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The name Columbia Basin Badgers reflects our tenacity when seeking clear information, and reminds all to retain a sense of humor and civility while tackling tough issues. The club member at each forum who "digs the deepest" wins a prized stuffed Badger.
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Drones: Privacy vs. Freedom
When: Friday December 5th, 2014
Where: 11:30a - 1p Richland Red Lion
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Cancellation Deadline: Noon on Tuesday, Dec 2nd; No-Shows will be charged.
Cost: $20 for members, $25 for non members, $30 Day of event
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Is the use of UAVs a personal freedom, or does it invade privacy? We will explore this divisive issue in the Dec. 5 Columbia Basin Badger Club Forum. It begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Richland Red Lion Inn on George Washington Way.
Unpiloted aerial vehicles would seem to be covering our skies. UAVs, often called drones, have been used for years by the military and now are commonly available for commercial and personal use.
In fact, hobbyists have used fixed-wing UAVs for years, though they were often built from scratch. Today, owning a UAV is as simple as jumping on Amazon.com and punching in your credit card. For less than $1,500, you can buy a sturdy quadcopter and a high-resolution camera and have them flying over your neighborhood in a matter of minutes.
Parts of the government frown on this trend, particularly the Federal Aviation Administration, which has attempted to ban UAVs for what it deems are "commercial purposes" - including legitimate uses by journalists. UAVs have been banned across the country in national parks, and Florida and Idaho have passed laws banning their use by citizens under some circumstances.
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