HOW TO RECORD POLICE OR ANY ENCOUNTERS WITHOUT BEING OBVIOUS

Found this interesting article on gadgets and apps that can assist you with recording any incident, event or whatever. Article from http://www.policestateusa.com/.

Technology is a double-edged sword.  It has enabled the government to become more intrusive than ever with its online spying capabilities.  However, cheap and discreet recording devices make it much more feasible to hold cops on the street accountable.

Police State USA encourages holding government officials accountable but advises everyone to research the laws in their own states regarding secretly recording audio conversations (Read more: The Reporter’s Recording Guide).  Encounters with police officers in public generally do not fall under such restrictions, particularly after the recent court decision in Illinois.

Here, we intend to look at the technologies that facilitate that recording.

Streaming App for Cellphone

Ustream

Ustream is a cell phone application that allows a user to begin recording video and audio — and simultaneously stream the data to an online account — at the click of a button.

If you are in a tense situation with the police, click the app button and the rest is done automatically.  While running, it doesn’t look like a streaming app.

The video files will then be available online when viewing the user’s Ustream account.

Pros:

  • Easy to use.
  • Preserves video even if cell phone is confiscated.
  • Does not give obvious clues that the app is streaming.
  • Reputable app with product support.
  • Video/audio quality correspond to user’s phone capabilities.

Cons:

  • Internet uploads depend on having a sufficient phone signal.
  • May not be compatible with certain phone operating systems.
  • Presence of a cell phone will always draw suspicion of recording.

(Read more about Ustream)

Clippable Surveillance Camera

Veho MUVI Micro (Source: Amazon.com)

The Veho MUVI Micro camera is popular among sports enthusiasts and those with the need for versatile recording options.  With a convenient clip, it is wearable on clothing or attachable to conspicuous objects — such as a vehicle sun-visor.

Its size and cost make it easy to acquire and keep nearby.  With the largest micro-SD card, the device can record 3 hours of video.  It even has a surveillance option which allows it to sit idle for 36 hours and then begin recording upon noise activation.

The major drawback is that if the camera is confiscated, the files do not have the benefit of being stored to an internet account.  The device is obviously a camera, but it is harder to detect at only 2-inches long.

Pros:

  • Affordable price.
  • Tiny size. (2.17″)
  • Inconspicuous.
  • Clippable.
  • Surveillance capable.
  • Easy to keep with you.
  • Useful even if there is insufficient cell phone tower signal.
  • Medium quality video.
  • Reputable product/company.

Cons:

  • Has the appearance of a camera unless hidden or masked.
  • If device is lost, evidence is lost.
  • Lower quality audio.

Purchase Keychain Camera:  Veho MUVI Micro Camera
Purchase External Memory:  Sandisk 16 GB MicroSD

Discreet Keychain Camera

YKS 808 Keychain Camera (Source: Amazon.com)

This tiny recording device looks just like a vehicle remote-starter that might be found on your key chain. It’s an inconspicuous option for video and audio recording that is unlikely to be seized by police. To recover the video, the device must interface with a computer at a later point.  The video is stored on a removable memory card.  The price is unbeatable, and with a large micro-SD card it can record for 2.5 hours.

Even if an officer confiscates a a keychain from someone, it is unlikely to be determined to be a recording device and will more than likely have its evidence intact after the keychain is returned.

Pros:

  • Low price!
  • Tiny size.
  • Discreet.
  • Easy to use.
  • Always with you.
  • Unlikely to be confiscated.
  • Useful even if there is insufficient cell phone tower signal.

Cons:

  • Not easy to aim when the keys are in the vehicle ignition.
  • Lower quality video/audio.
  • If device is lost, evidence is lost.
  • Cheap import item;  Little/no product support.
  • Mixed product reviews.  “You get what you pay for.”

Purchase Keychain Camera:  YKS 808 Keychain Camera (Under $10)
Purchase External Memory:  Sandisk 16 GB MicroSD (sold separately)

Discreet Pen Camera

Hidden Pen Camera (Source: Amazon.com)

Stick this “pen” in your pocket for discreet video/audio recording.  It’s another inconspicuous option for documenting interactions with public servants that is unlikely to be confiscated.  To recover the video, the device must interface with a computer at a later point.  The video is stored on a removable micro-SD memory card.

Similar to the keychain camera or other discreet recording devices, this item is unlikely to be confiscated.

Pros:

  • Low price!
  • Tiny size.
  • Discreet.
  • Easy to use.
  • Easy to keep with you.
  • Unlikely to be confiscated.
  • Useful even if there is insufficient cell phone tower signal.

