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By Adam Curry. Posted Sunday, July 01, 2012 at 12:11 PM.

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I know this initiative is over, but I did a "drunk url purchase" of, which is now forwarding to the show. You know google will be the first civilians flying drones in our skies, so maybe someday someone can do something funny with this.


Robert Hulsy

Joe Esposito's Zazzle Shop: No Agenda: Store


Syria / Turkey

McCain: Turkey and the Middle East - C-SPAN Video Library

Gazprom warns Turkey over Azeri gas pipeline deal | Reuters

Gazprom on Friday sent a warning signal to its second-largest gas consumer Turkey over Ankara's agreement with neighbouring Azerbaijan to built a gas pipeline to Europe, a rival to Moscow-backed planned South Stream trunk.

On Tuesday, Turkey and Azerbaijan signed an inter-governmental agreement on the $7-billion Trans-Anatolian natural gas pipeline project (TANAP), designed to carry Azeri natural gas across Turkey to Europe.

Gazprom also said it increased gas supplies to Turkey after it requested more volumes of Russian gas following a pipeline explosion, which hampered gas flow from Iran to Turkey.

But Gazprom's spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said if the Trans-Anatolian project is "completed as planned in 2018, Turkey could then apply for help to Baku," according to Gazprom's emailed statement.

energyDigger :: 2012-05-27 - Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan In Energy Exploration Deal

Annals of National Security: The Redirection : The New Yorker-2007

In the past few months, as the situation in Iraq has deteriorated, the Bush Administration, in both its public diplomacy and its covert operations, has significantly shifted its Middle East strategy. The "redirection," as some inside the White House have called the new strategy, has brought the United States closer to an open confrontation with Iran and, in parts of the region, propelled it into a widening sectarian conflict between Shiite and Sunni Muslims.

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia's government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

Land Destroyer: Propagandists Sell "Vigilante" Solution for Syria

UNSMIS Facts and Figures - United Nations Supervision Mission Syria

298 military observers

82 international civilian staff

30 local civilian staff

Rule of law key to implementing responsibility to protect principle, says UN official

The rule of law is key to the implementation of the 'responsibility to protect' principle, often referred to as R2P, and the prevention of atrocities, a United Nations senior legal official stressed today.

"R2P represents an important commitment by the international community to protect populations from egregious crimes," the Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, Patricia O'Brien, said at a roundtable discussion on the R2P concept at the 55th annual meeting of the Russian Association of International Law in Moscow.

"The international community has a responsibility to help States meet those obligations, or to step in when States manifestly fail to do so [...] These obligations are anchored in international law, and reflect obligations of humanity," she added.

The UN's top lawyer emphasized that international law is crucial to uphold the three pillars of R2P. Pillar I is the enduring responsibility of States to protect their populations; Pillar II is the role of the international community to assist States to protect their populations before conflicts escalate; and Pillar III involves a commitment in which States are prepared to take collective action through the Security Council when national authorities are "manifestly failing to protect their populations."

Drone Nation

Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles

Timeline of PsyOps

Tired overworked personell

Unencrypted data links

Iranian drone-jack

"Signature" strikes

Lacks of satellite bandwidth

French Air Chief: UAVs Taxing Available Satellite Bandwidth | Defense News |

Planners estimate a large bandwidth is needed because of a "multitasking of UAVs," with many remote piloted vehicles being operated simultaneously, Palomeros said.

Some 20 gigabits per second is needed to cope with the growing number of UAVs, which are swamping the current Ku bandwidth available on satellite communications links.

Google Autonomous car

GPS HiJack

Commercial Drones and GPS Spoofers a Bad Mix - IEEE Spectrum

IEEE/ION PLANS 2012 Call for Papers

Vision/Integrated Navigation for Vehicular and Robotic Applications

Projects, concepts, systems, and advanced algorithms related to emerging visionbased navigation applications in vehicular and robotic applications, including autonomous air and ground vehicles. Integration of data from multiple sensors for combined situational awareness and navigation. Multi-vehicle cooperative navigation techniques.

