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    AtlasAikido 5 years 8 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    Recognizing the Amazing Ron Posted on May 22, 2012 by Lew Rockwell http://www.lewrockwell.com/politicaltheatre/2012/05/recognizing-the-amaz...
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    AtlasAikido 5 years 8 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    May 21, 2012 U.S. Military Defeated in Vietnam Posted by Michael S. Rozeff on May 21, 2012 11:37 AM Sociologist Bill Gibson was recorded in 1987 talking about his book on the Vietnam War (The Perfect War: Techno-War in Vietnam). In this video on YouTube, he touches on many interesting aspects of the war, like the myths and delusions of the U.S. military, its leaders and those of the American people. I watched all 10 parts, which is unusual for me. In Part 10, he accurately foretold that, since the delusions had not yet been shattered, the U.S. would again make wars it could not win. These delusions that are a contributing factor to causing folly after folly are culturally rooted and historically-conditioned. There are reasons why Americans over-estimate the importance of technical gadgets of war, look upon other governments as inferior, look upon other peoples as inferior, do not understand foreign systems, separate the world into good guys (Americans) and bad guys (whoever doesn't agree with Americans), refuse to face realities, think that wars can be run like production lines, focus on body counts, kills and statistics, view systems that are different as threats, and on and on. http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/112430.html
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    AtlasAikido 5 years 8 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    May 23, 2012 What ‘Supporting Our Troops’ Gets You Posted by Becky Akers on May 23, 2012 09:14 AM http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/112577.html
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    AtlasAikido 5 years 8 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    May 23, 2012 The 'Demon'-Haunted Mind of a Law Enforcer Posted by William Grigg on May 23, 2012 11:16 AM http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/112602.html
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    AtlasAikido 5 years 8 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    Indeed...Very interesting. Simple chart compares Articles of Confederation and the Constitution...
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    AtlasAikido 5 years 8 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    May 22, 2012 Never Forget: The Police Always Make Things Worse Posted by William Grigg on May 22, 2012 01:26 PM http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/112540.html http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/
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    AtlasAikido 5 years 8 weeks ago Page Glen Allport
    What is the difference between Potassium Iodate (KIO3) and Potassium Iodide (KI)? Both Potassium Iodate tablets (KI03) & Potassium Iodide tablets (KI) are THYROID BLOCKERS. They will both do the same job for adult users. However, there are some subtle but important differences: According to chemical manufacturers of the base chemicals of Potassium Iodate tablets (KI03) and Potassium Iodide tablets (KI): KIO3 has a health risk of "1" (slight) KI has a health risk of "2" (moderate) (Either of these are preferred over Radioactive Iodine from Nuclear Fallout.) KIO3 is not bitter, which means that children can take KIO3 with less difficulty than KI. This is extremely important: If children are the most susceptible to the harmful effects of Radioactive Iodine, then the possibility of children not able to take the pills or tablets or keep them down is dangerous. For this reason, we ask those of you who have children to purchase KIO3 instead of KI. http://www.campingsurvival.com/nucprot.html
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    AtlasAikido 5 years 8 weeks ago Page Glen Allport
    Potassium iodate is far superior. Your kids will throw up the iodide. STR site has a spam filter that is stopping me from posting links...
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    AtlasAikido 5 years 8 weeks ago Page Glen Allport
    # 11A081 Thorium by Jim Davies, 3/23/2011 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/11A081.htm "US physicists in the late 1940s explored thorium fuel for power. It has a higher neutron yield than uranium, a better fission rating, longer fuel cycles, and does not require the extra cost of isotope separation. The plans were shelved because thorium does not produce plutonium for bombs."
