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R.I.P. Joe Stack

I wanted to put this on my blog so that it would be there to refer to later, and so as to not let this man’s plight go unremembered. He was able to write in his own words why he did what he did, and posting this here allows others to read his version of events as no doubt the media will spin him as some kook when in reality he was just a man pushed too hard and too long by a tyrannical and unaccountable government agency.

If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt asking yourself, “Why did this have to happen?” The simple truth is that it is complicated and has been coming for a long time. The writing process, started many months ago, was intended to be therapy in the face of the looming realization that there isn’t enough therapy in the world that can fix what is really broken. Needless to say, this rant could fill volumes with example after example if I would let it. I find the process of writing it frustrating, tedious, and probably pointless… especially given my gross inability to gracefully articulate my thoughts in light of the storm raging in my head. Exactly what is therapeutic about that I’m not sure, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

We are all taught as children that without laws there would be no society, only anarchy. Sadly, starting at early ages we in this country have been brainwashed to believe that, in return for our dedication and service, our government stands for justice for all. We are further brainwashed to believe that there is freedom in this place, and that we should be ready to lay our lives down for the noble principals represented by its founding fathers. Remember? One of these was “no taxation without representation”. I have spent the total years of my adulthood unlearning that crap from only a few years of my childhood. These days anyone who really stands up for that principal is promptly labeled a “crackpot”, traitor and worse.

While very few working people would say they haven’t had their fair share of taxes (as can I), in my lifetime I can say with a great degree of certainty that there has never been a politician cast a vote on any matter with the likes of me or my interests in mind. Nor, for that matter, are they the least bit interested in me or anything I have to say.

Why is it that a handful of thugs and plunderers can commit unthinkable atrocities (and in the case of the GM executives, for scores of years) and when it’s time for their gravy train to crash under the weight of their gluttony and overwhelming stupidity, the force of the full federal government has no difficulty coming to their aid within days if not hours? Yet at the same time, the joke we call the American medical system, including the drug and insurance companies, are murdering tens of thousands of people a year and stealing from the corpses and victims they cripple, and this country’s leaders don’t see this as important as bailing out a few of their vile, rich cronies. Yet, the political “representatives” (thieves, liars, and self-serving scumbags is far more accurate) have endless time to sit around for year after year and debate the state of the “terrible health care problem”. It’s clear they see no crisis as long as the dead people don’t get in the way of their corporate profits rolling in.

And justice? You’ve got to be kidding!

How can any rational individual explain that white elephant conundrum in the middle of our tax system and, indeed, our entire legal system? Here we have a system that is, by far, too complicated for the brightest of the master scholars to understand. Yet, it mercilessly “holds accountable” its victims, claiming that they’re responsible for fully complying with laws not even the experts understand. The law “requires” a signature on the bottom of a tax filing; yet no one can say truthfully that they understand what they are signing; if that’s not “duress” than what is. If this is not the measure of a totalitarian regime, nothing is.

How did I get here?

My introduction to the real American nightmare starts back in the early ‘80s. Unfortunately after more than 16 years of school, somewhere along the line I picked up the absurd, pompous notion that I could read and understand plain English. Some friends introduced me to a group of people who were having ‘tax code’ readings and discussions. In particular, zeroed in on a section relating to the wonderful “exemptions” that make institutions like the vulgar, corrupt Catholic Church so incredibly wealthy. We carefully studied the law (with the help of some of the “best”, high-paid, experienced tax lawyers in the business), and then began to do exactly what the “big boys” were doing (except that we weren’t steeling from our congregation or lying to the government about our massive profits in the name of God). We took a great deal of care to make it all visible, following all of the rules, exactly the way the law said it was to be done.

The intent of this exercise and our efforts was to bring about a much-needed re-evaluation of the laws that allow the monsters of organized religion to make such a mockery of people who earn an honest living. However, this is where I learned that there are two “interpretations” for every law; one for the very rich, and one for the rest of us… Oh, and the monsters are the very ones making and enforcing the laws; the inquisition is still alive and well today in this country.

