The Answer is Sarmat
The question is : "What is Russia's new ICBM called?"
Wow. There had been reports that Russia was developing a new heavy ICBM to replace the old R-36 (NATO reporting name SATAN). However, it was assumed that the new heavyweight missile would be a bit smaller than the massive old cold war relic, perhaps something with a payload along the lines of the MX-Peacekeeper.
SARMAT, the replacement has a declared throw weight of 10 tonnes and can hit targets in the US while firing over the south pole. That is the opposite direction most US early warning radars point.
R-36 (SS-18 SATAN) being launched (via the Military today article)
22,046 pounds is an awful lot of ordinance. Keep in mind that the R-36, is, by a WIDE margin the most powerful ICBM in the world. It has a "throw weight" (as reported to comply with the START treaty), of 8.5 tonnes. There was an improved version with a payload of 9.5 tonnes that was cancelled. Reportedly, this was cancelled in order to comply with arms limitation talks. Wikipedia lists some payload options that were cancelled to comply with the 10 warhead treaty limit.
Three of these versions would carry regular warheadsâ€”38 Ã— 250 kt yield, 24 Ã— 500 kt yield, or 15â€“17 Ã— 1 Mt yield. Two modifications were supposed to carry guided warheads ("upravlyaemaya golovnaya chast")â€”28 Ã— 250 kt or 19 Ã— 500 kt.
Note that one of the two latest versions of the R-36 is a single warhead version as well, carrying a huge 20 megaton warhead that was, in part developed to maximize EMP effects. These huge warheads were removed and stored in 2009 as the Russians sought to maximize the number of warheads given the 10 warhead limit and the dwindling number of serviceable missiles. The R-36 was manufactured and serviced in Ukraine and recent events....well...the replacement program is a rather high priority. It need not, however be a challenging one. The Russians are quite capable at rocketry and the characteristics are a modest improvement on 1970's technology, but without parts made in Ukraine. Indeed, it appears that testing will begin this year. There is more on this (in Russian) here (google translate version behind spoiler tag)
Test an intercontinental ballistic missile "Sarmat", which will replace the IDB "Voivod" ("Satan"), to be held in this year, said on air, "Russian news service" Deputy Minister of Defense of Russia Yuri Borisov.
"This year we have planned so-called throwing test. We are moving the paper stage stage in the implementation stage. Already made some fragments of the design, all goes according to plan, and I think that we will finish the ROC in strict compliance with contractual obligations and start rapidly, methodically replace "voivode" new missile system, thereby increasing the capacity and capabilities of our strategic nuclear forces, "- he said.
Borisov said that, according to the contract, "Sarmat" entered service in 2020 the Strategic Missile Forces.
According to Borisov, the new ICBM can deliver cargo weighing 10 tons and "easy to fly" through the North and South Poles.
"Specifications, the opportunity for the rise of the payload, a breakthrough anti-missile defense is still at the" Governor "unique. And the fact that we have laid in the "Sarmatian" is even more superior to them ", - said the deputy minister.
The development of new missiles produced at the Krasnoyarsk Machine-Building Plant (JSC "Krasmash"). There you will mass-produce them.
This rocket is fearsome, but it is not a huge advance over the missile it replaces. However, it may itself represent a further rejection of the arms limitation treaties. and it drives home the fact that the Russians are very serious about relying on their nuclear forces.
From the extimations that I heard, Sarmat is clearly busting its lift-off weight targets.
Personally I do not understand what the point of the whole excercise is. They already have Yars (and Topol-M) that cover all imaginable scenarios. Some people said that Russia is having issues with getting critical stocks to make large solid motors, in particular so-called "white cellulose". It was made by a plant on Lake Baikal that enviros shut down. Sarmat is a significant step back in technology. Still, wouldn't it be more useful for the industry to develop new technologies?
I dunno, I agree with you that Yars and its kin would seem adequate.
