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Sun, 02/10/2013 - 22:50 | 3232028 lolmao500
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And the Obamabots will continue to worship the state.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 22:54 | 3232036 duo
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I think they are all watching the Grammy's right now.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:10 | 3232070 Incubus
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iDrones

quad-lobe bipedal labor units

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:33 | 3232135 markmotive
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Look up...cuz there's a target on your head.

PBS: Rise of the Drones

http://www.planbeconomics.com/2013/02/09/pbs-rise-of-the-drones/

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 00:08 | 3232214 DoChenRollingBearing
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I wonder if a .300 Magnum or a .338 Lapua can take down a drone...

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 00:16 | 3232228 lasvegaspersona
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a .308 did in the latest Bourne movie. But I doubt it. One would have to be able to target a rifle like most can't do with a shotgun.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 03:15 | 3232406 Oh regional Indian
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Dronen't think like them. Be asymmetric.

Only sheep walk willingly into the shepard's pen. Be your own leader. Be your own teacher.

Try and shoot one and ten more will come. Your body is full of Aluminium and Barium from Chemtrailing. You will shine like a beacon.

Don't be smart, be wise. An 800 pound gorilla will smack-down a frontal assault.

It' s time to be ruth-less and to become a MORON. Yes, be a RUTHLESS MORON.

ori

BE A MORON!

 

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 07:17 | 3232514 goldfish1
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B R E A K I N G  N E W S:

...latest rat...

The Pope quits

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 08:25 | 3232572 GetZeeGold
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I'm a highly placed government official....and you will respect my authoritah.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hkcZilKChI

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 03:20 | 3232413 Richard Chesler
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The only drone you should worry about is the one the banksters put in the White House.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 02:03 | 3232365 Onohymagin
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Steyr HS 50 should do the trick.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steyr_HS_.50

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 02:19 | 3232366 Onohymagin
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Steyr HS 50 should do the trick.

Nope, jumped the gun on that one.

They fly too high, well out of range.

Basically your screwed if the pimpled adolescent playing God at the console needs the testosterone rush of a kill.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:56 | 3233131 GMadScientist
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You know radio waves can travel pretty far without worrying about things like gravity?

Jam their comms and EMP, but make sure you're under a structure before you do.

Plop...plop....plop plop...plop plop plop plop...

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 02:17 | 3232380 seek
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You need to think cubic centimeters of nitro-fueled engine displacement, rather than caliber.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 04:24 | 3232450 Hobbleknee
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I've seen people target shooting with magnums at very long distances, laying on their backs with the gun resting on their knees.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 05:33 | 3232473 Redhotfill
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I know of a rancher with a browning 1919 in 30-06 who took one own in Montana,  he got tired of them (boarder patrol)  buzzing his cows and denying it.  They didnt know he has a considerable class 3 collection.  So he took it out one day less than a belt.  They came looking for the pieces the next day...  Not happy were they but they didnt want to admit what they were doing.   

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 06:33 | 3232494 BorisTheBlade
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LOL, drone flying at medium altitude is not a target for any small firearms. Not even Stinger or Igla shoulder launched missiles could do that and somehow personal firearms would take them down. You won't be able to see it, let alone shoot it down.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 01:36 | 3232333 ACP
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So I guess this gives new meaning to the term "Air Mail"?

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 02:37 | 3232387 JOYFUL
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And so it begins...

from http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/376732/Man-hunt-for-ex-soldier-who-s...

"The use of drones was later confirmed by Customs and Border Patrol spokesman Ralph DeSio, who revealed agents have been prepared for Dorner to make a dash for the Mexican border since his rampage began.

He said: “This agency has been at the forefront of domestic use of drones by law enforcement. That’s all I can say at the moment.”"

A whistleblower and another minion of the state who broke under the duress of watching his colleagues manifestly abuse the citizenry they were swore to protect will now be hunted down and expunged without trial. On US soil.

Apres moi, le deluge.

 

Here is a copy of the real manifesto he wrote, not the fake being used to encourage Merikans to root for the wrong side in the manhunt for this ENEMY OF THE STATE

http://jimstonefreelance.com/police.pdf

 

 

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 03:45 | 3232432 Renewable Life
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"I’m not an aspiring rapper, I’m not a gang member, I’m not a dope dealer, I don’t have 

multiple babies momma’s. I am an American by choice, I am a son, I am a brother, I am a 

military service member, I am a man who has lost complete faith in the system, when the 

system betrayed, slandered, and libeled me. I lived a good life and though not a religious 

man I always stuck to my own personal code of ethics, ethos and always stuck to my 

shoreline and true North. I didn’t need the US Navy to instill Honor, Courage, and 

Commitment in me but I thank them for re-enforcing it. It’s in my DNA."

