LIBERTARIAN: Re-Privatize “street sweeping” again!

https://www.howtogeek.com/trivia/ben-franklin-wasnt-just-a-u.s.-founding-father-but-the-founder-of-modern/

Ben Franklin Wasn’t Just A U.S. Founding Father, But The Founder Of Modern?

Street Sweeping

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In fact, the very idea of having someone clean the streets besides the men hauling away the mud after the storms wasn’t even a consideration. All of that changed though when an impoverished woman swept the stoop of Ben Franklin’s home in London. The woman explained to him that she swept in front of the doors of the wealthy with the hope of getting small tokens in return. Franklin offered her money to sweep not just in front of his home—a home still standing and seen here on Craven Street in London—but to sweep up the dust from the whole street.

She returned only a few hours later after cleaning up the entire street. He was astounded at the speed with which she was able to tidy the street and set about contracting London’s night watchmen to sweep the streets, furnishing them with equipment and carts. Not only did the watchmen work on the project (effectively becoming the first street sweeping work force), but they also carried extra supplies with them and would hire the poor to help them (which made Franklin’s street cleaning efforts an early example of public works projects deployed to assist the poor through work).

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Why can’t “we” do this again?

Individual actions can provide cost-effective solutions.

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FUN: Oscar nominated films I’ve seen

http://variety.com/2018/film/news/list-2018-oscar-nominations-1202668757/

Best Picture:

“Call Me by Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
⑧ “Dunkirk” — enjoyable
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
③ “Phantom Thread” — waste of money
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
⑥ “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” — strange

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My rating scale:

①②③④⑤⑥⑦⑧⑨⑩

My comments

  • “Timeless”
  • “Enjoyable”
  • “OK”
  • “Strange”
  • “MEH”
  • “Waste of Money” 

And “Especially Objectionable” if it “offends” me.

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INOVATION: The new journalist muckraker

https://nypost.com/2018/01/21/james-okeefe-is-bringing-back-the-best-practice-of-journalism/

OPINION
James O’Keefe is bringing back the best practice of journalism
By Michael Goodwin
January 21, 2018 | 1:02am

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Grading President Trump’s first year in office is all the media rage. But let’s look at the other side of the story — and grade the media.

F for effort, F for result and F for the lack of honesty.

That’s not a blanket condemnation of every journalist at every news organization. There are many hardworking professionals who try to get the facts right and keep their opinions to themselves.

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The collapse of journalism as we knew it, and the lack of any sign of a return to traditional standards, explains why I found myself in an unfamiliar setting last week. It was the book launch of “American Pravda,” the latest work by James O’Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas.

A self-described “guerilla journalist,” O’Keefe and his team use disguises and false identities to secretly videotape people in hopes they will admit breaking the law or abusing their power.

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Most recently, for example, he captured current and former Twitter managers admitting they use “shadowbans,” which effectively hide a user’s tweets, based on content, without notifying the user.

Other personnel admitted the company tracks user behavior and reads direct messages to find prohibited content.

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He accused mainstream journalists of “groupthink,” saying they “move in packs . . . like blackbirds on a telephone wire. They’re all talking about the same thing.”

His goal is to “dent the fortress and crack the dam” so the public knows who is abusing power.

O’Keefe has a passion for gathering facts and sharing them that recalls the best journalists I have known. And he is right that journalism history was written by people who went undercover to expose scandals.

Upton Sinclair, whom he cited, lived and dressed like a worker, even carrying a lunch pail, to fit in with the men who toiled in “The Jungle,” his takedown of Chicago’s meatpacking industry.

And Nellie Bly feigned mental illness so she could become a patient and expose the horrors of a New York lunatic asylum for women on what is now Roosevelt Island.

O’Keefe is in that mold. Smart, committed and fearless, he’s a modern muckraker worth watching.

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And, boy, does the “muck” ever need raking!

The only other journalist I trust is Sharyl Attkisson!

Read her story and the various O’Keefe ones and you’ll see how biased the “lame stream media” is.

A national disgrace.

