Saturday, November 30, 2013

WHAT!? I DON'T REMEMBER VOTING FOR THIS SHIT!!!

Mary Lincoln was taken to task for purchasing China for the White House during the Civil War.
And Mamie Eisenhower had to shell out the salary for her personalsecretary from her husband's salary.

Total Personal Staff members for other first ladies paid by taxpayers:

  • Mamie Eisenhower: One-- paid for personally out of President's salary.
  • Jackie Kennedy: One
  • Rosaline Carter: One
  • Barbara Bush: One
  • Hilary Clinton: Three
  • Laura Bush: One
  • Michele Obama: Twenty-two 
How things have changed! If you're one of the tens of millions of Americans facing certain destitution, earning less than subsistence wages stocking the shelves at Wal-Mart or serving up McDonald cheeseburgers, prepare to scream and then come to realize that the benefit package for these servants of Michelle Obama are the same as members of the national security and defense departments and the bill for these assorted lackeys is paid by YOU, John Q. Public:   
NOT SO DUMB ... SHE HAS TAKEN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY FOR A RIDE!!!
Michele Obama's personal staff:
One.. $172,200 - Sher, Susan (Chief Of Staff)
Two.. $140,000 - Frye, Jocelyn C. (Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Policy And Projects For The First Lady)
Three.. $113,000 - Rogers, Desiree G. (Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary for Mrs. Obama)
Four. $102,000 - Johnston, Camille Y. (Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the First Lady)
Five.. $100,000 - Winter, Melissa (Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
Six.. $90,000 - Medina , David S. (Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
Seven.. $84,000 - Lilyveld, Catherine M. (Director and Press Secretary to the First Lady)
Eight.. $75,000 - Starkey, Frances M. (Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady)
Nine.. $70,000 - Sanders, Trooper (Deputy Director of Policy and Project for the First Lady)
Ten.. $65,000 - Burnough, Erinn (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)
Eleven.. $64,000 - Reinstein, Joseph B.(Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)
Twelve.. $62,000 - Goodman, Jennifer R. (Deputy Director of Scheduling and Events Coordinator For The First Lady)
Thirteen.. $60,000 - Fitz, Alan O.(Deputy Director of Advance and Trip Director for the First Lady)
Fourteen.. $57,500 - Lewis, Dana M. (Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First Lady)
Fifteen.. $52,500 - Mustaphi, Semonti M. (Associate Director and Deputy Press Secretary To The First Lady)
Sixteen.. $50,000 - Jarvis, Kristen E. (Special Assistant for Scheduling and Traveling Aide To The First Lady)
Seventeen.. $45,000 - Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (Associate Director of Correspondence For The First Lady)
Eighteen.. $43,000 - Tubman, Samantha a (Deputy Associate Director, Social Office)
Nineteen.. $40,000 - Boswell, Joseph J. (Executive Assistant to the Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
Twenty.. $36,000 - Armbruster, Sally M. (Staff Assistant to the Social Secretary)
Twenty-One.. $35,000 - Bookey, Natalie (Staff Assistant)
Twenty-Two.. $35,000 - Jackson, Deilia A. (Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady)

Total $1,591,200 in annual salaries -- all for someone we did not vote for, and apparently have no control over.

There has NEVER been anyone in the White House at any time who has created such an army of staffers whose sole duties are the facilitation of the First Lady's social life. One wonders why she needs so much help, at taxpayer expense.

Note: This does not include makeup artist Ingrid Grimes-Miles, 49, and "First Hairstylist" Johnny Wright, 31, both of whom traveled aboard Air Force One to Europe ...











WHAT COULD POSSIBLE BE WORSE THAN OBAMACARE?

End presidential term limits 

By Jonathan Zimmerman, Published: November 28

Jonathan Zimmerman is a professor of history and education at New York University. His books include “Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory.”
THE LEGISLATIVE LEASH LAW
In 1947, Sen. Harley Kilgore (D-W.Va.) condemned a proposed constitutional amendment that would restrict presidents to two terms. “The executive’s effectiveness will be seriously impaired,” Kilgore argued on the Senate floor, “ as no one will obey and respect him if he knows that the executive cannot run again.”

