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  1. School Shootings - The New Generation

    Roger? It is ironic that many more people are victims of drunk drivers and there is no outcry to ban cars. I don't know about you but when I was growing up and got my first car we drank and drove. Many of us were not incapacitated but would fail the current allowable alcohol levels. But there was a roar from parents, like we are seeing now, and the groundswell formed together and became M.A.D.D. Mothers Against Drunk Drivers at about the same time as seat-belts were being installed in all cars. It would be a lot longer before seatbelts became mandatory. That groundswell was a lot like the furor today over children's death from gun wielding criminals sane or not. We do not remove the car, we take away the license, if he or she will not stop then they will be completely separated from their cars by imprisonment. Has it worked 100%, no! Not even close: https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving The driving while impaired laws are about like the gun laws, they do not make cars or alcohol/Painkillers illegal, they don't confiscate the legal prescriptions and they punish the folks who take liberties with the lives of others, and limit the licensing of the mentally impaired, and the physically impaired like the blind. However the laws mandating incarceration of impaired drivers from pain killers, alcohol, and other intoxicants aren't working either, and never will. It is the same with gun laws. M aker them all illegal and we then buy them illegally. In every case we mention, money interests have manipulated the enforcement, availability or both. I also agree that religion and guns have no place in schools and public places but not for the reasons most expect. Our laws are based in English Common Law except for Louisiana where I live which is based on Napoleonic Law. A man's house is his castle (Castle Doctrine) and we are free to worship any way we please in our own churches and homes. But we are not allowed to impose our beliefs on others. Precedent is what makes our laws inch towards, or away, from their original meanings, or to change with the times - as they should! So once the religion of the majority in a town are allowed to force their prayers on others in public schools (private property and private schools are castles and can be run as the proprietors wish) IT becomes a precedent. So all would have to listen to Muslim prayers in American schools if your area became a majority Muslim. The same for any religion. Silent "prayer" is also forcing religion on others whose beliefs may be atheist, agnostic. To cause that, or prevent it, requires congress to make laws concerning the establishment of religion. I believe in truth and facts and the fact is that the use of the word God in the 1700s was a bit different than today. Our forefathers whether theists, atheists, or one religion or another wanted no religious coercion like the Church of England enforced in the UK at the time or the Catholic religion in the other parts of Europe at the time. Martin Luther protested that along with Calvin and the other protestants. But Jefferson, the man who drove the permanent way we wrote and kept our constitution and declaration of independence was not a theist as we think of religion today. Here are quotes from Thomas Jefferson, a major influence on our founders and one himself. They can to help us understand what our forefathers meant then, and now. He said: "Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." T.Jefferson More of his quotes here. They must be taken together for context. http://www.searchquotes.com/quotes/author/Thomas_Jefferson/1/ Cornell University and their 1st Amendment resources: https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/first_amendment
