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(Sun Sentinel)   Man charged with felonious "polluting to harm humans, animals, plants." His crime? Releasing a dozen helium-filled balloons   (sun-sentinel.com) divider line 171
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2013-02-23 06:25:56 PM
...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.
 
2013-02-23 06:44:01 PM

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.


Doesn't help the perp is black, either, I'm guessing.

...

Man, I'm SO glad I left that state.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-02-23 07:06:22 PM
In the redlit thread somebody quoted a specific law on releasing lighter than air balloons, with a small fine as penalty. Normally a specific law (no releasing balloons) overrules a more general law (no annoying mother nature). So he should get a $100 fine. But you never know in Florida.
 
2013-02-23 07:20:50 PM
i1079.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-23 07:36:44 PM
Get em, boys!

/ I'm totally serious, that shiat kills a lot of animals
 
2013-02-23 08:22:04 PM

Mr. Fuzzypaws: Get em, boys!

/ I'm totally serious, that shiat kills a lot of animals


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.
 
2013-02-23 08:54:45 PM
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.
 
2013-02-23 09:02:53 PM

shanrick: Mr. Fuzzypaws: Get em, boys!

/ I'm totally serious, that shiat kills a lot of animals

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.


A 5 year jail sentence for letting go of some balloons is disproportional to the point of being a travesty of justice.

100 dollar fine. Max.
 
2013-02-23 09:03:35 PM
Felony, though? Unless he'd been warned previous or it's posted, that's a bit much.
 
2013-02-23 09:14:53 PM
This is like the time I was arrested for drunk driving even though I didn't crash.  Where is the justice in America?
 
2013-02-23 09:18:54 PM
The balloon could travel quite far before returning to earth. Unless they find it, how do they prove that the resulting pollution occurred in state jurisdiction?
 
2013-02-23 09:20:05 PM

quatchi: 100 dollar fine. Max.


Per balloon. Check out that video I posted if you hadn't already.
 
2013-02-23 09:20:28 PM
I feel much safer knowing this dangerous criminal has been apprehended.
 
2013-02-23 09:21:02 PM
Good. It's about time people start paying for this kind of irresponsibility.

Rarely am I this serious.
 
2013-02-23 09:21:21 PM
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!
 
2013-02-23 09:22:08 PM

doglover: Felony, though? Unless he'd been warned previous or it's posted, that's a bit much.


I guess we're warned now.

Glad to hear there's something being done, however abrupt it may be.
 
2013-02-23 09:22:09 PM
The Florida Tag said it all.
 
2013-02-23 09:22:44 PM
I guess I can add that to my resume
 
2013-02-23 09:23:29 PM
BAN ASSAULT BALLOONS!
 
2013-02-23 09:23:58 PM
If he ends up in jail he better come up with a better reason he is there. Like a knife fight or robbing a store dressed as hello Kitty.
 
2013-02-23 09:25:04 PM

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.
 
2013-02-23 09:25:54 PM

Mr. Fuzzypaws: quatchi: 100 dollar fine. Max.

Per balloon. Check out that video I posted if you hadn't already.


The Komen pink balloon release thingy?

I thought you were gonna post a vid link that explained the specific dangers of balloons to animals.

That was a bit of a disappointment in that regard.

Mass balloon releases as publicity stunts have been around for a while. Educating the public on the specific dangers to wildlife caused by such and changing laws to reflect that will take some time. This just looks like arbitrary enforcement of a rarely used law with possible racist bias.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-02-23 09:25:55 PM
If he ends up in jail he better come up with a better reason he is there. Like a knife fight or robbing a store dressed as hello Kitty.

Littering... and creating a nuisance.
 
2013-02-23 09:26:29 PM
We need to increase prison funding to keep these balloon-releasers off the streets.  Do you want these people around YOUR CHILDREN!?
 
2013-02-23 09:27:35 PM
interested......

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2013-02-23 09:28:10 PM

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


Not to mention power lines.
 
2013-02-23 09:29:24 PM
I'm glad it's a crime.

I'm glad someone was charged.

I'm glad this is getting press.

It shouldn't be a felony.
 
2013-02-23 09:29:55 PM

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


images4.wikia.nocookie.net

Ya don't say.
 
2013-02-23 09:29:57 PM
Worry worry, super scurry,
Call the troops out in a hurry,
"This is what we've waited for,
This is it boys, this is war!"
The President is on the line,
As 99 red mylar balloons go by.
 
