Daily Archives: September 29, 2011


Analysis: Model planes as weapons of terror

In researching an idea to post, I found the CNN story Analysis: Model planes as weapons of terror.

Ferdaus was arrested Wednesday in Ashland, a small town just to the west of Boston “in connection with his plot to damage or destroy the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol, using large remote controlled aircraft filled with C-4 plastic explosives,” according to a press statement from the Massachusetts U.S. District Attorney’s Office.

For the point I want to make, it doesn’t really matter that Ferdaus was arrested in Framingham although he lives in Ashland.

On WBZ News, I saw an expert in radio controlled planes say that lifting 5 pounds of explosives with the planes Ferdaus had might be pretty difficult.

That was small comfort when I started to think about the possibility of someone buying U.S. military drones on the black market.

The above CNN article does all the analysis for me.


My Better Federal Budget


The above budget doesn’t show that in addition to this budget I suggest the following:

  • A financial transaction tax to make excessive and rapid trading cost extra
  • A tax on unrealized capital gains for those making more than $5 million
  • A wealth tax for those with more than $1 billion net worth