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Our Recruitment Letter
Source: Downsize DC Submitted: 03/13/2009
* You must bear the burden of every word of every law Congress passes

* This burden can include increased taxation, increased debt, the need to consult lawyers and to spend money on compliance

* Failure to comply could force you to pay fines or go to jail

* Ignorance of the law is no excuse for YOU -- you MUST understand and obey every word of any relevant law Congress passes

* But members of Congress don't have the same obligation

* Congressional leaders rush many laws to a vote with little or no time for debate or deliberation

* Almost no members of Congress read the laws they impose upon you

* To make matters worse, stealth provisions are often inserted into legislation at the last minute

* As a routine result, citizens and the media are NOT able to give their representatives feedback

It's a simple fact. Your elected representatives are fundamentally ignorant of the laws and burdens they inflict on you. Even their ignorance is no excuse for you! You STILL must submit.

We believe members of Congress have a sacred duty to faithfully represent those whom they seek to tax and regulate. We?re not asking much: Failure to read every word of every law they impose upon you violates this duty.

YOU are not being represented. YOU are being misrepresented.

But it gets worse . . .

Congressional leaders routinely bundle unpopular legislation into popular bills -- even if they're completely unrelated. They do this so that unpopular proposals can pass on the strength of the popular bills with which they're combined.
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The Multiple Ways Monsanto is Putting Normal Seeds Out of Reach
Source: WordPress Submitted: 03/12/2009
People say if farmers don’t want problems from Monsanto, just don’t buy their GMO seeds.

Not so simple. Where are farmers supposed to get normal seed these days? How are they supposed to avoid contamination of their fields from GM-crops? How are they supposed to stop Monsanto detectives from trespassing or Monsanto from using helicopters to fly over spying on them?

Monsanto contaminates the fields, trespasses onto the land taking samples and if they find any GMO plants growing there (or say they have), they then sue, saying they own the crop. It’s a way to make money since farmers can’t fight back and court and they settle because they have no choice.

And they have done and are doing a bucket load of things to keep farmers and everyone else from having any access at all to buying, collecting, and saving of NORMAL seeds.

1. They’ve bought up the seed companies across the Midwest.

2. They’ve written Monsanto seed laws and gotten legislators to put them through, that make cleaning, collecting and storing of seeds so onerous in terms of fees and paperwork and testing and tracking every variety and being subject to fines, that having normal seed becomes almost impossible (an NAIS approach to wiping out normal seeds).
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Ron Paul: Imagine
Source: Ron Paul Submitted: 03/10/2009
Imagine for a moment that somewhere in the middle of Texas there was a large foreign military base, say Chinese or Russian. Imagine that thousands of armed foreign troops were constantly patrolling American streets in military vehicles. Imagine they were here under the auspices of “keeping us safe” or “promoting democracy” or “protecting their strategic interests.”

Imagine that they operated outside of US law, and that the Constitution did not apply to them. Imagine that every now and then they made mistakes or acted on bad information and accidentally killed or terrorized innocent Americans, including women and children, most of the time with little to no repercussions or consequences. Imagine that they set up check points on our soil and routinely searched and ransacked entire neighborhoods of homes. Imagine if Americans were fearful of these foreign troops, and overwhelmingly thought America would be better off without their presence.

Imagine if some Americans were so angry about them being in Texas that they actually joined together to fight them off, in defense of our soil and sovereignty, because leadership in government refused or were unable to do so. Imagine that those Americans were labeled terrorists or insurgents for their defensive actions, and routinely killed, or captured and tortured by the foreign troops on our land. Imagine that the occupiers’ attitude was that if they just killed enough Americans, the resistance would stop, but instead, for every American killed, ten more would take up arms against them, resulting in perpetual bloodshed. Imagine if most of the citizens of the foreign land also wanted these troops to return home. Imagine if they elected a leader who promised to bring them home and put an end to this horror.

Imagine if that leader changed his mind once he took office.
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Reminds me of a recent exchange with a regular visitor to the site.

I wrote:

"Think of the most pathetic / horrible type of human being you can imagine. (We'll say a child rapist who enjoys torturing his victims to death.) The problem isn't in going after or even killing dangerous / horrible people. The problem is the double standard regarding "acceptable means." ..That is, if such a child rapist happened to be on an American bus filled with children, nobody would support our military firing a missile into the bus to kill him....and we can only assume if they wouldn't accept our military doing it, they would be a thousand times more outraged if the "order to fire" came from China or Russia.

In short, we would never accept our military or law enforcement employing these means in America, we sure as Hell wouldn't accept another country employing them either. (Regardless of how despicable the "main target" was.) But that's where the common sense standard splits off into a double standard.

Full post available here:
Controlling the food
Source: Downsize DC Submitted: 03/10/2009
The Congressional war against small business continues. The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 (H.R. 875) will create a new food safety bureaucracy, and require a "traceability" program for "food production facilities and food establishments."

These new regulations will drive many small farms and restaurants out of business. Big Business can afford the compliance costs and will benefit from the reduced competition as smaller firms go bankrupt. Consumers will face fewer choices and higher prices, but will we really get safer food in return, and will it really be worth the cost?
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How long before they start raiding ordinary folks? You know, people who want to feed themselves instead of relying on "the system" (big government / big business) to feed them...oh wait. Nevermind. That's already happening too.