  2. Are You Still In?

    Wow! Tesla outsells BMW, Audi and Mercedes' flagships in their home market There is bound to be a whole cadre of salty German executives after Tesla smokes them at their own game. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/tesla-outsells-bmw-audi-mercedes-flagships/ And these pictures of a Model 3 after a 60 mph deceleration directly into a stopped vehicle are amazing, as are the comments in the article of the first responders who never saw anyone survive that severe a wreck: https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-3-crash-insight-60mph-collision/?t=1&cn=ZmxleGlibGVfcmVjc18y&refsrc=email&iid=c6e3a6c00bab4efe90be452ad1e679b1&fl=4&uid=948743011822964736&nid=244+276893704
  3. The transition here for us in the Eastern Tricare region went well but the Western region is having hiccups. Excerpt: "On Jan. 1, 2018, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) implemented a number of changes to TRICARE, including a region consolidation and health care policy changes mandated by Congress. Several customer service issues are now affecting TRICARE beneficiaries in the western U.S. including call center wait times, processing backlogs and a limited provider directory. The DHA is aware of these issues and is monitoring the regional contractor’s response to address these challenges. "The DHA recognizes the issues with backlogs, call wait times and the number of provider choices for beneficiaries in the West RegionAlaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa (excludes Rock Island arsenal area), Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri (except St. Louis area), Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas (southwestern corner including El Paso), Utah, Washington and Wyoming.. We are committed to working with Health Net Federal Services to resolve them in a timely manner,” said Ken Canestrini, acting director of TRICARE Health Plan at DHA. "Service members, their families and others enrolled in TRICARE expect the high standard of service we set for our contracting partners." The West Region’s contractor, Health Net Federal Services (HNFS) is addressing the following issues: Referral Backlog: HNFS is experiencing a large backlog processing referrals and authorizations. Medically urgent requests get priority in processing. This backlog was caused by many issues, including duplicate and incomplete submissions from providers. Between now through March 18, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) is allowing HNFS to waive its usual authorization process for TRICARE Prime referrals in the West Region. This means that if you get a referral from your provider, you can download a referral and authorization waiver letter, then seek TRICARE outpatient covered service specialty care. Prior authorization is still required for inpatient, applied behavior analysis (ABA), laboratory developed test (LDT) and Extended Health Care Option (ECHO) services. West Region beneficiaries referred to a specialty care provider by their primary care manager (PCM) between now and March 18 should ensure their PCM provides them with a TRICARE West Region Referral/Authorization Waiver Approval Letter. If you have received a referral on or after Jan. 1 from your PCM for specialty care but have not received an authorization from HNFS, then you should present your referral for specialty care and TRICARE West Region Referral/Authorization Waiver Approval Letter to a TRICARE-authorized providerAn authorized provider is any individual, institution/organization, or supplier that is licensed by a state, accredited by national organization, or meets other standards of the medical community, and is certified to provide benefits under TRICARE. There are two types of TRICARE-authorized providers: Network and Non-Network. to get TRICARE-covered specialty care services. As always, the DHA recommends using a TRICARE network provider to reduce or eliminate copayments and out-of-pocket costs. Additionally, HNFS is working to process all requests within TRICARE standards by extending operating hours and adding additional staff. Simplified TRICARE urgent care guidelines allow most beneficiaries to seek urgent care without a referral or visit limits. Call Center Wait Times: HNFS is experiencing extremely high call volumes. They are currently working to meet the increased demand by hiring additional temporary staff and cross-training. In the meantime, self-service options are available at www.tricare-west.com. Enrollment Backlog: During the system-wide, three-week enrollment freeze in December 2017, enrollments were received but couldn’t be processed. HNFS is now processing the backlogged enrollments in addition to the January enrollments. Beneficiaries enrolled in TRICARE Prime whose primary care manager (PCM) isn’t in the HNFS network or who haven’t yet been assigned a PCM can see any TRICARE-authorized PCM through March 31, 2018 and Point of Service charges won’t apply. Beneficiaries enrolled in TRICARE Select can see any network or non-network TRICARE-authorized provider. Out-of-pocket costs will vary based on the provider’s network status. Beneficiaries may check their current status on milConnect or register at www.tricare-west.com for additional self-service options. Expanded Provider Network and Delivery: HNFS is working to improve the completeness and accuracy of the HNFS provider directory. While TRICARE contractors consistently update their information, the provider directories are dependent upon network providers and facilities to provide accurate information and to update that information whenever there are changes. The DHA is focused on making sure beneficiaries receive the excellent health care and stellar customer service they deserve. Visit www.tricare.mil/changes to learn more about the changes to TRICARE." That article with all the clickable related links can be found here on the Tricare website: https://tricare.mil/CoveredServices/BenefitUpdates/Archives/02_22_18_West_Transition_Challenge
  4. Tape works too. I have Surface Pros and Venue 11 Pro tablets that look much better with the black dots that are way overpriced but sometimes convenience and quick east removal replacement are worth the costs. Looking at one just now it looks like if you have some sheets of clack tape with peel off sticky back one of those old one hole paper hole punch thingies would make them just the right size for most. My screens are all glass so I can spot with Mr Clean Magic Eraser for any adhesive residue. My Surface Pro 4 needs the camera on me for facial recognition. (It didn't break the first time or subsequently with my face!) So it got a place on my charging stand upside down and regular masking tape over the case it is in. (PU Leather) https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Z064Y6K/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 The other Surface Pro 3 only has the typecover so I put dots on it. The Venue 11 Pro also has a case, and I put dots on it. All but the Pro 4 are getting sold before we move to Colorado. The Amazon HDX tablets have terrible cameras but the Amazon Origami cases are awesome for durability and they cover both cameras when not in use. No openings for them. The 8.9 HDX has a slide up function when you slide it up to expose the camera lens that is pretty impressive. Those cases stick on the Fire HDX tablets by magnets alone! MY phone is on a stand with the camera aimed art my desk, and the "selfie front camera has a dot on it because it can be scraped off in a heartbeat. I never take selfies anyway.
