Lucas Matney writing for Tech Crunch:
Today, Microsoft announced that it has received a contract to outfit the United States Army with tens of thousands of augmented reality headsets based on the company’s HoloLens tech. This contract could be worth as much as $21.88 billion over 10 years, the company says.
Microsoft will be fulfilling an order for 120,000 AR headsets for the Army based on their Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) design. The modified design upgrades the capabilities of the HoloLens 2 for the needs of soldiers in the field.
Microsoft has a long history of working with the government to help murder people and their GitHub unit famously contracts with ICE and helps to cage children.
(content warning: the death penalty)
ProPublica’s Isaac Arnsdorf on how the murder factory at the combination White House/Justice Department that Trump and Barr are operating is hurrying through as many murders as it can before Biden takes over the murder factory and moves operations more exclusively overseas:
The Justice Department has killed 10 people since July, with three more executions scheduled before Biden’s inauguration. Most every federal agency is rushing to wrap up unfinished business, cementing policy objectives in ways that will make them harder for the incoming president to unwind. But the Justice Department’s pressing forward with executions, even after the election of a new president who opposes them, is uniquely irreversible.
This article goes into much more detail about what the government is using to kill, who is doing the murder for cash, and gives us details about the career staff that support the death penalty but as with all bad news lately, and if you’re like me and don’t get Trump’s emails you’ll find out this also serves to partially fulfill our national embarrassment’s ego and campaign.
The murders and other violence at the Capitol took over the news, and some Republicans may well be done with our national embarrassment over that and because there isn’t any functional process today that let them proceed with overturning the results of the election, but this kind of murder that is legally justified by a crooked set of Supreme Court Justices rushed through before a change in power is essential to the operation of the Republican party.
Michael Lewis writing about the national embarrassment’s transition to office:
Before any of the calls could be made, however, the president of Egypt called in to the switchboard at Trump Tower and somehow got the operator to put him straight through to Trump. “Trump was like … I love the Bangles! You know that song Walk Like an Egyptian?” recalled one of his advisers on the scene.
Vote the national embarrassment out of office if you’re in the US.
Doug Bock Clark has an incredibly detailed account of Otto Warmbier’s time in North Korea as a hostage. This is the American whose torture and eventual death our national embarrassment used for justifying possible war with, and bellicose rambling at, North Korea.
Shaun, a Patreon-backed video producer, has made this video that re-examines last year’s absolutely horrible “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville Virgina, with some new perspective gained after the postmortem analysis by an independent law firm hired by the city and reports from journalists.
The video is almost hour long, and is difficult to watch, but it is well worth your time if you’re not familiar with the most extreme examples of racist bullshit in the US.