Well, here’s where the rubber meets the road for this abstract line of questioning. The Capitol Hill Seattle Blog is reporting a complaint it received from a resident in the Miller Park neighborhood. She writes:
This afternoon, a stranger set an aerial drone into flight over my yard and beside my house near Miller Playfield. I initially mistook its noisy buzzing for a weed-whacker on this warm spring day. After several minutes, I looked out my third-story window to see a drone hovering a few feet away. My husband went to talk to the man on the sidewalk outside our home who was operating the drone with a remote control, to ask him to not fly his drone near our home. The man insisted that it is legal for him to fly an aerial drone over our yard and adjacent to our windows. He noted that the drone has a camera, which transmits images he viewed through a set of glasses. He purported to be doing “research”. We are extremely concerned, as he could very easily be a criminal who plans to break into our house or a peeping-tom.
The site adds, “The woman tells us she called police but they decided not to show up when the man left.”
She basically asks and answers her own question. There is a generally recognized right of the public to information. They can stand on a public sidewalk or road and take pictures of your house. They cannot violate your privacy by standing on your property to take photos or recordings, nor can they take pictures of you through a window with or without a drone. If the police would have pursued this, the perpetrator could have been prosecuted. Maybe I’m being too optimistic, but I tend to think a couple well publicized prosecutions will stop this from being a growing phenomenon.
3D art, a combination of sculpted books and painting by French Canadian artist Guy Laramée. I hope he is not using any good books for this.
Did anyone watch Veep this past Sunday. The episode where there is an official lie and a foreign official gropes he Veep. Selina, for various reasons, one being we live in a ‘Dick” World, decides that she cannot say anything. That incident will fade quietly into history. The lie about the spy, knowing politics, will also likely fade after some hearings and plenty of faux outrage. This too will fade, except for some conservatives, most of whom have a martyr complex anyway, The Real I.R.S. Scandal
So the scandal—the real scandal—is that 501(c)(4) groups have been engaged in political activity in such a sustained and open way. As Fred Wertheimer, the President of Democracy 21, a government-ethics watchdog group, put it, “it is clear that a number of groups have improperly claimed tax-exempt status as section 501(c)(4) ‘social welfare’ organizations in order to hide the donors who financed their campaign activities in the 2010 and 2012 federal elections.”
A 501(c)(4) group is supposed to behave more or less like a charity. They cannot, by law, engage in openly political advocacy. They can and have pushed that by say, running an ad that says contraceptive use causes mental health problems ( it doesn’t). In this case a lot of tea stain affiliated groups have been using their charity status to avoid taxes and do blatant political advocacy. That real part of the scandal will wilt under the shrill cries of injustice endured by the deeply oppressed conservative movement. Billionaires like the Kochs, Sheldon Adelson, the Coors family and the Waltons (Wal-Mart) will dry their crocodile tears with French designer hankies. There will be hearings, apologies, the attempt to use the ‘scandal’ as a reason for impeachment. In a few months it will be something conservative have clipped and pressed into in their memory books. To look over with a Grinch-like smile while telling themselves yet another sob sorry about how tough they have it.