|SKULLTRIPPER: BLOG OF DOUG|
day to day rant$
Like Donald Trump and the CNN, fear and love cannot co-exist. In fact "perfect love drives out fear". Strangely, the opposite is also true: Perfect fear drives out love. And that is a big problem! When I camp out under the stars in the yukon, my food cache is placed some distance away so that if a bear should wander through my camp at night, (I've had it happen at least twice, probably more times, I sleep pretty "sound"ly!) I want him to have the option of eating something already prepared. And I do something else. I keep a .45/70 beside me within handy reach because I want the veto on who eats who!
On my recent trip to Europe, I saw nary a bear. The country would lend itself very well to these entertaining creatures, but fear of them has caused them to be destroyed. I personally think that is rather sad. It's also a bit comforting when you roll out the bedding for the long dark night!
Fear has had a YUGE effect on us wee humans! Is fear a powerful human emotion? It has prompted us to invent and manufacture burglar alarms, anti-virus software, helmets, bullet-resistant haha vests, install nuclear bunkers, build enormous battleships and mighty armies. What's the last thing you bought because of fear? Who have you avoided or ignored or even mistreated because of some fear? Don't we pay our taxes and fines because we fear the penalty of not doing so?
Perfect fear drives out love. Infact, if all human fear disappeared tonight, whole business sectors would collapse overnight! The insurance industry, all security-related businesses, the safety-equipment sector would evaporate immediately for a few examples. Many of you would stay in bed because it's simply the fear of losing your paycheck that's getting you up and out the door in any weather.
Not all fears are bad! But when we begin to fear the people around us to the degree that's happening now, I fear the inevitable outcome!
Military aggression falsely hiding under the term "defence". What a laugh! As if I would defend my home by travelling to Bangkok and killing someone there. This is ridiculous, evil and needs to stop...Now! Many individuals have truly "paid the ultimate sacrifice" trying to stop military aggression. Martin Luther King, John F Kennedy, to name two. There is YUGE money in war. This is how the elitists rose to world financial dominance. The individuals profiting from these "conflicts" are to blame and sometimes, indirectly, so are you and me! Let's get involved in fighting for more control of how our taxes are misused.
In order to slam the brakes on these abuses of power, it will be necessary for men of courage to come forward and take a stand. It's not a matter of military might, shooting up the bad guys and walking off ignoring the explosion behind you. All that results from that is more "peeved off" citizens who have had to bury their dead because we made them dead. Of course this triggers more violence and the cycle never ends. We need to get truly accountable government. It is possible and it has been done before with outstanding results. Consider, how tiny man Ghandi overthrew the whole British Empire by taking a passive stance and refusing to bow to the authorities of his day. India is free of British colonialism to this day because his approach did the trick! We need similar men and women today. Most of us recognize these days, the insanity of being forced through taxation to fund endless 'conflicts' overseas, the ludicrous absurdity of being forced to fund even the mechanism for enforcing taxation on ourselves!
It can't be right to refuse the refugees of wars you initiate access to food and medical care. This is a cruel and confusing dictate. Hopefully reason and a desire for a better world for innocent victims of criminal warfare will eventually rule the day.
And it can't be right to isolate a nation by building walls as if for a herd of cattle.
What we need to see, and shortly, is a cutting back of the absurd levels of military funding. Massive cuts to the multi-layered federal and state bureaucrasies would also bring about the conditions required for growth and the hope of a better morning tomorrow. Andrew Jackson had the right idea back in the 1800s. When a desire to truly improve things takes hold, it can and will be done, hopefully in a peaceful but were essential, in a forceful manner.
You're rolling down the highway. Windows down, enjoying the smells and sights as the country flows by the darkened view of your tinted lenses. Then, BOOM! Tire blown, you're busy, fighting the wheel, finally bringing your finely crafted machinery to a halt in a cloud of dust and smoking hot rubber.
Do you change all four tires, trade vehicles, sue all the tire and car manufacturers in the world for the mental cruelty you just endured? No, the sane thing to do is swap the blown tire for a new one and motor happily on! This is so obvious, you are probably feeling a little offended having me explain such basics to a seasoned pro driver like yourself. And yet, there's a point to be made as it relates to the rash of multiple shootings with which we are being confronted.
Already there are questions of all sorts going around, and a large number of people question every news report on the tele, and probably wisely at that! For instance, how is it possible to have in depth reporting and full front page news with multiple opinion columns all over the media within 24 hours of the actual carnage? Its almost as if the stories have been prepared before the event, just like right after 911!
Not to mention, there are vested interests in the military industrial complex, the news media, and the US government itself, which can all be expected to profit from every provocation to war. Governments apparently all over the world, are quite interested in making us all into disarmed, helpless sheep. This of course, makes any population that much easier to control, use, or even exterminate for that matter.
All that aside, the thing is, it is mighty unfortunate that when an event such as Orlando occurs or is fabricated for our entertainment, all sorts of ridiculous unworkable "solutions" are proposed, such as bombing the Muslims, building walls around the non-muslims, changing the laws around firearms ownership, further complicating life for non-violent gun owners.
All of these divisive "solutions" are useless in stopping mass killings and all have been and are being tried.
Here's a radical new one: Carry out justice by trial and sentence of the perpetrator of the crime .... only. Change the flat one and motor on. It is possible that another mass shooting may occur, yes, but can anyone bring an argument to the table that holds more water than a well-shotgunned balloon that bombing muslims in Syria or anywhere in the middle east you can name is going to somehow even reduce the violence allegedly occuring all over the United States? The dude was supposedly from Afghanistan, a nation that should be totally terrorist-free for many years now. We all know the definition of insanity. Why then, do we continue to support governments, businesses, religions and media who insist on engaging in it?
