Ferguson No-Fly Zone & A Brief Overview of a Tool Used to Restrict Freedom of the Press

By: Monday November 3, 2014 1:36 pm

The United States government agreed to “restrict more than 37 square miles of airspace” over an area surrounding Ferguson, Missouri, for a period of 12 days in order to keep news helicopters from covering protests and the police response to them.


Mystery: Bank of Utah Plane Lands in Iran

By: Friday April 18, 2014 9:40 am

No one seems to have an explanation for why a plane belonging to the Bank of Utah has been spotted in the Mehrabad Airport in Tehran, Iran.

What the FAA Fight Shows About the Danger of Obama’s Entitlement Reforms

By: Friday April 26, 2013 10:20 am

The sequester cuts are starting to hit multiple groups and programs but so far Congress has only moved swiftly to address a few of them. Two of the biggest are making sure meat inspectors didn’t get furloughed and recently stopping airport delays. What these two changes have in common is that they affect both regular people and the very rich.

Role of Class Evident as Senate Passes Bill to End Airport Delays

By: Friday April 26, 2013 6:50 am

When it comes to dampening the effects of the sequester Washington could not find common ground on cancer patients, disabled veterans, and seniors facing travel hardship. But rich frequent flyers? No problem. Somehow the cool saucer of the Senate that can not seem to ever get anything done from guns to immigration sprang in to action – TARP style – to make sure their jet setting constituents/donors would not have to wait.

Why the Sequester Strategy Is Doomed to Fail

By: Thursday April 25, 2013 8:40 am

The original idea behind the sequester was to make the cuts so stupid, needlessly painful, and poorly designed that everyone would eventually clamor for a grand bargain deficit reduction plan to replace it. This might even have worked if the sequester caused everything to go to hell on a single day. The big problem, though, is that is simply not how the federal budget works.

Exxon’s Skies: Why Is Exxon Controlling the No-Fly Zone Over Arkansas Tar Sands Spill?

By: Wednesday April 3, 2013 5:58 pm

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has had a “no fly zone” in place in Mayflower, Arkansas since April 1 at 2:12 PM and will be in place “until further notice,” according to the FAA website and it’s being overseen by ExxonMobil itself. In other words, any media or independent observers who want to witness the tar sands spill disaster have to ask Exxon’s permission.

Late Night: Unfriendly Skies

By: Thursday January 31, 2013 8:00 pm

Back in the 90′s, I spent a summer in Seattle working on a project with a former Boeing engineer, and I remember being astonished (and a little alarmed) when he told me about working on the 747 line. “That plane’s been in production for over twenty years, and there are still hundreds of parts that don’t fit together,” he told me, “The guys on the line know exactly where you have to re-drill a hole or just bang the thing together with a mallet.”  We were remodeling a house at the time, so I could sympathize, but with a key difference: houses don’t have to fly through the air with hundreds of passengers (and screaming babies) on board.

Blogiversary VII: The FISA-ing

By: Sunday December 30, 2012 4:00 pm

And the Seven & Seven is not just a good drink for my seventh blogiversary, the Seven & Seven’s specificity makes it a very appropriate cocktail for this last weekend of the year for a more, shall we say, “all inclusive” reason.

Friday morning, while some were distracted by Washington’s self-inflicted fiscal clusterfuck, and most were distracted by things that had nothing at all to do with Washington, the US Senate passed a five-year extension to the FISA Amendments Act (FAA)–the oversight-deficient warrantless surveillance program started by the George W. Bush administration. The vote was 73 to 23.

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