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Month: February 2012

Number 236

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 236 25 February, 2012 Now, legal plunder can be committed in an infinite number of ways. Thus we have an infinite number of plans for organizing it: tariffs, protection, benefits, subsidies, encouragements, progressive taxation, public schools, guaranteed jobs, guaranteed profits, minimum wages, a right to relief, a right to the tools of labor, free credit, and so on, and so on.   Media, Technology, Information And Filthy Dictators Here’s an interesting talk for those who want to know how the internet is literally creating history and changing social, political and psychological systems. The thesis of the presentation is strong, though there are minor irritations: the speaker uses “media” as if it were a singular noun, and believes “text” can be a verb; he often mutters “That’s right” or simply “Right” after he makes what he considers major statements. Too, he weakens his argument a bit with one anecdote: when a website set up by Team Obama was hit by a wave of negative comments, the then candidate Obama did not shut the site down (as would the Chinese authorities); that option was scarcely open to Obama, however, so the fact that it was not exercised surprised and/or pleased absolutely no one. Nor does it prove that the current administration is above limiting the flow of information. Recall the attempted cover-up of Fast and Furious...

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Number 235

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 235 I’m in favor of legalizing drugs. According to my values system, if people want to kill themselves, they have every right to do so. Most of the harm that comes from drugs is because they are illegal.   The Dance Of The Low-Sloping Foreheads, Continued Attention, “progressives”: here is a two minute and forty second video of “wingnut” agitation and propaganda that tells you what the Tea Party and its allies want the mouth-breathers in Flyover Country to do. This information may assist you in developing tactics to counter sabotage of The One’s reinvention of the Republic. The speaker in the video is direct, candid, informative, and delivers his attempt to seduce self-described “conservatives” without a single “uh”. He makes clear that your real enemy is the uncontrolled use of the ballot box. In spite of appearances, you would do well to take this picaresque rustic’s seditious designs on correct governance seriously. The problem, of course, is whether the Department of Justice can prevent polling places from requiring each voter to provide identifying credentials that include a photograph of the bearer. So far, the case has been made that the defining vice of the “wingnut” mentality, racial bigotry, lies behind this attempt to frustrate correct political evolution, but the effectiveness of that explanation is less than desired. Some people actually remember the days...

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Number 234

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 234 7 February, 2012 …the striving for equality by means of a directed economy can result only in an officially enforced inequality – an authoritarian determination of the status of each individual in the new hierarchical order.   Liars Figure “Things are getting better.” They are? That depends on whom you trust and believe. Consider these facts: Sick of the BLS propaganda? Then do the following calculation with us: using BLS data, the US civilian non-institutional population was 242,269 in January, an increase of 1.7 million month over month: apply the long-term average labor force participation rate of 65.8% to this number (because as chart 2 below shows, people are not retiring as the popular propaganda goes: in fact labor participation in those aged 55 and over has been soaring as more and more old people have to work overtime, forget retiring), and you get 159.4 million: that is what the real labor force should be. The BLS reported one? 154.4 million: a tiny 5 million difference. Then add these people who the BLS is purposefully ignoring yet who most certainly are in dire need of labor and/or a job to the 12.758 million reported unemployed by the BLS and you get 17.776 million in real unemployed workers. What does this mean? That using just the BLS denominator in calculating the unemployed rate of...

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Number 233

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 233 There can be no truly moral choice unless that choice is made in freedom; similarly, there can be no really firmly grounded and consistent defense of freedom unless that defense is rooted in moral principle. In concentrating on the ends of choice, the conservative, by neglecting the conditions of choice, loses that very morality of conduct with which he is so concerned. And the libertarian, by concentrating only on the means, or conditions, of choice and ignoring the ends, throws away an essential moral defense of his own position. This Is Of Paramount Importance You have read it here repeatedly: if a US law enforcement officer asks you a seemingly harmless question regarding a crime, do not reply — unless it is to say simply, “I’ll make no statements.” Well, here’s something you have not read yet: in this tragic instance, a boy responded sarcastically to a policeman, and regretted his words for over twenty years. Though there was proof of his innocence, his unwise response to a badgering police officer was a horrible mistake. Inform yourself by watching these two videos: One and then Two; next read this brief report. Finally, learn about (or review the facts concerning) a federal law that is a vicious snare for the innocent but unwary. Here’s a summary of valuable guidelines: The absolutely essential thing to...

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