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Incorporating established physics into neural network algorithms helps them to uncover new insights into material properties

According to researchers at Duke University, incorporating known physics into machine learning algorithms can help the enigmatic black boxes attain new levels of transparency and insight into the characteristics of materials.

Researchers used a sophisticated machine learning algorithm in one of the first efforts of its type to identify the characteristics of a class of engineered materials known as metamaterials and to predict how they interact with electromagnetic fields.

The algorithm was essentially forced to show its work since it first had to take into account the known physical restrictions of the metamaterial. The method not only enabled the algorithm to predict the properties of the metamaterial with high accuracy, but it also did it more quickly and with additional insights than earlier approaches.”

Teaching Physics to AI Can Allow It To Make New Discoveries All on Its Own (scitechdaily.com)

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Juneteenth – TTG

For the Christian Recorder


City Point, Va., April 12th, 1865.

Mr. Editor:- I have just returned from the city of Richmond; my regiment was among the first that entered the city. I marched at the head of the column, and soon I found myself called  upon by the officers and men of my regiment to make a speech, with which, of course, I readily complied. A vast multitude assembled on Broad street and I was aroused amid the shouts of ten thousand voices and proclaimed for the first time in that city freedom to all mankind. After which the doors of all the slave pens were thrown open and thousands came out shouting and praising God and father or master Abe, as they termed him. In this mighty consternation I became so overcome with tears, that I could not stand up under the pressure of such fulness of joy in my own heart. I retired to gain strength so I lost many important topics worthy of note. 

Some people do not seem to believe that the colored troops were the first that entered Richmond. Why you need not feel at all timid in giving the truthfulness of my assertion to the four winds of the heavens, and let the angels re-echo it back to earth, that the colored soldiers of the Army of the James were the first to enter the city of Richmond. I was with them, and am still with them, and am willing to stay with them until freedom is proclaimed throughout the world. Yes, we will follow this race of men in search of Liberty through the whole island of Cuba. All the boys are well and send all their love to all the kind ones at home.

Yours in Christian love,

G. H. White, Chaplain 28th U.S.C.T.

Comment: In addition to being among the first Union soldiers to enter Richmond, the Illinois 28th Infantry Regiment USCT was one of the assaulting regiments at the Battle of the Crater. They lost half their men there. They paid their dues.

Their experience in Richmond witnessing the freeing of so many slaves foretold the experience they would fortuitously have months later on 19 June 1865 in Galveston, Texas. They embarked from City Point, Virginia in late May or early June en route to Texas for duty at Brazos Santiago and Corpus Christi, Texas. However, they ran into heavy weather sapping the steamers of coal and water. They arrived off Galveston Bar on 18 June and on the 19th went in to the wharf to replenish. Among other USCT regiments, the 28th was present for General Gordon Granger’s famous issuing of General Order No. 3 on what became known as Juneteenth. The events of that day probably paled in comparison to the tumultuous events of 3 April as described by Regimental Chaplain G.H. White.


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Falcon 9 Block 5 | SARah 1

First of three radar remote sensing satellite built by Airbus for the German military.


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Ashley Biden, the Electra Complex and the FBI

Electra at the tomb of Agamemnon

“‘If that’s not child molestation, it is definitely close’: Tucker Carlson blasts Biden over daughter Ashley’s diary admission that taking showers with him as a girl may have contributed to her sex addiction after DailyMail.com revealed the extract

  • Tucker Carlson questioned why the FBI was investigating the alleged theft of a diary as it is not a federal crime
  • Carlson said: ‘The answer lies in what’s in the diary. Now we know what’s in the diary’ 
  • Ashley Biden allegedly wrote in a January 2019 entry: ‘I remember having sex with friends @ a young age; showers w/ my dad (probably not appropriate)’ 
  • A Florida woman named Aimee Harris is under investigation for selling Ashley Biden’s diary after the president’s daughter left it behind at a ‘halfway house’
  • Previous reports claimed the Bidens reported it stolen in an alleged burglary, but DailyMail.com has learned Harris is not being investigated for theft   
  • ‘It’s her selling of the property that could be considered a crime. And the fact Ashley is the president’s daughter kicks it to a different legal level,’ source said
  • Harris, 39, moved into a Palm Beach home and found the diary under the mattress shortly after Ashley moved back to Philadelphia in 2020 
  • She is said to have later passed the private journal around at a Republican fundraiser before selling it for $40,000 to right wing organization Project Veritas
  • The diary contained details about her chronic drug abuse, sex addiction, and being ‘hyper-sexualized’ in her youth” Daily Mail

