Civil Asset Forfeiture…Chicago Style

There is a really lengthy and detailed article on Reason conveying the story of one man’s deprivation of property and that property being held hostage for “fines and penalties” despite an order from a judge instructing the city to release the man’s car.

This is just an excerpt from the article. Obviously, I recommend that everyone go read it and share it with others that might actually like to think we can own something…It’s linked in the headline below:

Chicago Is Trying to Pay Down Its Debt by Impounding Innocent People’s Cars

How a uniquely punitive city impound program combined with the drug war and asset forfeiture to deprive people of their vehicles for years at a time.

 

Because civil forfeiture operates under the legal fiction that it’s an action against the property, not its owner, Byrd’s case appeared on the docket as The People of the State of Illinois v. 1996 Cadillac Sedan.

(This quirk of American law has resulted in other notable cases such as United States v. Article Consisting of 50,000 Cardboard Boxes More or Less, Each Containing One Pair of Clacker Balls, United States v. Forty Barrels and Twenty Kegs of Coca-Cola, and United States v. Approximately 64,695 Pounds of Shark Fins.)

It wasn’t until November that Byrd had his first hearing in Cook County asset forfeiture court. He filed a handwritten financial hardship motion asking the court to release his car while his case was pending so he could continue to work.

“I’m in need of my auto because I’m a carpenter by trade, and this is my business,” Byrd wrote. “My tools are in the 1996 Cadillac sedan. I used the auto to go to various jobs. Can’t pay any bills because this is my livelihood. I would appreciate this for me and my children.”

To show hardship, Byrd had to get a letter from his local carpenters union, prove ownership of the car, pay a $30 security deposit, and show current insurance on the car, which at that point he’d been unable to drive for close to six months.

A month later, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Margarita Kulys-Hoffman granted Byrd’s motion over the objections of the state attorney’s office. She ordered the Chicago Police Department to release Byrd’s car.

However, when Byrd went to the Chicago Police Department, judge’s order in hand, a strange thing happened. The city refused to release it, telling him he first had to pay the fines and fees that had been accumulating under Chicago’s municipal code since June.

Byrd, who thought he was finally about to get a reprieve from this inscrutable system, was flabbergasted.

“How can a judge say to give this man his vehicle in writing, but the city of Chicago say, ‘No, we want some money?'” Byrd says. “It’s crazy. They’re inside of the state but they want to make themselves outside of the rules.”

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Sessions Opens Investigation Against Holder, Lynch AND….Obama

So Jeff Sessions, whom I have been personally very displeased with, has finally done something fantastic!

He’s opened an investigation into at least 6 billion dollars that was funneled by Obama, Lynch and Holder to left wing radical groups such as Black Lives Matter. Some people are saying that the $6 billion may actually get as high $130 billion, and that the $6 billion is just the beginning.

Yes, your criminal government is finally getting the attention they deserve.

Here is the link to an article on it.

Sessions Opens Investigation: Obama, Holder, Lynch Defrauded Taxpayers of at Least $6 Billion

(excerpt below…Read full article at link in headline)

Elder Patriot – Attorney General Jeff Sessions has finally announced an investigation into the use of federal money to fund radical leftwing advocacy groups.  In making the announcement Sessions cited that at least six billion dollars was funneled into what was essentially a slush fund for Obama’s army of street activists.  It’s almost a certainty that that amount is going grow significantly.

The groups receiving the money included La Raza (now UnidosUS), NeighborWorks America, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Operation Hope, Black Lives Matter, and a spin-off of Acorn The Mutual Housing Association of New York, among numerous other extremist groups.

The scheme called for Obama’s Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch to direct lawsuit settlements, including punitive settlements, to thirty parties who were not part of the DOJ’s legal action. 

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Kosher Cloned Pork

We eat a Levitical diet. We raise almost all of our own meat and what we don’t raise is raised by people we know, or wild, as in deer.

The article below is a very good reason why we do not eat “kosher”.

It’s just disgusting to me to even consider eating cloned meat. Let me know your thoughts if you like…Article is linked in the title.

Rabbi says meat from genetically cloned pig could be eaten by Jews – including with milk

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(JTA) — A prominent Orthodox rabbi in Israel said that meat from a genetically cloned pig would be kosher for consumption by Jews, including when eaten with dairy products.

Rabbi Yuval Cherlow told Ynet in an interview published Wednesday that cloned meat is not subject to the rules that apply to the consumption of regular meat.

Cherlow is quoted as saying that “cloned meat produced from a pig shall not be defined as prohibited for consumption – including with milk.”

