And somebody told me
“Big Brother’s watching you”
And somebody else said
“You know it’s not true”
Who do you believe?
Well the police have all gone crazy
You never had it so bad
They take away the dignity
That you never really had
They know all about you
They even know what you drink
And if they thought you were worth it
They could sus out what you think
And think your crazy
Subhumans, Big Brother
I keep looking for signs that things really are moving into Collapse. Some days, I’m looking at the number of people I know that are unemployed, other days I’m looking at political stances on a global scale. Then there is the behavior of, and activities of the US Legal System.
I found it interesting last year when Kenny split town whilst on probation and it came to light that no warrant had been issued for his arrest. My thought was simply that the cost of issuing that warrant (which would, when served, include the cost of extradition) was greater than the local courts concern over his threat to society. In other words, that the prosecutor, judge, etc believed that even though he had been convicted of a felony, that they did not honestly believe he would engage in such behavior a second time. Or in yet other words, they saw a kid make a stupid decision, which he may or may not have acted on in the long run, but that it was not a choice he would make again. Good for him, anyway. He still will need to deal with the repercussions of running away, but this allows him to do so on his own time.
Now for the other side of the coin. Amazingly, I only just heard about this yesterday, even though it is right here in my own neighborhood, but apparently the Federal Government has decided that it is time that they create a precedent regarding people trying to exist outside the system.
Charlie Toups is the ultimate ski bum. For the last thirty odd years, he has skied 120 days every season, working odd jobs, usually on the mountain, camping in his car at or near the base camp, living his life outside the scope of the classic American Dream. For some reason, the powers that be decided to put a stop to it this year. And man are they pushing hard.
What got me the most… he has been charged with assaulting a forest service officer. Did he take a swing? Did he push and shove? Did he run away? No. He “tensed up” and “grew irate” when he was told he was being arrested. And the next day, one of the arresting officers had a mild heart irregularity. Or at least that is how I read it. And this is a basis for assault charges? In point of fact, and traditional legal precedent it is not. And if the system still works at all, the charges will not hold up in court. But it seems obvious to me that this is the act of a government trying to seal up the holes in a system that is beginning to get threadbare.
In some ways, this really concerns me, especially since I was planning to do a lot of public land camping on my trip later this year. Probably won’t really effect me since I will not be staying in the same area for any length of time. Not long enough for forestry officials to get to know my face, maybe not even long enough for them to see it. But just the same, I will be watching as this story unfolds so that I can take into account exactly how far the government tries to push this – and just as important – how successful they are at doing so.
If anyone feels like petition signing…. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/free-charlie-toups