That little lesson in patriotism cost me $40,000+, 10 years of my life, and set my retirement plans back to 0. It made me realize for the first time that I live in a country with an ideology that is based on a total and complete lie. It also made me realize, not only how naive I had been, but also the incredible stupidity of the American public; that they buy, hook, line, and sinker, the crap about their “freedom”… and that they continue to do so with eyes closed in the face of overwhelming evidence and all that keeps happening in front of them.

Before even having to make a shaky recovery from the sting of the first lesson on what justice really means in this country (around 1984 after making my way through engineering school and still another five years of “paying my dues”), I felt I finally had to take a chance of launching my dream of becoming an independent engineer.

On the subjects of engineers and dreams of independence, I should digress somewhat to say that I’m sure that I inherited the fascination for creative problem solving from my father. I realized this at a very young age.

The significance of independence, however, came much later during my early years of college; at the age of 18 or 19 when I was living on my own as student in an apartment in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. My neighbor was an elderly retired woman (80+ seemed ancient to me at that age) who was the widowed wife of a retired steel worker. Her husband had worked all his life in the steel mills of central Pennsylvania with promises from big business and the union that, for his 30 years of service, he would have a pension and medical care to look forward to in his retirement. Instead he was one of the thousands who got nothing because the incompetent mill management and corrupt union (not to mention the government) raided their pension funds and stole their retirement. All she had was social security to live on.

In retrospect, the situation was laughable because here I was living on peanut butter and bread (or Ritz crackers when I could afford to splurge) for months at a time. When I got to know this poor figure and heard her story I felt worse for her plight than for my own (I, after all, I thought I had everything to in front of me). I was genuinely appalled at one point, as we exchanged stories and commiserated with each other over our situations, when she in her grandmotherly fashion tried to convince me that I would be “healthier” eating cat food (like her) rather than trying to get all my substance from peanut butter and bread. I couldn’t quite go there, but the impression was made. I decided that I didn’t trust big business to take care of me, and that I would take responsibility for my own future and myself.

Return to the early ‘80s, and here I was off to a terrifying start as a ‘wet-behind-the-ears’ contract software engineer… and two years later, thanks to the fine backroom, midnight effort by the sleazy executives of Arthur Andersen (the very same folks who later brought us Enron and other such calamities) and an equally sleazy New York Senator (Patrick Moynihan), we saw the passage of 1986 tax reform act with its section 1706.

For you who are unfamiliar, here is the core text of the IRS Section 1706, defining the treatment of workers (such as contract engineers) for tax purposes. Visit this link for a conference committee report (http://www.synergistech.com/1706.shtml#ConferenceCommitteeReport) regarding the intended interpretation of Section 1706 and the relevant parts of Section 530, as amended. For information on how these laws affect technical services workers and their clients, read our discussion here (http://www.synergistech.com/ic-taxlaw.shtml).

SEC. 1706. TREATMENT OF CERTAIN TECHNICAL PERSONNEL.

(a) IN GENERAL – Section 530 of the Revenue Act of 1978 is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new subsection:

(d) EXCEPTION. – This section shall not apply in the case of an individual who pursuant to an arrangement between the taxpayer and another person, provides services for such other person as an engineer, designer, drafter, computer programmer, systems analyst, or other similarly skilled worker engaged in a similar line of work.

(b) EFFECTIVE DATE. – The amendment made by this section shall apply to remuneration paid and services rendered after December 31, 1986.

Note:

· “another person” is the client in the traditional job-shop relationship.

· “taxpayer” is the recruiter, broker, agency, or job shop.

· “individual”, “employee”, or “worker” is you.

Admittedly, you need to read the treatment to understand what it is saying but it’s not very complicated. The bottom line is that they may as well have put my name right in the text of section (d). Moreover, they could only have been more blunt if they would have came out and directly declared me a criminal and non-citizen slave. Twenty years later, I still can’t believe my eyes.

During 1987, I spent close to $5000 of my ‘pocket change’, and at least 1000 hours of my time writing, printing, and mailing to any senator, congressman, governor, or slug that might listen; none did, and they universally treated me as if I was wasting their time. I spent countless hours on the L.A. freeways driving to meetings and any and all of the disorganized professional groups who were attempting to mount a campaign against this atrocity. This, only to discover that our efforts were being easily derailed by a few moles from the brokers who were just beginning to enjoy the windfall from the new declaration of their “freedom”. Oh, and don’t forget, for all of the time I was spending on this, I was loosing income that I couldn’t bill clients.

