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

    07/28/2014 9:56:24 AM PDT · 12 of 16
    Captain Rhino to sukhoi-30mki

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

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

  • Defying allies, France to deliver first warship to Russia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Your complaint is based on proportionality.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Beyond contempt at all levels.

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

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

    From the end of the linked article:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • California Mileage Tax Would Charge Drivers Based on Distance Driven

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

    Let’s do some math:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2 trillion miles!

    To put that into perspective:

    2 trillion miles/33.3 million registered vehicles =

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Yes, but:

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

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

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

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

  • As Army shrinks, young officers being pushed out

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

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

    Interesting reading.

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

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

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

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

    I’m with you on this one.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • China Demands Malaysia Turn Over Satellite Data

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

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

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

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

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

    810th Separate Naval Infantry Brigade:

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Super Megaliths

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

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

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

  • Volcanic eruption near Naples may have killed Neanderthals

    02/17/2014 3:52:02 AM PST · 9 of 18
    Captain Rhino to SunkenCiv
    Since Homo Sapiens is the only subspeicies that survived until modern times, I'm waiting for a lawyer to show up representing a group of supposed Neanderthal descendants demanding reparations from Homo Sapiens over responsibly for their demise
  • Here's What Will Happen To 'Hunger Games' And Philip Seymour Hoffman's Other Unfinished Films

    02/03/2014 1:32:19 PM PST · 7 of 17
    Captain Rhino to GraceG

    Mocking Jay is the title of the third book in the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Colins.

    Since the novel deals with organizing and executing a war of rebellion ultimately leading to the downfall of the Capital, Lionsgate has split the third novel into two parts for filming - for purely artistic reasons, I’m sure ($$$).

    The actor had finished filming his scenes for both parts, so his unfortunate death won’t effect post-production and release of the films.

  • How Do We Make Reparations Happen?

    01/30/2014 6:24:08 PM PST · 74 of 87
    Captain Rhino to 2ndDivisionVet

    This one has really drunk the Kool-aid...

    However, in the spirit of thoughtful engagement, I propose that the demand for reparations is misdirected when it is lodged against the UNITED STATES government.

    Rather, the demand for reparations should be placed in the appropriate court in the capital of the Confederate States of America, Richmond, VA, with a demand for an immediate hearing and summary judgement. Once that unknown but surely esteemed judical body, even if rather inactive for the last 149 years, takes judicial notice of the tort claim and weighs the evidence of the offenses, it will surely render a favorable judgement and specify the appropriate amount of reparations be paid.

    Plantiff can then apply to the Treasury for payment which may be a long, long time in coming. When finally paid, it will, of course, be rendered in the legal national currency of the Confederate States of America, the Confederate dollar.

  • [Rochester,] New York cops call video taped ‘Knockout’ attack harassment, not assault

    01/09/2014 2:00:10 AM PST · 28 of 83
    Captain Rhino to Olog-hai

    From the article:

    “The Daily Caller News Foundation followed up with Correia. “At this time there are no updates,” she said.

    “Based on the video itself and on New York penal law, it constitutes harassment.”

    The DCNF asked Correia if investigators saw that “True Goon” had hit the woman with his fist.

    “Yes, we saw that,” she said, but clarified that an assault charge would require the victim to suffer “substantial pain”.

    A debate has raged about whether or not the large number of random, vicious attacks fall into the “Knockout Game” genre. Most of the perpetrators of the incidents are young black males. The victims are often white. These patterns have have added further debate to not only whether or not “knockout game” is a trend, but also if young black males tend to be perpetrators of the attacks.”

    Yep, just what I thought, cops defining down a crime in favor of the perpetrator’s “favored class” status.

  • Outbreak of ‘nightmare bacteria’ in Illinois stirs worry

    01/09/2014 1:52:21 AM PST · 18 of 65
    Captain Rhino to Cowboy Bob
    More likely spread by having to treat and clean-up after patients with diarrhea. Easy to get contaminated from dirty, wet bed linens and gowns.

    In addition, there are amazing statistics on the percentages of men and women who don't wash their hands adequately after using the bathroom (or don't wash them at all). The percentages are developed by examining the test subject's hands (via swabbing, I believe) for minute particles of fecal matter.

