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Re: “So That's What a Government Shutdown Looks Like

'Zeitgeist, The Movie' and 'Zeitgeist: Addendum' were created as Not-for-Profit expressions to communicate what the author felt were highly important social understandings which most humans are generally not aware of. The first film focuses on suppressed historical & modern information about currently dominant social institutions, while also exploring what could be in store for humanity if the power structures at large continue their patterns of self-interest, corruption, and consolidation.

The second film, Zeitgeist: Addendum, attempts to locate the root causes
of this pervasive social corruption, while offering a solution. This solution is not
based on politics, morality, laws, or any other "establishment" notions of human affairs,
but rather on a modern, non-superstitious based understanding of what we are
and how we align with nature, to which we are a part. The work advocates
a new social system which is updated to present day knowledge, highly influenced
by the life long work of Jacque Fresco and The Venus Project.

"I believe totally in a Capitalist System, I only wish that someone would try it"
-- Frank Lloyd Wright

Posted by tPain on 08/17/2009 at 2:34 PM

Re: “Q&A With Elections Expert David Schleicher

"I have solved this political dilemma in a very direct way: I don't vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, 'If you don't vote, you have no right to complain,' but where's the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote -- who did not even leave the house on Election Day -- am in no way responsible for that these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess that you created."

-- George Carlin

Posted by tPain on 08/17/2009 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Running the Gauntlet

Rights? What a joke. The Patriot Act ended all that nonsense. In the new age of totalitarianism this guy was lucky.

If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.
-Thomas Paine

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Posted by tPain on 08/17/2009 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Wall Worries

Reminds me of a quote..

"Bureaucrats: they are dead at 30 and buried at 60. They are like custard pies; you can't nail them to a wall"
-- Frank Lloyd Wright

Posted by tPain on 08/17/2009 at 7:37 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Regressive Taxation Policy. Seems to me that is what was decided by election. So just cut funding of all social services and move on... to the revolution....

Attempting to reduce the tax incidence of people with higher ability-to-pay, as they shift the incidence disproportionately to those with lower ability-to-pay.

Sales tax on essentials such as clothing, transport, and residential rents can be regressive. Since the income elasticity of demand , it tends to take up a higher percentage of the budget of a person or family with a lower income.

Sin taxes are also regressive, since the products taxed (usually alcohol and tobacco) are often consumed more (or at least at a greater proportion) by the lower classes.

"Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher. Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil."
-Thomas Paine

Posted by tPain on 08/17/2009 at 7:19 AM

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