The Guy Got It Done

The Guy Got It Done

Thanks to Howard Bluecloud for passing this on: F-35 unintentional loop at takeoff on a carrier.

This guy clearly has brass and you know the sailors on the flight deck had a cow when they saw this unfold in front of them. Intentional? Hardly! This is unbelievable! F-35 unintentional loop at takeoff a real “check your laundry” event.

A supremely well-trained US Navy pilot, ice running in his veins instead of blood, fully regains control of his $70 million, F-35 joint strike force fighter, after a problematic vertical take-off attempt… Watch as the rear vertical thruster fires to cause the problem.

There’s nothing about this the pilot enjoys. If he could have ejected at 100′ upside down and lived, he would have. Looks like the afterburner kicks in while still vectored for vertical takeoff.

Lockheed would call this a “software malfunction” and do a little more “regressive testing”. This is a good demonstration of power-to-weight ratio of this aircraft! And talk about stability control… Wow!

If he didn’t come out of the loop wings-level, it probably would have been bad news; maybe taking some of the carrier with him! Add to this flying through your own exhaust, which can lead to equipment malfunctions, as in “flame out”.

The F-35 is single engine aircraft with vertical takeoff/landing capability, but it has the aerodynamics of a Steinway piano at zero airspeed. This is the most unbelievable piece of flying you will ever see in your life.

This guy’s coolness saved a 70 million-dollar aircraft! On the other hand, he might not have had time to react to anything except just ride it. I bet you’ll watch it at least 2 times!

Anders Breivik isn’t mad – he was a man on a mission

There is no dispute that Anders Breivik killed 77 people last July, 56 of them coldly and efficiently with direct shots to the head. Indeed, he is proud of what he did, and has said, with a combination of smugness and defiance, that he wished he could have slaughtered more. The dispute which has arisen centres on his state of mind at the time he pulled the trigger. One psychiatric report declared that he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and was therefore not responsible for his actions; a later assessment came to the opposite conclusion, that he knew perfectly well what he was doing. Both opinions will be aired at the trial in Norway which started yesterday.

A diagnosis of schizophrenia would carry the implication that the man was entangled by delusions and hallucinations which controlled his behaviour. Such was the defence advanced before the trial of Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper, in 1981. It was quickly thrown out by Mr Justice Boreham. One must hope the trial judge in Oslo will take a similar view, for Breivik’s reasoning may be abhorrent, but it is sequential and organised. He has been on the periphery of a society of which he should have formed a part, obeying only his personal code (in opposition to the rest of the community), bereft of any sense of guilt, with a low tolerance of frustration, determined to gratify his own ideas whatever the cost to others. He has had his conscience ripped out. Nevertheless, anti-social behaviour is not a mental disease, however repugnant its consequence.

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Taking police off the streets in order to subsidise operas isn’t charity, it’s insanity

Here’s a phrase you don’t hear all that often: George Osborne is right. The Chancellor’s axing of the 50p tax rate was incomprehensible. His freezing of pensioners allowances callous and inept. But the decision to cut tax relief on charitable donations is ideologically, morally and – if there’s any justice – politically sound.

Like most people, I give a little to charity; the NSPCC and the Royal British Legion being my recent organisations of choice. I also give £10.42 a month to the Labour party, though that’s usually a lost cause, rather than a noble one. But I can honestly say the idea of offsetting my limited acts of philanthropy against tax has never entered my head.

Nor, I suspect, has it entered the heads of most people. “Pound for cancer research?” “Hang on love, let me just check with Ken Livingstone’s accountant.”

I can’t believe I’m the only person who has watched bemused as the great and the good have descended like enraged Transylvanian villagers upon No 11. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no tax junkie; and if you’re reading this from HM Treasury & Customs, my VAT return’s in the post. But until this week I thoug

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The Labour Party and Ed Miliband need to find an answer to the bigger money question

Money talks. As Parliament resumes, the mutter of fractious philanthropists and disgruntled grannies illustrates David Cameron’s dilemma. His government of the rich, as it is perceived, has contrived to alienate the wealthiest while offering little to those on modest means. The PM’s new-found knack of displeasing most of the people for most of the time has put the Tories at their lowest ebb since taking office.

Meanwhile, Labour has established a solid poll lead, Ed Balls is poised to carry on shredding George Osborne’s collapsing Budget, and the whiff of government incompetence grows more pungent. Emboldened by the Tories’ misfortunes, Mr Miliband has come up with a plan to replace plutocratic funders with piggy-bank politics.

His scheme for a ban on big union donations and a £5,000 annual cap on any gifts to party coffers may be opportunistic, since the Tories would stand to lose three times as much from such a limit. Mr Miliband’s plan, however, concerns more than cash. Despite being unfairly caricatured as the creature of TUC paymasters, he has had an unusually fraught relationship with the union barons.

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Syria ceasefire ‘fragile’, Russia claims

The claims came as activists said the Assad regime widened shelling attacks on opposition strongholds, in a fresh sign that the ceasefire is quickly unravelling.

“There really are those who are interested in the failure of Kofi Annan’s plan and they actually mentioned that (opinion) even before this plan was made public,” Mr Lavrov said without naming specific countries.

Russia has previously condemned some Arab states for agreeing to provide funding to the opposition Free Syrian Army.

“There are countries – there are outside forces – that are not interested in the success of current UN Security Council efforts,” Mr Lavrov said.

Russia and China jointly blocked two UN Security Council resolutions on the 13-month crisis before backing on Saturday a decision to send observers to monitor the two sides’ co-operation with Annan’s six-point initiative.

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