I know these new Navy ships have had critics about various things, including the weakness of their armor. I thought that maybe they were overstating that, but I saw video today of the hole punched in the side of the ship and was surprised. That was just a drone crashing into the side (vs. some form of live ordinance - missile, artillery, etc. - designed to penetrate and destroy) and it punched a hole like it was a bullet going through a car door.
Maybe the Navy does need to take a second look at the armor on these boats?
First of all, if someone is telling you that you have a communications problem, that is a BIG red flag in any career you need to look at immediately.
"...without having exponentially many needless conversations,"
You are 100% wrong here. Those conversations don't sound "needless" if you have a "problem".
Here's some traditional advice that applies to ALL careers/jobs that you probably need to hear: "Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care." Maybe you sound arrogant/intimidating to others (technical or not), and/or like you don't give a crap about your coworkers (whether you do or not)?
Whatever the problem is, it sounds significant - and you'd better figure it out quickly for your career's sake. There's very little room for error if you don't have "communication skills", and you can forget moving up the chain at your current job without some major changes in how you may be operating.
Several states are moving to make vehicle registration require location tracking, with permanent warrant-less tracking.
I don't think that everyone would just roll over for this yet. Yeah, 99% of the people would, but there are enough people (who would be branded as "terrorists") out there who would say no.
You're not legally driving if your car is in park.
Umm, Driving !== Operating a motor vehicle. If you are behind the wheel of a car and it's running, whether you're in Park or not, you're still operating a motor vehicle.
Consider this: If you get caught with an open alcohol container in your hand, even with your car in park, and you're above the legal drinking limit, you will be arrested. I'd imagine that the same legal philosophy can be applied to texting and driving.
On a more personal note: I can't stand to be around smartphone-operating (i.e. texting, perusing) drivers. They unknowingly drive slower than everyone else because of some kind of limbic reaction in their brains to be "safer" while they do something else that requires their concentration. While doing this, they are playing peekaboo with traffic - up and down, up and down with their eyes, playing russian roulette with those around them in rush hour traffic.
Driving texters may be nice people at every other point in time of the day, but when they're swiping their thumb and reading that "important business deal" text or that must-read Twitter feed while operating a motor vehicle, they are ACTING LIKE TOTAL ASSHOLES
If you need to communicate instantly and "the text can't wait", then just CALL them instead. At least you'll keep your eyes on the road.
For those of you whining about this overzealous, "dickhead" cop as if he's profiling innocent drivers and crushing libertarian ideals with his nightstick: Be honest with yourself and admit that the overquoted idea, "with freedom comes responsibility" applies here. Admit that texting (or otherwise using the "smart" part of a smartphone) and driving puts other drivers at risk - even at a stop signal. Those texters are operating a potential 3000+ lb. battering ram, and they need to treat their vehicle as such.
All of this talk is making the practice of sending one chess move per snail mail letter back and forth between two players, taking months to finish some games, sound like it's straight out of fantasy fiction...
Someone posted a perfect formula for getting mod points years ago, but I can't find it. I'm stealing some of the following from that post:
1 - The earlier you post, the more people will read it - thus, the higher the moderation may go.
2 - If you reply to a +5 post (vs. starting your own thread), you're more likely to get read and get modded up.
3 - Repeat something obvious someone else has said (getting modded Redundant doesn't seem to happen often anymore).
4 - Keep your posts shorter, and more people will read them - possibly modding them higher.
5 - Use subtle flamebaiting that comes off as Insightful in a groupthink-like environment.
6 - Have a left-leaning, Democrat-focused, progressive viewpoint. If you lean more conservative on
I'd list more, but I need to post this now or I may miss out of a mod point or two.
Great summary! I'd like to add one more step.
4b) Humiliation/Realization. Something happens that humbles one or more of the main characters into realizing just how stupid the Conflict in #3 really was. Optionally, there's a montage of regret set to sappy music (Pretty Woman), really pounding their regret home.
Who said anything about Fox News? For the most part, Fox News sucks...
Maybe you need to take off your bipolar glasses and realize that not everyone who has an opinion you don't agree with is on one side or the other. What a tool...
