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When they're alone in the voting booth is when they're supposed to find the courage to pull the lever that's in their long-term interests. I remember the days when that still counted for something...Good times.
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2020 on Something Must Be Happening at JustOneMinute
Plans for an anti-ship missile were almost certainly classified at the SECRET level at a minimum. If the classified plans were on the unclassified network then that in and of itself was a major security violation. This system may be classified, but there may be nuances here. At least in Army Acquisition, almost all systems start out as unclassified. Most of the requirements, and how the requirements will be met, are kept on unclassified networks until well into the acquisition process, sometimes including detailed specifications. Public contract awards are splashed up on government acquisition websites, open to the public. Then critical research projects are splashed up on corporate websites to explain to current and potential investors how Corporation X is getting in on that good gubmint money. Couple that with the DoD R&D community interfacing with research universities for technical assistance and directed research. College PhDs are fairly notorious for being lax in keeping things to themselves, and so they view themselves as being members of a grand and glorious Scientific Community where you can bullshit with your peers in China about all the great and wonderful research you are doing. Now imagine collating all the companies, employees, contracts, long-term government acquisition plans, and a lot of other publically available information using big data analysis. Now imagine doing that for every defense system you might be going up against, or every defense system you might want to develop for yourself. You don't even have to be very smart in your collection strategy. Just hoover everything up you can get, have one of your several hundreds of thousands of data management drones condition the data and feed it into one of the several supercomputer systems (whose plans you stole with impunity previously) and let the magic happen. We're out own worst enemies when it comes to OPSEC.
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2020 on Something Must Be Happening at JustOneMinute
The 2020 pandemic showed what it takes to sway many Americans to accept absolute power: merely the endless recitation of the phrase “science and data.” Oh I think this may be oveerstated some. Somewhere in the vicinity of one quarter to one third of Americans harbored a pathological antipathy toward Trump. The game was afoot when Fauci disagreed publically with Trump. Now Trump was the face of the irresponsible mouthbreathers who hate teh sciency! These people are the shock troop Karens and snitch bastards who are not only invested by fear as a virtue signal, but also do-what-you're-told as an anti-Trump badge. Their position is weakened with Biden in office. (ASIDE: I submit that they should be reminded daily, if not more often, how irresponsible they are based on the science, when they start to waver because OrangeManBad is no longer around to be their foil.) The virtue signalling shitbags intimidate another number X, who just want to be left alone and not be berated on social media or at the Costco by zealots. They may or may not believe the party line, and many are probably very skeptical, but it's easier to comply and go along to get along. Combine that number with the group of Americans who generally don't pay attention to the world, and lack the long-term memory and critical reasoning skills to spot the bullshit in real time. Governor says stay home? OK. He must know something I don't. All the scientists are saying it after all. Those people are slowly coming around, and are probably persuadable. They will be the ones that get angry, but forget about it the next time some "crisis" happens.
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2020 on Something Must Be Happening at JustOneMinute
Prediction--investigation will cause Biden to resign if he is sworn in The presumption is that a corrupt administration will not feature a corrupt DoJ who will be instructed to **waves hand** make it go away.
Ahem, girls can administer the kink he probably likes. Probably involves hardware. And farm animals. And is best performed on a sheet of plastic, with a bottle of bleach nearby.
Toggle Commented Dec 8, 2020 on Stone Cold Lloyd Austin at JustOneMinute
Bach sucks, though I will fight you. General Austin is an American hero and a solid pick for Defense Secretary. CENTCOM commander during those glorious years of victory in Iraq and Afghanistan, 2013-16. Including the emergence of ISIS. You heard it here first (or maybe not): we will be in a new war within 12 calendar months of Biden taking office. But, he sat on the board of Raytheon, so I guess invest wisely.
Toggle Commented Dec 8, 2020 on Stone Cold Lloyd Austin at JustOneMinute
Other than regional bullying and limited defensive purposes I'm not too sure what the value of the South China Sea outposts are. They, in a theoretical world of international law, extend Chinese sovereignty to the Straits of Malacca and some oil deposits north of Indonesia. The Straits are a nice-to-have and they could cause some strain on international commerce, but the oil is what they are really after. As part of its new "distributed maritime operations" strategy, the Navy wants LAW to carry small units of Marines to capture small islands, launch attacks on enemy naval forces from those islands, and then quickly scoot off to different islands to launch still more attacks before the enemy can respond. This strategy relies on there being a sufficient number of US forces available in the region, or rapidly deployable via air/sealift. China fully understands what they need to do to counter that assumption. China's strategy, as I understand it, is long range anti-access/area denial. If they can do that, the idea is to take and hold everything they can get their dirty little hands on, and dig in. This will all happen concurrently with cyberwarfare, economic warfare, and lawfare. Objective is to dominate physical space to ultimately dominate the politics and economics of everything in the eastern hemisphere. Obviously our INDOPACOM allies are not crazy about that possibility. BUt with Biden possibly at the helm, the impulse to allow China into our knickers as a sign of goodwill will force regional allies to make a bet on whether the US is a serious impediment to China in the region. Many will bet against the stupid and corrupt Democrat machine. Mattis loved to go on about the "Thucydides Trap". The best way to avoid that is through deterrence, and the best way to build deterrence in a region as diverse as INDOPACOM is to arrange things where China would be fighting many capable enemies across vast distances by themselves. You do that by being a consistent advocate for military alliances, economic cooperation, and generally vocal assertion that China is Asshoe. RAND produced a pretty decent book about Chinese grand strategy this year, counterintuitively titled, "China's Grand Strategy." You can get an ebook version for nothing up on their website. It's a quick, good read.
