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Guest Post: Border Controls Are Back In Europe

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Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man

Border Controls Are Back In Europe

Somewhere in America, Barbara Boxer is weeping.

The California senator’s version of the Highway Bill (S.1813, also known as MAP-21) which passed the senate and seemed destined to become law, has been dropped in favor of a rival bill that President Obama will sign into law today.

If you recall, Boxer’s highway bill contained provisions authorizing the government to deny US citizens a passport in the event of unpaid taxes.

These provisions have been removed from the new version of the law; so the US governments efforts to restrict Americans’ travel have been dropped. For now.

Don’t worry, though there are still plenty of bonehead line items in the law, like authorizing public service campaigns to raise awareness about the risks of ‘leaving a child or unattended passenger in a vehicle after the vehicle motor is disengaged.’

Your tax dollars at work.

Speaking of travel restrictions and border controls, though, European authorities seem to have no qualms about implementing them.

For the last several days, I’ve been weaving between northern Italy and Switzerland checking out great places to bank, new places to store gold, and taking in these gorgeous lake views.

Every single time I’ve crossed the border, I’ve been met by rather snarly police on both sides; they’re stopping cars, turning people’s trunks inside out, and causing major traffic problems.

 Border controls are back in EuropeA friend of mine who came up on the train from Florence to meet me for lunch in Lugano said he was stopped at the border for nearly an hour as thuggish customs agents randomly questioned train passengers and demanded to see their IDs.

So much for Europe’s 26-country ‘borderless area.’

Based on Europe’s 1985 Schengen Treaty and 1997 Amsterdam Treaty, you’re supposed to be able to drive from Tallinn, Estonia to Lisbon, Portgual without so much as slowing down at the border.

This is not dissimilar from driving between states in the US or provinces in Canada.

Yet as Europe descends into greater financial and social chaos, leaders are starting to ignore these agreements which guarantee freedom of movement across the continent.

No big surprise, electing Marxists and Neo-Nazis tends to bring that sort of change. Border controls, currency controls, wage and price controls– these are the usual tactics of desperate, insolvent governments.

As times get tougher, they tighten their grip, foolishly believing that they can decree and legislate their country back to health.

In the early 4th century AD after decades of economic turmoil and social strife within the Roman Empire, Diocletian issued his infamous Edictum De Pretiis Rerum Venalium, or Edict on Prices.

In addition to setting a fixed ceiling on over 1,000 products, services, and wages, Diocletian also commanded the death penalty for currency and commodity speculators who he blamed for inflation (as opposed to the steady debasement of the currency).

Obviously very little has changed.

Capital controls usually follow; these amount to the direct confiscation of wealth by a government from its citizens.

Often capital controls take the form of legal requirements which prevent people from moving money abroad, holding foreign currencies, or buying precious metals.

Just yesterday, in fact, Argentina’s central bank formally banned people from buying US dollars– forcing them to hold rapidly depreciating pesos and watch their savings inflate away.

At some point, people finally reach their breaking points and spill out into the streets to be beaten by the police. This is when we see social controls implemented– turning off mobile and Internet infrastructure, curfews, etc.

These tactics have been all too common over the last 18-months.

And finally, if things get really bad, border controls are implemented as a way to prevent a flood of people from leaving. After all, the government needs as many milk cows as it can get.

This is why I say that the US passport denial provision has been dropped… but only for now. Don’t be surprised to see it creep up in another proposed law in the near future.


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Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:23 | 2592475 fonzannoon
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For the last several days, I’ve been weaving between northern Italy and Switzerland checking out great places to bank, new places to store gold, and taking in these gorgeous lake views.

Go fuck yourself.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:27 | 2592496 AnAnonymous
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Notice: to store gold, not USD.

But a few lines down, prohibition of USD purchase is noted.

US citizenism at work: demand on USD for this US citizen serves his welfare.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:31 | 2592510 akak
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Grasshoppers conform to rabid salad overcharging.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:50 | 2592617 pods
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Dog woker speak in riddles, um hum.

Seen Empire Strikes Back too many times?

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:07 | 2592695 mr_T
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I've been driving thru Spain France Portugal no stops only toll booths.

I read an article on KWN someone went pickup their gold in swizznazi and their gold wasn't there. I hear in Zurich you can get a good deal on teeth bullion. I need a new grill.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:44 | 2592808 francis_sawyer
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How come everytime I click on a Simon Black article I get that "I pooped today" AD SERVE?


Fri, 07/06/2012 - 15:33 | 2593006 Shitters_Full
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I don't have but about $5 to my name, live paycheck to paycheck, and work a crappy office job.  I know/understand very little of the in-depth financial analysis provided here on ZH but read it every single day in the hopes of learning increasingly more.  I started reading this site about 18 months ago and it has opened my eyes to a lot of things and I am forever grateful for the work that is done here.  The info on world events is also top notch.

