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Month: November 2014

Number 363

Number 363 29 November 2014 The power to tax is…not a general, unlimited power, granting Congress plenary authority, contrary to the specific enumeration of powers in Article I, the explicit recognition of individual and state sovereignty in the Bill of Rights, and the matrix of checks and balances built into the Constitution. The Tramp Abroad Points With Concern This should give all thoughtful folks pause: Under Obama, U.S. personal freedom ranking slips below France Americans’ assessments of their personal freedom have significantly declined [17 %] under President Obama, according to a new study from the Legatum Institute in London, and the United States now ranks below 20 other countries on this measure. The research shows that citizens of countries including France, Uruguay, and Costa Rica now feel that they enjoy more personal freedom than Americans. As the Washington Examiner reported this morning, representatives of the Legatum Institute are in the U.S. this week to promote the sixth edition of their Prosperity Index. The index aims to measure aspects of prosperity that typical gross domestic product measurements don’t include, such as entrepreneurship and opportunity, education, and social capital. Inspect the source of the above quote. Nature And Avarice In Thailand Those of you in Southeast Asia might want to look at this video starting at 2:44. A big storm is headed your way, and while it will weaken as it...

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Number 362

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 362 23 November 2014 …it is very difficult not to fall into the almost universal tendency to treat our knowledge as a set of basically fixed truths, and thus not of the nature of process…. Obama Versus The Federal Constitution The president has ordered changes in the enforcement of immigration law that will permit a large number of aliens to remain in the USA, though on the 19th of November, 2014, they were not authorized to be in the country. Obama’s action is controversial, to say the least. Perhaps the following commentary can clarify matters. In truth, the scope, nature, and intent of The One’s executive action are all immaterial. Perhaps immigration law should be changed exactly as he demands; perhaps he’s utterly wrong, and the law should be left alone. None of that matters. The only valid concerns are not at all what he has done or why, but how he has done it, and what that reveals about him. Obama’s executive action is indistinguishable from a ukase (defined here, and these are the correct pronunciations of the word). The specifics of what Obama has ordered in his ukase — briefly, he wants some provisions of immigration law to be disregarded rather than enforced — are a distraction. What matters at the moment is not exactly what his ukase demands, but that Obama...

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Number 361

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 361 14 November 2014 At 11:29 AM, (President of the USA) Johnson took the unusual step of ordering the JCS (Joint Chiefs of Staff) to recall the fighters while the Liberty still lay smoldering, sinking, fearful of another attack, without aid, and with its decks covered with the dead, the dying, and the wounded. …. “…Johnson came on with a comment that he didn’t care if the ship sunk (sic), he would not embarrass his allies.” Science Physics and astronomy Science is poised to adopt a new paradigm that sweeps away the dreamy speculation and errors of the present. For a painless introduction to the coming expansion of the understanding of the universe, watch this fascinating series of five brief videos (each one is about three minutes long). After you click on the hyperlink here, all five will play automatically in sequence, so all you have to do is keep skipping the periodic advertising. Climatology Global warming/cooling are complex subjects, and highly technical research into them continues. Meanwhile the governments of the world have decided to manipulate the atmosphere by controlling human activity. The implications of that insanely ambitious undertaking are extraordinarily important to everyone; you should understand what is happening, why it is happening, and what humanity must do to be prepared to cope with a challenging future. Fortunately there is an audio...

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Number 360

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 360 3 November 2014 Throughout the summer of 1381 there was a general ferment. Beneath it all lay organization. Agents moved round the villages of central England, in touch with a “Great Society” which was said to meet in London. The Tramp Abroad Recounts An Amazing Series Of Events In the early 1970s, a US citizen named Billy Hayes got caught trying to smuggle hashish (as it later turned out, for the fourth time) from Turkey to the USA. He was convicted and initially imprisoned for five years, which later became a thirty year sentence. Billy was moved to a high security prison on on ─░meal─▒ Island in the Sea of Marmara. In 1975 Billy was able to escape, make his way to Greece and, ultimately, back to the USA. His factual account of the experience was published in 1977 as a book titled Midnight Express (more info here). The film version of the 1977 book appeared a year later. Oliver Stone wrote the screenplay and Alan Parker directed. Unfortunately the two men perverted Billy’s account badly, maligning Turkey and the Turkish people. Throughout the film, Turks are always depicted in a negative light. In an interview, Billy said, “They had me killing [the guard] … I have a problem with that” (because it wasn’t true). In all the interviews Billy gave, he expressed...

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