Bronson Balzac

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An American century of carnage: Measuring violence in a single superpower world

We’re only three quarters of the way through America’s violent century — and there’s more to come<p>On Feb. 17, 1941, almost 10 months before Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, Life <i></i>magazine carried a lengthy essay by its publisher, Henry Luce, entitled “The American Century.” The son of Presbyterian …

When The One Percent Sent Its Kids to War

A century ago this week, the United States entered World War One. Unlike today, the children of America’s wealthiest families were the first into …

Military

This App Can Tell If Your iPhone Has Ever Been Hacked

A new app can detect if something wrong (and dangerous) is going on with your iDevice.<p>It's not paranoia if they're really after you.<p>If you have an iPhone there was no way to figure out if you were really being paranoid or not, until now. Thanks to a new $1 app, you can finally figure out if someone …

Loophole Lets Criminals Buy Untraceable 'Ghost Guns' Online

A legal loophole means that anyone, including criminals, can order a so-called “ghost gun” off the web without a background check – a gun with no serial number that can’t be traced.<p>The guns are built from kits and arrive in pieces, so under existing law, when they’re shipped, they aren’t guns. When …

Guns

Big Game: U.S. Soldiers’ Secret Hunt for Jihadists in a Kenyan Forest

The U.S. is waging secret warfare around the world—but the operations in and around Kenya’s Boni National Reserve are some of the most mysterious.<p><i>A</i> …

Africa

Trump, shifting course, vows support for NATO military alliance

Before taking office, Donald Trump repeatedly questioned the role of the NATO military alliance, a bedrock of European stability and transatlantic relations since 1949, calling the security pact "obsolete" as recently as last month.<p>On Monday he dialed back, adopting the far milder critique that …

Donald Trump

5 Simple Reasons (More Like Killer Weapons) the U.S. Military Is the Most Feared in History

<i>The United States developed the atomic bomb during the height of the Second World War under a program called the Manhattan Project. The project</i> …

Military

President Assad: Trump Position on ISIS is 'Promising'

Middle East

How Trump could put U.S.-China relations on the right track

<i>John Pomfret, a former Washington Post bureau chief in Beijing, is the author of “The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present.”</i><p>There are glimmerings of hope among some China watchers that President Trump might have a chance to right America’s very skewed …

China

Threat Report 2017: New Dangers and the American Tech to Beat Them

Russia and China are introducing new weapons of war. ISIS fighters hide among civilians and attack with no regard for casualties. And somehow North Korea has managed to become even less stable than it was before.<p>The (New) Trouble With Russia<p>Surface-to-air-missiles<p>In modern warfare, owning the sky …

Military Microgrids Could Be A Winner Under Trump Administration

President Donald Trump’s preference for traditional fuels such as oil and natural gas—as well as large centralized coal plants—is clear. Yet, recent trends point to rapid growth in small, distributed energy resources (DER). These DER technologies range from rooftop solar PV panels to new kinds of …

Trump Administration

Military leaders say budget caps are crippling armed forces

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pleading for a repeal of a law that strictly limits defense spending, a panel of four-star military officers warned lawmakers …

Military

The US Air Force is giving its B-2 stealth bomber a massive upgrade

The massive upgrade, designed to improve what's called the bomber's Defensive Management System, is described by Air Force developers as "the most extensive modification effort that the B-2 has attempted."<p>The Defensive Management System is a technology designed to help the B-2 recognize and elude …

Two Nobel Prize-winning nuclear experts explain the unlikely reasons why Trump could be our savior

The Doomsday Clock has been advanced to 2.5 minutes to midnight—a setting closer to humanity’s extinction than any year since 1953. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the minute hand forward by 30 seconds due to increasing existential threats from nuclear war, climate change, cyberwarfare, …

Nuclear Energy

Has Trump snapped the tether? His claim that media “doesn’t want to report” terrorism suggests he’s lost contact with reality

Trump did a dozen things last weekend that would have provoked a crisis — for a normal president. He’s not normal<p>President Donald Trump is almost completely disconnected from reality. I wish I were just being hyperbolic and partisan, but I’m not. It's difficult in this age of snappy internet takes …

