The Santa Monica Mountains are among Los Angeles’ most beloved treasures, stretching from the Hollywood Hills to the Pacific, perfect for hiking, biking or just enjoying the view. Aside from a few modest parking fees, visiting is free.
Unless you’re captured on camera edging through stop signs erected by park overseers along rustic roads, out-of-the-way parking lots and cul-de-sacs that serve trailheads and scenic outlooks.
That will be $175.
Red-light cameras have been turned off in many California cities because data showed the costly tickets didn’t make streets safer. Last year, the presiding judge of Los Angeles Superior Court questioned the constitutionality of camera tickets, which rely solely on photos to prove who was driving.
Los Angeles shut down its red-light camera program in 2011, but the stop-sign camera controversy is just warming up in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Unnoticed by almost everyone when they began generating costly tickets almost five years ago, seven cameras have been planted in Temescal Gateway Park (which has two cameras), Marvin Braude Mulholland Gateway Park (known as Top of Reseda), the Top of Topanga Overlook and Upper Franklin Canyon Reservoir (which has three of them).
The cameras produce revenue for the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA). But how much can hikers and nature lovers really generate by rolling through seven stop signs in the parks? Maybe $25,000 a year? Seventy-five grand?
In fiscal year 2010, the cameras collected $2.4 million for the mountains authority.
L.A. Weekly has determined that more than 70,000 motorists in the picturesque mountains have been automatically ticketed since 2007. Despite posted signs, many drivers don’t see that, 40 feet behind them, a stop-sign camera photographs their rear license plate if they don’t fully halt as they leave the area.
“Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God’s gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences.” Freeman John Dyson Freedom and prosperity are so last century!
In 2013, with a ‘debt-money’ system and ‘graduated income tax system’ that robs us of our labor, we are serfs in a global feudal empire. The ‘powers that be’ who set up this system are concentrating control of every aspect of life into fewer and fewer hands.
Where are the technologies that allow us to earn more, work less and follow our own interests?
Technology should be a tool of the individual to make himself more productive, prosperous and independent. So he can enjoy the increased wealth he creates.
The legislative rules of our economy, financial and political system insert ‘middlemen’ who can interfere with the property rights of the individual. These ‘middlemen’ can selectively choose who benefits from technology.
Under current conditions, you don’ t, really, own anything. You rent or lease your property from the government. Should you not pay some license , fee or tax, like income or property, the government will cancel your lease and take anything they want.
Yes, technology is great if it doesn’t threaten the system. Amuse yourself to your hearts content. You have free reign to choose the distraction of your choice.
But if you look carefully, you will find the benefits of the wealth created by these advances, to the individual, are often taxed away and we, like hamsters on an exercise wheel, are running in place.
Only the banks, governments and corporations are privileged to benefit from the wealth generated by technology.
Technology should make life easier, better and more enjoyable for people and families.
Instead, we work longer and harder with important aspects of life uncertain and precarious.
Lending money at interest has been condemned by men such as Plato, Aristotle, Plutarch, Seneca and Cicero, early fathers of the Christian church; the majority of popes and councils up to 1830; likewise modern authors such as Goethe and Wagner.
The fight against usury goes back to the earliest known beginnings of civilization. From the days of Sumer to the present, decent people have struggled against this tool of the forces of darkness. Charging interest was condemned by the ancient Greek, philosophers. Money was to them something dead; something dead cannot be allowed to grow. Aristotle wrote in his work Politics (Book One, part X): “The most hated sort, and with the greatest reason, is usury, which makes a gain out of money itself, and not from the natural object of it. For money was intended to be used in exchange, but not to increase at interest. . . Wherefore of all modes of getting wealth this is the most unnatural.”
Lending at interest produces profit without labor. The same as slavery.
