Dracil’s BlogJournal

August 17, 2008

Paranoia and rights

Filed under: Controversy, News, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , — dracil @ 1:19 am

Looks like there’s been another fight over photographers’ rights.

Paranoia really makes people do stupid things.  That’s why we have all these stupid feel-good but completely useless laws and restrictions, like the increasingly stupid TSA rules in airports.  As someone said once, the root passwords to the American constitution are “terrorism” and “pedophilia” (and “drugs”, though more so in the past).

That said, this guy does seem to be going out of his way to stir up trouble.  The way he’s doing things, even though he is legally allowed to take photos in these places, he may just end up earning himself a lifetime ban instead which he won’t be able to do anything about because he’d be trespassing in that case.

There was also an interesting article linked in the comments where a bunch of people dressed up as Best Buy employees one day and then recorded the experience.  It deals with some similar issues on answering questions/knowing when you are trespassing/not trespassing.

While we’re on the issue of paranoid and rights, UK police confiscated the board game “War on Terror” (where a spinner randomly determine’s which player’s the terrorist state) because it includes a balaclava (which said player wears) because it could be used for… oh, terrorism.  *rolls eyes*

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