When Mayer Amschel Rothschild, written also Anschel, (23 February 1744 – 19 September 1812) joined the banking industry, it is doubtful he had any intention of enslaving most of the entire world in perpetual gov-fueled debt.
And yet, that is what some his very clever descendants accomplished. And if you grasp almost nothing else of the lessons that the last two centuries of history are there to teach, you really need to understand the significance of what his descendants accomplished in the field of banking.
In any true democracy, elected officials maintain their power over the people by keeping the majority happy. There are moral issues with this but for now, let's let that lie. A popular means of accomplishing this has been to announce that the wealthy are the problem and need to be taxed and their wealth redistributed amongst the impoverished, and who of us doesn't feel just a bit impoverished now and again? You are poor, it is taught, not because of your laziness and your many addictions but because of the vexatious oppression of un-named capitalists. Elect the talker and he will fix all of that, goes the bedraggled old spiel.
Now one of the Rothschilds recognized that in this system there would be an insatiable need for currency to satisfy the cravings of the masses and that politicians would inevitably cave to public demand. Now if the governments of nations were to print their own money to fulfill these requirements to stay in office, well enough and fine. But, how would the banking industry benefit from this arrangement, playing second fiddle to all the governments of the world? Better to have them all begging at your doorstep, no?
Some politicians can be bought and some cannot. The ones that could be bought fell to the scam and the others were by one means and another, swept aside. John F Kennedy was possibly one of these. He saw the issue with having a privately owned banking cartel printing money from thin air and borrowing it to the government at interest. He understood that this would inevitably enslave the public through the creation of huge amounts of unrepayable public debt and spoke against it. Draw your own conclusions about who shot him and why.
Now this last bit affects you and me and everyone else in the room. Giving an exclusive license to print a countries currency to any private individual would never have flown by the people of the United States had it been put to a vote and so the Central Bank of the States was named the Federal Reserve, indicating falsely that it is owned by the people for the people. It is most decidedly not. A backroom deal if ever there was one!
And so, here we are today, almost every nation on earth indebted to the Rothschilds banking empire, which was created by an arguable fraud in the first place. Counterfeiting is a serious offence after all, whether done legally or illegally. Anyone have any non-violent ideas on how to put things right? If we do not put a stop to the public borrowing of privately printed currency very soon, this is one group who will shortly own much more than the half the world they currently control. Maybe it doesn't matter who our descendants spend their working lives desperately
struggling to repay, but i think it does.
Nooo internet?? Whatever shall we dooo??
Both the left and the right claim the moral high ground as the libertarian scoffs at the mere concept of any grown adult being controlled by his nanny-state like some wayward brat.
Meanwhile, national debts in most countries spiral space-ward in great sweeping uncontrollable arcs. Amid all this confusion it's easy enough to catapult blame; nearly impossible to fix the problems or even point to a workable solution.
One must be found though, and soon, or we shall all be "grinning like dogs ourselves, and running about this 'ere swamp, 'ardly happreciating the difference between christmas and easter."
(R.M.Patterson. The Dangerous River)
And as Mr Public begins to experience the inevitable shortages the coming currency/business collapse will create he will become more and more unruly. The controlling sector will of course resort to some sort of shock and awe-inspiring response with increasing militarization right here where we live.
How will we who find ourselves on the less-pleasant end of this pokey stick respond? How will we cope? Will we cow to the threat of violence and comply with whatever orders we're given? Will we "temporarily" dump even our morals for survival purposes? Short of massive civil disobedience, what steps can we take to protect what we value?
Well, here's a couple er three ideas. Take 'em or leave 'em. One thing I've noticed is that we are most vulnerable when we're on the move. The man at home flipping channels rarely gets "carded" or receives a traffic ticket. Which is not to say no one should travel. Of course it will be necessary. Just take advantage of whatever opportunities for limiting travel there may be and travel when surveillance is most likely to be offline.
Secondly, it will be difficult to perform any kind of undetected transaction when cash is confiscated & disallowed "to fight criminal activity and terrorism". Bartering goods and services may be useful should it come to that. In fact it is a useful system already and certainly done even on international levels. Not every transaction needs to be converted to tax-vulnerable dollars. Owning some silver or gold coins might come in handy but in a national food shortage situation, nothing is likely to compare to the buying power of a bag of rice.
Thirdly, communication. How will you connect with your network if the internet goes black for the "middle class"? Haven't done much with this one so far but ham radio, CBs, FRS are all possibilities. Having a common pre-designated remote meeting point might be some kind of a a plan.
In all these things, of course, one hopes that some thought and preparation ahead of time may prevent "didn't see that one a'comin'".
Actually I plan to survive the whole thing even after I "depart this mortal coil" and that's why i'm not really all that afraid of what's coming to the little blue planet, third rock from the sun, having made my peace long ago with the One who formed the human eye. (Does He not see?") And a personal caveat: I don't know what will come of all this and I'm not saying any of the above scenario will play out in fact. Like the woodcutter who was asked which way the tree he was cutting would fall responded. "How should I know? I'm not a bloody prophet!"
Wikipedia defines "Statism" as "... the belief that the state should control either economic or social policy, or both, to some degree..." Now obviously, people have several beliefs, not all of which are correct. In times past, students were taught that scientific viewpoints developed through someone presenting a hypothesis, or theory on a subject, which was not to be taken as absolute fact really at any point. Experimentation would then be performed which would either support or refute the theory and the theory would then be altered to conform to the growing body of evidence for or against.
The purpose of this writing is to present the idea that Statism has for many years taken on many of the characteristics of a religion.
When we see clips of the North Koreans for example, and the current leader is strutting about waving, there are people waving frantically, shouting his praises, tears of joy and admiration streaming down faces. If this is not worship, it surely is a kissing cousin to it.
