Friday, July 31, 2009
In the meantime folks you are in for a treat this weekend. Larken Rose's 4th of July rant is here for your edification and enjoyment.
Nemo me impune lacessit!!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
If you read the fine print in the Congressional plans, you'll find that a lot of cherished aspects of the current system would disappear.
NEW YORK (Fortune) -- In promoting his health-care agenda, President Obama has repeatedly reassured Americans that they can keep their existing health plans -- and that the benefits and access they prize will be enhanced through reform.
A close reading of the two main bills, one backed by Democrats in the House and the other issued by Sen. Edward Kennedy's Health committee, contradict the President's assurances. To be sure, it isn't easy to comb through their 2,000 pages of tortured legal language. But page by page, the bills reveal a web of restrictions, fines, and mandates that would radically change your health-care coverage.
If you prize choosing your own cardiologist or urologist under your company's Preferred Provider Organization plan (PPO), if your employer rewards your non-smoking, healthy lifestyle with reduced premiums, if you love the bargain Health Savings Account (HSA) that insures you just for the essentials, or if you simply take comfort in the freedom to spend your own money for a policy that covers the newest drugs and diagnostic tests -- you may be shocked to learn that you could lose all of those good things under the rules proposed in the two bills that herald a health-care revolution.
In short, the Obama platform would mandate extremely full, expensive, and highly subsidized coverage -- including a lot of benefits people would never pay for with their own money -- but deliver it through a highly restrictive, HMO-style plan that will determine what care and tests you can and can't have. It's a revolution, all right, but in the wrong direction.
Let's explore the five freedoms that Americans would lose under Obamacare:MORE HERE
Stereotypes by the Numbers
by Don Meinshausen
One libertarian is a blog
Two libertarians are a transaction not reported to the IRS
Three libertarians are a think tank
Four libertarians are a free market
One green is a tree sitter
Two greens are a gay couple trying to get married
Three greens are a food co-op
Four greens are a salad
One Palestinian is a mullah
Two Palestinians are under surveillance
Three Palestinians will never get on an airplane
Four Palestinians are a refugee camp
One Israeli is putting the two Palestinians under surveillance
Two Israelis are a potential target
Three Israelis are a settlement
Four Israelis are a faction in the Knesset
One communist is an FBI agent
Two communists is a front
Three communists are a potential threat
Four communists are North Korea
One Trotskyite is waiting for an ice pick
Two Trots are a tendency
Three Trots are a faction
Four Trots are the Fourth International
One Nazi is far too many
Two Nazis are actually a gay couple in S&M drag
Three Nazis are actors in a WW2 film
Four Nazis are what you see in a night on A&E
One and a half conservatives is Rush Limbaugh
Two conservatives are NOT a gay couple
Three conservatives are talk show host, a caller and a sponsor
Four conservatives are a vast right wing conspiracy
One liberal is a guilt trip
Two liberals are a shrink and his client
Three liberals are a concerned group
Four liberals are the Upper West Side
One Republican is an angry white guy
Two Republicans are campaign consultants
Three Republicans are a country club
Four Republicans are a $1000 a plate dinner
One Democrat is arguing with the Republican
Two Democrats are a union
Three Democrats are a minority group
Four Democrats are a bureaucracy
One Anarchist is autonomous
Two Anarchists are a literature table
Three Anarchists are squatting a building
Four Anarchists will never agree on anything
One Black Muslim is selling Muhammad Speaks
Two Black Muslims are 2X
Three Black Muslims are the 3 Mosque-eteers
Four Black Muslims are a Million Man March
One Klansman has trouble finding a match
Two Klansmen's combined IQ might qualify for Mensa
Three Klansmaen are 3 sheets to the wind
Four Klansmen are a white sale
One Pagan is a solitary practitioner
Two Pagans are a Great Rite (A sectsual act)
Three Pagans are a witch war
Four Pagans are a gathering
One swinger is lubricated and lonely
Two swingers are an open marriage
Three swingers are a menage a trois
Four swingers are an orgy and you're not invited
One British Royal is a scandal
Two British Royals can attract 50 camera people
Three British Royals are a tabloid
Four British Royals are a family on welfare
One Gold Bug is warning you about inflation
Two Gold Bugs are a newsletter
Three Gold Bugs are a conference
Four Gold Bugs are still trying to recover from the advice from the last conference
One sadist is a dominatrix like Janet Reno or Anne Coulter
Two sadists are a presidential ticket
Three sadists are the staff at Abu Ghraib
Four sadists are the IRS
One masochist is the guy who enjoys reading this
Two masochists are a liberal support group
Three masochists are a televangelist audience
Four masochists are representative of American voters