Two possible reasons come to mind. One, obvious given the fact that the R-36 is now a Ukranian project:, they need a weapon quick...the stats for this monstrosity hint that it might just be a warmed over R-36 upgrade beneffiting from 30 years of materials science.
The other possibility is entirely speculative and that is that the Russians feel they need a really big rocket for some reason. It may be that they are looking at something like launching powered hypersonic gliders that will follow a much lower trajectory than an actual ballistic path. This would be heavy, but they've looked at it as a way to get by ABM systems.
It could also be that the big 20 megaton warhead, which requires a huge rocket (and is one of their newer warheads, being developed in 1991) is something that they consider to be a real asset. It would have obvious advantages against hard targets, but in general a 20 megaton bomb is less useful than 10x1 megaton bombs.However, that weapon is described in the Wikipedia arsenal and elsewhere as being optimized for EMP. This might explain why it's so much heavier (9000kg) than the B-41, (a slightly more powerful American equivalent designed back in the '50s).
There is also the possibility that they need scads of mid-sized warheads on each missile to guarantee that if a few missiles escape a first strike they can do terrible damage, even using the treaty limits of 10 warheads per missile 3 missiles = 30 cities. However, I'd think that the RS-24 Yars and the RS-26 Rubez would be more survivable by virtue of their mobility. The "great scud hunt" of the second Gulf war was no cakewalk and was ultimately unsuccessful.
I dunno, it's big, it's scary and it's nuclear...the only thing for certain is war.
War never changes....
The show continues to focus on the trek of Minori's party. It seems that, due to circumstances, our plucky, peripatetic protagonists have lost their horses, and so must PUSH their colorful conestoga from town to town. They are thus far unable to solve (or frequently notice) any of the actual mysteries that they encounter, since they keep getting distracted by monsters who aren't wearing any rubber masks.
For instance, it's unclear if Serrara takes any rice with her mayo.
The meddling kids do find a new companion. Roe2 is the meganekko in the top left of the picture. In keeping with the saturday morning theme, this weeks special guest star teaches our viewers an important and cautionary lesson about min-maxing.
You see, she took "Vampire" as a subclass to get the absolute maximum out of some of her skills...Unfortunately, when one doesn't have the option of choosing when one plays, its associated characteristic "+14 to Sunstroke" is a non-trivial bother. So, while she is nominally a level 90, in daylight she is pretty much good for one shot before collapsing. Roe2 is on her way to Ikoma where she can loose her vampirism, though it will cost her many levels and a huge portion of her skills. She spends most of the daylight hours in the wagon being pushed by the kids. There are indications that she may have some connection to whoever or whatever set the whole chain of events in motion.
Along the way Serrera continues to be a tad creepy and there is a disquisition on the comparative merits and drawbacks of various sauces and philosophies...
Not pictured: Bolshevism.
Meanwhile, the adults back in Akihabara are dealing with political intrigues and societal issues...
The show is now beginning to touch on how dynamic societies begin their downfall. In stark contrast to what we normally see in American shows, the proposal of a rather extreme progressive income tax is not received as an unalloyed good and those pointing out the flaws with the proposal are not designated villains. Nevertheless the societal issues that spawned this dubious proposal are quite real. Additionally, it appears that Marrielle has been organizing the festivals specifically to address this issue in a less coercive fashion...albeit with limited success. One problem (strongly implied) is that the cross section of gamer culture that got transplanted here contained the expected number of NEETs.
All the while Minori's party continues to plod along their way doing good, discovering new things, and...making new friends.
...and those who have been watching the show long enough to know who the blonde bard really is have some idea of just how screwed our valiant venturers are.
This was a quiet episode which mainly consisted of conversations around dinner or the office, and yet it was thoroughly engaging, moved the plot along quite a bit and added materially to the shows suspense. There is a LOT more going on here than was previously apparent and they only have eight or nine episodes to pull it off, leading to some concern. Nevertheless, Log Horizon remains an enjoyable and surprisingly thoughtful show.
UPDATE: This show is solid enough that it's earned a dub from Sentai and the casting looks to be pretty decent, with lots of people from Highschool of the Dead, Gai Rei Zero and Baccano which were themselves above average dubs.
