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Airbus designed a plane prototype to look like a 'bird of prey' – take a look

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 08:13

Airbus is working to inspire the latest and greatest in flight innovation – and using a "bird of prey" conceptual design to do so.

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Tue, 07/23/2019 - 07:59

Kim inspects new sub, wants North Korea's military bolstered

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 07:16

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has inspected a newly built submarine and ordered officials to further bolster the country's military capabilities, state media reported Tuesday, as the North increases pressure on the United States ahead of the possible resumption of nuclear diplomacy. Last week, North Korea said it may lift its 20-month suspension of nuclear and missile tests to protest expected military drills between the United States and South Korea that Pyongyang says are an invasion rehearsal. The submarine report comes as the U.S. and North Korea work to resume talks after a meeting late last month on the Korean border between Kim and President Donald Trump.

Hong Kong arrests men with gang links over mob attack

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 07:09

Hong Kong police say they've arrested six men, some with links to triad gangs, following a violent attack on pro-democracy protesters at a subway station over the weekend that saw dozens injured. Senior police official Chan Tin-chu said the men, aged 24-54, were held for "unlawful assembly" and are being investigated for taking part in the attack late Sunday night. Police are still investigating the motive for the attack, Chan said, without providing further details on the alleged links to the triads, which refer to powerful organized crime syndicates in Hong Kong.

U.S. coal miners discouraged by black lung meeting with McConnell

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 07:02

A group of coal miners afflicted with black lung disease met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday as part of an effort to convince lawmakers to restore a higher excise tax on coal companies to help fund their medical care, but several said the meeting left them discouraged. McConnell, the Republican leader who represents Kentucky - one of the states that has seen a rebound in the progressive respiratory illness - told them their benefits would be safe but gave no assurances about the excise tax and left without answering questions or offering details, several of the miners who attended the meeting said. "We rode up here for 10 hours by bus to get some answers from him because he represents our state," said George Massey, a miner from Harlan County, Kentucky who spent two decades in the mines and is on disability.

Why Iran Wants to Get Bombed

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 06:30

Rarely has a foreign country seemed so eager to get bombed by the United States as Iran does right now.In its latest provocation, Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday. It wasn’t a subtle operation. Revolutionary Guard forces rappelled onto the tanker from a helicopter, and if you have any doubt, it was all captured on videotape.The act raised the stakes in the regime’s confrontation with the West. After the last round, when the Iranians shot down a U.S. drone, President Trump ordered a retaliatory strike that he abruptly cancelled, citing his fears of disproportionate casualties. Our natural instinct would be to hit Iran hard for its depredations and to establish a deterrent against such attacks before they get worse. But in this case, Iran clearly wants to provoke a reaction, which suggests the administration’s more cautious, “rope-a-dope” approach may be the right one.Skeptics doubted that the administration’s unilateral sanctions could truly bite after the nuclear deal opened Iran for business with Europe. They were wrong. The oil embargo and banking sanctions, imposed after Trump pulled out of the deal, have been cratering the Iranian economy. The regime’s aggressions are an attempt to find a way out of the economic punishment.The mullahs hope to exploit daylight between the Europeans and the United States (although poking the British won’t advance that goal) and to send a message to the White House that its pressure campaign doesn’t come without costs. Tehran also has begun breaching nuclear limits imposed under the Iran deal, another front in an effort to spook the West into rallying around the Iran deal and convincing Trump to relent.What to do now? The administration should obviously render whatever assistance the British may request. It should continue to send more forces into the region as a message of resolve, and to work with allies to better secure shipping in the Strait. It should ratchet up the pressure campaign against Tehran, and revoke the remaining waivers that allow the Europeans to cooperate with Iran’s purportedly peaceful nuclear program.It is quite possible that Iran considers its provocations a prelude to another nuclear negotiation. For his part, Trump continues to dangle the prospects of talks, even blessing diplomatic outreach by Senator Rand Paul. But the regime has a strong incentive to try to wait Trump out and hope the election of a pro-deal Democrat delivers what it wants without any more trouble. Perhaps the Iranians believe that Trump getting embroiled in a conflict advances that goal. Regardless, they obviously want to escape from the box that they are in, and Trump shouldn’t let them.

