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    Paul 7 years 17 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    A dumb article.
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    No Coercion 7 years 17 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    Thanks for the share!
  • rita's picture
    rita 7 years 17 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    We don't need "prison reform." We need an end to America's drug policy. The possession, use and sale of drugs are not just non-violent crimes, they are VICTIMLESS crimes. The only thing that makes an illegal drug sale more dangerous than a legal drug sale is the "illegal" part.
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    rita 7 years 17 weeks ago Page Guest
    Europe's trade unions sound very much like our own government.
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    Mitrik_Spanner 7 years 17 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    We should be asking why 13 years of public K-12 schooling doesn't have better effect. Many home-schoolers achieve more in a couple of years and a few hours a day than their public school counterparts do after the full 13 year program. Parents should aim at alternatives that let them maximize their children's early education so that they can enroll them directly as juniors in college as soon as they are ready.
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    jd-in-georgia 7 years 17 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Just follow this Youtube link to find out how far compulsory education has brought us: The War On Kids: Trailer
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    Suverans2 7 years 17 weeks ago Web link Anthony Gregory
    "Right" and "left", are merely two sides of the same coin.
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    jd-in-georgia 7 years 17 weeks ago Page LaTulippe
    The internet is the new wheel... pocket on a shirt... sliced bread, if you will, and the governments of the world are the only entities in existence which stand to lose complete power and control, basically going the way of the dinosaur, as long as global internet communication is available.
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    FreeMoney (not verified) 7 years 17 weeks ago Web link Mike Powers
    I didn't think the site was hosted by amazon, but it doesn't matter much. The site is a great place for discussion and information, but the actual system is not on any site, it is completely decentralized, the site going down won't even make it blink. It would make it a little harder for a new person to get info, but there are plenty of other sites, even wikipedia, for that. The download would still be available from Sourceforge. How long was wikileaks unavailable anyway, 3 hours? Hopefully this is how the government will try to stop, lol. More likely it will be a smear campaign about the terrible things we do with our new monetary freedom.
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    wuzacon (not verified) 7 years 17 weeks ago Page Alex Schroeder
    Good article. Suriname has such an interesting and rich history, particularly as to the settlement of the interior by escaped slaves. The alternative society constructed in the interior with its absence of state power is not a coincidence. It would be great to see more on the development of the interior Suriname society and anarchy. It could be a good topic for your dissertation.
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    Suverans2 7 years 17 weeks ago Page Guest
    Cristian Gherasim, your political aspirations, presuming you have some, ("currently working on a master’s degree in Romanian and European politics"), will be cut drastically short if you continue to tell the truth like this.
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    B.R. Merrick 7 years 17 weeks ago Page LaTulippe
    Our only hope is that they'll be just as clueless about how to stop the Internet, and whatever technological development that's going to supercede it, as they were about its inherent power when it first came into mass use. Or that the revolution for freedom, having infected a great many individuals, will have taken hold in hearts and minds before this wonderful instrument is ever shut down.
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    Suverans2 7 years 17 weeks ago Page Guest
    "Many years after the fall of communism there is still a huge gap between what politicians say and do..." That is because if a politician told the truth, he would never get elected. (Ron Paul got less than 0.5% of the popular vote, for example.) "The men the _____________ people admire most extravagantly are the greatest liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth."[1] Just fill in the blank; American, Romanian, United Kingdom, it matters not, it's the same world over. "To the man who tells the truth, give a fast horse; he will need it to escape on." [1] Henry Louis "H. L." Mencken
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    Mark Davis 7 years 17 weeks ago Page Guest
    Excellent article. You nailed it Cristian.
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    Suverans2 7 years 17 weeks ago Web link Don Stacy
    "It doesn't matter how much you want to continue riding, beating a dead horse is not going to get you anywhere." ~ Urban Dictionary
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    Mitrik_Spanner 7 years 17 weeks ago Web link Mike Powers
    I wish them well, but, I notice that the bitcoin uses Amazon.com's S3 hosting system, and other services from Google, to make it's scheme work. What happens when the government tells these corporate giants to quit cooperating with bitcoin, ala wikileaks?
