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Theaters, Sony, and Paramount Cave to Terrorists and Cyberbullies & Why that’s Bad

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interview_xlgIn what can only be described as stupidity and cowardice, national theater chains including AMC, Regal, Cinemark, and Cineplex, and eventually Sony Pictures Entertainment have pulled the December 25th release of The Interview. For those who might not know, The Interview is a film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco that has them traveling to North Korea to interview Kim Jong Un, and are tasked to kill the leader. The country didn’t take the comedy too lightly, and instead North Korea (likely, it’s hard to verify) waged a cyber-war against Sony in retaliation.

That cyber attack proved an embarrassment for the American subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate. Sensitive documents were released, and have been fodder for sites over the past week. That coverage of leaked documents, and the subsequent reaction (which we’ll get to), played right into the hackers hands. Really, the…

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Orion’s Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV)

Merritt Island, FL, Oct. 31, 2012—Lockheed Martin has selected All Points Logistics LLC (APL) as a major subcontractor on the NASA Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) contract. APL will be responsible for software lifecycle development, integration and test support for Orion’s Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV). “We’re very excited to be part of the support team for such a pioneering project,” said Phil Monkress, APL President and CEO. “Orion represents a leap forward in manned space exploration.”

Orion is the focus of NASA’s retooling efforts as it sets its sights on exploring and traveling to distant parts of the Milky Way. As part of NASA’s new plans to explore beyond low Earth orbit and into deep space, Orion will transport astronauts to Mars and beyond and is tentatively scheduled for launch in September 2014. The first manned space mission is expected to take place after 2020. NASA has invested over $5 billion on the Orion space capsule to date.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2011 were $46.5 billion.

All Points Logistics is a verified service-disabled veteran-owned small business with approximately 220 employees. Headquartered in Merritt Island, Florida, with satellite offices in Orlando, Florida; Reston, Virginia; Atlanta, Georgia and Huntsville, Alabama; APL has five primary lines of business: Integrated Logistics; Information Technology; Facilities and Environmental Management; Professional, Engineering and Technical Support.

Phil Monkress: Rare Muscle Cars

Phil Monkress is a successful business executive who spent more than a decade at All Points Logistics as its CEO. He is a muscle car hobbyist in his spare time and owns a 1962 Chevy II.

As opposed to supercars and expensive custom-built dream machines, classic muscle cars were always designed with the average consumer in mind. They were mass-produced to be cheap, powerful, and impressive to look at. Thanks to varying trim levels and engines, however, a large number of muscle cars had runs of fewer than 100 units. Today, these cars are highly sought-after collectibles that sell for far more than they originally cost.

Perhaps the rarest muscle car ever to roll off an assembly line is the 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T 426 Hemi convertible. Only 238 units were produced, and of those, just two were convertible specimens – one each in manual transmission and automatic. Like many of the rarest muscle cars, it used the powerful 426 Hemi engine, which produced an astonishing 425 brake horsepower (BHP).

The 1970 Plymouth Road Runner 426 Hemi features the same engine as the 1967 Dodge described above, and again, it is the convertible model that turned out to be exceptionally rare. Only three were ever produced. Leather seats and special hydraulic lifters distinguish this rare vehicle.

One of the flashiest muscle cars ever produced, the 1970 Dodge Super Bee Fastback came in an array of ill-advised colors, including royal purple and pink. The version of the Super Bee with a 426 Hemi engine was barely ever ordered, so only four 1970 Super Bee 426 Hemi Fastbacks were made that year.

The muscle car was the great American equalizer – a mean, fast driving machine that wouldn’t break the bank, and sacrificed luxury for power. The fact that so many muscle cars ended up being so rare is an odd and interesting twist in their history.