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2013-09-01 11:03:19 AM
He said alcohol was believed to be a factor in the accident.

lol
 
2013-09-01 11:20:21 AM
I don't get why they add in "the coroner pronounced him dead at XX:00" BS in the articles. Newspapers are not legal documents, death certificates are. Just use the vernacular and tell us a ballpark of when the guy died, not when some poor schmuck with rubber gloves bagged him and tagged him.
 
2013-09-01 12:51:44 PM

doglover: I don't get why they add in "the coroner pronounced him dead at XX:00" BS in the articles. Newspapers are not legal documents, death certificates are. Just use the vernacular and tell us a ballpark of when the guy died, not when some poor schmuck with rubber gloves bagged him and tagged him.


Anyone that knew him might want to know when he died.

A better question is why subby didn't submit "Apple can't cure Ricketts" as the headline.
 
2013-09-01 12:52:17 PM
FTFA: Ricketts was driving an ATV in the backyard of his property around 2:30 p.m. Saturday when was nearly decapitated after running into a fine, nearly invisible wire

We had some idiots do that on a snowmobile trail near where I lived when I was a kid. I don't remember if they ever caught who did it. Nobody, fortunately, got hurt, IIRC...
 
2013-09-01 01:08:35 PM

doglover: I don't get why they add in "the coroner pronounced him dead at XX:00" BS in the articles. Newspapers are not legal documents, death certificates are. Just use the vernacular and tell us a ballpark of when the guy died, not when some poor schmuck with rubber gloves bagged him and tagged him.


I guess the editor of the paper is a Farker, because they changed it.

Or, more likely, they changed it once they figured out the approximate time of death.
 
2013-09-01 02:40:13 PM
There is something jarring about using the word grow in that fashion. "Hey Tom, you have a beautiful vegetable grow this year". "Mary Mary, quite contrary, how does your grow grow?"
 
2013-09-01 02:40:15 PM
Curious they never mention how this was discovered.

Police use ATVs to get around in the woods looking for crops. Maybe they took offense at his attempt to kill them, and moved the wires.
 
2013-09-01 02:41:13 PM
wow... just wow...   did the guy not know that placing the life and limb endangering traps was a crime in and of itself?  That would have just been more charges for the cops to add onto their report if they ever did discover it.   And anybody passing through is only going to get more interested when they see booby traps.  If they dont see the booby traps, and instead fall victim to them, then a cell phone call is going to bring loads of people with badges there anyways...   I guess what I am trying to say is; thank god he only killed himself with this amazingly unstable tower of stupidity...
 
2013-09-01 02:41:36 PM
The sheriff added the wire appeared to be the type used in pianos, but he said it's unclear what purpose it served as a security measure other than being dangerous to someone driving an all-terrain vehicle or motorcycle.

Ricketts was driving an ATV in the backyard of his property around 2:30 p.m. Saturday when was nearly decapitated after running into a fine, nearly invisible wire that was among the fortifications set up around four large marijuana plants, Apple said.


Sounds like it worked exactly as it was meant to.
 
2013-09-01 02:43:19 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-09-01 02:45:45 PM
On the bright side, his booby trap worked, so he had that going for himself, which was nice.
 
2013-09-01 02:45:45 PM
Idiot
 
2013-09-01 02:45:52 PM

J. Frank Parnell: Curious they never mention how this was discovered.

Police use ATVs to get around in the woods looking for crops. Maybe they took offense at his attempt to kill them, and moved the wires.


the dying, twitching, moaning man on the blood-soaked ground may have alerted some people that all was not as well as it could be
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-09-01 02:46:52 PM
Well, his cunning plan surely went to pot.
 
2013-09-01 02:46:54 PM
With the terrible growing season we've had in the east this year, you can bet that was some skunk weed, too.
 
2013-09-01 02:47:37 PM

johnny_vegas: the dying, twitching, moaning man on the blood-soaked ground may have alerted some people that all was not as well as it could be


A deer or bear might have called 911?
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-09-01 02:48:17 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: With the terrible growing season we've had in the east this year, you can bet that was some skunk weed, too.


