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Geopolitics / Syria Intervention Imminent
« on: June 13, 2013, 04:41:40 PM »
Nobel Peace Prize Winner Set to Strike Again

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Conspiracy / Theory on "Mineral Rights"
« on: June 09, 2013, 03:09:47 PM »
I think I have enough time here to do a basic write-up of one of my own "theories."  If this isn't original to me, it's at least my own independent "discovery."  If my suspicions are correct, I'm sure this was common knowledge in the early 1900's (and earlier), but the knowledge was lost by lack of coverage, etc.

I use "indian" as a shorthand.  Also, where I live, Indians/Native Americans call themselves indians so I take it as a acceptable term.

I propose the theory that "mineral rights" were invented as construct to facilitate the separation of 'indian' lands from indians.  I believe the timing is about right (discovery of mineral and oil deposits in the western us following treaties and displacement of most indians to reservations and other limited lands (however, they still held many treaty rights even on "ceded" lands off of the official reservations.

With the discovery of mineral and oil wealth on indian lands, etc ... what could be done to separate the indians from these deposits?  Aha!  Create a a new legal construct - the 'mineral right.'  We're talking a time when indians were routinely separated from their lands with ease - for a few baubles or a night of whiskey, by the divide and conquer strategy of legal constructs like the "Dawes Act" that removed the notion of tribal lands and handed allotments to individuals - soon to be separated from them one at time.

I propose that widespread use of mineral rights coincided with and was used to facilitate the stealing of resources from indians.

They say there are "surface" rights and "mineral" rights ... except "surface" rights actually don't do much.  The holder of the "mineral" can do whatever they please to your surface in pursuit of their minerals.  In the law, the mineral right is FAR superior: ensuring that when the surface rights and mineral rights are in conflict - the holder of the mineral right holds all the trump cards and can use the land in fashion they choose to.  Seems like a great tool to separate poor people that can't afford great representation from their property; especially indians and western lands.

I could be completely mistaken about this.  But I just got thinking one day about what kind of idiot would purposefully "sell" his mineral right knowing that the holder of the right would open a strip mine, quarry, or oil field, etc. on the land - laying a pipeline across it, and enabling completely unfettered and uncontrolled subsequent 'trespass' rights to the mineral right holder or their agent - destroying its "surface" value?  Yet, that is exactly what was done throughout the western US - virtually everywhere - a process that was pretty much complete by the 1920's.



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Energy / Gas at the Pump Price Shock
« on: May 20, 2013, 10:07:28 AM »
Something hinky going on w/ gas=at-the-pump.

May be only garden variety manipulation, but gas here has went from $3.35 to $3.98 in the last 17 days.  Our "all time high" in 2007 was $4.02.

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Economics / Indictment of WS from Jeffery Sachs ... Inside Recording
« on: April 18, 2013, 02:14:04 PM »
WOW.  Listen to This.


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/7VOWnnEphjI&fs=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/7VOWnnEphjI&fs=1</a>

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Economics / Amazon Changed Shipping Behavior; Searching for Pennies?
« on: April 16, 2013, 03:13:51 PM »
I've ordered lots of things over Amazon in the past number of years.  I always use only their "Supersaver Free Shipping."  Even so, in literally every instance the item(s) is shipped in one or two days anyhow so having "Prime" never seemed even remotely worth anything to me.  Well, I made an order a week ago and still haven't received notification that it shipped.  So, I went to check.  It says it will ship 15 days on the money from when I placed the order.

Apparently they are mining the driveway for pennies, trying to force Supersaver users into buying "Prime" by waiting until only the end of what's promised (15 days) to ship.

Fair enough, I can wait.  I'm not in the have-it-now generation.

Anyway, in my experience with them this is a whole new business behavior.

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Geopolitics / Shooting at Quantico
« on: March 22, 2013, 01:36:11 PM »
Shooting at Quantico.

Clearly w/ this and Fort Hood the military can't be trusted with their guns.  Just too dangerous.  Better take them away.

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Economics / Cyprus Blows
« on: March 16, 2013, 05:40:59 AM »
Cyprus Bank Holiday and government confiscation of 10% of all "savings" accounts.


""As it is a contribution to the financial stability of Cyprus, it seems just to ask for a contribution of all deposit holders""


http://maxkeiser.com/2013/03/16/bank-holiday-in-cyprus-government-to-seize-10-percent-of-all-savings/

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Energy / I Thought Oil & Gas Were National Interest & Security Issues
« on: February 25, 2013, 10:17:23 AM »
China can't buy Unocal but they can buy the underlying acreage. LOL. We're so screwed. So much for our "National Interest" and "Security."

