the world is not such an awesome place

One of the issues lately that really makes my blood boil is Photographers’ Rights. The idea that taking a photograph makes someone a terrorist is just stupid. And giving someone (usually a rent-a-cop) the arbitrary power to question and/or detain someone for it doesn’t make any kind of sense.

I used to think that I just needed to leave the country because of the idiocy, though this story from the BBC makes me think maybe I need to leave the planet:

The family was stopped by a plain clothes officer from the Channel Tunnel Policing Unit on 20 February.

Ms Maynard, a legal advocate, said the officer, who failed to identify who she was, asked for the family’s passports then asked “who’s the boy?”

“My son is mixed race and the officer then told us, ‘I believe you are child trafficking’.”

For a nice (and maybe much-needed) laugh, enjoy the live enactment of xkcd’s I Love the Discovery Channel strip. And a fun video detailing why I don’t like getting involved in website design here at the office, The Process. What if there were no stop signs… and a major corporation was charged with inventing one?

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