The Daily Populous

Friday June 3rd, 2022 day edition

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A fan of the video game War Thunder, the free-to-play vehicle combat simulator, has leaked classified Chinese military documents on the game’s online forum.

The weapon in question is the DTC10-125, an anti-tank round fielded by the modern-day Chinese military.

Or at least they were until someone on the War Thunder forums got into an argument and needed to prove a point.

The information was quickly removed from the forums, but it is still available online.

They also claim that the photo includes a close-up image of the weapon, lending additional credence to its authenticity.

This is not the first time that classified information on modern-day weapons systems was leaked on the War Thunder forums.

War Thunder is not the only simulation game to suffer from these types of incidents. »

Republican Congressman Blames Mass Shootings on Women Having Rights

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As Jezebel’s Laura Bassett noted, that‘s a pretty rich explanation given that you don’t typically hear about mass shootings being carried out by women who’ve undergone abortions, probably because mass shootings are almost exclusively the domain of men, a not insignificant number of which are violent misogynists (and racists and antisemites, etc).

The U.K. legalized abortion five years before the U.S., yet strangely, it doesn’t seem to have the same problem with mass shootings.

The former House speaker knows a little something about not having a backbone when it comes to the ex-president. »

NY passes bill raising age to buy, own semi-automatic rifles

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The bill raising the age limit is the most significant part of a package of gun control measures announced earlier this week by Democratic legislative leaders and Gov. Kathy Hochul.

The age limit bill passed the Senate along party lines, 43-20, and in the Assembly 102-47, and will now head to Hochul’s desk for her signature.

Besides raising the legal purchase age to 21, the bill would also require anyone buying a semi-automatic rifle to get a license — something now only required for handguns. »

A Forecasting Model Used by the CIA Predicts a Surprising Turn in U.S.-China Relations

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The BDM model looks at power relations, figuring that decision-making is a battle of people following their self-interest and self-aggrandizement.

Developed by New York University political scientist Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, the forecasting model make predictions by assessing power relations among decision makers.

“The CIA study found [the BDM model] was accurate 89 percent of the time,” said Stanley Feder, a former CIA analyst who ran the review. »

Kim Jong-un sends letter to Queen congratulating her Platinum Jubilee

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Kim Jong-Un has sent a letter to congratulate the Queen on marking 70 years on the throne.

The North Korean leader is the latest, and perhaps most unexpected, world leader to mark the Platinum Jubilee today.

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry simply confirmed on its website Mr Kim sent a letter ‘congratulating the Queen and the British people.’. »