FAA probing News Corp.’s use of drones (via Yahoo! News)

From Yahoo! News

With the newsgathering techniques of its sister publications in Britain under fire, News Corp. is facing a probe into the use of drones by its U.S.-based digital publication, The Daily.

They have their own drones? And then they didn’t get permission to use them.

Here’s more –

Flight of the Paparazzi Drone (from the article which appears in Forbes)

In thinking about news organizations’ uses of drones, there are a variety of potential applications. News Corp’s The Daily used a drone to gather footage of disaster areas in Mississippi and North Dakota. While unobjectionable journalistically, it may have violated FAA regulations in doing so, as the agency currently prohibits strictly commercial use of drones. I asked the Daily about the FAA investigation and whether they had legal certification for use of their MicroDrone MD4-1000. “We’re not going to comment on our newsgathering,” said a spokesperson.

This is a you tube video of this model drone –

Microdrones MD4-1000 behind the scenes (real live footage- not stabilized by software)

Here’s another video –

Orbit MD4-1000 Microdrones filming Super Bikers From Above


Fox Parent Company News Corp Off Sources Software Development To North Korea!?

Fox Mobile owned by News Corp. owned by Rupert Murdock off sources software development to North Korea? Isn’t North Korea socialist? Wait a minute … they might be communist, oh …, they are communists. Wow, Do you think that someone should tell them that providing aid to the North Korean Communists might be a bad idea?

I just don’t get it. The parent company of Fox News cutting deals with a communist nation (and since they can’t do business directly using front companies to exchange the goodies.)

Apparently outsourcing is so important to profit we can overlook a few little problems.

This kind of support is one of the few ways that North Korea can raise money since it is under sanctions by the U.N. and specifically, the United States for its development of nuclear weapons. The North Koreans stand accused of several of the most successful cyber attacks in history and this kind of support bolsters their capability at cyber warfare.

Hey, don’t believe me. Listen to this guy.

“Any sort of transaction that gives cash to the North Korean government works against U.S. policy,” said James Lewis, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based policy group. “The coding skills people would acquire in outsourcing activities could easily strengthen cyberwar cyber-espionage capabilities. Mobile devices are the new frontier of hacking.”

Well, on the other hand, we’re at peace with the North Koreans. Oh, wait a minute!  …  You tell me we don’t have a peace treaty with the North Koreans and are technically still at war. That can’t be good.

Does that mean that News Corp. is providing aid and support to a direct enemy of the United States?

Well, they’re not really a threat right now, I mean, aside from that nuclear weapon thing, right?

Will North Korea’s saber rattling lead to war? Thus reads the headline for May 25th of this year from McClatchy News Service. So, it would appear that they are actively considering direct war with the United States.

North Korea? Huh, I’ve heard something about them. Would that be the guys with the fourth largest standing army in the world? Would that be the ones we don’t have diplomatic relations with? Would that be the one led by a repressive dictator who has been described as being sadistic, paranoid, antisocial, narcissistic, schizoid, and schizotypal. Would that be a country led by the afore mentioned modest, retiring gentleman whose simple titles include
* Party Center of the WPK (1970’s)
* Vice-Chairman, WPK Central Committee (1972–80)
* Dear Leader (Chinaehan Jidoja) (Late 1970s-1994)
* Intelligent Leader (1973–84)
* Member, Presidum of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK
* Secretary of the Worker’s Party of Korea (1980–94)
* Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army (December 25, 1991-)
* Marshal of the DPRK (1993-)
* Chairman, National Defense Commission of North Korea (1993-)
* Great Leader (Widehan Yongdoja) (July 1994-)
* General Secretary, Workers Party of Korea (1997-)
* Supreme Leader of the Republic (2009-)

It’s possible that they are willing to tell us exactly what they think of this nation. Well, they are willing to. Their attitude toward the United States might be summed up nicely by this statement released by the North Korean Government

Pyongyang — Of late the U.S. Department of Defense formally announced that the U.S.-south Korea joint military maneuvers would be kicked off soon. These maneuvers are, to all intents and purposes, dangerous saber-rattling aimed at rounding off their preparations for joint military actions, pursuant to their scenario for a war of aggression against the DPRK and mounting a surprise preemptive attack on it.

The U.S. is contemplating staging a joint anti-submarine drill under the pretext of coping with the “intrusion” of DPRK’s submarines into the waters of the east and west seas of Korea. But lurking behind these moves are a design to invade the DPRK to put the whole of Korea under its control and a more important aim to establish military hegemony in Northeast Asia and pressurize and contain other big powers by force of arms in this region.

As Northeast Asia including the Korean Peninsula is of great military and strategic importance, the U.S. considers the peninsula, a gateway to the region, as its vantage point for carrying out its strategy of Asian aggression.

Cold War came to an end but the U.S. ambition to dominate the world remains unchanged. Its moves for a war of aggression have become evermore pronounced to carry out the strategy to put Asia and the Pacific under its control.

Asian countries will never remain an onlooker to the U.S. moves to hold military hegemony.

If enemies dare provoke a war, the army and people of the DPRK who have bolstered up the war deterrent in every way will wage an all-out struggle and demonstrate the mettle of Songun Korea.

The U.S. would be well advised to give up its foolish dream to control other countries and dominate the world by dint of its strong-arm military policy.

Let’s sum up. News Corp. owned by Rupert Murdoch, the company that runs Fox News sends money to North Korea to pay their software developers to make games for mobile phones. This is done through a number of intermediate companies so very, very technically, News Corp. can deny involvement. This money provides aid and support to a nation which has nuclear weapons for which is under sanction by the United Nations and United States. The nation of North Korea has been actively threatening war with this country and can be described with no exaggeration as an enemy of the United States.

This is the logical result of a corporate ethos devoted only to money. It doesn’t matter who you trade with as long as you make money. It does not matter if it can cost lives or threaten the strategic interests of the United States. It does not matter that the company expresses continued, constant support for capitalism and continuous contempt for policies to the left of that. As long as the question is one of money, there are no borders, there are no beliefs, there are no other considerations.

Do you like that? Is Milton Friedman laughing from his grave? After all, didn’t say that a corporation’s responsibility was solely to make the maximum profit for the shareholder within the rules of the game? This is all technically legal. Isn’t this exactly where that belief system leads?

So, the United States of America is a secondary consideration in the quest for profit. Maybe that should alarm you?

James Pilant