St. Patrick's Day Technology - The Science Experiment
Posted By Blackfive
Greetings from Timmy O'Toole's in Chicago! (The Gage ain't open yet)
*Glug, glug, glug. Ahhhh.*
Uncle Ben from the Filipino side of the family, an engineer and beer scientist, sends this Reuter's article on scientific analysis:
LONDON - People celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Wednesday can cross one topic of conversation off their lists.
Guinness bubbles really do sink.
Scientists said Monday they had finally proved that the dark stout’s creamy bubbles defy expectations and flow down instead of upwards.
I dispute this claim and will conduct many, I mean MANY, experiments today to disprove this theory! It is my responsibility as an Irishman and graduate of the University of Chicago Physical Sciences Division to put this theory to a rigorous, accurate, and complete test.
I will even use MATH!
Oops. Looks like they thought of that already. *Hey, Phil, pass me another one will you? Thanks, pal.*
“Our group carried out preliminary experiments at a local pub a few years ago, but the results proved inconclusive,” said Dr. Andrew Alexander, from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Chemistry.
They first thought the dark liquid flowing down as a pint was poured gave the illusion the bubbles were going down as well.
Now close examination has revealed that, as a pint settles, bubbles touching the walls of the glass experience drag, similar to that a person feels sliding a finger along glass, and that prevents them floating up.
The bubbles in the middle however, are free to rise, creating a circular flow within the glass that causes bubbles at the edge to be pushed downwards on the inside surface of the glass.
The Edinburgh team, working with researchers at Stanford University in California have produced high-speed video footage of the sinking bubbles — to put at rest the minds of any drinkers who might have felt they were seeing things.
Well, I still want to test this theory. You can't trust anyone who goes to or graduates from a school without grades (*cough* Stanford *cough*).
Those of you who follow miltoons know (or you should!) Delta Bravo Sierra. It's a good comic that takes a different look at life in the Army, and amidst the humor makes some good points.
Well, they have trying to get into Army Times, and not having a lot of luck. It's the usual thing with any Gannett publication IMO, but being a bit different, DBS decided to take a different approach to cracking the wall. They have a petition up to try to get Army Times attention and get hearing. I've signed it, how about you? If you do sign, you might go here and drop an e-mail to the editorial staff suggesting that since the walls are a bit bare since Pvt. Murphy and other miltoons went away, and this is SUPPOSED to be an Army paper by, for, and about the Army...
Calling all Phils (but especially *you*, bronstein)
Posted By Mr Wolf
UPDATE 1: B5 sends me a Twitchy link where 'Jennifer' steps all in it again; trying to defend the indefensible; he still doesn't get it right.
Another Twitchy link, where the MSM goes all-in, and makes even bigger fools of themselves. Ezra Klein, military benefits commentater? Really? I need to look at writing for the Economist. At least I understand capitalism...
Nextly, TSO and the farm team at TAH links 'Jennifer's' article to IVAW and the Winter Soldier crowd; 'Jennifer' the 'investigative reporter' most affected.
I'm going all in and call this an outing for Obamacare...
Original Post: Hopefully, most of you have read or at least heard about the article in Esquire yesterday about 'The Shooter', supposedly the SEAL that shot Bin Laden. I'm not linking it here, as you'll see why.
We here at B5 and other places have been discussing this amongst ourselves, and among some of the operators out there. We have all come to a conclusion:
Something ain't right, Jackson.
See, here's this SEAL guy, who supposedly was a main character in the single most important mission of the GWOT, who took out the most wanted man on the planet, and he just ups and walks away from it, not looking to ensure he has healthcare or anything? That he has no options BEFORE he walks out?
Really? Can he be that stupid? Do people in the military with health issues really leave without any backstop?
I doubt it. More like the author, Phil Bronstein, made this thing up, or he was rolled. And I don't mean Rickrolled. Phil, I'm calling you out on this one. And it's not just this singular article. From his Wiki entry:
Phil Bronstein is a journalist and editor. He serves as executive chair of the board for the Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley, California. He is best known for his work as a war correspondent and investigative journalist.
He went on to reoprt from conflict areas around the world as a foreign correspondent for eight years... Peru, the Middle East, El Salvador and the Phillipines.
