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Alternative Reporting, Re-Blogging and My own thoughts on Local, National and Internanational News

Alternative Reporting, Re-Blogging and My own thoughts on Local, National and Internanational News             ENJOY    —— ƒƒƒ——-    ——-this post is educational

Cops—Get your free pass here.

Anthony Bologna (center). (Image from charges for NYPD cops filmed punching, pepper-spraying Occupy protesters 

After an encounter myself during Occupy, this sickens me. If you have an encounter  with police, it seems that video of the event is no longer viable evidence. Just as I have been and am currently in the criminal justice system for protesting, if you get into an engagement with the police, it will be a long and costly matter. The police get a pass to trump your rights and once you are in the system, the next time will be just as bad or worse. Luckily at the time of this writing I don’t have my docket number or else I would thank officer what ever his name was for costing me 1000’s of dollars and counting.—ƒƒƒ—-     —-OCCUPY THE FARM-—-QUESTION AUTHORITY—-

Your next investment….

Leading the life of an activist has become serious business. Even though I would love to always talk about farming and taking care of my land, one of the most dangerous things we encounter now are the police.I am currently still dealing with the police from the Occupy protest and it has depleted my finances from fines involving corrupt police and their brutality that I wish I would have had on video.—–ƒƒƒ ——cameras without wireless networking capabilities are the least attractive option. If they are destroyed or confiscated, you have probably lost the damning video you just recorded, including the video documenting how your camera was confiscated or destroyed. But provided you can hold on to your camera, digital video recorders today are inexpensive, small, and wonderfully practical. The best-known everyday, easy-to-use brand right now is probably the Flip Video line, which start at $149. Even the cheapest Flips fit in your pocket, power up in about three seconds, and feature one-button recording. They are also easy to use. They include a built-in USB port and instant formatting for sites such as LiveLeak and YouTube.

Kodak has a pocket video camera for $100, and Amazon list a couple dozen different flash-memory cameras for under $50. Still too expensive? For $20, this camera sold at USBGeek is shorter than a stick of gum and shoots 640×480 video at 30 frames per second. It has a memory slot to hold up to 32GB of memory and a two-hour battery life. Or try this keychain camera. It’s tiny, has the advantage of not looking much like a camera, shoots 720×480 video at 30 frames per second, and sells for all of $12 (with free shipping) at

Last year’s demonstrations in Iran and the 2009 police shooting of Oscar Grant on a subway platform in Oakland, California were very public incidents, with dozens of cell phones taking photos and video as they happened. Authorities could not possibly have confiscated every phone camera (although in both cases they tried). But in other cases, police confiscate cameras, and when they are returned the potentially incriminating video or photos are gone. But technology is helping there too.

If you find your files or videos have been deleted once your camera has been returned, your best option is to look into recovery software, which in many cases can bring the deleted files back. Don’t use the phone or camera until you’ve tried the software.

The better option, though, is to use a camera with networking capabilities. We’re increasingly seeing spy movies-come-to-life cameras like this Bluetooth device from Looxcie, which you wear over your ear and lets you instantly email video, but the same technology is also standard now in most smart phones. The ability to store audio or video off site-to email it to friends (or yourself), or to upload it to social networking sites-is becoming more and more accessible. And it’s a pretty powerful check on government, as shown by the Iran demonstrations, the Grant shooting, and the alleged police abuses shown in hundreds of videos uploaded to video sharing sites.