One neo-con gave a speech at a conference on why Iran should be invaded
Two neo-cons also spoke last night at that conference sponsored by defense contactors
Three neo-cons were there from the Defense Dept. who never served in the military
Four neo-cons then went to an ex-Trotskyite alumnae re-union
One fart is a squeaky chair or so he says
Two farts will clear the room
Three farts will require an environmental impact statement
Four farts are considered to be biological warfare
One unbeliever is the village atheist
Two unbelievers do not believe in each other
Three unbelievers are all going to hell
Four unbelievers are a Unitarian fellowship
One pothead is raiding your refrigerator
Two potheads are doing a deal
Three potheads are sharing a joint
Four potheads are a medical marijuana store
One narc is an argument for abortion
Two narcs are proof of cellular reproduction of bacteria
Three narcs are proof that the swine flu really exists
Four narcs are proof of the existence of Satan
One policeman is giving you a suspicious look
Two policemen have you under surveillance. But don't worry because
Three policemen are usually corrupt. But
Four policemen is a bust
One paranoid is a schizophrenic
Two paranoids are a pair annoyed
Three paranoids is a psychiatrist's practice
Four paranoids are a 911 group
One CIA agent is lying to the press
Two CIA agents are lying to a congressional committee
Three CIA agents planning a coup
Four CIA agents who can't speak the language are running a country (True)
One terrorist car will explode upon hitting a bump
Two terrorists are a shock wave even if they don't stand up
Three terrorists upgraded to1st class with 72 virgin stewardesses and lost their luggage
Four terrorists cannot do the damage done by the Department of Homeland Security
One bureaucrat is thinking up new rules
Two bureaucrats are trying to decipher them
Three bureaucrats see this as a reason to hire more bureaucrats
Four bureaucrats will oversea the expansion ad infinitum
One reporter is actually covering the story
Two reporters are in a bar talking about it
Three reporters are a press conference
Four reporters are the amount who disbelieve what they heard at the press conference
One politician is a liar
Two politicians are an election
Three politicians are supposedly an investigative panel on corruption
Four politicians are involved in the cover-up
One evangelical is thumping his Bible—on your head
Two evangelicals are knocking on your door and they are not into knock/knock jokes
Three evangelicals want to prey with you and want you to help set up a TV ministry
Four evangelicals is a good reason to leave town
(Nice Version) One evangelical is a preacher
Two is a Baptism
Three is a Bible study
Four is a revival
One retreatist is a crank whose source of happiness is bad news
Two retreatists think that they can re-propagate the race but they're sterile
Three retreatists are a militia fantasizing going against the US Army
Four retreatists are an email list now on the FBI's hard drive
Who needs to be numbered or knocked out of their census? firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
If you don't think this will affect business, read on......I warn you, it is obscene!
Pg 22 of the HC Bill MANDATES the Govt will audit books of ALL EMPLOYERS that self insure!!
Pg 30 Sec 123 of HC bill - THERE WILL BE A GOVT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benefits you get
Pg 29 lines 4-16 in the HC bill - YOUR HEALTH CARE IS RATIONED!!!
Pg 42 of HC Bill - The "Health Choices Commissioner" will choose your Health Care Benefits for you. You have no choice!
PG 50 Section 152 in HC bill - Health Care will be provided to ALL non US citizens, illegal or otherwise
Pg 58HC Bill - Govt will have real-time access 2 individuals finances & a
National ID Healthcard will be issued!
Pg 59 HC Bill lines 21-24 Govt will have direct access to your banks accounts
for electronic funds transfer
PG 65 Sec 164 is a payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in
Unions & community organizations (ACORN).
Pg 72 Lines 8-14 Govt is creating a HC exchange to bring private Health Care plans under Govt control.
PG 84 Sec 203 HC bill - Govt mandates ALL benefit packages for private. Health Care plans in the Exchange
PG 85 Line 7 HC Bill - Specs for of Benefit Levels for Plans = The Govt will
ration your Health care!
PG 91 Lines 4-7 HC Bill - Govt mandates "linguistic appropriate services".
Example - Translation for illegal aliens
Pg 95 HC Bill Lines 8-18 The Govt will use groups i.e., ACORN & Americorps to
sign up individual. for Govt HC plan
PG 85 Line 7 HC Bill - Specs of Ben Levels 4 Plans. #AARP members - Your
Health Care WILL be rationed
-PG 102 Lines 12-18 HC Bill - Medicaid Eligible individuals will be
automatically enrolled in Medicaid. No choice
pg 124 lines 24-25 HC No company can sue GOVT on price fixing. No "judicial
review" against Government Monopoly
pg 127 Lines 1-16 HC Bill - Doctors/ #AMA - The Govt will tell YOU what
you can make. (Sorry, Homer!)
Pg 145 Line 15-17 An Employer MUST automatically enroll employees into public option plan. NO CHOICE
Pg 126 Lines 22-25 Employers MUST pay for Health Care for part time employees AND their families.
