Evil Bills by Evil Men

Tomorrow wikipedia will be blacked out, we will not be able to access their articles and we will not be able to use this great resource for unbias encyclopedia for everything from history to current events, and from science to mathematics.

To: English Wikipedia Readers and Community
From: Sue Gardner, Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director
Date: January 16, 2012

Today, the Wikipedia community announced its decision to black out the English-language Wikipedia for 24 hours, worldwide, beginning at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18 (you can read the statement from the Wikimedia Foundation here). The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States—the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate—that, if passed, would seriously damage the free and open Internet, including Wikipedia.

This will be the first time the English Wikipedia has ever staged a public protest of this nature, and it’s a decision that wasn’t lightly made. Here’s how it’s been described by the three Wikipedia administrators who formally facilitated the community’s discussion. From the public statement, signed by User:NuclearWarfare, User:Risker and User:Billinghurst:

It is the opinion of the English Wikipedia community that both of these bills, if passed, would be devastating to the free and open web.
Over the course of the past 72 hours, over 1800 Wikipedians have joined together to discuss proposed actions that the community might wish to take against SOPA and PIPA. This is by far the largest level of participation in a community discussion ever seen on Wikipedia, which illustrates the level of concern that Wikipedians feel about this proposed legislation. The overwhelming majority of participants support community action to encourage greater public action in response to these two bills. Of the proposals considered by Wikipedians, those that would result in a “blackout” of the English Wikipedia, in concert with similar blackouts on other websites opposed to SOPA and PIPA, received the strongest support.
On careful review of this discussion, the closing administrators note the broad-based support for action from Wikipedians around the world, not just from within the United States. The primary objection to a global blackout came from those who preferred that the blackout be limited to readers from the United States, with the rest of the world seeing a simple banner notice instead. We also noted that roughly 55% of those supporting a blackout preferred that it be a global one, with many pointing to concerns about similar legislation in other nations.

In making this decision, Wikipedians will be criticized for seeming to abandon neutrality to take a political position. That’s a real, legitimate issue. We want people to trust Wikipedia, not worry that it is trying to propagandize them.

But although Wikipedia’s articles are neutral, its existence is not. As Wikimedia Foundation board member Kat Walsh wrote on one of our mailing lists recently,

We depend on a legal infrastructure that makes it possible for us to operate. And we depend on a legal infrastructure that also allows other sites to host user-contributed material, both information and expression. For the most part, Wikimedia projects are organizing and summarizing and collecting the world’s knowledge. We’re putting it in context, and showing people how to make to sense of it.
But that knowledge has to be published somewhere for anyone to find and use it. Where it can be censored without due process, it hurts the speaker, the public, and Wikimedia. Where you can only speak if you have sufficient resources to fight legal challenges, or, if your views are pre-approved by someone who does, the same narrow set of ideas already popular will continue to be all anyone has meaningful access to.

The decision to shut down the English Wikipedia wasn’t made by me; it was made by editors, through a consensus decision-making process. But I support it.

Like Kat and the rest of the Wikimedia Foundation Board, I have increasingly begun to think of Wikipedia’s public voice, and the goodwill people have for Wikipedia, as a resource that wants to be used for the benefit of the public. Readers trust Wikipedia because they know that despite its faults, Wikipedia’s heart is in the right place. It’s not aiming to monetize their eyeballs or make them believe some particular thing, or sell them a product. Wikipedia has no hidden agenda: it just wants to be helpful.

That’s less true of other sites. Most are commercially motivated: their purpose is to make money. That doesn’t mean they don’t have a desire to make the world a better place—many do!—but it does mean that their positions and actions need to be understood in the context of conflicting interests.

My hope is that when Wikipedia shuts down on January 18, people will understand that we’re doing it for our readers. We support everyone’s right to freedom of thought and freedom of expression. We think everyone should have access to educational material on a wide range of subjects, even if they can’t pay for it. We believe in a free and open Internet where information can be shared without impediment. We believe that new proposed laws like SOPA—and PIPA, and other similar laws under discussion inside and outside the United States—don’t advance the interests of the general public. You can read a very good list of reasons to oppose SOPA and PIPA here, from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Why is this a global action, rather than US-only? And why now, if some American legislators appear to be in tactical retreat on SOPA?

The reality is that we don’t think SOPA is going away, and PIPA is still quite active. Moreover, SOPA and PIPA are just indicators of a much broader problem. All around the world, we’re seeing the development of legislation intended to fight online piracy, and regulate the Internet in other ways, that hurt online freedoms. Our concern extends beyond SOPA and PIPA: they are just part of the problem. We want the Internet to remain free and open, everywhere, for everyone.

