If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(BBC)   Headline: US jets dropped bombs on Great Barrier Reef...Article: Oh, you were going to read this? Uh, well it's technically true, I guess   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 83
    More: Asinine, Great Barrier Reef, US TV, home runs  
•       •       •

10388 clicks; posted to Main » on 21 Jul 2013 at 9:59 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



83 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all
 
2013-07-21 10:02:38 AM  
It's the Ert ones you have to worry about...
 
2013-07-21 10:05:02 AM  
I dropped bombs in my potty.
 
2013-07-21 10:08:12 AM  
US military drops bombs in an ocean on Earth... and there are also preschools and kittens and puppies on Earth!  Holy shiat!
 
2013-07-21 10:08:21 AM  
So, basically, the US Navy dropped bomb-shaped blobs of concrete a short distance from, but not on, the Great Barrier Reef.

/Idiot headline writer
//They do still make training bombs out of concrete, don't they ?
 
2013-07-21 10:09:04 AM  
FTFA: "The two planes jettisoned four bombs in more than 50m (165 ft) of water, away from coral, to minimise damage..."

I'm guessing that the "great barrier reef" is not just a reef but also some kind of "nature park" and this occurred within the boundaries of the "nature park".

But yeah, the headline made me think the US was carpet bombing the actual coral reef... Or something like that.
 
2013-07-21 10:09:38 AM  
Because terrerism!
 
2013-07-21 10:10:44 AM  
Word to your moms.
 
2013-07-21 10:11:47 AM  
The sound of FREEDOM.
Because FREEDOM.
 
2013-07-21 10:15:50 AM  
About time we got some payback from them damn dirty stingrays!

/crickey look at the size of that one!
 
2013-07-21 10:17:35 AM  
I thought it was a polite euphemism for Blue Ice.
 
2013-07-21 10:18:11 AM  

Tom-Servo: But yeah, the headline made me think the US was carpet bombing the actual coral reef... Or something like that.


That's what they were hoping people would think, to drive page clicks.

Low blow, BBC.  Usually "journalism" like that is more the Daily Fail's thing.
 
2013-07-21 10:19:51 AM  
"However, the mission was aborted when hazards were reported in the area."

Good thing for the pilots that combat only ever takes place in ideal conditions when there are no hazards in the area.
 
2013-07-21 10:22:03 AM  
My Banana Benders may release the "dogs" if your shenanigans continue.

cdn.earwolf.com
 
2013-07-21 10:22:41 AM  
I would have dive bombed straight into the reef! Fark You, reef!
 
2013-07-21 10:23:05 AM  
dl.dropboxusercontent.com
Accidents happen...

/vague ones.
 
2013-07-21 10:24:34 AM  
Well, that was an adventurous, reaching headline. Well done, author. Well done. *shakes head*
 
2013-07-21 10:25:14 AM  

Mock26: "However, the mission was aborted when hazards were reported in the area."

Good thing for the pilots that combat only ever takes place in ideal conditions when there are no hazards in the area.


I'm guessing they probably meant like dumb Aussies playing boomerang in the area while saying "Hey, hold my Fosters"

crashed planes would do a lot more damage than 4 dummy bombs
 
2013-07-21 10:27:12 AM  

Mock26: "However, the mission was aborted when hazards were reported in the area."

Good thing for the pilots that combat only ever takes place in ideal conditions when there are no hazards in the area.


The 'hazard' might be to some drunk boaters wandering into the area.  Really want to go ahead with a practice mission and maybe blow up some civilians?

I know the Navy is responsible for their pet's poop, but I thought only Marines flew the Harrier?
 
2013-07-21 10:27:25 AM  
It's actually not even technically true.
 
2013-07-21 10:28:56 AM  
"Each bomb weighed 500lb (226kg), according to the US TV network NBC.

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral structure rich in marine life.

It stretches for more than 2,600km (1,680 miles) along Australia's eastern coast."

Somebody got an encyclopedia set for their birthday!

This article reads like a middle school geography paper.
 
2013-07-21 10:32:02 AM  

thamike: It's actually not even technically true.


yeah but "US Navy Acts Responsibly During Training Exercise" doesn't generate as many clicks
 
2013-07-21 10:33:13 AM  

thamike: It's actually not even technically true.


It's as true as the guy who tightrope walked the grand canyon. Praise Jesus!
 
2013-07-21 10:33:43 AM  
Ok so I was looking for something that said I drop bombs like Hiroshima and found this so I going to go with it:

chimentoe.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-07-21 10:35:26 AM  
British humour.
 
2013-07-21 10:37:17 AM  

capt.hollister: So, basically, the US Navy dropped bomb-shaped blobs of concrete a short distance from, but not on, the Great Barrier Reef.


From what I read elsewhere, two of the bombs were real but unarmed and so did not explode.

Tom-Servo: But yeah, the headline made me think the US was carpet bombing the actual coral reef... Or something like that.


Personally, I assumed it was an an accident at first. Why did you even think they were carpet bombing it? What military value could there be in carpet bombing the Great Barrier Reef?
 
