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Contempt of Cop
Jun 30th, 2006 by Ken Hagler

Nau­se­at­ing..

This.

It should nev­er, ever be a crime to tape or record police offi­cers while they’re on duty. They’re pub­lic ser­vants. They work for us. If they can use sur­veil­lance to mon­i­tor pri­vate cit­i­zens, there’s no rea­son why we shouldn’t be able to use sur­veil­lance to mon­i­tor them. Again, this goes back to apply­ing the same laws to the gov­ern­ment that we apply to the peo­ple.

I’m work­ing on a police cor­rup­tion case right now where the guy on the receiv­ing end of the cor­rup­tion would be as good as dead were it not for the fact that he wised up to what was going on, and began wear­ing a wire for every inter­ac­tion with the police. The “if you’re not doing any­thing wrong, you have noth­ing to wor­ry about” canard is indeed a canard when applied to pri­vate cit­i­zens. But when applied to peo­ple who work for us, to whom we’ve giv­en an immense amount of pow­er, and whom we’ve licensed to use dead­ly force, it’s per­fect­ly applic­a­ble.

One of the rec­om­men­da­tions in my paper is that every drug raid be video­taped. But it should go beyond that. It’s obscene for a cit­i­zen to be arrest­ed for record­ing the actions of a police offi­cer. Laws crim­i­nal­iz­ing the prac­tice not only ought to be revoked, they should be replaced with laws cod­i­fy­ing the right to record law enforce­ment, and for­bid­ding the pros­e­cu­tion, intim­i­da­tion, or seizure of the record­ing of the peo­ple who do it.

[The Agi­ta­tor]

Michael Gan­non, 49, of 26 Mor­gan St., was arrest­ed Tues­day night, after he brought a video to the police sta­tion to try to file a com­plaint against Detec­tive Andrew Karlis, accord­ing to Gannon’s wife, Janet Gan­non, and police reports filed in Nashua Dis­trict Court.

It’s bla­tant­ly obvi­ous that the real rea­son Gan­non was arrest­ed is that he tried to file a com­plaint against an abu­sive thug. We can’t have the peas­ants get­ting uppi­ty.

An Ecofreak Victory
Jun 29th, 2006 by Ken Hagler

The Spring is Silent on DDT . Let there be no doubt that the war on malar­ia has failed. It is esti­mat­ed that 800,000 chil­dren in Africa die from the dis­ease every year, and as many as three mil­lion peo­ple alto­geth­er every year.

We know how peo­ple con­tract it: from mos­qui­toes. We know how to con­trol it: kill the car­ri­er mos­qui­toes. And we know what kills them: DDT.

So why has the war on malar­ia failed? Because gov­ern­ments banned the cure. Now they claim to won­der why peo­ple are sick and dying.

[…]

The hid­den hand behind this hor­ror is none oth­er than the envi­ron­men­tal­ists. The fren­zy against DDT launched their move­ment. It is what embold­ened them, and gave their polit­i­cal agen­da momen­tum. In some ways, their cam­paign against DDT per­fect­ly sums up their polit­i­cal bent: using state pow­er to ban prod­ucts and ser­vices that help humans, and there­by cause his­to­ry to roll back­ward.

The extent to which the green move­ment is wrapped up in this his­to­ry is obvi­ous from the fact that we are liv­ing through a gen­uine silent spring, with the press ignor­ing the caus­es of malar­ia. The New York Times presents the epi­dem­ic as “mys­ti­fy­ing,” and most peo­ple know noth­ing about the role of the envi­ron­men­tal­ists who are respon­si­ble for mil­lions of deaths by malar­ia, and in Africa, of all places, the con­ti­nent that the Left claims to love to help. [Lud­wig von Mis­es Insti­tute]

Wrong Lesson
Jun 28th, 2006 by Ken Hagler

Japan Defense Chief: Iraq Was a Lesson. Japan's 2 1/2-year military deployment in Iraq will be a lesson for future missions as its troops assume a bigger role in regional and global security, the country's defense chief said Wednesday. [Hickory Daily Record]

Apparently the lesson wasn't "mind your own business and keep your soldiers at home."

No danger to who, exactly?
Jun 28th, 2006 by Ken Hagler

Day one of the UN gun ban summit.

