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#TwitterMigrant stumbling through #cyberspace. 🇵🇭

Loves #cats, #scifi, #fantasy, #tech & my new home #Mastodon.

Enjoys #PokemonGo, #Kdrama, #Chess, #RetroGaming & #Music.

ps. If you want me to follow you then please have a profile picture and something about you in your bio. Or just a bio will do👌(also applies to approval of follow requests)

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Young men are forced to take part in , but the often avoid serving in .

said the system was outdated, ineffective and unfairly affected the poorest, who were less well placed to find ways to avoid the draft.

Thai risks jail in rare refusal of
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/21/thai-conscientious-objector-risks-jail-in-rare-refusal-of-military-service

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open up the beauty of the and allow us to find information from any source on any topic. They allow us to tap into a vast ocean of knowledge from diverse voices around the world. But, the rise of as platforms creates a parallel ecosystem where search engines have no access.

Every chat app wants to be the next big social media platform, and it's hurting the web
https://www.androidpolice.com/every-chat-app-wants-to-be-social-media-platform-its-hurting-the-web/

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Researchers now have unlocked the genome of the species and traced its origins to a natural mating between two other coffee species an estimated 610,000 to one million years ago in the forests of . That makes this species older than our own species , which arose in about 300,000 years ago.

study reveals prehistoric Ethiopian origins of
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/genome-study-reveals-prehistoric-ethiopian-origins-of-coffee/ar-BB1lIyRn?ocid=emmx-mmx-feeds&PC=EMMX01

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One of the major efforts of as early as now is a draft enumerating their rights, which they are lobbying to legislators.

This includes their demands for a , protection from occupational and , and inclusion in the boards in their villages and municipalities.

demand , treatment as they form national alliance
https://www.rappler.com/environment/waste-workers-demand-labor-rights-form-national-alliance/

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In 2023, firms collectively spent $50 billion on chips alone. They brought in only $3 billion in revenue.

AI researcher and cognitive scientist has said that the industry is dealing with a simple, core problem: make models unreliable; that unreliability makes them non-viable for use-cases,

Here's how investors should navigate the bubble of the
https://www.thestreet.com/technology/heres-how-investors-should-navigate-the-bubble-of-the-ai-boom

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Thai broadcaster NBT, in a post on X social media, said resistance forces used 40-mm machine guns and dropped 20 bombs from to target an estimated 200 soldiers who had retreated from a coordinated on and army posts since April 5.

Fighting flares at -Thai border as rebels target stranded junta troops
https://cyprus-mail.com/?p=777861

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On April 15, ’s new changes went into effect, and there’s one major addition: an clause. What does it mean for users? It’s an important change easily lost in the fine print for anyone on Discord — and those in the know have a chance to opt out of the new agreement before May 15. (Note: this only applies if you’re a U.S. resident.)

Discord wants to void your right to sue them in court — but you can opt out of the practice
https://www.polygon.com/2024/4/20/24134970/discord-arbitration-how-to-opt-out

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was once known as the Paris of the Antilles, and now it is on the brink of becoming what some say is ’s de facto capital as crumbles under the onslaught of powerful .

Haiti's former capital seeks to revive its hey-day as consumes Port-au-Prince
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/portauprince-ap-haiti-john-french-b2531812.html

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Known as or , it is a hypothetical that has long been rumoured to exist in the outer . Although "several claims to have found an extra planet have been made over the years" so far "none has proven to be true", said the BBC.

But now researchers who have spent almost a decade hunting for Planet Nine believe the breakthrough could be close.

The hunt for Planet Nine
https://www.theweek.com/science/the-hunt-for-planet-nine

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The -backed platform launched in a closed beta in November 2022, but now it’s set to shutter “within the next few weeks.” It serves as a that also offers users ad-free access to content from publishers such as Fortune, Business Insider, Wired, The Boston Globe, and others.

alternative is shutting down
https://www.theverge.com/2024/4/19/24135011/twitter-alternative-post-news-shutdown

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The latest revamp follows a sweeping purge by Xi of the last year. intelligence experts viewed that move as a response to the discovery of widespread corruption in the military, including in the , which manages the country’s expanding .

