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.
shanrick: Mr. Fuzzypaws: Get em, boys!/ I'm totally serious, that shiat kills a lot of animalsFor 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.
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.
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.
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.
zvoidx: Where is the responsibility of a citizen to have knowledge of this and all laws?Is that also a law?
Mr. Fuzzypaws: Get em, boys!/ I'm totally serious, that shiat kills a lot of animals
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. :-(
PaLarkin: No doubt this will piss off somebody, but to farking bad.The difference between a liberal and a conservativeLiberal: 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.
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.
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*
Gyrfalcon: ...are there heavier than air balloons?
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?
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.
RealFarknMcCoy2: ///do think that releasing helium-filled balloons should be illegal - kills lots of turtles. :-(
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.
fusillade762: doglover: It's a hazard to aircraft and wildlife.Not to mention power lines.
Mr. Fuzzypaws: quatchi: 100 dollar fine. Max.Per balloon. Check out that video I posted if you hadn't already.
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!
quatchi: 100 dollar fine. Max.
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