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#257 Three Explorers Choose Their Deaths

Posted by Cyberdawn on 12 October 2016 - 10:24 PM

A Frenchman, an Englishman and a New Yorker are exploring the jungle and are captured by a fierce tribe.

The chief tells them, "The bad news is that we've caught you, we're going to kill you, and then use your skins to build a canoe. The good news is that you get to choose how you die."

The Frenchman says, "I take ze poison." The chief gives him some poison; the Frenchman says, "Vive la France!" and drinks it down.

The Englishman says, "A pistol for me, please." The chief gives him a pistol; the Brit points it at his head, says, "God save the Queen!" and blows his brains out.

The New Yorker says, "Gimme a fork." The chief is puzzled, but he shrugs and gives him a fork. The New Yorker takes the fork and jabs himself all over -- the stomach, the sides, the chest, everywhere. Blood gushes from every hole.

The chief screams, "What are you doing?"

The New Yorker looks at the chief and says, "So much for your canoe, a**hole!"


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#144 Teacher asks, Student replies

Posted by Cyberdawn on 03 October 2016 - 11:42 PM

Teacher: "Kids, what does the chicken give you?"
Student: "Meat!"

Teacher: "Very good! Now what does the pig give you?"
Student: "Bacon!"

Teacher: "Great! And what does the fat cow give you?"
Student: "Homework!"


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#27 Sour Cream Potato Soup

Posted by Cyberdawn on 19 September 2016 - 12:50 AM

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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.

 

MAKES: 4-6 servings
 

Ingredients
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 3 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups milk, divided
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
 

Directions In a 3-qt. saucepan over medium heat, combine water, bouillon, potatoes, onion, celery, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Add 1-3/4 cups milk. Combine flour with remaining milk; stir to form a smooth paste. Add to soup, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Add a small amount of hot liquid to sour cream; stir to mix. Gradually add to soup, stirring constantly; heat through but do not boil. Add parsley and chives just before serving.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 


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#2203 Canadian bow hunter fights off attacking black bear

Posted by kya100 on 26 May 2017 - 06:06 PM

 
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A hunter in Ontario said he was lucky to escape with "a bruised elbow and ego" when he was attacked by a bear in an incident he caught on camera.
Richard Wesley posted a video to YouTube showing what happened when he spotted a black bear near Fire River while he was out bow hunting.
The bear seems to initially ignore the presence of Wesley, who nocks an arrow and points his bow at the animal, but hesitates to shoot.
The bear starts to move toward the hunter, who attempts to scare it off by making loud noises, but the bruin decides to charge instead of retreat.
Wesley drops his camera as he punches the bear in the face, and for a few seconds the video films only the ground as the hunter struggles with the attacking bear.
The hunter picks the camera back up after a few moments and speaks directly into it.
"I should have shot a long time ago," Wesley says.
Wesley said he was lucky to escape with his life and no severe injuries.
"No wounds except a bruised elbow and ego where the bear threw me down," Wesley wrote in the video's description. "Genuinely happy that this was a non fatal or tragic outcome. Proving that the black bear is a wild and unpredictable animal. Again so happy with the outcome."

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#1690 Salute

Posted by kya100 on 16 April 2017 - 12:08 PM

Apache Attack Helicopter (AH-64) Shoot to Thrill (AC/DC) 
 
Military Montage to Thunderstruck

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#5049 Cover yer azz lol

Posted by kya100 on 08 September 2017 - 10:51 PM

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#5200 Russian Helicopters Mistakenly Fire at Civilians During Exercise

Posted by kya100 on 20 September 2017 - 12:08 PM

 
A helicopter accidentally fired at civilians during Russia's Zapad 2017 wargames, an event which was captured on video by bystanders. At least two people are seriously injured according to the Russian outlet 66.ru.
The incident took place on Tuesday when, according to an unnamed source, a technical glitch caused one Ka-52 helicopter to fire air-to-surface missiles in the direction of bystanders, likely journalists. The videos of the incident don't show much in the way of aftermath, but reports suggest two cars caught on fire as a result of the blast.The Russian Defense Ministry, for its part, disputes this version of events, saying in a statement published by the Moscow Times that:
[A]ll social media messages about 'rounds on a crowd of journalists,' 'a large number of seriously wounded' are either a deliberate provocation or someone's personal stupidity. [Video footage] recorded an event that occurred at another time, when army aviation helicopter crews practiced ground attacks as part of a tactical exercise.
Russia's Zapad 2017 games are a joint exercise between Russia and its neighbor Belarus, and while official statements say they involve roughly 10,000 servicemen from both, some in NATO believe the actual numbers are much higher and that the games serve to move troops around to prepare for actual military action.
Source: 66.ru via The Moscow Times

