In a police state, citizens live in fear of the police monitoring them. But what do you call it when the police themselves know that at any time or place while they are performing their duties, the citizens could be monitoring them?
Here's an ominous development that is likely to pass almost unnoticed: a congressman requesting that the federal government identify to him everyone who has made a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
Did they neglect the psych evaluations on the contestants this time around? Because we saw some seriously deranged behavior in this week's episode of Survivor, not to mention a crime wave of footwear theft.
It began with Jeff Probst's voice telling us: "This is Nicaragua: remote, mysterious, dangerous." He left out poverty-ridden (second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, barely beating out Haiti), oppressed, run by a powerful Marxist leader.
This was an odd week, as the penultimate week always is. We had a live eviction on Wednesday, then a second live show without an eviction on Thursday. Just one more column, I keep telling myself, and I'll never have to see or hear or discuss Boobiac ever again.
Enzo said: "De Brains goes home. Maybe he wasn't De Brains after all, because I beat him, and you know I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer." He wouldn't be the sharpest knife in the drawer even if he were the only knife in the drawer.