Even better, there's no such thing as "PPK 9mm", at least in U.S. use, because unqualified "9mm" means the Luger round, while, obviously, PPK cannot chamber that. Most of those were chambered in .380 Auto.
...a remarkably strong winter storm looks to be forming up on the northeast.
If I were malevolent and had planned ahead, tonight would be the night I'd have myself and some conspirators try to take some pot shots at sub stations. Hopefully the weather is too bad for such mayhem.
....It Gets Worse
A quick addendum to all the unbridled joy in this recent post. It appears that the new Saudi King may have a few additional ...issues.
King Salman, Saudi Arabiaâ€™s newly crowned monarch, has a controversial history of helping to fund radical terror groups and has maintained ties with several anti-Semitic Muslim clerics known for advocating radical positions,
Words are failing me at the moment, so I'll let this young lady provide commentary on the matter.
A Few Quick Notes
I have a fair amount of homework due this week so posting is likely to be sporadic at best, especially Tuesday. As compensation for that and the banality below the fold, here is some Kongos .
One of the "Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes" has thoughts on this development...
From Google Translate...
Weight about 5 tons, height 3.8m engine driven human four-legged giant toy robot (weight, height, changes in both optional)
Unlike normal riding toy, safety and comfort is not guaranteed, you can guarantee the dream of mankind "consisting robot pilot".
It will be the starter kit without arms, forearms, please purchase separately option.
So the arms, and hands are separate meaning that getting the full super robot experience and participating in the mechatronic gladiatorial combat (which will surely be the killer ap for this device) will take some time. Note however, that this is a tripod, which might facilitate going for a slightly different aesthetic.
One hopes that a heat ray and Thunder Child RC target model will be forthcoming.
While this is unlikely to be a matter of any earth-shaking import, it is probably worthy of note. 4-Chan has certainly been a significant force in some ways, Whether that has been a net positive is a matter of debate. However, Moot single handedly built a place that appeals on some level to about 20 million visitors a month, so he must have done something right.
Moot held forth for 8 hours on his last Q&A.
If you want to peruse that, well, go knock yourself out.
The SJW's have already been working hard at ruining it (According to some disgruntled mods who have been forced out recently). Apparently the official editorial position at 4-Ch is anti-GamerGate. Which is odd for the birthplace of Anonymous.
Posted by: Mauser at Sat Jan 24 18:07:05 2015 (TJ7ih)
Well, I'm inclined to cut Moot a bit of slack for three reasons.
1: 4Chan has had a no raiding policy for a while and what put Gamergate on the radar of the mainstream news people (because it gave the SJWs ammo) was the doxxing and true threats reported by anti Gamergate types. Hell, some douche allegedly acting on behalf of GG recently SWATted a game developer. It is improbable that all of these are made up of Mobeyisms and calling that out was appropriate. Cyberstalking, bullying, threats and SWATing are wrong. Yes, the other side does it to us but they are wrong and it is important not to lower ourselves to their level. Also it's wrong.
2: GG happened on the heels of "The Fappening" and added to the hours Moot was already spending online with the lawyers and the threats and lawsuits and everything else. The celebrity pics were posted on 4-Chan and the two sort of got blended together.
3: One of the major reasons for the Gamergate phenomenon was what the situation with The Fine Young Capitalists, which started on 4-Chan as a way to get Women and Minority game developers in the door. This did an end run around the SJWs like quinn who had set themselves up as not only advocates, but arbiters of who was worthy of help. Reportedly, the charming Miss Quinn doxxed the 4-Channers responsible and had their kickstarter shut down as a "hate Group".
4-Chan stepped up, did an Indie-Go-Go campaign and got the little start-up off the ground. Moot was supportive of this.
That incident was followed by Zoe Quin's boyfriend having a meltdown...publishing who she had cheated on him with which led to the realization that the execrable Depression Quest had gotten greenlit via casting couch. This led to the "SHOCKING...SHOCKING I DARE SAY" revelation that there was...wait for it....payola in gaming journalism.
