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  • tzo's picture
    tzo 3 years 23 weeks ago
    Where's the Beef?
    Page Michael Kleen
    Well, one might imagine that the law firm was nudged into action by someone like, oh, Burger King, in an attempt to use political power to fight competition. I also believe most law firms exist to make money, not help society. Just like Taco Bell.
  • Michael Kleen's picture
    Michael Kleen 3 years 23 weeks ago
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    Page Michael Kleen
    Well said, Merrick. I guess what bothers me the most about this is that this law firm is choosing to pursue a ridiculous issue rather than something more useful to the general public, like concerns about health and safety. I don't think the people who eat at Taco Bell care what percentage meat is in their taco filling, as long as it tastes good, it's cheap, and it doesn't make them sick. I know I don't.
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    B.R. Merrick 3 years 23 weeks ago
    Where's the Beef?
    Page Michael Kleen
    I don't see what the big deal about a 35% ratio is. Most politicians' heads are only 35% meat. :) In all seriousness, and in complete agreement with Suverans2, I must say that I have eaten and enjoyed Taco Bell many times in the past, even after I heard a rumor about some rather disgusting conditions that I will not repeat, since I can't substantiate it. I believe much of what is said about how hot dogs are prepared, how food is mishandled, and I've probably eaten in more than one restaurant where my food was dropped in the kitchen, or where some waitress perhaps spit on it. These thoughts are frequently in my head, right along with the fact that every carrot I eat comes out of soil made of dead people, animals, excrement, insects, and plants. Food is gross. What happens to it after we eat it is even grosser. But Suverans2 is right. An ounce of prevention. Unfortunately for me, I HATE shopping and I HATE preparing food. I'll probably eat some unhealthy Taco Bell again. And again and again. AND I WILL ACCEPT THE CONSEQUENCES AS MY OWN.
  • tzo's picture
    tzo 3 years 23 weeks ago
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    Yes, I think it is an important first step to get people to realize that the USG claims to own every square inch of its domain. There is no public or private property, only government property. Step two, which must logically follow, is for people to realize that no human being has any rights under such an ownership assumption. Everyone here is a USG houseguest, and if you do not follow the rules, you must leave. Step three is that people realize that every square inch of the planet is government property, and so no human being has the right to anything on the planet. There is only existence by permission. Step four is the action taken by people who do not go along with the government ownership assumption. Ideally, this action spreads far and wide and takes as its primary form the ignoring of government rules, and not as violent retaliation. And so to sort of answer a question you posed earlier, the short answer is that education is the key to this change. That is not to say that action such as this civil disobedience is not important, because it is essential, but civil disobedience presented to a populace that has a government mindset will never work. Lose the government mindset, and civil disobedience will become rampant quite naturally. Positive feedback loop. And I see that you agree with the importance of education, as you are placing the above CD actions in proper context for the people who have observed and commented on it. Alice views the actions taken against Pete as unjust, but she is viewing everything through her government goggles, and the end result is that she is wishing for the government to relent and give people permission to wear hats in court. It is "our" public property and "they" the government should let us do what "we" want but it is "our" government and so "we" have decided to not allow hats. "We" should change this but apparently, "we" don't want to. "We" are so confused. Public property reduces directly down to government property. So does private property. http://strike-the-root.com/92/tzo/tzo2.html You can have either government or private property, but you cannot have both. If you choose government, you forego private property and hence forego having rights.
  • Suverans2's picture
    Suverans2 3 years 23 weeks ago
    Where's the Beef?
    Page Michael Kleen
    Avoiding gmo's is made even more difficult because your government's FDA says it's subsidiary corporations, (the food manufacturers), do not have to disclose these genetically modified organisms, as such, to the end users, as most, (if not all), European food processors voluntarily do. If we are to have "free choice" in whether to eat this sh*t or not, truthful labeling is a necessity.
  • Suverans2's picture
    Suverans2 3 years 23 weeks ago
    Where's the Beef?
