Friday, July 18, 2014

The Plum: Most Blinded to Obvious Lack of Diversity

July 17, 2014  |  The Washington Times

The White House has picked the first female general to head the Air Force in the Pacific, which will make her the first non-pilot to command air power in such a large theater of operation.
"Obama picks non-pilot to head Air Force in Pacific Promotion sought in diversity drive"

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And, the President's selection of  4-Star Lori J. Robinson to Lead Pacific Combat Forces points out what has been the most overlooked paradigm in which American voters have been stuck, blindsided for ages:

FACT  1: Gen Lori J. Robinson entered the Air Force in 1982 through the ROTC program at the University of New Hampshire.  (Certainly not a morale booster for congressionally-appointed
graduates of the taxpayer-funded U.S. Air Force Academy).

 
FACT 2: The U.S. Constitution does not require Supreme Court nominees (also nominated by P.O.T.U.S.) to be attorneys.

FACT 3:  Many voters believe only law school graduates are prepared and capable of understanding legal issues involved in Supreme Court cases.  

FACT 4:  Lawyers relish the current paradigm on lifetime, Supreme Court nomination of attorneys only.  It is the pinnacle of success available to no other profession and underscores the prominence of every lawyer above the hoi polloi, and rationale for their hugely powerful lawyer-political network.

FACT 5:  Law professors point out that only highly skilled law school graduates are prepared and capable of understanding legal issues involved in Supreme Court cases.  In fact, law professors have noted that children are not specifically precluded from Supreme Court nomination either, an example equating non-lawyer academics, geaduates and post-graduates (medical doctors and rocket sciences included, to little more than unskilled children).

FACT 6 (killer for the lawyer paradigm supporters):  According to an article published by SLATE, "Why does the court usually decide cases either 9–0 or 5–4?"


Different presidents, but 5-4 decisions have always become controversial precedents.

Submarines are always silent and strange.


 

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Russia Stretched Its Learning Curve for This Sub

Background
Molten Eagle had presented aspects of Russia's vaunted K-329 Severodvinsk submarine twice before, as recently as February and June in 2014.

PR Hype Hid the Obvious --- Until Now

Hype examples:
"Severodvinsk submarine already causes headache to Pentagon"  Hype source 1
"The submarine is the first in a fleet of eight new Yasen class submarines... The K-329 outstrips the technology of rival submarines used by the British and American navies, and has been compared with the high-tech submarine that was taken over by a rogue Russian captain in the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October, starring Sean Connery."  Hype source 2
Realistic threat can be found in M.E.'s discussion of K-329's supersonic Onyx missiles (see June link above).

Jewel of Russia'a Northern Sub Fleet or Latent Tragedy for Her Crew?

October 12, 2013 - Russian Navy *STILL* doesn’t want to accept delivery of the K-329 Severodvinsk
"The phrase “plagued with problems” doesn’t even begin to cover it. ...

BarentsObserver’s reporting about delivering of “Severodvinsk” is becoming a multiple- year row of headlines entitled “ready by year-end.” The submarine, of which the construction started 20 years ago, was originally scheduled for commissioning in 1998. Eleven years later, the plan was to deliver the sub in 2010. Rescheduled to 2011. Rescheduled to 2012. Rescheduled to 2013. And today, a new dispute between the builder and the navy about the sub’s readiness has emerged."

June 19, 2014 - Russia Just Finished Submarine It Has Spent 20 Years Building

Consider that the contract to build another lead ship of her class, USS Thresher (SSN-593), had been awarded to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in January 1958, she was launched on 9 July 1960, and commissioned August 1961. The learning curve was retroactive to the Thresher tragedy.  M.E. wishes no tragedy on any Russian sub crew.  After 20 years of intervening design modifications, supplier shifts and transitions in responsible management, oversights and shortcuts must be expected as quality control headaches.  We hope that sea trials for K-329 Severodvinsk (not to be confused with the ill-fated K-129) have been thorough and totally successful!

Submarines are always silent and strange.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

ANSWERS - Sub Questions of the Week - 27 JUN 14

Background information and photos provided when the Questions of the Week answered below were originally posted were here:  27 JUN 14.


Q.O.T.W.  with ANSWERS

1 -  Identify the submarine in photo A  (name, nationality, & year launched).  ANS:  Akula (Shark) a Tsarist-era Russian submarine launched in 1911.
2 -  Crew height restriction (< 160 cm) for this early sub were necessitated by space belowdecks.
      How many crew were aboard when it met its unknown fate?  ANS: 35 men were aboard.
3 -  What year was it lost? ANS:  Shark was lost in 1915.

4 -  Identify the mystery object shown in photo BANS:  The walking apron of a purse seiner. 
   - a) What is its purpose?  ANS: Purse seines are a type of netting used to trap and harvest fish.
   - b) What nation is using it, and how many are in service.  ANS:  France currently has 6 seiners.
5 - What kinds of work are being performed by the figures shown (choose c, d, or e):
   - c)  administrative, clerical, photographic 
   - d)  wrangling
   - e)  pescatorial
 - - - ANS:  c) administrative
 
One of the shortest men in CSS Hunley's final crew of 8 men was of above average height for the 1860s period.
6 - What was the inside diameter of Hunley's crew compartment? ANS: About 4 feet 3 inches.
7 - How tall was [one of the shorter men among] the Hunley crewman known by the name Miller?  ANS:  5 ft 8 inches.


Submarines are always silent and strange.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Submarine Questions of the Week - 27 JUN 14

Background 

In a comment about Australia's replacements for Collins-class subs M.E. had recently noted that the average height of a Japanese male is 7.4 cm shorter than that of the average Australian male.


To qualify for service aboard the early submarine ( photo below ) sailors had to be under 160 centimeters (about 5 feet 3 inches) in height. 

Today's QOTW relate specifically to two submarines and the mystery device that dwarfs men (indicated by 4 white asterisks) working on a more contemporary object ( photo B ).
 


Q.O.T.W. 

1 -  Identify the submarine in photo A  (name, nationality, & year launched). 
2 -  Crew height restriction (< 160 cm) for this early sub were necessitated by space belowdecks.
      How many crew were aboard when it met its unknown fate?
3 -  What year was it lost?

4 -  Identify the mystery object shown in photo B.
   - a) What is its purpose?
   - b) What nation is using it, and how many are in service.
5 - What kinds of work are being performed by the figures shown (choose c, d, or e): 
   - c)  administrative, clerical, photographic
   - d)  wrangling
   - e)  pescatorial

One of the shortest men in CSS Hunley's final crew of 8 men was of above average height for the 1860s period.
6 - What was the inside diameter of Hunley's crew compartment?
7 - How tall was the Hunley crewman known by the name Miller?

ANSWERS:  Wednesday, 2 JUL 2014

Submarines are always silent and strange.



 

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