"Remember people, eat your Aspartame, drink your fluoridated water, inject your kids with mercury, and love your genetically modified foods. -We're the government, and we won't let you "risk your health" by allowing you to choose any alternatives."
More Jetsons, Less Flintstones: Free State Project’s NH Liberty Forum
Source: Submitted: 03/09/2009
--Gary Franchi, National Director of Restore the Republic, the folks distributing Aaron Russo’s “America: Freedom to Fascism,” cracked us up with: “Technology is your friend, until it is embedded in your hand or forehead.”

--Iraq Veterans Against War’s Adam Kokesh, who I’m pretty sure every chick at the Forum has a crush on (sorry, gals, he’s taken), blew my mind months ago when I heard him speak at the Rally for the Republic in Minnesota during the GOP convention (think: I took an oath to defend against all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC), and he continues to impress. A man of honor and principle (and a killer poker player–I want my money back!), he manages to convey truly rEVOLutionary ideas in a forthright and admirable manner. He believes, and I agree, that we are moving from an intellectual movement into a political one. A force to be reckoned with. If we continue to openly advocate our beliefs in peace, prosperity, and freedom, they “don’t have enough people to come after us all.”
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Looking for Liberty?

I left Ohio for New Hampshire in 2005. My wife and I have never been happier.

If you're not ready to "make the move," then at least consider attending a "Free State Project" event. You'll be glad you did.
Four Integrity Tests for President Obama
Source: Nolanchart Submitted: 03/09/2009
--I always had my doubts that he was a true agent of change and reformer when it came to the structure of the political and government system. He took an awful lot of money from the very rich and powerful in his campaign. Sure, with his superb speaking skills he has the capacity to win public approval, but most Americans are not deep, critical thinkers, nor do most have the best detailed information. What if he is just another untrustworthy politician? What if he does not keep his promises? With these questions in mind, I have examined four areas where I find President Obama's behavior disappointing.

--For someone who made a big campaign deal of being against politics as usual, Obama has shown precious little evidence that he wants true outsiders to steer his administration. His chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is the epitome of a protector of the status quo political system. Rather than selecting many big name Democrats and a few Republicans, why not seek out independents, whistle blowers and reformers to fix the economic meltdown?
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"BIG Media" (Video - Recommended)
Source: Your Networ.TV Submitted: 03/09/2009
What is the role of the media? How does the media affect us as consumers and as citizens? Is corporate media censoring us from stories that greatly affect our lives? Did you know that only six corporations own every major media outlet? Or that the government and corporations pay media outlets to insert fake news? The N3TWORK researches the history of the media in this country, and how that role has evolved since it's takeover by corporate America. During the investigation, the N3TWORK sits down with director of Project Censored, Peter Phillips, to get the scoop and to discuss how we can take back the media by starting our bottom up truth telling network for the people, by the people.  Watch here »
Tobacco users will see big tax hit soon
Source: Delaware Online Submitted: 03/08/2009
--Federal cigarette taxes will increase from 39 cents per pack to $1.01. And the tax on roll-your-own tobacco will jump from $1.10 per pound to $24.78.  Read full article »
Guess they don't want you "rolling your own" anymore, huh?
More US farmers planting non-GMO soybeans this year
Source: Non-GMO Report Submitted: 03/07/2009
--Genetically modified Roundup Ready soybeans have taken an increasingly larger percentage of US soybean acreage each year since their introduction in 1996, reaching 92% in 2008.

But this could be the first year that the trend reverses. Grover Shannon, a soybean breeder with the University of Missouri, Delta Research Center, thinks non-GMO acreage could account for 10% of total soybean acreage this year.
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‘Accidental’ Contamination Of Vaccine With Live Avian Flu Virus Virtually Impossible
Source: Prison Planet Submitted: 03/05/2009
--Czech newspapers are questioning if the shocking discovery of vaccines contaminated with the deadly avian flu virus which were distributed to 18 countries by the American company Baxter were part of a conspiracy to provoke a pandemic.

The claim holds weight because, according to the very laboratory protocols that are routine for vaccine makers, mixing a live virus biological weapon with vaccine material by accident is virtually impossible.

“The company that released contaminated flu virus material from a plant in Austria confirmed Friday that the experimental product contained live H5N1 avian flu viruses,” reports the Canadian Press.

Baxter flu vaccines contaminated with H5N1 - otherwise known as the human form of avian flu, one of the most deadly biological weapons on earth with a 60% kill rate - were received by labs in the Czech Republic, Germany, and Slovenia.
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How many times have you accidentally poured bleach into your cereal instead of milk?

How often have you grabbed a quart of oil by mistake and poured it over your pancakes?

...sprinkled rat poison over a birthday cake?

My guess is, not very often.

Are we to accept that the precautions we take with these common "household items" are more stringent and effective than the precautions taken in an enclosed biosafety level 3 facility?
Banana Republic, USA
Source: First Principles Submitted: 03/04/2009
--We are learning what it is like to live in an Orwell novel. Our television screens are filled with people offering choices between idiotic and suicidal option A and idiotic and suicidal option B. We are being told that we must at least partially nationalize our banks, prop up zombie companies, lower interest rates to zero, and pass stimulus packages in order to escape the fate of Japan—which, um, partially nationalized its banks, propped up zombie companies, lowered interest rates to zero, and passed eight stimulus packages. We have a president who tells us we cannot rely on the free market to get us out of this mess because the free market is what got us here, as if the Federal Reserve and its bubble-inducing monetary policy never existed.