2013-07-21 10:39:31 AM  

1000Monkeys: Personally, I assumed it was an an accident at first. Why did you even think they were carpet bombing it? What military value could there be in carpet bombing the Great Barrier Reef?


They were probably supposed to be targeting Coral Gables.
 
2013-07-21 10:42:03 AM  
US fighter jets dropped inert bombs
None of the devices exploded


No shiat Sherlock
They'll just become part of the reef. And In 165 feet of water it's not like they hit the bottom with a ton of force.
 
2013-07-21 10:44:26 AM  

capt.hollister: So, basically, the US Navy dropped bomb-shaped blobs of concrete a short distance from, but not on, the Great Barrier Reef.

/Idiot headline writer
//They do still make training bombs out of concrete, don't they ?


As someone who does that for a living. Yes.
 
2013-07-21 10:45:28 AM  

Tom-Servo: But yeah, the headline made me think the US was carpet bombing the actual coral reef... Or something like that.


In the author's defense, it is a plausible thing for the US to do.
 
2013-07-21 10:45:37 AM  

DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: Really want to go ahead with a practice mission and maybe blow up some civilians?


They're Aussies.  It would be comparable to putting animals down.
 
2013-07-21 10:47:19 AM  

OhioUGrad: Mock26: "However, the mission was aborted when hazards were reported in the area."

Good thing for the pilots that combat only ever takes place in ideal conditions when there are no hazards in the area.

I'm guessing they probably meant like dumb Aussies playing boomerang in the area while saying "Hey, hold my Fosters"


No Aussie drinks fosters by choice. I ain't even joking.

/It isn't an Australian beer, it's an Australian themed beer that has nothing to do with Australia and tastes like cat-piss.
 
2013-07-21 10:51:20 AM  

Satanic_Hamster: Tom-Servo: But yeah, the headline made me think the US was carpet bombing the actual coral reef... Or something like that.

In the author's defense, it is a plausible thing for the US to do.


That doesn't defend so much as explain why they thought the headline would work.
 
2013-07-21 10:54:54 AM  

eyemarten: "Each bomb weighed 500lb (226kg), according to the US TV network NBC.

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral structure rich in marine life.

It stretches for more than 2,600km (1,680 miles) along Australia's eastern coast."

Somebody got an encyclopedia set for their birthday!

This article reads like a middle school geography paper.


Believe it or not, sometimes it's good to report facts even if the reader could easily look them up in an encyclopedia.

I really hate obscure local news websites that assume everyone knows where Springfield (or whatever town) is.  I have a general idea where the Great Barrier Reef is, but I couldn't have told you how long it is without that information in the article unless I looked it up.
 
2013-07-21 10:59:16 AM  
From sfgate:


Australian Sen. Larissa Waters, the influential Greens party's spokeswoman on the Great Barrier Reef, described the dumping of bombs in such an environmentally sensitive area as "outrageous" and said it should not be allowed. "Have we gone completely mad?" she told Australian Broadcasting Corp. "Is this how we look after our World Heritage area now? Letting a foreign power drop bombs on it?"


...


"How can they protect the environment and bomb the reef at the same time? Get real," Dunstan said from the Queensland coastal town of Yeppoon


Ah, looks like they have their fair share of scumbags who bend the truth in order to create sensational, emotion-provoking soundbytes as well.
 
2013-07-21 11:05:33 AM  
BigNumber12:

Ah, looks like they have their fair share of scumbags who bend the truth in order to create sensational, emotion-provoking soundbytes as well.

Remember, Rupert Murdoch's from Australia.
 
2013-07-21 11:07:23 AM  
www.davidicke.com
 
2013-07-21 11:13:50 AM  

gfid: eyemarten: "Each bomb weighed 500lb (226kg), according to the US TV network NBC.

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral structure rich in marine life.

It stretches for more than 2,600km (1,680 miles) along Australia's eastern coast."

Somebody got an encyclopedia set for their birthday!

This article reads like a middle school geography paper.

Believe it or not, sometimes it's good to report facts even if the reader could easily look them up in an encyclopedia.

I really hate obscure local news websites that assume everyone knows where Springfield (or whatever town) is.  I have a general idea where the Great Barrier Reef is, but I couldn't have told you how long it is without that information in the article unless I looked it up.


You really didn't know where great barrier reef is? You're dumb. I hope you are still in middle school, because, Damn, that's some poor education you got. I bet you're a republican, so your sub par education is probably like ivy league compared to your buddies in the holler.
 
2013-07-21 11:19:30 AM  

DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: I thought only Marines flew the Harrier


Marines are part of the Navy.
 
2013-07-21 11:22:45 AM  

thamike: They were probably supposed to be targeting Coral Gables.


Fair enough then.

thamike: It's actually not even technically true.


How not?

