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No More VHS Tapes, Please!
Posted on Tuesday October 23, 2012 @ 12:19pm

Sorry, we can no longer accept VHS tapes. Our plastics recycling guy can't recycle them (it has something to do with the mylar tape inside). So we can't do anything with them either.

Put them in your trash, please. Ignore the environmental religious zealots. We're not all going to die if a little plastic goes to landfill. Someday someone (maybe you?) will discover a process for efficiently and economically recycling VHS tapes. For now, according to the guys that do it, there is no market value to the material, so off to landfill they must go.


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Paradigm Shift
Posted on Monday August 27, 2012 @ 1:52am

The views previously expressed in this space, while perhaps appropriate for the times in which they were written, are now obsolete.

I am a fisher of men. If you seek Truth, come and I will help.


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Bad Boys, Bad Boys: Watcha Gonna Do?
Posted on Thursday May 24, 2012 @ 8:18am

"How we burned in the prison camps later thinking: What would things have been like if every police operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive? If during periods of mass arrests people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever was at hand? The organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and, notwithstanding all of Stalinís thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, "Gulag Archipelago"


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You're Gonna Love This
Posted on Wednesday April 4, 2012 @ 6:20pm

Did I say "love"? I'm sorry, I actually meant the opposite:



I propose a Dead Pool on the Constitution. Everyone can bet on which of the Bill of Rights will be the last to be snuffed out. So far, they've annulled the 4th and 5th with the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act (really a coup de grace for those two Amendments); the 6th is getting wobbly in the knees; the tombstone for the 7th already has cobwebs forming over it; the 8th is on its last legs as we witness the "corrections" carried out right in our midst at the lovely Santa Rita Jail, and woe be unto your bank account if you get convicted of a speeding ticket these days; no one even knows what the 9th is so it died a long time ago from lack of care and attention; and the 10th has been held hostage, chained to the walls of a dimly lit dungeon somewhere, white-haired and ghost-faced, like a living body without any spirit.

And then there were three. Until recently, when your selected puppet leader signed into law House Resolution 347. And you partied on. Now if you try to protest within earshot of the president, or anyone whose ears he designates to be too precious for your harsh rants of disapproval, you can be charged with a felony. In case you don't understand what that means: it's a Serious Crime.

So now we're down to two: the 3rd Amendment, proscribing the quartering of military personnel in your house in peacetime (or "in a manner to be prescribed by law" during war, and we are in a War of Terror, and the United States has been declared a battle zone, so don't bet on this one if you are thinking of contributing to the Constitution Dead Pool); and the 2nd. You all know what the 2nd Amendment is, right?

I've got my money on that one. No one would be THAT stupid as to try to take away the 2nd before they got rid of all the others. Because as soon as they take that one away, what have you got left? Nothing. You can't protest it, because that'll be a felony. And you can't shoot at them, because just having a gun would be illegal, and you'd be labeled a criminal (actually an "enemy combatant", which is just a shorter way of saying "everyone on the face of the Earth").

HAHAHAHA, you guys are so screwed!

Why am I being so cavalier about this? Because I really don't care. They can do what they want with that piece of paper. The Constitution was only ever a document that commanded our government servants on how they were to carry out the business of We the People. If they want to step all over it, that's fine, but it's their crime. They are the ones in rebellion.

Rest assured, if you allow them to cancel out your rights by believing what the government dictates your rights to be, you will be their property and in fact you would deserve such a fate. If you believe you are the property of someone else then you will be, and as their property they will dispose of you as they will.

But we didn't derive any rights from a piece of paper. Our rights are derived from being born. Specifically, Rights derive from property. Your body is your property. Everyone with a body has Rights, and if you stand on the foundation of your inherent and unalienable natural Rights, the Rights that derive from your body--your property--then you are truly Free, and no one can ever take that away from you, because then they'd be in rebellion against Nature, and everyone knows you do not mess with Mother Nature.

Now do you see why I chuckle? These miscreants have overplayed their hand. They've gone too far. Either they are deliberately trying to provoke a violent uprising by the People or they are really That Dumb. I'm still deciding.

But their plan only works if you let it bother you, if you let them get you angry. That's what they want you to do. They want you to react like a wild animal, to feel trapped, like the walls are closing in and there's no escape. But there is an escape. There always has been. In fact, you were never trapped at all, you just were tricked into believing the illusion of being trapped.

