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2022-12-01 5:17:32 PM  
I, for one, am NOT impressed.
 
2022-12-01 5:38:59 PM  
And of course they're trolls about it.

Of course.
 
2022-12-01 5:39:37 PM  
Space Farce has officially taken the trophy for "Biggest Joke In Armed Forces History" away from the Coast Guard.

This is truly Donald Trump's legacy.
 
2022-12-01 5:41:17 PM  
The punchline will be when that piece of debris crashes into and de-orbits a Space Force asset at some inevitable point in the future.
 
2022-12-01 5:41:52 PM  

spleef420: Space Farce has officially taken the trophy for "Biggest Joke In Armed Forces History" away from the Coast Guard.

This is truly Donald Trump's legacy.


As many people and ships as have been rescued by the USGS, I'd put them above the Space Farce and the Air Farce any days.  Above the Army most days.  And a helluva lot less budget than the Navy.
 
2022-12-01 5:42:59 PM  

Diocletian's Last Cabbage: spleef420: Space Farce has officially taken the trophy for "Biggest Joke In Armed Forces History" away from the Coast Guard.

This is truly Donald Trump's legacy.

As many people and ships as have been rescued by the USGS, I'd put them above the Space Farce and the Air Farce any days.  Above the Army most days.  And a helluva lot less budget than the Navy.


USCG.  Sorry, I just got off work and my brain is still not caught up.
 
2022-12-01 5:43:15 PM  
Do we genuinely need a force dealing with orbital threats and things like asteroids?
Yes.
Do we need anti-satellite warfare capabilities?
Yes.
Do we need it to be called the Space Force?
Probably not <chuckle>

//just thankful trump didn't call it the anti satellite service....
 
2022-12-01 5:43:30 PM  
Everyone laughs until the microwave reflector satellite goes online.

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2022-12-01 5:44:55 PM  

Diocletian's Last Cabbage: Diocletian's Last Cabbage: spleef420: Space Farce has officially taken the trophy for "Biggest Joke In Armed Forces History" away from the Coast Guard.

This is truly Donald Trump's legacy.

As many people and ships as have been rescued by the USGS, I'd put them above the Space Farce and the Air Farce any days.  Above the Army most days.  And a helluva lot less budget than the Navy.

USCG.  Sorry, I just got off work and my brain is still not caught up.


What do you have against the US Geological Survey?
 
2022-12-01 5:45:25 PM  
I mean - that's actually a solid flex.
 
2022-12-01 5:46:37 PM  
I was going to complain about "waste of taxpayer money" but apparently yeeting 1kg into space is down to a few thousand bucks these days.
 
2022-12-01 5:46:49 PM  
Is space force actively trying to be nothing more than a giant joke??
 
2022-12-01 5:46:53 PM  
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2022-12-01 5:50:14 PM  
I keep forgetting Space Force is a real thing.
 
2022-12-01 5:50:21 PM  

FarknGroovn: I mean - that's actually a solid flex.



Yeah, but...taxes paid for that?

Space exploration is one thing, but this is... what, exactly?

There are a lot of hungry kids out there, and crap like this isn't exactly helping The Cause for space stuff.
 
2022-12-01 5:50:46 PM  
Space Force hired a private contractor in the United Kingdom to fling the trophy out of Earth's atmosphere, where it was able to survive the intense G-forces and changes in temperature and pressure.

Your tax dollars at work ladies and gentlemen.
 
2022-12-01 5:51:08 PM  
There's no way I'm reading that.

Also, we can assume a bunch of idiots are complaining about politics when they should be doing something useful like eating orange baked flesh.
 
2022-12-01 5:53:44 PM  

olorin604: Is space force actively trying to be nothing more than a giant joke??


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2022-12-01 5:54:19 PM  
The promotional value of this for recruiting is way more than the few grand they spent.  The message is on point and relevant to their target demographic. Nicely done!
 
2022-12-01 5:54:36 PM  
I love it.  Its like the type of shiet a tik toker would do.  So it will get 20x the response some boring thing would do.
 
2022-12-01 5:54:52 PM  

Creepy Lurker Guy: Diocletian's Last Cabbage: Diocletian's Last Cabbage: spleef420: Space Farce has officially taken the trophy for "Biggest Joke In Armed Forces History" away from the Coast Guard.

This is truly Donald Trump's legacy.

As many people and ships as have been rescued by the USGS, I'd put them above the Space Farce and the Air Farce any days.  Above the Army most days.  And a helluva lot less budget than the Navy.

USCG.  Sorry, I just got off work and my brain is still not caught up.

What do you have against the US Geological Survey?


The United States geological survey? You mean those people who are trying to debunk the 6000 year old earth theory...I mean FACT! Commie socialist atheistic baby eaters. I don't want any of my tax dollars going to them.
 
