TECHNOLOGY: Driverless anything will dramatically disrupt the economy

Saturday, February 13, 2016

http://observer.com/2016/02/why-driverless-cars-will-screech-to-a-halt/

OPINION
Why Driverless Cars Will Screech to a Halt
The liability and regulatory issues involved in letting a 3000 pound death machine steer itself with no human at the controls remain huge
By Steven Hill • 02/09/16 8:42am

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Elon Musk’s Tesla recently became the latest big shot company to enter the self-driving car sweepstakes. Mr. Musk recently announced the hiring of software architecture veteran Jim Keller, who previously had played key roles at Apple and AMD, to lead its Autopilot Engineering team. Tesla’s move follows the recently announced partnership between General Motors and Lyft, in which the automaker is investing $500 million in the ridesharing company as part of a joint venture to develop self-driving cars.

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I wouldn’t mind having a “driverless car”. 

I don’t think it will happen in my lifetime.

It will hugely disrupt the economy. Hard to imagine all the impacts.

Great for the senior citizens who should no longer be driving.

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Elon Musk’s Tesla recently became the latest big shot company to enter the self-driving car sweepstakes. Mr. Musk recently announced the hiring of software architecture veteran Jim Keller, who previously had played key roles at Apple and AMD, to lead its Autopilot Engineering team. Tesla’s move follows the recently announced partnership between General Motors and Lyft, in which the automaker is investing $500 million in the ridesharing company as part of a joint venture to develop self-driving cars.


TECHNOLOGY: Airlander 10 originally developed as part of a US Army project

Friday, February 12, 2016

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3438477/World-s-largest-aircraft-gets-ready-300ft-long-Airlander-10-final-preparations-ahead-month-s-flight.html

World’s largest aircraft gets ready for take-off: 300ft-long Airlander 10 is put through its final preparations ahead of next month’s flight

  • Airlander 10 was originally developed as part of a US Army project which was then abandoned in 2012
  • A British company is now converting the aircraft – a cross between an airship and an aeroplane – into civilian use
  • It recently took off inside its hangar in Bedfordshire for the first time so engineers could add the finishing touches
  • Engines and fins are being fitted this week and the 300-ft (93 metre) craft will make its debut test flight next month 

By VICTORIA WOOLLASTON FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 05:10 EST, 9 February 2016 | UPDATED: 05:54 EST, 9 February 2016

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Three years since work began on the Airlander 10, engineers are putting the final touches on the giant aircraft described as ‘part plane, part helicopter.’

The 300ft-long (93 metres) Airlander was originally developed as part of a US Army project but was scrapped by military bosses. It is now being converted to provide business and leisure flights in a hangar in Cardington, Bedfordshire.

The vessel was filled with 1.3million cubic feet of helium – enough to fill 15 Olympic-sized swimming pools -in a test run last October and now the engines and fins are being fitted ahead of next month’s flight.

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Wow, some beautiful piece of work!

Speechless.

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LIBERTY: Will the he CIA’s “Phoenix Program” come home to roost?

Thursday, February 11, 2016

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/02/no_author/cia-assassinations-vietnam/

The CIA’s “Phoenix Program” in Vietnam and the “War on Terror”
Review of Doug Valentine’s Book
By Hugo Turner
GlobalResearch.ca
February 8, 2016

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The Phoenix Program in Vietnam in many ways provides a blue print for our own times. Assassinations and torture are the essence of the war on terror. As are death squads and false flag terror attacks. As are mass surveillance of the populace.

Thanks to the work of Douglas Valentine in his classic book “The Phoenix Program” we have an extremely detailed account of the Phoenix Program exposing a classic example of the brutality of the CIA’s counter insurgency wars. By studying the Phoenix program one can gain a great deal of insight into the wars in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.

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The past is prolog.

Anyone, who does NOT thing that the Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient — as well as untrustworthy — need only read this summary.

And, anyone, who thinks it’s not still going on, is delusional.

Argh!

“We, The Sheeple” should be ashamed of these abuses.

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POLITICAL: “We, The Sheeple” should not be paying for other’s “defense”

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

http://www.cato.org/blog/europeans-not-americans-should-spend-more-europes-defense

FEBRUARY 8, 2016 9:08AM
Europeans, not Americans, Should Spend More on Europe’s Defense
By DOUG BANDOW 

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The U.S. plans on filling Eastern Europe with thousands of troops along with vehicles and weapons to equip an armored combat brigade. That will require a special budget request of $3.4 billion for next year.

