Welcome to my World of Wonderment

Our planet is a neat place, full of weird and unusual people doing weird and unusual things. One oddball thing I like to do is geocache. What other activity is there that makes people travel hundreds of miles to climb a mountain, wade a river, and fight a Bigfoot, just to be the first person to sign a piece of paper rolled up in a 35mm film canister stuffed in the knot hole of a tree? I can't think of any other sport that has such a great mix of technology and the wonderful outdoors. A lot of geocaches are placed in a beautiful setting, or hidden in a challenging or unique way, or in a historical setting. Geocaching allows the finder to share in some of the hiders favorite places, and along the way you get to meet some interesting characters, and occasionally learn something new. While this blog is primarily a geocaching blog, I also use this place to post the occasional funny video or weird news story, or as a platform to rant or rave about something I really have to share. But for the most part this website is about you, the weirdo walking around in circles, talking into your GPS unit like it's a phone, pretending your taking pictures of a phone booth to find find the tiniest micro-cache, or circling your car around and around a light pole in a parking lot trying to retrieve a cache without even getting out of your car.


Minnesota and the Gestapo

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The police in Minneapolis/St. Paul are proving to be just as brutal as their Denver counterparts. First the police in Minnesota made preemptive and unlawful raids on homes of people who were planning protests. Without search warrants they entered homes arrested people, and seized private property.

From Salon

Protesters here in Minneapolis have been targeted by a series of highly intimidating, sweeping police raids across the city, involving teams of 25-30 officers in riot gear, with semi-automatic weapons drawn, entering homes of those suspected of planning protests, handcuffing and forcing them to lay on the floor, while law enforcement officers searched the homes, seizing computers, journals, and political pamphlets. Last night, members of the St. Paul police department and the Ramsey County sheriff's department handcuffed, photographed and detained dozens of people meeting at a public venue to plan a demonstration, charging them with no crime other than "fire code violations," and early this morning, the Sheriff's department sent teams of officers into at least four Minneapolis area homes where suspected protesters were staying.

Go to Salon to read the whole article.

Not only did they unlawfully arrest protesters, they arrested journalists as well. The host and producer of the daily news program Democracy Now!, Amy Goodman, was arrested for simply asking an officer to speak to his superior officer. Two of Goodman's co-workers were arrested for filming the police's crack down on protesters, and as she was trying to point out to the officer that her co-workers were press, the police arrested her as well.

Part 1

Part 2

These three are lucky that they didn't get extradited to Guantanamo Bay. Eight members of the RNC Welcoming Committee may not be so lucky. They are being charged with conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism. And thanks to the Patriot Act, they could go to jail for seven years. Just for planning protests, these people could go to jail. Thank goodness we don't have the thought police yet.

This 17 year old protester was injured by the police.

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