After months of struggling it had clearly gotten to be a futile exercise. The best we could get for all of our trouble is a pronouncement from an IRS mouthpiece that they weren’t going to enforce that provision (read harass engineers and scientists). This immediately proved to be a lie, and the mere existence of the regulation began to have its impact on my bottom line; this, of course, was the intended effect.

Again, rewind my retirement plans back to 0 and shift them into idle. If I had any sense, I clearly should have left abandoned engineering and never looked back.

Instead I got busy working 100-hour workweeks. Then came the L.A. depression of the early 1990s. Our leaders decided that they didn’t need the all of those extra Air Force bases they had in Southern California, so they were closed; just like that. The result was economic devastation in the region that rivaled the widely publicized Texas S&L fiasco. However, because the government caused it, no one gave a shit about all of the young families who lost their homes or street after street of boarded up houses abandoned to the wealthy loan companies who received government funds to “shore up” their windfall. Again, I lost my retirement.

Years later, after weathering a divorce and the constant struggle trying to build some momentum with my business, I find myself once again beginning to finally pick up some speed. Then came the .COM bust and the 911 nightmare. Our leaders decided that all aircraft were grounded for what seemed like an eternity; and long after that, ‘special’ facilities like San Francisco were on security alert for months. This made access to my customers prohibitively expensive. Ironically, after what they had done the Government came to the aid of the airlines with billions of our tax dollars … as usual they left me to rot and die while they bailed out their rich, incompetent cronies WITH MY MONEY! After these events, there went my business but not quite yet all of my retirement and savings.

By this time, I’m thinking that it might be good for a change. Bye to California, I’ll try Austin for a while. So I moved, only to find out that this is a place with a highly inflated sense of self-importance and where damn little real engineering work is done. I’ve never experienced such a hard time finding work. The rates are 1/3 of what I was earning before the crash, because pay rates here are fixed by the three or four large companies in the area who are in collusion to drive down prices and wages… and this happens because the justice department is all on the take and doesn’t give a f**k about serving anyone or anything but themselves and their rich buddies.

To survive, I was forced to cannibalize my savings and retirement, the last of which was a small IRA. This came in a year with mammoth expenses and not a single dollar of income. I filed no return that year thinking that because I didn’t have any income there was no need. The sleazy government decided that they disagreed. But they didn’t notify me in time for me to launch a legal objection so when I attempted to get a protest filed with the court I was told I was no longer entitled to due process because the time to file ran out. Bend over for another $10,000 helping of justice.

So now we come to the present. After my experience with the CPA world, following the business crash I swore that I’d never enter another accountant’s office again. But here I am with a new marriage and a boatload of undocumented income, not to mention an expensive new business asset, a piano, which I had no idea how to handle. After considerable thought I decided that it would be irresponsible NOT to get professional help; a very big mistake.

When we received the forms back I was very optimistic that they were in order. I had taken all of the years information to Bill Ross, and he came back with results very similar to what I was expecting. Except that he had neglected to include the contents of Sheryl’s unreported income; $12,700 worth of it. To make matters worse, Ross knew all along this was missing and I didn’t have a clue until he pointed it out in the middle of the audit. By that time it had become brutally evident that he was representing himself and not me.

This left me stuck in the middle of this disaster trying to defend transactions that have no relationship to anything tax-related (at least the tax-related transactions were poorly documented). Things I never knew anything about and things my wife had no clue would ever matter to anyone. The end result is… well, just look around.

I remember reading about the stock market crash before the “great” depression and how there were wealthy bankers and businessmen jumping out of windows when they realized they screwed up and lost everything. Isn’t it ironic how far we’ve come in 60 years in this country that they now know how to fix that little economic problem; they just steal from the middle class (who doesn’t have any say in it, elections are a joke) to cover their asses and it’s “business-as-usual”. Now when the wealthy fuck up, the poor get to die for the mistakes… isn’t that a clever, tidy solution.

