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Feedback Friday - August 10th, 2012
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Are the weeks flying by faster and faster or is it just us? We never cease to be amazed at how quickly Feedback Friday rolls around.
This week we have a fun and interesting edition! First, Jeff gives advice to a fellow Canadian on escaping from the clutches of the Canadian Government and then defends his drunken Acapulco scootering, then he explains that he doesn't "hate" the Olympics, he just thinks they are despicable. And he finishes off with some info on the Global Escape Hatch conference in Panama and how to secure the last of four slots available.
It's never boring here at TDV! Let's begin!
ESCAPING THE GOVERNMENT THAT PURPORTS TO OWN YOU
IN RESPONSE TO: Lies, Damned Lies and Government Statistics
I have a question about what Gary Gibson said about investing in physical gold outside of your western governments control. Up here in the great white north (Kanada), you have to declare to your government what assets you have outside of their jurisdiction so they can tax you more or else they will eventually kidnap you and throw you in a cage. So if you at least want to try and stay legal and aren't ready to move to a tropical climate, what would you suggest doing in regards to having assets outside of the control of the hired thugs that your neighbours put in power over you?
Yes, this is one of the things you have to put up with if you happen to live in an area where the local gangs steal more than half your income every year. Notice how the rest of the slaves around you all paint maple leafs on their face, wave flags and shout out the national anthem at hockey games for the privilege. They seem to like it. But for those of us who don't we are really only left with one safe option: leave and find a better place. Luckily, for you, being Canadian, if you leave and move to a place that has no income tax (such as Paraguay or numerous others) you can end up never having to pay income tax ever again! But, if for some reason you cannot or will not leave then you also have two options:
1. Report it all and pay the taxes
2. Don't report it and not pay taxes
According to Harry Reid, in the US, taxes are voluntary... although his logic in stating this is insane politico-babble...
So, the choice is yours. Probably the safest thing to do is to report to them and pay their extortion for now and work on trying to create enough wealth to escape... which can be incredibly hard, almost impossible, in a place like Canada with all their taxes and regulations we know.
One thing you may want to consider is investing in some gold mining junior stocks at this time. They are incredibly undervalued at present and both of our analysts, Ed Bugos of TDV Premium and Vin Maru of TDV Golden Trader have both told me that they are pounding the table unlike any other time since the fall of 2008 (when they were even lower and then rallied by about 400% in the next two years) to buy.
They are just finally starting to show signs of life now after a tough year and a half. Ed Bugos featured Goldquest Mining to TDV Premium subscribers on May 30th at $0.55 and it closed at $1.51 today.
Never put all your eggs into the junior gold mining basket... these things are highly volatile. But if you were ever going to take 5-20% of your portfolio and put it on these lottery tickets, now looks like a very good time. If a gold stock bubble foments, as we are still expecting, it is quite common to get 1,000-10,000% returns so it's worth putting some money into if you can also afford to lose that same money... because if we are wrong most of these stocks will go to zero, like everything else.
IN RESPONSE TO: The Weekend Vigilante August 4th, 2012
Whenever I'm forced out of my way on a sidewalk by a bicyclist or skateboarder, I'm tempted to remind them that they are called sidewalks for a reason. Ya wanna ride a vehicle, ride in the street.
My picture of a drunk giving walkers the choice between moving aside and injury, then being high-fived by security agents (even private ones), isn't one I would want to show my friends as an advertisement for the benefits of anarchy.
Perhaps the high-rent district in Acapulco is unlike the low-rent districts of Papua New Guinea I am familiar with, where the sidewalks are always full of scooters, but as much as I liked the rest of the column and look forward to anarchist communities becoming affordable to the likes of me, I wouldn't blame my statist friends for inferring from this column that anarchy is, as a they claim, another word for rudeness and arrogance.
A clarification would be most welcome.
Thank you for allowing me a chance to make a clarification! Of all the things I write... you know, about central banks impoverishing the planet, governments killing hundreds of millions in wars, false flag attacks and the coming collapse of the US dollar, would you believe one of the most heavily criticized responses we receive is about my drunken scootering?
Many people ask me, just for my own safety to stop... or at least wear a helmet. And, while I do appreciate the concern there is only one way I want to live and that is doing whatever I want, whenever I want... as long as I don't hurt anyone in the process. Being forced to wear a seatbelt and being stopped regularly to make sure I have one on is a far, far worse thing to me than dying one day on my scooter. You know that old saying, live free or die? I mean it. Although if I ever did die on my scooter you could put on my tombstone, "Lived free and died".
Other comments state that I am "endangering others" and should be forced to stop! This is the type of pre-emptive strikes that have turned the US into what it is today. Instead of waiting for a drunk driver to hit someone before punishing them we have to have checkpoints on every corner checking everyone to make sure that they aren't drunk. This is the same logic used for when the US attacked Iraq because they might have weapons of mass destruction. We all see how that turns out... it turns the world into a fear based place where we have to stop, kill or attack almost anyone who, in someone's view, could pose a threat. This is no way to live.
That said, I have no problem with someone taking personal action if they truly believe someone is an immediate threat. I have absolutely no problem with the actions in the following video. In fact, I'd certainly do the same myself.
Individuals can almost always work things out for themselves in the most proper way... as long as the state is left out of it. The problem with the above video is that if anyone saw a guy like that trying to drive in the US they'd be risking a lawsuit if they did anything to stop him.
