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  • License-plate readers let police collect millions of records on drivers

    06/26/2013 3:04:40 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 54 replies
    CIRO ^ | 6/26/13 | Ali Winston
    Click for larger image A license-plate reader mounted on a San Leandro Police Department car can log thousands of plates in an eight-hour patrol shift. “It works 100 times better than driving around looking for license plates with our eyes,” says police Lt. Randall Brandt. Credit: Michael Katz-Lacabe When the city of San Leandro, Calif., purchased a license-plate reader for its police department in 2008, computer security consultant Michael Katz-Lacabe asked the city for a record of every time the scanners had photographed his car.The results shocked him.The paperback-size device, installed on the outside of police cars, can log thousands of...
  • License-plate recognition has its eyes on you (36 million location scans and counting)

    02/25/2013 4:20:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    SD city beat ^ | 2/20/13 | Jon Campbell
    Where’s your car? Well, dude, it’s in a huge Orwellian police database. That might seem like the plot of a bad movie, but since around 2010, police agencies in San Diego County have quietly used a network of sophisticated devices called license-plate readers (LPR) to monitor and record the movements of thousands of everyday drivers. Even as you read this, police cars equipped with LPR are patrolling the streets, automatically scanning and photographing every license plate in sight, tagging each with a GPS coordinate and filing the information away. For years. With 36 million scans and counting—an average of 14...
  • $3M of California's 9/11 license plate fund meant for victim's families raided..

    05/29/2012 8:42:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    AP ^ | May 29, 2012 | Staff
    After the 2001 terrorist attacks, California lawmakers sought a way to channel the patriotic fervour and use it to help victims' families and law enforcement. Their answer: specialty memorial license plates emblazoned with the words, 'We Will Never Forget.' Part of the money raised through the sale of the plates was to fund scholarships for the children of California residents who perished in the attacks, while the majority - 85 per cent - was to help fund anti-terrorism efforts. But an Associated Press review of the $15 million collected since lawmakers approved the 'California Memorial Scholarship Program' shows only a...
  • Controversy erupts over ‘NRA’ license plate proposal(WA)

    01/11/2012 5:42:05 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 10 January, 2012 | Dave Workman
    The idea has been kicking around Washington State’s gun rights landscape for a few weeks, but now that a bill has been introduced to create an “NRA license plate” with funds going to hunter education, the battle lines are drawn and the gloves are definitely off. Sponsored by State Rep. Dean Takko, House Bill 2202 seems on the surface to be a good-intentioned idea. To read some of the comments left on the Seattle Times’ feedback pages, however, one might surmise that Takko’s bill is the Devil’s spawn. One guaranteed way to bring out the social bigots is to mention...
  • San Rafael hotel gunman dead; girlfriend found in other room (steel plate placed in front of window)

    08/19/2011 9:37:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 8/18/11 | Gary Klien
    San Rafael hotel gunman dead; girlfriend found in other roomBy Gary Klien Marin Independent Journal Updated: 08/18/2011 10:24:06 PM PDT An assault suspect who barricaded himself in a San Rafael hotel room was found dead Thursday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. **SNIP** The standoff began Wednesday morning after police learned the United Markets knifing suspect was staying at the hotel. Thomas barricaded himself in the second-floor room and fired a gunshot out the window toward traffic on Interstate 580. Authorities briefly shut down the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, evacuated about 40 hotel guests but not the whole building,...
  • Georgia license-plate design up for your vote

    06/25/2011 9:22:57 AM PDT · by arderkrag · 16 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 06/24/11 | Mike Benzie
    It's been tweeted so it must be official: The 8 semi-finalists for the license-plate design contest have been selected. Governor Nathan Deal officially opened the voting for the new general issue license plate on Friday. Online voting will last through July 8 and the winning plate will be announced on July 15. The winning design will be the default tag on "millions of vehicles in Georgia and wherever Georgia vehicles travel nationwide." The eight designs are below but you'll need to go to the Department of Revenue website to vote. See if you can guess the common theme in all...
  • Farewell, Food Pyramid; Meet Your New $2 Million Replacement, a Plate

    05/31/2011 8:11:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    care2 ^ | May 30, 2011 | Kristina Chew
    As of this coming Thursday, the food pyramid -- that symbol of healthy eating -- is going to go the way of the real pyramids and becoming a thing of the past. This week, the Obama administration will be unveiling a new graphic to tell American consumers what quantities of grains, fruits and vegetables, protein and dairy they should eat to maintain a healthy diet. The pyramid is to be replace by a plate, with four different-colored sections indicating how much of each food group the United States Department of Agriculture recommends and is a "crucial element of the administration's...
  • Arizona Eyes Special License Plate for Tea Party (Senate gives bill preliminary OK)

