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Re: <nettime> Locative Games: Police use GPS coordinates as Evidence
Patrice Riemens on Mon, 1 Sep 2008 16:11:18 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> Locative Games: Police use GPS coordinates as Evidence

It's in fact far worse. The things, they've started (long time ago) to 
converge. Capitalism, in its now hegemonic neo-liberal declination, has 
made politicians basically redundant, since there is nothing important to 
decide about anymore (One-Idea-System, anyone?). Coupled with the 
definitely anglo-saxon sado-masochism, especially directed at the 
individual (= unredeamable sinner, that's the presby/calvinist streak dear 
to Max Weber) this reli/pop culture, which also gave us the most brutish 
form of capitalism (never mind the Chinese), this leads to the relentless 
pursuit of all-round punishment for the slightest offense (zero tolerance, 
another fine anglo-saxon contribution to the world civilisation), 
preferably even before the crime (everything basically is) has been 
committed. Next stage: total fiscalisation! The problem with criminal law 
is evidence. Just do away with it! Proof is no longer of guilt, but of 
innocence - with is impossible, since the devices (they're above humans) 
are _always_ right. Hitting the individual economically, with the ultimate 
goal of bankrupting her, is the shortest road to generalised fear and 
total control, the antechamber of ... well you guess to where I'm pointing 

Enjoy the day while it lasts!
Oh yeah, it's actually too late to say 'Enough!'. The damage has been done 
already. The North west Passage is open, and ripe for business!

On Sun, Aug 31, 2008 at 10:53:54PM +0200, carl guderian wrote:

> Odd, this came up in conversation among friends a month or so ago. In
> Germany, the cops used someone's Tam-Tam data to mail them speeding
> tickets. The owner of the car won the case, it being an egregious
> breach of Europe's data protection laws, but apparently the laws are
> being retooled to allow such things in the future. Really, it's too
> good to pass up. Soon enough GPS-enabled devices will be mandatory.
> What capitalism failed to accomplish in Europe, the terrorism mania
> will. Unless someone cares enough to say "enough!"
> Carl

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