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  1. The main reason the U.S. gave up on it was because they didn't want to test it in the American southwest or the Pacific. Apparently, the missile literally spews radiation as it flies across the sky. Something obviously went catastrophically wrong in Russia. A tremendous amount of deadly radiation was released because people in the nearby town began getting sick overnight. I would guess that this puts a major crimp in Russian plans. I can't imagine that Russian scientists are kicking down the doors in order to get in on this.
  2. I read an interesting article this morning about this test. The Russians are trying to develop a very dangerous technology in order to beat U.S. missile defenses. If completed, the missile would not only be nuclear-armed but nuclear powered, carrying a relatively small reactor to heat the air in it's jet engine. It would fly on a lower and less predictable trajectory than an ICBM, making it theoretically capable of evading U.S. missile defenses. The only problem is, it's extremely dangerous---as our Russian brethren found out. The U.S tried in the 1960's and gave up on it. An MIT professor said, "Think of it as a mini Chernobyl on a missile. It's an air-breathing cruise missile and they put an unshielded mini nuclear reactor on it. Obviously, that's pretty batshit insane...I think the phrase 'flying nuclear reactor' tells you all you need to know. You've got air blowing through an open nuclear reactor and spewing radiation out the back." "It takes a special kind of crazy to do this. The Russians seem to have gone down this Soviet path of this bizarre menagerie of doomsday weapons." It demonstrates how worried the Russians are about U.S. missile defenses. However, many scientists are deeply skeptical of domestic missile defenses based in Alaska and California. One said he wouldn't count on our missile defenses to intercept even a single incoming ICBM from North Korea. But what worries Russia is not necessarily it working today, but working in the future. The article was on either cnn.com or nbcnews.com.
  3. Yeah, it's obvious to anyone who has ever heard Tommy Lee speak that he's an idiot. Years ago, Dennis Miller commented on people who freak out over album lyrics: "Folks, if your kid is capable of being pushed over the edge by anything Gene Simmons has to say, then you're simply not doing your job as a parent." And finally, this nugget from Frank Zappa circa 1977: "Most rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read."
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    NYC Sports radio

    A couple years ago I read an article about how provincial NYC fans are---whether it's NCAA Basketball tournament, Super Bowl, WS, NBA Finals---if a NYC or near-NYC team isn't involved, then NYC fans don't give a shit. And tv ratings for those events reflect that attitude.
  5. Unfortunately, U.S. involvement in Iran's internal affairs doesn't begin in 1979. The Iranians didn't just wake up one morning in 1979 and decide to storm the embassy in Tehran. Do a quick google search of SAVAK. Knowing that the people who are making you watch a bunch of guys rape your wife while sticking a cattle prod up your ass were trained by the CIA with the blessing of the benevolent American government won't make the Iranian people look too fondly on the U.S. Also, google the exile of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The decision to allow him into the U.S for treatment of his cancer (which the State Dept. warned Carter would likely result in the Iranian regime seizing the American embassy) was an act of pure political fuckery on both sides of the ideological aisle.
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    Plus an ass whipping

    Same here, except at Hardees. I also bartended at several high-end restaurants in my younger days. Be careful about insulting wait staff. Bad things, man.
  7. In your previous post you said that generally, someone shot in the heart will black out within 15-20 seconds. Let's conservatively cut that in half---say 7 to 10 seconds. All I'm saying is that if the person is 10 feet away and has a knife or other deadly weapon, that 7-10 seconds can seem like an eternity.
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    Rumor Hunt was in a bar fight....

