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Posts by Captain Rhino

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  • Professor Declares ‘Whiteness’ a ‘Disease’ [Teaching Education journal]

    11/23/2015 2:30:33 AM PST · 6 of 53
    Captain Rhino to Cincinatus' Wife

    The Front Page article contains a link to the actual paper. You need to scroll down a little through the publisher’s front material to get to the actual article.

    It is pretty long (as these screeds usually are) and cannot be directly downloaded without some sort of log-in through an account or social media. So bookmark or copy and paste seem to be the only options if you don’t want to provide personal information to the publisher.

    As for the substance of the article, it is even more sickeningly fawning over the “disease of whiteness” than described in the Front Page review.

  • The Missed Opportunity Of The The Air-Capable Spruance

    11/20/2015 3:48:39 AM PST · 4 of 7
    Captain Rhino to sukhoi-30mki

    As I’m sure you know, the Japanese are already building light helicopter carriers on destroyer hull forms:


    Except for the Mk45 Mod 4 5”/62 caliber gun, the Hyugas are nearly as well armed and relatively fast. The full flight deck gives them more versatility.

  • The False Flag Link: Passport "Found" Next To Suicide Bomber Was "Definitely A Forgery"

    11/15/2015 5:42:27 PM PST · 59 of 60
    Captain Rhino to KarlInOhio

    Thanks for taking time to send me this great news.

    Let us hope he wasn’t too severely injured and that he will recover fully.

  • The False Flag Link: Passport "Found" Next To Suicide Bomber Was "Definitely A Forgery"

    11/15/2015 9:16:06 AM PST · 47 of 60
    Captain Rhino to SeekAndFind

    Gee...when I travel in Europe, I am required to carry my passport for identification for a variety of reasons including being identified at travel/transit checkpoints, if stopped by authorities, etc.

    So, if I want to enter a stadium so I can mingle with the crowd before blowing myself up, I might need to have my passport with me, even if it is fake, to help me get past the security checkpoint at the entrance. After all, it has worked up to this point. Why not again?

    Since the stadium checkpoint guard was probably killed (the Lord bless this hero and may he RIP) when the bomber set off his vest, we are probably not going to know exactly if it was the obvious faked look of the passport that triggered the pat down or if the check and the pat down were being carried out separately. All that has been reported is that the vest was detected through outer clothing during the pat down. After the explosion, the other two stadium suicide bombers were obviously still on the outside of the venue and, unable now to get in, had to find other targets. One attacked a McDonald’s; the other a bar if the reports I read were correct.

    The more important information is where this passport and any others that may be collected) has been logged during its journey from Greece to Paris; especially in Belgium where they probably did their final mission workup and collected the weapons and bomb vests prior to crossing into France in rented vehicles. That information is going to be key in running down the other SOBs that helped these murderers commit their crimes.

  • Amherst students demand crackdown against free speech

    11/13/2015 12:22:04 PM PST · 84 of 102
    Captain Rhino to MplsSteve

    Taking that firm a stance would require courage and a spine; two items not readily in evidence in academic “leadership” at the moment.

  • US Navy edges back to Subic Bay in Philippines – under new rules

    11/13/2015 12:02:35 PM PST · 19 of 52
    Captain Rhino to PAR35

    Yeah, while the runways and parking aprons at Clarke could have been cleared of volcanic ash with some effort, once the hangers and other buildings began collapsing from wet ash loads, the base was essentially a write off.

    Post-departure looting also trashed a lot of the less valuable facilities at
    Subic. Believe the shipyard and maintenance shops are still operational.

  • Univ. of Missouri student: ‘Several of us are afraid to disagree with other students’

    11/12/2015 4:19:01 AM PST · 20 of 41
    Captain Rhino to Political Junkie Too

    Students are routinely assigned a college or university email address as part of the enrollment process. Its primary use is communication with instructors and students about class assignments, meeting locations, paper submissions, etc. through some educational application like “Blackboard.”

    Administrators and police have access to individual and collective email addresses as part of their need to administer the institution and post security-related notifications (like, unfortunately, active-shooter alerts). Police departments also now routinely monitor and post to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc.

    The police posting to the students probably went out on the university email system as a collective message to everybody (faculty and students alike) and was also posted to the social media sites that students are known to monitor.

  • Linus Torvalds: Perfect Security in Open Source Linux OS Is Impossible

    11/11/2015 2:49:43 PM PST · 7 of 7
    Captain Rhino to ShadowAce

    Of course.

    But, since it would be inaccessible once operational, that would serve as a powerful incentive for its developers to ensure the system’s hardware and software was properly and thoroughly validated and verified (V&V) during developmental and operational testing prior to placing it into service. In fact, the need to be absolutely certain would probably prolong the R&D phase because, once you throw the switch, turn the command key, hit the “Enter” key, etc., no “do overs” are possible.

    But, nonsense aside, my underlying point is agreement with the claim it is impossible to attain a perfectly secure system because: 1) it was built to be used and such use - especially widespread and continuous use - immediately exposes it to a larger and very difficult to assess and control risk spectrum, and 2) the users, human beings, are simultaneously so smart, stupid, industrious, lazy, cunning, indifferent, malicious, and indolent that they constitute the principal on-going risk to the system’s security so long as they are allowed to access/use it.

