What do you get for the man who has everything? Like, literally, everything?
Imagine you’re a visiting dignitary from foreign nation, an executive vice president at a state-owned corporate monopoly, or just a friendly high-net-worth individual with a patriotic streak. And say you’re invited to meet with a man who is not only fabulously wealthy but also very powerful — a guy with the money to buy anything he wants, along with the ability to shape the laws of his nation and even command its military.
What do you bring as a thank you gift? A box of wine isn’t going to cut it. Nor is a commemorative coin with his face on it. It’s cheesy, plus he probably already has a drawer full of them.
Not to worry. Austrian artist Rainer Weber has just the thing. His latest creation — a royal throne made of gold-plated Kalashnikovs, along with a matching floor lamp — is pretty sweet. It’s “for collectors, art- and design-lovers or people who like the exceptional,” the artist’s website notes.
Apparently, these are real AK-47s, disassembled, plated in gold, and reassembled. Just the thing for the old man cave. But this beautiful work of art isn’t just for the fellas. Turns out ladies love it too.
Rainer Weber photo
And if gold seems a little too ostentatious (and too pricey, at $127,000), you might prefer one of Weber’s other creations, a similar chair done in tasteful chrome.
At least one Air Force base is on the lookout for a sinister new threat: angry men who can't get laid.
Personnel at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland were recently treated to a threat brief regarding an "increase in nationwide activity" by self-described "incels," members of an online subculture of "involuntary celibacy" who adopt an ideology of misogyny, mistrust of women, and violence in response to their failed attempts at romantic relationships.
The brief was first made public via a screenshot posted to the popular Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook page on Tuesday. An Air Force spokesman confirmed the authenticity of the screenshot to Task & Purpose.
"The screenshot was taken from a Joint Base Andrews Intel brief created following basic threat analysis on an increase in nationwide activity by the group," 11th Wing spokesman Aletha Frost told Task & Purpose in an email.
From Long Beach to Huntington Beach, residents were greeted Saturday, June 15, at precisely 8 a.m. with "The Star-Spangled Banner." Then 12 hours later, the "Retreat" bugle call bellowed throughout Seal Beach and beyond.
At first, people wondered if the booming sound paid tribute to Flag Day, June 14. Seal Beach neighbors bordering Los Alamitos assumed the music was coming from the nearby Joint Forces Training Base.
But then it happened again Sunday. And Monday. Folks took to the Nextdoor social media app seeking an answer to the mystery.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — The main thing to remember about Navy SEAL Chief Craig Miller's testimony on Wednesday is that he didn't seem to remember a lot.
Miller, considered a key witness in the trial of Chief Eddie Gallagher, testified that he saw his former platoon chief stab the wounded ISIS fighter but was unable to recall a number of details surrounding that event. Gallagher is accused of murdering the wounded fighter and separately firing on innocent civilians during a deployment to Mosul, Iraq in 2017. He has pleaded not guilty.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — An enlisted Navy SEAL sniper testified on Wednesday that Chief Eddie Gallagher told his platoon prior to their deployment that if they ever captured a wounded fighter, their medics knew "what to do to nurse them to death."
In early morning testimony, former Special Operator 1st Class Dylan Dille told a packed courtroom that he had heard the phrase during unit training before the men of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon deployed to Mosul, Iraq in 2017.
A Navy SEAL sentenced to one year in prison for the death of Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar is under investigation for allegedly flirting with Melgar's widow while using a false name and trying to persuade her that he and another SEAL accused of killing her husband were "really good guys," according to the Washington Post.