Crypto Rebels | WIRED

It’s the FBIs, NSAs, and Equifaxes of the world versus a swelling movement of Cypherpunks, civil libertarians, and millionaire hackers. At stake: Whether privacy will exist in the 21st century.
— Read on www.wired.com/1993/02/crypto-rebels/

Opinion | Why Adults Lose the ‘Beginner’s Mind’ – The New York Times

Here’s a sobering thought: The older we get, the harder it is for us to learn, to question, to reimagine. This isn’t just habit hardening into dogma. It’s encoded into the way our brains change as we age. And it’s worsened by an intellectual and economic culture that prizes efficiency and dismisses play.

— Read on www.nytimes.com/2021/04/16/opinion/ezra-klein-podcast-alison-gopnik.html

Biden Delegation Pledges US Support for Taiwan Self-Defense – The Diplomat

An unofficial delegation led by former Senator Chris Dodd completed a three-day visit to Taiwan in a show of support from the Biden administration.
— Read on thediplomat.com/2021/04/biden-delegation-pledges-us-support-for-taiwan-self-defense/

Turkey-Algeria relations to sour after Ankara’s support for extremist group – report | Ahval

Turkey-Algeria relations have become tense following meetings between Turkish officials and leaders of the Rachad Movement, which Algerian authorities designate as an extremist group, threatening national security, pan-Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat said on Friday.
— Read on ahvalnews.com/turkey-algeria/turkey-algeria-relations-sour-after-ankaras-support-extremist-group-report

Icelandic pensioner blacklisted by Chinese Communist Party government unfazed by China anger – Taiwan English News

Icelandic pensioner blacklisted by Chinese Communist Party government unfazed by China anger – Taiwan English News
— Read on taiwanenglishnews.com/icelandic-pensioner-blacklisted-by-chinese-communist-party-government-unfazed-by-china-anger/

Animated GIFs Show 7 Ancient Ruins ‘Reconstructed’

Expedia commissioned 7 animated GIFs that demonstrate the virtual reconstruction of ancient monuments like the Luxor Temple in Egypt and the Parthenon in Greece. From the ruins they are today to the architectural masterpieces of yesteryear, they are incredible architectural visualizations.
— Read on mymodernmet.com/ancient-monuments-animated-gifs-expedia/

Yuri Gagarin: Russia, U.S. and China Are in a Deadly New Space Race – Bloomberg

Sixty years after Yuri Gagarin’s orbit of the Earth, the militarization of the cosmos is heating up. A Q&A.
— Read on www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-04-17/yuri-gagarin-russia-u-s-and-china-are-in-a-deadly-new-space-race

Russia Tells Illegal Migrants from Post-Soviet Countries to Leave By June 15 – The Moscow Times

“These people will be punished by expulsion and closure of borders” if they don’t follow the deadline, Russia’s Deputy Interior Minister said.
— Read on www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/04/16/russia-tells-illegal-migrants-from-post-soviet-countries-to-leave-by-june-15-a73623

Covid-19 Global Live Updates on Variants, Case and Vaccines – The New York Times

Five months before the regular season starts, the N.F.L. and its players are facing their first clash over playing in the pandemic, with players for nearly half of the teams vowing to skip voluntary off-season workouts.

Players on 14 of the league’s 32 teams, including the Giants, the Jets and the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, said in statements released by the N.F.L. Players Association that they would not participate in the workouts scheduled to begin Monday because of concerns it would be unsafe to gather.

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was among players who spoke out to the news media and on social media.

“We feel very strongly about the game, the short- and long-term health of the players, and there is no game without strong, healthy players,” Brady said in a conference call with The New York Times and the union’s leadership. “People within the league may think, ‘Oh, let’s just get back to business, let’s go back to what we’ve usually done.’ But I think it’s really smart for people and players to think, ‘Is this the best possible way to do things?’ Not, ‘Is this tolerable, but is it the best way to deal with the situation?’”

The N.F.L. declined to comment.

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— Read more about a covid resurgence on www.nytimes.com/live/2021/04/17/world/covid-vaccine-coronavirus-cases

New Army Training Doc Outlines Ways To Give Soldiers Superhuman-Like Sensory Perception

The U.S. Army has published a new training circular that contains a section on how soldiers can train their senses to new levels of awareness, enabling them to almost unconsciously perceive small details about their surroundings in a near-superhuman manner. Other sections of the circular describe how cultural anthropology, the study of world religions, and even Gestalt psychology, can be leveraged in U.S. Army training in order to make soldiers into what some might call “warrior monks” with near-preternatural deductive reasoning ability. 

While many will scoff at some of the loftier ideas in the training circular, the document cites numerous case studies of soldiers in the field in which a greater sense of situational awareness could have saved lives. The Army is already offering training courses in this new type of Advanced Situational Awareness (ASA) at Fort Benning in Georgia, which is home to the service’s Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE). MCoE oversees the Army’s Infantry and Armor Schools, among other responsibilities.  
— Read on www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40202/new-army-training-doc-outlines-ways-to-give-soldiers-superhuman-like-sensory-perception