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Alex Jones Hangs Up on My Call AND Throws Ethan Huff To the Wolves?!?

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The other day I found myself in a conference call, shooting the breeze with a couple of WeROAR hosts including the site’s webmistress April Reigne after she’d just concluded an interview that mentioned Alex Jones’ tendency to run with alarmist topics. As I had some personal experience here, seeing his staff reporter Ethan Huff reference the article I wrote last year dealing with the dreadful persecution Andrew Wordes suffered at the hands of city officials in Roswell, Georgia that culminated in his fiery suicide.

In my essay, I discussed the possibility that Roswell might have been motivated to take Andrew’s property as part of a long-term land use scheme, but that ultimately after hearing from his friends and neighbors it became clear that the Roswell officials conducted their campaign to harass and ruin Andrew simply because they were a bunch of spiteful creeps who had the power to do so.

To my mind, this is an even greater threat than an external hazard posed by the U.N. and its Agenda 21 schemes, since it demonstrated the banal evil that power crazed government officials often demonstrate in an arbitrary and capricious way, but Mr. Huff and then Alex Jones skewed my point into a screed against Agenda 21, focusing only on this in the Infowars articles and on Alex’ show.
At this point, April decided we should call Alex while he was on air to set the record straight. After being on hold for ages, I got to speak with Alex, but as soon as he perceived my point, he refused to discuss it, acting as if I’d made vile imprecations against him, and muted me before hanging up. Most surprising, though, he claimed Ethan Huff wasn’t an Infowars contributor, which April quickly showed was false by pulling up articles written as recently as a couple of days earlier!

See and hear for yourselves from this excerpt that April posted…not only did Alex’ arrogance in refusing to discuss the subject preclude any constructive discussion of the dangers all Americans face from bureaucrats acting with reckless abandon to destroy peoples’ lives, a genuine domestic enemy we should all be aware of, but he also defamed Ethan Huff, whose only offense had been to skew the story…but who did credit my article as reference to allow people to decide for themselves the facts.
I appreciate Alex’ contributions to wake people up and clue them in to the real dangers of the world we live in, but his flamboyant showmanship seems to be dominating his stated purpose of pursuing the truth. I’m a bit disappointed here, but I’m glad April made sure people could see how it went down from our perspective…thank you, April!
As I enter my fourth year of housebound confinement due to physical disability, I am getting frantic to escape and do what I can to further folks’ awareness of ALL of the serious dangers we face as Americans, not to mention rejoining the land of the living. Won’t you please consider making even a small donation to help me?

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Agorism? Shiny!

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From Wikipedia:

Agorism is a revolutionary libertarian social philosophy that advocates the goal of the bringing about of a society in which all relations between people are voluntary exchanges by means of counter-economics, thus engaging in a manner with aspects of peaceful revolution. It was first proposed by libertarian philosopher Samuel Edward Konkin III in 1975.

I was pleased when I noticed an unexpected message in the inbox last evening and saw that a fresh donation had been made to Get Glenn Mobile!  A generous one, it turned out to be from friend, liberty activist, and fellow Firefly aficionado (a proven Browncoat for those who are familiar with the series) David Kirk West. More significantly, he’s also one of the more talented of the new generation of liberty filmmakers and had mentioned some time ago that he was planning to donate a portion of the proceeds from his DVD sales to the cause. I hadn’t thought about this or seen him in a while, but that wasn’t surprising; he’s a busy rascal.

This was a timely gesture since I’ve been devoting much thought to moving the project along lately and it was great seeing once again the proof of agorism’s effectiveness. People like David will bring this project to fruition sooner rather than later, since anyone interested can fact check me for the genuine article I am, then decide right then and there if my goal’s a worthwhile donation subject for them to act on. No involved decision making, no stiff procedure, just the freedom to make the choice to help in this exercise in practical voluntary action. I have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that although no one owes me so much as a dime, and are under no obligation to help…they have still been willing to aid my quest for liberty and continue to do so. Peoples’ instinct to help where they can flourishes when there’s no coercion involved…as with our oh-so-benevolent government that never misses the chance to distribute largesse they’ve obtained by threat of violence…and they can see the goal moving closer for themselves. I couldn’t operate any other way then with complete transparency and always accountable to the good folks who’ve chosen to pitch in, using their own resources.

As to David, if you aren’t yet familiar with his fine work, my advice is to head over to YouTube to see his channel, and keep abreast of his plans and doings at his Buck The System site. I think you’ll want to after viewing his excellent short film One Man’s Terrorist, dystopian fiction with a cautionary message that’s heavily influenced by his experience in the US military while serving overseas. Start with his flagship work and I’ll bet you want to see more, as I do.