    This, I believe, is the reason for the suspicious nature and haunted look seen on the faces of many system administrators; the knowledge that, fundamentally, the only time the system is really secure and operating properly is when no one is allowed to use it.

    (Excepting, of course, the recent theft by hackers of what? ...28 million...security clearance files from OPM. System administrators own that one lock, stock, and barrel.)

  • Linus Torvalds: Perfect Security in Open Source Linux OS Is Impossible

    11/11/2015 5:23:15 AM PST · 3 of 7
    Captain Rhino to ShadowAce

    The only truly “secure” computer system is one that, once activated, no one can use or access; it is a device of very specific and limited utility.

    An example of such a system is the completely autonomous computer system controlling the Soviet Doom’s Day Bomb in Stanley Kubrick’s hilarious Cold War comedy “Dr. Strangelove.”

  • Afrikan Black Coalition seeks to 'overthrow the Constitution,' 'stop white people'

    11/10/2015 6:07:20 PM PST · 30 of 53
    Captain Rhino to massmike

    I may be wrong, but isn’t advocating the overthrow of the Constitution (and by extension, the government based on it) treason? Or have they been smart enough not to advocate the use of violence to accomplish the “overthrow?”

    Neat trick if they can do it. (Without violence, that is.)

    May the Lord confound their mischievous plans.

  • UAE Command Selects AW609 Tiltrotor for Search and Rescue

    11/10/2015 9:11:44 AM PST · 9 of 10
    Captain Rhino to dila813

    The Bell prototype/technology demonstrator preceding the V-22 was about the size of the Augusta:


  • UAE Command Selects AW609 Tiltrotor for Search and Rescue

    11/10/2015 4:50:32 AM PST · 3 of 10
    Captain Rhino to Pentagon Leatherneck

    I was still on active duty when the Marine Corps began developing the MV-22 in the late 1980s as the third leg of the Over-the Horizon/Operational Maneuver From the Sea(OTH/OMFTS) triad (LCAC/AAAV (later EFV)/Tiltrotor). At the time, I felt that one of the more interesting uses for the MV-22 was casualty evacuation to either theater hospitals or to hospital ships. It had the speed and range to bypass the time consuming collection of casualties for aeromedical evacuation on fixed wing aircraft and take the critically wounded directly to the facility. It also had enough carrying capacity (in terms of litters and attendants)to make using the aircraft in this role productive.

    Semper Fi (especially today!)

  • The €4.2 billion ‘French Pentagon’ opens in Paris

    11/09/2015 5:05:25 AM PST · 23 of 26
    Captain Rhino to DesertRhino

    Your comments are very true but omit one important detail: the 40,000 French soldiers taken prisoner by the Germans after successfully defending the Dunkirk beachhead so the about 240,000 British troops and 100,000 French troops could be evacuated to England.


    What I don’t understand is the treatment by the French people of the 1 million+ 1940 French POWs after they were freed from German camps at the end of the war.

    From accounts I have read, France denied them recognition as POWs unless the soldier had escaped and returned to France during the war. It also took until the 1950s for the 1940 POWs to be granted veterans benefits.

    Reading of it gives a sense for spiteful pettiness on the part of the French public. A sort of “Yes, the country’s pre-war leadership and preparation for war was ill-conceived, even incompetent, we suffered. The generalship once the fighting started was poor, we suffered. You were ordered to surrender, we suffered. The occupation was hard on us, we suffered. You got to work as a POW in German industry and agriculture for five years but we suffered. So now you have returned and you are going to suffer because we suffered.”

  • Legendary US Army Commander Says Russia Would "Annihilate" US In Head-To-Head Battle

    11/08/2015 7:31:05 AM PST · 87 of 91
    Captain Rhino to Autonomous User

    Great movie

  • Physical attacks in Germany on Activists Who Oppose the Sexualization of Children

    11/05/2015 1:40:43 PM PST · 9 of 25
    Captain Rhino to Mrs. Don-o

    “As we know from the 1970s, the “attacks on objects” (and public incitement to it) can quickly turn against persons.”

    For a minority on the far left (at least I HOPE it is a minority), attacks on property (or its destruction) is an acceptable form of protest because of their anathema to the concept of privately held property in general. Most do draw the line at harming people. But some do not if it is effective in intimidating their opponents into silence/compliance. It is a logical, if unfortunate, progression in the treatment of the “Other.”

    “Dort, wo man Bucher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen”: “Where they burn books, they will also ultimately burn people.” -Heinrich Heine

    It is interesting that LGBT activists are implicated in these attacks. The standard propaganda put forward by the LGBT community is that they are supposedly as horrified at the sexual exploitation of children as anyone else.

    Guess somebody(ies) in Germany didn’t get the memo.

  • Dashcam video undermines Texas prof's claim of racial profiling, says chief

    11/03/2015 4:31:50 AM PST · 32 of 35
    Captain Rhino to Kaslin

    Pesky cameras! They are only supposed to be used for proving officers are bad guys.

