First: why is there a secret morgue near Joplin, MO? Police railroaded a CNN crew away from the place in this video:
Everyone knows there were tornadoes in Joplin and everyone knows there were many victims. Anyone who thinks about it, and puts in the context of other stories we've heard, knows that there's probably some amount of collecting body parts and trying to match them into sets of remains that can be given an identity. I'm sure some of the bodies are in a condition that family members wouldn't want pictures of. But I don't think people want to watch that; I think most people are just curious about the magnitude of the tragedy. I can understand you don't want cameras in there in respect to the survivors, but to essentially make the entire thing secret? Why not just have a spokesman outside or in a nearby place to talk with the news media? This is the sort of total blackout secrecy tactics the CIA and NRO use: just make everything secret.
The next story is about the terrible crime of pruning your trees on your own commercial property:
The church was fined $100 per branch cut for excessive pruning, bringing the violation to $4,000.$100 per branch? The "City of Trees" (Charlotte, NC, by the way) will get rid of the fine if they destroy the trees and replace them. No, really.
The fine will be dropped if the church replaces each of the improperly pruned trees, said Tom Johnson, senior urban forester for city of Charlotte Land Development Division.I'm speechless. So if you let the trees grow back the pruned branches, (which is why you prune a tree, after all) that's a $4000 fine, but if you kill the tree and buy a replacement, that's better? Did a nursery write this law?
As Borepatch says, North Carolina used to be a nice place, now it's doing its best to become the Massachusetts of Dixie.
Finally, the story about the Department of Fatherland Security's "Future Crime"-like FAST system is getting wider circulation and made "The Blaze" today. This is the system that they plan to use at bowl games and other big sporting events that they think are terrorist targets. Or places to round up Threepers, Bitter Clingers and other anti-regime groups.
The system strikes me as a lie detector (polygraph) in different clothes. The way they say it works is to examine your physiological responses and compare it to expected values, which is exactly what a polygraph does. In other words, like all polygraphs, it works by intimidating you into thinking it works.
It always struck me as funny that on one hand, the government gave polygraph tests to all sorts of employees, while on the other hand, the three letter agencies were teaching classes in how not to get caught by a polygraph. "Lie detector" tests are inadmissible in courts because the technology has basically been discredited (summary here - but just Google or Bing "beat polygraph") for more.
And what do all of these stories have in common? The Government knows better than you, is there to protect you from yourself, and will send police to enforce that.