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    Default The EP tabloid/conspiracy of the day

    every day i will (or try) bring a conspiracy/tabloid to EP, as i said i would in the hangout and i am wierd . i can't get another one in until late tommorow, but after tommorow i will try to get them in every morning (i'm GMT -5:00, so it will probably be afternoon in england and other parts of Europe) for today:

    US Colonel Challenges 9/11 Govt Conspiracy Theory

    US Colonel Challenges 9/11 Govt Conspiracy Theory Retired USAF Col. George Nelson, an aircraft accident investigator, has challenged the Official 9/11 Government Comspiracy Theory that an airliner crashed into the Pentagon.

    “I didn’t see any damage on the sides of that hole, anything that would say that an airplane that size could have gone through a 16 or 18 ft. hole,” said Nelson in an interview on the Power Hour radio show.

    Nelson was referring to the hole in the Pentagon on Sep 11, 2001, when the governent claimed tha an airliner driven by hijackers was crashed into the Pentagon before the collapse of the E-ring.

    “There would be large parts of that wing lying on the ground on the outside," Nelson continued. "It wouldn’t all go through that hole…It is impossible for all of the time change parts that have these serial numbers that are trackable to the specific aircraft. It is impossible for them to be totally destroyed where these serial numbers could not be read.” (www.physics911.net/georgenelson.htm)

    When asked about the video and photos showing what appears ot be a pod or tank on the belly of the plane that struck the South Tower of the World Trade Center and the “flash” that was seen when the plane hit the building, Col.



    tommorows will be better i promise

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    I like this idea. Have at it, you have my blessing.

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    It's tomorrow now, where is our tabloid/conspiracy of the day??? THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!! I want to end my subscription, and I want my money back!

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    here's some pretty good stuff for today


    Buzz-words are just an accepted stratagem wily politicians use to joust with one another. They have no real meaning. Using such words is of no consequence to any of them. Creative words with shock value are only used to embellish their performance and play on our emotions. Pretending to be on our side, truly concerned, battling the power giant is only a diversionary tactic. Unfortunately, theme words do get our attention, and play well for a moment. Fortunately, quickly realizing their play acting lackes substance, and the words ring hollow, they die.

    Such buzz-words, and countless others, are refreshed daily to continually misdirect the public. There is no let up from the diversionary bravado of power. Has any of their artificial political skirmishes done us any good? Come on ... you know the answer. Their speeches are devised to throw us off balance -- to hypnotize ... confident that later on we won’t have the foggiest notion of what was said to us. Well, much to their chagrin the spell has been broken. We are waking up.

    While the words "smoke - mirrors - voodoo" are bandied about as accusatory references to duel with amongst themselves, we remain targets of a fundamental plan ... "keep them in the dark." Like any good sorcerer, with the one hand they have us focusing on convertible words, while their other hand is dipping into our lives. If it were only an enjoyable act on the midway of a carnival, it might be amusing. When the illusion promotes deception for the benefit of power, theft of our future the true design ... that is quite another thing.

    Our escalating emotions emerging as discontent, disapproval, and in some instances, bordering on rebellion, are mirrored in the records of history ... a mirror we can draw comfort from. A power capable of repressing a society forever has never existed. Although power never possessed the awesome tools of today, the oppressed never possessed the tools of power as we do today. The tool has virtually been placed it in our laps. The computer they are bent on placing before every student in school is becoming our weapon too. Are they thinking? Are you thinking?

    It is no longer arguable, corporate has become the major stockholder of our government. Under their connivance our elected became their employees -- blowing the smoke they nimbly conceal themselves behind, right in our faces.

    Having been set off balance by the speed of alteration our society is proceeding at, it took a moment, but we are regrouping. What happened, what are the causes and where is it going, makes the headlines daily. The trouble is, no one is really allowed to carry the ball after the headlines die. We are the ones that must become constructive and overwhelmingly influence what is broadcast. We must carry the ball all the way to the basket and slam-dunk it. If we don’t make an all out effort, the future course of human alteration will make today’s pace seem like a slow shuffle.

