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    What's the buzz? [April Fools 2021]

    Chrome on Android: getting a speaker icon popping up, and playback of some buzzing. Which, perhaps, is a sign of the times...
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    Suez Canal blocked by EVERGIVEN

    There's a Captain having a very, very bad day. Their oversize container ship has accidentally pivoted and completely blocked the Suez canal. Photo: Realtime position of the ship: EVER GIVEN Current position (Container Ship, IMO 9811000) - VesselFinder
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    United Airlines 328: Minor issues

    Apparently a Boeing 777-200 en route to Honolulu had to turn back. Minor engine issues...
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    Help identify Canadian war dead with no known grave

    DND has set up a website to permit Canadians with relatives who died in Canadian service with no known grave to register and help them in their casualty identification efforts when remains are found...
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    Murderer, musician Phil Spector dead at 81

    - mod edit to fix thread title -
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    Apple iOS Security Flaw - just connecting to wifi

    A Google security researcher has released a detailed explanation of a flaw he discovered and reported (since patched), which could give an attacker access and control of an iOS device, without the user having to click on anything...
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    RIP David Prowse, Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy

    Famed British bodybuilder David Prowse, who wore the cloak, helmet and mask of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy died on November 28th at the age of 85. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsMWVW4xtwI
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    Col (Ret'd) Guy Simonds, 1958-2020

    The Royal Regiment is lessened by the loss of an articulate, intelligent and capable officer. https://jamesreidfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/1599/Colonel-Ret-d-Christopher-Simonds-CD/obituary.html?fbclid=IwAR1Guc_XoumQ1VQYT4RiSBjhBgAVA4BcgpO87fUe2G86Q9rLEnPUpZRizWk#tribute-start
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    Right Honourable John Turner, PC, CC, QC dies at age 91

    Former Prime Minister John Turner died yesterday at age 91.  No details are available about his cause of death, nor plans for his funeral.  https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/john-turner-obituary-1.5731229
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    Rank beats talent

    From the Wavell Room - a discussion on education, training and development.  How do we select and develop leaders, and what behaviours do we (and should we) reinforce? https://wavellroom.com/2019/10/09/too-fat-to-think-disruptive-thought-military/ Is the British military too fat to think? by...
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    French officer arrested for allegedly spying for Russia

    In the "Who said the Cold War is over" department, a European source is reporting that a French senior officer posted to a NATO base in Italy was arrested several days ago for allegedly sending secret documents to the Russian secret service. Full article (in French)...
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    James Joyner writes about the historical and current tensions between the academy and the field for the military.  How should a military balance muddy boots vs dusty books? https://warontherocks.com/2020/08/soldier-scholar-pick-one-anti-intellectualism-in-the-american-military/
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    "My taxes pay my salary" tangent split from the Liberal Minority Government 2019

    ... says a person paid by the government of Canada out of tax revenue...
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    USS Bonhomme Richard on fire

    More views of the #fire burning now on board US #Navy amphibious ship USS #BONHOMME RICHARD LHD6 at 32nd Street Naval Station in San Diego. Reports so far indicate 3 sailors, 1 SDFD fireman injured. At the moment the fire seems to be growing https://twitter.com/CavasShips/status/1282380677653176320
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    Ransomware attack against Canadian Defence Academy

    Global and the G&M are reporting a ransomware attack against the Canadian Defence Academy, parent formation to RMC, CMR, CFC and the Osside institute. https://globalnews.ca/news/7148735/royal-military-college-cybersecurity-attack/
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    Beer drinking = OpSec threat

    How a seemingly innocuous app threatens security. https://www.bellingcat.com/news/2020/05/18/military-and-intelligence-personnel-can-be-tracked-with-the-untappd-beer-app/
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    The Warrior Ethos

    Excellent article from a UK gunner JNCO on the Warrior Ethos, and why soldiers should aspire to be Centurions, not Spartans. https://army.ca/forums/threads/132318.0.html
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    On the Toxicity of the ‘Warrior’ Ethos

    On the Toxicity of the ‘Warrior’ Ethos by Ryan Noordally Do you remember how successful Zack Snyder’s 2006 film, 300, was?  It enjoyed a popular, if not cult, following amongst military personnel.  Its popularity generated widespread use of the film’s iconography and ‘Spartan’ became a brand...
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    Ottawa police officers charged with taking bribes from tow truck owners

    Three Ottawa police officers are facing charges for allegedly sharing information and taking kickbacks from a towing company, following an RCMP investigation. One of the three is a former CAF member - a picture (in the article below) shows him with GCS-SWA with two bars, GCS-EXP, CPSM...
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    Alberta pension fund loses $3B(US) on market volatility bet

    Alberta's provincial pension fund lost over $3B this year due to a failed bet on market volatility. https://www.institutionalinvestor.com/article/b1l9c8n9lgdj1r/AIMCo-s-3-Billion-Volatility-Trading-Blunder Of interest: AIMCo has underperformed OMERS (Ontario's municipal pension plan) by over...