MBTA adding thousands of security cameras, thanks to federal grants
Say it with me folks: All security cameras do is help the sheep feel better. They don't stop crimes; often times they don't solve crimes; and any sense of "security" they provide is purely illusory. What jumped out at me (as pointed out by YF) was this:A series of grants, notably a $6.5 million grant two weeks ago, will allow the MBTA to add thousands of security cameras across the system, doubling the current number.The MBTA has 15 to 20 projects already in the works with many more in the queue line, said Randy Clarke, senior director of security and emergency management for the MBTA.
Right! Magic unicorns just poop out a couple grand (plus another $500+ for union-mandated installation) for every single camera. Yay unicorns! That money just pops into existence because you filled out a grant application, right? It doesn't come out of my paycheck or anything; taken from me and millions like me at gunpoint allegedly so that the government can perform important government-like functions.Each camera costs “a couple thousand” dollars, not including installation costs, but the initiative is 100 percent federally funded, Clarke said.
Like putting completely fucking useless cameras in MBTA stations, to catch criminals who will promptly be slapped on the wrist and set free. Yay unicorns! I'm sure that the money that's going to pay for those cameras won't come with any strings attached, right? The fedgov is just kicking over $6.5 million dollars so that the MBTA can solve crimes and arrest criminals - that the MA justice system will release by the end of the day.
But hey! Look! Cameras! We're safe! Yay unicorns!
That is all.