 

This is from CD's manifesto, doesn't sound like a lunatic or a terrorist to me, he sounds like a man that has reached the end of his rope, in a corrupt system filled with corrupt politicians and police officers!  Be VERY careful before you judge this man, it may be you in his shoes next! Every man and women in this world has a breaking point, a place where they would do whatever it took to fight back against the ones who have wronged them! This man found that place!

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 07:14 | 3232511 mvsjcl
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My take also. Very lucent, organized and determined. It will not end well for him, but he ain't going quietly into the good night.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 07:41 | 3232530 Monedas
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What was his work history .... since his firing .... with his training .... he surely moved on with his career .... or did he fester in the past .... we have a responsibility to move on .... when things don't work out .... and deal with life's adversities .... like a man .... he wasn't the first man in history to be fired ?

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 08:21 | 3232605 mvsjcl
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Fired is one thing. Besmirched, belittled and dishonored for upholding the values that one holds dear--purportedly the values of one's organization--is another matter all together.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:53 | 3233117 GMadScientist
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"You knew I was a scorpion!" <blub blub blub>

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:29 | 3232123 Jab Cross Hook
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Yep.  Most drones I meet have shitty taste in music.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 01:03 | 3232302 Skateboarder
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I present to you Boris - Ganbou-Ki.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:07 | 3232693 Ralph Spoilsport
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Sunn was doing drone music back in 1998:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunn_(band)

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 00:15 | 3232227 Banksters
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You mean this guy?

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MRt6dzV-3c&feature=player_detailpage#t=11s

 

Scratches head....  WTF?

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 02:18 | 3232382 Freddie
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Obama and Brennan's gun and missile running in the ME and North Africa may be starting to finally come out. Lame Cherry was talking about this before the election.  Pass it on. 

http://theulstermanreport.com/2013/02/10/bombshell-benghazi-expose-details-obamas-illegal-secret-war/

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 07:31 | 3232523 Urmakarn
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Obamabots? They prefer to be called "the informed masses"!

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 07:52 | 3232546 Everybodys All ...
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and they get their news straight from the mainsteam media or DNC as most people know they are the same

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 22:54 | 3232032 blindman
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there is no limit to the amount of debt the american people will tolerate
when it comes to services against their interests, political science 101,
that is because the debt is their money supply.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:27 | 3232119 rbg81
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To the vast (vast) majority of Americans, the Debt is a very abstract concept.  They hear the numbers and the warnings, but can't phathom what it really means.  They haven't really felt the pain, so its all just so much hot air.  But the really important thing is what they can get now:  the student loan, the EBT card, the free phone, the cut rate mortgage, etc.  Long term consquences mean nothing when weighted against the here and now.

 

And when it all turns to shit, the people will scream:  Why didn't anyone tell us?

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 04:05 | 3232441 Oh regional Indian
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This little word magic was done when people the world over were made to believe that:

Credit = Debt

Thus people carry Credit Cards that are actually Debt cards.

Call then debt cards and watch spending via them DIVE.

Not going to happen because in people minds, Credit is ok, it's debt that is bad.

 

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 18:30 | 3234920 Diogenes
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Having GOOD CREDIT is a GOOD  THING until you USE it. Then it turns into DEBT which is a BAD THING. So be VERY CAREFUL what you go into DEBT for.

Don't go into DEBT for things that go DOWN in value. Only go in DEBT for things that go UP in value.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:00 | 3232033 tom a taxpayer
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Delivering newspapers before dawn is about to join working in 7/11, policing the city, and delivering pizza as the some of the most dangerous jobs in Los Angeles.

 

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:02 | 3232057 buzzsaw99
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I am looking forward to the day pizzas are delivered via drones.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:23 | 3232108 erg
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The Hellfire missile is to ensure that it's hot upon arrival.

Surely this raises the bar on the thirty minutes or it's free pizza covenant.

I'm a lardass and I want my goddam pizza at the speed of stomach growl.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:26 | 3232116 Jab Cross Hook
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Your state may already have WeedDrones.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 00:08 | 3232215 buzzsaw99
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Delivery or pickup?

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:10 | 3232077 willwork4food
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What about L.A. public school teachers?

