EXPOSED: The FDA’s Pants Are Down (Quick! Look!)

By Chris Campbell

1x1.trans EXPOSED: The FDA’s Pants Are Down (Quick! Look!)

We got a glimpse of real journalism wriggling out of the mainstream this week…

It was pretty refreshing. It’s been a while.

We wish we could say the same about the story.

It made the cover of Newsweek. Here’s the picture…

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You might’ve heard about this story. The most shocking part of it all, as you’ll see, is how routine it is in the world of “medicine.”

1x1.trans EXPOSED: The FDA’s Pants Are Down (Quick! Look!)The article begins with the story of one 14-year-old Japanese girl.

She had been experiencing paranoid delusions.

You know the kind…

She thought someone was watching her. She thought someone was in the house. She felt like someone was watching her. And then, later, over a meal, she was convinced her food was poisoned.

A couple days later, she turned suicidal.

Odd thing is…

She had no history of mental illness.

But it hadn’t just sprung up out of nowhere…

The symptoms began when she started taking Tamiflu, the anti-influenza drug (also known as oseltamivir). The same drug that governments the world over have spent billions stockpiling (the U.S. alone spent $1.5 billion on a huge supply) since it received the FDA’s stamp of approval in 1999.

The Japanese teen lived. Others that took the drug weren’t so lucky.

At least 70 people have died from Tamiflu, many by suicide. One 14-year-old jumped off a balcony… one 17-year-old ran in front of a truck… a South Korean girl developed a temporary bout of bipolar disorder… and an 8-year-old displayed unusual behavior like growling and not responding to his name, among others.

Sure, this doesn’t happen to everyone.

1x1.trans EXPOSED: The FDA’s Pants Are Down (Quick! Look!)“Tens of millions of people have taken Tamiflu without incident,” Newsweek’s Ben Wolford admits, “and you are far more likely to die from the flu than you are to have a dangerous reaction to the drug.”

So what’s the fuss?

Well, according to the Cochrane Collaboration, one of the most meticulous scrutinizers of health science data, here’s the real problem: Tamiflu didn’t do what it was supposed to.

Therefore, it’s potentially harmful and probably ineffective. Not a great combination for a drug that’s being counted on all around the globe for the future safety of humanity.

Cochrane Collaboration, if you don’t know, is considered the gold standard in medicine. It’s a global not-for-profit organization of 14,000 academics that do their own independent research. Just like yours truly, Cochrane isn’t tethered to any commercial purse strings or any other conflicts of interest.

They let the research lead the way — just how it should be.

Unfortunately, that’s not the way Big Pharma likes to operate. More on that in a moment.

1x1.trans EXPOSED: The FDA’s Pants Are Down (Quick! Look!)Tamiflu was thought by its creator, Roche Pharmaceuticals, to work by trapping the virus inside the cell.

Normally, a virus will copy itself in the nucleus of a cell and burst out of the cell membrane once its strong enough in order to infect more cells. Tamiflu was supposed to stop that “bursting out” from happening.

“That was the theory,” Wolford says. “Roche paid >> READ MORE <<


SPACE: The Final Frontier Begins

By Chris Campbell

1x1.trans SPACE: The Final Frontier Begins

Would you leave Earth to help colonize another planet?

Absurd question? Not really.

At some point down the line, the human race will be confronted with it.

The planet won’t live on forever. If we plan to outlive it, we have to move to a new space rock — or to many of them.

Stephen Hawking, renowned astrophysicist, said as much recently. And he thinks we might have to ship off sooner than later.

“It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand or million,” he told Big Think.

“Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain inward looking planet Earth, but to spread out into space.”

Finding volunteers to go first, it appears, won’t be a problem.

Just last year, the Mars One opened up its first round of its Astronaut Selection Program.

In five months, Mars One received over 202,000 applicants, all willing to go to Mars for an indefinite amount of time. Those who are chosen, according to the group, will be trained for permanent settlement and leave in 2023.

And they’re aware they might not return.

