Suggestions for Posts?

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17 thoughts on “Suggestions for Posts?

  1. Anchors Aweigh says:

    “China’s new submarine engine is poised to revolutionize underwater warfare” http://www.popsci.com/china-new-submarine-engine-revolutionize-underwater-warfare “This month, Chinese state TV channel CCTV 13 broadcast an interview with a top Chinese naval engineer, Rear Admiral Ma Weiming. The admiral is notably responsible for the development of multiple Chinese naval electromagnetic programs, including the electromagnetic catapult and railguns. In the interview, he stated that the PLAN is fitting its newest nuclear attack submarines with a “shaftless” rim-driven pumpjet, a revolutionary and silent propulsion system.”
    See also links to the following: China is Developing a Warship of Naval Theorist’s Dreams; China is Building the World’s Largest Nuclear Submarine Factory; China’s New Ballistic Missile Submarine Could Change Its Prospects in Nuclear War; First Picture of China’s New Nuclear Attack Submarine and Chinese Navy Stars in Latest U.S. Intelligence Report.

  2. Roomba says:

    The director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has announced a push towards “automation” and the creation of AI ‘robots’ that will perform 75 percent of the tasks currently done by American intelligence analysts who collect, analyze, and interpret images beamed from drones, satellites, and other feeds around the globe. http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/06/09/artificial-intelligence-will-put-spies-out-of-work-too/
    Cardillo’s initiatives aren’t the first use of AI by intelligence or defense agencies. DARPA and IARPA, US defense and intelligence research agencies, have been funding AI research for decades, and the Central Intelligence Agency’s venture arm is supporting efforts to apply AI analysis to satellite imagery. https://qz.com/1002935/us-intelligence-agencies-are-beginning-to-build-ai-spies/

  3. Vecino says:

    How the U.S. Triggered a massacre https://www.propublica.org/article/allende-zetas-cartel-massacre-and-the-us-dea The inside story of a cartel’s deadly assault on a Mexican town near the Texas border — and the U.S. drug operation that sparked it. See also “Why billionaire drug warlords in Latin America owe their power to white-collar crooks from the US” (Feb 2016) http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/why-billionaire-drug-warlords-in-latin-america-owe-their-power-to-white-collar-crooks-from-the-us-a6863621.html

  4. criminal intent says:

    “Three years since families in Flint started feeling the impact of their contaminated water supply, little justice has been served. Thousands of people in the Michigan city continue to buy and use bottled water for drinking and bathing, and Congress has yet to take a conclusive stand on one of the country’s most pressing environmental issues.
    This week, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed more criminal charges against government officials involved in allowing Flint’s water supply to remain contaminated. Five state officials were charged with manslaughter—a move that experts say could shape the future of environmental law and regulation.” https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/historic-flint-manslaughter-charges-will-change-how-we-prosecute-environmental-crimes

  5. Smörgåsbord says:

    ⚠️ Ford Motor Co. will export vehicles from China to the U.S. for the first time starting in 2019. Sales of small cars have dropped sharply in the U.S. and reportedly Ford’s move to China will save the company $1 billion, including $500 million for canceling plans to build cars in Mexico. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/ford-to-import-focus-small-car-from-china-in-2019/2017/06/20/24e31488-55bd-11e7-840b-512026319da7_story.html
    ⚠️ Senate Republicans are pushing full steam ahead toward a vote by the end of next week on the health care bill that nobody has seen. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/dems-hit-secrecy-of-gop-health-care-bill-threaten-delays/2017/06/20/6761bfa6-558d-11e7-840b-512026319da7_story.html
    ⚠️ White House says Evangelical Christian leader Jerry Falwell Jr. will be part of (another) task force on higher education http://christiantimes.com/article/white-house-says-jerry-falwell-jr-will-be-part-of-task-force-on-higher-education/72335.htm (See also “Atheist group launches pro-blasphemy website characterizing God as ‘the most unpleasant character'” http://christiantimes.com/article/atheist-group-launches-pro-blasphemy-website-characterizing-god-as-the-most-unpleasant-character/72332.htm )
    ⚠️ Yesterday U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry denied that man-made carbon dioxide emissions are the primary cause of climate change. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/06/19/trumps-energy-secretary-just-denied-that-man-made-carbon-dioxide-is-the-main-driver-for-climate-change/
    ⚠️ Bizarre, glowing sea creatures appear by the millions off the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. No one knows why. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/pyrosome-fire-body-bloom-eastern-pacific-warm-water/

  6. McLeod says:

    The grasslands of U.S. Great Plains have seen one of the sharpest increases in large and dangerous wildfires in the past three decades, with their numbers more than tripling between 1985 and 2014, according to new research. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/06/16/scientists-find-a-400-percent-increase-in-wildfire-destruction-in-the-great-plains/ The new study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, found that the average number of large Great Plains wildfires each year grew from about 33 to 117 over that time period, even as the area of land burned in these wildfires increased by 400 percent. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017GL072901/full

  7. Cease and Desist says:

    When the deal’s too good to pass up, you buy first and figure out the details later. That’s not how low-income housing developments typically start, but it’s what Homeword’s Andrea Davis decided to do when the Missoula nonprofit director saw the price tag on the surplus manufactured homes designed to house Bakken oilfield workers.
    The units don’t look like much on the outside. But they seemed well built, appliances were already installed, and they cost just $35,000 apiece. Davis ordered ten.
    “It was such a good opportunity that we didn’t want to let it go,” she says, “but we didn’t have a project yet.”
    That was last year. The houses, 450 to 550 square feet each, were shipped to Missoula’s wastewater treatment plant while Homeword looked for ways to turn them into dream homes for low-income Missoulians. Today, armed with a $270,000 federal HOME grant awarded this month by the city, Davis says Homeword is prepared to work out the details. https://missoulanews.bigskypress.com/missoula/living-large-in-tiny-homes/Content?oid=4393779

  8. Cul-de-sac says:

    Wyoming stands out as one of the least diversified economies in the country, having long relied on taxes and other revenue sources from the state’s coal and oil and gas industries. Coal’s downturn leaves policy makers struggling to figure out how to fund education. This year school districts took a hit of $34 million to their operating budgets—primarily money for teachers and staff, as well as materials and supplies. Funding for school construction and maintenance is also running out. http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/school-facilities-funding-unknown

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