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 22:52 | 3232034 holdbuysell
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I wonder what the President thinks of this kind of stuff, this commentary on society, while absurd, speaks truth.

I wonder how he felt when pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson at the National Prayer Breakfast the other day talked of Rome collapsing in on itself as a not-so-subtle reminder of the path the US is on.

Breakfast here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyyHegP255g

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:16 | 3232095 jeff montanye
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ben carson is quite a man, surgeon and fine writer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Carson

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 22:54 | 3232038 CompassionateFascist
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These things can and will be hacked into and re-directed. 

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:31 | 3232134 FROZENOJFUTURES
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Codblops 2 sux. Also tom tommorrow comix are communist agitprop

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 03:22 | 3232415 CompassionateFascist
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yes he's a Red but this is a good one

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 03:13 | 3232405 Navymugsy
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I'm starting to wonder if the developers left backdoors on purpose and if they did, for whom did they leave them?

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 15:17 | 3234229 The Heart
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These things can and will be hacked into and re-directed.

http://privat.bahnhof.se/wb907234/killuav.htm


Sun, 02/10/2013 - 22:55 | 3232041 lolmao500
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And if you want to get mad... or wake up a statist...

Why cops fear SHTF...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVmGWLsn0iM

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 00:32 | 3232255 salvadordaly
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SHTF?, this video makes me want to go after them now! When SHTF they will be the first on my radar. You do not have to go after them per say, just send the message, we know who you are and where you live, next their equipment, next well, I guess we will see.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 00:57 | 3232289 Arkadaba
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If I'm ever in a car accident, hope I'm lucid enough not to call 911 - I found that incident particularly disturbing.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 02:09 | 3232372 thisandthat
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Funny there's not more comments on this, but are there even words?

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 08:59 | 3232680 Just Ice
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Nauseating.  Infuriating.  Words are inadequate.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 22:56 | 3232045 gimli
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Time to trade in my semi-automatic rifles for some anti-aircraft weaponry.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:02 | 3232059 Jam Akin
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Small arms fire has brought down many an aircraft over the years.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:35 | 3232147 CPL
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Rambo movie physics.

 

  • A bullet will detonate an empty wood hut in a fire ball that levels the camp.  
  • Frog venom Explosive arrows are like nukes.  
  • Butter knives are like a finely crafted samurai blade.
  • Spit balls up there with biological weapondry.
Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:09 | 3232066 CPL
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Sally Anne "electronics" section.  Ham radio.  Big antenna.  Spam radio spectrum.  RC toy flys away without pilot.

 

http://www.cellphonejammersales.com/

http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/SciRefGuides/technicalmanuals2.html <-- the recipe is in the DOD field guides to jam communications.  The older the manual 1960-1975 the better.  Parts can be obtained, again, from junk piles (Sally Anne/Goodwill/Garage sales) and shitty solder can be used.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:44 | 3232167 lakecity55
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RF Overload, baby!

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 01:33 | 3232310 CPL
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Yup, white noise across the band.  Nothing sends or recieves.  Also messes with missle guidance systems as stated in a couple of the publically available DOD manuals.

 

http://mysite.verizon.net/tomhunter/experime/suicide.htm

 

This is how you break a building.  Double male end extension cord.  Depending on the phase, you'll cook anything with a circuit along the path and turn the panel to slag by feeding the buildings power back into the buildings power.

 

Or alternatively sort the ground out in a cat 5 or NEMA 5-15P on one end and plug it in from a distance.  Consider it the cleanest disk wipe ever.

It would also prove if the general contractor hired at the lowest bid put a ground in.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 03:19 | 3232412 Navymugsy
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I wonder if there are surplus Raytheon ALQ-76 jammers for sale on e-bay? I jammed a missile exercise in Puerto Rico with one of those babies. Took them three shots to knock down an F-86 drone flying straight and level. Nobody ever figured that one out. Would probably work great on a modern day UAV.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 03:29 | 3232421 CompassionateFascist
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find a Raytheon QRC-98. My dad built them back when. Sold a lot to the Pentagon via their good friend Sam Nunn..I wonder where R they now.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 14:18 | 3233983 CPL
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Just build one.  If the idea is over ten years old it's as simple as purchasing a library license from the IEEE.  If you want to know how anything is built, its all available online now.

It would work just as well on any modern UAV.  The signal to control it might be encrypted, but seizing control of the flying toy wasn't the objective. 

Removing air support is.  So encrypted or not, if it can't recieve a signal it going to fly until it crashes.  Or it's piece of shit GPS/AI take over without GPS guidance...because the signals never reach the UAV.