/car trunks, how do they work?
 
2013-09-01 02:49:44 PM

J. Frank Parnell: johnny_vegas: the dying, twitching, moaning man on the blood-soaked ground may have alerted some people that all was not as well as it could be

A deer or bear might have called 911?


he was in his backyard....maybe he wasn't a farker and actually had friends or even a family
 
2013-09-01 02:49:48 PM
Good!
 
2013-09-01 02:51:57 PM

Repo Man: There is something jarring about using the word grow in that fashion. "Hey Tom, you have a beautiful vegetable grow this year". "Mary Mary, quite contrary, how does your grow grow?"


Because it is a verb, not a noun, and it is idiotic and 100% wrong to ever use it that way.
 
2013-09-01 02:54:38 PM
Looks like he learned a thing or two from Charlie. Dontcha know?
 
2013-09-01 02:55:55 PM
[NelsonHaHa.jpg]

And Darwin scores.
 
2013-09-01 02:58:29 PM
glad no kritters were hurt.
 
2013-09-01 02:58:38 PM
FAIL tag?
 
2013-09-01 03:00:14 PM

assjuice: Repo Man: There is something jarring about using the word grow in that fashion. "Hey Tom, you have a beautiful vegetable grow this year". "Mary Mary, quite contrary, how does your grow grow?"

Because it is a verb, not a noun, and it is idiotic and 100% wrong to ever use it that way.


nice post
 
2013-09-01 03:04:31 PM

Thudfark: Looks like he learned a thing or two from Charlie. Dontcha know?




Steve Earle sees what you did there.
 
2013-09-01 03:06:05 PM
Sponsored by ACME Corp.
 
2013-09-01 03:06:24 PM

doglover: I don't get why they add in "the coroner pronounced him dead at XX:00" BS in the articles. Newspapers are not legal documents, death certificates are. Just use the vernacular and tell us a ballpark of when the guy died, not when some poor schmuck with rubber gloves bagged him and tagged him.


Did I read the same article? It only said:
"BERNE - A 50-year-old town man died Saturday after he apparently became the victim of booby..."
 
2013-09-01 03:07:36 PM

Repo Man: There is something jarring about using the word grow in that fashion. "Hey Tom, you have a beautiful vegetable grow this year". "Mary Mary, quite contrary, how does your grow grow?"


Some time ago, there was probably a reporter who thought he was being clever in trying to abbreviate "grow operation" to save headline space. I would like to know who OK'd this usage.

/yeah, that one too
 
2013-09-01 03:07:48 PM

johnny_vegas: he was in his backyard


The word used was property, which often means acres out in the country.

Since he used an ATV i'm assuming it's a bit of a hike. Especially since he probably didn't want a crop right next to his house. But he might use his ATV like some people use those 'personal mobility' scooters.
 
2013-09-01 03:09:26 PM
Never lose your head over a grow op.
 
2013-09-01 03:09:32 PM

assjuice: Repo Man: There is something jarring about using the word grow in that fashion. "Hey Tom, you have a beautiful vegetable grow this year". "Mary Mary, quite contrary, how does your grow grow?"

Because it is a verb, not a noun, and it is idiotic and 100% wrong to ever use it that way.


But potheads can't say "marijuana garden"... That would sound way less trendy and hip.
 
2013-09-01 03:11:24 PM

J. Frank Parnell: The word used was property, which often means acres out in the country.


FTFA:  Ricketts was driving an ATV in the backyard of his property around 2:30 p.m. Saturday when was nearly decapitated

Regardless, Darwin wins again.
 
2013-09-01 03:13:37 PM
Maybe he was planning some sort of Great Escape....

/ can't possibly be obscure
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-09-01 03:20:45 PM

ZeroCorpse: assjuice: Repo Man: There is something jarring about using the word grow in that fashion. "Hey Tom, you have a beautiful vegetable grow this year". "Mary Mary, quite contrary, how does your grow grow?"

