Out of the Blue

As has been discussed, today is Memorial Day here in the US. This honors the heartbreaking sacrifice of soldiers who died in the line of duty, so here's a respectful salute. And here's to the dream that someday we can honor the fallen in the most appropriate way possible: By finding a way to stop adding to their number. It's hard to see how to get there from here, but it's easy to argue that the future of civilization depends on it, so there should be a lot of motivation to keep at it.

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Re: OotB: Salute
May 31, 2024, 21:55
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Re: OotB: Salute May 31, 2024, 21:55
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Prez wrote on May 31, 2024, 12:17:
I was in from 92 to 00. I don't remember being told DNA was being collected but then again, when you are in the military you are more or less government property, meaning that they could conceivably collect your DNA for whatever purpose they wanted without telling you. Heaven knows I gave enough blood samples when I was in.
If you entered in 1992, samples were collected either at the MEPS or at your initial training location. It was pretty forgettable. Only reason I remember it is I remember wondering when they had started doing it.
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Re: OotB: Salute
May 31, 2024, 12:17
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May 31, 2024, 12:17
 Prez
 
Mr. Tact wrote on May 28, 2024, 14:53:
RedEye9 wrote on May 28, 2024, 13:03:
New technology helping identify remains of fallen U.S. service members PBS Newshour
Yeah, for at least 30 years (don't know when it started) service members have been getting DNA samples saved during the enlistment process for possible identification if necessary.

I was in from 92 to 00. I don't remember being told DNA was being collected but then again, when you are in the military you are more or less government property, meaning that they could conceivably collect your DNA for whatever purpose they wanted without telling you. Heaven knows I gave enough blood samples when I was in.
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Re: OotB: Salute
May 28, 2024, 15:55
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Re: OotB: Salute May 28, 2024, 15:55
May 28, 2024, 15:55
 
All military personnel and deployable contractors since 1991 have a DNA blood reference card on file with the Armed Forces Repository of Specimen Samples for the Identification of Remains. defense.gov

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Re: OotB: Salute
May 28, 2024, 14:53
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Re: OotB: Salute May 28, 2024, 14:53
May 28, 2024, 14:53
 
RedEye9 wrote on May 28, 2024, 13:03:
New technology helping identify remains of fallen U.S. service members PBS Newshour
Yeah, for at least 30 years (don't know when it started) service members have been getting DNA samples saved during the enlistment process for possible identification if necessary.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: OotB: Salute
May 28, 2024, 13:03
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Re: OotB: Salute May 28, 2024, 13:03
May 28, 2024, 13:03
 
New technology helping identify remains of fallen U.S. service members PBS Newshour
“We’ve arranged a society on science and technology in which nobody understands anything about science and technology, and this combustible mixture of ignorance and power sooner or later is going to blow up in our faces." Carl Sagan
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Re: OotB: Salute
May 28, 2024, 12:45
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Re: OotB: Salute May 28, 2024, 12:45
May 28, 2024, 12:45
 
Oh. You mean to tell me they're NOT suckers and losers? 🤔
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Re: OotB: Salute
May 28, 2024, 12:12
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Re: OotB: Salute May 28, 2024, 12:12
May 28, 2024, 12:12
 
Prez wrote on May 28, 2024, 08:40:
ZeroPike1 wrote on May 28, 2024, 06:37:
My sister in law constantly posts “I love vets” and “remember our veterans” copypasta trash on Fecesbook. And she does it so much that the actual Memorial Day has less impact on me.

I wish she actually cared, instead of cheap meaningless lip service. She just assumes they fall off a cliff instead of her tax money going to pay for veterans care.

And being outside the US for let me see… 10 years now, holy crap, I have to be reminded when Memorial Day occurs.

It often seems that veterans get fellated by gun-toting, Bible-thumping weirdos lacking any real understanding of what they had to deal with, and disrespected by clueless, immature, inadvertent communist sympathizers who just assume that they went to war, so they must be bloodthirsty savages. It's enough to make anyone feel a little disillusioned about celebrating memorial day - to me it feels like just another front on the modern culture war. I'm sick of it myself.

