Like Kissing Your Sister

Kat’s Reflections

Or even worse. The Self-Kiss. (Especially for photographers.)

(While on the subject of photography, thirty examples of photographing the perfect wave — or thirty examples of perfect wave photography.)


Saving Us From Ourselves Department

In my continuing, slow but steady investigation of Google and how it controls our lives by restricting knowledge and lying to us by omission, I came across this curious fact: porn stars don’t exist. Not that you can’t find them if you know how to spell their names, but Google won’t help you along the way.

Everyone knows how Google suggests completions for your search terms or phrases. For example, if you search on my name, you only need to get as far as “stephen hay” before it suggests me right there at the top:

One of the most famous (and most successful) porn actresses is “Jenna Jameson.” Enter “jenna j”, however, and this is what you see:

Nothing. Nada. Likewise for any other porn actress (at least the ones whose names I know).

It’s not really censorship, but its somewhere down that slippery slope.

(Oh, and yes, I did have “safe search” turned off.)


Go to Brazil, Young Photographer, Go to Brazil Department

A story of how photographers in Brazil are seeking out the next Gisele Bündchen. I suspect none of these gals will ever show up on MM.


Contempt of Cop Department

For everyone interested in whether failure to show respect for police can be grounds for arrest, or will likely result in arrest on trumped up charges, and the consequences following thereon, I strongly suggest Disorderly (mis)Conduct: The Problem with “Contempt of Cop” Arrests by Christy E. Lopez of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

There is widespread misunderstanding of police authority to arrest individuals who passively or verbally defy them. There is abundant evidence that police overuse disorderly conduct and similar statutes to arrest people who “disrespect” them or express disagreement with their actions. These abusive arrests cause direct and significant harm to those arrested and, more generally, undermine the appropriate balance between police authority and individual prerogative to question the exercise of that authority. Moreover, setting aside the question of whether any bias motivated Sergeant Crowley‟s decision to arrest Professor Gates, these types of arrests appear to impact communities of color disproportionately and exacerbate tensions between these communities and law enforcement. This might just be another sad fact of police-community relations in a country where poverty and its attendant crime are too often correlated with race, except that it is entirely avoidable. There is no need for police to arrest people for “contempt of cop” and there are ways to ensure that they do not.


The colloquial term for abusive arrests under disorderly conduct and similar statutes is “contempt of cop.” The term is a play on the phrase “contempt of court,” in which a person is punished for interfering with a court‟s ability to administer justice, usually by refusing to obey a court‟s order to do anything from paying a fine to remaining quiet. In contempt of cop arrests, the individual is arrested for showing “contempt” towards a law enforcement officer, either by the way they speak to the officer or by refusing to do what the officer tells them to, or simply because the person is behaving legally but in a way the officer does not like.

The paper provides a significant recitation of cases of “disorderly conduct,” “loitering,” “obstruction,” or other forms of “contempt of cop” arrests reported from across the U.S.

Some apparent contempt of cop or cover arrests have been captured on video. These recordings provide an instructive glimpse of the type of behavior associated with such arrests and, by comparison to an officer‟s written documentation of the incident, of how facts are sometimes twisted, or even fabricated, to support the arrest and accompanying force.

Lest anyone think “contempt of cop” arrests are merely a nuisance and inconsequential,

There is sometimes a misimpression that, for the individual arrested, an arrest for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, or similar infraction will mean nothing more than a night in jail and maybe one more line on the criminal record of someone who already has a lengthy criminal record. While this may be true in some instances, it often is not, and in any event does not negate the harm done by an illegal arrest. Abusive contempt of cop and cover arrests is a policing issue that can have a long-term negative impact on large swaths of some communities, including a significant number of people who are not criminals or dangerous to the community.


Section 2257 Department

At least one person of my acquaintance has received a letter from the Department of Justice acknowledging receipt of his “safe harbor” certification sent in pursuant to Section 2257A. If I receive one myself, I’ll pass on more details to my update list.


Simple Pleasures Department

Patricia made chocolate chip cookies last night. That means chocolate chip cookie dough. Sooooo good! Simple pleasures.


More Simple Pleasures Department

I bet you’ll never see this ad in the U.S.


Kat and mirrors.

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0 Responses to Like Kissing Your Sister

  1. More Google dirt: I heard on the nightly news that Obama is upset that BP has been paying Google to top-10 list BP and their online propaganda.

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