Cam Edwards at TownHall.com - the commU.N.ist gun grabbers have convened in New York City. Most of them are attempting to hide their agenda with rhetoric that sounds like they will preserve the right of individuals to defend their lives. But the statement from Indonesia's representative gives it away: [gunblogs]

Quote:

We believe that no armed group outside of the State should be allowed to bear weapons. We also believe that regulating civilian possession of Small Arms/Light Weapons will enhance our efforts to prevent its misuse. In our view, the issue of ammunition should also be addressed in the context of the Program of Action because in the absence of ammunition, small arms and light weapons pose no danger.

[End the War on Freedom]

The Indonesian representative should tell that to the 300,000 Rwandans who were hacked to death with machetes ("light weapons") because they didn't have guns to defend themselves with.

iView Bought
Jun 27th, 2006 by Ken Hagler

Microsoft acquires iView. It appears to be acqui­si­tion sea­son. Today iView Mul­ti­me­dia, who brought us Medi­aPro, has announced that it has ‘joined’ Microsoft. Medi­aPro is a fair­ly well known dig­i­tal imag­ing work­flow and man­age­ment appli­ca­tion which was orig­i­nal­ly cre­at­ed for Mac and lat­er evolved to Win­dows. In the announce­ment on the iView web­site today Yan Calo­ty­chos, founder of iView, stat­ed quite clear­ly that Mac sup­port would con­tin­ue and that the iView prod­uct range will con­tin­ue to be avail­able (and sup­port­ed). [Dig­i­tal Pho­tog­ra­phy Review]

I use Medi­aPro to cat­a­log all the pho­tos I’ve scanned. I’m not par­tic­u­lar­ly opti­mistic about the qual­i­ty of that con­tin­ued Mac sup­port, but then the cur­rent Mac sup­port hasn’t always been so great either. Hope­ful­ly Microsoft’s resources will result in bet­ter QA.

Drive Offensively
Jun 26th, 2006 by Ken Hagler

Carl­son: Rep­ri­mand­ing a care­less kid is a crime? Appar­ent­ly. You’re dri­ving down the street obey­ing traf­fic laws and gen­er­al­ly being a good cit­i­zen, when some idiot kid wan­ders into traf­fic.

You slam on the brakes and swerve, miss­ing the kid and leav­ing a pud­dle on the car seat.

You have two choic­es. You can shut up, dri­ve home 5 miles an hour and have a stiff belt. Or you can take a moment to tell the kid how she almost got her­self killed and ruined your life for­ev­er.

You’re bet­ter off going with the first option, con­sid­er­ing what hap­pened to Barn­a­by, who went with the sec­ond.

This is because the 28-year-old Evanston, Ill., man end­ed up — and this is not a joke — being offi­cial­ly brand­ed a sex offend­er.

The facts, as report­ed in the Chica­go Sun-Times, show that an angry Barn­a­by called to the 14-year-old he’d near­ly run down, yelling, “Come here, lit­tle girl.”

He then got out of his car, took her by the arm and gave her a lec­ture about how step­ping in front of a vehi­cle is a very bad idea.

The girl ran away, com­plained to police and Barn­a­by was charged with — again no joke — attempt­ed kid­nap­ping and child abduc­tion. This is even though he didn’t attempt to take the girl any­where. Barn­a­by beat those charges.

He was, how­ev­er, con­vict­ed of unlaw­ful restraint of a minor. And in Illi­nois, that is con­sid­ered a sex offense.

That means even though he didn’t do any­thing to the kid oth­er than take her by the arm and give her a lec­ture that might end up sav­ing her life, he must reg­is­ter as a sex offend­er. He is pro­hib­it­ed from liv­ing near a park or school and must keep local police advised as to his place of res­i­dence.

He might even get his name and pic­ture in the local news­pa­per, to advise neigh­bors they’re liv­ing near a sex offend­er. [Des Moines Reg­is­ter]

The moral of the sto­ry? If you’re dri­ving in Illi­nois and a kid runs out in front of your car, you’re bet­ter off gun­ning it and run­ning her down than giv­ing her a lec­ture on safe­ty.

New Earphones
Jun 26th, 2006 by Ken Hagler

My Ety­motics ER-6 ear­phones gave out recent­ly, with the right ear­phone no longer pro­duc­ing sound. This is the sec­ond set I’ve owned, and while they work real­ly well while they last, both have failed after a rel­a­tive­ly short time. I ordered a slight­ly more expen­sive replace­ment made by Shure.

