Mea culpa: For the past two years, I've been struggling with a nicotine addiction, something I recently shared with legalizeliberty via email.
I was a heavy-duty smoker starting in 1990, when I picked up the habit in Japan. I smoked for twelve years, until 2002, when I finally decided to put it away for good.
I was quit for six years, until August 2008, when I picked up the habit again at the RNC. Uggh. That was a very stressful period, and a lot of the people I was hanging out with were smoking. It was kind of a perfect storm, and I fell back into my old groove with ease and smoked for the several days in Minneapolis.
When I got back home, I quit...
But then, falling under the mistaken belief that I could smoke and quit at will, and seduced by the intoxicating pull of the nicotine hit, I began to cheat. At first it wasn't often -- usually only if I had a beer (or three), or felt overly stressed. I was smoking American Spirit Ultra Lights, which, if you're a hard core smoker, are a little like smoking tissue paper. They're like nothing. But after all my years of not smoking, they were plenty powerful enough for me.
After many days of looking in depth at my life my lifestyle choices I decided to abandon my drinking ways.
No more organic beer or for that matter any kind of alcohol intake for me.
Thank you Michael Nystrom my wonderful friend for being instrumental in this choice this path I am taking.
I want the whole patriot community on Daily Paul to know how much I love you all.
Each and every one of you.
Keep me in your prayers I need your support and I need to face you every day being sober and strong...
I do not want to be depressed and lethargic because alcohol is flowing in my veins and affects my heart beat and my activism in our sacred struggle for Liberty.
Here I say it out loud -- hope some of you with a similar addiction/s join me.
Love Liberty Peace!
Sending all my love to you, lovely Daily Paul community. Thank you all for everything you do, for protecting the flame of Liberty, keeping it alive, and doing everything in your power to spread it.
Have a safe and wonderful celebration tonight, whatever you choose to do, and may 2011 be your best year ever!
This one is dedicated to Lady Liberty and everyone here at the Daily Paul. Last Night on Earth by Green Day.
End the Fed author Ron and son Rand ride anti-government wave.
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Bloomberg Business Year in Review (Dec. 20, 2010-Jan 2, 2011)
ORLANDO, Fl., December 30, 2010 - Ask almost any American, “Who is the most important person in the country?” and more often than not you will receive the answer: The president.
Ask any economist or financier that same question and you might get a different answer: Ben Bernanke.
Ben Bernanke is the chairman of the Federal Reserve. His job is to maintain stable prices (control inflation) and promote maximum employment and production.
That’s quite a job description.
Ask Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) about Bernanke's job he will probably describe it as unconstitutional, unethical and unnecessary.
Paul is a classical conservative with libertarian leanings. a dedicated following, and incredible presence on the web. In addition to his numerous YouTube videos that have millions of views, he has published best-selling books as well. One is titled, “End the Fed.” This book unveils his views on the Federal Reserve and central banking system of the United States.
Paul’s views on the Fed will certainly take center stage in 2011 due to his appointment as Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy; a committee with direct oversight of Mr. Bernanke and the Federal Reserve.
After the great success of the Dec. 16th "Days of Listening" international conference call with Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers, in which Americans and Afghan youth talked to each other via a global conference call, another call is scheduled for tonight, New Year's Eve. It was quite amazing when their voices started coming through, Afghan young people wishing Americans peace and sharing their feelings about the war, in all innocence relating that in the past year things have gotten worse in the past months, contrary to Obama's rosey reports of progress. As well, how well-spoken and sensitive the budding peace activists at Tracy High School Peace Club in California were, with their new young friends on the other side of the globe, filled me with hope. Individuals and peace groups around the world shared their feelings. There was some sort of electricity in the air as the connections were made and everyone realized we were all just people.
Tonight, New Year’s Eve, consider staying in, staying sober, and doing something different: striking a blow for world peace. From 7.05 pm Eastern Standard Time on the 31st of December 2010 to 7.05 pm Eastern Standard Time on the 1st of January 2011, from wherever in the world, you can call from your mobile or home phone by dialing (661) 673-8600, enter access code: 295191#. Place your phone on mute by pressing *6. This unmutes it as well when you want to speak.
Or you can join the Livestream webcast HERE.
