How to stop paying tax in one easy step (a must read for US friends)

“The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin”
     
Mark Twain

 

According to this documentary paying federal personal income tax is a voluntary activity if you live in the US. Voluntary as in you don’t have to pay if you don’t want to. That’s about as voluntary as it gets really. It boils down to the collection of an unhypothecated federal income tax being unconstitutional. So there you have it paying tax is optional. Not that the IRS or the government are letting on.

It got me thinking about tax…no such luck in my country unfortunately we definitely have a law and it is lawful for the government to dip into my income and take a pinch. Basturds! I started thinking about the things my tax compulsorily funds that I wouldn’t pay for if I had the option. Education – yes, but I’d expect a vastly better product, healthcare – yes, social welfare – yes, military – no, road maintenance – yes, new roading – probably not…In the case of my country some of the tax expenditure is pretty descent and I’d pay even if I had the choice not to. For other stuff like mining conservation lands or fracking in suburbs and townships – most certainly not.

Of course in the US case the federal income tax that is currently collected appears to go straight to bankers. Roads, schools and other public funded things are payed out of land tax, fuel tax or other city taxes. The rest of the deal that other western countries get free like healthcare or childcare is user pays so why the heck would you tick that voluntary box and let those fat cat bankers dip their dirty fingers into your hard earned income if you live in the land of the free? 

Got any tax loopholes in your country? Click the speech bubble to share.

Detaching from things…

“Life is simple, but it’s not easy”

Anon

It can be annoying when things break or go missing. You’d think the experience would be magnified if you own less, but that hasn’t been my story. When I buy stuff I imagine it broken, lost or stolen right at point of sale. Sometimes this is enough to shake me out of a daydream and get me to wonder why I am wasting my money. The rest of the time it means I can easily cope when things go wrong. Things are just that. Things. They are not my things. They are not part of my being. That detachment means I don’t react like a wounded child if our 2 year old smashes the laptop or if a neighbour crashes into the (‘our’) car. It’s just a laptop. It’s just a car. They will be damaged. Eventually they will be recycled or become landfill.

it’s easy to say this, but in the moment that things happen it’s easy to overreact. Take a breath. Get some space. Find perspective. In 1000 years this won’t be a defining moment in history so best just roll with it and stay mellow. Keep your head in the game and deal with what comes next.

Why it’s pointless donating to international environmental organisations

A rich man can afford to be generous to many”

Mercedes McCambridge

 

I’ve previously noted that I don’t think we have any real environmental problems. At the same time I have to confess to having an environmental bent and being deeply concerned about the erosion of the natural environment and the extinction of non-human species at alarming rates.

It’s just that I am over the trivial efforts of global environmental groups and their endless fundraising. While lots of good people pour their heart and sole into these international trusts and agencies they are merely fronts for the oil barons and bankers. The point from their perspective is structured activism is easily managed, its a nice distraction from real issues or change and it’s a handy means to catalyse us around their global elite agenda (centralised power for them).

Think about this.

David Rothschild identifies himself as a passionate environmentalist. If you Google him you will most likely see him in khaki pants standing on a glacier somewhere. This guy has a personal fortune of at least $10 billion. He is also part of a small tightly knit family of global bankers with a familial fortune somewhere between $500 trillion and $1000 trillion. Hypothetically this guy has access to 1 quadrillion dollars! That’s so much money that it sounds like an imaginary word. If you are having trouble visualing a quadrillion dollars  look at this page and then try to imagine 1000x more money if you can.

With loose change from his families wealth (like money they found in the couch in one of their mansions) a motivated guy could solve world poverty, all global environmental problems, buy the whole world lunch and still have change. So why does this guy need to continually raise funds from charity for tinpot environmental projects? I’d be speaking to my father, or my uncle or my aunt about getting some play money if I were a ‘passionate environmentalist’.

The environmental problems, like almost all of the other problems in our world aren’t ever going to get solved because they are convenient circumstances that in some way serves the interests of the very richest of the rich men. Face it, many of the environmentally destructive activities of industry would be illegal if it weren’t for the fact that the very same men polluting and pillaging hold the pen of law in most every country. Take a look at who founded and funded the major international environmental groups and animal protection societies. Are you surprised to see oil men, bankers, hunting enthusiasts….so why did they found these bodies. Guilt? Empathy? Genuine concern…

Save your money folks.

Funny money, phony politics and false dogma

“Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today”

Herman Wouk

 

The biggest shams they’ve pulled on us are money, politics and religion. Period.

