Well we’re still setting things right after last week’s flooding of my office here at Casa de la Curmudgeon . We received more rain last Friday night thru Sunday intermittently as well. With any luck shortly all should be back to normal, though I am taking the opportunity to rearrange, reorganize and down size some in anticipation of Casa de la Curmudgeon’s possible relocation sometime late this fall which is slowing things returning to normal down slightly
Though the summer solstice is still about three weeks away, Sunday having been June 1st marked the start of Hurricane Season for us. Given the way its rained in the last week, I’m thinking a Hurricane might be the least of our worries for this season, rain might just wash us away. On the plus side all those concerns about wildfires, low water tables, and nearly empty reservoirs have, for the moment anyhow, been abated.
The season forecast is for somewhere around eight to 11 named storms three to five hurricanes. However, it only takes one in your neck of the woods to make it a big hurricane season. Trust me I speak from multiple experiences on this subject.
Ok if you’re not hear to help with the reconstruction of my office (pauses expectantly) yeah as I though, well then you might as well start on today’s issue and I’ll catch up with you after I send my iRobot vacuum to kill those dust bunnies behind the server tower before the U.N. decides I can’t use a robot to kill anything.
OFF WITH THE LIKE O’ YA NOW! You’ll figure out what I’m talking about soon enough!
Today’s Feature- Song Parodies
AC/DC “Dirty Deeds” Done with Sheep
Drivers On the Phone (Parody of Riders On the Storm)
P.M.S. (Parody of T.N.T.)
Stop robocalls from bothering you
We’ve all been there. The phone starts ringing at the worst possible moment and you pick it up only to hear a pre-recorded voice saying: “Hello. This is a call for …”
[Personally I hate the one with the fog horn for cruise ships I get at least 3 times a month]
It’s enough to drive you up the wall. Those irritating robotic phone calls waste your time peddling everything from car insurance to time shares.
How can you stop these annoying phone calls? Signing up with the Do Not Call registry is a good step. However, this won’t stop every call.
Nomorobo is another step you can take. This unique service blocks illegal robocalls.
Nomorobo lets the phone ring once, and then it identifies the caller. If the caller is a robot telemarketer, Nomorobo hangs up.
Note that Nomorobo only blocks robotic calls people report as illegal, so you won’t miss a doctor’s appointment reminder, a school call, or a weather alert. Unfortunately, Nomorobo does not yet block political or charity calls, but it’s in the works.
To start, you will need to provide Nomorobo with some information. List the type of phone you have — wireless or landline — and select your carrier.
Note: Nomorobo does not currently support wireless services. However, it is working to partner with the major cell services. If you enter a wireless provider, the site will give you instructions on how you can help.
Nomorobo will also need a valid email address to contact you with updates and other information. If you don’t feel comfortable giving out your personal email address, you can create a temporary account from the list of hosts here.
If your carrier supports Nomorobo, you will receive an email with a link. Click the link and you will go to the Nomorobo signup page. Enter your first and last name and create a password to create an account.
After you create your account, Nomorobo will walk you through setting it up on your phone. It’s a simple, one-time setup that will keep those annoying robot callers off your phone for good.
Whiskas Big Cat Little Cat, Official TV advert 2013
Is Fred A Veteran? Maybe it’s courtesy of the V.A. !
Spicy Tuna & Tomato Sauce with Fettuccine
It might sound unusual, (ok I admit it it sounds damned unusual) but you’ve got to give this deliciously different dish a try…you’ll find that it’s easy to make and the combination of picante sauce, tuna and peas makes it absolutely scrumptious.
Prep 20 min.
Total 40 min.
Servings: about 1 1/4 cups each
Cook: 20 min.
What You’ll Need
1 jar (16 ounces) Picante Sauce
1 stalk celery, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
2 cans (5 ounces each) tuna packed in water, drained
1/2 package (8 ounces) fettuccine, cooked and drained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
How to Make It
I skipped the celery since I didn’t have any on hand but I did add 1/2 a small red onion chopped and 1 large clove of garlic minced. Since I happened to have some good canned Italian tuna I reserve solely for cooking here that’s what I used, primarily because I wanted some of the olive oil the tuna was packed in to sauté the onion and garlic in with pinch of crushed red pepper flakes.
Since I didn’t have the fresh parsley I used cilantro which I did happen to have. I figured since we were already using Picante Sauce I might as well, especially since the Picante jar was labeled mild and this was supposed to be spicy.
