I hereby inform you, under powers entrusted to me under section 47, paragraph 7 of council order number 438476 that Mr. Buttle, Archibald, residing at 412 North Tower, Shangrila Towers has been invited to assist the Ministry of Information with certain inquiries and that he is liable to certain financial obligations as specified in council order RB/CZ/907/X.
As I said, they tried to convince me they had video of me committing the crime.
I was still naïve about how police operated. To be fair, I was charmed by the Friday and Webb act.
I've learned since how bad an idea it is to talk to the police at all, given they can lie to me (about anything!) in order to secure a conviction, and can decide that inconsistencies due to memory or misinterpretation equate to an admission of guilt.
I'm still outraged that we teach in schools that peace officers are nice people who catch crooks (in masks with striped prison clothes), and rescue cats from trees.
But that is a pre-warrant investigation technique. Are all warrants served no-knock?
I know a lot of them are served by SWAT team, and even recall a recent incident when a mayor was explaining that a knock warrant was when they thumped on the side of the wall before blasting your door down and tossing flashbangs into your windows.
That was when I figured we don't serve warrants by knocking anymore.
Is another day this poor sod has to spend in prison. Another day in a hell-hole. Another day of sanity lost.
Maybe we should have FBI agents and police officers spend a period of time in jail as part of their training, just so they know the shit that an innocent man goes through because they can't be bothered to give two fucks.
Artificial ingredients such as when you see artificial flavors on the ingredients list are components made with laboratory processes. Such as salt (which we never really make artificially) would be made by combining chlorine and sodium.
Natural ingredients are extracted from a natural source. Natural salt would be extracted from a mine or from the sea. Natural ingredients tend to include impurities from the source, which may or may not be a good thing. Artificial sources tend to be more pure.
Flavors whether natural or artificial are made when a flavorist puts together a bunch of components to match what he or she things a flavor should taste like. There's probably not a drop of actual cherry (or even maraschino) in Cherry Coke or Cherry Pepsi.
The same way, I suppose, The Shield was supposed to be a gritty story about bad cops in a bad precinct.
Both were supposed to be extreme, outrageous examples. One for humor, one for edge. It just turns out Hollywood writers don't research enough or understand reality.
In the Gotham pilot, in a precinct that is supposed to be corrupt from the lowest beat officer to the commissioner, Gordon and Bullock fret over shooting an innocent man and getting fired for it. That is, a man innocent of the Wayne murders, but still a guy with a rap sheet who bolted, fired shots and fought.
Gotham debuted after Ferguson and the epidemic of unconvicted murders by law enforcement officers in the news. For a cynic like me it was hilarious naivete on part of the scriptwriter.
This reminds me of an old thief-finder scam (in which they got paid by the execution). He'd hire his marks, make them swear an oath (at risk of eternal Hellfire, which they believed) not to discuss the nature of their work. He'd then have them commit some crime (e.g. minting counterfeit coin) and then turn them in.
For sake of their souls, they'd stay silent to the gallows. It took the intervention of a clever bishop to crack the scam after countless victims.
NDAs are the same thing.
And binding arbitration pretty much assures you're going to be betrayed by the one forcing the clause. By signing into such an agreement, you're essentially stating you are doing so out of legal necessity, which should not only void the binding arbitration clause, but the entire contract.
People don't sign away their rights unless they have no choice but to do so. Morally its the same realm as extortion.
Of crime on markets of dubious legitimacy. The recording industry has similarly been screwing artists despite their You wouldn't steal a bear anti-piracy campaign and their repeated pronouncements that they support the artists from which they profit.
As pirates preyed on the Spanish silver train and supplied restaurants with low price but quality oysters, media and software pirates are one for all for one. We'll share share and share alike with you and love you like a son.
About eight years ago, two investigators, spitting images of Friday and Webb, came to my door. I invited them in and we talked about an incident I'd never heard about. And they said they had videos of me instigating the incident.
They left. I never saw them again.
Is that what a knock raid looks like?
I've not heard of any situation since the 70s in which the police serve a warrant or conduct business without a SWAT team blasting the front door with C2.