As government agencies go, the FAA is often justifiably referred to as a tombstone agency, though they are hardly alone. The recent presidential puppet GW Bush and his cronies in their eight years certainly reinforced for all of us that this criticism rings equally true for all of the government. Nothing changes unless there is a body count (unless it is in the interest of the wealthy sows at the government trough). In a government full of hypocrites from top to bottom, life is as cheap as their lies and their self-serving laws.

I know I’m hardly the first one to decide I have had all I can stand. It has always been a myth that people have stopped dying for their freedom in this country, and it isn’t limited to the blacks, and poor immigrants. I know there have been countless before me and there are sure to be as many after. But I also know that by not adding my body to the count, I insure nothing will change. I choose to not keep looking over my shoulder at “big brother” while he strips my carcass, I choose not to ignore what is going on all around me, I choose not to pretend that business as usual won’t continue; I have just had enough.

I can only hope that the numbers quickly get too big to be white washed and ignored that the American zombies wake up and revolt; it will take nothing less. I would only hope that by striking a nerve that stimulates the inevitable double standard, knee-jerk government reaction that results in more stupid draconian restrictions people wake up and begin to see the pompous political thugs and their mindless minions for what they are. Sadly, though I spent my entire life trying to believe it wasn’t so, but violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer. The cruel joke is that the really big chunks of shit at the top have known this all along and have been laughing, at and using this awareness against, fools like me all along.

I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different. I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.

The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

Joe Stack (1956-2010)

02/18/2010

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5 Responses to “R.I.P. Joe Stack”


  1. February 19, 2010 at 7:48 AM

    Unfortunately, most people will only learn about this fellow from what they heard on the news yesterday.

    “Joe Stack” will be synonymous with terrorist, and therefore an “Evil Guy”, therefore we should not take anything he wrote in his suicide/homicide note as a serious critique of what’s going wrong with this country.

    It makes me sad that Stack did this. It makes me sadder still that the reaction to this will be used as a pretext for even more governmental curtailment on liberties. And it makes me saddest that our “Republic, ma’am, if you can keep it” is pretty much lost.

  2. 2 chiefbiggywiggy
    February 19, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    Hey Wapiti, isn’t that what Joe Stacks said?

  3. 3 Jean
    February 19, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Elusive,
    You are half correct – no one will listen, he will be dismissed and condemned from the mainstream.
    That doesn’t mean that he is wrong. It does tell me that he’s an idiot, though, to add his body so readily to the count, without making damn certain that others get the point.
    For example, had he done something like the Oklahoma city bombing, he would be called a terrorist, hunted, and eventually killed one way or another.
    I would note the difference here is that he didn’t force “them” to hunt him, he went to the slaughter knowingly, but willingly. A few well-placed bombs, a rifle or three, he could do a LOT more damage, and when killed, he’d be a martyr instead of just a “dead terrorist.”

    Then again, we have SeALs on trial for roughing up a terrorist. Maybe the average American is fighting on the wrong side of this war any more. Elites of any sort are always trying to control others and limit the elite ranks, while brainwashign the populace into acquiescence. Think Matrix, then think of the film, and then think computer system and power stations.
    You can’t get some people to unplug. True of the majority. What you CAN do is enforce an unplug. If they plug back in, that’s their business. But while a few minds will crack, and a few minds will wonder and come around, the vast majority don’t really care. If you go one-by-one, you will always have issues – too slow.
    Take out a tree – in computer terms, rm *.* -r for *nix or del *.* at the root – you turn off the system. Stop hydroelectric power by changing the course of a river, shutdown a nuke plant by stopping the coolant, etc.
    Find the root connection of X people, take it down, let the bad guys deal with the ones that break, nurture the ones who wake up, and let it blow over. Once awake, it’s hard to be put back to sleep. Even those who go back in willingly are aware that SOMETHING isn’t quite right, or is different.

    Let things blow over, put sleepers back in that matrix, repeat the process as often as possible with different roots, eventually the tree will change – it will die naturally. Like viral marketing, things get out of control, and like any irregular operation, there is no identifiable “enemy” to point an organized military at. The officer ready to give the order to shoot finds a bayonet in his back, and in the crowd of 500, “no one sees anything.”

