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How Much Of Your Stuff Does Big Tech Own?

Friday April 23rd, 2021

By : Elizabeth Kolbert
Source : The New Yorker

On July 26, 2015, William Merideth’s daughter was sunbathing on the deck of their house, in Hillview, Kentucky, when a drone flew over the back yard. The girl rushed inside to tell Merideth, who rushed out. The drone had whizzed on, but it soon returned. It was, Merideth would later say, “hovering” above him when he decided to plug it with his shotgun.

The drone, which cost its owner some fifteen hundred dollars, crashed into a nearby field. Merideth argued that he was justified in firing at it because it was trespassing on his property. “I didn’t shoot across the road,” he told the local Fox affiliate, WDRB. “I didn’t shoot across my neighbors’ fences. I shot directly into the air.” The Hillview police took a different view. They arrested Merideth and charged him with criminal mischief. He ended up spending a night in jail. Upon his release, he had T-shirts made up showing a drone in a set of crosshairs. “We the People have had enough,” the shirts said.

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