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2013-02-23 11:30:22 PM

President Merkin Muffley: Lenny_da_Hog: The Snow Dog: Mylar reflects radar. This could cause confusion for air traffic controllers and potentially could cause a catastrophjic accident. Because this is forseeable and because the guy released the balloons on purpose: it is an act of terrorism.

Send the farker to Gitmo!

It's also conductive and can cause damage to power grids.

Mylar is plastic and non conductive YOU DOLT.


Mylar itself is nonconductive, but Mylar balloons are typically coated with a metallic film to make them less gas-permeable, and incidentally, shiny.
 
2013-02-23 11:31:36 PM
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2013-02-23 11:32:04 PM
Somehow, before I clicked on the article, I knew the guy was going to be African American.  and another $50 says the cop was a white cracker a$$hat just waiting to bust the guy for something... anything.  Farking pigs in Florida make Alabama look like a haven of brotherhood.  Most racist bunch of dicks in America.
 
2013-02-23 11:32:41 PM

fusillade762: Nightie don't call me Wig: California regulates the sale of mylar balloons, and for good damned reason.  We lost power twice in the last year because of them.  They hit a transformer and BOOM!

Oregon simply resorted to a strongly worded press release before Valentines Day.


Apparently they are DOLTS.
 
2013-02-23 11:36:13 PM

Rodeodoc: Somehow, before I clicked on the article, I knew the guy was going to be African American.  and another $50 says the cop was a white cracker a$$hat just waiting to bust the guy for something... anything.  Farking pigs in Florida make Alabama look like a haven of brotherhood.  Most racist bunch of dicks in America.



Heh!

The black guy got the last laugh!

There was an ounce of crack cocaine tied to those balloons!

/Who de dummy now?
 
2013-02-23 11:36:19 PM

Nightie don't call me Wig: President Merkin Muffley: Lenny_da_Hog: The Snow Dog: Mylar reflects radar. This could cause confusion for air traffic controllers and potentially could cause a catastrophjic accident. Because this is forseeable and because the guy released the balloons on purpose: it is an act of terrorism.

Send the farker to Gitmo!

It's also conductive and can cause damage to power grids.

Mylar is plastic and non conductive YOU DOLT.

Wow that is some really out of proportion screaming and name calling there.  Either way, you are wrong.  Mylar balloons conduct.  Notice how shiny they are.


When they make hearts out of them, they don't use the aluminum. Just ask Nixon.
 
2013-02-23 11:37:50 PM
Using hydrogen in party balloons would save helium as well as time and money because you don't have to buy separate fireworks.
 
2013-02-23 11:45:28 PM
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2013-02-23 11:50:44 PM
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I'm the first, really?
 
2013-02-23 11:51:53 PM
I have no objection to charging people who release untethered helium balloons with a crime.  Doubly so for Mylar balloons.  Earlier this week, there was a blurb on local news about a family still searching for clues about what happened to their adult son who disappeared on a lake last year and part of last week's vigil involved releasing a dozen or so Mylar balloons.  I couldn't help but think that the people will ultimately have to clean up the balloons after they land won't give a fark about their son or how he died.

To be fair, though, the officer in this case should have given this guy a warning and an opportunity to immediately retrieve said balloons.  If he was unable to retrieve them because they'd floated away, then he should be charged with the felony.
 
2013-02-24 12:02:40 AM
Out of sight, out of mind, especially for those who don't have much mind to begin with.
 
2013-02-24 12:15:49 AM

quatchi: ...he released the shiny red and silver mylar balloons and watched them float away Sunday morning.

Daw!

The third-degree felony is punishable by up to five years in prison.

WTF?

*notices Florida tag*

Well, never mind then.


I sat down on the group W bench there and they asked me what are you in for kid?  And I said littering.  And they all moved away from me on the bench there until I said and creating a nuisance. Then they all came back  and shook my hand.

Seriously the cop is a farking idiot and an asshat.  Mylar balloons hold the helium for a week or more.  Release one on the beach and it won't come down in the park just down the road.  It may go to Europe, Africa or the west coast depending on the wind.
 
2013-02-24 12:17:42 AM

doglover: It's a hazard to aircraft and wildlife.