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#2314 6 dead, 30 injured in London attacks

Posted by kya100 on 04 June 2017 - 12:19 PM

 
 
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LONDON — Terrorists struck at the heart of London on Saturday night, killing six people in a series of vehicle and knife attacks before police shot them dead, authorities said.
The attack began when a van veered off the road and barrelled into pedestrians on London Bridge. Three men fled the van with large knives and attacked people at bars and restaurants in nearby Borough Market, police and witnesses said. More than 30 victims were treated at London hospitals and a number of other patients were treated for less serious injuries.
The violence turned a summery Saturday night in an area packed with revelers into a scene of panic and chaos, with officers running through crowded streets screaming for people to flee. Lifeboats on the River Thames helped evacuate the area.
The Metropolitan Police force declared the attacks “terrorist incidents.” Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said that while they believe all the attackers were killed, the investigation continued.
“We believe three people were involved, but we still have got some more inquiries to do to be 100 per cent confident in that,” he said.
As dawn broke over the capital, a large area on the south bank of the River Thames remained cordoned off. Police told people to avoid the area, leaving tourists and revelers struggling to get home.
Only hours before, bursts of gunfire echoed through the streets — likely from armed police — and at least three blasts rang out as officers performed controlled explosions. One image taken by a witness showed a man on the ground surrounded by police; he appeared to be wearing a vest with canisters attached to it.
“The suspects were wearing what looked like explosive vests,” Rowley said. “But these were later established to hoaxes.”
Gerard Vowls told The Guardian newspaper that he saw a woman being stabbed by three men at the south end of London Bridge. He said he threw chairs, glasses and bottles at the attackers in a bid to stop them.
“They kept coming to try to stab me . they were stabbing everyone. Evil, evil people,” he told the newspaper. “I want to know if this girl is still alive. I’ve been walking around for an hour and a half crying my eyes out. I don’t know what to do.”
Bartender Alex Martinez said he hid in a garbage bin for a half hour when a man stormed the restaurant where he worked, which was nearly full.
“I saw that man with a knife in his hand and after that a man started screaming so I knew something wrong was happening,” he said.
Medics treated the injured near the market as shocked people cried and shouted around them. Police officers yelled at people to run from the area.
Simon Thompson told Sky News that he was just outside Borough Market when he saw crowds fleeing.
“We ran for like 100 metres and then saw loads of police cars turned up and there was kind of a period of quite intense gunfire,” he said. “I hid in a restaurant basement for about an hour. ... Police told us to get out and then there was more gunfire.”
Police received the first call of reports of a vehicle hitting pedestrians on London Bridge at 10:08 p.m. (2108 GMT). Rowley said the attackers were dead in eight minutes.
Multiple witnesses reported a vehicle veering off the road and hitting as many as six pedestrians.
Soon after, reports started coming in of stabbings at Borough Market, a nearby area full of bars and restaurants surrounding a popular food market.
Photographer Gabriele Sciotto said he was on his way home from a pub when he saw a man running toward him telling him to turn around and run because there was a terrorist attack. As a documentary filmmaker, though, his instincts were to keep going.
The 25-year-old said that at first, “it didn’t look too dangerous.”
The men went into Borough Market, but then turned around and ran toward the Wheatsheaf Pub after being confronted by a police officer, he said, and suddenly a lot of police came from the other direction.
The attackers “had no clue what they were doing. They were scared. The police were scared,” he said.
After one of the men was shot, Sciotto, captured a photo of the suspect on the ground wearing what appeared to be canisters strapped to his chest.
Police initially said officers were also responding to a third incident, in the Vauxhall neighbourhood, but later said that turned out to be an unrelated stabbing.
Police tweeted a warning telling people in the area to run to safety, hide and then call police if it is safe to do so. They asked Londoners to “remain calm but be alert and vigilant.”
Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the attack “is being treated as a potential act of terrorism” and said her thoughts were with “those who are caught up in these dreadful events.” May’s office said she would chair a meeting of the government’s COBRA emergency committee on Sunday.
As thousands of people flooded from the area of the attacks — many unable to get home with nearby subway stations shut — locals were quick to offer assistance.
The Royal Oak pub, near the area of the attacks, opened its doors to people evacuated from hotels. At least one taxi company offered free rides to people stranded in the area. Phaldip Singh, who describes himself as an entrepreneur and youth activist, tweeted that Sikh temples were open to provide food and shelter for those affected.
It was the third attack to hit Britain in as many months.
In March, a British convert to Islam ran down people with a vehicle on Westminster Bridge, killing four, then stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament.
On May 22, a British suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured dozens at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. After that attack, Britain’s official threat level from terrorism was raised to “critical,” meaning an attack may be imminent. Several days later it was lowered to “severe,” meaning an attack is highly likely.
A charity concert for victims of the Manchester attack, featuring Grande and other stars, is due to be held in the northwest English city on Sunday.