Lemony Blueberry Layered Pie
Combine cream cheese, condensed milk and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, mix at medium speed for 1-2 minutes, until smooth. Add pudding mix, lemon zest and lemon juice; mix until well blended.
Spoon about half of the Blueberry Pie Filling evenly into bottom of graham cracker crust. Spoon lemon-filling mixture on top and spread evenly. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.
Spoon remaining Blueberry Pie Filling on top just before serving. Garnish with fresh lemon zest if desired.
Works well with Strawberry and Cherry Canned Pie Filings too!
Frosted Citrus Green Tea
Prep 15 min.
Total 3 hr. 15 min.
What You’ll Need
4 cups Diet V8 Splash® Tropical Blend Juice Drink, chilled
4 cups strong brewed green tea
Fresh mint sprigs (optional)
How to Make It
Adult Beverage Time!- This cries out for some citrus vodka or white rum.
UN Convention Weighs Fears About Killer Robots
By Denise Chow, Sci-Tech Editor | May 13, 2014 01:31pm ET
The idea of humans answering to robot overlords is a concept that has often been joked about, but with drones and other robotic technologies advancing at such a rapid pace, the notion that humans could need protection from killer robots may be no laughing matter.
At least, governments are gathering this week for a four-day session to discuss how to prevent “lethal autonomous robots,” reported AFP. The debate is part of the U.N. Convention on Conventional Weapons, which is being held in Geneva, Switzerland.
“Killer robots would threaten the most fundamental of rights and principles in international law,” Steve Goose, arms division director at Human Rights Watch, an international non-governmental organization, told AFP. “We don’t see how these inanimate machines could understand or respect the value of life, yet they would have the power to determine when to take it away.”
Robotic weapons, such as armed drones, are already used around the world, but some military experts predict cutting-edge research could give rise to autonomous killer robots within 20 years, according to AFP.
“It’s totally unconscionable that human beings think that it’s OK to cede the power and life over other humans to machinery,” said Jody Williams, a political activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner for her work to ban land mines, according to AFP. “If we don’t inject a moral and ethical discussion into this, we won’t control warfare.”
I was wondering when we’d get around to this particular bit of whining from the UN.
It seems to me that anything we do or develop the UN either wants us to cede control over to them, give to all countries for free or seeks to prevent us from using.
In fact I’m hard pressed at this point to even explain what benefit we derive from participation in the UN anymore as anytime we put forth a resolution the ‘Hate America Except for their Money We Get Out of Them’ faction forms up to block it. But that’s a discussion for a different Parting Shot that perhaps one day will get written.
Undoubtedly the opinion expressed by the following two Editorial cartoons are largely accurate, and entirely due to the mismanagement of Obama and his sycophants not only of our capabilities but of their mouths and foreign relations which influence world wide perception.
I’ll stipulate there is some basis of truth in these editorial opinions. Obama has made heavy use of drones. He and his Justice Department Chihuahua (a breed noted for loud mouths- which they use often and for no good reason) Lap Dog Eric Holder did say that the US Government could kill American’s abroad, if they were working with/for our enemies against US interests sans benefit of due process. We in fact already discussed this particular issue at great length in a previous Parting Shot. I pointed out that we could & should take some lessons regarding the handling of citizens who aid and abet terrorism with regard to their citizenship from Great Britain.
However the assertion we just crank up a robot show it a photo, upload a set of GPS co-ordinates and say go do this evil in the name of God, Country of your creation and Freedom and it goes and flies off to autonomously hunt down terminate its victim is frankly, pure bullshit.
Drone (n)- an unmanned aircraft or ship that can navigate autonomously, without human control or beyond line of sight.
Robot (n)-any machine or mechanical device that operates automatically with humanlike skill.
The US maintain a large inventory of Semi-Autonomous Drones, a.k.a. Remotely Piloted Air Vehicles (RPAVs), not airborne robotic killing machines. For every drone aloft actively prosecuting a target by executing a weapons hot (weapons armed and capable of being remotely fired) there is a scene someplace safely behind the combat line, yes possibly 1000’s of miles away just like this:
That team is likely responsible for the monitoring of multiple drones while they perform their automatic functions of flight (same thing as auto pilot on an airliner) and routine surveillance. When surveillance detects something of interest and becomes no long routine the operators are alerted to take hands one control of the surveillance equipment and likely the drone was well. Despite being side by side the drone controllers function just as they would in an Apache Longbow Attack Helo, one controlling the surveillance camera and the other piloting the drone. Any engagement of hostile forces would be done remotely by these two controllers not autonomously by the Drone itself.
