The US military put a fake Chinese J-20 stealth fighter at a Georgia airbase

J-20 stealth fighters of PLA Air Force perform with open weapon bays during the Zhuhai Airshow

A replica of a Chinese Chengdu J-20 fifth-generation stealth fighter recently appeared at Savannah-Hilton Head Airport in Georgia, The Aviationist reported.
The US Air Force confirmed the existence of the mock aircraft Sunday, telling reporters that it was for training purposes.
That the armed forces is training with a “full-scale replica” of a J-20 suggests that the US military is taking Chinese defense developments seriously.

A mysterious photograph that surfaced last week appeared to show China’s top stealth fighter sitting at a US military airbase in Georgia.

The apparent Chengdu J-20 Mighty Dragon was spotted at Savannah-Hilton Head Airport last Wednesday, The Aviationist reported, citing a photo provided by an unnamed source. The US Air Force confirmed Sunday the existence of the aircraft.

What Appears To Be A Fake Chinese J-20 Mighty Dragon Allegedly Spotted At U.S. Base

— The Aviationist (@TheAviationist) December 6, 2018

“It is a full-scale replica,” Col. Emmanuel Haldopoulos, Commander of the Savannah Air Dominance Center, explained to The Aviationist, further explaining that the US Marine Corps “is funding and directing the training objectives of this device.”

The training tool was located at the Savannah Air Dominance Center from Dec. 4 to 6. The exact purpose of the replica is not publicly known.

The initial photograph caused a lot of speculation, with some observers suggesting that the photo was doctored and others guessing that the aircraft was a movie prop. That the mock aircraft is real and serves as a training tool for Marines suggest that the US is taking Chinese defense developments quite seriously, The Aviationist posited.

The focus of the 2018 National Defense Strategy is great power competition, specifically the challenges posed by Russia’s resurgence and China’s rise in Asia.

The Chinese J-20 stealth fighter is a fifth-generation aircraft meant to rival the US …read more

Source:: Business Insider

Right-Wing Media Monitor, Film Attendees Inside All-Gender Restroom At Democratic Convention

Right-wing media monitored and filmed people using the designated all-gender restroom at the Democratic National Convention, looking for “obviously transgender” convention attendees in the bathroom. Conservative media have long peddled the bogus myth that nondiscrimination protections for transgender people will allow male sexual predators to sneak into women’s bathrooms by pretending to be transgender, leading to an increase in assault and misbehavior in restrooms.

Democratic National Convention Has An All-Gender Restroom

BuzzFeed: People Were “Unfazed” By The All-Gender Restroom At The Democratic National Convention. BuzzFeed reported that the Democratic convention has one designated all-gender restroom and that attendees were “seemingly unfazed” by it, calling the shared bathroom “perfectly natural” and saying that using it was a “nonevent:”

Hundreds of men and women shared a big, busy “all-gender restroom” at the Democratic National Convention on Monday — and were seemingly unfazed by the experience.

“It doesn’t make me nervous at all,” Lula Dualeh, a delegate for Bernie Sanders, told BuzzFeed News. “I just need to use the restroom. I don’t care who’s next to me.”

But restrooms have been a hot-button issue for many Republicans. State and federal politicians have politicized bathroom access, saying that allowing transgender women — whom they call “men” — to use the women’s restroom poses a safety threat.

At the Wells Fargo Center, which also had single-sex restrooms, a sign at the entrance of the all-gender restroom featured a figurine in a dress and another figurine without a dress.

Inside, everyone took turns using stalls; then women and men washed their hands side-by-side at a bank of sinks. Nobody who spoke to BuzzFeed News found the situation troubling.

A co-ed pack of conventioneers were searching for a bathroom — one restroom for the guys and another for the women — when one of the guys saw the sign and said, “It’s an all-gender …read more

Source:: Media Matters for America

Scaling up good ideas is really, really hard — and we’re starting to figure out why

Refugees receive social relief in Bangladesh

Promising programs often fall apart when we try to offer them to more people. Here’s why.

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about Evidence Action’s No Lean Season, a program that in its early stages worked incredibly well to help members of the poorest families in Bangladesh move to the city and find jobs — but that stopped working when Evidence Action moved up to larger-scale trials.

The result was disappointing, but it isn’t actually rare. Programs often show exceptional results in a small trial, but disappoint at scale. Why does something like that happen? How can the gains from a program be so substantial when it’s first attempted and disappear entirely as soon as it’s expanded to cover more people?

I asked these questions of Mushfiq Mobarak, an economics professor who led the research into No Lean Season. He works at Yale’s Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale, which studies the science of scaling and the research methods needed to successfully study program effects. He thinks the development community isn’t worried enough about whether the results from its programs will scale. “We’re applying really high rigorous standards to the initial program implementation,” he said, “but not applying those same standards to the program at scale.”

It turns out that getting sustained results beyond smaller pilot programs is well known to be exceptionally difficult. It’s difficult because there are a bunch of contributing factors — correcting just one doesn’t necessarily improve anything, and we need new approaches to research to correctly account for all of them.

Here’s how programs fail to scale:

1) Aid changes how governments behave

Small aid experiments don’t typically affect government policy, but big aid programs do — and that can have consequences. “When we run these programs for an evaluation at pilot scale,” Mobarak told me, “the …read more

Source:: Vox – All

Murad orders construction of Malir Expressway from July 2019

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed Planning & Development Department to start work on Malir Expressway project from July 2019 so that it could be completed within 2 and half year.He issued these directives on Monday while presiding over a meeting to review the progress of Malir Expressway here at the Cm House. The meeting was attended by Minister Local Government Saeed Ghani, Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem, Principal Secretary to CM Sajid Jamal Abro, Secretary Local Government Khalid Hyder Shah, Head of PPP Unit Khalid Shaikh and other concerned officers.The chief minister said that Malir Expressway was most important project to connect Motorway to the city center. He added that it would provide speedy access to key real estate schemes along the route, reducing commuting time from KPT Flyover to Motorway in only 25 minutes. “Therefore, it must be started by completing all its formalities latest by July 2019,” he said.The project includes development of 40.4 km three into three lane Expressway with controlled access along the Malir River starting from Qayumanbad Bridge near DHA bypass and ending at Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway (M-9) near Kathore via existing Link Road. The project would cost around Rs40 billion. Under the cost breakdown, the provincial government would bear 30 percent of the funds and 30 percent arranged through PPP equity and 40 percent loans would be arranged from the banks. The chief minister was told that in order to ascertain viability of the project, break-even traffic was worked out which was 21,600 daily and yield revenue of Rs2.4 billion in one year. The demand risk of the project is equally shared between the developer and the Sindh government through minimum Revenue Guarantee (MRG) structure. The upside [if the traffic exceeds the break-even traffic] and the down side [if the …read more

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