Tag: politics

Urban Magnets for Disaster

Filed in BP, deflation, economy, Ford, Gold, inflation, o, silver, ubs, US Dollar by on February 18, 2011 0 Comments

When it comes to bad stuff the sky’s the limit. It’s gonna happen, eventually…one way or another. And it could be real bad. And when bad stuff happens, you’re better off being somewhere else. Where? Generally, bad stuff seems to happen most often in cities. Why is that? Cities are where most people live. It is where governments are. And it is where the labor force is most specialized. There are no subsistence farmers living in cities. Nor do urban populations “live off the land.” Instead, they depend on complex networks of commerce. The typical city dweller produces neither food nor energy. He sits all day in an office — completely dependent on others to provide power and food. Then, he goes home — still completely dependent on the division of labor for his most important needs. Progress can be described as the elaboration of the division of labor. In man’s most primitive state, specialization is extremely limited. From what we’ve been told, the early man was the hunter. Early woman gathered…that’s about the extent of it. As the tribe grows larger, specialization increases. One person might tend the fire. Another might be in charge of making clothes or arrows. The advent of sedentary agriculture and towns caused a big leap forward in human progress and, not coincidentally, the division of labor. Some townspeople went out to tend the fields. Others began to focus on woodworking…or iron mongering…or making weapons…or clothes. Some played cards and hung around at bars. There was soon a homebuilding industry…and, not long after, merchants, prostitutes and bankers…and even shyster lawyers and tax collectors. As the division of labor expanded, the average person became richer…and more dependent on others. In order to eat, someone else had to plant…and till…and harvest…and hunt…and gather. And then, when agriculture became mechanized, he depended on faraway people who produced oil and gasoline…and people who built …

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The Evils of the Drug War

Filed in BP, deflation, o, silver, ubs by on January 21, 2011 0 Comments

Most everyone is familiar with the disastrous consequences of the war on drugs: drug gangs, drug lords, drug suppliers, gang wars, muggings, robberies, thefts, corruption of judges, prosecutors, and law-enforcement officials, murders, assassinations, overcrowded jails, asset forfeiture, and on and on. The fact is that nothing good is produced by the war on drugs. All the results are bad. If you have any doubts, just ask the people of Mexico, who have experienced the unbelievable number of 30,000 drug war deaths in the last 3 years alone. Making drugs illegal causes the price to increase, which motivates suppliers to enter the black market to make money. The state gets angry over this economic phenomenon, imposing harsher penalties and more brutally enforcing the laws. That causes prices to go up even more, which motivates more people to enter into the market as suppliers. Ultimately, the black market price gets so high that ordinary citizens are lured into the market in the hopes of scoring big financially. All the bad consequences of the drug war, however, are not the primary reason for why we should legalize drugs. Freedom is the primary reason to legalize drugs. When the state has the power to put people into jail for ingesting a non-approved substance, there is no way that people in that society can be considered free. A person is sitting in the privacy of his own living room. He decides to smoke marijuana, snort cocaine, or inject himself with heroin. The state — e.g., the members of Congress, the president, the DEA, the Justice Department — claim the authority to punish the person for doing that. But it’s that person’s mouth, it’s his body, it’s his health. Alas, not under terms of the drug war. The state says: We own you, we control you, we regulate you. You do as we say with respect to what you put into your mouth, or else. How can that possibly be reconciled with fundamental principles of freedom? A society in which freedom is genuine is one in which people are free to engage in any activity, so long as it is peaceful and non-fraudulent. That includes, at a minimum, conduct that could be considered self-destructive. You want to smoke? That’s your decision. You want to drink? That’s your decision. You want to ingest other drugs, no matter how harmful? That’s your decision. That’s what freedom is all about — the right to live your life the way you want, so long as you don’t initiate force or fraud against others. Unfortunately, statists take an opposite approach. They say that every person ultimately belongs to society and, therefore, can be controlled and regulated by the state for the benefit of society. Since a person taking drugs is harming society, the collectivist argument goes, the state can send him to his room when he is caught violating drug laws, as much as a parent can do so to a child who violates rules on what he should and shouldn’t put into his mouth. Most everyone now realizes that government officials benefit tremendously from the drug war, just as drug lords and drug gangs do. There is the ever-burgeoning business of asset forfeiture, including against innocent people, which is a way that the state helps fills its coffers without going through …

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Afghanistan, Iraq, Collateral Damage and the Banality of Killing

