From Criminal Cops last week to Private Police this week, I wonder which ones are more successful? What’s in the News with stories on zero tolerance, deadly cops, rapist cops, graffiti trumps property rights, Tide Pod bans, and Pentagon loses more money. Plus, a special Herding Cats episode on a follow up from Liberty Forum and big news for PorcFest XV. This episode is brought to you by Heleum, a long-term savings accelerator allowing you to start investing in cryptos, without you having to do the busy work. Also brought to you by ZenCash, a cryptocurrency that infuses privacy, anonymity, and security done right.
WHAT’S RUSTLING MY JIMMIES
After last week’s Criminal Cops episode, I was thrilled to see the article on Private Police that I’ll be covering in this episode. Apparently, in Britain, there is a new completely private police force probing hundreds of crimes, including murder and rape, and they have a 100 percent conviction rate so far. They have prosecuted more than 400 criminals and are led by former Scotland Yard senior officers.
The name of the firm is TM Eye, and they are now believed to bring more private convictions than any other organization except for the RSPCA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
WHAT’S IN THE NEWS
In fuck the police news, a Tennessee sheriff is being sued for using excessive force after he was recorded boasting he told officers to shoot a man rather than risk damaging police cars by ramming him off the road.
In kidnapped consent news, 18-year-old Anna was kidnapped from a parked car by two plainclothes detectives for having weed in the car. Handcuffed and kidnapped by the two over-six-feet tall detectives who were powerfully built, Anna, a slender woman just over five feet tall, was put into the back of an unmarked police van with tinted windows, where she was raped by both officers while repeatedly telling them, “No.”
In what the actual fuck news, ruling that graffiti — a typically transient form of art — was of sufficient stature to be protected by the law, a federal judge in Brooklyn awarded a judgment of $6.7 million on Monday to 21 graffiti artists whose works were destroyed in 2013 at the 5Pointz complex in Long Island City, Queens. No, I can’t make this shit up.
In the stupid protecting the stupid news, New York State Legislators have unveiled a bill that would require all detergent packages, such as Tide Pods, sold in New York to be of a uniform color that is “unattractive to children.” The product would also have to come wrapped in child bite–resistant packaging. Also, there would need to be a warning label informing would-be Tide Pod champions that the product is dangerous to eat.
In it’s only stolen money news, the Pentagon failed to track more than $800 million in construction spending adequately, according to an internal audit of one of the Defense Department’s largest agencies.
I’m fresh off of the New Hampshire Liberty Forum high from this weekend! I love Liberty Forum because it is a huge family reunion for me. I get to see so many people who are family, plus I get to continue to grow my liberty family by meeting new, amazing people. This year, I stayed pretty busy at the event because I had to man the PorcFest table to sell early bird tickets for this year’s event. And, I was asked to moderate two different panels of podcasters and captain two off-site dinners related to liberty media. But I still found time to hang out with the most amazing people on the planet.
And, this weekend we announced our first speaker and musical act for PorcFest. BackWordz, a solid libertarian ancap rap metal band from Texas fronted by Eric July, co-founder of the Being Libertarian Facebook Page and very outspoken anarcho-capitalist.
And, while we have them there, Eric July will be speaking on the Main Pavillion stage. This is the first of many announcements we will have in the upcoming weeks, but don’t miss out on your Early Bird tickets now by going to thelavaflow.com/pf. Get your Early Bird Tickets today and save $30 before March 1st at thelavaflow.com/pf.
ASK ME ANYTHING
So, normally I’d wait until next week to answer some AMA questions, but I had a little extra time this episode. I thought I’d use that to help me get caught up with a couple of questions.