Posts by Captain Rhino

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  • Editorial Should non-citizens in the U.S. vote?

    12/21/2014 11:30:40 AM PST · 6 of 64
    Captain Rhino to PROCON

    Liberals Attempting to Move the Goalposts, Episode 4,736,217.

  • Cyberattack on German Iron Plant Causes ‘Widespread Damage’: Report

    12/20/2014 12:30:54 PM PST · 15 of 17
    Captain Rhino to Ray76

    “The attackers gained access to an unnamed plant’s office network through a targeted malicious email and were ultimately able to cross over into the production network.”

    Shades of Battlestar Galactica!! (new series)

    I’m sure it probably seemed like a good idea at the time to interconnect these two systems.

    (Since they wrote “ultimately,” I’m probably over-simplifying a complicated piece of hacking.)

    Of course, there is also the question of being able to remotely start up a furnace when the plant was unmanned as well. Another example of German engineering genius, I’m sure.

    (Don’t read German, so I’m not sure if this was the case. If the production area WAS manned, it’s actually worse since humans would have been present but were inhibited from stopping the process and preventing the damage.)

    Probably just as well these smart people don’t have nuclear weapons.

  • Despite Pain, OPEC Hawks Come Round To Merits Of Riding Out Oil Slump

    12/19/2014 6:33:26 PM PST · 13 of 14
    Captain Rhino to thackney

    Thank you for taking time to extract this information from the EIA website. It and the website are very insightful.

  • Despite Pain, OPEC Hawks Come Round To Merits Of Riding Out Oil Slump

    12/17/2014 2:41:17 PM PST · 11 of 14
    Captain Rhino to thackney
    No. Most OPEC members are arguing to cut production, not raise it. But they also expect Saudi to make most of the cut, like always.

    I preface what I am about to write by noting that my undergraduate degree was in HISTORY, so my understanding of market dynamics maybe not be entirely accurate.

    That said, as I understand it, the basic mechanism for falling prices is either: 1) level quantity of the commodity and a falling demand for the commodity, or 2) level demand with an increase in the amount of the commodity available. Either situation results in an oversupply of the commodity and downward pressure on the price.

    Since 2) is approximately the current situation and OPEC is maintaining current production levels, where is the oversupply coming from? Non-OPEC oil producing states (principally the United States)?

    As for the Saudis, I agree they do play the long game and can afford to protected as they are by their considerable sovereign wealth funds. Moreover, all of the Gulf States are very adroit in infiltrating and corrupting influential Western institutions (government, academic, and private). That's what makes them all so dangerous.

  • Despite Pain, OPEC Hawks Come Round To Merits Of Riding Out Oil Slump

    12/17/2014 11:32:46 AM PST · 8 of 14
    Captain Rhino to thackney

    Didn’t certain OPEC members actually increase output in order to depress oil prices?

    There have been articles in the last two or three months about Saudi concerns that the OPEC “oil weapon” was being undermined by cheaper US oil and that crashing the oil price was a way for OPEC to put these US producers out of business. Since OPEC economies and social service networks are heavily dependent on the on-going flow of oil royalties, the question is how deep a price fall and how long can it be sustained.

    I would imagine that the Saudis have enormous cash reserves and can sustain the pain for a while. The other OPEC states, not so much.

    Since this is an economy of scale/production issue, I’d support using every last drop of OPEC oil at bargain basement prices while holding our domestic oil in reserve for the day when OPEC production falters, the price rises, and we reverse the flow of petrodollars from low cost outgoing to high cost incoming.

  • What did ancient Babylonian songs sound like? Something like this [IF they were into cool jazz]

    12/16/2014 12:21:42 PM PST · 12 of 26
    Captain Rhino to BenLurkin
    Agree. Soundcloud link in the article has four songs; so you get a pretty good sense of what her collaborative efforts have produced. Pretty exotic sounding. Beautiful voice.

    Ordered the CD at her website (link is in the article). 12 UK pounds. I'll pay that just to encourage her and other obviously talented artists.

  • SpaceX Invents an X-Wing ... Sort Of: Introducing Falcon 9R's Newest Trick

    12/14/2014 7:30:10 PM PST · 24 of 26
    Captain Rhino to Vince Ferrer

    Love the herd of cattle moving across the bottom of the frame at the end of the video.

