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FDO™ needs research help for ANCESTOR

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    Junkies, I’ll keep a running list of what I need here for ANCESTOR research. Reply in the comments below, or feel free to email me scott@scottsigler.net if you have applicable experience, or know someone who would help.

    MANDARIN FLUENCY:
    I need someone to give me some translations from English to Mandarin. Looking for a native speaker

    CBRN MILITARY TRAINING / KNOWLEDGE:
    Looking for info on what elite units specialize in CBRN operations. Primarily, first-responders, combat troops sent into biological hazard zones. In short, who gets the funny suit and the guns when it’s time to go into a hot zone? 

    COW EXPERIENCE:
    Holsteins feature prominently in ANCESTOR. I want to make sure I have the details right and I’m not missing anything that would compromise the book. Raised cattle? Worked on a diary farm? Let me know.

    HELICOPTER PILOT / EXPERIENCE:
    Anyone ever fly a Bell 427? Anything close to that?

    CANADIAN ARMED FORCES VETERAN:
    I’m sure it’s similiar to experience in the US Armed Forces, but would like to get the personality and tone of Canadian vets.

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    The Irishman from Ohio

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    Need a proof-reader in this regard.

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    Who gets the funny suit and a gun? Well that kinda depends on the situation. In a typical field combat environment every soldier has a MOPP suit (Mission Oriented Protective Posture). Typically for ground operations one would send in an infantry unit to secure the area after an aerial recon. You’d have a bunch of guys going around in protective masks, thick rubber gloves and lace-on boot covers, and a suit with layers of charcoal-impregnated cloth to keep out the nasty stuff. The military MOPP suit, while not as fancy as the CDC suits that utilize positive pressure, are much more suited to a foeld or combat environment. They are easier to move in, more durable, and small tears and holes can be repaired quickly with little more than duct-type tape.

    I don’t know that there are any "elite" units that specialize in CBRN (we used to call it NBC when I was enlisted 15 years ago), aside from the teams that you see in "Outbreak" and "The Andromeda Strain." Those teams are "elite" strictly in the intellectual sense. I imagine that you’re talking about "elite" as in "I could kill you with a napkin." Gren Berets, Rangers, SEALS, Delta, etc are all trained to operate in chem and rad environments, but as far as I know there’s really no such thing as a team of professional shooters that specialize in CBRN environments, mainly because if things are that nasty wherever they are going, its unlikely anyone will be left alive to shoot anyway. Basically, nobody really expects resistance in an area that has been irradiated or chemically doused.

    If you’re going for maximum realism, don’t make it out like your shooters are also experts on all aspects of CBRN, because they wouldn’t be. They might, however, have a CBRN Specialist tagging along. This person would be a trained soldier who knows how to take orders and return fire, but would not be anywhere near the level of combat skill of your shooters.

    Anything else you need to know? :)

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  • Yes, I know a person who knows about COWS – go figure! 
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Just something I noticed that kinda stuck out. Its about some of the firearms. In one story you described an Uzi running dry and going "click click click" on empty.

Uhh… no Smile

Y’see, an Uzi is an open-bolt weapon. That means that it uses a fixed firing pin situated at the back of the bolt. When you cock the weapon, you are pulling the whole bolt back and locking it where it stays until the trigger is squeezed (squeeze, never pull). When fired, the bolt comes forward, strips a round off the clip, chambers it, and the weight of the entire bolt is transfered into the fixed firing pin. When the round fires, the bolt is returned to the open position. Rinse and repeat.

When an Uzi runs out of bullets.. err, I mean Happy Pills! Yeah, Happy Pills. Anyway, when it runs out, it doesn’t go "click click click." It doesn’t really make any noise because the bolt is locked back by the empty mag. There’s no "click" of a hammer falling thought, because an open-bolt weapon doesn’t have one.

A closed-bolt weapon like an M4 DOES have a hammer. When you chamber a round, the bolt is completely closed, but the firing pin is "floating" instead of "fixed." It has some wiggle room so it wont strike the primer until the trigger is squeezed, which causes an internal hammer to snap forward on the opposite end of the pin.

The trade-off. Open-bolt weapons are low-maintainence, high reliability weapons. Closed bolt weapons have more little moving parts so take more maintainence. However, since they have only a small hammer in a balanced position moving forward when the trigger is squeezed, instead of several ounces to a pound of steel bolt flying forward to upset your aim, closed-bolt weapons tend to be far more accurate, especially at long ranges.

