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April Fool's from the USN.

Media Outlets Sunk By April Fool’s Prank of the Navy’s New “Caterpillar Drive” Stealth Submarine

In a twist that would have made novelist Tom Clancy proud, several news outlets and social media users took a deep dive into fiction this April 1st, falling for an April Fool’s prank that the U.S. Navy had discovered the “Holy Grail of naval warfare,” and the development of cutting-edge stealth submarine technology.
Naval News, a reputable source for maritime news, published a seemingly groundbreaking article claiming the U.S. Navy was outfitting its Virginia class submarines with a revolutionary magnetohydrodynamic drive, or “caterpillar drive,” that “promises to make the submarine virtually undetectable.”

“Submarines use stealth to dominate the seas, presenting an illusive yet deadly threat,” the Naval News article reads. “Now U.S. Navy submarines will take stealth to a new level. American submarines will now be fitted with magnetohydrodynamic drive.”
Unfortunately, several niche media sites that later circulated the story didn’t realize they were sharing a concept straight from fiction. Specifically, Tom Clancy’s Cold War thriller “The Hunt for the Red October,” where a stealth submarine equipped with a magnetohydrodynamic drive is a crucial plot element.
The prank showcased the fine line between fact and fiction and served as a stark reminder of the importance of critical media consumption in the digital age.

In fairness, given the nature of today’s technological progress, which frequently resembles science fiction, it’s understandable why some could be misled by Naval News’s seemingly credible announcement. Equally, the idea of magnetohydrodynamic drive is more than just the stuff of imagination.
A Magnetohydrodynamic drive (MHD) is a conceptual method of propulsion that uses only electric and magnetic fields to accelerate a liquid or gas propellant using the principles of magnetohydrodynamics.
In recent years, engineers have been exploring the potential of plasma propulsion engines using magnetohydrodynamics for space exploration. The goal is that a magnetohydrodynamic drive would offer a more continuous propulsion system than traditional chemical rockets.

Furthermore, since the 1960s, scientists and military researchers have been studying the use of magnetohydrodynamic drives for submarine propulsion. This technology leverages the magnetic properties of water to move the submarine forward, thereby eliminating the need for moving parts, such as traditional propellers.
Another kernel of truth from the Naval News article is that the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is currently attempting to develop a workable magnetohydrodynamic drive under its “Principles of Undersea Magnetohydrodynamic Pumps” or “PUMP” program.
However, the concept remains largely theoretical, and the leap from experimentation to an operational caterpillar drive , especially in the context of creating a “stealth submarine,” is a significant one.
The idea of a completely stealth submarine, undetectable by enemy forces, has been a coveted goal for global navies and could justifiably be considered the “Holy Grail of naval warfare.”
The concept of a magnetohydrodynamic-drive stealth submarine was popularized in the 1990 film adaptation of Tom Clancey’s literary spy thriller “The Hunt for the Red October.” In the film, the Soviet Typhoon-class ballistic missile sub the “Red October” is outfitted with a “caterpillar drive,” which renders it undetectable to passive sonar.

Due to its lack of moving parts, a magnetohydrodynamic-driven submarine would theoretically significantly reduce noise levels, a key advantage in underwater stealth. However, a magnetohydrodynamic drive wouldn’t make the vessel completely silent, nor would it result in a fully stealth submarine.
The electric currents required to generate the magnetic fields for a magnetohydrodynamic-driven submarine would produce detectable gasses and noise. The magnetic fields produced by the MHD would likewise create a distinct magnetic signature that could be easily traced by modern anti-submarine warfare (ASW) technology.
Moreover, contemporary anti-submarine warfare has evolved to include a range of detection techniques beyond just listening for the sounds a submarine makes. Today, leading sub-detection methods include measuring temperature gradients in the water, variations in the Earth’s magnetic field caused by a sub’s large metal hull, thermal imaging, chemical sensors, and airborne LIDAR that can identify changes in water depth or disturbances.

