The Supreme Court of the United States has announced the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the age of 87 from complications due to metastatic cancer of the pancreas. Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died this evening surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C.
Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence, that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.
Justice Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993. She was the second woman appointed to the Court and served more than 27 years.
Palmer Luckey and his team at Anduril Industries launched Ghost 4 — a new Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) with the ability to use high-level artificial intelligence.
Is Anduril pushing China of the top of the (drone) hill?
The immediate future of the consumer-oriented part of the Chinese-backed drone-manufacturing industry isn’t in danger yet. As Ghost wasn’t designed with consumer or even high-end commercial market in mind, the guys at DJI have no reason to start looking for a new employer.
Anduril is a defense contractor. Its newest product is aimed at government-run agencies like the Defense Department, Department of Homeland Security, and Customs and Border Protection, to name a few.
Luckey’s company isn’t after tech-savvy teenagers or middle-aged guys who, instead of buying a motorcycle to make themselves look cool, choose a cheaper option of acquiring a drone and flying it in some local municipal park. His company is after BIG guys.
“BIG guys” means the US government and its allies. They are at the top of the list of intended customers. With help from the 2019-2020 National Defense Authorization Act (Senator Chris Murphy provision), which banned most government entities from purchasing or using Chinese-manufactured equipment (including drones), Anduril should be on an easy path of taking over that market.
Ghost 4 is capable of aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, cargo delivery, counter intrusion, signal intelligence, and electronic warfare.
Dragonfly with a college diploma.
Ghosts don’t need much human input to perform even the most complex missions. The drone is controlled entirely through the Anduril’s Lattice software platform, and the need for the operator’s supervision is cut to a minimum.
The Ghost’s capability of swarming and intelligent teaming makes it possible for a single operator to control large numbers of networked units. The operator assigns tasks to a group of drones, then Lattice (an Artificial Intelligence software that drones operate on) acts as supervising authority, which uses incoming real-time data to choose the most efficient way to complete those tasks.
Ghost is an incredibly intelligent sUAS with an onboard Lattice AI Core capable of performing 32 trillion operations per second, which is nearly 100 times faster than the computational speeds of other sUAS currently available. Ghost harnesses the Lattice AI Core to run computer vision and sensor fusion algorithms at the edge, enabling Ghost to identify, classify, and track objects of interest in low-bandwidth and contested environments with a low radio frequency signature. [ MORE ]
Palmer Luckey calls his newest drone…,
The best drone there is.
Ghost 4 is highly customizable and, depending on configuration, capable of performing multiple tasks, including aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, cargo delivery, counter intrusion, signal intelligence, and electronic warfare, naming a few. If we take all of the above and realize that all those capabilities are squeezed into a tiny package (under 108 inches long), Luckey’s statement sounds entirely believable.
On September 11, 2001, nineteen al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four passenger planes and used them to carry out coordinated suicide attacks on north and south towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after passengers and crew attempted to regain control of the aircraft.
Dr. Scott Atlas is the Robert Wesson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, an accomplished physician and public health scholar. For several weeks, Dr. Atlas has been making the case that we, as a society, have overreacted by imposing draconian restrictions on movement, gatherings, schools, sports, and other activities.
He is not a COVID-19 denier—he believes the virus is a real threat and should be managed as such. But, Dr. Atlas argues that because some age groups and activities face only minimal risk from COVID-19. The one-size-fits-all approach we are currently using is overly authoritarian, inefficient, and not based on science.
Dr. Atlas sits down for an interview with Peter M. Robinson of Hoover Institution to explains real (mostly hidden) consequences of public policies driven by pseudo-science, politics, and sometimes just an insane desire for power.
UPDATE: This video has been removed for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines. Yes YouTube deleted it… Will try to find it somewhere else.
No one knows if COVID-19 will come back in the fall. No one.
Dr. Atlas said.
So we don’t know if COVID-19 will come back in the fall. If it did, we do know that we are far better prepared. We all understand social distancing. We’re all used to what to do, but more importantly than that even, the government has done well at understanding how to mobilize resources. We know how to stockpile things. We know how to mobilize and have a better handle on how many ventilators we need. In fact, we were never short of ventilators, by the way, despite the protestations of people like Governor Cuomo. So we are far more mobilizing in our resources. We’re experienced.
And he continued.
We don’t know if it’ll come back. By the way, we don’t know if we will have a vaccine. We can think there’s good positive indicators we’ll have a vaccine, but vaccines are not magic wands even when we get them. We know seasonal influenza vaccine is 40 to 60% effective. It’s not 100% effective, so that should not be a prerequisite, a predicate, for reopening. We know how to deal with this virus. We know exactly, really, who’s gonna be vulnerable to this. We know that the overwhelming majority of people don’t have a problem if they get infected.
