Insight On Trabuco, The Ancient War Machine

Also known as the balancing Trabuco, Trabuco is an antique war machine that was used by soldiers in firing projectiles and bringing down masonry walls. In some regions of Brazil, Portugal, and France, the Trabuco is often to refer to revolvers and old short guns. The ancient war machine works using principles similar to those of a catapult. To make it a highly efficient device, a Trabuco is a launch at a high speed causing an immense destruction of the target. Armies used the war machine throw ammunitions over barricades inflicting massive injuries to their enemies. All through the European Crusades, the Trabuco was vastly used to destroy those against Christian religious actions.

How the Trabuco Works

The Trabuco works through a mechanism that converts potential energy contained in the string to kinetic energy that produces power. Since some of the energy is lost through the heat in the system as well as via friction, the system is not a hundred percent efficient. The projectile speed is directly relative to the mass used. The war machine features five parts namely the beam, the frame, counterweight, sling and guide chute. According to, physical calculations of potential gravitational, kinetic energy and inherent differences are directly related to the overall functioning of the Trabuco. As a result, many physics teachers use the Trabuco in explaining physical principles.

History of Trabuco

Trabuco history goes back to 400 DC according to, a time when the Chinese were launching many attacks amongst themselves. It later became so popular in Europe where it was the dominant tool used in wars for many years till the emergence of gunpowder. The machine was initially made to carry extra weight hence more destruction. As time passed, the Trabuco continued to evolve from the tensile Trabuco to more developed models. Nevertheless, due to hard-to-build features and poor coordination, the number of tensile Trabucos was significantly low. As a result of such problems, the weapon was abandoned in the eleventh century.

Types of Trabuco

The war machine comes in two forms, the tensile and the hybrid Trabuco based on The former is entirely operated by people pulling the ends in synchrony and can hurl weights of between 140 pounds and a distance of about eighty meters. On the other hand, the hybrid form of the same can heave loads of up to four hundred meters and a length of three hundred meters. Although the machines are not available today, they can be built at a low cost.

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Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Refueled their Commitment to the Fight for Civil, Human, and Immigrants Rights through the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

In the recent past, groups that advocate for human, civil, and migrants rights have continued to emerge one after another. The situation could be as a result of increased cases of violation of these rights particularly to the marginalized.

The incidents pose a threat to the rest of humanity whose rights are also at jeopardy which calls for these organizations to spring up and act. Below are a few of the organization dedicated to seeing that other individuals, companies, and the government uphold the civil, human, and migrant rights.

Arizona DREAM Act Coalition

Undocumented students in Arizona suffered from a 2006 law that stated that they required high tuition fees. They could also not access public scholarships on merit basis.

The situation prompted a group of students led by Dulce Matuz to rise and raise their voice against the discrimination. They formed the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, which has continued to fight for education rights as well as low tuition fees. The organization also fights for migration and human rights.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona

For almost sixty years now, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona has been fighting for human rights of all people from all walks of life in Arizona. It is well known for its efforts to fight against laws that affect the marginalized groups.

The organization has successfully fought against laws that banned multi-racial marriages and freedom of speech for day laborers. It also won a case on police harassments to immigrants. The organization launched the Border Litigation Project in 2013, an initiative aimed at providing legal support along the borders for people who are violated against the constitution.

Justice that Works

Attorney Heather Hamel imagined a justice system that can keep humanity whole by uplifting and transforming communities when she founded Justice that Works. Heather and her teammates Ayensa Millan and Viridiana Hernandez desire to see a justice system that is fair to all regardless of color and race.

They also fight for different types of punishments to law offenders that aim at lifting them up rather than throwing them in jail. The organization advocates for sentences such as community services, support groups and drug counseling among others.

The best thing about the organization is that it asks the communities to deliberate on issues affecting them and how they can be solved. They then present the issues to Phoenix City Council. The organization hopes to change all areas in the region including education, healthcare, and infrastructure among others.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

Ten years ago, two media personalities, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were unlawfully arrested by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Their crime was revealing the sheriff’s misdeeds in the county. Upon their release, they sued the county and won a settlement of 3.75 million dollars. The two owners of the Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times launched the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is committed to supporting the fight for civil and human rights by funding organizations dedicated to this course. It is also dedicated to advocating for civic participation and freedom of speech in Arizona and along the Mexican border.

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