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Bride, groom praised for wedding invitations with extreme RSVP penalty

A couple laid down the law when it came to guests sending an RSVP to their upcoming wedding — and those on Reddit are celebrating the move.

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According to the post, the couple — who was not identified — sent out invitations requesting guests RSVP by Sept. 10, 2019. However, under the traditional “declines with regret” and “accepts with pleasure” options is a warning: “If you do not RSVP by September 10th please bring a chair and a sandwich.”

An anonymous Reddit user posted a picture of the unique invitations on the “funny” subreddit along with the simple headline: “A wedding invitation, A chair and a sandwich.”

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The cutthroat approach has been met with praise on the forum, with many sharing their own RSVP nightmares while planning a wedding.

“Good for them. That’s why you RSVP,” someone commented.

“I like this couple,” another wrote.

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The couple has been praised on Reddit for using such a bold statement to get guests to RSVP on time. (iStock)

“That’s actually awesome,” one commented.

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“Had an estranged uncle call me the day before my wedding to tell me him and his family of eight will be there. I told him no and haven’t heard from him since. I don’t understand people who don’t RSVP,” one person shared.

“We chased families for their RSVP,” another wrote. “My husband’s family was great. Mine sucked. It ended up working out and we got everyone but COME ON, send the g–damn thing back it takes two freaking seconds.”

Others joked that they would probably prefer to not RSVP.

“Man, I would almost be tempted to tell people to come with a chair and sandwich regardless,” one person wrote. “Would be much easier on the marrying couple.”

“That sounds great,” another quipped. “I think I’d wait until September 10th just to bring a chair and a sandwich. Nice La-Z-Boy and a meatball sub while everyone else is sitting in folding chairs eating dry chicken.”

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Hopefully, all guests have responded, as the RSVP window ended last week.

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Soccer stadium turned into ‘forest’ as artist highlights climate change

A soccer stadium pitch in Austria has been turned into a “forest” by Swiss artist Klaus Littmann to highlight climate change and deforestation.

The temporary art installation, “FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature,” has transformed the Wörthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt into a “native Central European forest” with almost 300 trees, according to a statement released by the project.

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Visitors looks at the temporary art intervention by Swiss artist Klaus Littmann, FOR FOREST -The Unending Attraction of Nature, in the Woerthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt, Austria, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

“FOR FOREST aims to challenge our perception of nature and question its future. It seeks to become a memorial, reminding us that nature, which we so often take for granted, may someday only be found in specially designated spaces, as is already the case with animals in zoos.”

The trees, some of which weigh 6 tons, will be replanted nearby when the installation ends on Oct. 27, 2019.

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The art installation aims to highlight climate change and deforestation. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

“The forest will be carefully replanted on a public site in close proximity to Wörthersee Stadium at a scale of 1:1 and remain as a living ‘forest sculpture,’” the project explains.

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The “forest” will be carefully replanted nearby when the art installation ends. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

The project is inspired by Max Peintner’s pencil drawing “The Unending Attraction of Nature,” which depicts a dystopian world where spectators at a packed stadium look down on a forest that occupies the playing field.

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The Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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2020 Democrats ignore Kavanaugh story correction after demanding impeachment

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The Democrats running for president who quickly called for Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s impeachment over the weekend aren’t backing down – despite The New York Times issuing a major revision to its blockbuster story that ignited the demands in the first place.

For the most part, those candidates are not even acknowledging the story update.

Meanwhile, Rep. Jerry Nadler, the Democratic leader of the House Judiciary Committee, seemed to brush off his party’s calls to begin proceedings against Kavanaugh, saying on a radio show Monday: “We have our hands full with impeaching the president right now.”

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Many of the major 2020 Democratic candidates for president over the weekend released statements calling for Congress to impeach Kavanaugh, citing the Times’ reporting of an uncorroborated and disputed college-era allegation of sexual misconduct as a reason to impeach.

But late Sunday, the paper revised its portrayed blockbuster story to include the fact that several friends of the alleged victim said she told them she did not recall the reported sexual assault in question.