Soccer Fans
Jun 24th, 2006 by Ken Hagler

Here’s a pho­to of soc­cer fans watch­ing a World Cup game in Kore­atown last Sun­day.

Inertial Armor a Reality
Jun 24th, 2006 by Ken Hagler

Liquid Armor.

Eva Gladek at ScienCentral - a new nano-particle-impregnated liquid will make flexible body armor more effective, especially against punctures from knives or shrapnel. Article links to Real and Quicktime videos. [codrea]

Quote:

"We can make thin layers of material for use on the arms and legs that remain flexible under normal motion, but become rigid and absorb energy when impacted by a ballistic threat or a knife," Wagner says.

U.S. manufacturer Armor Holdings recently licensed the technology and plans to release its first products by the end of the year.

Wagner says there could also be many civilian applications – like protecting people during car crashes, or making tires sturdier.

[End the War on Freedom]

The idea of flexible armor that becomes rigid on impact has been around for years in science fiction, most commonly known as "inertial armor." It's surprising that the technology is so close to real-world use. I'd definitely be interested in buying a suit once it comes on the market.

Inkjet paper review
Jun 24th, 2006 by Ken Hagler

The next generation of inkjet papers are here! The introduction of new papers from Hahnemuhle, Innova, and Museo have everyone scrambling for these papers, as they are suppose to be the reason to finally come out of the darkroom. After all, B&W silver gelatin paper manufacturers are starting to disappear, causing more artists/photographers to convert to digital printing methods. This does not mean that we should start expecting these paper companies to create exact replicas of our favorite silver gelatin papers. We as a community, need to start suggesting what we would like them to change about their current papers rather than asking them to match paper that is oriented to a completely different process. These three papers are derived from exactly that, all three companies listened to the cries of those tired of RC semi-gloss or luster papers. The papers they produced are a tremendous accomplishment for the first generation of a new product, remember these papers are first generation.

If you are tired of the plastic feel of the traditional Luster or Semi-Gloss inkjet papers then the introduction of these papers is just for you. I personally like to think the difference of these new papers to Resin-Coated inkjet Luster papers, is a close comparison to that of Resin-Coated vs. Fiber-based paper in the B&W darkroom. The idea or concept of finding a paper that works with the look and feel that you are trying to find, to create the aesthetic in your artwork/photography is finally back. These papers as you will read are very close in the technical specifications, however, you will find each one has unique benefits to the end-user. It is up to you to decide which of these technical factors you care about in your imagery.

[...]

These three papers are truly complimentary in my opinion, as every user will be looking for one of the unique characteristics of each paper. You will always here reviews of inkjet paper where people bash papers with information that is more about personal preferences then true quality or paper issues. These papers are clearly close in technical qualities and the real question lies in “What is your preference or feeling you are trying to provoke in your imagery?” We have finally returned back to the idea of which paper should I use to provoke the feeling and quality I am trying to portray in my artwork/photographs. In closing, do yourself a favor and try all three papers to see the unique qualities for yourself and do not listen to all the hype from all of the reviews. Each of these papers is unique and you may find, as I have, that you may have different uses for each of these papers.

The toughest part of getting these papers to create beautiful inkjet prints, is the twiddling of our thumbs as we wait for these papers to be available on a regular basis. [Booksmart Studio]

I've been looking for samples of these papers since I first heard about them a few months ago. The demand for them is so high among professional photographers that they are all very hard to find except in the 44" rolls used by the largest high-volume Epson printers.

I managed to located a pack of 8.5x11 sheets of the Innova F-Type Gloss, and a two-sheet sample of the Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl. I also have a pack of the Crane Silver Rag en route, and should be able to try it early next week. Both the Innova and Crane paper were ordered from Jim Doyle at Shades of Paper.

I was quite pleased with the Innova and Hahnemuhle papers, although obviously my testing of Fine Art Pearl was pretty limited with only two sheets available. Within that limited testing I saw very little difference between the two. The Innova paper was just a hair warmer, and the manufacturing quality seemed a bit lower. The F-Type Gloss pack I got has slivers of loose paper all along the edges, as if the sheets were cut with a dull blade. This doesn't affect the print quality, but I do have to carefully remove the slivers from each sheet before use to ensure that they don't come off inside my printer and ruin the next print.

Both papers are very impressive (even with the manufacturing problem), and I would gladly buy more of them--if only I could find them in stock. In fact, I already have a photo that needs to be printed at 11x17 or 13x19 on one of these new papers to look its best.

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