2013-02-23 09:30:11 PM

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.
 
2013-02-23 09:31:18 PM

PhiloeBedoe: [i1079.photobucket.com image 280x350]


Felonius Bunk?
 
2013-02-23 09:33:58 PM
What released helium filled balloons with lights in them might look like.

photos.imageevent.com

Didn't we just have a thread with a fleet of rice paper ones released powered by candles?
 
2013-02-23 09:39:08 PM

BraveNewCheneyWorld: We need to increase prison funding to keep these balloon-releasers off the streets.  Do you want these people around YOUR CHILDREN!?


Well, children are killed by balloons pretty often.
 
2013-02-23 09:39:51 PM
Where is the responsibility of a citizen to have knowledge of this and all laws?

Is that also a law?
 
2013-02-23 09:41:54 PM

SpdrJay: I feel much safer knowing this dangerous criminal has been apprehended.


Me too! The huge rash of balloon related crimes has been really  frightening lately!

...seriously? Just explain the problem and let him off with a warning.
 
2013-02-23 09:42:54 PM
Defense Attorney:
So you saw the ballons go up?

Cop:
Yes

Did you see them come down?

No

Surely you have evidence the ballons came down..

No

Did they land in the protected sanctuary and cause a menace to wildlife?

Unknown

Your Honor we move to dismiss........
 
2013-02-23 09:43:52 PM
www.seaweb.org
BLING-BLING
 
2013-02-23 09:45:38 PM

zvoidx: Where is the responsibility of a citizen to have knowledge of this and all laws?

Is that also a law?


It's kind of become common sense at this point.  Also, ignorance isn't an excuse.
 
2013-02-23 09:46:32 PM
balloon boy not impressed
 
2013-02-23 09:48:12 PM

zvoidx: Where is the responsibility of a citizen to have knowledge of this and all laws?

Is that also a law?


There is something about ignorance of the law not making someone exempt from it.

I do think prison would be a bit much, but on the other hand if it was just a small fine or warning no one would ever stop doing it, and it would take people longer to hear about. Somewhere in the middle would be ideal. People seriously need to stop this kind of crap immediately.
 
2013-02-23 09:48:37 PM

MNguy: zvoidx: Where is the responsibility of a citizen to have knowledge of this and all laws?

Is that also a law?

It's kind of become common sense at this point.  Also, ignorance isn't an excuse.


Oh come on. Most people do know balloons can become litter, but it was done with innocuous intent. Those mylar suckers can float for ages, unless they go high enough to rupture(which I'm guessing they might)

If he'd dumped trash out of his car onto the road/pavement, I'd say chase him down and kick his butt. But this should have been a warning, not an arrest.
 
2013-02-23 09:49:48 PM
I should send him the vid my Old Lady took of the recent FHP substation reopening ceremony (they totally rebuilt it after a storm damaged it) they released 100 balloons at the ribbon cutting....
 
2013-02-23 09:52:26 PM

octopied: MNguy: zvoidx: Where is the responsibility of a citizen to have knowledge of this and all laws?

Is that also a law?

It's kind of become common sense at this point.  Also, ignorance isn't an excuse.

Oh come on. Most people do know balloons can become litter, but it was done with innocuous intent. Those mylar suckers can float for ages, unless they go high enough to rupture(which I'm guessing they might)

If he'd dumped trash out of his car onto the road/pavement, I'd say chase him down and kick his butt. But this should have been a warning, not an arrest.


I agree with the warning part.  But this is a good way to publicize the law.
 
2013-02-23 09:55:43 PM

fusillade762: doglover: It's a hazard to aircraft and wildlife.

Not to mention power lines.


Those should be below ground. What are we, savages?
 
pla
2013-02-23 09:56:57 PM
J. Frank Parnell : Well, children are killed by balloons pretty often.

FTA: "Children and balloons do not mix. Keep balloons out of your house."

Dear Mr. Darwin:  We have become too weak to live. Please end this experiment quickly and mercifully. Sincerely, Humanity.

Also FTA: "Balloons, long exempted from regulation by the CPSC, kill more children than any other toy except for bicycles".