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RANT: We need more makers and less takers

http://keywestlou.com/this-pussy-grabs-back

THIS PUSSY GRABS BACK
Posted on January 21, 2018 by keywestlou

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Words that reflecte what we were as a country for one hundred years are becoming meaningless. I refer to the Statue of Liberty…..Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.

There are those who only want the well educated to arrive at our shores. Those that can be of immediate value. My grandparents and mother were poor uneducated southern Italians. Not doctors, lawyers, scientists, etc. Hard working laborers.

My mother at 13 worked 14 hours a day in a shoe factory in New York City. The men dug the sewer lines, prepared the streets for trolley car tracks, dug ditches, etc.

Their descendants became the doctors, lawyers and Indian chiefs!

If only the intelligentsia are admitted, who is going to do the low paying dirty work?

The political bickering is bitter. Each side pointing the finger. Being an elected official has lost its luster. Congress for example is a battlefield. Corruption exists. Job satisfaction lacking. A job well done not part of the mix.

The unqualified will be elected. It is already happening. Nothing will get done.

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I think the words on the Statue still apply.

Unfortunately, the Democrats have created a welfare state. (The Republicans have created a welfare state.) Which attracts not those “yearning to be free”, but those wanting to sponge off the system. At the same time, our own native born have learned “helplessness” with the dole. (Similar to what is happening in England!) And, a large segment of the population (of various hues) is revolting.

We need more “makers”; not more “takers”. (And, I include the non-brown people in that. As well as, the native-born “takers”, who probably through no fault of their own, have “learned” in Gooferment Skrules to be “disabled”.)

As EVIDENCE, I offer the many studies that show certain immigrants arrive in the USA with nothing (no money; no education; no friends; no family) and in a few decades are middle-class or rich. I personally know two examples of this who diligently work their butts off to accomplish that. Hell, they are better off now than I am. (And, who by the way, despite their children going to Gooferment Skrules, DEMANDED that their children learn, by ASSIGNING them more “homework”. The one child once showed me how she had done EVERY problem in her math book, while her Mom stood behind her beaming.)

And, on the topic of “shitholes”, why do we think those folks want to come here anyway? And Booker, the ex-mayor of Newark, only has to look at his city as an exemplar of “shitholes”. Why are many inner city “shitholes” run by the Democratic machines?

Sorry, but “we” need to end the “welfare / warfare” state, as implemented by both “major parties”. “Charity” done by the Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. And they are untrustworthy as well. The geniuses, who created welfare, destroyed the black community. Remember that purpose of Prussian-system Gooferment Skrules was to get cannon fodder for the Army, willing morons for the factories, and useful idiots to vote for and be led by the elite.

We need everyone, who wants to work hard and “melt into” being an unhyphenated American. As usual, the Gooferment can’t distinguish between them and criminals. Between them and parasites. Between good and bad.

Argh!

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INSPIRATIONAL: International Holocaust Remembrance Day, lest we forget!

https://nypost.com/2018/01/20/why-this-holocaust-survivor-still-wears-his-concentration-camp-uniform/

Why this Holocaust survivor still wears his concentration camp uniform
By Doree Lewak
January 20, 2018 | 4:17pm | Updated

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Ed Mosberg’s hands stay steady as he slips into the striped cotton jacket and matching cap — an outfit identical to one he was issued 75 years ago, as a prisoner of the Plaszów concentration camp in Poland.

Although it brings back unspeakable memories, the 92-year-old occasionally dons the uniform, “so people remember [the Holocaust] happened. When I wear the uniform, they know,” Mosberg told The Post.

He still wears his original number plate — issued by camp guards as a way to dehumanize Jewish prisoners by taking away their names — every day. It’s now strung on a gold bracelet to replace the wires that once covered his wrists during his four years of hell.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which commemorates the 1945 Soviet Red Army liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, is on Jan. 27. But the Morris Plains, NJ, resident explained that, “For me, every day is my Holocaust Day.”

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We forget at our own peril. Only a Gooferment can exterminate human beings on such a horrific scale. 

