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Maxx D
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Yesterday at 0900 (yup, Sunday), the animal control officer Ed Grinnell impounded my cows for a SINGLE complaint. He came onto the property with 4 people, kicked and struck my cows to get all 11, including unweaned calves into one trailer and removed them without my permission. They had no warrant, court order, or other authority besides a "dog catchers" badge.
They gave me no receipt for the animals, have not informed me where they are and who is caring for them.
I made a 911 call, at the suggestion of a LEO I know, and reported it as a theft so I could call on the officer's testimony when this whole thing went down.
I had the foresight to have someone therewith a camera, so I can back up this accounts veracity.
My pain has reached a crescendo due to stress and the sheer effort of staying on this thing.
I will post the vid to youtube as soon as I can get a copy from the verified record (chain of custody).
I feel as violated as when I was assaulted
No public hearing.
No warrant.
No court order.
Violating their own Letter after seizing the animals, with regard receipts/location/
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Good to see everyone rushing back to their echo chambers
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Several years ago, I was having dinner with a friend prone to conspiracy theories. She started explaining to me how this coalition of shadowy figures running oil and arms companies were secretly bankrolling the entire war in Iraq when I had to stop her with the bad news -- what she was describing wasn't a secret. You could read about all the things she was talking about on the front page of any newspaper, with the principals' names right there in black and white.

You would really think that we long ago passed the Poe Threshold, beyond which satire and reality are indistinguishable.* Conspiracy theories require a number of rather odd assumptions: that a lot of people are capable of working in secret to achieve some kind of end without this leaking (highly unlikely, if you've ever seen people try to keep secrets or do things in large organizations), that this end is somehow different from what the public sees (increasingly unlikely, because to be any more nefarious than what you see people advertising on their own websites you'd have to be sacrificing babies to bring about the return of the Old Gods) (and even that's pushing it), and that this conspiracy is somehow hyper-competent and secretly controls all things (incredibly unlikely, if you've ever seen how governments, companies, and so on actually run).

The sad truth is this: if there really were a secret conspiracy, it would be being run by complete idiots. The really nefarious stuff isn't done in secret; it's being done by people who boast loudly about it on social media.

(cf also "Real Names," as in "... are supposed to cause people to behave better." It turns out that the world's real assholes are quite proud of their assholism)

* That's named for Poe's Law, named for Nathan Poe, not Edgar Allen Poe.

h/t +Eli Fennell and +Xenophrenia.

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"We have a bit of a situation"

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The Onion is funny. These other sites aren't—and that's intentional. They're cashing in on your gullibility and knee-jerk outrage.

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I'm surprisingly okay with this 

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If you liked MST3k, RiffTrax is a continuation on that theme. Right now you can get a decent bundle ($10 or more for all items)
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