Wuhan Coronavirus: An Engine of Economic Destruction

The two videos below discuss the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis from two very different points of view. Many thanks to Hellequin GB for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling.

In the first video, an unidentified German pundit on RT gives an outline of the economic effects of the coronavirus from an establishment perspective. What I find creepy is the footage of Merkel, Macron, and other political leaders mingling with each other in their masks, doing elbow-touches:

The second video is a rant by Gerald Grosz, an Austrian politician for the BZÖ (Bündnis Zukunft Österreich, Alliance for the Future of Austria) and the FPÖ (Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, Austrian Freedom Party). Mr. Grosz has a decidedly Coronadissident perspective:

Video transcript #1:

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Let the Coronadissidents Come to Berlin

Last Saturday a huge crowd of demonstrators gathered in downtown Berlin to protest the government’s coronavirus restrictions. Police attempted to shut down the demonstration under the Infection Protection Act, but the crowd booed the police and resisted. The event was too large to be stopped forcibly.

The organizers said that a million people participated in the protest, while the mainstream media gave an estimate of 20,000. Even if the first number is an exaggeration, the second is obviously absurd, based on panoramic photos of the crowd.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this video report, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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Dispatch From Pandemia

We’re entering the sixth month of the Coronamadness, with no end in sight. Or, more accurately, no end in sight before November 4, 2020. If Trump wins, the madness will ratchet up a notch or two. And if Biden wins, full socialism will be implemented beginning on January 21, 2021. Which will undoubtedly closely resemble the “new normal” we have become accustomed to since early March.

I’ve written a number of times in this space about the difference between my local Food Lion and supermarkets in Charlottesville and other metropolitan areas. Food Lion is at the low-class end of the grocery store spectrum, which means it predominates in small rural towns. The one I frequent had been a refuge from the insanity of stores in Charlottesville. It had an ostensible mask rule, but it was not enforced, and most of the time only about 50% of the people in the store — staff or customers — wore the Corona Hijab. The atmosphere was relaxed. No one screamed at anyone else for not wearing a mask. And the social distancing rules were largely ignored.

All that changed a few days ago. The two Food Lions nearest me have instituted “Entrance” and “Exit” doors, and a Coronavirus Compliance Officer is stationed at the entrance to make sure every customer wears a mask. If you don’t have one, a mask will thoughtfully be provided for you.

Food Lion is now indistinguishable from Whole Foods and Walmart and all the other major retailers in Woke cities like Charlottesville.

The only remaining places of refuge are the Amish markets. There are substantial Amish colonies in this part of Central Virginia, and once an Amish community reaches a certain size, its entrepreneurs open up a market to sell bulk foods, deli items, and other odds and ends. Evidently the Amish don’t believe in masks, because you never see any of the staff wearing them. Some of the customers do, while others like me brazenly enter the store with a naked visage.

It’s a good thing the Amish markets sell a lot of stuff I need, because I’m going to do as much of my shopping there as possible. There’s a big one on a remote back road not too far from me, and I expect I’ll be visiting it frequently. It usually has some really good bargains.

I’ll bet the Amish didn’t close their churches during the lockdown. And I doubt Governor Coonman would have had the nads to try and force them to.

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I haven’t yet experienced the new coronacompliant Food Lion firsthand. I learned about it this morning at (for want of a better word) “church”.

You’re probably wondering why I put the word “church” in quote marks. Let me explain…

Since Governor Ralph “Coonman” Northam relaxed his lockdown rules for churches, some congregations have been holding limited services, while others haven’t. I’ve heard that the Catholics are celebrating mass in some form, and there’s at least one Presbyterian church in the area that has opened. Baptists, being a fissiparous denomination, vary in their policies — some churches are open, others not. I saw a group of (masked) congregants outside a Baptist church near my house this morning. As I understand it, some congregations are holding outdoor, socially distanced services. Others are gathering in church parking lots and sitting in their cars to hear the word of the Lord.