We’re fortunate to be able to watch this young, motivated and very talented artist’s career as he explores his skills with the moving picture…I know I wouldn’t miss it for the world! Thanks again and my wishes for unbounded success in your art, my brother.

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Honing the Edge

Y’know, I quit hanging out in chat rooms and message boards for folks with multiple sclerosis quite a while ago. Don’t get me wrong, they can certainly be an asset for the newly diagnosed looking for helpful information and answers for some of the questions they may have about their affliction. I found them helpful myself in the early stages of my attempt to acclimate myself to the new and limited life I faced.

After a while, though, these places started getting me down. Why? Well, I found that more and more I encountered an atmosphere of resignation common to too many of the people I saw there…having lost many of the abilities they’d been accustomed to in their healthy days, they allowed themselves to be diminished to an (for me, anyway) unacceptable level of inactivity, incuriosity and overall lethargy…a level of simple existence rather than living that I felt was an unhealthy environment for me. To virtually live in a chat room, doing nothing but mouthing the same platitudes about ‘fighting the good fight’ and other hackneyed phrases would be anathema to me. After a while the talk came to seem as meaningless as the chatter of magpies on a telephone wire, and the aforementioned platitudes, complaints and endless blather about inconsequential matters just got on my last nerve.

People that know me are aware that I’m one of those who means to live despite the limitations put on me by this disability. I keep up with the things I’ve enjoyed and am still able to do . I have my small radio controlled flying models, airsoft shooting and of course writing to keep my mind busy, though only the latter is available year round owing to the cold weather of winter.

When I finally escape this confinement, I intend to be as sharp as I can be. I’ll be driving again, flying larger and more complex model aircraft, handling and shooting real firearms and more, and I have no intention of letting my reflexes and situational awareness deteriorate. I can accept the things I can no longer do, but I’ll be damned if I allow those I still can do to be diminished or lost.

The very best therapies to exercise those skills are found in gaming and simulations. Using them regularly keeps me up to speed, no doubt in my mind. Laugh if you want, but I started gaming at the same time I got my first PC in 1997 and considered it helpful even then for staying in good mental shape.

It was a pretty serious setback for me a few years ago when my dominant left hand lost almost all function. With that I lost a big piece of who I am…I’ve been into first person shooter combat sims all along but was suddenly unable to fight in them. I was never some über gamer as you’ll find in CAL, the Cyber Athletic League, but I was pretty far from casual and even headed an online combat clan. When I realized I could no longer use a mouse and keyboard together, a necessity for FPS games, I thought it had departed my life for good.

Enter the Android. I’ve talked about how useful my tablet is in terms of creativity and productivity, but it also excels at games and sims with its quad core Tegra CPU and advanced video hardware. Simple point-and-click adventure games don’t begin to challenge it, but it absolutely shines when running a flight sim like X-Plane 9. In game purchases of additional aircraft are only a dollar, so I can keep my piloting skills current for next to nothing. Recently I added a Cirrus sailplane, and can now practice aerotowing (it came complete with a towplane) and soaring with the sim’s great flight model. Incidentally, one of the nicer features of Android games in general is their very low cost, with many good ones offered free of charge, so a careful shopper can wind up with quite an impressive library of games and other apps for very little cost.

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For an activity requiring split-second timing and reflexes, it’s hard to beat automotive racing apps like Mini Motor Racing, a bit cartoony with its caricatured automobiles but a serious sim nontheless, or the near-photorealistic Need For Speed: Most Wanted.

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But the creme de la creme for me is being able to play my beloved FPS games again. True, I’m having to learn a whole new skill set to move, shoot and look around using an intricate dance of the fingers of my good right hand, but it is so worth it to have my favorite type of gaming back in my life! I may never excel at the shooters, but I’ve dusted off my old gaming name, ‘Gunloon,’ and one of these days you might just see me online again. For now I’m content to duke it out with the zombies in Dead Trigger…but you never know!

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I don’t know exactly when I’ll be free of confinement, but you can bet I’ll be ready for that day when it arrives. I hope you good folks out there will help it come sooner rather than later, so as always, if you can spare even a small amount, donations to Get Glenn Mobile! are always very much appreciated!

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Wonder of Wonders

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Lately I’ve found that I’m writing more…and more frequently…primarily Facebook discussions and blog posts here, but my resolve’s been firming and I’m finally composing a new essay for the opinion column maintained at the American Daily Herald as well, one long overdue by any standard.