  • Suverans2's picture
    Suverans2 7 years 17 weeks ago
    Owning an IRS Lawyer
    Web link Don Stacy
    Could it be that the IRS attorney is trying to do everything within her power to try to hide the fact that one voluntarily identifies one's own self as a TAXPAYER when one voluntarily uses a Taxpayer Identification Number (T.I.N.)? It's a "monkey trap", and the benefits attached to the Taxpayer Identification Numbers are the bait, and 98% of the "monkeys" will not let go of the bait.
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    Suverans2 7 years 17 weeks ago
    The New Feudalism
    Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Thank you for your reply, Melinda L. Secor. ****************************************************************************** “Come, Vijay,” Captain Naik said, leading me into his study, “I’ll show you something interesting.” He opened a cupboard, pulled out a strange-looking contraption and laid it on the table. I looked at it, confused but curious. The peculiar apparatus consisted of a hollowed-out coconut attached to a solid iron chain, about two feet long, with a large metal stake at the other end. “You know what this is?” he asked. “No,” I answered. “I got this in Penang when I was cadet, almost thirty years ago,” Captain Naik said, picking up the coconut in his left hand, holding the chain in his right. He looked at me and explained: “This is a monkey trap. The hollowed-out coconut is filled with some cooked rice through this small hole, chained to the stake which is driven firmly into the ground. Look at this hole. It’s just big enough so that the monkey’s hand to go in, but too small for his fist filled with rice to come out. The monkey reaches in, grabs the rice and is suddenly trapped. Because his greed won’t allow him to let go of the rice and extricate his hand, the monkey remains trapped, a victim of his greed, until he is captured. The monkey cannot see that freedom without the rice is more valuable than capture with it. That’s what happens to most of us. Probably it’s the story of your life too. Think about it."[1] ****************************************************************************** [1] My thanks to Vikram Karve for this version of the monkey trap.
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    Melinda L. Secor 7 years 17 weeks ago
    The New Feudalism
    Web link Melinda L. Secor
    In my opinion, it is both. I do think that the liberty movement is fast growing, but everything is relative. Although there are more people these days who have begun to see the corrupt and destructive nature of government, unfortunately, people who are willing to tolerate greater levels of authoritarianism are still very much in the majority.
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    Suverans2 7 years 17 weeks ago
    The New Feudalism
    Web link Melinda L. Secor
    It's rather humorous that these two articles are one atop the other on the list. The Giffords Shooting Changes Nothing Original article “To be blunt, what the MSM is desperately searching for is another Timothy McVeigh, and another massive body count. In order to defuse the fast growing Liberty Movement, its image would have to be tarnished beyond recognition and its participants shamed into silence.” The New Feudalism Original article “What is changing is the regulatory environment and people's attitudes towards its enforcement. Partially as a result of a bad economy, people are more willing to put up with a level of authoritarianism that would have disturbed them years ago.” So, which is it, do we have a the fast growing Liberty Movement, or are people...more willing to put up with a level of authoritarianism that would have disturbed them years ago? Larry and Andy Wachowski evidently think it is the latter. "You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inert, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it." ~ The Matrix (1999)
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    Suverans2 7 years 18 weeks ago Page Anthony Gregory
    Let us be honest with ourselves, given that the god called STATE[1], in this day and age, controls: so-called "education", the mass media, and, to a great degree, the entertainment industry, is there anyone here who truly believes that it is even remotely possible to, Re-educate enough People to "alter or to abolish" government? "You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inert, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it." ~ The Matrix (1999) Endnote: [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
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    jayz7 (not verified) 7 years 18 weeks ago Page Joe Blow
    The services and protection should be provided together
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    jayz7 (not verified) 7 years 18 weeks ago Page David Graham
    I truly agree with you. Many people hunt and kill animal just for fun and some do it to eat when there are so many other things available too. Animal rights must be safeguarded.
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    jayz7 (not verified) 7 years 18 weeks ago Page Joe Blow
    But what if we get some viruses from these new services? I think you should work on both, the service and protection.
