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I'm going back to uni... to kill zombies

Posted April 10, 2014 into Awesome by John Birmingham

Get tickets on the last plane out and grab your machete because Michigan State University is offering an online course in zombie preparedness from May 12 this year. Of course, they're saying publicly it's only for MSU students, but anyone who can't get past some old Registrar when armed with a blood drenched machete doesn't deserve to survive the end of the world.

Open Culture says MSU “brings together the latest thinking on how and why humans behave during disasters and catastrophes. Why do some survive and others don’t? What are the implications for planning, preparedness, and disaster management?” Along the way, students will form survival groups whose goal is to escape death, endure catastrophic events, and preserve the future of civilization."

I'll be doubling up on the practical classes in converting common garden tools into zombie killing threshing machines, and skipping most of the sociology lectures.

Do please join me. My undying (geddit?) thanks to Kym Charlton and Sue Lappeman for bringing this to my attention.

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NBlob mumbles...

Posted April 10, 2014

I'd like to see the field work.

In other news from the twitterz.

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2014/04/fineberg-5-years-after-h1n1-world-still-not-ready-pandemic

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ShaneAlpha is gonna tell you...

Posted April 10, 2014

But...where's the module on the pros and cons of cannibalism in the post-apocalypitic world.

Or, in the Australian version, how to eat without tomato sauce.

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tygertim mumbles...

Posted April 10, 2014

Some time back JB you had a link to a zombie survival test. VERY COOL I remember it well, as I scored a resounding 98% survival rate. Also Very Cool. Time to rack it up again, JB, it's veryed ucational. . .

Tygertim

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DrYobbo ducks in to say...

Posted April 10, 2014

MSU are advocate killing zombies? Could start with the shamblers who replaced their basketball team in the NCAA tournament?

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Murphy asserts...

Posted April 10, 2014

What is going to be on the test? And can't I read it out of the book?

Oh, will there be any group work?

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Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted April 10, 2014

Bought the '9/11 and Academia' video last year.

15 dollars.

Dropped it off to the last Maths Department I studied under.

Left my email and phone number.

Not a fkn word.

Remember when Mathematicians had balls?

Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 10, 2014

Oh and Alanis Morrisett.

Fuck yeah I wrote some of those songs.

Gave the Soundtrack/Demo to the Canadian Consulate in Sydney in 90/91.

Shoe

Dino not to be confused with puts forth...

Posted April 10, 2014

Not one fucking penny.

Who was the Producer?

"Kabbala protect me in this world cause in the next ..."

Ugly as all ****

Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted April 10, 2014

Captain,

Engaging Temporal Bollaro.

Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted April 10, 2014

Vectors authenticated.

Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 10, 2014

Initiating Sequence.

Dino not to be confused with mutters...

Posted April 10, 2014

http://hypster.com/playlists/song/9_hKXk2qSuw?Toni+Braxton+-+He+Wasn%27t+Man+Enough

Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted April 10, 2014

Sequencing complete.

Initiating retaliatory strike.

Captain I believe the Dresden Bombing was coordinated between the Allies and Germany. The Ghetto was fire bombed.

Hate for it to happen again.

Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted April 10, 2014

^ Million?

Who gives a fuck about my Family?

Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted April 10, 2014

Apparently the threat of Gaol or being shot has been canvassed on Lateline ABC.

Cretins.

Dino not to be confused with is gonna tell you...

Posted April 10, 2014

Cause my Family is 7 Billion less 4.5 Million.

As for the Diaspora.

Cheap tactic.

Drones have evolved.

Abe Foxman is in Melbourne?

No fking way!

Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted April 10, 2014

Captain,

Permission to engange the Media Network...

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S.M. Stirling mutters...

Posted April 10, 2014

Then they get surprised when their funding is cut...

w from brisbane swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 10, 2014

They are possibly running courses like this because their funding has been cut.

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Barnesm reckons...

Posted April 10, 2014

I seem to bne late to this little shindig, if it is anything like the Zombie course I did last year with the Canvas Network with the University of California ''Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead' you may be suprised at the amount of work you are expected to complete.

