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Be Careful What You Wish For

Posted by redsatellite on February 3, 2009

This often repeated line is repeated for a REASON. Today, humans can’t get enough of computers and technology. It is entrenched in every part of our lives. From the time we wake up, until the time we go to bed. Whether it be….at home, on your job, or running errands….we’re busy using ATMs, Online Bill Pay, eFiling Taxes, Internet Shopping, self-help lines, pre-paid Gift Cards, automobile systems, you name it, we’re using computers.

But what if- one day soon– they exceed our ability to control them?

Google and Nasa are throwing their weight behind a new school for futurists in Silicon Valley to prepare scientists for an era when machines become cleverer than people.

The new institution, known as “Singularity University”, is to be headed by Ray Kurzweil, whose predictions about the exponential pace of technological change have made him a controversial figure in technology circles.

Google and Nasa’s backing demonstrates the growing mainstream acceptance of Mr Kurzweil’s views, which include a claim that before the middle of this century artificial intelligence will outstrip human beings, ushering in a new era of civilisation.

Remember Blade Runner? I, Robot? Or The Terminator movies? Not exactly a rosy picture. The same can be said for our newfound ability to clone. Last week, a couple paid $155,000 to clone their Labrador Retriever. Cloning? Computers More Clever Than Humans?

Think about it.

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Why Liberals and Conservatives are a Gazillion Miles Apart

Posted by redsatellite on February 1, 2009

The NY Times is at it…again. Coloring all Americans who are against amnesty and want enforcement of our immigration laws as ‘racists’. On this issue, liberals are incapable of connecting the dots. Seriously. Liberals are incapable of critical thinking.

For some reason, which scientists who study brain activity have yet to identify, they can’t fathom that we are a NATION OF LAWS. That if people violate those laws, they should pay for their transgressions. Simple really. And if you don’t like the laws then you CHANGE THEM. But until then, shut up already. And yes….here’s a shocker….hold those who broke the law accountable!

The Nativists are Restless

The relentlessly harsh Republican campaign against immigrants has always hidden a streak of racialist extremism. Now after several high-water years, the Republican tide has gone out, leaving exposed the nativism of fringe right-wingers clinging to what they hope will be a wedge issue.

Last week at the National Press Club in Washington, a group seeking to speak for the future of the Republican Party declared that its November defeats in Congressional races stemmed not from having been too hard on foreigners, but too soft.

The group, the American Cause, released a report arguing that anti-immigration absolutism was still the solution for the party’s deep electoral woes, actual voting results notwithstanding. Rather than “pander to pro-amnesty Hispanics and swing voters,” as President Bush and Karl Rove once tried to do, the report’s author, Marcus Epstein, urged Republicans to double down on their efforts to run on schemes to seal the border and drive immigrants out.
This is nonsense, of course.

The NY Times, in particular, is famous for pulling out the Thesaurus or the Dictionary every time they want to marginalize the debate. This time the word is ‘nativist’. With Muslim psychopaths it was ‘insurgents’ or with their murdering behavior it was ‘restive’. How odd is it that they use the term ‘racial extremism’ and ‘fringe right wingers’ in the text, but title the article: The Nativists are Restless?

By assigning a thesaural word like nativist, they attempt to make it an intellectual debate…as if somehow, they’ve armed themselves with superior grammar and vocabulary. Well sorry fellas…I’m onto your pseudo-erudite manipulation.

You’re full of lexical feces, plain and simple.

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Big Bang For Your Buck

Posted by redsatellite on September 10, 2008

How much does it cost to find out the origin of the universe? The Swiss have the answer: $9 billion

Scientists Wednesday applauded as one of the most ambitious experiments ever conceived got successfully underway, with protons being fired around a 27-kilometer (17-mile) tunnel deep beneath the border of France and Switzerland in an attempt to unlock the secrets of the universe.

