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Posted by Blue Table Painting at 5:42 PM
I'm down at the studio for a late shift tonight. I am wrapping up all loose ends.
If you'd like to call me or contact me for any reason, please do so. I will respond promptly.
801 372 8545
Also, a little-known fact is that you can almost always get an immediate response through gmail chat.
I'm down here all by my lonesomes listening to Pete Schiff:
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 3:45 PM
Here's the special for December. I'm still booking projects for the last half of the month.
These are really good deals. Artistic License tends to give a good result because the artist will use techniques that he or she is really good at. Artists are always excited to get an Artistic License project.
Give Artistic License* for one of the following armies and get 25% off on Painting:
• Warriors of Chaos
• Vampire Counts
• Tomb Kings
• Chaos Nurgle (40K or Fantasy)
• Space Marines
• Wood Elves
If the order is at least 1000 points you get 30% off the cost of materials.
Minimum order $200.
You should request the special by name.
You can contact me for a quote at email@example.com I can send an a la carte pricing guide.
*Artistic License means we get to pick how it is painted and based. It needs to be within the genre (ie no pink marines!). You get to pick armament and army list.
In other news. I am in the process of updating the various pricing spreadsheets (eg they will now include auto-calculation for various specials like L2), so you may need to request some of them. They might not be on the website.
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 5:24 AM
I played TWO games today and it was awesome. Completely irresponsible. I have a very plump inbox.
Tomorrow I'll be paying in spades: I'm going down to the studio for a fat working day. Among other things I'll be editing and posting the juicy 90 minutes or so of footage I shot today and yesterday.
For my part, I am a happy man. I got it all. Keeping it simple.
OK, here's more. I played a game of Warhammer Fantasy with Mike. We played at 1500 pts. It was really out of sight. All I want to do is play again. It was a very close draw at the end. Every turn was a nailbiter.
This game, then, was 500 points more than the last one.
I fielded my Cold One Knights this time. And another sorceress. And a third unit of Dark Riders.
This game helped me figure out my army's razone d'etre a little more. How does it win? How is it supposed to play? It's really a hammer and anvil type of army-- a big tarbaby unit (the Black Guard) and then a ton of very maneuverable units that harass and harry, picking apart the enemy's cohesion, getting to where they are needed. I think that sometimes if a unit is close combat only there's an enormous temptation to get it "stuck in" sooner than is prudent. I'm definitely like that. I like to do things and I get into trouble.
Anyway, the Cold One Knights (COK) really screwed up during this game, presenting a huge number of problems on account of Stupidity. We call this a "COK block". So, I'm tempted to "fire" them from the roster, but I've decided to leave them in, and just play them better and smarter and choose magic items that will keep them on track (eg the cold-blooded banner that allows for one turn of enhanced LD).
I also need to consider that I won't always be playing against Orcs! Renn is coming along nicely with his Vampire Counts which will be a tremendous challenge. Returning to the Cold One Knights-- they have Fear which will help.
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 11:14 PM
Well, I think that I've been maintaining the blog for two years now.
Here's the day in a nutshell:
OK, so Joseph and his wife show up with their little cherubs and we really get a spectacular meal underway. What else? The kids were having a blast watching the muppet show and playing out in the frosty back yard.
After dinner, Joseph and I made flush movement trays for our Warhammer Fantasy armies. It's official now, I have 2000 points of Dark Elves all painted up, with movement trays, everything ready to go. OK, well, maybe one thing missing: the hydra I have was painted by If all goes according to plan I'll be playing a game with Mike tomorrow and will have some vids up.
Then we headed out to Blockbuster to rent a few movies: Get Smart and Hellboy II. We watched the former all four of us as the kids dropped off to sleep one by one. Get Smart was good for a few belly laughs.
Tamie put her swollen calves on my lap during the movie and I worked them into shape. Poor darling, she's a vision of misery. Imagine hauling around a twenty pound bowling ball in your abdomen for three months. The turkey timer is almost entirely extroverted (ie her belly button, in case the metaphor isn't clear).
