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    DennisLeeWilson 3 years 25 weeks ago Web link Jad Davis
    LOL. The first (oldest) comment said to join the military and save for college. You cannot "be all that you can be" if you are dead or endlessly returned (enlistment "extended") to the Middle East until you ARE physically or mentally dead.
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    iliad 3 years 25 weeks ago Page Bob Wallace
    Excellent article Bob. When you boil it down to its basic components, it really is that simple. Treat others with respect.
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    Suverans2 3 years 25 weeks ago Web link Don Stacy
    "Dependence", and the more absolute, the better, is the name of the game.
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    Suverans2 3 years 25 weeks ago Page Bob Wallace
    Great article. And, sound advice, "This problem of feelings of humiliation followed by the desire for revenge is part of human nature. It’s not going to change. The best we can do is minimize the problem, by not humiliating people, by treating them respectfully." Thank you, Bob Wallace.
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    Suverans2 3 years 25 weeks ago Web link Derek Henson
    Miranda v. Arizona (1966) is a "Landmark ruling, citing the Fifth Amendment, says suspects must be reminded of their right to avoid self incrimination". Non-U.S. citizens, i.e. non-members, do not have the "civil rights", which are endowed to members of the STATE by the U.S. Constitution. Since seceding I have not once been read any so-called "Miranda rights" before, during, or after being arrested. Fortunately, as a free man, I have the "natural right" to speak, or not speak, to whomever I wish. I temper that "natural right" with, "all things lawful[1] are mine, but all things are not expedient", when making my decision to speak, or not. ____________________________________________________________________________________ [1] Lawful. ...the word "lawful" more clearly implies an ethical content than does "legal." The latter [legal] goes no further than to denote compliance, with positive, technical, or formal rules; while the former [lawful] usually imports a moral substance or ethical permissibility... ~ Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition (c.1991), page 885
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    Suverans2 3 years 25 weeks ago Web link Jad Davis
    G'day AnarchoPhil, Perhaps you didn't see this. "But when I saw my girlfriend and everyone else taking their classes, I got a little jealous. I returned the car, canceled the check, and entered my sophomore year of college. But I regret it now." ~ James Altucher
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    AnarchoPhil (not verified) 3 years 25 weeks ago Web link Jad Davis
    Don't go to college says the guy with the degree...
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    Paul 3 years 25 weeks ago Web link Jad Davis
    Silber may pull no punches, but it's in a subject he knows nothing about: "If you join the U.S. military, you want to be a murderer and/or you want to support murderers." Whether he is helping fix the problem, is another question entirely.
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    Temujin (not verified) 3 years 25 weeks ago Web link Jad Davis
    Most of his podcasts are first rate. This one even more so.
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    tzo 3 years 25 weeks ago Page Per Bylund
    I would recommend listening to Gary Chartier's presentation here: http://agora.io/etienne/archives It is the top right video. It relates to this very strongly.
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    Suverans2 3 years 25 weeks ago Page Paul Hein
    G'day once more Sam, You are most certainly "in" a "Sovereign State", as regards other men, if your "President is responsible for the rotation of the earth on its axis"; in that "state" you are, in my opinion, subject only to "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God". "That the majority shall prevail is a rule posterior to [coming after] the formation of government, and results from it. It is not a rule binding upon mankind in their natural state. There, [in the natural state] every man is independent of all laws, except those prescribed by nature. He is not bound by any institutions formed by his fellowmen without his consent." ~ CRUDEN v. NEALE, 2 N.C. 338 (1796) 2 S.E. 70. [Bracketed information added] What the so-called Christians of today don't appear to realize is that "no man can serve two masters (supreme magistrates)". If one is a U.S. citizen who is his "first", i.e. "supreme", magistrate? MAG'ISTRATE, n. [L. magistratus, from magister, master; magis, major, and ster, Teutonic steora, a director; steoran, to steer; the principal director.] A public civil officer, invested with the executive government of some branch of it. In this sense, ...the highest or first magistrate...is the President of the United States ~ Webster's 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language Oh, by the way, Sam, Yisra'el, literally translated, means, "prince (sar)/princess (sarah) of God ('el)", or "prince and princess of the Supreme Magistrate", if you prefer. And what is a prince? "1. In a general sense, a sovereign". And what is a princess? You probably already guessed it. "A female sovereign". "Define your terms, you will permit me again to say, or we shall never understand one another...” ~ Voltaire May I call you "fellow citizen"? ;) Suverans2
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    Suverans2 3 years 25 weeks ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Yeah, and what will happen if they sell it to Libya or Afghanistan?