If there was some kind of edible latex, things would be different but there isn't and mylar is horrible for the environment.

It's sad, and I oppose jail as a punishment for all crimes, but it's understandable that it's illegal and people shouldn't be doing this without the resources to go collect their balloon when they're done.


You're right.  He should have let the balloons rise for a few seconds then pulled out a gun and shot them down.
 
2013-02-24 12:21:28 AM

MNguy: James F. Campbell: The bigger irritation here is that we're wantonly wasting a very finite resource for balloons.

What else is it good for besides making my voice all squeaky?


Quite a bit, actually: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helium#Applications
 
2013-02-24 12:21:52 AM
PaLarkin:

Seriously the cop is a farking idiot and an asshat.  Mylar balloons hold the helium for a week or more.  Release one on the beach and it won't come down in the park just down the road.  It may go to Europe, Africa or the west coast depending on the wind.

Yeah fark that European and African nature crap.  Who cares?  Let them suffer.
 
2013-02-24 12:24:17 AM

chimp_ninja: shanrick: For those who don't know: you just don't do that in Florida. It kills lots of animals, especially sea life such as turtles. which we like.

In general, we should probably cut down on the amount of helium we throw away via party balloons and such.  It's a valuable material with some unique properties, and we can't make more of it, short of nuclear reactions.  There's a good bit of it around, but our reserves are shrinking.

Why is there a helium shortage?

This isn't so much on the guy letting the balloons go (I agree with the $100/balloon 'Don't be a littering dick' fine, though.), as the general system.  Given how critical helium is for scientific, defense, and medical applications, any other buyer should have to pay a hefty tax.  Do that, and people won't piss it away in party balloons.


It's called the free market.  Someone has some helium and someone else wants it.  They agree on a price and the helium is exchanged for the agreed upon sum of money.  If the scientists want to secure their supplies of helium, let them pay more than the guy who wants to put it in balloons.  It's nobody else's business what the people who own the helium do with it.
 
2013-02-24 12:27:33 AM

pion: Second, helium balloons need to be outlawed, period.  Helium is far too valuable to the scientific and medical communities to be wasted in balloons.


You've obviously never taken econ 101
 
2013-02-24 12:27:57 AM

PaLarkin: chimp_ninja: shanrick: For those who don't know: you just don't do that in Florida. It kills lots of animals, especially sea life such as turtles. which we like.

In general, we should probably cut down on the amount of helium we throw away via party balloons and such.  It's a valuable material with some unique properties, and we can't make more of it, short of nuclear reactions.  There's a good bit of it around, but our reserves are shrinking.

Why is there a helium shortage?

This isn't so much on the guy letting the balloons go (I agree with the $100/balloon 'Don't be a littering dick' fine, though.), as the general system.  Given how critical helium is for scientific, defense, and medical applications, any other buyer should have to pay a hefty tax.  Do that, and people won't piss it away in party balloons.

It's called the free market.  Someone has some helium and someone else wants it.  They agree on a price and the helium is exchanged for the agreed upon sum of money.  If the scientists want to secure their supplies of helium, let them pay more than the guy who wants to put it in balloons.  It's nobody else's business what the people who own the helium do with it.


Helium does a lot more good for humanity in an MRI than it does in a Balloon.
 
2013-02-24 12:35:34 AM

James F. Campbell: The bigger irritation here is that we're wantonly wasting a very finite resource for balloons.


Helium is not a  finite resource.  The helium found on earth is a byproduct of radioactive decay.  Alpha particles are helium nuclei.  When radioactive atoms underground decay they give off alpha particles.  These are trapped and form pockets of helium.  Of course if the environmental weenies wouldn't biatch and moan every time someone wants to drill a gas well, there would be more helium available.
 
2013-02-24 12:37:59 AM

MNguy: PaLarkin:

Seriously the cop is a farking idiot and an asshat.  Mylar balloons hold the helium for a week or more.  Release one on the beach and it won't come down in the park just down the road.  It may go to Europe, Africa or the west coast depending on the wind.

Yeah fark that European and African nature crap.  Who cares?  Let them suffer.


No, that's a straw man argument. A man's time out of prison is more valuable than the life of a sea turtle. Prison is not the answer to all problems. Think your position through more thoroughly.
 
