Wages

The state is the entity that will threaten a mob that is protesting outside of Wal-Mart. The state recaptured slaves in the North and returned them to “owners” in the South. The state manufactures, distributes, and guarantees currency. The state distributes and enforces vendors licences and zoning permits. If I start a psychology office and call myself a psychologist, the state will come and shut me down. If I start a shop out of my apartment and advertise, the state will come shut me down. If I try to hawk wares on the street, the state will come and stop me.

I’m developing an idea about how the state(!) or really the city, should do something about wages.

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Live Podcast 2-14-2014

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Podcast 12-19-2013

Just got a new cellular!

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Live Podcast 12-06-2013

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Live Podcast 11-22-2013

It’s short, but at least I yell a lot.

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Live Podcast 10-25-2013

I don’t know what the heck is going on with my podcast poster. Try this one, and keep tuning in, the best is on now, Republictoday.net!

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Live Podcast 11-01-2013

FYI, the previous post is fixed too! Two for one today!

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Live Podcast 10-18-2013

Tech! Tech Tech! Tech Tech Tech Tech Tech! DIY Crescent City Radio! Yay!

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Live Podcast 10-11-2013

This episode is decent, not a bad place to start for new listeners. It’s stream of consciousness political philosophy.

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Live Podcast 10-4-2013

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Live podcast 9-27-2013

This originally aired on Loyola University New Orleans Online Radio.

 

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Abortion and Gay Marriage for Catholics

“In his full message for the peace day, the pope called for a new economic model and ethical regulations for markets, saying the global financial crisis was proof that capitalism does not protect society’s weakest members.”

I had bookmarked this in my browser, but Yahoo!.com took it down. It was reassuring to me to see a story like this in the context of an U.S.American news provider. Quoted  from Reuters, but I added the bold:

“VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict said in his New Year’s message on Tuesday he hoped 2013 would be a year of peace and that the world was under threat from unbridled capitalism, terrorism and criminality.

The 85-year-old pope rang in the new year with a mass for about 10,000 people in St Peter’s Basilica on the day the Roman Catholic Church marks its World Day of Peace with initiatives around the world.

He also spoke of peace after the mass, addressing tens of thousands of people who had followed the service from outside in St Peter’s Square.

“A new year is like a trip. With the light and the grace of God, may it be the start of a path to peace for every person, every family, every country and for the entire world,” he said from his window overlooking the square.

He thanked the world’s peacemakers, saying they deserve praise for working, often behind the scenes, tirelessly, thanklessly and armed only “with the weapons of prayer and forgiveness”.

Peace marchers carrying rainbow banners released blue balloons in a sunny but cold St Peter’s Square as the pope spoke.

Earlier in his homily, the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics decried “hotbeds of tension and conflict caused by growing instances of inequality between rich and poor“.

He also denounced “the prevalence of a selfish and individualistic mindset which also finds expression in an unregulated capitalism, various forms of terrorism and criminality”.

Benedict said he was convinced of “humanity’s innate vocation to peace” despite many problems and setbacks. A personal relationship with God can help all believers deal with what he called the “darkness and anguish” that sometimes defines human existence.

“This is the inner peace that we want in the midst of events in history that are sometimes tumultuous and confused, events that sometimes leave us shaken,” he said.

In his full message for the peace day, the pope called for a new economic model and ethical regulations for markets, saying the global financial crisis was proof that capitalism does not protect society’s weakest members.

He also warned that food insecurity was a threat to peace in some parts of the world and strongly reaffirmed the Church’s opposition to gay marriage. Heterosexual marriage had an indispensable role in society, he said.

Thousands of people took part in a peace march to the Vatican led by the Catholic peace and charity group, the Sant’ Egidio Community, which negotiated the end of the civil war in Mozambique in 1992.

Other peace marches took place in Italian cities, and Catholic dioceses around the world held their own events.