To the “deniers”, this man’s, and other’s, testimony, puts them to shame.

To those who would deny anyone’s humanity, or human rights, regardless of which minority they belong to — and we are ALL a minority in some way or another — just needs to see the logical result of their stupidity.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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PARADIGMS: Circles = sweetness?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradigm

In science and philosophy, a paradigm /ˈpærədaɪm/ is a distinct set of concepts or thought patterns, including theories, research methods, postulates, and standards for what constitutes legitimate contributions to a field.

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https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/circles-food-drink-sweetness-roundness

The Power of Circles in Food and Drink
Humans consistently associate roundness with sweetness.
BY PAULA MEJIA JANUARY 18, 2018

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A plate’s shape might be a subliminal factor in your eating experience, but it’s a significant one. Its design strongly influences how sweet or bitter we perceive a dish to be. Independent research has shown that you’re far more likely to associate sweetness with food served on round versus angular plates, whether it’s cheesecakeor beetroots. A 2017 Australian study even revealed that people drinking beer from a glass with curved sides reported it to taste both fruitier and more intense.

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Wow that’s a kick in the head. We’re fooling ourselves unbeknownst to us. Argh!

So, what else don’t we realize?

Time for a paradigm shift. (“shared preconceptions, made prior to – and conditioning – the collection of evidence”)

Argh! Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Crony Capitalist Medicine?

https://www.ac2news.com/2018/01/do-we-have-a-free-market-medical-system/

Do We Have a Free-Market Medical System?
Posted on January 19, 2018 by Hunter Lewis

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Edward K. Glassman, my long ago Harvard classmate, author of Dow 36,000 (predicting Dow at that level by 2005), and current director of the George W. Bush Institute, extolls our free market medical system at FoxNews this week. The first reader to comment on the article agrees that we have a “ free market” system, but thinks that “profit based healthcare” should be “outlawed.” Another reader thinks that we actually have “socialized medicine.”

So what do we have? I think the most apt description would be “crony capitalist” medicine, one in which powerful special interests conspire with government officials to create legally mandated monopolies, with the specific goal of thwarting free market competition.

Here is how it actually works:

[Excerpts follow … …]

  • Most people wonder why there are no visible prices in medicine.
  • These monopolies are further sweetened for doctors by legally barring nurses, 
  • drug companies claim a legal monopoly when they patent a drug. The drug research may have been done by the government or by a university using government money 
  • the FDA approval process eliminates any competition 
  • FDA enforcement

No, this is not a free market system nor anything remotely close to one. 

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It’s obvious that Obama/SCOTUS/Trump care merely seeks to perpetuate and extend this corrupt cronyism.

The obvious solution is to withdraw consent as much as possible.

Seek to avoid the “medical establishment” as much as possible.

Take all their diktats as recommendations. Take responsibility for your self. Take issue with the powers that be at every opportunity.

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ECONOMICS: Where does the minimum wage funds come from?

https://www.aei.org/publication/exposing-the-minimum-wage-fallacy-its-an-ironclad-law-of-economics-that-to-stimulate-one-group-you-have-to-un-stimulate-another-group/

Mark J. Perry@Mark_J_Perry
December 28, 2017 1:38 pm

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Exposing the minimum wage fallacy — it’s an ironclad law of economics that to stimulate one group (workers) you have to un-stimulate another group (businesses)

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But here’s a question that never gets asked (or answered) by EPI and minimum wage supporters: Where will the $5 billion in additional wages come from? While thinking about this overlooked question that reveals an important economic fallacy, I was reminded of a similar economic fallacy illustrated by Henry Hazlitt’s famous essay on the broken window, which exposed the economic fallacy of the “blessings of destruction.” Using Henry Hazlitt’s essay as a template (which is actually based on Bastiat’s original essay on the broken window fallacy from 1850), I’ve written a new essay below to expose what might be called the “blessings of the minimum wage fallacy” on the eve of the 18 minimum wage increases schedule to take place next week.