Where am I going with this?  Well, even with my limited background in most ZH topics I can tell you that Simon Black is an assclown extraordinaire.  If the borders to various countries are getting harder to pass through then say just that.  I don't care about your search for fabulous new places to store your gold.  The last gold I saw was on the fronts of the gentleman who literally growled at me while cutting me in line for the bus.

The only thing that surprises me about this article is the lack of mention of his fabulous, mythical Chilean compound.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 16:25 | 2593200 bank guy in Brussels
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Hang in there ...

When you say « ... $5 to my name, live paycheck to paycheck, and work a crappy office job ... »

Do realise that you are far from alone. - But having a job at all, sort of puts you in the 'middle class' these days!

Knowledge is its own reward ... In the Great Depression of the 1930s, some Americans hit by the hard times, learned their way to a new life in America's public libraries ... maybe you will do the same now, reading the more truthful, but minority perspectives, which are still at the moment accessible on the internet.

Good luck.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 21:12 | 2593844 The Big Ching-aso
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" places to store gold."

If you haven't already, try storing it up your ass.



Fri, 07/06/2012 - 21:37 | 2593888 smiler03
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Simon Black you STUPID WANKER.

Switzerland isn't even a signatory to the Schengen Agreement.


EDIT: Ooops. I'm wrong, they are in the Schengen Convention, since 1995

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 21:43 | 2593923 smiler03
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I think I've worked it out; the vehicle that Simon is travelling in has a great big giveaway cloud of SMUG above it.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:28 | 2592500 Joe Sixpack
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"I’ve been weaving between northern Italy and Switzerland"


You carrying any US Treasury Bearer bonds (maybe a few hundred $billion)?

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:32 | 2592513 fonzannoon
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No Joe sixpack he is carrying a bullshit sarcastic attitude and thumbing his nose at everyone here in the process. My guess is he wrote it from his pool somewhere in California. He just wants you to think he is like you except he is fucking awesome and living the life you want to live. He is trying to appeal to Joe sixpa......

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:37 | 2592540 Joe Sixpack
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Sensitive today, aren't we?


I was employing some sarcasm to make a couple of pints, yes. That is not too uncommon here at ZH.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:38 | 2592545 fonzannoon
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yeah sorry I'm pissed today. My bad.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:49 | 2592616 Dr. Richard Head
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Pissed today only?  Shit!  Since 2008, I have not had that pissy feeling subside.  Too much of a clear view of the fraud since then.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:16 | 2592733 gmrpeabody
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DITTO... I'm always pissed, and it's beginning to show, I'm afraid.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 15:11 | 2592804 TruthInSunshine
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We Can Work It Out (We Can't?)

by:  Big Brother & The Mighty Capital Control Bass Tones

Try to see it my way,
Do I have to keep on taking your wealth till you wan't to move on?

While you see it your way,
Run the risk of knowing that our social pact may soon be gone.

We can work it out,
We can't work it out?

Think of what I'm saying.
I can get it wrong and still think that it's alright.

Think of what I'm saying,
We can work it out and you can get straight, or say good night.

We can work it out,
We can't work it out?

Your ife is very short, and there's no time
For fussing and withdrawing "your" money, my citizen.
I have always thought making withdrawals is a crime,
So i will ask you once again.

Try to see it my way,
Only time will tell if I am right or if I am not wrong.

While you see it your way
There's a chance that you and your fellow citizens get drone'd before too long.

We can work it out,
We can't work it out?

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:01 | 2592667 Intoxicologist
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I could use a couple of pints myself!

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:27 | 2592760 Joe Sixpack
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A little sarcasm might get you a pint!


I first got an inkling that the derivatives bubble was bursting when I was in Korea in ~Sept./Oct. 2007 drinking a pint of Guinness at a hotel, and realized I just paid $17 for it. I mentioned it to the Brit sitting next to me who exclaimed "wow, this Guinness is 10 quid. They practically give this stuff away back home!" Another clue was that a Starbucks house coffee was about $3.50 (in Seoul). In China it was about $1.85 (about the same as the US). The final clue was when I got on the plane home and read about failing SIVs in FT. In January 2008 I started (now Derivatives Collapse, and somewhat dormant).

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:38 | 2592547 i-dog
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You just ooooooozzzzze jealousy from every pore.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:32 | 2592518 walküre
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I've crossed that border myself numerous times. The check points are nothing new.

What's the point of this article?

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:41 | 2592564 pods
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So we can be wowed by the travels of Simon the Magnificent.