Obama's initial victory celebration was a similar display. The enormity of the crowd thrilling to his takeover of the presidency of the United States was impressive by itself. The cheering was so heartfelt and vocal that he could hardly complete his victory speech.
Similar enthusiasm has been shown for other world political leaders through history, though they all have had their detractors. We've all seen the grainy videos of Adolph Hitler and the enormous crowds cheering him on to victory with heartfelt exuberance.
And what of the comments we hear daily on the street anytime there is a problem, real or perceived? The response is nearly always, "the government should....." Its as if they had almost omniscient power to solve problems when in reality, many of those involved have no desire to solve our problems coupled with even less means of solving them. When approached with a real issue, almost to the man, the response will invariably be, "my hands are tied" "the courts have spoken on this issue.", "let me refer you to my colleague over in...". Simply translated, what it means is, "I will get my paycheque to the penny automatically deposited to my account on the designated day. Why are you here and how soon can you leave so i can go back to admiring my reflection in the office mirror?"
Perhaps I am being a bit unkind. Certainly there are those within the system who view themselves as needed members of society, there to direct the help to those who need it the most, and i myself have been the beneficiary of the system at various times. And yet, some sense that the power of government to involve itself in the minute details of our daily lives is limited seems to be generally lacking. And what is even more baffling is the fact that any adult human being would fall to the ground in adoration of a system which is currently confiscating well over 50 percent of our earnings whilst providing dubious benefits such as bombing foreign countries into oblivion and murdering foreign officials for the sake of some vague concept called democracy.
Perhaps, human beings were created with an innate desire to worship Someone and when that purpose is suppressed through lack of belief in a Superior Being or for general hostility towards him, the worship goes helter skelter to hockey teams, govt officials, the latest shoe design or even ones own personal self. Not that there is any of that going on these days, I just mention it as an idea, a sort of you know, hypothetis, if you will?
And who knows, maybe we can be forgiven for giving the glory for our present state of general well-being to the state. After all, it has the general appearance of a Provider, Protector, Source of all knowledge, puppies and all things wonderful in our lives, even if all of these things would be there without it.
Answer: Doug Martens.
Seriously though, there is an ancient African proverb I just made up about an elephant who makes a deal with a local monkey. The monkey is to bring him all the bananas he can eat and in return the elephant promises him protection from the jaws of the local lion.
This arrangement works for a time but the monkey grows restless and leaves for a week or two. the elephant decides this will never do so he shackles the monkeys ankles with a pair of large coconuts so he will be easier to round up when the need for his services arises.
Next morning the elephant is feeling peckish and asks the monkey to do his thing, to which the monkey replies, "Sir, these coconuts you have provided me with are just too heavy and i can no longer climb the tree.
Perhaps this morning you could just reach up the tree with your great, giant nose and pick your own?"
In a rage the elephant picks the monkey up with his trunk and dashes him against the tree, killing him instantly, and no one ate bananas in that part of the jungle for some time.
There are some principles in this ancient parable which relate quite directly to the times of introspection in which the oil and other industries find themselves. Hopefully, the result of all these businesses closing their doors will not be as tragic as that met by the unfortunate monkey.
Ooops! Just gave my whole idea away with the title. Must be more vigilant in the future!
After 25 years of doing much the same thing during my work-week, i sort of go on auto-pilot. And despite all the warnings from my well-meaning Dad, fail to keep my mind and my body together. Hence the title of this blog, skull-tripper. Take a trip and never leave your job!
A few days ago, while working away with the chainsaw, then, this little idea popped in, quite unannounced. (It would have been scary if there would have been trumpets) What if we could direct our taxes to the department we wish to support? Granted, paying no taxes whatsoever would be my first choice, but that seems unattainable for the moment. And yet, perhaps the ratchet principle could be used in reverse to gradually reverse the noose around all of our collective necks . You know, for the good of the collective, as it were?
Wouldnt it be neat to arrive at the end of your T1, (The form we canucks use to divest ourselves of worldy wealth once a year) and have before you a drop-down list of governmental services. What I'm picturing is something like this:
Well, you get the drift. Since we all have to do our bit to keep the country running, and since this is supposed to be a 'democracy" wherein the majority decides what is to be done, maybe it is finally time to stop electing one person and giving him/her/it our personal pin numbers so they can rob us blind and decide to subsidize all the investments in their portfolio, not that That would ever happen!
So, thats my idea and you're very welcome!
I don't think I am the easiest guy in the world to shock. I've spent a lot of time on the internet and 56 years on this planet and seen a lot of crazy things, some quite shocking! But what's happening in the land of the free and the brave is really stunning! In fact, I just finished a twitterment with a few people who were strongly stating their position that Kim Davis is right where she belongs... in prison and that i was a s-head and an idiot for thinking otherwise!
I used to have a youthful fantasy that people who were in jail were dangerous killers, rapists and the like but no more! Her recent incarceration actually makes me wonder how many more harmless souls are "currently occupying detainment facilities" in the United States. After all, her crime was ..... (deep booming voice) .....not filling out government-approved, gay marriage license form.
Granted, it was her job. Granted, people who don't do their jobs are commonly fired. But if we jailed everyone who fails to execute every command given them, who would be left to guard the jail or fix potholes?
And there is something deeper. The state is clearly making a statement here. "If you work for us, you will do as you are told or you will suffer extremely harsh consequences." At least, if I was a state office worker in another county that is the message i would be taking home for the weekend.
And so, what are we left with but a huge assortment of people who believe that their deeply-held personal beliefs must be set aside while they administer the duties given them from on high, no matter how personally reprehensible they may find them to be.
Each official is eyed by another and all the rebels are weeded out until we have a great pyramid structure of people all joyfully willing to lick their masters boots. Just doing their job. Mao Tse Tung would be so proud of you all! Perfect little followers! Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Amin and a few others too.
