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Posts by Captain Rhino

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  • The Martian

    09/29/2015 7:05:30 PM PDT · 73 of 85
    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-Women’s 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.

  • U.S. Planned to Drop 12 Atomic Bombs on Japan

    08/16/2015 10:55:51 AM PDT · 107 of 134
    Captain Rhino to 2ndDivisionVet

    “Archival records show a third bomb was under assembly at Tinian in the Mariana Islands where the Enola Gay and Bockscar had flown from, with the main plutonium core about to be shipped from the U.S.”

    From reading the Operation DOWNFALL operations order (and other related documents), I had known that other atomic bombs were to be available to support the invasion (starting with Operation OLYMPIC that November). I had not known until last week that two more were already in the process of being assembled on Tinian for possible use in late August.

    The readiness and willingness to immediately continuing using these bombs without pause was a bit of a shock. The more so because I am married to a Japanese woman whose family was living in separate households at the time both in Tokyo proper and the countryside outside the city (were her mother and other siblings had moved after the firebombings earlier in 1945).

    She was not born until after the war, so an atomic bomb attack on Tokyo...

  • Donald Trump thinks going to Mars would be 'wonderful' but there is a catch

    08/16/2015 10:24:18 AM PDT · 16 of 22
    Captain Rhino to Marcus

    Yeah, of course; because the greatest nation in the world can’t do or afford more than one thing at a time.

    You know who is very happy about Trump saying that? The Russians and the Chinese. Because they know these missions take a long, long time to develop and you have to invest continuously (at reasonable levels) over that period to develop and mature the needed technology so that it is ready and reliable.

    So, when we are finally “ready,” (after coring out our own R&D), we will just call up the Russians and the Chinese and ask them to share their research with us. We will even offer to pay a good price. That’s what a good businessman like Donald would do, right? But not everything is available for money, not even for a lot of it. And they (the Russians and Chinese) won’t be interested in assisting the “has been” United States at that point. They will only be interested in seeing their primary rival for world prestige and influence disappear in the rear view mirror as they go on to establish human outposts on the Moon and colonize Mars (and beyond).

    Of course, “President” Donald will be gone from office by then and will not be interested in discussing the past or being responsible for his damaging decisions. Just another example of some more short term, only the bottom line counts thinking from the business man (albeit a very successful one, to be sure) that doesn’t even have one day of elected government executive experience.


  • Neon Hair-Hatted BT-1000s Ruin Bernie Sanders Ralley With Black Lives Matter BS

    08/12/2015 1:15:33 PM PDT · 19 of 26
    Captain Rhino to John S Mosby

    Secret Service protection does not start until 120 days before the presidential general election.

    Hilary has Secret Service protection because she is, among a great many other things, the wife of a former president.

    I imagine the governors that are running have state police security details. For the other candidates, event specific security is probably being kludged together as needed using various police and private security resources.

    Donald, of course, will just rent whatever he thinks he needs, with the usual option to buy.

  • Russian Warships Dock In Iran for War Training

    08/10/2015 5:26:44 PM PDT · 26 of 27
    Captain Rhino to Forward the Light Brigade

    Actually, the two ships are very small displacement Buyan class corvettes. Here’s a link to some basic details on the type:

    The vessels are assigned to the Caspian Sea flotilla. The Iranian port they are calling at is at the southern end of that sea, on the other side of Iran from western interests.

  • Hiroshima: Thoughts on an awful anniversary [Do the Ends Justify the Means?]

    08/06/2015 12:51:14 PM PDT · 82 of 104
    Captain Rhino to SeekAndFind

    Actually, despite the supposed Japanese peace overtures via the Soviets and the likely effects of the sea blockade of Japan, he really didn’t know what would ultimately be required to compel the Japanese to lay down their arms, to surrender unconditionally. When he made the decision to drop the bomb, Operation DOWNFALL was still on.

