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1 7-y (Expectation of Great Things in Due Course)  Mar 7, 2015 4:33:24pm

That’s five days of feeling like shit, followed by a month of not-quite-normal, unless you get lucky. I hope you get lucky. I didn’t.

2 darthstar  Mar 7, 2015 4:33:33pm

Sorry you’re feeling shitty Charles. If it’s any consolation, I had a nice hike with my wife this morning followed by a very nice lunch at a french cafe next to the harbor in Sausalito.

3 Great White Snark  Mar 7, 2015 4:39:35pm

Sorry to hear that. Get better fast.

4 Justanotherhuman  Mar 7, 2015 4:41:35pm

Sorry you’re under the weather, Charles. Lots of fluids and rest.

Now, get better and write some more code!

5 Romantic Heretic  Mar 7, 2015 4:42:46pm

Just got over that myself, Charles. Sending healing vibes your way.

6 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Mar 7, 2015 4:43:59pm
7 Justanotherhuman  Mar 7, 2015 4:47:03pm

BTW, Charles, if you have’t seen Season 3 of “House of Cards”, now might be a good time for marathon viewing in between naps if you have Netflix. : )

8 ObserverArt  Mar 7, 2015 4:48:21pm

re: #7 Justanotherhuman

BTW, Charles, if you have’t seen Season 3 of “House of Cards”, now might be a good time for marathon viewing in between naps if you have Netflix. : )

Netflix ‘n’ Kleenex! (™ Imma trademark that one!)

9 Targetpractice  Mar 7, 2015 4:49:01pm

My sister just informed me that there are theaters going to do a 12 movie marathon, Iron Man 1 all the way to Avengers: Age of Ultron, starting the Wednesday before the latter premieres. And all I can think is anybody attending is even crazier than those who sat through through marathons of the uncut versions of the Lord of the Rings films.

10 psddluva4evah  Mar 7, 2015 4:49:27pm

Feel better.

ICYMI: Watch the Obamas reenact history by crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. #Selma50

11 Nyet  Mar 7, 2015 4:49:45pm

Look at this asshole.

12 RealityBasedSteve  Mar 7, 2015 4:50:08pm

re: #8 ObserverArt

Netflix ‘n’ Kleenex! (TM Imma trademark that one!)

Nyquil and Vodka. Mixed. It’s like Jagermeister, but better.

RBS

13 stpaulbear  Mar 7, 2015 4:50:10pm

re: #1 7-y (Expectation of Great Things in Due Course)

That’s five days of feeling like shit, followed by a month of not-quite-normal, unless you get lucky. I hope you get lucky. I didn’t.

The cold I had this winter was a full month of feeling like shit. It’s been like that for everyone I know.

14 Nyet  Mar 7, 2015 4:50:38pm
15 ObserverArt  Mar 7, 2015 4:51:30pm

re: #12 RealityBasedSteve

Nyquil and Vodka. Mixed. It’s like Jagermeister, but better.

RBS

Sounds like I’d never make it to the end of the movie!

16 jaunte  Mar 7, 2015 4:51:32pm

re: #14 Nyet

As if John Schindler cares about deaths in Africa.

17 RealityBasedSteve  Mar 7, 2015 4:51:32pm

re: #9 Targetpractice

My sister just informed me that there are theaters going to do a 12 movie marathon, Iron Man 1 all the way to Avengers: Age of Ultron, starting the Wednesday before the latter premieres. And all I can think is anybody attending is even crazier than those who sat through through marathons of the uncut versions of the Lord of the Rings films.

I’ll be working the catheter concession for all those that just can’t stand to miss a minute.

RBS

18 Justanotherhuman  Mar 7, 2015 4:51:36pm

re: #14 Nyet

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What an asshole.

19 Targetpractice  Mar 7, 2015 4:51:41pm

re: #14 Nyet

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So does this mean they want us now to send troops to Africa as well?

20 makeitstop  Mar 7, 2015 4:51:42pm

re: #14 Nyet

Boko Haram has killed thousands of Africans barbarically, but that doesn’t excite Obama like memories of Alabama rednecks from 50 years ago.

What an asshole.

21 jaunte  Mar 7, 2015 4:52:32pm

re: #14 Nyet

He’s also willfully missing the point that the struggle for voting rights continues in the present day.

22 Nyet  Mar 7, 2015 4:52:49pm

re: #11 Nyet

Look at this asshole.

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re: #18 Justanotherhuman

What an asshole.

re: #20 makeitstop

What an asshole.

Methinks we have a scholarly consensus.

23 HappyWarrior  Mar 7, 2015 4:52:51pm

re: #14 Nyet

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Yeah Schneider because no other president would be giving a speech on the 50th anniversary of an important historical event.

24 Targetpractice  Mar 7, 2015 4:53:26pm

re: #17 RealityBasedSteve

I’ll be working the catheter concession for all those that just can’t stand to miss a minute.

