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Month: November 2017

More Articles on Why You Shouldn’t Believe What the Gubmint Tells You

Jim Davies discusses market deniers.

Ryan McMaken explains why a small state is more voluntary than a big one.

Wendy McElroy explains the history behind how and why government outlawed private money.

Jacob Hornberger has had many good posts recently on the National Archives’ legally mandated release (or refusal to release) of documents related to the JFK assassination. Circumstantial evidence in the JFK assassinationNo “smoking guns” in the JFK records? The JFK cover-up continues. The Cunningness of the CIA’s JFK assassination cover-up. On Martin Luther King and Lee Harvey Oswald. And the National Archives as a lawbreaker and cover-upper.

Ray McGovern discusses the Deep State’s JFK triumph over Trump.

Zero Hedge with an article on WikiLeaks publishing the CIA hacking tool designed to “impersonate” Russia’s Kaspersky Lab.

Muckrock with an article on NSA wanting to use the “Espionage” Act to prosecute a journalist for making a FOIA request. (See how the cockroaches scamper when you turn the lights on them.)

The Intercept with an article on CIA Director Mike Pompeo meeting with NSA whistleblower William Binney.

Justin Raimondo comments on the “Trump Effect” of the mainstream media referring to the CIA interviewing an expert NSA veteran and whistleblower as “conspiracy theorist.”

Zero Hedge with an article on House Intelligence (sic) Committee demanding Fusion GPS bank records and suspecting that news journalists were paid by Fusion and the DNC to spread “Russian collusion” fake news. And an article on an FBI informant being threatened for showing details linking Clinton Foundation to Russian bribery case.

J.D. Tuccille on cynical politicians turning fake news into rallying cries for censorship (including Dianne Feinstein). And James Bovard has commentary on that as well.

The Daily Caller with an article on Hillary being targeted by Russian spies before she was secretary of state.

Karin McQuillan says that Obama stole the 2008 Democrat nomination with the help of the DNC.

Alex Newman says, on the Deep State, follow the Rothschild, Soros, and Rockefeller money.

Jay Syrmopoulos discusses declassified docs showing that the CIA poisoned an entire town with LSD in massive mind control experiment.

William Anderson on the New York Times and the “lost cause” of Bolshevism.

Zero Hedge on the U.S. Navy’s incompetence, being sabotaged or hacked, or all of the above.

Barbara Loe Fisher on why informed consent on vaccines is important.

Kalee Brown on HPV vaccines killing people.

James Bovard on Facebook censoring him for criticizing the regime.

Sheldon Richman says that dying for the empire is not heroic.

Erik Edstrom comments on George W. Bush being given an “outstanding character” award by the U.S. military academy.

Eric Margolis discusses the corruption in Saudi Arabia.

Michael Rozeff discusses the largest “enterprise,” the largest taking without just compensation, and the Fifth Amendment.

Walter Block says that capitalism, not government, will protect us from storms.

Richard Ebeling discusses capitalism and the free society. Part 1 and Part 2.

John Whitehead warns, Don’t call the cops if you’re autistic, deaf, mentally ill, disabled, or old.

Ilya Somin on why the rule of law suffers when we have too many laws.

Life Site News with an article on over 60 scholars correcting Pope Francis for “propagating heresies.”

Mac Slavo says that your bitcoin is not anonymous, as the IRS is moving to track bitcoin users with chain analysis tools.

D.C. McAlister writes about the hysterical anti-male agenda.

And Tom Knapp on movie makers’ decision to replace Kevin Spacey in movie after filming completed.

Another Mass Shooting, This Time in a Texas Church (Updated)

Well, I was just writing about the warmongeritis in Washington, and now we hear of another mass shooting, this time in a small Texas church. And this time allegedly by a U.S. military-trained psychopath (who is now dead), someone who was court-martialed in 2012, sentenced to a year in confinement, and given a “bad conduct” discharge in 2014.

