6th December 2013
Some drivers along a busy North Fort Worth street on Friday were stopped at police roadblock and directed into a parking lot, where they were asked by federal contractors for samples of their breath, saliva and…
More scary, privacy invasion by law enforcement happening near you (in the US at least). Seriously, how much of this is going on that we are not hearing about? It makes me nervous about traveling to the US.
2nd December 2013
News organizations protest White House restrictions on independent photo coverage.
This is disturbing, creepy, and not that surprising with how things in the US have been going. When does media become propaganda? How to we keep independent media from being shut out? I don’t have any answers, but I think we need to be asking the questions.
14th November 2013
By now you’ve probably heard the story of David Eckert. He’s the New Mexico man who was stopped by police, detained based on a suspicion he was hiding drugs in his rectum, and subjected to increasi…
This is just scary. The more I read about some of the things that happen with the US police of late the more frightened I become. How can the police demand invasive medical procedures on people, and how can doctors ethically agree to comply with those demands? Also colonoscopies in the US are EXPENSIVE so who is paying? As a taxpayer I think the war on drugs has been a huge waste of money already, I am certainly not interested in paying for possibly mules to have colonoscopies EVEN if I thought that was okay, and it is NOT. Not at all.
Here is another example though I think it has been more widely covered in the media:
Dad’s Attempt to Teach Son a Lesson Ends in the Most Tragic Way Imaginable
This is another one I can’t understand. Since when does a report of car theft get you shot to death? Since when has a reported car theft lead to a car chase? Police need the ability to defend themselves from violent criminals who are trying to do them harm, but this new tendency of shooting first and asking questions later seems a dangerous and deadly path.
2nd October 2013
A small organic farm in Arlington, Texas, was the target of a massive police action last week that included aerial surveillance, a SWAT raid and a 10-hour search.
Okay, I really don’t understand why people aren’t screaming their heads off in protest of this ridiculously excessive use of force by government agencies that is becoming frighteningly commonplace in the US. When did this become okay? Because it IS NOT, and people need to start letting their government agencies know that it IS NOT.
Source: The Huffington Post
9th August 2013
What do college girls and bottled water have to do with the emerging American police state? Quite a bit, it seems. Public outcry has gone viral over an incident in which a college student was targeted and terrorized by Alcohol Beverage Control agents (ABC) after she purchased sparkling…
Here is another completely disturbing article about the militarization of US government agencies that are not the military. I probably would have been shot in this scenario because there is no way I would have creepy plain clothes men wielding a gun and shouting after I had purchased some sparkling water. I think I would have started the car and driven like a bat out of hell, which by they way is what young girls are taught to do.
Who the hell is the Alcohol Beverage Control? Why are they needed outside regular police? Isn’t there real crime in the US to fight rather than a few co-eds buying some sparkling water? Shouldn’t an agency target the stores that sell to minors instead of the minors themselves?
6th August 2013
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WISN 12 News investigates an operation raising questions about the use of government resources and the state policy that meant a death sentence for a fawn.
Okay, this article makes me so angry on a number of fronts. Obviously, there is the animal welfare and cruelty issue of euthanizing a young animal before fully investigating the situation and calling into play largely ignored wildlife laws when there was not a cruelty component to how the animal was being cared for.
But more alarmingly for me in the continued evidence of the militarization of US non-military government agencies and Big Business. First it was the drug enforcement agency that ran around busting into houses and demanding searches with and without warrants. That has been going on for decades. US Border control has taken the ability to seize all electronic devices and hold citizens without cause at the border since shortly after 9/11. Bankers are allowed to evict people from houses the bank has no association with and call it a “clerical error” and pay minimal compensation. Someone high up in the US government arranged the Fast and Furious program which armed Mexican drug lords with a whole bunch of scary weapons increasing border crime.
Then early this year the Boston PD showed their complete disregard for citizens rights when they went raiding houses looking for a bomber. Now they are conducting military style raids on animal shelters because of a baby deer??? WTF is going on and why aren’t people bloody screaming their heads off about it.
Someone was conduction AERIAL SPYING on and ANIMAL SHELTER. WHY?? I don’t think this is about a baby deer. I don’t generally go into conspiracy theories, but I am running out of reasonable explanations for these events.
Please share this article with your friends. Do it for animal rights and do it to try to get people to tell the US government that this kind of behavior is NOT OKAY.