  • Chinese helicopter to airlift passengers on stranded Russian ship in Antarctica

    01/01/2014 9:49:58 AM PST · 46 of 50
    Captain Rhino to NautiNurse

    The KA-32 is a product improved version of the KA-27. Here is a link with info:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamov_Ka-27

    Probably made in Russia.

  • China bitterly attacks Japanese prime minister over air zone remarks

    12/15/2013 1:32:59 AM PST · 35 of 51
    Captain Rhino to Bobalu

    Great line from a great movie.

  • Japan's WW II super-submarine found scuttled off Hawaii

    12/04/2013 1:51:13 AM PST · 51 of 66
    Captain Rhino to PLMerite

    Meanwhile...off an island nation on the otherside of the world:

    http://uboat.net/fates/deadlight_hist.htm

  • Vandals trash pope picture at Brighton church (Mass.)

    12/02/2013 12:47:24 PM PST · 16 of 17
    Captain Rhino to raccoonradio

    Photo outtakes from the surveillence video show two light-skinned males (probably white) and a blond. By their size and dress, definitely more than “youths.” With the amount of property damage and other circumstances (hate crime?), probably will face charges as adults (if they are not adults already).

    It is tough to eat Pringles and Doritos with regular gloves on. (Latex, yes; regular cold weather gloves, more difficult.) It is even harder to drink from a bottle without placing your lips to the opening. So I am betting the criminals left valuable physical evidence at the scene in the form of fingerprints and saliva on the food products. It being Boston, they might already have their DNA and fingerprints in a missing child identfication database from their elementary school days. Even if they are not, the first time their fingerprints are submitted for an employment background check, the system will flag them as unidentified suspects for this crime.

    Stupid as they are, they probably have cellphone videos of their crime; might have even posted them on-line.

    Police should put the word out on the street that they are essentially screwed already and it is just a matter of time before they are identified and arrested. See who cracks first and turns the other two in.

    My bet is on the blonde.

  • Mission to grow plants on the moon would have cost $300M old way but hitchhiking will cost $2M

    12/02/2013 2:24:16 AM PST · 12 of 26
    Captain Rhino to DannyTN

    Agree with your comment with the caveat that growing the plants on the Moon would probably provide useful locale-specific information on the amount and strength of sunlight, received radiation, etc. The always Earth-ward face of the Moon has an electromagnetic spectrum environment that is different from the earth-orbiting space station.

    On a completely silly note, I am glad to see no kudzu seedlings are in the experiment. Not a pleasant thought to imagine discovering that species could survive on the Moon. Even worse if it escaped containment.

  • ‘F— all you!’ Bryant Park ‘shooter’ outburst

    11/12/2013 1:55:38 AM PST · 42 of 47
    Captain Rhino to Mears

    You know, the funny thing is that, despite the price, the coat was still probably made in China.

  • Wait over, Indian Aircraft Carrier Vikramaditya to be inducted on Nov 15

    11/11/2013 9:28:54 AM PST · 20 of 27
    Captain Rhino to Tenacious 1

    The aircraft carrier has no catapults. The upward curved foredeck is called a ski-jump. The aircraft accelerate up the ramp and achieve a ballistic trajectory and sufficient height for their wings to begin providing lift prior to crashing into the sea. On return, the aircraft land on the angled portion of the flight deck using a conventional arresting gear system.

    This ski-jump system has been used for decades on British, Spanish, Thai, etc. “Harrier Carriers.” Its appeal lies in engineering simplicity and low cost - basically it has no moving parts - when compared to the very complex conventional steam catapult systems used in U.S, French, and, until they scrapped them, British aircraft carriers.

    The Soviets took the concept a step farther by adapting it to full-size Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) aircraft like the Su-33 (navalized version of the Su-27), MiG-29K (navalized version of the MiG-29 (India is acquiring this aircraft along with the carrier) and a navalized version of the Su-25. These aircraft have the very significant thrust-to-weight ratios needed to acheive the needed acceleration. My understanding is that even then their useful military load is somewhat reduced by the lower speed the aircraft achives flight at (120-140 mph) when compared to their payloads when flying from land bases with their longer runways.

    The Russians have only one aircraft carrier, the RFS Kuznetsov http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_aircraft_carrier_Admiral_Kuznetsov), which is puny in size when compared to U.S fleet aircraft carriers. The larger Ulyanov class was cancelled immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union but the Chinese have announced plans to build two carriers based on the design in the future (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_aircraft_carrier_Ulyanovsk).

