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Republican-controlled Florida Legislature Outlaws all Computers, Electronic Tablets and Smart Phones

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posted on Jul, 9 2013 @ 01:42 AM
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This is what one gets when one votes Republicans overwhelmingly into office: terrible, astoundingly stupid laws.

In a reactionary move against a scandal involving online gaming and the Florida Lt. Governor, the majority-Republican state legislature passed, and the Republican Governor signed into law a bill banning all systems and network devices that may be used in a game of chance. The bill also outlawed internet cafes.

I hope all the legislators and their staffs and the governor and his staff are immediately arrested for having such devices. After arresting all of them, then all Florida law enforcement agencies should arrest all judges and then themselves. The state will be much better off with all of these people in the hoosegow.


When Florida lawmakers recently voted to ban all Internet cafes, they worded the bill so poorly that they effectively outlawed every computer in the state, according to a recent lawsuit.

In April Florida Governor Rick Scott approved a ban on slot machines and Internet cafes after a charity tied to Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll was shut down on suspicion of being an Internet gambling front -- forcing Carroll, who had consulted with the charity, to resign.

Florida's 1,000 Internet cafes were shut down immediately, including Miami-Dade's Incredible Investments, LLC, a café that provides online services to migrant workers, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The owner, Consuelo Zapata, is now suing the state after her legal team found that the ban was so hastily worded that it can be applied to any computer or device connected to the Internet, according to a copy of the complaint obtained by The Miami Herald.

The ban defines illegal slot machines as any "system or network of devices" that may be used in a game of chance.

And that broad wording can be applied to any number of devices, according to the Miami law firm of Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, who worked with constitutional law attorney and Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz.

The suit maintains that the ban was essentially passed "in a frenzy fueled by distorted judgment in the wake of a scandal that included the Lieutenant Governor’s resignation" and declares it unconstitutional.


Florida Accidentally Banned All Computers, Smart Phones In The State
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posted on Jul, 9 2013 @ 01:50 AM
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Funny stuff.

My deck of 52 playing cards can be used for a game of chance. Playing Rummy is illegal?



posted on Jul, 9 2013 @ 02:11 AM
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Originally posted by DaTroof
Funny stuff.

My deck of 52 playing cards can be used for a game of chance. Playing Rummy is illegal?


On that note, my notepad and pencils could be used for a game of chance as well. Tic tack toe is illegal in Florida too now?


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posted on Jul, 9 2013 @ 02:13 AM
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The language is very broad but to pin it to just Republicans is highly partisan; see New York's own Cuomo and his anti-gun legislation that effectively made every police officer out of compliance (until the oversight was adjusted of course).

The blame is applied equally and not as you say....republican-controlled nor even republican owned.

For those wanting the information from the source, here is the bill. My suggestion; stop letting the talking heads control how you view things and read the bills yourself. It is called self-governance for a reason.

Here is the House Bill (PDF): HB0155

The bill above is engrossed meaning it is the official bill of the House (with amendments).

As a note; there were 4 nays in the Senate for this bill all being Democrat in party, which means that the majority of Democrats in the State Senate voted for this bill.

For the House; there were 7 nays. 6 being Democrat and 1 being Republican. So I am confused how you blame this on a Republican legislature. Care to expand that thinking?

More to come how the talking heads are spinning the language though. From what I read, it isn't as broad as being reported unless you really, really, really, stretch to make it to "all computers".
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posted on Jul, 9 2013 @ 03:13 AM
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Originally posted by DaTroof
Funny stuff.

My deck of 52 playing cards can be used for a game of chance. Playing Rummy is illegal?


If you got dice or cards, you're going to be doing time.



posted on Jul, 9 2013 @ 03:17 AM
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Well I would like to know who is going to raid all the piggy banks for the change.

You know... heads or tails can be bet on as well.



posted on Jul, 9 2013 @ 03:22 AM
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The Republicans control both houses of the Florida state legislature. Bills generally aren't passed by the minority party. I never claimed that some Democrats didn't vote for it as well, but by the votes tally information you give, it would appear that the vast majority of nay votes were by Democrats. And then there is the issue of the governor signing the bill rather than vetoing it or refusing to sign it. Rick Scott, the guv, is a Republican. So yes indeed, this is Florida Republicans' horror show.



posted on Jul, 9 2013 @ 07:22 AM
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Good!
Maybe this will make electronic voting machines illegal.
On second thought they really aren't left up to chance, are they?



posted on Jul, 9 2013 @ 08:59 AM
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God, what retards we have running things...


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posted on Jul, 9 2013 @ 09:05 AM
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Florida's 1,000 Internet cafes were shut down immediately


That is the most terrifying thing to come from this, in my opinion. To think, with the wave a pen, the government could destroy an industry like that. It put 1,000 businesses out of order because of some other incident.

That kind of control is terrifying.



posted on Jul, 9 2013 @ 09:06 AM
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Originally posted by MrInquisitive
This is what one gets when one votes Republicans overwhelmingly into office: terrible, astoundingly stupid laws.


