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  1. The M4 Sherman Tank Epic Information Thread.. (work in progress)

    I think most sane people would have figured this out without needing to actually test it.
  2. Celebrities that are now dead

    Rest in peace Harry Dean Stanton. One of the best character actors ever. Now I want to watch Repo Man again.
  3. The M4 Sherman Tank Epic Information Thread.. (work in progress)

    Hey Jeeps, was the T49 all metal track more common on UK Shermans?
  4. The M4 Sherman Tank Epic Information Thread.. (work in progress)

    Well Jeeps, your theory was close. I found the auction catalog from the Normandy D-day Museum sale, and it says this tank is an M4A4 with a Ford GAA engine. http://issuu.com/artcurialbpt/docs/3114?e=6268161/12789934
  5. And for the record, I do agree with Adams first point that people using the current hurricane season to say "See? Climate Change!" are annoying and wrong. My facebook feed is cluttered with that sort of stuff and it bugs me.
  6. This is the other thing I don't understand about the debate. Adams talks about the cost of fighting climate change. What is the downside again? Fossil fuels are non-renewable, they are not going to last forever. Developing renewable sources of energy not only helps with the carbon issue, it's going to have to happen eventually anyway as fossil fuels become scarce. Might as well get out ahead of the curve on this.
  7. Lucy pulled the football away. Who would have seen that coming?
  8. I challenge the idea that consensus scientific opinion is wrong "much of the time." Yes, if you cherry pick a few examples, typically of stuff that is outside the "hard sciences", then you can make that claim. Look at the examples he uses to say that we should be skeptical of scientific experts: nutrition, fitness, psychology, finance, medical. Notice how none of these are fields that deal with natural phenomena? Hell, finance and economics are as much a pseudo-science as anything else. And his complaint about "medical" is that he was personally mis-diagnosed. That does not invalidate the corpus of knowledge that makes up Western medicine. His logic is not much different from that of an anti-vaccine advocate. I think a better comparison for the current climate debate is the tobacco debate. Scientists agreed for years (going back to at least the 1940's) that smoking is bad for people. And it's obvious really, putting smoke into human lungs is not good for them. Just like releasing carbon that was slowly stored away for millions of years back into the atmosphere in 100 years is obviously going to fuck shit up. Anyhow, the smoking debate essentially came down to science on one hand and a huge, influential industry on the other side. Any positive action to reduce smoking and save lives was delayed for decades due to the tobacco industries power and influence. I think that's a pretty good historical analogy for the current climate change debate.
  9. Oh fer Christ's sake, stick to cartoon Mr. Adams. What the hell sort of reasoning is this: "I’ll summarize by reminding readers that I am not a scientist and I don’t have the tools to evaluate the credibility of climate scientists. If you think you do have that ability as a non-scientist, my guess is that you are younger than me or you have less experience of the type I described above." Basically he is saying he does not have the skills to understand climate science, yet somehow his other life skills make him smarter than those that are willing to accept the findings of 99% of the scientific community.
  10. The M4 Sherman Tank Epic Information Thread.. (work in progress)

    Why do you think it's been converted to an R975?
  11. Meanwhile, this happened: Democrats say they have deal with Trump on young immigrants Pretty sure the Dems are going to end up looking like Charlie Brown when Trump does a Lucy and pulls the football away.
  12. The M4 Sherman Tank Epic Information Thread.. (work in progress)

    So some rich jerkoff lawyer from Texas bought himself a Sherman tank. Pretty sure this thing came from France. Probably auctioned from the Normandy museum that shut down last year perhaps. You can see the same tank in this video.
  13. The M4 Sherman Tank Epic Information Thread.. (work in progress)

    I saw one of these M4A3E9's earlier this summer in Eastern Ohio.
  14. The M4 Sherman Tank Epic Information Thread.. (work in progress)

    Irzyk is the guy that wrote up this defense of the Sherman tank right after WWII. Its been available various places online and Zaloga included it in the appendices of his Patton VS the Panzers book. He has also been in some of the crappy US TV documentaries.
  15. Books About Tanks

    The latest issue of ARMOR magazine has been posted online. I noticed that they posted a list of "Recommended Reading for Professional Development" for Armor officers. I have posted the list below. The red checks are the ones I either own or have read digital copies. The Tank Debate by Stone and the Bradley book by Haworth are both on my radar, but too expensive at the current time for me to get a copy.
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