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Murder and Information Control as an Educational Aid

          Some years ago, I was dating a woman who had a daughter named Emily who was a 'Freshperson' at East High School. One day, Emily brought home an assignment from one of her classes. It was a flyer with a story on it, sort of a ‘whodunnit’ type mystery which read something like this... Continue Reading →

The World Series of Poker: A Guided Tour

(An excerpt from a creative writing assignment) You enter the dimly lit but brightly colored Latin and 80’s themed foyer of the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, which suggests the result of an affair between a Dia de la Muerte celebration and an episode of Miami Vice. Leaving behind the sweltering July heat and the... Continue Reading →

Dear President Eisenhower

October 23, 2019 Dear President Eisenhower,   I know you’re dead, but I’m writing to inform you that your warning went unheeded, sorry about that. In fact, we went a little over the top with the idea, newscasters and pundits now refer to things like the medical-industrial complex and the prison-industrial complex. It seems we... Continue Reading →

Dear President Eisenhower Rebuttal

In an open letter to President Eisenhower, a Concerned Citizen vaguely and haphazardly asserts (more implies) that the ‘military-industrial complex’ has led to war-based economic dependency, and will eventually result in a catastrophic failure of the systems upon which average Americans rely. Concerned Citizen advocates a boycott of these same systems which he claims are... Continue Reading →

Poker Society: An Attempt at Analysis

In 2003, I fell in love again. Not with an electric guitar or a woman this time, but with a game. While channel surfing one day, I stumbled upon a program called “The World Series of Poker.” Curiously I watched as unfamiliar characters played an unknown game called Texas Hold’em. Gripped with fascination, I tried... Continue Reading →

A Ron Stallworth Joint

or... How to Lose Focus: An English Assignment The night was moist. The moistness evidenced by the way my hostage's curly locks frizzed near the ends, and the night by the darkness. This dark, moist evening I demanded from my hostage the use of her near-expert note-taking skills but offered her a bowl of ramen... Continue Reading →

Abusive Relationship

What if you were in a relationship with someone who demanded that you give them 35% of your gross pay, spent half of it on guns, gave another quarter to their friends who either spend it on guns or have bad gambling habits, leaving only enough left over for them to buy you something you... Continue Reading →

The Cost of American Healthcare

UPDATE: The real answer is refined sugars and high fructose corn syrup. The following is merely rhetoric. In 2016, American healthcare spending amounted to over $3.3 trillion, representing roughly 17% of our country’s gross domestic product. Per capita, Americans spend roughly double for healthcare than citizens of other developed nations, and while the reasons are... Continue Reading →

Mixtape

Dr. Poole’s extra credit payment plan, Sociology 1020, fall semester 2019.Home Johnny Cash – “Man In Black”&… Source: Mixtape

Veteran’s Day 2010

"We, the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much with so little for so long, that we are now qualified to do anything with nothing." -Unknown, but probably a soldier, definitely not Mother Theresa... To all the vets and to those who still serve: Although... Continue Reading →

Veteran’s Day

As a veteran, I would like to thank all the other veterans and non-veterans for thanking me for my service. It was my pleasure, I’m sure. I would only like to point out that the civic functions of all citizens, whether they served in the military or not, is vastly more important to the preservation... Continue Reading →

Transactional Fallacy

The state of Louisiana has banned the use of cash transactions for second hand goods with regard to yard/garage sales, flea markets, swap meets, personal transactions, and even the local thrift shop, if they do not comply with informational requirements set forth in the bill. The bill attempts to stave off black market and other... Continue Reading →

To the Awake and Waking

To many, this world makes perfect sense. To those fully invested psychologically, emotionally, and economically, there is no doubt that the turmoil we’re currently witnessing in this world is going to subside, and everything is going to be just fine. They’re banking on that, because they cannot comprehend a world where all the things for... Continue Reading →

Think About The Children

I’ve been entering into discussions lately about solutions to the problems that we in the western world face as a result of greed and corruption. One solution I present is that we voice our concerns with how we choose to spend our money. To be very selective about the things that we purchase, by purchasing... Continue Reading →