To my mind Gamergate has had two bigger stories than the payola. One of course has always been the critical theory aspects of this phenomenon, to bully people into hating the "correct things". At least as big was the revelation of the chat logs with the gaming jornos and developers joking about the casting couch.
The SJWs have not just endeavored to make games politically correct and bully nerds. They have, on the professional level set up a byzantine system of entryism for everyone getting into the industry including women and minorities. People like Quinn and Sarkizian have set themselves up as both advocate and gatekeeper. This is a lucrative job with considerable power and they will work to destroy anyone who tries to allow a way to bypass them.
Anyway...I'm not a fan or detractor of Moot per say, but I can certainly understand why when he had already decided to retire, and he was being beset by lawyers on all sides that he'd just wash his hands of the whole thing.
As I type this, the news is abuzz with a story that has sufficiently severe ramifications that it has finally galvanized the nation into focusing on current events.
However, we here at Brickmuppet Blog have nothing to add to the high-stakes investigation into under-inflated footballs.
Instead, we find our attention drawn to events in the vicinity of the Persian Gulf, where the government of Yemen, until a US ally in the fight against Al-Quaeda has collapsed and the nations capital has been overrun by a group calling itself the Houthis. The State Department had this to say...
"The Houthis are a legitimate political constituency in Yemen and have a right to participate in affairs of the state. We urge them to be a part of a peaceful transition process," Psaki said.
This does not sound terrible on the face of it and reports indicate that the Houthis , being affiliated with a Shia sect, are violently opposed to AQIAP, the same Al-Quaeda affiliate that we've been fighting in Yemen. This encouraging bit of information was somewhat tempered by actually doing a cursory web search to discover who they are and who these Houthis are affiliated with. To our considerable surprise and dismay, the list did not contain any Blowfish at all, but rather organizations such as Hezzbolah, Iran and Syria. The groups ideology consists of Anti-Americanism, Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism and just to clarify things their slogan (which has been loudly chanted of late ) is "Death to America, death to Israel, a curse on the Jews and victory to Islam". This seems at first glance like a rather more sub-optimal development than the White House is letting on. With this group of raving crazies facing Al-Quaeda, the best option would seem to be to stand back and hope they both loose,. Unfortunately the situation is more complicated due to the long suffering nation's geography.
Yemen borders Saudi Arabia, and borders or is close to the Gulf States who control vast amounts of the worlds oil. While that is not as important as it once was, these states, while being human rights hell holes that, amongst other things, practice slavery are opposed to both Al-Quaeda and Iran. The fall of Yemen puts these countries between Iran, Yemen, which has just become an Iranian client state, and the expanding abattoir that is ISIS. Al-Quaeda continues to operate in the region sowing further discord.
Now one will note that ISIS (and Al-Quaeda), being Sunni and Iran's coalition being Shia are unlikely to coordinate their efforts in any meaningful way as they hate each other with a passion, but they both crave control of the vast oil reserves of the Arabian peninsula and in particular the theological legitimacy that Mecca and Medina could bestow upon the group that controls the birthplaces of Islam. If Saudi Arabia...or just Mecca, Medina or both fall to one of these groups, then it will be a huge propaganda victory and recruitment tool and perhaps a deciding factor in the 1200+ year old war between these two islamic sects. Control of the region's oil will force states like China to legitimize them, and sale of the oil will give them the capital to fund much mischief. All three groups are dedicated to Israel's destruction and expansion of the House of Islam into what they call The House of War via unconventional warfare.
In other words, this is bad.
It gets worse...
The King of Saudi Arabia just died. This throws Saudi Arabia into a state of flux just as all this compost is hitting the fan. The late King had actually made baby steps toward reform, allowing women to have ID cards and conduct financial transactions, and was an opponent of Islamic terrorism, however many in the Saudi royal family are staunch supporters of Al-Quaeda. Fortunately, the succession seems to have gone smoothy for now...