Which brings up another point. What of nurses who refuse to perform abortions or "assisted death proceedures for the elderly"? Jail, presumably, right in the next cell to Kim.
So my question of the day is this. What sort of officials, if any, do we want ruling over us? The kind that have no spine, no willingness to attempt to change things they believe are wrong? The kind who will do whatever they are told to keep the cheques coming and the prison guards away? Because that is exactly the system court decisions like this one are creating for the rest of us.
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." Samuel Adams
With coffee-stained teeth, calloused hands and frequently smelling of sweat, daily they appear among us. They never seem to lack, even though 70 percent and more of their wages are forfeited to the crown for redistribution amongst the poor of the land. They are a threat and a menace to the decent, perfumed and manicured, gentile and restive class. They are the working rich.
First to rise in the morning, it is as if some foreign power urges them to leave the warmth of bed earlier than the rest of men. Perhaps it is the urge to acquire resources for themselves that motivates the working rich. Whatever it is, it is an odd thing that men would choose to forfeit free cable tv, free apartments, free groceries, and endless entertainment and provide their own instead, bought with the struggle of their own puny disfigured hands!
And what is to be done about the working rich? To the great credit of the authorities much progress has already been made in defeating their efforts at independent success. Licensing, regulatory requirements and heavy taxation have defeated some of them, but there are still others who insist on building there own little "empires" in direct defiance of the state, our wonderful Provider and Protector.
Perhaps some re-education program could be initiated to restore them to their rightful place in society, freely taking part in the benefits of the redistribution of plenty. After all, society in the west has risen to the point where no one really needs to physically work! It is enough to leave that to the Chinese and other "emerging markets".
Of course, some resistance will be met, but that is easily overcome with governmental force. Then the land will be completely free and at rest, with the population centralized and the working rich finally helped into a socially integrated lifestyle of doing what the most have opted for, namely the consumption of resources provided for by the state and our magnificent overlords.
But In the meantime it seems we will have to endure more years of tolerating the unsettling activities of the working rich.
The below link will take you to an excellent article on what is likely around the next bend of the river for us all. My own comment follows below. Enjoy and please comment even if you think I'm all wet.
As the worlds governments, wherever they may be increasingly detect emptiness of the cupboard syndrome, what are their options? Borrow by issuing govt bonds which almost no one wants because interest rates are near zero. Print extra dollars which are quickly absorbed by the well-established elite corporate class and result in rapid and possibly uncontrollable inflation for the masses?. Or hey! They could simply raise taxes! Almost forgot that one. But as this great article points out, where will this "new" money come from? It will come from the products we are now unable to buy because our disposable incomes are reduced.
To symbolize if I may and please forgive the shifting metaphor: Think of a full river flowing along normally representing the normal flow of goods and services. Along comes Big Government and diverts a portion for their purposes. This works for awhile until their promises to each other (pensions, maternity leave, etc) become too great. Eventually when the entire flow of goods and services has been diverted what we have is a totalitarian govt. With absolute authority over the useable-product- producing working class. The problem with this is that the workers aren't being rewarded for their production as they normally would in a free market and understandably rebel. Production s l o w s.
Now we are left with the following option: force, threats and violence to make them work so the river can continue delivering all its goods to those in authority.
If this is not done, the production of goods will slow until it virtually stops, leaving stomachs empty, even the stomachs connected to the hands holding contractual pension plan promises.
What to do about it? Assuming crash position is one idea. Re-diverting the river back to its original channel is yet another. In any event, we can all be sure of this: Eventually reality will rear its head... Ironically, it may be the homeless who be in the best position to deal with the future the central banks are creating for us all. They are used to living within their means after all!
Moose meat is a wonderful thing! A friend once told me 'i never met a moose i didnt like." I must concur. They live their lives free, eating and drinking what their hearts desire until one day, i come along and end it for them and I appease my conscience by reminding myself that a beef in a feedlot has a much less enjoyable and free lifestyle, so look at all the misery I'm saving them!
On one such hunt I noticed something falling into the Morley River, plop, plop, plop. They were sprucecones being cast from the height of an overhanging spruce tree by a very aggressive squirrel, bent on storing them for the winter. Problem was, about 90 percent of his work was plopping into the river and floating out to sea. I couldn't help but laugh at the stupidity of this stupid squirrel, unmindful as he was that his work was almost entirely in vain. But then, I realized that I am that squirrel!
I don't think the general run of us has any real inkling of how much of our efforts are being swept out to sea by one means and another. It would be entertaining to watch a screen show in real time what is becoming of the work of the janitor, or the waitress in the restaurant, or the pizza delivery boy. Hard as the working class works, it profits them very little indeed beyond what their bellies can hold. We hear talk of "living wages" because some salaries aren't enough to pay rent in a ratty apartment and buy stale groceries, let alone a decent wardrobe or a car to get to work in. There is something unnatural about this, wouldn't you say?
Its understandable enough when a lazy man, lolling about on his couch day after day, is shocked one day to discover the fridge is bare, but the working man shouldn't have to do without daily necessities. Where is it all going? To the rich, obviously. The dastardly rich. And where are they? Where do they live? Doubtless its true that the worlds wealth has become more and more concentrated. Someone, after all controls the key to the vault that contains the worlds store of gold. The Rothchilds? The Bilderbergs? In the end, it doesn't matter. What does matter is that there is clearly a pattern here of Central Banks adding numbers without value, borrowing these numbers to needy nations central banks, who in turn borrow them to your local bank and then on to you, my trusting friend. It all feels so loving until the bill comes, the interest gets added on, and the stress level rises within the confines of your "resting place" whatever it may be. "They" have clearly got us over the proverbial barrel, which, by the way, is a rather disgusting phrase.