  5. Biker I check with CCleaner free as well as having Malwarebytes Premium and Windows Defender, both running real time on all my systems but the Amazon tablets and devices.
  6. Elon Musk generates fear and loathing and lots of lobbying from every industry he disrupts. First he disrupted the Vehicle industry in several ways, only the more visible Electric vehicles are well known, but Tesla also built the world's largest battery last year for stepping power control, the world's largest charging network for Tesla BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles, as opposed to PHEVs- Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicles, like the Volt and Prius) His Solar City division has already started installing solar roofs not panels, the energy division has perfected their relatively inexpensive Power Wall home and industry battery backups, that can replace some of the whole house backups for transient blackouts and the usual short duration ones. As well as hold solar energy or just charge from the grid. Musk is known to be late, but also known to always execute. When there is a problem they overcome it, just like they had to crash a few rockets to finally land one. He piggybacked the tests on paid for launches, thus letting the folks who hired the launch for their satellites or ISS resupply to pay for his R&D essentially. Then trying to land the first stage until they got it right at little to no cost to Space X. Now they are landing them in tandem from the Falcon Heavy, successfully tested for the first time a month or so ago. Next is the BFR, the Big Freakin Rocket, similar to the BFH, or Big Hammer. It will eventually go to Mars. But today's launch was the first baby step to launching a constellation of LEO advanced technology satellites that can do two way Internet at GB speeds for cheap. These with be everywhere handing off from one to the next much like the cell towers today hand off from one to the next without us noticing usually. Remember Musk, with Tesla or his still privately owned Space X, always delivers. Maybe later than his enthusiastic early announcements predict, but he always delivers and not years into the future or limited like American "compliance vehicles" are, only to look like compliance, not make then affordably ubiquitous. Musk is making that happen affordably and everywhere. Many don't know the Bolt was engineered entirely by, and is still made by Goldstar of Korea, and only assembled here in the Orion plant. It is not a GM car, anymore than a KIA bought by GM and labeled Chevy would be made by GM. Assembled only. Their Volt is about to be dropped and we all know the Bolt is next. Big cable will try to legislate against us having cheap, faster, and everywhere in the rural, even the desolate underpopulated areas, as well as the populated areas. They will make billions. And that much faster than the cable and DSL companies can do over copper or ground based cell towers. This is pro humanity not a few oil barons and billionaire limited cable companies. " A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a pre-flown first stage successfully delivered to orbit today (Feb. 22) the first two prototypes for the company's huge Starlink satellite-internet constellation, along with a Spanish Earth-observing spacecraft. The two-stage Falcon 9 lifted off from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base today at 9:17 a.m. EST (1417 GMT; 6:17 a.m. local California time) and successfully delivered its main payload, the Paz radar-imaging satellite, into its intended orbit. In a first, SpaceX also attempted to recover the protective nose-cone-like payload fairing in the Pacific Ocean with a net-carrying boat called Mr. Steven. The two SpaceX satellite-internet prototypes, known as Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b, rode along today as secondary payloads. "These are meant to gather data in advance of deploying and operating a satellite constellation that will provide internet service," Tom Praderio, a SpaceX firmware engineer, said during live launch commentary. "Even if these satellites work as planned, we still have considerable technical work ahead of us to design and deploy a low-Earth satellite constellation. The two experimental craft will help get SpaceX's Starlink satellite-internet constellation off the ground. If everything works out, this meganetwork, which company founder and CEO Elon Musk first announced in 2015, will eventually consist of thousands of satellites. Together, these spacecraft will provide low-cost internet to people around the world, with services beginning in 2020, on at least a limited basis, SpaceX has said. "This system, if successful, would provide people in low to moderate population densities around the world with affordable high-speed internet access, including many who have never had internet access before," Praderio said. SpaceX hasn't said much about Starlink