Right or wrong, it's hard to take this article seriously when thebulletin.org doesn't exactly look like an objective and balanced source of information on climate change.
When I read the headline I thought it was something new and sinister to worry about, but valley fever? This is nothing new - at least here in Arizona. As a kid growing up here in the 70s and 80s there was a public service announcement on TV about it played pretty often (Channel 5 maybe?). (Imagine a scene in a small farming town, near a cotton or alfalfa field, on a hot, dry summer day. A tractor is discing a field in the background, kicking up a wall of dust behind it, in the warped light of the baking summer sun. Cue a narrator's voice - "dusty... Dusty... Dusty... DUSTY...")
This is only based on my Arizona experience and as a "study of one", but FWIW:
1) People who grow up in AZ from the start don't seem to have as much trouble with it as those who move here at some point. I have heard a couple of stories of people having to move away from Arizona solely because of it, but that is pretty rare to hear about.
2) Unlike diseases where you get a specific set of symptoms, different people respond to valley fever differently. My entire family (4th or 5th generation Arizonans) grew up on a small farm in rural AZ, and none of us ever experienced a case of diagnosed valley fever in my entire life. I probably had it at least once and just got over it like some small bout of the flu when I was younger. OTOH, my borderline asthmatic wife that grew up in multiple states (coastal CA, CO, and AZ) got it as an adult and she was miserable. It took a few weeks of suffering (including some coughing rough enough to bruise ribs) to overcome it, and she wasn't the same for a while afterwards. (According to her doctor/specialist at the time, testing for the disease is quite unreliable, coming back false quite often when in reality you do have it.)
I forgot to add that the state government and her replacement (Jan Brewer) did a great job of managing the fiscal disaster Napalitano bailed on for her cushy job. Instead of accounting gimmicks like what Janet did (selling state government properties and leasing them from new owners, etc.), they tightened their belts and got the job done by raising revenue and cutting costs. Even hard core, liberal Democrats that hate Jan Brewer for wagging her finger at President Obama have to appreciate what she did to beat down the more extreme elements of her own party in the GOP-led legislature to fix Arizona's books and manage the state through the tough times. The governor helped lead the people to a three year, temporary sales tax (that just expired). They also painfully cut many services to the bone. The state still needs to do more work to stabilize its long-term prospects, but we're long since off of life support.
OTOH, who's to say what kind of gridlocked mess we'd be in as a state if Janet had remained governor when everything ultimately collapsed here in the fall of 2008...
With her resigning her post, this day is a great day for the entire country.
While governor of my home state (Arizona), she was a friend of big government and an enemy of libertarian views. She ran up the Arizona state budget by billions, starting new and costly programs, with no long-term plans on how to pay for them in leaner times. She also pushed hard for planting the roots of a surveillance state, led by state-wide photo radar on state highways.
Then in 2008, seeing the writing on the wall - she was term-limited and couldn't run again, the state's economy/budget was about to tank as the first signs of the housing collapse were appearing - she sucked up HARD to Barack Obama on the 2008 campaign trail and grabbed the first government post thrown her way as payment.
Many of us here in Arizona cheered when she left, but quietly shuddered when we realized what position she'd taken, knowing her views. IMO, we're lucky we've only had to deal with naked body scanners and that enough people pushed back against her, "to hell with privacy - we need to keep these idiots safe," mentality to keep her in check. Maybe we're also lucky she was generally incompetent and became more of a DC bureaucrat that became too politically paralyzed to push for her grand views of what she would've really wanted to implement?
And you've gotta wonder what changes she could possibly bring to a university system. She was part of a sprawling bureaucracy in DC - I guess the UC system wants a bigger bureaucracy? Maybe they just want to capitalize on her connections in DC to get federal funds (making her a de facto lobbyist)?
On the future DHS replacement - here's to hoping the president doesn't pick another bureaucrat. Maybe the president will live up to some of his campaign promises now on openness in government when picking her successor? Realistically, I'm pretty sure it won't be a Ron Paul type...
if Napolitano can bring the same magic to the UC system that she did to DHS, then maybe the UC system will be safe from...
If by "magic" you mean her using her DC connections to get more federal dough into the UC system one way or another, then probably. This reeks of hiring a DC insider to get cash...