    </ sarcasm>

    The presence of cameras will serve to occasionally catch bad cops acting badly. I say occasionally because any recording system can, with enough study and preparation, be covertly disabled/fooled.

    The reality is that there are far more real criminals than bad cops. All those people yelling for the police to have dash and body cameras are about to lose any possibility of excusing for their many deeds of misconduct/criminality.

    The professor has got some explaining to do about her editorial. Or is it going to be another example of perception of offense that colleges and universities are in love with these days? (Microaggressions and all that.)

  • Rachel Dolezal Finally Admits She’s White

    11/02/2015 4:50:05 PM PST · 10 of 13
    Captain Rhino to Beave Meister

    By this same logic (I’m white but identify as black) isn’t what used to be called an “illegal alien” (new PC term is now “unauthorized immigrant”) really just a “transnational.”

    “Yes, I am from (fill in the blank) and I have not followed the regular process for taking up residence or working in your country. Those are just inconsequential minor facts. The most important factor is that I self-identify as a resident/citizen of your country. So give me my rights and privileges now and we will sort out the irregularities later.”

  • Marine Corps' new helicopter completes its first flight

    10/28/2015 7:08:26 PM PDT · 27 of 28
    Captain Rhino to Airwinger

    That (sigh) would still be the Russian (ex-Soviet) Mi-26:


    General characteristics
    -Crew: Five: 2 pilots, 1 navigator, 1 flight engineer, 1 flight technician
    -90 troops or 60 stretchers
    -20,000 kg cargo (44,090 lb)
    -Length: 40.025 m (131 ft 3 in) (rotors turning)
    -Rotor diameter: 32.00 m (105 ft 0 in)
    -Height: 8.145 m (26 ft 8 in)
    -Disc area: 804.25 m2 (8,656.8 sqft)
    -Empty weight: 28,200 kg (62,170 lb)
    -Loaded weight: 49,600 kg (109,350 lb)
    -Max. takeoff weight: 56,000 kg (123,450 lb)
    -Powerplant: 2 × Lotarev D-136 turboshafts, 8,500 kW (11,399 shp) each
    -Main rotor RPM: 132

    -Maximum speed: 295 km/h (159 kt, 183 mph)
    -Cruise speed: 255 km/h (137 kt, 158 mph)
    -Range: 1,920 km (1,036 nmi, 1,190 mi) (with auxiliary tanks)
    -Service ceiling: 4,600 m (15,100 ft)

    First flew in 1977!! 316 built and still in production.

    Photographs at link. Interior looks like the inside of a C-130.

    As of 2013, the Mi-26 still holds the FAI record of greatest mass lifted to 2,000 metres - it lifted 56,768.8 kg in 1982 (56,768.8kg = 124,891.36lbs)

    Reported operational history in the Wikipedia article includes high altitude external lift recoveries of down US Army Chinooks from the mountains of Afghanistan. (By civilian operated aircraft no less. That had to be embarrassing.)

  • Long Range Strike Bomber Contract Awarded to Northrop Grumman

    10/27/2015 4:39:49 PM PDT · 46 of 51
    Captain Rhino to Red Badger

    This question came up earlier (in the year) and I did some research on the numbers. Here is a link to my post:


  • New Documents Reveal DOJ, IRS, and FBI Planned to prosecute Obama Opponents (Flashback July 2015)

    10/27/2015 3:46:24 AM PDT · 12 of 26
    Captain Rhino to Brad from Tennessee

    Government is essentially amoral in character as leaders are primarily interested in efficiently implementing governing orders, directives, and policies. Its operations are moral or immoral based on the character of the persons directing the operations of its various agencies.

    This case is a prime example of how a democracy can slip into an autocracy or dictatorship: persons of questionable character being given unmonitored access to the levers of authority; persons who are willing to pull those levers to support the politics they favor.

    The question posed at the end of the article is salient. If the character of Justice is, itself, in question, can its decisions (in this case, not to prosecute and close the case) be viewed as anything except self-serving?

    This too shall pass.

  • Bacon declared carcinogenic, same as cigarettes, by World Health Organization. Oh Noes!!!!!

    10/26/2015 4:36:55 PM PDT · 59 of 63
    Captain Rhino to SeekAndFind

    According to some local radio news reporting I heard today, the increase in risk is 18%. That’s an 18% increase of the 5% baseline risk for developing colorectal cancer during one’s lifetime. So the actual increase in risk goes from 5% to about 6%.

    As usual, MSM will report an increase as a percentage without applying it to the baseline rate to give a true picture of the issue/problem. It’s all about the hype.

  • Why '5+5+5=15' is wrong under the Common Core

    10/25/2015 6:36:22 PM PDT · 96 of 126
    Captain Rhino to Ingtar

    True; because there are some things (like multiplication tables) you are (or should be) just expected to know.

