Why Santa Couldn’t Possibly Live at the North Pole

Posted in Uncategorized on December 9th, 2016 by Othniel – Be the first to comment

So this has been bothering me for years now: Santa can’t possibly live and run his massive toy operation from the North Pole. It’s physically impossible.

Santa's Castle

Santa doesn’t live in a shack. According to the 1964 documentary, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” Santa lives in the “first castle on the left.”

There is no land at the North Pole. If Santa does exist, he lives on a giant ice sheet floating about 13,000 feet above the floor of the Arctic Ocean. That thin bed of ice averages between 6 and 10 feet thick.

It’s been established that Santa lives in a house next to the toy making facilities operated by elves. It’s also been established that elves are smaller than humans. Presuming an elf is about one-third the size of a human, we can calculate precisely how many elves work and live at the North Pole, how much room they would need to perform their duties, and how much heat would be generated by such a massive operation.

First, we need to estimate the number and size of the toys produced each year. Knowing that toys range in size from the pocket-friendly Tamagotchi to fully-inflated Jumpy Castles, it would be beyond generous to suggest that the average toy be roughly the same size and weight of the Lego Star Wars Imperial Troop Transport battle pack, product #75078. This product measures 7.5 inches by 5.6 inches by 1.8 inches, and has a shipping weight of 4 ounces.

The United Nations estimates there are 7,223,297,000 billion people on the planet. Of that, about 1,841,870,000 are children ages 14 and under. We could add an additional 591,702,000 children ages 15-19, but I’m ruling them out because odds are they don’t believe in Santa, and therefore no longer qualify for free elvan presents.

That means that Santa’s elves have to produce 7,367,481,228 ounces of Legos each year – that’s over 460 million pounds of toys, or about 230,234 TONS of toys. Mind you, none of these are wrapped in paper yet, which is standard practice for Christmas presents, and presumes no bows or other wrapping decorations are added.

Lego set #75078

Lego product #75078 is a generously small playset featuring Stormtroopers who are, ironically, probably setting out to burn a village of women and children.

To calculate the size and weight of the wrapping paper needed, we simply need to apply the formula 2ab + 2bc + 2ac to the dimensions of Lego set #75078. That gives us a surface area of about 131.16 square inches. Knowing that the elves will need extra paper to help tape together the edges, a conservative estimate of 150 square inches will be used. That means Santa’s elves will have to produce, or at least stock, 276,280,546,050 square inches of paper, which is about 1,918,614,903 square feet of paper. If the elves bought standard 24″-wide spools of paper from Bob Kraft’s paper company, they’d need 19,186,149 spools. At 60 pounds each, that’s an additional 575,584 TONS of weight for just wrapping paper alone!!

This means Santa must own and maintain a massive storage warehouse to protect his toys and supplies from the brutal North Pole weather. To protect only the wrapped and ready-to-deliver toys, he’d need a warehouse that can fit 44,045 acres worth of toys, which is about 69 square miles!

Next, we need to know how many elves are needed to make, box, wrap, and store the toys. Presuming one elf handles each toy from gathering the raw materials at the supply warehouse through production, complete to delivery at the finished toy warehouse, we can generously estimate a time of one hour per toy. Note that this also presumes that each elf is rather speedy, as we’ve already established the warehouse space alone is measured in miles, not feet.

1,841,870,000 elf-hours worth of time would be necessary to make one toy for every boy and girl on the planet. I say this because no one knows any kid who didn’t qualify for a toy on Christmas. Though he threatens it every year, Santa has never been proven to have not given a kid a toy – hence, the Naughty/Nice list is a proven sham. That being said, presuming each elf sleeps only 4 hours a night, Santa would need 92,093,500 elf-days worth of toy production. Since it takes about 2 days for Santa to actually deliver the toys, AND presuming Santa flies his toy warehouse so that there is no transfer of toys necessary from warehouse to sleigh (the warehouse therefore also is a magical sleigh), the elves have 363.25 days produce the toys. That means Santa needs, at a minimum, 253,526 elves to manufacture toys.

