The New York police department now has a cable-car-like boxes for elevated surveillance, raised and lowered on extensible arms like fireman's ladders. They make appearances whereever crimes might occur--most recently that danger zone Times Square. Officially they're called Sky Watch; Curbed calls them the Towers of Fun. Portable prison camp turrets gets my vote. In a pinch they could probably be outfitted with those new microwave "crowd control" weapons, to complete the degradation of the citizenry. Police state, we're on it.

- tom moody 12-26-2006 9:20 pm

your link is not working.
- dave 12-26-2006 9:59 pm

Speaking of police state, I saw the movie Children of men yesterday. It's freaking great. the brits really can do opressive well. Best movie I've seen in a long while.
- joester 12-26-2006 10:12 pm



“To me, the best part is its omnipresence,” said Inspector James McCarthy, who stood beside the machine, his hands in his overcoat pockets. “People that are looking to do something bad can see it from a couple of blocks away.”

- mark 12-26-2006 10:19 pm

Link fixed, thanks.
Thanks for the movie recommendation. Supposedly it's based on a novel by PD James, but the premise of the "world with no babies" was limned in Greybeard, by Brian Aldiss, a god of British dystopian sf.
- tom moody 12-26-2006 10:20 pm

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