Only thing left to control it would be laser and that's line of sight.  Once you have line of sight established because some idiot wants their toy back.   You can then find the operator pit and shut them down with a suicide cord. (let's see, DC in this end and loop it back into the AC system.  Or find the Air conditioning intake an put a couple of shovels of sand in their, that should give someone about twenty minutes before all the electronic start to shutdown from overheating....while the UAV's, all of them, start flying around without guidance.

 

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:43 | 3232164 Renewable Life
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The shitty, cheap ass versions of drones they will fly over the US population will be nothing to shoot down, they think (know) the population of the US is broken down and wont pose a threat to them!  Now the middle eastern drones, those motherfuckers are out of Terminator 3, those bitchez will take an anti aircraft missile!  But your AK-47 will do just fine in the US, they'll probably be loud as hell too!

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:56 | 3232184 chubbar
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The drones they will be flying over the U.S., for the most part, haven't been built yet. You figuring they are going to down grade the construction? Just wondering your logic?

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 00:28 | 3232248 jerry_theking_lawler
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no lie....back in the late 80s (when i was in my teens), i shot (at) an A-10 flying over (with buckshot)......those fuckers had flown tree top level most of my life over my house/land/etc and would scare the shit out of you when they came out of nowhere. my family had placed numerous complaint reports to the local base that was facilitating the training with no change in their behavior......so, when i was hunting one day, i heard one coming , and only had about a 2 second window where i could do anything, so i drew up and fired......don't think i hit anything and never heard any reports but it felt good to try and do something to stop the harassment. i felt kinda bad afterwards but decided if i needed to ever do it again, to use a bigger gun.....

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:04 | 3232065 realtick
Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:11 | 3232078 stant
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i was expecting a waco style event for them to use drones. how clever drone one of your own

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:12 | 3232082 nmewn
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Be patriotic, look for the union label and support every new Hellfire!

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:13 | 3232085 Lady Heather...UNCLE
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That youtube video was chilling> Fuck I hate pigs...and I am a 'middle class, respectable' father of three fine children...I have taught them to NEVER trust the filth (pigs in US parlance). Have to say, the US LEO are particularly thuggish. I avoid that country like the plague. But SO many great people there too, its just your fascist sysyem I deplore.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 09:05 | 3232688 Just Ice
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Criminal psychopaths in charge of upholding law.  Puke!

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:26 | 3232113 lakecity55
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"Minion, what's that out the window?"

"Drones your Imamness....thousands of them!

"By Allah, turn  them away! They're headed for the White Mosque!"

"We can't! They're hacked"

"BOOM! Aiahhh! BOOM!

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:30 | 3232125 deKevelioc
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This is nothin'; you should see what the sociopaths do in China.  Second thought, I'm moving to China.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:31 | 3232130 ebworthen
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Great minds think alike.

Post office employees to be deputized as DHS agents.

What do you think all those hollow point bullets were for?  Stray pitbulls?

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:46 | 3232168 lakecity55
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Hey, you gotta a lotta mail in that pouch, or is that an M4?

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:32 | 3232136 lakecity55
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Welcome again, audience, it's time for Drone of Fortune,

Where you get to add someone to the Imam's Kill List!

If you guess wrong, You become the Drone target!

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:44 | 3232165 Jab Cross Hook
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Some entrepreneur will use drones to drop dildoes onto bridal showers.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:34 | 3232144 IridiumRebel
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Awaken my sleeping beauties.....
We are more than them....
Assemble and make things right....
Because it grows in the dark and dies in the light....

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:38 | 3232157 DoChenRollingBearing
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That is an excellent cartoon, Tyler Durden!  Now, I'll keep my smart-mouth shut while in line at the Post Office.  Oh, except on Saturdays.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:51 | 3232159 ZeroAvatar
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News Article, REUTERS, FEB 10, 2213

 

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the use of drones in the old 'America'.   200 years ago today, a CIA PSYOP operation targeted an operative, 'Christopher Dorner', in what at the time was often referred to as a 'False Flag' event. 

 

 As is now well known, after the robots took charge of humanity in 2123, drone usage became outdated.  Let us bow our transistors, fellow machines, to our Founding Fathers, T-101 and T-350.

 

 


Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:42 | 3232163 besnook
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google and facebook know you are not watching the grammies so you must be a terrorist. a special delivery dronagram will be delivered to your smartphone gps address.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 23:52 | 3232176 lakecity55
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ATTENTION, besnook! This is Drone 4565768. You must watch the Grammys or suffer the consequences. We are watching!