But, it gets worse....
There are reports that, due to its perilous situation and the near certainty of arch enemy Iran obtaining nukes, Saudi Arabia (which financed much of Pakistan's nuclear research) has called in their favor and has obtained or have on retainer a number of atomic weapons from Pakistan. These weapons are as much of a prize to the area's extremists as anything, and if the reports of their being in Saudi hands are not apocryphal, then, given the threats arrayed against the Saudis we could see nuclear weapons used in anger.
It gets worse...
The large number of Saudi aristocrats with extremist tendencies is going to require considerable competence and vigilance to keep those weapons out of unwanted hands even if the nation is overrun.
Well, besides the mediocre animation, there's the fact that they couldn't pony up the cash to commission a new song for the bard to sing....
"I didn't write it, it's just a cover of something I heard....somewhere."
I must say, though that her version of the closing credits is better.
Of course, if you're still watching this show, you are not doing so to be wowed by the amazing visual effects or score, both of which, while not incompetent, are mediocre at best. Rather, you're watching this show because the story and characterizations transcend all that.
I'm still wondering if we will learn more about the "Apocalypse" that stranded the players in the game. Shiro has hinted that
he suspects someone or something of stranding the players. However, I do not recall him identifying the responsible party.
I am also curious that we haven't seen a great deal of anguish from the players about being trapped in the game (unlike Sword Art Online). Was something real bad happening in the real world, so that being immortal in the game world was preferable?
Posted by: Siergen at Sun Jan 18 21:59:07 2015 (r3+4f)
Part of the difference is that players were "trapped" in SAO, and explicitly told "if you die here, you really die"; they aren't just stuck, they've been told their actual lives are on the line.
Nobody knows quite what happened with Elder Tale - they weren't ever supposed to be "experiencing" it, as it were, so something metaphysical has clearly happened. Did they get physically sucked out of the "real" world and now Elder Tale is the world they actually live in, though by MMO rules? Are their bodies lying their comatose or are they just completely gone? Or even weirder, maybe their "originals" are still there, living out their lives, and they're just copies of the originals created by the World Fraction. (Or, if you wanna look at it the other way, maybe they were physically transported and then replaced with identical copies? Kind of a question of philosophy there.)
So it might just be a question of attitude. The SAO people are victims because they've been told they are victims (forget for a moment the idiocy of engineering a device that microwaves your brain if it's disconnected from the server - haven't these fools ever heard of the fiber-seeking backhoe?) Elder Tale people don't really know what's happened to them and are free to put their own spin on it, and since their situation is quite a bit more positive, that's how most of them take it.
We haven't run into anyone who's seriously bummed out about being separated from their real-world friends. That... may be a subtle editorial about the kinds of people that play these games. (Or more like, after the raiding guild, is it really still subtle?) But no kids who miss their mommy or anything like that...
Well the first few episodes had lots of people other than our heroes basically sitting around in despair. The first set of villains (the ones who were the big bad for all of 5 minutes and now run the sandwich kiosk) were pretty much nuts. There was some talk of the friends they had lost (Kanami was first mentioned then) and I THINK there was some mention of the kids missing their parents during the child slaver arc. However, Shiro and company did not sit around moping, they are the heroes after all. They picked themselves up, moved on went north to save the kid, vanquished the child slavers and decided to get their civics merit badge. It hasn't been dwelled upon, in part because this is not a story about sitting in a corner and sucking ones toes.
It cracks me up that she "modified" the lute to be strung and held more like an electric guitar. I'm not clear on how she managed to preserve and increase resonance with all that extra wood and extra neck, but I'm sure that bardic magic helps.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Wed Jan 21 19:04:57 2015 (ZJVQ5)
I am watching the first series right now. Many questions have been (not) answered above, but the main point is that there was no prequel series called "Elder Tale" that sets this whole thing up. It was just a game that this world was based on.
Glad I did not waste any time searching for it.
No, really, I didn't.
