“Smart City” Projects are Really Police Extreme Surveillance Programs.

The propaganda always dresses social engineering projects aimed at enhancing the powers of the state to manipulate and control in friendly terms that seem to promise benefits to our security rather than threats to our freedom. Take the phrase “Smart Cities.”
How wonderful it will be, the authorities tell us, to live in smart cities where the streets and buildings are intelligent and will protect us from danger and from risk. We will live within the loving embrace of technology. The reality will not be like that of course …

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Activist Post have been looking at what Smart Cities are really all about.

“Smart City” Projects are Really Police Cam-Share Programs in Disguise

 

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A Cheaper Alternative To Car Insurance?

An estimated one million Russian motorists have installed dash cams in their cars. Some of them captured the 10-ton meteor that exploded in atmosphere last week, but the the cameras are mainly installed for just one reason: ensuring justice when it comes to proving accidents on the roads.

Last year, Al Jazeera spoke with motorists who never drive without their cameras. One driver said he and many others believe that police officers are only on the roads to take bribes, bending traffic laws—or ignoring them completely—to benefit themselves. A camera will save you from false accusations.

“In Russia, everyone should have a camera on their dashboard. It’s better than keeping a lead pipe under your seat for protection,” writes Marina Galperina, a New York-based blogger who hails from Russia.

According to Galperina, hit and runs are “very common,” and insurance companies have begun to crack down on claims, often denying any claim with little evidence. Witnesses aren’t much help, either; Russian courts have turned into a he-said-she-said mess when it comes to traffic accidents. “Dash-cam footage is the only real way to substantiate your claims in the court of law,” Galperina writes.

Because of lax law enforcement and scams on the road, including staged crashes and already damaged cars presented as evidence in a new case, buying a fully comp policy is outrageously expensive. The camera technology —ranging from as little as $50 to as much as $200 — and third party only is much cheaper than comprehensive insurance.

Thinking about my annual premium this looks like an idea we should be thinking about in Britain.