That’s a very good bit of news; I’ve succumbed too frequently to the lethargy and lack of ambition I feared woud arise from my prolonged confinement here. When the days are as grim, gray and cold as they have been recently compounding the problem, my output’s been woefully low. It’s really gratifying to want to write, and to have fun doing so, when that good feeling’s felt as if it were ebbing away from me as the months passed.

Perhaps I’m finally reaching an equilibrium in my life that balances my regular personality and habits against the limitations brought on by multiple sclerosis and the subtle but very real effects of the prolonged confinement I mentioned. I hope so, even though much is still missing from my life owing to my inability to get out and about, I mean to live my life with as much satisfaction as I can attain. Complementing that is my yearning to be as productive as I’m capable of being; I’ve remarked many a time that one of the most frustrating and annoying aspects of my affliction is how drastically it’s reduced my reserves of resources that let me be productive. I firmly believe being able to make useful contributions to the world in one’s own unique way is one of the very best paths to happiness for anyone, and it’s especially critical after radical life altering experiences, including the onset of disability as in my case. Besides, I’ve recognized all along that disability is almost devilishly clever in sowing unhappiness and despair in peoples’ lives and my native mile-wide stubborn streak balks loudly in rebellion to that sort of negativity.

Look for a new piece soon in the Herald, with another in my to-do list to follow it. My publishers at the journal, Dennis and Denise Behreandt, have seemed to enjoy my book reviews there, but this time I believe I’ll tackle a music review for a change. When liberty activist and friend Dan Hagen suggested I review his recently released album The Journey I resisted at first, reminding Dan that apart from having  just about zero musical talent myself, that subject is not one in my area of expertise and I don’t have the knowledge base to discuss musical details competently, he replied that my lack of expertise could actually be an asset here. Since everything I have to say in a review will be by default in layman’s terms, I might be able to communicate my thoughts to a wider range of readers. We shall see soon enough!

Also, my thanks to good friend Jason L. whose thoughtful response to my last post about my reawakened interest in food and my getting some needed implements to accommodate my disability was to send me a duplicate of the cool Vic Firth pushbutton grinding mill I talked about along with a pound of coarse pink Hawaiian sea salt to stoke it with. This is some seriously tasty stuff, and I really appreciate your generous act!

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Since spring’s still a ways off, I won’t wait for it to celebrate life as well and usefully as I can to defeat those winter blahs. I’m grateful for the thoughts and support from my friends and hope to meet even more new ones with time, hopefully including readers of and contributors to this blog. This is the beginning of my fourth year of housebound confinement, and I ask that you take a moment to donate whatever amount you can comfortably spare to my fund to help make it the last!

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The Meat of the Matter

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While mobility is my primary goal at this point, I’m always happy to find ways to recover other things in my life taken from me by MS. I’ve mentioned how liberating the acquisition of my Asus tablet PC’s been (I haven’t even begun talking about the restoration of my ability to play FPS combat games again using the Android paradigm!), but occasionally I’ll find something that will add another piece to the puzzle.

This week saw one of those somethings. Among other cognitive issues the flavor of multiple sclerosis I have brings, a particularly annoying one was the loss of almost all hunger signals telling me I’m hungry for the past several years. Yep, that means never having an appetite, a sore blow to my normally sensualist/hedonist appreciation of life; I’ve had to recognize I needed to eat by the logy, vague thinking and gloomy attitude that accompanies it.

Well, for whatever reason I’ve been hungry again for the past few weeks, actually enjoying eating foods I like and experiencing those missing hunger signals again. When my mom got a wild hair recently and ordered some steaks from Omaha Steaks, I decided I’d like one…it’s been years since I’ve indulged. Part of the reason for this is the lack of hunger signals I’ve mentioned but there was another reason, a dealbreaker until it was addressed: I’m left handed and my left hand’s lost about 90% of its function. Cutting up a piece of food is an exercise in futility. Try it sometime and you’ll see…there’s no reliable way to do this using one hand (especially with your non dominant, or weak hand!)…it was obvious I’d need a new adaptive aid to be able to do it.

A quick search introduced me to rocker knives, and it was soon clear that one of the better ones is available from good old Amazon inexpensively: the Alaskan Ulu Knife. It’s made in Alaska, looks attractive with its laminated wood handle and base and appeared likely to fill my need, so I jumped on it at just twelve bucks.

