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Republican FCC Member Warns Net Neutrality Is Not Neutral

February 11, 2015

Ajit Pai, the sole Republican Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), inferred in a Tweet that President Barack Obama’s secret, 332-page “Net Neutrality” document is a scheme for federal micro-managing of the Internet.

German Reporter Asks ‘Nobel Laureate Obama’ for His ‘Red Line’ in Ukraine, Obama Dodges

February 11, 2015

In a joint press conference Monday, President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel fielded questions from both the American and German press.

MSNBC Host Asks Eric Holder to Quack Like a Duck

February 11, 2015

In another stirring moment of journalism on MSNBC, weekend host and noted intellectual Melissa Harris-Perry asked Attorney General Eric Holder to quack like a duck during an interview Sunday.

The Navy Shows Off Its Futuristic Railgun

February 11, 2015

The United States Navy has made enough progress on its futuristic electromagnetic railgun that it’s now showing it off to the public.

California Parents Having ‘Measles Parties’ to Infect Their Unvaccinated Kids

February 11, 2015

Only in California where the movement to not vaccinate children got its start, are now having measles parties to expose their children to measles.

Eric Holder: Inability to Pass Gun Control My ‘Single Failure’

February 10, 2015

On Sunday, MSNBC aired Melissa Harris-Perry’s interview of Attorney General Eric Holder and he said the “single failure” of his tenure as AG was the failure to secure gun control.

The Navy has unveiled their latest attempt at using magnetic energy to accelerate a projectile and advance naval gunnery to unheard of velocities of mach 7 (7,875 fps) and ranges of 110 miles, from a story on Free Beacon:

At this weekend’s Future Force Science and Technology Expo the Navy showed off its incredible new cannon. The railgun may even soon be ready for deployment, Foxtrot Alpha reports.

Even though the EM Railgun looks massive to spectators, the truth is that it is finally in a size that will make it applicable to the Navy’s inventory of surface combatants. With this in mind, the Railgun is set for sea trials aboard the Joint High-Speed Vessel USNS Millinocket in 2016, although this will not be a permanent installation. There is some serious talk about integrating the weapon onto the third DDG-1000 Zumwalt Class Destroyer, DDG-1002 USS Lyndon B. Johnson.

Military observers and the Navy itself are excited about the possibilities the railgun opens up for future deployments.

The realization of the EM Railgun into a reliable and field-ready weapon system clearly has the Navy in a whirl, and rightfully so. This technology could revolutionize warfare, and to be perfectly honest, it marks the return of really big ass guns to US Navy surface combatants. Who knows, it could even lead to a new “Electric Battleship” capable of slinging high-volumes of guided shells hundreds of miles in rapid succession. The sky is truly the limit.

It appears that, at least for the Navy and its railgun, the future is close at hand.

This weapon is sorely needed and the Navy knows it, this will give them the capability to allow shore bombardment from sea approaches and give an invasion the covering fire, it needs to safely secure a beachhead. We lost that capability when the Navy chose to arm with missiles instead of naval rifles as we had in WWII. The problem with missiles is that they are big and bulky and a vessel can only carry so many of them which can be expended in short order, which requires the ship to rearm and resupply which is difficult under battle conditions, which means they must depart the area.

A railgun could stock a vast  number of projectiles since they would take less space and allow for a longer barrage from the sea, this type of weapon is clearly the future because the capabilities to allow long range bombardment, staying on station for longer periods and not needing chemical propellants to launch the warhead are all win win for the Navy. Another favorable aspect of these projectiles, they can be designed to allow a greater detonation force without the use of chemical explosives, in short range bombardment the velocity combined with warhead material fragmentation could prove devastating to enemy positions and other ships. From Free Beacon.

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