RBS

When she first told me about it, I thought I might actually be cool with doing it. But then I stopped and did a mental count of how many films that would be, and realized I’d sooner commit myself to a mental hospital. If I wanna do a marathon like that, I’ll do it in the comfort of my own home and over the course of a week.

25 Nyet  Mar 7, 2015 4:53:35pm

re: #23 HappyWarrior

Walking, chewing gum. Impossible!

26 HappyWarrior  Mar 7, 2015 4:54:12pm

re: #25 Nyet

Walking, chewing gum. Impossible!

Yeah that’s another thing. It’s not like Obama is totally ignoring Boko Haram.

27 Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 7, 2015 4:54:50pm

re: #19 Targetpractice

So does this mean they want us now to send troops to Africa as well?

Nah. They wouldn’t support that. But it makes a handy club to attack Obama with.

28 Nyet  Mar 7, 2015 4:55:20pm

Because his anti-racism is so relevant? By now Schindler positively stinketh.

29 Belafon  Mar 7, 2015 4:55:35pm

re: #24 Targetpractice

There was an age when I could have done that, but that was a couple of decades ago.

30 RealityBasedSteve  Mar 7, 2015 4:56:38pm

re: #22 Nyet

Methinks we have a scholarly consensus.

31 CuriousLurker  Mar 7, 2015 4:56:51pm

re: #22 Nyet

Methinks we have a scholarly consensus.

Yeah, he suffers from terminal assholishness.

32 Targetpractice  Mar 7, 2015 4:56:58pm

re: #27 Blind Frog Belly White

Nah. They wouldn’t support that. But it makes a handy club to attack Obama with.

Of course. It’s like how they make noise that he’s doing nothing about Daesh, meanwhile the AUMF he sent to Congress weeks ago gathers dust.

33 HappyWarrior  Mar 7, 2015 4:57:13pm

re: #28 Nyet

Because his anti-racism is so relevant? By now Schindler positively stinketh.

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Yeah because being anti-racist conflates with child pornography. Stay classy fuckwad.

34 Targetpractice  Mar 7, 2015 4:57:16pm

re: #31 CuriousLurker

Yeah, he suffers from terminal assholishness.

Cranial-rectal inversion.

35 HappyWarrior  Mar 7, 2015 4:57:48pm

re: #34 Targetpractice

Cranial-rectal inversion.

Assholicism.

36 Justanotherhuman  Mar 7, 2015 4:58:00pm

re: #34 Targetpractice

And optical rectosis.

37 Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 7, 2015 4:58:40pm

re: #24 Targetpractice

When she first told me about it, I thought I might actually be cool with doing it. But then I stopped and did a mental count of how many films that would be, and realized I’d sooner commit myself to a mental hospital. If I wanna do a marathon like that, I’ll do it in the comfort of my own home and over the course of a week.

I said something about wanting to watch the whole Marvel Universe from the first film, and the Older Boy’s Girlfriend mentioned the marathon. Nor for me. I want to see the videos at home. Theater seats may be WAY more comfortable than they were when I was young, but it still sounds like a young person’s game.

38 Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 7, 2015 4:59:53pm

re: #32 Targetpractice

Of course. It’s like how they make noise that he’s doing nothing about Daesh, meanwhile the AUMF he sent to Congress weeks ago gathers dust.

Apparently, 2500 bombing missions against ISIS is insufficient to convince them he’ll do anything.

How the hell do you govern in a situation like this?

39 A Cranky One  Mar 7, 2015 5:00:05pm
Get well soon Charles!
40 Targetpractice  Mar 7, 2015 5:00:34pm

re: #37 Blind Frog Belly White

I said something about wanting to watch the whole Marvel Universe from the first film, and the Older Boy’s Girlfriend mentioned the marathon. Nor for me. I want to see the videos at home. Theater seats may be WAY more comfortable than they were when I was young, but it still sounds like a young person’s game.

I’m only 30 and even I think that 12 films over two days is murder. 30-45 minute breaks in between films is not enough to get more than a cat nap.

41 Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 7, 2015 5:01:39pm

re: #40 Targetpractice

I’m only 30 and even I think that 12 films over two days is murder. 30-45 minute breaks in between films is not enough to get more than a cat nap.

I think I could handle 3 a day. I’d probably regret it, but I’d do it.

42 Drive By Commenter  Mar 7, 2015 5:01:44pm

February. Ah, February. Where the wind knocks the eyes right out of your head. The sky, if not snowing, is threatening snow. And then sleet. Followed by freezing rain. On top of that snow from January that is still under the foot of February’s gift from the sky. Then the temps plummet. I mean it was averaging 18 degrees for the month, but now all that has sat for two days on the snow is forever a part of it. Then you fall on ice, after 100 close calls. And that sniffle turns into a faucet. Kleenex shred on contact with your nose. Then it warms up to 34. And plummets to 23 and below the next 5 days, further locking in the grip of February into March. Now I await the inevitable rain. That will probably start as just rain, but February, magical, wonderful February, will appear once again in disguise as March and freeze that on contact. The better for that water to seek it’s own level. Which could be your basement. Ah March. Where flights of birds and the sound of geese in the night sky almost make you forget about the possibility of a St Patricks Day snowstorm. February. Ah. February.