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Groups like EPI that support increasing the minimum wage do a great job of addressing the benefits of higher wages to low-skilled workers, but then completely ignore the costs of those artificial wage increases. That is, they never answer the most important question of all, posed above: Where will the $5 billion in additional annual wages from the 18 minimum wage hikes next year come from?

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So why is raising the minimum wage different from the “broken glass fallacy”?

“We, The Sheeple” can’t think their way out of a paper bag!

Argh!

Watch the poverty increase!

For everbody.

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MONEY: Virginia repeals sales taxes on money

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/01/now-in-effect-virginia-law-takes-first-step-to-support-sound-money/

Now in Effect: Virginia Law Takes First Step to Support Sound Money

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RICHMOND, Va. (Jan. 7, 2018) –  On Jan. 1, a Virginia law that repeals sales taxes from some purchases of gold and silver went into effect. It represents an important first step toward encouraging its regular use as currency and breaking the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money.

A bipartisan coalition of delegates and senators sponsored House Bill 1668 (HB1668) and Senate Bill 934 (SB934). The legislation exempts gold, silver, and platinum bullion or legal tender coins whose sales price exceeds $1,000 from state sales tax. Each piece of gold, silver, or platinum or legal tender coin need not exceed $1,000, provided that the sales price of one entire transaction of such pieces exceeds $1,000. With gold over $1,000 an ounce, a single bullion coin will exceed this threshold.

Under the new law, the exemption will remain in place until June 30, 2022.

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This seems to be the first step to “killing” the Fed.

It’s a backdoor way but who cares how we can do it. Just that we do!

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TECHNOLOGY: Apple’s default SMS app is unavoidable

https://www.popsci.com/microsoft-google-apps-on-iphone?dom=rss-default&src=syn#page-2

How to keep your iPhone but switch to Google or Microsoft apps
Your guide to a new software ecosystem.
By David Nield 6 hours ago

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Skype for iOS can take care of all your video calling, voice calling, and messaging needs. However, Apple’s mobile platform won’t allow any app to take over SMS duties, so you’re stuck with its Messages app. Still, the newly-revamped Skype app has a clean look and a comprehensive set of features that includes group chats and group video calls. Your only problem might be getting your friends to use it.

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Isn’t that an anti-trust violation?

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NEWJERSEY: The new guv was honest; wrong but no surprises

https://nypost.com/2018/01/20/jerseys-new-gov-charts-all-too-familiar-course-to-disaster/

OPINION
EDITORIAL
Jersey’s new gov charts all-too-familiar course to disaster
By Post Editorial Board
January 20, 2018 | 10:20pm

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New Jersey’s new Democratic governor, Phil Murphy, wants to move his state back to the future — or, more accurately, to the past.

The dismal past, that is, of such predecessors as Jim Florio, Jim McGreevey and Jon Corzine — who unleashed the fiscal woes that have left the Garden State’s economy in tatters and its taxes sky-high.

That’s the takeaway from Murphy’s inaugural address last week, with his vow to produce “the state that leads the nation in progressive policies” and a laundry list of hard-left priorities that surely thrilled the hearts of every Democratic activist and public-union leader in the house.

He promised pot legalization, a $15 minimum wage, “equal pay for equal work” laws, automatic and same-day voter registration, a new state Office of Immigrant Defensive Protection, action to make the rich “pay their fair share in taxes” and, of course, resolution to “stand our ground” resisting President Trump.

(It’ll be interesting to see how he squares that with asking Washington for help funding new Hudson River rail tunnels.)

Among the things Murphy never did mention were answers for the state’s ongoing crises — like pension reform, lowering property taxes, cutting state spending or making Jersey more business-friendly.

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Well, he did campaign on “rising taxes”. So, the inmates of the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee can’t complain that he “lied”.

The question is how long before he runs out of “OPM” (other people’s money).

I expect that those evil “rich” people and businesses will “abandon ship” as quickly as humanly possible.

Connecticut and Maryland are the poster states for the “wealth escape”.

