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CNN wrote that.
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Military helicopter shot at over Virginia, injuring a crew member

A US Air Force helicopter was shot at near Manassas, Virginia, on Monday, injuring one of two pilots on board, according to an Air Force official.
The UH-1N was flying 10 miles northwest of Manassas on a routine training mission at an altitude of 1,000 feet when the incident occurred. It landed safely at Manassas Regional Airport west of Washington, DC, and the pilot was taken to hospital where they were treated and released, the official said.
The incident is now under FBI and Air Force investigation to determine if the helicopter was deliberately shot at or if someone was randomly shooting into the air. The aircraft will be closely inspected for other damage, the official added.
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/12/poli ... index.html
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Fuck.

Do we know anyone in Virginia? If not, it may be time for a small accident there involving nuclear waste.
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sparks wrote: Fri Aug 28, 2020 1:34 am Fuck.

Do we know anyone in Virginia? If not, it may be time for a small accident there involving nuclear waste.
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OK. We'll let it go this time Rob. Besides, I blame ed.
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Why Hershey’s Chocolate Tastes Bad to Some People

For many people there’s nothing more American than biting into a bar of Hershey’s chocolate or using the little rectangles to make yummy s’mores over the campfire. But, there is a whole other group of people, who try as they might, have never been able to enjoy Hershey’s chocolate. It’s kind of like cilantro or even floral flavored cookies: usually you either love it or hate it. As it turns out, in the case of Hershey’s there might be good reason why some folks just don’t like it.

To some people Hershey’s chocolate contains a flavor that other chocolates do not. This has been alternately described as acidic, goaty, tangy, unpleasant, or rotten tasting. It’s one reason why many people believe that it has to do with the quality of the chocolate. But, it turns out that there’s something else that could be going on here.

Hershey’s chocolate (and some other American brands) are thought to taste particularly bad in European countries, areas where the world’s best chocolates from Belgium, Switzerland, France, and Germany are regularly on offer. In these countries chocolate must contain at least 20% cacaco in order to be legally called chocolate. In the U.S. it’s only 10% that’s required. But, it appears that quality is not the only factor.

Hershey’s is thought to be made with milk that has been put through a process called controlled lipolysis. This result of this process can result in the by-product of butyric acid, a chemical that is found in sour milk, rancid butter, parmesan cheese, and which is responsible for the horrible taste and smell of baby vomit.

Americans are believed to be used to the taste of butyric acid in their chocolate, having grown up eating Hershey’s and similar brands. On the other hand residents of Europe find this flavor out of place in a confection.

There is another factor at play here. Hershey’s -like many chocolatiers- adds polyglycerol polyricinoleate (PGPR) to some of their confections. This additive is made from castor oil and helps the chocolate flow nicely into molds, around fillings, and also reduces the amount of expensive cocoa butter needed to make chocolate candy. In theory this chemical is supposed to have little to no taste, but some claim that this chemical also adds that baby vomit taste and smell. And, since 90% of taste is smell, the two cannot help but be linked.

In 2015 Hershey’s revamped the recipe for their chocolate bars, but they still include PGPR as an ingredient. Hershey’s has never commented on the presence of butyric acid or any “tangy” flavors in their products.
https://12tomatoes.com/hersheys-chocolate-taste/

Butyric acid is what gives rancid butter its delicious taste. I heard it pairs well with chlorinated chicken.
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And then chase it with a little hand sanitizer.
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Butyric acid.

It's also what gives Limburger cheese its characteristic yumminess.
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Witness wrote: Fri Aug 28, 2020 10:12 pm
Why Hershey’s Chocolate Tastes Bad to Some People

For many people there’s nothing more American than biting into a bar of Hershey’s chocolate or using the little rectangles to make yummy s’mores over the campfire. But, there is a whole other group of people, who try as they might, have never been able to enjoy Hershey’s chocolate. It’s kind of like cilantro or even floral flavored cookies: usually you either love it or hate it. As it turns out, in the case of Hershey’s there might be good reason why some folks just don’t like it.