2013-02-24 12:39:48 AM

pion: PaLarkin: chimp_ninja: shanrick: For those who don't know: you just don't do that in Florida. It kills lots of animals, especially sea life such as turtles. which we like.

In general, we should probably cut down on the amount of helium we throw away via party balloons and such.  It's a valuable material with some unique properties, and we can't make more of it, short of nuclear reactions.  There's a good bit of it around, but our reserves are shrinking.

Why is there a helium shortage?

This isn't so much on the guy letting the balloons go (I agree with the $100/balloon 'Don't be a littering dick' fine, though.), as the general system.  Given how critical helium is for scientific, defense, and medical applications, any other buyer should have to pay a hefty tax.  Do that, and people won't piss it away in party balloons.

It's called the free market.  Someone has some helium and someone else wants it.  They agree on a price and the helium is exchanged for the agreed upon sum of money.  If the scientists want to secure their supplies of helium, let them pay more than the guy who wants to put it in balloons.  It's nobody else's business what the people who own the helium do with it.

Helium does a lot more good for humanity in an MRI than it does in a Balloon.


You're right on this point, but one side effect of a higher price is it motivates more people to look for the commodity the price of which has gone up.  Also there are mri machines that do not require helium.
 
2013-02-24 12:45:06 AM
No doubt this will piss off somebody, but to farking bad.

The difference between a liberal and a conservative

Liberal: OMG something is in short supply.  We must make it illegal for the common people to use it and allow it's use only by the elite group we favor.

Conservative: It's in short supply.  Let's find more supplies of it or find ways to make more of it.  If it's in short supply, the price will go up and we'll make a profit on the new supply we create or find.  Also let's look into ways to make more efficient use of it.  That too is a possible way to make money.
 
2013-02-24 12:46:41 AM
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Let the punishment fit the crime.
 
2013-02-24 12:48:11 AM
andyfromfl:

No, that's a straw man argument. A man's time out of prison is more valuable than the life of a sea turtle. Prison is not the answer to all problems. Think your position through more thoroughly.

You're right.

/hangs head in shame
 
2013-02-24 12:54:26 AM

PaLarkin: No doubt this will piss off somebody, but to farking bad.

The difference between a liberal and a conservative

Liberal: OMG something is in short supply.  We must make it illegal for the common people to use it and allow it's use only by the elite group we favor.

Conservative: It's in short supply.  Let's find more supplies of it or find ways to make more of it.  If it's in short supply, the price will go up and we'll make a profit on the new supply we create or find.  Also let's look into ways to make more efficient use of it.  That too is a possible way to make money.


I doubt that will piss anybody off.

It might confuse the hell out of a lot of people as they try to understand how this possibly relates to littering with balloons, though.
 
2013-02-24 12:59:24 AM

Marc_Arsenal: [cdn.static.ovimg.com image 320x240]

I'm the first, really?


Yes, you're the first and though probably not the only farker who ever watched Beavis and Butthead you are the only one who remembers that shiat.

/I watched it
//don't remember that episode
///had an ex-gf who used to call me Beavis, I have no idea why
////beavis > butthead?
 
2013-02-24 01:02:00 AM
Oh, and I'm okay with this . jpg

Is there an exception to littering laws for balloons?

NO there is not.

The dude won't serve 5 years. He'll get a slap on the wrist with a strong admonition not to farking litter, which is what he deserves.

Now stop farking littering all of you assholes!
 
2013-02-24 01:09:47 AM

Rodeodoc: Somehow, before I clicked on the article, I knew the guy was going to be African American.  and another $50 says the cop was a white cracker a$$hat just waiting to bust the guy for something... anything.  Farking pigs in Florida make Alabama look like a haven of brotherhood.  Most racist bunch of dicks in America.


He was arrested for celebrating while black.
 
2013-02-24 01:12:18 AM
Obama, get rid of the EPA.
 
2013-02-24 01:13:40 AM

Lenny_da_Hog: It's also conductive and can cause damage to power grids.


Just no.
 