Comment: One hell of a story. So far it has been suppressed by nearly all the media including this morning’s Fox offerings. I doubt that can continue. Sadly, I know of several cases in which powerful fathers molested daughters. It seems to be that the more powerful the father the more likely the molestation. “They’re mine, all mine,” one creep said to me during the investigation that led to his conviction in a general court martial. He went away for a long time.

According to the Daily Mail story, Harris found the diary under a mattress when she moved into a residence vacated by Ashley Biden in Florida. It seems that this kind of slovenly behavior runs in the family.

Selling the found diary seems unlikely to be a crime. If so, what possible justification can there be for the Geheime FBI to interfere in the matter? pl

Tucker Carlson blasts Joe Biden for setting FBI on woman who found and sold Ashley Biden’s diary | Daily Mail Online

Electra complex – Wikipedia

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The Uvalde “villain” is no villain. This massacre was caused by a panicked teacher.

Legislation is being passed to ban semi-auto rifles like the ubiquitous AR-15 type. This fits perfectly with the neo-Marxist need to disarm possible future resistance. More legislation is being passed to “harden” schools, hire more cops for school defense.

At the same time a search is underway to find a way to absolve the school district police of the crimes of neglect of duty and frankly, cowardice, in not going into the school to save children. Politicians are the same everywhere and the Texas variety are no different.

What is being studiously ignored is the fact that the Robb School was adequately hardened and there was sufficient manpower in the school district police force to have prevented this terrible event.

The awful truth is that a teacher was very unlucky in that she (?) chose to go out the back door into the parking lot to retrieve here cell phone from her car. She knew the door’s hydraulic mechanism would pull the door shut and lock it behind her, so she propped it open with a wedged rock.

The madman Ramos arrived in the area of the school. On which side I know not and started shooting at the building. He did that for a number of minutes before approaching the back door. This is the door that the teacher had wedged open to prevent it closing and locking her out.

At some point before Ramos reached the door she pulled the rock loose. The door shut but the distance it closed was not far enough for it to gather enough momentum to lock automatically. And that is how Ramos was able to enter the building.

So, spare me the nonsense about guns, police, hardening, etc. pl

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Ukraine War, 13–14 June 2022 by Tom Cooper – TTG

Good morning everybody!

A relatively short summary today — simply because there are not many details coming from either side, and I’m not of the kind to fabricate news for the sake of ‘sizing’ my reports.


Three Kalibr cruise missiles were shot down while approaching from the Black Sea, yesterday (one by a MANPAD), and another one — probably a Kh-22 or Kh-59 — in the Chernihiv area. The Keystone Cops in Moscow reported to have ‘destroyed arsenal of artillery weapons and ammunition’. Some Russians now claim this was the first combat deployment off Kalibr-M:

….and there’s a new video — this time taken by the IR camera of a VKS helicopter — purportedly shown that unguided rockets fired by VKS Su-25 are not dispersing as widely as perceived:

…along related commentary, they are serving as ‘flying multiple rocket launchers’. Think, Ukrainian troops are not going to complain about Russian wishful thinking. BTW, in the Izium area, two Russian air-to-air missiles reportedly missed a pair of Ukrainian Su-25s. Surprisingly enough, the Keystone Cops did not promptly claim both as ‘shot down’: instead, they claimed a MiG-29 over Slovyansk and a Mi-24 over Snegirevka (Mykolaiv region) — both by air defences. Well, perhaps the video is 3–4 days old…


After days of Russian claim to have spent the last two days ‘regrouping and then attacking’ — and that almost along the entire frontline.