Cons:

  • Lower quality video/audio.
  • If device is lost, evidence is lost.
  • Cheap import item;  Little/no product support.
  • Mixed product reviews.  “You get what you pay for.”

Purchase Pen Camera:  Hidden Pen Camera (Under $10)
Purchase External Memory:  Sandisk 16 GB MicroSD (sold separately)

LESSONS IN MANAGEMENT FROM A MASSACRE OF SOULS

I usually only write about what matters to me. There are so many good and bad events in this world that no writing can cover everything. So I have always lived by the simple truth and that is you cannot change the world. You can however shed light on the dark side of humanity by just simply putting fingers to keyboard and then press send. I recently found a new media to get another view of world events, Aljazeera, and this morning I watched a documentary called ‘Miners Shot Down” . It was the story of the 2012 massacre of about 28 miners ,employed to the Lonkin Maracana Mines. The plot is simply this; Miners are unsatisfied with pay, employers do not hold miners grievances seriously, miners strike, employers call the police, police enforce their authority, miners were shot. I said to myself this could be Jamaica. As a matter of fact in many ways circumstances and situations this is  just like Jamaica. May 2010 the Police and Army Tivoli Gardens, the US Govt. & Coke Matter and Black Friday in 1963 when Rastafarians were killed in a major Government crackdown on the brethren in western Jamaica.

” We want to end this illegal activity…’  South African Police Chief.

This bothered me to the point I had to blog my thoughts. The statement above made by the chief of police is my starting point. Staff and management conflicts are not unusual.   It is part of the human DNA. There will always be conflicts. In this case miners sold their expertise to their employers and felt their labor was not adequately compensated. Management not listening to their workers complaint forced the workers to communicate the way they felt will get management’s attention. They stopped  working. One party is communicating, the other is not. One party stops working, the other is upset. What is illegal about that ‘activity’? What crime was broken? Who died? What laws were thrown in the police’s face? Labor disputes demand the greatest effort to listen and the equally greatest effort to compromise and if there is no desire on both sides to communicate then both parties have just struck the match.  Management’s refusal to take the noise of the  staff seriously is like driving a car on a low tank of gas. Eventually the car will stop. This is not illegal Madam Chief of Police, it is virtuous, it is innocent, it is just. It is self defense.

“The Perfect Storm”

The art of modern management in this globalized world is constantly changing. The changing dynamics require management to be not only an employer and provider but must also now be a muse, a muse of labor. Management now has to be someone who has such an influence on their workers that he or she becomes the focus and inspiration for their creative work  The incidents leading to the days of the massacre saw a continuing decline in respect for not the workers, but a declining respect for humanity. And this was not a black and white apartheid as the evidence showed some of the leaders against the workers were also black. It was more us and them , us the holders of wealth, them the beneficiary of that wealth. Us the rich, them the poor, us the educated, them the uneducated. Two opposing poles electrically charged creating the perfect storm. The ensuing struggle between the parties resulted in deaths with both parties justifying the results. It is always the best tool for management to protect and avoid the floating clouds of rain and lighting to avoid the onslaught of a downpour of anarchy. It is not good for business, it is not good for trust. Trust abandons faith.

” The police has nothing to apologise for..” Police Chief

The odious statement made by Madame Chief of Police does not help management. In fact it transforms them into the mummy they so vividly played in this horrific play. In other words, the message is, the death of the workers leave the police and management cold. Given the social and economic circumstances of the world, the elite still do not get it.  The lack of management’s’ capacity to feel what their workers feel is graphically showing why workers worldwide, approximately 50% of the 200 million labor force each year, have social protest with regards to the state of governance , levels of corruption and lack of service delivery. There is a total disconnect. Wages are low, workers live in almost abominable conditions and the so called “servants of the people’ is nothing but management masquerading as a bigot and literally raises the question is management , government or the police really concerned about the people they serve? Is management serially inept? This tragedy at Maracana is not unusual. It happens globally in different pockets , in small and large countries, in small and large companies. The symptoms are different but it all ends the same, the workers are the ones that are seen as inept and the management, leaders and governments collectively hypnotize the gentiles that their actions are fair, just and for the good of all. The police chief was quoted as saying to the police,

” you all did what you had to do. You took a chance with your life to stop the threat of violence to protect yourself and to save the South African people..”

My one question to the police chief is the people that died and the workers that are disenfranchised, are they not people, are they not South Africans too? After years of managing and  leading, management is still very inept of understanding this trusim- all people are people. Management , governments and leaders will only have a team when they make their team feel exactly how management want to feel.

