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Geography Lessons

Posted by Lex, on October 10, 2010

 

Forwarded from an occasional reader in Houston via the email pipe:

GEOGRAPHY OF A WOMAN
Between 18 and 22, a woman is like Africa – Half discovered, half wild, fertile and naturally beautiful!

Between 23 and 30, a woman is like Europe -Well developed and open to trade, especially for someone of real value.

Between 31 and 35, a woman is like Spain – Very hot, relaxed and convinced of her own beauty.

Between 36 and 40, a woman is like Greece – Gently aging but still a warm and desirable place to visit.

Between 41 and 50, a woman is like Great Britain – With a glorious and all conquering past.

Between 51 and 60, a woman is like Israel – Has been through war, doesn’t make the same mistakes twice, takes care of business.

Between 61 and 70, a woman is like Canada -Self-preserving, but open to meeting new people.

After 70, she becomes like Tibet – Wildly beautiful, with a mysterious past and the wisdom of the ages. Has an adventurous spirit and a thirst for spiritual knowledge.

THE GEOGRAPHY OF A MAN
Between 1 and 80, a man is like Iran – Ruled by nuts.

THE END.

I am only the messenger.

 

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Money Talks

Posted by Lex, on February 18, 2008

 

We were fortunate that Al Gore resided in the US when he invented the Internet: Being first kids on the block, our infrastructure built out more rapidly than the rest of the world, which now mostly uses US switches and hubs to pass telecom data from place to place. That lucky historical happenstance means that terrorism-related communications between Master Blaster in Beirut or Islamabad and the mentally deficient splodeydope on the wet end of the stick in Baghdad or Tel Aviv might well pass through New York, Miami or Los Angeles.

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The Internet

Posted by Lex, on September 24, 2010

It’s passing strange, and nearly magical, how different circles can intersect.

 

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Hoisting the flag

By lex, on September 2nd, 2007

Something there is among certain elements of the left that gets weak kneed at the notion of Bu$hitler’s legions of myrmidons finally coming to their senses and Flipping On The Man. It serves to explain how the New Republic fell for the Scott Thomas Beauchamp diaries, and perhaps explains the tone of breathless, schoolyard tattletaling in this dKos diary entry. Whoever the diarist’s correspondent is, s/he clearly knows a bit of the inside lingo but still manages to get details glaringly wrong in a way that coincidentally serves to reinforce the Kossacks’ prejudices, garnering over a thousand comments when I first looked in this morning.

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About last week

By lex, on October 31st, 2007

Sorry about that. Wasn’t trying to be a drama queen and wasn’t fishing for sympathy votes (although I do appreciate your many kindnesses) but I’d suddenly realized that I wasn’t entirely in control of my environment.

Which is a hard realization for a pilot to make, but one we’ve been trained to respond to: Controls release, throttles idle, speedbrake in.

As mentioned, I plan to be back in battery come tomorrow, albeit at a somewhat lower duty cycle. The fact is that time is the fire we all burn in, and this was taking a great deal more time (and effort) than could responsibly be supported.

So. I know that was a long walk to a small house. Those who’d want to know more are free to follow the jump.

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Innovation

 

Posted by Lex, on September 10, 2010

 

Navy re-visits “dial-a-yield“:

The navy is seeking proposals from companies to create a bomb weighing 200 kilograms that can either be detonated at full or reduced power. The idea is that the device could be loaded onto planes before a target has been identified, and the explosive power set by the pilot once a target is known. If there is a risk of killing civilians, then the explosive power can be reduced to ensure a small blast radius. In an unpopulated area the bomb, currently known as the Selectable Output Weapon, could be set so that it has the same power as a regular bomb of the same size. Carrying a single bomb would make it easier and cheaper for the navy to arm its planes.

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Motivating The Corps

Posted by Lex, on September 10, 2010

 

Like they need any motivation.

Motivatinkg The Corps

Update: Apparently one of the pirates has irritable bowel syndrome –

“As soon as the first stack of [Marines] made our way into the bridge, their hands were up, their weapons were down, they moved to their knees and they were compliant,” Martin said. “At that point, they were pretty scared. One guy actually defecated himself. … He sh– his pants. I don’t know if that can go on the news or not, but that actually happened.”

This piracy lark is all good and well when you’re the only one with a gun. A little less fun when you’re not.

Update 2Unintentional evacuation begins in three, two…

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