Paul Joseph Watson | Infowars.com | January 16, 2013
Linn County Oregon Sheriff Tim Mueller has become the second prominent law enforcement official to put the Obama administration on notice that he will not enforce unconstitutional gun confiscation programs.
In a letter addressed to Vice President Joe Biden, Mueller wrote, “Any federal regulation enacted by Congress or by executive order of the president offending the constitutional rights of my citizens shall not be enforced by me or by my deputies,” adding, “Nor will I permit the enforcement of any unconstitutional regulations or orders by federal officers within the borders of Linn County, OR.”
The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins. — Soren Kierkegaard
As much as I would love to seem more hip than I am and claim to have been a big follower of Aaron Swarz’s work and activism before his death, this simply isn’t the case and sadly I’m just not a good liar. But the fact that just about every libertarian activist throughout my social media chains were mourning his loss and touting his work was enough for me to look further into the life and tragic death of this young man. Aaron Swarz a prodigy in the field of internet communication, playing essential roles in the creation of RSS software as well as the website Reddit as a teenager. And this is all one might know about him from glancing through the headlines, most of which read something like “Reddit Co-Founder Dead At 26.”
None of this is why his name and image and videos had seemingly taken over my Facebook news feed for 24 hours or so. Aaron Swarz is hailed by activists not simply for his creative genius or entrepreneurial skill, but rather for his own relentless activism and advocacy of information freedom. We often drive home the importance of educating the masses in order to advance the ideals
of liberty, and nothing has enabled this like the internet and the ability to freely share information that comes along with it. Swarz made a point to target institutions that he felt were stifling the freedom of information, and was not afraid to put himself at great personal risk in order to do so.
U.S. Government Claims – Just Like the Nazis – that the Truth Is Too Complicated and Dangerous to Disclose to the PublicSubmitted by Bob-45 on Wed, 01/16/2013 - 07:43
History Repeats …
In the classic history of Nazi Germany, They Thought They Were Free, Milton Mayer writes:
“What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security. And their sense of identification with Hitler, their trust in him, made it easier to widen this gap and reassured those who would otherwise have worried about it.
“This separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter.
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By Michael Muskal | January 15, 2013 | LA Times
Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old Internet genius, was eulogized on Tuesday as a person who wanted to make the world better but was hounded into killing himself by harsh government policies.
Swartz was “killed by the government,” his father, Robert Swartz, said at the service at Central Avenue Synagogue in Highland Park, Ill., according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “He was killed by the government, and MIT betrayed all of its basic principles,” he said.
Facing the possibility of a long prison sentence if convicted of charges that he illegally downloaded millions of academic journal articles, Swartz hanged himself in his New York apartment Friday.
By Cyndy Brucato | 01/14/13 | Minn Post
With the contest for a new chairman, the Republican Party of Minnesota is headed for another power struggle between two blocs of activists — the Ron Paul supporters who have taken over much of the party’s grass-roots structure, and traditional conservatives who lost their hold at the state convention last spring.
Two of the key players in this competition are Marianne Stebbins, not a candidate for chair but the chief organizer of Paul supporters, also known as the “liberty” wing, and Keith Downey, a former state representative with a business and legislative résumé, who is a candidate for party chair.
“Trust in central banks by other central banks is ending”
by Tyler Durden | 01/14/2013 | Zero Hedge
In what could be a watershed moment for the price, provenance, and future of physical gold, not to mention the "stability" of the entire monetary regime based on rock solid, undisputed "faith and credit" in paper money, German Handelsblatt reports in an exclusive that the long suffering German gold, all official 3,396 tons of it, is about to be moved.
Specifically, it is about to be partially moved out of the New York Fed, where the majority, or 45% of it is currently stored, as well as the entirety of the 11% of German gold held with the Banque de France, and repatriated back home to Buba in Frankfurt, where just 31% of it is held as of this moment. And while it is one thing for a "crazy, lunatic" dictator such as Hugo Chavez to pull his gold out of the Bank of England, it is something entirely different, and far less dismissible, when the bank with the second most official gold reserves in the world proceeds to formally pull some of its gold from the bank with the most.
Video: NY State Senator Says "Gun Bill Passed In Middle of Night Turns Law-Abiding Citizens Into Criminals"Submitted by emalvini on Tue, 01/15/2013 - 20:39
“I would be ashamed if a founding father were in this room now; You are never going to pull a gun from Jackson County”
This article: As Shooting Probe Progresses Police Union Seeks Funding For Trauma Treatment
By Andrew Gorosko
A man with a gun who was spotted in the woods near the school on the day of the incident was an off-duty tactical squad police officer from another town, according to the source.
Good ol' Texas
Bill going through legislature will arrest any Fed trying to implement EO taking away gun rights.
Drudge headline: TEXAS THREATENS TO ARREST ANY FEDS WHO TRY ENFORCING NEW GUN REGS... links to this article:
South Carolina's Tom Davis introduces a joint resolution that nullifies any executive orders on guns:
"Any federal executive order restricting, abridging, or otherwise infringing upon the free exercise of a citizen's second amendment right to keep and bear arms is unconstitutional and shall not be enforced by any federal, state, or local law enforcement agency within South Carolina."
The full bill can be read here: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess120_2013-2014/bills/224.htm
If you're state has not yet passed nullification or has not introduced nullification, please contact your state senators and congressman immediately.
"I have no faith in the 'justice' system. Perhaps my actions today, and this letter, will send a stronger message to the public. Either way, I have lost control over this situation, and this is my only way to regain control."
"Remember," he wrote, "it's not whether you win or lose, it's whether I win or lose, and sitting in jail for 20, 10, or even 5 years for a crime I didn't commit is not me winning. I die free."
This is not from Aaron Swartz, this is from Jonathon James, another hacker driven to suicide over victimless crimes.
Excellent essay from Lawrence Lessig, friend and colleague of Aaron Swartz:
Aaron had literally done nothing in his life "to make money." He was fortunate Reddit turned out as it did, but from his work building the RSS standard, to his work architecting Creative Commons, to his work liberating public records, to his work building a free public library, to his work supporting Change Congress/FixCongressFirst/Rootstrikers, and then Demand Progress, Aaron was always and only working for (at least his conception of) the public good. He was brilliant, and funny. A kid genius. A soul, a conscience, the source of a question I have asked myself a million times: What would Aaron think? That person is gone today, driven to the edge by what a decent society would only call bullying. I get wrong. But I also get proportionality. And if you don't get both, you don't deserve to have the power of the United States government behind you.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced this afternoon that President Obama will unveil a “concrete package” of gun control proposals including assault weapons bans, high capacity ammunition magazine bans, and closing loopholes on background checks.
Carney said that the president will be joined by Vice President Joe Biden as well as children who wrote to the president after the Newtown shootings.
“They will be joined by children around the country expressing their concerns about gun violence and school safety, along with their parents,” Carney confirmed.