Things That Did Not Happen

1. The Department of Homeland Security and other privately held government contractors, such as the Federal Reserve and the Postal Security Service have not requisitioned over 2 billion rounds of rifle and handgun ammunition, to include hollow point rounds. They also have not purchased over 200 Mine Resistant Armored Personnel (MRAPS) for domestic use, or... Continue Reading →

The Sub-Human Law: Death Penalty

After struggling for years in internal debate with my own conflicting convictions on capital punishment and capital crime, I have concluded for myself that the death penalty is fundamentally wrong. It is man-made legislation that flies in the face of natural law in that it justifies a third party in the murder of an individual,... Continue Reading →

The State of American Mental Health

So there’s been a few additions to the big book of mental disorders that mental health professionals use to diagnose their patients. Among them are hypersexual disorder, cannabis withdrawal, and hoarding. Almost 50% of Americans currently ‘have’ a mental disorder, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders #5. One of the newer... Continue Reading →

The Seven and Seven

I think the idea is this. If you were Big Daddy, and you had a bunch of your kids running around, which of these behaviors would you tolerate? Assuming that even if you were Big Daddy, but you were still you, complete with all of the limitations and fears of your human self, which behaviors... Continue Reading →

The Problem With Belief

You can believe I'm crazy, you can believe whatever you like - it doesn't bother me. I believe what I believe because I've looked deeply into matters for well over a decade. I've seen where others have connected the dots, connected a few of my own, and now I'm watching as those connected dots are... Continue Reading →

The Pearl Harbor Tragedy

December 7th, 1941. A day that will live in infamy forever. Too bad that we ignored the Japanese subs off the coast. Too bad all of our fighter aircraft were stacked wingtip to wingtip on Wheeler Army Airfield with all of their weapons detached and stowed to help prevent ‘sabotage’ from the Japanese living on... Continue Reading →

The Non-Secret of Skull and Bones

I’ve been researching Skull and Bones for some time now and I’ve come to a simple conclusion. There is no secret, but if there is, it's a well publicized one. Legends, myths, tall tales, all convenient distractions for what amounts to one big nothing, one big nothing at all, or so some might like others... Continue Reading →

The Hegelian Dialectic

This term (and its attribution), is generally a misnomer in its application to issues regarding socio-political cause and effect, however, it is contemporarily used to describe a process by which an individual or a group can be manipulated, over time, to reject their current beliefs and convictions, and to accept and replace them with new ones. The... Continue Reading →

The 5 D’s of Defense

When I was a soldier, I learned the 5 D’s of Defense. They are, distract, divide, delay, divert, and deny. To distract an enemy from an unseen force with the mission to flank and destroy. To divide the enemy and more easily subdue and destroy the resultant smaller forces. To delay the enemy’s advance and... Continue Reading →

Thanks For Your Service, Civilian…

Thank you for your service, Civilian... Life in the military is fundamentally different from civilian life... This is the first sentence on a pamphlet I received as I went through initial military processing when I volunteered for service. Essentially, the military is a dictatorship which has the expressed purpose of defending a civilian populous from... Continue Reading →

Silence = Consent

Many I speak with about politics, war, and current events come back at me with a similar refrain: “What are you doing about it?” This phrase usually comes up at the point when someone just doesn’t want to talk about the things in this world that are iniquitous. I understand how ineffectual I am to... Continue Reading →

Secret Society

Secret combinations, secret handshakes, and secret negotiations. All through mankind’s history, secret societies of men of wealth and influence have guided politics, economics, war, and ultimately, the fate of the masses. A study of the interpersonal, familial, and political connections between members of contemporary secret societies clearly show the patterns of haughty greed and self-aggrandizing excess... Continue Reading →

Ride The Lightning

First-degree murder is illegal. The murder must meet several prerequisites to qualify as first degree. The three common requirements for first-degree murder are intent, premeditation, and planning. I used to watch TV, so I thought that they were a motive, a weapon, and a body. Capital punishment is legal. Capital punishment is the publicly stated... Continue Reading →

