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Turning camera on police activities is good thing

Posted on May 24th, 2011 at 22:20 by Paul Jay in category: News


What’s good for the police apparently isn’t good for the people – or so the law enforcement community would have us believe when it comes to surveillance.

That’s a concise summary of a new trend noted by National Public Radio last week – the trend whereby law enforcement officials have been trying to prevent civilians from using cell phone cameras in public places as a means of deterring police brutality.

Oddly, the effort – which employs both forcible arrests of videographers and legal proceedings against them – comes at a time when the American Civil Liberties Union reports that “an increasing number of American cities and towns are investing millions of taxpayer dollars in surveillance camera systems.”

Then again, maybe it’s not odd that the two trends are happening simultaneously. Perhaps as more police officers use cameras to monitor every move we make, they are discovering the true power of video to independently document events. And as they see that power, they don’t want it turned against them.


Apparently this is what some police officers see when they look at a camera, which explains the horror stories of photographers being harassed by law enforcement for having cameras and making pictures.

Here’s a closer look at this Canon 16M:

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  1. If that’s a 16mm, I can’t even imagine the recoil on my 90mm macro, not to mention the gargantuan devastation inevitably wreaked by my 200mm telephoto (~300mm equivalent on my crop sensor!).

    (That being said, that looks like an EF 300mm lens, maybe even with a 2x teleconverter).

  2. Is that a camera in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?

  3. Can you imagine how they will respond with this Sigma Ultra Tele 100-400 F2.8 Lens.
    They will send in tanks.

  4. @paul – they’ll need a tank just to move that thing!

Kansas Rep. Pete DeGraaf: Being impregnated during a rape is just like getting a flat tire

Posted on May 24th, 2011 at 0:10 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Rape is often called the ultimate violation of self. A crime of absolute contempt for personal integrity, leaving the women caught in its wreckage to labor under the trauma for years. What reprehensible event could possibly have the same consequences as the spiritual dead zone rape victims are left in?

Well, getting a flat tire, according to Kansas state Rep. Pete DeGraaf.

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  1. This is part of the gradual reduction in rights in the USA over many years. The idiot legislator notwithstanding, the bigger news is that abortion is going to be banned in some places before long. It’s extraordinary that Kansas has forbidden health insurance to cover this procedure. Fortunately, therapeutic abortions _if done early_ are fairly inexpensive and safe.

    The idea of these goons is to make it so hard for women to get contraception, or failing that have early, safe abortions that they will give up (or get a later, unsafe one). They want the ladies back in the kitchen having white babies asap, imo. Kinder, Küche, Kirche

  2. We had a state representative here in Louisiana, who was debating abortion in the cases of incest and rape, compare incest to the inbreeding of livestock on his family farm. Said it made for better stock.

    There may be some truth to Sue’s “white babies” notion but I doubt any of those brain-dead representatives have thought that far ahead.

  3. Let’s see what he says after HE gets a “flat tire”!