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    AtlasAikido 5 years 8 weeks ago Page Glen Allport
    References from # Joseph Mercola, DO, on why there's a war on healthy raw milk. http://lewrockwell.com/mercola/mercola185.html
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    AtlasAikido 5 years 8 weeks ago Page Glen Allport
    References from # There's No Way To Contain the Radiation Mac Slavo on government lies, corporate cover-ups and the potential evacuation of 10 million people. http://lewrockwell.com/slavo/slavo102.html
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    AtlasAikido 5 years 8 weeks ago Page Glen Allport
    # Now, as radiation fallout envelops the entire northern hemisphere, there is a distinct possibility that the crisis will move into an *even more critical and dangerous phase*. The radiation has absolutely reached the shores of North America. Water samples from across the continent have tested positive for unsafe levels of radioactivity. The levels exceeded federal drinking water thresholds, known as maximum contaminant levels, or MCL, by as much as 181 times.”This means that the complete ecosystem of the Pacific Ocean is now poisoned with radiation and we aren’t being warned. Samples of milk taken across the United States have shown radiation at levels 2000 percent higher than EPA maximums. The reason that milk is so significant is that it it representative of the entire food supply. Not to mention: The Everyday Drink That Contains Blood, Pus, and Drugs Conventional milk. Joseph Mercola, DO, on why there's a war on healthy raw milk. Yes I stopped drinking the stuff. And yesterday I switched to catfish from the South no more Northern hemisphere salmon...Drinking water from new zealand. And I keep away from products with: Synthetic Alpha Tocopherol Shown to Increase Prostate Cancer Risk. www.lef.org/featured-articles/INFEML_Rebuttal_E_1018.htm
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    AtlasAikido 5 years 8 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    The New American Order: Using Weapons of Compliance To Stamp Out Protest by John W. Whitehead http://lewrockwell.com/whitehead/whitehead45.1.html
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    AtlasAikido 5 years 8 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    Correction: "The Milgram experiment IS being played [out by agents of the state] using mobile torturing devices (tasers) and exercising the divine right of kings".
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    AtlasAikido 5 years 8 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    'There was a time when those in positions of legal authority were literally regarded as beings of an inherently superior order, entitled to a special status exempt from ordinary moral rules. That doctrine was known as the divine right of kings. Nowadays we profess to have given up that doctrine; the Declaration of Independence boldly declares that “all men are created equal.” But *we* [too many] are still all too quick to treat the bearers of official power as a breed apart'. Excerpted from an article from Roderick Long in the search link above. The Milgram experiment IS being played by agents using mobile torturing devices (tasers) and exercising the divine right of kings. 'For those familiar with Stanley Milgram’s psychological experiments, which I often reference, you may recall that Dr. Milgram found that the one thing most likely to make someone refuse to obey a nasty command from a perceived “authority” is the person seeing someone ELSE refusing to obey. For whatever strange psychological reason, hardly anyone wants to be the FIRST to disobey “authority,” but many don’t mind being the SECOND to do so. (After that, lots of otherwise obedient people seem perfectly willing to rebel against a malevolent “authority.”) I think the reason is that there is huge mental inertia against even the POSSIBILITY of disobeying ever occurring to most people. But once that barrier is broken, by someone suggesting that disobedience could even be an option, suddenly a lot of people are able to at least consider it'. Excerpted from http://www.libertarian.to/NewsDta/templates/news1.php?art=art1839 The Evils of Collectivism (We-ism) The problem with misplaced power is not in the chain of command; it is in The Chain of Obedience. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NcLNoxiPBk Rand sets out to demonstrate through the novel’s action what happens when governments follow socialist ideas. She argues that when men are compelled, through collectivism’s forced moral code, to place the needs of their neighbors above their own rational self-interest, the result is chaos and evil. Incentive is destroyed, and corruption becomes inevitable. The story of the Twentieth Century Motor Company illustrates this brilliantly. After the plant adopted a method in which workers were paid according to perceived needs and ordered to work based on perceived ability, the workers became depraved and immoral, each seeking to show himself or herself as most needy and least skilled. The plant failed, and the community was destroyed by mistrust and greed. For Rand, any economic or political plan based on sacrifice of the individual for the group leads to chaos and destruction.
