Open-Source Camouflage From Computer Vision by Adam Harvey

Open-Source Camouflage From Computer Vision.  As facial recognition becomes more popular as a means for police state identification, innovative makeup and hairstyle fashions can be deployed to foil the Orwellian algorithms.  Talk about weird.  Now we’re going to be dressing for the machines?

Multi-agency armed raid takes down raw milk and cheese producer

Apparently the agricultural industrial complex is willing to take down its competition with a hail of lead if necessary.  A multi-agency SWAT team descended upon a raw milk and cheese buying club in SoCal, and is holding the proprietor without bail.  How can this be a serious law enforcement priority?

Star CSP Hotline for Bicyclists

Bicyclists are encouraged to use the *CSP hotline to report aggressive drivers to the Colorado State Police (just dial *277 on your mobile).  You must obtain the license plate of the vehicle and describe the aggressive behavior.  Location, direction of travel, and a driver description are good too, but not mandatory.  After 3 reports of the same vehicle, the registered owner gets a warning letter.  Subsequent reports will result in a state trooper visiting them in person and taking “appropriate enforcement action”, whatever that means.  If you’re not on a state highway, make sure you get them to enter the info into the database before you’re transferred to local law enforcement to make a report.  Hopefully they’ll make some kind of annual report as to what actions this system has actually resulted in.

How Boulder’s Twitterati Got My Bike Back

A short story about the bright side of the Citizen Surveillance State we live in today.  A bike was stolen, but the theft was photographed in progress, and there were enough people plugged in to the local social media scene that after it was announced and publicized, the thief was followed and apprehended in short order. Creepy and awesome at the same time!

Undercover anti-protest cop in UK goes native?

The Guardian is reporting that an undercover police officer who infiltrated the group of protesters that conspired to shut down the Ratcliffe on Soar coal fired power plant may have “gone native” after seven years with the group, taking part in, providing logistical support for, partially financing, and eventually playing a central role in planning their actions.  The prospect of the officer aiding the legal defense of protesters who remain to be tried, or at the least, having the role he played in the organization exposed, has apparently led to the collapse of the case.  The only really surprising part about all this is his apparent remorse.

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