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Thursday, October 18. 2018
A long read but somewhat interesting. It makes one major error early: "Few people persist [in]doing actions that are obviously harmful ..." This assumes facts not in evidence, your honor. And your grammar is subtly atrocious.
Ah, the internet. You can be Amish, or you can be famous. Take your pick.
It's a testament to the mindset that this announcement is proffered like it's earthshaking news.
I filed this one under: If only Comrade Stalin knew!
Who are we to argue with a generation of balding toddlers who want to ride in the back seat while playing with their speak and spell long after mom's kicked the can?
It's almost like the President is pro-American or something. It confuses a lot of people. Not used to it.
These are always described as "sophisticated" scams. They're not. Telling a dullard clerk to click on stuff that looks vaguely like a bill is hardly Ocean's Eleven.
Thornton Mellon says been there, done that, got the T-shirt.
Alternate title: Three millennial women wonder aloud why Poland doesn't just do whatever Germany wants it to. Yeah, it's a mystery, gals.
Unfortunate choice of words there, Katanga. Anyway, can anyone recall some problem that appeared in 2008, that's not extant now? I'm drawing a blank, but something has changed. It's a mystery.
They got all that stuff from the military because Hollywood wasn't unanimously anti-American yet.
Why, this almost sounds like a church making a political, not an ecclesiastical decision. Does Putin want to behead a couple of wives or something?
Have a great Thursday, everyone!
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Poland and Europe: The way I see it Europe is committing suicide. Or perhaps more accurately it is being murdered while most of it's citizens calmly sit watching it. I'm stumped as to why so many are sitting on their hands allowing this to happen. An important point to bring up is this is irreversible. Once Europe becomes 20% Muslim it is a fast downhill slide to burkas and honor killing of Europeans. At that point only full fledged war could reverse it.
I too have wondered why the people just sit by and watch their lives be ruined by some political miscreants. One could say the same ting here until Donald Trump came along to shake things up. Go Donald.
Trump drew his red line today, up to and including "calling up" the military and closing the southern border, but "calling up" may be an off-ramp phrase. We'll see.
Hmm, well, yes
by Tim Worstall
Ministers have thrown their support behind a campaign to put World War II hero Noor Inayat Khan on the new £50 note.
After the Bank of England announced there would be an open submissions process for the new note, which will be reissued in plastic in 2020, ministers and historians said it was the perfect opportunity to raise awareness about the brave Muslim spy.
There were https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/17/ministers-back-campaign-putnoor-inayat-khan-50-note/ other women who went through the same process. Not hugely sure that this particular one is more deserving. Being the unkind person I am though….
Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani…Foreign Office Minister of State Lord Ahmad….The campaign has begun to pick up momentum after being spearheaded by activist Zehra Zaidi, Tom Tugendhat MP and Baroness Warsi,
Signs of the beginning of the end of once Great Britain.
Noor Inayat Khan was a brave spy. She was executed in Dachau in 1944.
She deserves to be on that £50 note.
And by the way, particularly as we are approaching the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, there are plenty of Muslims buried in Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries who died fighting for King and Empire in two world wars.
Whatever concerns we might have about modern Islamic extremism o the "Islamization" of Europe, it ought not cloud our judgment on the honour and sacrifice made on our behalf by someone of Noor Inayat Khan's calibre.
By the way, Tom Tugendhat is a lieutenant colonel in the British Army Reserve (Intelligence Corps) and has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Almost forgot: Tugendhat is not a "Muslim" name. It's German - from Austria.
The Slovaks and the Czechs are also part of this resistance.
re What the 1949 film Twelve O’Clock High still tells us about air combat and the burden of command.
A most enjoyable read. Thanks for posting.
Back in the day (1980s), Twelve O'Clock High was required viewing for the Air Force Squadron Officer School, with lecture and discussions following. Lots of good ideas in there; easily the best media analysis I've ever encountered.
Somewhat OTT, but Georgette Heyer's "romantic" novel "An Infamous Army" contained such a clear exposition of the Battle of Waterloo that the British Army used it as a text.
Indeed, I really enjoyed that article. One of my favorite movies. While working summers at a golf course during high school, I fell under the tutelage of the course superintendent who had been a B-17 ball turret gunner with the 447th Bomb Group flying out of East Anglia during the war. He would at times allude to the tragedies he had seen and of men dying in his arms.
A few years later after finishing college I found myself in the USAF as a crew member on an RC-135, and upon my first mission out of RAF Mildenhall in East Anglia, heading for the Continent, I couldn't help but reflect back on both "Twelve O'Clock High" and my old boss. Those were truly brave men in the face of the appalling losses.
Yeah. I flew transatlantic pax and freight in the '50s and '60s, and a lot of our eastbound trips ended by jumping from a couple places in England to Frankfurt. That leg was especially poignant at night when traffic was light, the stars were out, and there was time to ponder things.
Which brings to mind the old story about the BOAC pilot being a bit confused looking for his gate location at Frankfurt airport and the tower testily asking if he had ever been to Frankfurt before. He responded that indeed he had, twice in 1944, but it was dark...and he hadn't landed.
Why Apple Eventually Lost Me And I’m Switching Back To Windows.
Apple lost me several decades ago in a university computer lab. We had the choice of Apple or PC/Windows. I initially used Apple, but it crashed too much. PC/Windows crashed less, so that is what I began using.
When I later purchased a computer for home use, the price kept me with Windows/PC.
I teach to a computationally-diverse set of undergraduates. To a man, the Apple kids are hapless mooks who struggle to install software and can't find anything they stored on their laptop more than five minutes ago.
The Windows kids, not so much; show 'em once if they're stuck, and they're good to go.
In addition, I believe that Apple no longer manufactures box form desktops. The iMac desktop, with its all-in-one design, isn't a machine a home user can easily open and change out components. By contrast, the PC desktops in the old box form are easy to open and change out components. I am no computer repair expert, but I have changed out hard drives, fans, and optical drives.
Given the choice of purchasing a new computer, or paying $100 for a new hard drive, I will choose a new hard drive every time.
My own problem with Apple (particularly in the Jobs era) has always been the uneasy feeling that it is exactly what Scientology would be like if it were an IT company.
Tesla: Musk is a "big picture" guy. Details, shmetails!
Apple: First one I used was a Lisa. Slooooooooooooow, sloooooooooooow, sloooooooooooooooooooow.
Poland: Been invaded too many times, and this time they're gonna FIGHT.
12 O'clock High: Air&Space Smithsonian put out a book earlier this year called "Blood and Fears" on the bombing campaign. The losses were brutal. See also, "Command Decision".
Love my mac products. Won't go back unless they go out of business. I have a desktop that has been working like a charm for 7 1/2 year, an iPad and an iPhone that all work together without me needing to do a thing. Everything syncs and it makes my worklife so much easier.
I can get all the software I need for my business...Office products, Adobe products, etc. The file system is much much easier to use and navigate.
I don't want to program anything. I just want to have devices that do the work I need them to do.
As for operating systems, I have no problems using Safari on my phone or iPad. Plus, I easily can choose which search engine I want and go around Google product entirely.
Not sure why there is always this nerd battle between which is better. I want simple, easy, fluid, works out of the box, etc. Plus my iPhone keeps its value when its time to trade in. Apple also has a more customer-friendly approach to data and privacy.
U.S. regains crown as most competitive economy for first time since 2008: WEF
The Obama Depression is finally over.
In about 1984, I attended a US Navy Senior Petty Officer Leadership Training class.(Senior NCO to you non Navy types) We watched Twelve O’Clock High as part of our training on different leadership types.
I'm told they still use it in that training today.