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Politics / Re: Defection: PDP Demands Tambuwal's Resignation by Wallie(m): 8:12pm On Oct 28
One does not necessarily have to be from the majority party to be elected speaker of the House as any of the two people nominated for the post can attain absolute majority of all votes cast; however, it only makes sense that the person nominated from the majority party win because the party with more people in the House nominated him and will vote for him.

Tambuwal’s defection to APC is a real blow to PDP and I wonder if more reps will follow suit. This means that Tambuwal who has the power to decide what gets heard or done in the House will be doing the bidding of APC (treating them like the majority party in power).
Celebrities / Re: Regina Askia To Work At Ebola Center In US (She's A Nurse) by Wallie(m): 8:20pm On Oct 24
In the US, it is not easy to guess one’s tax rate based on the amount earned because everyone’s situation is unique due to deductions that can reduce one's tax base.

For example, you can deduct Medical and Dental Expenses, Deductible Taxes, Home Mortgage Points,, Interest Expense, Charitable Contributions, Business Use of Home, Business Use of Car, Business Travel Expenses, Business Entertainment Expenses, Educational Expenses, Employee Business Expenses, Casualty, Disaster, and Theft Losses (Including Federally Declared Disaster Areas).

This is the reason you would hear of people making $100 million but pay less tax than someone making $30k per year. Also, she’s capable of making about 200 X 36 X 52 = $374,400 per year because nurses usually work 12 hour shifts and the hospital will need specially trained nurses to monitor any Ebola patient 24 hours per day and 7 days per week.

If she has no deductions to take advantage of, she will probably be in the 33% tax bracket but if she has her own business, home, business car use, she can reduce her effective tax rate and fall to the 28%or lower tax bracket.

Rate Single Filers Married Joint Filers Head of Household Filers
10% $0 to $9,075 $0 to $18,150 $0 to $12,950
15% $9,076 to $36,900 $18,151 to$73,800 $12,951 to $49,400
25% $36,901 to $89,350 $73,801 to $148,850 $49,401 to $127,550
28% $89,351 to $186,350 $148,851 to $226,850 $127,551 to $206,600
33% $186,351 to $405,100 $226,851 to $405,100 $206,601 to $405,100
35% $405,101 to 406,750 $405,101 to 457,600 $405,101 to $432,200
39.6% $406,751+ $457,601+ $432,201+

http://taxfoundation.org/article/2014-tax-brackets
Politics / Re: Ebola Must Be Contained In 60 Days Or The World Is In Big Trouble - UN. by Wallie(m): 4:17pm On Oct 15
CoolHunk:

A second healthcare worker has just been confirmed to have contracted ebola. Americans are now very scared. Look at this comment I copied from an American forum:

Rejoicing a little too soon, perhaps?

This is a deadly disease that we dodged a bullet on due to luck being on our side. If Ebola becomes a full blown pandemic across neighboring countries do you think our porous border will keep us safe?

We got lucky with the last outbreak because the high level official got sick at the airport and was taking to one of the best clinics in Lagos that treats expatriates.

Can you imagine if the index patient had crossed into Nigeria through Cotonou in a public bus and headed to one of the slums in Lagos? How long do you think it will be before the patient sees a doctor in one of the state hospitals that is capable of testing for Ebola? How many acquaintances, family members, passengers, patients, nurses, and doctors do you think such a person will infect along the way?
Celebrities / Re: Linda Ikeji Finally Addresses The Guy That Is Trying To Bring Her Blog Down by Wallie(m): 6:48pm On Oct 09
The United States, Canada and other countries also recognize common law trademark rights, which means action can be taken to protect an unregistered trademark if it is in use. Still common law trademarks offer the holder in general less legal protection than registered trademarks.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trademark#Usage


Cybersquatting (also known as domain squatting), according to the United States federal law known as the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, is registering, trafficking in, or using a domain name with bad faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else. The cybersquatter then offers to sell the domain to the person or company who owns a trademark contained within the name at an inflated price.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybersquatting

What will make this issue easier to resolve legally is the fact that the current owner of lindaikeji.net will have difficulty coming up with a believable reason for registering a pair of words that is so uncommon except the fact that it represents a celebrity’s first and last name.
Celebrities / Re: Linda Ikeji Finally Addresses The Guy That Is Trying To Bring Her Blog Down by Wallie(m): 6:38pm On Oct 09
2sExy1:
Trade mark may likely not hold water because the name was registered before she filed for the trademark.

