If you are my age then there are memories of an age where people could smoke on airliners. The booking agent would ask "Smoking or Non-Smoking?" So, the modern version could be "Cell Phone or No Cell Phone?" Maybe they could put seats in the baggage hold for the Jabberwockies.
Agreed. Not all technology is equal. Nuclear weapons are "special" for a multiplicity of reasons as the Iranian experience is showing us. They've been working at it for years, but they're not "there" yet and there is a lot of visible trappings that are eating away at their GNP. On the other hand, drones can be cheap and simple or huge and complex or anything in between. Other people have compared them to the flint lock which lead to the individual weapons which also have that huge variation of models ranging from the rail car guns to tiny pocket pistols. Expect these things to multiply like rabbits.
80 hour shifts? How about 8 hour shifts and swap out the operators. By the way, there is a broad spectrum of these devices ranging from back pack models with a short range and endurance to huge beasts that stay up for days.
Great summary. The 1968 Gun Control law (Senator Dodd, D-NJ) used the 1938 3rd Reich law as a pattern. One of its provisions extends to the entire residence occupied by the "Prohibited Person" making the firearms (and ammunition) search legal. However, if the original offense happened in 1986 (27 years ago), why were they searching for firearms in 2013? File this under "any excuse will do." This is also a lesson anyone running for office to remember: The other side will use Opposition Research and follow you and your associates all the way back to the womb. For "government", this is easy and almost free while we have to pay for the same stuff and have access to a lot less. Let's suppose you are running for a Senate seat in Delaware and win the nomination. Then, your past as a "witch" during your college days turns up. How did that happen?
In this case, I don't think they care about "admissible"; it was an intelligence gathering mission and they will go out of their way to avoid a trial because they would be exposed to "Discovery" and witnesses being put under oath. What? Somebody violated your rights? Such a quaint concept.
Amen! For a similar case, see Arkansas Blood Trail. In this case, the investigators' files were located in Berkeley, CA and Toronto, Canada and both were destroyed in the same evening.
Yeah, we've heard this before. It ends with "and then they came for me..." So, an equally large issue is another violation of the Second Amendment; which is fine with the current regime.
So far, your post is the first one I found that wondered why they would be searching a reporter's home for weapons. Normally, such a search would be conducted concerning weapons related violations of the law. Has anyone seen a copy of that warrant?
Check on our activity in Vietnam back in the 1960s and possibly 1970s. The idea was to locally intensify monsoon rain over the Ho Chi Minh trail to slow down their transport. Vietnamese live in the rain for about half the year depending on the location and its just another thing to handle. So, I don't think this operation had any real impact. Maybe someone from the PAVN could comment.
Back in 1999, I watched one being formed by a single aircraft. It was in the late afternoon, about an hour before sunset. When I first saw it, half of the construction had been completed and the aircraft was flying alternating N-S trails and E-W trails. The result looked like a loose rectangular rattan weave. I estimated the altitude somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 feet and the spacing between the trails somewhere between 3000 and 6000 feet. The south end was around McClellan AFB and the north end was close to Beale AFB. Watching this thing was about the same idea as checking on an orb spider doing her thing. The aircraft departed the scene shortly before sunset and the trails slowly merged into a thin overcast. My best guess as to "Why" would be to impair the effectiveness of reconnaissance satellites. It was too thin to change nocturnal IR emission from the ground and the "overcast" was gone by the next day. For some actual pictures of the things, see Art Bell and Coast2CoastAM sites or Google the term. Other than consuming a few thousand pounds of JP-8, I don't see any real impact.
Need to "look around" some more. There are a lot of high rise apartment buildings, especially south of the Han River. The good news is that a lot of the heavy industry is farther south, out of artillery range. One way to figure out things are getting warm: A-10C aircraft show up in Kunsan AB and other air bases to the south.
This comment proves that the interim objective is to register all gun owners and guns. According to a previous statement by Senator Feinstein and a more recent one from Governor Cuomo, the ultimate objective is gun confiscation. In the words of Senator Feinstein, "Mr. and Mrs. America, turn them ALL in." We've seen where this leads. Recently, in Rwanda, it lead to the slaughter of between 500K and 1M people. Proportionately to their population, it outranked the Nazi Holocaust and the Soviet Gulags but came close to the Killing Fields in Cambodia. According to Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO.org), these Lethal Laws have accounted for over 100M people. The first use of an automated data file for this kind of purpose was by the 3rd Reich with the machinery supplied by IBM. If you were unfortunate enough to have numbers tatooed on your arm, it related to a data file, not you. Previously, if you had registered a firearm according to the gun control laws, this information was on file in a relational data base that could be sorted by name, address, type of firearm, ethnic group, etc. They may seem quaint today, but that Hollerwith card was the most powerful tool all the way to the 1970s. Patriotic Duty: If you can get to it, corrupt that data file. People like Eric Holder can't be trusted with it. Politically, defeat the Feinstein Bill (S. 150, not yet posted to Thomas) or anything like it.
Organizations and societies have been trying to develop or select the "ideal" person for the last few millenia. See the various statues and bass reliefs for the evidence. Humans, however, are not uniform but vary in several characteristics. Lysenko and the Nazis are two recent examples of trying to develop or select the ideal person; both failed. The US military height-weight standards favor those with Cromagnon features (long limbs, short torso, slender) and actively discriminate against the rest. So, if the person is built along Neanderthal lines, don't count on a military career. It doesn't matter if he was the fellow who could haul that 1200 pair cable and not be bothered by the cold water he was wading through. One term and he's gone. Buying cloths off the rack? Forget about it!
Helsinki? I thought that was Stockholm Syndrome in which a person put in a strange (new) environment will acquire the characteristics of that environment. The earlier definition was becoming supportive of one's captors, but the concept is broader.
The House passed the "Fiscal Cliff" bill that included, among other things, an extension on Wind and Solar Power support. So, they've got another year to pick my pockets. By the way, on a local level, wind power can work. However, the best application may not be electrical generation. Those windmills can power air compressors and compressed air can be stored indefinitely. They also produce distilled water as a byproduct. The neat thing is that it is scalable. As finances permit, tanks and windmills can be added to the system.