Co-chairs: Dr. Jeffrey Dickman, Northrop Grumman; Dr. Bernie Schnaufer, Rockwell Collins

Todd Humphreys | Inside GNSS

CUAir | Cornell University Unmanned Air Systems

CUAir | Sponsors

Mormon Scholars Testify >> Blog Archive >> Todd E. Humphreys

Family History |

US Congressman Dennis Kucinich on covert wars: TBIJ


Knights vs PEasants

Gun powder

Many Human Resources

Civilians armed

Autonomous is for anyone with Money

Drone aircraft kills eight suspected militants in Pakistan | Reuters

A U.S. drone aircraft killed eight suspected Islamist militants in northwest Pakistan on Sunday, security officials said.

A drone missile struck a house in the Shawal Valley where militants were reported to be hiding in the North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border.

"Two missiles were fired on a house. Eight militants were killed," said a local intelligence official.

Several of the men killed were loyal to Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a top militant leader in North Waziristan, the official said on condition of anonymity.

Bahadur, a commander who is believed to be allied with the Haqqani network and to support attacks against NATO forces in Afghanistan, is said to have an unofficial non-aggression pact with the Pakistani military.

The Kill List: The Kill List

Drones for Denmark?

Defence Minister Nick Hækkerup wants Denmark to follow other countries and have its own drones to take over some of the monitoring and battle tasks currently handled by the country's F-16s, according to Information.

"I can see a list of tasks that it would be obvious to let drones carry out instead of fighter aircraft," Hækkerup tells Information, adding that surveillance of Arctic regions would be one area.

"Drones are a relevant alternative, particularly in times of austerity, when they can supplement aircraft," Hækkerup says but adds he can also see the benefits of using drones as weaponry.


Red Book Prediction: Al Qaueda responsible for Colorado fires

Gitmo Nation

'Black boxes' to monitor all internet and phone data - Channel 4 News

Internet and phone firms are preparing to install "black boxes" to monitor UK internet and phone traffic, and decode encrypted messages - including Facebook and GMail messages.

When an individual uses a webmail service such as Gmail, for example, the entire webpage is encrypted before it is sent. This makes it impossible for ISPs to distinguish the content of the message. Under the Home Office proposals, once the Gmail is sent, the ISPs would have to route the data via a government-approved "black box" which will decrypt the message, separate the content from the "header data", and pass the latter back to the ISP for storage.

As part of the Home Office's communications data bill, internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile phone companies will be obliged to collect communications records and keep them for a year, writes Channel 4 News Technology Producer Geoff White.

The government has insisted that the actual content of messages won't be stored, but until now it has not been clear how communications companies will be able to separate content from "header data", such as the sender and recipient of a message, and the date it was sent.


Banking scandal: how document trail reveals global scam | Business | The Observer

It's not a comfortable weekend for the men heading some of the world's biggest banks. Barclays has already been hit by a 290m fine for rigging interest rates but that could be dwarfed by a series of global lawsuits which could cost banks billions

More significant, however, is the effect manipulating Libor would have on investment and pension funds who buy complex financial products commonly known as derivatives linked to interest rates.

'Audit the Fed' bill advances in House - Washington Times

The House oversight committee voted Wednesday to demand a broad audit of the Federal Reserve system by congressional investigators - a major move lawmakers said is designed to bring accountability to the murky workings of the independent board.

If the bill clears the House it will still need a vote in the Senate - but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, has spoken approvingly of an audit in the past.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Ron Paul, the Texas Republican who turned the push for an audit into a powerful campaign slogan and whose criticism of the Fed's monetary policy drew hundreds of thousands of voters into the political process.

It passed by voice vote, signaling the growing sense among lawmakers that the time has come for a full review. Committee members said they hope for a vote in the full House next month, and the legislation has been sponsored by 263 members, virtually assuring its passage.


Lagarde assures Mursi IMF ready to help Egypt | Reuters

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde called Egyptian President-elect Mohamed Mursi to discuss the economic challenges facing Egypt and how the international lender can best help, a spokesperson for the IMF said on Friday.