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    Samarami 5 years 8 weeks ago Page Glen Allport
    Good essay, Glen. I'm convinced it's the kind of thing many of us should be dwelling upon instead of the constant rehashing of how egregious "The-State" is. I've placed an order for a year's supply of curcumin and thank you for introducing it (guess I missed Serenity's article). I use quotes because "The-State" is reification -- it does not exist. Only predators and parasites claiming to represent "The State" exist. And if you're not yet convinced of the evil the entire concept of The State is, Albert Jay Nock made an excellent case almost 80 years ago. It seems that those hyenas called "state" feel duty-bound to create higher and higher hurdles to freedom while urging the shapeless masses to chant slogans to freedom. Then they proceed to engage in suicidal dockets that could get us and our progeny all killed if the spin-off from the likes of Ron Paul don't bring those fools claiming to be "state" down first. I never diss the Paulians, because I got here from being a Goldwaterite in 1964 -- the last time I registered with the white man and "voted". You can run, but you can't hide. I'm not sure (as you alluded) a major move to a different hemisphere is going to spare many. But the links you provided, as well as SHTF (don't have the link handy) and others are good starts. Meanwhile, be sovereign, stay free (quietly), live fast, love hard and die young might be a decent option. Sam
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    AtlasAikido 5 years 8 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    ...The heart of Castle Rock v. Gonzales is a police v. the people dispute. Do the police exist to protect you? --The clear answer is no. From the 1856 US Supreme Court ruling on South v. Maryland through to Castle Rock, the courts have ruled that "there is no Constitutional right to be protected by the state against being murdered by criminals or madmen" (Bowers v. DeVito, 1982). --At one time, a significant portion of what is now America was protected by private policemen who were paid by — and, so, responsible to — the community where they served. The Western sheriffs did protect people and property; they did rescue schoolmarms and punish cattle rustlers. Their mission was to keep the peace by preventing violence.--Modern policemen still bask in the glow of that legacy even as they betray it by taking state salaries and institutionalizing an indifference for the person and property of those they purport to serve. --The modern policeman is, in fact, the antithesis of Marshal Dillon and an expression of the stereotypical British sheriff — a civil servant responsible ONLY to government and governmental policy. ---There is an extreme disconnect between the public and the police when it comes to preventing violence. The public cries, "That's your job!" The police reply, "Tell it to the judge." *And American judges have consistently ruled that the police have no obligation to protect you*. ---I wonder where that disconnect could come from? (SARC-INT). And who would spread such self-serving frauds and cheats? I shrug dear reader. Perhaps in part those that repeat (spread) discredited memes under the tyranny of good intentions and feel good do-goodism in opposition to the facts. http://mises.org/daily/5651/To-Serve-and-Protect-the-State --"And, so, to the woman who says, "My husband [and or friend] is a good man!" and words to that effect I must reluctantly answer, *"It does not matter."* [emphasis added] ---It's Not Personal; It's Institutional---Mises Daily: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 by Wendy McElroy http://mises.org/daily/5439/Its-Not-Personal-Its-Institutional "Thoreau wrote, Now, what are they? Men at all? or small movable forts and magazines, at the service of some unscrupulous man in power?… The mass of men serve the State thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies.…In most cases there is no free exercise whatever of the judgment or of the moral sense; but they put themselves on a level with wood and earth and stones; and wooden men (sociopath behavior) can perhaps be manufactured that will serve the purpose as well... --*Many consider service to "their country" to be an automatic virtue*, but it is a dehumanizing vice whenever it involves the abandonment of conscience. The military demands this abandonment. And few activities can be as dehumanizing as patrolling foreign streets in the role of an occupying force".... Grappling with the Banality of Evil Mises Daily: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 by Wendy McElroy http://mises.org/daily/5491/Grappling-with-the-Banality-of-Evil
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    sscharliem 5 years 8 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    I like to point out to people that the Constitution gives Congress the power of taxation - but it doesn't say how much. They can tax you all they want according to the Constitution. I let the limited Gov't types chew on that.