Santa's Tiny Sleigh

Santa’s sleigh can barely hold Kringle’s own massive form! Surely flying back and forth to restock the sleigh would be prohibitively inefficient?

Mind you, this doesn’t include inevitable industrial accidents, sick days, vacation days, personal time, or any other normal reasons an elf may not be able to work. With just 253,526 toy-manufacturing elves, we know there has to be at least a couple of pregnancies every year if only due to workplace shenanigans – shenanigans something being expected from magical creatures regularly described as frolicky and whimsical.

It would be reasonable to double that workforce for campus-related necessary jobs, such as bookkeeping, custodial services, shipping and receiving, general HR, security, and the like. After all, it is the North Pole, and occasionally a polar bear is going to walk by and consider snacking on the 2-foot-high elves – some elves will need to be patrolling the massive company grounds in self-defense.

All of this, by the way, presumes that no elves defect Santa’s camp and go work for another elvan organization. We know this happens, if only because of the massive Keebler cookie corporation.

That means that Santa would need, at minimum, at least another 84,509 elves to run the physical plant. Mind you, this does not include elves necessary to maintain the reindeer team, collect and files Santa’s massive delivery of letters from children, and other non-toymaking requirements, which we know is a critical part of his charity. A conservative estimate of 500,000 elves would be incredibly kind.

Lastly, and quite finally, we need to calculate the heat required to run Santa’s gigantic toy factory and corporate footprint. Presuming each elf needs only a laughable 15 square feet in which to stand and produce toys, Santa’s workshop would have to be 3,802,980 square feet, or .14 square miles of factory space. This is WELL OVER twice the size of the Pentagon in Washington, DC – and the Pentagon has a giant open park of unused space in its center!

If the factory were only 10 feet high (as elves are five times shorter than that), Santa’s factory would need to generate 67,377,844 BTU’s each hour to maintain a temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This presumes Santa paid for extremely efficient windows and insulation. It would take 19,746,506 watts of energy every hour to produce that heat.

A coal-burning power plant.

Coal-burning power plants are not known for being tiny, nor good for delicate environments.

As Santa seems to have a limitless supply of coal, it would be fair to presume that Santa powers his enterprise with coal power plants. A traditional steam electric generator powered by coal can produce about 19,210,000 BTUs for every 2000 pounds of coal. That means Santa needs about 7015 tons of coal every hour, or roughly 168,356 tons of coal every day for heating only his factory floor. This doesn’t include heat and electricity for the elf dormitories, warehouses, reindeer pens, the polar bear weapons armory, Santa’s infamous house, the massive mailroom, and the countless other buildings required.

Industrial coal burns at about 3500 degrees Fahrenheit. 2000 tons of coal takes up about 66,666 square feet of space. The burning space required to burn just one hour’s worth of coal would be 1.53 acres. That means that an extremely economic and fuel-efficient coal-powered space-age power generator would be a 1.5 acre block radiating 3500 degrees of heat, 24/7, 365 days a year!!  And since Santa’s operation cannot shut down even for a moment, he’d need at least one duplicate back-up power station running at all times – doubling his need for coal, coal storage and delivery, and elves to work the plant, and creating another massive heating structure on the ice block upon which his enterprise is built!

The heat being thrown off by these plants would be matched by billowing clouds of toxic gasses helping dissolve an already-pierced ozone layer, which would translate into even faster melting of the foundational ice cap, as we know Santa’s castle spends six months of the year in constant sunlight.

Therefore, *IF* Santa ever lived at the North Pole with a massive group of elves and magical reindeer, *AND* he did continue to deliver toys to the boys and girls of Earth every Christmas, his operation would have become so huge that the heat generated by the gigantic undertaking would have been enough to melt all of the ice under and around the corporation in minutes.  The sheer weight of the mountains of coal, never ending supplies of reindeer feed, and even the friction from all of those elvan feet and industrial vehicles would generate even more heat to the thick sheet of ice, and guarantee that the remaining warehouses and dormitories would quickly crack and shatter the entire property like a Mack truck driving through a bank window.

