"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Jan 2, 2011

The Department of Heavy Handed Obviousness

"...This winter, the Air Force is set to deploy to Afghanistan what it says is a revolutionary airborne surveillance system called Gorgon Stare, which will be able to transmit live video images of physical movement across an entire town. 

The system, made up of nine video cameras mounted on a remotely piloted aircraft, can transmit live images to soldiers on the ground or to analysts tracking enemy movements. It can send up to 65 different images to different users; by contrast, Air Force drones today shoot video from a single camera over a "soda straw" area the size of a building or two. 

With the new tool, analysts will no longer have to guess where to point the camera, said Maj. Gen. James O. Poss, the Air Force's assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. 'Gorgon Stare will be looking at a whole city, so there will be no way for the adversary to know what we're looking at, and we can see everything.'..." 

Kaplan College Press.

Gorgon? Really? Why not just call the damned system the "Sauron Voldemort Moriarty Machine"?

On top of a profoundly reassuring (for me, at least) lack of introspection and self-awareness which, if they had it, would allow them to avoid inept nods to the primacy of Lady Irony's mastery of human affairs, the Air Force brass...nah, never mind...

The irony alone makes this day worth living.

On the Tevye hand, I see plenty of room for full deployment in the Homeland. And welcome it. When the corporate state insists on having too many eyes, in too many places, a smart opposition will learn to use this hubris, and the technology of its application, to its advantage...

10 comments:

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Chair Force brass don't do nuance, Jack.

Shock and Awe, turning entire towns into stone, and such as.
~

Jack Crow said...

So I'm learning. But, you'd think that an organization which took the wrong lessons from Guernica would...

...ah. I see your point.

Still. Gorgon? C'mon now. The Afghans know their Greek antecedents. They're still pissed at Alexander, last I heard...

Justin said...

Reapers, predators, etc.

The military also creepily names stuff after people we have already basically destroyed. I.e. Apache, black hawk, etc.

I wonder if the Germans have a tank named after the Jews or the British after Indians or Kenyans?

Jack Crow said...

No doubt, Justin. The execrable Robert Kaplan celebrated that fact, in "Imperial Grunts."

Of course, broken clock, twice a day, et cetera: the Army is still fighting the Indian Wars. Kaplan got that right.

Landru said...

Dammit, I saw the title in the pimp line over on my blog and thought the post was all about me.

Randal Graves said...

Dammit, I already used my Harry Hamlin quip somewhere else.

Changeseeker said...

"Sauron Voldemort Moriarty Machine"

Awesome. A great insight. And here I kept thinking they were just pretending to be afraid. They're SERIOUS...and crazy. Boy, are WE in trouble. And now you've put all these hilarious images in my head. (Thanks. I needed that.)

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Just wait until they develop the petrification beam technology.

Jack Crow said...

Heh, to the three wisecrackers.

Changeseeker, glad to be of some use.

BDR said...

A beam that turns you into Rob Petrie? As long as Laura's there, sign me up!