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Can’t Park in Your Own Driveway
Cops Accused of Making Woman Delete Footage
IndieGoGo: Get My Son Back
USB Dead Drops
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No, this isn’t a joke. Residents in Pittsburgh are being fined because of a law that says they aren’t allowed to park…in their own driveways. Yes, your benevolent overlords in government knows what’s best for you. Eileen Freedman has been parking in her driveway for almost 20 years, but now because of a letter from bureaucrats at the Bureau of Building Inspection, she is parking in the street and taking up spaces she says visitors to the business district would normally be able to use. Armed bureaucrats sent a message to the community when they issued a fine to one family for thousands of dollars. A pregnant mother of seven who can’t afford to break the rule, now can’t get out of the driver’s side of her van anymore. Because of the law, she has to crawl out of the passenger’s side when she parks the vehicle between her home and her neighbor’s. In a free society, would strangers have the right to tell you how you may or may not park on your own property?
Speaking of your property rights, a man in Michigan named Donald called the police to assist him with chasing away a suspected intruder. When police arrived, they instead arrested Donald because he was carrying a shotgun. Even though it’s legal to carry a gun on your own property, it’s hunting season, and the man was openly displaying that the gun was unloaded, law enforcers fumbled for their guns and pointed them at him. They ordered Donald to get on the ground. They bound his wrists in metal cuffs and made him lay face down in the dirt in his own front yard.
When the law enforcers realized the man’s wife was recording them on her cell phone, they wrestled the camera from her hands and forced her to delete the videos. She was able to recover and upload them to the internet thanks to the help of special software. She said, quote, “It was very disturbing, and all of this happened in front of my children. Police are supposed to be the good guys.” No, people who use violence are *not* the good guys. Do good guys usually try to hide their actions?
Brian Aitken of New Jersey was arrested in 2009 for possession of firearms that he had acquired legally. The system depends on people like Brian taking a plea deal, but he refused and decided to stand on principle. Instead of setting him free, the New Jersey judge decided to make an example of Brian by sentencing him to 7 years in prison for the crime of possessing firearms that he had purchased legally. After serving 4 months in prison, Governor Christie commuted his sentence and had 2 of his 3 charges dropped. But Brian is still classified by the state as a felon, and bureaucrats won’t allow him to see his young son. The NJ Courts won’t hear the case, so Brian is taking it all the way to the Supreme Court. You can help him on his inspiring journey to restore his family by checking out his IndieGoGo campaign. Link in the show notes.
‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. USB flash drives are embedded into walls, buildings and curbs accessible to anybody in public space. Everyone is invited to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your favorite files and data. Each dead drop is installed empty except a readme.txt file explaining the project. ‘Dead Drops’ is open to participation. If you want to install a dead drop in your city/neighborhood follow the ‘how to’ instructions on their website, DeadDrops.com and submit the location and pictures. I found 15 listed in Philadelphia alone. I’m going to share Derrick J’s Victimless Crime Spree with all of them! What are some other creative ways you could use these sharable, location-locked USBs?
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