Tactics Group MG14Z

MG-14Z - a twin barreled dual feed machinegun based on the MG42/MG3 chassis.

A small yet dynamic company located in the German city of Frankfurt, the Tactics Group GmbH corporation has drawn a lot of attention upon itself during the latest trade shows in Europe, thanks to its P-18 pistols − modern versions of the Austrian Steyr-Mannlicher GB Barnitzke-type gas-brake pistols − and thanks to its fancy modernized variations of the German World War 2-era “Fallschirmjägergewehr” Fg42 rifle.

However, the Tactics Group company is also well introduced in the field of defense manufacturing: it is the sole European distributor of the C-More M26-MASS modular assault shotgun system also used by the United States Army, and cooperated with Rheinmetall to take part to the “Kampwertsteigerung” program, which led to the spawning of the Mg3-KWS 7.62x51mm-NATO modernized general-purposes machinegun for the German Bundeswehr.

That’s why the Tactics Group’s latest and more fancy creation − the MG-14z − might actually have a future: conceived to enhance the firepower of these military units that still issue the Mg3 or other Mg42 variants − including the Italian MG-42/59 or the former Yugoslavian SARAC-53 − the MG-14z is as close as you could get to a double barrel MG.

Only the receivers of two separate MG3s remain in the MG-14z; everything is re-engineered and rebuilt from the ground up: new barrels with ventilated metal shrouds, new feeding ports, new twin feeding systems with downwards ejection, new single pistol grip and trigger, new common chassis.
As the project is currently ongoing, there’s no further information currently available about the MG-14z; the Tactics Group GmbH company however seems to believe in it, going as far as to call it “a low-cost alternative to Miniguns”.

the steep incline that is the north shore

your hands splayed flat against the rocky, concrete edge of a wall as you tip your head over to examine the endless stretch of water in the canal. your dad argues beside you how the current can’t be that strong, and your eyes trail the little flutter of paper you’d dropped in for example. the lift bridge’s alarm tings suddenly, and your head bobs up to catch sight of an iron ore ship coming in. when you glance down at the water again, the paper is gone.

it’s been twenty below for three weeks straight. your neighbors mutter to themselves, endless, endless, this cold stretch is endless. the national news doesn’t say a thing, even when it snows for weeks and in july there’s still snow piled up behind the football field. the next week it hits zero and it feels like the kiss of god.

“no swimming,” says a sign staked out at the beach because the tide has come in. no one says anything about drowned kids, but the sentiment is implied. 

in spring there is a code: jackets and pants are tourists, t-shirts and shorts are locals. don’t think we can’t tell who you are by how you dress here.

people swim in this lake, contrary to popular belief. when you were eight you would swim in june even though your whole body went completely numb, and you would walk out to the sandbar until you could barely see your mother on the shore. sometimes you wondered what would happen if the tide just took you.

lot #12 is pressed back into the woods, the number spray painted onto a block of cement tangled with foliage, and there’s inevitably a spray of broken glass in the lot. the benefit: not a soul around and the sand feels like silk between your toes.

61 up the shore. countless accidents. you climb along the edges of cliffs in your rattletrap car as waves beat against the shore beneath you. another accident today, another dead. another another another

you’re walking home in the snow and you stop to look up at the sky. everything is whisper quiet, fading into white and gray as the orange glow of a streetlight flickers to life above you. a flake of snow brushes your nose, and there’s the distant wail of sirens. 6-10 inches they said. that means at least a foot.

school never cancels. they’d rather lose a few first graders than go longer into june. it’s a sacrifice, i suppose.


The Dames - “Head of State” from Brian Barber on Vimeo.

The Dames are a band local to my home town that recently reunited after being split up for about a decade. They still fucking rock.


Twin Ports—One of Five

Here we see a Union Pacific transfer job working in the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minnesota, and Superior, Wisconsin. The train originates in Superior and uses the Grassy Point Draw to get to West Duluth. From there it heads to Rice’s Point, Duluth, where the Canadian Pacific Railway has a small yard. After exchanging cars there it heads back to Superior.

This crossing of the St. Louis River, originally a property of the Northern Pacific, once utilized a draw bridge but has since been changed to a swing. The Union Pacific Railroad got into Superior with the acquisition of the Chicago & North Western; while it no longer has tracks leading into the city, it is able to use trackage rights over both the CN and the BNSF.

Many thanks to David Schauer for information on transfer movements in the Twin Ports. Five images by Richard Koenig; taken April 4th 2017.

Man and machine

V12 - “The car also has 24 exhaust pipes, however it only has 12 cylinders, contrary to some rumors; this is because the engine is a twin-port design.”

Type: 12-cylinder V engine
Bore: 6 38 in (160 mm)
6 12 in (170 mm)
2,490 cu in (40.8 L)
Dry weight:
1,120 lb (510 kg) Components
Four valves per cylinder, overhead camshaft
Fuel type:
Cooling system:
Liquid-cooled Performance
Power output:
850 hp (630 kW) at 2,500 rpm
Specific power
0.33 hp/in³ (15.2 kW/L)
Power-to-weight ratio
0.76 hp/lb (1.25 kW/kg)

For those who are keeping up with Ruins, here’s a map!!

