Invisible Hand Episode 14: Interview with Tarrin Lupo

June 29, 2010
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This episode of The Invisible Hand features my recent interview with Tarrin Lupo. Tarrin is the producer of the Low Country Liberty Report, a video series which can be found at lclreport.com, and on YouTube. Tarrin lives in Georgia, but is a pledged active member of the Free State Project, based in New Hampshire, which he will explain during the interview. We caught up with Tarrin at the Manchester, New Hampshire airport, coming home from Porcfest, the Free State Project’s annual celebration and exercise of extreme liberty.More information about that can be found at lclreport.com.

Also, here are some of the news stories included in this edition of the podcast:

  • The G20 meeting took place in Toronto this last week, and, as usual, it was the protesting outside, and the police response to it, not the Machiavellian intrigue within, that created all the controversy. Charlie Veitch of the British activist group The Love Police made headlines when he was arrested for failing to show ID when questioned by an officer. This was newsworthy because it revealed a law passed by the Ontario legislature that the people of the province were completely unaware of.

    The Ottowa Citizen reports that the law was passed specifically for the time period surrounding the G8 and G20 summits in Toronto, and allows the police to place in jail anyone who “refuses to furnish identification and submit to a search within five metres of a designated security zone.” The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has expressed concern that the new law violates the Canadian constitution, which they say guarantees a citizen’s right to remain silent and withhold identification unless he or she is already being arrested for some other reason. The group plans to challenge the law in court, but in the meantime, Community Safety Minister Rick Bartolucci was quoted as saying, “You’ve got a choice. You can comply. You can refuse. If you refuse, then you will have to leave.”

  • But that’s not the only little-known detail of Canadian law that’s suddenly being utilized for the G20. Luke Rudowski of the activist group We Are Change has reportedly been banned from entering Canada entirely for the next ten years, along with one of his colleagues, and representatives of both Code Pink and Chicago Indymedia. It seems that Canadian border patrol has the right, at their own discretion, to bar from entry any person they find in the American FBI database with criminal convictions. In this case, all of those involved had criminal records due to being arrested at previous protests. Raw Story reports that the selective exercise of this rarely-used privilege shows that the Canadian government is strategically aiming to block the alternative media from covering the controversial summit.
  • “Don’t tase my granny!” These are the exact words that Lonnie Tinsley reportedly shouted at police officers in El Reno, Oklahoma as they subjected his 86-year-old grandmother to extreme electro-torture while she sat in her own bed. Concerned that the woman, Lona Verner, hadn’t taken her meds, Tinsley had called 911 seeking “emergency medical assistance.” But when police arrived at the apartment and approached the bed, an apparently confused Ms. Varner told them to leave.

    The officers told Oklahoma City Federal Court that the woman then “took a more aggressive posture in her bed”, supposedly warranting the stun gun attack that immediately followed. Tinsley testified that when he protested this, the police then threatened to tase him, and promptly arrested him, before tasing Ms. Varner a second and third time, and then arresting her as well. The disabled octogenarian grandmother suffered burns to the chest from the voltage, and was allegedly in so much pain that she passed out. Courthouse News Service reports that both Varner and her grandson are now seeking punitive damages from the City of El Reno.

  • Economist and New York Times op-ed columnist Paul Krugman has filed a new piece called “The Third Depression”, in which he states, “We are now, I fear, in the early stages of a third depression.” Krugman wrote that we face a situation similar to that in the 1870s. This occurred after a one-two punch in which the debt-free government-issued Greenbacks that had financed the Civil War were called in, and also silver was demonetized and called in. This lead to a dramatic reduction of the money supply by 760% over the next 20 years, from $50 per capita to just $6 per capita. The entire period of economic contraction lasted for 65 months. Krugman predicts that “tens of millions” of workers will “go jobless for years, and that some “will never work again.”

This week we introduce a new feature on the program, The Invisible Hand hotline. If you would like to participate, please call and leave us a message, any time of the day or night, and we’ll put you on the podcast. The number is (641) 715 3900, Extension 982324.

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