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  1. LOL, Ms Molinelli needs to work on her expectation management regarding "this language". It's a perfectly understandable and adequate respone from a country whose major naval shipyard just got shafted big time. That their submarine concept would work out only with difficulty at best is at least 50% the responsibility of the Australian MOD who willfully ran their tender with blinders on. It may be the right decision for Australia, it may be strengthening the alliance with the UK and the US, but framing the French response as a demand for subservience is not just absurd, it's slanderous anti-French propaganda for an ignorant home front.
  2. If there was neither capability nor capacity to build locally, then why the insistence on technology transfer? What good is a stiff contract if you foist a non-nuclear power plant concept on a boad designed for a nuclear reactor? The trouble of the French program was utterly predictable. TKMS knew even before Naval entered the tender that they could never deliver it, sort of some unexpected miracle happening. But apparently everybody closed their eyes to the reality (despite India as a warning example) and went to sign the contract anyway. It was completely bonkers right from the start.
  3. Yes! Everything is airdroppable. 😈 8 inch match sticks for fire support, I suppose, could be sourced anywhere with a timber industry.
  4. Since this is the second time you bring it up, I suppose you also have an example ready where I promoted a specific policy that I justified with the observations that I made. Take your time.
  5. Well it didn't help that officially the Aussies wanted a non-nuclear sub, and then picked a nuclear sub as the base design to replace the nuclear reactor with a different drive, and then expect everything to work on the first try. To start with, a nuclear sub needs no storage space for fuel outside of the reactor room. The cooling concept is entirely different. Sound proofing is different. So what, seriously, did anyone in the Australian MOD expect? Unless, of course there was a plan right from the start to nominally start a non-nuclear sub program, only to re-nuclearize it well before nearing completion. That might have explained the rejection of the German sub proposal. I can tell that the TKMS guys were no happy about the tender process at all, and suspected right there that there were ulterior motives behind the decision to pick the French concept.
  6. Surprisingly, it isn't. Tracked vehicles can negotiate about 95% of non-oceanic terrain on this planet. Yes, there are places where the gradients are steeper than the tanks are designed to handle, or the gound is too soft or too rugged. But quantitatively, these cases are a small part, and often so small that the practical consequences are often negligible. Forests are the biggest tactical challenge followed by built-up area, and that's clearly a bigger fraction of the landmass. But when it comes to sheer automotive performance tracked vehicles can go to most places, and few of the places they can't reach are worth getting to. Legs are a useful solution for the combination of (very) rugged terrain and animal-sized vehicles, but few vehicles actually are the size of (land) animals. And they may have a place as "power tools" for forestry in mountaineous terrain, but that's about as specialized as it gets. In most other application cases the benefits are unlikely to outweigh the disadvantages.
  7. I still have to find that Bollywood rendition of the Untergang.
  8. What about the use of makeup in such a case?
  9. Are you saying that it didn't happen, or are you just mad at me that my observations don't fit your own agenda? I just pointed out with the help of the one example that I have at the most ready that those who focus on mortality as the sole metric are either deliberately playing down the issue because they have made up their minds and seek facts supporting their opinion, or they are lazy in the risk assessment because mortality figures are easiest to come by. A substantial fraction of the arguments made against vaccination seems to be that Covid is a joke unless you happen to be fat, old, or otherwise unfit. An honest assessment will also take into account that there's a substantial number of badly documented cases of long-term illnesses that run under "recovered" and "light case" because they neither required hospitalization nor are they still acutely infectious. It's intellectually dishonest to complain about overblown Covid mortality figures while downplaying the systematical bias in currently available figures about the second order effects. The reality is, as far as Covid is concerned, we still haven't had much time assessing the full picture because we were fully occupied with emergency response. At this point, nobody knows as much about the situation as they believe they do. What we do know however is the most reliable way to curb the spread of the disease throughout the population is a high rate of vaccination.
  10. One of our team members got it. A "light case" in the sense that it didn't require hospitalization, ICU and whatnot - but half a year later his ability to work is substantially impaired. Long covid sucks big time. This is how it looks like when you "survive" which seems to be the sole metric that some here like to apply. He's young, he was healthy, not fat, not drinking, not smoking. Again, just a single case, nothing from which you could build statistics, but it's an example how "light cases" aren't exactly like a common cold.