Don’t care that cases are going up. In fact, that’s not a problem at all. It’s only important to protect the people who are gonna have a serious problem with this illness.
Are we waiting on COVID Al Capone?
The interview closes with an interesting observation from Dr. Atlas about the new trend emerging due to prolong lockdowns. Businesses are opting to provide services thru the back door.
I think the rules are outrageous. This is what’s evolving here. There is sort of a speakeasy culture evolving. I know this is happening in New York City because I have people who I know who live there. It’s sort of like the era of prohibition, where people have had enough. Logical, sane commonsense Americans have said, “No, enough is enough.”
So, when you see that sign: WE CLOSE DUE TO COVID-19. Drive around the building, and take another look because…,
Many stores are boarding up the front or putting curtains up, and now there is this what I call a speakeasy culture emerging, where life will go on for the people who understand that this is actually completely irrational.
This drive to freedom will spread more and more if the political leaders don’t get their act together. Until then…, Al? Al, where are you? We need you, old mate.
On Sep 04, 2020. BLM blocked traffic on Interstate 5 freeway. Washington State patrol wasn’t having it and arrested every single BLM driver illegally blocking the highway.
This isn’t Seattle.
On Friday, a group of BLM “activists” when working on building support for, and creating an understanding of their movement, found out (to their surprise) that State highways are managed by a different set of rules than those in surrounding them cities!
According to people at the scene and the State Police, Washington State Patrol troopers arrested nine people participating in blocking of Interstate Highway 5.
Police action restored an unobstructed flow of traffic but, in effect, disrupted an incredibly uplifting speech by the group’s leader, who strongly urged all the listeners to make themselves independent. Luckily for the speaker, none of the truckers stuck in the blockade took his advice and decided to plow through the barricade to said independence.
This video captures the most exciting moments of this event. I like the part when the state trooper informs dumbfound “protester” that state highway is not a part of the surrounding city and is under state jurisdiction.
One of the social justice movement leaders (forgot which one) said: that they attempt to build widespread support for their movement. But somehow, I find this difficult to understand how in the name of the…, thing (‘you know, the thing”), blocking highways, or
…Trashing restaurants, or
…Attacking people in the streets because of their political views, or
…Coming to a residential area in the middle of the night and threaten to burn the houses down, or
…Doing all of the above simultaneously, otherwise known as classic peaceful rioting, will build that widespread support for their movement? From where I’m standing, it looks more like an attempt to intimidate people into staying out of the way than reaching out for their support. But what do I know?
It wasn’t the first time when Dr. Ferguson created widespread panic by publicizing his predictions of sensational death estimates due to a pandemic. He did this a few times before. His predictions of a death count result from mad cow disease, bird flu, and swine flu ended up being nowhere even remotely near to reality.
2001 — Neil Ferguson’s research sparked a slaughter of more than six million cattle, sheep, and pigs during the outbreak of the foot-and-mouth disease in the U.K. (A cost to the U.K. economy totaled some £10 billion.) He also predicted that up to 150,000 people could die. Less than 200 died due to FMD.
2002 — Neil Ferguson predicted that up to 50,000 people would likely die from Mad Cow Disease (BSE) exposure. The death count has reached 177.
2005 — Neil Ferguson predicted that up to 200 million people could be killed from bird flu worldwide. His reasoning? “Around 40 million people died in the 1918 Spanish flu outbreak,” he said. There are six times more people on the planet now, so you could scale it up to around 200 million people probably.” Two hundred and eighty two people have succumbed to that disease globally.
2009 — Based on Neil Ferguson’s expert opinion, the U.K. government estimated that the swine flu would kill close to 65,000 people in the U.K. Less than 500 people lost their lives due to that illness.
And finally: On March 16, 2020, Dr. Ferguson and his team have struck again. Hopefully, this time will be the last. His computer simulation model called for 2.2 million American deaths caused by Coronavirus (worst case scenario), by merely assuming that 81% of the population gets infected (that’s 268 million people) and that 0.9% of them die. As of today, the number of deaths attributed to the virus is approaching 190,000.
…less than 10 thousand.
According to the CDC’s newly updated report, out of almost 190,000 COVID-19 deaths, only 9,683 people in the United States have a COVID-19 listed on their death certificate as the only cause of death. The rest of people whose deaths ware attributed to COVID-19 ware suffering from other illness or multiple illnesses, but tested positive for COVID-19 or wasn’t tested but had COVID-19 symptoms.
From the CDC report:
The types of health conditions and contributing causes mentioned in conjunction with deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death.
Why are so many deaths listed as caused by COVID-19 connected to at least one (2.6 on average) additional medical condition? Laura Ingraham and Dr. Scott Jensen outlined some possible reasons on Laura’s tv show — Laura Ingraham Angle.