But that didn’t prompt Democrats to revise or walk back their calls: In one case, billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer called for impeachment proceedings even after the Times’ update.

“If the only way to get the truth is to launch an impeachment process for Justice Kavanaugh, I support starting that process immediately,” Steyer said Monday.

Fox News has reached out to the Democrats who called for impeachment over the weekend to ask if the candidate has changed their position in light of the newspaper’s editor note. None have responded yet.

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California Sen. Kamala Harris – who said over the weekend that Kavanaugh “must be impeached – did not back down in a new tweet Monday, saying, “The reality of Kavanaugh’s confirmation process is that it lacked any integrity — there has never been a meaningful investigation into these allegations. We need the truth.”

The Times piece by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, adapted from their forthcoming book, asserted that a Kavanaugh classmate, Clinton-connected nonprofit CEO Max Stier, “saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student.”

The Times did not mention Stier’s work as a Clinton defense attorney, or his legal battles with Kavanaugh during the Whitewater investigation. According to the Times, Stier “notified senators and the FBI about this account” last year during the Kavanaugh hearings, “but the FBI did not investigate and Mr. Stier has declined to discuss it publicly.”

However, the Times’ article also initially did not mention that Pogrebin and Kelly’s book found that the female student in question did not recall the alleged episode.

In its update, the paper later said, “Editors’ Note: An earlier version of this article, which was adapted from a forthcoming book, did not include one element of the book’s account regarding an assertion by a Yale classmate that friends of Brett Kavanaugh pushed his penis into the hand of a female student at a drunken dorm party. The book reports that the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident. That information has been added to the article.”

Still, the earlier reporting ignited an avalanche of impeachment calls.

Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro tweeted: “It’s more clear than ever that Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath. He should be impeached. And Congress should review the failure of the Department of Justice to properly investigate the matter.”

Said Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren: “Last year the Kavanaugh nomination was rammed through the Senate without a thorough examination of the allegations against him. Confirmation is not exoneration, and these newest revelations are disturbing. Like the man who appointed him, Kavanaugh should be impeached.”

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Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke said: “Yesterday, we learned of another accusation against Brett Kavanaugh—one we didn’t find out about before he was confirmed because the Senate forced the FBI to rush its investigation to save his nomination. We know he lied under oath. He should be impeached.”

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., tweeted in part, “This new allegation and additional corroborating evidence adds to a long list of reasons why Brett Kavanaugh should not be a Supreme Court justice. I stand with survivors and countless other Americans in calling for impeachment proceedings to begin.”

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg said: “Kavanaugh should resign and if he doesn’t, the House should impeach him.”

On Capitol Hill, the news prompted outrage from Democrats, but whether that could translate into another dramatic investigation remains to be seen.

In his interview with the “Brian Lehrer Show” on Monday, Nadler suggested his committee is more focused on impeaching the president. But he signaled openness to at least reviewing allegations against Kavanaugh. Pressed by the host, Nadler ripped the FBI’s investigation of the allegations as a “sham” and said: “It might fall under our jurisdiction. We’d have to take a look at that.”

Others on the campaign trail raised concerns about Kavanaugh but didn’t explicitly call for impeachment.

Former Vice President Joe Biden said: “This weekend’s report in the New York Times raises again profoundly troubling questions about the integrity of the confirmation process that put Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court in the first place.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders said he backed getting rid of Kavanaugh by any legal means available: “The revelations today confirm what we already knew: During his hearing, Kavanaugh faced credible accusations and likely lied to Congress. I support any appropriate constitutional mechanism to hold him accountable.”

Sen. Amy Klobuchar stopped short of calling for impeachment, and instead posted a picture of Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford with the words, “Let us never forget what courage looks like.”

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Conservatives have ripped into Democrats for their calls:

“This is the weakest of the weak type of allegations. It’s really a shameful attempt to reignite these smears against Judge Kavanaugh that are utterly baseless,” Carrie Severino, the founder of the Judicial Crisis Network who recently wrote a sympathetic book about Kavanaugh, said on “Fox & Friends.”