F. A. Hayek won the Nobel Prize in 1974 for showing how central bank manipulation of interest rates gives rise to the kind of boom-bust cycle we are experiencing now, and that such phenomena are not caused by the unhampered market. If by some miracle you manage to hear this point of view on television, it will be sandwiched between hours and hours of Keynesian droning.

--The worst outcome, which we cannot dismiss out of hand, is a hyperinflationary destruction of the currency or, barring that, the reduction of America to banana-republic conditions.

Regardless of which of these outcomes actually occurs, the Obama administration will have moved the country farther away from a market economy than it has ever been in peacetime (barring perhaps the early years of the New Deal and its outright cartelization of industry), accelerating trends already at work under the Bush administration. If you want to succeed in the so-called private sector, you had better have some friends in Washington, because that’s where credit and capital will be allocated from.
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Live Avian Flu Virus Placed in Baxter Vaccine Materials Sent to 18 Countries
Source: Natural News Submitted: 03/04/2009
(NaturalNews) There's a popular medical thriller novel in which a global pandemic is intentionally set off by an evil plot designed to reduce the human population. In the book, a nefarious drug company inserts live avian flu viruses into vaccine materials that are distributed to countries around the world to be injected into patients as "flu shots." Those patients then become carriers for these highly-virulent strains of avian flu which go on to infect the world population and cause widespread death.

There's only one problem with this story: It's not fiction. Or, at least, the part about live avian flu viruses being inserted into vaccine materials isn't fiction. It's happening right now.

Deerfield, Illinois-based pharmaceutical company Baxter International Inc. has just been caught shipping live avian flu viruses mixed with vaccine material to medical distributors in 18 countries. The "mistake" (if you can call it that, see below...) was discovered by the National Microbiology Laboratory in Canada. The World Health Organization was alerted and panic spread throughout the vaccine community as health experts asked the obvious question: How could this have happened?
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Jim Rogers: Let AIG Go Bankrupt, Not America
Source: CNBC Submitted: 03/03/2009
--"The idea that you have too much debt, too much borrowing and too much consumption and you're going to solve that problem with more debt, more consumption and more borrowing? These people are nuts."

Wall Street and the City of London are going to be "disastrous" for years, like in the 1950s and 1960s, and in 30 years, finance will "dry up and wither away" as we are entering a "long period of hard times," he said.

"Power is shifting now from the money shifters, the guys who trade paper and money, to people who produce real goods. What you should do is become a farmer, or start a farming network," Rogers said.
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Is Spending the Answer?
Source: Lew Rockwell Submitted: 03/03/2009
--If spending was the solution, we never would have had a problem. During the last eight years, we’ve blown up the size of government and certainly had no want of spending on foreign or domestic policy. The Bush administration increased spending almost 20% its first term, and nearly doubled the national debt by the end of the second term. Certainly the case cannot be made that lack of government spending created the problem or can be the solution.

This is mirrored in American households. According to CNN private sector debt is 365% of private sector gross domestic product. Many relied simply on steady and continued increases in home values to enable spending and secure more debt.
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Flashback: Rule by fear or by law?
Source: San Fransisco Chronicle Submitted: 03/01/2009
Since 9/11, and seemingly without the notice of most Americans, the federal government has assumed the authority to institute martial law, arrest a wide swath of dissidents (citizen and noncitizen alike), and detain people without legal or constitutional recourse in the event of "an emergency influx of immigrants in the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs."

Beginning in 1999, the government has entered into a series of single-bid contracts with Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) to build detention camps at undisclosed locations within the United States. The government has also contracted with several companies to build thousands of railcars, some reportedly equipped with shackles, ostensibly to transport detainees.

According to diplomat and author Peter Dale Scott, the KBR contract is part of a Homeland Security plan titled ENDGAME, which sets as its goal the removal of "all removable aliens" and "potential terrorists."

Fraud-busters such as Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, have complained about these contracts, saying that more taxpayer dollars should not go to taxpayer-gouging Halliburton. But the real question is: What kind of "new programs" require the construction and refurbishment of detention facilities in nearly every state of the union with the capacity to house perhaps millions of people?
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Recent G. Edward Griffin radio interview (Audio - Recommended)
Source: Financial Sense Submitted: 02/28/2009
.  Listen here »
Highly Recommended.
Alex Jones interviews NVIC founder Barbara Loe Fisher (Audio)
Source: Prison Planet Submitted: 02/28/2009
Barbara Loe Fisher is co-founder of the non-profit National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), founded in 1982 by parents of vaccine injured children and dedicated to preventing vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and defending the informed consent ethic. As president of the largest and oldest consumer-led vaccine safety advocacy organization, she has led a national, grassroots movement to institute vaccine safety reforms and informed consent protections in the public health system for more than a quarter century.  Listen here »
This is a half-hour clip from a recent interview.
CNBC Analyst: Global Bank, Global Currency Within 15 Years
Source: Prison Planet Submitted: 02/27/2009
Head of market analysis for Schneider Foreign Exchange Stephen Gallo told CNBC yesterday that the financial crisis will lead to the creation of a global central bank and a global single currency within 15 years, echoing the call of top globalists who have exploited the problems they created to push for a new world financial order.

