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Just how busy was that sector in May 2256, anyway? When Adm. Anderson sent out the "red alert" call in "Battle of the Binary Stars", he was able to get 10 other ships to show up within the space of however many hours...
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Putinists might be more than a little pleased with this consequence of DT-45's installation as US president.

Why?

Because Bombardier is Canada's main aircraft manufacturer. And it's headquartered in Montréal, Québec. One of its main extranational plants is in Northern Ireland. Both QC and Northern Ireland are national unity faultlines of their respective "parent" nations. (Yes, I am using "parent" in a dangerous way here. Understood. Let's move on for now.)

If Bombardier gets killed as a company because of this mess, that means major high-tech job losses in Canada and the UK, each in their respective national unity "faultline" zones. Which can lead to NATO's internal political cohesion taking a hit due to Canadian and British resentment of Washington's siding with Boeing.

So, two NATO countries internally disrupted, resenting a third which is itself already disrupted. Defence supply chains within NATO also messed up.

Am I wrong about this theory?
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Considering how Pyongyang occasionally makes noises about how mainland China is a "bad ally", and the fact that Beijing's a LOT closer to NK than the USA and Canada are...mainland China isn't a patron anymore. They're an extortion target.
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Ashby, like Spider Robinson and others since his arrival, is an ex-American (or in her case, in the process of becoming so). I've been paying some degree of attention to her opinion columns in the Ottawa Citizen, particularly in the last few months.

This column is one of the root causes of my worry about "annexation or blitzkrieg?".

And then there's this one about how we use - and react to how others use - the Internet.

You may want to look at some of her other columns.
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Found via Gawker Media's Foxtrot Alpha blog on military news and opinions (usually from a US perspective):



For the record: among the musicians that brought my father joy during his life was the Swedish band ABBA. I think he would've enjoyed this interpretation.
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The BBC is under threat in the UK, even as our CBC is here in Canada. Details in the link over at The Guardian. To say that I have a problem with the idea of dismantling the BBC is an Understatement. You know how I feel about the Ceeb here at home, after all.

Finally picked up the first two issues of We Stand on Guard by Vaughan and Skroce from Image Comics. That one Obligatory Shower Scene aside, it takes the Oldest Canadian Nightmare - invasion by the USA - and makes a pretty interesting future/mecha/war story out of it so far. If I have the time and energy in days to come, I'll try to go into more detail on what I think makes it work.

Still looking for that radio/CD player combo device replacement. As it stands, the sources I know of can provide, but I'd need to put up with the addition of either an alarm clock or a cassette recorder and built-in speakers. None of which I need at the day job. I already have the headphones. And no wi-fi, please?

(Note: Rummaging through the Best Buy Canada website is a frustration exercise right now.)

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So, [livejournal.com profile] ms_danson points out the MarvelMeta Tumblr to me. I stumble across links to other Tumblr-hosted blogs from there, and it eventually leads me to this essay on the way things must seem across the MCU version of Earth after the Insight Disaster in The Winter Soldier.

To quote where it begins to go...

"Depending on how you want to play it, the post-CA:TWS environment isn’t a political thriller or a spy drama or the tragedy of Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes played out on the world stage.

It’s a horror movie. It’s a horror movie where the the infection/invasion can’t be stopped without killing every single carrier, can’t be identified before it’s too late, can’t be cured by some convenient MacGuffin like closing a portal or uploading a virus or sending an aerosolized cure into the clouds. It won’t just bring about the end of the world by the time it runs its course, it will poison everything that comes after it. It’s the apocalypse and there’s nowhere to hide from it, no protection against it, no happy ending.

There is no possible way HYDRA’s infestation stopped at SHIELD’s borders. They weren’t just at SHIELD, they weren’t just in the US, they weren’t just anywhere and thus not somewhere else. Yes, if you want to launch yourself into global domination, you work hardest within the global hyperpower, but you don’t stop there because suborning the US is necessary, but it’s not sufficient. HYDRA’s in every nation, every state, every polity, every leadership group down to the PTA and tribal councils."


Domenika Marzione notes that the MCU can't follow that logic right to an absolute, dystopian conclusion. And she's right, up to a point. Not if they want to have at least two decades' worth more of movies and TV series in an "#itsallconnected" framework.

But Kevin Feige and company could take various aspects of the whole HYDRA mess as suggested in Marzione's essay and play with them all the way from one end of the MCU line of projects from this point onward. Agents of SHIELD has to be the main line of exploration for that.

Speaking of which, I do wish that the team working on that series would take odd bits from the Romanova Infodump and throw them into the storylines. Because there's got to be stuff in those files messing things up for all sides.

Also, same author: an opinion piece on captured HYDRA gear from the WW2 era. Which makes a certain amount of sense.
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Update - 18 Sept. 2014: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] thetimesink for his help with this one. But if anyone still wants to pitch in with their own thoughts, I'll leave this open to comments for a while yet.

Okay, here we are: a publicity still from the Agents of SHIELD episode "Shadows", kicking off the second season. Talbot-Medals-Agents-of-SHIELD

My question - which I expect I'll be trying to answer for myself - is what do those 20 decorations under the pilot's wings represent about Talbot's career before crossing paths with Coulson's Crew? I'm guessing right now that this version of Talbot's been in the USAF for 25 to 30 years, so service in conflicts before 1984 is probably right out for the purpose of this version of continuity. And yes, I'm looking at a higher-resolution version of this image at home.

So...subject to revision and/or correction:

1.
2.
3.
4.
5. Aerial Achievement Medal
6.
7. Joint Meritorious Unit Award
8. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with what looks like three Oak Leaf Clusters and a "V" Device
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15. Humanitarian Service Medal
16. Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon
17. Air Force Longevity Service Award with what looks like one silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters. (32 years' service, then?)
18. Air Force Military Training Instructor Ribbon
19. Air Force Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
20. Air Force Training Ribbon
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[livejournal.com profile] kallisti pointed this one out to me today. A tale in fragmented pictures of a world of aviation that might have been but for the events of 1959 in Ottawa, Malton and elsewhere...

http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Fea1/201-300/Fea265_Arrow_Petrie/Fea265vsm.htm
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Moving on from hardware testing inspired by Marvel Comics-derived movies, we now have an article in Foreign Policy devoted to military tech, doctrine, logistics, etc. on the interstellar scale.

Thanks much to [livejournal.com profile] kallisti for the heads-up over on Facebook.

For myself, I know that some of those omissions were accidental in some cases of space opera in TV, movies, comics, novels, etc.. Others were by design. And it's not always clear to me which instance falls into which category at which point in time.

How about you?
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I'm referring to a line of photo albums devoted to soldiers, sailors and aircrew from assorted nations that saw print in the 1980's. I have one, # 16, Modern American Soldier...but for the life of me, I cannot remember having seen them in either bookstores or hobby trade for roughly two decades now.

Can anyone tell me whatever happened to that company?
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As long as I'm of a mind to speak and learn of things military, here's something I found on the CBC website detailing which units of the Canadian Forces Mobile Command -- some still call it the Army -- are in Afghanistan, entering it or leaving it as I write this:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/afghanistan/cdnunits.html

Hoping it satisfies and whets curiosity, depending on your frame of mind...

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