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Ramp Jewelry Chinese buyers are enthusiastically opting mostly for so-called heavy metal jets - big, long-range luxury jets that can cost $50 million or more before extras like fancy cabin fixtures. A big jet is considered a big status symbol. The main allure is longer range. A top-end Gulfstream G550 - price tag $56 million before cabin fittings - can fly 6,800 nautical miles nonstop, or about 7,800 miles, easily covering the distance between Shanghai and New York. In China," said Brian Foley, whose company, Brian Foley Associates, provides market analysis on the global aerospace industry, "if you're a successful business person, you generally don't mind flaunting that and making your compatriots aware that you're doing well. And one way to do that is to buy the biggest and best business jet, if you have the money to buy it." "Some of these big jets that are bought are pretty much parked out on the ramp most of the time," he said, adding that the owners were often limited to impressing associates and clients on the ground, rather than at 40,000 feet. "We kind of refer to that as ramp jewelry," Mr. Foley said. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/15/business/in-china-owning-a-big-jet-means-youve-arrived.html?_r=0
What drone operators see before they kill A new project, initiated by a collective of artists from around the world including the French JR, has tried to reach the people pulling the trigger in America's drone wars-the drone operators themselves. It's called "Not A Bug Splat," and its gets its name from the term drone operators use for a successful "kill," because-in the pixelated grayscale of the drone camera-ending a human life looks like squashing a bug. The collective created a huge poster of a child whom organizers say lost his family to drone strikes in the Pakistan's heavily bombed province, Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa. "Now, when viewed by a drone camera, what an operator sees on his screen is not an anonymous dot on the landscape, but an innocent child victim's face," reads the project's website. In the last decade, drone operators have killed as many as 3,600 people in northwest Pakistan alone. Those people-they include as many as 951 civilians and 200 children-died without trial or jury. They were specks on the screen, and then they were dead. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/04/for-shame-the-giant-poster-that-shows-drone-pilots-the-people-theyre-bombing/360257/
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