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Apr 09, 2020. 3 comments

Black Panther's Epic Space Opera Became a Story About the Power of Memory

Black Panther's Epic Space Opera Became a Story About the Power of Memory

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ current run on Black Panther  thrust the nation of Wakanda into the far reaches of space and turned T’Challa into a resistance fighter in the midst of an epic war, the likes of which no one on Earth had ever witnessed. With the help of allies new and old, T’Challa has become the focal point of a revolution aimed at tearing down an oppressive empire that’s enslaved billions...

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Mar 17, 2020. 12 comments

Even a Relatively Small Nuclear War Would Cause Global Famine

Even a Relatively Small Nuclear War Would Cause Global Famine

As both the coronavirus pandemic and the climate crisis provoke your anxieties, it’s important to remember all of the world’s wonderful possibilities. Which is why I present you: the impacts of nuclear war.

A large-scale nuclear war is a nightmarish scenario that could kill millions of people instantly. According to a new study out in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on...

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Mar 12, 2020. 8 comments

Congress Warns U.S. Will Be Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks Without Major Reform

Congress Warns U.S. Will Be Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks Without Major Reform

A major congressional study of U.S. preparedness in cyberspace released this week found that the U.S. needs to catch up, and fast—or run the risk of being caught off guard by an adversary.

“The U.S. government is currently not designed to act with the speed and agility necessary to defend the country in cyberspace,” the final version of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission’s report, which was...

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Feb 26, 2020. 9 comments

U.S. Military Adopts New Ethics Guidelines For Artificial Intelligence

U.S. Military Adopts New Ethics Guidelines For Artificial Intelligence

The U.S. military has adopted new ethics guidelines for the use of artificial intelligence in its futuristic robot tanks and smart weapons systems, according to a new press release by the U.S. Department of Defense. And at least one outside expert is actually impressed with the result, provided the Pentagon adheres to its own rules.

The Defense Department consulted with “leading AI experts” on...

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Feb 15, 2020. 14 comments

Helmets From WWI Just as Protective Against Overhead Blasts as Modern Helmets

Helmets From WWI Just as Protective Against Overhead Blasts as Modern Helmets

New research suggests helmets used in World War I protected soldiers against overhead artillery blasts just as well as modern helmets—and one, the French Adrian helmet, actually performed better.

When the First World War started, soldiers didn’t wear helmets. Military planners hadn’t fully anticipated the horrific extent of modern warfare until it stared them back in their stubborn faces. As...

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Feb 14, 2020. 12 comments

Amazon Wins Court Injunction, Halting Work on $10 Billion JEDI Contract It Lost to Microsoft

Amazon Wins Court Injunction, Halting Work on $10 Billion JEDI Contract It Lost to Microsoft

A federal judge just put the brakes on a major military contract after Amazon argued it only lost out to rival Microsoft because the president

wanted to “screw” CEO Jeff Bezos .

This injunction marks the latest development in the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project’s ongoing saga. The contract—an up to $10 billion purchase order to set up cloud computing services for the...

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Feb 05, 2020. 21 comments

U.S. Space Force Conducts Its First Nuclear-Capable Missile Test

U.S. Space Force Conducts Its First Nuclear-Capable Missile Test

The U.S. tested a nuclear-capable missile overnight, launching an unarmed Minuteman III from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, according to the 30th Space Wing, which is now part of the newly organized United States Space Force.

The intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was launched at 12:33 am local time (3:33 am ET) and traveled roughly 4,200 miles across the Pacific Ocean,...

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Jan 31, 2020. 19 comments

Report: Suckplane Still Sucks, Can't Even Shoot Straight

Report: Suckplane Still Sucks, Can't Even Shoot Straight

The F-35, the next-generation fighter plane that the U.S. government is planning on dropping $1.5 trillion on at the same time it’s planning on slashing health care and kicking the disabled off Social Security, still sucks shit and can’t even shoot straight, according to a report in Bloomberg.

Bloomberg says that a recent report by the Pentagon’s test office found numerous

cringe-inducing...

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Jan 23, 2020. 15 comments

What the Bloodshot Movie Needs in Order to Stand Out and Succeed

What the Bloodshot Movie Needs in Order to Stand Out and Succeed

It isn’t hard to understand the calculus behind multiple studios’ years-long attempts at turning

characters from Valiant’s comics universe  into the next big-screen draw. Comic book movies can and often do make outrageous amounts of money because people like watching them. But with each new super solo movie and big crossover event, the core ask—“Hey, come see this movie”—becomes a little bit...

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Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin Jan 15, 2020. 14 comments

The Anti-War, Pro-Animal Rights, Colonialist History of Doctor Dolittle's Creation

The Anti-War, Pro-Animal Rights, Colonialist History of Doctor Dolittle's Creation

Doctor Dolittle usually conjures up memories of Eddie Murphy being stuck in a bathroom with a bear taking a dump, or that time a squirrel was imbibed with gin so it would sit still for a scene with Rex Harrison. Now, with Robert Downey Jr.’s

Dolittle featuring a fire-breathing dragon, it’s hard to picture who or what the famous character is supposed to be. But the real origins of Doctor...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jan 14, 2020. 17 comments

Report: 51 Members of Congress and Their Spouses Collectively Own Millions in Defense Stocks

Report: 51 Members of Congress and Their Spouses Collectively Own Millions in Defense Stocks

51 members of Congress or their spouses own between $2.8 million to $5.3 million worth of stock in the top 30 defense contractors worldwide, Sludge reported on Monday, thus placing them in a position to potentially profit from the U.S. military contracting process or wars waged with the firms’ equipment.