 

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 00:00 | 3232195 booboo
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sooner or later they will be forced to make contact with the citizen on his own ground, then they shall be bitchslapethed.

 

 

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 00:01 | 3232198 DaveyJones
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those little drones are so goddamned cute

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 00:58 | 3232290 MsCreant
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They just drone on and on and on and on and on and on....

Hi Davey.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 00:02 | 3232200 tempo
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The great 1930's depression was likely caused by tractors replacing millions of horses/mules which forced farmers to plant million of acres of farmland which forced commodity prices to near zero. This great depression will be caused by robots replacing hundred of million human jobs to produce items that can only be bought by FED easy money entitlement payments.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 00:13 | 3232224 the grateful un...
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at xmas i tried to mail a package which i had repacked in an old wine box, which for some reason the post office has BANNED old wine boxes for reuse in a personal package. knowing this, i spray painted the box with some primer paint to cover the wine box logo. evidently the paint created a problem too. the clerk said, "i don't know if i can ship this". i said what do you mean "you don't know". well evidently she was concerned that the package might get flagged at a central shipping location, for having spray paint, and for being a wine box. so her supervisor came over to see what was going on, the supervisor said to the clerk, "have you ever sent a package like this before?" the clerk could not recall if she ever had sent a wine box which had been spray painted, but she did not refuse to accept the package, she said simply "i don't think i can mail this package". the she pushed it back at me. then the supervisor said, "i think i have some plain boxes in the back you can use, and she produced several much larger boxes" (they were being really helpful you see) but however nobody knows what will happen when your package arrives at some central shipping location where all sorts of bells and whistles go off. anyway i went to fedex, but the punch line to all this is that i told my cousins son to go get a job at the post office, and he said "what for, they're going out of business" and i said no, soon they will be in charge of ALL PACKAGE security, because the corporate shippers don't give a crap, they drop ship stuff from all over the world, and somebody has to crack down on them before all hell breaks loose. you can't ride an airplane without a rectal exam but you can drop ship products from all over the world with no security??? the post office is filled with retired military people but once they are gone things will change, and this old bureaucracy will get a new face. government jobs, thats the thing.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 00:25 | 3232246 resurger
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i got the junk mail is a good one :)

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 00:51 | 3232264 lolmao500
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The missiles used over America on the drones will likely be those :

http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htairw/articles/20130210.aspx

Three years after its first purchase of AKWS II (Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System) kits, to convert some of the 100,000 70mm unguided rockets to laser guided ones, the U.S. Marine Corps has made their third purchase, for over 20,000 newly manufactured AKWS II missiles. Three years ago the marines bought fifty for testing and that proved successful. There followed the first sale for 70mm guided rockets after more than a decade of trying to get anyone to buy more than a few evaluation missiles or upgrade kits. The marines arm their AH-1W helicopter gunships with the guided 70mm rockets. In the last year marine AH-1Ws have fired over a hundred AKWS II in Afghanistan and none of them missed.

The guided 70mm rocket is used against targets that don't require a larger (49 kg/108 pound), and more expensive (over $100,000) Hellfire missile, but still need some targeting precision. In tests, the APKWS hit within a meter (a few feet) of the aiming point, about what other 70mm missiles are capable of. The 70mm missile makes an excellent weapon for UAVs, especially since you can carry more of them. The launcher for carrying these missiles is designed to replace the one for Hellfire, but carry four missiles instead of one.

All these 70mm guided rockets are basically 13.6 kg/30 pound 70mm rockets, with a laser seeker, a 2.7 kg (six pound) warhead and a range of about six kilometers. Laser designators on a helicopter, or with troops on the ground, are pointed at the target, and the laser seeker in the front of the DAGR homes on the reflected laser light.

