Daily Archives: May 17, 2015


US Military’s New Swarm of Mini-Drones

Defense News has the article US Military’s New Swarm of Mini-Drones.

With no motor and only about 10 parts, the Cicada resembles a paper airplane with a circuit board.

That may not sound like much of a drone, but you have to read the article to find out what it can really do. If you thought your idea of a conventional drone was a threat to your privacy, read what these things can do. Low price is no small part of the threat.

Perhaps you have to use your imagination to get it. If you don’t have enough imagination, you can rest assured that criminal and the military element have more than enough imagination to make up for what you and I may lack.


Senate Democrats Work with Republicans Throw Medicare Under the Bus as Part of TPP Fast Track Sausage-Making

Naked Capitalism has the article Senate Democrats Work with Republicans Throw Medicare Under the Bus as Part of TPP Fast Track Sausage-Making by Lambert Strether.

So, Congress is preparing to loot Medicare not just for this one program, TAA, but as standard operating procedure. I think that qualifies as “throwing Medicare under the bus.”

Strether took to the idea idea with the same skepticism that I showed in my previous post, U.S. Senate: Reject Medicare cuts and reject Fast Track. He also came to the same conclusion that I did. His article includes far more detail than mine, though.

I made two observations about this. The first is the following:

The reason why the politicians like the “pay for” paradigm is that it is a way to try to get people to stop complaining. I have always said that when you ask Congress to close tax-loopholes, their response has always been, “Ok, if you want us to close tax-loopholes, we’ll gladly cut the ones that you use.” They hope that the lesson people will finally learn is that you’d better not ask Congress to close tax-loopholes.

If the politicians have to make cuts in government programs, they first make cuts in the most popular programs that help the most people. They want you to feel the pain, so you will stop pestering them.

Then I followed it up the this observation.

The reason why the politicians like the “pay for” paradigm is that it is a way to try to get people to stop complaining. I have always said that when you ask Congress to close tax-loopholes, their response has always been, “Ok, if you want us to close tax-loopholes, we’ll gladly cut the ones that you use.” They hope that the lesson people will finally learn is that you’d better not ask Congress to close tax-loopholes.

If the politicians have to make cuts in government programs, they first make cuts in the most popular programs that help the most people. They want you to feel the pain, so you will stop pestering them.