Iran captures intruding US drone

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has captured a US ScanEagle drone over the Persian Gulf waters upon its intrusion into the Iranian airspace.

IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi made the announcement on Tuesday, adding that the Iranian armed forces enjoy full intelligence command over foreign movements in the Persian Gulf region. 

Referring to the captured ScanEagle drone, the Iranian commander pointed out, “Such drones are usually launched from large aircraft carriers.” 

The ScanEagle drone, which has a 10ft (3m) wingspan, is a long-endurance aircraft built by Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing. 

Iran has released footage of the captured drone. 

Commander Fadavi further said that the IRGC Navy is fully monitoring all the movements of the foreign forces in the Persian Gulf and the strategic Strait of Hormuz to counter any potential threats against the country.

Earlier in December 2011, the Iranian military also grounded a US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft while it was flying over the Iranian city of Kashmar, some 140 miles (225km) from the Afghan border. 

The US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft was downed with minimal damage by the Iranian Army’s electronic warfare unit. The drone was one of America’s most advanced spy aircraft. 

Last month, Iran repelled a US drone that had entered the country’s airspace above the territorial waters of the Islamic Republic in the Persian Gulf. 

Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh, the commander of the Aerospace Division of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), said that the drone had been driven away by Iranian forces as it attempted to gather intelligence around Kharg Island in southern Iran. 

Hajizadeh also warned that the country’s armed forces would respond with stronger action if US drones attempted to violate Iran’s airspace again. 


New Technology: The AED Drone

The media tends to give drones a bad name. And certainly, there are careless operators out there who may give drone operators a bad name. But it seems that everyone is getting in the game. Amazon wants to use drones to deliver your orders. Police use them to find missing people, and criminals. Parks use them to protect animals and property.

But how about some medical uses? Sure, they can be used to access austere environments, and potentially to deliver medical supplies. But here is an example of a very creative use. It’s an AED drone!

This drone was designed from the ground up to provide emergency assistance for cardiac arrest. It’s got audio, video, and is a flying defibrillator. Watch this 3 minute video to see how it works and how it was made.
The Drone Presidency
Obama has now been at war longer than any other American president, and has overseen the use of military force in seven countries—Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia. In the latter four countries, virtually all the force has come in the form of unmanned drones executing suspected terrorists said to be linked to al-Qaeda or its “associated forces.” That an antiwar president has found the drone so tempting ought to be a warning sign.
By David Cole

On March 5, the United States used unmanned drones and manned aircraft to drop bombs on a group of what it described as al-Shabab militants at a camp about 120 miles north of Mogadishu, Somalia, killing approximately 150 of them. The administration claimed that the militants presented an imminent threat to African Union troops in the region with whom US advisers have been working, although it produced no evidence to support the claim. The news that the United States had killed 150 unnamed individuals in a country halfway around the world with which it is not at war generated barely a ripple of attention, much less any protest, here at home. Remote killing outside of war zones, it seems, has become business as usual.

This is a remarkable development, all the more noteworthy in that it has emerged under Barack Obama, who came to office as an antiwar president, so much so that he may be the only person to win the Nobel Peace Prize based on wishful thinking. Our Peace Prize president has now been at war longer than any other American president, and has overseen the use of military force in seven countries—Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia. In the latter four countries, virtually all the force has come in the form of unmanned drones executing suspected terrorists said to be linked to al-Qaeda or its “associated forces.”

Analysis of the ladies of Shin Gojira on Yahoo! Japan’s Beauty section! There’s analysis and stats ranking Political Power, Joshiryoku (feminine power), and Attack Power! 

Kayoko Ann Patterson (Satomi Ishihara)

  • Political Power: 3 (Influence on US President and aides)
  • Joshiryoku: 3 (Full makeup even in a crisis, ZARA her fav)
  • Attack Power: 2 (Acquired US Drones for Japan)

Reiko Hanamori (Kimiko Yo)

  • Political Power: 2 (Powerful voice in cabinet, no influence with US army)
  • Joshiryoku: 1 (No sex appeal but dresses smartly)
  • Attack Power: 0 (The SDF’s defense tactics are…)

Hiromi Ogashira (Mikako Ichikawa)

  • Political Power: 0 (No personal connections, no hint of promotions)
  • Joshiryoku: 1 (No sense of style, but she has tsundere moe appeal.
  • Attack Power: 3 (Contributes to the Godzilla F***** plan)

Harley, now known as the butterfly hero Galia was using her butterfly drone to scan the area of which a crime was taking place before sneaking into the building. She grabbed one of her Butter balls as she crept toward the scene. She had just been about the throw it at the crime causer when she saw familiar lightning.

