Watercooler: Disrespect

6:00 pm in Watercooler by Kit OConnell

Hi, y’all.

I’m pretty exhausted from the action yesterday with Occupy Austin. We had fun protesting Obama’s policies and broken promises, while trying to educate some of his supporters and make them think a little bit more. We’re all well and free, even if I nearly got arrested by APD snapping a great photo. I’ll write more about it tomorrow when I am more recovered.

In the meantime did you hear about the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority? They recently raised rates on fares for the disabled, an act protested in the streets. In the meantime, adding insult to injury (in more way  than one), they released their own viral video of an unfortunate disabled woman’s accident as caught by their surveillance cameras. PrivacySOS reports:

Why on earth would the MBTA release this video to the public? And why would it assume that doing so bolsters its credibility vis a vis the utility of their expansive surveillance system, even in the slightest bit? We don’t know the answers to these questions or to many others, and so we need to shine a light on government surveillance. We know very little about how the MBTA’s camera system works and about what checks and balances are in place — if any — to prevent this kind of abuse or worse.

And the Chicagoist reports that Wisconsin lawmaker Glenn Grothman thinks single parenting (or parenting by nonmarried or gay couples) is actually child abuse:

Senate Bill 507 specifically requires “the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.”

A third of Wisconsin parents are single parents, but this law affects even more than that. The way the law refers to “nonmarital parenthood” also makes this applicable to non-married couples, including same-sex couples.

What’s on your mind? This is the latest open thread.