Other open-bolt weapons:

MAC-10

M-60

AK47 / AK74 / AKMS (Ole Antonin was a big fan of the open-bolt)

M2 .50cal

FN M249 SAW

Closed-bolt:

M16 / M4

All H&K’s

P90

Almost all semi-auto pistols.

I know, its weird that a chick knows this much about guns. Well, maybe not so weird around here ;)

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there HAS to a line fighting men brawling to get to meet you.

The Irishman from Ohio

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…most guys seem a little imtimidated by it. I can’t help it. I was an Army brat, then enlisted right out of high school & did six years. I literally grew up around guns and shit that goes boom.

Seriously, my dad used to store C4 in our garage after training if he didn’t feel like taking it back to the armory that night. At least that’s what I was told. I dunno, he coulda been selling that stuff. I can think of a few creative uses for a pound of C4 and some radio transmitter detonators. I could get everything I need to make them at the Radio Shack down the street.

Aaand there I go again Smile

I’m not really that dangerous, just keep me away from knives and explosives. And chocolate. And Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey. I loooves me some Chunky Monkey.

In time, a population of sheep must beget a government of wolves.

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still a need there?

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"elite" as in "I could kill you with a napkin."

Now that is bad ass…in a Jason Bourne kinda way!

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–Gmork (MP, CA, WC, TG, MoGC, AAGC, PWTG, TBG)

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…that I was a 74D (CBRN Specialist) in the Army. Airborne too. Yeah, I’m kinda crazy like that, what with the jumping out of the planes and the hitting the ground & all. I was stationed at Ft. Bragg for three years in the 82nd. Lets see, there’s JSOC, Delta, Special Forces Headquarters and training Brigade, plus Division and 18th Airborne Corps LRPS.

Yeah, I’ve known a few of "those" kind of elite guys. I actually dated one for a while, but he was way too hyper for me.

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  • I took a cow information dump on your inbox, remember to wear boots when opening it…… 
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    I know a guy that has "Cow Experience", but I don’t think its they type you’re looking for…..

    Really wish I could help!!

    "He’d obviously made the turn and was hurtling down that final straight away to the void.  His membership in the sentient being club permanently revoked."

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    I tried sending you email from within the system, but no answer. PerfectDayForDying, email your FDO™ scott@scottsigler.net

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    Just e-mailed you about helos.

    – “When I get a little money I buy books. If any is left over, I buy food and clothes.” – Erasmus

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    That’s right, PerfectDayForDying…

    Make the FDO beg! Make him want the way we do when we wait for our next fix of Junkie goodness!! >:^)

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    –Gmork (MP, CA, WC, TG, MoGC, AAGC, PWTG, TBG)

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    Gmork, she could kill us with the thin plastic wrapping that napkins come in! PerfectDayForDying just might be a GirlCo candidate…

    – “When I get a little money I buy books. If any is left over, I buy food and clothes.” – Erasmus

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    Scott I work with several people who are from China and speak Mandarin.  They said they could help you.  Shoot me an email or PM if you still need help.

    "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." – Goethe

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    She could suffocate us using Saran Wrap!

    Although I’m really interested to see what kind of damage can be done using a spork :)

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    –Gmork (MP, CA, WC, TG, MoGC, AAGC, PWTG, TBG)

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    The discerning assassin always chooses the finest tools…

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/kitchen/8ace/

    Just run the plays I call, Barnes!

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    I was going to hold out until Contagous #24, but I caved last night. The power of the FDO simply cannot be resisted :)  

    Just run the plays I call, Barnes!

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    I HAVE THAT SPORK IN MY KITCHEN!!! Also, all that stuff you wrote is really really really REALLY cool! Now i feel like a lazy bastard! Meh…

    Mister Crusher SHUT UP! Doctor, get this child off my bridge… – Captain Picard

    Cyclops: "Fry em Storm"

    Magneto: "Really? A lightning strike in a giant copper conductor? I thought you lived in a school.

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    FDO;

    Just finished this one on Sunday night, and a couple of things kinda stuck in my mind as wrong.

