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January 13, 2016

The next thing on the horizon? Suicide drones with explosives.


You may be powerless to stop a drone from hovering over your own yard - William Merideth had just finished grilling dinner for his family when he saw a drone hovering over his land.
So he did what he said any Kentuckian would do — he grabbed his Benelli M1 Super 90 shotgun, took aim and unleashed three rounds of birdshot. “The only people I’ve heard anything negative from are liberals that don’t want us having guns and people who own drones,” said the truck company owner, now a self-described “drone slayer.” Downing the quadcopter, which had a camera, was a way to assert his right to privacy and property, he said.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 13, 2016 6:59 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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How *tall* is your real property?

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 13, 2016 7:48 PM

Air rights*, ghost. Like mineral rights. Old concept. Specifics vary from place to place, if a place defines specifics at all. No idea about KY.

* "For whoever owns the soil, it is theirs up to Heaven and down to Hell."

Posted by: BillH [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 14, 2016 6:56 AM

I love it. He did exactly what he should do. And, after knocking that thing out of the air he should have found the operator and whipped his ass.

Posted by: Jack [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 14, 2016 8:58 AM

But what about the explosives-bearing drone that the headline promised? What about that palm-sized fly-winged drone in the photo? Inquiring minds want to know!

I'd bet that explosives-bearing drones have already been developed by arms manufacturers already. The fixed-wing Predator drones, for sure. But I'd bet that explosive quadcopters are also already in the army's arsenal. I guess the headline is asking the question of when we will see terrorists deploying garage-built explosive drones. Hopefully not for a while. After all, to get your 72 virgins, you gotta die in the process, right? so using drones won't cut it.

As for the palm-sized fly-windeg drone ... It reminds me of a scene from Frank Herbert's "Dune", where Paul Atreides deals with a similar assassin drone.

Posted by: Grizzly [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 14, 2016 5:24 PM

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