Pg 149 Lines 16-24 ANY Employer w payroll 400k & above who does not prov. pub opt. pays 8% tax on all payroll
pg 150 Lines 9-13 Biz w payroll between 251k & 400k who doesn't prov. pub. opt pays 2-6% tax on all payroll
Pg 167 Lines 18-23 ANY individual who doesn't have acceptable Health Care according to Govt will be taxed 2.5% of inc
Pg 170 Lines 1-3 HC Bill Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from indiv. taxes. (Americans will pay)
Pg 195 HC Bill -officers & employees of HC Admin (GOVT) will have access to
ALL Americans financial/personal records
PG 203 Line 14-15 HC - "The tax imposed under this section shall not be
treated as tax" Yes, it says that!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
From Radley Balko's The Agitator - Gene Healy fears the statism of the generation now coming of age politically:
In May, the Center for American Progress released a lengthy survey of polling data on Millennials, concluding that they’re a “Progressive Generation,” eager to increase federal power.
CAP is the leading Democratic think tank, so it has a vested interest in that conclusion. But they’re on to something. In the last election, 18-to-29 year-olds went for Barack Obama by a 34-point margin.
The CAP report shows that Gen Y is substantially more likely to support universal health care, labor unions, and education spending than older voters. And other surveys support CAP’s “Progressive Generation” thesis.
In 2008, the nonpartisan National Election Study asked Americans whether “the free market” or “a strong government” would better handle “today’s complex economic problems.” By a margin of 78 to 22 percent, Millennials opted for “strong government.”
Kids today are a credulous bunch. The 2007 Pew Political Values survey revealed “a generation gap in cynicism.” Where 62 percent of Americans overall view the federal government as wasteful and inefficient, just 42 percent of young people agree.
If there’s an upside to this it’s that the first generation that can’t remember a time before the Internet does seem to at least to care about civil liberties. They tend to be anti-war, anti-drug war, cognizant of and alarmed by police misconduct, and while they put too much trust in government, they do seem to be be genuinely motivated to force government transparency and accountability, two inherent Internet values. And frankly, if that motivation doesn’t fade, what they discover–either through government disclosures or through its refusal to disclose–ought to be enough to shake at least a few of them from their broader faith in the state.
Monday, July 20, 2009
- BY DAVE MARCUS |
The Mets marched to a World Series victory that even their most avid fans couldn't have predicted. Theirs followed the championship runs of two other local teams - the Jets and the Knicks.
On a farm in Bethel, N.Y., nearly 500,000 people gathered for the Woodstock music festival that would come to symbolize the hopes for making "love, not war." For some, Woodstock also was an orgy of drugs and overindulgence.
It was a summer of tumult. While students throughout the country marched for civil rights, casualties in the increasingly unpopular war in Vietnam continued to mount. On Long Island, the average age of the war dead was 21. By the time summer began, 89 young people from Nassau and Suffolk had lost their lives that year. MORE HERE
Sunday, July 19, 2009
A man who was forcibly injected with sedative drugs by police so a doctor could search for other drugs in his rectum will receive a handsome settlement from Albany County, New York and Albany Medical Center, a local publication reported Saturday.
“The settlement stems from a federal lawsuit filed two years ago by Tunde Clement, an ex-convict arrested by sheriff’s investigators on March 13, 2006, at the Albany bus terminal,” reported The Times Union.
Following Clement’s forced drugging, a doctor put a camera in his rectum, discovering no drugs. “[The] final indignity came when the hospital sent Clement a bill for $6,792,” noted the Associated Press.
“Clement’s suit claimed his civil rights were violated,” The Times-Union continued. “He filed the federal complaint against Albany Med and several doctors and nurses, and also sued Albany County and Sheriff James Campbell, Inspector John Burke, who heads the narcotics squad that arrested Clement, and eight investigators assigned to Burke’s unit.”
‘Cavity epidemic in Albany’?
Clement is not the first to accuse the Albany police of an unwarranted cavity search. New York criminal defense attorney Scott Greenfield, on his blog Simple Justice, exclaimed that a “cavity epidemic” is underway in Albany.
Women have accused the police of conducting cavity searches with little or no suspicion of crime acts. Crystal Royal, 22, has sued, alleging that she was strip-searched in January by the Albany Police Department and then forced to undergo a pelvic cavity search at Albany Medical Center Hospital. Nothing was found.
This filing follows another complaint by Lisa Shutter who charged that she was given a cavity search on a public street during a traffic stop in December.
Royal said that was stopped by police on the interstate even though she had valid license and properly registered car. She also alleges that police took her cellphone and inspected her call list. She was then given a strip search and cavity search at the station — nothing was found. She was later charged with a felony drug conspiracy count.
The Times-Union noted: “People under arrest normally cannot be forcibly sedated without a court order unless they are in imminent danger, such as when a bag of drugs bursts inside them and they have a seizure or fall unconscious. The hospital’s records indicate Clement was behaving normally and showed no signs of any medical emergency.”
