You Wont Believe But This Monster Transport Plane Was Made And Flown By Germans In WWII

Well, the Germans liked it big before it was cool. This cool transport aircraft ME-323 seems to have been made by an engineer who had a relatively fair idea of how aircrafts are made. But, he forgot to add some key features like streamlined body and proportional fuselage. Hell, this kind of aircraft could now be manufactured by college students with relative ease. But considering the times, this was a crucial aircraft for the Nazis during the war and helped bring their blitzkrieg philosophy to life.

The military plane was a rough variant of the ME 321 military glider that had a different purpose because of its unpowered flight. The German military used this motorized version in a devastating manner, rapidly transporting troops, heavy artillery and even tanks to the battlefield. This capability of their planes was unrivalled and contributed to the efficient running of their military juggernaut.

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With a minimal crew of five people, it could accommodate more than 130 troops or 12 tonnes of equipment. More than 128 of these handy aeroplanes were made, so in a single lift, all of them could carry more than 20000 troops to a forward area. This application of the ME 323 was exploited very well by the Germans, and they airlifted personnel wherever they could. It had a big wingspan of 55 meters and a height of 10 meters. It also had a curious engine allocation as six engines three on either side powered the aircraft. They were Gone-Rhone of origin and were able to propel the plane to a cruising speed of 218 Km/h at 13,000 feet. The broad wings of the aircraft allowed it to have a sufficient range of 800 km that enable it to reach most of the battlefields where the German army was mobilized.

These pictures will show this serious piece of classical aeronautical engineering:

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Belly landed in Russia

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Next to JU-52 which was no small plane itself!

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Look at the Number of landing gears!

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Technicians on duty

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Aiding Axis Allies in Italy

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Soldiers sleeping in the ample shade of its wings

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Looks like an Antonov from this angle

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The nose was retractable to load and unload the aircraft

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The cockpit of ME-323

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Cargo that can be transported

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Unloading heavy artillery from the plane

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REPORT: Four Terrorists Were Captured on U.S. Border on Sept. 10 The Day Before 9/11

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Above: ISIS fighters in Mosul, Iraq

by Brian Hayes | Top Right News

Congressman Jason Chaffetz broke this stunning news Wednesday that four known terrorists were apprehended at the US border in Texas on September 10 the day before the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Chaffetz questioned Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on whether he is aware of any apprehensions of suspected or known terrorists.
Johnson dodged the question.

Rep. Chaffetz told Megyn Kelly there were four terrorists arrested crossing the US border in Texas on September 10.

There were actually four individuals trying to cross through the Texas border, who were apprehended at two different stations, that do have ties to known terrorist organizations in the Middle East.


At press time, Chaffetz staff were unable to confirm to Top Right News what nation from which these terrorists had originated, but noted that DHS had confirmed to Congressional intelligence members last week that ISIS is planning an infiltration of our Southern border.

[h/t Jim Hoft]

Loving Mother Took Photos of Her ‘Handicapped’ Daughter To Create a Whimsical Fairy Tale.

Holly Spring is a talented photographer from New Zealand who is famous for her whimsical artworks. Her four-year-old daughter, Violet, is the subject of most of her ethereal works.

Violet was born without her left hand and was diagnosed to have Hirschsprung’s disease. Hirschsprung’s disease is a congenital condition that is caused by poor muscle movement in the intestines, and results in the blockage of a part of the bowel. When she was two and a half years old, Violet had to undergo a surgery that almost cost her life.

That was the moment I thought we were going to lose her,” states Holly. “From that point on I was like ‘I have to get these memories of her, I have to capture everything I can of her’.”

Holly wanted to show Violet that she can be who she wants to be, hence the fairy-tale like photos of her daughter. Through these pictures, Holly was able to highlight Violet’s beauty and charm.

She’s a very bright and fun-filled little girl,” says Holly. “She’s got so much character and wonder about her and she’s extremely brave. She’s been through a lot but she really has inspired me to be a photographer.”

Check out Violet’s fairy tale and ethereal photos:

Welcome to my Wonderland.


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Where friends are always welcome.


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Here, we play all day.


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And masquerade parties erupt at dusk.


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Even the water and sky will come together to capture the warmth of the sun.


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In this land, fairies do exist.


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And little girls can dance on clouds.


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Even the trees will join in our dance.


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And sometimes, really big friends will come and play.


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Our Wonderland is indeed a special place.


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When you must leave, remember: our land is a secret land. Be sure to keep our secret.


Photo credit: Holly Spring

Holly won the ‘2014 New Zealand Portrait Creative Photographer of the Year’ and the ‘2014 NZIPP Auckland Photographer of the Year.’