Now, that said, I have been as inebriated as that man maybe 3 or 4 times total in my life... mostly when I was much younger. When I say that I am going to go drive drunk on my scooter it usually means that I have finished two or three glasses of chardonnay and perhaps a glass of scotch over a 3-4 hour period (usually while writing these missives, as I am doing right now). I am also a professional drinker. I am definitely a bit buzzed after 4 drinks over 3-4 hours but I would pit myself against 98% of the sober drivers on the road in the US in terms of driving capabilities in that state. I know this after driving in that state literally hundreds of times and never even been close to having an accident that I can handle it.
But, you see, that is my choice. The moment you take that choice out of my hands via government agents then we have tyranny. And, just look how it gets worse and worse. Do you know there is a river in Fairbanks, Alaska, where there is a regular police drunk-floating checkpoint? A man was recently charged with DUI for being drunk on a raft! Note that if he didn't have a raft, he'd be fine. This is the type of insanities that arise when you allow central planning or control of anything.
If, however, all the roads, and rivers, were privately owned - as they would be in an anarchic society - certain road owners may decide not to let me use their roads in my current state... or if I had had an accident on one of their roads and their investigation showed I was impaired they may choose to ban me for life from their roads. I have no problem with that. The problem comes when you get the state involved and have them on every corner leering at you, stopping you constantly to check you and, if you had more than 3 drinks (which many men can handle) they will kidnap you and throw you in a cage... that is the problem I have! And, the funny part is, the reason most people get so drunk in places like the US is BECAUSE of this system that treats them like slaves. I rarely see people too drunk in Mexico... that's because they are, for the most part, happy. I rarely see happy people in the US.
And, that, by the way, is why I can ride down the sidewalks in Acapulco unfettered and without anyone being upset. It is very laid back here... it's a touristy beach town.
On that note, anyone who would like to come down and have a drink with all of us here at TDV, please go to this page: http://www.dollarvigilante.com/acacondos. We have TDV readers and subscribers coming down almost weekly now (one is coming in an hour actually) and our concierge, James Guzman, willl even pick you up at the airport, give you discounted room rates where we live and show you a great time!
And, getting back to my scootering, I definitely don't fly down the sidewalk making people jump out of the way. If there is anyone, and I mean anyone in my way I pull over and stop until they pass, usually with a polite nod which is always returned... unless they are cops. If there are cops in the way I always honk and give them the "get out of the way" look. They're criminals, why would I treat them any other way?
WHY DO YOU HATE THE OLYMPICS?
IN RESPONSE TO: Are You Sure, Camaroonians?
A lot of your comments seem really malicious towards the Olympics. I love watching all the high level athletic competition.
Lauren H., Aruba
Hate is a strong word. I don't hate the Olympics.
But I much prefer free market sports to statist sports, that's all. I, personally, love watching the NHL playoffs each year. It's mostly because I grew up in Canada and it is just normal to be on skates at 4 years old... but the Olympics, with all the flag waving, makes an anarchist like me feel ill.
I especially dislike it when they say, "I'm so proud to represent my country." Believe me, Canadian athletes, you aren't representing me. You are representing yourself. Be proud of your own amazing accomplishments, don't allow others to take pride in something they had nothing to do with.
I would be the first person to sit in the front row and watch things like the 100m sprint if each person just represented themselves and didn't have their slave colors on. Of course, I'd probably be the only one there as most people wouldn't know who to cheer for at the canoe slalom event if they didn't have the colors on that they identify with.
As it is, in its current format, I can't support it. I'll go see the World Series... the Stanley Cup playoffs... I went to the ATP tennis tournament and the QuikSilver surf competition in Acapulco this year ... all free market events. But the Olympics focuses on separating people... as does statism. This is why we still have wars and hate... because we feel like people born in a different place who eat different things and like different music and have different colored skin are "not like us".
I refuse to think that way. We are all humans and most of the problems in the world today come about because we believe in the fictional entity of the nation state. I watched Usain Bolt, a remarkable physical specimen, win both the 100m and 200m sprint events and thought it was beautiful to see him run. But as soon as he grabbed the Jamaican flag my hand went for the remote.
GLOBAL ESCAPE HATCH
I'm giving serious thought to going to the conference you will be at in Panama this September. I've got to start making plans ASAP to get out of here, the warning signs are everywhere. Are there still openings? And is there anything else I should know about going?
Frank R., Rhode Island
I just contacted Bobby Casey, the event organizer and he told me there is just a few spots available. The beautiful looking Red Frog Beach Resort has about 4 villas still available from what he told me. There is another hotel (cheaper) nearby that can handle a few overflow though at www.bocastropical.com.
Today is actually the last day you can take advantage of the $400 discount if you book using the discount code "VIGILANTE"... after today it is $200. So, if you'd like to come down for 3 or 4 days on a tropical island outside of the western police states for a few days and learn from some of the top experts and have one-on-one time with each, this is your last chance. Register here: http://www.globalescapehatch.com/register.
Bring your whole family if you'd like... many are. I won't be personally this time due to schedule conflicts with my own family but I will be bringing down at least one, if not more, from TDV to help you get set-up with anything you need to start freeing yourself from the state.
I'll hope to see you there!
That's all for this week! If you have any questions, comments, feedback, or hatemail for us please direct it to TDV@dollarvigilante.com.