publicly; indeed, the company didn't even announce the presence of Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b on today's mission until yesterday (Feb. 21), when Musk tweeted about the duo. The spacecraft are mentioned in documents SpaceX filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), however. On Wednesday (Feb. 21), Musk did reveal on Twitter that the name for the Starlink satellites was inspired by the romantic novel "The Fault in Our Stars," by John Green. "If anyone is curious, the name was inspired by The Fault in Our Stars," Musk wrote. If anyone is curious, the name was inspired by The Fault in Our Stars — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 21, 2018 SpaceX isn't the only company with satellite-internet dreams. The FCC has already approved such projects being developed by OneWeb, Space Norway and Telesat. The FCC hasn't officially green-lit Starlink yet, but commission Chairman Ajit Pai recently endorsed the project and said he had urged the other four commissioners to do so as well. Musk has said he plans to funnel the profits from Starlink into SpaceX's overarching goal: helping to establish a human settlement on Mars. The company is developing a huge new rocket-spaceship combo called the BFR for this purpose, aiming to use that craft to get a million-person Red Planet city up and running in the next 50 to 100 years. Developing fully and rapidly reusable rockets and spacecraft is key to achieving Mars settlement and other ambitious spaceflight goals, Musk and others have stressed. Today's launch further showcased SpaceX's progress on that path: This liftoff was the ninth involving a used Falcon 9 first stage. The company has successfully landed and recovered 23 such boosters, two of them during the maiden launch of SpaceX's huge Falcon Heavy rocket on Feb. 6." More here: https://www.space.com/39755-spacex-used-rocket-launches-internet-satellites.html
  7. School Shootings - The New Generation

    I was composing when you posted but I agree TX Iceman, Linda, and pjstough, brilliant!
  8. School Shootings - The New Generation

    I think the biggest problem in both our child rearing and shaping their view of the world, is the current trend of dividing into "us" and "them." That was looked on askance when I was a kid. If anyone came to my house or I theirs never would one dare to accuse another of being a "them" if they did not go along to get along. As always some teach children by their own example that there is no middle ground. That "others" are to be feared or bullied into conforming, even when you feel it is wrong, into a right or left that calls any fact they don't like fake news, especially when it is not fake. There are those who are lost to truth. The example of go along to get along, regardless of the injury to our freedoms as a country, or to countrymen that look or think differently, is a great part of the problem. Truth is not politics. Politics will not bring one child back from the latest travesty. Pogo, a character from a brilliant mind, espousing rationality through humor, said that "I have seen the enemy, and it is us." When we teach our children by example to band together against other Americans from fear, to invent a lower than them class, so they can feel superior is not the American way I was taught. I was taught we make it together, and to never put ourselves above or below the rest in America. If we participate in the glee of hurting others online or off with glee, just because we can, that is not missed by our peers or our children. The current anti science trends online and espoused in person are funny, because science and math produced the devices that these antagonists and self declared victims, use to type their fears and hatreds and ignorance of science online , that science is OK? But the one thing we must do as a nation is decide if truth and facts are situational, changeable with the situation, or self-evident, as our founders believed, and for which they risked or gave all. To prove otherwise requires the very knowledge those with situational ethics eschew. Truth does not become a lie whenever it is uncomfortable, and the discomforted claim foul if their untruths are exposed. Honor is not optional. We may fail and have to make amends and get back on track many times in life to be honorable. I find any parent, adult, or child, that bullies another or instills fear in them by convincing them that "some" Americans are "others" not "us," and are intentionally evil, willfully ignorant, or too fearful to change are at root cause. To somehow declare that fellow Americans are enemies, to be beaten in any way they can, be that dirty fighting or calling truth lies, is on that slippery slope of history. Each foot we slip down from our honor and ideals, becomes easier to slide all the way down the degrees are just degrees on the way to putting those fears into action with fists, knives, bullets and