Friday, November 22, 2019

Civilians

Stop breaking the law. Yes, sometimes the law is dumb. Yes, some of those laws will change in the future. Until then, make it your goal to avoid citations, jail, and prison. Make it so that the only way you could ever be incarcerated or even have to pay a ticket is to be framed. Why?

Because cops have better things to do than pull over people rolling stop signs. About 6,000 murderers didn’t get caught last year. 

While that cop was pulling me over to give me a warning for slow-rolling a stop sign, a drunk driver could have been up the road, and now home free. 

When it comes to how we should act as civilians, remember we outnumber police by nearly 350 to 1. They have better things to do and so should we. 


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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Police Pt. 2

Should the police be held to a higher standard? Cops drive around town looking for opportunities to issue citations and bring in revenue for the state and city. I’ve seen cops on their phones, laptop and even texting while driving. But who tickets the ticketers? 

Speeding will be a thing of the past in the future and civilians or drones will be able to issue parking tickets. Breathalyzer interlocks could easily go into every car and if drunk drivers keep killing innocent families, it’ll probably happen sooner than we think. 


Imagine all cops fighting crime, real crime, crime with victims instead of what some are spending their time on now, revenue generation. Things will have to change though, because if these are supposed to be our heroes, then we need to hold them to account.


Here are some ideas:

  1. No longer allow cops to use fear for one’s life as a justification for killing unarmed civilians. Shooting someone with a phone in their hand and claiming you saw a gun is 2nd degree murder. 
  2. Unlawful murder settlements will be paid by the police officer, the retirement fund and/or insurance paid for by the fund or officer, not the general public via taxation. 
  3. Cops should be held to a higher standard and do the maximum amount of prison time for any crime they commit. 
  4. Fire all racist police officers and anyone knowingly not turning in a racist coworker. 
  5. The immediate firing of any police officer proven of making a false report and prison time.
The alternative is to keep doing what we’re doing, where an officer gets killed every week and about three civilians per day. This isn’t a Us Vs. Them situation, the fact that we’ve created such a large schism in a cop and a civilian is revolting. Protect and Serve, at least, that’s what it used to be.



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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Police Pt. 1

In 2018 police officers killed 992 civilians and 55 officers were murdered in the line of duty. There are about 800,000 officers and about 243,000,000 adults in the US. That means, per capita, cops are almost 17 times more likely to be killed than to kill someone. If the ratio was equal, police would have killed 16,706 civilians last year. Their jobs are outrageously dangerous. Why don’t we help by making some changes?

Legalize prostitution, if you can do something for free, why can’t you get paid for it? Also, it would free up cops to go after human traffickers instead of street walkers.

Legalize every drug, lessening their load and decreasing all of the associated crime that goes along with black markets. 

The worst thing is, we can see other countries doing these things and benefiting. We see that it works to decrease crime, incarceration, and death. But we change little, because the news, which is paid for in part by pharmaceutical companies, tells us it’s scary and bad. I think putting people in harm's way when it could have been avoided is much worse. 


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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Gangs, Cartels & Prison Owners

If someone wants to use and potentially harm themselves with a drug, let them. 

If someone wants to criminalize a drug so that a black market, a cartel, or a gang can flourish, stop them. 

Would you rather someone buy a bag of pure heroin in a store for $5, take it home and do it knowing exactly what they’re taking or would you rather them buy something that’s probably laced for $50 on the street and fund the cartels and street gangs while doing so? Because right now, our inaction is choosing that second one every single day. Every life lost, could have been avoided. We saw this 90 years ago with alcohol and mobsters. Newsflash, prohibition doesn’t work. 

Two of the last four presidents have admitted their drug use. One claimed he didn’t inhale and the other might currently be on something ephedrine based, according to the contents of his desk. 

Children and innocent bystanders are dying every day because of how lucrative the black market from the drug trade is. Theft is higher than it would be because drugs that could cost $1 a gram, cost $100 instead. Families are torn apart and lives are ruined because of prison sentences and criminal convictions that never go away. The United States is home to 5% of the world’s population and 25% of its incarcerated population. Are we really that evil?

So what are we doing? Who are we protecting? Is it the addict that needs his fix but has to make do with the fentanyl-laced junk on the street? Is it the child that got hit with a stray bullet from a gang member's pistol? The families who have lost fathers and providers to incarceration? Or are we protecting gangs, cartels, and prison owners?


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Monday, November 18, 2019

Cast the First Stone

I think that most people believe that it is important to keep yourself accountable. A common phrase is, "keep your side of the street clean." There's a problem with that metaphor though, wind.

If your side is clean, but your neighbor's side isn't, then what happens when the wind blows?

Think about how natural it is to give advice to someone but when we're in a similar dilemma it's much more difficult to see the solution. Mirrors have been around for about 8,000 years and some people have never seen a mirror in their life. Before mirrors, we used each other. I can see the speck in your eye and you can see the speck in mine, lucky us. 

Of course, sometimes we'll be wrong. A speck that I see may actually be just the opposite. What's the harm? A few wasted minutes. But the benefit, even if I'm wrong, is that the other person knows that I care. A big part of that is remembering it's not what you say, but how you say it. 



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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Winning Raffles

If you buy tickets early, you’re gambling.
If you can see how many tickets have been sold, can value the worth of the prizes, then it’s no longer gambling, it’s statistics. 

Sometimes we have to gamble, but most of the time we can wait and the results should be much better. This is one reason why math matters.



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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Juggle

You can juggle many different balls or pins or whatever you’re juggling at once if you know how to juggle well. But you can’t juggle and paint at a high level simultaneously. You can do almost anything, but you can’t do almost everything. 

Priority used to mean something, now it’s how we talk about our todo list. Whatever you’re juggling in life just try to be thoughtful of what will matter in the future. 


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Friday, November 15, 2019

Into the Ether

Where do the comments go? 

You see something, post something, maybe read a couple other comments and move on with your life. I can’t tell you the articles I read last week, or my thoughts about them, but I know I read something and I know that I commented something. 

Being busy is okay, but I feel that being productive is better. After a month off I can see what’s important more clearly. I’d rather be focused, creative and productive than busy. But in a world full of distractions, and more being created daily, all we can do is our best.  


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