Think I'll be downloading my Doctor Who fix from now on.
A better description of the Millennium Challenge comes from War Nerd's doppleganger War Tard:
In 2002, the Pentagon tried to suppress the findings of a huge US war game called "Millennium Challenge" where the US Navy (Blue Force) was pitted against a "hypothetical rogue state" (Red Force) in the Persian Gulf region. Red Force was led by Lt. Gen. Paul Van Riper, a total bad ass, whose job was basically to play the role of the butt raped lesser nation at the hands of the mighty technology of the all powerful US Navy. Instead of following the script, this Van Riper guy went off reservation and went all asymmetrical on Blue Force's ass, an ass which consisted of a full US Navy carrier group.
Though the rules stated both commanders could use any rule in the book, the brass didn't expect the shit Van Riper pulled. Once the war game was up and running Van Riper's force disappeared off radar. He relied on couriers instead of radio to stay in touch with his field officers. The US navy cryptographers were rendered useless in a single blow. He employed novel tactics such as coded signals broadcast from the minarets of mosques during the Muslim call to prayer, a tactic weirdly reminiscent of Paul Revere and the shot heard round the world. He even used carrier pigeons to deliver messages to some of his commanders. God I love this guy! He then launched a daring attack against the US Blue Force carrier group by hundreds of kamikaze speedboats some of which were armed with Chinese Silkworm anti ship missiles. I shit you not. The result was a carrier and two helo carriers sunk along with 13 other assorted ships, the worst defeat of the US Navy since Pearl. The Pentagon had a shit fit and scrubbed the whole exercise, dismissed Van Riper and replayed the whole thing this time making Blue Force 'win'. Basically, the navy brass pretended it never happened. Lunatics in speedboats apparently don't count and are considered 'cheats'.
You put a 5-billion-dollar aircraft carrier up against, say, five hundred incoming rockets, drones, torpedoes, remote-controlled boats, and tiny speedboats - only one of which has to be carrying explosives, the others can all be decoys there just to fuck with your radar operators - and what you have is a 5-billion-dollar submarine. Total cost of the attack, let's be extravagant and say one thousand dollars.
The Chinese can already knock out American carriers with impunity. Anyone can. That's the lesson of just about every wargame in the past fifteen years.
Except the ones that were rigged to to guarantee American victory I mean:
Aircraft carriers are obsolete. They're not about force projection, they're about marketing, because they look impressive on camera and they have a ready-built stage for "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" banners.
The fuck? Take a desert, add heat, and you get... arable land?
Yep, PRK fanboy here. Best thing ever.
I can't put how I feel in words on any other site, so here goes:
FUCK FUCK FUCKING FUCKITY CLUSTERFUCK!
Fuck them and the lying cunts who bribe them!
Fuck them and the fucktards who voted for them!
Fuck them and the stupid shitheads who bleat about "warmists" on the internet (even here on Slashdot)!
And finally, FUCK EVERYONE who voted to repeal the tiny bit of sensible legislation passed in the last fucking decade. You are beneath contempt.
Thank you Slashdot, for having no profanity filter (apart from all you caring moderators, of course, all of whom I personally love and respect).
Quoted because this AC post deserves to be above the filter.
Fuck them all.
You're using an operating system built by an advertising company and you expect privacy?
Let's hear the testimony under oath, subject to cross examination.
Read the parent article. Ellsberg asserts, based on his own experience of an Espionage Act trial, that if Snowden is ever brought to trial he will not be allowed to testify.
"We're a PR company and we'd really like to win Google's business, so we hereby announce that Google is the bestest brand in the world. According to our secret criterion. Which we can't tell you because then it wouldn't be secret."
I don't think it's any accident that the educational system in America has been brought to its current state. Because only a totally uneducated mass of people will be baffled by balloons. And yellow ribbons and little flags and buzz words and guys saying "new world order" and shit like that, I mean, only a person who has been dissuaded from any kind of critical thinking and doesn't know geography, doesn't know the English language - I mean if you can't speak English, then this stuff works on you. One of the things that was taken out of the curriculum was civics. Civics was a class that used to be required before you could graduate from high school. You were taught what was in the U.S. Constitution. And after all the student rebellions in the '60s, civics was banished from the student curriculum and was replaced by something called social studies. Here we live in a country that has a fabulous constitution and all these guarantees, a contract between the citizens and the government - nobody knows what's in it. It's one of the best kept secrets. And so, if you don't know what your rights are, how can you stand up for them? And furthermore, if you don't know what is in that document, how can you care if someone is shredding it?
I always thought of the americas as comprising three sections - america, north america (i.e. canada), and south america (i.e. mexico and below). the description in the summary seems fine to me.
What was it like going to school in the deep south of the United States?
Solution: stop interacting with poor people
The company behind Zyklon B wouldn't lie!
Turns out your beloved "science" doesn't have all the answers like you thought.
are a feature of some other species' universe-simulation: high