43 HappyWarrior  Mar 7, 2015 5:03:34pm

re: #40 Targetpractice

I’m only 30 and even I think that 12 films over two days is murder. 30-45 minute breaks in between films is not enough to get more than a cat nap.

I can’t do stuff like that anymore either. It’s hard for me to do video game maratons anymore too. I tried doing a MGS marathon in anticipation for the next game but I got sidetracked and haven’t played in a while. I must be getting old.

44 Justanotherhuman  Mar 7, 2015 5:03:43pm

re: #38 Blind Frog Belly White

Apparently, 2500 bombing missions against ISIS is insufficient to convince them he’ll do anything.

How the hell do you govern in a situation like this?

You govern like the unflappable Barack Obama.

45 Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 7, 2015 5:04:24pm

re: #42 nines09

February. Ah, February. Where the wind knocks the eyes right out of your head. The sky, if not snowing, is threatening snow. And then sleet. Followed by freezing rain. On top of that snow from January that is still under the foot of February’s gift from the sky. Then the temps plummet. I mean it was averaging 18 degrees for the month, but now all that has sat for two days on the snow is forever a part of it. Then you fall on ice, after 100 close calls. And that sniffle turns into a faucet. Kleenex shred on contact with your nose. Then it warms up to 34. And plummets to 23 and below the next 5 days, further locking in the grip of February into March. Now I await the inevitable rain. That will probably start as just rain, but February, magical, wonderful February, will appear once again in disguise as March and freeze that on contact. The better for that water to seek it’s own level. Which could be your basement. Ah March. Where flights of birds and the sound of geese in the night sky almost make you forget about the possibility of a St Patricks Day snowstorm. February. Ah. February.

We truly have become a polarized nation, in a number of senses. Accent on POLAR for the East Coast.

46 HappyWarrior  Mar 7, 2015 5:04:28pm

Apparently Obama has to have his dick out wearing a flight jacket to be “tough” enough for these guys.

47 HappyWarrior  Mar 7, 2015 5:04:53pm

re: #45 Blind Frog Belly White

We truly have become a polarized nation, in a number of senses. Accent on POLAR for the East Coast.

It’s finally going away next week or so I hope/heard.

48 Blind Frog Belly White  Mar 7, 2015 5:04:53pm

re: #44 Justanotherhuman

You govern like the unflappable Barack Obama.

I’d be flapping like a luffing sail in a gale.

49 Justanotherhuman  Mar 7, 2015 5:06:42pm

re: #46 HappyWarrior

Apparently Obama has to have his dick out wearing a flight jacket to be “tough” enough for these guys.

Codpiece! Codpiece!

50 Targetpractice  Mar 7, 2015 5:08:06pm

re: #43 HappyWarrior

I can’t do stuff like that anymore either. It’s hard for me to do video game maratons anymore too. I tried doing a MGS marathon in anticipation for the next game but I got sidetracked and haven’t played in a while. I must be getting old.

Marathon gaming is more a spectator sport for me anymore.

51 RealityBasedSteve  Mar 7, 2015 5:08:58pm

re: #49 Justanotherhuman

Codpiece! Codpiece!

Is that a mackerel in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?

RBS

52 Nyet  Mar 7, 2015 5:09:06pm

Will you maintain, quoth Pantagruel, that the codpiece is the chief piece of a military harness? It is a new kind of doctrine, very paradoxical; for we say, At spurs begins the arming of a man. Sir, I maintain it, answered Panurge, and not wrongfully do I maintain it. Behold how nature, having a fervent desire, after its production of plants, trees, shrubs, herbs, sponges, and plant-animals, to eternize and continue them unto all succession of ages (in their several kinds or sorts, at least, although the individuals perish) unruinable, and in an everlasting being, hath most curiously armed and fenced their buds, sprouts, shoots, and seeds, wherein the above-mentioned perpetuity consisteth, by strengthening, covering, guarding, and fortifying them with an admirable industry, with husks, cases, scurfs and swads, hulls, cods, stones, films, cartels, shells, ears, rinds, barks, skins, ridges, and prickles, which serve them instead of strong, fair, and natural codpieces. As is manifestly apparent in pease, beans, fasels, pomegranates, peaches, cottons, gourds, pumpions, melons, corn, lemons, almonds, walnuts, filberts, and chestnuts; as likewise in all plants, slips, or sets whatsoever, wherein it is plainly and evidently seen, that the sperm and semence is more closely veiled, overshadowed, corroborated, and thoroughly harnessed, than any other part, portion, or parcel of the whole.