    Not a day goes by, without another software engineer, developing another program for the chip to digest. Its appetite is insatiable. The faster it’s fed, the greater its capacity becomes. There doesn’t appear to be an end. Data -- detailed as never before -- is being compiled and stored (instantly available to analyze and contain us). Pollsters now create and retrieve the results of a survey (in real time) while a political debate is in progress. If need be, the thrust of an argument can be redirected before the debate ends. The marvel of the chip?

    The need to constantly invent words attuned to polling results by using intuition will dwindle as a more stealthy chip gets better at indicating the path of least resistance. The pulse of the public will be monitored twenty four hours a day, charting weaknesses and devising prescriptions. It’s getting close to that today. Example! The entire lot (both sides of the aisle) are engulfed in campaign money scandals. The house is buzzing with investigative activity. Each is doing their best to escape the truth. They play for time, knowing we are watching the fiasco and are convinced, (probably with justification) our memories are short.

    Bits of data, numbering in the millions, are being stored in voracious diminutive chips. A dictionary normally weighing pounds, can be stored in a pocket computer. For electronic engineers, reducing the size of storage space is an ongoing goal. They are forging ahead and coming up with ways to increase the million to billions, and so on. All this ... for what? What’s the need for this mountain of information, and who is using it? Is it all being used legally? I’m referring to the peoples concept of legality. Do we have the capabilities of monitoring, and erasing files that shouldn’t be? You bet. Its been done and is being done.

    As we unsuspectingly go about our daily business, stored information is inflicting misery. Those inflicted with the deadly HIV virus must do their best to conceal it from the chip. The stored information, can have them dismissed from their jobs, denied insurance ... diminish them to being social outcasts.

    If you have ever had the need to switch medical insurance from one company to another, chip stored information about your medical history is instantly transferred from one subscriber to another. Once your preexisting conditions become visible to the new insurance company, the possibility of coverage is just about nil. Switching auto insurance coverage works about the same.

    This is only a glimpse of how information gathering restricts and traps you. The most ironic aspect of this information gathering frenzy is "we" the forcibly retrained computer literate, are the ones compiling data about ourselves ... data that is being used to keep us in check. As the "Hamburger" gets bigger ... the finger that pushes is wilting, and the time is coming when even our digits won’t be needed. Something, perhaps machine and machine will talk to each other.

    The world of power, using the chip exclusively for their benefit, is doing just fine right now. They feel confident there is no hidden challenge they can’t cope with.

    As we lick our wounds, keep trying and hope for the best, power’s agenda moves forward. The products we used to make in America are increasingly being totally manufactured over there. We buy from them because there is no alternative. We therefore ship our dollars over there. The more we buy from them the worse the trade balance becomes, the fewer jobs remain here and our debt piles up.

    As the carrousel turns, power grabs the golden rings. We hear the music, even though we have not been invited to the party.

    Is it any wonder, our government (now a subsidiary of power’s organization) no longer feels obliged to pay attention to its original assignment it has sworn an oath to perform. To add insult to injury the offenders remain on ... "our payroll." Aint that something?

    Those who have tried to penetrate the web of politics and power, armed only with good intentions, have only been capable of attaining a few moments of illusory glory and negligible value. Unless one has been selected by and cultivated in the school of power, one will wind up on a road to nowhere, littered with discarded good intentions.

    What are the required skills of politics and power? Why are honesty of purpose, openness of planning, willingness to cooperate sure prescriptions for defeat? The words "politics and power" ... are they really euphemisms depicting an ability to be crafty, deceitful, self serving, and without conscience in order to forever abide by dark rules. They must be adept at turning the mirror on each other, blow smoke at one another, evoke some sacred oath ... then party the night away. If those tongue in cheek criteria are basically true their actions and deeds make sense.