Siemens boss says Trump is becoming ‘face of racism and exclusion’ in searing rebuke of president

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 03:33

Donald Trump is turning into the "face of racism and exclusion" following his attacks targeting four congresswomen of colour, the chief executive of Siemens has said.In one of the sharpest rebukes from a major business leader against the president, Joe Kaeser, who leads the German industrial giant, responded to a news article about a Trump rally in North Carolina last week, when supporters directed a hostile chant towards Democrat Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, yelling "Send her back!"The president had earlier targeted Ms Omar, who was born in Somalia and is a naturalized US citizen, in a racist tweet, saying on Twitter that she and three other Democrats, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, should "go back" to "the crime infested places from which they came"."I find it depressing that the most important political office in the world is turning into the face of racism and exclusion," Mr Kaeser said on Twitter."I have lived in the USA for many years, experiencing freedom, tolerance and openness as never before."Mr Kaeser has previously used his position as the head of one of Europe's most powerful manufacturers to take a stand on political issues.Last year, he backed out of an investment conference in Saudi Arabia following the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.Despite his own attacks, Mr Trump has since attempted to distance himself from the crowd's chant, claiming that he tried to stop it by "speaking very quickly".In fact, Mr Trump paused for 13 seconds during the rally to let the chant continue.While business executives have criticised Mr Trump's policies and rhetoric in his two and a half years in office, including opposition to the administration's family separation policy at the southern US border, the recoil against the president's latest derogatory remarks have come mainly from US lawmakers and world leaders.The leaders of the UK, Canada and New Zealand were among those denouncing Mr Trump's comments. Mr Kaeser's compatriot, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said she "stands in solidarity" with the congresswomen Mr Trump targeted on Twitter."In my view, the strength of America lies in that people from different (origins) contributed to what makes the country great," she said at a news conference last week, according to Business Insider.While some of Mr Trump's political allies have condemned the chant, they have been careful not to directly denounce the president."The chants were offensive and very unfortunate, and it did not speak well of that crowd," said Utah senator Mitt Romney, who was the Republican Party's 2012 nominee for president."I've said what I believe about the president's responsibility in this regard, which is, I believe he has a special responsibility to unite Americans regardless of our ethnicity, race, national origin, and feel that he failed in that regard."The Washington Post

AOC and 'The Squad' Is Only the Beginning of Nancy Pelosi’s Problems

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 03:25

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the rest of “the squad” are just the beginning of problems for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the left. Socialism—and not the soft, “Scandinavian” kind—is building so much momentum that soon, it could come to define the modern-day left.My colleague Jarrett Stepman shed light on this in attending the “Socialism 2019” conference in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend. Despite the movement’s most famous faces trying to distance themselves from the real deal rooted in totalitarianism and rationing, behind the scenes, socialism’s true believers have no shame in sporting red shirts and openly drawing their inspiration from devout revolutionists such as Karl Marx.This type of socialism, which Stepman describes here, stands in stark contrast to the brand of “democratic socialism” touted by figures such as Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and their likes.The liberal Left continue to push their radical agenda against American values. The good news is there is a solution. Find out more >>The only difference, Stepman found, is that 21st-century socialism has an added layer of wokeness, supporting transgender ideology and identity politics.

What It Was Like To Be a Pilot During the Hellish Iran-Iraq War

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 03:04

‘Meanwhile, my wingman had engaged another MiG-21 and shot it down using two Sidewinders. He later reported that after seeing my F-14 exiting on the other side of the explosion, he was sure that it was badly burned and the crew dead.Retired by the U.S. Navy on Sep. 22, 2006 the iconic F-14 Tomcat remains the backbone of Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) interceptor fleet.However, as told by Tom Cooper and Farzad Bishop in their book Iranian F-14 Tomcat units in combat, the F-14’s service in Iran is characterised by an implausible series of controversies and ‘educated guesstimates’ that are completely wrong.(This article by Dario Leone originally appeared on The Aviation Geek Club in 2019.)

Australian clubbers busted in Bali over cocaine

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 01:44

Two Australian clubbers arrested in Bali for cocaine possession were paraded in front of local media Tuesday as they faced a possible 12-year jail term, police said. William Cabantog, 36, and David Van Iersel, 38, were nabbed Friday night at a nightclub in Canggu, a popular tourist hotspot on the Indonesian holiday island. Police said they found a bag with 1.1 grams of cocaine in Cabantog's trousers during the raid.

Trump administration proposed rule would cut 3 million people from food stamps

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 00:12

CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Tuesday proposed a rule to tighten food stamp eligibility that would cut about 3.1 million people from the program, U.S. Department of Agriculture officials said, drawing ire from Democratic senators and advocacy groups. The administration has been rolling out rule changes related to the food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), after efforts to pass new restrictions on it were blocked by Congress last year. The program provides free food to some 40 million Americans, or about 12 percent of the total U.S. population.