In less than 10 years after that, Mars could be accepting visitors. Pretty cool, right?

1x1.trans SPACE: The Final Frontier BeginsSpace exploration, I think, is as Libertarian as it gets.

And, as Policy Mic put it: “Fortunately, we live in an age where space travel is no longer limited to the government. Entrepreneurs and scientists like Elon Musk and Richard Branson, both “small ‘l’ libertarians,” have been pioneering space travel in the private sector. Their advances are making it something that the whole human race can potentially experience.”

While NASA just shelved a $1.2 billion J-2X engine program, SpaceX and Virgin Galactic are inching closer and closer to making space exploration something anyone can do — provided, of course, you can afford it.

Yes, there have been failures. But our successes, as our tech maven Stephen Petranek wrote this morning, “are far more significant than the losses we experience trying to explore space.”

1x1.trans SPACE: The Final Frontier BeginsI bring this up in part because I just saw the movie Interstellar last night…

Without revealing any spoilers, it’s about a time in the not-so-distant future when Earth has become nearly uninhabitable.

The air is turning to nitrogen, the land is drying up, the rain is sparse, and one-after-another, the crops are suffering blight and disease.

The time has passed for a solution to save our terra firma. Humanity is on the brink with no hope of turning things around on Earth — and very little hope of finding another planet to colonize.

Here’s the thing about Interstellar…

If we wait long enough, this won’t just be a Hollywood plot — it’ll be a terrifying reality.

Space exploration is the inevitable next step. And hopefully, it’ll move us past all the meaningless nonsense we wrap ourselves up with each day.

1x1.trans SPACE: The Final Frontier Begins“From out there on the moon,” Edgar Mitchell, an Apollo 14 astronaut told People magazine in 1974, “international politics look so petty.

“You >>


Obama’s ‘Master Plan’ is Hiding in my Basement

By Chris Campbell

1x1.trans Obama’s ‘Master Plan’ is Hiding in my Basement

The Baltimore streets are getting cold.

And hate is a strong word…

But I hate the cold.

I’m already counting down the days until my Thailand trip.

And, as a knee-jerk reaction, I’m actively seeking out reasons to dislike the cold weather even more.

Research from the University of Toronto, as one example, tells us that cold climates are linked to early death and exacerbated illness. The colder it gets, the worse off you are.

Sounds true to me. I don’t feel any healthier shivering on the sidewalk.

[Meanwhile, our director, Doug Hill, is out on a cruise this week. Puh.]

Also, blood vessels near the surface of the skin are known to get smaller in cold weather to conserve heat. This increases blood pressure.

Meaning? The cold could cause heart attacks.

And I’m sure California has some research somewhere on how being cold causes cancer.

I keep a whole list of these in my mind.

They leak out while I’m sleeping as nightmares of winter power outages.

It gets worse…

I just got a letter from my utility company telling me they recently installed a smart meter in my building’s basement.

Here are the types of winters we can look forward to in the advent of smart meters…

1x1.trans Obama’s ‘Master Plan’ is Hiding in my Basement“Imagine this,” suggests Laissez Faire Letter contributor Lee Bellinger.

“A utility company pick-up truck pulls in front of your home. Without getting out of the cab, the utility worker reads your smart meter remotely. And he detects that you are using ‘too much’ power.

“He may just fine you,” Lee goes on. “Or if you kiss his butt enough, he may only put your home into ‘brownout’ mode. Perhaps you can even talk him into at least keeping your refrigerator running. But if you’ve gone too far, or are a repeat “offender,” he could black you out completely.

“Especially if you have not purchased expensive, government-approved green appliances.

“What a dream come true for environmental bossers run amok!

“It’s all part of Mr. Obama’s energy use micromanagement ‘master plan.’ And it has set the stage for a very unpleasant scenario.”

Of course, this scenario is extreme. But the truth of the matter is no less harrowing…

1x1.trans Obama’s ‘Master Plan’ is Hiding in my Basement“Overzealous regulatory authorities are making a hash of the power grid,” Lee goes on.