Toggle Commented Dec 8, 2020 on Nuke The President! at JustOneMinute
Hurry boys, she's waiting there for you. Chip Khamenei is the head of the baseej the worst of the worst of the regime Only if you are an Iranian. Basij is like a volunteer internal police and morality enforcement organization. Assholes to be sure, but the worst of the worst title still goes to the IRGC.
Toggle Commented Dec 8, 2020 on Nuke The President! at JustOneMinute
What would autophagy do? Autophagy is the shedding of senescent cells. Basically cells where the DNA has shortened and frayed telomeres. This is the most clearly identifiable effect of aging. Getting rid of the senescent cells forces the body to produce new healthy cells. Fasting, if done correctly, either triggers or accelerates this (depending on who you believe), which a fair number of scientists believe is life extending. It has been demonstrated to increase life expectancy in some lower-order animals by as much as 30%. Resveratrol paired with quercetin and pterostibilene is supposed to do it too. I do that regimen in addition to fasting. One benefit I can tell you is real is that I feel better when I do it (more accurately, I feel worse when I don't). This may or may not have to do with improved ATP production. Dunno. And of course this experiment is r=1, so...
Toggle Commented Dec 7, 2020 on Nuke The President! at JustOneMinute
The problem with intermittent fasting of the 'eat over eight hours, fast over 16' variety is just as you get to the point where autophagy has begun you start eating again. IF is super useful for autophagy when combined with 24-hour fasts, once or twice a week. Other than that it is a generally healthy practice to reduce calories. The biggest issue with that is trying to maintain hard exercise during the long fasted states (up to 36 hours). I typically fast on Saturdays until my dinner meal, which usually gives me a full 24 hours, once a week.
Toggle Commented Dec 7, 2020 on Nuke The President! at JustOneMinute
all the bases get dive bombed. All your bases are belong to COVID. You have no chance to survive make your time.
Toggle Commented Dec 7, 2020 on Nuke The President! at JustOneMinute
Then they royally screwed up for not destroying fuel storage and docking facilities. Interesting insight considering the previous discussion of Mahan...to wit, even if China posesses a Navy that can operate outside the first island chain, they're gonna have a hell of a time when we one by one pluck away at their string of pearls. There was an article published somewhere, sometime back, about the Belt and Road Initiative and how China was closely looking at Mahan (as we did in the late 19th/early20th C) for a roadmap to being able to project power. Pretty interesting read. Mahan in general is a pretty interesting reading, even for us gravel agitators.
Toggle Commented Dec 7, 2020 on Nuke The President! at JustOneMinute
Re: Keto/Low Carb/Fasting... One of the main benefits of a low carb diet is that carbohydrates are known sources of inflammation in many people. Inflammation can take many forms, the most serious being autoimmune problems like RA and psoriasis. There is a pretty large body of research that Alzheimer's is related to, or actually is, an autoimmune problem. So the doctors can go shove it AFAIC. There is a lot of data out there that shows that for at least some people low carb will increase the length and quality of life without further medication. As for fasting...I am for it. I do IM (basically don't eat breakfast) and within the bounds of moderation, with a little exercise, I maintain a pretty consistent weight and BMI (don't get me started on the inaccuracy of BMI). I used to do a thing quarterly called Fast Mimicking Diet, which is kind of extreme caloric reduction focusing on maintaining macros at a certain rate. You don't do that for weight loss of maintenance. That kind of fasting is a way of inducing the body to shed senescent cells. Does it work? I don't know. Ask me in 100 years.
Toggle Commented Dec 7, 2020 on Nuke The President! at JustOneMinute
I thought it was Big Mike with the jockstrap. Might have been a strap-on... Of course Barry's jockstrap is probably in a shadow box in some Chicago bathhouse, or Reggie's fur-lined butt hut.
Toggle Commented Dec 7, 2020 on Nuke The President! at JustOneMinute
The other guy can just beg my employer for scraps. Yeah. It's real fun living in the spaces in between that none of the big shots give a shit about. Dope, poverty, despair. It's a Joetopia.