    Truman, I would argue, was duty bound to try the bombs whether or not they worked (that is, made the Japanese surrender) so that he could honestly tell the American public he had tried everything in his power to get the Japanese to surrender before ordering the Operation OLYMPIC landings (Phase 1 of DOWNFALL) scheduled for November 1945.

  • Hiroshima: Thoughts on an awful anniversary [Do the Ends Justify the Means?]

    08/06/2015 12:19:35 PM PDT · 80 of 104
    Captain Rhino to SeekAndFind

    What goes unsaid in these discussions is the politically IMPOSSIBLE position that deciding NOT to use the atomic bomb would have put President Truman in at the time.

    Just how do his critics think the American public of the day would have reacted when they found out that the President had deliberately decided NOT to use the fantastically expensive and possibly war winning atomic bomb out of some elevated sense of humanity?

    Just how do his critics think the American public of the day would have reacted when they found out that the President had deliberately chosen to have the American people endure the million or more US killed/wounded/missing needed to reduce the Japanese home islands through conventional land warfare?

  • This ‘Back to the Future’ style flying car closer to reality than you might think (Terrafugia TF-X)

    08/06/2015 3:36:36 AM PDT · 16 of 19
    Captain Rhino to cripplecreek

    Correct. Add to that the problems we are already experiencing with private drones violating FAA airspace restrictions on their operation: intruding above private property and flying well above maximum permitted altitude into the approaches to active commercial airports.

    No, this is an avoidable problem. There are some inventions that are wonderful technical achievements that simply should not be in the hands of the general public no matter how wealthy they are.

  • Windows 10 wipes your child safety settings if you upgrade from 7 or 8 (Family Features gone)

    08/06/2015 2:47:42 AM PDT · 31 of 59
    Captain Rhino to dayglored

    From the end of the article:

    “Defending Windows 10 and Microsoft, a spokesperson told us: “We will continue to roll out new Windows 10 Family features over time. We designed Windows 10 as a service, and we’ll keep listening to our customers. If there are ways to make improvements, we will do so.”

    Because it’s a service vice a product, you are installing an operating system with an unstable interface configuration that the developer feels it can change without notice anytime the 50 lb. brain geniuses and their bosses in Seattle feel like adding a new feature (regardless of its utility to you). Ditto for the new Office suite.

    Whether or not you get the same application in the same configuration as it was yesterday will be a crapshoot every time you turn the computer on.

  • Federal court strikes down 'discriminatory' Texas voter ID

    08/05/2015 1:20:27 PM PDT · 26 of 42
    Captain Rhino to martinidon

    Maybe the solution is two separate polling places separated by an internal door. You enter through the State/local election door and declare your intention to vote in: 1) all elections, 2) State/local elections only, or 3)Federal elections only. If you answer 1) or 2), you produce required identification and vote prior to passing through the inner door. If you answer 3), you go directly through the inner door and vote in the Federal Election only.

    The same rolls could be used for each. The voter would just have to be checked off twice.

    State law is respected and Federal law is respected.

    What would be interesting would be those micro-People’s Republic left wing cities that are going to let non-citizens vote in municipal elections. Seeing that sorted out while simultaneously running photo ID- required State elections and Federal elections might be worth making popcorn for.

  • Montgomery boxes Confederate statue to protect it from vandalism

    08/05/2015 10:02:42 AM PDT · 27 of 29
    Captain Rhino to heye2monn

    If the group that put up the monument followed customary practice, the monument was given to the county at its dedication way back when and thus became public property.

    Defacing/damaging public property is a crime. I guess defacing it also could be a hate crime if the intent was to intimidate. However, I’m not sure if the message “Black Lives Matter” conveys a threat or enough of an overt threat to be considered intimidation.

    The monument has value and artistic merit. The question that Montgomery County, MD (now (and for some time preceding) a majority black county) has to solve is what to do with it. Entombing it (as has been done) at least removes the focus of aggravation and protects the monument from further damage until a measured and well thought out solution can be arrived at.

