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Old 26-11-2017, 02:30 PM   #41
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I think you have an altruistic view of what people are like but things like black friday sales show that people are not all about sharing and helping.

If people think they can get an adavantage they will do that.

I do like the idea of everybody sharing and helping but I realised a long time ago that its not likely to happen like that, at least not for a long time on this world.
Only if you let them,

But if people are asking you to help them in order of helping themselves, then not doing so when one can, show ones own insecurities.

There comes a time when these kinds of philosophy must be universally reciprocal.
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Old 26-11-2017, 11:01 PM   #42
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The Ballachullish Goddess



The ballachullish goddess is a carved wooden figure dug up in the west coast village of Ballachullish. It has been radio-carbondated to 2500 years ago. She has been damaged as have so many ancient artifacts in scotland we are told by transit and through the drying out process. She is depicted as holding male phallic objects

To me she represents the land itself which is fertilised by the skies rains and by the ploughing and sowing of mankind. She represents, in my eyes, the veneration the people had for the land which like us goes through stages of life as the cycles of the seasons progress through the year.

The creatrix goddess and old hag of winter known as the Cailleach is said to leave her home on Scotlands highest peak Ben Nevis and spread her wintry plaid over the countryside during winter only to wash it clear in the spring, in the corryvreckan whirlpool when the land and the goddess herself are renewed. The hills themselves are scarred from her raking claws as she sculpted the land with her winds and storms.

Further to the south a plough was retrieved from the ruins of an old crannog in Loch Tay suggesting a ritualistic purpose to the building and to the object itself. A modern recreation of a crannog has been built near the site, which in my opinion looks not unlike a liberty cap mushroom!



The plough could be said to represent the masculine phallus as it sows the land and even today the shetlanders hold a festival in which the girls of the community are dressed up as elaborately decorated horses while the young lads compete to plough the best furrows in the sands of the beach with miniture ploughs:





Clearly the bonds between the people and their land run deep within scotland but could there be something more then just a power grab involved in the attempts by some at breaking that bond?

Is it possible that not only is self-sufficiency a threat to the centralised control of the NWO but perhaps a peoples sense of self and also their connection with and place in nature could also be anti-thetical to the technocratic domination of the NWO social engineers?
you have answered your own question and it actually gets to the heart of the matter. they've been doing this for a long time now. and they will continue til its over. keep your chin up though...they won't survive it either.
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Old 28-11-2017, 04:02 PM   #43
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The Reformation- the second great land grab

In 1500 the church owned a quarter of the country's land but the Reformation saw the appropriation of church lands from 1520-1620; this was because the church absorbed HALF of the land revenue and the nobles coveted that so they sided with John Knox and the reformers. Despite the corruption of the church the promise of new land and wealth saw the nobles pushing reform of the church.

The nobles put their own people into the church and began to sabotage it from within. They organised themselves into the 'Lords of the Congregation' and created the first covenant; among them were nobles like the campbells and the erskines.

King James the VI and his son Charles I favoured episcopalianism as it granted them the power to appoint bishops but the nobles did not want a return to catholicism as it could have meant losing their appropriated land back to the church so they entrenched their rights in law leading to the third land grab.

Through legislation like the Registration Act 1617 and the Prescription Act 1617 they managed to legalise their appropriation of church lands
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Nessie: the call to adventure

I heard the canny folk tell of a creature stirring in the mountains which i knew i must see for myself. I rode for days with a companion into the highlands until we came to a howff.

As we sat drinking we enquired among the locals of the whereabouts of the beast and were told that it could be found over the next hill.

The next morning we approached the foot of the hill and i turned to my friend for encouragement but he looked back at me ashen faced and shook his head. I nodded and carried on up the screefield alone.

As i reached the bealach a wind tore over the crest tugging at my clothes and hair. I pulled my plaid about my shoulders and calling the names of my ancestors for courage i pushed on into the gale.

Once over the bealach I could see the next glen before me. The blasted hillsides held only sparse vegetation devoid of life. At the bottom of the glen was a loch with water as black as peat.

