A young fit modern soldier in his gear, a young fit fire fighter in his gear, and an older (compared to the other two) geeky nerd in medieval Armour run an obstacle course. The nerd’s goal is to dispel the idea that knights were not mobile.
Doctors Warn of Painful Parasite Hiding in Your Sushi . You don’t eat raw meat for a reason.
Africa’s new slave trade: how migrants flee poverty to get sucked into a world of violent crime. I am no fan of how the west intervened in Libya, but I think people who blame this kind of thing on the fall of Gaddafi are missing the point. A lot of this was always going on but it was harder to see with Gaddafi in power.
How to Accidentally Stop a Global Cyber Attacks. Don’t mind the security scan, they have to be paranoid.
Not to be sniffed at: human sense of smell rivals that of dogs, says study . Not sure about the headline, but yeah, the sense of smell is underused more then it is deficient. Native peoples have been long none to be able to track by smell and other things that human’s “can’t” do.
In Bleak Prognosis, Italy’s Financial Regulator Threatens EU with Return to a “National Currency” The failure of Italy’s Financial System is something that everyone can see coming and nobody believes will actually happen (at least if you pay attention to what the markets are doing).
Roof failure was at a one-of-a-kind Hanford tunnel system . More on that radiation problem on the west coast.
Researchers Find Gut Bacteria Can Trigger Brain Lesions That Lead to Strokes . It is all connected together in case you have not figured that out yet.
Tunnel Collapses at Nuclear Facility Once Called ‘an Underground Chernobyl Waiting to Happen’. Hyperbole, but still of interest.
No, New York Times, Christianity’s Opposition to Abortion Is Anything But New. There is dubious start to the article, but it has more educational value as it goes on for those who don’t know much early church history.
China’s Shift on N.Korea Brings Big Risks and Opportunities. If true this is a serious change.
Could North Korea Annihilate Seoul with Its Artillery?. This article is all very true from a factual perspective. But from a modern day political perspective, 20 dead civilians and 100 million dollars of property damage is enough to topple a government. And I don’t think even the optimistic people think the damage/deaths will be that low.
Did Trump-Xi call reveal subtle shift in China’s stance on North Korean nuclear crisis? More reading of the Chinese tea leaves.
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un Risk Nuclear War. This article has a lot of bogus statements. For example, the claim that Kim is predictable and Trump is not could only be made by people who don’t remember Kim killing the uncle that everyone thought was his biggest supporter with an anti-aircraft cannon. But buried in the article is the reason even China is getting concerned. If the powers that be really think that North Korea will soon have hundreds of working nukes, they have to be thinking that North Korea will sell them to every one who has money.
The EMP Threat From North Korea Is Real, and Terrifying. A little harder to pull off then the article makes it seem like, but it would not be fun.
Writing love letters, bidding $100,000 extra: Buying a Southern California home is ‘insane’. Link added just for irony.
Japan Made Secret Deals With the NSA That Expanded Global Surveillance. I could not have guessed how this article was going to end. It starts off as a perfectly reasonable if boring story and by the end of it I was groaning in pain.
Mali’s Desert Climate Is the Doom of Armored Vehicles. Everyone seems to have forgotten this place but it is one of many places that the western powers are setting on to try to keep the world from blowing up.
Phoenix Point is now crowdfunding: we spoke to Julian Gollop about standing out in a post-XCOM world. I am skeptical, but it looks more interesting then I would have thought.
Bogus News Story Of The Day
How Chobani’s Hamdi Ulukaya Is Winning America’s Culture War. Maybe I should not put this in the bogus category. I don’t dislike the guy and I don’t know that any of the facts in the article are wrong. But I know it that politics and hating brown skin are not the whole story about people who don’t like this guy. Bottom line: You look up the definition of hagiographical portrait of someone and there is a link to this article.
That said, it is true that nobody else was likely to get that factory in upstate New York up and running again. But I think it is clear that he is not fool enough to do that again (and I don’t mean that as a criticism of him so much as a criticism of New York State.
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