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10 hours ago, JoeWeber said:

Pull your horns in, Ken, and try to remember the security benefit Canada gains at no cost owing to our face forward international policies. Yes, we fucked up. That said every nation who gains benefit from the US military should join us in apology.

The US military has a long history of fucking up and trying to hide it.

Local to me, quite a while ago, a kid in Para Rescue school was drowned by the instructors, who then covered it up. It took a congress critter investigating it to uncover the fact that it was basically involuntary manslaughter. Several instructors were tried.

The explosion in the turret in the USS Iowa was caused by overcharging the propellant. It was a practice that was stupid dangerous, but was known and condoned by the command structure. The Navy tried to blame it on a seaman who had a relationship with another one, and tried to make it a 'homosexual relationship gone bad to suicide". 

https://www.wearethemighty.com/articles/the-navys-investigation-of-the-uss-iowa-turret-explosion-was-seriously-bungled/

 

And don't forget about the death of Pat Tillman. 

30 minutes ago, gowlerk said:

We are talking about something called a “Hellfire Missile”. Which has a primary function as a machine designed to kill people. As opposed to a class 8 Freightliner truck, which is not primarily designed to kill and in fact has several features incorporated to help lessen its chance of killing. Why do you suppose the called it Hellfire? Probably not the best name for a kitten.

 

I still love America despite the aggression.

On a slightly related note, a friend jumps a 170 Diablo.


He's had 2 cutaways from spinning linetwists on opening.

I often joke that "they call it the 'Diablo'. That means 'Devil'. They don't call it the 'Cute and Fuzzy Bunny'. There's a reason for that."

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2 minutes ago, wolfriverjoe said:

On a slightly related note, a friend jumps a 170 Diablo.


He's had 2 cutaways from spinning linetwists on opening.

I often joke that "they call it the 'Diablo'. That means 'Devil'. They don't call it the 'Cute and Fuzzy Bunny'. There's a reason for that."

I own a 170 Diablo myself. I've only jumped it a few times and never had to cut it away. It behaves a little like my 170 Stiletto which has been my main ride for over 20 years. And yes, new jumpers are afraid of it as soon as they hear the name.

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1 minute ago, gowlerk said:

I own a 170 Diablo myself. I've only jumped it a few times and never had to cut it away. It behaves a little like my 170 Stiletto which has been my main ride for over 20 years. And yes, new jumpers are afraid of it as soon as they hear the name.

He's had it for a fairly long time and has a lot of jumps on it.

It's fairly sensitive to body position on opening.
Once it twists up and starts spinning, it's not usually fixable.

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6 hours ago, kallend said:

There really isn't any justification for the USA to spend more on killing machines than the next 10 nations combined, when most of them are our allies anyway. 

Eisenhower was right.

Absolutely. And I think it's a fair argument that the reason our allies get by spending so little is owing to our spending way too much. That we did to ourselves, no doubt about it.

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3 hours ago, wolfriverjoe said:

The US military has a long history of fucking up and trying to hide it.

Local to me, quite a while ago, a kid in Para Rescue school was drowned by the instructors, who then covered it up. It took a congress critter investigating it to uncover the fact that it was basically involuntary manslaughter. Several instructors were tried.

The explosion in the turret in the USS Iowa was caused by overcharging the propellant. It was a practice that was stupid dangerous, but was known and condoned by the command structure. The Navy tried to blame it on a seaman who had a relationship with another one, and tried to make it a 'homosexual relationship gone bad to suicide". 

https://www.wearethemighty.com/articles/the-navys-investigation-of-the-uss-iowa-turret-explosion-was-seriously-bungled/

 

And don't forget about the death of Pat Tillman. 

On a slightly related note, a friend jumps a 170 Diablo.


He's had 2 cutaways from spinning linetwists on opening.

I often joke that "they call it the 'Diablo'. That means 'Devil'. They don't call it the 'Cute and Fuzzy Bunny'. There's a reason for that."

Should have guessed I'd get run over by the truck drivers. Sheesh, I can be dumb.

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4 hours ago, gowlerk said:

We are talking about something called a “Hellfire Missile”. Which has a primary function as a machine designed to kill people. As opposed to a class 8 Freightliner truck, which is not primarily designed to kill and in fact has several features incorporated to help lessen its chance of killing. Why do you suppose the called it Hellfire? Probably not the best name for a kitten.

 

I still love America despite the aggression.

Hi Ken,

Re:  Freightliner truck

Do you drive one?  I worked there, part-time back in the 60's, while in college.  I worked in the Advance Design Test Lab. Had a lot of fun testing all kinds of stuff.

One on the best jobs I have ever had.  Back then, they were a great place to work; I do not know about today as they are now owned by Daimler.

Jerry Baumchen

PS)  While I was there, we built the very first dual-sleeper cab.

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1 hour ago, JerryBaumchen said:

Hi Ken,

Re:  Freightliner truck

Do you drive one?  I worked there, part-time back in the 60's, while in college.  I worked in the Advance Design Test Lab. Had a lot of fun testing all kinds of stuff.

One on the best jobs I have ever had.  Back then, they were a great place to work; I do not know about today as they are now owned by Daimler.

Jerry Baumchen

PS)  While I was there, we built the very first dual-sleeper cab.

They used to be pretty shoddy bottom of the barrel trucks. They are far better now. I drive a Freightliner Cascadia. Probably the most common truck of it’s class these days. Highly favoured by the big trucking companies, not so much by owner operators.

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Just a bit of trivia, but Rollin White patented the drilled through revolver cylinder, which allowed the use of breechloading cartridges, when he worked for Smith and Wesson in the 1840s.

The $100,000 he received for the patent was absorbed, per the contract, in litigation against infringement, and S&W kept the proceeds from selling the offending revolvers.

Not deterred, White went on to found the company that somewhat later offered the Freightliner.

 

BSBD,

Winsor

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47 minutes ago, winsor said:

My preference, dated though it may be, is a cabover with a four and a quarter Cat, a Jake Brake and a 9513 Road Ranger. Handles the hills nicely.

I've driven that drive train through a lot British Columbia mountain roads, but in a conventional cab. It can be a lot of fun, especially if you're lightly loaded.

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