Posted by: topmaker at Wed Jan 21 22:30:54 2015 (2yZsg)
Man, these Japanese programmers have real problems. It's like there isn't a single Immersive MMORPG that doesn't eventually permanently entrap its players.
Posted by: Mauser at Thu Jan 22 03:24:13 2015 (TJ7ih)
That is Frequently My Stated Rationale as WellSteven explains the indefatigable and scholarly curiosity that motivates his thoughtful analysis of non-photographic visual media.
I wanted to see just how bad the pandering was, so I downloaded raws of the first two episodes...
For my own part, I find that the first week of school has left me too busy for such inquisitiveness (or rationalizations), so, to compensate my readers for the recent lack of postings, here is 35 feet of cheesecake ...
Steven...you've gone mad.
There's no such thing as catgirl giants.
In fact, this picture does not even exist...
Most assuredly I never began to suspect that the ears and tail might have been photoshopped in thus crediting the artist for a bastardization of his work and I certainly did not swap it out with the unedited picture from his website.
That is my story.
And I am sticking to it.
Focus on current events is understandably directed towards Europe and Jihadism at the moment, where MI-5 is reporting that...
Parker said British security authorities had "stopped three UK terrorist plotsâ€ in recent months but added that "we still face complex and ambitious plotsâ€ by extremists who want to "cause large scale loss of lifeâ€ by targeting transport networks and iconic landmarks.
If that is worrisome, then this 2006 article in Der Spiegelis high octane nightmare fuel. It's a review of a book by a Jordanian journalist named Fouad Hussein who had considerable contact while in Prison with Al Zarquawi and was able to interview others associated with AlQuaeda. He says AlQaeda has a 7 point plan for world conquest and even has tentative dates for the completion of each phase.
Since the article was written in 2006, surely we can laugh at the comically wrong predictions...right?
The First Phase Known as "the awakening" -- this has already been carried out and was supposed to have lasted from 2000 to 2003, or more precisely from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York and Washington to the fall of Baghdad in 2003. The aim of the attacks of 9/11 was to provoke the US into declaring war on the Islamic world and thereby "awakening" Muslims. "The first phase was judged by the strategists and masterminds behind al-Qaida as very successful," writes Hussein. "The battle field was opened up and the Americans and their allies became a closer and easier target." The terrorist network is also reported as being satisfied that its message can now be heard "everywhere."
The Second Phase "Opening Eyes" is, according to Hussein's definition, the period we are now in and should last until 2006. Hussein says the terrorists hope to make the western conspiracy aware of the "Islamic community." Hussein believes this is a phase in which al-Qaida wants an organization to develop into a movement. The network is banking on recruiting young men during this period. Iraq should become the center for all global operations, with an "army" set up there and bases established in other Arabic states.
The Third Phase This is described as "Arising and Standing Up" and should last from 2007 to 2010. "There will be a focus on Syria," prophesies Hussein, based on what his sources told him. The fighting cadres are supposedly already prepared and some are in Iraq. Attacks on Turkey and -- even more explosive -- in Israel are predicted. Al-Qaida's masterminds hope that attacks on Israel will help the terrorist group become a recognized organization. The author also believes that countries neighboring Iraq, such as Jordan, are also in danger.
The Fourth Phase Between 2010 and 2013, Hussein writes that al-Qaida will aim to bring about the collapse of the hated Arabic governments. The estimate is that "the creeping loss of the regimes' power will lead to a steady growth in strength within al-Qaida." At the same time attacks will be carried out against oil suppliers and the US economy will be targeted using cyber terrorism.
The Fifth Phase This will be the point at which an Islamic state, or caliphate, can be declared. The plan is that by this time, between 2013 and 2016, Western influence in the Islamic world will be so reduced and Israel weakened so much, that resistance will not be feared. Al-Qaida hopes that by then the Islamic state will be able to bring about a new world order.
The Sixth Phase Hussein believes that from 2016 onwards there will a period of "total confrontation." As soon as the caliphate has been declared the "Islamic army" it will instigate the "fight between the believers and the non-believers" which has so often been predicted by Osama bin Laden.