Nope. You do not have to file for a trademark for you to own the rights to it. Merely using a trademark in the marketplace to distinguish your goods/services gives you rights to it; however, for you to sue someone in a federal court, you need to have a registered trademark. All she has to do is file for the mark with evidence of actual use and in her case, it is relatively easy to prove actual use because she's a celebrity and her name is her mark.
Celebrities / Re: Google Removes Linda Ikeji's Blog by Wallie(m): 5:47pm On Oct 08
http://www.nairaland.com/1937848/linda-ikeji-finally-addresses-guy#26973499

If I were advising Linda Ikeji, I would tell her to file a suit against Emmanuel Efremov in the US (NY) under the provisions of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) for registering the name lindaikeji.net. It is relatively easy to prove that the guy is cybersquatting.

Emmanuel Efremov
HEMPSTEAD, NY
2 Address(s) Found Available
Hempstead,NY 11550
Indianapolis,IN 46224
Emmanuel Efremov
Age: 27yrs.

If she's interested, I wouldn't even mind looking into suing the guy on her behalf! BUT Linda needs to file a trademark application first and only then can she bring a suit against the guy in a federal court.
Celebrities / Re: Linda Ikeji Finally Addresses The Guy That Is Trying To Bring Her Blog Down by Wallie(m): 5:46pm On Oct 08
If I were advising Linda Ikeji, I would tell her to file a suit against Emmanuel Efremov in the US (NY) under the provisions of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) for registering the name lindaikeji.net. It is relatively easy to prove that the guy is cybersquatting.

Emmanuel Efremov
HEMPSTEAD, NY
2 Address(s) Found Available
Hempstead,NY 11550
Indianapolis,IN 46224
Emmanuel Efremov
Age: 27yrs.

If she's interested, I wouldn't even mind looking into suing the guy on her behalf! BUT Linda needs to file a trademark application first and only then can she bring a suit against the guy in a federal court.

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Career / Re: It Is A Fallacy That No Knowledge Is a Wasted one by Wallie(m): 2:16am On Oct 08
SilverHand:
Quite an interesting debate here with a high level of intellectual sparring!

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New knowledge builds on the fabric and framework of older knowledge...for instance you can read because you learnt the alphabet, you can do some arithmetic because you learnt to memorise some tables (2X1=2, 2X2=4...). Scientists have discovered that we learn and recall a lot of things by association, in order words information is not just stored in distinct areas of the brain but what you learn to do today needs to be connected with something you learnt in the past for it to be useful and memorable.

We all know that there are more books in the world and more information available that we may not imbibe even in a 1,000 lifetimes so it is impossible to attempt to know everything and that is not what the argument is about. Anything we do learn reinforces or realigns with what we learnt before and makes it easier to learn other things. For instance, I read sections of a geography textbook while I was in primary school (just the introduction). While I never went ahead to do geography in secondary school or beyond, the knowledge I gained from that book and the fascination of some statements (like it takes minutes for sunlight to get to the earth and years for the lights from the star to get to us...and that when you actually see a star you are really looking back in time) have stayed with me today and increased my understanding of the vastness of the universe in which we exist and live in. grin

No knowledge is a waste because every knowledge creates some foundation with which we can leverage on to know something else and creates associations with others that helps us better apply what we know. What you know helps you critically appraise any new knowledge you are faced in the passage of time.

No knowledge is a waste because it is not about whether it gets used actively/deliberately or not, it is about what the knowledge does to you...creating a deep sense of confidence which will make you comfortable (in the mind...and in the body i.e what you know can make you rich in wisdom and rich in finances if you know how to apply it). wink

No knowledge is a waste because what you know will shape what you become either consciously or subconsciously...and what you don't know can hurt you (e.g ebola). shocked
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Thanks for saying most of what I dreaded to post due to lack of time; however, I would like to bolster what you’ve said by saying a few things:

1. It was never meant to be a universal truth that “no knowledge is lost”.

2. There are different types of knowledge, namely: a priori knowledge, factual knowledge, empirical knowledge, and inferential knowledge. You do not necessarily have to actively seek some types of knowledge in order to gain it.