Jack Dawson

“I’m the king of the North Pole!”

The point being – Santa and every one of his elves and reindeer would have drowned, and are now sitting 13,000 feet below the Arctic Ocean.

With Jack Dawson.

 

 

 

December 9, 2016

Nobody Wins Apparently, They Just Cheat

Posted in Uncategorized on September 12th, 2015 by Othniel – Be the first to comment

In the age where every kid wins a participation trophy, and nobody can be in first place, it only makes sense that many teams in the NFL are whining about how they didn’t lose, but that the Patriots cheated.

Nobody proved that Tom Brady or anyone else deflated a football!  The NFL said that it was “more probable than not” that Tom Brady knew something happened, even though they couldn’t prove that anything even happened, never mind who did it.  So some shithead sports writer added the word GATE to the end of a word relevant to the conversation – again – and suddenly the Patriots are guilty in the court of public opinion.

Well, here are some missed GATE scandals that clearly weren’t a big fucking issue at the time they happened, but would be scandals in today’s sore loser world of the National Football League.  If the Patriots did any of these today, the players would be suspended for multiple games.

#TRIPGATE

Mike Tomlin says he just spaced out during what would have been a game-changing kickoff return against the Baltimore Ravens in 2013.  He accidentally stuck out his foot and almost tripped Jacoby Jones, who was in the process of returning a kick for a touchdown.  Had Tomlin not stuck out his foot, Jones may have not had to lean back into the field, and perhaps wouldn’t have had to run closer to the man who immediately tackled him.  No suspension for Tomlin.

#TOEGATE

Tony Romo and his Cowboys only had a three point lead in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings in 2013, and the Cowboys had just run a play that *almost* gave them a first down.  Romo waited for the official to spot the ball, and when he looked away, Romo pushed the ball forward with his foot to get the few inches he needed.  He was caught, but there was no suspension for Romo for cheating.

#STOMPGATE

Remember that time in 2014 when Ndamukong Suh stepped on Aaron Rodgers’ injured leg when Green Bay took on the Detroit Lions?  Oh right, you don’t remember which one I’m referring to because he did it TWICE in one game!  Suh was suspended for only one game for trying to take out another team’s most important player, but he appealed the suspension, and got off scot free.  Why?  Because the NFL said it would be unfair to have Suh sit out the playoff games that were just starting up.

#TESTICLESGATE

While we’re talking about Ndamukong Suh, let’s talk about that time he kicked Houston Texas quarterback Matt Shaub in the balls.  Suh had been tossed to the ground, but in this video you can clearly see him identify where Shaub is, and then he reaches out with his left foot and solidly kicks Shaub in the balls.  Suh wasn’t suspended even one game for this junk kick.

#BADACTINGGATE

September of 2011, the New York Giants are facing off against the New Orleans Saints, and it’s a tough game.  The Saints have been using a no-huddle offense which is tiring the Giants players out.  Worse, the Giants don’t have time to respond to how the Rams are setting up at the line.  So instead of trying harder, Giants defense players Deon Grant decides to simply fall to the ground and pretend he’s hurt.  Only problem is that he didn’t notice his fellow teammate, Jacquian Williams, had just tried the same fake injury fall seconds before him!  Millions of Americans saw acting even worse than Nick Cage, yet both players were never suspended for their clear cheating.

#BEHEADINGGATE

You know, it wouldn’t be fair to end this blog post without at least one more Ndamukong Suh cheating/gate video.  In 2010, Suh and his Tigers were taking on the Cleveland Browns in a preseason game.  That’s right – preseason.  It’s a game that means nothing.  It’s basically a practice where you suit up and fans get to watch.  Jake Delhomme was looking downfield to make a pass when Ndamukong grabbed his facemask and practically snapped Delhomme’s neck yanking his head back.  Instead of letting go, he then put Delhomme in a headlock,and basically tried to rip his head off as he threw him to the ground!  Even the announcers said he was trying to behead the quarterback!  How many games was he suspended?  None.

