by jammer5 |
August 12, 2009 · 2:41 pm
by jammer5 |
August 12, 2009 · 10:14 am
A front page article in USA today considers the “Lone Wolf Initiative” started by the Obama administration soon after he was sworn into office. The initiative calls for federal authorities to attempt to find loners, like the one who killed Tiller. They plan on looking into large purchases of bomb making materials, associations with hate groups, which have risen from 602 in 2000 to 926 in 2008, checking prison release rolls for people with past associations with hate groups, and asking citizens to report suspicious activities.
All well and good, until one gets to the citizens reporting suspicious activities part. That strikes me as Orwellian in nature. With the hatred by both parties at an all time high, I would guess the feds will be swamped with calls concerning gossip, innuendo and hate. Separating the wheat, if any, from the chaff will be a time consuming job, to say the least. But my problem with that part of it is the big brother syndrome, and how it will effect the general population. Far be it for me to want some nutcase assassinating anyone, public or private, but could this lead to a British type system, where there are cameras on every street corner? Where people are rewarded for turning in a neighbor for perceived radical speech or actions?
What do the readers here think about this: does it make sense in this emotionally charged atmosphere, or is it big brother taking a visible foothold in America?
by fnord |
August 12, 2009 · 6:30 am
Sky watchers could catch a dazzling treat on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower.
Meteors are bits of dust or rock that collide with Earth’s atmosphere and heat up gas particles to produce a glowing trail. A handful of meteors can be seen each hour on any clear night, but during a meteor shower dozens may be visible.
The Perseid shower is expected to reach its peak at 12:30 a.m. CDT on 12 August, but dozens of meteors per hour should be visible on the nights preceding and following the peak.
Let us know if you catch nature’s show.