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Weapon Wednesday – Army’s Tactical Augmented Reality Device

The TAR display is mounted on regular US Army helmets
The TAR display is mounted on regular US Army helmets (Credit: David Vergun)

Information is power when a soldier is enveloped by the fog of war. Precisely locating the positions of both friends and foes is key for a mission to roll out both smoothly and without avoidable casualties. The US Army has just revealed its latest innovation, a head-up display system for soldiers called “Tactical Augmented Reality,” or TAR. read more

Flying Surfboard

Incredible footage has captured a ‘flying surfboard’ in action as it hovers above the surface of sparkling blue water.

The board, which can reach speeds of up to 25mph (40 km/h), is powered by an electric motor that helps to keep its rider upright and gliding through the air.

The new design was created to allow amateur surfers to experience the thrill of harnessing the power of a wave without the years of practice it requires.

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Incredible footage has captured a 'flying surfboard' in action as it hovers above the surface of sparkling blue water. The Lift eFoil (pictured) is the work of a sports brand based in Puerto Rico that builds flying toys.

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Global Warming Science – It’s Settled – They Lied Again

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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How many times would you put up with being cheated on in a relationship? How many times would you tolerate being lied to? Is it one and done? Or maybe 2 – 3 – a half a dozen?

Obviously, this is a loaded question. It would depend on a number of factors. Independence vs. interdependence – or maybe just how forgiving a person is. Maybe it’s a relationship of convenience – like the Clintons – more a business partnership than a personal, loving relationship.

But what if the relationship were between you and cause? A cause you felt so strongly for, people considered you “wedded” to it. A cause like…oh…I don’t know…Global Warming.

What if you were all-in on man caused global warming because, as experts have oft-repeated, the science of global warming is settled? But then you found out that the cause you’ve been wedded to is almost entirely a lie? What would you do? You just may have to reevaluate your loyalty. read more

Smog Free Bicycle Blows Fresh Air on Rider

It is one of the most polluted countries on the planet, but a new project hopes to use pedal power to help free China of its smog-filled air.

The Smog Free Bicycle will absorb carbon and other particles from the atmosphere in major cities like Beijing.

The plans are part of a wider project that includes towers which use the technology, with the pollutants they collect then turned into jewellery.

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It is one of the most polluted countries on the planet, but a new project hopes to use pedal power to help free China of its smog-filled air (artist's impression) 

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Thank the Democrats for a Non-Functioning Missile Defense System

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Last Friday IBD wrote  that, “Shortly after the North Korea [ICBM] test, Politico ran an article pointing out that ‘the Pentagon and its contractors still haven’t figured out how to reliably shoot down an intercontinental ballistic missile.’ The Washington Post noted that after spending tens of billions of dollars, the system ‘has never faced combat or been fully tested.’”

You may recall the fanfare a few months ago over a triumphant test of our missile defense system. We successfully intercepted one of our own mock ICBMs launched from the Marshall Islands. A Ground Based Interceptor (GBI) was deployed from California and shot down the ICBM. Hooray for us!

Unfortunately, that intercept is the exception, not the rule, and that’s very worrisome. The one successful intercept was as close to being “laboratory” conditions as one can be. Everything about the trial was highly scripted.

And Missile Defense Agency (MDA) director Vice Admiral James Syring told a House committee recently that “I would not say we are comfortably ahead of the threat. I would say we are addressing the threat.” Translation: We’re in trouble. read more

Video Podcast – Jihadists at Home and Abroad

In my inaugural video podcast – my first and possibly last – I discuss a Conservative Review piece about the jihadist-loving, Sharia advocating Linda Sarsour, who both spoke of waging jihad on President Trump. Yes, Linda Sarsour, who claims to be an advocate for American women and also Sharia. Not sure how this is simultaneously possible.

Dovetailing from a call for jihad in America, the Daily Mail reports of jihad in the city of Mosul, Iraq. A burqa-clad woman, carrying her infant in arms, blew her self up, while the good guys were attempting to evacuate her from the battle zone. I guess she wasn’t innocent, but a true ISIS believer. read more

Trump Proclaims Sky is Blue – Liberals Dispute It

It’s really has gotten this bad.

from the American Spectator:

Had Donald Trump given the Gettysburg Address, liberals would have called it insultingly brief. No matter how eloquently and sensibly he speaks, they stand ready to snipe at him. No sooner had he finished his stellar remarks in Poland than they grabbed for their wet blankets.

Yes, he criticized Russia; yes, he defended NATO. But why, they wanted to know, didn’t he attack his hosts? Or as the New York Times put it: “Mr. Trump roused his Polish hosts by recounting the country’s history of resistance to invaders, including Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. But he said nothing about the right-wing government’s crackdown on judges and journalists and its refusal to accept more migrants, policies that have upset European Union leaders. He instead praised Poland as a defender of liberty in the face of existential threats.” read more

New College Mission – Train Social Justice Warriors

from Campus Reform:

    • Higher education has “a special mission to educate the next generation of Social Justice Warriors,” according to a recent op-ed by two academics.
    • Warning that Donald Trump will cause “catastrophic consequences” for the nation’s “social sustainability,” James Martin and James Samels says colleges must focus on training students to engage in social activism.

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Private Sector Space Race

A private spaceflight company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos plans to build a powerful new rocket engine in Alabama for space flight, the company and state officials announced Monday.

Blue Origin President Robert Meyerson said his company is seeking a production contract with United Launch Alliance, a private company that provides satellite launches for the U.S. government and others.

He said the company will locate a production factory for the BE-4 rocket engine in Huntsville upon a contract being signed.

Jeff Bezos rocket firm Blur Origin plans to build a powerful new rocket engine in Alabama for space flight, the company and state officials have announced.

According to the company’s website, the powerful BE-4 engine is designed to end dependence on Russian-built engines for launching payloads into space. read more

There are no Rules When You’re Being Attacked

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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In war, or frankly any military engagement, there are Rules of Engagement (ROE). If there weren’t, things would descend into a chaotic free-for-all. However, one of these rules, which I find particularly abhorrent, is the “don’t fire unless fired upon,” rule. I don’t know what idiot came up with it, but it’s gotten a lot of our boys killed.

I suppose some nimrod, or group of nimrods, decided that this is how we set ourselves apart from and above the savages we are/were fighting. While attempting to remain “civilized” is an admiral goal, it often does not translate to the real world – either on the battlefield or the streets.

How many times have you heard dialogue in some action movie, where one of the stars turns to the other and says, “Johnny – if you do such and such, you’re no better than they are.”

It’s a wonderful sentiment which reinforces most of our desires to be the good guy in the white hat that rides in and saves the day. For in those scenarios, we always want to eventually see the good guy win and the bad guy get it in the end. Yes, we want to see the bad guy get it, but in a righteous way, so the good guy’s image is not tarnished, and we can continue to feel good about him. read more