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Monday, September 27th, 2010
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  1. #1 |  Marty | 

    re water tower- all the water company clowns get to choose whether they’re gonna work or chase terrorists- chasing terrorists is much more exciting…

    these are like the old guys playing rec league softball who think every game’s the 7th game of the world series- these guys have the most amazing sense of self-importance… I think they just need to be able to go home and brag about how important they were to their wives.

    of course, the poor sap taking pictures is now in the homeland security database. thanks to these jackasses, he probably can’t fly in an airplane or go to canada any more…

  2. #2 |  SJE | 

    re: Segway. This shows why the more relevant issue is whether you can drive one, rather than whether you know the exact dimensions of the Washington monument (see Inst Justice free speech case)

  3. #3 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “Amateur photographer harassed for taking photos of small town water tower.”

    Those utility workers should team up with the goons from the
    No Digging or Photography on Florida beaches and
    the Miami Metro Rail photography Task Force to form some
    kind of anti-photography coalition. GAPP. Goons Against Public
    Photography. There’s power in numbers, like MADD….and nameless, faceless petty tyrants have been up to now under-appreciated in our culture. Throw in a little hype and they could go after bloggers too, or, hell, anyone who can read and write.
    Except you’d need to come up with a dead teenager (cause célèbre) to get the ball rolling.

  4. #4 |  Joe | 

    I just hope that Segway owner was not texting at the time or we will never hear the end of it.

  5. #5 |  Joe | 

    Amateur photographer harassed for taking photos of small town water tower.

    Perhaps the workers were loafing and did not want to get busted by some nosy citizen with a camera. Jeez, doesn’t a municipal worker have a right to take it easy in peace?

  6. #6 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Since utility workers rarely pack heat, one of these idiots is going to ask the wrong question to the wrong person and end up in a box at the morgue. Of course, the “hero” label will apply like it does to anyone who works for the magnificent state.

  7. #7 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    I love the Jerks…Campaign! Name your org a ridiculously long name that makes fun of the shitheads you want to call out. Then, get to work and let the name get onto the ‘tubes.

    Well played, jerks.

  8. #8 |  Mattocracy | 

    “On forensics and biometrics: “”A lot of things possible on a TV series just don’t work that way in real life.”

    You mean Bones, CSI, and Castle are bullshit? Say it ain’t so!

  9. #9 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    I thought for sure this would be here…

    not only does the President have the right to sentence Americans to death with no due process or charges of any kind, but his decisions as to who will be killed and why he wants them dead are “state secrets,” and thus no court may adjudicate their legality.

    http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/09/25/secrecy

    I guess I’ll use this as my opener for “Why Obama sucks just like the rest of them”.

  10. #10 |  Cynical in CA | 

    “Feds want to force Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. to enable them to spy on you. Then again, most of what’s written on those sites is completely illiterate.”

    They’re speaking the Feds’ language!

  11. #11 |  Grenadier1 | 

    I think if the guy taking pictures of the water tower wants to do so again he should wear a shamag over his face. That way he can claim he was profiled and sue the city if he is harassed again.

  12. #12 |  Howlin' Hobbit | 

    Just in case it wasn’t ironic enough that the owner of Segway died while riding one (cf: the Jim Fixx saga) one of the “related articles” listed was “Is a Segway safe to ride?”

  13. #13 |  Rhayader | 

    RE: Biometrics

    CSI has done incalculable damage to our collective understanding of physical evidence. I’d be willing to bet that the show is responsible for more than one improper conviction for a serious crime.

    Actually, it’s really not the show that’s responsible, it’s the dumbass viewers.

  14. #14 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “CSI has done incalculable damage to our collective understanding of physical evidence. I’d be willing to bet that the show is responsible for more than one improper conviction for a serious crime.”

    Actually I hear the opposite is true. Jurors absorb all that
    pseudoscience on TV and then in the courtroom are
    chomping at the bit for some DNA, mass spectrometry, microfibers, hair samples,
    anything.

  15. #15 |  Aresen | 

    Joe | September 27th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    I just hope that Segway owner was not texting at the time or we will never hear the end of it.

    Worse, he could have been drinking and Segwaying!*

    .

    *[Seging? Segwing? Segwang?]

  16. #16 |  Derfel Cadarn | 

    Lets see: Tony the tiger Sonny cuckoo for cocopuffs,Quisp,Quake,Count Chocula,Ronald Carebears,multitudes of other cartoon and make believe corporate shills,but childhood would have been kinda empty without them. These Puritan bungholes should should mind their own f#*king business….Puritanism:The haunting feeling that someone,some where may be happy….HL Mencken Nothing like sucking the joy out of childhood

  17. #17 |  Rhayader | 

    @Yizmo #14: Yeah, I can imagine that being the case when there is no important physical evidence (which happens quite often). But I’m thinking that if a prosecutor can troll out any morsel of data that comes with the word “forensic” attached to it, half the jury thinks about blue lights and lame montage techno-pop, and decides to send the defendant down the river.

  18. #18 |  albatross | 

    Boyd:

    Yeah, it’s a source of pride for me that I voted for that bastard. I foolishly imagined he wanted to slightly dial back the brutal empire abroad/police state at home policies of the Bush administration. Thanks, Barrack. Don’t hold your breath waiting for my vote in 2012.

  19. #19 |  DarkEFang | 

    #14 Yizmo Gizmo –

    “Actually I hear the opposite is true. Jurors absorb all that
    pseudoscience on TV and then in the courtroom are
    chomping at the bit for some DNA, mass spectrometry, microfibers, hair samples,
    anything.”

    And it’s completely ridiculous to think that prosecutors would invent some dodgy new type of forensic science – like firearm/toolmark analysis, dog-scent lineups and bite mark analysis – to accommodate those jurors tainted by too much CSI.

  20. #20 |  Rojo | 

    I see why libertarians get annoyed at the locavore folk, but my take on it is that if our foods prices a.) reflected the externalities of transport, b.) were not distorted by subsidies to corn and whatnot, and c.) weren’t subsidized by the immigration policies that maintain the migrant workforce as an easily exploitable group unable to fairly negotiate wages for fear of deportation; than locavorism would look significantly more attractive at check-out, even though probably not to the satisfaction of Mr. Pollan.

  21. #21 |  RWW | 

    …I voted…

    Well there’s your problem.

    …if our foods prices… were not distorted by subsidies to corn and whatnot…

    I don’t see how corn subsidies would make non-local food more economically attractive.

    and …weren’t subsidized by the immigration policies that maintain the migrant workforce as an easily exploitable group unable to fairly negotiate wages for fear of deportation…

    While I am in favor of an immediate and unqualified end to all immigration restrictions, I seriously doubt that the migrant workforce could achieve significantly higher wages on a level playing field. No, like the currently “legitimate” unions, they’d probably have to use the force of the state to ram such wage agreements down their employers’ throats.

  22. #22 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Indeed, Rojo @ 20. Indeed.

    Bring that up to anyone you hear discuss the issue. “What do you think the food industry would look like in an actual free market?”

  23. #23 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    I don’t see how corn subsidies would make non-local food more economically attractive.

    Not sure if your wrote your post correctly. Ending subsidies (and the laundry list of other market-changing issues in the farming industry) has cascading effects on the cost structure. Today, the price for food at the store has billions of dollars associated with it via government redistribution.

  24. #24 |  Laughingdog | 

    With regards to the photo thing, I think the appropriate thing at that point is to call the cops first and report the two as mentally unstable men who won’t stop stalking you.

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