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Comment: Seven Days in May (Score 1) 210

by cknowles (#37973784) Attached to: FEMA, FCC Hope To Forestall Panic Over National Emergency Alert
In eight days, for the first time in the nation's history, all of the radio and TV stations in the country will be under the direct control of the federal government. At 2:00PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, the FCC and FEMA will commandeer the airwaves for a minimum of 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 minutes. For those of you old enough to remember CONELRAD or the EBS (Emergency Broadcasting System), they are the ones who broadcast that deafening tone while displaying a test pattern or "This Is Only A Test" slide. But in the 1962 book Seven Days in May, and the 1964 movie of the same name, the President and the Joint Chiefs of Staff were going to use this mechanism as the kickoff of a coup d'etat. Now, I have complete trust in the hierarchy of the military, and believe that they put their lives on the line every day to protect the health and welfare of the nation. But are you ABSOLUTELY sure of every component in the Command and Control system? IF the "Occupy" protestors were to be roiled to a fever pitch, become violent, and pose a clear and present danger to the nation's security, martial law could be declared and habeus corpus suspended. Then the protestors could be rounded up and interned. Finally, someone could suspend elections and the current bureaucracy could preside over the nation for the duration of the unrest. Does anyone else find this just a little unnerving? Or am I letting my Minor in Political Science get the better of me?

+ - Is this NEAST, or Seven Days in May?->

Submitted by cknowles
cknowles (888150) writes "In eight days, for the first time in the nation's history, all of the radio and TV stations in the country will be under the direct control of the federal government. At 2:00PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, the FCC and FEMA will commandeer the airwaves for a minimum of 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 minutes. For those of you old enough to remember CONELRAD or the EBS (Emergency Broadcasting System), they are the ones who broadcast that deafening tone while displaying a test pattern or "This Is Only A Test" slide. But in the 1962 book Seven Days in May, and the 1964 movie of the same name, the President and the Joint Chiefs of Staff were going to use this mechanism as the kickoff of a coup d'etat. Now, I have complete trust in the hierarchy of the military, and believe that they put their lives on the line every day to protect the health and welfare of the nation. But are you ABSOLUTELY sure of every component in the Command and Control system? IF the "Occupy" protestors were to be roiled to a fever pitch, become violent, and pose a clear and present danger to the nation's security, martial law could be declared and habeus corpus suspended. Then the protestors could be rounded up and interned. Finally, someone could suspend elections and the current bureaucracy could preside over the nation for the duration of the unrest. Does anyone else find this just a little unnerving? Or am I letting my Minor in Political Science get the better of me?"
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Comment: An Old Vietnam Veteran Says It Can't Be Done (Score 2, Interesting) 351

by cknowles (#31925150) Attached to: New Speed Cameras Catch You From Space
As an old photointerpreter from the Vietnam era, and a fanatic regarding aerial photography, I can assure you that civilian satellite-based cameras do not have the resolution to read license plates. There was once a concept of "infinite resolution film", but that was always theoretical and, if you think about it, could never be accomplished. As was said above, the cameras are earth-based. Only the speed computation using the GPS system is satellite-based.

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