vehicles. Know your history or you are doomed to repeat it. We got rid of Senator Joseph McCarthy's brand of hate and scapegoating once and many times not so evident. Tolerance is slipping away and gone in some. The old know your history? This all has been done before. For many of the 18 years or so I have been posting here the following has been in my sig block. “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” ... Voltaire Labeling as "us" and "them" always results in dehumanizing the feared group. You can't send a child of 18 to war to kill if you tell them that they are going to kill others with wives and kids they love dearly too, and only want them to have a better life than they had. No, first we have to dehumanize them. Make them monsters, criminals, out to rape our sisters and wives and strangle our children to varying degrees. Those are not human and we can kill them. Show our children that labeling by example, and teach that there are "others" among "us" and not just free Americans at liberty to pursue life, liberty, and happiness, will result in our children becoming just like us. Some would have us believe a bird with a damaged wing can fly, or that it can eat without a beak, or find food and comfort without brains or thought. We know that right? Here is my prose about what I believe is the American way, working together, letting nothing convince us that flying is to be found in the basest mud. "We have chosen a Raptor, the Bald Eagle as our national symbol. The Eagle has two wings. Watch them in the wild and imagine if one of their wings were completely overcome by the other. Their balance would be lost and they would fall. The Eagle soars with two wings working together. But the main body is supported by those two wings, and the eyes and brains are not in either wing. The current polarization in our country has many body parts rooting for one wing over the other. Think of the military as the beak and talons of our national symbol, the politicians as the wings, the brains and body are the civilians. If any one part works alone, or damages even one part, we fall from the heights, starve, or become prey. It is the civilian Americans, the brains and body of America, who have the power to keep our bird aloft, and proud. The rest need to just do their job." © Derek Gore/RV Roadie 2004 All Rights Reserved. Three rights is left.
  9. New Califederation firearm laws impact

    I am totally confused. Are those California gun laws? Are those your suggestions for changes to the gun laws? Are those county local gun laws in your rural area??? What? Clarify please.
  10. Start your day with a raft of patches for your iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, Apple TVs, and Macs. Excerpt: "Apple has released patches for iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS to patch the bug that causes apps like Messages to crash due to the inability to render a character in the Indian language Telugu. Must read: Apple products you shouldn't buy in 2018 iOS 11.2.6, macOS 10.13.3, tvOS 11.2.6, and watchOS 4.2.3. all patch the "Telugu" bug. These patches also address other issues, such as a bug in iOS 11 where third-party apps can't connect to accessories, and a macOS bug where Messages are displayed in the wrong order. The bug, spotted by the Italian blog Mobile World, involves sending an Indian language character (Telugu) to the victim. Once it is received, the device crashes, and then the operating system prevents the application from loading. The patches are, thankfully, quick and easy to install. The patches for iOS and watchOS are about 30 to 40 megabytes, which means the job is over in a few minutes. The macOS patch however does require a restart of your Mac, so plan ahead for that." More and links to related here: http://www.zdnet.com/article/apple-patches-ios-macos-tvos-and-watchos-for-message-crash-bug/?ftag=CAD2e14604
  11. Hoo boy, here we go again Excerpt: "Google's Project Zero has revealed another unpatched flaw affecting Windows 10 because Microsoft missed its 90-day deadline to patch or disclose. After last week revealing a Windows 10 exploit mitigation bypass that Microsoft couldn't fix in time, Google on Tuesday revealed another security issue in Windows 10 -- this time one that Microsoft appeared to have fixed in February's Patch Tuesday but didn't, according to Project Zero researcher James Forshaw. Forshaw in November reported to Microsoft a pair of bugs affecting the same function in Windows 10. The bugs are labeled by Google as issue 1427 and issue 1428, which include proof-of-concept code that demonstrates the flaw. The bug was assigned the ID CVE-2018-0826, which Microsoft addressed this month, rating it as 'important' and 'more likely' to be exploited. "An elevation of privilege vulnerability exists when Storage Services improperly handles objects in memory. