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America Is Afflicted With Loneliness

RealClearPolitics - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 23:19
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The Week
Americans are sharing a drink they call loneliness. And too often, they're drinking alone.

Why We Must Oppose the Kremlin-Baiting Against Trump

RealClearPolitics - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 23:18
Stephen Cohen, The Nation
The bipartisan, nearly full-political-spectrum tsunami of factually unverified allegations that President Trump has been sedi-â?¨tiously compromised by the Kremlin, with scarcely any nonpartisan pushback from influential political or media sources, is deeply alarming.

How Not to Address Liberal Bias in Academia

RealClearPolitics - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 23:18
Megan McArdle, Bloomberg
I agree it's a problem. I don't agree it needs a solution.

Can a Free Mind Survive in Trump's White House?

RealClearPolitics - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 23:17
George Packer, The New Yorker
It's unclear whether Trump's independent-minded new pick for national-security adviser, H. R. McMaster, will be able to tell the President what he really thinks.

We're All Trumpatized Now

RealClearPolitics - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 23:17
Greg Gutfeld, FOX News
Trump is the most human creature ever to hold this office. He's you and me. When he insults someone, he's often joking -- the same way we joke in lunch rooms and in baseball game bleachers.

A Big-League Week in Politics

RealClearPolitics - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 23:16
David Catanese, US News & World Report

Mosque legal settlement brings Islamophobia to surface in Michigan city

MiddleEasteye - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 21:07
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Sterling Heights, Detroit suburb of 130,000, accepts deal that will allow building of mosque city originally denied

(the secret of) Ann Coulter

LibertarianInstitute - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 21:02

Roughly a decade ago, I was the vocalist, keyboardist, and programmer for a Texas-based grindcore band called Grey Man’s Cause.

Here is one of our songs, (the secret of) Ann Coulter, featuring samples of Donald Rumsfeld, Sean Hannity, and Ms. Coulter.

It’s not for everyone. I get it. Here are the lyrics for those who wish to follow along:

Opportunist doesn’t do you justice.
Analyst is close to being baseless.
Polemicist gives you too much credit for playing the devil’s advocate.

Smut peddlers come in many forms.
Some sell polaroids.
Some push smack.
Others try to pass off opinions as facts.
Smut peddlers come in many forms.

[Donald Rumself sample.
Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter sample.]

And I will quote you, [Ann Coulter actually said this]
“We should invade their countries, and kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity.”

I would tear you down.
Topic by Topic.
Issue by issue.
Point by point.

But that would give your batshitcrazy point of view too much credence.

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(the secret of) Ann Coulter was first posted on February 22, 2017 at 8:02 pm.

Eagles Are Now Being Trained to Take Down Enemy Drones

LibertarianInstitute - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 20:19

This article originally appeared at Anti-Media.


Southwest France — Ideas on how to combat drones are getting more interesting by the day.

On Monday, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that since 2016, the French Air Force has been training eagles to rip drones straight out of the sky. From that report:

“Faced with the risk of drones being used to snoop or carry out attacks on French soil, the air force is showing its claws.

“At Mont-de-Marsan in southwestern France a quartet of fearsome golden eagles is being trained to take out unmanned aircraft in mid-flight.”

The strategy of using raptors to fight drones  — which VICE News on Wednesday called “the most badass plan ever” — was first introduced by police in the Netherlands in 2015. The French military liked the idea, and by 2016 had launched a two-year pilot program of its own.

For its test subject, the French selected the golden eagle, a predator that can spot a target from over a mile away and has a wingspan of up to seven feet. Four golden eagle babies were hatched in captivity and then, from the age of three weeks, were served food atop the wreckage of drones.

This linked the idea of destroyed drones to food in the mind of the birds, and the raptors very quickly started tearing them from the sky. And after each successful kill, trainers would reward the eagles with hunks of meat.

“The results are encouraging,” a commander in the French military told the press. “The eagles are making good progress.”

The birds are all named for the protagonists in Alexander Dumas’ “The Three Musketeers” — Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and D’Artagnan. And recently, D’Artagnan proved just how successful the program really is.

At a demonstration in Mont-de-Marsan, a drone was sent into the air, and the predator — who was released from a control tower 200 yards away — intercepted the machine and had it pinned to the ground in 20 seconds.

A natural concern is that metal rotor blades on drones could do serious damage to a flesh and blood creature attacking it. But as AFP notes, it’s a concern the French have already considered:

“To prevent the birds from harming themselves on the job, the military is designing mittens of leather and Kevlar, an anti-blast material, to protect their talons.”

Still, falconer Gerald Machoukow, who works with the drone-killing raptors, warns that this strategy shouldn’t be viewed as a catch-all solution to the ever-increasingly complex issue of unmanned aerial vehicles.

“I love these birds,” he said. “I don’t want to send them to their death.”

By all accounts, however, the program has thus far been a success. It’s been so successful, in fact, that the air force has already ordered a second brood of eaglets — despite the fact that the first progress report for the two-year pilot program isn’t due until June.

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Eagles Are Now Being Trained to Take Down Enemy Drones was first posted on February 22, 2017 at 7:19 pm.

Polls show Trump is unpopular but still carries clout

MiddleEasteye - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 19:57
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Quinnipiac University poll reports that 38 percent of voters think Trump is doing his job well

Asia stocks ease, dollar steadies after Fed-led losses

Top Reuters News - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 19:50
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Asian stocks pulled back from a 19-month high on Thursday, while the dollar tried to steady from losses suffered in the wake of the U.S. Federal Reserve minutes indicating a cautious approach to more interest rate increases.

White House delays revamped immigration order to next week: official

Top Reuters News - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 19:36
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House has pushed back the release of a new executive order to replace its directive suspending travel to the United States by citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries, a White House official said on Wednesday.

White House delays revamped immigration order to next week: official

Reuters US Politics - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 19:36
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House has pushed back the release of a new executive order to replace its directive suspending travel to the United States by citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries, a White House official said on Wednesday.

North Korea blames Malaysia for death of its citizen: KCNA

Top Reuters News - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 19:11
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea blamed Malaysia on Thursday for the death of one of its citizens there last week and accused it of an "unfriendly attitude" in a scenario drawn up by South Korea, which has said Pyongyang agents assassinated the North Korean leader's half-brother.

Trudeau defends move to give U.S. agents more powers in Canada

Top Reuters News - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 18:51
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday defended plans to give more powers to U.S. border agents stationed in Canada, saying travelers would at all times be protected by domestic laws.

Nissan's Saikawa to become CEO April 1 as Ghosn steps down

MarketWatch Market Pulse - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 18:41

Nissan Motor Co. said late Wednesday that Carlos Ghosen will step down as chief executive of the Japanese automaker on April 1. Ghosen will remain on as chairman. Hiroto Saikawa will succeed Ghosen as CEO, Nissan said. Ghosn said he is stepping down to focus more attention on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, an auto group formed last year with the addition of Mitsubishi.

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U.S. Homeland Secretary Kelly warns Guatemalans to stay home

Reuters US Politics - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 18:18
GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Wednesday told Guatemalans not to waste their money trying to get to the United States illegally, detailing how his department was cracking down on undocumented immigrants and would speed up deportations.

Thousands attend Omar Abdel Rahman's funeral in Egypt

MiddleEasteye - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 18:17
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Hardline sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman was convicted of inspiring World Trade Center bombing in 1993

U.S. senators say Cuba's Castro keen to continue detente

Reuters US Politics - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 17:04
HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro made it clear to a visiting U.S. congressional delegation that his country was intent on pursuing market reform and detente with the United States, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy told a news conference on Wednesday.