Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Big Brother goes Infra Red.

Another bold step taken in Britain's long march into peonage.

Our movements are already tracked by CCTV, speed cameras and even spies in dustbins.

Now snooping on the public has reached new heights with local authorities putting spy planes in the air to snoop on homeowners who are wasting too much energy.

Thermal imaging cameras are being used to create colour-coded maps which will enable council officers to identify offenders and pay them a visit to educate them about the harm to the environment and measures they can take.

Yes, a friendly little visit from your helpful local government enviroNazis, to hand out pamphlets on how to save energy with latex caulking around the window frames.  Lovely.  During which the helpful public servants will have their beady little eyes open for any other possible infractions, like unregistered kitchen knives, unsafe storage of tennis rackets and golf clubs, unapproved wallpaper, improper stacking of recycling containers, etc.

I hasten to add, this energy they are "wasting" wasn't given to these "offenders" by the government.  They bought it and paid for it, with after-tax money too.

Something similar was done in Ontario a few years ago by police forces looking to stem the tide of grow-ops in Toronto and vicinity.  They sent up aircraft with thermal imaging to see if they could spot any hot spots.  A grow-op in a standard house will light up like a Christmas tree on thermal at night.

The result?  Inadmissible in court.  Caught red handed with 30 zillion dope plants, and they walk.  Same story in Britain probably, not admissible in court due to excess logic and practicality.

But use the technology to harass law abiding home owners busy minding their own affairs and not bothering anyone?  AWESOME!!!

The Phantom


Steve said...

They won't need thermal imaging to spot my place this Saturday during Earth Hour. It'll be the house with all the lights on.

The Phantom said...

Hi Steve. Yeah, me too. Think I'll do wheelies in the driveway if my bike is fixed.

Some of our Lefty friends like Paladiea are complaining about us spoiling their noble effort to educate the steaming masses. I just tell them its not about conservation. Its about being spied on by friggin' thermal imaging to make sure we're being good.


Steve said...

The fact that the greenies are on this conservation kick lays bare their real agenda which is to bring us back to the middle ages. I don't believe in squandering energy -- after all, I pay the bill -- but it is crazy to deny the benefits that cheap energy brings.

This guy, though, has it right:

And why are we so focused on energy conservation? Metcalfe isn't against it. He just downsized from a Mercedes to a Smart car. But forget conservation long term. The goal in the next six or seven decades should be to produce "squanderably abundant, cheap and clean energy."

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