The leader of the government regularly sits down with his senior generals and spies and advisers and reviews a list of the people they want him to authorize their agents to kill. They do this every Tuesday morning when the leader is in town. The leader once condemned any practice even close to this, but now relishes the killing because he has convinced himself that it is a sane and sterile way to keep his country safe and himself in power. The leader, who is running for re-election, even invited his campaign manager to join the group that decides whom to kill.
This is not from a work of fiction, and it is not describing a series of events in the Kremlin or Beijing or Pyongyang. It is a fair summary of a 6,000-word investigative report in The New York Times earlier this week about the White House of Barack Obama. Two Times journalists, Jo Becker and Scott Shane, painstakingly and chillingly reported that the former lecturer in constitutional law and liberal senator who railed against torture and Gitmo now weekly reviews a secret kill list, personally decides who should be killed and then dispatches killers all over the world – and some of his killers have killed Americans.
And his big sister did too.
This is the smaller of two rope bridges at a local scout-o-rama.
via The Ultimate Counterfeiter Isn’t a Crook—He’s an Artist | Threat Level | Wired.com – a very interesting story on a German counterfeiter.
However, the irony of the last paragraph really caught my eye:
Yet later, over a slice of cake and a cigarette at the museum café, he confesses that he sometimes wakes up wanting to make just one more $100 bill. “But perfect this time. You could take it to a bank, show it to the US Secret Service, anyone—they would say it’s real. That’s what I want, you know? I can’t explain it. It’s stupid,” he says with a bemused shrug. “But it’d be my Oscar. And then I could just tear it up.”
The US Treasury and Mint are the largest counterfeiters in the world, and they pass their wares through the US Secret Service and banks throughout the world, and everyone says it’s real.
It isn’t, of course; the US currency in circulation today simply declares itself to be “money,” when “money” is constitutionally defined as gold and silver in specific weights. What we pass around today is mere tokens in remembrance of real money. The coins look almost real, unless you inspect the edge and see the brownish base metal peeking out between the outer layer of imitation silver.
Note that when I took this video it was around 1 am. I already know what some US slaves are saying. My goodness! People have their infants and children out in the middle of the night! And where are the authorities? People are just going wherever they want and doing whatever they want! There is nary a police blockade in sight! And, most importantly, do they have a permit for this?
That’s how slaves think, of course. What you are witnessing though, is the beauty of spontaneous order. These bikers, in effect, take over the main street. You see a few police cars come along… and notice how nobody pays them any attention. It’s like they don’t exist.
This is what freedom looks like. No doubt, the one or two Americans in town this weekend raced home to their hotel to complain about the noise and chaos! Thomas Jefferson once said, “Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.”
Up north, the indoctrinated slaves clamor for governmental order. Down here, few if any pay it any attention. It’s loud… it’s noisy… it’s unpredictable. It’s freedom.
Clearly, demonstrating the value of certifications is a key priority for credentialing bodies. Regardless, the flagship accreditations are doing better than ever. Tipton says December was a record-breaking month, when there were some 3,700 CISSP exams taken (only about half passed).
And it’s no surprise that it is one of the most sought-after certifications, considering holders make about $98,000 a year on average, up from $78,000 if they didn’t have it.
I got that cert last year! Now I just have to get off the bottom end of the pay curve…