3. When you actively seek knowledge through education the end use of such knowledge justifies the means. The question is, why are you actively seeking knowledge? To be well-rounded? To be able to hold your own in social circles? To earn a living? Just because you want to know? Could the knowledge be incidental to something you love doing?

Here’s an anecdote: it is hard for a medical doctor or an accountant to lose me in a discussion about their relevant fields because I will most likely have an inkling about what they’re saying even though I did not study physiology or accounting.

4. Being well-rounded gives you the confidence to be part of any conversation and to be able to contribute intelligently.

5. Being knowledgeable makes you more likely to appreciate nuances you come across in your every day life and not be a binary thinker.

6. If your knowledge is one-dimensional you will most likely end up being an expert in your field but also anti-social and boring to be around (e.g. most people on the autistic spectrum that are extremely brilliant).

My position is, generally speaking, no knowledge is lost. Learn a skill and become proficient at it but also read broadly to make you well-rounded. Opportunity cost is really irrelevant to the discussion if you're already an expert in your chosen field.

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Politics / Re: US Denies Blocking Fg’s Purchase Of War Aircraft by Wallie(m): 3:18pm On Sep 25
What most people fail to realize is that countries rarely give away valuable things for free unless through non-profit organizations. When you have a country that does not need the money from an outright sale of equipment to you, they start attaching other conditions that money can't buy.

For example, when Nigeria did not allow AFRICOM, do you think that made the U.S. happy? As a person, if you fail to help me in my time of need when I know you're capable of doing so, why should I help you when you need me? Why shouldn't I treat you with scorn? Why should I go out of my way to help you? Do you think you're the only ones with feelings? You cannot claim to be my friend only when you need me.

Generally speaking, the U.S. Government controls exports of sensitive equipment, software and technology, and any company needs to make sure that they're not running afoul of the law because the penalties are severe even for dual-use items. You need a pre-license checks and post-shipment verification. If found in violation, you will be subjected to both criminal and civil penalties.

For weapons export control violations, there's a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million per violation and, for an individual person, up to 10 years imprisonment. It can also result in civil fine of $500,000 per violation, as well as debarment from exporting defense articles or services.

For dual-use export control violations, criminal penalties can be up to a maximum of $500,000 per violation and, for an individual person, up to 10 years imprisonment. Dual-use violations can also be subject to civil fines up to $12,000 per violation.
Politics / Re: US Denies Blocking Fg’s Purchase Of War Aircraft by Wallie(m): 2:52pm On Sep 25
The details of the blocked weapons sale probably got mixed up because Israel does not use Boeing's CH-47 Chinook.

List of Boeing CH-47 Chinook operators
Argentina (former)
Australia
Canada
Egypt
Greece
Iran
Italy
Japan
Libya
Morocco
Netherlands
Oman
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
South Korea
South Vietnam (former)
Spain
Taiwan
Thailand
United Kingdom - See Boeing Chinook (UK variants)
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
Vietnam (former)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_CH-47_Chinook#Operators
Business / Re: Why Linda Ikeji Makes More Money Than Nairaland by Wallie(m): 4:52pm On Sep 17
Cons
1. Nairaland seems to be losing steam while Linda Ikeji is gaining.
2. Nairaland's home page is archaic and looks like an internet wasteland.
3. Linda’s blog provides most of the same important topics as Nairaland. Actually, I won’t be surprised at the blog being the more original source of info. It seems people actually duplicate the topics on Linda’s blog on Nairaland.
4. All the tribal crap is a huge turn off. I used to love checking in on Nairaland but now, I first go to Linda’s blog, then to Sahara reporters, and then maybe Nairaland.
5. I rarely check any other page than the home page. If I can’t find anything worth reading then I occasionally check the politics section.

Pros
1. Nairaland seems to be innovating more features.

Recommendation
1. Hire a charismatic CEO. I know this is easier said than done especially in Africa. An Alternative may be to hire a PR/media person that will represent you at events. Either way, someone needs to be out there promoting your website.
2. Do not get embroiled in politics because you’ll end up alienating your some of your clients and posters. You are a business man trying to build Nairaland. Can you imagine if Mark Zuckerberg starts commenting on people’s political post and not being neutral? If you feel the need to participate, create a different moniker/alter ego and comment away.
3. Look at foreign forums that are successful and see if there’s a thing or two that you can learn from them.

