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29th June 2012

10:31pm: America: From Freedom To Fascism
America:From Freedom To Fascism

America:From Freedom To Fascism

If the images above don't convince you to click them, I don't know what will.

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21st March 2012

9:11pm: "...it's not me, no, no, not me, but I don't know what is, I try and find my peace of mind, but I know, what I miss..." - Supergrass
Current Mood: nostalgic

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9th March 2012

4:35am: STOP WAL*MART!!!!!


It's really simple. The more you shop at Wal*Mart, the sooner you'll be working there. They're killing American manufacturing, which depletes jobs and drives down wages. They undercut prices until they kill the immediate competition and then raise them back up. They encourage their employees to file for and live on state aid, one of the many ways the government subsidizes Wal*Mart.

Need more? Go here:

http://remjte.livejournal.com/437357.html#cutid1
Current Mood: determined

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17th November 2010

12:56pm: Coming Soon...

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27th December 2009

3:46pm: I can has?
I have a livejournal.

No.

Really.

I do.

Look.

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19th July 2009

7:05pm: So it goes...

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11th July 2009

5:40pm: Maybe I'm conducive to the fortune, to the blame...
Hadn't seen these guys or listened to their stuff in quite some time.

Last night had to be the best (and by best I mean worst) possible night to hear this, which is still my favorite song of theirs.

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23rd May 2009

12:04am: If you call that balance...
Two main points to today:

1- have THE job interview of interviews on Tuesday.

2- Car decided today would be a good day to start making noises and give me trouble.

Like I'm not already perpetually exhausted.

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13th May 2009

11:57pm: I live on facebook, but I can't say this there.
A friend took this "Which famous theologian are you?" quiz.

"____ took the Which famous theologian are you? quiz and the result is John Wesley

Wesley lived from 1703-91. He taught justification by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, as understood by Scripture alone. He differed from other Protestants like Luther, Calvin, and Edwards in saying that we ultimately choose God (free will), rather than the idea that He chose us (predestination). Wesley strongly emphasized personal piety."

My take?

Now I know who to blame for all the over-simplified crap people believe in (not that Luther, Calvin or Edwards were any better).

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21st April 2009

8:02pm: Gwn Mi Wn


Gruff Rhys, of the band Super Furry Animals, showing what a modern one man band can do when he has the right equipment.

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20th April 2009

2:13pm: Funny Money Math Time
Let's assume our entire economy is 10 Trillion dollars.

Then, we decide to cover 1.5 Trillion of "debt" (a mess unto itself) by simply printing more dollars. We're going to pay off this "debt" by printing the money to cover it.

This increases the money supply. This devalues the dollar.

What was 1.5 Trillion in "debt" in the old economy of 10 Trillion is now 1.725 Trillion in the new economy of of 11.5 Trillion.

It's the same ratio. It does NOTHING.

At best, if the entire rest of the economy magically covered itself, held constant and immune to the inflation at play, like this whole new money/debt exchange is just some side pot, we'd still be creating 1.5 Trillion dollars to pay off 1.725 Trillion, meaning we're still 225 Billion in the red.

That's our best case scenario. It won't happen. Everything gets its value readjusted (rather, would, if we could accurately monitor and control these things, but we can't, so now it's more like throwing darts and we're making an even bigger mess). So, the 1.5 Trillion we just printed isn't paying off anything. It's merely taking up the same space that 1.3 Trillion used to. Meanwhile, our new "debt" is 1.725 Trillion and yet to be collected.

All we did was devalue our dollar. Our "debt" is the same percentage of the economy it used to be, but it's a higher number because the dollar isn't worth as much.

The only way to pay down a debt is for the debtor to earn money and pay the creditor.

Not even shrinking the money supply will help. That's deflation. The dollar value goes up, there are fewer dollars to go around, but the "debt" still sits there.

We must first acknowledge what "debt" is owed to whom and then decide what to do about it. If government owes money to itself, does it really owe anything? On the balance sheets it does. If government is split into two parts, each has a budget of $100 and an operating cost of $100, we're null-set, but if A borrows $10 from B to help cover $110 of cost, B is still left to cover its own $100 of cost with only $90. In order to actually pay it back, A needs to get another $10 from someplace else, but it needs to be an already existing $10. Creating $10 out of nowhere does nothing.

Government has two options for getting rid of debt: increasing taxes on the producers (in other words, swallowing up more of the economy) or decreasing its own spending. Choice A hurts the rest of the economy. Choice B does not.

Our "debt" is really our government's debt. It's our government printing money until its valueless and still spending it faster than it prints it. It's digging a hole, deeper and deeper. Then they try to dig out of the hole.