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#6878 T’was the Internet Night Before Christmas

Posted by kya100 on 24 December 2017 - 12:56 PM

 
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T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the Net,
 There were hacker’s a surfing. Nerds? Yeah, you bet.
 The e-mails were stacked by the modem with care,
 In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
 
The newbies were nestled all snug by their screens,
 While visions of Java danced in their dreams.
 My wife on the sofa and me with a snack,
 We just settled down at my rig (it’s a Mac).
 
When out in the Web there arose such a clatter,
 I jumped to the site to see what was the matter.
 To a new page my Mac flew like a flash,
 Then made a slight gurgle. It started to crash!!
 
I gasped at the thought and started to grouse,
 Then turned my head sideways and clicked on my mouse.
 When what to my wondering eyes should appear?
 My Mac jumped to a page that wasn’t quite clear.
 
When the image resolved, so bright and so quick,
 I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick!
 More rapid than mainframes, more graphics they came,
 Then Nick glanced toward my screen, my Mac called them by name;
 
“Now Compaq! Now Acer!”, my speaker did reel;
“On Apple! On Gateway!” Santa started to squeal!
“Jump onto the circuits! And into the chip!
 Now speed it up! Speed it up! Make this thing hip!”
 
The screen gave a flicker, he was into my “Ram”,
Then into my room rose a full hologram!
 He was dressed in all red, from his head to his shoes,
 Which were black (the white socks he really should lose).
 
He pulled out some discs he had stored in his backpack.
 Santa looked like a dude who was rarin’ to hack!
 His eyes, how they twinkled! His glasses, how techno!
 This ain’t the same Santa that I used to know!
 
With a wink of his eye and a nod of his head,
 Santa soon let me know I had nothing to dread.
 He spoke not a word, gave my Mac a quick poke,
 And accessed my C drive with only a stroke.
 
He defragged my hard drive, and added a “Dimm”,
Then threw in some cool games, just on a whim!
 He worked without noise, his fingers they flew!
 He distorted some pictures with Kai’s Power Goo!
 
He updated Office, Excel and Quicken,
 Then added a screensaver with a red clucking chicken!
 My eyes widened a bit, my mouth stood agape,
 As he added the latest version of Netscape.
 
The drive gave a whirl, as if it were pleased,
 St. Nick coyly smiled, the computer appeased.
 Then placing his finger on the bridge of his nose,
 Santa turned into nothing but ones and zeros!
 
He flew back into my screen and through my uplink,
 Back into the net with barely a blink.
 But I heard his sweet voice as he flew from my sight,
“Happy surfing to all, and to all a good byte!”
 

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#7015 man song

Posted by kya100 on 08 January 2018 - 09:36 PM

 
 
 

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#7305 Pot will be available in only 9 NSLC stores [Nova Scotia]

Posted by kya100 on 30 January 2018 - 04:56 PM

 
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If you want to buy legal cannabis in Nova Scotia come July, you'll likely need to travel to pick some up.
 
