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Living Freedom by Claire Wolfe. Musings about personal freedom and finding it within ourselves.

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Archive for the ‘Government’ Category

Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, July 24th, 2014
  • Ha! There’s some nice road-rage poetic justice for ya.
  • The pink police state. How the country becomes more authoritarian and rule-bound at the same time some personal behaviors become more “allowed.”
  • Another scientific study that proves what’s blatantly obvious to dog people: dogs get jealous. (HRH Princess Ava Prettypaws has spent her whole life trying to insert herself between me and any other critter I ever pay attention to.)
  • Radley Balko on victim disarmament and race. I’m so glad to see Radley’s vital work in the Washington Post.
  • Aw, do poo widdle senator. Him suffering so much him dust had to plagiarize. Him dust couldn’t help him widdle self. Yeah. I’m sure “mistakes were made,” too, and he never intended to “give the appearance of wrongdoing.”
  • How to invent a person online.
  • You may have heard that Maryland-based Beretta, which had planned to expand into Tennessee, decided instead to move all its manufacturing there after Maryland passed bad gun laws. Better than that, even. In looking for a new location, Beretta explicitly rejected West Virginia because of Joe Manchin.
Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, July 21st, 2014
Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, June 23rd, 2014
  • The government has finally gone too far! (Says Jim Bovard, a man who’s fond of a good cheap cigar.)
  • Why time seems to speed up as we get older and some creative ways to slow it down.
  • I hope Tesla’s recent bold move of open-sourcing its patents pays off. History and a good guess says it’s likely to greatly benefit the electric vehicle industry as a whole, but not Tesla, specifically.
  • Off-grid goes upscale. Especially offshore.
  • The naked self-interest of the managerial state. No surprises, but telling, nevertheless.
  • 50 photos from the past that’ll get you thinking.
Claire Wolfe

Ha! The fed “experts” backed down on that cheese-aging ruling

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

No, you can’t age cheese on wooden boards!

Yes, you can age cheese on wooden boards!

But we’re not changing our policy, mind you. We’re just … er, just clarifying. Yeah. Clarifying. (‘Cause, you know, a whole lot of media types, legislators, and other mucky-mucks know more about artisan cheeses than we do and are snarling or laughing at us.)

Claire Wolfe

So what exactly do “negative interest rates” mean?

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

S answers that question in a message originally sent to the Infamous Mogambo Guru (IMG):

I thought I must have misunderstood the radio announcer, but I checked the ECB webpage.

The banksters at the European Central Bank have set a negative interest rate on deposits. The rate was zero, as of June 11 is -0.1%. If a bank leaves money on deposit at the ECB, they will steal some of it every day. This is on top of what is stolen invisibly by creating ever more money; here they actually reduce the balance of the account.

The intention is to force banks to lend their reserves rather than keeping them on deposit with the ECB. Since fractional-reserve bank lending creates money from nothing (this is on top of the new money created from nothing by the central bank) an increase in lending means even more rapid increases in the money supply. More money is available to bid against a shrinking supply of goods and services, causing even higher prices down the road.

Which is exactly what these criminals are conspiring to do. They see a rapidly contracting economy (crippled in no small part by ruinous “green” energy legislation and pricing) with falling demand for goods and services.

In a free market, falling demand causes downward pressure on prices, which is good for consumers. But anything that is good for consumers is bad for criminal banksters, as it interferes with the process of stealing from the poor and transferring wealth to the ultra-rich. So falling prices cannot be tolerated.

Falling prices also means that debts are repaid in money that may be more valuable than when the loan was created. This is good for creditors and bad for debtors. Governments are the largest debtors in human history, and central banks are nothing more than instantiations of government violence, so the interests of debtors will always triumph at central banks.

Consumers be damned. The ECB wants price inflation. Perhaps the precedent of setting negative interest rates will give it to them, good and hard.

Gold jumped $8 an ounce within minutes of the news, and we’ll see where that goes.