It may be the end of the Drones era but fellow Musers it was an incredible tour and visually it left us speechless. We will never forget the feeling running through us as we watched in awe as the Drones danced before us and how the Drones choir sent shivers down our spine leaving us with a feeling of complete bliss. I can’t wait to see what Muse bring to the next one, they always continue to surprise and never stop trying to discover new horizons

The US sics its robot drone army on Canada’s water supply in We Stand on Guard

We Stand on Guard
by Brian K. Vaughan (author), Steve Skroce (artist) and Matt Hollingsworth (artist)
Image Comics
2016, 160 pages, 7.3 x 11.1 x 0.6 inches (hardcover)
$17 Buy a copy on Amazon

You know those cheeky jokes about the United States invading Canada? No one is laughing in Brian K. Vaughn’s We Stand on Guard, an extremely tense, often brutal, military sci-fi thriller with an obvious political point to make.

Some 100 years in the future, an allegedly Canadian drone strike on the White House destroys it, killing the president. The US responds with everything it’s got while Canada screams false flag attack, an excuse for the US to come after Canada’s precious water resources (which, surprise, the US is plumb out of). The US deploys its immense drone arsenals, including giant, stompy mecha robots, and “hoser ships,” aerial tankers that fly over Canada sucking up all of her water. The story in the book revolves around a group of Canadian guerilla fighters trying to repel the US occupation.

While the subject matter is intense and the pacing of the book rarely lets you catch your breath, there is levity, too. There are plenty of insider Canadian jokes, a character from Quebec whose French dialog is never translated, and an ongoing bit about Superman having Canadian roots (he was co-created by Canadian artist Joseph Shuster). And while there is plenty of action, with everything from skirmish combat to giant, all-out battlefield hellfire, this is a very dialog-driven book and a book that is chalk full of interesting speculative tech and a believable near-future world.

A country being occupied by a vastly superior high-tech military, with questionable evidence to justify its actions, and irresistable natural resources that just happen to be sorely needed by the invaders… Hmmm, where have we heard this story before? Having the enemy be Canada, not Iraq, definitely changes the way that you relate to the guerillas and your shifting allegences to who the “good guys” actually are.

 This hardcover edition, collecting the first six issues of the series, is beautifully produced. Besides the series, there is a sketchbook in the back showing dozens of artist Steve Skroche’s sketches and pre-colored panels. – Gareth Branwyn

BTW: I found that this book had a lot of thematic and stylistic similarities, as well as a similar level of white-knuckled ferocity, to Letter 44. If you enjoyed that series, you’ll probably want to check out We Stand on Guard.

August 12, 2016


Game Boy Classic used to pilot a Drone; the future is already old news
United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) responds to attack on antiwar movement over Syria by Terry Burke in 'In These Times'

In the past 15 years, the US military machine has attacked 17 countries. The many peace and justice organizations and individuals attacked in Terry Burke’s article, ‘U.S. Peace Activists Should Start Listening to Progressive Syrian Voices,’ have a long history of opposition to ALL US wars, interventions, invasions, drone attacks, military coups, blockades, and sanctions on numerous countries around the world. The military aggression of the United States, the expansion of NATO, the efforts at encirclement of Russia and China with weapons shields, CIA destabilizations in Latin America and the massively destructive US wars in Central Asia, West Asia, Middle East and North Africa, along with the massive arms deals with US allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia, have created terrible destruction and millions of deaths and refugees.

UNAC, a peace and justice coalition with organizations and individuals from different perspectives, seeks to counter the corporate media propaganda and politicians’ justifications for each of these wars and for expanding US militarism.

These wars collectively, and each of them individually, are for US economic and geopolitical domination. None of these wars have resulted in increased security or stability for the countries targeted or for the people of the US.

It is from this perspective that we oppose the US war in Syria. We oppose the US bombing that has ruined so much of the vital infrastructure, and we oppose the US-coordinated arming and financing of numerous armed groups and the devastating sanctions that the US has imposed on the people of Syria.

Terry Burke cites her past work in the Nicaragua Solidarity Committee as the basis of her position on Syria. However, this distorted reasoning would have led Terry and the antiwar movement to support the US backed Contra forces in Nicaragua as “democratic and progressive forces.”

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Get to know me meme

I was tagged by @alatarielgildaen!  Thank you!


FAVOURITE FANDOM → Strange and Norrell

LANGUAGES YOU SPEAK → English, terrible French, worse Italian and German, and a smattering of some irrelevant dead ones.

FAVOURITE FILM OF 2015 → That’s a tough one.  Eye in the Sky (use of drones/targeted military action in civilian areas) or The Experimenter (Stanley Milgram’s experiments in the 1960s)?

