Divisible By Profit

A new dawning has occurred, bringing with it an epidemic of truly false euphemisms. Our techno-gadget society has fallen prey to a vector so shrewd and unassuming that when the completely ridiculous is displayed, new millennium, politically correct terminology illuminates with little resistance. This misrepresented peril in particular has become a major erosion to our country, faith and justice system. Pacification as well as profit has replaced justice.

To begin with, when is it proper to attend a birthday celebration without acknowledgment of the birthday recipient? Maybe this is a petulant squabble. Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus. Using the content of your wallet and maxing out your credit/debit card has little to do with the celebratory act but as not to offend–further, you are often greeted with ‘Happy holidays; Season’s Greetings but not the expected salutation, ‘Merry Christmas!’ The entire atmosphere created nowadays is an inept bombardment of high expectations of savings on items you don’t really need, for family and associates that you feel compelled to spend for -all the while hearing, listening and even participating in the traditional Christmas music overhead. Spending is the celebration.

It is especially apparent when daily news reports are focused on the pitiful condition reflected in our economy, the grim forecast of a company’s future, massive layoffs and the actual value of a ‘green back.’ Christmas is no longer the season of giving and wishing well of others; instead it has become the elongation of ‘Black Friday.’

Consumerism! This is the holiday solely geared towards getting many retailers into the black before January 1st. Advertisements have become elaborately whorish in the displays of projected wares to be sold.

Thanksgiving has triangulated with Christmas and the illusionary finances used for buying. However, January will reconnect the dots, as the refinancing paranoia will be in demand but unavailable for many sobering consumers.

Another more rooted and penetrating reality focuses on the largest organ of our bodies. It’s an amazingly resilient member that has an abrasive historical past. Because of its massive coverage, rules, even laws, past and current, have quietly and furiously articulated attitudes and judging patterns forcing legal and non-legal entities to expose antiquated stereotypes which continue to contaminate the masses, striking a chord with various supporters, even if a burgeoning interest.

A more muted performance has increased on a municipal scale. Racial profiling has become a bit more prolific through tactics used that disproportionately fine, condemn and imprison persons of color at a higher rate for the same offenses wronged by whites.

Stereotyping and acceptance of these attitudes accelerates a more aggressive action.
Fundamentally, the impacts for these injustices are fines. Pay up in order to continue to receive the benefit or loose the privilege. These callous acts define anyone with a hew of melanin egregiously. Without the finances to withstand the tremendous paperwork and know how in dealing with the chicanery involved, a first time offender would do almost anything to keep their threatened independence. Most, if not all, succumb to sanctions. In doing so, a non-verbal guilty plea is entered. How’s that for a write down for freedom?

Profit has unfortunately found its way into the medical arena too. Sure, everyone needs financial gain but as whose risk? There are a few approaches that could be taken.
This is the one, which maims or even kills.

Potential patients want a specific treatment (cosmetic and non health/life threatening surgeries). They fail to learn all that needs to be known about all potential health risks involved. The focus for both doctor and patient is that as long as there is no cap to the financial abilities, the needless surgeries may be performed and even repeated. This is true to plastic surgery junkies. Patient cannot stop requesting surgery for this tuck and that implant. The doctor looses complete sense of the Hippocratic oath taken and becomes saturated in greed.

Just when you thought all the bases were covered, our state government now has the ability to abuse its power by infringing on the dream that many Americans hope to experience. Eminent Domain, a legal principal used to take property from a landowner in order to use the land for a public use, is becoming a more familiar term in our daily vernacular. The owner is offered a ‘so called fair price’ and the new owner replaces the old property with a highway, municipal or school building however, eminent domain is being denoted for the benefit of developers and commercial interests and profiting at 10 times the cost. Sadly, rapacity has taken over a great many things. It does not seem to be a wanton action but in quite a few cases, a stealthy economic one.

