And Now Sunbathers, The TIY Drone Over Your Backyard

Drones over Pakistan are well known. Drones over your backyard are only now being understood. Law enforcement agencies love them; the ACLU hates them. Love em or hate em, the FAA projects approximately 30,000 domestic drones in the next 10 years. $12 billion of them — some as small as a bird — hovering some 400 feet above us.

While most of us are planning our summer vacations, police and federal agencies are planning to choose from 146 models. Perhaps the darling of the lot is the “hummingbird drone.” A tiny unit which uses only a few AA batteries, flies 11 miles an hour, can land on any windowsill in your house

Unlike military drones, these units are not equipped with missiles. But, like so many major innovations, they’ve come about because of military research. Now, however, anyone with an iPhone or an Android potentially has a drone autopilot in their pocket.

According to the latest Rasmussen poll, more than 50% of Americans oppose drones for domestic use. And in an 1989 Supreme Court ruling, a warrant is not required to observe private property from the air. Indeed, you can click on GoogleMaps and see air photos of most property sites in the land.

I wouldn’t take that 50% poll too seriously, though. Most people are perfectly willing to allow anyone to surveillance anyone anywhere anytime. The only exception is when that someone is them. Which, as you can understand, complicates our story. To be continued……

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  • The Gershwins were ahead of their time when they wrote "Someone to Watch over Me".

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    My Gershwin favorite is Our Love Is Here To Stay...I'm not sure if fits the drone narrative, but it sure fits the narrative of my heart

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    However, the humming drones don't know the words. ;-)

  • In reply to jack:

    That was a humdinger.

  • Mine too. Wasn't it the theme for the Burns and Allen TV show?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Yep, and look how long they remained married! Gershwin music to salve the savage divorcee

  • In reply to Jack Spatafora:

    Or the gay divorcee?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Most Google sources indicate that it was "Love Nest" from the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. This You Tube makes that assertion, although one has to play it a while before it sounds familiar.

    It is hard to identify a song with no words, but it didn't sound like Gershwin to me.

    Of course, most modern music is unidentifiable, except for it being associated with a commercial.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks, Jack, for that retrospective. A medley which DID include our Gershwin song. Plus a lotta happy memories. Aquinas obviously knows his musicals as well as his music. I got two experts on my hands...!

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