    In the midst of mayhem, we are beginning to attempt the seemingly impossible ... cleansing America of its charlatans.

    Can we possibly sustain that challenging task? Why not? We do have a "Declaration of Independence," a "Constitution," and a "Bill of Rights." Within those documents lie the original intent of our founders ... a society first and foremost to be for the good and protection of "We The People." Though original intentions have been callously subverted, we have the power to resurrect those intentions and restore the words "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" ... words we supported and enthusiastically organized under. We rolled up our sleeves and went to work building America with those words in mind.

    Those words, and their concepts, flooded this land with newcomers seeking ultimate freedom and opportunity. The words belong to us, and we have the duty to make sure our children inherit them intact. We must defend and preserve America’s noble experiment. The cause is upon us.

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    Damn and I thought this would be tabloid/conspiracy stuff including EP

    how disappointing

    "Joe and the Bunny Toby are actually buddies!"
    "Sprung, springs into action and rips off michael jackson's nose in court"
    "skinner really is the devil! and we aren't surprised!"
    "Theo saves civilization, drinks a couple guiness and forgets where he fucking put it!"

    all class A headlines....
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    Haha, "Sprung Springs" ahahahahahaha hilarious.

    I don't know you, you're not my friend.

    I'm full of good ideas..

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    joe can handle tabloids then, ill do conspiracy and wierd things *sexy dance*..... right then, todays conspiracy


    Area 51, also known as Groom Lake, is a secret military facility about 90 miles north of Las Vegas. The number refers to a 6-by-10-mile block of land, at the center of which is a large air base the government will not discuss. The site was selected in the mid-1950s for testing of the U-2 spyplane, due to its remoteness, proximity to existing facilities and presence of a dry lake bed for landings. Groom Lake is America's traditional testing ground for "black budget" aircraft before they are publicly acknowledged. The facility and surrounding areas are also associated -- with varying levels of credibility -- with UFO and conspiracy stories. In 1989, Bob Lazar claimed on a Las Vegas television station that he had worked with alien spacecraft at Papoose Lake, south of Area 51. Since then, "Area 51" has become a popular symbol for the alleged U.S. Government UFO cover-up.

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    time for something creepy!

    Already I can hear the voices of the dissenters: “Why didn’t they cover more of the hard evidence and less witness testimonies?” “Where was the John Mack interview that answers the objection of ‘sleep paralyses’ in abduction cases?” “Why waste the valuable time with naysayers that try to debunk the phenomenon that could be better spent explaining it?”

    The reader may have their own criticisms to add to this list and their points would be well taken. However, in all fairness, there is only so much information, opinions and evidence that can be packed into a single two-hour block and still leave room for the commercial space that makes the presentation possible. (Plenty of the latter, I would say!)

    The title of the show actually answers the first question. In the absence of “a pen from the craft’s dashboard”, as one cynic on the show demanded, witness testimony is the next best thing. If a handful of backwoods bumpkins were the ones offering the testimony, the whole affair could be easily dismissed. But, as the program illustrated in abundance, the quality of eyewitnesses, in close encounter sightings, adds much needed credibility where viewers with little to no knowledge of the facts are concerned. This is the audience at which the program was aimed.

    Police officers, civilian and military pilots, US Air Force MPs in charge of our nuclear missile silos, trained observers, as well as the average, prudent, everyday citizens like you and me. Not just a handful of them either but literally hundreds of thousands in this country alone and, over the years, millions worldwide. Were it not for the extreme volume of eyewitness testimonies, there would be no phenomenon and, thus, no ABC special.

    Why excerpts from the interview with our recently fallen comrade, Dr. Mack, were not aired is a matter for debate. Perhaps it was out of respect, due to the fact that he had just recently passed. Perhaps it was a matter of time constraint. Perhaps the producers felt that the silly explanation of ‘sleep paralysis’, that couldn’t possibly apply in many abduction cases, was so obviously inappropriate that the objection to it was self-evident. (I did, however, notice Dr. Mack’s name flash by in the credits.)