As usual, the frantic hystericals on the left such as Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Shady Pines) will escalate their gun-grabbing agenda, as though government restrictions of civilian gun ownership or purchases will prevent these tragedies. You see, criminals or those who are intent on assault or killing people don’t obey the law, they don’t obey the laws against assault, murder, rape, and so on, so duh, they aren’t going to obey laws regarding guns. Gun control laws do nothing but disarm law-abiding citizens, and gun-free zones such as churches and schools make the people in those places more vulnerable to attacks.

So far, I have not read anything about the alleged killer’s possibly being given any psychiatric drugs, pain killers or combos (UPDATE: see below). As I wrote in this post on psychiatric drugs and in this post on the recent Las Vegas alleged mass murderer, some factors which may have contributed to Devin Kelley’s violent rampage (if in fact it was he who did it) include the aforementioned psychiatric drugs, such as anti-anxiety, antidepressant and ant-psychotic drugs and pain killers (all of which are known to potentially have terrible side effects including exacerbating depressed feelings and suicidal thoughts or behaviors, aggression and delusions), and excessive video game playing or otherwise computer/phone screen time.

Now, we haven’t had these kinds of mass shootings, or mass truck-driving massacres like the recent one in New York City until the past decade or two. At least, not really. Why are they happening now? In the days when I was growing up during the 1960s and ’70s, there were no kids on Xanax, Zoloft, Vicodin, Valium, Ritalin, or Adderall (or combinations of them, as the military “doctors” give some desperate troops now). At least, I was never aware of that while growing up. There were violent shootings and bombings, such as by the Weather Underground domestically and the U.S. military in Vietnam. (A lot of mass killings there by the invading U.S. military, but it was not in the reverse — were there Vietnamese people here in the U.S. bombing and shooting people? But I digress.) But whatever happened during the 1960s and ’70s doesn’t seem to compare with the 2000s and 2010s now.

Sadly, with all the cases I have mentioned in past posts of mass killers who had been on those psychiatric drugs, the mainstream media do not report on that aspect of those cases, because the pharmaceutical companies are some of the news outlets’ biggest sponsors. It’s sick.

UPDATE: According to WND and other sources, a former classmate of Kelley’s stated, “I know his parents had him on heavy doses of meds in middle school … A lot of friends that knew him said he was too sick in the head to deal with by senior year of high school.” Now, this may not be true. But it does reinforce the possibility that he’s been taking psychiatric drugs since at least 10 years ago.

UPDATE II: According to the Daily Mail, Devin Kelley’s best friend from age 12 to 19 Ralph Martinez “said he had a lot in common, both of them were super-hyper active. Martinez says he took prescription medicine for his ADHD until he was 19 and Devin took prescription pills for the same thing for as long as he can remember.”

Like antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs, anti-ADHD drugs such as Ritalin have also been associated with school shootings and violent outbursts.

Against “National Service”

Once again there seem to be suggestions to bring back the military draft, and mandatory registration for females as well. There should be no mandatory registration for government military service, or forced service in government military or any kind of forced service. Involuntary servitude is slavery, and if you are in the military you are a slave. Even more so if you are not there voluntarily. Currently, they are there voluntarily. But it is quite Orwellian, how members of the U.S. military lose their constitutionally-protected unalienable rights, such as freedom of speech, the right to keep and bear arms (ironically), due process, and so on, as they belong to this most authoritarian group of murderers of innocents and destroyers of entire cities and countries.

I wrote this post in September 2013 on calls for “national service,” and I am reposting it now.

More Calls for “National Service” as Americans Are Already Increasingly Enslaved by Government

September 18, 2013

Jacob Hornberger and Sheldon Richman of the Future of Freedom Foundation had this discussion on the “Libertarian Angle,” regarding calls for “national service.” In this edition, they also discussed Syria and monetary policy.

As part of their discussion on “national service,” Sheldon Richman pointed out that many of those calls for “national service” are not particularly for people to serve other people or their neighbors or the community, but to serve the nation. The implication is that the inhabitants of the territory here owe something to the nation.

The truth is, many amongst the “national service” crowd really believe in the idea of sacrifice. They say you must sacrifice some of your time and labor to “serve” others. But, as Ayn Rand noted, they really mean sacrifice for the sake of sacrifice.