These are only five quick, easy examples of cheating in the last five years in the NFL.  In every example, nobody was suspended.  Even repeat offenders got off scoff-free, without months-long public opinion witch hunts and hollow tribunals meant to instigate libel and slander.

What’s are the two things all of these videos have in common?

Number 1 – none of the CLEARLY guilty players were suspended.

Number 2 – all of it was caught on camera.

That’s right, there’s clear evidence that somebody cheated, yet no players or coaching staff were suspended.  But the Patriots have been lambasted for months over something that scientists have shown time and time again was normal and expected for the weather conditions during the Colts/Pats game in question.

Maybe we should be using a different hashtag?  Something like:

#COMMISSIONERGATE

How to Eradicate ISIS

Posted in Uncategorized on October 6th, 2014 by Othniel – Be the first to comment

Our plan to eradicate ISIS saves millions of dollars AND it saves the US Post Office!

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Book Question From a Reader: Blood Loss

Posted in Uncategorized on March 11th, 2013 by Othniel – Be the first to comment
Intravenous (IV) Setup

If you get bitten by a bug, and we're around, you're getting one of these hooked up to your arm (if you have one left) immediately.

A few people who have read my book  Vikings, Vampires, and Mailmen noted that during one scene when one of my guys was bitten by a bug, we immediately ran an intravenous (IV) line into his arm when there hadn’t been any obvious loss of blood.  They’ve asked why we did that.

Well, there are actually a couple of reasons why this is a good idea.

The first reason we immediately start a line into a trauma patient is because, in our business, if you get bit you’re going to require a LOT of shots.  I can’t stress enough how the mouth of a vampire is a garbage dumpster of diseases, viruses, toxins, and other nasty things.  The risk of communicable diseases and infection is always 100%, so we pump bug attack victims with plenty of antibiotics and other cocktails I’m not going to discuss in detail.  You can’t keep telling a guy to stick his arm back out for the many, many shots we administer, especially since we’re probably going to be doing this in a cramped environment where people are bumping into each other — the victim’s arm would look like a pincushion!  When you run an IV you simply have to shoot each new syringe into the injection port of the bag/line instead of having to find a vein again.

Another reason we start an IV right away is because of blood pressure.  Generally speaking, when a person is first injured their blood pressure is still very strong.  As they bleed out, which can happen very rapidly, their blood pressure drops, and some of their blood vessels may start to collapse.  What this means is that the longer you wait, the harder it’s going to be to start a proper IV.  So in combat/street trauma, premature is always better than too late.

In the case of our guy that was wounded down in Wolf Bay, he had actually lost a lot more blood than we originally thought, as his most severe wound was concealed beneath the body armor on his upper leg.  His clothing and armor actually pooled the blood, so until that armor came off, we couldn’t accurately assess the extent of his wounds.  That being said, even when we got all his clothes off, we still wouldn’t have been able to accurately assess all of his wounds, as puncture wounds like handgun entry wounds or stab wounds often only show an entry point — not the severity of the injury.  Internal bleeding is a real concern, and when blood is leaking out, additional blood, or at least saline must be added to keep blood pressure up.

So yes, we did indeed run an IV long before we suspected blood pressure was going to drop, and in that particular case we were right for both reasons.  Once again, our job is rather unique, so as you read my books you’ll see that we do many things differently for very logical reasons.  Cheers!

When Hollywood Goes Badly Wrong

Posted in Uncategorized on September 27th, 2012 by Othniel – Be the first to comment

We’re going to settle this whole “Guy flying backward when hit with bullets or other projectiles” thing once and for all.

In the movies and television, very often an overly-creative director instructs his special effects people to make it look like people who were shot with projectile objects fly backwards in space, as if the bullet or arrow hit them with so much force that it lifted them up and tossed them back like a ragdoll.

That couldn’t be further from what really happens.  Projectiles are small, light, fast objects designed to penetrate flesh.  The projectile is supposed to enter a body (human or animal) and cause internal damage so that the body stops not due to momentum, but due to structural damage to the bones and organs.  For example, a bow hunter tries to shoot a deer through its lungs and heart in one shot, meaning it won’t be able to breathe or pump blood, which will bring it down in a matter of moments as its brain runs out of oxygen.