    Page Michael Kleen
    Perhaps a better way to say it, Michael Kleen, would be to say that "it is no more harmful than virtually any other fast food restaurant". What little beef they do use has been fed genetically modified organisms (particularly corn and soy) and rgBH/rBST growth hormones, and has had a steady diet of antibiotics since its nativity because of the unsanitary conditions in which the cattle are housed (CAFO), and the whole thing is seasoned with monosodium glutamate (msg). And, the soy they use as a filler is also a genetically modified organism. If you trust the government, (which gives you subsidized health care), their FDA says all this stuff is harmless. If you are not eligible for government entitlements, such as subsidized health care, as we are not, you might want to do your utmost to avoid this toxic nightmare. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
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    Suverans2 3 years 23 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Generally, it is mice and/or rats, the number of which can be exacerbated by unclean humans.
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    Suverans2 3 years 23 weeks ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Violence, against the state, particularly individual violence, will, after the state "spin doctors" are through with it, be used, by the state, as license to "retaliate with violence", without raising a "public outcry". Hence, "violence begets violence". The first shot fired by the men of South Carolina, at Fort Sumter, was used in precisely this manner. Had the South Carolinians held their fire, and not succumbed to firing that first shot, which was looked at, (after the state "spin doctors" were through with it), as "initiating violence", the war against lawful (peaceful) secession might never have taken place. We must also keep in mind that force and violence are not ALWAYS the same thing. And, please, don't take this comment to mean that I believe one should not defend their life, liberty and justly acquired property, I am only saying violence should be the ABSOLUTE LAST RESORT, in my opinion.
  • Suverans2's picture
    Suverans2 3 years 23 weeks ago
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    Here is some of the dialogue we are in at the moment. Suverans2 26. Jan, 2011 at 2:23 pm # However, that COURTROOM is their “house”, and it should be treated like anyone else’s “house”. If you VOLUNTARILY enter into that house you should, according to the natural law, obey the “house rules”. If you know the rules to that “house”, and don’t like those rules, do not VOLUNTARILY enter that house; or if, after entering, you discover the rules, after VOLUNTARILY entering, secede [withdraw peacefully] from that “house”, if you choose not to consent to those rules. _______________________________________________________ Alice Lillie 28. Jan, 2011 at 3:03 am # This “house” is public. Therefore he had every right to wear the hat. If courts were privatized, they could enforce no-hat or other rules. But this is a dilemma when you have public property. Nobody owns it, so nobody has the right to make rules. So, Pete was right. _______________________________________________________ Suverans2 28. Jan, 2011 at 11:49 am # G’day Alice Lillie, Thanks for the reply. First let me say, as an individual secessionist, I appreciate very much what Mike, Ademo, Pete, you, and everyone else involved in the struggle for freedom, are doing, so keep in mind I am only trying to give constructive criticisms, which of course you all are free to ignore, at your own peril. The language of their so-called law is called “legalese”, it is Legal Pig Latin (LPL), an artificial language designed to fool us. This word “public”, and the phrase “public property” are not exceptions. The word “public”, as in “public property”, can mean, in LPL (Legal Pig Latin), “Pertaining to the state, nation or whole community…” That’s from Black’s Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition (c.1991), page 1227. Note that first one, “pertaining to the state”. Now, “public property”, from this same dictionary, can mean, in LPL, “those things which are publici juris (q.v.), [of public right] and therefore considered as being owned by “the public,” the entire state or community and not restricted to the dominion of a private person. It may also apply to the any subject of property owned by the state, nation, or municipal corporation as such. See also State property, below.” Now the LPL definition of “State property” my shock you, so we’ll save that for another day. Suffice to say that COURTHOUSE is “public property”, defined as “property owned by the state", which makes it “their house”, as I was trying to explain to our freedom fighting friends. You should also note the phrase “corporation as such” in that definition of “public property”. Corporations are artificial persons, which makes their law “private law”, that is to say it only applies to members of the corporation, and “citizens” are members of the corporation. 2Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you… Hope this will help to un-muddy the waters.
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    KenK 3 years 23 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Wild populations go where the food is. What is the food supply for all those snakes?
  • Paul's picture
    Paul 3 years 23 weeks ago
    Government Will Die
    Page Alex R. Knight III
    I think we have a long haul before what Alex is envisioning comes about. Better to focus on short term survival of anarchism. We have to live side by side with statists for a long time, but we don't have to be dominated by them: http://www.strike-the-root.com/what-is-to-be-done-with-statists Anarchism is not going to "win" (that sounds too dominating to me). People will just tire of statism when they realize it is not needed. BTW I think of minarchists as anarchists-in-training.