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    AtlasAikido 5 years 8 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    Excellent identification Persona non grata: Ultimately it is about seeing the unseen and making it seen. What is at the root of the issue? How is it possible that a mobile torture device called a Taser can be used to torture people in the open? Thanks to Stefan Molyneux for bringing up the idea that the so-called "Black Bloc" ARE Not what they pretend to be and the history of such state instigated provocatuers and how that plays into people believing the Big Lie that people NEED statism and pain compliance (torture) to avoid so called chaos... True News: The 'Violence' of the G20 Protests http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZJIzWbOzdw&feature=youtube_gdata References The State Will Always Self-Justify Posted by Darian Worden http://c4ss.org/content/3062 More here: http://c4ss.org/?s=taser The Comforting Lie http://www.strike-the-root.com/comforting-lie
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    Persona non grata 5 years 8 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    Pain compliance is torture.
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    Samarami 5 years 8 weeks ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    The new law would give sweeping powers to the State Department and Pentagon to push television, radio, newspaper, and social media onto the U.S. public. “It removes the protection for Americans,” says a Pentagon official who is concerned about the law. “It removes oversight from the people who want to put out this information. There are no checks and balances. No one knows if the information is accurate, partially accurate, or entirely false.” Horrors! Wouldn't want them "protections" from the media we've been giving 'em all these years removed, now would we -- checks and balances and all? (heh heh heh) Want 'em to keep believin' all that information is accurate. Yes sir ree, bob! Talk about a dominant social theme. Anybody wonder why I've not owned a television or allowed one in my house for over 35 years? Sam
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    Suverans2 5 years 9 weeks ago Web link Guest
    "Commenting about JPMorgan’s loss, President Obama stumbled onto the truth — but didn’t realize it — when he said that, since the taxpayers[1] could be on the hook for large bank mistakes, vigilant regulation is needed. But why are the taxpayers on the hook?" Because they are the ones who voluntarily[2], or ignorantly, remain the chattel[3] property [human resources] of the state. ______________________________________________________________ [1] Taxpayer. One who is subject to a tax on income, regardless of whether he or she pays the tax. I.R.C. § 7701(a)(14) ~ Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition (c.1991), page 1462 Natural persons[a] are subject to the law of nature, i.e. the natural laws of the human world, not the INTERNAL REVENUE CODE. [a] NATURAL PERSONS. Such as are formed by nature, as distinguished from artificial persons, or corporations, formed by human laws for purposes of society and government. Wharton. ~ A Dictionary of the Law (Black’s 1st c. 1891), pg. 802 [2] It is only involuntary when one is not aware that he, or she, can lawfully withdraw from membership in the herd. [3] chattel n. 1. Law An article of movable personal property. 2. A slave. ~ The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, copyright ©2000
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    Samarami 5 years 9 weeks ago Web link Emerson13
    Then along comes Ron Paul with a lament to "...return to sound money..." (in the hands of state predators, of course). At least Dr Paul prescribes "free market money" -- having no law banning each or any of us to print "money" as long as the free market will accept it. Fat chance of that getting through congressional type barriers to free marketing. Sam
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    Suverans2 5 years 9 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    Good word, Sam, reification (1846) "it is the error of treating as a concrete thing something which is not concrete, but merely an idea".
