September 30, 2008

So..Anyone Hear Anything From Mt. St. Helens ?

Static...never what you want to see through "Volcano Cam"

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September 23, 2008

An Axe to Grind

David Axe is a freelance journalist who has done some very impressive reporting particularly over the last year.   However, he is currently engaged in resurrecting a bizarre mad on of his about the Coast Guard.

I touched on this previously the whole thing, I stand by it..

 IF (and that is a really big if) the allegations are true...then those responsible for this " conspiracy" did EXACTLY THE RIGHT THING. The only thing that can come out of this IF the allegation is true is for the USCG to loose the use of a Cutter right before the Alaska fishing season, and possibly, good men and women be punished for doing the right thing.

I don't suggest that there might not be NSC related scandals....but if this is what he's wasting bandwidth on, then the Senior Sea Service  must be pretty clean.

UPDATE:  At least part of Mr Axes pique seems to stem from the USCG not affording a rebate to bloggers that big papers enjoy. Galrahn responds, thoughtfully as usual, and has thoughts on the CG and web 2.0 here.

UPDATE 2: While responding to Mr. Stinson's comment, I rather belatedly  realized that I never posted the Coast Guards denial of the whole thing.

In fact, at no time did the Coast Guard remove or re-install equipment to mislead Navy examiners.  The Coast Guard has regularly and frequently discussed in detail with congressional oversight staffs the many actual activities associated with preparation and follow-on work for acceptance trials and delivery. 



    This excerpt is important as it might explain why some investigators Freedom of Information Requests are being denied....

  Specifically, the Coast Guard presented Congressional staff with information that directly counters the false assertions and unsubstantiated claims regarding this matter.  Because of the sensitive nature of the information provided to Committee staff, the Coast Guard cannot publicly disclose those documents, because that would disclose equipment capabilities. 

The C4SIR system is classified and so there is likely some lack of forthrightness in its discussion....which is perfectly proper.

Aviation Week has covered this too.

The point of these two posts is not to dispute the Coast Guards version of things but to make the case that even if Mr Axe's anonymous tipster is accurate....the "scandal" being pursued here is not an ethical failure.

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September 20, 2008

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September 18, 2008

Reality Breaking Down

I've been under the weather a bit lately so I pretty much crashed this evening. A while ago I got up turned on the news to see what was happening in teh real world, only to discover that /b/tards are causing trouble in /po/.

WTF? 4chan has entered the election.

Now I can't sleep because of the nagging nauseating  fear that /d/ might be under the bed.

Interestingly, while a lot of people are looking for an elite group of crackerjack anarchist hackers who call themselves anonymous. Michelle Malkin of all people has posted a rundown from a reader which explains what is much more likely to /b/ the truth.

That some adolescent pulled this off is not all that surprising, but the fact that Gawker and others posted screencaps of the accounts as well as contact info for the Governors whole E-Mail list is pretty damned obnoxious.

Profanity is tastefully below the fold.


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September 09, 2008

Humor Deficit


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