Saturday too

#  No mucking about with the Donald:


#  Tale of a turkey:

Britain will have to send its supersonic F-35 fighter jets to Italy for heavy overhauls, the UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed to The Register.

BAE Systems will maintain an airframe maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade (MRO&U) capability at RAF Marham in Norfolk, according to a US announcement earlier this week.

However, that will only be used if Italy, the Americans’ designated airframe overhaul point in Europe, is unable to cope with demand.

“The F-35 programme is based on a global support solution concept. This is the most cost effective way to deliver the F-35 support solution and is based on economies of scale,” the MoD told The Register, adding: “The UK is establishing an F-35 airframe maintenance facility at RAF Marham to maintain UK aircraft. However, regional Airframe ‘Heavy’ MRO&U and Engine MRO&U will be undertaken in Italy and Turkey.”

#  Y-e-e-e-e-s-s-s-s, but are we happy about the Chinese being anything near this?

Chinese scientists have successfully obtained high-confinement plasma for a record length of time, which experts believe will promote the development of international thermonuclear fusion research.

The recent experiment was conducted using China’s Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), an experimental thermonuclear fusion reactor that replicates the energy-generating process of the sun. The experiment demonstrated the sustainability of plasma in the H-mode confinement regime, lasting over one minute.

This achievement will be key to the success of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), the largest international program dedicated to thermonuclear fusion experiments. It also marks a major step forward for fusion studies, The reported on Nov. 2.

#  Love it – yes, guess which one I’m in and maybe you?

The transmutation of political identities has arguably devolved into two parties: the Trump one, the angry retro people, and the Media Party, representing the smug modern people, each anathema to and uncomprehending of the other. Certainly, there was no moment in the campaign where the Media Party did not see itself as a virtuous and, most often, determinative factor in the race. Given this, the chants of “CNN sucks” at Trump rallies should not have been entirely surprising.

# And a humorous one to take us out:

Yup, WaPo and Gore sure got that reality thing sorted.

[H/T the boys as usual]

10 comments for “Saturday too

  1. dearieme
    November 12, 2016 at 16:46

    As you know the F-35 thing probably doesn’t matter because the bloody thing is unfit for purpose anyway.

    • November 12, 2016 at 23:19

      Australia has been foolish enough to buy the F-35 as well. And we’re getting a downgraded version which will be even more useless. Did the Yanks manage to sucker you guys into the “sort of stealthy but not really” version as well?

      We were even stupid enough to buy M1 Abrams tanks from them, even though there is absolutely no scenario in which Australia would need tanks (other than to help fight America’s wars in the Middle East).

      And why in the name of heaven is Britain building aircraft carriers? I guess they’ll be useful for defending Britain’s far-flung empire. They’ll come in handy if the Japanese try to take Singapore again.

      • dearieme
        November 13, 2016 at 08:55

        “why in the name of heaven is Britain building aircraft carriers?” I’ve no idea, really no idea. So we can “punch above our weight” perhaps. Moronic.

        What we probably do need are lots of smallish craft to block the Channel to the invaders, and to defend our fishing grounds when we get them back.

        Apart from those, build submarines. Because “surface ship” is another word for ‘target’.

        • November 13, 2016 at 12:12


        • November 13, 2016 at 22:01

          What we probably do need are lots of smallish craft to block the Channel to the invaders, and to defend our fishing grounds when we get them back.

          Apart from those, build submarines. Because “surface ship” is another word for ‘target’.

          Yep. Britain needs to forget the Britannia Rules the Waves stuff. The waves Britannia needs to rule are the Channel, the North Sea, the Irish Sea. Not the Mediterranean. India doesn’t have to be defended any more. The Mediterranean and the Middle East are irrelevant. A blue water navy is completely unnecessary and it’s a luxury only superpowers can afford.

          Australia is just as bad. Like Britain we’re still locked into 1940s strategic thinking. We think the defence of Australia means sending Australian soldiers to Afghanistan and Iraq. We think we’re going to refight the Western Desert Campaign.

          Australia and Britain both have the immense advantage of being surrounded by a moat. As long as we control our coastal waters we’re perfectly secure. For both countries foreign entanglements and military adventures in far-flung places are absurd.

          Australia would be safer without the ANZUS alliance. Britain would be safer without NATO.

  2. dearieme
    November 12, 2016 at 18:28

    In politics, the first rule is be lucky with your opponent. D Cameron, 2010, 2015. D Trump, 2016.

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  4. james wilson
    November 13, 2016 at 03:13

    “each anathema to and uncomprehending of the other”. Anathema, yes, uncomprehending, no. Trump voters understand the left perfectly. What choice did they have? Pretension will not be ignored.

    I’n no idea anyone bought the F-35. That project stunk from conception to production. The only thing that comes to mind is that global elites are swapping spit. Your taxpayers buy my ridiculous project, ours will buy yours.

    • November 13, 2016 at 05:58

      Read my mind before I had put finger to keys.

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