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    Samarami 5 years 9 weeks ago Web link Emerson13
    Nobody wants to blame predators of state or fiat "money". It's that evil free market that's to blame. Yes, sir ree bob! FBI to the rescue! Shades of wolves coming to rescue of sheep. And the people cheer! http://www.thedailybell.com/3894/Time-Magazine-Fed-is-Responsible-for-th... Sam
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    Samarami 5 years 9 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    As you may have suspected, Suverans2, I purposely paraphrased the late Harry Browne's quotation. Here's the reason: a year or so back I began to study into Delmar England's declaration that insanity IS the social norm. England is hard to read. He writes with a heavy, hard to comprehend hand; and I find myself having to go back and reread sentences and paragraphs and definitions. But after thinking through his themes I came to realize why many people -- even those espousing "libertarianism" -- can never completely cast off the chains of governmentalism. One of England's central themes has to do with reification. If folks can be encouraged to think of "the government" as a living, breathing entity it matters not if they whine and complain, "she" is still "our country" (and whatever "our" leaders say or do must inevitably be for our own good). I always try to avoid usages such as "..the state wants servile obedience..." Not. The state is individuals who do violence at the behest of the servile obedience of those who claim "citizenship" thereto. Sociopathic individuals claiming to represent "The State" want servile obedience. "The government" is good at nothing. Predators who claim "a-mandate-of-the-people" are good at doing harm to "their citizens". Freedom, I think, is in a large part getting my definitions straight so I can think free (or freely for the correctists). Sam
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    Samarami 5 years 9 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    Your assessment and the young lady's sign tell the whole story. Freedom's in your head. But don't take that too lightly: life's in your head. Physiologically you're made up of probably less than a couple dozen of the hundred and some odd elements that have been identified and cataloged; but your life is what you see, hear and feel. That's why I bristle when a "libertarian" sets out to diss the religious beliefs of somebody else. If you're free that means if you want to blow a reefer you'll blow a reefer. You'll understand and take certain precautions because there are parasitic and predator narcs lurking about to trip you up. You'll see those narcs as criminals. You'll intuitively perceive that they're worse than non-government criminals because they don't KNOW they're criminals. Not only that but neither do the unfree hordes who make up the better part of your neighbors and friends and family up and down the street. That makes narcs triply egregious. But a big part of freedom's challenge is solving the problem of side-stepping the most unstable of the gangsters -- those who wear the costumes of state and have badges and are armed and dangerous. And those who support them. That challenge is what made me a sovereign state. Sam
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    Suverans2 5 years 9 weeks ago
    David vs. Goliath
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    "What was going through the minds of these armed and ready riot police as this toddler stared them down?" Это одно должно быть достаточно легко убить ... если мы сохраним наш ум о нас. (Translate it here)
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    Suverans2 5 years 9 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    It looks like someone else agrees with that assessment. See here.
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    Suverans2 5 years 9 weeks ago
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    G'day Paul, You wrote, "...it seems we have an obligation at least to attempt to stop the killing with this small action [i.e. voting for Ron Paul]." [Emphasis and bracketed info added] Would it be fair to presume "we" refers to the voluntary members of the BODY POLITIC[1] generally referred to as "United States citizens", since those of us who choose not to be members of that CORPORATION cannot vote in presidential elections[2]? _________________________________________________________________________________________________ [1] Definition of BODY POLITIC 1: a group of persons politically organized under a single governmental authority 2 archaic : corporation 2 ~ Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary, 11th Edition [2] Definition of CORPORATION ...2: a body formed and authorized by law to act as a single person although constituted by one or more persons and legally endowed with various rights and duties... (Ibid.) [Emphasis added]
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    Jim Davies 5 years 9 weeks ago
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    With you on this one, Paul. Ron has indeed done a bunch of good, despite the serious shortfalls in his platform. Today I read he has stopped campaigning, but has not endorsed Mitt. Good. Tampa may yet be interesting. I have been very impressed indeed at the enthusiasm of his supporters. In NH on the Primary's eve, I saw several very professional pro-Paul banners on the highway, yet not a single b-sticker, even, for anyone else. What matters is what that groundswell does next. Ron will not disappear, but he must retire eventually. Who will replace him? Rand? Hmmm.