Why should Nu Jerzee be any different? We can only hope that a tax like the infamous toilet paper one wakes everyone up … … quickly.

Argh!

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POLITICAL: Never trust a Democrat with your gun rights.

https://bearingarms.com/tom-k/2018/01/15/gun-control-tops-new-virginia-governors-agenda/

Gun Control Tops New Virginia Governor’s Agenda
Posted at 12:00 pm on January 15, 2018 by Tom Knighton

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If you’re shocked by this, you shouldn’t be. This is exactly what Democrats want with every win. They desperately want to restrict your right to keep and bear arms. Their reasons vary from person to person, but they all ultimately mean restricting law-abiding citizens’ ability to defend themselves from predators.

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Never trust a Democrat with your gun rights.

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I don’t know why anyone would not be a one-issue “gun rights” voter.

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INOVATION: “Wall Bonds” to build “the Wall”?

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2018/tle956-20180114-02.html

All About The Wall 
by L. Neil Smith 
lneil@netzero.com
Attribute to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise

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If it were up to me, the proposed Mexican border Wall would be a straightforward replica of the Great Wall of China, at least thirty feet high, with crenelated “rails” or battlements, and wide enough that a pair of chariots (or tanks) could pass each other along the top. It would be a lot cheaper to cast in place out of reinforced concrete than it was for the ancient Chinese, building one brick at a time. I would let the “beautiful giant doors” Trump wants to set in the Wall become the seeds of new Southwestern communities, new cities on both sides of the border, with shops and restaurants and museums and other features that will help both countries pay for the attraction. Plans I’ve seen and approve of include two sets of high-speed monorail tracks along the top of the Wall, for vehicles going both ways. Initially, they will be for construction and maintenance. Eventually, the planners want excursion and sight-seeing trains—with bullet-proof glass—for tourists taking the 2700-mile trip from Southern California to Southern Texas. I’m ready to go, right now.

Anything less than a real Wall speaks dismally of a lack of cultural resolve. It also doesn’t do the Donald any good at the polls. Loose talk that there will be gaps where mountains and rivers will help form a “natural barrier” is half-hearted crap. Mountains and rivers won’t impede the hardy, intrepid people tradition calls “wetbacks”. Either America has got its skyscraper-building, dam-building, bridge-building, highway-building, space-station-building, Lunar colony-building cojones back or it has not. Mountains and rivers never stopped the ancient Chinese wall-builders, and the border monorail needs to be continuous to attract the dollars and pesos and pounds and euros and rubles and yen and yuan, etc. A really great Wall could bring people together.

How to pay for it initially? Two words: Wall Bonds. A tax on money being sent south by immigrants, illegal and otherwise, could begin paying them off. Millions of tourists from all over the world eager to enjoy one aspect or another of the Wall (including one hell of a train ride) will keep the money flowing. I don’t know about you, but I’d invest.

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I like the idea of making it a tourist attraction.

I’d buy one just to see the damned thing. Like the Great Wall of China or the Pyramids.

Seriously!

(No one ever said I had to be consistent. And I like this idea about it. Make it useful.)

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RANT: “The refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union”

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jan/16/dhs-asks-prosecutors-charge-sanctuary-city-leaders/

Homeland Security pursues charges against leaders of sanctuary cities
By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times – Updated: 8:03 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed Tuesday that her department has asked federal prosecutors to see if they can lodge criminal charges against sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal deportation efforts.

“The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues may be available,” Ms. Nielsen told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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If the States are “supreme” — thinking about the Tenth Amendment, then how can the Federal Gooferment prosecute the mayors of sanctuary cities?

I don’t think that “State’s Rights” will permit that. “The refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union” was the remedy prescribed by James Madison.

If the State’s governor supports the mayor, then “civil disobedience” will NULLIFY Unconstitutional Federal diktats.

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LIBERTARIAN: Lysander Spooner “critique of taxation”

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/quotable-lysander-spooner

JAN 12, 2018
The Quotable Lysander Spooner
by George H. Smith  
Smith discusses Spooner’s critique of taxation.