  • Bakken-Cushing pipeline project slammed shut

    12/14/2014 7:19:11 PM PST · 11 of 15
    Captain Rhino to Red in Blue PA

    Well, looking to the bright side, the US should be able to replenish (or even expand) the Strategic Petroleum Reserve at bargain basement prices.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_Petroleum_Reserve_(United_States)

    However, the SPR is currently about 95% full and only needs another 31 million barrels to be at 100% of existing capacity (727 million barrels). Preliminary plans exist to expand the SPR to between 1 to 1.5 billion barrels. Now might be a good time to implement those plans.

  • Has any GOP Governor opposed the Boehner amnesty budget?

    12/13/2014 7:29:41 PM PST · 13 of 13
    Captain Rhino to Defiant

    Although I don’t like to concede the outcome before the contest is even joined, you are probably right that, in the end, he will remain Speaker. But I think we are in approximate agreement that any deals on things that are important to Boehner had to be made now while he has firmer control of the House and has a deal-minded partner in sourpuss Senator Reid.

    That, as you note, is going to change in January. By passing the 2015 omnibus budget bill now he has taken away the “power of the purse” tool from incoming conservatives for at least a few months. I suspect he hopes to have gotten them under control using the committee chairmen by the time the 2016 Fiscal Year is being developed.

  • Has any GOP Governor opposed the Boehner amnesty budget?

    12/12/2014 6:35:54 PM PST · 5 of 13
    Captain Rhino to Defiant

    Actually, I have a sneaking suspicion that is the reason why this sweetheart budget for the remainder of the FY was rushed through. Come January, the Republican Party will control both houses of Congress and the new and returning conserative Republican Congressmen may just show Mr. Boehner the door. So the time is now if he wants to broker any sort of backscratching, log rolling deals with his Democratic pals in the Senate and the Kenyan...er, President.

  • How Many Homeowners Have Paid Off Their Mortgages?

    12/12/2014 5:13:51 AM PST · 54 of 64
    Captain Rhino to kevao

    From Wikiquotes:

    “Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.”
    Reportedly said by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in a speech in 1904.

    Alternately phrased as “Taxes are what we pay for civilized society, including the chance to insure”, Compania General De Tabacos De Filipinas v. Collector of Internal Revenue, 275 U.S. 87, 100, dissenting; opinion (21 November 1927).

    The first variation is quoted by the IRS above the entrance to their headquarters at 1111 Constitution Avenue.

    IOW, you don’t get the infrastructure of a civilized society without making some mandatory arrangement to pay for it.

    That said, I am glad to pay my country property taxes because I can at least pretty easily correlate them with the services the county provides and it is pretty easy to expose abuses and abusers.

    My feeling toward state taxes is generally the same but there is less transparency and a corresponding lack of accountability.

    However, I strongly dislike the notions of obligatory wealth transfer between one segment of society and another that animates tax policy at the Federal level. Talk about undeserved unearned priviledge!

    As for the fact that the “man” can come and take it, you are right.

    Traced back to its ultimate source, title to the land was originally granted by the state as a sort of perpetual contract between it and the “owner.” Possession and conditional use was granted on stipulation that you obey its laws and pay the taxes and fees levied by it in return. In addition, this requirement is an inseperable and unseverable part of any future transfer of ownership.

    In order to guard against forfiture due to unpaid taxes, escrow accounts are a part of nearly every mortgage. Keeping the house insured is another. However, in that case, the lender is just requiring the borrower to protect the value of the collateral. I recently paid my mortgage off and now have to make arrangements to ensure I pay my property taxes (semiannually, in my case). Technically, I don’t have to keep the house insured but, reflecting on the liability arising in the accident situation you mention, the low annual cost of the insurance is more than worth it to offset the risk.

    Currently, we intend to sell our present house when I retire and build a retirement home with the proceeds. No mortgage. At that time, I’m thinking about funding a separate trust/account to automatically accumulate and pay the insurance and property taxes as they come due. Something like a mortgage escrow account without the mortgage. Properly funded, it should keep the property taxes paid and the homeowner’s insurance in force until we pass and it becomes the turn of somebody else to “own” the property.

    Unfortunately, my credit union doesn’t offer this service, so I need to work with a financial advisor to get one established.

