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A friend writes, “This item was installed this past week on the street light on my street & also more in the area. Are we being monitored by big government?  I hope not, but does anyone care to explain or otherwise serve up your best guess?”

Here are some of the responses he got:

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If you use the Lords’ name in vain, you will get fined $150 over the internet.
Free wi-fi for everybody.
Has everybody got their tinfoil hats yet?
Nobody saw this thing being installed so shoot it & wait & see who comes to fix it!
I sent him some images from my collection of tech-weaponry, along with my own ideas:

Well, yes, we are being spied upon by our government. Every email, every phone convo... Thank you Bush-Obama for shredding the Constitution, etc., etc.

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My guess is it's a device that will receive or allow transmission. They can track anyone with a cell phone - maybe this device boosts or hones the info from satellites, sending it on to the police. It has two antennae.

Have you seen these devices?

Dragonfly bot - supposedly still in the lab.  It can pick up and transmit audio and visual.  


Send that bot into a crowd and listen up.  Grab facial images.  But maybe that little bot needs a boost in transmission power, so the device on your streetlamp may be to assist the little bug.

Talon Storm - here's another miniature device supposedly still in the lab stage. Notice this lethal mini weapon has the same two antennae like the device on your street lamp.  I gotta think this is to allow remote control.

Here's a mini flying spy device - notice the antenna? This is an armored and armed device:

Now, you really wanna start worrying if you see plants like this one... an I-Pod

I’d have to vote for the last suggestion – shoot it down and wait to see who fixes it.
On a more serious note, check out Ray Louis’ Twitphilia & Twitanoia: Controlling Technology.


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Hmm! Those are obviously antennae, and they do loo... by Jim Finley on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 11:56:17 AM
but they sure can track US citizens, eh?... by Rady Ananda on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 12:13:16 PM
[[OSA]]... by Patrick Lafferty on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 2:06:26 PM
yeah, having fun with an artist to make the coto l... by Rady Ananda on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 2:11:50 PM
through the antennae, and both appear to be hard w... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 12:16:27 PM
I've got these pix in super high resolution if you... by Rady Ananda on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 12:44:01 PM
is two 8 dBi Wifi Antenna able to both send and re... by Patrick Lafferty on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 1:30:02 PM is the... by Patrick Lafferty on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 1:43:36 PM
I think you nailed it, Patrick: FP-287 Appli... by Rady Ananda on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 1:55:21 PM
Rady, I've seen these on different light poles... by Munich on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 7:05:48 PM
... but the word "OWL" has me worried. The owl pla... by Mr M on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 10:27:35 PM
I have one of these myself.  The base is some... by Patrick Lafferty on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 2:12:27 PM
shoot the cameras, too the base... close up, look... by Rady Ananda on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 2:24:05 PM
[[knobs]]... by Rady Ananda on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 2:36:43 PM
I'm guessing those lightpole boxes are bi-dire... by Jennifer Hathaway on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 2:45:57 PM
we'll see if he does... by Rady Ananda on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 2:53:12 PM
As noted by Patrick, those antenna are the same as... by John R Moffett on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 3:33:51 PM
no, wifi isn't new here. that's what makes this fu... by Rady Ananda on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 8:11:31 PM
your friend can choose to believe or not believe t... by Cheryl Biren on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 4:39:29 PM
on the social implications of technology.... by Rady Ananda on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 8:13:15 PM
and advances are constant.  But not everythin... by Linda Milazzo on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 5:08:04 PM
 "PAY NO ATTENTION TO THOSE CAMERAS ON T... by Munich on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 6:11:54 PM
I didn't know you were from philly.. we are pr... by jersey girl on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 7:31:18 PM
sometime would be nice Jersey Girl. Where in NJ do... by Munich on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 11:10:11 PM
and hit the Hogs Breath Saloon frequently Munich. ... by Patrick Lafferty on Monday, May 25, 2009 at 8:14:49 AM
sounds lovely Munich... Coto would have a helluva ... by jersey girl on Monday, May 25, 2009 at 6:54:46 PM
Could be wifi. Could be cameras. Could be cameras ... by J. Edward Tremlett on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 8:25:23 PM
I think the little box looks like a "bulls he... by boomerang on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 8:47:29 PM
a link to Homeland Gest ...po ... NSA something...... by richard on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 9:25:53 PM
I like the shoot it out suggestion.  I wonder... by amicus curiae on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 10:42:13 PM
[[IMG87]]... by Nemo on Monday, May 25, 2009 at 12:13:29 AM
You're the best writer on this site, Rady. Kee... by Tom Degan on Friday, May 29, 2009 at 12:53:35 PM
i would not allow this in my town without a real e... by TRADESMAN on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 8:31:35 AM