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    Paul 3 years 23 weeks ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Well, "violence begets violence" is just a slogan. Often, violence (more accurately, defense) ends violence. But for the rest of it, yeah. I like Jon Stewart's take on it: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/01/jon-stewart-glock-sales-double/
  • Suverans2's picture
    Suverans2 3 years 23 weeks ago
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    Thanks for the clarifications, tzo, much appreciated. "Rights are what they grant citizens[1], and if he isn't a citizen, then he has no rights"....ACCORDING TO THE CAPTORS, (as you indicate above), because if they did "recognize" a man's Natural Rights[2] they would, as a consequence, be negating all of their de facto authority. (De jure authority can only be delegated by the author.) Endnotes: [1] Legal rights (sometimes also called civil rights or statutory rights) are rights conveyed by a particular polity, codified into legal statutes by some form of legislature (or unenumerated but implied from enumerated rights), and as such are contingent upon local laws, customs, or beliefs. [2]In contrast, natural rights (also called moral rights or inalienable rights) are rights which are not contingent upon the laws, customs, or beliefs of a particular society or polity. Natural rights are thus necessarily universal, whereas legal rights are culturally and politically relative. ~ Wikipedia [Emphasis added] “...the primal rights [natural rights] pertaining to men are undoubtedly enjoyed by human beings purely as such, being grounded in personality, and existing antecedently [prior] to their recognition by positive law.” ~ A Dictionary of Law (c.1891), page 1044 Note: “primal rights” are first rights, and an human being's first rights are his natural rights, because they are inherent, i.e. “implanted by nature” at the time of his creation.
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 3 years 23 weeks ago
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    Pete and Adam (Ademo on FB) are making a serious and needed point. They've had much "questioning" from people who either (1) are of an older generation that did not suffer the kind of government monster and its impact on the economy and one's job prospects (including the taint of the war on drug freedom) and (2) younger people who don't realize that the "conventional" methods are no longer working because a high percentage of the American public has no conscience or is simply numb from the government machine. These two are heroic. Get the word out. I plan to write more on this in the future, but I'm under the gun on a project now. Please encourage the other large freedom websites to mention them. I notice the dearth in far too many of them!
  • tzo's picture
    tzo 3 years 23 weeks ago
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    "Perhaps he isn't. Perhaps he's a furriner. Perhaps he's a terrorist. Perhaps he really has no "rights," as he is not willing to claim them." I meant these to be the thoughts crawling through the brains of the captors. Rights are what they grant citizens, and if he isn't a citizen, then he has no rights. Government logic. And this government, while dangerous even to its citizens, is essentially merciless to non-citizens. And for the record, I will label him brave because he is certainly not naive. He knows exactly what he has stepped into. One of these actions will eventually be a spark that ignites the unpeaceful times, and that is good. And bad. And inevitable.
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    COUNTERTHESPIANAGE.COM (not verified) 3 years 23 weeks ago
    Vox Dei?
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    As a former Xtian, I actually took time to read the manual (RTFM) and see the questions that were preposterous in their possible answers. Anyone accepting Xtianity at face value, is no different from anyone accepting that a FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE is money... (Vox included) Genius only goes so far. Thanks Jim, for the article!
