What is the Red Glare?
The Red Glare is a weapon in the Fallout New Vegas Add-On Lonesome Road. It is an American-made, self-loading rocket launcher emblazoned with the Star Spangled Banner and equipped with a unique, digital interface that shows the player character the target as they aim and automatically retracts during reloading. It also features a far sighting modification that increases the target’s maximum range and a green to dark red color switch when aiming. A fully upgraded Red Glare costs 46,500 caps. Earning all three Red Glare upgrades rewards the player with a Red Glare achievement/trophy. The weapon can be found in the Hopeville Missile Base headquarters, at the end of the high road.
Kniphofia Rocket’s Red Glare is a vigorous grower that is easy to care for. This colorful garden plant tolerates heat, drought and poor soil conditions. It also does well in most garden locations, but is especially useful in perennial borders, island beds, mixed borders and as a tall thriller. It can also be used in large containers and is a spectacular cut flower.
Its attractive foliage is thick, glossy and rippled with deep red from the petioles which surge into the midrib of the leaf. The color intensifies in full sun. This plant is salt-tolerant, making it a good choice for gardens along sidewalks, driveways and streets that are treated with salt-based deicers in winter. Rocket’s Red Glare is also an excellent choice for areas where hummingbirds and butterflies are abundant.
What is Russia’s Red Shame?
The Russian propaganda machine worked extra hours Wednesday night, the day after two drones strafed the Kremlin compound, to spin what was clearly a significant blow. The Kremlin took 12 hours to respond, and its mouthpieces tried to frame the incident as a proof that Putin’s strategy against Ukraine is working. It was an attempt to distract from the truth: The Kremlin’s supposedly modernized military isn’t nearly as formidable as it was presented to the world.
Across Europe, this year Russia has been exposed as a bully that can only intimidate and not conquer. Russia has been forced to retreat in Crimea and give up a major portion of the territory it held last year. The Ukrainian people have reclaimed their land, and President Zelenskyy continues to lead a democratically elected government that represents the true will of the Ukrainian people. And 143 nations in the United Nations voted for a resolution condemning Russia’s aggression, and supporting a peaceful solution to the conflict.
But there is another side to the story: A free people refuse to live in a world that is run by dictators. This is the message that the United States and the countries of Europe are sending to Putin today.
Russia’s forces and mercenaries have committed depravities without shame. They have stolen children, raped civilians and bombed schools, hospitals, and trains. They have invaded the sovereignty of a sovereign country, and they have ruined the lives of millions of Ukrainians. They are no longer welcome in a world that remembers the heroes of May 9, a war that freed the continent from fascism.
The protesters in front of the Russian Embassy in Washington this week were a reminder to the world that this isn’t just about Ukraine. It’s about the Putin regime’s refusal to take responsibility for its actions and to end its occupation of Ukraine. The world won’t appease the autocrats. It’s time for Russia to realize that it can no longer hide behind its false claim of being a victim. It’s about time for the Kremlin to accept that it’s the aggressor, and to do what is necessary to protect its citizens and the rest of the world from Russia’s dangerous aggression.
What is Israel’s Red Glare?
The Star Spangled Banner’s lyrics include the line “And the rocket’s red glare, it lit the sky from Baltimore to Washington.” The term was coined in 1812 for Congreve rockets used by American forces in the War of 1812. Rockets burned brightly as they were fired and could be seen from great distances, but they were less accurate than cannon fire. The rockets were a technological leap forward from the cannons of that era, and their red glare signified the potential devastation to be caused.
Israel’s current rocket crisis is a test of whether Netanyahu can sustain the nationalism that arises when Israelis believe they have unquestioned military deterrence. In this case, the threat comes from Gaza rather than Iran’s nuclear program, but it is no less difficult to maintain that sense of fervent nationalism in the face of constant rocket attacks.
To do so, he will need to decide whether to sell Ukraine the same weapons Israel has sold to Syria — or even offer Ukraine some of Israel’s own defense technology. But if he does, he will be crossing the red line that Russia set in 2014 when it invaded Ukraine, held a fraudulent referendum in Crimea and annexed the peninsula.
Even if Netanyahu decides to cross that red line and provide Ukraine with some of its defensive technology, it is not clear how much he will be able to do to stop the rain of missiles from falling on Israeli cities. For one thing, he will still have to deal with the threat of Russian air strikes over Ukraine’s territory, and he will likely need to keep Russia apprised of his actions so that Moscow is prepared for future confrontations.
In this regard, it is important to remember that Russia’s nationalist ideology is rooted in the defining events of two of its most traumatic eras: World War II and the Cold War. Russia is attempting to project its own version of events into the present by highlighting a supposedly unique relationship with Jews and by emphasizing that it was not the Poles, but Soviet troops who liberated Auschwitz. That is why it is so disturbing to witness the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe and elsewhere, and why the desecration of monuments in Ukraine to the fallen soldiers of the Red Army piques the outrage of many Russians.
What is the United States’ Red Glare?
For all the bravado in Putin’s announcement of these new Russian weapons, the systems do not add considerably to Moscow’s ability to rival the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Their primary value lies in their ability to bypass U.S. missile defenses. As dual-capable systems, they introduce additional dangers into the already tense world of strategic stability.
Congreve rockets were a terror weapon of the War of 1812, a war that pitted the fragile young republic against a world power and was notable for its military, domestic, financial stress, and punishing British naval blockade. But it was the rockets’ red glare that inspired the lyrics of The Star-Spangled Banner, as depicted in the famous painting by John Trumbull. The United States’ defenses held up despite 25 hours of relentless British bombardment.
The Congreve rockets were essentially projectiles that obtained their thrust from onboard gunpowder. A rocket becomes a missile, however, when it is capable of controlling itself after launch and has an onboard bomb. Congreve developed a series of cardboard-cased rockets with iron bodies, from the six-pounders to an 18-inch version. The latter carried a bomb and up to seven pounds of incendiary mixture that could set wooden ships ablaze, or burn the interiors of forts.
A rocket’s ability to control itself after launch also enables it to fly in the direction of its target, as well as to change course and speed. These are critical capabilities for a missile that can strike an enemy and do damage, as opposed to the projectiles fired from Song dynasty China and well beyond that, which were “dumbfire,” meaning they follow whatever trajectory their kinetic energy and exhaust fumes dictate until they run out of fuel or impact an obstacle or detonate.
A missile that can change course and speed in response to commands received via an onboard computer, which could be augmented by a network of ground-based radars and sensors, is a far more formidable weapon than one that simply follows a straight line until it runs out of fuel or collides with an obstacle. For that reason, it is not surprising that the Indian Navy has mounted four Boeing AN/TPY-2 Avenger air-defense missiles on its LPD, as reported by NavalRecognition.