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Politics / Re: Censorship In The Media: Are We Better For It? by Wallie(m): 6:37pm On Sep 12
Here’s an anecdote why censorship is bad: I was for subsidy removal when it was first proposed because it made sense to divert whatever was used to subsidize fuel to other programs that could directly reach the populace instead of enriching the “cabals”.

Well, in the typical Nigerian fashion, news started trickling out about whether or not there’s subsidy, phantom ships, senate hearings, Farouk Lawan’s cap, etc. It soon became clear to me that in Nigeria, when you think you have all the facts, you’re probably barely scratching the surface. It is best to be open-minded and entertain views different from your own because you might just learn of a fact or two that will change your views.

Personally, I do not want my information censored. If someone is filtering my information, it means (1) they want to control what I think, (2) they think they know better, or (3) they think I’m incapable of making up my own mind. Give me access to all the information including misinformation and let me decide whether or not I want to believe it. Misinformation can only serve as truth when the true information is censored; otherwise, someone will speak up that the info is wrong.

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Politics / Censorship In The Media: Are We Better For It? by Wallie(m): 6:15pm On Sep 12
In the current highly charged political climate, there are allegations that some Mods and Seun are colluding with a party to the detriment of the other by censoring contents of posts. In a different thread, Seun said:

I want change as much as anyone else. I would have voted for Ribadu last time if he had any chance of winning. What do I hate, then? I hate the manipulation of our platform using propaganda, lies, and bullying by people who have been paid to promote one party over the other.

His argument certainly has merits and he believes he's doing it for the greater good. My guess is that time will tell whether or not he's right. To me, Nairaland is but one source of information and is wholly a private endeavor and as such, he can do whatever he thinks is best for Nairaland.

However, in general, should the government be censoring the media? Are we better off having viable opposition parties? Should we censor dissenting opinions because they do not align with our own? Is there anything that we can learn from the other side?

Here are some pros and cons I found on a website:


Pros
1. Censorship does not mean restraining the expression of people, in fact it is imposed to protect them.
2. Censorship of pornographic material prevents the minds of children from becoming corrupt.
3. Religious conflicts are avoided by the censorship of material deemed insulting or offensive to a particular religious community.
4. Censorship is necessary to preserve the secrets of a nation.
5. It is useful in hiding sensitive military information, which could be used by an enemy state.
6. Scenes of people consuming alcohol or smoking influence people to copy them. Hence, censoring such scenes serves a useful purpose.
7. People may copy dangerous stunts shown on TV or movies. Censorship proves necessary here.
8. Books may be used to portray wrong information about individuals or groups that could incite violence against them. Censorship would definitely prove helpful here.
9. It can be used to prevent politically motivated propaganda.
10. It protects the privacy of people.
11. Plagiarism is prevented.
12. Abusive scenes in movies may offend some people. Censorship prevents that.
13. It protects indigenous cultures from the bad influence of foreign cultures.
14. It prevents the public display of disrespect to any particular individual or community.
15. It prevents companies from spreading inaccurate or grossly exaggerated claims about their products.
16. It prevents spreading of racism.
17. It promotes political correctness.
18. Terrorists are prevented from learning about dangerous technology like the atom bomb.
19. Children are prevented from learning things that could harm them and others.
20. It prevents the ill effects of globalization affecting societies.
21. It shields the morals of society.
22. It restrains vulgarity and obscenity.
23. The surfeit of violence in movies and TV is restricted by it.
24. It prevents violence by stopping the broadcast of events, which might trigger it.
25. During an emergency like a terrorist attack, it helps in controlling panic and rumors throughout the nation. This was observed in India in 2008 when terrorists attacked The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai.



