The Thought I Woke Up With #22


Used to be the word drone meant a male bee, honeybee in particular, that is typically stingless, does no work and produces no honey.

This male honeybee’s only job is to mate with the queen bee. I don’t know about you dear reader, but I hazard to guess there’d be more than a few blokes who’d love to get into that job description type of work.

Drone also traditionally meant a lazy, shiftless person who lives off others, a slacker in other words. Or even a conformer, society’s slave; one who follows what’s “In” so as to try and fit in and get a life– a puppet to the cool kids on the block.

The word has morphed however to cover UAV’s (Unmanned Arial Vehicles) used for all kinds of things. The military and the CIA use them with great efficiency. They give them cool names like Predator and Reaper.

The reason UAV’s are becoming so popular is they are remotely controlled, extremely precise and deadly when it comes to hitting and destroying targets.

Several days prior to this writing a Reaper was used to kill the Taliban leader in Pakistan. To say it did a fair job on him and his car would be an understatement.

These unmanned dispensers of death are extremely accurate and systematically efficient. President Obama gave the okay. The military put up the drone and hey presto, no more Mullah Akhtar Mansour. Gone are the days of snipers crawling under the cloak of darkness, lying in wait, sometimes for days, waiting for the shot.


The destroyed vehicle in which Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour was traveling in Credit: AP Photo/Abdul Salam Khan

Not all drones are are used for military, spying and killing purposes. They come in all shapes and sizes and have numerous uses. Some of the uses are, farming, film making, photography, inspecting hard to get to equipment like oil rigs, observing animal species in danger of becoming extinct, firefighting, news coverage, lifesaving, disaster relief, crime fighting, sports coverage and even home deliveries.

It needs to be noted that not all drone uses are positive and well-intended. Neighbours have reported drones being used to spy on them. One such incident was a widely reported “drone shooting” in the US where a drone was shotgunned out of the air because a homeowner thought he was being spied upon.

Now you might think that using a shotgun to drop a drone out of the air is a touch drastic, and you may well be right, however, ask yourself, if someone was perving on you, your kids and or family, in your own backyard how would you feel?

Perhaps an even better question is what kind of person would do that? But those kinds of people are out there. It’s a strange and not so healthy world we live in, dear reader. It’s all well and good to believe that we’re all gods kiddies and deserve nothing but love, goodwill and kindness but never forget the ego environment is an insane environment. Live in love but recognize reality of the situation.

It’s a world the Mullah Akhtar Mansour’s also share and their agenda is to destroy everything that doesn’t fit their version of the ideal paradigm.

Until tomorrow,


The Thought I Woke Up With #22

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