I gazed on the water and as i did so i noticed the surface stirring. Something began to emerge from the water; rising to the height of a sheiling i could see a cavernous nostril appear which rose from the water revealing a wicked jaw of sharp teeth each as long as a man.

It continued to rise until it was taller then a broch and still it grew! It's slender face atop a long neck.... impossibly large it drew itself to its full height and turned to fix its gaze upon me...
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Old 28-11-2017, 06:13 PM   #45
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Prescription

Prescription of heritable rights conferred title to land to someone who occupied it for 40 years. This meant that through the various legal chicanery or violent skullduggery exercised by the nobles, land that was held by them uncontested for 40 years would become their legal property.

''On the face of it, the act was indeed conceived of as a means to resolve the conflicts that had emerged between, for example, land held on feus granted by the church prior to the reformation and the claims made on that same land by the nobility who had managed to secure titles converting their previous liferent interests into a feu. Quite whether a test of possession was very fair when so often there was a huge disparity in political and economic power between the parties in conflict is a moot point. But two things are clear.

Firstly, the 1617 act was not simply a means of resolving an honest conflict of evidence. On the contrary, it was the means whereby the powerful were able to call on the law to secure the advantage they sought to gain by having stolen church lands.

Secondly, even if it was conceived of as a means of settling genuine conflicts in titles, it soon ceased to be used for such cases and became instead a means to legitimise the appropriation of land which had never been granted to the owner in the first place.''
-p25, Wightman

''in other words, it did not matter what had gone before, what the rights and wrongs were, whether the owner had ever been granted the land or what the circumstances were surrounding the acquisition. So long as a title 'can so be construed as to embrace the whole lands' and so long as the claimant has possessed them, the title is settled.''
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Register of Sasines

''The establishment of the Register of Sasines in 1617 allowed for the establishment of a public register in which deeds could be recorded which were then legally defendable . The Registration Act and the Prescription Act were, from the political standpoint, intimately related. The former provided a registrable title and the latter enabled any dubiety to be cured by the passage of time.'' -p27

The word 'sasine' is derived from the french 'saisir' meaning to hold or seize which may reflect the means by which many nobles acquired new land at that time, however as a process it had its origins in the ritual of a superior clasping a handful of soil and passing it to a vassal.

The creation of the register of sasines enabled the nobles to solidify their claims of ownership to land in 1617. Those granted fues were also keen to see the system formalised.

The register of sasines is still used today but where land changes hands the title is transferred to the Land Register, a computerised map-based system providing a state-guaranteed title
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''If the first half of the seventeenth century was mainly concerned with strengthening the legal framework of landed property, the second half was very much concerned with securing the future of the landed families who had taken advantage of it by the means of the law of succession and entail'' wightman p 29

The key issue of succession or inheritance was clouded for many of the nobility in Scotland because they often held land elsewhere such as in england or france and were therefore affected by the different laws of different places.

In 1292 Edward I created the common law of inheritance in scotland to resolve the succession problem that occured with the death (poisoning) of the maid of norway. The court set up by edward decided that inheritance was to be decided through primogeniture which is to say that the eldest son would inherit. Females could inherit but only if there were no male alternatives.

Primogeniture was used as a way to perpetuate the fuedal system as it prevented the division of estates. This maintained the pattern of large scale land ownership by denying rights from anyone but the eldest son.

''Adam Smith was one of the many astute observers who was critical of primogeniture.

When land , like moveables, is considered as the means only of subsistence and enjoyment, the natural law of succession divides it, like them, among all the children of the family; all of whom the subsistence and enjoyment may be supposed equally dear to the father. This natural law of succession accordingly took place among the Romans, who made no more distinction between elder and younger, between male and female, in the inheritance of lands, than we do in the distribution of moveables. But when land was considered as the means, not of subsistence merely, but of power and protection, it was thought better that it should descend undivided to one' p30

''Primogeniture was at the heart of aristocratic pivilege and, in concentrating power in so few hands, led to the revolutions that swept europe in the late eighteenth century. The Napoleonic Code of 1804, which abolished privileges based on birth, ended primogeniture in france and was influential in ending it too in many other countries across europe. The code, which still to this day forms the basis of French inheritance law, legally obliges landowners to divide their estates among their children equally.