On January 18, we hope you’ll agree with us, and will do what you can to make your own voice heard.

Sue Gardner,
Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation 

Similarly, I read warnings from Craigslist:

Corporate supporters of HR3261 (SOPA) and S968 (PIPA) demand the ability to take down any web site that affects their profits — without due process or judicial oversight — in the name of combating “online piracy.” Hoping you won’t notice or care, quite a few of our Public Servants want to give them that right.

Believe it or not, Monster Cable (remember “Monster Park”?) considers craigslist a “rogue site” for blacklisting and takedown under PIPA – apparently 2nd hand sales of stereo cables by CL users is reducing Monster’s sales of new cables. (reddit).

SOPA/PIPA authors and supporters insist they’re only after foreign piracy sites, but Internet Engineers understand this is an attempt to impose “Big Brother” control over our Internet, complete with DNS hijacking and censoring search results. 

<RANT>What could be more anti-American than jack-booted thugs throttling our free speech, poisoning that greatest of American inventions, the Internet, while devastating perhaps our most successful and competitive industry? There’s got to be a better way to sell more stereo cables.</RANT>

★ ☆ ★ Tell Congress you OPPOSE H.R. 3261 “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) and S. 968 “Protect IP Act” (PIPA) ★ ☆ ★ 

Supporters of SOPA: RIAA, MPAA, News Corp, TimeWarner, Walmart, Nike, Tiffany, Chanel, Rolex, Sony, Juicy Couture, Ralph Lauren, VISA, Mastercard, Comcast, ABC, Dow Chemical, Monster Cable, Teamsters, Rupert Murdoch, Lamar Smith (R-TX), John Conyers (D-MI)

Opponents of SOPA: Google, Yahoo, Wikipedia, craigslist, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, eBay, AOL, Mozilla, Reddit, Tumblr, Etsy, Zynga, EFF, ACLU, Human Rights Watch, Darrell Issa (R-CA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Ron Paul (R-TX)

Where does your Member of Congress stand on SOPA? (Project SOPA Opera)

SOPA and PIPA Are Too Dangerous To Revise, They Must Be Killed Entirely 

Congress needs to hear from you, or these dangerous bills will pass – they have tremendous lobbying dollars behind them, from corporations experts say are attempting to prop up outdated, anti-consumer business models at the expense of the very fabric of the Internet — recklessly unleashing a tsunami of take-down notices and litigation, and a Pandora’s jar of “chilling effects” and other unintended (or perhaps intended?) consequences.

There is still time to be heard. Congress is starting to backpedal on this job-killing, anti-American nonsense, and the Obama administration has weighed in against these bills as drafted, but SOPA/PIPA cannot be fixed or revised — they must be killed altogether.

Sen Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep Ron Wyden (D-OR) are championing an alternative to SOPA/PIPA called Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN) that addresses foreign sites dedicated to piracy, without disrupting basic Internet protocols, or threatening mainstream US sites like craigslist.

Tim O’Reilly, a publisher who is himself subject to piracy, asks whether piracy is even a problem, and whether there is even a legitimate need for any of these bills. 

Personally, I use wikipedia to research pretty much everything. It is the single best peice of online software out there. No other place in history has held so much information in one place, accessible by anyone, anywhere in the world.

As for Craigslist, it is another great site, engineered through internet freedom, where you can do anything from trading cars, to advertising for events.

Even this site; wordpress; would be under attack under these bills, this site which we all use to read from, or write to. We would not be able to express our freedom of speech.

Please click on the following links to find out more about SOPA & PIPA

From the BBC:

Sopa and Pipa anti-piracy bills controversy explained

From Digital Trends:

SOPA vs. PIPA: Anti-piracy bills, uproar explained

These bills are evil bills designed by evil men for special interests. One of the biggest problems, if not the biggest problem in this country right now is special interests. Because of a few companies that seek to get the advantage over others, they would threaten the freedoms of all 300 million people in this country. The freedom of speech and expression is as large and as widespread as it has even been before, because of the internet, and it is so, because there are no laws and no government infringing upon those freedoms.

The strike starts tomorrow, be prepared, it will affect many sites.

If this site goes down, I hope to see you all on Thursday.

Good night.

Update!

I woke up this morning to find that the internet is indeed on strike!

Here are a few of my favorite sites, all protesting, and one (wikipedia) not functioning at all. Their statement is a very important one; ‘Imagine a world without free knowledge’

For those who have not read atlas shrugged, I urge you to do so; it explains many of the problems we have in the world today.

What if none of our websites worked? What if all the top producers stopped showing up for work?

