Aerial View August 16, 2010, 03:56:43 PM

I had a bad dream a day ago.  It had something to do with mutants shaped like Gargoyles and dragons attacking a small house that I and some other people were living in.  We had some sort of special power I guess.  Then my mother and sister show up somehow and we end up arguing over my sister’s hair.  I think she said that she was bald as a baby and I said she wasn’t.  We ended up laughing about it.  All three of us like old times.

In other news, I like someone’s comment in regards to this article:

“A great job opening for selling large mirrors…”

Smile! Aerial images being used to enforce laws.

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RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – On New York’s Long Island, it’s used to prevent drownings. In Greece, it’s a tool to help solve a financial crisis. Municipalities update property assessment rolls and other government data with it. Some in law enforcement use it to supplement reconnaissance of crime suspects.

High-tech eyes in the sky — from satellite imagery to sophisticated aerial photography that maps entire communities — are being employed in creative new ways by government officials, a trend that civil libertarians and others fear are eroding privacy rights.

“As technology advances, we have to revisit questions about what is and what is not private information,” said Gregory Nojeim, senior counsel at the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Democracy and Technology.

Online services like Google and Bing give users very detailed images of practically any location on the planet. Though some images are months old, they make it possible for someone sitting in a living room in Brooklyn to look in on folks in Dublin or Prague, or even down the street in Flatbush.

Sean Walter, an attorney and first-term town supervisor in Riverhead, N.Y., insists he is a staunch defender of privacy rights and the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure.

But Walter supported using Google Earth images to help identify about 250 Riverhead homes where residents failed to get building permits certifying their swimming pools complied with safety regulations. All but about 10 eventually came to town hall.