A Sporting Look At Commercial Drones

Repeating what I heard – just to make sure I got it right…

Amazon would like to use airborne drones to make deliveries. They claim to have emergency and special circumstance markets in mind. Though I suspect our skies will one day be darkened with clouds of “special circumstances”.

So, our hired-hands at the FAA have come up with a few zany rules regarding testing the flying package thing. Restrictions like a low altitude flight ceiling, line-of-sight monitoring and only-during-daylight operation are, of course, making Amazon a little crazy. But there is money to be made, so I’m pretty sure Amazon will survive the indignity of having to prove remote controlled flying packages are, of course, safe.

Yup, swarms of consumer goods cruising at low altitude, landing and taking off all around us, joyfully fulfilling the Amazon American Dream. I can see them now, flying low over the homes and property of the most heavily armed population on the planet. Small packages of joy, buzzing over a land where there are a nearly as many guns as people.

This could prove entertaining.

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PS – I just saw an ad for a bean bag gun – designed especially for shooting at drones. Silly me, I failed to anticipate that a new hunting prey would, obviously, spur on new technology . (And another reason to get another gun!) In a meager attempt to contribute, I emailed the inventor asking if they had considered making retractable net cannons. Just as a suggestion.

Our angry little poem for today is named: They Sing a Sociopath’s Serenade

angry-elephant-herd-politicsThey Sing a Sociopath’s Serenade

He negotiates with everyone
But us

They do not deserve any healthcare
Just us

The shutdown is his fault
Not ours

Passing a law we don’t like isn’t fair
To us

We demand a do-over cause it’s all
About us

Like playground bullies they do anything to get
Their way

Our Angry Little Poem for Today (3/11/13) is Entitled: We Shall

We Shall
Yet another charming weekmonopoly_man
Provided by our leaders
So good to see our taxes hard at work

Wines and dines our man in charge
Opposition paid by us
Behind his back they laugh and call him jerk

And then this guy talked
Half the dayboenher-head
Against a deadly threat that wasn’t there

And guess what?
Those with the most
Would really like to pay a smaller share

We’re still at war
Some general said
While chatting with a well-connected palPaul-Ryan2

So, once again
Calls overcome
And overcome we shall

(Video to follow…)



The Worst Kind of Greed

I’ve been trying to understand why Republicans (and Tea Baggers) win elections.  While I have my suspicions, I doubt many elections are outright stolen.  But, I have no doubt the non-rich outnumber the rich by a huge percentage.  And yet, often the party that blatantly favors the rich, the party that feels lowering taxes on the wealthy is the solution to all problems, gets elected.  Odd…

Given this phenomenon, I can only guess that many non-rich people are voting republican.  I wonder why.  Republicans publicly admit (hell, brag) they want to do away with social programs that benefit the non-rich.  Social Security, Medicare, prenatal nutrition, subsidized school lunches – all socialism and un-American they scream.  But for some reason, those who benefit from these social institutions vote for the people who would destroy them.  Why do some people vote against their own self-interest?  Weird…

After much thought (and a significant quantity of scotch) I may have stumbled upon an answer – greed.  A special kind of greed.

John Steinbeck once said, “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”

I see Steinbeck’s observation as the basis for the odd behavior of voting for the people who screw you.  Apparently, many non-rich people feel that, one day, they may become rich.  And when that happens they want their taxes to be low.  They’ll be wealthy- and won’t want to pay for programs for poor people.  Someday…

This, in my mind, is the worst kind of greed.  It’s not the greed nurtured by a life of privilege, the “I’m rich and I’ll make sure I stay rich” greed.  I understand (but don’t condone) that kind greed.  It’s not the childish “I got mine and sharing may weaken me!” kind of greed.  We, mostly, all outgrow that type of behavior.  No, this is a particularly ugly greed based on the principle that “Maybe, one day, I’ll be richer (better) than others.  And when that happens screw them all.  As a mater of fact screw them now, even if I’m one of them”

Yup, the worst kind of greed.  Greed based on the false assumption that one day they will be invited into the ‘Privileged’ club.  And as an act of good faith they vote with the privileged – after all, one day they will part of that group.

They buy the bullshit!