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IDF Creates 5-Year Plan to Prepare for War with Iran

Sunday, September 13th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Analysis of IDF operations reveals a 5-year plan designed to ensure Israeli survival against a nuclear Iran: Pursuant to the agreement: the “nuclear” agreement signed between the P5+1 and Iran in July 2015 is an event of historic proportions that will affect the Middle East for decades. The top-priority assignment of the Israeli intelligence services after the signing […]

Fighting Back in the Game of Drones

Friday, September 11th, 2015 - by James Jay Carafano

More and more, we are worried about domestic drones. Shooting them down may not be the best idea. But what to do? We thought we had heard it all when a drone landed by the Oval Office. Now, stories of illicit drone activity are everywhere from the U.S. Open to on-scene at forest fires and hovering over […]

Human Rights Group Targets UK over Drone Strike

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

The human rights organization Rights Watch (UK) is taking legal action against the British government after targeted drone strikes killed two British citizens who had joined ISIS in Syria. Rights Watch (UK) has said it will issue judicial review proceedings in the high court unless the government publishes the legal advice it received from attorney […]

As Iran Deal Is Talked Up in Washington, Israel, Iran Prepare for War

Monday, September 7th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

IMRA reports: With an eye on Iran and other complex, heavily defended theaters, Israel is building up the infrastructure and indigenous capabilities needed to begin operating its first F-35 Adir (Awesome) stealth strike fighters by the end of 2017. …“The stealth and other advanced capabilities provided by this fifth-generation fighter are self-evident,” an IAF officer told Defense News when asked […]

Israel Confirms Iran Stockpiling Ballistic Missiles

Sunday, August 30th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Via IMRA: Israel is keeping a “very sharp eye” on Iran’s modernized ballistic missile arsenal and will be “ready to respond” should the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) attempt to export the new Fateh 313 to Lebanon- or Syria-based proxies, a defense official says. “We assess that Iran has begun to stockpile them,” the official said of the 500-kilometer-range, solid-fueled […]

Carly Fiorina Pushing Anti-Privacy Bill

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Still basking in the glow of a favorable debate performance, which arguably benefited her more than any other candidate, Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina has been making the talk show rounds. On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” she called upon Congress to pass the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. The bill would immunize companies like Google from […]

Israeli Leaders Unite Across Political Divide Against Iran Deal

Sunday, August 16th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

A delegation of congressional Democrats, 22 in total, was flown into Jerusalem this past week by AIPAC and told in no uncertain terms by a bevy of Israeli politicians that a vote in favor of the Iran deal is a vote against Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was joined by left-wing Zionist Camp leaders Tzipi […]

UPDATE: Israeli Air Force Wants to Expand, Not Cancel Military Drill with U.S.

Sunday, August 16th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Last week it was reported that Israel would potentially cancel a joint military exercise with the United States in the wake of the potential deal with Iran. The story went viral in the Israeli and Jewish presses. This week the Israeli Air Force is telling a different story: …despite Israeli press reports, the Israeli military wants […]

Drone Lobby Says FAA Needs to Better Enforce Laws as Agency Warns of Skyrocketing Plane Incidents

Thursday, August 13th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The Federal Aviation Administration said pilot sightings of drones have grown at an alarming rate this year, endangering commercial aircraft and interfering with firefighting operations. In 2014, 238 drones were spotted by pilots. So far this year, more than 650 incidents have been logged. In June 2014, 16 drones were spotted in midair. In June […]

Obama Orders Creation of Faster Supercomputer

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Make faster computers! That’s the charge of a new National Strategic Computing Initiative formed by executive order from President Barack Obama. The Wall Street Journal reports: [The goal is] building a supercomputer that can deliver 100 times the performance of current 10 petaflop systems and improving technologies used for data analytics. The order also calls for […]

The Democrats’ War on the Sharing Economy

Monday, August 10th, 2015 - by Liz Sheld

An article over at Forbes lays out a case for the Democrats’ war on the sharing economy and in particular, Uber. Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley and Hillary Clinton have called out Uber, claiming they are concerned about (what else?) the company’s lack of regulation. Writes Jon Hartley at Forbes, Democrats are “insisting that […]

Another Stupid Idea Bites the Dust

Saturday, July 18th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Did I miss something? Was the world clamoring for self-driving cars? Which moron thought this up? Google revealed that one of its self-driving car prototypes was involved in an injury accident for the first time. In the collision, a Lexus sport utility vehicle that the tech giant outfitted with sensors and cameras was rear-ended in Google’s […]