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. is only making pot available at a fraction of its more than 100 retail outlets, the province announced Tuesday. Cannabis will be available at the following stores, along with beer, wine and spirits.
■Amherst — 126 South Albion St.
■Dartmouth — 650 Portlland St.
■Halifax — 3601 Joseph Howe Dr.
■Lower Sackville — 745 Sackville Dr.
■New Glasgow — 610 East River Rd.
■Sydney River — 95 Keltic Dr.
■Truro — 6 Court St.
■Yarmouth — 104a Starrs Rd.
 
The corporation will be reopening the Clyde Street liquour store in downtown Halifax as a cannabis-only operation. 
The 60 agency stores, which are mostly in smaller rural communities, will not be allowed to sell marijuana.
People will also be able to buy online and have their cannabis delivered to their homes, but details of that operation are not yet available.
The NSLC is looking for contractors to bid on the renovation work that will be needed to keep cannabis and liquor sales separate. 
A federally appointed task force has recommended a ban on co-locating cannabis with alcohol and tobacco products.
 

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#6316 Cities fight for legal marijuana revenue as Ottawa reveals minimum $1 pe...

Posted by kya100 on 11 November 2017 - 02:09 PM

 
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The federal government's plan to legalize marijuana has already generated a spat with the provinces over how potentially lucrative tax revenue will be divided.
Now a new player has entered the fray: Canada's cities are demanding they be given a share of the revenue pie to help cover costs associated with legalization.
In a letter from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Canada's cities say they also want the federal government to cover start-up costs of transitioning to a new regime.
"Municipalities cover almost 60 per cent of Canada's policing costs," FCM president Jenny Gerbasi wrote in the letter dated Nov. 2. "Preparing the bulk of Canada's police forces to enforce new cannabis rules — with appropriate training, systems and resources — is a massive and costly undertaking."
Gerbasi says the $161 million already earmarked by the federal government for training is a start, but it remains unclear how much of this commitment may flow to municipalities for local training needs. Furthermore, training is only one component of the start-up challenge local governments now face."
The federation said cities are on board with the Trudeau government's objectives and have been pre-emptively altering bylaws as they try to prepare for the changes on many fronts, despite a paucity of information.
Gerbasi, who is also deputy mayor of Winnipeg, said some cities will have to make changes to as many as 17 different departments, from policing to human resources to transit.
 
Tax windfall up for grabs
Liberal MP Bill Blair, former Toronto police chief and the government's point man on legalizing marijuana, made public the federal tax proposal for legal pot Friday, kicking off a period of public consultations that ends Dec. 7.
That, Blair said, gives the government just enough time to solicit comments on the proposal so that federal, provincial and territorial finance ministers can discuss it when they meet in Ottawa Dec. 10-11.
The plan would add an excise tax of $1 per gram of marijuana or 10 per cent of the final retail price, whichever is higher, with the revenues to be divided equally between Ottawa and the provinces and territories.
The final price, including provincial and federal sales taxes, would vary by jurisdiction, since the combined total is in some provinces is higher than in others. On an $8 gram of pot sold in Ontario, for instance, the final purchase price would be $10.17, with a $1 excise tax and $1.17 HST. In New Brunswick, it would be $10.35.
Alberta, which has no provincial sales taxes, could see the cheapest pot in the country at just $9.45 total for an $8 gram of weed.
"I'm very comfortable that the level of taxation … achieves our goals of keeping the price sufficiently low to be competitive with an illicit market, while at the same time not creating an incentive for the consumption and purchase of this drug," said Blair.
Blair gave $1 billion a year as a very rough estimate of how much Canada and provinces stand to raise from the plan, although that number is at the high end of the scale, he warned, since so much depends on just how many people will end up buying marijuana once it becomes legal.
 
Provinces grumbling 
Some provincial governments have already voiced their displeasure with the 50-50 formula, arguing they should see a larger share.
The addition of municipalities to the debate could further complicate things, but municipalities make the case that many of the costs associated with legalization will accrue to them.
"Our cities are where cannabis will be used and sold," Gerbasi told CBC News. "So local governments are responsible for administering and enforcing where cannabis can be sold, ensuring private retail stores are safe to visit and work in, enforcing impaired driving and public nuisance rules, policing, it goes on and on. We're on the front lines of this."
Gerbasi said cities need money to come "from somewhere to cover these costs."
"We're the ones who are facing this, and so we need to part of this discussion prior to everything being decided and rolled out and shown to us."
Gerbasi said the federal government has shown itself open to talking with municipalities but the issue remains unresolved.
She said because so many details of the roll-out remain unknown it is very difficult for municipalities to estimate exactly how much the shift to legalization will cost. For now, the federation has published a primer to help its member municipalities prepare where they can.
 