    First, to keep 50 cows in the high arctic for any length of time would require tons of food daily. Since cows are stupid (they can’t dig through snow to get at the grass, or eat snow for the water) they have to be fed and watered. Lets say a cow eats 50lbs of hay a day (one bale) and drinks 20 gallons of water. Thats 2500lbs of hay and 1000g of water. Since Baffin Island is kinda cold and doesn’t have grasses and fresh water streams, that food and water would have to be flown or shipped in. Kinda hard to do in the winter up there as the ocean freezes and not a lot of planes like cold weather flying. Plus, if you use holseins, dairy cows, they have to be milked twice a day each time giving off 2-3 gallons of milk. You might have to add some farmers to take care of the animals and make the staff so tired of drinking milk that they will never want to see it again. Or maybe move the opperation further south, to more populated areas, like northern Alberta. Change the cows to beef cows and no one would be the wiser. Hide in plain sight as they say.

    Second, the Canadian military is a well trained, under equiped peace keeping force. We pride ourselvs as being the ones to go into world hot spots and try and keep the peace under the UN Flag. The kinda guy that Magnus is would not be coming out of our system. Canadian special forces are almost nonexistant. But if he had joined a foreign army, US, Isralie or even British, that would be more plausable.

    Third, when Magnus enters the mine looking for the girls and to get away from the baby cows, you say he is running on frozen ground in the mine. Since Lake Superior isn’t in the area where permfrost is, the ground in the mine would not be frozen, even if it was -50 outside.

    Fourth,  snow and ice don’t mix. If the fresh water is starting to freeze and a bunch of snow falls on it then the snow will act as insulation and the ice won’t get thicker as fast. You may need to alternate cold spells and snow storms.

     Keep up the good work. 

    Can’t wait for more.

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    For a grand total of about 10-15 years on and off.  Ping me if you have specific questions or still need opinions.  I had some comments but I don’t want to spam if Mycroft or someone else has already covered sufficiently.

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     You say Awesomesauce too!? I’ve only ever met 1 othewr person who said that, and that’s the person I picked it up from! Haha

    "So do you guys have Battletoads..?"

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    who began the use of “awesome sauce.” Gmork is a goddess. You’re lucky she didn’t fang you, toast you, and terminate your little self. (The rest of you note: there are definitely privileges to being an OJ…)

    – “When I get a little money I buy books. If any is left over, I buy food and clothes.” – Erasmus

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    well, I’m pretty sure I can’t take credit for creating the expression…but then again, I could switch that to "Awesome Gravy" instead of "sauce"…cause you know, everything is better with gravy :)

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    –Gmork (MP, CA, WC, TG, MoGC, AAGC, PWTG, TBG)

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    I’ve been eyeing that spork for a while but I just can’t justfy it.  But ThinkGeek gets *a lot* of my money with the other products they sell.

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    –Gmork (MP, CA, WC, TG, MoGC, AAGC, PWTG, TBG)

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    When the police finally arrest me all I’m going to have on me is a Sigler book and a Spork. 

    And as soon as I can convince my wife of it I’m buy that "Spork of the Gods".  That thing is SWEET!! 

    Wife is concerned that if I buy it I might actually be tempted to use it (not for food….) I can only assume she thinks I’ll use it as a gardening tool.  What else could you do with that thing?

    Oh right.  Torturing the innocent.  Forgot about that. 

    He’d obviously made the turn and was hurtling down that final straighaway to the void. His membership in the sentient being club permanently revoked.

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    Biscuits and Gravy is my favorite breakfast food.

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    I AM not just junkie, I AM a pusher man & I AM Sadocks Tangent Brother.

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    but I think she might be able to suffocate us by merely thinking about using Saran Wrap. (This disturbs me, and I like it.)

    – “When I get a little money I buy books. If any is left over, I buy food and clothes.” – Erasmus

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    CB was able to say "awesome sauce" with perfect pronounciation at Balticon!!  The Boy is brilliant!

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    –Gmork (MP, CA, WC, TG, MoGC, AAGC, PWTG, TBG)

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    It tends to tear too easily, then the victim gets all brody, thinking they’ve been saved. 

    Let me tell ya, you only have to make that mistake once. Do you know how much of a pain it is to hold their mouth open & stuff the torn saran wrap down their throat? Sheesh! An ice pick through the back of the skull is WAY easier.

    Just run the plays I call, Barnes!

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    The Irishman from Ohio

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    He gets some of his awesome smartness from his toasty Aunt Gmork!

    – “When I get a little money I buy books. If any is left over, I buy food and clothes.” – Erasmus

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    I also like French fries drenched in gravy!
     

    "What the hell is happening? I blew up the building. Why? Because you made a phone call."

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    I love an openfaced turkey sandwich with gravy dripping all over the french fries.  Add just a little ketchup and its heaven. 

    He’d obviously made the turn and was hurtling down that final straighaway to the void. His membership in the sentient being club permanently revoked.

