Guess We Need More Falconers and Bigger Birds

Yahoo:  Filmed over Magazine Beach Park in Cambridge, Massachusetts, recently, a large hawk gave Amazon a reason to rethink the company’s Prime Air drone delivery initiative. YouTube user and software developer Christopher Schmidt has been taking his Phantom FC40 quadcopter drone out into public areas to fly it around the skies a couple times each week. To capture 1080p video during his weekly flights, Schmidt uses a GoPro Hero 3+ Black attached to his quadcopter drone.
However, a large hawk took offense to the quadcopter drone loudly buzzing in the same airspace. The GoPro camera captured the hawk swooping in from above and slamming into the drone. At this point, Schmidt throttled down the props to avoid doing any serious damage to the hawk, and the drone is filmed falling to the ground, where it lands upside-down in a grassy area of the park.
According to Schmidt, the hawk zipped away and was apparently unharmed from the encounter. Detailed in the description of the YouTube video, Schmidt states, “As far as I could tell, the hawk came out unscathed, and having defeated his prey, was happy to retreat. … The quadcopter came out unscathed as well.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time birds have taken out a drone that was invading nearby airspace. During December 2013, YouTube user Buddhanz1  filmed a similar scenario where an entire flock of birds started dive bombing his DJI phantom drone. Also filmed with a GoPro Hero 3+ Black, repeated attacks from the birds ripped the battery connector, and control of the drone was slowly lost as it plummeted to the ground. The crash landing in that video seemed much more devastating to the drone hardware.


Chicago 1941

It doesn't look like they were any happier then, but I'll bet you could understand what they they were saying, they had a father at home, they did well in school, they went to work after school, and most lived their lives as decent citizens.

What happened?  Liberalism is what happened!

Nosy Bastards

REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Seventeen fake cellphone towers were discovered across the U.S. last week, according to a report in Popular Science.

Rather than offering you cellphone service, the towers appear to be connecting to nearby phones, bypassing their encryption, and either tapping calls or reading texts. 

Les Goldsmith, the CEO of ESD America, used ESD's CryptoPhone 500 to detect 17 bogus cellphone towers. ESD is a leading American defense and law enforcement technology provider based in Las Vegas. 

With most phones, these fake communication towers are undetectable. But not for the CryptoPhone 500,  a customized Android device that is disguised as a Samsung Galaxy S III but has highly advanced encryption.

Goldsmith told Popular Science: " Interceptor use in the U.S. is much higher than people had anticipated. One of our customers took a road trip from Florida to North Carolina and he found eight different interceptors on that trip. We even found one at South Point Casino in Las Vegas.”

The towers were found in July, but the report implied that there may have been more out there.

Although it is unclear who owns the towers, ESD found that several of them were located near U.S. military bases.

"Whose interceptor is it? Who are they, that's listening to calls around military bases? Is it just the U.S. military, or are they foreign governments doing it? The point is: we don't really know whose they are," Goldsmith said to Popular Science.

It's probably not the NSA — that agency can tap all it wants without the need for bogus towers, VentureBeat reported:
Not the NSA, cloud security firm SilverSky CTO/SVP Andrew Jaquith told us. “The NSA doesn’t need a fake tower,” he said. “They can just go to the carrier” to tap your line.

ComputerWorld points out that the fake towers give themselves away by crushing down the performance of your phone from 4G to 2G while the intercept is taking place. So if you see your phone operating on a slow download signal while you're near a military base ... maybe make that call from somewhere else.

In an amazing coincidence, police departments in a handful of U.S. cities have been operating "Stingray" or "Hailstorm" towers, which — you guessed it — conduct surveillance on mobile phone activity. They do that by jamming mobile phone signals, forcing phones to drop down from 4G and 3G network bands to the older, more insecure 2G band.


Schools Just Opened - A Respiratory Virus Outbreak - 50,000 Illegal Alien Children Spread Across the Country

You do the math!

I worked as Incident Management Team member at two of the camps holding the South American unaccompanied minor children (UMCs) in south Texas.  A large number of the children and staff were walking around coughing.

I wound up in the ER with pneumonia and strep throat.

Don't know if any of this is related, but I'll bet no one in the Federal government is rushing to find out!

Unidentified Respiratory Virus Likely to Hit Kids Across Country


It Doesn't Matter What Happened

It's doesn't matter whether Mike Brown was surrendering to the police when they shot him or if he was attacking the cop.  It doesn't matter to his family, to Jesse Jackson, to Al Sharpton, to Eric Holder, to Barack Obama, or the protesting and rioting blacks of Ferguson, Missouri.

A cop shot a black - case closed!

If another black hoodlum just walked up and shot him for no reason, it would be a topic for conversation in the hood; maybe.  But, when a cop shoots a black, it's time to burn your own neighborhood down, loot some stores, riot, raise hell and have a good ole time.  It's like fireworks just go with New Year's eve, it's just the thing to do.

Well there is growing evidence that the cop acted according to procedure and Mr. Brown brought it on himself, but it doesn't matter, the cop is toast.

More here.


Suicide Bomber Convention

Many of you have probably already seen this, but as soon as my laughing convolutions subsided, I had to post this.

The story.


The Age of 'Less'

Our Phones – Wireless
Cooking – Fireless
Cars – Keyless
Food – Fatless
Tires –Tubeless
Dress – Sleeveless
Youth – Jobless
Leaders – Shameless
Relationships – Meaningless
Attitudes – Careless
Babies – Fatherless
Feelings – Heartless
Education – Valueless
Children – Mannerless
Country – Godless We are
Congress - Speechless and Clueless
President - WORTHLESS! 

I'm scared - Shitless


A Random Thought That Really Bummed Me Out

I served 24 years in the US Navy.....no thanks needed or deserved, I enjoyed the hell out of it.  

But think of the thousands and thousands of men and women who sacrificed and died for this country  and the ideals for which it was founded; from the War of Independence forward to today.

We all swore an oath to defend this nation against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.  Turns out, all that sacrificing and dying was for naught, because we whipped all the foreign enemies and then in our complacent stupidity put the domestic enemy in charge.