Wednesday, July 15, 2009

July 15 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: So Much For Your 'Peace Dividend' - Robotic Battlefield Cleaners Powered By Corpses

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Cabale News ServiceJuly 15 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Just When You Thought You Were Going To See Your 'Peace Dividend' - What To Do With That $3.1 Billion Dollars Saved By Scrapping The Presidential Helicopter Program? Build Robotic Battlefield Cleaners That Shreds Grass, Twigs, And Corpses

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In The News: The 'Ring of Fire' hiccups - There has been a 7.8 magnitude earthquake 100 miles off the coast of New Zealand, followed by a 6.3 aftershock. Fortunately no Tsunami followed.

The Mexican state of Michoacan is at war. What started as a federale intervention into a drug cartel's activities has turned into a full scale war on the government of Mexico in the region. Add that to the Zapatistas in the South and other socially upset elements of Mexican society, and the Mexican government may be seriously threatened from within.

Your tax dollars at work - The Department of Homeland Insecurity is going to spend some of your money to study on whether or not they're wasting your money on the color coded DHS alert system. Every time the alert level changes, millions of your tax dollars go to alerting all state agencies connected by law to the DHS, the National Guard, etc. "The alert level has not been changed since 2006 when it was raised from yellow to red then lowered to orange in the aviation sector"

The 3.1 BILLION dollar super helicopter program (The VH-71) developing the new short-hop presidential whirly-ride has been scrapped. HOWEVER..."A Congressional Research Service study this month estimated that it could cost up to $20 billion to cancel VH-71, shut down production lines, refit the existing fleet for continued service and eventually start the new program proposed by the Obama administration."

Got superstition to go with that fundamentalism? Twenty Republican Senators have signed onto a bill that would ban Human-Animal hybridizing. Two years ago it didn't even get a single signature. "Proud cosigners, including Senators Jim Bunning (R-KY), Tom Coburn (R-OK), John Cornyn (R-TX), John Ensign (R-NV), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), James Inhofe (R-OK), John McCain (R-AZ), and David Vitter (R-LA) among others,"

Your tax dollars at work Redux - The Pentagon is funding the development of a robotic battlefield clean-up tool. It shreds twigs grass... and corpses.

It's called "EATR"... Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot. "Presumably there’s some way to distinguish between American and non-American corpses, and presumably it’s based on something other than, um, taste."

From Wired... Underwired:
...the U.S. Defense Department is funding research into battlefield robots that fuel themselves by eating human corpses. What could possibly go wrong?

Since they apparently don’t own TVs or DVD players, researchers at Robotic Technology, Inc. are developing battlefield machines that can fuel themselves with collected organic matter. The experts say such fuel “could” include human corpses, but if you picked up anything on flesh-eating robots over the years you know they’ll ignore that tasty soybean field and make a chow line right to the nearest corpse. And, if the machines can’t find enough dead people to eat, they can always make new ones. [In Full]
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