--As we have highlighted before, the elite have exploited the problem that they created to push for increased centralization and regulation of the world economic system in the pursuit of a de-facto global financial dictatorship.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, EU heads such as Joaquin Almunia and establishment media outlets like the Wall Street Journal amongst many others have all used the economic crisis as an excuse to argue for greater financial power, a “new world economic order” in which control is concentrated into fewer hands - with the IMF and the World Bank enjoying the spoils.
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Campaign to close down School of The Americas (Video)
Source: TheRealNews Submitted: 02/26/2009
Pablo Ruiz is trying to shed light on the School of the Americas' policy of training soldiers to brutalize their own people. (Paid for with US tax dollars.)

"I've read the manuals. It fills me with sorrow to confirm, with my own eyes, that it teaches soldiers to murder, to torture, to make people disappear."
 Watch here »
End The Fed Radio interview (Audio)
Source: Submitted: 02/25/2009
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Steven Vincent from "End The Fed" interviewed me regarding "Dishonest Money."

The link above goes to a 10-minute clip from the interview that I posted at YouTube. ( Please rate the video / comment on will get more views that way.)

If you're interested in listening to the full hour, it's available in mp3 format here:
Ron Paul Grills Bernanke: “You Can’t Reinflate The Bubble”
Source: Prison Planet Submitted: 02/25/2009
Congressman Ron Paul again took the opportunity to lecture Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke on sound money principles at this morning’s House Financial Services Committee hearing, warning that the financial crisis cannot be solved by merely creating credit out of thin air.

--Paul stressed that capital could not be created out of thin air by the Federal Reserve. “We have to work hard, produce, live within our means and what is left over is called capital,” said Paul, dismissing the notion of recapitalizing markets by turning on the printing presses as a “total fallacy”.
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Republic Magazine issue #13: The Big Pharma Plague
Source: Submitted: 02/25/2009
Issue #13 includes:

*The Fluoridation Gamble Fails the Test of Time

*Healthy or Convenient - The Truth About Bottled Water

*The Big Pharma Plague - Malicious Acts and Propaganda

*PEOs - Oxygenation - Cancer Prevention (A Solution You Need to Know)

*Educate Before Your Vaccinate

*The Silenced Side of Aspartame

*Codex Alimentarius - Population Control Under the Guise of Consumer Protection

*How to Avoid Brands Made with Genetically Modified Organisms (GM0s)

...and much more
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You can read this issue online using the link above.

To purchase inexpensive "hard copies" (to hand out to loved ones, friends and neighbors...or, to simply "back up" the information in a form that can't be erased or blocked by those seeking to restrict the web) please use this link:
Destroy the economy to save it
Source: Downsize DC Submitted: 02/24/2009
--Politicians hate personal responsibility. Everyone must be dependent on them, instead. No one should be able to benefit from being responsible and prudent. INSTEAD, SUCH PEOPLE MUST BE PUNISHED!

Failure and irresponsibility must be rewarded. Not only that, failure must actually be encouraged, because only then will people become more dependent on the politicians. That's why Congress and the President are now considering legislation that will...
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Monopoly Men (Video)
Source: Submitted: 02/23/2009
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Our entire money supply is based on debt.

That is, every single dollar on which our "economy" depends has to first be "borrowed into existence." When the politicians talk about paying off the debt, they lie. ...just as the money is "borrowed" into existence, when debt is repaid, the money is erased. (No money, no economy. Debt is the very foundation of the system.)

It's difficult for people to get their mind around such an inherently corrupt and fraudulent system, but there it is.

Our "money" is worse than good old fashioned "fiat money." It is DEBT money. The banking elites who created our current "monetary system" (The Federal Reserve) have enslaved this country.

If you're not sure how the scam works, follow the link above and check out some of the other information at the website. Also, There is a short / free book available here in PDF and HTML format:
Source: Salon Submitted: 02/22/2009
--What was most remarkable about this allegedly "anti-government" movement was that -- with some isolated and principled exceptions -- it completely vanished upon the election of Republican George Bush, and it stayed invisible even as Bush presided over the most extreme and invasive expansion of federal government power in memory. Even as Bush seized and used all of the powers which that movement claimed in the 1990s to find so tyrannical and unconstitutional -- limitless, unchecked surveillance activities, detention powers with no oversight, expanding federal police powers, secret prison camps, even massively exploding and debt-financed domestic spending -- they meekly submitted to all of it, even enthusiastically cheered it all on.

They're the same people who believed that Bill Clinton's use of the FISA court to obtain warrants to eavesdrop on Americans was a grave threat to liberty, but believed that George Bush's warrantless eavesdropping on Americans in violation of the law was a profound defense of freedom. In sum, they dressed up in warrior clothing to fight against Bill Clinton's supposed tyranny, and then underwent a major costume change on January 20, 2001, thereafter dressing up in cheerleader costumes to glorify George Bush's far more extreme acquisitions of federal power.

In doing so, they revealed themselves as motivated by no ideological principles or political values of any kind. It was a purely tribalistic movement motivated by fear of losing its cultural and demographic supremacy. In that sense -- the only sense that mattered -- George Bush was one of them, even though, with his actions, he did everything they long claimed to fear and despise. Nonetheless, his mere occupancy of the White House was sufficient to pacify them and convert them almost overnight from limited-government militants into foot soldiers supporting the endless expansion of federal government power.
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Amen. The level of intellectual inconsistency (on BOTH sides of the isle) is pathetic if not downright psychotic. (As in, it's almost like some kind of break with reality...where people are so brainwashed into "one side VS the other" they're literally incapable of seeing their own "doublethink.")

Isn't it amazing (disgusting) how broad-based "principles" have returned to the majority of "Republicans" in power now that "Democrats" are back in the driver's seat?

