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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2012, 1:44:39 PM PDT
That's the way conspiracy theories get started, Agent S.

It's also a good way to catch stupid people who break the law. People like the Daffy-Gaffy, only know what they see on the internet or watch on tv or get from Marilyn. You'll notice Daffys response to the joke was literal. His own ability to concieve and implement original thought is a major weakness. This is where the conspiracy mindset is born.

If he reads Marilyn and others like her, it allows him to have a ready made opinon and even expertise in a topic. It doesn't matter if the information is incorrect or the logic flawed, because the Gaffer is not going to allow himself to see the whole picture. He will in every case try and hammer a square peg into a round hole, and when he finds it does not fit, will resort to blaming others as having an agenda in keeping him and those like him from achieving happiness.

Case in point. Not long ago I was involved in the investigation and subsequent arrest of 2 men who stole a very large commercial generator from a construction site.

Now an item such as this is very large and requires a truck to move it. These things also have serial numbers that are very easy to track. In addition as you might expect, there is not really a big demand for stolen generators of industrial/commercial size.

We broke the case after less than 2 days when we got a call from a contractor who was offered this $20,000.00 generator for $400.00. Needless to say he was very suspicous when offered such a great deal.

Our intrepid criminals had decided to hide the generator in one of their mothers backyard. In the past this same criminal had been arrested at his mothers house and due to his lengthy record her house was listed as one of his known residences.

After we picked up these two MENSA candidates I had to ask why they tried to steal something so big and so obvious. They both believed that nobody would care if the generator was stolen because the construction company had insurance, and would get paid for the stolen piece of property.

They also told me how it wasn't fair that people like the construction company owner could have so much and the only way he could get it was by taking advantage of so called honest-hard working-little guys.

When I pointed out that these guys had never had a normal job, I was told that was our fault by giving them criminal records. When pointed out they had criminal records because they were criminals, they got very angry but offered no reply.

One said that there were several times he'd been arrested for crimes but not convicted. I asked him if he'd been guilty of those crimes and his answer was he was never convicted. If you're not convicted then you must also not have done what you were charged with in the first place.

Think about that reply in reverse and you have a ufo believer giving the same old excuse when asked for proof on ufos.

That type of convoluted logic is how criminals and the conspiracy crowd rationalize things in their minds.

For the criminal, it is never his fault he breaks the law. Someone made him do it. Or the person somehow deserved it, or it wasn't even really breaking the law. They are the little guys who are trying to stand up against the big bad corporate or legal or fill in the blank, that is keeping them from achieving their goals and being happy and successful.

For the conspiracy crowd, there is not and will never be a rational explanation. There must be some secret nefarious reason behind anything, and this secret squirrel stuff, is everywhere and knows all and sees all and is also the reason the conspiracy crowd can't reach happiness and success.

Hope you can live with yourself, MH!! LOL!

Posted on Jul 19, 2012, 7:01:23 PM PDT
SOS,

OMG, what a priceless line: "When pointed out they had criminal records because they were criminals, they got very angry but offered no reply."

Also, if you really want to see where non-logical conspiracies can lead, the latest from Iran...they say their current drought is being caused by the USA via our ''special equipment".
See-> http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2012/jul/19/iran-drought-is-uss-fault/

Another priceless line comes in this article...since we in the US are experience our worst drought in 55 years, "Or maybe the Iranians think if we developed a super-drought weapon we would first test it on our own farmers, just to be sure it worked."

Oh yeah, so logical.

Posted on Jul 25, 2012, 2:16:48 PM PDT
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/07/satellite/

PENTAGON AUSTERITY MEASURES FORCE TOP SPY SATELLITE COMPANIES TO MERGE
"Significant reductions" for commercial satellite imagery for fiscal year 2013, amounts to losses up to 50%. Only half the satellite surveillance of Earth starting this Fall, and three-fourths from the new monopoly. Hmmm...

Posted on Jul 27, 2012, 8:50:35 AM PDT
http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123311455

AIR FORCE SCIENTIST AWARDED
Primarily for his work on controlling laser-cooled atoms, to make cold atom technology cheaper, faster and higher-performing

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2012, 3:19:14 AM PDT
Tom Goodrick says:
Since when does the "general public" determine veracity? Engineering research takes place in think tanks and laboratories. The work is often unreported.

Posted on Aug 8, 2012, 12:09:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 8, 2012, 12:09:59 PM PDT
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/08/ncis-vs-danger-room/

QUICK - DOES THE PENTAGON SPEND MORE MONEY ON NEW WEAPONS, OR CHASING LEAKERS OF UNCLASSIFIED DOCS?

Posted on Aug 25, 2012, 11:57:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 25, 2012, 11:58:25 AM PDT
This article is more about near-future, ground-based war, but maybe it'll help some Military Sci Fi writers get some ideas:

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/08/future-warfare/
FUTURE WARFARE - THE NEXT-TECH WORKSHOP

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2012, 12:18:07 PM PDT
M. Helsdon says:
"FUTURE WARFARE - THE NEXT-TECH WORKSHOP"

Nothing very new, much of the material can be found in War in 2080. (published in 1980), with the exception of 3D printing.

Posted on Sep 22, 2012, 8:14:33 AM PDT
The military is continuing to develop unmanned orbital vehicles that can stay aloft a year or more. While these don't go against the signed Space policies (like orbital weapons platforms) they do indicate the increasing use of military vehicles in near-space.

http://nextbigfuture.com/2012/09/first-of-three-military-hybrid-airships.html
MILITARY HYBRID AIRSHIPS
One is going thru tests now, for the Army's LEMV Program (Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle).

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2012, 8:32:52 AM PDT
M. Helsdon says:
"While these don't go against the signed Space policies (like orbital weapons platforms) they do indicate the increasing use of military vehicles in near-space."