As part of its initiative to field “Non-Traditional Airborne Anti-Submarine Warfare” technology, the U.S. Navy is suspected of possessing a highly classified system that uses synthetic aperture radar to identify the wake caused by a submarine passing through water that would otherwise be invisible to the human eye.
In short, a magnetohydrodynamic drive would not suddenly render a sub “stealth,” as The Hunt for the Red October or Navel New’s prank article implies.
Nevertheless, this didn’t stop a handful of publications from spreading the fictitious word about the Navy’s supposed leap in stealth submarine technology.
One of the outlets that aggregated the story was Marine Insight. “World’s No. 1 complete maritime information website,” the “About” page reads on Marine Insight’s website. “Since 2010, Marine Insight has been informing and educating people around the world about the maritime industry.”

Marine Insight has since removed the article about the fictitious magnetohydrodynamic drive. However, the headline “U.S. Navy Unveils World’s First Submarine Equipped With Silent Caterpillar Drive” still populates under the site in Google News.
A YouTube channel called “Military Defense News” published a nearly three-minute video of a computer voice program reading the article, complete with still images of U.S. submarines and dramatic background music.
A Ukrainian news site, GaGadget, even added details not contained in the original article. “The submarine’s appearance and characteristics are currently being kept secret, but it is known that the propulsion system is located inside the hull, which means there is no traditional propeller,” GaGadget’s Mykhailo Stoliar wrote.
The fictitious article was mainly shared by social media-only “news” sites, with varying follower counts ranging from a few hundred to tens of thousands of followers.
Aside from the article’s publication date, April 1st, some seemingly overlooked clues should have called to question claims of the U.S. Navy subs being outfitted with new stealth propulsion drives. Most prominently, editors posted, “Important update on this article: April Fool’s” at the beginning of the article.

Less obvious, the article notes that the Virginia-class attack submarine, the USS Montana (SSN-794), was expected to conduct sea trials with the new caterpillar drive on the Penobscot River in Maine. In Clancey’s fictional spy thriller, Soviet sub-captain Marko Ramius stealthily navigates the Red October to the Penobscot River to defect to the United States.

It’s important to note that the fictitious story caught traction primarily among smaller, niche publications rather than mainstream media. The incident underscores the critical need for media consumers to question and verify the sources of their information, particularly in an era where fly-by-night “news” outlets can easily and rapidly spread sensational claims thanks to social media.
Ultimately, Naval News’s April Fool’s joke served as a humorous reminder of the enduring allure of stealth technology in naval warfare and the importance of skepticism and due diligence in news consumption.

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I hope the clean him out!
Meanwhile I hope "his suffering is legendary even in hell"


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Normally I post the whole article but in this case no need to bother. The point isn't really about migrants or theft it's about how we get information. I love the NY Post but know full well it's a Murdoch outlet just like Fox news so like everything else I consider the sources and usually take things with a grain of salt until I have a reason to pay attention.

NY Home Depot hires guards, dogs to keep parking lot safe from thieves, aggressive migrants

I've been to this Home Depot many, many times as well as it's twin right up the road in Port Chester. The only thing that's really new is the dog, there have always been security guards that actively check purchases and receipts in those two locations. That's because there are several high theft corridors in that area - meaning there is immediate access to multiple interstate roadways. You could have gone in to those stores twenty years ago and the guards would be there and so would a large number of illegals looking for work. Business as usual.

There is a similar situation in little podunk Derby Connecticut but that store does less than half the volume of New Rochelle and Port Chester locations and HD corporate apparently tolerates the shrinkage like it does at most of its locations. They could hire guards and dogs for their stores but would rather pass the loss on to the consumer than spend the money to do anything. Their loss prevention is a mere fig leaf.

The Post has made this sound as if it's some new drastic event. Granted droves of migrants collecting in large parking lots is different now but that article specifically stated there weren't any present when the reporter visited. I don't doubt they are a problem but the article went on to talk about some things that are just anecdotal.

