The military research agency has put out a request for giant, company- or university-managed underground tunnels that could host "research and experimentation." The requirements are oddly specific, too, with the ideal area covering "several city blocks" while including a complex design, multiple levels and variety like atriums and stairwells.
The kicker is that DARPA needs an answer quickly...
The challenge aims to develop innovative technologies that would augment operations underground. The SubT Challenge will explore new approaches to rapidly map, navigate, search, and exploit complex underground environments, including human-made tunnel systems, urban underground, and natural cave networks.
The ideal space would be a human-made underground environment spanning several city blocks w/ complex layout & multiple stories, including atriums, tunnels & stairwells. Spaces that are currently closed off from pedestrians or can be temporarily used for testing are of interest. pic.twitter.com/GkWKm2w2p9
Regarding QANON, a far-right conspiracy theory detailing a supposed secret plot by an alleged "deep state" against U.S. President Donald Trump and his supporters, 5% of voters believe in QANON, while 22% do not. 73% were unsure or had not heard of QANON. 6% of both Democrats and Republicans say that they are believers in QANON as compared to 2% of Independents.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) announced Wednesday his panel will broaden its investigation into President Trump to include his proposal to hold the 2020 Group of Seven (G-7) summit at one of his family-owned properties in Florida. Nadler said the president's pitch to host next year's meeting of world leaders at Trump National Doral Miami is "only the latest in a troubling pattern of corruption and self-dealing by the President" and may violate both the foreign and domestic Emoluments Clauses.
Allergic reactions to tattoos are amongst the most common side effects... Usually tattoo needles contain nickel (6–8%) and chromium (15–20%) both of which prompt a high rate of sensitization in the general population. As verified in pig skin, wear significantly increased upon tattooing with the suspected abrasive titanium dioxide white when compared to carbon black pigment... The evidence from our study clearly points to an additional entry of nickel to both skin and lymph nodes originating from tattoo needle wear...
A secret cyberattack against Iran in June wiped out a critical database used by Iran’s paramilitary arm to plot attacks against oil tankers and degraded Tehran’s ability to covertly target shipping traffic in the Persian Gulf, at least temporarily, according to senior American officials. Iran is still trying to recover information destroyed in the June 20 attack and restart some of the computer systems — including military communications networks — taken offline, the officials said.
FBI and IRS agents raided the home of UAW President Gary Jones in Canton at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Agents also raided the union’s northern Michigan conference center and other UAW locations across the country. The raids were a major step as federal officials ramped up their corruption investigation of the autoworkers union, which is in the midst of contract negotiations with Detroit automakers. As many as a dozen agents collected evidence from Jones' home on Wildrose Drive in Canton, and they'll remain there "as long as it takes," Special Agent Mara Schneider said from the site late in the morning. The search lasted six hours.
Some analysts say China appears to have accelerated the push to digital money after U.S. social media giant Facebook announced plans in June to launch digital coin Libra... The PBOC plans to distribute its cryptocurrency through at least seven institutions in the initial stage, including Chinese tech giants Alibaba and Tencent, China's largest payments card issuer China UnionPay, and four Chinese state-owned banks, the report said...
The report added that the PBOC hopes its cryptocurrency will eventually be made available to spenders in the United States and elsewhere through relationships with correspondent banks in the West.
The new trial adds to a growing body of evidence finding psychedelic psychotherapy effective for depression, addiction and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
The team at the Johns Hopkins Psychedelic Research Unit has been at the forefront of the modern psychedelic science renaissance, exploring the effects, and potential medical uses, of a number of psychoactive compounds including LSD, DMT and MDMA.
“This open-label study will test the effects of two moderate to high doses of psilocybin given in combination with motivational interviewing-based psychotherapy,” says Gukasyan. “Our goal is to determine whether psilocybin can be safely administered in a supportive setting to people with anorexia nervosa (AN), and whether this intervention can produce improvements in mood, quality of life, and cognitive and behavioral symptoms of the disorder.”...
