Busted for flying a drone, Inside the Koch Brothers’ Industrial Empire

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Two men were busted for flying a drone in the most restricted airspace in America

A word of caution to drone-owners: don’t fly your UAV near the White House. Early this morning (Oct. 9), two men were cited for flying a drone around the Washington Monument and landing it on the Ellipse, the park just south of the White House, according to a report by the Washington Post.

The men were not arrested for their high-flying stunt, but they did receive criminal citations and had their drone seized by the police.

US federal authorities have started a campaign to clamp down to drone usage in the nation’s capital. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) declared Washington, DC a “no-drone zone” in May, urging visitors to “leave your drone at home,” and prohibiting the use of unmanned aircrafts within the city, its surrounding towns, and a 15 mile (24km) radius of Ronald Reagan National Airport.

“The airspace around Washington, D.C. is more restricted than in any other part of the country,” the FAA said in a report earlier this year, citing post-9/11 national defense rules. Last month, the agency also estimated that one million drones would be sold this holiday season.

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A Nation of Discontent

Not since the presidential election of 1932 has the American electorate been so mired in discontent.  Despite the best efforts of the media to portray this discontentment as limited to the Republican base, numerous polls have confirmed a vast majority of the populace shares this same sense of disgruntlement.  Yet the nation’s political, academic and corporate classes, whose lifestyles have never been better than they are today, are surprised and dumbfounded by this phenomenon.  These elites prefer to look at this chapter in America’s political history as just the ranting of an immature and essentially ignorant citizenry who will, in time, see the error of their ways and settle for whatever crumbs the ruling class throws their direction.

Perhaps the explanation for this overarching angst can be made more readily apparent to the elites by painting a portrait of the America they have created since 1988 — the high water mark of America’s power and influence — and the near irreparable damage that has been done to this nation and its people.

Beginning in the years following the end of the Second World War, the American populace was the benefactor of unprecedented peace, growth and prosperity — the most resounding in the history of mankind.  Living in a nation whose future prospects seemed limitless, the people increasingly turned inward in the pursuit of leisure and lifestyle leaving the governance of the country to the various elements of the ruling class secure in the thinking that this nation’s upward trajectory was unstoppable.

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The US abandons its plan to train Syrian rebels.

Acknowledging its failure to produce any tangible results on the ground, the Obama administration has ended its $500 million program to train Syrian rebels to fight against Islamic State militants. The Pentagon said it would focus instead on helping existing rebel groups, rather than train new 5,400 fighters like it originally intended.


Why We Should Have a Debate on Birthright Citizenship

The recent national debate about the impact of illegal immigration on America is needed and welcomed.

Each year, 10 percent of all births or almost 400,000 children born are to those who are unlawfully in the United States. Given the more than 11 million illegal immigrants in the country today, this number is likely to continue.

These children automatically receive many of the same rights and privileges as United States citizens despite their parents’ illegal status. Birthright citizenship bestows on these individuals billions of dollars in federal benefits each year in the form of Social Security, Medicare, Obamacare, refundable tax credits, nutrition and housing assistance, and eventually work authorization. Of course, taxpayers foot the bill.

Birthright citizenship also rewards illegal immigrant parents. It all but guarantees that they will never be deported. And the parents indirectly reap the government benefits going to their children.

Birthright citizenship is based on an erroneous reading of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which states that “[a]ll persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens[.]”

Last April, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration held a hearing to determine who should be a citizen under the Fourteenth Amendment.

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Legion Of Monsters…Disturbed Takes On The Media For Glamorizing The Maniacs.

Vocalist David Draiman explained the song’s meaning to Artist Direct: “The tendency for society to create maniacs by glamorizing them and making them larger than life – people like the ‘Boston Bomber’ who are plastered on the cover of Rolling Stone,” he said. “That is exactly what these people are looking for. They are looking to be martyred and to die and be remembered for what they died for.”

“Anytime these maniacs kill children or whomever, it isn’t the victims who are on the screen,” Draiman continued. “We have to know more about the shooter or the person who committed the act. You know what? I don’t need to know anything more about him except that he’s a maniac. If somebody did that, leave it to the FBI. The public knowing all just encourages a new generation of wannabe maniacs to do the same thing, to get that same glory, and to die in infamy. The media continues to breed a new legion of monsters.”

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Inside the Koch Brothers’ Industrial Empire

Koch Industries is enormous—it’s the second-largest private company in the United States. You might know it because of the two famous brothers who run it, but we wanted to see what this behemoth actually does.

This is an adventure story.

It is an expedition into the heart of a huge and uniquely American industrial enterprise, its sweeping operations and its complex daily mechanics. It is also a rare exploration of what lies beneath and empowers the broad social influence of its owners, David and Charles Koch, the business and political titans who have helped reshape American politics.

People who don’t agree with the Koch brothers see them as pernicious, because their views are often extreme and because they have so much money with which to try to further those views. People who agree with them see them as saviors for the same reasons. Both groups care because of the Kochs’ enormous fortune, which is estimated to be $100 billion. But few outside business circles know where that fortune comes from or how pervasive their company’s industrial influence is on our everyday lives.

Koch Industries is a massive conglomerate—Charles is the CEO, David the executive vice president. What began as a petroleum processor when their father started it in 1940 is now considered by Forbesto be the second-largest private company by revenue in the United States, bringing in more than $115 billion annually from businesses that touch virtually every industry and every part of American life. Koch and its subsidiaries make the fibers in your carpet (Stainmaster), the toilet paper in your bathroom (Angel Soft), the stretch material in your jeans and yoga pants (Lycra). They make the connectors in your phone (Molex), the glass in your windows (Guardian), fertilizers used to grow your grocery-store-bought fruit and vegetables (Koch Agronomic Services), and pipelines that deliver the gas and petrochemicals from which many of those things are themselves made. The company employs more than a hundred thousand people in sixty countries, including close to sixty thousand in the United States. Koch is the biggest kind of big industry.

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