“They have spawned a mounting tempo of what power company insiders call ‘load shedding.’ Better known as ‘rolling blackouts.’

Rolling blackouts, if you’re not aware, are intentional power cuts designed to reduce the load on a grid. They are usually only performed when demand outstrips supply and as a last-resort to avoid a total blackout.

In many developing countries where the electric grid is underfunded and poorly managed, rolling blackouts are a common — if not everyday — occurrence.

But according to many energy experts, like Steve Gorham, executive director of Climate Science Coalition, America’s power grid is stretched too thin — and it won’t take much to snap it back to third-world status.

“Last winter,” he wrote in April, “bitterly cold weather placed massive stress on the U.S. electrical system — >> READ MORE <<


Open Windows of Opportunity With Jim Rickards

By James Rickards

1x1.trans Open Windows of Opportunity With Jim Rickards

Today’s investment climate is the most challenging one you have ever faced.

At least since the late 1970s, perhaps since the 1930s.

This is because inflation and deflation and deflation are both possibilities in the near term.

Most investors can prepare for one of the other, but preparing for both at the same time is far more difficult.

The reason for this challenging environment is not difficult to discern.

Analysts and talking heads have been wondering for five years why the recovery is not stronger. They keep predicting that stronger growth is right around the corner. Their forecasts have failed year after year and their confusion grows. Perhaps even you, who have seen scores of normal business and credit cycles come and go for decades, are confused.

If this “cycle” seems strange to you there’s a good reason. The current economic slump is not cyclical; it’s structural. This is a new depression that will last indefinitely until structural changes are made to the economy.

Examples of structural changes are reduction or elimination of capital gain taxes, corporate income taxes and the most onerous forms of regulation. Building the Keystone Pipeline, reforming entitlement spending and repealing Obamacare are other examples.

These are other structural policies that have nothing to do with money printing by the Fed. This is why money printing has not fixed the economy. Since structural changes are not on the horizon, expect the depression to continue.

1x1.trans Open Windows of Opportunity With Jim RickardsHow can there be a depression?

Well, let’s take each one by one.

The soup lines are here. They’re in your local supermarket. Government issues food stamps in debit card form to those in need, who just pay at the checkout line.

Despite popular beliefs, unemployment is at 1930s levels too. If the Bureau of Labor Statistics measured the rate using the Depression-era method, it would be much higher than 6.2%. Also, millions today are claiming disability benefits when unemployment benefits run out — that’s just another form of unemployment when the disabilities are not real or not serious, as is often the case.

What about prices? Here the story is different from the 1930s. Prices declined sharply from 1929–1933, about 25%, but they have been relatively stable from 2009–2014, rising only about 10% over the five-year period.

The Federal Reserve’s money printing is responsible. The Fed had an overly tight monetary policy in the early 1930s but has employed unprecedented monetary ease since 2009. Ben Bernanke, who was in charge at the time, was reacting to what he viewed as the erroneous Fed policy of the 1930s. In a 2002 speech on the occasion of Milton Friedman’s 90th birthday, Bernanke said to Friedman, “Regarding the Great Depression. You’re right, we did it. We’re very sorry. But thanks to you, we won’t do it again.”

But this did not mean that Bernanke had single-handedly discovered the cure for depression. Fighting deflation by itself does not solve the structural problems of the economy that lead to depressed growth. Instead, Bernanke, and now Yellen, have created an unstable dynamic tension.

Depressions are naturally >>


Don’t Make the Same Mistake as Hitler: One Rookie Blunder You’re Probably Guilty of

By Chris Campbell

** What if Hitler had won?

This question randomly crossed our minds this morning, as some thoughts randomly do…

And for a few moments, we allowed our imagination full reign.

What would the world look like today?

Is our imagination too crazy in conjuring up a D.C. littered with the same busy streets, but with swastikas proudly flittering overhead?

Would the world be an apocalyptic wasteland, like some would suggest, full of death camps… gas chambers… and secret rooms filled with gold fillings?