Yep.  End it now, we really don't deserve to occupy the same planet as sharks and cats and even boring ol' bees.  They all deserve this world.  They kick arse and don't even bother to take names.  We, on the other hand, die from... Bicycles... and Balloons.  Pathetic.
 
pla
2013-02-23 09:58:32 PM
doglover : What are we, savages?

No - Retards, apparently.

Bikes and frickin' balloons!
 
2013-02-23 10:03:31 PM
From the parking lot of a Motel 6?

That's not only romantic, that's classy.
 
2013-02-23 10:03:34 PM
You people who approve of this shiat deserve to rot in prison.  A felony for releasing helium balloons?

I agree that people shouldn't do it but making it a criminal matter is a miscarriage of justice.

Once again: to those who approve, GO fark YOURSELVES.  fark   Y O U ! ! ! !

Rarely am I this serious.
 
2013-02-23 10:03:54 PM

The Snow Dog: Mylar reflects radar. This could cause confusion for air traffic controllers and potentially could cause a catastrophjic accident.


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


Ssssshhhhhh!
 
2013-02-23 10:07:05 PM
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!
 
2013-02-23 10:08:18 PM

Asphyxium: You people who approve of this shiat deserve to rot in prison.  A felony for releasing helium balloons?

I agree that people shouldn't do it but making it a criminal matter is a miscarriage of justice.

Once again: to those who approve, GO fark YOURSELVES.  fark   Y O U ! ! ! !

Rarely am I this serious.


I don't think it should be a felony but it should definitely should be illegal.
 
2013-02-23 10:09:11 PM
Anthony Brasfield saw romance when he released a dozen heart-shaped balloons into the sky over Dania Beach with his sweetie.

See that, biatch? That's why I'm never trying to act romantic. DO YOU WANT ME TO SEE IN JAIL???
 
2013-02-23 10:13:41 PM
pla: Dear Mr. Darwin: We have become too weak to live. Please end this experiment quickly and mercifully. Sincerely, Humanity.

Human babies remain weak and dependent on their parents longer than any other animal. A large part of our evolution has been devoted to protecting our babies from threats because they can't defend themselves, and that includes modern threats.

If you really want to invoke Darwin: Your children will die because you don't want to protect them, and your flawed genes will never continue.
 
2013-02-23 10:19:38 PM

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.


This.

I mean, we could mine the moon and gas giants if we had the technology to do it, but we don't currently.

But here's a cool video on how to waste helium if you absolutely must.

/Searching for "superfluid helium" will return many cool (no pun intended) clips.
 
2013-02-23 10:20:11 PM
First, he was about 87 balloons short for this to not be a felony.

Second, helium balloons need to be outlawed, period.  Helium is far too valuable to the scientific and medical communities to be wasted in balloons.
 
2013-02-23 10:22:21 PM
Much worse than fracking, Kill him!

/Also the people around him bought the ticket and knew what they where getting in to they should pay!
 
2013-02-23 10:28:17 PM

ZAZ: a more general law (no annoying mother nature)


Bee Pee
 
2013-02-23 10:31:09 PM

pion: First, he was about 87 balloons short for this to not be a felony.

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


According to wikipedia "Helium is the second lightest element and is the second most abundant element in the observable universe, being present at about 24% of the total elemental mass, which is more than 12 times the mass of all the heavier elements combined."

So instead of making stupid ass new laws, if it's so important than find a new way to extract or isolate it. Jesus this is exactly what is wrong with this country. Instead of fixing a problem you want to pass a law against balloons. We are turning into a nation of pussies.
 
2013-02-23 10:32:23 PM

shanrick: Mr. Fuzzypaws: Get em, boys!

/ I'm totally serious, that shiat kills a lot of animals

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.


Unless it's a political convention. Then you release hundreds of thousdans of balloons, of which NONE could possibly ever get out into the environment.

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/08/the-2012-republican-natio na l-convention/100362/

cdn.theatlantic.com

Either way, no black men were involved with the above example, so there's no problem.
 
2013-02-23 10:33:36 PM

zvoidx: Where is the responsibility of a citizen to have knowledge of this and all laws?

Is that also a law?


It is, and has always been, YOUR responsibility to know the law. If you don't know what laws may relate to - for instance - releasing helium-filled balloons, then you shouldn't do it without first ascertaining if it is legal. Same goes with jaywalking, stopping at stop signs, graffitti and any other unlawful act. Your responsibility to know and obey the law.

