Thursday, September 26, 2013

Cities That Are Sadistically Screwing With Residents

Everybody knows that power corrupts, but we all tend to forget that even the tiniest scrap of power can turn a person into an A-plus dickhead. No better reminder of this is the fact that, in the last month alone, four totally unrelated American cities used what little administrative power they had to pull colossal dick moves on their citizens. And the worst part? It's all infuriatingly legal.
A similar scenario is occurring in Australia and in the UK, with several state premiers and members of parliament resorting to lining their own pockets with cash before tackling any real issues that urgently require change.

Pittsburgh USA Is Ticketing People for Parking in Their Own Driveways, no really.

Getting a parking ticket is one of those little joys that throws normally civilized human beings into a teeth-gnashing rage.  And the people of Pittsburgh are currently so incensed over this issue, you'd think they were getting ticketed for parking in their own driveways. Wait, they actually are!!!

Back in the mid-20th century, a law was passed saying that all vehicles in certain areas had to be parked at least 30 feet from the road. Now, the Bureau of Building Inspection has suddenly begun issuing tickets as high as $2,400 (again, no really) for parking in a space that by definition is meant to park cars in.

This is forcing Pittsburghers to either find commercial lots or try to cram their cars behind the 30-foot line -- one pregnant citizen reported having to climb through her passenger door every time she needs to 'go and be pregnant in public'.

Street chess was what most people did to look important in public before Apple came along -- these days it's apparently the step between petty theft and letting someone blow you for heroin money.

At least that's what the city of San Francisco is contesting: They have completely banned the activity because it's clearly linked to drugs and gambling. Or not; they don't seem completely sure. Captain Michael Redmond said, "I think maybe it's a disguise for some other things that are going on. (?)

While certain sinister elements did tend to congregate around the chess boards, these also had served as a way to keep the homeless and recovering on the straight and narrow, as one avid player credited the nerdiest of sports for actually curbing his gambling addiction. But instead of, say, keeping a better eye on the area, they went the "burn it all to the ground" route and actually sent police to take away boards, tables, and chairs from the outlaws playing the game. It's like Footloose, only with something even more innocuous than Kenny Loggins.


Edited & Contributed:
By Chris Rath- Independent Researcher, Orwellian Eye.