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     Now I will have to have some for lunch. (damn you but thank you) NOM!
     

    "What the hell is happening? I blew up the building. Why? Because you made a phone call."

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    I’ve been thinking about that since I posted!  So yummy.

    He’d obviously made the turn and was hurtling down that final straighaway to the void. His membership in the sentient being club permanently revoked.

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    I gave my wife one of those in her Christmas stocking for 2009.

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    So is there a chance that the FDO is going on a book tour for ancestor or the starter? Please Please Please! I think orange county ca needs to see the FDO so his lowly junkies can grovel at his feet.

    Parents poison their children, never teach them to question-Marcus Bischoff of Heaven Shall Burn

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    The Irishman from Ohio

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    Bell 427 handles well because of double tail-rotor. Used by security forces worldwide because of speed and maneuverability.

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  • The Navy’s newest warship is slowly disappearing, one molecule at a time.

    This isn’t a sequel to the 1984 sci-fi flick The Philadelphia Experiment, in which a Navy destroyer-escort vanishes through a time portal in Pennsylvania only to reappear in Nevada, 40 years later.

    No, this time the disintegration is real. And so is the resulting tension between the Navy and the disappearing warship’s upstart builder.

    The afflicted vessel is USS Independence, the second in the sailing branch’s fleet of fast, reconfigurable Littoral Combat Ships. Eventually, these ships are supposed to be the workhorses” of tomorrow’s Navy.

    As Bloomberg reported, the Navy has discovered “aggressive” corrosion around Independence’s engines. The problem is so bad that the barely year-old ship will have to be laid up in a San Diego drydock so workers can replace whole chunks of her hull.

    In contrast to the first LCS, the steel-hulled USS Freedom, Independence is made mostly of aluminum. And that’s one root of the ship’s ailment.

    Corrosion is a $23-billion-a-year problem in the equipment-heavy U.S. military. But Independence’s decay isn’t a case of mere oxidation, which can usually be prevented by careful maintenance and cleaning. No, the 418-foot-long warship is dissolving due to one whopper of a design flaw.

    There are technical terms for this kind of disintegration. Austal USA, Independence’s Alabama-based builder, calls it “galvanic corrosion.” Civilian scientists know it as “electrolysis.” It’s what occurs when “two dissimilar metals, after being in electrical contact with one another, corrode at different rates,” Austal explained in a statement.

    “That suggests to me the metal is completely gone, not rusted,” naval analyst Raymond Pritchett wrote of Independence’s problem.

    Independence’s corrosion is concentrated in her water jets — shipboard versions of airplane engines — where steel “impeller housings” come in contact with the surrounding aluminum structure. Electrical charges possibly originating in the ship’s combat systems apparently sparked the electrolysis.

    It’s not clear why Austal and the Navy didn’t see this coming. Austal has built hundreds of aluminum ferries for civilian customers. The Navy, for its part, has operated mixed aluminum-and-steel warships in the past.

    But Independence — the Navy’s first triple-hull combatant — could be a special case for both the builder and the operator. For all Austal’s chops building civilian ferries, the Australian company is new to the warship business. Austal set up shop near Mobile in 1999. Today, the shipyard has contracts to build 10 LCS, plus several catamaran transports for the Navy.

    From the Navy’s point of view, Independence and the other Littoral Combat Ships are unique. As in, uniquely cheap. Each vessel is supposed to cost just $400 million, compared to more than a billion bucks for a larger, all-steel Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.

    Lots of things — major weapons, for one — have been left off the LCS in order to keep the price down. The list of deleted items includes something called a “Cathodic Protection System,” which is designed to prevent electrolysis.

    Independence will get the protection system installed at the first opportunity, and future LCSs will include it from the beginning, according to Pritchett.

    But instead of simply filing the corrosion issue under “lessons learned,” Austal seems determined to blame its customer. “Galvanic corrosion has not been a factor on any Austal-built and fully maintained vessel,” Austal stressed, implying that Independence hasn’t been “fully maintained” by a negligent Navy.

    That’s an, ahem, interesting approach to customer relations for America’s newest warship-builder.

    And things could get worse, as more LCSs enter the fleet. “I suspect there will be other public problems revealed over time that will require relatively simple, albeit costly, solutions,” Pritchett wrote. Will Austal also blame the Navy the next time a glitch appears in the ships it builds?

    Sergeant and Fire Team Leader, X-ray company, DOMREC. Pusher once, and now Pusher twice.

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