Faster than a speeding rocket!

From news.discover.com: Lockheed’s system is called Area Defense Anti-Munitions, or ADAM. It’s a 10-kilowatt laser that can be fired at a target up to 1.2 miles away, and ADAM can track missiles at up to 3 miles away. It’s designed for battlefield use against improvised rockets fired by ground troops or insurgents.

Prenda Law, RIP: The Guardian has a write-up of how the extortionistic copyright troll was lambasted by a Trekkie judge. Ken at Popehat has been following and reporting on the case since the beginning (of the end for Prenda).

Via The Daily Beast, a very weird war story: Days after Hitler’s suicide a group of American soldiers, French prisoners, and, yes, German soldiers defended an Austrian castle against an SS division—the only time Germans and Allies fought together in World War II. Hollywood, your next blockbuster is calling!

Trust us anyway:  Who is flying around Quincy, MA from dusk to dawn for the past ten days or so? Every night for nearly the last two weeks, residents have spotted a low-flying aircraft doing loops over the city. Sources tell WBZ that the aircraft is not a drone, that it is manned. WBZ has learned the FAA knows what’s going on, but the agency isn’t telling. FAA spokesman Jim Peters would only say, “We have to be very careful this time” concerning information.

In the history of U.S. military research, there’s never been a project with such a combination of big science, high sleaze, and pure conspiratorial strangeness. Yet somehow, some way, the story of the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, or HAARP, just got sleazier and stranger — all thanks to an elderly physicist named Alfred Wong.

A decade of groundbreaking work by a Danish research team hints that 40% of chronic back pain can be cured with antibiotics rather than surgery.

Is the U.S. finally making peace with the poppies in Afghanistan?

The M-16 vs. Kalashnikov effect? Did a lack of precision on Egypt’s Bent Pyramid leave it in better shape than the later, more precisely constructed pyramids?

Is that a dimensional wormhole opening in Brighton, or just a very bad pot-hole?

To all the old school chums I saw Saturday night at Vintage 1740, it was a damned fine evening. If anyone has photos to share I’d love to see them!

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