forfeiture

When magic starts to return to the modern world, barely anyone notices. It doesn’t look anything like what we imagine. People don’t suddenly start developing magic powers, casting spells, or turning into elves and dwarves. In fact, people don’t really change at all, not at first.  It turns out that the magic isn’t even here for us. It’s here for what we’ve built. 

The change is slow, and subtle, and strange, as the magic works its way into our institutions. You mail letters to dead relatives, and the post office starts delivering their replies. Late-night bus routes stop at places never seen on any atlas. Libraries suddenly include subterranean archives where you can look anything you’ve ever forgotten, from the names of your favorite childhood books to the precise flavor of your first-ever chocolate chip cookie. 

The people working at these places take the changes in stride. The letters from the dead just show up every morning, sorted and stamped and ready for delivery, so why not carry them? Bus drivers follow the maps they’re given without trouble, and learn to accept even small gold coins as more than adequate fare. Electricians get used to seeing warding symbols in circuit diagrams, while clerks at the DMV find a stack of forms for registering ghostly steeds as personal vehicles, and sigh in relief at finally having that particular bureaucratic headache solved. The firefighters are shocked the first time they see a giant of living water burst out from a hydrant, but after it rescues several of them from a burning building, they decide not to ask questions. They tell their stories to others, though, and soon word of the changes is spreading. 

There’s no single moment of realization where everyone discovers that magic is real; the knowledge just creeps into day to day life a bit at a time, and society adapts. Cyber-safety programs teach people to never accept a file from the electric fairies without sharing one in return, and to never accept their Terms and Conditions without searching for the subsection on Souls, Forfeiture Thereof. Students leave offerings of coffee and boxed wine to petition the School Spirit for lower tuition or exam deferrals. Nurses learn the hours when Death stalks the hospital hallways, and keep bedside vigils in the children’s ward. They bring board games and cards for when the reaper is feeling playful, and well-worn baseball bats for when he isn’t. 

There are problems, of course, like the vicious monsters of blood and fire spawned from age-old hate groups, or infestations of the writing many-mouthed worms that literally feed on governmental corruption, but really, they were already there before the change. Magic only elaborates on what we’ve made, good or ill, manifesting the latent modern mythology underpinning our society. It doesn’t offer solutions to all of life’s problem, but for a few hurting people, guarded by the concrete arms of a neighborhood come to life to protect its community, or flying away on wings of copper wire and fiber-optic cable, it’s exactly the change they needed. 

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GET WRECKED (x)

For those that don’t know, civil forfeiture laws allow the government to take cash, cars, homes and other property suspected of being involved in criminal activity. Unlike criminal forfeiture, with civil forfeiture, the property owner doesn’t have to be charged with, let alone convicted of, a crime to permanently lose his property.

I support sex workers who don’t like sex work.

I support sex workers who want out.

I support sex workers who have massive critiques of the sexual economy but have decided it’s their best or only option currently.

I support sex workers who want other options.

I support sex workers who treat it as a job.

I support sex workers who think it’s their calling (but I don’t support sex workers who start treating workers who DON’T treat it as a sacred calling as if they’re selling themselves short and allowing themselves to be raped or are somehow dirty, get past that lateral whorephobia you entitled little shits).

I support sex workers doing it on the side because a living wage is a myth in this country for those not well off and white.

I support sex workers dipping in and out as needed for emergencies.

I support sex workers who quit and miss it.

I support sex workers who quit and are so fucking glad about it: congratulations!

I do not support sex workers who were able to quit and want to continue denying or further render unsafe and vulnerable the remaining population f workers who still need this income to get by, while refusing to admit that their own personal narrative may not be the One Ring of Truth for all sex workers, AND that the options they had for getting out aren’t available to all or even the vast majority of sex workers.

Deliberately and systemically unavailable, because options for poor women, indigenous women, uneducated women, trans women, women of colour, working class women, migrant women, and intersections of all of the above, are deliberately kept limited in our capitalist white supremacist society. And denying that is denying reality and buying into an imperialist and misogynist dream world that hates people of colour and women and lgbtqueer people and children and again, all of the above.

Work for rights and options, not for carceral solutions that fund police forces through arrest money and civil forfeiture.

Donate to shelters. Feed hungry people. Lobby against TPP and for changed border policies.

Support the most marginalized. Don’t support the oppressors.

Announcement

Dear readers, 

Two of the of the original winners of Lezhin’s World Comic Contest were disqualified due to rule violations and forfeiture on the part of the creator, including Spring in the Heart and Rose Moon. We apologize for any inconveniences this may have caused our readers. Further inquiries may be sent to help@lezhin.com.

Thank you.

- The US Lezhin Team

EDIT (April 13, 2017): Please refer to our latest announcement regarding Spring in the Heart.