Election year nonsense article, it just happen to be about a location I am familiar with.


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Papua New Guinea leader takes offense after Biden implies his uncle was eaten by cannibals

Papua New Guinea leader takes offense after Biden implies his uncle was eaten by cannibals​

Updated 8:48 AM EDT, April 22, 2024
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister James Marape accused Joe Biden of disparaging the South Pacific island nation by implying that an uncle of the U.S. president had been eaten by “cannibals” there during World War II.
Biden’s comments offended a key strategic ally as China moves to increase its influence in the region.
The president spoke at a Pennsylvania war memorial last week about his Army Air Corps aviator uncle Second Lt. Ambrose J. Finnegan Jr., whom he said was shot down over Papua New Guinea, which was a theater of heavy fighting.
“They never found the body because there used to be — there were a lot of cannibals for real in that part of New Guinea,” Biden said, referring to the country’s main island.
Marape said in a statement on Sunday that Biden “appeared to imply his uncle was eaten by cannibals.”
“President Biden’s remarks may have been a slip of the tongue; however, my country does not deserve to be labeled as such,” Marape said in a statement provided by his office to The Associated Press on Monday.

“World War II was not the doing of my people; however, they were needlessly dragged into a conflict that was not their doing,” Marape added.

The rift comes as Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese began a visit on Monday to Papua New Guinea, Australia’s nearest neighbor. Albanese and Marape will commemorate strong defense ties between the two countries by walking part of a pivotal battle ground known as the Kokoda Track later this week.

“I’m very confident that PNG has no stronger partner than Australia and our defense and security ties have never been stronger,” Albanese told reporters before departing Australia.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Friday Biden was speaking to the bravery of his uncle and the many U.S. service members that put their lives on the line.

“He takes this very seriously. His uncle, who served and protected this country, lost his life serving. And that should matter,” she said.

Biden’s account that Finnegan’s plane was shot down was not supported by military records. Finnegan was a passenger on a Douglas A-20 Havoc transport plane that crashed into the ocean after both engines failed on May 14, 1944, according to a Pentagon report.

One crew member survived but no trace was found of the plane or three other people on board, including Finnegan.

Marape’s statement was released on the same day he met China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Port Moresby to discuss building closer relations.

Marape also called on the U.S. to find its war dead in Papua New Guinea’s jungles and to clean up the wreckage of war.

“The remains of WWII lie scattered all over PNG, including the plane that carried President Biden’s uncle,” Marape said.

“Perhaps, given President Biden’s comments and the strong reaction from PNG and other parts of the world, it is time for the USA to find as many remains of World War II in PNG as possible, including those of servicemen who lost their lives like Ambrose Finnegan,” he said.

“The theaters of war in PNG and Solomon Islands are many, and littered with the remains of WWII including human remains, plane wrecks, ship wrecks, tunnels and bombs. Our people daily live with the fear of being killed by detonated bombs of WWII,” Marape added.


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He's mumbling about Pearl Harbor on Sunday Dec 7. D-Day in Normandy was on a Tuesday.

I read a fact check somewhere that his uncle was a non-combatant simply headed somewhere on a transport plane that went down over the open ocean. Would it be possible to nominate Marape as a candidate for our own elections coming up? No, I guess not but I like that guy a lot more than any other choices we have.

Of course Uncle Joe wouldn't lie to us outright with made up nonsense, would he? The real problem is that Bidens are known to be delicious and there are some facts that have been kept under tight control all these years that have just been made public.

His uncle jumped with a can of fava beans and a nice chianti.



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If a person complains about being on a budget while buying smokes and groceries from a gas station convenience store — maybe the first thing they need to do is adjust their priorities and spending habits.
I can't speak for Australia but the amount of casual daily spending I see by people who don't make much money is stunning, not to mention what a lot of it is in Mostly fast food, junk food, nasty drinks. Put all that $$ in a jar for a year and see what it adds up to.

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