A Tale of Grapes, Politics, Cults and Aliens and Why People Cling to False Beliefs
One hot summer’s day a Fox was strolling through an orchard till he came to a bunch of Grapes just ripening on a vine which had been trained over a lofty branch.
“Just the thing to quench my thirst,” quoth he.
Drawing back a few paces, he took a run and a jump, and just missed the bunch. Turning round again with a One, Two, Three, he jumped up, but with no greater success.
Again and again he tried after the tempting morsel, but at last had to give it up, and walked away with his nose in the air, saying: “I am sure they are sour.”
It is easy to despise what you cannot get.
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From the Marquette Law Review by Gideon M Hart
Electronic copy available at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1788908
This Article provides one of the first truly comprehensive accounts of the “Titles of Nobility Amendment.” The Titles of Nobility Amendment is one of only a handful of proposed amendments to the Constitution that were passed by Congress, but then not ratified by a sufficient number of states. The Amendment would have revoked the citizenship of any individual who accepted a “title of nobility or honor” or who accepted any “present, pension, office, or emolument” from any foreign state without congressional permission.
Despite its failure during the ratification process, the Amendment was printed in the 1815 version of the Statutes at Large as the Thirteenth Amendment, and the Amendment was widely believed to be part of the Constitution well into the late nineteenth century. In recent years, right-wing radicals have seized upon the Amendment, claiming that it was ratified and suppressed in a wide-ranging conspiracy and that it would bar lawyers from citizenship due to their use of the term “esquire.” Although a handful of recent articles have addressed these patently false claims, these articles have also misunderstood the Amendment, dismissing it as the product of xenophobia and petty politics.
This Article sets out to address these misconceptions by closely studying the Amendment’s historical context. In reality, the Amendment is an interesting hybrid of the rising fears during the decade preceding the War of 1812 that the United States would be recaptured and marginalized by European powers and of the long tradition of opposition to hereditary privilege in the United States. During the first decade of the nineteenth century, the United States was increasingly buffeted and threatened by the major European powers, particularly by Britain and France. Under great foreign pressure, individuals on both sides of the political spectrum became increasingly suspicious of each other’s loyalties and both parties regularly accused the other of secret collusion and cooperation with foreign states. A response to this perceived foreign threat, the Amendment was intended to prevent the recruitment of American officials and citizens by foreign states with titles, such as the Legion of Honor, or other attractive presents and offices. Today these fears seem far-fetched, but at the time there was a very real worry that the American experiment would be rotted from the inside-out through secret conspiracy and subversion by European powers itching to reestablish their dominance in the Americas. Although long misunderstood, the Amendment is an interesting piece of history and is one of the most intriguing near-Amendments to our Constitution.
(This phrase is of note “without consent of Congress” from the actual transcript of the amendment and makes all the difference. It is often omitted when quoted by others).
See also: The “Missing 13th Amendment” and “Titles of Nobility”
AND see here for DEFINITION OF NOBILITY
This is a very detailed account of a court case ~ Meads vs Meads (Citation: Meads v. Meads, 2012 ABQB 571) and the reasons for the decision of the Associate Chief Justice J D Rooke.
Here’s the link to the PDF version
OPCA or “Organized Pseudolegal Commercial Argument”
So make yourself some sandwiches because its a long (but interesting ioho) read 🙂
Foreword (by Mark Pitcavage)
What follows this introduction is a truly extraordinary collection of cases and decisions dealing with the “paper terrorism” tactics of the so-called “patriot” movement. While some members of this movement prefer the use of guns or bombs, the weapons of choice for many others are harassing lawsuits, harassing filings, bogus documents ranging from counterfeit money to counterfeit identification cards, tax protest arguments, and many related activities. Often these tactics are accompanied by bizarre legal or, more accurately, pseudolegal language. Many people who encounter such tactics for the first time are surprised and sometimes confused by the strange and unexpected arguments that show up in the courtroom.
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THE HISTORY OF STUFF – Consumerism, Capitalism & Environment in America
Published on Aug 15, 2012 by Bright Enlightenment
The Story of Stuff – Consumerism, Capitalism, & Environment in America [HD] [Full Video] – Consumerism, Capitalism, Environmental Destruction, and what you can do to make the global economy more efficient and less wasteful!
Published on Feb 21, 2015
Answering some of the arguments against the idea that small sustainable communities are impractical.
The Battle of Flodden 1513
Often quoted from.
This probably the most
“Oh! What a tangled web we weave,
When first we practice to deceive!”