SURPRISE, SURPRISE!!!
I’ve been thinking about Kilgore’s comments as I watch President Obama, whose approval rating has dipped to 37 percent in CBS News polling — the lowest ever for him — during the troubled rollout of his health-care reform. Many of Obama’s fellow Democrats have distanced themselves from the reform and from the president. Even former president Bill Clinton has said that Americans should be allowed to keep the health insurance they have.

Or consider the reaction to the Iran nuclear deal. Regardless of his political approval ratings, Obama could expect Republican senators such as Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and John McCain (Ariz.) to attack the agreement. But if Obama could run again, would he be facing such fervent objections from Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)?  Probably not. Democratic lawmakers would worry about provoking the wrath of a president who could be reelected. Thanks to term limits, though, they’ve got little to fear.


THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT ...
Nor does Obama have to fear the voters, which might be the scariest problem of all. If he chooses, he could simply ignore their will. And if the people wanted him to serve another term, why shouldn’t they be allowed to (re-) award him one?

That was the argument of our first president, who is often held up as the father of term limits. In fact, George Washington opposed them. “I can see no propriety in precluding ourselves from the service of any man who, in some great emergency, shall be deemed universally most capable of serving the public,” Washington wrote in a much-quoted letter to the Marquis de Lafayette.
Washington stepped down after two terms, establishing a pattern that would stand for more than a century. But he made clear that he was doing so because the young republic was on solid footing, not because his service should be limited in any way.

The first president to openly challenge the two-term tradition was Theodore Roosevelt, who ran for a third term as president in 1912 on the Bull Moose ticket. When he stepped down in 1908, Roosevelt pledged not to seek a third term; reminded of this promise in 1912, he said that he had meant he would not seek a “third consecutive term.” The New York Times called Roosevelt’s explanation a “pitiful sophistication,” and the voters sent Woodrow Wilson to the White House.

A VERY SCARY THOUGHT ... A GREAT EMERGENCY
Only in 1940, amid what George Washington might have called a “great emergency,” did a president successfully stand for a third term. Citing the outbreak of war overseas and the Depression at home, Democrats renominated Franklin D. Roosevelt. They pegged him for a fourth time in 1944 despite his health problems, which were serious enough to send him to his grave the following year.

To Republicans, these developments echoed the fascist trends enveloping Europe. “You will be serving under an American totalitarian government before the long third term is finished,” warned Wendell Wilkie, Roosevelt’s opponent in 1940. Once the two-term tradition was broken, Wilkie added, nobody could put it back together. “If this principle dies, it will be dead forever,” he said.

THE LEASE LAW
That’s why the GOP moved to codify it in the Constitution in 1947, when a large Republican majority took over Congress. Ratified by the states in 1951, the 22nd Amendment was an “undisguised slap at the memory of Franklin D. Roosevelt,” wrote Clinton Rossiter, one of the era’s leading political scientists. It also reflected “a shocking lack of faith in the common sense and good judgment of the people,” Rossiter said.
He was right. Every Republican in Congress voted for the amendment, while its handful of Democratic supporters were mostly legislators who had broken with FDR and his New Deal. When they succeeded in limiting the presidency to two terms, they limited democracy itself.

A NATURAL DEATH ... THE ONLY PROBLEM HE WAS STILL IN OFFICE
“I think our people are to be safely trusted with their own destiny,” Sen. Claude Pepper (D-Fla.) argued in 1947. “We do not need to protect the American people with a prohibition against a president whom they do not wish to elect; and if they wanted to elect him, have we the right to deny them the power?”

BRINGS FEAR INTO THE HEART AND MIND OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC 
It’s time to put that power back where it belongs. When Ronald Reagan was serving his second term, some Republicans briefly floated the idea of removing term limits so he could run again. The effort went nowhere, but it was right on principle. Barack Obama should be allowed to stand for reelection just as citizens should be allowed to vote for — or against — him. Anything less diminishes our leaders and ourselves.

Read more about this issue: 
Thomas E. Mann: Want to end partisan politics? Here’s what won’t work, and what will Robert J. Samuelson: Why we no longer trust government Letter: After shutdown debacle, it’s time for term limits Zachary A. Goldfarb: How we misread the numbers that dominate our politics

© The Washington Post Company

Friday, November 29, 2013

HOME OF THE WHOPPER ... MONEY TALKS!!!