    03/03/2011 5:18:34 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Arizona Eyes Special License Plate for Tea PartyUpdated: Thursday, 03 Mar 2011, 4:37 PM MST PHOENIX - A bill advancing in the Arizona Legislature would give Tea Party supporters their own license plate but without taxpayers-provided startup costs that supporters wanted. But some of the proceeds of eventual sales of the "Don't Tread On Me" special plate would still go into a fund that a state committee would use to promote Tea Party principles. The Republican-led Senate gave the bill preliminary approval Thursday after deleting a provision to have the state highway fund front $32,000 of startup costs after critics...
  • Family thankful for Gold Star plate

    06/03/2010 9:42:50 AM PDT · by blf1776 · 2 replies · 144+ views
    WLFI TV18 ^ | Wednesday, 02 Jun 2010, 6:13 PM EDT | Kristin Maiorano
    LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A local lawmaker recently received what he calls his "highest honor." State Sen. Ron Alting (R-22nd district) received a bracelet today from the Frantz family in Lafayette. It was specially made in honor of their son, Matthew Frantz, who was killed in Iraq in January 2006. Matthew's mother, Marilyn Frantz, said the bracelet was the least they could do for Alting's efforts to establish Gold Star license plates in Indiana. The license plates are now available for the parents, spouses, siblings and children of anyone who died while serving in the military on active duty. Frantz...
  • 'ILVTOFU' plate banned in Colorado

    04/09/2009 12:43:24 PM PDT · by Justaham · 51 replies · 1,296+ views
    DENVER — One Colorado woman’s love for tofu has been judged X-rated by state officials. Kelly Coffman-Lee wanted to tell the world about her fondness for bean curd by picking certain letters for her SUV’s license plate. Her suggestion for the plate: “ILVTOFU.” But the Division of Motor Vehicles blocked her plan because they thought the combination of letters could be interpreted as profane.
  • BHO Commemorative Plate !?! (Major Barf Alert!) Vanity

    12/05/2008 6:15:35 AM PST · by shredderman · 28 replies · 545+ views
    TV Commercial | 12/5/08 | Me
    Saw a commercial for a Commemorative Plate today...
  • The Commemorative Obama Plate (Ummm, is this a joke?!)

    11/28/2008 8:46:32 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 54 replies · 3,858+ views
    Youtube ^ | November 28, 2008 | Me
    I can't believe this is serious. "His confident smile and kind eyes are an inspiration to us all" Wha-ah-ah? Check it out here.
  • We could all be tracked-Cops test license-plate cameras that store, trace data[OR]

    10/11/2008 9:14:12 AM PDT · by BGHater · 26 replies · 751+ views
    Portland Tribune ^ | 09 Oct 2008 | Jim Redden
    Portland police are testing a high-tech camera system that rivals anything in a science fiction movie. It can reach back in time and track your movements across the city — and even produce photos of your previous locations. But — while some are raising Big Brother civil liberties questions about the concept — the police promise they will only use it to solve crimes, like finding stolen cars or locating wanted criminals. The system features a series of cameras that mount on patrol cars that automatically read and photograph the license plates of all passing vehicles — including those parked...
  • O-Mama! Nice Sarah Palin vanity license plate graphics.

    09/20/2008 5:26:45 PM PDT · by Gigantor · 5 replies · 362+ views
    O-Mama! Enjoy these Sarah Palin license plates.
  • License Plate Revolution takes place on July 4th

    06/13/2008 3:23:09 AM PDT · by Freestar · 21 replies · 169+ views
    Freestar Media ^ | 6/13/08 | FreestarMediaDotCom
    From the guy who started the Lost Liberty Hotel... Logan calls on all Americans who are sick of the continual growth of government and the continual loss of freedom to rebel by revolving their license plates 180 degrees on July 4th.
  • Vanity plate sold for $14 million in UAE

    02/18/2008 12:36:58 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 15 replies · 148+ views
    Yahoo | AP ^ | 2/16/08
    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - A license plate with nothing but the number "1" on it went for a record $14 million at a charity auction Saturday. Saeed Khouri, a member of a wealthy Abu Dhabi family, wouldn't say how many automobiles he owned or which of them might carry the record-breaking single-digit plate. "I bought it because it's the best number," said Khouri, whose family made its fortune in real estate. "I bought it because I want to be the best in the world." The oil-rich UAE began auctioning off vanity license plates last May. Ordinary automobile license...
  • Big Mac: The Whole World On Your Plate