Cons
1. Censorship denies access to vital information.
2. If sex-related topics are completely censored it becomes difficult to teach children and teenagers about the dangers of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV/AIDS.
3. Dictators use censorship to promote a flattering image of themselves and for removing any information that goes against them.
4. Freedom of speech is compromised.
5. Religious fundamentalists like the Taliban use them to coerce the population.
6. It encroaches upon the freedom of the press.
7. It prevents the free flow of ideas.
8. It may intrude on the privacy of a person.
9. Withholding of information only leads to ignorance in the society.
10. Censoring of information may lead to a wrong image perceived by the public.
11. It is generally associated with dictatorship.
12. Censorship in books, plays and movies may compromise their entertainment value.
13. Censorship has been misused in the past.
14. It is a force against globalization.
15. It works against creativity.
16. If you hide something from people they will become extra curious about it.
17. It has no place in a truly democratic society.
18. It gives rise to and hides abuse of human rights.
19. It is used to control people.
20. There can be different standards of morals among different societies quite different from the imposed ones by the censorship.
21. It may be used to block legitimate criticism.
22. Governments should not control people. It should be the other way round.
23. Political parties around the world use media censorship for their own benefit. It stifles the opposition, broadcasting only a particular point of view.
24. People have a right to know.
25. Media giants push their own agenda under the pretext of censorship.
26. Censorship is just like a double-edge sword. If used properly, it serves as a valuable weapon. However, it can also be misused. Censorship may have many technical and legal repercussions. Governments and other regulatory institutions must learn to use it judiciously. An absence of censorship might not be a perfect notion, however, it also doesn't mean that the government uses it for its own personal gain by suppressing dissent. Hence, censorship should not be treated as a taboo.

Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/pros-and-cons-of-censorship.html


Personally, I think having viable opposition or dissenting views makes us better informed. What are your views?
Travel / Re: Lagos State: The Pride Of The South West.. by Wallie(m): 6:25pm On Sep 09
This is EXACTLY what Nigerian politicians are missing: accountability. If you’re awarded a contract and you’re sure the governor, minister, or president will show up in person to check its completion, you will most likely complete the contract favorably.

We need to start holding people accountable.

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Politics / Time To Ask For Help In Fighting Boko Haram? by Wallie(m): 4:07pm On Sep 02
Is it high time we ask the US or any other western country for air support? It should have been absolutely impossible for BH to travel in large numbers from wherever their base to attack Bama. I can only attribute their success to lack of air support! It is a lot easier to defend a place when people are outside trying to get in than fighting the intruders door-to-door to displace them.

I'm starting to think we should put our ego aside and ask for help! BH only needs one really good whacking and it will take them years to be able re-equip themselves to the level where they can attempt to overrun a large city in just one day!
Health / Re: Ebola: Nigerian Research Firm Submits Sample Drugs To FG by Wallie(m): 2:07pm On Aug 18
Anybody can make a claim that they developed a new drug to treat an illness but it will be foolhardy to directly test it on patients. After all, the drug's risk can far outweigh its benefits or the drug may not even work at all and kill the patient after they spend money that they do not have to enrich the manufacturer.

For example, we all know that using hand sanitizer will kill most germs but does that mean that when you're afflicted with a particular virus, you can drink the hand sanitizer? You would probably say no but what's stopping Mr. Wazobia, a drug manufacturer, from claiming to have a cure for the virus you're afflicted with and the cure is something that he created in his lab? So you ask, “What did he create his lab?” His hypothesis is that since hand sanitizer kills germs on your hand, simply drinking it in a capsule form will kill the germs in your body. So he’s simply going to re-package the hand sanitizer into capsules that you can swallow and it should work.

The point I'm trying to make is that anybody can say anything that they want; it is up to the authorities to test the efficacy and toxicity of the drug. Somebody should be tasked with protecting the public from someone like Mr. Wazobia who may be well intentioned by lacks the information and/or knowledge needed to come up with a solution.

In the US, whenever a new drug is created, the FDA test for the drug's efficacy and toxicity through a series of clinical trials designed to determine (1) how toxic the is drug, (2) how much should be given to patients for it to work, and (3) whether the drug really works for its intended claim.

It is great that people out there are trying to do something about Ebola and not just waiting for a handout but let us not get ahead of ourselves by being too overly optimistic because there are people out there that are just looking to capitalize on people’s fear and illness similar to all the fake cures for HIV. We need to be cautiously optimistic and hope that one of these claims works.

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Politics / Re: Nigeria Army Has Lost A Hero, My Father Is Gone. by Wallie(m): 7:55pm On Aug 15
Jakumo:

Anyone who has never experienced the utter chaos and panic of a full-blown firefight would have trouble understanding that much of the shooting is not even aimed, but intended to pin the enemy down to facilitate an advance, rapid change in firing positions, or a tactical retreat, while firing in "spray and pray" mode, most of the time now even knowing how many kills were actually made.