  • Overstock Holds 3 Months Of Food, $10 Million In Gold For Employees In Preparation

    10/25/2015 3:46:41 PM PDT · 11 of 18
    Captain Rhino to dynachrome

    Don’t know his particular religious background, but this sounds like the corporate version of a Mormon being a Mormon. Except that he is about nine months short on the supplies he has stored because I believe the requirement is for one year of food for each person. Maybe they’re just getting started.

    Personally, I don’t think that storing food for an emergency is a bad idea even if the press wants to paint you as paranoid.

  • Cheese really is crack. Study reveals cheese is as addictive as drugs

    10/22/2015 5:09:13 PM PDT · 115 of 125
    Captain Rhino to grundle

    It’s true! I hold myself not responsible for my actions when in the presence of an unguarded bag of Cheetos or Cheezit crackers. Or BBQ flavor Fritos.

  • Japan's major architecture, engineering firms going "all iPad" supporting Apple iOS enterprise push

    10/19/2015 6:31:54 AM PDT · 8 of 8
    Captain Rhino to Swordmaker

    After the latest Windows trick - Window 10 and Office 360 as services with annual ransom...err.. subscription fees - I’m seriously thinking of switching to all Apple basis for my home IT environment. Really, really fed up with Microsoft.

    Already own iPhones, will be purchasing a full sized iPad next month. Just have to figure out switching over the desktops and laptops (all fairly new IBM-based products). Probably will switch to Linux OS in the interim. We’ll see.

    So glad I’m within a couple of years of retiring so I don’t have to worry about office-to-home work compatibility issues too much longer

  • The Ranger School story and it potential impact on our national security

    10/18/2015 2:53:21 PM PDT · 20 of 27
    Captain Rhino to usdefensewatch

    Integrity and politics are basically incompatible opposites.

    I get that.

    So I understand why holders of the Ranger tab are really torqued that something that is intentionally meant to be hard (because lives and mission success depend on them being hard) appears to be (and probably is being) watered down to satisfy liberal concerns about “equality.”

    I get that too.

    So three female officers (CPT,1LT, and now a reserve MAJ) have “passed” Ranger school. What is the net practical effect?

    As far as I have read, none of them has asked for or is slated for a billet in the 75th Infantry Regiment. There are no female enlisted graduates. The harpies screaming about inequality now have their graduates and the Army can claim that all combat occupations in the Army are open to women who can qualify.

    Over on the Navy side, Navy Secretary Mabus has insisted that the Marines establish objective, job related standards for the combat MOSs they wanted reserved for men only. In his remarks blasting the Marine Corps for wanting an exemption to keep these MOSs closed to woman Marines, the Secretary conceded that the average woman Marine candidate cannot meet the standards set for these MOSs but countered that they should be looking for the “above average woman” who could. So the Marine Corps just issued job-based performance standards for 29 combat and combat support ground MOSs that will take effect 1 January 2016. Here is an article from the Marine Corps Times on them:


    The actual standards by MOS are embedded as a download in the article.

    Toward the end of the article, there is this passage about the effect that the new standards may have:

    “The new requirements could be difficult for some men entering into certain MOSs as well. During the experiment, Capt. Mark Lenzi, the commanding officer of the weapons company, which consisted of machine gun, anti-armor and mortar platoons, said some male Marines aren’t up to the tasks that come with serving in the infantry.

    Sometimes, he said, unit leaders are forced to give weaker Marines an administrative or clerical position in order to avoid moving them out of the unit. Gender-neutral standards would prevent that Marine from ever joining a unit with which they can’t keep up, he said.”

    Going back to where this comment started, how many women soldiers are actually going to pass once the Ranger School goes back to being the Ranger School without the white hot spotlight of PC publicity focused on it? Especially when the unlimited do overs and all the other favorable treatment reported for these first three “graduates” is discontinued?

    The reality is that only a very small number of women will ever be able to make it through the course at any one time. The Ranger regiment will remain overwhelmingly male.

    Ranger unit training or operations are not going to be adjusted for them. That would not only be unfair, it would also introduce unnecessary risk to life and mission accomplishment. Maybe there won’t need to be any adjustment, since these women soldiers will be pretty tough customers if they really have passed the course on merit and without favoritism. However, if they turn out to be the weak link once assigned to the unit, where are these graduates going to be assigned then?

  • US Shocked To Find Russian Machine Gun With Iranian Ammo Attached To Abrams Tank

    10/17/2015 4:51:26 PM PDT · 15 of 34
    Captain Rhino to dynachrome

    It is probably a Russian 12.7mm machinegun (might actually be a Russian designed machinegun manufactured under license in Iran) and Iranian 12.7mm ammunition. Very compatible.

    I wouldn’t get too excited about the coaxial machinegun and the ammunition. Sounds like a case of practical logistics. US M2HB .50 caliber ammunition might be harder for the Shia militia to get than the 12.7mm ammunition. So, dismount the M2, build an adaptor plate to mount the 12.7mm machinegun in the coaxial cradle (or just swap out the cradles entirely) and get back to work.

