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New Navy Lasers a joke so is Israel’s Iron Dome. On Us we paid for the damm things

By: ThingsComeUndone Thursday December 25, 2014 3:18 pm

 

 

December 19, 2014

During the tests, LaWS - a collaborative effort between ONR, Naval Sea Systems CommandNaval Research LaboratoryNaval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division and industry partners - hit targets mounted aboard a speeding oncoming small boat, shot a Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) out of the sky, and destroyed other moving targets at sea.

“At less than a dollar per shot, there’s no question about the value LaWS provides,” said Klunder.

http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/12/19/the-navy-laser-is-on-board/

Its nice to see the Navy is concerned about costs maybe they will scrap a few of their over priced aircraft carriers next?/s From the article we know they can sink a boat no word what kind or how fast the boat was going but we do know the ScanEagle Drone has a top speed of 92 miles per hour and the Navy Laser shot one down that sure sounds impressive!

ScanEagle carries a stabilized electro-optical and/or infrared camera on a lightweight inertial stabilized turret system, and an integrated communications system having a range of over 62 miles (100 km); it has a flight endurance of over 20 hours. ScanEagle has a 10.2-foot (3.1 m) wingspan[2] a length of 4.5 feet (1.4 m) and a mass of 44 pounds (20 kg)[3] and can operate up to 80 knots (92 mph; 150 km/h), with an average cruising speed of 48 knots (55 mph; 89 km/h).[3]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_Insitu_ScanEagle

Until you realize that Iran has anti ship missiles like the Sunburn that go Mach 2.1

According to one report, when the Iranian Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani visited Moscow in October 2001 he requested a test firing of the Sunburn, which the Russians were only too happy to arrange. So impressed was Ali Shamkhani that he placed an order for an undisclosed number of the missiles.The Sunburn can deliver a 200-kiloton nuclear payload, or: a 750-pound conventional warhead, within a range of 100 miles, more than twice the range of the Exocet. The Sunburn combines a Mach 2.1 speed (two times the speed of sound) with a flight pattern that hugs the deck and includes “violent end maneuvers” to elude enemy defenses. The missile was specifically designed to defeat the US Aegis radar defense system. Should a US Navy Phalanx point defense somehow manage to detect an incoming Sunburn missile, the system has only seconds to calculate a fire solution not enough time to take out the intruding missile. The US Phalanx defense employs a six-barreled gun that fires 3,000 depleted-uranium rounds a minute, but the gun must have precise coordinates to destroy an intruder “just in time.”. A single one of these missiles can sink a large warship, yet costs considerably less than a fighter jet. Although the Navy has been phasing out the older Phalanx defense system, its replacement, known as the Rolling Action Missile (RAM) has never been tested against the weapon it seems destined to one day face in combat. Implications For US Forces in the Gulf 

http://my.firedoglake.com/thingscomeundone/2012/03/14/we-cant-win-a-war-with-iran-not-if-they-have-half-a-brain/

 

Need more proof

May 19, 2014

 

the Army and Navy programs. The shipboard LaWS generates just 33 kilowatts of laser energy and still manages to shoot down slow-moving drones in tests; the Navy wants to build a follow-up model generating roughly 60 to 100 kw, potentially mounted on the small Littoral Combat Ship or the mid-sized Arleigh Burke destroyer. The Army, meanwhile, is looking at laser defense platoons with either three 100-kw lasers mounted on large trucks or five 50-kw lasers mounted on smaller Stryker armored vehicles.

