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Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Day Ago
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Posted By ganulv
Thanks, and to you, too! During my stints in...

Thanks, and to you, too! During my stints in Latin America I got used to Good Friday being the holiday, so that’s a good thing to hear today.
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Day Ago
Replies: 43
Views: 7,764
Posted By ganulv
Oh, I don’t doubt it for a second. I just like...

Oh, I don’t doubt it for a second. I just like the Gervais clip. :D

There must be something about the word “dolphin” that makes people tune out. I met a marine biologist once who told me he...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Day Ago
Replies: 43
Views: 7,764
Posted By ganulv
If you see a dolphin an’ that, don’t go, “Oh,...

If you see a dolphin an’ that, don’t go, “Oh, it’s friendly.” (http://youtu.be/e1EBqPZyo88)
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 6,642
Posted By ganulv
Palm Springs ‘Desert Sun’ report on vehicular deaths at Twentynine Palms

NPR ran a story yesterday (http://www.npr.org/2014/04/04/298988705/-desert-sun-team-probes-marine-deaths-on-highway-near-calif-base) about the Palm Springs Desert Sun’s investigation into the...
Forum: South Asia 3 Weeks Ago
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Views: 91,011
Posted By ganulv
The bad guys might make hay, ergo he should remain silent?

And? If not his, someone else’s.



One lesson would be to keep things in perspective. Don’t sacrifice big picture, long term success at the altar of the crisis of the moment. Anyone who thinks...
Forum: South Asia 3 Weeks Ago
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Views: 91,011
Posted By ganulv
I am assuming they did. I am also assuming we...

I am assuming they did. I am also assuming we never will. :D
Forum: South Asia 3 Weeks Ago
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Views: 91,011
Posted By ganulv
After the May, 2011, raid on the Mehran naval...

After the May, 2011, raid on the Mehran naval station (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13495127) there was some talk that there was an inside job element to the attack. That seemed a...
Forum: The Whole News 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 210
Views: 6,923
Posted By ganulv
What a wingnut. ;)

What a wingnut. ;)
Forum: The Whole News 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 210
Views: 6,923
Posted By ganulv
Is barometric pressure used in some way to...

Is barometric pressure used in some way to calculate the altitude? I ask because my handheld GPS uses BP to figure elevation, and they are invariably off vis-a-vis benchmarked elevation.
Forum: The Whole News 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 210
Views: 6,923
Posted By ganulv
My speculation of the moment.

Thinking on what Slap has said, maybe there was a hijacking unrelated to Islamist terrorism or politics of any sort? Say, one or more of the crew members were part of a conspiracy to steal something...
Forum: Africa 03-14-2014
Replies: 352
Views: 71,811
Posted By ganulv
My impression of Turse is that he is quite good...

My impression of Turse is that he is quite good at running down big sets of raw data, but that his analysis of it can be less than nuanced....
Forum: Africa 03-14-2014
Replies: 64
Views: 4,414
Posted By ganulv
So this 'crisis' has been festering for some time...

So this 'crisis' has been festering for some time then... Can this be blamed on the colonial power? I suggest not. More an indication of incompetence by a government more interested in stealing oil...
Forum: The Whole News 03-14-2014
Replies: 210
Views: 6,923
Posted By ganulv
Hmm. Perhaps this is metadata that the U.S....

Hmm. Perhaps this is metadata that the U.S. Intelligence Community collects as a matter of course?
Forum: The Whole News 03-14-2014
Replies: 210
Views: 6,923
Posted By ganulv
Visual display of data done right.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BinmefNCAAE2dEc.jpg (http://pic.twitter.com/FzVxSMWyra)
Forum: The Whole News 03-11-2014
Replies: 210
Views: 6,923
Posted By ganulv
NYTimes Q&A.

Matthew L. Wald (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/w/matthew_l_wald/index.html?action=click&contentCollection=Asia%20Pacific&module=Byline&region=Header&pgtype=article) at...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 02-13-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 6,642
Posted By ganulv
Harper’s article on the A-10.

Earlier today I read Andrew Cockburn’s article “Tunnel Vision,” about the Air Forces’s effort to put the A-10 out to pasture, in the latest number of Harper’s. It is behind a paywall—Harper’s does...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 01-15-2014
Replies: 63
Views: 6,603
Posted By ganulv
Thanks for the heads-up on this one, Bill....

Thanks for the heads-up on this one, Bill. Definitely looks worth a watch.
Forum: Historians 12-21-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 3,222
Posted By ganulv
The old Spanish league was 3.45 miles, the lieue...

The old Spanish league was 3.45 miles, the lieue commune was c. 2.75 miles, and the ieue de poste was c. 2.4 miles. I’ve seen a number of 18th century English travel accounts in which a league seems...
Forum: Historians 12-18-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 3,222
Posted By ganulv
Shortly after that (I am working from a different...

Shortly after that (I am working from a different edition, so I don’t know what page number would correspond with yours) he writes that the ambush took place “when passing a valley of about fifteen...
Forum: Historians 12-18-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 3,222
Posted By ganulv
I couldn’t quite tell from the blog post where...

I couldn’t quite tell from the blog post where the sign is located. From Rogers’ description, the 1757 BoS took place before the English had gotten to Lake George. The 1758 BoS took place before the...
Forum: Historians 12-17-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 3,222
Posted By ganulv
Undoubtably fallible, but also undoubtably...

Undoubtably fallible, but also undoubtably colorful!
Forum: Historians 12-17-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 3,222
Posted By ganulv
I would be interested in hearing how the...

I would be interested in hearing how the Battlesites volume situates its subjects in relation to the Revolutionary War. The couple of times I have made day trips into the Champlain Corridor it was...
Forum: Historians 12-17-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 3,222
Posted By ganulv
That’s in keeping with the raiding function, too....

That’s in keeping with the raiding function, too. I’ve read that there is a Tier 1 reconnaissance unit within the Ranger Regiment, but I suppose that anyone who would know for sure wouldn’t talk...
Forum: Historians 12-17-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 3,222
Posted By ganulv
Post I think it was common to fire the woods in the...

I think it was common to fire the woods in the fall, yes. My understanding is that the primary purpose was to make it easier to get at that year’s mast crop. It must have made for quieter hunting,...
Forum: Historians 12-16-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 3,222
Posted By ganulv
Thanks for the heads up on them, I will have to...

Thanks for the heads up on them, I will have to read up. Perhaps they are somewhat in the tradition of the Pakistani Rangers? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistan_Rangers#History

I have been...
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