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Tuesday, March 5

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exhibitionist / September 10, 2004 11:55 AM

I really like the idea that some freaking fool as bored with his job as I am, is going to watch my scratch my ass, make moves on some hot chickey, or the most sacred thing of all, watch me as I'm peeing my name on the garage late night after the bars. No more streaking huh? Gosh all of these things I will miss, guess it will give me more reason to stay home sit on my ass and wait for armagedon... Stupid communist liberal democratic country!

Andrew / September 10, 2004 12:08 PM

You know, London has a similar surveillance system already in place. No biggie. Besides, we've got cameras pointed at us all the time in parking garages, convenience stores, building lobbies, etc. It's not like anyone complains about *those* cameras.

That said, I certainly won't *love* them. It just won't bother me much.

Steve / September 10, 2004 12:26 PM

I plan to make love on them as often as possible. But never make love *to* them -- that would chafe, to say the least.

Michael / September 10, 2004 12:30 PM

"Big Brother" is watching.

Louis / September 10, 2004 12:41 PM

I won't mind after I take my SOMA.

Diane / September 10, 2004 12:46 PM

They might have come in handy when I was mugged in the Loop.
Maybe to ID some of the perps on the street...

Russ / September 10, 2004 1:34 PM

I'm sure they'll all be in fine working order, just like parking meters.

amyc / September 10, 2004 1:50 PM

Look on the bright side: Spying on our fellow Americans could become the growth industry we've been needing since our manufacturing jobs moved overseas. Someone's gotta watch those 2,000 screens 24 hours a day!

leah / September 10, 2004 1:55 PM

Frivolous lawsuits are preventing me from practicing my love with these new surveillance cameras.

cd / September 10, 2004 4:55 PM

I say break 'em with a rock or a pipe whenever you get the chance. Resist the control machine. Don't let them fool you into thinking they've got the All-Seeing Eye, and don't think you're safe.

mike- read the book; there's no cameras - Big Brother watches you through the TV. ass.

louis- wrong author.

amyc- there is no bright side; nobody will be watching the cameras, and they won't do a bit of good. they'll be in the tourist areas, and the airports, and the financial district, and at intersections. They won't prevent crime. that's not the point.

diane- good luck trying to get gov't employees to review the tape, let alone use it to help you in court. i lived in england, and i know. they won't help you. nobody will help you.


Michael / September 10, 2004 5:20 PM

cd -- go fuck yourself. See if you can find that in a book.

cd / September 10, 2004 6:44 PM

mike- no offense, really. but it's just so OBVIOUS. ooh, Big Brother is watching. It's so cliche, especially for people who don't read books. i hope this last makes you mad.


Michael / September 10, 2004 7:20 PM

cd - no offense taken, really. but it's just so PRETENTIOUS. ooh, I can only only feel good about myself when I put others down. It's so pathetic, especially for someone who read 1984 in the eighth grade and thinks it's an accomplishment. I hope this last makes you think.

amyc / September 10, 2004 9:14 PM

Hey, Chad? I was being sarcastic.

(PS: I can see you.)

christian / September 11, 2004 4:03 AM

These new surveillance cameras won't bother me a bit, until I?m stopped by a cop for making a delivery in my unmarked van filled with delicious cookies and breads.

alicia / September 11, 2004 11:55 AM

i'm not a criminal and i don't intend to live someplace that treats me like one by constantly surveilling my actions. i'll likely find a friendlier city to live in?

andy / September 11, 2004 2:29 PM

If you think the surveillance network is a terrible idea, you should let Mayor Daley know. You can send him a letter or a postcard at: Mayor Richard M. Daley / City Hall / 121 N. LaSalle / Chicago, IL 60602 or you can fax 312-744-8045.

Also tell your alderman:

Alex / September 12, 2004 9:34 AM

I think Louis meant to reference "Brave New World" and wasn't referring to "1984" with his SOMA comment.

As far as the cameras, I can take 'em or leave 'em. In they end, they really won't make a difference anyway seeing that a trained monkey or pigeon will probably be sitting there watching.


cd / September 12, 2004 9:35 AM

Michael- not a bit of pretense here. Didn't mean to embarrass you. Do you really think that just because it's annoying that people use obvious pseudo-literary cliches in lieu of intelligent discussion, that I derive some kind of pleasure at having to put you down? I don't think reading books is some kind of great accomplishment; understanding them is nice, and I don't think anyone understood 1984 if they read it in eighth grade. Maybe you did, since you're so smart.


steven / September 12, 2004 2:08 PM

eh, whatever...cameras are everywhere anyway.

Matt / September 12, 2004 7:41 PM

I'll just flip them off when ever I see one, like I do already at banks, ATMs, stores, etc

al / September 12, 2004 10:50 PM

cd, you are an ass. get over yourself.

chris / September 13, 2004 1:11 AM

I think it's funny that some doofus security type has the job of watching me walk down the street. Sure, go ahead and watch me...oh please watch me! I can't wait until they get facial recognition software and start stopping people and pulling them on the side, because they "look like" a "terrorist"... Just one more reason to stay at home and drink.

Joe / September 13, 2004 7:36 AM

Someone should issue a fatwa to the tagger community that tagging over a security camera is a high honor, and will earn you the respect and adulation of tagger high command.

Problem solved.

Mike / September 13, 2004 9:51 AM

The cameras in London were originally anti-terrorism devices, both for Middle Eastern and Irish terrorists. From what I understand, they haven't worked very well in A)catching terrorists or, B)catching criminals.
I think mostly London officials, and now Chicago officials, were effectively lobbied by the companies that produce the equipment.

Pete / September 13, 2004 9:54 AM

You will love them, or we will deal with you accordingly.

Matt / September 14, 2004 4:59 PM

First I heard 2,000 cameras are being installed throughout the city, now there are going to be bomb dogs and police stopping every CTA train and bus daily for up to 5 minutes to check them out? What country is this anyway? We got to get rid of Bush and the fear/paranoia propaganda machine in this country

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