Differences Between Civil and Criminal Law

Civil laws are the sets of laws and justice that affect the legal status of individuals. Civil law, therefore, is commonly referred to in comparison to criminal law, which is that body of law involving the state against individuals (including corporate organizations) where the state relies on the power given it by statutory law. Statutory laws are laws agreed upon and incorporated by the US Legislature. Where there are legal alternatives for sources of action by individuals within any of these sections of law, this falls in the civil realm.

Civil law courts provide opportunities for resolving disputes involving torts. Torts are laws that address and provide remedies for, civil wrongs not arising out of contracts or similar obligations. Torts include: accidents, negligence, contract disputes, the administration of wills, trusts, property disputes, commercial law, and other private matters that involve private parties and organizations. These may also include government departments. An action by an individual (or legal equivalent) against a state’s attorney general, for example, is a civil matter.

The purposes of civil law vary from other areas of law. In civil law there is the attempt to honor an agreement, correct a wrong-doing or settle a dispute. Any victim in this instance may obtain compensation. The person who is the dishonest party pays. This may be viewed as a civilized form of, or legal option to, retribution. If it is a matter of impartiality, there is often a division which gets distributed by a process of civil law.

Any action in criminal law doesn’t include the obligation to disqualify an action on the civil side. This may provide a device for compensation to the victims of any crime. This type of situation may occur, for example when a guilty part is ordered to pay damages for any wrongful situation (as in a wrongful death). Sometimes, also, for example, this payment of damages may be instead of a judgment of murder.

In criminal law, one may face imprisonment if accusations are beyond a reasonable doubt. Therefore, if investigative personnel determine that these charges are well-substantiated, the accused will face the charges. In civil law, one may be fined for damages found from a predominance of all evidence during any investigation. Instead of imprisonment, often payment is the form of retribution. Charges in civil cases are often less harsh than those in criminal law cases because the punishment pits money against loss of liberty.

The Criminal Justice Degree and Job Options

There is a variety to the career options available to the criminal justice degree holder that you wouldn’t expect.  The entire criminal justice system has professionals educated in this field, and the professions range from counseling services to prison guard.  In most states criminal justice programs have contact with lawbreakers and alleged lawbreakers that combines incarceration with rehabilitation.  The career opportunities are extremely diverse.

Corrections officers.  These individuals act as prison guards for the most part; in some instances they are responsible for the transportation of incarcerated individuals to and from court appearances.  Many corrections officers are hired having obtained an associate’s degree, and some veterans with MP experience are hired with no college experience.  However a corrections officer interested in moving up the criminal justice professional ladder should consider obtaining a bachelor’s degree.

Bailiffs.  A bailiff is responsible for keeping order in county and municipal courtrooms and for shuttling defendants in and out of the courtroom.  Often bailiff services are provided by a county sheriff’s department.  In some sheriff’s departments the bailiff and jail employees are a separate division with lower educational requirements.  An associate’s degree is often sufficient for this position.

Police and Sheriff’s Department Law Enforcement Officers.  The traditional benchmark for a police officer or a county sheriff with patrol responsibilities has been experience in the field or some college training.  Today law enforcement departments are increasingly looking for patrol officers with bachelor’s degrees, for a couple of reasons.  Criminal justice degrees provide a little deeper perspective on the situations and individuals encountered during the course of the job, and officers with a completed bachelor’s degree tend to make better presentations in court.

Parole and Probation Officers.  Today the majority of probation and parole professionals hold master’s degrees in criminal justice, in psychology, or in counseling of some sort.  The criminal justice background is prevalent however, because a probation or parole officer must manage their case load with an eye to the legal implications for various behavioral issues.

Federal Law Enforcement.  Within the Department of Homeland Security today the law enforcement divisions include the FBI, the Secret Service, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Bureau, the Border Patrol, National Park Police and several other smaller organizations.  All of them have varying educational requirements; many FBI agents have law or accounting degrees, while Secret Service agents charged with investigating fraud often hold degrees in forensic accounting or computer forensics.  In many of these agencies however, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice will be enough for an interview.