  • 10-year-old boy in jail months after allegedly beating 90-year-old woman to death

    12/11/2014 1:48:41 PM PST · 22 of 58
    Captain Rhino to Responsibility2nd

    Link identifying the victim and accused from the comments section of the article:

    http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/10/pa_boy_10_charged_with_killing.html

    Not Amish...hard to tell from photo (might not be current) but doesn’t look like an outsized gentle giant type kid either.

  • Eaten Alive Viewers Outraged Man Wasn’t Actually Eaten Alive

    12/08/2014 8:37:21 AM PST · 33 of 40
    Captain Rhino to C19fan

    I caught the program just at the point where he began demanding to be rescued. The swallowing motion was torqueing his arm and he became afraid it would break.

    Well, Jeez Louise! Besides widening its mouth and dislocating its jaw, how did these people think an anaconda processes such large prey? It compresses the body by snapping limbs and crushing bone to compact and align it so it can be swallowed. Armored suit not withstanding, lack of planning for that happening shows a serious lack of research.

    Since anacondas occasionally die in this process, the possibility existed that the anaconda would spit him out if the armored suit prevented compaction to suitable diameter.

  • President of California College: "Light Skin Color" is "Significant, Unearned Privilege"

    12/06/2014 12:25:10 PM PST · 36 of 67
    Captain Rhino to rightistight

    How does El Presidente (of the college) expect me to react when I try to politely interact (naturally, since I am of the deemed “priviledged” class/race) with members of the “non-priviledged” race/class and get a big load of “attitiude” for my troubles?

    Was my being polite to them a provocation?

    Is avoiding areas where I am likely to be a target of non-priviledged macroaggression (otherwise known as assaultive criminal behavior) racism because my expectation of being assaulted there actually is the catalyst provoking them into assaulting priviledged and non-priviledged people?

    (I think we saw some of this thinking in articles on how delaying the announcement of the Michael Brown grand jury decision until nightfall actually provoked the rioting in Ferguson. (Along with the security measures taken by the governor.))

    Under this conception of priviledge, is there ever a time when the non-priviledged are actually responsible for their actions and words?

  • Clinton: Including Women Essential to Peace Processes - Launches National Action Plan Academy

    12/05/2014 4:46:10 AM PST · 19 of 33
    Captain Rhino to Cincinatus' Wife

    Yeah, ‘cuz that’s what the world needs right now, 195 more door stops...er...national action plans.

    Sheesh.

  • US Birth Rate Hits All-Time Low

    12/04/2014 3:18:46 PM PST · 38 of 58
    Captain Rhino to SeekAndFind

    The developed world sex distribution rate at birth is of 107 males for every 100 females born. (http://populationaction.org/reports/replacement-fertility-not-constant-not-2-1-but-varying-with-the-survival-of-girls-and-young-women/)

    This produces a population replacement birthrate of 2.07 children per woman. At this rate, the population is stable in size, neither growing nor shrinking. It is also balanced in its sex distribution with roughly equal numbers of males and females. (Statistically, the seven extra males reflect the fact that boys have a higher mortality rate compared to females during childhood.)

    Using a 2.07 child per woman birthrate requirement, a cohort of 1000 women collectively would need to have 2070 children (1000 female, 1070 males) between the ages of 15 and 44.

    This works out to an annualized birthrate of 71.4 children per 1000 women per year, far below the 62.5 per thousand figure cited in the article.

  • University of Chicago Student Threatens Rape on Facebook to Further Diversity Initiatives

    12/03/2014 12:25:56 PM PST · 15 of 24
    Captain Rhino to Billthedrill

    From the article:

    “A number of students have actually come out to defend the post, including student activist Vincente Perez. He stated, “Someone felt they had to show something extreme to get people to care. Think about that. This is not a justification. But think about what the weight of apathy can force people to do.”

    Fourth-year Jaime Sanchez, who co-led protests about the incident, said that it doesn’t matter that the post was fake.

    “From the very beginning, our movement was never about particular incidents; it was about addressing the structural problem of everyday micro-aggressive racism on campus,” he explained. “It’s unfortunate that this betrayal happened, but it was never even about the Facebook incident to begin with. It was always about the larger culture of intolerance that we should continue to focus on.”

    Mr. Sanchez, please define “structural problem of micro-aggressive racism.”

    And, how can the fake Facebook be both unfortunate and not the issue at the same time?

