Sam Aurelius Milam III
A while back, I came across a television program about the sad plight of undocumented people. I don't remember the name of the program. I didn't watch the whole thing because I got disgusted and changed the channel. The problem with the program was that it was filled with propaganda in support of the chains that bind us.
In as much of the program as I watched, the propaganda promoted the notion that the problems of undocumented people can be solved only by documenting the people. Actually, the problems of undocumented people arise when they're denied access to something that they need, merely because they're undocumented. So, their problems could be solved either by documenting the people or by removing the restrictions. In the program, any hint that such people might remain undocumented was tacitly regarded as un-American. The possibility of removing the restrictions wasn't even presumed to exist. The unquestioned assumption was that the only possible solution to the problems of undocumented people is that they must become documented. Such unquestioned false assumptions reinforce our already oblivious acceptance of the chains that bind us.
Such arbitrarily mandated documentation, in whatever form it's provided, encumbers the documented people with obligations of obedience that they wouldn't otherwise have. Indeed, that's why the restrictions are created in the first place. They aren't intended to protect citizens, American jobs, or anything else. They're intended to force undocumented people to become documented, thereby imposing upon them the control of the chains that bind us.
I've been undocumented for more than 30 years, which is close to half of my entire life. As a consequence of my undocumented status, I'm prohibited from "owning" real estate, driving or "owning" a car, traveling in an airplane, having a job, getting medical treatment, cashing checks, staying in a motel, having insurance, renting things, and so forth. A prerequisite to any such activity or situation is that I must first become documented. That would encumber me with obligations to the government, placing me within the control of the chains that bind us.
By the end of this month, I'll be 73 years old. It seems to me almost like a miracle that I've made it this far without having any kind of serious medical problems, but that won't last forever. When I eventually get sick, I probably won't be sufficiently stoic to maintain my undocumented status. I've never been any good at being a hero. It's more likely that I'll surrender, and get the documentation. That will give me access to the medical treatment that will otherwise be denied. On the other hand, if I die suddenly, then my undocumented status will become somebody else's problem. I don't know what the members of my family will do about me. I've stated my preferences in my Will, but it's likely that most of those preferences are prohibited by the chains that bind us.
I could get fake ID but what would be the point of that? If I was going to get fake ID, then I might as well just get real ID. The whole point of my objection to documentation is that, real or fake, either way, it creates a slave relationship between the documented person and the government. Most people seem to be happy with that arrangement. I suppose that it relieves them of the burden of having to think for themselves. They have as much right to their opinions as I do to mine, so they can continue to subsist in the welfare state, serve the police state, and meekly wear the chains that bind us.
Being undocumented in that kind of a society isn't easy. A person who wants to free himself from obligations to government shouldn't make the attempt until he understands the reasons for doing it. The best way, maybe the only way, to acquire that understanding is to spend a lot of time studying such things as social contract, liberty, sovereignty, and jurisdiction. Pharos would be a good place to start. In fact, Pharos might be the only place to start. In addition to educating himself, such a person must position himself. That is, he must rearrange his life so that he'll still be able to obtain the things that he needs, after he's undocumented. Otherwise, he won't be capable of maintaining his undocumented status. If enough people do such things, then maybe, eventually, we might be able to defeat those chains that bind us.
|Letters to the Editor
Hey Sam, as we see on the news, the mass shootings continue to happen on a daily basis, and I just don't understand what motivates them to do this because there is no money or profit in it, they are just killing innocent people, so word out to all of your future mass shooters you should rob banks, and have something to show for your efforts? But I still firmly believe that anytime a mass shooter survives that he must be subjected to an immediate public execution without a trial to make a statement to others. In fact the prosecutor of the El Paso Texas Wal-Mart shootings has already declared that he will be seeking the death penalty, so let's get R done now! But here's an idea, why don't we harvest all of his organs right now and try to save some of his victims' lives?
—Howie in the Max
I can suggest three premises regarding the idea of capital punishment. 1. A representative style of government can legitimately exercise ONLY powers that were delegated to it by the people. 2. The people must have a power, themselves, before they can delegate that power to their government. 3. The U.S. government is such a representative style of government.
If those premises are correct, then certain things must necessarily follow. 1. If the U.S. government has a legitimate power to kill, then a person must also have a legitimate power to kill. Otherwise, the people could not have delegated that power to their government. 2. On the other hand, if a person doesn't have a legitimate power to kill, then the U.S. government cannot possibly have that power, because it could not have received it from the people.
If the U.S. government has a legitimate power to kill, which seems to be the case, but a person doesn't have such a power, which also seems to be the case, then at least one of the above premises must be false. Maybe they're all false. With that possibility in mind, I can suggest a different premise. All governments, of whatever style or form, have at least two things in common. They do whatever they damned well please and they punish anybody who doesn't cooperate. All experience appears to confirm the validity of that premise.
As always the Aug 2019 Frontiersman is a good read.
