Morning Links

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
  • NFL to broadcast a Chargers-Raider game in 3-D?  Sounds interesting, but please, keep the 3-d cameras Al Davis. Someone could get hurt.
  • Post-reductio Canada.  What an incredibly stupid conception of civil rights.
  • British police protest plan to arm officers with Tasers, arguing, “There is no doubt that in some circumstances Tasers are a very effective alternative to firearms or asps [metal batons] but their use must be tightly controlled and we have seen no case made out to extend their availability.”
  • Practical, nonconventional uses for a portable digital camera.
  • Texas officials are digging in with their plan to require some tech support experts to obtain a private investigator’s license.  When this story first came out, some of these same officials pooh-poohed the scare stories as an overreaction.  But then why refuse to clarify the ambiguous language that have critics concerned?
  • Australian researcher finds that the parts of the country where prostitution is decriminalized and least regulated have the healthiest sex workers.
  • Obama nominee for DHS chief has a history of embarrassing alliances with Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
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  • 16 Responses to “Morning Links”

    1. #1 |  Greg N. | 

      Wait, so the POLICE don’t want the Tasers? What kind of bizarro world is this “Britain”?

    2. #2 |  Alaska | 

      The link to the Australian study is broken. It goes to the Texas story about requiring tech experts to have p.i. licenses. Please fix the link. Thanks.

    3. #3 |  B | 

      To be fair to Ms. Napolitano, I think her posture towards Arpaio as governor is *generally* better characterized as non-interference more than an “alliance”. It isn’t really the governor’s job to oversee a county sheriff. That’s (theoretically) what local elections are for.

      Ladder of liberty, and all of that.

    4. #4 |  Legate Damar | 

      Chargers-Raiders? Yuk. That’s like inaugurating your new Ferrari with a trip to Dollar General. Were the Lions and 11 guys at the local Y unavailable?

    5. #5 |  Fritz | 

      Loved the digital camera tricks. I’ve used mine to take pictures of how products are packaged in a box in case I find myself in the unfortuante position of trying to pack them back in there. It saves the effort of trying to figure out how bubble-wrapped object B fits into styrofoam shape Q-171, etc.

    6. #6 |  parse | 

      “This means I’m equal now,” said Joanne Neubauer, a Victoria woman whose severe rheumatoid arthritis requires her to use a wheelchair.

      You know you are equal when you are being treated differently than everybody else.

    7. #7 |  Matthew | 

      Man, I wish *my* name were “Rob Cockerham”…

    8. #8 |  Troy | 

      Like the article says, Maricopa County loves this Arpaio. So what if Slate doesn’t? This story isn’t going to go anywhere. Only people left of Napalitano are going to care.

      Having said that, things lean a little to the right in the West. An Idaho or Arizona democrat probably doesn’t look anything like a Massachusetts Democrat.

    9. #9 |  Tybalt | 

      The Canadian decision on disabled persons using airlines isn’t a “civil rights” decision, though. This was not a court mandating differential treatment; this was a government order by the airline regulator, the Canadian Transportation Agency. It’s the CTA that decided that airlines should – as a matter of regulatory policy, not of “civil rights” – allow disabled people an extra seat for an inflight attendant.

      The decision mirrors other CTA decisions – for trains certainly as I have experience there (my mother is disabled and must have assistance to travel).

      The CTA’s decision is essentially safety-oriented; it makes no sense to put disabled people (and potentially other passengers or crew) at risk by encouraging them to travel without necessary assistance. There is no undue hardship on the transportation companies as in the vast majority of cases the seat provided to an inflight attendant is unused.

      I know you’re not keen on regulation either but to describe it as a “civil rights” decision is just completely wrongheaded.

    10. #10 |  Warren | 

      I like to nap a lot, does that mean I can get 3-4 seats?

    11. #11 |  Tybalt | 

      I’ve never seen someone on an empty train be prevented from stretching out on an extra seat, Warren. :)

    12. #12 |  SJE | 

      So next time I go to Canada I should get to fly business class for economy prices because I am 6’4”: awesome!

    13. #13 |  scott in phx | 

      As a native of Maricopa County, I find my co-residents insistence on re-electing the “butcher of Maricopa County” (Arpaio) very embarrassing.

      But as I told my wife, Obama’s election may have a silver lining, at least we might get rid of Napolitano.

    14. #14 |  paul | 

      British police are old school. They don’t like tasers, they don’t like guns. A couple of pool balls in an old sock works just fine..

    15. #15 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

      Hi Radley,

      To be clear, it’s not the police in London (the Metropolitan Police Service) who don’t want tasers (although they’ve been highly sceptical in the past), it’s the Metropolitan Police *Authority*, their overseeing body, who have veto’d.

    16. #16 |  Benjamin Wright | 

      The Texas private investigator/computer tech legislation is causing problems for robo-cop traffic enforcement. A Texas judge said the company running a red-light camera was acting illegally because it did not have a private investigator license. On the basis of this ruling, motorists are challenging traffic tickets. See deails: http://legal-beagle.typepad.com/wrights_legal_beagle/2008/12/e-discovery-forensics-private-investigator-license-for-computer-data-collection-and-assessment.html –Ben

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