To some people Hershey’s chocolate contains a flavor that other chocolates do not. This has been alternately described as acidic, goaty, tangy, unpleasant, or rotten tasting. It’s one reason why many people believe that it has to do with the quality of the chocolate. But, it turns out that there’s something else that could be going on here.

Hershey’s chocolate (and some other American brands) are thought to taste particularly bad in European countries, areas where the world’s best chocolates from Belgium, Switzerland, France, and Germany are regularly on offer. In these countries chocolate must contain at least 20% cacaco in order to be legally called chocolate. In the U.S. it’s only 10% that’s required. But, it appears that quality is not the only factor.

Hershey’s is thought to be made with milk that has been put through a process called controlled lipolysis. This result of this process can result in the by-product of butyric acid, a chemical that is found in sour milk, rancid butter, parmesan cheese, and which is responsible for the horrible taste and smell of baby vomit.

Americans are believed to be used to the taste of butyric acid in their chocolate, having grown up eating Hershey’s and similar brands. On the other hand residents of Europe find this flavor out of place in a confection.

There is another factor at play here. Hershey’s -like many chocolatiers- adds polyglycerol polyricinoleate (PGPR) to some of their confections. This additive is made from castor oil and helps the chocolate flow nicely into molds, around fillings, and also reduces the amount of expensive cocoa butter needed to make chocolate candy. In theory this chemical is supposed to have little to no taste, but some claim that this chemical also adds that baby vomit taste and smell. And, since 90% of taste is smell, the two cannot help but be linked.

In 2015 Hershey’s revamped the recipe for their chocolate bars, but they still include PGPR as an ingredient. Hershey’s has never commented on the presence of butyric acid or any “tangy” flavors in their products.
https://12tomatoes.com/hersheys-chocolate-taste/

Butyric acid is what gives rancid butter its delicious taste. I heard it pairs well with chlorinated chicken.
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↑ Proves the Internet isn't infinite.

Major Real Estate Website Now Shows Flood Risk. Should They All?

Millions of people rely on real estate websites when they're hoping to buy or rent a home. Major sites such as Zillow, Redfin, Trulia and Realtor.com feature kitchens, bathrooms, mortgage estimates and even school ratings. But those sites don't show buyers whether the house is likely to flood while they're living there.

Now, Realtor.com has become the first site to disclose information about a home's flood risk and how climate change could increase that risk in the coming decades, potentially signaling a major shift in consumers' access to information about climate threats.

"People are buying property with little knowledge of whether it's going to flood or not," says Harriet Festing, co-founder of the advocacy group Higher Ground, which connects people across the country who have survived floods. "It ruins lives."

Still, other websites such as Redfin, Zillow and Trulia have no plans to share information about flooding with users. Millions of buyers risk overpaying for homes likely to be hit with a natural disaster over the course of a 30-year mortgage. But representatives for other realty sites say home sellers are reluctant to publish flood risk information, since it could decrease their home's value.
https://www.npr.org/2020/08/26/90555163 ... d-they-all
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Public transit faces 'death spiral' without $32bn injection from Congress People of color and those on low incomes likely to be hit hardest as transport systems struggle with effects of pandemic America faces a mobility crisis that will have “profound” implications – especially for those on low incomes and people of color – if Congress does not step in to fill the nation’s$32bn public transport funding gap, experts have warned.

Looming public transport cuts caused by the pandemic could have far-ranging repercussions, including on people’s ability to vote in November, and inflict damage to services that will take years to recover from.

It comes after public transport use dropped by as much as 90% across the country as a result of the pandemic, almost obliterating fare revenue. Many systems have also lost sales tax.

Congress provided $25bn funding in April as part of the Cares Act, but for many financially struggling systems that help is already running out. Transport leaders have requested a further$32bn, but currently there is no package in place, which is expected to lead to significant cuts.

Beth Osborne, director of the advocacy group Transportation for America, said: “The implications for folks who have no choice but to take transit, are losing transit as a reliable and frequent option, it can be profound in so many ways.”