An unnamed administration official told the New York Times, that the step “fulfills promises we’ve made to NATO” and “also shows our commitment and resolve.” Moreover, said another anonymous aide: “This reflects a new situation, where Russia has become a more difficult actor.”

However, the basic question remains unanswered: Why is the U.S. defending Europe? The need for America to play an overwhelming role disappeared as the continent recovered and the Cold War ended.

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Clearly, this should be a top priority of any new President. “We, The Sheeple” should not be paying for Europe’s, Japan’s, South Korea’s, or anyone else’s!

Don’t forget “We, The Sheeple” “have” the current 18T+ national debt and the guesstimated 200T+ in unfunded liabilities that our posterity will have to deal with!

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RANT: The “Law” needs a couple of “fixes”

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/02/william-norman-grigg/stolen-lives-protected-criminals/

Stolen Lives, Protected Criminals: The Wrongful Imprisonment of Christopher Tapp
By William Norman Grigg
Pro Libertate Blog
February 6, 2016

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There are abundant reasons to be grateful that we do not live under the Old Testament “lex talonis” legal covenant, and one compelling reason to lament that this is so: Under the system of justice described in the Book of Deuteronomy, a lying police officer and corrupt prosecutor who falsely convicted an innocent man would be required to suffer the punishment intended for their victim.

Under that legal principle, former Idaho Falls Police Detective Jared Fuhriman and former Bonneville County District Attorney Kip Manwaring would be serving a sentence of 30 years to life for the wrongful murder conviction of Christopher Conley Tapp.

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Well, not only do we need to call the politicians and bureaucrats to “fix” the concept of “sovereign immunity” that protects the police and prosecutors from their abuses. Some of the stuff that gets reported is absolutely inexcusable. We’re not talking about a minor mistake or flub; these stories document prosecutorial or police criminal abuse.

Also, the courts need to be open to ANY appeal that could prove one’s innocence. I don’t care if it was evidence available at the time of trial, new DNA capabilities, or ineffective counsel / abusive prosecutorial conduct. The door should be always OPEN for proof of innocence. If I was President, I’d take these cases under advisement. 

Better a hundred guilty go free, than one innocent is in jail.

Just think, the unlucky stiff in jail could be YOU!

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GUNS: The Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee doesn’t tolerate guns

Monday, February 8, 2016

http://www.offthegridnews.com/current-events/actor-faces-5-years-in-prison-for-using-pellet-gun-on-movie-set/

Actor Faces 5 Years In Prison For Using Pellet Gun On Movie Set
Written by: Daniel Jennings  Current Events February 4, 2016

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Bellario is hardly the first law-abiding citizen to run afoul of the Garden State’s draconian gun control regime. In November 2014, Gordon van Gilder, a 72-year-old retired school teacher, faced a similar sentence for carrying an unloaded 250-year-old antique pistol in his car. Chargers were later dropped.

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Yup that sure makes sense.

Not like there is any gun violence in the Pepuls Republic of Nu Jerzee.

Argh!

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RANT: Enjoy your bread and circuses today

Sunday, February 7, 2016

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/02/bionic-mosquito/mainstream-media-lost-control/

Mainstream Media has Lost Control: Let the Whining Begin
By Bionic Mosquito
February 6, 2016

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I guess we should ignore a leading German journalist who says he was bribed by the CIA; Operation Mockingbird, which never happened and even if it did no one would do such a thing today; pro-war media pundits who are on the payroll of defense contractors and others who benefit from international conflict; the official 911 investigation team was fed lies.

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“Move along, people. Nothing to see here. Go home, you kooky-loos.”
— Officer Barbrady’s Catch Phrase South Park

Today, “We, The Sheeple” are given the “Super Bowl”. 

It distracts them to watch MP4B (“Millionaires Playing For Billionaires”) while BHO44 fiddles and the world burns.

Maybe it’s better that the folks on this modern day Titanic don’t consider what happens when they hit one of the many “icebergs” in their path — the debt, the deficit, the current 20T+ national debt and the guesstimated 300T+ in unfunded liabilities that our posterity will have to deal with, the abortion genocide, and unstable world political arrangement.

No, keep your eye on the football, citizen, since that is ALL that really matters.

Argh!

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