Saturday, August 11, 2012
THE GUARDIAN did an earlier post regarding the waste and spend "drone" deal costing taxpayers a mere $35,000 for a drone vehicle with a 500 gram payload. Also in the deal was the cost to send four people to Canada for "training" on this new toy. All this foolishness was done with "HOMELAND SECURITY MONEY" and no thought given to alternatives to this expensive toy.
Today, THE GUARDIAN read with interest an article in the Wall Street Journal about a whole series of remote control fliers with a costs as low as $45-$300! It begs the question: What were the local HOME LAND SECURITY wonks thinking when they shelled out all that money on their toy drone.
The AR. DRONE 2.0 costs a mere $300 and is equipped with an on board high-def camera that will beam video back to a smart phone. The footage can be saved and put into video format if necessary. All of this just goes to show the most costly option is not always in the best interests of the taxpayers.
But the real question here is why would local officials buy something with taxpayer money they would never buy out of their own pocket. It would be intersting to note just how many times the "drone" has actually been put into service and for what reason.
Here's a link for more cheap drone info: http://ardrone2.parrot.com/
and here is a video of this cheap drone in action: http://ardrone.parrot.com/best-of-user-videos/2012/06/25/fire-coming/
All of this nonsense is just one more example that it takes no particular talent to spend other people's money by governmental agencies.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 8:55 AM