Tuesday, October 17, 2006

It's Opposite Day! Hurray!!

When opposing means supporting!

An opponent of public security cameras interviewed on CBC hourly news apparently seems to strongly support security cameras on streets:

"It's a waste of money - why would someone shoot a gun in front of a camera? They're not to catch anyone. No one would be stupid enough to commit a crime on camera."


Can I get a camera on my street, in that case?

14 Comments:

Blogger Jason Bo Green said...

I mean, what with the bullet-to-the-head execution immediately next door, and all.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 4:17:00 PM  
Blogger Zac said...

My neighbour got broken into at the begining of the year. She left with her roommates to London for frosh week. Came back and her computer and TV and various other things were missing. I'm sure she wouldn't have minded a camera on the street. I wouldn't either for that matter. People know when students go home (Christmas, summer etc) and they break in a rob the place blind. I cant see how a camera wouldn't help.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 4:52:00 PM  
Blogger Olaf said...

Haha,

I like how you're always the first one to comment on your own posts, as if you're in such a hurry and bound to leave something out of the post itself. In any case, that is pretty ridiculous.

I'm a fan of freedom, in general, but I don't really see why people wouldn't want camera's on the streets.

I'm sure there's some sort of hysterical "police state" argument to be made against it, but I mean it's just a more reliable security guard. Why is it that people are opposed to cameras on the street, but are fine with just people on the street. In both cases people are watching them.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 5:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Big Brother watching said...

youre a fascist ideot

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 5:08:00 PM  
Blogger The Mayor said...

Certainly the cameras will deter the intellegent and thoughtful criminals. But as for the stupid and inept, I think not. These are the ones that shoot into crowds at Saturnalia (that is Christmas for you scum Christians), or into crowds at subway stations (Yorkdale, anyone), or just grab a rival gang member, strip them, and beat them to death slowly (Flemingdon Park). Luckilly, we have activist judges who opine that they do not believe in prison. I could go on and on, but I would be either preaching to the choir (and they know already of which I speak), or get called a socialist. Cameras will not deter our Stupid-Criminal-Canadians. We need Stalinist Brand Socialism, not this tepid Trotskyite piffle pushed about by the so-called leftists in this country.

I, Fenris Badwulf, wrote this.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 8:06:00 PM  
Blogger Jason Bo Green said...

I never know what Fenris is getting at, but the guy is really a genius - people should check out his columns at Dust My Broom.

Zac, I've yet to be broken into, but I've got a long history of being on the receiving end of theft - it sucks.

Olaf, I don't much like the idea of cameras myself, being a freedom fan, but hey, if a protestor against them thinks they'll stop crime - I'm on board!

Also you should all know: I'm a fascist ideot.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 8:46:00 PM  
Blogger SouthernOntarioan said...

ideot... grand... wonderful...

Shows the calibre of your opponents yes?

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 9:55:00 PM  
Blogger Closet Liberal said...

Myself, I've always wanted a government monitored GPS chip implanted in my brain (and by extension everyone else....).

A) They know where I am, so I can't get lost.
B) Anyone breaks into my house, instantly we know who it was.
C) My wife can keep tabs on me, and confirm that when I say "Hon, I was working late at the office!" She knows I wasn't skipping out to the bar with friends.

Having cameras everywhere is an added level, if we used chips, they would be rendered irrelevant.

;-)

Wednesday, October 18, 2006 7:27:00 PM  
Blogger Jason Bo Green said...

I like the chips idea at first glance, but how would I fuck with my enemies when darkness fell???

Wednesday, October 18, 2006 8:31:00 PM  
Blogger Closet Liberal said...

That my friend requires extensive knowledge of slow acting poisons or a personal relationship with a geek that has a password list.

Never underestimate the power of a nerd with a password

Subtlety my friend, subtlety. Revenge is a dish best served cold.

PS. I'm going to stop my drunken posting and go to bed.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006 8:55:00 PM  
Blogger Jason Bo Green said...

Well, I should bone up on those slow acting poisons anyway, really - you have a good point.

Thursday, October 19, 2006 6:13:00 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

Camera's on street corners would only serve the same as a lock on a door. They are only there to keep honest people honest. They will never deter criminals.

Thursday, October 19, 2006 9:17:00 PM  
Blogger Jason Bo Green said...

Tim, that's a good point - they would deter me, but I'm already deterred....

I just think it's funny that this opponent would say, "No one would be stupid enough to commit a crime on camera!" as if that's a reason against them.

They make me uncomfortable on residential streets. In main public commercial intersections, though, not so much.

Friday, October 20, 2006 4:04:00 PM  
Blogger Cameron Campbell said...

Camera's herd, they don't police.

Monday, October 23, 2006 8:13:00 AM  

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