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UPDATES: We’ve been approved for Stitcher!

Dear Listeners,

We’ve finally been given the go-ahead for our podcasts on Stitcher! Feed seems to work well and all of the podcasts have been uploaded to a secure server on the Internet.

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Happy (Belated) Birthday to The Last Defense

On March 15th, 2012, The Last Defense was spearheaded as a means of venting a volley of frustrations on the Internet in the hopes that someone in the distant void of cyberspace would hear our cries. One year later, I am proud to say that not only were our frustrations heard, but they were listened to and responded, even shared by others.

This project has become of such great importance, that it consumes my thoughts periodically throughout the day and gives me hope, knowledge, and inspiration on a daily basis that feeds my soul in a fresh and productive manner. We have grown tremendously here through the articles that we have produced, as well as the information, documentaries, and new websites that we’ve archived on the blog.

The connections that we’ve made over this time have been amazing. I’ve wanted to thank Dr. Webster Tarpley and James Corbett for being our first guests to help us along the way and provide us with their depth of wisdom on topics that they have shared with us. We are currently in the works of getting new guests; should everything go well, we hope to host members of the United Front Against Austerity, Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org, and Eric Bochene, a co-producer of the second Zeitgeist film. We also hope to speak with these wonderful members of humanity and create dialogue that can bring to light important topics for our Age.

Mike Bielawski and I from The Last Defense deeply thank everyone that has supported us along the way, whether it is our supporters on Twitter, our friends on Facebook, or our friends and family within our social circles that continue to support what we do as we strive to give you the most diverse range of issues and topics we can… truly. Hell, even our critics have a place in our hearts as they force us to do more, give clearer explications, and fight harder for what we believe in. Thank you so much for going along with us on this crazy ride as we explore the depths of our society and try to make sense of and solutions for the current global paradigm. We hope to keep it going for many years more.

Sincerely,

Haneul Na’avi of the Last Defense

TLD Rant: If we’re gonna ban guns, let’s ban cars!

First off, I don’t know of anyone who’s seriously proposing we ban guns outright — just certain types (i.e. military grade assault rifles), and tightening regulations. Think of it as calling for safer tires after the multiple accidents caused by faulty years several years ago, or the call for seatbelts back in the day.

But I keep seeing this come up again and again, and I have thirteen messages in my inbox with this claim — so I’m going to just agree. I’m casting aside the fact that the purpose of a gun is different than that of a car. The only way my gun is getting me a ride to school is if I brandish it in order to get a ride or a jack a car. 

Fine. The pro-gun folks win. Let’s treat guns like cars.  

In order to drive a car in Wyoming, you first must get a license. Therequirements are fairly similar nationwide. Most states require you take a driver’s education course and have a learner’s permit with a multitude of restrictions, but all states mandate you must pass a written test and an eye exam — but don’t forget the actual driving test! You must prove to the instructor you know how to safely and accurately operate the vehicle, and if you are unable to, the instructor has the right to keep you from retaking the test for a specific time period. Scary, huh?

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But hooray, you passed!

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Not so fast, though! In order to use your driver’s license, your vehicle must be legally registered. This means that you have to go to the courthouse with proof of ownership (the title) to register it initially, and pay a fee every year after that. Failure to register your vehicle yearly can result in a ticket for $110 or more in Wyoming, and can be considered a misdemeanor, especially in other states. If you have multiple vehicles, each must be registered. This must be done within 45 days.

Oh, and you’ll need insurance on your vehicle, in case you damage someone’s property, or cause injury to yourself or someone else while operating your vehicle. In Wyoming, anyone failing to provide proof of insurance on a registered vehicle as required is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable pursuant to W.S. 31-4-103(a) upon conviction. The punishment is a fine of $750.00 or less, or a stint in jail of six months or less. Your insurance must cover each vehicle you own, even if you just drive it occasionally.

Plus, the police have the right to inspect your vehicle if they believe it’s necessary for safety reasons, and most states require a Vehicle Identification Number inspection and check by a sheriff’s deputy or state-designated inspector before the car can be transferred to a new owner, even with a private sale. The new owner must also provide the state with proof of a license and insurance to take possession of the title.

If you fuck up enough, the state can suspend your license as prescribed under the law. 

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Doesn’t matter if you swear that you didn’t mean to, or that it’s your right to drive wherever the hell you want, when you want. Also, “YOLO, your honor!” will not be a great defense when you go before the judge.

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In all seriousness, even an accumulation of little violations or a failure to pay a citation can get your license yanked, including not having insurance or registration.

You might say, “BUT I’M A LAW-ABIDING DRIVER!” Doesn’t matter. Everyone has to live by the same set of laws and obey them, even if they’ve never broken them before. This also means rules of the road in the form of traffic laws and such, including laws about where you can’t take your vehicle. You might think it’s your special snowflake right to drive on the sidewalk, do donuts in a school parking lot, or barrel through a city park, but the law says otherwise. Sorry snowflake!

“BUT OTHER PEOPLE DON’T OBEY THE LAWS!” is also not a reason to do away with traffic laws. Sure, there’s a lot of people who speed, myself included. But you take away the penalty, and it’ll be all fun and games until someone’s kid gets mowed down in a school zone by an asshat doing 60 mph — which happens ANYWAYS but is less likely because drivers like myself know there’s a stiff penalty for blasting through school zones. 

And yes, while tens of thousands of people die from traffic accidents every year, and that’s terrible, the laws and regulations we have now decrease the likelihood of it happening. Plus, the death rate from motor vehicle accidents (11.7 per 100,000 in the U.S.) is not that far off from firearms (10.1 per 100,000 in the U.S.) when all manner of deaths by firearm are considered. In fact, in some states, you’re more likely to be killed by a gun than in a motor vehicle accident. By 2015, it’s likely firearms will surpass motor vehicle accidents:

Let’s keep in mind, cars are not designed to kill something or someone, which I discuss while taking on the whole “People kill people” canard.

So sure. Let’s treat boomsticks like cars. After all, isn’t this where this comparison would ultimately lead? I’m cool with that.

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Cheers,

Meg