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Sunday, July 10th, 2011

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  1. #1 |  Christ on a Cracker | 

    I never understood why an always-on camera is not standard equipment (the rest room issues can be worked out). I would only serve to protect the good cops, protect citizens and expose the liars and incompetents….

    (What? Oh….)

    Never mind.

  2. #2 |  JimBob | 

    You know, the PATRIOT Act’s pseudoephedrine provision has been a boil on my ass for the last 5 years. I know that the Indiana thing is a little different, but it’s still indicative of the attitude that using pseudoephedrine for IT’S INTENDED GODDAMN PURPOSE is somehow suspect.

    I have horrible sinus problems. Seems like I have a sinus infection every other month or so. Tried surgery a few years ago– didn’t help for more than about 6 months, and then I was back to sinus headaches so bad that I nearly vomit from the pain. I need a decongestant to make it through the day, and the options these days are pretty limited.

    Phenylephrine is a fucking joke: multiple studies have found it to be no more effective than a placebo, but the FDA doesn’t give a flying fuck about scientific evidence. So they regularly issue statements where they “stand by” the most useless fucking substance on earth. Glad to know THOSE useless motherfuckers are looking out for me.

    Oxymetazoline is a little bit better, but if I go more than two or three days on the stuff, I wind up having “rebound” congestion that just prolongs my suffering. So I can deal with three days of excruciating pain, or 7 days of intense pain. Having the option is nice, I guess, but I’d rather just get back to living my life.

    Pseudoephedrine is the ONLY drug I can get that reliably helps me out. Does it jack up my blood pressure? Sure, but I’ll be okay. Does it make me a little jittery when I take the 120 mg tabs? Yep– it’s a very potent stimulant, after all. Does it sort of make me feel a little loopy at times? Yes.

    But it also stops the pain. And when your head feels like mine, that’s all you care about. If pseudoephedrine turned me purple and made me hum Barry Manilow tunes to myself all day, I’d gladly do it to be rid of the pain.

    Pseudoephedrine takes me from being a pathetic creature that can barely crawl out of bed to take a piss, and it turns me into a relatively normal human being. I know it’s been around for years, but for me, pseudoephedrine is a miracle drug that drastically improves my quality of life.

    So when I go to the store and get treated like a criminal suspect for buying as many boxes of the stuff as I’m legally permitted to buy, it pisses me off. I’m buying this medication so I can be a productive, pain-free human being– can I PLEASE make my purchase without the sideways glances, the goddamn lectures about the dangers of meth, and signing a fucking affidavit?

  3. #3 |  FridayNext | 

    I wonder where they film shows that ACTUALLY take place in Vancouver.

  4. #4 |  David | 

    New York City.

  5. #5 |  Maggie McNeill | 

    On the cop-cam story: It’s a good start. Next, the cameras have to be made always on and constant-download so the cop can’t “forget” to turn it on when beating people up or whatever, and so he is not able to edit the video rather than merely not allowed to edit it. And finally, the video needs to be automatically uploaded to third-party watchdog organizations in real time.

    #2: I feel for you, sugar; my sinus headaches are completely debilitating and accompanied by extreme dizziness, vomiting etc. Pseudoephedrine is the ONLY thing that will work, and it works like a charm; even my pharmacist admits that for most people phenylephrine is essentially a placebo (it does work a little bit on my business partner, but her sinus problems aren’t that bad). During the period when only some states put limits on sales I stocked up in other states, but I eventually ran out and am now forced to “register” to get it, plus in my state each pharmacy is limited to a certain number of boxes per month and if you don’t get there within the first few days after they get a shipment, tough luck; it’s like living in a communist country. Most of the pharmacies near me don’t even stock it any more because they don’t want the headaches. I just wish they’d make it a prescription again so my DOCTOR could decide how many pills I need rather than the state legislature giving itself a license to practice medicine.

  6. #6 |  Mrs. C | 

    Camera footage came in handy last year, Nguyen said, after a man complained that he and another officer were rude after pulling him over.

    “We summoned a supervisor to the scene and took the man’s complaint. Internal Affairs reviewed the video,” the officer said. “The complaint was dropped.”

    I agree that such a camera could be a good thing…and hopefully it will be.

