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20160526 18:19 Dale I'll stop now.
20160526 18:19 Dale implicit explicit WEEEE.
20160526 18:10 Skidmark I wonder if the filter couldn't simply block out the 'offending' word or phrases.
20160526 18:02 Dale AP you sound like Old Spook. Sometimes I can go along like I just did with no issues. Then other times I have given up. I figure it must not have been that important. :) It does increase the blood pressure however. Lets see this time WEEEEE
20160526 14:02 Alaska Paul I cannot write a damned sentence without being locked out of the thread. You have the ultimate security here.
20160526 06:23 Dale Trump is no wrecking ball. No leap into the unknown. Trump is a leader and builder. Not a Lawyer thank heaven. Media heads wrong so many times. The fence sitters like Ryan and Limbaugh play it safe. Their numbers are fewer and fewer every day. The majority will rule this day. Review Trumps early years. He has a solid foundation for the impending future storms.I say the man of our times for our times.
20160525 23:33 Pappy wretchard:

Polls have shown that 6 out of 10 voters dislike both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Their paradoxical position as standard bearers of their respective party tickets is not because they represent a clear choice of political alternatives, but because of the perceived absence of them. Neither is a candidate in the traditional political sense. Anis Shivani at Salon puts it this way: "Hillary Clinton can’t defeat what Trump represents" which is a rebellion against "neoliberal globalization" that is looking for a leader. The voters want their country and jobs back. They understand the elites, left to themselves, are never going to give it back. Therefore they are turning to Trump not in the function of a leader but as a wrecking ball.

The election of 2016 makes no sense unless it is judged from outside the system, because the system itself is on trial. From that external vantage this negation is not nearly as pointless as its critics make out. While it's true that nothing Trump (or Hillary) has proposed will likely solve the major contemporary problems or repair the chaos Obama unleashed upon the world, that is beside the point. There is about as much chance undoing these blunders as unscrambling an egg. Nor is there much chance of "bringing back the jobs" fled to foreign shores in the short term. Thus to elect someone to fix things under those circumstances makes little sense.

If the post-World War 2 era has been smothered in its dotage by an Obama administration which underestimated the difficulty of replacing it with something better, the more rational thing to do is redo the system rather than apply some patch; a refusal to refuse to pour good effort after bad, and is not nearly so negative as it seems. Things have reached the point where people are willing to ask for the deck to be re-cut and a new hand dealt. People may not know what they want, but they know what they don't want. A genuine leap into the unknown is now within the realm of possibility.
20160525 20:27 Pappy Funny, Harpoon was quite popular among the junior officer shipdrivers back in the 90s.
20160525 14:50 Shipman Ah Panzer Bush, remember it fondly.
20160525 13:36 badanov Just a lot of damn, unnecessary silliness.
20160525 13:36 badanov I suspect our professional military's attitude and view of wargaming and wargamers outside of the military hasn't changed much since.
20160525 13:34 badanov At around the time the army was shifting its armored cavalry regiments from heavy to light. James Dunnigan started a group he called Team Trackless, which was intended to use commercial wargame software wargaming as a means of testing doctrines before they go out into the field.

Dunnigan, you may recall was the designer of Panzer Blitz, one of the iconic tactical wargames of WWII on the Eastern Front. I was a part of Team Trackless, but it went nowhere. I suspect because the Pentagon prolly saw wargamers as unnecessary to doctrine development, and a lot of damn silliness to boot.
20160525 13:12 badanov BI sells their product to real militaries.
20160525 12:43 Skidmark Bad, Thing (badthing, hahaha snort!)