Fri, 07/06/2012 - 15:02 | 2592885 Marginal Call
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He says the place is fucked and full of marxists and fascist.  And he's the asshole driving around looking for places to store gold there.  Not because he has any, because he wants you to read his crappy site and take his word on where to store your gold.

Fuck no I wont'. 


Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:46 | 2592592 giovanni_f
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he wanted to say something

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:47 | 2592604 Idiocracy
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Switzerland never agreed to be a part of the borderless "Schengen Area".  There have always been checks on the IT-CH border.  Just not so regularly and thoroughly as of late.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:02 | 2592673 DosZap
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Want to see a Fascist checkpoint?, try entering Canada with Texas, or Oklahoma plates.

Your vehicle will be taken apart.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:16 | 2592732 Buckaroo Banzai
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Try driving into Canada in a pickup truck. That kind of vehicle seems to draw a lot of unwanted attention from Canadian border police.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:24 | 2592751 gmrpeabody
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It is well known that those types carry guns and bibles...

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:36 | 2592792 Marginal Call
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Not at the Ferndale border crossing.  Everybody drives trucks out here. 

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 15:01 | 2592868 Buckaroo Banzai
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I usually cross at Niagara. Ferndale is a little, um, out of my way.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 15:06 | 2592895 Marginal Call
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But it's just a few minutes off I-5 and half the wait time!  Other than that.  It's hard to the full monty search out here. 

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 19:19 | 2593588 Shizzmoney
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Try driving back from Canada into the US, with any US license plate.  #cavitysearch

As one guy told me at a poker table (and was a Fmr Mountie) in Montreal: "The fucking American Government is nuts.  They're own citizens are lucky to be let back into their own country!".

At least I would of goten stuck in Montreal....

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:51 | 2592837 AchtungAffen
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"Want to see a Fascist checkpoint?, try entering THE US with A FOREIGN PASSPORT"


Fri, 07/06/2012 - 15:16 | 2592933 prole
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Hell as long as you are wearing a burka, a turban, or there is a reasonable chance you are packing a underwear obomb, they wave you right through, no need for a passport.


Fri, 07/06/2012 - 16:23 | 2593196 Bring the Gold
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Me thinks you missed the importance of that story in your hatred of Islam. The point is he had help from someone with some security leverage ie someone who could get security to make an exception. This points towards insider collusion and another false flag to ram through more security. Who did this benefit the most? Arguably Michel Chertoff the former head of DHS under Bush who went on to form the Chertoff Group (founded 2009) which represents manufacturers of the scanners.

So we have a former Bush inner circle guy who's naked body scanner PR firm helped their represented companies make BILLIONS from security being compromised on Obama's watch. Hmm, perhaps both parties like to wet their beaks and push security policy by endangering Americans with false flag operations. Clamp down on civil liberties and funnel money to security companies win win for the elite.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 21:34 | 2593907 prole
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I guess you win the argument automatically now if you are the first one to accuse your opponent of "hate?"

The new KO punch, just accuse the other guy of "hate" and you take the moral high-ground and you WIN! (If you are a retard)

Did you not notice where I said "wave you right through" did you not notice where I said "no need for a passport" does that vaguely sound like your retort to me, which was "insider collusion" and "had help" yeah dude, like "help" in high places who can get him waved through security?

You basically call me a person with HATE!!. Then repeat what I said back to me. I am not disagreeing with what you said, because it is the same thing I said. And of course the Chertoffs and other corrupt war companies and, well, Hate companies are going to profit off the theater and spectacle.

Anyway, you probably aren't any dumber than a lot of the fruitcakes posting on this site lately

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 17:24 | 2593329 ceilidh_trail
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Yup. Coming back from Halifax, my wife,my 9year old daughter and me got pulled out of the line for a pat down while a muslim family (burkah and all) walked on by us. By the time we got on the plane, the overhead bins near us were full. It's hard not to be upset when the powers that be do this political correctness crap. Don't pick on people because of their faith, but use a little common sense!

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:17 | 2592737 Zeroexperience2010
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Switzerland is signatory of the Schengen agreement, aka 'borderless europe'. This is one reason why we are getting all those so called asylum seekers via Italy and France (by train and car/busses).

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 15:22 | 2592941 Bunga Bunga
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The point is that Switzerland is not part of the European Union Customs Union (EUCU) and therfore can enforce customs checks at its borders.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 15:47 | 2593070 Treason Season
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Lot of nimrods on this website these days

Since December 12, 2008 Switzerland is part of the Schengen Area... eng/ specials/ switzerland_schengen/ index.html?cid=47540

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 17:39 | 2593374 zuuuueri
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Correction, professor, Switzerland joined the Schengen agreement in 2008.
I cross the border between CH and IT half a dozen times a year or more, in a car. A month and a half ago was the first time i have ever had to pull over at the border, entering switzerland.
They actually took my papers and went into their little hut to verify everything. Once they came back out there were quite polite and asked if i had any alcohol with me to declare, the answer in the negative and i was on my way.. the booze question almost seemed like an afterthought just asked out of habit, since why else would they ever bother stopping anyone. It was pretty late in the night, though.

