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No sign marks the New York City headquarters of The Specialists, Ltd. The home of your favorite movie weapons is hiding in plain sight in lower Manhattan, a plain white door on a cobblestone street, wedged between furniture stores, art galleries, and boutiques. Overhead cameras cover the white door, a hint of the intense security inside. 

The Specialists are the guys the prop masters for movies, television shows, and theatre productions call to supply high-fidelity weapons and gear. If you need an ATM that blows fake money, a blunderbuss for a pirate, or a straightedge razor that spouts blood, they are the ones to call. The firm has been around for more than 30 years; it has a warehouse of rentable wares in New York and a larger one somewhere in Las Vegas. What they don‚Äôt have, they can make. PopMech dropped by The Specialists to peruse its wares and manhandle the props, including swords, phony badges, rocket launchers, rifles from every age, and enough handguns for a hundred Dirty Harry movies. Take a look inside the ultimate toy closet. 

Come With Us to Prop Weapons Headquarters

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Mental health is one of the most critical and misunderstood public issues we face. Let’s have a candid dialogue to think about actions we can each take to strengthen mental health on our campuses and in our communities. Join us on April 24 for a one-hour dialogue on mental health. bit.ly/texttalkact
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Mental health is one of the most critical and misunderstood public issues we face. Let’s have a candid dialogue to think about actions we can each take to strengthen mental health on our campuses and in our communities. Join us on April 24 for a one-hour dialogue on mental health. bit.ly/texttalkact
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The ISEE-3 is coming home. And if Dennis Wingo and Keith Cowing have their way, it’ll return to find a warm welcome and a new mission. That is, if they can get it working again. The International Sun/Earth Explorer 3 probe has been in space nearly as long as the Voyager probes now departing the solar system. It launched in 1978 to study the interaction between the Earth’s magnetic fields and solar winds. It became the first space mission to encounter a comet in 1985 when it flew by the Giacobini-Zinner comet, and in 1986 it flew through the tail of Halley’s Comet. The spacecraft then settled into a heliocentric orbit roughly in line with Earth’s, and began collecting solar and cosmic-ray data until its communications equipment was decommissioned in 1999. Wingo and Cowing, the masterminds of the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project, are pushing for the ISEE-3 Reboot Project, an attempt to crowdsource the capture and repurposing of the spacecraft as a new orbiting classroom and public science laboratory.


How to Resurrect a 35-Year-Old Spacecraft

popmech:

The ISEE-3 is coming home. And if Dennis Wingo and Keith Cowing have their way, it’ll return to find a warm welcome and a new mission. That is, if they can get it working again. The International Sun/Earth Explorer 3 probe has been in space nearly as long as the Voyager probes now departing the solar system. It launched in 1978 to study the interaction between the Earth’s magnetic fields and solar winds. It became the first space mission to encounter a comet in 1985 when it flew by the Giacobini-Zinner comet, and in 1986 it flew through the tail of Halley’s Comet. The spacecraft then settled into a heliocentric orbit roughly in line with Earth’s, and began collecting solar and cosmic-ray data until its communications equipment was decommissioned in 1999. 

Wingo and Cowing, the masterminds of the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project, are pushing for the ISEE-3 Reboot Project, an attempt to crowdsource the capture and repurposing of the spacecraft as a new orbiting classroom and public science laboratory.

How to Resurrect a 35-Year-Old Spacecraft

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GOP's Bad Bet: Right-Wing Lionization Of Cliven Bundy Backfires In Wake Of Racist Outburst

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h/t:  Brian Tashman at RWW

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Missouri Legislature Holds Hearings To Impeach Nixon

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Missouri Legislature Holds Hearings To Impeach Nixon

Missouri Republicans are unique in so many ways, and now they have the distinction of getting the ball rolling on the second Nixon impeachment of our time. Only this time, the one they’re trying to impeach is Governor Jay Nixon.

Way back in 2009 I had the “pleasure” of an encounter with Floyd Brown, who leads the Impeach Obama Republican Parade, and was the former executive director of Citizens United. Brown informed me that impeachment proceedings needn’t begin with a foundation of any legitimate complaints, but could be just because enough people don’t like whoever they’re trying to impeach.

Here then are the non-reasons why Missouri conservatives have initiated impeachment hearings:

One legislator has lodged a complaint over Nixon’s executive order last year that directed state tax officials to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples who were legally married in other states. Nixon said in November, when he issued the order, that the state should accept the same sorts of tax returns as the Internal Revenue Service, which accepts joint returns from same-sex couples.

Another legislator said Nixon hadn’t moved fast enough to call special elections in three state House districts and a Senate district left vacant by resignations. State law directs the governor to call elections “without delay”; state Rep. Mike Moon’s (R) legislation accuses Nixon of breaking that law.

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The Family Leader Cites Satirical Column To Warn of Gay Anti-Christian Holocaust

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h/t: Miranda Blue at RWW

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GOP's Bad Bet: Right-Wing Lionization Of Cliven Bundy Backfires In Wake Of Racist Outburst

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h/t:  Brian Tashman at RWW

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In 1915, leaders of the Turkish government set in motion a plan to expel and massacre Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire. Though reports vary, most sources agree that there were about 2 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire at the time of the massacre.

By the early 1920s, when the massacres and deportations finally ended, some 1.5 million of Turkey’s Armenians were dead, with many more forcibly removed from the country. Today, most historians call this event a genocide—a premeditated and systematic campaign to exterminate an entire people. However, the Turkish government does not acknowledge the enormity or scope of these events. Despite pressure from Armenians and social justice advocates throughout the world, it is still illegal in Turkey to talk about what happened to Armenians during this era.

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Ayad Brissam Karim, from Iraq, holds a picture of himself taken before his “accident.” US helicopters attacked the vegetable field where he played, leaving him blind in both eyes and with burns to his face. 

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Ayad Brissam Karim, from Iraq, holds a picture of himself taken before his “accident.” US helicopters attacked the vegetable field where he played, leaving him blind in both eyes and with burns to his face. 

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A group of Marines fighting in some far-flung locale are trapped in harm’s way—they need water and ammo but can’t be safely resupplied. On the battlefield of the future, unmanned helicopters might answer the call. The Office of Naval Research recently demonstrated this concept with a test at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., in which troops moved cargo via the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System(ACCUS). 


Robot Resupply: The Navy’s Autonomous Cargo Helicopter Kit

popmech:

A group of Marines fighting in some far-flung locale are trapped in harm’s way—they need water and ammo but can’t be safely resupplied. On the battlefield of the future, unmanned helicopters might answer the call. The Office of Naval Research recently demonstrated this concept with a test at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., in which troops moved cargo via the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System(ACCUS). 

Robot Resupply: The Navy’s Autonomous Cargo Helicopter Kit