"These vagabond shoes "Are longing to stray "Right through the very heart of it "New York, New York. "I wanna wake up in a city that doesn't sleep "And find I'm king of the hill, top of the heap!" Something novel has been added to the New York experience that tourists, domestic or foreign, won't want to miss: the opportunity randomly to be swept up in a literal net and thus hauled off to a detention center like fresh fish. It's like something out of the movie "Brazil," or "Soylent Green." From the New York Daily News: "In their zeal to keep protesters in line, the NYPD hs added some unlikely weapons to its arsenal: plastic netting and scores of undercover cops on scooters. "The nets have been used to trap numerous people at demonstrations, including tourists, journalists and legal observers.... ... "The nets were first seen on Sunday, during the massive anti-war march, and again yesterday in lower Manhattan. ... "Rosaleen Johnson, 64, from Massachusetts got netted with her son, Robert, 29, and his friends while standing in Times Square Sunday. "'They were charged with disorderly conduct...We were just standing there doing nothing.' She was released but Robert spent 36 hurs in custody before being released. ... "Dan, 22, got caught coming out of the subway: 'I'm just a tourist. I have no idea what's going on. I have tickets to 'The Producers' tonight.' .... "Mayor [Michael] Bloomberg defended the aggressive tactics yesterday. "'This isn't something like it's supposed to be a fair fight. We have laws,' he fumed. 'You break the law [and] you're going to find yourself arrested. Period. End of story.'" "Cops Weave Webs With Nets: Tougher Tactics Baffle City Rights Group," by Barbara Ross and Greg B. Smith. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/story/227797p-195634c.html You tell 'em, Mike. Impudent rabble may get arrested for aggravated breathing or first degree taking up space. If they don't like it, let them become billionaire investment bankers and holders of high political office and thus attain immunity from such inconvenience. Lesser mortals are expendable.