More…

53 HappyWarrior  Mar 7, 2015 5:09:18pm

re: #50 Targetpractice

Marathon gaming is more a spectator sport for me anymore.

Ha I can’t even do that anymore. It’s good though. More time to take in the story.

54 RealityBasedSteve  Mar 7, 2015 5:12:00pm

I’m in a good mood. After a bit of a dry run on Ebay with losing some auctions where the item went over my estimate of it’s value, I finally hit one where I got it for considerably under what I’d consider fair value.

Happy Dance

RBS

55 Drive By Commenter  Mar 7, 2015 5:12:52pm

re: #45 Blind Frog Belly White

I’m all for changing February into “Punch In The Face.”

As in; Don’t forget Valentines Day Punch In The Face the 14th!

56 7-y (Expectation of Great Things in Due Course)  Mar 7, 2015 5:15:35pm

re: #47 HappyWarrior

It’s finally going away next week or so I hope/heard.

Yes! I tapped 20 trees today!

57 Justanotherhuman  Mar 7, 2015 5:15:46pm

re: #55 nines09

I just wrote February off this month year. Even my birthday. : )

58 Justanotherhuman  Mar 7, 2015 5:18:14pm

Later, Lizards! And get well soon, Charles.

Keep calm, and the tissues handy.

59 Drive By Commenter  Mar 7, 2015 5:21:09pm

re: #57 Justanotherhuman

I just wrote February off this month year. Even my birthday. : )

When I drove extensively in and through the snow belts in NY, Pa, Oh and Indy, the 6 sweetest words I could hear on the weather radio was; “The lakes are mostly ice covered”. But February, ah February was its own beast. Moisture from the south with cold in place……..Or a clipper straight from Alberta….Followed by another clipper straight from Alberta…..Tick, tick,tick….

60 ObserverArt  Mar 7, 2015 5:22:57pm

Later Lizards. Get well Charles. Pack yourself up in blankets to get as warm as you can stand. Cook that cold out of ya’!

61 Drive By Commenter  Mar 7, 2015 5:28:52pm

Get better Charles. Drink plenty of liquids Get some white noise on to isolate sounds and keep the room dark. And pass out as quick as you can.

62 HappyWarrior  Mar 7, 2015 5:29:13pm

Rand Paul is claiming same sex marriage offends him. Well Rand you being a senator offends me but that doesn’t mean your senate seat should be invalidated.

63 jaunte  Mar 7, 2015 5:31:04pm
64 HappyWarrior  Mar 7, 2015 5:31:43pm

re: #63 jaunte

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Shit that’s a lot of snow.

65 Nyet  Mar 7, 2015 5:31:59pm

Dadayev’s mother says he had service awards from Nurgaliyev and Kadyrov.

ntv. ru/novosti/1355377

This sort of corresponds to that 2010 news item at chechnya.gov.ru

There a certain Zaur Dadayev was awarded the Order of Courage on Putin’s orders (among other soldiers). The award was presented by Nurgaliyev, Kadyrov was present and also presented medals to other soldiers. Interesting.

66 Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 7, 2015 5:36:05pm

re: #28 Nyet

Because his anti-racism is so relevant? By now Schindler positively stinketh.

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A German court has ended the trial of a Social Democrat (SPD) politician, Sebastian Edathy, after he agreed to pay 𠫅,000 (£3,647) and admitted guilt on child pornography charges.

It was only the second day in court for Mr Edathy, who resigned last year.

Pornographic videos and pictures of children under the age of 14 were found on his government computer.

His payment will go to a child protection association and he will have no criminal record.

“Mr Edathy regrets what happened,” his lawyer Christian Noll said on Monday.

The case ignited a debate in Germany about child pornography laws, which have now been tightened, the BBC’s Jenny Hill reports from Berlin.

You think?! Not one day in jail and a measly fine for a crime like that. Are we really becoming so desensitized to it that we don’t even care anymore?

67 Nyet  Mar 7, 2015 5:40:42pm

Kadyrov’s thugs - “Putin’s personal army”.

68 freetoken  Mar 7, 2015 5:42:28pm

re: #67 Nyet

I still fear that, yet again, wars over national identity are quite possible in Europe during my lifetime.

69 Targetpractice  Mar 7, 2015 5:42:55pm

re: #62 HappyWarrior

Rand Paul is claiming same sex marriage offends him. Well Rand you being a senator offends me but that doesn’t mean your senate seat should be invalidated.

He’s trying to play the “civil union” card, which doesn’t really surprise me.

70 Charles Johnson  Mar 7, 2015 5:49:38pm
71 Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 7, 2015 5:50:43pm

re: #70 Charles Johnson

I would love to see CCJ get busted for something.