Queen of England Elizabeth II has formally approved Boris Johnson's request to temporarily suspend Parliament, a move that will largely prevent lawmakers from pushing through new legislation and ultimately sabotaging the prospect of a no-deal Brexit. Johnson said he "spoke to Her Majesty The Queen to request an end to the current parliamentary session."...
And people always thought the "Queen" had no power, meanwhile...
Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves are currently in a runoff for the Republican nomination in the governor’s race to see who will take on Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood in the November general election. Reeves led Waller in the Aug. 6 balloting by a 49-33 margin, though the race went to a runoff after no candidate hit 50 percent.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has barred Democratic staffers from the House Oversight Committee from visiting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a planned trip this week after committee staff allegedly were “disruptive” and refused to follow instructions during their last trip, Fox News has learned... But sources told Fox News that DHS has revoked access to CBP facilities for the upcoming visit, citing staff behavior that “interfered” with law enforcement operations -- including refusing to leave one site after their scheduled window, skipping some tours and being "rude" to officers. A DHS official said that ICE visits will still be allowed this week, but with a two-hour time limit.
Last night I made an error in judgment by reporting an item about the president’s finances that didn’t go through our rigorous verification and standards process. I shouldn’t have reported it and I was wrong to discuss it on the air. I will address the issue on my show tonight.
Four people have emerged from a home tied to a Secret Service investigation... Around 11:30 a.m., a man reportedly came out of the house, followed by a woman. The SWAT team continued to call for man to come out with hands up. Police fired two rounds of tear gas into the home, resulting in a second man coming out of the home. Additional suspects are believed to be inside the home... The Fairfield Police Department said Secret Service agents came to Fairfield for an operation and that someone barricaded themselves inside. At that point, the Secret Service got help from Fairfield police. The Fairfield department’s SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiations Team are at the scene, with negotiators working to convince the person inside the home to surrender
Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says any peace agreement will be based on security conditions on the ground. He says Afghan forces aren’t yet able to secure the country without help from allied forces and it’s not yet clear when they’ll be. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the U.S. will keep all options on the table.
The Epoch Times interviewed whistleblower parents, children, and a mental health professional in the county who spoke of how they say children are being sexually abused in the system that is meant to protect them...
Google is moving aggressively to shift production of its Pixel smartphone from China to Vietnam... The push to develop a Vietnamese production base reflects the twin pressures of higher Chinese labor costs and the spiraling tariffs resulting from the trade war between Washington and Beijing. The U.S. internet giant intends to eventually move production of most of its American-bound hardware outside of China, including Pixel phones and its popular smart speaker, Google Home, according to the sources...
Moktar Hossain, a 31, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Diana Saldana in the Southern District of Texas. Hossain, who resided in Monterrey, Mexico, admitted to housing Bangladeshi migrants before moving them on to Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, and then Laredo, Texas. The Department of Justice called the smuggling of illegal immigrants a “national security threat”... The smuggling activity occurred between March 2017 and August 2018, ICE officials stated. During Fiscal Year 2018, human smugglers moved nearly 700 Bangladeshi nationals into the Laredo Border Patrol Sector, Breitbart Texas reported.
Omar hasn't commented on the accusations, but there's a possible second scandal involving the more than $200,000 that her campaign has spent with Mynett's firm. Of the $145,406 reported earnings by the E Street Group during the 2018 campaign cycle, $62,674 came from Omar's campaign. Not counting payroll taxes and transfers to Minnesota's Democratic Party, E Street Group was Omar's second-largest vendor, according to FEC data...Here's the odd thing: The overwhelming majority of Omar's funds spent on the E Street Group were paid after she won the contested primary and during the totally noncompetitive general election race in her D+26 district. Contrary to FEC rules, Omar's filings did not designate whether her E Street Group disbursements (or any of her disbursements) were for the primary election or the general election.