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11/23/2010 12:29:21 PM · #1
//www.kuwaittimes.net/read_news.php?newsid=MzAwMTg4ODg1
via Gizmodo
11/23/2010 12:42:44 PM · #2
Just pure paranoia...
11/23/2010 12:49:26 PM · #3
Not being privy to the reasoning (or lack thereof) for this decision, I will reserve judgement for the time being.

Ray
11/23/2010 01:07:42 PM · #4
"And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'"
- George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 3
11/23/2010 01:28:58 PM · #5
I'm not a bit surprised. Somebody probably published a photo of the Sheikh getting his freak on, so he decided to outlaw cameras that allow large telephoto lenses. Of course, it's still okay for journalists to use them since he has them on a very short leash anyway.

If we Americans keep allowing politicians and bureaucrats to ignore our constitutional rights, then something similar will happen here in the near future.

11/23/2010 01:51:59 PM · #6
Originally posted by Mick:

I'm not a bit surprised. Somebody probably published a photo of the Sheikh getting his freak on, so he decided to outlaw cameras that allow large telephoto lenses. Of course, it's still okay for journalists to use them since he has them on a very short leash anyway.

If we Americans keep allowing politicians and bureaucrats to ignore our constitutional rights, then something similar will happen here in the near future.


I truly doubt that very much.

11/23/2010 02:08:57 PM · #7
wow...
11/23/2010 02:19:58 PM · #8
Sucks to be them.
11/23/2010 02:39:51 PM · #9
Originally posted by mike_311:

Originally posted by Mick:

I'm not a bit surprised. Somebody probably published a photo of the Sheikh getting his freak on, so he decided to outlaw cameras that allow large telephoto lenses. Of course, it's still okay for journalists to use them since he has them on a very short leash anyway.

If we Americans keep allowing politicians and bureaucrats to ignore our constitutional rights, then something similar will happen here in the near future.


I truly doubt that very much.

I definitely got the feeling we're not far from this when walking in downtown LA last week with a DSLR. We were approached every few steps with "you can't take pictures here."
11/23/2010 03:23:48 PM · #10
Originally posted by Melethia:


I definitely got the feeling we're not far from this when walking in downtown LA last week with a DSLR. We were approached every few steps with "you can't take pictures here."


Interesting times we live in, when DSLRs are seen as a menace to public safety, and people are free to wear a gun on their hip into Starbucks. If they can walk down the street with a Glock 9
on their belt to expand their right to carry weapons, I feel compelled to expand my right to take photographs whenever I am told "you can't take pictures here". You can. They can. The thing with rights is that if you allow them to be eroded, they disappear. Photographers need to take a page from the NRA's handbook and insist on their rights to the limit of the law when in public.

Taking pictures of buildings and such from a public thoroughfare is still legal despite whatever policy the owners of those buildings have set down for their security forces to enforce. There are limits of what you can do with the images, but as of now, no limits on making them. And if I have to get into the occasional argument to keep it that way, I'm willing.
11/23/2010 04:22:34 PM · #11
Why the US ever spent a dime to save this country from Saddam is beyond me. What a backwards society.

11/23/2010 04:27:17 PM · #12
Originally posted by Jac:

Why the US ever spent a dime to save this country from Saddam is beyond me.


oil.

oil.

oil.

oil.

oil.

i think maybe there was another reason.

oh yeah, oil.
11/23/2010 04:27:48 PM · #13
Originally posted by Jac:

Why the US ever spent a dime to save this country from Saddam is beyond me. What a backwards society.


Two words..

Oil.
11/23/2010 05:19:51 PM · #14
Originally posted by Simms:

Originally posted by Jac:

Why the US ever spent a dime to save this country from Saddam is beyond me. What a backwards society.


Two words..

Oil.


and of course...

weapons sales

Ray
11/23/2010 06:08:02 PM · #15
Originally posted by RayEthier:

Originally posted by Simms:

Originally posted by Jac:

Why the US ever spent a dime to save this country from Saddam is beyond me. What a backwards society.


Two words..

Oil.


and of course...

weapons sales

Ray


Don't forget BIG Juicy contracts for "reconstruction" companies and "private security" outfits...
11/23/2010 07:10:39 PM · #16
All in the name of freedom. It sure is profitable....
11/23/2010 07:11:53 PM · #17
And these are the people we went to war for!

Freedom is not congruant with their cult. It's that simple.
11/23/2010 07:21:47 PM · #18
As photographers, let's ban Kuwait.
11/23/2010 07:27:42 PM · #19
Originally posted by Jac:

As photographers, let's ban Kuwait.


As Americans and Westerners, lets ban Kuwait. And while we are at it - Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Egypt, Turkey, Sudan, etc.
11/23/2010 07:56:40 PM · #20
Pretty easy to ban most of the countries on that list with the technical and scientific minds we have, all it takes is the corporate will to research and employ renewable energy and efficiency to get off crude oil. Since that is the only product they sell, once it looses its value these guys would once again drop back to tribal bickering and local endless wars.

Where is the X-prize for the 1st 100mpg 2 person vehicle? Seems the sun powers the whole solar system, with more creativity we should be able to get by on it as well.
Corporations profit off the misery, gain control with fear, manipulate the masses with misinformation and discouraging empowerment.
When they see more profit in a happier and safer world maybe they will change.
11/23/2010 08:30:54 PM · #21
I'm up for a work assignment in the Middle East. If I get posted to Kuwait, it's gonna kill me to not have my 5d2 in tow.
11/23/2010 08:39:46 PM · #22
Originally posted by photodude:

Originally posted by Jac:

As photographers, let's ban Kuwait.


As Americans and Westerners, lets ban Kuwait. And while we are at it - Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Egypt, Turkey, Sudan, etc.


Egypt is one of the most progressive countries in your list.

Arabic/Muslim does not equal extremist.
11/23/2010 08:47:00 PM · #23
Originally posted by alohadave:

Arabic/Muslim does not equal extremist.


Yeah its just a coincidence that all the terrorism in the world has been conducted by them.
11/23/2010 08:52:22 PM · #24
Originally posted by photodude:

Originally posted by alohadave:

Arabic/Muslim does not equal extremist.


Yeah its just a coincidence that all the terrorism in the world has been conducted by them.

By that logic, all white guys are pedophiles.
11/23/2010 08:54:42 PM · #25
Originally posted by photodude:

As Americans and Westerners, lets ban Kuwait. And while we are at it - Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Egypt, Turkey, Sudan, etc.


So monarchies, theocracies, and democracies, if they are majority Muslim, condemn them all as each being responsible for the worst in the others. That sort of thinking certainly makes sense to the deep thinkers of Islamic extremism who blame all westerners for every evil; but given all the information we have access to, it is shameful to not be able to tell the difference between Turkey and Somalia.
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