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Open Sundee
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 06/22/2014 14:44:33

Overslept like crazy and have a hugely busy day. (When will I never have a busy day)?

But not to be outdone by TriSec's cute puppy blog from yesterday, I leave you with this:
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1 comments (Latest Comment: 06/22/2014 15:44:11 by Will in Chicago)

TriSec is Toast
Author: TriSec    Date: 06/21/2014 11:25:44

This is a flamethrower:

For a while now, I kinda feel like I've been on the wrong end of the thing.

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4 comments (Latest Comment: 06/22/2014 01:06:56 by Will in Chicago)

Just Drive, She Said - Part II
Author: BobR    Date: 06/20/2014 13:06:27

Back in January 2008, I wrote a blog about an exciting new technology for car batteries that would allow them to be charged in the same amount of time as it takes to fill a gas tank in a conventional car. The technology seemed to work, but they were having challenges with manufacturing. Six years later and it still hasn't come to fruition.

In that time, several car companies have released electric-only cars, despite the "range limitation" issue (even Harley-Davidson just revealed a new electric motorcycle). Most cars can only go one to two hundred miles and then need to be charged for several hours. For most people, this shouldn't be an issue, as most people don't drive more than a couple hundred miles a day. It's only an issue for when people go on vacation/road trip, which is fairly rare.

The other issue is the ability to charge the car where one lives. A lot of people that live here in DC have street parking, which makes charging difficult. Municipalities could replace parking meters with combo charging stations / parking meters. Residential and office buildings could put charging stations in place for every (or most) parking spaces. They could charge for the electricity used just like they charge for use of the space.

Nonetheless, despite it being a rarity (and renting a gas car being a simple solution), the road trip would seem to preclude buying an electric car... until now.
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40 comments (Latest Comment: 06/20/2014 20:02:05 by Raine)

Say what?
Author: Raine    Date: 06/19/2014 13:01:09

This happened yesterday:
"But time and time again, history has proven that you got it wrong as well in Iraq, sir," Kelly said. "You said there was no doubt Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. You said the Iraq insurgency was in the last throes, back in 2005. And you said that after our intervention extremists would have to 'rethink their strategy of jihad.'"

"Now with almost a trillion dollars spent there, with 4,500 American lives lost there, what do you say to those who say you were so wrong about so much at the expense of so many?" she asked.

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31 comments (Latest Comment: 06/19/2014 19:42:22 by Raine)

Author: BobR    Date: 2014-06-18 10:35:37

Big news yesterday - we got the guy responsible for the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi:
Ahmed Abu Khattala was taken into custody in a secret US military raid in Libya on 15 June.

He is now being held in a secure location outside the country, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed.

US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were killed in the attack.

"There were no civilian casualties related to this operation, and all US personnel involved in the operation have safely departed Libya," Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm John Kirby wrote in a statement.

He refused to give further details about the US raid, only to say it happened "near Benghazi" and on Sunday afternoon US east coast time.

This is great news, especially for those who considered the attack proof of the poor foreign policy credentials of President Obama, despite the fact that embassies have been attacked and US citizens killed under several previous US presidents.
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48 comments (Latest Comment: 06/19/2014 01:09:36 by livingonli)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 06/17/2014 10:16:00

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,636th day in Afghanistan.

We'll start this morning as we always do; with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing war, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 2,329
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,119

We find this morning's Cost of War passing through:

$ 1, 542, 407, 425, 000 .00

There's a lot of stuff going on this week, not the least of which seems to be that we're going back to Iraq. Overnight, the President has sent 200 troops to our embassy in Baghdad, and is considering sending an additional 100 Special Forces soldiers as well. But as reported just now on the news behind me..."Who's paying for this, Morris?"
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40 comments (Latest Comment: 06/17/2014 22:32:17 by Raine)

Author: Raine    Date: 06/16/2014 13:04:52

I don't think I can say it anymore clearly than Velveeta did yesterday. This is a terrible situation and there is no good answer. It doesn't feel good at all to say 'We were screaming at the top of our lungs that this would happen' In fact, it makes me angry. Very angry...
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37 comments (Latest Comment: 06/16/2014 21:15:00 by Raine)

War for Dummies: A DIY Guide to Fucking Up a Region
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 06/15/2014 14:35:13

We Americans sure do love our wars! We've had glorious wars that were fought with brave soldiers to secure our future and the future of our human race. Like the American Revolution, World War I, WWII are just a few examples of wars that we called "Great" "Just" and even "Glorious".

Then there's those we prefer not to mention, like the Civil War, the hundreds of wars against native Americans, and the wars we lost like Vietnam. Most wars tend to be over land or oil; or oil in land, or slaves. Summed up as "brownish people not doing what we want them to do".
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2 comments (Latest Comment: 06/15/2014 23:28:09 by Will in Chicago)

Cleaning out the drawer of the blog mind
Author: TriSec    Date: 06/14/2014 11:58:34

Good morning.

I've got some snippets today, but not enough of any subject for a "real" blog, so I'll try to string them all together...with the usual apologies to Globe columnist Bob Ryan, from whom I shamelessly steal this idea from time to time.
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2 comments (Latest Comment: 06/15/2014 13:32:00 by velveeta jones)

Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 06/13/2014 12:40:10

I seem to have a mental block about blogging on Friday. Or it could be that I haven't had my coffee yet.

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