    02/07/2008 4:21:23 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 1,487+ views
    Science Alert ^ | 2-7-2008 | University of Calgary
    Big Mac: The Whole World On Your Plate ScienceDaily (Feb. 7, 2008) — A burger and fries may be the quintessential North American meal but it can also be viewed as the perfect example of humanity's increasingly varied diet, according to researchers who have conducted a unique study of the plants used around the world for food. In the first-ever study of the "phylogenetic distribution" of the human diet, University of Calgary plant evolutionary ecologist Jana Vamosi, working with a team led by Serban Proches from Stellenbosch University in South Africa, found that humans likely stand alone when it comes...
  • Bullet-proof science project could save lives[Canada][Entrepreneur]

    12/02/2007 8:50:14 AM PST · by BGHater · 11 replies · 452+ views ^ | 02 Dec 2007 | News Staff
    An RCMP sniper fires at Darren Shulte's non-ceramic bullet-proof vest to see if it can withstand the shots. Darren Shulte of St. Albert, Alta., created the plate five years ago for a junior high school science fair. Defence Minister Peter MacKay speaks with Shulte while looking over his plate on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007. News Staff   Updated: Sun. Dec. 2 2007 7:28 AM ET RCMP snipers took aim at Darren Shulte's Grade 9 science project this week, firing at his non-ceramic bullet-proof plate to see if it could save lives. Shulte, of St. Albert, Alta., created the plate...
  • Missouri gets new license plate

    03/08/2007 4:17:01 PM PST · by GulfWar1Vet · 4 replies · 499+ views
    Columbia Daily Tribune ^ | 3/08/07 | Gulfwar1vet
    We Missourians get a new plate coming the summer or fall of 2008. The people of Missouri had a choice to select one of three different designs. The majority of us seems to like the Bluebird (state Bird) sitting on a Hawthorne branch (State flower) Click on Tribune link for story.
  • Japan:Huge rock below earth's crust may have caused catastrophe millions of years ago

    01/15/2007 3:20:43 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 57 replies · 2,101+ views
    Huge rock below earth's crust may have caused catastrophe millions of years ago A huge rock called a "megalith," which lies deep below the earth's crust, may have played a part in a global catastrophe that is believed to have occurred 40 to 50 million years ago, researchers said. A megalith is supposed to have caused the sinking of the Japanese archipelago in the popular film, "Nihon Chinbotsu" ("The Sinking of Japan"). Researchers say a catastrophe on a greater scale than the sinking of Japan may have occurred 40 to 50 million years ago, noting that a megalith collapsed below...
  • Boosting morale one paper plate at a time (22nd MEU)

    01/05/2006 3:12:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 364+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 5, 2005 | Cpl. Christopher S. Vega
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HIT, Iraq (Jan. 5, 2006) -- While on a long deployment overseas, Marines look forward to from letters from home, the occasional phone call or photos sent from their loved ones. These are the times where it’s the little things that matter so much – showers, a warm place to sleep and hot chow. To add one more item to this list, Marines from the 2nd Marine Logistics Group’s Food Service Company recently set up a Field Food Service System to support the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) at the unit’s base of operations, Forward...
  • License plate request heads to federal court

    05/12/2005 8:59:39 AM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 22 replies · 930+ views
    Times Argus ^ | 5/4/05 | Alan J. Keays
    Attorneys for a Rutland man who wants to put a biblical message on his license plate dispute a contention that because vanity license plates are state property he shouldn't be allowed to put his message there. "To be sure, title to these thin tin plates may rest in the state, but the message on a vanity plate is that of the registered owner, not the state," wrote attorney Jeremy Tedesco in his most recently filing in U.S. District Court in Rutland. Tedesco is an attorney for the Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative organization that states it defends religious liberty...
  • State: Plate no place for religion [Vermont denies man John3:16 vanity plate)

    04/26/2005 10:36:48 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 12 replies · 761+ views
    Rutland Herald ^ | April 25, 2005 | Alan J. Keays
    The state says it has no problem if a Rutland man wants to drive around with a biblical message on the bumper of his car, he just can't have it on a vanity license plate. "(Shawn Byrne) has an alternative means of communicating the very message he sought to communicate with the license plate he requested," State Assistant Attorney General Harvey Golubock wrote in a recently filed response to a federal lawsuit by Byrne of Rutland in his battle to a get vanity license plate, "JOHN316, which refers to a passage in the Bible. (Byrne) has the option of putting...
  • Sonar shows undersea upheaval caused by tsunami quake

    02/10/2005 4:15:37 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 35 replies · 2,213+ views
    Cyber Diver News Network ^ | 02/09/05 | STEVE CONNOR
    Sonar shows undersea upheaval caused by tsunami quake Powered by CYBER DIVER News Network by STEVE CONNOR A 3-dimensional computer-generated graphic shows the seabed in the vicinity of the recent earthquake in South Asia. Picture / Reuters, Royal Navy A 3-dimensional computer-generated graphic shows the seabed in the vicinity of the recent earthquake in South Asia. Picture / Reuters, Royal Navy INDONESIA (9 Feb 2005) -- The first underwater images of the seabed off Indonesia where an earthquake struck on Boxing Day show the colossal scale of the geological forces that sent a devastating tsunami across the Indian Ocean. Three-dimensional...
  • Hand-Me-Down Dish Fetches $5.7M at Auction