LAST ARTICLE YOU READ → A feminist blogger talking about why it’s important to use the word “woman” rather than girl when describing an adult female human.  She’s right, of course.

SHUFFLE YOUR MUSIC LIBRARY AND PUT YOUR FIRST THREE SONGS HERE → Manhattan (Blossom Dearie), To Life (Fiddler on the Roof), and This Charming Man by the fucking Smiths because I keep forgetting to delete the bloody album after accidentally buying it.

LAST THING YOU BOUGHT ONLINE → Parrot food and toys.

ANY PHOBIAS OR FEARS → Being revealed as a fraud, being flirted with (thankfully this hasn’t been an issue for about a decade).  

HOW WOULD YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU → She says sorry too much and she interrupts people.

HOW WOULD YOUR ENEMIES DESCRIBE YOU? → Stuck up cow?  An empty vessel?

WHO WOULD YOU TAKE A BULLET FOR? → My partner Alex, the two Annas, AL, CC, CG and (why not) Bertie Carvel and Jamie Parker.  The world needs them more than it needs me, especially Parker.


RULES: TAG TEN PEOPLE YOU’D LIKE TO GET TO KNOW BETTER: @clarasteam, @the-moodyfoodie, @ladysmatterlikes, @owl-by-night, @mrsbillycranston, @pudentilla, @wolfinthethorns, @cribins, @nefertiti22002blog and @vicivefallen

Okay but more LiS Shadowrun

I already mentioned Chloe as the cybernetically enhanced sniper. She wears a face mask to held reduce noise through her head set. She would be a human street samurai with an emphasis on sniper rifles and pistols.

Max would be the unusually powerful mage, and Chloe’s partner. Most of the time she would act as a spotter, but she also has access to a series of stun effects to allow Chloe to take shots, even in the event of a messy run (every run).

Warren would be their comms guy and the person who drives the van. Despite his best efforts, he would constantly be getting interrupted/thwarted during runs by another decker, an elf with some really annoying screen name.

Brooke, of course, would be that decker, as well as a rigger, using drones as part of a defense system. While not a runner, she would work as private security, and thus end up on opposite sides from Chloe, Max, and Warren. The most fun part for her is curbstomping Warren’s attempts at decking.

Rachel would be another runner, completely unaffiliated with Max, Chloe, and Warren. She would be an orc street samurai, and I’m thinking a cybernetically enhanced sword user. Stun baton and katana is classic.
Chloe regularly sees Rachel when she’s scoping out a run, but for some reason can just fucking not manage to hit her. She’s run into her four or five times and, most recently, nearly got killed when Rachel tossed a grenade on a computer she was trying to access.

Victoria would be a troll street samurai, also working private security (perhaps along with Brooke? But not officially), using a combination of shot guns and a grenade launcher. Her body armor would be tough enough that Chloe has at some point landed a shot dead in her chest, and she just flinched, but kept going.

Nathan, of course, would be the heir of a major corporation, and likely would be kidnapped by a run team as one of their major operations.

Trevor, Justin, and their friends would be newbie runners that compete with Chloe and Max. At some point, they just lock them in a (blast-proof) room so they don’t have to kill them.

Drones to start delivering blood and medicine in the US
A startup that uses drones to deliver medicine and blood to remote areas of Rwanda is launching a similar program in the US. California-based Zipline will

A startup that uses drones to deliver medicine and blood to remote areas of Rwanda is launching a similar program in the US. California-based Zipline will bring its drone delivery program to rural and remote communities in Maryland, Nevada, and Washington, including some Native American reservations. Zipline will announce its expansion at a White House workshop on unpiloted aerial vehicles (UAVs) Tuesday morning.
Delivering The Goods: Israel Leads The Way In Drone Innovation
For many, drones are objects from science fiction. But drones are becoming commonplace in everyday life and Israel is leading the way in drone tech.

For many of us, drones are objects from science fiction or far-flung wars. But drones are increasingly becoming commonplace in everyday life, and soon anything from your mail to pizza could be delivered by drone.

Postal services in various countries are starting to adopt drones as a delivery method, and companies like Amazon are on the hunt for the best drone tech.

One of the countries leading the surge in drone innovation is Israel. According to Yariv Bash, founder of drone delivery startup Flytrex, as well as SpaceIL (the Israeli team trying to land a craft on the moon for Google’s space competition Lunar XPRIZE), the number of drone startups in Israel exceeds 30.

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Plant queen Justine

She acts innocent towards male victims and basically sucks them dry of their essence.

She has a stinger to paralyze her victims, and uses her cute drones to lure her food in.

She tends to seduce her victims and keep them off their guard before she poisons them, the flower on her hair blooming and giving out a pheromone that calms her victim and gives them pleasurable feelings.