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Monday, July 17, 2023
Good Monday Morning to You!

Privacy. It matters.

I was talking with a government employee recently about the use of license plate scanning cameras by police and the pros and cons of this technology. “They will definitely help us catch the bad guys,” he told me. “But there are privacy concerns among some.”

Count me in as one of the “some.” As a law-abiding citizen, I don’t want to be subjected to unnecessary — and often unannounced — government surveillance. After all, this is still the land of the free, right?

The government employee I spoke with also explained the irony of home cameras and citizens who are not willing to give local police access to them. “If we want access, we will get access through a subpoena or whatever other necessary means, whether they agree to it or not.”

Does that concern you? It should.

Let’s look at a potential situation, albeit on the extreme side. Your neighbor’s house burns to the ground, and the police suspect it was arson. You didn’t do it, but you don’t have an alibi. The investigators believe you set the flame. Let’s say I am the prosecuting attorney, and I do some basic research in my efforts to build a case against you.

First, I gain access to your doorbell camera, scour through your videos and find a few with you walking across your front yard with a red gas can in hand. You know you were simply filling your lawn mower up on the other side of the lawn, but that didn't show on the camera.

I then search your Amazon purchases and find specific clothes you recently bought that happen to be flame-retardant. You didn’t even know they are flame-retardant, but they most certainly are.

Next, I scan your online music streaming and learn you frequently listen to Def Leppard’s “Pyromania” album. Further searches also find “Light My Fire” by The Doors, "Play With Fire" by The Rolling Stones and even "Fire and Rain" by James Taylor.

And, to further cement the case against you, I gain access to your YouTube viewing history and compile a list of videos of forest fires you happened to watch.

Keep in mind, like Billy Joel, you didn't start the fire — but, unfortunately, you may go down in flames from this easily accessed and possibly damning information. Does this sound far-fetched? Unfortunately, it isn’t.

Privacy. It matters.

Have a meaningful Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

CITYVIEW's  Best Of Des Moines

CITYVIEW announced its 2023 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Jan. 31. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Fancy-Pants Bar

1. Hello, Marjorie

2. The Winchester Public House

3. Good News, Darling


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FROM KCCI: Woman shot in arm and chest in early morning Windsor Heights shooting

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FROM WHO-TV: City of Des Moines files civil lawsuit against Zora bar

DES MOINES, Iowa — Zora’s reputation for loud music and bad behavior has become notorious across Des Moines, including in city hall. Des Moines itself took the bar and its owner to court this week over its past incidents. A civil lawsuit filed by city attorneys Tuesday accuses Zora of being a public safety nuisance and for court intervention against the bar and owner Edwin Allen. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

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Trump last week criticized Reynolds, immensely popular among the state’s GOP base, for her seemingly cozy relationship with DeSantis. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Meet Tracy Petersen

Reads with kids through Everybody Wins! Iowa/Power Read

When Tracy Petersen of Clive was looking for a short-term volunteer gig, she never imagined that, five years later, she would be volunteering regularly for two organizations.

Tracy teamed up with a student during the summer semester to read for just six weeks for an Everybody Wins! Iowa/Power Read program.

She enjoyed it so much, she found reading buddies at two different schools.
“I fell in love with reading with the students,” she recalls.

Before long, she began volunteering for a special events committee with Everybody Wins; then in 2020, she joined the board of directors. She also writes their newsletter.
Tracy became interested in reading with students because her own daughter is an adult and no other young family members were around.

“I like to hang out with kids,” she says.

Read more in the June issue of Clive Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: David Hasselhoff, Billie Lourd, Donald Sutherland, Luke Bryan, Summer Bishil, Geezer Butler, Lucie Arnaz, Craig Morgan, Susan Ashton, Andre Royo, Brando Eaton

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What does Charles Dickens keep in his spice rack? THE BEST OF THYME, THE WORST OF THYME! - Gail Tomlinson. And a guess from Christmas Carol(yn) Rogers

Today's Riddle

Why are writers always cold?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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