    In my personal opinion, I think it will be crated and removed to be placed in storage in some county warehouse or at the back of some county vehicle parking lot. Maybe it will, as President Obama said, end up in a museum. Perhaps, in time, such monuments will be sent from all over the “New South” to some central location to create some great Confederate monument statuary garden. Stone Mountain?

  • Maine court: Anti-gay marriage group must disclose donors

    08/05/2015 9:05:00 AM PDT · 18 of 18
    Captain Rhino to Olog-hai

    Sounds like time for a strategic NOM server crash.

    I mean it worked so far for Hilary, hasn’t it?

    (Okay, maybe that’s a bad example.)

  • Washington D.C. Is Sinking Into the Ocean

    08/01/2015 5:39:07 PM PDT · 82 of 91
    Captain Rhino to VinL

    Ignore the slanted Time article (which wrongly makes the problem of a sinking shoreline seem like it is tied to current global warming) and click this link (embedded in the Time article)( for the actual Geological Society of America (GSA) article.

    From the GSA article summary:

    “Data indicate that the region was submerged at least for portions of marine isotope stage (MIS) 3 (ca. 60–30 ka), although multiple proxies suggest that global sea level was 40–80 m lower than present. Today MIS 3 deposits are above sea level because they were raised by the Last Glacial Maximum forebulge, but decay of that same forebulge is causing ongoing subsidence. These results suggest that glacio-isostasy controlled relative sea level in the mid-Atlantic region for tens of thousands of years following retreat of the Laurentide Ice Sheet and continues to influence relative sea level in the region. Thus, isostatically driven subsidence of the Chesapeake Bay region will continue for millennia, exacerbating the effects of global sea-level rise and impacting the region’s large population centers and valuable coastal natural resources.”

    The last paragraph of the GSA article:

    “For Washington D.C. and other coastal cities, risk assessment and adaptation planning based on the full range of possible RSL rise scenarios is critical. The analysis by Ayyub et al. (2012) indicates significant losses for Washington D.C. with a rise of 0.4 m, well below the minimum predicted rise of sea level for AD 2100 of 0.49–0.98 m. This analysis under-predicts the most likely RSL rise over the next century, in part because it does not explicitly consider that GIA will drive increased RSL independent of climate change. We conclude that risk assessments and adaptation planning for sea-level rise should consider the full range of sea-level estimates (e.g., Miller et al., 2013) and take local subsidence values into consideration, particularly for high-density population centers like Washington D.C.”

    In layman’s terms, the land surface south of the maximum expansion of the continental ice sheets during the last Ice Age was pressed upward by the weigh of all the ice to the north (forebulge) and since the removal of that weight at the end of the Ice Age, the bulged upward land is subsiding (approximately 1.3–1.7 mm/yr). The good news (for those worried about it) is that the forebulge is localized and, as the following except from the Discussion portion of the article implies, does not affect the Atlantic seaboard south of North Carolina:

    “The presence of MIS 3 estuarine deposits near today’s sea level confirms the effects of GIA over long timescales for the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and supports similar interpretations within the greater Chesapeake Bay region. The elevations of MIS 3 estuarine deposits generally decrease from the Central Delmarva Peninsula southward to North Carolina (Scott et al., 2010); dated, emerged MIS 3 estuarine deposits are not found south of North Carolina. While the maximum elevations of MIS 3 deposits vary (GSA Supplemental Data Fig. S8 [see footnote 1]), decreasing elevations to the south are consistent with the shape of the forebulge based on subsidence rates (Engelhart et al., 2009). High-precision GPS data, though limited to a short time series, also indicate the highest rates of subsidence on the Atlantic coast are centered on the Chesapeake Bay region (Sella et al., 2007; Snay et al., 2007).”

  • Post paper ends publication after 60 years.The Fort Huachuca Scout No More

    07/31/2015 11:18:44 AM PDT · 6 of 7
    Captain Rhino to Caipirabob

    Couldn’t agree more.

    Another childhood memory from Tucson: sitting on the front yard grass on a cool, clear night, looking up and just being overwhelmed at the millions of stars stretching from horizon to horizon.