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    jayz7 (not verified) 7 years 18 weeks ago Page Anthony Gregory
    Obama is no better too
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    GeoffreyTransom 7 years 18 weeks ago
    Sue the Government
    Web link Michael Kleen
    In a broader sense (moving away from fattie lardies who can't control their idiot appetites), I think this idea has merit. If you subscribed to a service (say, an ISP) on the basis of a set of statements by its management regarding level and quality of service (and an associated price schedule), and over time that same ISP provided a service that was below its promise, of poorer quality than available alternatives, and significantly more expensive than claims in their literature... hell, you would sack those douchebags and get yourself a different ISP, and demand a refund. Of course if that ISP claimed a monopoly on violence, and sent around a bunch of gun-toting drones in paramilitary dressup, you would be plum outta luck. There ought to be a movement where each year, people write a letter that they include with their 'tax' returns; something to the effect that - "Your organisation demands - under threat of kidnapping (and should I resist, death) - that I hand over roughly 50% of everything I make (through direct and indirect taxation, plus my share of the deficit), and then you go do stuff that I find absolutely objectionable; those things that I might accept are public goods, you furnish at lower quality and higher prices than would be the case under perfect competition. You conduct wars with which I disagree, and generally make a nuisance of yourself domestically and overseas. You do this on the basis of some 'social contract' that I have never been asked to sign, the terms of which you arrogate to yourself the right to change without notice to me. In short, I am thoroughly dissatisfied with the value proposition on offer by your organisation, and would prefer to take my business elsewhere. I continue to permit your theft solely because you would otherwise send armed goons to do me harm, or force me to participate in a 16th century piece of set-piece theatrics to 'justify' your rapine. I consider that every dollar extorted from me by your organisation is still my property, in the same way that my wallet would continue to be my property if I handed it 'voluntarily' to a street mugger. I wish you nothing but ill, and would like to see you fall. Sincerely John Q Public." It would be a small thing, to be sure - but many things start from small things. People thought that Anonymous' "Operation: Tunisia" was 'slacktivism' when it started... and yet the specific stated objective of that operation - the abdication of Ben Ali and his exile from Tunisia - was achieved today. Cheerio GT
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    miss_crys (not verified) 7 years 18 weeks ago Page Jakub Bozydar W...
    Never thought of it this way. Way to go!
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    miss_crys (not verified) 7 years 18 weeks ago Web link Mike Powers
    What ever happened to "time for a change" and no special intersted lobbyists? Way to go, Obama and keep on doing what all past politicians (that you criticized) have always done. The only people for this healthcare bill are people that are getting something out of it...i.e.-people who do not want to pay their own way for healthcare (we pay a LOT for ours), lobbyist groups, and people that want to feel like they're "helping the poor"...if everyone keeps taking so much of our paycheck you can go ahead and put us in the "poor" category, too!
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    jayz7 (not verified) 7 years 18 weeks ago Page Tamara Wilhite
    C'mon... hes not that bad :)
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    jayz7 (not verified) 7 years 18 weeks ago Page Anthony Gregory
    In my opinion Bush's regime was worse.......
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    jayz7 (not verified) 7 years 18 weeks ago Page Anthony Gregory
    So true.....Unity is truly one of the many keys to success.
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    jayz7 (not verified) 7 years 18 weeks ago Page Anthony Gregory
    But George W Bush has also started so many wars, what do you have to say about that?
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    B.R. Merrick 7 years 18 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    I remember in the 80s being elated at the occasional break in mid-day from school. There was a rumor that the reason we were occasionally let out of prison in mid-day was because they opened up all the lockers after the school was vacated to look for drugs. I can't confirm whether that's true, but at the time, I remember I didn't care, as I was free, Free, FREE! Now, however, this information just p*sses me off.
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    B.R. Merrick 7 years 18 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    :) Was that last one ("Wishes") originally a Deep Thought by Jack Handey?
  • rita's picture
    rita 7 years 18 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    Willie Nelson, much like our own dear president who has also admitted to committing the heinous crimne of getting high, won't do time. But WE will.
