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The dog’s apartment complex

Beagle Weiner dog mix, Moko.

Beagle Weiner dog mix, Moko, basks in the early winter sun

Where I’m staying is a unique apartment complex. Nestled in the heart of San Diego’s historic SouthPark district, this little complex also houses many dogs, most of which are allowed to wander around outside like they own the place.

Only downside is sometimes the guys start barking at something, then they all start barking. Oh well.

It’s a small complex that reminds me of the old Lyndhurst Cul-de-sac of the early 90s, where my kid grew up and I made life-long friends. Sometimes history does repeat!

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Occupy Austin continues….

Protestor at Saturday's Occupy Austin gathering, in the rain

What was, at first, a rather chaotic gathering of people at Austin’s City Hall has evolved into a more organized movement. Although the movement here is an off-shoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, the goals are somewhat different. OATX stands behind the Occupy Wall Street movement, but they also have their own agenda.

Occupiers at Austin’s City Hall are now allowed to camp there, no tents allowed, but at least the occupation will be 24-hours versus 6am to 10pm.

Austin’s police have taken a very “hands off” approach, as they’re very media aware and know what would happen if any cop tried to be violent towards a peaceful crowd. Unlike in other cities.

I certainly do not recall Tea Party protestors being beaten, maced or arrested by cops during their gatherings. This brings to mind images of Iran during the Green Protests last year and the riots of the 1960s. At least the 1960s brought social change, albeit briefly before the squares started changing things back.

Working locally is better. I was told by a group member at Austin Java Sat evening, that this is one of the few things that flows uphill. It’s easier to deal with City Hall than to try and deal, right now, with the entrenched lobbyists and PACs in Washington, D.C.

My personal bone to pick is that elected representatives need to actually listen to and represent their constituents. *Not just those who are in the same Party, but EVERYONE. City Hall is one such place where the crowd is heard, but the bastards vote the other way in most cases. They do not truly listen to the people. They listen to the various lobbies, mostly from the real estate people.

The point, in my mind, of this movement is to let the elected people know that we’re tired of them not listening to our voices.

The US Congressman in my district only listens to his own party people. He sends out these insane questionnaires that sound like conspiracy theory talking points. I can judge what he feels is most important of his attention, and it’s mostly has to do with Obama being illegally in the US. So trying to get his attention without a sack of cash is a waste of time.

Lets’ hope this leads to change. I would hate to think is turns out to be a Sisyphean task….

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No Qwikster

This just showed up in my email…

It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVDs.

This means no change: one website, one account, one password…in other words, no Qwikster.

That’s nice, because the name Qwikster simply blows.

I’m serious. That’s possibly the worst name for a company since Dick Wood Hardware opened it’s doors, or Outerwear Outhouse set up shop.

 

 

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First Circuit Panel Says There’s a Clear Constitutional Right To Openly Record Cops. | The Agitator

From Balko at The Agitator comes this important report.

The First Amendment issue here is, as the parties frame it, fairly narrow: is there a constitutionally protected right to videotape police carrying out their duties in public? Basic First Amendment principles, along with case law from this and other circuits, answer that question unambiguously in the affirmative. It is firmly established that the First Amendment’s aegis extends further than the text’s proscription on laws “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,” and encompasses a range of conduct related to the gathering and dissemination of information. As the Supreme Court has observed, “the First Amendment goes beyond protection of the press and the self-expression of individuals to prohibit government from limiting the stock of information from which members of the public may draw.”…

As a photographer, I have read with dismay the reports coming from the various blogs, including Photography is not a Crime about how photographers & private citizens are being targeted by police and citizens when they try to do their job or record possible police misconduct.

This ruling, while limited, goes a long way towards establishing our protected rights to photograph subjects in public.

Buildings, people on the sidewalk and anything and anyone else *in public* have no assumed right to privacy, yet daily I read about police, security guards and self-appointed protectors harassing or interfering with a photographer. It’s in-fricking-sane.

Prior to 9-11, we were living in a free society.. but slowly the neo-cons have eroded these rights into a farce. Combined, the “War on Drugs” and the “War on Terrorism” have us living in a country with fewer freedoms than many countries in eastern Europe in the 1970s.

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The new site design….

I”m using Photocrati and WordPress to power this website now.

Several sections have yet to be finished and go online, but the rework has only taken me a day, including making new images.

This platform will allow me to publish updates to my galleries as new images become available.

Let me know what you think!

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