I’m for the most part a peaceful person. I’m not a gun-toting, ass-kicking warrior all, “Me love killing. Grr.”
Sure I’ll kick a pigeon from here to the 31st Street Bridge if given the opportunity and sure I’d shoot Tom Brady in the thumb if given the gun, but in general, I’d prefer that everything just kind of stay … cool.
On Saturday, January 26, POG will protest outside the home of John Bares, director of the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC). NREC, a mainly Pentagon funded branch of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) that develops robotic vehicles and weapons delivery systems for the U.S. Army and Marines, is a world leader in warfare robotics.
While we have often held CMU-related protests and events over the years, CMU president Jared Cohen has been the only individual we’ve sought to protest directly. Our decision to protest another prominent, public CMU figure involved in war profiteering and warfare development is the result of NREC’s recent $14 million contract to further develop “Crusher,” a new generation of unmanned offensive ground weapons for the U.S. army. This further moves CMU towards not just research, but direct design and production of killing machines.
1. You can protest until the Buccos win the pennant; CMU is never going to go to the Pentagon and say, “There are some locos protesting outside of our houses every month. We’re tired of it. Here is your giant sack of money back. Good riddance, you giant sack of money!”
2. From their protest in March in which a whole bunch of them got arrested for being non-peaceful:
Okay. Define “success” for me, would ya? Getting yourselves arrested is success to you? Wouldn’t success be CMU returning their GIANT SACK OF MONEY and not making these killing machines, grrr?
3. How I feel about the current war is obviously not something I’m going to discuss here. Outside of that, I have absolutely no qualms about the US building up their smart-weapons cache because I’d rather the US have “The Crusher” than say … anybody else. If something like Pearl Harbor or 9/11 were ever to happen again, my God, I want the US armed to the teeth with super-smart killing machines.
Ah, screw it. Me love killing! Grrr.