Religious icon’s preach peace and forgiveness from seats of power won on mass genocide. They continue to horde top secret information and sanction the activities of fanatical assassins. While I fully support the intent and positive principles espoused within religion I can’t help but notice the stunning hypocrisies of the organisations that administer religion. Why for instance does the catholic church, which is most likely the richest organisation on this planet, rely so heavily on donations put in the collection plate by regular people that are struggling to make ends meet?

Meanwhile big governments are filled to the brim with senators and MPs that are overwhelmingly christian, but they seem to have no qualms throwing their militaries against each other over trivial deputes that most any man or woman in the street could resolve non-violently. Add in their duplicity, affairs, racketeering (bribes from bankers and corporation) and generally antisocial behaviour and it is just gob-smacking to me that we continue to go out and vote these bank stooges into positions of power.

Meanwhile we have a monetary system, a human invention, that we let totally control our reality. We let bankers tell us when we need to go to war for their profit. We let food spoil in the fields when the bankers turn down the circulation of their currencies. We clash and conflict with people that we would otherwise befriend all for money’s sake. We are bankrupted or unemployed when the banking elite orchestrate market crashes for profit or power gain. But, money is just a piece of paper with no real worth. Tied to nothing but debt. Money is the phony mechanism by which we are coerced into a life of economic slavery that redirects the things of real worth like minerals, property, assets back to the banking families.

Why don’t we oppose stupid things like phony money, false dogmatic religions or corrupt politicians? Well thanks to the banking families ownership of the media sources the most powerful people in the world can assemble in complete secret to perform satanic rituals (most likely involving the murder of women and children) while the front page of western media runs headlines on a selfie of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West eating a lavish lunch.

It’s past due to turn the mothership around. The first step is to realise you are being lied to. The second step is to begin to discover new ways that we can organise life to live harmoniously and sustainable with each other. The final step to start this transition is to realise that change won’t be possible until we collect and oppose the men behind the curtain in this puppet show called life.

10 ways to inject community back into your neighbourhood

“Sharing is good, and with digital technology, sharing is easy”

Richard Stallman

 

When we moved into our cabin our neighbourhood didn’t really have much connectedness. The homes are physically dislocated. People drive their car straight into their garage and in doing so avoid any possibility of engaging with the people that live next door.

We didn’t know each other, we didn’t talk to each other and so we didn’t share things. Our little street was a community that wasn’t. Now things are different. I feel like I am friends with everyone now to varying degrees. I hope that they feel the same about our family and I have had some really positive feedback about how much more fun it has been since we moved in…which is nice!

Here are 10 ways you can make where you live a more fun and more social experience:

  1. Community beer or wine: The community that brews together saves money and has lots of the good stuff to make street parties and cookouts a hoot.
  2. Community Wifi: If one household gets a Wifi amplifier everyone can hook on. This saves a ton of money on connection fees, but requires trust that people won’t upload or download naughty stuff.
  3. Community food swap or food coop: Every Saturday we dump our surplus produce on a table along with everyone else’s. You take whatever you can use. People now bake cakes or muffins or cookies that are shared free. It’s a cool way to get a diverse range of free food and at the same time save your own from wastage.
  4. Community tool shed: Combine all the tools in one shed to free space. Keep a roster or an account for new additions to the shed. Have a policy about what to do when things break. This can give you access to every tool on the planet for a very low yearly fee.
  5. Community childcare: The best babysitter for a child is another child. A great gang of kids roaming the neighbourhood up to mischief is a delight to see. By having one parent responsible at any one time all other adults are freed up for more important things…like drinking community beer.
  6. Community cookouts or Barbecues: Make some punch, uncork the community cider, grill up some swap-a-lot food, make a bonfire, create your own music, get up and dance!
  7. Community cars: Cars are expensive and go unused an average of 23 hours per day. One car can easily be shared by several families…kids car seats and all. Now everyone will be into this, but you only need a few others who think it is a good idea.
  8. Community clean ups: Get people together to clean up local streams, parks and gardens. Plant native trees and make it a better place for everyone to live.
  9. Community DIY: Wouldn’t it be nice to crowd source labour for the big jobs around your home? Imagine getting your house painted in single day! The only thing to ensure is that
  10. Community dollars: Wouldn’t I like to!! Why use debt money from the national treasury that is created by greedy bankers to keep us imprisoned in mountains of debt. If it weren’t illegal it would be so easy to set up a local currency in our little hood!!