"The MD reiterated that the IMF stands ready to support Egypt and looks forward to working closely with the authorities," the spokesperson said.

She also congratulated Mursi on his election as president, "which represents an important step forward in Egypt's transition," the spokesperson said.

However, no timetable has been set for an IMF staff visit to Egypt to discuss a $3.2 billion IMF loan. That "will depend on the formation of the government," the spokesperson said.

The Muslim Brotherhood's Mursi is due to be sworn into office on Saturday, making him Egypt's first Islamist president. He and Lagarde spoke on Thursday.

Brotherhood officials have said they plan to resume the previous government's stop-and-start negotiations for a $3.2 billion IMF loan


US Embassy Baghdad Money - Business Insider

The State Department is planning to spend $115 million to upgrade the-the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad only three-and a half-years after American diplomats moved into the massive $700 million facility, reports Walter Pincus of the Washington Post.

The 104-acre compound -- already its biggest and most expensive in the world -- currently houses 1,350 U.S. government employees in the heart of Baghdad's International Zone and will increase its capacity because the U.S. is consolidating overall diplomatic property in Baghdad down by one-third.

EUROLand World Markets Are Rallying Because of This?

Futures are flying over a "breakthrough" that supposedly will lower borrowing costs for Italy, Spain, and Ireland.- The "breakthrough" is a modification to the terms of the ESM to allow "the possibility" to recapitalize banks directly.

Amusingly, the existing ESM agreement has not even been ratified. The agreement is still on hold in Germany (numerous other countries have yet to ratify as well).

Yet the "Memorandum of Understanding" worked out at the summit today appears to require changes to the ESM.

Germany Cries: "Europe Is Coming For Our Money", Greece Promptly Obliges | ZeroHedge | Athens to ask for EFSF deal to apply to Greece, too

The government is considering to ask for the European Council agreement of Thursday for banks to get direct funding from the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) to apply to Greece, too, even though the recapitalization of local lenders was agreed to be included in the state's bailout agreement.

The issue was discussed, according to reports, during a meeting at the Prime Minister's residence in Athens on Saturday evening, ahead of the visit of the representatives of Greece's creditors from Monday.

Eurozone bends the rules to save single currency | euronews, world news

Devalue the Euro? | ZeroHedge

1) Peripheral countries re-establish their legacy currencies. Spain will reintroduce the Peseta, Italy will bring back the Lira etc.

2) The Euro is split in two. There would be a Northern and a Southern Euro.

3) Germany leaves the Euro and re-establishes the Deutche Mark.

These are possible outcomes. But I consider them to be unlikely. Too much effort has been taken to create and preserve the Euro for the deciders to throw in the towel anytime soon.

There is one currency option left. Devalue the Euro by 20++%.

Cyprus Sparks Controversy as EU's Next President

Cyprus takes over the European Union presidency Sunday for the next six months. The island's own financial difficulties and its location in the eastern Mediterranean are expected to sharpen the bloc's focus on the eurozone debt crisis and on the E.U.'s relations with Turkey. Also, not everyone sees the leadership post for Cyprus in a positive light.

Tiny Cyprus takes over the European Union presidency just days after it became the latest eurozone country to request a financial bailout. The country's struggling banks have been heavily exposed to indebted Greece. Last week, eurozone finance ministers approved aid for the Mediterranean island nation.


As president, Cyprus will help set the E.U.'s agenda. Paris analyst Thomas Klau of the European Council on Foreign Relations says its leadership makes a difference in two ways:


"To focus minds slightly more than they are now on the issue of the E.U.'s relationship with Turkey, although that issue is too important ever to be completely off the table. But also to focus minds very much on the whole [financial] crisis region which is the eastern Mediterranean."


Inside job?: PIA aircraft carries heroin along with passengers -- The Express Tribune

KARACHI:-Around 4.5 kilogrammes of heroin was seized from a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft in Karachi that was departing for London via Lahore and the airport staff has been identified as prime suspects.

