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(Washington Times)   Finally, a use for military drones that everyone will support - unless you're an elephant poacher, that is   (washingtontimes.com) divider line 76
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2013-08-01 05:22:26 PM  
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2013-08-01 05:42:41 PM  
Unarmed though, well I guess its a start.  I bet the russians would have provided armed ones, they really don't seem to like dicking around with humanitarian bullshiat when it comes to assholes making the world a worse place.
 
2013-08-01 05:43:16 PM  
Awesome!!  I want to see the footage of them taking out poachers with a hellfire missile !!
 
2013-08-01 05:45:23 PM  
until someone accidentally crashes a drone into an elephant and killing it.
 
2013-08-01 05:46:37 PM  
Ostrich death from above!
 
2013-08-01 05:47:53 PM  
You have 5 seconds to comply
 
2013-08-01 05:51:03 PM  
More drones!!
Make one for every man, woman and child, then blow everyone up.
Last one to blow up please turn off the internet.
 
2013-08-01 05:51:38 PM  
I heard that the ground up bones of elephant poachers are an aphrodisiac.  Spread the word on baidu.
 
2013-08-01 05:52:18 PM  
What a waste of fancy technology.  Those things are designed for spying on people and forcing compliance, not protecting elephants.
 
2013-08-01 05:54:04 PM  
Chopped has broken my brain. My first thought when thinking of poached elephants was "there's no way that would cook in time for the appetizer round...."
 
2013-08-01 05:58:33 PM  
Makes sense, drones have been around since the '70s, one would suppose you can find a new life for older drones.

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A proud Canadian invention.
 
2013-08-01 05:58:35 PM  

YoOjo: More drones!!
Make one for every man, woman and child, then blow everyone up.
Last one to blow up please turn off the internet.


Please don't go. The drones look up to you. They need you.
 
2013-08-01 05:59:32 PM  
Yet another great use of my money. I guess I can be happy for the people getting paid to design/build/run the drones.
 
2013-08-01 06:00:33 PM  

BumpInTheNight: Unarmed though, well I guess its a start.  I bet the russians would have provided armed ones, they really don't seem to like dicking around with humanitarian bullshiat when it comes to assholes making the world a worse place.


you should check out the video of what the Russian Navy did (or didn't do) to the somali pirates.
 
2013-08-01 06:01:15 PM  
The problem with poaching elephants is finding a pot big enough

/I prefer mine barbecued over a slow wood fire
 
2013-08-01 06:01:41 PM  
I rather enjoy flying my quadcopter around.. my camera has picked up some cool videos while out in the parks. I have one video where it takes off.. stays about 2 feet off the ground, at around a few meters a second, then makes a dramatic drop off a 50+ foot cliff. From that below deck camera angle, it's rather exhilarating to watch.

-flies a DJI Phantom with a Fatshark First Person Video goggle setup.

I imagine these guys are flying some very high end rigs.
 
2013-08-01 06:02:02 PM  

SuperNinjaToad: BumpInTheNight: Unarmed though, well I guess its a start.  I bet the russians would have provided armed ones, they really don't seem to like dicking around with humanitarian bullshiat when it comes to assholes making the world a worse place.

you should check out the video of what the Russian Navy did (or didn't do) to the somali pirates.


I did, I think its pretty damn awesome.
 
2013-08-01 06:04:31 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: The problem with poaching elephants is finding a pot big enough

/I prefer mine barbecued over a slow wood fire


You got to have massive shoulders to turn them, though.
 
2013-08-01 06:06:26 PM  

BumpInTheNight: Unarmed though, well I guess its a start.  I bet the russians would have provided armed ones, they really don't seem to like dicking around with humanitarian bullshiat when it comes to assholes making the world a worse place.


Almost 20 years ago, when I was leaving the military, I heard about a program in Kenya and other parts of Africa.  People with military experience were being hired to supplement, train and "advise" their anti-poaching forces in the field.  The interesting thing was the ROE:  They were supposedly allowed to engage illegal hunters with live fire without any warning in order to protect endangered animals.

