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The Cost of Jobs & Stability

This article is a response to the first set of questions which I received from a podcast listener. It can be found here. These questions are about government, the current state of affairs in the U.S. & what could happen if we moved towards being a freer society by shrinking the size and scope of government. His other questions about the FED, Interest rates and the political process will be talked about in future articles.

 

First I must say Jake’s questions are very legitimate, great questions! Questions, which many people, including myself, have thought about very much. This article assumes that you understand the basic Libertarian idea about government and freedom. If you are unfamiliar with these principles check out this video with some very compelling arguments. If you are familiar let’s dive in!

In this article I will address the questions of  “What do we do with all of the people who lose their jobs as the government shrinks?” and “What do we do with all of the non-violent offenders who are let out of prison?” may seem like hard ones to tackle at first. It’s not until you compare these objections to the objections made before the U.S. Civil War in arguments concerning slavery, that you realize these arguments aren’t the ones that really matter. I recently learned about this and so much more from the Historical Controversies Podcast’s ongoing series about the war, which I highly recommend.

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Like today, many people back the mid-1800s didn’t agree with the status quo but weren’t sure about what would happen if they went against it. Back then the issue was slavery. I bring up slavery as a comparison because we are talking about freeing non-violent offenders, who could be locked up for a small amount of cannabis. Being locked in a cage because of  possession a plant looks a lot like slavery to me. Especially when the prison system receives more money for each inmate.

 

One of the objections to ending Slavery immediately was that without all of the cheap slave labor the South’s entire economy would collapse. Even people who were anti-slavery couldn’t agree on this point. Some argued they must have time to figure out another way, slowly wean the South away from Slavery so as not to upset the economy. The hardcore abolitionists argued that slavery was immoral and must be ended immediately, regardless of the consequences. When we use Slavery, it’s much easier for us to see what the right choice is. It’s wrong, and who cares about the economy?? Just as it was hard for the people of the day to see the clear answer, because of cultural norms, it is hard for people these days to see the clear answer about locking up a person away from their family because of “Drugs.”

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After the devastating war, eventually, the gap created by eliminating the slave labor in the South was filled by innovations in Industry and technology of the day. People were forced to get creative and feed the demand. In short, they evolved and moved on.

So, in conclusion, my answer to Jake is: “Who cares about what else people say… It’s Immoral!!” & “We are a resilient people… We will figure it out.”

 

Thanks again, Jake. I will have more answers for you soon!

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Posted by on December 6, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

A Fair Argument for the Status Quo. How Could You Change it Anyway?

I received this message recently from Jake who is the Brother of my friend and Podcast mate, Comedian, Pat Oates. He was responding to a comment I made on this week’s episode of the Pat Oates is Sad Podcast episode 193 referencing my feelings about our current form of government.

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The Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

The way I feel about government would be best summed up as saying that I agree with former U.S. Congressman Dr. Ron Paul and what he says. The comment I made towards the end of the episode was something along the lines of: “If I cannot take away your property and money without your permission, then why can a group of people to get together and take away your stuff and call it taxation.” Or something like that. Go listen; I highly recommend the show.

I was aiming the statement directly at Jake and he sent a great response which I am posting below. Some of the questions in his response are ones that I once had. Very valid questions that many people have had and many more still do. My next Blog post will be my answer to Jake.

Jake writes:

“Just listened to the podcast.  Tell Brandon I appreciate thinking of me and I definitely lean Libertarian.  We probably agree on a lot.  Here is what I want to hear tackled that I haven’t heard from Dave Smith, Ron Paul, Tom Woods or any of the high profile Libertarian guys.  There is no question that we should end our involvement in the Middle East, end the war on drugs, end the Fed, get rid of the federal income tax, end Obamacare and the welfare state entirely and most of the other Libertarian talking points, but no one seems to tackle implementation and I’m not smart enough to figure it out.  If we ended our global military effort, what would happen to all of the troops and the companies that live off of the military industrial complex in the short run?  Unemployment would have to increase.  If we ended the war on drugs and released all of the non-violent criminals from prison, where would they go and how would the prisons function?  I would think the labor force would grow increasing unemployment and any company living off the prison system would struggle.”

