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reply to post by chiefsmom
Any time "taxpayers" is used you should read "state."
People are kicked out of taxpayer owned lands and properties all the time. People are refused use of taxpayer owned and funded areas all the time. Just look back over the past couple of weeks.
So "taxpayers" only means you and me to children and the hopelessly naive. In reality it simple means the state owns it and the state can do whatever the state wishes with it.
So every time some looney tune throws their property, their money, into one of these "taxpayer" owned fountains they are essentially saying "here, state, I love you so much have some more of my money."
Taking it up a notch what frightens me is the underlying meaning of the act. Why do people toss coins into fountains? To make a wish. No longer is that wish cast out into the ether. Now, by tossing that coin into a state owned fountain you are asking the state to grant that wish. The state has taken root in mystic parts of life. Embedded itself into lore and superstition.
Next time you see a fountain think about that. Children tossing coins asking the state to grant their wishes.
Dystopic nightmares are with us everyday and we hardly notice.
reply to post by Lady_Tuatha
I was throwing change in my yard so it would grow into the grass so my grandchildren could find something with the metal detector in the yard in a couple of years. This way they don't have to make deep holes when they dig. An old retired professor I know saw a quarter and picked it up. He said, boy there is a lot of money in your yard, I have walked around many times picking it up. I told him I was throwing it out for the reason I stated above and he looked at me strange. He never offered to throw some change back, not even the quarter he just picked up which he slipped in his pocket as I was telling him. I suppose the ten bucks worth of change I threw out in the yard is in his piggy bank.
He makes four grand a month on retirement and he is taking my change out of the yard. He still looks for it , I see him. I don't throw it in the front yard anymore, I can't get a reading with the metal detector of any change either, I guess he is pretty thorough at what he does. I also had spider lightning one night that vaporized a penny on the cement outside, leaving a dark circle around where the penny used to be. Maybe this lightning also hit other coins. So mother earth is also taking these coins. I can't win.
A woman has been charged with petty theft for taking $2.87 from a courthouse fountain.
JPMorgan has shelled out about $11 billion in fines and spent around $16 billion in legal fees in the last few years. "This is just the cost of doing business for these mega banks."
There's the rub. Paying off regulators and settling criminal charges is only supposed to be the "cost of doing business" for criminals.
"The single greatest innovation of the banking sector has been to convince the Justice Department and Treasury that if you prosecute us for our crimes we'll send the economy back into the abyss." He thinks its "a bunch of hooey" but there's something holding the government back when it comes to pursuing an end game with the mega banks and it's obviously not an absence of violations.
There is no justice being served. All we have are huge payoffs, beaming AG's and Jamie Dimon trotting between his office and the Justice Department. It's all just theater serving to prove what Main Street has suspected all along: they're getting screwed by bankers and politicians.
30 Men despise not the thief if he steals to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry;
31 Yet if he be caught he must pay back sevenfold; all the wealth of his house he may yield up.
1Hear, therefore, kings, and understand;a learn, you magistrates* of the earth’s expanse!
2Give ear, you who have power over multitudes and lord it over throngs of peoples!
3Because authority was given you by the Lord and sovereignty by the Most High, who shall probe your works and scrutinize your counsels!b
4Because, though you were ministers of his kingdom, you did not judge rightly, and did not keep the law,* nor walk according to the will of God,
5Terribly and swiftly he shall come against you, because severe judgment awaits the exalted—
6For the lowly may be pardoned out of mercy but the mighty shall be mightily put to the test.
7For the Ruler of all shows no partiality, nor does he fear greatness,d Because he himself made the great as well as the small, and provides for all alike;
8but for those in power a rigorous scrutiny impends.
Williams v Phillips (1957) 41 Cr App R 5.
A householder put refuse out for collection by the local authority refuse workers. It was held by the Divisional Court that such refuse remained property belonging to the householder until collected, whereupon property passed to the local authority. Hence, refuse workers helping themselves to such property could be convicted of theft, on the basis that the property never became ownerless.