Trump, for his part, suggested Sunday that Kavanaugh should sue for defamation.

Still, other Democrats ramped up their criticism of Kavanaugh on Monday.

“It is unsurprising that Kavanaugh, credibly accused of sexual assault, would lie under oath to secure a Supreme Court seat,” tweeted New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “Because sexual assault isn’t a crime of passion – it’s about the abuse of power. He must be impeached.” 

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Illinois lawmaker pooped on by pigeon while discussing problem of pigeons pooping at train station

An Illinois lawmaker speaking to the media on the issue of pigeon poop at a train station in Chicago was pooped on — by a pigeon — mid-interview.

State Rep. Jaime Andrade, D-Chicago, was discussing the problem with a WBBM-TV reporter outside the Irving Park Blue Line station when the bird sprung into action.

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“Oh, did I just get… No, I didn’t… I did, didn’t I? I got a little bit,” Andrade told the reporter in a story published Monday, feeling the bird feces on his head. “I’ll just have to go clean up. … That’s what happens to my constituents. They get s— on all time.”

The sidewalks outside of the station are covered in bird waste and feathers.

Andrade said he’s been trying to fix the problem. One of his ideas is to ask the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to install a hose line for power washing when it constructs new escalators at the stop.

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One CTA rider, Derek Barthel, told WBBM that after the news station reported on the problem over the summer, the station was washed, but “then nothing at all happened.”

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Pigeon poop has been creating a messy commute for Chicago Transportation Authority riders. (iStock)

Andrade said that in 2018 he requested $6 million in the state budget for the Irving Park Blue Line.

“This is the mistake, when I said literally $6 million for Irving Park Blue Line,” he told the news outlet. “The funds are for the CTA Blue Line, and so probably, and with the funds where it came from can only be used for construction.”

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The problematic place in question is underneath the actual station and is overseen by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The sidewalk the pigeons keep pooping on is reportedly under the jurisdiction of the City of Chicago.

The lawmaker said that the money was voted on and approved at a meeting three weeks ago to fund new escalators at the station.

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New Zealand man arrested in ‘witchcraft’ deaths of 5 Fiji family members

A New Zealand man described as a “healer” and “witch doctor” has been charged in the mysterious deaths of five family members in Fiji last month, local police said Sunday.

The man, whose identity hasn’t been released, was charged with five counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, Fiji police said. The man had previously been considered a person of interest in the case.

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The five dead family members and a crying baby were found Aug. 26 on the side of a cliff in the Nausori Highlands. The victims were identified by local media as Nirmal Kuma, a 63-year-old carpenter, his wife Usha Devi, 54, their daughter Nileshni Kajal, 34, and Kajal’s two daughters, Sana, 11, and Samara, 8. The baby, identified as 1-year-old Samaira Kumar, was the sole survivor.

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Nileshni Kajal, 34, with her daughters, Sana,11, and Samara, 8. (Facebook)

A toxicology report determined the victims died from ingesting a toxic substance, the New Zealand Herald reported Monday. Police had initially suspected poisoning.

The father of the two dead children earlier told the Fiji Sun he blamed his in-laws’ “extreme” interest in witchcraft for the deaths.

“I never saw anyone or any family so much into witchcraft than my in-laws,” he said. “I knew that my father-in-law was practicing witchcraft and in extreme conditions. He would call witchdoctors home or take my mother-in-law to them as she always used to complain of stomach pains and claim that someone has done something to her.”

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Nirmal Kumar, 63, his wife Usha Devi, 54. (Facebook) (Nirmal Kumar, 63, his wife Usha Devi, 54. (Facebook))

The New Zealand man was an alleged “healer” who on three previous occasions treated Devi for stomach pains with herbal medicines, Stuff NZ reported in August.

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Fiji police called the man a “witch doctor” and named him and his wife as prime suspects, the Fiji Sun reported early in the investigation. The man and his wife, who have permanent residency status in New Zealand, were questioned for two days last month and issued a court order to remain in the country.

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He is expected to appear at the Nadi Magistrate Court on Monday, police said.