The real heart of the legislation is the guilt by association — and giving the government the right to criminally prosecute and seize the assets of everyone who planned a protest and everyone who participated. And what’s worse is that the person who may have broken a window, triggering the claim there was a riot, might actually not be a member of the group but someone from the other side.

There’s something else: By including rioting in racketeering laws, it actually permits police to arrest those who are planning events.   


A childish, narcissistic, sociopathic, pathological liar sits in the Oval Office…
Congress wants to strip healthcare from millions of Americans…
Regulations prohibiting corporations from polluting our water, air, and soil have been eased or eliminated…
The Attorney General wants to increase the amount of asset forfeiture from innocent people…
But, please, let’s flip out about the 13th Doctor being “female.”

And my bartender Santa gave me an extra dose of Christmas cheer.

(warning: long story)

I’m a regular at a bar. I don’t have family, my room mate was out of town. So I went to the bar.

I was having a good night. Then this mother f*cker showed up.

Now this mother f*cker and I don’t have a lot of history in my mind. I was dating a girl three years ago. She cheated on me. I broke up with her. The whole relationship lasted all of a month. In my mind, that was the end of it. Shit happens, move on.

The person she cheated on me with, was this mother f*cker.

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  • Stopping the prosecution insufficient and insignificant cases
  • Reviewing past convictions and freeing the wrongfully convicted
  • Stopping cash bail imprisonment
  • Treating addiction as a medical problem, not a crime
  • Bringing police and communities together
  • Stop pursuing death sentences
  • Ending illegal stop-and-frisk searches
  • Ending civil asset forfeiture abuse

This was only a part of Krasner’s progressive platform for Philly!

anonymous asked:

DO you know what "rules" they violated? Is this like some plagiarism stuff... Or something entirely different? Because I do not even want to think that one of the authors ripped off a piece of work from somewhere else... That would be sad. But if that's not the case, then forget this whole message lol but I would like to know something, thank you

See this is the thing that bothers me, Lezhin didn’t tell us!

The announcement doesn’t explain what rules were being violated or if the forfeiture was voluntary by the artists after the fact that Spring in the Heart and Rose Moon were both already serialized. 

I’m heartbroken right now.

These boys deserved a chance to grow :(

theatlantic.com
The Injustice of Civil-Asset Forfeiture
He says he was headed to LA to pursue his dreams; the DEA took all his cash, because "the money is presumed to be guilty."

Joseph Rivers left his hometown of Romulus, Michigan, boarded a train, and headed for Los Angeles, California, where he hoped to become a music-video producer. The 22-year-old says he’d been saving money for years to make the trip and that his mother had scraped together some additional cash to help him get his start.

In total he carried $16,000.

At the Amtrak station in Albuquerque, New Mexico, men boarded the train and seized his money, leaving him penniless and without means to go on to L.A. or return home.

They were federal employees.

On Civil Asset Forfeiture

So, forgive the faculty person in me for a moment, but it occurs to me that lots of people are probably responding to Donald Trump’s ridiculous “joke” about destroying the career of a Texas legislator who opposes civil asset forfeiture without actually knowing what civil asset forfeiture (CAF, from here on) is, and how pervasive it is.

In brief. the simple fact is that it is legal for the government to seize property that is suspected to have been used while committing a crime. That’s CAF. Notably, CAF can happen – and happens all the time – even if the person from whom the property is seized is never convicted of a crime. Government usually sells the asset, and pockets the earnings … leaving perfectly innocent people without homes, or cars, or much else.

Police departments and prosecutors LOVE CAF: they get resources without even bothering with trials, regardless of whether there are convictions. More, in those cases when someone is actually guilty but is unlikely to be convicted (which can happen), CAF is an informal, indirect form of punishment. And since Americans automatically assume someone is guilty just because they are arrested, we don’t care that lots of innocent people lose their property through CAF: we assume they must have been guilty of something, and so deserved it.

So here’s hoping a friend never accidentally leaves a joint in the back seat of your car, or a numbnuts cousin doesn’t leave his stash at your grandmother’s house. That’s a quick trip to walking street and homeless town … all in the name of American justice.

Quite the joking matter, huh?

When they don’t have to fight traffic, teachers tend to hang around campus after the final bell. I won’t make it across two county lines to pick up my daughter from her nanny share in time if I dawdle. So I don’t tutor, go to school plays, lead clubs, attend games, or coach.