There are of course, some who inevitably escape being controlled by high debt levels, but they are, if statistics are to be believed, in the minority. And even they, the successful few among us, who escape the curses of injury or divorce or illness or bankruptcy or addiction, are penalized through taxation at higher levels so their success can be restricted. I'd always heard that banks are able to borrow ten times the capital they hold to you and to me, which accounts for the huge profits produced year on year. But it was a shock today to read that the european banks are leveraged to 26 times their capital! These are bankers, folks! They are supposed to understand money, being as how they work with it daily and what they are doing is nothing more than a outrageously bold and daring scam! What you are really getting with that new mortgage is nothing more than numbers on a computer screen. They, in turn, in fair exchange, are getting the lions share of your lifes work.
As it says in the good book, "the borrower is servant to the lender". Maybe we, and our governments should think twice about the promises to repay we are constantly making to the wolves in suits. And maybe, we should all work at restraining the insane spending levels of our elected officials. I fear most of us won't bother. But remember, there is no wall so solid as the truth and as I have learned in my own short life, it really hurts when you slam into that thing!
You wake up and yawn in your comfortable bed in Whitehorse, Yukon and stare groggily at the small spider on the ceiling. Another yawn and you swing your legs off the side of the bed and rub your eyes and stare again in amazement! There on the floor of your bedroom lies a hundred dollar bill, and another and another and another, all laid end to end. Excitedly you follow them out the room, into the hall, down the steps and out your front door onto the street, picking up each one until you remember you've forgotten to dress!
After dressing you continue out onto Hamiton Boulevard and the trail of c-notes continues on through town and up the south axis onto the Alaska Highway and south! By now, you're experiencing a storage problem but you continue picking up the hundred dollar bills all the way down the Alaska Highway, through Dawson Creek and on til you reach Grand Prairie, Alberta, a whole thousand miles from home. Congratulations! You've just collected your first billion dollars! And your back is sore.
The Yukon collects one billion dollars from the rest of Canada every 365 days! Thanks guys! We have a population of around 35,000 so thats about 40k per man, woman, and transvestite. Again, thanks you guys! And if all that generosity were not enough, in the last Yukon Budget, the Yukon Party is bragging it is spending 1.367 BILLION dolllars this year!
Now lets go a little further and examine what a TRillion dollars is. According to the Taxpayers Federations debt clock, Canada owes this much now. And what does that look like? Imagine making the same trip from your bedroom in Whitehorse all the way down to Grand Prairie, only this time instead of a single lane of hundred dollar bills, there are a thousand such rows or an area a hundred yards wide, a footlball field length.... WIDE, basically the whole highway and both ditches covered with hundred dollar bills. And this folks is what we collectively OWE! Questions?
The recent Charleston church massacre is the trigger for this piece though the concept has been brewing for some time, only recently coming to full bubble.
Have you ever lost your temper? I know I have! In my younger days it was a much more frequent occurrence. My little brother knew just what nerves to hit to achieve the desired effect. All of us suffer provocation of one sort or another but to go to the extreme extreme of taking the lives of people you don't even know in a raging fit of gross stupidity>>> Yep, it does sound like insanity!
And yet, is it really?
Don't know about you but the word "insanity" to me conjures an image of a drooling, giggling at inappropriate times, frothing at the mouth, blindly staring idiot. One whose next action is totally unpredictable. One whose cabbage is functioning far from normalcy, maybe damaged beyond all hope of repair. Darryn Roof does not qualify on any of these counts. His well-thought-out and articulate manifesto http://melanoidnation.org/terrorist-dylann-roofs-white-supremacist-manifesto/ on the racial problems of the United States is not the product of the individual described above. Rather, it illustrates the thinking of a fairly intelligent young man, someone able to connect the dots and think rationally, in concepts even, creating well-thought-thru arguments to support his position. What drove him over the edge from thinking conceptually about racial problems to entering a place of worship and gunning down people who accepted his presence and were willing to help him?
Whatever it was, it was not insanity. Imagine the competence required to carry out the execution of nine people with a handgun. Handguns are about three times more difficult to shoot accurately than are rifles due to the short sighting radius. Judging by the number of rounds fired, he must have had to reload the arm at least once while letting none of the nine escape or successfully attack him.
Its true, this matter has yet to go to trial. And its true that the prosecuting attorney has yet to produce a plea of temporary insanity. I just think its a likely plea based on the frequency of its use and the successful results it has had in swaying jurors and judges to leniency in the past.
Forgive the crude comparison, but if a rabid rottweiler were to savage nine children to death, what would be done with it? How long would it live? Would it be released on a million dollar bond the next day? Most such dangerous animals are quickly put down. I'm not suggesting this be done with Mr Roof, but there will be those who disagree with me. I do hope we can all agree though on this, and by all i mean the courts as well, that a man such as Darryn Roof, whether sane or insane, can never be trusted to function in society again and must for reasons of public safety alone be jailed permanently at the very least, perhaps along with all the other mass murderers among us, including those at the highest levels of government.
I'm old enough to remember the saying, "what you see is what you get!" And boy, do i wish that were true! The joke about a politicians lips announcing he is lying just by moving is starting to ring a little hollow. Should the highest of leaders in the world have integrity? Should they lack credibility? Should they sound like used car salesmen? Oh she'll work for ya! Granny only drove it to weekly crocheting and then only when it was rainin'. Unfortunately, that's what we seem to have...