CANDIDATES CAN LIE ABOUT ACCOMPLISHMENTS WITHOUT WORRYING!!!  LOW INFORMATION VOTERS ARE LIKE ALZHEIMER'S PATIENTS ... THE NEXT MINUTE IS FRESH AND NEW ...


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is warning of the "tricks and traps" some advertisers politicans use to try to lure consumers into making purchases on Black Obamacare Friday and Obamacare Cyber Monday.

The Connecticut Democrat has scheduled a Friday morning news conference at his Hartford to highlight what he calls laughable, ludicrous and deceptive ads that consumers should be on the lookout for as the holiday shopping political season begins.

He says tricks include overly broad advertisements, hidden fees when it's time to check out and emailed coupons that hide the fine print in links to other websites.

Blumenthal, who served previously as state attorney general, says consumers should always read the fine print while they are deciding whom to vote for do their holiday shopping.

Obamacare Black Shopping Friday occurs everyday of the year 365 and 366 on leap-year ... happy shopping!


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES ...

Afghanistan: The Saudi Arabia of Lithium?

Lithium, which is used to make batteries for everything from mobile phones to iPads, could transform the war-torn nation's economy.

THE GIST

  • Nearly $1 trillion of mineral wealth has been discovered in war-ravaged Afghanistan.
  • Lithium, gold, iron and copper are among the minerals identified.
  • Little has been exploited because the country has been mired in conflict for three decades.
Afghanistan has nearly $1 trillion in mineral deposits, according to a study, but there are doubts the war-torn and graft-prone country can manage the windfall offered by the untapped riches.
President Hamid Karzai said in January that the deposits could help the war-ravaged nation become one of the richest in the world, based on preliminary findings of the United States Geological Survey.
The final results, reported in the New York Times Monday, found previously unknown reserves of lithium, iron, gold, niobium, cobalt and other minerals that the paper said could transform Afghanistan into a global mining hub.
"The natural resources of Afghanistan will play a magnificent role in Afghanistan's economic growth," Jawad Omar, spokesman for the country's ministry of mines and industries, told AFP.
"The past five decades show that every time new research takes place, it shows our natural reserves are far more than what was previously found," he said.
Afghanistan's potential lithium deposits are as large of those of Bolivia, which currently has the world's largest known reserves of the lightweight metal, the Times said.
There is ever-growing demand for lithium, which is used to make batteries for everything from mobile phones and cameras to iPads and laptops. Future growth in electric and hybrid cars could create still more demand.
Afghanistan has so much of the metal that it could become the "Saudi Arabia of lithium," according to an internal Pentagon memo quoted by the New York Times.
The iron and copper deposits are also large enough to make Afghanistan one of the world's top producers, U.S. officials said.
"There is stunning potential here," General David Petraeus, head of the U.S. Central Command which oversees Afghanistan, told the newspaper. "There are a lot of ifs, of course, but I think potentially it is hugely significant."
Little has been exploited because the country has been mired in conflict for three decades, and is today embroiled in a vicious insurgency by Islamist rebels led by the Taliban.
The country would have to find a way of bringing the minerals to markets but its infrastructure is rudimentary, with only one national highway connecting north to south and its ramshackle roads often targeted by Taliban bombs.
Analysts worried the country, hobbled by rampant corruption and a weak central state, was not ready to manage its potential mineral wealth.
"I highly doubt it will be able to either properly manage these resources or use the riches to build a more peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan for all Afghans," Janan Mosazai, a political analyst, told AFP.
"We have living examples of other countries where natural riches have actually turned into a curse for peace and prosperity for people," he said, citing Nigeria's endemic poverty and conflict despite vast oil exports.
The Afghan government has already reported large deposits of chromite, natural gas, oil and precious and semi-precious stones.
"The only significant new bit of information (this year) is the dollar figure, as Afghan and Soviet geologists already had evidence of the riches," Mosazai said.
China and India have bid for contracts to develop Afghan mines, with the Chinese winning a huge copper contract. An iron-ore contract is due to be awarded later this yearA new minerals rush could pit U.S. and Chinese interests against each other. Some critics in Washington grumble that China is reaping rewards from the copper mine while U.S. troops are heavily committed against the Taliban.

