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.
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?
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
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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.
xray s (1000+ posts)
Fri Jan-13-06 07:35 PM
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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
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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.
babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Fri Jan-13-06 07:34 PM
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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.
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