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Photo credit: Daniel Herbert
” If you want to understand why the government freaked out when a $400 remote-controlled quadcopter landed on the White House grounds last week, you need to look four miles away, to a small briefing room in Arlington, Virginia. There, just 10 days earlier, officials from the US military, the Department of Homeland Security, and the FAA gathered for a DHS “summit” on a danger that had been consuming them privately for years: the potential use of hobbyist drones as weapons of terror or assassination.
The conference was open to civilians, but explicitly closed to the press. One attendee described it as an eye-opener. The officials played videos of low-cost drones firing semi-automatic weapons, revealed that Syrian rebels are importing consumer-grade drones to launch attacks, and flashed photos from an exercise that pitted $5,000 worth of drones against a convoy of armored vehicles. (The drones won.) But the most striking visual aid was on an exhibit table outside the auditorium, where a buffet of low-cost drones had been converted into simulated flying bombs. One quadcopter, strapped to 3 pounds of inert explosive, was a DJI Phantom 2, a newer version of the very drone that would land at the White House the next week.
Attendee Daniel Herbert snapped a photo and posted it to his website along with detailed notes from the conference. The day after the White House incident, he says, DHS phoned him and politely asked him to remove the entire post. He complied. “I’m not going to be the one to challenge Homeland Security and cause more contention,” says Herbert, who runs a small drone shop in Delaware called Skygear Solutions. “
” Drones have been around for a couple years now but not until very recently have folks mastered the art of operating drones while fighting marlin. Check out the crew of the Miss Behavin filming some incredible footage of their Marlin Battles. Congrats to the crew. ”
Thanks to Squidnation
It takes all kinds …
Originally posted on Rare:
Imagine driving down a busy freeway in the middle of a blizzard, trying to avoid patches of ice and snow and get home safe and sound.
Now imagine doing that while a naked man in a cowboy hat slowly strolls down the middle of the freeway, confusing passengers every step of the way.
On Sunday, such a man was spotted walking down I-75 in Michigan with not a care in the world.
After police officers reached the scene, they were able to coax the man into a police car and take him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with “excited delirium syndrome.”
The way one driver summarized the situation to another, captures our thoughts on this video perfectly.
“What the hell?”
If this is a common attitude among our leaders , and it sure seems to be , then we need new leaders …
Originally posted on Rare:
In a recent speech in Virginia, former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden made some very revealing comments about his approach to the Constitution—and especially the Fourth Amendment.
After 9/11, Hayden says, he reevaluated his whole approach to the rule of law and whether or not it had any applicability to his desire to spy on millions of innocent people with no regard for due process:
I actually started to do different things. And I didn’t need to ask “mother, may I” from the Congress or the president or anyone else. It was within my charter, but in terms of the mature judgment about what’s reasonable and what’s not reasonable, the death of 3,000 countrymen kind of took me in a direction over here, perfectly within my authority, but a different place than the one in which I was located before the attacks took place.
Hayden’s callous use of the…
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” In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama predicted that the U.S. would have “a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.”
The president backed up his prediction with $2.4 billion in federal grants to companies producing lithium-ion batteries for plug-in cars.
But reality hasn’t even come close.
Despite massive federal spending on electric vehicles, which is expected to total $7.9 billion through 2019, there are currently just 286,390 plug-in vehicles on the nation’s roads today, according to the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA).
That’s 72 percent lower than the million electric vehicles the president predicted four years ago. And with gasoline prices now averaging $2.06 per gallon, the lowest they’ve been since April 2009, that percentage is not likely to change any time soon.”
Lord knows he gave away enough of our tax dollars in his attempt to make it happen , and line his crony’s pockets , but his prognostication still came up short … by miles .
” Although Obama backed up his prediction four years ago with $2.4 billion in federal grants to companies producing lithium-ion batteries to power electric cars, there has been no major breakthroughs that make them economically competitive with gas- and diesel-fueled vehicles, which have become far more fuel-efficient in the meantime.
In fact, with new advances being made in the internal combustion engine, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles will still make up 95 percent of all light duty vehicles sold in 2040. “
Very cool ad …
Originally posted on Rare:
Last month, the Navy officially dropped their slogan “a global force for good,” which was found to be hated by much of the Navy community.
