Posted on 14 December 2016.
Good Kill (US release 2015), directed by Andrew Niccol, offers a somewhat surprising view of what has come to be known as “modern warfare”, focusing on the plight of drone operators who spend their work days at Creech Air Force Base “taking pot shots half a world away in an air conditioned cubicle”. Heavily and obviously based on the testimony of former drone operators, the film has been criticized by some for lacking in entertainment value. Given the gravity of this disturbing development in military history, such a criticism seems somehow misplaced, but it is also understandable. Even those of us who appreciate its filmic virtues can scarcely deny that Good Kill is considerably more didactic than most action films. However, it is more professorial than preachy, offering a competent introduction to the moral issues raised by drone warfare for those who never thought about the topic before. Read the full story
Posted in Talky Pictures, War Zone
Posted on 11 August 2014.
In a strange reversal of policy the NRA has demanded that the U.S. make a ban on drones very much like the ban on guns that they have so heatedly fought against in the past.
Speaking at a press conference NRA Fuhrer Wayne LaPierre has vehemently asserted that “Drones are dangerous! They are potential weapons of mass destruction! They should not be allowed in the wrong hands!” Read the full story
Posted in Gadgets & Gizmos
Posted on 03 July 2014.
WASHINGTON – The newly appointed US Drone Czar announced today that attack drones operating on US soil may not attack US banks without prior approval of the Federal Reserve Bank.
“Let me be clear,” stated General Quentin Easing, the new US Homeland Drone Czar. “We are only permitted to attack US banks on US soil with attack drones if we receive prior authorization from the US Federal Reserve Bank. We can’t just attack any bank we like. It’s the law.” Read the full story
Posted in Politics, Technology
Posted on 02 May 2014.
WASHINGTON—On Monday, Congress unanimously approved the Authorization for Use of Force against Unpleasant Lifeforms (AUFUL) joint resolution, effectively declaring war on what the Obama administration calls “the heebie-jeebies.”
After signing the resolution into law, the president will have full authorization to eliminate a broad, unspecified range of icky targets. Read the full story
Posted in World News
Posted on 13 June 2013.
Drones actually are the “cure-all” for terrorism.
At yesterday’s presidential press conference, President Obama talked for an abnormally long time about policy shift in his administration’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles in the war against terrorism.
The president’s statements effectively nullified most of the promises made in his counterterrorism speech just weeks ago on May 23rd, many of which focused on restraints on the freedom of drones to shoot whatever the heck they want. Obama himself showed little restraint in his speech, spitting out numerous examples of “bad guys” around the world that need to be “droned down,” ranging from Kim Jong-un and asparagus to Vladamir Putin and country music. Read the full story
Posted in Politics
Posted on 15 May 2013.
Landover, Maryland: In a decision reached last week by franchise owner Dan Snyder, The Washington Redskins will kick off the 2013-2014 season with a new name and mascot.
The official date for the name change is July 25, the same day Redskin’s summer training camp begins. Players reporting to camp will be issued jerseys displaying the new mascot, the Predator Drone.
The decision to abandon the Redskin, an image that has been a part of D.C. history since the team was founded in 1937, came after team owner Dan Snyder finally caved to pressure from Native American and left-wing activists. Read the full story
Posted in Sports, Sports Scandals
Posted on 04 May 2013.
In response to House Democrats demanding that President Barack Obama release information on the White House Administration’s use of drone strikes, congress was sent a copy of “Our Friend Danny Drone,” a children’s book written by Obama.
Inside sources have provided a preview of the book’s contents. Read the full story
Posted in Books, Newspapers & Misc, Politics
Posted on 11 March 2013.
Members of the press core were violently ejected from the White House yesterday after President Obama went into a fit of rage over the fact that the Constitution prohibits him from killing innocent American citizens.
“It’s not fair! My drone strikes have killed hundreds of Pakistanis in the past four years. At this point, who cares where the targets are, or whether they are brown or not?” Read the full story
Posted in Crime, Politics
Posted on 04 March 2013.
Posted in Making Headlines
Posted on 15 January 2013.
We continue our Look to the Future series today with an entry from Danny Saunders, a Marketing Manager for a major wireless telecommunications company.
He’s not merely a genius, he’s a close personal friend of mine, and one of a very few I would consider smarter than me, and I’ve been tested; I’m smarter than hell. Read the full story
Posted in Science & Technologizzy
Posted on 13 January 2013.
We continue with our series on what the future will bring with an entry from Mr. Andersen. No, not the guy from the Matrix, but you’d be hard pressed to tell,
Today’s installment of Predictions for the Future comes courtesy of Jordan Andersen, Senior Software Engineer at a Fortune-500 company. Twitter:@jordandandersen. He’s a man I’ve known for years, and one I consider uncommonly bright, and his professional history speaks clearly to this. Read the full story
Posted in Science & Technologizzy
Posted on 05 August 2012.
Viewer interest in Olympic skeet shooting soared among Miami Beach residents following the recent passage of a city ordinance mandating recycling monitored by remote-controlled drones.
Aerial drones the size of dragonflies fly neighborhood reconnaissance patterns to scan microchips embedded within recycling containers to ensure residents maintain compliance. Read the full story
Posted in Human Interest
Posted on 04 July 2011.
With France and England approving the use of attack helicopters, President Barack Obama rejected the idea but continued his commitment of using Predator Drone unmanned aircraft against forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. Obama continues to cite his decision to use US military power against Gadhafi as a turning point in his Presidency. Read the full story
Posted in War Zone