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  • Rocket mystery: What weapon was Russia testing in Arctic?

    Five Russian nuclear engineers who died in a rocket engine explosion have been buried in Sarov, a closed town 373km (232 miles) east of Moscow, where nuclear warheads are made.
    The Russian state nuclear agency, Rosatom, said the experts had been testing a nuclear-powered engine. But it gave no further technical details. The test was on an offshore platform in the Arctic, at a naval test range. Russia has been testing a nuclear-powered cruise missile, "Burevestnik". But officials did not specify the system involved in Thursday's disastrous test. The explosion was followed by a 40-minute radiation spike in Severodvinsk, a city 40km (25 miles) east of the Nyonoksa test range, by the White Sea. Severodvinsk officials said radiation in the city reached 2 microsieverts per hour, then fell back to the normal 0.11 microsieverts. Both levels are too small to cause radiation sickness.



  • Trump admin announces rule that could limit legal immigration

    The Trump administration released a regulation Monday that could dramatically cut the number of legal immigrants allowed to enter and stay in the US by making it easier to reject green card and visa applications.
    Paired with last week's enforcement raids on food processing plants in Mississippi, Monday's announcement amounts to a concerted effort by the administration to limit legal immigration and crack down on illegal immigration. The rule means many green card and visa applicants could be turned down if they have low incomes or little education, and have used benefits such as most forms of Medicaid, food stamps, and housing vouchers, because they'd be deemed more likely to need government assistance in the future. It will encourage "self-reliance and self-sufficiency for those seeking to come to or stay in the United States," said acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli, appearing in the White House briefing room. In doing so, though, it'll likely make it harder for low-income immigrants to come to the US.



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  • @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    The rule means many green card and visa applicants could be turned down if they have low incomes or little education, and have used benefits such as most forms of Medicaid, food stamps, and housing vouchers, because they'd be deemed more likely to need government assistance in the future. It will encourage "self-reliance and self-sufficiency for those seeking to come to or stay in the United States," said acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli, appearing in the White House briefing room. In doing so, though, it'll likely make it harder for low-income immigrants to come to the US.

    Oh, so the U.S. is going to make it more like how it is in most EU countries. I'm sure everyone is going to freak out about this lol.



  • @Obsolesce said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    The rule means many green card and visa applicants could be turned down if they have low incomes or little education, and have used benefits such as most forms of Medicaid, food stamps, and housing vouchers, because they'd be deemed more likely to need government assistance in the future. It will encourage "self-reliance and self-sufficiency for those seeking to come to or stay in the United States," said acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli, appearing in the White House briefing room. In doing so, though, it'll likely make it harder for low-income immigrants to come to the US.

    Oh, so the U.S. is going to make it more like how it is in most EU countries. I'm sure everyone is going to freak out about this lol.

    Also this completely misses the point of immigrating to the US. People come to the US to make their riches, they don't immigrate here if they are rich or super well off from wherever they are today. . .



  • @DustinB3403 said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @Obsolesce said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    The rule means many green card and visa applicants could be turned down if they have low incomes or little education, and have used benefits such as most forms of Medicaid, food stamps, and housing vouchers, because they'd be deemed more likely to need government assistance in the future. It will encourage "self-reliance and self-sufficiency for those seeking to come to or stay in the United States," said acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli, appearing in the White House briefing room. In doing so, though, it'll likely make it harder for low-income immigrants to come to the US.

    Oh, so the U.S. is going to make it more like how it is in most EU countries. I'm sure everyone is going to freak out about this lol.

    Also this completely misses the point of immigrating to the US. People come to the US to make their riches, they don't immigrate here if they are rich or super well off from wherever they are today. . .

    Right, if you have any money to speak of, coming to the US is a terrible option.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @DustinB3403 said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @Obsolesce said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    The rule means many green card and visa applicants could be turned down if they have low incomes or little education, and have used benefits such as most forms of Medicaid, food stamps, and housing vouchers, because they'd be deemed more likely to need government assistance in the future. It will encourage "self-reliance and self-sufficiency for those seeking to come to or stay in the United States," said acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli, appearing in the White House briefing room. In doing so, though, it'll likely make it harder for low-income immigrants to come to the US.

    Oh, so the U.S. is going to make it more like how it is in most EU countries. I'm sure everyone is going to freak out about this lol.

    Also this completely misses the point of immigrating to the US. People come to the US to make their riches, they don't immigrate here if they are rich or super well off from wherever they are today. . .

    Right, if you have any money to speak of, coming to the US is a terrible option.

    Why



  • @Obsolesce said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @DustinB3403 said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @Obsolesce said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    The rule means many green card and visa applicants could be turned down if they have low incomes or little education, and have used benefits such as most forms of Medicaid, food stamps, and housing vouchers, because they'd be deemed more likely to need government assistance in the future. It will encourage "self-reliance and self-sufficiency for those seeking to come to or stay in the United States," said acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli, appearing in the White House briefing room. In doing so, though, it'll likely make it harder for low-income immigrants to come to the US.