    Soon enough the Elites aren’t Elite anymore – they’re just like the geeks back in high school, special to no one but themselves. (Blue Bloods.)

    And you’ll lose a bunch of supporters along the way – sometimes the unplugged mind goes crazy after a while, instead of right away, and you get a Kaczinsky or Columbine. In the long run, it will only make more people wake up.

    My father said in one of our discussions that no one worried when the young talked about revolution or wars. Hot blood and testosterone make for lots of talk, and often little action. Problem is, he’s in his 70s now, and hanging out with men who are grandfathers, mayors, state workers, have sons, daughters, wives who will be at risk. They’ve see a lot – some in Korea, some in Vietnam, some have been less conspicuous but had brothers not come back, or simply disappear (the body came back, but it was a different man). They have a lot to lose, and they know values of discipline, patience, objectives, and organization. And when THEY, who stand to lose more than just their lives, start talking war and revolution – look out. It won’t be pretty, it wont be nice, and they’ll hurt and bleed, and soem won’t come back – but they will want it over with a minimum of fuss, and it will happen.
    They won’t bother with my long-term kill the roots approach, either. You’ll find two or three were sharpshooters, and they start running a county, or state, by eliminating the corrupt. *

    Quote from a Peruvian general: “We practice selective annihilation of mayors and government officials. for example, we create a vacuum. Then, we fill that vacuum. As popular war advances, peace is closer.” An example of the Hegelian dialectic in action.

    The difference is, the people I am referring to have absolutely NO interest in taking over – they are making a brutal point and eliminating key problem players, but then they sit back and watch again. If the next idiot does the same sort of thigns, they re-evaluate strategies. this time, not just the official is eliminated, so is someome else – brutality path would be the family, straegic path might be a key campaigner or donor, or a national-level “problem” who was nice enough to step into the crosshairs.

    Might take several times. In the meantime, you volunteer as an activist or campaigner – stuffing envelopes, for instance, in YOUR ENEMY’S camp. Be a nobody that people talk to or talk around. You’ll get security arrangements, as an example, so you know where you can and can’t snipe this person. But there will be times when you know they’ll be on “X” street corner… and a manhole cover does an awful lot of damage to even an armored vehicle.

    After the fourth or fifth “accident”, there will be an enforced change. And since it’s not always the same person, no one is capable of doing ALL the attacks. You end up with a coalition of angry men (and women these days) who make for some strange allies – like the NRA and Pink Pistols, a LGBT group that’s pro-2nd amendment. Make some of the people afraid, you contorl a majority of the populace. And since you aren’t trying to effect a violent revolution to “your ideals” per se, you’re not advocating overthrow of the government – but strategic replacement of the bad wood, something the government won’t do itself. Things will change, given time – might take a decade or two, but the entire nation will change. Probably for the worse, which BTW creates the vacuum, but in a politics-neutral sense: “Popular war” advances because of the reactionary tactics of the oppressive government. Eventually, you have The Government, and The People, and they’re on opposite sides of the whole thing – and The Government realizes their side is considerably smaller.

    Any government is pragmatic and self-serving. The Government will simply dissolve at some point, and The People will re-arrange the rules to make a new government. It has happened beofre, usually on smaller scales, but the US and France are the notable ones. 1077 is another example of a violent one, but it establishes things even better. The Peaseants (People) don’t really care who is in power, Normans or Saxons – the Peasants just want to be able to live and eat as always. America has a bigger peasant class than we realize, but we were CREATED by Elites. We must remember that, and understand that those Elites didn’t believe the “average” man was capable of self-governance. (I now believe they were right.)
    But we can’t put the genie back in the bottle. Men who can barely tie their shoes will continue to vote, and vote badly, as will women, as they are all whores (bought and paid for with tax monies). It’s a scam, because the costs are $0.25 to each, no one will mount the fight against it. We’re at the point where taxes are costing us each 75% of every $1.00 we make. (Hyperbole – it’s about 50% of our earnings in the US, when we include sales tax, FCC fees, power fees, etc, etc, etc.)