Exactly! Here's a video of US soldiers pinned down by the Taliban. You can't even see what they're shooting at!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a_sSV6Mu3w
Politics / Re: Nigeria Army Has Lost A Hero, My Father Is Gone. by Wallie(m): 7:39pm On Aug 15
seaman007: 30 to 60 bullet for each soilder
whc is 30 multiply by 45
Is 1350 bullet

45 trained soldier won't shoot aimlessly
I rest my case

What makes you think the soldiers were shooting aimlessly? You think this is the movies? Even assuming argunedo that your assertion is right, there are 7200 seconds in 2 hours; how long do you think it takes for a single shot to be fired and how long would it take to exhaust all the bullets if they were fired serially? In your infinite wisdom, do you think soldiers pinned down should be firing one weapon at a time? In which direction should the single weapon be fired? Do you have any idea what the terrain looks like?

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Politics / Re: 30 soldiers feared dead in Military Operation to liberate Gwoza. by Wallie(m): 1:06pm On Aug 15
If 30 soldiers truly died in exchange for 50 Boko Haram killed then we have a serious problem! This is not supposed to be "shoot me I shoot you" contest. At this rate, how many soldiers will need to die to wipe out Boko Haram? It seems our soldiers are just running in blindly without any intelligence gathered of what's ahead of them. Did the military just think BH will lay a welcoming mat as they approached the town? Isn't it common knowledge that even common thieves ambush policeman? Why would an ambush by BH not be expected?

RIP to the soldiers!

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Politics / Re: Nigeria's First Lady Flies Into Rage On Missed D.C Trip---huffington Post by Wallie(m): 9:08pm On Aug 01
ugopumping: Nigeria's First Lady in outrage over missed trip to Washington, D.C
by, Rachel Rabinowitz
Lagos, Nigeria
July,31,2014
Reports emanating from Aso Rock yesterday indicated that the wife of Nigeria's President, Patience Jonathan, after being informed that she would not be accompanying her husband to the United States, flew into a rage and slapped a Protocol Officer and an unnamed female Minister in her husband's cabinet accusing them of infidelity and trying to break up her marriage. She has reportedly insisted that they be fired immediately.
....
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

This story appears to be FAKE!!!

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Nairaland / General / Re: Top 10 Most Expensive Military Planes by Wallie(m): 10:09pm On Jul 30
Ahuitzotl: What scenario are you talking about? we thought we was squaring off with one B-2,now you say (change the goalposts) we got multiple bogeys?! against one lonely battery?!!, that is not a feasible nor strategic or a tactical scenario..It can never happen....[b]If it is an air raid or a bombing run then its imperative the radar stations must be knocked out but how is it possible when most are very mobile with thick camouflage?? O.k, so you manage to knock off some and drop your bombs then how do you escape with heatseekers all over the sky, else you shut your engines and crash....Yes,Russia is the best in advanced missile weaponry that is why expensive american jets will become obsolete very soon.[/b]

Are you saying a B2 will invade enemy territory without any other support system? You are the one not thinking clearly because all along I've said fighting is not unidimensional. Check out post #113. Further, what's this "heatseaker" you keep harping on? Heat seeking missiles are generally susceptible to flares and/or evasive maneuvers! Na today?

You ask how it's possible to knock out mobile radar stations. Take a quick look at Iraqi's self-propelled SAM and tell me what happened to them during the war: http://www.militaryfactory.com/armor/detail.asp?armor_id=151 You can ask the same exact thing about Kosovo which had a much more superior air defense system.

Let me tell you how a hypothetical attack on a potential strong enemy would occur:

1. launch 100s of cruise missiles from ships and submarines offshore with the sole aim of knocking off long range radars and command and control. An attack can occur 3,700 km (2,300 miles) away from the target;
2. follow up with B2s that can fire a weapon at a target 1,500 miles (2,414 km) away;
3. start jamming radars with EA-6B Prowler;
4. bring out the F-117s to continue degrading the air defense systems. Fly well above 15k feet to stay out of range of the portable SAMs; and
5. if the air defense system and command control are somewhat degraded, bring out the F-16s and F-15s to patrol the skies.
Nairaland / General / Re: Top 10 Most Expensive Military Planes by Wallie(m): 7:06pm On Jul 30
Ahuitzotl: With a very good crew manning a mobile system capable of 20 mile radius and 10km altitude detection there is not a chance in hell fire any bogey can get within 10 miles how much more in our midst..
you be ghost??..Yes war isnt unidimensional that is why it is has evolved into another dimension...the age of self propelled ballistic weaponry...?

