Bill: The best feature of this Leatherman, the feature that is not present in any other multitool, is the ability to decide for yourself what tools are in your multitool. You could customize your Leatherman for when you rode your bicycle, for when you were out in your boat, or for home vs. work. Now, that’s a hell of a good idea. I wonder how many bracelets segments they will sell.
Bob Sykes: You still need trains, trucks and planes to supply troops. NATO could not intervene in Kosovo until the US supplied the transport. NATO would not be able to engage Russian troops unless Russia managed to get fairly deep into NATO territory.
Alien: So, it appears that Nathan Bedford Forrest’s statement, “Firstest with the mostest” was correct.
Adar: Unconditional surrender types of victory as was the case in WW2 are not the norm. Most conflicts are settled by negotiation.
Toddy Cat: “recent experiments in the laboratory of real war substantiates the view that the paralytic effects of firepower erode quickly over time” WWI would seem to confirm this. Soldiers at Verdun, the Somme and the Argonne came to treat as “normal” a level of shelling and danger that would have stunned their civilian selves. C.S. Lewis mentioned that he was “awed” when he first heard the sound of the guns in WWI, but he soon got used to it.
Ross: Just did the whole book. Epic story. Tragic, heroic, funny, important. An unabashed yet clear-eyed panegyric, author Robert Coram created a page-turner out of a military biography in which there is almost no actual combat. Fascinating.
Handle: “The ability to see and strike deep using ground and aerial platforms served to expand the battlefield by orders of magnitude. What was once a theater area for a field army now became the area of operations for a division or a corps.” Take a look at a order-of-battle map of the fronts at Normandy even a few months after D-Day. Division after division crammed next to each other. Walls made of men. It’s amazing. “Thus, in a conflict involving two roughly equal — or...
Lucklucky: Ah, the newspaper that wants to murder “skeptics”.
Adar: The movie “Enemy at the Gates” portrayed Zaitsev the great Soviet sniper as a hero. Michael Moore had no problem with Zaitsev.
Bill: Critical thinking? Ability to innovate? Bah. Do you LOOK competent, that’s the question. “What really distinguishes CEOs from the rest of us, for instance? In 2010, three professors at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business asked roughly 2,000 people to look at a long series of photos. Some showed CEOs and some showed nonexecutives, and the participants didn’t know who was who. The participants were asked to rate the subjects according to how “competent” they looked. Among the study’s...