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Vice Presidential Debate Set For Utah Still Proceeding With A Live Audience

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There is a vice presidential debate set to be held with an actual, real life audience at the University of Utah in October, and as of now, the event is proceeding forward despite all of the measures being taken in light of spikes in coronavirus cases.

The organizers of the debate have been working closely with health experts and the local authorities to make sure the event stays on track for its scheduled date of October 7, taking necessary precautions to help keep folks healthy and safe from COVID-19. Right now, the audience is expected to be made up of less than 200 people, instead of the usual 900.

Here’s more from The Washington Examiner:

In Salt Lake City, gatherings of more than 20 people are allowed if organizers can establish a 6-foot distance between household groups. The media corps will also be limited to about 250 people and housed in a ventilated tent outside the venue on the college campus.

The vice presidential debate will be organized by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, which has put together all general election debates since 1988. The debate is expected to feature Vice President Mike Pence and the not-yet-announced running mate of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

The commission believes the gathering can be done in a safe manner and will add to the “good tension” in the room.

There are still three months between now and the date of the event so anything could happen in that time to change things, so no one get your hopes up just yet. Regardless, the debate can happen with or without an audience.

Let’s hope things with coronavirus are cooled off a little bit by then.

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A Political Cartoon By A.F. Branco Exclusively for Flag and Cross ©2022

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See more A.F. Branco cartoons on his website Comically Incorrect.

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US Air Force Reveals Successful Hypersonic Missile Test

This could put the US back in the driver’s seat as far as missile tech goes.

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Much like the global arms races that came before, the superpowers of the world are now looking to add a terrifying new doomsday machine to their arsenals in 2022:  Hypersonic missiles.

The missiles, which could be loaded with nuclear or traditional munitions, fly several times faster than the speed of sound and are said to be unstoppable by current defense technologies.  (The US has played coy with this claim, however, suggesting that our nation is well-defended against them).

Russia and China already possess such weapons.  North Korea keeps insisting that they do too, but the claim is dubious.

The United States, who previously admitted that they were a bit behind in developing these projectiles, made a major announcement on the subject this week.

UPI reports a B-52H Stratofortress aircraft successfully released a AGM-1831 Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) over the weekend that achieved speeds five times greater than the speed of sound.

The test was conducted somewhere off the coast of Southern California, it said.

“This was a major accomplishment by the ARRW team for the weapons enterprise and our Air Force,” Brig. Gen. Heath Collins, Air Force program executive officer for weapons, said in a statement.

“The team’s tenacity, expertise and commitment were key in overcoming the past year’s challenges to get us to the recent success.”

The news comes just months after China secretly test launched a hypersonic missile that circumnavigated the globe before hitting its target.

 

Much like the global arms races that came before, the superpowers of the world are now looking to add a terrifying new doomsday machine to their arsenals in 2022:  Hypersonic missiles. The missiles, which could be loaded with nuclear or traditional munitions, fly several times faster than the speed of sound and are said to be unstoppable by current defense technologies.  (The US has played coy with this claim, however, suggesting that our nation is well-defended against them). Russia and China already possess such weapons.  North Korea keeps insisting that they do too, but the claim is dubious. The United States, who previously admitted that they were a bit behind in developing these projectiles, made a major announcement on the subject this week. UPI reports a B-52H Stratofortress aircraft successfully released a AGM-1831 Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) over the weekend that achieved speeds five times greater than the speed of sound. The test was conducted somewhere off the coast of Southern California, it said. “This was a major accomplishment by the ARRW team for the weapons enterprise and our Air Force,” Brig. Gen. Heath Collins, Air Force program executive officer for weapons, said in a statement. “The team’s tenacity, expertise and commitment were key in overcoming the past year’s challenges to get us to the recent success.” The news comes just months after China secretly test launched a hypersonic missile that circumnavigated the globe before hitting its target.  

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