Thursday, March 29, 2007


NSECT Attack Creature, Mattel Toy Corp.
Division of TYCO

If you feel something crawling on your neck, it might be a wasp or a bee. Or it might be something much more dangerous.

Israel is developing a robot the size of a hornet to attack terrorists. And although the prototype will not fly for three years, killer Micro Air Vehicles, or MAVs, are much closer than that.

British Special Forces already use 6-inch MAV aircraft called WASPs for reconnaissance in Afghanistan. The $3,000 WASP is operated with a Gameboy-style controller and is nearly silent, so it can get very close without being detected. A new development will reportedly see the WASP fitted with a C4 explosive warhead for kamikaze attacks on snipers. One newspaper dubbed it "The Talibanator."

Read the rest here.

Man this story really BUGS me! Leave it to the Israelis to think of another way to aggravate their neighbors with this latest infestation.

Wheres the Bugman to exterminate this latest infestation, oh wait he's been demoted to talk show appearances exterminating the truth.

Instead of using robot bugs to beat up real bugs, they use them for war instead, duh!

Remember the next time you swat a fly, it might be a spy.



DEN said...

Click on the "TYCO" to access the toys' game site. You must register to play the game which can be found in the Compound in one of the buildings.

By making it "Youth friendly" it ensures that we will have a bumper crop of insect warriors when they grow up.

micki said...

Den -- think of the possibilities if humankind were to devote itself to addressing global warming!!

It's not just the Israelis who come up with these ways to "aggravate their neighbors" -- just saying, ya know. (I know you know...)

A military reconnaissance robot developed at a British lab can keep moving even if it gets damaged on the battlefield. When any of the snake-like robot's "muscle" segments are damaged, clever software "evolves" a different way for it to wriggle across any terrain.

The serpentine spy is a research project funded by aerospace company BAE Systems to make a low-cost military robot that can be dropped out of helicopters to carry out reconnaissance missions. Because it is not wheeled, the low-profile, ground-hugging snakebot should make a versatile battlefield spy. The team behind it has also developed a shape-changing antenna that broadcasts high-quality video and audio.

A self-healing robot has long been a dream of robotics engineers, not least because the machines are notoriously unreliable and absolutely terrible at dealing with unforeseen circumstances.

"When a dog loses a leg it's got a clever enough brain to allow it to adapt," says computer scientist Peter Bentley at University College London. But robots still lack this adaptive ability and so tend to give up the ghost when circumstances change.

BTW, Den, your commentary on your post today was VERY, VERY CLEVER! Good writing!!

micki said...

...just saw your comment. Woo boy! Just what we need! More warriors.

DEN said...

Micki, Aw shucks!

DEN said...

Micki, It in the best interest of war mongering politicos to keep the youth of America fighting mock battles and winning.

We are a nation full of winners, the only losers are those that oppose us.

War is a sickness not a solution.

DEN said...

Maybe we will reach the point where robots will fight robots and leave us out of the fray.

DEN said...

Kyle(the sissy) Sampson is on C-Span 3 online and XM #132.

Yikes what a doofus!

micki said...

Practice safe eating - always use

(above just for fun.....serious times a'brewin' ahead!)

micki said...

...somewhat anti-climactic, but...

Senate bill Passes 51-47...I'm sure you all know but I'll post it anyway...yak yak yak...

Two Republican senators, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Gordon H. Smith of Oregon, joined Democrats in voting for the bill today. Their “yes” votes had been expected, since both have been highly critical of the conduct of the war. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut who sides with the Democrats on most issues but supports the president on the war, voted against the bill. (Senator Mike Enzi, Republican of Wyoming was absent because of a family illness; Senator Tim Johnson, Democrat of South Dakota, is hospitalized.)

micki said...

I'm capitalizing on bush's rising unpopularity.

The Dems are, too.

DEN said...

SSampsons credibility goes OUT THE WINDOW! with his pitiful testimony, Feinstein ripped him a new one!

Go to Firedoglake for the rundown.

DEN said...

Follow the e-mails

By Sidney Blumenthal

March 29, 2007 | The rise and fall of the Bush presidency has had four phases: the befuddled period of steady political decline during the president's first nine months; the high tide of hubris from Sept. 11, 2001, through the 2004 election; the self-destructive overreaching to consolidate a one-party state from 2005 to 2006, culminating in the repudiation of the Republican Congress; and, now, the terminal stage, the great unraveling, as the Democratic Congress works to uncover the abuses of the previous six years.

read the rest here.

DEN said...

Use condiments! Ha, I love it!

Makes me hungry tho.

Must have FOOD!

David B. Benson said...

Actually, that is what condiments are for.

Safe eating, that is...

Good one, Micki!

DEN said...

The Repugs just motioned to stop the hearings currently underway, hearings are in held in RECESS according to Sen. Leahy. Did so according to rules.


Must have hit a nerve!

DEN said...

SSampson just copped to Specter that he did indeed keep the AJ apprised of the USA replacements.


Now they WILL have to drag in Gonzo to verify that he testified falsely to Congress.

Hopping up and down with GLEE!!

DEN said...

Gonzo is a goner!!!