Feds say they're listening
Chloé Luciani-Girouard, Morneau's press secretary, said finance officials met Wednesday with a delegation from the FCM to discuss the issues.
"We are working with partners, including municipalities, to make sure our approach to legalizing, regulating and taxing cannabis achieves our goals of keeping it out of the hands of kids and profits out of the hands of criminals," Luciani-Girouard said.
Gerbasi said the FCM is encouraged that it's at least being heard, but wants more concrete commitments around money. In her letter to Morneau, she pointed out that legalization in the U.S. has always been accompanied by money for cities.
"There is ample precedent here," she wrote. "All eight U.S. states that have legalized recreational cannabis have adopted predictable funding allocations for their local governments."
The federal government is expected this morning to announce public consultations over its proposed excise tax. The next high-level discussion of how the tax revenues will be divided will probably occur on Dec. 10 when federal and provincial finance ministers meet.
 

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#4842 Lawyers prepare for 2nd trial in Hells Angels murder case

Posted by kya100 on 23 August 2017 - 10:59 AM

 
 
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Leslie Greenwood, 41, who is wearing glasses and carrying a folder, is seen in this file photo. 
A murder case with ties to the Hells Angels is in Nova Scotia Supreme Court this week as lawyers haggle over issues before the actual trial.
Leslie Greenwood is charged with first-degree murder in the killings of Barry Kirk Mersereau and Nancy Paula Christensen. The couple was shot to death in their home in Centre Burlington, N.S., in September 2000.
Two men, Michael Lawrence and Curtis Blair Lynds, pleaded guilty to the killings and are serving life sentences. Lynds is the nephew of Hells Angel Jeffrey Lynds, who reportedly ordered the killings.
Greenwood was also found guilty of the two murders at a trial in 2012, but his conviction was overturned on appeal.
Trial scheduled for January
Two weeks have been set aside to discuss preliminary motions in the case.
As the hearing got underway Monday, Greenwood's Quebec-based lawyers indicated they would not be seeking a change of venue for the trial. It's scheduled to begin in January in Supreme Court in Kentville and last for six weeks.
Lawyers Elise Pinsonnault and Catherine Ranalli also said they would not be seeking to screen prospective jurors for any pretrial bias.
A legal culture clash emerged as the Crown prosecutors objected to Pinsonnault and Ranalli only filing electronic versions of their arguments. Pinsonnault told the court that's the way it's done in Quebec.
"It was like a snowstorm of electronic documents that were hard for the staff to put together," Justice Jamie Campbell noted.
Pinsonnault apologized and noted she'd come armed with stacks of printed documents which she then submitted to the court.
Pinsonnault wants Justice Campbell to consider a Jordan application — an argument that the case against Greenwood should be dismissed because it has taken too long to make its way through the system.
More charges in Quebec
As this case originally made its way through the Nova Scotia courts, Greenwood was also facing two charges of first-degree murder in Quebec. He was accused of acting as the getaway driver in the killings of Kirk Murray and Antonio Onesi in 2010.
Greenwood's trial on those charges ended in December 2015 with a hung jury. He is facing a retrial in Quebec in addition to the second trial here in Nova Scotia.

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#4078 This stunning video shows how fast a railgun can shoot

Posted by kya100 on 25 July 2017 - 12:34 PM

 
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The Navy has been testing a railgun that could see deployment on the guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt and her sister ships. The goal is to get the railgun to not only be able to fire its projectiles to a range of 110 nautical miles, but to increase the rate of fire to as many as ten rounds a minute.
The long range is only one of the many advantages. Another is improved safety. Gunpowder can be very volatile, as a number of British battlecruisers found out at Jutland and at the Denmark Straits. The battleship USS Arizona (BB 39) also found out about how bad a gunpowder explosion in the wrong place at the wrong time can be.)
The approach also saves money, and provides for more ammo capacity. The gunpowder is expensive to safely store, has to be purchased, and it takes up spaces in the ship. All of those factors end up making the ship design more expensive.
The railgun testing is slated to take place over the summer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division in Virginia. One of the big issues will be to quantify how much electrical power will be needed to send the rounds downrange.
Forget what you saw in 2009’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” when an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer took out the Decepticon Devastator. Only the Zumwalt-class destroyers have the electrical power capacity to use a railgun.
Another is addressing the issue of barrel wear – largely because it is sending the mail downrange at Mach 6.
Dr. Tom Beutner of the Office of Naval Research notes that the barrel wear issue is being fixed, saying, “They’ve extended the launcher core life from tens of shots’ core life when program started to something that’s now been fired over 400 times and … we anticipate barrels will be able to do over 1,000 shots.”