When we fire our submachine gun “hoses” at bugs and other bad guys, we first aim for the balls/hips.  Our bullets smash into the bones of the upper legs and hips, shattering the platform that allows a creature to move.  If the undead don’t have moveable legs, they can’t run after us, dig?  This is why this whole “flying across the room” thing is so annoying to professionals like us.  See, if we only shoot them in the chest, the bullets don’t even slow them down.  Let me explain with some physics.

ridiculous graphic of man getting blown away by a tiny crossbow bolt

Clearly this dude is getting blasted by a massive force, emanating from a magical aluminum tube?!

Let’s take the case of the image above where this dude is getting hit with a crossbow bolt in the beginning of season 1, episode 1 of the show “Revolution.”  In it the bolt clearly hits him in the chest, because his head and legs snap forward.  His torso stops immediately in space, and falls to the ground at the speed of gravity.  This is an absolutely impossible scenario, because the dude simply has too much momentum for that tiny little crossbow bolt to handle.

The Victim:
The victim appears to be about six feet tall, as he is carrying a standard-looking pickaxe (36 inches long), and since he is running with it one-handed with apparent ease, let’s presume he weighs about 180lbs.  The average human can run about 11mph (some as fast as 23mph), but since the guy had only started running seconds before, let’s say he was running at 5mph when he was hit with the bolt.

The Shooter:
The shooter appears to be about equal size and weight, firing a basic crossbow from across the street.  Because we can’t determine the type of crossbow he’s using, we’re going to give him the incredibly powerful PSE Tac 15i crossbow.  Now, he is CLEARLY not using anything even remotely close to this powerful a crossbow, but we’re going to give it to him anyway so that all the medieval weaponry nuts can’t argue the point that the crossbow could have been more powerful.  The PSE Tac 15i fires a 425 grain bolt at about 402 feet per second.

In order for this man to have been stopped dead in his tracks, the momentum from the crossbow bolt wouldn’t just have to be equal to the momentum from the running man, it would also have had to expend all of its energy when it hit, meaning it can’t fly through him and keep going (like bullets tend to do).

Momentum:
To determine momentum, we have to multiply the mass of the objects in motion by the speed at which they are moving.  First we convert to the metric system, so the 180lb victim weighs 81.65 kilograms, and moving at 5mph that converts to 2.235 meters per second.  That gives the running man a momentum of 182.49 kg x m/s.  The 425 grain crossbow bolt weighs .0275 kilograms, and 402 feet per second converts to 122.5 meters per second.  That gives the bolt a momentum of 3.37 kg x m/s.

Once again, in order to stop the man dead in his tracks, the momentum values would have to be at least close to equal, as some energy would be lost in heat, deceleration, flying limbs, etc.  But the figures we get clearly aren’t even close.

Victim = 182.49 kg x m/s.
Crossbow bolt = 3.37 kg x m/s.

With 54 times the momentum of the crossbow bolt, the running man may have slowed the tiniest amount (roughly .092mph) upon impact, but he would have sent the bolt flying.  The only reason the bolt didn’t take off like a baseball off a bat is because it was sharp and buried itself into his chest.

US Air Force hyperspeed craft

This US Air Force hyperspeed craft flew at about Mach 20, and peeled apart from the heat and friction, but a crossbow bolt is fine at that speed?

In order for the bolt to stop the man dead in his tracks it would have had to have been moving much faster, been much heavier, or been Scotch-taped to the front of a truck.  By much faster I mean it would have needed to be flying at 6636 meters per second, or roughly 14,840mph — which is about 19.5 times the speed of sound!  That’s right, there should have been a loud crack as the bolt created a sonic boom, which clearly didn’t happen.

That means the bolt would have to have been heavier.  In fact, it would have had to have weighed 1.49 kilograms, or 3.29 pounds, which is 54 times heavier than the bolt.  Let’s presume the wooden handle to the pickaxe the victim was carrying was made of ash, the 36 inch handle would weigh about 1.45 pounds.  If the shooter fired a wooden stake from his crossbow it would have had to have been over six feet long if made of ash, and been as thick as that pickaxe handle!