And once again, no singular pronoun. It’s always “We” or “Us”.

72 Charles Johnson  Mar 7, 2015 5:55:45pm

Thanks for all the get well wishes, folks.

73 Charles Johnson  Mar 7, 2015 5:55:58pm
74 The Mother Of All Pies  Mar 7, 2015 5:56:13pm

THIS IS THE MOST HILARIOUS THING YOU WILL SEE ALL DAY==>

75 RealityBasedSteve  Mar 7, 2015 5:56:30pm

re: #71 Eclectic Cyborg

I would love to see CCJ get busted for something.

Journalizing without a conscience? Blog and Run? Tweeting while Intoxicated?

RBS

76 freetoken  Mar 7, 2015 5:57:16pm

If CCJ were to record a song, I think it might go something like this:

MP3 Audio

77 Nyet  Mar 7, 2015 5:58:33pm

re: #65 Nyet

Acc. to at least 2 sources Dadayev is a deputy commander of the battalion “Sever”, which was created by Ramzan Kadyrov and is loyal to him. The commander of “Sever” is Alibek Delimkhanov.

Alibek is a brother of the Duma deputy Adam Delimkhanov, Kadyrov’s former bodyguard. Some sources call Delimkhanov Kadyrov’s personal executioner.

In 2009 Dubai accused Adam Delimkhanov of ordering the assassination of Sulim Yamadayev, one of Kadyrov’s personal enemies. (Kadyrov was also responsible for the assassination attempt on Sulim’s brother Isa Yamadayev; this was subsequently covered up by the Russian authorities, but there are still official transcripts and video of the killer’s interrogation in which he points to Kadyrov as the one who had ordered the murder.)

78 Charles Johnson  Mar 7, 2015 6:04:25pm
79 psddluva4evah  Mar 7, 2015 6:05:02pm
80 Charles Johnson  Mar 7, 2015 6:06:37pm
81 A Cranky One  Mar 7, 2015 6:07:49pm

re: #73 Charles Johnson

So CCJ is again using “we” and “us” to refer to himself. I’m beginning to think he’s including his left hand (named Breitbart) and his right hand (named Hot Asian Wife) when he uses the terms.

82 Nyet  Mar 7, 2015 6:08:57pm

re: #77 Nyet

Umar S. Israilov (c. 1982 - January 13, 2009) was a former bodyguard of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov who became a critic of the Chechen regime. He was shot and killed in exile in Vienna, Austria on January 13, 2009.[1]<

Israilov fought against Russian forces during the Second Chechen War, but was captured in 2003. He began serving as Ramzan Kadyrov’s bodyguard in a militia that was led by Ramzan Kadyrov’s father, then Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov.[2] Israilov claimed to have witnessed killings, torture, and other crimes by Kadyrovites including Ramzan Kadyrov and Adam Delimkhanov, who went on to serve in the Russian Parliament.[3]/blockquote>

83 goddamnedfrank  Mar 7, 2015 6:10:16pm
BETHESDA, Md., March 3, 2015 - Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] 30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon system successfully disabled the engine of a small truck during a recent field test, demonstrating the rapidly evolving precision capability to protect military forces and critical infrastructure.

Known as ATHENA, for Advanced Test High Energy Asset, the ground-based prototype system burned through the engine manifold in a matter of seconds from more than a mile away. The truck was mounted on a test platform with its engine and drive train running to simulate an operationally-relevant test scenario.

I’m curious how they deal with the waste heat. I don’t know exactly what efficiency they’re getting out of the system but afaik the sweet spot on the input output curve for typical semi conductor lasers is around 25% efficiency. That means this system is producing 90 Kilojoules of waste energy during every second of operation. An air asset has limited options for dealing with waste heat, some of it can be dumped into the thermal mass of the fuel, but that’s an obviously diminishing resource.

This device, as powerful as it is, is also still at least three and a half times weaker than what most experts consider to be the minimum threshold for a practical, fieldable direct energy weapon. They don’t say how many “seconds” it took to burn through the engine block, but maintaining that kind of beam control from a moving platform onto another moving platform won’t be a trivial task.

I can see why the Navy is interested in going down this road for point defense for those warships that can meet the power requirements, because ballast tanks offer enormous and continuously refreshable heat dump. However the hurdles for airborne applications are still enormous. So shooting through the top of a static, tipped up truck seems like a premature and overly optimistic demonstration of the concept. It’s going to be a long, long time I think before we see stuff like this firing down from the air.

But whatever, still cool.

84 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 7, 2015 6:10:43pm

re: #81 A Cranky One

So CCJ is again using “we” and “us” to refer to himself. I’m beginning to think he’s including his left hand (named Breitbart) and his right hand (named Hot Asian Wife) when he uses the terms.

Except when he bragging about his achievements, like “bringing down” Bob Menendez. Then he uses “I” and “my” throughout.

