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Visions of the Future 

Imagination is our window into the future. At NASA/JPL we strive to be bold in advancing the edge of possibility so that someday, with the help of new generations of innovators and explorers, these visions of the future can become a reality. As you look through these images of imaginative travel destinations, remember that you can be an architect of the future.

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Some cool kit for the new #Lantac promo video coming soon… MTEK Flux Carbon-V in Multicam Black.

On Helmet Lighting:

Core Survival HEL-STAR 5 IR LED Marker.

Surefire HL1-A Helmet Light with IFF (Identify Friend or Foe) Beacon. Mounted via Kinect MLok Rail & Tango Down Rail Adapter.

Surefire Mini Scout with KM1-C Vampire IR Head.

Video Capture:

MOHOC IR Elite Ops Camera System. 1080p, 12MP IR Sensor.

Headset and Mounting:

TCI (Tactical Command Industries) Liberator II Headset for Thales MBITR 2 Communications System.

UNITY, MARK (Modular Attached Rail Kit) & SARA (Sordin ARC Rail Adapter) Headset Attachment System.

Night Vision & Thermal

Night Vision:

Armasight Inc AN/PVS14 Gen3+ White Phosphor MNVD (Monocular Night Vision Device). Mounted via, Wilcox L4 G24/ G70 NVG Helmet Mount with Low Profile Breakaway Base, 3 Hole Shroud & Retention Lanyard.

Wilcox AN/PVS-14 J Arm with NVG Interface Shoe.

Thermal:

Safran Optics 1 AN/PAS-29A COTI (Clip on Thermal Imager). Counterweight:

TNVC / EOG Mohawk Mk1. Helmet Accessory Storage and Retention System.

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BCM Gunfighter History : Travis Haley

An Exercise in Compromise

Hanging in my office, is a clone of the rifle I carried on two combat tours(Iraq and Liberia). It’s a reminder of where I came from, where I stand today, where I am going and why I am going there.

While serving in 2nd Force Reconnaissance in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, my unit started seeing radical advances in small arms and light weaponry via the SOPMOD program. Suddenly, carbines could quickly be fine tuned for specific missions by mounting night vision systems, laser aiming devices, weapon lights and red dot optics to the 1913 Picatinny Rail Systems on the upper receiver and handguard.

These technologies opened up whole new tactics, techniques and procedures that could be employed to prosecute our mission of specialized reconnaissance, ambush and direct action raids.

Despite the additional capabilities the SOPMOD program delivered, opinions were sharply divided on the program. Some saw these tools as a burden, adding a lot of “crap” that would only increase the amount of weight our Marines carried on mission for little tangible benefit. A maxed out M4 could run up to 14 pounds, but we didn’t need every component for every mission.

TWO POUNDS OF METAL

The SOPMOD accessory package that my platoon ended up running included almost two pounds of weight in mounting interfaces alone. When I challenged this, I got a typical Marine Corps answer, “Because that’s what you are issued, now quit asking irrelevant questions Too Speed.” (Too Speed was my call sign)

I couldn’t accept that answer. It was an institutional answer that repeated a party line and the lives of my teammates were, and will always be, more important than not rocking the boat.

After some trial and error, the first mod I made was to ditch the Surefire M951 Weapon Light and replace it with a Surefire 6P in a shotgun tube light mount that I scored at a sporting goods shop near base. After swapping the 6P tail cap for the M951 remote switch assembly, I then ran the tape switch on the left side of the 203 so activating the light wouldn’t impact my weapons manipulation.

Getting a weapon light in tight with a rail and shaving weight off the interface was something I would spend the next 10 years fiddling with before I had a eureka moment and Haley Strategic Partners released the Thorntail Adaptive Series of light mounts, currently in use by military, security contractors and law enforcement worldwide.

This time was a defining moment for me, as it was when I first started tweaking and eventually building original components for my platoon based on the unique requirements of our missions. These experiences of shaving weight, improving ergonomics and finding a balance between capability and utility, would drive the development of so many of the components I have commercialized in my post-service career.

THE RIFLE I TOOK TO WAR

Colt M4 with 14.5” Barrel
Colt M203 40 mm Grenade Launcher
Knights Armament RAS Handguard
PEQ-2 IR Aiming Laser
Surefire Classic 6P with a custom “Simply Dynamic” mount
Boone & Packer Redi-Mag
Simply Dynamic Multi-Mission Sling (commercialized by Magpul as the MS3)

LOAD OUT

Prior to the invasion of Iraq, Force was trained up for both Green Side(reconnaissance) and Black Side(direct action) missions, with the assumption we would be tasked to one or the other. However, when we entered Iraq, our platoon found ourselves doing a combination of both at the same time. Force Recon is a special operations unit that prepares the battlespace and gathers intelligence for the MAGTF(Marine Air Ground Task Force) and then prosecutes specialized targets as directed.  