The Afghan youth are attempting to build a world movement which bypasses governments and has people reaching out to each other as individuals to break the war cycle. They are using technology in very creative ways. They will keep doing it and it will get bigger and bigger. Join. Speak your heart. It is amazing. As you realize what you are participating in, you will have the incredible feeling that you are part of history, and that, if this catches on, this could be the beginning of a wonderful new era. The Afghan youth write in their Open Letter to World Leaders:
If the world could listen, they would know how much we detest the violence of the Taliban, our warlords, any warlord, or any bullet-digging finger-trophy troops.
And who is financing the Taliban, in large part? Your taxpayer dollars. The proof is in that this war has nothing to do with security, but about keeping lucrative military contracts going. The absurdity could not be any clearer now ("US Taxpayer Dollars Killing American Troops in Afghanistan," Truthout.org)
The young Afghans cannot disclose their full names. At their age, they are already risking it for peace. We have failed, and miserably, to make a better world. In the New Year, let's follow the young people.
VIDEO 1 AFGHAN YOUTH:
VIDEO 2 AFGHAN YOUTH:
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Happy new year people, we still have a lot of teaching to do.
Thanks to Kurt Wallace of LibertyPulse.com for passing this along:
Al-Aulaqi will go down in history as the first American citizen to be placed on a secretly determined government kill list despite the clear requirement of the Fifth Amendment that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process.
If the Supreme Court eventually upholds Bates' decision, other Americans deemed as terrorists by executive branch standards we are not allowed to know could be added to the doomsday list.
There is indeed strong evidence that al-Aulaqi is an influential jihadist - much of that evidence provided by him in his many public statements, carried on jihadist websites, that sometimes call for putting Americans on target lists. Also he appears to be connected to certain terrorist organizations and even to certain specific terrorist attacks here.
But he is an American citizen, born in New Mexico in 1971 and having moved to Yemen in 2004. Nonetheless the Obama administration has decided that al-Aulaqi is fatally a man without a country with regard to his life.
Fault Lines:"Fast food, fat profits: Obesity in America"
Obesity in America has reached a crisis point. Two out of every three Americans are overweight, one out of every three is obese. One in three are expected to have diabetes by 2050. Minorities have been even more profoundly affected. African-Americans have a 50 per cent higher prevalence of obesity and Hispanics 25 per cent higher when compared with whites. How did the situation get so out of hand? On this week's episode of Fault Lines, Josh Rushing explores the world of cheap food for Americans living at the margins. What opportunities do people have to eat healthy? Who is responsible for food deserts and processed food in American schools? Fault Lines finds food revolutions taking place and speaks with the people that are fighting back.
We're the Federal Reserve. No... we're not political, that's why we're thinking about holding press conferences to silence those Ron Paul rabble rousers!
Press Conferences at the Federal Reserve?
Published: Thursday, 30 Dec 2010 | 11:13 AM ET
By: Allen Wastler
Managing Editor, CNBC.com
Should Ben Bernanke start holding press conferences?
The idea was raised this morning on "Squawk Box" by Dino Kos, managing director of Portales Partners and former executive vice president of the NY Federal Reserve. He suggested that it might be a way for the Fed chief to "maintain control over the narrative" and strike back at critics of its policies.
"If Jean-Claude Trichet can do that (hold a press conference) after every (European Central Bank) meeting, why not Ben Bernanke?" Kos asked.
...Perhaps that could quench some of the populist anger the Fed is facing. And it's going to face more next year when anti-Fed crusader Ron Paul takes over the House subcommittee overseeing banking activities...
as this article suggests:
"Newt Gingrich ‘very serious’ about running for president in 2012"
By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, December 27th, 2010
THEN, we should remember
What Newt Gingrich did to Ron Paul
The Real Newt Gingrich
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02HX5v5Thpk&feature=related
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksmCU9Nbksw&NR=1
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exs41FdfqpY&NR=1
*** At 8:05 of this youtube Dr. Ron Paul is mentioned.
*** At 28:06 of this vimeo version Dr. Ron Paul's case is discussed.
Hundreds of herbal medicinal products will be banned from sale in Britain next year under what campaigners say is a "discriminatory and disproportionate" European law.
With four months to go before the EU-wide ban is implemented, thousands of patients face the loss of herbal remedies that have been used in the UK for decades.
From 1 May 2011, traditional herbal medicinal products must be licensed or prescribed by a registered herbal practitioner to comply with an EU directive passed in 2004. The directive was introduced in response to rising concern over adverse effects caused by herbal medicines.