He goes on to say, “If we ended the Fed, interest rates would absolutely go higher based on market forces – would that cause a short-run recession?  It would have to and the country would have to start defaulting on debt.  As you take each issue that our country has absolutely gotten wrong, the long-term fix seems obvious to me, but the short-term pain of fixing the issues are very scary.  Now couple that with the fact that you would need to elect Libertarians to the Presidency, Congress and Senate and most of them would argue that their functions should not exist (because they would either shrink or eliminate government) and they would be running on a platform of eliminating hand outs.  It seems like an uphill battle.”

Stay Tuned for My Response!!

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Posted by on November 29, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Net Neutrality, Both Sides Stink!

 I am NOT a fan of cable companies. Their customer service is generally terrible. (I will say though that every “Cable Guy or Gal” I’ve ever dealt with were super cool.) I am referring mostly to the experiences I’ve had on the phone as well as stories I’ve hear about people visiting their service centers.  In my case the local cable company has been harassing me non-stop for the past few years since I ended our terrible relationship. They send AT LEAST one piece of physical mail to me every week, they call me constantly and even have sent people to my house. One person was so pushy that I escaped inside my house to avoid him. I laugh as I see other companies such as Netflix strongly challenge their dominance in entertainment and Google strongly challenge their dominance in high speed internet offering.

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I am also NOT a fan of the FCC. I am truly blown away by the narrative that the FCC and government are the “Good Guys” in this whole debacle. Not to mention the fact that the guy who now runs the FCC now is the one who abolished the policy. This clearly  shows how unstable thier oversight would be. It’s way too effected by political persuasion. What if the next head of the FCC whom is appointed by the next president takes it way far the other way? Say this person comes in and says we have to monitor and limit the sites you visit because they may be linked with “terrorist,” “violent” or “suspicious” activity. Or what if the next person is some right wing nut job who tries to make porn or nudity.. or even foul language illegal. You know… like they did with radio and then later with TV.

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Ok great Brandon, If you don’t blindly support or believe Giant Corporations OR Giant Government who do you support and believe in??

I support and believe in myself and my fellow like minded humans. I say everyone who is outraged about the repealing of Net Neutrality should get together with me and we can start our own private “watch dog” group. This group could be a non-profit organization that would keep an eye on all of these giant cable companies and other internet service providers. We could investigate and report on cases where people are unfairly treated. There are more than enough people whom are outraged by the repealing of Net Neutrality to make a difference in the eyes and bank accounts of these giant companies. We could organize boycotts when we see something wrong. We could get together and work with smaller companies who offer a better way. Let’s depend on ourselves. At the end of the day Giant Corporations and Giant Government both focus on their own interests first. Shouldn’t we?

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Yeah sure, you make it sound so easy, Brandon….

Hey people, fighting for what you love is never easy… Especially Porn!

Questions? Comments? Complaints? Compliments? Brandon@comedylol.com

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Posted by on December 16, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Danger!! Do NOT Buy Bitcoin rn.

Has Brandon gone mad?! DON’T buy Bitcoin??

This is the short version of how I came to the conclusion that buying gold may be (as I write this in early December 2017) a better idea than buying Bitcoin.

From what I am seeing on social media many people would most likely disagree with me on this. But for those who agree, or just trust my judgement… Go buy gold! For those of you who are still skeptical… Bravo! I admire your skepticism and please read on.

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First some quick Bitcoin and crypto-currency overall benefits that I absolutely love: Bitcoin is a totally free way to make a money transaction through the internet and it really could change the way humans interact globally in a very positive way. The same way the internet changed the way we communicate. Google it if you are unfamiliar or listen to Andreas Antonopoulos on Joe Rogan’s Podcast. 

Also I must admit that Bitcoin is sexy. Bitcoin has made ordinary people into millionaires. Even I must admit that I regret not buying bitcoin a couple of years ago when I was super close to doing so. Unfortunately for me because if I did I would be writing this article while sitting on the deck of my yacht (not on my living room floor like I am now) after having SOLD the majority of my Bitcoin.