    I would be concerned about the other technologies in the tank(ballistic computer, laser, turbine engine, etc.) but those horses are long since out of the barn. Happened the moment the Iraqis allowed the Shia militias (along with their Iranian advisors) access to the vehicles. There are probably a couple of the tanks already in Tehran being gone over by Iranian engineers.

    From what I understand, the FMS version of these tanks does not have the US “green metal” armor package so that bit of technology may still be safe.

    But with the Obama administration, who knows?

  • Scientists reduce belief in God by shutting down the brains medial frontal cortex

    10/17/2015 5:45:27 AM PDT · 80 of 81
    Captain Rhino to Lucy Hamilton

    So I guess we should conclude that, if you don’t believe in God, you have a low functioning posterior medial frontal cortex?

    In other words, atheists have defective brains?

    </ sarcasm>

    On a more serious note, sounds like a serious R&D project for the re-education camps that liberal/leftists have in mind for those of us who think or express politically incorrect views.

    “O’Brien smiled slightly. ‘You are a flaw in the pattern,
    Winston. You are a stain that must be wiped out. Did I not
    tell you just now that we are different from the persecutors
    of the past? We are not content with negative obedience, nor
    even with the most abject submission. When finally you
    surrender to us, it must be of your own free will. We do not
    destroy the heretic because he resists us: so long as he resists us we never destroy him. We convert him, we capture
    his inner mind, we reshape him. We burn all evil and all
    illusion out of him; we bring him over to our side, not in appearance, but genuinely, heart and soul. We make him one
    of ourselves before we kill him. It is intolerable to us that an erroneous thought should exist anywhere in the world, however secret and powerless it may be. Even in the instant of death we cannot permit any deviation. In the old days the heretic walked to the stake still a heretic, proclaiming his heresy, exulting in it. Even the victim of the Russian purges could carry rebellion locked up in his skull as he walked down the passage waiting for the bullet. But we make the brain perfect before we blow it out. The command of the old despotisms was ‘Thou shalt not”. The command of the totalitarians was ‘Thou shalt”. Our command is ‘THOU ART”.
    No one whom we bring to this place ever stands out against
    us. Everyone is washed clean. Even those three miserable
    traitors in whose innocence you once believed—Jones, Aaronson,and Rutherford—in the end we broke them down. I
    took part in their interrogation myself. I saw them gradually worn down, whimpering, groveling, weeping—and in
    the end it was not with pain or fear, only with penitence.
    By the time we had finished with them they were only the
    shells of men. There was nothing left in them except sorrow
    for what they had done, and love of Big Brother. It was
    touching to see how they loved him. They begged to be shot
    quickly, so that they could die while their minds were still

    George Orwell, “1984”

    How prescient, the man.

  • Christopher Columbus Objective: Free Trade Routes

    10/13/2015 4:35:22 PM PDT · 24 of 29
    Captain Rhino to Kaslin

    It should also be noted that the European fever for sugar and the rush to produce “white gold” fueled a fairly significant portion of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.


    Plantation sugar production was very labor intensive and a favorable climate in the Caribbean, Central, and South America (particularly in Brazil - which ultimately received 38% of all African slaves transported) created the opportunity to harvest up to three crops of sugar cane per year. This contributed to the ever increasing demand for African slaves. These enslaved men were worked year round with very little rest. Their life expectancy once on the sugar plantation was estimated at 7 years.

    These poor men were literally imported with the intent of working them to death.

  • Mexican site yields new details of sacrifice of Spaniards [They ate them!]

    10/13/2015 3:03:48 PM PDT · 38 of 61
    Captain Rhino to Red Badger

    The conquistadors knew this was Aztec practice. Several separate instances of Aztecs sacrificing and cannibalizing Spaniards were reported in Bernal Diaz’s contemporaneous “The True History of the Conquest of New Spain.”


    Nice to see some modern independent evidence confirming the cannibal practices to refute the Aztec apologists.

  • The Martian

    09/29/2015 7:05:30 PM PDT · 73 of 99
    Captain Rhino to Textide

    I have read the novel. Fun read but a bit heavy on the IT/tech/science side which is perfectly consistent with the author’s background and the background of the lead character. Sort of MacGiver gets stranded on Mars.

    Nice to read sci-fi that is pretty close to sci-fact for a change.

    Several very positive advanced screening reviews have been posted on line about the movie.

    I like most of the work Matt Damon has done as an actor, and from the previews I have seen, I think he will nail the quirky character of Astronaut Mark Watney and make the movie.

    Looking forward to seeing it in the theater. Probably will buy the DVD as well.

  • Study: Non-whites more exposed to environmental hazards

    09/20/2015 1:00:18 PM PDT · 24 of 24
    Captain Rhino to Haddit


    Thank you for taking the time to put together such a detailed reply to my questions. I will read it carefully.

  • All-Womens College Offers Students 10 Pronoun Options, With Option to Never Be Called A Pronoun

    09/20/2015 7:36:05 AM PDT · 41 of 74
    Captain Rhino to SeekAndFind

    I guess you could always use the military method of using a descriptive title and last name (like “Recruit Jones” or “Trainee Smith”) . Multiple same last names? Then just add a number after the name. Such as, Recruit Jones 2 or Trainee Smith 3. In this case, the appropriate term would be student. No confusion as to who’s being addressed and no pronoun implying gender.