    The American Revolution occurred because of less taxation than we have now.
    The first shot in the above series? That will be the new Shot Heard ‘Round the World.
    It will become populist, like the TEA parties.
    It will grow.
    If we are truly unfortunate, it will follow a pattern like above, or worse, open insurrection.

    Too many people don’t have anything left to lose. The powder keg is primed and ready, all we need is a match – and Big Brother The Government keeps pouring on the powder. Small sparks like Mr. Stack arent’ hot enough to light the whole thing, but they show the match is being pushed… It will flare eventually, and probably make things very bad for very many people.

    Saddest of all, the Communists will have won not by cold war or sustained proxy conflict, but by LOSING. Very much a feminine concept, but, “To a woman, surrender is no defeat.” What the “other side” here has ignored, is that this country was founded on he “surrender” of certain rights. Once that social contract is recognized as broken, The Government ceases to exist, except by force. “They” will find out that we can take back that surrendered set of rights, and they have nothign left to fall back on – we surrendered those rights collectively, and when we take them back, the government is made up of people who of necessity will also have taken back those rights.

    Everyone is unplugged, for better or worse.

    Same old ballgame, all over again. We have to reinvent the wheel I guess.

  4. February 19, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Interesting comments Jean. My question is, what sort of things do you propose would help “unplug” people? Obviously each unplugged individual can plant seeds in others, I myself have done that, but it seems to take outside events to make those seeds grow, and those outside things are what you seem to be proposing?

  5. 5 Jean
    February 19, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Doubleminded,
    Unfortunately, I don’t yet know the answer to that.
    In the examples, there is a visible “trunk line”, or cause and effect chain. The recession itself is doing pretty well at opening people’s eyes, but it’s inadequate. And we can’t find and unplug people like in the Matrix.

    The mind needs to be forced into awareness by seeing the community-wide and even nation-wide problems. The euphoric dream will continue as long as proles can tune in to their bread and circuses, and don’t have to pey their way, or prove themselves with labor. TV is a drug in this sense, and so too is Religion (as opposed to religions; the socio-psychological Church, instead of the local parish priest or rabbi). Education has been dummed down (spelling intentional) to the point that students no longer learn anything, and yet we bumble forward as a society with the “Intertubes” now beomcing as bad as commercial TV…

    And EMP blast would be the best start, and at a good altitude, would in fact shut enough of the country down that, as in “Surrogates”, people would be forced into interacting with each other again.
    Of course, (just play with the words here) if I could do / did that… What of Europe? South America? China, India, et al? They will just step in, and conquer the Old US territories. Not very helpful in the long run… The sleeper minds need to be awakened on a global scale for that route to work. Not even sure the government could do that (though maybe we could get some Greenies to enact it anyway… Greenies and A.Q. with Osama’s lead…? )

    So we need to interrupt the flow of the drugs, really, and force the addicts to go cold turkey. If we make elm street turn off, everyone will go over to Spruce street for their fix. WTF?
    If we turn off Dover, they’ll go to Morrisville. Even if they have to walk.

    The biggest and best option is to keep the kids out of state daycare (school) as long and as much as possible, and actually TEACH the children. Teach the children well…
    Keep the TV and radio off, as they ARE drugs (example: Dramas designed to induce specific feelings = doping the mind. Music follows some similar patterns.)
    After probably 7-10, if they’ve been taught well, they’re still vulnerable to the modern heroin, but they also have a basis of comparison, and so they will eventually rebel against the toxins pumped into their minds. But this is a long-term solution, not a short-term one, and to avoid the revolution result, we need a short-term solution – like EMP, or tainting the water supply with an anti-drug, or getting our own Mass Media/maintstream media solution. It’ll be dry, though… that by itself would lose us a lot of possible minds.

    We effectively need to devise a hegellian dialectic around our desired synthesis, with the “status quo” being our Thesis, and then we design an Antithesis, spread that far and wide, and allow the Synthesis to become the “compromise” position. Nothign new there, that’s what our rulers have been doing for ages already, over 100 years now (1900) on the books. Probably less of it before then, though I have no doubt it happened since 1776.