I couldn't agree with you more! F&S for the OP!

IMO, The reason for this phenomena can also be found in the quote from the source article as it's my belief that the republican party as a whole, is currently in a constant state of "frenzy fueled by distorted judgement."



posted on Jul, 9 2013 @ 10:34 AM
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I almost wrote something along the lines of ...

Surely this is joke. I will eat a selection of my own foot ware and possibly one stylish leather belt of OP's choice if this is true.

If anyone is curious, cooked leather tastes slightly like over done sushi, and plastic booties are best consumed in a broth or soup.

Thanks.



posted on Jul, 9 2013 @ 10:47 AM
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Next they will outlaw kite flying and music...sound familair?

From "The Newsroom"

Ideological purity

compromise as weakness

a fundamentalist belief in scriptural literalism

denying science

unmoved by facts

undeterred by new information

a hostile fear of progress

a demonization of education

a need to control women’s bodies

severe xenophobia,

tribal mentality

intolerance of dissent

and a pathological hatred of the U.S. government

It's getting harder and harder to tell the far right conservatives in the USA from the Taliban.



posted on Jul, 9 2013 @ 10:54 AM
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could this law also have been put in place to help the burgeoning casino industry in the state?

With all the race tracks being converted into casinos it makes you wonder if lobbyists didn't influence the laws wording.



posted on Jul, 9 2013 @ 10:56 AM
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Originally posted by AshleyD
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Florida's 1,000 Internet cafes were shut down immediately


That is the most terrifying thing to come from this, in my opinion. To think, with the wave a pen, the government could destroy an industry like that. It put 1,000 businesses out of order because of some other incident.

That kind of control is terrifying.

Exactly what I was thinking... the outlawing of all electronic devices is obviously something which will be corrected, but what about the internet cafes, it doesn't sound like they will be opening back up, which is completely absurd.

Anyone can now gamble on their personal computer using electronic currencies such as bitcoin and it's completely legal as far as I can tell. It's as if the people making these laws are living 10 years in the past, they have no tech knowledge at all.

And frankly what is so scary about people having the ability to gamble outside of a government-approved casino? It's a violation of personal rights in my opinion, a person should be able to bet their money on what ever they want without being nannied by the state.

These people are so damn scared of a little gambling that they ban all internet cafes... I mean honestly folks, lets get real here, I've never heard of anything so stupid in my life. The people making these decisions need to be sent in for mental evaluations.
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posted on Jul, 9 2013 @ 11:00 AM
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Originally posted by AshleyD
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Florida's 1,000 Internet cafes were shut down immediately


That is the most terrifying thing to come from this, in my opinion. To think, with the wave a pen, the government could destroy an industry like that. It put 1,000 businesses out of order because of some other incident.

That kind of control is terrifying.


Now expand that thinking.

Google controls up to 80% of all search engine traffic, and in the last year they have increasingly been supporting the largest corporations over and above smaller independent businesses. The first two or three results for any item search are the ones most clicked on, and a corporation like Amazon can monopolize that space and spend billions on advertising partnerships with Google.

With one little adjustment in an algorithm, Google could shut down entire industries WORLD WIDE within a week. They could make millions of people unemployed with the click of a button.

P.S. All those who signed that bill through without reading it and seeing that basic problem should be removed from office for their laziness or stupidity. I don't care whether they are Republican or Democrat, whoever allowed that to pass without challenge needs to be removed because they are NOT CAPABLE of doing the job they are paid to do. This is just another example of bureaucrats being in their job to get what they can out of it, and not really giving a rats ass about what it is they are agreeing to. It's disgusting, and all career politicians should be rejected for the corrupt, ignorant and ridiculous little swine they are.



posted on Jul, 9 2013 @ 12:16 PM
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AT least the NSA won't get to spy now

Second verse.



posted on Jul, 9 2013 @ 12:33 PM
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Originally posted by neo96
AT least the NSA won't get to spy now

Second verse.


I was thinking the opposite. Now it will funnel more signals from peoples residences and businesses into their web that have less anonimity than an internet cafe. Not saying INet Cafes are totally anonimous but they are a bit more anonimous than your home or place of business.

Also, a good way to "force" people to take up big providers like verizon et al since they can no longer go to an INet Cafe. Wonder if McDonalds and Holiday Inn are to be next? Maybe I've been on this site too long



posted on Jul, 9 2013 @ 01:45 PM
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Originally posted by grey580
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could this law also have been put in place to help the burgeoning casino industry in the state?

With all the race tracks being converted into casinos it makes you wonder if lobbyists didn't influence the laws wording.


AHhhhh Now you are getting their reasoning. Yes it was to make it so th exasinos will make all the money. The state gets a huge cut of that cash. They did something similiar in SC. The made poker machinee illegal and we now have a state lottery. The state wanted more revenue and they were getting cut out the loop with poker machines.



posted on Jul, 9 2013 @ 01:49 PM
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I'll "bet" that this fails. . . .








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