    The inclusion of the skeptical view is always necessary when dealing with any controversial subject. Without it, it would not be a fair and balanced report. Personally, I love to hear from the skeptics in a UFO documentary. Their explanations rarely fit the evidence and many elements of the evidence are often purposely ignored in an effort to make the square peg fit into the round hole. Anyone with a modicum of common sense would squint an eyebrow when listening to their ramblings. Frankly, I think their feeble attempt to detract from the core of a given case adds credence to the proponents of the extraterrestrial hypothesis.

    For example: In the case of the well known Phoenix lights incident, astronomer and “Philip Klass want-to-be”, James E. McGaha, insists that the lights over Phoenix were nothing more than flares dropped from Air Force planes over the mountains and that people are simply connecting the dots in their minds to form one solid object. Even photographic analysts within the UFO community hold conflicting views on the video evidence. However, two nagging questions remain; 1) where are the lights from the alleged planes that dropped these flares? 2) Why did it take a whole week of being hounded by the press and public for an explanation to the anomalous lights before the Air Force finally came up with the “flare” solution? Video evidence aside, the fact that hundreds of witnesses, throughout most of the state, independently reported huge triangular-shaped craft silently float over their heads, on the same night, blocking out the stars in their passing. These questions were never addressed by McGaha.

    I think a lot of us anticipated the ABC special with a “disclosure event” in mind. If such is the case, we were sorely disappointed. But the objective of the presentation was to reestablish public awareness of the phenomenon, make known the fact that the skeptics are now in the minority and emphasize the fact that only a personal close encounter event constitutes undeniable confirmation for the witness. To this end, the program hit its mark. All of this was presented on a major network, hosted by a well-respected journalist in a prime time setting. Hopefully, this project will open the door to future presentations of its kind.

    Perhaps Jennings’ closing observation was sadly prophetic: “Ultimately, only contact will finally resolve the mystery.”

    The only thing I might critique is the title of the show. A “believer” is one who accepts the testimony of others. Once one personally has a close encounter sighting of an unconventional flying object or endures an abduction experience, they are no longer a believer – they are a witness.

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    i have a question dood: why did your first post in this thread about the 9/11 pentagon conspiracy abruptly end, and you didn't even post a link to your source for the story? I was really getting interested in that, and now I'll have to google it or something. not to mention it was the only actual conspiracy out of the one's you've posted so far (the one on buzz-words sounds at home in an encyclopedia, the area 51 post sounded like a fucking tourist brochure, and that last one...what the hell was up with that?).

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    The source is there

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    whoops, thanks, i clicked on that but i didn't read very far, i thought it was something different. but my other claims still stand. I demand 50% more actual conspiracies

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    lol yea i need to find some really good ones sometime