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    Suverans2 3 years 25 weeks ago Page Paul Hein
    G'day Sam, Thanks. There are a few neighbors around me who have gotten a "kick out of it", too. The last man, with lights on top of his car, who spied it, "invited" me to pull over so he could talk to me. The first question out of his mouth was, "Where's your tag?" To which I answered, "On the back of my car." After politely explaining that I was not a U.S. CITIZEN, nor was I a CITIZEN or RESIDENT of the STATE he worked for, he bid me good day and left. Our last several encounters with agents of the STATE and COUNTIES have been similar, but, so I don't misrepresent, they haven't all been that pleasant. When you give men of low self-esteem a little delegated authority, an assortment of weapons, and a license to use them, it can sometimes turn ugly. Speaking of "President", Sam, did you know that the Aramaic[1] word for god, in the so-called "Old Testament", (singular) is 'el (pronounced ale), which is the short form of the word 'ayil (pronounced eye-eel), which, according to Dr. James Strong's studies means, "specifically a chief (politically)". (See H410 and H352 in any of the older versions of Strong's Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary.) And, that the number one meaning of 'elohiym (plural of 'el), also translated God, gods and goddesses is, "1a) rulers, judges" (See H430 in Brown-Driver-Briggs' Hebrew Lexicon.) Exo 23:32 Thou shalt make no covenant[2] with them, nor with their gods [rulers, judges]. Sound advice! I thought that this information might be of use to you, (and perhaps even one or two others), in some small way. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ [1] Aramaic n. a Northwest Semitic language that was the lingua franca throughout the Near East from c. 300 B.C. to c. A.D. 650; it replaced Hebrew [Ibriy] as the language of the Jews [sic][a] and one of its dialects was spoken by Jesus and his disciples ~ Webster's 1988 New World Dictionary of American English, Third College Edition, page 70 [Emphasis and bracketed information added] [a] It was the language of the house (ten tribes) of Yisra'el, as well, not just the "Jews", i.e. members of the house (two tribes) of Judah. [2] H1285 Brown-Driver-Briggs' Hebrew Lexicon definition: 1) covenant, alliance, pledge 1a) between men 1a1) treaty, alliance, league (man to man) 1a2) constitution, ordinance (monarch to subjects)
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    Samarami 3 years 25 weeks ago Page Paul Hein
    I like the "State of Nature" plate. Think I'll build one if I ever decide to rescind my "car free" status. I refer to myself as "A Sovereign State". My President is responsible for the rotation of the earth on its axis. A good State in which to be, I is, I is. Sam
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    Samarami 3 years 25 weeks ago Web link Jad Davis
    A "late bloomer" to the internet, I immediately recognized the dizzying array of labels being used by those of us espousing freedom and liberty. I began a list as I came across a new one, but this is only partial: Various Libertarian and Anarchist Labels • Agorism • Anarchism • Anarcho-Capitalism (Mises/Rothbard) • Anarcho-communism • Anarcho-syndicalism • Anti-Positivism • Apriorism • Carsonian mutualism • Classical Liberalism • Collectivist anarchist • Communism • Consequentialism • Eco-Libertarianism • Eco-Socialist-Libertarian • Establishment liberal left • Explicitly anarchist, pro-decentralist libertarians (Kinsella) • Geoanarchism • Geoism • Geolibertarianism • Georgism • Green-Libertarianism • Individualist anarchism • Individualist/collectivist anarchist Individualist/collectivist anarchism • Left Libertarianism • Left-Rothbardians • Legal Positivism • Liberal socialism • Liberalism • Libertarian Populism (James Ostrowski) • Libertarian Socialism • Libertarianism • Localism and decentralization • Logical Positivism • Market anarchism • Minarchism • Modal Libertarianism • Modern Liberalism • Moral consequentialism • Mutualism • Natural-rights libertarianism • Neo-liberalism • Neolibertarianism • Objectivism • Panarchism • Plumbline Libertarianism • Praxeology • Primitivist Anarchism • Progressive Libertarianism • Punkish/syndicalist/queer radical social anarchism (above two from Rad Geek site) • Queer anarchism (“sex workers?”) • Radical minarchists • Right Libertarianism • Rothbardian strain of market anarchism • Schmodal Libertarianism • Social Darwinian right-wing economics • Socialism • Socialist-Libertarianism • Syndicalist Anarchism • Utilitarianism (Friedman’s strain of Anarcho-capitalism) • Utopian socialism • Voluntarism You may find a number of libertarian labels I didn't include. But it appears there are almost as many labels as there are those who wish to be free of state. Sam