But really, to the nationalists we owe a sacrifice to the State. We have something, such as freedom and opportunity, for which we must show gratitude by being compelled to “serve,” something that the State has given to us or provides for us, and that we owe something in return. That is the underlying premise of the “national service” crowd.

Why there would be a resurgence in calls for “national service” at this time, after 12 long years of Afghanistan and Iraq, and now the tyrannical ObamaCare, is beyond me. You want us to serve THAT? That monstrous Leviathan?

I was very disappointed to read just recently from war and Big Government critic Andrew Bacevich that he supports some sort of “national service” program, or a “citizen soldiers” program. He was interviewed on NPR and stated:

My proposal, to be clear, is not to restore the draft, but to enact a program of national service. National service means all able-bodied young people owe a couple of years of service to the country. Some of them may choose to serve in the military. All the rest will serve in other capacities, you know, whether it’s a renewed equivalent of the Civilian Conservation Corps, or whatever.

And I was also reminded of the extreme disappointment I felt in the early ’90s when William F. Buckley, Jr. came out with his book, Gratitude.

Oh, we should be grateful that the government or the State provides for us our freedom and opportunities, even though it is those damn bureaucrats who are employed by the State who have done everything they can to demolish our opportunities and trample on our freedom!

“Grateful”? Sorry, I would be grateful if Americans decided to shut down the criminal institution that is the U.S. government and unshackle the chains and release its hold on our enslaved lives.

In 1990 the New York Times provided this quote from Buckley’s book:

The objective should be to enroll, by the turn of the century, more than 80 percent of Americans born in 1973 or later. . . . Yes, there needs to be a National Service Franchise Administration. Its primary function should be to gather information for use by the states and indeed by individuals seeking (for instance) a locality that sustains an NSFA program most congenial to their inclination. . . . But the NSFA, observing its mandate, should also recommend appropriate legislation to Congress, legislation having primarily to do with federal sanctions.

These are “freedom-loving conservatives”? (Humph. With “conservatives” like this, who needs communists?)

So the “national service” crowd seem to believe that we should be grateful for our enslavement. That is why so many of the nationalists, collectivists and statists are so resentful toward libertarians. We libertarians actually appreciate the idea of freedom of choice, freedom of movement, self-ownership, voluntary association and voluntary contract. You see, when you let people have their freedom, then the State has less control over your life, and the nationalists, collectivists and statists whose self-identity is closely linked to their love for the State also feel a loss of control.

But  in regards to this call that others serve the nation, to most people the “nation” or the State is really an abstract concept which is based on myths and a religious worship of this god the State.

Sheldon Richman and Jacob Hornberger in their discussion mentioned James Bovard who has written extensively on the sham that is AmeriCorps (a.k.a. ObamaCorps). Here is Bovard’s most recent piece on that.

The truth is, human beings own their own lives, they are not owned by the State, the “nation,” their neighbors, the community. It is not the State or the nation that provides your freedom. Your freedom is a natural thing that you have inherently.

But the only people to whom you “owe” anything are those with whom you have established actual contracts that would involve agreed-to transactions or trades.

In my 2009 response to Barack Obama and Ted Kennedy’s calls to revive Bill Clinton’s “AmeriCorps,” I wrote,

Here are some examples of how people serve others: steel workers and carpenters in the manufacturing sector serve the companies they work for, but are really serving the actual consumers who need the items they produce, such as computers, trucks and office buildings. There are people in the service sector who serve people who need groceries, get coffee at the local diner and clothes at the department store. And of course there are charities who serve the needs of those who can’t afford the daily necessities. And there are professionals such as doctors, lawyers and accountants who serve many people’s needs.The people in the “social services” sector such as nurses and nurses’ aides serve the needs of medical patients and teachers serve the needs  of children and young adults who need to be educated.

Now, the people in all these groups are not forced nor coerced to serve others; they do it voluntarily, and yes, most of them are paid for their work. They receive a financial compensation which is in their self-interest and they do a service to others, and their work is not planned or mandated by state authority with the armed force of legal compulsion. At the same time, there are many, many people throughout the population who do volunteer work, also in absence of government mandates or coercion–they do it out of their own genuine concern for others. People who lack that concern will probably not do volunteer work even if it’s mandated by government. You would have to have state-imposed conscription to force them to do such “involuntary servitude.” However, their sacrifice is not needed.