Xi Orders ’s Biggest Military Reorganization Since 2015
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-04-19/xi-orders-china-s-biggest-military-reorganization-since-2015

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Almost four in every five of the deaths or injuries (79%) took place in the lawless capital , as authorities struggle to retain control.

: says deaths rising sharply as gangs vie for power
https://www.dw.com/en/haiti-un-says-deaths-rising-sharply-as-gangs-vie-for-power/a-68876463?maca=en-vam_tcs_volltext_dwcom-32885-xml-media

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"We are witnessing a historic process -- Russians are leaving for the first time in two centuries," independent Azerbaijani analyst Elhan Shahinoglu told AFP.

Observers of the say is too caught up with its invasion of to retain its sway in the region.

Russia quietly exits , ceding its clout 'for good'
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/russia-quietly-exits-karabakh-ceding-its-clout-for-good/ar-AA1nkGtr?ocid=emmx-mmx-feeds&PC=EMMX01

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If passed, the legislation will provide a crucial financial lifetime for at a time when the country’s military appears at its most vulnerable since the start of the war, due to dwindling supplies of ammunition and air defense missiles.

House to vote on long-delayed foreign aid bills – including Ukraine support
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/apr/20/us-house-vote-foreign-aid-ukraine-support

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In a vote, 210 and 101 joined to support Ukraine, with 112 Republicans – a majority of the members – voting against. The House erupted into applause when the bill passed, with the chair, of New York, admonishing members not to wave Ukrainian flags.

House approves $61bn in military aid for Ukraine after months of stalling
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/apr/20/us-house-approves-61bn-aid-ukraine

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is in big, big trouble.

Heavily indebted has become a symbol of the years-long crisis in 's , and last month its onshore unit was accused of a $78 billion revenue overstatement.

was the auditor for Evergrande for more than a decade before resigning last year amid disagreements on the audit of the firm's 2021 accounts

regulator to investigate PwC auditing of Evergrande
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20240420-hong-kong-regulator-to-investigate-pwc-auditing-of-evergrande

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I like it that you can have companions 👍

Unlike classic games in the genre, the towns in : The Ascension are brimming with interaction, from to . The ’s 26 biomes harbor environmental hazards and obstacles that require both skill and wit to surmount.

-made game 'Fallen Tear: The Ascension' dazzles with beautiful hand-drawn animation
https://www.rappler.com/technology/features/fallen-tear-the-ascension-global-play-showcase-award-2024/

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Juno recently conducted two close flybys of Io, the most volcanically active body in , and data from the encounters is wowing scientists. Io is simply littered with , and we caught a few of them in action," Scott Bolton, Juno's principal investigator, said in a NASA statement on Thursday

's probe captures amazing views of 's volcanic moon (video)
https://www.space.com/jupiter-moon-io-juno-flyover-video-2024

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The Finnish diplomat said is faring well in using sources as its is already 90 percent and the could leverage their expertise in terms of shifting from fossil-based systems to greener alternatives.

PH to open embassy this year
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/232596/ph-to-open-helsinki-embassy-this-year

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’s Institute closed this week in what Swedish-born philosopher says was ‘death by bureaucracy’

The closure of Bostrom’s center is a further blow to the and movements that the philosopher has spent decades championing, which in recent years have become mired in scandals related to , and .

shuts down institute run by Elon Musk-backed philosopher
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2024/apr/19/oxford-future-of-humanity-institute-closes

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The obduracy of the military , which agreed to the terms of the but has largely ignored it in practice, has resulted in the ASEAN becoming ever more abstracted from the reality on the ground.

Meanwhile, the junta and its opponents are now locked in a zero-sum struggle for the future of the country.