    11/19/2004 2:05:58 PM PST · by JusticeTalion · 16 replies · 1,236+ views ^ | 11/18/04 | Associated Press
    SAN FRANCISCO - A hand-me-down dish used for crab dinners fetched a record $5.7 million in an auction this week, after art experts determined it was extremely rare Ming dynasty porcelain.AP PhotoThe flowery, copper-red plate — which set a record for Ming art sold in a U.S. auction — once belonged to Elinor Majors Carlisle, a Berkeley businesswoman who became a public education crusader and suffragette in the 1890s.Carlisle's father, Alexander Majors, co-founded a transcontinental freight transport company that later became the Pony Express.Carlisle picked up the plate in the early 1900s, during one of three voyages to China. She...
  • Graf Spree Emerges From Its River Plate Grave

    02/26/2004 6:57:59 PM PST · by blam · 32 replies · 5,843+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-27-2004 | Seamus Mirodan
    Graf Spee emerges from its River Plate grave By Seamus Mirodan in Buenos Aires (Filed: 27/02/2004) More than 64 years after the Graf Spee's captain scuttled his pocket battleship off Uruguay to stop it falling into British hands, divers have raised part of the vessel. A part of the Graf Spee is raised After weeks of failed attempts a 27-ton section of the command tower, including the first embryonic radar antenna installed on a warship, was brought to the surface of the River Plate estuary using a floating crane. Germany's Graf Spee, equipped with 11-inch guns and a prototype diesel...
  • State Holds License Plate Lottery

    10/30/2003 4:06:01 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 6 replies · 165+ views
    wftv ^ | october 29, 2003
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Some lucky Rhode Islanders won the lottery Tuesday -- not for money, but for low-number license plates. The state's occasional license plate lottery was held at the State House. Gov. Don Carcieri picked the first few winners.More than 3,000 people entered for a chance at 25 plates. The most coveted was taxi plate 1. A couple of three-digit plates and several four-digit plates were also up for grabs."There's a perception that having a low plate on the car means a person is well-connected. Or, that they're from an old-money family," license plate historian Richard Dragon said. "It's...
  • Caption This Photo

    04/30/2003 5:28:12 AM PDT · by jriemer · 32 replies · 284+ views
    AP ^ | 4/30/03 | AP
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  • Historians find source of Drake hoax

    02/14/2003 1:25:36 PM PST · by vannrox · 6 replies · 402+ views
    THE PRESS DEMOCRAT ^ | February 14, 2003 | By BOB NORBERG
    The Press Democrat: Print a Story © The Press Democrat. For copyright information visit our User Agreement page at Historians find source of Drake hoax Team dedicates 11 years of research into uncovering identities of brass plate creators February 14, 2003By BOB NORBERG THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Researchers say they have solved the mystery surrounding a phony brass plate found in Greenbrae and attributed to Sir Francis Drake, an enduring hoax that added to the debate over where the 16th-century explorer really landed. "We knew from testing that the plate is a forgery," said Ed Von der Porten...
  • Discovery of an Ancient 3D "Relief Map" of the Ural Region. Discovered in China!

    07/21/2002 4:37:11 PM PDT · by vannrox · 56 replies · 1,609+ views
    Pravda ^ | 14:48 2002-04-30 | Translated by Vera Solovieva
    THE MAP OF "THE CREATOR" A find of Bashkir scientists contraries to traditional notions of human history: stone slab which is 120 million years covered with the relief map of Ural Region. This seems to be impossible. Scientists of Bashkir State University have found indisputable proofs of an ancient highly developed civilization’s existence. The question is about a great plate found in 1999, with picture of the region done according to an unknown technology. This is a real relief map. Today’s military has almost similar maps. The map contains civil engineering works: a system of channels with a length...
  • "Atheist" Tag Wins Repreive

    03/15/2002 11:11:41 AM PST · by gdani · 9 replies · 309+ views
    St Petersburg Times ^ | March 15, 2002 | Kathyrn Wexler
    ATHEIST tag wins reprieve The brouhaha over the tag has provoked the agency to form a committee to review all potentially banned tags. By KATHRYN WEXLER, Times Staff Writer © St. Petersburg Times published March 15, 2002 The state said Thursday that a Gainesville man can keep his personalized license plate that says "ATHEIST." Prompted by complaints, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles declared last month that the tag was "obscene or objectionable," and ordered Steven Miles to ship it back. Miles called the American Civil Liberties Union instead. After a story about the recall appeared in Thursday's...