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"Did we just kill a kid?" he asked the man sitting next to him.

"Yeah, I guess that was a kid," the pilot replied.

"Was that a kid?" they wrote into a chat window on the monitor.

Then, someone they didn't know answered, someone sitting in a military command center somewhere in the world who had observed their attack. "No. That was a dog," the person wrote.

They reviewed the scene on video. A dog on two legs?

Der Spiegel
The Woes of an American Drone Operator

For more than five years, Brandon Bryant worked in an oblong, windowless container about the size of a trailer, where the air-conditioning was kept at 17 degrees Celsius (63 degrees Fahrenheit) and, for security reasons, the door couldn't be opened. Bryant and his coworkers sat in front of 14 computer monitors and four keyboards. When Bryant pressed a button in New Mexico, someone died on the other side of the world.

The container is filled with the humming of computers. It's the brain of a drone, known as a cockpit in Air Force parlance. But the pilots in the container aren't flying through the air. They're just sitting at the controls.
Bryant was one of them, and he remembers one incident very clearly when a Predator drone was circling in a figure-eight pattern in the sky above Afghanistan, more than 10,000 kilometers (6,250 miles) away. There was a flat-roofed house made of mud, with a shed used to hold goats in the crosshairs, as Bryant recalls. When he received the order to fire, he pressed a button with his left hand and marked the roof with a laser. The pilot sitting next to him pressed the trigger on a joystick, causing the drone to launch a Hellfire missile. There were 16 seconds left until impact.

"These moments are like in slow motion," he says today. Images taken with an infrared camera attached to the drone appeared on his monitor, transmitted by satellite, with a two-to-five-second time delay............

long article


Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Sun Dec 16, 2012, 09:32 AM (7 replies)

USA today: Colbert responds to Senate opening

A new Twitter account -- @ColbertforSC -- was launched after GOP Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina announced he will resign to become president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

A spokeswoman for Colbert did not directly say whether the comedian and political satirist is running the account.

"Stephen is honored by the groundswell of support from the Palmetto State and looks forward to Governor Haley's call," Carrie Byalick, a Colbert spokeswoman, said in an e-mail.

DeMint will depart the Senate in January. Gov. Nikki Haley, a Republican, will appoint a replacement who will serve until a special election in 2014.

The first tweet from @ColbertforSC said: "Reporting for duty, South Carolina!" and there is a link to a Colbert for Senate website that doesn't exist yet.

Colbert, a South Carolina native, has run twice for president. Last year, he won approval for a super PAC -- the political action committees that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money in campaigns.Through the super PAC, Colbert raised awareness about political issues and held a mock presidential rally with Herman Cain during South Carolina's GOP primary.

Among other tweets so far on the new account:

"I will be laying out my 9 point plan for bear self-deportation shortly. In the meantime, kick a bear because Freedom."

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Thu Dec 6, 2012, 03:39 PM (5 replies)

11 Reasons You’re Glad Jim DeMint Is Leaving The Senate B

1. Stood with Akin after “legitimate rape” remarks

2. Led the opposition against Obamacare.

3. Wants to prevent gay or unmarried teachers from teaching in public schools

4. Pushed a bill outlawing the discussion of abortion over the Internet

5. Wants to strip all federal employees of collective bargaining rights

6. Blocked creation of the National Women’s History Museum

7. Likened striking Chicago teachers to “thugs” in the Middle East.

8. Threatened to single-handedly shut down the Senate.

9. Used a failed terrorist plot to attack unions.

10. Argued that people with pre-existing conditions got better care before Obamacare

11. “Willing” to cause “serious disruptions” in the economy in order to secure draconian cuts.

Details at thing progress


South Carolina should elect
Stephen Colbert but
Will elect another asshole instead.
Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Thu Dec 6, 2012, 12:54 PM (1 replies)

Fox & Friends’ hosts: Why weren’t we invited to the White House with MSNBC?

“I’m shocked by that!” Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade exclaimed the next morning. “Invite five talk show hosts in? All from the same channel? That’s outrageous!”

“It might be outrageous, but what I’m saying is I’m not surprised by it,” co-host Gretchen Carlson remarked. “I mean, that station is delivering the message of this administration. So, it makes sense.”

“Yeah, but that particular channel, that’s all they’re going to do anyway,” co-host Steve Doocy opined. “It would be nice to see somebody from CBS, somebody from NBC… Fox News Channel invited as well.”

“Think about it, the president said he’s not talking to Republicans unless they agree to raise the rates,” Kilmeade insisted. “He hasn’t talked to Majority Leader [Eric] Cantor in over a year, but, yet, it’s time to meet the talk show hosts on another channel. That’s incredible.”

“Maybe it was a thank you of sorts for the re-election,” Carlson concluded.


Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Wed Dec 5, 2012, 02:37 PM (41 replies)

The Austerity Dictionary- Irish but still the same shit.

The Austerity Dictionary

Austerity [n] The taking of money from passive citizens and giving it to wealthy gamblers.

Bank: a virus capable of destroying all in its path. No known cure.

Banker: carrier of the Bank virus

Budget: (European) The financing of an economy with the agreement of the German government.

Capitalism: When it fails, see Socialism

Confidence Fairy: A fairy tale to promote trickle down economics

Fiscal Responsibility: Where you get to be responsible for the irresponsibility of government and banking.

Goldman Sachs: a form of alchemy where everything can in fact be monetized.

National Interest: Common term to advance the interests of banks and the markets

Standing up to the banks – a governmental maxim, meaning “not standing up to the banks”

Trickle down economics: the promise held out to the general public that if they are good, Europe will piss on their heads

Turning a corner (v.): Continuing at precisely the same angle around a perfectly circular circuit.

Zombie Bank: ghoulish unkillable horror creature that sucks the money from our childrens future


There is more at the link
but it seems this dictionary applies internationally
Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Tue Dec 4, 2012, 09:46 AM (0 replies)

When is Obama gonna put the solar panels on the White House?


Reagan is dead and gone
do what President Carter did.

At least show some what we can do
in the people's house.
Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Sun Dec 2, 2012, 05:45 PM (15 replies)
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