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could run processes in an elevated context," wrote Microsoft. "To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker would first have to log on to the system, and then run a specially crafted application to take control over the affected system." However, according to Forshaw, Microsoft's patch only resolved issue 1427, despite his having filed two reports to ensure this "edge case" described in issue 1428 wasn't missed. "Note this is a second bug in the same function. I'm submitting it separately just to ensure that the resulting fix doesn't miss this edge case as well," Forshaw wrote in November." Much more here with related links: http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-bug-google-again-reveals-code-for-important-unpatched-flaw/?loc=newsletter_small_thumb&ftag=TREc64629f&bhid=19724681974700635514865380622813
  12. This is a real issue today and I am of two minds for it. A lot of the waivered personnel are older, or wounded and the call of whether the wounds are the issue or an early onset arthritis or neuralgia etc could result in a disservice to service members. We will have to see what happens. They say there will be exceptions. Bone spurs can grow while serving as an example. Excerpt: "Defense Secretary Jim Mattis used tough terms to back up the new deploy-or-get out rules, saying those held back for administrative reasons place an unfair burden on troops who routinely serve multiple combat tours. "You're either deployable, or you need to find something else to do. I'm not going have some people deploying constantly and then other people, who seem to not pay that price, in the U.S. military," Mattis told reporters traveling with him on his way home Saturday from a week-long trip to Europe. "If you can't go overseas [and] carry a combat load, then obviously someone else has got to go. I want this spread fairly and expertly across the force," he said. Defense Department officials have said there will be numerous exceptions to the new rules forcing out service members unable to deploy for 12 consecutive months -- including waivers for those wounded in combat and those who are pregnant -- but Mattis is firm on the overall concept. Troops who routinely deploy "need time at home, they need time with their families. We may enlist soldiers, but we re-enlist families. That's the way it is," he said. "If you can't keep the family together, then you're either going to lose the family or you're going to lose the soldier, and that's a net loss for our society and for our military," Mattis said. His major concern, he said, is for the DoD to find ways for those wounded or injured in the field to continue to serve, if that is their choice. "We'll find a place to use them. That's a special category. They've earned that special status," he said. The DoD's new deploy-or-out rules, first reported by Military Times, were disclosed by Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell, the senior enlisted adviser to Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford. Troxell said about 11 percent -- or 235,000 -- of the 2.1 million personnel serving on active duty, in the reserves or National Guard are currently non-deployable. Of that 235,000, about 99,000 are on the list for administrative reasons, such as not having all their immunizations or required dental exams. About 20,000 are not deployable due to pregnancy, and 116,000 are not deployable due to either short- or long-term injuries or wounds, Troxell said. Robert Wilkie, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, gave different numbers in testimony last week to the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on personnel. He said up to 286,000 service members could potentially face being forced out of the military. "This new policy is a 12-month deploy or be removed policy," he said, with exceptions for pregnancies and wounded troops cleared to remain in the military by medical boards. "On any given day, about 13 to 14 percent of the force is medically unable to deploy -- that comes out to be around 286,000 service members," Wilkie said. The new policy stems from Mattis' directive to the services last summer to take steps to improve the "lethality" of the force. In justifying the major policy initiative, Wilkie said, "The situation we face today is really unlike anything we have faced -- certainly in the post-World War II era. We have to ensure, given the climate this country faces, that everyone who signs up can be deployed anywhere in the world." In a department-wide memo released Thursday on "Retention Policy for Non-Deployable Service Members," Wilkie said he would also seek to establish "standardized criteria for retaining non-deployable service members." However, "service members who have been non-deployable for more than 12 consecutive months will be processed for administrative separation," the memo states. In addition, the services do not have to wait until a service member