In fact, the “national service” people really don’t like that kind of voluntary trade and association. They seem to need some kind of sense of control over others in which “service” is valid when it is compelled and controlled by bureaucrats, based on some belief that we as individuals are owned by the State (or by the collective of the community). This has been the philosophy behind AmeriCorps, and other kinds of “national service,” as well as being the same kind of philosophy behind many government regulations and bureaucratic intrusions in our personal and economic lives.

The Warmongeritis in Washington Needs a Cure

What’s going on with the warmongers in Washington? They are obsessed with continuing their bombing campaigns in the Middle East to provoke foreigners, and they want either a new Cold War with Russia or a HOT war with Russia, and for no good reason. It’s like war validates these clowns’ existence.

So I was listening to Hugh Hewitt on the radio who was playing a clip of Sen. Tom Cotton in a committee hearing this week interrogating someone from Twitter. The commissars also grilled representatives from Faceshnook and Google. So, I can’t believe all this, like it’s soooo McCarthy-like now, this paranoia among the parasites in Washington.

The high-and-mighties are concerned that Twitter et al. are censoring CIA twits but not RT. They see RT as an “intelligence” wing of the Russian government. Mainly RT is often accused of disseminating Russian government propaganda and disinformation via its news reporting and discussion.

Yeah? Well, I’d like to hear Sen. Tom Cottonhead explain the difference between the “propagandists” on RT and the propagandists on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, CBS, ABC and NBC, the New York Slimes and Washington Pest. He can’t. The propaganda and outright lies of those media outlets have been probably at their worst in the past year now, especially with the made-up “Russian collusions” story, regarding non-existent, no-evidenced collusions between the Trump campaign and Putin’s regime, when the evidence-based actual examples of “collusions with Russia” have been from Hillary Rotten Clinton and her “Foundation”! All this stuff is nuts!

If I were running Twitter or Faceschnook, I would censor government propaganda such as CIA, FBI, and so forth, because they have enough propagandists working on their behalf throughout the aforementioned mainstream media. They don’t need social media! If only the U.S. were decentralized, and without any Washington DC, we’d be a lot better off, because all they do there is intervene and interfere in other countries’ affairs, start wars of aggression against other countries for no good reason except to provoke foreigners, and spy on their fellow Americans and infiltrate and interfere with the lives of their fellow Americans here in the U.S.!

And then I hear on talk radio these calls to go after mosques and shut down speakers who preach or promote sharia law or jihad, and just plain shut down mosques entirely. Well first of all, the preachers and worshipers in the mosques have the right to that freedom of speech, just as you do on talk radio spewing your ignorance. And that mosque preaching or propaganda is not the real cause of terrorism, anyway.

But also, we already have U.S. government moles and informants infiltrating the mosques and intentionally radicalizing the young Muslim males who previously had no intention of committing jihad. Don’t the ignoramuses on talk radio know this? In fact, Sayfullo Saipov, the alleged New York City truck-killer was said by his neighbors from Uzbekistan to be a “normal young man,” and that the “family was normal, modern, wearing tight pants, no scarfs … They did not go to the mosque,” according to ABC News. So if that neighbor’s description of Sayfullo Saipov is accurate, then what caused him to get “radicalized” between then and now? The article does state that Saipov was interviewed by FBI in 2015, “but a case was never opened against him.” Did the FBI radicalize him as they have been doing to so many young, hapless patsies?

Do Donald Trump and his White House entourage even know that the FBI does this? Infiltrating mosques and not only intentionally radicalizing the young Muslim simpletons but FBI concocting their own plots for patsies to follow, providing them with materials, explosives, weapons, etc, only for the FBI to thwart their own plots? Would investigators do this in the private sector? (That’s a rhetorical question.)

Trump, in fact, has called for the death penalty for the alleged NYC truck-killer. And yes, “alleged.” Remember that? Remember “presumption of innocence”? What if he was set up? And no, we don’t know that he wasn’t set up, or that the captured suspect was the actual perpetrator.

