September 8, 2013
by Paine’s Torch
Copyright 1993 ZENO Press, All Rights Reserved
I am a grateful slave.
My master is a good man.
He gives me food, shelter, work and other things.
All he requires in return is that I obey him.
I am told he has the power to control my life.
I look up to him, and wish that I were so powerful.
My master must understand the world better than I, Continue reading
July 28, 2013
European shadow economies are 22.1% of total economic activity or around $3.55 trillion (as large as Germany’s whole economy). A report by Tax Research, suggests that Austria and Luxemburg have the smallest shadow economies in the euro area at 9.7% of GDP, while Bulgaria at 35.3% and Romania at 32.6% top the list. Of the major economies, Germany clocks in at 16%, France at 15%, Italy at 27% and Spain 22.5%. Stunningly, in terms of tax revenues lost, the shadow economy translates into an estimated €864bn or just over 7% of euro area GDP and, in context, accounts for 105.8% of the [entire] healthcare spending of the EU. It appears that more and more Europeans have no choice but to shift to a shadow economy (as taxes rise among other things), and this is the biggest threat to the entire economy. This is likely one reason the ‘austerity’ actions have not been successful since far less taxes are being paid via the conventional channels. — Europe’s Shadow Economy, zerohedge.com (May 6th 2013)
For some reason I could not make myself write about banks again. As it was the next topic in line, I continued to take time off until I could. Continue reading
June 23, 2013
Well Mr. Big Brother IRS Man…
take my pound of flesh and sleep well
By Joseph Stack (2010)
If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt asking yourself, “Why did this have to happen?” The simple truth is that it is complicated and has been coming for a long time. The writing process, started many months ago, was intended to be therapy in the face of the looming realization that there isn’t enough therapy in the world that can fix what is really broken. Needless to say, this rant could fill volumes with example after example if I would let it. I find the process of writing it frustrating, tedious, and probably pointless… especially given my gross inability to gracefully articulate my thoughts in light of the storm raging in my head. Exactly what is therapeutic about that I’m not sure, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
We are all taught as children that without laws there would be no society, only anarchy. Sadly, starting at early ages we in this country have been brainwashed to believe that, in return for our dedication and service, our government stands for justice for all. Continue reading
June 14, 2013
Children Of Tomorrow
Children of tomorrow
I apologize to you
On behalf of those in my time
For the things we didn’t do
We didn’t stop the tyrants
So your fate could be prevented
We watched them steal our freedom
By our silence we consented
We didn’t choose to circumvent
The doom you’ve not escaped
While the Bill of Rights was murdered
And the Constitution raped
Some of us were lazy Continue reading
May 30, 2013
CORPORATE CRIME in the pharmaceutical industry
John Braithwaite, 1984
1 Introduction: an industry case study of corporate crime
The majority of people who work in the pharmaceutical industry subscribe to high standards of integrity and do everything in their power to stay within the constraints of the law. In the course of this research, I met pharmaceutical executives who impressed me with the sincerity of their commitment to the public welfare much more than many of the industry’s critics in politics, regulatory agencies, the public interest movement, and academia.
Valerie Braithwaite accompanied me to many pharmaceutical companies, forever constraining me from driving on the wrong side of the road. One day, as we drove back to New York, she said: ‘But these people are so nice, John. Do you think they really are corrupt? ‘ My initial response was: “You’ve spent the day being shown around and taken to lunch by the company’s public relations staff. They’re paid to be nice. Some people in these companies get paid a lot of money because they’re Continue reading
May 24, 2013
From: The Legalized Crime of Banking and a Constitutional Remedy
By Silas Walter Adams, 1958
The Legalized Crime Of Banking is a simple story of The Federal Reserve System, dealing principally with the unconstitutional creation of money and the control of credit by private corporations. The author suggests a concrete, simple solution, which Congress could employ, which would make the transition from private banking to the Treasury without injuring anyone enjoying a constitutional right, or without upsetting our normal course of trade, industry, and agriculture.
The Pauper and The Rich Man Continue reading
May 18, 2013
I do not like to write about politics. It would be such a waste of time to pretend that there is such a thing as democracy anywhere. The world is a republic of the rich. Ultra rich. Uber rich. Filthy rich. Invisible rich. New World Republic.
But, sometimes I come across an old picture, and I feel a rant on fake politics coming up. Not to worry, I will take this as an excellent opportunity to practice Continue reading