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    Suverans2 5 years 9 weeks ago
    Revolt in Minnesota
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    "Gold has been replaced, at the dictate of the State, by fiat paper--by pieces of paper issued and imprinted by the government." "Imprinted by the government", you may rightly ask? The answer may surprise you. "These international bankers and Rockefeller-Standard Oil interests control the majority of the newspapers and magazines in this country. They use the columns of these papers to club into submission or drive out of office public officials who refuse to do the bidding of the powerful corrupt cliques which compose the invisible government.... The warning of Theodore Roosevelt has much timeliness today, for the real menace of our republic is this invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy length over City, State, and nation... It seizes in its long and powerful tentacles our executive officers, our legislative bodies, our schools, our courts, our newspapers, and every agency created for the public protection... To depart from mere generalisations, let me say that at the head of this octopus are the Rockefeller-Standard Oil interest and a small group of powerful banking houses generally referred to as the international bankers. The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both parties, write political platforms, make catspaws[1] of party leaders, use the leading men of private organisations, and resort to every device to place in nomination for high public office only such candidates as will be amenable to the dictates of corrupt big business... These international bankers and Rockefeller-Standard Oil interests control the majority of newspapers and magazines in this country." John Hylan, Mayor of New York 1927 (Former New York City Mayor John Haylan speaking in Chicago and quoted in the March 27, 1927, New York Times) [1] catspaw noun 1. a person used to serve the purposes of another; tool. And, with that we now know who actually "governs" the so-called United States of America. “He who controls the money supply of a nation controls the nation” ~ James Garfield, 20th President of the United States
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    AtlasAikido 5 years 9 weeks ago Page Leonidas
    The Market for Liberty | Introduction http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGKxp5nc1L8&feature=relmfu
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    AtlasAikido 5 years 9 weeks ago Page Leonidas
    But wait. Is he out? Nope! Some historical perspective for Ron Paul activists Posted by Ryan W. McMaken on May 15, 2012 12:47 AM http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/112112.html
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    AtlasAikido 5 years 9 weeks ago Page Leonidas
    RP Campaign Will No Longer Contest Primaries Headline on Drudge Posted on May 14, 2012 by Lew Rockwell PAUL OUT [Good for him] http://www.lewrockwell.com/politicaltheatre/2012/05/special-announcement... As in literature and economics, John Galt turned down the post of Economic Czar in Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" for all the right reasons and left. It is the proper solution...
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    Paul 5 years 9 weeks ago
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    I too have considered voting for Ron Paul. The point is whether voting matters some, or not at all. If there is even a little utility to voting (for us, not for the ruling class) it seems we have an obligation at least to attempt to stop the killing with this small action. "Voting changes nothing" is certainly true for the run-of-the-mill politician, but Ron Paul certainly is not one. I'm still on the fence on this one. I think though, that Ron Paul's attempt certainly has done a lot of good. Maybe it's done the best that reasonably could have been expected.
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    Paul 5 years 9 weeks ago Page Jim Davies
    "Those are pretty simple, right? But both are indispensable. Fail to do them, the race is forever condemned to suffer under government. Do them, and its slave-chains are broken. And both involve universal re-education; nothing else is needed." So Jim, what do you propose to do with the people who refuse to be re-educated, to use your self-righteous term? Put a bullet in their heads? Just a minor detail, I guess. Fortunately the job is a lot easier than the ridiculously impossible task you propose. Tolerance is all we need, not complete conversion of everyone into anarchists.