Yes SOLD and here’s the short version of why:

Bitcoin is a currency just like the Dollar Bill. Most people who own Bitcoin right now are not using it as a “money” to go and buy stuff. They are sitting on it as an investment. This means Bitcoin is not being used for it’s primary purpose, which is a way to trade for goods and services. Smarter people than me have pointed out this is most likely a sigh of an artificial demand. Meaning that people are only buying bitcoin because they want to make money from it’s future success and not because they want to use it to buy things.

When you have an artificial demand for something a “bubble” is created. The value rises unnaturally for a time. This causes a buying frenzy which pushes the price, in this case, of Bitcoin way past it’s “true” value. This will eventually lead to market correction or “Crash” in the price.  The “smarter than me” people, whom i reference at the bottom of this article, do NOT all think this would necessarily be a bad thing for the overall success of Bitcoin or Crypto-Currencies in general. Obviously really bad for those heavily invested in Bitcoin though. There are many examples of this throughout history such as “Tulip-Mania” in the 1600s  or The “Dot-Com Bubble” of the late 1990’s.

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So that’s the short version of why you should stay away from Bitcoin rn(Right Now LoL). And why should you buy gold?? Well there is no time here for that. Maybe next time…

(From articles I am seeing today it looks like Bitcoin may already be headed for a major market correction. So, I may be late to the party on this. Either way I hope you enjoyed this article. Visit Comedylol.com to listen to my podcast.)

For more on this:

Ron Paul Market Update: Bitcoin Wins Twitter Poll

The Tom Woods Show Episode #1032 Bitcoin Present & Future

Jason Stapleton Episode #638: Jason Unloads on the Bitcoin Fanatics

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Graham Hancock’s recent Podcast Appearances

 

roganhancockcarlsonGraham Hancock has many skills & achievements, but it’s the publishing of his new book: “Magicians of the Gods” (Sequel to his 1995 book “Fingerprints of the Gods”) which has sent him on a whirlwind promotional tour in the United States making him the guest on many recent podcasts. Hancock’s appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast (episode #725) with colleague Randall Carlson was probably the most famous, but Hancock made other podcast appearances which are a must listen for true fans. Also it’s fun to note all these podcast hosts are recurring guest on Joe Rogan’s Podcast. So if you are a Rogan fan you will most likely enjoy these guys or may have heard of them. If you aren’t familiar with Graham Hancock you can refer to the brief description I have written below. If you know who he is then please dive right into the list of podcasts and enjoy!

 

    Tangentially Speaking #157: Graham Hancock – Hosted by Chris Ryan 

    The Drunken Taoist Podcast #78: The Return of Graham Hancock – Hosted by Daniele Bolelli & Rich Evirs

    The Duncan Trussell Family Hour #176: Graham Hancock – Hosted by Duncan Trussell

    The Joe Rogan Experience #725: Graham Hancock & Randall Carlson – Hosted by Joe Rogan

    Reset with Amber Lyon: Graham Hancock – Hosted by Amber Lyon

   (Please comment below with any other recent Graham Hancock podcast appearances I may have missed.)

   Who is Graham Hancock?

