31 July 2008

Well that pretty much hit the target

Results of my Belief-o-matic quiz only have a couple surprises - Quaker so high and I thought Buddhist and Islam would be further separated. Hmmm.

1. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (100%)
2. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (96%)
3. Orthodox Quaker (94%)
4. Eastern Orthodox (83%)
5. Roman Catholic (83%)
6. Liberal Quakers (79%)
7. Bahai Faith (76%)
8. Seventh Day Adventist (75%)
9. Orthodox Judaism (73%)
10. Reform Judaism (73%)
11. Unitarian Universalism (70%)
12. Mahayana Buddhism (68%)
13. Theravada Buddhism (68%)
14. Islam (68%)
15. Sikhism (60%)
16. Hinduism (58%)
17. Neo-Pagan (55%)
18. Jainism (54%)
19. Scientology (54%)
20. New Thought (53%)
21. New Age (51%)
22. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (47%)
23. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (46%)
24. Taoism (39%)
25. Nontheist (38%)
26. Secular Humanism (34%)
27. Jehovah's Witness (33%)

Nozzle Rage

27 July 2008

I believe some sonar techs have heard this

Whale flatulence?

All things nuclear are not the same

Add another one to the long list of ignoramuses that:

1) Can't distinguish between nuclear weapons and nuclear power:
Accidents involving American and Soviet ships, bombers and rockets have left at least 50 warheads and nine nuclear reactors scattered on the ocean floors.
2) Believe that any incident of release of contamination (radioactive material) is an accident that harms the public:
In the 1980s, a study by the nonprofit Fund for Constitutional Government estimated there had been at least 37 cases of radioactive leaks on Navy ships.
3) Think that thousands of feet of seawater are not sufficient shielding from a downed nuclear reactor or that any leaked radiation will make it into our food or water supply.
4) Can't understand that civilian nuclear plants don't have to navigate the seas and can be made even safer than nuclear power for naval propulsion.
5) Believe that the Navy could and does keep secret the many accidents and death from nuclear power that they must have :
There's a long tradition of military secrecy that shrouds ships carrying nuclear weapons, making it hard to know for certain why some accidents occurred - or what injuries or deaths might have resulted.
Errol Lewis, you are a doofus. Do some research next time.

24 July 2008

Wes Clark doesn't believe the USMC or Michael Yon

Wes Clark apparently thinks that it was the Saudis paying off the Sunni insurgents in Anbar that worked and that the surge was only a Baghdad phenomenon.

Wonder if Michael Yon agrees? Or the Marines?

Oops, I did it again

So an Air Force missile crew changes removes some launch codes (superceded) from the bunker after their relief. Probably to return them to the CMS custodian for proper destruction.

Little problem is that while waiting for the bus, they got sleepy - and there goes your two person control.

18 July 2008

Fun with Google maps

Did Google maps help to identify a 'secret' Iranian nuclear facility?

Who's afraid of the big bad nuke?

Comments about Al Gore's new energy speech:
Why is Mr. Gore still afraid of discussing nuclear power? He tries to sound Kennedyesque in setting his decade-long quest and inveighs against “the defenders of the status quo.” But he’s still reluctant to use his stature among greens to get them to reconsider the largest carbon-free source of electricity in America today, nuclear power. Is this a profile in courage?

14 July 2008

Higher Ed hipocracy

Courtesy of Victor Davis Hanson
I wonder…

1. When universities open their for-profit, cash-garnering campuses in the oil-rich Middle East, do they extend their “oppression studies” curriculum as well. I mean does a Saudi petroleum engineering major, like his American counterpart, take a gender studies requirement, mutatis mutandis, learning how his gender-apartheid society harms women? Do Dubai pre-medical students in US overseas campuses learn about the evils of slavery in an African-experience course, especially how 11 million African slaves were shipped to the Arab, Muslim world? Or is such instruction left behind at the American shore, money trumping the gospel of multi-culturalism? If you think about it, a certain sort of truth emerges—that such oppression studies are felt even by those who peddle them to be unserious, since they wouldn’t dare offer them to those who in theory might need them the most. Business trumps PC?

Wonder if Rickover is rolling over in his grave

One of the things I was told early on in my nuclear training was that we went to prototype because Rickover would not allow the use of simulators.

Now this:
Adm. Kirkland Donald, director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program developed the simulator, which provides operators with a realistic, real-time depiction of actual conditions for a range of normal operational and simulated casualty situations.

I wonder what Bubblehead has to say?

Kursk Photos

Came across some photos of the Kursk and thought I'd relay them. Very sobering.

11 July 2008

Should have seen this coming

When you expect to sell MILLIONS of iPhones and have people actually want to use them, don't fail to upgrade your severs or rent some extra server space or bandwidth!

Also, Apple should probably have rewarded current iPhone owners (early adopters) by giving them the 2.0 software a couple days early to avoid this:
Apple this afternoon officially released version 2.0 of iPhone software for both first-generation iPhones and the iPod touch. iPhone users, however, should not attempt to install the update at this time due to ongoing Apple server issues.

09 July 2008

Massive spellcheck FAIL!!!

"Moorman goes to the Navel Academy"

I thought it was a two-fer, but it turns out the guy's last name is Moorman and he's not from SLC.

Ah, but there is hope:

Moorman’s dreams of flying machines in the Navy was replaced with his long-term goal to graduate from the Marine Corp., and become an intelligence officer for the CIA.

Marine Corp - several times in the article.

Best of luck kid. Hope your mom saves the newspaper clipping.

01 July 2008

No there there

It is remarkable that now two savvy guys like Krugman and Brooks can’t figure out what Obama is. And neither seems to be playing coy to make a rhetorical point — they really don’t know.
But maybe that’s no accident. Obama has told us there is no there, there. In his book he wrote: “I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.” So perhaps searching for Obama’s “core” is a fool’s errand. He is glib and clever and seized upon a clever formulation (Agent of Change) to attract young and idealistic people longing for meaning. But perhaps that is all there is.

Read the whole thing.