Global relations between management, government and labor is destined to change. It is inconceivable that it wont. Unions have to transform themselves and become a leader of innovation and education of its members if it hopes to remain viable. It seems like a cart dragging the horse with members driving union’s response to correcting labor relation problems. I am not a union buster but unions are becoming slowly redundant all because of one thing. technology,  Unions cannot remain oblivious to reality , thinking that technology will have no part of replacing labor. If unions do not change, labor will become redundant. If unions don’t change, then labor will remain mediocre. Education is their only hope. Members must be seen as assets, not a human liability of  minimum value.

Similarly management, businesses  and governments must transform their vision of not seeing the end results as “money first, at any cost”. Management’s role is to drive the global village creating wealth, employment and a greater social livelihood. Eradicate poverty, poverty of resources, mind and spirit. Management must change. Like the workers management’s load is carried by the horse pulling the cart, but its an empty cart. Management cannot exist without labor even with the onslaught of technology. It is becoming  a reality that  management will have employers all over the globe and universities , unions and governments must begin to see how they can manage that global resource and not focus on labor relations dealing with soon to be old fashioned business etiquettes.

Management must pollinate its resources it cannot kill the bees that spreads wealth. In South Africa the bees were killed. South Africa represents the world of labor relations gone amuck. The world must learn from this to prevent this from happening to humanity. Know your people, speak to them as people, do not miscalculate and treat them like the enemy. The police fired on the people and the people acted in self defense. Intelligently they fell to the ground with their hands in the air. Who amongst the players were the most intelligent? Who was it that raped the workers of justice?

“There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts.” . Mahatma Ghandi

Paul Tomlinson

Apple…loosing the war !

Don’t know why everyone is taking an overdraft to buy an Apple IPad or an IPhone 5 . The latest iPhone is nothing but another iPhone 4 with another s added so it should be called Iphone4ss. A bigger screen, a faster processor,it  can now work on the LTE network all those  ‘features’ are quite frankly standard in today’s technology market. Apple could not have come out with anything less as the competitors namely Samsung already featured those specs on their Galaxy 3s and even Motorola HD had those features so really it’s nothing new or earth moving for the tech savvy person that would want to ditch their brand new phone and invest in the new iPhone. Sorry Apple I for one am not impressed and will not be caught with my wallet out buying the latest product. Frankly its Apple setting itself up for a bumper December market and you can bet their avid customers will trade, buy or give away their iPhone 4s for the latest Apple iPhone 5. 

Apple is now a cult rather than a technology pace setter that changes the way we do things. There are persons that must have the latest Apple product no matter what, not because of the tech but because its the latest gizmo to show off to your friends and in public…”see, look what I have the latest iPhone”…big deal ! 

When Steve jobs launched the iPod, iPad and iPhone and their subsequent generations later before his death you could see the forward thinking earth shattering technology shaping features that made you want to get the product because it was telling you that this is the new way to do a task that you were doing oh so laboriously. Who can forget FaceTime and Siri and transfer of media by just shaking the iPod or even iCloud just to name a few. Every new product had something technologically earth moving. Now all we get is speed and pixelated screens and LTE connectivity and a larger screen….. Ho hum. The other guys had that before so wake up Apple.

The armor of the great Apple is wounded by Samsung and no wonder the two are waging the biggest tech war since Neo in the movie Matrix. Apple knows that and so they are doing what Microsoft did and sue Samsung to prevent competition and its involvement in the tech arena. Microsoft lost so be very careful Apple. I would suggest you drop those petty charges and counter charges and focus on the core of your success and that was changing the way we did things. Apple led by Steve Jobs changed the way the world listened to music, bought music and movies, it gave new meaning to the word mobile. What happened to that Apple?  

Apple is loosing its moniker of shaping the future of technology to Samsung. Get to work Apple. Ever since Jobs died Apple died as well. Technology is suppose to change the way we see ourselves. It is supposed to take society to another level of thinking and doing things and in the process making our lives easier. Go back to the drawing board Apple. You are winning the battle but certainly loosing the war.

Quote for today..Fitting Out

I think fitting in is highly overrated. I’d rather just fit out… Fitting out means being who you are, even when people insist that you have to change. Fitting out means taking up space, not apologizing for yourself, and not agreeing with those who seek to label you with stereotypes.”

— Golda Poretsky

Quick Thought – Instant replay for Umpires

I am watching the EURO2012  soccer tournament between Croatia vs. Italy and the referee gave an Italian player a yellow card for a bad play. The viewers instantly got an instant relay of the tackle and clearly it was not a yellow card offense. If we can get the instant replay of the game on a fly then certainly the referee can get that as well. A 4.5 led screen attached to his wrist in the form of a stop watch where he can at a touch off the screen  see the same replay as we did allowing him to make a correct call. I am sure this technology is coming to allow referees to make correct calls not only for soccer but for all the games that need instant replay.