Or would the world be, as one academic by the name of James Miller argues, a better, more just world with no communism… no dividing line between the Koreas… and no depraved filth on television (because, he wrote, “Jews wouldn’t run Hollywood”)?

It’s always interesting to see how far the pendulum swings. Heh.

** Of course, we’re far from the first (or second or third) to engage in such a thought experiment.

Philip K. Dick’s 1962 novel, The Man in the High Castle…

Historian William Shirer’s article, “If Hitler Had Won World War II”…

And even one Star Trek episode, “The City on the Edge of Forever”…

They all gave us their own glimpses of what would’ve happened had the U.S. refused to fight the Nazis and the Axis defeated the Allies. In their eyes, an unrelenting dark cloud of terror would’ve parked over Earth and never let up.

Others had a different view.

Historian John Lukacs, for example, wrote an essay titled, “What If Hitler Had Won the Second World War?”

In it, he concluded that the Third Reich would’ve slowed its roll after the war and possibly even sought European unification.

In 1988, science fiction writer Brad Linaweaver wrote a novel titled, Moon of Ice.

In that, Linaweaver compares FDR’s powers to Hitler’s… considers the war crimes trial of Churchill… and describes an enormously popular Nazi propaganda film called Fulfillment of Duty in the Light of the Holy Grail.

The film, you come to realize, with all of its original ethnic stereotypes intact, is actually Raiders of the Lost Ark.

And then there was Pat Buchanan’s 1999 book A Republic, Not an Empire.

In that one, Buchanan argued that had the U.S. stayed out and let the Nazis win, we could’ve avoided the Cold War (because there would’ve been no USSR).

On another end of the spectrum, the stalwart noninterventionist Murray Rothbard said that the U.S. should’ve stayed out for one reason alone: to avoid imperialism.

“Our entry into World War II was the crucial act in foisting a permanent militarization upon the economy and society,” he said, “in bringing to the country a permanent garrison state, an overweening military-industrial complex, a permanent system of conscription.”

** Though we’re apt to side with Rothbard (especially considering the current circumstances), we also know that opinions are like you-know-whats.

And the reality is that — at least in this universe — Hitler lost. And what’s done is done.

For that reason, we’re more interested in fishing out what wisdom we can glean from the “Good War.”

The Germans lost, of course, because they made mistakes. Some more damaging than others.

But there’s one mistake >>


The Last “Prepper” Article You’ll Ever Need

By Chris Campbell

1x1.trans The Last “Prepper” Article You’ll Ever Need

I’m going to have to call you back. I think I have to crash into something.”

I think I have to crash into something.

Famous last words.

I half-heard my girlfriend at the time shouting on the other end as I hung up.

No time for that. I was sitting in a 2,000-pound death-mobile going 40 mph with no brakes… and it was showing no signs of slowing down.

I was late for work. So when the brakes went out, I’d been speeding. Though I’d slowed down a bit, it wasn’t enough.

Panic set in when I was forced to take my first near-90-degree turn.

In a moment of lucidity, I realized I had an emergency brake by my side.


That was it, I thought. I was saved! I’d outsmarted the ‘88 Plymouth Reliant gone rogue. I was going to be OK. I tightened my seat belt and slammed back the e-brake.

Nothing happened. Unfazed, the death machine rolled on.

(And that, dear reader, was when I decided never to fix my own brakes again.)

Racing down the street, I blew past two stop signs (I had to dodge only one car) and approached my employer’s parking lot.

The parking lot, a cul-de-sac with a large grassy hill and a fence at the top, looked like a gift from the divine.

OK, good, I thought. The hill will slow me down.

Wishful thinking.

I smacked the curb, headed up the hill, and… BOOM… plowed right through the fence.

This is where the “life flashing” thing started flickering in my eyes.

No time for that either.

On the other side of the fence, I had a choice to make.

Here’s what I was looking at, with two clear options…

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Yes, this is the other side of the fence (courtesy of Google Maps).

