Daily Archives: January 20, 2017

China’s  stealth drone that can likely carry 2 tons of bombs

The Sharp Sword UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), China’s stealthy attack drone, just won second place in the National Science and Technology Advancement Prizes. Considering the secrecy surrounding stealth drones to come out of China—there are relatively few photos of the Sharp Sword available, particularly as opposed to, say, the J-20 fighter—the Sharp Sword’s victory is pretty noteworthy. The drone, known as “Lijian” in Mandarin Chinese, is being paraded as a huge win for Chinese aviation technology. And it is.Hongjian via China Defense ForumStealthy SwordThe Lijian uses a flying wing body (just like the B-2 bomber and X-47B drone) in order to minimize its radar cross section. It has two bomb bays that can possibly up to 2 tons of ordnance.The Sharp Sword is the first non-NATO stealthy unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV). Built by Aviation Industry Corporation of China, with much of the work done by the Hongdu Aviation Industry Group, the Sharp Sword first flew in November 2013. Looking a bit like a mini-B-2 flying wing bomber, the UCAV has two internal bomb bays and a likely payload of about 4,400 pounds. Its engine is a non-afterburning WS-13 turbofan engine, with serpentine inlet to hide the engine from enemy radars (the first Sharp Sword does not use a stealthy nozzle due to its technology demonstrator status). It has a length of about 33 feet, and a wingspan of about 46 feet.

Source: Meet China’s Sharp Sword, a stealth drone that can likely carry 2 tons of bombs | Popular Science

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River of red Skittles coats Wisconsin highway

A rain-soaked box aboard a flatbed pickup truck ruptured in Dodge County, coating a stretch of County Highway S in Beaver Dam with hundreds of thousands of red Skittles, the sheriff’s office reported Wednesday.Sheriff’s deputies discovered the candy-covered roadway shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday near Blackbird Road, according to a post on the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.The Dodge County Highway Department was called to clean up the candy-coated shells – packed with such yummy ingredients as sugar, corn syrup, hydrogenated palm kernel oil, tapioca dextrin, sodium citrate and carnauba wax – which were intended to be cattle feed because they did not make the cut for packaging, according to the sheriff’s office.

Source: River of red Skittles coats Wisconsin highway

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Hillary Clinton in white pantsuit for Trump inauguration | Daily Mail Online

Donald Trump extended an olive branch to Hillary Clinton on Friday afternoon in the form of a 30-second standing ovation for his political nemesis after a luncheon with members of Congress.And at long last, she offered a broad smile.Trump’s moment of generosity came after Clinton, the Democratic Party’s unsuccessful White House candidate, braved an inauguration ceremony that she had expected would mark the beginning of her own presidency.She and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, sat through that ceremony stone-faced, betraying little of the regret and disappointment that comes along with losing the world’s most consequential election.

Source: Hillary Clinton in white pantsuit for Trump inauguration | Daily Mail Online

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Supporters Chant ‘Lock Her Up’ When Clinton Announced At Inauguration « CBS Philly

Some Donald Trump supporters chant “Lock her up” when Hillary Clinton was announced on the inauguration stage Friday.

Source: Supporters Chant ‘Lock Her Up’ When Clinton Announced At Inauguration « CBS Philly

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The Evil Loretta Lynch 

On Jan. 3, outgoing Attorney General Loretta Lynch secretly signed an order directing the National Security Agency — America’s 60,000-person-strong domestic spying apparatus — to make available raw spying data to all other federal intelligence agencies, which then can pass it on to their counterparts in foreign countries and in the 50 states upon request. She did so, she claimed, for administrative convenience. Yet in doing this, she violated basic constitutional principles that were erected centuries ago to prevent just what she did.Here is the back story.In the aftermath of former President Richard Nixon’s abusive utilization of the FBI and CIA to spy on his domestic political opponents in the 1960s and ’70s — and after Nixon had resigned from office in the wake of all that — Congress passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which created a secret court that was charged with being the sole authority in America that can authorize domestic spying for non-law enforcement purposes.