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    Suverans2 3 years 25 weeks ago Web link Derek Henson
    "That men should take up arms and spend their lives and fortunes, not to maintain their rights, but to maintain they have not rights, is an entirely new species of discovery..." ~ Thomas Paine Bad news, Thomas, we still have them around in our day and age. :(
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    Paul 3 years 25 weeks ago Web link Derek Henson
    The concept of "rights" is just another tool that enslaves us. This article just shows how ephemeral they are, able to be ignored at the least provocation. Rights do not protect us; they protect the ruling class by keeping us submissive.
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    Suverans2 3 years 26 weeks ago Web link Derek Henson
    "1. The United States Constitution, which declares that the government derives its power from the consent of the governed (in this case, the governed want their raw milk and local meat!)" I'm having trouble finding that in their U.S. Constitution; could someone please point out the Article and Section for me?
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    Suverans2 3 years 26 weeks ago Web link Derek Henson
    "...citizens can be punished without any specific legal pretext." citizen, n. ...2. A member of a state; a person, native or naturalized, who owes allegiance to a government, and is entitled to protection from it ~ Webster's 1960 New Collegiate Dictionary, page 151 allegiance, n. 1. The relation of a feudal vassal to his superior, or liege lord ~ Ibid., page 23 vassal, n. 1. Early Law. One who has placed himself under the protection of another as his lord and has vowed homage and fealty ~ Ibid., page 942 "Citizens" are members of a political community [a STATE] who, in their associated capacity [as members of a STATE], have established or submitted themselves to the dominion of a government for the promotion of their general welfare and the protection of their individual as well as collective rights. Herriott v. City of Seattle, 81 Wash.2d 48, 500 P.2d 101, 109 ~ Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition (c.1991), page 244 Same sh*t, different day.
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    Suverans2 3 years 26 weeks ago Page Paul Hein
    "That the majority shall prevail is a rule posterior to [coming after] the formation of government, and results from it. It is not a rule binding upon mankind in their natural state. There, [in the natural state] every man is independent of all laws, except those prescribed by nature. He is not bound by any institutions formed by his fellowmen without his consent." ~ CRUDEN v. NEALE, 2 N.C. 338 (1796) 2 S.E. 70. [Bracketed information added]
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    Darkcrusade 3 years 26 weeks ago Web link Jad Davis
    Anarchy has more degrees than witchcraft : ] (almost). I prefer this definition> http://vftonline.org/Patriarchy/definitions/archist.htm Scroll down to number 12 on this very useful chart. http://www.ozarkia.net/bill/anarchism/faq.html#part12 The whole FAQ sheet is decent.
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    Darkcrusade 3 years 26 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Sharon,So happy you approve, How did the children like the turtle story? Dr.Seuss is interseting subject that i have not taken the time to research. He does have some wonderful subversive writings which i enjoy to no end! He also has statist, and in todays PC world racist stuff.I think he was payed/commissioned by the U.S.Gubbermint to write the cartoons, which he than used the money to get his writing career off the ground. I absolutely hate compromising my principals and when i do,i never seem to get over it.(totally sucks) If only everyone could live,never having to do that.What kind of world would that be i wonder? Anyway,i hope i helped.
