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  1. Blackadder1916

    Military Police branch will receive their new 9 mm service pistol in 2024: the C24

    While I don't think it was widely publicized back then, when we were closing out CFE (30 years ago), one story going around was that some of the firearms that had been the property of the Lahr Rod and Gun Club (an NPF activity) had ended up in the hands of organized crime in France and were used...
  2. Blackadder1916

    Climate disasters will be part of defence update as strains grow, minister says

    I suspect that there are similar regulations in all the provinces and territories. Definitely in Ontario. In the 1970s, I was driving through Northern Ontario (on my way back to Calgary) when I was stopped at a roadblock and, along with a bunch of others (males between age 18 to 60, according...
  3. Blackadder1916

    Venezuela - Possibility of Invasion of Guyana

    Though reports earlier today of the downed a/c being located and mentioned "signs of live" having been seen, the hope that all had survived did not materialize. https://apnews.com/article/guyana-helicopter-crash-venezuela-afd2363adeae3f5afaf8f0650a77de67
  4. Blackadder1916

    Venezuela - Possibility of Invasion of Guyana

    Not a good start. https://apnews.com/article/guyana-helicopter-missing-venezuela-eed6b27465e6ad02f4f02aa569f715de?utm_source=copy&utm_medium=share
  5. Blackadder1916

    A Deeply Fractured US

    Let the conspiracy theory games begin!
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    A Deeply Fractured US

    It's all a matter of perspective, I suppose. Or the interpretation of data (answers to census questions). Such as the census questions for religion. In 1971, the Northern Ireland government required only one response - write in what church you belonged to. There was no assumption that one...
  7. Blackadder1916

    Venezuela - Possibility of Invasion of Guyana

    The difference is that in 1972, when Guatemala was rattling its sabre, Belize was a British "colony"; they were nine years away from full independence. Probably the only nation of note that supported agreed with Guatemala in its stance that British Honduras should be incorporated into them was...
  8. Blackadder1916

    Freeman on the Land?

    And in her own words . . . "I highly doubt anyone, um, many people, um, really google a good real estate lawyer . . . we work completely word of mouth so we rely on reputation and for that reason we work really hard to keep our standards high . . ." Perhaps she should have rethought her premise.
  9. Blackadder1916

    Venezuela - Possibility of Invasion of Guyana

    At the moment the response is a bit more lowkey.
  10. Blackadder1916

    Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger dies aged 100

    The passing of time also leads to the passing of individuals who greatly influenced events in our recent history. The reactions to Secretary Kissinger's death are mixed. I lead with the BBC's because it epitomizes the measured (gentlemanly?) approach of that news outlet. Others are not so...
  11. Blackadder1916

    Venezuela - Possibility of Invasion of Guyana

    https://defence-blog.com/brazil-mobilizes-military-amid-potential-venezuela-guyana-conflict/ Brazil mobilizes military amid potential Venezuela-Guyana conflict Nov 30, 2023 Modified date: 10 mins ago The Brazilian Ministry of Defense has announced the deployment of troops to its northern...
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    Venezuela - Possibility of Invasion of Guyana

    The French do their training in "French Guiana", which is an overseas department of France. And while it is in "The Guianas" it doesn't border the country of Guyana. Suriname (formerly Dutch Guiana) neighbors Guyana, but it too has a history of territorial disputes with the Guyanese. Though...
  13. Blackadder1916

    Happy National Physician Assistant Day

    What a mid-level practitioner could be called (and the prestige it conveyed) was a (sometimes heated) topic of conversation back in the 1980s. It was raised during the Med A Occupational Analysis (OA) that we did in the late 80s. Some were at the time wanting to compare the training and...
  14. Blackadder1916

    Religious/Extremist Terrorism: Non-Muslim edition

    I also have difficulty comparing the future to the past. I could wait until that date arrives, but then it's no longer the future but also the past.
  15. Blackadder1916

    The Arctic

    What's old is new again. Ideas have a way of being resurrected, probably at a greater speed than the improvements in technology they champion. https://army.ca/forums/threads/blimps-airships-aerostats-merged.39416/ This, referenced in the linked thread, caught my attention. Has there been...
  16. Blackadder1916

    The curse of the badly run meeting

    Even meetings that didn't happen. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/law-society-hearing-university-manitoba-dean-jonathan-black-branch-1.7036105
  17. Blackadder1916

    Car Explosion/Accident at Rainbow Bridge?

    My initial thought was similar; that with greater reliance on "drive by wire", it's likely that any fault would be electronic. However, looking back at the earlier Bentley recall (which involved right hand drive vehicles) it wasn't the computers that caused the fault, but stuff getting in the...
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    Car Explosion/Accident at Rainbow Bridge?

    Though neither the Daily Mail nor the New York Post should be counted on to be the (or even "a") "paper of record", their spins on the story do focus on the accelerator. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12787659/Couple-killed-Rainbow-Bridge-car-explosion-named-Kurt-Monica-Villani.html...
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    Sexual Assault & Sexual Misconduct in the CF

    Disciplinary/criminal jurisdiction over members of a sending/visiting force and the authority of a force's police are usually covered in Status of Force Agreements (SOFA) and may be covered in a Visiting Forces Act. The original NATO SOFA has become the most widely replicated example of a SOFA...