has been non-deployable for 12 consecutive months to begin the separation process. As for exceptions, the memo states the service secretaries will be "authorized to grant a waiver to retain in service a service member whose period of non-deployability exceeds the 12 consecutive months limit." Wilkie gave the services until Oct. 1 to implement the new policy, but said they also could begin separating non-deployable personnel immediately, at their discretion. During his flight home, Mattis gave several examples of why he thought the old rules on deployments are unfair to those who go again and again into war zones. "Let me explain what happens: If you have 100,000 troops -- let's just pick a number, just for the sake of giving you [a] mental model of this -- if 10,000 of them are not deployable, then 90,000 deploy more often, obviously to meet the same deployment standard. So that's unfair." He spoke of meeting a woman who told him that "her husband was on -- who is preparing -- no, is on his sixth deployment, completing his fifth, and is now on his sixth combat deployment." "This lady had been married to the soldier for 11 years, OK? When that sort of thing happens, that brings sharply into focus that some people are carrying more than the share of the load that I want them to carry," Mattis said. "But the bottom line is, we expect everyone to carry their share of the load and, you know, sometimes things happen, people bust their legs in training or they're in a car accident, we understand that, and if they -- sometimes that even takes months of recovery," he said. "We understand that. But this is a deployable military. It's a lethal military that aligns with our allies and partners," and boosting the overall lethality of the force is the major issue, he added. Mattis said the Army was the catalyst in convincing him to adopt new rules on deployments. Wilkie "defined the problem that initially was brought to his attention by the U.S. Army, where they had many non-deployables on their rolls," Mattis said. "I'm not talking about combat injured now. That's a separate category. But people who are, just for one reason or another, are not able to deploy with their units," he said. "It was a significant number, and the Army brought their concerns forward. The other services also highlighted the concerns." More here and related links: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/02/18/mattis-deploy-or-find-something-else-do-civilian-life.html?ESRC=airforce_a_180221.nl And here: The Pentagon's new "deploy-or-out" policy could result in the separation from military service of possibly 286,000 personnel who are currently deemed medically unfit for overseas duty. "This new policy is a 12-month deploy or be removed policy," Robert Wilkie, the undersecretary of defense for Personnel and Readiness, told the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel Wednesday. Wilkie said there would be exceptions for pregnancies and the services would also be able to retain wounded troops who are cleared by medical boards. "On any given day, about 13 to 14 percent of the force is medically unable to deploy -- that comes out to be around 286,000 service members," Wilkie said. The new policy grew out of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' directive last summer to the services to take steps to improve the "lethality" of the force in overseas operations. Mattis' guidance said the services' actions should be "designed to ensure our military is ready to fight today and in the future." The solution the services came up with required service members to be deployable within 12 months or be forced out of the military. In justifying the major policy initiative, Wilkie said that "The situation we face today is really unlike anything we have faced -- certainly in the post-World War II era. We have to ensure, given the climate this country faces, that everyone who signs up can be deployed anywhere in the world." In a department-wide memo released Thursday on "Retention Policy for Non-Deployable Service Members," Wilkie said he would also be seeking to establish "standardized criteria for retaining non-deployable service members." However, "service members who have been non-deployable for more than 12 consecutive months will be processed for administrative separation," the memo said. In addition, the services would not have to wait until a service member has been non-deployable for 12 consecutive months to begin the process of separation." Much more here: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/02/15/pentagons-new-deploy-or-out-policy-could-separate-286k.html Most of us who retired here may have kids in service. But it could be a contentious issue. Or not. I can tell you I stopped advising young folks in the family to go Air Force, as well as any branch. THe folks on base are saying the service is way too political and "every day is you bet your career day."
