sexta-feira, Julho 26, 2013

A voz do povo é a voz da razão.

A falência de Detroit explicada numa só linha:

Do Tweeter: “If Obama had a city, it would look like Detroit.”

Pior é possivel?

Sim. Não há governo mau que não consiga ficar pior.

quinta-feira, Maio 23, 2013

Os professores reivindicam, exigem, protestam, e no entanto...


segunda-feira, Janeiro 28, 2013

Sobre o uso de mulheres em acções de combate

Uma das bandeiras de Obama. A luta pela igualdade entre os sexos tem destas coisas, aqui vistas por uma veterana americana:


I’m a female veteran. I deployed to Anbar Province, Iraq. When I was active duty, I was 5’6, 130 pounds, and scored nearly perfect on my PFTs. I naturally have a lot more upper body strength than the average woman: not only can I do pull-ups, I can meet the male standard. I would love to have been in the infantry. And I still think it will be an unmitigated disaster to incorporate women into combat roles. I am not interested in risking men’s lives so I can live my selfish dream.
We’re not just talking about watering down the standards to include the politically correct number of women into the unit. This isn’t an issue of “if a woman can meet the male standard, she should be able to go into combat.” The number of women that can meet the male standard will be miniscule–I’d have a decent shot according to my PFTs, but dragging a 190-pound man in full gear for 100 yards would DESTROY me–and that miniscule number that can physically make the grade AND has the desire to go into combat will be facing an impossible situation that will ruin the combat effectiveness of the unit. First, the close quarters of combat units make for a complete lack of privacy and EVERYTHING is exposed, to include intimate details of bodily functions. Second, until we succeed in completely reprogramming every man in the military to treat women just like men, those men are going to protect a woman at the expense of the mission. Third, women have physical limitations that no amount of training or conditioning can overcome. Fourth, until the media in this country is ready to treat a captured/raped/tortured/mutilated female soldier just like a man, women will be targeted by the enemy without fail and without mercy.
I saw the male combat units when I was in Iraq. They go outside the wire for days at a time. They eat, sleep, urinate and defecate in front of each other and often while on the move. There’s no potty break on the side of the road outside the wire. They urinate into bottles and defecate into MRE bags. I would like to hear a suggestion as to how a woman is going to urinate successfully into a bottle while cramped into a humvee wearing full body armor. And she gets to accomplish this feat with the male members of her combat unit twenty inches away. Volunteers to do that job? Do the men really want to see it? Should they be forced to?
Everyone wants to point to the IDF as a model for gender integration in the military. No, the IDF does not put women on the front lines. They ran into the same wall the US is about to smack into: very few women can meet the standards required to serve there. The few integrated units in the IDF suffered three times the casualties of the all-male units because the Israeli men, just like almost every other group of men on the planet, try to protect the women even at the expense of the mission. Political correctness doesn’t trump thousands of years of evolution and societal norms. Do we really WANT to deprogram that instinct from men?
Regarding physical limitations, not only will a tiny fraction of women be able to meet the male standard, the simple fact is that women tend to be shorter than men. I ran into situations when I was deployed where I simply could not reach something. I wasn’t tall enough. I had to ask a man to get it for me. I can’t train myself to be taller. Yes, there are small men…but not so nearly so many as small women. More, a military PFT doesn’t measure the ability to jump. Men, with more muscular legs and bones that carry more muscle mass than any woman can condition herself to carry, can jump higher and farther than women. That’s why we have a men’s standing jump and long jump event in the Olympics separate from women. When you’re going over a wall in Baghdad that’s ten feet high, you have to be able to be able to reach the top of it in full gear and haul yourself over. That’s not strength per se, that’s just height and the muscular explosive power to jump and reach the top. Having to get a boost from one of the men so you can get up and over could get that man killed.
Without pharmaceutical help, women just do not carry the muscle mass men do. That muscle mass is also a shock absorber. Whether it’s the concussion of a grenade going off, an IED, or just a punch in the face, a woman is more likely to go down because she can’t absorb the concussion as well as a man can. And I don’t care how the PC forces try to slice it, in hand-to-hand combat the average man is going to destroy the average woman because the average woman is smaller, period. Muscle equals force in any kind of strike you care to perform. That’s why we don’t let female boxers face male boxers.
Lastly, this country and our military are NOT prepared to see what the enemy will do to female POWs. The Taliban, AQ, insurgents, jihadis, whatever you want to call them, they don’t abide by the Geneva Conventions and treat women worse than livestock. Google Thomas Tucker and Kristian Menchaca if you want to see what they do to our men (and don’t google it unless you have a strong stomach) and then imagine a woman in their hands. How is our 24/7 news cycle going to cover a captured, raped, mutilated woman? After the first one, how are the men in the military going to treat their female comrades? ONE Thomasina Tucker is going to mean the men in the military will move heaven and earth to protect women, never mind what it does to the mission. I present you with Exhibit A: Jessica Lynch. Male lives will be lost trying to protect their female comrades. And the people of the US are NOT, based on the Jessica Lynch episode, prepared to treat a female POW the same way they do a man.
I say again, I would have loved to be in the infantry. I think I could have done it physically, I could’ve met almost all the male standards (jumping aside), and I think I’m mentally tough enough to handle whatever came. But I would never do that to the men. I would never sacrifice the mission for my own desires. And I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if someone died because of me.