The surviving child, dubbed locally as the “miracle baby,” has since been released from the hospital, according to reports.

Fox News’ Robert Gearty contributed to this report.

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Abby Lee Miller offers Felicity Huffman prison advice: The first day is ‘the most stressful’

Abby Lee Miller has some perspective on what Felicity Huffman can expect from her 14-day prison sentence for her involvement in the college admissions scandal.

On Friday, the “Desperate Housewivesstar was sentenced to 14 days in federal prison, plus 250 hours of community service and a $30,000 fine for her role in the so-called “Operation Varsity Blues.” She is ordered to turn herself in on Oct. 25.

Huffman, 56, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in May. She confessed to paying an admissions consultant $15,000 to have a proctor correct her older daughter’s answers on the SAT. She wrote that she’d considered the same for her younger daughter but decided against it.

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Miller, 52, who completed an eight-month stint in federal prison for bankruptcy fraud in March 2018, told Us Weekly of Huffman’s future behind bars, “Well, the first day going in is the most stressful. Then, after that, she is going to be in a big, huge room with bunk beds, tons of them. That’s where they first put you to get acclimated to the prison life.”

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Abby Lee Miller offered some prison advice to Felicity Huffman. (Getty Images)

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“She’s not going to get a job because she won’t be there long enough. She’s not going to learn how to be a plumber and how to do HVAC, and how to do all the things that you have to do to go over to the men’s prisons and do,” the “Dance Moms” star added.

“That’s why they have camps. That’s why women are in prison, so we can go make lunches when they all get in a fight. It’s ridiculous,” she scoffed. “It is the most absurd nonsense you have ever seen in your life.”

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As for her vision of Huffman’s life post-prison, Miller has a pretty rose-colored view.

“She’ll make a huge movie out of it,” she cracked. “She’ll make millions of dollars and I’m the one paying for her health care for the rest of her life privately.”

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In April, Miller said of Huffman’s then-potential prison stint, “My advice would be, take a deep breath and if you need a consultant, I’m your girl.” She added, “Be respectful of everyone, keep a low profile, be kind to people. Tell your story, but listen.”

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Teen with severe dairy allergy served fatal dish despite alerting waitstaff to diet needs, coroner says

A United Kingdom teen celebrating his 18th birthday went for a meal at a popular burger joint in London. Hours later, he died.

Owen Carey had a severe allergy to dairy. In April 2017, to celebrate his 18th birthday, Carey went to Byron Burgers’ location along the River Thames in London.

He alerted staff to his dairy allergy, inquiring if the grilled chicken he was eyeing would be safe for him to eat — especially because the chain’s menu, at the time, reportedly made “no mention” of the marinade or what ingredients it contained, including potential allergens, the BBC reported.

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Owen Carey, who had a severe dairy allergy, died in April 2017 after eating chicken that was marinated in buttermilk. (Press Association via AP Images)

The 18-year-old was seemingly satisfied with the response he received from staff members and proceeded to order the chicken. But shortly after leaving the restaurant, Carey began to feel unwell. Less than an hour later, the teen collapsed near the London Eye. He was rushed to St. Thomas’s Hospital in central London, but died.

Soon after, the teen’s family would learn the chicken Carey ate was marinated in buttermilk, sparking his anaphylactic reaction. Though Carey typically carried an EpiPen, he did not have it with him the day he ate the buttermilk-laden chicken, according to the Guardian.

Following an inquest into Carey’s death, a coroner on Friday announced at Southwark Coroner’s Court that Carey was misled into thinking the chicken was safe for him to eat.

Carey, according to statement read in court by assistant coroner Briony Ballard, “died from a severe food-induced anaphylactic reaction from food eaten and ordered at a restaurant despite making staff aware of his allergies,” according to the British Press Association.

“Owen was the shining light in our family.” 

— Emma Kocher, Owen Carey’s sister 

He continued: “The menu was reassuring in that it made no reference to any marinade or potential allergenic ingredients in the food selected. The deceased was not informed that there were allergens in the order.”