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This thing’s a marvel of low tech! I found I could almost effortlessly cut a piece of steak with precision. The mass of the blade pins the meat down and won’t allow it to move, while the curved blade doeas the cutting as you rock it forward or back.

While shopping, I looked at pepper mills I could use one handed. While Peugeot makes a lovely electric mill, the cost at above $90 wasn’t suitable. I soon found that for table use, I could do a lot worse than the Vic Firth stainless steel mill:

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I’m pretty sure it’s American made, and solves the problem. I must have caught a sale, it only cost me $11.75, but as you see that’s more than doubled since I ordered it. If the price comes down again I’ll probably grab another for grinding sea salt, I like it so well. If you have a relative or friend who’s been limited by age, affliction or injury,
I highly recommend both of these items to make a real difference in their ability to enjoy life.

Now, I’ve read any number of accounts of disabled people like myself who simply resigned themselves to eating food they could manage with conventional utensils. I can’t understand why that should happen in this day and age when a few minutes’ researching will solve their problem as it did for me. Yet again we see how the market is always there to fill a niche created by consumers’ need or desire…a postulate the Keynesians never have understood and probably never will!

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Lucky Number

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A happy New Year, all!

2012’s come and gone, and we’ve seen some pretty impressive progress over the year made with this fundraiser…over $9000 raised is not a bit shabby!

A year ago I was still trying to establish this blog and project in its legitimacy, credibility and visibility. It’s certainly come a long way since then, and I’ve been delighted by peoples’ response, both those who contributed so generously to the fundraiser as well as my friends who went to the trouble of making all the great endorsement videos to help raise awareness of my cause with the public.

Besides this, I’ve been writing my opinion column  for the American Daily Herald, though lately my output’s been dismally low with so many factors working to siphon my limited energy off. Besides the physical limitations my MS has bestowed on me, the exceedingly low energy resulting from my central nervous system running so inefficiently is one of the most infuriating aspects of the disorder.

I’m still doing online broadcasts with my partner Donald Rutledge in our Freedom Finders show, though we’ve had to move to another network owing to the Truth Finders Network owner allowing the site to decline. We can now be found at WeROAR, an excellent site operated by the very competent April Reigne. Thanks for the opportunity, April (hopefully we’ll get the broadcasting software issues resolved quickly), we’re really pleased to join the WeROAR family!

Assuming we solve those annoying software glitches, you can catch the show live at WeROAR on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 9 PM Central time to 11PM Central.

As I’ve detailed before, these days I’m learning to work in the Android system since my mom thoughtfully provided me with an Asus TF700 Transformer Infinity tablet PC as an early Christmas present. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that by the holiday’s arrival the tablet was living up to its Transformer name with the addition of an Asus  docking keyboard. It’s a great complement to the Infinity, turning it into something like a tiny netbook.

This unit surprised me since I’ve found that while the Android OS is still developing and can be a bit clunky sometimes, it really can do most of the things a desktop PC can do. I’m composing this entry using it, and can do so from anywhere in my home or even outside in the driveway using the WiFi connection from my wireless router. That’s mighty liberating, believe me, and I’m excited to know that once my mobility’s been restored, I’ll be able to publish on the road using any open WiFi connection!

With the dismal winter weather and the holidays behind us, this is the deadest part of the year. I’ll be ready for spring, though, and I’ll be doing everything I can to increase this blog’s visibility so we can make 2013 a lucky number indeed, the year that sees the completion of the goal to Get Glenn Mobile!

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A Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Time sho’ do fly, don’t she?

It’s Christmas Eve as I write this, my second Christmas entry here. While the project’s going well so far, I definitely do not want to make it a regular event.

I’m a lot further along then I was a year ago, since its inception Get Glenn Mobile! has collected nearly $10,000 in donations, between a third and a half of the funds needed to reach the goal. So, while I’m delighted at peoples’ generosity so far, like one of those obnoxious PBS fundraiser/nag programs, I need to remind the good folks out there that we still have a ways to go before I’m sprung from prison.

I’m thankful my home’s in decent shape and in no danger from the bank scams that have cost so many so much. I’m grateful my mom’s not trying to survive in Mordor-on-the-Potomac (AKA Washington, DC), and I’m profoundly thankful for the wheelchair-accessible taxi service that I can use rather than trying to board my Honda when I do have to go out…I spent too much time dreading the next outing and having to face the increasingly likely possibility of a nasty fall or worse.

Even so, I’m still pretty much a homebound prisoner and I really would love to escape that. My little sojourn to the Music City Liberty Fest in November was a wonderful time, but it also served to give me a good solid boot to the rear to keep my motivation high to get the word out about this project and finish it for good and all.

