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Archive for the month “September, 2007”

Preping The Battlefield

Via Rand Simberg comes this interesting analyses of the recent Israeli air strike into Syria and how that relates to Iran.


The Iran Campaign, Part 2

This is how a country develops an arms industry as a means for advancing national policy. All tried and proven methodology as developed by the largest and most comprehensive arms dealers in the history of the world – the USA, China, Russia, France and the UK.

Regardless of how complementary such mimicry might be, you would think we might at least acknowledge the ramifications to ourselves as a result of such behavior in others. At some point, charges of hypocrisy will become among the least of our worries anyway. Better, I think, to let rhetoric be the primary response of our enemies then to wait until such becomes mere after-thought.

The Iran Campaign

Great minds and all that.

Getting There From Here

This Al Fin post examines how individual competence may be a necessary pre-cursor condition to attaining the goals identified with Aubrey de Grays’ SENS movement.

One of the recurring questions I haven’t yet answered to my own satisfaction is how we who aren’t wealthy are going to take advantage of the biological science advances I’m certain will become possible within the next decade or two at most? Becoming as individually self-sufficent as we are each capable of, from as early an age as we can, seems a reasonably reliable method that at least leaves much of the possibility within our individual control.

The cultural and societal changes required to expand acceptance of such an additudinal adjustment throughout or fellow citizenry will likely be one of the decisive measures by which our individual success will be made possible, I suspect. Simple market economics, scale of economy and the like, you understand.

How Does That Latin Bit About Watching The Guardians Go?

Fear of this sort of treatment is much more widespread of late then even semi-paranoid I had been aware. No real evidence to offer I’m afraid, beyond a general sense of dis-ease and distrust seemingly being the default position of present day Americans. It’s all too appocraphal, I know, but the presumption of threat from our fellow citizens seems more commonplace then at earlier times of my life.

Via TamaraK.

Viva la …, No, sorry, I just can’t say it yet

Kim du Toit has not one but two posts up today describing stirring changes being proposed by French Prez Sarkozy.

France may be in the process of turning a corner toward a better future. If so, is there a 21st century Lafayette they might lend to the US?

Once Upon A Time …

… I used to live here.

I was an Aviation Electrician’s Mate in VA-93, one of the attached squadrons that made up Carrier Air Wing 5. I was aboard for the last WestPac cruise and the forward deployment to Yokosuka Japan.

If you follow the link, you’ll find a listing of accidents that occurred aboard over the ship’s years of service. The listing for October 1972 refers to a battle damaged A-6 from VA-115 who’s starboard landing gear collapsed upon impact with the flight deck which caused the tail hook to disengage. The plane veered rightward and slid into the aircraft packed into the catapult area towards the bow. AOAN Dan Cherry, along with several others unknown to me personally, was killed as a result. His name can be found on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC. I will maintain the solemnity of the moment by not recounting any of several liberty memories from Subic Bay port calls. Sufficient to say that the side was not let down.

I would like to point out that the next listed accident of a fire aboard while the ship was in Long Beach may well have happened, but not in November, 1972; we were all the way across the map to the other side of the Pacific Ocean in November of that year, and only a month away from hosting a Bob Hope Christmas Show while in Singapore harbor.

I also note there is no mention of a North Korean gunboat during 1974. Curious.

Thanks to commenter EX_STAB at Free Market Fairy Tales blog for providing the link down memory lane.


The scurrvy yobs I be laborin’ behind are startin’ ta wear me down.


Well, there’s that to look forward to, at least.

I really do need to look into where Mr. FM recruits his crew from though.

Fatwa Arbitrage

I have some questions about this whole Islamist “rage boy” happening. As you are no doubt aware by now, Chris Muir has a strip of his “Day By Day” cartoon posted that depicts Mohammad’s head atop a pigs body. While I understand that the majority of the anticipated out-pouring of reaction will deservedly be his, there are derivitive issues to be settled as well.

Because I directly link to Chris Muir’s Mohammad cartoon, can I expect to share in the, as of this writing yet-to-be-issued, fatwa condemning it and him? If so, to what degree ought I to prepare a reply? Would my actually reproducing the panel substantially alter my standing in the issue, and if so, to what extent?

Should Muir ultimately have a cash bounty posted for his head (literally, if the Swedish Model should hold true for this example too), does some presumably lessor amount somehow derivate down for my noggin as a result of my secondary degree of involvement? If so, and given the popularity of his “Day By Day” cartoon page, at what point does my valuation become so diluted by the presence of others in the Jihadi Outrage market as to effectively negate my participation therein?

More than simple vanity is at stake here, I will have you know! There are serious economic issues involved as well. Does my redeemable value justify the expense of increasing my stock of a premium ammunition like Gold Dot or CorBon? Or is the more pedestrian Federal FMJ a more market-justified option?

We hear and read about these circumstances arising upon occasion, but little information is readily available that makes clear how these decisions are arrived at. Can anyone offer any practical advise from their own experience to aid my determining an appropriate response?

UPDATE: I have substantially re-written this post to better achieve the humorous effect I was trying for in my over-hasty first effort. However successful that result might be, I hope readers of this page understand that humor – however badly realised – doesn’t negate sincerity. Not an opportunity I regularly experience, I’m afraid, so apologies for any clumsiness.

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