All you need to do is stop believing that they have power over you. The government has no power over you that you didn't give to them. Remember, government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. What happens when you withdraw your consent? You take away their power. And they fall limp and flaccid. And no amount of viagra will cure that.

One person withdrawing their consent may not make much of a dent. But what about two? Or ten? Or a hundred? What happens when a significant portion of The People withdraw their consent? I think we could be on the verge of finding out. But you must do your part:

Withdraw your consent.


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The Green Movement
Posted on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @ 11:23am

This (or a variation) is currently making the rounds on the internets. I dug through Google and found what I think is the original source, at least as far as the internets go. It's quite appropriate to what we do here at e-Cycle, and so I pass it along for your enjoyment.

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags werenít good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, ďWe didnít have this green thing back in my earlier days.Ē

The clerk responded, ďThatís our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.Ē

She was right-Ėour generation didnít have the green thing in its day. Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But we didnít have the green thing back in our day. We walked up stairs, because we didnít have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didnít climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didnít have the green thing in our day.

Back then we washed the babyís diapers because we didnít have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts Ėwind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that young lady is right. We didnít have the green thing back in our day. Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house Ėnot a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana . In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didnít have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, we didnít fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didnít need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But sheís right. We didnít have the green thing back then. We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didnít have the green thing back then. Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service.

We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didnít need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isnít it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didnít have the green thing back then?


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Blasphemy
Posted on Sunday January 8, 2012 @ 1:56am

You know what? Fuck Aung San Suu Kyi and fuck the Dalai Lama. What do those people actually do? For anyone; their people or anyone else around the world not even remotely connected to their plight?

At this point they're simply famous. Aung San Suu Kyi is famous for being locked up basically indefinitely by her government, and the Dalai Lama is famous for going around the world giving speeches (in increasingly horrible English...can anyone understand that guy?). If they are actually doing anything for their people then it's entirely lost on me, especially since the media (any media, including the lefty "independent" outlets) only portrays these people independent of their greater relevance to a bigger cause other than their own vanity (if there is one).

In any event, how does their plight affect mine? Why should they matter to me at all? Or you? Or anyone (other than those who profit from their promotion)?

It doesn't.

Nothing about the outcome of whatever quest they are on will bear any effect for me, especially since I have my own errant government to worry about. They were never anything other than distractions, to sink the energy of those who were otherwise mostly content with something to rally over, absorbing any excess potential for domestic political dissent, or to at least keep it to a manageable level.

Now that the corruption in our own rebellious government is rife, too obvious and too rampant to quell with silly cult-of-personality distractions, the People are beginning to take note. I hope the reader is among those who are awake.

Do not be fooled by bread and circuses, more contemporaneously known as loan modification plus 99 weeks of unemployment insurance and MTV plus CNN. Our government is in rebellion against its Master, We the People.


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It Is Time
Posted on Tuesday December 27, 2011 @ 5:21pm

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.


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Overheard in the Breakroom
Posted on Thursday August 11, 2011 @ 12:54pm

A guy just came in and dropped off another 6 gutted monitors.

Six!? You think it's the same guy that was leaving that shit after hours a few weeks ago?

Naw, I asked him if he'd been here before and he said no. I bitched a little about it and he said he could just take them to the "other" place, but I said it was OK. At least we'll still get a few pennies for them.

Yeah, but I bet our buyer will be pissed. I hope they don't think we're the ones picking off all the good stuff and giving them the dross.

What do you mean? All the electronics and copper wire is gone but the tube is still there, and there's some plastic.

Whoopdeefuckingdoo. The plastic and the CRT are the least profitable parts of the unit. In fact, it costs to get rid of the tube. They'll get reimbursed by the State for taking the thing (as will we), but they won't make anything on the glass. They have to pay to get rid of it.

So why don't we just refuse to take them?

Well, we don't want to be assholes, at least not overtly. And we still make the same money, whether its gutted or not (just less when it's gutted--less pounds, less pennies). But our buyers will eventually get annoyed if we start bringing them more CRTs in this condition. They'll probably either refuse to accept them anymore, or they won't pay us for them. It'll almost be as bad as having a pallet of spent fluorescent lights.

That would suck.

Yes, it would suck...for people wanting to recycle their monitors for free, because we'd just have to start charging for them.

Indeed.

Yeah.

