Dad harassed for taking photos of daughter eating ice cream

One of the “terrorist” photos

A father has been questioned by police under anti-terror laws for taking pictures of his own daughter in a shopping centre.

Chris White was approached by staff after taking a photograph of four-year-old Hazel eating an ice cream in the Braehead shopping centre near Glasgow on Friday afternoon. Mr White was questioned by a security guard, who told him it was illegal to take pictures in the centre. He was then asked to delete any photos he had taken from his mobile phone.

Mr White explained that he had already uploaded two photos, in which his daughter was pictured riding a novelty motorbike in an ice cream parlour, to his Facebook page.

The police were called and Mr White was told there were “clear signs” saying no photographs were allowed. He said one officer claimed that he was within his rights to confiscate the mobile phone containing the pictures under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

Lazyass coppers everywhere in the Western world have learned they can shout “Terrorist” and get away with crushing the civil rights of any ordinary citizen.

A Facebook group set up in support of Mr White has called for supporters to boycott the Braehead shopping centre in protest over his treatment. By Monday afternoon, more than 7,700 people had “liked” the ‘Boycott Braehead’ campaign page.

A spokesman for Braehead said…”We have a ‘no photography’ policy in the centre to protect the privacy of staff and shoppers and to have a legitimate opportunity to challenge suspicious behaviour if required. However, it is not our intention to – and we do not – stop innocent family members taking pictures.”

Then put up longer signs with all the ifs, outs and excuses. Meanwhile, the question remains about the legitimacy of inventing private regulations which are counter to constitutional rights. Even for Glaswegians, right?

Supt George Nedley, of Renfrewshire and Inverclyde division…said a full review had been launched.

Swiss speed demon trapped by [DUH!] his own mobile phone

All you need to get one is money – not brains

A Swiss motorist used his mobile phone to record himself driving on an autoroute near Geneva at 320 km an hour, nearly three times the speed limit, police said Wednesday.

But the offence was only uncovered six months later when the 28-year-old was questioned in another case and investigators found the images still on the phone.

Some shots were focused on the speedometer of his car, a Bentley Continental, according to a police spokesman.

Others showed the road, revealing where he was, and the phone’s timer recorded the date and the time — just before 3:30 in the morning local time last April.

Police said the driver, whom they declined to name, probably took the shots to impress his friends. His license was confiscated and he is free on bail awaiting trial.

When your testicles are hardwired to the accelerator on your car, you really can’t count on your brain working at all.

New NASA pics show Apollo astronaut footpaths on the moon

Just for the Kool Aid Party-types who think we never went to the moon

The LROC was launched in June of 2009, and had been orbiting and photographing the Moon with its Narrow and Wide Angle Cameras ever since. Although it has usually held a near-circular orbit at an average altitude of 50km above the lunar surface, on August 10th NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center temporarily altered its orbit to a more oval configuration, that brought it as low as 21km. The result were the photos…that show the Apollo landing sites in greater detail than ever before.

Pix of the Day – from WW2

This girl in a glass house is putting finishing touches on the bombardier nose section of a B-17F navy bomber, Long Beach, Calif. She’s one of many capable women workers in the Douglas Aircraft Company plant. Better known as the “Flying Fortress,” the B-17F is a later model of the B-17 which distinguished itself in action in the South Pacific, over Germany and elsewhere. It is a long range, high altitude heavy bomber, with a crew of seven to nine men, and with armament sufficient to defend itself on daylight missions. (Alfred Palmer 1942 Oct.)

And some of the photos that didn’t often make the Sunday Magazine section:

Negro Engineers color guard at Fort Belvoir

Japanese-American camp, war emergency evacuation, Tule Lake Relocation Center

NASA’s first pictures of Mercury taken from orbit

A spidery crater named for a French composer features in the very first picture MESSENGER took from orbit around Mercury, taken March 29 and released March 30.