I never pursued that, but I often wish I had.  I'm normally not one to advocate skipping due process, but if this business was "as advertised" I think my personal scruples could have survived a few dead poachers.
 
2013-08-01 06:09:44 PM  

SuperNinjaToad: BumpInTheNight: Unarmed though, well I guess its a start.  I bet the russians would have provided armed ones, they really don't seem to like dicking around with humanitarian bullshiat when it comes to assholes making the world a worse place.

you should check out the video of what the Russian Navy did (or didn't do) to the somali pirates.


This.  The only way to end piracy is to make Lead Poisoning the leading cause of death for Pirates.
 
2013-08-01 06:12:10 PM  

BumpInTheNight: Unarmed though, well I guess its a start.  I bet the russians would have provided armed ones, they really don't seem to like dicking around with humanitarian bullshiat when it comes to assholes making the world a worse place.


A big-game hunter I know who's hunted in Africa an obscene number of times blames PETA for the increase in poaching in the African Sarengeti. His obvious bias aside, the point he made was that PETA and other animal rights groups have been very successful in stopping licensed hunting in Africa which has led to a decline in game preserves and game wardens. Game wardens typically will shoot poachers on site. On one trip he was on, the warden wounded the poacher instead of killing him and the government told the warden that if it happened again, he would be fired. Now with no game wardens, poachers can roam free.
 
2013-08-01 06:17:37 PM  
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2013-08-01 06:18:56 PM  
Nip the problem in the bud. Send the drones to strike against the Ivory buyers.
 
2013-08-01 06:22:15 PM  

squibbits: Nip the problem in the bud. Send the drones to strike against the Ivory buyers.


This would also be an excellent resolution, perhaps a tad harsh, maybe just a public tazing to get the ball rolling, but it really is the buyers who are making the market.  If there was no money in this gory industry it would cease pretty quickly all on its own.
 
2013-08-01 06:24:30 PM  

Leo Bloom's Freakout: Chopped has broken my brain. My first thought when thinking of poached elephants was "there's no way that would cook in time for the appetizer round...."


This can flash fry a buffalo in 45 seconds. Give it another minute and an elephant wouldn't be a problem.

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Also, I had no idea that there were 10,000 elephants on earth. I'm floored that at least that many are killed each year in one country alone.
 
2013-08-01 06:24:33 PM  
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I'll be even more OK with this if they include tiger poachers, as well.

...but that's just me.
 
2013-08-01 06:26:26 PM  

PunkTiger: [pjmedia.com image 379x214]
I'll be even more OK with this if they include tiger poachers, as well.

...but that's just me.


And whalers.
 
2013-08-01 06:26:46 PM  

gfid: I heard that the ground up bones of elephant poachers are an aphrodisiac.  Spread the word on baidu.


I heard that it was the lower horn of Rhino poachers.
 
2013-08-01 06:27:15 PM  

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Look subby, a guy who has LOTS of ivory is less likely to poach elephants than a man whose ivory supplies are low!
 
2013-08-01 06:27:29 PM  

Smoking GNU: PunkTiger: [pjmedia.com image 379x214]
I'll be even more OK with this if they include tiger poachers, as well.

...but that's just me.

And whalers.


and anyone in the 'bear bile' industry.  That's just one of those things that makes me angry just reading about it.
 
2013-08-01 06:28:46 PM  
So no more pianos?
 
2013-08-01 06:30:16 PM  
Elephants are not put here for the poor to use, they are put here for rich, old ladies to have shipped to their latest "charitable" work of a zoo so they can congratulate themselves on what great people they are.
 
2013-08-01 06:32:42 PM  

Oldiron_79: gfid: I heard that the ground up bones of elephant poachers are an aphrodisiac.  Spread the word on baidu.

I heard that it was the lower horn of Rhino poachers.


But only when harvested by a living, awake subject.
 