85 lawhawk  Mar 7, 2015 6:11:14pm

re: #80 Charles Johnson

Is he now offering 99 cent tips for Hillary emails too? COD?

86 Eclectic Cyborg  Mar 7, 2015 6:11:51pm

re: #83 goddamnedfrank

Can sharks with frickin’ laser beams be far behind?

87 A Cranky One  Mar 7, 2015 6:12:40pm

re: #84 wheat-dogghazi-bola-trality

Except when he bragging about his achievements, like “bringing down” Bob Menendez. Then he uses “I” and “my” throughout.

You’re right. I guess when he’s claiming credit it becomes “Look ma, no hands!” ;)

88 Charles Johnson  Mar 7, 2015 6:12:50pm
89 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 7, 2015 6:13:00pm

re: #85 lawhawk

Is he now offering 99 cent tips for Hillary emails too? COD?

No, no, no. You pay HIM 99¢ when you send him a tip. It’s the radical new way to build a media empire.

90 Nyet  Mar 7, 2015 6:14:12pm
An Austrian court sentenced three individuals to prison for Israilov’s murder on June 1, 2011.[5] Otto Kaltenbrunner, Suleiman Dadayev and Turpal-Ali Yesherkayev received sentences of life, 19 years, and 16 years, respectively.[5] Austrian police believe Chechen President Kadyrov ordered Israilov’s abduction, an action that later ended in murder. Lecha Bogatirov, the man suspected of firing the fatal shots, remained at large.[5]

—-

In April 2009, a court in Moscow convicted two Chechen of the assassination of [Ruslan] Yamadayev.[25] Aslanbek Dadayev, allegedly Yamadayev’s murderer, was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, and Elimpasha Khatsuev, allegedly drove the car, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.[25]

May just be a coincidence, of course.

91 lawhawk  Mar 7, 2015 6:16:36pm

re: #89 wheat-dogghazi-bola-trality

That’s what I meant. You have to deliver the cash on delivery of the tip to CCJ.

92 TedStriker  Mar 7, 2015 6:16:40pm

re: #83 goddamnedfrank

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I’m curious how they deal with the waste heat. I don’t know exactly what efficiency they’re getting out of the system but afaik the sweet spot on the input output curve for typical semi conductor lasers is around 25% efficiency. That means this system is producing 120 Kilojoules of waste energy during every second of operation. An air asset has limited options for dealing with waste heat, some of it can be dumped into the thermal mass of the fuel, but that’s an obviously diminishing resource.

This device, as powerful as it is, is also still at least three and a half times weaker than what most experts consider to be the minimum threshold for a practical, fieldable direct energy weapon. They don’t say how many “seconds” it took to burn through the engine block, but maintaining that kind of beam control from a moving platform onto another moving platform won’t be a trivial task.

I can see why the Navy is interested in going down this road for point defense for those warships that can meet the power requirements, because ballast tanks offer enormous and continuously refreshable heat dump. However the hurdles for airborne applications are still enormous. So shooting through the top of a static, tipped up truck seems like a premature and overly optimistic demonstration of the concept. It’s going to be a long, long time I think before we see stuff like this firing down from the air.

But whatever, still cool.

It’s Real Genius coming to life, only no Val Kilmer, no William Atherton, and much less funny.

93 lawhawk  Mar 7, 2015 6:18:27pm

How many days since the last one? Sheesh…

94 goddamnedfrank  Mar 7, 2015 6:18:34pm

re: #83 goddamnedfrank

Edited: Basic math error. Waster energy would be 90 KJ per second.

95 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 7, 2015 6:23:01pm

re: #91 lawhawk

That’s what I meant. You have to deliver the cash on delivery of the tip to CCJ.

I’m still puzzled how he expects to use PayPal or credit cards to receive payment. The fees would reduce the 99¢ to a pittance.

96 Charles Johnson  Mar 7, 2015 6:25:50pm

re: #95 wheat-dogghazi-bola-trality

I’m still puzzled how he expects to use PayPal or credit cards to receive payment. The fees would reduce the 99¢ to a pittance.

I get the feeling he hasn’t really thought this through.

97 retired cynic  Mar 7, 2015 6:26:12pm

re: #96 Charles Johnson

I get the feeling he hasn’t really thought this through.

Or anything.

98 William Barnett-Lewis  Mar 7, 2015 6:26:30pm

re: #83 goddamnedfrank

It’s an interesting toy, but they’ll put railguns of various sizes (main weapons & point defense) on ships long before any laser will be a practical battlefield weapon.

99 goddamnedfrank  Mar 7, 2015 6:30:56pm

Also, the F35 already has a problem with hot fuel.