Before CH joined Schengen i can recall crossing the border with germany on some occasions and typically there wouldn't even be anyone in the booth on the swiss side, but the germans were pretty particular about checking passports. The french have been pretty spotty about checking passports in my experience (for non-schengen travel), and on the austria-swiss border likewise typically there isn't even anyone manning the crossings.

just a few datapoints..

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:48 | 2592611 DoChenRollingBearing
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@ walkuere

Yes, the train between France and Italy almost always stops at their border along the Med Sea and the border police come on board.  On one trip, they Italian cops came in and took off a misbehaving young Arab guy...

The trains stopped at the France - Spain border as well, at least when we went some 2 -3 years ago.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:24 | 2592750 Buckaroo Banzai
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Any train coming out of Amsterdam has always been a good target for a thorough going-over by border police. Especially the overnight trains. Happened to me once years ago. Nothing like getting woken up at 3am and having your suitcase opened up looking for drugs.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:55 | 2592850 Abitdodgie
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I drove from England to Amsterdam and back , we got strip serched at every crossing, my friend got caught with a half oz of weed on the french crossing and got banned from France for ten years. They did not find the 2 kilo in the spare wheel, so the trip paid for itself.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 16:51 | 2593259 Mister Ponzi
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Not only for border police. When the ICE fast train from Amsterdam reaches its final destination in Frankfurt, very frequently local police is awaiting the passengers with drug-sniffing dogs.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 17:31 | 2593347 ZeroAvatar
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I had drug-sniffing dogs used on me when I took my Harley across the ferry from Michigan to Wisconsin.  No asking permission, no warning, just there they are. 

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:32 | 2592511 achmachat
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this article is quite misleading!

nothing has changed. There's no border controls. What he is talking about is a random customs check.

These customs checks have always existed between Schengen countries and very often people get caught smuggling large amounts of cash or gold bars between countries. Large amounts of cash have to be declared.

nothing to see here. move on.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:46 | 2592595 Irelevant
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Actually I passed that border 2 weeks ago. That is the Italy-Swiss crossing at Chiaso, near Lugano. The italians were not interested, the Swiss stopped us and checked our passports. I talked with the Swiss border guard, he told me the Italians were mainly looking for nationals that try to bring currency over the border, but "we don`t mind", said the Swiss officer.

It was pretty chill, there were no vehicle searches, no lugage searches, but we were instructed to pay the Swiss road tax - very important.

 Italy is a whole other story, I`ve seen interesting things, Italy is frozen economically, nothing happens, many stores are closed, and I spoke with some Italians that stressed the need for a return of the red brigades. They told me that the mafia no longer shoot people, the mafia is the banks and the government.
This was in Milan. In Genoa you can find on all the buildings, in the center of the city, all types of manifestos against Monti, Billdenberg, and the EU.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:43 | 2592807 Buckaroo Banzai
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I went through the Chiaso crossing a few years ago via train, that particular border point seemed pretty well-controlled on the Swiss side, it made a little bit of an impression on me. However I certainly don't remember any aggressive baggage searches.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 17:43 | 2593381 zuuuueri
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yeah, the swiss customs only really care about alcohol and meat (both heavily taxed inside CH) at the bordrer. and perhaps they mind if you look like you might be poor. They don't want poor foriegners coming in making the place look shabby.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:50 | 2592626 Rich Bagg
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This dumbshit has no gold to store.  He's just a douchebag.



Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:04 | 2592687 WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot
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Reminds me of "Impossible is Nothing" guy.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:24 | 2592757 mjk0259
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Yeah, Italy's a great place to bank now.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:59 | 2592863 Everybodys All ...
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might I suggest a JPM bank vault. lol

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:59 | 2592867 Martin W
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Many Us citizens of course do not know that Switzerland is NOT in Schengen area. That is why there are border controls.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 15:50 | 2593091 Treason Season
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Lot of nimrods on this website these days

Since December 12, 2008 Switzerland is part of the Schengen Area... eng/ specials/ switzerland_schengen/ index.html?cid=47540

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 15:09 | 2592908 Skateboarder
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lol, I think you just spoke for everyone.

For the last several days, Skateboarder has been weaving between the neighboring suburbs, checking out great places to skate, new places to smoke weed at, and taking in these ugly rush-hour traffic views.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 17:37 | 2593365 ZeroAvatar
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.......because ZeroHedge is THE place to talk about all your drugging and doping, nowhamsayin?




Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:26 | 2592488 surf0766
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"No big surprise, electing Marxists and Neo-Nazis tends to bring that sort of change."  Lefties !!

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:26 | 2592489 agent default
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Wait, you will protect your savings by buying USD? LOLOLOLOLOLOL

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:56 | 2592645 DosZap
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They are pre-emptively making sure no one is immigrating into their better economic zones,out of shithol-s

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:00 | 2592666 BigJim
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Smaller bid/offer spread for USD (& liquidity) probably makes it a better hedge against peso devaluation than gold, at least in the short term

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:56 | 2592854 AchtungAffen
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What do you prefer, a crappy USD? Or an ARS devaluing at 30% annually? And consider that buying gold in Argentina is considered as buying foreign currency, specially because it's bought in USD. So the prohibition on foreign exchange for saving purposes (as written by that law) regrettably includes gold too. There is at least 1 bank that sells gold in ARS, but I never bought there, is not that trusted, and I'm not sure they're doing it now.


Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:26 | 2592491 AnAnonymous
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Just yesterday, in fact, Argentina’s central bank formally banned people from buying US dollars– forcing them to hold rapidly depreciating pesos and watch their savings inflate away.


Are they prohibed from buying gold?

Because USD is fiat. In this regard, the argentinean government protects their people when forbiding them to buy USD.

Gold is money. And money is gold.

So US citizens say.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:06 | 2592692 BigJim
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 ...Gold is money. And money is gold.

So US citizens say.

What? Only US Citizens think gold is money?

That's pretty funny coming from a Chinaman. You dorks invented fiat, remember? No? Well, remember this: anyone holding Chinese fiat saw their 'money' return to its intrinsic value.

I'm willing to bet more Chinese citizens hold gold and silver than US citizens, the majority of whom are utterly clueless when it comes to understanding the ephemeral worth of unbacked paper.

I guess those Chinamen must somehow be 'US Citizens' too.


Fri, 07/06/2012 - 17:42 | 2593380 ZeroAvatar
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Oh, yeah, I forgot......AnAnonymous:  see post, red-arrow down, scroll.  Ignore post.  Troll.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:28 | 2592495 Nothing To See Here
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Debate moderator : "Sooooooo Representative Paul, could you tell us again what your point about fences designed to keep us INSIDE was about AHAHAHAHA?" (*audience laughing*)

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:59 | 2592861 AchtungAffen
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Rep Paul: "Yes, it was designed for that. But now with the plan to bring down Net Neutrality I'm devising with my son, you know, RAND; very soon we'll lock you in corpo-land even in the virtual space! Libertarianism for the rich banzai!"

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 15:14 | 2592923 akak
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Mindless Eurotrash statists --- gotta love 'em!

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 15:37 | 2593034 AchtungAffen
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Nope, not European my friend. And I'm just quoting (sic) Rep. Paul from this article:

Where their new plan, rather than End the Fed is End Net Neutrality. Nice chap, huh?

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 20:07 | 2593693 Cathartes Aura
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I see the Paul's are still working on containing many label-hats under a big-ass umbrella,

Ron and Rand Paul are set today to shift the central focus of their family's long libertarian crusade to a new cause: Internet Freedom.

Christian Conservative Republican, Mitt Romney supporting, libertarians, hmm.

Paul supporters are already Internet-savvy, frequently launching digital campaigns of their own, and skew young. And the new cause gives his son Rand an easier way to connect with them, given that his relationship with his father's supporters has often been fraught.

Internet freedom, Paul insiders say, is going to be Rand's end-the-Fed.

Making Rand Paul the standard-bearer of Internet freedom "is one of the goals," said a Republican strategist close to the campaign.

legacy voters, keeping it all in the family, an amrkn tradition set by the Bush clan, name brand recognition makes the thinking that much easier on the voters, thanks Dad!

like father? like son!

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:30 | 2592502 q99x2
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Politicians that don't pay taxes can still travel abroad. Now if we can only get them to stay there.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:29 | 2592504 walküre
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Switzerland is not part of the EU or Euro "zone".

You can drive from Estonia to Portugal but not through Switzerland - at least not unchecked.

When they start controlling cars at the French/German border to stop money transits from Paris to Frankfurt, it would make headlines.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:34 | 2592525 Joe Sixpack
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Switzerland is not part of the EU or Euro "zone".


That was my first thought. No surprise here.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:38 | 2592544 marriedgeordie
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dude, check the difference between EU, EEA, and Schengen Area. switzerland IS in Schengen Area.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:44 | 2592579 the tower
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They are in Schengen, meaning you can work and live there without a visa. They did NOT join the customs union.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:51 | 2592627 Matt
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Switzerland is, however, a signatory to the Schengen Agreement:

The original intent was no passport check, you were supposed to just drive through the border at reduced speed.

