We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Despite the ugly subject matter, I suppose you could call this good news.
First off, in case you missed it, you might want to glance over my first post on spy drones.
I then started collecting articles for a future post, and here we are. But what's to note is that these aren't a bunch of whiny, bitchy rantings on some backwater blog site (like, you know, mine), but coming from the major news organizations.
I would also note that I mentioned the 'private sector' in the above post, and the first two links here are what I was referring to. All the rest have to do with our beloved imperialstormtroopers trusted government officials.
So, as these things go, it's nice to see the major news organizations aren't backing away from the story. I suppose this is figuring that all the while they're planning on building up their own 'eye in the sky' fleets. As soon as one news organization scoops everybody with some really boss footage of some horrendous disaster using a drone, they'll all have to jump on board. Those are the rules.
And all of that just barely scratches the surface.
Thanks to companies intent on doing no harm (e.g., Google, Apple), we Americans are losing our freedoms at an accelerating pace, all made possible by Moore's Law.
Once the heuristic loop is closed and artificial intelligence is able to track everyone in real time, things will become interesting.
Then we shall all need tinfoil hats.
Whenever I see an article like the "Is that really a fly" one I boomerang violently between geeked-out fascination (Golly-Gee!!) and dread (Run Away!!!).
Gotta always keep your defenses up for sure, but in the long run, like all other technologies put to offensive or surveillance use, folks will develop effective countermeasures. Just hope there's not too much lag time between the two.