....I only hope the Democrats don't show the same level of hypocrisy by accepting things under the Obama administration that they screamed bloody murder over under Bush. (Uhhh, wait....nevermind. Looks like that ship has already sailed too.)

Geithner Gets the Keys to the Henhouse
Source: CounterPunch Submitted: 02/22/2009
--In truth, Geithner did us all a big favor on Tuesday by exposing himself as a stooge of the banking industry. Now everyone can see that the banks are working the deal from the inside. Geithner has assembled a phalanx of Wall Street flim-flam men to fill out the roster at Treasury. His chief-of-staff is lobbyist from Goldman Sachs. The new deputy secretary of state is a former CEO of Citigroup. Another CFO from Citigroup is now assistant to the president, and deputy national security adviser for International Economic Affairs. And one of his deputies also came from Citigroup. One new member of the president's Economic Recovery Advisory Board comes from UBS, which is currently being investigated for helping rich clients evade taxes. The Obama White House is a beehive of big money guys and Wall Street speculators.

The banking lobby has already set the agenda. All the hooplah about "financial rescue" is just a smokescreen to hide the fact that the same scofflaws who ripped off investors for zillions of dollars are back for their next big sting; a quick vacuuming of the public till to save themselves from bankruptcy. It's a joke....

--As Bill Moyers points out on Friday's Bill Moyers Journal, "Last year, the securities and investment industry made $146 million in campaign contributions. Commercial banks, another $34 million." The banks own congress just like they own the White House and anything else of value in the USA.
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Dr. Hill Billy on the importance of maintaining GRATITUDE during tough times (Audio)
Source: HillBilly Submitted: 02/21/2009
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A break from the daily carnage with a sprinkle of encouragement. :-)
Tooth Fairy Economics
Source: Campaign for Liberty Submitted: 02/20/2009
--Beyond that, pro-stimulus thinkers show remarkably little curiosity about why the so-called idle resources are idle in the first place. They are idle because of some previous entrepreneurial miscalculation. What might have caused systemic miscalculation of this kind? Could it be the Federal Reserve's manipulation of interest rates, which leads investors to make incorrect assessments of profitability and provokes false economic booms, as F.A. Hayek won the Nobel Prize for showing in 1974?

--The artificial housing boom made Americans feel wealthier than they really were. As a result, they consumed more than they would have if the Fed-created housing bubble had not distorted their assessments of their net worth. What the economy needs now, therefore, is not "spending" per se. Too much spending and debt caused the initial problem. People bought more house than they could afford, and on the basis of its seemingly incessant appreciation they went out and purchased more consumer goods than they now realize they should have. Americans are in more debt than they can pay back -- credit-card defaults will provoke calls for the next round of bailouts. How can "spending" solve this problem?

Meanwhile, part of the reason the American savings rate has been so low is that for many Americans, saving seemed superfluous: after all, they possessed an asset that (they falsely believed) was guaranteed to appreciate over time. That, after all, is what the experts told them. The dramatic rise in housing prices isn't an unsustainable bubble that has to burst, Fed economists said. It is a sustainable increase based on real factors.


We should not want to "stimulate" an economy based on debt and overconsumption back into existence. We should want to restructure it along sustainable lines.
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Temporary President of EU compares EU to USSR
Source: AP Submitted: 02/19/2009
BRUSSELS – The European Union has turned into an undemocratic and elitist project comparable to the Communist dictatorships of eastern Europe that forbade alternative thinking, Czech President Vaclav Klaus told the European Parliament on Thursday.

Klaus, whose country now holds the rotating EU presidency, set out a scathing attack on the EU project and its institutions, provoking boos from many lawmakers, some of whom walked out, but applause from nationalists and other anti-EU legislators.
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Core of Corruption: In The Shadows - Official Trailer
Source: Submitted: 02/19/2009
Core of Corruption is a documentary film series which details a comprehensive investigation into clandestine intelligence operations and conspiracies.  Read full article »
I obviously can't comment on the whole film (haven't seen it) but the trailer looks good.
Guardsmen to conduct urban training in Iowa this April
Source: Submitted: 02/17/2009
--"One of the techniques we use in today's political environment is cordon and knock," Kots explained. "We ask for the head of the household, get permission to search, then have them open doors and cupboards. The homeowner maintains control. We peer over their shoulder, and the soldier uses the homeowner's body language and position to protect him."

"This exercise will improve the real-life operational skills of the unit," said Kots. "And it will hopefully improve the public's understanding of military operations."

--"It will be important for us to gain the trust and confidence of the residents of Arcadia," said Kots. "We will need to identify individuals that are willing to assist us in training by allowing us to search their homes and vehicles and to participate in role-playing."

"We really want to get as much information out there as possible, because this operation could be pretty intrusive to the people..."
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A visitor (who lives in Iowa) sent me this story and asked what "my opinion of it" was. My reply:

What do you think my opinion of it is? ...I think they're conditioning people to accept troops in the streets, going door to door, blocking off roads, and conducting searches. The better question is: Why do they feel it's necessary to get people used to this?

They claim the "drill" will center around searching for some hypothetical "arms dealer." What kind of "arms" are we talking about here? Is the government expecting a sudden influx of rocket launchers into the country? So much so that they've got to prepare to do "door to door" searches? Or are they talking about a "dealer" of a different kind of "arms?" Maybe arms they expect to become illegal soon? You know, like YOUR guns.
Once a Facebook member, always a member.
Source: Submitted: 02/17/2009
The Consumerist blog noticed Sunday that the social-networking giant had quietly made a change to its user Terms of Service (TOS) on Feb. 4.