They’ve since been on an effort to rebrand themselves, and as a new slogan is yet to be found, the service has been “America’s Navy” in new recruiting efforts.
And their newest recruiting commercial builds on that. While the last commercial, “The Shield,” was notable for dropping the maligned tagline and featured sailors in varying uniforms surrounding a family walking down the street, “Pin Map” aims to show what it is that sailors in the Navy can do.
Aircraft carriers sail through the sea, surrounded by ships and helicopters, as pilots prepare to take off. Submarines glide stealthily underneath the waves. SEALs conduct a mission on a snowy mountain. Sailors work to rebuild a community. The one minute spot highlights the variety of missions the Navy takes…
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LMAO … Offense ? … Perfectly proves the man’s point …
Originally posted on UPROXX:
NASCAR’s new Super Bowl ad starring Nick Offerman hit the web just a few days ago, but it already has some folks in a tizzy à la the controversial GoDaddy puppy commercial. Over 16,000 people have signed a Change.org petition requesting that the racing company ditch the clip because of one particular line that pokes fun at gluten-free diets.
“When our idea of danger is eating gluten, there’s trouble afoot,” Offerman is seen saying in his typical commanding voice, a large American flag on display behind him. “Yes, we the people have gotten soft.”
According to “Gluten Dude”, the person behind the Change.org appeal, the ad is offensive to those who suffer from Celiac disease, a disorder in which the ingestion of gluten causes damage to the lining of the small intestine. Per the petition page:
It [the ad] implies that we’re soft…we’re weak…we’re part of America’s problem. When…
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” The NSA has issued a Public Announcement today saying that everyone who owns a laptop, cell phone, smart TV, and any other modern social device with video recording, is advised to clean their camera lens regularly.
An unnamed member of the NSA has released the statement through their Twitter account adding that “It’s really not good for morale when you see a chick in her bedroom through the laptop, and the camera lens blurs the image because of a smudge or something, especially when she’s pretty hot.” The NSA Twitter account later stated that “if you are under a 5 out of 10 on the hotness scale then you can disregard the advisory.”
This is not the first very open statement the NSA has made in recent months when they released a tweet saying, “You know what? Everyone knows we’re watching, so we might as well save billions on secrecy and be blatant about it. I mean, the cat’s out of the bag and we, as a tax-powered institution, should just admit it.”
There have also been hundreds of complaints recently from all collective genders about receiving random and untraceable phone texts while at home, asking the recipients things like, “Turn around a few times” and “It’s a little warm for that sweater, don’t you think?”
When asked about the recent unprofessional attitude they officially state that “it’s 2015, so get with the times, this is the new standard of government professionalism.”
Published on Jan 27, 2015
” Drone video shows the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp as it is today – 70 years after it was liberated by Soviet troops. The camp in Poland is now maintained as a World Heritage Site and is visited by thousands of tourists and survivors every year. Auschwitz was the largest camp established by the Germans during World War II. More than a million people – the vast majority of them Jews – died there between 1940, when it was built, and 1945, when it was liberated by the Soviet army.
Railway tracks into Auschwitz-Birkenau – Trains filled with victims from throughout occupied Europe arrived at the camp almost every day between 1942 and the summer of 1944.
Ruins of wooden huts at Birkenau – Birkenau (or Auschwitz II) was erected in 1941 solely as a death camp, the wooden huts are now in ruins with only brick fireplaces and chimneys remaining.
Entrance to Auschwitz I -The wrought-iron sign over the entrance bears the words Arbeit Macht Frei – “Work sets you free”.
Auschwitz I – The brick-built buildings were the former cavalry barracks of the Polish Army.
Courtyard between blocks 10 and 11 at Auschwitz I – Block 11 was called “the Block of Death” by prisoners. Executions took place between Block 10 and Block 11 and posts in the yard were used to string up prisoners by their wrists.
Auschwitz Birkenau is now a museum run by the Polish Culture Ministry, and a Unesco world heritage site.
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Originally posted on Rare:
Country powerhouse Toby Keith has no patience with drunk Americans.