The looters of society, the special interest groups, the men who seek to make a quick buck by paralyzing their competition. These men do not understand that money is based upon value. Value is derived from producing. If we do not produce products of value, then money has no value. Eventually, there becomes no incentive to work anymore, and no incentive to produce, and so these quick buck lobbyists will loot their cash, and drain the blood of the hard workers and producers, until the workers die, or simply ‘shrug’.

Contact your local representative, and tell them to stop SOPA and PIPA.

A toast to heroes past and present

Today is Dr Martin Luther King Jr day.

I would like to propose a toast to Dr Martin Luther King Jr. You were the indispensable man of your time.

Any man or woman who champions the rights of mankind, is worthy of recognition and praise.

MLK fought for equal rights. For all mankind

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.[1] He is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.[2] King has become a national icon in the history of modern American liberalism.[3]

A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career.[4] He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. King’s efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. There, he expanded American values to include the vision of a color blind society, and established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history.

In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other nonviolent means.

Many confuse his achievements and desires with social justice and socialism. But as his niece contends, this was not what he fought for.

MLK fought for equal rights despite an overwhelming opposition. You can see that it was not an easy fight and that in this picture, he is scared, but bravery and self determination show through.

Many politicians and media groups seek to continue the black/white debate and operate under the guise of social justice. Their objective is to divide and conquer this country.

Where I grew up, there were very few black people, and I never once had a black person in my class at school…there were simply not enough living in the area I lived at. Any people of other ethnicity I did encounter, spoke with the same accent as me, and had similar interests. There was apparently no divide, and I was always taught to treat everybody the same.

I don’t understand the ideas behind race separation, discrimination and racism. I find it archaic and pathetic, and I hope with my generation it is diminished and gone for good.

I understand stereotypes, I understand that everyone has their little grievances. But with the election of President Barack Obama, I think we can put most of those to rest.

Back to social justice. It is a vile concept. For if all men are created equal, we all have a level playing field to start off from. But if we are to all end up in the same place. What’s the point?

In Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand states that once the government bureaucracy has grown too large, it no longer becomes worthwhile to produce anymore.

Ayn Rand also spoke about how racism is a primitive form of collectivism, and how it has no place in a free and capitalist society.

In a purely capitalist society, void of collectivism, members of any race may participate, and everything is determined by the individuals ability.

Henry Ford employed black people for the same rate that he hired white people. And thus, a max exodus of black people came from the south and moved to the north to produce car parts. There are still many black people living in Detroit today.

Watch the last minute of this video:

Between the innovations of Henry Ford, his colorblindness to ethnicity, and the steadfastness of MLK, black people today have the same opportunities as white people.

I think that special interests seek to divide people of race issues to promote their own agendas and voting blocks.

I think that we should restore the country to its foundations, maintaining the teachings from leaders such as MLK, and return prosperity to every man and woman in this country.

That is why I like Ron Paul, he is not racist and has no special agendas. Can you say this of President Obama, or the other republican candidates?

The true leaders of today are the ones without special agendas, who seek to uphold the values of freedoms for all men. So that all men are created equal.

As Ayn Rand once said ‘A culture is made – or destroyed – by its articulate voices’

I believe that to be true, and the freedom Dr Martin Luther King sought, however present today, must be upheld by today’s generation and for future generations to come. Freedom is a rarity in the world, and must always be spoken about with high conviction.

Here is a toast to Dr Martin Luther King Jr, a great leader of our past and to Dr Ron Paul, who I believe is a great leader in our time.

Who the heck are you?

So by now you may be wondering who I am.

My name is Paul Townsend.

I was born in Canterbury England. I had a fairly normal upbringing, and had a reasonably good education at English schools.

Aside from dirt jumping with my friends, and reading such books as ‘rich dad poor dad’. I was fairly normal for my age.

When I turned 16 I started playing an online game called ‘Star Wars Galaxies’, which was an MMORPG game similar to World of Warcraft, except the universe of the game was based on Star Wars.

On this game I met a girl whom I fell in love with. First we just started to talk and do missions together on the game. Eventually we were talking on yahoo chat outside the game, and then on a ventrilo server via headsets. Over the months of 2004 our relationship blossomed from a good friendship to an online romance. By fall I had decided that I wanted to go and see her.

There was only one problem…I was living in England, and she was living 4000 miles away in another continent. Cincinnati Ohio, was a fair distance away, no matter what age you are. And so, with my determination in mind to go and see her, her mother got on this star wars game and started talking to me, to suss out whether I really was a nice young English boy, or some creepy pedophile lurking behind a computer screen in some dank basement.