Filed in AMAG, BP, deflation, New Gold, o, sov by on January 14, 2011 0 Comments

The standard explanations for the Arizona killings are now being set forth, such as widespread violence in America and right-wing extremism. I’d like to weigh in with another possible factor, one that I can’t prove but one that I think Americans ought to at least consider: the fact that killing has now become an accepted, essential, normal, and permanent part of American life. No, I’m not referring to the widespread gun violence in America that liberals point to as part of their gun-control agenda. I’m not even referring to the widespread violence that accompanies the decades-long drug war, especially in Mexico. I’m instead referring to the U.S. government’s regular killing of people thousands of miles away in Afghanistan and Iraq, killing that has now gone on regularly for some 10 years and that has become a fairly hum-drum part of our daily lives. Six people were killed and 14 were injured in the Arizona shootings, including a woman who was shot through the head and a 9-year-old girl whose life was snuffed out. Everyone is shocked over the horror, which is detailed on the front page of every newspaper across the country. But let’s face it: Such killings go on every week in Afghanistan and Iraq and have for some 10 years. Parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, grandparents, friends, brides, grooms, and wedding parties. People are killed in those two countries …

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But What if the Customers Are Bigots Too?

Filed in BP, deflation, earnings, o, US Dollar by on December 22, 2010 0 Comments

And a man’s enemies shall be those of his own household… The disappointment in my old man’s voice was hard to endure. “After all so many people went through…for you to go along with people like Rand Paul… “I can’t even talk to you right now.” The subject had turned to politics again, good patrons. It often did on the drive to the airport. We got on the topic of liberty and government. When it comes down to it, I can’t ever think it’s OK to use force to get others to see or do things my way…even when it hurts my feelings. Dad was thinking of commerce. Of countertop dining and windows with “No Colored” signs. He hadn’t seen them himself. We didn’t come to this country till the late ‘70s, when he’d been in his 20s and I under three. Back home in our tiny Caribbean nation, black was pretty much all there was. I’d had more direct experience with that sort of thing, however. I’d spent a couple formative summers in the South. Not the Deep South — rural central Florida — but not quite shallow, either. There were Confederate flags on the road signs announcing the town’s name and on many of the license plates of the local vehicles. There still are. Once when I was 17, my two good buddies and I spent the day with a couple of local girls at a stream and then drove around for hours with them. It had grown dark and the pretty blonde suggested we all head back to her house to hang out a bit more. All except for me, that is… “My parents don’t allow black people in the house. I’m sorry.” It was 1994. And so that was it. My friends were more concerned about hanging out with pretty girls than they were in showing solidarity. Seventeen is apparently not the time to be making a stand. That experience stayed with me as I learned more about liberty and individual rights from the perspective of a foreign “darkie.” Was my

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Act

Filed in AMAG, BP, deflation, lead, New Gold, o, obama, Spot Gold, US Dollar by on December 20, 2010 0 Comments

The ongoing touchy and burning question is whether or not homosexuals are “entitled” to serve in the military, and, if so, whether or not they should be required to keep their sexual orientation to themselves. Let me start by saying that I have no interest in what consenting adults choose to do so long as those activities do not result in corpses, do not scare the horses, and are not otherwise harmful to society in general. Many of us are attracted to individuals that bewilder our friends and relatives. The question before us is whether or not some sorts of behavior and traditions should be changed to meet the desires of less than two per cent. of the population. I have no difficulty with same-sex couples who want to “live in sin,” a very old term for cohabiting without marriage, although I am against that for heterosexual couples because we all know the enormous damage done to our society by the increase in illegitimate children. In the nineteen fifties the white illegitimacy rate was 5% and that of blacks was 25%. After half a century of welfare the rate for whites is 25% and that of blacks 80%, to the widespread detriment of all of the little bastards, to use the technical term deliberately for shock effect. Does it strike you as odd that the technical term is still one of the strongest insults in our society, while no social force is leveled against those who bear children out of wedlock? Perhaps mandatory health insurance would solve the argument that gays should be allowed “to marry,” a perfectly straightforward infinitive that has never referred to anything other than heterosexual unions for the purposes of procreation, preservation of capital and family power, and perhaps even happiness. In particular, the questions are whether or not those who are openly gay have a “right” to serve in the military if they wish, with others questioning whether our fighting forces would be better or worse for their inclusion. The arguments are that a sexual deviant can be just as patriotic and competent as anyone else and they should not be denied permission to join the Marines if they want to and can get through Parris Island successfully. I’m quite willing to admit that military prowess and even genius may be — even probably are — independent of sexual orientation. As I recall, Gaius Julius Caesar was at least AC-DC, and many ancient Greeks were of the opinion that a man will fight harder under the eyes of his lover. (If we’re going to take society of two millenia ago as our standard, should modern mothers tell our sons, “Come back with your shield or on it?”) On my angle of the argument, after a life of having been the wife, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, niece, and daughter-in-law of career military officers, I keep running into the ancient proscription against “conduct prejudicial to good order” and another about “conduct unbecoming an officer.” There are very clear rules against “fraternization” between officers and enlisted men/women, and against after lights out trysts in the barracks. More recent rules involve “sexual harassment” and rendering one’s self unfit for combat by becoming pregnant, neither of which were an issue when all the ships at sea were manned, period. I think all of us can agree that we would find it uncomfortable to shower in mixed groups, whether that meant those of both genders or those of…

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Freedom and Opportunity Await Those with the Courage to Leave the U.S.

