This sounds like a really useful invention

I’m sure many of my readers have endured, like me, many miles of driving along a highway reduced to one lane width – or even less – by traffic cones, deployed to keep highway workers safe.  Unfortunately, they may be working in only one spot, but several miles of road on either side of that place may be coned off, to allow them to move up and down the road.  There’s no other way to do it – or, at least, there hasn’t been, until now. Wheeled ‘Robo-cones’ that trundle off when no longer required to shorten roadworks for motorists

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A very worthy new Combat Magnum revolver

Smith & Wesson originally applied the name “Combat Magnum” to their short-barreled Model 19/66 K-frame revolver chambered in .357 Magnum.  It gained a stellar reputation among cops and civilian carriers alike during the 1960’s and beyond.  It’s still being made. However, Smith & Wesson have now introduced another “Combat Magnum”, this time chambered for .44 Magnum.  It’s a short-barreled variant of their Model 69, an L-frame, five-shot revolver. For those of us who remember the long-out-of-production Model 696, a 5-shot L-frame revolver chambered in .44 Special, the new revolver is a thing of beauty.  Its barrel is only ¼” shorter

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Suitcases like I’ve never seen before

I had to smile when reading an article at Laughing Squid about a new self-contained kitchen-in-a-suitcase. There’s also a desk (with chair) in a suitcase: And even a bed-in-a-suitcase: I’m not sure how practical they all are, but full marks to the designer for fitting everything into so small a space.  The prices, however, are outrageous! Peter

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An alternative to Intuit’s Quickbooks for accounting software?

For those who’ve been following the saga of Intuit’s deliberate slighting of its firearms industry customers, and wish to boycott that company’s products (as I’m doing), there are a couple of excellent alternatives to its Quickbooks small business accounting software. My accountant had recommended that I use Quickbooks for the company Miss D. and I have just set up, as a corporate structure for our books and publishing activities.  However, in the light of recent events, that’s obviously a non-starter.  I looked online, and found that PC Magazine had recently reviewed “The Best Small Business Accounting Software of 2018“.  There were

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Dusty!

Courtesy of The Aviationist, here’s an amazing video clip of a USAF C-5 Galaxy transport – the largest aircraft operated by that force – taking off from the just over 7,000 foot runway at Ilopango Airport in El Salvador.  For an aircraft that large, carrying an unknown cargo but clearly heavily laden, it’s quite an achievement. The wingspan of the C-5 is about 80 feet wider than the runway, hence the clouds of dust raised during the last part of the takeoff run, when the jet exhaust is angled down towards them. I’d call that dusty in anyone’s language! Peter

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An often overlooked but very useful self-defense tool

The good, old-fashioned police truncheon (often called a baton, nightstick or billy club in the USA) was no slouch at quieting restless individuals.  It has a rich and storied history, sometimes favorable, sometimes notorious, usually depending on which side of the truncheon the historian was standing at the time. The Truth About Knives has brought us a couple of historic videos of how to use this implement.  Recommended viewing. I have one handy near the front door, just in case of need.  Oh – you ask where you can get them?  Modern substitutes are freely available at low cost, both

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Sounds like a match made in (the) heaven(s)

It was reported yesterday that the US Coast Guard is looking for a number of long-range reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s) for coastal patrol. The US Coast Guard issued a request for demonstrations of long-range, ultra-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles to conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in US coastal transit zones that are highly trafficked by illegal drug and migrant smugglers. The requested drone would be land-based, must have the ability to fly for more than 24h and a service ceiling of 15,000ft above sea level, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s RFP. The UAV’s sensor payload must be

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Amazon reviews by scientists?

The Washington Post reports: Last month, John Birch left a four-star review on Amazon for a tea strainer, which his son had purchased to separate ants for a zoology experiment. No big deal. The review sat quietly on the site until this week, when other scientists found it, shared it and instantly started a Twitter trend. We lay-folk have long known that scientists use common objects for strange reasons — see NASA researchers sending rubber ducks into a glacier to track ocean currents, or environmental scientists floating tampons down streams to find pollution. But until now, we may not have

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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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