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The Weekend Vigilante June 9th, 2012
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Hello from Acapulco Bay,
I just spent four days last week in a city and never actually had eye contact in public with one person. For four days. It's really strange, especially for me, because in Mexico you can't walk down the street without everyone saying hello, "good morning", "good afternoon", and if you even know them as an acquaintance you stop for a customary hand shake or kiss on the cheek from the ladies.
I SEE DEAD PEOPLE
I arrived in Vancouver at 1am in a steady downpour typical to the pacific northwest. This, I think, is why there isn't a lot of public interaction. Month after month of rain is downright depressing.
Plus, and this is just my own theory, I think the lack of Vitamin D makes many people there borderline OCD. I never noticed it until I had lived away from Canada for long enough, but people walk down the street, their skin a grey color, head down, muttering to themselves or clapping their hands repeatedly, always looking like they are in a rush to get somewhere, but they are never going anywhere important, they just sense they don't want to be where they are. Any attempt at eye contact is quickly thrown askance as they throw their head back down and keep walking, many trying not to step on the cracks of the sidewalk.
Canadians are the nicest people, they’ll tell you. Here’s something I’ve figured out… the more that people have to tell you how nice they are or how great a place is, the worse they or the place is. On the rare occasion that someone will actually talk to you here they will then tell you why it is so good here. If you don’t nod your head and agree they will get very angry. It's one of the most bizarre places on Earth. Then, on the 15 days of the year where it is glorious and sunny they will rush out and everyone will be smiling... finally! They'll then rush home to put the pictures on Facebook and tell everyone what a beautiful place it is.
A lot of Asians have gravitated to Vancouver. I love Asia… as much or more than I love Mexico or Brazil, but the kind of Asians that gravitate to Vancouver or Seattle are the kind of people who don’t like Asia. They take comfort in the drizzle, the all encompassing rules and regulations that they equate with safety and the quiet solitude of empty streets. Which is fine by the way. If they are happy, I am happy. But they really don't look happy.
And so, after being told repeatedly where I could go and when I happily headed to the airport. The United airline check-in attendant (UA) looked at my Canadian passport and the following conversation ensued:
UA: When are you returning?
Me: What do you care?
UA: It's regulation to ask.
Me: More regulations, eh? Okay. What’s the question again?
Her: When are you returning?
Her: To Canada!
<Long pause... It apparently didn't occur to her that I don't live in Canada and I don't like to volunteer any info to criminal governments than I have to...>
Me: Hopefully never.
<Long Silence... Very confused look...>
Her: What should I put?
Me: Put never
She actually wrote that down! Kudos to her! Although she was probably just trying to end this very uncomfortable conversation as soon as possible. But, I actually meant it. If I can, I am going to try to never return to Canada again. I have a few conferences I have committed to in the US, including PorcFest this month and FreedomFest next month. And a few others in the early fall but then, after that, I think I am just going to stop going up there at all. It's nothing personal (I have countless friends from the US and Canada)... I just would rather not go there anymore. I never really enjoy it... I mostly just try to get through it.
Life is just too short to ever do anything you really don't want to do that you don't have to do. I've found the place that makes me happy and I am going to just try to stay here for the most part, interspersed by adventure travel trips (I still need to do Africa, the last gaping hole on my travel resume) and business trips (Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Cambodia and others to check on our Passport operations in those countries).
*On that note, we have a massive amount of new info on changes and updates to passport operations in all those countries... we are just dealing with lawyers and government officials in each country to confirm all the new info and the deals that we have done with them before we announce. Subscribers of TDV will be the first to get all the info. In next week's Dispatch we hope to have confirmed everything and will let subscribers know all the updated (and mostly good) information.
THE QUEEF'S DIAMOND JAMBOREE
It was probably seeing nightly coverage of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, covered with such gusto by the Canadian press that pushed me over the edge on my recent trip to Canada.
Am I the only one who finds the whole affair sickening?? I mean, I understand really old people who live in the UK having some sort of fondness for her. They've seen her their whole lives and she is just a part of the fabric of their now boring lives. As I've said before, the Queen is just Paris Hilton for old people.
But seeing millions of flag waving serfs of all ages going into convulsions at the very sight of the offspring of past murderers and criminals is highly disheartening. This is full ant or bee colony style collectivism in full force. I see no difference between what is going on at Buckingham Palace. It is pure "We are nothing, the Queen is greatness" thought. I'm waiting for a scientific study to finally prove the "collectivist" or "individualist" gene, because I am not a close relative to the species that would wave a flag at that kind of event. I can't even imagine what kind of person would put me into that kind of a tizzy. Probably my most favorite person on Earth is Doug Casey and, upon seeing him, I just smile and shake his hand. Perhaps meeting Shakira in person would put a little jump in my step. But there isn't a person on Earth that could whip me into a frenzy like was witnessed this month in the UK.