    While I am not questioning the officer’s account…I have my reasons for skepticism… footage should be available to those on the other end of the video as well…IA is still within the department. ”The complaint was dropped.”…who knows…they are after all…on the same team.

  7. #7 |  Captain Noble | 

    Speaking of TV shows, have you ever watched The Shield, Radley? It was inspired by the Rampart Police scandal and is one of the best shows I’ve ever watched.

  8. #8 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    The “problem” is that Phenylephrine in /sprays/ is quite effective for short term use. Hence, they’re basing their backing of it on that, and ignoring the fact it’s inactivated very quickly when taken orally.

    (I only react to rapeseed, and only in high concentrations, so I use a spray – usually only a half-dozen times a year)

  9. #9 |  Highway | 

    Well, honestly, there has been a technical barrier to full time video gathering. From that article, we can see that the cameras (self-contained) are finally small enough to be unobtrusive, but the other problem has been storage space. We’ve been able to make small self-contained cameras for a while, but they aren’t a solution if they only store 10 minutes of video, or require the user to continually offload. But now, large volume storage is very small, and may finally have a hope of providing 8 or more hours of video storage in that usable package. And this has certainly been argued before, but I think the storage has always been something people have kinda glossed over.

  10. #10 |  DoubleU | 

    Arizona might have had success with their recall efforts, but not is well as the recall effort for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

  11. #11 |  BSK | 

    Mrs. C-

    But the citizens can just make their own videos.

    Wait… what…?

  12. #12 |  Stormy Dragon | 

    Another show you might like if you haven’t seen it: Raising the Bar. It’s basically what would have happened if you had written Law & Order, a court room drama where the DA routinely gets people convicted on bogus charges, the cop are constantly fudging their testimony or failing to present evidence that would cast doubt on their theory of the case, etc.

  13. #13 |  davidst | 

    Re: Cops with Cameras.

    It’s only good if they absolutely have to record everything, and that without the video evidence they are unable to make spurious charges (like resisting arrest) stick. Otherwise they will just take the camera off, or disable it, or lose the video whenever it is convenient.

  14. #14 |  Mrs. C | 

    Re Citizens making their own videos…

    Officers do not take kindly to being recorded by citizens…they usually intimidate even bystanders…who might record them on a cell phone…let alone the person/s…who may have the ability to document an interaction with the police…as it happening to them firsthand. It is usually a no win for John Q.

    #11 BSK | July 10th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Mrs. C-

    But the citizens can just make their own videos.

    Wait… what…?

    I don’t know if you are being sarcastic or facetious with your Wait… what…? I would hope neither…and perhaps I should not even be responding to the comment. But given our family’s unjust and tragic loss…I find it difficult to ignore any references…that on the surface appear trite. If I am mistaking your comment, I apologize.

    But if you may be referring to the videos…that the judge was allowing into evidence in my son’s case…they speak for themselves…and that is why I believe…the FCPD suddenly wanted to seek a settlement. It was not what I promised my son…but I will live with my regrets…as there were other considerations I had to address.

  15. #15 |  jselvy | 

    I wonder if these cameras will develop the infamous ‘glitch’ that the dash cams do when they are needed as evidence against the blue gang.

  16. #16 |  BSK | 

    Mrs. C-

    I apologize if my meaning wasn’t clear. I was making a joke, namely that the idea of citizens filming cops, which would be the natural response to questionable filming by cops of citizens, is being attacked left and right by cops, prosecutors, and the legislature. People unaware of how this issue has progressed would likely suggest that citizens make their own films. Upon learning about the issues with this, their response might be something along the lines of “Wait, what?” Sorry for the confusion.

  17. #17 |  Mrs. C | 

    #16 BSK

    Sometimes the written word…doesn’t come across…in the way it was meant to…so it was kind of you to respond and explain.

    I meant no ill will by my previous response…and I thank you for taking the time to clear up the confusion.

    Most sincerely…

  18. #18 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    “I hate every monkey I see. From chimpan-A to chimpanzee!”

  19. #19 |  Woog | 

    According to the article the VIEVU cameras cost $125. Man, I’d like a camera that tries to sign/hash the video to show it hasn’t been modified, and is designed to be worn for $125.

    Unfortunately, the price actually appears to be $900 per camera. :P