  • Suverans2's picture
    Suverans2 3 years 23 weeks ago
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    G'day tzo, You asked, “Why did he do it? Is it a strategy? Has he considered the risk/reward? Or is he simply doing what he feels he needs to do?” Perhaps ”THIS” will answer your questions. I'm not certain whether Pete was, in this instance, standing up for “what is right”, or not, my friend, but I do like to see young people [my nativity was reportedly in the Winter of '48] peacefully challenging the status quo, looking for chinks in Goliath's “legal armor”. And, for your information, a man can “identify” himself without identifying himself as a person[1], i.e. a consenting member of your, or any other, man-made fictitious political community. I have already written to these young people about that very thing, giving them a general overview of how to go about it, since your government, in recent years, has begun charging individuals with “FAILURE TO IDENTIFY”. You wrote: “Perhaps he really has no "rights," as he is not willing to claim them.” What on Earth prompted you to pull that rabbit out of the hat? Do you have evidence that Pete is not willing to claim his natural rights? My “faith” in your government following any set of fundamental rules is based on my own personal experience as an individual secessionist over the last eleven years, but, as I have written elsewhere on this alternative news site, I have no delusions that this will continue forever. However, when those desiring dominion over their fellow man no longer “allow” a peaceful, lawful remedy for individuals who do not wish to be dominated by them, it will mark the beginning of a very unpeaceful one. Yes, my friend, the “animating contest for freedom”, actually doing something besides just talking about it, can be “Dangerous stuff”, just ask the ”56 signers of the American Declaration of Independence”. Endnotes: [1] Homo vocabulum est naturae; persona juris civilis--Man is a term of nature; person of civil law. ~ Bouvier's Law Dictionary (1914), page 2136 “This word ‘person’ and its scope and bearing in the law, involving, as it does, legal fictions and also apparently natural beings, it is difficult to understand; but it is absolutely necessary to grasp, at whatever cost, a true and proper understanding of the word in all the phases of its proper use… The words persona and personae did not have the meaning in the Roman which attaches to homo, the individual, or a man in the English; it had peculiar references to artificial beings, and the condition or status of individuals… A person is here not a physical or individual person, but the status or condition with which he is invested… not an individual or physical person, but the status, condition or character borne by physical persons… The law of persons is the law of status or condition.” “A moment's reflection enables one to see that man and person cannot be synonymous, for there cannot be an artificial man, though there are artificial persons. Thus the conclusion is easily reached that the law itself often creates an entity or a being which is called a person; the law cannot create an artificial man, but it can and frequently does invest him with artificial attributes; this is his personality… that is to say, the man-person; and abstract persons, which are fiction and which have no existence except in law; that is to say, those which are purely legal conceptions or creations.” ~ American Law and Procedure, Vol 13, page 137, 1910 [Emphasis added]
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    COUNTERTHESPIANAGE.COM (not verified) 3 years 23 weeks ago
    Government Will Die
    Page Alex R. Knight III
    Thank you for this perspective. It truly is a failing proposition to attempt to overpower them. The only way to win is to embarrass the hell out of them.
  • tzo's picture
    tzo 3 years 23 weeks ago
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    I respect anyone who stands up for what is right, as has Pete. Why did he do it? Is it a strategy? Has he considered the risk/reward? Or is he simply doing what he feels he needs to do? I worry for his safety, because I do not share the faith that you have in the system following any set of rules. A video on this website cites a case of another individual who refused to identify himself and was held for almost 60 days. Perhaps the judge will follow the "law," or perhaps not. And now that the entire world is a battlefield in the war on terrorism, officially, what might the police state make of an individual who refuses to identify himself as being one of the "good guy" citizens? Perhaps he isn't. Perhaps he's a furriner. Perhaps he's a terrorist. Perhaps he really has no "rights," as he is not willing to claim them. Dangerous stuff.
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    Suverans2 3 years 23 weeks ago
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    Pay attention, you two members of the STATE who gave this story a one-star rating. While you two are probably hacking at the branches, or more likely doing nothing at all, these young people are testing their cage, and they found a crack. "Afterward, when Burke [the man in the black dress] had finally entered the courtroom, he called the LEGAL NAME I despise, and appreciate silence regarding, so I informed him that he could call me slave, which he called nonsense. ... During my trial, I was declared...guilty for refusal to process, but with time served, there was no further statist retribution for peaceful actions." "he could call me" is not the same as giving a them a name, and "time served" is their cover-up for what actually took place in that COURT, so, hopefully, the other "monkeys", watching or reading, don't figure it out. "Pete, as he’s not identifying, probably won’t receive mail." That is correct, he won't, in fact, he won't be able to get any "benefits" until he gives that so-called COURT a "LEGAL NAME", and he's being held in solitary confinement if that man wearing the black dress knows what he's doing. Do you two "one-voters" know why Pete must acknowledge himself as a "LEGAL PERSON" before that so-called JUDGE can proceed? And, further, I predict that if Pete does not acknowledge himself as a "LEGAL PERSON" he will be released sometime during his 3rd day of incarceration, probably with the same "time served" excuse. We need to encourage these young freedom fighters. I give them a big TEN-STAR RATING for actually doing something.
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    KenK 3 years 23 weeks ago
    Government Will Die
    Page Alex R. Knight III
    Things must look different from rural Vermont; People in Michigan want lots more government than they have already.
