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We Are the Watchers

Pirates, Risk and Student Loans

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A couple days back a facebook friend called me "a libertarian with a heart." It's sad to think that people believe libertarians are cold hearted individuals. Libertarians and freedom lovers of like mind are some of the kindest, warmest people I know. I can understand, however, why people would consider them cold. It has to do with the propaganda spread about how they would advocate such things as slavery and debtor's prisons. This is just a perversion that takes certain aspects of contract principles to the extreme. Well, I'm going to state something right now that might be taken by some as being very unlibertarian. I don't hold sacred the contract. I think that sometimes contracts can be quite unreasonable and even criminal in nature. I think there is every reason the individual should be protected from powerful establishment interests that abuse contract law.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 August 2012 13:00 Read more...
 

You Have Rights, They Violate Them

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The thing about rights that many people seem to forget is that nobody gives them to you. They come from the very fact that you were born a human being. They are your birthrights. That's why they're called natural rights, or god given rights, or individual rights, or even inalienable rights. No one can take these rights from you. They are yours whether you want them or not. It is up to you whether you exercise them or not, and like muscles, if you don't use them, you'll lose them.

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The Fantasy of Government Protection

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"How can an otherwise sane individual become so enamored of a fantasy, an imposture, that even after it´s exposed in the bright light of day, he still clings to it – indeed, clings to it all the harder? No amount of logic can shatter a faith consciously based on a lie." - Lamar Keene on why it was so easy for him to fool people who believed deeply in his ability to speak to spirits of the dead.

The purpose of our government, according to many, is to protect us. More specifically, our form of government, the so called representative republic so carefully crafted and established by the European settlers of the colonies that came to be known as the United States of America, was set up to protect smaller state governments from foreign intervention while honoring the individual liberties of the singular human being. Its powers were to be limited in scope. It was supposed to protect the little guy, the least powerful individual, against the most powerful individuals and organizations including other powerful governments. Its focus was to be on protecting individual rights from being violated by powerful special interest groups. This hasn't worked out too well, has it?

Last Updated on Monday, 23 July 2012 10:13 Read more...
 

Nine Lucky Ducklings

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There's so much worry today, so many negative stories to be told, that one begins to wonder if anything good ever happens in this world. With all the death and destruction and disease and the economic turmoil in the world today it's no wonder these things capture the headlines in the mainstream news sources. "If it bleeds, it leads" is still a valid meme with the corporate media. With the wars, unrest and riots due to economic distress there is no shortage of bleeding. Yet there are good things that happen in the world, positive things that show us people still care and are full of compassion. My ex related to me such a story the other day which she was personally involved with and I'd thought I'd share it with you. Maybe the world we live in isn't so bad after all.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 July 2012 15:42 Read more...
 

Healthcare Insurance and Who Really Controls the Supreme Court

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Once again, the Supreme Court of the United States of America has made a terrible decision. Are you surprised? You shouldn't be. They have a history of making very poor decisions. Sure, they make some good, constitutionally sound decisions, but every once in a while they make decisions that make one scratch one's head. The recent decision on the personal mandate on so called Obamacare is such a decision. It has left more questions than answers. It has widened a divide that has been growing since this poorly worded and even more poorly thought out legislation was passed.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 July 2012 09:44 Read more...
 

The Michigan State House Vagina Dialogues

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So, this Michigan state congress woman said the word "vagina" on the floor of the Michigan state house while debating new regulations on abortion in that state. Because of this, she was banned from speaking on that floor anymore. It seems when I´m on the road or otherwise out of touch, that´s when the real important things happen. Goodness, a Michigan state representative saying the word "vagina" during a floor debate about abortion, how awful! How could they let this happen? Oh, the humanity of it all! Something like that needs to be broadcast over all the worldwide news networks so that it can be shown that Michigan Republican lawmakers will not tolerate the use of such a word in a debate about the regulation of females´ reproductive organs!

Last Updated on Monday, 18 June 2012 10:23 Read more...
 

Who're the Kool-Aid Drinkers Now?

