Ballot initiatives... maybe. Changing the tyrants? Not so much. Look how long we've had George Bush as the president—first two terms and now two more.
The real circumstance dictates that continued monetary pollution be carried out to sustain an out-of-control fedgov... else it will collapse. The likelihood of collapse will continue to rise in any event for any number of different, but related, causes, but the only thing the monetary "authorities" (sic) can accomplish is the ongoing replenishment of federal coffers.
Already here in the real world we know that inflation is palpable—"inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon". The fact that the impact is being statistically skewed so as to maintain a false paradigm will not dilute the impact it is now and will continue to have on the economy. Ultimately, the scenario will be the one we've long suspected and for fedgov and the banksters there is no going back.
That said, I feel it quite safe to add that all of this activity is nothing more than window dressing accomplished to make the weak minded feel as though their earthly god has some semblance of control over something that they obviously do not.
What most undermines the claims of the Administration and its defenders about this surveillance program is the process itself. First the government listens in on all of our telephone calls without a warrant and then if it finds something it goes to a FISA court and get an illegal approval for what it has already done! This turns the rule of law and due process on its head.
The government does not need to know more about what we are doing. We need to know more about what the government is doing. We need to turn the cameras on the police and on the government, not the other way around. We should be thankful for writers like Glenn Greenwald, who broke last week’s story, for taking risks to let us know what the government is doing. There are calls for the persecution of Greenwald and the other whistle-blowers and reporters. They should be defended, as their work defends our freedom
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers tells us of the tremendous benefits of this Big Brother-like program. He promises us that domestic terrorism plots were thwarted, but he cannot tell us about them because they are classified. I am a bit skeptical, however. In April, the New York Times reported that most of these domestic plots were actually elaborate sting operations developed and pushed by the FBI. According to the Times report, “of the 22 most frightening plans for attacks since 9/11 on American soil, 14 were developed in sting operations.”
Even if Chairman Rogers is right, though, and the program caught someone up to no good, we have to ask ourselves whether even such a result justifies trashing the Constitution. Here is what I said on the floor of the House when the PATRIOT Act was up for renewal back in 2011:
“If you want to be perfectly safe from child abuse and wife beating, the government could put a camera in every one of our houses and our bedrooms, and maybe there would be somebody made safer this way, but what would you be giving up? Perfect safety is not the purpose of government. What we want from government is to enforce the law to protect our liberties.”
From Ron Paul
Government Spying: Should We Be Shocked?
Last week we saw dramatic new evidence of illegal government surveillance of our telephone calls, and of the National Security Agency’s deep penetration into American companies such as Facebook and Microsoft to spy on us. The media seemed shocked.
Many of us are not so surprised.
Some of us were arguing back in 2001 with the introduction of the so-called PATRIOT Act that it would pave the way for massive US government surveillance—not targeting terrorists but rather aimed against American citizens. We were told we must accept this temporary measure to provide government the tools to catch those responsible for 9/11. That was nearly twelve years and at least four wars ago.
We should know by now that when it comes to government power-grabs, we never go back to the status quo even when the “crisis” has passed. That part of our freedom and civil liberties once lost is never regained. How many times did the PATRIOT Act need renewed? How many times did FISA authority need expanded? Why did we have to pass a law to grant immunity to companies who hand over our personal information to the government?
It was all a build-up of the government’s capacity to monitor us.
The reaction of some in Congress and the Administration to last week’s leak was predictable. Knee-jerk defenders of the police state such as Senator Lindsey Graham declared that he was “glad” the government was collecting Verizon phone records—including his own—because the government needs to know what the enemy is up to. Those who take an oath to defend the Constitution from its enemies both foreign and domestic should worry about such statements.
While I fully understand what it is you are implying, I must say that your outlook is rather one of the more interesting ones I've encountered in some time. As a result, I do not, and cannot, share your viewpoint because primarily the entire basis is incorrect. People are not doing what you are suggesting in the name of Jesus, but instead... their actions are generally based on greed and pride while things that He would not promote, Jesus just happens to be part of the scenery. He would never endorse those actions and would not accept them as some sort of misbegotten sacrifice, which is what you are stating, at least tacitly.
An interesting situation no doubt. Once wonders why/how they see value in positioning this newcomer in a market successfully addressed by Dixie Botanicals. After all, it duplicates the cost of addressing the market.
The only tactical consideration would be to have two outlets, which may one day set the stage for splitting the line, i.e., product offering, separating the THC and CBD products in their entirety. I can envision a couple of scenarios where that would be likely and possibly quite necessary.
Wrong on several counts, actually. It really is humorous to hear/read people speak about Scripture when they have never really studied it and only regurgitate what someone else has told them it says/means.
It's only because the longs aren't on anyone's payroll. We'll get paid, of course, and much more handsomely than the pip squeaks, pencil necks and reprobates paid by the negative posts.
Earlier this week I quoted some service parts to an outfit in Italy. Even though they were interested in buying 5 times the quantity they bought not even a year ago, the price, delivered, had risen almost 40%... and we cut our margin in view of the price before we quoted.
Moreover, we are seeing a steady increase in the backorder rate from nearly ALL of our vendors. With domestic shipping costs rising steadily because of near daily fuel surcharge adjustments, we are being eaten alive and either must absorb the costs or lose the sales.