    Maybe we could do a less fantastic localised approach? Break a few sacred cows, they make the best burgers… Block parties, BBQs, any chance you have to talk to large groups, bring out things like government politics and taxation; gender relations; law; religion; how these all connect. I don’t know how to do this “lightly”, I tend to be heavy-handed. Of course, it would be easier if everyone just shut up and did things right (my way), but most of them aren’t that smart… nor do they have the intestinal fortitude or spine needed. [joking] and [joking], but [serious]… [serious]. Everyone wants to make the omelette without breaking eggs.

    I can’t talk politics at home because the woman ignores me. She takes the [joke] sections above and acts as if she is right. (She voted for Obama and thinks he’s doing OK. ‘Nuff said.) Our last discussion, my first statement was for her to remove her cranium from her rectal orifice, not phrased as nicely.

    THAT is what we are fighting against. She’s “average”.

    What I am seeing that will work in our favor, maybe we can use it for leverage, and establish other social networks in a parasitic form…
    – Social networking sites
    – TEA party gatherings and third-party rallies
    – Pressure local politics to go in reasonable directions (not always “our” way, and in quotes ’cause we might not be able to agree on pizza toppings….)
    – Make grassroots organizations to parallel the worst offenders, like NOW
    – “Act as if” and “fake it until we make it”
    – we’ll get localized support
    – we can divide people as in politics now – then use that vacuum as a catalyst for change.

    I can’t manage to do it myself – as with John Adams, I’m, “obnoxious and disliked,” if you will. I have a feeling Dave from Hawaii suffers from similar, though I think he might be more diplomatic than I am. Diplomacy is the art of telling a man to go to Hell in such a way that he will look forward to the trip. I can do it in writing, not so much in person – I get ready to swing, and then I don’t stop. Combat is combat. Not civilized.

    What we could also do, just to make things impossible, is tie up cable and satelite transmissions indirectly. IE, not signal interference, but zoning issues, traffic complaints, statutes against littering, parking tickets, whatever would make it difficult for those monopolies (well, they were before satelite) to offer their services. Again, we can’t put the genie back in the bottle, but we can make it costly… like a speeding ticket, it costs $150 to pay it, and $300 to hire a lawyer. But speeding tickets affect you, or me, or Aunt Rita, along with thousands of people we’ll never meet, let alone know. OTOH, we start our harassment campaigns, and get more than a few people (say, 5 per 1,000) in on it, cost of doing business is magnified by 5^# * (aggregate costs). So, number of people to the power of “per thousands” times the aggregate costs. That’s bad if someone occasionally spikes a tire on the cable van, or cuts a power line, or a phone line. If you have a lawyer going over zoning for free, making nuisance cases, that can be thousands of dollars of cost for the company. And the first time someone puts Karo in a gas tank…
    Yeah, the area will become a police state overnight, and things won’t improve, but the populace will get upset at a geometric if not exponential rate.
    Probably need to make the unions start infighting, too, especially the teacher’s union.
    Also need to try to starve the beast by hiding income any and every way possible. Can’t be done for, say, independent contractors (1099 forms) or full employees (W-2), but if you’re incorporated, and have a “business lunch” with the secretary, well, you’re getting paid to have lunch with your wife, ya know? Teaching the kids baseball is “team building exercises”. Not legal, but have your passports ready and be on vacation in non-extradition locations, or with capacity to leave wherever you are FOR a non-extradition location after a call from the accountant that you’re beign audited… And possibly most Machivellian and venal, be ready to write off others, including the woman, ESPECIALLY the woman, who will want to go back home when you do something that a Bernie Madof gets a pat on the back for, and you will go to prison for. Let her go, there are plenty more, and in most places without extradition treaties, I’d bet they’re for sale. Buy a replacement, let the woman go back and rot in prison. She wants to go back that badly, she’s willing to do the same to you – let you rot in jail – so cut your losses.

    (After losing over $300K to a woman – NOT A WIFE – in three years, I think it’s safe to be a little bitter and a lot leery of anything peddling such pretty poison. You pay the whore not for the sex, but for LEAVING afterwards. Sex is free, peace of mind is expensive. But paying the piece to leave makes peace of mind attainable.)


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