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so let’s let Spooner speak for himself.  

It is true that the theory of our Constitution is, that all taxes are paid voluntarily; that our government is a mutual insurance company, voluntarily entered into by the people with each other; that each man makes a free and purely voluntary contract with all others who are parties to the Constitution, to pay so much money for so much protection, the same as he does with any other insurance company; and that he is just as free not to be protected, and not to pay any tax, as he is to pay a tax, and be protected.

But this theory of our government is wholly different from the practical fact. The fact is that the government, like a highwayman, says to a man: Your money, or your life. And many, if not most, taxes are paid under the compulsion of that threat.

The government does not, indeed, waylay a man in a lonely place, spring upon him from the road side, and, holding a pistol Edition: current; Page: to his head, proceed to rifle his pockets. But the robbery is none the less a robbery on that account; and it is far more dastardly and shameful.

The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, danger, and crime of his own act. He does not pretend that he has any rightful claim to your money, or that he intends to use it for your own benefit. He does not pretend to be anything but a robber. He has not acquired impudence enough to profess to be merely a “protector,” and that he takes men’s money against their will, merely to enable him to “protect” those infatuated travellers, who feel perfectly able to protect themselves, or do not appreciate his peculiar system of protection. He is too sensible a man to make such professions as these.

Furthermore, having taken your money, he leaves you, as you wish him to do. He does not persist in following you on the road, against your will; assuming to be your rightful “sovereign,” on account of the “protection” he affords you. He does not keep “protecting” you, by commanding you to bow down and serve him; by requiring you to do this, and forbidding you to do that; by robbing you of more money as often as he finds it for his interest or pleasure to do so; and by branding you as a rebel, a traitor, and an enemy to your country, and shooting you down without mercy, if you dispute his authority, or resist his demands. He is too much of a gentleman to be guilty of such impostures, and insults, and villanies as these.

In short, he does not, in addition to robbing you, attempt to make you either his dupe or his slave.

Spooner continued his analysis as follows:

The proceedings of those robbers and murderers, who call themselves “the government,” are directly the opposite of these of the single highwayman.

In the first place, they do not, like him, make themselves individually known; or, consequently, take upon themselves personally the responsibility of their acts. On the contrary, they secretly (by secret ballot) designate some one of their number to commit the robbery in their behalf, while they keep themselves practically concealed. They say to the person thus designated:

“Go to A— B—, and say to him that “the government” has need of money to meet the expenses of protecting him and his property. If he presumes to say that he has never contracted with us to protect him, and that he wants none of our protection, say to him that that is our business, and not his; that we choose to protect him, whether he desires us to do so or not; and that we demand pay, too, for protecting him. If he dares to inquire who the individuals are, who have thus taken upon themselves the title of “the government,” and who assume to protect him, and demand payment of him, without his having ever made any contract with them, say to him that that, too, is our business, and not his; that we do not choose to make ourselves individually known to him; that we have secretly (by secret ballot) appointed you our agent to give him notice of our demands, and, if he complies with them, to give him, in our name, a receipt that will protect him against any similar demand for the present year. If he refuses to comply, seize and sell enough of his property to pay not only our demands, but all your own expenses and trouble beside. If he resists the seizure of his property, call upon the bystanders to help you (doubtless some of them will prove to be members of our band). If, in defending his property, he should kill any of our band who are assisting you, capture him at all hazards; charge him (in one of our courts) with murder, convict him, and hang him. If he should call upon his neighbors, or any others who, like him, may be disposed to resist our demands, and they should come in large numbers to his assistance, cry out that they are all rebels and traitors; that “our country” is in danger; call upon the commander of our hired murderers; tell him to quell the rebellion and “save the country,” cost what it may. Tell him to kill all who resist, though they should be hundreds of thousands and thus strike terror into all others similarly disposed. See that the work of murder is thoroughly done, that we may have no further trouble of this kind hereafter. When these traitors shall have thus been taught our strength and our determination, they will be good loyal citizens for many years, and pay their taxes without a why or a wherefore.