Because it is a verb, not a noun, and it is idiotic and 100% wrong to ever use it that way.

But potheads can't say "marijuana garden"... That would sound way less trendy and hip.


It tend to use the word 'garden' for things to be admired/smelled/put in a vase. For things I intend to eat/harvest 'crop' seems proper.
 
2013-09-01 03:22:41 PM
Legalize.

Educate. License. Tax. Rehabilitate.
 
2013-09-01 03:26:36 PM
It could be that someone else had planted it on his property especially if he had huge tracts of land so he was totally unaware of the traps... would make a little more sense.
 
2013-09-01 03:27:00 PM
So the cops just automatically assume that they were his plants and booby traps and not put there buy someone else. I guess they figured they can get a slam dunk in the property forfeiture case since the guys dead. I wish the article mentioned the size of the property.
 
2013-09-01 03:32:26 PM
screeninvasion.com

Approve.
 
2013-09-01 03:35:47 PM
I saw this in that B&W film "Reefer Madness". It's true.
 
2013-09-01 03:37:13 PM
Nearly headless? How can someone be nearly headless?
 
2013-09-01 03:38:56 PM
And nothing of value was lost.
 
2013-09-01 03:41:43 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: With the terrible growing season we've had in the east this year, you can bet that was some skunk weed, too.


rjw57.github.io
 
2013-09-01 03:41:53 PM
I Think the culprits could have been these a-holes
31.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-09-01 03:42:24 PM

ZeroCorpse: assjuice: Repo Man: There is something jarring about using the word grow in that fashion. "Hey Tom, you have a beautiful vegetable grow this year". "Mary Mary, quite contrary, how does your grow grow?"

Because it is a verb, not a noun, and it is idiotic and 100% wrong to ever use it that way.

But potheads can't say "marijuana garden"... That would sound way less trendy and hip.


Because (historically) criminal enterprises have never been referred to as gardens?

Grow is short for grow op, which is short for growing operation, which is what cops call four plants in a backyard.
So noun.
 
2013-09-01 03:43:14 PM
Well this is perfect the farken asshat! Setting traps like that where some kids could wonder in and kill themselves or another adult. Serves him right!
 
2013-09-01 03:47:36 PM

ZeroCorpse: assjuice: Repo Man: There is something jarring about using the word grow in that fashion. "Hey Tom, you have a beautiful vegetable grow this year". "Mary Mary, quite contrary, how does your grow grow?"

Because it is a verb, not a noun, and it is idiotic and 100% wrong to ever use it that way.

But potheads can't say "marijuana garden"... That would sound way less trendy and hip.


I think those kinds of terms are just as likely, if not more likely, to be used by the anti-marijuana crowd (cops, etc.) since it makes it sound more illicit/serious/dangerous. It's harder to justify having a quasi-military force whose purpose is to seek out and destroy gardens.
 
2013-09-01 03:48:11 PM

Plissken: Nearly headless? How can someone be nearly headless?


www.executedtoday.com

/Linkus Hotticus.
 
2013-09-01 03:48:55 PM
good.jpg
 
2013-09-01 03:51:31 PM

Plissken: Nearly headless? How can someone be nearly headless?


Sometimes it's just hanging by a flap... Or maybe the wire went half-way through and hit bone, arresting its travel. Either way, I'm sure there will be pictures of the corpse somewhere on the internet and I don't want to see them if you find them.
 
2013-09-01 03:52:52 PM

ZeroCorpse: But potheads can't say "marijuana garden"... That would sound way less trendy and hip.

I thought it was the media that used the term "grow" in that way, or maybe they use it the way police describe for them.  So either media or cops invented the term.
Since I do not know anyone who has one, I can't ask them what they call it.
 
2013-09-01 04:04:58 PM

berylman: It could be that someone else had planted it on his property especially if he had huge tracts of land so he was totally unaware of the traps... would make a little more sense.


All I got outta this was "huge tracts of land"!
 