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 3 years 24 weeks ago Page Guest
    Rita's post above was right on the money. The main goal of trade unions is to extort a privileged position for their members by toadying to the violent actions of government. They will sell out the entirety of peaceful society to obtain their advantages. They hate the judgment of the free marketplace as much as any corporate welfare hound seeking privileges backed by the guns of government. They try to pose as the "voice of the worker," but that is merely a Machiavellian trick. Instead, they oppose the peaceful and voluntary acts of people who willingly trade with one other. They substitute an economic hold-up job by licking the backside of the government. Then their union members extort artificially high prices from all other consumers. The idiocy of unionism can be shown if you simply ask yourself what would happen if everyone hired the criminals in government to give them an advantage enforced at gunpoint. No, unions are essentially seeking monopoly price control at artificially high rates. But if the tables were turned, they would oppose what they themselves do to the rest of us. For example, since they are "selling labor" at an artificially high price, what would they say if landlords ganged up and began to "sell leases" at an artificially rigged high price backed by government guns? The union stoolies would cry "cartel," and go into fits of drooling rage. Yet too many people buy their load of nonsense and accept the lower standard of living that unions impose. Companies that are afflicted with unions, such as US car companies, follow the union example and then bribe governments to "protect" their industries by imposing tariffs -- which passes on the "love" (of unearned money) to the hapless consumer. This enables the company to charge higher prices than overseas competitors to keep the pockets of the union members stuffed with unearned wealth while impoverishing all other consumers. Consequently, the unionized companies have a co-dependent relationship as a kind of Siamese-twin parasite on the body of consumers at large. They are the enemies of consumers everywhere, but they know that as long as other people don't get wise to their trick, they will be able to enjoy an artificially high status by trampling on the heads of all others for as long as their trick goes undetected by the people who are bombarded by propaganda from their pals in government indoctrination centers (the unionized public schools). Unions are just another way for people to toady up to GovCo entities for special privileges -- turning the rest of us into second-class citizen slaves.
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    Suverans2 3 years 24 weeks ago
    Life Without Rights
    Page Paul Bonneau
    "...one of the most revealing things about the lawyers’ trade is the unanimous inability or unwillingness, or both, on the part of the lawyers to explain their brand of professional pig Latin to men who are not lawyers." ~ Woe Unto You Lawyers by Fred Rodell, Professor of Law, Yale University (Written in 1939) Thank you, yet again, Counter Thespianage!
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    Cristian Gherasim (not verified) 3 years 24 weeks ago Page Guest
    well, the truth is in the details: the unions didn't say no to the governments but to any reform of an already bloated bureaucratic ssytem. and, regarding tunisia, i think that you've mistaken trade unions for civil society. it's the civil society than made a difference, and i honestly can't image how in a country where a bloody coup is need in order to have political change, trade unions could be more than simply state agencies, let alone act independently of political command
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    Samarami 3 years 24 weeks ago Web link Derek Henson
    Two things, interconnected, have happened: 1) A larger percentage of individuals classified as "young voters" are better informed and see the futility of protests: "Our time would be better spent protesting foxes to quit eating chickens..." The advent of the "Ron Paul" movement and it's ancillary groups is an example. These are the people who still see "government" as providing a socially useful purpose if "we" can just elect a higher class of shysters. 2) More and more (present writer included) look at "protests" to employees of state (of wars or anything else) as only serving to augment legitimacy to the empire. The leopard cannot change its spots. Justice ain't. Samarami
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    Suverans2 3 years 24 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    "When I was mulling over the notion of writing this book, I outlined my ideas about the book, and about the law, to a lawyer who is not only able but also extraordinarily frank and perceptive about his profession. “Sure,” he said, “but why give the show away?” That clinched it." ~ F.R. Woe Unto You Lawyers by Fred Rodell, Professor of Law, Yale University (Written in 1939) Thank you, again, Counter Thespianage!
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    Suverans2 3 years 24 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    Enjoying the poetry on your website very much. Thank you. "...catch them at their game, and ask them to "present" the clear and static meaning of what each word has meant. They’ll stutter, and they’ll distract, they’ll beat upon the desk But if you watch them closely, you’ll see their game’s a mess." ~ Excerpted from Represent by Counter Thespianage http://counterthespianage.com/
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    RoyceChristian 3 years 24 weeks ago Page Guest
    Oh please. You are angry that unions have the power to stand up to Governments and say "no"? Trade unions and students recently helped take down the Tunisian regime. Enough said.
