Outdoor explorer Drew Robinson shares his adventures and trekking resources on his website, Trail to Peak.

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Navy’s Railgun Push May Reshape Global Military Power — Fortune

The Navy’s newest and most transformative weapon, known as a railgun, is getting closer to deployment. Long confined to the speculative pages of science fiction novels, railguns use electromagnets to propel hardened projectiles at 4,500 miles an hour, and can destroy heavily armored targets at a range of up to 125 miles. Someday, they may…

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WATCH: Super Pretty Pond Skim To Double Backflip — Unofficial Networks

Beauty double back after a picture perfect skim over aqua marine alpine water by 4Front Skis rider Benjamin Forthun. Love how he doglegged left in the water ever so slightly to hit that kicker dead on.

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Vietnam War History: Trying to Find Viet-Cong Tunnels with Witching Rods? — Hammerhead Combat Systems

The Military Has Been Known to Try Almost Anything Once, Regardless of it’s Effectiveness For more than five centuries, farmers, treasure hunters and others have applied a pseudoscientific practice known as “dowsing” to find water, caves, graves and more. During the Vietnam War, American troops tried using the method to divine the location of […]

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Hold the Fort — Discover

The story of the Frigon family, who — along with 88,000 others — fled the 2016 Fort McMurray fire in Alberta, Canada.

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CIA ex-boss: secretive spooks tolerated in UK more than in US – Mark Brown Sunday 29 May 2016 16.49 EDT — Just Sayin’

British people are not demanding more transparency from the intelligence services as loudly as Americans, the former director of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and CIA has said. Michael Hayden played a pivotal, leading role in American intelligence until he was replaced as director of the CIA shortly into the presidency of Barack Obama. In a […]

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From Trail to Peak: The Outdoor Adventures of Drew Robinson — Discover


Therefore, what are we to say? That the Torah is sinful? Heaven forbid! Rather, the function of the Torah was that without it, I would not have known what sin is. For example, I would not have become conscious of what greed is if the Torah had not said, “Thou shalt not covet.”
 But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, worked in me all kinds of evil desires — for apart from Torah, sin is dead.  I was once alive outside the framework of Torah. But when the commandment really encountered me, sin sprang to life,  and I died. The commandment that was intended to bring me life was found to be bringing me death!  For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me; and through the commandment, sin killed me.
 So the Torah is holy; that is, the Commandment and the Law is holy, just and good.


 Then Y’hoshua built an altar to Adonai, the God of Isra’el, on Mount ‘Eival,  as Moshe the servant of Adonai had ordered the people of Isra’el to do (this is written in the book of the Torah of Moshe), an altar of uncut stones that no one had touched with an iron tool. On it they offered burnt offerings to Adonai and sacrificed peace offerings.  He wrote there on the stones a copy of the Torah of Moshe, inscribing it in the presence of the people of Isra’el. Then all Isra’el, including their leaders, officials and judges, stood on either side of the ark in front of the cohanim, who were L’vi’im and who carried the ark for the covenant of Adonai. The foreigners were there along with the citizens. Half of the people were in front of Mount G’rizim and half of them in front of Mount ‘Eival, as Moshe the servant of Adonai had ordered them earlier in connection with blessing the people of Isra’el.  After this, he read all the words of the Torah, the blessing and the curse, according to everything written in the book of the Torah.  There was not a word of everything Moshe had ordered that Y’hoshua did not read before all Isra’el assembled, including the women, the little ones and the foreigners living with them.


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Now that was an excellent episode of Game of Thrones.

And an equally excellent episode of Penny Dreadful.

It is hard however for me to imagine Dracula being more ominous than Lucifer, but perhaps he is. Just not as cunning. But I thought the writers did something rather brilliant with that juxtapositioning.

I had suspected for some time that the Children had created the White Walkers, but not in that way. Now it makes sense why they would turn on them. They weren’t ever meant to be controlled. It seems they were meant to be Wild Card. A Doomsday Machine.

Or monster in this case. One on which they misunderestimated.

Though I was hoping that eventually Hodor would fight and kill (for good) the Mountain. I guess that’s out of the question now. At least on a man to monster basis.

Maybe monster to monster it’s still on…

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I am really, really looking forward to this. If you haven’t seen Star Trek Continues then you really should. Superb work by everyone involved! It’s one of the best things on the internet. As a matter of fact it should be on TV.

And this episode has a Boarding Action!

I’m all about the boarding actions!


Actually, I am finishing up a script for Star Trek Continues right now. Whether they will use it or not I don’t know, but I sure am having a ball writing it. And it’s science heavy and something I’ve always wanted to see in Star Trek.