2nd August 2013
One common criticism of the libertarian ethos is that if we reduce government control over society, big business will have unchecked power over our lives, so
I really, really, really fail to understand why this isn’t discussed more in mainstream media as it seems to be happening a LOT and why there aren’t lot of bank employees in JAIL. How has the US devolved to this state where banks can STEAL from people they have no business association with and suffer no ill consequences.
27th July 2013
Marty the Magician already has to have a license. Now he has to have a written strategy for any bunny peril.
This is just ridiculous and an example of bureaucrats completely out of control. When there are administrators and regulators that have time to harass a magician with one rabbit, you have too many administrators. They US has real problems right now, but those are hard problems so I am sure it is easier to make it look like you are doing something by harassing magicians.
I also have a problem with laws continuing to expand their scope decades after their creation. It seems that there should be some window of interpretation on laws and if you want them expanded far into the future, there should need to be new laws.
A disaster plan makes sense for large animal operations, but it should probably be at the discretion of the owners and not a legal issue at all since it is the owners who will suffer the losses. In many disasters an animal disaster plan is not going to go into effect anyway because it is going to be overridden by whatever disaster management agency is taking control. An that agencies priority is going to be the preservation of human life before animal welfare. It may be right or wrong, but that is the values of our current society. I think it is completely appropriate for the agency overseeing display permits to recommend that owners have a disaster plan and provide resources on how to create one, but having it as a legal requirement is inappropriate.
Source: Washington Post
5th March 2012
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I am sure you are all aware of how unhappy I am with the ever changing US airport security theater, and this is a prime example. I can’t believe that a citizen leaving the country with a valid passport is now considered a privilege and not a right. I am sure that every passenger that regularly travels overseas has creases in their passport. Mine certainly does. But more than the ridiculous nit picking, it is the inconsistency that really bothers me. If the Denver airport was fine with the passports, why is Dallas able to then pull them off the flight? How often is this stuff going on and it not being reported? These kind of stories make me reluctant to want to return to the US even for a short visit because I certainly don’t want to be trapped there anymore.
22nd February 2012
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I think America’s incarceration rate is shameful and ridiculous. I can’t believe that society has allowed the rate to rise so high though I suspect your average American is not even aware of the problem. I fear that the privatization of prisons and the trend of allowing prisoners to work for corporations for below minimum wage will make the problem even worse since there will be along of money being made off of having a large percent of the population in prison.
I am not sure how one should consider crimes committed in prison. It doesn’t seem that they should be viewed in the same way as crimes on the street, but they are also a concerning trend. Why should people who are incarcerated for brutality be allowed to continue being brutal during their punishment? Why can we not control crimes in prison? Why does society seem to think it is okay that criminals get brutalized in prison? It seems prison has the ability to turn petty non violent criminals into brutal monsters. That doesn’t seem to be a good trend either. I don’t know what the solution is, but I think we should spend more time, media time, discussing the problem instead of some of the other political issues that seem to distract from the countries real problems.
13th February 2012
This is unbelievable. I know rangers often do not get the respect that they deserve, but I don’t think that people should be issued weapons without an extensive amount of training. A stun gun is a weapon, and it can be deadly. It should not be used in a non-violent incident. The increasing number of people in the US that are using stun guns without really considering the severity of their actions scares me.
12th February 2012
An article on the class polarization in the US. Some interesting statistics and some opinions. I didn’t agree with everything, but it gave me some things to think about. It is based on a book that I have not read:
Charles Murray’s Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010
11th February 2012
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Human ignorance and bigotry never ceases to amaze me. This girl should be praised for first learning her cultural heritage and then trying to pass it on to her fellow classmates instead of chastised because her ignorant teacher didn’t know what she was saying. I personally think learning to curse in a foreign language is at least learning something new and different, but of course she wasn’t cursing at all, but sharing greetings and love.
5th February 2012
While I think there are definitely some benefits and good uses for drones- particularly in an active war zone, I am worried about how much the US is using them and coming to depend on them. I know I don’t feel comfortable with the idea of drones flying over my property in peace time so I can completely understand why other nations are also objecting. I think the US needs to be careful not to burn goodwill of other nations by being too intrusive.
31st January 2012
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This type of attitude really makes me angry. It shows a complete lack of understanding and sympathy with women in bad situations. Plus we don’t need to be bringing any unwanted children into this world. There are only so many people that this planet can support and I fear with exponential growth, we are fast approaching that maximum. Children should be cherished gifts and not unwanted burdens. A woman should have the freedom to decide if the has the emotional bandwitdth, financial resources, and desire to have any child before it is born. I thought that all of that was decided so many years ago with the Supreme Court ruling, yet it keeps being challenged again and again and again.