a non-violent, non-destructive crime you can do
✅ find a really old TV with a UHF dial
✅ attach antenna
✅ browse around UHF channels 80-84
✅ stop when you hear one-to-three-second snippets of people talking
✅ tell a buddy what you heard
Congratulations! You just intercepted and disclosed an electronic communication, 18 U.S. Code § 2511, a felony w/5 years max imprisonment.
So many actions are felonies. So many are non-violent. Many can legitimately be done by mistake.
I bet you've committed multiple felonies without realizing it. You just didn't inconvenience anyone.
Support voting rights for felons. Support hiring former felons. You almost certainly are an unconvicted felon.
@thraeryn this reminds me of something i've noticed about language, particularly in the US but more broadly too:
"criminal" is treated as a habit instead of as an action.
what i mean by this is, there's certain descriptors that apply only when someone's doing something. you're a pedestrian only until you stop walking. you're only a customer when you're in the store.
other descriptors apply to habitual actions, like jobs: teacher, driver, etc; or lifestyle choices: hiker, smoker, and so on
@thraeryn and i think that reflects a cultural idea that there is a kind of person who commits crimes (and that those people are bad)
that sort of idea that leads to policies like stripping felons of rights. i think if people only used "criminal" for people -in the act-, it would change perceptions significantly
just consider the difference from "the criminals in jail" to "the prisoners in jail"
("unconvicted felon" is a similarly good way to get people to re-evaluate their thought patterns)
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