Its no small achievement to complete it while working full time and solo dading if I do say so myself

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So, you want to join Starfleet and live on the Enterprise?

Posted March 28, 2014 into Awesome by John Birmingham

Well I've got the next best thing.

24 hrs of ambient starship noise.

It's even better than my coffee shop noise app.

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Maddoug has opinions thus...

Posted March 28, 2014

Does it include the sound of exploding consoles and screaming redshirts?

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Blarkon has opinions thus...

Posted March 28, 2014

Can't hear the thump thump of the warp engines. Or the bleeple bleeple of the consoles.

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted March 28, 2014

You didn't listen to the whole 24hrs.

w from brisbane swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 28, 2014

This one has the bleeple bleeple. As they suggest, thru headphones, it is very immersive. I felt a sudden guilty need to brush up on my hyperspace physics.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yb3Yxz8bxj8

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Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 28, 2014

-Passenger side Manifold is leaking

-Thruster Bearing(s) need replacing

-******** **** ******** ** *** *********

Total Quote $1435.00(Labour Included)

Dino not to be confused with would have you know...

Posted March 29, 2014

(Ma Grazie Tanto)

Or as they Tango in ‘Tina FU very muchasos!

Saw ‘Cuban Fury’ last night.

Loved it. Irish degenerate again. (Paul do something!)

We(multiverse partner) are so dancing after this movie.

As for the mechanics of manifolds and tensors(available upon request)- we found a little piece of shit that fukt the gear mesh.

Yep. Some dufuss put a bionde buttenesca in Riccardo’s play in Bris(Alaine you are lame)vegas.

Have you seen Arnie in the terminator? Sarah. The ‘out damn spot’ girl from Israel?

Any way I stopped reading the James Bible. Why?

Cause I watche dddd this movis called Dirty rotten Scoundreals and Rupert was init!

Michalo perche non guarda questo Batman?

Perche?

And Damn Elizabetta!

Srry meant to 'right' dame.

Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted March 29, 2014

No we don't take credit card or gold nuggets.

Try the 'Black suit market' they wear hats and have funny haircuts there.

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HAVOCK21 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 28, 2014

so is there bloody cannons and exploding sounds, PHOTON torps being loaed and shot off and exploding and....people bonking and the likes....OR FKN WAHT!

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Rob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 28, 2014

does it come with tribbles and hot green alien chicks?

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tqft mutters...

Posted March 28, 2014

I don't think JB is taking this deadline to seriously.

Or maybe too seriously and it is driving him crazier

Another time sink

http://internetkhole.blogspot.com.au/?zx=6542406890ffec20

Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted March 28, 2014

There's FKN ChickyBAbes tqft!

You made me look!

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Sparty mumbles...

Posted March 29, 2014

Strangely Mrs Sparty uses a long clip of B17 engine noises to help her sleep. Says it's serene. I haven't the heart to break the spell and make her watch 12 o'clcok high or Memphisis Belle

ShaneAlpha swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 29, 2014

Simply edit her track to include combat segments.

Set up IR video camera in bedroom.

Upload result to youtube.

Divorce.

WIN!

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Sudragon mumbles...

Posted March 29, 2014

Is there a Dubstep remix?

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Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted March 29, 2014

My Homeys need to get paid.

Newscrap prestitutes are going to take it to court or something.

Something to do with the Religion of the 'City of London'.

Yep.

The city of london.

Not answerable to the head of England church.

Apparently they have their own rlign.

Pearlys.

Like in da Australian Pairlaisment.

Seen the pearls on teh Speaker?

Check out the videos of her Pearlies!

Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted March 29, 2014

My Homeys need to get paid.

Newscrap prestitutes are going to take it to court or something.

Something to do with the Religion of the 'City of London'.

Yep.

The city of london.

Not answerable to the head of England church.

Apparently they have their own rlign.

Pearlys.

Like in da Australian Pairlaisment.

Seen the pearls on teh Speaker?

Check out the videos of her Pearlies!

Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted March 29, 2014

My Homeys need to get paid.

Newscrap prestitutes are going to take it to court or something.

Something to do with the Religion of the 'City of London'.

Yep.

The city of london.

Not answerable to the head of England church.