/just sayin'
//don't think he should get jail time, particularly for a first offense.
///do think that releasing helium-filled balloons should be illegal - kills lots of turtles. :-(
 
2013-02-23 10:37:06 PM

J. Frank Parnell: zvoidx: Where is the responsibility of a citizen to have knowledge of this and all laws?

Is that also a law?

There is something about ignorance of the law not making someone exempt from it.

I do think prison would be a bit much, but on the other hand if it was just a small fine or warning no one would ever stop doing it, and it would take people longer to hear about. Somewhere in the middle would be ideal. People seriously need to stop this kind of crap immediately.


Probably made more sense back when the laws did...and there wasn't trillions of them.

I remember a history story of a place that had a rule. The main law guy had to read all of the laws out loud in public starting on certain day every year. I'd like to see that law make a comeback.
 
2013-02-23 10:37:25 PM

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!


Funny, just yesterday I was reading about this on a flyer that came with my electric bill. Apparently vendors are legally required to have some sort of weight tied to the balloon.

I'd think, though that they might do better to regulate the material used for selling balloons - and prevent the possibility of such an accident.
 
2013-02-23 10:37:25 PM

RealFarknMcCoy2: ///do think that releasing helium-filled balloons should be illegal - kills lots of turtles. :-(


If we really cared we should take the necessary steps to educate the turtles.
 
2013-02-23 10:38:29 PM
Man, you don't fark around with mylar balloons for a lot of reasons, but this is just dumb.  Educate people, tell them not to do it again.  Why is that so hard these days?
 
2013-02-23 10:38:34 PM
His only crime was loving her too much.
Case dismissed.
 
2013-02-23 10:39:19 PM
Oops. A whole bunch of science teachers and their kids are waiting for a 3 am knock on their door, followed by a battering ram breaking down the door.
Swat's gonna apprehend those balloon terrorists. Sleep well tonight, unless you've ever "accidentally" a mylar balloon.
 
2013-02-23 10:41:22 PM

Do the needful: pion: First, he was about 87 balloons short for this to not be a felony.

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

According to wikipedia "Helium is the second lightest element and is the second most abundant element in the observable universe, being present at about 24% of the total elemental mass, which is more than 12 times the mass of all the heavier elements combined."

So instead of making stupid ass new laws, if it's so important than find a new way to extract or isolate it. Jesus this is exactly what is wrong with this country. Instead of fixing a problem you want to pass a law against balloons. We are turning into a nation of pussies.


So, how do we fix the whole "mylar balloons shorting out power" and "wild animals dying from ingesting balloons" problems, Einstein?? Balloons aren't farking necessities - find another way to amuse yourself.
 
2013-02-23 10:41:33 PM
My 5 year old could be in a lot of trouble.....oh wait we are white, she'll be fine
 
2013-02-23 10:43:32 PM

octopied: If he'd dumped trash out of his car onto the road/pavement, I'd say chase him down and kick his butt. But this should have been a warning, not an arrest.


Well sure, he only scattered trash to the wind.  Not dump it out of his car.  Clearly, trash out of the car is more heinous of an offense.
 
2013-02-23 10:44:56 PM

jmomo: shanrick: Mr. Fuzzypaws: Get em, boys!

/ I'm totally serious, that shiat kills a lot of animals

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.

Unless it's a political convention. Then you release hundreds of thousdans of balloons, of which NONE could possibly ever get out into the environment.

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/08/the-2012-republican-natio na l-convention/100362/

[cdn.theatlantic.com image 850x573]

Either way, no black men were involved with the above example, so there's no problem.


You *do* realise that was indoors, right? And those balloons would have been cleaned up completely, I assure you (sheesh! You've got me defending the farking RNC!!! Now I hate myself!)
 
2013-02-23 10:45:35 PM
lh5.googleusercontent.com Biatch set me up!
 
2013-02-23 10:46:08 PM

Do the needful: pion: First, he was about 87 balloons short for this to not be a felony.

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

According to wikipedia "Helium is the second lightest element and is the second most abundant element in the observable universe, being present at about 24% of the total elemental mass, which is more than 12 times the mass of all the heavier elements combined."

So instead of making stupid ass new laws, if it's so important than find a new way to extract or isolate it. Jesus this is exactly what is wrong with this country. Instead of fixing a problem you want to pass a law against balloons. We are turning into a nation of pussies.