2022-12-01 5:55:33 PM  

Kalyco Jack: I keep forgetting Space Force is a real thing.


Oh, it's real alright.

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2022-12-01 5:56:12 PM  
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2022-12-01 5:59:25 PM  

Diocletian's Last Cabbage: spleef420: Space Farce has officially taken the trophy for "Biggest Joke In Armed Forces History" away from the Coast Guard.

This is truly Donald Trump's legacy.

As many people and ships as have been rescued by the USGS, I'd put them above the Space Farce and the Air Farce any days.  Above the Army most days.  And a helluva lot less budget than the Navy.


It depends. There are a lot of Coast Guard posts that seem pretty pointless.
But overall, there really is nothing stupider than the "Space Force".
 
2022-12-01 6:03:57 PM  

Creepy Lurker Guy: Diocletian's Last Cabbage: Diocletian's Last Cabbage: spleef420: Space Farce has officially taken the trophy for "Biggest Joke In Armed Forces History" away from the Coast Guard.

This is truly Donald Trump's legacy.

As many people and ships as have been rescued by the USGS, I'd put them above the Space Farce and the Air Farce any days.  Above the Army most days.  And a helluva lot less budget than the Navy.

USCG.  Sorry, I just got off work and my brain is still not caught up.

What do you have against the US Geological Survey?


They haven't mapped shiat since the mid 80s!
 
2022-12-01 6:04:40 PM  
Space Force is hiatting adolescence.  It will be growing public hair soon.
 
2022-12-01 6:08:42 PM  
And we'll never find out what Lisa Kudrow did to end up in jail!!!
 
2022-12-01 6:12:44 PM  

AirForceVet: I, for one, am NOT impressed.


Ditto.
 
2022-12-01 6:13:54 PM  

olorin604: Is space force actively trying to be nothing more than a giant joke??


That ship has already sailed.
 
2022-12-01 6:19:24 PM  
Good for them.  That "Call of Duty" streamer will look great on their flag.

They'll be caught up to the Army in no time!
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2022-12-01 6:20:08 PM  

Subtonic: They haven't mapped shiat since the mid 80s!


Why do you want a map of shiat?
 
2022-12-01 6:20:35 PM  

Iniamyen: The punchline will be when that piece of debris crashes into and de-orbits a Space Force asset at some inevitable point in the future.


Not likely. That looks a hell of a lot like the high-altitude balloon flights which high schools use to launch their science-fair projects into "space". One of the frames from their video shows it "on orbit" 19 km above the ground, which leaves a considerable safety margin for it to avoid any real satellites.
 
2022-12-01 6:20:49 PM  

Blathering Idjut: Space Force hired a private contractor in the United Kingdom to fling the trophy out of Earth's atmosphere, where it was able to survive the intense G-forces and changes in temperature and pressure.


Odd, I can't think of any British private orbital launch providers... maybe they used a weather balloon to just get it way up high where the curvature of the horizon is obvious?
 
2022-12-01 6:25:50 PM  

spleef420: Space Farce has officially taken the trophy for "Biggest Joke In Armed Forces History" away from the Coast Guard.

This is truly Donald Trump's legacy.


You know what, I was going to say something about where you should permanently stow a large metallic item, but I don't want to get banned. I'm just glad you truly appreciate the fact that I can barely walk in my early middle age due to injuries sustained in the Coast Guard and would do it again if asked. Thank you for showing what a wonderful person you are.

Asshole
 
2022-12-01 6:26:45 PM  

Ivo Shandor: Iniamyen: The punchline will be when that piece of debris crashes into and de-orbits a Space Force asset at some inevitable point in the future.

Not likely. That looks a hell of a lot like the high-altitude balloon flights which high schools use to launch their science-fair projects into "space". One of the frames from their video shows it "on orbit" 19 km above the ground, which leaves a considerable safety margin for it to avoid any real satellites.


Which will make it all the more hilarious.
 
2022-12-01 6:27:16 PM  

dbirchall: Blathering Idjut: Space Force hired a private contractor in the United Kingdom to fling the trophy out of Earth's atmosphere, where it was able to survive the intense G-forces and changes in temperature and pressure.

Odd, I can't think of any British private orbital launch providers... maybe they used a weather balloon to just get it way up high where the curvature of the horizon is obvious?


Virgin Orbit
 
2022-12-01 6:30:40 PM  

spleef420: Space Farce has officially taken the trophy for "Biggest Joke In Armed Forces History" away from the Coast Guard.

This is truly Donald Trump's legacy.


It was for a good cause, and it was obviously something done in a way to get the message about that cause out if you read TFA. But of course you didn't.

