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Killer Robots: Experts Warn of ‘Third Revolution in Warfare’

August 21st, 2017

I was warning about this 15 years ago. Nowadays, I’m more into yawning and wondering why the mushroom clouds haven’t gone up yet. Via: BBC: More than 100 leading robotics experts are urging the United Nations to take action in order to prevent the development of “killer robots”. In a letter to the organisation, artificial […]

CIA ‘Torture Psychologists’ Avoid Trial with Secret Settlement

August 18th, 2017

Via: AFP: Two psychologists who helped design the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation program settled a lawsuit Thursday by detainees alleging they were illegally tortured. The secret settlement in the suit, brought on behalf of two living ex-detainees and one who died of hypothermia after brutal questioning in US custody, avoided what would have been the first […]

Trump Threatens Venezuela with Unspecified ‘Military Option’

August 11th, 2017

Via: Reuters: U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday threatened military intervention in Venezuela, a surprise escalation in Washington’s response to Venezuela’s political crisis. Venezuela has appeared to slide toward a more volatile stage of unrest in recent days, with anti-government forces looting weapons from a military base after a new legislative body usurped the authority […]

Guam: ‘Take Cover, Avoid Bomb Flash’

August 11th, 2017

Via: Reuters: Guam posted emergency guidelines on Friday to help residents prepare for any potential nuclear attack after a threat from North Korea to fire missiles in the vicinity of the U.S. Pacific territory. Pyongyang’s state-run KCNA news agency said on Thursday its army would complete plans in mid-August to fire four intermediate-range missiles over […]

North Korea Warns of Nuclear War, Trump Says U.S. Is ‘Locked and Loaded’

August 11th, 2017

Via: Reuters: President Donald Trump issued a new threat to North Korea on Friday, saying what he called U.S. military solutions were “locked and loaded” as Pyongyang accused him of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war. Russia, China and Germany expressed alarm at the escalating rhetoric from Pyongyang and Washington, while […]

Americans Now Have the Highest Credit-Card Debt in U.S. History

August 7th, 2017

I had this open in another tab, I wonder if it’s related: In 2016, Drug Overdoses Likely Killed More Americans than Wars in Vietnam and Iraq #greenshoots Via: MarketWatch: American consumers just hit a scary milestone. They now collectively have the most outstanding revolving debt β€” often summarized as credit card debt β€” in U.S. […]

Blackwater Founder Wants to Provide a “Turn Key” Mercenary Air Force for Afghanistan

August 6th, 2017

Via: The Drive: Though a debate remains over the exact reasons why, it’s increasingly widely accepted that the United States and its allies are not winning the fight against insurgents in Afghanistan at the moment. One suggestion for how to turn things around – unsurprisingly proffered up by the infamous Erik Prince and Stephen A. […]

This Mysterious Military Spy Plane Has Been Flying Circles Over Seattle For Days

August 5th, 2017

Via: The Drive: A very unique USAF surveillance aircraft has been flying highly defined circles over Seattle and its various suburbs for nine days now. Nobody at the DoD seems to know who the aircraft belongs to or what exactly it is doing flying so many missions over the Seattle area. But based on its […]

First Human Embryos Edited in U.S.

July 27th, 2017

Via: MIT Technology Review: The first known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos in the United States has been carried out by a team of researchers in Portland, Oregon, Technology Review has learned. The effort, led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov of Oregon Health and Science University, involved changing the DNA of a large number of […]

U.S. Navy Ship in Persian Gulf Armed with Laser Weapon

July 21st, 2017

Via: CNN: In the sometimes hostile waters of the Persian Gulf looms the US Navy’s first — in fact, the world’s first — active laser weapon. The LaWS, an acronym for Laser Weapons System, is not science fiction. It is not experimental. It is deployed on board the USS Ponce amphibious transport ship, ready to […]

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