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    Samarami 5 years 9 weeks ago
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    You're absolutely correct on both counts, Suverans2. Why make three-way contracts with parasites? If you've having the "same-sex" for a number of years and want to spice it up, do what you know! Leave state agents out of the equation. (On the other hand, William, don't beat yourself up for having "voted" one way or the 'tuther. G-d'll forgive you for voting). Sam
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    Samarami 5 years 9 weeks ago
    The Jones Plantation
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    The lesson, as I see it: I can be free. Here. Today. I don't need my fellow slaves to become free for me to become free. As Jim Davies says, that would be a nice touch. But it may not be in the cards. Too much "security" in slavery for most folks to trust liberty -- even family members. Not that I can't put forth some effort to encourage others. But I have to keep in the forefront of my mind that I am not responsible for the results, only the encouragement. I don't need to move to New Hampshire or Costa Rica. Most of the folks there believe in human governments also -- except led by a Ron Paul or a Peter Schiff (I suppose they think it would have to be under a "monarchy" led by one or the other). Where human beings believe in "leaders", sociopaths will step forward to "lead". I'm not going to contribute to the overall liberty bank balance by whining and wringing my hands over sociopathic infringements on "...our-traditional-American-values..." I am a sovereign state. Therefore, it's up to me to administer My Country in a liberty-minded manner. It's up to nobody else. You guys and gals can provide encouragement. But you can't make me free. None of you. Sam
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    Suverans2 5 years 9 weeks ago
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    Besides, why all this fuss about same-sex marriage.
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    Glen Allport 5 years 9 weeks ago Page Glen Allport
    I agree with you Steve: It IS awfully pessimistic. But not because "the glass is always half empty" -- It's because things really are in such dire shape. Here's what Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer and former nuclear company executive, has to say about Fukushima in a radio interview with KGO Radio’s Pat Thurston April 15, 2012 -- "There’s more cesium in that [Unit 4] fuel pool than in all 800 nuclear bombs exploded above ground… "But of course it would happen all at once. "It would certainly destroy Japan as a functioning country… "Move south of the equator if that ever happened, I think that’s probably the lesson there." And again: that's just one of these poorly-designed monsters. (Actually, it's just one of the 7 or 8 fuel pools at that one site; the others are a big concern also, although they aren't currently listing as Unit 4's is). Spent fuel is being kept above-ground at hundreds of power plants and other places all over the world. When this gets taken care of, I'll stop being pessimistic about it, but for now, more of this stuff (including DU and many other radioactive materials) is being added to the environment every day from a thousand sources. That's the fact of the matter, whether we like it or not. I'm a fan of Ray Kurzweil; I've read "The Singularity is Near" and his other books. I understand his "law of accelerating returns" and the part of me that loved reading Popular Science as an eight-year-old is very optimistic about where we're headed. Yes, many things have gotten a LOT better over the past century or so, but still -- about 272 million people were murdered by (mostly their own) governments in the same period, per R. J. Rummel, and the global economic crash (which I predicted in another pessimistic column in 2007, "Destruction by Paradigm"), the growth of a stunning police state in the US after 9.11, and other realities indicate that we aren't necessarily on a one-way trip to nirvana. And we won't solve these problems unless we first accept them as real and see them clearly.
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    Steve 5 years 9 weeks ago Page Glen Allport
    That's awfully pessimistic. Is the glass really always half empty? With hindsight we can see that the US Constitution was flawed, but it still was a leap beyond anything of the time, and still beats most any other constitution today. Human knowledge is doubling ever more rapidly--are there no solutions on the horizon? You sound like a leftist--extrapolating current trends without accounting for feedback loops. As Steven Pinker recounts in his recent "The Better Angels of Our Nature", violence has declined nonstop over the past 10K years, right through to the present. There is great cause for optimism.
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    Suverans2 5 years 9 weeks ago
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    G'day William Hubbard, As Jim Davies correctly wrote in his recent STR article entitled What a Time to Be Alive!, "Government can manage without votes", so rest assured that, contrary to popular belief, your voting, or not voting, means almost nothing to those individuals running the STATE. Also, "the people in the once great state of North Carolina are NOT more concerned with whether or not two men may love each other enough to commit to a lifetime together"; their vote in this matter, whether they know it or not, was only concerned with whether or not their god, called STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA[1], will be the third party in these same-sex marriages, so that they may get the benefits and privileges 'He' bestows. _______________________________________________________________ [1] ″…in modern society, with its religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity, it would be much harder for any single group to demand allegiance — except for the state, which remains the one universally accepted god.″ ~ Roderick T. Long, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Well, almost "universally accepted". ;)
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    braindead0 5 years 9 weeks ago
    The Jones Plantation
    Web link Serenity
    Yet another clear..step by step analysis of the situation... that will be completely ignored by most people. Larken has a knack for explaining this, however most people (IMO) have a knack for ignoring logic.