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(Photographer’s note: The image of the Giraffe showing Violet with the wrong limb difference is intentional for creative purposes and continuity of light and narrative.)

Credits: Holly Spring

Landscapes Painted On Fallen Tree Logs Tell Us Not To Take Nature For Granted

NY-based artist Alison Moritsugu paints idyllic, pastoral landscapes on logs and stumps as part of her beautiful commentary on how we look at and treat the environment.

Moritsugus paintings emulate the optimistic style of the 18th and 19th centuries, but by viewing the paintings surface, the cross section of a tree, any sense of nostalgia or celebration of nature is countered by the evidence of its destruction, she writes in her artists statement.

She uses this beautiful but jarring juxtaposition to critique how we portray the environment in media. Today, photoshopped images of verdant forests and unspoiled beaches invite us to vacation and sightsee, providing a false sense of assurance that the wilderness will always exist. By exploring idealized views of nature, my work acknowledges our more complex and precarious relationship with the environment. Naturally, Moritsugu paints on naturally-fallen lumber.













Pro-fighter says They treated me like a dog and an animal

A UFC fighter has made headlines following a run in with police, caught on camera, during which he was tased and arrested after asking the cops to identify themselves.

In the video, mixed martial artist Dave Herman is seen asking the cops Do I know you? and Who are you? after they pulled him over during a routine stop.

Herman says he opted to stop in the first well lit, public area he could find when the cops began following him, in order to ensure his own safety and that of his wife and infant child, also in the vehicle.

Rather than identify themselves by showing their badges and licenses, the cops drew guns and yelled at Herman to comply, shouting WE ARE THE POLICE!

When Herman, hands raised above his head in a non threatening manner, continued to ask the cops to show him ID, they fired a taser dart and shocked him with 50,000 volts.

Hermans wife Madeleine provided a commentary explanation of the account in a video:

As soon as the cops realized that Madeleine Herman was filming the incident, and when she also asked them to show their badges, they identified themselves.

One of the cops is also briefly seen discussing with a superior the fact that he was not wearing a body camera nor did he have an in vehicle camera turned on during the incident.

Herman, a professional fighter since 2006, claims he was flagged by police for driving with his hazard lights on, saying he was having trouble with the vehicle losing power. He was arrested and held overnight.

Speaking with MMA Junkie, Herman says the cops treated him like a dog and an animal, adding theyve been very disrespectful to my wife and family, as well, and have endangered their lives.

I was finally released (Wednesday) afternoon at the latest hour of the day that they possibly could. I was told that it was because they did not like my sense of humor, Herman notes. They said clearly, on the phone with my wife, We are going to hold him until the 47th hour because we dont like his sense of humor. Thats what they told her when she was calling asking for information about me.

Herman also claims that the police attempted to take naked photos of him after the arrest.

I sat for five minutes and they tried to take naked pictures of me. They did actually force me to give them some naked pics, which was pretty messed up. Herman states.

Herman faces three felony charges, as described by his wife in the video, including battery and endangerment of a dependent. A pre-trial date has been set for early March.

Speaking of the charges, Herman said Those three felonies all happened. I didnt do them they were done to me. And then the charges were put on me for getting them done to me. Thats ridiculous. What kind of a man, what kind of a person would do something like that?

I want all the charges leveled against me that they committed against me, charged against them. This is retarded. That cop needs to go to the police station and file all those charges against himself. Thats what Id like to see happen. I want his badge. Somebody who acts like that should not be a police officer. Herman adds in the interview.

They endangered the life and safety of my child, he urges. They opened the car door without a warrant, made my wife sit there with the door open and the windows down in freezing temperatures in the snow and she asked, Hey, can I roll the window up? Can I close the door? Im trying to keep my baby warm. And they said no. So everything they did to me, they assaulted me physically and verbally, (and) they endangered the life of my child. Those are three felony charges against me. Theyre charging me with everything they did to me. Does that make sense at all?

While police are not specifically required to show three forms of ID, as stated by Herman in the video, they are required to identify themselves if asked by a member of the public.

Common sense, anytime youre dealing with anyone, you identify yourself, Herman said. Especially if you have a gun in my face and youre asking me to do something. Who are you? I have the right to know who Im talking to in any situation. Im a person, and I deserve to be treated as a human being and an individual, not a dog.


Cancer Patient Receives World’s First 3D Printed Rib Cage


For the first time ever, a patient has received a customized 3D-printed titanium sternum and rib cage replacement. The 54-year-old Spanish patient developed sarcoma, a type of cancer that affects the deeper layers of tissue, often manifested in bones, cartilage, blood vessels, and muscles. This aggressive type of tumor grew around the sternum, compromising parts of the rib cage that had to be removed.