"This has happened a hundred times," says Customs Spokesperson Qamar Thalho, while referring to Wednesday's incident on PIA flight PK-787. "About 20 years ago, it used to be gold that we used to find in the toilets of aircraft, up to 140, 000 grams of gold at a time, and now we see that it's mostly heroin being smuggled in the toilet compartments."

Thalho says that the heroin was placed within panelling in the toilets and sometimes, it is also put underneath the commode. The heroin, wrapped inside plastic bags, was discovered by the customs Drug Enforcement Cell.

"No third party has access to the plane in the hangers or on the runway which means that the heroin could only be put in by a staff member," says Thalho.

Poppie Pictures -



Global ad agencies jostle for E.Africa's $1 bln market | Top News | Reuters

The arrival of global advertising agencies has raised the stakes in east Africa's $1 billion market, with new players hoping to wrestle a piece of the action from the Kenyan company Scangroup, the regional leader.

French-based Havas Media International and South African media group Carat, a unit of Aegis Media, are also angling for a piece of the action in a sector fuelled by a fast-growing middle class in Kenya, east Africa's largest economy.

Kenya's advertising market accounts for over half the more than $1 billion annual revenue in the region, according to research firm Ipsos Synovate.

Tim Smyth, chief executive of TBWA, a unit of U.S. group Omnicom, is headhunting local talent to help set up shop, igniting a bidding war with other new entrants.

"It is a bit challenging to break into a market with a dominant player. But we believe we have the capacity and experience to do so," he told Reuters.

Smyth was referring to Scangroup, the only listed marketing and advertising company on the Nairobi bourse and part-owned by the world's largest advertising group WPP.

Cyber War$

New cyberattack called Operation High Roller targets corporate bank accounts - The CIO Report - WSJ

Two security firms said Monday that a new type of cyberattack is targeting corporate bank accounts. The attacks began in Europe but have spread to Latin America and the United States. So far, hackers have attempted to steal at least $78 million in fraudulent transfers from accounts at 60 or more financial institutions, according to a report by Guardian Analytics and McAfee, a subsidiary of Intel.

"What we're seeing across the board from a cyber perspective is a greater sophistication on the part of threat actors," said Greg Schaffer, chief information security officer of FIS, a company that sells banking and payment technologies to more than 14,000 institutions. "There just seems to be a progression where there's more automation, more sophisticated and more targeted attacks that are coming in a way that is really focused on the weakest link, which is the people who interact with the machines," he told CIO Journal.

The attack, called Operation High Roller, was first spotted earlier this year by McAfee and Guardian Analytics. It shifted fairly quickly from targeting consumers to businesses. Some attempted transfers were as high as $130,000, according to a report.

Operation High Roller [pdf]


Issa's secret gunwalking wiretaps revealed in Congressional Record - Washington Times

Rep. Darrell Issa managed to push the details of a secret wiretap application from the botched "Fast and Furious" gunwalking operation into the public domain this week when he entered summaries into the Congressional Record, apparently using Congress' protection under the speech and debate clause to get around legal boundaries.

The affidavit explicitly describes the most controversial tactic of all: abandoning surveillance of known straw purchasers, resulting in the failure to interdict arms, Mr. Issa said in a letter he placed in the Congressional Record. It appears on pages H4409 through H4411 of Thursdays official chronicle of its debates.

The summary of a March 2010 wiretap application shows that federal agents repeatedly lost track of guns they knew were being trafficked back to cartels in Mexico -- a violation of Justice Department policy that should have raised red flags with top department officials who signed off on the wiretaps, said Mr. Issa, California Republican and chairman of the oversight committee that is looking into the operation.

Justice Department won't prosecute Attorney General Holder for contempt of Congress - The Washington Post

The Justice Department declared Friday that Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to withhold information about a bungled gun-tracking operation from Congress does not constitute a crime and he won't be prosecuted for contempt of Congress.

The House voted Thursday afternoon to find Holder in criminal and civil contempt for refusing to turn over the documents. President Barack Obama invoked his executive privilege authority and ordered Holder not to turn over materials about executive branch deliberations and internal recommendations.