    In fact, use of third person references might be desirable between the students as well to prevent inadvertent micro aggressions. For example, when asking for a date, the conversation might go thusly: “Student Smith, would you like to go out on a date with me tonight? Why no, Student Jones, I have to study for a physics exam tomorrow.” Or, when commenting on athletic prowess, “that student can certainly run fast.”

    Such an approach would not require the savaging of the English language and, more importantly, would not require participating parties to remember the 10+ different pronouns that are currently being proposed in academia.

  • Study: Non-whites more exposed to environmental hazards

    09/19/2015 10:34:09 AM PDT · 21 of 24
    Captain Rhino to Haddit

    Thanks for taking the time to put together your reply.

    Terrific interactive GIS map.

    One question arising from the article you incorporated.

    A minimum of 10% and up to 25% of the cap and trade funds collected can be spent on disadvantaged communities. Do you have any information as to how much that is (in $)? What exactly is the other 75% being spent on?

  • Study: Non-whites more exposed to environmental hazards

    09/19/2015 7:15:59 AM PDT · 18 of 24
    Captain Rhino to ConservativeStatement

    Personally, I’m leary of any “study” that refers to its data maps with the term “environmental justice.”

    It’s probably just me, but those terms seem to suggest an political agenda might be biasing the selection, collection, and interpretation of the data. Then again, the authors are UC Berkley associated, so maybe they can’t help the way they talk.

    < /sarcasm>

  • Study: Non-whites more exposed to environmental hazards

    09/19/2015 7:03:22 AM PDT · 17 of 24
    Captain Rhino to Haddit

    “The courts have also decided that it is legal for a city to force a developer to build subsidized housing. Here in Los Angeles if a developer builds 10 units, 2 of them have to be for the poor, or the developer has to pay a fine of $200,000.”

    I have to wonder how many developers are just paying the $200,000 fine and proceeding to build all higher priced units so that the resulting community will be free of the inherent problems that come with embedding 20% lower income housing into them from the begin. Distributed over ten units, $200,000 would result in an additional $20,000 per unit price increase; certainly doable considering the high cost of homes in California.

  • Dogs From 'Meat Farm' In South Korea Arrive In San Diego For Adoption [Filthy Cultures]

    09/18/2015 2:27:08 PM PDT · 43 of 48
    Captain Rhino to Steelfish

    I swear this story is, in the end, about Koreans and dog meat.

    In 1967-1968, I attended Marine Corps Communications Electronics School (MCCES), then located aboard MCRD San Diego, for a series of courses that ultimately led to me being trained as a Radio Relay Repairman (MOS 2831). One of my classmates was a short, mellow Marine we ultimately nicknamed “Greenie.” This being “the Summer of Love” and San Diego, Greenie was very much into the countercultural revolution and enjoyed “recreating.” He was indifferent to being in the Marine Corps. (I can’t recall if we ever did get a straight answer as to how he actually came to be in the service but I keep remembering the phrase “Marine Corps is like a big jail versus a little jail.”) Part of his indifference was based on the fact that he had inherited a small fortune from his grandmother and his Marine Corps pay (and it wasn’t much in those days) was essentially a little extra spending money for “recreating.” He was a very mellow Marine doing just enough to keep out of the little USMC jail.

    Well, the class graduated in September 1968 and we departed for our various assignments. After some leave, I, like most of my classmates, ended up assigned to USMC forces operating in the Republic of Vietnam (RVN). Unlike many of them, I ended up with an infantry battalion (3dBn,26thMar)and was promptly converted into a radio operator for the rest of my tour in-country. Most of the others went to specialized Communication Companies and Battalions at the MAF, Division, Wing, and Force Troops. I heard this story on a in-country visit to some of my classmates.

    I swear this story is going to be about Koreans and dog meat.

    Communications doctrine calls for support from higher headquarters to adjacent and subordinate headquarters. So Division sends comm teams down to Regiment; Regiment to Battalion; etc. Comm teams are also sent to tie into adjacent units.

    And that is how Greenie, our mellow Marine, came to be assigned as a member of a small USMC comm detachment posted to Hoi An, the headquarters encampment for the Republic of Korea Marine Corps (ROKMC) forces in RVN. The US Marines had set up a small wire enclosure containing their radio relay equipment, generators, living quarters, etc. and pretty much tried to keep to themselves. The detachment had several dogs as pets and there were a lot of dogs in the larger ROK encampment.

    “Tried” is sometimes difficult even between units of the same service, it is more difficult when they are different branches of the same armed force, it is very difficult when they are of different allied armed forces, and it is extremely difficult if both allied units have the word “Marine” in their service name. In short, they were constantly screwing with each other with the USMC detachment getting the brunt of the jibbing.

    Apparently, one of the favorite ROK Marine pastimes was harassing Greenie about his dog. Greenie genuinely loved his mutt and the ROK Marines took special delight in telling him how plump it was and how good it would probably taste. This apparently went on for some time with both sides not making or taking the threat seriously.