“There are a bunch of people running around Albany in uniform, with guns and shields, committing crimes against people and collecting public paychecks for their efforts,” wrote Greenfield. “Who stops them? How would you like to be Lisa Shutter explaining why the cops performed a cavity search of you on the street. How would you like to be the doctor drugging Tunde Clement and performing an anoscopy because the cops told you to do it. This is mere inches away from Abner Louima.”
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
July 26, 2009
It’s a bad sign when a Supreme Court justice disrespects a young Indian woman, Nazune Menka, when asked about the Carcieri v. Salazar decision against the Narragansett Nation, and worse when the justice mocks the case itself, calling it “a laugher.” Aside from what CBS News calls Scalia’s “nasty” style, what allows him to show such mockery and disrespect?
There’s a clue in what Scalia apparently said to another Indian questioner. He claimed the U.S. has a right to rule over Indian nations by “conquest” and all federal Indian law is based on that. In other words, Scalia wants to pretend the same thing the U.S. has been pretending since John Marshall first pretended it in 1823 in Johnson v. McIntosh: the “pretension of converting the discovery of an inhabited country into conquest.”
Justice Antonin Scalia, a man who believes ‘conquered’ Indians have no rights.
The actual basis of federal Indian law, as Marshall’s quote shows, is not conquest, but “pretense of conquest,” based on “Christian Discovery” and “ultimate dominion.” This is what Scalia’s comment covers up. Marshall, at least, had the honesty to call it what it was.Justice John Marshall, who put forth the “pretension of converting the discovery of an inhabited country into conquest.”
An Indian Country Today interviewer (May 6) asked John Echohawk, executive director of the Native American Rights Fund, “Is anyone challenging Congress’ claim to plenary power over the nations?” He replied: “Yes, but of course under the law of this country, the way all that’s been interpreted and the way it’s been litigated is the tribes are domestic dependent nations and that’s just the way things are and you go to court and that’s what they’ll tell you.”
|The increasing awareness in Indian country that federal Indian law is not really for Indians is a wake-up call to Indian lawyers and ‘respected authorities’ to dispel the indoctrination of federal Indian law precedents.|
NARF’s acceptance of the “pretense of conquest” as “that’s the way it is” is an ominous sign. It means the most widely recognized group of Indian lawyers is not arguing against the basic discrimination in federal Indian law. No wonder Justice Scalia thinks he can get away with his nastiness and pretense. MORE HERE
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Swearing really does help
Scientists say people swear when they hurt themselves because it actually reduces the pain.
A study by researchers at Keele University found volunteers were able to withstand pain for longer when they swore.
Dr Richard Stephens, who led the study, believes it may explain why swearing is common in languages all over the world.
"Swearing is quite an emotional form of language and it is an almost universal human linguistic phenomenon," he said.
"When my wife was in labour with our daughter she felt the need to f and blind at one point, but was very apologetic afterwards. The midwife said they were used to that kind of language on the delivery ward, so it got me thinking.
"Our research shows one potential reason why swearing has developed and why it persists."
The researchers, whose findings are published in the journal NeuroReport, tested 64 students' tolerance to pain by asking them to submerge their hand in a tub of ice water for as long as they could while repeating a series of swear words of their choice.
They were then asked to carry out the task again while repeating non-offensive words they would use to describe a table.
They found that volunteers who swore were able to keep their hands submerged in the water for an average of 40 seconds longer. They also rated their pain lower.
Tax Evaders Guilty of Plot to Kill Feds
Associated Press via CBSNews.com - Ed and Elaine Brown have been convicted "on all counts of plotting to kill federal agents". It is now a crime to plan to defend yourself from invaders of your own home, if those invaders happen to be wearing fancy uniforms, funny hats, and shiny badges.
I'm only sad that they didn't manage to kill a few of those goons. They're being treated as if they had.
Sentencing scheduled for September 3.
How does a small group of interlopers take over a group, movement, cause, religion or country and turn it into something other than what it was started for?
(Pay attention Libertarian Party, Campaign for Liberty and "Tea Party" members.)
Now you know.
How is it possible for a small number of newcomers to displace a well-established group of leaders?
That's not just a question for military organizations wanting to overthrow governments; it's a question for political parties controlling national debates, new products displacing well established market leaders, and flocking birds following leaders to new food sources.
Social scientists have studied the nature of effective leadership for centuries with limited success. Physicists, on the other hand, are new to the party, which gives them a chance to nab some low-hanging fruit. Today, Hai-Tao Zhang at the University of Cambridge, in the U.K., and a few buddies say that they have grabbed a particularly juicy piece by revealing a key strategy of effective leadership.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Schwarznegger to Obama: Watch and Learn, by Marshall Auerback: According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Republicans and Democrats alike embraced legislation last Friday that would make California IOUs legal tender for all taxes, fees and other payments owed to the state.