Izium…there are no news in sense of advances or reversals, but reports about Ukrainian air strikes (in same fashion like Russian: see, ‘spray and pray’), that Ukrainians claimed a Ka-52 as shot down, and that it is the 93rd Mech that’s leading the counterattack on Izium.

Sviatohirsk-Slovyansk….After four days of bitter assaults, the Russians have captured Bohorodichne. Then it turned out that they’ve lost whatever they have reached in Dolyna, and thus they’re now attacking the same from three directions. A village of about 1,000 attacked by three Russian tactical armies…. enough said.

Severodonetsk… while the Russians are guessing if they have ‘encircled’ 500 or 2,000 Ukrainian troops in the Azot Works’, Ukrainians brought in elements of the 112th Brigade TD and run a local counterattack towards north.

Popasna Bulge…after failing to reach T1302, or at least to capture Zolote and Toshkivka, the Russians have lost Nahirne and Bilohorivka, and seem to be on the best way of losing Vasylivka and Nyrkove. The Rusians claim to have captured Vrubivka, and half of Kmyshuvakha, to have attacked Berestove (where Ukrainians say this assault was promptly repelled), and, few kilometres further south, the Russians to have reached Vershyna, on the M-03 Highway to Bakhmut: indeed, they claim that they have already captured the same. If truth, this would be bad news for Ukrainian troops holding the frontline further south, in the area between Myronivka and Semyhirja, because their main supply link would have been cut off.

Avdiivka…think that the Separatist complains about this place being held by ’15,000 fanatic Ukro-Nazis’ is telling all there needs to be said. BTW, reasons for complaints is that it is ‘from this general direction’ that Ukrainians are shelling railways of Donetsk, the last few days: tragically, that’s causing lots of civilian casualties, too.


Ukrainians keep on pushing in direction of Kherson, still on a wide front — for better dispersion, necessary because of superior Russian artillery — and thus still slowly. Reason for slow speed: nearly everything is done by infantry, and then foremost in form of infiltrations by night — to which the RFA is finding no effective response. The Russians are not trained to fight by night, and do not like this kind of combat. Current Ukrainian targets seem to be Snihurivka, Velyka Oleksandrivka, Starosillya, Kyselivka (is in the process of being mopped up, but RUMINT has it they are actually further south-east), and Mykolivka. They might have liberated Olaksandrivka and Stanislav in the south, and RUMINT has it that an attack on Tomyna Balka is already underway. Furthermore, yesterday, Ukrainians claimed a VKS Ka-52 shot down ‘in the Kherson Oblast’. BTW, a Russian depot in Nova Kakhovka was blown up yesterday. Reason is unclear.


Comment: Just to shake things up a little, this is an update on the war from someone other than ISW. Tom Cooper is an Austrian aerial warfare analyst and historian. He’s written a lot on air forces in the Mideast including the Russian Aerospace Force operations in Syria.

He makes some interesting points about night fighting on the Kherson front. I’ve read other accounts that much of the fighting there consists of small night patrols and night infantry attacks. I’m familiar with these tactics. They are characterized by stealth and small unit initiative. We only had a few AN/PVS-1 and AN/PVS-2 starlight scopes to aid us. Even in SF, we only used the monocular night vision goggles. I only saw the real good stuff when I was in a SMU. Today’s announcement of the latest tranche of weapons and equipment going to Ukraine includes thousands of night vision devices, thermal sights, and other optics… the good stuff. This could end up being as critical to future Ukrainian counteroffensives as the artillery, MLRS and tanks being sent east.

BTW, this Tom Cooper put out an English translation of a fine little French article on Kropyva (Nettles), a Ukrainian home grown artillery networking application that I mentioned in an earlier post. This network relies on SATCOM to function. When the Russians knocked out the Viasat satellite broadband network on the first day of the war, Kropyva also went down. Elon Musk immediately came to the rescue with Starlink and keeps it working in the face of Russian efforts to disrupt it. Kropyva continues to function over Starlink with deadly efficiency. Small wonder that Elon’s not a favorite in the Kremlin.