Secretary of State, John Kerry, was reportedly injured in a bicycling accident. This report sounded rather odd when i first heard it, and still does. As usual, with official lies, a lot of the details are left out and we are left hanging, wondering, whether he collided with a car or perhaps an alpine skier over there in Switzerland, or did he veer off the path to avoid harming a squirrel perhaps? Then later, on facebook I learn that really, it was an assassination attempt in a secret meeting. Well, maybe yes, maybe no. Read the report for yourself. There are a lot more details in it than in the official version: http://operationdisclosure.blogspot.ca/2015/06/sorcha-faal-assassination-attempt-on.html
If this story is correct, there is a lot of explaining needed as to why Kerry was meeting with a leader of ISIS in the first place! To negotiate for world peace? I dont believer that. Do you?
And at the same time, our Canadian PM is visiting Europe for the G7. Lots going on over there now with the country of Greece effectively defaulting on its repayment schedule and begging Russia for help. Tens of thousands of people reportedly demonstrating against G7, with tons of armed cops protecting the ruling elite from the people. Of course, it was ever thus, and we shouldnt be surprised that our leaders lie to us while making secret deals with the devil. What should surprise us is those rare occasions where we are told the truth. In fact, the logical man, in a time such as ours will turn the official story upside down and examine it for cracks, every last time!
Ask these questions: Who will profit financially from this disaster? (Keeping in mind that fortunes can be made betting AGAINST a corporations success in the stock market, just as well as FOR. What is being left out of this news story and why might that be? My understanding is that nearly every newsperson is taught that what we want to know is who, what, when, where and why. When three or four of these "W's" is left off the page something should smell of escargo, if you get my drift...
Lastly, thank God for the internet or we'd still be buying absolutely everything we see on the idiot box as the final, unabridged, unedited, uncensored, Word of God.
With Canada now over One Trillion Dollars in debt, authorities are turning to new sources of taxation, so much so that they are now actively taxing our patience! And what to do about that?
With a Federal election in the offing, Justin Trudeau is making noise about taxing the elite and spreading the findings among the middle class, always a popular ploy. However, its been beaten to rags already, not a very creative electioneering gambit. How to tell if you're in the middle class? If you work for a living, you probably aren't in the elitist group or the middle class, so hmm, kinda missed out on that one.
Quantitative easing anyone? Well they've pretty well used that one up, haven't they? Filling the room with new cash has only succeeded in raising the price of everything other than oil. But it has brought one thing to light: Governments entire source of control rests on their ability to buy us using the money they confiscate and propagate and borrow. If you doubt my honest words, try imagining just how many civil servants would continue doing what they are doing if they knew for certain they'd never see another paycheque?
I notice that when I'm out on the land and I spy a berry bush, those berries go straight down the hatch and no one sees a dollar of tax from it. (And I have been openly, to my face called a "berry-pickin' fool! Didn't know what kind i was til then! Thanks so much!) Likewise, in the garden, likewise on the annual moose hunt, fishing and well, you get what I'm saying. Of course, not everyone is so privileged as to be able to produce their food and and housing and heat on their own. But with a little creative thought I bet you can figure a way to avoid some of the transactions that trigger the tax that feed those who tax our patience.
As for paper currency, according to some reported discussions in high places, those paper bills and coins may soon be either widely refused as currency or confiscated or simply outlawed altogether. Google around if you persist in your state of dangnable disbelief. Which will leave us with two options for transacting business. One, going with the flow and buying and selling only through government-approved channels involving some form of digital currency or simply swapping real goods for real goods. It is possible under such circumstances that real silver and real gold may be revived as a sort of underground currency, completing the circle as it were, back to the days before the clever convinced the world that promissory notes printed on fancy paper were as good as gold.
Democracy sounded like such a great idea! But as someone once warned long ago, "the appetite may come to rule." And isn't that just about the way things are playing out in North America? Someones appetite is definitely on the throne.
It seems that our entire political system is based on the story of Robin Hood and his merry men of Sherwood forest, robbing from the rich to give to the poor. Sounds so admirable, even heroic, until the question arises, "is stealing ever right?" And for that matter, what were those merry men living on whilst they carried on their business of helping all those helpless poor? Must've skimmed a wee bit o' pork off the top to sustain themselves whist helping the poor masses, one supposes. In fact, it might have become increasingly tempting for the merriest of the merry men to squirrel a little away somewhere, you know, in case the poor become really poor someday and the rich become too evasive!
And so it goes. I have a friend in Saskatchewan who lost and arm in a farming accident. He's a cheerful fellow and went on working even after his terrible loss to the point where his good arm is ceasing to function properly. One would think he would be the perfect candidate for social assistance. And yet, he has had the royal runaround trying to scrape a few dollars off Robin Hood. And he is not the only example I can think of. Meanwhile, gov't unions lobby for more security for their membership. There's money for their old age, for their dental work, potential disability! Think of it! My friend deprived of lifes necessities because someone in charge of distributing to the poor needs to be secured an income in case of a future disability! The homeless deprived of a bed because an employee of social services needs a pay increase to maintain her mortgage payments!
Its almost as if Sir Robin Hood rode off and robbed the local jewelry store and bravely buggered off hauling the loot back to Sherwood Forest, completely forgetting to drop a bit off for the impoverished children he bravely rode past, making his gallant escape. "It plum slipped my mind!" In fact, its worse than that, much worse.
Robin Hood robbed the "rich" meaning everybody, hauled the lot to the Forest, consumed it all in a drinking party of epic proportions and used his political connections to take out a loan on the future earnings of all the people of England, consuming that also until it was gone! Now to be fair, crumbs have fallen from their table and the poor have been allowed to have at 'em when the partys over , but you get the drift of whats been happening here.
It could be argued that all the above is "OK" because they have a mandate from the people. They voted, after all, for me to run the country and that is just what I'm doing. How can you suggest I'm doing something wrong? And there is an element of truth in that. Yet what is it that we really vote for, or is it just a matter of voting out that which we find to be the greater evil, as has just happened in Alberta, where Jim Prentice and his conservatives were given a dusting off of massive proportions by an enraged electorate?