With a few days under our belts, the entire platoon started striping gear and mags, looking for that perfect balance of speed, utility and capability. If you can’t move, you can’t be effective. Most of the Marines went from 13 rifle magazines to between five or six. I ended up with four on my vest and two taped together on my carbine with riggers tape and offset with a stick.

Force Recon ran low signature loads outs, often working out of vehicles(mil and civilian), and running a double mag on the carbine meant I had 60 rounds at the ready. When I saw the “Redi-Mag” in a copy of Shotgun News, I ordered it and had it delivered to me overseas. Despite the weight, the Redi-Mag was more versatile than the old riggers tape and stick, and cut my carbine reloads to sub one second.

I no longer run a Redi-Mag because there are so many excellent belt mounted magazine pouches available today, that I can reload at almost the exact speed as from a Redi-Mag. That said, you will sometimes find them on my house and car guns, as I do not expect to be kitting up if someone breaks into my house or I find myself engaged with an active shooter around vehicles in the streets.

M203

The M203 is a vital component to small and agile units, like Force, who operate in small units in semi and non-permissive settings. It becomes even more essential in worst case scenarios where the mission is compromised or the unit is outright ambushed by an enemy force.

We prepared for scenarios where 203s could be employed for a hasty breach, in instances where a short count/stack was not possible. Also, as a posturing tool to achieve immediate fire superiority in the face of an ambush. Finally, we practiced employing them to suppress fortified enemy positions in buildings by putting accurate fire through windows or open doors.

In fact, in the first gunfight I was involved in during OIF, I put this into practice, pumping 40mm HEDP(High Explosive Dual Purpose) rounds through windows of enemy positions 50 meters out. This fire created instant hate and discontent on target, where crew served weapons and M4s did not offer as much of an immediate positive effect. We had never trained to fire the M203 at such a close distance for safety reasons, but I held at the top of the window frame with my Aimpoint and the round went straight where I wanted it.

MEUSOC 1911

The MEUSOC 1911 has an almost legendary reputation among 1911 and handgun enthusiasts. One of the most high performance handguns ever built, the MEUSOC 1911 we ran was hand built by Marine Armorers from the Precision Weapons Section at MCBQ (Marine Corps Base Quantico). They fine tuned our 1911’s, hand selecting barrels, link pins, sear springs, ejectors, firing pin stops, mainspring housings and mainsprings. Slides were custom built by Springfield Armory with beavertail safeties and recoil spring guides by Ed Brown, Novak rear sights, Wilson Combat extractors + mag release buttons, and King’s Gun Works ambi thumb safeties.

Force ran the 1911 specifically in direct action raid or ambush missions. It was not a primary and would only come into play if our carbines had run dry or malfunctioned. We carried 10 round magazines with 230 Grain 45 ACP. More than enough to deal with any immediate situation and then refocus on the carbine to get it back into action.

On DRP(Deep Reconnaissance Patrol) Missions, I personally chose my Berretta M92, which was our only 9mm alternative at the time. The flatter trajectory at range of the 9mm and the larger magazine meant more bullets to deal with more problems in the event my carbine was down or permanently disabled.

When I later worked as a security contractor on Ambassador Bremmer’s detail with Blackwater, we would run Glock 17s. But in the end, the mission drives the gear. But more importantly, the mission drives the man.

THE MISSION DRIVES THE MAN

When I first started making gear, I was doing it to help keep my guys alive. When I started my first company, Simply Dynamic Tactical, I wasn’t in it to get rich. I was doing it to pass on what I learned in combat and to provide tools that would stack the deck in the favor of the men and women who were going overseas or out on our streets as warfighters, law enforcement or private citizens.

Surviving war is an awesome responsibility. For those who have been in combat, you never forget the brothers you lost. When you are one of those who made it back, you carry a weight that is difficult to put into words. I was lucky to have known such great men in my life. I was lucky to have a second family closer than any people I will ever know.

As I approach the 5th year in business with Haley Strategic Partners, we have tried to bring this industry together and to stay focused on that one mission. Enable brave men and women to complete their missions as safely as possible. Through training, through gear and through mindset.  