Usury by Calvin Elliot :
Bible Encyclopedia: “Usury, a premium received for a sum of money over and above the principal.” chpt. 1
“Man was commanded to subdue the earth and bring it into subjection as his servant …” chpt 16
“It is man’s high privilege to stand above all things, to call them to his feet and to compel their service. It is the reversion of the order for him to take the subordinate place and serve the inferior creation. Things subdued, such as wealth secured, is to minister to his highest good and to promote his noblest manhood. The order is reversed when this wealth commands his service and sacrifice. The miser both reverses the divine order and violates common sense by giving the love and service of his shriveling soul to a thing. ” chpt. 16
“The usurer and the borrower on usury, both, reverse the true order by assuming that a thing can claim man’s service. Both grant that a thing has rights to be respected. The usurer takes the service as due to the thing he owns. It is his property that is exalted, and for which he claims the service must be rendered, and if the borrower will think closely, he will find that in paying usury he is serving a thing.” chpt. 16
“A man reverses the divine order and degrades himself, and becomes a gross idolater, when he serves things …” chpt. 16
“The usurer, who has himself no rights against his fellows, uses a thing, his property, as an instrument or weapon to command service.” chpt.17
“If we admit the supremacy of man over the material creation, all subordinate to him, and no right to be, except to serve him, and also admit the equal rights of all men, there is no escape from the conclusion that the usurer can have no rightful claims to any portion of the labor of the borrower, without surrendering to him some portion of his property as compensation for the services received. He must have less property when the service is rendered and the borrower must have more property if the rights of both are regarded.” chpt. 17
“A false impression prevails, that the lender in some way gives the loan to the borrower; that the borrower becomes somewhat the owner of the property. The borrower is encouraged in this illusion and it becomes a plausible basis for the claim upon his services.” chpt. 17
“When a loan is made to a bank it is called a “deposit” and rightly, for it is only placed in the banker’s hands and does not in any part become his. This is true of any amount, great or small, whether the deposit draws interest or not. The lender never loses his sense of ownership of the whole amount, nor does the banker encourage the fiction that he has become part owner.” chpt. 17
“Every loan is but a “deposit.” The ownership of no part passes to the borrower. It is seldom that the loan or “deposit” is not safer in the keeping of the borrower than in the hands of the owner himself, when secured by mortgages or personal sureties. The usurer gains the earnings of the borrower but parts with no property. He receives the service but gives nothing.” chpt. 17
“It is only intelligent energy that can produce wealth. Even the natural resources must be subdued and shaped by intelligent energy to be of service to man. Trees do not betake themselves into the form of houses. Land does not transform itself into farms and gardens. Coal does not come to our fires without hands. Ore is not iron, nor is clay pottery. They must be carefully manipulated by the intelligent laborer.” chpt. 20
“Nothing man can make has the power of self propagation. All wealth is as barren as silver and gold, though Shylock claimed he could make them breed like ewes and rams. Life alone is productive, and the secrets of life man has not touched.” chpt. 20
“A tree or animal grows by the life that is in it, but the accretions of wealth are from the efforts of intelligent energy outside of itself. Wealth is an effect, a result. The vital energy of a person, of “a willing intelligent being” produces wealth, but it does not follow that it has the qualities of its cause. It has no intelligence, nor has it self-determining power, nor is it vital, nor has it energy, it has not in itself the force to overcome its inertia, the energy must be applied. It has no power to increase or grow. A fortune is built, as a building is built, brick after brick is added by intelligent hands.” chpt.20
“All wealth must have the living hands applied to cause it to increase even the smallest amount. There is no such thing as “productive” capital. It is so called when it is used to gather and appropriate the earnings of others, but wealth in none of its forms has the quality or power of producing.” chpt. 20
“Money, the most familiar form, is barren. A bag of dollars stored for ages will not have increased a single coin. ” chpt. 20
“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, They create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” Frederic Bastiat
“Count right now how many people can make a major decision that can ruin your life. I don’t like it when one person can make or break me. A boss. A publisher. A TV producer. A buyer of my company. At any one point I’ve had to kiss ass to all of the above. I hate it. I will never do it again.” James Altucher
The Public is Crying Moo… and Government is looking at a ‘Cash Cow‘ to furiously milk.
Local governments and police, in particular, are gaming the system to increase revenue. The federal government, banks, local government and now police are institutionalizing obvious ‘conflict of interest‘ policies to raise money off the local citizens.
You may have done nothing wrong. But with so many legislative rules, that the government can’t count them, masquerading as law, your every action violates some legislation somewhere at sometime.
Tickets, fines and interest, fees and licenses are becoming a daily ‘gauntlet of government bureaucrats and police’ who often without ‘due process‘ take your money.