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Way Back When – TTG

Yesterday my sister sent me a thumb drive with a lot of old family photos. Among them were several from what I believe was a Flag Day celebration on our town green when I was in grammar school. This would have been in or around 1958 or so. I still remember making those shakos out of construction paper and white paste. We enjoyed making those shakos. We also enjoyed practicing our songs and marching in the school yard before the big day. As you can see, a lot of the parents and towns folk were there to enjoy the celebration along with us.

Here we march up Center Street towards the green past the Petrauskas farm. That house was heated with wood in the winter. I ate many a bowl of cabbage soup in that house. I also pitched a lot of hay and milked a lot of cows there. We assembled in front of the Congregational Church, facing the soldiers monument. I grew up in the former glebe house on the opposite side of the green.

Here we proudly march around the soldiers monument singing the patriotic songs we practiced so hard to learn. The photo on the left shows the Prospect Historical Society, the former one room school house, and the Town Grange. On the right, my father caught me mugging for the camera. It’s the only time I recall wearing a bow string tie. I notice I was holding my flag at a proper right shoulder arms with my thumb and forefinger forming a perfect O. My father taught me that. He taught us all the manual of arms and close order drill.

I remember those old days fondly and with great pride. We were all so full of patriotism and a such a strong sense of community. Damn I miss those days.


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Today is the US Army’s Birthday

“The United States Army (USA) is the landservice branch of the United States Armed Forces. It is one of the eight U.S. uniformed services, and is designated as the Army of the United States in the U.S. Constitution.[12] The oldest and most senior branch of the U.S. military in order of precedence,[13] the modern U.S. Army has its roots in the Continental Army, which was formed 14 June 1775 to fight the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783)—before the United States was established as a country.[14] After the Revolutionary War, the Congress of the Confederation created the United States Army on 3 June 1784 to replace the disbanded Continental Army.[15][16] The United States Army considers itself to be a continuation of the Continental Army, and thus considers its institutional inception to be the origin of that armed force in 1775.[14]” wiki

Comment: My family began to serve in the colonial militia in New England in the Pequot War. We have served in the US armed forces ever since. pl

United States Army – Wikipedia

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ISW Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment for 13 June – TTG

Kremlin-sponsored outlet Izvestia published and quickly removed an appeal by the First Deputy Head of the Russian Presidential Administration Sergey Kirelenko for Russia to rebuild the Donbas on June 12 and blamed hackers for what they (likely falsely) claimed was a “fake publication.” Izvestia likely intended to save the article for a later date to set informational conditions for Russian annexation of Donbas. Kirelenko’s appeal stated that Russia will restore the Donbas regardless of high costs or if doing so lowers the standard of living in Russia. Izvestia blamed unknown hackers for publishing a “fake article,” but it is possible that hackers instead released an article Izvestia had prepared to publish at a later date. The Kremlin previously published and removed an article prematurely celebrating a Russian victory over Ukraine in late February and discussing the capture of Ukraine in past tense in anticipation of Ukraine’s capitulation during the first Russian-Ukrainian negotiations in Belarus. Unnamed Kremlin officials previously identified Kirelenko as the future head of a new Russian federal district, which would encompass Donbas, and occupied settlements in Kherson and Zaporizhia Oblasts.

Russia continues to deploy insufficiently prepared volunteer and reserve forces to reinforce its ongoing operations. Kremlin-sponsored outlet Izvestia released footage showing Russian artillery reservists undergoing training with old D-20 howitzers reportedly within 10 days of their deployment to Ukraine. The reservists focused on learning how to operate hand-held weapons, despite being reportedly only days away from deploying. Social media footage also showed Russian forces transporting Russian volunteer and reserve units with T-80BV tanks (a variant produced in 1985, as opposed to the modernized T-80 BVM operated by the 1st Guards Tank Army) and BMP-1 armored personnel carriers (which have largely been phased out in favor of the BMP-2) to Belgorod Oblast on June 9. Additional social media footage showed Russian forces transporting T-80BV tanks removed from storage in Moscow Oblast on June 9.

