Tidbits from Around the World
Swiss Banking No Longer Secret
This found in ObjectivistLiving.com:
UBS signals the end of the secret Swiss bank account
By Lynnley Browning Published: February 19, 2009
UBS Agrees to Pay $780M, Turn Over Swiss Banking Records
AP Wednesday, February 18, 2009
[Lest you think that words have meaning, here’s a dose of oxymoron.]
Bank secrecy maintained despite UBS deal: Swiss FinMin
From The Times July 18, 2008
UBS closes Swiss accounts of US clientsTom Bawden in New York
Geography and economics used to isolate Western culture from the idiocy of Islamic fundamentalism so much more than today. They were over there and we are here. They were mostly poor and we embraced technology and free enterprise.
Now, technology has connected us all, immigration brings them to Europe and America. Decades of using the oil revenues from nationalized American and British firms gave them the means to make troubles they could never could have made before.
It makes me sick that we are funding their crimes with our gas purchases from the oil wells they stole from us, and from the foreign aid we give to Pakistan who will eventually turn on us like the Taliban did after we had supported them. And that they use the technology we invent to make their evil happen.
— Steve Wolfer as quoted from Rebirth of Reason
I couldn’t have said it better myself!
Several US States Ponder Secession Bills
Here’s the text/summary of the bill:
That any Act by the Congress of the United States, Executive Order of the President of the United States of America or Judicial Order by the Judicatories of the United States of America which assumes a power not delegated to the government of United States of America by the Constitution for the United States of America and which serves to diminish the liberty of the any of the several States or their citizens shall constitute a nullification of the Constitution for the United States of America by the government of the United States of America. Acts which would cause such a nullification include, but are not limited to:
I. Establishing martial law or a state of emergency within one of the States comprising the United States of America without the consent of the legislature of that State.
II. Requiring involuntary servitude, or governmental service other than a draft during a declared war, or pursuant to, or as an alternative to, incarceration after due process of law.
III. Requiring involuntary servitude or governmental service of persons under the age of 18 other than pursuant to, or as an alternative to, incarceration after due process of law.
IV. Surrendering any power delegated or not delegated to any corporation or foreign government.
V. Any act regarding religion; further limitations on freedom of political speech; or further limitations on freedom of the press.
VI. Further infringements on the right to keep and bear arms including prohibitions of type or quantity of arms or ammunition; and
That should any such act of Congress become law or Executive Order or Judicial Order be put into force, all powers previously delegated to the United States of America by the Constitution for the United States shall revert to the several States individually. Any future government of the United States of America shall require ratification of three quarters of the States seeking to form a government of the United States of America and shall not be binding upon any State not seeking to form such a government; and
That copies of this resolution be transmitted by the house clerk to the President of the United States, each member of the United States Congress, and the presiding officers of each State’s legislature.