They were US jets.
They dropped bombs (yes, two were real GBU 12s).
The bombs fell on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Voiceofreason01: yeah but "US Navy Acts Responsibly During Training Exercise" doesn't generate as many clicks


I disagree and that's even more misleading than this headline. This incident occurred because the pilot tried multiple times to bomb the designated range but couldn't because it wasn't clear (some boat in they way?). Eventually they realized they didn't have enough fuel make it back with the bombs and were forced to ditch them.

Essentially, someone forgot to take the weight of the bombs into account (the calculations probably assumed the bombs would be gone at that point, which would be correct in most cases) and didn't abort the training mission early enough. This was an irresponsible screw up no matter how you look at it.

Dropping the bombs then was the correct decision based on the circumstances but it's their own fault they got into that situation.
 
2013-07-21 11:35:31 AM  

Voiceofreason01: thamike: It's actually not even technically true.

yeah but "US Navy Acts Responsibly During Training Exercise" doesn't generate as many clicks


Especially for a British news site whose readers love to hear about fark ups done by Americans.

/call it what it was, a troll headline
 
2013-07-21 11:39:00 AM  

1000Monkeys: Dropping the bombs then was the correct decision based on the circumstances but it's their own fault they got into that situation.



Henceforth to be known as 'pulling a Zimmerman'.
 
2013-07-21 11:58:12 AM  

the_rhino: gfid: eyemarten: "Each bomb weighed 500lb (226kg), according to the US TV network NBC.

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral structure rich in marine life.

It stretches for more than 2,600km (1,680 miles) along Australia's eastern coast."

Somebody got an encyclopedia set for their birthday!

This article reads like a middle school geography paper.

Believe it or not, sometimes it's good to report facts even if the reader could easily look them up in an encyclopedia.

I really hate obscure local news websites that assume everyone knows where Springfield (or whatever town) is.  I have a general idea where the Great Barrier Reef is, but I couldn't have told you how long it is without that information in the article unless I looked it up.

You really didn't know where great barrier reef is? You're dumb. I hope you are still in middle school, because, Damn, that's some poor education you got. I bet you're a republican, so your sub par education is probably like ivy league compared to your buddies in the holler.


I wonder, though, if you were to ask random people in a shopping mall where the Great Barrier Reef is, how many would answer incorrectly ?  I suspect it would be a depressingly high percentage.
 
2013-07-21 12:03:30 PM  
I'd have put this, "US Navy generously adds new habitat to Great Barrier Reef." Guess that's why I'll never work for the BBC.
 
2013-07-21 12:07:09 PM  
As someone who lives down the road from a live fire military bombing range... Getting a kick...

/thud.
//Boom.
///Sound of freedom.
 
2013-07-21 12:09:08 PM  
Even if they were live, how much damage would 4 500 lb bombs do to a 1600 mile long reef? Just watch out for diver boats.
 
2013-07-21 12:11:58 PM  

1000Monkeys: Personally, I assumed it was an an accident at first. Why did you even think they were carpet bombing it? What military value could there be in carpet bombing the Great Barrier Reef?


There is no such thing as "carpet bombing" any more. A) We can hit within a meter or two of any intended target every time, so it would be wasteful,  and B) we're not going after targets like the entire Ruhr Valley industrial base these days.
 
2013-07-21 12:12:22 PM  
Must have been a bunch of Deep Ones on vacation from Devil's Reef.
 
2013-07-21 12:21:04 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-07-21 12:30:31 PM  
25.media.tumblr.com

Gotta nuke something...
 
2013-07-21 12:55:35 PM  

1000Monkeys: thamike: They were probably supposed to be targeting Coral Gables.

Fair enough then.

thamike: It's actually not even technically true.

How not?

They were US jets.
They dropped bombs (yes, two were real GBU 12s).
The bombs fell on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Voiceofreason01: yeah but "US Navy Acts Responsibly During Training Exercise" doesn't generate as many clicks

I disagree and that's even more misleading than this headline. This incident occurred because the pilot tried multiple times to bomb the designated range but couldn't because it wasn't clear (some boat in they way?). Eventually they realized they didn't have enough fuel make it back with the bombs and were forced to ditch them.

Essentially, someone forgot to take the weight of the bombs into account (the calculations probably assumed the bombs would be gone at that point, which would be correct in most cases) and didn't abort the training mission early enough. This was an irresponsible screw up no matter how you look at it.

Dropping the bombs then was the correct decision based on the circumstances but it's their own fault they got into that situation.


It was nobody's "fault" but mother nature and it was the responsible thing to do.  It wasn't a fuel situation, it was a weight situation.  When Harriers land on the boat, they do vertical landings.  The ability to do a VL is predicated on the engines performance under the current environmental conditions.  Weight factors in to that significantly.  They can takeoff with a higher weight than they can land with.  Rarely will you be able to land with the ordnance you took off with.  So you can either divert (if that's an option), jettison the ordnance, or try a VL and settle into the water when you don't have the schlitz to continue flying the plane.

But please, continue enlightening us.

/Harrier Pilot
 
Displayed 50 of 83 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »
On Twitter





In Other Media


Report