    Were you already leading protests about the “structural problem of micro-aggressive racism” on campus before the incident? If not, then the false posting was the catalyst.

    Building your protest movement on lies and exaggeration is really good strategy for discrediting yourself and the “cause.”

  • Breaking News: NYC grand jury won't indict cop who used choke-hold on Eric Garner

    12/03/2014 11:59:14 AM PST · 8 of 12
    Captain Rhino to dforest

    From the article below your question:

    “The medical examiner ruled the 43-year-old Garner’s death a homicide caused in part by the chokehold. Garner’s health issues, including obesity, were listed as contributing factors in the autopsy report...

    ... Previously, relatives said the video and medical examiner’s report should be enough to warrant an indictment. Police union officials and Pantaleo’s lawyer had argued that the officer didn’t use a chokehold but a takedown move taught by the police department, and that Garner’s poor health was the main reason he died.”

  • Nearly 8,000 resign from Finnish church after same-sex marriage vote

    12/01/2014 12:18:54 PM PST · 47 of 64
    Captain Rhino to deport

    Thanks. Should have looked that up myself...

  • Nearly 8,000 resign from Finnish church after same-sex marriage vote

    12/01/2014 9:57:59 AM PST · 13 of 64
    Captain Rhino to jsanders2001

    I understand it is a matter of principle (and I support them) but 8,000 leaving out of 4.1 million is not going to greatly damage the state-collected finances of the Lutheran Church of Finland.

    (The article is unclear whether membership is 4.1 million or it is 75% of 4.1 million total Finns.)

  • Venezualan Classical Music System Under Fire

    12/01/2014 7:17:25 AM PST · 11 of 11
    Captain Rhino to healy61

    Caracas, as capital, has a large and educated middle and upper class. Probably a lot of their sons and daughters are in that orchestra.

    That being said, I’m glad that at least somebody somewhere has an effective and replicable plan for reinvigorating the performance of classical music by young people because it sure isn’t the United States.

    (Just as an aside, I think part of the dynamic here is also that young musicians like to play this particular piece because it is so sensual, fiery, fast, and, especially, loud.)

  • A former soldier has revealed how a Nazi general spared him from the firing squad in World War Two.

    11/30/2014 8:31:42 PM PST · 25 of 59
    Captain Rhino to Celtic Conservative

    “Rommels son ended up rising to the rank of general in the West German Bundeswehr.”

    Let us keep in mind that Rommel agreed to swallow poison (thereby saving Hitler the spectacle of a very embarrassing public trail) in order to protect his family (including only son Manfred) from collective punishment over the Field Marshall’s involvement in the 20 July 1944 assassination plot.

    However, Manfred did not go on to achieve high office (civilian or military) in the Bundeswehr. In fact, his only military service was as a teenager during the war.

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

  • Venezualan Classical Music System Under Fire

    11/30/2014 5:52:22 PM PST · 7 of 11
    Captain Rhino to Captain Rhino

    Should read:

    Director Dietrich Paredes is considered one of the better young conductors in the world today.

  • Venezualan Classical Music System Under Fire

    11/30/2014 5:48:41 PM PST · 6 of 11
    Captain Rhino to tellw

    Take a listen to the finished product:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcAGFgPCigw

    The Youth Orchestra of Caracas playing Bacchanale from Saint Saens “Samson and Delilah.” Very famous piece.

    Director Dietrich Paredes is considered one to the better young conductors in the world today.

  • Here Are All The Not So Peaceful Protestors Arrested in #Ferguson

    11/27/2014 8:21:45 AM PST · 33 of 35
    Captain Rhino to Din Maker

    Did the fact that modular homes tend to be significantly lower in cost per square foot compared to site built homes play a factor in making them whole again? Did the cost differential (modular vs site built) save them enough to allow purchase of the replacement furnishings out of the insurance proceeds? Or would their replacement coverage have made them whole regardless?

    (For those not aware of the difference, modular homes are not trailers. They are regular homes built in a factory as completely finished modules that are then transported to the home site and placed on a prebuilt foundation by crane. Very fast process for getting a home built. Afterwards, siding (or some other exterior finish) is applied making the house indistinguishable from a site built home.)

  • An Unexpected Jump In New Jobless Claims

    11/26/2014 1:22:02 PM PST · 30 of 34
    Captain Rhino to CivilWarBrewing

    ...California has stopped cooking its unemployment statistics.

