" However, the AIRS was not yet ready and the missiles were deployed with non-operational guidance units. AIRS had 19,000 parts and some of these required as many as 11,000 testing steps. Bogged down in paperwork due to government procurement policies, managers started bypassing official channels and buying replacement parts wherever they could be found, including claims that some of the parts were sourced at Radio Shack. In other cases, managers had created false shell companies to order needed test equipment.
When these allegations were released by 60 Minutes and the Los Angeles Times, the fallout was immediate.
Northrop was slapped with a $130 million fine for late delivery, and when they reacted against employees they were countersued in whistleblower suits. The Air Force also admitted that 11 of the 29 missiles deployed were not operational."
WHO writes this stuff? WHO?
"Goddamit, Hank, I said parabolic!! And you just gone used a school-house ruler!"
Enola; or, Her fatal mistake is an 1886 book written by Mary Young Ridenbaugh. It is notable for being the inspiration, indirectly, for the naming of the Enola Gay, the B-29 bomber airplane which dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Its commanding pilot, Colonel Paul Tibbets, named the aircraft after his mother, Enola Gay Tibbets (1893–1983), who was named after the title character of Ridenbaugh's book.
The book is introduced with the poem:
Oh, fatal day - oh, day of sorrow,
It was no trouble she could borrow;
But in the future she could see
The clouds of infelicity.
The story includes these passages:
He is the bird of ill omen.
How harsh his midnight cry!
It seems to shriek, in mournful sounds,
The Prince of the Air certainly causes them [destructive cyclones],
since he has control of our atmosphere. They are displays of his wrath,
Oh! eternal woes! Deliver us from the "Prince of Darkness."
Deliver us from his fiery embraces. Rather fear Him that is able
to destroy both soul and body.
"In calling me by the strange name of 'Enola,' I wonder if my dear departed parents
received a glimpse of the future life of their child in a camera, speaking to them
of her life of loneliness," mused Enola, "for truly I am alone..."
('Enola' is 'alone' spelled backwards.)
We have been discussing the "clouds of sorrow" that have obscured a bright and beautiful life,
that afforded food for meditation. How many clouds have darkened the horizon of other valuable lives.
There are clouds too real, not figurative, that we will now contemplate. ...
The funnel-shaped cloud deals death and destruction to all that come within its whirling, deadly grasp.
When seeing the approach of such a cloud, it sends an agonizing thrill of horror into the heart of the beholder...
"...the vital question at issue now is, how to remedy the great evil that is about to engulf our moral law and prosperous government.
... I feel, that something should be speedily done to stem the tide of extravagance, threatening to ruin every civilized country on the face of the globe," said Mrs. [Enola] Dale.
"The Grove is particularly famous for a Manhattan Project planning meeting that took place there in September 1942, which subsequently led to the atomic bomb."
S-1 Committee at the Bohemian Grove, September 13, 1942. From left to right are Harold C. Urey, Ernest O. Lawrence, James B. Conant, Lyman J. Briggs, E. V. Murphree and Arthur Compton.
6. Indirect tactics, efficiently applied, are inexhaustible as Heaven and Earth, unending as the flow of rivers and streams; like the sun and moon, they end but to begin anew; like the four seasons, they pass away to return once more.
From Chapter V - Energy.
LYMAN JAMES BRIGGS
(Lyman is meant to be the third man from right)
"Lyman Briggs changed the (NIST) Bureau's culture from one of open access to one of secrecy."
Flabbergasted wrote:By the way, it looks like the name ENOLA GAY was painted onto the photograph.
"Fake and Gay"
"A phrase often used by people commenting on YouTube videos meaning: 'I realize that some of the content of this video is not entirely real / true and I am not happy about it.'
Trollzor : FAKE AND GAY!
n00bz : @Trollzor - I agree that this video has not got a satisfactory amount of realism."
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.p ... 0and%20gay
"Until his death at home in Columbus on Nov. 1, 2007, Tibbets remained a military icon, with his autographs, books and photos in demand."
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/articl ... rfield-Jr-
"The director of the Manhattan Project, Major General Leslie R. Groves, Jr., wanted the event recorded for posterity, so the takeoff was illuminated by floodlights. When he wanted to taxi, Tibbets leaned out the window to direct the bystanders out of the way. On request, he gave a friendly wave for the cameras."
"The name was painted on the aircraft on 5 August by Allan L. Karl, an enlisted man in the 509th. Regularly assigned aircraft commander Robert Lewis was unhappy to be displaced by Tibbets for this important mission, and became furious when he arrived at the aircraft on the morning of 6 August to see it painted with the now-famous nose art."
"Enola Gay" is an anti-war song written by Andy McCluskey of British synthpop group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), and released as the only single from that band's 1980 album, Organisation.
It was selected by the BBC for use during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Tibbets was interviewed extensively by Mike Harden of the Columbus Dispatch, and profiles appeared in the newspaper on anniversaries of the first dropping of an atomic bomb. In a 1975 interview he said: "I'm proud that I was able to start with nothing, plan it and have it work as perfectly as it did... I sleep clearly every night."
He later said of the blast: "If Dante had been with us on the plane, he would have been terrified.
Durante degli Alighieri, simply referred to as Dante (UK /ˈdænti/, US /ˈdɑːnteɪ/; Italian: [ˈdante]; c. 1265–1321), was a major Italian poet of the Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy, originally called Comedìa and later called Divina by Boccaccio, is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature.
Inferno (Italian for "Hell") is the first part of Dante Alighieri's 14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy. It is followed by Purgatorio and Paradiso.
...Allegorically, the Divine Comedy represents the journey of the soul towards God, with the Inferno describing the recognition and rejection of sin.
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