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    I could talk about economic reasons, the fundamental one being that a free market functions most efficiently and most fairly when the market determines the quality and the quantity of money that’s being used.
    I could talk about political reasons: that throughout history we have seen again and again the instability, the turbulence, in fact the self-destructive tendencies of political systems in which politicians and special-interest groups exercise the power to control or manipulate the purchasing power of money.
    Today I could give you geostrategic reasons, because one could easily work out a theory whereby Islamic Fundamentalists, if they understood what they were doing, could strike at the Great Satan by attacking the fragile foundations of our monetary and banking system. I’m not going to tell you about that, because I don’t want to give aid and comfort to the enemy.
    I shall touch only on the legal reasons why monetary powers and disabilities are of vital importance. I want to emphasize at the outset that this is not a matter of my opinion or my views.
    This has nothing to do with personalities or subjective ideas. It’s a matter of what the Constitution provides. That is a matter of historical investigation and understanding from which objective results can be obtained.
    I know it’s a little hard work, as Larry pointed out, to read Pieces of Eight. I had to be purer than Caesar’s wife. Everything has been documented.
    The reason I did that was to show people that everything can be documented. There is nothing in the book that comes from my pen. It comes from the pen of the Founding Fathers. It comes from the pen of the Supreme Court. It comes from the pen of the people that keep the Congressional records. This is all a historical matter.
    My reason for getting into this subject is that I’ve always viewed the legal perspective as being the most important aspect of the problem. Why? Because the legal framework in any society is going to have a controlling, a directive, at least an important influence on what happens economically.
    A society that is based upon freedom of contract and private property is going to have a different set of economic outcomes than a society that is based on a Stalinesque model of central planning. The legal system has a tremendous effect on the economy.
    I’d like to make a point here. The government of the United States has never violated anyone’s constitutional rights. Did you know that? The government of the United States will never violate anyone constitutional rights, because it cannot violate anyone’s constitutional rights.
    The reason for that is: The government of the United States is that set of actions by public officials that are consistent with the Constitution. Outside of its constitutional powers, the government of the United States has no legitimacy. It has no authority; and, it really even has no existence. It is what lawyers call a legal fiction.
    I give you the famous case Norton v. Shelby County, when they were thinking straight about these issues: 1886. The Court said: “An unconstitutional act is not a law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties. It is, in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed.” And that applies to any governmental action outside of the Constitution.
    Our present constitutional system, with respect to money and banking, is oxymoronic, because in fact, for a very long time, with respect to coinage, currency, credit, and banking, the political class and the judicial class have not conformed to the Constitution. In the grand scheme of things, there are legal consequences that follow from not adhering to constitutional powers and disabilities, especially constitutional disabilities.
    What is the genius of, the condition sine qua non, for a free society? It’s limited government, right? A totalitarian society is one in which the government claims all power; there is no freedom that the government doesn’t allow. There’s always a certain interstitial amount of freedom even in totalitarian society. Remember 1984, Winston Smith? There was a little place in his apartment where he could hide from the telescreen, right? And write his memoirs.
    So interstitially, even a totalitarian society can’t control everything; but it states, in principle, its right to do so. What are the defining characteristics of a limited government? They are its disabilities; what it does not have legal authority to do. Look at the First Amendment. Everyone’s familiar with the First Amendment. What does it do? It guarantees freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of religion.
    But how does it do that? I quote: “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press” et cetera. “Congress shall make no law;” that’s a statement of an absence of power. That’s a statement of a disability.
    The problem we’ve had in the monetary system is there has been an increasing misuse of Congress’ monetary powers, and an increasing disregard of Congress’ monetary disabilities; and not only in this particular field, of course, in many other fields. But what’s happened in the area of money and banking exemplifies, and in many instances, is the source of what’s happened in other areas.
