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calendar   Thursday - December 18, 2014

Defense Yes, But Against Whom?

PPDS? Phloating Phallus Defense System?

No.

DDDDS? Dingus Dirigible Detection Deterrent System?

No.

JLENS. Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System

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Aw Hell it even has a big vein on the side



The U.S. military is testing a new cruise-missile defense system by launching a blimp-like airship near Baltimore.

Wednesday’s event at Aberdeen Proving Ground gives the region its first look at JLENS, short for Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System.

By February, two helium-filled airships will be tethered to concrete pads four miles apart, floating 10,000 feet high for the three-year test.

Radar on one ship will scan in a 340-mile radius, roughly from Norfolk, Virginia, to upstate New York. Controllers on the ground will use radar on the other vehicle to pinpoint targets. The airships won’t carry weapons.

The military says the balloons also won’t carry cameras. But privacy advocates are leery of the system’s ability to constantly monitor moving objects, including cars on the ground.

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JLENS, which is short for Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, is a system of two aerostats, or tethered airships, that float 10,000 feet in the air. The helium filled aerostats, each nearly as long as a football field, carry powerful radars that can protect a territory roughly the size of Texas from airborne threats.

JLENS provides 360-degrees of defensive radar coverage and can detect and track objects like missiles, and manned and unmanned aircraft from up to 340 miles away. JLENS can also remain aloft and operational for up to 30 days at a time. This potent combination of persistence and capability give defenders more time and more distance to:

Identify potential threats
Make critical decisions
Conduct crucial notifications

JLENS allows the military to safeguard hundreds of miles of territory at a fraction of the cost of fixed wing aircraft, and it can integrate with defensive systems including:

Patriot
Standard Missile 6
Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile
National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System

One JLENS system, known as an orbit, can provide the same 24/7 coverage for a 30-day period that 4-5 fixed wing surveillance aircraft (AWACS, JSTARS or E-2C) can provide.

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An affordable, elevated, persistent over-the-horizon sensor system, JLENS uses a powerful integrated radar system mounted on two aerostats to detect, track and target a variety of threats. This capability better enables commanders to defend against threats, including hostile cruise missiles; low-flying manned and unmanned aircraft; and moving surface vehicles such as boats, mobile missile launchers, automobiles, trucks and tanks. JLENS also provides ascent phase detection of tactical ballistic missiles and large-caliber rockets.


“Over the horizon” is right; from 10,000 feet up, the line of sight horizon is 122 miles away (a 244 mile circle). For a direct 340 mile horizon, you’d have to be 77,000 feet up, nearly in space.

So what we have here, now flying or soon to be flying over eastern America, is a flying thing with a design that looks borrowed from toilet graffiti that can - if given enough computer power and if the diagrams above can be believed - can track any (every???) moving object as small as an RPG, on land, sea, or air, at any given speed (tanks and trucks aren’t exactly supersonic) in an area from Kingston Ontario in the North to the North Carolina’s Outer Banks in the South, to Columbus Ohio in the West to Cape Cod MA in the Northeast to the edge of TN in the Southwest to a long long way out to sea in the east.

But not to worry; the balloons aren’t armed. No, they’re merely linked in to any and every missile system that we have, along with all the combat ships and aircraft up and down the coast. And all the troops on the ground. And I’m certain that our over-reaching, unitized, universal, all-powerful, unlimited, law-abiding, limited, Constitution, “take care of our friends and punish our enemies”, nearly tyrannical government would never even consider linking in DHS, the FBI or all the police departments, nor ever condone using the tracking abilities inherent in this years long “test” for any “civilian” “law enforcement” operation. It’s just a coincidence that, “for your own good” - to protect us against terrorists and Chinese cruise missiles - that the government also just happens to now have a gun pointed at your head every minute of the day. If they feel like it. And you’ll never know. Probably damn near half the population under that circle. At least a third of us.