These power levels can take out cruise missiles, drones, and manned aircraft at ranges of a few miles. Longer ranges would require hundreds of kilowatts, however, and killing a ballistic missile in boost phase would take about a thousand kilowatts — one megawatt or more. An ICBM warhead, designed to survive the heat of reentry, is practically laser-proof.

http://breakingdefense.com/2014/05/laser-weapons-lower-expectations-higher-threats/

 

My bold notice the Navy would have to double the power of their lasers to take out cruise missiles ,drones, and manned aircraft in other words the Navy’s laser system being tested in the Persian Gulf is a child’s toy. It would take one megawatt or more to take out a ballistic missile in boost phase China it just so happens has a ballistic anti ship missile. Never mind swarm tactics if enough cheaper, older, slower, missiles can all be fired at the same time at any target any missile defense system can be overwhelmed trying to shoot down to many targets at once. Ask the Navy how many Super Sonic Sunburn missiles at a time can their laser heck their laser and all the anti missile defense systems they have on their best ship can stop at the same time.  Not asking these questions would be unpatriotic, screaming Hurah! because we have a laser that can shoot down  a drone plane slower than a Toyota Camary is like having the cheerleaders go out on the field after you lose a game. never mind the laser is not combat tested as it stands now we would lose depending on that toy. Its an interesting toy call me when it can shoot down 3 sunburn’s all launched at the same time at one ship, call me when its something we can use because its something  we need.

 

 

As far as Iron Dome goes Please Israel stop wasting America’s Money you have been getting aid money for decades, you give all your people healthcare with our money even though all Americans don’t have healthcare. You could have used the money we gave you to desalinate water turn deserts into farmland and had enough green land for Jew and Palestinian instead you waste our money on this crap.

the actual success rate for the Dome falls much closer to a miserable 5 percent.

The proof of those collisions is out there, says Postol, and it will reveal itself in the future in form of increased insurance claims for property damage. If the Israeli government were eager to show the Dome’s effectiveness, they could just release verifiable insurance claim numbers and put the issue to bed, says Postol. But “The Israelis have been unable to provide any evidence of any reduction in ground damage that would surely have to accompany the amazing success rates that they have been claiming.”

http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2014/07/this-scientist-explains-why-israels-iron-dome-overrated/89132/

In other words, the Iron Dome missiles must approach rockets head-on, or the probability of intercepting them drops to virtually zero. This is due to the nature of the interceptors’ warhead, which is not in the nose of the missile but a third of the length down.

When very close to its target, the interceptor will detonate, sending a shower of steel rods out to the side of the missile to destroy the rocket. The only way these rods can successfully hit a rocket warhead is when the interceptor comes up to meet the rocket and passes just by it. Attempting to hit the rocket side-on will have virtually no chance of success.

Jeremy Binnie of IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly has alleged that “Iron Dome is intercepting a significantly lower proportion of rockets than 2012″, during Israel’s last large-scale military offensive on Gaza. Biddle said this is probably because “the system has been improved and can ignore more rockets that aren’t a threat”.

“We don’t know how the [Israeli army] is defining what is a ‘successful’ intercept. Is it counting every time a rocket is hit, or every time its payload is destroyed? There is a big difference,” Binnie told Al Jazeera.

Four Israeli civilians – Israeli citizens, and a Thai worker – have been killed so far in the Gaza war. However, fewer civilians were killed during the 2008-2009 Israeli offensive in Gaza, dubbed Operation Cast Lead, before the missile defence system was operationally deployed.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/08/israel-iron-dome-gaza-rockets-201481712494436388.html

So you have an MIT professor agreeing with an analyst for Jane’s that Iron Dome does not work I suppose you can argue with Jane’s they only have been the expert writers about all the world’s weapons for decades. MIT well just what do they know about technology./S

But in the Real World if more people die after your rocket system to protect them is deployed than before it was deployed I’d call that a failure you actually did worse than Random Chance! Just what Bibi really did with all that money that could have been used to protect Israel is an intersting question. Bribe the American Congress to give him the money Quid a Priori  the Pro Quo of a functioning weapons system that wink wink did worse than random chance its first time out and functioned at a 5% success rate during the latest Palestinian rocket attacks.

