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Boeing to replace ‘costly’ physical jet certification tests with simulations?

Boeing reportedly mulls phasing out some of the old-school physical tests and relying more on digital simulation analysis in order to “streamline” the flight safety certification of its latest long-range 777X and future jets. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Boeing to replace ‘costly’ physical jet certification tests with simulations?

Boeing reportedly mulls phasing out some of the old-school physical tests and relying more on digital simulation analysis in order to “streamline” the flight safety certification of its latest long-range 777X and future jets. Read Full Article at RT.com

Open thread for night owls. Nichols: First Democratic debates 'unfair and unfocused spectacles'

John Nichols at The Nation writes—The First Democratic Debates Shape Up as Unfair and Unfocused Spectacles:  Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is moving up in the polls, but she won’t get to debate the candidates for the 2020 Democratic president
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Open thread for night owls. Nichols: First Democratic debates 'unfair and unfocused spectacles'

John Nichols at The Nation writes—The First Democratic Debates Shape Up as Unfair and Unfocused Spectacles:  Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is moving up in the polls, but she won’t get to debate the candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination whom she hopes to displace: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former vice president Joe Biden. Nor will Warren be on the same stage for the Democratic debates with the candidates who poll just behind her at this point: South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and California Senator Kamala Harris. The Democratic National Committee on Friday announced the matchups for the two nights of scheduled debates—on Wednesday, June 26, and Thursday, June 27—that could define the rest of the 2020 competition. Unfortunately, the format and approach chosen by the DNC for these first debates creates a chaotic and unequal circumstance that could make the formatting of debates more meaningful than what the candidates actually say. Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg, and Harris are all on the Thursday-night debate stage, along with Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Colorado Senator John Hickenlooper, California Congressman Eric Swalwell, author Marianne Williamson, and former tech exec Andrew Yang. What of Warren? She’ll be on the Wednesday stage with former Maryland Congressman John Delaney, Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, and Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan—as well as New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, former housing secretary Julián Castro, former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. Here’s one way of looking at things, using the Real Clear Politics average of recent polls: The first debate will feature 10 candidates with combined support of roughly 20 percent of likely primary voters and caucus goers. Warren, who is at 11.8 percent in the Real Clear Politics average, provides the star power. The next-closest Wednesday night contender is O’Rourke, at 3.5 percent. The second debate will feature 10 candidates with combined support of roughly 65 percent. [...] OK, how about we take the four hours allotted over two nights and just do a series of 10-minute conversations where individual candidates make their cases in a Q&A setting with Bill Moyers? Or Hasan Minhaj? Or Stacey Abrams? The DNC is planning for a dozen debates. They’ll eventually get around to predictably awful, standard-format forums. But it would have been so much better if they started with fair and functional discussions where good ideas might matter more than bad formatting. And it is still possible that, going forward, a better approach could be found. TOP COMMENTS  HIGH IMPACT STORIES • THE WEEK'S HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION The right to a useful and remunerative job  in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation; The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation; The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living; The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad; The  right of every family to a decent home; The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health; The right to adequate protection the economic fears of  old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment; The  right to a good education.              ~~Franklin D. Roosevelt, “The Second Bill of Rights” (January 11, 1944) TWEET OF THE DAY xWag the Dog. With such low approval ratings, Trump will do anything to distract the American people. Including putting our military is harm's way for another needless Middle East conflict. https://t.co/YMgxMYD2PF— Andrew Goss ✊USAF✊ (@Goss30Goss) June 16, 2019 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2005—Okay. Now we know what the Republicans will run on in 2006: The White House accused Democratic leaders on Wednesday of obstructing President Bush's agenda in a second straight day of combative attacks against the minority party on Capitol Hill. «I think the American people reject those who simply say no and stand in the way of getting things done,» White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters. Nevermind that Republicans have the trifecta, with dominant majorities in both chambers of the legislature. What is this obstructionism that we keep hearing about? So far [Bush] has been unable to gain traction in Congress over his proposals to overhaul Social Security and has had ongoing struggles over energy legislation and the proposed Central American Free Trade Agreement, among other items. On Social Security in particular, Bush has called on Democrats to offer their own proposals instead of simply attacking his, but the tactic has largely not worked. Listen, Mr. President, you have the numbers to pass your legislation in the House, but I haven't seen any of it introduced. Heck, I haven't even seen a social security bill from the White House, so I'm not sure what «plan» you're referring to. Monday through Friday you can catch the Kagro in the Morning Show 9 AM ET by dropping in here, or you can download the Stitcher app (found in the app stores or at Stitcher.com), and find a live stream there, by searching for "Netroots Radio.” LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE

Humanoid robot gets tired of merciless bullying & pulls GUN on meatbags in (prophetic?) parody VIDEO

A disturbingly realistic video of a humanoid robot finally standing up to its abusers has gone viral, with thousands falling for it, horrified that such mistreatment of our future metal overlords might be not a very good idea. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Humanoid robot gets tired of merciless bullying & pulls GUN on meatbags in (prophetic?) parody VIDEO

A disturbingly realistic video of a humanoid robot finally standing up to its abusers has gone viral, with thousands falling for it, horrified that such mistreatment of our future metal overlords might be not a very good idea. Read Full Article at RT.com

The more things change, the more they stay the same

When the United States entered World War I, there was an immediate need for American armed forces to expand quickly. Men were drafted, and volunteered to serve in the military. During this time in history women, for the most part, did not serve in any capaci
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The more things change, the more they stay the same

When the United States entered World War I, there was an immediate need for American armed forces to expand quickly. Men were drafted, and volunteered to serve in the military. During this time in history women, for the most part, did not serve in any capacity in the armed forces. Men between the ages of 18 and 31 made up the bulk of the fighting force. In 1917, federal officials were horrified to learn that one-third of U.S. troops were infected with syphilis or gonorrhea. Of course those numbers were horribly wrong. While venereal disease was a problem for the armies of the day, different nations handled these diseases differently. Germany provided brothels for their soldiers, higher end for the officers, lower end for the enlisted soldiers. France legalized prostitution and, like the British, gave their troops condoms. For the United States: American soldiers were ordered to be chaste and were punished if they weren't. All encampments were enclosed in barbwire and had a single guarded entrance. Guards were empowered to screen all men entering a camp for possible sexual encounters with French women. The least suspicion got a soldier an immediate irrigation of his penis and bladder with a solution of potassium permanganate. Men who had any evidence of gonorrhea or syphilis were hospitalized and/or confined to the stockade, pay and allowances suspended. Condoms were never  -  never  -  given by the U.S. Army to American soldiers. Of course, that was only for the soldiers in the war zone. In the United States morality laws were enacted. 

US cops who threatened to kill family over ‘stolen doll’ placed on desk duty, triggering more uproar

Phoenix Police Department has drawn even more criticism after the officers, whose “unprofessional” threats to kill parents in front of their children recently went viral, were merely reassigned to “desk duty.” Read Full Article at RT.com
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US cops who threatened to kill family over ‘stolen doll’ placed on desk duty, triggering more uproar

Phoenix Police Department has drawn even more criticism after the officers, whose “unprofessional” threats to kill parents in front of their children recently went viral, were merely reassigned to “desk duty.” Read Full Article at RT.com

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The iPod Touch 2019 is a worthy $200 gateway to iOS 13 and Apple Arcade - CNET

Commentary: What the latest iPod Touch lacks in screen and battery life, it makes up for in apps, games, AR and a headphone jack.
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The iPod Touch 2019 is a worthy $200 gateway to iOS 13 and Apple Arcade - CNET

Commentary: What the latest iPod Touch lacks in screen and battery life, it makes up for in apps, games, AR and a headphone jack.

FinMin assessing capital needs of PSU banks; Budget may make provision for Rs 30,000 crore

The first budget of Modi 2.0 government is scheduled to be presented on July 5 by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on the backdrop of India#39;s economy hitting 5-year low growth of 6.8 percent in 2018-19.
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FinMin assessing capital needs of PSU banks; Budget may make provision for Rs 30,000 crore

The first budget of Modi 2.0 government is scheduled to be presented on July 5 by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on the backdrop of India#39;s economy hitting 5-year low growth of 6.8 percent in 2018-19.

