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Bob Maar
(Maar stands for Maartini)


Posts: 28608
From: New York City & Newport, RI
Registered: Feb 2001


 - posted 04-16-2005 07:50 AM      Profile for Bob Maar   Author's Homepage   Email Bob Maar   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
OK, this is just too much! Where is our right to it???

I definitely removed mine; I suggest you all do the same.

Now you can see anyone's Driver's License on the Internet,
including your own! I just searched for mine and there it
was...picture and all!

Thanks Homeland Security!

Go to the website and check it out. It's unbelievable!!!

Just enter your name, city and state to see if yours is on file.

After your license comes on the screen, click the box marked
"Please Remove". This will remove it from public viewing, but
not from law enforcement.

Please notify all your friends so they can protect
themselves, too. Believe me; they will thank you for it!

http://www.license.shorturl.com/

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Leo Enticknap
Film God

Posts: 6598
From: Loma Linda, CA
Registered: Jul 2000


 - posted 04-16-2005 08:18 AM      Profile for Leo Enticknap   Author's Homepage   Email Leo Enticknap   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I tried searching under 'Bush, George W.', and the resulting picture was most unflattering. The President really should use a better photo booth the next time he renews his licence!

In a similar vein, a 'friend' sent me the following post card a few weeks ago:

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Bobby Henderson
"Ask me about Trajan."

Posts: 10516
From: Lawton, OK, USA
Registered: Apr 2001


 - posted 04-16-2005 10:11 AM      Profile for Bobby Henderson   Email Bobby Henderson   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hehe.

Just think if our government did this for real. Aside from the obvious privacy issues, what good would a database like this be?

Drivers licenses are not a reliable means of identification. People can have multiple licenses in multiple states. It is easy to obtain one in many states without any proof of residence. It is easy to obtain them using false identities.

This issue is also allowing a lot more uninsured drivers onto the roadways. We can expect to pay significantly more for car insurance over that.

[ 04-16-2005, 04:42 PM: Message edited by: Bobby Henderson ]

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Adam Martin
I'm not even gonna point out the irony.

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From: Dallas, TX
Registered: Nov 2000


 - posted 04-16-2005 01:48 PM      Profile for Adam Martin   Author's Homepage   Email Adam Martin       Edit/Delete Post 
That postcard isn't all that far-fetched. Here in California, many municipalities use cameras to catch people running red lights and CalTrans uses cameras at the toll bridges to catch people skipping out on tolls. You get your ticket in the mail, I assume with a photo of you doing it.

Does the UK use "Miles Per Hour"? I thought we were the only ones left using that.

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Leo Enticknap
Film God

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From: Loma Linda, CA
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 - posted 04-16-2005 02:28 PM      Profile for Leo Enticknap   Author's Homepage   Email Leo Enticknap   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
The use of speed cameras is widespread in Britain. They detect the speed of your vehicle between two fixed points, and if it's above the limit, take photos. You then get a bill for the fine through the post. Speed cameras are turning into a political issue here, with their supporters saying that they help road safety, and their opponents saying that they exist purely as a money-making device for the government. Personally I don't like them, because they're not context sensitive: for example, driving past a school gate at 30mph (the usual speed limit on urban roads) could be recklessly dangerous at 4pm on a weekday afternoon, but doing 50 past the same spot at 4am on a Sunday morning might be perfectly safe.

I don't know whether you actually get a copy of the photo with your speeding fine through the post - touch wood, I've never had one so far! Although I do try to stick to speed limits, I know many safe drivers who have been 'flashed' in a moment of lapsed concentration, or when they were concentrating on more important things than their speedo, e.g. the traffic around them. But yes, that's what this post card is sending up. The font, colour scheme and style are designed to match that of a British driving licence, too.

We do use miles for distance signs and mph for speed measurement, though I think we're probably the last European Union member country to do so. It would cause absolute chaos were this to go metric. Weights and measures have always made my head hurt a bit - I think because my parents used imperial, but I was taught metric in maths lessons at school. Whenever I've driven on the continent I've never really had a clue what '[Name of city here] - 78k' actually means in terms of how long it'll take me to get there. I think mph does the job well because 60mph equals a mile a minute and, allowing for traffic jams and the like, that's around your average speed on a motorway trip. So you see a sign saying 'London - 100' and you know you've got just under two hours left.