Facebook now declares that it has a perpetual license to use anything you post to your own Facebook page — even if you terminate your account.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended the change as necessary in a blog posting Monday afternoon.
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Dollars and Sense (Video - Recommended)
Source: JBS Submitted: 02/16/2009
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This is one of the best "speaker presentations" I've seen on the topic of money.
Does the U.S. Government Truly Represent the American People?
Source: Bill Moyers Submitted: 02/14/2009
This week on the JOURNAL, Bill Moyers spoke with former International Monetary Fund chief economist and MIT professor Simon Johnson about the Federal government’s response to the world’s economic maladies. Johnson suggested that the U.S. government's policies -- including recent efforts at economic stimulus -- are designed by and for a small class of wealthy elites:

“The situation we find ourselves in at this moment, this week, is very strongly reminiscent of the situations we've seen many times in other places. But they're places we don't like to think of ourselves as being similar to. They're emerging markets. It's Russia or Indonesia or a Thailand type situation, or Korea... I have this feeling in my stomach that I felt in much poorer countries, countries that were headed into a really difficult economic situation, when there’s a small group of people who got you into a disaster, who were still powerful, and disaster made them more powerful... Don’t get me wrong – these are fine upstanding citizens who have a certain perspective and a certain kind of interest, and they see the world a certain way... That web of interest is not my interest or your interest or the interest of the taxpayer. It’s the interest, first and foremost, of the financial industry in this country.”
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--Not a word about what REALLY caused all these problems (our fiat / debt-money system.)

Not a word about the unavoidable consequences of allowing it to survive.

No, instead it is just an issue of playing one side off the other. PRETENDING to “protect the people” by taking the power away from one group of “greedy banking elite” (blamed for causing the problem) and transferring that power to “another group” of banking elite.

Don’t be surprised to find there will be NO shift in power at all. (Only a further consolidation.) In the end, it’s about creating a GLOBAL system based on the current fraudulent and exploitative monetary model – it's what those who’ve been pulling the strings have wanted all along.

Sure, he says some "great stuff." It would just be nice if the comments weren't designed to mislead people into a false solution. Let's get to the "real story," can we?

And for those who still don’t know the "real story," set aside a few hours to learn it.

Videos, audio, activist websites and book recommendations available at:
What is FEMA preparing for? (Audio - Recommended)
Source: Submitted: 02/13/2009
An Indiana county municipal official in the vicinity of Chicago reveals the contents of his meetings with FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. The initial requests seem reasonable enough when FEMA asks the county officials to prepare a Hazard Mitigation Plan to deal with flooding, fires, high winds and tornadoes.

But as the required meetings and calls with FEMA and DHS continue over a two year period their request become more unusual, raising suspicions of county officials
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Listen to the audio...what does it sound like they're doing? -The Indiana official does a pretty good job of "guessing" near the end.
Sound Money at the State Level
Source: Submitted: 02/13/2009
Here is a list of 6 states (4 in the last month) and (2 states today) that have pending legislation to authorize the use of gold and silver to settle debts with its citizens and to provide them the legal means to avoid the devaluing of the dollar by having a parallel currency in light of massive bailouts and to protect them in the event of the dollars failure.  Read full article »
Milton Friedman on "greed" (Video)
Source: The Patriot Room Submitted: 02/12/2009
.  Watch here »
The "private prison" industry
Source: AP Submitted: 02/12/2009
In one of the most shocking cases of courtroom graft on record, two Pennsylvania judges have been charged with taking millions of dollars in kickbacks to send teenagers to two privately run youth detention centers.

"I've never encountered, and I don't think that we will in our lifetimes, a case where literally thousands of kids' lives were just tossed aside in order for a couple of judges to make some money," said Marsha Levick, an attorney with the Philadelphia-based Juvenile Law Center, which is representing hundreds of youths sentenced in Wilkes-Barre.

Prosecutors say Luzerne County Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan took $2.6 million in payoffs to put juvenile offenders in lockups run by PA Child Care LLC and a sister company, Western PA Child Care LLC. The judges were charged on Jan. 26 and removed from the bench by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court shortly afterward.
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This illustrates a point that I (and plenty of others) have been trying to make about the "marijuana laws" in this country. Pot users are a CASH COW for the private prison industry. Tough sentences for other non-violent crimes also guarantee plenty of profits flowing into the system. Those profits are then used to "lobby" for more of the same. By now, we should know how this works.

...from something I wrote a while back:

Pretend that I own private prisons. Without a doubt, the best "prisoners" are pot heads. (They're non-violent, will work for .10 cents per hour on products and services that I can sell at full price, and they're actually GOOD at the work they do.) Best of all, the State pays me the same amount to house pot heads as it does to house other (more violent and less productive) "felons."

Clearly, I'd be thrilled to have a "system" in place that funnels as many pot heads as possible into my private "for profit" prisons. So, I lobby the government for tougher laws on marijuana. (Better yet, I actually write the legislation myself and use the billions I've already earned to make sure it gets passed.)

My legislation creates "The Federal Marijuana Combat Agency." The "mission statement" of the FMCA is to "protect the citizens" from "criminals who use and deal a drug that threatens our national security." The FMCA "determines sentencing guidelines" and is in charge of "getting marijuana criminals off the streets and into prisons where they belong."