They are flying in the atmosphere, not in "near-space". There have been military 'balloons' in use since the French Aerostatic Corps in 1794...

Posted on Sep 22, 2012, 9:59:21 AM PDT
Oh yeah, look at this picture and article!!! The military is working on Terminator-like binoculars that hook to your brain.

See-> http://www.fastcompany.com/3001501/darpas-cybernetic-binoculars-tap-soldiers-brains-spot-threats

Posted on Sep 22, 2012, 10:06:10 AM PDT
This was pretty interesting:
http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military/news/5-things-we-learned-at-the-air-force-convention-12927362?click=pm_latest

The U.S. Air Force is:
1) looking at possibly using private launches for their satellites,
2) Russia is shopping around an international Moon facility (sort of like we coordinated the ISS, they want to coordinate this plus further destinations),
3) the Pacific forces will get new hi-tech first
4) we've "lost" the private satellite launch business but may come back with the latest initiatives
5) they don't see satellite refueling as necessary, since their satellites last 22 years (!!!) so by then they are obsolete.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2012, 11:20:28 AM PDT
TO: CivWar64 (Bob)

Thanks for the links. Very interesting!

Posted on Sep 22, 2012, 3:58:04 PM PDT
Walter,

You're welcome!

Posted on Oct 5, 2012, 3:45:19 PM PDT
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/10/infrared-obscurant/

ARMY PLOTS NEW INFRARED "OBSCURANTS" TO THICKEN THE FOG OF WAR
These are deployed to hide infrared-radiation-emitting military hardware in a combat zone, from heat-seeking missiles.

Iran has their own idea of 'obscurants', with "deceit perfume" designed to disguise the smell of gun powder.

Posted on Oct 14, 2012, 3:23:37 PM PDT
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/10/new-darpa-priorities/

NEW DARPA DIRECTOR: WE HAVE TO OWN THE SKIES
I guess that grandiose attitude comes from her former ties to Solyndra ...

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/07/darpa-solyndra/?utm_source=Contextly&utm_medium=RelatedLinks&utm_campaign=Previous

Posted on Oct 22, 2012, 11:54:51 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 22, 2012, 11:55:49 AM PDT
http://cryptome.org/dodi/dodd-3100-10.pdf

DoD DIRECTIVE ON 'SPACE POLICY'
(October 18, 2012)

4.b. The sustainability and stability of the space environment, as well as free access to and use of space, are vital to U.S. national interests. Purposeful interference with U.S. space systems, including their supporting infrastructure, will be considered an infringement of U.S. rights. Such interference ... is irresponsible in peacetime and may be escalatory during a crisis. The United States will retain the capabilities to respond at the time and place of our choosing.

Posted on Dec 4, 2012, 12:40:03 PM PST
http://money.msn.com/business-news/article.aspx?feed=PR&Date=20121203&ID=15858648&industry=IND_MEDIA&isub=

AVIATION WEEK AND SPACE TECHNOLOGY - "This Road Goes Nowhere: Classified Programs Keep Their Secrets"
This digital-only edition analyzes secret military programs and projects - and reveals further information about two essential classified USAF programs currently underway.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012, 8:44:17 AM PST
http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-x37b-space-drone-20121210,0,2522535.story

AIR FORCE SET TO BLAST OFF ANOTHER SECRETIVE SPACE DRONE
Air Force officials aren't saying much, beyond that the mission "simply provides a way to test new technologies in space, such as satellite sensors and other components."

I've said it before, but when NASA was gutted, the military picked up the slack - at least for orbital missions. Let's see if private space commerce can squeeze into this increasingly militarized near-Earth space.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012, 2:38:45 PM PST
http://www.topsecretwriters.com/2012/12/is-the-mobile-high-energy-laser-the-next-step-toward-a-death-ray/#more-20554

IS BOEING'S NEW MOBILE HIGH ENERGY LASER A STEP CLOSER TO THE LEGENDARY "DEATH RAY"?
The truck-mounted HEL MD is such a high-powered laser (10-kilowatt, solid-state laser) that it is capable of crippling incoming weapons like artillery and UAVs. Field tests will continue throughout 2013.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012, 7:02:41 PM PST
Ellyssen says:
This is a long and slow project. Do you ever watch the DARPA HELLADS or Excalibur systems. Quite impressive.
http://www.darpa.mil/Our_Work/MTO/Programs/EXCALIBUR.aspx
I also like how Boston Dynamics Atlas and Petman robots have been advancing. They are about 2 years away from being able to be combat ready.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012, 1:56:31 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 17, 2012, 9:41:47 AM PST
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/12/steath-secrets/

U.S. STEALTH AIRCRAFT SECRETS
Beyond "shape and materials", our current stealth planes have chemicals to eliminate telltale contrails, untraceable sensors and radios, hard to detect engine inlets, radar-canceling paint, and cooling systems to reduce the plane's heat signature.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012, 12:42:06 PM PST
TO: Marilyn Martin

RE: "...takes approximately 4.5 minutes to fully deploy..."

They'll have to reduce the deployment time considerably. In combat, 4.5 minutes can be a very lo-o-o-ong time. During the time that the system is deploying, it'll be nothing but a big, fat target!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012, 12:56:00 PM PST
Meinos Kaen says:
Basic RPG tactics, really. The bigger the boom, the longer they need to be covered.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012, 9:49:00 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 17, 2012, 9:50:30 AM PST
Walter -

I couldn't find any reference to "takes approximately 4.5 minutes to deploy."

Meinos Kaen -

RPG (Role Playing Game or Rocket Propelled Grenade)? Don't you mean RAM - Radar Absorbing Material?
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