Option A: Go straight and fly down a hill and onto I-75…

Option B: Swerve right and crash my car into that gray building…

My better senses told me Option B. You can still see shadows of the damage in the right corner… right where my car plowed into it.

1x1.trans The Last “Prepper” Article You’ll Ever Need

1x1.trans The Last “Prepper” Article You’ll Ever NeedI called the police. They came. One officer accused me of being drunk (it was noon, and no, I wasn’t drunk).

The other took a picture of my car sticking out of the building and proudly announced that he posted it to his Facebook.

“Brakes don’t just go out, son,” the senior officer told me.

“If I have anything to do with them, they do,” I told him.

1x1.trans The Last “Prepper” Article You’ll Ever NeedThere was, after all that, a happy ending…

The building I hit was an old strip… ahem… gentleman’s club that had been shut down.

Little to my knowledge, it closed because my employer bought the land so he could have a bigger parking lot.

He’d planned to tear the building down anyway, I was told.

So, really, totaling my car into it was only helping him get the job done quicker (I should’ve asked for a raise).

No charges pressed.

And my bosses had so much fun watching the security camera footage of >> READ MORE <<


How to Meet Strangers and Never Feel Lonely Again

By Chris Campbell

1x1.trans How to Meet Strangers and Never Feel Lonely Again

Without friends, the fruit fly dies faster…

The mouse is at more risk of becoming obese and developing Type 2 diabetes…

The piglet is dumber… the rabbit is more stressed out… the squirrel monkey is a disheveled wreck… and the rhesus monkey becomes impotent (if you don’t use it, you lose it!).

The social animal thrives with strong social connections — and withers away without them.

And, according to one definitive study, humans are no different.

More on what this study tells us in a moment.

First, here’s my own account of what loneliness can do to a human.

1x1.trans How to Meet Strangers and Never Feel Lonely Again“I’m moving to Baltimore,” I told my family on Christmas Day in 2011 at their home in Monroe, Ohio.

“Baltimore!?” my dad asked. “Why the hell would you go there?”

I could see visions of The Wire running behind his eyes.

“Something different,” I shrugged.

I needed to get out. I felt stuck.

I had a friend who lived in Baltimore and she loved it. And Baltimore, I had heard, was the financial publishing capital of the world (turns out I heard right).

I was just laid off from my job at one national marketing firm. A job I loathed. I counted down the days until quitting day — which would’ve been Dec. 21.

Alas, I didn’t get the satisfaction. A week before I had planned to tell them to shove it, they cleaned out my desk for me.

Jobless, and with nothing holding me down in Cincinnati, I did the only thing that made sense at the time…

I left.

I sold my car… my furniture…gave away hundreds of books to friends… and packed everything I owned into two suitcases.

And on Jan. 7th, I took the train to Baltimore.

1x1.trans How to Meet Strangers and Never Feel Lonely AgainAfter about two hours of reflecting… and about 14 hours cursing myself out for not flying (long train rides are not as romantic as they sound), I arrived in Baltimore.

And as nervous as I was before leaving, everything turned out great.

I met up with an old friend and we started dating… I was writing more than ever… and taking my sweet time finding a job (which would eventually lead me to the desk I’m writing to you from).

Life was good. I was high on it. Baltimore felt like an ocean of oysters and I was the world’s biggest net.

But what goes up must come down.

The relationship lasted a few months, and then she disappeared to San Francisco. I quickly realized I was burning through my savings faster than I thought. And I stopped writing altogether.

The following year, unlike the first four months, was gruesome. With all of my friends and family hundreds of miles away, I shut down. I stopped going out. I was tired all the time. Unmotivated. Deprived.

Extremely existential.

I even started writing weird poetry. Worse, I started thinking my poetry was good.

I felt dumber… stressed out… and, like the forsaken squirrel monkey, a disheveled wreck.

When it came down to it, I was lonely.

And, according to many researchers, my loneliness may’ve been killing >> READ MORE <<


Revealed: The Ancient “Elixir for Long Life”

By Chris Campbell

1x1.trans Revealed: The Ancient “Elixir for Long Life”

Chartreuse on the rocks.