So, what am I grateful for? That's a pretty long list. I really have it all, everything important, healthy family, great wife, community, church, dream co-workers, and dream job... and clients which really, in a way, make it all possible.
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A young man named John received a parrot as an early Christmas gift. Theparrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word outof the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. Johntried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently sayingonly polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could thinkof to 'clean up' the bird's vocabulary.
Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelledback. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even ruder.
John, in desperation, threw up his hands, grabbed the bird and shovedhim in the freezer.
For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Thensuddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute.
Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the d oor to thefreezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms andsaid 'I believe I may have offended you with my rude language andactions. I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressionsand I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude andunforgivable behavior.'
John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude. As he was aboutto ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior,the bird continued....
........'May I enquire as to what the turkey did?'
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 12:39 PM
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As usual, I'm thinking of the next army. This one might be-a ways off, but if you want to steal the idea, I can give you a quote...
The dual release of Daemons of Chaos and Chaos Daemons for 40K raises the interesting prospect of a dual-use army, that can be for 40K or Fantasy.
Mount the models on rounds. If these are magnetized (round magnets on the underside of the base). Then, a bordered movement tray is mounted with metal plates and the gaps where the circular bases don't cover are filled and then based to match-- disguising the gaps. Voila!
Now on to the list. This is a very quick and deadly army. In WHF you have spells to manipulate the board and give firepower, but you don't really need that. With movement TEN, your units are effectively ranged... a charge of 20". That's what daddy is talking about.
2x Heralds of Slaanesh on Seekers
1x Greater Daemon of Slaanesh (FW version is awesome)
36x Daemonettes (six units of six-- the sacred number of Slaanesh)
12x Seekers of Slaanesh (Daemonettes on steeds of slaanesh)
6x Fiends of Slaanesh
One possible conversion for the Seekers I was thinking of: give them snake-like bodies (the lower part). This is a classic slaanesh archetype hailing back to Dechala. Of course, the regular Seeker models are really slick.
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 9:47 PM
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Posted by Blue Table Painting at 4:23 PM
In Utah, we just elected a new Congressman. He's the representative from my district, in fact. He's a fiscal conservative of a Ron Paul-esque stripe. Keep your eye on this guy.
The guy he beat, Chris Cannon, voted for a lot of "emergency" spending. I looked it up. I say good riddance to him. I pretty much just want one thing from my elected officials: STAY IN THE BUDGET!
I would love to see programs and departments get cut.
CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Yeah, I do. You know, when I read a quote from Barack Obama who just said, quote, we've got to focus on making sure that we're creating those 2.5 million jobs. It's not the proper role of government to create the jobs. It's the business community. It's the local business community that creates the jobs. It's the proper role of government to get out of the way. And somehow we think that government's going to come in and solve everything and be this nanny state, and I absolutely reject that. Absolutely reject it. They have promised to put root beer in every drinking fountain and it ain't gonna happen.
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First off, I'm not going to culinary school or any such thing.
My wife is the queen of entering contests. And (apparently) winning. She won a half-day at a culinary school, and thus it was that me and four other hapless husbands found themselves making a gourmet thankgiving meal up at an art institute in Salt Lake.
I was naturally resistant at first. Why learn any cooking at all when I'm married to Tamara, who is an infinite expert on the subject. But as the day wore on, I really got into it and my stuff actually turned out really well.
I got a really cool chef's jacket, too. And we got to bring home a ton of food. My cranberry sauce turned out amazing. And brining the turkey is definitely the way to go.
So, for Thanksgiving I'm actually going to help my wife with the cooking. I'm feeling a lot more confidence.
It costs $80,000 to get a degree at this school. Ridiculous. For less than that, not to mention not working full time for free for four years, you can just start your own show on a shoe-string. I've got a pretty dim view of higher education. I think it's a racket.
More pics here.
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 5:07 PM
Thought some might be interested in this:
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I've got Dark Elves on the brain. Heeeeheeee... they are so cool.