For example, there are people who legitimately believe that Stephen Paddock, the dead alleged Las Vegas shooter was set up and didn’t actually do it. Anyone can be accused of anything, and anyone could be set up by especially government criminals. That is why everyone has the right to due process and presumption of innocence, and the right to a trial in which accusers present evidence and the accused has the right to challenge evidence and testimony.

But apparently Trump and the talk radio dittoheads do not understand due process and presumption of innocence. Trump tweeted, “There is also something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the horrible crime he committed. Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY!”

According to Fox News,

“We have to come up with a punishment that is much worse than what these animals are getting now,” Trump said in a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, also suggesting Saipov move to Guantanamo.

But sending Saipov to the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay would require, at a minimum, classifying him as an enemy combatant, something the White House said they consider him to be.

“I believe we would consider this person to be an enemy combatant, yes,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on Wednesday.

So Trump said, “We have to come up with a punishment that is much worse than what these animals are getting now.” Hmm, we already have reasons to suspect that Trump has not read the U.S. Constitution, and now he shows that he has not read its Eighth Amendment.

Now, if it can be proven that the alleged NYC truck-killer Sayfullo Saipov really committed the crime but was radicalized by the FBI, should those “investigators” then be charged with being accessories, or at least with negligence or involuntary manslaughter? Sayfullo Saipov has been charged not with being a “war combatant” but more appropriately he was criminally charged with supporting terrorism, murder and attempted murder.

But this “Send Him To Gitmo” mentality, this War mentality, has been a main part of the propaganda brainwashing that people have been getting on a daily basis especially since 9/11. The War-obsessed like those droolers on talk radio cannot possibly consider the idea that this terrorism stuff is a response to what our government in Washington has been causing for especially the past 25 years, since the end of the Cold War.

As Hans-Hermann Hoppe has noted in his introduction to The Myth of National Defense and in his book The Private Production of Defense (.pdf) and his article Reflections on State and War, the monopolized national security state apparatus in Washington mainly causes and provokes the terrorism and retaliation overseas from the people in those especially less developed countries (such as those in the Middle East) who don’t like their cities, their homes and their families being invaded, bombed and destroyed by the U.S. The retaliation is often referred to now as “blowback.”

I’ve mentioned plenty of times here how President George H.W. Bush started the first war against Iraq in 1991, the U.S. military intentionally bombed and destroyed water and sewage treatment centers and then the U.S. government imposed sanctions to prevent the Iraqis from rebuilding, that caused high rates of disease and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians by the year 2000, since before 9/11. In my view, and the view of those who are informed and not totally brainwashed by government propaganda, there wouldn’t have been a 9/11 had Bush not started that war. So there’s no need for me to reiterate all that at this time.

But here is Ron Paul during the 1990s referring to the wars and bombings that our government had been inflicting on innocents in the Middle East and elsewhere, warning that there may very well be a terrorist attack within our shores. (I don’t like the video-maker’s insertion of the 9/11 attacks footage, but I link to that anyway.) Also, consider Jacob Hornberger’s article Terrorism … Or War? from the year 2000, Sheldon Richman’s article Breeding Terrorism from 1999, Richard Ebeling’s article Terrorism, Anti-Terrorism, and American Foreign Policy from 1996, and Murray Rothbard asked in 1986, Who Are the “Terrorists”?

Our beloved and glorified U.S. government in Washington has been committing acts of violence and terrorism against foreigners, murdering millions of innocents for a century. And that’s the truth, as Edith Ann would say. Yet there are millions of moral relativists and naive sheeple in America who condone the aggressions, because they do not believe in the Golden Rule, and/or because they are brainwashed by years and years of government propaganda, as repeated word-for-word by the government’s sycophantic lapdogs in the mainstream media. And it needs to stop, this instant.

So, instead of the FBI deliberately radicalizing young patsies, and the CIA firing drones and bombing wedding parties and funerals and murdering innocent civilians on a daily basis, and the Pentacon continuing to send troops into areas where they don’t belong and keeping military bases on foreign territories with no constitutional authority, why not stop all this stuff, stop bombing and murdering innocents, and stop provoking primitives in already barbaric and repressive countries who then want to retaliate against us.