Yes, the NSA is a spy agency, working for one of the most technologically advanced nations in human history, and thanks to the likes of Edward Snowden, everyone knows they’ve got their tentacles in everyone’s pies, but fuck, you think they’d come up with a somewhat more subtle logo than a giant octopus enveloping the Earth with the phrase “Nothing is Beyond Our Reach” to put on a spy satellite that was just launched into orbit.This is something out of The Illuminatus Trilogy made real.
In every Cold War era movie involving nuclear war, there’s a long, complicated process of obtaining, matching, verifying, double and triple checking launch codes before nuking the shit out of the Russians. And this makes sense, considering the gravity of starting World War III and obliterating hundreds of millions of people. But in reality, for 20 years, the launch codes for every single one of America’s launch sites was 00000000. On purpose. Because while JFK’s idea of using cryptic launch codes was well intentioned, most generals figured that if the time came, they didn’t want to waste valuable seconds with verification when they could be nuking Moscow.
Okay, I guess you Canadians can talk about how great your Thanksgiving was last month, and others, you can just talk about eating and… I don’t care. Something.
US intelligence afraid Edward Snowden has a super bad “doomsday cache” of information in case he’s caught or killed
It sounds like a plot twist out of Hollywood, but US intelligence peoples are terrified that ex NSA contractor Edward Snowden may have, probably has, some sort of “doomsday cache” of incredibly damaging information as an insurance policy against being injured, captured or killed, Its something that people in Snowden’s position often threaten, but considering Snowden seems to have one batch of information after the other, it seems likely he might have something like this somewhere.
According to recent estimates on the growth of robotics in the US military, by 2023, there will be about 10 robots for every one human soldier. Obviously this doesn’t mean that we’ll have an army of Terminators to do all the fighting while the boys stay at home drinking beer, but it means that when human soldiers do have to go into battle, there will be a small personal squadron of bots looking for landmines, laying down suppressive fire, peering around corners and over obstacles and distracting the enemy.
And “I wasn’t born yet” isn’t a correct answer.
We’re the land of the free and the home of the brave and all, but we’re also a constantly evolving society of immigrants and various nth generation immigrants, always bringing in whatever else is out there in the world into one big cheesy, gun-filled super sized V8 melting pot.
So when you ask 16 people the things they found weird or unbelievable about America compared to their home country, it’s an interesting list that shows some of the best things and some not so flattering things, but that’s how it is.
Miss USA crushes the competition in a Transformers-style, Optimus Prime costume in the 2013 Miss Universe National Costume Show
At this year’s Miss Universe pageant, the costumes were all over the top spectacular and faaaaabulous, but Miss USA showed what ‘Merica is all about in a kick ass red, white and blue Optimus Prime getup. Transformers, roll out.
When it was discovered that the American intelligence community was not just reading the digital communications of its own citizens, but those of people around the world, including foreign leaders to try and get an edge in standard diplomatic negotiations, it pissed a whole lot of people around the globe. Brazil has taken a decisive step against American prying by building a national email infrastructure that will hopefully keep the NSA out of government and private email communications.
So this group of college age friends in Poland decide they want to have an American-themed house party… there were flags and red plastic cups and fruit soda mixed with vodka and football jerseys and beer bongs and duckface pictures… yup. America, this is us.
3D printing is changing a lot in the way that products are designed, manufactured and distributed, but then you have to assemble the printed components. The US military wants to eliminate a step by using 4D printing— not creating items in a fourth physical dimension, but the more common fourth dimension of time. That is, printing objects that either self-assemble or change over time depending on circumstances.