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Comment Re:Sad Day (Score 5, Interesting) 118

Old 'useta was' "O-Level" AT2 from VAQ-131 here. When I was on the Ranger I heard it got four yards to the gallon. We maintained the avionics of the Prowler, arguably the most important aircraft on board (at least the most expensive). They put us ("airdales" - not "real" Navy) up in an old "drying room" (the AT shop). I could go on and on about how miserable I and my peers were for those five+ years of moist hell but this isn't the place.

That was in the late 80's. You could hardly go down a corridor without there being at least one angleiron bracket for something no longer used or present sticking out, with seven coats of paint on everything. The cats caught fire daily - I almost got to the point of ignoring the alarms. Never did figure out where all the dirt came from - thought they might have brought dumptrucks of it on board the hangar deck and spread it out before we deployed. A peer had those contact lenses he normally had to remove monthly but on the Ranger he had to do it daily. Took several hours (days) of bathing "back at the rock" to finally wash the boat off. I remember sweating through my boots and one of the worst cases of athelete's foot ever. Taking so many aspirin to keep the pain tolerable my ears rang. Launch noise that vibrated your fillings. JP5 or saltwater (!??) in the water supply.

It was a very sad day for me when I met the USS Ranger. Still, you'd think there would be a fortune in steel there. It was a floating metal city of five thousand people once. You'd think it could be repurposed for something.

Comment Re:DRM is inevitable... (Score 1) 234

Check S1E6 of "Almost Human", ("Arrhythmia")
"Kennex and Dorian respond to a suspicious death at a hospital where - before having a fatal cardiac arrest - a man claimed someone was trying to kill him, and inexplicably knew his exact time of death. As the investigation unfolds, a black market for vital organs is uncovered in which bio-mechanical hearts can be resold and remotely 'shut off.'"

Comment Presidency? (Score 3, Interesting) 822

I wonder if Mr. Snowden, with an appropriate team of advisors, would have the skill required to lead the United States onto a moral path? I'm unaware of his management/administration qualifications, but he certainly has the high ground. The bug would certainly be in the "appropriate team of advisors" departments, and I'm afraid he'd end up like JFK.

Comment Touchy subject (Score 1) 439

This is a really charged topic full of misinformation. From religion to media misrepresentation to healthcare to politics to insurance - it is extremely difficult to obtain factual, helpful information for someone who wants to check out easily, cheaply and comfortably. The only thing I'm aware of is helium and when the "powers that be" figure that one out it will either become a controlled substance or outrageously expensive (or both).

Check "Final Exit" by Derek Humphry at your local library or online (

"Summit meetings tend to be like panda matings. The expectations are always high, and the results usually disappointing." -- Robert Orben