A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

July 3, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers

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How do I disarm a landmine after stepping on it?

You mean after you hear that soft “click” that mine manufacturers built in out of courtesy so that a soldier knows he’ll die soon and can say his last prayer, or, even better, be saved by his mates?

Sounds too good to be true? That’s because it is.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians commonly refer to such landmines as HSE mines – Hollywood Special Effect mines.

If you were to construct an anti-personnel (AP) mine, would you build it in a way that allows a soldier who stepped on it to get away unharmed? Probably not. At least that’s how weapon developers approach that question. And why wouldn’t they? Their job is to create a device that stops the enemy from penetrating an area (or at least to make it very time-consuming). The more casualties the deployment of the device produces, the more it will slow down or stop the enemy. Obviously, this is best achieved with a mine that instantly injures or kills a soldier rather than with one that allows him to survive unharmed.

Just to give you an idea, AP mines are usually activated by pressure, a trip wire, or remote detonation, depending on the type of mine. The most common type, blast mines, are shallowly buried and triggered by at least 5 to 16 kilograms of pressure (depending on the sensor) applied to its pressure plate. Once a soldier (or child, for that matter) steps on it, the AP mine will detonate. The blast is strong enough to severely injure or even kill a person, turning pieces of the victim’s bones into secondary fragmentation.

Again, there is no military value in creating AP mines that give victims a chance to get away unharmed. HSE mines are an invention by the movie industry to add a dramatic element to war movies. Once a soldier steps on one, the scene builds up anticipation and grows increasingly tense. It always makes for a good story, either to show the strong bonds of friendship and brotherhood between the good soldiers (like in The Monuments Men, The Boys in Company C, etc.), or of course the ruthlessness and inhumanity of the bad guys (like in Behind Enemy Lines). There is even a movie that is entirely dedicated to this topic: Landmine Goes Click. If Hollywood would show the effects of stepping on a landmine the way it actually is – a sudden, unanticipated blast – it would leave unexploited the potential for a pretty dramatic (yet fictional) event. But regardless of how often they are depicted in movies, HSE mines are not an actual thing!

Sorry to say this, but Hollywood has tricked you. Once you step on a mine, it’s already too late.

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What are the responsibilites of the CEO, COO, president, VP, etc of a company?

CEO: usually the person who is the public face of the company and has executive authority. The highest rank of the C-level directors, thus the COO, CFO, CTO all report to the CEO. They are responsible for the health and long term strategy of the company. In this biggest firms they report to a board of directors.

COO: Chief operating officer. They handle the day-to-day affairs and problems and work on strategy on the very short term – typically just in operations. For example in a manufacturing firm they focus on getting the actual product made and out the door, not on the sales or marketing side.

Other roles exist like chief financial officer, who handles and manages the money side, or chief technology officer who manages the IT/Tech people need to do their job. (edit: or the CIO, see good comments below for details)

Usually VPs are directors of certain divisions – VP of sales, VP of new product development, VP of marketing. They focus on that specific area and report to the CEO or COO, depending on the company. Sometimes in a smaller company or flatter organization, the COO may actually be the VP of operations, etc.



What Is Wrong With Modern Feminism?

“I am a strong supporter of classical equity feminism — the sort of feminism that won women the vote, educational opportunities, and many other freedoms. But on today’s campus, equity feminism has been eclipsed by fainting-couch feminism. Fainting-couchers view women as psychically fragile and prone to trauma. They demand trigger warnings, safe spaces, and micro-aggression monitoring. Their primary focus is not equality with men—but rather protection from them. As an equity feminist from the 70s, I see this as a setback for feminism—and for women.  There was a battle for the soul of feminism in the 80s and 90s. The wrong side won. Catharine MacKinnon and Andrea Dworkin (precursors to today’s fainting-couchers) sought to protect women from the ravages of an implacable, all-encompassing patriarchy. Never mind that no such patriarchy existed. Another group, known as sex-positive or libertarian feminists, focused on female freedom, personal responsibility, and pleasure. They saw MacDworkinism (as it came to be called) as a reactionary social purity movement. The libertarians had better arguments, but the MacDworkinites won most of the assistant professorships. Over the years, MacDworkinism has melded with “intersectionality.” Today, undergraduate women are told (depending on their identities) that they are oppressed not only by sexism, but by racism, classism, ableism, etc. Conceptually, the theory is muddled. For one thing it fights sexism and racism by classifying everyone according to sex and race. But at the highly privileged intersections of American higher education, the theory is all the rage. For an equality feminist like myself, this is a sorry development. Our feminist foremothers viewed women as just as competent and mentally strong as men, so they fought and won a battle for equality. Trigger warnings, safe spaces and identity theatrics betray that tradition, and treat women like fragile little birds in need of protection. I see too many talented, idealistic young women turning inward—away from a world that needs them.”

– Christina Hoff Sommers



What’s the best course of action after a painful breakup?

Okay, here’s what’s going to happen.

First, you’re going to delete all social media related to her. Delete, unfriend, block, remove.

Next, you’re going to sign-up for a new activity. Take up kickboxing, karate, magic the gathering – whatever. Something where you can build community. You need to be out of the house meeting people.

Third, you’re going to get your ass in the gym 4-5x per week. This is on top of the above. The above is about building community. This is about getting into great shape.

Now, go see your friends for a drink. Like every day. Don’t be alone for the next six weeks. Rotate between friends so you don’t crush any single one, but vent.

Never drink alone. It’s a dark path that you may never get off.

Write yourself a letter about all the problems in your relationship. Write about the red flags. Do this for two reasons: 1) to remind yourself not to idealize; 2) to read when you feel an overwhelming urge to reach out.

Don’t ever reach out. Even if you guys are ever to get back together, she pulled the trigger. You reaching out will do nothing – she needs to make that move if she wants to get back together.

Do not reach out.

Next, and this is the hardest part, you’re going to wait. The suffocating feeling will last for a month or three, but not forever. The dreams will fuck you up for a while, but not forever. The waves of pain will hit you every moment of every day. Then every other moment. Then a dozen times a day. Then half that. Then every other day. Eventually they’ll be sore spots you think about occasionally.

Don’t try to speed up this process. You can’t. It sucks.

If you’re good with women, go get laid. It won’t fill the void, but it will let you remember you have sexual value. If you’re bad with women, take the time to work on yourself until you’re good with them.

Don’t manipulate women for sex by pretending you want something more than you do. Be honest.

Don’t go searching for a relationship, you will be disappointed and it won’t fill the void.

Time. Time heals all wounds. Keep busy by growing and bettering yourself while you wait for the agony to pass.

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