    The "so he isn't allowed to have fun like every other adult?" argument is the same one we got from JFF apologists while he was partying in Vegas and all points west. No, he can do whatever the fuck he wants---it's just that he has a suspect history and he's willingly putting himself in positions where bad things can happen. Sure, you have every right to go to a bar like any other free man in America. If memory serves me correctly, Hunt wasn't charged in any of the previous incidents but the NFL broke it off in his ass, anyways. Dorsey has already told him he's on a zero-tolerance policy and he's at bars putting himself in situations where the police are being called. It's fucking stupid.
  9. Yes, center mass, that's the biggest target. However, I've read an account from an undercover police officer where he shot an armed robber in the heart with 00 buckshot, and the guy ran 100 yards before his brain finally realized that his heart was swiss cheese and he fell down dead.
  10. This video is a good tutorial for the people who, after police legitimately shoot and kill an armed person, ask "But why couldn't they just wound him? Why didn't they just shoot him in the leg?" I recently read an article (can't remember where--it's called Google) that addressed this issue. We watch movies and Mel Gibson shoots someone and they fly backwards 10 feet and die immediately. In reality, the only sure way to immediately stop someone is with either a head shot or a shot that severs the spinal cord. Even after shooting someone in a vital organ (including the heart) the person can take up to 1 minute to finally succumb. With a shot to tissue---an arm or leg---it then depends on what kind of person you're dealing with. Some people will succumb to fear and/or pain and stop immediately. But if you're dealing with someone---like the guy in this video---who doesn't care about the fear and pain, you are in a life-and-death, kill-or-be-killed situation. Think Michael Brown, the 6'4" 292-lb "gentle giant", who was shot 5 times and kept coming until the sixth---and fatal---head shot.
  11. No worries. It's a fact that manufacturing jobs have increased in the last few years. Unfortunately, none of those places are anywhere near Youngstown or the WV coal fields. "These jobs are goin' boys, and they ain't coming back..." Like him or not, Bruce hit the nail on the head back in 1985.
  12. wSS I agree 100%. I wasn't offering it as a solution so much as I was simply stating the Catch-22 nature of the shit sandwich that is being served to these people, through no fault of their own. Unfortunately, there is no easy-fix solution. In WV, coal is in it's death throes. The only coal left is in hard-to-access seams that are difficult and very expensive to remove. So, the mines simply close. Trump promised the miners that the mines would open back up but, as he found out recently in Tennessee, money talks/bullshit walks. And the miners are left with the economic and environmental ruin. They don't have the tools necessary to get themselves out of their situation. They don't know how to do anything else and in many cases are incapable of learning anything else.
  13. Sigh. The point of my post wasn't trump/obama libtard bullshit, but the fact that many of the people in Lordstown and the coalfields of WV refuse to retrain or relocate to find these awesome manufacturing jobs. https://www.forbes.com/sites/joelkotkin/2018/05/23/where-u-s-manufacturing-is-thriving-in-2018/#2217597b53b3 The above link clearly demonstrates (I know, it's from Forbes, FAKE NEWS!!) that manufacturing is surging in places such as Oakland/Berkeley and San Diego, CA, Florida, and Michigan. No mention of Lordstown or the coal fields of Ass Fuck, WV. Something like 700 people at the Lordstown plant took GM up on it's offer to relocate to other plants in Michigan. The rest are refusing to retrain or relocate to where the jobs are actually located. P.S. If you read the Forbes article, one thing that is glaringly obvious is that virtually all of the geographical areas that are showing surges in manufacturing jobs contain an educated workforce.
  14. Before he died, my dad and I had this exact same conversation many times. He often said that he felt sorry for today's generation of up and coming workers. He told me how he drove to Cleveland from WV in 1957 after he got out of the military and walked into Republic Steel to apply for a job. He was told to have a seat and someone would be with him shortly. No "we'll call you" or "where do you see yourself in 5 years" or "why do you want to be a part of our team". He was asked what can you do and he pointed out the window at a truck loaded with steel and said 'I can drive that truck.' The guy took him for a test drive on that very truck and asked 'when can you start?' I just don't know what happens in the future. In the southern coal fields of WV there is a culture of distrust when it comes to education. People honestly don't want their kids to go to college because they fear they will move away out of state and never come back. SMH, just stay ignorant but at least we'll all be together. You can go work in the hole like your dad and granddad and his dad before him. And coal is in it's death throes---has been for decades. In 1950 there was something like 800,000 coal mining jobs in WV---by 1954 that number had been cut in half due to automation. Machines that could mine more coal in 1 day than a crew of humans could mine in a month. People talk about how someone has to service and maintain the robots and machines. But if you're uneducated and your parents don't encourage---hell, in many cases they discourage their kids---from doing well in school, how can they expect to attain the knowledge necessary to work in robotics.
  15. There is an excellent series of articles this week in the Washington Post about the closing of the GM plant at Lordstown. It describes how many of the workers never graduated from high school and were making $30 an hour. Many of them reject government-paid retraining into other careers for a variety of reasons: age ("I'm too old to go back to school"), fear of embarrassment ("Hell, I didn't graduate from high school, I'm supposed to go to school to learn a new career?"). And many refuse retraining because getting a good paying job will require moving, often out-of-state. The Lordstown workers remind me of the out-of-work coal miners in southern WV. In 2016, Hillary went to the coal fields of WV to tout her plan of offering government paid retraining to victims of mines that had closed down. One miner in particular voiced the opinion of the majority when he rejected the idea of retraining with great contempt because 'this is my home, what the hell, I'd have to move to another state.' Just like the Lordstown workers who are hoping GM will reopen the plant in the near future. As Springsteen sang, "These jobs are going boys, and they ain't coming back..."
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