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Safe Passage Drones

MCKINLEY PARK — If a Chicago alderman has his way, the city could someday see drones buzzing through the skies as part of an effort to keep students safe as they walk to school.

“We could use the help.!” Ald. George Cardenas (12th) tweeted, along with an article from The Telegraph outlining ways the remote-controlled, unmanned aerial vehicles — commonly known as drones — have been used outside of military actions.  “Why not use drones in safe passage.??”

During a follow-up phone interview, Cardenas said “there is no doubt technology is migrating from military use. … It’s going to take time to find those uses in an urban environment. It is, however, the future and I think people will want to take that leap. I think eventually we’re going to have to look at this technology.”

But Matt Waite, a journalism professor at the University of Nebraska, believes using drones to patrol the city’s streets isn’t a good idea. Waite is involved in an effort that uses drones in news gathering and documents the experiments by the school’s Drone Journalism Lab on a blog.

“There’s still a big safety issue, especially with the small ones,” he said. “They have a tendency to crash from time to time. So now you have something with spinning blades over the top of children that could fall out of the sky. That would seem unwise.”

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  1. Manuel Tcherkov

    August 29th, 2013

    What could POSsibly go wrong?

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  2. RightWinger

    August 29th, 2013

    This is just another idiotic moron lefty who has the complete inability to think because his head is so far up his azz.

    Yeah, the first drone that crashes into the city and bingo, the lawsuits start. Even then, what the hell is going to happen? Drone going to fire on gang thugs who are shooting it out on the streets? No because innocents will get killed, more lawsuits.

    Drones going to be that eye in the sky and the operator will notify the police if they see a shoot out in progress? Well, like lib thinking tends to do, its already too late at that point. The only thing that is going to happen is the police are going to show up in time to count the dead and call in paramedics for the wounded.

    If you don’t have armed police along every block of this BS “Safe Passage” zone, then it will never be a safe passage zone, regardless of how many stupid drones you have flying over Chicago.

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  3. cato

    August 29th, 2013

    Yeah, arm the drones and shoot the black street thugs before they kill the black students who want a real life outside dependency and the gang life of chicago.

    Ald. George Cardenas —-Must be a racist white hispanic.

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  4. Joe Btfsplk

    August 29th, 2013

    Chicago, like Detroit, may be a lost cause. Fence it off and bulldoze it.

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  5. Left Coast Dan

    August 29th, 2013

    Guy is walking down a deserted street at night, and sees another guy on his hands and knees under the spotlight, desperately searching. ‘Can I help you?’ the first guy asks. ‘What are you looking for?’ The second guy says ‘Oh, I’m looking for my keys, I dropped them.’ ‘Where did you lose them?’ the first guy asks. ‘Oh, over there in the bushes.’ ‘Then why aren’t you looking over there?’ Because my political ideology will only let me look here – anything else is blasphemy.

    Do you want to fix the problem, or just secure more funding and power for yourself?

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  6. AQT214

    August 29th, 2013

    If someone were to sneak up behind this guy while he was doing his Alderman job of “saying stuff at people for six figures per year”, and threw a bag over his head and carted him off somewhere to be rendered harmless via psychotropics, there would be thunderous applause.

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  7. Bad Brad

    August 29th, 2013

    Sharp as a marble. Who votes for these idiots?

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  8. Two Legged Blue Eyed Cracker

    August 29th, 2013

    That Tom Hanks!

    He’s working on a new role in which he uses sign language to describe length of the troubles of the poor progressive down trodden.

    The will use CGI to increase it past 5 inches.

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  9. da_truth36

    August 29th, 2013

    Typical lib tactic: We need drones in the skies of America! It’s fer the chirren!!1!11!

    Give ‘em an inch and they’ll take a mile. Next there will be armed MQ-9′s in the sky to protect our children (from those damned sovereign right wing teabaggers!)

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  10. FeFem

    August 29th, 2013

    There are no depths to which Statists will not stoop in furtherance of their idiotic, anti-logical ideology.

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  11. bitterclinger

    August 29th, 2013

    Why not just shoot the thugs shooting at the chirren?

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  12. Jimbo

    August 29th, 2013

    @Bad Brad
    “Sharp as a marble. Who votes for these idiots?”
    Welfare recipients.

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  13. Hotlanta Mike

    August 29th, 2013

    The Jewish Quarterback

    The coach had put together the perfect team for the Chicago Bears. The only thing that was missing was a good quarterback. He had scouted all the colleges and even the Canadian and European Leagues, but he couldn’t find a
    ringer who could ensure a Super Bowl win.

    Then one night while watching CNN he saw a war-zone scene in the West Bank. In one corner of the background, he spotted a young Israeli soldier with a truly incredible arm. He threw a hand-grenade straight into a 15th story window 100 yards away.

    KABOOM!

    He threw another hand-grenade 75 yards away, right into a chimney.

    KA-BLOOEY!

    Then he threw another at a passing car going 90 mph.

    BULLS-EYE!

    “I’ve got to get this guy!” Coach said to himself. “He has the perfect Arm!”

    So, he brings him to the States and teaches him the great game of Football. And the Bears go on to win the Super Bowl.

    The young man is hailed as the great hero of football, and when the Coach asks him what he wants, all the young man wants is to call his Mother.

    “Mom,” he says into the phone, “I just won the Super Bowl!”

    “I don’t want to talk to you, the old woman says. “You are not my son!”

    “I don’t think you understand, Mother,” the young man pleads. “I’ve won the greatest sporting event in the world. I’m here among thousands of my adoring fans.”

    “No! Let me tell you!” his mother retorts. “At this very moment, there are gunshots all around us. The neighborhood is a pile of rubble. Your two
    brothers were beaten within an inch of their lives last week, and I have to keep your sister in the house so she doesn’t get raped!” The Old lady pauses, and then tearfully says “I will never forgive you for making us move to Chicago!

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  14. ronterf

    August 29th, 2013

    Ha ha…a talking drone talking about drones!

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  15. Bob M.

    August 30th, 2013

    No, that’s NOT a drone in my pocket (It’s a Kimber 1911), and I am NOT happy to see you – I take care of myself, thank you very much… :roll:

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  16. serfer62

    August 30th, 2013

    The Kommiecrats will do anything that’s NOT logical!!!
    Excuse no.3, 985. 492 to not allow people to DEFEND themselves.

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  17. Joe

    August 30th, 2013

    I see that Rahm is finally bringing order to Chicago’s chaos.

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