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  1. I think they really wanted to appear neutral and probably set out to be when they started typing the piece, but the bias is peppered in here and there. It's especially prevalent in the first little quip about the living in constant"fear" of the threat of nuclear apocalypse, the continued reference to the President as "Mr Trump", then later on in the commentary concerning the "transformation" of the Republican party, then a bit more in the finishing commentary paragraphs. I suppose I should be happy there was at least an effort on part of the author to try to maintain a level of neutrality, but that was kind of shot to pieces with the poorly researched and badly (non-)sourced comments concerning the Presidents accomplishments and fulfilled promises. The one that threw me the worst was the comment concerning the "wall", when it has been clear the wall is being built, prototypes have been erected and there's been a flurry of articles about it, with one prominent Reuters article published a full eight days prior to this one, commenting about the amount of poverty stricken Mexican nationals in dismay over the "rise" of the President's promised wall.
  2. Some "Class A" journalism in that piece. The hyperbole, rhetoric, and yellow journalism is right on key for the journalist integrity (or lack there of) in today's media. I especially love when "journalists'" push OP-ED's as hard news.
  3. Odd, I don't remember things being so great prior to January 20th.
  4. One has nothing to do with the other... Someone, intentionally or through ignorance, conflated Anne Frank and Second World War British child evacuees. The costume looks generally what a British child being evacuated from London would have looked like; This story just seems too contrived, the initial horn blast for this is from some journalist out of Arizona who screenshot a search via Google on his phone...his search was specifically for "anne frank kids costume", why would someone specifically search for that? The costume itself is marketed by the manufacturer as "World War II Evacuee", every costume shop and retailer I can find via Google (at least for US based domains) has it listed as "WWII Evacuee Girl" or "1940's Girl WWII", not once have I seen "Anne Frank" listed as part of a tag or description. Even the US domain on the Halloweencostumes.com has the item marketed as "WW2 Costume For Girls", The only time I see the listing has it marketed as "Anne Frank Girls Costume" is under the EU domain url for the costume. US Domain Listing Screenshot EU Domain Listing Screenshot Actual Costume Packaging Screenshot The marketing by whomever did the product listing for the EU domain of halloweencostumes.eu was distasteful and should be called out, but the witch hunt against the manufacturer and retailers as this being some kind of slight against Anne Frank and the Jewish Community is just that...a witch hunt. It's media hype driving a story that has little in the way of legitimacy. Yellow Journalism at it's finest.
  5. I mean, it's kind of a big, fat nothingburger. How many of the listed components and chemical agents can be legally purchased in the UK? In the US, prior to 1968 anyone could walk into a hardware store and purchased dynamite over the counter, in the 70's and 80's the personal information of the purchaser was recorded, but record keeping was very lax. In the 1990's a $5 Federal Explosives License was required to purchase it and was sold by chemical supply stores, it wasn't until 9/11 that it was restricted from purchase by the general public and individuals/companies that use it are required to hold a license for use, permit for purchase, and federal law requires proof you have erected armored magazines to store it before they'll grant you a license or purchase permit. Ammonium Nitrate+Aluminum Power is sold commercially under the brand name "Tannerite" in the US as a reactionary explosive for use in target shooting, avalanche control, and cinematic effect, the chemical agents are sold in a unitary state, but once the agents are mixed and become a binary explosive it is required by federal law to be used immediately. Storing or transporting Tannerite is illegal. There is also "Ammonal" which is a similar, more simplistic mixture of AN+AP as a commercial replacement for dynamite and used in homebrew Tannerite production. ANFO (Ammonium Nitrate Fuel Oil) can be produced with ease. 50lb bags of Ammonium Nitrate are sold commercially at home improvement stores and nurseries and Fuel Oil can be purchased at any POL supplier (Diesel Fuel, Bunker Mix, Heating Oil, ect...) Mix the two properly and you have ANFO, which is a common blasting agent used in demolition and other industrial applications. Astrolite G is relatively easy to produce, a 2:1 liquid ratio of Ammonium Nitrate and Hydrazine. Explosives are a relatively easy material to produce without needing to use Amazon to purchase the materials or use the "fellow customer" purchase recommendations.
  6. EIS Council: The Catastrophic Effect of an EMP Attack or Severe Solar Storm EIS Council Library EIS Council EPRO Handbook
  7. Nearly everything in Russia is state-owned or is in some way controlled by the state. primarily to prevent insolvency and partly to ensure influence and direct involvement. (The same applies to China in a similar system of partly or wholly government-owned/influenced companies, like NORINCO.) I wouldn't doubt the Russian's have helped North Korea develop, as well as the Chinese. Both stand to gain immensely from a destabilized Asia, in particular concerning the Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan, in the short and long term. I also have no doubt the Norks would have eventually achieved miniaturization and multi-stage devices in a decade or two, but as ST has pointed out...the Norks advancements are far too rapid for domestic development alone. What took the US (and NATO, in particular the UK and France) over a decade of development and testing, with nearly unlimited resources and the collective brainpower of the most qualified and educated minds in their respective fields in the West, the Norks did in less than a year's time. The only possible conclusion is that the data was provided by a third-party national actor who's had the means and information themselves for decades. As Russian and China are two of the main economic and import partners for the Norks and both hold a long standing relationship with them...they're by far the most likely. In regard to Iran, it's been a well established the Iranians have been present at Nork launches and tests. The existence of a mutual assistance partnership in weapons can assuredly be implied. Iran receives a massive amount of military and economic support from Russia and to a point, from China as well.