What community share projects have you started with your neighbours? Love to hear about them. Click the speech bubble under the title to post a comment!

The two wolves

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it”  

Edith Wharton

 

I feel like there are broadly two ways that we can operate.

The vast majority of people absorb the energy around them. Mostly this is the negative life is crap and disappointing, be scared and afraid cultural narrative promulgated by mass media and echoed by the majority of the population to make us feel small and helpless. When we operate in this mode we feed off the energy around us. Whatever it is. It flows into and back out of us and we respond and react to it. We draw from the negative charge. Life is a bitch and we want everyone around us to be as unhappy as we are. We repel people. We act selfishly and hurtfully.

A much smaller group of people generate their own energy. They project their passion outwards. Their positive energy, happiness and intent radiates from them like a shockwave to everyone and everything that they come into contact with. Like magnetism their positive energy can clash with the surrounding negative aura that has most people caught in an invisible spell.

To get radiant these people have had to run their batteries a little low to begin to produce and project their own positive power. It’s a hard thing to do in the face of such a massively negatively charged social environment. By programming their own mind (rather than having their mind programmed by the mass media) they are now beacons of light that can beam brightness and lightness into the hearts of other people.

We are attracted to these types of people because we recognise they are ‘off-programme’ free spirits. Their pilot light is on. They’ve ditched autopilot to dance to their own tune. When we clash with these people it is often because we feel jealous, intimidated or fearful. We resent their directionality knowing at the same time we are neck deep in mud and misery. While they exhibit freedom and fluidity we feel trapped in circumstance and expectation and we hate it!

There is an Indian legend about a old medicine man telling a young brave about the two wolves that live within him. One wolf feeds on suffering and pain. The other feeds on happiness and harmony. These too wolves are always fighting and eventually one will win. When the young brave asks who will win the medicine man replies simply ‘the one you are feeding’.

It’s easy to figure out if you are a producer (positively charged) or a consumer (negatively charged). You just need to ask yourself whether you are sucking in suffering or are you consciously projecting your passion and happiness out to energise everyone in your emotional field?

Let me ask you one other question. Do you feel like your closest relationships (partner, friends, kids and other family members) suck your energy or do they magnify your charge and inspire you to keep forging your own life lived on your terms?

The entertained brain

“I restore myself when I’m alone”

Marilyn Monroe

 

 
 

We seem to fear being alone with ourselves. Perhaps this is partially explained by one of the major drivers of our behaviour being the need to be connected and accepted by others. Kids will get in cars with a drunk mate when they know it is  life threatening. The risk of dying is less scary to them than becoming socially outcast by their peers. We shouldn’t fear being alone with our self. Why we do is just one of those mysteries of the universe I guess. Aloneness is actually great. Through aloneness we can move behind the mind chatter and discover our true nature. This awakening is one of the most important experiences in life. But, most of us don’t do embrace the solitude. We fill our aloneness up with mobile phones, facebook, gaming, sports, politics, new media and any and every other type of brain entertainer. We live in a world designed to keep us utterly distracted and completely plugged into a narrow bandwidth of thought and experience. We tune externally instead of internally, but at the same time we miss the important things. Lightweight entertainment and recreational drugs (or any other thing that helps us forget our troubles) are king in our culture. We talk other about the weather, who won the big game or which politician one might vote for. We don’t discuss questions like:

  • Why don’t the Rothschild family appear on the world’s rich list when they have reported fortunes of +$500 trillion?
  • How come most of the US presidents were members of the Council on Foreign relations? Who are the CFR anyway and what do they do?
  • Who are the Bilderberg group? Or the Committee of 300? Or who is Moloch or Nimrod and why do either have any relevance today?
  • Who owns the Fed?
  • Under what law does a US private company collect tax from its citizens?
  • How can we ever achieve an abundant, sustainable and efficient lifestyle if our operating maxim is profit making (founded on scarcity)?
  • Are their fairer better and more egalitarian social structures?
  • How might we enable real change?

Most of the things we should be talking about aren’t public knowledge anyway. They are part of the shadowy world that operates behind the curtain pulled over our eyes by our politicians, banks, companies and the media. While we remain entertained and distracted we miss the opportunities to connect back into our essence.  We trade deep meaningful conversations about matters that affect all of us for superficial diatribe from strangers. Our problems seem big. We are so small. Perhaps it is better to close our eyes and distract our brain from ourselves, our nature, our problems and our life. It’s what most people seem to prefer anyways…