IN A RELATED STORY ... 

Breakthrough Microbattery Charges 1,000 Times Faster than Competing Technology

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Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UI) have announced their new Microbatteries that out-power even the best supercapacitors and could drive new applications in radio communications and compact electronics.
The graphic illustrates a high power battery technology from the University of Illinois. Ions flow between three-dimensional micro-electrodes in a lithium ion battery. Image Credit: Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois.
The press release suggests the new microbattery is the most powerful battery on the planet.  They are only a few millimeters in size and yet they pack such a punch that a driver could use a cellphone powered by these batteries to jump-start a dead car battery – and then recharge the phone in “the blink of an eye”.  This is a big claim.
Led by William P. King, the UI Bliss Professor of mechanical science and engineering, the researchers published their results in the April 16 issue of Nature Communications.  The paper is of course peer reviewed and the hard details state the lithium ion microbatteries have power densities up to 7.4 mWcm−2 μm−1, which equals or exceeds that of the best supercapacitors, and which is 2,000 times higher than that of other microbatteries.
This looks serious . . .
Professor King said, “This is a whole new way to think about batteries. A battery can deliver far more power than anybody ever thought. In recent decades, electronics have gotten small. The thinking parts of computers have gotten small. And the battery has lagged far behind. This is a microtechnology that could change all of that. Now the power source is as high-performance as the rest of it.”
The team’s key insight is that the battery microarchitecture can concurrently optimize ion and electron transport for high-power delivery, realized here as a ‘three-dimensional bicontinuous interdigitated’ microelectrodes. The battery microarchitecture affords trade-offs between power and energy density that result in a high-performance power source, and which is scalable to larger areas.
3D Battery Image From the Study Abstract.
With currently available power sources, users have had to choose between power and energy. For applications that need a lot of power, like broadcasting a radio signal over a long distance, capacitors can release energy very quickly but can only store a small amount. For applications that need a lot of energy, like playing a radio for a long time, fuel cells and batteries can hold a lot of energy but release it or recharge slowly.
James Pikul, a graduate student and first author of the paper said, “There’s a sacrifice, if you want high energy you can’t get high power; if you want high power it’s very difficult to get high energy. But for very interesting applications, especially modern applications, you really need both. That’s what our batteries are starting to do. We’re really pushing into an area in the energy storage design space that is not currently available with technologies today.”
The new microbatteries offer both power and energy, and by tweaking the structure a bit, the researchers can tune them over a wide range on the power-versus-energy scale.
The new microbatteries owe their high performance to their internal three-dimensional microstructure. Batteries have two key components: the anode (minus side) and cathode (plus side). Building on a novel fast-charging cathode design by materials science and engineering professor Paul Braun’s group, King and Pikul developed a matching anode and then developed a new way to integrate the two components at the microscale to make a complete battery with superior performance.
With so much power, the batteries could enable sensors or radio signals that broadcast 30 times farther, or the devices might be 30 times smaller. The batteries are rechargeable and can charge 1,000 times faster than competing technologies, “Imagine juicing up a credit-card-thin phone in less than a second,” quotes the press release.  In addition to consumer electronics, medical devices, lasers, sensors and other applications could see leaps forward in technology with such power sources available.
King said quite correctly, “Any kind of electronic device is limited by the size of the battery – until now. Consider personal medical devices and implants, where the battery is an enormous brick, and it’s connected to itty-bitty electronics and tiny wires. Now the battery is also tiny.”
The team’s plan for the future is working on integrating their batteries with other electronics components, as well as manufacturability at low cost.
Pikul said, “Now we can think outside of the box. It’s a new enabling technology. It’s not a progressive improvement over previous technologies; it breaks the normal paradigms of energy sources. It’s allowing us to do different, new things.”
Professor King is no lightweight looking to make a mark.  He’s also affiliated with the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology; the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory; the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory; as well as the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois.
Details are still really thin.  The energy and power density numbers aren’t out nor the all important charge discharge cycle life.  The first hurdle, costs, aren’t covered either.  Much more to come we hope.
For those folks in the battery business, the study paper is worth a look.  For the rest of us, the paywall is in place even though a U.S. government department, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research helped fund the work that is supposed to make these kinds of things publicly available.
On the other hand a paltry $32 will buy a copy so the tech won’t stay in the U.S. for even a day – its likely swiped already.  C’est la vie.