Cue the tasteless Memorial Day post from Eric Trump: https://www.yahoo.com/news/eric-trump-slammed-particularly-disgusting-043230168.html


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Re: OotB: Salute
May 28, 2024, 11:59
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May 28, 2024, 11:59
 
The making of that Corridor Crew 'Uber for Sandworms'. They had help from Adam Savage for the practical effects. And yes, they used Adam's sandworm popcorn lid. https://youtu.be/CXz3iWib59I
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Re: OotB: Salute
May 28, 2024, 11:52
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Re: OotB: Salute May 28, 2024, 11:52
May 28, 2024, 11:52
 Prez
 
Well being a veteran myself, obviously I know enough that a basic respect is in order, but like you, I stop far short of the blind token worship that the ones you have been referring to seem to be engaging in. I'd prefer that they stop grandstanding and just make sure that wounded veterans are taken care of.

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Re: OotB: Salute
May 28, 2024, 11:31
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Re: OotB: Salute May 28, 2024, 11:31
May 28, 2024, 11:31
 
First off... It seems like the Mainstream Media has now moved on from blaming Millennials for everything because they eat too much Avocado Toast and moved to Gen Z and their so called "Billions of $" in spending money, but secondly, since WHEN is a B+ score "Not very good?"

Jesus Christ and his dad on a tandem bike!

Fuck off Mainstream Media!!!

Just go fuck yourself...

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May 28, 2024, 10:48
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Re: OotB: Salute May 28, 2024, 10:48
May 28, 2024, 10:48
 
Prez wrote on May 28, 2024, 08:40:
ZeroPike1 wrote on May 28, 2024, 06:37:
My sister in law constantly posts “I love vets” and “remember our veterans” copypasta trash on Fecesbook. And she does it so much that the actual Memorial Day has less impact on me.

I wish she actually cared, instead of cheap meaningless lip service. She just assumes they fall off a cliff instead of her tax money going to pay for veterans care.

And being outside the US for let me see… 10 years now, holy crap, I have to be reminded when Memorial Day occurs.

It often seems that veterans get fellated by gun-toting, Bible-thumping weirdos lacking any real understanding of what they had to deal with, and disrespected by clueless, immature, inadvertent communist sympathizers who just assume that they went to war, so they must be bloodthirsty savages. It's enough to make anyone feel a little disillusioned about celebrating memorial day - to me it feels like just another front on the modern culture war. I'm sick of it myself.

Yeah I respect what they went through or what they do. They knowingly put themselves into a position of danger and I can do nothing but respect that. I also respect combat veterans, those guys need to get a massive break after dealing with that stuff. But it seems the army worshipping Right just doesn't want to actually pay for what all vets need. I think they treat unborn fetuses better. Its fucking embarrassing.
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Re: OotB: Salute
May 28, 2024, 08:40
Prez
 
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May 28, 2024, 08:40
 Prez
 
ZeroPike1 wrote on May 28, 2024, 06:37:
My sister in law constantly posts “I love vets” and “remember our veterans” copypasta trash on Fecesbook. And she does it so much that the actual Memorial Day has less impact on me.

I wish she actually cared, instead of cheap meaningless lip service. She just assumes they fall off a cliff instead of her tax money going to pay for veterans care.

And being outside the US for let me see… 10 years now, holy crap, I have to be reminded when Memorial Day occurs.

It often seems that veterans get fellated by gun-toting, Bible-thumping weirdos lacking any real understanding of what they had to deal with, and disrespected by clueless, immature, inadvertent communist sympathizers who just assume that they went to war, so they must be bloodthirsty savages. It's enough to make anyone feel a little disillusioned about celebrating memorial day - to me it feels like just another front on the modern culture war. I'm sick of it myself.
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Re: OotB: Salute
May 28, 2024, 06:37
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Re: OotB: Salute May 28, 2024, 06:37
May 28, 2024, 06:37
 
My sister in law constantly posts “I love vets” and “remember our veterans” copypasta trash on Fecesbook. And she does it so much that the actual Memorial Day has less impact on me.

I wish she actually cared, instead of cheap meaningless lip service. She just assumes they fall off a cliff instead of her tax money going to pay for veterans care.