Which makes me so very happy that I took the Mogambo Guru’s advice and bought lots of lovely gold and silver coins back when they were so cheap even I could afford to buy them. Wheee! This investing stuff is easy!

Given where gold and silver have been lately, they could use quite a boost. Heck of a way to get one, though.

I post this with the sneaking suspicion (nay, the hard-won knowledge) that the average reader of the Living Freedom blog wouldn’t care if all of Europe fell into a giant volcano crater or was sawed off the planet and transported away by aliens. But trust me, folks, when I say, “Coming soon to a neighborhood near you.”

Well, maybe not soon. But inevitably.

Claire Wolfe

Heads-up for TrueCrypt users

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Nobody seems sure what’s going on, not even the spectacularly well-informed Bruce Schneier. But TrueCrypt, the whole-disc encryption program many have relied on for a decade, has either been mysteriously compromised or somebody’s pulled off a hoax. Brian Krebs thinks it’s the real deal and that the secretive TrueCrypt team is sending us all a warning.

As some have pointed out, the cryptic “official” announcement that “TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues …” could be read as “Not Secure As …”

Let’s hope for a hoax. TrueCrypt being subverted would be a major heartbreaker. And always … be careful out there.

(Tip o’ hat to S.)

Claire Wolfe

There go the last thin shreds of medical privacy

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Is is ominous that these two stories came out within days of each other?

Pills containing tracking chips are now being tested on real people. (H/T Wendy)

The fedgov is creating a “biosurveillance” system to gain near real-time access to our medical records. In the name of “national security,” of course.

And is it even more ominous that these plans are moving ahead just as the fedgov consolidates its control over the U.S. entire U.S. medical system?

Claire Wolfe

Another one

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Maybe he really was mentally ill. Who knows? But I’ll also bet that the latest publicity-seeking member of the self-esteem generation, this “supreme gentleman,” this “god,” had his every whim indulged from the day he was born.

Mas Ayoob takes him down.

So many, many questions. If “the NRA” is responsible for the three he shot, then who was responsible for the three he stabbed? And if “the NRA” is responsible for the stabbings, too, then who’s responsible for the fact that “authorities” repeatedly ignored the content of the little creep’s videos and apparently did nothing to discover whether this threatening loon (about whom they seem to have, once again, had multiple warnings) possessed deadly weapons? Was that the doing of “the NRA,” too? Or did the eeeeevil guns themselves somehow hypnotize said authorities during their visits, so they didn’t notice what the creeping little loser was up to?

Claire Wolfe

So there I am at the grocery check-out …

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

I’m next in line. I have three items in my little handbasket and a $20 in hand. It’s lunch hour and traffic’s picking up as workers come in for deli food. People are lining up behind me. But the lady at the counter has only 20 or so items. This should go quickly.

But nooooooo.


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Claire Wolfe

My take on Operation Choke Point

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

I wrote briefly about it here the other day. This weekend I have a longer piece at JPFO about Operation Choke Point and its potential effects on both gun rights and society.

Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Sunday, May 11th, 2014
Claire Wolfe

Your Mencken for the Day

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Prophesy is a dubious business. The best-regarded prophets keep things vague enough to mean anything some follower wants them to mean.

When that won’t work, there’s also the “just move on” method for handling the aftermath of more specific prophesies (which Gary North found handy after Y2K). Another fave of failed prophets is the “it actually happened just as I predicted, but nobody noticed” method recently favored by Harold Camping. (These both have multitudes of amusing variations.)

Creative editing centuries after the fact often helps to ensure the reputation of a less-than-accurate prophet.

H.L. Mencken clearly needs none of those tricks:

“As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.”

–H.L. Mencken, the Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920

Only question is was he talking about God’s own chosen, aka Bush II, or Mr. Healing-the-Planet Obama? Or (I fear) about many even more dubious personages who’ll “lead” us to our downfall?

(H/T. J.G.)



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