  11. Not if you're looking at the problem from the victim's end, no. But using drones and Intelligence-Technobabble allows the users of drones to maintain a veneer of respectability that they hardly deserve. There is a difference between carpet-bombing villages with a wing of B-52s, and the random hellfire missile exploding here and there and then to summarily claim that every male body of ages from 14 to 84 was an unlawfuw enemy fighter, stonewall all investigations, and grudingly accept the few cases where your assertion can be proven wrong as "regrettable, but unavoidable collateral damage" - and then blame the victims by hinting that they unwisely associated with the terrorists. When you do the carpet-bombing thing, you can no longer maintain that you're not attacking the general population indiscriminately, and save the deserved backlash in public opinion. Drone attacks may amount to the same bottom line, but with the immense advantage that everybody can pretend that you care about collateral damage when, effectively, you just save on expense for explosives.
  12. It's hardly separable, and yes, it's definitely also the drones. Camera resolution is good enough for man-sized targeting, but no better (or nobody has the patience to fly closer). So the operators try to infer identification from behavior, but that's often enough clouded by confirmation bias. Or they rely on additional sigint. But the worst practice is that no proper BDA and debriefing is attempted in a systematical and unbiased fashion. That way, targeting errors are being systematically underreported so that the questionable track record isn't being called into question. Personally, I think that if you don't want autonomous killbots, you have to take a position against algorithmically generated kill lists too, even if they need to be countersigned by the US president. Because I'm not convinced that the names and phone IMEI numbers and the reasons why the sigint data mining AI put them on the list are thoroughly vetted. There were simply too many bombings to make such a claim credible. If those lists are taken at face value, the "man in the loop" claim is but a sham to deceive the public, or the president, or themselves ... hard to say which would be worse.
  13. There were also non-Chomsky types criticizing drone warfare, like Andrew Cockburn with "Kill Chain".
  14. When 95% of the Earth's surface (the solid parts) for conventional tank mobility aren't enough, and you need those 96.5%. You'll feel it when the time is right.
  15. FRIENDSHIP is an interPERSONAL sentiment. By definition it can't be applied to organizations, nations, political constructs. That's not to say that there can't be considerable overlap in cultures, traditions, attitudes that also shape the sentiments of individuals towards people of those other nations.
  16. Countries and corporations can't have friends. Only people can. There's overlapping interests, and there may be shared values and overlaps in culture and tradition and while the sun is shining people might mistakenly perceive that as "friendship". But it isn't. A country's leader will have to do what's in the best interest of his country (and usually his own image in the history books of the future) - or at least, what's going to help him in current domestic politics; violate that rule at your own peril. Much will also boil down to the personal level. It may be possible to have amicable relations between leaders (it's certainly possible for them to exert non-confrontative influence on each other), but much of that is attempted to reign in with diplomatic rules and defined processes.
  17. It's drone warfare as usual, with the same degree of accuracy and refinement as under Bush, Obama, and Trump. Algorithmic kill decisions that nominally have the US president in the loop but are rarely (if ever) questioned, and fuckups are being covered up to shirk accountability. Screen resolutions are barely sufficient to fool operators into believing that they understand the scenes they are seeing, and low enough to conceal crucial details. Add to that the air war doctrine of "critical nodes"; has never worked, but the US Air Force so far has always doubled down and expanded their target lists rather than question whether what they're doing actually makes any sense. Besides, the DEA knows for decades that cutting off the heads of narco organizations only results in producing ever more ruthless narco bosses. It's long overdue to admit that Critical Node Theory is a complete failure.
  18. Coke Stevenson hammered cattle fence poles into solid limestone well into his mid 70s. Okay, he was somewhat of a unique character but at the end of the day as long as you stay healthy and exercise, you'll hold up well until old age. And if you hold up well, you're likely to stay healthy. So it's definitely a reinforcing cycle if you do invest the exercise ... and it'll accelerate the other way, if you don't. Whether I'm going to live by my own words, I don't know. At least I managed to convince two friends to go swimming with me, so it's twice weekly three kilometers, and I have no car, so it's walking and cycling. That must do, for now.
  19. The machines are notorious for breaking down, and there seems to be a major dispute between the franchise partners, McD, and the officially designated service company for the machines. A newspaper here reported that there's a website now that displays the status of all McFlurry machines of the McDonalds empire (of which 10...15% seem to be out of service at any given time), so you can check the status before investing the calories to go there. I did not memorize the URL, and I'm not remotely invested enough in the matter to google it for you. But now you know that it exists, which is a start I guess.
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