Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Last Chance to Stop the NDAA

This week the US Supreme Court refused
Hedges v. Obama. Below is an excerpt of Hedges' article on the topic.

Source: Truth Out

Monday, 02 September 2013 11:29

By Chris Hedges

I and my fellow plaintiffs have begun the third and final round of our battle to get the courts to strike down a section of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that permits the military to seize U.S. citizens, strip them of due process and hold them indefinitely in military facilities. Carl Mayer and Bruce Afran, the lawyers who with me in January 2012 brought a lawsuit against President Barack Obama (Hedges v. Obama), are about to file papers asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear our appeal of a 2013 ruling on the act’s Section 1021.

“First the terrorism-industrial complex assured Americans that they were only spying on foreigners, not U.S. citizens,” Mayer said to me recently. “Then they assured us that they were only spying on phone calls, not electronic communications. Then they assured us that they were not spying on American journalists. And now both [major political] parties and the Obama administration have assured us that they will not detain journalists, citizens and activists. Well, they detained journalist Chris Hedges without a lawyer, they detained journalist Laura Poitras without due process and if allowed to stand this law will permit the military to target activists, journalists and citizens in an unprecedented assault on freedom in America.”

Automatic Collision Avoidance Technology (ACAT)

Source: NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center


... flight tests of an Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto-GCAS) ... adapted ... into a smartphone application that at a minimum could warn the pilot of an impending ground collision, or in an advanced version be tied into an aircraft's autopilot and actually take control of and command evasive maneuvers to recover the aircraft. That developmental software application was installed on a smartphone using the Android operating system linked to a small Piccolo autopilot, and flight-tested on a small Dryden Remotely Operated Integrated Drone, or DROID, aircraft in 2011-2012. The system consistently initiated evasive maneuvers or recoveries when it sensed that the aircraft was in danger of imminent collision with the ground or mountainous terrain.

Another NYPD Officer Got Drunk and Shot Someone

Source: New York Magazine

April was a banner month for drunk NYPD officers embarrassing themselves and endangering others. ... three different off-duty cops managed to wind up with DWIs ... one of the men accidentally shooting the other ... an NYPD officer is being questioned for "shooting and critically wounding" a civilian in Westchester while off-duty...
NYPD chief Bill Bratton acknowledged that the drunken shooting was on trend. "We are always concerned about any of our officers in off-duty activities that result in criminal activity," he told reporters. "At the same time, we’re very concerned with a number of reports. I, personally, am very disturbed about the number of incidents in recent weeks that are part of a longer term problem of inappropriate use of alcohol by members of our department." 

The New Abolitionism

Source: The Nation

By Christopher Hayes
In 2012, the writer and activist Bill McKibben published a heart-stopping essay in Rolling Stone titled "Global Warming's Terrifying New Math." ...

... human civilization cannot survive in any recognizable form a temperature increase this century more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). Given that we've already warmed the earth about 0.8 degrees Celsius, that means we have 1.2 degrees left ... we can release about 565 gigatons of carbon into the atmosphere by mid-century. Total. ...

... the total amount of known, proven extractable fossil fuel in the ground at this very moment is almost five times the amount we can safely burn.

... the work of the climate movement is to find a way to force the powers that be, from the government of Saudi Arabia to the board and shareholders of ExxonMobil, to leave 80 percent of the carbon they have claims on in the ground.
... one financial analyst puts the price at somewhere in the ballpark of $20 trillion. So in order to preserve a roughly habitable planet, we somehow need to convince or coerce the world's most profitable corporations and the nations that partner with them to walk away from $20 trillion of wealth. ...