    I can divide this degeneration essentially into two categories. One is the application of the so-called “theory of the Living Constitution.” The other is the overextension of Congressional powers, or the assertion of powers the Congress doesn’t have.
    Many people may be familiar with the “Living Constitution.” This is the idea that the meaning of the Constitution has to change with the times. The Founding Fathers lived in the horse-and-buggy era. We live in the spaceship era.
    Obviously, the Constitution has to somehow evolve intellectually to deal with those changes. In effect, this reduces the Constitution to whatever the politically powerful find it expedient to mean from time to time. You could call that “situation law.” I call it “Sante Fe law.” They railroad their ideas through, and they expect us to accept it on faith.
    Let me give you an example, the key example in the monetary field. Basic question: “What is a dollar?” Interesting question: “What is a dollar?” That’s the unit of our currency. What is it? Well, if you ask most people, some of them would pull one out these things, a little Sacagawea coin. “This is a dollar.” Or more likely they would probably pull out one of these, a George Washington Federal Reserve Note, and say, “This is a dollar.”
    And if you asked that person, “Well, why is this thing a dollar?” he or she would probably say, “Well, it’s because Congress says so,” or “the Treasury says so,” or “the Federal Reserve System says so,” or “the Supreme Court says so”—begging the question of whether Congress, the Treasury, the Federal Reserve, or the Supreme Court has the authority to say so. Is this simply a matter of raw power?
    Let’s have a quick reality check. I have some learning aids here. Here’s a card that says, “One cow.” Is this a cow? Next step: here’s a card that says, “By order of Congress: one cow.” Is this a cow? You’re getting the picture, aren’t you?
    Here we go, the next step: “By order of the Federal Livestock Board: one cow.” And then the final absurdity: “By order of the Federal Livestock Board: one cow. This is legal tender for all debts public and private.” You don’t have to be a farmer to understand the meaning of this little demonstration.
    Let’s take it to another level. “One dollar.” Is it a dollar? “By order of Congress: one dollar.” “By order of the Federal Reserve Board: one dollar.” “By order of the Federal Reserve Board: one dollar. This is legal tender for all debts public and private.”
    Do you follow this? This is kindergarten material. As the Gershwins told us in Porgy and Bess, “it ain’t necessarily so” simply because someone writes it on a piece of paper.
    Where do we look to find Congress’ powers and disabilities in this regard? Well, I guess you look in the Constitution.
    The Constitution actually mentions the word “dollar” in Article One, Section Nine, Clause One, the famous slave tax provision, that provided a tax or duty might be imposed on the importation of slaves, not exceeding ten dollars for each person.
    Do you think that was important at the time? It was one of the provisions that was put in as part of the compromise between the Southern slave-owning states and the Northern states. If something like that hadn’t been put in, the Constitution probably would never have been ratified by all the original colonies.
    It’s also found in the Seventh Amendment, the word “dollars”: “In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved.”
    Do you think that was important to those people at that time? Trial by jury was known in that era as the palladium of British liberty, going back to Magna Carta. Do you think those people knew what the word “dollar” meant? Do you think they thought it meant this? [holding up a Federal Reserve Note] It must have had an accepted meaning at that time.
    The proponents of the “Living Constitution” will say: “That time has passed, and now we have Congress, the Treasury, the Federal Reserve, the Supreme Court, whatever, to make a new determination”—of course begging the question of whether the definition of the “dollar” can be changed. I want to give you what I think is a conclusive analogy on this point.
    If you read the Constitution, you’ll find the word “year” used. For instance: “The House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people of the United States.” “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the legislature, for six years.” If the meaning of “dollar” can be changed by Congress, why can’t the meaning of “year” be changed?
    The principle is exactly the same. Yet we all know that if the Congress passed a statute, and the Supreme Court upheld it, saying that for constitutional purposes the word “year” will no longer mean three hundred and sixty-five days, but seven hundred and thirty days, or fourteen hundred and sixty days, or some arbitrary number, they would he howled down in hoots of ridicule. No one in this country would accept that.
    In fact, even we the people, amending the Constitution as we can do under Article Five, could not change the true definition of the word “year.” We could change the term of the Representative to something other than two years, the Senator to something other than six years; but we could not amend the Constitution to say that a “year” is something other than what it is. We cannot fly in the face of astronomical reality. Well, if it’s obvious for the word “year,” why isn’t it just as obvious for the word “dollar”?
