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This won’t end well
Dec 24th, 2018 by Ken Hagler

Texas Bullion Depository Begins Construction. In June 2015, Gov. Greg Abbot signed legislation creating the state gold bullion and precious metal depository. The facility will not only provide a secure place for individuals, business, cities, counties, government agencies and even other countries to store gold and other precious metals, the law also creates a mechanism to facilitate the everyday use of gold and silver in transactions. In short, a person will eventually be able to deposit gold or silver – and pay other people through electronic means or checks – in sound money.

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According to an article in the Star-Telegram, state officials want a facility “with an e-commerce component that also provides for secure physical storage for Bullion.” While in the development phase, officials said plans for a depository will include online services that would let customers accept, transfer and withdraw bullion deposits and related fees.

Ultimately, depositors will be able to use a bullion-funded debit card that seamlessly converts gold and silver to fiat currency in the background. This will enable them to make instant purchases wherever credit and debit cards are accepted. [Tenth Amendment Center]

In other words, they’re trying to recreate E-gold as a state-run entity. This effort is doomed from the start. The Evil Empire destroyed E-gold because it can’t afford to permit a threat to the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money–they’ll destroy any state-run equivalent for the same reason. This is why Bitcoin came along–it removed the ability of a government to destroy a threat to their fiat currencies.

I’ll believe it when I see it
Dec 22nd, 2018 by Ken Hagler

This Could Get Interesting: @RealDonaldTrump v. the Perpetual War Lobby. Trump has announced a pullout of US ground troops from Syria.

Apparently a drawdown of the US presence in Afghanistan, by about one third, is in play as well. [KN@PPSTER]

This isn’t the first time Trump has talked about withdrawing from Syria. Both times he did so as President, the “Syrian government” promptly launched “chemical weapon attacks” on their own territory. I won’t be at all surprised if this happens again and forces Trump to end the withdrawal.

On the other hand, the ruling class has been making a big deal about how abrupt and hasty the withdrawal order is. It’s entirely possible that Trump has noted what happened in the past when he talked about withdrawing, and gave the order so abruptly specifically to ensure that the “Syrian government” didn’t have a chance to arrange a “chemical weapon attack” to prevent it.

Quote of the Day
Dec 11th, 2018 by Ken Hagler

I am convinced that any organization with a “Trust and Safety Council” is neither trustworthy nor safe unless you fit into a political ideology.

RMHansen

Quote of the Day
Oct 15th, 2018 by Ken Hagler

Alcohol & Fats

It’s a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting medical studies.

The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The French eat a lot of fat and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

Conclusion: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

Original source unknown

The training excuse again
Sep 14th, 2018 by Ken Hagler

Cops Kill Lots of Dogs. This Simulator Trains Them Not To. “We identified that this was a problem and created this training so we could keep officers safe, pets safe, agencies from paying out multi-million dollar lawsuits, and honestly, so we can keep the relationship between police and community a whole lot better, because it’s just rampant,” [National Sheriffs’ Association deputy executive director] Thompson continues. “Every day you hear of an officer shooting a dog. It’s not because they’re crazy, warmongering people who want to shoot a dog, it’s just they’ve never been trained or told different.” [Hit & Run]

The “we need more training” is a standard cop excuse for various vile acts. It’s particularly ridiculous when they use it for their dog-killing habits, because there are millions of ordinary Americans (myself included) who carry guns around strangers’ dogs every day and never have the slightest inclination to shoot any of them. We didn’t get any special training in not shooting dogs, all we do is not be a bunch of vicious psychopaths.

Purging unapproved opinions
Aug 7th, 2018 by Ken Hagler

Major Internet Platforms Ban Alex Jones. Jones is a noted conspiracy theorist and the founder of the InfoWars website and podcast. In a Monday tweet, he confirmed that Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, and Apple had completely unpublished and/or removed his professional pages and podcasts. [Reason.com]

It’s been well known for a while that those organizations hate anyone who’s not a liberal, and have a long history of censoring opposing viewpoints. It’s unusual for a bunch of them to get together for a coordinated purge like this, though. The most likely reason I’ve seen for it is that there’s a midterm election coming up, and the liberals are afraid of the very large Infowars audience being exposed to unapproved thoughts. For those who want to see what the Thought Police don’t want you to know, see the Infowars channel on BitChute.