Apparently they have their own rlign.

Pearlys.

Like in da Australian Pairlaisment.

Seen the pearls on teh Speaker?

Check out the videos of her Pearlies!

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Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted March 29, 2014

The Forrestal Sir.

The James Forrestal.

Admiral Morrison lost a son over the USS Liberty incident in 1967.

Some of the crew are calling it the Jim Morrison.

Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 29, 2014

This one Sir-

http://hypster.com/hypsterPlayer/MPL?song_guid=vxsMmOJk3zs&song_title=The+Doors+-+Love+Me+Two+Times+(Live+in+Europe+1968)

The 'people did The USS Liberty and then 9/11'.

That's two times Sir.

'I am going awy' refers to criminal activity and going to jail.

Cause of da voloincce...

Dino not to be confused with mutters...

Posted March 29, 2014

Ian Fleming called them 'Smersh'.

When you have a sock in your mouth and 48 volts on your balls sometimes the enunciation isn't perfect.

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damian asserts...

Posted March 29, 2014

You just posted...

That failed. You can't post nothing.

NBlob reckons...

Posted March 30, 2014

I do that a lot. Or do I? I was sure I typed a thoughtful & luciferous reply, but it seems to have evapamorated.

damian mutters...

Posted March 30, 2014

I thought that I did too

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Dino not to be confused with would have you know...

Posted March 29, 2014

BTW JB,

I am uneducated.

Don't have a degree like Engineers and Scientists who undertsnaaad Gravity.

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Dino not to be confused with mutters...

Posted March 29, 2014

Hey JB,

Have any speakers of da ostraliyan paliment bin to Africa?

Just wondering cause I saw dis video...

And do you want o see this?....

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Dino not to be confused with is gonna tell you...

Posted March 29, 2014

OK JB,

These are my thoughts.

And in no way reflect on your opinions and ethos becuse this is a public forum and I am an individual troll(as Sheehan the Jew?) puts it.

Bromwin(see what I did there) Bishop(where dose that name come from(?) is 'my' local member.

Yep.

Abbatobad lives down the road.

Try trying to eat around her JB.

Try trying to eat.

I am giving up on the Liberal(fuck me in the Ass when no one is looking)Thanks RobertParty.

As for labour?

You will get a green poofter to suck you dick in Woolhlara for perpetuity if you leave your wife and kids.

Worked for Keating.

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Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted March 29, 2014

OMG,

Meant to write 'your' not 'you' and Brian Toohey works for who?

Remember the Eye?

Can't afford the subscription so probably Brian is sucking Pauls Dick.

If you know wht I mean.

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Dino not to be confused with mutters...

Posted March 29, 2014

Anyway JB,

politics has taken me away the last couple of years fron Science which is where it is at.

I can tell you there are some really smart people who have left the wholw social thang and have much more important things to do.

I am a diseminator. Not to be confused with a terminator,

Weaning mysekf from the EW.

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Dino not to be confused with mutters...

Posted March 29, 2014

Looks like i have got the Floor here.

Monarchists look away.

The last time I saw Angelaaaaa Bishop was at the Premier of the remake of the Conan movie in Sideny.

Yep.

where did she go?

Well her mum (who went to Africa if you know wht I mw=ena?) is now the useless, as seriously anyone who wants to argue this caan find me and argue the point but they won't cause they are too busy felching their mothers) is now a laughing STOCK.

A laughing stock JB.

Say Hello to Angela.

And Richard(the loser Smooth FM) Wilkins who doesn't have the xy chromosones of his mother.

Yep.

Coward.

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Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 29, 2014

OMG!

Dominating the interweb am I.

Going back to Sciemce.

Adios

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Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted March 29, 2014

Yeah Sorry,

But do you remember when Brom(win) Bishop(?) was Minister of Defensce?

And She was the First Woman to go on a fkn Submarine?

What did she say to the 6 year old Cambodian girl the Sailors were fukin up the ass where no one could see them?

Did she feeel competative? Cause you knoe Roberto totally liked her?

Maybe 'angelina' wasn't Cambodian.

The liittle gilr we called Rolf Harris or Woody Allen was probably from the Northen Beaches. God Knows the little girls around here love to go an a sub ride.

