Friday Linkzookery – 14 Oct 2011

Protesters want world to know they’re just like us
Except that they’re fucking crybabies who want me to pay for the shit they want.

Despite strong start to KC-46, delays possible
First 18 operational tankers are supposed to be delivered by August 2017. Any bets on that?

New, Bigger Japanese Navy Helicopter Carrier
Roughly a slightly lighter version of our Wasp-class LHDs.

Obama Tried to Apologize to Japan for the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
He is so far out of his depth it’s scary.

Egypt Sliding into Military Dictatorship
I had this conversation several times this past spring, warning that the new boss in Egypt could easily be worse than the old boss. As far as ruthless dictators go, Mubarak was a little ho-hum. Easy to say from over here, but it didn’t take much imagination to see things getting much worse instead of a little better. I worry about the same thing in Lybia.

Lessons of the Libya War
Despite the involvement of the world’s premier military alliance and the three most formidable militaries in the world, it took more than five months of NATO air strikes to assist the rebels to victory over a third-rate despot.

6.5mm Grendel now SAAMI cartridge. AK rifles chambered in 6.5mm coming soon.
I know there are a number of 6.5 Grendel fans here at MO. This is good to see.

New U.S. Navy LPD Damaged on Sea Trials
Overpressurized ballast tanks on USS San Diego (LPD 22). Constant issues with these ships, it seems like.

War drones keep flying despite computer virus
Control systems have been hit. What could possibly go wrong?

Neophyte hikers push their luck on Yosemite’s Half Dome
People are clueless when it comes to the outdoors. They watch something on TV and think they know it all, then get out their iPhone and cry for momma when the big bad wilderness scares them.

Couple lost in corn maze calls 911
Okay, this makes the idiots in the previous story look like Grizzly Adams…

Army to cancel contract for Ground Mobile Radio
4-channel Joint Tactical Radio System GMR, a leftover from FCS, gets chopped.

Military opposes MC-12 transfer
Both Army and Air Force are opposed to shifting the MC-12W Liberties to the Army.

Woman shoots, kills bow-and-arrow-armed intruder
Guy brought a bow to a gunfight.

Soyuz ready with Galileo satellites for milestone launch
Oct 20th launch of Europe’s GPS competitor will be first for Soyuz from French Guiana.

Lady Gaga’s Strange Tribute to Steve Jobs
Seriously, couldn’t every headline about this chick be “Lady Gaga’s strange [fill in the blank]“?