Daily Archives: December 12, 2011

Chet Atkins plays The Entertainer by Scott Joplin


L.A. Times Reveals Use of Drones by Domestic Law Enforcement Agents (from Democracy Now) 12 12 2011

L.A. Times Reveals Use of Drones by Domestic Law Enforcement Agents (from Democracy Now) 12 12 2011

L.A. Times Reveals Use of Drones by Domestic Law Enforcement Agents (from Democracy Now) 12 12 2011 (Click here to...click with Democracy Now program)

The Los Angeles Times has revealed new details about how domestic law enforcement agents have begun using unmanned drones inside the United States. In June, an unmanned Predator drone helped local police in North Dakota with surveillance leading to the arrest of three people. According to the Los Angeles Times, the incident marked the first time American citizens have been arrested domestically with help from a Predator. Since June, local police in North Dakota say they have used the drones to fly at least two dozen surveillance flights. Officials say the FBI and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration have also used Predators for other domestic investigations.
(Source: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/12/12/headlines#4)



Armed Predator drone firing Hellfire missile

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Today’s Quotation: Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) on evil, good and change

It is impossible for good or evil to last for ever; and hence it follows that the evil having lasted long, the good must be now nigh at hand.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Discuss

My take on this:

“If evel and good would be natural, like weather is , than yes one expeects change. In society though such changes have been so rare, like rain in the Sahara Desert.

It just desn’t happen than way! (no, I’m not pessimistic: It took me a lifetime to reach this wisdom”)

Portada del Viaje del Parnaso, de Cervantes

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Ocher (Did you know?)


Among the earliest pigments used by mankind, ocher has a yellow-orange to orange color and is made of varying proportions of iron oxide and clay. The world’s first known works of art, found in South Africa’s Blombos Cave and dated to 75,000 years ago, consist of ocher pieces engraved with abstract designs, and Cro-Magnon artists living about 10,000 to 40,000 years ago used ocher

— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #CC7722
RGBB (r, g, b) (204, 119, 34)
HSV (h, s, v) (30°, 83%, 80%)
Source [Unsourced]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

in their cave paintings. The 2nd-century BCE Egyptian Ebers Papyrus lists what non-artistic use for ocher? More… Discuss


Deposit layers at Blombos Cave, South Africa

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Today’s Birthday: Edvard Munch (1863)

Edvard Munch (1863)

Best known as the painter of The Scream, Munch was a Norwegian artist and an important forerunner of expressionistic art. His early life was marked by the deaths of his mother and favorite sister, and he said about his father: “From him I inherited the seeds of madness.” Aestheticizing his trauma, Munch visually explored primal themes like death, sex, and fear. Reaction to his stark and sometimes fearsome images caused his first major exhibition to be closed. How did he feel about this? More… Discuss