Friday, March 27, 2009

Don't Forget Your One Finger Salute

Get the Feeling You're Being Watched? If You're Driving, You Just Might Be

"The village of Schaumburg, Ill., installed a camera at Woodfield Mall last November to film cars that were running red lights, then used the footage to issue citations. Results were astonishing. The town issued $1 million in fines in just three months."

I'll say it again - if I was ever sent a ticket because a camera took a picture of me doing something, I 'd send them a picture of the money they demand.

The Smell of Soup and the Sound of Money

A beggar was given a piece of bread, but nothing to put on it. Hoping to get something to go with his bread, he went to a nearby inn and asked for a handout. The innkeeper turned him away with nothing, but the beggar sneaked into the kitchen where he saw a large pot of soup cooking over the fire. He held his piece of bread over the steaming pot, hoping to thus capture a bit of flavor from the good-smelling vapor.
Suddenly the innkeeper seized him by the arm and accused him of stealing soup.
"I took no soup," said the beggar. "I was only smelling the vapor."
"Then you must pay for the smell," answered the innkeeper.
The poor beggar had no money, so the angry innkeeper dragged him before the qadi.
Now Nasreddin Hodja was at that time serving as qadi, and he heard the innkeeper's complaint and the beggar's explanation.
"So you demand payment for the smell of your soup?" summarized the Hodja after the hearing.
"Yes!" insisted the innkeeper.
"Then I myself will pay you," said the Hodja, "and I will pay for the smell of your soup with the sound of money."
Thus saying, the Hodja drew two coins from his pocket, rang them together loudly, put them back into his pocket, and sent the beggar and the innkeeper each on his own way.


Blogger Nina said...

if they're too lazy to stake out a street with a real human, then i'm too lazy to pay the ticket. they still put those damn things around town telling you how fast you're going. last week i got my speed down to 3mph (had nothing better to do).

nice little story. i keep hearing the soup nazi skit from seinfeld.

27/3/09 10:26 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

The way I see it neener, the authoritarian mindset thinks we're all meek and cowed enough that they can rely on tech gadgets to keep us fearful and subservient. Sort of like the dummy in an old cop car some towns park just inside city limits.
The problems are that once this foot is in the door it gets much worse a la Britain, where full blown state fascism exists now. Not to mention how these gadgets are prone to failure and can be tweaked to find unlawful behavior at will.
The second thing we do when we reach better days is to dismantle every intrusive tech device, after pulling the plug on all those cryogenic corpses.

28/3/09 7:05 AM  

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