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  1. https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/02/25/yikes-china-subjected-u-s-diplomatic-staffers-to-anal-swab-testing-for-coronavirus-n333098 "According to the report, U.S. diplomatic staffers were made to take anal swab COVID tests which involved inserting a swab 1-2 inches into the rectum to test for the virus. A State Department spokesperson said that they never agreed to this kind of testing and protested to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when they learned that staffers had been subjected to it. The State Department spokesperson said they were committed to the “dignity” of American diplomats and their families, consistent with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and other diplomatic law provisions. “We have instructed staff to decline this test if it is asked of them, as was done in the past,” the spokesperson said. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian denied that they made the staffers to it. At the same time, Chinese authorities claiming that it was done “in error” and that the diplomatic personnel were exempt from the test. So basically they did it, are now trying to deny it was “forced” (as though the staffers would just do it willingly). It’s bad enough it was done, it’s worse that China is now trying to suggest somehow that the staffers weren’t made to do it. It’s unclear how many diplomatic staffers or their family members were subjected to this process. According to a diplomatic source, U.S. diplomats had been negotiating with the Chinese for some time about not having to take such tests." "Have a nice day! Welcome to Red China."
  2. https://bearingarms.com/tomknighton/2021/02/25/gun-store-owners-return-fire-n41444 "Now, more gun store owners are saying they’ll do the exact same thing. Armed retailers at gun ranges say they’ll shoot back if attacked, like the seven employees who returned fire and killed a gunman at a range in Louisiana last week. “At our range, it would have been met with the same force,” said Danielle Jaymes, general manager of Poway Weapons & Gear in Poway, California, whose employees openly carry Glock pistols. Workers at gun ranges are eyeing some customers a little more warily as the smoke starts to clear from a mass shooting Feb. 20 at Jefferson Gun Outlet in Metairie, Louisiana, where a man armed with a pistol loaded with a high-capacity magazine shot up the shop and rampaged through the range, killing two and wounding two. Employees eventually killed the gunman in the parking lot. “The criminal actions of this suspect took two innocent lives, but the quick reaction of staff and customers likely saved many more,” said Mark Oliva, public affairs director for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry group that represents ranges as well as gun retailers and manufacturers."
  3. Isn't everything, Ramp? I'm really fed-up with the anti-white racism, and the 'white privilege' mythos.
  4. I grabbed a second Off Grid Rapid Fire, that was on sale for $75 USD. This one is in coyote G10. Really liking these for EDC-ing.
  5. Rush was a conservative trail-blazer, and almost single-handedly created the conservative 'Talk Radio' format. Truly, a giant. His like will not pass this way again soon. RIP, Rush. Thanks for all the insight.
  6. Hey, they're fine with this in: Red China.
  7. https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/2/12/army-bolstering-weapons-portfolio "In the next-generation squad weapons program, leaders are pushing through the COVID-19 pandemic and moving onto the second prototype phase, according to the service’s product manager for the effort. Lt. Col. Jason Bohannon said the service has already completed the first iteration of prototype testing, which was the diagnostic test. The next round of testing is slated to kick off in February and run through June. “That was primarily to ensure that the vendors had a common understanding of all the tests they were going to undergo,” he said in an interview. “Then we go into what we call prototype test No. 2, which is the for-record test. That will go through the summer.” Three bidders are competing in the program. In August 2019, the service awarded other transaction authority agreements to Sig Sauer, General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems and Textron Systems, which are all providing prototypes for soldier evaluation. As part of the competition, the companies are bidding their solutions for a new 6.8 mm round that will replace the current 5.56 mm NATO ammunition. The Army is holding both technical tests and soldier “touchpoints” to put the weapons through their paces, Bohannon noted. Soldiers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Fort Drum, New York, have been trying out the prototypes to provide hands-on feedback. Bohannon said the service hopes to have 300 to 500 personnel participate in the soldier touchpoints."
  8. "Happy Birthday, dude!"
  9. "Happy Birthday, pardner!"
  10. Coincidental, that I've been listening to the "The Twain Shall Meet" lately.
  11. https://breakingdefense.com/2021/01/defiant-x-sikorsky-boeing-unveil-flraa-design/ "Sikorsky and Boeing did “hundreds of trade studies” and consulted extensively with the Army to refine their SB>1 Defiant compound helicopter into the new Defiant-X, officially unveiled today. What’s the difference? The companies were cagey about details, and they said they may make further tweaks. But between their guarded statements and the keen eyes of fellow reporters on the conference call, we can highlight a few visible changes in the images released today: Defiant-X has beefed up landing gear, having gained a nose wheel that the SB>1 Defiant lacked. (SB>1 had two large wheels forward and a small wheel on the tail – check out these close-ups). This almost certainly adds weight, but, the companies said, it will improve stability on rugged frontline landing zones. Defiant-X gets rid of the prominent exhaust outlet that SB>1 had below its engine. That helps “reduce thermal signature,” the companies said in a statement. In other words, the new design sheds its engine heat in a different and less detectable way, making it stealthier against enemy infrared sensors and harder to target. The companies said they’re still deciding which specific engine to install. They’ll have to find the best balance of raw power, ease of maintenance, and heat. Finally, Defiant-X has a more sharply angled nosecone and a pronounced ridge on the back half of the fuselage. Such “mold line” changes improve the aircraft’s “aerodynamic handling,” the companies said. There’s no word on whether they also improve its speed, a high priority for the Army – and an area where the SB>1 has lagged its rival, the Bell V-280 Valor. The Sikorsky-Boeing team is competing with Bell to build the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA), intended to replace the Cold War UH-60 Black Hawk with something faster, longer-ranged, and capable of carrying heavier loads. (FLRAA, in turn, is part of a wider Future Vertical Lift initiative to develop new aircraft from scout choppers to mini-drones). Both teams are already flying FLRAA prototypes, officially known as Joint Multi-Role Tech Demonstrators. Bell’s took flight first. Their V-280 tiltrotor – a smaller, sleeker sibling to the battle-proven V-22 Osprey – celebrated the third anniversary of its first flight on Dec. 18. As of that day, Bell told me, it had flown more than 150 times for more than 200 total flight hours, reaching 350 mph (305 knots) in level flight."
  12. https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/04/us-navy-needs-frigates-well-balanced-fleet/#slide-1 "Nevertheless, the use of destroyers for this particular purpose raises concerns. At $1.8 billion each, Arleigh Burke–class destroyers are among the world’s most expensive and technologically advanced weapons systems. Many of these ships are engaged in ballistic-missile defense and other high-end missions around the world. Although there is great demand for the vessels to support complex engagements, they are engaged all too often in low-end missions such as Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPs) in the South China Sea or naval-presence patrols in any of the numerous maritime regions of the globe where U.S. regional combatant commanders have identified important U.S. national interests and have asked for ships to support them. These missions have the appearance of overkill, as a highly technically specialized warship is used for purposes that rank low in terms of technical requirements, such as providing naval presence in places like the Gulf of Guinea or taking part in counter-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Oman. So why are high-end ships being used so consistently to do low-end missions, of which counter-drug operations in the Caribbean and Pacific are yet another example? The answer is that the Navy doesn’t have the low-end ships to match with those missions." The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook transits the Mediterranean Sea, January 18, 2019. (Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Ford Williams/US Navy)
  13. I would never go on there. Just more communist intrusion into you life. Fuckerberg, and company would eagerly stooge for the government to fugg-you-up permanently.
  14. "Happy Birthday, Watson!"
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