Effectively, California is using its IOUs to create a currency. If this bill passes it would allow California to deficit spend just like the Federal Government and with the IOU's acceptable as payment of state taxes, it instantly imparts value to them. In effect, what you have is a state of the union creating a sovereign currency right under the noses of Treasury, Fed. They are stumbling their way into it... It will be viewed as a stop gap measure at first, and then could very well become entrenched as states realize they have a way to escape balanced budget requirements. ..."
United Breaks Guitars
...and suitcases, and promises, and most of the Ten Commandments
The Kaptain's Log
by Manuel Miles, aka Kaptain Kanada
Attribute to The Libertarian Enterprise
Well shipmates, if you haven't seen the latest "viral video" at YouTube by now, you should do so. It's entitled "United Breaks Guitars" and recounts the sad but true story of a massacre of musical instruments by one of the many incompetent, inhuman commercial airlines.
While Nova Scotian band Dave Carroll and The Sons of Maxwell's horror story could have unfolded had they flown many another airline of the "friendly [sic] skies", they happened to be on United when the O'Hare baggage vandals attacked their expensive, custom guitars. I am sure I don't have to tell you how United's "customer service [sic again!]" responded to Mr Carroll's repeated efforts to be compensated for the cost of repairing his Taylor guitar.
So, after a year of United's indifference, contempt and stone- walling, Dave did the Canadian thing: he told the airline's Ms Irlweg that he would make and post three videos on YouTube. One can imagine the response of the bureaucrats at United; "Well, you do what you gotta do... snicker, snicker" After all, who fears retribution from obscure Canadian bands?
Well, the first video hit YouTube this week. Dave was hoping to get 1 million hits in the first year; in the first four days his video "went viral", garnering over 2 and a quarter million hits! The Sons of Maxwell are now world famous, and United Airlines is teetering on the brink of permanent obscurity.
The question which the owners and (mis)management of UA are no doubt asking themselves is why this video struck a chord not only on Dave Carroll's guitar but with the weary, huddled masses of North American airline passengers. You can be sure that neither United nor any other airlines expected this to happen. After all, they have got away with treating passengers like cattle for decades now. MORE HERE
Thursday, July 09, 2009
THC initiates brain cancer cells to destroy themselves
THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, causes brain cancer cells to undergo a process called autophagy in which cells feed upon themselves, according to a study conducted by Guillermo Velasco and colleagues at Complutense University in Spain. Using mice designed to carry human brain cancer tumors, the researchers found that the growth of the tumors shrank when the animals received THC. The study also involved two patients with glioblastoma multiforme, a highly aggressive form of brain cancer. Both patients had been enrolled in a clinical trial designed to test THC's potential as a cancer therapy. The researchers used electron microscopes to analyze brain tissue taken before and after a 26- to 30-day THC treatment regimen. They found that THC eliminated the cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact. In addition, in what they described as a "novel discovery," the specific signalling route by which the autophagy process unfolds was isolated.MORE HERE
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
July 7, 2009
On April 2, 2009, after hearing evidence for a month, a Denver jury unanimously found that Ward Churchill had been fired from the University of Colorado *not* because of research misconduct but in retaliation for speech protected by the First Amendment.
After more than four years of political attacks on Ward Churchill, a clear statement had been made: the University of Colorado had violated the U.S. Constitution when it fired Churchill, a tenured full professor of American Indian Studies.
The normal remedy in such cases? Reinstatement.
Today, July 7, 2009, Judge Larry Naves of the Denver District Court threw out the jury’s verdict, adopting the University’s argument that the Regents have “quasi-judicial” immunity from such lawsuits. In essence, this means that the Regents and University administrators are free to continue to violating the Constitution.
In a 42-page opinion lifted wholesale from the University’s pleadings, Judge Naves went on to explain why Ward Churchill should not be given front pay, back pay, or be reinstated.
All of these are irrelevant, of course, if the jury’s verdict is not upheld. But the fact that the judge went to such pains to adopt the University’s arguments – which often directly contravened the factual record in this case – speaks volumes.
This ruling simply confirms what we have observed so often. When given access to the facts, regular people on the street can make clear, reasoned decisions that uphold constitutional values. It is rare, however, to find persons in positions of power who will not bow to political pressure.
Attorney David Lane will, of course, appeal this decision. Ward Churchill’s reaction? “I can’t think of any way to improve upon Steve Earle’s line from *The Hard Way*: ‘There are some who break and bend. I’m the other kind.’”
July 7, 2009
If you’re an American Indian in the United States of America, whether you are a Lakotah or a Navajo, a tenured professor or a Nobel Peace Prize winner, or an elected president of another country, you will not receive justice in any form from the white people of America.