After realizing that I was who I said I was, she invited me over for Christmas that year, on the condition that I stay in the local motel down the road from them. I agreed, and so that Christmas, I took my very first flight from London to Chicago, and then on down to Cincinnati.

From the moment I set foot in America, I fell in love with it. Everything was well spaced out and clean. Everyone drove on the right side of the road, and it felt like a parallel universe compared to England, because everyone spoke the same language and behaved similarly, but to me, the people seemed nicer and more respectful, and I was very impressed by it.

When I was getting off the plane in Cincinnati, I caught a glimpse of my ‘online girlfriend’, standing next to her mother, and I felt a pinch of excitement as I headed down the walkway towards them.

When I saw Brooke for the first time, my heart just melted inside, she was perfect in every way.

I could write a novel about our romance from that point on. To put it into a short form. We began dating at that point, and I would fly out every summer and every Christmas for the next three years. Eventually after my ninth visit to the US, we went to see an immigration attorney to see about me moving to the US in the following year. He told us that if we got married, I could stay without having to leave and that within a year I could get a green-card. And so, that is what we did. I stayed in the US, and we married in February of 2008, four years after first meeting each other online.

My wife and I now live very happily together in the suburbs outside of Cincinnati. Again, I won’t go into too much detail, as I like my privacy. But just know that we are very happy together, and yes, it is a true love story.

On Friday I became a US citizen. It was a choice I made because of my love for this country, and because I always want to stay with my wife, without all the updates of paperwork that go with a green-card.

Over my four years living in the US, I have paid attention to the political process, as I am an avid historian, and I like to learn about how ideas affect reality.

I know that George W Bush was not a popular president, and I paid attention to the election process as Barack Obama became president. I felt at that point, that the country had changed, and was not on the right path. Imagine that…someone from another country, sensing that something was out of place. I couldn’t put my finger on it. So I continued to watch the news, and stay informed, as most people do.

I was amazed when I discovered Glenn Beck. And at this point I must point out, as I said, I love history, and I am an objectivist at heart. If you have a point to prove, I will gladly listen as you display the facts, and then do my own research to discover whether I believe your point of view or not. I am not a republican or a democrat. I was neither liberal, socialist (Labour) nor conservative while living in England, and to be honest I was rather young at the time. No, I came here with a clean slate, with open eyes, a honest heart, and the future ahead of me. I do not hold any major political convictions to one party or another.

What I do hold to though; is freedom. When I stepped off that plane in Chicago, what I sensed (and yes I realize I’m saying Chicago…I know about the corruption there now) was freedom.

When I was sitting in the passenger seat with my girlfriend for the first time in late 2004, her mother driving us from the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati airport, I felt free. Not just in love, but free. As we were driving down I-75 north, we rounded the hill, and the lights of Cincinnati burst into view. ‘This is what America is all about’ I thought to myself. ‘This is why people love to come here’. Everything was so big and bustling, everyone seemed to be so laid back and enjoying life.

Perhaps I was just lovestruck, perhaps I was seeing it in a romanticized light, but the sense I got from the people around me, shook me in a profound way.

I had decided at that point that eventually I would marry the girl beside me and live here some day.

And so back to Glenn Beck. What a character! I’ve never in my life seen someone on TV talk so harshly about politicians in such a serious and profound way. What really got me hooked on watching Glenn, was when he took a fish, (live on television!) gutted it, pulled the skeleton out of it and said ‘this is what the politicians in Washington are lacking…a spine!’. Wow! I couldn’t believe it, I was awestruck and beaming at the same time. I don’t care what country you live in, it takes balls to do something like that…to stand up to the establishment in such a profound way.

Like I said, I’m not some left wing or right wing nut. I was simply watching the news and settling into married life in the States with my wife. I watched the news because I like to stay informed about the world around me.

My wife is an avid photographer, and when the first Tea Party protests started, we headed down to the local one in Cincinnati to take pictures. I talked with an old guy who was sitting at one of the coffee shops down there, and he pretty much told me his life story. ‘Son, get yourself an education, and don’t let the government tell you what to do’. He bought me a coffee, and we had a pleasant conversation for about half an hour. When the march began to city hall, I said goodbye, and my wife and I followed the crowd, taking pictures along the way. I loved seeing the crowd in action. Everyone was cheerful in nature, and were protesting excess spending and special interests, and I liked seeing freedom of speech and protest in action.

By the next protest a month later, my in-laws had joined the local tea party, and from time to time, I would accept my father-in-laws invitation to attend one of the events. I would sit down and listen to what they had to say. But I made a point to never take part, as I was not an american citizen, and I did not feel it my place to say anything at that point. For the time being, I was simply an observer, watching what Americans do best.

