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Mumbai Pizza Chain Already Delivering Pizzas by Drone

Way to high­light that inno­v­a­tive spirit America…NOT!

The FAA, killing “Pizza by Drone” since 2011.

Would you like your pizza home-delivered by an unmanned drone? That may not be impos­si­ble in future, for a little-known pizza chain in Mum­bai last week suc­ceeded in mak­ing a test-delivery less than 3km away from its out­let in Lower Parel by using a remote-controlled, GPS-enabled drone.

The ‘cus­tomer’ was actu­ally a friend of the chain’s CEO, so it was tech­ni­cally not a sale, as com­mer­cial deliv­er­ies by drones are not allowed in India. Yet, in a way, it was a first for a prod­uct deliv­ery Ama­zon has only planned. On May 11, the drone took off from the Lower Parel out­let and, fly­ing at a speed of 30km an hour, manoeu­vred its way atop the city’s mill dis­trict to reach its des­ti­na­tion, a high-rise in Worli, in nearly 10 minutes.

The drone dropped the 13-inch plain margherita pizza, weigh­ing half a kilo, on the 21st floor rooftop (where it was col­lected by the ‘cus­tomer’) before tak­ing off again for the return jour­ney. The speed with which the deliv­ery was made thus beat the record for most lead­ing pizza chains, which man­u­ally deliver piz­zas within 30 minutes.

The drone used in the oper­a­tion was custom-made, said an offi­cial from the pizza chain, adding that an auto engi­neer friend of his had helped him make the flight pos­si­ble. The offi­cial said the chain had car­ried out the test-delivery as an exper­i­ment because it wants to be ready when reg­u­la­tions in India allow for such meth­ods of prod­uct delivery.

Drones are quite com­mon in India. The motion pic­ture indus­try there has appar­ently been using them for years.

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Plurality believe “Arab Spring” has backfired on U.S.

Hon­estly, I’m shocked this isn’t over 50 percent.

Many hoped that the “Arab Spring” protests that began three years ago would lead to a new era of democ­racy in a num­ber of Islamic coun­tries, but U.S. vot­ers now see that as increas­ingly unlikely and think the changes there have been bad for America.

Just nine per­cent (9%) of Likely U.S. Vot­ers believe the changes in coun­tries such as Egypt, Libya and Tunisia have been good for the United States, accord­ing to a new Ras­mussen Reports national tele­phone sur­vey.  Forty-one per­cent (41%) think the rise of new gov­ern­ments in those coun­tries has been bad for Amer­ica instead. Twenty-six per­cent (26%) say the changes have had no impact, while nearly as many (24%) are not sure.

Hope is a won­der­ful thing.  Unfor­tu­nately, in an area of the world where strong­men have long run things and thugoc­racy replaces thugoc­racy, you often have to stop and be thank­ful for democracy.


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My Sentiments Exactly…

Jonah Goldberg’s lede in his lat­est col­umn nails what I’ve been think­ing has to be the larger Obama Administration’s “doc­trine” on for­eign policy.

I think we all know what Barack Obama’s foreign-policy strat­egy com­ing into office was.

Step 1: Be Barack Obama (and not George W. Bush).

Step 2: ????

Step 3: World peace!

(With apolo­gies to South Park.)

As a can­di­date, Obama held a huge cam­paign rally in, of all places, Berlin, tout­ing his bona fides as a cit­i­zen of the world. The crowd went wild, as he talked at length about a world with­out walls (you had to be there). As pres­i­dent, in his first major speech abroad, Obama sug­gested to a Cairo audi­ence that the fact Amer­ica elected him was all the proof any­one should need that Amer­ica had turned the page.

It all seems very strange now in ret­ro­spect, but in his defense, you can under­stand how seduc­tive this notion must have been. The whole world — at least the parts of it that Obama lis­tens to — was telling him that replac­ing George W. Bush with Barack Obama was just the ticket for what ailed the planet. The fer­vor was all so detached from facts on the ground that the Nobel Com­mit­tee even gave Obama a Peace Prize for the stuff they were sure he was going to do, even­tu­ally. (One clue that Obama’s cult of per­son­al­ity didn’t actu­ally trans­late into tan­gi­ble results on the world stage should have been his fail­ure to win the 2016 Olympics for his home­town of Chicago, despite being the first pres­i­dent to per­son­ally lobby for it.)

This explains a lot.

I mean, one of the most bull­shit, puke-inducing lines from the sycophant-in-chief for Obama, Andrew Sul­li­van, dur­ing the 2008 elec­tion was that “All the world needs to know about Obama is that his mid­dle name is Hussein.”

Really?  That’s it.  That alone is going to get nations to stop hat­ing us?  That by just point­ing to the man’s mid­dle name is enough to turn swords into plow shears?

Please.  This entire pres­i­dency has been one long for­eign pol­icy fail­ure after another.  Iran?  Hey, let’s talk to them, con­sider it a “Win” and then COMPLETELY IGNORE ACTUAL POPULAR UPRISING TO OVERTHROW THE MAD MULLAHS IN 2009 FOR TWO WEEKS AS THE RIOT COPS COME IN AND CRUSH SOME HEADS!  South­east Asia?  So what if China looks like its act­ing like pre-World War II Japan and fright­en­ing every sin­gle one of its neigh­bors (and U.S. allies to boot).

Ukraine?  Just tell me when it’s either one, two, or three coun­tries — or do we just wait until the Russ­ian flag flies over Kiev again?

Iraq?  Well, the coun­tries com­pletely col­lapsed into a cor­rup­toc­racy and treats women like brood mares, but hey, we got our troops out of there!

Afghanistan, land of “The Right War?”  Well, the leader has pretty much handed the coun­try over to war­lords and past-Taliban types and we’ve all but pissed away a status-of-forces agree­ment with Karzi.

Do I even bother with things like Syria, Egypt and Libya?

Yeah, didn’t think so.

Part of the prob­lem is that this White House thought “If we’re not there, there’s no prob­lem,” failed to see how the world really acts.  Much of the world oper­ates under a school­yard men­tal­ity.  While lib­er­als may like to see the United States as “the bully” in this sce­nario, the real­ity has long been we’ve been act­ing as “recess mon­i­tor” since the end of World War II whether we wanted to or not.  It was the U.S. who has to act as “Global Cop” because no one else is able or even remotely capa­ble of.

When we don’t, crap like the stuff hap­pen­ing now does.  When you don’t act with a firm hand, the kids on the play­ground laugh at you behind your back and then go beat up the nerds when you aren’t looking.

It’s a cruel lot in life, but frankly, it’s the job of U.S. for­eign pol­icy to keep the world sane, not cod­dled and sup­plied with lol­ly­pops, warm hugs, and good feelings.

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