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I was just talking yesterday with someone about some interesting provisions in the Canada’s Criminal Code, included from a bygone era, where the purpose of criminal law was really appreciated and codified, of fundamentally protecting individual freedom, versus making the state supreme.

One of them I was aware of going all the way back to 2009, from the work of Robert Menard, and it turns out that it had actually been repealed in 2012.

Here it was before repeal, in Section 39:

Defence with claim of right

39 (1) Every one who is in peaceable possession of personal property under a claim of right, and every one acting under his authority, is protected from criminal responsibility for defending that possession, even against a person entitled by law to possession of it, if he uses no more force than is necessary.

Defence without claim of right

(2) Every one who is in peaceable possession of personal property, but does not claim it as of right or does not act under the authority of a person who claims it as of right, is not justified or protected from criminal responsibility for defending his possession against a person who is entitled by law to possession of it.

And here is what the 2012 repeal legislation said:

39 [Repealed, 2012, c. 9, s. 2]

More on the significance and other interesting current and former provisions in a future post.

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Official portrait of United States Senator (R-KY).

Senator Rand Paul’s June 7, 2012 endorsement of Mitt Romney for President in 2012 came as no surprise to me, as I predicted as far back as 2009 that he wouldn’t be a constitutional candidate for the U.S. Senate, and my unpopular prediction was further vindicated with this endorsement, so why are so many others surprised by his decision?

On December 31, 2010, I wrote the article, The U.S. Senate regularly violates the law, about my shocking discovery that U.S. Senators were regularly conducting business and passing legislation without the constitutionally mandated quorum of a majority of Senators in order to conduct business.

In it, I responded with a January 9, 2011 comment about my assessment of Senator Rand Paul:

If Rand doesn’t know about that requirement and his duty regarding it, then he’s already no constitutional candidate in my books.

I stopped regarding him as a constitutional candidate once he came out with this November 2009 press release:

http://www.randpaul2010.com/2009/11/rand-paul-try-convict-and-lock-up-terrorists-in-guantanamo/

“Foreign terrorists do not deserve the protections of our Constitution,” said Dr. Paul. “These thugs should stand before military tribunals and be kept off American soil. I will always fight to keep Kentucky safe and that starts with cracking down on our enemies.”

If you read his words carefully, there is the possibility that it was a clever attempt to fool “law and order” conservatives into voting for him, so long as he has accepted being a one-term Senator in actually standing for the Constitution in this matter.

However, I suspect he meant it the way I first read it, whereby he regards the Constitution and Bill of Rights irrelevant to foreign “terrorists,” despite the Constitution being a contract between the people and their government, which defined the government’s powers and limits, including its dealings with foreigners.

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CFR and Trilateral Commission member Fareed Zakaria tells the truth about the Bill of Rights on his August 10, 2010 interview on Charlie Rose.

“It is about fundamental rights that we believe in. That is what the Bill of Rights was about. The Bill of Rights is an anti-democratic document.”

However, throughout his interview, he contradicts himself by referring to the United States as a “democracy,” while, as I demonstrate in my article, The United States: A republic, not a democracy, the U.S. Constitution makes no mention of democracy, and to the contrary, specifically requires a republican form of government.

See the open letter I wrote him on February 23, 2009, in response to his recent article in Newsweek.

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In this 2009 debate with 2004 Libertarian Party presidential candidate Michael Badnarik, Stefan Molyneux, an advocate of voluntaryism, made a statement that I find very worthy of further examination.

Namely, that the most free societies produce such prosperity that they become the most tyrannical. His argument is that immense political and economic freedom bring extraordinary economic prosperity, and the corresponding wealth generated is used to control government and use it as a tool for profit and a weapon against political enemies.

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Bloomberg reported this on January 2, 2010, however, as of June, the CIA hadn’t updated their production figures showing Russia at the top as they now have.

From their top 10 list, only three are OPEC nations: Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq.

Russia 9,920,000 barrels/day (2009 est.)
Saudi Arabia 8,146,000 barrels/day (2008 est.)

Saudi Arabia is reported to have 264.1 billion barrels of “proved” oil reserves, as of the January 1, 2009 estimate, with Russia having 79 billion barrels, or less than a third of Saudi Arabia’s.

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On July 17, I wrote about Scotiabank’s near-empty gold vault and gold certificates.

From their 2009 annual report, on page 123, they don’t list gold and silver bullion and certificates separately.

Under “11   Other liabilities” as of October 31, 2009, they list:

Gold and silver certificates and bullion

For 2009, they reported $3.856 billion, and for 2008, $5.619 billion.

From their annual report, there is no way of separately knowing the value of gold bullion, silver bullion, gold certificates and silver certificates held for their customers.

Also, despite them selling platinum and palladium products, they’re not listed on their annual report at all, despite palladium outperforming gold, silver and platinum in 2009, and platinum being the overlooked investment metal and currency.

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Previously, I uncovered that the CIA is overstating Canada’s government spending by more than 200%, by inconsistently reporting all government spending for Canada, and only federal spending for the U.S., despite both having a federal system of government.

Looking through Canada’s numbers again, I noticed its massive exports hemorrhage from 2008 to 2009. This time, the CIA’s numbers are correct.

From Canada’s entry in The World Factbook:

Exports:
$323.4 billion (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 11
$459.1 billion (2008 est.)

Exports decreased by a whopping 30% from 2008 to 2009, despite the downturn not hitting Canada hard until September 2008, when, as one example, the Canadian dollar declined by 20% relative to the USD in less than a full month.

By comparison, U.S. exports “only” fell by 14% from 2008 to 2009, despite officially being in recession since December 2007.

The CIA states that export figures are stated in U.S. dollars based on the official exchange rate. Given an estimated GDP of $1.335 trillion for 2009, Canada’s exports only accounted for 24% of its GDP. Imports for 2009 were estimated to be $327.2 billion, resulting in net exports of -$3.8 billion.

In a forthcoming article, I’ll expand on my discussion from July 1 on “Crash! Are You Ready?” on why claims of a higher dollar being bad for exports are overly simplistic, and how it’s been completely counterproductive for Canada’s central bank and leading politicians to be slavishly devoted to keeping the Canadian dollar below par with the USD. In doing so, they argue for and support government intervention for 24% of the economy at the expense of the other 76%.

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