Usually in cases like this, it’s not possible to replicate the bone structure perfectly due to the complexity of the rib cage, which needs to be flexible enough to allow expansion when breathing, and not compromise the internal organs. Therefore, the solution so far was to install a titanium plate in the patients chest, which is far from ideal.


This time however, a surgical team at the University Hospital of Salamanca ordered from Melbourne-based company Anatomics an implant project that could satisfactorily replace the bone structure of the patient. Using high resolution CT scans, they managed to perfectly reproduce the parts of the rib cage and sternum removed. 3D printing laboratory Lab 22 was asked to create the part using a $1.3 millionelectron beam Arcam 3D printer.

Two weeks have passed and the patient has already been discharged from the hospital and is recovering well from surgery.

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Goodbye civil rights: Donald Trump’s Justice Department will likely have new priorities

WASHINGTON — A Donald Trump administration could radically reshape the Justice Department, particularly civil rights efforts that became one of its most pressing and high-profile priorities over the past eight years.

The department, under the Obama administration and the country’s first two black attorneys general, has investigated about two dozen police agencies for civil rights violations and reached court-enforceable consent decrees with many of them. It refused to defend a federal law that banned the recognition of gay marriage. It sued North Carolina over a bathroom bill that it said discriminated against transgender people. And it implemented new racial profiling limits on federal law-enforcement agencies.

But Trump’s election has stirred concern from civil rights advocates that some of that work could be undone, set aside or at least minimized under a Trump administration.

“The Civil Rights Division was just building a head of steam over the last two, three years, and it raises really serious concerns about whether we now lose traction on these issues,” Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said of a section that former Attorney General Eric Holder called the “crown jewel” of the department.

One overt change could come in the department’s approach toward policing and relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve, an issue that’s move to the forefront in the last two years. Trump’s talk of a “law and order” approach to crime fighting and his praise for stop-and-frisk police tactics are out of step with a Justice Department that has advocated community policing and decried strategies it considers unconstitutional or discriminatory. Trump’s rhetoric resembles that of Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor who’s expected to be considered for the position of attorney general.

“He talked about things like the war on police, that we need more stop and frisk, that the Black Lives Matter movement has placed police officers at risk in ways that are really concerning,” said Jonathan Smith, a former Justice Department civil rights official who oversaw the investigation into discriminatory practices by the Ferguson, Missouri, police force.

Under the Obama administration the Justice Department has opened wide-ranging investigations of 23 police departments, including those in Baltimore, Chicago and Ferguson. It’s enforcing 19 agreements, including 14 court-enforceable consent decrees. While those agreements are unlikely to be reversed, new attorneys could be lax in enforcing them or in requiring meaningful change when new departments come under scrutiny, Smith said. And new leadership may see less value in some of the community meetings and round-table summits promoted by Justice Department officials as a way to seek reconciliation between police and minorities.

“The last law-and-order president was Richard Nixon,” Smith said.

Also subject to change is the department’s overall approach to the thousands of drug prosecutions it brings each year, embodied in a 2013 policy initiative known as “Smart on Crime” that discouraged prosecutors from seeking harsh prison sentences for nonviolent offenders. New leadership could pursue changes as well on national security matters, including how terrorism cases are prosecuted and broader surveillance powers — particularly of Muslims.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch acknowledged the prospect for change Thursday, saying in a speech that while “some policies and priorities may shift over the span of time or the turn of the electoral wheel, all who serve beneath the seal of this Department of Justice are united by a love of country and a commitment to service regardless.”

Career attorneys throughout the Justice Department, including at the Civil Rights Division, are intended as a stabilizing and apolitical force across different administrations, but there hasn’t always been a clear line. A 2008 inspector general report identified instances in the Bush administration when the Civil Rights Division considered political and ideological affiliations in hiring career attorneys or assigning cases.

Even so, said Romero, it’s the department’s political appointees that “set the tone and the direction and determine the vigor of civil rights enforcement.”

At the Civil Rights Division, that includes its leader, Vanita Gupta, a former ACLU attorney who earlier in her career led an effort to overturn wrongful convictions of drug defendants in Texas. Under her watch, the federal government has become involved in state and local matters that officials believe brush up against constitutional protections.

That includes a directive to schools that they permit students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity, and a policy document this year that discouraged municipal courts from jailing citizens for nonpayment of fines and fees. In an Idaho case, the department also argued that local police can’t arrest the homeless for sleeping in public, and worked in Tennessee to get juveniles access to attorneys.

