Thursday, August 27, 2015

Police Drones + Open thread

Not much today - just a link to this:
Police Drones Can Fly with Tasers, Tear Gas in N. Dakota,
by Tracy Staedter.

end, a, wedge, of, the, thin - Arrange these words into a common phrase or saying.

OPEN THREAD from here............


Anonymous said...

The end of thin ...
A wedge!

ha ha


mike said...

Of the thin end, a wedge

It won't be long until the police can use nuclear armaments to disperse entire, large cities. You stated in a post last week that you wouldn't object to my investing in a drone company, as long as bombs weren't attached...and now this...rubber bullets, pepper spray, tear gas, sound cannons, and Tasers. Drones have become uber-trendy as a toy to have and as something to hate...sorta like smart phones, the internet, and social media.

“Whatever question arose, a swarm of these drones, without having finished their buzzing on a previous theme, flew over to the new one and by their hum drowned and obscured the voices of those who were disputing honestly.” Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

Twilight said...

kidd & mike

Horrendous and cruel as Obama's drones, used in the Middle East, have been I've often thought - yeah they are but the thin end of the wedge! A few years on we have this. Inevitable I guess.
Next? Into sci-fi country (or what we had assumed was sci-fi country!)

From Frank Herbert's novel "Dune" (1965)
From behind the headboard slipped a tiny hunter-seeker no more than five centimeters long. Paul recognized it at once - a common assassination weapon that every child of royal blood learned about at an early age. It was a ravening sliver of metal guided by some near-by hand and eye. It could burrow into moving flesh and chew its way up nerve channels to the nearest vital organ.

The seeker lifted, swung sideways across the room and back.

Through Paul’s mind flashed the related knowledge, the hunter-seeker limitations: Its compressed suspensor field distorted the vision of its transmitter eye. With nothing but the dim light of the room to reflect his target, the operator would be relying on motion - anything that moved........

(Hmmm - Dang! I shouldn't have said/written that should I mike ! ;-/ )

anyjazz said...

The drones are probably not nearly as insidious as the people running them. But, what do I know?

Twilight said...

anyjazz ~ One way of looking at it. But the again...isn't that the same as another oft-used argument that goes something like this: "guns don't kill people, people kill people". True enough, yet tight regulation of both (drones and guns) - by people - would show that there is a grain of humanity still alive, in people.