    There’s a reason for that observatory on Mount Lemon.

    (Unfortunately, I’ve read there is now a lot of light pollution from all grown up Tucson and astronomical observation is more difficult.)

  • Post paper ends publication after 60 years.The Fort Huachuca Scout No More

    07/31/2015 7:41:42 AM PDT · 2 of 7
    Captain Rhino to SandRat

    Learned to ride a bicycle one Christmas afternoon in Fort Huachuca base housing.

    Born in Mesa and grew up mostly in Tucson. Love the scrub Sonoran desert. If it was up to me (and it’s not), I’d retire in Sierra Vista.

  • Average US vehicle age hits record 11.5 years

    07/29/2015 1:51:46 PM PDT · 123 of 133
    Captain Rhino to Olog-hai

    Okay, I’ll play. I have two cars in this age group. Both bought used in the mid 2000s:

    - 2000 Chrysler Town & Country; still runs strong, no rust.

    - 2001 Ford Windstar; still runs strong, no rust, just repainted mainly to remove some scrape marks from the Mrs. getting a little too close to pillars and such when squeezing into parking spaces in covered garages. Even though we got a great price on the job, she’s a lot more careful now that she knows how much repainting a van costs.

    Plan on driving them until I can shift to what I consider to be the ideal family trio: economy sedan, van, and full size pickup truck (w/ladder rack and maybe a cap).

  • Death penalty possible for man convicted of killing Officer Travis Murphy

    07/28/2015 1:49:55 PM PDT · 9 of 9
    Captain Rhino to Morpheus2009

    That was a very interesting movie.

  • Aircraft 'bomb bag' limits on board explosion impact

    07/24/2015 2:50:02 PM PDT · 15 of 18
    Captain Rhino to Talisker

    Good sentiment but wrong application. This device keeps the inside explosion in. What you want is to keep the outside explosion out.

    Depending on the vehicle, these vehicles already use multiple layers of protection from stand-off bar armor, explosive reactive armor, various types of solid and composite armor, and interior spall liners. The later contain all the bolts and nuts and handles and fixtures that may be dislodged by an outside explosion and prevent them from becoming shrapnel inside the vehicle (along with scabs of armor plate that may come off of inner surfaces of body armor due to kinetic shockwaves).

    What this technology demonstrates is that there is a lot of innovative research and development going on right now that promises great levels of blast protection along with very significant reductions in weight. What we need to do is be very, very, very prudently in buying just enough of the old armor technology to meet current needs. That way we don’t foreclose investing in the new technologies once they mature because we blew our available procurement dollars in buying too much of the old armor technology. Once bought, some of these vehicles may serve 30, 40, or more years before being replaced.

    The first US HMMWVs came into service in the early to mid-1980s. The last won’t leave service until the mid-2030s (if then). Yes, the last model HMMWVs are not anything like the first but the point I am making here is the deadening effect on future procurement of all that sunk capital investment.

  • Man on the Moon July 20, 1969-Remembering the "Magnificent Seven" Serbs in the Apollo Space Program

    07/23/2015 6:38:52 PM PDT · 7 of 9
    Captain Rhino to Ravnagora

    Listened to the Apollo 11 broadcast from the Moon in a command bunker while attached to Lima Co, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines. The company was guarding the Namo Bridge on Highway 1 just north of Da Nang, RVN at the time.

    Though there was no celebration where we were, we were proud of America’s accomplishment. Despite our problems at home and in the world, we seemed poised on the cusp of many wonderful possibilities.

    These many years later, America is still knocking the ball out of the park with our space faring accomplishments; the New Horizons flyby of Pluto last week being just the latest example. As for those problems at home and abroad, well, a powerful lot of work still needs to be done.

  • Silent 911 call leads police to find 5 fatally stabbed in Oklahoma home; 2 relatives held

    07/23/2015 8:28:21 AM PDT · 12 of 20
    Captain Rhino to cuban leaf

    Had a Samsung TracFone that started calling 911 all by itself. Got rid of it after it did this three times and the 911 operators used their system to call/vibrate the phone through the open link. The operators knew nothing was wrong because they had been listening for a few minutes prior to calling the phone and just heard normal conversation going on. Not quite a “butt dial” situation because the cellphone was in a belt case.