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    Paul 3 years 26 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    The ruling class must like the idea of revolution.
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    Paul 3 years 26 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    They like poking sheep.
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    Paul 3 years 26 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    You are wrong, Michael. Sweatshops are consistent with freedom, as are prostitution, drug addiction, and other such things. The point is not to make freedom palatable to people by lying about it, or imagining it will be utopia. It's good enough that it will be better than all the alternatives, and it is that.
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    Samarami 3 years 26 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    Since employees of civil government have so egregiously infused themselves into what semblance of a market there is left it would be difficult to define "sweatshop" with any objectivity. If you're not a prostitute or a drug dealer or perhaps another participant in a "black market" you wouldn't know much about a "free market" (or market-anarchism) to start with. As an anarchist I do not "support sweatshops". Do I ask for the parasites of state to intervene to "prevent" the not-so-good jobs from coming about? No. There will be good jobs and bad jobs. But the free market will allow employment for anybody wishing to work. There will be no "unemployment". Sam
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    rita 3 years 26 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    And it's not only convicted criminals who suffer -- government cutbacks have public schools screaming for volunteers, but in AZ, at least, you can't even sit in a classroom and read to children, in full view of the teacher, if you have a criminal record. Meanwhile, nursing homes, hospitals and organizations like Big Brothers/Big Sisters are chronically understaffed because of punitive laws that place drug felons in the same banned class as convicted child abusers and thieves.
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    Suverans2 3 years 26 weeks ago Page Paul Hein
    G'day Paul, (A cordial greeting takes very little effort, plus it lets everyone know to whom we are responding.) I think you know the "support" that Paul Hein was asking about was "public enthusiasm for this tax", i.e. member enthusiasm. And, I believe that member "enthusiasm for this tax" would be about equal to the sheep's excitement about being loaded onto the truck headed for the slaughter house -- they don't like it at all, they may even raise a ruckus about it, but they'll stick with the herd until the bitter end, they'll almost never "withdraw from membership in the group". It may help for members of the STATE (STATE citizens) to think of this "tax" as the "rental-fee" for using the car that the original purchaser voluntarily gave to the STATE when he voluntarily, (albeit ignorantly), signed the back of the Manufacturer's Statement of Origin. I know, I know, someone here is bound to say that there was a gun held to their head as they signed it. The good news is that if that is true, and they can prove it, their signature will be null and void, from the beginning. Actus me invito factus, non est meus actus. An act done by me against my will, is not my act. Good luck on that one. What most of us do not realize is that it is the following Maxim of Law we are really contending with. And, it only holds true for voluntary servants, by the way. Quicpuid acquiritur servo, acquiritur domino. Whatever is acquired by the servant, is acquired for the master. 15 Bin. Ab. 327. ″The ultimate ownership of all property is in the State: individual so-called ‘ownership’ is only by virtue of Government, i.e. law amounting to mere user; and use must be in accordance with law and subordinate to the necessities of the State.″ ~ Senate Document No. 43, 73rd Congress, 1st Session. (Brown v. Welch supra) Again, this only holds true for voluntary servants, the Government does not write laws for non-members, i.e. free men. Free men are controlled by the natural law.
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    Suverans2 3 years 26 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    Or, maybe, because they are already in bed with the Beast?