No, as you've so eloquently proven, we're turning into a nation of morons.  You want to know where most of that helium is in the universe? Inside of stars.  So I volunteer you to be the first to try to get it out.  Throwing you into the sun should increase the world's IQ by a point or two.

Why don't you educate yourself about the subject before you waste my time again?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helium
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/a-ballooning-problem-the-g re at-helium-shortage-8439108.html

For those of you who aren't idiots, I'm still hopeful that we'll sort out fusion sometime in the next 25-50 years, which will make helium abundant as hell again.
 
2013-02-23 10:46:59 PM

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

[images4.wikia.nocookie.net image 400x535]

Ya don't say.


Perfection, +1.
 
2013-02-23 10:48:29 PM

iron de havilland: But here's a cool video on how to waste helium if you absolutely must.


That was a very cool (heh) old video.  Now I'll be googling superfluid helium for a while...

By the way, we can't run out of Helium, all you Helium-scarecists!  We can just make more whenever we want with electricity and either mercury and Novocaine (which is why you talk funny at the dentist), or bleach and ammonia.  I can't remember the exact formula.  I remember all this because mom told me this after we had the Dinosaur husbandry chapter, but before the fetus chapter.  I was home-schooled.

Sorry, had a brief politics tab freakout there.
 
2013-02-23 10:52:34 PM

ByOwlLight: Man, you don't fark around with mylar balloons for a lot of reasons, but this is just dumb.  Educate people, tell them not to do it again.  Why is that so hard these days?


Because we don't live in an age of three tv stations, two newspapers, and a half dozen radio stations in each market anymore? Getting out a message is easy these days. Getting that message out universally is much more difficult.
 
2013-02-23 10:54:48 PM

iron de havilland: /Searching for "superfluid helium" will return many cool (no pun intended) clips.


The difference between you and I is that I would have definitely intended the pun.
 
2013-02-23 10:55:25 PM
And for some strange reason our cops & politicians wonder why everyone considers them to be blathering idiots....
 
2013-02-23 10:56:01 PM

pion: For those of you who aren't idiots, I'm still hopeful that we'll sort out fusion sometime in the next 25-50 years, which will make helium abundant as hell again.


Yeah, and it'll be cold fusion, making Andrea Rossi the richest man on earth.
 
2013-02-23 10:56:36 PM

ZAZ: In the redlit thread somebody quoted a specific law on releasing lighter than air balloons, with a small fine as penalty. Normally a specific law (no releasing balloons) overrules a more general law (no annoying mother nature). So he should get a $100 fine. But you never know in Florida.


...are there heavier than air balloons?
 
2013-02-23 10:56:54 PM
i.imgur.com

RIP Mylar
 
2013-02-23 10:59:13 PM

Gyrfalcon: ...are there heavier than air balloons?


24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-02-23 10:59:35 PM

Gyrfalcon: ZAZ: In the redlit thread somebody quoted a specific law on releasing lighter than air balloons, with a small fine as penalty. Normally a specific law (no releasing balloons) overrules a more general law (no annoying mother nature). So he should get a $100 fine. But you never know in Florida.

...are there heavier than air balloons?


Sure, you just have to fill them with something heavier. water, for instance.
 
2013-02-23 10:59:38 PM

destrip: pion: For those of you who aren't idiots, I'm still hopeful that we'll sort out fusion sometime in the next 25-50 years, which will make helium abundant as hell again.

Yeah, and it'll be cold fusion, making Andrea Rossi the richest man on earth.


Oh, it won't be cold fusion (it produces so much energy that even if it starts cold, it won't stay cold for long), but whoever can make it work will indeed be the richest person on earth.
 
2013-02-23 11:00:20 PM

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

[images4.wikia.nocookie.net image 400x535]

Ya don't say.

Perfection, +1.


*doffs toque in thisisyourbrainonFark's general direction*
 
2013-02-23 11:01:10 PM

Aquapope: iron de havilland: But here's a cool video on how to waste helium if you absolutely must.

That was a very cool (heh) old video.  Now I'll be googling superfluid helium for a while...

By the way, we can't run out of Helium, all you Helium-scarecists!  We can just make more whenever we want with electricity and either mercury and Novocaine (which is why you talk funny at the dentist), or bleach and ammonia.  I can't remember the exact formula.  I remember all this because mom told me this after we had the Dinosaur husbandry chapter, but before the fetus chapter.  I was home-schooled.