“The food served to and consumed by the deceased contained dairy which caused the deceased to suffer a severe anaphylactic reaction from which he died.”

Carey’s family is now pushing for new laws on allergen labeling in restaurants.

“Owen was the shining light in our family,” the teen’s sister, Emma Kocher, said in a statement outside of court.

“We want restaurants to have to display clear allergen information on each individual dish on their menus. The food industry should put the safety of their customers first,” she continued.

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“It is simply not good enough to have a policy which relies on verbal communication between the customer and their server, which often takes place in a busy, noisy restaurant where the turnover of staff is high and many of their customers are very young,” she added.

Aimee Leitner-Hopps, Byron’s technical manager, told the Guardian the allergy information on the chain’s menu “met industry standards” at the time of Carey’s death.

“If you have an allergy you should be asking for information and the team would be able to provide that information in the allergy guide,” she said, adding staff had also received online allergen training.

“It was apparent to me training available to the teams was sufficient,” she noted.

On its online menu, Byron’s now mentions the buttermilk marinade used on some of its chicken dishes.

“We cannot guarantee that our kitchens or our suppliers are 100 percent allergen-free,” the menu reads. 

“While our teams adhere to strict standards, we do prepare food in a kitchen and bar area where allergens, including gluten, are present. We do not declare every ingredient used within a dish on this menu. If you have any specific dietary requirements or allergies, we have a comprehensive allergy guide to help you make the right choice for you – please ask our team for a copy of the allergy guide before you place your order,” it continues.

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Army AI Task Force builds new prototypes for armored vehicles

Streamlining multiple targeting sensors to destroy long-range targets, arming forward-positioned robots to penetrate enemy defenses and receiving organized weather-specific terrain mapping from nearby drones – are all emerging combat dynamics increasingly made possible by AI-enabled weapons and technologies.

New applications of AI are consolidating data from otherwise disparate sensor systems, analyzing seemingly limitless amounts of targeting data in seconds and instantly sifting through hours of drone video to massively improve attack options and shorten “sensor-to-shooter” time.

“We are developing an AI stack regarding how we pull together the sensors, computing layer and analytics to manage the data,” Col. Doug Matty, Army AI Task Force Deputy Director, told Warrior in an interview.

New algorithms, AI-enabled computer processing and high-speed networking are all specific elements of work now underway with the Army’s AI Task Force, an emerging Army effort to collaborate with industry and academia, find technology breakthroughs and develop new applications for AI, Matty explained. The Task Force is now working on prototyping systems for integration onto UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, Long-Range Precision Fires systems and the Army’s emerging fleet of Next-Gen Combat Vehicles, he said.

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“We are focusing on the Next Gen Combat Vehicle. As you know they are progressing with two different platforms – the optionally-manned vehicle and the robotic combat vehicle. How do we have AI-aided threat recognition? We have to be aware of how robotic and manned vehicles share information to conduct operations,” Matty explained.

The first prototype AI-focused integrated threat recognition sensor will be ready by January of next year, Matty said.

The Army’s fast-moving AI-task force, based in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center, was first established by the Secretary of the Army in October of 2018.

As part of a dual-pronged strategy to both rapidly advance technology and analyze its impact upon strategy, doctrine and combat tactics, the AI TF is working closely with Army Futures Command and its Cross Functional Teams.

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“We are working through an initial set of mission analysis with the CFT. We are now aligning these efforts with research opportunities,” Matty said.

An interesting 2017 essay from the Hague Centre for International Studies offers some significance context regarding the anticipated operational impact of AI.

“AI systems could provide probabilistic forecasts of enemy behavior, anticipate and flag bottlenecks or vulnerabilities in supply lines before they occur, and suggest mitigation strategies; draw on data (e.g. weather conditions collected by drones), to examine factors affecting operations and assess the viability of different mission approaches,” the essay, called “Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Defense,” states.

Matty and his team are now refining potential applications of new algorithms being uncovered through the Army’s current collaboration with scientists and engineers at Carnegie Mellon — to help bring the vision outlined by the essay to life. There are a number of efforts showing early promise, Matty explained.

