Posts Tagged 'war'

HDT Self-Driving Machine Gun: You Have 20 Seconds to Comply

Maybe you thought that self-driving vehicles were a little bit further away, but check out this prototype machine gun, that will dispatch enemies from afar, without needing anyone to drive it.

hdt self driving machine gun

Read more @ Technabob

The World’s Cutest Drone: No Bombs on Board

Drones have often been used in war theaters, but that doesn’t stop this little military drone from being pretty cute. It was deployed by the British Army in Afghanistan and it measures only four inches by two inches.

black hornet drone nano uav

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Mine Kafon: Seek & Destroy Landmines

Landmines are a terrible remnant of war, and there are literally millions still left around the world that injure and kill people on a regular basis. This unusual looking contraption is a cheap way to get rid of a lot of landmines, which could allow local populations to get rid of many of them easily without risking more lives.

mine kafon landmine

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Amazing Photos in In Focus’ Afghanistan in May

Chinook helicopter with paratroopers

{via In Focus}

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Noam Chomsky & Christopher Hitchens on OBL and 9/11

George Scialabba on Hitchens when he writes about Noam Chomsky.

Over the last decade, Hitchens has reenacted the drama of Dorian Gray: his prose style has waxed ever more elegant, while his political judgment and his polemical morality have decayed.

American intellectuals, whose responsibility it was to lead the national conversation beyond uncritical acceptance of the premises of state policy, failed entirely.

If the American citizenry ever learn, in relation to their country’s international behavior, Auden’s simple yet difficult lesson that “Those to whom evil is done/Do evil in return” (or their benighted sympathizers do), it will be despite rather than because of the efforts of Hitchens and the large majority of American intellectuals who, about these matters at least, agree with him.

Suppose someone says that Pearl Harbor so inflamed American feeling that the firebombing of Japanese cities and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, though morally indefensible, were all but inevitable. Does saying this absolve the American officials who ordered the bombings or imply that the fate of the hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians who died as a result was “richly deserved”? By Hitchens’s logic, yes.

Noam Chomsky’s reaction to OBL’s assassination.

It’s like naming our murder weapons after victims of our crimes: Apache, Tomahawk… It’s as if the Luftwaffe were to call its fighter planes “Jew” and “Gypsy.”

There is much talk of bin Laden’s “confession,” but that is rather like my confession that I won the Boston Marathon. He boasted of what he regarded as a great achievement.

War Stories @ McSweeney’s

Nathan Bradley’s latest column details forgiving and living with Afghans.

War Stories By Nathan Bradley

This is Nathan’s fifth column over at McSweeney’s, and it tells the story of Khan, the electrician that kept his company alive during the cold winter months.

Gigantic Crane Lifts Korean Battleship Out of the Water!

I’m always amazed at the incredible machines that exist nowadays. Check this one out. It’s a massive crane that’s powerful enough that it can lift a warship out of the water. Where is this happening? Asia, of course – more specifically South Korea.

south korea war battleship crane mega machine

Read more @ Technabob

Booting Up Baghdad

Silicon Valley execs travel to Baghdad to see if they can boot up the city.

ISAF Soldiers In Kabul, Afghanistan

ISAF soldiers in Kabul, Afghanistan from the Big Picture

ISAF soldiers in Kabul, Afghanistan from the Big Picture


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