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Why I Have Hope February 10, 2016Ron Paul

[This article appears in the January-February 2016 issue of The Austrian.]

I think the most exciting message for me today is that things are changing.

Often, when I come to these events, people ask me, “isn’t this grueling, isn’t this very tough?” It’s not, though, and it’s actually a little bit selfish on my part, because I get energized when I meet all the young people here. It’s true there is a spread of ages here, but there are a lot of young people and some of them even come up to me and say “you introduced me to these ideas when I was in high school a few years ago.”

And […]

2016 will be a doozie

Gerald Celente is one of, if not THE premier trends forecasters in the world. His insights and disgust with the globalists can be a bit of a handicap when his passionate, justifiable hatred takes wing in colorful speech. I like that part too, because he expresses what I feel towards the psychopathic ruling elite in ways I feel without expressing strongly enough.

Nevertheless, my wife and I enjoy watching Gerald being interviewed on other people’s programs where he limits his expression to what is more socially acceptable to a broader audience.

Celente’s Trends Research Institute puts sociology, economics, politics and history all together because that is how the world works. His record for predicting The Big Things is impressive.


What Your Farts Say About Your Health

There’s a lot more to farting than embarrassment, humor, and cultural stigma. Your fart smell and frequency could telling you something about your well-being.

Foods that make your farts smellier.

Foods that are abundant in sulfur, such as eggs and meat, might make your farts extra smelly. Foods high in sulfate, such as broccoli, almonds, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts can also have this affect.

Purna Kashyap, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic, told NPR last year that smelly gas can be beneficial in lowering the amount of air in one’s gut because bacteria and archaea produce the sulfide gas.


“Bacteria that make sulfide gas are really important,” Kashyap […]

big-picture goals

New Year’s Resolutions are famously futile for most people… exercise, lose weight, drink more tea and so on regularly fall by the wayside before January departs. Fitness centers all suffer from JAMuary – waiting your turn on the treadmills, progressing to a handful of regulars the rest of the year.

That does not make it a bad idea to reflect on the year gone by and think about what you will wish you did by the end of the new one. Just make sure the goals are attractive, achievable and can be handled in bite-sized pieces.

The list above isn’t mine, but I think it is a good one to look over and pick a few for […]

advice to myself

Many people ponder what they would advise their younger selves. That assumes some extremely unlikely things beginning with time travel and including young people taking advice from elders. But these flights of fancy push those aside for purposes of exploring how life’s turns work… or coulda.

Make friends with Colonel Sears (the neighborhood ham radio operator). Hams in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s are ahead of what will become an explosion in electronic technology. Learning about the world of amateur radio will provide a foundation for a massive world of electronics to come.

Take Karate lessons… assuming you can find them. Self-defense will always be a handy thing to have. Karate teaches much more including self discipline, control and respect […]

leaky windows

While many will not care a whit, more writers are publishing evidence of tech giants standardizing privacy invasions as integral to their business models.

As an overwhelming majority put every detail of their lives on computers, unfettered NSA and private partners collect all data. Didn’t everybody read 1984? Don’t ya’ll realize how this turns out? …”I don’t care if they violate my privacy; I’ve got nothing to hide.”

Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say. – Edward Snowden

Here’s a fresh article about the generous software giant helping everyone encrypt their data for […]

Socrates interviews politicians

Politicians Snap When Alternative Media Journalist Asks them One Short Question

By John Vibes Jan Helfeld is a political journalist who has been traveling around and asking politicians some of the same awkward questions that work to expose the illegitimacy of their authority. His questions were extremely simple and many times ridiculed as “stupid” by the politicians that he interviewed, because he was attempting to establish moral principles using the Socratic method.

One of the best and most crucial questions that Helfeld has asked over the years is simple enough: “Can you delegate a right that you don’t have to someone else?”