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Some of these include sensor consolidation, an effort which not only reduces the hardware footprint created by building sensors into armored vehicles but also increases long-range sensor fidelity and organizes otherwise separate pools of data. This, among other things, can introduce new attack options, Matty explained.

“We are working on sensor consolidation. For fire control there are a number of processes that are conducted in advance of finding the entities that you want to generate effects on. How do we leverage enhanced capabilities based on longer-range types of systems and overhead commercial imagery or UAS so we can rapidly perform PED (Processing, Exploitation, Dissemination)?” he said.

Here Matty seems to be referring to how AI-aided algorithms can now immediately sift through drone-video feeds, instantly finding and disseminating intelligence of pressing combat relevance. This kind of information synergy described by Matty is also reinforced by the Hague Centre for International Studies essay, which states that new adaptations of AI technologies can perform “analysis of reports, documents, newsfeeds and other forms of unstructured information.”

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Perhaps of greatest relevance, the essay explains how these AI-enhanced functions can “forecast enemy behavior, anticipate maneuver challenges and find vulnerabilities in supply lines.”

AI is also changing the readiness equation, Matty explained, by virtue of accelerating condition-based maintenance on board certain large platforms such as Strykers and Black Hawk helicopters.

“We are working to refine the analytics and machine learning to not only increase the specificity but also improve the time horizon to predict when maintenance needs will occur. We can get to the granular level of specificity, not just for the fleet but eventually for tail numbers,” Matty said.

The Army has been working on conditioned-based maintenance for many years now, an effort which includes engineering and integrating key data-collection sensors onto large platforms. These sensors can, among other things, monitor system health, engine rotations and other essential combat functions in real-time – at times even wirelessly – to help commanders anticipate when a given system may malfunction. In recent years, the Army completed a “proof of principle” exercise using AI-enabled wireless technology to download and organize maintenance data from sensors onboard Stryker vehicles. Collaborating with IBM, the Army was able to draw upon IBM’s Watson computer to perform analytics in real-time to produce indispensable maintenance information in seconds. The Army’s AI Task Force is now working on this on Black Hawk helicopters.

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“How can information be analyzed to understand maintenance status? This includes developing new algorithms and interfaces for maintenance and mechanics to address supply chain and logistics challenges and take advantage of recently-available data assets,” Matty said.

Automation and AI, which are of course progressing at near lightning speed these days, are often described in terms of easing the “cognitive burden,” meaning they can quickly perform analytics and a range of procedural functions to present to a human operating in a command control capacity.

Working on the cutting edge regarding both the promise and limitations of AI, the Army’s Task Force is currently grounded in a doctrinal emphasis upon having a “human in the loop.” Essentially, AI and advanced computer processing speed are well suited to exponentially improve procedural functions, the organization of sensor data and other pressing computational operations — yet Matty emphasized the importance of having humans in a role of command and control in order to make complex decisions, reason and best leverage the benefits of AI.

For instance, there are many combat variables which are often a complex byproduct of a range of more subjectively determined variables – impacted by concepts, personalities, individual psychology, historical nuances and larger sociological phenomena. This naturally raises the question as to how much even the most advanced computer programs could account for these and other somewhat less “tangible” factors.

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Advanced computer algorithms can analyze data and quickly perform procedural functions far more quickly than human cognition – yet there are nonetheless still many things which are known to be unique to human cognition. Humans solve problems, interpret emotions and at times respond to certain variables in a way that the best computer technology cannot.

This concept, broadly speaking, is mirrored in an interesting 2017 essay from Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs called “Artificial Intelligence and the Future of War.” (M.L.Cummings). The essay explains how typical algorithms cannot necessarily “generalize” but rather only consider “quantifiable variables.”

“Replicating the intangible concept of intuition, knowledge-based reasoning and true expertise is, for now, beyond the realm of computers,” the essay states.

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“…….AI is advancing, but given the current struggle to imbue computers with true knowledge and expert-based behaviours, as well as limitations in perception sensors, it will be many years before AI will be able to approximate human intelligence in high-uncertainty settings – as epitomized by the fog of war …,” the Chatham House essay states.