    Then, one day, Greenies dog disappeared. Greenie searched and searched for the dog but to no avail. Then some of the ROK Marines who had been harassing him informed him of how delicious his dog had tasted.

    My classmate, who had been there at Hoi An along with Greenie, said the news was transformational.

    Greenie, our mellow Marine, suited up in full 782 gear (helmet, flak jacket, full magazines, grenades, bayonet, everything), loaded his M-16 and went dog hunting.

    He shot every ROK dog he came across in the encampment and I don’t know if he stopped shooting because he ran out of dogs or because he ran out of ammunition.

    The ROKs apparently made no move to interfere. This, along with several subsequent incidents (including him ripping a machine gun belt out of an M60 being pointed (in jest) at him) was enough to convince even ROK Marines that Greenie was crazy and there are some dogs better left uneaten.

    See, I told you this story was ultimately about Koreans and dog meat.

  • The US is getting ready to unveil its next super bomber

    09/18/2015 5:47:33 AM PDT · 28 of 40
    Captain Rhino to PIF

    As of January 2013, 78 of the original 744 B-52 aircraft were operational in the U.S. Air Force. (All are B-52H models.)


    The USAF had 66 B-1Bs in service in September 2012, split between four squadrons organized into two Bomb Wings: the 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess AFB, Texas, and the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota.


    A total of 20 B-2s remain in service with the United States Air Force, which plans to operate the B-2 until 2058.


    78+66+20 = 164 strategic bombers of three different generations in service.

    An 80-100 unit acquisition program represents a 48-60% replacement of the existing force.

    If you just count B-52s and B-1Bs, the in service numbers drop to 144 and the replacement percentages go up to between 55-70%.

    If we use the 14 aircraft per B-1B squadron as a nominal per squadron target, 80-100 aircraft equips 5-7 squadrons. To maintain operational capability equivalent to four B-1B squadrons, you can go as low as 66 aircraft. Strategic plans, the need for operational rotation of units, and maintenance/overhaul/rebuild planning establish the requirement for multiple squadrons. There also have to be a certain number of aircraft in storage and available for R&D purposes.

    ASSUMING the B-52 component is just going to be retired without replacement and that the B-2 bomber capability replacement will be the subject of another program, the 80 aircraft purchase is probably the lower number needed to maintain USAF strategic bomber capability equivalent to the existing B-1B fleet.

    The USAF, if it can keep acquisition costs contained, will probably get 80 aircraft. Anything above that will be a bonus.

  • College Student Designs & 3D Prints a Working Semi-Automatic Revolver

    09/14/2015 8:56:03 AM PDT · 45 of 55
    Captain Rhino to ThunderSleeps
  • Stonehenge II is found! Radar search reveals giant line of standing stones from 4,500 years ago

    09/07/2015 9:52:26 AM PDT · 19 of 55
    Captain Rhino to ponygirl

    Visited Stonehenge on a very cold and windy day in early February 2012. We (regular tourists) were not permitted to enter the stone enclosure itself and had to keep on a paved pathway some distance from the monoliths as we circumnavigated the site.

    At the time of my visit, the parking lot, admissions office, gift store, restrooms, etc. were on the far side of the very busy main east-west road. All very low key facilities. You reached the archaeological site on the other side via a pedestrian tunnel. Recent news articles report that the main road that ran close to the site is being/has been rerouted to restore the open plains setting of the historical site. Hopefully, they’ve also improved the facilities.

    My understanding is that the hippies you are worried about only really visit the site on the key days of the astronomical calendar (equinoxes, etc.)which have significance in their Druid/occult practices. If you attend one of their events, you would be allowed to enter the stone circle and do all manner of things that an actual tourist would probably be fined or arrested for.

  • Via handwriting analysis, scholar discovers unknown Magna Carta scribe

    09/04/2015 3:31:55 PM PDT · 12 of 18
    Captain Rhino to Captain Rhino

    By the way, except for the Great Seal quality control bit, hand copying of important documents and books was the standard way (prior to the printing press) in which scholars in both the West and the East built their personal libraries.

    Among the Chinese, it was also the practice to interlace the document’s text with their own commentary on it. Maddening to disentangle at times to obtain the original text without distracting asides, etc.

  • Via handwriting analysis, scholar discovers unknown Magna Carta scribe

    09/04/2015 3:25:44 PM PDT · 11 of 18
    Captain Rhino to SunkenCiv

    If the Salisbury copy (one of only four surviving) was produced in Salisbury, it stands to reason that it is not a Base or Generation Zero document but is a Generation One copy of the original. It seems probable that one of the original copies produced at the time of the Magna Carta’s signing in 1215 was being circulated and each authority wanting a copy had to produce its own copy by having a scribe transcribe it. Then, as a means of quality control, it was sent to the King for affixing of the Great Seal was a way for both sides to certify that the copy was a true copy of the original document.

    This is a efficient and economical means of laying off the significant cost of producing the handwritten copy on those who wanted one but at the same time ensuring it would be accepted by both the owner and the Crown as a true copy for present and future reference. I image there was probably a hefty fee associated with obtaining the Great Seal on the document.