They attacked Vine Deloria, Jr. (on the day of his funeral), Rigoberta Menchu and Evo Morales. An Indian on a reservation can’t get justice. And a tenured professor can get unconstitutionally thrown out, vindicated by a jury of his peers in a court of law, and it doesn’t matter.
Everyone I’ve named cannot fight back. Evo Morales has to worry about being the president of a country; Rigoberta Menchu has to continue working for her people. Vine Deloria is dead. Indian people on reservations have no power of any kind.
Only Ward has the ability to fight back and win, and it’s still not good enough. They still quash him.The American Indian has been living at Guantánamo Bay since the founding of the United States of America
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
The most remarkable thing about civil unrest is that there hasn't been more of it.
Politicians are making a hash of this country—and much of the rest of the civilized world. We know it. They know it. They know we know it. But we don't feel we can do anything much to stop them.
Worse, that was how things stood before last fall's crash. Before pols on both left and right launched the biggest mass transfer of wealth in history—transferring our wealth (what we had left of it!) to their friends on Wall Street and in the banking industry. In other words, that's how things were before things got bad!
Now everybody's talking about the ongoing catastrophe (even if we are in a momentarily sunny mood). But almost nobody is talking about the logical—maybe even inevitable—consequences of cynical or desperate politicians abusing an already fed-up populace: civil unrest.
I mean people taking to the streets. Or mass resistance. Or crackdowns because the government fears we might do something to upset its apple cart. It's going to happen. Somewhere. At some time. It's going to.
One of the few VIPs to mention the matter openly was Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor and the ultimate insider's insider. He commented on the millions of unemployed or soon-to-be-unemployed and the "...public awareness of this extraordinary wealth that was transferred to a few individuals at levels without historical precedent in America." He told "Morning Joe" Scarborough, "Hell, there could be even riots." I'd say that's an understatement.Although few in power are talking about it, rumors abound that governments at many levels are planning for civil unrest. One rumor is about a document supposedly being circulated right now among top federal officials. It's called the "C&R Document"—with C&R standing for "conflict & revolution." The much-storied paper is said to be a plan for controlling the American people when we get out of hand. True? Who knows. But the very rumor tells us a lot about these times.
Other things are not mere rumor. When the federal government established a North American Army command in 2002, its purpose wasn't to repel foreign invaders. It was domestic operations—something long and rightly forbidden by the Posse Comitatus Act. In February of 2009, when military commanders in Canada and the U.S. signed a pact allowing their armies to operate inside each other's country they didn't even bother to get authorization from Congress—an illegal and unprecedented move. And once again, the purpose was handling "domestic civil emergencies." MORE HERE
Sunday, July 05, 2009
IV. Summary of Deaths by Drug Classification
Suspect of the Death
Suspect (contributing to death)
Total Deaths Reported
1/1/97 - 6/30/05
|A. MARIJUANA |
also known as: Cannabis sativa L
|B. ANTI-EMETICS |
(used to treat vomiting)
|C. ANTI-SPASMODICS |
(used to treat muscle spasms)
|D. ANTI-PSYCHOTICS |
(used to treat psychosis)
|E. OTHER POPULAR DRUGS |
(used to treat various conditions including ADD, depression, narcolepsy, erectile dysfunction, and pain)
F. TOTALS of A-E
Suspect of the Death
Suspect (contributing to death)
Total Deaths Reported
1/1/97 - 6/30/05
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Saturday, July 04, 2009
In 1776, fifty-six men signed the Declaration of Independence declaring that,
"We hold these truths to be self-evident. . ."
What truths were "these truths"?
There were only 5 Truths (premises or foundational principles) articulated as the reasons for the Declaration.
The whole idea and reason for the Declaration of Independence and the subsequently instituted governments of the United States of America rest upon these 5 Truths.
The signers of the Declaration of Independence believed that those who supported these 5 Truths were good people and supporters of freedom.
However, those who opposed the 5 Truths were against liberty as agents of dictators, tyrants and despots.
Truth 1. All people are created equal by "Nature's God." (No commentary was given about the nature of, or, who "Nature's God" was believed to be. However, it can be inferred that the implication was from a general "Christianized" worldview.)
Truth 3. By the consent of the equal people with endowed certain unalienable rights, governments are formed to secure those endowed certain unalienable rights of the equal people.
Truth 4. When any form of government becomes destructive of those endowed certain unalienable rights of the equal people, it is the right and duty of the equal people with endowed certain unalienable rights to replace that government with one that will secure those, endowed certain unalienable rights of the equal people.
Truth 5. Changes of government should not be for casual and changing reasons, therefore, the equal people with endowed certain unalienable rights must declare the causes that make them change governments.
Make no mistake in thinking that this is a light matter. We as a nation are approaching a fork in the road together.
There are those among us who believe that "government" is the source of rights and liberty. They are the modern day Tories, the royalists, and believers in the divine rights of kings. Only today their "king" is the Government.