See, he's been in 'conflict areas'. I cannot find any reference or story where he's been in Iraq, Afghanistan, or even Bosnia. But he's a 'war correspondent'. Really? Which war? Was the U.S. involved in it? Talking to warriors does not make you a 'war correspondent'.
See Mr Phil, I don't think this is all adding up. As we've seen, ST6 is not a term used anymore; hasn't been for many years. And I doubt he'd be using it just in front of you. Does DELTA still use that name for themselves? Don't think so. That would out a phony pretty quick.
The main thing with this article that really burns is that this 'SEAL' is left hanging. I don't think that's the case here. I think either you've been rolled, Mr Phil, or you don't have the full story, or you don't know enough to even ask. See we here at Blackfive constitute a military blog- we have enough experience among us to recognize when something ain't right- and your story ain't cutting it so far. And to me, your background ain't either.
Why would a team guy go blabbing to a journo with no military cred, who has basically been hanging out in San Fran all his life? Berkeley, in fact. Not San Diego, where he might meet a few dudes like this over the years and build rapport. Or near Ft Bragg, or in Florida. Hell, even DC. Is it possible that Phil has 'connections' that set him up with this dude, in order to put even more 'spin' for the administration? I'm not going that far...yet.
Further in his article for Esquire, Phil quotes the wife: "the loss of income and insurance and no pension aside, she can no longer walk onto a local base... they've surrendered their military IDs." "He's lost some vision, he can't get his neck straight for any period of time..." If this were indeed the case, this is easy stuff to document in the out-processing; and they DO do a medical when you out-process for a separation physical. Period. If his vision, alone, was affected, they'd document it. Neck issues? The x-rays would pick it up.
He then writes that according to Shooter, ''if I come back alive and retire, I won't have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of for the rest of my life.'' So what do you have now? If Shooter had retired, he'd have an income and med coverage, at a minimum. So he comes back from the 4-month deployment, leaves, and STILL has nothing? He'd have been better off waiting. At 18 years, he could have reached 'sanctuary' and been what we call 'retired on active duty'.
More and more issues show up the more I read the article. It's good fiction, but that's all it is- fiction.
Phil, I think you'd make a better 'Jennifer' than a 'Phil'. Yeah. Let's call you 'Jennifer'. You don't rate a 'Susan'.
For all you vets out there, hit us in the comments if you've ever had, or heard of, someone separating without some medical eval, and going on without ANY coverage if you've served combat and had injuries. I just don't see it. Neither do others I've talked to. If you want, hit me at the email listed in the sidebar and I'll compile it for you.
And 'Jennifer', it's time you came clean on this. We need some better explanation or proof...
Blackfive: "How To Cook A Turkey" 1) Go buy a turkey. 2) Take a drink of scotch whisky (Laphroiag, Lagavulin, or Caol Ila). 3) Put turkey in the oven. 4) Take another 2 drinks of whiskey. 5) Set the degree at 375 ovens 6) Take 3 more whiskeys of drink. 7) Turn oven the on. 8) Take 4 whisks of drinky. 9) Turk the bastey. 10) Whiskey another bottle of get. 11) Stick a turkey in the thermometer 12) Glass yourself a pour of whiskey. 13) Bake the whiskey for 4 hours. 14) Take the oven out of the turkey. 15) Take the oven out of the turkey. 16) Floor the turkey up off of the pick. 17) Turk the carvey. 18) Get yourself another scottle of botch. 19) Tet the sable and pour yourself a glass of turkey. 20) Bless the saying, pass and eat out.
Sitting here on a day off, just before making some dishes for my dinner with the locals. Not been posting for a while due to my assignment, but I wanted to share some fun stuff so you could pass the time if the relatives are getting on your nerves. Mine are far from here, but in my thoughts, and I'm thankful to have them in my life.
I'm thankful for my country, my chance to serve it, and to help my brothers over in harms way. I am thankful each and every day for that chance and the opportunity to be a part of it all.
