” Serial hacker Samy Kamkar has released all the hardware and software specifications that hobbyists need to build an aerial drone that seeks out other drones in the air, hacks them, and turns them into a conscripted army of unmanned vehicles under the attacker’s control.
Dubbed SkyJack, the contraption uses a radio-controlled Parrot AR.Drone quadcopter carrying a Raspberry Pi circuit board, a small battery, and two wireless transmitters. The devices run a combination of custom software and off-the-shelf applications that seek out wireless signals of nearby Parrot drones, hijack the wireless connections used to control them, and commandeer the victims’ flight-control and camera systems. SkyJack will also run on land-based Linux devices and hack drones within radio range. At least 500,000 Parrot drones have been sold since the model was introduced in 2010.”
This is a stroke of genius . Technology is a double-edged sword that is now creating a high tech arms race between freedom lovers and the State . Skyjack is a great step towards citizen self-defense . Kudos to Mr Kamkar . We anxiously await the government response .
” House Speaker John Boehner’s new staffer in charge of immigration policy has significant experience in drafting immigration legislation and pushing for reform. She wouldn’t be coming to Boehner’s office if House Republicans weren’t serious about doing something on the issue. What that is remains to be seen.
Rebecca Tallent, former chief of staff to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will be coming to the speaker’s office from the Bipartisan Policy Center, where she has served as director of immigration policy. Her move “is affirmation of [Boehner's] strong desire to move legislation in 2014,” BPC’s immigration task force cochairman, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, said in a statement.
Tallent is a veteran of immigration fights and a big believer in reform, including a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. One of her early endeavors in negotiating legislation was 10 years ago, when she worked as a staffer for former Rep. Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz. Tallent helped draft a major immigration bill sponsored by Kolbe, McCain, and former Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., now a senator and member of the “Gang of Eight” who created the comprehensive immigration bill that passed the Senate in June.
” The speaker remains hopeful that we can enact step-by-step, common-sense immigration reforms—the kind of reforms the American people understand and support,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said. “Becky Tallent, a well-known expert in this field of public policy, is a great addition to our team and that effort.”
The GOP establishment in the House is getting ready to sell the country down the river for a few pieces of silver from the corporate lobbyists and the Hope that their pander will Change the way Hispanics vote , and Boehner is just the man that can make it happen .
Illustration by Gary Varvel
Ukrainian Upheaval Over The Government’s Refusal To Join EU
Here is a collection of videos both amateur and from some of the news agencies giving the reader an idea of what is going on for the past week in the Ukraine .
” Demonstrators attacked President Yanukovych’s headquarters, commandeering a bulldozer to break through police lines. Interior Ministry forces and riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades to repel the protesters. Journalists were injured. “
” A wheeled bulldozer used by masked protesters to attack a police barricade near the Ukrainian president’s administration building in Kiev. The bulldozer is eventually stopped by other protesters who claim it is a “provocation”. Protests have been ongoing in Kiev since President Viktor Yanukovich refused to sign a trade agreement with the European Union.”
Mass protests turn violent in Ukraine
Published on Dec 1, 2013
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” Dec. 1 – Violence erupts as Ukrainians hold mass rally against Yanukovich’s U-turn on Europe. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).”
Ukraine Protests 2013 – Footage
Published on Dec 2, 2013
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” The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine has released more footage of the Kiev protests. Ukrainian people are protesting the suspension of talks regarding integration of Ukraine in the EU.
Video: Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine: youtube.com/user/dzgmvs/ “
UKRAINE PROTESTS: UP CLOSE & PERSONAL – BBC NEWS
Published on Dec 2, 2013
” The BBC was on the streets of Kiev to visit the sites where some of the barricades and were being put up to stop the police. Protesters in Ukraine have surrounded government buildings, stepping up their campaign to oust President Viktor Yanukovych over ties with the EU. “
Here is a French media report highlighting how social media is helping to drive the protests as well as being used to find housing and food for the protesters as they converge on Kiev from all over the country .
Published on Dec 3, 2013
” Today on the net: how the pro-Europe protests in Ukraine are driven by social media; a campaign tackling violence against women in the Arab world; and a mini-documentary about record-breaking record breaker Ashrita Furman.
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International news as seen on the web and about the web: the latest buzzes and a comprehensive overview of what’s trending on social networks.
Another report from Reuters alleges the use of government provocateurs for the purpose of inciting violence and discrediting the protesters .
The protests have been raging for eleven days and show no sign of easing up . The demonstrators refuse to disperse without first getting the resignations of the president and his prime minister .
” Daniel Griswold argues that free trade is not only more efficient than protectionism but also more moral.”
” One: Free Trade Respects Individual Dignity and Sovereignty
A man or woman engaged in honest work has a basic right to enjoy the fruits of his or her labor. It is a violation of my right to property for the government to forbid me to exchange what I produce for something produced by a fellow human being, whether the person I’m trading with lives across town or across the ocean.
Protectionism is a form of stealing, a violation of the Eighth Commandment and other prohibitions against theft. It takes from one group of people, usually a broad cross section of consumers, and gives the spoils to a small group of producers whose only claim to the money is that they would be worse off under open competition.
Free trade meets the most elementary test of justice, giving to each person sovereign control over that which is his own. As Frederic Bastiat wrote in his 1849 essay, “Protectionism and Communism”:
Every citizen who has produced or acquired a product should have the option of applying it immediately to his own use or of transferring it to whoever on the face of the earth agrees to give him in exchange the object of his desires. To deprive him of this option when he has committed no act contrary to public order and good morals, and solely to satisfy the convenience of another citizen, is to legitimize an act of plunder and to violate the law of justice.”
