Basil Venitis

Basil Venitis from Athens, Greece, brings our readers a unique writing style filled with colourful rhetoric enriched with alliterations, metaphors, heightened imagery, and emotional effect! An accomplished libertarian orator and keynote speaker for many associations, colleges, industry groups, companies, political groups, lobbyists, and professional congresses; Basil enables his audiences to truly learn, and provides them with fascinating, provocative insights and analysis, by getting to the heart of the matter. He is extensively involved in policy issues and the Global Tax Revolt, and is often a part of the process, working to shape and direct critical components of libertarian issues. You can visit his Blog at or email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 21:16 GFP Columnist - Basil Venitis
Activists are now targeted with Facebook phishing! Facebook has been a popular place for Syrian Internet activists to share their opposition to the Assad regime ever since the site was unblocked by the Syrian government in early 2011. Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) points out that while some interpreted the Assad regime's decision to allow access to Facebook as a positive sign, others feared that the government had made Facebook available for the purpose of entrapping Syrian activists.

In the past month, EFF has reported on several instances of pro-Syrian-government hackers targeting Syrian Internet activists using malware spread through chats and emails, as well as updates downloaded from a fake YouTube site. Most recently, we've seen reports from Syrian opposition networking specialists of a phishing attack aimed at Syrian activists, spread primarily on pro-revolution forums on Facebook.
Friday, 06 April 2012 19:08 GFP Columnist - Basil Venitis
The naked truth about colleges is that a college degree is not worth the price of the sheepskin on which it's printed! College education is waste of time and money. The college bubble will burst soon, tearing down all ivory towers. The college degree payback is very long, an expensive education is not a guarantee to higher real wages, and it is not worth going to debt to finance it. A widespread public skepticism is fueled by poor job prospects. Real wages, that is, what you earned after you subtracted inflation and taxes, entered a freefall in the past two decades. Rather than be out of work, most citizens quietly settled for lower real wages.

A college education has a value relative to future earnings, vocational success, and its ability to lift you above the economic burdens of underemployment and stagnant earnings. Right now, that equation just doesn't measure up. The reward to risk ratio of college education is the lowest of all possible investments.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012 00:00 GFP Columnist - Basil Venitis
We are all Anglos now, and we all have adopted the culture of Anglosphere. The language we speak influences not only our thoughts, but our implicit preferences as well. Bilingual individuals' opinions of different ethnic groups are affected by the language in which they take a test probing their biases and predilections.

Charlemagne said that to speak another language is to possess another soul. Language is much more than a medium for expressing thoughts and feelings. Language creates and shapes our thoughts and feelings as well.

Queen Elizabeth of England said she is rededicating herself to the service of the UK and its people as she celebrates her Diamond Jubilee. In a speech to both Houses of Parliament, Queen Elizabeth said the commemoration of her 60 years on the throne was a chance to come together in a spirit of neighbourliness and celebration.

Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00 GFP Columnist - Basil Venitis
Rush Limbaugh muses this mythical nonexistent Republican "war on women" was supposed to work. There's a reason it didn't. There are many reasons, actually. But Limbaugh thinks the primary reason why this so-called Republican war on women doesn't work, isn't working and won't work is: For three years there has been an unmitigated, non-stop Democrat war on Sarah Palin alone.

And then you throw in Michele Bachmann or any other prominent conservative woman, and there's a war on all of them by the Democrat Party with their comedians, with their elected officials. Limbaugh doesn't care what it is, there were no boundaries on this one. There has been an unmitigated war on Sarah Palin.

Love is an emotion of strong affection and personal attachment. Ayn Rand points out that to love is to value. Only a rationally selfish man, a man of self-esteem, is capable of love, because he is the only man capable of holding firm consistent uncompromising unbetrayed values. The man who does not value himself cannot value anything or anyone.
Monday, 12 March 2012 00:00 GFP Columnist - Basil Venitis
The Vatican's official website has suffered an attack by Anonymous, cutting off access by users for several hours. Italian media outlets reported that the website,, became unresponsive around mid-afternoon local time.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, confirmed that had been the object of an attack. Anonymous was attacking the Vatican to protest the execution of heretics and the burning of books during the Inquisition and more recently the sexual abuse of children by priests.

In 1966 John Lennon claimed the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. Lennon said: Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first, rock and roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.

Lennon uttered those fateful words at the height of Beatlemania. The British Invasion happened to also coincide with the decline of Christianity, especially in England, and especially amongst the younger generations. The mass hysteria of Beatlemania was analogous to religious ecstasy. Many fans truly saw the Beatles as musical messiahs. John, Paul, George, and Ringo reported that fans would bring sick people to their concerts, in the belief that the band had a divine healing presence.

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