Democrats Walkout On Attorney General Contempt Of Congress Vote - [VIDEO]

"The Violence Here In Mexico May NOT Stay Only Here In Mexico!" - [VIDEO]


SCOTUS Propaganda

Military Industrial Complex

Da Bruddahood

Cultural Marxism


Techno Experts

The European Union establishes a fund to fight tyrants - Charter'97 :: News from Belarus - Belarusian News - Republic of Belarus - Minsk

EU member states agreed to create a European endowment for democracy.

Nasta Palazhanka, the 21-year old Belarus leader of the banned Youth Front organisation, told this reporter in Minsk that greater EU support could help in their efforts to "awaken" a society buckled by fear and apathy.

Many young Belarusians, she said, keep a low profile for fear of arbitrary and pre-emptive arrests.

"Lukashenka is afraid of an awakening among this indifferent mass. This is why he frequently expels students and threatens to fire their parents," she said.

Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski told reporters in Luxembourg on Monday the institution "will carry swift and effective assistance" to countries in the immediate EU vicinity.

Candidates will not apply for the fund, but EU officials in Brussels will decide who gets support on a "low-profile" case-by-case basis.

The endowment will be funded by member states and the European Commission.

Sikorksi noted that if things go well, it will be possible to choose a seat for its headquarters, appoint staff and propose its first programmes "by the end of the year."

Foreign ministers on Monday also adopted a global EU strategy on human rights and democracy and called for a new EU special representative on human rights.

"With this comprehensive package we want to enhance the effectiveness and visibility of EU human rights policy," said EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

The fund should become operational by next year and will primarily target EU neighbouring countries such as Belarus, where people are routinely jailed for showing opposition against President Alexander Lukashenko.


'UFO' at the bottom of the Baltic Sea 'cuts off electrical equipment when divers get within 200m' | Mail Online

The divers exploring a 'UFO-shaped' object at the bottom of the Baltic Sea say their equipment stops working when they approach within 200m.

Professional diver Stefan Hogerborn, part of the Ocean X team which is exploring the anomaly, said some of the team's cameras and the team's satellite phone would refuse to work when directly above the object, and would only work once they had sailed away.

He is quoted as saying: 'Anything electric out there - and the satellite phone as well - stopped working when we were above the object.

'And then we got away about 200 meters and it turned on again, and when we got back over the object it didn't work.'

'UFO' at the bottom of Baltic Sea disables electrical equipment

Out There

Meteor plunges into ocean lighting up Perth sky | PerthNow

THIS fiery streak in the sky amazed Perth beachgoers at sunset as a suspected meteor plunged into the ocean off the WA coast.

PerthNow reader Gavin Trought snapped the 'fire in the sky' as it appeared over Cottesloe just before sunset on Friday, with remnants of the phenomenon still visible in the sky this afternoon.

"The weird streak in the sky as seen from Cottesloe last night. I noticed it just before sunset," he told us.

Perth journalist Pip Moir also posted the photo she took at Cottesloe Beach to Twitter shortly after 6pm as puzzled onlookers debated what caused the colourful phenomena.

Daniel Jongue, manager at The Naked Fig Cafe, said he noticed "something on the horizon'' just before sunset.

He said the fiery trail took about 20 minutes to dissipate.

From Producer Aaron in Perth

Hi Adam

Am a big follower of No Agenda, and thought you gents would find this quite intriguing. On the eve of the 30/6/12 something (being the official word from the Bureau of Meteorology) splashed down off the coast of Perth, Western Australia witnessed by thousands of people from Bunbury to Exmouth... (thats over 1000km). Attached is some stills from various people that have uploaded via facebook and youtube

Strangely, since the incident there has been no commercial aircraft allowed near the area of impact, there is a large military presence blocking any access by sea or air of this something.... There has been no mention on any news of this.. local or international. Witnesses apparently saw a large object crash, but do not know what, only thing they are sure of, it entered the atmosphere with a sonic boom and crash into the water. The vapor trail left behind by this object is still visible, more than 24hrs after the event and it is still visile on BOM radar as a vaporous/cloud density event.

Might be something for investigation by you gents.

Best regards


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