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A World Made for Crime

Updated on April 20, 2015

     Our society (in North America) is quite hypocritical. We look down on criminals; we talk low of them and we send them to jail, yet we facilitate their behaviour in many aspects. There are clear examples of this, which show our double-standards.

     There is a convenience store a few minutes away from my house which sells all sorts of paraphernalia. There are rolling papers and bongs for smoking weed (I do not want to hear the excuse that rolling papers are for rolling tobacco – hardly anyone smokes cigarettes which need to be rolled and I have yet to hear of someone smoking tobacco in a bong). The store also offers digital scales of all shapes and sizes and I am sure those are not for measuring your spices in the kitchen. Digital scales are for the most part used to weigh illegal drugs. Also the plastic little baggies … those nail sized ones with tiny skeleton heads or weed leaves drawn all over them, I wonder what those are for? What can you possibly fit in a plastic zip-lock bag the size of your thumb other than drugs of some sort? All these are sold at a convenience store where everyone from kids to grannies go in and such stores are all over the place. To me that shows how the sale and use of drugs is furthered by our society as a whole. Nobody seems to care about such products; they get sold and people make money from selling them. Everyone is happy until someone gets thrown in jail for possession (in the case of the United States).

     The other day I was in a friend’s car and we passed by a speed trap (a police car with a radar, hanging out on the side of the road enforcing the speed limit). Out of nowhere my buddy said:

     “Ohh, I would’ve seen that guy if I had my scanner on?”

     I learned about police scanners (electronic devices that show you the position of a police vehicle with radar on a map) many years ago. I had friends who had it before. I always abstained from getting one because I knew of someone who got caught with one and the fine was about eight hundred dollars – for me that was not worth it.

     What I saw next though amazed me. My friend was messing around with his phone and when I asked him what he was doing he said:

     “I am turning on the application?”

     “What,” I replied confused.

     “My police scanner” he answered.

     I was truly stupefied. It turned out his phone had an application on it available that used the phone’s GPS system to locate police vehicles with radar. Within a minute of him turning this ‘thing’ on, a tiny map of our surroundings appeared on his phone display with little red dots, showing the location of the police cruisers. This is available on cell phones … that just blew my mind! How much easier can it be to find out where the cops in the area are? Who says that this society doesn’t help people commit crimes? I think it actually encourages it in a way.

     The last example I wanted to talk about is the copying of music. I bought some blank HP CD-R (cds) to use for … whatever reason. This is what the cover reads on the top of the stack of cds: “Ideal for music, photo and data recording.”

     So, while corporations and some musicians are crying about their loss of profit, stores sell cds on which they tell you first and foremost that they are ideal for copying music. If people were really displeased about those criminals `burning` songs perhaps such cds should not be available at any store that involves electronics or computer parts. Why does the computer itself have an option of `Burning music cds. My Windows 7 clearly helps `criminals` copy music.

     If we allow such products to be sold, which facilitate criminal acts then, we should not seem amazed that such crimes exist. It makes me feel that I am living in a retarded society; there are so many double standards and things that make no sense …


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    • Beata Stasak profile image

      Beata Stasak 7 years ago from Western Australia

      Double standards exist in every society. People tend to excuse themselves from following the society rules even they made them by themselves. I grew up in Communist regime /similar to Chinese double standards/ where common people have always been punished if they did not follow 'Communist ideas' however the ruling Communist party officials followed capitalist free society rules. Look at China now.

      I believe there are always rules for majority and rules for wealthy minority, at least in democratic regime you can voice your disagreements, the question is if it change anything...

      I like your answer on the hub about the English Liberals and Israel. If you have spare time please visit me:

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      lmmartin 7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      The truth of the matter is people are basically juvenile rebels. The minute you say 'you cannot' you ensure they will, and for every rule, there is someone dedicating their brain power to finding new ways to break it. Seems to be human nature. Which makes one wonder, if so many people break a law, is the law still valid. If a large portion of society smokes marijuana, is the law against its use of any purpose? Reminds me of the stupidity, the waste of resources and the futility of prohibition.

      This is an excellent hub with much fuel for thought.

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      lelanew55 7 years ago

      I hear you. we set kids up to fail. I have heard many teachers say this kid or that kid is going to end up in prison.Instead of doing the best we can to improve education we build more prisons in anticipation of all those young criminals that are coming up.

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      someonewhoknows 7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      I see you have a good grasp of the situation.The truth is,the people who run the government at the highest levels ,meaning above the president.These people control those who enforce the laws.The facts are the C.I.A. and the N.S.A. are used by these people to do illegal things,by having other countries do what they are not allowed to do.Beware of those people,they control drugs legal and illegal,the money,the banks,and the military.They know what they are doing,by selling drugs on one hand and arresting those who are caught doing the same thing.They don't want the competition.They even fund the policing of the drug trade by allowing the police to confescate your home car,and money as well as any drugs they find.Former president Clinton started that when he was president.The biggest banks launder drug money.They know it's drug money too.So,does the government behind the government.This is the truth.Oil,drugs,even the legal ones your doctor or hospital sell,and war,are the biggest money making "businesses".That's what they are businesses.We have cures for cancer,and other diseases.But,the cures are not expensive.We also have the technology to have very cheap energy. They want to control everybody,and everything.It's just that simple.They allow poisons in our food,air,and water.They want to make as much money from your illnesses ,as well as from your labor while your still healthy.They don't care about people.At least not most people,or the people they can't control.They lend money at compound interest,knowing it's not easy to repay.They don't worry that you can't pay it back,because,it's not their money.They just make money from the interest and that's all they really care about is,their interestand control over everyone else.They will do anything,they think they can get away with and there seems to be no limit to what they can do in that respect.

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      Bail Up ! 7 years ago

      I particularly like the fireworks store we have here. Before purchasing they make you sign acknowledging the fact that you can purchase them but you may not blow them up. Just because they sell them doesn't mean they are legal. Totally retarded laws.