For one or three years.

It was Nremburn.

That's where the Fox news Bill orieely Portuguse Madeline Doctors kid Malaysian Ailrine Disapperaed in the Indian Ocean.

It was Bromwin

Dino not to be confused with is gonna tell you...

Posted March 29, 2014

So accordian to wiki pedia she Marrid Alan Bisop.

Who is he?

Oh the shame JB.

Oh the Sahme...

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Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted March 29, 2014

Captain there has been a hit.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/03/24/355896/strike-shuts-israel-embassies-worldwide/

The Klingons are requesting communication.

Your Orders...

Jake Lynch has just come through Captain-

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Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted March 29, 2014

Apparently,

Israel can take Australia to Court and not pay the leagl costs of a successful party.

https://www.comcourts.gov.au/file/Federal/P/NSD2235/2013/actions

In fact Israel can take an Australian Individual to court and not pay anything Captain.

Captain I seek clarification of this because I do not understand these protocals.

Perhaps I am mistaken.

I seek the Counsellor...

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Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted March 29, 2014

You know what I miss JB?

Gerard 'Hendreson'. The 'Scottish' Guy.

I miss him JB.

Like 'Henderson' at ANU.

Professor of syciatry.

Bit his 'knows' i did. Seriously. Ask the Nurse.

Seen 'Conspiracy Theory' with Mel Gibson?

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Bangar reckons...

Posted March 29, 2014

Clean up crew to aisle 12

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Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted March 29, 2014

No Sir,

I couldn't live near the black bitch okra pra Winfrey.

Seeking transfer...

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w from brisbane mumbles...

Posted March 29, 2014

I would gladly risk feeling bad at times, if it also meant that I could taste my dessert.

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Barnesm mumbles...

Posted March 30, 2014

Personally what about the sounds of THIS Enterprise

for those fans of the Spy series Archer

Bondiboy66 mumbles...

Posted March 30, 2014

Fabulous!

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drej would have you know...

Posted March 30, 2014

Given the Enterprise-D 's engine noise was purportedly an AirCon unit, I was expecting 24 hours of Fujitsus finest.

Also, the speaker test-pattern on my home theatre makes for a close second.

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Therbs mumbles...

Posted March 31, 2014

Twenty-four hours of Rick Berman farting?

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D-Day with modern weapons

Posted February 21, 2014 into Awesome by John Birmingham

This bit over at Slate looks like it could have been stolen from the Burger. Instead I'm stealing it from them. Full article is worth a jump. Props to Darren Bloomfield for the heads up.

Could the U.S. Military Easily Take Omaha Beach With Modern Weapons?

The most important difference between 1944 and today would be in the realm of guided munitions. I once heard that a single F-15 packs as much firepower as an entire squadron of World War II–era bombers when you take into account explosive weight and the percentage of ordnance you can get on target. (Keep in mind, the F-15 is a fighter/bomber, not a dedicated bomber. If we start talking about the B-52, things get even crazier.) Additionally, naval gun fire support has come a long way since the 1940s. U.S. destroyers and cruisers now only come equipped with one or two 5-inch main guns. In the 1940s, 5-inch guns were almost considered an afterthought. With improved fuses and nearly automatic rates of fire that can be achieved with today's weapons, you wouldn't need the hours and hours of shelling they used during World War II landings.

As far as the landings go, with today's amphibious landing tactics and equipment, you wouldn't need to land at Omaha Beach at all.

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Bondiboy66 ducks in to say...

Posted February 21, 2014

Yes the idea does seem to resemble a certain book I once read....

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Murphy has opinions thus...

Posted February 21, 2014

Do the Germans know that the modern force circa 21st Century is coming for them? If they know their enemy then they would adjust their dispositions at some level, even with Hitler's constant fuck knuckling around with grand strategy.

I'd be real hesitant to send in waves of helicopters until I had the LZs cleared of obstacles and anti-aircraft. The Hedgerows would worry me as well.

As for dealing with an Abrams, the best tack would be to take your 88 and back it into a barn, garage or some other sort of building. I'd be a dick and put it in a church knowing full well that our guys would be under orders not to fire on a church. Then I'd hope for an ass shot or try to blow off a tread. If I can immobilize the tank then I can work toward neutralizing it.