We have almost come full circle in our experiment in liberty from where we started.
a "constitutional republic" form whose substance is a "democratic representative" legislative government that distorts the words, meanings and intent of the Constitution thereby reducing the people to property of the State.
True American Patriots still believe in the 5Truths of Freedom
- To embrace these truths by believing in them and living by them is to be an American patriot, honoring the men and women who fought and died for liberty.
- To infringe or alienate these truths by action or accepting government's actions is to dishonor the patriots who have lived and died for us.
(a)The promise of tranquil security by intrusive government, mouthing words of liberty while taking away rights by regulation forcing you to give up your "fair share" of freedom for privileged benefits that rest upon you as chains of control?
(b)The 5Truths and the certain human rights endowed to an equal people that must not be infringed by your countrymen in your service in government leaving you to live the "animating contest of freedom" in liberty while pursuing the happiness of responsible self-ownership?
If you believe in the 5Truths then generate interest in the 5Truths. Tell others about the 5Truths. Compare our government today to the 5Truths.
Prepare! Prepare! Wake Up! To Arms! The Ameritish are coming!
To understand more please read the following from Larken Rose
Today is a day when millions of victims of a tyrannical regime go out and proudly display their blind loyalty to that regime. The modern celebrations which occur on July 4th make about as much sense as Jews proudly parading around carrying banners of Swastikas.
What, exactly, does the American flag represent? I don't mean what do you WISH it represented--I mean, given how it is used and displayed today, what must it ACTUALLY represent? Well, the nationalistic "pledge of allegiance" says that the flag stands for a "Republic." In other words, millions of children (not to mention adults) are trained to swear allegiance to a FLAG and a GOVERNMENT.
Eeww. How revolting.
A lot of people have told me they think I'm a "true patriot." I know they mean it as a compliment, but I'm not sure why. What is it that I'm being loyal to? It sure as heck isn't the government, or a piece of cloth (the flag). In short, I'm loyal to the idea of FREEDOM--that every individual rightfully owns himself, and that any infringement upon that right (e.g., ALL "government") is an evil abomination.
Now, some people like to imagine that that is what the U.S. of A. is about: freedom. However, I don't see a shred of support for such a claim. A couple hundred years ago you might have been able to make such an argument, but what about today? Most of the country continues to vote for one of two clubs of nationalist socialists, though they use the meaningless names "Democratic" and "Republican." Neither club cares a whit about freedom, inalienable rights, or even the flawed Constitution.
So in what way can the U.S. be called pro-freedom? The tyrants in Washington obviously aren't, nor are the sheep who elect them. In short, if you care about freedom, waving the American flag now makes about as much sense as waving the flag of the Soviet Union. Whatever you WISH it represented, it is now in reality a symbol of tyranny, at home and abroad. Do you really think the symbol that flies over all of the giant monuments to power--the federal buildings--represents liberty anymore?
If you love freedom, as I do, there is no country on earth for you. Every flag, every nation, stands for your enslavement, in one way or another. The megalomaniacs have their tentacles just about everywhere. But what is more sickening than that is how the same people being controlled, taxed, and regulated into economic and psychological ruin will be out in force today, celebrating their purely imagined "freedom." I, for one, can't stand the sight of it anymore, so don't expect to see me at any parades or celebrations.
Unlike 99.9% of this country, I see no reason to celebrate my own enslavement.
Friday, July 03, 2009
Fiction in 1979... Non-fiction in 2009!!!
"Elliot turned west onto Fifty-ninth Street, past the plywood and soaped plate glass at General Motors Plaza ..." Alongside Night, 1979
"The process began early Monday with a bankruptcy filing by a G.M. affiliate, a dealership in New York City, which described the automaker as 'a debtor in possession under Chapter 11.' The move by a New York affiliate will enable G.M. itself to file its own bankruptcy petition in New York." The New York Times, June 1, 2009
"The Chancellor’s eleven o’clock call from Paris informed the President that in a closed emergency session thirty minutes earlier, EUCOMTO had voted no longer to accept the American New Dollar. The vote was final; the announcement would be made in Paris, 10 A.M. Monday,. at the opening of EUCOMTO’s trading session. Alongside Night, 1979
"STRASBOURG, France – Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, whose country currently holds the rotating EU presidency, told the European Parliament that President Barack Obama's massive stimulus package and banking bailout "will undermine the liquidity of the global financial market." Associated Press, March 25, 2009
The American economy is in freefall. Markets are crashing. Inflation is soaring. Bankruptcies, foreclosures and unemployment are up, and even defense contracts are going overseas. Foreigners are buying up everything in America at firesale prices while gloating over the fall of a once great nation. Homeless people and gangs own the streets. Smugglers use the latest technology to operate bold enterprises that the government is powerless to stop, even with totalitarian spying on private communications. Anyone declared a terrorist by the administration is being sent to a secret federal prison where constitutional rights don't exist.
