Friday June 1st, 2012
|Barbed Wire Is Beautiful
posted 06/01/2012, 10:39 AM (Jeff Berwick)|
I love barbed wire. I love electric fences. I love gates and security systems, guard dogs and guns. As I strolled with my chihuahuas through my beautiful Acapulco neighborhood recently I realized this. An American friend who had come down to Acapulco to live pointed it out. “Wow, electric fence,” he stated, pointing at one of many nice villas in my neighborhood that have that type of fencing. I had never really thought about it, but his comment gave me reason to do so.
It also reminded me of a travel review I had read recently when I was in a beautiful part of Asuncion, Paraguay. I had gone for a walk in a nice suburb and many houses had large gates and barbed wire, broken glass or electric fences at the top of the wall. Again, I hadn’t given it much thought but the travel review, from an American – always the last to recognize freedom – stated, “Asuncion must be a terribly dangerous town, almost every house has large gates and barbed wire or razor wire fencing.”
I laughed, knowing that the area where I was, in Asuncion, was incredibly safe… much safer than most US cities. But it wasn’t until this week that I thought more on barbed wire that I realized why most people get it wrong… barbed wire doesn’t necessarily mean it is a dangerous area. In fact, it is more likely to be an incredibly safe area… certainly, hardly break and enters (B&E’s) happen!
B&E’s are so commonplace in countries like the US and Canada that they have their own acronym. In fact, rarely a week goes by that I see one of my friends in Canada complain that their car or house got broken into. They don’t even see the stupidity of NOT having some sort of private protection device. That’s because they believe that the socialized police force is there to protect them from crime! But, they somehow don’t see the irony of stealing money from citizens who do not want a socialized police service to theoretically, but rarely in practice, protect them ... (more)
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|18 Examples Of The Nanny State Gone Wild
posted 06/01/2012, 10:38 AM (The Economic Collapse)|
America has been overrun by control freaks. Once upon a time the United States was considered to be "the land of the free and the home of the brave", but today there are millions of laws, rules and regulations that tightly regulate our daily lives. Most of these laws, rules and regulations were established by people who believed that they had "good intentions", but at this point the nanny state has become so oppressive that it is strangling the life out of us. If you look back throughout hist... (more)
|Drugmakers Vowed to Campaign for Health Law, Memos Show
posted 06/01/2012, 10:38 AM (Bloomberg)|
Drugmakers led by Pfizer (PFE) Inc. agreed to run a “very significant public campaign” bankrolling political support for the 2010 health-care law, including TV ads, while the Obama administration promised to block provisions opposed by drugmakers, documents released by Republicans show.
The internal memos and e-mails for the first time unveil the industry's plan to finance positive TV ads and supportive groups, along with providing $80 billion in discounts and taxes that were incl... (more)
|Verizon Succesfully Defends Privacy of Alleged BitTorrent Pirates
posted 06/01/2012, 10:38 AM (TorrentFreak)|
Internet provider Verizon has successfully defended the privacy of several subscribers who were accused of sharing copyrighted material on BitTorrent. The ISP refused to comply with a court-ordered subpoena obtained by book publisher John Wiley and Sons in one of their mass-BitTorrent lawsuits. Initially, Wiley responded to this move by asking the court to compel Verizon to cooperate, but this request and the subpoenas have now been withdrawn.
|Time Bomb? Banks Pressured to Buy Government Debt
posted 06/01/2012, 10:38 AM (CNBC)|
US and European regulators are essentially forcing banks to buy up their own government's debt—a move that could end up making the debt crisis even worse, a Citigroup analysis says.
Regulators are allowing banks to escape counting their country's debt against capital requirements and loosening other rules to create a steady market for government bonds, the study says.
While that helps governments issue more and more debt, the strategy could ultimately explode if the... (more)
|Venezuela bans private gun ownership
posted 06/01/2012, 10:38 AM (BBC)|
Venezuela has brought a new gun law into effect which bans the commercial sale of firearms and ammunition.
Until now, anyone with a gun permit could buy arms from a private company.
Under the new law, only the army, police and certain groups like security companies will be able to buy arms from the state-owned weapons manufacturer and importer.