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The picture in the aftermath of the London attack which says it all

Posted by picard578 on March 25, 2017

The Aussie Conservative Blog

“A picture is worth a thousand words” is an oft- quoted phrase, but amid recent events, these words hold an unprecedented relevance.

In the aftermath of the latest terrorist attack in London, a photograph emerged of a Muslim woman walking by, seemingly oblivious to the chaos and death around her.

In case this image wasn’t seen when you clicked on this article, here it is again.

Predictably, people who shared this extraordinary image have been denounced as ‘racists’ and ‘Islamophobes’.

But in fairness, this photo is not necessarily about the Muslim woman pictured, or even the London attack specifically.

As for all we know, the camera might have taken the photo at an unlucky moment for the woman pictured. She may indeed be very stressed about the events around her, in ways that a single photograph might not show.

In truth, the reason this photo has gone viral comes down to its semblance to real…

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Plutocracy and death of representative democracy

Posted by picard578 on March 21, 2017

We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”

Louis Brandeis, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1856-1941)

West is thought of as a primary example of a democratic society. Free people freely elect their representatives, who then pass policies they were chosen for. But is the truth really that rosy? Have people gotten complacent, taking for granted something that should never be taken for granted? Democracy was won after a long and difficult fight, and even the early forms of democracy were only borderline democratic. It should not be assumed that democracy will last forever, or even until tomorrow, unless it is well cared for. In fact, it should not be assumed that it still exists in the first place. Democracy is frail, and plutocracy – rule of the wealthy – was, in its various forms (oligarchic plutocracy – Sparta, dictatorship, republician plutocracy – Rome, Athens) – predominant form of government for most of human history. Read the rest of this entry »

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Air combat and stealth

Posted by picard578 on March 11, 2017

Introduction

For a long time, visual detection was the only type of detection possible. But in World War II, two significant advances appeared: radar, as well as radar- and IR- -guided missiles. Until 1970s, these were defeated through jamming and decoys. Early German attempts at building LO aircraft – Ho-229 – never got anywhere, albeit their RAM paint utilization at snorkels and aircraft was noted. In United States, first attempt at reducing the radar signature of aircraft was on U-2, by utilizing RAM paint, but it was not very successful. First actual stealth aircraft appeared in early 1960s – SR-71 Blackbird, which utilized shaping such as canted surfaces to reduce radar signature. In 1970s a second generation of stealth aircraft appeared with B-1A, and also began a programme of development of VLO aircraft. Result of that was diamond-shaped F-117, to soon be followed by B-2. All these aircraft successfully performed against enemy air defenses, but in the case of B-1A and later aircraft, their performance against air defenses was similar or identical to performance of conventional aircraft they were deployed alongside. Fourth generation of stealth aircraft are F-22, F-35, PAK FA, J-20 and J-31. While still stealth aircraft, they sacrifice stealth characteristics for the sake of better flight characteristics, allowing them to match conventional fighters in terms of maneuverability. However, their stealth requirements make them larger and heavier than comparable conventional aircraft, thus sacrificing kinetic performance for the sake of stealth.^1 Read the rest of this entry »

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Secular Talk’s unrestrained dishonesty

Posted by picard578 on March 10, 2017

The Aussie Conservative Blog

Some weeks ago, Kyle Kulinski of Secular Talk released a grossly inaccurate video regarding Islam in America which deserves critical attention. As Kulinski is a young, increasingly popular youtuber, it seems appropriate to deconstruct the work of this leading ‘progressive’ voice, to demonstrate why the Left is so wrong about modern Islamist infiltration.

In fairness, Kulinski has in part has shown to possess a distaste for political correctness and contrived Leftist outrage.

Moreover, he claims to be ‘loyal to the facts’, and this was evident as Kulinski thoroughly exposed the flaws of Hillary Clinton in 2016 election cycle.

Nevertheless, in this case he is terribly wrong, arrogant, and betraying of his supposed ‘liberal principles’ in order to avoid raising the truth about Islam in America.

As I did some weeks ago in my review of Yassmin Abdel- Magied, I will proceed to list and explain the misleading aspects of his video, and then post the whole video at the…

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Defining stealth

Posted by picard578 on March 1, 2017

Introduction

Word “stealth” has lately become a catchword used to define the weapon – mostly aircraft – as “superior”, with little or no thought as to what the term actually means. Stealth fighters, stealth bombers, stealth ships… even stealth tanks, the craze is in full swing. But how much do these weapons deserve the label? What is stealth? Is merely having low radar cross section enough – as commonly held – to define the weapon as “stealth”? Is USAF stuck on denial that no military advantage lasts forever, or even on denial that it never understood the true meaning of stealth? Every successful use of stealth aircraft had seen them acting as a support of, and being supported by, an array of nonstealthy aircraft – AWACS, standoff jammers etc. Yet USAF is now aiming for an all-stealth tactical fighter force, even though it will make the force less flexible and arguably less capable as well. How stealthy these aircraft really are, and what are their vulnerabilities? Read the rest of this entry »

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