October 16, 2013
June 14, 2013
A friend sent me this link. Okay, if Syria is using chemical weapons, that pretty much requires intervention, right? I get that the USA doesn’t want to look like the bad guys, but we got involved in Libya for a hell of a lot less. I definitely think a no-fly zone is appropriate, if not something more direct (like boots on the ground). Maybe park a carrier off their doorstep; that’ll convince them the US means business.
June 6, 2012
Via Paco. This seems odd. I’m thinking that, as some of the folks in the comments speculate, someone in the supply chain is a bit bent out of shape that his competition is doing so well, so he does the first thing that comes to any corporatist: get the government to ban the competition.
September 6, 2011
August 24, 2011
Steve Sailer has an interesting post in which he attempts to piece together why the Japanese surrendered when they did. The two major narrative themes tend to be either the atomic bomb forced their hand (or gave them an honorable way out), or the Soviet declaration of war forced their hand. I tend to discount method #2 because, although the Soviets had a really good land army by that time, they didn’t have the amphibious capabilities to get to mainland Japan in large enough numbers to make a difference. The only way it could have worked is if the US Navy had started ferrying Russian soldiers across, which I would consider a fairly remote possibility for two reasons: first, the Navy would have had enough on its plate trying to get American troops onto the mainland; and second, after seeing the race in Germany, I doubt Harry Truman would have gone out of his way giving the Soviets even more territory (think of trying to negotiate a unified Japan—would Truman have had to give up all of Korea, or even China?).
Of course, this is right in the wheelhouse of our resident Penguatroll, so I await his thoughts on the matter.
February 3, 2011
October 5, 2009
Some nutball found yet another place to put explosives. He should know that it’s really just for watches.
July 15, 2009
I really don’t know where to go with this story. It’s just so “on the one hand, on the other hand.” On the one hand, military robots that feast on the dead to provide power is pretty cool. On the other hand, these robots presumably would kill the living to do their feasting, and that’s pretty spooky. But then again, if zombies attack us, we could deploy these robots—zombies are already dead, so they could just feast on them. And because they’d obviously not be alive, the zombies wouldn’t even notice as these things consume their flesh. But if these things find out that the flesh of the living (or recently-killed) is much tastier than the rotting flesh of the undead, they may join forces with the hordes of zombies. However, they’re equipped with chainsaws, and we know from the Evil Dead series that a man wielding a chainsaw can never be evil when facing zombies.
So in the end, I’m cautiously optimistic about this technology, and I’m glad that the military is finally taking the potential zombie menace as a serious threat. I’ll still make long-term zombie-defense plans, but we might get through a major invasion, should we have the terrible luck to undergo one.
June 18, 2009
June 3, 2009
The Pentagon is looking at creating a cyberwarfare group. Several countries, most notably China and Russia, already have such groups, and given how vulnerable American infrastructure is to penetration attacks, this can theoretically be a very good development. Unfortunately, we are talking about a bureaucracy here, so you can never be sure…
Note to self: brush up on security skills and figure out a nice way of mixing that with AI. By the time I finish my PhD (should I decide to get one), this bureau will probably be ready for full staffing…