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    A Liberal in La... 3 years 26 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    That news will be welcomed by the sales reps and biz dev people who've been pushing the scanning machines. Also, there's an interesting tidbit in the middle of this article: "Meanwhile, the TSA has now told its 40,000 airport screeners that they have the right to unionize on a limited basis -- defeating the Bush administration's original insistence that the DHS should be nonunion in order to ensure maximum flexibility and accountability." So, once again we find clear and convincing evidence about the ways and means of the left-right, crony capitalistic police state. And, oh yes, at least a few of the new TSA employees would need to be equipped with submission devices such as Tasers. And let's not forget about the two-bit colleges that are pushing degrees in criminal justice. An expansion of the DHS is like manna from heaven. In other news: Tim Geitner will be visitig northwest Arkansas this morning and the offices of NanoMech this afternoon. Geithner Does Northwest Arkansas (And Calgary)
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    Suverans2 3 years 26 weeks ago Page Paul Hein
    "In my state, and probably yours also, you cannot buy the rulers’ permission to operate your (?) car without providing proof that you’ve paid the tribute demanded yearly in order for you to pretend that you actually own the vehicle." ~ Paul Hein Word status Meaning (noun) position (noun) condition Synonym state (generic term) Therein lies the problem, you may be in the wrong "state". In my "state" you can, "Create your own custom license plates at BuildASign.com! Using our online design tool you can create custom license plates..." like THIS for a one-time-fee of about 15 doll-hairs. DISCLAIMER: Do not do this unless you are in the right "state" (legal condition).
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    Mitrik_Spanner 3 years 26 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Totally disgusting. how much longer is this sheriff Arpaio going to last before he gets canned? I once thought I might live in AZ. Now I think it full of Tea Party loons.
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    A Liberal in La... 3 years 26 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    The subtitle of the article: "Do we really even exist? Fooling ourselves into thinking we do is the one thing that makes us who we are" Maybe that's editors' humor. Julian Baggini's last two sentences: "But it does not therefore show that this 'I' is just an illusion. There is what I call an Ego Trick, but it is not that the self doesn't exist, only that it is not what we generally assume it to be." Interpretation: The editor(s) of The Independent didn't finish the article, or didn't pay careful attention to what they read. Baggini should request a right to veto the titles and subtitles chosen by editors for his pieces.
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    Paul 3 years 26 weeks ago Page Paul Hein
    "Is there such support for the license plate/sticker tax?" There is. It is needed to pay the salaries of the bureaucrats who take your money for the sticker. Makes sense, huh? I always thought the state should simply issue randomly, generic plates, with numbers in the range from 0 to 99, black on white, no "art" plates. Then all they would have to do is call for the "red car with license 67" and have a better chance of catching the bad guy, since people would actually be able to read and remember the plates from a much greater distance. This would be so even though multiple cars would have number 67. Or maybe use 3 digits instead of two. Of course this assumes the whole point is to make it possible to catch criminals. Of course, since the government IS criminal, this can't possibly be the real reason for license plates. They are there to enslave us, plain and simple. They are something like the tattoos on the arms of inmates at Bergen-Belsen.
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    Paul 3 years 26 weeks ago
    Authority: God vs. Man
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    "Aside from the entertainment value of Henry’s escapades, what I was most struck by is that so many people were willing to subordinate themselves and to sacrifice and throw away their lives for a complete artifice. Here is a clue for those who do not know. There are really no such things as kings and emperors." Well... Unfortunately, it's not just fantasy that is maintaining the kings in their positions - otherwise you could just walk up to old Henry and stick a knife in his gut. There was the threat of exquisite torture, and the promised destruction of one's family and associates. Most kings don't care if you believe, as long as you fear. And the same effects are observable today, although the state prefers to clothe their revenge in the legal niceties. It's certainly possible to fear too much though.
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    Paul 3 years 26 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    They can't help but undermine their own position.
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    Paul 3 years 26 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Getting a lawyer is a solution, but not a very manly one.
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    tzo 3 years 26 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    I think, Paul, that may depend upon the situation a bit. Money is a useful exchange commodity in a complex market. The more complex, the more useful and necessary. If the market, aka society, breaks down completely, then direct barter may be more valuable than indirect exchange. But I agree that in the long run, humans have consistently assigned value to PMs, and so by definition they have value in human transactions, and so the breakdown would have to be pretty severe indeed in order for you to not to be able to find someone who would be willing to take some off your hands in exchange for necessities such as food and water. Stranded in the desert, a gallon of water would be worth more to you than a ton of gold. Of course. So the question becomes, if the society breaks down, how desperate will it get? I have a hard time seeing things deteriorate to the point where you would end up starving with a stash of useless PMs. I also have a hard time seeing myself being hit by lightning tomorrow. Could happen, though.
