Yah, as a white man I can walk around town smoking anything I want and nobody bats an eye...
Aparently not. They are taking the RIAA/MPAA aproach and attempting to get their part of the money through litigation instead of changing with the times.
" when was the last time someone got a felony rap for carpet munching"
When was the last time anybody got a "felony rap" for a state law?
We are all a little dumber for having read that comment.
"The old West,"
Yeah, I'm sure it was exactly as dimestore novels and later hollywood portrayed it...
"schools & movie theaters"
A handful of incedents in a 300+ million population spread over several years hardly makes an event common.
"I hope these things are only ever launched into orbits low enough that atmospheric drag kills them after a year or so."
My understanding is these sorts of things are usually launched in orbits that give them lifetimes measured in days, maybe weeks. They are up there nowhere near a year and definitely do not become part of the long term space junk problem.
-- If it were not war, and anyone gets killed, then it would be *murder*
You mean like drone strikes?
Actually, where I grew up it used to be pretty common for people to burn their trash in rusty old barels in their backyards. Some of the nicer neighbors would at least throw a screen over the top to get the bigger embers but not always. I never saw a yard fire. Smoke wasn't too bad, you just didn't play along the fence on the side where something was burning.
That other stuff sounds pretty rediculous. Animal cruelty laws will take care of your dog fighting example. The rest.. well.. I think i'll press my luck. I'm pretty confident that none of my neighbors will develop an interest in skunk farming.
But.. at least I learned a little psychology. I know now what boring little busybodies dream about at night. Maybe if their neighbors would allow them to have a hobby their minds would get a bit more excercise in the day and they might sleep better at night.
No. He's out in the country. There probably aren't any neighbors around.
More likely crazy ass kid meets opposite sex crazy ass child of other crazy ass parents at their crazy ass clubhouse and their crazy ass teachings lead them to create a family of a dozen or more crazy ass grandkids, also unvaxinated.
"the canuck part should be a clue."
Ah, so it is. I read your comment, not your name.
Stop trying to make it look pretty. Take the old concrete from replacing old sidewalks and just pile it up in the road.
So... you are going to decimate the production which relies on those roads thus causing a recession or even depression that erodes your own tax base.
Yup, your dynasty is going to last a real long time...
Do those windows still open anyway after you mount the security bars?
People suck. They enjoy controling one another. They fear and/or or are repulsed by anything they don't understand.
Too many people find whatever their neighbor happens to like which they do not ugly. Given enough neighbors and the opportunity to control one another be it through zoning law happy city government or a local HOA there are always neighbors who will push to ban anything. Maybe it's an antenna, a basketball hoop, a boat or a vegetable garden. Give people the opportunity to control their neighbors and they will ensure a whole society of boring little houses surrounded by nothing but uniform green grass. Live that way for a couple of generations and you get boring little people to fill those houses.
You are right, people's yards are not islands unto themselves however there is a careful ballance to be made. Few people are capable of striking such a balance, it's better just to pretend our yards are islands and tell the busybodies to go fuck themselves.