    There, finished the sentence for you.

  • I am utterly undone: My struggle with black rage and fear after Ferguson

    11/26/2014 11:55:48 AM PST · 153 of 163
    Captain Rhino to Cincinatus' Wife

    “To ask us to be “dignified and disciplined,” to ask us to “respect the rule of law” in the face of such a mockery of justice is to ask us to affirm the path to our own destruction.”

    Mockery of justice, yeah we hear that a lot from left liberals, especially black ones.

    Well, Professor Cooper, HOW EXACTLY was the grand jury process so flawed that it constituted a “mockery of justice?” Except, of course, for the fact that you didn’t like the outcome of the process?

    Come on, be specific. Surely, a professor such as yourself can actually articulate the individual deficiencies in the process that cumulatively made it a “mockery of justice.”

    Or would requiring that simply be “racist?”

    Go ahead, take your time. We’ll be here, won’t we?

  • Cleveland police officer shoots 12-year-old boy carrying BB gun

    11/23/2014 2:43:12 AM PST · 52 of 103
    Captain Rhino to 2ndDivisionVet

    Yeah, it could be that.

    Over on another website, I read an article about a 12 year old girl gone missing from school. Among the various details about her, she is described as being 5’4’ and weighing 161 lbs. Okay, probably a statistical outlier for 12 year olds, but they definitely can be adult sized. And even if more normal sized, criminal culture is trying to recruit significantly underaged members because our justice system is only now slowly changing its views against harshly punishing child criminals. As I’m sure you know, a 12 year old murderer faces a much shorter sentence under much better conditions than an adult.

    As for the “it’s just a toy gun” comments being made in other posts, a visit to any Wal-Mart sporting goods department will reveal BB and AirSoft pistols and rifles with moulded plastic frames that look exactly like Berettas and tricked out M-16s EXCEPT they have a red plastic tip at the end of the muzzle. That tip can easily be painted and/or removed to make the “toy” look exactly like a weapon.

  • Churches Won’t Be Charged “Rain Tax” if they Preach Against Global Warming

    11/20/2014 2:23:10 PM PST · 35 of 42
    Captain Rhino to SeekAndFind

    I hope there is a conservative legal group out there somewhere about to file a 1st Amendment lawsuit against Prince Georges County over this dictated content.

  • Racially Charged Incident At UConn Triggers Concerns About Campus Atmosphere

    11/20/2014 2:02:16 PM PST · 23 of 23
    Captain Rhino to armydawg505

    The emerging rule seems to be whenever a contentious situation like this appears to be beginning with one or more of the “favored classes” (you know blacks, Hispanics, LGBT, etc.), a designated “defensive videographer” (DV) should get out their cellphone and begin creating a audio and video record of the incident to be presented at the inevitable administrative hearing to follow. Two (or more) DVs would be even better.

    Better yet, the fraternity should invest in some GoPro wearable cameras and just record entire activity sessions from beginning to end.

  • Missouri governor appoints Ferguson Commission

    11/19/2014 7:15:32 AM PST · 41 of 42
    Captain Rhino to eeriegeno

    Actually, an even lower percentage than the 14% you mention (which is the percentage of all blacks in the US population). Many blacks just want to live normal lives and do not want to have anything to do with this nonsense either.

  • Brown Family Attorney: Missouri Gov. ‘Preparing for War’ in Ferguson

    11/17/2014 7:12:42 PM PST · 56 of 68
    Captain Rhino to 2ndDivisionVet

    Translation:

    “We would have behaved peacefully until your preparations provoked us into behaving violently.”

    Of course, if the authorities do not prepare, the complaint would then be that their negligence in failing to prepare invited the resulting violence.

    Got to find that “Goldilocks” zone of just enough preparation. When you do, you will be met with just enough violence to satisfy the protesters without there being excessive amounts of property damage, injury, or loss of life.

    Perfect. Just how do you compute that? And how do you keep the protestors from moving the goal posts?

  • 3-Year-Old Waiting in Line for Ice Cream is KILLED by a Drunk Hit-&-Run Driver,...

    11/14/2014 12:03:38 PM PST · 17 of 18
    Captain Rhino to Bettyprob

    Yes, it is simultaneously odd and sad that reporting on these types of “politically incorrect” US stories typically appears in the UK Daily Mail several days before they appear in US media (if at all).