In my world 5% is the margin of error

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Police statistics, Psychopaths and is Jeb Bush half the man half the Civil Rights crusader his father was?/s

By: ThingsComeUndone Thursday December 25, 2014 2:08 pm

Police departments around the country consider frequent charges of resisting arrest a potential red flag, as some officers might add the charge to justify use of force. WNYC analyzed NYPD records and found 51,503 cases with resisting arrest charges since 2009. Just five percent of officers who made arrests during that period account for 40% of resisting arrest cases — and 15% account for almost 3/4 of such cases.
http://www.wnyc.org/story/can-the-nypd-spot-the-abusive-cop/

 

Of the five percent of officers that accounted for 40% of resisting arrest cases  and we ask separately the  15% that account for almost 3/4 of such cases.

 

Next we divide the police into regular police, the 5% that make 40% of resisting arrest cases and then the 15 % of that number that account for 3/4 of all those cases then we ask some questions.

First question how often does resisting arrest turn into a police complaint for these 3 groups? How often does it turn into a lawsuit for these 3 groups? How often do the police lose these lawsuits when it involves a member of these three groups?

But time and again, suspects haven’t been safe around Sadowy. Records show he’s been accused of excessive force in multiple lawsuits during the six years he’s been making arrests. Yet he continues to make them. And it’s not just him.

WNYC easily found a dozen other cops who appear to use force more often than most and who have been the subject of numerous lawsuits.

 

How much do these lawsuits cost state and local governments? How much does insurance for these lawsuits cost state and local governments? Any police officer accused any kind violence

There is no way that 15% of 5% of the police force is the only police coverage for high crime areas so the police can’t claim they have cops stressed out and breaking down and shooting people.

What they have are cops who no matter where they are stationed the suburbs, the ghettoes etc they abuse people especially if they think  they can get away with it. We need to identify what the cops have in common.  If you have more than 2 complaints for violence let alone lawsuits then you should get scanned 

December 15, 2014

New research shows that psychopathy appears to be linked to specific structural abnormalities in the brain.

also confirmed that psychopathy is a distinct sub-group of antisocial personality disorder (ASPD), said Nigel Blackwood, M.D., from the College’s Institute of Psychiatry and lead author of the study.

He noted that most violent crimes are committed by a small group of male offenders with ASPD, but only about a third of these men are true psychopaths (ASPD+P). Psychopaths are characterized by a lack of empathy and remorse, and use aggression in a planned way to secure what they want, whether it is status or money.

We should brainscan problem police officers starting with the NY Police Union’s leaders and the media supporting them CNN, Fox News I’m looking at you:). We should see in the real world if violent police officers are indeed psychopaths and then we have to have a debate about what to do with all those Police Officers, Police Union Leaders, CNN/Fox News talking heads  and Rudy Giuliani. I suspect Cuba jails them
   Psychopathy affects approximately 1 percent of the United States general population and 20 percent to 30 percent of the male and female U.S. prison population. – See more at: http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2013/04/24/psychopaths-are-not-neurally-equipped-have-concern-others#sthash.WF9DS9uV.dpuf

 5% of the police population might be psychopaths and 15% of that 5% of the cop population I would expect also have ASPD Anti Social Personality Disorder.

The first President Bush at least had the courage to go against his own party despite the public perception of him being a wimp ( Doonesbury Cartoon Bush was a Waffle ). and tried the cops in the Rodney King case on Federal Charges.

Something Obama so far has refused to do because he is to busy telling us we are a Nation of Laws and that we should not protest when cops shoot people and never even go to trial, how can you be a nation of laws without trials? I wonder if Jeb Bush would support Darren Wilson, Timothy Loehmann etc being tried by the Feds does Jeb have half the Stones of his Dad, Obama so far does not.

When the Red Coats shot an African American during the Boston Massacure the Red Coats went on trial were found guilty and several were branded despite the crowd throwing rocks at them before they shot into the crowd we actually revolted because the cops got off to light a sentence, we revolted because we felt oppressed.