It is interesting how the Schengen Agreement is now controlled by EU legislation, which Switzerland is not a part of. 

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 21:48 | 2593933 smiler03
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Hi Matt, but check out this wikipedia page:

You won't find the word "Switzerland" in it. Then there's the Schengen Convention. I'm confused.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:30 | 2592509 earnulf
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Diversification is the key.   Don't put all your eggs in one (currency) basket.   Keep your valuables well hidden and portable and be prepared to live without the conviences of modern life.      Otherwise you will be sheep to be fleeced.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:31 | 2592514 Ignatius J Reilly
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Olympics.  Casting the net wide in an attempt to prevent attacks.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:32 | 2592515 francis_sawyer
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Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:38 | 2592543 MsCreant
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Anderson Cooper does not deserve your venom. I do feel for the goats though.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:50 | 2592832 Buckaroo Banzai
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Anderson Cooper most definitely deserves venom. He was a douchebag when he was in the closet, and--surprise!!-- he's a douchebag out of the closet.

My point isn't that gay people are or are not bigger douchebags than straight people-- although in my experience, they in fact are bigger douchebags.

No, my point is, that Anderson Cooper has always been a douchebag, and his douchebaggery was entirely independent of his ghey-ness.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:44 | 2592583 fonzannoon
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You emplyed humor where I went with straight anger. Up arrow to you.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:05 | 2592661 francis_sawyer
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I up arrowed you too... That sentence that you referenced was about all I could take... I think SB needs to get friendsy with Richard Branson & start telling us how things are on the far side of the moon...

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:34 | 2592785 fonzannoon
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I could care less that someone junked you or me. But it had to be MDB right?

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:02 | 2592662 francis_sawyer
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As far as AC is concerned...


"Deservin's got nothing to do with it"

~William Munny

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 15:02 | 2592881 AchtungAffen
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T minus (very little) until Simon becomes a US presidential candidate.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:36 | 2592531 tomAsss
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buy Bitcoins


Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:43 | 2592572 francis_sawyer
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I prefer gold & silver... Fuck ~ Not even Jabba the Hut wanted to be paid in bitcoins...

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:04 | 2592682 onebir
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Try beating a bitcoin into a bikini...

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:07 | 2592694 francis_sawyer
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Actually ~ you're on to something there...

A little creative "body placement" of payment microchips & we could start having ourselves a good old time...

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:16 | 2592728 blunderdog
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Ya can't email gold and silver to your drug-dealer, tho.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 18:39 | 2593490 Half_A_Billion_...
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>>buy Bitcoins


Bought me some.  Up 40% this year.  Best thing is the bernank cannot manipulate them.


Yellow brick road still the best option if you don't want to diversify.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:37 | 2592532 kato
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As usual, the trust-funder-with-no-purpose provides a late observation but no insight. What is unusual is that SWISS border controls are taking place for people LEAVING SWITZERLAND as Swiss control tries to find Swiss citizen mules taking large and very large amounts of Swiss currency cash out of the country for people who are not Swiss citizens.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:45 | 2592584 Joe Sixpack
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The couple of times I crossed out of Switzerland (Geneva) into France, I had to stop to pay an exit tax. That was just before the euro started, but the euro probably did not change anything.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:35 | 2592535 Dr. Richard Head
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"This is not dissimilar from driving between states in the US or provinces in Canada."


The checkpoints of Border Patrol have been brought inside the border by over 100 miles. 

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:46 | 2592593 Joe Sixpack
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Good point. Also, there are agriculture checkpoints entering California.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:54 | 2592641 Dr. Richard Head
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Plus a multitude of local municipality checkpoint, for our own good of course, that include vehicle safety checkpoints, DUI checkpoints, stops for too dark tint on car windows, stops for going faster than authorized, loud music violations, seat belt stops, cell phone use stops, full time and attention traffic stops, lack of front license plate stops, and every other imaginable "paper please" option Johnny Law sees fit.

They hate us for our freedom.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:58 | 2592655 DosZap
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I am in Texas, and we have NONE of these stops ,and or check points.

Maybe at night a few random DUI points,other n that.

You are left alone.

WHEN and if it starts here, there will be hell to pay.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:17 | 2592734 blunderdog
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I thought you were in favor of the AZ cops checking for ID?

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:29 | 2592770 Dr. Richard Head
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Don't you go and blow away everyone's cognitive dissonance.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 15:34 | 2593003 DosZap
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I thought you were in favor of the AZ cops checking for ID?


 In Texas,you show your I.D. to any PoPo who asks,if your pulled over,also in my county you do NOT get to vote unless you have the voters reg card, or a Tx D.L., or a picture form of a state I.D..............period.