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    COUNTERTHESPIANAGE.COM (not verified) 3 years 24 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    Woe Unto You Lawyers (Originally posted at http://counterthespianage.com) Woe Unto You Lawyers, Rodell quotes, biblically, exposing myriads of lies that the law purports to be: The lie that you’re a person, instead of just a man; The person birthed is DOA, a corporate fiction-scam. The lie that you have money, when credit’s all there is; The lie that you can pay a debt with crackle, pop, fizz-fizz The lie that you are citizen, then forced to swear the same; for it is by admission that your subjugation damns; The lie that law is honorable, when lawyers but distract convincing you that what you see must be a solid fact The lie that judges show, somehow, impartiality, when their job wholly rests with perpetuity The lie that judges, lawyers can fairly rule themselves; while acting with impunity, above reproach they’re found. The lie that lawyers garner a measure of respect, when all of them are lying whores, their own job to protect. The lie that "law" exists, when factually, there’s none - The judge re-writes it all the time, sic: "interpretation" The lie that there is truth in what’s called government; I have a finger straight and true, with pointed, clear, intent. If one but questions what the rules presented forth are meant to be, they’ll soon discover that the "law" is but hypocrisy. ***************************** See, if someone disagrees with "government," "government's" reaction is to start name calling, labeling, and/or vilifying the dissenter. This is because THERE ARE NO FACTS TO SUPPORT THEIR CLAIMS... (Extending my finger in the Govna's direction.)
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    COUNTERTHESPIANAGE.COM (not verified) 3 years 24 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    Thank you for the article! Be free in your way. COUNTERTHESPIANAGE.COM
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    Paul 3 years 24 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    Actually, expenditures for "Girls Gone Wild" videos are about the best we can hope for by government. That's money not spent for killing, jailing or torturing people. It's money not spent making people dependent on government. It's money not spent on indoctrinating children. If only all tax dollars were spent on "Girls Gone Wild", society would be immensely better off than it is now, and we'd be a lot more free.
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    Paul 3 years 24 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    A dumb article.
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    No Coercion 3 years 24 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    Thanks for the share!
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    rita 3 years 24 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    We don't need "prison reform." We need an end to America's drug policy. The possession, use and sale of drugs are not just non-violent crimes, they are VICTIMLESS crimes. The only thing that makes an illegal drug sale more dangerous than a legal drug sale is the "illegal" part.
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    rita 3 years 24 weeks ago Page Guest
    Europe's trade unions sound very much like our own government.
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    Mitrik_Spanner 3 years 24 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    We should be asking why 13 years of public K-12 schooling doesn't have better effect. Many home-schoolers achieve more in a couple of years and a few hours a day than their public school counterparts do after the full 13 year program. Parents should aim at alternatives that let them maximize their children's early education so that they can enroll them directly as juniors in college as soon as they are ready.
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    jd-in-georgia 3 years 24 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Just follow this Youtube link to find out how far compulsory education has brought us: The War On Kids: Trailer
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    Suverans2 3 years 24 weeks ago Web link Anthony Gregory
    "Right" and "left", are merely two sides of the same coin.
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    jd-in-georgia 3 years 24 weeks ago Page LaTulippe
    The internet is the new wheel... pocket on a shirt... sliced bread, if you will, and the governments of the world are the only entities in existence which stand to lose complete power and control, basically going the way of the dinosaur, as long as global internet communication is available.
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    FreeMoney (not verified) 3 years 24 weeks ago Web link Mike Powers
    I didn't think the site was hosted by amazon, but it doesn't matter much. The site is a great place for discussion and information, but the actual system is not on any site, it is completely decentralized, the site going down won't even make it blink. It would make it a little harder for a new person to get info, but there are plenty of other sites, even wikipedia, for that. The download would still be available from Sourceforge. How long was wikileaks unavailable anyway, 3 hours? Hopefully this is how the government will try to stop, lol. More likely it will be a smear campaign about the terrible things we do with our new monetary freedom.
