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Some terrible news this morning out of Japan: At least one Marine has died in a refueling accident off the coast of Japan and five others are missing.

CBS News:

A U.S. Marine Corps refueling plane and a fighter jet, carrying a total of seven U.S. Marines, collided and crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan's southwestern coast early Thursday. Rescuers found two of the crew members involved, officials said, but one died later after being pulled from the water. A search and rescue operation was continuing for the five others.

The U.S. Marine Corps said the 2 a.m. crash involved an F/A-18 fighter jet and a KC-130 refueling aircraft during regular refueling training after they took off from their base in Iwakuni, near Hiroshima in western Japan.

The U.S. military said the crash occurred 200 miles off the coast. Japanese officials said it happened closer to land, about 60 miles out, and that's where the Japanese search and rescue mission found two crew members.

This doesn't bode well for our military readiness:

The crash was the latest in recent series of accidents involving the U.S. military deployed to and near Japan.

Last month, a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan crashed into the sea southwest of Japan's southern island of Okinawa, though its two pilots were rescued safely. In mid-October, a MH-60 Seahawk also belonging to the Ronald Reagan crashed off the Philippine Sea shortly after takeoff, causing non-fatal injuries to a dozen sailors.

More than 50,000 U.S. troops are based in Japan under the bilateral security pact.

The Reuters news agency noted that U.S. military accidents are a "sensitive" topic in Japan, especially in Okinawa, where most of the U.S. military personnel in Japan are based. "A series of emergency landings and parts falling from U.S. military aircraft have highlighted safety concerns," Reuters said.

 

 

Google insists personalization of results is "light."

This week, Google competitor Duck Duck Go released a study showing that Google still delivers personalized results to users, even in "incognito mode." I spoke with Dr. Robert Epstein about the study in this article.

Google's public search liaison, Danny Sullivan, responded to the story, insisting that personalization is "very light."

Sullivan attacked Duck Duck Go, saying the Google competitor personalized results more than Google.

This entirely misses the point of the article, which focused on Google's surveillance and advertising, arguing that even when users think they're "incognito" on Google, they're still being watched and targeted. Sullivan did not deny this in his responses.

Have you hugged a fracker today?

Ocasio-Cortez hasn't even been sworn in yet but she's at the top of this list.

Given her apparently complete lack of knowledge regarding American history, the Constitution, and civics, she will undoubtedly do something so stupid that the MSM will regret having manufactured her appeal. They won't admit it, of course, but they will regret it.

Oh no...