This is a no brainer,if you cannot prove residence, and I.D. you should not get to vote in ANY elections.

In early days the common folk did not get to vote period, unless they were land owners.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 15:51 | 2593088 blunderdog
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Ah, good to hear, I wasn't aware of that.  We don't have to produce ID here in NYC, although we have to submit to bag-searches if asked when we enter the subway.  (Technically we also have to give our names if a cop asks, but it's not like they can force that.)

For sure having to carry papers is a great indication that your liberty is being very well protected.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:29 | 2592755 Walter E Kurtz
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Incorrect. There is an agriculture stop on I-10 west of El paso and a border patrol check north of Big Bend National Park on Hwy 385.  Water temp in the pot just got a little hotter.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:33 | 2592784 BigJim
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  They hate us for our freedom.

Actually, I think it is true - the police do hate us for our freedoms.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:47 | 2592819 Marginal Call
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And we have apple maggot quarantine zones in WA st.   Never seen checkpoints though, just signs.  Invasive species is kind of a big deal. 

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:36 | 2592537 TrainWreck1
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For the last several days, I’ve been weaving between dive bars, checking out great places to whiz, new places to store my essence, and taking in these overtanned 50-something cougars...

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:36 | 2592538 q99x2
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Hey you guys in Europe, let us know more about how the NWO is working out for you over there first chance. The latest from here is that the TSA is telling travelers to FREEZE. I guess that means if you don't then they shoot you. Or it is some tactic to let you know that you better start stocking up on ammo and frequency jamming devices.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 21:57 | 2593954 smiler03
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You must be drunk.


Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:36 | 2592539 walküre
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So, Simon Black who owns acreage in Chile and is raving about the great Chilean infrastructure maintenance (one or possibly two highways, big deal) is now telling us he's weaving from Northern Italy to Switzerland to checkout new banks there?

Simon Black .. early Friday humor?

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:47 | 2592605 pods
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Simon is in Switzerland because Hong Kong was soooo last week.  Indonesia last month.

And don't get him started about opening a business in Latvia.  Every since Simon let the cat out of the bag on that one, the place has become a home for the Untermensch.  


Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:54 | 2592643 Dr. Engali
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I'm really beginning to believe he is just some guy in his mom's basement fantasizing about being an international man of mystery. Maybe he is Robo's alter ego.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:47 | 2592815 chubbar
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Simon Black: "I don't always drink beer

                        but when I do,

                     I fuck fat chicks"!   

                     Stay thirsty my friend.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 21:59 | 2593958 smiler03
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Pods, you missed one out. Thanks to Simon I'm now down and out in Georgia. It was shit advice.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:53 | 2592840 Marginal Call
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I thought it was the freedom mecca of Georgia we all should be moving our asses and money too.  Pay no attention to the tanks and anti aircraft units on the streets. 

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 16:38 | 2593220 bank guy in Brussels
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Hot investments in Mongolia too, according to Simon Black. the Sovereign Man.

Though I hope he stays on ZH, the comment sections are fun after his articles.

And actually he does have a point about getting out of the USA ...

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:39 | 2592553 malek
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Please get your facts right.

Switzerland has joined the Schengen treaty which means you never need an entry visa, when having a passport of any of those countries within.
However Switzerland did not join the customs union, meaning they are allowed to keep on doing border controls.


Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:41 | 2592562 the tower
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It's holiday time in Europe so the main roads - especially at borders - are very crowded. The regular random checks just cause more of a delay, that's all.

Why is this "article" on ZH?

Is it because this site has become all about Euro-bashing in order to divert attention from the biggest sinking ship?

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:47 | 2592607 Dr. Engali
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That's a ridiculous comment. You have been around long enough to know that the Hedge has been way ahead of the curve ,especially when it comes  to the largest sinking ship. If you don't know that by now you haven't been paying attention.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:53 | 2592637 the tower
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Then this kind of crap reporting should be cut as it's simply nonsense.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 22:03 | 2593963 smiler03
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Careful there. Next thing you'll be wishing away Captain Hindsight, aka Robo. Some things "just need to be".

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:42 | 2592570 paulbain
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I KNEW that this story was by Simon Black, even before I clicked on the story (on the front page) in order to see the by-line. KNEW it!!

S. Black has long made it clear that there should be absolutely no borders at all, and that the entire 3rd world should be free to invade the developed world at will -- which, in the USA at least, is exactly what has happened.

-- Paul D. Bain


Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:32 | 2592782 kito
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after a while, you can sense who is writing the article before opening it......our friend charles smith is an easy one to recognize, as is brandon from alt-market....

