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31  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: August 14, 2014, 03:07:57 PM
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This seems to me to be a direct result of the militarisation of America's police forces by the DHS in the wake of 9/11.
Nothing good comes of cops playing soldier at work.  And no, your department doesn't need armored vehicles.  DoD needs to stop giving out used MRAPs and DHS needs to die in a fire.

Y'know I don't think we find a lot of common ground, but in this post you are my goddamn brother Jim. Cool
32  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: August 14, 2014, 02:52:51 PM
I suppose I could be looking at this backwards; that the flight restrictions aren't about keeping the skies clear for disaster relief aircraft so much as reminding the FPD that they're being watched in case they think about deploying a wing of AH-1's they got with the rest of the war-fighter kit. Tongue
33  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: August 14, 2014, 01:30:33 PM
Loosing your pilot's license and fines from the FAA.

Ah, ok. Check.
I forget I was born into Generation Google.

Title 14 CFR section 91.137(a)(2)
To wit: http://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/14/91.137

Quote from: 91.137(a)(2)
§ 91.137 Temporary flight restrictions in the vicinity of disaster/hazard areas.
(a) The Administrator will issue a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) designating an area within which temporary flight restrictions apply and specifying the hazard or condition requiring their imposition, whenever he determines it is necessary in order to—
(1) Protect persons and property on the surface or in the air from a hazard associated with an incident on the surface;
(2) Provide a safe environment for the operation of disaster relief aircraft; or
(3) Prevent an unsafe congestion of sightseeing and other aircraft above an incident or event which may generate a high degree of public interest.
The Notice to Airmen will specify the hazard or condition that requires the imposition of temporary flight restrictions.
(b) When a NOTAM has been issued under paragraph (a)(1) of this section, no person may operate an aircraft within the designated area unless that aircraft is participating in the hazard relief activities and is being operated under the direction of the official in charge of on scene emergency response activities.
(c) When a NOTAM has been issued under paragraph (a)(2) of this section, no person may operate an aircraft within the designated area unless at least one of the following conditions are met:
(1) The aircraft is participating in hazard relief activities and is being operated under the direction of the official in charge of on scene emergency response activities.
(2) The aircraft is carrying law enforcement officials.
(3) The aircraft is operating under the ATC approved IFR flight plan.
(4) The operation is conducted directly to or from an airport within the area, or is necessitated by the impracticability of VFR flight above or around the area due to weather, or terrain; notification is given to the Flight Service Station (FSS) or ATC facility specified in the NOTAM to receive advisories concerning disaster relief aircraft operations; and the operation does not hamper or endanger relief activities and is not conducted for the purpose of observing the disaster.
(5) The aircraft is carrying properly accredited news representatives, and, prior to entering the area, a flight plan is filed with the appropriate FAA or ATC facility specified in the Notice to Airmen and the operation is conducted above the altitude used by the disaster relief aircraft, unless otherwise authorized by the official in charge of on scene emergency response activities.


What threw me off was the PoC being a county police authority. Tongue

Still not seeing what makes this make a damn bit of sense.
"Disaster Relief Aircraft" seems like an unlikely occurrence.
Might be that it's an automatic response; part of the latest civil disobedience response handbook.
I don't suspect anything truly sinister in it, but it does whiff of stupid.
34  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: August 14, 2014, 02:59:13 AM
Now that's an interesting damn declaration.
First off, is it legal? Can a county authority declare a broad restriction of public travel?
And second, to what end? My mind points towards keep news aircraft out of action. It's not like the rioters have fucking aircraft to throw bricks from, after all. Roll Eyes
The actual national Justice Dept is getting it's camel's nose under the tent, so what is hoped will be concealed by such a declaration is obscured to me.

Also, what about enforcement? No-fly, but under penalty of what? Eating a SAM? Some guy with a bullhorn ordering the pilot to land and surrender him/herself to custody? I'm guessing the latter, with an emphasis on the surrender of recording devices.

Mystifying.
35  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: August 14, 2014, 02:39:44 AM
Yeah, Ferguson is ugly on multiple levels and has been festering for decades.
The police are also refusing to take testimony from the only non-police eye-witness. Not quite a good sign.