Tuesday, November 26, 2013

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW, ... WHAT ABOUT NOW? ... AND NOW?



IN A RELATED STORY ... OBAMACARE ... WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?

HARP, NO, NO, ... HAARP ... WHAT CELESTIAL MUSIC? ... SORT OF!


"THE PRESENT BELONGS TO THEM, THE FUTURE IS MINE", NIKOLA TESLA.


















VIVALDI, OBAMATURKEYCARE, AND YOUR FUTURE IN OBAMACARE

Thanksgiving turkeys pardoned by Obama 'have all died'

Each Thanksgiving at the White House the US president publicly pardons two turkeys that were destined for dinner tables and sends them into a luxurious retirement.
But it has emerged that all eight of the birds so far pardoned by President Barack Obama have already died, and only one of them lived to see a second Thanksgiving.
ITS COBBLER AND GOBBLER OR IS IT GOBBLER AND COBBLER ... REALLY ISN'T ANY DIFFERENCE IN THEIR POLITICS, THEIR BOTH TURKEYS!
The first two birds spared by Mr Obama in 2009 were sent to live at Disneyland and the following six, including last year's pair named Cobbler and Gobbler, went to the former home of George Washington at Mount Vernon.
But because the birds, some of them weighting up to 45 pounds, had been bred large for eating they endured health problems and did not last long despite their five star surroundings.
Mr Obama is set to pardon two more Thanksgiving turkeys this week. At the pardoning of Cobbler and Gobbler last year, attended by his daughters Sasha and Malia in the White House Rose Garden, he said: “From here these two lucky birds will be swept up in a whirlwind of fame and fortune that will ultimately lead them to Mount Vernon, where they will spend their twilight years in the storied home of George Washington.”
Speaking weeks after his re-election Mr Obama added: "They say life is all about second chances, and this November I couldn't agree more."
The US president has long been presented with a prized bird by the turkey industry at Thanksgiving.
In 1963, four days before his assassination, President John F Kennedy spared his turkey and sent it back to the farm. However, the tradition of bestowing an official presidential pardon began later with President George H W Bush.

OBAMATURKEYCARE ...
The longest lived of Mr Obama's pardoned turkeys was Liberty, a 45 pound bird who went to the White House in 2011, and survived until the age of two before succumbing to heart failure.
Two turkeys set to be pardoned this week come from Minnesota and have been carefully sleeted from 80 candidates by the National Turkey Federation as the best able to deal with the glare of publicity at the ceremony.
In an effort to train them to deal calmly with the attention the birds have had a radio played to them for months. According to their owner they have been listening to Vivaldi for most of the summer.






Sunday, November 24, 2013

YOUR PAPERS PLEASE ... THE FUTURE IS HERE ... NOW!

A National ID Card For American Citizens? Get Ready – The Real ID Act Goes Into Effect On May 11

For a moment, imagine a future where you are not able to drive a car, get on a plane, get on a train, vote, enter a federal building, open a bank account or get a job without a national ID card. You don’t think that could ever happen in America? Well, you might want to brush up on the Real ID Act because it is going to go into effect on May 11, 2011 unless something is done to stop it.  When I first learned this, I was absolutely stunned.  After all, wasn’t the Real ID Act supposed to be “dead”?  A few years ago state legislatures across the nation were in an uproar over this law.  The Department of Homeland Security was forced to delay implementation of it several times.  But now it is back.  You see, this is what the federal government often does.  They will try to push something very unpopular through, and if they meet resistance they will “play dead” until the uproar has died down and then they will come right back and implement it anyway.  This is what is happening with the Real ID Act.
As of May 11, all driver’s licenses across the United States will be required to conform to federal national security standards.  In essence, our licenses are now going to be federalized.
Yes, this is really happening.  A Fox News article from a couple weeks ago confirmed that these “national ID cards” will be required to board airplanes and enter federal buildings….
States must be in compliance by May with the regulations laid out in the 2005 REAL ID Act. The law, a recommendation of the Sept. 11 commission that investigated the 2001 terror attacks, creates a national security standard for state-issued identification cards to be used for purposes like boarding airplanes and entering federal buildings.
Isn’t that great?  ...
STANFORD, Calif.--President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said here today.
It's "the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government" to centralize efforts toward creating an "identity ecosystem" for the Internet, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt said.
Now security goons will be able to ask us for our “papers” just like they used to do in Nazi Germany and the USSR.
Back in 2008, former U.S. Representative Bob Barr wrote the following about how not having one of these new national ID cards will automatically strip us of some of our most fundamental rights….
“A person not possessing a Real ID Act-compliant identification card could not enter any federal building, or an office of his or her congressman or senator or the U.S. Capitol. This effectively denies that person their fundamental rights to assembly and to petition the government as guaranteed in the First Amendment.”
Of course the Department of Homeland Security insists that the Real ID Act is just here to “help” us and to make life “better” and “more secure”.  According to their website, some of the goals of the Real ID Act are “to help prevent terrorism, reduce fraud, and improve the reliability and accuracy of personal identification documents.”