  • Injured Indiana hunter chooses to end life support (might want to get a tissue out for this one)

    11/06/2013 12:59:33 AM PST · 9 of 15
    Captain Rhino to The Antiyuppie
    Consider this.

    Had he not been found and transported to the hospital to be placed on the ventilator in time, the natural course of events would have been that he died alone, possibly in great agony, within a few hours at the base of that tree. Removing the ventilator - stopping the life prolonging treatment - simply restarted the stopped countdown to that ultimate of all events, death. With medical care, he got to know what had happened to him, be told about the irreversibility of his condition and the consequences, received respect for his dignity as an adult to make ultimate decisions about his treatment, got to see and speak with his family one last time, and die as pain free as possible surrounded by loved ones. It wasn't a long life full of events, children, etc., but it was a more dignified way to meet life's end.

    To me, the key factors were: 1) that his family had the wisdom to place him, if possible, in the central position of making the decision, 2) he had the presence of mind and courage to decide, and 3) the medical establishment showed sensitivity to the fact that there are times when the best option is not to try to win at all costs against death and disease but to let the ultimate transition occur under controlled circumstances. In all three factors, ego and fear of responsibility for the decision and its consequences were minimized.

  • White versus black justice

    11/04/2013 12:59:37 AM PST · 6 of 43
    Captain Rhino to agere_contra

    Have to agree with you.

    If this is the kind of informed, independent, and nuanced reasoning that tenure for university and college academics produces, we need to close them immediately.

    Then we might get some educators who are actually focused on providing what they are being paid to teach: the knowledge, skills, and abilities that the trained professionals in American business and government need.

    Fat chance.

  • Living Ohio man Donald Miller ruled 'legally dead'

    10/11/2013 1:28:23 PM PDT · 16 of 21
    Captain Rhino to dirtymac

    Judge Allan Davis handed down the ruling in Hancock County, Ohio, probate court on Monday, calling it a “strange, strange situation”, according to media reports.

    “We’ve got the obvious here. A man sitting in the courtroom, he appears to be in good health,’’ he said, finding that he was prevented by state law from declaring Mr Miller legally alive.

    “I don’t know where that leaves you, but you’re still deceased as far as the law is concerned.”

    ***********

    I think you may be right. He’s the living dead or ... the unliving living...or maybe we now have a bonifide, proved-in-court Schrodinger’s cat.

    Once again. the law proves it is an a**.

    P.S.: The court would change its tune soon enough if he killed someone.

  • Living Ohio man Donald Miller ruled 'legally dead'

    10/11/2013 1:25:18 PM PDT · 15 of 21
    Captain Rhino to dirtymac

    Judge Allan Davis handed down the ruling in Hancock County, Ohio, probate court on Monday, calling it a “strange, strange situation”, according to media reports.

    “We’ve got the obvious here. A man sitting in the courtroom, he appears to be in good health,’’ he said, finding that he was prevented by state law from declaring Mr Miller legally alive.

    “I don’t know where that leaves you, but you’re still deceased as far as the law is concerned.”

    I think you may be right. He’s the living dead or ... the unliving living...or maybe we now have a bonifide, proved-in-court Schrodinger’s cat.

    Once again. the law proves it is an a**.

    P.S.: The court would change its tune soon enough if he killed someone.

  • Experts: Only “Hundreds” Have Been Able to Sign Up for Obamacare Online

    10/08/2013 3:30:11 AM PDT · 47 of 57
    Captain Rhino to 2ndDivisionVet
    Sign up goal for the 1st year is 7 million. Did a calculation last night: 7 million/year requires about 19.1k+/day x 365 days.

    With hundreds signed up...

    Yeah.

  • No match for a U.S. Hornet: “China’s Navy J-15 more a flopping fish than a flying shark”

    09/30/2013 3:53:42 AM PDT · 8 of 21
    Captain Rhino to tcrlaf
    USS Langley is an interesting comparison and serves to remind the reader that the beginning difficulties are determined by where you enter the technology stream.

    First generation “aircraft carriers” (like Langley) were often times no more than a broad-beamed cargo ship fitted with a landing deck of sufficient width and length to handle the 1st and 2nd generation aircraft of the day. And those aircraft were biplanes with so much lift from their wings they could get airborne in what? 50-75 feet and had a landing roll out of even less distance. The downpayment to get into the carrier game then was very modest and a number of nations chose to experiment.