    Working with TracFone, we finally figured out that when the cellphone lost signal for a period of time (like in an electronically masked deep corner of the mall while doing my daily walk), it would go into emergency mode (which still permits outgoing 911 calls) and, if bumped in its belt carrier during that time, it would dial 911. Resetting the phone to its factory default settings didn’t cure the problem.

    Finally concluded that it was the phone and the service provider’s poor network coverage and got an iPhone5 smart phone and a new carrier.

  • Silent 911 call leads police to find 5 fatally stabbed in Oklahoma home; 2 relatives held

    07/23/2015 8:07:49 AM PDT · 10 of 20
    Captain Rhino to eastforker

    Unfortunately, based on other recently reported murder cases involving otherwise affluent teenage males, the cause of the murders may turn out to be something so trivial as an argument over suspending their Game Boy/Xbox playing privileges.

  • US oil futures break $50

    07/22/2015 2:57:14 PM PDT · 14 of 19
    Captain Rhino to MarchonDC09122009

    I know the US oil industry has been looking for efficiencies to lower production cost (or lower them even further). But how much lower does the price per barrel go before oil production in the upper Midwest finally does shut down and the US stops being a net exporter of oil?

    Being one has obviously had a major positive economic impact for the US and it has also given us a freer hand strategically when dealing with the oil sheiks. There have been some articles theorizing that they (the oil sheiks) are increasing production with a view toward shutting down US producers by tanking the price of oil. Sort of a “I can stand the pain longer than you can” strategy for driving the competition from the field and reasserting their dominance.

    However, I’m just an outside observer. What are your thoughts?

  • Ga. man who shot robber: 'I just did what I had to do'

    07/19/2015 5:12:40 AM PDT · 19 of 25
    Captain Rhino to smokingfrog

    Interestingly, the following portion of the text report was omitted from the broadcast video:

    “People are just sick of people running them up,” said Turner Co. Sheriff Andy Hester. “And robbing, and stealing, and pillaging, and people are tired of it. These people that’ll go out and do this kind of stuff need to realize- it ain’t always gonna fare to their favor, just because they’re a predator.”

    The Sheriff’s remarks were probably edited out due to time considerations, no doubt.

    Yeah, no doubt.

  • Ruger Precision Rifle (new long-range rifle - beautiful and inexpensive)

    07/18/2015 8:59:07 AM PDT · 43 of 88
    Captain Rhino to RoosterRedux

    Ah, yes. The black scary looking assault bolt action rifle. Let’s hyperventilate heavily and try to ban the evil looking thing immediately!!

  • NY Mag Article: "Feminist" Men Should be Okay with Wives Having Sex with Others

    07/17/2015 2:30:51 PM PDT · 64 of 82
    Captain Rhino to rightistight

    Oh, I get it. Male feminist = cockhold

    Can’t bring myself to read the article.

    Does she allow him to have sex with other women as he chooses as well or is this a decidedly one way street? What happens if she decides to have children by her lover? Is he going to be responsible to pay for raising them? Under current law he probably is. (It’s all about the children, you know.)

    This “man” doesn’t have a shred of respect for marriage, his children or himself. He, and any man who imitates his sorry example, will get exactly what they deserve.

  • Vanity: Those irritating "Pope Francis Said..." commercials on WMAL -- suggested action

    07/14/2015 4:52:05 AM PDT · 14 of 25
    Captain Rhino to Perdogg

    The same commercials are on WTOP (103.5 FM) in the Washington DC metro media market. My impression from their programming is that the WTOP primary market is southern Maryland and DC. I listen to it primarily for the traffic and weather reports which are given frequently each hour.

    The voice talent sounds like Morgan Freeman, who is an atheist if I recall correctly.