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#7375 DARPA hands autonomous sub-hunter prototype over to the US Navy

Posted by kya100 on 05 February 2018 - 01:30 PM

 
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Following a series of successful sea trials, DARPA has handed its experimental autonomous warship over to the US Navy. The Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) "Sea Hunter" technology demonstrator was formally transferred to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for further development of what could potentially be the first of a new class of ocean-going ships called Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vehicles (MDUSVs).
With its pilot house, the 132-ft (42-m) ACTUV looks like an odd naval trimaran, but the crew accommodation is only a temporary structure for the robotic craft's human overseers during sea trials. When it's fully developed, it will be a sub hunter capable of leaving port on its own, carrying out its mission across thousands of miles of open sea, and then returning home after three months – all without human intervention. It can even deal with other ships in the area safely and in accordance with maritime laws at only a 10th the cost of a conventional sub hunter.
In cooperation with ONR, DARPA has been developing Sea Hunter since 2012 as a way of providing less expensive autonomous ships to act as a countermeasure against modern, quiet diesel submarines. However, the general MDSUV class is also considered a way to move away from the tendency of advanced navies to consist of a handful of highly advanced warships and toward a more balanced fleet with smaller, unmanned "pawns" augmenting the manned "kings" and "queens."
 
Sea Hunter began sea trials in July 2016 off the coast of San Diego, California, with further testing in October of that year of the vessel's sensing and autonomy suites. Beginning in February 2017, a series of increasingly challenging, realistic tests were performed to demonstrate the technology demonstrator's ability to comply with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS). In addition, the ACTUV/MDUSV design was tested in regard to its ability to operate with modular payloads as well as using DARPA's Towed Airborne Lift of Naval Systems (TALONS) and a mine countermeasures (MCM) payload.
"ACTUV's move from DARPA to ONR marks a significant milestone in developing large-scale USV technology and autonomy capabilities," says Alexander Walan, a program manager in DARPA's Tactical Technology Office (TTO). "Our collaboration with ONR has brought closer to reality a future fleet in which both manned warships and capable large unmanned vessels complement each other to accomplish diverse, evolving missions."
DARPA says that ONR will carry out additional sea trials to test automated payload and sensor data processing, rapidly developing new mission-specific autonomous behaviors, and exploring autonomous coordination among multiple unmanned surface vessels. If these are successful, the MDUSV could enter US Navy operations sometime this year. 
Source: DARPA

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#6909 Cities sue Defense Department over gun-check system failures

Posted by kya100 on 27 December 2017 - 01:19 PM

 
 
