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Drones, drone pilots and other heroes protecting our freedoms

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I’d been putting off giving Drones, the movie a try on Netflix because of the cover art.  Gave the appearance of one of those animated space war games I’ve found I don’t want to devote any minutes of my remaining life to see.  But it was on my ‘list’ anyway.  I kept scrolling past it and eventually decided to bring it up long enough to apply the ruthless scourge treatment.

Frankly, it wasn’t a good movie in most of the ways I’d normally measure movies.  But it did show that somewhere some other human beings are wondering about the moral and ethical issues related to killing off targets thousands of miles away using drones and drone technology.  I’d wondered a lot about the minds of the people making the decision to kill a host of obviously innocent bystanders and whether they were experiencing any karmic loading afterward.

Drones does explore the matter and a viewer is left with the impression someone among the directors, screenplay writers, producers, had personal experience with drone piloting and all it implies.  I find it encouraging that someone, though maybe not any of the parties actually involved in making choices to blow away babies, children, mothers, and people such as myself who happen to be in the wrong place at the right time, someone is thinking about what it means.

All the usual suspects have opinions about the flick and have said so on Netflix:

Once again the poster and disc art has nothing to do with the actual movie. The entire production is shot inside a “trailer” with a few external shots to show it was in the Nevada desert. This mess concerns the elimination of a suspected terrorist and a shave tail lieutenant that doesn’t want to fira Hellfire missile from the drone she and her pilot are operating. It is left wing mush focusing on collateral damage with a side trip to how EVIL the military command is. Save yourself the loss of 82 minutes and avoid this male bovine excrement.

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Wow. 1st, yes the audio sucks in parts, but there’s subtitles. 2nd, surely any high ranking officer would not disregard such flagrant refusal of orders. Oh, & then we have both military people (girl & guy—YES, women can be violent!) committing assault; One could argue this is an example of why women should not be in combat (drone pilots are more like ground soldiers than regular pilots).At least 1 other review was wrong, this is somewhat realistic, nothing corporate, all 100% military. I’m not in the military, but as I understand it, deliberate refusal of orders, (esp in a combat situation!) would result in being relieved of duty, & disciplinary action.As another says, Poster is BS, nothing to do with movie. Does bring up many moral questions, but so does war & killing in general; If they’re part of your own nation, killing even 1 civilian can make someone a terrorist, & a murderer. (and US military—-yes, I’m in US—has killed *THOUSANDS* of Iraqis, who were unarmed; How does that make Us (ie, USA) any better than them?3.5 stars for moral issues; 1 for technical; Much more realistic than most military movies, but if this is 100% realistic, it’s a sad commentary on our (US) military.I agree, needs better research.

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Just following orders is an excuse that ceased to carry water on the losing side back shortly after WWII.  Evidently the makers of this movie believe, probably correctly, that military careersmen in an all-volunteer military damned well better just follow orders.  And, of course, the orders are coming from people who’ve weighed all the ethical and moral issues, made sound value judgements without regard to anything in their personal lives.  All the way up the ladder to the guy in the White House.

Reminded me that I saw on Yahoo News the other day a story about Bill Clinton remarking somewhere that, “I could have killed Osama Bin Laden.”  Seemed strange to me, brought up visions of him and some Arab duking it out with swords or dueling pistols.

I’m more inclined, however, to think he meant he could have killed him the way he murdered the Mount Pleasant men, women and children outside Waco, Texas, using puppets who were just following orders.  Heroes who were, at least, close enough to smell them burning and hear their screams.  Different sort of hero from the drone pilots.

Old Jules

The lingering worldwide genitalia crisis

Whether it's John Kennedy or Madonna in the room behind her probably isn't an issue worth fretting about.  Besides, she mightn't even be female.

Whether it’s John Kennedy or Madonna in the room behind her probably isn’t an issue worth fretting about. Besides, she mightn’t even be female.

A person would think all this would have come to a climax by now.  Heck, the ancient Greeks used to already cross genitals with anything that could walktalk or crawl.  Even Alexander the Great couldn’t figure out which he liked best. 

For a lot of centuries the Ottomans couldn’t make a distinction between little boys and little girls come dark.  The noble Romans, both male and female  spent so much time admiring the muscles of Roman men they lost track of what countries they were losing their grip over.

Centuries, centuries centuries Catholic priests were diddling other peoples’ wives anytime they couldn’t find little boys to amuse them.  From Rock Hudson to Liberace the US entertainment industry has taken a wide-angle view of the whole mess almost from the beginning.  Today the whole arena of female celebrities are fornicating with anyone with a nutsack and an eighball, and probably there’s a smattering of males among them discovering their female sides.

Every fundamentalist and politician in the country happyhappyhappy sending young men off to get gang raped in prison for toking up or owning the wrong controlled substance.   While the fundamentalists, patriots and politicians sit home masturbating with fantasies of being on one side or the other of the whole thing.

Nobody raising any eyebrows.

But suddenly in Israel and Russia they’ve discovered homosexuality and figure it’s something needs some posturing about.  Worse than a bunch of damned Baptists preachers looking up from whatever they’re sneaking around the red-light districts doing.  Noticing there are people out there who don’t make good judgements regarding genital placement.

Fact is, when the USSR was running over Germany as it retreated from the Red Army during WWII no anus of either gender was safe from invasion by Red Army penetration.  

And while they mightn’t be Zionists, there’s reason to suspect a plethora of successful, well-known Jews worldwide can’t be accurately portrayed as heterosexual.

Seems likely given the fact it’s been going on so long and the people doing it are otherwise frequently good folks, that nothing much is going to change.  People are going to do pretty much whatever they want with their genitals.  All social pressures, government, religious damnation can do is make them try to find darker places to do it.

In a world where Chinese kill off one hell of a lot of their girl-babies and US women get so drunk or stoned they forget to use contraceptives and need the right to abort fetuses it’s hard to reconcile the whole thing.  Too confusing to assimilate.

Maybe Cher or Madonna could clear it all up.

Old Jules