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:45 | 2592587 A Lunatic
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Currently a U.S. citizen can be put on a no fly list and have all air travel suspended without due process, so there really is no need for punitive measures regarding nonpayment of taxes and free travel. After all a terrorist is a terrorist is a terrorist as far as Uncle Sam is concerned................

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:46 | 2592596 jbc77
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Always appreciate Simon's boots on the ground type reporting.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:47 | 2592601 the not so migh...
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For the last several days, I’ve been weaving between northern Italy and Switzerland.. Stop driving drunk you sick bastard.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:47 | 2592603 HungrySeagull
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Wait until the States here in the United States are implementing Border controls. There would be hell to pay.

There isn't anything truly defended until Freedom is lost.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:54 | 2592642 Joe Sixpack
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As I pointed out above, California has agricultural checkpoints already. I remember these at least in to the 1970s. Of course, California is one of the most socialist states.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:56 | 2592851 FeralSerf
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They're there to stop all you smugglers from undermining California's citrus farmers.  They'd bomb Florida if they had the money.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 18:50 | 2593519 Bohm Squad
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"They'd bomb Florida..." >>>Quote of the Day!

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:48 | 2592610 The Alarmist
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You think those naked body scanners are to detect weapons?

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:15 | 2592723 HungrySeagull
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They already have some scanning on the Interstate. It's usually near the scales and before major infrastructure like the Holland Tunnel.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:49 | 2592615 shutdown
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Open borders libertarians are flat out insane. That is a fact.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:56 | 2592650 Dr. Richard Head
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You are sooooo right. The idea that humans should be seperated by arbitrary boundry lines drawn by politicians based on results of war and plunder make so much sense. Because, as well all know, only "insert country here" need to be in this particular area. Those "slanderous ethic name" from "another country" just aren't right.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 15:05 | 2592889 FeralSerf
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How are they to keep their flocks of sheep separate and counted otherwise?  Rustlers, looking to steal a few nice lambs, are everywhere.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 15:22 | 2592956 JR
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“A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.” – Ronald Reagan

The open border Utopia of which you dream, Dr. Head, is outlined pretty well in Orwell’s book,”1984”: it is the sacrifice of individual aspirations to make a unified world where the State is everything.

Your dream is well on its way to reality. Globalism likewise is the dream of the Jews and is rooted in their foundational beliefs to destroy rooted, traditional cultures to create a uniform world. The Jewish influence in America, from their saturation of the finance industry to their undue influence in the media, film, publishing houses, politics, university hierarchies and corporate acquisitions, to the 1965 immigration law opening America’s borders to the Third World, indicates theirs is a power that should not be underrated.

Marxism and democracy, it has been said, "are two absolutely complementary and mutually indispensable forces in the project of constructing a global Empire.”

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 18:00 | 2593412 ZeroAvatar
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.Gov is giving our country away, to any and all takers.  There's no America left to even say goodbye to.  It's been gone since at least 2001.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 20:42 | 2593759 Cathartes Aura
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nice to read others making use of my fave meme. . .

arbitrary imaginary lines, drawn in the minds of the people herded between, defended by the taxing collectors, moved and removed at will, flags to be saluted, waved, cheered on special holy-days with fireworks even.



Fri, 07/06/2012 - 18:38 | 2593485 blunderdog
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Open borders are a fine idea without a massive welfare state.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 13:51 | 2592633 zerotohero
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For the last several days I've been weaving around my town trying to find some good weed.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:00 | 2592660 MsCreant
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In honor of francis_sawyer's post above:


Simple Simon scouted Thailand,

because he was a bear;

Says Simple Simon to the Thai-man,

Let me taste your ware.

Says the Thai-man to Simple Simon,

Show me first your penny;

Says Simple Simon to the Thai-man,

Indeed I have not any.


Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:31 | 2592780 francis_sawyer
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Now that's the spirit!

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:07 | 2592696 bahaar
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When do we get to hear about how awesome Afghanistan and Somalia are?  I hear one can make billions in these two countries if you're a terrorist entrapreuner and pay no tax at all.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 16:42 | 2593231 bank guy in Brussels
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Low taxes and limited government! As long ago said on ZH, the libertarian paradises! Afghanistan and Somalia, the 'free market' at the max.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:23 | 2592752 mjk0259
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Switzerland is not in EEC and always had border controls. Soliders with machine guns stopped me and wouldn't let me in as I had a ChiCom girl with me.


Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:25 | 2592759 fresno dan
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The Rule of Law.  Made by honorable men, elected by their free peers,  Scrutinized by courts.  Why, they're as sound as the dollar....O - Oh!!!

Well, they are written down....they are WRITTEN DONW ON PAPER - for all to see - why,they have the standing of paper currency ....0-Oh!!! 

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