By the same token, I've also never had a clue, when, in America, the TV weather forecaster gives temperatures in fahrenheit. Because we now use celsius pretty much universally, I've got used to 'zero = freezing point' and anything above that is progressively warmer. When I switch on The Weather Channel in the US and hear someone talking about temperatures in the 20s being very cold, I just wonder what s/he's been drinking! It's just a case of what you're used to, I guess.

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Wayne Keyser
Master Film Handler

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From: Arlington, Virginia, USA
Registered: May 2004


 - posted 04-16-2005 09:09 PM      Profile for Wayne Keyser   Author's Homepage   Email Wayne Keyser       Edit/Delete Post 
[Political comments removed by moderator. Read the forum rules.]

[ 04-16-2005, 10:20 PM: Message edited by: Adam Martin ]

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Phil Hill
I love my cootie bug

Posts: 7595
From: Hollywood, CA USA
Registered: Mar 2000


 - posted 04-16-2005 09:15 PM      Profile for Phil Hill   Email Phil Hill       Edit/Delete Post 
Hey Wayne... go read the forum rules...

I went to that site and got a picture of Bob Maar on my license. JEEZE! How discusting!

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Adam Martin
I'm not even gonna point out the irony.

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From: Dallas, TX
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 - posted 04-16-2005 10:22 PM      Profile for Adam Martin   Author's Homepage   Email Adam Martin       Edit/Delete Post 
Hey, people! Click on the link before you go and shoot off your mouth!

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Adam Wilbert
Jedi Master Film Handler

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From: Bellingham, WA, USA
Registered: Mar 2002


 - posted 04-16-2005 11:50 PM      Profile for Adam Wilbert   Author's Homepage   Email Adam Wilbert   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
at least in arizona, they're kind enough to mail photographs of you running a stoplight with the ticket.

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Kurt Zupin
Jedi Master Film Handler

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From: Maricopa, Arizona
Registered: Oct 2004


 - posted 04-16-2005 11:55 PM      Profile for Kurt Zupin   Email Kurt Zupin   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Yeah I got one of those in the mail. But mine was from the "broken down Van" on the side of the road, you could see me clear as day in the drivers seat with my brother siting next to me. No arguing the ticket lol. Damn police lmao [uhoh]

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Monte L Fullmer
Film God

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From: Nampa, Idaho, USA
Registered: Nov 2004


 - posted 04-17-2005 02:22 AM      Profile for Monte L Fullmer   Email Monte L Fullmer   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Yea - It's a prank site where one can "dream" up a page as a prank. When that page opens up, look at the bottom of the browser for the actual URL (www.slygreetings.com), then someone used "TinyURL" to create this above bogus address.

(wonder why when info entered on that licence site would be cancelled....)

-Monte

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Aaron Sisemore
Flaming Ribs beat Reeses Peanut Butter Cups any day!

Posts: 3061
From: Rockwall TX USA
Registered: Sep 1999


 - posted 04-17-2005 05:58 PM      Profile for Aaron Sisemore   Email Aaron Sisemore   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Since it is humor, and it is deceptively titled (shame on you, Bob! [Wink] ), I feel this belongs in the Joke-A-Thon.

Thead moved.

Carry on.

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Phil Hill
I love my cootie bug

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From: Hollywood, CA USA
Registered: Mar 2000


 - posted 04-17-2005 06:03 PM      Profile for Phil Hill   Email Phil Hill       Edit/Delete Post 
Well shame on you and Monte for NO sense of humor... [thumbsdown] [fu]

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Bob Maar
(Maar stands for Maartini)


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From: New York City & Newport, RI
Registered: Feb 2001


 - posted 04-18-2005 01:49 PM      Profile for Bob Maar   Author's Homepage   Email Bob Maar   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
This type of humor will not work if posted in a joke site. That is the reason I placed it in the general Yak site. If you go back into early 2001 posts, you will see I posted many of these types of posts to the Yak section.

Beware when you see me post to yak. [Eek!]

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