Ever try and give a cat a bath? Well, that was what it was like to get me to go with my wife to a culinary school half-day how-to-cook thing today.
Say, that reminds me of a story. When I was a kid we had some feral cats living in the neighbors wood pile (no, not a cord of firewood, actually a giant pile of haphazard scrap wood from torn-down houses). I decided to make one my pet, so I put out a metal cage and baited it with some meat. After catching the angry, growling feline, I extricated it and gave it a gentle hug. Surely love and kindness would tame the little beast. This miniature puma clawed its way on to the center of my back and latched on with its talons. I ran inside, hunched over, shrieking for my mom and sister to help me. They fended the creature off with a broom, leaving me to clean my wounds.
More about the cooking school thing later. For the record, this doesn't mean I'm going to cooking school now. I think everyone knows what I think about paid education.
After that little shindig we headed over to Tamara's sister's house to drop something off, but ended up just hanging out for an hour. I got a call from the Bishop saying a family is moving in today.
Once back in the Ward boundaries, I headed over to lend a hand and managed to unload a size-able trailer by myself. A little Easter Island determination is all it takes! The family was also having a football party of sorts and so I headed in for some root beer and chips. I think this is the most football I've watched in my life.
Let's back up a bit. So, I'm out by myself (the latecomer doing his penance) and a moving guy says "why aren't you watching the game?" to which I replied I was the latecomer and needed to get things done. "Yeah, but you're missing out on friends and family." he replied. Well, this balding buddha in suspenders made a light go on. Sure, I don't like football, but that's not what it's about. So, I think I'm going to start following it at least cursorily so when someone asks who I'm rooting for I'll have an anwer rather than, "I don't watch that game." It's not about the game, it's about being part of the human race.
Just like fishing isn't about catching fish.
I had K come over to give me a hand, and that was some good daddy-daughter time; work ethic and duty to the community. She loves football. I got to know this new family in the ward, too. They are really great, fresh from sunny Florida, all smiling and quick to top off your soda. I was favorably impressed with the lot of them.
After that I was bushed, but I headed down to the studio to tie up some loose ends. Air Marshall Anonymo came down to check out his Marauder Bombers (pics and vid of those forthcoming). I also picked up my Dark Elf book and Warhammer rulebook for review. I can't wait for my next game. I am totally stoked. I'm within spitting distance of having 2000 pts of Dark Elves all painted up.
My wife was fast asleep when I got home. She is so pregnant and her feet and ankles are painfully swollen. When children come into the picture, love is complete.
Quthyx, lord of nature. This was in a dream I had. A man with a crown of wood and blue-green skin.
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I don't know what this eyesore is. My guess is Chakax, Eternity Warden which costs $15.
Here's what is impressing me. These models look great. Kroxigor haven't been that impressive in previous editions, these at least look moderately beefy.
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 8:26 PM
This picture is just too cool. It's a Dark Elf Sorceress. I played a game of Warhammer Fantasy with Mike D. today, the maiden voyage for my DE army that I've been picking away at. In the game, the sorceress is a deadly opponent with some wicked spells.
At this moment I am at home with my own three kids, and three more little ones from a neighbor, a full house. They are all playing quietly, watching Zula Patrol, or playing board games. Very nice. I am ever so proud of my fourth grade daughter. She made sure everyone had dinner and that the kitchen got cleaned up.
I am currently booking projects for December. Please contact me for any matter large or small.
I have not kept up on the blog as faithfully as usual. When I get home at night I am just ever so tired. Just these last three days. I don't know why. Instead of doing a final run like I usually do, I just fall asleep. But then I'm up at 3am. It's lame.
As always, my mind is boiling with politics, taxes, business, sales, and other worries. However, under all this is a swelling sense of peace and well-being. I look up at the sky and I see a vast and brilliant galaxy of friendly stars, a countless chorus of radiant brothers and I know that I am just a pilgrim in this world, a passer-through. I am a spiritual being having a material experience. I am ready to go. I am ready to stay and fight.
