Archive | April 2016

Drafting of women into the military.

There has been quite a few articles coming from Military.com lately discussing US Lawmakers and their proposal to include women in the draft. Now the Lawmaker who proposed this stated that he was against women serving in the front line combat roles like infantry, but he wanted to force a conversation about women and their role in the society at large by introducing this bill; surprisingly (to him) the bill managed to gain quite a bit of approval from the majority of house representatives who talk of equal rights, equal treatment.

 

This is a very positive step in the right direction, indeed equal treatment means equal responsibilities. Serving a country should not be limited to the male population, for it is unpatriotic to exclude people based on race (circa 1914 to early 1915, and then in 1939 to 1944 depending on country in question), or gender (ie: present conscription laws). Women should bear the responsibility of citizenship much like a male citizen is expected to, for a citizen as a noun is gender neutral and thus everyone should be liable to be called up in times of national crisis.

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Indeed there are exceptions; even during the two world wars there were what is called: “reserved occupations,” where men were prevented from enlisting because their jobs were of vital importance to the war effort (ie: farming, coal mining, munitions production, etc). Still, I say sign every able-bodied CITIZEN up to the selective service program and have the bureaucracy sort them out into specific roles – I am 100% in favor of equal treatment, but I am also 100% in favor of equal responsibilities. Time to break away from traditional men and women roles in the wider society at large, and embrace choice and duty, for a nation that cannot harness its citizen’s strength to tackle challenges will fall and fade into the pages of history (if history deems them worthy of remembrance).

House panel approves measure to require women to register for draft (Latest article):
http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/04/28/house-panel-approves-measure-require-women-register-draft.html?ESRC=todayinmil.sm

Chaingun fun. The Coffee Break 19 April 2016.

The past few months the Xbox One has been the primary device with which I game. While gaming on PC is still a common phenomenon, it is becoming less and less – for a lack of a better word – “frequent,” by which I mean I am hitting a bit of a dead end when it comes to PC games. The hardware I currently use is nearly six years old; this puts a lot of triple A titles and some Indie titles out of my capabilities. The game Battlefleet Gothic Armada was one such game that I wanted to play but could not support it with my current hardware. Perhaps in the near future I will invest in a new machine, but I am reluctant to simply dispose of a device that has served me well with little failures up to this point.

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Thus we are here with the Xbox One, and the main title in question is Titanfall. Now in-game I am completely maxed out in terms of levels, so it is purely the spectacle of combat that keeps me entrenched on the frontier. Now I don’t know about you readers out there, but I often find the Chaingun (XOTBR-16 Chaingun) to be the most fun to use in Titanfall. Sure the Autocannon (I have a thing for ballistic weaponry) is quite nice, and the burst-fire mechanic helps increase rate of fire, but the Chaingun has a certain appeal – squeezing down the trigger one can put rounds down range accurately and can chip away at an enemy’s shields quite rapidly as opposed to having to line up shots with a limited magazine capacity, of which the enemy (especially when using an energy weapon) can return fire and do – at times – significantly more damage to you before you can land a shot.

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The sound design of the Chaingun is also quite enthralling; just the constant sustained fire makes the Chaingun something that keeps the user enthusiastically engaged even at the last possible second when the Titan is on fire and you are about to eject. The metallic: “thud thud thud,” is a middle ground because it doesn’t sound as light as the R-101C Carbine, nor as heavy as the 40mm cannon (a.k.a. the Autocannon). Ultimately it is something that is akin to Cotton Candy – it is light and tasty and you want more after each bite. Next time you are in-game, try turning up the volume and listening to the Chaingun’s rapid fire and see if you can spot the “middle ground,” no guarantees you’ll like it, but maybe – just maybe – you’ll find it interesting.

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Part-time is best time?

Now here’s something I thought I would never consider – part time being better than full time. Earlier in the day I came across a comment on one of my articles (I will leave the writer of the comment anonymous for privacy reasons), and this thought occurred to me: “if I earned the same amount of money working part time as I did working full time, perhaps part time would be better?”

 

Now the context of the comment (to avoid confusion) was that some Millennials preferred part time work over full time work for a reasons including having more time to build upon relationships with family and friends. This in turn sparked an idea in my mind, so I crunched the numbers on my end, and it turns out that if I worked part time (different source, different industry), I would earn slightly more than what I am earning now working full time: fascinating.