In scotland, by contrast, it was not until 1964 that primogeniture was finally abolished. The Succession (Scotland) Act 1964 governs succession to this day.'' p30

However this new law allowed land owners to choose who inherited the land and therefore the old practise of primogeniture endured.

''Of all the legal framework surrounding landownership, the law of succession in Scotland is the single greatest reason the pattern of private landownership remains so concentrated compared with the rest of europe'' p30

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So far Andys book has been looking at fuedalism and the grip that norman incomers gained over the land that they took off the people they came to rule over. Then those families took down the church and carved up the church lands and then the common areas of land too.

However I want to make the point that scotland's land today is not all owned by the aristocrats and a lot of wealthy interests have bought up land in scotland. These days some people make a lot of money in the city for example in hedge funds or in oil abroad and seek ways to invest all that money with land in scotland being seen as an investment along with art and precious metals and is their form of land hoarding any less oppressive then the hoarding by the old aristocratic families? I would argue not.

Who owns Scotland?
Wealthy foreign owners of Scottish estates are facing a backlash from locals, writes John Arlidge
JOHN ARLIDGE
Sunday 25 February 1996 00:02 GMT

HALF of Scotland is owned by just 500 people, few of whom are actually Scots. As Britain's great land-owning aristocratic families decline, a new breed of foreign laird is exploiting Scotland's arcane land laws to buy up tracts of the Highlands and islands - Europe's last great wilderness.

The revelation comes in two new books which examine who owns Scotland. The authors have searched through ancient deeds and estate agents' sales brochures to compile the most detailed picture of land ownership for a generation.

They show that most lairds no longer hail from Britain's tweed-clad huntin', shootin' and fishin' classes; these days your local feudal overlord is more likely to be a self-made continental millionaire or an entrepreneur from Dubai, Egypt, Malaysia, Hong Kong or plain old America.

The findings have sparked a political row north of the border. Many of the new lairds are absentee land-owners who, environmentalists claim, neglect Scotland's greatest asset - the land itself.

Nationalist MPs and crofters, frustrated by the failure of Westminster politicians to bring Scotland into line with England and other European nations by abolishing feudal structures and regulating land use, are drawing up plans to limit foreign land ownership and introduce environmental codes for all estates. They want ministers to compile a full public Land Register.

The two books, Who owns Scotland now? and Who owns Scotland, update John McEwen's ground-breaking attempt to sketch Scotland's land-owning geography 30 years ago. His study revealed that ancient British families dominated the hills, straths, glens and islands, controlling lucrative salmon beats and deer stalking from the Borders to Barra.

Since the Fifties and Sixties, however, the decline of some of the most distinguished and notorious names in the Highlands - the clan chiefs of the Frasers of Lovat, the Sutherlands and the Wills tobacco family - has paved the way for new owners to take to the hills.

Andy Wightman, author of Who owns Scotland, which will be published in April, explains: "Some of the old landowners like the Duke of Buccleuch, the Duke of Atholl and Cameron of Lochiel have survived. Their old money is still good and some of their estates have expanded. But other families have fallen on hard times and a new group of landowners has stepped in swiftly to take their place. Many of these are from overseas and as they move in, a new pattern of land ownership is emerging."

All over Scotland there are now glens and peaks that are forever Swiss, Danish, Malaysian, Middle-Eastern and American. One year ago the whisky distilling MacDonald-Buchanan family sold off the Strath Conon estate in Ross-shire, which they had held for three generations. The new kilted monarch of the 50,000-acre glen is Kjeld Kirk-Christiansen, who runs the huge Danish Lego corporation.

On the Hebridean island of Eigg, Keith Schellenberg, the fantastically wealthy former captain of Britain's Olympic bobsleigh team who once described "his" islanders as "drunken, ungrateful, lawless, barmy revolutionaries", sold up last year as part of a divorce settlement with his second wife Margaret
Udny-Hamilton. The new laird is the chain-smoking, beret-wearing "fire" painter, "Professor" Marlin Eckhard Maruma from Stuttgart.