To be fair to some of the slaves in attendance, if you were to ask many of them why they were there, they'd like just say one word. "Tradition".
But, this is why I have always disliked tradition. Tradition is just taking things that people did in the past, for their own reasons, and forcing them upon your own life instead of the things you should be doing, based on your own reasons. It is a form of generational slavery. Women especially tend to gravitate to tradition. The reason? Probably because women like stability... it's in their genetic make-up. Women hate instability... they need to find their perfect genetic mate and get him to stick around for 20 years... that is much harder when things are in flux.
People did things the way they did in the past for a reason. You should have the conviction to do the same or else you are living their life, not yours.
RAND PAUL'S ENDORSEMENT OF MITTENS ROMNEY
Rand Paul's announcement that he is endorsing Mitt Romney this week is just another one of the "surprising, but not that surprising" things in the world of politics. Politicians are, by definition, violent criminal behavior mostly undertaken by liars and thieves. So, to see Rand Paul backstab his own father this week wasn't terribly surprising. That's just what they do. They do backroom deals and sell out people as part of their job description.
Ron Paul still, believe it or not, has a chance to win the Republican nomination but they are pulling out all stops to make sure that doesn't happen. It will be very interesting to see what happens if it gets close at the viper's den, called the GOP national convention at the end of August in Tampa Bay. Will Rand Paul look his dad in the eye and tell people to vote for Mitt? Again, it wouldn't be surprising. If Mitt Romney gets in thanks in part to Rand Paul there will be countless riches from lobby groups and payoffs from the system for Rand Paul. And if Ron Paul gets in, what's in it for him? Nothing. For a politician, the choice is clear! Sell dad out!
I refuse to shake hands with any politician, or even acknowledge their presence... it's hard enough just trying not to punch them in the head. But if I see Rand Paul, who has NO business being at FreedomFest, I'll make an extra effort to castigate him than I normally do.
Rand Paul is nothing like his father. On the following chart, he is on the far left. His father has evolved much further and is on the 3rd column from the left.
What we really need is to get more people to the far right of this chart. Perhaps Rand Paul's Shakespearian style backstabbing will push more people over the edge to reject the political process and to embrace a philosophy of non-violence.
In the meantime, good friend and fellow liberty lover, Adam Kokesh, did an excellent video on the entire Ron and Rand Paul situation here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XRUKXgN_OoM.
This is just a brief reminder that on one of my last trips to the US I'll be going to the free-er state, New Hampshire, in two weeks for Porcfest. If you like camping with about a thousand anarchists, this is for you! I've been granted one of the top timeslots at 7pm on Friday, June 22nd at the main stage... where there apparently will even be a campfire! It's one of the more unusual speaking slots I've ever had and I'll be bringing marshmallows!
Then, after that, I'll be heading to Freedomfest as well as playing in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Freedomfest just released a new promotional video that you must see... if only to see the guy from Occupy Wall Street at the 1:30 mark. I had never seen that video before and don't know how I missed it! It is seriously stupendous!
I've got a full schedule at FreedomFest including an incredibly humbling luncheon I am doing with my idol and mentor, Doug Casey on July 12th. And then a panel called "Big Brother Out Of Control" with Doug Casey, Ron Holland and Ben Friedman on July 13th as well as a presentation I'll be giving on July 13th called "Escape from America". And, if you needed any other reason to come, FreedomFest is offering an American Eagle silver dollar to people who register this month and mention they are a Dollar Vigilante reader or subscriber.
Register now online to take advantage: http://freedomfest.com/tdv. And don't forget to register for the luncheon with myself and Doug Casey. I guarantee a good time!
THE JUNE ISSUE OF TDV
I apologize to subscribers that this month's issue is a few days late. Many newsletters will know they will be travelling or at a convention and will state beforehand that an issue will be delayed or skipped... but we always try to get it done and then, if we just can't get it done, we apologize and hope you'll forgive us. It is now in the final stages of editing and I am particularly pleased with the amount of data, charts and perspectives on the overall big picture of the economy in this issue. If you aren't a subscriber, try it out. We soon will stop accepting new monthly payments and will only have quarterly and annual so if you do want to subscribe but prefer to pay monthly, sign up now before that option is gone. All previously initiated monthly payments will continue as normal.
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