The Large Hadron Collider — a $9 billion particle accelerator designed to simulate conditions of the Big Bang that created the physical Universe — was switched on at 0732 GMT to cheers and applause from experts gathered to witness the event.

Personally, I think the 9 billion could’ve been better spent…but that’s just me. Let’s see 9 billion divided by $900 (price of a decent Swiss watch) = 10,000,000….Yep. The Swiss government could’ve handed out 10 million BRAND NEW Swiss watches. That’s a watch for every citizen of Switzerland AND Roger Federer!

Skeptics, who claim that the experiment could lead to the creation of a black hole capable of swallowing the planet, failed in a legal bid to halt the project at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

A Black Hole?

How apropos! I think the Swiss government has already FOUND their ‘black hole’. That’s where all the Swiss francs went…

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A Secret Recipe

Posted by redsatellite on August 14, 2008

Apparently, Julia Child had one.

Famed chef Julia Child shared a secret with Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg and Chicago White Sox catcher Moe Berg at a time when the Nazis threatened the world.

They served in an international spy ring managed by the Office of Strategic Services, an early version of the CIA created in World War II by President Franklin Roosevelt.

The full secret comes out Thursday, all of the names and previously classified files identifying nearly 24,000 spies who formed the first centralized intelligence effort by the United States. The National Archives, which this week released a list of the names found in the records, will make available for the first time all 750,000 pages identifying the vast spy network of military and civilian operatives.

24,000? That’s a heckuva lot of spies.

The release of the OSS personnel files uncloaks one of the last secrets from the short-lived wartime intelligence agency, which for the most part later was folded into the CIA after President Truman disbanded it in 1945.

The CIA had resisted releasing OSS records for decades. But former CIA Director William Casey, himself an OSS veteran, cleared the way for transfer of millions of OSS documents to the National Archives when he took over the agency in 1981.

63 years later, we finally find out? Good grief, what are they afraid of? Afraid some 91 year old former Nazi will identify which assisted-living home the survivors are living in?

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B2 Bummer

Posted by redsatellite on February 24, 2008

A B2 Bomber has crashed….in Guam.

A B-2 stealth bomber plunged to the ground shortly after taking off from an air base in Guam on Saturday, the first time one crashed, but both pilots ejected safely, Air Force officials said.The aircraft was taking off with three others on their last flight out of Guam after a four-month deployment, part of a continuous U.S. bomber presence in the western Pacific. After the crash, the other three bombers were being kept on Guam, said Maj. Eric Hilliard at Hickham Air Force Base in Hawaii.

A board of officers will investigate what caused the aircraft to crash at 10:30 a.m., shortly after taking off from a runway. It was the first crash of a B-2 bomber, said Capt. Sheila Johnston, a spokeswoman for Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.All 21 stealth bombers are based at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, but the Air Force has been rotating several of them through Guam since 2004, along with B-1 and B-52 bombers.

I worked on the B2 Bomber program from 1985 to 1988…and then again from 1991 to 1999. So hearing this….came as a big shock. The B2 bomber is one VERY sophisticated airplane…so don’t be surprised- if the cause of the crash rests with the avionics or the onboard bank of computers.

I’ve sat in that cockpit….and stared at all those digital instruments. Call it…… a hunch.

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The Next Target: Our Schools, Our Children

Posted by Mark on September 25, 2007

This piece by Marc Shepherd will go in the Required Reading section of LJiC. My hope is I can look back on this article years from now and laugh at our paranoia over the “perceived” threat of terrorism. That’s my hope, but reality has a way of dashing unfounded hopes, doesn’t it?

There was a great deal of talk about “connecting the dots” a few years ago. Well, take a look at these “dots.”

While Democrats prepare witless campaign slogans blaming Republicans for millions of children not protected by health insurance, al Qaeda’s blatant threat to exterminate 2 million American kids remains unheeded. And it will likely continue to be, notwithstanding mounting evidence that there exists no peril on Earth our young need greater protection from today than merciless jihadist monsters.

