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The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567 567

skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

Comment: Re:Lost control? (Score 1) 338 338

Apparently their standard procedure in the case of loss of control is to try to gain some altitude and then attempt to fly or glide to the landing strip. So he might have been trying to do this before he totally lost control and it started to nose dive. Given that this was a race he was not trying to do a loop.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 2, Insightful) 553 553

I dunno ... never underestimate the power of human stupidity, particularly when there's money involved. I mean, this particular board has tolerated a fruitcake as CEO for some time now.

Boards don't generally view CEOs who generate huge and increasing profits, and vast quantities of free publicity, as fruitcakes.

Comment: Re::rolleyes: (Score 1) 522 522

Many people find target shooting "fun" and a legitimate sport. Which doesn't involve killing anyone.

I think you'll find drugs and prostitutes can kill also (ODing and STDs). As can most objects and human activities.

One day many people will abandon the asinine left-right dichotomy over such things and embrace genuine libertarianism.

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 1) 171 171

You didn't nuke urban and military areas of North Vietnam not because of PR issues but because of fear of Soviet nuclear retaliation.

But that didn't stop Nixon and Kissinger privately musing (at different time periods) of the desirability of a nuclear strike.

Nuking jungle areas of South Vietnam and/or Laos/Cambodia would have been stupid from a PR pov and militarily ineffective. And also still risking a nuclear response.

Comment: Re:IE? Seriously? (Score 1) 142 142

Because it's our job to make the website look nice for everyone.

No it's not, because that would involve supporting every single browser, however old and however non-compliant.

You draw the line somewhere (or the client does). If that line is the wrong side of IE6 you have my pity. Mine is elsewhere (not involving any version of IE whatsoever).

Murphy's Law, that brash proletarian restatement of Godel's Theorem. -- Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow"

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