Top Leaderboard, Site wide
Shop the Truthdig Gift Guide 2014
December 17, 2014
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
Sign up for Truthdig's Email NewsletterLike Truthdig on FacebookFollow Truthdig on TwitterSubscribe to Truthdig's RSS Feed

Get Truthdig's headlines in your inbox!


New York State Bans Fracking




Story/Time


Truthdig Bazaar more items

 
Cartoons

Blasty the Drone, To Protect & Swerve

Email this item Email    Print this item Print    Share this item... Share

Posted on Jul 10, 2014

By Mark Fiore

The old "It's a bird, it's a plane..." exclamation should be updated to end with "It's a drone!" That's how common these new devices are becoming, used to deliver everything from deadly blows to your latest online order. Read about Mark Fiore's take on the sky-prone gadgets and watch his latest animation, "Blasty the Drone, To Protect & Swerve."
The rise of killer drones abroad continues, as does the rise of fireworks-photographing, beer-delivering drones at home. With a huge variety of uses and a very politicized, lethal start, these robots in the sky promise to be one of the most difficult-to-regulate gadgets in the United States. If you deliver a beer via drone to a friend, just for fun, that's legal. If someone pays you to deliver a beer via drone, that's illegal and dangerous. Lethal drones carrying missiles that can vaporize a human? Legal. (Although strictly for government use, at least until the NRA expands the Second Amendment further.) A recent report warned of perpetual warfare thanks to drones. This was released at the same time drones are being put to a wide variety of uses here at home-- it seemed like the time for Blasty the Drone to revel in his newfound versatility. While burrito-delivering drones are banned, the Obama administration finally released a shaky, heavily-redacted legal justification for killing an American citizen(s) with a drone. Seems like Blasty the Drone has a long and successful career ahead of him in the public and private sector. Personally, I wish we could recommission our lethal drones to focus on surveillance like this. Enjoy the cartoon, and keep your eye on the skies! (More links to the news behind the cartoon here.)


Click to see more Truthdig Cartoons

Deserve

Hostage Situation

Stop and Frisk

Wall St. Cushion










More Below the Ad

Advertisement

Square, Site wide

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

 
Monsters of Our Own Creation? Get tickets for this Truthdig discussion of America's role in the Middle East.
Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
 
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 
 
 

A Progressive Journal of News and Opinion   Zuade Kaufman, Publisher   Robert Scheer, Editor-in-Chief
© 2014 Truthdig, LLC. All rights reserved.

Like Truthdig on Facebook