Tuesday, January 01, 2019

I read it on the internet, so it must be true

Happy 2019 to you all.

What a terrible thing it was for a couple in England to be falsely accused and named as the culprits who flew drones over Gatwick Airport. How did the police get it so wrong? If they were not the culprits, they deserve a lot of monetary compensation. A police spokesperson said they could not shoot the drones down because of the risk of stray bullets. Duh, sharp shooters can't shoot straight?

Meanwhile here in Australia firefighting aircraft had to be called off at a bushfire on Tasmania's Bruny Island because of drone intrusion.

Airports and emergency services just need to look at this video. I have put up a video once before of an eagle taking our a drone, but this video is quite professional. How much would it cost to keep an eagle and an eagle keeper on standby? Absolutely nothing compared to the cost of the chaos at Gatwick Airport. Five minutes of suspension of landings and take offs while the eagle took out the drone, and Bob's your Uncle. Night time? That could be some work for an owl.

25 comments:

  1. I believe that Wimbledon employs a raptor to see off pesky birds. And love the thought.
    We have a drone company (controversially) starting up operations here. I see less than no need to have a cup of coffee delivered by drone (one of its advertised benefits).

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    1. EC, that is news to me about Wimbledon. I hope it is never a kill on centre court though. You can stay in your lounge chair and order coffee and a drone will bring it! Novelty value, high. Repeat, unlikely.

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  2. Happy new year dearheart xxx

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    1. Thanks John. I hope this year is better for you.

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  3. That is so cool!
    Hope 2019 is your best year yet.

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    1. Thanks heaps Sandra. Best wishes to you.

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  4. Awesome video,I watch the eagles here and they are so quick and accurate when they target their prey and strike from the air.

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    1. Cheryl, now we see a lot of birds, but we are not privileged enough to see eagles in action. That must be so impressive.

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  5. Anonymous9:47 am

    I didn't read every report on the matter, and correct me if Im wrong, but my understanding is the couple were questioned but it was the media who named and shamed. If this is true, sue the tabloids, particularly the vile minions of Lord Morloch aka Rupert M. If police suspected them for the crime then they should be questioned.
    Happy NY to all. Here in Thailand, I watched the Sydney fireworks on the internet via a live ABC feed at 8pm. For the first couple of minutes, the captions for the previous interview program ran across the bottom of the screen and no one noticed. - Ian

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    1. Ian, I would be quite happy to blame scum tabloids and especially Murdoch media, but how did they know? Were they told by the police, with the cops hoping for some good coverage for a job well done? Of course they should be questioned if they are suspects but it ought not be in the media until they are arrested, not just taken in for questioning.

      Our ABC did well last night, for people of our vintage. You were not geoblocked? Apparently a few naughty words got out, along with a Happy 2018 projection.

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    2. Anonymous10:10 am

      No blocking at all. I thought of going with news.com then switched to Aunty. I watched the mardi gras parade last year via the net without any problems.
      As for police media informers, probably but as in Australia, police investigating police for any misdemeanours gets nowhere. - Ian

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  6. We have an eagle that has taken up residence. He was out on the ice using a hole that the ice fishermen had put in and was enjoying the hunt!
    He also flies over my yard looking for lunch. Whether it's a mouse or a dachshund, who knows.
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Maribeth, that is really nice, except for the threat to your dogs. I have seen fake videos of pets being taken, but never a real one.

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  7. "I read it on the internet, so it must be true" ha ha. So I decided to try the truth of the internet in just one location.

    We don't buy or read The Australian newspaper because it is a nasty, right wing paper. But I decided to read the _on-line_ letters written in response to the main articles, both about Australian news and world news. It doesn't matter what the topic is - 99.999% of responses were pro-Trump, Abbott and Dutton, and bitterly anti-Merkel, May and Turnbull. If Labor is ever mentioned, they only use Communist Shorten or Criminal Shorten.

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    1. Hels, does The Australian still have the Literary Supplement at weekends? Does it still have some first class writers, albeit often right wingers, but argue their case reasonably? How can anyone think Trump, Abbott, Dutton and Hanson are fit to govern.

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  8. Happy New Year to you and stop with that drone - buy an eagle!

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    1. Happy New Year to you Lady J.

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  9. I'm pretty sure that airports do employ certain birds of prey to see off smaller birds, which might otherwise get chewed-up in 'plane engines. With all the technology available, I can't see why 'search and destroy' drones shouldn't be based at every airport in the world, now that so many irresponsible people are flying their Christmas presents all over the place.

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    1. Cro, I didn't think of that. Use a drone to take out a drone. I didn't know about airports already using birds.

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  10. Good work Eagle! I hope he/she got the treat they usually get, or is that just for training purposes? It seems a much more effective way and with the drone being almost destroyed by the rough landing, perhaps it will deter people from flying them around airports etc.

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    1. River, I am sure the eagle did get a treat, a live mouse perhaps. Cro made an interesting point, use a drone to stop drones flying where they should not be.

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  11. That's an interesting video Andrew.
    Didn't know about the drone in the UK - haven't seen or heard of any news for days..
    Happy New Year.

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    1. Margaret, you do far too much for you family, but I am sure you are rewarded with much love. Happy New Year.

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  12. I wish you and your loved ones all the very best 2019 has to offer you, Andrew. May it treat you kindly in every possible way. :)

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    1. Thanks Lee and my very best wishes to you.

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