She added: “You cut transit, it impacts low-income populations and we know that that is made up of a very large share of people of color. So it’s a very direct line.”

The majority of people who use public transport in the US, 60%, are people of color, according to a 2017 report by the American Public Transport Association (APTA). Just under a quarter are African American.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/202 ... l-congress
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Witness wrote: Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:08 pm
Public transit faces 'death spiral' without $32bn injection from Congress The arc of the moral universe bends towards chaos. People who believe God or History are on their side provide the chaos. Witness Posts: 30260 Joined: Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:50 pm ### Re: 'Murica Why do you hate the poor? Witness Posts: 30260 Joined: Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:50 pm ### Re: 'Murica US places sanctions on International Criminal Court prosecutor US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced sanctions Wednesday on the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, objecting to the investigation of US soldiers for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. Also added to the US sanctions blacklist was Phakiso Mochochoko, director of the ICC's Jurisdiction, Complementary and Cooperation Division, for "having materially assisted Prosecutor Bensouda," Pompeo said. Pompeo said other ICC officials have already faced denial of visas to the United States over the investigations of US military personnel. "Today we take the next step, because the ICC continues to target Americans, sadly," he said. He added that visa restrictions and broader sanctions could be applied to those helping Bensouda and Mochochoko. The move came after President Donald Trump authorized sanctions on the Hague-based tribunal on June 11 for probing and prosecuting US troops. Pompeo at the time referred to the ICC as a "kangaroo court" and warned that if US soldiers are investigated by it, those of US allies in Afghanistan risk the same threat. https://www.france24.com/en/20200902-us ... prosecutor Witness Posts: 30260 Joined: Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:50 pm ### Re: 'Murica U.S. agrees to pay South Carolina$600 million and dispose of plutonium

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Energy Department said on Monday it has reached a settlement with South Carolina on removing weapons-grade plutonium by 2037 from a Cold War-era site and shipping most of it to a disposal facility in New Mexico.

South Carolina, which had sued the energy department, will receive an upfront payment of $600 million. The state will waive its right to bring any more lawsuits over the plutonium until 2037. “Today’s announcement is a guarantee to the people of South Carolina that plutonium will be removed safely from this state,” said U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette. The U.S. government had planned to build a mixed oxide (MOX) plant to convert the material into fuel for nuclear power. But a MOX plant had never been built in the United States, and the Trump administration axed the program in 2018 saying it would cost about$48 billion more than \$7.6 billion already spent on it.

That decision was a blow to South Carolina politicians, including Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who had touted the jobs it would provide.

The department said 9.5 metric tons of plutonium will be removed from the Savannah River site. Much of the material will be sent to New Mexico, where it will be diluted and disposed of in a nuclear waste site near Carlsbad.

A notice in the Federal Register on Friday indicated that the department and its arm the National Nuclear Security Administration will dispose 7.1 metric tons at New Mexico’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

The energy department was required by law to either build the MOX plant or remove the plutonium but it had done neither.

The U.S. government had secretly shipped here plutonium from South Carolina to Nevada sometime before November 2018, the Trump administration revealed last year. Democratic officials in Nevada were angered when they learned the news.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa- ... SKBN25R2B5
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They are a scavenging people: Declassified tapes reveal Richard Nixon's hate for Indians

As Americans grapple with problems of racism and power, a newly declassified trove of White House tapes provides startling evidence of the bigotry voiced by President Richard M. Nixon and Henry Kissinger, his national security adviser.

The full content of these tapes reveal how U.S. policy toward South Asia under Mr. Nixon was influenced by his hatred of, and sexual repulsion toward, Indians.

These new tapes are about one of the grimmest episodes of the Cold War, which brought ruin to Bangladesh in 1971. At that time, India tilted heavily toward the Soviet Union while a military dictatorship in Pakistan backed the United States. Pakistan flanked India on two sides: West Pakistan and the more populous, and mostly Bengali, East Pakistan.

