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From Wired:

Cost to install a camera in the town park in Liberty, Kansas (funded by a federal grant : $5,000)

Population of Liberty, Kansas: 95

Irony of spending $50 per resident to install a federally-funded surveillance camera in a tiny town called "Liberty": Well, you know how the commercial goes

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  1. I heard that park was where the 9/11 hijackers met to hatch their evil schemes after sneaking across the border disguised as Canadians.

  2. Irony: The opposite of papery.

  3. Does the camera also have a laser beam mounted on it to shoot at would-be perverts?

  4. I’m not recommending anybody break the law, but if that camera were stolen or destroyed I’d LOL.

  5. I heard that park was where the 9/11 hijackers skipped school to drink a six pack and smoke joints this one time when they were teenagers.

  6. … a six pack each, to wash down their bbq pork

  7. Irony: The opposite of papery.

    No, I think it means: A smooth, unwrinkled surface.

  8. I’m pretty sure that any surveillance camera in the park of the small town down the road from me would have a life expectancy of no more than a week.

    Cantankerous Texans + ubiquitous deer rifles equals = trophy camera mounted in the den.

  9. I wish some of you camera-killers would visit my town, which installed this “temporary” red light camera a couple of years ago. That camera’s lucky I’m not a teenager anymore as I now have something to lose for swiping/killing it…

  10. I heard that park was where the 9/11 hijackers skipped school to drink a six pack and smoke joints this one time when they were teenagers.

    I heard Barack Obama was there with them

  11. I heard Barack Obama was there with them

    …but the camera wouldn’t help with that, because he was wearing a William Ayers mask at the time.

  12. kids should be attacking cameras instead of spereading graffiti…why don’t kids rebel against something mroe productively.

  13. Okay, this one rivals installing surveillance cameras in George Orwell Square, Barcelons, Spain.

    Radley wins the data mining prize of the week.

  14. Barcelona*

  15. Now that Liberty is safer, I bet a lot more people move in.

  16. spending $50 per resident to install a federally-funded surveillance camera in a tiny town

    A fabulous example of why I rail against block grants and intergovernmental transfer funding of any kind.

  17. Little does anyone know that the plan was locally referred to as “Operation Public Amatuer Pornography Park.”

  18. And someone has to watch the feed.

    We’ve Created Jobs!

  19. All 95 residents ought to go by once a day and moon the camera.

  20. C’mon this was approved by town council, right?
    It wasn’t imposed on these people. I’ll bet there is no Libertarian Party in town to protest and, if there was, they’d be treated as kooks in favor of terrorists, vandals, druggies and gays.

  21. “””I heard Barack Obama was there with them”””

    That’s B. Hussain Osama.

  22. “””Now that Liberty is safer, I bet a lot more people move in.”””

    How unsafe was it in the first place?

  23. The French seem to know how to deal with these things.

    As usual it involves setting things on fire.

  24. kids should be attacking cameras instead of spereading graffiti…why don’t kids rebel against something mroe productively.

    On this note, I recommend Cory Doctorow’s young adult novel Little Brother. His short stories are better literature, IMO, but it’s basically a fictionalized guide to youth revolt.

  25. How unsafe was it in the first place?

    So unsafe that only 95 people were willing to risk living in the unsurveilled pit of violence and depredation.

  26. C’mon this was approved by town council, right?

    A town council that won’t spend $5,000 of its own dollars on stupid shit like this is perfectly willing to spend $5,000 of someone else’s dollars on it.

    See my post above about block grants, intergovernmental transfers, etc.

  27. We’re on camera….
    *yawn*
    Cheney-Daley II’s eyes are everywhere round these parts.
    If it weren’t those pictures from Mardi Gras several years back (that ended up on teh interweb) i could object.
    *sigh*

  28. Welcome to the Statue of Liberty. Cavity searches all around. And go deep.

  29. Am I interpreting it wrong, or does the WIRED graphic claim that after installing red light cameras in Philadelphia, red light violations there dropped 96%?

  30. Radley,

    Fucking Pathedtic! That’s what it is.

  31. pathetic, there’s no d in there I swear

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