   Graham Hancock wrote a book in 1995Graham_Hancock_7228 named “Fingerprints of the Gods.” In his book Hancock proposed there are traces of an ancient advanced civilization, lost to history, right under our noses. In this book Hancock laid out evidence available to him at the time as well as theories on how such an advanced civilization could disappear, so completely, from the human record. A main body of evidence Hancock sited in his book was water erosion found on the great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt. Work done by geologist Robert Schoch and author John Anthony West had theorized and shown water erosion, which they explain would have taken at least 1,000 years of rain to produce, is present on the great Sphinx. The real mystery begins when they explain it has been around 12,000 years since there was enough rainfall in that area to produce such erosion. Thus theorizing the Great Sphinx is at least 13,000 years old.
This book was initially rejected by mainstream archaeology. The people in mainstream archeology debated the proposition of the Sphinx being older by stating no other monolithic sites have ever been found to date back so far. That argument fell apart years later with the discovery of Gobekli Tepe in modern day Turkey. A giant monolithic site, which according to experts, is at least 11,000 years old. Graham Hancock visits, studies and documents this discovery heavily in his new book. Also contained in his book is overwhelming evidence of a cataclysmic extinction level event caused by a comet impact on the North American ice sheets causing the Younger Dryas Period (c. 12,900 to c. 11,700 years ago). Hancock proposes an advanced human civilization was destroyed as a direct result of this impact. I highly recommend reading his book “Magicians of the Gods”, but it’s not necessary to enjoy the podcasts listed above. He also narrates an audio book version which is amazing as well.

 

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Posted by on December 19, 2015 in podcasts, Uncategorized

 

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Happy 420

It has certainly been awhile since I have posted on my blog. I would like to say sorry to everyone who has been holding their breathe while waiting for my next post. Since you are probably all dead now from lack of oxygen, my only hope is this post will reach you in the next life. Today’s post is inspired, as most of my blog posts are, by ignorance on social media. I am writing this post on April 20th 2015, yes 420! The great pothead holiday and there is plenty of ignorance to be had on this day!

The post that are really firing me up today are the ones where I see people criticizing others for enjoying cannabis. There are a few reasons why I was so fired up that I had to take to my blog to express myself. I would like to share them now with anyone who is still reading.

The #1 posts which are driving me crazy today are alcoholics who criticize potheads. I don’t know where to begin here. Let’s start with the: “Blah Blah you are enjoying an illegal substance, at least I am wrecking my life and making horrible decisions while consuming a substance that is legal. Not only does this make me fell better about my alcoholism by pointing out your abuse problem, but I also feel the need to let all my facebook friends know that I am the kettle who calls the pot black.” Or something along those lines. The irony here is so thick that even Alanis Morissette could pick up on it. I can go on about how alcohol was illegal and the terrible crime that was inspired by that prohibition. I could rant about how the negative side effects of alcohol far out weigh those of cannabis. BUT if you have an internet connection I am sure you have heard that a million times. If not, please Google it… You are really missing out on some SURPRISING statistics.

What I will do for you is what I always try to do. Introduce a different point of view to the matter. This debate has a huge “Us vs. Them” mentality just like politics, sports, religion, and all the other wonderful debates where both sides have great points. When any of these two sides debate they stick to the same great points. Screaming them at each other and not listening to what the other side has to say. As well as not acknowledging that the other side has some great points. You know, the way mature, open minded people do. Now that you are all caught up on how the world works I will introduce my point of view.  First I will saw that once again it is not so “Black & White.” There are valid points on both sides as well as unhealthy rationalizing and judgement by people on both sides.

What I want to talk about is NOT the talking points of both sides.  Because both sides have great points. This is why it is such a huge debate. If you ever find yourself in the middle of a huge debate, no matter what it may be: i.e. Guns, Healthcare, baby Jesus, pitbulls, death penalty, abortion. The reason it is such a huge debate is there is no black and white answer that fits into the realm of common sense. It is more nuanced, the answer lies somewhere in the middle if there is any answer at all. What we need to do is have a discussion like mature humans. Maybe ask questions like: “Why do people choose to alter their consciousness?” “Is it because they are trying to escape an unhappy life?” OR “Are they trying to further enjoy a happy one?” When we answer these questions we can then, based on the answers, ask ourselves: “Are there aspects of my life I need to change to gain happiness?”  “How can I change these aspects?” “What will that mean to my identity?”