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NEW YORK — Three large U.S. cities filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Department of Defense, arguing that many service members who are disqualified from gun ownership weren’t reported to the national background check system.
New York City, San Francisco and Philadelphia said in court papers that the military’s broken system for relaying such information helped spur the massacre of 26 people inside a Texas church last month.
“This failure on behalf of the Department of Defense has led to the loss of innocent lives by putting guns in the hands of criminals and those who wish to cause immeasurable harm,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “New York City is joining Philadelphia and San Francisco to stand up to the Department of Defense and demand they comply with the law and repair their drastically flawed system.”
Local law enforcement officials rely on the FBI’s database to conduct background checks on gun permit applications and to monitor purchases. It must be up-to-date in order to prevent people from wrongly getting guns, the cities’ attorneys wrote.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, seeks an injunction and judicial oversight to ensure ongoing compliance with the Defense Department’s obligation to submit records.
Military officials previously acknowledged problems with their reporting.
A Pentagon spokesman on Tuesday said he couldn’t comment specifically on the lawsuit.
“The department continues to work with the services as they review and refine their policies and procedures to ensure qualifying criminal history information is submitted to the FBI,” said Tom Crosson, a Pentagon spokesman.
The Defense Department’s failure to report “significant numbers” of disqualifying records to the FBI’s national background check system allowed former U.S. Air Force member Devin P. Kelley to buy a rifle and shoot 26 people to death Nov. 5 in a Sutherland Springs, Texas, church, the lawsuit said. Kelley had been convicted of assaulting family members in a 2012 court martial and should not have been allowed to purchase a gun.
Air Force leaders already acknowledged that the service failed to alert the FBI to Kelley’s criminal history and that they discovered “several dozen” other such reporting omissions. They said that while policies and procedures requiring reporting were in place, training and compliance measures were lacking.
And Army leaders have said their service also has similar gaps.
Earlier this month, the Pentagon’s watchdog agency it found a “troubling” number of failures this year by the military services to alert the FBI to criminal history information. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered a far-ranging review of the FBI database.
Philadelphia in particular has been plagued by gun violence and “relies on this reporting when making the crucial decision whether a license-to-carry applicant should be permitted to carry a firearm,” said Mayor Jim Kenney, who is a Democrat like the mayors of New York and San Francisco. “We’re joining in this suit because reporting these records is absolutely critical to those decisions. The background check system only works if it contains the proper records.”
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement that the Department of Defense’s failure to accurately report criminal convictions puts Americans at risk.
“We cannot accept the level of gun violence in our country as ‘just the way it is,’” he said.
The lawsuit names the armed forces individually, as well as the Department of Defense, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and several other officials.
According to the lawsuit, the U.S. Air Force failed to submit records in about 14 percent of cases, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps failed to submit records in 36 percent of cases, and the U.S. Army didn’t submit records in about 41 percent of cases.
The Air Force said it has already made changes designed to prevent such failures in the future. For example, it is now requiring that leaders up the chain of command verify that criminal history reporting requirements have been met in every case. And, additional training on these procedures is being conducted.
 

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#5375 'Beyond horrific': Shooting on Las Vegas Strip kills 20, wounds more...

Posted by kya100 on 02 October 2017 - 11:17 AM

 
 
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People scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gunfire was heard on Sunday night. At least 20 people were killed. 
A gunman on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip casino opened fire on an outdoor music festival, killing at least 20 people — including two off-duty police officers — and wounding more than 100, officials said early Monday.
Country music star Jason Aldean was performing on stage when the shots began ringing out Sunday night at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
Officers confronted the suspect on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across the street from the concert and he was killed, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said. Authorities did not release the suspect's name but said he is a local resident.
Concert-goers reported hearing what they described as automatic gun fire during the shooting.
'Lone wolf' attack
Lombardo said they believe this was a "lone wolf" attack but said they were looking for a roommate of the dead suspect as a person of interest.
The two slain off-duty officers were attending the concert, Lombardo said. An on-duty officer was in critical condition and another was wounded, Lombardo said.
Several officers from California were attending the music festival. A Bakersfield Police officer was shot and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Hours after the shooting, Aldean posted on Instagram that he and his crew were safe and said the shooting was "beyond horrific."
Thousands flee
Kodiak Yazzie, 36, said he and his girlfriend were watching Aldean's performance when he heard what sounded like fireworks. The music stopped temporarily and started up again before another round of pops sent the performers ducking for cover and fleeing the stage.
Thousands fled as bursts of gunfire could be heard for more than five minutes, Yazzie said.
Jose Baggett, 31, a Las Vegas resident, said he and a friend were in the lobby of the Luxor hotel-casino — directly north of the festival — when people began running. He said people were crying and as he and his friend walked away, they encountered police checkpoints where officers were carrying shotguns and assault rifles.
"There were armoured personnel vehicles, SWAT vehicles, ambulances, and at least a half-mile of police cars," Baggett said.
 

