ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Friday, January 13, 2006

The Latest from the Moonbat "Big Brother" Files - Part 1,752

Well, no piece of news is left untouched by those diligent DUers. They've found the latest attempt to trample on our civil liberties - using satellite images to reduce our ability to commit insurance fraud.

USDA Using Satellites to Monitor Farmers

WICHITA, Kan. - Satellites have monitored crop conditions around the world for decades, helping traders predict futures prices in commodities markets and governments anticipate crop shortages.

But those satellite images are now increasingly turning up in courtrooms across the nation as the Agriculture Department's Risk Management Agency cracks down on farmers involved in crop insurance fraud.


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I'm not sure if this was posted but I did not see it today. I have to say, I'm feeling more and more like I am in "One Nation, Under Surveillance" This is some scary (bleep). With all these wiretaps, people being under surveillance... who really are the terrorists? Our own government?

The ironic part about this is while they are watching us to make sure we are up to no good, who's watching them?

Dap

No doubt Jefferson, Adams, & Washington are rolling over in their graves by Chimpy W. McBushitler's uncanny knack to pull the wool over the sheeple's eyes. Quelle horreur!

Note that the first sentence mentions that satellite images have been used "for decades." Also note that it's likely they're talking about pulling up these images in court proceedings, which means that while this DUer flashes back to Enemy of the State, with satellites following the movement of individuals on the street in real time, it's likely that the USDA is simply pulling up historical images of a piece of land and looking to see if there was any actual damage at the time in question. So, yeah... reducing insurance fraud through the use of available technology is certainly akin to terror. You know... because...ummm... errr.... IT'S CHIMPY W. MCBUSHITLER, DUDE!!!! *sound of bong water bubbling*

He receives some great comments, which just shows that if the Democratic Party is now listening to the DUers, Kossacks, & Co, they have a serious problem on their hands as they try to move back to reality in time for the mid-terms - all without pissing off their "base."
Dapper (183 posts)
Fri Jan-13-06 07:33 PM
Response to Original message

1. which also brings up a point...

Who gets the early information on the commodities markets (thus making the profit on which way the swing goes)???

Tell me all of the crap that's going on is really just a nightmare and I will wake up tomorrow and everything will be back to normal.

Dap


xray s (1000+ posts)
Fri Jan-13-06 07:35 PM
Response to Reply #1
3. Who?

The same people who got the early info on 9/11 and sold all that airline stock short.


dapper (183 posts)
Fri Jan-13-06 07:39 PM
Response to Reply #3
4. I totally forgot about that.


Has there ever been an investigation into that?

It shouldn't be too hard for the govt or SEC to track down people through their brokerage accounts. Hopefully it wasn't something swept under the carpet like everything else.

Dap


babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Fri Jan-13-06 07:34 PM
Response to Original message
2. "who's watching them?" That's the whole point and the problem.


I'd also like to know, but will we ever?

Nice to see ya here, fellow LIer/DUer!

Good to know that the reality based community is out there, worrying about serious things - like protecting the rights of farmers to commit insurance fraud.

Frankly, I'm surprised that Rove hasn't made an appearance on the thread (although I'm sure there's some allegation that he was one of those that shorted the airline stocks before 9/11... b/c you know, it's not like the airlines weren't profitable or anything). We all know that ARC's First Law will rear it's ugly head, it's just a matter of time - and DUer comments.

I've got a new ad campaign for DU... lemme know what you think:
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ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (7)
Brian said...

I saw the same article Saint.

Just to rephrase...

I want the USDA helping to prosecute crop insurance fraud! How is there a reasonable expectation of privacy for crops?

Anonymous said...

A question came to my mind after reading the story (and laughing at the inanity of the DU commentors):

What kind of satellites?

We got more satellites upstairs than every other country in the world combined; and only a fraction of a percentage of those are "Intel"-related sats.

The LANDSAT series comes to mind, which I'd venture to guess is the source of the USDA's imagery (not having read the entire story...). Multi-spectral imagery has a myriad of uses, but "spying' ain't one of 'em.

Just a thought from a career DoD Intel guy.

St Wendeler said...

Thanks for the comment, Mr. DoD Intel.

;-)

Perhaps the DUers are getting religion or something... perhaps they'll next be calling for the abolishment of the USDA.

Oh, wait... they like big government, just as long as it's run by them. That's always the crux of the problem.

TrueLiberal said...

If it wasn't for Democrats who would protect criminals and terrorists from the societal responsibility of their actions?

Remember to hold friends close and enemies closer. So go hug a Demoncrat today!

St Wendeler said...

More comments from that thread:


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pfitz59 (1000+ posts)
Sat Jan-14-06 11:53 AM
Response to Reply #6
10. You got that right!

Got a cell phone? Can pinpoint you!
Use an ATM? Credit card? Write a check?
Have "ONSTAR"? (Nifty GPS tracker!)
We live in an Orwellian nightmare! With Alito on the bench it can only get worse!
Welcome to the nightmare of "Buschco"! They will NEVER give up power!

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dapper (190 posts)
Sat Jan-14-06 12:19 PM
Response to Reply #6
13. On Terrorist Nation, Under Bush... eom

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