Calls Again for End to Violence As Conflicts Flare
https://thediplomat.com/2024/04/asean-calls-again-for-end-to-myanmar-violence-as-conflicts-flare/

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The central Iranian city of is home to a number of important military facilities, including nuclear facilities, a major airbase and factories associated with Iranian drone and other military production.

What’s in Isfahan? The city home to Iranian nuclear facilities |
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/19/whats-in-isfahan-the-city-home-to-iranian-nuclear-facilities

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warned on Thursday that the rise of the to those levels, citing the temperatures to continue to rise at the height of the season and the lingering effects of the phenomenon.

The in some parts of the country was projected to reach up to 52 degrees Celsius when summer would reach its peak next month.

‘Extreme danger’ heat levels still to come, Pagasa warns
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1931290/pagasa-extreme-danger-heat-levels-still-to-come

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Internet-scraping outfit Spy.pet claims to have harvested more than four billion public messages made by nearly 620 million on more than 14,000 chat servers – and is selling access to this trove.

Site claims to have harvested 4B+ , all on sale
https://www.theregister.com/2024/04/16/discord_network_sale/

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, (AP) — Indonesian authorities closed an airport and residents left homes near an erupting Thursday due to the dangers of spreading , , hot and the possibility of a .

on the northern side of Island had at least five large eruptions Wednesday.

Indonesians leave homes near erupting volcano and airport closes due to ash danger
https://apnews.com/article/indonesia-mount-ruang-volcano-eruption-0c24f1712e350006b628492258675465

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Indonesian volcano eruption sparks tsunami warning.
Authorities are worried part of the mountain could collapse into the sea and cause a tsunami, similar to what happened with Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano, a disaster that killed 430 people.

Flood, earthquakes, volcanos and a possible tsunami.... what next?

https://news.sky.com/story/thousands-ordered-to-flee-homes-as-indonesian-volcano-eruption-sparks-tsunami-warning-13117630

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@oldrawgabbit Alien invasion 🛸😁

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, located in in North Province, first erupted at 9:45pm (13:45 GMT) on Tuesday sending billowing clouds of smoke and ash high into the sky.

Officials worry that part of the could collapse into the sea and cause a as it did during a previous eruption in 1871 ().

11,000 evacuated in northern as Ruang volcano erupts |
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/4/18/11000-evacuated-in-northern-indonesia-as-ruang-volcano-erupts

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(Reuters) - has mounted an "unprecedented" rescue of Saigon Joint Stock Commercial Bank (), a lender engulfed in the nation’s biggest , according to three bank documents and new official information provided to Reuters by a person with access to the documents.

Exclusive-Vietnam mounts ‘unprecedented’ $24 billion rescue for bank engulfed in giant fraud, documents show
https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/exclusive-vietnam-mounts-unprecedented-24-billion-rescue-for-bank-engulfed-in-giant-fraud-documents-show/ar-BB1lKcKA?ocid=emmx-mmx-feeds&PC=EMMX01

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’s transfer comes as the army has been suffering a string of major defeats in its fight against resistance fighters and their allies in ethnic minority guerrilla forces.

Ousted leader Suu Kyi moved from prison to house arrest due to heat, military says
https://apnews.com/article/myanmar-military-suu-kyi-house-arrest-a76feadba52f619a921cf4b43e7dcf54

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It doesn't look good ⚡

, — The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines () on Tuesday placed the grid on red and yellow alerts and the grid on yellow alert after 42 power plants either stopped supplying electricity or reduced their output.

Power woes raise alert in Luzon, Visayas grids
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1930532/power-woes-raise-alert-in-luzon-visayas-grids

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Another dramatic loss for 's embattled ruling as rebel forces seize control of a key town on the border with . But what will this mean for the people of the country?

