Monthly Archives: April 2013

Waterproof snake robots for surveillance

“Snake robots can use their many internal degrees of freedom to thread through tightly packed volumes, accessing locations that people and machinery otherwise cannot use,” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22340218 The latest in a series of “modular snake robots” have been developed at the Pittsburgh-based research centre over the past decade.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObTR5IRKY8k&feature=share&list=UUZ1JsYlIhkhEpJHFRny4J7w   The robots are designed to mirror […]

Vets with PTSD may lose gun rights

After the Newtown, CT massacre and the killing of the former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the media, President Obama, Senator Feinstein of California and even David Keene, president of the National Rifle Association, have suggested that people with mental illnesses, which could include veterans with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder, be subject to stricter gun restrictions.  […]

Drones in America under guise of drug war

The U.S. Navy on Friday began testing two new aerial tools, borrowed from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, that officials say will make it easier to detect, track and videotape drug smugglers in action. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/04/27/world/americas/ap-cb-caribbean-drug-drones.html?ref=world  One of the devices on display aboard the navy test ship is a type of drone that can be […]

Austerity programs benefit the elite 1%

A recent research paper by the political scientists Benjamin Page, Larry Bartels and Jason Seawright compares the policy preferences of ordinary Americans with those of the very wealthy, and the results are eye-opening.http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/26/opinion/krugman-the-one-percents-solution.html?src=me&ref=general&_r=1& The average American is somewhat worried about budget deficits, which is no surprise given the constant barrage of deficit scare stories in […]

CIA, DHS also aware of Tsarnaev before bombing

One of the Boston bomb suspects was added to a terrorism database 18 months ago at the request of the CIA. Officials said Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been added to the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (Tide) on the request of the CIA. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22289200 The Russian authorities had alerted US counterparts to the activities of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, […]

LA police pay 4 million after shooting innocents

Margie Carranza and her mother Emma Hernandez were delivering newspapers early on 7 February when officers fired about 100 bullets into their car. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22274545 The city of Los Angeles will pay $4.2m (£2.8m) to the two women shot by police. Los Angeles police were looking for fugitive Chris Dorner when they misidentified the vehicle the […]

US agents move to silence suspects parents

US officials have travelled to the Russian republic of Dagestan to quiet the parents of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22277541  The suspects’ parents, Anzor and Zubeidat Tsarnaev, have said they believe they are innocent and were framed by US security forces. The interior minister of Dagestan has denied that the dead suspect became a […]