Written by David Healing

This is a short and simple story. It may be called a fable, but it is true in its portrayal of how our present money system evolved.

Many years ago, a certain rich man wanted to go abroad for a two-year vacation. He owned, in cash, ten thousand shekels of gold. He could not takerepparttar gold with him because of its weight andrepparttar 148689 danger of being robbed; so he went to a goldsmith to ask if he could leave his gold with him for safekeeping. The goldsmith, who had a large secure storage facility similar to a vault, wanted to be paid to keeprepparttar 148690 rich man’s gold. He asked for 10% or 1000 shekels to whichrepparttar 148691 rich man agreed. The rich man “deposited” his gold withrepparttar 148692 goldsmith, obtained a “receipt” for it and then left on his trip abroad.

As soon asrepparttar 148693 rich man had left his gold and departed,repparttar 148694 goldsmith told his helper to go and spreadrepparttar 148695 word that his master had a few shekels of gold to loan to financially secure customers at 15% interest. Soonrepparttar 148696 borrowers came. One wanted 50 shekels; another wanted 100 shekels and so on.

Torepparttar 148697 goldsmith’s surprise, most borrowers did not take delivery ofrepparttar 148698 gold. Instead, all they wanted wasrepparttar 148699 goldsmith’s receipt saying, “I owe you X number of gold shekels” which could be used to claimrepparttar 148700 gold when they wanted it. In modern terms, they had what we call a demand deposit.

Asrepparttar 148701 days proceeded,repparttar 148702 goldsmith had loaned out all of his 1000 shekels, which were drawing 15% interest. Yet, nearly all ofrepparttar 148703 shekels were still inrepparttar 148704 vault. The only people who took their gold were a few ofrepparttar 148705 small borrowers,repparttar 148706 others only wanted receipts (IOU’s) showingrepparttar 148707 goldsmith held their gold and that they could have it whenever they needed it.

As time went on,repparttar 148708 goldsmith found thatrepparttar 148709 people were accepting his receipts in payment of goods and services rather than usingrepparttar 148710 gold. Whenrepparttar 148711 occasional person did claim his gold and used it in payment of goods etc.,repparttar 148712 one who receivedrepparttar 148713 gold brought it back torepparttar 148714 goldsmith for safekeeping and accepted an IOU.

This gaverepparttar 148715 goldsmith a “terrific” idea.

The goldsmith’s “terrific idea” of 300 years or so ago has grown intorepparttar 148716 international bankers’ “one world order” of today.

This letter will not be concerned with allrepparttar 148717 history betweenrepparttar 148718 goldsmith of years ago and today. It is enough to know that almost from that day to thisrepparttar 148719 private moneylenders (banks) have implemented a plan that has made themrepparttar 148720 fiscal agents of virtually every country inrepparttar 148721 world. This plan was The Private Debt Money System. Under that system it is never possible for a country to pay off its debt. The debt will forever increase. The following three points may be difficult and even impossible to believe at first. Our understanding ofrepparttar 148722 present world situation will never be complete until we come to know them as true. The following statements are spoken aboutrepparttar 148723 countries of United States and Canada, but they can be taken as true for most countries inrepparttar 148724 world today.

The Death Penalty Debate

Written by Peter Kennedy

Whilerepparttar death penalty has been utilized for centuries, we continue to debaterepparttar 148638 morality and efficacy of this punishment. Many people argue thatrepparttar 148639 death penalty acts as a deterrent to potential murderers, terrorists, and other violent criminals. However, others findrepparttar 148640 death penalty completely incompatible withrepparttar 148641 ethical standards of modern civilization. Although some states have since outlawedrepparttar 148642 practice,repparttar 148643 US remains one of few democracies to maintainrepparttar 148644 capital punishment.

The term “capital punishment” originates fromrepparttar 148645 Latin word “caput,” which means head. Capital punishment, therefore, was a punishment reserved for serious crimes that warranted decapitation. Such serious crimes, referred to as capital offenses, are generally limited to treason and murder inrepparttar 148646 U.S. However, in different legal systems of foreign countries,repparttar 148647 death penalty may be given for a lesser crime, like robbery. The most common modern methods of execution are electrocution and lethal injection. These methods are seen as more humane than previous methods, which included use of a firing squad, burning atrepparttar 148648 stake, crucifixion, decapitation, hanging and gassing.

Even with these more “humane” treatments, many people have trouble justifyingrepparttar 148649 taking of human life – no matter how heinousrepparttar 148650 crime. The death penalty, opponents argue, is immoral. They ask, “How canrepparttar 148651 government condemn killing by killing?” To these critics,repparttar 148652 death penalty isrepparttar 148653 ultimate betrayal of human rights and it has no place in our society. Furthermore, they argue, criminal proceedings are fraught with human error, causing innocent people to be executed. Finally, opponents ofrepparttar 148654 death penalty argue that capital punishment is not an effective criminal deterrent.

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