Josephus is back from vacation and he brought back some daemons that were out of sight, beyond amazing stuff. I wanted to shoot some footage of it, but barely had time to get the Warhammer Fantasy batrep done.
What else can I say? I could sure use some orders rightabout now.
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Naomi can expound financial issues to me any day.
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"First, consider the effects of inflation by which we mean the Fed’s increase in the supply of money, on the value of the dollar. By increasing the supply of money, the Federal Reserve lowers the value of every dollar that already exists. If the supply of Mickey Mantle baseball cards were suddenly to increase a million fold, each individual card would become almost valueless. The same principle applies to money: the more the Fed creates the less value each individual monetary unit possesses. When the money supply is increased, prices rise—with each new dollar now worth less than before…
“All right, some may say, prices may indeed rise, but so do wages and salaries, and therefore inflation causes no real problems on net. This misconception overlooks one of the most insidious and immoral effects of inflation: its redistribution of wealth from the poor and middle class to the politically well connected. The price increases that take place as a result of inflation do not occur all at once and to the same degree. Those who receive the new money first receive it before the prices have yet risen. They enjoy a windfall. Meanwhile, as they spend the new money, and the next wave of recipients spend it, and so on, prices begin to rise throughout the economy—well before the new money has trickled down to most people. The average person is now paying higher prices while still earning his old income, which has not yet been adjusted to account for the higher money supply. By the time the new money has made its way throughout the economy, average people have all this time been paying higher prices, and only now can begin to break even. The enrichment of the politically well connected—In other words those who get the newly created money first: government contractors, big banks and the like—comes at the direct expense of everyone else. These are known as the distribution effects, or Cantillon effects, of inflation, after economist Richard Cantillon. The average person is silently robbed through this invisible means and usually doesn’t’ understand what exactly is happening to him. And almost no one in the political establishment has an incentive to tell him.
“When the value of Americans’ savings is deliberately eroded through inflation, which is a tax, albeit a hidden one. I call it the inflation tax, a tax that is all the more insidious for being so underhanded: most Americans have no idea what causes it or why their standard of living is going down. Meanwhile, government and its favored constituencies receive their ill-gotten loot. The racket is safe as long as no one figures out what is going on.
-- Ron Paul, “The Revolution” pages 143-144
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 9:37 PM
Rhinodon. One of many items I have on the block now.
The cage door opened, but we weren't ready to venture out. Maybe Ron Paul will run again in 2012.
Anyhoo. Aren't you tired of my constant jib-jabbing about politics? Yeah, me too.
We are currently booking projects for December. I still have those specials running (see below). If you are flexible on composition and license, we can be flexible on price.
My thoughtful daughter likes to come out and putter around in the garage while I'm making terrain (which I was for most of today-- I've got a Daemonhunters display board and a TON of tyranid hive ship terrain cooking). She comes up with most insightful sayings, like this one:
Sometimes, when you make a mistake, it gives you new ideas.
It was a crisp autumn day, with highs in the mid 50s, good terrain-making weather. Well, not really, I was freezing my buns off as the sun sank down and the temperature dropped into the 30s. My wife made a lunch of grilled chees sandwiches with tomato soup.
I am possibly going to phase out terrain-making from BTP's repertoire. It almost invariably brings heartache of some kind.
I also have ready to paint the last round of the studio Dark Elves:
10x Black Guard
10x Dark Riders
2x Repeater Bolt Throwers
I'll see how much of an in-road I can make on those.
I had hoped to finish the construction of the tyranid hive ship terrain, but didn't quite make it. I gave up really, just so tired. I then took the kids to Macey's to pick up some milk. Macey's is closed on Sundays so Saturday is always really busy, it's almost like a town market. All are in high spirits, and I usually see people I know there. I carried G. on my shoulders where he is on top of the world, like a little prince. When he gets tired I can feel him lay his cherubic face on my head. As always, I ended up picking up like ten things besides milk.