And caught in the middle of it all are the brilliant 17-year-old son of a missing Nobel-prizewinning economist, his best friend from prep school whose uncle was once a guerrilla fighter, and the beautiful but mysterious 17-year-old girl he meets in a secret underground ... a girl who carries a pistol with a silencer.
The setting could be next week. But this novel was written three decades ago by a 23-year-old college drop-out who crafted his particular brand of prophecy from combining the techniques of science fiction with projections based on an obscure economic theory.
Building on the prophetic novels of Orwell, Rand, and Heinlein, J. Neil Schulman created in Alongside Night the first of a new generation of libertarian novels, telling the story of the last two weeks of the world's greatest superpower through the perceptive eyes of a young man caught up in the maelstrom of the final American revolution.
Alongside Night scored lavish praise for a first novel when it appeared in 1979, winning accolades from luminaries such as the English novelist many consider the greatest of his generation, and from the American to win a Bicentennial Nobel Prize in Economics. Ten years later the Libertarian Futurist Society voted the book into the Prometheus Hall of Fame for novels embodying the spirit of liberty, alongside Orwell's 1984, Rand's Atlas Shrugged, Heinlein's The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, and Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.
J. Neil Schulman's classic novel of the last and first days of America is available once again, and perhaps, this time, its prophetic clarion call will be heard ... if there's still time.
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“J. Neil Schulman’s Alongside Night may be even more relevant today than it was in 1979. Hopefully, the special thirtieth anniversary edition of this landmark work of libertarian sciencefiction will inspire a new generation of readers to learn more about the ideas of liberty and become active in the freedom movement.” --Congressman Ron Paul
"An absorbing novel--science fiction, yet also a cautionary tale with a disturbing resemblance to past history and future possibilities." -- Milton Friedman, Nobel laureate in Economics
"I received Alongside Night at noon today. It is now eight in the evening and I just finished it. I think I am entitled to some dinner now as I had no lunch. The unputdownability of the book ensured that. It is a remarkable and original story, and the picture it presents of an inflation- crippled America on the verge of revolution is all too acceptable. I wish, and so will many novelists, that I, or they, had thought of the idea first. A thrilling novel, crisply written, that fires the imagination as effectively as it stimulates the feelings." --Anthony Burgess
"Alongside Night is terribly accurate. Whenever the American crack-up boom happens, few libertarians would disagree with his outline of the scenarios. But Neil went one step farther than most of the libertarians of the time. He integrated the new science of countereconomics and the economic philosophy of Agorism, which I had onlybegun to develop in 1974.... When? You decide, dear reader; but you are now well armed to see the signs and know what actions to take. Thanks to Ludwig von Mises, a small band of rational revolutionary students, and J. Neil Schulman, artist." --Samuel Edward Konkin III
"One of the most widely hailed libertarian novels since the classic works of Ayn Rand."
"High Drama ... A story of high adventure, close escapes, mistaken identities, and thrilling rescues. ... A fast-moving tale of a future which is uncomfortably close at hand."
-- Los Angeles Times Book Review
"The narrative is fast-paced, the plot well-developed... [T]he book reads extremely well and its intellectual thrust is clear and is not belabored. I was too engrossed in the novel to read it critically." -- Thomas S. Szasz, MD
"Those who don't remember the future described in great science fiction are condemned to live the bad parts. Alongside Night was a warning when it first came out. Now it is contemporary reality and prophecy with a vengeance. America needs this novel more than ever."
-- Brad Linaweaver Prometheus Award winning author
"Probably the best libertarian novel since Atlas Shrugged." -- Science Fiction Review
"Let me begin with a disclaimer: I don't really agree with many of J. Neil Schulman's ideas about society or politics or money. But his first book, Alongside Night, is as enjoyable piece of cautionary fiction as I have read in some years ... Like Ayn Rand and Robert A. Heinlein, Schulman can tell a good story!" -- Sunday Detroit News
"An unabashedly polemical , libertarian novel which packages its message in a fast, effectively told action adventure." -- Publishers Weekly
"This is a radical novel. It pulls no punches, offers no compromises. It effectively presents a social, moral, and political point of view without polemic, without stridency. Without hysteria, it projects a bleak future for us all, but not without hope, for there's a deep affection for humanity despite its foibles underlying every sentence." -- F. Paul Wilson
"Here is a frightening and all too plausible picture of the near future. America is already a long way down the road that leads to it. Yet there is also a hopefulness in the story, for the author develops a philosophy, in considerable practical detail, that we could begin living by today, if we will choose to be free." -- Poul Anderson
"Not only a first-rate suspense thriller, but also a brilliant exposition of libertarian ideas. I read it with great enjoyment and heartily recommend it." -- Robert Anton Wilson
"As the seventies ended ... the time seemed ripe for a great libertarian novel to appear, and so it did. The novel was Alongside Night..." --Liberty Magazine