But is this really what we want America to become?

A nation where we are constantly passing through checkpoints and where security goons are constantly checking our national ID card?

What kind of liberty and freedom is that?
Eventually these national ID cards will likely be required for virtually every single interaction that we have with the federal government.
Can you imagine the kind of power that the federal government will have to watch us and track our activities if this thing gets fully implemented?
The more you really think about the notion of a national ID card for Americans the more repulsive it becomes.
Eventually, without a “Real ID” you will not be able to be hired by most employers.  So in essence, you will be required to get the permission of the federal government before you can work.
Without a “Real ID”, your ability to travel will be greatly restricted.  Eventually there will be very few modes of public transportation that you will be able to use without having a national ID card.
And what if you lose your national ID card?  Talk about a headache!
Hey, eventually they might just decide to solve that problem by putting a microchip directly into our hands.
Wouldn’t that be convenient?
Can you see where all of this is headed?  Many of the people that are attempting to implement this thing may have “good intentions”, but we all know what they say about “good intentions”.
We do not need a national ID card to have a nation that is safe and secure.
Please contact your representatives in Washington D.C. and let them know that you want the Real ID Act repealed once and for all.
If we put up with a national ID card, then the Obama administration will be emboldened to try to implement the “universal Internet ID” that they have been talking about.
The sad truth is that America is no longer “the land of the free“.  The government has decided that in order to keep us “safe”, everything that we do must be watched, tracked, traced, recorded and controlled.
It doesn’t matter whether the Democrats are in power or if the Republicans are in power – every year the United States becomes even more like a prison camp.
Hopefully the American people will wake up and will realize that this is not what our founding fathers intended.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

LEADERS-SHIP ... A DRIFT ON A SEA OF MISERY






FOR SOME REASON, MAD MAGAZINE AND THE TROJAN HORSE COME TO MIND, CAN'T BE!

China Loves the Navy’s GPS Landing System (and its Slide Decks)


An X-47B lands on the deck of the USS George H.W. Bush after a test flight // Department of Defense
WHAT DID SNOWDOOM DO THAT OUR OWN MILITARY DIDN'T DO ... HOW COME THE CHINESE DRONE LOOKS EXTREMELY SIMILAR TO THE X-47B?
I did a Google search for some background information on the precision GPS landing system the Navy used to help guide its unmanned X-47B to a carrier landing yesterday, and one of the first hits to pop up was a paper by three authors from China’s Naval University of Engineering, a “military university of higher learning subjected to the leadership of the Central Military Commission and the Party Committee of the PLA Navy.”
The paper, presented in May at the China Satellite Navigation Conference in Wuhan, China, goes into great detail about the U.S. Navy Joint Precision Approach and Landing Systemunder development, a derivative of which was used to support the X-47B landing on the USS George H.W. Bush.

Author

I wondered where China obtained so much information about a U.S. Navy program, until I stumbled across a 2010 Naval Air Systems Commandpresentation, which included many of the details used in the 2013 China Naval University of Engineering paper.
The paper included the samegraphic used by the U.S. Navy in 2010 to illustrate how the precision guidance system works. (See page 191 in the China paper and page six in the NAVAIR slide deck.)
Too bad NAVAIR can’t copyright its slide decks.