Filed in BP, deflation, economy, EPS, euro, Gold, o, silver, Tanzania, target, US Dollar by on December 6, 2010 0 Comments

Freedom, independence, and awareness are undoubtedly in decline in the western world, particularly the U.S. In the last 10-days, Homeland Security has started seizing Internet domains from ‘rogue’ webmasters, and TSA has begun labeling dissenters of its new security procedures as domestic extremists. It’s as if the government’s actions are being ripped from Atlas Shrugged and 1984 … and yet the trend, at least for now, is still more government control, fake security, and reduced freedom. I recently sent you a controversial article about the nature of patriotism . In the article I suggested that when you find yourself increasingly isolated from your country’s declining values, it’s probably time to pack up and head somewhere else. Many people found this idea to be cowardly and weak. Obviously I believe the opposite to be true. One of the most difficult things you could ever do is pack up your life, leave everything familiar, and head to a new world full of uncertainty. Just about everyone reading this had ancestors who did just that. These were not cowards, they were pioneers; they were trading tyranny for opportunity, heading to a land full of bright prospects where they could carve out a life accountable for their own …

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European Regulators to Cap Bank Bonuses

Filed in euro, New Gold by on October 11, 2010 0 Comments
European Regulators to Cap Bank Bonuses

Filed under: Management , Industry , Politics BBC News reported that the Committee of European Banking Supervisors passed a measure to cap European bank bonuses to 30%. This committee is made up of financial regulators from EU’s 27 members. Draft regulations will be drawn up within the next few days, followed by a one month discussion. The specifics of the proposal are: Cash bonuses to be capped at 30%. A new watchdog would define what a big bonus is. Continue reading European Regulators to Cap Bank Bonuses European Regulators to Cap Bank Bonuses originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Mon, 11 Oct 2010 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Pink Floyd Frontman Targeted By ADL For Criticizing Globalist Military Industrial Complex

Filed in gld, Gold, lead, obama by on October 7, 2010 0 Comments

Roger Waters: I’m not anti-semitic, I’m anti-occupation Steve Watson Infowars.net Thursday, Oct 7th, 2010 Legendary Rock group Pink Floyd’s main creative force, Roger Waters, is locked in a fierce battle with the Anti-Defamation League, after the group accused Waters of using anti-semitic imagery in his stage show. The ADL claims that visuals accompanying the song “Goodbye Blue Sky” on Waters’ latest tour of the seminal 1979 Pink Floyd album The Wall , are intended as “a comment about Jews and money.” The backdrop, which can be seen in the video below, features huge dark bomber planes dropping a series of red symbols, which culminate in a sea of blood on the landscape below. The symbols include crosses, a hammer and sickle, a crescent and star, a Mercedes logo and a Shell Oil logo, yet the ADL sees the inclusion of a Star of David along with Dollar signs as reprehensible. “It is outrageous that Roger Waters has chosen to use the juxtaposition of a Jewish Star of David with the symbol of dollar signs.” an ADL statement issued by director Abraham Foxman last week read. “While he insists that his intent was to criticize Israel’s West Bank security fence, the use of such imagery in a concert setting seems to leave the message open to interpretation, and the meaning could easily be misunderstood as a comment about Jews and money.” Foxman added that Waters should have “chosen some other way to convey his political views without playing into and dredging up the worst age-old anti-Semitic stereotype about Jews and their supposed obsession with making money”. Waters has been open about his opposition to the Israeli fence for several years, and has publicly stated that The Wall live show is his form of protest against such imposed barriers. The iconic song writer hit back at the accusations earlier this week with a letter published in The London Independent , asserting that he is not anti-semitic, but that he is vehemently anti-occupation. “There are no hidden meanings in the order or juxtaposition of these symbols.” Waters …

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Do You Recognize This Marxist Country?