That little trip gave my ultra-pregnant wife some much-needed rest. She's plowing through the Twilight series of books, pretty much all she's good for these days, but like we say; "pregnant lady gets a pass." She is highly uncomfortable, and I try to accomodate as much as possible.
We are happy in our little lair. I feel a deep and abiding sense of peace. I am on a quest to find equilibrium, to divest myself of material things, to be a wise steward, to live well within my means, and to serve others.
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 10:38 PM
The studio imperial guard army is for sale by individual model
Purchasing information here.
[I lifted this from http://www.warseer.com/ My own comments to follow]
Army wide special rule: I think it’s called Platoon Drill or something like that. Basically, units from the same platoon may ignore intervening squads when shooting. So enemy units targeted in this way do not receive the 4+ save. Apparently this only works if the Platoon command squad is alive and within 12” of the rest of the platoon. I’ve been told that this is just one of the abilities guard Platoons may get, but only as long as the chain of command is intact (whatever that means). So loosing your HQ Command Squad may be a really bad thing.
Doctrines are for sure gone (I think we all knew this), but have been replaced by more mutable platoons. Instead of Armoured fist squads you can buy Chimeras for a whole platoon. Or buy the whole platoon grav-chutes to give them deep strike, or drop the heavy weapons from squads and give the platoon Scout. Veteran squads become upgrades to platoons (i.e. they are not elites anymore).
Apparently infantry platoons let you attach certain types of support vehicles to them(kinda like back in second edition). Things like sentinels, hellhounds and demolishers can be attached to platoons. They still take up a FOC spot, but become part of the platoon and so will benefit from the Platoon Drill rule.
The Leman Russ can be bought as a squadron so you can get 3 for a single FOC. They can not be attached to platoons however.
Sniper Squads can now infiltrate, get stealth, range finders and all models in the squad have sniper rifles (and BS 4!).
Like the Land Raider, a new plastic sprue for the Leman Russ has been made that will allow plastic demolishers and a 3rd variant (my money is on the Exterminator).
The Baneblade in NOT in the new codex. It just doesn’t work (i.e. overpowered) in games that are not Apocalypse in size.
However Stormtrooper squads can now take Valkyries as transports. Both will be getting a plastic kit. Valkyries follow the rules for skimmers I’ve been told. Again, they want to keep flyers and super heavies out of “normal games” but give people the ability to use them with all the special rules in Apocalypse and Planet-strike (if the ever get around to that.)
This last one makes me wonder what’s they are doing, but apparently there is a new HQ in the book; Inquisitor and Retinue much like the elites from the current Daemon Hunters/Witch Hunters books.
Assuming this is all accurate...
First, as I predicted, more tanks will be allowed, and high time in my book. I had an IG army with like seven heavy support options, but could only take three at a time. So sad.
I would be glad to see models from another range, ie Inquisition, in other lists. The more the merrier.
I didn't see anything about Storm Troopers as troops choice, but I wouldn't be surprised if that was in there. And a plastic kit for them. This is along the lines of new Core-type plastics with each new army update.
I am sorry to see doctrines go away. More customization is better. Of course, this is being accompanied by streamlining and expanding choices overall in new army lists, so that is a step in the right direction.
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 10:26 PM
Are Tau Communists?
This article blew my mind. Neatly written.
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 10:17 PM
Hey all. The big news today is that we're working on a HUGE terrain set-- a Tyranid hive ship terrain set. It's turning out really keen. More to come on that.
The Post Office has been closed on account of a massive computer crash. Packages are going out tomorrow from another city. Sorry for the delay.
I managed to paint up a unit of Dark Riders for my game with Mike Dunn tomorrow (which might not happen-- I have a ton of terrain to do still). Oh, and a sorceress. Her cloak was a custom build by Brigh and made out of a translucent material, which proberty I tried to preserve.
I am on the hunt for Aeronautica Imperialis bases. Does anyone have any for trade of purchase.
My favorite 40k army is Eldar.
