Thursday, January 28, 2010

Why War is a Good Investment

another reason why security companies are a good investment. The threats never seem to go away’’

Related: Who Thinks Up Terror Attacks?

CUI BONO, America?

"High-tech sectors help incubate security firms; Market takes hold in fertile Mass." by D.C. Denison, Globe Staff | January 25, 2010

Shortly after the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day, Wilmington-based Ahura, which makes hand-held diagnostic tools for health and public safety uses, learned that the FBI had used one of its devices to identify the main explosive substance on the plane.

Fraud alleged over devices used in Iraq to detect bombs

It's ALL a FRAUD, readers! Terrorists and all the rest, ALL LIES!!!

Castile Ventures is not the only Massachusetts venture capital firm to see the value in security-related technologies.

Nice to know your PENSIONS and TUITION are FUNDING THIS TYRANNY, huh, taxpayers?

The sector is a natural focus in the Boston area, where there is a concentration of medical device and robotics makers, companies with hefty defense contracts, and information technology firms. And many innovations that emerge locally, even if intended for industrial or medical markets, can be adapted for military uses, aircraft security, and homeland defense - making them more valuable as early stage investments.

And then the profits will be turned over to private hands, taxpayers.

It's called FASCISM!

Boston venture capitalist Michael Greeley, a general partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, follows developments in medical devices and information technologies, looking for investment opportunities, said that the 2001 World Trade Center terror attacks led to the creation of “thousands of companies, not all of them good.’’ The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have also helped spur some worthwhile technologies and companies, he said.

And CUI BONO, 'eh?

“Those conflicts have been about drones and droids, more battlefield-based intelligence than armaments,’’ he said. “The emphasis now is on integrating all this intelligence and presenting it in a way that can be acted upon.’’

Axel Bichara, a partner in Atlas Venture, in Waltham, is another investor in security technology, which he sees as being on the cusp of a new era that integrates information technology and physical security. “Let’s take a real world example,’’ he said. “A person goes into a building, that’s a physical security thing. When they swipe a card, that’s half physical and half information technology. And when they sit down and log in at their terminal, that’s pure information technology. Put that all together, and it gets really interesting.’’


One company backed by Bichara and his Atlas Venture colleagues is VideoIQ Inc. The Bedford firm manufactures video surveillance cameras that are combined with computer intelligence to enable them to, for example, discern the difference between a person lurking around the edges of a parking lot and a stray dog.

Oh, the SELF-SERVING S*** are the BENEFICIARIES, huh?

Within seconds, it can send an alert - along with a video clip - to a site manager’s computer or portable device.... He said investments in security companies often benefit from a trickle-down effect, as expensive gear developed for defense and homeland security comes down in price and is adopted by corporations and, ultimately, home owners.

Yes, FORTRESS AmeriKa!!!!

Better put on a roof so they don't trickle down all over your head.

“If you look at the amount of money that companies are spending on security, it’s mind-boggling,’’ Bichara said. “And at a certain price point, these things become interesting to all of us.’’

Translation: Where's the loot, where's the loot, sniff-sniff!?

Flybridge’s Greeley agrees that security and defense technologies “often have value to corporations and consumers.’’ And he added another reason why security companies are a good investment. “The threats never seem to go away,’’ he said.


Do I even need ask the question?

"You know where I am; Overlapping technologies track individuals and share information" by D.C. Denison, Globe Staff | January 18, 2010

.... “location privacy,’’ the idea that the proliferation of mobile devices, smart cards, tracking technologies, and Internet databases is creating an environment in which citizens are under a constant threat of surveillance. As overlapping technologies and systems start sharing this information, location privacy advocates say, it will become easier for governments, employers, and interested parties to track an individual’s everyday movements.

Welcome to the New World Order!!!

The author of a recently published paper on the subject for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an Internet civil liberties group, Blumberg is not surprised that most citizens are not alarmed by, or even aware of, issues relating to location privacy. “One reason is that no legal or regulatory framework has been developed to protect this kind of privacy,’’ he said. Another reason: People just don’t care.

Yup, it's AmeriKa, all right!

“We’ve all gotten used to nothing bad happening with this kind of data,’’ Blumberg said. “In fact, when you do hear about it, it’s often being used for good: locating missing children, or tracking criminal activity. . . . That’s why we’re sort of sliding into it.’’

HE sees the MSM AGENDA PUSH, folks!!!

Yet the lack of clamorous public concern has not stopped some technologists from working on ways to protect personal privacy in a society that is increasingly connected....

“.... at this point you really can’t opt out of all this,’’ he said as he held up his iPhone. “It’s too convenient. Unless you’re living in a hut somewhere, you really don’t have any choice. It’s like trying to opt out of the sewer system.’’

Blumberg didn’t have to reach far for an example of a compromise he feels compelled to make.

“If I didn’t keep my cellphone on,’’ he said, “I wouldn’t have a girlfriend.’’

Oh, is that my problem?



Then -- after developing the thing -- you can sell and get out!

"We’re more than just a branch office; Serfdom to out-of-state companies isn’t the only option for Mass. tech sector" by Scott Kirsner, Globe Columnist | January 17, 2010

Dozens of pioneering technology companies have been purchased by out-of-state acquirers....

All this selling has generated a great deal of wealth for local investors, entrepreneurs, and their employees. It has resulted in Greater Boston being speckled with branch offices of many world-class technology companies....

But some feel it isn’t our destiny to be serfs, subject to the strategic whims of far-off overlords....

I already know the feeling.

In the last two decades, the dominant model for technology success in New England has been “build it first and fast, then sell to someone bigger and slower.’’ That model has its merits: Notably, it lets entrepreneurs go off and do something new....

Entrepreneurs with the ambition to create an influential, independent company also need to align themselves with investors who share that vision - as opposed to investors who will prod them to sell at the first halfway decent offer.

Last year may have marked a turning point for the tech cluster in New England: Amid the economic tumult, Watertown-based battery maker A123 Systems Inc. was able to go public....

Related: Boston Battery-Maker Drained

Globe loves losers, don't they?


I keep telling you you are a third-world service nation now, America.

When will you start believing me?