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"... this plane carried some of the same surveillance technology that the U.S. military has been employing in its Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or “drones,”"
Yeah, I don't think we need more military surveillance in civilian skies. I would much prefer:
Colorado Town Proposes $100 Drone Bounty
Agreed. We already have enough unconstitutional surveillance drones being forced on us. And frankly, what is there to show the people manning these drones can be trusted? It's all fun and games until their filming your daughter in her room. Keep these drones out of our skies.
Your daughter has a room in the middle of a corn field? Whoa, that makes me think of the Children of the Corn. Wonder how they would have coped with drones?
Ah, yes, a story blaring from the front page of this Republcian rag to incite the "conservative" electorate. Those people who will see the headline and read no further, due to their natural inclination to "knee jerk" this topic in the direction that the Republican management of this droll news outlet wish.
Further information is provided to encourage the billy-boys and idiots to take pot shots at these useful tools.
Yet another fluff piece to embrace the Kansas Idiot Society to continue to support the current republican "conservative" administration to oppose everything that the Federal Government and the black dude in the White House propose and support.
I wouldn't worry, the surveillance technology surveys what ever happens to be below which in this case would be crops. I would think they could be used in search and rescue in remote areas and even in wooded areas where they could use some sort of infrared to detect body heat, of course it would pick up animals also so they would need it sophisticated enough to differentiate large mammals such as humans, and also take pictures to verify. I can see this saving a lot of lives.
Truth is, there have been high-resolution satellites that can image your house, farm field, back yard, whatever, and the imagery is readily available to anyone. A good analyst can tell what the crop is, whether it's irrigated or not, what the yield is likely to be, where you're hiding those old junkers in the woods, whether you've cleaned your swimming pool recently, whether you've been watering your lawn and if you have a sprinkler head out....the drones just make it a little easier and more under local control.
Sounds like an excellent opportunity to stock up on your own air force of drones. Program them to patrol your own skies. Maybe even snoop on the snoopers.
the tiny town of Deer Creek, Colo., is considering an ordinance to issue hunting licenses and offer bounties for people to shoot down drones.
this would be cooler if deer creek would allow something larger than shot guns.
of course I thought the idea of delivering fast food to your door via drones would also
make good target practice
Not a good idea to shoot at any drone or aircraft. For one thing, that bullet will come down somewhere and might do damage or injury or even death. You would also be destroying someones's property, or in the case of a small drone, probably belonging to some wiz kid hobbyist. I remember a case years ago when some farmer took a shot at a low flying B52 with a 30-06 and actually hit it. He was caught and did time in Federal prison. The B52s and B47s used to throw out aluminum chaff, then drop to low altitude and elude radar. I used to find the chaff out in the pasture.
Revenue generating idea for the County: Sell drone hunting permits. Forget the sport of skeet shooting.....there could be drone shooting as noted here: http://www.newser.com/story/171129/town-wants-to-let-hunters-shoot-down-drones.html
....just as noted above.....
Colorado is just so.....so.....so NOT Kansas.....
Say you do locate a "trouble spot" in the middle of a 100-acre corn field, what are you going to do about it? Trample down the existing crop getting to it, and then do what? Not much you can do. Most farmers would just wait until harvest, then chalk it up to bad luck. A lot of expense just to get some bad news. Merely another way to try and get into the farmers' pockets.
The print version was more entertaining: among the purposes of drone surveillance: "tracking sea lions in remote rocky outcroppings".
Not as concerned about government use as by private companies and criminals. These essentially trespass, violate privacy and land ownership rights.
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