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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: May 21, 2019, 09:46:31 AM »
Brexit Bullshit Buster - the follow-up questions interviewers should be asking the chancers who spout WTO, Article 24, etc.

General discussion / Re: Eurovision final here we come!!
« on: May 17, 2019, 02:19:28 PM »
Which is worse ?

1. Eurovision
2  Rose of Tralee

The Israelis don’t use the Rose of Tralee as a propaganda vehicle. So I suppose it’s the Eurovision.

General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: May 10, 2019, 10:14:28 AM »

'Ninja bomb': Pentagon's new bladed missile that kills targets without exploding
•   Ben Farmer

The Pentagon has built a new missile known as a 'ninja bomb' which deploys a ring of steel blades to kill its target rather than exploding.
The secret R9X missile is designed to destroy individual terrorist targets without harming surrounding civilians and could potentially kill a car's front seat passenger without harming the driver.
American forces have only used the highly specialised weapon a handful of times since it was first developed from the more common Hellfire missile, the Wall Street Journal reported.
R9X missiles are thought to have been used on targets in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Somalia. Victims include Jamal al-Badawi, who was accused of being behind the 2000 USS Cole bombing that killed 17 American sailors in a Yemeni port.
Ahmad Hasan Abu Khayr al-Masri, the Egyptian al Qaeda No 2, was also killed in Syria's Idlib province by an R9X fired from a US aircraft operated by the CIA in 2017.
There had been speculation about the possibility of a new Pentagon weapon after analysts noted the unusual aftermath of at least one high profile counter terrorism strike.
Moments before impact the missile deploys a ring of steel blades
America's weapon of choice for air strikes targeting terrorist suspects has long been the high precision Hellfire missile, which began life as a Cold War anti-tank missile but later became used for counter-terrorism strikes.

The Hellfire explodes on impact and reduces targets to blasted, burnt wreckage. Hellfire missiles are still used to target groups of militants where there are no concerns about civilian casualties.
However, photographs of Masri's vehicle after he was killed instead showed an oblong hole torn into the roof, with no burn marks to suggest an explosion. The windscreen was only cracked.
The R9X, which is nicknamed “the flying Ginsu” after a brand of American household knives, carried an inert warhead and was designed to punch 100lb of metal through car and building roofs, officials told the paper.
The effect is likened to an anvil falling from the sky onto the target. But the weapon is made more deadly by a ring of six long blades stowed inside which deploy through the skin of the missile immediately before impact, shredding anything in their way.

As well as cars, the weapon could also be used on flimsy buildings which could collapse and kill others if hit by an explosion.
The new missile was under development as early as 2011 and was reportedly born from Barack Obama's emphasis on cutting civilian casualties in America's long-running counter insurgency and counter terrorism campaigns in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Iraq.
Officials said terrorist fighters had become increasingly aware of American efforts to cut civilian casualties because of the anger they caused among the local people.
Mr Obama in May 2013 said he was not ordering any strikes unless there was “near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured”. Terrorists had adapted to the American hesitancy to strike by increasingly hiding among groups of women and children as human shields to avert strikes.
The R9X is now only used in limited cases, to target single individuals where there is detailed information about their location, officials said

Think I'd prefer to go in a wreck-all explosion rather than the Ninja Bomb....sounds grim.

Fair enough, though I doubt you'd notice the difference. But the lad beside you mightn't share your preference.

General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: May 06, 2019, 09:43:29 AM »

General discussion / Re: Las Vegas
« on: April 30, 2019, 07:34:04 PM »
I signed up to N26 (similar to Revolut) recently for a trip to Australia. Perfect. Didn't handle cash once for the whole trip. You get 5 free cash withdrawals per month if you must.
Any reason for not using Revolut?

There was, but I can't remember what it was and it wasn't major. I didn't know about the stuff Shark refers to. I just remember that, when comparing the two, N26 had something slightly preferable, but I could easily have gone for either.

General discussion / Re: Las Vegas
« on: April 30, 2019, 02:58:51 PM »
I signed up to N26 (similar to Revolut) recently for a trip to Australia. Perfect. Didn't handle cash once for the whole trip. You get 5 free cash withdrawals per month if you must.

General discussion / Re: Barbecue
« on: April 28, 2019, 11:45:17 AM »
What's the point of a gas barbecue - i.e. a gas cooker outdoors?

General discussion / Re: More Dissident-Republican Activity
« on: April 27, 2019, 07:01:06 PM »
As people from the 6 Cos will still be entitled to the same GFA citizenship provisions in an All Ireland State it's fair to assume there will be a local Assembly/Administration there.

Re not voting the whole ballot paper affecting the quota .....
Unless the 6 Co system is different the Quota is based on the Total Valid poll divided by the number of seats plus 1 ( e.g ÷5 in a 4 seater and so on) and remains at that figure tgrough all the counts.

That's right. I should have put "quota" in quotes or better still not used it. The effect is to reduce the number of votes it takes to get a candidate elected since there are fewer transferable votes. This applies, of course, not to your individual vote but happens if significant numbers of people don't vote all the way down the ballot.

General discussion / Re: More Dissident-Republican Activity
« on: April 27, 2019, 10:39:27 AM »
It probably makes a very marginal difference, but you should give your least favoured candidate the lowest preference and put a number beside every candidate. Failing to do this means the quota is lowered by reducing the number of transferable votes. Therefore your least favoured candidate has a better chance of reaching the quota.

General discussion / Re: More Dissident-Republican Activity
« on: April 21, 2019, 08:48:42 AM »

General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: April 20, 2019, 10:13:08 PM »
Oh shit. Shane in the water and a three- shot lead lost in two holes.

Agree with the above, I didn't see bombardiers name on the list.

Still trading under the Short Brothers moniker in that report for some reason.

How many black people of diminished stature do they employ?

General discussion / Re: Easter Lily & Rising Commemorations
« on: April 17, 2019, 11:59:06 AM »
Cultural misinterpretation at Lidl?

Fare play.

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