In the end, I don't need any "official" connection to this new government agency. As long as it exists, (and as long as I hold sway over the government that put it in place and KEEPS it in place) I benefit...
Gregg Withdraws Commerce Nomination
Source: AP Submitted: 02/12/2009
WASHINGTON (Feb. 12) — Saying, "I made a mistake," Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire abruptly withdrew as commerce secretary nominee on Thursday and drew a testy reaction from the White House, suddenly coping with the third Cabinet withdrawal of Barack Obama's young presidency.

Gregg cited "irresolvable conflicts" with Obama's handling of the economic stimulus and 2010 census in a statement released without warning by his Senate office.
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How the world almost came to an end on September 18
Source: ZeroHedge.BlogSpot Submitted: 02/11/2009
--On Thursday (Sept 18), at 11am the Federal Reserve noticed a tremendous draw-down of money market accounts in the U.S., to the tune of $550 billion was being drawn out in the matter of an hour or two. The Treasury opened up its window to help and pumped a $105 billion in the system and quickly realized that they could not stem the tide. We were having an electronic run on the banks. They decided to close the operation, close down the money accounts and announce a guarantee of $250,000 per account so there wouldn't be further panic out there.

If they had not done that, their estimation is that by 2pm that afternoon, $5.5 trillion would have been drawn out of the money market system of the U.S., would have collapsed the entire economy of the U.S., and within 24 hours the world economy would have collapsed. It would have been the end of our economic system and our political system as we know it.
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I received an email from a regular visitor to the site regarding the story above. I figured I'd go ahead and post the questions and my replies.

--it would not surprise me a bit if there was some "economic warfare" going on behind the scenes. "You WILL pass this bill, or THIS will happen...don't believe us? Here is a taste." -Possible? I think so. (Just moving the "dollars" from US banks, hoarding them overseas, would squeeze banks already short on "reserves.")

--Consider it the "fork" tactic in chess. (Attacking two targets at one time.) Moving the money out puts even greater pressure on the US banks / economy AND sets up the next move (selling the dollars...which COULD start the ball rolling on a complete collapse.)

Assuming those who've maneuvered us into this position fully intend to replace the dollar with a global currency (I believe that is true) it isn't really a matter of "if" the dollar is phased out, it's a matter of "how" it's phased out.

Full post here:
More proof of WTC-7 implosion
Source: Prison Planet Submitted: 02/10/2009
New videos of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel fire in Beijing highlight the vivid contrast between the damage it suffered as it was completely consumed by roaring flames, yet remained standing, and the comparative sporadic fires across just 8 floors that led to the complete free fall collapse of WTC 7.

9/11 truth debunkers are in a bind as to how to respond to the Beijing skyscraper fire because of the building’s similarity in size to Building 7 and the gargantuan fire damage it suffered in comparison with the limited “office fires” witnessed in WTC 7. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel is over 500 feet tall, just 100 feet short of the height of WTC 7.
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Guess I'll have to add yet ANOTHER reference to "Fire Initiated Collapse - Primary Arguments Against."
NH Resolution Immediately Voids Several Federal Laws, Threatens Counterstrike Against Federal “Breach Of Peace”
Source: Submitted: 02/09/2009
The New Hampshire state legislature took an unbelievably bold step Monday by introducing a resolution to declare certain actions by the federal government to completely totally void and warning that certain future acts will be viewed as a “breach of peace” with the states themselves that risks “nullifying the Constitution.”

--The remarkable document outlines with perfect clarity, some basics long forgotten. For instance, it reminds Congress “That the Constitution of the United States, having delegated to Congress a power to punish treason, counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States, piracies, and felonies committed on the high seas, and offences against the law of nations, slavery, and no other crimes whatsoever;. . . . . therefore all acts of Congress which assume to create, define, or punish crimes, other than those so enumerated in the Constitution are altogether void, and of no force;”

Federal gun crime laws? Void. Federal drug crime laws? Void. The gazzillion other federal criminal laws that deal with anything other than the specific enumerated crimes? ALL VOID.
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New World Order
Source: Time Magazine Submitted: 02/09/2009
--Politicians from Beijing to Berlin to Brasília see the current crisis as the product of a messed-up global financial infrastructure dominated by the U.S., and they will soon be pushing for big changes--whether Americans like them or not.

--In the view of many outside the U.S. (and some within), the only way to limit such excesses is through a bigger, more powerful IMF that can act as a central bank to the world--and knock heads when needed.
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From "Dishonest Money"

"--By weakening us financially, those who control our monetary system are incrementally increasing their leverage. A wealthy, proud, and independent nation would never willingly surrender its sovereignty and ability to choose its own destiny. An economically devastated nation, chaotic and struggling to maintain social order is another story all together. Such a nation would be far more willing to accept help from a global body like the United Nations or IMF/World Bank, regardless of the strings attached. And THAT is the ultimate “profit” being sought in this game. The real prize is control..."

