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20140822 21:08 3dc Three engine F9R Dev1 vehicle auto-terminated during test flight. No injuries or near injuries. Rockets are tricky Elon Musks twitter post.

20140822 20:26 3dc from Wiki: The second VTVL flight test vehicle F9R Dev1, built on the much longer Falcon 9 v1.1 first-stage tank, and with retractable landing legs—made its first test flight on April 17, 2014.[46][63] F9R Dev1 will be used for low-altitude test flights in the McGregor, Texas area with projected maximum altitude below 3,000 meters (10,000 ft).
20140822 20:23 3dc
20140822 20:22 3dc SpaceX F9-R test rocket blew up.


The video label incorrectly says Grasshopper. This the the F9.1 R with less than 9 engines. The big test rocket. Then grass fires started.
20140822 18:44 Deacon Blues http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/21/Obama-Considering-Unilaterally-Granting-800K-Guest-Worker-Visas-as-90-Believe-American-Workers-Should-Be-Favored
20140822 18:24 Bright Pebbles Interesting


With deep sorrow just learned about Lithuania's honorary consul in Lugansk Mr Mykola Zelenec kidnapped &brutaly killed by terrorists there.
20140822 16:34 3dc The Liquidator: http://en.ria.ru/russia/20140822/192246925/Roskosmos-Intends-to-Spend-108-Billion-Rubles-on-Removing.html
20140822 08:28 Pappy "Nevermind"

And t'would explain the low-key response from D.C.
20140822 08:20 trailing wife Apparently the National Guard is also returning to base, SteveS.
20140822 00:59 SteveS Rumors the media are packing up and pulling out of Ferguson, MO now that it appears the cop was savagely beaten by the soon-to-be-deceased. Rather like an Emily Litella skit on Saturday Night Live back when it was funny. "Nevermind"
20140822 00:44 badanov Maybe for Ukraina independence day celebration on Sunday. Dunno. Just a guess. The vehicles are a little too spiffed up.
20140822 00:19 trailing wife Why on earth are Romanian troops in Kiev?
20140821 20:39 badanov Romanian military column on a road march through Kiev Thursday. Appears to be an antiaircraft missile battery, BTR infantry, a mixed artillery regiment and a ballistic missile regiment, plus support elements.

20140821 18:51 Thing From Snowy Mountain Florida, America's Wang.
20140821 16:07 Bright Pebbles http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/fla-dad-locks-kids-car-4-hours-drink-cops-article-1.1912111

Totally totally unknown lol.
20140821 08:57 Pappy Ace of Spades:

Obama seems like Sheldon Cooper on Big Bang Theory. In that show, Sheldon has some sort of crazy single-mindedness manifesting an absolute insistence on sticking to his Routine. Sheldon Cooper doesn't care if someone's loved one has died. This is Thursday. We have pizza on Thursday. That's what we do on Thursday. Because it's Thursday.

Obama has his plans. Pushing various fake campaign positions to gin up the left-wing base, and playing golf and attending jazz festivals. No matter what happens in the world, or in America, Obama is sticking to that plan. Obama is sticking to Pizza On Thursdays. Because that's what we do on Thursdays. Thursdays are for Pizza.

They're slaughtering Christians in Iraq? Thursdays are for Pizza.

They're slaughtering Yazidis in Iraq? Pizza is what we have on Thursdays.

Ferguson is burning? It's Thursday. Thursday night is pizza night.

James Foley was beheaded by the New Caliphate in Iraq? Well, unless James Foley is our pizza delivery guy, I don't really see how this alters our Thursday plans...

I really do not know what it could possibly take to get Obama to acknowledge that while Thursdays are often for pizza, sometimes momentous events occur which require delaying pizza until later. But one thing you can say in Obama's defense: The man knows what you eat on Thursdays, doesn't he?
20140820 23:32 badanov Some serious home gunsmithing going on in Ukraina:

20140820 21:02 Pappy Snowy, it's... highly... likely.

And yes, OFA is an Obama/progressive-oriented machine.
20140820 18:02 trailing wife Isn't Organizing for America a wholly owned subsidiary of Soros, Inc. for the use of Barack Obama and his friends... ie. not Hillary Clinton?
20140820 17:48 Bright Pebbles Fortress Cardiff Starts for September's NATO summit.
20140820 14:56 OldSpook The luckiest man alive in Russia... Also damned good balance.

20140820 13:13 Thing From Snowy Mountain Pappy: Maybe Organizing for America?
20140820 08:38 Pappy I suspect that it'll eventually come out that Qatar financed a few other movements as well, besides the Muslim Brotherhood and IS.
20140820 07:08 Bright Pebbles http://www.afp.com/en/node/2744405
German accuses qatar of funding isis
20140820 06:45 Skidmark He probably meant "Donbass".
20140819 23:03 trailing wife In case he pokes his head in,

Hi, Mike N.! Good to see you out in the 'burg. :-)
20140819 21:10 trailing wife Apparently ISIS isn't enjoying American attention, Bright Pebbles. No doubt they'll enjoy the addition of British attention in a few days even less.