For the next couple of years, I continued to observe the direction the country was heading in, and was deeply disturbed by the Obama administration’s passing of laws and bills which I felt violated the Constitution. By this point I had studied a great deal of American history, and felt I knew about as much as any normal American, if not more.

I continued to watch Glenn Beck, up until he canceled his show, and by that point I was researching the history of political candidates and global corruption. I no longer felt that Global warming was real, and I was greatly disturbed by all the ‘lies’ that were circulating the world.

As I said, I was still not an American citizen, and so I did not rock the boat, or discuss any of my findings in public. Aside from conversations with my wife and father-in-law, I mostly kept my opinions to myself. I was simply a resident, reading up on articles, and finding deeper truths to the world.

On Friday I became an American citizen. Like I said, I did so of my own accord, because I feel I share the same values as this country was founded upon, and I wish to live out my life with my wife by my side, in this great land of opportunity.

And now as a citizen, it is my duty to protect this country, from enemies foreign and domestic.

I will use the knowledge I have gained, to spread the truth, to help inform those around me, and to promote peace and freedom in the world.

I am Paul Townsend, and I love Freedom.

Becoming American

Yesterday I became an American Citizen. I swore an oath of allegiance and swore to protect the constitution, and defend the republic of the United States of America.

I met my wife almost eight years ago, and four years ago we decided to marry. After three years of permanent residency within this country, I decided to become an American citizen. I chose to do this because this is the country that my wife and I will always live in, and I chose to make it my country because its values are in line with my own.

This is how the day went:

I woke up around 8:30, let our dog out, had some breakfast, then took a shower. I shaved, gelled my hair, and generally made myself look presentable, before putting on the same suit I wore on our wedding day almost 4 years ago. After dressing, tying my shoes, and looking at myself in the mirror, I grabbed my wallet, keys and phone, and headed out toward my in-laws mini-van with my wife, as they picked us up and drove us down to Cincinnati. It was quite cold outside, the coldest day of the year so far, and there were slight swirls of snow fluttering in the wind. We listened to the radio as Brooke punched in the address for my ceremony on her phone. When we arrived at the address, we were surprised to find out that it was a school, and found out when we walked inside that the court uses a different place each month for oath of allegiance ceremony’s, so that people from schools, universities and other places, can get a change to see new citizens being sworn in. I said hello to Brooke’s family, and took a seat up front with the rest of the immigrants who were to become citizens, and Brooke and her family took seats in the back. The immigration officials took our green-cards and remaining paperwork, and sat us in a particular order for our certificates to be handed out. The school choir then came out and sang some patriotic songs. The judge arrived and we stood up, the boy scouts then presented the colors, and we sat down again. The judge welcomed us and explained some of our new rights and responsibilities. A microphone was then handed around to each immigrant, and we said our name and where we were from. There were 123 immigrants from 49 different countries, and 4 Brits including myself. After we had stated our names and where we were from, we said the pledge of allegiance, and we were then asked to raise our right hands.

We then, as a group, pledged our allegiance to the United states, this is what we confirmed:

The Oath of Allegiance

I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely

renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign

prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I

have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support

and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of

America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will

bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms

on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that

I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of

the United States when required by the law; that I will perform

work of national importance under civilian direction when

required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely

without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion;

so help me God.

After the pledge, the court was adjourned, and we walked up line by line from our seating arrangement to receive our certificates of citizenship.

I went over and thanked Brooke’s family for being there with me, and we took a group photograph together, and also a picture of Brooke and I together.

After pictures were taken, and I shook everyone’s hand, we all headed over to the Hofbrauhaus to celebrate. The Hofbrauhaus is a German beer-hall, and the first to be built within the US. Although its not strictly as American as a hamburger restaurant, Cincinnati does have a rich German heritage, and it seemed appropriate to go there with such a large crowd, as they have great food, drink, and big long wooden tables. While we were there, I received gifts from Brooke’s grandparents and aunties and uncles. All of the presents were very patriotic, and had american flag themes to them. I felt honored to have them all there with me, and very humbled to feel like I was so much a part of the family. I stood up and gave a quick speech to thank them all. I really have felt like one of the family for years now, and to finally become a United States citizen, cements my future with my wife, and with her family.

Thank you to all of you who made it to my event, and to all those who couldn’t, thank you for sending your good wishes.

