Humans Lose, Robots Win in Pentagon’s New Defense Budget

Humans Lose, Robots Win in New Defense Budget (Wired, Jan. 26, 2012):

The big loser in the Pentagon’s new budget? Ordinary human beings.

About 80,000 Army soldiers and 20,000 Marines are getting downsized. Half of the Army’s conventional combat presence in Europe is packing up and ending its post-Cold War staycation. Replacing them, according to the $613 billion budget previewed by the Pentagon on Thursday: unconventional special-operations forces; new bombers; new spy tools; new missiles for subs; and a veritable Cylon army of drones.

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Homeland Security Wants To Spy On 4 Square Miles AT ONCE

Homeland Security Wants to Spy on 4 Square Miles at Once (Wired, Jan. 23, 2012):

It’s not just for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars anymore. The Department of Homeland Security is interested in a camera package that can peek in on almost four square miles of (constitutionally protected) American territory for long, long stretches of time.

Homeland Security doesn’t have a particular system in mind. Right now, it’s just soliciting “industry feedback” on what a formal call for such a “Wide Area Surveillance System” might look like. But it’s the latest indication of how powerful military surveillance technology, developed to find foreign insurgents and terrorists, is migrating to the home front.

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India’s First Fast Breeder Reactor To Go Critical In Early 2013, Near Small Japan (‘Noda’s Ark’) In Chennai

See also:

Small ‘Japan’ In Southern India – ‘Noda’s Ark’ – Turns Out To Be Only For The Rich

Japan’s Government-Industrial Complex To Create Small ‘Japan’ In Southern India


India’s First Fast Breeder Reactor to Go Critical in Early 2013, Near Chennai (Ex-SKF, Jan. 22, 2012):

Some poetic justice, I can’t help thinking. But this may be exactly what the Japanese government and the corporate elites (particularly in the nuclear industry) want anyway, to be near a successful (if) fast breeder reactor for a change.

India’s first prototype fast breeder reactor will go critical in early 2013, with commercial power generation to commence in March 2015 in the township of Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu, about 70 kilometers south of Chennai where the Japanese government-industry joint venture is to set up a “Japan town” where expat Japanese can live in luxury with own hospitals and shopping centers, golf course in a resort setting.

The fast breeder uses liquid sodium as coolant, just like “Monju” in Japan. I am pretty sure that Indians, just like the Japanese before them, think they are different, and won’t make stupid mistakes like Americans (TMI), Russians (Chernobyl), and Japanese (Fukushima). Not to mention the costly “Monju” fast breeder project that has had nothing but failures.

Just watch out for those cyclones and tsunamis from future mega earthquakes from Indonesia…

From Zeenews.com (1/21/2012):

Chennai: India’s first 500-MW prototype fast breeder reactor (PFBR), being set up at Kalpakkam near here, is likely to go critical early next year and commercial generation of electricity is expected in March 2015.

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Fukushima Worker On Fukushima Reactor 2 Endoscope Operation: Radiation Resistant Camera Built To Withstand 1000 Sieverts Broken! (Photos)

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Result of endoscope operation on 1/19/2012 (Fukushima Diary, Jan. 19, 2012):

The water level turned out to be lower then 4.000m at the most.

Even the radiation resistant endoscope for 1000Sv got too much noise.

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Air Force’s Chief Scientist Wants A ‘Social Radar’ To ‘See Into Hearts And Minds’

You can’t make this stuff up!


Air Force’s Top Brain Wants a ‘Social Radar’ to ‘See Into Hearts and Minds’ (Wired, Jan. 19, 2012):

Chief Scientists of the Air Force usually spend their time trying to figure out how to build better satellites or make jets go insanely fast. Which makes Dr. Mark Maybury, today’s chief scientist, a bit of an outlier. He’d like to build a set of sensors that peer into people’s souls — and forecast wars before they erupt.

