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Why Burger King's Expatriation Is The Moral Thing To Do

September 2, 2014

[The following post by TDV Chief Editor, Jeff Berwick]

It was announced last week that Burger King had bought a famous Canadian restaurant franchise known as Tim Horton's to reduce the amount of taxes they "owe" to the US government.  An upcry arose!

As usual the mainstream media and the people who watch it have the story totally wrong. Burger King is not giving US taxpayers a "raw deal" by looking to move abroad so as to save on profits which are not repatriated. Instead, the iconic fast food burger chain is doing the moral thing by moving its tax-base outside the war-mongering, highly socialist US federal government's reach. 

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Jeff Interviews Tres Knippa

September 2, 2014

Jeff Interviews Tres Knippa, topics include: over-regulation crippling the markets, US real estate bubble, govt debt interest in Japan 50% of GDP, bonds following the Yen's devaluation, big opportunity to short this debt, short exposure to the Yen, AIG &n Goldman Sachs, US to follow Japan, long gold the safest bet.

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Jeff Berwick speaks with Lyn Ulbricht

September 1, 2014

Jeff interviews Lyn Ulbricht, mother of Ross Ulbricht who is currently incarcerated pending trial for allegedly being The Dread Pirate Roberts of the free market website The Silk Road, topics include: Ross's treatment while in custody, solitary confinement is torture, his need for support, very vague charges and difficulty of defense, precedents are to be set here, the birth of law, Silk Road incidental, sitehosts to be held accountable for users actions, the constitution is over, Fedex facing prosecution, we must stand against tyranny.

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Will This Be The Last Labor Day Workers Can Afford To Escape The US?

September 1, 2014

[The following post by TDV Chief Editor, Jeff Berwick]

Ah, "Labor Day." A government created day on which those people who work (read: producers) are supposedly celebrated by the people who don't (government and welfare recipients).  Pat yourselves on the back, entrepreneurs - the parasites love you. As I've written here in The Dollar Vigilante (TDV) Blog, approximately 65 million US citizens work. The rest receive welfare in various forms.

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The Man Who (Allegedly) Freed The World - TDV Week in Review: August 31st, 2014

August 31, 2014

Originally appeared at Bitcoinomics

Scientists suggest humans used drugs even in prehistory, having discovered over-and-over evidence linking Stone Age man to herbal mixtures for "visions and journeys." Researchers have even discovered equipment used to prepare hallucinogenic drugs for sniffing, dating them back to prehistoric South American tribes. Ceramic bowls and bone tubes for inhaling fumes or powders appear to have originated in South America between 100BC and 400BC.

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Penance. The Weekend Vigilante August 30, 2014

August 30, 2014

It's my fault.

Those who have been reading some of my internet scribblings over the past months or years know I've been going down a very interesting path.  Having graduated with a Masters degree from the school of hard knocks in Austrian Economics and political "science" over the last decade I've begun to dig even deeper into an understanding of the very question of life.  Heck, we'll see if I am still alive by the end of this blog entry.  Yes, I am serious about that (I think I will be... but I'll explain below why I haven't killed myself yet).

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Jeff Berwick with Rob Hustle on Anarchast

August 30, 2014

Jeff interviews Rob Hustle, creator of the hard hitting rap video "This is What Happens When You Call the Cops" topics include: his surprising audience for the video, systemic problems with the justice system, public vs private policing, Ferguson Missouri, using your talent to address issues, commercial interests filtering content...

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Jeff speaks with Michael Dean of FeenPhone

August 29, 2014

Jeff interviews Michael Dean of Freedom Feens talk radio, topics include: Freedom Feens, FeenPhone project, the importance of good audio to podcasting, how to get good audio, technicalities of improving podcasting, the importance of punctuality!

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A Bitcoin Creator Has Died And He Hopes To See You In The Future

August 29, 2014

[The following post by TDV Head Researcher, Justin O'Connell]

Everybody wants to know who Satoshi Nakamoto is, but why? After all, 70%, if not more, of all bitcoin code has been re-written since his first version of Bitcoin came online. Moreover, many of the people who helped Satoshi re-write the code have been open about their contribution. And in the spirit of open-source, all these individuals are “the creator of bitcoin.”

That's the “commons approach” to incorporation. If you look at Bitcoin as a peer-to-peer corporation, then its earliest adopters are co-founders in a way. If Bitcoin were a traditional company, they'd certainly be C-Level executives.

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Speaking Laughter to Power

August 28, 2014

[The following post by TDV Contributor, Wendy McElroy]

"[I]nstead of keeping silent in the face of obvious official lies and the effrontery of elites, this body breaks into laughter. And by laughing it drains officialdom of meaning and sometimes obliges it to function empty and powerless." - Achille Mbembe, “On the Post Colony”

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