(Editing by Angus MacSwan)”

Sooooooo… when someone brings up conservative Catholic values, you can tell them that Catholics believe in “the redistribution of wealth.” We have a term; it’s called a cafeteria Catholic. Pick some of what they want, leave what they don’t want. If you believe it all, that includes calling out capitalism by name. 

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Pierre

This is weird. Please see links below.

Executive director of Weed

Executive director of Guns

I think there should be a rapper named Pierre, since he or she could be a big rifle and marijuana advocate.
Why has no one else made the connection with these names? Am I a conspiracy theorist? Are you imagining this whole blog post? Just Say No to Guns! Legalize Guns! Vive Pierre!

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Times of the Day

Early Morning 4-5, 5-6, 6-7
Morning Time 7-8, 8-9, 9-10
Early Day 10-11, 11-12, 12-1
Mid Day 1-2, 2-3, 3-4
Evening 4-5, 5-6, 6-7
Night 7-8, 8-9, 9-10
Late Night 10-11, 11-12, 12-1
After Hours 1-2, 2-3, 3-4

What do you think?

I had this co-worker who used to say, “2:00 in the evening.”
And she went to bed at like 7:30.
Business hours: 9-5. EARLY business hours: 8-4. Seriously.

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Manarchists are so lame!

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Guns don’t kill people, gun culture kills people

Have you followed any of the “gun control” “debate?” The politicians and pundits are falling over each other in order to score political points without doing anything to help fix the crisis of violence we face in America today. As long as we foster a value system of, “do whatever it takes to get yours,” and “guns are a right like water and the pursuit of happiness,” then we will have people using the easily available guns to commit economically motivated crimes. As gun crimes become more normal, unbalanced folks with paltry access to mental health care will be desensitized to the horror of gun violence, and will also have easy access to guns. The U.S.A. has the least economically efficient health care system in the world. Problems: spiraling inequality, politicians in the pocket of health insurance executives, politicians in the pocket of gun industry executives, pop culture & news that glorifies greed and violence, the good ‘ol, “do whatever it takes for money no matter what,” ethic, ignorant redneck hunters, the military industrial complex, and on, and on…
My solution: Same as usual; decentralize, and let neighborhoods decide their own gun laws. Let neighborhoods form gun law zone coalitions if they want. If the people decide to on a face to face level, form a non-state, non-capitalist, gun standards bureau to help advocate for global peace. Yes, by the way, this does not jibe with the U.S. Constitution.

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Last Year

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On the lockout

An anecdote Ryen Rusillo may like.

I’m a full grown NBA fan. I’m a proud New Orleans transplant. Four months ago I found the closest public court to my place is a bike ride to a playground in Treme, not far from some projects. I’m not good at basketball, but I enjoy playing. I’ve been getting in games with kids, playing some 21, and an occasional half court game, often 1 on 1. I often spend time shooting around alone. I’ve never seen major pick-up games played, or other white guys on the court. Today when I was chilling on a bench letting some little kids play with my ball, some hipster looking white guys came and started shooting. I asked them if they wanted to get in a game. It turns out they were on vacation from Denmark, and had their converted bus parked at a nearby RV resort. As we were shooting for teams, some neighborhood guys were walking by and joined in. We had a diverse group of adults coming together to enjoy the great sport of basketball. People were playing hard and getting into it. The teams were competitive, and there were scrapes from the concrete. One guy hit four long jumpers down the stretch for the win. At the end we were all smiling and touched hands. It’s important to remember the benefits of sports beyond entertainment. There is a universality that lets you connect with people whom you may not connect with otherwise. Spectator sports serve a purpose. Today it is easy to be in touch with basketball fans all around the world, share ideas, and celebrate things in common. I enjoy going to the Arena to cheer on players wearing “New Orleans” across their chests. Watching athletes excel to so great a degree at something I do poorly for fun inspires me to get outside and put up some shots. My natural enjoyment of a little competition makes me enjoy following the ups and downs of teams populated by very motivated elite athletes. Millions of people from all around the world also enjoy basketball.

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Why Ron Paul gets my support

This is 80 minutes long, but in the few moments that he’s allowed to speak, you can see why Ron Paul is different.

