Monthly Archives: January 2013

Heuristic Thinking and The Zero Aggression Principle (ZAP)

Heuristic Thinking

The word heuristic is pronounced hyoo-RIS-tic. Wikipedia defines it this way…

Mental short cuts to ease the cognitive load of making a decision.

Heuristic thinking — the use of heuristics — is the acquirable part of intelligence. Everyone has the capacity to learn and use heuristics to make better decisions.

It follows from this that we can also use heuristics to improve society.

We want to make increased use of heuristics to work smarter in 2013.

Imagine what we could achieve if society started to learn and employ certain heuristic rules? The Zero Aggression Principle (ZAP) is an example of one such heuristic. The ZAP says…

No one should initiate harm against others,

or delegate doing so to “the government.”

Harm means fraud, violent threats intended to coerce, and actual violence.

Aggression means threats of violence backed by actual assaults, not mere assertiveness.

Key word? Initiate. Defense is morally acceptable. so the ZAP can be embraced by pacifist and non-pacifist alike.

The ZAP is derived from the Golden Rule (another heuristic principle!), which holds that we should treat others by the same standards we want applied to us. The ZAP logically extends the Golden Rule as follows . . .

Governments must live by the same moral principles as individuals.

A government is merely a group of people.

A group has no special magic to turn wrong into right. Therefore…

Any action that’s wrong for an individual to do is also wrong for a government to do.

This principle even applies to democracies — no number of votes is sufficient to make wrong become right.

Gun Ownership: American Exceptionalism by Gary North

In response to an attempt by a handful of liberal politicians in Congress to enact laws against the ownership of assault weapons, meaning semi-automatic AR-15’s, we are seeing the most remarkable American resistance movement that I can recall in my lifetime.

Websites that run articles in favor of gun ownership and against gun control find that these articles get a high number of hits. Therefore, the sites run even more articles on the same topic. This is only sensible. You give the customers what they want.

The rush to buy ammunition and anything connected with assault rifles is like nothing I have ever seen. In the state of Georgia, one pro-gun group is giving away in a raffle a semiautomatic AR-15. Its membership drive is more successful than anything it has ever done in the past.

It is not just in Georgia that this is the case. Across the South and in the Midwest, there is a kind of mad dash to get involved in organizations that promote Second Amendment liberties.

via Gun Ownership: American Exceptionalism by Gary North.

2nd Amendment: TX Massacre Tragedy might have been averted – Suzanna Gratia-Hupp.mp4 – YouTube

The following video from many years ago titled “A Daughter’s Regret” shows the testimony of Suzanna Gratia Hupp whose parents were killed when a madman opened fire in a Texas cafeteria. It is a powerful reminder of how essential it is to protect the Second Amendment, not for duck hunting, as she points out, but to protect our loved ones from maniacs … and a government that would put us in such a vulnerable position.

Here is an excerpt from the video description, which adds background and context to her testimony.

It was October 1991 when an unemployed merchant seaman drove his pickup truck into a Luby’s cafeteria in Killeen, Tex., leaped out and opened fire. He killed 23 people and wounded more than 20.

Hupp and her parents were having lunch in the restaurant when the shooting started. Hupp instinctively reached into her purse for her .38-caliber Smith & Wesson, but she had left it in the car…

“Even if you choose not to have a gun, as the bad guy who ignored all the laws is getting close to you and as he levels that firearm at one of your children, don’t you hope the person next to you has chosen to carry a gun and knows how to use it?” …

“A gun can be used to kill a family, or defend a family,” Hupp said. “I’ve lived what gun laws do. My parents died because of what gun laws do. I’m the quintessential soccer mom, and I want the right to protect my family. What happened to my parents will never happen again with my kids there.”

2nd Amendment: TX Massacre Tragedy might have been averted – Suzanna Gratia-Hupp.mp4 – YouTube.

15 Ton Gold Repatriation Hits JP Morgan London Vaults – Wealth Cycles Article

The global trend of nations “repatriating” their gold reserves from the custodial vaults where it has long been stored continues. The issue, as WealthCycles has reported extensively, is the near certainty that not all the gold recorded to be held in the bullion banks is really there. Much of it has been pledged and repledged against the debt that keeps the world’s monetary system afloat. The more physical gold that is reclaimed and delivered to sovereign treasuries, the less that remains to back up all the pledges. When the chips are called in, many of those who believe they own gold will find themselves holding nothing but pieces of paper. At that point, “price will solve everything.”

via 15 Ton Gold Repatriation Hits JP Morgan London Vaults – Wealth Cycles Article.