Now, many people may wonder why I would decide to become a citizen of a country that seems to have reached its peak, and looks to be on the decline. And to those people I say:

This country is the most free country in the world. There is no other country on this planet that protects its citizens from an overbearing government, and no other country which was founded upon the belief of freedom and self determination.

Unfortunately this country has become very corrupt, and bureaucracy has taken over. It is up to each individual within the US to protect him or herself from an overbearing government. The documents I listed in yesterdays post ‘documents to live by’ state that all men are created equal, and that it is the duty of the people to overthrow the government when it becomes too powerful.

In a civilized world, we do not wish to have bloodshed by a bloody revolution. Currently there are many grassroots campaigns going on to help the US elect better politicians to combat the corruption, such as one of the local tea party groups close to where I live:

As an American Citizen I will do my best to help elect local officials who will stay true to their words, and help cut corruption, so that productivity can resume and continue in my local community, and eventually the leaders of the local communities can become a part of the federal government and help combat corruption on a more national level.

I can see where Americans have lost their way. There are many distractions in the world, and it is all too easy to get wrapped up in what the mainstream media spews out on our television sets. It seems that the very technology that enhances our lives, has also eroded it from within.

I decided to start this blog a week ago, with the knowledge of my becoming a citizen, as my duty toward the country I call my home. Just as the American patriots of the past decided to part away from England and establish a free country of their own. I have decided to revolt away from modern England also, with all its socialist agendas holding its people back. America, for all its faults, is still a capitalist country, and despite the mountains of legalities and restrictions, is still a country driven by free enterprise. If there was any country left in the world, which could recover from a financial meltdown, it would be the United States.

My goal is to expose the truth that I see in the world, and to help teach people the true meaning of freedom and self determination. That if enough people stand up against totalitarianism and special interests, that if enough people sit down and read articles that expose the truth swept under the rug, that they can, with well informed minds, decide the future of their country.

One last thing about my citizenship ceremony yesterday. The judge showed us a copy of two documents of her grandparents. Both of whom were Italian immigrants. They had come to the US in the early 20th century, and she said that she would not be where she is today without them coming over here. She said that aside from native Americans, all 300 million Americans are either immigrants or descendent of immigrants, and that it is up to each and everyone of us to preserve and defend the united states, and to maintain the freedoms that we all enjoy.

Here’s to the judge and the speech she gave, here is to my wife and her family for supporting me, and here is too all the groups and organizations who are actively working to maintain, preserve and enrich the freedoms of this great nation:

God bless the United States of America!

Documents to live by

Throughout history, civilizations have risen and fallen. Many people have lived in slavery, and few in freedom. Even in the modern world, many live under a totalitarian regime, and many under the oppression of communism and dictatorships.

In 1215 a group of Englishmen banded together and created the magna carta, a charter of common laws which provides for the basic rights of man.

Magna Carta is an English charter, originally issued in the year 1215 and reissued later in the 13th century in modified versions. The later versions excluded the most direct challenges to the monarch’s authority that had been present in the 1215 charter. The charter first passed into law in 1225; the 1297 version, with the long title (originally in Latin) The Great Charter of the Liberties of England, and of the Liberties of the Forest, still remains on the statute books of England and Wales.

The 1215 charter required King John of England to proclaim certain liberties, and accept that his will was not arbitrary, for example by explicitly accepting that no “freeman” (in the sense of non-serf) could be punished except through the law of the land, a right which is still in existence today.

The United States of America

When Englishmen left their homeland for the new world, they brought with them charters establishing the colonies. The Massachusetts Bay Company charter for example stated the colonists would “have and enjoy all liberties and immunities of free and natural subjects.” The Virginia Charter of 1606 (which was largely drafted by Sir Edward Coke) stated the colonists would have all “liberties, franchises and immunities” as if they had been born in England. The Massachusetts Body of Liberties contained similarities to clause 29 of the Magna Carta, and the Massachusetts General Court in drawing it up viewed Magna Carta as the chief embodiment of English common law.[73] The other colonies would follow their example.

The settlers of the origional 13 colonies lived by the comman laws of England, and when they began to feel oppressed by the monarchy of England, they decided to seperate from the motherland, and create a new country.

United States Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence was a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain regarded themselves as independent states, and no longer a part of the British Empire. John Adams put forth a resolution earlier in the year which made a formal declaration inevitable. A committee was assembled to draft the formal declaration, which was to be ready when congress voted on independence. Adams persuaded the committee to select Thomas Jefferson to compose the original draft of the document,[2] which congress would edit to produce the final version. The Declaration was ultimately a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War.

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 Happiness.

After the war of independence, the Constitution and bill of rights were written.

These documents have provided the gateway for the most free country in the history of the world.

