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Ingalls Shipbuilding Cancels NYPD Contract for Guided Missile Cruiser

PASCAGOULA, MI — Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced Wednesday morning that it would be voiding a recent contract with the New York City Police Department to build a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, citing ethical concerns with the response to the George Floyd protests. The pre-commissioned NYSS Cuomo (named after the elder governor) was intended exclusively for crowd control purposes, according to a spokesman for the NYPD, and “only non-lethal rubber bomblets were to be used in the warheads of all 122 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles on board.”… Read more

Do Video Games that Glorify Loot Boxes Cause More Looting?

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — With many Americans aghast at the destruction following some of the peaceful protests against police brutality, critics of the video game industry say that heavy promotion of loot boxes in games has caused young people to repeat the behavior in real life. Publishers like Electronic Arts have defended the mechanic in the immensely popular Star Wars Battlefront II, claiming that any connection between the randomly-generated digital grab bags and razing big box retail stores in righteous anger is purely coincidental.… Read more

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