2013-02-24 01:28:23 AM
Another interesting anecdote about Florida having crazy wildlife protection laws despite being a relatively red state: I have stayed at a condo in Panama City Beach and the lights on all of the patios facing the Gulf had dim, yellow bulbs. So dim you could barely see around while on said high-rise patio. The reason given for this dangerous lack of light was that anything more intense would distract the sea turtles, causing them to crawl away from the ocean when they hatched.

People going over those patios at night is not uncommon, especially during spring break. But hey, it's for the turtles.
 
2013-02-24 01:35:50 AM

PaLarkin: pion: PaLarkin: chimp_ninja: shanrick: For those who don't know: you just don't do that in Florida. It kills lots of animals, especially sea life such as turtles. which we like.

In general, we should probably cut down on the amount of helium we throw away via party balloons and such.  It's a valuable material with some unique properties, and we can't make more of it, short of nuclear reactions.  There's a good bit of it around, but our reserves are shrinking.

Why is there a helium shortage?

This isn't so much on the guy letting the balloons go (I agree with the $100/balloon 'Don't be a littering dick' fine, though.), as the general system.  Given how critical helium is for scientific, defense, and medical applications, any other buyer should have to pay a hefty tax.  Do that, and people won't piss it away in party balloons.

It's called the free market.  Someone has some helium and someone else wants it.  They agree on a price and the helium is exchanged for the agreed upon sum of money.  If the scientists want to secure their supplies of helium, let them pay more than the guy who wants to put it in balloons.  It's nobody else's business what the people who own the helium do with it.

Helium does a lot more good for humanity in an MRI than it does in a Balloon.

You're right on this point, but one side effect of a higher price is it motivates more people to look for the commodity the price of which has gone up.  Also there are mri machines that do not require helium.


Why wait for the market to create those conditions? All too often, the free market fails to take into account the realities of a finite resource being depleted. You speak of allowing the free market to take its own course as if it were some sort of moral high ground, as opposed to having the foresight to set aside a finite resource for scientific/research purposes and not allowing it to float out into space for the sake of a novelty someone is willing to spend a few bucks for. That, frankly, is what is immoral.
 
2013-02-24 01:39:57 AM
so
how many children have become felons for losing their grip on the balloon string
(is one ok?)
how many have ever been arrested
(or does this apply only to adults?)

should balloons come with the warning DO NOT RELEASE THIS BALLOON UNDER PENALTY OF LAW?

should balloon sellers have to register that their wares were sold to responsible adults

(((more laws will solve everything)))((((not))))
 
2013-02-24 01:41:10 AM

andyfromfl: MNguy: PaLarkin:

Seriously the cop is a farking idiot and an asshat.  Mylar balloons hold the helium for a week or more.  Release one on the beach and it won't come down in the park just down the road.  It may go to Europe, Africa or the west coast depending on the wind.

Yeah fark that European and African nature crap.  Who cares?  Let them suffer.

No, that's a straw man argument. A man's time out of prison is more valuable than the life of a sea turtle. Prison is not the answer to all problems. Think your position through more thoroughly.


It could also be argued that a diverse ecosystem is valuable to mankind and a man who causes significant damage to the ecosystem should be put somewhere where he can no longer damage it.  Sea turtles die from ingesting balloons, jellyfish populations rise, fish fry don't survive due to being eaten by jellyfish, lack of mature fish causes food shortage for mankind.  Think your position through more thoroughly.  Having said all of that...fine the dude but a felony seems a little over the top.
 
2013-02-24 01:55:08 AM

al's hat: andyfromfl:


Huh.  I didn't even realize that guy was serious.  I stupidly assume people have read the thread before they post and take the few seconds that is needed to read what they are responding to.

andyfromfl read the gotdamn thread and then if you want to say something to me, please say it from an informed position.

KTHX
 
2013-02-24 02:03:26 AM

bindlestiff2600: so
how many children have become felons for losing their grip on the balloon string
(is one ok?)
how many have ever been arrested
(or does this apply only to adults?)

should balloons come with the warning DO NOT RELEASE THIS BALLOON UNDER PENALTY OF LAW?

should balloon sellers have to register that their wares were sold to responsible adults

(((more laws will solve everything)))((((not))))


Yeah. Let's go back to before the 70s when it was acceptable to throw your trash anywhere. The country sure was pretty then.
 
