Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Commercial Drones Approved . . . .

If one needed any more proof that the almighty $$$ is king and dictates policy in government, check out what the perpetrator of the US' largest ever environmental disaster just received:

(From NPR yesterday)

The Federal Aviation Administration says it has issued the first permit in its history for an unmanned aircraft to fly over U.S. soil. Oil company BP will use a drone from the company AeroVironment to conduct surveys in Alaska.

The first drone flights under the recently issued waiver have already taken place, the FAA says.

From the agency's news release:

"The FAA issued a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization to survey BP pipelines, roads and equipment at Prudhoe Bay, AK, the largest oilfield in the United States. AeroVironment performed the first flight for BP on June 8.

The visual depiction, (H/T Tiana) follows . . . .







Monday, May 05, 2014

"War Criminals . . . .


shouldn't be honoured at our university."


   
"Your career is one thing, and the way you act as a person and another human being is another." 


Well said, Carmelo. Very well said . . . .

Sunday, May 04, 2014

"Don't Touch Me!" . . . .

"Your border touched me ! ! ! !"


Saturday, May 03, 2014

condescending is a "Distraction" . . . .

From Reuters today

(Reuters) - Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pulled out of delivering the commencement speech at Rutgers University in New Jersey on Saturday, following a months-long protest by students and faculty over her role in the Iraq war. 

Rice was the face of foreign policy under President George W. Bush, a Republican, serving as national security advisor from 2001 to 2005, and later as secretary of state. She was a leading hawk in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war. 


 In her statement, Rice said her role in the festivities had become a "distraction."
  

It's all about the Karma, condescending.

What goes around eventually comes around . . . .

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ed @ TED . . . .

The "29-year-old hacker" (as barry referred to Edward Snowden last summer) made a virtual appearance at the TED Conference currently underway here in Vancouver:




After watching the full video (at the end of which he receives a standing ovation, BTW) no doubt you will agree the young man is a true hero and patriot, unlike some of the government elected "representatives" who have been disparaging his actions.


 No doubt the world would be a much better place with Edward in a government position of power rather than the assorted clowns who have had that honour in recent years . . . .



H/T to "drf" for discovering the TED talk before I did . . . .

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Today We Fight Back . . . .



Since June, ongoing revelations about the NSA's activities have shown us the expanding scope of government surveillance. Today is the day people around the world are demanding an end to mass spying.
A broad coalition of organizations, companies, and individuals are loudly voicing their stance against unwarranted mass spying—over 6,000 websites have joined together today to demand reform. EFF stands by millions of users—represented by groups like Demand Progress, ACLU, PEN, and Access as well as companies like Google, Twitter, Mozilla, and reddit—to reform governmental collection of innocent users' information.


In the US? Call Congress today.

Dial 202-552-0505 or click here to enter your phone number and have our call tool connect you
Privacy Info: This telephone calling service is operated by Twilio and will connect you to your representatives. Information about your call, including your phone number and the time and length of your call, will be collected by Twilio and subject to Twilio's privacy policy.
Calling Congress takes just five minutes and is the most effective action you can take right now to let your elected officials know that mass surveillance must end.
Here's what you should say:

I'd like Senator/Representative __ to support and co-sponsor H.R. 3361/S. 1599, the USA Freedom Act. I would also like you to oppose S. 1631, the so-called FISA Improvements Act. Moreover, I'd like you to work to prevent the NSA from undermining encryption standards and to protect the privacy rights of non-Americans.

I called the number listed above and it was a VERY simple process.

Give 5 minutes to the cause.

It's only your privacy and your internet at risk . . . .

Thursday, September 19, 2013

You and Your (Government) Toys . . . .

From Luke Rudkowski at We Are Change yesterday:




Or - as Alison would say - Get Your NSA on, Zombies.

Still gotta have one ? ? ? ?

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Deleted an Email and Want to Retrieve It ? ? ? ?

No problem!

Call the NSA they may be able to help.




But - of course - not the way you're saying . . . .


Monday, September 02, 2013

Eroding Excited States Civil Liberties . . . .

Chris Hedges in his TruthDig column today details his case against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and its chances of success.  barry's kangaroo court has the upper hand  at this point in the legal proceedings.

Illustration by Mr. Fish

All we have left is the Supreme Court, which may not take the case. If the Supreme Court does not take our case, the law will remain in place unless Congress strikes it down, something that federal legislators have so far refused to consider. The three branches of government may want to retain the ability to use the military to maintain control if widespread civil unrest should occur in the United States. I suspect the corporate state knows that amid the mounting effects of climate change and economic decline the military may be all that is left between the elite and an enraged population. And I suspect the corporate masters do not trust the police to protect them. 

My bet is The Supremes don't touch this case with the proverbial 10-foot pole and the march toward total annihilation of civil liberties in The Excited States continues.

Sure would like to be wrong on this one, tho . . . .

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

bennie and his jerks return . . . .

Oh, fer krissakes.

It appears "the devil god made him do it?!?  (Maybe some help from "the devil made me do it," aka, Geraldine, aka, Flip Wilson might jog the old geezer's memory.)

From The Star today:

Former pope Benedict has said he resigned after “God told me to” during what he called a “mystical experience,” a Catholic news agency reported. 


Benedict, whose formal title is now Pope Emeritus, announced his shock resignation on Feb. 11. And on Feb. 28 he became the first pontiff to step down in 600 years.

“God told me to do it,” the Zenith agency quoted Benedict as saying to a visitor to the convent in the Vatican gardens where he is living out his retirement in near isolation.

According to the agency, Benedict told his visitor, who asked to remain anonymous, that God did not speak to him in a vision but in what the former pope called “a mystical experience.”



It appears bennie is not quite ready to exit the world stage after all.

Pity . . . .