Sorry, had a brief politics tab freakout there.


My name is Lord Iron De Havilland and I approve of this post.
 
2013-02-23 11:02:21 PM

quatchi: Gyrfalcon: ...are there heavier than air balloons?

[24.media.tumblr.com image 850x850]


Well, yeah...
 
2013-02-23 11:02:51 PM
When balloon releasing is outlawed, only outlaws will have no balloons.
 
2013-02-23 11:04:46 PM
The bigger irritation here is that we're wantonly wasting a very finite resource for balloons.
 
2013-02-23 11:05:13 PM

Gyrfalcon: ...are there heavier than air balloons?


you ever blow up a balloon?  What happened when you let it go.  It fell to the ground.  That's heavier-than-air;  The air inside, plus the balloon, weigh more than the air it displaces.
 
2013-02-23 11:08:09 PM
This thread has seriously diverged from sea turtles.

I can understand how someone from Oklahoma can't understand the importance of sea turtles.

But I can't understand how someone from Oklahoma can read and write.
 
2013-02-23 11:09:01 PM

EngineerAU: ByOwlLight: Man, you don't fark around with mylar balloons for a lot of reasons, but this is just dumb.  Educate people, tell them not to do it again.  Why is that so hard these days?

Because we don't live in an age of three tv stations, two newspapers, and a half dozen radio stations in each market anymore? Getting out a message is easy these days. Getting that message out universally is much more difficult.


My point was that the cop simply could have explained why it was bad to do, and told them to not do it again.  Easy.
 
2013-02-23 11:14:00 PM
I wonder what they would say to the 150lb tank of co2 that I have that I spray randomly into my garden 15min of every hour?
 
2013-02-23 11:14:56 PM

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?
 
2013-02-23 11:17:15 PM

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.
 
2013-02-23 11:20:05 PM
kazasou.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-02-23 11:21:41 PM

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

[images4.wikia.nocookie.net image 400x535]

Ya don't say.

Perfection, +1.

*doffs toque in thisisyourbrainonFark's general direction*


I think this thread should have nods to great balloons.

cdn1.elitedaily.com
 
2013-02-23 11:24:42 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.


You march right down to the local electric utility office and tell them your new finding.
 
2013-02-23 11:28:03 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.


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.
 
2013-02-23 11:28:06 PM
"Florida" is a state of mind.

/But without the mind
 
2013-02-23 11:28:31 PM

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.
 
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
img543.imageshack.us
 
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
i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-23 11:50:44 PM
cdn.static.ovimg.com

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
cdn.static.ovimg.com

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.
image.cdnllnwnl.xosnetwork.com
 
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.
s18.postimage.org
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 . . .
 
2013-02-24 07:51:10 AM
My headline:

Terrorist deserves to be drone attacked by Obama. Gets off easy.
 
2013-02-24 07:51:45 AM

wambu: Also watching the romantic gesture: an FHP trooper,  . . .

Having solved all other crimes . . .


a PHP trooper, and a VB.NET one too!!
 
2013-02-24 07:53:58 AM
I have picked up hundreds of these damn things while hiking far from motorized access down here, about time someone is striking the fear of the law onto these idiots.

Yep, I'm serious.
 
2013-02-24 08:42:07 AM

Zeno-25: All too often, the free market fails to take into account the realities of a finite resource being depleted.


Example?
 
2013-02-24 08:53:44 AM

RealFarknMcCoy2: zvoidx: Where is the responsibility of a citizen to have knowledge of this and all laws?

Is that also a law?

It is, and has always been, YOUR responsibility to know the law. If you don't know what laws may relate to - for instance - releasing helium-filled balloons, then you shouldn't do it without first ascertaining if it is legal. Same goes with jaywalking, stopping at stop signs, graffitti and any other unlawful act. Your responsibility to know and obey the law.

/just sayin'
//don't think he should get jail time, particularly for a first offense.
///do think that releasing helium-filled balloons should be illegal - kills lots of turtles. :-(


Hey everybody! It's one of those "you should know every single law in existence" types.

So can you tell about the time you read all 2500 pages of the US tax code? You memorized every word of it right? I'm sure you did your due diligence by spending quality time with the all the documents of law for your town and your state. Tells us how you have memorized every single law in existence oh wise one.
 