Warez and the Crack Factor of Internet Piracy – Can Piracy Law Stop Crack Addiction?

Warez often originates from hackers that crack a code for the thrill of the challenge. But “crackers,” those in the hacker world who crack and profit from software piracy, have capitalized on the efforts of hackers and their cracked codes – successfully building a billion dollar international underground economy. This underground community of “cracker” pirates thrives on international software and Internet piracy.

Litigators, copyright holders, and media giants are working together with law enforcement agencies to beat down the doors of the pirates’ virtual underground warehouses. New copyright laws and international piracy treaties are on the table at nations across the world, awaiting rewritten code to revitalize current piracy laws and keep up with the swift currents of Internet technology. FBI operations go undercover by names such as the 2001 Operation Buccaneer, Operation Bandwidth, and Digital Piratez, and the more recent Operation Site Down, Operation Copycat, Operation Jolly Roger and Operation Fast Link. Warez Operation Buccaneer resulted in 58 search warrants worldwide – which was the “largest” crackdown of 2001. Operation Bandwidth corralled the pirates by setting up a fake warez software piracy website. The Digital Piratez operation resulted in only 9 warrants. This was just the beginning of the Warez crackdown and the FBI’s foray into the world of crack addiction.

The warez pirates continue to circumvent the piracy laws that are on the verge of crumbling down their underground economy. As they continue their overseas pirating escapades – so to does the FBI continue their undercover operations. A 2008 United States Department of Justice report summarizes the statistics of the warez operations Sitedown and Fastlink – which resulted in 108 felony convictions, confiscation of over one-hundred million dollars worth of pirated software, and 200 search warrants that traveled to over 15 countries. Far more than the 58 search warrants that served the pirates of 2001. In 2007, there were 217 intellectual property cases filed. Letters from hackers under investigation litter the Internet – warning their co-conspirators to “get out” before it’s too late.

The FBI wasn’t alone in the warez crackdown operations. Fifteen countries assisted the US in their search for warez piracy. Suppliers who supply the hardware to a warez website, Scripters who help build a website, Brokers who develop active groups, and Encoders who overwrite the copyright protection, have all been held liable in federal court. Charges included not only copyright infringement, but also conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, circumventing copyright infringement and trafficking illegal goods.

Piracy law will continue to gain attention by law enforcement agencies and warez pirates. The US House unanimously approved the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act which allows for current federal law to be rewritten for liberal seizure procedures and the creation of a position for a presidentially appointed U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Representative. It also creates a new division in the Department of Justice for intellectual property enforcement and ten positions within embassies. Internet piracy is being tracked daily by the feds. But the heat won’t be putting out the pirates completely anytime soon.

The warez scene is addictive. Hackers live for the challenge of cracking a code – even if there isn’t any financial gain. Warez groupies get a rush from seeing how fast a cracked file can start spreading like wildfire. Pirates that serve international traffickers prey on these addictions – offering slick trades of expensive hardware and digital ware that feeds the warez scene. Piracy laws are building up strength to fight billions of dollars of intellectual property theft and copyright infringement. But they are also fighting an addiction. And addictions can skew perceptions. The hackers and crackers of the warez scene might not see the reality of piracy law until the Feds come knocking at their door. Reality will then strike as hard as the clang of iron bars.

And, The Carnage Continues

Could it be that the times of today are masked by the Devils hand? One has to wonder considering the carnage that played out in Las Vegas. The perpetrators of calamity continue to carry out their heinous acts of unspeakable terror. Each violent act is proceeded by yet another more devastating slaughter of innocent lives. We have to remember that it was just about a year ago that another willful act of senseless murder eclipsed yet another murderous atrocity that was carried out before. It is as though every year there is yet another more tragic senseless loss of life by someone that is willfully aware of what they do. It doesn’t help that the United States has by far the largest collection of deadly weapons of any other nation that are in the hands of their citizens either.