Never has, never will…as this clip from a few years back will attest to. “I apologize,” Keith told the crowd after returning to the stage to finish his 1993 hit “A Little Less Talk and A Lot More Action.”
“He came right down in from and took a beer and threw it in the front of the stage and then threw me the bird and went out cursing me the whole way.”
Yet, Keith is seeing much success with his latest hit single “Drunk Americans” and will most certainly play the song at the upcoming 24th Annual Country Jam music festival on June 18-21 at Jam Ranch outside Grand Junction, Colorado. Keith is the fourth headliner to be announced for the festival, joining fellow country music superstars Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and The Band Perry.
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Originally posted on Real Science:
With the Northeast facing up to two feet of snow this week, the Union of Concerned Scientists has this 100% fraudulent document on their web site
Across the Northeast, from Pennsylvania and New Jersey northward to Maine, signs of our rapidly changing climate
become clearer each year. Records show that spring is arriving sooner, summers are growing hotter, and winters are becoming warmer and less snowy
Annual snowfall in the Northeast has been close to the long term mean of 100 cm in recent years
The percentage of 100 degree days has plummeted in the Northeast over the past 120 years.
The “Union of Concerned Scientists” is committing fraud, yet again.
Originally posted on RocketNews24:
Like clockwork, every winter I get a serious bout of home-sickness. It’s usually triggered by a call or email from someone back home telling me about taking a drive with the top down, watching football on ordinary broadcast TV, going out for some Vietnamese sandwiches, or one of the other things I miss about life in Los Angeles.
“But,” I remind myself, “Japan has lots of cool things too! Where else can you go to the museum and see massive collections of samurai armor, huh?”
Oh, right now you can do that at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art? Touché, L.A.
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Originally posted on Give Me Liberty:
This is from Godfather Politics.
The whole city of Bloomington,Indiana is a bastion of Communism in the Red State of Indiana.
Many of Bloomington’s residents got their communist indoctrination while attending Indiana University or from their family that attended Indiana University.
Your tax dollars are paying for this: “Chick-fil-A has been booted off another campus because a small group of students with voting power disagreed with some of the business’ Biblical beliefs.”
If this were a private college that got absolutely no tax money, I would not object. But colleges are government institutions funded by tax dollars. Chick-fil-A is a business that employs thousands of people, pays its taxes, and has not done anything illegal.
Colleges pride themselves in being institutions which value contrary opinion. This is a huge lie. Universities have been co-opted by leftist ideologues who only support a single position.
All contrary opinions are relegated to the trash…
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Originally posted on Rare:
Bryant Gumbel blasted the NRA in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, calling the pro-gun group “pigs” and “a curse upon the American landscape.”
Shots fired, as they say.
Now NRA News radio host Cam Edwards is hitting back, and his response is far classier than Gumbel could ever hope to be.
“I have a sneaking suspicion Bryant Gumbel hasn’t spent much time around NRA members. I could introduce him to mothers and fathers, veterans and active duty members of the military, law enforcement officers, doctors, and paramedics I know who are proud members of the NRA,” Edwards said.
“The NRA members I know value human life enough to want to protect themselves and their families from those who would do them harm,” he said. “They’re not pigs. They’re good people.”
Bravo , that’s the way to treat your “best friend” . Everyone deserves to live out their “bucket list” .
Originally posted on Rare:
NEW YORK CITY, NY — Lauren Fern Watt and her English Mastiff, Gizelle, had been through a lot over the years –college, boyfriends and even a big move from Tennessee to New York. So, when her beloved, 160-lb “roommate” was diagnosed with bone cancer, she was devastated.
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Originally posted on Twitchy:
Twitchy reported on Shannon Watts lamenting the arrest of a moron who tackled and choked a 62 year old man because he saw the man’s firearm, for which he had a concealed carry permit Gun-grabber Shannon Watts fires off what may be her dumbest tweet ever.
Since then video has been made public of the wannabe vigilante Michael Foster tackling Clarence Daniels and nearly taking down several children in the process. Foster told no one at the Walmart of his concern and he did not call 911.
Shannon Watts has started walking back her comments and accusing people of being “trolls” for being critical.
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