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China’s housing unicorn Danke appoints ex-Baidu exec as new COO

A few months after nabbing a handsome $500 million funding round, China’s shared housing startup Danke Apartment got a talent boost. On Monday, Danke announced the appointment of Gu Guoliang as its new chief operating officer to ramp up the company̵
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China’s housing unicorn Danke appoints ex-Baidu exec as new COO

A few months after nabbing a handsome $500 million funding round, China’s shared housing startup Danke Apartment got a talent boost. On Monday, Danke announced the appointment of Gu Guoliang as its new chief operating officer to ramp up the company’s offline operational crew. Gu, whose nickname is Michael, stepped down from Baidu after five […]

American Airlines now offers satellite-based Wi-Fi access across its mainline fleet

American Airlines, the world’s largest airline by fleet size and passenger traffic, has finished rolling out satellite-based broadband Wi-Fi to its entire mainline narrowbody fleet of over 700 aircraft (that is, the Boing 737s and Airbus A319 and 320 th
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American Airlines now offers satellite-based Wi-Fi access across its mainline fleet

American Airlines, the world’s largest airline by fleet size and passenger traffic, has finished rolling out satellite-based broadband Wi-Fi to its entire mainline narrowbody fleet of over 700 aircraft (that is, the Boing 737s and Airbus A319 and 320 that typically fly the company’s domestic routes). All of these satellite-equipped planes also offer access to […]

Target checkouts hit by outage for a second day in a row

Another day, another Target checkout outage. Many took to social media to complain that checkouts at the retail giant went down for a second day in a row. Many stores were only taking cash and gift cards. It comes after Target suffered a global point-of-sale
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Target checkouts hit by outage for a second day in a row

Another day, another Target checkout outage. Many took to social media to complain that checkouts at the retail giant went down for a second day in a row. Many stores were only taking cash and gift cards. It comes after Target suffered a global point-of-sale machine outage on Saturday. Checkouts were down for more than […]

Millions of Venmo transactions scraped in warning over privacy settings

A computer science student has scraped seven million Venmo transactions to prove that users’ public activity can still be easily obtained, a year after a privacy researcher downloaded hundreds of millions of Venmo transactions in a similar feat. Dan Sal
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Millions of Venmo transactions scraped in warning over privacy settings

A computer science student has scraped seven million Venmo transactions to prove that users’ public activity can still be easily obtained, a year after a privacy researcher downloaded hundreds of millions of Venmo transactions in a similar feat. Dan Salmon said he scraped the transactions during a cumulative six months to raise awareness and warn […]

After Equifax breach, US watchdog says agencies aren’t properly verifying identities

A federal watchdog says the government should stop relying on the credit agencies to verify the identifies of those using government services. In a report out this week, the the Government Accountability Office said several government departments still rely o
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After Equifax breach, US watchdog says agencies aren’t properly verifying identities

A federal watchdog says the government should stop relying on the credit agencies to verify the identifies of those using government services. In a report out this week, the the Government Accountability Office said several government departments still rely on the credit agencies — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — to check if a person is […]

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Experts: Humpback whale in San Francisco Bay appears ill

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A humpback whale that has become an unusual presence in San Francisco Bay may be ill. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday that the humpback has remained in the waters near Alameda for more than two weeks. Biologists say the whale
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Experts: Humpback whale in San Francisco Bay appears ill

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A humpback whale that has become an unusual presence in San Francisco Bay may be ill. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday that the humpback has remained in the waters near Alameda for more than two weeks. Biologists say the whale, which has been nicknamed «Allie,» ...

A Gorgeous ‘Strawberry Moon’ Will Be Visible in the Sky on June 17

Summer is almost upon us and there is a stunning celestial sight that will light up the sky on June 17: 2019’s Strawberry Moon. The lunar occurrence won’t actually look like a piece […] The post A Gorgeous ‘Strawberry Moon’ Will
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A Gorgeous ‘Strawberry Moon’ Will Be Visible in the Sky on June 17

Summer is almost upon us and there is a stunning celestial sight that will light up the sky on June 17: 2019’s Strawberry Moon. The lunar occurrence won’t actually look like a piece […] The post A Gorgeous ‘Strawberry Moon’ Will Be Visible in the Sky on June 17 appeared first on Geek.com.