In "Star Trick", I'm always intrigued by gravity. I recently read an article about gravity that made sense to me. Gravity is nothing more than objects not in motion, are falling. So, to avoid falling, you must remain in motion faster than the down pull, but slow enough not to break away and fly up and out. So the earth is spinning at 1000 mph, question, if the earth stopped, would we squish flat from increase gravity? Is that why pressure increases as we go deeper towards the core of the earth? The earth spins slower the deeper you go right? And the earth is flying around the sun at 70 thousand miles per hour. Any slower and we would fall into the sun.
No one truly knows what gravity is. They describe it well but can't create it.
Hey, food for thought, to Howie who stated that the last whaler left port in 1927, that's not true. Japan just a couple years ago started hunting whales again. And they do so legally because they left the accord. And in Greenland, they never quit hunting whales. Whale meat is a staple of the indigenous people there. They use boats with outboard motors to chase the whale pods onto the shore where men are waiting with swords to stab them to death. And women slaughter the animals right on the shore. Then, everyone involved, (hundreds of people), will equally split the thousands of pounds of meat.
Pamela Anderson goes there every year to protest the whale hunts but they persist because it's a meat source they have come to count on....
—S. H., a prisoner
In order for an object to remain in orbit, the centrifugal force away from its primary must equal the force of its weight toward its primary.
If you were to descend deeper into the Earth, an increasing proportion of the Earth's mass would be above you, tending to pull you up instead of down. Thus, as you went deeper, your weight would decrease. If you arrived at the center of the Earth, then you'd be weightless.
The spin of the Earth does exert a centrifugal force perpendicular to the axis but, so far as the weight of a person is concerned, the effect is negligible. Otherwise, a person at one of the poles, where there isn't any centrifugal force, would weigh less than when he was at the equator, were the centrifugal force is at its maximum. However, that effect might not be negligible with regard to an unbalanced ice cap, which is much heavier than a person. Consider that, near the poles, the direction of the centrifugal force is more nearly parallel to the surface. Thus, some people have suggested that the unbalanced force of an asymmetrical ice cap might have caused alleged past instances of displacement of the Earth's crust. They claim that such massive movement of the Earth's crust might be a good explanation for pole shift.
Fiction by Sam Aurelius Milam III
Sleeping peacefully, in his dream he called her again, the fifth time that evening. He was determined to change her mind. In his dream, he invited her to his place, for a late evening snack and maybe to watch a video from his collection. In his dream, she yelled at him to stop harassing her, to leave her alone. In his dream, she refused his invitation.
Sleeping peacefully, in her dream the telephone rang again, the fifth time that evening. In her dream, he tried again to get her to come over for a visit. In her dream, she refused and demanded that he leave her alone.
Sleeping peacefully, in his dream, he called her one last time, and again invited her over for a visit. In a cold, hard voice, in his dream, she told him that she'd be there soon but that he wouldn't like it.
Sleeping peacefully, in her dream, the telephone rang again. She'd had all that she could take. In a cold, hard voice, she agreed to his invitation, but told him that he wouldn't like it.
Sleeping peacefully, in his dream, he made a few preparations for her visit.
Sleeping peacefully, in her dream, she went into her office, unlocked her safe, and took out her pistol. Wearing only her robe, she drove across town to his place.
Sleeping peacefully, in his dream, when the doorbell rang, he went into the front room and opened the door.
Sleeping peacefully, in her dream, she rang the bell. When he opened the door, she shot him in the head.
The next morning, she'd completely forgotten her dream. It didn't really matter anyway because, in her waking life, she'd never even met the man. She didn't even own a gun.
A week later, after some of his friends reported him missing, the police broke into his house. They found him laying in bed. He was dead, with a gunshot wound in his head.
The police didn't find a bullet, anywhere, just a head wound that had been made by a bullet. They didn't find a spent cartridge or even any gunshot residue. There weren't any fingerprints. There wasn't any sign of forced entry. There weren't any clues at all. There weren't any suspects. Everybody that he knew had an alibi.
It was a perfect crime, the kind of crime that happens only in dreams.
We've Lost Our Bearings
Sam Aurelius Milam III
I can remember when rotating parts had bearings that could be periodically lubricated. Even the motors on electric fans had oil cups. It was a long time ago, but things really were that way.
I remember when stuff started to show up with permanently lubricated bearings. Such bearings were guaranteed for the life of the product. Eventually, I realized that the life of the product is defined as having expired when the bearing fails. Today, lawn mowers don't even have oil drain plugs. We're told that oil changes aren't necessary. Wear it out, throw it away, and buy a new one.
Just in case failed bearings don't guarantee that an item will be discarded, and replaced by a new one, the marketing persuaders make sure that replacement parts are not available. It's all a part of the throw-away economy, driven by forced obsolescence.
My thanks to the following: El Dorado Bob; Betty; Steve, of Wahiawa, Hawaii; and Eric, of Ione, California.
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