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    Suverans2 7 years 18 weeks ago Page Scarmig
    Along this general line, there are some noteworthy particulars, (IMO), within Noah's (c.1828) definition for the word "fetus". FE'TUS, n. plu. fetuses. [L. faetus.] The young of viviparous animals in the womb, and of oviparous animals in the egg, after it is perfectly formed; before which time it is called embryo. A young animal then is called a fetus from the time its parts are distinctly formed, till its birth. ~ Webster's 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language
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    Suverans2 7 years 18 weeks ago
    Rights--and Wrongs
    Page Paul Hein
    "How much allegiance is owed a gang of thieves?" None, IF one is not a member[1] of the gang. p.s. Thanks for the great Thomas Jefferson quote! Endnote: [1] MEM'BER, n. [L. membrum.] ...Every citizen is a member of the state or body politic. ~ Webster's 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language
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    Suverans2 7 years 18 weeks ago Page Scarmig
    G'day Zeitgeist, Congratulations on your baby who, (not "which"[1]), is going to be born in about 2 months. Just out of curiousity, what will your answer be when your child is old enough to ask you, "Daddy, do you use a government chattel number (a Tax Payer Identification Number)?" And, if your answer is, "Yes", I'm dying to hear your answer to, "Why Daddy?" So, since you seem to be saying, in your above comment, that you alone "can effectively argue the facts", do you have an "happier answer" than the one I gave to Renee[2], who asked, "Are there other [health] insurance companies that will cover them [my 4 children] w/o SSNs?" Endnotes: [1] "Which" does not, in modern usage, represent a living human being, which "a baby" presumably is. [2] "Here's the short answer. In my opinion, no... But, maybe someone else here will have a happier answer for you."
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    Suverans2 7 years 18 weeks ago
    Natural Law
    Web link Don Stacy
    "Our legislators are not sufficiently apprized of the rightful limits of their power; that their true office is to declare and enforce only our natural rights . . . and to take none of them from us. No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another; and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him . . . and the idea is quite unfounded, that on entering into society we give up any natural right." ~ Thomas Jefferson (c.1816)
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    Possum Living 7 years 18 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Conformity When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other. Liberty The price of freedom keeps going up, but the quality keeps deteriorating. Wishes When you wish upon a falling star, your dreams can come true. Unless it's really a meteorite hurtling to the Earth which will destroy all life. Then you're pretty much hosed no matter what you wish for. Unless it's death by meteor.
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    rita 7 years 18 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    I have grandkids in middle school, with routine lockdowns, patdowns, warrantless searches, visits from drug-sniffing dogs, uniformed officers on campus, silent witness programs that pay cash to informants and a constant barrage of propaganda promoting blind obediance to authority. The most important lesson they're learning is how to be good prisoners.
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    rita 7 years 18 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Tea partiers are "beyond the bounds"? What bounds, I wonder? What would be considered the "bounds" of a government whose agents break into homes and kill unarmed civilians merely for using the same drug that the president, himself, has admitted to using?
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 7 years 18 weeks ago
    Check Your Premises
    Page tzo
    This was a good article and set of responses. I'm going to re-post it and see what happens!
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 7 years 18 weeks ago Page Lawrence M. Ludlow
    Tzo, thanks for providing these links. It's good to get this kind of information out there.
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 7 years 18 weeks ago Page Lawrence M. Ludlow
    Paul, I hope you're right about this. Maybe people will finally open their eyes and see how self-centered and insane these congress-critters are -- hardening their workplace to protect them from the blowback of their murderous policies while the mere mundanes are subject to open-season hunting from those whom the government has enraged, setting up two tiers of law enforcement (one for them, one for us), not to mention the two-tier pay-scale in which GovCo workers live off the population like leeches while providing unwanted and unethical "services."
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    Suverans2 7 years 18 weeks ago
    Check Your Premises
    Page tzo
    The so-called "social contract" is only a "theory", (actually, a number of them), and therefore a "social contract" is a rebuttable presumption in law; the government makes the rebuttable presumption that an individual has consented to their version of the so-called "social contract". "We give consent, when we yield that which we have a right to withhold." ~ Noah Webster (c.1825) I do not consent.
