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BBC News – ‘Friendly’ drone on dog leash takes off Comments Off

Posted on April 25, 2014 by Sharon
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Want to spy on your neighbor? Now you can with this new ‘pet’ drone!  Regulations won’t be a worry since this little beauty is classified as a ‘kite’. Yes, I said a kite. Note in the picture (found at the BBC link) that this ‘pet’ has a camera, which enables it to snap photos or video as needed.  Yes, it’s a bit creepy (ok, it’s a LOT creepy), but this is the logical outcome of a world fascinated with drone technology. It is also a logical outcome of a panopticon society.

The Fotokite is the kind of inexpensive set of eyes that makes Facebook and Google drool. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if both companies make bids to buy the company behind Fotokite.

Learn more via BBC News – ‘Friendly’ drone on dog leash takes off.

Britain pushes for mass surveillance society | YouTube Comments Off

Posted on March 15, 2012 by Sharon
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Just a few moments ago, I posted my review of the conspiracy thriller ‘The Last Enemy’. Now, I’ve just stumbled across an RT report that tracks all too closely with the film’s disturbing plot! Watch and remember: What you see in the UK, is probably going to happen or is already happening here. — SKG

Britain pushes for mass surveillance society – YouTube.

Review: Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch Discovers T.I.A. in ‘The Last Enemy’ Comments Off

Posted on March 15, 2012 by Sharon
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'The Last Enemy' is part of the Masterpiece Contemporary series on PBS.

Since I watch Netflix streaming to ‘get sleepy’ each night, I’m always on the lookout for a multi-episode whodunit or conspiracy thriller. To my delight, ‘The Last Enemy’ gave me both.

Listeners to PID Radio will know that Derek and I have been discussing Total Information Awareness (T.I.A.) for years, but the surprise here is that T.I.A. is not only public information, it’s open touted on talk shows!

The setting is a post-‘Victoria Bombing’ UK, where CCTV cameras and National IDs provide tracking information for Her Majesty’s subjects. To link all the hundreds of private and government databases is the ultimate dream, and it’s provided in the form of Total Information Awareness (complete with a polite and oh-so-helpful female voice).

Following the death of his brother Michael, Stephen Ezard (played by Cumberbatch) returns to London from China, where he’s spent the previous 4 years in self-imposed isolation ‘to keep his mind pure’ for mathematics (Ezard is a math genius). I won’t give away the plot, but let’s just say that Stephen knew very little about his brother’s life in Afghanistan (where Michael died when his jeep hit a mine). Michael’s charity organization had been helping out with Hepatitis B inoculations, which had precipitated dozens of unexplained deaths. Stephen falls down the rabbit hole in London and never climbs out. T.I.A. knows all…but what about the old world Scottish spy played by Robert Carlyle? Is he a good guy or a bad guy?

Find out by streaming or ordering the DVD for ‘The Last Enemy’.

Genres:
TV Shows, Dramas, British TV Shows, Miniseries, British Movies, British Dramas
This show is:
Gritty, Suspenseful
Availability on Netflix:
Streaming and DVD

 

UPDATED: What’s Going on in Hardin, Montana? 7

Posted on September 29, 2009 by Sharon
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Today, a PID listener sent me a link to an article at KULR television, a station serving the Billings, Montana area. (Hat tip to Allen!) This strange and disturbing report describes vague details around a deal between the city of Hardin, MT and a mysterious organization called “The American Police Group”.

Once you’ve read the article, you’ll understand why I immediately conducted a Google search for information about the group that has promised to visit “…Hardin next week and start filling about 250 positions, 80% of which will be hired locally.”  In such lean economic times as these, it’s natural that small towns would seek to bring in new business, especially if said business uses and/or renovates already existing property. In this case, it’s the Hardin jail, currently an empty building, that the new ‘business’ has promised to renovate.

But how much vetting did the Twin Rivers Authority conduct before signing with their new partner? Perhaps none. However, like it or not, the California company has arrived in Hardin, for better or worse. I’m thinking the latter is a strong possibility.

According to a Sept. 26, 2009 article at the Mercury News:

After arriving in this rural city with three Mercedes SUVs marked with the logo of a nonexistent police department, representatives of an obscure California security company said preparations were under way to take over Hardin’s never-used, $27 million jail. [direct quote, although the emphasis is all mine]

Significant obstacles remain—including a lack of any prisoner contracts on the part of the company that wants to run the jail, American Police Force.

And on Friday came the revelation the company’s operating agreement for the facility has yet to be validated—two weeks after city leaders first unveiled what they said was a signed agreement.

If this were an April 1st article or one at Spoof.com, it would make much more sense!  ‘Captain’ Michael Hilton (known originally only as “Captain Michael” since he declined to reveal his surname, even to AP reporters) says he plans a helicopter tour of the area to locate the perfect 5,000-10,000 acre spot for a ‘tactical military training ground’. Read the rest of this entry →

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