They Live – Vision

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Image result for they liveThe Birth of Satellite TV, 50 Years Ago
By Christopher Klein, 2012

In television’s early years, North American and European viewers had to wait hours, if not days, for tapes to be shipped across the Atlantic in order to watch footage from the other side of the ocean. That all changed 50 years ago after the launch of the first telecommunications satellite: Telstar.

On July 23, 1962, tens of millions of people watched a historic broadcast as Telstar beamed live transatlantic video into viewers’ living rooms for the first time. The age of satellite television had dawned.

In homes across Rome, people barely touched their dinners. London’s pubs were packed, but bartenders served nary a drink. Throughout Europe, more than 100 million people huddled around television sets on the evening of July 23, 1962, to tune in to history. With Europeans watching eagerly, a black-and-white image of the Statue of Liberty flickered onto their screens. The picture itself was not Read the rest of this entry »

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Space Gate Keepers

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Report of the Defense Science Board/Air Force Scientific Advisory Board
Joint Task Force on Acquisition of National Security Space Programs, May 2003

Part 1

ACRONYMS

AEHF Advanced Extremely High Frequency
AFSAB Air Force Scientific Advisory Board
DCI Director of Central Intelligence
DNRO Director, National Reconnaissance Office
DoD Department of Defense
DSB Defense Science Board
EAC Estimate at Completion Read the rest of this entry »

Total Telecom Awareness

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Image result for hello telephone pop artAT&T’s Implementation of NSA Spying on American Citizens
31 December 2005

I wrote the following document in 2004 when it became clear to me that AT&T, at the behest of the National Security Agency, had illegally installed secret computer gear designed to spy on internet traffic. At the time I thought this was an outgrowth of the notorious “Total Information Awareness” program which was attacked by defenders of civil liberties. But now it’s been revealed by the New York Times that the spying program is vastly bigger and was directly authorized by president Bush, as he himself has now admitted, in flagrant violation of specific statutes and Constitutional protections for civil liberties. I am presenting this information to facilitate the dismantling of this dangerous Orwellian project.

AT&T Deploys Government Spy Gear on WorldNet Network
–16 January, 2004

In 2003 AT&T built “secret rooms” hidden deep in the bowels of its central offices in various cities, Read the rest of this entry »

US Illegal Drugs Market

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Image result for thorazineHow Big is the U.S. Market for Illegal Drugs?
RAND Research Brief, 2014

Knowing the size of illegal drug markets allows us to estimate revenues going to criminal organizations, make better decisions about treatment and prevention, and evaluate drug policies.

Big Changes in Drug Use

In order to think sensibly about illicit drug markets, policymakers need to have some idea of the scale of those markets.

From 2006 to 2010, the amount of cocaine consumed in the United States declined by about 50 percent — an unprecedented change over five years. The figure below shows three estimates.
During the same period, marijuana consumption likely increased by more than 30 percent. These figures are consistent with supply-side indicators, such as seizures.
Meth consumption rose sharply from 2000 through the middle of the decade; this trend was followed by a steep decline through 2008. Read the rest of this entry »

Drugging Thor

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Image result for thorazinePsychiatric Drugs: Thorazine

“People’s voices came through filtered, strange. They could not penetrate my Thorazine fog; and I could not escape my drug prison.” – Janet Gotkin, testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on the Abuse and Misuse of Controlled Drugs in Institutions (1977)

“It’s very hard to describe the effects of this drug and others like it. That’s why we use strange words like “zombie”. But in my case the experience became sheer torture.” – Wade Hudson, testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on the Abuse and Misuse of Controlled Drugs in Institutions (1977)

“Frequent Effects: sedation, drowsiness, lethargy, difficult thinking, poor concentration, nightmares, emotional dullness, depression, despair . . .” – Dr. Calagari’s Psychiatric Drugs (1987)

In 1954 the neuroleptic drug, Thorazine, began flooding the state mental hospitals. Read the rest of this entry »

Briefings on Bots In Space

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Image result for weather satellitesReport of the Defense Science Board/Air Force Scientific Advisory Board
Joint Task Force on Acquisition of National Security Space Programs
May 2003 [Excerpted]

Part 1

BRIEFINGS RECEIVED
13-14 AUG. 2002
“Overview of NRO Perspectives” Multiple (see below)
“NRO Perspective”
Mr. Vincent Dennis
“IMINT”
“SIGINT”
“AS&T”
“COMM”
“SMC Commander’s Sight Picture” LtGen. Brian Arnold
“Air Force Space Acquisition Perspectives” Mr. Richard McKinney
“Transformational Communications Architecture”
and “Navy Programs”
RADM Rand Fisher

28-29 AUG. 2002
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Spy Bots In Space

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Related imageReport of the Defense Science Board/Air Force Scientific Advisory Board
Joint Task Force on Acquisition of National Security Space Programs

May 2003 [Excerpted]

This report is a joint product of the Defense Science Board (DSB) and Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (AFSAB). The DSB is a Federal Advisory Committee established to provide independent advice to the Secretary of Defense. The AFSAB is a Federal Advisory Committee which provides a link between the Air Force and the nation’s scientific community. Statements, opinions, conclusions, and recommendations in this report do not necessarily represent the
official position of the U.S. Air Force or the Department of Defense.

This report is UNCLASSIFIED.

MEMORANDUM FOR CHAIRMAN, DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD
SUBJECT: Final Report of the Defense Science Board/Air Force Scientific Advisory
Board Joint Task Force on Acquisition of National Security Space Programs
Attached is the final report of the Defense Science Board/Air Force Scientific Advisory Read the rest of this entry »