In the interview, Cherlow of the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization appears to be talking about meat that is grown artificially in a laboratory from the cells of a pig rather than meat produced from a live pig whose genetic material comes from a cell from which the pig was cloned. However, the article does not quote him as making the distinction.

In the interview ahead of a Bar-Ilan University symposium titled “Science and Halacha” featuring a talk by Cherlow, he advocated rabbinic approval of cloned meat “so that people would not starve, to prevent pollution, and to avoid the suffering of animals.”

When the “cell of a pig is used and its genetic material is utilized in the production of food, the cell in fact loses its original identity and therefore cannot be defined as forbidden for consumption,” Cherlow said. “It wouldn’t even be meat, so you can consume it with dairy.”

In 2013, Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO of the Orthodox Union’s kosher division, said that meat from a lab-grown hamburger could be consumed with dairy products, although halacha, religious Jewish law, forbids it in meat produced from a live animal.

But Genack, who was commenting on the production of an artificial hamburger produced by researchers from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, did not mention pork, whose consumption is one of Judaism’s strongest prohibitions.

“Without prophesizing, clearly there will be a major disagreement,” Cherlow said over the consumption of what he called cloned meat. And while “there is merit” in prohibiting this meat, too, “halachic thought should examine the needs of all humanity, not only one’s own case,” he said.

Plants Are Smarter Than We Think

This is a really cool article. They actually put plants into an unconscious state, and thereby realized that plants are indeed conscious.

Just thought I’d share this. Link in the headline and article is only a small excerpt:

Sedate a Plant, and It Seems to Lose Consciousness. Is It Conscious?

Now, a study published recently in Annals of Botany has shown that plants can be frozen in place with a range of anesthetics, including the types that are used when you undergo surgery.

Insights gleaned from the study may help doctors better understand the variety of anesthetics used in surgeries. But the research also highlights that plants are complex organisms, perhaps less different from animals than is often assumed.

Continue reading the main story

“Plants are not just robotic, stimulus-response devices,” said Frantisek Baluska, a plant cell biologist at the University of Bonn in Germany and co-author of the study. “They’re living organisms which have their own problems, maybe something like with humans feeling pain or joy. In order to navigate this complex life, they must have some compass.”

(full article here)

The Memo~ Collusion, Fraud, Election Fraud, Interference, Abuse of Power, etc

Here’s the link to the Memo. This is bigger than Watergate.

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Sessions needs to issue immediate arrest warrants for the people mentioned in this memo as they are definitely flight risks. This is intense.

Surprisingly, this is actually a beginning on draining the Swamp.

 

Your thoughts appreciated!

 

The Interbrain is Human Wifi

I’ve been doing a little research into AI and came across this intriguing article about the interconnectedness of human beings in real time. Not digital interfacing, like all those Facebook friends you never even actually have met or spoken with, but direct contact interconnectedness.

I’m contemplating the differences humans experience with each other as compared to Artificial Intelligence and what AI may or may not be capable of surmising of the human interface mechanisms. So far this contemplation is just in the “Hmmm” area that resides in the middle part of my brain where I digest things and wait for verbal manifestations of solidified thought to arise. But…I might be weird.

If you haven’t yet done so, you might want to take this kind of fun and interesting personality test.  I’d taken this kind of test previously and had the same result, and it was actually pretty accurate in the attributes and descriptive segments…And I fell into the “approximately 1% category”. Wish I fell into that category in the monetary spectrum. It may or may not be illuminating for you. But it should be fun!

Here’s an excerpt of the article and it is linked in the title:

How ‘wi-fi’ connects human brains and explains why people have ‘gut feelings’

“We can know directly about other people’s emotions and what they are paying attention to,” he said. “It is based on the direct connection between our brains and other people’s and between their brain and ours. I call this the interbrain.

“One of its advantages is that the connection exists in the background. We take it for granted unless it is brought to the surface of our minds.

“People with autism have little or no interbrain connection. They are often able to pick up or learn what expressions mean and yet that doesn’t seem to solve the problem of that lack of human connection.”

Prof Tantum believes that the communication between brains may happen as an ‘inadvertent leak’ and it may be linked to smell. Areas of the brain which have the most activity of neurons are located in the prefrontal cortex, and are linked with smelling. They also are situated where they follow the gaze. (read entire article here)

Retro Causality and the Mandela Effect

A youtube fellow going by the handle Photohelix released a video very recently about what he believes may be causing the Mandela/Quantum Effect. It’s quite interesting and very much worth taking the time to watch and contemplate.

If you haven’t guessed already, it’s kind of another variation on physics hitting philosophy in a high speed blender. But it may very well be a good explanation of the origins of this effect.

So, for your consideration….

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