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    Yeah you see what I mean. I am only put off by the $399 tank and the necessity of going to a dive shop to fill it for a lot of air rifle fill-ups. Go here and read the reviews. If you always take a four wheeler with you shooting in the field you could get a cheaper used Scuba tank and then use adapters and keep it on the four wheeler with w home built carrier or strapped into a front or rear carrier rack. https://www.airgundepot.com/benjamin-pcp-charging-tank-system-90-cu.html Read the reviews of that tank. I am moving from Louisiana tro Colorado this summer so will wait until then and check fill shops and pressure and prices before I decide what type of tank to use. Fortunately we are both PADI certified and still have our PADI cards to fill scuba tanks. IN Colorado we will likely be driving a truck or Subaru AWD which could pull a small utility trailer and four wheeler. I have a 10 foot X 6.5 foot wide single axle light trailer I had made for a four cylinder Ranger truck I had briefly until I could not stand using it as a car with the terrible lack of power and acceleration. So I now have another long bed Dodge 2500 Ram Diesel. I need to get with some owners up there and see which Subarus can haul a bit more than the other smaller SUVs. I've owned four Subarus and loved them all starting with a 1978 Custom Brat back in 1980, then a Wagon in 1990 that was a 1995, and lastly my Subaru Forester I recently had that was a 2004 I sold in 2008. MY career field in the military always supplied us with 4X4 Power wagon six packs, and even a Levis edition Jeep CJ7 back in the day. I prefer them to the add on 4X4 of other brands save one or two passenger cars I don't like. I can carry the bottle in the Subaru if they can haul a tiny trailer with a four wheeler on board I can make a carrier for it on the ATV. I am buying one later this year or next once I figure out vehicles and trailers and ATVs or not. I also may just get a compressor of my own if I get involved with more than one and a club or some such. Filling the tanks of other can pay for my toys. Just like when we were professional mobile DJs from 1983-2003. That paid for my equipment and mu music since I was replacing hundreds of LPs and dbx tapes with CDs for those first few years from about 83-87, when I was only buying new stuff and had all the oldies on CD. I spent a month ripping them back in 2007 or 8, three to more hours a day just sliding them in for a minute or two each. I was ripping to the max mp3 resolution of 320Kbps. That collection takes almost 175 GB of space on my drive. I no longer buy any hardware storage for music or movies like CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, as all my content is cheaper and easier to get online. However, I do look through CDs at Pawn Shops and Goodwill/yard sales for rare music and pressings. I keep a ripping top quality turntable that has batteries and small amp/speakers to take with me to sales in the car to test lps and even 78rpm recordings. We had fun and made money far above our costs after the first five years or so. Same can be done running a paintball shop or just a fill station for air guns and scuba tanks. Pay me to play!
  14. Pieere and others. When you need any toolbar removed they are in add/remove programs in 7, and programs and features in 10. Just highlight it and click remove at the top to uninstall them. Always have a look there to see if any new programs have been installed that you did not install yourself. Always look at the dates as just because you don't know what it is, if the date is the last Windows update date or the purchase date then it is OK. In the most recent version of Windows 10 here is how to uninstall programs and apps: 1. On the Start Windows logo Start button menu, select Settings Gear-shaped Settings icon. 2. Select Apps. 3. Select the top item if not already in Apps and features 4. Select the program (left click on it), a box pops up under it with the choices to "Modify" or "Uninstall," then select Uninstall. Some apps built into Windows can't be uninstalled. 5. Follow the instructions on the screen. Or click on start and just start typing "Control panel." There is no dialog box, just type after you click on the start button and it automatically searches, when control panel shows, click on it. I prefer things arranged with more choices so when control panel opens up, on the top right is a drop down dialog arrow marked "View by:" Click on it and select large icons. That is the menu I prefer and can use faster. Since I use Control panel a lot, I then click the minus sign at the top to minimize it to the icon on the task bar at the bottom. I then left click on that icon and select "Pin to taskbar", and then when I maximize it and close it the icon stays at the bottom on the taskbar and I can just single click it there to bring it up again. I also have my other most used programs "Pinned" to the taskbar to keep them handy. Then click on "Programs and features" then click on the program you want to remove. Uninstall appears at the top, click on it and follow the prompts. THat should make uninstalling a lot easier next time.
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