Visitors to Queen's View in Glen Avon, where Queen Victoria used to look out on her Royal fiefdom, now look down on land owned by the mysterious businessman behind the Kuala Lumpur-based Andras conglomerate. He bought the 40,000-acre estate, once owned by the Wills family, for pounds 6m last year.

Some ancient aristocratic families have hit the buffers in spectacular fashion. The Lovat Frasers' downfall began when three family members died suddenly; one was gored to death by a buffalo in Tanzania, another collapsed while hunting, and the third succumbed to old age.

Others have been crippled by debt. Losses in the Lloyd's insurance market forced Lord Kimball, a Lloyd's Name, to sell the 47,000-acre Altnaharra estate in Sutherland. Whatever the cause, the result is that fewer than half of the big Highland estates are owned by Scots.

"It's a dramatic change," said George Rosie, the veteran Scottish land- reform campaigner. "In the 19th-century, parliament passed an Act allowing foreigners to buy any property. As Britain was then the biggest rooster on the midden, the idea that any foreigner would be able to buy into Britain was risible. But now there are millions of wealthy foreigners and Scotland is ripe for the plucking. And plucked we have been."

Some of the new wave of overseas buyers enjoy good relations with locals and have earned environmentalists' praise for their land management practices. Paul van Vlissingen, the Dutch businessman whose "holiday cottage" is the eight-bedroom white-washed Letterewe lodge on the banks of Loch Maree in Wester Ross, has helped to fund a new swimming pool and re-introduced native woodland on his 80,000-acre estate.

Other lairds, however, have been accused of barring access to walkers and neglecting the natural environment. "Mountain Closed" signs have recently appeared on estates north of Ullapool. In Perthshire, His Excellency Mahdi Mohammed Al Tajir, from the United Arab Emirates who owns the Blackford Estate, home of Highland Spring mineral water, has been accused of abandoning farms on the slopes of the Ochil Hills.

Nationalist politicians say Scotland's free market in land - it is one of the few countries in Europe which allows wealthy foreigners to buy up unlimited amounts of land with no questions asked - has created a "land lottery". While far-sighted landowners are welcome, they say new measures should be introduced to limit the size of their holdings and to remove those who neglect their land.

Later this year, the Scottish National Party, which has set up an independent land commission, will unveil new proposals. Labour, too, has pledged to use a devolved Scottish parliament to introduce changes, and the Scottish Crofters' Commission is encouraging crofting communities to raise money to take over their marginal plots. Even Michael Forsyth, the Scottish Secretary, has jumped on the ox-cart, announcing plans to hand over millions of acres of government-owned crofting and forestry estates to small-holders. In Scotland, land is suddenly a political issue.

Dr James Hunter, a Skye-based environmental historian, said: "Land has moved up the agenda ever since the first crofters took over their land in Assynt 1992. That showed that land ownership patterns could change. Since then we have had controversies over the Knoydart estate and other Highland wilderness areas. The prospect of devolution - a Scottish parliament would address these long-standing grievances - has also concentrated minds."

The wind of change has unsettled landowners who will this week launch an unprecedented campaign to counter reformers' demands. At a special public meeting tomorrow, Graeme Gordon, convenor of the Scottish Landowners' Federation, which represents 4,000 estate owners north of the border who manage some seven million acres, will claim that the debate over land ownership is based on "dangerous generalisations and misleading assertions".

He will tell his audience that the "majority of landowners are committed custodians of natural heritage who provide jobs, housing and security for remote communities often at a personal financial loss".

As the prospect of a reforming Scottish parliament looms, the battle for the Highlands is only just beginning.
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Primogeniture could not secure the continued ownership of an estate within a family if the eldest son was irresponsible or managed the land badly as bankruptcies and debts could see lands lost

Also the system of 'appraisal' meant that the debts of land owners were marketable and could be sold by the creditor to third parties.