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#4774 World's largest data center being built in the Arctic

Posted by kya100 on 19 August 2017 - 03:49 PM

 
 
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An artist's rendition of the Kolos data center, being built in northern Norway 
Data centers chew through a huge amount of power, thanks largely to the cooling demands involved. To help fight that on both fronts, the world's largest data center is set to be built in northern Norway, making use of the chilly Arctic climate to keep the servers cool while drawing all of its power from renewable sources.
While we've seen Microsoft attempt to water-cool a data center by placing it at the bottom of the sea, the Arctic circle is essentially a giant fridge, making it prime real estate for large-scale data storage. Kolos, the company behind the facility, has picked out a site near the Norwegian town of Ballangen, a lakeside spot that provides a natural moat that turns the facility into a secure "fortress for data."
Kolos says 100 percent of the data center's power will come from renewable sources, specifically wind and hydroelectricity harvested from the surrounding waterways. These sources will apparently reduce energy costs by 60 percent, even with the facility expected to eventually be churning through a record-breaking 1,000 MW of power, making it the world's largest.
So far, Kolos has partnered with the architecture design firm HDR, which has created renders of the proposed building, acquired the land and raised series A capital. According to the company, the project will create about 2,000 to 3,000 new local jobs.
Source: Kolos

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#4737 Report: Tiger Woods had marijuana, painkillers in system at arrest

Posted by kya100 on 16 August 2017 - 07:09 PM

 
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This file photo taken on May 29, 2017 shows a booking photo obtained May 29, 2017 courtesy of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office .
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Tiger Woods had the active ingredient for marijuana, two painkillers and two sleep drugs in his system when he was arrested on a DUI charge earlier this year, a report released Tuesday by prosecutors said.
Police in Jupiter, Florida, released the report less than a week after the golf superstar agreed to enter a diversion program to settle his driving while intoxicated charges. The report’s contents were first reported Monday by ESPN.
The report, prepared by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, says Woods, 41, had THC, the active ingredient for marijuana; as well as the painkillers Vicodin and Dilaudid; the anxiety and sleep drug Xanax; and the anti-insomnia drug Ambien in his system when he was arrested at 2 a.m. May 29 about 15 miles from his home in Jupiter. Officers had found him unconscious in his Mercedes-Benz, which was parked awkwardly on the side of the road and had damage to the driver’s side. It’s not clear how he damaged the car. Officers checked the area but didn’t find that he had hit anything.
Woods issued a statement Tuesday saying he had been trying on his own to treat his insomnia and pain from his fourth back surgery, which he underwent in April. He did not specifically address the marijuana issue. None was found in his possession.
“I realize now it was a mistake to do this without medical assistance,” said Woods, who completed an out-of-state drug treatment program last month. “I am continuing to work with my doctors, and they feel I’ve made significant progress.”
Woods is scheduled to plead guilty to reckless driving Oct. 25 and enter the county’s diversion program.
Under the plea deal, prosecutors would drop the DUI charge, which is a more severe charge than reckless driving. In the diversion program, Woods will spend a year on probation and pay a $250 fine and court costs. He would also have to attend DUI school, perform 50 hours of community service and attend a workshop where victims of impaired drivers detail how their lives were damaged. Since the program began four years ago, almost 2,400 defendants have enrolled, according to the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office.
If Woods completes the program, he can ask a judge to expunge the reckless driving conviction.
His 79 PGA Tour victories and 14 major titles both rank No. 2 all-time. He has not competed since February because of his back injury and is not expected to return this year. His last win was in August 2013.
Woods said his back is improving.
“I recently spoke to my surgeon and he’s very pleased with how my fusion is healing. I’m right on schedule. I’m now doing some light lifting, riding a stationary bike and putting a little,” he said.

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#4825 Woman tries to cash in $3,000 lottery ticket, actually gets $30,000

Posted by kya100 on 22 August 2017 - 10:49 AM

 
 
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An Iowa woman's attempt to cash in a winning lottery ticket for $3,000 failed for an unexpected reason -- her prize was actually $30,000.
Allison Pope, 23, of Mason City, said she scratched off her Bonus Crossword ticket from the Iowa State Lottery and was excited to see that she had won some money.
"I went home and I was scratching off the ticket and I saw that I had nine words crossed off so I realized I won $3,000 and I was super excited," Pope said.
Pope said she ran into an unexpected hiccup, however, when she tried to have her winnings verified at a local lottery office. She said the woman at the counter told her that the ticket was worth 10 times the $3,000 prize she had been expecting.
"When the lady handed the ticket back to me, I was shaking," Pope said. "She was like, 'Are you going to pass out?'"
Pope's ticket was the 40th of 91 available $30,000 top prizes in the Bonus Crossword game.
"I've always had big dreams of getting a big winner like this," she said.

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