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    Zeitgeist 7 years 18 weeks ago Page Scarmig
    There are no happy comments since no one can effectively argue the facts. If you can, I’d love to hear from you. Here are a few that come to mind that seem to be undisputable: 1. Social Security is a farce. There is absolutely no value to any human, citizen or not. Social services are inept at best. If anyone can debate this fact, chances are… you’re ill-informed. 2. Federal Income Tax Law (of 1913) was never ratified and therefore is null and void. This law was built to simply pay back the interest on money printed by the Federal Reserve (central banking system) loaned to the US Government and subsequently to national banks (and then to you), see #3. Not one dime of the money paid in interest is invested into anything that “citizens” would consider valuable (infrastructure, education, civil services, etc.). You work 3 months out of the year (25% minimum tax bracket) for nothing (doesn’t that sound like slavery?). 3. The Federal Reserve banking system (also created in 1913 on Dec. 23rd when most of the Senate members were absent on vacation) is a perpetual system of debt (pyramid scheme?). Money = Debt. Where’s Abraham Lincoln when we need him? To get a dollar, there is a cost associated with it (interest). How can you make a dollar to pay back a dollar with interest? You can’t… hence inflation and the perpetual nature of rising national debt that will never go away. The banks are required to “secure” loans with at least 10% of actual equity (cash), which means if they borrow $10 million from the government, they can loan out $9 million and then loan out $8.1 million and so forth up to 9 times. This creates and actually encourages further debt for the US economy which cannot and will not be sustained for much longer (unless we can figure out a way to create more wars which “stimulates” the economy). Oh wait, I guess we have done that with the fight on supposed “terrorism”. The monetary system does not work and never will, this is why the last time America instituted a central banking system, it lasted only 10 years. In 1881, Garfield said, “Whoever controls the volume of money in our country is absolute master of all industry and commerce…and when you realize that the entire system is very easily controlled, one way or another, by a few powerful men at the top, you will not have to be told how periods of inflation and depression originate.” He was dead two weeks later with a bullet to the head… coincidence? Who knows? 4. “Terrorism” Definition: ter•ror•ism –noun 1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes. 2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization. For “political purposes”… very interesting indeed. “Threats”… hmm. Example: If you don’t pay taxes and conform to the illegal laws that are set forth, you will be jailed. Who are the real terrorists? 5. Education statistics have fallen steadily for over 30 years in the US. Why is this? At one time, the US ranked in the top 5 of the world’s supposed super-economies in math and physics. Fast-forward and we are nearly dead last. Why? Because ignorance is bliss and an informed America is one which would challenge the status quo. Critical thinking is not allowed! Matter of fact, it could land you in jail. When are people going to realize that freedom is actually not free at all? We all live in the biggest fascist environment that has ever been created… all the while, pulling wool over the eyes of nearly every American citizen. Creating mass media and a materialistic environment to keep your mind off of what is really important. Very impressive indeed…what an accomplishment! I could go on and on. The funny part is… I’m considered a “conspiracy theorist”, now that’s funny. By the way... I have a baby which is going to be born in about 2 months... and he will not be issued a SS#. I'll let him decide if he would like to be a part of the fascist movement.
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    Suverans2 7 years 18 weeks ago Web link Mike Powers
    This has evidently been "removed".
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    JamesR (not verified) 7 years 18 weeks ago Web link Mike Powers
    The Tucson shooting rampage suspect, Loughner, will appear in court on January. 10 for arraignment. He can be charged with multiple charges, including attempted murder and murder. He is said to not be cooperating with investigators. He is likely to be getting a huge payday loan to cover his legal team.
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    Paul 7 years 18 weeks ago Page Lawrence M. Ludlow
    "Ms. Giffords’ gang is now considering the implementation of additional tactics to protect the hierarchy of her organization from similar attacks." The interesting thing about this is that it may backfire. It just makes manifest their opinion of us as "mundanes" whose lives don't matter, while theirs are extra special. The more they do these things, the more they alienate people.