But sadly today Darren Wilson can’t even go to trial  because the Supreme Court says racism is over, Obama says we are a nation of laws, but Cuba which has much less people in jail per capita than we do, where the Life Expectancy for Afro Cubans is only 1 year less than Whites and more Afro Cubans graduate high school than White Cubans is an oppressive regime.  Perhaps more African Americans would get jobs if the Government made sure that everyone got equal funding for education notice Obama and Campbell Brown don’t send their kids to Charter Schools or even public schools they send their kids to Private Schools even though public schools do a better job once income is factored in than Private Schools do teaching math. Reading is much more effected by parents reading to their kids and having books in the home than it is by school.

 

Marley was dead.

By: ek hornbeck Wednesday December 24, 2014 6:48 pm

Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge’s name was good upon ‘Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

Mind! I don’t mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country’s done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

Scrooge knew he was dead? Of course he did. How could it be otherwise? Scrooge and he were partners for I don’t know how many years. Scrooge was his sole executor, his sole administrator, his sole assign, his sole residuary legatee, his sole friend and sole mourner. And even Scrooge was not so dreadfully cut up by the sad event, but that he was an excellent man of business on the very day of the funeral, and solemnised it with an undoubted bargain.

The mention of Marley’s funeral brings me back to the point I started from. There is no doubt that Marley was dead. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going to relate. If we were not perfectly convinced that Hamlet’s Father died before the play began, there would be nothing more remarkable in his taking a stroll at night, in an easterly wind, upon his own ramparts, than there would be in any other middle-aged gentleman rashly turning out after dark in a breezy spot — say Saint Paul’s Churchyard for instance — literally to astonish his son’s weak mind.

Scrooge never painted out Old Marley’s name. There it stood, years afterwards, above the warehouse door: Scrooge and Marley. The firm was known as Scrooge and Marley. Sometimes people new to the business called Scrooge Scrooge, and sometimes Marley, but he answered to both names: it was all the same to him.

Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grind- stone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shriveled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dogdays; and didn’t thaw it one degree at Christmas.

External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty. Foul weather didn’t know where to have him. The heaviest rain, and snow, and hail, and sleet, could boast of the advantage over him in only one respect. They often “came down” handsomely, and Scrooge never did.

Nobody ever stopped him in the street to say, with gladsome looks, “My dear Scrooge, how are you? When will you come to see me?” No beggars implored him to bestow a trifle, no children asked him what it was o’clock, no man or woman ever once in all his life inquired the way to such and such a place, of Scrooge. Even the blind men’s dogs appeared to know him; and when they saw him coming on, would tug their owners into doorways and up courts; and then would wag their tails as though they said, “No eye at all is better than an evil eye, dark master!”

But what did Scrooge care? It was the very thing he liked. To edge his way along the crowded paths of life, warning all human sympathy to keep its distance, was what the knowing ones call “nuts” to Scrooge.

Once upon a time — of all the good days in the year, on Christmas Eve — old Scrooge sat busy in his counting-house. It was cold, bleak, biting weather: foggy withal: and he could hear the people in the court outside go wheezing up and down, beating their hands upon their breasts, and stamping their feet upon the pavement stones to warm them. The city clocks had only just gone three, but it was quite dark already — it had not been light all day: and candles were flaring in the windows of the neighbouring offices, like ruddy smears upon the palpable brown air. The fog came pouring in at every chink and keyhole, and was so dense without, that although the court was of the narrowest, the houses opposite were mere phantoms. To see the dingy cloud come drooping down, obscuring everything, one might have thought that Nature lived hard by, and was brewing on a large scale.

The door of Scrooge’s counting-house was open that he might keep his eye upon his clerk, who in a dismal little cell beyond, a sort of tank, was copying letters. Scrooge had a very small fire, but the clerk’s fire was so very much smaller that it looked like one coal. But he couldn’t replenish it, for Scrooge kept the coal-box in his own room; and so surely as the clerk came in with the shovel, the master predicted that it would be necessary for them to part. Wherefore the clerk put on his white comforter, and tried to warm himself at the candle; in which effort, not being a man of a strong imagination, he failed.