Drones can only operate autonomously on their mission if they are constantly able to contact their control center. Should they be unable to their autonomous programing calls for them to return to their launch point. Should this prove impossible they are programed to self destruct to prevent falling into enemy hands. If you want to look at potential for an air vehicle going rogue the actual chances are far higher with a manned airframe as opposed to an unmanned one which would have to have its controls hacked or taken over by force.
The U.N.’s Chicken Little squawk isn’t really all that surprising when you couple the diplomatic ineptitude that has been the hallmark of Obama’s administration, with his arrogant aura and foreign press sensationalism hatchet jobs like this:
Economic Times India – Sept 28, 2012
By wmw_admin on September 28, 2012
The article, artfully coupled to a still of an airborne hunter-killer robot from the opening scene of one of the Terminator movies for the sole purpose of over blown sensationalism, tries to allege the US is deliberately heading their research to autonomous robotic soulless killing machines. If you read the article with any level of education or intelligence that is not what their sources say at all. IN point of fact one of the quoted sources makes a point of saying:
Despite the dramatic advances in technology, the American military insists humans will remain in control when it comes to using lethal force.
I should point out that this hatchet job was done on us by India who allegedly is-
a dynamic and democratic global power, India is a vital partner of the United States, sharing many foreign policy goals in the region and serving as an important trading partner and source of investment-http://results.usaid.gov/india#fy2012
an ally(?) [neither side is apparently actually sure, India is fiercely independent and proud but also afraid of China and knows it has no hope of standing up to Communist expansionism unless it is with our good will and aid] whom in 2011 received over $200 million in foreign aid from multiple US government sources alone not counting other charities, private sector and religious sources.
With allies like this spewing misinformation and offering us this sort of support is it any wonder why the champion of the 3rd world beggar countries wants to reign us in when it come to making our having to be their police force safer for our troops? After all what good is blocking our attempts to root out terrorists and their infrastructure if the terrorists you are helping our enemies harbor and hide can be targeted by us but can’t suicide bomb out troops because they are safely out of harms way fighting by remote control?
Chester the Molester with a Towel on his head a.k.a. Mohammad never said anything about Allah the Misquoted saying any of these goat knowing in the biblical sense terrorists would be welcomed into Paradise for killing a drone. When you’re entire justification for fighting and doing things the Koran forbids other wise is ‘Holy War’ with the reward being Paradise this is a serious recruitment problem. In fact if those unwashed sons of bestiality with goats and camels were semi literate and paid any attention to the outside world at all they might well take a page from the experience of our troops with their promised version of post fighting paradise (Veteran’s Benefits) is working out for them. Seems at least when comes to our troops the ‘Great Satan’s’ name is Veteran’s Affairs.
But I digress.
I do agree with one point of the U.N.’s concern and apparently so does DARPA and the other Military Technology Research Think Tanks. The decision to kill should never be taken out of human hands or ever blamable on a non human. The taking of a life no matter how justified is still a weighty decision. It is precisely the weight of this decision multiplied by the number of times it has to be made on multiple levels (all the way up the chain from the grunt looking over his weapon at the enemy in his foxhole to the National Command Authority) that makes war such an awful and terrible thing. Something to be avoided at all costs and used only as a last resort. This is precisely why the decision to kill must never become automated or removed from human hands, lest we forget the awful and terrible cost of taking a life.
Beyond that if the UN wants a level playing field I’m fine with that, US troops have never shied away from meeting an enemy on the battlefield, but can the UN assure us the same from those whom they are trying to protect by keeping us out of our reach? I doubt it. Until that time that the UN can assure us that the Taliban and assorted other Muslim Radical Fundamentalist Terrorist Organizations are ready to face us head on openly on a battlefield and stop preying on civilians, to settle this once and for all the US should keep flying our drone autonomously while releasing weapons manually in the time honored method of a human making the conscious decision to pull the trigger on a weapon (system) somewhere.
Oh! One last thing U.N.- Since you are so fearful of our Drones and what they might become, that you seek to deprive us of them U.N., you’ll of course have no objections if we refuse to deploy them in your defense, to assist your objectives, or rescue your sanctimonious anti US asses right?