Mission Failed: 5 Times U.S. Special Forces Couldn’t Get The Job Done

High risk, high reward missions sometimes end in failure.

by Robert Farley Follow drfarls on TwitterL | The National Interest

Here’s What You Need To Remember: Most of these operations combine an excessive degree of military optimism about the parameters of possibility with a lack of political understanding of the risks and costs of failure.… Continues

Japan Learned The Hard Way That The Best Aircraft Carriers Are Built From Scratch

Shinano suffered some major flaws.

by Michael Peck | The national Interest

Here’s What You Need To Remember: A postwar U.S. Navy analysis suggested the Yamato-class ships, including Shinano, suffered from design flaws. The joints between the main armored belt and the armored bulkheads below were vulnerable to leakage, and the Archerfish‘s torpedoes hit that joint.… Continues

Cadillac’s Blackwing V8 was the best engine at the worst time

by Jonathon Ramsey | Autoblog

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It should be clear that GM knows how to innovate and engineer excellent products when it wants to. Cadillac’s 4.2-liter twin-turbo Blackwing V8 is recent proof of that. Yet, as related in an extensive Road & Track piece, the Blackwing became victim to some of The General’s bugbears, like the reticence to — for whatever reasons — unleash its excellence everywhere, fund that excellence, and be consistent with that excellence over the long term beyond the Corvette and full-sized pickups and SUVs.… Continues

As businesses reopen and shoppers return, coronavirus is rebounding, but government isn’t tracking retail-based outbreaks

by Jesse Chase-Lubitz, Contributor | Yahoo News


(This article first appeared on June 20, 2020)

With states around the country reopening, shoppers are returning to malls and visiting stores again, prompting worried public health officials to point to rebounding cases of infections in some regions.… Continues

‘The Last of Us II’ review: A late cycle hit

by Daniel Howley, Technology Editor | Yahoo Finance

‘The Last of Us II’ focuses on themes of grief, trauma, and survivors guilt. Don’t expect a lighthearted game. (Image: Sony)

“The Last of Us II,” the follow to 2013’s critically-acclaimed “The Last of Us,” is finally here, and it is drawing tons of buzz.… Continues

Injustice, The Gods among us [De iniustitia Deorum in nobis:] – ep. 18

What SHE said

Quæ dixit

A fully-clothed Number Seven is plugged into her alcove. Unlike her Queen’s alcove, her alcove will not automatically disrobe her before she is plugged in. The robotgirl is expressionless. A blank slate. Looking as if she’s been lobotomized.… Continues

The New Jaguar F-Type Has Improved In All The Right Places

by Will Hersey | Esquire

Photo credit: MARK FAGELSON

From Esquire

Ageing well is a hard thing to do in any field, car design included, but the original Jaguar F-Type is one of those strong-boned, well-groomed, good-gened exceptions. When it launched in 2013 as the “spiritual” successor to the classic E-Type, which ceased production in 1975, it bore no obvious resemblance to its predecessor but looked perfect nonetheless: a two-seater sports car that carried off just the right balance of classic GT prettiness with precise, modern detailing.… Continues

Specialty Vehicle Engineering’s 750-horsepower GMC Canyon fully revealed

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GMC’s celebrated Syclone will turn 30 in early 2021, but nothing suggests the company will mark the occasion by releasing a modern interpretation of the pickup. New Jersey-based tuner Specialty Vehicle Engineering (SVE) is taking the matter into its own hands by building a limited number of GMC Canyon trucks with Hellcat-like power.… Continues

Sonderkraftfahrzeug: Meet the Vechicle that Moved Hitler’s War Machine During World War II

The Sd.Kfz. 2 was most used in Russia on the Eastern Front. In that intense conflict, the Sd.Kfz. 2 was used mostly as a support vehicle for towing or moving small amounts of troops or equipment in its small crew compartment or in a compact two-wheeled trailer.

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Pamela Anderson says posing for Playboy again would be ‘ridiculous’

by Elise Solé | Yahoo Celebrity

Pamela Anderson revealed whether she would ever pose for Playboy again. (Photo: Fotonoticias/WireImage)

Been there, done that! Although Pamela Anderson, 52, has covered Playboy magazine 14 times, posing again is out of the question.… Continues