Air supremacy would be lost for certain by the Germans if they were facing F-15s though to be fair, that would not be my first choice as the Supreme Commander. I'd probably go after the German Luftwaffe with waves of A-10s which would easily outfight any aircraft while servicing ground targets with abandon.

As for taking the beaches? They'd have to be secured at some point in order to offload follow on forces unless one were able to take the port cities intact. The sheer mass of the Wehrmacht would require additional forces brought in over the beach.

The only problem is that the United States Army of the 21st Century has very little actual practice in amphib warfare where as by 1944 the contemporary U.S. Army had experienced a number of landings, good, bad and middling. And while the Marines always like to think they can handle everything on their own (the Army thinks that as well, I might add) they are probably going to need the Army to help them.

Respects,

Murph

On the Outer Marches

MickH is gonna tell you...

Posted February 23, 2014

Murph, I totally agree with the use of A10s

The Warthog is really under-rated. They are devistating!

And your defence above would be counted by close support provided by, yes, A10's

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pi reckons...

Posted February 21, 2014

I think it would be a more interesting discussion if it was asserted that the germans had an equivalent level of tech while they were doing the defending...

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Chaz reckons...

Posted February 21, 2014

thing is that with modern tech you wouldn't invade normandy you'd probably invade via brittany or belgium/holland.

However if you're talking about facing a wehrmacht using Tiger PAH's, Leopard MBT's and intergrateted SPAAG's/SAM's things would also be different.

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w from brisbane reckons...

Posted February 21, 2014

I think the U.S. milititary might be stymied by the very poor internet coverage applying in Northern Europe in 1944.
Anyway, without global positioning, would they even find the beach?

Vovchara ducks in to say...

Posted February 21, 2014

good point m8 :)

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Rob reckons...

Posted February 21, 2014

Sounds like an awesome redux of Call of Duty is required. Nazis make the best enemy. No guilt required.

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HAVOCK21 mumbles...

Posted February 21, 2014

Interesting, Pi has it, tech V tech of the same age.

My very good freind Eric L Hary once wrote a tome called Arc Light, and it covers to some extent this ort of scenario, the US Marine force a beach head on the Kamchatka from Memory and its an oposed landing. CASUALTIES!...fkn horrific, but then, certain events made the scene rather confusing from a sensor and what your enemy is doing.

Over Normandy, that would be very very interesting, ECM ECCM and SAMS!, let alone ASM SSM's popping back and forth.

Lets also remember speed, its not like amphibs ( hovers ) take a long time to cross the channel and fire power now, well a squad prolly packs what a platoon did before. You couldnt carpet bomb, a spooky aint gunna work like in 21C if the tech is applied to both sides.

Your positing JB we move the COLD WAR and fulda gap scenario forward in time and tech level.

THATS FKN EPIC!

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HAVOCK21 would have you know...

Posted February 21, 2014

And to be honest, given the defensive fire power available now...you could not fotrce tyour way ashore, certainly not as stage one I think and I've thought about this for about 30 seconds.

The old..see deep strike deep comes to mind, in , that, you would need to create a defensive barier inlamnd and then pound the hell out of the beach defending forces and then come ashore. Given the cost and time to manufacture weapons and assuming that europe has already been and is at war, I'd think that really sexy stiff is behind the lines. Maybe this is more about bullets and dumb bombs that we think. Shore..and M1A2 takes time toi build, but really, the are low tech end.

I think, that opposing forces, having depleted their war stocks considerably....then we end up with a mid tech invasion and THAT WOULD BE VERY FKN INTERESTING!

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Abe Frellman has opinions thus...

Posted February 21, 2014

I think to even things up, the Nazis could be Zombie Nazis!

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted February 22, 2014

Very interesting. I personally have always wondered how Napoleon would have faired at the Battle of Waterloo if he had a B-52 Stratobofortress.

w from brisbane is gonna tell you...

Posted February 22, 2014

Don't be silly, PNB. There wouldn't have been anywhere to take off.