Any thoughts on the use of Chernarus to develop crowd-sourced battle strategies as a social media experiment in developing a regional defense?
20160525 12:37 Skidmark If Bill Cosby goes down from past misdeeds, will Bill Clinton?
20160524 20:29 badanov

Project 01360Ch Version E

Slgithly different than the D model but a more faithful reproduction of the actual boat.
20160524 17:47 Thing From Snowy Mountain Ossetia. That's what I meant. Not the place starting with a.
20160524 17:47 Thing From Snowy Mountain Ossetia. That's what I meant. Not the place starting with a.
20160524 13:06 Alaska Paul And, here is what is happening in Alaska:

UPDATE - ATF Investigating Complaint by Citizen of Conduct of Driver in Agency SUV


The Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) division operating in the state of Alaska has acknowledged that an SUV belonging to the agency was involved in a citizen complaint of the driver's conduct on May 19, 2016 on the highway. Initially, APD was concerned that the vehicle may have been impersonating that of law enforcement when the reported license plate was not registered and issued an alert to citizens for concern of their safety. However, after conducting an investigation, today it was determined the vehicle belonged to ATF and was conducting official business at the time of the alleged conduct. ATF will be conducting a personnel investigation and APD is fully cooperating with this agency in their investigation.


The Anchorage Police Department has investigated the allegations of a driver impersonating a police officer on the Glenn Highway last week. APD has been able to confirm the vehicle is assigned to a law enforcement agency. The agency acknowledged the vehicle was on official business at the time of the incident. Concerns from the public have been forwarded to the agency.


Anchorage Police received a report from a citizen who stated a man impersonating a police officer attempted to pull him over.

The complainant said he was driving northbound on the Glenn Highway at about 5:30 PM Thursday, May 19, when an unmarked white Ford SUV, equipped with red and blue interior dash lights, attempted to pull him over. As the motorist yielded, the driver sped past him, laughed, and flipped him the middle finger. The complainant observed this occur three other times with the same results. A photo of the license plate was obtained, but a computer check revealed no matches. The driver is described as a white male in his 30’s with short hair. If you recognize this vehicle, or know who the driver is, call APD at 786-8900.

If an unmarked APD officer conducts a traffic stop, the officer may or may not be in uniform; however, they will always have identification. If you believe you are being pulled over by someone impersonating a police officer, call APD Dispatch to confirm the traffic stop is legitimate. That number is 786-8900 or if you feel it is an emergency, call 911.

APD Case 16-20944
20160524 10:16 badanov Snowy: FSB Colonel Igor Girkin made a visit to Moldova just after he left Crimea and just before he started up in Ukraine. Moldova is seemingly on Putin' Christmas shopping list.
20160524 10:14 badanov Bohemia Interactive invented Chernarus directly after the South Ossetia war in 2009. If you read the recent "history" about Chernarus, you will see similarities between Chernarus and Georgia, and now Ukraine.

Bohemia Interactive is a Czech company, so you can do the math. They are up against it IRT.
20160524 09:55 Thing From Snowy Mountain I'm sure Putin WANTS everyone to think that Chenaurus is fictional, and the land divided between Abkhazia and Moldova...
20160524 08:43 Pappy Looking forward to seeing it.
20160524 08:25 badanov I had to redo the model of Project 03160. This next model looks much closer to the actual Project 01360.

The last iteration, Model D, was based on a model published by Bohemia Interactive. Model D was way too complex for unwrapping for texturing, while Model E is much simpler.

It took only six hours to work up Model E.

I will post a pic tonite.
20160523 14:27 3dc https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/05/india-launch-reusable-launch-vehicle-demonstrator-mission/
20160523 13:19 badanov I never served in a forward zone, neither delivered nor received gun fire in anger.
20160523 13:16 badanov Dunno how to respond that the Arlington thing, Skid.
20160523 12:50 Skidmark You prob won't get your spot in Arlington, Bad.
20160523 11:53 badanov "This guy's got notes about the Chernarus Navy all over the place, on graph paper, on note paper."
20160523 11:49 badanov Sometimes I wonder what investigators are gonna do if one day, Gawd forbid, I am found dead in my apartment:

"Hey, Bob! Where's Chernarus?"
20160523 10:11 trailing wife Snowy Thing, I just came across this article about Saudi Arabia's current financial situation in Al Ahram, which needed to reassure it's readers that the money well is yet not drying up.
20160523 09:54 TFSM I was beginning to wonder if owning refineries or controlling them would give them any leverage re controlling the oil price. Like... "Go away! We dont do any of that expensive Canadian crap oil here..."
20160523 09:41 Dale It's all global warming.
20160523 08:28 trailing wife Whew! The Chnese spammers were busy in the night.