Not lack of a national insurance plan. Not global warming. Not racial or cultural disparities. Not even the Patriot Act, any of its overplayed incursions into individual liberties, or any of the other countless silly and diaphanous liberal causes célèbres, but rather that which would abruptly and savagely end their innocent short lives.

Nearly 6 months have passed since I first challenged the inexcusable refusal by DHS and FBI authorities to publicly connect the obviously connectable dots representing an unnerving number of alarming events — particularly in the wake of the Beslan school massacre. These include:

* Videotapes confiscated in Afghanistan showing al-Qaeda terrorists training to takeover a school [newly available Video]
* Spokesman Suleiman Abu Gheith‘s declaration of al-Qaeda’s “right” to kill 2 million American children
* An Iraqi national with known terrorist connections caught with a computer disk containing information detailing Department of Education crisis planning for U.S school districts.
* Two Saudi men – one wearing a black trench coat despite the Florida heat — terrifying a busload of Tampa schoolchildren by boarding a school bus and remaining for the entire ride to school, all the while laughing and speaking Arabic.
* A March FBI/DHS bulletin noting “recent suspicious activity” by foreigners who drive school buses, are licensed to drive them, or have actually managed to purchase them right here at home. Including “members of the unnamed extremist groups” who have obtained commercial drivers licenses with school bus endorsements.
* Osama bin Laden’s promise that the 2004 terrorist attack at Beslan will happen many times over in the United States.

In that time, little or nothing has been done to relieve parents’ understandable anxieties, despite the fresh dots which continued to accrue on this disturbing non-puzzle.

Dots like the seventeen full-sized yellow school buses reported stolen from charter schools, business schools and private bus companies in Houston, Texas, over the past few months. Connect to that and previous disturbing stories the fact that thousands of school bus radios have also been stolen (2000 in California in 2005 alone), and the images shaped should be triggering earsplitting alarms throughout all branches of media and law enforcement.

But instead — the silence looms apparent while the question remains: Why?

This is an important piece.

The Glen Beck video from CNN mentioned above is another warning cry. I strongly urge the readers of LJiC to watch this series, and spread the word. One of the guests in the video asks “What part of ‘We are at war, and our children are threatened do we not understand?” Are we living in a September 10th world in regards to this threat? I pray we are not.

Amen. How in the world can we ignore this threat, this thing the Islamists call “The Perfect Day?”

This video of Beslan continues to haunt. And yes, it can happen here. Beslan was a dress rehearsal for Al-Qaeda’s attack on America.

We fight World War IV on many fronts. Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, The Philippines, are but a few of the locations. Military, Economic, Technological are but a few of the ways. The Islamo-Fascists continue to find new ways to attack us, in ways the Nazis never dreamed of. While the evil of Iran speaks to the United Nations, his allies plan attacks on our children and our schools.

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It was a tuesday morning…

Posted by zaphriel on September 11, 2007

The cycle has come full circle and I find myself again, sitting here, tuesday morning, recalling that day.

20061030_WTC_nysky3.JPGIt was a Tuesday morning after a guard drill, so for me it was the first day of my workweek. Because we lived relatively close to work, I was riding my mountain bike into work, as a way to keep fit and try to loose weight. It was chilly, about 50 degrees, a normal fall morning in this part of the country. I sped past the guard at the gate, he was a friend of mine, I knew he recognized me and I really didn’t feel like stopping that day (it is so hard to get going again from a dead stop). Only later would I realize that he was trying to stop me, to tell me what had happened, but he was still in too much shock really to react.
I peddled to my building and locked up my bike. It was early still, only Charlie was at work already, but he was always there early, he liked to make the coffee and get in a little news before anyone else got there. (Boy do I miss him, Charlie Died last year). As I walked in, helmet in hand, Charlie said in his mumbled Texan accent “Ya know someone just crashed a plane into one of those World Trade Center buildin’s.” “You mean like the plane that hit the Empire State building?” I said. “Yep,” he said. “HMM,” I thought. Interesting but not really alarming, so I changed into my uniform, sat down at my computer, and turned on my radio. The usual banter was not there, The Rob Arnie and Dawn show was normally jovial and jocular, but that day it was replaced with a very somber and almost panicked tone. “Two airliners have been crashed by unknown individuals or groups of individuals into the World Trade Center towers,” came the somber and controlled voice. A normally calm and collected individual, the morning DJ was choking back his emotions, and trying with every fiber of his being to remain calm.This sent alarms off in my head. OH MY GOD, it wasn’t just a small plane that happened to go wayward, it was a big plane, and not one but TWO, we were under attack. I went into OH CRAP mode.

