• Great video, but here's my favorite from Larken...

    http://youtu.be/xMoPBDz5ycA

    This video really helped me break free of the conditioned learning from government schools and media/social propaganda, to see the truth that we really don't need government. Although there are a lot of "takers" right now, I believe many of them would prefer to be independent if given the chance in a free society. Because of government taxation and regulation, and the hidden "tax" of inflationary fiat money, the cost of living is artificially much higher right now than it needs to be.

    I'm totally on board with spreading the word and promoting the values of true freedom. I'm mainly on Pinterest, and have found a lot of like-minded people there. Here's my board, if you'd like to follow and help spread the message there: http://www.pinterest.com/confetticrafts/politics-philosophy/

  • A smart, long-term investment imho

    I think anything we do to spread the truth and promote freedom is highly likely to do good in the long run, as opposed to remaining silent. There's no exact way of measuring how much impact a particular message had short of setting up a scientific study, standardizing the message, controlling other variables, and measuring the short- and long-term behavior of the recipients of the message versus people who weren't exposed to the message. However, each of us was convinced of the value of freedom at some point, thanks to the right message at the right time. None of those kids or Marines responded by instantly agreeing, but I'm sure some seeds were planted, and at least some will question the morality of joining the military merely to be the enforcement arm of the power elite, and/or will be more receptive to the next pro-freedom message they hear. The fact that they stopped their gung-ho shouting and stood around talking quietly seems to indicate they were absorbing and discussing the information, which seems like a good sign. If even one of those people chooses to pursue a different career instead of the military, and one innocent life is saved as a result, it's a victory and a very valuable payoff on a minimal investment of a few minutes time and a little courage to give voice to the truth, imho.

  • I agree the MSM isn't to be trusted

    When I first read about Snowden, I was inspired and encouraged, and then I thought, "Wait a minute, this all sounds a little too good to be true." His history is so over-the-top unbelievable when you think about it: from high school dropout, to breaking both legs in an Army training accident (???), to security guard for NSA, to computer expert for the CIA taking master's level computer courses (despite never having obtained a bachelor's degree). Comments on the cluesforum website offer a skeptical take on Snowden's heroism, and some interesting speculation on the power elite's motives in suddenly giving air time to this topic: http://www.cluesforum.info/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=486&hilit=sn...

  • "The spirit gone, man is garbage."

    I think the key point is in that last sentence quoted from the book. The rest of the book demonstrates that spiritual death (sacrificing one's values and principals in an attempt to avoid harm) is equally as damaging as physical death. As Spark Notes summarizes, "the impulse to live is not simply a desire to survive at any cost: Yossarian cannot live as a hypocrite or as a slave..."

    The interesting question is what to make of this connection between Edward Snowden and Catch-22, a classic anti-authoritarian novel. Is it a mere coincidence, synchronicity, or evidence of the power elite staging the whole thing to send an intentional, in-your-face message that we "have a right to do anything [you] can’t stop [us] from doing"?

  • Thanks!

    Thanks for the Florida Sheriff's group link. I'd already written to Governor Scott earlier, and just sent another message to the sheriffs asking them to support Finch, and request that the charges be dropped and Sheriff Finch reinstated.

  • How I quit

    I smoked for about 25 years, and tried unsuccessfully to quit several times over the years. I tried the patch, acupuncture, cold turkey, supplementing with the herb kudzu, some weird treatment by an MD with facial injections and pills -- I'd struggle to stay off smoking for a few days, weeks, a month, then start again.

    I was finally successful in quitting smoking a few years ago, and I'll share the things that I think contributed to my success. First, I quit while on a 3 week vacation. Being in a different environment removed me from my normal triggers and associations for smoking, and made it easier. I also used nicotene lozenges, because for me, just giving up the cigarette method of delivery was really tough.

    I stayed on the lozenges for several months, but then switched to the Swedish snus which another commenter mentioned. Snus is like chewing tobacco, but comes in a little pouch. You don't have to spit like with chaw. Most importantly, Swedish snus is processed differently than American snus or chewing tobacco -- rather than being heat/smoke processed, it is cold/steam processed, and as of when I researched it a few years ago, there was no evidence of snus being linked to any form of cancer. I'm still using the snus to make sure I don't give in to the cigarette cravings I still have, but it costs less and apparently doesn't have any harmful health effects.

    For the people who've switched to vapor or e-cigarettes, you may want to research the health effects. I was considering them as I still miss the act of smoking, but I read an article on Dr. Mercola's website recently. He said his mother smokes and had asked his opinion about switching to the e-cigs. He says you're better off smoking regular cigarettes. The April 10, 2013 article titled "Electronic Cigarettes Contain Higher Levels of Toxic Metal Nanoparticles Than Tobacco Smoke" is here: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/04/1... (Dr. Mercola also recommends the EFT tapping technique frequently, though not specifically for quitting smoking that I recall.)

    Good luck and good health to all!

  • Thank you!!!

    I'm not sure why you posted this here, but thank you so much, that is awesome and inspirational! My hubby and I have been debating whether to go to the festival in Tampa, fearing that there could be violence against Ron Paul supporters. But how can we not? I want to stand for my convictions with courage, too. (And the threat we face today is certainly much less.)

  • Haha! Nice try, but it was not.

    I did think you were trying to imply veterans' approval of the content in this video, but if you weren't, you are claiming that veterans will be happy any time a person exercises free speech rights, regardless of the content. I have great difficulty picturing veterans like my (now-deceased) grandfather or great-uncle who both served in WWII ever saying, for example, "Yay! NAMBLA printed some new propaganda! This is what we fought for!" I think instead they would be disappointed, and probably even disgusted, that that was how some individuals chose to exercise their right to freedom of expression.

    I believe that the American flag is a symbol, and desecration of the flag cannot be illegal and punishable if we value the rights it stands for, including free speech. It would be horrifyingly ironic if the symbol was perceived as more valuable and worthy of protection than what it represents. However, I would never personally choose to exercise my rights by disrespecting the flag in any way, because it would communicate disrespect for veterans and for the principles the flag stands for, and this is not my attitude.

  • Clarifying Free Speech Rights

    Your comment made me recall the words of Evelyn Beatrice Hall from her summary of Voltaire's viewpoint: "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." The fact that veterans defended our rights, including that of freedom of speech, does not necessarily mean they approve of the *content* of every utterance made by every person exercising this right. Otherwise, you could conclude that anyone who approves of freedom of expression necessarily approves of statements made by Neo-Nazis or members of NAMBLA. On the contrary, people have a right to say whatever they want, but they do not have the right to force others to listen or approve of it.