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Uncle Sam Loses Billion$ From D.I.Y.
I hear the acronym D.I.Y. (do it yourself) everywhere I go these days, it has put a new face on an old trend called problem solving. I used the D.I.Y. concept to create this publication you’re reading and I even bought into this popular trend, by purchasing a domain name, titled http://www.diy-publishing.com. There, I offer a small press publishing service to indie authors like myself. The D.I.Y. concept is definitely a viral subject and its here to stay, although it really never left, D.I.Y. dates back as far as time.
D.I.Y. is an approach you can apply to anything these days, even if it requires some continued education, like learning a new set of skills, or a new craft, to then apply to any project at home or, work. It’s the way to do things these days to save money and can be as equally fun and rewarding. So if you need a project completed, by all means consider the, “do it yourself” concept, instead of using a professional contractor, or an expensive corporate service. The D.I.Y. lifestyle is growing in popularity and whole groups and genres are calling it their own.
What about when a group of people use their D.I.Y. skills and talents to provide an underground service. Example; two work acquaintances are both in need of a service and instead of bargain shopping with local businesses, they begin to collaborate together and hash out the details of their needs. Basically, it’s a “who knows who” discussion, usually by word of mouth, until a solution is found and an arrangement is made. Once everybody is in one accord, the deal is sealed using a tradeoff of some sorts, using the trusted buddy system and always under the table. This is basic bartering 101, which is the oldest method of doing business in the history of the world and the U.S. federal government despises it.
When the U.S. government agencies calculate economic figures for a given year, such as the gross national product (GNP), they rely on information gathered using regulated reports. These reports are from legitimate income returns, generated by licensed companies, non-profit organizations, and individual taxpayers, this means you and me. What these government agencies cannot use in their economic forecasts however, are the estimated billions and billions of dollars in cash circulating through what’s known as, “the underground economy” and they are not referring to the “black market economy,” that’s a whole other problem the US government is always battling, only to fail annually.
The United States alone was estimated to account for over $2 trillion US Dollars (USD) lost per year from all unreported cash holdings.
It has also been estimated that up to 80% of all US $100 dollar bills printed every year, end up overseas within weeks of their circulation. This includes income generated through illegal means, such as prostitution or, gambling, as well as legitimate, but cash-based activities, such as auctions and Internet related services. The Internet is a large D.I.Y. playground, full of resources. The deep darknet markets prosper here as well because, where there’s good, bad usually follows and believe me there are many faces, to the “do it yourself” methodology.
The federal government despises D.I.Y. bartering arrangements and services that are paid using cash, or “under the table,” so to say. It’s all too funny to the average tax payer, to be totally honest, but I’m sure you can see the U.S. government’s dilemma here. This is a market they can’t control and will never able to control in a free democracy like America.
To all you out there living and practicing the D.I.Y. lifestyle, we solute you. Long live all the ‘do it yourself’ projects and bartering arrangements worldwide. This article is written F.Y.I. promoting D.I.Y. living.”
STAMINA ZINE ISSUE #1
Self made Billionaires!
From rags to world’s richest
People from backgrounds of hardship — with little to lose — may be less afraid to take big risks. Here are 10 moguls who rose from adversity. By Forbes.com
Before captivating Las Vegas crowds with famed music-inspired acrobatic shows, billionaire Guy Laliberté, the founder of Cirque du Soleil, was playing the harmonica and eating fire on the streets of Europe and Canada. The accordion-playing stilt walker bet big on his gang of acrobats when he brought them from Quebec to the Los Angeles Arts Festival in 1987 in hopes of wooing the crowd. If the mission had failed, his team wouldn’t have had enough gas money to make it home.
But the gamble paid off for Laliberté, and in 1991 casino mogul Steve Wynn brought Cirque du Soleil to Las Vegas, paving the way for Laliberté to eventually become a billionaire.
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New Band Making Waves Out Of California
FIDLAR is a skate punk band from Los Angeles California. The band’s name is an acronym for ‘Fuck It Dog, Life’s a Risk’; a skate mantra created by singer Zac Carper’s former roommates. The members of FIDLAR were seemingly destined from birth to play in a band with a role model father from the legendary punk rock skate band T.S.O.L.
Elvis Kuehn (guitar/vocals) and Max Kuehn (drums) are the sons of Greg Kuehn, keyboardist for Long Beach punk legends T.S.O.L., while Zac Carper (vocals/guitar) is the son of famed custom surfboard crafter and designer to the pros, “John “JC” Carper,” who works out of his home based shop in Oahu Hawaii. Along with Brandon Schwartzel on bass, the Kuehn brothers and Carper came together in 2009 form the California based (slash) skate/surf /garage/-punk rock band known as “FIDLAR.”
Originally; FIDLAR went under the name ‘Fuck The Clock.’ Three years after recording their first songs they stepped on stage together with ‘The Black Lips’ and then went on tour with ‘The Hives.’ What kind of luck do you have to have to debut on the road with two seasoned bands who bring in large crowds of fans everywhere they perform. Instantly they were signed for a major label contract and in 2013 they released an album under the same name titled ‘FIDLAR,’ which sent them onto a new playing field far different than the house party weekend gigs they were used to playing.
Before long, the four FIDLAR members were cohabitating in a pad on Figueroa Street, getting the job done with DIY rehearsals and recording their party tunes on site for friends and family. FIDLAR haven’t stopped touring since their early beginning performing at local high schools and house parties, dating back to 2009 when band name was ‘Fuck The Clock.’ So ‘FIDLAR’ feels they’ve paid their dues and are ready for the spotlight and the long road of touring.
As much as most would hate to admit it, you’ve got to love the youngster’s party songs and their classic humorous lyrics. Below are some of the, “I don’t give a fuck” lyrics I pulled from their smash album titled ‘FIDLAR.
In the hit song “Cheap Beer” the lyrics say; “…getting fucked up on the 101, shooting our guns and having fun, 40 beers later and a line of speed, eight-ball of blow and a half-a-pound of weed. (Chorus), “I drink Cheap Beer – So what – Fuck you!” “I drink Cheap Beer – So what – Fuck you!”
In another song “Stoked and Broke” the lyrics say; “I just want to get really high, smoke weed until the day I die, I don’t ever wanna get a job, if I fucked up today hey, nothing’s wrong. Getting pissed up by the hills, on cocaine and shitty pills, get head in a broken car, with the windows up and the lights turned off. There’s nothing wrong with living like this, all my friends are pieces of shit…”
Zac Carper – guitar, vocals
Brandon Schwartzel – bass
Elvis Kuehn – guitar, vocals
Max Kuehn – drums
Los Angeles, CA
FIDLAR Getting Noticed:
*In 2012, Stereogum named FIDALR one of the ’40 Best New Bands of 2012.’
*In the 2013, O Music Awards, FIDLAR were nominated within the ‘Best Web-Born Artist’ category.
*In the 2013, AIM Independent Music Awards, hosted by Association of Independent Music (AIM), FIDLAR were nominated within the ‘Best Live Act’ category.