The Daily Populous

Saturday February 29th, 2020 evening edition

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Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, speaks with US Air Force Lieutenant General John Thompson, commander Space and Missile Systems Center commander at Space Pitch Day in San Francisco, California.

ORLANDO, Fla., — Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk predicted Friday that the future of war would be carried out by autonomous drones and not by legacy aircraft.

"The fighter jet era has passed," Musk said during a fireside chat with U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John Thompson at the Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Florida.

Musk also said that Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet, which is the Pentagon's most expensive weapons system, should have a competitor.

"The competitor should be a drone fighter plane that's remote-controlled by a human, but with its maneuvers augmented by autonomy.

A U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter approaches at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr. »

Superdelegate pushing convention effort to stop Sanders is health care lobbyist who backed McConnell

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A Democratic superdelegate promoting an effort to stop Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., if he fails to clinch a majority of pledged delegates is a health care lobbyist who has contributed thousands to Republicans.

"I am a committed Democrat, but as a lobbyist, there are times when I need to have access to both sides.

Owen is a registered lobbyist for the health care technology firm Klox Technologies. »

Luxembourg is first country to make all public transport free

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Luxembourg is to become the first country to offer a free public transport system, as the government tries to reduce particularly dense car traffic.

Public transport will be free from Saturday in a move that will affect approximately 40% of households and save each one about €100 per year.

The transport minister, François Bausch, said: “Systematic and continuous investment is a sine qua non-essential condition for promoting the attractiveness of public transport.”. »

The Suicide Squad Wraps Filming

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James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad will hit theaters on August 6, 2021.

Who would have ever thought that James Gunn would be directing a DC film?

Now that filming has wrapped and with convention season getting ready to start, perhaps we will some footage sooner rather than later. »

Afghan conflict: US and Taliban sign deal to end 18-year war

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The US and the Taliban have signed an "agreement for bringing peace" to Afghanistan after more than 18 years of conflict.

The US and Nato allies have agreed to withdraw all troops within 14 months if the militants uphold the deal.

The US invaded Afghanistan weeks after the September 2001 attacks in New York by the Afghanistan-based al-Qaeda group. »