Brian is a lone peace protester who’s been camped outside Parliament for the past 18 months, protesting against what he sees as the inevitable build-up to war in the guise of the war on (some) terrorism. After 18 months of cold, wet, and the occasional bit of abust from tourists, Brian is apparently somewhat down in the dumps – but determined to keep up his protest. Someone on IndyMedia suggested sending Brian a card or perhaps some tobacco to keep him going. Seems like a great idea to me – the address is here.
According to 2600, a photographer was arrested. after taking pictures of US vice president Dick Cheney’s hotel. While it’s perfectly understanable that this photographing an area where a high-level government official is staying is likely to attract some attention, surely it would be enough for a few questions to be asked?
But law enforcement officers don’t like being photographed. In the UK, there’s a long history of run-ins between press photographers and police, including some instances where police have beaten up press attempting to report on what they do.
What I want to see is as much surveillance as possible – live, via webcam and blog – of police activities. That’s not because I believe particularly that the police are always (or even often) breaking the law, but because there’s a basic imbalance between citizen and state developing over what it recorded, what is observed.
A government that demands the right to surveil its citizens has to accept their right to use the same methods to ensure it obeys the law.
For anyone of a New York disposition, Gawker looks like an essential read. It’s a weblog/magazine giving “a live review of city news, and by news we mean, among other things, urban dating rituals, no-ropes social climbing, CondŽ Nastiness, downwardly-mobile i-bankers, real estate porn — the serious stuff.” Very nice design by Jason Kottke, but as far as I can tell, no rss – which is a pain!
Gah! Christmas TV… the worst. Even Sky One’s virtually non-stop regime of Simpsons re-runs has been disturbed. My only salvation has been watching selected highlights of Futurama…
Les Dennis and Amanda Holden to divorce, which gives me a terrible excuse to use Radio’s pictures widget to put this picture here.
Robert Scoble has a long and detailed post on the differences between Tablet PC, laptop, and Pocket PC. Very interesting, if you’re into that kind of mobility thing. [The Scobleizer Weblog]