  8. Agreed, retasking is not the norm, mostly reserved in cases where a satellite series isn't equipped with certain sensor types. From what I understand, in the latest mission OTV-4 the X-37 was equipped with a number of XR-5A Hall thrusters to provide feedback for Areojet Rocketdyne.
  9. No, I was speaking towards the cost-saving value of recon aircraft across the board, not solely the X-37, as compared to retasking recon satellites. I was primarily commenting with the abilities of the SR-71 and U-2 in mind (as well as like aircraft). At first glance I'd say you're more than right, because I was carried away with making a general point regarding recon aircraft, rather than commenting on your point concerning the X-37. However, for shits and giggles I looked into sat retasking details. Factoring in reduction of life-span (or total loss of the satellite), retasking costs, and possible loss of intel...the cost of retasking can range from as little as $1,000,000 to as great as $500,000,000 depending on the factors involved. In the case of the X-37 possibly acting in a recon role, what it does provide that is a tough thing to monetarily quantify over that of the value of a recon satellite would be ease of repositioning and what would be the true ace in the hole, a scalable payload of more advanced senor suite than what is on-board orbiting recon sats. That the X-37 is a reusable platform provides a number of benefits in military ISR applications. The X-37 is more than capable of preforming a multitude of congruent missions, ranging from as simple as thermal efficiency testing to preforming advanced hyper-spectral imaging reconnaissance. Why risk retasking a sat, with a known loss of platform life-span, possible loss of the platform, known loss in thruster fuel capacity, and associated retasking costs....versus a repositionable, flight-capable relaunchable platform that is scalable with advanced modular sensor suites over existing in orbit sats? I mean, $100M launch every 224 to 717 days or ($1M to 500M) retasking cost w/ associated platform mission capability loss, while risking the loss of an $1B platform?
  10. Most long-haul US derived GEOINT, IMINT, and MASINT is collected via recon satellite by the NRO, however aircraft do provide a handful of capabilities and visual perspectives that satellites are unable to, which is why the SR-71 was brought out of retirement in 94' and why the U-2 is maintained with the latest aerial recon suite. Recon satellite retasking isn't a cheap, nor easy affair. Any alteration to a satellites scheduling costs lots of cash, burns precious thruster fuel, and can result in the loss of intelligence and reduction of system life-span. What made and still makes ISR aircraft viable platforms are; senor/payload system flexibility, ability to meet time-sensitive requirements, ease of deployability, and relatively low cost compared to the cost of sat retasking. The loss of an U-2 or even an X-37 is inconsequential compared to life-span reduction of something like an KH-11 series satellite. The cheapest ISR assets by far are drones, but to maintain minimal size and weight requirements on-board ISR and ECM are limited. At the end of the day, it's all about redundancy and not keeping all your intelligence collecting assets in one basket. What makes the X-37 unique is it is classified within the USA series.
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  12. There is no prerequisites outside of age and citizen for someone to assume office. Simply because someone may not share any political ideology with you doesn't mean they're "unsuited" for office. Trump is no more "unsuited" for office than any of the other candidates who stood a chance of being being elected. What's interesting is you assume my position is out of a sense of support for "Trump" because he's "Trump" and not out of a sense that he is the POTUS. I do not agree with Trump on a number of issues, but he is POTUS...just as I didn't agree with Obama on a number of issues, but he was POTUS. My question is, is Trump simply just proving a point and playing silly games...or he is the boogieman he's portrayed to be? I guess an instance in his past where he made light of running for President and joking there was a contingent "stupid" enough to vote for him supersedes anything he's said after that point? I mean, this is just an academic exercise for me. The man is POTUS, only three things would change that...I don't foresee any of those things happening. If folks want to fantasize otherwise, they're welcome to it.
  13. I'm willing to play some "Devil's Advocate", so let's indulge some fantasy; If for some reason, be it sudden death, impeachment, or resignation that Trump's Presidency ends abruptly...the line of secession would be followed. There are no special elections, there is no picking a new President, there is no "the other person that lost gets a turn", the result would be the VPOTUS being sworn in as POTUS. That means Mike Pence would become President, the same Mike Pence who is further Right-Leaning than Donald Trump, like a LOT more Right-Leaning. Pence would continue on with Trump initiatives, while also enacting some of his own initiatives.... I mean, if that's a road that folks that are Anti-Trump want to take a ride down...that's their prerogative.
  14. If you were a Psychologist or Psychiatrist I'd take you a bit more seriously on that commentary, but that's not the case. I have no idea what you consider noteworthy, but I consider items such as th VA Accountability Act, INSPIRE Women Act, Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act, Rapid DNA Act of 2017, Veterans Educational Assistance Act, Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act, ect... to be rather noteworthy. Again. If you were a Psychologist or Psychiatrist you may have a point, but I disagree wholeheartedly. I take approval ratings with a hefty grain of salt. Eisenhower's approval rating was 30% in his first year and rose to the 80% by his third year and maintained a rating about 60% for the rest of his Presidency...Truman started with a 90% rating, maintained a rating about 50% until his last year in office where it dropped to 25%. George W. Bush's ratings spiked up from 55% to 90% in the months following 9/11 and maintained a level about 50% until 2006. Every Presidency is marred with these kinds of events...much of the loss for Trump is not caused by him, but due to grandiose political statements by council members "in protest" or due to outside pressure from various groups. Reagan didn't even have anyone from his original staff when he entered his second term. Carter's entire lower Cabinet and Senior White Staff tendered their resignations in 79'. As I said before, I take polls with a grain of salt. I'd also question where their supposed "embarrassment" stems from.