The REAL Catapult You Don’t Know About

There are three different kinds of catapults, technically speaking. One of them you probably know and define as a catapult, which is the Mangonel. This catapult, however, is not even the most powerful kind of catapult.

The three different kinds of catapults are the Ballista, the Mangonel and the Trabuco (also called a Trebuchet). The Ballista functions similarly to a crossbow, with two arms that are connected by a rope that is then pulled back by a winch. An ancient missile launcher (that only launched darts and stones) is also a fairly accurate description.

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The Mangonel had a long wooden arm that was held down by ropes, with a wooden bucket or spoon at the end to hold the projectile according to sinonimos.com.br. Once the rope is released, energy is released from the tension in the ropes. Then the force pushes the arm forward, throwing the projectile forward with great power and distance.

The Trabuco is a catapult that differs from both the Mangonel and the ballista in terms of design and their energy sources. Trabucos use a very long arm with a sling on one end to hold the projectile. This arm attaches to a fulcrum that holds a counterweight on the short end of the arm. A sling was sometimes added to throw the projectile; this was used to add greater range on the Trabuco.

The machine created the most power and distance out of all catapult types. In comparison to the Mangonel, it provides more accuracy as well. The Trabuco could be used to launch projectiles into ramparts and other castle defenses according to pt.wiktionary.org . This made the it an essential weapon in siege warfare. It came with disadvantages as well. The fire rate was low, accounts claimed that one could only fire about four times a day. They also were extremely difficult to move because of the weight of the stones used with the machine.

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Betsy DeVos On Topic Article

Many have seen the news enough to know that the US Education Secretary has been polarizing Americans on the topic of education reform since her appointment in 2016. Betsy DeVos is one of the most powerful women in Washington. She has been a champion for educational choice as a way to improve America’s schools, and many have watched the campaign grow over the years from where it started in Michigan. However, she has been having difficulty getting the measures passed in some states that don’t want to implement a program that may provide public funding to private schools.

 

However, DeVos says that is not what educational choice is about. In fact, much of the funding has come from philanthropy, including DeVo’s own foundation. However, there have been other big donors too, such as Bill Gates, Sam Walton, and Mark Zuckerberg. Philanthropy has given educational choice a chance to work in states like Florida and Louisiana.

 

Florida is one of the successes, according to DeVos, who has been working towards getting more choices for students. The educational choice program isn’t about getting public funding, but rather it’s about offering students a way out of failing school districts who have been failed by the standardized testing system and allowing kids to flourish in schools with a better curriculum.

 

Educational choice offers more than private school vouchers as well. In a recent interview with “60 Minutes,” Leslie Stahl asked DeVos about the programs and their successes. It’s hard to talk about success with just two years into the campaign and many states refusing to implement educational choice. She says that those states that do implement the programs are allowing students to get the proper education that they need now.

 

The confusion with educational choice comes down to where students can actually choose to go to school. It’s not all about private or charter schools. Students can also pick homeschooling, virtual schools, and magnet programs. In some states, they do get vouchers or scholarships to go to private schools. However, as DeVos points out, these have been backed by philanthropists and not public funding so far.

 

It’s difficult to say why people are so against educational choice. After all, it is a way to get kids into better schools right now instead of waiting to fix the issues with the public school system. Educational reform is not a new issue as it has been around since the 1980s when the Reagan administration revealed that most students were failing. Standardized testing has done little to improve the state of schools. In fact, over the past 30 years, there has only been a 20 percent improvement with students according to standardized tests, and students still do not measure up in reading comprehension and math skills.

 

DeVos will also be heading up the school safety movement as gun violence has become an issue in recent years. She will be meeting with policymakers to figure out a way to protect students going forward.

 

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Finding Themselves Under Arrest For Defense Of The First Amendment Is Starting To Become An Old Hat For Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin

In a blatant violation of civil rights, the FBI arrested former Backpage owners and longtime civil rights crusading journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Lacey was supposed to be celebrating his recent marriage but instead was greeted by federal agents who invaded his house and hauled him away.

Jim Larkin faced a similar invasion of his privacy by the feds. In 2012, Lacey and Larkin sold their national newspaper chain Village Voice Media but retained the rights to their classified ad site Backpage.

The classified ad site had been under scrutiny from the federal government for some time due to claims that it facilitated sex trafficking but the journalists had sold that company as well in 2015. Shortly after this, Lacey and Larkin founded the First Amendment defending website Frontpageconfidential.

Michael Lacey’s attorney Paul Cambria has asserted that though he can not disclose any information regarding the case, his client will plead not guilty to these charges. Cambria also asserted that this is, in fact, a blatant act of government censorship and a violation of the First Amendment. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey

Senator John McCain’s wife Cindy is wrapped up in this situation as well and had had a well documented and long-standing feud with Lacey and Larkin over the years. As they have done with other public figures, the journalists have pulled no punches in the past in exposing acts of hypocrisy committed by John McCain in past years.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been through this sort of thing before as a result of their ardent defence of the First Amendment. They are no strangers to pushing the hot button with corrupt government officials and then ending up in jail for their trouble. They were wrongfully arrested in 2016 under trumped up charges of pimping by Senator Kamala Harris but were able to get the case thrown out.

Their most famous incident regarding arrest happened in 2007 when their longtime adversary, then Sheriff of Maricopa County Arizona Joe Arpaio had the journalists arrested on bogus charges. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter

The impending litigation that they pair sought and won ended up seeing them awarded a settlement of $3.7 million which they put to work for the cause of civil rights and First Amendment rights by founding the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.

Lacey and Larkin have been pretty consistent over the years in winning these sort of cases and having Cambria on their side is a great benefit. He has developed a serious reputation over the years in legal circles for being an attorney that can get things done.

Cambria has expressed his confidence that this will be resolved and that this grievous breach of justice will not stand.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin co-founded The Phoenix New Times in the early 1970s as a publication that would crusade for civil rights, immigrant and migrant rights and defense of the First Amendment.

Over the years they have stayed true to their convictions and have founded the philanthropic Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund as well as Frontpageconfidential in order to continue with their activism.