The world is that big. And honestly I don’t know what the scale is, but it takes 5hrs to travel to Thorne’s Keep from Arus (per ch2, with normal winds) So needless to say, but Cygnus is a rather large place~

Altea Cities: (from left to right)

Balmera (Altea’s largest trading city)
Fort Rax (newest Fort to be built)
Arus (capital)
Fort Lyons
Thornes Keep

Altean Landmarks/Features:

Alaya’s River
Altean Plains
Balmeran Tributaries
Thorne’s Forest
Winged Mountains

The Galra Empire Cities: (from left to right)

Opaltown (major port city)
Twin Cities (major trade cities)
Breeding Grounds
Imperion (capital)
Plytox Keep
Dragon Keep

Galra Landmarks/Features:

Crimson Fields
Breeding Grounds
Exile’s Desert
Clawark Peak (largest mountain in the Wings)
Winged Mountains


The Windows on the World restaurant on the North Tower (Building One) of the original World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan.

Windows on the World
was destroyed when the North Tower collapsed during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. At the time of the attack on the World Trade Center, the restaurant was hosting regular breakfast patrons and the Risk Waters Financial Technology Congress.
Everyone present in the restaurant when American Airlines Flight 11 penetrated the North Tower perished that day, as all stairwells leading to below the impact zone were blocked immediately. Victims trapped in Windows died either from smoke inhalation from the fire, jumping or falling to their deaths, or the eventual collapse of the North Tower 102 minutes later.

At the time of the attacks, there were 72 restaurant staff present in the restaurant, including acting manager Christine Anne Olender, whose desperate calls to Port Authority police represented the restaurant’s final communications. 16 Incisive Media-Risk Waters Group employees, and 76 other guests/contractors were also present.
After about 9:40 AM, no further distress calls from the restaurant were made. The last people to leave the restaurant before Flight 11 collided with the North Tower at 8:46 AM were Michael Nestor, Liz Thompson, Geoffrey Wharton, and Richard Tierney. They departed at 8:44 AM and survived the attack.

World Trade Center lessor Larry Silverstein was regularly holding breakfast meetings in Windows on the World with tenants as part of his recent acquisition of the Twin Towers from the Port Authority, and was scheduled to be in the restaurant on the morning of the attacks. However, his wife insisted he go to a dermatologist’s appointment that morning, whereby he avoided death.


Transfer Move in the Twin Ports—Part One

Here we see a Canadian Pacific transfer move in Duluth, Minnesota. In this series the train is utilizing tracks once owned by the Northern Pacific and is passing the former Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range ore dock (now CN).

[It was nice to catch this Soo Line unit on the head end. The Soo Line is a subsidiary of the Canadian Pacific but most equipment has been painted in the CP scheme. Soo 4413 is an EMD GP38-2 that was built in 1978.]

Five images by Richard Koenig; taken April 22nd 2017.


Twin Ports—Two of Five

Today we find ourselves at the upstream end of St. Louis bay—a bit removed from the Twin Ports.

We see a Canadian National train traveling over the double-decker bridge at Oliver. This line was formerly of the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway (Interstate Branch), but also used by the Duluth, Winnipeg, and Pacific Railway—both now part of the Canadian National system.

The other line we see, in the last three pictures, runs nearby below the CN. It was the first rail line into Duluth—the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad, later part of the Northern Pacific. A bit of the rails are extant at the Duluth end and support a frail tourist line of the same name.

Five images by Richard Koenig; taken April 6th 2017.

*vibrates intensely*

It’s happening!!! Twin World is being ported to the Vita!!!!!!

Time for some HD goodness of my babies! *runs around in circles and squeals* This will be Quinrose’s 2nd Vita port (Heart is getting one right now) but that’s such good news that they’re doing TW as the second because it means they care about it and it’s not just some ignored spin off! *squeals more*

Thank you to vocaotome for finding this teaser advert for me!!! And to randomly-spicy-diamond for alerting us both to this!!


Transfer Move in the Twin Ports—Part Two

Here we see the second half of our post begun yesterday—a Canadian Pacific transfer move in Duluth, Minnesota. In this series the train is seen looping back eastward to take the Grassy Point Draw over to Superior, Wisconsin. The Bong Bridge (Highway 2) can be seen in the background. Mike’s Yard can be seen in the foreground.

[It was nice to catch this Soo Line unit on the head end. The Soo Line is a subsidiary of the Canadian Pacific but most equipment has been painted in the CP scheme. Soo 4413 is an EMD GP38-2 that was built in 1978.]

Five images by Richard Koenig; taken April 22nd 2017.


Twin Ports—Four of Five

Here we see some more contemporary rail operations in the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior.

In the first images we see a Canadian Pacific transfer job on the tracks that once belonged to the Northern Pacific. Like the Union Pacific, the CP does not have their own line into the Twin Ports but function here in a land-locked fashion (they also have trackage rights to come and go).

The Canadian National train here has come down the hill from Proctor on the former Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range tracks they now operate. They are in the process of backing down below their massive ore dock that one can see in the distance. This particular train will pick up limestone that will be taken back up the hill and on to the Iron Range to the north where the stone will be used in the making of taconite pellets.

Five images by Richard Koenig; taken April 11th 2017.

Why the unfair campaign is important.
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The Unfair Campaign around here has gotten a lot of backlash in the community, but especially here online. It has a compelling series of posters and billboards, an abrasive slogan - “It’s hard to see racism when you’re white.” It pisses off a lot of people.

And I stand by it.

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