Fiat Lux! - Image (above) shows actual test of new Raytheon Laser used in air-base defence application, targeting and destroying a small commercial drone equipped with a camera. The laser is attractive, as it is planned to be integrated with an AI-based targeting toolkit, to allow it rapidly address a possible drone-based "swarm" (bottom - artist's view of concept). The drone-swarm is a real threat, as it could overwhelm the ability of the air-base to target and track incoming intruder assault aircraft, particularly if the small drones were configured with multiple strips of foil of a length that would match the frequency of the base radar systems. It is expected that 30 or 40 "chaff" deploying drones could substantially degrade base radar abilities, and disrupt aircraft deployment. The drone-swarm in itself could be weaponized with explosive charges or lethal chemical agents. The US Air Force has also run tests of it's own swarms of autonomous, AI-enabled drones. These photos were published in the April 2019 issue of "Air Force Magazine", available at URL: http://www.airforcemag.com/ Ok, so maybe skills playing silly video games might be actionable in the real world, without everyone having to turn into Brenton Tarrant, god forbid.

Image shows Royal Scots Dragoon Guards in a British Challenger-1 tank, flying the Saltire, the flag of Scotland. This picture is on the Basra-Kuwait highway, and was shot by PHC Holmes, a US-Army soldier, during the Desert Storm campaign in February, 1991. The image is in the public domain. The SPQR term was the Roman Glyphic-Symbol of the State - Senatus et Populusque Romana - The Senate and the People of Rome. The symbol of the Eagle has been used by many European & Western nations, Germany, England and the USA being obvious examples. Glyphic symbols do more than just signal memes and tribal or clan identity. They successfully encapsulate complex ideological and social-psychological constructs that signal and also influence our chosen human nature, and sometimes even non-chosen, biologically determined natures. Study symbols, and you quickly run up against the "nature vs nurture" debate. And you also see the curious and dangerous sweep and strength of the machinery of social-deception, that has the label: "politics". They both provoke the questions, and suggest the answers: "Who are you? What do you believe? What do you stand for? What would you die for?" Everyone at some point, confronts these questions. What are those Dragoon Guards of Scotland actually guarding? They are guarding your freedom.