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posted by fyngyrz on Thursday March 08, @10:10AM   Printer-friendly
from the stray-cats dept.

On April 9, 1972, Iraq and the Soviet Union signed an historic agreement. The USSR committed to arming the Arab republic with the latest weaponry. In return for sending Baghdad guns, tanks and jet fighters, Moscow got just one thing — influence... in a region that held most of the world's accessible oil.

Nixon and his national security adviser Henry Kissinger visited Tehran in May 1972 — and promptly offered the shah a "blank check." Any weapons the king wanted and could pay for, he would get — regardless of the Pentagon's own reservations and the State Department's stringent export policies.

That's how, starting in the mid-1970s, Iran became the only country besides the United States to operate arguably the most powerful interceptor jet ever built — the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, a swing-wing carrier fighter packing a sophisticated radar and long-range AIM-54 Phoenix air-to-air missiles.

Today Iran's 40 or so surviving F-14s remain some of the best fighters in the Middle East. And since the U.S. Navy retired its last Tomcats in 2006, the ayatollah's Tomcats are the only active Tomcats left in the world.

TFA goes on in some depth both about the historical importance of the F-14 as it flew nearly 50 years ago, as well as the challenges Iran has faced in creating an entirely new supply chain, and eventually new upgrades, to keep a fleet of dedicated interceptors from the last century in service.

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posted by fyngyrz on Thursday March 08, @09:56AM   Printer-friendly
from the HEPA-filter dept.

A new study showed a link between strong right-wing views and fear of disease and increased concern about hygiene.

The study showed that people who are more offended by bad odors are more likely to support authoritarian leaders such as Donald Trump.

In the past, disgust at bad odors may have been important for survival. The scientists suggested that the disgust at unfamiliar odors may be linked to a desire to keep apart from "culturally unfamiliar" groups.

Jonas Olofsson, a researcher in scent and psychology at Stockholm University, said:

It showed that people who were more disgusted by smells were also more likely to vote for Donald Trump than those who were less sensitive,

We thought that was interesting because Donald Trump talks frequently about how different people disgust him.

The research was published in Royal Society Open Science.

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posted by fyngyrz on Thursday March 08, @09:25AM   Printer-friendly
from the we'll-toast-to-that dept.

Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:

The bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa is one of the main causes of infections and sepsis in people suffering from severe burns because it is difficult, if not impossible, to fight. Researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, have succeeded in revealing the dynamics of the pathogen's physiology and metabolism during its growth in exudates, the biological fluids that seep out of burn wounds.

...this study allows to follow step-by-step the strategies developed by Pseudomonas aeruginosa to proliferate and, thus, to guide the development of innovative treatments to counter them.

Manuel R. Gonzalez says:

"Since the availability of iron is a limiting factor for bacterial growth, a Trojan horse type strategy should be considered, which is under development."

Manuel R. Gonzalez, Verena Ducret, Sara Leoni, Betty Fleuchot, Paris Jafari, Wassim Raffoul, Lee A. Applegate, Yok-Ai Que, Karl Perron. Transcriptome Analysis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Cultured in Human Burn Wound Exudates. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, 2018; 8 DOI: 10.3389/fcimb.2018.00039

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posted by chromas on Thursday March 01, @05:26AM   Printer-friendly
from the You-can't-tell-me-what-to-say-you-can't-say dept.

Full article found at Current Affairs:

I have been told, over and over and over again, that college kids these days are hypersensitive snowflakes who can't tolerate opposing opinions and don't believe in free speech. They are so devoted to Tolerance and Diversity that they cannot take a joke, they think everything is a microaggression, and they want to slap "trigger warnings" on anything that may offend their political sensibilities. We have, on American college campuses, a new generation of spoiled, coddled, and censorious whiners who favor stifling dissenting opinions over constructively engaging with them. (I'm presenting this line of thinking in its most extreme form, but I don't think it's wrong to say that this is roughly the kind of sentiment one commonly hears about college students.)

But it looks like it may all be fake news.

More importantly, though, we can see here why reaching broad conclusions from sets of anecdotes is inadvisable. There are around 2,600 four-year universities in the United States. Friedersdorf tried to compile all of the most outrageous instances from a single year, and found about 10 of them. Those 10 were probably roughly evenly distributed according to the political affiliation of the students; i.e. there are more shutdown attempts by liberal students than conservative students, but students are also more liberal.

From the conclusion:

It's time then, to stop talking in stereotypes. Students are, for the most part, just like everybody else: they believe in free speech, but they also have an instinct for censorship. The tendencies that critics describe do exist, but their mistake is in taking the tendencies as the rule rather than the exception. Controversial speakers do, for the most part, get to come to speak, and images of millennials as uniquely sensitive and authoritarian are a misleading and unfair slight against a perfectly decent generation.

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The whole piece strikes this submitter as worth the read, as it is replete with facts and studies, as well as coming from a point of view of actual experience at universities.

posted by fyngyrz on Tuesday February 27, @09:45PM   Printer-friendly
from the dept dept.

This is a test sample story. It is intended to provide fyngyrz with an opportunity to flail away at some sample verbiage.

All right, that was fun. :)

So, is there an editorial guidelines page? Rules for changing text (strikeouts, just do it, or what)?


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posted by chromas on Sunday February 25, @05:41AM   Printer-friendly
from the teste dept.

This is my story for Chromas. This story should be set to release today 25 Feb at 1500 UTC.

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posted by Dopefish on Saturday February 03, @10:45PM   Printer-friendly
from the yeah,-nah dept.

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There is no text here.

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Spoilers are lame anyway.

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Unless you're me. *SPOILER* (click to show) *SPOILER* (click to hide)

Any spolier I make is... *SPOILER* (click to show) *SPOILER* (click to hide)


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Ironically, the answer is yes.

posted by The Mighty Buzzard on Wednesday January 31, @06:33PM   Printer-friendly
from the twitter can suck my cock dept.

Fucking stupid twitter.

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posted by The Mighty Buzzard on Wednesday January 31, @05:19PM   Printer-friendly
from the i-fucking-hate-twitter dept.

Bloody stupid Twitter.

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posted by The Mighty Buzzard on Wednesday January 31, @04:52PM   Printer-friendly
from the foo dept.

This is a test story at Sun Aug 13 16:03:38 2017

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