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Colin Kaepernick’s Nike commercial wins an Emmy Award

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s “Dream Crazy” Nike commercial won an Emmy Award for outstanding commercial on Sunday at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

It beat out impressive ads for Netflix as well as Apple’s Macbook, iPhone XS and Sandy Hook Promise.

Nike announced Kaepernick as the face of its “Just Do It” campaign last September, prompting immediate backlash due to his controversial decision to start kneeling during the national anthem at NFL games in 2016. The move, he said, was an effort to protest systemic racial injustices against the African-American community in the country.

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“Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything,” Kaepernick, who has not played in the NFL since failing to re-sign with the 49ers, says in the ad.

“Don’t ask if your dreams are crazy. Ask if they’re crazy enough,” he continues.

The “Dream Crazy” commercial, which also referenced star athletes such as Serena Williams, LeBron James, and Shaquem Alphonso Griffin, highlighted people who aspire to go beyond athleticism and be the best in the world at what they do.

A report from Edison Trends said the company’s online sales grew 31 percent the week the campaign launched. The surge was stronger than the 17 percent increase recorded last year during the same period, the report stated.

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“There was speculation that the Nike/Kaepernick campaign would lead to a drop in sales but the data does not support that theory,” the company said in a statement.

Despite his part in the popular ad, Kaepernick, who has been under contract with Nike since 2011, was recently at odds with the company. He reportedly took issue with the brand’s use of Betsy Ross’ U.S. flag design on its new Air Max 1 USA.

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Kaepernick reportedly complained because he felt the use of the Betsy Ross flag was offensive and carried slavery connotations, sources told The Wall Street Journal.

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Citing people familiar with the matter, the Journal’s report stated: “After images of the shoe were posted online, Mr. Kaepernick, a Nike endorser, reached out to company officials saying that he and others felt the Betsy Ross flag is an offensive symbol because of its connection to an era of slavery.”

Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy and Liam Quinn contributed to this report.

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New York Giants’ Saquon Barkley cheers up young fan who was snubbed when he asked for autograph

New York Giants star Saquon Barkley lifted the spirits of a young fan who was denied an autograph from Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman DeMarcus Lawrence.

Barkley gave Kamil Bautista, 11, tickets to a game between the Giants and the New York Jets later in the season after the boy was denied an autograph. The snub happened after the Giants lost to the Cowboys during the first week of the season.

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The running back invited the fan and will fly him and his family out for a meet-and-greet, TMZ Sports reported Saturday. The game takes place Nov. 10.

Kamil was waiting outside AT&T Stadium last week and asked Lawrence for an autograph when the Cowboys star was walking to his vehicle. The short interaction was caught on video and went viral on social media.

Lawrence can be heard telling the unidentified kid, “Get the right jersey, son!” Kamil was wearing a Barkley jersey in the clip.

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Lawrence received significant backlash for his actions. The Cowboys player responded in his own words in a tweet.

“It’s crazy how you fans want to attack me for not signing for a kid. It’s more than one kid that come to the game with Cowboys jerseys and never get to meet any player. So if I’m honest with my own kids I will never treat your kid better than mine so suck it up. #SorryNotSorry”

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Lawrence later apologized in an interview with the Dallas Morning-News.

“It hurt. That ain’t me. If I need to be me 24/7 to have my persona on the field and off the field, trust me, I would love to take it all back,” Lawrence said. “I can’t have my persona on the field and off the field. … Sometimes, I can’t click it off fast enough. I ain’t even get one hit on Saquon Barkley in the game, so seeing that jersey, I kinda wanted to give him a little tackle.”

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Lawrence added he regretted the whole interaction.

“How the fans are attacking me, their situation,” he said “I mean, I could have worded it differently. I really didn’t see the kid to be honest with you, but once I did, I’m like, ‘Oh man, yeah, you’ve got to get yourself a new jersey.’ Not everybody understands my sense of humor or who I am as a man. It will be all right.”

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