lol...you have no idea what you're talking about. Self propelled ballistics? Like cruise missiles that we fire in the hundreds from ships and submarines off-shore when we detect enemy radars?
Nairaland / General / Re: Top 10 Most Expensive Military Planes by Wallie(m): 6:57pm On Jul 30
Ahuitzotl: By mobility,we mean 4-wheel drive sometimes the most simplest inventions can get the hardest tasks done.Now using the aforementioned principle, heatseekers are a surefire way to hunting B-2s....except if they exhaust cold-air contrails from their afterburners...

In theory, after B2s fire off a missile IR can be used to detect them but, again, you're not just fighting a B2! You're being attacked from all sides possible! Plus, if you attempt to lock on them with your radar, you're essentially leaving a return address for other systems to attack you. Why do you think during all the wars that the US participated in in the last 20 years, they have very few confrontations in the sky?

Russia is about the only country that can have significant kills when confronting the US in the sky! If you put your plane up there or turn on your radar, it is going to turn into a pile of ashes. Simple.
Nairaland / General / Re: Top 10 Most Expensive Military Planes by Wallie(m): 6:39pm On Jul 30
Ahuitzotl: Just like the advent of the wheel, the advent of mobility has given stationery military assets e.g artillery,radar stations even air-strips (air craft carriers) an edge in the fight for supremacy.So if i command a SAM battery transporter,we get decoyed into an ambush then we change location and counter.....its a lot less riskier than commanding from a stationery radar station-bunker..

True except if I'm always present in the sky above and on the ground in your midst to see your movements! Spy satellites, drones and special forces make for a deadly combination. Before actual fighting begins, special forces are already behind enemy lines doing their thing! My point is, fighting war is not as unidimensional as what most people think!
Nairaland / General / Re: Top 10 Most Expensive Military Planes by Wallie(m): 5:33pm On Jul 30
Ahuitzotl: [b]So as most SAMs can reach altitudes of up to 10km and range of 20km, there isnt any need to sight the enemy before launching.[/b]Either way,aircrafts these days are very vulnerable to guided surface fire, especially high altitude long range projectiles.I foresee the next air war to be on a juncture as to who deploys the most advanced SAM batteries....Not the most expensive Aircrafts.

Kinda like the first few days of the Kosovo and Iraq wars? All you see is the sky being lit up by anti-aircraft weapons and you wonder what they were shooting at! You cannot hit what you cannot see unless you got lucky!

For your SAMs to work, the radar needs to work by acquiring the target. Radar works by listening for signals that they emitted. Emitting a signal identifies your exact location and gives the enemy a location to shoot at (which is why they only turn on the radar briefly and quickly switch it off). Listening for the enemy after emitting a signal also gives the enemy an opportunity to confuse or mislead you once they know the type of response you're expecting.

All the weapons you see cost millions of dollars for a reason! It is simply a game of chess as every weapon has an inherent flaw that can be exploited (if you know what the flaw is grin).
Nairaland / General / Re: Top 10 Most Expensive Military Planes by Wallie(m): 5:19pm On Jul 30
donedy:

Please explain to us its level of engagement. I know it took part in both wars, but to what extent. The plane was design to be stealthy, but you hardly see them participate in active role like F-15. Instead, they drop bomb from a high altitude and go away.

By the way, I based my claim on the fact that they haven't come in contact with any known advanced missile system like the Buk, S-300,S-400. Until then, I rest my case.

Roles differ for different types of aircraft. The B2 is not designed to be a fighter like the F-15. Your enemy's capability will determine the type of weapons you deploy. Also, you just don't deploy a single weapon; you attack from the air, sea, land, and digital realm.

B2's capability is not just based on the fact that it is stealthy, in addition to flying and being able to attack 15 km in the sky, it also has advanced electronic countermeasures that will confuse and distract the enemy's radar. Have you ever tried listening to someone talk when standing in front a giant concert-type speakers blaring music? It becomes very difficult to understand what the person is saying!

