It’s almost 2013, so perhaps no one should be surprised that a reality show in the works would mimic the 1996 dystopian flick “Escape From L.A.” What’s chilling is that the show is not fiction and may in the end say more about the post-Sept. 11 surveillance state than anything else so far.
Two everyday Americans will be awarded $1 million if they can successfully sneak out of Los Angeles without being detected by digital video cameras, pilotless drones, GPS monitoring devices and facial recognition technology.
Blackberry phones can be geo-located even if the battery has been removed. That’s one of many realities about privacy in the 21st century, and it’s one of the many tools a team of professional human trackers will have at their disposal for catching the two men. The trackers will reportedly work from an operations center in downtown L.A. “constructed specifically for this project.”
The highly trained team of professional pursuers is led by host and master tracker, Kevin Reeve, whose company, onPoint Tactical LLC, offers a scouting, tracking and wilderness survival skills course, which has been taken by SEALs, Rangers, FBI, Secret Service, U.S. Marshals Service and other law enforcement agents.
My only question: If the two men actually succeed, would it undermine the hundreds of millions of dollars L.A. has spent securing the city since 9/11?
Are women eligible to be on this show? I would win.
If anybody needs me, I’ll be listening to the opening number of the new muppet movie on repeat while I make over my wardrobe and home decor in bright, happy solid colors and tap dance and bake fresh cookies because thats how happy the movie made me feel.
1) I think this title should read “Pregnant Protester Has Miscarriage After Incurring Police Brutality” because I suspect it’s the reported KICK IN THE STOMACH that might have contributed to the miscarriage.
2) Medical reports of actual pregnancy and miscarriage have not yet been confirmed. But you can bet I am staying tuned to find out if they are or not.
3) Regardless if she was actually pregnant, if a woman tells you she’s pregnant and is trying to get out of a crowd, how on earth is the right response to KICK HER IN THE STOMACH. That is just NOT ok. Ever.
“Police used batons to try to push the students apart. Those they could separate, they arrested, kneeling on their bodies and pushing their heads into the ground. Those they could not separate, they pepper-sprayed directly in the face, holding these students as they did so. When students covered their eyes with their clothing, police forced open their mouths and pepper-sprayed down their throats. Several of these students were hospitalized. Others are seriously injured. One of them, forty-five minutes after being pepper-sprayed down his throat, was still coughing up blood.”—Nathan Brown, Assistant Professor University of California at Davis in an open letter to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi (via cultureofresistance)
These officers are a disgrace. They should all be fired, their pensions revoked, and they should all face criminal prosecution.
Sorry I haven’t been posting on the ol’ tumblr lately, but I figured my lack of posting wouldn’t cause any societies to collapse or anything severe like that. Turns out, I was right.
I’ll have you know, though, that I just finished competing in a relay race rolling frozen turkeys through the halls of our offices.
It turns out, it takes way more arm strength than I possess to roll* a frozen 20 pound turkey, especially through an obstacle course of paper boxes and office chairs.** It also turns out, however, that I am pretty good at using my body to block all other frozen turkeys from passing me. There will be bruises in the morning, I am sure.
*no pushing, no lifting, no throwing allowed
**in some legs of the race, onlookers shot nerf guns and rolled exercise balls, etc at competitors
Please forgive me that this is a Washington Post article and focus on the fact that this is research done by my alma mater exploring the effectiveness of eliminating tax deductions versus raising taxes. (Hint: it sounds WAY more effective.)