Friday, September 12, 2014

Canadian Broadcasting Company: American shakedown: Police won't charge you, but they'll grab your money

In the U.S., a cash-grab by police and government is dressed up in terms like “interdiction and forfeiture,” or “the equitable sharing program.” (CBC)

The corporations posing as governments are getting desperate for cash now...  -AK

American shakedown: Police won't charge you, but they'll grab your money
U.S. police are operating a co-ordinated scheme to seize as much of the public’s cash as they can

By Neil Macdonald,
CBC News Posted: Sep 11, 2014 5:00 AM ET
Last Updated: Sep 11, 2014 5:00 AM ET

Neil Macdonald
Senior Washington Correspondent

Neil Macdonald is the senior Washington correspondent for CBC News, which he joined in 1988 following 12 years in newspapers. Before taking up this post in 2003, Macdonald reported from the Middle East for five years. He speaks English and French fluently, and some Arabic.

On its official website, the Canadian government informs its citizens that “there is no limit to the amount of money that you may legally take into or out of the United States.” Nonetheless, it adds, banking in the U.S. can be difficult for non-residents, so Canadians shouldn’t carry large amounts of cash.

That last bit is excellent advice, but for an entirely different reason than the one Ottawa cites.

There’s a shakedown going on in the U.S., and the perps are in uniform.

Across America, law enforcement officers — from federal agents to state troopers right down to sheriffs in one-street backwaters — are operating a vast, co-ordinated scheme to grab as much of the public’s cash as they can; “hand over fist,” to use the words of one police trainer.

Roadside seizure

It usually starts on the road somewhere. An officer pulls you over for some minor infraction — changing lanes without proper signalling, following the car ahead too closely, straddling lanes. The offence is irrelevant.

Then the police officer wants to chat, asking questions about where you’re going, or where you came from, and why. He’ll peer into your car, then perhaps ask permission to search it, citing the need for vigilance against terrorist weaponry or drugs.

What he’s really looking for, though, is money.

'Authorities claim it’s legal, but some prosecutors and judges have called it what it is: abuse. In any case, it’s a nasty American reality.'

And if you were foolish (or intimidated) enough to have consented to the search, and you’re carrying any significant amount of cash, you are now likely to lose it.

The officer will probably produce a waiver, saying that if you just sign over the money then the whole matter will just disappear, and you’ll be able to go on your way.

Refuse to sign it, and he may take the cash anyway, proclaiming it the probable proceeds of drugs or some other crime.

Either way, you almost certainly won’t be charged with anything; the objective is to take your money, not burden the system.

The human brain has never been logical...
its a holographic pattern processor...

My choice of vocations over the past 32 years has involved logic to one degree or another as it related to computer hardware, computer software or the Internet and the web.   Part of the reason this field attracted me was that after being in high school during the Vietnam Era I had come to very depressing conclusion the world was seriously fucked up.  It was quite clear that my country had no qualms about killing 58,000 men in a stupid foreign civil war by a banker named Robert McNamara. And our politicians are still trying to get us mixed up in other people's civil wars.

In programming I found a bit of control over machines, control that I did not feel I had over my life or circumstances in a world that was rapidly changing from what my father knew as his world.  It also paid well, and I was fairly good at it.  Plus it had the bonus that I could just withdraw from a world that made no sense to me.  I didn't have to interact with people when I worked with computers, or so I thought at first.  And there was the sense of awe you got when you saw a truly well written computer program, and some people are truly gifted at it.  There are so many unknown Rembrant's of logic out there, creating true works of beauty in logic. The very fact there is a blog for me to write on is due to someone else's hard work and art.  They created this tool I use to express my thoughts.

Reality was of course quite different and there were end users to interview, train and receive support calls from. It proved to be quite a cross disciplinary form of work as each company was different, had different purposes, different goals and different people to communicate with. I owe my ability to write at all, to being a computer programmer and having to explain to others, who used the software I wrote, worked.  And it was drilled into me by my mentors to be concise and clear.  Which is why I had so much trouble reading legal papers when I began this work in 2012, lawyers are trained to make what they write very hard to figure out.  The UCC is witness to that fact!

It was a field that tolerated diverse people and lifestyles as long as you got the job done and still is that way among the very best programmers. Programmers are well known to be highly diverse, they usually are musicians, poets, writers, linguists, artists or have some other creative aspect to them.  In England I ran into a lot of programmers with degrees in philosophy.  But most of the time, at least in the non-defense industry fields (DOD pays a premium for advanced degrees) it didn't matter that you didn't have a degree as long as you could do the work.

A lesson everyone learns rather early on when learning to program a computer, is how unnatural it is for a human to work raw binary logic.   It is a learned discipline, and being great at is a bit of an art form.  There are many forms of logic, and I will get into that a bit later. The logic commonly used by computing, law, philosophy and religion is BINARY.  And it has its limitations!

You can examine the human brain structure from brainstem to cerebral cortex and you will not find one logical circuit. Not one "OR" gate, not one "AND" gate,  not one "NOT" gate nor any of the usual hybrids of these gates such as "NAND", "NOR", "XOR" found in modern digital circuit design, are in the human brain.  It simply doesn't work that way. What the human brain does do is make use of an innumerable magnitude of connections between neurons.  The real magic seems to happen in the gaps between the neurons themselves that interact with the quantum world.  I could go deeper into this but I will keep explanation to the dumb down level of "executive summary" for now.

Sacred Economics?

Garden of Earth

By American Kabuki

Perhaps its my religious upbringing but I really cringe when the mundane is sacralized.  Things, rituals, words, dates on a calendar, places, even foods, are often called sacred (or their prohibited inverses profane) to evoke awe and separation and unquestioning acceptance of ideas.  This video brings out some very good points, but I am of the feeling this new kind of economics is not fully fleshed out yet.

Gift economy is a great term, but it kind of assumes creativity involves no effort or work or labor. And any creative person can tell you they love what they do, but they often work very hard doing it.   So the question in my mind, is how do you incorporate what is said in this video, with reward for effort and creative expression?

Its one thing to say "you should give me that!" but quite another to say "what will I give to the world?"   There are two different mindsets.  Communism was based on the former, but actually used to extract energy from those oppressed by it.  Lenin copied the altruistic organizations of Lutheran brotherhood and then took the morality of why they were doing what they did out of it, putting the Politburo in the place of the Creator.  Every religious group out there makes full use of free volunteer labor they engender by calling their missions and domains of control sacred.  But then my experience in religion was an asymmetric cycle of altruism that ran only in one direction.  Some may have different experiences.

Calling a new idea of economics sacred, is a mistake.  Perhaps better to call it a conversation that badly needs to happen...  nothing is sacred but humanity and the other souls that inhabit this universe as in-bodyments of I AM (which includes the planet and life on it).  My point being you cannot separate "sacred" from "profane" when its all ONE!

Geomagnetic Storm

Goodbye sweet Laila

Brian Kelly and Laila the dog...  Photo by Julian Robles
Laila the dog passed away last night.  Forever the guardian of the children and watchdog of all who visited... she will be missed.  Laila was a Moroccan street dog that became part of everyone's family here.  

PINK: You and Me

You and Me by Pink

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