2013-09-01 04:16:56 PM
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2013-09-01 04:44:07 PM

Quaker: ZeroCorpse: assjuice: Repo Man: There is something jarring about using the word grow in that fashion. "Hey Tom, you have a beautiful vegetable grow this year". "Mary Mary, quite contrary, how does your grow grow?"

Because it is a verb, not a noun, and it is idiotic and 100% wrong to ever use it that way.

But potheads can't say "marijuana garden"... That would sound way less trendy and hip.

I think those kinds of terms are just as likely, if not more likely, to be used by the anti-marijuana crowd (cops, etc.) since it makes it sound more illicit/serious/dangerous. It's harder to justify having a quasi-military force whose purpose is to seek out and destroy gardens.


You'd figure the cops would just call it a factory or industrial plant since they like to charge people with manufacture of marijuana
 
2013-09-01 04:50:40 PM
I suspect that the traps were to keep the deer and other animals out of the crop, not people.
 
2013-09-01 04:51:01 PM

johnny_vegas: J. Frank Parnell: Curious they never mention how this was discovered.

Police use ATVs to get around in the woods looking for crops. Maybe they took offense at his attempt to kill them, and moved the wires.

the dying, twitching, moaning man on the blood-soaked ground may have alerted some people that all was not as well as it could be


I imagine being nearly decapitated it was more of a gurgle.
 
2013-09-01 04:54:22 PM

rev. dave: ZeroCorpse: But potheads can't say "marijuana garden"... That would sound way less trendy and hip.
I thought it was the media that used the term "grow" in that way, or maybe they use it the way police describe for them.  So either media or cops invented the term.
Since I do not know anyone who has one, I can't ask them what they call it.


Well we're talking about weeds right? Field gone fallow.
 
2013-09-01 04:55:55 PM

assjuice: Repo Man: There is something jarring about using the word grow in that fashion. "Hey Tom, you have a beautiful vegetable grow this year". "Mary Mary, quite contrary, how does your grow grow?"

Because it is a verb, not a noun, and it is idiotic and 100% wrong to ever use it that way.


They should be called herb gardens.
 
2013-09-01 05:14:33 PM

Mark Ratner: On the bright side, his booby trap worked, so he had that going for himself, which was nice.


gunga galunga
 
2013-09-01 05:16:06 PM

Quaker: HotIgneous Intruder: With the terrible growing season we've had in the east this year, you can bet that was some skunk weed, too.

[rjw57.github.io image 500x420]


Thank You, I'm getting old but thought 'I use to pay extra for skunk'.
 
2013-09-01 05:20:32 PM

nohurtme: Quaker: HotIgneous Intruder: With the terrible growing season we've had in the east this year, you can bet that was some skunk weed, too.

[rjw57.github.io image 500x420]

Thank You, I'm getting old but thought 'I use to pay extra for skunk'.


Think they meant bunk?
 
2013-09-01 05:35:01 PM
Remember one guy growing 4 plants is an "operation".
 
2013-09-01 05:39:29 PM
Nazis used the piano wire trick in WW2 against the US forces driving Jeeps so the US troops welded a vertical sharpened spike to the hood of the jeep to cut the piano wire...worked well.
 
2013-09-01 05:40:08 PM

Thrakkorzog: So the cops just automatically assume that they were his plants and booby traps and not put there buy someone else. I guess they figured they can get a slam dunk in the property forfeiture case since the guys dead. I wish the article mentioned the size of the property.


That's a very good point.


Also....... Legalize it already. How much more of this shiat do we farking need to endure because religious prudes want to dictate how other people should live and have no interest in how many lives are ruined because of their unwillingness to face facts? In an ostensibly free damn country no less.
 
2013-09-01 05:42:27 PM

nohurtme: nohurtme: Quaker: HotIgneous Intruder: With the terrible growing season we've had in the east this year, you can bet that was some skunk weed, too.

[rjw57.github.io image 500x420]

Thank You, I'm getting old but thought 'I use to pay extra for skunk'.

Think they meant bunk?


Maybe, although I've only ever heard the term "bunk" used to mean "fake". I assumed he used "skunk" in the way that it applies to beer.
 