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The concept of "drinking the Kool-Aid" came from an event in 1978 where over 900 people died in a place called Jonestown in Guyana. Most of them supposedly died from drinking cyanide laced Kool-Aid. While questions have been raised as to the voracity of these reports, the term drinking the Kool-Aid has become synonymous with people who trust the sources of their information without question. I will stretch this out a bit and make the claim that Kool-Aid drinkers are those who trust anyone or any institution without question and do as they are told because of that trust.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 May 2012 20:37 Read more...
 

The Price for Ignoring Ron Paul

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So, I've been writing about Ron Paul a lot lately. Well, there's not a lot being said about him on the establishment media who decided long ago to ignore him, so I figure why not write about him? He's drawing large crowds at rallies. He's getting lots of delegates to bring with him to the Republican convention. He has, in fact, won more delegates than any other candidate from some of the caucus states where the vote was just a poll, nothing more, and it's the delegates that matter. That's news worthy. Since the establishment media is determined to keep things hidden from the general public, it's up to little under read and mostly ignored bloggers like me to report on him.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 May 2012 10:32 Read more...
 

How Much Does Darkness Weigh?

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I heard someone talk about this question the other day in connection with the Titanic and thought it was a very interesting question. I thought I'd take a shot at answering it and perhaps take it in a direction the original querist never imagined. At first glance this looks like it might be an easy question to answer.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 April 2012 10:10 Read more...
 

Ron Paul Proves Election Myths False

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Ron Paul has managed to prove certain popularly held beliefs about elections false. He has likely done this unwittingly. He has taken it on himself to deliver the message of freedom to the masses and has discovered some unusual phenomena that we as voters may not have otherwise believed. It is a truly wondrous world we live in when our firmly held beliefs can be so challenged.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 April 2012 18:11 Read more...
 

Talking Politics to Worshippers of the State (Part 1)

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There have been several occasions in my lifetime when I have found myself in the presence of some red faced, very angry person yelling at me about some political issue or another. Indeed, there was a time in my life where I might have become just as red faced and yelled back. In fact, such an occurrence could possibly happen today if I was to be caught off guard or in some emotional moment when such a conversation comes up. Let's face it, people just get real emotional when it comes to politics. They get these ideas in their heads and they're so enamored by them that it becomes inconceivable that someone else could have a different view on things. Some people even become zealots about their politics, just like some do about religions.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 April 2012 23:18 Read more...
 

Consciousness as Plasma and Software

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I'd like to take a moment to step into the realm of pure speculation. Since time immemorial mankind has pondered his own consciousness. I wonder if even tens of millions of years ago, in a time when bizarre animals walked the earth, if some of these were able to ponder the deep questions of spirituality and wonder where they came from and why they existed. Indeed, one can see a certain intelligence in higher level mammals we keep around as pets as they try to communicate to us their needs and their emotions. What, exactly, is consciousness? What is mind? Is there such a thing as the soul? These are questions whose answers have eluded mankind in his physical form (the only form we can be certain of) since forever. Unfortunately, I don't think that modern science is open minded enough to always ask the right questions or look for the answers in the right places.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 April 2012 14:19 Read more...
 

The Harmful Influence of Politics on Everyday Life

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It may seem to many of you that I like writing about politics. When I think back on it, I find myself thinking that actually, I don't. I can think of so many better things to write about and I've shown this by my work as a novelist. I'd much rather be writing adventures and working with fiction than expressing my opinions on the political happenings in this nation and the world. The problem is, as I discovered long ago, politics doesn't want to leave me alone. It wants to seep into every aspect of my life. It wants to micromanage my personal decisions. It wants to tell me what I can eat, what I can and can't put into my body, what medications and medical procedures I can and can't use, what businesses I can and can't open, how I must operate a business when I open it, what I must accept as money from any given costumer, who I can and can't marry, how I can travel, etc. They keep their hands in my pockets and their eyes on all my activities. In short, politics wants to control my actions from cradle to grave and make sure they get a piece of everything I produce during my time here on earth.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 March 2012 22:29 Read more...
 