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    Samarami 5 years 10 weeks ago Page Jim Davies
    "Not all such heroes of liberty have the theory straight. But it's on the shoulders of men of such raw practical courage that we now stand." Raw courage is accurate. I learned much from each -- inversely. Both were fraught early in the game with fatal fallacies: the idea that, if presented with reason and sound law, minions of state might respond with justice and fairness. Totally irrational when you consider what "The State" is. State is obfuscation. The higher the rank of state agent ("judge"), the greater the indwelling subterfuge. I never met Mr. Schiff in person, but spent many hours in conference with him at .65 - .95 per minute long distance, depending upon time of day. This was long before cell phones or "prepaid minutes" -- when a silver dollar was still a buck, and I had precious few -- poor as a church mouse and hounded by predators of state ("IRS" parasites). I met Mr. Hess several times in and before 1964 during the Goldwater campaign. He taught me (conversely) how to become a sovereign state: "Do what I say, not what I do. Quietly." Sam Sam
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    Suverans2 5 years 10 weeks ago Web link Don Stacy
    "...liberals portray themselves as 99 percenters when they are really 1 percenters. They’re simply running a deceitful rope-a-dope, aided by the mainstream media*, on the American people." Nothing new under the sun. This deception has been going on for decades. "Capitalists have been at the heart of liberal and Social Democratic coalitions. Liberalism, Social Democracy, is still capitalism." ~ Excerpted from today's article entitled Dump the Statist Monkey Off Your Back by Kevin Carson _____________________________________________________________________________________________ * "The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers*." ~ Thomas Jefferson * The "mainstream media" of Thomas Jefferson's day.
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    Bnewfield 5 years 10 weeks ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    It's no surprise that the government is getting used to the idea of seeing the military around large civilian population centers. Did you see that video of the troops doing "maneuvers" in a suburban Minnesota neighborhood? Did you know that the Israeli Mossad is training our small-town cops now? The Posse Comitatus act has prevented the military from being used as law enforcement, so they've found a clever way around it: make the police INTO the military! This is just one piece of the bigger picture showing that the US is headed for martial law... Check out http://www.martiallawusa.com. It explains it all pretty well.
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    Jim Davies 5 years 10 weeks ago Page Jim Davies
    Thanks Thunderbolt. Your short post sets a fine example by being packed full of good valuable info.
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    Thunderbolt 5 years 10 weeks ago Page Jim Davies
    I suspect, Jim, that Bitcoin will solve some of these problems. As the Gestapo has gained in strength, bitcoin has become more attractive to those with honest employment. The Gestapo does not recognize Bitcoin as being a currency. Bless them. One might simply insist on being paid for services via Bitcoin, the ultimate black hole of the universe. Mullvad provides a nice proxy server, and reputedly Cryptohippie is good. Exchange services have become available at Black Market Reloaded and Silk Road. One must avoid the dominant exchanger called Mt. Gox., which might seize your coins on a whim. As Frank Chodorov pointed out, the IRS is the root of all evil. Bastiat argued that the key to freedom lies in removing support for tyranny. May all the gods bless technology. And a special good word here for The Online Freedom Academy.
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    Suverans2 5 years 10 weeks ago
    Instead of Politics
    Web link Don Stacy
    "Do you ever get the feeling the government isn’t listening? If you’ve ever written your Member of Congress, you just might get the idea that while they’re 'keeping your views in mind,' they really don’t care what you think." ~ Excerpted from What does writing your Congressman accomplish?