It appears the fighter’s flaws are still not completely ironed out as this week reports emerged of a troubling general operations “shutdown” of the F-35 Lightning II test fleet due to concerns that hot jet fuel. Apparently the U.S. Air Force (USAF) is concerned that the F-35 Lightning II’s engines may malfunction if filled up with hot fuel from a truck that was sitting outside on a hot summer day.

You might think that a modern jet airplane could just use air cooling, unfortunately the air resistance at that speed produces a lot of friction, and the skin of modern fighter aircraft tends to already get a little bit roasty.

Also, unfortunately, the Marine “B” variant of the F/35 is the only modern warplane that I’ve heard seriously even considered as a platform for a solid state or semi conductor based laser. This is because if you remove the lift fan you can hook up a generator to the mechanical linkage to the jet engine. No other fighter or bomber in the inventory comes with this kind of ready built in mechanical option for drawing electrical power directly from the main engines.

100 Romantic Heretic  Mar 7, 2015 6:35:47pm

re: #98 William Barnett-Lewis

I’ve been thinking that there might be a nanotech solution to energy weapons.

Basically bacteria sized lasers, chemical I’m thinking, held in a matrix vaguely similar in concept to a mitrailleuse. Billions of them could be held in a piece of ammo. At the right signal they fire all at once. The ammo is ejected and the next round rotated into the firing chamber.

Something like the power guns in the Hammer’s Slammers universe.

101 freetoken  Mar 7, 2015 6:37:42pm

Simple defense against photons - mirrors.

102 goddamnedfrank  Mar 7, 2015 6:37:46pm

re: #98 William Barnett-Lewis

It’s an interesting toy, but they’ll put railguns of various sizes (main weapons & point defense) on ships long before any laser will be a practical battlefield weapon.

Lasers will eventually be fielded for point defense, littoral combat against small kamikaze boats (attack on USS Cole), drones and interdiction. Our mistake with the ABL concept was trying to make them a long range stand off option for shooting down ballistic missiles during the launch phase. The entire point of directed energy is to take the per shot cost down, the using a gigantic plane and enormous chemical laser for ABL was never, ever going to offer that.

103 Nyet  Mar 7, 2015 6:40:18pm

Just saw a tragicomical joke about how Hero of the Russian Federation Adam Delimkhanov on the orders of Hero of the Russian Federation Ramzan Kadyrov in 2008 in Moscow killed Hero of the Russian Federation Ruslan Yamadayev and in 2009 his brother, Hero of the Russian Federation Salim Yamadayev.

104 A Cranky One  Mar 7, 2015 6:43:11pm

re: #83 goddamnedfrank

Interesting question. It says they used a fiber laser, which is a doped optical fiber, so I don’t think the numbers for typical semiconductor lasers apply. Since the optical fibers can be coiled and can be several kilometers long, the surface area to volume ratio means much more efficient cooling. It also means the lasers can operate at continuous high power levels compared to other types of lasers because they are easier to cool. I agree that cooling would be less of an issue for naval applications.

I was also curious about how long it took the laser to burn through the truck/engine block since they didn’t mention. Since most targets won’t cooperate by staying still, significant burn through would need to be very quick, in fractions of a second.

They also don’t say (nor did Lockhead Martin) what wavelength the laser uses. For military purposes, a wavelength not visible to the human eye would be an advantage. Then there is the question of if a reflective surface can redirect significant energy or postpone burn through for long enough to get out of the laser’s path.

105 freetoken  Mar 7, 2015 6:45:33pm

Photons as weapons will not work when there is:
- precipitations;
- fog;
- smoke.

It’s just not practical to think of fielding a army with lasers unless you’re going to do your fighting in a desert when wind is not blowing and the enemy can’t start fires to use a smoke screen.

106 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 7, 2015 6:46:28pm

CCJ first says this.

Then I tweet back Obama didn’t credit Selma for his parents meeting, he credits the Kennedys. Then CCJ tweets this:

And this:

107 retired cynic  Mar 7, 2015 6:49:27pm

re: #106 wheat-dogghazi-bola-trality

He is truly amazing. And yet, look at Bill O’Reilly. There is a market for this crap.

108 Charles Johnson  Mar 7, 2015 6:49:44pm

re: #106 wheat-dogghazi-bola-trality

109 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Mar 7, 2015 6:54:24pm

re: #108 Charles Johnson

I called him snookums. Heh.

Also this.

110 goddamnedfrank  Mar 7, 2015 6:56:49pm

re: #105 freetoken

Photons as weapons will not work when there is:
- precipitations;
- fog;
- smoke.

It’s just not practical to think of fielding a army with lasers unless you’re going to do your fighting in a desert when wind is not blowing and the enemy can’t start fires to use a smoke screen.

Most kinds of smoke is moderately transparent to IR. We even had to develop a special type of smoke grenade to effectively screen / blind IR sensors.

111 Decatur Deb  Mar 7, 2015 6:58:13pm

re: #105 freetoken

Photons as weapons will not work when there is:
- precipitations;
- fog;
- smoke.