He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake



Additional equipment could offer commanders extensive communications relay capabilities, or even area surveillance of the ground. The JLENS program reportedly deployed a smaller 15 meter aerostat to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In late November 2003, the Army announced its intention to redeploy the Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment (RAID) force protection aerostat from Afghanistan to Iraq. RAID, adapted out of JLENS via the Army Rapid Equipping Force, became its own program, involving both flying aerostats and fixed-tower configurations like GBOSS.

A privately-funded January 2013 test mounted similar equipment on a JLENS system, successfully demonstrating its ability to monitor humans walking near roads.


more info - http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/jlens-coordinating-cruise-missile-defense-and-more-02921/
PS this is the marketing success story of the decade - http://www.bulldogreporter.com/dailydog/article/winning-pr-campaigns/pr-message-mapping-in-the-digital-era-a-real-life-case-study-f


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/18/2014 at 11:12 AM   
Filed Under: • Homeland-SecurityJack Booted ThugsMilitaryPolitics •  
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Religion of Peace

RoP, MA

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/18/2014 at 10:56 AM   
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How would you do?

Honestly, I took this little quiz having no idea of the correct responses. I scored 100%. 11/11. On second thought, Boy Scouts taught me basic survival skill. Applicable in all situations. Zombie apocalypse included.

The Walking Dead


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/18/2014 at 08:23 AM   
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NO!

The proper response to this racist request.

After the news began to spread of Columbia University granting their students extensions on their exams due to the protests of the recent Grand Jury decisions in Ferguson and NYC, other schools such as Georgetown and Harvard began requesting the same delays on their exams.

In the wake of this news, one student from Oberlin College emailed her professor with a similar request, stating:

“I do not know if you have been in conversation with any other students or faculty regarding finals. I do know, though, that the college administration has done very little, if anything, to support students who are struggling and feel traumatized because of the recent (and day-to-day) acts of racism in this country…

I am asking that you create an option (if you have not already done so) for students who do not feel like there are in a place, emotionally, mentally, or physically, to postpone the statistics final…

I know that you have the ability and power to make decisions like this, and I am asking that you use your power to support your students who have put so much energy into the class already. They are tired, they are hurting beyond belief, and their wellbeing needs to be prioritized.”

I personally don’t see how anything in Ferguson affects me at all. Much less some pampered college student. The professor’s answer?

No.

No.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/18/2014 at 04:40 AM   
Filed Under: • Colleges-ProfessorsDemocrats-Liberals-Moonbat Leftists •  
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Found ‘em!

Cemetery with one MILLION mummies unearthed in Egypt:

Each and every one found registered as a Democrat voter in Chicago!

Story here.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/18/2014 at 03:16 AM   
Filed Under: • Archeology / Anthropology •  
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calendar   Wednesday - December 17, 2014

EU want to break up Google

Wellcome to the EU Parliament where,,,, the EU Parliament votes to BREAK UP GOOGLE.
It’s all that damn capital success ya know.
Their vote is in responce to the charge that Google dominates the web and favours its own services in search results.
The parliamint does not actuallu have the power to break up Google, but the vote is meant to put lots of pressure on european regulators to rein in the Google giant.
This is the first time that the EU has ordered the breaakup of a company and it very significant that the company just happens to be a giant that’s known all over the world.

In fact, it might be more a move to show to show Google just who is boss among EU bureaucrats, in the form of the lady who has
taken over the job of an anti- competition case against Google, that her predecessor failed at.

The case began in 2010, it’s still open and Google could face up a $5 billion dollar fine AND, add to that, face reulation as well.
The lady’s name is Margethe Vestager, who may (time will tell) be one of those firebrands.

I do not like all aspects of Google, my bet you may not either.
But I find it hard to understand how a parliament made up of different countries could have the clout or the
right to break up an American company.
But then, look what happened to BP after the oil spill when they were bullied into paying off billions even to those who were not affteted by the disaster.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/17/2014 at 10:12 PM   
Filed Under: • Big Brother •  
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So say we all!

Macker, didn’t take me long to find this:


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/17/2014 at 07:42 PM   
Filed Under: • HolidaysChristmas •  
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Make it so!