To those of you who’ve already contributed, you have my gratitude and the only thing more I’d ask is that you tell a friend or two about me who you think might be interested in moving the cause along. For those who have yet to  donate, I hope you’ll consider dropping even a small amount into my fund and perhaps help spread the word to that friend or two.

My best wishes to all of you out there for a healthy, happy Christmas (or holiday of your choice that pleases you) and a prosperous and freer New Year. There’s much to discuss about what’s going on in our world and you can bet I’ll be doing just that as I continue with my opinion column at the American Daily Herald. The marvelous folks there have warmly welcomed this noob writer’s contributions for nearly a year and a half and it’s a real honor to work with them!

I’m doing more broadcasting via podcast these days, but I gotta tell you I’m about burnt out trying to make the Truth Finders Network since its founder abandoned it this summer. Happily, we have a friend and ally in our great colleague April Reigne and her liberty-centric We ROAR! site who’s amenable to continuing the Freedom Finders show I co-host with the worthy Donald Rutledge, so look for us there on Wednesday and Thursday nights beginning at 9PM Central time. Sgt. Rutledge has an uncanny knack for getting some awesome guests and we always have a fine time…drop by and visit if you like!

A merry Christmas and a happy New Year to everyone out there, and please remember: every dollar donated to Get Glenn Mobile! brings me that much closer to regaining my own liberty, and with your help we can get it finished this year!

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Updates!

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Wow, I can hardly believe it’s been a month since the Music City Liberty Fest, and I’ve barely written a thing. Apologies to those who’ve been following my exploits…I haven’t been slacking, and I sure don’t have writers’ block. It’s a combination of unusually low energy on my part, an extended pain cycle, and my need to take a deep breath and do some thinking.

Right now I’m doing a writeup and photo gallery of the MCLF, uploading some new YouTube videos and in general gearing up to get behind a new push for public awareness of my situation in hopes of getting the fundraiser really rolling again. I have to admit I’ve been a bit discouraged by the limited progress this last Indiegogo made, but that’s just bumps in the road that I anticipated from the first…I mean, come on, I’m trying to raise a significant chunk of money on a strictly voluntary basis, of course it’s going to take time and it won’t be easy.

So, yeah, I’m still very much here and anxious to get into more regular productive activity. Besides my project, there are a lot of significant developments in our world, and I sure feel the need to be involved with more regular discussions of them. These are seriously nutty times we’re living in and there’s much to talk about. Now is not the time to slow down!

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Indiegogo Can Get Lostlost!

I see that after my recent Indiegogo campaign ended, they only deposited about $400.00 to go with the earlier $250.00 or so from instant payments that were already received. Considering that it raised $1050.00, they’ve kept about 31% of the total…that’s ridiculous!

So, ignore any Indiegogo buttons you may see, I’m deleting them as quickly as I can and have no plans to use them again. Other than a pretty presentation and a funds counter they’ve done nothing to earn that huge chunk of donations and can go whistle from now on.

Anyway, just a quick status update now that I’ve seen what the situation is…more later, and as always I thank everyone for their continuing efforts to spring me from confinement and get me mobile again!

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Indiegogo Update

Just a quick reminder: the current Indiegogo campaign’s expiring today. This does NOT mean anything’s changing with the overall fundraising project; even with no deadline the maximum time for a campaign to run is 120 days and today’s just when it expires.

I’ll base my next action on how much return of the $1050 raised during this one actually comes my way after Indiegogo’s fees. About $150 has actually been received so far and the rest has been held in escrow until the conclusion of the campaign. There are always hidden fees and creative interpretation of rules to allow Indiegogo to keep the maximum they can. Unlike the first campaign I foolishly used a deadline in and which refunded all pledges when the goal wasn’t met, this one will mark the first time I’ve ever received the proceeds. I do like the extra accountability and peace of mind provided by Indiegogo’s counter, but if their take is too high I’ll just go back to the straightforward PayPal donation button as this moves forward. I think the legitimacy of the fundraiser after its 15 months in existence has been affirmed enough so that contributors can be comfortable trusting my accounting (since this WordPress blog doesn’t support widgets like a counter) and know that I’m not about to abscond to Mexico!

Perhaps I’ll look into another fundraising platform like ChipIn to continue as an alternative, but I wanted everyone to know that this project will never simply go away or that I’d ever give up on it. This is after all my life that’s being restored, not some ‘nice to have’ sort of endeavor, so be assured it’ll be around until it’s done!

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