The more interesting question is: what if Napoleon was a Summoner, capable of summoning and binding creatures from other worlds and dimensions?

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted February 23, 2014

@W - There are limits to "What if?" alternate history questions. It is important to stay within the realm of credulity. For example, asking what would happen if an island, or a town or even a ship moved through time and space - or if Napoleon was a Summoner - go too far, preventing the willing suspension of disbelief necessary for anyone to entertain such notions.

But a B-52 Stratobofortress (the misspelling is intentiional) is real; it exists - even if no runways to accommodate them existed on June 18, 1815.

Therbs mumbles...

Posted February 24, 2014

Dunno what a Summoner is but if it wants to chant to Invisible Friends a pointy stick jammed into its skull via an eye socket will soon put an end to its belief in fairytales.

w from brisbane ducks in to say...

Posted February 24, 2014

But not if Napopleon was also a Telemancer; able to modify and control the thoughts, mindsets, and upper brain functions of others. Then the attacker might find he is casting the pointy stick into his own eye.
It is a fascinating 'what if'. Success of your plan might depend on the availability of a Hobbit of pure heart. Hobbits having some natural resistance to telemancery of evil intent.

Therbs would have you know...

Posted February 24, 2014

Fkn hobbits! Fkn useless, tiresome little bludgers. They need some lancing with pointy sticks as well. As for a Telemancer, more like a Telemincer. Bit of cold steel through his guts will fix his playing at fairy tales.

w from brisbane has opinions thus...

Posted February 24, 2014

Oh, Mr Therbo! By the beard of Durin, you must be a Sagittarius.

Therbs ducks in to say...

Posted February 24, 2014

Astrology? 'bout as useful and honest as homeopathy. And Durin can eff off as well the greedy little hornswoggler.

w from brisbane swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 2, 2014

When considering the battle deployment of wizards and witches, it is wise to remember that they tend to be very practical people. For example, while Gandalf was a wizard of great power, he also liked to carry a really big sword.
And as human weapons technology evolved, Gandalf remained wisely flexible.
http://cdn.motinetwork.net/demotivationalposters.net/image/demotivational-poster/0811/ak-47-demotivational-poster-1227061021.jpg

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TheWah mumbles...

Posted February 22, 2014

I've never heard of the MK19 auto grenade lanucher before reading this article. Went and watched a few videos of it in action. And I thought heavy machineguns were effetcive... I'm now officially terrified. How could anyone take a location defended by some of these? Gah...

damian has opinions thus...

Posted February 23, 2014

The same question arose with machine guns in WWI. The answer turned out to be "tanks", but they had to be invented first. The armour-piercing grenades from the MK19 make short work of APCs apparently, but heavy tanks should be able to break through. Especially carrying their own MK19s. There were stories of artillery duels in WWII, where essentially the first side to score a direct hit won... I guess this is similar, just faster.

One of the things noted in the article is that now roughly 1/4 of the US Army troops would be carrying their own rifle grenade launchers (presumably the M203). But consider what they call a "rifle" now versus 1942; essentially it's a whole class of thing that was only invented (in Germany) in 1944. And the M203 isn't the only notable attachment, there's the M26 auto shotgun too. The article talked about being able to use combined arms tactics at the squad level, but the modular systems mean you can pretty much do it with two guys.

Murphy mumbles...

Posted February 23, 2014

M-203 distribution would depend on the type of unit. An Infantry Fire Team would have one which means the squad would have two. Other units might have them, particularly support units, but they may not actually be issued. Forex, my M-203 circa the Gulf War had not been out of the armory for two years prior to my arrival in the unit. No one wanted to carry it because, "it's too heavy."

Anyway, one-quarter of soldiers carrying such a weapon is probably a bit high, even for forces circa 2014.

Respects,

Murph

On the Outer Marches

Murphy would have you know...

Posted February 24, 2014

M-320s were mentioned in Final Impact. They are in use today but it is my understanding that soldiers still prefer the M-203 in some cases. Not quite sure why one is better than the other because it is possible now to carry either separate from the weapon (not possible with my 203 during the Gulf War).