Why Smart People Don't Multitask

Multitasking is really tempting. It's also really bad for you.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You may have heard that multitasking is bad for you, but new studies show that it kills your performance and may even damage your brain. Every time you multitask you aren’t …

Nearly two-thirds of Navy planes grounded due to years of budget cuts

Years of budget cuts have taken a toll on the Navy's fleet of strike fighters.<p>Nearly two-thirds of the Navy's strike fighters are sitting unused because there is not enough money to repair them, according to DefenseNews.com.<p>The Navy has had to deal with declining budgets in recent years even though …

Reaction To DeVos Vote Is Swift, And Divided

The confirmation today of Betsy DeVos as the 11th U.S. secretary of education brought angry denunciations and firm pledges of support — no surprise for a Cabinet nominee who had become a lightning rod for Americans' views about their public schools.<p>Here's our roundup, with excerpts from reactions …

Education

Scientists Have Figured Out How Our Brains Sharpen Our Memories While We Sleep

We snooze to lose.<p>We all know that if we want what we've studied during the day to stick, it's best to get a good night's sleep. And while scientists …

Trump wants to renegotiate NAFTA — here's what you need to know

It's one reason Trump won the White House, amid populist calls for protectionism. Many blue-collar workers in traditionally manufacturing-heavy states like Michigan blamed the trade deal for job losses, declining wages, and companies shifting manufacturing to Mexico.<p>President Trump, in particular, …

Globalization

MacTrast Deals: Wipe Away Your Online Footprint on All of Your Devices with VPN.asia

VPN.asia allows you to browse anonymously with AES-256 data encryption and SHA-256 hash authentication.<p>DESCRIPTION<p>When you browse the Internet, you …

What psychology teaches us about opposing an unpopular president

Trump’s best hope is to convince opponents he’s more popular than he actually is.<p>These are disorienting times for American democracy. Key features of a democratic nation — that the candidate who wins the majority has the right to rule, that elections are free from outside influence, and that …

Doctors and Scientists Denounce Trump's Immigration Order

Dozens of medical and scientific groups, universities and advocacy organizations have piled on to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration order.<p>Cancer groups deplore it. Medical schools denounce it. Math teachers censure it. Even ornithologists condemn it.<p>They say it’s not only unfair and …

Immigration

A Breitbart editor’s “privilege grant” for white male college students is now taking applications

This isn’t a joke.<p>“No, this isn’t a joke,” confirms Milo Yiannopoulos, the Breitbart editor and alt-right leader, who’s currently ruffling college campuses with inflammatory speeches on a national tour, and who last year founded the Yiannopoulos Privilege Grant: a college scholarship program only …

College & University

Trump is already showing signs of major disrespect toward the U.S. military

Military values don’t count much in the calculations of President Trump and his alter ego Steve Bannon<p>“I helped get those people freed at Dulles [Airport] last night,” a Washington attorney told me outside a Washington coffee shop on Sunday morning.<br>“You helped those people get out?” a tall …

New Law Lets Dads Veto Abortions

An Arkansas law makes performing the procedure used in 95 percent of second trimesters a felony, with no exception for rape or incest—and allows …

ACLU

The 5 Russian Weapons Likely to Be Used in a Global War

They could be unlike anything the world has seen before.<p>The Russian military is formidable, but it can’t compete with the combined forces of the …

Here’s Russia’s new stealth fighter that’s better than America’s in almost every way

Tensions between the United States and Russia are undeniably heating up, especially in the wake of the U.S. election which many in the government now …

Aviation

4 Ways to Control Your Emotions in Tense Moments

Twenty-three years ago, one of my employees — I’ll call him Dale — asked for a private meeting. Dale was serious and bookish and had very strong opinions. His work was fastidious. He rarely socialized with colleagues, but he was impeccable in his commitments to others. And he was skilled at his job.<p>…

Psychology

How America fails to learn from its racist history, in 2 paragraphs

Germans are taught that their historical horrors were collective failures. Americans, on the other hand…<p>Both the US and Germany have committed horrific racist atrocities in the past. But Americans learn about their own cruelties differently than Germans do, writes Megan Carpentier for the …