10-Year-Old Climber Becomes Youngest to Conquer 3,000-Foot ‘Nose’ in Yosemite

A 10-year-old female climber has become the youngest person to make it to the top of El Capitan’s 3,000-foot “Nose” in Yosemite National Park. After five days of climbing, Selah Schneiter, who weighs 55 pounds and […] The post 10-Year-O
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10-Year-Old Climber Becomes Youngest to Conquer 3,000-Foot ‘Nose’ in Yosemite

A 10-year-old female climber has become the youngest person to make it to the top of El Capitan’s 3,000-foot “Nose” in Yosemite National Park. After five days of climbing, Selah Schneiter, who weighs 55 pounds and […] The post 10-Year-Old Climber Becomes Youngest to Conquer 3,000-Foot ‘Nose’ in Yosemite appeared first on Geek.com.

Black Bear Put Down After People Illegally Take Selfies, Feed Him in Oregon

A black bear was recently killed by wildlife officials after it became too used to humans illegally feeding it and taking selfies with it in Oregon. According to the Oregon Department of Fish […] The post Black Bear Put Down After People Illegally Take
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Black Bear Put Down After People Illegally Take Selfies, Feed Him in Oregon

A black bear was recently killed by wildlife officials after it became too used to humans illegally feeding it and taking selfies with it in Oregon. According to the Oregon Department of Fish […] The post Black Bear Put Down After People Illegally Take Selfies, Feed Him in Oregon appeared first on Geek.com.

This $19 Antenna Lets You Finally Cut the Cord

Fun fact: you don’t need to pay a pretty penny for quality TV channels. The Rveal Digital Indoor HDTV Antenna gives you instant access to some of the most popular over-the-air local and […] The post This $19 Antenna Lets You Finally Cut the Cord a
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This $19 Antenna Lets You Finally Cut the Cord

Fun fact: you don’t need to pay a pretty penny for quality TV channels. The Rveal Digital Indoor HDTV Antenna gives you instant access to some of the most popular over-the-air local and […] The post This $19 Antenna Lets You Finally Cut the Cord appeared first on Geek.com.

Delaware traffic stop leads to firearms charges

SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - Police in Delaware say a traffic stop led to multiple weapons charges against a man. The Delaware State Police say that 33-year-old Antonio Williams of Philadelphia was charged with multiple firearms counts. The charges range from aggressi
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Delaware traffic stop leads to firearms charges

SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - Police in Delaware say a traffic stop led to multiple weapons charges against a man. The Delaware State Police say that 33-year-old Antonio Williams of Philadelphia was charged with multiple firearms counts. The charges range from aggressive driving to receiving a stolen firearm. A news release ...

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Supercars given extension for new Bathurst event proposal

Supercars is one of three parties still in the running for the fifth Bathurst event, along with the Australian Racing Group, which promotes TCR Australia, and tarmac rally specialists Mountain Motorsports.Both ARG and Mountain Motorsports pitched their propos
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Supercars given extension for new Bathurst event proposal

Supercars is one of three parties still in the running for the fifth Bathurst event, along with the Australian Racing Group, which promotes TCR Australia, and tarmac rally specialists Mountain Motorsports.Both ARG and Mountain Motorsports pitched their proposals to the Bathurst Regional Council last Thursday night, however Supercars is yet to formally meet with the council regarding its ...Keep reading

Tasca scores first NHRA win in almost seven years

FUNNY CARTasca, who last won late in the 2012 season, denied Force his 150th career win, going 4.008-seconds at 316.23 mph in his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang to beat Force’s Chevy Camaro which ran a 4.155 at 287.05. It was Tasca’s fifth care
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Tasca scores first NHRA win in almost seven years

FUNNY CARTasca, who last won late in the 2012 season, denied Force his 150th career win, going 4.008-seconds at 316.23 mph in his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang to beat Force’s Chevy Camaro which ran a 4.155 at 287.05. It was Tasca’s fifth career win and first in 100 races. Tasca, who qualified third, beat James Campbell, Robert Hight and back-to-back Bristol winner Ron ...Keep reading

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