German carmakers warn hard Brexit would be ‘fatal’

By Edward Taylor and Jan Schwartz — Reuters

FILE PHOTO: The BMW booth displays the company logo at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. January 16, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German carmakers on Wednesday warned of fatal consequences if Britain left the European Union without a divorce deal, predicting job losses in Britain and Europe and urging lawmakers to redouble efforts to ensure tariff-free trade can continue.… Read Full Article

Why Did the Border Patrol Union Switch Its Position on the Wall?

The NBPC once opposed “wasting taxpayer money on building fences and walls along the border.”

by Conor Friedersdorf — Staff writer at The Atlantic

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shakes hands with Brandon Judd, President of the National Border Patrol Council while receiving the group’s endorsement during a meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 7, 2016.
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In the 2020’s, China aims to lay groundwork for a moon base — plus missions to Mars

by Alan Boyle GeekWire

Video captured by China’s Chang’e-4 lander shows the Yutu 2 rover roaming the surface of the moon’s far side. (CNSA via Weibo)

Flush from the success of the world’s first rover mission to the moon’s far side, Chinese space officials said today that they’re planning robotic trips to the lunar south pole to prepare the way for a crewed moon base.… Read Full Article

Sinking Feeling: The Navy’s 7 Big Problems (One Is the F-35)

“The Navy continues to struggle with rebuilding the readiness of the existing fleet due to enduring maintenance and manning challenges,” the report finds. “As the Navy seeks to expand its fleet by 25 percent, these challenges will likely be further exacerbated and the Navy will likely face additional affordability challenges.”

by Michael PeckThe National Interest

The Navy must fix the teething troubles of a new and complicated aircraft that lacks sufficient spare parts: in 2017, only 15 percent of Marine F-35Bs were rated fully mission-capable.Read Full Article

Meet the 5 Best 9mm Guns to Ever Fire a Shot (Glock and Sig Sauer Made the Cut)

What would you have picked? 

by Kyle MizokamiThe National Interest

The Smith & Wesson M&P (Military and Police) was first introduced in 2005 and as a hybrid of two previous guns, the Sigma and the SW99. Like the rest of the guns on this list, it has polymer frame and steel slide, a large internal magazine (seventeen rounds) and a striker-fired operating system.Read Full Article

Murder on Mars, Chapter 26

Never Mix Business with Pleasure

The Darleks. They are a degenerative race of Hags, biogenically enhanced, who resemble large squids with motley grey skin and a narcotic venom which is many-times more addictive and potent than krack. Darleks have no humanoid form for pretense.… Read Full Article