First Rule of DWD – Go Big or Go Home

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by Screedler on January 29, 2015

Well that was more prophetic than I thought.   I ended my last post on DWD (Droning While Drunk) mentioning the fact that perhaps more attention would be given to irresponsible operating an unmanned vehicle after one crashed in the White House lawn.    Not only has it gotten the drone operator in hot water, it turned out that the reason for the crash was…DWD.  Go Big or Go Home, but probably not a good idea when it’s the  home of the POTUS.

Drunk Spy Crashed the White House Drone

The man who flew his drone into a tree at the White House early Monday morning works for the nation’s satellite-snooping agency and had been drinking prior to the incident, according to the Secret Service. The man, who works for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, said he was hanging out at a friend’s nearby apartment. He was worried the lost drone may have hit White House premises but went to bed hoping it hadn’t. When his friends told him about the reports the next day, he decided to talk to authorities. Read more about it at The New York Times.

While it sounds like the authorities so far are being pretty lenient on the guy, as he is not being held in some basement getting the Gitmo treatment;  I bet he will think twice before operating a drone under the influence again.  Now what will they do to someone who winds up killing someone else by accidentally (drunk) running it into a car going 70 mph, an aircraft, or just someone water skiing down the river.  It will be like a guided missile.  Unfortunately, I do think it will happen in the near future.  Getting a license to operate unmanned vehicles (of a certain range or type)  is probably inevitable as well as thought out legal consequences for unlawful operation.  The end of free-range drones is near.


Droning While Drunk and other Crimes of the Future

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by Screedler on January 26, 2015

This idea for a story has been sitting in my drafts folder for a couple of months.  It’s amazing how fast things are moving on all technological fronts.

The post was originally inspired by an accident involving a drone that hit an unsuspecting person at a football game here locally – Tuscaloosa police searching for operator of drone that fell on fan during game days.  I was going to elaborate on how I thought we would probably see more of this and perhaps the introduction of some new laws and regulations; specifically focusing on what officials would or could do if the drone operator was determined to be under the influence.   Accidents like this have probably already happened, just not deemed newsworthy. Almost certainly some fun-loving college students have totaled out their unmanned vehicles while inebriated, but I haven’t seen this documented either. I believe it will not be long before we see our first whatever they are going call it ODUI (Operating Drone Under The Influence),  DWI (Droning While Intoxicated), or my favorite DWD (Droning While Drunk).

Now comes news of more illegal activity involving drones; this time using them to smuggle drugs across the Mexican-US border:

Drone carrying drugs crashes south of U.S. border

A smuggler’s drone flying from Mexico crash-landed just south of the U.S. border city of San Ysidro, California, in a failed drug delivery this week, Tijuana Municipal Police said.  The drone was loaded with more than six pounds of the synthetic drug crystal meth and crashed Tuesday night in a supermarket parking lot in Tijuana.  Apparently the smugglers became too greedy, as the silver and black, six-propeller Spreading Wings S900 Model was not able to withstand the weight of the load and crashed.  “In San Diego, the street value, at last account, for a six-pound load would be about $48,000,” DEA Special Agent Matt Barden said. “Once you get it across the border, that stuff’s like gold.”


What’s next?  With unidentified  drones landing on the White House lawn, we probably wont have to wait long to find out.



Higher Power’s Whisper

by Screedler on January 21, 2015

I heard this on The Current and for some reason thought it might have to do with recovery. After watching the video, the verdict is still out, but it undoubtedly is dealing with issues of youth substance use. If you take the first image of the kids drinking in front of a “Dead End” sign, add the fact that the narrator never appears to be doing drugs or drink himself, and throw in the chorus chants of “I am the Savior” and “I hear God’s Whisper”; I would like to think the meaning is somewhat positive. Hmmm. Here’s my take… this youth is saying he will not bow down to the peer pressure to do drugs and drink, he is listening to his Higher Power. Regardless of it’s intended meaning, I still really like the song. What do you think? Anti or Pro on drug and alcohol use?


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Beware The Pooch Hooch

January 18, 2015

Alcohol abuse can sometimes extend beyond the human condition. Pet owners were unwittingly getting their sometimes unruly or nervous dogs soused by spiking their drinking water with a “calming” potion by the name of Good Dog Pet Calming Supplement.  Fortunately, pet supply giant Petco has pulled the product off their website and shelves, raising awareness […]

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Well that escalated quickly…

January 14, 2015

Ever been at a concert or sporting event and wish you could get rid of a bunch of unruly drunks. Notice how they just turn it off at the end. See ya!

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Willpower 101

January 11, 2015

Piggybacking on the last post about ignoring alcohol advertisements, I found an informative article over at io9 well worth reading in it’s entirety How to Make Your Willpower Stronger — According to Science. Some of the highlights: Consistent Throughout Life The neurological basis of willpower is further enforced by a long-term study adopted by Cornell […]

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Alcohol Advertisement Aversion Therapy for Alcoholics

January 8, 2015

Among the many obstacles facing the newly sober, is the harsh fact that even though you can’t have “fun” anymore by enjoying a relaxing beverage; the distilleries, brewers, and vineyards of the world will be knocking on the door of your damaged psyche constantly, to remind you that “everyone” else can and does. It’s just […]

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TOP 50: Scariest Anti-Drug PSAs

January 5, 2015

Unearthed another PSA goldmine.  Although a little dated, this list does a pretty good job of ranking the scariness factor of fifty PSA’s from around the world.  Not surprisingly, the top one’s are not from the USA.  Surprisingly, I had not seen more than half of these. If you don’t have 40 minutes, skip ahead […]

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R.I.P. 2014 (2014-2014)

January 1, 2015

I posted this list of Woody Guthrie’s New Years Resolutions last year, but it is worth reposting.  Follow these and your sure to have a great 2015.  Happy New Year!  

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Driving Drunk in the Zombie Apocalypse

December 28, 2014

If you are a fan of The Walking Dead like me, this is pretty awesome. Especially, since the mid-season finale has left me TWD-less on Sunday nights now. Not only does this drunk driving message have some of the highest production values I have seen attempted in a PSA; it features fan favorite Michael Rooker, […]

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Carol of The Bartenders

December 25, 2014

Have a Safe and Merry Christmas, and be especially careful on the roads.

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The Junky’s Christmas

December 24, 2014

A different kind of Christmas Miracle The Junky’s Christmas is a story by William S. Burroughs. It appears in the 1989 collection Interzone and on the 1993 album Spare Ass Annie and Other Tales. It was also made into a 1993 short claymation film directed by Nick Donkin and Melodie McDaniel. The film was produced […]

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A Pack of Gifts Now

December 23, 2014

Mashup of Rudolph the Reindeer and Apocalypse Now written by Patton Oswalt for MadTv back in the 90’s. Rudolph has just come off an eggnog bender.

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I’ll Be Stoned For Christmas

December 22, 2014

It’s no shocker that when I was still drinking, the holidays were not really about celebrating the true spirit of Christmas as put forth by Linus and the Peanuts gang, and more about getting wasted on the spirits of alcohol.  This thought came to mind as I listened to this song on my radio while driving […]

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Claridryl’s Possible Side Effects

December 18, 2014

A couple of weeks ago I did a post about the drugging of America via it’s most profitable prescribed drugs, and hinted at my disdain for the glib commercials that hawk these  powerful drugs to a trusting population. In other words, they do not do a very good job of informing the public of the possible dangers […]

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