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2020 on Nuke The President! at JustOneMinute
INSECURE PUNK, Biden has always been. I have always wanted to get nose to nose with him and dare him to throw a punch. "C'mon tough guy. Let's do it the Scranton way you candy ass." Maybe not now. Would be sad to deck an old man. I am not in his shoes, but I empathize and care. My gawdawful Democrat sister, who is a first class Branch Covidian shutdown Nazi is a perfect example of this. Knowledge worker, works from home for the last decade, never missed a paycheck. Here where I live, it is a very depressed economy to start with, and most people are blue-collar have to go to work types. SO missing work has a real, no-shit downstream effect two or three layers deep. Sister's response when I point that out? "Well the government will have some kind of aid package for them. They'll be fine."
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2020 on Nuke The President! at JustOneMinute
I don't know if it's because of living through the Great Depression, but both of my parents are pack rats. Same. Hard to measure how much psychological damage growing up dirt poor can do to a person. Some of their traits made it through to me. I have a hard time throwing out "perfectly good" things and am obsessive about not wasting food. Using sequestered Dominion Equipment, Ware County ran an equal number of Trump votes and Biden votes through the Tabulator and the Tabulator reported a 26% lead for Biden. This is a BFD. I would go so far as to say that this is the biggest FD yet.
Ignatz: How do you close out an unclosed tag, like you just did?
Is there a more direct way i sent it to clarice but it may be too large a manuscript. Just get my email addy from Clarice. It should go through fine on that.
My brother thought it was maybe like a participation trophy Bronze Stars from that era are the real deal. After 1945, the V device denoted combat valor. Ever since then, the BS has become increasingly easy to get. You get one now for returning fire, sometimes not even that much. I know people who have one for being in the vicinity of a firefight. For the record, I do not have one. Someone once told me, and I kind of subscribe to it, that unless it is an MOH, PH or has a V device on it, they're ALL participation trophies. This is why the brennan manque in my novella ended up with a bullet in his back in a safehouse in asuburb of aden. When are you going to send that to me? Also fuck Brennan. I know I've said it before but it's like "Merry Christmas". It never gets old.
Yeah I get your point clarice but you have to admit, even in those days there were still good Democrats that were honest brokers. With the (arguable) exception of Manchin, what current Democrat would you trust the country with for four years?
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2020 on Katie, Barr The Election! at JustOneMinute
petty despots able to stop a business from getting payments for wrong think/actions. Don't like the rate of taxation? For your our convenience that is being taken out of your paycheck, before you even see it. Don't like government policies on firearms or ammunition? For your our safety we are tracking electronic transactions for these things. Don't like government-approved information sources? To ensure only credible information free of hate speech is sold in this country, electronic transactions with known wrongthinkers and h8t3rz will be monitored for later prosecution. You get the idea. diamonds have no value beyond being pretty and sparkly and that nobody needs one, and the price goes to zero. Ammunition, food, some other less legal things always have value. The problem is currency is portable and comes in known qualities. Trading goods and services for other goods and services is inconsistent and a PITA. I predict there will be a rise in the use of crypto currencies that have an encryption aspect to them, like Ethereum or Monero. That's why drug lords like them. Only hitch in that plan is being able to actually convert them to goods and services.
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2020 on Katie, Barr The Election! at JustOneMinute
Well, experience has taught them that they won't. This is the place where I tend to disagree with Ignatz. Experience. We're not dealing with mid-20th or mid-19th Century Democrats, who still mostly as a party loved their country and understood the importance of playing mostly by the rules. We're dealing with bottom dwellers, people with no moral or ethical compass who are in it solely for the power and the trappings of power. They are not smart people, but they do possess a low cunning and a desire to avoid pain and extinction. With Trump coming out of nowhere to beat 95% sure thing Hillary, Progs and the system that they operate in was presented with an existential threat. I haven't been around as long as some of you, but I have never seen a reaction to an election like what I saw in 2016. That was a reaction of people who recognized their little world was about to be destroyed. They were afraid, and they have remained afraid for four years. If they regain power they will work tirelessly to prevent that from happening again. They have learned that wiretapping political opponents will not be punished, and they will have learned that outright voter fraud will not be seriously challenged. They will have time dig in, to cover everything up, and the hindsight to see where they almost got caught before. They will have a sympathetic MSM and social media system to censor and spin for them. They will spend four years working quietly while people aren't paying attention to establish a United States of Chicago. Will all be lost? Maybe not, but the cost to reverse it will be high high. And it may not even be reversible. Nobody has posed a serious existential threat to Democrat machine politics in any of the places it has been established.
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2020 on Katie, Barr The Election! at JustOneMinute
I guess “my body, my choice” will be thusly defenestrated then, huh? And we can all be sure the efficacy of these vaccine will be no less than 100%, right? And with zero side effects, correct? ANy CEO who took that bait on a brand new vaccine deserves tar and feathers at the next shareholder meeting for the liability they would incur. If the Xiden “win” stands, we’ll never see another R prez again. Ever. Just like The Uniparty™ wants it. I'll go one further: we'll never see a moderate D elected again either. The only people elected will be those with the will to power.
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2020 on Katie, Barr The Election! at JustOneMinute