So, just to help the curious politicians understand, here is a short list of what we vote against: We are against the making of promises to buy our vote and then the breaking of the promises made after the election is won. To us, this is no different that buying a car with certain options and having one delivered without the paid-for options. It is dirty, crooked, deceitful and must stop. One way that could be done is by recognizing that a political promise is in fact a contract between the electorate and the elected and that it is in fact, a legitimate enforceable contract and a politician who fails to keep said promise could be required to ante up with his own personal belongings. This is in fact, such an obvious solution its a wonder no one seems to have thought of it til now!
Secondly, we are against having our resources, including family members wasted in useless conflicts and the like. It is obvious that war is nothing more than a business enterprise and that very few conflicts are justifiable on any kind of basis because there is rarely anyone left on high moral ground when the insane butchery is ended. Witness the Nazi trials in Nurembourg. All that wanton destruction and torture seemed like a good idea at the time. "Just doing my job."
And thirdly, we are against the erosion of our personal freedoms using as justification the existence of some perceived or even real threat. Many of us find the threat of the increasing militarization of the police force to be a much greater "imminent threat" than that of some invasion of an outer force. Human beings are human beings, after all. And the armed to the teeth, trained in counter-personel-measures local cop can kill us just as dead as Jihadi John.
In short, in handing the responsibility for our own lives over to others, we have allowed the creation of ever-increasing dominance and like releasing a wee tiger kitty into a local scenery (so cute) we run the very real risk of a larger, meaner version of it coming back to bite us one day. "Treat Government like fire: Keep it small, keep it contained and keep an eye on it."
Just came across the funniest thing on my twitterfeed this morning. Super Bunkers. Many years ago when I was visiting Germany for romantic reasons, my future pop-in-law took me on a walkabout by the The Rhein River and showed me some of the leftovers of World War 2. He told me that all of the houses except his parents home has been turned to rubble by the shelling from across the river. He showed me a church as well with an unexploded shell stuck right through the wall and visible from the inside and outside of the building. And he showed me the bunkers in the forest. Small concrete shelters with small openings for the receiving and giving of "gifts". Interesting times.
This article: http://www.infowars.com/the-secret-mountain-our-spies-will-hide-in-when-washington-is-destroyed/ about a huge and expensive bunker on top of Peters Mountain in West Virginia, designed to accommodate the wealthy and the powerful in the event of a nuclear attack or similar reminded me of another thing I'd seen in Germany. I was of course interested in visiting one of the many castles that dotted the countryside, usually but not always positioned on the tops of the highest hills in the area. You can walk through most of them quite freely these days as many are completely vacant. I often remember the kings chambers, surrounded by racks of spears and other weaponry, his throne positioned with his back to the wall, the small passageway which surrounded the chamber and the tiny openings of the food to be delivered by the food department. You could almost smell the fear of the king and his nobles. Every thing possible was being done to protect these elite of their day. And the safety features went farther! Beyond the kings chambers lay a safety room, a last resort with heightened security which would have been almost impossible to breach.
Why the fear?
Well, lets consider how the king derived his income for a clue. When supplies ran low, it was only necessary for his men to ride out into the countryside and rob a helpless farmer somewhere. It wasnt really theft of course because the government was doing it for the good of the people.
Today we have computerization and technological advances which have made the tiresome business of taxing the work of the masses much simpler. Now virtually every transaction is taxed as it occurs. This wealth is distributed as the present day ruling elite see fit. And some of it goes into fortifying the kings bunker, just in case. The more things change...
"Ignore him and hope he goes away" may work with the overly amorous but its unlikely to work as well on taxmen, bill collectors or banksters. Now, by "banksters" I'm not referring to your friendly manager down the street. I'm referring instead to an elite group of well-heeled types who control fair more of your life than you can possibly imagine. A quote I recently read ran something like, "give me the ability to print a nations currency and I care not who runs the country." Give it a minutes thought and you can begin to understand what a privilege it is to have total control of a nations, (or the worlds) currency printing press.
Originally, of course, paper currency was meant to represent real goods with real value. You can in fact, still create your own currency legally by writing a promissory note. "I promise to pay James Bunyan forty bucks for the old hog and her litter before next June the fourth." for example. Now if the bearer of that note chose to pass it to his neighbour in exchange for some chickens, the hog-buyer would owe the chicken seller the forty bucks. So you see from that how paper money came to be and basically how it works.
Now I'll confess that in high school, Gerry Dokken, my economics educator met me in the hall and told me I was almost going to pass economics. I proved him dead wrong and took home a 50 percent grade. So bear that in mind as I continue my in depth explanation of the intricacies of the economic environment in which we currently find ourselves entangled.
And entangled we definitely are. It seems that most of the countries of the world have bought into the easy money concept of buy now, pay later. And no wonder! What newly elected politician wants to go before his electorate and announce that, by crackey, the cupboard is bare? Or worse, that "unfortunately, due to unforeseen and unavoidable expenses, we're going to have to hang you all upside down and shake you a bit more."? Much easier and less painful on the electorate to simply borrow the money from afar. And so we live in a world in which most governments seem to have opted for this solution to providing the needed goodies for the people, and of course, "for the children."
Its becoming increasingly clear that we wont be able to vote our way out of this one. I'm speaking here as a Canadian, but you Americans are on the same island, so to speak. Canada, according to the World Debt clock owes over a Trillion and you guys, well, you're in a bit of a jam also. And no matter who we elect, that debt clock is going to go right on a tickin" away. I think someone has thought of that. Someone who holds the keys to the printing presses of the worlds currencies. They lend the money to banks and governments who in turn disperse it accordingly all the way down to you and me. Problem is, there is never enough money created to provide for repayment....plus interest!