Which it clearly wasn’t… nevermind that the weenie crossbow couldn’t even have launched that big of a piece of wood.

So no matter how you slice it, or how you try to bend reality, gravity still exists, so physics still apply.  Sure, people who love medieval times probably never heard of a guy named Isaac Newton, as he came up with a few laws of motion (the second one in 1713) that clearly dictate how projectile objects will behave when hitting other objects.  Since we can calculate precisely what it takes to make human beings go flying around (without taking into account people are basically bags of Campbells Soup, and tend to burst apart when struck violently), we can very clearly do the math showing that it’s impossible for a tiny bullet, bolt, or arrow to toss someone across a room or into the air.

So please, JJ Abrams and other Hollywood types, cut it out.  It makes your work look amateurish.

The Zombie Apocalypse

Posted in Uncategorized on June 2nd, 2012 by Othniel – Be the first to comment
Movie Poster for "Zombre"

He came to free the people... from their brains!

Please, no more emails asking if the zombie apocalypse has begun!

In the last few weeks, there have been some strange happenings.  First, a man starts eating another man’s face, and when police tell him to stop, he growls at them and keeps eating until he’s shot to death.  Another story talks about a guy in Maryland eating his friend’s heart and brain.  Then there’s the story about the guy in Hackensack who tore out his intestines and threw them at cops.  And there have been more…

Has the zombie apocalypse begun?  Probably not.  After all, when have you read anything where zombies used their own guts as weapons?  Maybe if it was some deadly tentacle, but when was the last time you read about deadly tummy tentacles?  Yeah, maybe ass tentacles from Japanese butt zombies, sure…

Now maybe I have seen zombies, and maybe I haven’t — I’m not trying to be coy, just noting that in my business we’ve had some real grey areas.  Still, I’m both a big fan and student of the strange, and an expert in evil, and it’s my professional opinion that the Zombie Apocalypse isn’t here yet.

For starters, zombies are believed to eat brains, or at least prefer brains.  Not faces.  Not hearts.  The guy in Hackensack wasn’t eating somebody, he was disposing of himself from the inside-out!  If anything, he’s an anti-zombie.  Also, any surviving victims would become zombies after a short amount of time, and last time I heard, the guy in Miami is being considered for a face transplant.  Since he hasn’t attempted to eat his doctors’ brains, he’s not a zombie.

I’ve also been taught the only way to kill a zombie is to destroy its brain.  I’ve seen the photos of the attacker in Miami, and it looks like he was shot five times in the upper chest.  Maybe I missed something, but it didn’t look like there was one head shot, and let me tell you, he’s plenty dead.  Like, the forever type dead, not undead.

Granted, I’ve seen some creatures that have zombie-like characteristics.  The bugs we exterminate were once dead.  They do eat people.  They only die when we destroy their brains.  Bugs beget more bugs, though it’s not as often as you’d think.  Still, every source I’ve read on zombies (except for those in the Caribbean) insist that when you see one zombie, you’ve probably got a lot more.  Basically, they’re like termites… brain-chewing undead termites.

The conclusion?  It can be said with 100% certainty that if the Zombie Apocalypse has begun, it has nothing to do with the cases mentioned above.  Maybe it’s happening right now somewhere in some quiet part of Africa, or in the slums of Rio de Janeiro.  If that’s the case, I’m sure guys like me will be called in to stop the problem before it explodes.

That is, if we haven’t already done that before, and kept it rather quiet…

And People Think We’re Weird

Posted in Uncategorized on April 10th, 2012 by Othniel – Be the first to comment

Top: The famous frame of the Patterson film. Middle: An official sketch from the BFRO of what Bigfoot's face looks like. Bottom: a fur trapper from the movie "Jeremiah Johnson."

It turns out there’s an organization out there that hunts Bigfoot, the mythical ape-man that roams North America.  But that’s not the weird part — what is strange is that groups of people pay $300 to $500 each to go on Bigfoot hunting tours.