quinta-feira, Janeiro 17, 2013

Pior é impossível?


Re invasão do Mali (Bamako, porque o resto não existe), ocorre-me que, ao envolver soldados franceses numa acção de guerra que estava mais ou menos controlada por mercenários locais, o pateta Hollande arrisca-se a:

- criar anticorpos contra os brancos em toda a região,
- meter-se numa alhada sem fim à vista, porquanto não se sabe quando acaba,
- ver o território francês ser alvo de represálias por parte de fanáticos islamistas,
- ver a opinião publica francesa revoltada contra a "morte dos nossos soldados numa guerra num país         longínquo",
- desiludir os eleitores que já começam a reparar que afinal a economia não cresceu só com os bonitos desejos, lindas intenções e belas palavras, e que podem achar que isto é mais um fait divers bien français para distrair os midia.
- não resolver situação nenhuma nem no Mali nem nos territórios circundantes,
- ver a França prosseguir no caminho da irrelevância, desta vez militar.

Fazer pior seria dfícil. Porque não foi tentada a mesma acção militar mas sob o patrocínio da ONU, com tropas vizinhas, e com mais mercenários é a pergunta que me ocorre. Polítiquice? Se foi é grave.

quarta-feira, Novembro 07, 2012

Citando H. L. Mencken

CNN:

"The economy was the most important issue among those who voted today, CNN reports based on early exit polls.
Of those voters who were asked about the biggest economic problem facing “people like you,” 40% said it was unemployment, 37% said rising prices, 13% said taxes and 8% said it was the housing market.
Of those who voted today, 24% said they were doing better today compared with four years ago, 34% said they were doing worse and 41% said they were doing about the same.".

H. L. Mencken: "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."

quinta-feira, Julho 19, 2012

O Presidente que quer ser reeleito

Nunca empreendeu um só minuto na sua vida. Especialista esm Serviços Comunitarios, acumulou uma fortuna em donativos e outras receitas duvidosas.

Iniciou uma religião baseada na sua pessoa, na sua cor, nas chamadas minorias, na exploração da inveja dos ricos, na maledicência.

Foi um Presidente altamente incompetente, arrogante, partidário, e possivelmente corrupto, ou protector de corruptos.

Quer ser reeleito, e apesar de tudo é provavel que o consiga porque o seu opositor é fraco. Mas com discursos assim vai ser difícil conseguir.

quinta-feira, Julho 05, 2012

A maior decoberta da física em um século

A prova (a 99,9999%) da existência do Higgs Boson, a particula que dá massa às outras particulas e cuja existência foi prevista em 1964 por Peter Higgs para se poder consolidar a o modelo Standard da física das particulas.

Um passo gigantesco da fisica. Talvez o maior desde a descoberta da teoria da relatividade restrita por Einstein em 1905.

Parece assim que a explicação do funcionamento do nosso universo está mais correcta do que se pensava, o que significa que podemos esperar nos próximos anos descobertas fundamentais sobre a origem da matéria escura sobre a qual nada sabemos hoje.

Ver aqui uma explicação bastante clara do que faz esta nova particula agora descoberta.

Doomed

"When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion - when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - you may know that your society is doomed."
Ayn Rand