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The Weekend Vigilante March 2, 2013
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Hello from the beach,
I've got sequestration on my mind this week. This is actually the first time I've ever mentioned it because I mostly ignore the largest terrorist organization on Earth, the US government. Plus, living mostly in the tropics in the freest country in North America (can you guess which one it is? Don't say Kanada) and in beautiful much freer areas like Chile, it just never comes up in conversation. Outside of the USSA, where many people listen to the nightly news on TV like it is the truth, the USSA is mostly irrelevant—except for the drones and US government terrorist wars like the war on plants and personal choice. (Sorry, they call it the "war on drugs".)
But I do surf the web and keep coming across this horrible sequestration! "Sequestration?" I think. That sounds terrible. The word just looks sinister. But maybe that is because I communicate mostly in Spanish nowadays, and the Spanish verb for "kidnap" is "secuestrar".
So, upon seeing the word so much this week I decided I better see what it is all about. Especially after I saw a criminal named Maxine Waters (who calls herself "Congresswoman") say that 170 million jobs would be lost in the USSA if the "sequester" went through. There aren't, by the way, 170 million jobs in the USSA! So, that caught my interest in between piñas coladas.
So, I asked Google. He always knows.
"Originally a legal term referring generally to the act of valuable property being taken into custody by an agent of the court and locked away for safekeeping, usually to prevent the property from being disposed of or abused before a dispute over its ownership can be resolved. But the term has been adapted by Congress in more recent years to describe a new fiscal policy procedure originally provided for in the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Deficit Reduction Act of 1985 -- an effort to reform Congressional voting procedures so as to make the size of the Federal government's budget deficit a matter of conscious choice rather than simply the arithmetical outcome of a decentralized appropriations process in which no one ever looked at the cumulative results until it was too late to change them."
I thanked Google and sent him on his way. But I was still a bit confused. What is all the uproar about?
I then discovered that it was a 2.2% cut in the growing deficit.
So, I pulled up a chart of the difference between what was planned and what has been instituted as of yesterday.
At first I had to squint, which I often have to do after this many drinks, just to see the difference.
But then I sat quivering. Oh... my... god. This is the end of the world!
The blue line, FYI, is what the US government had planned to spend with stolen and borrowed money. The red line is apparently what this "sequestration" is all about.
Ignoring for the moment that the direction of that curve is on a definite upswing until 2021, I was astonished that this 2.2% "cut" in planned spending was causing such chaos. Two-point-two percent? People are panicking about that? Wait until they see 100%. Or wait until the US dollar is worth nothing. Then the fun starts in something I always call The End Of The Monetary System As We Know It (TEOTMSAWKI).
When that does happen, and it could happen in just the next few years, then buckle up your seat-belts compadres. This ship is a goin' dow-nnnn.
Above I referenced that most people in the USSA today get their news from their nightly news television "programming" (and it isn't called programming for nothing). And while that is still technically true, a major paradigm shift happened recently when the Internet surpassed lamestream media (NBC, CBS, ABC propaganda houses) as the source for which most US subjects get their news.
Cable news, and by that I assume they mostly mean Comedy Network's "The Daily Show" (still more real and honest than mainstream media - and hilariously on a comedy channel) still surpasses the Internet as a news source, but this denotes the beginning of the end of propaganda in the US.
If you haven't realized our true value here at TDV, it is that most of us are under 50 (many well under) yet we are all self-educated studiers of the Austrian school of economics and libertarian philosophy... so we can bring you the street trends (because we are out here) along with a body of knowledge built up over centuries.
Allow me to be the first to tell you, this is another harbinger of the end of this system. That's why Barack O'Bomber is panicking and trying to institute all sorts of Internet controls. His Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act or CISPA (narrowly) failed to pass in the Senate last year. Senator Joe Lieberman --who never saw an encroachment on privacy and liberty by the state that he didn't like-- was of course in favor of CISPA and warned that if lawmakers wouldn't pass it, Obama would just enact an executive order (because the USSA isn't even trying very hard to pretend that this isn't a dictatorship anymore).
And sure enough Obama recently signed Presidential Policy Directive 20 which basically gives the president all the power he wanted under CISPA. Even Dirty Bill Clinton found time in between shags to state a while ago that the Internet needed an oxymoronical "independent" government Agency of Truth to put the lie to all that negative chatter about the government on the internet. Of course, Bill probably wishes that such an agency were around years ago to dispel all that "misinformation and rumor" about him and a certain White House intern...or suppress those Wikileaks documents that made the US State Department -- run by his wife, Hillary -- look bad.
As I wrote recently, "The War Is Over... and We Won", we are nearing the endgame. But the statists/collectivists will lash out in their death throes. We just need to be vigilant... which I presume all dollar vigilantes are at this point.
And that's the reason to make TDV a part of your arsenal. You won't hear the truth almost anywhere else first.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Things are definitely changing. Who would have thought a few years ago that libertarianism would be a major topic on Faux News. Or that Crazy Glenn Beck would glom on to the term. Or that through-and-through liberal Bill Maher would also now try to call himself libertarian to get with the cool kids?
That's what is driving all these changes. According to the poll, above, only 6% of US subjects believe the mainstream media news is trustworthy! Six percent!
Left? Out. Right? Out. Down? Always out. Up (true freedom for individuals)? On the rise, my friends. Hang around and watch.
Perhaps because of this paradigm shift, I'm starting to get interviewed on fairly mainstream media now. Here is a video of myself on a radio program broadcast across the US this week:
UNTIL NEXT WEEK
I'll be reporting in from the Global Escape Hatch conference in Ambergris Caye next week in Belize. I'll be flying from Acapulco to Mexico City and then on to Chetumal, Mexico. From there I'll take a water ferry to Ambergris Caye. The only other options were to fly through the Bush Crime Family International Airport in Houston or through one of the most ghetto airports on Earth, Miami... It'll take me a little longer to get there but I won't be kidnapped nor sexually abused (which is fine if it were a female - I always ask the TSA for a female patdown... always denied)... so I'll go this route.
Much safer travelling through Mexico than the USSA. Didn't NBC News tell you that?
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 including his own, Anarchapulco, as well as regularly in the media including CNBC, CNN and Fox Business.
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