2013-08-01 06:33:42 PM  

BumpInTheNight: Smoking GNU: PunkTiger: [pjmedia.com image 379x214]
I'll be even more OK with this if they include tiger poachers, as well.

...but that's just me.

And whalers.

and anyone in the 'bear bile' industry.  That's just one of those things that makes me angry just reading about it.



Great, thanks a lot for telling me about another way that TCM idiots are ruining the world.
 
2013-08-01 06:34:56 PM  

BumpInTheNight: Unarmed though, well I guess its a start.  I bet the russians would have provided armed ones, they really don't seem to like dicking around with humanitarian bullshiat when it comes to assholes making the world a worse place.


Then Putin could have his picture taken with a poacher he took down himself.
 
2013-08-01 06:40:22 PM  

FoxholeAtheist: Great, thanks a lot for telling me about another way that TCM idiots are ruining the world.


What the fark do you have against old movies?
 
2013-08-01 06:41:01 PM  
The only good poacher is a dead poacher.....

(Egg poachers exempt from this statement)
 
2013-08-01 06:48:40 PM  
This will kill my import-export rhino horn business, I will now have to invent in thermo ghillie suits for my hunters.
 
2013-08-01 06:50:39 PM  
I'm glad we can spend money keep elephants in Africa safe, while we can't keep the African-Americans safe in our own cities.
 
2013-08-01 06:53:35 PM  
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2013-08-01 06:58:51 PM  
Molavian: "I'm glad we can spend money keep elephants in Africa safe, while we can't keep the African-Americans safe in our own cities. "

So you're suggesting we fly drones over those parts of the city?

Genius!

Lighten up Francis ;)
 
2013-08-01 07:00:28 PM  
Meh, give them to the Border Patrol
 
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2013-08-01 07:01:32 PM  
Too bad they're unarmed.  Other than that, I'm more than ok with this.
 
2013-08-01 07:06:51 PM  
UAV, online.
 
2013-08-01 07:06:54 PM  

Smoking GNU: PunkTiger: [pjmedia.com image 379x214]
I'll be even more OK with this if they include tiger poachers, as well.

...but that's just me.

And whalers.


So, you want to take images (photos or video) of people whaling? Pretty sure you can get lots of that already, since it is legal in some places.
 
2013-08-01 07:07:01 PM  

Whatchoo Talkinbout: So you're suggesting we fly drones over those parts of the city?


I'm suggesting that no one in our country lack food, medical care, or education.
 
2013-08-01 07:07:45 PM  
Flying drones? Too visible.

How about drones that look like elephants. The poachers shoot 'em, the drone plays dead and then *bam* tusk missiles.
 
2013-08-01 07:08:12 PM  

Molavian: Whatchoo Talkinbout: So you're suggesting we fly drones over those parts of the city?

I'm suggesting that no one in our country lack food, medical care, or education.


We have our own sh*t to deal with.

/FTFM
 
2013-08-01 07:09:52 PM  
Would it be easier just to kill rich people in China? Let's be honest Chinese " medicine" is driving tigers, rhinos etc to the brink of disappearing
 
2013-08-01 07:11:11 PM  

Highroller48: BumpInTheNight: Unarmed though, well I guess its a start.  I bet the russians would have provided armed ones, they really don't seem to like dicking around with humanitarian bullshiat when it comes to assholes making the world a worse place.

Almost 20 years ago, when I was leaving the military, I heard about a program in Kenya and other parts of Africa.  People with military experience were being hired to supplement, train and "advise" their anti-poaching forces in the field.  The interesting thing was the ROE:  They were supposedly allowed to engage illegal hunters with live fire without any warning in order to protect endangered animals.

I never pursued that, but I often wish I had.  I'm normally not one to advocate skipping due process, but if this business was "as advertised" I think my personal scruples could have survived a few dead poachers.


Sounds like fun. Just make sure you have your proper license & tags. If the price for elephant poaching is death, I would hate to face charges for poacher poaching.
 
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