Read the whole thing . The essay dates from 2001 but that does nothing to diminish the validity of Mr Griswold’s argument . On the contrary , the intervening years of State growth and the corresponding inflation , depression and recession demonstrate more than words how the morality of the free market far surpasses that of the coercive State .
” The National Football League has been infested with political correctness, and the league has decided that a punchy and poignant ad promoting self-defense just doesn’t make the cut.
The National Football League can no longer be trusted to be apolitical; whether it’s Bob Costas’ ignorant rants at halftime games or the month-long, unnecessary pink regalia, or the incessant babbling about
hazing bullying or treating us to baseless chatter about ineffective gun control – the radicals have hijacked the league with the intention of ruining it.
Mission accomplished: the manly, competitive game of football is increasingly shunned and the sport’s youth participation is plummeting. A nation full of whiny weaklings – that’s the left’s utopia.”
Don’t forget the NFL’s cooperation with the Obama administration in trying to sell Obamacare . Our “leaders” in that cesspit we call Washington have managed to corrupt and co-opt virtually all of the entertainment industries in the pursuit of the Statist agenda .
Remember who supports liberty and individual responsibility and who supports Statism when it comes time to spend your hard-earned entertainment dollars . It used to be that all we had to worry about was Hollywood but now even the sports franchises are being infected with the rot of political cronyism .
” During Saturday’s taping of ESPN’s College GameDay in Auburn before the Iron Bowl, which is college football’s most intense rivalry, an Auburn fan wanted to reportedly make a sign that would be the “biggest insult” to Alabama.
The fan decided to create a sign that tied Alabama head coach Nick Saban to Obamacare. “
The Tide also supports the “Knockout Game” . That is an even bigger insult if you ask us .
WAR EAGLE !!!
” The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the Obama administration to respond to a petition by the Home School Legal Defense Association to hear an appeal in the Romeikes deportation case.
The Obama administration has sought to deport the Romeikes, a German family that fled to the United States to protect their right to homeschool. If they had stayed in Germany, they risked fines or having their children taken from them, as recently happened with another homeschooling family in Germany.
An appeals court agreed with the administration, which argued that the freedom to determine the education of one’s children is not a fundamental right. The administration also agreed with a German court’s argument that banning homeschooling teaches tolerance of diverse views. HSLDA petitioned the Supreme Court to review that appeals court decision.”
If the determination of our children’s education is “not a fundamental right” then nothing is . That line of reasoning leads only to servitude and subjugation and slavery . If we are not free to best decide the future of our children whether it be educational or medical then our children are nothing but future servants of the State .
” The fact that the Supreme Court wants the administration to weigh in on the petition increases the likelihood that it will hear the case, but it is no guarantee.
” We are pleased by the Court’s interest in the issues we have presented in our petition,” HSLDA Chairman Michael Farris wrote in an email to HSLDA supporters. “Romeike v. Holder gives the Court an opportunity to address important religious freedom and human rights issues. We hope that after due consideration of the government’s brief they will agree to hear our case.”
Here’s to hoping the Supreme court decides to hear this case . We the people need a ruling once and for all regarding the limits to the State’s power to indoctrinate . If our children are not ours , then they are not their own either … that leaves nothing but serfdom with the State as our Lord of the Manor .
” An intruder in Milwaukie tried to break into a home after he had already walked into two other apartments and had a gun pulled on him Friday night.
The man was captured on surveillance video walking up to a home and looking through a window at children playing with their babysitter. The man is then seen trying to open the door and get inside. When he discovers the door is locked, he takes off.
Before trying to get in the home, the man had reportedly walked in two other apartments. In one, he followed Crystal McKinney upstairs and inside.”
The armed citizen is the greatest deterrent to crime , of that there is no doubt . Criminals have little to fear from the police and everything to fear if they know that their potential victims are not defenseless sheep . Kudos to Ms McKinney for having the gun handy and for being confident enough of her abilities to use it in her own and our defense . We say “our” defense even though we live thousands of miles from her town in Oregon because every successful defense against the criminal class by law-abiding citizens makes all of us safer .
The progressive trend of deferring to the police and disarming the public over the past couple generations , which thankfully is receding , has been a major cause of the rise in crime . When criminals have no fear of consequences crime proliferates . When thugs fear for their safety they go elsewhere or pay a price . We are all better off for Ms McKinney’s actions and for that we thank her .
” Along with joy and thanksgiving, the Christmas season can bring along intense debate over which companies and brands are “naughty” — and which are “nice.” In conservative circles, this generally centers on whether retailers and businesses are willing to acknowledge ”Christmas” without using more general phraseology like “Happy Holidays,” or even avoiding Christmas festivities altogether.
The American Family Association, a Christian nonprofit, releases a list each year of the “top retailers and how they recognize Christmas.”
Five outside companies this year earned a “five-star” blue designation, finding themselves on the nice list are:
3. Hobby Lobby
There’s apparently a calculated method the American Family Association uses to determine where these companies fall. According to The Christian Post, the designations are based on four areas of advertising: broadcast media, print media, company websites and visits to stores. If the word “Christmas” doesn’t make it into these ads, the American Family Association assumes Christmas censorship.”
With the holiday season fast approaching we thought this list of Christmas-friendly stores would be a welcome companion to our readers . We are sick and tired of the PC , generic, “inclusive” ”happy holidays” greeting becoming ever more popular thanks to progressive speech police and we are happy to see that many of our favorite retailers are Christmas friendly .