Gorky Park? – Russian GPS Systems On U.S. Antenna Networks?

Oh, the stupid is heavy with this one…
SO THE SAME QUESTION AS ABOVE ... WHAT DID SNOWDOOM DO THAT OUR MILITARY HAS NOT DONE?
WASHINGTON — In the view of America’s spy services, the next potential threat from Russia may not come from a nefarious cyberweapon or secrets gleaned from the files of Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor now in Moscow.
Instead, this menace may come in the form of a seemingly innocuous dome-topped antenna perched atop an electronics-packed building surrounded by a security fence somewhere in the United States.
In recent months, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon have been quietly waging a campaign to stop the State Department from allowing Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, to build about half a dozen of these structures, known as monitor stations, on United States soil, several American officials said.
I'M DOING WHATEVER I CAN DO TO DEFEAT THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE!
WTF ... ARE WE CRAZY?
They fear that these structures could help Russia spy on the United States and improve the precision of Russian weaponry, the officials said. These monitor stations, the Russians contend, would significantly improve the accuracy and reliability of Moscow’s version of the Global Positioning System, the American satellite network that steers guided missiles to their targets and thirsty smartphone users to the nearest Starbucks.
“They don’t want to be reliant on the American system and believe that their systems, like GPS, will spawn other industries and applications,” said a former senior official in the State Department’s Office of Space and Advanced Technology. “They feel as though they are losing a technological edge to us in an important market. Look at everything GPS has done on things like your phone and the movement of planes and ships.”

LIKE PAINTING THE TARGET WITH A LASER!
The Russian effort is part of a larger global race by several countries — including China and European Union nations — to perfect their own global positioning systems and challenge the dominance of the American GPS.
PERHAPS THE IDOIT IN WASHINGTON DOESN'T HAVE A GRASP OF THE HISTORY ... OR IS THIS THE BACK DOOR TO THE NEW WORLD ORDER!?

For the State Department, permitting Russia to build the stations would help mend the Obama administration’s relationship with the government of President Vladimir V. Putin, now at a nadir because of Moscow’s granting asylum to Mr. Snowden and its backing of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. (continue reading)















Friday, November 22, 2013

MOST TRANSPARENT ADMINISTRATION .... EVER!!!

A NEWS ARTICLE COMMENTS TYPICALLY PROVIDE MORE FEELING, SENTIMENT AS WELL AS PROVIDE MORE REALITY THAN THE ACTUAL NEWS STORY UPON WHICH THE COMMENTS ARE BASED.  THEREFORE, SOME COMMENTARY HAVE BEEN PROVIDE FIRST ALONG WITH GRAPHIC AND AUDIO TO PROVIDE A CONTEXT FOR THE COMMENTS. 

 


  • Wilbor C Gavin ·  Top Commenter · Suffolk, Virginia
    The news media and photo journalist helped this Fascist President secure his dictatorial powers, now you are complaining he is hiding things from you that you helped hide from us for 6 years, are you to stupid to realize this is natural progression for Fascism.

    • 100% correct WAKE UP AMERICA! "What luck for rulers that men do not think." HITLER IMPEACH, IMPEACH, IMPEACH this idiot. The Missouri clown this past summer had it correct!

    • Bob Hambuchen ·  Top Commenter
      Mr. Gavin is exactly correct (although his state just elected another of these buffoons as governor). Obama wouldn't be president if the news media had done its job, and now, they whine when their dictator no longer needs them.

    • Natalie Rosen ·  Top Commenter
      Joy Don Oh sure like Bush/Cheney thuggery did not prevent journalists from covering White House things that SHOULD have been transparent like his kissy face huggy bear moments with big oil. Bush/Cheney were the worst of the worst on transparency. Heck they did not even want the public to see the corpses as they returned in caskets from Bush's war based on lies!

  • Art O'Connell ·  Top Commenter · Ocala, Florida
    Dear msm,
    Do not despair. While you are no longer useful you shall for ever be idiots. Thank you all so very very much for being so incestously complicite in doing this to us. May you all suffer for eternity.