  • Forensics expert to testify at Ferguson grand jury, attorney says

    11/12/2014 2:49:34 PM PST · 23 of 36
    Captain Rhino to Bogey78O

    The family said they wanted Officer Wilson arrested and tried for murder. Since that is now very likely not to happen, this is probably a face saving gesture for them and ambulance chasing Crump when the no bill decision comes down. Then they can say (with the appropriate tone of disappointment):

    “Well, we’re disappointed but they heard our evidence. So everybody just calm down and respect the process and the grand jury’s decision.”

    Or words to that effect.

    It won’t matter what is said to the professional agitators and the brothers in the hood. They are going to act out regardless.

    It will be interesting to see how the warning that Governor Nixon made about not tolerating another outbreak of violence is put into effect.

    Pass the popcorn, please.

  • Packed lunches 'have poorer nutritional quality' than school lunches

    11/08/2014 4:27:48 AM PST · 23 of 86
    Captain Rhino to RginTN

    Two issues here.

    The first is informational. If the packed lunches are somehow nutritionally lacking, instead of just attacking them as inadequate, how about, as you suggest, providing printed guidelines to parents so that they can improve their content, control portion size, etc? Then get food manufacturers aboard with producing conveniently packaged, nutritional food items that meet the guidelines. It is not like they (the food manufacturers) won’t respond and quickly. Supermarkets are full of products designed for lunch boxes/bags (school and office) right now.

    The second issue is more sinister and has to do with attacking any input from outside the school as uninformed, inadequate, and harmful. This is the left/liberal education agenda in action to isolate and indoctrinate students that only those things provided through approved government channels are useful. Packed lunches, no matter how nutritious, will, prima fascia, always be inadequate because they represent individual resistance to the educational system. They create difference when the objective is uniformity. Better all children be required to eat the same barely palatable school lunch than social dissonance be created when students see what their individual lunches contain and some dare to complain to their parents about it.

  • Saudi oil-price cut takes market by surprise

    11/04/2014 8:51:55 AM PST · 73 of 120
    Captain Rhino to Zhang Fei

    Since the price cut is just targeting the United States and is aimed at undercutting US oil producers and driving them from the market, doesn’t this violate the US anti-dumping law or does that only apply to say...television sets?

  • Raw: F-35C Makes First Aircraft Carrier Landing

    11/04/2014 4:31:11 AM PST · 7 of 11
    Captain Rhino to maddog55

    Wow! $120 million vs $219 million per unit, that’s a heck of a spread in cost estimates.

    Just for perspective, a Boeing 787-8 costs $218.7 million a copy. http://www.boeing.com/boeing/commercial/prices/

    Here’s a link to what you would get for the money:

    http://www.airliners.net/photo/Boeing/Boeing-787-8-Dreamliner/1240280/

    An apples to oranges comparison to be sure but, at some level, you’ve got to wonder just exactly what is in the F-35 that makes it so pricey?

    According to information at this link, the F-35 airframe is the major cost component of the aircraft and ranges in cost between $77 and $101 million a copy depending on variant:

    http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?121667-F35-News-only-thread-for-2013/page18

    (Note: This table has the unit cost for an F-35 falling toward the lower end of that estimated $120-$219 million unit cost range mentioned at the beginning of this post.)

  • Fury: The Mother of all Tank Movies

    11/03/2014 11:45:16 AM PST · 37 of 73
    Captain Rhino to Jimmy Valentine

    Actually, the tank gasoline fire problem was common to all nations tanks during WWII with the exception of the Japanese. The Japanese had diesel powered tanks due to a pre-WWII fire in an imported tank that killed tank crewmen. This led the Japanese to focus on developing suitable diesel-powered tanks. Of course, fuel safety did nothing for the under-armed and under-armored character of Japanese tanks when matched against US tanks and, very late in the war, Soviet tanks.

    Another problem with the radial aircraft engine in the Sherman was that the height of the hull had to be increased to accommodate the diameter of the engine. This raised its silhouette, making it more observable and therefore, more vulnerable, on the battlefield.

  • Fury: The Mother of all Tank Movies

    11/03/2014 11:30:52 AM PST · 36 of 73
    Captain Rhino to w1n1

    Technical point.