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 10:00 PM
After reading you "Pure Transaction" blog entry I have one question and one Observation:
Question: Would you flesh out your "banks are not helpful" comment?
I think it relates to the barter idea but I'm not sure.
Long Winded Observation: :^)
Pure barter is a great idea, theoretically. But it requires that all people
accept the notion that whoever approaches them for whatever services they provide are of some direct or indirect benefit to them. That requires an understanding of basic economics that must have been instilled at a very early age. If I agree to repair my neighbors computer or fix his sons car, or put a new roof on the guys house that overheard a converastion I was having about roofs, I am expecting that I can also get what I need from someone else in the same manner. It is a fantastic idea and one I have fantasized about from time to time. (Heinlein wrote a novel I read when I was in my 20's that described this world beautifully, just can't remember the title). BUT, we are so entrenched in the idea of money as a measure of work/value that it is unlikely in the extreme to happen. The barter systems that I've seen so far all are a Kind of a tax evasion scheme, (services are still measured in any variant of 'barter dollars', that may as well be cash). They must do this because the are not wide spread and just cannot live in a monetary environment.
The Socialist ideal is that ultimatly everyone works at thier absolute best for the betterment of everyone around them. (a pipe dream for all except maybe ants and bees).
Pure barter would fall under the far right mentality. It is to a lesser extent unlikely, but none the less improbable, simply because people would need to think more about what the value is of themselves, and that of society to them, in order to comprehend the benefit. It is far easier to focus on the notion of money. Additionally those who wish to aquire power would find it far more difficult to do so.
I have recently, grudginly accepted the possiblilty of, the idea that people are becoming 'sheep like'. They do very little thinking about how the world works beyond the Movie they want to see, or the Dinner they want to eat, or the car they want to drive, or how taxing the rich will help them. This mentality is what permits the few to control the many and introduce monetary measures in the first place. Reagan was the exception to this, and is the reason why I resist fully accepting the 'Sheep like' theory. I still hold onto my faith in peoples reasoning ability.
Money is not necessarily a problem, but it does put the onus on all of us to be more aware of what those in governement are doing and act accordingly.
My personal political bent is Libertarian. So I spend alot of time being frustrated. :^)
I don't think barter is practical for everything. But more of it would be better I think. And definitely getting away from Banks. At least for the time being, it's not required to carry any sort of debt. Still puzzling through it.
Banks take more out of the system than they put in. A lot more. I believe they thrive on subterfuge and have carefully and methodically indoctrinated the general populace with poisonous thinking. "Without us the economy would grind to a halt... doom! Boo!" So, if 200 colonists land on a new world, they can't get anything done unless there is a Banker in there, they would have us believe.
Oddly, I'm living in the socialist dream. It's real for me. A quaint Mormon neighborhood where no one is left behind. Women who have given birth have meals delivered. Yards are unfenced and create communal parks. People in the three block radius are carefully and rigorously taken care of. The HUGE difference, which must never be forgotten is that it is VOLUNTARY. I gladly give 10% of my income plus fast offering. It is a delight. But I don't have to do it.
I am suspicious of anything that is done by force. If Social Security is so damn great, then why not make it voluntary? All these crap-tastically managed government schemes (yes, pejorative) are all just involuntary insurance programs. More to come on that.
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Thank you for your time. I've always enjoyed these types of dicussions, (My wife calls them arguments. She rolls her eyes and sometimes kicks me under the table whenever I engage in them. :^) ).
I agree that banks are unecessary on a small scale. However, when a monitary based society reaches a certain critical mass it become almost a requirement. What if you needed to pay someone you did not know through the mail, or to complicate matters through electronic transfers?. You need some sort of central store to keep your money in to facilitate these things. Checks and EFT's need to be trusted in some way,... so these services are provided for in the form of banks. Then there is the matter of loans to do whatever it is you need more money for that you do not have. Our economy is based on currency, so the transfer and accounting for it are necessary. The Barter system removes all of this, but we would necessarily need to drop the whole idea of currency.
