“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
But internet bets are usually pretty safe because they are untestable and unfalsifiable.
"Political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible. . . . Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness."
~Orwell, Politics and the English Language
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
Look, I don't like drones flying over the US. And I've joked about shooting one down if it came over my house (step one: buy a gun). But for a town to endorse it through permits would get them in a world of hurt with the feds. Could even be seen as encouraging shooting drones down. What, is there going to be a "drone season"?
You want to shoot down a drone that's over your property? do it. See what happens in court. Will be interesting to see what our privacy rights are.
But no way should a town issue permits.
By the way, I'm more worried about commercial drones than govt. drones. Not that they'll target me, but when scandal mags start flying drones over private property of stars - I thank that's going too far. And I could see some company flying drones over our houses with advertisements and loud music. That crap is going to .... um, can't say what I was about to say. That stuff is going to annoy the heck out of me. I hate the invasion of our public spaces by ads; I don't want them flying over my house.
But who needs a permit at that point?