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  1. Certainly the guy upthread who was scared they were going to spread diseases with it or kill off all our crops.
  2. Look, I don't trust the Chinese government either, but the sheer panic and hysteria this thing caused was ridiculous. The Pentagon saw this thing coming. The administration was justifiably upset it entered our airspace, cancelled a planned trip by the Secretary of State, and now may recall our ambassador over it. The president ordered it to be shot down when safe to do so last Wednesday. The Pentagon assessed the balloon wasn't a threat but went ahead and jammed its comms (I think I read that last part somewhere). Then, the military shot it down when they were ready to do so. Now, they're gathering up valuable intel. End of story.
  3. A lot of the size was from the solar panels providing power to it. From post #315: The Chinese government said on Friday the Chinese balloon discovered over the United States was mainly for weather research. However, American officials said they have assessed it to be a collection device, though not one that could gather the kind of sensitive information that advanced Chinese reconnaissance satellites already collect. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-64508086 https://nypost.com/2023/02/04/chinese-spy-balloon-reportedly-shot-down-over-atlantic-ocean/
  4. Good grief. No one has been defending the Chinese government in any of this. You just really have a tendency of going off the rails sometimes. Lay off the shrill cable news talking heads and calm the fuck down. THE PENTAGON, you know, our own military, also said it wasn't a threat: β€œRight now, we assess that there is no threat, no physical threat or military threat, to people on the ground,” Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, a Pentagon spokesman, said Friday. Later Friday, General Ryder said the military had also assessed another balloon reportedly crossing Latin America as another Chinese surveillance device. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/02/03/world/asia/china-spy-balloon.html If that's paywalled you can also read it here: https://txtify.it/https://www.nytimes.com/2023/02/03/world/asia/china-spy-balloon.html
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  6. You're, obviously, free to believe whatever you'd like. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/chinese-spy-balloon-crashed-off-coast-of-hawaii-4-months-ago You can also go back to the previous page and read post #315.
  7. I've only watched the first episode but have already let out several guffaws. Hilarious mockumentary from the creator of Black Mirror.
  8. Interesting read on the balloon and how it may tie into previous reports of UAPs/UFOs. Classified U.S. Report Highlights Foreign Power Aerial Spying With Advanced TechBefore a Chinese spy balloon was discovered in the United States, American officials said a rival power may have used advanced technology to surveil U.S. military sites. WASHINGTON β€” The Chinese spy balloon that floated across the continental United States before it was shot down by the U.S. military generated deep concern on Capitol Hill in part because it came on the heels of a classified report that outlined incidents of American adversaries potentially using advanced aerial technology to spy on the country. The classified report to Congress last month discussed at least two incidents of a rival power conducting aerial surveillance with what appeared to be unknown cutting-edge technology, according to U.S. officials. While the report did not attribute the incidents to any country, two American officials familiar with the research said the surveillance probably was conducted by China. The report on what the intelligence agencies call unidentified aerial phenomena focused on several incidents believed to be surveillance. Some of those incidents have involved balloons, while others have involved quadcopter drones.
