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Friday, February 24, 2006

Big Brother has been around awhile

For those of you who have been paying attention the last twenty years or so, and are not blind, you should already know this: Big Brother is already here!
Unless you are totally clueless, to the government, law enforcement agencies, advertisers, and everyone selling things on the internet, nobody is anonymous there.
It does not take much to find out where someone has been on the internet. All you need is their IP address. Anybody on the internet can be tracked. It happens all the time.

Companies like Wal-Mart and Target keep track of what sells at each store. Amazon keeps track of who buys what and adapts their marketing accordingly. They do this to keep costs down and profits up. Any company that doesn't do this has a much better chance of going belly up.

With the red light cameras, if you are not doing anything wrong, you should not have anything to worry about. Better markings, signs, and more visible stop lights only work when people are paying attention (i.e not talking on their cell phone). All the collisions that you site in your article happened not because of the cameras. The cause of the collisions was driver inattention. Notice I use the word collision, not accident. Accidents cannot be avoided. They just happen. Collisions are usually easely avoided. That said, most incidents on the road can be avoided, so the correct word would be collisions.

I have seen many incidents in my home town of Holland, Michigan where a red light camera would have come handy. The only way for people to learn the error of their ways is to make the lesson an expensive one. If that does not work, take their license and their vehicle. That drivers license has never been a right, anyway. It is a privilege and one that, if abused, needs to be taken away.


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