    Oh, so the U.S. is going to make it more like how it is in most EU countries. I'm sure everyone is going to freak out about this lol.

    Also this completely misses the point of immigrating to the US. People come to the US to make their riches, they don't immigrate here if they are rich or super well off from wherever they are today. . .

    Right, if you have any money to speak of, coming to the US is a terrible option.

    Why

    Because there are likely countries that will welcome you more, tax you less, charge less for healthcare, etc.



  • Missing Nora Quoirin: Body found in Malaysia search

    A body has been found in the search for a vulnerable 15-year-old girl who went missing while on holiday in Malaysia.
    Nora Quoirin, who has special needs, disappeared from her room at the Dusun resort on 4 August.
    Malaysian police confirmed rescuers had found a body on Tuesday near where Nora was reported missing. Missing persons charity the Lucie Blackman Trust said the body had not been identified but was "likely" to be the teenager, from London. About 350 people had been searching for Nora in dense jungle near the resort. BBC correspondent Howard Johnson said the body of a white female had been found just over a mile (2km) away from the Dusun.



  • Guatemala's new president could give Trump a huge headache on immigration

    Guatemala has a new president-elect -- and Donald Trump should probably pay attention.
    Alejandro Giammattei, who looks to have secured nearly 60% of the vote in Sunday's poll, has been outspoken in his opposition to a migration deal that his predecessor, Jimmy Morales, signed with the United States last month. For Guatemalans, the result will probably be more of the same: another president who promises to combat corruption and bring an economic revival, but struggles or fails to alter the status quo on either, like Morales. And, worse than Morales, Guatemalan president-elect Giammattei must come to power with only 42% of voters bothering to turn up to the polls, and only 59% of them voting for him. Yet the stakes ahead are regional, if not global. More of the same means more of the economic collapse that preceded Giammattei and sent a record number of Guatemalans heading north, seeking a better life in the United States. In the border mountains of Huehuetenango, nearly 3% of the population has reportedly already fled to the US border since late last year. The conditions they were escaping include: climate change devastating crops; drug cartels running entire villages; flights of trafficker cocaine landing in the forest; and gang violence killing regularly.



  • Tanzania governor wants to create a national database for married men in a bid to curb infidelity

    The governor of Tanzania's largest city has announced a plan to create and publish a national database of married men to protect women from "heart breaks."
    Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Paul Makonda said he has received a lot of complaints from women who were abandoned by their lovers after a marriage proposal, and that the planned database will help combat infidelity.
    "I have been receiving complaints from women who have been promised marriage by men, yet the men didn't fulfill the promise. I know women who have been paying bills yet the men walked away ..." Makonda said in native Kiswahili. "If possible we will set up a database in the regional commissioner's office in each region that every man who promises a woman marriage, this should be registered in the database which will allow women to check to see whether the person asking is married ...," Makonda said at a Monday news conference.



  • @mlnews interesting. But not married women?



  • @mlnews sounds like the women of Tanzania need to get better at vetting potential partners and smelling bullshit. "Promise of marriage" don't mean a damn thing, ladies.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews interesting. But not married women?

    Apparently men's hearts don't get broken.



  • @Dashrender said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews interesting. But not married women?

    Apparently men's hearts don't get broken.

    I need to ask some missionary friends of mine about this. They'll be getting back to Tanzania in about a week, lol.



  • @dafyre said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @Dashrender said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews interesting. But not married women?

    Apparently men's hearts don't get broken.

    I need to ask some missionary friends of mine about this. They'll be getting back to Tanzania in about a week, lol.

    Do they need to register as being married?



  • Greece wildfires leave blackened forests in their wake

    Fires have been raging through a "unique, untouched pine forest" on the Greek island of Evia as authorities fight to keep the flames under control.
    Hundreds of people were evacuated from nearby villages as the fire broke out in the early hours of Tuesday and ravaged through the dense forest. "It's a huge ecological disaster," acting regional governor Kostas Bakoyannis told AFP. More than 200 firefighters are helping to combat the blaze along with 75 fire engines, nine helicopters and seven planes, the news agency reports. Italy and Spain have offered additional aircraft to help dump water on the forests in an attempt to douse the flames burning through Greece's second-largest island. Other wildfires broke out on the island of Thassos as well as in the central region of Viotia and the Peloponnese. There was also a fire reported in Peania, a suburb of Athens.



  • @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    president-elect Giammattei must come to power with only 42% of voters bothering to turn up to the polls, and only 59% of them voting for him.

    sounds like the US.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @dafyre said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @Dashrender said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews interesting. But not married women?

    Apparently men's hearts don't get broken.

    I need to ask some missionary friends of mine about this. They'll be getting back to Tanzania in about a week, lol.

    Do they need to register as being married?

    Dunno yet. I'll find out, lol.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews interesting. But not married women?

    What I find interesting is this is an actual priority. Oh well, to each is own.



  • @pmoncho said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews interesting. But not married women?

    What I find interesting is this is an actual priority. Oh well, to each is own.