Analysis: Myanmar Junta Loses Key Town on Thai Border [Video]
https://www.taiwanplus.com/news/world-news/asia-pacific/240412021/analysis-myanmar-junta-loses-key-town-on-thai-border-taiwanplus-news

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In a joint statement, the and the said the attempt to insert a secret backdoor into – a little-known program that is baked into operating systems across the world – “may not be an isolated incident.”

groups say more software projects may have been targeted for sabotage
https://www.rappler.com/technology/open-source-groups-more-software-projects-possible-targets-sabotage/

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, (Reuters) - Myanmar resistance fighters on Monday burned the flag used by the military government and raised their own banner at a newly captured army base, as a senior rebel commander vowed they would hold the strategic area near the Thai border.

Rebels raise flag at seized Myanmar base, commander confident of retaining control
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/rebels-raise-flag-at-seized-myanmar-base-commander-confident-of-retaining-control/ar-BB1lFWAo?ocid=emmx-mmx-feeds&PC=EMMX01

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    , (Reuters) - A resistance group fighting 's military rule said on Sunday its fighters had repelled an attempt by junta troops to advance on the key town of along the Thai border that was seized by the rebels last week.

    Myanmar rebels say they have repelled junta push to take back border town
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/myanmar-rebels-say-they-have-repelled-junta-push-to-take-back-border-town/ar-BB1lEj1J?ocid=emmx-mmx-feeds&PC=EMMX01

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    Today, we had a largish raid group of 11+ to take on an in - it turned out to be a good raid.

    Just for fun, my strongest ditto was backing up my mega salamence who was in #1 position. Turns out that the ditto's shapeshift did not cancel out my salamance's mega form which was a happy surprise 😁

    I won the Raid Buddy award but the ditto doesn't show up alas 😞

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    Fresh protests against a Russian-inspired are roiling —a small but strategically located nation in the —as the nation struggles to chart a strategic path between its massive northern neighbor and its own Euro-Atlantic ambitions.

    Faces New Rebellion in 's Back Yard
    https://www.newsweek.com/putin-new-rebellion-russia-georgia-1891207

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    A hammer-wielding assailant attacked , a aide, outside his home in , , in March, breaking his arm and pounding his leg with a series of blows.

    Lithuania's counter-intelligence service accused 's intelligence services of being behind the attack.

    Widow of Russia's Alexei Navalny hires bodyguard after hammer attack on activist
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/widow-of-russia-s-alexei-navalny-hires-bodyguard-after-hammer-attack-on-activist/ar-BB1lNgJV?ocid=emmx-mmx-feeds&PC=EMMX01

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    A national has been detained in on suspicion of ordering the attack on a top Russian opposition leader, , on ’s behalf, the Polish prime minister, , has announced.

    Belarusian held in Poland suspected of ordering hammer attack on ally
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/19/two-polish-citizens-detained-over-hammer-attack-on-navalny-ally-leonid-volkov#img-1

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    Speaking after another week of Russian aerial barrages that killed and injured dozens across the country, the Ukrainian leader said needed more air defence systems to protect Ukrainian cities and save lives.

    says must decide if alliance and ‘indeed are allies’
    https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20240419-zelensky-says-nato-must-decide-if-alliance-and-ukraine-indeed-are-allies

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    has said it has informed the families of 31 people held in the territory since 7 October that their relatives are dead. The news came as the Qatari prime minister said had given a “generally positive” response to proposals for a deal trading a break in the fighting and release of prisoners for the return of more .

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/feb/06/fifth-of-remaining-hostages-in-gaza-are-dead-report-says

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    The success in stopping so many and was due to countries having passed on intelligence about the Iranian plan, as well as enabling the use of their and providing . In some cases, Arab militaries (not just ) took an active role in intercepting the threats.

    Report: Gulf states, including , provided intelligence on Iran attack
    https://www.timesofisrael.com/report-gulf-states-including-saudi-arabia-provided-intelligence-on-iran-attack/

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    It's not the end of the world - yet.

    has no plan for immediate retaliation against , a senior Iranian official told Reuters on Friday, hours after sources said Israel launched an attack on Iranian soil.