We also had a mention for an M-440 (I think, been awhile) which had programmable rounds. Today there is such a system based on the failed Objective Infantry Combat Weapon. The South Koreans actually use their own version of the OICW which they've fielded.

Respects,

Murph

On the Outer Marches

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WolfieDisco would have you know...

Posted February 22, 2014

I just watched a few videos as well, TheWah. Took me a while to realise how far that was reaching. I'm both exhilarated and very disturbed.

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ShaneAlpha swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 22, 2014

Can we do it on the cheap?

We drop Havok , Rhino and 4 kegs of Old Persuader.

They'll never see it coming.

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HAVOCK21 asserts...

Posted February 23, 2014

And the muppet missed a rather big one too. D Day would have been a total disater except for one reason, DECEPTION, the germans thought it was further north. OTHERWISE it would have been a truly opposed landing and would have failed IMHO, well, the Allies might well have gotten ashore had they still thought the correlation of forces and tech was in their favour. But the level or death would have been truly epic and i'm not sure if the efcctes would have been worthwhile, combat inneffectiveness of units would have went through the roof in a fully opposed landing.

OH, not saying waht they did was not epic enough, but jesus, I wouldn't want to know what happend if the germans had their units in place back from the beach head. Actuially, ANZIO time ten would be a guide.

Tuther side of the coin, the fog of war or deception is not as critical bow, given the speed with which you can move troops. The real key, would be hitting the right spot, block enemy reaction or delaying it and then bringing in your follow up forces.

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Posted February 24, 2014

Cheers Guv for the honourable mention.

what interests me even more than the modern tech advantage would be the "EQ" advantage of the modern armed forces. By that I mean the empowerment of all ranks to make decisions in the field. Even matched with the same weaponry, the modern solder private soldier would outclass those instilled with the "obey without question" approach to combat.

Murphy has opinions thus...

Posted February 25, 2014

The American soldier has traditionally had that empowerment.

In fact, we're sorta known for it stretching back to the Revolutionary War.

OTOH, there is a time and a place to question. If one is under fire and receives an order, one is still expected to execute. Failure to do so can lead to some unpleasant consequences.

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Aaron is gonna tell you...

Posted February 25, 2014

I love splody goodness but the article just seems to be an excuse for him to show off his knowledge while fantasing about ww2 (always fun to do). What about ze Germans?

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Posted February 25, 2014

Why don't you just get some Type 214s from Germany? Folks seem pretty happy with them.

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HAVOCK21 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 25, 2014

Actually I would run with the Jap boats, bigger and all that AND buy some NUKE boats as well.

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Anthony would have you know...

Posted February 26, 2014

This of course is a similar premise to Turtledove's World War series, except that it's aliens with the modern technology. He does offset thelizard's advantages by giving the invaders limited resources, a reasonable set of scruples and a decided lack of real military experience.

Interestingly military technology has moved on so far from that on offer in that series that the aliens would probably be resoundingly hammered by even a second rate power now.

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Posted February 27, 2014

I wonder how much lack of modern satellite communications would affect them and if the Germans had advice from a modern day general who would know how to use their 44 forces best?

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Rhino reckons...

Posted February 28, 2014

No DDay needed.

Flowchart:

Nuke Dresden.

Nazis Surrender?

Yes - Land forces without loss to take control

No - Nuke Munich

Nazis Surrender?

Yes - Land forces without loss to take control

No - Nuke Berlin

Land forces during ensuing loss of command/control with losses.

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boscolamb mumbles...

Posted February 28, 2014

For another take on a modern/futuristic military force vs. Nazis ca. 1940/41, try reading Wolf Hunt by Sebastian Breit.

Similar to Birmo's series, a NATO task force from 2024 is caught in a mysterious storm which transports them back in time to 1941, but before Barbarossa. After the NATO force arrives and realizes where they are, the futuristic Germans disagree with the Americans in the task force about how to proceed, a brief fight ensues in which the Americans have their ships sunk. The Germans then head to Norway to hide in a fjord, while they recon their WW2 predecessors in Germany. A plan is hatched and executed to inflitrate Berlin and decapitate the entire Nazi leadership. Meanwhile, the American survivors are rounded up by the Roosevelt government and investigated (under suspicion) until events and plans led by their former German comrades comes to fruition in Europe. Lots of good action on land and at sea in this first novel.

http://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Hunt-The-Burning-Ages-ebook/dp/B0056QJGN0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393529317&sr=8-1&keywords=wolf%2C+alternate+ww2

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Posted February 28, 2014

This is a really interesting concept. If, for instance, the modern military somehow forgot what happened at Omaha and were required to land there again, unsure of what lay before them, I'm not entirely sure they would be any more successful (initially) than their 1944 counterparts.

