It may be a few years before the U.S. Mint sees fit to honor our 45th president by putting his face on a banknote — is there a $1 billion bill? — but if you’re not inclined to wait, you can now obtain a giant coin bearing Donald Trump’s likeness, in either silver or gold.
From Russia, with love.
Art-Grani, a Russian metalworks located in Chelyabinsk, is producing 45 of the commemorative coins, which are nearly 5 inches in diameter, and bear the president-elect’s profile on one side and an image of Lady Liberty on the other. The silver editions will retail for “a few thousand dollars,” the company’s director, Vladimir Vasyukhin, told the Associated Press Television Network, and two will be made in gold.
The inspiration for the coin, Vasyukhin added, is the expectation that the incoming administration will usher in a warm new relationship between the United States and Russia. “There are more hopes associated with Trump with regards to the lifting of sanctions,” he said. “Maybe the environment will change.”
The company produces what it describes as “special items for special people on special occasions,” according to Google’s translation of its website. Also for sale are an array of plaques and knives, mostly for use as corporate gifts. The daggers are pretty badass. Such a gift, the site explains, “is primarily a sign of respect and reverence. Seeing a gift in his office, people will remember you fondly.
“Each product,” the site adds, “will invest in a piece of the soul.”
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Meanwhile, the McClatchy news agency reported yesterday that the FBI, CIA, NSA and other agencies are investigating the possibility that the Kremlin covertly sent money to the United States to aid the Trump campaign.
Um, guys, if you’re talking about 5-inch coins, they’re not actually legal tender. Of course, that could change...
Every once in a while, we run across a photo in The Times-Picayune archives that's so striking that it begs a simple question: "What in the name of Momus Alexander Morgus is going on in this New Orleans photograph?" When we do, we've decided, we're going to share it — and to attempt to answer that question.
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
MUSCAT (Reuters) - The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria, provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State, a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday.
Long before Tony Stark took a load of shrapnel to the chest in a distant war zone, science fiction legend Robert Heinlein gave America the most visceral description of powered armor for the warfighter of the future. Forget the spines of extra-lethal weaponry, the heads-up display, and even the augmented strength of an Iron Man suit — the real genius, Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers, "is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it, like your clothes, like skin."
"Any sort of ship you have to learn to pilot; it takes a long time, a new full set of reflexes, a different and artificial way of thinking," explains Johnny Rico. "Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians. But a suit, you just wear."
First introduced in 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) purported to offer this capability as America's first stab at militarized powered armor. And while SOCOM initially promised a veritable Iron Man-style tactical armor by 2018, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose the much-hyped exoskeleton will likely never get off the launch pad.
"The prototype itself is not currently suitable for operation in a close combat environment," SOCOM spokesman Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty told Task & Purpose, adding that JATF-TALOS has no plans for an external demonstration this year. "There is still no intent to field the TALOS Mk 5 combat suit prototype."