Remember those WMDs in Iraq? Those aluminum tubes? The herd-like rush to war? It’s happening again, it seems……
The following article from Atlantic Magazine, “America is not a democracy,” is, in my opinion, a really good summary of where we stand today as regards some of the problems we face, concluding essentially that our government system has become corrupt through the lobbyist system (which used to be illegal in the 19th Century) and because we live in a highly complex society and system that demands highly educated, sophisticated, expert thinkers and decision-makers to serve as authors of legislation and regulations – skill sets that can only be found in elite groups in the current era where “elite” is a bad word. I don’t think much of the author’s ending conclusions, which appear weak, but the history and information is really good, and worth thinking about. What this author misses, as so many do these days when discussing America’s founding, is understanding that a major reason we formed a representative democracy instead of a direct democracy is because across the ocean at exactly the same time France was having their own revolution and showing the world the dangers of total direct democracy – mob rule, the guillotine, and in the end choosing an emperor for rule. These days we forget this – the reason we elected representatives instead of directly voting on bills and issues. We even had senators once removed – they were chosen by state legislatures, originally.
My publisher Irontwine Press put up a great little video showing how one makes a highly effective and powerful weapon using stuff found in the woods. Watch to the end to get a sense of the great power of these weapons.
Check this out, from the Antarctic toothfishery, which was developed about 1990 and has become a big distant-water fishery in the southern ocean using longline vessels fishing with the Mustad mechanized longline system (same system I used in 1981 on Georges Bank with Roger Bakey’s Sea Dog V, when I measured every damn fish he brought aboard and determined that if you took fish with hooks instead of nets you could bring home twice the tonnage and still leave the population intact)
Now this, this is fishin’…….