GOPs Call for OPM Director to Be Sacked as Data Breach Victims Quintuple

Thursday, July 9th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Republican lawmakers were calling for the Office of Personnel Management director’s head today after it was revealed that the data breach affected more than five times as many people as originally reported. In June, OPM said they “recently became aware of a cybersecurity incident affecting its systems and data that may have compromised the personal […]

NYSE, Wall Street Journal, United Airlines All Have Tech Crashes

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The New York Stock Exchange stopped all trading today: (1 of 2) We’re experiencing a technical issue that we’re working to resolve as quickly as possible. — NYSE (@NYSE) July 8, 2015 (2 of 2) We’re doing our utmost to produce a swift resolution & will be providing further updates as soon as we can. […]

Drone Operators Warned: Stop Flying Them Over Wildfires

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

A government and industry campaign to encourage safe drone operation wants people to stop flying their drones into wildfires. The warning from Know Before You Fly comes after a drone incident late last month that “could’ve killed everybody in the air” fighting the massive Lake Fire in the San Bernardino Mountains. According to the San […]

Just What We Need: Computers with Attitude

Monday, June 29th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Artificial intelligence is rapidly becoming a reality. And so is AI sass: Researchers have shown that machines are inching closer to self-learning, and perhaps even copping a little attitude. Over at Google, a computer program using a database of movie scripts was asked again and again by researchers to define morality. It struggles to do […]

Big Brother Fed Uses Biodata to Track School Lunch Choices

Monday, June 22nd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

From EAG News: A Pennsylvania school district is scanning students’ thumbprints, tracking all of their lunch purchases, and turning the data over to the federal government. The Hazleton Area School District recently announced it would be providing free meals to all students, regardless of need. The move comes after the federal government began incentivizing school […]

Good News for Agoraphobes: Amazon to Deliver by Drone within 30 Minutes

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 - by Liz Sheld

If you have a proclivity toward agoraphobia or prefer not to leave your house, Amazon has something special for you. On Wednesday, online retailer Amazon told Congress the company is developing the means to deliver items within 30 minutes via drone. Using commercial drones to quickly deliver packages is probably years away. But when government […]

Report: One of OPM’s IT Contractors Was Located in Mainland China

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

During Tuesday’s House Oversight hearing probe on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack, Director Katherine Archuleta was repeatedly asked by Chairman Jason Chaffetz why the systems had not been protected with encryption prior to the  discovery of the breach. Archuleta hemmed and hawed, finally answering that “t is not feasible to implement on networks that are too old” […]

China Reportedly Behind Massive Hack of Federal Employees’ Personal Information

Thursday, June 4th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The Office of Personnel Management revealed that millions of federal employees had their personal information comprised by a major hacking operation. In a statement today, OPM said they “recently became aware of a cybersecurity incident affecting its systems and data that may have compromised the personal information of current and former Federal employees.” “Within the […]

Even Obama’s EPA Isn’t Buying the Lies About Fracking and Drinking Water

Thursday, June 4th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Tough break, enviroloons. A long-awaited EPA report released Thursday found no signs of “widespread, systemic” drinking water pollution caused by fracking — a conclusion that offers a victory to the oil and gas industry and a major blow to a wave of grassroots anti-drilling movements sprouting across the country. The results of EPA’s years-long fracking […]

Chris Christie Declares NJ Will Drop Common Core?

Friday, May 29th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

In 2010, New Jersey’s RINO Governor Chris Christie declared that Common Core was ”one of those areas where I have agreed more with (President Obama) than not.” Five years later, with his eyes set on the Republican Presidential nomination, he’s changed his mind. On Thursday, Christie reversed his 2010 decision that made New Jersey one of […]

The ACLU and Tea Party Join Forces to Stop the NSA

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 - by Liz Sheld

Amen. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Tea Party Patriots have joined forces to campaign against the re-authorization of the Patriot Act. The two groups are running joint ads in Iowa and New Hampshire, urging the Senate to stop the government snooping. MSNBC writes, “The unlikely duo’s television ads, which begin Tuesday in Iowa, […]

Will the Senate Leave for Vacation without Handling the Patriot Act Expiration?