I know. I’m going to BMEWS hell for this!

Just for Macker, I’m still looking for a Battlestar Galactica version.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/17/2014 at 07:24 PM   
Filed Under: • HolidaysChristmas •  
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Mooch On Loose

FLOTUS: Those Racists, They Asked Me To Help!

The Obamas talked with People magazine about dealing with their “own racist experiences,” as the magazine described.

Michelle Obama told one story that recently took place, even as she was first lady of the United States.

“I tell this story – I mean, even as the first lady – during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn’t anything new,”

Michelle Obama is 5’11” tall.

The nerve of those racist “little people”! Don’t you know she’s above all that?



If this is the kind of thing that makes people feel racism is alive and deeply embedded in our culture, we’re doomed. A simple neighborly request, but they see it as racism. Not even height-ism.

From my own experience, this fails the smell test even worse than the BS harvest from her White House vegetable garden. About 4 lifetimes ago I was working the night shift in a 24 hour grocery store in a swanky community in northern NJ. Every once in a while, former President Richard Nixon, who lived in the area, felt the need to be a bit common and would bop over to the store to pick up a couple things. Just like a regular guy. At 1am. Except not really. The big black limousine would pull up in front of the store, along with a Suburban or two of MIB, who would sweep the store to make sure there were no Communists or Democrats hiding in any of the boxes of stuff we were putting up on the shelves. Or even any other customers. Then, while the doors were guarded, one or two of them would stand at the top and bottom of the aisle, while the man himself came down pushing a shopping cart (hand selected for cleanliness and anti-wobble) , with another black suit in sunglasses there to actually put the items he pointed to in the basket. When they were done, they’d proceed to the checkout, where our cashier Charlie would ring them up. And the receipt, after the suites scrutinized it for accuracy, went to the office, and a bill would be mailed. He was the only customer we ever had who paid on account.

I remember when Michelle had her “in disguise” trip to the store a couple years ago. I find it impossible to believe that any “person” she “interacted with” wasn’t pre-screened and trained in the small role they were to play in her little drama piece. Because, sadly, that’s the way it has to be. Not because the President (or even a former President) and his First Lady are so high and mighty and pretentious. Because security. And not taking stupid chances.



But it’s far far worse for Barry. My God, he’s treated like a lacky, even when he’s in formal attire. That poor man, dem YTs think he’s a lawn jockey, and tries to gibs him their horses.

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“There’s no black male my age, who’s a professional, who hasn’t come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn’t hand them their car keys,” said the president, adding that, yes, it had happened to him.

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“The small irritations or indignities that we experience are nothing compared to what a previous generation experienced,” President Obama said. “It’s one thing for me to be mistaken for a waiter at a gala. It’s another thing for my son to be mistaken for a robber and to be handcuffed, or worse, if he happens to be walking down the street and is dressed the way teenagers dress.”

His son. His son? Is Obobo so lost in Black Dreamland that now he thinks he’s got Jewels In The Crown*?

And doncha just love the “walking down the street, dressed as a teen”, with the “or worse”? What a well played combination racial reference to both Michael and Trayvon, Obongo’s other sons.

Yup, racism is with us, everywhere.

* this may have been a local thing, but having children with several baby mamas used to be called having jewels in the crown. These days, riding around with that crown air freshener thing on you dashboard is, I think, showing you belong to the Latin Kings street gang. But hey, what do I know? It’s probably just a showy air freshener and I’m a raycis.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/17/2014 at 10:06 AM   
Filed Under: • Obama, The OneRacism and race relations •  
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Back For More

I took a couple of days off from everything, even the blog.

We were going to do all sorts of holiday shopping yesterday, but we didn’t get to it. We were going to move a bunch of furniture around, deep clean the whole place in anticipation of hosting the annual family Christmas Eve party, the Italian thing with all the fishes. We did manage to score some frozen octopus from the Asian market Sunday, but after a nice big breakfast yesterday we felt a bit nappish. And the next thing you know it was 1 in the afternoon. So I made up some nice brined pork chops and some stuffing for lunch, and then we just lumped out and watched the entire first season of The Sopranos on TV. Immersion TV - marathon viewing sessions - this is what On Demand does best. And that ate up the rest of our day, just veggin’ out.

