Back to back sessions, plus another scheduled for Monday, so I’ve been a little busy.
God, last night it was 83° at 11 p.m. Grateful for A/C. Wishing this summer would become reasonable — I miss our nighttime fresh air.
It’s Everywhere! It’s Everywhere! Department
Word comes from Lin in England of a town there of 15,000 souls that has installed CCTV cameras and a system to identify and research the license plates of every car into or out of the town.
The automatic number-plate recognition system will check the plates against a variety of databases, studying them for links to crimes, and insurance and tax records, and alerting police accordingly.
Big Brother has returned to Great Britain.
We need to begin thinking how we can halt these creeping privacy invasions.
Count ‘Em, I Dare You Department
The point has been made before: there are too many criminal laws. How many? Well, according to The Wall Street Journal, no one knows. And that doesn’t even count regulations with a criminal law-like impact, for which estimates run from 10,000 to 300,000 (found in an article on a federal child porn conviction when the Feds decided the state justice system was not hard enough on the defendant).
Throw the Bums Out Department
Those of us in Minneapolis are in a uniquely unfortunate position: we have no one in Congress whom we can threaten with our votes if they continue to act stupidly. Think of it: Senators Klobuchar (D) and Franken (D), and Representative Keith Ellison (D — and a Muslim, to boot). Not a single Republican in the lot.
So, to those Congresscritturs who are Republican, please take notice: if in the future we move into your district, you are fair game.
(In the news this morning: with government spending already down, and the economy near to being on the ropes again, the Republicans want to cut spending again? Like using a sound thrashing to raise morale.)
Small Pleasures Department
Driving through Colorado with Edith, I asked if she had ever heard Gladys Knight perform “Midnight Train to Georgia.” She hadn’t. It was on my iPod. So nice to be able to expand her horizons. [Ed. note: in the original post I referred to "Georgia on My Mind," which of course is another GK classic, but nowhere nearly as seminal as MTTG -- apologies to those who came to this too early and missed how I'd really educated Edith.]
A nude portrait, and one of my favorites.