This document must be protected to ensure the freedom of man.

Ronald Reagan once said that America is the last shining beacon of hope in the world. I believe this to be true, no matter how dark the days may be becoming.

Long live Liberty and the freedom of mankind!

Bravery and the heroes call to adventure

So you’re beginning your education, and you have history as your guide. But what about your fundamentals? What is your drive? What is at your core? What are your belief’s?

Some people turn to religion, and some are drilled into a certain way of thinking from a young age, whether it be through a state education, private education, or some military academy. Others; like myself, fell between the cracks and began a path all on our own.

Joseph Campbell wrote about the heroes journey, and the call to adventure. At just 17 years old; I took that adventure, and it all leads up to where I am today.

The Hero with a Thousand Faces (first published in 1949) is a non-fiction book, and seminal work of comparative mythology by Joseph Campbell. In this publication, Campbell discusses his theory of the journey of the archetypal hero found in world mythologies.

Since publication of The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Campbell’s theory has been consciously applied by a wide variety of modern writers and artists. The best known is perhaps George Lucas, who has acknowledged a debt to Campbell regarding the stories of the Star Wars films.

The mythology, and the standards that you live by, are what define you. Without them, you are easily swayed in one direction or another. Like the saying goes: ‘You either stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything’ this becomes true without a set of core principles that you feel strongly for at heart.

Personally, I believe in freedom, independence, self preservation and reliability. I believe each man and woman have the right to make whatever they want of themselves, so long as they are not taking something involuntarily away from others.

Ayn Rand wrote about the ‘virtue of selfishness’, that determining your own reality was the most important step you could take, and not letting other people stop you.

So what is your life’s calling? What will make  you get up and start doing what you really want to be doing? What will make you stand up and start walking toward your dreams?

As you begin to take the first steps, you will face many challenges, but as you meet and face those challenges, you will begin becoming more yourself, and the person you were supposed to be.

Take the heroes journey, explore the truth, be yourself, and discover the wonders of life.

Get an education

In order to find the truth, you must be able to read all the signs as you navigate through the minefields of information on the information highway that is the internet. Never in history has so much information been available to so many people and so easily and cheaply. Also, never has so much misinformation been so widespread, to get people off the scent of corruption.

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
There are so many distractions in the world today, that it is easy to forget what you were originally perusing, and even easier to be misguided into thinking completely differently to what you had originally set out to do.
And when speaking about education; I’m not talking about going to college. In fact, college is a big distraction. Over inflation of prices, and corruption, have made a good solid education hard to come by, and the cost to do so, will have you drowning in debt for life.
No, a true education is one that you seek for yourself from your heart. What is it that you truly wish to learn about? Do you want to learn history? What for? Do you want to learn math? Again; what for?
In order for your life to feel complete, if you feel as I do, you need to continually learn new subjects, and discover more about the world around you. It adds to life and the spice of it, when you can speak a few sentences in French, or name a fancy wine, or even talk about the affects of the British Empire on the modern world.
Can you read maps? Can you spot the difference between a genuine statement and a lie? The more you read about the world around you, and the further you go to discover the real truth, the more educated you will become.
It is not merely enough to ‘get a degree’ or follow the current flow of your country. The definition of intelligence is the ability to decipher information and understand the whole meaning of problems presented to you. A real education is to gain an understanding of the world around you, and how to make the most out of it.
There is a common theme among the people who didn’t go to college, many are inventors and innovators, and many simply have a unique understanding of business. One of my favorite books is ‘think and grow rich’ Because the mindset of believing in yourself and pushing yourself forward, is what propels these people to be successful.
Another great book is Rich Dad Poor Dad, which is a book about a boy who learns that even though his dad is a teacher, and very intelligent, he is also poor. And even though his friend’s dad is not very well educated, he is fast becoming wealthy.
Rich dad poor dad is a book that I read when I was 14 years old, and I can define it as the single most important book I’ve ever read, as far as putting me on a different path to everyone else. No I’m not a multimillionaire, and I’m not going to spew out a bunch of get rich quick programs for you to join, although I’ve come across my fair share of them. No, this book really gets you thinking about living life differently, and about how education effects your future.
Start looking at the world around you, and start thinking outside the box, and that is where your real education will begin.

We cannot escape history

“Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history” – Abraham Lincoln

If we are to seek the truth, one of the signposts to guide us must be history. If we do not follow the teachings of history  “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History

We must study the advantages and disadvantages of different cultures, their political systems, technological advancements, and the thought pattern of their citizenry.

