August, 1st 2007

Here's why I won't be voting for Mike Bloomberg

– Liz Mair

How fricking stupid is this?

The new rules, which were proposed by the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting, would require any group of two or more people who want to use a camera in a public place for more than 30 minutes to get a city permit and $1 million in liability insurance. The same requirements would apply to any group of five or more people who plan to use a tripod in a public location for more than 10 minutes, including the time it takes to set up the equipment. The permits would be free.

City officials said they would decide after next Friday whether to adopt the rules as they are, amend them or draft new rules and reopen the public review process.

To boot, the way the "rules" are drafted, they could actually apply to amateur still photographers, as well as those making films.

Welcome to hell, everyone. Oh, and be sure not to display too much public disgruntlement about it, because Bloomberg is filming you. Nanny-stateism indeed...


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