    You all know what the word “year” means in its astronomical significance, and therefore you know what it means in its constitutional significance. And if you knew what the word “dollar” meant in its historical significance, you would know what it meant, or what it means, in its constitutional sense.
    What did that word mean to the Founding Fathers? It certainly didn’t mean the Sacagawea dollar. It meant this: the Spanish milled dollar. [holding up a coin] And not just in the late 1700s.
    The Spanish milled dollar was made the unit or standard for all foreign silver coins in the American colonies in 1704 by Queen Anne (there was a Parliamentary statute in 1707). It was made the standard for the United States by the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation, before the Constitution was even written. So in fact the dollar preceded the writing of the Constitution. It preceded the ratification of the Constitution. It preceded the first Congress, the first President, the first Supreme Court, the Federal Reserve Board, and everything else. Do you think it might be independent of all those things, having preceded them?
    As a historical fact, the dollar is independent of the Constitution. The father of the dollar, in our system, was Thomas Jefferson. He was the one who proposed it to the Continental Congress. In the first government under the Constitution, Jefferson was Secretary of State, and Alexander Hamilton was Secretary of the Treasury. They didn’t agree on very much, if anything, except this: They both agreed on the monetary system.
    The Federalists and the Anti-federalists were in complete agreement. And what did Congress and the Treasury do in 1792 with the first coinage act? They went out to determine what the value of this “dollar” was.
    How did they do that? They went to the marketplace. In what we would call statistical analysis, they collected a large sampling of Spanish milled dollars that were circulating, and they did a chemical analysis of them to determine on average how much silver they contained.
    This appears in the Coinage Act of 1792 where they wrote: “The Dollar or Unit shall be of the value of a Spanish milled dollar as the same is now current,” that is, running in the market, “to wit, three hundred and seventy-one and one-quarter grains of silver.”
    Now you know something that 99.999% of Americans do not know, and probably a higher percentage of lawyers.
    The “dollar” is a silver coin containing three hundred and seventy-one and one-quarter grains of silver—and it cannot be changed by constitutional amendment, definitionally, any more than the term “year” can. And yet, as I mentioned before, if you ask the average person what a dollar is, he’ll probably hold this thing up. [holding up a Federal Reserve Note] Is there something wrong here? Do we see some kind of cognitive dissonance when we have a problem with this? I should hope so.
    The second area in which the misuse of monetary powers and the disregard for monetary disabilities has corrupted the Constitution, as I said before, is the overextension of powers. I won’t go into these in great detail. If you look at the “Necessary and Proper” clause, which has been wildly expanded to give fantastic powers to Congress, what is the foundational case for that expansion? It’s usually cited to be McCulloch v. Maryland in 1819. What was that case about? It was about the Bank of the United States. It was a money case.
    If we go to the doctrine of “Emergency Powers,” which is having a great uplift today, for obvious reasons, what was the foundational case that put that doctrine on the constitutional map? It was Knox vs. Lee, the legal tender cases brought after the Civil War. If we go to the doctrine of “Aggregate Powers,” the doctrine that says, “You can take a little here and a little there and kind of sum them all up, so that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts,” again we go back to the Knox case, a monetary case.
    What’s very interesting is to read a dissenting opinion by Justice Stephen Field, the only Justice on the Supreme Court who had the integrity to dissent in every legal tender case that he heard. He wrote a dissenting opinion in Dooley vs. Smith, in 1872. He wrote, “The arguments in favor of the constitutionality of legal tender paper currency tend directly to break down the barriers which separate a government of limited powers from a government resting in the unrestrained will of Congress. Those limitations must be preserved, or our government will inevitably drift from the system established by our Fathers into a vast, centralized, and consolidated government.”
    You notice he was not talking specifically about the monetary powers. He wasn’t saying that these arguments would lead to the monetary powers being unrestrained. It was destroying the concept of limited government. “The arguments in favor of the constitutionality of legal tender paper currency tend directly to break down the barriers which separate a government of limited powers from a government resting in the unrestrained will of Congress.” How do you define, or how would you characterize, a government resting in the unrestrained will of Congress, or any other political body? It is by definition a totalitarian government.
    The philosopher Richard Weaver, and I’m sure you’re familiar with this statement that he made, said, “Ideas have consequences.” He could have gone further than that. He could have said that bad ideas, once they are politicized, almost inevitably generate crises and catastrophes.