Source: The Evil Loretta Lynch – LewRockwell

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STEM Kids Build a Tiny Windfarm 

When we see a new build by [Gord] from Gord’s Garage, we never know what to expect. He seems to be pretty skilled at whatever he puts his hand to, with a great design sense and impeccable craftsmanship. You might expect him to tone it down a little for a STEM-outreach wind turbine project then, but when you get a chance to impress 28 fifth and sixth graders, you might as well go for it.Starting with an idea from his daughter’s teacher for wind turbines each kid could make, [Gord] applied a little lean methodology so the kids would be able to complete the build in the allotted time. The design is simple – a couple of old CDs holding vertical sections of PVC tubing to catch the breeze and spin neodymium magnets over four flat coils of magnet wire. It’s enough to light a single LED and perhaps a kid’s imagination.

Source: Lean Thinking Helps STEM Kids Build a Tiny Windfarm | Hackaday

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Bacon Cups filled with Wasabi Mashed Potatoes and served w/ Sriracha Lime Ranch

Step 1: Stuff and Things. What you will need to shock and amaze. Or, at least, amuse.Time to gather your resources. There’s going to be three stages to this little bit (or bite) of wonderful.The first stage is making the bacon cups themselves. The second stage is the wasabi mashed potatoes. The third will be making the Sriracha-lime ranch (which you can actually make at any time during this whole process).You could probably do this all in one day, but I usually make the bacon cups a day or two ahead of time, make the potato filling the next day, then heat and serve the next day. This whole dish is very forgiving, time-wise.Don’t be afraid to make A LOT of these. The last party I took these to, I brought 70. That’s right 70! They pretty much disappeared immediately.INGREDIENTS-Bacon. Lots and lots of bacon. For each cup you will need a half of a slice of bacon AND a sixth of a slice of bacon (I’ll explain later). Basically, for every three cups, you will need two slices. You’ll want good, thick cut bacon for this. For the ridiculous amount that I made (70+) you’ll want around 50 slices. And yes, I do stand there in the store counting how many slices are in a package of bacon.-Potatoes. I wish I could give you an exact amount here, but I always end up making way too much. Maybe two pounds (1kg) or so? Use good, starchy potatoes like Idaho russet. You’re basically making mashed potatoes, here, so, whatever you would normally use.-Sour cream. One 16 oz. container and maybe half of another. The whole one will be for the dip, the half will be for the potatoes.-Butter. Four to six tablespoons. And use real butter. None of that pseudo-butter-matter. That stuff has it’s uses, just not here.-Wasabi powder. About a rounded tablespoon, or to taste.-Parmesan cheese. About a half cup, grated or shredded (optional, but let’s face it, more cheese is better).-Powdered ranch dressing mix. Whatever brand you prefer.-Limes. Two to three limes, depending on size and taste preference. Or you could use presqueezed lime juice, but I’ve found fresh tastes better.-Sriracha. One or two tablespoons, to taste.EQUIPMENT-Mini muffin tins. At least two. Four would be better. But however many you use, you will need them in sets of two. Non-stick is best.-Large sheet pan. This is for making the bacon cups, so you don’t end up with bacon grease all over your oven.-Pot. To boil the potatoes in.-Mixer. Optional, but makes life easier.-Peeler. For peeling the potatoes.-A ricer or potato masher. Also optional, and also makes life easier, but it really helps to get nice, smooth mashed potatoes.-Mixing bowl. You’ll need at least two of these. A larger one for the potatoes, and a smaller one with a lid for the ranch dip.-Mixing spoon.-Piping bag with large star tip. Alternately, you could use a plastic bag with the corner cut off or even just spoon the potato filling in. Whatever works. I like to pipe it in so it looks fancy, but as long as it tastes good, who cares?-Sheet pan. For the final bake.