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    Paul 3 years 26 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    This reminds me of the Julio Buitrago incident (look it up) that outraged people so much that it was a prime cause of success of the Sandinista Revolution. The state cannot help but make itself look like a heartless bastard. A good thing for revolutionaries, too. I guess I've seen my last Seagal movie.
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    Paul 3 years 26 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Well, gold and silver do have real tangible value, just like anything does. They also have trade value, more universally recognized than anything else but fiat currencies - and the latter do not historically have staying power when governments print more of them, unlike gold and silver. Nothing wrong with barter, as long as you can find what you need. It's when barter gets clumsy where gold and silver become useful. It makes no more sense to have only guns and a garden, with no gold or silver, than it does to have gold and silver, with no guns or a garden.
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    Darkcrusade 3 years 26 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Sad but true. The chickens beg help from the fox who is watching the hen house. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHhTXunC2Uo Another fox story.> http://www.lawfulpath.com/ref/jessica/letter9.shtml#top
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    Sharon Secor 3 years 26 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Totally awesome comment. I'll be sharing those vital lessons via that story with my children this very evening. Thank you so much for sharing your time and wisdom. Best Regards...
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    Darkcrusade 3 years 26 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    One of my favorite dr s. is> Yertle the Turtle it tells the story of a turtle 'king' who has his subjects form a stack of turtles to serve as his throne. The turtles comply, first a stack of ten, then bigger, bigger and in classic Seuss style the stack grows to an alleged multiple hundreds allowing Yertle to be king of ever more things. Finally, however, one meager turtle, Mack, complains. He is at the bottom of the stack – he has been there the whole time, he is hungry, tired and imaginably uncomfortable. Yertle will not budge and instead calls for more turtles so he can be king over even the moon. many lessons to take from this 'childrens' story. 1) authority is never satisfied and always seeks to expand. 2) the subjects usually obey until the tipping point. 3) even the smallest member can bring down the 'king'. and more! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBB5LnCqFZY
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    Suverans2 3 years 26 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    G'day Sharon Secor, It is my opinion that gold and silver do not have "tangible, real value". I believe that they are merely a "perceived value", which, in my opinion, can be easily demonstrated by this. I suspect that in a hardcore SHTF scenario there will be a real scarcity of safe food, potable water, and adequate shelter (includes clothing); at that point in time what kind of "tangible, real value" will gold and silver have to you and your family? I think chasing after gold and silver may be a fools errand, but I could be wrong; there may still be individuals who prefer "shiny stuff" over real, tangible value. We've probably all seen movies where greedy individuals have a cave collapse on top them because they can't escape while carrying arms full of gold, silver and/or jewels that are weighing them down.
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    Sharon Secor 3 years 26 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    In truth, on that matter, I agree with you completely. I always advocate the purchase of nonperishable goods one will need, as opposed to spending a whole lot on gold and silver. I have the conversation frequently, and my typical line is this -- rich people buy gold, but poor people like us, our best bet is food, seeds, tools, etc. Far better to buy clothing and shoes in sizes your kids will grow into than hold a bunch of inflation eaten dollars. Another aspect of buying gold is... well, great you can buy stuff, but who's gonna have change for that gold piece? Now, as I was discussing with a friend last night, the point about the silver is this. If we choose to do business among ourselves, then our mode of trade is our business. If I ask him to build me a wall and decide I'll give him a pig and fresh bread weekly for 6 months, fine. If I offer him housecleaning and clothing repair for my wall and he accepts, fine. If I offer him silver in an amount we agree upon that's fine, too. What we agree upon for my wall is nobody's business but our own, and we'll do as we please, regardless of what the State says. The State cannot stop our private arrangements not today, not tomorrow, not ever. As always, I am pleased that you have taken the time to comment and I always enjoy reading your thoughts. Have a wonderful day.
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    Suverans2 3 years 26 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    And get a lawyer???????????????????
