Dragon goes to Africa

Jul. 25th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Dressed in neat military uniforms, sailing in hi-tech amphibious vehicles. That's how the troops of the first battalion China has sent overseas in 60 years look like. The unit will be sent to the new military base in Djibouti, on the east coast of Africa, just opposite Saudi Arabia across the Bay of Aden. The place is chosen deliberately of course, it's just next door to war-torn regions like Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, in a corner of huge strategic importance.

China changes the approach )

Not again...

Jul. 24th, 2017 03:00 pm
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The Stormers are out of the SuperRugby at the first playoff hurdle - getting knocked out by the Chiefs in Cape Town. Again. This time it was way closer, which makes it all the more painful. (source)
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Read more... )

While we fear the robots...

Jul. 22nd, 2017 12:14 am
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...They go around and kill themselves.

Caution, the footage can be disturbing for the more robo-love inclined... )

Russia Minor!?

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:54 am
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The term has gone out of use for quite a while. In recent decades it was being seen as a disparaging term used by Russian nationalists and pro-Russian Ukrainian "traitors" who believe Ukraine should be part of neo-imperial Russia.

And now it's being resurrected, and in quite a quasi-official way:

Separatists proclaim a new state to replace all of Ukraine

In comes one Alexander Zakharchenko...

How's that growth going?

Jul. 18th, 2017 12:03 am
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It seems the Trump plan for US economic growth relies almost exclusively on corporate tax cuts and tax cuts for the wealthy. A "let's put all our growth eggs in one basket and hope for the best" sort of approach. During his presidential campaign, Trump promised to create 25 million new jobs and generate an economy that trots along at a 4-6% annual growth rate. Apparently, neither Trump promise is going to happen any time soon:

Forecast of weak economic growth raises big questions about Trump’s populist agenda

Or it could be something else...

Alvaro Soler: Animal

Jul. 15th, 2017 10:00 pm
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The sex toasters are coming!

Jul. 15th, 2017 12:14 am
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This is pretty disturbing (and not just the picture)...

Scientists Have A Dark Warning For You About Sex Robots

Scientists from the Foundation For Responsible Robotics have released a report asking society to consider a possible future where humans have sex with robots, and have outlined some things that society needs to do to prepare for that future. ...

Westworld/Humans, anyone?

Got my shit

Jul. 14th, 2017 10:40 am
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mahnmut: (We're doooomed.)
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Wow, now what do we do with the large ice cube - 1 trillion tons of it. Any suggestions?

Giant Iceberg Breaks Off Antarctica

I suggest that climate change deniers immediately run to Antarctica to stick this ice cube back into place! We can't allow this Chinese conspiracy to go on forever, right?

Memes are coming!

Jul. 12th, 2017 10:58 am
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