Thursday, October 12, 2006

Orwell's Olympic City

The City of Chicago will be looking after you if you attend the 2016 Summer Olympics (if the Windy City is awarded that august athletic celebration). Mayor Richard M. Daley said, "By the time 2016 [arrives], we'll have more cameras than Washington, D.C." With a Big Brother's assurance, he added, "By 2016, I'll make you a bet: We'll have [surveillance cameras on] every block." In the meantime, Daley wants to mandate businesses open more than 12 hours per day and bars open until 4:00 a.m. to install cameras that can i.d. anyone who enters and leaves these establishments. Chicago already employs 2000 cameras around the city connected to the emergency command center. Feel free, citizens of the safe city? Or does it matter anymore?

Cf. http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/92811,CST-NWS-bside12.article and http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-02-14-chicago-cameras_x.htm.

11 comments:

jharkansas said...

At least they don't have mindreaders.  At least, not yet.  Maybe that's something the Department of Peace is working on...

jakeho said...

Exactly. Or the Department for Mental Privacy and Progress.

piperfromtn said...

There isn't a camera in the world that makes me feel safe.  All they do is record what happened.  Since I'm really into precluding deliterious 'happenings', them there cameras is useless.  Boy, it makes 'em feel good though.  

jakeho said...

Wonder if they plan to put any cameras near the voting booths or the graveyards?

piperfromtn said...

I rekon it'd be too hard to keep up with all those people voting or going to vote at either place.

jakeho said...

Exactly, Jon.

piperfromtn said...

Might even catch Mayor Daley's dad voting absentee.

jakeho said...

Which time? And how often would be interesting.

piperfromtn said...

He has a standing, well, uh, anyway...a standing absentee voting in all elections from the time of his death to any in the future:  "well, he would've voted this way..."
Even Joe Kennedy has a formaldyhide absentee; ever how many you need...

jakeho said...

RMN would appreciate your well stated points. Unlike Gore, he didn't contest the election in 1960. As an aside, Jon, you are not suggesting that the dead can't be counted more than once are you?

piperfromtn said...

Usually just once, however, the elections commisioner recollections about which ones' they counted and which ones' they didn't aren't too swooft.