  • India's Light Combat Helicopter Gets Hot & High

    09/03/2015 8:34:38 PM PDT · 3 of 4
    Captain Rhino to cold start

    Very interesting aircraft.

    On a somewhat alarmed side note, the mountainside seen in the lead photograph makes me hope it is just a product of forced perspective and that the Indian Army did not, in fact, situate a facility almost immediately below a very heavy fractured, near vertical cliff face.

  • Civil War [Union] monument in Petersburg vandalized

    08/30/2015 9:03:58 PM PDT · 19 of 23
    Captain Rhino to Timber Rattler

    You are correct; NNH 804 = Richmond Crips


    “These are some of your universal blood tattoos. Below I will give examples of numbers and letters that will specify an area, a specific set and codes used by blood gang members.


    •804 - Virginia Area Code (Richmond Area)

    •Nappy Heads for the Neighborhood Crips”

  • Japan Launches Latest Helicopter Carrier

    08/27/2015 3:05:05 PM PDT · 7 of 14
    Captain Rhino to skeeter

    It could not trap or launch CTOL aircraft but, depending on the heat resistance of the flight deck, it might be able to support the landing and takeoff of V/STOL aircraft like the Harrier or F-35B. And it might be able to refuel them if it has the correct fuel types aboard and can connect to the aircraft.

    But you would not be able to base these aircraft aboard the ship because it would lack the maintenance facilities to keep them flying and the ship probably does not have the ordnance storage needed to keep them supplied with bombs and rockets for very long.

  • Ambassador Kennedy used private email, watchdog says

    08/26/2015 9:48:04 AM PDT · 16 of 24
    Captain Rhino to VerySadAmerican


    However, try as the detractors working either overtly or covertly for Hillary might, you can’t equate putting unclassified but sensitive material in a private email with stripping top secret/sci/keyword information markings from intelligence documents and circulating it on an unsecure personal server.

  • Hero: Unable to carry on, woman chugs entire bottle of cognac at airport security

  • Russian Bomber Crashes in 6th Military Aircraft Loss in One Month

    08/20/2015 2:35:04 PM PDT · 20 of 23
    Captain Rhino to jumpingcholla34

    You have company on both points.

    With slightly supersonic propeller tip speeds and 14,000 shp engines, the TU-95 is the loudest propeller driven aircraft in the world.

    I, like you, also think the Tu-95 is one of the most beautiful propeller driven aircraft ever flown, especially in its pure bomber format:


  • Hillary Clinton Campaign Says Classified Emails Were on Server

    08/20/2015 12:02:34 PM PDT · 89 of 111
    Captain Rhino to TomGuy

    Ding, ding, ding, ding ding!!!!!

    The “retroactive classification” mime is just so much dung.

    Classified and unclassified email systems are separate networks and it is a security violation to move (cut and paste/retype) classified material from the classified network into the unclassified network.

    These markings don’t just disappear by accident. They have to be stripped out manually.

    When generated, classified material (emails or documents)contain classification markings at the beginning of each paragraph of the text ((U) for unclassified, (C)for confidential, (S) for secret, (TS) for top secret, etc.). Classification is marked on the top and bottom of each page of a document or image. Classified material is transmitted with cover pages bearing the highest classification within the document. Removing the cover page does not remove all these internal classification markings. If they are not there, they had to be removed manually.

    If there is unmarked classified material within the Clinton emails, it is because it was deliberately stripped of those markings when it was being prepared. Given the published reports of her computer/email ineptness, Clinton may not have been (and probably wasn’t) the one stripping the classified markings off of the texts originally.

    It doesn’t matter.

    Clinton is certainly experienced enough (or so she likes to tell us) to recognize classified material when she sees it even if it isn’t marked. Every person with a security clearance is personally responsible to report this as a security violation (improperly marked and transmitted classified material)immediately whenever it occurs and to take active measures to prevent the improperly marked materials from further dissemination. This is like Basic Handling of Classified Material 101-level knowledge.

    If she took the classification marking off - she’s in violation.

    If she did not immediately report the removal of classification markings - she’s in violation.

    If she forwarded improperly marked classified material on an unsecure unclassified network - she’s in violation.

    If she allowed others to send/or receive improperly marked classified material on an unsecure unclassified network - she’s in violation.


    The question is: Why?

    The answer is because Queen Hillary can’t be bothered with such pedestrian, plebian concerns as the proper securing of classified material. Her convenience was far more important.

  • Meltdown Day 2: Rick Wilson Asks Ann Coulter If Donald Trump Pays More for Anal

    08/18/2015 3:01:57 PM PDT · 126 of 161
    Captain Rhino to Rockitz

    Got to agree. Even with an apology, how does he continue to work?

    I personally don’t “tweet.” But, based on the ones being incorporated into news stories these days, there seems to be an awful lot of “quick on the draw, brain not engaged” tweeting being done by people, including Mr. Wilson, who should be more careful out of consideration for themselves and the people they work for.