This stuff…

1x1.trans Revealed: The Ancient “Elixir for Long Life”

That’s my drink of choice. I’m sure you have one too.

Not only do I love how Chartreuse tastes (anise, licorice and saffron) and feels (the buzz is clean)…

It’s also a great conversation piece.

For starters, the ghastly green drink has over 100 herbs, spices and flowers in it.

It’s made by monks in France. And in the 16th century, it was believed to be the definitive “elixir of long life.”

1x1.trans Revealed: The Ancient “Elixir for Long Life”Here’s how Chartreuse came to life…

In 1605, a Parisian group of Carthusian monks received a strange visit from King Henry IV’s marshal of artillery, Francois-Annibal d’Estrees.

He was there, he told them, to drop off a curious alchemical manuscript. He told the monks little except that it contained the definitive elixir for a long life.

It’s a mystery who wrote the manuscript. All we know is it must’ve been the work of a 16th century alchemist with an unprecedented knowledge of herbs, plants and spices in the treatment of illnesses.

The formula called for over 130 herbs, flowers and spices from all across the world — each one possessing a separate medicinal quality.

Whether the monks aspired to create the elixir or not, there were clear challenges…

The processes and distillations of the herbs were incredibly complicated. The infusions and macerations were complex and painstaking. And gathering all the ingredients would take months — maybe even years.

The monks, unfortunately for the king — who had probably hoped they could pull it off for the sake of his own tired bones — were overwhelmed by what the recipe asked of them.

They passed it around until, finally, sending it to the head monastery in the Chartreuse mountains around 1700.

The monks at the Chartreuse apothecary checked it out and had a different reaction: “Oui! On y va!”

(Or, we imagine, something to that effect.)

They quickly got to work collecting all the necessary ingredients.

It took over thirty years — until 1737 — to crack the elixir’s code. But they did it.

They produced Elixir Vegetal (over 70% alcohol), a longevity booster meant to be consumed in small amounts.

And then, later, Chartreuse (55%), to be enjoyed and consumed as a beverage in larger amounts (experience has taught me, nevertheless, that less is still more. Especially out in public).

The monks sold these brews all around France to keep the money rolling in and the Carthusian way alive. And they still do to this day.

For that reason, the order has kept the old recipe a closely-guarded secret. Even going as far as barring visitors from entering the distillery where the green stuff is produced.

Only three monks have access to the recipe at a time. And only one — the Father Superior — knows the whole thing. The two underlings who brew it receive half each, mixing their batches halfway through.

Is Chartreuse the potion of longevity? Yes. But it’s probably not because of the 130 herbs…

I’ll get to that — and how you can get the REAL longevity-boosting ingredient shipped to >> READ MORE <<


Green Shoots Among the EcoReds

By Robert Wicks

A Brief Background

I recently began leasing a Nissan LEAF. The $7500 Nissan takes off the top of the price, along with the $5000 tax credit issued by the state of Georgia, which is available even to lessees, made the car economically attractive for my daily commute. For those who are unaware, the LEAF is a fully electric vehicle which, when fully charged can provide 60-80 miles of range in typical driving. With practice, and with the right mix of traffic flow (electric vehicles typically benefit from stop and go traffic due to the regenerative braking they employ to recover power back into the battery), it is possible to go over 100 miles on a charge. But, range anxiety is a factor, and few people are willing to push the battery so much as to go so far between charges.

The Charging Issue

The Time Factor

Charging electric vehicles is the blessing and the curse of employing one as your daily driver. On the positive side, you can fuel your vehicle more cheaply, and from the comfort of your own home. On the negative side, charging takes much more time than filling a car’s tank, and the charging rate is much more important than the flow rate on a gas pump, as a 20% increase in time matters little when the difference is 10 seconds on gas, but becomes a big deal when the difference is 10 minutes to half an hour. Still, with planning, that issue is not as huge a deal as it seems. I’m comfortable with 90+% of the driving I do being in the LEAF. As I’ve looked to avoid having car notes, I keep one more car than is absolutely needed, so that one can be undergoing maintenance while I drive another. This lifestyle choice works well when owning a LEAF.

