• I guess the point here is that it is compensation.  As someone who has worked on the budgets for organizations where the need to find line items to cut or reduce, I can say that compensation can be one of the biggest expenditures of the various line items on the budget. 

      I can also say...

    • At the risk of ascribing a warped n-dimensional chess to Putin, giving NATO an incentive to move their jurisdiction closer to Russia could strengthen his ability to grab even more power at home in the interests of "security". (Hey, we're not the only ones who make that mistake.)

    • So if we meld the Hobby Lobby decision with assisted suicide we get a legal opinion where an employer and/or health insurer decides when an employee as serious mental and/or health issues that can't be cured, they should be retired from the human race so as not to be a burden to the rest of...

    • You are welcome.  It is good and very chocolate. 

      Share some of your recipes.  When you make something really good take a pic and put up on Wordpress.  It only takes a few minutes to go from there to here.  

      by trkingmomoe 6 days 15 hours ago in CHOCOLATE SWIRL CHEESE CAKE
    • That's the definite maybe scenario. 

       

      First, he "could" re-capture the missile systems. That way he doesn't have to give NATO the excuse they need to migrate into Poland and Ukaranie and set up shop closer to Russia.

       

      Second, he could do nothing which would give...

    • But that's not happened. It really was  a civilian aircraft on a scheduled flight, following a flight plan. And the rebels had not declared the area was a no fly zone and any aircraft entering their area would be shot down. If they had, then no commercial aircraft carrying civilians would have...

    • Sounds so good, Momoe.  Saving to my recipes.  Thanks so much.

      by Ramona 6 days 17 hours ago in CHOCOLATE SWIRL CHEESE CAKE
    • What is to stop a military aircraft from spoofing the transponder of a civilian aircraft? It seems to me that would be a standard military tactic (akin to the tactic of putting military shipments on civilian ships during WWII), especially amongst peoples who have little concern for risking the...

    • I was going to get into the ethics of suicide here but let's save that.  Whether it's birth control, suicide or my new annual right to a physical without a co-pay, my employer is not really the only paying for it, even if I buy my insurance through my employer.  What my employer is doing is...

    • I wonder what he will do next now that this has happened?  

    • When I was in the USAF, I worked on tracking radar similar to the US Army Nuke Herc's. The only way to identify who was out there was with an additional IFF/SIF radar that would interrogate an aircraft's transponder. That way, we could differentiate between military aircraft and civilian.
    • The USAF has an elite group ... wild weaels ... and their only purpose is to take out surface-to-air (SAM) sites. Civilian air safety may be the excuse NATO has been looking for to move their presence further east so the game of cat and mouse with the west may have begun. And I don't think that's...
    • I did a quick Wiki read ... there's a command and control vehicle, a radar vehicle and a missile launcher vehicle. That means some serious coordinate between the three which means people knowing how to do a specific tasks to scan the sky, acquire and launch. In other words, it's a tad bit more...
    • The rebels have already shot down a Ukrainian military aircraft and a cargo plane with Soviet-era missiles and launchers provided by Russia. This tragedy could not have been a surprise to Putin. I'm thankful that the administration directed the FAA to restrict American flights through that...

    • Putin has really stepped into it.  I know he was thinking about that part of Ukraine being the bread basket of Europe before this big drought started. .Russia has not been able to keep up with the grains they need.  They stopped exporting grains about 4 years ago because of the effects of global...

    • This of course doesn't prove anything, but it doesn't detract from what you're saying about the rebels being a handful for Russia, I'm sure.

      by bslev 1 week 12 hours ago in Malaysian jet 'shot down' over Ukraine
    • That is my point that they should not have them.  You have to have access to radar and flight  information as to who is actually up there.  Rebels are not connected to that. They just might shoot down anything. I doubt if they are all that well trained. Putin has a big problem there with those...

    • It took me a while to figure out some of this.  I spent time reading help pages all over the place. I would ask all over the place about posting pictures.  Usually I was just ignored.  I still have lots more to learn.  All you have to do to figure that out on any site is to left click the...

      by trkingmomoe 1 week 12 hours ago in Testing
    • This article contains an alleged transcript of a telephone conversation from a Ukraine government wiretap.  The rebels on the call, if accurate,...

      by bslev 1 week 13 hours ago in Malaysian jet 'shot down' over Ukraine
    • Here is some more info on Buk missiles and the rebels from the New Republic

      http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118741/ukraine-rebels-allegedly-downe...

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