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World War II History: The French Foreign Legion and Nazi’s

The Tactical Hermit

Sounds like a plot out of a W.E.B. Griffin Novel I know, but no, this really happened.-SF


The French Foreign Legion is one of France’s elite fighting forces, filled with men who are ready and willing to do extreme violence on France’s behalf. When 1930s Germany started looking at its neighbors with greedy eyes, it knew that it had to do something about the Legion.

Germany saw its opportunity in the large number of Legion noncommissioned officers who were German by birth. The Nazis hatched a plan to send droves of men to the Legion. These men would then convince German noncommissioned officers to betray the Legion. The spies would also collect lists of Jewish legionnaires and other groups targeted by the Third Reich for extermination.

Somewhere around 80 percent of French Foreign Legion NCOs were German, so this was no idle threat. The Legion quickly caught on to the…

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Column: Welcome to the Oval Office, President Trump

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TrumpI had a sandwich and a coffee in the Amber service station in Fermoy a few weeks ago. At the table next to me was a group of children, eating chips and enjoying the lack of adult supervision. Four boys and two girls. I’d say the oldest of them was ten. I paid no heed till I realised that they were discussing politics.

“Guys!” said a boy who had until this point been throwing ketchup sachets at one of the girls, “Imagine if Donald Trump actually won!”

“Oh my God, Donald Trump is such a racist!” replied the girl.

“If Donald Trump wins it will be The End Of The World,” said the other girl with grim certainty.

“Um,” said a boy who was stacking his chips one on top of the other in a lattice formation, “You know Donald Trump won’t be the actual president of Ireland, ‘cause that’s…

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The Queen Bee Problem — godsplacetestimonials

Today my friend and I went out to work in my bee hives. I really enjoy them very much, but last month I did a split off of one of my hives and the bees being ever unpredictable when it comes to splitting or swarming or even their housekeeping…though their proclivity for stinging you if […]

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How Well Have You Prepared Pt.1 — Kingdom Area

How Well Have You Prepared Pt.1 This video is all about preperation. Often times as Christians we ask God for things that we desire but the big question is are you prepared for what you have asked for? If you are not prepared then the blessing that God will send you could destroy your life… […]

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Thoughts On Craftsmanship


It is worth while to glance, in passing, at the causes of this persistent tradition of honesty in the crafts; a tradition which we can trace to the earliest period and which has survived into our own time in so far as craftsmanship has survived. In its beginning it was in part merely a phase of the essential honesty of primitive man; but the main reason for the high standard of professional conduct that has always prevailed among craftsmen is to be found in the nature of the activity itself. A craftsman is a man who has got a job that he likes; a job that occupies his attention pleasantly. The thing that he is going to make has first to be conceived in his imagination. It has to be planned and the various stages of its execution thought out in advance. Every stage of its growth presents difficulties which…

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My Favorite Docuseries About Scotland — Scotland Family Showcase

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Senioritis–It’s Real, People!

I recall my Halcyon days. Far too busy having fun and thinking of what to do next in life to care about school…

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Senioritis–the infamous psychological disease that all high school seniors become infected with when graduation is nearing. This is my personal definition I have created based on observation and personal experience. Of course, not everyone, specifically teachers and parents, believe in this phenomenon. No, it has not been researched by scientists or studied by psychologists. However, a legitimate definition does exist on Google. (So, if it’s on the internet, that means it’s true, right?)
noun humorous
  • a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance.

“Supposed.” Debatable.

Now, as a high school senior who has diagnosed herself with this vicious illness, I have compiled a list of symptoms of Senioritis that perhaps you or a loved one will identify with.

1. Denial. Isn’t denial the first step to any suffering or recovery process? Yes, and…

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My Father: The Ag Teacher


Daddy started teaching agriculture the year I entered middle school. I fell head over heels in love with the FFA while he plunged headlong into his first year of teaching. Like the threads of that blue and gold corduroy jacket we both love so much, his career as an ag teacher and my love for the FFA were woven together in ways that I am only now unraveling in my adult years.

FullSizeRender (3) My FFA Advisor and Father

Daddy ended up teaching at one middle school in the county and I was assigned to the other. This suited me just fine as I already had him as a father and like most typical teenagers wasn’t anxious to have him as my teacher as well. I’ve heard the stories, though. Stories from his students – later my classmates in high school – as they reported back the things my dad had said…

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John's Navy and other Maritime or Military News

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Man Overboard from U.S. Coast Guard Sail Training Ship ?Eagle? in Ireland ? gCaptain
A crewman on board the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle reportedly fell overboard during a visit to Ireland Monday morning. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution?s Crosshaven branch… on https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/115825952045606932363/communities/103957417019711849907

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Random Thoughts on the Movie 13 Hours: Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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By Hammerhead

My last post about the Benghazi disaster was 2 years ago and there is good reason for that. This is a very sore subject for me and one I really cannot discuss without getting EXTREMELY pissed off. This is also the reason I decided to not see the movie 13 Hours when it came out the first of this year, even though several friends told me it was decent and I was invited no less than three times to go see it.