    If we look throughout American history, we will see that failures of various unconstitutional currency and banking situations, and we’ve had different ones over different periods, have inevitably led to crises and catastrophes. Pre-Civil War, we had a series of cycle collapses (they called them panics in those days), which were brought about by the unstable system of state banks and, to a certain extent, by the national banks that Congress created, the two Banks of the United States.
    If you go into the Civil War, you have the crisis of massive inflation that was caused by the emission of the greenbacks, and then the tremendous political controversy over the continuation or the termination of paper money inflationism. Then we come to the Federal Reserve System. Some people here may know of the arguments that were made in favor of the Federal Reserve System. It would have an elastic currency. Through scientific management of the monetary system, depressions would be eliminated. There would be stability in the banking system. What happened?
    The Federal Reserve System was there when the greatest banking collapse in American history occurred, in 1932-1933, and in what was called the Great Depression of the 1930s.
    In that period what happened? The Roosevelt New Deal. What were the powers they were screaming for? Emergency powers. You’ll find that written into many statutes, e.g., The Emergency Banking Act of 1933. You should pay attention to the title, The Emergency Banking Act of 1933, and the “Aggregate Powers” doctrine. It’s been all downhill since then.
    I will not say, and I doubt that anyone could say, or defend the idea, that if the constitutional monetary system had been strictly enforced throughout American history there would have been no economic crises, because we all know that economic crises are not caused solely by bad monetary and banking arrangements.
    But, as sure as I am standing here, I can say that if the Constitution had been observed during that period, there would have been none of the crises that did in fact occur. They would have been essentially impossible, bringing me back to the point I made earlier about the primacy of law.
    How should that have been done? Well, Americans would have had to understand and enforce their Constitution. You notice I say Americans, not the Congress or the Supreme Court, because who is the final arbiter of this document? [holding a copy of the Constitution] It is not Congress, and it is not the Supreme Court. It is “we the people.” Read the thing. How does it start? “We the people do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States”; not “we the politicians,” not “we the judges.” Those people are the agents of the people. We the people are the principals.
    The doctrine is very clear that, being the principals, we are the Constitution’s ultimate interpreters and enforcers. You don’t have to take my word for it. Let’s go back to the Founding Fathers, if I can find the right place. [referring to a book]
    The Founding Fathers were profound students of law and political philosophy. Their mentor in that era was William Blackstone, who wrote Blackstone’s Commentaries, probably the most widely read legal treatise of its time, certainly here in the United States.
    What did Blackstone write about this subject? He wrote, “Whenever a question arises between the society at large and any magistrate vested with powers originally delegated by that society, it must be decided by the voice of the society itself; there is not upon earth any other tribunal to resort to.”
    We the people are the Constitution’s ultimate interpreters. But we all know that no people leads itself. Every people, for whatever reason, needs leadership. I look out on you people here today.
    You are representatives, or a cross-section, if you will, of this country’s elite. I don’t say that to be flattering. I don’t say that to be patronizing. In fact, I’m a messenger who, in a sense, is bringing you some bad news, because the American people out there have to depend on people like you in here, and others like you, for leadership.
    There’s a very simple reason for that. There’s no one else. Therefore, here’s the bad news: it ultimately is your responsibility to find out what your Constitution means with respect to monetary powers and disabilities, and then to do something about it, before history takes the opportunity out of your hands, and we all suffer the consequences.

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    holy fuck, it's not exactly a conspiracy but you pulled together a ton of information into quite a good essay! I'm quite impressed and must applaud you as you sound like quite an intelligent person with a broad but enjoyable sense of humor. there's not a lot for me to say besides i know what you're talking about, i agree wholeheartedly. Magna Carta, bitch! we should make Magna Carta II and serve it to the G8 summit. wouldn't that be a sight.

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    "intelligent person with a broad but enjoyable sense of humor"? ....this is Panda Man...and you've got it all wrong

    I don't know you, you're not my friend.

    I'm full of good ideas..

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