This lunatic, in letting Scrooge’s nephew out, had let two other people in. They were portly gentlemen, pleasant to behold, and now stood, with their hats off, in Scrooge’s office. They had books and papers in their hands, and bowed to him.

“Scrooge and Marley’s, I believe,” said one of the gentlemen, referring to his list. “Have I the pleasure of addressing Mr. Scrooge, or Mr. Marley?”

“Mr. Marley has been dead these seven years,” Scrooge replied. “He died seven years ago, this very night.”

“We have no doubt his liberality is well represented by his surviving partner,” said the gentleman, presenting his credentials.

It certainly was; for they had been two kindred spirits. At the ominous word “liberality,” Scrooge frowned, and shook his head, and handed the credentials back.

“At this festive season of the year, Mr. Scrooge,” said the gentleman, taking up a pen, “it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the Poor and Destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir.”

“Are there no prisons?” asked Scrooge. “Plenty of prisons,” said the gentleman, laying down the pen again. “And the Union workhouses?” demanded Scrooge. “Are they still in operation?” “They are. Still,” returned the gentleman, “I wish I could say they were not.” “The Treadmill and the Poor Law are in full vigour, then?” said Scrooge. “Both very busy, sir.”

“Oh! I was afraid, from what you said at first, that something had occurred to stop them in their useful course,” said Scrooge. “I’m very glad to hear it.”

“Under the impression that they scarcely furnish Christian cheer of mind or body to the multitude,” returned the gentleman, “a few of us are endeavouring to raise a fund to buy the Poor some meat and drink and means of warmth. We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices. What shall I put you down for?”

“Nothing!” Scrooge replied.

“You wish to be anonymous?”

“I wish to be left alone,” said Scrooge. “Since you ask me what I wish, gentlemen, that is my answer. I don’t make merry myself at Christmas and I can’t afford to make idle people merry. I help to support the establishments I have mentioned — they cost enough; and those who are badly off must go there.”

“Many can’t go there; and many would rather die.” “If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population. Besides — excuse me — I don’t know that.” “But you might know it,” observed the gentleman. “It’s not my business,” Scrooge returned. “It’s enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people’s. Mine occupies me constantly. Good afternoon, gentlemen!”

Marley’s Ghost
The First of the Three Spirits
The Second of the Three Spirits
The Last of the Spirits
Why is there never any Rum? Oh, that’s why.
The End of It

Cross posted from The Stars Hollow Gazette and DocuDharma

Civilian Review Boards

By: jaango Wednesday December 24, 2014 6:22 am

 

Civilian Review Boards

For all these many years, I have been a staunch supporter for Civilian Review Boards, and despite all the large of number of deaths, for all these years and at the hands of the multiplicity of   police officers that should have never been police officers due to their incomprehensible behavior for a lacking in self-restraint, makes for an easy decision on my part.

And municipal government leaders continue to adamantly oppose these presumptive Civilian Review Boards, and as best as I can determine, this political opposition is in support of police unions since these unions oppose Civilian Review Boards most adamantly. 

And in Phoenix, Arizona, the police union took a vote of “no confidence” as to their Chief, and subsequently, the Chief, either resigned or was fired for his insubordination.  Consequently, the issue was one for the Chief’s “insubordination” for the reason of the City Manager’s directive that he–the Chief was not to hold a “press conference” on the professional competence of the police department.  In short, no “bad press” can be permitted, otherwise, the voters will see the Mayor and City Council members as tools of the police union.  And this is the same police union that was at the political forefront in advocating for Arizona’s SB 1070.  And this “self-restraint” among police officers is not restricted to Arizona, but does apply nationally.

To wit, Michelle Conlin, writing for Reuters, interviewed 25 African Americans—active duty and retired  police officers in New York City and concluded with the following:

Thought One:  Police officers have an inherently tough and violent job.  Split-second decisions about the use of force come with the territory.  Ditto for a decision about who to stop and who to keep an eye on. This makes individual mistakes inevitable, but as a group, police officers deserve our support and respect regardless.

