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Logical Consequences


Pick Your Premises; Pick Your Destiny [courtesy Google Images]

Pick Your Premises;
Pick Your Destiny
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Beliefs matter.  Profoundly.

Whenever you embrace a particular belief, it becomes a premise in your life.  Based on that premise, your logic will compel you to act in one way or another.

For example, depending on whether you believe in God or believe there is no god, your conduct in life will be profoundly different. Based on the fundamental premise of belief, an atheist has a completely different set of logical goals, values, inhibitions and even compulsions as compared to a Christian.  Actions which atheists find logically compelling can be anathema for Christians.

As another example, consider negative interest rates.  That concept seems absurd to most, but to those who understand and embrace the premise of debt-based monetary system, negative interest rates are a reasonable, rational and even necessary concept.  The logic of the first premise (debt-based money) compels the consequence of negative interest rates.

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Irwin Schiff R.I.P.


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I met Irwin Schiff several times during the 1990s.  He spoke at our Citizens For Legal Reform meetings at Dallas, Texas.  I interviewed him on my own radio talk show two or three times, and he advertised his books in my magazine (the AntiShyster).  He was determined to make a difference and was a “character” of considerable proportions.  We weren’t close friends, but I liked and respected him.

Irwin Schiff was born on February 23, A.D. 1928.  During his life, he was the author of several books including The Federal Mafia, a radio talk show host and, most of all, a warrior who fought the IRS and the Internal Revenue Code.  He was repeatedly charged both civilly and criminally for his anti-tax activities.  He was imprisoned several times (three?) for income tax evasion or other crimes against the IRS.  Prison didn’t deter him.  Whenever he was released, he went right back to fighting the IRS and refusing to pay income taxes.

Most recently, Irwin was convicted on October 24, A.D. 2005, in the U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, Nevada, on multiple counts of filing false tax returns for the years 1997 through 2002, aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns filed by other taxpayers, conspiring to defraud the United States, and (for his own income taxes for tax years 1979 through 1985) tax evasion, and sentenced for the last time, to prison.  Everyone knew it was a death sentence.

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Posted by on October 19, 2015 in IRS, Video

 

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The Proverbial Paris Hilton


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Proverbs 5 Poster Girl Paris Hilton
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About ten, maybe fifteen, years ago, Paris Hilton achieved some measure of fame as a rich and spectacularly beautiful young woman.  Later, her notoriety eclipsed her fame.  Today, at age 34, she is much surprised to find herself unmarried and un-destined for “true love”.

I recently watched one of her videos and I was aghast.  She gives me chills.  Not the good kind.  You might be distracted by her body, but you can see it in her eyes.  She is a dead woman walking. She might last another ten or fifteen years, but–unless she experiences a profound spiritual awakening–I can’t imagine her living to a ripe old age.  She is trouble.  She is death.  She strikes me as arrogantly godless.

There are several verses in the Bible that warns young men about the kind of woman to avoid.  Paris Hilton strikes me as the poster girl for Proverbs 5:1-13:

 

1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom, turn your ear to my words of insight,
that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.
For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;
but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.
Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.
She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it.

Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say.
Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house,
lest you lose your honor to others and your dignity to one who is cruel,
10 lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich the house of another.
11 At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent.
12 You will say, “How I hated discipline!  How my heart spurned correction!
13 I would not obey my teachers or turn my ear to my instructors.

 

Here’s the video of Paris Hilton that reminded me of Proverbs 5.  The road to Hell is not only paved with “good intentions,” it’s also paved with “good times”.  Here, Paris sings, brags about, her “good times”.  I wonder if she knows where these “good times” are taking her.

There was a time in my life when Paris Hilton might’ve seemed almost irresistible. The time is gone, thank God.  Today, I see a woman who seems to be dancing straight into Hell, grinning all the while and enticing others to join her.  She makes me want to run and hide.  .

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Posted by on October 13, 2015 in Bible, Video

 

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The Trouble with Cash? There’s Not Enough Of It


Cash: Not Enough to Go Around [courtesy Google Images]

Cash: Not Enough to Go Around
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Phoenix Capital Research recently published an article entitled “Physical Cash Poses a HUGE Problem For Central Banks”.  According to that article,

 

“More and more institutions are trying to make it harder for you to move your money into cash.”

 

That’s not precisely true. Generally speaking, we don’t have any “money” (gold or silver) in circulation.  We only have “currency” (fiat, paper and digital dollars).  It would therefore be more correct to say that,

 

“More and more institutions are trying to make it harder for you to move your wealth [not money] that you’ve stored in the form of paper debt instruments into cash.”

 

In other words, financial institutions are trying to force people to store their wealth in paper or digital debt instruments rather than convert that wealth into physical cash.

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The Bernie Sanders Revolution


Bernie Sanders An Improbable Revolutionary [courtesy Google Images]

Bernie Sanders
An Improbable Revolutionary
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Bernie Sanders is the junior US Senator from Vermont.  He’s a member of the Democrat Party and an avowed socialist.  He’s a balding, white-haired gentleman and 74 years old.  He’s nobody’s idea of a left-wing, radical revolutionary.

When Senator Sanders announced his candidacy for the Democrat nomination for President last May, it seemed to be a fool’s errand.   Hillary Clinton seemed virtually unstoppable.

My first reaction to his candidacy was, “Awww–isn’t that cute?  An elderly, white-haired socialist is running for President.  Gee, it’s really true; anyone can grow up to run for President in the USA.  Is this a great country, or what?”

Of course, I didn’t believe Bernie had a chance in heck of winning the Democrat nomination or even raising any funds.  I kind of expected him to campaign from his walker, make a brave show of it, take a nap and quickly fade from the campaign.

I was wrong.

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Baiting the Bear


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The Wall Street Journal (“Saudi Arabia Cuts Oil Prices Amid OPEC Price War”):

 

“On Sunday [October 4, A.D. 2015], Saudi Arabia made deep reductions to the prices it charges for its oil, hard on the heels of cuts last month by rival producers in the Gulf.

“With U.S. production still increasing despite lower oil prices, members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries are battling to keep their share of the last growing markets in Asia.

“The move comes as Iran, Iraq and other countries in the Middle East made deeper cuts in their official prices than Saudi Arabia last month.

“Saudi Arabia has vowed to keep pumping at high levels as it hopes lower oil prices will stimulate Asian demand and hit rival production in the U.S. that is expensive to produce.”

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Posted by on October 6, 2015 in Middle East, Oil, Russia

 

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Hillary’s Missing Millions


The American Medusa (Is she about to speak--or club somebody with the mic?) [courtesy Google Images]

The American Medusa
(Is she about to speak–or club somebody with the mic?)
[courtesy Google Images]

Forbes magazine published an article entitled “The Mystery of Hillary’s Missing Millions”.

(Intriguing title, no?  Sounds something like an old Hardy Boys mystery.)

According to that Article,

 

“Since Bill and Hillary Clinton left the White House in 2001, they have earned more than $230 million.”

That’s about $15 million/year and over $1 million per month.

Note that, although Bill and Hillary left the White House in A.D. 2001, they (that is to say, Hillary) didn’t leave politics.

Hillary served as US Senator from New York from A.D. 2001 to A.D. 2009.  During that time the salary paid to a US Senator ranged up to $175,000.  During 8 years in the Senate, Hillary might’ve grossed about $1.4 million.

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