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We live in an age when obvious things are shocking to the most educated. Says something about modern education. Study reveals music’s universal patterns across societies worldwide

James Bond Villains and Mad Max gangs are looking more plausible the older I get. The First Narco Submarine Ever Seized Off A European Coast Is A Monster Not a real submarine in spite of the headline, but the Wright brothers did not start off with 747 either.

More cheerful news from the medical world. Antibiotic-Resistant Fungi Are a Growing Health Threat

If they produce the battles in a semi-historical manner, I might watch regardless of the politics. Turkish-Saudi animosity spills over into cultural sphere

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The unintended consequences of the legal decision discussed in this post is also why the US made a marked shift towards drones blowing up houses with woman and children inside rather then try to take captives to gather intelligence. Behind Eddie Gallagher’s Court Martial Is a Much Larger Issue: The 2008 No-Prisoners Policy

First third is not worth much. But the rest of it does a have way decent job of demonstrating why Solzhenitsyn works should be read.How the great truth dawned

This was funny if you watch it happen in real time. When the villain is Obama, not Trump, news suddenly becomes not worth reporting

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The main thing of interest in this story is the use of AI in running a campaign of this type: The China Cables: Leaked Classified Chinese Documents Confirm China Running Massive Concentration Camps to “Re-educate” Uighurs

This is an opinion piece in a respectable journal so you have to expect that it will be filled with lies but that does not change underlying point. The Next Syrian Refugee Crisis Will Break Europe’s Back

One of the big reasons for the failure of US torpedo bomber failures at the Battle of Midway (since we were discussing this on Sunday). Mark 13 torpedo

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The story of American in general: The Long-Forgotten Flight That Sent Boeing Off Course

Proof they don’t actually fear Trump: Why the Hell Did Democrats Just Extend the Patriot Act?

We don’t actually care about military might anymore: Lack of Right to Repair Limits Ability of US Military to Maintain its Own Equipment

Just in case you missed it: Israel carries out ‘wide-scale strikes’ on Iranian forces in Syria

Maybe: China Is Out of Economic Ammo Against the U.S.

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I know there is two sides to this story and only one of them is told. But still…..The Quiet Rooms

I think there are more solutions to this problem then most people allow for. But it is still an interesting issue. Creating buildings to house all those people, along with the roads to knit them together, requires prodigious quantities of sand. In India, the amount of construction sand used annually has more than tripled since 2000, and is still rising fast. China alone has likely used more sand this decade than the United States did in the entire 20th Century. There is so much demand for certain types of construction sand that Dubai, which sits on the edge of an enormous desert, imports sand from Australia. That’s right: exporters in Australia are literally selling sand to Arabs.

When two people drive towards each other at full speed hoping the other person swerves it is called a game of chicken. Iran and Israel renegotiate ‘rules of the game’ in Syria shadow war

New Half Life Game And Other Links

I will believe it when I see it. Half-Life: Alyx: What we know about Valve’s upcoming full-length VR game

Not in the news. Abandoning Malmö to Its Criminals

I am wondering if this will cause more problems then it will solve. This new magical coating saves water by making toilets so slippery that poop basically flushes itself

For those who missed it in the dead tree edition. Blockbuster WSJ Investigation: How Google Interferes With Its Search Algorithms and Changes Your Results

You already know this. Why you’re not hearing more about that mass shooting in Fresno