The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization runs four-day expeditions to locate and observe Bigfoot, or perhaps multiple… bigfeet?  What makes this interesting is that, even though these expeditions seem to always end with no sightings, people still pony up hundreds of dollars to go on them.  What they usually find are holes in the ground the tour leader often claims is a footprint, and, of course, big piles of poop they claim was left by Bigfoot.

That’s right, no sightings of Bigfoot, so people are basically paying hundreds of dollars to collect Bigpoop.

According to the BFRO, it is undisputed that for over 400 years people have sighted tall, furry man-like creatures in the woods of North America.  This is very shocking considering the woods of North America have been the stomping grounds for hunters and trappers for hundreds of years.  And what do they tend to wear?  Well, animal furs, basically.  And big animal-fur boots, which make their feet seem bigger.

If you do happen to spot Bigfoot, however, do be sure to fill out this contact report form at the BFRO.

Another Marauder?

Posted in Uncategorized on April 2nd, 2012 by Othniel – Be the first to comment
The Paramount Marauder

Someone driving the civilian version of this thing is clearly compensating for something.

One of our readers sent us an email noting that there is another vehicle named “marauder” in the world of badass vehicles.

The Paramount Marauder is a mine-protected military vehicle similar to the HMMWV “Humvee.” Where the Humvee is built in the US, the Marauder is built in South Africa, and used mostly in third-world nations like Azerbaijan and South Africa.  It’s a pretty tough truck, but doesn’t really compare to our USVS Marauder.

Our Marauders were custom-built by Mack Trucks many years before the Paramount one of the same name.  Although the design for both of our Marauders is still classified, it’s safe to say that the sensors built into ours blow away this third-world knockoff.  Ours are significantly bigger, and can actually off-road better!  We also carry more fuel and get much better gas mileage, just like the highway monsters Mack makes every day.  And we created ours first, so they should change their name to something else — like the Pansy Marauder, or the Wanna-Be Marauder.

There’s now a civilian version of the Marauder, which isn’t much different from the military version.  As much as I’m keeping my Marauders, it probably would be a lot of fun to drive one of these things.

We’ve Been Audited?

Posted in Uncategorized on March 12th, 2012 by Othniel – Be the first to comment

Even when a government oversight committee is trying to help you, it still feels like someone's counting your beans.

I’m not quite sure what Government Computer News is all about, but apparently they review government agencies to keep us all honest.

We got an anonymous tip that we’d been reviewed by this company back in October of 2010.  We haven’t heard anything else about it, so we’re guessing we passed with flying colors.  After all, we work really hard to be the best at what we do, and we can only hope that those who take a fine-toothed comb to our work will see it the same way.

Well Ain’t This a Dandy?

Posted in Uncategorized on March 2nd, 2012 by Othniel – Be the first to comment
Third-world soccer field

This is what a soccer field looks like all over the world. Billions of kids play soccer on fields like this every day, but apparently that's not good enough for America's captured terrorists.

In December of 2003, President Bush signed a law that trained pilots and other flight officers on how to properly carry guns on planes.  This program, called the Federal Flight Deck Officer program, is run through the Federal Air Marshal Service – the same guys that are tasked with protecting us when we fly.  Since then, estimates suggest that there are somewhere around 12,000 trained and armed federal flight deck officers.

The current White House administration wants to significantly cut the program.  They want to drop the budget from this program from $25 million to $12 million, which breaks down to about $1000 per trained, armed flight deck officer.

Now, before you think that’s a lot of money to keep you and your family safe while flying the terrorist skies, take into consideration that the same White House administration just built a brand new, $774,000 soccer field for the prisoners down at Guantanamo Bay.  Mind you, this soccer field will only be used by about 120 prisoners, which means that the field cost about $6450 per terrorist Pele.

The White House approves spending $6450 per terrorist to let them play soccer, but feels that paying anything more than $1000 per pilot to keep your family safe is too much.

Does anybody else have a problem with this?