Sometimes you need a break. We did manage to do all the laundry though.

Right. OK, let’s see what kind of energy I can muster today. I think the kitchen ought to be the first line of attack. Egad, pots and pans, and all that stuff still has to go back under the sink from where it got pulled out for the plumber to work. And it’s warm today, so maybe I can get some more varnishing done on the woodwork. And then ... and then ... and then ...


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/17/2014 at 09:52 AM   
Filed Under: • Daily Life •  
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Do you hear what I hear?

If you saw my previous post, you will understand. Christmas songs are now so much more poignant to me this season.

Had to choose. Bing Crosby, or Celtic Woman reunion. I chose the Celtic Women. Not only are they better looking, but I’m getting old and my grandnieces and grandnephews don’t know who Bing is. Very sad. Hope to fix that in the future.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/17/2014 at 08:26 AM   
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There she goes!

Mom slipped away quietly Monday. I’d been expecting this for some time but it still hurts.
She was fine at Thanksgiving.
Sister flew in Tuesday. She’s running things.
The service is this Sunday after church.
Usually you do this sooner than that but we have a surprising number of people flying in for this.
Surprising.
Mom was an only child and now cousins I’ve never met or heard of are crawling out of the woodwork.
Mom kept up an extensive correspondence with cousins.
Mom was 71. Suffered from congestive heart failure (ultimate cause of death), diabetes (lost a leg seven years ago to that), and several other ‘minor’ conditions.

Quote: “If I’d known I’d live this long I’d have taken better care of myself.”
She lived longer than both of her parents. And buried two husbands. The first was the father of us three children.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/17/2014 at 05:49 AM   
Filed Under: • FamilyPersonal •  
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calendar   Monday - December 15, 2014

Even in Australia?

Is there anything I need to add to this?

UPDATE: Listening to radio report (after I posted this).

The scum apparently well known to police. He was on bail for murder (of wife) and had a looooooong record of sex attacks.  40 since ‘07.
And oh yeah. 

He was an Iranian refugee been in Australia for awhile. His record goes back to 2007.
Radio saying he was shot dead, possible hostage dead as well and a number carried out on stretchers.

I guess he was never deported or tossed in prison because nobody wanted to be seen as islamophobic or raaaaaacist.

So he was out and free to commit acts of violence against the public.

Wardmom has it exactly right in a comment on my post yesterday.


Gunfire And Blasts As Sydney Cafe Stormed

Sky News

Police have stormed a Sydney cafe where hostages have been held for the past 17 hours, running into the building amid a barrage of heavy gunfire.

At least half a dozen heavily-armed police threw flash grenades through an entrance to the building, then advanced into the cafe with their guns raised.

A series of loud explosions were heard at the scene before glass shattered onto the pavement from a nearby window.

Moments earlier at least five more panicked hostages escaped from the Lindt cafe in the city’s central business district.

Seven people were also taken from the Martin Place cafe on stretchers. Five of those hostages are being treated at the scene.

An elderly lady was helped from the cafe by specialist police officers. One woman was seen with blood spattered on her foot.

There was a series of loud explosions and flashes as officers rushed through the building’s entrance.

A man dressed in bomb-disposal kit also stood poised to enter the premises.

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Police have confirmed that the siege has now ended.

The gunman has been named as Sheikh Man Haron Monis , who is notorious in Australia for sending abusive letters to family members of soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

The siege began at 10am local time when Monis - who was previously known to both Sydney police and media - entered the cafe in Martin Place carrying a pump-action shotgun.

Hostages were seen holding a black flag with white Arabic text similar to those displayed by the Islamic State group.

Footage showed Monis apparently using one hostage as a human shield.

SOURCE FOR UPDATES

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Video of this at the link


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/15/2014 at 11:52 AM   
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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/15/2014 at 07:56 AM   
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