    Previous movies featuring Tiger tanks (Kelly’s Heroes, Saving Private Ryan) actually used T-34s converted to look like Tigers. The conversions were pretty good but, in addition to the boxing in necessary to make the bow glacis plate and turret look like a Tiger, an easy observed telling point is the location of the track drive sprocket. In the Tiger, the drive sprocket is forward of the road wheels as shown in this video feature about the “Fury” Tiger:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturevideo/filmvideo/11097692/Fury-behind-the-scenes-of-the-ultimate-tank-movie-starring-Brad-Pitt.html

    The T-34 Tiger 1 conversions still have a T-34 drive train which places the idler wheel in the front and the drive sprocket in the rear as shown here (Kelly’s Heroes):

    http://www.imcdb.org/vehicle_31790-Uralvagonzavod-T-34-85-1944.html

    and here (Saving Private Ryan):

    http://www.cix.co.uk/~mollusca/tank/9807bov13.jpg

    Also notice, based on the humans in the pictures, how significantly smaller a T-34-based Tiger conversion in size is when compared to the real Tiger:

    http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/8374/6rqi.jpg

    This is hardly surprising since the T-34 was a small medium class tank while the 88mm Tiger was, at the time, the first tank in the heavy class of tanks developed during WWII. (Soon matched by the Soviet 122mm-armed IS series tanks.)

    Today, of course, there are no medium and heavy class tanks, just main battle tanks, all very fast, weighing in at between 45 and 70 tons, and all armed with 115 to 125mm main guns.

  • West Haven [CT] man pleads guilty in hot oil attack

    10/29/2014 6:49:25 AM PDT · 13 of 18
    Captain Rhino to Westbrook

    Yeah. Relatively speaking, she’s lucky he didn’t have a supply of acid to pour on her because that is the liquid of choice in most of these attacks.

  • Woman recalls efforts to save Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at War Memorial [you are loved, you are brave...]

    10/24/2014 3:25:20 AM PDT · 16 of 33
    Captain Rhino to goldstategop

    This is sort of an odd recollection to pop into one’s mind at a time like this, but I remember in some of my readings of soldier accounts from U.S. Civil War that shooting a posted sentry was essentially regarded as murder. This was because the sentry was required to maintain his exposed post on the picket line - essentially a fully upright unmoving target. Shooting a sentry was offensive to sensibilities of the other common soldiers because they, on any another day, might be performing exactly the same duty. Instead, it was common practice to “drive the sentries in” by firing above their heads.

    It was an odd, brief humanitarian gesture extended by opposing soldiers to one another in the moments before the deluge of death that was coming.

    However, the enemy we now face is so unlike anything resembling a soldier that we must put aside any feelings of common humanity towards them and concerntrate fully on finding and destroying everyone of them along with their enablers.

  • New-generation missile destroyer under development in Russia

    10/21/2014 3:01:37 PM PDT · 11 of 12
    Captain Rhino to Charles Martel

    USS Bainbridge CGN-25 started out as a DLGN.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Bainbridge_(CGN-25)

    CGN made more sense given its displacement and dimensions.

    Got a link on the refitting of the Kirovs? I though several were decommissioned.

  • China’s Aircraft Carrier Trouble—Spewing Steam and Losing Power

    10/20/2014 2:17:16 PM PDT · 21 of 25
    Captain Rhino to reed13k

    I was wondering primarily because GT/diesel electric combinations are being used for the new class of LHDs now being built (Wasp class and America class). But, reflecting on what you wrote, they are not quite half the tonnage as Nimitz-class carriers and do not have the same launch and high speed transit requirements.

    Thanks for taking time to answer my questions.

  • China’s Aircraft Carrier Trouble—Spewing Steam and Losing Power

    10/20/2014 6:18:58 AM PDT · 14 of 25
    Captain Rhino to reed13k

    I am surprised, considering the extensive rebuilding/reengineering the Chinese did do on this ship, that they did not choose to avoid the well-known problems attendant with high pressure steam (especially with Soviet designs) by installing the gas turbine/diesel electric combination being adopted for many modern warship designs.

    Is it the case that a sufficiently large gas turbine/diesel electric combination simply is too large for the space that would be made available by removing the high pressure boilers and steam turbines?

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

    10/17/2014 11:37:28 AM PDT · 27 of 40
    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.