Key Takeaways

  • Russian forces pushed Ukrainian defenders from the center of Severodonetsk and reportedly destroyed the remaining bridge from Severodonetsk to Lysychansk on June 13, but Ukrainian officials reported that Ukrainian forces are not encircled in the city.
  • Russian forces carried out unsuccessful ground assaults in an attempt to sever Ukrainian ground lines of communications (GLOCs) near Popasna and Bakhmut.
  • Russian forces launched unsuccessful offensive operations southeast of Izyum and north of Slovyansk, and are likely setting conditions for an assault on Siversk and northwestern Ukrainian GLOCs to Lysychansk.
  • Russian forces are likely conducting a limited offensive directly northeast of Kharkiv City in a likely attempt to push Ukrainian forces out of artillery range of Russian rear areas and secured some successes.
  • Russian and Ukrainian forces are engaging in ongoing fighting for Davydiv Brid in northwestern Kherson Oblast.
  • Russian occupation authorities likely staged terrorist activity in Melitopol and Berdyansk for Russia Day on June 12.


Comment: Yesterday Walrus asked if Ukraine is losing. Judging by the current situation at Severodonetsk, they certainly aren’t winning. The Ukrainians are running low on ammunition, especially for their Soviet/Russian weapons. They now must switch over to NATO standard weapons and revamp their logistical system to accommodate those weapons in the middle of a war. I can see reason for pessimism.

However, the Russians don’t look like they’re winning either. The bulk of military might of the entire Russian Federation, sans their nuclear capability, appears to be concentrated on the minor objective of taking Severodonetsk. Once there, they must then force a river crossing under fire against a dug in opponent occupying the high ground. Why not drive north from Popasna and south from Izyum? Wouldn’t that be a wiser way to take Severodonetsk? The strategy makes little military sense. Either way, the Russians are then faced with attacking the well fortified cities of Slovyansk and Kramatorsk before they can crow about liberating the DNR and LNR.

In addition, Russian forces are certainly not winning on the Kharkiv or Kherson fronts. Nor are they faring well against the growing guerilla resistance in their rear areas. The Ukrainians are more than holding their own in these areas.

Still, the word from Kyiv is that they are outnumbered and outgunned as well as running out of ammo. While they say they face defeat in Donbas without an acceleration in the supply of Western heavy weapons and ammunition, they do not say they face defeat in the war. They are still determined to win and are confident of ultimate victory. In my opinion, much rides on the outcome of next week’s scheduled talks in Kyiv with Macron, Sholz and Draghi, the first visit to Kyiv for all three. Will they stand in solidarity with Zelenskiy and give him what he needs or will they beg him not to further humiliate Putin. Time will tell.


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” … mechanism to make blood cancer cells harmless”

“Leukemia is a group of blood cancers that usually begin in the bone marrow due to a lack of normal blood cells and create large numbers of abnormal blood cells. Symptoms may include bleeding and bruising, bone pain, fatigue, fever and an increased risk of infections.

While its exact cause is unknown, a combination of genetic and environmental factors – including smoking, ionizing radiation, exposure to some chemicals, such as benzene, having had chemotherapy, and Down syndrome – are believed to play a role.

Although it is the most common type of cancer in children, more than 90% of all leukemias are diagnosed in adults.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, somehow, highly proliferative leukemia cells that grow and multiply rapidly could revert to normal cells that no longer multiply? Like putting a jack-in-the-box back into the container.

New research led by scientists in Barcelona, Spain – with significant participation by colleagues at the Department of Human Genetics and Biochemistry of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine: Prof. Gideon Rehavi, Nitzan Kol, Chen Avrahami and Sharon Moshitch-Moshkovitz – has managed to do this. They have just published their findings in the high-impact journal Leukemia under the title, “Remodeling of the m6A RNA landscape in the conversion of acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells to macrophages.”

The article describes how leukemia cells become normal cells that no longer multiply by changing the chemical modifications – the so-called epigenetics – of a type of its genetic material called messenger RNA. The Spanish participants included Alberto Bueno-Costa, a researcher with the group of Dr. Manel Esteller, who heads the Josep Carreras Leukemia Research Institute at the University of Barcelona.”

Spanish-Israeli team finds mechanism to make blood cancer cells harmless – The Jerusalem Post (jpost.com)

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