2013-09-01 05:46:54 PM
images1.wikia.nocookie.net

This bears REPEATING!!
 
2013-09-01 05:53:02 PM
The sheriff added the wire appeared to be the type used in pianos...

so this was his grand plan?
to knock off the first upright ATV'er to come near his grow op?
I wonder how the media will spinet?
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-09-01 05:53:17 PM

mongbiohazard: Thrakkorzog: So the cops just automatically assume that they were his plants and booby traps and not put there buy someone else. I guess they figured they can get a slam dunk in the property forfeiture case since the guys dead. I wish the article mentioned the size of the property.

That's a very good point.


Also....... Legalize it already. How much more of this shiat do we farking need to endure because religious prudes want to dictate how other people should live and have no interest in how many lives are ruined because of their unwillingness to face facts? In an ostensibly free damn country no less.


Religion isn't the main problem. The problem is big pharma and the corps who make a fortune by avoiding this plant and its derivatives from hitting their bottom line.

Also, POS politicians like to assert their control (that whole Napoleonic complex thing).
 
2013-09-01 05:53:27 PM

nohurtme: Quaker: HotIgneous Intruder: With the terrible growing season we've had in the east this year, you can bet that was some skunk weed, too.

[rjw57.github.io image 500x420]

Thank You, I'm getting old but thought 'I use to pay extra for skunk'.




I'm no expert, but IIRC the intense smell was a sign of high THC content.
 
2013-09-01 06:04:39 PM
One less reefer addict
 
2013-09-01 06:06:11 PM

gja: mongbiohazard: Thrakkorzog: So the cops just automatically assume that they were his plants and booby traps and not put there buy someone else. I guess they figured they can get a slam dunk in the property forfeiture case since the guys dead. I wish the article mentioned the size of the property.

That's a very good point.


Also....... Legalize it already. How much more of this shiat do we farking need to endure because religious prudes want to dictate how other people should live and have no interest in how many lives are ruined because of their unwillingness to face facts? In an ostensibly free damn country no less.

Religion isn't the main problem. The problem is big pharma and the corps who make a fortune by avoiding this plant and its derivatives from hitting their bottom line.


Not really. The minute marijuana is legalized "big pharma" will have no problem exploiting it for profit (and I don't want to sound like I'm not totally fine with that, which I am).

Also, POS politicians like to assert their control (that whole Napoleonic complex thing).

In order to get votes... I'll give you two guesses from what demographic of voter pot prohibition appeals to. Hint: rhymes with "shmeligious".
 
2013-09-01 06:26:38 PM
Berne is the Florida of Upstate New York.  (Well, actually, I guess Florida, New York is the Florida of New York, but Berne is where all the weirdos are.)
 
2013-09-01 06:34:52 PM
See, this is why booby traps and spring traps are illegal. Not to protect illegal entrants, but to protect dumbass legal ones.
 
2013-09-01 06:48:31 PM
Is the pot OK?
 
2013-09-01 06:55:12 PM
Ricky probably put them out there because Steve French is on the prowl again eating his dope.
 
2013-09-01 06:58:49 PM

SuddenlySamhain: Mark Ratner: On the bright side, his booby trap worked, so he had that going for himself, which was nice.

gunga galunga


Big hitter, the Lama - huge...
 
2013-09-01 07:08:18 PM

traylor: Is the pot OK?


Probably not. I'd imagine it was either burned down, or harvested and sold to politicians.
 
2013-09-01 07:30:29 PM
Nothing of value, etc...?
 
2013-09-01 07:40:53 PM

Repo Man: I'm no expert, but IIRC the intense smell was a sign of high THC content.


I've encountered medical marijuana grown in Switzerland that had just the faintest of sweet odours but was incredibly strong. I'd expect the combination of CBDs has more to do with smell than THC, but I never went beyond basic plant sciences so I'm just speaking out my ass.. YMMV is all I'm saying.

