All of the above.
All of the above.
The A-29 has been selected by the USAF for use by the Afghanistan military. From the actual article (http://www.builtforthemission.com/jax/bftm.nsf?Open):
"As the aircraft selected for the LAS program, the A-29 Super Tucano will be used to provide light air support, reconnaissance and training capabilities to the Afghanistan military."
The Afghanistan military has a very specific set of needs. They need an aircraft for a very specific ground support mission, and they need an inexpensive aircraft, but to acquire and to maintain. The F-35 does not fit those criteria. They do not need a multi-role, multi-service fighter that incorporates stealth capability or supersonic performance. The title of the post is "click-bait." There was never any chance for the F-35 to be selected for this particular mission.
Middle and lower income households absorb the greatest percentage of social programs, so why shouldn't they be the ones that contribute the most to them?
I'm not really sure how that would work. If I understand your statement correctly, you're making the case that the people who don't have money to come up with the money to pay the taxes to fund what they receive from social programs? Doesn't that seem a bit circular to you?
The breakthrough I'm hoping for is cheap free fusion energy, generated in my backyard, from trash, branded "Mr Fusion."
...as opposed to expensive free fusion energy?
Nah, he meant as opposed to cheap *constrained* fusion energy...
"hard to be sure"
Ha! Who would have guessed - uncertainty in quantum mechanics!
But Pegasus is a much better ride for picking up chicks here in the States...
I take the stand that most religions branched from Judaism...
No offense intended, but I suspect Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Confucians, Taoists, Zoroastrians, and a whole lot of Native Americans would beg to differ with you on that point. According to current information, the earliest compiled Vedic texts predate the compilation of the Torah.
I suspect the similarity in stories is more a factor of the tendency of humans to find wonder in similar events. Picking up on your example of the flood myths: Floods are not unique to one culture or region, and because the weather works in cycles, some will be small, others will be quite large. They impact villages that are sited along rivers, lakes, or seas. People lived in these areas for similar reasons - access to water, food, and arable land. Therefore flood myths are not uncommon. There doesn't seem to be geological evidence supporting one single flood that would have affected all the world's cultures (or a common predecessor culture) at once.
Power corrupts. And atomic power corrupts atomically.