When a teacher lives in the community, parents aren’t just email addresses and phone numbers. Parent-teacher interactions aren’t limited to disputes over a child’s behavior or grades. Those interactions instead can happen on the sidewalk or the shoe store or the gym. The parents may provide medical care, serve food, or fix cars. There’s no forfeiture of authority when these barriers crumble, just the acknowledgement that both parties are stakeholders in the community and the institutions it comprises.

nytimes.com
What It Means: The Indictment of Manafort and Gates
The indictment alleges a complicated scheme of fraud and deception by President Trump’s former campaign manager and his protégé. Both surrendered to the authorities on Monday.
By Charlie Savage

A concise summary of a convoluted alleged scheme

Defendants PAUL J. MANAFORT, JR., (MANAFORT) and RICHARD W. GATES III (GATES) served for years as political consultants and lobbyists. Between at least 2006 and 2015, MANAFORT and GATES acted as unregistered agents of the Government of Ukraine, the Party of Regions (a Ukrainian political party whose leader Viktor Yanukovych was President from 2010 to 2014), Yanukovych, and the Opposition Bloc (a successor to the Party of Regions that formed in 2014 when Yanukovych fled to Russia). MANAFORT and GATES generated tens of millions of dollars in income as a result of their Ukraine work. In order to hide Ukraine payments from United States authorities, from approximately 2006 through at least 2016, MANAFORT and GATES laundered the money through scores of United States and foreign corporations, partnerships and bank accounts.

The opening paragraph of the indictment lays out a narrative framework for understanding the complex details subsequent pages delve into. In brief, prosecutors contend that Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates violated a law that requires Americans to register and disclose activities undertaken as agents of a foreign power, and then that they took steps to launder tens of millions of dollars in income from that work and to evade paying taxes on it.

New details about a high-profile raid

In fact, MANAFORT and GATES had: selected Company A and Company B; engaged in weekly scheduled calls and frequent emails with Company A and Company B to provide them directions as to specific lobbying steps that should be taken; sought and received detailed oral and written reports from these firms on the lobbying work they had performed; communicated With Yanukovych to brief him on their lobbying efforts; both congratulated and reprimanded Company A and Company B on their lobbying work; communicated directly with United States officials in connection with this work; and paid the lobbying firms over $2 million from offshore accounts they controlled, among other things. In addition, court-authorized searches of MANAFORT and GATES’ DMI email accounts and MANAFORT’S Virginia residence in July 2017 revealed numerous documents, including documents related to lobbying, which were more than thirty-days old at the time of the November 2016 letter to the Department of Justice.

In July, Mr. Mueller’s team and the F.B.I. executed an unusual search warrant at Mr. Manafort’s home in Virginia in which, rather than knocking on his front door, they picked the lock and burst inside, seizing documents and copying computer files. Such an unannounced intrusion is permitted only when prosecutors convince a judge that a defendant may destroy evidence if given any warning.

The indictment suggests what was behind the raid. After questions arose about whether Mr. Manafort had failed to register as a foreign agent for Ukraine, his firm denied the allegations but also told federal investigators in November 2016 that they had no records about the work because their policy is to destroy emails after 30 days.

This line in the indictment shows what prosecutors found in that raid: documents related to his lobbying for Ukraine that Mr. Manafort’s lobbying company had told federal investigators did not exist — one of the bases for charges of making false statements.

Hiding foreign bank accounts

Furthermore, in each of MANAFORT’s tax filings for 2008 through 2014, MANAFORT represented falsely that he did not have authority over any foreign bank accounts. MANAFORT and GATES had repeatedly and falsely represented in writing to MANAFORT’s tax preparer that MANAFORT had no authority over foreign bank accounts, knowing that such false representations would result in false MANAFORT tax filings. For instance, on October 4, 2011, MANAFORT’S tax preparer asked MANAFORT in writing: “At any time during 2010, did you [or your wife or children] have an interest in or a signature or other authority over a financial account in a foreign country, such as a bank account, securities account or other financial account?” On the same day, MANAFORT falsely responded “NO.” MANAFORT responded the same way as recently as October 3, 2016, When MANAFORT’S tax preparer again emailed the question in connection with the preparation of MANAFORT’s tax returns: “Foreign bank accounts etc.?” MANAFORT responded on or about the same day: “NONE.”

Americans who hold assets in offshore bank accounts are required to disclose information about those holdings to the federal government, including for tax purposes. The indictment alleges that Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates violated those laws.

Defrauding lenders

After MANAFORT used his offshore accounts to purchase real estate in the United States, he took out mortgages on the properties, thereby allowing MANAFORT to have the benefits of liquid income without paying taxes on it. Further, MANAFORT defrauded the banks that loaned him the money so that he could withdraw more money at a cheaper rate than he otherwise would have been permitted.

