I downloaded a Kim Komando recommended program called Google Earth. Got the free version. A business version was available for 400 dollars. It shows locations in far greater detail then the free one can.
Below is a view of my street and housetop:
And here is the ocean three miles to the east of my house, with the hole still in the pier from the hurricanes of 2004.
All I have to do is type in an address, then click search and I go there on the map. While countries other than the U.S. aren't as much in the program yet, I found a friend's home in Yorkshire, U.K. and a tiny town where another friend lives in Wales, including the beach road she walks each day to work.
Now, this is my question: If I can see the vehicles in my driveway, the trees in my yard, the boat trailer in the side yard on a free program, what can our government see with its far more sophisticated satellite systems? Were it not for the increasing legalized intrusion into our privacy already, I might not be as concerned, but , under Bush, the government now has the right to open mail without due cause. Will the government soon have shots on file of my next jaunt out to the back yard??
Something to ponder.
And, btw, off the subject, I can't get to my dashboard anymore without going through the 'application' to upgrade, only to be told that one of my blogs is too big to do it now. Whoops, just looked and it's a group blog I asked to be deleted from a long time ago due to lack of energy/time. Just wrote another letter. Perhaps soon I'll be in the new one. Brian Campbell posts that it works really well for him.