One thing we must watch out for however is the source that we learn history from. Is this source objective? Is it fair and balanced? Or does the source currently work for a political agenda? After all, history is written by the victors. Imagine what history would look like if Nazi Germany had won World War II.

History is our guide, and we can learn about many aspects of modern society by comparing it to modern history all the way down to ancient history. Often there is a pattern of growth and then disintegration within a society. Corruption and manipulation of a political system, is often the root cause of this. It is allowed by the laziness of society, and the apathy of allowing a ‘ruling elite’ to run the country into the ground. In Ancient Rome, the population was kept under ignorance by what was called ‘panem et circenses’ or ‘bread and circuses’.

Bread and Circuses” (or bread and games) (from Latin: panem et circenses) is a metaphor for a superficial means of appeasement. It was the basic Roman formula for the well-being of the population, and hence a political strategy unto itself[citation needed]. In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the creation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through diversion, distraction, and/or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace.[1][2][3] The phrase also implies the erosion or ignorance of civic duty amongst the concerns of the common man (l’homme moyen sensuel).

In modern usage, the phrase has also become an adjective to describe a populace that no longer values civic virtues and the public life. Or as famous American author Robert Heinlein said, “Once the monkeys learn they can vote themselves bananas, they’ll never climb another tree.” To many across the political spectrum, left and right, it connotes a supposed triviality and frivolity that characterized the Roman Republic prior to its decline into the autocratic monarchy characteristic of the later Roman Empire’s transformation about 44 BCE.

It’s ironic how societies from two thousand years ago, can so directly mirror today’s society. Just take a minute to look at how mass media outlets concentrate in on once focus point, and almost completely block out anyone who has something else to say against it. John Stewart does a good job making fun of the media for blocking out presidential candidate Ron Paul during the Iowa straw poll last year.

We can learn many things through history, it is our signpost, if we learn to read the paper trails that have been left for us, we can discover the current issues more clearly, without the mass media confusing our judgment.

Remember that ‘what we do in life echos in eternity’, and that no matter which direction current history may be leading us, that we can always change the direction of it, no matter how dark the sky may become.

Abundant Truth Explained

To explain the meaning behind the blog:

From the Latin ‘uber verum-i’ which translates to ‘Abundant Truth’. I seek to unravel today’s mysteries, using all the modern technology of the internet to find the truth and goodness in the world. Uber verum-i literally means an abundance of truth, and I seek to show you as much information as I can.

Abundant

Time Saving Truth from Falsehood and Envy, François Lemoyne, 1737

Truth has a variety of meanings, such as the state of being in accord with fact or reality.[1] It can also mean having fidelity to an original or to a standard or ideal. In a common usage, it also means constancy or sincerity in action or character.[1] The direct opposite of truth is falsehood, which can correspondingly take logical, factual or ethical meanings.

However, language and words are essentially “tools” by which humans convey information to one another. As such, “truth” must have a beneficial use in order to be retained within language. Defining this potency and applicability can be looked upon as “criteria”, and the method used to recognize a “truth” is termed a criterion of truth. Since there is no single accepted criterion, they can all be considered “theories”.

Various theories and views of truth continue to be debated among scholars and philosophers. There are differing claims on such questions as what constitutes truth; what things are truthbearers capable of being true or false; how to define and identify truth; the roles that revealed and acquired knowledge play; and whether truth is subjective or objective, relative or absolute.

My goal is to seek the truth, and to show an abundance of information to support the theory. In a world filled with falsehoods and misinformation, it is always important to seek the truth, and to find an abundance of information to support it. If you cannot find enough information, maybe you need to dig deeper, or perhaps the truth presents a different meaning. Often you end up finding out that the opposite is true of where you started out. Are you prepared to accept that many of the truths you currently believe in are false?

Abundant Truth

In a world where the truth seems to be obscured by a barrage of media, it is up to the individual to always question the world around them. The most important question you can ever ask is ‘why?’. This question is the first we learn as an infant, and should be the question we should continue to ask into adulthood and throughout our lives.

If you wish to live a life which is filled with abundance; always dive down the rabbit whole, and never be afraid of taking the red pill.

If you always question the world around you, and seek to discover the truth, no matter how scary or profound the truth may be, your life will fill with abundance. You will find that you are able to do many more things than you were able to do before.

Once you learn about the world outside your normal viewpoint, the rest of the world will not understand your new point of view. No matter what you say to convince them otherwise, they will not listen to you unless they see it for themselves.

My goal with this site is to help anyone who is thirsty for information, who wishes to discover more about the world around them. Over the coming months I will be covering a whole range of subjects, from healthcare to politics, and from religion to philosophy.

I look forward to sharing ideas and information with you.