And compound interest, when it works in your favour is a wonderful thing. Like a snowball rolling down the hill, getting bigger all the time. But when it works against you it is a terrible foe. And the problem has become so pronounced that the Central Bankers are reducing the interest rate below Zero, actually beginning to charge for the deposit of money! I really don't think there is even a fictional book on the earth that has alluded to this possibility of this ever happening!
And what are the banks telling us by charging for the deposit of our cash? "Go away and be gone!" "Were only interested in the borrowing kind of customers." It seems that the rules around how much cash the banks need in order to borrow out a given amount have been relaxed to the point where they don't seem to need anymore than enough for daily cash withdrawals at the atm! After all, those who control the printing press of the worlds currencies don't really play by the same rules as the rest of us. The "money" they print represents pretty much thin air. In fact, by controlling who gets what loan when and how, they have near absolute control of the worlds governments, the media and your life too. my friend.
What happens, for example, if they decide they want to increase the interest rate on the money "owed" them just a bit, not like they did in the eighties when I got caught paying 22 percent, but only five percent or so? The effect on the street would be indescribable. Mortgage payments tripling in some cases.
Check it out with your banker.
Or worse, still. what if, as some are already reportedly experiencing in the US, http://r.search.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0SO82JZbj1VADYAIwnrFAx.;_ylu=X3oDMTE0djRkZmMxBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMQRjb2xvA2dxMQR2dGlkA1ZJUENBMTBfMQ--/RV=2/RE=1430118105/RO=10/RU=http%3a%2f%2fwww.cleveland.com%2fbusiness%2findex.ssf%2f2014%2f02%2fchase_bank_stops_accepting_cas.html/RK=0/RS=nxI3WH8.FputaR8Gj3mroV.4HrU- banks and governments begin to rid themselves of the problem of untraceable, untaxable cash transactions by refusing to accept cash for payment on credit card and mortgage debt? Were this to become a widespread practise by the banking community, we would all be refusing to accept it as payment pretty much right away.
Whatever happens, it is a certainty that changes in the way we conduct our daily business are in the wind. There is just no way that individuals, businesses, or governments can borrow indefinitely into the future. Eventually, when the total of all goods and services the country produces is insufficient to meet even the interest payment on the national debt, default will occur. And what happens to us all next will be the decision of the banksters. So Thanks for letting me scare you today!
Bin lazily following the court "battle" over Mike Duffy and his discretionary use of public funds. This is obviously one of those dull news items which is destined to fill the media outlets free space for months to come while they wait for a building to fall or a bomb to explode. Probably, like most, I find it abhorrent that we should find ourselves even considering "examining the rules" for Senators. Until now, of course, it appears there weren't any! Aaand. you can actually kind of see the logic behind this libertarian system of fiduciary control, when you view it in the right light, and with the right glasses.
First of all, the position of Senator comes with an implicit recognition that the individual so benighted has a long history of honest and excellent political behavior behind him/her. It is an honor to be appointed to the Senate of Canada which few of us will ever achieve! Yes, an honor! And with the honor comes an acknowledgment that the newly-hatched Senator can obviously be trusted to conduct him/herself in a manner which befits the position. Not using public moneys for personal purposes would serve as an example here.
Now, it appears from Christy Blatchfords recent colorful piece in the National Posthttp://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/christie-blatchford-was-that-wrong-mike-duffy-applies-george-costanza-defence-at-trial that Mr Duffy will be chiefly relying on the defence of "was that wrong?", pleading ignorance of precisely what he could and could not get away with as a Senator of this country. What he would be doing by following this approach is in effect, bashing Canadian taxpayers over the head with the very trust invested in him. And quite likely, it will work well and effectively to his advantage. After all, how can you prosecute a man for breaking rules which do not exist? This will be a difficult problem for the prosecution with which to wrestle.
So while we are doing our best to fill out our tax forms properly and honestly this year, while hearing a commentator in another room drone on and on about the rights and privileges of Canadas Senators, lets all take a moment to consider what can be done to slow the imbalance being created by the absurdity of having public officials....oops! Did I infer that others are doing it too? Sorry 'bout that! Public official(s) using public funds, above and beyond the generous salaries they already enjoy, for purely personal purposes.
And so, here follow a few ideas, lame and perhaps otherwise. Accept or reject them as you see fit. Firstly, Could we perhaps start a Mike Duffy award and hand it to the most glaring example of flagrant abuse of the public trust each year? The trophy could come with a forty-foot tall piggy plush toy or somesuch, and a lifetime supply of chocolate-covered, honey-dipped, sugar-flavored bottles of the finest champagne.
Another thing we could do which might serve the purpose of reminding our officials of the limits of their mandates would be to apply a picture of the Senator to all of our currency in place of the Queen. This would serve to stifle some of the opposition to the Monarchy and also be a sort of private joke amongst Canadians, providing a little much-needed levity to the situation in which we find ourselves, having to pay taxes to a body of folks who have officially thrown off the irksome yoke of having to justify their dispersal of public funds.
Also, large, bold statues of Mike could be placed at strategic points across the country, alone with the inscription: Great Canadian Achiever or the like. The purpose behind all of this public posturing on Mr Duffys behalf would be to acknowledge that Mike is really the perfect Ottawa bureaucrat! Unrestrained by normal protocol, serving his country by stimulating the economy by redirecting its hard-won tax dollars back into the private sector rather than simply allowing them to go to waste in some dank hospital ward or the like, he is in fact, setting an example for every public employee in the country! A sort of a modern Henry Kelsey, boldly going where many still fear to tread, he has opened the door to a new era of public unaccountability. And maybe, after all, in the end, does it really matter so verry much whether Mike wasted a few thousand on this or that instead of allowing some other governing body the privilege?