/the old BC Skunk that stinks through three bags is usually ok anyways ;)
 
2013-09-01 07:55:54 PM

xanadian: FTFA: Ricketts was driving an ATV in the backyard of his property around 2:30 p.m. Saturday when was nearly decapitated after running into a fine, nearly invisible wire

We had some idiots do that on a snowmobile trail near where I lived when I was a kid. I don't remember if they ever caught who did it. Nobody, fortunately, got hurt, IIRC...


A character in Truman Capote's supposedly nonfiction story  Handcarved Coffinsdied the same way.
 
2013-09-01 08:09:54 PM
More proof that marijuana kills.
 
2013-09-01 08:19:44 PM

Maul555: wow... just wow...   did the guy not know that placing the life and limb endangering traps was a crime in and of itself?  That would have just been more charges for the cops to add onto their report if they ever did discover it.   And anybody passing through is only going to get more interested when they see booby traps.  If they dont see the booby traps, and instead fall victim to them, then a cell phone call is going to bring loads of people with badges there anyways...   I guess what I am trying to say is; thank god he only killed himself with this amazingly unstable tower of stupidity...


Whatever, junior. If he was any more unstable and stupid, he'd be on the police force.
 
2013-09-01 08:43:11 PM

bingethinker: Maul555: wow... just wow...   did the guy not know that placing the life and limb endangering traps was a crime in and of itself?  That would have just been more charges for the cops to add onto their report if they ever did discover it.   And anybody passing through is only going to get more interested when they see booby traps.  If they dont see the booby traps, and instead fall victim to them, then a cell phone call is going to bring loads of people with badges there anyways...   I guess what I am trying to say is; thank god he only killed himself with this amazingly unstable tower of stupidity...

Whatever, junior. If he was any more unstable and stupid, he'd be on the police force.


what's your badge number?
 
2013-09-01 08:54:59 PM
They had a bit of a problem with this in Dubya Duba Two. They had a fix for it.

i43.tinypic.com
 
2013-09-01 09:03:55 PM
 
2013-09-01 09:55:47 PM

Repo Man: Thudfark: Looks like he learned a thing or two from Charlie. Dontcha know?



Steve Earle sees what you did there.


You don't come back from Sawmill Road.
 
2013-09-02 01:14:32 AM
It is likely someone else set it up to take him out. What kind of a trap is that, especially if you yourself drive an ATV around your grow?
 
2013-09-02 01:48:37 AM

doglover: I don't get why they add in "the coroner pronounced him dead at XX:00" BS in the articles. Newspapers are not legal documents, death certificates are. Just use the vernacular and tell us a ballpark of when the guy died, not when some poor schmuck with rubber gloves bagged him and tagged him.


They're citing sources.  To answer the question "where did you get this info from?"
 
2013-09-02 02:21:17 AM
Alright, I know this is not really relevant to the actual article but this has been making my head hurt for ages, and since I feel like shiat tonight anyway I'll finally ask the question:

Why in the unholy fark do people put news online and only tell you the damn town, county, or whatever the crap?  This is the godsdamned internet people!  No we do not magically know which state or even which vague region of the country you're in!  Hell we're not even sure which country you're in if your site is vague enough, and yes more than a few of them are.

People, tell us where in the frippity ratwaffles your nonsense is going down.  DO SO!

/Or don't bother to put it somewhere where people from all over the damn world have access to it
//Harrumph.
 
2013-09-02 11:02:50 AM

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Alright, I know this is not really relevant to the actual article but this has been making my head hurt for ages, and since I feel like shiat tonight anyway I'll finally ask the question:

Why in the unholy fark do people put news online and only tell you the damn town, county, or whatever the crap?  This is the godsdamned internet people!  No we do not magically know which state or even which vague region of the country you're in!  Hell we're not even sure which country you're in if your site is vague enough, and yes more than a few of them are.

People, tell us where in the frippity ratwaffles your nonsense is going down.  DO SO!

/Or don't bother to put it somewhere where people from all over the damn world have access to it
//Harrumph.


Yeah, that shiat pisses me off sometimes too.
 
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