AuthorAaron Simms

TSA – 20% Effective

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A new report concerning undercover checks of security at U.S. airports reveals that the screening methods used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) failed to uncover threats up to 80% of the time.  This is actually a step up from checks run two years ago which revealed a 95% failure rate.  Even with this “improvement,” the end result is still concerning. The House...

Robots Invading Retail (and everything else)

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Walmart is beginning a 50 store trial of robots from Bossa Nova Robotics.  Next month these robots will be employed to check stock levels and identify misplaced items on the shelves.  This information will then be used by human employees to go fix the issues found by the robots.  The intent is to use the robots to perform time-consuming mundane tasks so that humans can perform the higher-value...

Air Force Prepping for 24-Hour Ready Alert

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The U.S. Air Force is putting in place preparations to resume 24 hour ready alerts for its B-52 bomber fleet, if ordered.  The 24 hour alerts were ceased in 1991 following the end of the Cold War.  However, with rising threats from North Korea and increasing tension with Russia and Iran, the Air Force is preparing for the possibility that it will again have nuclear bombers continually on alert...

The Real Russian Story

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Since the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, the media has been pushing a narrative that Russia either influenced the election in Trump’s favor or somehow colluded with him or his campaign. However, there is a much more real, complex, and interesting “Russian Story” which is beginning to bubble to the surface.  The clues have been there for...

Trump Wanted More Nukes

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A report has now come out that during President Trump’s meeting with military officials on July 20th, he expressed a desire to increase the size of the United States’ nuclear arsenal.  He was being briefed on military readiness and was shown a slide depicting the decreasing number of American nuclear weapons when he said he would like to increase the stockpile to its peak levels in...

Musk Announces SpaceX’s Plans for Making Life Multiplanetary

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Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, gave a presentation last Friday at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia titled “Making Life Multiplanetary.” Musk began by giving the reasons for SpaceX’s mission and his own interest in space, saying: You want to be inspired by things.  You want to wake up in the morning and think the future is going to be great, and...

TRAGEDY: 3 Green Berets Killed, 2 Wounded in Niger

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While on a training mission in Niger with their local counterparts, a U.S. Army Special Forces (the “Green Berets”) unit from the 3rd Special Forces Group (Fort Bragg, NC) was ambushed on Wednesday.   The ambush occurred near the border with Mali, 120 miles north of Niamey, the capital of Niger.  The attack left three Green Berets dead and two wounded; in addition, five Nigerien...

Iraqi Kurds Vote Clearly for Independence

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The Kurdish people in Iraq voted Monday on a referendum concerning independence from Iraq, with 92% voting to break away.  This sets the state for further discussions between Masoud Barzani, the president of the Kurds, and Haider al-Abadi, Iraq’s prime minister. The Iraqi government, most regional powers, the United States, and the United Kingdom are not happy with the referendum and...

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