Off the Grid in a Florida Suburb, Fighting Municipal Code
An extraordinary story of one very, very stubborn woman against a bunch of government officials unthinkingly doing their jobs.
Whether or not the woman is on an even keel is beside the point. But we’re all in trouble when a reporter writes something like this:
Those who crave disconnection the most may often carry the most baggage, and only a zealot will fight the government indefinitely.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
That reporter wouldn’t be able to write those words if zealots hadn’t fought King George!
Our Founding Malcontents
11-Year-Old Boy Played in His Yard. CPS Took Him, Felony Charge for Parents.
One afternoon this past April, a Florida mom and dad I’ll call Cindy and Fred could not get home in time to let their 11-year-old son into the house. The boy didn’t have a key, so he played basketball in the yard. He was alone for 90 minutes. A neighbor called the cops, and when the parents arrived—having been delayed by traffic and rain—they were arrested for negligence.
They were put in handcuffs, strip searched, fingerprinted, and held overnight in jail.
It would be a month before their sons—the 11-year-old and his 4-year-old brother—were allowed home again. Only after the eldest spoke up and begged a judge to give him back to his parents did the situation improve.
Same-day update: Story above has an update. Trouble Not Over for Florida Parents of 11-Year-Old Taken in CPS Dispute
Contrast: Back to School: The 70s vs. Today, A Lot has Changed
Additional (thanks to Moriah Jovan):
Meet Danielle Meitiv: Fighting for Her Kids’ Rights
When letting your kids out of your sight becomes a crime
On The Briefcase, Poor Americans Have to ‘Prove’ Themselves
The Hunger Games: New CBS reality show exploits poor families by making them grovel for $101,000
This is what came before it:
Reversal of Fortune (2005 film)
A Homeless Man is Given $100,000 by a Film Director and Blows it All Foolishly
I remember the filmmaker being on Oprah. I remember screaming at someone else who was watching about how the guy was wasting that money. I got, “So what? It’s his money.” The end result was what I foresaw: The guy wound up homeless and penniless again.
I’m sure in this new and highly-exploitive CBS show, there will be Happy Endings — of a sort.
Mega Millions Mania
Warren Buffett’s mobile home empire preys on the poor
And near Bug Tussle, Alabama, Carol Carroll has been paying down her home for more than a decade but still owes nearly 90 percent of the sale price — and more than twice what the home is worth.
The families’ dealers and lenders went by different names — Luv Homes, Clayton Homes, Vanderbilt, 21st Mortgage. Yet the disastrous loans that threaten them with homelessness or the loss of family land stem from a single company: Clayton Homes, the nation’s biggest homebuilder, which is controlled by its second-richest man — Warren Buffett.
I didn’t learn about this until now, via another article:
America’s trailer parks: the residents may be poor but the owners are getting rich
Asked by an eager investor how regularly tenants leave her parks, Lee says: “When they die. [They] stay forever, they have no place to go.”
Charles Dickens, Jack London, Upton Sinclair, Eugene V. Debs, Jacob Riis, and countless others who fought for progress and a fair deal, spin in their graves.
The Microsoft Build conference.
Techies and what looks like a homeless guy sitting in his own piss.
— via Twitter
POLICE: FIGHT OVER $500 LOTTERY WIN LED TO MURDER-SUICIDE
A guy wins $500 on a scratch-off lottery ticket. His girlfriend wants some. He doesn’t want to share. He shoots her and then shoots himself dead. She later dies at the hospital.
Neither one of them gets the money.
This country is spinning into a whirlpool of insanity.
How Silicon Valley Shapes Our Future
In such a worldview, politics and policymakers are the great enemy because they slow down progress. “Rules are made to cement existing structures,” Thrun says. “We are trying to circumvent them.”
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
He’s absolutely ignorant of social history and doesn’t even realize it.
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire
Their findings led to thirty-eight new laws regulating labor in New York state, and gave each of them a reputation as leading progressive reformers working on behalf of the working class. In the process, they changed Tammany’s reputation from mere corruption to progressive endeavors to help the workers. New York City’s Fire Chief John Kenlon told the investigators that his department had identified more than 200 factories where conditions made a fire like that at the Triangle Factory possible. The State Commissions’s reports helped modernize the state’s labor laws, making New York State “one of the most progressive states in terms of labor reform.” New laws mandated better building access and egress, fireproofing requirements, the availability of fire extinguishers, the installation of alarm systems and automatic sprinklers, better eating and toilet facilities for workers, and limited the number of hours that women and children could work. In the years from 1911 to 1913, sixty of the sixty-four new laws recommended by the Commission were legislated with the support of Governor William Sulzer.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
The overarching “existing structure” of everything is human beings. If you don’t understand that, you shouldn’t have the power to do anything.
More Reasons To Despise The Techies
Sellouts, Shills, Con Men, And Egress Pushers
Because they promote ignorance. And ignorance leads to all other evils and ills.
Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul
When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people’s ideas.
Residents say the extremists smashed the locks that had protected the biggest repository of learning in the northern Iraq town, and loaded around 2,000 books — including children’s stories, poetry, philosophy and tomes on sports, health, culture and science — into six pickup trucks. They left only Islamic texts.
“These books promote infidelity and call for disobeying Allah. So they will be burned,” a bearded militant in traditional Afghani two-piece clothing told residents, according to one man living nearby who spoke to The Associated Press.
We need a worldwide program to digitize every damn library.
Sequel to Stieg Larsson’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy set for 35 countries
This is the world as remade by lawyers. This is why movies are shit reboot after shit reboot. This is why TV does shit reboot after shit reboot. Art becomes “property,” like fucking real estate. Those who can’t do, who can never understand, rape the dreams of creators and turn them into whores for all the world to see.
The Girl With The Bank Account Tattoo
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: Book And Movie Versions
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Trailer Mashups
Shot By Shot: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Red Band Trailer
New Statesman – Girls, tattoos and men who hate women
Overqualified and Unemployable
Sally had applied for a job at a college teaching the computer language she’d been writing about for years. In fact, the college was using her book as the textbook for the course. But they wouldn’t hire her. Why? She didn’t have a Master’s degree.
It gets worse. Sally wanted to work for a local organization that has a tendency to hire young people at low starting salaries. When she applied, she even offered to work at that low salary. And she was turned down.
I know why. Young people are inexperienced and far more likely to do what they’re told instead of tapping into experience to suggest improvements as they work. Employers don’t want smart, helpful people. They want drones — bodies to fill seats, push pencils, and get a job done without questioning what they’re told to do.