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WTH? US using Chinese drones to spy on and lecture Americans about Wuhan virus

Yesterday national GOP spokesperson, Elizabeth Harrington, shared a report from MSNBC in which US agencies are acquiring drones and using them to enforce social distancing rules. As if it isn’t bad enough to have Big Brother watching your every move, the report states the drones are coming from China.

Even worse? The NY Times reports that the drones may be sending the data to China. I question the “may be” part. If China is involved, YOU KNOW they are collecting data.

From her tweets:

“The drones, donated by DJI, a Chinese company, have gone to 43 agencies in 22 states, all to help enforce social distancing rules. US using Chinese drones to spy on and lecture Americans about a virus caused by communist China. Oh, and DJI “may be sending data to China.”

Drone Maker D.J.I. May Be Sending Data to China, U.S. Officials Say. We think DJI is “providing US critical infrastructure and law enforcement data to the Chinese government. And now local law enforcement is using them in response to the Chinese virus.”

Watch the MSNBC report and read the NY Times story here.

It’s bad enough that China unleased this madness upon the world but now US bureaucrats are STILL buying equipment from the Chicoms to monitor US citizens? Enough is enough!

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ISIS fighter killed by drone bomb he was operating after it ran low on battery and flew back

Feel good story.

From The Sun: An ISIS terrorist blew himself up when the drone bomb he was operating ran low on battery — and flew back.

The idiotic killer was targeting allied forces after the Battle for Mosul in northern Iraq.

He had customised his weapon to carry plastic explosive and planned to detonate it by troops based in the city. But his plan backfired because he had forgotten to sufficiently charge the device.

Civilian drones — as weaponised by ISIS — automatically ‘boomerang’ back to their point of launch when they start to run out of power. They are programmed to return to prevent owners losing their machines.

UK troops — including the SAS — are training Iraqi soldiers as part of Operation Shader and are plagued by drone attacks.

A security source said: “We receive intelligence from locals about enemy activity and tactics. We learned this idiot had wired up his drone with explosives but was killed when it’s batteries ran low and it flew home. With a weak signal for some reason it detonated over his head.

“This caused quite a laugh for us but the drone threat is very real. The fighter killed himself last year due to his own ineptitude, but is still keeping moral high today.” ISIS has become advanced in its use of drone weapons, which it dubs its ‘air force’.

The battle for Mosul ended officially in 2017 but British troops are still training Iraqis there.
Although the battle for the city was won, the drone threat is ongoing.

Customised commercial versions — such as the £1,200 Chinese-made DJI Phantom — are used as flying bombs or to carry munitions to drop.
The source said a common, simple and effective tactic is to push a hand grenade — with pin pulled — in a steel tube attached to the aircraft. Once over the target the drone is remotely dipped so the grenade slides out of the tube, releasing the trigger mechanism.

Some grenades are adapted with fins attached to help them fly more accurately.

Iraqi security forces then came up with their own response, by attaching shuttlecock feathers to their own grenades, again dropped by drone, to help guide the munitions to the ground.

The source added: “Drone warfare is hugely effective for insurgents.

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“Flygskam,” the new UK movement to shame people out of flying

Betcha this won’t stop ManBearPig, Harrison Ford, “environmental activist” Leo and every other Hollyweird hypocrites from flying via private jet.

From The Independent: Hear the word flygskam out of context, and you’d be forgiven for mistaking it for the next big Scandavian lifestyle craze, following in the snuggly, good-vibes footsteps of hygge and lykke.

But this latest trend is more about tackling climate change than getting cosy – here’s everything you need to know about the anti-flying movement that’s sweeping northern Europe.

What is flygskam?

This Swedish word literally translates as “flight shame”. It’s the name of an anti-flying movement that originated in Sweden last year, which encourages people to stop taking flights to lower carbon emissions.

The idea was originally championed by Olympic athlete Bjorn Ferry and gained momentum after teenage activist Greta Thunberg’s mother, the opera singer Malena Ernman, publicly announced she would stop flying, with various Swedish celebrities following suit. Thunberg herself travelled largely by train during her recent two-week tour of Europe.

Exact numbers are hard to estimate, but the Tagsemester Facebook page, set up by entrepreneur and environmentalist Susanna Elfors to give people tips and information on how to cut back on air travel in favour of rail travel, has around 80,000 active users.

“When Malena Ernman said, ‘No, I am not flying anymore,’ people thought, ‘Oh, if she can do that, I can also stop flying,’“ Elfors told The World.

“Some famous people after her also said, ‘I am not going to fly. And then people started to change their travel habits, and it became shameful to go by plane because it’s so devastating for the environment and for the climate.”

Is it having an impact?

In Sweden, definitely. There’s been a spike in rail travel over the last couple of years as the movement has picked up momentum.

Elfors said: “They have been putting in new train departures because the interest has increased here in Sweden, and also domestic flying has decreased. So, it’s really changing.”

The industry has taken notice too. At its recent annual meeting in Seoul, International Air Transport Association (IATA), the trade association for the world’s airlines, focused a lot on how to combat flygskam and anti-flying feeling.

”Unchallenged, this sentiment will grow and spread,“ said Alexandre de Juniac, head of the IATA, while addressing the event’s 150 or so CEOs.

Climate change activists Extinction Rebellion recently announced plans to disrupt flights to and from London Heathrow this summer by using drones. (Sounds rather illegal and dangerous to me.)

Read the whole story here.

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