Yearly Archives: 2017
Man must serve (surveillance) machine as explained in New Parking Technology to Require No-Back-In Policy:
For the past two years, the Department of Parking and Transportation has been developing and implementing its License Plate Recognition (LPR) system, reads vehicle license plates and rapidly informs Parking Services Officers if vehicles are authorized to park on campus. The system has proven itself very beneficial. Permit holders are less likely to find their assigned zone overrun with illegal parkers and, more importantly, parking officers are enhancing campus safety by becoming more efficient eyes for the University of Miami Police Department.
The next step in the evolution of this technology is to switch to virtual permits, thus eliminating the need for plastic hangtags. However, Florida is among the 18 states that require a plate only on the rear of the vehicle, which creates a hurdle for the new technology. LPR-equipped vehicles cannot read the license plates of vehicles that back into parking spaces. As a result, Parking and Transportation will implement a ‘No-Back-In’ Policy starting in the spring 2018 semester.
There will be exceptions to this policy. For example, the drivers of out-of state-vehicles that have both front and back license plates will be able to back into a parking space. Additionally, for a $20 fee, drivers of Florida vehicles who prefer to back in to parking spaces will be able to purchase a front plate with a unique number that is linked to a virtual permit.
But do not fret dear parker, because this new rule is soooo goood for you:
There are many benefits to this new policy:
Permit holders will be able to register all of their vehicles on a single virtual permit, eliminating the need to remember to switch their hangtag permit when they use a different car.
The inconvenience and expense of losing a permit will no longer be an issue. Purchasing a permit will be an immediate transaction, with no need to wait for a mail delivery.
Returning or exchanging a permit will be just as easy, with most transactions not requiring a visit to the Parking Office.
Any questions or comments can be submitted to Parking and Transportation at 305-284-3096, option 2, or at email@example.com.
Don’t tempt me. How long will the records be kept of who parked where might be my first question….
These pie charts come from the Washington Post Wonkblog. First there’s one symbolizing what US survey respondents said they though would be the ideal distribution of wealth:
Of course the GOP tax plan being rammed through Congress will just make all this worse.
Myself, I think Herbert Stein’s law applies here (“Trends that can’t continue, won’t.”). Sooner or later there will be a reaction, or more accurately a counter-reaction. If we are lucky, it will be systemic and electoral and we’ll get a progressive government. If we are less fortunate, and we just get just Third Way types or more gridlock, there’s a risk the counter-reaction will be more revolutionary and more violent. (And I don’t mean that the top .1% will get pie in the face.)
It would of course be absurd to suggest that there are relevant and unsavory historical parallels for the plan to have the executive branch create a separate force of spies and secret police answerable only to the maximum leader. Thus, any claim that the plan described in Trump White House Weighing Plans for Private Spies to Counter “Deep State” Enemies bears even the slightest resemblance to a famous paramilitary body should be dismissed as hysteria.
To even suggest such a thing is as ridiculous as equating contemporary ‘opinion journalist’ Sean Hannity with a famous historical propagandist.
Yes, all utterly ridiculous. Just business as usual. Move along.
In the Miami New Times: Rick Scott Consultant Denies He Humped Mannequin With Ice Penis.
Via Paul Caron, two linked facts: (1) LSAT Test-Takers Continue To Surge, With 10.7% Increase In Sept/Oct Following June’s 19.8%, and (2)”survey of law school applicants by Blueprint LSAT Preparation revealed that over 52% listed the Trump presidency as “moderately influential” to “very influential” in their decision to apply to law school.”
In short, there’s going to be a big ‘Trump Bump‘ in law school applications (click below for bigger version of chart).