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10-11-2011 On Republican Presidential Candidates

10-11-2011 On Republican Presidential Candidates

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I like the term anarcho-hipster

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On columnising

Hello, thanks for checking out Republic Today. This is the
first “column” I’m attempting in my life. I think the path to a career for me
is to become a “columnist.” The first thing that comes to mind for people when
it comes to choosing careers is medical tech. I’ve thought about it, and I’m
sure that I don’t want to be any sort of technician, medical or otherwise. I
would like for my voice to be heard.

In this column, I’m trying to exhaust some clichés, tired
terms, and ideas. There are two impediments to my making a living as a columnist.
The first is that I’m not good at sitting down and writing. I mean really bad.
As in lifetime C student. The second factor is that there is no demand for
columnists relative to the glut of supply.

The thing is, I’ve realized that there is no market for
anything I might like to do. Even a little bit. So my decision is either hate
every day of my life, or try to do something unrealistic. Also, while great
wealth would be great, I’m really just looking to make a living. That’s the
baseline. I refuse to work in a setting where I don’t like the day to day work,
and I won’t become prosperous.

I might not even be a whiny American. People all over the
world protest about this sort of thing, from China to Greece to Egypt to
England. What are civil wars about? People fighting for one way of life as opposed
to another. Oppression? Sure. But there’s
a fine line between oppression and occupation. Is the American military
oppressing Afghanistan, or occupying it?

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Real deficit hound Republicans are for peace

Real deficit hound Republicans are for peace, and talking about it. The military is part of the budget. Our representatives are going to hurt components of the culture, such as efficient health care, full education, and so on. Those representatives might as well not make those things impossible in the economically poor countries we occupy. If our tax money shouldn’t pay for economic help for the American poor, taxes also shouldn’t pay for wars we wage on civilians on other continents. Sabotaging peace efforts in order to weaken the President’s image on foreign policy seems cartoonishly villainous.

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Episode 38

Rule of Law

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Episode 37

The market is wrong sometimes

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Great Show Today

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Exceptions

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Episode 34

Fashion elites

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Consumers

10% the enlightened yet still wicked

5% the percentage of enlightened, righteous people on the planet

85% the deaf, dumb, and blind majority of the planet

you can’t barter at the grocery or the gas pump

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Episode 33

The goose gets loose

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Episode 32

Fox News prefers Israel to the United States

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Episode 31

20 minutes of rambling

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Some religion, more ranting about greed, how the movement gets started

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More of the same

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A Political Podcast

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How to get involved

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What Republic Today is all about.

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Controversial Broadcast Talent That Will Change You, plus the most interesting thing you’ll ever hear!

Republic Today 12/31/2010

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Politics, Aging, Starving Children, Sports at the end

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Cam Newton, My new label: Patriotic Progressive

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POLITICS

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New Orleans Sports, Pro-Basketball, New Orleans Music

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Nothing but Hornets247, Nothing but sports

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Goof Remix, THE BIG VOTING DEMOCRACY DAY,
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THE BIG DAY, How to Save the Democracy,

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Podcast Housekeeping; Class System; Defining the Middle Class

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Tea Party Maniac Fires Sixty Rounds Into Two Unarmed Men!

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David Vitter; Progressive Taxes ARE Fair!

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Democracy Versus Capitalism; Small Government

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The Great Conflict of the 21st Century is
Democracy Versus Capitalism;
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Foreclosures, Gulf Oil Disaster, 9/11/2001, Sports

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Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Sports

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My Views, Foreclosures, Positivity

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Civilian Casualties, Religion/Israel/Terrorists, All About the Tea Party

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Blah blah blah, Cutting taxes doesn’t create jobs!, Defining the Middle Class,

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I don’t end with a chant.

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The Right and the Left

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Stream of Consciousness, White Supremacy, Globalization, Steve Malsberg

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Musings, Catholics, Radio Shows, Podcasting, Sports at the End

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Unemployment, Starving Children, Columbus Day

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