And please don't shiat on the Coast Guard. They are out there saving lives every day and busting ass.
 
2022-12-01 6:31:23 PM  

spleef420: Space Farce has officially taken the trophy for "Biggest Joke In Armed Forces History" away from the Coast Guard.


Nonsense, spend two seconds around Chair Farce culture and you'll learn what a real joke is.
 
2022-12-01 6:31:42 PM  
Branches of the military having both regular and e-sports teams isn't new, and as they've long been recruiting tools, launching the trophy with the amount of attention it'll get is probably cheaper than other forms of advertising, so meh on the grand or so they spent to do that.

Of course, none of that changes the fact that Space Force itself is a farking joke.
 
2022-12-01 6:33:43 PM  

Ivo Shandor: Not likely. That looks a hell of a lot like the high-altitude balloon flights which high schools use to launch their science-fair projects into "space". One of the frames from their video shows it "on orbit" 19 km above the ground, which leaves a considerable safety margin for it to avoid any real satellites.


https://the-rocketman.com/high-altitude-weather-balloons-hab/

Good lord, they may have spent like.....a hundred and fifty bucks on this.....

Or just strapped it to something they do as part of their mission anyway because they had some spare weight\payload space to have fun with.
 
2022-12-01 6:34:08 PM  

snowblur: FarknGroovn: I mean - that's actually a solid flex.


Yeah, but...taxes paid for that?

Space exploration is one thing, but this is... what, exactly?

There are a lot of hungry kids out there, and crap like this isn't exactly helping The Cause for space stuff.


Poverty is a policy choice.

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2022-12-01 6:39:00 PM  

trerro: Of course, none of that changes the fact that Space Force itself is a farking joke.


Space force, and the name, and its existing mission, is silly. I'll give it that.

How it was org'd should have been peeling certain missions off of the airforce to a civilian agency. And if\when an actual departmental branch was needed, it should have had a less stupid name, to be sure.

Its not like some of the other quasi military branches of services where you potentially need a uniformed person (NOAA, Public Health), and the protections that come with that and chain of command.
 
2022-12-01 6:41:04 PM  

Bith Set Me Up: Poverty is a policy choice.


The fun thing about that speech is depending on what parts you want to pick and choose from, you can make it fit your narrative.

Which is exactly what he was warning about, and is probably pissed everyone missed the point.
 
2022-12-01 6:41:22 PM  
I'm not sure what's worse - that eSports exists as a mainstream thing or that WE'RE FEDERALLY FUNDING THEM.

It was one thing when I'd go over to hang out with my friend, only to do a mental coin toss as to whether I was going to watch his Quake guild match or play something on console until he was done.  Having it on ESPN (I'm not a sports guy, so I don't watch, I just see it in the channel guide) and people at work thinking they can quit to kmake over $100K a year playing a video game (they didn't quit), I hope it crashes alongside digital currency in one big fireball.
 
2022-12-01 6:44:11 PM  

IdentInvalid: I'm not sure what's worse - that eSports exists as a mainstream thing or that WE'RE FEDERALLY FUNDING THEM.


I'm not a fan of esports, but i'm also not a big basketball, or bowling fan.

That doesn't mean it can't be used to improve morale, group cooperation, recruiting, and getting a message out, or at the very least, something fun for service members to do in their downtime. The military has bands for christ sake, for that purpose.

I highly doubt these guys were pulled off a critical mission to play call of duty.
 
2022-12-01 6:49:40 PM  
We were probably frighteningly close to actually using bright light to treat COVID.
 
2022-12-01 6:49:55 PM  

skyotter: And of course they're trolls about it.

Of course.


The only way to respond is to not show up on 2022-12-16. "What's that? 'Come and Get It?' Nah, keep it. Spend the money on vets."
 
2022-12-01 6:51:34 PM  
Funny how stories went from this

to this

and this.


It'S noT stUpId WHEn WE thROw MONeY AT iT!
 
2022-12-01 6:53:00 PM  

Blaarrg: Funny how stories went from this

to this

and this.


It'S noT stUpId WHEn WE thROw MONeY AT iT!


...he said, in a thread full of folks insisting that this was, indeed, stupid even though "we" threw money at it.
 
2022-12-01 6:53:06 PM  

LineNoise: spleef420: Space Farce has officially taken the trophy for "Biggest Joke In Armed Forces History" away from the Coast Guard.

This is truly Donald Trump's legacy.

It was for a good cause, and it was obviously something done in a way to get the message about that cause out if you read TFA. But of course you didn't.

And please don't shiat on the Coast Guard. They are out there saving lives every day and busting ass.


Yeah, Coasties fly helicopters into Arctic storms to pull people off sinking ships. Nothing but respect for them.
/ex Army
 
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