And being outside the US for let me see… 10 years now, holy crap, I have to be reminded when Memorial Day occurs.
Rimmer: “Step up to Red Alert.”
Kryten: “Sir, are you absolutely sure? It does mean changing the bulb.”

ALSO: https://www.stopkillinggames.com/
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May 28, 2024, 02:27
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Re: OotB: Salute May 28, 2024, 02:27
May 28, 2024, 02:27
 
Sad about Furiosa. It's a little bloated with exposition about the various factions and their dealings, but the action when it happens has the same intensity and clarity of flow that Fury Road had, without imitating scenes. I imagine CGI was used to enhance the action and weather effects, it's not like your Marvel movies where you're essentially watching one CG figure smashing into another. ATJ surprised me with how much she got into the physicality of the part. But Chris Hemsworth has the most fun. His Dementus is by turns a blusterer, a comic, a megalomaniac, a traitor...yet in the end he almost wins our sympathy with a superbly delivered monologue about how vengeance never takes away the pain.
While I would have liked for a more crisp adventure, I still had a good time at the cinema, which is really where you should be catching this spectacle.
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May 28, 2024, 00:07
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Re: OotB: Salute May 28, 2024, 00:07
May 28, 2024, 00:07
 
Personally, as a middle-aged person, I am unimpressed by the majority of films these days. Where are the epics like Dances with Wolves, or originals from Tarantino? There are far too many remakes, prequels, sequels, or CGI flicks not worth going to the cinema for. Dune is a rare one worth seeing in the cinema. The rest can be streamed.
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May 28, 2024, 00:01
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May 28, 2024, 00:01
 Prez
 
Haha. I know about as much about cars as you know about My Little Pony lore. When I used to work in Memphis there were two guys who constantly ribbed each other about which of their trucks was superior. One had a Ford and the other a Chevy. I just know that I could make them stop arguing almost instantly and join forces in disgust against my ignorant and apparently egregious intervention. In retrospect I probably should have said some foreign car like Mitsubishi or Hyundai was better. Although I might have inadvertently only just avoided a modern day lynching. 😁
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May 27, 2024, 22:46
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Re: OotB: Salute May 27, 2024, 22:46
May 27, 2024, 22:46
 
Gracias, Prez. Ogre was a righteous dude.

Don't make me laugh. Dodge is still in the garage trying to turn over*.

*Says the guy who owns a Mopar product these days.
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Re: OotB: Salute
May 27, 2024, 21:09
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Re: OotB: Salute May 27, 2024, 21:09
May 27, 2024, 21:09
 Prez
 
I'll pour one out in honor of and thanks to Josh, BoP.

I have an old Navy buddy named Josh myself, but he got married, had a kid, and earned his PhD in education, so he is definitely doing better than your Josh. RIP 🇺🇸

EDIT: oh, and you would both be wrong. Everyone knows that Dodge is the best...

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May 27, 2024, 20:54
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May 27, 2024, 20:54
 Prez
 
Boy you aren't kidding. I still honestly have no idea how Toho made a movie that looked so spectacular for what is less than a tenth of the average Hollywood budget. It's 1/15th of the budget of "The Marvels" and 1/20th of the budget of the last Indiana Jones movie while looking vastly better than both. Not to mention that it was also far and away a better movie than either.
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May 27, 2024, 20:35
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May 27, 2024, 20:35
 
Prez wrote on May 27, 2024, 14:34:
'Furiosa' Bombing Big Time At Box Office

It's not unexpected. It's a continuance of a trend in Hollywood.

Many people will and have weighed in and say it is for different reasons. "Theaters are expensive". "Writers don't write good stories". "Audiences have been saturated with sequel after sequel to the point of apathy". "Too much control of a movie and the industry has been taken from the creative people and transferred it to clueless suits who understand and care nothing about the art". Etc. The truth is that it's not any one reason; rather it's a perfect storm of all of this and more. It boils down to this though: studios are not making the movies audiences want to see on budgets that will allow for a realistic chance to at least break even.
Add in bloated Hollywood costs. They blew through 168 million to make a movie that can't even compete with a 15million movie like Godzilla Minus One in the Box Office.
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