"Secrecy is the lynchpin of abusive government power" - Glen Greenwald.

Glen Greenwald is one of the few journalists tackling the real issues of the day. The following interview reminds us of what is really happening in the world and how manipulative the war on terror has become.

The way things are supposed to work is that we are supposed to know everything the government does because they are the public sector and the government should know almost nothing about us because we are private individuals.However this relationship has been reversed.

We know almost nothing about what the government does (it operates behind an impenetrable wall of secrecy), but the government knows almost everything we do.

-Glen Greenwald (paraphrased from the video)

Interestingly in this video he talks about the war against whistle-blowers by the US government. It was made prior to the Snowden/NSA leaks. Read more about "Secrecy is the lynchpin of abusive government power" - Glen Greenwald.

Margaret Thatcher ~ 1925-2013


Former Prime Minister of UK.
1925-2013 Read more about Margaret Thatcher ~ 1925-2013

Property Rights

I found this on youtube. Walter E Williams clearly and succintly defines the idea of property rights.

Taxation and theft

If anyone is still in doubt over taxation being theft (see Taxation 101), lets turn our attention to Cyprus. If you are not aware, Cyprus is asking for a 10bn euro Eurozone bailout. Where is this money coming from? Like all bailouts, from taxpayers in other countries. However there are terms to this bailout. Cyprus must raise over 5bn of its own money first.

Originally the plan was to take 7% off all savings in bank accounts in Cyprus with less that €100,000 and 9.9% for all others. See Guardian story.

However after much protest in the streets, a new deal was hatched. Read more about Taxation and theft

Food Waste Shocker - It's a good thing. . .

2013 started with news by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers that up to half of food that is produced ends up as waste. The report attributes this to a number of factors that include: poor agricultural methods, lack of transportation links, over production, the need for "perfect" looking food, and people in first world countries buying too much and throwing out the excess. Media outlets consumed this report and regurgitated it out with added opinions and solutions. Read more about Food Waste Shocker - It's a good thing. . .

Johnny Carson interviews Ayn Rand - 1967

I recently found these youtube videos of Johnny Carson interviewing Ayn Rand. These were recorded in 1967.

Very interesting conversation, especially part 2 when she talks of her disapproval of the Vietnam war.

Part 1

Part 2

Neil Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012)

Neil Armstrong

"That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind"

The news reported that Neil Armstrong has died. He was commander of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon and became the first man to step foot on its surface (1969). Read more about Neil Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012)

Pussy Riot. . . Why freedom of speech is important

There is no Freedom of speech in Russia, especially when the focus of that speech is Government corruption. The three women of the punk band "Pussy Riot" have been charged with "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" and sentenced to 2 years in jail. Such action will reflect badly on the Russian government as it shows them as being weak and fearful of any dissent. This is a lesson on how laws are made to control the masses. The saga does not end with the band's conviction. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19319360

There can be no freedom of speech unless all aspects of speech are covered, both good and bad. There can be no sacred cows in this matter. Read more about Pussy Riot. . . Why freedom of speech is important

Freedom of Speech in the UK? Not yet . . .

Last year, Paul Chambers made a joke tweet about blowing up an airport and ended up being arrested and convicted of a crime. Later, he lost a crown court appeal and ordered to pay a £2000 fine. He lost his job and generally his life disrupted.

Finally justice has been achieved. His final appeal to the high court in the UK this year proved successful with the judge ruling that crown court decision was incorrect.


Now another twitter user has been arrested. This time some teenager sent abusive tweets to another teenager who happens to be an olympic athlete. Not sure if he was reported to police or the police just took the initative all on their own.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/olympics/article-2181729/London-2012-Ol... Read more about Freedom of Speech in the UK? Not yet . . .

The Eurozone lessons

In the Eurozone collapse there are many lessons. However, as is the case with today's media, politics and society in general, these lessons will be ignored. I've summarised four main lessons:

Lesson 1. Centrally managed economies don't work. Having a few people decide the rules of the game and expect that this will work across all businesses and regions is doomed to failure. Not only does it create reams of regulations, it will elevate certain areas of the economy at the expense of others. In most cases, it just leads to a total collapse.

Lesson 2. Socialism doesn't work. Read more about The Eurozone lessons


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