The Weiner Effect: Is Photography a Crime?

Is photography a crime?  There is a keen website dedicated to answering that question when it comes to recording the public activities of the police — Photography is Not a Crime! — and we need more sites like that one dedicated to freedom and transparency.

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No Votes for Gonlon Davidesco

For the last two years I have been struggling to get the Board of Elections in the City of New York to understand two simple concepts : My name and where I live. I have thus far been unsuccessful in doing both at the same time. I moved back to New York from Seattle in August of 2008 — in Seattle, my name was well spelled and my address was accurate.

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Just Say No to Customers: The Allergy Dealer

The other day I tried to buy my favorite allergy medicine — Claritin-D 24 Hour — and I was treated like a criminal drug dealer by my pharmacist as if I were detained on a Citizen’s Arrest while waiting for incarceration and prosecution.

I wasn’t handcuffed or fingerprinted, but I was detained and required to show my state-issued photo ID as well as a major credit card. I also had to sign my name and provide my address in a pharmacy book before they’d take my money and sell me my “over-the-counter behind-the-counter” allergy relief medicine. I was only allowed to purchase 10 pills.

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