Maybury calls his vision “Social Radar.” And the comparison to traditional sensors is no accident, he tells Danger Room. “The Air Force and the Navy in this and other countries have a history of developing Sonar to see through the water, Radar to see through the air, and IR [infrared] to see through the night. Well, we also want to see into the hearts and the minds of people,” says Maybury, who serves as the top science advisor to the Air Force’s top brass.

But Social Radar won’t be a single sensor to discover your secret yearnings. It’ll be more of a virtual sensor, combining a vast array of technologies and disciplines, all employed to take a society’s pulse and assess its future health. It’s part of a broader Pentagon effort to master the societal and cultural elements of war — and effort that even many in the Defense Department believe is deeply flawed. First step: mine Twitter feeds for indications of upset.

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NYPD Testing X-Ray Body Scanner Technology To Scan People For Concealed Guns

These criminals are destroying your health (and your DNA):

Prof. John Sedat On DHS’ X-ray Scanners: ‘Society Will Pay A Huge Price In CANCER Because Of This’

US Government Glossed Over Cancer Concerns As It Rolled Out Airport X-Ray Scanners

TSA Full Body Scanner Radiation Safety Tests Were Rigged

TSA Body Scanners Show Radiation Levels 10 Times Higher Than Expected

Inside TSA Body Scanners: How Terahertz Waves Tear Apart Human DNA

Review of the TSA X-ray backscatter body scanner safety report: hide your kids, hide your wife

Dr. Russell Blaylock: Body Scanners More Dangerous Than Feds Admit

Airport Body Scanners: Why You should REJECT ‘Routine’ NON-Diagnostic X-ray

How Body Scanner Terahertz Waves Can Tear Apart DNA

Full-Body Scanners Emitting ‘High-Energy’ Radiation Increase Cancer Risk

US prisoners forced to submit to radiation experiments for private foreign companies

In case you still don’t know who to vote for:

Rep. Ron Paul to TSA: Stop Irradiating Our Bodies and Fondling Our Children!


 


The NYPD and Department of Defense are working together testing Terahertz Imaging Detection, a new way to get concealed illegal weapons off the streets. (Photo courtesy: NYPD)

NYPD, Feds Testing Gun-Scanning Technology, But Civil Liberties Groups Up In Arms (CBS News, Jan. 17, 2012):

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The NYPD is stepping up their war against illegal guns, with a new tool that could detect weapons on someone as they walk down the street.

But is it violating your right to privacy?

Police, along with the U.S. Department of Defense, are researching new technology in a scanner placed on police vehicles that can detect concealed weapons.

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CNN: US Funds Iran Nuclear Program (Video)


YouTube Added: 02.01.2012

Flashback:

George Galloway: The Case Against War With Iran (Must-Listen!!!):

‘Iran Hasn’t Invaded Another Country In More Than 300 Years.’

More on Iran:

Iran Is Not Our Enemy (Video)

The Real Target … US Wants To ‘Close Down The Central Bank Of Iran’: Senior U.S. Official

Iran, Russia Replace US Dollar With National Currencies In Trade Exchanges

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Nuclear Expert: NRC Allows Nuclear Plants To Release Very High Levels Of Radiation And The ‘EPA Has Criticized Them As Being Not Protective Of Public Health’ – Nuclear Russian Roulette Part 2 (Video) – Nuclear Russian Roulette (Video)

Related info:

Part 1: Nuclear Expert: ‘These Reactors Produce 50 Years Of Electricity And Half A Million Years Of Waste. It’s Not A Particularly Good Deal’ – NUCLEAR RUSSIAN ROULETTE (Video)

Watch at 15:50 into the video



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This is the question and answer session following Prof. Dan Hirsch’s presentation to the San Clemente, CA. City Council.

Drones Now Account For 31 Percent Of All US Military Aircraft

Almost 1 In 3 U.S. Warplanes Is a Robot (Wired, Jan. 9, 2012):

Remember when the military actually put human beings in the cockpits of its planes? They still do, but in far fewer numbers. According to a new congressional report acquired by Danger Room, drones now account for 31 percent of all military aircraft.