Obviously as fire missions were called and close air support requested, they would overwhelm the beach very quickly. But initially? Like the first opening ten minutes? I'm not sure.

Bear in mind that in the era of the musket toting red coat, those soldiers carried the most modern weapons and equipment in the world for the time. However, today, professional historians still think that a Roman legion could destroy a regiment of British red coats. JB, that might be an idea for a future book!

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Serious middle aged white male in the media gets the muthafuckin house rappin'

Posted February 20, 2014 into Awesome by John Birmingham

I am impressed and my faith in the internet and the mass media and everything is restored. Props to David Loehr for the find.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted February 20, 2014

I intended on making a joke. Taking the piss. That is what I do. But I cannot. This was so fucking awesome. No joke. Such dedication. Such effort. Awesome. There is hope, is there not? Is this not proof of hope? Some blessed Hope, whereof they knew. And I was unaware.

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w from brisbane asserts...

Posted February 20, 2014

So funny!
Maybe next they will do a crazy edit of another NBC star, perhaps Robin Roberts singing something. The Carpenters 'Rainy Days and Mondays'?
So funny!

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yankeedog puts forth...

Posted February 20, 2014

That was a beautiful edit! I happen to know that Brian Williams DOES drive to work in his '62 Impala with the lift kit, spinners, and thumpin' bass.

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Murphy asserts...

Posted February 21, 2014

I'm afraid to watch this.

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Posted February 21, 2014

Wow, that was pretty slick.

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Murph

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Therbs is gonna tell you...

Posted February 21, 2014

Pretty damn good!

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puma mutters...

Posted February 21, 2014

Wow, that was awesome.

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My War, My Playlist

Posted February 16, 2014 into Awesome by John Birmingham

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Rob mumbles...

Posted February 16, 2014

I thought it was going to be a JB love fest for american hardcore band black flag. I should listen while I play call of duty.

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Murphy puts forth...

Posted February 17, 2014

John Ringo's Posleen series, if memory serves, has a soundtrack. I believe the troopers play it when they go into battle.

He might have something similar for the Zombie on the High Seas series he has as well.

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Murph

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Surtac puts forth...

Posted February 17, 2014

And don't forget George Gittoes' Soundtrack to War doco from some years back about music in the Irag war(s). Well worth tracking down a copy, imnsho.

FormerlyKnownAsSimon swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 24, 2014

that was the first thing i thought of when seeing this (took me a while to get around to it). Gittoes did a followup doco called rampage following an iraq vet back to Miami? and the mean streets he grew up in - but it's one of those things i can't find or forget about. My interest has been rekindled - i am going to finally get my hands on a copy.

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Posted February 17, 2014

I was listening to this last week and it was great!

Particularly liked the guy in Afghanistan who used to psyche up for fire fights by listening to Josh Wink - Higher State of Conciousness. Classic!

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Posted February 18, 2014

sorry, been sitting on a boat load of dope in the timor straight thrownin fkn rocks at CHINK NAVY BOATS!...fkrs

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The Milky Way, in HD, from one of the darkest places on Earth.

Posted January 27, 2014 into Awesome by John Birmingham

It's time lapse, and it's beautiful. By Nicholas Buer at Vimeo, which has all the deets.

Ancients from Nicholas Buer on Vimeo.

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Blarkon has opinions thus...

Posted January 27, 2014

He shot the film w/ Canon cameras 5Dmkii & the 1DX. Lenses were 14mm f/2.8. 24mm f/1.4 & 50mm f/1.4

https://twitter.com/NicholasBuer/status/421407658634395648

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pi would have you know...

Posted January 28, 2014

Pretty awesome really.

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