Now, some very funny videos that I'm thankful for. Each of these remind me of a fun time growing up- wish they were all still with us. Some are not----
Former Paratrooper and Army Officer, "Blackfive" started this blog upon learning of the valorous sacrifice of a friend that was not reported by the journalist whose life he saved. Email: blackfive AT gmail DOT com
Retired Special Operations Master Sergeant, Jim Hanson ("Uncle Jimbo") is now focused on writing about the military, politics, intelligence operations and foreign policy. Email: jimbo AT unclejimbo DOT com
Writer, photographer, and raconteur C. Blake Powers is the Laughing Wolf. He is independent in politics and covers topics including journalism, military, weapons, preparedness, space, science, cooking, food and wine, product and book reviews, and even spirituality. Email: wolf1 AT laughingwolf DOT net Laughing Wolf's Amazon Wish List
Bill Paisley, otherwise known as Pinch, is a 22 year (ongoing) active and
reserve naval aviator. He blogs over at www.instapinch.com on a veritable
cornucopia of various and sundry items and will bring a tactical naval
aviator's perspective to Blackfive. Readers be warned: any comments of or
about the F-14 Tomcat will be reverential and spoken in low, hushed tones.
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Mr. Wolf has over 26 years in the Army, Army NG, and USAR. He’s Airborne with 5 years as an NCO, before becoming an officer. Mr. Wolf has had 4 company commands. Signal Corp is his basic branch, and Public Affairs is his functional area. He recently served 22 straight months in Kuwait and Iraq, in Intel, PA, and senior staff of MNF-I. Mr. Wolf is now an IT executive. He is currently working on a book on media and the Iraq war. Functional gearhead.
In Iraq, he received the moniker of Mr. Wolf after the Harvey Kietel character in Pulp Fiction, when "challenges" arose, they called on Mr. Wolf...
Email: TheDOTMrDOTWolfAT gmail DOT com
Deebow is a Staff Sergeant and a Military Police Squad Leader in the Army National Guard. In a previous life, he served in the US Navy. He has over 19 years of experience in both the Maritime and Land Warfare; including deployments to Southwest Asia, Thailand, the South Pacific, South America and Egypt. He has served as a Military Police Team Leader and Protective Services Team Leader and he has served on assignments with the US State Department, US Air Force Security Police, US Army Criminal Investigation Division, and the US Drug Enforcement Administration. He recently spent time in Afghanistan working with, training and fighting alongside Afghan Soldiers and is now focused on putting his 4 year Political Science degree to work by writing about foreign policy, military security policy and politics.
McQ has 28 years active and reserve service. Retired. Infantry officer. Airborne and Ranger. Consider my 3 years with the 82nd as the most fun I ever had with my clothes on. Interests include military issues and policy and veteran's affairs.
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Tantor is a former USAF navigator/weapon system officer (WSO) in F-4E Phantoms who served in the US, Asia, and Europe. He is now a curmudgeonly computer geek in Washington, DC, picking the taxpayers pocket. His avocations are current events, aviation, history, and conservative politics.
Twenty-three years of Active and Reserve service in the US Army in SF (18B), Infantry and SOF Signal jobs with operational deployments to Bosnia and Africa. Since retiring he's worked as Senior Defense Analyst on SOF and Irregular Warfare projects and currently ensconced in the emerging world of Cyberspace.
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A Marine who began his blog in Iraq and reflects back on what he learned there and in Afghanistan. To the point opinions, ideas and thoughts on military, political and the media from One Marine’s View. Email: onemarinesview AT yahoo DOT com
Uber Pig was an Infantryman from late 1991 until early 1996, serving with Second Ranger Battalion, I Corps, and then 25th Infantry Division. At the time, the Army discriminated against enlisted soldiers who wanted use the "Green to Gold" program to become officers, so he left to attend Stanford University. There, he became expert in detecting, avoiding, and surviving L-shaped ambushes, before dropping out to be as entrepreneurial as he could be. He is now the founder of a software startup serving the insurance and construction industries, and splits time between Lake Tahoe, Boonville, and San Francisco, CA.
Uber Pig writes for Blackfive a) because he's the proud brother of an enlisted Civil Affairs Reservist who currently serves in Iraq, b) because he looks unkindly on people who make it harder for the military in general, and for his brother in particular, to succeed at their missions and come home in victory, and c) because the Blackfive readers and commenters help keep him sane.
COB6 spent 24 years in the active duty Army that included 5 combat tours with service in the 1st Ranger Battalion and 1st Special Forces Group . COB6 was enlisted (E-7) and took the OCS route to a commission. COB6 retired a few years back as a field grade Infantry officer.
Currently COB6 has a son in the 82nd Airborne that just returned from his third tour and has a newly commissioned daughter in the 4th Infantry Division.