By the way, B2 is the plane that will clear the way for F-16s, F-22s, F-35s, etc.
Health / Re: Liberian Man With First Ebola Case In Nigeria Is Dead by Wallie(m): 4:24pm On Jul 25
If the guy was quarantined immediately he got to Lagos, he must have showed symptoms before boarding the plane, which means

1. Anything the guy touched before, during, and after boarding the plane is potentially contaminated with bodily fluid that carries the virus. The guy probably coughed in his hand and used the same hand to grab a hold onto something.

2. Passengers in the same plane are probably exposed especially people seating around him.

3. Those that took him to the hospital are probably exposed.

4. The doctors and nurses that treated him are probably exposed.

Lastly, I just hope doctors and nurses won't start abandoning their shifts in droves! Seeing how those treating Ebola wear a full body suit, I just don't see how a private clinic or even a government hospital that lacks even basic working equipment will have the funding to kit their staffs up.

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Politics / Re: [LEAKED] $1.2 Million Contract Between Nigerian FG And PR Firm!!! by Wallie(m): 3:49pm On Jul 17
Wow...see yawa!! The President no fit catch any break at all! I wonder if Levick can continue to do the contracted job.

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Politics / Re: Gaffes By The President by Wallie(m): 4:53pm On Jan 10
Agreed. The president is like a quarterback in American football or like a queen in chess - he should be protected at all times by his teammates! Everybody else in his cabinet are pawns, knights, bishops, and rooks, and they all should be ready to sacrifice themselves for his protection. His attack dogs are more like defensive dogs that bark after the perpetrators are long gone!

AJ, I think you’re also right that this new age of social media is amplifying every little bit of echo that might have existed in past administrations but unheard due to the lack of an amplifying-platform. Back then every social commentator will be found at your typical news stand reading papers and commenting only to those that cared to listen.

I remember back when authorities were quick to physically shut the doors to any newspaper or magazine that they deemed threatening. In today’s world, a story written thousands of miles away from Abuja would already be viral on the internet even before the authorities get wind of it.
Politics / Re: St Paul's College President Denies Speaking To SaharaReporters by Wallie(m): 6:18pm On Jan 09
Her degree and/or transcripts can be obtained through http://www.studentclearinghouse.org/verifiers/degree/ and I don't believe they're treating it like a private record. In other words, if you pay the $9.95 and provide her name and graduation date(s), they'll give you what you need.

Here's the exact link to enter her info: https://secure.studentclearinghouse.org/vs/Index
Politics / Gaffes By The President by Wallie(m): 4:07pm On Jan 09
I honestly believe that the President is surrounded by incompetent and/or amateur non-strategic advisors. Contrary to what most people think, even the US president has an army of advisors because a country is too complex and nuanced for a single person to master. Obama and most US presidents are naturally smart but they always say the right thing in public because countless of people have prepared their speech and/or brief them on a particular situation.

I feel that the significance of great advisors and strategic thinkers is lost on GEJ and his team; otherwise, how would one explain the many unforced gaffes of the President?

For example, GEJ should have never personally asked Sanusi for his resignation if there’s the possibility that he might say no and there’s little GEJ could do about it. Further, why get your hands personally dirty if you could use proxies? There’s a reason why lawyers would retain other lawyers to defend them when in court! If you represent yourself, you are inherently reducing the number of options you have available to you! You can’t say “that’s not what I meant”, “I was misquoted”, “he acted on his own” and most of all you’re letting your true feelings/intentions known!

What the hell is the function of the Chief of Staff (or whatever the equivalent position is in Nigeria)? Now that GEJ personally communicated with Sanusi and he disobeyed a direct order to the President’s face, the President looks weak regardless of the outcome! He lost already. The embarrassment could have been avoided if GEJ sent his chief of staff.

Even in the US senate, bills meant for passage are first brought to the ground for a test vote just to make sure the votes are there so as not to embarrass the leader of the House.

I think GEJ and his team need to watch House of Cards and other shows like it to learn how to be two steps ahead of EVERYBODY!
Politics / Re: President Jonathan Asked Sanusi To Resign But He Refused by Wallie(m): 3:03pm On Jan 09
ACM10:

Are you telling us that OBAMA does not have the power to sack BEN BERNANKE? You have broken the unenviable record of cluelessness.

He can ask him to resign but if he refuses, according to the US constitution (Federal Reserve Act), he'll need to go the courts, which have a very high standard for removing anyone in an agency designed to be autonomous.

Read the article below for better clarity:

http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2011/12/15/fire-bernanke-not-so-fast-mr-gingrich/

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