Questions have arisen each time there is act of violent terror using deadly force that should be only available to military personal. Yet, the spineless members of our elected bodies have not only passed gun laws but other legislative measures that have only exasperated the growing threats of more violent terror infiltrating our neighborhoods. Is our nation on the verge of disintegration where people are so afraid of our own government where they feel the need to acquire weapons not for hunting but for self preservation? All over this country there are insurgent groups that support the extreme version of the 2nd Amendment. Using every loophole to acquire weapons that have only one purpose.

Why is it that people today feel the need to arm themselves? One could see when the 2nd Amendment was written weapons were instrumental to securing a family’s food and protection against wild animals. But, today the right to bear arms is being used to the extreme. The results being as evident as what we are witness to each time there is an act of violent terror. Has our society descended into the mire on the verge of anarchy? As sobering as it is today the sanctity of life is nonsequential to the power brokers that write the laws or subject the masses to their will. And, the carnage continues.

We have to understand that to address the continued slaughter of innocent lives using weapons of military grade there has to be a total ban on such weapons. One would ask if there was a ban like prohibition on alcohol could affect a black market on such weapons? Valid argument. But, to not do something so drastic only precludes that another Las Vegas attack will happen again and again. All through-out history there have been despots, desperadoes, and mass murderers that have struck fear and terror in the hearts and minds of man. Without remorse the demons within deranged minds show no mercy in the carnage they inflict. We have it within ourselves to negate the carnage that those who are bent on carry out terrorist acts by eliminating the readily available weaponry that is used by these perpetrators.

This is a great country founded on sound principles Liberty, Education, Morality, and Justice. When anyone of these principles is no longer amplified or dominate in our society, society succumbs to a lower level of existence. When our leaders themselves no longer exercise these fundamental building blocks of our nation in the legislation that is passed we have seen the results already undermining society as a whole. Each of these principles have been eroded by legislation that has been passed just within the past 45 years. The results are staggering, especially in education.

We had better start addressing the fundamental problems facing our society today. When budget constraints in cities and towns all across the country forced municipalities to shut down mental health facilities as they did back in 1990’s and even earlier signaled a trend that is still ongoing. It is these types of restraints forced by the policies that have reduced budgets to the point that society is incapable of attaining the level we were back in the early 1960’s. Today, the federal government as well as every city across the country no longer can support the services that enable our society to function. Gone are the resources, that propel a growing tax base to provide funding for schools and public services. The results are that schools all across the country have fallen in disrepair, consequently students no longer have the opportunities that students had during the 50’s and 60’s.

That’s just in education, the other three basic principles have also through disingenuous policies from the late 1960’s through today have created an atmosphere ripe for instability and division through-out the whole country. Now, when we talk of home grown terror whether it was the Oklahoma bombing in the mid 1990’s or the latest carnage in Las Vegas we have to understand that deranged individuals who commit these atrocities have grown out of the imbalance in our society today.

To prevent these horrible crimes from happening there first has to be a wiliness to put balance in our society today.That starts with creating economic equality and financial security for all. Sure, there will be those who sneak through the cracks in society and commit horrible crimes. But, to minimize the chances of violent terror from happening and to negate certain individuals from attaining the means to commit atrocities there must be a ban on automatic and semi automatic weapons. Understanding that a ban on these types of weapons is only a step to reducing the chances of violent terror from happening. There also has to be a monumental shift in our society to create economic stability and financial security that enables all to have the same opportunities to live healthier and more productive lives.

How this is done is by implementation of National Economic Reform’s Ten Articles Of Confederation. When implemented the articles of confederation will enable our society to have the means and the resources to achieve balance in communities all across the country. When there is balance and the availability to have equal opportunities with a understanding that weapons of military grade have no place in society can the chances of another Las Vegas atrocity be greatly diminished. To keep the status-quo or do nothing only concludes that another more violent terror will strike again.