Thought Two: That support shouldn’t be blind.

Conlin reports “that in her group of 25 black officers—24 said they had received rough treatment from other cops.  The officers said this included being pulled over for no reason, having their heads slammed against their cars, getting guns brandished in their faces, being thrown into prison vans and experiencing stop and frisks while shopping.  The majority of the officers said they had been pulled over multiple times while driving.  Five had had guns pulled on them.”  

In closing and short of requiring all eligible adults to vote,  and in “fixing” our Democracy, these Civilian Review Boards would be a sizable starting point, writ large.

Jaango

 

 

 

“The Interview” for Christmas: Where is the Inquisition When We Need It?

By: Ohio Barbarian Wednesday December 24, 2014 6:20 am

I never had any intention of seeing The Interview after seeing the commercials for it. It seemed like Dumb and Dumber go assassinate the Most Ridiculously Insane Dear Leader Ever. I couldn’t even sit through Dumb and Dumber, so I just dismissed it from my mind as a moviegoing choice this holiday season and left The Battle of the Five Armies and Into the Woods at the top of my own list.

Apparently, I’m not alone. The few reviews so far on Rotten Tomatoes mostly agree, and the few good reviews result from praise of actor Randall Park’s portrayal of Kim Jung Il.

Then along comes the Sony hack, threats of violence allegedly from North Korea, Sony’s decision to pull the movie after most theater chains said they wouldn’t risk showing it, the American ruling class’ outrage over this horrible intellectual terrorist attack on free speech(including one talking head on ABC’s This Week calling for all Americans to watch it as an act of defiant patriotism), followed by the joyous announcement that about 300 select theaters across the country will show this bad movie at midnight on Christmas Day.

What a crock. My apologies for being unable to find the links to the NPR and PBS stories, but a cyber-protection firm came out with the best theory I’ve seen on who done it. It seems there is this former Sony IT type going by the name of Lena who had initially demanded through this Guardians of Peace group that Sony pay them money or else. When Sony ignored her, she used her knowledge of all of the passwords and back doors that Sony had foolishly, and initially profitably, failed to change, infiltrated their whole computer system, and wiped out everything. Now Sony has to pay to fix it all. Look for video game price increases in the near future, gamers.

Then, to cover her tracks, and knowing she had used a standard Korean hacking program as one of her tools, this Lena and her group pretended to be the North Korean government and issued threats of violence. I won’t go over all of the wailing and gnashing of teeth this engendered from President Obama on down, except to say: Well-played, Lena and company, if it’s true.

But now this movie, which IMO doesn’t approach the level of intellectual comedy that would qualify it as anything remotely resembling a true satire(Damn, but Obama can be just so plain stupid sometimes), will be released in “selected” theaters on Christmas Day. Rejoice, America! We’ve stood up to the evil terrorist regime!

The timing is truly disgusting. I am no Christian, but somehow I think that releasing a movie of which the central plot is the planned murder of anyone, even a wacko foreign head of state, on the day set aside to celebrate the birth of the man who came to earth bearing a message of peace, love, and forgiveness is in incredibly bad taste at best and heretical anathema at worst. While I can agree with one of my own ancestral gods, Loki, that the whole thing is a wonderful trick in some ways, I can also see Thor’s point that there is nothing honorable about the whole episode and Odin’s that it displays both the hypocrisy of many Christians and the true nature of the capitalist system that has no room for things like honor and courage.

All say that it would be most entertaining to see the old Roman Catholic Inquisition go after the Sony executives and American politicians who are celebrating the release of this most un-Christian of films on one of the holiest days of the Christian calendar. It’s such a pity Torquemada is no longer around.

But Pope Francis is. So far, he’s let this one slide. Maybe he feels that he would sully his office by even talking about this crap, but I personally think it would be fitting if he at least challenged the timing of the movie’s release. For that matter, where are all those rightwing Christians who are forever going on about the War on Christmas? Does not the release of The Interview on Christmas Day constitute a new attack?

