If you’re a cheap son of a gun like me you already know that dollar stores can help you prep on the cheap.
Critics of “The Dollar Store” maintain that they exploit unfair labor practices and trade agreements. Whether right or wrong this situation is good news for people who want to cheaply prepare emergency supplies.
Once again, here in New York City, September 11th is a day of mourning and remembrance of those lost in the tragic attack. I too lost a friend in the attacks.
Mauricio, or “Mo”, didn’t work in “Building Two” on a regular basis. He was on a construction job there that day putting up dry wall. That morning he lost his life, widowing his wife and baby daughter.
His wife was best friends with my then fiance.
Because we owned a car my fiance and I would do our best to be helpful to her by taking her grocery shopping and running errands. Having a newborn on your own is an extremely difficult task for anyone.
Today 11 years later, I meditate on the amendment rights badly damaged in exchange for laws said to protect us in the Patriot Act.
Although thankful for being born in the U.S., as my great grand parents were, and benefiting from it’s numerous resources, I do have some of my own thoughts in the wake of September 11th.
I think about that if one questions our government’s motives he gets branded as a traitor or worse.
I think about the atmosphere of xenophobia which is out of control. People are turning on each other because of fear stoked up by Media giants so powerful I need not mention their names.
I think about our damaged economy, disabled from corrupt banking practices and two protracted wars.
I think about our veterans coming home to a shattered nation gripped by fear.
I think about the ridicule that is unfairly stoked on the “Occupy” movement. They may be a little misdirected, unorganized, etc, but last time I heard people have the right to public assembly.
I think about the ridicule placed on “Preppers”, Mormons, and anyone else who deviates from the prescribed mainstream modes of being. This ridicule is clearly exemplified by such shows as “Doomsday Preppers”.
Our right to assemble in New York City is limited as well.
In NYC you have to apply for a permit if more than 20 people assemble to exercise their right to “free speech”. This may seem like a reasonable compliance; however the city can prevent you from assembly if it doesn’t like you, or your cause.
The New York City General Assembly Website States,
“ You do not need a permit if you plan to distribute handbills or speak to people from a public sidewalk or in a city park, hold a demonstration, rally or press conference on a public sidewalk, have small gatherings in city parks, or march on a public sidewalk. You will need a permit if you plan to do any of the following:
- use amplified sound (microphones, megaphones) on public property;
- hold an event with more than 20 people in a New York City park;
- conduct a march in a public street; or
- conduct a procession involving 50 or more vehicles or bicycles in a public street.Permits can be obtained from the NYPD. If you expect to have fewer than 1,000 people, you can apply for a permit at the police precinct where the march will originate. If you expect 1,000 people or more, send your application to: NYPD, Investigation Review Section, 300 Gold Street, Room 305, Brooklyn, NY 11201.Apply for your permit as early as possible. Be persistent in pursuing the process, keep copies of any paperwork you submit, and record the names of the public officials with whom you interact.Are there restrictions on the use of amplified sound?Yes, even with a permit, city rules prohibit the use of amplified sound within 500 feet of a school, courthouse or church during hours of school, court or worship, or within 500 feet of a hospital or similar institution. City rules also prohibit the use of amplified sound between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m. in non-residential areas. In residential areas, amplified sound is not permitted between 8 p.m. or sunset (whichever is later) and 9 a.m. on weekdays, and between 8 p.m. or sunset (whichever is later) and 10 a.m. on weekends. In many instances, the permit may specify a decibel limit on the level of permissible sound.Finally, if you intend to use amplified sound that requires electricity, you are not allowed to tap into public power (e.g. a light pole) unless you have made specific arrangements with the city to do so.Types of permits:
- If your event will include more than 20 people, you must obtain a special events permit from the Parks Department. You can obtain a permit application, which contains the general rules governing the permit process, from the Department’s main office in the borough where the park is located or you can apply online at theParks Department’s website. Applying for a permit costs $25.”
Things are generally getting more restrictive simply because of fear. I think it’s time to take a clear look at our fears to see if they’re justifiable.
I think it’s time to question the motives of our “elected” representatives.
If our national policies that are created to alleviate our fears are inefficient, expensive, and irrational then we should try to look for another, more enlightened way of dealing with potential threats.
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