It’s just not practical to think of fielding a army with lasers unless you’re going to do your fighting in a desert when wind is not blowing and the enemy can’t start fires to use a smoke screen.

Assumes you plan to fight on Earth.

112 Great White Snark  Mar 7, 2015 6:58:35pm

re: #102 goddamnedfrank

Lasers will eventually be fielded for point defense, littoral combat against small kamikaze boats (attack on USS Cole), drones and interdiction. Our mistake with the ABL concept was trying to make them a long range stand off option for shooting down ballistic missiles during the launch phase. The entire point of directed energy is to take the per shot cost down, the using a gigantic plane and enormous chemical laser for ABL was never, ever going to offer that.

USAF has a goal of 2030.

The U.S. Air Force has released a new request for a high-powered laser weapon that could be mounted on a next-generation air dominance fighter in the post-2030 era.
“The emphasis of this effort is to identify potential laser systems that could be integrated into a platform that will provide air dominance in the 2030+ highly contested Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) environments,” the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) said in a Request for Information document posted on FEDBIZOPPS last week.

Worth pondering that at very high altitude, little stands in the way of the beam in an anti air mission. No clouds, smoke or even humidity.

113 William Barnett-Lewis  Mar 7, 2015 7:02:12pm

re: #112 Great White Snark

Zoomies love to pretend that what they do way up high matters more than their real work of mud moving.

114 Decatur Deb  Mar 7, 2015 7:04:28pm

re: #112 Great White Snark

USAF has a goal of 2030.

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Worth pondering that at very high altitude, little stands in the way of the beam in an anti air mission.

And at higher altitude there is near nothing in your way at all.

115 A Cranky One  Mar 7, 2015 7:07:08pm

re: #111 Decatur Deb

Assumes you plan to fight on Earth.

Ssshhh! If you mention the Mobile Orbit to Orbit Satellite Elimination system the government will show up and take you aw

116 Decatur Deb  Mar 7, 2015 7:13:37pm

re: #115 A Cranky One

Ssshhh! If you mention the Mobile Orbit to Orbit Satellite Elimination system the government will show up and take you aw

Is no MOOSE, comrade. is EKV.

117 RealityBasedSteve  Mar 7, 2015 7:17:52pm

Ire: #116 Decatur Deb

Is no MOOSE, comrade. is EKV.

It’s a precursor to the Low Level Autonomous Military Android project

RBS

118 A Cranky One  Mar 7, 2015 7:18:20pm

re: #116 Decatur Deb

Is no MOOSE, comrade. is EKV.

You’re right!

119 BeenHereAwhile  Mar 7, 2015 7:20:17pm

Reminded of this by some postings in previous thread:

Gene Weingarten
Today, a treatise on Doubt.
(Nov 8, 2011)

live.washingtonpost.com

Married men fall into three categories: 1) good husbands and fathers; 2) lousy bastards who beat their wives; and, 3) men whose wives have black eyes.

That third group is an uncomfortable place to be. I know. I’m there.

[My wife’s] face met pavement, hard. She’ll be fine in a week or so, but at the moment she looks like she’s been mauled by a bear. Or something.

Have you ever Googled “wife with a black eye”? Neither had I, until yesterday, when I was searching for essays by men in my circumstance. I couldn’t find any. The very first Google hit, the most popular cultural reference on the subject, was what is supposed to be a joke:

“Q: What do you tell a wife with a black eye? A: Nothing. You’ve already told her.”[…]

[My wife’s] boss is a neighbor and a friend of both of ours; her ten-year-old pit bull was the first profile in a book I wrote about old dogs. She runs a nonprofit organization that aggressively goes after discrimination in housing. It’s staffed almost entirely by women, and they are all tough cookies, including my wife[…]

[…] the boss lady surveyed my wife’s face, winced, turned to me, smiled, and said “If you had done this, we’d get you in a back alley.”

I was grateful for her use of the past pluperfect conditional. I also did not doubt her sincerity.[…]

[…] In the last few days, when I have been out with my wife I have felt people silently making judgments; I notice a half-glance or an averted eye. I have a thick skin; as a columnist, I have come to accept that people I do not know well, or people I do not know at all, have strong opinions about me.

This is different, though, both because of its gravity and because of the insidiousness of silence.

However, the more I think about it, the more I am okay with it. I’m not HAPPY about it, but I am okay with it, because the alternative situation is worse. Before the public was quite so aware of the extent and degree of domestic abuse — before victims were encouraged to come forward - there must have been a time when the default position was denial. There must have been a time where a man’s prosperousness or prominence would have conferred benefit of the doubt. We’re in a better place now, if a more uncomfortable one.

[…] So, basically, to men who find themselves in my position: Tough[…]

120 meteor  Mar 8, 2015 10:32:45am

I like puppies.


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