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I was watching a video of US soldiers in Afghanistan that were using shoulder launched missiles to destroy buildings being used as cover for the enemy. They didn't mention which missile system it was, so I did a bit of research and found out it's the Javelin. The FGM-148 Javelin missile is a 50 pound fire and forget two man system. It locks on the target and makes its way there without further intervention by the user so they can move or find another target.

They also have a choice of using attack direct or attack above. In the former it goes direct in a slight parabolic curve, maximum of 60 feet climb. But in attack above, it climbs some 500 feet, then powers down into the target. It's going supersonic so it can't be heard by the target, and is almost smokeless, so it can't be seen. It's range is 4500 meters, or almost 3 miles.

From the targets perspective, they get blown up with no notice at all.

The missile was designed for tanks to attack the most vulnerable area, the top of the tank. The missile contains two explosive charges, the first is used to set off any reactive armour, the second is the main charge used to kill the tank and occupants.

The command unit costs about 128,000 dollars US, and each missile costs about 78,000. US dollars. In the video the soldiers were firing off the missiles whenever they ran into difficulty, which for them is a great. But I couldn't help but think it was a lot of money of destroy a mud walled building. In another video those soldiers used only one missile, the rest of the time they either called in artillery or airstrikes. Artillery is pretty cheap, but an airstrike can be pretty costly too. Just fuelling a fighter jet can cost $5000., and the bombs cab be as costly as the Javelin Missile.

This is basically a bookmark for myself for later reference.

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As you were describing the missile function I was thinking: expensive. Wow. That's a costly shot. Clever stuff though.
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Have you ever been witness to a terrible tragedy unfolding? A good friend or family member's life takes a terrible turn and nothing you say or do seems to change the inevitable suffering and pain you see ahead for them? And it seems selfish, but you know some of that suffering and pain is going to hit you and others too, hard, but still you have no ability to turn them from their course or lessen the damage.

A slow motion crash right in front of us.

Trump’s speech introducing Mike Pence was honestly one of the craziest things I’ve seen in politics.
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I try not to watch, but that doesn't stop the knowing.
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These pictures are of fireflies in Japan, brought to us by spoon-tamago.com which is a little like www.thisiscolossal.com where I also found the pictures. I've never seen anything like it where I live.
Each year when summer comes along, we all look forward to different things. Some of us head to the beach, others to the mountains for camping. Some look forward to the epicurean delights like watermelon and ice cones. But for a select group of photographers in Japan, Summer signals the arrival o
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Artist changes the perspective by making round plants square. This one is my favourite.
Sapporo-based freelance illustrator and artist Baku Maeda tends to see the world a bit differently. His simple observations and humorous interventions like Leaf Beasts and Ribbonesia have gone viral the last few years. He recently shared this fun series of clipped square flowers on his Tumblr an
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I love this mural in Paris made of origami birds, representing the lunar cycle.
Mademoiselle Maurice (previously here and here) recently produced the mural "The Lunar Cycle" in collaboration with the French Mathgoth Gallerie, a temporary piece that pays tribute to the hundreds of residents who were temporarily uprooted due to the upcoming demolition of the bui
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A liked this 23 minute video historical review of Saving Private Ryan. It's reviewed with an eye towards historical accuracy rather than the usual film criteria. I rather enjoyed Saving Private Ryan, getting past the basic premise of allowing eight army men to play hide and seek in occupied Europe to save one man, while one of the most important wars in the 20th century was being decided. The landing scene is simply brutal, long teeth gritting with horrific scene after bloody scene, it gives us a tiny measure of what the men went through. The review also points out a few interesting bits about the movie that I didn't know.
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TV series Shooter delayed again because of real life shootings in the USA.
If they keep delaying because of real shootings in the USA, the show will never get on the air.
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Made to order meteor showers could start as early as next year. A Japanese startup company is planning to launch a satellite that can shoot particles into the upper atmosphere, creating a one of a kind to order meteor shower. For a price. 
“Wouldn't it be nice to watch shooting stars whenever and wherever you like?” That’s Lena Okajima, doctorate of Astronomy and the founder of a Japanese startup called ALE that wants to create man-made meteor showers. And if Dr. Okajima has her way, the company could create a never-before-se
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This "Castles in the Sky" exhibit was created to celebrate a 30 year retrospective of Studio Ghibli. It's sited on the 52nd floor of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower in Tokyo.

The exibition will be open from July 7 to Sept 11 and will serve a special menu which you can see here:
http://en.rocketnews24.com/2016/07/06/special-ghibli-menu-to-be-served-at-cafe-attached-to-tokyo-art-exhibit-for-fabled-anime-studio/

More of the exhibit can be seen here:
http://www.spoon-tamago.com/2016/07/05/studio-ghibli-celebrates-30-years-of-film-making-with-food-toys-and-a-huge-retrospective/
Perched in the sky fifty-two stories above Tokyo, a new exhibition celebrates a 30-year retrospective of Studio Ghibli, the Japanese animation studio famous for anime films like Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and Princess Mononoke. The centerpiece of the Studio Ghibli Expo is a room filled
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Pilot captures beautiful picture.
Over the last few years we've seen our fair share of storm and lightning photographs, but this shot from Ecuador Airlines pilot Santiago Borja might top them all. Taken from a Boeing 767-300 cockpit at the precise moment of a lightning flash, the image captures a powerful thunderstorm formi
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Gor-ge-ous!
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Some type 1 diabetics are making their own monitoring kits because the available commercial products are too expensive. Open source to the rescue.
Meet the growing number of type 1 diabetics who are building their own unapproved, open source monitoring systems.
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Lucky girl.
NASHVILLE — Apparently Christoper Wade likes brunettes. Police arrested the 55-year-old man Monday night after officers say they found him in bed with a stolen mannequin from a Nashville lingerie store. A stolen mannequin wearing a brown bob wig, a pink spandex dress and rhinestone stilettos. And red lips. According to an arrest warrant, Metro Nashville police officers responded to Hollywood Hustler for a report of a theft that had just occurred...
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I have to share this song here, it might be in Spanish, but the story it tells about is of exactly this....
This are the english lyrics.
http://lyricstranslate.com/en/%E2%80%A6-de-cart%C3%B3n-piedra-%E2%80%A6-papier-m%C3%A2ch%C3%A9.html

And this is the song. (catchy tune)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3p2J7vGHAf8
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