clark hilterman
7/18/2019 10:40 AM - Global Government


Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives quietly passed a bill requiring the Inspector General of the Department of Defense (DoD) to conduct a review into whether the Pentagon experimented with ticks and other blood-sucking insects for use as biological weapons between 1950 and 1975.

If the Inspector General finds that such experiments occurred, then, according to the bill, they must provide the House and Senate Armed Services committees with a report on the scope of the research and "whether any ticks or insects used in such experiments were released outside of any laboratory by accident or experiment design," potentially leading to the spread of diseases such as Lyme.

Source: https://www.newsweek.com/pentagon-weaponized-ticks-lyme-disease-investigation-1449737
7/18/2019 10:37 AM - Politics
7/18/2019 10:31 AM - News of the Weird


"A male-centric municipal code doesn’t reflect the reality of the city of Berkeley," a city council member said.

Berkeley, California, a city with a long history of progressivism, is moving forward with a plan to remove all gendered language from its city code as part of an effort to recognize its nonbinary residents.

Soon, in the Bay Area city just east of San Francisco, all instances of "he" and "she" in the city code will replaced by the gender-neutral "they."

The City Council on Tuesday adopted the first reading of the new ordinance eliminating "gender preference language" in its municipal code.

With the change, “manholes” will be called “maintenance holes,” “firemen” will become “firefighters,” “manmade” will be “artificial” and all instances of “men and women” will be replaced by “people.”

The effort was spearheaded by City Council member Rigel Robinson.

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/no-more-manholes-berkeley-california-removes-all-gendered-language-city-n1031131
7/16/2019 10:12 AM - Technology


Perhaps the most dramatic moment of Apollo 11's mission to the moon was when the Eagle began its final descent to the lunar surface and the ship's computer became overloaded. Few were more nervous than the young computer programmer who had written the code for the landing. On the Apollo 11's 50th anniversary, WSJ sat down with programmer Don Eyles.

Source: https://www.wsj.com/video/apollo-code-meet-the-computer-programmer-who-landed-us-on-the-moon/9502C917-4D2A-455C-9B41-B9E1BF024B0F.html
7/16/2019 10:04 AM - News of the Weird


Over the weekend, police in Tennessee asked locals not to flush their drugs down the toilet for fear of turning alligators into "meth-gators."

After officers witnessed a suspect try and dispose of methamphetamine in a lavatory, the Loretto Police Department warned residents on social media that such actions could create "methed up animals," CNN reported.

Police shared the advice on Facebook, writing: "Now our sewer guys take great pride in releasing water that is cleaner than what is in the creek, but they are not really prepared for meth.

Source: https://www.newsweek.com/meth-toilets-drugs-alligators-ducks-geese-science-police-1449409