The Ring of Power and the World Economy

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"One ring to rule them all
One ring to find them
One ring to bring them all
And in the darkness bind them."
From "The Fellowship of the Ring" by J.R.R. Tolkien

I cut my fantasy reading teeth on "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" when I read the books way back when I was in the 7th grade. These might seem like difficult books for a 7th grader to read, but I was a voracious reader and these books posed a challenge both to my comprehension of the English language and my imagination. It took the making of the movies, excellently done under the direction of Peter Jackson I might add, and perhaps a more adult point of view, to really consider the parallels between this fantastic tale of good versus evil and modern economics and politics.

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Fluoride, a Chemical Weapon for Spiritual Warfare?

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"Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible."
Francis Bacon

Sometimes as a writer of science fiction and fantasy I have to depend on my imagination to come up with a good storyline. Of course the bad guys and the good guys have to be clearly defined. Usually the bad guys are some people, or humanoids, or beings with human qualities of some sort, that wish to exercise power over other people, or humanoids, or beings with human qualities of some sort. The good guys are people, et al., who wish to empower themselves and fend off the influence of the power seeking evil. In the telling of a good versus evil story it makes it interesting if there is a small group of good guys who realize that the bad guys are manipulating the innocent masses of people in horrendous ways. It then becomes incumbent upon the good guys to alert the populous to the manipulations, or at least to try to save the innocent even if they go unrecognized

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 13:56 Read more...
 

Why the NWO Will Eventually Fail

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In the world of conspiracy theories, the New World Order is a shadowy group of megalomaniacs hidden behind closed doors and plotting the enslavement of 99.99% of mankind or even the death of 90% of the humans currently living upon this blue globe. These people wish to secretly control all of mankind and bring about a one world government that they would run from behind the scenes. Basically, they want to make the childhood meme of "if I ruled the world" come true for themselves. They wish to have total domination and to have all bow before them, like they were the gods of old. In the real world, they aren't that shadowy and their secret desires aren't so secret anymore. They have been exposed to the light of day. All one has to do is open one's eyes and put away the fear in order to see.

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 July 2012 10:05 Read more...
 

Corporate Governance and Monsanto's Bee Genocide

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One criticism of libertarians claims that they are too pro corporation. As one who still self identifies as a libertarian (small l) despite the continuing barrage of insulting rhetoric and misconceptions coming from both Democrat and Republican sources, I take exception to that critique. I am not pro corporation at all, but I am pro business. The difference being a corporation is the creation of a government and is given privileges and protections over individuals, a business is the creation of an individual to provide goods and services to other individuals and it is its privilege to serve the individuals who are its customers. Businesses are the cornerstones to innovation and human advancement, corporations are a danger to human endeavors and individual freedom, especially when given the power to govern.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 July 2012 18:43 Read more...
 

Porcfest, Government Infiltration and Provocateurs

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I doubt very much that you could find a more peace loving group than the folks that make up the Free State Project. Though you will see them openly carrying firearms that does not mean they are itching for a fight as some nambi-pambi liberals might believe. It simply means that they believe in exercising their rights, not merely paying them lip service and allowing them to be violated because some people might be frightened by the sight of a gun. They believe in the right to self defense, that's self defense right now and not just when some police officer decides to show up to defend the unarmed. The likelihood that they will ever have to use the firearm for self defense is slim to nil, but it is good to know that the capability exists.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 June 2012 13:03 Read more...
 

Who are the Demons, Where are the Angels?

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Well, I was going to make this a nice and fluffy piece. I was going to explain that the demons are you and I. I was going to make the statement that the angels are in our mirrors. The decisions you make in your life tell you what side you fall upon. You can be both a demon and an angel and change within minutes. While all that's true, there's more to it than that. Of course we're both. Of course we can create our own Heaven or our own Hell right here on Earth. That's part of being human. But I believe there are real angels and real demons living amongst us. I believe that some of them are even pretending to be humans.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2012 11:51 Read more...
 

Government, Banks, Monopoly Privilege and Lack of Accountability

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When you talk to people, even the statists in this world, there are many that will agree that there is a huge problem in government when it comes to accountability. The problem stems from the monopoly privilege granted to government agencies. That privilege is the monopoly on legalized force and the claim of legitimacy to use it. Using this claim, agents of the government can more or less do as they want, when they want. Should they be caught doing something considered illegal, they will often claim immunity. While this does not always work, it certainly seems to me that it works a very high percentage of the time. Government agents more often than not get away with their abuses of trust and power.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:19 Read more...
 

