A friend and I were discussing the FAA and our efforts in the drone community to engage with the regulatory body. I am sure many of you have had that discussion and most of the ones that have been around pre-2007 are aware of the long standing efforts of Gary, Patrick and many others. I explained to my friend that in 2013 there were over 4500 commercial airline near misses. The FAA at the beginning of the year had 6 drone near miss incidents under investigation. We went on to talk about the Trappy case and the new "rules" banning FPV. That of course led to the news story of Airbus wanting to move to windowless cockpits. This all led to furious use of Google. This led to an interesting experiment. We decided to Google "drone crash" and "drone near miss" to predictable results. On drone crash all the articles about American civilian drones are post 3Q 2013. Anything prior to that are stories of military or smuggler hardware from all over the world. When we googled "drone near miss" you are hard pressed to find articles before March 2014. The few articles before then are pertaining to military drones. If I were new to drones I would be hard pressed to conclude that civilian drones existed prior to 2013. Make no mistake that there is a coordinated effort to swing the tides against civilian drones. The stories are plants and hyperventilating by the media and the FAA. I saw and article that asked "Why are drone operators being arrested all over the country. It spoke of three instances and barely touched the Trappy case. As a modeler for almost 30 years, I am disturbed by these articles and efforts. We have an excellent safety record that I would say according to the evidence surpasses commercial and general aviation. I think as a drone community we need to be responsible for ourselves but we also need to recognize propaganda and call it out so we can protect our rights and privileges. The fact is that models have been flying for decades. The problems that they are saying could happen now could have happened all along. How many RC clubs are at actual airports? Be safe, help others learn how to be safe and call out propaganda trying to make us sound like a new and renegade community. We should be offended by the insinuation and furious with the bent of the stories. I try to engage as many people around me when I am flying. They may be children, police, teachers or any other walk of life including the FAA. When I engage them they are fascinated and amazed at what you can do and how fun it looks. I know this was kind of rambling but I had to get it off my chest. Thank you for reading my blog.