The last question is one that i feel isn’t addressed much in mainstream discussions. We started to address it in a podcast that i produce named: ” Pat Oates is Sad” that can be found at comedylol.com. This question about identity and how people need to fit into that identity is a great one to ask. I believe it sets the true “Leaders” apart from “Followers” in our society. Maybe those terms are way to over used in our language, but I feel the true leaders are those people who aren’t afraid to go their own way and stay true to themselves, even if it means they will face criticism and being ostracized by their peers and friends. We talked about a great example of this on the podcast, which is when someone has a job, or a belief, or a stance they let that define who they are as a person. They will stick to this and it becomes their whole identity. There are so many examples of this it is hard to find the right one to express my point. Most of these identities come with certain ways of thinking and even jargon. I will speak on a few where I have great first hand knowledge. For example poker players can talk to each other for hours about poker scenarios. A casual outside observer would think they were speaking another language. Also you can go to any neighborhood gun shop and hear people talking in the same way about politics, beliefs, and culture. There are tons of other examples AND I am not saying that there is anything wrong with any of this. Where it does become a problem is when a person lets an identity consume them. When they start making decisions on what they think a “Democrat”(or insert any identity here) should do to make them a good “Democrat” as opposed to what is the best decision for them as a person. A great example of making decisions not based on your identity, but on what’s best for you as a person would be the small percentage of Gun Owners who refuse to join the NRA. Everyone you talk to in the gun world thinks you have to join the NRA, but a tiny percentage will say that the NRA is just a lobby who only cares about money and not your rights. Those people are brave leaders and not followers. They are taking a controversial stance on top of a controversial stance because, based on reason and common sense, they feel it is the right thing to do for themselves and what they believe.

I feel the same examples apply in the discussion of altering consciousness. Some people say you should only use alcohol, some say only cannabis, some choose both and then some. However there is a lot of the “All or Nothing” debate going on. People feel the need to identify on one side or the other. Getting neck deep an idealism that they don’t fully agree with, but they “Think” it’s the right thing to do in order to support their “side.” Or they may choose one side in order to shame the other side as a way of trying to make themselves feel better about choices they make in order to cope with reality. So a person who regularly drinks alcohol as a way of coping with their life will criticize a person who smokes cannabis and justify it by saying: “At least I’m not breaking the law.”

So what can we do? We can talk like mature humans to one another about why we do what we do. We can talk honestly about what is best for each individual. Be true to ourselves and ask the hard questions of ourselves, which i listed throughout this post. It sounds hard and that is because it’s easier to ignore the real problems and just jump on the side that is the closest to your beliefs. Just shoehorn yourself into one side and then begin to immediately attack the other side.  But I promise if you take the hard road you will find happiness in truly expressing you opinions and yourself. Instead of bottling yourself up to maintain an image you believe will help you fit into society, let it out! You will enjoy your alcohol and/or cannabis in a different and more healthy way. You will sleep much better. Or you can just get wasted and pass out.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Don’t Blame Obama, You are doing it wrong.

This is a comment I left under an article which was talking about Obama being caught in another lie. All the comments were bashing Obama so I wrote this to explain why blaming Obama is wrong. It’s good to be angry,  but focus that anger in the correct direction.

Guys please don’t focus your anger on Obama. He is merely an actor playing the role. Unfortunately these days if you want to be president you have to lie, cheat, steal, etc. It’s a product of actually wanting to be the president. People who seek these positions of ultimate power have major character flaws. We need to find people who don’t want to be president. I know that sounds crazy, but if you know your history then you know people such as George Washington DIDN’T want to be president and that is one of many characteristics that made him a great leader. Also blaming Obama for the country’s problems does our country a huge disservice. The reason being is Obama is loosely following a path that all recent past presidents set upon. Which is, amoung other things, this mission to expand the power of the presidency. The major problem with blaming Obama is that when he is out of office the people who blamed Obama will believe everything is ok and now that “we have our guy in there” we can blindly support was he does. Just as Democrats who opposed the Bush era wars and expansion of presidential powers were ok with their own guy (Obama) doing the same if not worse things. People have this “team” mentality  and it’s your guy versus my guy. Well both guys/sides are on team “eff the American People!” So please stop blaming Obama and blame the system which only allows us to choose between two side who are both screwing us over. I don’t remember the part in the constitution which states that the presidential election must be a choice of  the lesser of two evils!?

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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