Friday, November 23, 2012


What is ZAP, you may ask? ZAP stands for the Zero Aggression Principle.

The Zero Aggression Principle says...
"No one should initiate harm against another or delegate doing so to others."
Harm includes violence and fraud. The key word is initiation. Violence should be defensive only.
For instance, drug prohibition violates the Zero Aggression Principle by initiating violence against adults who make unpopular choices. One merely needs to look no further than the ramifications of the 18th Amendment... and the fact that the 20th Amendment was passed to repeal it...
If you think you might be interested in the Zero Aggression Principle, take this quiz:

Let me know how it goes, comments please!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Are you SURE you are doing well in the stock market?

In 2002, gold was priced in USD @ 309.73/ounce. If one had $125,000 and invested it solely in gold, one would have purchased 403 ounces of gold. Let's say instead, that same person invested that $125k in the stock market and managed a return of 7.2% which would have doubled their investment to $250,000 in 2012. Today, with gold priced in USD @ $1764.28/ounce (price at the time of this writing), that $250k would purchase 141 ounces of gold!

2002 An investment of $125,000 in gold would purchase 403 ounces of gold.
2012 An investment of $250,000 in gold would purchase 141 ounces of gold.

Most people would say "That's because the price of gold has gone up, retard!" Really? Let's look a bit further because here is where it all gets interesting...

When one compares the VALUE of gold, priced in other commodities, one gets a different picture. For instance, the value of gold compared to oil, has remained remarkably steady since the late 70s and has actually decreased slightly. Assuming that the value of gold HAS remained steady yet the price in dollars has gone way up, the suggestion is that the value of USD has gone way down.

By the way, those 403 ounces of gold (bought for $125,000 in 2002) today? $711,004.84

~The price of Gold is USD is changing so the numbers will be off a little bit. The main point remains... I'd be just a little bit less cocky about that "killing" you're making in the stock market. I'd say someone is making a killing off of you...

*Obama Begins Push for New National Retirement System PDF Print E-mail
A recent hearing sponsored by the Treasury and Labor Departments marked the beginning of the Obama Administration’s effort to nationalize the nation’s pension system and to eliminate private retirement accounts including IRA’s and 401k plans, NSC is warning.
The hearing, held in the Labor Department’s main auditorium, was monitored by NSC staff and featured a line up of left-wing activists including one representative of the AFL-CIO who advocated for more government regulation over private retirement accounts and even the establishment of government-sponsored annuities that would take the place of 401k plans.
"This hearing was set up to explore why Americans are not saving as much for their retirement as they could," explains National Seniors Council National Director Robert Crone, "However, it is clear that this is the first step towards a government takeover. It feels just like the beginning of the debate over health care and we all know how that ended up."
A representative of the liberal Pension Rights Center, Rebecca Davis, testified that the government needs to get involved because 401k plans and IRAs are unfair to poor people. She demanded the Obama administration set up a "government-sponsored program administered by the PBGC (the governments’ Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation)." She proclaimed that even "private annuities are problematic."
Such "reforms" would effectively end private retirement accounts in America, Crone warns. "These people want the government to require that ultimately all Americans buy these government annuities instead of saving or investing on their own. The Government could then take these trillions of dollars and redistribute it through this new national retirement system."
Deputy Treasury Secretary J. Mark Iwry, who presided over the hearing, is a long-time critic of 401k plans because he believes they benefit the rich. He also appears to be one of the Administration’s point man on this issue.
"This whole issue is moving forward very quickly," warns Crone. "Already there is a bill requiring all businesses to automatically enroll their employees in IRA plans in which part of every employee’s paycheck would be automatically deducted and deposited into this account. If this passes, the government will be just one step away from being able to confiscate all these retirement accounts."
NSC has taken the lead in warning the nation about this new government onslaught and is plotting ways to stop it.
"This effort ultimately is designed to grab the retirement nest eggs of America’s senior citizens. This new government annuity scheme, even if it is at first optional, will turn into a giant effort to redistribute the wealth of America’s older citizens," explains Crone. "This scheme mirrors what I expect the President will try to do with Social Security. He wants to turn that program into a welfare program, too."
NSC will likely unveil a new grassroots campaign effort later this year or early in January to coincide with the seating of the new Congress.*

Way to go, America! Soon, the State is going to own every penny you make. They are going to force you to plant your money into a State run redistribution scheme and spend it on whatever they like. Keep voting for Democrat/Republican, 16 trillion in debt... tick, tock...