  • Students get $4.5M payout for enduring anti-Semitic bullying

    07/10/2015 4:38:01 AM PDT · 8 of 15
    Captain Rhino to Old Sarge

    General information: Do a search on Pine Bush school district New York anti-Semitism to get the background on this case. Major NYC paper coverage. The Village Voice provides a lot of community Twitter comments.

  • Solar activity predicted to fall 60% in 2030s, to 'mini ice age' levels: Sun driven by double dynamo

    07/09/2015 2:35:49 PM PDT · 37 of 68
    Captain Rhino to Paladin2

    Yeah, got to agree. A 60% reduction in total solar output ought to do a lot more than just cause a “mini-ice age.” Possible misplaced/misread decimal: .06 versus .60?

    Interesting cause; exactly out of phase waveforms.

    Of course, this raises the question of what mechanism causes the long duration ice ages. Gradual coming into phase also implies a gradual going out of phase on the other side (all other factors being equal) over an article-implied cycle of about 400 years.

    Since the pre-historic ice ages lasted thousands of years, how do you keep the waveforms in phase (or nearly in phase) over a very, very long time? Or is it the case that the 400 year cycle holds but something on Earth (or in the Earth’s atmosphere) once started by the diminished solar cycle activity took hold and caused the descent into the millennias-long grip of the ice?

  • 'Nothing to debate': Second Amendment, legal gun in my purse saved our lives

    07/08/2015 10:19:42 AM PDT · 27 of 64
    Captain Rhino to Hulka

    Years ago, I worked with a former Marine Corps Intelligence Officer (MOS 0202) who was an Air Force Academy graduate. When asked the obvious question about the dissonance between his alma mater and service, he said that graduates of the three U.S. military academies have the option of selecting the branch of the armed forces they want to serve in. The vast majority go on to serve with their academy’s sponsoring service but occasionally one selects a different branch.

    I also recall having an officer candidate from the US Military Academy at West Point in our Platoon Leaders Combined (PLC) Combined Course the summer I went to Officer Candidates School at Quantico. (Several decades ago now.)

  • Dad Banned From Dentist Exam Room Rushes In Anyways. (child is 5, VIDEO)

    07/06/2015 8:20:00 AM PDT · 28 of 50
    Captain Rhino to Gamecock

    Actually, there are other ways the two front teeth can be lost simultaneously .

    My second daughter lost her two front teeth at about that age (she was 6) when she rolled over in bed while asleep, fell onto the floor face first (about 18-24 inches) and, despite the rug, banged her baby front teeth hard enough to cause their “death” and require extraction. She loves to smile, so it made a cute 1st grade picture.

    She was complemented on her bravery by the dentist (Navy Reserve officer) when they were extracted. No papoose board required for her. She was also a lot more stoic than her older sister when it came to getting shots.

  • Your cat is on a killing spree that's destroying the planet; study finds you're in denial about it

    07/01/2015 9:35:54 AM PDT · 30 of 85
    Captain Rhino to Rio

    We have/had two cats.

    O Samurai-san, a small black and white male we got from the local shelter, was an indoor/outdoor cat (meaning he was indoors until the weather warmed up then he was outdoors). He was scruffy, a careless groomer and yep ...a killer. He died at age fifteen from a stomach tumor.

    Mi-ke (Japanese for calico), was adopted from the IAMS cat colony in Iowa. She is completely an indoor cat (by choice)and, other than being entertained by a mouse, wouldn’t have the foggiest idea what to do with it or that it was a food item. Other than vanilla ice cream, has no interest in human food. She is nineteen and has high blood pressure. (Yeah, I know... “how can a cat have high blood pressure?” Well, she does.) She is also now blind, so she gets around mostly by memory and bumping along using her whiskers to detect obstacles. We try to maintain a consistent arrangement of the furniture to aid her navigation and, lately, we have begun to close off areas of rooms she might get stuck in because she can no longer see how to get herself out of a confined space she wanders into. She is such a polite cat that she won’t call out for assistance but will just stay trapped there until rescued.