The Seventh Phase This final stage is described as "definitive victory." Hussein writes that in the terrorists' eyes, because the rest of the world will be so beaten down by the "one-and-a-half billion Muslims," the caliphate will undoubtedly succeed. This phase should be completed by 2020, although the war shouldn't last longer than
OK the rather large transition from step six to seven seems a tad dubious to be sure, but steps 3, 4 and 5...wow. It also lends credence to the notion that a big putsch may be coming on the jihadi front in the near future.
One interesting import of Ukraine upon Russian politics was a big loss of support for pro-democracy parties. While everyone in America was peddling the narrative of Putin's aggression, Russians quicky figured that if not for the revolution, the country would not collapse so badly (well, it was crashing before, like Greece, but at least it wasn't a civil war). The public sentiment quickly turned to "okay, our corrupt government sucks, but a revolution is much worse".
Yep. 20,000 square kilometres, 20,000 cattle. And 20 people.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tue Jan 13 18:20:13 2015 (PiXy!)
Australian farming and ranching is the one thing that makes Texas farming and ranching turn it's head and mumble quietly. It's awkward telling someone stories of the hardships of rural life in Texas and then have the Australian show up with everything 10 degrees hotter, 10 times bigger, 2 inches dryer, and twice as deadly.
Posted by: Ben at Wed Jan 14 12:13:20 2015 (S4UJw)
Yeah, well, they have their own bleedin' continent. How do you compete with that?
There are THREE seasons of Dog Days...the latest of which debuts on the 15th of this month and, as of this writing, has not been licensed outside of Asia.
So....ignore the rest of this post and go take Don's quiz.
Heretofore, I had been under the impression that Kansas was covered by US Treaties. However, it turns out that Kansas is actually a wondrous and weird place that exists in some other reality.
Don who resides in the Magical City of Wichita, points out that in his world the Dog Days page on Crunchyroll has this annoying bit of information posted...
However, here, in the tedious, banal dimension that the rest of us call reality, a click on the episode icons on a Saturday morning, results in s Saturday morning cartoon. It is playing in another tab as I type this.
It appears to be a fight show and never saw the first series, so I'll probably pass.
(Full disclosure: The annoying bit of information is present in this reality as well...perhaps its an old banner that hasn't been taken down yet, or it was put up early and Dog Days 2 is about to be pulled. )
The French have reportedly killed both the Islamic terrorists who butchered the editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo as well as another associate who had taken the customers of a deli hostage. It looks like some hostages may have died in the process, but given the fanaticism and brutality of the hostage takers it is likely that this was unavoidable. There will be some recriminations over this affair, but it is important to remember that we are dealing with people who are utterly barbaric.
No doubt the confederates of these savages will point to the fact that they were successful, having only died after killing who they set out to kill and that every other person they killed was simply icing on the cake of their victory.
And they will claim a double victory since our 'betters' are sending the message that such actions get results.
It is, therefore, up to the rest of us to demonstrate that these fiends died utterly in vain.
I would not normally post some (most) of these because they are not my cup of tea and it would ordinarily be rude and offensive. Additionally, there are muslims out there who deserve to be saluted rather than mocked.
Furthermore, I'm from a culture that greatly values propriety.
However, I, my culture and most of the various other cultures that make up this nation as well as the one that gave us Voltaire can agree on at least one thing. We value freedom of expression more.
If you try to shut us up with threats or violence, you are going to get more of what pisses you off and little or none of what you find congenial. (Though accommodations can be made regarding martyrdom)
To do otherwise is to give those who threaten and intimidate us our leash.
Those in the media who would back down before this are empowering these barbarians and giving their message and their followers affirmation. It is the responsibility of the rest of us to show that those quislings do not speak for us and that our society is composed of sterner stuff than them. We must see to it that such Quislingry is mocked and evaded.
Here's how it works in a civilized nation:
You do not have a right to silence those who offend you.