2013-02-24 02:08:25 AM

Zeno-25: Another interesting anecdote about Florida having crazy wildlife protection laws despite being a relatively red state: I have stayed at a condo in Panama City Beach and the lights on all of the patios facing the Gulf had dim, yellow bulbs. So dim you could barely see around while on said high-rise patio. The reason given for this dangerous lack of light was that anything more intense would distract the sea turtles, causing them to crawl away from the ocean when they hatched.

People going over those patios at night is not uncommon, especially during spring break. But hey, it's for the turtles.


Considering the people likely to fall over the patios in Panama City during spring break, I'd say the turtles get the nod in that case.
 
2013-02-24 02:11:47 AM
I'd like to see them give tickets to some 80,000 people.
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2013-02-24 02:47:07 AM
Never really payed much attention.
Are there posted regulations or laws where you buy these ballons? I would think party supply businesses in states with specific laws would be required to inform customers.
Ignorance is no excuse in the eyes of the law. But it would be good to at least give people a chance at complying.

Also, agree that for personal/recreational use. Helium should be taxed to the point that only people serious about wanting it will fork over the bucks.
If only the 1%ters can afford it, we would be better off.
 
2013-02-24 02:57:16 AM
Strange how his girlfriend was not charged in this heinous crime, nor his supplier. I smell cover-up from top to bottom. Any top notch sleuth such as myself can see he was set up. Lure him in with videos of Super Bowl, Orange Bowl or whatever festivities in Florida to entice the criminal element. Spend whatever time it takes to have the hardened criminal fall head over heals in love. Set bait in a romantic environment such as Doral (or in this case Motel 6). Boom!!! You have your guy! Say what you want, but there are thousands of Floridians that can sleep better tonight knowing a high pitched voice felon is where he needs to be. God bless America!
 
2013-02-24 03:00:38 AM
Good God, you sickening atheist libs and your tree-hugging bitterness! I merely hope that you find yourselves in a cataclysmic event where the government is NOT your savior, and subsequently you eat a bag of dicks while suffering a slow, painful death. Then I hope the Lord rescues you and teaches you the err
of your insolent ways!
 
2013-02-24 03:07:38 AM

Phil Moskowitz: Lenny_da_Hog: It's also conductive and can cause damage to power grids.

Just no.


Do a quick Google for "mylar balloon power outage" and get back to us.
 
2013-02-24 03:20:27 AM
www.filmsquish.com

/bet you can't guess who else should have been using helium...
//Godwin-hugemanatee-avoidance circuit disabled
///drain `em, Pete,,,
 
2013-02-24 03:22:43 AM
I don't think this guy cares:

 us.cdn3.123rf.com
 
2013-02-24 03:45:17 AM
And the worst thing about this phag ghey lib website is that Drew keeps being a capitalist (props) while you clueless pharks rant about balloons! Reap what ya sew while ya can. And then...oops.
 
2013-02-24 05:16:22 AM

Friction8r: Good God, you sickening atheist libs and your tree-hugging bitterness! I merely hope that you find yourselves in a cataclysmic event where the government is NOT your savior, and subsequently you eat a bag of dicks while suffering a slow, painful death. Then I hope the Lord rescues you and teaches you the err
of your insolent ways!


You'd think that theist rather than atheists would have a problem with balloons polluting heaven.
 
2013-02-24 07:07:01 AM
If he was armed, he could of shot them out of the sky for the cop. I doubt the cop could hit them.
 
2013-02-24 07:19:38 AM
The problem is, an American politician can always count on "tough on crime" as am excellent vote getter, so, let's make every minor crime a felony with nice, long sentence in a program pretty much guaranteed to make one more of a criminal during their stay. Regardless of the high cost, now and the future. Because politicians are a pampered class that DESERVE their seats.
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I mean you guys toss your income tax evaders into the slammer. Does that make any sense from a financial standpoint?  Try to think it through.

Really, the rest of the civilized world thinks you are absolutely barking mad.
 
2013-02-24 07:39:28 AM
Felony has lost all meaning.

/If federal law has to be separate from local drop, drop the word 'felony', and the loss of voting rights as well.
 
2013-02-24 07:45:21 AM
Also watching the romantic gesture: an FHP trooper,  . . .

Having solved all other crimes . . .
 
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