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - by Liz Sheld

The Senate is planning on heading out of DC for their Memorial Day week long holiday, but they could leave some unfinished business behind. This week is a busy one for the Senate as legislators are still working out details of that pesky trade bill and the deadline for re-authorizing the Patriot Act is looming. […]

[WATCH] No Models in this Fashion Show, Clothes Hit the Runway Carried by Drones at Silicon Valley Fashion Week

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - by The Tatler

San Francisco’s “Betabrand” passed on the traditional catwalk models for its Silicon Valley fashion show. The company has a cult-like following among the tech crowd, and what could be more appropriate than having drones run (or fly) down the catwalk with the company’s fashions? “Many of our ideas are coming from this community and we’re […]

WATCH: 2 ‘Jetmen’ Fly Over Dubai Wearing Rocket Packs

Thursday, May 14th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Yves Rossy, aka “Jetman,” and his buddy Jetman Dubai Vince took a flight over Dubai this week using Rossy’s own jetpacks. The footage alone is phenomenal, putting Disney’s Rocketeer to shame. The question is, how long will it be before these jet packs are commercially available for consumer use? After all, it is 2015. Weren’t we […]

Rand Threatens Filibuster on Patriot Act Surveillance Reauthorization

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 - by Liz Sheld

On Monday, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) threatened to filibuster any attempt to reauthorize the sections of the Patriot Act that permit dragnet data collection operations. “I’m going to lead the charge in the next couple of weeks as the Patriot Act comes forward,” Paul told the New Hampshire Union Leader. “We will be filibustering. We […]

Senate Intel Chair: We Are at Pre-9/11 after NSA Ruling

Monday, May 11th, 2015 - by The Tatler

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Byrd (R-NC) appeared on ABC’s “This Week” and said the federal appeals court’s ruling last week puts the U.S. at pre-9/11 intelligence levels. “That turns us back to pre-9/11,” he told host Martha Raddatz of Thursday’s decision by a federal appeals court. “Well, there’s no absolute,” Burr said. “I can […]

Court: No Warrant Needed to Get Your Cellphone Location Data

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 - by Liz Sheld

In practical terms, the big takeaway from this story is that if you are going to commit a crime, leave your cellphone at home. Yesterday the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals decided that law enforcement agents do not need a search warrant to get cellphone location records from your cell phone service provider. The court […]

The Greatest Threat to Space Exploration: Manifest Failure

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Welcome to Generation Whatever. Forget Kirk versus Picard. There’s a new Captain in town named Barack and his bidding with the final frontier is finally coming to fruition. Sure, we can explore Mars, but why even bother? We’ll just screw that up, too: The white, male European conquerors of the New World and 19th-century American […]

(At Least) Three Reasons Why Government Being in the Broadband Business is a Terrible Idea

Monday, April 27th, 2015 - by Seton Motley

Likely the least regulated private economic sector going into the Age of the Barack Obama Administration – at least at the federal level – was the Internet.  Which is largely why the Web has become an ever-evolving, free speech-free market Xanadu. This Administration views this is a tremendous failing – that they are rushing to […]

Man Shoots Computer, Cited by Police

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 - by The Tatler

A man in Colorado got a little frustrated with his home computer and pumped eight bullets into the machine. He was cited by police. Lucas Hinch, 37, of Colorado Springs, accepted his citation with good humor, police told the Colorado Springs Gazette. According to the paper, Hinch told officers that he hadn’t realized that he […]

Colorado Man Cited for Shooting His Computer

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 - by Chris Queen

Any IT technician will tell you that it’s not wise to take matters into your own hands. Most computer users should leave it to the professionals. Lucas Hinch, 37 of Colorado Springs, didn’t believe that advice, so he riddled his computer with bullets and walked away from the experience with a citation for discharging a […]

There’s an App for That: Medical Marijuana Delivery

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 - by The Tatler

Yesterday on 4/20 at 4:20p.m. a new app launched called Nugg, which will allow patients in Southern California  to order medical marijuana and schedule deliveries and pickups. And the app isn’t just notable for what it does, it’s notable for how the money was raised to build it. The Web-based app was developed by a […]

U.S. Will Become Net Exporter of Natural Gas by 2017

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Via Reuters: The United States will transition from a net importer of natural gas to a net exporter of the fuel by 2017 as the nation’s shale gas production continues to grow, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Tuesday in its Annual Energy Outlook. In its 2014 outlook, the EIA forecast the U.S. would […]