The indictment shows how the investigators’ deep scrutiny of Mr. Manafort’s financial dealings helped them uncover additional alleged offenses that resulted in charges. For example, Mr. Manafort “used his hidden overseas wealth to enjoy a lavish lifestyle in the United States, without paying taxes on that income,” according to the indictment, by having his overseas entities buy real estate and then taking out mortgages on those properties, freeing up cash.

The indictment details several such transactions in which Mr. Manafort is accused of falsely telling the bank he was either living in the properties or was using the borrowed funds for construction, thereby gaining access to a lower interest rate.

Conspiracy against the United States

From in or about and between 2006 and 2017, both dates being approximate and inclusive, in the District of Columbia and elsewhere, the defendants PAUL J. MANAFORT JR., and RICHARD W. GATES III, together with others, knowingly and intentionally conspired to defraud the United States by impeding, impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful governmental functions of a government agency, namely the Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury, and to commit offenses against the United States, to wit, the violations of law charged in Counts Three through Six and Ten through Twelve.

The first charge against Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates is conspiracy, a powerful tool used by prosecutors. Two people are guilty of the crime of conspiracy if they agreed to commit a crime and took any step toward that goal. Conspiracy charges also permit prosecutors to hold each defendant responsible for the actions of the others within a plot. Here is a primer on how conspiracy charges may fit into the Trump-Russia probe.

An unusual basis for money laundering charges

(a) transport, transmit, and transfer monetary instruments and funds from places outside the United States to and through places in the United States and from places in the United States to and through places outside the United States, with the intent to promote the carrying on of specified unlawful activity, to wit: a felony Violation of the FARA, in Violation of Title 22, United States Code, Sections 612 and 618 (the “Specified Unlawful Activity”), contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Section 1956(a)(2)(A); and

(b) conduct financial transactions, affecting interstate and foreign commerce, knowing that the property involved in the financial transactions would represent the proceeds of some form of unlawful activity, and the transactions in fact would involve the proceeds of Specified Unlawful Activity, knowing that such financial transactions were designed in whole and in part (i) to engage in conduct constituting a Violation of sections 7201 and 7206 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and (ii) to conceal and disguise the nature, location, source, ownership, and control of the proceeds of the Specified Unlawful Activity, contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Section 19S6(a)(1)(A)(ii) and l956(a)(1)(B)(i).

Money laundering charges require that the financial transactions involved be designed to conceal that funds came from an underlying unlawful activity. Typically, such charges are pegged to a crime like drug trafficking. Here, prosecutors say, the underlying activity is instead the failure by Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates to register as a foreign agent while conducting lobbying activities for Ukraine that were otherwise lawful in and of themselves. That is an aggressive move by Mr. Mueller’s team.

Mueller is going after Manafort’s assets

52. Pursuant to Fed. R. Crim, P. 32.2, notice is hereby given to the defendants that the United States will seek forfeiture as part of any sentence in accordance with Title 18, United States Code, Sections 981(a)(1)© and 982(a)(1) and(a)(2), and Title 28, United States Code, Section 2461©, in the event of the defendants’ convictions under Count Two of this Indictment.

As part of the pressure Mr. Mueller and his team are putting on Mr. Manafort, they are signaling in this indictment that if he is convicted of various charges, the government will seek to seize various properties and a life insurance policy linked to those charges — or any other assets he may have, if those are no longer available. This gives Mr. Manafort an additional incentive to cooperate as part of a plea deal that could allow his family to keep some of those assets.

Where will Mueller go next?

Mr. Mueller’s personal signature appears at the end of this indictment, a rare direct acknowledgment of his work. Little has been heard in public from Mr. Mueller since he took the assignment of special counsel, even as political commentary about him and his work has raged — especially from President Trump, who has called the special counsel investigation a “witch hunt” and on Monday reiterated on Twitter that there was “no collusion” with Russia and said of the indictment, “Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign.”

The indictment, though undoubtedly significant, also raises the question of what Mr. Mueller’s next step will be. But it is widely believed that Mr. Mueller is hoping to pressure Mr. Manafort into flipping and becoming a cooperating witness, providing information about the central subject of his investigation: the relationship between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Head-Canon Hades

This may not correspond exactly to myth but inspires my work.

I enjoy the telling of two star-crossed lovers, but I can’t shake the thought that Hades had a former life before Persephone.  That his capriciousness in the capture of the young goddess–by force instead of by heart, was spurned by a desire to regain a piece of himself that died with the nymph Leuce.  Obviously he wanted to avoid going through Demeter, but I think this coupled with desperation and a real need for a queen made him impatient.

As a result of his haste and indiscretion–traits not congruent with his usual prudence, Hades brought shame on himself in the eyes of the other gods. Though bound in marriage, he can only hope to see his wife for part of each year. 

Interesting that as a king he is also a judge; so he must understand when his shortcomings earn him disrepute and forfeiture.