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When Police Regulate Research Scientists January 11, 2009

Posted by shubber in distracting PR, gauntlet being dropped, hot air, public service announcement, smack talk.
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Taking a brief detour from things space, I present to you this “would be funny if it weren’t so disturbing” bit of legislation that appears destined to get ramrodded through in NY. As the readers of this board tend towards the more scientifically/engineering minded, I thought you might find this worth a read.

NYPD Seeks an Air Monitor Crackdown for New Yorkers

The basic “rationale” is that by preventing private citizens, researchers, etc from monitoring for any sort of hazards (not just anthrax, but even asbestos and other air quality dangers), it “will not lead to excessive false alarms and unwarranted anxiety,” the first draft of the law states.

Want to test for pollution in low-income neighborhoods with high rates of childhood asthma? Gotta ask the cops for permission.

Apparently it originally comes from our friends at Homeland Security, and I suppose NY has been put up as the guinea pig. Not content with trying to convince you that there is a security danger in carrying more than 3 oz of a liquid onto an airplane (as if determined individuals wouldn’t simply put 15 ounces into 5 identical containers, meet up with 4 friends in the terminal and end up with 75 ounces of moonshine on the other side…) and that you should be conditioned to trust $9/hour government rent-a-cops for your safety when the real reason 9/11 was effective is that we WEREN’T EXPECTING THE HIJACKERS TO KILL THEMSELVES AND DESTROY THE PLANE, they are now looking to condition you to yet another bit of “the State knows best”.

Who won the War on Terror(tm) again?  Methinks there’s a smelly guy with a  beard laughing his ass off in a cave right now.  Possibly lacking a pulse and buried under 10000 tons of rubble, but still laughing.

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1. MattJ - January 11, 2009

That is pretty wacky.

It is a pretty blatant example of excessive overbearing government.

2. Thomas Olson - January 12, 2009

Shubber, don’t you get it? Obama, the day he gets in, is going to declare CO2 a “dangerous pollutant,” and act accordingly (never mind that we produce 23 billion liters of beer every year in this country, brimming withy CO2!). If independent, free individuals could test for whatever they wished anytime they wished, they might not believe the party line.

shubber - January 12, 2009

Tom, you really should remove the tin-foil hat from time to time….


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