It is under such compulsion as this that taxes, so called, are paid. And how much proof the payment of taxes affords, that the people consent to support “the government,” it needs no further argument to show.

If a better critique of taxation has ever been written, I have yet to see it.

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I agree “taxes are theft”.

I don’t understand why people don’t see it? 

Have “We, The Sheeple” been so brainwashed by the Gooferment Skrules — another unConstitutional abomination — that they would be unrecognizable by the Dead Old White Guys?

Sigh!

The the current 20T+ national debt and the guesstimated 300T+ in unfunded liabilities that our posterity will have to deal with will be their wake up call. And, how they will curse us!

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INSPIRATIONAL: Why was MLK assassinated?

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-15/ron-paul-who-killed-martin-luther-king-and-why

Ron Paul: “Who Killed Martin Luther King… And Why?”
by Tyler Durden
Mon, 01/15/2018 – 15:45

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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s own closest advisors begged him to avoid focusing on the Vietnam war.

It will alienate President Johnson, who is doing so much for the civil rights movement at home, they argued.

As Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams discuss below, MLK ignored his advisors, vocally opposed the war, and found much of the liberal establishment had turned on him (having applauded his work on civil rights in the US).

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I never connected this set of dots.

Argh!

I loved the “content versus color” spirit.

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INTERESTING: “Women are chimeras”? A unique new viewpoint

https://aeon.co/essays/microchimerism-how-pregnancy-changes-the-mothers-very-dna

We are multitudes
Women are chimeras, with genetic material from both their parents and children. Where does that leave individual identity?

Katherine Rowland is a journalist. Her work has appeared in Nature, the Financial Times, the Independent, OnEarth and other publications. She is the publisher and director of Guernicamagazine, and lives in New York City. 

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When Lee Nelson first began researching autoimmune disorders in the 1980s, the prevailing assumption was that conditions such as arthritis and lupus tend to show up more commonly in women because they are linked to female sex hormones. But to Nelson, a rheumatologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, this explanation did not make sense. If hormones were the culprit, one would expect these afflictions to peak during a woman’s prime reproductive years, when instead they typically appear later in life. 

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The self emerging from microchimeric research appears to be of a different order: porous, unbounded, rendered constituently. Nelson suggests that each human being is not so much an isolated island as a dynamic ecosystem. And if this is the case, the question follows as to how this state of collectivity changes our conscious and unconscious motivations. If I am both my children and my mother, if I carry traces of my sibling and remnants of pregnancies that never resulted in birth, does that change who I am and the way I behave in the world? If we are to take to heart Whitman’s multitudes, we encounter an I composed of shared identity, collective affiliations and motivations that emerge not from a mean and solitary struggle, but a group investment in greater survival.

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I found this to be stunning and paradigm shifting.

How do you make sense of all these factoids?

Not sure what to make of all this.

Very confusing!

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FINANCIAL: “Social (In) Security” Trust Fund reserves become depleted in 2035″

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-09/social-security-proposes-immediate-and-permanent-reduction-benefits

Social Security Proposes “Immediate And Permanent Reduction” In Benefits
by Tyler Durden
Tue, 01/09/2018 – 16:47

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Literally tens of millions of people depend on it.

The Social Security Administration itself reports that 62% of recipients rely on the program for at least HALF of their income.

And further research by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) shows that, without Social Security, 22.1 million Americans would fall below the poverty line.

Needless to say, major cuts to the program would have nuclear effects.

And yet, year after year, the Social Security Board of Trustees publishes an annual report that describes the program’s terminal financial challenges in excruciating detail.They mince no words in plainly stating that Social Security pays out far too much money, and takes in far too little.

According to the 2017 Trustees report, “Trust Fund reserves become depleted in 2035.”

They’re practically giving us a date that we can circle on a calendar and mark “End of Social Security.”

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Unfortunately, all the politicians and bureaucrats that stole and spent it will be all dead and out of sight!

And there will be a lot of unhappy “Sheeple” look to hang someone out to dry.