 

Working smarter not harder has been a common theme in my research, and it seems that the concept could very well become a reality on my end – you do know what this means, right dear readers? More blog updates for you folks – that’s right! More content for you lovely readers out there with your coffees and your smug satisfied Lannister grins (humor intended); but in all seriousness I would be a lot happier to write more – this aspect in my life has been sorely lacking.

 

Well folks, I guess I am off to look at another path to take – something to consider when you are crunching your own numbers, but each traveler must take the path best suited for them. Until next time folks, take care.

Underemployed.

University education, post-secondary education – education in general as a means to an end. Yet when that end reaches us, how are we to actually achieve our goals if the end is not the desired outcome, but rather an empty void filled with lies and talk.

 

People often talk of this generation – the present younger generation – as unable to break into the market. Tell me, how are they supposed to enter this game when the mess you created is not fixed? Sure they “could” fix it on their own, but only if they had the resources, the political power, and the will to do so (they lack resources and political power). Thus the “old guard” continues to use them in ways they see fit – underemployment for people whose qualifications are quite high is a common sight. University-educated young adults are working in low-wage industries like security, and the service sector (waiters, etc) where they are paid just two to three dollars more than minimum wage and are expected to break into the housing market and start a family. Well grandpa, back in your day things weren’t better off either (recall the Great Depression folks), yet you had one element that helped drive your generation out of it: war. Now I don’t support going to war for the purpose of kick-starting the economy, but the element that made it all happen was a sudden injection of real action into the pool of an otherwise still water environment.

Countries roared to life once more as manufacturing and industry began its work to supply a vast military to fight in the second world war – we need that sort of stimulation once more (just without the Nazis and the fighting). However the outcome looks bleak – older people are retiring later and later, and industries are outsourcing to foreign countries where wages are lower (banks, tech firms, and factories do the same thing these days), thus the two-pronged attack on prosperity in this day and age will cripple us all and leave us in a destitute state. With governments unwilling (or unable due to blocking in their respective legislative assemblies) to take real action and find real solution outside of striking committee after committee, I am afraid this downward spiral will continue into the future so long as those incompetent monkeys are left to run the nation – but hey, young people craved change, and so change is what we will have, it just isn’t the good kind of change.

We now have neither the unity nor strength to repel them.

Canada as a nation seems to lack two critical items that would enable it to survive external aggression: unity and strength. Lately our present government has decided to cut defense spending, all the while the country’s society seems to lose more and more of its unifying aspects in favor of whatever makes people feel good. When you ask people (at least the average person) what makes them Canadian, you get a consumer product (beer), a sport (hockey), and nothing else. People seem to form their own enclaves and stick to their own little groups, where they neither use one of the two official languages of this country, nor talk about how to improve their lives here on Canadian soil (well, apart from making money by whatever means necessary).

 

Now our military – the slogan for the Canadian Forces presently is: “strong, proud, ready.” Strong? Sure, from a certain point of view that is – without the numbers, however, we cannot cover ground on our own. Proud? Yes I would agree with that, after all only those who are proud to say “Canadian” before whatever else usually enlist. Ready? For small-scale conflicts or low-intensity operations sure – though this seems to be the tempo for today’s armed forces.

 

Our military now faces a reduced budget, paused or cancelled projects (no word on those new warships previously promised under the Conservative government), and our veterans have received less-than-adequate treatment (a legacy of the Conservatives). However the key issue I want to address here is numbers; in order to effectively take on our missions, and to provide Canadians with a credible defense force, we need the numbers to make it happen. Now can we divide this expense evenly among the provinces? Absolutely, just look at Russia and their internal troops. Yet with a lack of government commitment, and a lack of commitment from the citizenry, I am afraid that this is but a dream at best. Without a sense of unity, and without the government’s willingness to pursue a vision of a stronger armed forces, I am afraid that when foreign powers look to Canada as a potential colony, source of revenue, or vassal state, we will be powerless to stop them. Without regular force troops here in British Columbia, we will be unable to stop an amphibious landing as our reservists will not be able to mobilize in time to repel the enemy attack. The fleet will be overwhelmed, and by the time our allies mobilize to aid us (or our own armed forces reaches this part of the country) the enemy will have dug in, and the casualty rates will cause Ottawa to question whether it is beneficial to keep fighting for BC, or whether it is better to cut their losses and sign the surrender document(s).

We neither have the unity, nor strength to repel them.