    Well... Tanzania. It's not too surprising. In really, really poor countries women often have to pin their hopes on getting married as their only way out of extreme poverty and that desperation can be so significant that they can be easily taken advantage of. The Philippines is famous for this situation and has resulted in it becoming the sex trafficking capital of the world with a US Senator stating that 33% of all visitors to the country are there for the sex trade.

    The promise or potential of marriage in a heavily conservative country where women don't have broad rights or access to education and jobs can be way more valuable than it seems in countries where women have access to those things and can work themselves out of poverty.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    work themselves out of poverty.

    Why do you think they are in the sex industry in the first play?



  • @DustinB3403 said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    work themselves out of poverty.

    Why do you think they are in the sex industry in the first play?

    Exactly, but most sex trafficking just pays to eat, doesn't get you out of poverty. Sure didn't get me anywhere.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @DustinB3403 said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    work themselves out of poverty.

    Why do you think they are in the sex industry in the first play?

    Exactly, but most sex trafficking just pays to eat, doesn't get you out of poverty. Sure didn't get me anywhere.

    I wonder if this is why so many of these countries have Chastity checks before marriage. Because the men are paranoid about the women having been a part of the sex trade.



  • https://arstechnica.com/cars/2019/08/wiseguy-changes-license-plate-to-null-gets-12k-in-parking-tickets/

    Geeky license plate earns hacker $12,000 in parking tickets

    Best comment:

    It seems like the obvious answer is to refund him his forty bucks or whatever and issue him a standard California plate, and add NULL to the forbidden list.
     
    Isn't that the standard procedure when somebody sneaks something vulgar or offensive through the screeners?

     
    $20 says that the column in that table won't accept a NULL value.



  • @nadnerB said in Non-IT News Thread:

    Geeky license plate earns hacker $12,000 in parking ticket

    But even more in lawsuits for falsifying tickets!



  • Sudan just got a step closer to full democracy. Big obstacles remain

    The Transitional Military Council's Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, and opposition demonstrator Ahmed Al-Rabee, raise hands after signing the historic agreement.
    After almost nine months of violence and wrangling, Sudan came a step closer to a civilian government on Saturday when opposition leaders and military generals signed a power-sharing agreement in the capital, Khartoum. The choice of a fearsome commander on the signing table, and the absence of women who played a crucial role in the protest movement, show that obstacles still remain in Sudan's path to full democracy. The agreement follows protests that toppled 75-year-old dictator Omar al-Bashir, ending his 30-year rule over the northeastern African country.



  • Jeremy Corbyn: General election will stop Brexit 'crisis'

    The Tory party has "failed" the UK and a general election is the "change of direction the country needs", Jeremy Corbyn has said.
    The Labour leader said the UK is facing a Brexit "crisis" and vowed to do "everything necessary" to stop the UK leaving the EU without a deal. It comes after a leaked government report warned of food and medicine shortages in a no-deal exit. Cabinet minister Michael Gove said it outlined a "worst-case scenario". Speaking in Northamptonshire, Mr Corbyn said he supported recalling Parliament before MPs are due to return in two weeks' time so Brexit could be discussed. He said this would prevent Prime Minister Boris Johnson "having some kind of manoeuvre to take us out on October 31 without any further discussion in Parliament". Parliament could be reconvened if the government put a request in to the Speaker John Bercow.



  • Trump tests a materialistic message to voters

    President Donald Trump is not waiting for the economy to go south amid growing fears of a recession to wage what could be the defining fight of the 2020 election.
    Trump is becoming increasingly nervous that the end of an 11-year expansion could scupper his hopes of a second term and is going on the attack as ill omens and recent stock market slumps haunt the global economy. "Most economists actually say we are not going to have a recession," Trump told reporters in New Jersey on Sunday. "Most of them are saying we will not have a recession but the rest of the world is not doing well like we are doing." A recession does not appear to be an immediate danger in the US but signs of a global slowdown are sprouting up everywhere, hinting that Trump could face a more difficult political environment in 2020 than expected. A successful reelection race in the face of a sluggish economy would represent the biggest sales job of the former real estate mogul's life and he would again rewrite the laws of political gravity.



  • @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    Trump tests a materialistic message to voters

    President Donald Trump is not waiting for the economy to go south amid growing fears of a recession to wage what could be the defining fight of the 2020 election.
    Trump is becoming increasingly nervous that the end of an 11-year expansion could scupper his hopes of a second term and is going on the attack as ill omens and recent stock market slumps haunt the global economy. "Most economists actually say we are not going to have a recession," Trump told reporters in New Jersey on Sunday. "Most of them are saying we will not have a recession but the rest of the world is not doing well like we are doing." A recession does not appear to be an immediate danger in the US but signs of a global slowdown are sprouting up everywhere, hinting that Trump could face a more difficult political environment in 2020 than expected. A successful reelection race in the face of a sluggish economy would represent the biggest sales job of the former real estate mogul's life and he would again rewrite the laws of political gravity.

    To damn funny. Before even hovering over the link I said to myself, "This sure sounds like CNN talking." Low and behold.


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