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The Weekend Vigilante September 29th, 2012
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Hello from beautiful Acapulco,
Everyone has their place and this is truly mine. I was just walking down the street with a glass of wine, smoking a cigarette and... well, actually I should mention something about that.
I finally started smoking! I'm so happy about that. I tried when I was younger but when I was in my teens and twenties I was not in very good health. As I just mentioned, everyone has their place, and when I am here... with the sun, every day of the year, it builds up your immune system immeasurably. When I lived in northern Canada, the sun was always this little white light in the distant horizon for most of the year. It'd peer down to me as though to say, "What are you doing living here?" And that's if you could even see it at all, through the clouds, rain, snow and hail. I was almost constantly sick. Even when I visit, I look around and everyone is a grey color. Here, with the sun and all the locally grown, mostly organic produce and meat, it is almost impossible to get sick. I think the last time I heard someone even cough here was never.
So, I just couldn't start smoking while I lived there. Even one cigarette felt like it was going to kill me. I've since experimented with electronic cigarettes and snus. Both had their moments but I felt like I was missing out. Smoking, of almost all activities, is hardwired into us from thousands and thousands of years of practice. I wanted to participate in that tradition. But, something has happened of late, a switch just clicked and now I am nearly a full smoker. I only tend to smoke when I drink... but that is nearly all the time anyway, so I'm good.
One of the funnest parts has been collecting all the government mandated scare propaganda on each pack. Here's just one hilarious one, just for your entertainment.
That wouldn't be allowed in the USSA. Boobies are illegal to see... But in Panama, it's allowed. Even if they turn one of the breasts into an ashtray. I have a friend who collects these and puts them on his fridge.
I remember once I was with my Thai girlfriend in Myanmar... and there they haven't started putting these on cigarette packs yet. When she saw a cigarrete pack without disgusting, horrific images on it she got so excited. At first, I didn't understand. She said, "You know how much I can sell these for in Thailand?" I just looked at her with a blank stare. She then said, "The people there are so superstitious that they'll pay double or triple for a cigarette pack without propaganda on it." She bought a few cartons and sold them to her friends at a nice profit. God bless entepreneurialism.
Even still, when some people I know hear that I have finally started smoking, they say, "You are going to die if you smoke those!"
I just look at them, again in confusion. Are they under some misconception that no one ever dies?
Even still, I figure, if it is true, and I will die of cancer, it usually takes 20-30 years before the cancer sets in. And, ignoring for the moment that there are numerous natural remedies that destroy cancer on contact (hemp oil, for one), at 41 years of age I'll maybe get cancer and die in my 60s or 70s. Good, I think. I have no intention to be here forever.
I don't care what you think about rap music. And, in fact, if you listen to most of the rap today I can understand why you might not like it. But, the rap community is street level anarchism and they are spreading the word about what is going on faster than anyone right now. Don't believe it? Give this video a listen. Even if you don't naturally like rap music, listen to the lyrics (it starts about 1 minute in).
Or, listen to this.
On the streets, right in the belly of the beast, people like this are spreading truth. There is much more going on than you even know. Have hope.
Not everyone is like the 'Bama phone woman.
That woman is a product of the system. The rappers above are the future. She is the past... and it is sad. She has been destroyed by the system. You don't have to be.
THE FREE LIFE
I just hopped on my scooter and switched locales. On the way, a US Government supplied SUV full of guys with machine guns on the prowl for anyone smoking plants was ahead of me. I've learned now, just ignore them, like they don't exist. But I did take pleasure when one car honked numerous times at them going so slow and holding up traffic, cut in front of them and said something in Spanish whose meaning I can only imagine. The guys in costumes with their guns lowered their heads. Try that in the USSA. Actually, don't. You'll be in Guantanamo faster than O'Bomber can golf 18 holes. So, just ignore them... they are already done. The rap videos above already show that it is baked in the cake. 'Bamba phone woman will be one of the last to clue in to reality but even she will soon realize she lives a violent and thieving lie. And we will soon move on to a world of peace and prosperity that no one can even imagine. Stick with us here and take the ride with us.
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Anarcho-Capitalist. Libertarian. Freedom fighter against mankind’s two biggest enemies, the State and the Central Banks. Jeff Berwick is the founder of The Dollar Vigilante, CEO of TDV Media & Services and host of the popular video podcast, Anarchast. Jeff is a prominent speaker at many of the world’s freedom, investment and gold conferences as well as regularly in the media including CNBC, CNN and Fox Business.