In March 1971, after Bengali nationalists won a democratic election in Pakistan, the junta began a devastating crackdown on its own Bengali citizens.

Mr. Nixon and Mr. Kissinger staunchly supported the military regime in Pakistan as it killed hundreds of thousands of Bengalis, with 10 million refugees fleeing into neighboring India. New Delhi secretly trained and armed Bengali guerrillas. The crisis culminated in December 1971 when India defeated Pakistan in a short war that resulted in the creation of an independent Bangladesh.

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It was stunning to hear a conversation between Mr. Nixon, Mr. Kissinger and H.R. Haldeman, the White House chief of staff, in the Oval Office in June 1971.

“Undoubtedly the most unattractive women in the world are the Indian women,” said Mr. Nixon. “Undoubtedly,” he repeated, with a venomous tone.
He continued, “The most sexless, nothing, these people. I mean, people say, what about the Black Africans? Well, you can see something, the vitality there, I mean they have a little animallike charm, but God, those Indians, ack, pathetic. Uch.”
New York TimesLast Updated: Sep 04, 2020, 01:31 PM IST
Synopsis
The full content of these tapes reveal how U.S. policy toward South Asia under Mr. Nixon was influenced by his hatred of, and sexual repulsion toward, Indians. These new tapes are about one of the grimmest episodes of the Cold War.
By Gary J. Bass

As Americans grapple with problems of racism and power, a newly declassified trove of White House tapes provides startling evidence of the bigotry voiced by President Richard M. Nixon and Henry Kissinger, his national security adviser.

The full content of these tapes reveal how U.S. policy toward South Asia under Mr. Nixon was influenced by his hatred of, and sexual repulsion toward, Indians.

These new tapes are about one of the grimmest episodes of the Cold War, which brought ruin to Bangladesh in 1971. At that time, India tilted heavily toward the Soviet Union while a military dictatorship in Pakistan backed the United States. Pakistan flanked India on two sides: West Pakistan and the more populous, and mostly Bengali, East Pakistan.

In March 1971, after Bengali nationalists won a democratic election in Pakistan, the junta began a devastating crackdown on its own Bengali citizens.

Mr. Nixon and Mr. Kissinger staunchly supported the military regime in Pakistan as it killed hundreds of thousands of Bengalis, with 10 million refugees fleeing into neighboring India. New Delhi secretly trained and armed Bengali guerrillas. The crisis culminated in December 1971 when India defeated Pakistan in a short war that resulted in the creation of an independent Bangladesh.

I documented the violent birth of Bangladesh and the disgraceful White House diplomacy around it in my book “The Blood Telegram,” published in 2013. Much of my evidence came from scores of White House tapes, which reveal Mr. Nixon and Mr. Kissinger as they really operated behind closed doors. Yet many tapes still had long bleeps.

In December 2012, I filed a legal request for a mandatory declassification review with the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. After considerable wrangling, the Nixon archivists at last released a few unbleeped tapes in May 2018 and July 2019, then 28 more in batches from October 2019 to this past May. (There are bleeps still remaining on a couple of the reviewed tapes, some of which I am appealing.)

It was stunning to hear a conversation between Mr. Nixon, Mr. Kissinger and H.R. Haldeman, the White House chief of staff, in the Oval Office in June 1971.

“Undoubtedly the most unattractive women in the world are the Indian women,” said Mr. Nixon. “Undoubtedly,” he repeated, with a venomous tone.

He continued, “The most sexless, nothing, these people. I mean, people say, what about the Black Africans? Well, you can see something, the vitality there, I mean they have a little animallike charm, but God, those Indians, ack, pathetic. Uch.”

On Nov. 4, 1971, during a private break from a contentious White House summit with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India — a rare woman leader at the time — the president harangued Mr. Kissinger about his sexual disgust at Indians.

Mr. Nixon said: “To me, they turn me off. How the hell do they turn other people on, Henry? Tell me.” Mr. Kissinger’s response is inaudible, but it did not discourage the president from his theme.
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/ne ... s?from=mdr for the rest.