Beretta Leaves Maryland Because of Stricter Gun Laws

Via: Opposing Views

By Dabney Bailey, Thu, April 04, 2013

New legislation is forcing gun manufacturing company Beretta to uproot and take their business elsewhere.

Established in 1526, Beretta holds the distinction of being the oldest active firearms manufacturer in the world. The U.S. factory is located in Accokeek, Maryland, and has been a staple of the local economy for years.

Beretta warned that stricter gun control laws would push the company outside of state lines, but that didn’t stop Maryland legislators. Jeffrey Reh, a spokesman for Beretta who also serves as the President of Stoeger Industries under Beretta, announced that the company would begrudgingly uproot and take its business elsewhere. He said, “We don’t want to do this, we’re not willing to do this, but obviously this legislation has caused us a serious level of concern within our company.”

He added that Beretta paid approximately $31 million in taxes, employs 400 people, and had invested $73 million in the business over the past several decades. Despite being such a prominent player in the local economy, Beretta was unable to prevent legislators from passing tighter gun control laws. Ironically, Beretta manufactures some firearms that are now banned in Maryland.

Republican state Delegate Anthony J. O’Donnell lamented: “Losing [Beretta] would be a big disappointment. Maryland has a reputation for having a horrible business climate, and this would be one more nail in the coffin.”

Legislators had ample warning. Back in the ‘90s, when Maryland beefed up gun control laws, Beretta moved one of its warehouses a short drive away to Virginia.

Beretta’s bold move is regrettable but understandable. Reh told reporters, “Why expand in a place where the people who built the gun couldn’t buy it?”

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Switzerland Next: Swiss Banks Set To Foward Confidential Bank Client Data To U.S. Officials

Via: ZeroHedge

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/24/2013

Complete the following SAT logic question:

Cyprus : Russian depositors :: Switzerland : [X]

If you answered X = US depositors (for now… soon many more), you are correct.

It has been no secret that in the aftermath of the crackdown of the Obama administration on Swiss-based “whale” accounts, Swiss banks promptly gave up on the legacy model of bank secrecy which allowed them to fund a massive banking sector that has assets (and therefore liabilities) six times greater than the GDP of Switzerland. That this has led to a literal Swiss fear and loathing of anything American, is no surprise: after all banks have blamed the informal US accords, in which the US DOJ can now expose any and every Swiss bank client for the massive layoffs that have ensued in the past several years, hitting not only megabanks UBS and Credit Suisse, but all the smaller players as well.

Now, in the aftermath of the deposit tax in Cyprus, it appears that “wealth taxation” in Switzerland is about to be taken up a notch.

As the leading Zurich financial media NZZ reported and Reuters summarized, the country has reached a deal in principle with the United States over undeclared funds hidden by wealthy Americans in Swiss offshore bank accounts. Naturally, the state was quick to deny it – after all, the last thing they need is a prompt exodus of all big offshore accounts held locally as fears of a Cyprus “wealth tax” on big accounts spreads.

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Uh oh…they’re starting to go after the rich people….They’ll stop that for sure…

A Proposal to Study How Violent Video Games May be Affecting The Minds of Youngsters Has Stalled

Via: NY Daily News

Sunday, March 24, 2013, 12:01 AM

WASHINGTON — The gun lobby isn’t the only group throwing its weight around trying to thwart President Obama’s plans to combat gun violence.

Even a modest proposal to study how violent video games might be affecting young minds has quietly run aground, the victim, sources say, of opposition by the burgeoning video game industry — a $67 billion colossus with increasing clout in Washington.

“It doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere,” one Senate aide tracking the proposal told the Daily News.

The debate over violent video games reemerged after gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school in December.

Like the mass killers who opened fired at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999, and inside an Aurora, Colo., theater last summer, Lanza played violent video games at home.

