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Steinbeck captured the meanness of that us-versus-them mindset in "the grapes of wrath", which i read as a youth not long after my hometown(Miami) got its first million Cuban immigrants. The book awakened me to my own pejudice. I hope it is still on high school reading lists.Originally posted by FlyingSorcery:
I think Americans see immigration differently. We can get caught up in the "Us versus Them".
In the case of WW2, most Germans I have met agree that the victory was not over people so much as over Nazism. And this they heartily celebrate with us all...Originally posted by dai bread:
I am doubtful of the wisdom of celebrating victory over people who are now our friends. It seems like crowing, and rubbing salt in wounds that are best left to heal.
No duh! But can someone please explain how the shot can be taken at all? I'm not into shooting sports (as it appears this record is a military sport) but I understand physics and gravity. A 146 foot drop would require the scope and barrel to be pointed in radically different directions. This would be more like calculating artillery ranges. Also the bullet would need to have some sort of hyper velocity and incredible axial stability when it leaves the barrel, to do lethal damage at that distance. An ordinary hunting bullet would slowed so much at that distance that the intended vicitm could catch it in his teeth without damage. Also a hunting bullet would have started to wobble and lost all areo efficiency and directional stabilty.Originally posted by Haggis@wk:
[i]"The current record for longest range sniper kill is 2,430 metres (7,972 ft), reportedly accomplished by a Canadian sniper (Master Cpl. Arron Perry) in 2002, during the invasion of Afghanistan, using a .50 BMG McMillan bolt-action rifle. This meant that the round had a flight time of four seconds, and a drop of 44.5 m (146 ft). The previous record was held by Carlos Hathcock, achieved during the Vietnam War, at a distance of 2,250 m.
Such a shot cannot be taken in haste.
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