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"Overheard in the Breakroom" is a regular series of fictional conversations based on factual peeves that the good folks at e-Cycle experience on an unfortunately all too regular basis from customers who just don't understand that just because it's "free" to them doesn't mean it doesn't cost us anything to properly recycle their crap. Have some respect. Don't take advantage of us. Our ministry does not profit from this work, we only sustain. We're providing this service to the community out of the goodness of our hearts, but we still need to eat and we have bills to pay, too.


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The Consent of the Governed
Posted on Saturday July 9, 2011 @ 9:32am

Judge Napolitano breaks it down for us:



I object to one not-so-small detail, your Honor: we do not give our Rights to government, we merely lend them, and that loan can be revoked at any time.

I do not consent.


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"...to Raise Revenue for the Government and to Patrol the Population."
Posted on Friday June 3, 2011 @ 5:48pm

That's what Adam Kokesh says in a recent interview with Judge Napolitano. He's talking about the police. Here he's referring directly to the US Capitol police who--he not resisting in the least--picked him up and literally slammed him to the ground from about four feet and then put him in a one-handed choke-hold.

What heinous crime did Mr. Kokesh commit to deserve such abusive treatment at the hands of the authorities? He had the audacity to silently dance in front of the statue of Thomas Jefferson at the Jefferson Monument in Washington, D.C., the capitol of the United States of America.

I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who has realized that there is no rule of law in America. Many people scoff at the very idea. How dare me! America is a FREE COUNTRY, sir! Well, tell that to Adam Kokesh, who just wanted to celebrate his freedom by silently dancing in front of the statue of the man that literally secured that freedom for him.

The nation's police at all levels are being militarized, as if preparing for a war...but against whom? From the ample evidence available it would seem that the answer is...you. That the police are increasingly not here to "protect and serve" but to fine and deter should be pretty obvious by now. Sure, things might seem OK from where you're sitting, but just wait until you get ticketed for a law you've never even heard of (because cops are apparently authorized to make up new laws on a whim nowadays), let alone arrested for it.

The latest example of our streets being taken over by armed gangs of badge-wielding thugs is this young woman who was arrested for standing on her own front lawn videotaping the shenanigans of her local American Values enforcement wing executing a stop-and-harass on a random black dude, the favorite pursuit of bored boys in blue across the nation. She was charged with "obstructing governmental administration", which is the formal charge for the crime of "seem[ing] to be very anti-police" in the words of Officer Friendly. God forbid anyone obstruct governmental administration.

What is this shit?

God Bless Emily Good, the woman arrested in the video above. There are far too few Americans like her who choose to exercise their Rights and suffer for it, and far too many who don't want to be inconvenienced should they come under fire (in some cases literally) for the simple act of going about their business, and would rather trade away their rights for privileges controlled by a punk with a shiny badge. In fact, the only difference between that uniformed goon and common street trash is an oath the former took under perjury to "preserve, uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America". Talk is cheap, whether in the form of an oath or an order to comply.

What's wrong with this nation is quite simple to diagnose. Looking over our shoulder at history, we review this dusty old document, which states:

Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed


These words follow a familiar passage explaining that We the People "are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness", and that the governments being instituted are "to secure these rights".

The People--of which You, I, and the Stupid Cops depicted above are a part--have forgotten, unremembered or simply mis-learned that We (the People) are Sovereign. This means that We, the People, are the true and original source of all societal power. It is from our Consent to lend this power to a government we create that cops derive their authority (to preserve, uphold and defend the Constitution).

To review:


  • We the People (You, I, and Stupid Cops alike) are "endowed" with "certain unalienable" Rights (capitol 'R'!)

  • To recap(itulate): these are Rights (not privileges!), "certain", "unalienable", and endowed unto us by the Creator (i.e. not government or Stupid Cops)

  • We the People need and want our Rights to be "secured"

  • Therefore We insitute Government to secure these Rights

  • This government is empowered by the Consent of We the People to secure our unalienable Rights (and nothing else)

  • Without Our Consent there is no government but rather an illegal criminal enterprise



So, what do you do when the government We instituted no longer acts to secure our rights but instead assumes the unconsented usurpatious role of "Giver and Taker of Privileges"? I'll leave that up to You to decide, because I can't make that decision for you. You either want to be free to exercise your certain unalienable Rights, or you consent to the police state materializing before your very eyes that is replacing your Rights with mere privileges that can be offered and revoked by a whimful elite.

Choose wisely, and urgently.

P.S. I withdraw my Consent.


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