Banks are supposed to be private organisations, so in a free market, you can take your money to another bank if you don't like the current one,... it keeps people honest. But introduce an element into the mix that is all but immune to our wishes, and you now have a chance for that element to do what I think you describe. Too much reporting to said element about what we are all doing with our money, (a supremely personal thing given what money is and is used for), and we sacrifice liberty and personal freedom, subordinating ourselves to its will. This information is nobodys business but ours and those that we trust with that information. If banks were treated like the business's they are, abuses of the trust they enjoy would occur no more often that any other business. Those abuses could be easily handled in a healty society.
I recall a story that was recently related, (I thinks it was Rush Limbaugh), about the early days of the colonists. They originally tried a Socialist type of society where all people were supposed to work collectively, for the good of all. So they stored all of the food in common stores that all could take from. Housing and other needs were collectively build and maintained, or stored for all. But it soon became apparent that there were an unacceptable number who did not pull thier weight. They scrapped the Socialist system in favor of a more capitolist one, (Capitolist is not quite right, but the actual name I want escapes me at the moment). Each person or family was given land that was thier personal property, that they could do with what they wish to produce what they needed for themselves. This was a better system that rewarded productive participation and obviously punished laziness. I am completely certain people still willingly gave food, help and support to those in need. BUT, people could still directly appreciate the fruits of thier labor for themseleves. Work harder and they live better. So far as I know, money and banks were completely unecessary.
They still, however, lived in a currency based society on a global level. If they needed/wanted goods and services from foreign countries, it was required to have thier currencies. So I suppose it was inevitable that our fledgling union would have developed the first bank locally to establish our worth in the global market and inevitably move our society in a similiar direction.
With reguard to your community, I think it is more the Capitolist system that the Socialist one, and is an admirable one to boot!.
I don't know if you are familiar with the "Free State Project", www.freestateproject.org . But essentially they are trying to gather together 20,000 liberty minded and politically active people together in one state that can sway that state to become more in line with what our founding fathers envisioned. This is an encouraging endeavour along the lines of what we have been discussing.
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Posted by Blue Table Painting at 8:50 PM
I've been thinking a lot about banks, taxes and the "economy" recently. Here is a foundational idea that is forming.
Goods (and services) only come from raw materials and labor. There's no way around it. Someone has to do the work.
A pure transaction between two humans, for example: Harward Farms hauls a bed full of corn to the street corner. I pull up, pick out a dozen ears, and pay in cash.
Still not completely pure. If I pulled up and traded materials that I had produced by the labor of my own hand, that would be a pure transaction. It is the most honest transaction. Barter. How did I get so far from barter?
A transaction is sullied by government interference: the corn is poisoned by property taxes (if they are improperly used), income taxes, business debt (ie interest) or over-regulation for example.
Everything I buy is poisoned by taxes. The more hands get into the process, the more sullied the transaction becomes.
Another Idea: some taxes are OK. Some are pure and have a good purpose and are needed. But that's not what we have in the US.
This, and many other heretical notions (such as "Banks are not Helpful") are flying around inside my head. The sheep has stopped chewing the grass and is now looking around... at the shears, the slaughterhouse, and between cracks in the fence.
I am very optimistic. A tree grows slowly. A fever takes a long night to break. But the rays of dawn are creeping over the world.
Disclaimer: I am NOT encouraging people to avoid or evade taxes. Let your bonds chafe you.
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See all ten tanks here.
I just got the rather large box from you containing my Emperors TankCompany and the Baneblade. I could not be more blown away! The paintjob was first rate, considering the price I was extremely pleased at thelook of the set, and would recommend to anyone sitting on a bunch of unpainted tanks to jump on the tank company deal!!!
In addition I was simply amazed at the packing job...10 tanks and a Baneblade: Antennas, guns, accessories, and all the other fiddly bits and not a single broken piece...again nothing broke durings hipment...unbelievable.
Blue Table Painting remains my single best source for mini painting,value on the dollar and quality remain second to none.
Keep it up Shawn!
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