So against my better judgement, I decided to go ahead and watch the movie Online today. After a very long cooling off period, and some prayer, Here are my thoughts.

“Does it seem like everybody else knows whats going on around here but us?” 

Before I get into specifics, This quote from Tanto, one of the GRS Operators about halfway through the movie, really sums up…

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My Missal

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St. Joseph Missal. Latin / English Missal. 1950. Leather Bound.

My Missal 

The glorious work of bees and man

I see in these small drops of wax;

Dripped as if to seal prayers fast.

I see moons, lilies and vigils past,

With opened rubrics across my lap.

(Mrs. Karl T. Cooper Jr.)

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paper ‘temple steps’ ready for reading


I have a paper concerning temple steps on the temple mount ready for reading. It helps confirm my temple location. You may read it here. temple steps paper

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An Open Letter To Amanda Lauren From Someone ‘Beyond Help’

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Having nearly died by suicide six years ago, I can imagine what people would have said about me. They would’ve talked about my deep depressions, my unpredictable rage, how lost I was.

Maybe, like you, they would’ve said that I was better off dead. Maybe, like you, they would have callously remarked that some people with mental illness can’t be helped.

Here’s a letter for you, Amanda, from someone “beyond help.”

You were right to judge yourself for exploiting Leah’s story, because it’s exactly what you did. You took the life of a mentally ill person and diminished it, deciding to use her struggles for your own personal gain.

Mentally ill people do not exist as entertainment for you. They do not exist as a sensational story to tell. They are not a product for your consumption. We are not property, we are not objects, we are not paychecks…

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What Second Life means to me

What the Huck?

Here’s my contribution to Xiola Linden’s video share request.

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Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new [spiritual] self who is being continually renewed in true knowledge in the image of Him who created the new self—  a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, [nor between nations whether barbarian or Scythian, nor in status whether slave or free, but Christ is all, and in all so believers are equal in Christ, without distinction.

 So, as God’s own chosen people, who are holy set apart, sanctified for His purpose and well-beloved by God Himself, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience which has the power to endure whatever injustice or unpleasantness comes, with good temper;  bearing graciously with one another, and willingly forgiving each other if one has a cause for complaint against another; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so should you forgive.  Beyond all these things put on and wrap yourselves in unselfish love, which is the perfect bond of unity for everything is bound together in agreement when each one seeks the best for others.


Then the Lord said to Joshua:  “Tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed you through Moses, so that anyone who kills a person accidentally and unintentionally may flee there and find protection from the avenger of blood.  When they flee to one of these cities, they are to stand in the entrance of the city gate and state their case before the elders of that city. Then the elders are to admit the fugitive into their city and provide a place to live among them.  If the avenger of blood comes in pursuit, the elders must not surrender the fugitive, because the fugitive killed their neighbor unintentionally and without malice aforethought.  They are to stay in that city until they have stood trial before the assembly and until the death of the high priest who is serving at that time. Then they may go back to their own home in the town from which they fled.”

 So they set apart Kedesh in Galilee in the hill country of Naphtali, Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the hill country of Judah.  East of the Jordan (on the other side from Jericho) they designated Bezer in the wilderness on the plateau in the tribe of Reuben, Ramoth in Gilead in the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan in the tribe of Manasseh.  Any of the Israelites or any foreigner residing among them who killed someone accidentally could flee to these designated cities and not be killed by the avenger of blood prior to standing trial before the assembly.


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Indeed, as I’ve been saying for decades, the First World War did not begin in the 20th century. Hell, the First World War of the modern era didn’t even begin in the 20th Century. That’s just a common, modern-era-minded conceit of modern people. A mere and entirely erroneous nomenclature. Historians are every bit as absorbed in their own prejudices and misguided assumptions as anyone else.

World Wars, depending on precisely how you define them at any given time may extend well back into pre-history. What the Zero-Point really is we may never know, but it extends well, well beyond our age.

Something to remember about Real Life, something to remember in constructing your fiction, and something to remember when constructing your milieus and game worlds as well.

Just because the events are long lost to time doesn’t mean the effects are…

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Had an excellent time as well, and made quite a few very good contacts. Not all I wanted to make but most of them, and I’m still working a couple of others.


Going to attend an author’s conference and seminar tomorrow.

