As technology continues to amaze, laws to protect our privacy have not kept pace.
Maybe it’s time to ban spy drones within our country before it becomes an issue?
For our military, wonderful. For law enforcement and federal agencies? Not so much.
For some reason…….the Obama Campaigns new slogan has an ominous feel…..
The US has deployed several F-22 Raptor fighter jets to an allied base less than 320 kilometers (200 miles) from Iran, FOX news reported Friday.
The F-22, produced by Lockheed Martin, is the US’ premier fighter jet, boasting stealth technology and specializing in air-to-air combat. It has not yet seen combat.
The F-22’s combination of stealth, vectored thrust, range, advanced surveillance electronics with potential electronic warfare applications, and sustained supersonic flight (aka “supercruise”) arguably place it in a class by itself among the world’s combat aircraft.
Several F-22s can gather as much information as AWACS and JSTARS put together. Call it whatever you want…F-22s are going to the Middle East. The PR statement says that this is a normal practice. It’s not.
Space shuttle Enterprise, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), is seen as it flies near the Empire State Building, Friday, April 27, 2012, in New York.
(Source: Flickr / nasahqphoto, via fuckyeahspaceshuttle)
(via Edward Burtynsky [ Photographic Works ])
Tires……….millions upon millions of tires…….
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. -Winston Churchill
Austrian village F---ing to vote on name change - Telegraph -
The Austrian village of F—-ing is to vote on a name change in an attempt to escape the constant ridicule and attention the name attracts the hamlet.
“People are now willing to discuss changes to the spelling of the name,” Franz Meindl, the village’s mayor, said in a television interview. “But first all F—-ingers have to agree on whether want to change it or not.”
In the believe it or not category……… We have this small Austrian village that despite it’s best efforts are plagued by tourists stealing the town signage, awkward encounters with nude tourists posing for photos, and more.
Rather than change the historical name of their town, why not capitalize on the phenomenon and their heritage? Build a few hotels or other tourist “attractions”??
(via Dog, Interrupted: Obama To Host Culinary Adventure Show)
Arrogance, pedantry, and dogmatism; the occupational diseases of those who spend their lives directing the intellects of the young. -Henry Seidel Canby
As Michigan Radio’s Sarah Cwiek reported, today’s trip will be a short, but organizers hope it will be lucrative:
The President will hold the first of two fundraisers at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.
That happens to be where Republican rival Mitt Romney launched his first Presidential campaign in 2007.
Then Mr. Obama will head to a private fundraiser hosted by Detroit businesswoman Denise Ilitch.
Organizers hope the two events will help raise more than $1 million in campaign funds for the President and other Democrats.
President Barack Obama is coming to the Motor City for a $1 million pizza party being thrown for him compliments of Denise Ilitch, daughter of Little Caesars’ founders Mike and Marian Ilitch. Ilitch is opening her home April 18 for the fundraiser where movers and shakers are being asked to pony up thousands to add to his re-election coffer while getting a chance to rub shoulders with the most powerful man on the planet.
A struggling city in decay and decline containing square miles of abandoned ruin. What a contrast: a Progressive dystopia and a $40,000 per person political pizza party.
The irony at the fact that the very policies that the Obama advocates being a major contributing factor to the ongoing sclerosis in Detroit seems lost on all concerned.
Nearly a third of Detroit’s homes are vacant, and along with the residences, the city’s stately hotels and cultural centers have been abandoned as well, falling into dramatic disrepair, their grand ruins still showing the promises of a once-booming city.
Ruins of Detroit
During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the military conducted only a handful of drone missions. Today, the Pentagon deploys a fleet of 19,000 drones, relying on them for classified missions that once belonged exclusively to Special Forces units or covert operatives on the ground. American drones have been sent to spy on or kill targets in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, Somalia and Libya. Drones routinely patrol the Mexican border, and they provided aerial surveillance over Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. In his first three years, Obama has unleashed 268 covert drone strikes, five times the total George W. Bush ordered during his eight years in office. All told, drones have been used to kill more than 3,000 people designated as terrorists, including at least four U.S. citizens. In the process, according to human rights groups, they have also claimed the lives of more than 800 civilians. Obama’s drone program, in fact, amounts to the largest unmanned aerial offensive ever conducted in military history; never have so few killed so many by remote control.On a broader scale, the remote-control nature of unmanned missions enables politicians to wage war while claiming we’re not at war – as the United States is currently doing in Pakistan. What’s more, the Pentagon and the CIA can now launch military strikes or order assassinations without putting a single boot on the ground – and without worrying about a public backlash over U.S. soldiers coming home in body bags. The immediacy and secrecy of drones make it easier than ever for leaders to unleash America’s military might – and harder than ever to evaluate the consequences of such clandestine attacks.
Despite the clear political bias contained, this is actually a well written article detailing the programs, the ever changing tactics, and the growing concerns to the ethics involving these new technologies.
Where will the lines in the sand be drawn if any?
(Source: Rolling Stone)
As some make noises of appeasement giving a nod of acquiescence to Iran so that they may continue their alleged peaceful nuclear experimentations……… some questions:
1.How many countries that possess a nuclear weapon and have not used against another country, have instead exploited that fact for a strategic leverage knowing that since they are now protected by a nuclear umbrella, they can now pretty much do whatever they like conventionally or covertly knowing that no nation will be willing to go to war?
2. How many of those nuclear countries that are now immune against international scrutiny and condemnation due to their nuclear shield are state sponsors of terrorist groups that that have been killing at will for over 34 years?
3..How many non-nuclear nations that the United States or any other country for that matter has deemed “crazy”, irrational, or has a record of crimes against humanity have ever knowingly been allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon ?
4. How many countries that have sponsored, facilitated, and trained terrorist groups have actually had a nuclear weapon to give away to a rogue group?
5. IF Iran builds a nuclear weapon, and since how many they have, we have, Israel has, Pakistan, India, or any other nation has is irrelevant compared to their yields, how long will it take for Gulf State nations, the Saudi’s or other M.E. nations to aquire one or a dozen as well?
6. Why should we bother having nuclear treaties, the IAEA, or any other governing bodies?
If you know the answers to these questions and have an awareness of Iran’s history, please stop talking about their peaceful intentions and our obligation to take them at their word.