This simple question has caused dozens of politicians to either become aggressive, run away, or both because it […]

Of Tyrants And Dangerous Old Men

by Bob Owens from Bearing Arms .com [In the weeks following the Sandy Hook, statist politicians—never ones to let a crisis go to waste—took dead-aim at the Second Amendment, hoping to use the actions of one mentally ill young man to disarm an entire nation. At that time (New Year’s Day, 2013), I wrote the following warning, Of Tyrants and Dangerous Old Men, and posted it to my personal site, which Glenn Reynolds reminded me of today. How well has it held up over the past 22 months?]

Jerrold Nadler is an “average” elected member of Congress. He represents New York’s 8th congressional district, and has been in office for 20 years. He’s seen little of the world outside of […]

Dangerous Old Men

By Ebben Raves from American Thinker .com

Everybody knows a Walt Kowalski. He is the grizzled Korean War veteran Clint Eastwood played in the movie Gran Torino. A man who spends his days sitting on the porch, keeping his house and yard immaculate, satisfied to drink his cheap beer while watching his neighborhood and country go to hell around him. He is an anachronism, a dinosaur — part of the old America where you worked hard, took pride in your work and where you lived, and fought for your country and what it stood for when called upon. Armed with his M1 Garand rifle and 1911 .45 pistol he brought back from the war, he put new meaning in […]

doing a Route 66

There was a television show about a Corvette that ran for years.

Well, not just one Corvette, but whatever the current model was during the show’s production.

Supposedly it was about Tod and Buz wandering up and down Route 66 through 40 states doing good deeds before driving off.

But it was about the Corvette … every boy’s fantasy car … a fantasy that many never outgrow. The show wouldn’t have lasted two weeks if they were driving a Biscayne station wagon. It also scratched that itch most of us have felt to just toss it all and ride off into the sunset … or run away and join the circus … or whatever.

By the way, just so’s you […]

free advice … and worth every penny

“It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.’ But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.” – Murray N. Rothbard

On December 6th, I wrote and published Vociferously Ignorant. I started off with the Rothbard quotation above and went into why and how ignorance of economics is so widespread … and bad.

The picture of popular ignorance is larger than that. In a society where “everyone is a winner”, skill, talent, effort, work and achievement are neither respected nor striven for. All opinions are equal. Universities […]

burning anti-Muslim false flags

This is a YouTube video covering the Oregon community college false flag shooting earlier this year. It rips up the official narrative.

Drills are being played out as if they are real involving crisis actors a few steps below B-movie actors. Media and politicians are playing it as if the events really took place.

Most, if not all of the media-featured shooting events in the last several years have turned out to be false flag events. Often without any victims at all. The rest of the time, the accused shooter is one of the victims with the actual perpetrators being protected contract killers.

The obvious agenda is gun control, and by that means, defenseless people control… conquering the […]

vociferously ignorant

“It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.’ But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.” – Murray N. Rothbard

Keynesian Economics postulates that adding more money made up by the bankers out of thin air to the pool of existing money is a good thing. “It stimulates the economy”. That there are special people who can fiddle with everybody else’s money, and that everyone benefits from the fiddling.

As you can imagine, this idea is very popular with the fiddlers.

They employ Keynesians in government posts, […]

what you owe

hiding from danger

I have heard it many times throughout my years of standing up. Said many ways, but in essence they don’t speak up, stand up or take action because they don’t want to be noticed [by the enemy].

Who knows, they might get lucky. There may be enough brave people standing up to fend off the attacks. Watching from a hide-y-hole certainly bears less risk IF the good guys win.

But what if there were not quite enough good guys taking a stand?

What if the defending force falls a few arms short of adequate?

What if standing up, speaking up, pushing for change while it was only slightly dangerous was all it would have taken to prevent the violence? […]

attractive opposites

11 Words and Phrases You Didn’t Know Had Opposites

from Mental


What’s the opposite of disgruntled? Chances are you’re thinking the answer should rightly be gruntled—but is that really a word you recognize? The problem here is that disgruntled, alongside the likes of uncouth, disheveled, distraught, inert, and intrepid, is an example of an unpaired word, namely one that looks like it should have an apparently straightforward opposite, but in practice really doesn’t.