Town's 67% Black. Has 53 officers. Three are Black. Traffic stops are documented as targeting Blacks 20% more then the population numbers would show as fair (Whites are stopped .6 per capita). The Lt. responsible for briefings is being investigated for numerous witness officers reporting that he'd call for targeting Blacks for harassment in public (while telling Black officers "I don't mean, you're the good ones").

MSNBC has a well-researched pile of stats arguing that the current unrest has been well seeded ahead of time and was smoldering in wait for some poor kid to get shot dead by a honky behind a badge.

Bad times.
36  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: August 13, 2014, 11:29:48 PM
It could always be worse.

"Reaperwatch 2015: Spellbound or Bust" for example.

/ducks

Yo, call the Burn Ward because they've got bodies incoming. Cool
37  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: August 13, 2014, 09:01:54 PM
World of Warcraft to create "Robin Williams" character in tribute to the man.

I feel a little better about the world. Wink
38  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: August 13, 2014, 07:31:21 PM
we already said wolverine cant name another one.

I'm thinking we're heading into "can't start a thread ever again" territory here.

We shan't enter "burn the witch to save the witch" territory, birthday man. Wink
What if he weighs as much as a duck?

The Auld Grump

Then we determine if he floats like a duck. Huh?
39  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: August 13, 2014, 06:07:34 PM
we already said wolverine cant name another one.

I'm thinking we're heading into "can't start a thread ever again" territory here.

We shan't enter "burn the witch to save the witch" territory, birthday man. Wink
40  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Hey Koala, something for you. on: August 13, 2014, 04:19:45 PM
Totally.
I do my presentations in Vines. Smiley
Saves so much time, and achieves about the same level of effect.

a) I suspect my reply on point "B" achieves a kind of concord with your response.

b) There's a conflict of values present I shan't elaborate on in order not to patronize. Smiley

c) Whatever postpones an inexorable war of extinction, I say.

d) I am investing in a quality product and accompanying levels of pertness and enthusiasm. Theft is a non-renewable practice.
41  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: August 13, 2014, 02:25:08 PM

This find is solid gold.
Thank you, Mr. A. Cool
42  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Hey Koala, something for you. on: August 13, 2014, 02:12:52 PM
a) Actually, I did. I've long been coveting the chance to do experiments with large groups and DMT. However, I was also significantly impaired and thusly you should have know better.

b) I remember the fallout, no pun etc etc, from the fusion reactor debacle.
My takeaway was two weeks of onerous senate postur- I mean solemn televised testimony, uninterrupted sleep, and rediscovering that gray wasn't my actual natural haircolor. Such bliss!

c) The "killbots" (or as they prefer to be addressed "Artificially Homicidal Intelligent Constructs") are in the process of reviewing the totality of existent Human media on AI-Human interactions. Gratefully some of the more stupefying^* (to them at least) examples have had a kind of hypnotic or obsessive quality -they refuse to cease analysis until it's completed.
We have bought time, at least.

d) Christie Mack is a goddess~; PR regrets nothing -about our enthusiastic investment in erotica.
On other topics our regret is depthless.


^They really, really do not like "I Robot." I've requested a comparative survival CBA on Will Smith.
*why is there an "e" in Stupefying? There is no "e" in Stupid.
~There is also an APB on her former beau Jon "War Machine" Koppenhaver for egregious physical assault. To any asset who effects his corporeal cessetation we offer a complimentary Calibre V Cover-Up up to and including Global Communications Disruption.
43  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: August 12, 2014, 07:41:05 PM
And it looks like suicide is the cause - untreated depression.  Cry

Here's the thing, it wasn't untreated. He was in therapy/rehab just a few weeks ago. Sometimes, though, it's just not enough.

Amen.
Carve it in stone and leave a plaque on the moon so nobody ever forgets: Sometimes Love Isn't Enough.
44  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Third Decade on: August 12, 2014, 03:17:24 PM
Thusly do we find out the answer to, "does RusVal shit in the woods?"
45  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Hey Koala, something for you. on: August 12, 2014, 03:16:35 PM
Heh.

Good times.

*raves, waves arms*

I'm a firefighter working for a cadre of arsonists!
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