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World War 3: US to shell out MILLIONS building air bases to counter ‘Russian AGGRESSION’

Airfields, training sites ranges and other military installations are to be built across Eastern Europe close to Russian borders as well as in Iceland and Norway. It is part of the £3.4 billion European Deterrence Initiative (EDI) aimed at “reassuring” NATO’s European allies. An EDI report says: “As we continue to address the dynamic security environment in Europe, EDI funding increases our capabilities to deter and defend against Russian aggression. “Additionally, these significant investments will further galvanise US support to the collective defence of our NATO Allies, as well as…

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Feds reportedly spent $22M on mysterious UFO program – CNET

Funding for the program came largely at the request of Harry Reid, a former Democratic senator from Nevada, who has had a long-held interest in space phenomena, according to the New York Times. Bill Clark/Roll Call The US government apparently suspected the truth was out there after all. The federal government spent about $22 million funding a covert Pentagon project that investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, The New York Times reported Saturday. Even though the Department of Defense decided to defund the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program in 2012,…

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Alexander Armstrong celebrates release of In A Winter Light with his top 10 vinyl albums

GETTY Alexander Armstrong reveals his top 10 vinyl records On his newly released In A Winter Light, the 47-year-old presenter of quiz show Pointless covers everything from Fleet Foxes’ 2008 White Water Hymnal to There Is No Rose Of Such Virtue, which, he says “is about as old as English church music gets – it’s virtually pagan! We’ve got some lovely old kitsch on there as well”. The variety of Yuletide sounds reflects Alexander’s restless ear for great music. But he admits that he gave away his original collection of…

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Any phone but iPhone X, according to this Sprint salesman – CNET

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. Still not the Apple of any salesperson’s eye. James Martin/CNET “You’re biased,” they said. “You’ve been to every store but a Sprint store.” When I say “they,” I mean at least two people. I couldn’t argue. I’ve paid several visits to carrier stores and Best Buy in order to learn more about how phones are sold. Sprint wasn’t one of them. Somehow, I think of Sprint as the fourth network, the one that waits to be bought. I mean,…

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Netflix, Will Smith bring the blockbuster home with ‘Bright’ – CNET

As far as early film screenings go, this one’s a bit unorthodox. I’m in Hollywood to watch Netflix’s “Bright,” a buddy cop film starring Will Smith as a grizzled veteran and Joel Edgerton as his orc partner. (You read that right, a goblin cop.) The movie will be released three days before Christmas, but I get to watch it now. Rather than filing into a traditional theater, I enter a small screening room on the sixth floor of Netflix’s Hollywood offices. There are a half-dozen plush leather chairs decorated with…

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Is Star Wars science fiction? ‘The Last Jedi’ settles this age-old argument.

Get the THINK newsletter. SUBSCRIBE “The Last Jedi” is set in large part in a green, mountainous landscape inhabited by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) — an old, grizzled dude with flowing robes and mysterious powers. The plot involves talk of royal bloodlines, astral projection, swords that choose their wielders, and an epic battle between light and a twisted, all-seeing Sauron-like darkness. The film also includes cute Disney-like snow cats and owl-critters, and it opens with the words, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” which sure sounds…

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CNET UK podcast 533: The year that was 2017 – CNET

Deck the Hoyles! Andrew Hoyle/CNET In a bumper episode of the CNET UK Podcast, Andy is joined by Rich Trenholm and old friend of the show Nate Lanxon. The excellent trio wrap up the year that was 2017, picking the best tech launches and the best movies, TV and games of the year. Bet you can’t guess what Nate’s favourite product was. Hint: It’s not an Apple device.  The year is rounded off nicely with a festive quiz that Andy definitely prepared fully for.  Thanks for joining us for a…

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ has low initial audience scores – CNET

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. Well, this is a surprise. Disney Is there a Russian force behind this? I know it’s hard to believe many things you see online these days, but a quick drift to the Rotten Tomatoes audience ratings for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” reveals a stunning number.  A mere 57 percent of the more than 83,000 audience reviewers said they liked it. Without offering spoilers, some pointed to what they saw as misplaced humoristic shtick.  Some…

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How to spot the huge asteroid behind the Geminid meteor shower – CNET

An asteroid-like object called 3200 Phaethon is the source of the debris that becomes the Geminid meteor shower. B. E. Schmidt and S. C. Radcliffe/UCLA/NASA The 2017 edition of the spectacular Geminid meteor shower is past its peak, but you can still spot the ginormous space rock thought to be the source of all those shooting stars. The asteroid (or perhaps extinct comet) 3200 Phaethon is making its closest pass by Earth since the discovery of the “rock comet” in the early ’80s, and you may be able to see…

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Fire and fury delivered as 14,000 troops arrive in North Korea firing line

The pride of the US Navy has arrived outside Okinawa with fearsome guided-missile destroyers USS Stethem, USS Chafee and USS Mustin. A staggering 14,000 troops will take part in the exercises as the White House ordered flexing of US military might in the region. US Navy F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets from the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) are expected to be involved. Marines and naval officers will take part in firing tests, fly overs and mock battles in a bid to ensure they are each ready for conflict with the…

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