Plausible Deniability

“Admit nothing, deny everything, and make counter-accusations.” Plausible deniability is the concept described as avoiding culpability or accountability for the actions of one’s subordinates by deliberately avoiding knowledge of said actions, particularly when those actions could be considered illegal or immoral. A prime example of plausible deniability is the Iran-Contra affair, in which National Security... Continue Reading →

Opposing Viewpoints

One might say that our government has not held up its end of the bargain. Another might say that it’s exceeded it’s expectations, and gone above and beyond the call of duty. Some feel that federalizing health care and mandating expenses for the people under threat of punishment is not within the government’s authority, while... Continue Reading →

One American’s Manifesto

I’m an expert at a few things. I can deal cards, play guitar, and rock a machine gun pretty well. I’m not an expert at law, constitutional or otherwise, but who is? Fortunately for all of us, there is one simple constitutional principle which is easily understood without having the benefit of a law degree.... Continue Reading →

On Mastermind…

(Originally posted January 18, 2014) Reading about MasterMind brought back to me a some thoughts I’d had some time ago about a Terminator scenario where machines rule the world. I’m going to keep this short and sweet, these are just my thoughts and ideas, never intended to be shared, but I see increasingly that people... Continue Reading →

Obama Rhetoric

According to Mr.Obama, sending millions of people who broke the law to get here back from where they came would be “contrary to our character.” But I guess hanging our soldiers out to dry, mandating how we spend our money under threat of punishment, holding people without due process, encouraging banks to cheat us, waging... Continue Reading →

NVA Strategy

I am a student of history, and I appreciate those who look at the present from a historical perspective. The advantage that many miss about history is that it allows you to see an event from more points of view than your own, and you’re able to see things more clearly. Of course this is... Continue Reading →

Life East of Eden

I’ve always thought it was a commonly known fact that oil rich countries in the middle east subsidize the living standards of their citizens with a portion of their oil profits. I thought everyone knew that countries like Jordan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Libya would offer their citizens no interest housing loans, marriage stipends,... Continue Reading →

Identify Yourself

“Probable cause is not established by failing to present identification upon request by a law enforcement officer.” (Moya v. United States , 761 F.2d 322, at 325-326) “Indeed, there is no general requirement in this country for citizens to carry any identification.” (State v. Barwick, 66 Wn. App. 706 at 709, 833 P.2d 421). “Defendant... Continue Reading →

I Do Not Recognize The Court

I do not recognize the court because in the court sits a judge. Every judge swears a solemn oath of office to support and defend the constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic. It is no longer a question of whether or not the high echelons of leadership in... Continue Reading →

Homeland Security Fail

When I was in the army, I learned a lot about security. How to establish it, how to maintain it, and the fundamental elements of it, which if employed properly, are effective in providing said security. One fundamental of security is establishing a perimeter. A line of defense inside which assets and personnel are kept... Continue Reading →

Fractional Reserve Lending

By law, banks are allowed to loan out a variable 7 to 9 times that which they have cash reserves on hand to cover. This means that if a bank holds a depositor’s money in the amount of $100, then they are legally allowed to lend out $700 to $900, depending on the rules regarding... Continue Reading →

Focus

There’s nothing more confusing out there than the internet, particularly for those who indulge in alternate viewpoints. There is a conspiracy that has been made up as a counter for every concept imaginable. Most of them are just bunk. I know many people who consider themselves very aware of what is going on in the... Continue Reading →

Education and Death Culture

So my girlfriend’s daughter brings home a paper from school the other day, and it’s a riddle, obviously intended to develop critical thinking skills, which I think is great. So I’ll paraphrase: Every morning, a woman cooks her husband beans and eggs, and he eats them while he reads the morning paper. On this particular... Continue Reading →

Don’t Act Crazy

The proportion per capita of deaths related to police action in this country is much too high, particularly compared to other countries. Crime rates have slowly declined as the rate of people killed by police increases in frequency. I think an appropriate corollary could be drawn between these statistics and those regarding drugs prescribed for... Continue Reading →