Stay Sharp and be safe,

Travis Haley
October, 2015

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Photos of space are everywhere online. Their beauty is dazzling, showing a universe awash in color and light. But if you’re a skeptic, you’ve likely wondered whether it all truly looks like that in real life.

Michael Benson took data from NASA and ESA missions to make 77 images of everything from Pluto to Europa. In his exhibition Otherworlds: Visions of Our Solar System, Benson tries his best to create images that represent what a moon or planet might actually look like if you could peer at it out a spaceship window.

Check out more photos and read about Benson’s project.

Every time we are about to take a huge leap in human consciousness, that’s when bad news ends up happening, so we don’t achieve that expansion… I would absolutely minimize your time with watching TV, and if you are going to watch it, be an observer, don’t get sucked into it, observe the games being played, and put that lens on, instead of believing everything you hear, because all of, most of, the mainstream media is owned by the very people that are compromising us… Look locally in your community, maybe create groups where you can have workshops and discussions… And think positive, because we are powerful, powerful beings, and their manipulations have to do with taking our dreams, and taking our energies, so that we enable these dark agendas. If we could just focus on what we want to manifest and put it into our own internal GPS system - what vision we want for the future - we’ll be able to hear our inner voice, and we’ll be able to get assistance from spirit guides, and our benevolent star family that is here to help us - and that will take us right into a beautiful future, because we can manifest this, this is what they don’t want us to realize about ourselves.

anonymous asked:

5Ds gang reactions when their s/o calls their main dragon cards, like stardust dragon, cute? Bonus points if their s/o gets all fascinated and starts playing with their tail, feeling their scales, etc? (For Luka and Lua you can do them when they're older since they're kids and all)

I’m not sure if the Solid Vision system would allow touching or not… though it is pretty ambiguous. I’m just going to assume that they’re duelling and the s/o suddenly fangirls a little.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s:

Fudo Yusei:

- His s/o’s sudden squee would confuse him at first. He’s never thought of Stardust Dragon as ‘cute’. Cool or majestic maybe, but cute?
- He’s not really that bothered, though he may find it quite endearing that his s/o is so into his cards, especially his favourite card.

Jack Atlas:

- At first he’d scoff. “You think Red Dragon Archfiend is cute?!” After all, his proud, powerful dragon is anything but cute. 
- He’d definitely accuse his s/o of trying to distract him, saying that they couldn’t beat him anyway so they’re using underhanded tactics like this.

Crow Hogan:

- “H-Huh!??!” Would be his initial reaction. He’s completely distracted. Black Winged Dragon? Cute? His dragon is nothing short of badass, and he’d let his s/o know. “How could you think it’s cute?”
- He actually thinks it’s cute that his s/o finds it cute though, especially when they squee about it. In the end he chuckles and calls them a weirdo for finding it cute.

Izayoi Aki:

- She’s pretty shocked at first. She’s so used to scared reactions to Black Rose Dragon being summoned that her s/o finding it cute throws her through a loop.
- After the initial shock, she’ll say something like “Ah, really? I’ve always thought of Black Rose Dragon as more beautiful than cute, but I’m glad to hear you think that way about it.” In the end she’s pretty happy about it.

Ruka:

- She smiles and agrees. Ancient Fairy Dragon is pretty cute. “Yeah, and she’s really beautiful too, isn’t she?”
- Provided that her s/o was accepting of that kind of thing, she may tell them that she can hear that Ancient Fairy Dragon is flattered by the compliments.

Rua:

- “Cute? What do you mean, cute? Life Stream Dragon is cool!” He’d say. He can’t believe that they’d think of it as cute.
- He’s okay with the fact that they think this way, but he just disagrees.

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HOLY FUCKING SHIT GUYS

I’m FREAKING OUT RIGHT NOW

V-JUMP released their flags about future arc V manga


YUTO’s IN IT

YUTO YUTO OMG

AND YUYA’s SO FUCKING PRETTY I CAN’T HANDLE HIS BEAUTY OMG

Apparently LDS is chasing Yuya cause he hacked into their solid vision systems so Sawatari chased him down but he actually turned out to be Yuto…

Yuya and Yuto working together…….!?!?!?! WHAT!!!!!!

My poor heart can’t take this….

I didn’t even expect Yuto to be on there cause they always make things different with comics but he’s in!!!

