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Mere - 2003-04-30 14:37:37
Oh my gosh. I have to take a breather; those are too much. I remember why I cringe at politics, now. Yikes. Thanks for alerting me to these issues, by the way, and for signing my guestbook- I'm a strong believer in your idea of sincerely praising one's Love every day; fabulous!
Seralynn - 2003-04-30 14:53:31
I am scared. Very Scared. You think people are losing it now, just wait... Its going to get worse. Much worse.
Jules - 2003-04-30 15:41:48
Due to my disgust with all things political at the moment, I couldn't bear to sour my day with much more, I already watched the news... But I did read the man who is doing the death fast. It is admirable, but I just don't really think it will get him anywhere. He may be able to bring some light into what he's doing, but in the end, the government will just push his concerns aside and claim that he was the one who decided to starve.
shesajar - 2003-04-30 15:53:19
i read your diary with complete admiration. i consider it a gold mine of resources and my suppliment to my daily news-readings. i have a question though... why is the article on the guy who doesn't want to pay income tax and is willing to starve himself "wonderful" news? income tax is a social responsibility to the national community that we live in. whether or not you like all the programs that those taxes fund... i imagine you must like some of them: freeways being paved, money for kids to go to college, welfare (is that assuming too much?), veterans' care, social security, aid to other nations (though that is only 0.01%), etc. my problem is not the money being taxed, it's where it goes (as you know, in large part, to big business subsidies). and that is our job (very much including smart people like you) to keep an eye on our politicians and make them do what we want (power of vote and letter writing). anyway, i was just more curious your reasoning for the admiration of the last article. get back to me, if you feel like it.
hi - 2003-04-30 16:05:32
heh, you made me laugh today. that guy he is soooo gonna die!!! hahahahha... oh man the first few articles made me cringe and want to cry with sadness, but the guy whose fasting was hilarious! I wonder how they are going to cover up the fact when he dies.
Windy - 2003-04-30 17:13:20
Well, read them all. Have a headache now. The hunger strike thing is good, but I don't see it getting him many results. Everything else...well, I disagree with some of the 3rd article, but it's all just sickening. I'm going to go lay down now...
Ravyne - 2003-04-30 18:30:30
Shesajar...paying local and state taxes IS a civic duty. It shows we support our the communities we live in. Paying Federal Taxes is ILLEGAL. It was *never* radified by all the states and you can declare yourself *exempt* from paying Federal taxes. Americans have been brainwashed into believing that we are *supposed* to pay Federal taxes but if you get a copy of the IRS handbook, look up their definition of INCOME. It will *only* state Foreign Earned Income. Are we foreigners? NO, we are American Citizens. Do you live in a foreign country and earn income there even though you are an American citizen? If not, then you do not have to pay taxes. I am going to post some more websites about the Illegal Tax Fraud here in just a few minutes.
Windy - 2003-04-30 18:38:14
I don't remember exactly how it works, but you can register with the Revenue Service as a Tax Protester, and not have to pay taxes, but then you can't expect to receive services such as the police and fire departments. The IRS will watch you really closely too, and if you ever change your mind and decide to start paying taxes again, so that you CAN receive those services, then you are responsible for all back taxes you never paid. They really make it hard for people to protest taxes with any effectiveness. Being cut off from tax-funded services makes perfect sense to me, though, if you're not going to pay any taxes. Owing the back taxes is just spiteful.
jessica lovejoy - 2003-04-30 19:04:58
Loved yr entry as usual (and THANKS for the info on Greg Palast!) Just one comment, on the "Bums" article: does the author not realize how much shittier our govt Could be? Better to have a king? An Ayatollah? Maybe its the historian in me, but GAH it has been so much worse (and surely will be again). Though the bit about "average" Americans being morons is Right On. Then again, the average person Everywhere is selfish and stupid and hateful. Doesn't mean we should give up, though, now does it? -JL
Ravyne - 2003-04-30 20:03:12
Jessica - I think the author of that report was being satirical, much like the concept of the Irish eating their children that Jonathan Swift wrote about. He does make some good points though.

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