With many noble families struggling with debts a series of acts were passed in the 1600's to prevent the loss of land through appraisals. The 'Entail' process was created to protect landowners from the market and involved the person who was to succeed to an estate being named in advance in the Register of Entails to ensure that the land would then pass to them. By 1825 half of scotland was held by entailed estates

'Adam Smith was against entails as well as primogeniture:
''Entails are thought necessary for maintaining this exclusive privilege of the nobility to the great offices and honours of their country; and that order having usurped one unjust advantage over the rest of their fellow citizens, lest their poverty should render it ridiculous, it is thought reasonable that they should have another.''
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Is It Time To Retire The Word "Capitalism"?
by Tyler Durden
Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:49

Our current socio-economic system is nothing but the application of force on the many to enforce the skims, scams and privileges of the self-serving few.

I've placed the word capitalism in quotation marks to reflect the reality that this word now covers a wide spectrum of economic activities, very little of which is actually capitalism as classically defined. As I have explained here for over a decade, the U.S. economy is dominated by cartels and quasi-monopolies that are enforced by the Central State, a state-cartel system of financialized rentier skims that has no overlap with Adam Smith's free market, free enterprise concept,i.e. classical capitalism.

This is what passes for "capitalism" in modern-day America: the super-rich get super-richer, a thin slice of technocrats, speculators and entrepreneurs advance their wealth and the vast majority lose ground or stagnate:



Here's another snapshot of state-financier "capitalism" in modern-day America: the centralized organs of the state (the quasi-public Federal Reserve) creates trillions of dollars and hands the nearly free money to financiers, insiders and speculators, all of whom benefit immensely as this flood of cash pushes stocks into the stratosphere:



There are other versions of "capitalism" that are equally rapacious, all of which are iterations of crony-capitalism: gangster-capitalism, theocratic-capitalism, colonial-capitalism, and so on.

The key feature of these forms of organized pillage that mask their predatory nature by claiming to be "capitalist" is they ruthlessly suppress the three core dynamics of classical capitalism:

1. Competition

2. Open/free markets

3. Free flow of capital in all its forms (financial, social, intellectual, etc.)

The only way the few can pillage the many is if the many are denied access to competition, open markets and freely flowing capital. All the predatory, parasitic and exploitive systems that hide behind the word "capitalism" skim the wealth of the many into the hands of the few by limiting competition (cartels and monopolies such as sickcare and higher education), controlling markets (you must buy from the state-mandated cartels and monopolies) and restricting capital to insiders, financial elites and cronies of the state--three terms that describe one elite.

Once the few eliminate competition, open markets and access to capital, the many are enslaved, regardless of how many times the magic words "democracy" and "capitalism" are invoked to cover the systemic exploitation.

I propose we start calling things by their real names: state-financier systems of rentier skims, and all the other predatory, parasitic exploitive systems operated by the few at the expense of the many will no longer get the cover of the word "capitalism." They will be called what they are: exploitive, predatory, parasitic pillaging that enriches a corrupt self-serving elite that is enforced by a corrupt, self-serving state.

I propose we call free-market, free-enterprise, voluntary systems STOC: sustainable, transparent, opt-in, competition.

These dynamics are the antithesis of the state-cartel hierarchies that dominate the global economy and that function by enriching the few at the expense of the many. If a system is a sustainable, transparent, opt-in free marketplace of open competition, no elite could wrest control of the system to benefit itself at the expense of all the other participants.

I've explained why centralized hierarchies have only one possible output: soaring inequality and injustice in my books Resistance, Revolution, Liberation, Why Things Are Falling Apart, Inequality and the Collapse of Privilege and Why the Status Quo Failed and is Beyond Reform

I've sketched out an alternative way of living in my books Money and Work Unchained and A Radically Beneficial World.

If an economic/financial system isn't sustainable, transparent, opt-in, and wide open to competition, it isn't capitalism--it's a self-serving rentier skim trying to mask its predatory, rapacious reality. Remember, good ideas don't require force, and our current socio-economic system is nothing but the application of force on the many to enforce the skims, scams and privileges of the self-serving few.

It's time to retire the word "capitalism" and strip the predatory, self-serving and thoroughly corrupt elite of their phony cover.

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