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    KenK 3 years 26 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    The best legal advice ever: STFU and get a lawyer. And yet people have to be reminded of it constantly.
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    Suverans2 3 years 26 weeks ago
    Natural Law
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    According to Joint Resolution 175 of the 103rd Congress, "the phrase in the Declaration of Independence 'All men are created equal' was suggested by the Italian patriot and immigrant Philip Mazzei." http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=103_cong_bills... (Source: Wikipedia) Tutti gli uomini sono per natura egualmente liberi e indipendenti. Quest'eguaglianza è necessaria per costituire un governo libero. Bisogna che ognuno sia uguale all'altro nel diritto naturale. All men are by nature equally free and independent. Such equality is necessary in order to create a free government. All men must be equal to each other in natural law. ~ Philip Mazzei, The Virginia Gazette, 1774. (Translated by a friend and neighbor, Thomas Jefferson.)
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    Suverans2 3 years 26 weeks ago
    Natural Law
    Web link Don Stacy
    Since there is nowhere one can comment on the daily quotes here at STR, I decided that this was an appropriate place to do it. The quote on 3/19/2011 was attributed to the facist, Ezra Pound, "Liberty is not a right but a duty." Let us start with this, Ezra. Bullsh*t!! Liberty. Freedom from all restraints except such as are justly imposed by law. Freedom from restraint, under conditions essential to the equal enjoyment of this same RIGHT by others; freedom regulated by law. The absence of arbitrary restraint, not immunity from reasonable regulations and prohibitions imposed in the interests of community. Brazo v. Connecticut Real Estate Commission, 177 Conn. 515, 418 A.2d 883, 890. ~ Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition, (c.1991), page 918 [Emphasis added] What "law" might that above modern definition be referring to? Well, that depends on what jurisdiction[1] one has consented to be under. If one does not consent to "submit himself to the dominion of a man-made government for the promotion of his general welfare and the protection of his individual rights" then he is a "man", (as opposed to a "person", i.e. a "juristic personality")[2], and is governed by the "law of nature", and he therefore has "natural liberty". Natural liberty. The power of acting as one thinks fit, without any restraint or control, unless [except] by the LAW OF NATURE. The RIGHT which nature gives to all mankind of disposing of their persons and property after the manner they judge most consistent with their happiness, on condition of their acting within the limits of the LAW OF NATURE, and so as not to interfere with an equal exercise of the same RIGHTS by other men. Burlamaqui, c. 3, @ 15; 1 Bl. Comm. 125. ~ A Dictionary of the Law (Black's 1st c.1891), page 716 [Emphasis added] This is the same definition, word-for-word, found in Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition (c.1991) on page 918. Imagine that, NO CHANGE IN DEFINITION IN ONE HUNDRED YEARS. Because natural liberty is a natural right, a "just claim" that each of us has, each of us has the prerogative, individually, to exchange it for civil liberty, (which, of course, is a civil right, restrained and controlled by "human laws"), if we so choose. Civil liberty. The liberty of a member of a society, being a man's natural liberty, so far restrained by HUMAN LAWS (and no further) as is necessary and expedient for the general advantage of the public [the state]. 1 Bl.Comm.125. ~ Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition (c.1991), page 918 [Emphasis added] Allow me to take that out of context so that it may be seen more clearly, "The liberty of a member...restrained by HUMAN LAWS. ___________________________________________________________________________________ [1] "Jurisdiction, in its most general sense, is the power to make, declare or apply the law..." ~ Webster's 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language The default jurisdiction, if one chooses not to consent to a man-made jurisdiction, is the "law of nature". This so because, "[The natural] law is the paramount law, and the same law, over all the world, at all times, and for all peoples; and will be the same paramount and only law, at all times, and for all peoples, so long as man shall live upon the earth." ~ Natural Law; or the Science of Justice by Lysander Spooner [2] Homo vocabulum est naturae; persona juris civilis--Man is a term of nature; person of civil law. Bouvier's Law Dictionary (1914), page 2136
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    Glen Allport 3 years 26 weeks ago
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    I agree. This is a sweet, short, fun read with a bite.