The Tragedy of the Commons

Many businesses offer free EV charging. That was the norm, outside of the home, a few years ago. Free charging, of course, caused paid options to be adopted more slowly. As the vehicles have become more popular, however, the crowds at the free charging stations have become larger, and the waits to use them have become longer. Waiting for an hour so that you can charge for another hour and go home is not a terribly appealing scenario. This fact has not been lost on LEAF aficionados, and many are now praising the availability of pay-to-charge sites. Many are lamenting the overuse, with people using the free chargers for too long, simply because they are free. Additionally, while Nissan’s own navigation system, included in some LEAFs, will direct drivers to a nearby Nissan dealer when the battery level becomes dangerously low, there are some dealers who apparently restrict the use of the EVSEs to their own customers only. And this phenomenon has generated some interesting discussions on forums such as My Nissan LEAF Forum. While there is outrage, there is also the understanding that businesses have the right >> READ MORE <<


If You Vote, You Have No Right to Complain: 11 Things to Do Instead

By Chris Campbell

1x1.trans If You Vote, You Have No Right to Complain: 11 Things to Do Instead

“I heard that this was coming, so I’m not surprised by the timing,” our in-house healthcare expert Jud Anglin wrote in response to yesterday’s letter from a Laissez Faire Today reader.

If you missed it, one reader received a notification from his health insurance provider the day after Election Day. Inside the email was a link to check out a “rate renewal letter.”

“The main thrust of this letter (and that’s exactly what it felt like — right up my backside),” your fellow reader wrote, “was that starting Jan. 1st, my health insurance ream-iums would be increasing by almost 15%, for the second time.”

Here’s what Jud wrote in response…

“My wife and two boys were dropped by their private market insurance about a month ago.

“Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, the largest plan in the state, announced a rate increase of more than 13% on Oct. 22.

“So that was before the election. Probably didn’t help Kay Hagen. (See: link)

“Going forward, I recommend that all readers avoid the Obamacare open exchanges like a late-stage Ebola patient bleeding profusely from both eyes.

“Go with a catastrophic plan combined with a health savings account.”

1x1.trans If You Vote, You Have No Right to Complain: 11 Things to Do Instead“There is no utopia, as you may think,” one reader, David G., wrote on Tuesday.

“We, as humans, need someone to lead us. Otherwise, we have anarchy.

“The problem is, most, if not all, politicians work for themselves, instead of doing what is best for their constituents and the country as a whole.

“An alternative to our government is socialism, or worse, communism. To not vote means you don’t have any reason to complain.

“I could go on, but you get the point.”

1x1.trans If You Vote, You Have No Right to Complain: 11 Things to Do InsteadEh… not sure I do, David.

But I’ll get to that in one moment.

The old “If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain” bumper sticker slogan has been strong in our mailbox this week.

1x1.trans If You Vote, You Have No Right to Complain: 11 Things to Do Instead

Yeah, that one.

It was all in a reaction to our “don’t vote” missive on Election Day.

It was also our biggest reader mail deluge in LFT history. (I know I’ve said that before, but for real. Even bigger.)

It took us until today to read through all of them.

And your fellow LFT-ers didn’t hold back.

“You’re worse than the socialists,” one reader said.

“At least I didn’t stick my head in the sand,” said another.

“DEFEATIST!” another screamed.

“All that is necessary for the forces of evil to prevail in this world,” quoted yet another, “is for enough good people to do nothing.”


To be clear, just because one doesn’t vote does not mean he or she is a complacent human being. Or worse than a socialist. Or has his or her head stuck in the sand.

In fact, there are many things individuals can do every single day to promote freedom and fight the status quo — and voting isn’t one of them.

Even while you’re out running errands, you can make a much bigger impact in one day than that limp, government-sponsored vote ever will.

What can you do? >>