Who are the (Anti-Ron Paul) Trolls?

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A troll was, at one time, a nasty menace that sat under bridges waiting to eat little goats that may come along, or little children, depending on who's telling the story. They would goad the creatures they sought to munch upon with jibes and insults. In the modern vernacular, the troll has become the hidden menace lurking around blogs waiting for someone to write something they feel they can discredit, usually by insults and barbs rather than by reason and persuasion. They are an ugly creature which unfortunately infest many a blog and can turn a pleasant forum full of reasonable discussion into the cyber equivalent of a shouting match.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 May 2012 23:18 Read more...
 

Radical Forgiveness and the Power Elite

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There is something out there known as radical forgiveness. This would be the capability to forgive the perpetrator of an act or acts so heinous as to be indescribable. It would require an almost inhuman empathy to achieve such a high level of goodness, an unconditional love, as it were. This is the kind of forgiveness one would use on an Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, or a Pol Pot if one had been a victim of those monsters. This would be an extremely difficult practice to integrate into your life. It is, however, something we might have to look at incorporating into society if we are to ever break the cycle of violence that has imprisoned our souls since before the first man drew on cave walls.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 April 2012 16:49 Read more...
 

Talking Politics to Worshippers of the State (Part 2)

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There are a couple of things one might want to accomplish when talking to worshippers of the state. I think that first and foremost one wants is to turn the brain of the worshipper back on. One wants to get the state practitioner to think. That isn't to say that worshippers of the state don't think. It is simply that they have decided not to think about certain issues. They have been taught certain paradigms and have accepted them as truth. They simply don't want to think more deeply about those issues as they go about their lives. The difficulty is getting through their programming to get them to reconsider the paradigms which they learned at a young age and continue to be propagated in the life they observe around them.

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 April 2012 13:00 Read more...
 

What if Everyone Voted for Ron Paul?

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What if everyone voted for Ron Paul? I think that would be a good thing. I think that would show the establishment that, indeed, freedom is important to each and every one of us. I think it would show that we all do care about shrinking the government. I think that would show that we all wish for the Constitution to be obeyed, as many of those who take an oath to it have not done for ages. I think it would show that honesty and principle are important to the voters and they look for such attributes in their politicians. But I wonder, if everyone voted for Ron Paul, would we even know it? Well, of course if everybody voted for him, I don't think there'd be a problem because that would mean that the current power elite had admitted the error of their ways and were willing to let go of their control of things in favor of letting everyone run their own lives. I doubt very much that will happen.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 April 2012 15:21 Read more...
 

The Groping, Power Grabbing TSA Scam

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The TSA has become a poster child for government intrusion and ineptitude. It really is one of the worst excuses for a government program ever created. I've seen people refer to the TSA as anything from Thousands Standing Around to Total Sexual Assault. I have one of my own, Truly Scamming America. The only agency I can think of that is more hated by Americans would be the IRS. Yet there are still those who apologize for this horrendous boondoggle. There are still those who believe the hype and propaganda that helped bring about the agency in the first place. Perhaps for them there is no help. Perhaps they will always pray at the foot of the gigantic holy owl known as the federal government. Perhaps there are some people who will always wish to be enslaved, who need to be told what to do or they would be lost. I can only hope that one day they will come to understand their true power and the pride liberation brings.

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 April 2012 13:44 Read more...
 

Energy Independence and Disempowering the Mob

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In these economically tough times, it might not be a bad idea to think outside the box when it comes to saving money. In fact, I wonder if wandering away from the principles this country was founded upon hasn't proven to be our downfall. These principles were pulled outside the box long ago and the box given to us by big government controlled by multi national corporate interests became very comfortable. I believe they felt we would completely forget about the "quaint" ways of our forefathers and succumb completely to their domination if they made us comfortable enough. I believe we really missed the boat in a lot of ways, but that's okay, there's always another boat scheduled to leave port at some point in time.

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 March 2012 17:17 Read more...
 


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