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“More Than Enough Evidence”

Posted by zaphriel on May 3, 2007

What George Tenet really says about Saddam’s Iraq and al Qaeda.
by Thomas Joscelyn of the Weekly Standard

This is once again one of those times where I have to remind you that I did not actually write anything, I am just pointing out an interesting article.

tenet.jpgThere was more than enough evidence to give us real concern about Iraq and al-Qa’ida; there was plenty of smoke, maybe even some fire: Ansar al-Islam [note: Tenet refers to Ansar al-Islam by its initials “AI” in several places]; Zarqawi; Kurmal; the arrests in Europe; the murder of American USAID officer Lawrence Foley, in Amman, at the hands of Zarqawi’s associates; and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad operatives in Baghdad.
On Ansar al-Islam, Zarqawi, and Kurmal, Tenet elaborates further:
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The intelligence told us that senior al-Qa’ida leaders and the Iraqis had discussed safe haven in Iraq. Most of the public discussion thus far has focused on Zarqawi’s arrival in Baghdad under an assumed name in May of 2002, allegedly to receive medical treatment. Zarqawi, whom we termed a “senior associate and collaborator” of al-Qa’ida at the time, supervised camps in northern Iraq run by Ansar al-Islam (AI).
We believed that up to two hundred al-Qa’ida fighters began to relocate there in camps after the Afghan campaign began in the fall of 2001. The camps enhanced Zarqawi’s reach beyond the Middle East. One of the camps run by AI, known as Kurmal, engaged in production and training in the use of low-level poisons such as cyanide. We had intelligence telling us that Zarqawi’s men had tested these poisons on animals and, in at least one case, on one of their own associates. They laughed about how well it worked. Our efforts to track activities emanating from Kurmal resulted in the arrest of nearly one hundred Zarqawi operatives in Western Europe planning to use poisons in operations.

But remember there were NO WMD’s in Iraq and Iraq had NO TIES to Al Qaeda. None, Nope, Never… Right!

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Couldn’t Have Said it Better…

Posted by zaphriel on September 29, 2006

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The Dutch Boy Ran Out of Fingers…Part II

Posted by Mark on September 26, 2006

That door the MSM opened, and the Democrats blithely walked through, has once again led right off a cliff. The declassified parts of the NIE show the massive scandal which we used to know as “objective journalism.” Here’s the opening sentences:

United States-led counterterrorism efforts have seriously damaged the leadership of
al-Qa’ida and disrupted its operations;

Oopsie.
So, let’s see what the much vaunted Iraq paragraph really said:

We assess that the Iraq jihad is shaping a new generation of terrorist leaders and
operatives; perceived jihadist success there would inspire more fighters to continue the
struggle elsewhere.
• The Iraq conflict has become the “cause celebre” for jihadists, breeding a deep
resentment of US involvement in the Muslim world and cultivating supporters for
the global jihadist movement. Should jihadists leaving Iraq perceive themselves,
and be perceived, to have failed, we judge fewer fighters will be inspired to carry
on the fight.

Percieved success. Percieved failure.

Question: Who drives perceptions today? Would it not be the very MSM and Defeatocrats who now have egg on their face…again?

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