According to Sludge, the data was compiled by having a bot sift through financial...

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Dharna Noor Dharna Noor Jan 14, 2020. 11 comments

The Depressing Reason More Drought Could Lead to Less Conflict

The Depressing Reason More Drought Could Lead to Less Conflict

Climate chaos is a threat multiplier. In Syria, Yemen, and Sudan, research shows that climate change-fueled drought exacerbated regional conflict.

The popular press often takes these findings and extrapolates them out to say that as drought becomes more common, so will war. But a new study shows that may not be quite right.

The findings show that drought is strongly correlated with conflict...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Jan 10, 2020. 16 comments

The Nightmare Climate Scenario That Keeps Scientists Up at Night

The Nightmare Climate Scenario That Keeps Scientists Up at Night

Imagine a world fractured into rival factions, countries distrustful of one another and unwilling to cooperate. Nationalism is on the rise with authoritarianism on the horizon. Inequality is also climbing, and the resource curse is alive and well. Rich countries plunder poorer ones, leaving behind a wave of environmental degradation, all so consumers can have material-intensive bric-a-brac....

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jan 08, 2020. 7 comments

U.S. Confirms Iranian Missile Strikes on Iraqi Bases Housing U.S. Troops

U.S. Confirms Iranian Missile Strikes on Iraqi Bases Housing U.S. Troops

The Department of Defense said in a statement on Tuesday evening that the Iranian military retaliated against the

Trump administration’s assassination of Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Soleimani last week, launching “more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq.”

According to the Pentagon, at least two bases where U.S. military personnel are...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jan 04, 2020. 19 comments

The Anatomy of Online Bullshit in the Fog of Impending Doom

The Anatomy of Online Bullshit in the Fog of Impending Doom

Early local time on Friday, the U.S.

assassinated high-ranking Iranian official Qassem Soleimani and multiple other people with a targeted airstrike at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq. Or they were killed on the battlefield in a totally legal, non-assassination, depending on who you believe.

The White House portrayed the killing of Soleimani, a major general of the Islamic Revolutionary...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Jan 03, 2020. 24 comments

Everything That Happened in Iran While You Were Sleeping

Everything That Happened in Iran While You Were Sleeping

The U.S. assassinated a high-ranking Iranian official in a targeted airstrike at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq early Friday, local time. The strike killed Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian general with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, as well as at least seven other people. And now there’s concern that the killing could spark a significant military response from Iran.

President...

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Whitney Kimball Whitney Kimball Dec 26, 2019. 16 comments

The Dumbest Wikipedia Edit War of the Dumbest Decade

The Dumbest Wikipedia Edit War of the Dumbest Decade

In 1962, John F. Kennedy predicted, wrongly, that his administration would ultimately be measured by its contribution to the human spirit. Fifty-seven years and about 3,000 Wikipedia revisions later, history has proven that the only presidential measurement that matters is height—a president’s height relative to the height of Donald J. Trump, the physical height of his body, not “height” as...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Dec 17, 2019. 20 comments

Defense Department, Army Units Post Glossy Photo of Nazi War Criminal to Facebook

Defense Department, Army Units Post Glossy Photo of Nazi War Criminal to Facebook

Today in extremely bad decisions: The Department of Defense as well as the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division and XVIII Airborne Corps uploaded the same glossy, artificially colorized headshot of reviled war criminal and Waffen-SS officer Joachim Peiper to Facebook on Wednesday, the Daily Beast reported.

The posts were ostensibly part of a series commemorating the 75th anniversary of World War...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Dec 10, 2019. 10 comments

Amazon Says It Lost $10 Billion Military Contract Because Trump Wanted to 'Screw' Jeff Bezos

Amazon Says It Lost $10 Billion Military Contract Because Trump Wanted to 'Screw' Jeff Bezos

Amazon thinks it lost a military cloud computing contract worth $10 billion

to rival Microsoft because our vendetta-addled president wanted to personally “screw” CEO Jeff Bezos, court documents show.

Per the New York Times, Amazon wrote in a federal court complaint unsealed on Monday that Pentagon officials reviewed outdated Amazon submissions for the Joint Enterprise Defense Initiative...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Oct 02, 2019. 9 comments

U.S. Air Force Tests Unarmed Nuclear Missile Following North Korea's Latest Missile Launch

U.S. Air Force Tests Unarmed Nuclear Missile Following North Korea's Latest Missile Launch

The U.S. military launched an unarmed nuclear-capable missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 4:13 am ET/1:13am PT this morning, right on the heels of North Korea’s latest missile test overnight. U.S.-based missile tests are scheduled months, if not years, in advance, but the timing is one hell of a coincidence.

The Air Force’s Minuteman III missile traveled roughly 4,200 miles from...

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