I can just hear Obama now:

"We are in a global crisis and a global crisis requires a global solution. Together, we can reverse the chaos and suffering in America and around the world. Together, we can get people back to work, we can get families back into their own homes, we can get the elderly and sick the care they need...but if we refuse to cooperate, if we cling to dated fallacies of "lost sovereignty,” the consequences will be grave, and the damage irreparable. I, as your president, will not sit by as the world burns because a small minority wants America to “go it alone” in these dark times. United, our work will be long and difficult, but we can see this though. Divided, our work passes from difficult to impossible. Unity, not division, is our only option.”
Cop Guilty of Kidnapping and Robbing Dealers, Reselling Drugs
Source: Submitted: 02/09/2009
--The evidence at trial showed that from November 2003 through April 2006, Sease conspired with other Memphis police officers to use their authority as law enforcement officers, including their service weapons, to rob suspected drug dealers of cash, cocaine and marijuana. Sease and his co-conspirators would then resell the stolen drugs for their own profit. The government introduced proof of 16 separate robberies, as well as one attempted robbery. In each robbery, Sease or another uniformed Memphis police officer, would pull over a car containing suspected drug dealers and steal whatever drugs and cash that they found.
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Looks like somebody didn't take their "oath" to uphold the law, "serve and protect" too seriously.
Penetrate the Echo Chamber!
Source: Downsize DC Submitted: 02/09/2009
"The natural proclivity of democratic governments is to pursue public policies which concentrate benefits on the well-organized and well-informed, and disperse the costs on the unorganized and ill-informed." -Peter Boettke

It's important to keep in mind the world in which the politicians live. Who do they hear, what do they know, and, as a result, how do they think? Politicians talk . . .

* To each other
* To lobbyists
* And to "court intellectuals"

The media is much the same. They talk . . .

* To each other
* To the politicians
* And to a standard set of establishment experts.

This leads them to cover the same stories, at the same time, in the same way, like a herd moving in unison.
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Join Downsize DC and tell your friends to do the same.

The Downsize DC army is fast approaching 25,000 members. With just a handful of messages sent by each member each year, that equals hundreds of thousands of messages sent to Congress.

Simply stated, it's having an effect. Please join and MULTIPLY that effect. It's free. (That said, if you can afford a monthly donation of $5.00 or more, PLEASE support them financially too. You'll be hard pressed to find a more productive use for those dollars.)
Learning for Liberty
Source: Lew Rockwell Submitted: 02/08/2009
So much to read and learn, and so little time. Thanks in no small measure to the energy that Ron Paul's candidacy unleashed, more people than ever are eager to cut through the propaganda and uncover the truth. But where to start? And how can you get the most out of the time you have to devote to reading and study?

I put together the resources that follow as my way of answering these questions. I've included books (many in free online versions) and articles, as well as audio and video files that are also free.
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House Bill 45, the anti-gun rights campaign begins in earnest
Source: Submitted: 02/08/2009
--One of the problems with registration is that it is often a precursor to confiscation. It has happened in Britain, Australia, New York, Louisiana, and California, to name a few places where the rich and powerful decided to disarm “The Great Unwashed.” As Dianne Feinstein wistfully remarked over her real desires regarding the Clinton “Assault Weapons” Ban, “If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them, Mr. and Mrs. America, turn them all in, I would have done it.”

--Probably the most ironic thing about registration schemes is that criminals can evidently not be forced to register or turn in their weapons under such a law. In Haynes, the courts established that convicted felons, or other “prohibited persons,” who may not own a gun, can not be forced to incriminate themselves through registration. These ploys only restrict the rights of, and provide inconvenience for, law-abiding citizens.
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Creature from Jekyll Island- Formation of the Federal Reserve (Video)
Source: G. Edward Griffin Submitted: 02/06/2009
What is the FED, who created it, and why?  Watch here »
G. Edward Griffin = Integrity in action. -There are very few people (alive or otherwise) that I can say I deeply admire. This man's name is at the top of the list. He has been "fighting this fight" for about 40 years now.

If you're ready to purchase a copy of "The Creature from Jekyll Island," you can buy direct here: (Paypal accepted - autographed copies available.)
TAKE ACTION to restore honest money
Source: Submitted: 02/06/2009
--"Congressman Paul has hit upon the easiest way to end inflation, and the booms and busts that follow in its wake. Simply repeal the legal tender monopoly enjoyed by (Federal Reserve Notes) and the coinage monopoly held by the United States government. Stop taxing exchanges in commodity metals. Allow monetary competition. This would help end inflation. But that's not all . . .

Forcing (Federal Reserve Notes) to compete with gold would also confer one other benefit. Over time the prices you pay will tend to fall as increases in economic efficiency (for example, technological improvements) lower the cost of production and increase the supply of goods and services. A stable money supply tends to become more valuable over time, unlike an inflationary currency that constantly loses value."
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New Hampshire Seeking to Reclaim State Supremacy
Source: Submitted: 02/03/2009
Leading by example the people of New Hampshire have boldly put the federal government on notice with HCR 6 - A Resolution affirming States' rights based on Jeffersonian principles. Currently in committee, introduced for all to hear.

Can you imagine any state in today's economic turmoil putting the federal government on notice? Well, that is exactly what New Hampshire has done and all other states should follow their example. With their House Concurrent Resolution they've spelled out exactly what violations will no longer be tolerated. More over the resolution doesn't stop at a mere legislative warning but carries it to the executive and judicial realms as well. Listen to the language from the resolution; hear it echo in your mind.

"That any Act by the Congress of the United States, Executive Order of the President of the United States of America or Judicial Order by the Judicatories of the United States of America which assumes a power not delegated to the government of United States of America by the Constitution for the United States of America and which serves to diminish the liberty of the any of the several States or their citizens shall constitute a nullification of the Constitution for the United States of America by the government of the United States of America."
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It's beautiful up here in New Hampshire and it's REALLY NICE to be surrounded by people who still understand the concept of lawful "limited government."
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