Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Yes, and ...?

Following the links at Tams (query; since she quit smoking, does she still blog from the porch?) always leads to good reads; in this case by extension.  One Jason Diaz manages to shat his Pampers all over the digital pages of  Gizmodo.  Leaving for a separate discussion Jason's astoundingly naive assumptions ("China unilaterally declared the area as "restricted space" last Saturday, following a long territorial dispute over its islands, now administered by Japan."  my bold), I turned to the BBC for an adult viewpoint on the story.

It seems the US saw no reason to alter what can be reasonably assumed to have been a long planned (and unarmed) aircrew training flight that included a stint over the disputed oceanic area between Japan, Taiwan and the PRC.  The fact that the USAF doesn't see any reason to bend over for comply with some other countries last minute diplomatic minuet is hardly one for dismay or actual concern.  Should others wish to characterize this activity as "taunting" won't bother the Air Scouts too terribly much, I'm sure.  And, should the PRC send up some of its air assets the next time, we can all find out just how much of US stealth technology got sold to them by US contractors nearly two decades ago (that being a frequently chosen method to give international notice of your side having quietly deployed a technology advancement, after all).  Two things seem a given after all this; one is that you do not send up a BUFF if you intend to display even the least bit of stealth to your activities.  Two, Gizmodo needs to hire a writer with more than loose stool in his trousers.

While some adult staff member at Gizmodo changes Jason's nappy, one hopes there will be a stern talking to administered regarding the consequences of his continuing with his unthinking assertions of others agitprop.  Like, maybe, having to find some other organization to assign a staff member to wipe him after he presses "publish" on his computer.  Possibly to include introduction to the concept of including just a bit of historical background as part of his story "blog" submissions in future.

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