We need to stop printing money.
We need to shrink the government.
We need a constant trade value for the dollar.
We need government to fill the hole, not make it deeper.

Once the revenue in to the government is able to cover a lower operating cost and fill the gaping hole, we can keep government at that level and decrease the taxes on the actual workers. Then we'll have a limited, fiscally sound government and a growing economy.

Anything else just keeps us going down the same road we're on.

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27th March 2009

3:02am: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0eQB78P97s

Not embeddable.

It's Starsailor. Doing a cover. Of what? Let's just say this video brings everything together about everything in the past two weeks.

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2:16am: 16 Signs That You Live In A Tyranny
16 Signs That You Live In A Tyranny Published on March 7, 2009 by Jon_Roland

Tyranny is an important phenomenon that operates by principles by which it can be recognized in its early emerging stages, and, if the people are vigilant, prepared, and committed to liberty, countered before it becomes entrenched. The methods used to overthrow a constitutional order and establish a tyranny are well-known. However, despite this awareness, it is surprising how those who have no intention of perpetrating a tyranny can slip into these methods and bring about a tyranny despite their best intentions. Tyranny does not have to be deliberate. Tyrants can fool themselves as thoroughly as they fool everyone else. Here are the top 16 signs that you are living in a tyranny or heading that way. Many thanks to Jon Roland for submitting this list.

1 Signs 1 - 5


1. Control of public information and opinion: It begins with withholding information, and leads to putting out false or misleading information. A government can develop ministries of propaganda under many guises. They typically call it “public information” or “marketing”.

2. Vote fraud used to prevent the election of reformers: It doesn’t matter which of the two major party candidates are elected if no real reformer can get nominated, and when news services start knowing the outcomes of elections before it is possible for them to know, then the votes are not being honestly counted.

3. Undue official influence on trials and juries: Nonrandom selection of jury panels, exclusion of those opposed to the law, exclusion of the jury from hearing argument on the law, exclusion of private prosecutors from access to the grand jury, and prevention of parties and their counsels from making effective arguments or challenging the government.

4. Usurpation of undelegated powers: This is usually done with popular support for solving some problem, or to redistribute wealth to the advantage of the supporters of the dominant faction, but it soon leads to the deprivation of rights of minorities and individuals.

5. Seeking a government monopoly on the capability and use of armed force: The first signs are efforts to register or restrict the possession and use of firearms, initially under the guise of “protecting” the public, which, when it actually results in increased crime, provides a basis for further disarmament efforts affecting more people and more weapons.


Just paying the bills…

2 Signs 6 - 10


6. Militarization of law enforcement: Declaring a “war on crime” that becomes a war on civil liberties. Preparation of military forces for internal policing duties.

7. Infiltration and subversion of citizen groups that could be forces for reform: Internal spying and surveillance is the beginning. A sign is false prosecutions of their leaders.

8. Suppression of investigators and whistleblowers: When people who try to uncover high level wrongdoing are threatened, that is a sign the system is not only riddled with corruption, but that the corruption has passed the threshold into active tyranny.

9. Use of the law for competition suppression: It begins with the dominant faction winning support by paying off their supporters and suppressing their supporters’ competitors, but leads to public officials themselves engaging in illegal activities and using the law to suppress independent competitors. A good example of this is narcotics trafficking.

10. Subversion of internal checks and balances: This involves the appointment to key positions of persons who can be controlled by their sponsors, and who are then induced to do illegal things. The worst way in which this occurs is in the appointment of judges that will go along with unconstitutional acts by the other branches.

3 Signs 11 - 16


11. Creation of a class of officials who are above the law: This is indicated by dismissal of charges for wrongdoing against persons who are “following orders”.

12. Increasing dependency of the people on government: The classic approach to domination of the people is to first take everything they have away from them, then make them compliant with the demands of the rulers to get anything back again.

13. Increasing public ignorance of their civic duties and reluctance to perform them: When the people avoid doing things like voting and serving in militias and juries, tyranny is not far behind.

14. Use of staged events to produce popular support: Acts of terrorism, blamed on political opponents, followed immediately with well-prepared proposals for increased powers and budgets for suppressive agencies. Sometimes called a Reichstag plot.

15. Conversion of rights into privileges: Requiring licenses and permits for doing things that the government does not have the delegated power to restrict, except by due process in which the burden of proof is on the petitioner.

16. Political correctness: Many if not most people are susceptible to being recruited to engage in repressive actions against disfavored views or behaviors, and led to pave the way for the dominance of tyrannical government.

Contributor: Jon_Roland

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