  9. It's been mildly amusing reading totally-not-CR comments in the DT thread about the administration being asleep at the wheel over this unprecedented incident. From yesterday: Some Republican lawmakers criticized Mr. Biden on Thursday for allowing the balloon to drift for days over the United States and not taking harsher measures against China. White House officials said such balloons have appeared over U.S. territory before, including during the Trump administration. By midday on Friday, the balloon had reached Kansas, where it was sometimes hovering and sometimes moving at speeds of up to 70 miles an hour, Pentagon officials said. The United States was using its own surveillance methods to monitor and study the machine, including deploying aircraft. Mr. Biden may yet decide to shoot it down, a Pentagon official said, but he will likely not do so until the balloon is above water, probably over the Atlantic Ocean, given the southeasterly direction it has been heading. β€œRight now, we assess that there is no threat, no physical threat or military threat, to people on the ground,” Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, a Pentagon spokesman, said Friday. Later Friday, General Ryder said the military had also assessed another balloon reportedly crossing Latin America as another Chinese surveillance device. Mr. Blinken and Wendy Sherman, the deputy secretary of state, spoke with the Chinese Embassy on Wednesday night about the balloon over the United States, and American diplomats in Beijing confronted Chinese officials there, State Department officials said. They and Pentagon officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivities over the balloon. Pentagon officials said that while other surveillance balloons have hovered over the United States in recent years, this one has lingered longer than any of the previous ones. ******* Canada said Thursday that it had also detected the balloon and was tracking a β€œpotential second incident.” The Pentagon has refused to disclose many details about the balloon, including its size and features, making it hard for outside experts to assess its intent and value. β€œWe did assess that it was large enough to cause damage from the debris field if we downed it over an area,” a senior Pentagon official told reporters. U.S. officials say Chinese spy balloons have crossed over into American airspace in the past, and have been classified as unidentified aerial phenomena, the same category that the Pentagon uses for U.F.O.s. Another U.S. official said intelligence agencies began tracking the balloon several days ago, not long after it had left China and began its controlled drift toward the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. The official said American trackers continued to monitor the balloon as it progressed through Canada toward the continental United States, and were surprised when it crossed over into American airspace.
  10. This is likely the reason why they didn't JUST SHOOT IT! over land. Keep it isolated from any lingering Bubbas wanting a trophy.
  11. That's another reason why you don't JUST SHOOT IT! over land. You can avoid Bubbas showing up and stealing debris as souvenirs before the intel folks arrive on the scene.
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  13. Disregard my post above. FlightRadar24 has relabeled it. LOL
  14. Not to be a wet blanket, but the balloon is already over Georgia and is at an altitude of 62,000 feet. I'm sure there are some rednecks in Georgia who'd love to take a shot at it but doubt even the most committed would have much luck. https://www.flightradar24.com/HBAL617/2f098365
  15. Pretty sure that it was a case of mistaken identity by Captainant. He was referring to Cheeseweasel. You know, the poster who often complains about CR bleeding over into DT but who also has a very cloaky avatar he wears all over the board.
  16. Some good insight in this article about the tactics the Russians are using with the convicts at cannon fodder to help advance trained personnel. One point it also makes is that many of Russia's horrendous losses are among the untrained and convicts, while Ukrainian losses (also heavy) are among trained soldiers. But Ukraine is also holding back its best. The amount of carnage is devastating.
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  18. She looks more like a Habsburg to me.
  19. bolverk


    You should educate yourself before spouting off. https://www.texastribune.org/2021/08/11/texas-dfps-transgender-children-health-care/ Evidence-based standards of care adopted by medical professionals and associations, especially concerning transgender health care, do not include providing genital surgery for minors and specify that it should be a consideration only if someone is of legal age. ***** β€œI think that it's important to address that current best practice, health care approach for transgender children is a social transition which requires no medical intervention,” Martinez said. β€œI think that the letters that have been exchanged between Governor Abbott and the state agency are really not taking that into account. For older adolescents and teens the prevailing standards of care best practices and guidelines, look nothing like the contents of those letters.”
  20. Go to the Austin Energy Outage map, and zoom into your neighborhood. Click the icon closest to your address, and look at the "Crew Status." I don't know where you live, but I clicked on the icon that had the little guy with a hard hat on next to it. That's the only one in your area that has a crew assigned to it. All the others say pending.
  21. I'm hoping these thieves get a little more audacious and are part of the 22% of men (incl. Kevin) who don't realize that a chimp would fucking wreck them.
  22. When I watched the clip of him speaking, which I rarely do out of hatred from hearing his voice, I kept wondering how many takes that required because its weird editing and pictured him getting pissed off and banging the podium a few times.
  23. There was some discussion upthread. I made it through it, but the show started falling apart a little bit in the middle. The ending was somewhat clever, if entirely fictional, but it's supposedly based on a true story. If I recall correctly, someone said something along the lines of it being a magazine article that got stretched out into an entire series and there just wasn't enough content to work from.
  24. Here's the story about the vulture. Endangered vulture found dead had 'suspicious' wound, Dallas Zoo says
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