CROWD ESTIMATES….Instapundit prints a query from a reader today asking why we don’t know how big the crowds were at the various anti-war events.

Well, in the case of the D.C. event, that’s easy: the Park Service no longer provides crowd estimates. They used to do this, but stopped after promoters of the 1995 “Million Man March” filed suits over what it believed was a lowball estimate. As I recall, they estimated the crowd for that event at 400,000, the promoters went ballistic, and the Park Service just decided they didn’t need the grief any longer. So they quit doing it.

UPDATE: John Smith at Coherence Theory of Truth suggests “Open Source Crowd Estimates,” which involves a bunch of people with synchronized cameras. But does that mean that the cameras have to be running Linux?