Words like these tend to come about either when a prefixed or suffixed form of a word is adopted into the language while its root is not, or when the inflected or affixed form of a word survives, while its uninflected root form falls […]

odd ducks

Obviously simplifications that fit few people perfectly.

pumping iron with your head

dissonance – dis·so·nance n. 1. A harsh, disagreeable combination of sounds; discord. 2. Lack of agreement, consistency, or harmony; conflict.

Dissonance was originally a musical term applying to notes other than what are expected, harmonious and customary. Harsh, jarring sounds that startle or unsettle listeners being completely at odds with the harmony and melody of their context.

Applied to thoughts and experience, cognitive dissonance is the psychological conflict resulting from incongruous beliefs and attitudes held simultaneously.

When faced with facts that are in direct opposition, one set must be proven wrong, ignored or abandoned. Our minds cannot hold both. Most of us simply refuse to admit the new one. So sorry, no room, no fit, can’t be.

Challenging […]

old farmer wisdom

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. Keep skunks and bankers at a distance. Life is simpler when you plow around the stump. A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled. Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight. Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads. Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you. It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge. You cannot unsay a cruel word. Every path has a few puddles. When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty. The best sermons are lived, not preached. Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna […]

correcting the Confederate flag nonsense

The Confederate Flag Needs To Be Raised, Not Lowered

What we see materializing before our very eyes is tyranny.

from Western

Ladies and gentlemen, I submit that what we see happening in the United States today is an apt illustration of why the Confederate flag was raised in the first place. What we see materializing before our very eyes is tyranny: tyranny over the freedom of expression, tyranny over the freedom of association, tyranny over the freedom of speech, and tyranny over the freedom of conscience.

In 1864, Confederate General Patrick Cleburne warned his fellow southerners of the historical consequences should the South lose […]

why the fireworks?

The United States Celebrates Independence Day — a Time for Re-evaluation By Janet Phelan

The fourth of July. This is the day for Americans to go down to the beach with a picnic basket loaded up with ham sandwiches and to drink more beer than can possibly be recommended during the work week. This is the day to gather with friends and family and to ooh and aah at pyrotechnics dazzling the sky. It is a day, if we stop to think, to be grateful that we are not living in a country which produces lock-step conformity and fear in its citizenry. It is a day, traditionally, to be thankful for our freedoms.

This July 4th, it would be […]

Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of […]

the death of free speech

The Emergence of Orwellian Newspeak

By John W. Whitehead

from The Rutherford Institute

“If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it…. Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant’ with information. […]

killing a free country

May 1919 at Dusseldorf, Germany, the allied forces discovered a copy of these ‘Rules.’ They were first printed in the United States in the ‘Bartlesville (Oklahoma) Examiner-Enterprise’ the same year, 1919.

Almost 20 years later, in 1946, the attorney general of Florida obtained them from a known member of the Communist Party, who acknowledged that the ‘Rules’ were then still a part of the Communist program for the United States.

1. Corrupt the young, get them away from religion. Get them interested in sex. Make them superficial. Destroy their ruggedness.

2. Get control of all means of publicity.

3. Get people’s minds off their government by focusing their attention on athletics, sexy books and other trivialities.

4. Divide the people […]

The Dissident Dad – No TV for You!

The Dissident Dad | Posted Friday Jun 12, 2015 at 2:09 pm

I am all about freedom of choice, with one exception: I am the TV Nazi in my house.

According to a 2013 report from Nickelodeon to its advertisers, children today are watching 35 hours of television a week! That’s like a full-time job. Heck, if TV watching was a job, these kids would qualify for Obamacare and a 401k employer match.

My first born didn’t watch TV for the first two years of his life. Today, he watches about 3 hours a week. The kids have access to the one TV in our home, for 1 movie a week with their grandpa, and two cartoons geared […]