Filed in deflation, euro, gld, Spot Gold by on October 4, 2010 0 Comments

Headline on Yahoo! Finance TechTicker: Joe Biden on Taxes: “You Call It ‘Redistribution of Wealth,’ I Call It ‘Just Being Fair.’” Okay, Mr. Vice President. Thanks for clearing that up for me. I see now that the executive office’s position on wealth is that it is not fair for some to have more wealth than others and the fair thing to do then is to redistribute what some people have to others even if it has to be done without their permission. Wow! Was my Kindergarten teacher Ms. Lund wrong. She taught us that that was called stealing. As you can probably imagine, I’m actually quite upset at her right now for not doing a better job of explaining this to us at age 5 since I see now that I have forgone countless opportunities since then to redistribute wealth my way. Better late than never though; my neighbor has a smoking hot 1969 Mustang convertible that has been restored to near mint condition. I on the other hand drive a 2006 Ford Escort. I don’t know how my neighbor obtained such a cherry ride but as you said: redistribution of wealth is just being fair so I’m going to redistribute his car to my garage tonight after he goes to bed. I’d do it during the day but I don’t know if he’s read your article today or not, so he might get upset if he…

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The Ten Things You Should Be Doing NOW and Everyday

Filed in deflation, depression, Spot Gold by on September 24, 2010 0 Comments

“Must Do” #1: Stay Alert and in the Know. For the last fourteen weeks, we’ve examined the new economic realities that confront us on a daily basis. Our discussions have centered on a groundbreaking documentary, “The Fall of America and the Western World” which let us in on the thoughts, principles and policies of right wing, left wing, centrist and independent economic and political thinkers. Each week we’ve offered practical advice on things you can do to prepare for further economic deterioration and ultimately, your survival. This marks the last of our articles — we thought it would be advantageous to summarize our previous tips on what you should be doing starting right now and going forward to best position yourself to keep your head above water… TIP ONE: Get Real. You must realize you are being lied to by the media, the politicians and the experts. If you don’t accept this reality, then you will not be serious in your efforts to change your situation. TIP TWO: Be Prepared. Figure out what you’ll need to survive and examine what you have. This will tell you what you don’t have. Start a plan so you can get what you need, but don’t yet have. TIP THREE: Become Self-Sufficient. The more dependent you are on others, the less likely your chances of survival. Start with the basics: food and water. Do you have a plan for feeding yourself if the food supply chain breaks down, supermarkets go out of business and your cupboards are bare? TIP FOUR: Be Secure. As things get worse, those that have will become targets of those who have not. Is your home secure? Are you hiding your “wealth” and looking poor? Are your assets easy to get to but securely protected? TIP FIVE: Get Off the Grid. As resources dwindle a steady, reliable source of power will become a necessity. Solar, wind and hydropower are all within the reach of the individual, depending on your location. Transportation needs also must be considered, especially if you are reliant on public transit. Do you have a bicycle? TIP SIX: Get Out of the Dollar. You will need an emergency fund. Dollars are not the currency you want this fund in. Think precious metals and buying a safe to store them in as your bank may not be around much longer. TIP SEVEN: Think Individually, Act Privately. Be brutally honest about your skills. If your skill set will enable you to do…

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Discover Your Humanity And Live Forever

Filed in gld, Gold, ubs by on September 21, 2010 0 Comments
Discover Your Humanity And Live Forever

Or die before you physically perish Steve Watson & Alex Jones Prisonplanet.com Tuesday, Sept 21st, 2010 “Adversity makes men and prosperity makes monsters.” – Victor Hugo What is it to be a human being? Who are we as a species? The main mission of our species has been simply to survive in a hostile environment. Now there are those living in the lap of luxury that do not appreciate what they have because we are not designed to thrive in a society of plenty, devoid of challenges and pressures. Out of this continuing regression has emerged a modern society of decadence that is ever more easily manipulated and controlled by self appointed power hungry social engineers. Alex Jones addresses this core issue in a rousing new special video report available to Prisonplanet.tv subscribers. In a deeply considered and impassioned call for the re-energisation of humanity, Alex describes how our species is still only in a pre-embryonic stage, and that our intellect is being shaped and limited by force fed distractions. All our inherited memories of collective struggle and perseverance, indentured within our genetic makeup, spanning the millennia of our ancestors’ development are clashing with the lasciviousness of modern society. This is giving rise to a psychological degeneration, a nihilism, a culture where feelings of destruction and regression take over the psyche. People are losing their humanity as they are consciously and subconsciously encouraged to think and act as selfish automata. Humanity by it’s very …

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An Al Quds day letter to Tony Blair. From Lauren Booth, in Iran.

Filed in Gold by on September 4, 2010 0 Comments

I guess that Tony Blair’s sister in law, Lauren Booth, could easily use the phone and tell Tony what she thinks of him, his politics and his new memoir. However, being a peace activist she decided also to share it with the rest of us.

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