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AFRICABIZ VOL 1 - ISSUE : 32
DECEMBER 15, 1999 - JANUARY 14, 2000
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DETHRONING EXTERNAL AUTHORITY By Robert Smith

Being "sovereign" means being self-governing. It means no one else has the right to tell you how to live your life. It means being your own boss. Ultimately it means that you accept no external authority over your life.

What it doesn't mean is using such self-authority to undermine the self-authority of others. So being sovereign does not mean assuming sovereignty over other people's lives. It's strictly a personal thing.

Now, to those of you reading this, it may not seem like such a revolutionary idea, but I can assure you it is! At every turn there are people, organizations, churches, bureaucracies and governments that want to assume authority over you. And rejecting such authority - even laughing at it, is essential if you want to travel the road of personal freedom.

We all know people who like to boss others around. Well, every other manifestation of such "authority" is simply an outgrowth of this rather unpleasant human trait. Take churches for example. Now, I don't want to offend anyone's religious beliefs, but let's state the truth here. For most of recorded history, religion has been a front for abuse by authority "freaks".

Sure, they have told us they are working for God - and people have listened and obeyed. However, it is not "God" that they have been obeying - but the so-called "will" of God, as interpreted and handed down by authority figures from within the Church. In other words, claiming authority from some god is the ultimate power trip of the authority freak.

Religion has lost a lot of this power, but not so its modern counterpart - the state. Now we kowtow to every wish of our "public servants" (public masters more like!). And what's so frightening about this is when you question such authority, while in discussion with ordinary folks, they throw up their arms in dismay and say, in effect, that we must have government and all these rules - or chaos would result.

That's a mistaken idea. Being sovereign over one's own life does not preclude there being rules to prevent me from over-ruling YOUR sovereignty.
It would be true to say that government authority is now "bossy-booting" by proxy for most people. When they don't like what someone else is doing (lifestyle or whatever), then a common reaction is to try and get the government to do something about it.

The bottom line is: all forms of institutionally entrenched authority are really a reflection of the desire on the part of most humans to control the lives of others. It's as if humankind has some sort of fetish - to control and have authority over other humans. There's always a minority who rebel, of course, but in general this system has held sway for as long as civilization has existed.

The personal sovereignty movement - also known as the PT lifestyle or libertarianism, is a relatively new manifestation of an old desire - to be free. But to be free, we must allow others to be free also. It's a two way street.

At times this battle for freedom seems unwinnable, with so many "sheep" around. But the times are changing - and the battle can be won! How? Well, you don't have to fight it on behalf of everyone else on the planet - you only need to secure freedom for yourself. That's an achievable goal.

About the Author:

Robert Smith of OPC International provides powerful freedom solutions to current and future Sovereign Individuals. Visit:

http://offshoreprofit.com for more information.

* Copyright 1999, Robert Smith, OPC International, Inc.

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CONTROL YOUR DESKTOP

 
In previous issue, our column about "Control your desktop" showed you which important folders / files to back-up in particular using WINDOWS COMMANDER and the extended "send to" facility of Microsoft "PowerToys for Windows 95/98" in order to have a safety-net against possible disaster.

In order to prepare for "restore/recovery" we will see now the difference between the "Start-up" disks of Windows 95 and Windows 98.

HAVE A START-UP DISK

When you install, reinstall or acquire your computer you certainly got a so-called "Start-up" disk which is necessary should you ever have trouble starting Windows or booting your system; it also provides utilities to make diagnosis.

If you do not have a "start-up" disk, please follow these steps to have one:

  1. Prepare a blank formatted 1.44 MB diskette.

  2. Have your Windows 95/98 CD-ROM handy.
  3. Click "start".
  4. Click "settings" and choose "Control Panel".
  5. In control Panel click on "Add/Remove Programs".
  6. Choose "Startup Disk"
  7. Follow instructions and "cook" your "Start-up Disk"

WINDOWS 98 STARTUP DISK HAS REAL-MODE CD-ROM DRIVERS

It is good to know that the big difference between Windows 95 "Start-up Disk" and the one originating from Windows 98 is the inclusion of the CD-ROM drivers in the Windows 98 "Start-up Disk in real-mode.

In other words, if you determine that reinstalling Windows 98 (via CD) is your best chance at recovery, you can do that right from the command prompt with Windows 98 "Start-up Disk".

With Windows 95, you had to add real-mode CD-ROM drivers to your startup disk manually.

Next month with AFRICABIZ issue 9, we will discuss how to do that.

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FREEBIE

 
The freebie of the month is about FREE long distance phone calls.

Yes, FREEE! It's amazing but it's true.

Now FREE long distance calls to any telephone number is possible thanks to the Internet and also a PC to PC Internet phone calls. The first to benefit from it are the American from the 52 United States of America; however the promoters are working hard to include the world at large; however you can list yourself for FREE even if you reside outside the USA and reach your relatives/ friends inside the USA.

WHY IT IS FREE ?

You are asking yourself: "What for; what do they gain from it?". Well, well, simple: they drive a helluva traffic to their website; the cost of Internet telephony being much cheaper than that of traditional telephony, they are able to cover this cost by the amount of revenue they collect by selling banner advertisements; therefore it means free calls for you; they gain , you benefit. The only ones to worry now are the CEO of all the "Ma Bell" of the world! But I am sure that you do agree with me: time is overdue for them to become slimmer. Right?

PRIVACY

You will be requested to provide some personal information but this is not really damaging - that's a personal opinion as we are already doing so for peanuts - for the freedom of placing free long distance calls for nothing!

TELEPHONY QUALITY

What about the sound quality?

  • If you have a computer tuned to the latest chipset in the range of 300-600 MHz you may experience sound quality near normal telephony quality; because the clock speed is fast enough to help the sound card transmit the voice data at high compression rate.

  • If you are still dwelling with processors in the range of 75-200 MHz - like me! - you can get outstanding Internet voice quality very near the normal telephony quality with the PHONEJACK from QuickNet.net

  • You can have more on "Add-Ons" at this link

HAVE A DRINK ON BEHALF OF THE WORLD'S MA BELL

I have kept you waiting for too long; go now and make some "free" long distance phone calls and tell all your friends about Dialpad.com. and have a drink on behalf of the Ma Bell of the world!

By the way AFRICABIZ editor Dialpad's id is: bienmaquen.

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