Debussy Crater had been known since before MESSENGER’s arrival, thanks to its brilliant appearance in Earth-based radar images of Mercury. But no spacecraft had seen Debussy in visible light until MESSENGER made a flyby on its way into orbit.

The new shot of the 80-kilometer-wide crater is a composite of three out of eight images taken through different light filters. Combining images taken at multiple wavelengths can reveal changes across Mercury’s surface, since different minerals reflect light in unique ways. A black-and-white version of this Mercury picture was released on March 29.

RTFA – go to the NatGeo site and click through each photo and description. Delightful.

Arizona Mom – and daughter – accused of abusing same boy

County Supervisor Fulton Brock’s daughter has been arrested and accused of molesting the same boy her mother is charged with sexually abusing over a three-year period.

Rachel Katherine Brock, 21, the daughter of Fulton and Susan Brock, faces three counts of sexual conduct with a minor and one of furnishing obscene materials to a minor. The charges are related to incidents that began when the boy was 14 and she was 18, according to court papers.

Susan Brock, 48, faces 15 child abuse counts for allegedly abusing the same boy starting when he was 13 years old and she was 45, the court documents report.

Mother and daughter are both being held without bond

The reports do not say whether mother and daughter knew of each other’s alleged activities with the reported victim. However, the daughter’s alleged sexual contact with the boy took place within the time frame her mother is accused of molesting him.

County Supervisor Brock…said in a statement…”I have filed to divorce my wife. I cannot divorce my daughter. She is my blood. I will always be her Dad….As a person of faith I ask for your continued prayers.”

I guess that Family Values thing still works for vote-getting in Arizona.

Dumb Crook of the Day

A fraudster was caught by police after they found photos of him rolling in piles of bank notes when they searched his home. Plattini Stalone de la Torre Cordoso took a number of photos of himself with wads of cash, including one of him lying back on his bed covered in thousands of pounds.

Other photos – which helped send the 22-year-old to jail for four years – included ones of him lounging around with a laptop with a picture of sports car on it as he surrounded himself with money…

The Brazilian, who made tens of thousands of pounds selling forged passports, was arrested on July 7 this year after a routine stop by officers from British Transport Police (BTP).

Police found him in possession of two forged driving licences and two passports and marched him back to his home in Shadwell, East London, where they uncovered the photos of him surrounded by cash.

They also found equipment used to forge passports, identity cards, and driving licences and also 400 capsules of class C drug Fenproporex…

A police source said…”If he had any sense at all he would never have taken those photos and would have hidden his forging equipment somewhere other than his own flat.

“When he couldn’t give us a straight answer about where he got all the money he knew he was heading to jail.”

Which is obviously where he belongs.

Southern Lights image from Antarctica chef

Anthony Dubber, from Hertfordshire, quit his job working in a hotel to spend two 18 month periods as a chef with the Survey team located at Halley in Antarctica.

He braved 45mph winds and -35 degree temperatures as well as surviving 105 days of total darkness…

In September 2007 he wrote: “The start of September bought the last shimmers of light during the night. It would be the finale of the Aurora Australis, and very soon the last sightings of Antarctica’s night star constellations, as the daylight starts rapidly taking grasp over the darkness of night.

“As the nights are quickly drawing to an end, I find myself reminiscing about the luminous starry skies that glistened above us, during our siege of 24 hour darkness.”

The Aurora Australis or Southern Lights are mesmerizing, dynamic displays of light that appear in the Antarctic skies in winter. Aurora results from the interaction of the solar wind with the Earth’s magnetic field.

Lovely photo, must have been a lifetime experience.

I’ve only known a few folks who spent significant time living and working in Antarctica. One, in fact, an Iranian-American who spent the original International Geophysical Year – which was two years long – working and defining what became known as ice geology. Not a garrulous type, I still managed to get him aside once in a while and draw out tales of nature and beauty and the very early science being derived from ice cores.