Source: Bacon Cups filled with Wasabi Mashed Potatoes and served w/ Sriracha Lime Ranch

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George Soros calls Donald Trump a ‘would-be dictator’ who ‘is going to fail’

George Soros thinks President-elect Donald Trump will fail — and that will be just fine with the billionaire investor and supporter of progressive causes.”I personally am convinced that he is going to fail,” Soros told Bloomberg during an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Failure will come “not because of people like me who would like him to fail, but because his ideas that guide him are inherently self-contradictory and the contradictions are already embodied by his advisors.”Soros spoke less than 24 hours before Trump, himself a billionaire businessman and political agitator, takes the oath of office as the 45th president. Trump’s Cabinet picks have been undergoing a sometimes-grueling round of confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill, though it’s not clear if any will be rejected.

Source: George Soros calls Donald Trump a ‘would-be dictator’ who ‘is going to fail’

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Air Force Tests IBM’s Brain-Inspired Chip as an Aerial Tank Spotter

Chips with silicon “neurons” could make satellites, aircraft, and drones smarter.

Source: Air Force Tests IBM’s Brain-Inspired Chip as an Aerial Tank Spotter

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Eli Lilly Pharmacist Helped Pass Indiana Eugenics Law of 1907

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Video games risk lawsuits by using ‘Red Cross’ sign for health packs

Working on their incarceration simulator Prison Architect, co-creators Mark Morris and Chris Delay ran into an unexpected legal trouble when the British Red Cross organisation emailed them with the perplexing notice that their game had breached the laws of the Geneva Conventions Act from 1957.As bizarre as it might sound, the two developers had apparently used an internationally protected sign without realizing it’s not free to use. The symbol in question? A five-pixel wide red cross displayed on ambulances inside the game.

Source: Video games risk lawsuits by using ‘Red Cross’ sign for health packs

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The Mind Body Connection – Your Health Is 90% Mental

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Russian Hackers Will Try ‘Again and Again,’ Warns Samantha Power 

In her parting speech, Obama’s UN ambassador says it is ‘naive’ to think Russia won’t keep meddling to destabilize the West.Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power used her last speech in office to issue a dire warning: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government seeks to destabilize the international order and they’re just getting started.

“It would be deeply naive and deeply negligent to think that those who have discovered vulnerabilities in our system would not try to exploit them again and again,” said Power, referring to the intelligence community’s assessments that the Kremlin targeted the Democratic National Committee, or DNC, to leak stolen information and influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.Power echoed the intelligence community’s assessment, which determined a high likelihood of continued Kremlin influence operations (using stolen data) based in part on the success of the influence operation over the summer.

Source: Russian Hackers Will Try ‘Again and Again,’ Warns Samantha Power – Defense One

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Blunt Force Truth Blunt Force Truth: Minute Of The Day

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It is healthy, fulfilling, delicious and easy to make shake. The shake is soft and smooth. Ingredients: (makes 2 glasses) Oatmeal – 7 tbs Almond Milk – 2 cupsMalted Milk – 2 tbsBanana – 1 Honey – 1 tbsFirst add oats, then malted milk, then banana, then almond milk and then honey. Stir a bit with a spoon. Blend it all together in the blender. It will only take a few seconds in a powerful blender.That is it!


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CIA unveils new rules for collecting information on Americans

LANGLEY, Va. (Reuters) – The Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday unveiled revised rules for collecting, analyzing and storing information on American citizens, updating the rules for the information age and publishing them in full for the first time.The guidelines are designed “in a manner that protects the privacy and civil rights of the American people,” CIA General Counsel Caroline Krass told a briefing at the agency’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

The new rules were released amid continued public discomfort over the government’s surveillance powers, an issue that gained prominence following revelations in 2013 by former government contractor Edward Snowden that the National Security Agency (NSA) secretly collected the communications data of millions of ordinary Americans.The guidelines were published two days before President elect-Donald Trump is sworn into office and may be changed by the new administration. Trump has said he favors stronger government surveillance powers, including the monitoring of “certain” mosques in the United States.

Source: CIA unveils new rules for collecting information on Americans

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