    “The foreign source of the incident has not been confirmed. We have not received any external attack, and the discussion leans more towards infiltration than attack" said the official

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2024/apr/19/middle-east-crisis-live-updates-iran-israel-today-explosions-isfahan?page=with:block-6622138f8f08771b224256b7#block-6622138f8f08771b224256b7

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    Sources have confirmed to the that the attack on at , attributed by sources in the New York Times to , hit Iranian air force assets at Isfahan, almost right next door to the Islamic Republic's nuclear site in the same area.

    The message was unmistakable, 'we chose not to hit your nuclear sites this time, but we could have done worse right here,' sources told the Post.

    https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/attack-on-iran-next-to-nuclear-site-sends-message-we-could-have-done-worse-here-analysis-797899

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    "Deliberately grounded on a tiny reef in the , part of an island chain claimed by the two Asian countries, the is now the unlikely base for a detachment of Filipino marines who stand guard over the atoll, scanning the turquoise waters for Chinese ships."

    Wreck, Rats and Roaches : Standoff in the (2014 article)
    https://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2014/07/world/south-china-sea-dispute/

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    A second reliable source cites the same number of MRFs to be purchased and the same two primary candidates - Sweden's & the US . This is the first one that mentions 's which is technically a Light Combat Aircraft or (like our FA-50), it's not an .

    The news is supposed to be officially announced soon.

    Eyes Acquisition of 40 New Multirole Fighters, F16, Gripen and LCA-Tejas in Race
    https://idrw.org/philippines-eyes-acquisition-of-40-new-multirole-fighters-f-16-gripen-and-lca-tejas-in-race/#more-338026

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    The annual (“shoulder-to-shoulder”) drills will involve 16,700 soldiers simulating retaking enemy-occupied islands in areas facing and the .

    The military exercises will be the first to be held outside ’ territorial waters, and come amid a rise in tensions in the South China Sea.

    sounds warning after Philippines and announce most expansive military drills yet
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/18/china-warning-balikatan-exercise-2024-philippines-us-military-drills

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    The is taking delivery of the anti-ship missile systems at a time when tensions between them and have escalated owing to frequent clashes in the . The three batteries of the missile system would be deployed by the Philippines in their coastal areas to guard against any threat in the region.

    Watch: BrahMos Cruise Missile Delivered To Philippines - A 1st For
    https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/watch-brahmos-cruise-missile-delivered-to-philippines-a-1st-for-india-5477274

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    I had the feeling that the Indian officials offering sweets to the Philippine officers on the delivery of the missile to the had a special cultural significance 😊

    Sweets in 's culture : https://indianculture.com/the-cultural-significance-of-indian-sweets/#Sweets_as_a_symbol_of_good_luck

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    The supersonic missile is the product of a joint venture between & , with a 50.5% Indian and 49.5% Russian partnership. This means Russia had a major say in approving it's sale to the .

    Ironically, in a worst case scenario, the BrahMos could end up embedded in a Chinese warship 🤷🏻‍♂️

    India-Russia joint venture hopes for $5 bln in supersonic missile exports by 2025
    https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/india-russia-joint-venture-hopes-5-bln-supersonic-missile-exports-by-2025-2022-10-18/

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    The first batch of the of ’s supersonic arrived in the on Friday. From bolstering relations with to sending a positive signal to other potential buyers, here’s why this development is crucial.

    India delivers first batch of BrahMos missiles and launchers to Philippines: Why this is a big deal
    https://www.firstpost.com/explainers/brahmos-missile-system-export-delivery-philippines-significance-13761341.html

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    To wrap this minithread up, the sole reason why the is even considering acquiring the Hal-Tejas is that the Brahmos-NG (New Generation) is coming soon. Among the improvements is a substantial decrease in weight which enables a light combat aircraft () like the to carry two of them.

    The , and don't have operational supersonic cruise missiles so the / / can't give us that capability.

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