@this-wreckage replied to your post “I feel like I need to reiterate this, because I’ve been seeing a few…”

Whoa… would it be too much trouble to type up an explanation for those of us who haven’t been following it? I don’t mind spoilers, I might not ever get around to watching it but I’m still curious what happens. If you don’t want to that’s totally cool of course!

Sure, I can explain things. Hopefully it makes sense, since you haven’t watched it for a while…

So, things are finally explained regarding the counterparts - the world used to be a single world, that Leo Akaba lived in, where he helped develop the Real Solid Vision system. This led to a duelist named Zarc accidentally injuring an opponent in a duel, and the crowd loved it. Zarc could interact with duel spirits, and was incredibly eager to please everyone, so when the crowd started demanding more and more violent duels, it started to drive him nuts. Eventually he fused himself with his four dragons and started rampaging. Leo, blaming himself, made four cards based off of nature in order to stop Zarc, but Leo’s daugher, Ray, stole the cards and defeated Zarc herself. This split the world, Zarc, and Ray, into four parts. Zarc became Yuuya, Yuuto, Yuugo, and Yuuri; Ray became Yuzu, Ruri, Rin, and Selena.

Leo ended up in Standard, with no memory of the previous world. He developed the Real Solid Vision system again, and eventually started to remember the events in the previous world, and began searching for his daughter. He found Selena in the Fusion dimension, but couldn’t find Ray’s memories in her, so he realized Ray had been split. In order to resurrect her, he gets the other girls, and has the Xyz dimension carded in order to provide the energy needed to do it.

Meanwhile, Zarc’s trying to get back, too. Yuuya already absorbed Yuuto way back in season 1, and has been struggling with Zarc’s influence ever since. Yuuri defeats and absorbs Yuugo, then challenges Yuuya, who then absorbs him and becomes Zarc. We then get a bunch of characters trying to stand up to Zarc and getting defeated while Leo tries to resurrect Ray. It doesn’t work, and the bracelet girls are gone, so Ray’s spirit possesses Reira, who then goes and defeats Zarc.

We then have a mini-arc to wrap everything up. Reira is now a baby with Zarc’s evil spirit inside. Yuzu and co are gone, and Yuuya’s counterparts are all stuck within him. They’re all getting along, though, weirdly enough, and no one seems to mind the situation. Yuuya has to duel a few people with the goal of making Reira smile. In the last episode he succeeds in this with his duel with Reiji. This magically brings back Yuzu in the last five minutes of the episode (maybe not even five).Just Yuzu. The other girls’ faces are superimposed over hers briefly as they all smile at the Yuuya counterparts whose faces are briefly superimposed over Yuuya’s in turn. Even Selena smiles at Yuuri even though they’ve never had friendly interactions. Everyone is laughing and smiling and happy. Yusho challenges Yuuya to a duel. The end.

This ending is very unsatisfying. It’s not all that happy for six people to have lost their independence, their lives, their hopes and dreams. Selena especially, with how aggressively independent she is, shouldn’t be happy with this. Also, Shun doesn’t really get his sister back. Leo doesn’t really get his daughter back (and actually Ray doesn’t show up at all since Zarc’s defeat). Not to mention that these characters have been shafted - Yuzu has not dueled since the middle of season two. Selena has only dueled once, under the influence of a brainwashing parasite (because it’s YGO and we’ve gotta have a fight against a brainwashed friend), since a little bit later in season two. Ruri and Rin barely got anything to them.

What makes this worse is that we get an acknowledgement from Leo that the girls were their own people, with their own lives, that he ignored in the pursuit of Ray. Only a couple of episodes ago. So for the show to treat this as the happy ending just because they used to be one person - it’s very disappointing. This also comes on top of a general decline in quality in this last season - lots of characters being sidelined, subplots introduced, then resolved too quickly, or worse, not resolved at all. The pacing was rushed, or in rare instances, dragged out for no reason. And in this final episode, the resolution also feels too rushed. The best way I can describe it is that it feels as though Arc V was originally going to be a longer series, with another season, but then it was decided that there was only going to be three seasons and they needed to make it work. Some people blame it on DSOD, but I don’t know about that.

I hope I explained that well enough. Despite that, I think it is worth watching - the first season was the best, but the second season was pretty good too (the villain is great, best villain in Arc V - you might be interested in the fact that he’s voiced by Darren Dunstan in the dub). The third has its moments, and the payoff to Yuuya’s berserk mode and Leo’s plans. There were some really good ideas here and I wished they’d been dealt with better, but I will take what we can get.