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  1. Blue

    WTF? (**NSFW**)

    And, from Air Force amn/nco/snco, the below post brought out all kinds of comments (most pertinent pasted below).
  2. Blue

    WTF? (**NSFW**)

    So, if you click on "Show More" below that video, you get the below:
  3. My knowledge of aircraft-level certification mostly comes from watching this documentary on the design and construction of the 777 in the late 80s/early 90s, then watching the news highlights of the ups and downs of 787 development in the early 2000s. I always hear that developing a clean-sheet Part 25 airplane is incredibly difficult, but what exactly is it that makes it so expensive? Testing? Number of required flight test hours? Design? All of the above?
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    Latest Movies

    "The Report" had a limited release in theaters early 2019, and then released on Amazon in November. Daniel Jones (Adam Driver) is a Idealistic Senate staffer tasked by his boss (Sen Diane Feinstein, head of the Senate Intelligence Committee) to lead an investigation into the CIA's post 9/11 Detention and Interrogation Program (i.e. detainee torture, black sites, etc). Saw a couple reviews along the lines of "this movie felt like a Wikipedia article on screen," which it kinda did (lots of dialogue, little to no character development, strong focus on names/dates/places, etc). Still, it kept my interest. From what I could find, the movie is more or less accurate to actual events. Not a good choice if you're looking for action/adventure, but if you want to see the nuts-and-bolts of some of the more important aspects of the "War on Terror," I'd recommend it.
  5. The "Frozen Middle" is real. https://othjournal.com/2018/12/17/forget-the-frozen-middle-this-mysterious-layer-of-bureaucracy-is-not-an-insurmountable-obstacle-to-innovation-even-if-it-did-exist/
  6. Go and interview. See where it goes. If it ends up that the unit wants to bring you on, any medical/legal/other issues will come up. Honestly, if you get that far, I'd tend to think a unit would overlook the legal stuff, then it would be up to medical to clear you for the physical.
  7. Her bio reads like the definition of an anointed one who can do no wrong.... https://www.columbus.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/1594693/colonel-samantha-weeks/
  8. Blue

    Latest Movies

    I'd heard all the buzz around The Irishman, so watched it a couple weeks ago. In all the buzz, I hadn't realized that the movie is three and a half hours long. Damn. And not "Wow, that three and a half hours just flew by." More like, "Damn, Scorsese really likes doing those long shots of people simply walking....for like five minutes straight." It was entertaining, but be prepared for the long haul. Not Goodfellas good, or Casio good, but still entertaining. Felt like it could have been edited down to 2.5 hours or so, and still not lost anything.
  9. The Washington Post weighs-in this morning with "The Afghanistan Papers," a broad look at the war in Afghanistan. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/investigations/afghanistan-papers/afghanistan-war-confidential-documents/ The article also contains links to all the source documents (interviews, memos, etc). Quite the rabbit hole to go down. This interview with BGen Brian Copes, Indiana Army Guard, was just three pages, but hit on a lot of the major topics (too much money, too much in-fighting between DoD, DoS, etc, too much "top-down" thinking, etc). https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/investigations/afghanistan-papers/documents-database/?document=copes_brian_ll_05_c15_02252016
  10. I feel like that article kinda buried the lede.... So the United States Air Force, the world-renowned King of spending taxpayer dollars, has been sitting on $160 million of unspent funds for Light Attack? With some of those funds up to three years old? I think that's the most powerful piece of evidence showing that the Air Force does not care about Light Attack.
  11. We have candidates legitimately trying to normalize the concept of wealth confiscation for the common good. On the Left, I think they don't have a chance in hell of winning the general election. It's incredibly hard to unseat an incumbent president, and I have to think it's going to be next to impossible considering the current crop of clowns on the debate stage. As for Trump, I guess he could be called "unconventional," but I don't think he's entirely as unique as the news media would have you believe. By all accounts, Lyndon Johnson was a boorish, loudmouthed asshole who you wouldn't want running your local grocery store, much less your country. However, we didn't have the internet, cable news, and digital cameras in every pocket, so no one was the wiser. I dunno, just perspective from flyover country, I guess.
  12. Ehhhh........ If your worldview stops at the boundaries of Washington DC, and if you determine the health of the country based on what's on CNN/FOX/etc, then yeah, it looks kinda bad. Honestly, I think the majority of Americans are doing ok, and the country as a whole is going about their business. But that kind of narrative doesn't get clicks, so you won't normally hear it.
  13. We need to evaluate all our overseas engagements against the Powell Doctrine. If we can't answer in the affirmative to each and every question, then we need to go home. Spoiler alert: In the vast majority of cases, we need to go home.
  14. Mattis was on Meet the Press this morning, talking about how much he disagrees with the Syria pull-out. And AOC was all for pulling out of Syria, until she wasn't. https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2019/10/09/classic-ocasiocortez-wanted-us-troops-out-of-syriauntil-trump-agreed-n2554471 What a bunch of nonsense. I hope this is just the beginning of our draw-down in the Middle East.
  15. Blue

    UFO thread

    This article had an interesting and seemingly a plausible explanation for bright saucers moving at phenomenal speeds.
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