that the FBI has completed its investigation into Clinton's misuse of her private email server while SoS.

    Public pressure builds for the results of the investigation to be announced.

    Lynch announces she will follow the recommendation of the FBI. That declaration (from a strictly PR viewpoint) takes the political appointee out of the loop and throws the weight of the decision on to the nonpartisan (!!) Director of the FBI, Mr. Comey.

    Public pressure builds for the results of the investigation to be announced.

    Lynch has her chat with Bill on the tarmac at Phoenix International.

    Public pressure builds for the results of the investigation to be announced.

    Clinton needs this problem to go away before the DNC convention in July.

    Party pressure builds for the results of the investigation to be announced that does not damage Hillary so badly she cannot recover and get elected President.

    Comey has his "extremely reckless behavior but prosecution not recommended" news conference. He also promises Congress at subsequent hearings to reopen the investigation if new information about the emails comes to light.

    Clinton enemies seize on the "extremely reckless" part of the press conference while Clinton supporters focus on "no indictment recommended" part.

    Although bruised by the "extremely reckless" criticism, Clinton can now go forward to claim the nomination paving the way to her inevitable election.

    MSM press attention shifts to full throated support for Clinton. Talk about the emails dies down.

    In early October, the NYPD as part of an underage sexting investigation, seizes the laptop of Anthony Weiner, the husband of Clinton's close aide, Huma Abelin. In addition to incriminating sexting evidence, they find many thousands of Clinton's emails.

    Word is leaked to the press.

    In late October, Comey, caught in his earlier promise to reopen the investigation if necessary, is compelled to notify the Congress (and the press through leaked documents) that the FBI has reopened the case to see if the new evidence will change his earlier recommendation.

    Although the agency somehow manages to got through thousands of emails and determine they cause no change in its earlier findings and recommendation, the damage is done. It reawakens the controversy in the minds of an already less than unenthusiastic public.

    The fake Russian memo - if it existed at the time and if it was not, in fact, cooked up by the FBI itself - is simply cover for Comey to justify direct announcement of the findings. Findings that were already precooked by Democratic insiders who knew there had to be very significant (but not fatal) criticism of Clinton's behavior to counterbalance the no prosecution recommendation.

  • BREAKING: Ontario passes ‘totalitarian’ bill allowing gov’t to take kids from Christian homes

    06/02/2017 5:55:01 AM PDT · 46 of 66
    Captain Rhino to HiTech RedNeck

    I agree it was a mistake to align the (at that time) one church with the state.

    Being an official anything carries with it the whiff of corruption.

    It took the courage and confidence of a prophet to confront David over his adultry.

    Today, the best we can manage is go along to get along administrators who are too concerned about their worldly estate to vigorously use their ecclesiastical authority to confront the creeping evil infecting parts of the modern state.

    What is that saying? The fish rots from its head.

  • BREAKING: Ontario passes ‘totalitarian’ bill allowing gov’t to take kids from Christian homes

    06/02/2017 4:48:21 AM PDT · 28 of 66
    Captain Rhino to Petrosius

    “The lack of spiritual leadership is killing us. Every single time that Liberals, either federally or provincially, roll out the LGBT juggernaut to take away our rights, or to demonize us as bigots, we hear nothing but silence from the Church. This has to stop.”

    Given reports on the liberal agenda currently being implemented by Pope Francis, is it really any surprise why the provincial Catholic Church leadership remains silent?

    The root question, as in the case of liberal silence in the face of FGM and Sharia, is whether or not their inaction arises out of tacit agreement or fear.

  • Man accused of assaulting SecEd Betsy DeVos (Bilal Askaryar) pleads guilty

    06/01/2017 4:50:32 AM PDT · 9 of 10
    Captain Rhino to Ann Archy

    Highly likely as his first name is Bilal, the name of the first muezzin (announcer of the call to prayer) under the Prophet Mohammed.

  • Goodbye ISIS, hello losers

    05/23/2017 9:39:50 AM PDT · 12 of 29
    Captain Rhino to Tennessean4Bush

    For those who may not be aware of it, the term loser (or losers) has a special significance for Muslims. It is used throughout the Koran (Quran) to refer to persons who come to disaster because of their disobedient or evil actions and/or incur the wrath of Allah.

    So Trump calling them evil losers has a sting that the term terrorist doesn’t.

  • Tunnel at plutonium finishing plant collapses in Hanford

    05/10/2017 7:37:29 PM PDT · 91 of 93
    Captain Rhino to SauronOfMordor

    According to the lengthy and informative Wikipedia article (link above) Hanford is the major source of employment for several nearby communities. The word about what game can safely harvested and eaten has probably long since gotten out to to local hunting and fishing communities.