If one has to ergo, Skidmark, an allegorical caricature is definitely the way to go. :-)
20160523 06:16 3dc http://www.publicmedievalist.com/curious-case-weapon-didnt-exist/
20160523 01:37 Skidmark Ergo, TW, the vilified allegorical caricature.
20160523 00:36 trailing wife Snowy Thing: The Saudis still have both funds and investments. It's just that the government will be broke in a few years if oil prices stay low; this is separate from the humungous private holdings of princes and commoners alike.

20160522 22:42 badanov Expand when you're in trouble, contract when you're not.
20160522 22:29 Tfsm ***SPAM?*** Another thought: if the Saudis are so broke.how.is.it they can buy refineries here?
20160522 14:58 Pappy Not to worry - President Trump will fix everything. Camelot is coming again, Baby!

(Julio - go forth and borrow the Shipman Triumph. I fancy a long and moody ride 'round Castle Rantburg.)
20160522 14:07 Dale Interesting stuff. I wanted to pass on the current state of things in Federal Prison systems. Nightmare. Separate provisions for transgender needs. -Only- female officers can do cavity searches of transgenders.

Major increase in drug overdoses in and out of prison. Three died last Friday night in Cumberland Maryland in the city. Break ins, armed robberies day and night much more common. Presses market broke into last night just over the line in West Virginia. This was the second time in two months. Rehab is like this; 1/3 want help to change, 1/3 will fail rehab 50/50 chance going one way or another, 1/3 will go right back to drugs(they just don't care).
20160522 01:37 Skidmark Behind that is a nonfunctional part of the boat for storage the flux capacitors.
20160522 01:04 Glenmore ***SPAM?*** That makes sense, Snowy; easier to make money gaming the market than actually producing.
20160522 00:46 Thingey ***SPAM?*** G: do you think it could be someone trying to talk down the industry? "There's a super.secret technique for.doubling the production of.a.well.on top.of.everything else. It's under enn dee ayh
20160521 22:51 badanov Thanks.
20160521 22:29 Pappy Getting there, bad.
20160521 11:15 badanov May 21st: Project 03160Ch Completed base model, ready for texturing. The structure immediately behind the helm/CIC is where the machine gun will be mounted. Behind that is the mast. The surface search radar has been removed temporarily. Behind that is a nonfunctional part of the boat for storage. Additional PKM machine guns can be mounted on either side of the rear gunnels.

20160521 01:08 Glenmore Unemployed Snow Thing - I'm not sure what to make of that article. I don't know of the technique they are discussing, but I do know our (industry) results from fracked wells have been improving, fairly steadily, for years. A 'doubling' from a single technique would be surprising, but not impossible. And realize we've already more-than-doubled from the collection of improvements over the last ten years.
That said, they do not discuss one big elephant in the room - capital: the new, improved wells are still going to cost a lot, so you and I and all our friends could pool all our assets and still not afford one. And right now oil field capital is drying up faster than an alcohol wipe in Death Valley. Big Oil is cutting back on spending - my job is supposed to end in 5 weeks (I don't mind though, I'm effectively retiring with benefits) - but still has lots of cash flow, and can access capital by cutting dividends, if nothing else. It won't die easily. The little guys - in the business - can't do that. I suppose Google or somebody could decide to buy in, but why - they make money in what they know how to do, and would likely lose money in something they don't know how to do.