Already have my packages, seminar samples, and stockwork prepared and in order for presentation…

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So today after my walk through the woods with Sam I came home and started work on a new short story. It will be historical fiction and a supplement to my Westerns and it will be about a half-Indian, half-white Advanced Scout for the US Cavalry.
He is rejected by everyone, as was the custom of the day, by his white society and by his Indian tribe. Later he goes on to wander much farther West and to form his own settlement of former Chinese rail workers, other outcast Indians, runaway slaves, Mexicans fleeing the wars in Texas and California, and poor whites and others wishing to start over from the Civil War.
Eventually he becomes town marshal and then county sheriff until he is hunted down by US Marshals looking to take him in for desertion from his former scout position.
Got three…

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The government’s top scientists figured out how to ‘digitally map’ a room before soldiers kick in the door

Fascinating idea. You could do the same with microdrones but where those are not available this is a great idea. Soldier carried cameranades (that could in themselves be small and mobile drones).

Does archaeological evidence confirm names, dates and places in the Bible?


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I spotted this post on Be Thinking by UK apologist Peter S. Williams. (H/T Eric Chabot at Think Apologetics)

So let me pick the ones I liked most for this post.

Here’s a good one:

Jerusalem and The Pool of Bethesda

John 5:1-15 describes a pool in Jerusalem, near the Sheep Gate, called Bethesda, surrounded by five covered colonnades. Until the 19th century, there was no evidence outside of John for the existence of this pool and John’s unusual description “caused bible scholars to doubt the reliability of John’s account, but the pool was duly uncovered in the 1930s – with four colonnades around its edges and one across its middle.”[38] Ian Wilson reports: “Exhaustive excavations by Israeli archaeologist Professor Joachim Jeremias have brought to light precisely such a building, still including two huge, deep-cut…

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With Sean Penn’s Help, Venezuela Finally Achieves Utopian Socialist Paradise — pundit from another planet


The country is poised between chaos and dictatorship “THIS government is going to fall!” chanted hundreds of protesters alongside the Avenida Libertador in central Caracas. Staring them down were ranks of security forces—from the police, the national guard and the feared, black-uniformed SEBIN (secret police)—charged with making sure that does not happen. Looming above was […]

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Review of ” Operation Whisper: The Capture of Soviet Spies Morris and Lona Cohen” by Barnes Carr — Mainly Military History Book Reviews

A fascinating and well written true story of Cold War espionage. Morris and Lona Cohen, an ordinary-seeming couple living in New York City in the 1950s, however they are a key part of a Soviet plan to steal the secrets of the atomic bomb. Betrayed by a defector they disappear from view only to re-appear […]

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Chaffetz: Ben Rhodes Had Time to Brag to Media About The Iran Deal But Won’t Testify to Congress — Advent Life News

“Rhodes, who told New York Times Magazine nearly two weeks ago that he manipulated an ignorant media to essentially lie to the American people about the Iran deal, was called to testify in front of the Committee and refused, citing executive privilege. …” More: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2016/05/17/iran-hearing-n2164358?utm_source=thdailypm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl_pm&newsletterad=

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Cryptocurrencies and Unconventional Warfare — The Ramsdell Brief

What role will the blockchain and cryptocurrencies play in the world of asymetric conflict? One of the more interesting pieces of equipment I was ever issued during my time in the military was something called a ‘blood chit’. These are typically only issued out to individuals who face an increased risk of needing to escape […]

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Tass – Russia developing new ICBMs capable of overcoming US missile shield — commander —

MOSCOW, May 10. /TASS/. Russia is developing new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) with special attention paid to their ability to penetrate the US missile shield, Russia’s Strategic Missile Force (SMF) Commander Sergey Karakayev said on Tuesday. Russia is currently carrying out active work on improving its means of overcoming the missile shield, he said. “This is […]

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10 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Conference Experience — Carie Juettner

A couple of years ago, during my week of 10 Writing Tips in 5 Days, I wrote a post called “Join the Club” about becoming a member of writing organizations and attending events and going to conferences. At the time, I was talking to myself as much as anyone else, because I was still a newbie […]

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EUCOM – U.S. and Poland Break Ground on Aegis Ashore Site in Poland —

REDZIKOWO, Poland – United States and Polish officials commemorated the start of the construction phase of an Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System (AAMDS) complex during a ceremony here today. “Our partnership with Poland and Romania underwrites U.S. military activities in the region and reflects our steadfast commitment to enhancing regional security,” said Robert Work, Deputy […]

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[VIDEO] The Hidden World of Campus Conservatives — pundit from another planet

It’s a lot more tolerant than the critics say it is, argues Claremont McKenna Prof. Jon Shields. Conservatives have to hide in the closet, “until they get tenure”. Then they can come out of the closet, and it’s all okay. This demonstrates, according to Shields, how tolerant the climate is on college campuses today.

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