New department leadership could well take different stances on issues like those, or steer clear of federal involvement altogether. And even if civil rights statutes continue to be enforced, advocates are concerned that they won’t enjoy the same commitment they’ve had under President Barack Obama.

“We intend to fight, we intend to ensure that we do not go backwards,” Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, told reporters Thursday. “We believe that we have the Constitution and the laws of our nation on our side.”

The iPhone 8 is coming – and it could make Apple CEO Tim Cook look like a genius

Rumor has it that the iPhone 8 will be something completely different!

It’s hard to say how reliable these reports are, especially since critics are craving something new after the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 7 all had basically the same design. Early reports suggested that the iPhone 8 would have a glass back with metal on the outer edges, an OLED screen which covers almost the entire face of the phone, and a home button and fingerprint scanner embedded beneath the screen. And a patent filing in August seemed to confirm the 8 would be a technological leap forward.

These changes would already be pretty major, but tech blogger Robert Scoble recently posted a Facebook letter that suggested alterations which — if true — would be nothing short of revolutionary. “The next iPhone will be, I am told, a clear piece of glass (er, Gorilla Glass sandwich with other polycarbonates for being pretty shatter resistant if dropped) with a next-generation OLED screen (I have several sources confirming this),” Scoble writes. He also describes a headset with eye sensors, the ability to put holograms on top of the real world, a next generation 3D sensor, and batteries and antennas hidden around the edges of the screen.

Part of this is Scoble predicting that mixed reality is the future of smartphone and other similar technologies. “Microsoft’s execs already told me they are betting 100% on mixed reality (with its Microsoft HoloLens product). The strategy at Microsoft is “Cloud + Hololens.” That’s it. The entirety of a $455 billion company is betting on mixed reality,” he also wrote. “I’m quite convinced that most of us will be wearing mixed reality glasses three to four years from now, whether from Microsoft, Magic Leap, Apple, Amazon, Meta, or something from China (expect to see new brands evolve, just like DJI is now the biggest drone manufacturer).”

If Scoble is right, then the iPhone 8 will be more than just a few degrees removed from its immediate predecessors. It will be a truly groundbreaking product — the first under CEO Tim Cook.

Here’s What The Maximum Amount Of Caffeine You Should Be Drinking In A Day Looks Like

Chances are, you need a cup of coffee to get yourself up and ready to face the day. But do you really know how much caffeine is in your pick-me-up drinks, and how much is too much caffeine?

While some cans of energy drink contain 80 milligrams of caffeine (that’s just one-fifth of the maximum recommended amount per day)…;


…; just a few cups of Starbucks drip coffee can contain more than three times that amount.


In a 2-ounce “shot” of Starbucks coffee there’s a whopping 215mg of caffeine.

Each 12oz cup of McDonald’s drip coffee contain around 109mg.


You’d need five cans of Red Bull to reach your maximum recommended caffeine intake (although it does contain some dodgy ingredients, like taurine, that you might not want to drink five cans of…;)


You might not think of tea as highly caffeinated, but an average cup of brewed black tea contains around 67mg, so you can have 6 cups per day.


A can of Coke contains a surprisingly low 34mg of caffeine, but that doesn’t mean you should drink all 12 cans because, well, hello sugar.


And around 5 and a half lattes will take you up to your RDA of caffeine, as long as it’s made with a single shot and plenty of milk and foam.


Facebook’s Zuckerberg may lose majority voting control if he exits

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s (FB.O) board has proposed removing Mark Zuckerberg’s majority voting control in the event of the social media giant’s chief executive and founder deciding to exit management at some point in future.

In a proxy filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Facebook’s board said it would ask shareholders to vote on a proposal that would convert Zuckerberg’s Class B shares into Class A shares if he is no longer in a leadership position. The move was first proposed in late April in a regulatory filing.

As of June 2, Zuckerberg beneficially owned about 4 million Class A shares and about 419 million Class B shares, collectively representing about 53.8 percent of total outstanding voting power and 14.8 percent of total outstanding economic interests.

The proposed move, to be voted on at Facebook’s annual general meeting on June 20, is designed to make sure a future Facebook chief’s management powers aren’t limited, the board said.

“These new terms thus ensure that we will not remain a founder-controlled company after we cease to be a founder-led company,” the board said in the filing on Thursday.

Under current provisions, Zuckerberg is allowed to hold Class B shares and exercise majority voting control even if he leaves the company. Zuckerberg would also be allowed to pass his Class B shares, and possibly his majority voting control, to descendants after his death.