You can’t stop the signal
Aug 4th, 2018 by Ken Hagler

Cody Wilson Takes Gun Plans Offline After Judge Issues Restraining Order. The internet is defying a federal judge’s attempt to block Defense Distributed from publishing instructions showing how to create 3D-printable firearms.

A few hours after U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik, a Clinton appointee, muzzled Defense Distributed with a court order Tuesday evening, the CodeIsFreeSpeech.com mirror site appeared. It’s a project of the Calguns Foundation, the Firearms Policy Coalition, and other civil rights groups, and includes freely downloadable computer-aided design (CAD) files for the AR-15, AR-10, Ruger 10-22, Beretta 92FS, and other firearms. [Reason.com]

I have a copy of all the files here, in case something happens to that mirror: Defense Distributed files (335.5 MB).

A rare acknowledgement of reality
Jul 14th, 2018 by Ken Hagler

Enforcing the Law Is Inherently Violent. Every law is violent. We try not to think about this, but we should. On the first day of law school, I tell my Contracts students never to argue for invoking the power of law except in a cause for which they are willing to kill. They are suitably astonished, and often annoyed. But I point out that even a breach of contract requires a judicial remedy; and if the breacher will not pay damages, the sheriff will sequester his house and goods; and if he resists the forced sale of his property, the sheriff might have to shoot him. [The Atlantic]

The law professor being quoted was talking specifically about lawyers, but this is something that everyone should keep in mind when advocating for new laws, but unfortunately the sort of people who do advocate for new laws never do.

Current Immigration Laws Are Unconstitutional
Jul 10th, 2018 by Ken Hagler

Does the Federal Government Have the Power to Regulate Immigration? Thomas Jefferson and James Madison Said No. Yet federal regulation of immigration is a power both Thomas Jefferson and James Madison maintained was “no where delegated to the federal government.” And since no amendment has granted that power since they made that argument in 1798, it is exercised by the federal government without the consent of the governed, legitimized only by the same kind of “activist Court” conservatives condemn when it sanctions federal power they don’t like. [Foundation for Economic Education]

This is something I’ve been pointing out for years, so I’m pleased to see that someone else as noticed it. Sadly, it doesn’t really matter in practice since the government doesn’t care at all about the Constitution.

A look at cultural differences
Jun 24th, 2018 by Ken Hagler

Honor, Dignity, Victim: A Tale of Three Moral Cultures. Honor cultures emerge when a centralized state authority is not present or not legitimate and when people are extremely materially vulnerable. Under these conditions, people will take offense very easily, grow quickly fearful, and engage in higher rates of defensive, pre-emptive aggression as well as vigilante justice in order to settle their disputes.

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In a dignity culture, people in this more modern form of society may resort to legal authority when disputes and wrongdoings are sufficiently severe, but otherwise they will make efforts to privately resolve disputes in a non-violent manner. In such a society, all citizens are assumed to have a sense of dignity and self-restraint, and everyone is expected to, at least at first, give the benefit of the doubt to a disputant to see if a conflict can be resolved peacefully.

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Victim cultures share in common with honor cultures the sensitivity to slights or insults, but whereas those in an honor culture might try to retaliate (physically or otherwise), people in a victim culture will instead appeal to a powerful, omnipresent state/legal authority. Classic examples are Mao’s China and Stalin’s Russia. In contrast to honor cultures that expect victims to be strong and stern enough to defend themselves, and dignity cultures that expect victims to be calm and charitable when in a dispute or disagreement, victim cultures emphasize how complainants are emotionally or physically fragile, vulnerable, and weak. [Skeptic]

A good explanation of the underlying cause of the current “culture war,” where most of the country is still a dignity culture but various high-profile areas (the media, academia) are a victim culture.

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