    By contrast, the Chinese are entering the carrier stream at Generation 5+ with a Generation 4 compromise design in both the ship and aircraft set. They are going to have to sort out that set of issues. Then they must decide if they want to commit to keeping multiple carrier battlegroups at sea on a continuing basis. That is the path they must tread to create a true big ocean carrier presence. Otherwise, they will be like the Russians, and have only an episodic carrier presence on the world's oceans.

    In the meantime, the Japanese, who are right to be concerned about Chinese intentions concerning the Ryukyu's (Okinawa Prefecture), are already building aircraft carrier-like warships. Once they shake off their post-WWII constitutional reticence, expect the Japanese to start building true aircraft carriers again.

  • Martin Luther King's Son: Trayvon Murdered Because He Was Black

    08/24/2013 8:03:43 PM PDT · 72 of 84
    Captain Rhino to servo1969

    Buzzzzzzz!!!!

    Wrong, MLK III!

    Travon Martin died precisely because of the content of his character; specifically, his bad thug character.

    All the little punk needed to do to stay alive was go straight home. Somehow, the Travon apologists never seem mention this critical flaw in their narrative.

  • Toure Neblett: Slavery Is Partly to Blame for High Black Unemployment Rate

    08/23/2013 11:33:25 AM PDT · 101 of 156
    Captain Rhino to chessplayer

    Part of the litany of excuses that the ex-slaves, their descendants, and their left/liberal fellow travellers/enablers like to lay at the feet of white America as its allegedly unending, perpetual liability.

    I simply note that, even after open defiance and sin while receiving the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai, God required the Jews to wander in the Wilderness for only 40 years to excise their sin. (That is, they were made to wander until the sinful generation was dead.)

    Just when does the “It’s Because of Slavery” gerneral excuse card expire?

  • FBI Can Turn On Your Phone Mic?

    08/03/2013 1:34:10 PM PDT · 80 of 131
    Captain Rhino to Red in Blue PA

    They cannot remotely turn on your cellphone microphone if there is no battery in the device. Also, no battery prevents the network from locating your position by triangulation using network cellphone towers.

    Of course, the downside is you cannot be called, texted, or twittered at any time of the day or night. Well, maybe that’s a downside.

  • Treasure chest of 500 abandoned ‘new’ classic Chevrolets to be auctioned off

    07/10/2013 2:32:37 AM PDT · 49 of 50
    Captain Rhino to Squantos

    Agreed. Bring lots of money.

  • Treasure chest of 500 abandoned ‘new’ classic Chevrolets to be auctioned off

    07/09/2013 7:17:04 PM PDT · 18 of 50
    Captain Rhino to Squantos

    Think the 500 in the text article is a typo as the woman narrating the video says (several times) 50 are going to be up for auction.

  • Was Trayvon Martin Rear-Ended by Zimmerman? Z was intoxicated with own agenda and ambition

    07/09/2013 1:25:10 PM PDT · 76 of 104
    Captain Rhino to 2ndDivisionVet
    “However, the father did raise one simple question that seems to be largely overlooked – why did Zimmerman leave his car in the first place to go after his son?”

    Why is it that Mr. Martin, Mr. Buford never, ever get to the second simple question that is also largely overlooked by all the other commentators on liberal/left: “If he was so scared, why didn't Travon just go home (back to the apartment) especially when he was so close to it?

    Yep, they don't want ask THAT question because they know they won't like the answer:

    “Travon was a little thug whose aggressiveness led to him playing an active role in his own demise.”

  • (Liberal Democrat Historian) Doris Kearns Godwin Ruins Gettysburg's 150th Commemoration

    07/02/2013 1:14:33 PM PDT · 10 of 43
    Captain Rhino to drewh
    Basically, this behavior is disrespect.

    Godwin didn't respect the audience, didn't respect the occasion, and didn't respect the historical reason for the occasion.

    The best thing we can do is return the favor and not respect her, her opinions, or the preening class of self-styled superior people she belongs to (e.g.,liberal Democrats).

    She had an opportunity to say something worth of remembrance. Instead, she said something we cannot forget quickly enough.

  • Check Out These Gorgeous Color Photos From World War II

    07/01/2013 9:13:54 AM PDT · 4 of 23
    Captain Rhino to BobinIL

    IIRC, this version of the Sherman tank was appropriately nicknamed “Jumbo.”