2013-02-24 09:11:34 AM
I once witnessed a man drop a 9" screw driver across an incoming 440V power bus. It exploded with a flash like lightening and a clap of thunder. Luckily the man wasn't injured, but the screw driver was GONE. A mylar balloon across a power grid would simply vaporize and you might notice it as static on your stereo.
The cop must have been in revenue enhancement mode when he made this arrest. The man should have bee let off with a warning. If he goes to jail it should be for dating a girl named Shaquina.
 
2013-02-24 09:53:18 AM

Gyrfalcon: 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.


And they probably fall over because of an abundance of alcohol and not so much a lack of lighting.
 
2013-02-24 09:55:33 AM
To dodge that charge in FL, just make sure each balloon has anti-Castro propaganda attached.  Tell the cops you were taking advantage of the southerly wind, and ask the local TV station what the commie-luvin' cockaroach puta of a DA has against Freedom.
 
2013-02-24 10:09:43 AM

Mirandized: A mylar balloon across a power grid would simply vaporize and you might notice it as static on your stereo.


fusillade762: Do a quick Google for "mylar balloon power outage" and get back to us.

 
2013-02-24 10:11:40 AM

BolshyGreatYarblocks: To dodge that charge in FL, just make sure each balloon has anti-Castro propaganda attached.  Tell the cops you were taking advantage of the southerly wind, and ask the local TV station what the commie-luvin' cockaroach puta of a DA has against Freedom.


what charge?  the charge of ol' Sparky?

news.bbc.co.uk
 
2013-02-24 10:13:41 AM
Is it still littering (in Florida) if the balloons land in another state/offshore in international waters?
 
2013-02-24 10:30:07 AM
Day_Old_Dutchie:

Really, the rest of the civilized world thinks you are absolutely barking mad.

You need to get out more

/that or get a life or a new shtick
 
2013-02-24 10:36:08 AM

Lee451: Is it still littering (in Florida) if the balloons land in another state/offshore in international waters?


yes.  but only if theres gambling there!
 
2013-02-24 10:50:26 AM
scienceblogs.com

What going on in this thread?
 
2013-02-24 10:57:06 AM

Day_Old_Dutchie: 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.


Funny.  Where do you think China is at on that graph?  Or Venezuela? Mexico? NorK?  Seems incomplete.
 
2013-02-24 11:50:17 AM
No, his crime was releasing balloons while black.
 
2013-02-24 12:12:40 PM

Mirandized: I once witnessed a man drop a 9" screw driver across an incoming 440V power bus. It exploded with a flash like lightening and a clap of thunder. Luckily the man wasn't injured, but the screw driver was GONE. A mylar balloon across a power grid would simply vaporize and you might notice it as static on your stereo.
The cop must have been in revenue enhancement mode when he made this arrest. The man should have bee let off with a warning. If he goes to jail it should be for dating a girl named Shaquina.


I stopped reading after you misspelled lightning.

Is everyone illiterate these days?
 
2013-02-24 12:53:39 PM

Happy Hours: Mirandized: I once witnessed a man drop a 9" screw driver across an incoming 440V power bus. It exploded with a flash like lightening and a clap of thunder. Luckily the man wasn't injured, but the screw driver was GONE. A mylar balloon across a power grid would simply vaporize and you might notice it as static on your stereo.
The cop must have been in revenue enhancement mode when he made this arrest. The man should have bee let off with a warning. If he goes to jail it should be for dating a girl named Shaquina.

I stopped reading after you misspelled lightning.

Is everyone illiterate these days?


it MEANS that the lightning was enlightening.
seriously
it's Portland style talk
 
2013-02-24 02:59:07 PM

MNguy: Where do you think China is at on that graph? Or Venezuela? Mexico?


Actually, they all have fewer people in prison than the United States. Yes, even China.
 
2013-02-24 07:26:44 PM
I was about to say that I would expect this kind of crap from CA, not Florida.  Then I saw the "criminal's" picture and it all came together.  Dont be black when releasing balloons.
 
2013-02-24 08:09:07 PM

Ima4nic8or: I was about to say that I would expect this kind of crap from CA, not Florida.  Then I saw the "criminal's" picture and it all came together.  Dont be black when releasing balloons.


that's shallow AND pedantic
 
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