Division and Distraction

This system has been created to confuse you, to distract you from what’s important, to make you fearful and insecure about future prospects. All of the major facets of our society serves to only further differentiate ourselves from one another, to segregate us into tinier and tinier camps. Bigotry and religious clashes on a micro... Continue Reading →

Conspiracy

Would a conspiracy involving a small subset of humans deliberately creating conditions that would lead to the death or displacement of 85% of the world’s population be considered mass homicide? That’s illegal, right? If a corporation is a person, and a psychopath is a person who cannot morally differentiate a human being from a chair... Continue Reading →

Cognitive Dissonance

The term cognitive dissonance describes a mental condition in which newly acquired information that opposes one’s belief system, or holding contradictory beliefs leads to psychological discomfort. The level and type of psychological discomfort varies by individual, and manifestations and reactions to cognitive dissonance can range from mild depression to irrational neuroses and nervous tics, to severe... Continue Reading →

Coffee Shop Talk

I was having a conversation with a coffee shop acquaintance yesterday. It was a typical conversation, one that I try to have every day, about the state of world affairs and the politics surrounding them. It seems to me that all of the people I talk to who can see the hypocrisy and corruption inherent... Continue Reading →

Code Of Conduct

In 1955, President Eisenhower enacted Executive Order 10631 entitled, "Code of Conduct for Members of the Armed Forces of the Unites States." It outlines generally how a service member is to act in the event they are captured by the enemy. I have always kept a copy of the Code of Conduct close to me,... Continue Reading →

Clash With Reality

When reality does not conform to one’s expectation of reality, the expectation takes over, particularly when reality is painful or requires action beyond one’s ability. What is left is fantasy. The repression and denial of what is known to be true causes a trauma of the mind which is persistent, not like a physical injury,... Continue Reading →

Clarity

To be clear, I’ve never been lied to by a politician, because I’ve never spoken with a politician. Politicians have lied, to be sure, but one has never lied to me, because I’ve never asked one a question. To be clear, I have never asked a politician to do anything for me. I’ve never asked a politician... Continue Reading →

Capitol Felony Treason

Title 18 sect 2381 – Capitol Felony Treason: “In the presents of two or more witnesses of the same overt act, or in a open court of law, if you fail to timely move to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and honor your oath of office, you are subject to the... Continue Reading →

Black Label Society

The black labels of ‘truther’ and ‘conspiracy theorist’ have been used to describe those who question. ‘Sleeper’ and ‘shill’ are attached to those who toe the line and defend the official media and government soundbites. And ‘gatekeepers’ are those who have been given, or have figured out the truth for themselves, but use disinformation to... Continue Reading →

American Pastimes

A good friend of mine is one who I would consider a politically and socially conscious individual, and is also a staunch football fan. These days, I think he would be considered more of a ‘fantasy’ football fan, but a fan nonetheless. I applaud my friend Ian on a continual basis for being aware of,... Continue Reading →

Always Remember to Never Forget

Yesterday marked the twelfth year since the incidents of 9/11/01. The most prolific tagline… or mantra, if you will, regarding the attacks is “Never Forget”. But exactly what is it about these events that we are supposed to remember never to forget? Ask around the workplace, or at school – ask your friends if they... Continue Reading →

Affidavit Of Opinion

I, Isaac Beck, a natural human being, born on the North American continent in the year 1974, hereby rescind and refute any and all contracts from the beginning, whether implied or expressed with the United States Government, its corporate operating entities, and all state corporate franchises. I personally reject my United States citizenship, and all... Continue Reading →

A World Of Pain

People often tell me that they’ve tried to play guitar, but they couldn’t deal with the pain from fretting notes. It is pretty painful, especially at first. But I always try to encourage them by telling them that the pain will go away after a while, which is a total lie. If you continue to... Continue Reading →

4th Amendment

I just want to say something about the rights of citizens, specifically the rights guaranteed us by the 4th amendment of the constitution. The 4th amendment guarantees citizens of legal age the protection against illegal search and seizure by the federal government and local law, as well as other citizens, in my reading of the... Continue Reading →

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