Tuesday, March 21, 2017

France Is Destroying Drones by Using Real, Live Eagles

Today in The World Is Turning Into An Apocalyptic Video Game news, France is using trained eagles to take down drones. At Mont-de-Marsan, an air base in southwestern France, army personnel have been training four eagles to track, catch, and destroy unmanned aircraft in mid-flight. The eagles, which were named after characters in The Three Musketeers (d’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis), were hatched on top of drones and chased drones in reward for meat throughout their lives. The French military believes eagles are more effective and more affordable method than the current most common method of defeating drones-using a device that interferes with drone signals. Reportedly, France hopes to use eagles in anti-drone simulations by the summer. (RFI)


Secret Service removes agent who didn’t want to take ‘a bullet’ for Trump

The Secret Service agent who said during last year’s presidential campaign season that she “wouldn’t take a bullet” for then-candidate Donald Trump has been removed from her post as special agent in charge of the agency’s Denver office. Kerry O’Grady, the agent in question, has been permanently removed from her senior position. She had been on administrative leave for the last two months while the Secret Service continues to conduct an investigation into her comments. According to reports, just two weeks ago the agency posted a job listing for the Denver special agent in charge position on an internal job board. Despite being removed from her position, it still isn’t clear whether or not O’Grady will be terminated. Some Secret Service agents expressed concern that the agency’s top brass will “insulate” O’Grady and simply move her to another position in the Department of Homeland Security — which the Secret Service falls under — so that she can finish out her career and collect her government pension. (Washington Examiner)


Army veteran who suffered brain injury after two tours in Afghanistan to be deported

A judge has ordered Chicago Army veteran Miguel Perez be deported to Mexico. He served two tours in Afghanistan for the U.S. Army. His parents said it was unfair for their son to be deported after coming to the country legally when he was 8 years old. A spokesperson fro the Office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Perez was targeted for deportation after being convicted of a felony charge for selling drugs in 2010 after he left the Army. Perez’s friends and family say that injury, and the post traumatic stress disorder he later developed, made it difficult for him to find work when he returned to Chicago. They say he then started selling drugs. In February of 2010, Perez was convicted of selling more than two-pounds of cocaine. Perez has two children, both U.S. citizens, an 18-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son. He’s worried he won’t be able to see them again if he’s deported. His attorney has filed an appeal to Board of Immigration Appeals, so Perez will remain in the country while the appeals process plays out. (WGN TV)


‘Sesame Street’: Julia, A Muppet With Autism

The little girl Muppet with red hair and a favorite bunny clutched in her hand has been in Sesame Street’s online Digital Storybook series since 2015, but will make her TV debut on HBO and PBS in April. The show’s creators hope the new character will help children better understand playmates who have autism, which is affecting more and more American kids. Children with autism will also have a Muppet they can identify with. In Julia’s first episode, she experiences a bit of a glitch while meeting Big Bird. When the two are introduced by pals Abby and Elmo, Julia is hesitant to shake Big Bird’s hand. He’s sad and worried that Julia doesn’t like him, but Elmo explains that Julia has autism so she “does things a little differently.” Julia’s designers were eager to use the new Muppet to express issues kids with autism often deal with, without turning her into some kind of standard model for everyone with the disorder. (Huffington Post)


Immigration judges headed to 12 U.S. cities to speed deportations

The U.S. Justice Department is developing plans to temporarily reassign immigration judges from around the country to 12 cities to speed up deportations of illegal immigrants who have been charged with crimes, according to two administration officials. The targeted cities are New York; Los Angeles; Miami; New Orleans; San Francisco; Baltimore, Bloomington, Minnesota; El Paso, Texas; Harlingen, Texas; Imperial, California; Omaha, Nebraska and Phoenix, Arizona. They were chosen because they are cities which have high populations of illegal immigrants with criminal charges, the officials said. How many judges will be reassigned and when they will be sent is still under review, according to the officials, but the Justice Department has begun soliciting volunteers for deployment. (Reuters)


Norway is the world’s happiest country in 2017

Norway displaced Denmark as the world’s happiest country in a new report released on Monday that called on nations to build social trust and equality to improve the well-being of their citizens. The Nordic nations are the most content, according to the World Happiness Report 2017 produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative launched by the United Nations in 2012. Countries in sub-Saharan Africa, along with Syria and Yemen, are the least happy of the 155 countries ranked in the fifth annual report released at the United Nations. The aim of the report, he added, is to provide another tool for governments, business and civil society to help their countries find a better way to wellbeing. Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden rounded out the top ten countries. South Sudan, Liberia, Guinea, Togo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Central African Republic were at the bottom. Germany was ranked 16, followed by the United Kingdom (19) and France (31). The United States dropped one spot to 14. The rankings are based on six factors — per capita gross domestic product, healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity, social support, and absence of corruption in government or business. Authors of the report claim the United States is falling in the ranking due to inequality, distrust and corruption. Economic measures that the administration of President Donald Trump is trying to pursue, he added, will make things worse. (Times Of Oman)




This Tuesday Is Better Because It’s:

*Afghanistan Day
*National Agriculture Day (3rd Tuesday)
*International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
*International Day of Forests and The Tree
*International Day of Nowruz
*Memory Day
*National Common Courtesy Day
*National Day of Action On Syringe Exchange
*National Renewable Energy Day
*WE Day
*National Single Parent Day
*Poetry Day
*Spring Fairy Fun Day
*Twitter Day (Social Media Application)
*World Down Syndrome Day

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