Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Law, by Frederic Bastiat

The message of this classic book about the proper function of government, The Law, by Frederic Bastiat, is totally applicable today, even though it was written about 150 years ago,

"The law perverted! And the police powers of the state perverted along with it! The law, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose! The law become the weapon of every kind of greed! Instead of checking crime, the law itself guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish!"

Partial contents: Perversion of Law; Plunder; Non-Conformists; Voting; Conflict; Socialism; Charity; Education; Conformity; Dictatorship; Justice; Rights; Liberty.

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Rule by Secrecy, by Jim Marrs

Rule by Secrecy: The Hidden History That Connects the Trilateral Commission, the Freemasons, and the Great Pyramids, by Jim Marrs.

"Secret societies not only exist, they have played an important role in national and international events right up to this day..."

What secrets connect Egypt's Great Pyramids, the Freemasons, and the Council on Foreign Relations? In this astonishing book, celebrated journalist Jim Marrs examines the world's most closely guarded secrets, tracing the history of clandestine societies and the power they have wielded – from the ancient mysteries to modern–day conspiracy theories.

Searching for truth, he uncovers disturbing evidence that the real movers and shakers of the world collude covertly to start and stop wars, manipulate stock markets, maintain class distinctions, and even censor the news. Provocative and utterly compelling, Rule by Secrecy offers a singular worldview that may explain who we are, where we came from, and where we are going.

This book is about the 300-500 wealthiest individuals in the world, the ones that own the central banks that can cause financial panics, cause inflation or deflation, start and stop wars and "police actions", all to the end of profiting from their clients and customers whose hard-earned wages are nothing more than "resources" from which these elites pluck extra funds to buy another island.

Even the Bushes, Cheney, the Clintons, Gore, and most of the Democrat and Republican politicians are their puppets.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Dark Matter, Missing Planets, Big Bang, Faster than Light

Dark Matter, Missing Planets and New Comets (Paradoxes Resolved, Origins Illuminated) by Tom van Flandern.

From the frontspiece:
The First Cosmology

"The world is not flat, as it appears, but round, like a ball."
"Then what holds the world up?"
"The great god Atlas holds the world on his shoulders."
"But what does Atlas stand on?"
"He stands on a huge island."
"But on what does the island rest?"
"It rests on the back of a giant turtle."
"But what..."
"No need to ask further. It's turtles all the way down!"
"Modern cosmology [and physics] has discovered several new turtles in the chain, for which achievement it is very proud of itself. But what if the world is not held on the shoulders of the great god Atlas?"
From the preface:
"Something is wrong with science -- fundamentally wrong. Theories just keep getting stranger and stranger."
Van Flandern is an accredited astronomer. He addresses the problems of the "Big Bang" theory and relativity and proposes his own fascinating alternatives.

If you think the conventional wisdom of the "Big Bang", where time and space start from nothing, is a bit bizarre, note that it essentially derives from theology, not science. Van Flandern offers convincing arguments for his theories. If you have any interest in science, cosmology, astronomy, you will find it a fascinating read.