    • Tom Burch ·  Top Commenter · Works at Artic Slope Regional Corporation
      I can see how the press and photojournalism communities are angry at being used as part of the scripted Obama Presidency. But is it not poetic justice that the very news media that sold us a phony, unaccomplished nobody is now being treated with the same contempt Obama treats the average American? The question now is: what do all of these news organizations plan to do now to expose Obama for the walking talking Shell Game he has always been? Perhaps if they used the considerable pooled resources of all of these angry news organizations to find and disclose Obama's educational transcripts, they might feel the satisfaction of giving a bit of "payback" to Obama and his Script Masters. You know that had George Bush tried to hide his college transcripts, they would have been posted on the front page of the NY Times and Washington Post within weeks. It is time for a complicit news media to stage a mutiny and expose Obama as the empty suit he always has been.


      White House blocks access to Obama events, news groups say

      WASHINGTON — The nation’s largest news organizations lodged a complaint Thursday against the White House for imposing unprecedented limitations on photojournalists covering President Barack Obama, which they say have harmed the public’s ability to monitor its own government.
      The organizations accuse the White House of banning photojournalists from covering Obama at some events, and then later releasing its own photos and videos of the same events.
      “Journalists are routinely being denied the right to photograph or videotape the president while he is performing his official duties,” according to a letter the organizations sent to the White House. “As surely as if they were placing a hand over a journalist’s camera lens, officials in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the executive branch of government.”
      Presidents often look for ways to get their own messages out. But media experts say Obama’s administration has developed an aggressive strategy to use social media, including government-sponsored websites and blogs, as well as Twitter, Instagram and Flickr accounts, to circumvent the media’s constitutional duty more than its predecessors have.
      “You are only seeing what they want you to see,” said Lucy Dalglish, the dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.
      White House spokesman Josh Earnest defended the release of photos and videos, saying the practice helps Obama live up to his pledge of transparency by allowing the public to have greater access to the inner workings of the administration when it’s not feasible for news media to be in the room.
      “What we’ve done is we’ve taken advantage of new technology to give the American public even greater access to behind-the-scenes footage or photographs of the president doing his job,” Earnest said. “To the American public, that’s a clear win.”
      He said the news organizations’ protests were just part of the natural tension between journalists and those they covered.
      “The fact that there is a little bit of a disagreement between the press corps and the White House press office about how much access the press corps should have to the president is built into the system,” he said at the daily White House news briefing. “If that tension didn’t exist, then either you or we aren’t doing our jobs.”
      Relations between Obama officials and journalists have further deteriorated this year.
      News reports last spring indicated that the Justice Department had secretly seized the telephone records of reporters at the Associated Press and investigated a Fox News reporter as a potential criminal for doing his job.
      In the most recent situation, the news organizations stressed that they’re referring only to presidential activities of a “fundamentally public nature,” not private or restricted events, including ones that may affect national security. But the White House often says the closed events are private, even though it releases its own photographs of the events.
      Examples cited in the letter are Obama’s meetings with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on July 10, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on July 29 and Pakistani human rights activist Malala Yousafzai on Oct. 11.
      In each case, journalists weren’t allowed – and sometimes were unaware – of the event. The White House later released written summaries of the events, along with photos taken by a government photographer.
      On Thursday, the presidents of the American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors sent a letter to their members urging them to stop using handout photos and video from the White House.
      “We must accept that we, the press, have been enablers,” the letter says. “We urge those of you in news organizations to immediately refrain from publishing any of the photographs or videos released by the White House, just as you would refuse to run verbatim a press release from them.”
      It’s unclear how many news organizations use handout photographs from the White House. McClatchy-Tribune Information Services generally doesn’t do so unless they were shot in areas that the media don’t expect to have access to, such as the Situation Room or the private residence areas of the White House.
      Harry Walker, the director of the McClatchy-Tribune Photo Service, said opening access to events was “the foundation for journalism, not just photojournalism.”
      The letter was signed by 38 news organizations, including all the major broadcast and cable networks, wire services, online services and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and the McClatchy Co., which owns 30 daily newspapers across the nation.
      The White House Correspondents’ Association and White House News Photographers Association also signed the letter. McClatchy’s government and politics editor, Steven Thomma, is the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association.
      The letter, which was addressed to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, a former reporter for Time magazine, requested a meeting to discuss the issue.

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