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Everyone understands we as humans learn by example and mimicry. 
Thank goodness that ultra realistic violent videogames have been specially crafted to be free from the ability to cause mimicked behavior…
That’s why it’s a 67 billion dollar business..It costs a  lot of dough to buy off that many politicians.
Plus it helps create the next generation of dumbed down, desensitized warfighters to sacrifice for the Empire.. 

Massive Ships 12-Miles Offshore to Provide Floating City for Entrepreneurial Start-Ups; Launch Date Q2 2014

Via: Townhall

A company named Blueseed is a year away from offering entrepreneurs an inexpensive place, near Silicon Valley, in which to develop their products.

“Blueseed will station a ship 12 nautical miles from the coast of San Francisco, in international waters. The location will allow startup entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world to start or grow their company near Silicon Valley, without the need for a U.S. work visa. The ship will be converted into a coworking and co-living space, and will have high-speed Internet access and daily transportation to the mainland via ferry boat. So far, over 1000 entrepreneurs from 60+ countries expressed interest in living on the ship.”

Read more: here 

Make your own island…

Private Prisons: The More Americans They Put Behind Bars The More Money They Make

Via: Investment Watch

March 11th, 2013
By Michael

How would you describe an industry that wants to put more Americans in prison and keep them there longer so that it can make more money?

In America today, approximately 130,000 people are locked up in private prisons that are being run by for-profit companies, and that number is growing very rapidly. Overall, the U.S. has approximately 25 percent of the entire global prison population even though it only has 5 percent of the total global population.

The United States has the highest incarceration rate on the entire globe by far, and no nation in the history of the world has ever locked up more of its own citizens than we have. Are we really such a cesspool of filth and decay that we need to lock up so many of our own people? Or are there some other factors at work?

Could part of the problem be that we have allowed companies to lock up men and women in cages for profit?

The two largest private prison companies combined to bring in close to $3,000,000,000 in revenue in 2010, and the largest private prison companies have spent tens of millions of dollars on lobbying and campaign contributions over the past decade.

Putting Americans behind bars has become very big business, and those companies have been given a perverse incentive to push for even more Americans to be locked up. It is a system that is absolutely teeming with corruption, and it is going to get a lot worse unless someone does something about it.

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We just need to lock up the right criminals…here….here….and here.

US Bureau of Prisons Location Maps

Via: Cryptome

US Bureau of Prisons Location Maps or America’s biggest business outside of Our Murderous Military…

Read more: here

I know of about 600 individuals that could be immediately added to the prison population…I have their locations here, here, and here….

US Bureau of Prisons Location Maps

Via: Cryptome

US Bureau of Prisons Location Maps or America’s biggest business outside of Our Murderous Military…

Read more: here

I know of about 600 individuals that could be immediately added to the prison population…I have their locations here, here, and here….

This New Law Will Ensure You Pay More for Online Purchases…

Via: The Sovereign Man

by Simon Black on February 19, 2013

Reporting from Santiago, Chile

In another brilliant move aimed at destroying the few table scraps of economic freedom which remain in the Land of the Free, a bipartisan group of esteemed lawmakers in the United States Congress has introduced the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013.

Remember the golden rule of legislation: the more noble the name of the law sounds, the more disastrous its results. This one is no exception.

Generally speaking in the United States, retailers must collect state and local sales tax at the point of sale. When you walk into a Main Street shop in Anytown, California, you’ll pay the sticker price PLUS hefty city and state sales taxes that can easily be 10% or more.

But if you purchase goods through the mail from a company in, say, Nevada or Oregon, either through the mail or online, no sales tax is charged. This goes back to a 20+ year old US Supreme Court decision which exempted out of state companies from collecting sales tax.

Well, according to the intellectual luminaries in Congress, local retailers are at a disadvantage, effectively having to charge 10%+ more for their products than an out-of-state retailer.

And by God, they’re going to do something about it. After all, it’s just not ‘fair’ that mom and pop retailers on main street have to charge sales tax, while mom and pop retailers on the Internet do not.

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