No worries, keep chasing the Al Quaida towel headed terr'ists. So Sad.

http://www.investorvillage.com/smbd.asp?mb=4245&mn=719611&pt=msg&mid=12570666





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The Kitchen Sink / New Surveillance Capability Made Visible to Me Today
« on: February 19, 2013, 02:56:33 PM »
I've posted this a couple other places too.

I watch Max Keiser and a little Alex Jones on Youtube at home. I watch Max w/ every episode and Alex maybe 2 times a month. I'm not a "subscriber" or contributor to either.

I never watch them elsewhere, especially at work - am religiously careful about this.

Today at work I brought up Youtube to play some music (Bad Company as the case may be). Incredibly, the first recommendations that Youtube brought up were Max & Alex.

There is no way that is a coincidence. Somehow both those machines have "my name" attached to them - and in a small geographic area where my name is unique - it's a match.

Their surveillance is out of control.

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Geopolitics / Paul Craig Roberts on Owebamicare
« on: February 06, 2013, 02:07:56 PM »
I wonder how someone like PCR could ever have worked for who he did.  Was he a totally different person then?  Reagan's DEEDS had nothing to do w/ what PCR seems to believe ... yet he was in there serving Ronnie the great liar.

Great article here by PCR - not his usual material, very in-depth on Owebamicare.  What a train wreck.

Small businesses might as well close up shop tonight cause it is OVER.

I wasn't aware that if you used Medicaid between the ages of 55 and 66(?) that the gov would dun your estate for any services you received.


http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/02/05/obamacare-a-deception/

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Heroes of the Revolution / Sibel Edmonds
« on: January 17, 2013, 02:52:14 PM »
Her book is a pretty quick read.  The sickness & rot of "the system" is very evident in her expose.

http://www.classifiedwoman.com/buy-book/



http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/

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Economics / A Loan for Being Unemployed - Indentured for Breathing
« on: December 01, 2012, 06:46:16 AM »
Limeys are considering LOANING you your "unemployment benefit."

WTF.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/9696904/Its-time-for-a-new-Beveridge.html

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For individuals aged under 25 who have not yet paid National Insurance contributions for a certain period, perhaps five years, unemployment benefit should be in the form of a repayable loan.



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Environment / Drought Won't Quit
« on: November 22, 2012, 04:28:47 PM »
Drought just won't quit.  We've had 1 inch pf rain in the last 6 weeks.  Unusually warm too.  Nothing scares me like this does.


http://news.yahoo.com/us-drought-worsens-weeks-improvement-164724509--finance.html

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Market Flambe / The Bernank Rides Again to Save 'black friday'
« on: November 19, 2012, 07:32:35 AM »
Get out there and spend you domesticated sheep.  Black Friday needs you.  Shop for your phreedom.

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The Kitchen Sink / An Old Argument in Collapse Space - Who is to Blame?
« on: November 18, 2012, 01:32:19 PM »
On on-going theme here and elsewhere in the collapse-o'sphere is "who's to blame" for the situation industrialized society finds itself in; the elite PTB or the J6P consumers.

I've always lain the blame at the feet of the elite orchestrators instead of "their customers" - because at some level it always seemed to me that they had (or should have) the means & knowledge to see and understand the situation for what it really is, viz the J6P that are really just trying to get along one pay check at a time.  Probably I see it this way because of the community and circumstances of my youth.

I don't give the acquisitiveness of the last 30 years by J6P types a break - they tried to have something that so many can't have on this limited sphere.  And their greed got the best of them, that's a fact.  But, TPTB put the circumstances in place to cause that to happen.

One thing that the last decade has stripped away is all of the smoke and confusion ... the real circumstances and TRUTH are easy to see now compared to 20-30 years ago.

Here is the best example of why "the blame" needs to rest with the elites and not w/ J6P ... Higher Education & Student Loans.

Isn't it clear that TPTB have "designed" a system (on purpose) the strip mine the lives of young people?  I just don't blame the J6P's for that system.  It is not criminal or wrong or greedy or selfish to want to better yourself through education - that is a normal and healthy human drive.  TPTB have taken that natural urge and made it into a tool for financial enslavement.  Who is to blame for that?  It's Obvious.

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