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+ - Portland officer sued over arrest of Bar Harbor couple videotaping police action->

Submitted by KGIII
KGIII (973947) writes "Directly from the website:

"A civil rights group has filed a lawsuit against a city police officer on behalf of a Bar Harbor couple who was arrested this past spring for videotaping police officers on a public street.'"

That's the gist of things right there. In my opinion it's about time. While I don't support everything that the Maine chapter of the ACLU this is one of the times that the group is spot on. The ACLU site has this to say about the taping of police in general and has a number of links to more information. They can be found here: https://www.aclu.org/free-spee...

If you're going to video tape the police then this link has a number of good rules for doing so and is worth reading before you go out and just start filming arrests. http://reason.com/archives/201... It's worth checking into your local laws because here's a store about a guy facing up to 16 years in prison for filming the police,

Yeah, really, 16 years... Let's let that set in for a minute.

While you mull that over and froth at the mouth — here are a few links to sites that are dedicated to preserving your liberties:

http://www.berkeleycopwatch.or... — Where it all began (they got Cop Watch going there).
http://www.copwatch.org/ — Lots of information with a large database — or use this link: http://copwatch.com/AAAindex.h...
http://peacefulstreets.com/ — Yet another group advocating recording the police.


As for a technical remedy it seems like it would be good protection (for the person who's doing the recording) to figure out a way to have the video uploaded and saved automatically as it is recorded and, perhaps, also enable immediate streaming to the web. Having another copy of the video being automatically made and uploaded may help you in court should the police decide to violate your rights and with it streamed there's some chance that someone's watching it and can then be a witness should such be required. Is there software to do this automatically? I imagine you can find a couple of apps that will do this for Android, Apple, and Windows phones or even cobble one together on your own.

Thoughts? I imagine that people would like those features and that they may even pay for those features though giving it away to those watching the police would still be ideal. I suppose you could add more features and do a free and paid version. If there are any app developers here (I'm sure there are) then there's an idea for you to think about. I suspect it would be a good money maker as an app like that would have more uses than just filming the police. It's your million dollar idea and it is free for the taking but I suspect somebody has already thought of it and I'm just not aware of it. Either way, streaming and automatically saving to the web would be fantastic and, as a bonus, it would really irritate the cop."

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Comment: Re:But neverletheless... (Score 3) 340

by KGIII (#44725061) Attached to: For Education, Why TI-83 > iPad

What I take from all of this?

Everyone learns differently. You recommend one thing, the author another, and I learned another. I'm not sure that the iPad is the right choice but I would agree that a tablet, seeing as it has greater potential, is probably a better choice of aids for the students than any of the methods we've become attached to. Why? The tablet can emulate all of those things in one form or another and if they can't then they can have custom software that does if it is needed.

I guess, really, that what I'm saying is that the tablet offers all those choices (even an abacus I suppose) but doesn't lock anyone into a specific method, device, or thought process by default. It will, ideally, allow students to learn how they're best suited to learn.

Comment: Re:"Don't shoot me, I'm only the piano player!" (Score 1) 271

by KGIII (#44714915) Attached to: Inside the 2013 US Intelligence "Black Budget"

We've been mucking about in the Middle East longer than that I'm afraid. *sighs* If you exclude the US it goes as far back as the Crusades. However, check what happened to the whole area after WWI and then under the direction of the League of Nations (which the US didn't join, we weren't wanting to police the planet back then - I'm not sure what happened to change the mentality honestly except maybe the Cold War happened but that's a rather generic statement and I can't pin it down to a specific turning point so I'd be curious to hear thoughts on the subject).

Comment: Re:Cool (Score 1) 271

by KGIII (#44714885) Attached to: Inside the 2013 US Intelligence "Black Budget"

The Cold War is long since over, McCarthyism is no longer fashionable, and bad government policy or actions do not automatically equal communism. Communism has a definition. If you learn that definition, it's real definition, you may actually not be so scared of it but I digress and that's not the point. The point is that, no, it's not communism by any stretch of the imagination.

Anyhow, no, I don't recommend communism as a system of government for anything larger than a tribe. In and of itself it isn't a bad system. Unfortunately it has had its name tarnished by lots of people and governments self-defining themselves as communists when they are nothing even close to communists. Today's seemingly more popular example would be the self-defining libertarians who don't understand the platform, don't even know what libertarianism is, and generally seem to do so because it is no longer fashionable to admit that they're Republican extremists, authoritarians, or extreme right-wing theocrats who believe capitalism is a system of governance.

But, still, I digress and will assert, again, that this isn't (and I'm not in favor of it either) communism. I can only wonder if your post was an attempt at humor.

Comment: Re:Kind of a warning sign actually (Score 1) 362

Don't make fun of him! It's his MEDICINE!

I smoke weed, I smoke it 'cause I like to get high. I advocated for legal weed, we have it, but I think it should be completely legal for consumption by anyone who's reached the age of majority. I'm also retired. Chucklefuck here is 31, has no job (or will lie about one) worth mentioning, and is obviously a loser. But, hey, they haven't had any credit, a new car, a house, a checking account, bills in their name, or anything like that. But oh yeah are they happy with themselves and what they've made of themselves. *sighs* The world is full of pathetic people. That's okay - and if they find the lifestyle fitting then good for them. They shouldn't lie and pretend to be something more than what they are though.

Comment: Re:Kind of a warning sign actually (Score 1) 362

You assume they're not living in their mother's basement or some other cliche that is similar. If they're 31 and have no debt or credit rating then they're likely a failure at life by most metrics. But I'm sure they're happy and I'm completely positive that anything they type to refute the idea is 100% true. They'd probably get a stark realization if people would stop tipping the 31 year old pizza delivery man. Seriously, go pick your pizza up personally or tell them you'd rather a delivery person who's not stoned and actually needs the job - it will help him out in the long run.

Comment: Re:Kind of a warning sign actually (Score 1) 362

If you cared you would not give that information out to people and surely wouldn't give that information out to a source that is looking to monetize it AND tells you ahead of time that giving them this information means you have no control of it. You'd look out for yourself and think about what you're doing, right?

Comment: Re:Kind of a warning sign actually (Score 1) 362

That's a pretty strange leap in logic up there.

How about if you hang out with your drunk driving buddy, and a few others, and they keep doing it while you continue to hang out with them you *will* be judged by those who know this information. "Oh, him? He hangs out with so-and-so and his friends." Not only is it a valid metric it's a pretty good way to draw assumptions when you're looking at a group as a whole.

Are there exceptions? Of course.

Are you wanting government to step in and save you from your association's behavior and the potential judgment from it? Why yes, yes you are.

You can tell which one I think is worse...

"Bureaucracy is the enemy of innovation." -- Mark Shepherd, former President and CEO of Texas Instruments

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