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Don't plan a photography holiday in Kuwait

 
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Nov 23, 2010 15:15 |  #16

nate42nd wrote in post #11334280 (external link)
This is just scary that a government entity can "ban" something like a DSLR. This is where we are all headed unless we open our eyes. Every government wishes it could have this kind of power. It makes me sick. (and makes me want to hoard AR-15s and ammo...haha) If someone comes to take my camera they will be in for a lot of armed resistance.

I'll let you have my DSLR when you can pry it from my cold, dead fingers. :D . . . just teasing. I don't disagree. That law is scary and a warning.


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Nov 23, 2010 15:18 |  #17

DSLRs are overrated anyway.


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Nov 23, 2010 15:24 |  #18

cdifoto wrote in post #11334697 (external link)
DSLRs are overrated anyway.

Heh!

Is anyone living in Kuwait or nearby seeing this thread? I'm curious, I've never been there but it doesn't seem to be a "police state" -- I wonder how it's affecting people, and if it may just be a "passing fancy"...


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Nov 23, 2010 15:25 |  #19

glad my cell phone has a 8mp camera who needs a stinking DSLR lmao


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Nov 23, 2010 16:13 |  #20

nate42nd wrote in post #11334642 (external link)
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And this fact does not concern you? Here in the US we vote our reps into office. The people are supposed to control the government. it's not the govenrment's place to "ban" anything except under VERY RARE curcumstances. (like nuclear bombs) They shouldn't be able to "ban" guns....and certainly not DSLRs! It's more astounding every time I think about it!

Actually no it does not concern me.

The checks and balances in the countries I have lived means this is not likely to occur, or if it did, it would get overturned by courts very quickly. Living in countries where the rule of law is respected is a good thing.

One of the check and balances in the US method of government, is that if an elected representative votes for something (or does anything else) you disagree with, you have the right to vote for someone else at the next election. This means that the politicans tend to do what the majority of people want (not strictly true - but glossing over that), as they want to get reelected next term. That said - the only way the people control the government is with their votes, once an election has occurred, you are at the mercy of the individuals voted in until the next election (assuming other check and balances dont stop what they try to do).

There are other checks and balances beyond votes, being the courts, that can overturn laws that have been passed, but they are not in my mind controlled by 'the people', it's controlled by the rule of law.

Based on a quick read of Wikipedia, Kuwait operates a similar system of government, so I will respect their country's individual decision to govern itself how it wishes, especially since the report actually says most Kuwaiti people support the ban.

I'm not continue discussing this - as this is going to turn very political very quickly (if it hasn't already), and I like this forum....


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Ps. - I think Kuwait is off my list of ever visiting while this law is enforced, I dont agree with the ban, but respect it is the right of the Kuwaiti people to govern themselves.


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Nov 23, 2010 20:16 |  #21

I'm of two minds on this one. On the one hand, it is a bit on the excessive side. Unnecessary and poorly thought out.

On the other hand, we should respect other cultures as well. Within reason, of course, but it's not like this is genocide or female circumcision or something.


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Nov 24, 2010 00:32 |  #22

tonylong wrote in post #11334730 (external link)
Is anyone living in Kuwait or nearby seeing this thread?

Well, I'm off to Kuwait shortly. I had been planning to take some rather conspicuous kit:

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My friends out there seem to be completely surprised by the news.

Some suggest that this is about journalists working out there without clearance from the authorities. Others suggest that it is one of the rules that can be ignored. There is more confusion than information at the moment.

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Nov 24, 2010 00:47 |  #23

Last time I was in Singapore, it was illegal to chew gum.


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Nov 24, 2010 04:05 |  #24

Jeffro250 wrote in post #11334228 (external link)
I thought it was common knowledge that only spys and terrorists use DSLR's with huge, obnoxious lenses??
:lol:

SHUTTTTUPPPPP, You're gonna blow my coverrrrr!!!


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Nov 24, 2010 04:26 |  #25

mckinleypics wrote in post #11337384 (external link)
Last time I was in Singapore, it was illegal to chew gum.

To be fair I think it only illegal to litter or sell gum (you can import for private use). The reasoning is a bit unusual but makes some sense - their MTR (train) doors could get stuck with gum, so they eliminated the problem. If you look at most city streets they are covered with gum - which is pretty yukky and near impossible to clean off - we just don't notice any more.

Do canon make gum? For in the field sensor cleaning? He He.


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Nov 24, 2010 06:01 |  #26

:lol: The irony is that it may not be the reason but I came into some info that may explain their level of concern. I'm waiting for the first person to use a non-DSLR and try and argue why they can legal use it.


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Nov 24, 2010 07:36 |  #27

Hi. I was actually in kuwait this summer lugging around a dslr and I didn't run into any trouble. The best advice I can give is to never take pics of oil refinery equipment or infrastructure. Also do not take pics of ppl wihout permission. It is a very diverse place that accepts westerners. A large part of the population are foreigners working there.

To the people who are planning trips soon, im sure you will have an amazing experience. The best part about traveling is learning and experiencing and respecting other cultures.


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Nov 24, 2010 13:17 |  #28

Grimes wrote in post #11338228 (external link)
Hi. I was actually in kuwait this summer lugging around a dslr and I didn't run into any trouble.

The ban only came into effect last week.


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Nov 24, 2010 16:25 |  #29

TheGaffer wrote in post #11337353 (external link)
There is more confusion than information at the moment.

That's pretty much business as usual for Kuwait.

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Nov 25, 2010 00:53 |  #30

I just saw the news here: http://www.geek.com …-obvious-reason-20101124/ (external link) and was planning to post about it, but looks like I was late to the party.


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