Ripping good hearing!!!

SSampson is SStooopid

Carey said...

Monsieur Den,

C'est brilliante! Man this story really BUGS me! Leave it to the Israelis to think of another way to aggravate their neighbors with this latest infestation.

Et voila! Manifique.

Listen to me. I'm trying to show off that I once had a French fiance. Oh, he was loathsome. Enfant terrible.

Thanks for posting the Sidney Blumenthal column. A treasure-trove of hidden emails deliberately written on an outside system. My, that's certainly illegal, but unsurprising. I hope they provide lots of dope.

Micki saw the Gonzo slide coming early. It's sooo here. While all of this goes on I'm afraid, nastiness lurks in the Persian Gulf ready to explode. I'm thinkin' Bushco rather likes all the uproar over Gonzo and the Justice Dept. Easier to sneak dirty crap on by.

On the encouraging side, we all saw this firing scandal coming way before the mass media caught on. We are so used to seeing critical problems and basically criminal behavior with no recrimination. They just ride on by with a slimy smirk.

Carey said...

From yesterday's thread:

You guys do know that I just say I have these things, pancreatitus, diverticulitus, pneumonia, shingles....I had to spice things up a bit, so I went with melanoma.

No, I'll hear soon, one week has already gone by. One thing that angered me, though, the one doctor that diagnosed the pancrea/diverticulitus thing had her hands all over the left side of my stomach and chest. The dang mole was right there. Easily noticeable. That's how I finally noticed it had become a little misshapen. She did not see it. When I showed my regular doc the mole he immediately saw that it might be a troubled mole. Oh well. You've got to do your own doctoring, huh?

Don't you love looking at older pictures of sentimental things like gas stations? It's so soothing.

DEN said...

Carey, merci pour votre louange !

DEN said...


DEN said...

I think SSampson is KKarls illegitimate love child, there seems to be a family resemblance there, not to mention the weasel factor indicating a slippery critter inside.

Carey said...

I heard a CNN weather reporter say there was one tornado that was easily the size of two football fields.

OH MY GOD. That would be as overwhelming as those giant tsunamis. God.

As Easter approaches, let us celebrate normally, don't you think? I just have this feeling there's nothing but chaos and horrid shit ahead. It feels like it's past the point of no return. All systems go.

So, in a few days "Iran will be launching an attack on one of our air carriers or something else". The great "wounded" America will seek vengeance.

They'll be no summer trips this year. Gas will be out-of-this-world.

I so hope and pray that something will stop the Cheney locomotive.

Carey said...

Den, that is not free you know. I tried it and it would have charged me $65 to translate the few French words I wrote. Advanced Search Bar offers translation, by the way. I've never tried it.

DEN said...

Carey, that is strange because I translated into French for $0.

Orrin Hatch is licking his constituent SSampson on the head, "he did his best to tell the truth here" GAG!

DEN said...

Wowzer! the gavel went down the hearing is over, they will be pouring over this on for a while.

Lots of I can't remember stuff but some things remembered with clarity.

SSampson is the prime example of what is wrong with this steaming pile administrations' appointments, brown nosers encouraged to apply.

•¿•arol said...

Hey, that translation site is cool! I put it in my arsenal.

It was free to me, Carey.

•¿•arol said...

Hey, that translation site is cool! I put it in my arsenal.

It was free to me, Carey.

•¿•arol said...

Now THAT was strange. I posted that last bit, went away, came back and saw it still sitting there in preview so I hit the publish button. I should have looked above the box and I would have seen it was already posted.

El Cumplidor said...

Estimado Carola!

Tengo contento usted quiere este sitio "libre" de la traducción.

Mande por favor su cheque para $1,000,000.

El Cumplidor

micki said...


el cumplidor?

One site translates that to "the reliable one" -- another site to "the enforcer"

Maybe, for important matters, it is better to pay a fee for translations?


David B. Benson said...

The enforcer is obviously the reliable one.

He always enforces!


micki said...

Coastal Meg-Cities in for a Bumpy Ride

NEW YORK, Mar 28 (IPS) - About 643 million people, or one-tenth of the world's population, who live in low lying coastal areas are at great risk of oceans-related impacts of climate change, according to a global research study to be released next month.

The study, by researchers at Columbia University's Centre for International Earth Sciences Information Network and the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development, is the first of its kind. The researchers identified populations, particularly urban populations, at greatest risk from rising sea levels and more intense storms due to climate change.

"Of the more than 180 countries with populations in the low-elevation coastal zone, 130 of them -- about 70 percent -- have their largest urban area extending into that zone," said Bridget Andersen, a research associate at CIESIN, in a statement.

micki said...

My husband told me years ago there was a police car called The Enforcer, which was considered "very reliable."

He thinks he remembers that as a Chrysler.

So much for reliability....

micki said...

Well...he didn't tell me that years ago...he told me that tonight...but it was years ago that the car was in use.

Damn, those misplaced modifiers or whatever!

(Carey, you know what I mean!!!!!!!)

micki said...

The young girl was walking the dog in a short skirt.

Was the dog wearing a kilt? Or is that a misplaced modifier?