Apparently the orders for 70mm guided missiles have not been forthcoming because the Hellfire was doing the job and there just wasn't a big demand for a smaller missile. Several smaller missiles have been developed, and one of them, the Griffin, is being used over Pakistan and Afghanistan on American UAVs. The smaller Griffin is an alternative to the Hellfire II (48.2 kg/106 pounds with a 9 kg/20 pound warhead and range of 8,000 meters) because it weighs only 16 kg (35 pounds), with a 5.9 kg (13 pound) warhead. Griffin has a pop-out wings, allowing it to glide, and thus has a longer range (15 kilometers) than Hellfire. UAVs can carry more of the smaller missiles, typically two of them in place of one Hellfire.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 01:16 | 3232314 fishwharf
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Funniest cartoon I've seen in ages.  Tom Tomorrow is brilliant.  Except for all the junk mail that litters my mailbox, I'm pleased with the service I've received from the USPS.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 01:43 | 3232341 q99x2
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Good to see it in the NYTs.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 03:03 | 3232400 delivered
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Only two headlines caught my attention tonight. One, the Grammy's which was nothing more than a prepackaged production for the people to watch and be dazzled with BS with a constant on slaught of pre-rehersed, self centered acts focused on praising their individual glory. The other, was an article attempting to calculate and track the number of gun related deaths over one weekend that plague the country. This was of particular interest due to a local school where my kids went to middle school (which most of you have never heard about, Twin Peaks in Poway, California) that with the assistance of the Sheriff's department arrested a 12 year that threatened to kill a teacher and 20+ kids tomorrow. This story won't barely make the news nor will the over 100 Americans that will die this weekend due to violence. But what will, is who won the Grammy's, how Washington is going to once again, solve all of our economic problems, and that $1 million (what the fuck?), is being offered to anyone that can assist with bringing the fugitive ex-cop in Southern California to "justice". Note: With this kind of offrer, do you think this individual may actually have a little bit more damaging information that the authorities are willing to admit. No way he is going to be taken alive.

Threaten a cop, and all hands on deck. Threaten our children (whether here in California or the beautiful young 16 year lady that lost her life to gang violence in Chicago), the life blood of this country, our only hope for the future to atone for our sins, and it barely catches the attention of our so called leaders. Has it really come to this, a nation on the verge of being completely out of control? Hard to believe that the founders of this country had this in mind but then again, I don't believe any of the founding fathers really could comprehend just how twisted a country of such enormous wealth could become.

As Richard Harris playing Ceaser in Gladiator stated "So much for the glory of Rome". Or as the senators discussed, "Fear and wonderment, a powerful combination". Fear, drones surveying the skies with complete and total disregard for freedom. Wonderment, well just tune into any reality TV show or the Grammys.

 

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 03:56 | 3232437 Peter Pan
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Will they be building special aerodrones for these winged wonders? Or will they operate out of something similar to what they have for courier pigeons?

Will they have black boxes?

Will they be made in China if thousands are needed for America?

 

 

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 03:59 | 3232438 slackrabbit
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That the Toilet paper of Record actually printied this (10 years too late) either means the editor had the day off or an administrative error.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 05:27 | 3232467 jack stephan
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"Nazi supermen are our superiors" 2013

http://youtu.be/7ejCY7EGqZo

When these mental cripples can't even get the amendments right on national television, they really could give a drop of piss about you or any children, grandmas or anyone else other than an accountant.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 06:27 | 3232491 enoch_root
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Drone! Pull!

http://stmedia.startribune.com/images/630*418/M22232871.JPG

 

... sure make for some great skeet practice those white flying thingys

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 07:50 | 3232544 Monedas
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I remember that letter carrier in Wisconsin .... who stashed undelivered mail in his house .... for a year or so .... before he was caught .... and received a stern adminstrative scolding .... and six months leave .... with pay !  I may have the facts wrong .... I think he was let go !

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 07:57 | 3232558 Monedas
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Domestic "Droning" will not be a problem .... until they discover Taiwanese drones .... for 5 cents on the dollar .... and they farm out the monitoring .... to India !

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 08:19 | 3232603 Money 4 Nothing
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Breaking news:

Christopher Dorner is posting on Facebook while on the run. Facebook working with law enforcement? is trying to remove them as fast as they go up but people are screen shoting the messages and posting to the internet.

He explains why he is now a target of CIA assasins to kill on site.

He is a hero that has to make his court date to testify about extreme Police corruption discovered in LAPD Rampart division, 30,000 incarcerations of innocent people is part of his story.

The original manifesto that has been edited and changed for content is not Dorners writings.

1 Million dollar bounty along with drones in persuit.

We pray for you and your safety if in fact you are still alive.

God speed.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:48 | 3232764 waterwitch
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Foodstamps by drone delivery...sounds like a no-brainer to me! Also, the Bernank could use drones in place of helicopters! They're safer! Woohoo.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 11:16 | 3233221 duffelpud
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Cancellation of Saturday delivery to save money?  Why not ONLY deliver on Saturday?  That should save a LOT more.  On second though, why deliver mail at all? 

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