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Month: July 2011

Number 224

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 224 24 July, 2011 There is only one inborn erroneous notion … that we exist in order to be happy … So long as we persist in this inborn error … the world seems to us full of contradictions. For at every step, in great things and small, we are bound to experience that the world and life are certainly not arranged for the purpose of maintaining a happy existence…hence the countenances of almost all elderly persons wear the expression of … disappointment.   The Tiny Fuss That Should Be An Administration-Killing Scandal Moves Slowly Forward The news media play it down because it is so dangerous to The One. The public remains largely uninformed (censorship, in order to be effective, need not be total). Here, from a news release provided by the National Rifle Association of America, is a report: The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has announced that on Tuesday, July 26, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will convene another hearing as part of the ongoing investigation into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ “Operation Fast and Furious.” The committee called the program “a tragically flawed effort that is connected to deaths on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border.” The hearing, “Operation Fast and Furious: The Other Side of the Border,” will feature the testimony of U.S....

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Number 223

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 223 23 July, 2011 There is only one healing power, and that is Nature; in salves and pills nothing is hidden. At the most, they can hint to Nature’s healing power where there is something to do.   The US Federal Budget Disaster In Perspective You probably wonder what is happening and worry that the Solons may make things worse for their constituents. To try to fill in the blanks and clarify the things you already know, The New Terrapin is pleased to provide some links to information of importance. Both of the regular readers of this newsletter will be pleased to see that this issue has no “blind” links — you won’t need to click on the link to find out what it offers. Because there is a fair amount of information here, this issue might be a good one to forward to folks you know who are involved in Tea Party groups; it could aid their efforts to impose sanity on the ruling elite. Obama claims the electorate agrees with him that it’s time to increase taxes. If you feel that way, hooray for you — now go ahead, raise your taxes unilaterally and voluntarily! Click here and learn how. You are welcome. What is going to happen when next month arrives, and the federal checks are supposed to go out? “‘What’s...

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Number 222

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 222 18 July, 2011 Each truth runs through three steps: it is ridiculous; then it is violently opposed; finally it is self-evident.   The Budget Mess Is there a more tiresome, complex and confusing subject? Perhaps, but The New Terrapin cannot imagine it. The mere thought of being involved in “negotiations” with a cynical ideologue who spouts untruthful, jargon-laden slogans and makes demands that cannot rationally be met is immensely fatiguing. Just getting a man like Obama to understand the logic of one’s contrary viewpoint must be a Sisyphean task, for all ideologues find it almost impossible to suspend the self-censorship imposed by their partisan faiths. They don’t recognize the world out there, and they can’t deal with it without using force. For The One, it’s a problem that calls for increases in control and threats of punishment, which he sees as proper tools of government. As this is written (it’s July 15 in Bangkok), the news is full of reports that Obama is daring the GOP to insist on a slashed budget and a short-term elevation of the debt ceiling, in which case he will take the fight “to the people.” He’s threatening a default and government shutdown that he can blame on the Republicans. That’s the bluster of a bully. Obama’s threats imply that necessarily complex issues can be explained clearly to...

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Number 221

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 221 13 July, 2011 Consider the Koran, for example; this wretched book was sufficient to start a world-religion, to satisfy the metaphysical need of countless millions for twelve hundred years, to become the basis of their morality and of a remarkable contempt for death, and also to inspire them to bloody wars and the most extensive conquests. In this book we find the saddest and poorest form of theism. Much may be lost in translation, but I have not been able to discover in it one single idea of value.   Modern Horrors Western Civilization will be severely tested in months and years to come, for it will have to deal with novel enemies and it will have to play by rules that make good government extremely difficult. Consider the second problem first: the requirements of democracy do indeed clash with the processes of modern governance, especially when violence is involved. That is to say… …when you read news reports of what the government is up to, you may wonder what the full stories are and how many clashes between officials were career-enders. For example, begin with this report and then read what the bureaucracy wants you to know about how it all came out. It should surprise no one that after a time in the utterly distinct world that is government service, many...

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Number 218

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 218 1 July, 2011 If women are at the apex of the government, then the state will be in danger — for they will not see to the requirements of the polity, but will act in accord with their momentary inclinations and opinions.   Inflation Conclusion The recent dip in the price of crude demonstrates that if easily-extracted oil were abundant, its international price would fall. The arrival in the market of new supplies forced the price down. Unfortunately that change was ephemeral and trivial; did you notice cheaper gasoline when the additional oil became available? The only way to drive crude prices down to rational levels, and do it permanently, would be to produce virtually infinite quantities of the resource very cheaply from now on. Economists are correct to assert that prices are influenced by supply and demand. Note that the inflation/deflation of the currency is not an integral part of the lowering of the price of oil. Note as well that the decline of the purchasing power of the dollar cannot possibly justify the rise in the price of crude. Yes, inflation and deflation do figure in the prices of goods and services, but their role in today’s oil prices is minor. As already noted, a lot of obscenely wealthy Arabs have driven up the price of oil to record levels, and...

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