Ballsy!

I suspect intelligence agencies all over the world are at present tipping their hats, metaphorically speaking, to Israel’s Mossad.  If published accounts are to be believed (and it’s never that simple), their most recent operation was a masterpiece, the kind of thing that’ll be studied in training academies for decades to come. Israeli spies reportedly broke into an Iranian nuclear archive in southern Tehran last year and hauled out half a tonne of documents in operation completed in a single night. The raid is said to have provided the intelligence behind Benjamin Netanyahu’s public accusation that Iran lied to the

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Good news! The Home is back on the Range!

Fellow blogger, author and friend in meatspace and cyberspace, Brigid, has returned to active blogging.  She has a post up explaining what made her stop for a while. Brigid’s always been one of the more thoughtful and thought-provoking bloggers out there.  She has depths to her, and is able to express them poetically and poignantly.  If you’ve been a fan of hers in the past, you’ll rejoice with me that she’s back.  If you haven’t read her work before, it’s high time you did! Click over to “Home on the Range” and bookmark it for future reference. Peter

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A four-room, 800-sq-ft house for under $4,000, built in one day?

If this can be successfully “industrialized” and manufactured on a large scale, it’ll be one of the greatest advances in the fight against poverty ever achieved. Incredible houses printed from cement could help to end the global housing crisis, according to the company behind their creation. The properties, which are currently at the concept stage, will soon be used to provide safe shelter for people in El Salvador and could one day be expanded worldwide to house billions. The homes currently cost £7,200 ($10,000) to construct and take up to 24 hours to build, but for the production version this

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A new science fiction series from Jon del Arroz

Fellow author and blogger Jon del Arroz has just released ‘The Stars Entwined‘, the first book in a new military science fiction series. The blurb reads, in part: After several recent attacks along the border of Aryshan space, internal affairs agent Sean Barrows is brought to Palmer Station to ensure the Interplanetary Navy’s on the right track in their terrorism investigations. What he discovers could lead to the biggest war the galaxy has ever seen. Sean’s work leads him to his most dangerous assignment yet—into the heart of Aryshan territory as a spy. Meanwhile, Aryshan Commander Tamar is being groomed

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A very lucky survival from a near-disaster

We’ve mentioned the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer’s KC-390 transport (shown below) in these pages before.  It’s scheduled to enter production next year. It looks like the most recent test flight was a hair-raising experience.  According to The Aviationist: As reported by Aero Magazine, the KC-390 registered PT-ZNF was performing critical pre-stall tests, that involved high-AOA (Angle Of Attack) and ice formation on wings. During the maneuver, an equipment used for the tests, detached from its place and rolled to the back of the cargo compartment causing a sudden change in the center of gravity (CG) of the aircraft. As a

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The most successfully crowd-funded comic book in history?

Some weeks ago, a crowdfunding venture was launched to start Alt*Hero, a comic that would embody the old-style values of that medium and eschew the politically correct line being hewed to by most of the formerly mainstream media companies in that market. It’s not before time.  As just two examples of just how ridiculous the SJW takeover of comics has become, consider these.  (Click the first image for a larger view.) All that politically correct posturing in comic books?  Ye Gods and little fishes . . . !  (It’s also killing their sales, as a Marvel Comics VP admitted recently, and as

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Alma’s latest is out

Fellow author, fellow blogger and friend in meat- and cyberspace, Alma Boykin, has just released her latest novel.  It’s the first in a new Young Adult series, which I think is seriously good news.  There aren’t enough good YA series out there, and Alma’s very well qualified to write a better one than most other authors. Her new book is called ‘Shikari‘.  The cover was designed by Cedar Sanderson, who also did the cover of my new fantasy novel. The blurb reads: Adventure! Exploration! Martinus the m-dog! Lost cities and conspiracies! Strange creatures! And homework. Shikhari, the most-distant human colony

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Lawdog goes dead tree!

‘The Lawdog Files‘, which blasted its way into bestseller territory upon its release in e-book format less than two weeks ago, is now available in paperback. I couldn’t be happier for Lawdog’s success.  He’s been a friend for the best part of two decades, and to see his work so popular is warm, fuzzy happiness for his buddies.  He’s hard at work right now, finishing some new material for the second volume, ‘The Lawdog Files: African Adventures‘. I’m sure his fans will be delighted to learn that Brigadier-Captain Azikiwe, the anti-hero of the infamous Ratel Saga, will feature in the

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What a spectacular start!

‘The Lawdog Files‘, officially launched just yesterday, has shattered all expectations. There was a great deal of publicity around it, of course, from his long-term friends.  I mentioned it here;  Larry Correia did a ‘book bomb‘ on his blog;  Vox pitched it to his blog readers and those who’ve joined Castalia House’s mailing list;  and a number of other bloggers told their readers about it, too.  Even so, I think all of us were surprised by how well it did.  Here’s the sales rank as of 9.30 p.m. (Central time) last night (click the image for a larger view). #92 out

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Nice shooting – ballistic missile edition

A couple of days ago, the US tested a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile against a target representing an intermediate-range ballistic missile.  The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) announced: A ballistic missile target was air-launched by a U.S. Air Force C-17 over the Pacific Ocean north of Hawaii. A THAAD weapon system located at PSCA in Kodiak, Alaska, detected, tracked and intercepted the target. Preliminary indications are that planned flight test objectives were achieved and the threat-representative, intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) target was successfully intercepted by the THAAD weapon system. . . . This was the 14th successful intercept

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