Not sure, how it will be resolved. But it’s going to be dangerous and “unpleasant”.

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POLITICAL: We need DJT45 to remove AG Jeff Sessions for terminal stupidity

Your letter was sent to: President Donald Trump (R)

The campaign used to send this message can be found here: https://downsizedc.org/ sessions-marijuana-policy/

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Subject: 8 reasons you should reverse Jeff Sessions’ marijuana policy.

Reversing Jeff Sessions’ marijuana policy will benefit your administration in multiple ways.

Here are the 8 points…

#1: This will hurt you next election. The American people increasingly favor marijuana legalization.

#2: You’ve been achieving great things with de-regulation. This policy goes in the opposite direction. In fact…

#3: It will hurt economic growth. Even the stock market has embraced the marijuana industry. Don’t cause market uncertainty.

#4: This policy will also harm your promise to reduce crime. It will reinvigorate the black market and refill our prisons.

#5: There are too many laws to enforce. Government should focus and prioritize. Enforcing federal marijuana laws is a distraction.

#6: Republicans are supposed to favor federalism. States should made these decisions, per the Tenth Amendment. This policy harms that federalism.

#7: You promised during your campaign to respect the decisions made about marijuana in the states.

#8: Reversing an underling’s mistake will show the American people that you are both prudent and in charge.

Sincerely,
ferdinand reinke

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End the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” now. Focus resources on treatment; not punishment.

The Gooferment can’t keep drugs out of its prisons! How can they keep them out of a free society.

Portugal is a shining example of how to do it.

AND, by ending the “drug war”, what will all the illegal drug gangs do? Stop shooting everything in sight in turf wars. Pepsi and Coke driver don’t shoot it out for shelf space.

I trust that WalMart, Walgreens, RiteAid, CVS, and others will do a far better job delivering “clean” and “safe” drugs to those who want them while keeping treatment options front and center.

Prohibition ended because “We, The Sheeple” refuse to convict. The same should happen now.

Don’t let the politicians and bureaucrats keep killing addicts with a policy that is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient.

Send your thoughts to your representatives now!

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RANT: Disband the Federal Gooferment’s “private armies”

The FBI has become, along with other “deep state”agencies like the IRS, a political Praetorian Guard. I have read the constitution and find no authority for the Federal Gooferment to have this, and many other, private armies. DJT45, who for the wrong reasons, may be correct to disband the FBI. Let the States do their job of “police work”.

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RANT: Twitter is evil

I recommend: UNDERCOVER VIDEO: Twitter Engineers To “Ban a Way of Talking” Through “Shadow Banning,” Algorithms to Censor Opposing Political Opinions https://www.projectveritas.com/2018/01/11/undercover-video-twitter-engineers-to-ban-a-way-of-talking-through-shadow-banning-algorithms-to-censor-opposing-political-opinions/ by @Project_Veritas

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Categories WSJ

RANT: I guess we are doomed?

 

The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
 By Hugh James Latimer | January 5, 2018 |   

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A public that can no longer distinguish between truth and fiction is left to interpret reality through illusion. Random facts or obscure bits of data and trivia are used to bolster illusion and give it credibility or are discarded if they interfere with the message. The worse reality becomes—the more, for example, foreclosures and unemployment skyrocket—the more people seek refuge and comfort in illusions. When opinions cannot be distinguished from facts, when there is no universal standard to determine truth in law, in science, in scholarship, or in reporting the events of the day, when the most valued skill is the ability to entertain, the world becomes a place where lies become true, where people can believe what they want to believe. This is the real danger of pseudo-events and why pseudo-events are far more pernicious than stereotypes. They do not explain reality, as stereotypes attempt to, but replace reality. Pseudo-events redefine reality by the parameters set by their creators. These creators, who make massive profits peddling these illusions, have a vested interest in maintaining the power structures they control. – From: Chris Hedges “Empire of Illusion”

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Like the lemmings that follow the leader over the cliff to their death.

We need to rid our society of these Judas goats who are leading us.

Argh!

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