Now, they do blanket scans of all license plates, using computer systems on marked and unmarked government vehicles.
They require Socialist Insecurity Numbers, thumb-prints, notification of every residence change...
And yet, we have 10 million to 20 million illegal aliens "living in the shadows", which they've failed and refused to catch and remove. About 40% of those are visa-overstayers, but, no, we couldn't possibly run proper background investigations of visa applicants. We couldn't possibly make an honest effort to merely fence the 8,600 or so miles of borders,
but we sure can record millions of innocent people's cell phone locations, where they call and what location calls them, and link those devices to the purchasers/service purchasers, and record millions of conversations for later data-mining.
"The right of the citizen to drive on the public street with freedom from police interference, unless he is engaged in suspicious conduct associated in some manner with criminality is a fundamental Constitutional right which must be protected by the courts." --- 1971 People v Horton 14 Cal App 3rd 667
"[The automobile is a] suit of armor with 200 horses inside, big enough to make love in. Once having tasted the delights of a society in which almost everyone can be a knight, it is hard to go back to being a peasant." --- Kenneth Boulding _The Green Life-style Handbook_ (quoted in Reason magazine)
September 3, 2013 at 1:09 p.m.
The comments are quite entertaining. "Undocumented drivers". Has anyone looked at the history of the advent and development of licensing of driving?
One of the earliest steam-powered trucks was made in France in 1769. --- The History Channel "Modern Marvels: The Evolution of the Truck"
Of course, the pharoahs tried to restrict who could drive a chariot back about 5 thousand years ago. They were the tanks, the military vehicles of their day, allowing one person to drive while another fired arrows... even before horses were big and strong enough to ride.
But licensing of driving didn't really take hold in the USA until the Great Depression, when a scattering of judges started arbitrarily declaring that it was no longer a right but a "privilege". The first traffic light was deployed in Ohio in the late 1930s.
But some places had licensing shortly after 1900, as soon as cars stopped being expensive play-things of the wealthy and the little people started buying them. They started out as an annual tax; you'd pay and they'd give you a receipt. Then they decided to spot-check whether people had the receipts every time there was a wreck, then whenever they had a light out. The hand-written receipts had people's names on them, and they decided those were inadequate, so they added descriptions. With more numbers, vehicle thefts increased, so they started requiring registration, then visible plates.
And so creeping draconianism increases. "Oh, this step isn't so bad. It's a reasonable precaution. It will solve our inability to control...", and so on with the next step and the next step. And at each step they say not to worry, the time of Big Brother is off there in the distance of time and space.
"The right of the citizen to travel upon the public high-ways & to transport his property thereon, either by carriage or by automobile, is not a mere privilege which a city may prohibit at will, but a common right which he has under the right to life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness." --- Thompson v Smith 154 SE 179
"Undoubtedly the right of locomotion, the right to move from one place to another according to inclination, is an attribute of personal liberty, & the right, ordinarily, of free transit from or through the territory of any State is a right secured by the 14th amendment & by other provisions of the Constitution." --- Schactman v Dulles 96 App DC 287, 293
"The state and its municipalities are prohibited from violating substantive rights Owen v City 445 US 622 (1980), among which are the right to travel free of license, fee, and tax, within the interstate (Crandall v Nevada 73 US 35) and it cannot by any power do that which is expressly prohibited by any other power, that is taxation, eminent domain, licensing, as a matter of law (US & Utah v Daniels 22 P 159) nor may it do indirectly (Fairbanks v US 181 US 294 @300)." --- attributed to Lawton Chiles, late governor of Florida
September 3, 2013 at 12:58 p.m.
Sounds like a job for charity, to me.Medicaid should be eliminated.
August 29, 2013 at 11 a.m.
Hmm, I seem to recall the Shrub admin levying anti-dumping tariffs against China in the early 2000s, running it all through our legal processes, and being threatened with multi-billion-dollar penalties by the WTO, at which point they rapidly backed down.
August 9, 2013 at 12:38 p.m.
I've been expecting 3D scanners to be used for these kinds of purposes for a long time (and, more specifically, wishing I had such a rig to scan some of the great-grand-parents' grave-stones). We used to use them to scan a machined metal part for quality checking.
A few years later I suggested that an anthropologist scan a collection of bone fragments and use software to see how they best fit together without risking damaging the original bones (a la "Bones"; actually, the dept. had obtained a casting of Lucy, but the idea's the same). The idea was that after a first pass using software alone to rotate and match up pieces, you'd use the mouse, tablet, touch-screen or a control-knob box to manipulate each fragment into position.
You can then use additive manufacturing/prototyper/3D printer to make a more assembled skeleton... or grave-stone or whatever out of metal or plastic, or you can generate instructions to a milling machine to cut a new one. Hopefully, the quality will keep going up and the prices down to the point ordinary working people could afford them.
August 9, 2013 at 12:25 p.m.
Yes, that gear-set was an eye-catcher. Kudos to the photog and editor.
But the headline and program are deceptive; there are no "STEM careers" in the USA for US citizens anymore, merely STEM temp gigs, which dry up for the vast majority when they reach an age of 35-40 years. Full-time long-term US citizen STEM pros have been under-bid by guest-workers and off-shore workers. (See today's PBS story on job-hunting.)
July 25, 2013 at 11:09 a.m.
They look like average middle-class folks in the picture, but the article makes them seem driven by emotion and unreason.
It is interesting how different people can watch/listen to the same coverage, and believe that it is so totally different, and also fail to see through the spin.
And I agree that we should all keep our arms to protect ourselves, our families, our neighbors, co-workers, and friends, including these folks, from initiators of force and fraud.
God Bless America. Baruch atta HaShem, Adonai Tzebayoth, Melek ha aulem, Al shedai, Al chai, Al chesed, Al tzedek. (Blessed is God, Lord of Hosts, King of the universe/eternity, God Almighty, God of life, God of mercy, God of justice/righteousness/piousness/charity.)
July 21, 2013 at 3:56 p.m.
They should get "grades" from the students and alumni who use/used these "centers". We've read of high schools which graduate students who are functioning at an 8th grade level or less, and universities graduating students who are at a high school level.
The proof is in whether they have full-time long-term employment -- careers -- in their chosen fields. But we must also recognize that gathering such information is slightly more difficult and a lot more likely to be embarrassing to the powers that be.
July 18, 2013 at 12:53 p.m.
I've run across old histories which referred to similar problems in records-keeping from the early 1800s. They knew back then not to store them in basements... but, of course, if you stored them on the top floor they'd be subject to heat and drying damage and tornadoes. Risk cannot be eliminated, but redundancy is the friend of official records.
July 17, 2013 at 11:12 a.m.
The other reason a C was OK back then but not now is that there's been a lot of grade inflation...
and, on a more positive note, the efforts by profs and adjuncts (though not so much by the TAs) seem to have increased to answer questions and help the students understand better how the pieces of info fit together.
July 1, 2013 at 2:27 p.m.