Let me begin by saying that most Americans don’t have a clue just who George Orwell was or what an Orwellian nightmare means. We have dumbed down to such a state of ignorance that government tyranny is easily facilitated despite our Bill of Rights.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
L: Can you expand on that? Aside from the investment question, that's the other thing people ask about: Are you crazy to live in a place run by maniacs?
Doug: Well, as I just said, the quality of life is tough to beat. It's important to remember that through all the economic chaos, bank crises, hyperinflation, and so on, the government has never seized private land. That's never been a problem in Argentina. And it's unlikely to ever happen, because it's a huge country – the eighth-largest in the world – but has a fairly small population, only 40 million. In fact, land redistribution all over the world is passé, simply because the world is moving into cities. Nobody except farmers and lifestyle-conscious rich folks really want to be out in the countryside anymore.
Almost all the troublesome news comes from Buenos Aires, a relatively small province, although it contains about 40% of the country's population. Once you get out into the other provinces, it's a different world – like going back in time, to a quieter, more peaceful age. But even in Buenos Aires, none of this stuff affects you directly; it's just background noise. BA is sophisticated, cosmopolitan, has a relatively low crime rate for a big city, and the government leaves you pretty much alone.
L: I dunno, Doug, if the new government rules prevent you from taking out more than 1,000 pesos a day from an ATM, that could get pretty inconvenient.
Doug: Not for me – I don't have an ATM card.
L: No cell phone, no ATM card – you're quite the caveman for a technophile.
Doug: True. True. But you don't want to have a bank account in Argentina anyway – that would be asking the fox to guard your chickens. This is why lots of European banks have lots of informal representatives in Argentina; they facilitate financial transactions for foreigners and rich Argentines. This is something else Cristina has come down on, and the many Swiss and other bankers in town have had to close down their offices and either move across the river to Uruguay or disguise themselves as brokerages. It's an inconvenience. But on the other hand, credit cards work fine, and large transactions are still typically conducted in cash – which is to say briefcases full of the stuff. There are, unfortunately, not too many countries where that's still true.
Doug Casey's ongoing discussion of Argentina - http://iPerpetualTraveler.com
If he does not rewrite 3 years of posts, he must take down his site. If he refuses, and if he is convicted (after an expensive legal fight), he will go to jail.
When he was hospitalized with diabetes in February 2009, he decided to avoid the fate of his grandmother, who eventually died of the disease. He embraced the low-carb, high-protein Paleo diet, also known as the “caveman” or “hunter-gatherer” diet. The diet, he said, made him drug- and insulin-free within 30 days. By May of that year, he had lost 45 pounds and decided to start a blog about his success.
But this past January the state diatetics and nutrition board decided Cooksey’s blog – Diabetes-Warrior.net – violated state law. The nutritional advice Cooksey provides on the site amounts to “practicing nutrition,” the board’s director says, and in North Carolina that’s something you need a license to do.
Unless Cooksey completely rewrites his 3-year-old blog, he could be sued by the licensing board. If he loses the lawsuit and refuses to take down the blog, he could face up to 120 days in jail.
The board’s director says Cooksey has a First Amendment right to blog about his diet, but he can’t encourage others to adopt it unless the state has certified him as a dietitian or nutritionist.
Bloggers should understand this. They can offer self-testimony. They can link to other articles that report on health. But if they promote the information as recommendations, they are at risk. The establishment has passed laws against this.
http://live-free-in-an-unfree-world.com - obviously we don't
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Backlinks are considered to be “votes” for your site and the search engines, particularly Google, take particular consideration of these “votes” when calculating your position in the results. The quality of these votes is also important – certain types of sites have more weight when it comes to backlinks (particularly if these links come from high ranking well established site – .edu and .gov sites are particularly important in this respect).
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Ask James: Learning Wisdom, Where To Have Sex, Jewish Vampires, Overpopulation, Tipping, and More! by James Altucher
How do you "unlearn" ignorance:
- stop reading news
- exercise every day. sleep 8+ hours a day, eat well (every atom on your body ultimately comes from what you put into your body)
- be around positive people
- be an idea machine
- be grateful every day for the small, tiny life we all have.
Wisdom is simply unlearning the ignorance.
a fun guy to read http://live-free-in-an-unfree-world.com