Oh, right Odin. Hypocrisy again.

Anyway, best wishes for the holidays, drink plenty of winter solstice cheer, and please avoid doing something so crass as seeing this bad movie on your own time.

Top Libertarian Post (Video)- Enemy or Ally?

By: jbade Wednesday December 24, 2014 5:23 am

This has been the top post at the leading libertarian website for the last few days, that sort of thing is not unusual. Last month someone posted the exact number of days Manning has been subjected to incarceration. Other than this site, the biggest supporter of Manning has been the Libertarians. The concerns, issues and desires of Libertarians are, in substantial form, aligned with progressives. This is particularly true on the seminal issues Bansksters, wars, corporate-facism, drug war, civil liberties, police powers ect.

To ascribe to libertarians the values forwarded by the few corporate tea party supporters would be the same as ascribing Obama’s warmongering corporatism policies as some sort of progressive agenda. The values of the libertarian would most prominently displayed in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis when the Government sought to reward the banksters by showering them with EVERYTHING and they were in the streets/DC……………….alone.

Gay marriage, welfare programs ect had been around for a long time, the libertarians did not go to the streets to protest those issues. On gay marriage it is difficult to make the case that the governments declaration that gay marriage is/was illegal was ever preferable to the libertarian position that forwards the concept that the government does not have the moral authority to be involved in who gets married. Their conduct should make it clear why they should be denied that moral authority. Why do you give it to them so easily? that’s the reasonable question the libertarian asks.

The alliance required to battle the establishment in a meaningful way demands advocacy for issues that both actual progressives and libertarians agree on without making the issues they dont agree on the cause for not forwarding a forceful populist agenda. Yes, populist agenda.

The system is so broken, so corrupt that Libertarians, Progressives and a majority  of Americans advocate for what could be deemed a progressive agenda. Stop the wall street give aways, stop the wars, stop the drug war, End the Fed, address corporate welfare.

At the heart of the Libertarian/Progressive understanding is that corporations have bought the politicians and that the politicians serve those corporations and not the American People. That is a pretty good basis for partnership on issues.

On the issue of how to deal with corporations/multi-national corporations it it hard to argue that limiting the federal government, the Hand-Maiden to corporations, would not be a reasonable path to consider when addressing the a fore cited issues. Conversely, I do not believe more federal government is in my interests and I do believe it is in the interests of corporations. The less Government argument is gaining more credence with me. I would like to limit what they do.

US Upset with Kingdom of North Korea

By: Synoia Tuesday December 23, 2014 10:01 pm

The US is blaming North Korea for damaging Sony, thereby executing the best PR campaign for a limited release “B” rated movie ever seen.

This follows the Hollywood mantra “There is No Such Thing as Bad PR.”

Before this incident many had not heard of, nor intended to see “The Interview “and it was scheduled only for geographically limited release.

Following this stunningly successful (albeit malicious) PR stunt by some third party, the movie’s title is now a household name and when released will be a must-see and will probably be released worldwide. The complaints from Sony about huge losses fall into the category of “We Think They Doth Protest Too Much.”

7 O’clock News Silent Night

By: wendydavis Tuesday December 23, 2014 3:38 pm

 

(You might enjoy playing the video as you read; I’ll post another copy half-way down.)

 

 

Good evening; this is Howard HandUpMe with today’s news.

This week the President said that the FBI announced and we can confirm that North Korea engaged in the attack on Sony.  He stressed that the US cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States.

In doing a year-end wrap up of the epic effectiveness on his foreign policy, the President said: “We are leading the world in our efforts to combat climate change, the coalition of the willing to defeat ISIS, containing the spread of Ebola, and the export of democracy around the globe.  He announced that this month will be the end of our 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan.

“We have set the stage for this American moment, and I’m going to spend every minute of my last two years making sure we seize it,” he was quoted as saying on Twitter.