They think themselves mighty lions of Islam because they prevailed over disorganized, unarmed civilians, ignoring as hard as they can the fact that even with a shortage of bullets and no allies the Kurds fought them to a standstill. They've never dealt with a modern, professional armed force before.
20140819 19:44 Bright Pebbles Looks like some ROPer from an iSlamic colony of Britain just cut off an Amercian's head in Iraq.
20140819 18:11 trailing wife Sorry if I got a bit pedantic about the National Guard with Doc Steve. Common misconceptions about the Guard, needed correcting. Rantburg U.

No offense taken, OldSpook. We want to get these things right, and goodness knows most professional journalists can't be trusted to do so.

Update: Just read the thread. All in all a good discussion, though I don't know if it was necessary to call Skidmark a dumbass.
20140819 18:08 trailing wife Good to know, badanov. It's nice to have a pro on the team. :-)
20140819 16:47 badanov TW: I am looking for the first time at reports from the Ukrainian side to see what is common between the two and what conflicts. Makes for a better story. Until today this was all pro Russian militia reports. They have been professional in giving information, but now I have an added dimension to stories about the war.
20140819 12:34 Bright Pebbles
20140819 12:00 OldSpook Sorry if I got a bit pedantic about the National Guard with Doc Steve. Common misconceptions about the Guard, needed correcting. Rantburg U.
20140819 11:09 3dc www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/08/chinese-long-march-4b-gaofen-2-brite-pl-2/

hi-res sat launch by the chicoms
20140819 08:44 Dale http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2719796/British-scientists-stranded-freezing-Antarctic-research-station-power-failed-temperatures-hit-record-low-minus-55C.html
20140819 08:33 Dale NO show on USGS. Those I contact there don't seem concerned. "Bardarbunga, the country’s largest volcanic system, is located under the ice cap of the Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland. According to Wikipedia, it covers more than 8 percent of the country".
20140819 06:23 trailing wife Burg is eating my comments (on main articles, not here) without putting them in, and no clue as to what the "bad words" are, no patience at the moment to repeatedly retype the comment after it disappears, then copy-paste-replace-retry until its accepted.

OldSpook, if you can go back (left arrow at the top of the page on my iPad), the screen with your comment ought to reappear, saving you the typing, at least.
20140819 06:19 trailing wife Why more balance, badanov?
20140819 00:31 badanov Looks like there will be a little more balance in the Ukrainian war news.
20140818 21:02 OldSpook Okra must be deslimed to be edible. Except maybe in gumbo, where the slime helps set up the gumbo thickness. My wife uses the vinegar method, but my grandma used to just fry it in bacon grease.

Dunno if this belongs on the burg proper - but feel free to add it for tomorrow. Love that volcano name - Bardarbunga (Cowabunga dude!)

CODE ORANGE: The Risk Of An 'Explosive Subglacial Eruption' In Iceland Just Went Up

20140818 18:04 3dc I note that dashes and possessive quotes do not make it through his test either.
20140818 18:03 3dc I take too much bp stuff to approach the H1B topic. Its one of the reasons I have no love for that D.C. and it's chief industry.
20140818 18:03 3dc
As to the deleting problem Freds alg. seems to just look for matches. Instead he should tokenize and look for an exact match of the complete token. White space and non alpha characters defining the edges of the tokens.

20140818 17:58 swksvolFF Decided to make Gumbo - well, SWKS gumbo. That is, okra banana size is out of my skill set - we don't know about such things out here. Local guy's recipe: butter or oil the okra, wrap it in bacon, lightly grill, remove from grill and toss the green part.
20140818 12:53 49 Pan OS, it happens to me a lot as well. I copy all but one word then delete all but that word. After my one word posts I paste the rest back in. I dont have time to sift through to find the one word.

As far as H1B goes it has been a corrupted process for a long time. The entire Visa and immigration process to America need to be overhauled.
20140818 12:30 OldSpook For those of you arguing with the vacuum heads about H1B, here you go:


As I thought and had heard, the process is rigged. I've seen good friends and now my son's friends unable to get a job because of H1B. I always suspected the companies were gaming the system, but I never imagined it would be this deliberate.

And the GOP is just as bad as the Dems on this - both are corporate owned.
20140818 11:22 OldSpook Burg is eating my comments (on main articles, not here) without putting them in, and no clue as to what the "bad words" are, no patience at the moment to repeatedly retype the comment after it disappears, then copy-paste-replace-retry until its accepted. Argh.

20140818 09:56 Bright Pebbles
20140818 09:37 Bright Pebbles http://english.alarabiya.net/en/media/digital/2014/08/17/-To-Kill-a-Mocking-Kurd-ISISmovies-Twitter-hashtag-trends.html