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    wuzacon (not verified) 3 years 24 weeks ago Page Alex Schroeder
    Good article. Suriname has such an interesting and rich history, particularly as to the settlement of the interior by escaped slaves. The alternative society constructed in the interior with its absence of state power is not a coincidence. It would be great to see more on the development of the interior Suriname society and anarchy. It could be a good topic for your dissertation.
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    Suverans2 3 years 24 weeks ago Page Guest
    Cristian Gherasim, your political aspirations, presuming you have some, ("currently working on a master’s degree in Romanian and European politics"), will be cut drastically short if you continue to tell the truth like this.
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    B.R. Merrick 3 years 24 weeks ago Page LaTulippe
    Our only hope is that they'll be just as clueless about how to stop the Internet, and whatever technological development that's going to supercede it, as they were about its inherent power when it first came into mass use. Or that the revolution for freedom, having infected a great many individuals, will have taken hold in hearts and minds before this wonderful instrument is ever shut down.
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    Suverans2 3 years 24 weeks ago Page Guest
    "Many years after the fall of communism there is still a huge gap between what politicians say and do..." That is because if a politician told the truth, he would never get elected. (Ron Paul got less than 0.5% of the popular vote, for example.) "The men the _____________ people admire most extravagantly are the greatest liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth."[1] Just fill in the blank; American, Romanian, United Kingdom, it matters not, it's the same world over. "To the man who tells the truth, give a fast horse; he will need it to escape on." [1] Henry Louis "H. L." Mencken
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    Mark Davis 3 years 24 weeks ago Page Guest
    Excellent article. You nailed it Cristian.
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    Suverans2 3 years 24 weeks ago Web link Don Stacy
    "It doesn't matter how much you want to continue riding, beating a dead horse is not going to get you anywhere." ~ Urban Dictionary
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    Mitrik_Spanner 3 years 24 weeks ago Web link Mike Powers
    I wish them well, but, I notice that the bitcoin uses Amazon.com's S3 hosting system, and other services from Google, to make it's scheme work. What happens when the government tells these corporate giants to quit cooperating with bitcoin, ala wikileaks?
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    Suverans2 3 years 24 weeks ago
    Owning an IRS Lawyer
    Web link Don Stacy
    Could it be that the IRS attorney is trying to do everything within her power to try to hide the fact that one voluntarily identifies one's own self as a TAXPAYER when one voluntarily uses a Taxpayer Identification Number (T.I.N.)? It's a "monkey trap", and the benefits attached to the Taxpayer Identification Numbers are the bait, and 98% of the "monkeys" will not let go of the bait.
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    Suverans2 3 years 24 weeks ago
    The New Feudalism
    Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Thank you for your reply, Melinda L. Secor. ****************************************************************************** “Come, Vijay,” Captain Naik said, leading me into his study, “I’ll show you something interesting.” He opened a cupboard, pulled out a strange-looking contraption and laid it on the table. I looked at it, confused but curious. The peculiar apparatus consisted of a hollowed-out coconut attached to a solid iron chain, about two feet long, with a large metal stake at the other end. “You know what this is?” he asked. “No,” I answered. “I got this in Penang when I was cadet, almost thirty years ago,” Captain Naik said, picking up the coconut in his left hand, holding the chain in his right. He looked at me and explained: “This is a monkey trap. The hollowed-out coconut is filled with some cooked rice through this small hole, chained to the stake which is driven firmly into the ground. Look at this hole. It’s just big enough so that the monkey’s hand to go in, but too small for his fist filled with rice to come out. The monkey reaches in, grabs the rice and is suddenly trapped. Because his greed won’t allow him to let go of the rice and extricate his hand, the monkey remains trapped, a victim of his greed, until he is captured. The monkey cannot see that freedom without the rice is more valuable than capture with it. That’s what happens to most of us. Probably it’s the story of your life too. Think about it."[1] ****************************************************************************** [1] My thanks to Vikram Karve for this version of the monkey trap.
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    Melinda L. Secor 3 years 24 weeks ago
    The New Feudalism
    Web link Melinda L. Secor
    In my opinion, it is both. I do think that the liberty movement is fast growing, but everything is relative. Although there are more people these days who have begun to see the corrupt and destructive nature of government, unfortunately, people who are willing to tolerate greater levels of authoritarianism are still very much in the majority.