To be fair, lots of those drones are tiny flying spies, like the Army’s Raven, that could never accommodate even the most diminutive pilot. (Specifically, the Army has 5,346 Ravens, making it the most numerous military drone by far.) But in 2005, only five percent of military aircraft were robots, a report by the Congressional Research Service notes. Barely seven years later, the military has 7,494 drones. Total number of old school, manned aircraft: 10,767 planes.

A small sliver of those nearly 7,500 drones gets all of the attention. The military owns 161 Predators — the iconic flying strike drone used over Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere — and Reapers, the Predator’s bigger, better-armed brother.

But even as the military’s bought a ton of drones in the past few years, the Pentagon spends much, much more money on planes with people in them. Manned aircraft still get 92 percent of the Pentagon’s aircraft procurement money. Still, since 2001, the military has spent $26 billion on drones, the report — our Document of the Day — finds.

The drones are also getting safer. (To operate, that is; not for their targets below.) Drone crashes get a lot of attention; 38 Predators and Reapers have crashed in Iraq and Afghanistan thus far; most recently, Iran looks like it got ahold of an advanced, stealthy RQ-170 Sentinel. But the congressional report finds that the Predator, for instance, has only 7.5 accidents per 100,000 hours of flight, down from 20 accidents over that time in 2005 — meaning it’s now got an accident rate comparable to a (manned) F-16.

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IAEA ‘Officially Confirmed That Iran Has Started Enriching Uranium To The 20-Percent Level, Which Can EASILY Be Turned Into Fissile Warhead Material’

Easily??? BS!

Iran has to enrich uranium over 90% to get weapons-grade material to build a nuclear weapon.

For high enrichment much larger centrifuge facilities are needed.

It is absolute disinformation that highly enriched uranium could be fabricated in a civil nuclear plant.

No weapons of mass destruction In Iran, only weapons of MASS DECEPTION on our side.

See also:

US Analysts: Iran’s Nuclear Fuel Rod Isn’t Military Threat (Bloomberg, Jan. 4, 2012)

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta: Iran Not Building Nuclear Bombs Yet

Thousands Of US Troops To Be Deployed In Israel, Joined By US Aircraft Carrier

Obama And Netanayu Push For Attack On Iran (Video)

Royal Navy Sends Its Mightiest Warship To Take On Iran

Ron Paul: Sanctions Against Iran Are an ‘Act of War’

Flashback: IAEA


IAEA Confirms Iran Has Started 20% Uranium Enrichment (ZeroHedge, Jan 10, 2012):

The geopolitical foreplay is getting ridiculous. At this point it is quite obvious that virtually everyone involved in the US-Israel-Iran hate triangle is just itching for someone else to pull the trigger. And the latest report out of the IAEA will only precipitate this. Who – remember the IAEA? The same IAEA which did not find nukes in Iraq in 2003 only to be overriden by Dick “WMD” Cheney to “justify” an invasion. As RIA reports:  The International Atomic Energy Agency officially confirmed that Iran has started enriching uranium to the 20-percent level, which can easily be turned into fissile warhead material. “The IAEA can confirm that Iran has started the production of uranium enriched up to 20 percent using IR-1 centrifuges in the Fordo Fuel Enrichment Plant,” the agency said in a statement. However, IAEA Spokeswoman Gill Tudor said that all nuclear materials and operations in the Fordo facility are “under the Agency’s containment and surveillance.”” Naturally, that leaves the “use of uranium” variable quite subjective and in the hands of political manipulation. Which means at this point it is only a matter of days before the meme that Iran already has nuclear warheads becomes actively adopted by warmongers everywhere.

From RIA:

Iranian officials earlier said the Fordo plant, deep inside the mountains near the central Iranian city of Qom, was build to produce 20-percent uranium needed for a research reactor in Tehran, which produces medical isotopes to treat cancer patients.

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereydoon Abbasi said last August that Iranian authorities planned to transfer all enrichment facilities from a plant in Natanz to Fordo, citing insufficient security.

He also said Iran had no plans to enrich uranium to higher than 20 percent.

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