The Methodists are still locked down, however. And so are the Episcopalians, of which I am one.

After the governor, in his infinite wisdom, issued a new ukase that softened his draconian lockdown order, our diocesan bishop meditated on the situation and came up with a set of “guidelines” — they are mandatory — for parishes that are considering reopening. Below are excerpts from the lengthy document sent out to vestries:

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Jackboots at Dawn

The following article was posted last Thursday at Gateway Pundit:

Jackboots at Dawn: German Gestapo comes after “right-wing” journalists

by Jim Hoft

Gateway Pundit has written about the increasing political persecution in Europe. Now, German police have raided the home of an innocent “right-wing” blogger, while state media rely on violent Antifa supporters as “experts” on “right-wing radicalization”.

Conservative Journalist Hermann S. and his wife were arrested on Friday in the south German city of Landshut on suspicion of having sent “right-wing hate mails”, their house was searched, computers and electronic devices seized. Now they are being investigated for “illegally owning weapons” because Hermann, a career police officer of 29 years, owned two unregistered antique pistols inherited from his grandfather, a WW II era P38 and a 100-year-old Belgian revolver, along with a dummy “pump gun” style shotgun. They have since been released.

The charge: Hermann S. is accused of having sent 6 “hate mails” to leftist politicians signed “NSU 2.0”, a reference to the “National Socialist Underground”, a 10-year-old gang of skinhead East German hoodlums who randomly murdered 9 mostly Turkish migrants and killed themselves when the cops were closing in 2011. The doltish and ham-handed “NSU” is universally condemned by all conservative politicians in Germany, but still routinely cited by the Left as evidence of a “vast right-wing conspiracy” in German society.

Now, apparently, the moniker is being used to tar conservative bloggers like Hermann S., who had no idea about the e-mails written in his name. Speaking to Gateway Pundit Wednesday, he said, “Whoever wrote the mails signed them with my full name and address, as if that was a likely thing for underground terrorists to do.” When he asked the investigators about this glaring contradiction, the police told him maybe he accidentally signed the mails with his address. Hermann now faces a lengthy court case and may lose his police pension.

Even worse is the permanent tarring of his reputation, however. The obviously ridiculous charges were immediately leaked to mainstream media without any presumption of innocence or protection of his identity, listing his online moniker of “Eugen Prinz”, a reference to Prince Eugene of Savoy, who led the battle against the Ottoman Turks after the Siege of Vienna 1683.

Hermann S. is fairly sure he was set up by left-wing activists, who are coming after all conservative journalists and politicians world-wide now. He writes for leading German alternative news site “Politically Incorrect” (PI News), which was founded 2006 after the Mohammed caricatures controversy. PI News is staunchly pro-USA and pro-Israel, as its editorial guidelines state: “We support Israel and its citizens in what is their natural right: The right to live in freedom and peace.”

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The New Untermensch (And Some Old Ones, Too)

Our Israeli correspondent MC weighs in on the Black Lives Matter phenomenon and associated battlefronts in the Culture Wars.

The new Untermensch (and some old ones, too)

by MC

Black lives may matter, but not, it seems, if they are either Jewish or if they are still happen to be in the womb. So it is now official: there are certain classes of people who are less equal than others; and, of course, snowy is one of them. But this time the pigs are in trouble, too, and it is the black sheep who rule.

‘Untermensch’ was a German word used by the Nazi party to describe people that they did not like: Jews, Slavs, gypsies and others. In the Nazi parlance it is much more nuanced than just the literal translation of ‘less than human’. It also implied ‘dangerous’ in a eugenic context, as in polluting the ‘Aryan’ phenotype . They also did not like Africans, Asians and Muslims, but for political reasons had to pretend to accommodate them. Africans were not really relevant and the Japanese and ‘Palestinians’ had to be treated as allies for political reasons.

To clarify the above , I use ‘Palestinian’ in its modern context, but in WW2 one might have called them Pan-Arab Nationalists, followers of Haj Amin Al Husseini, an ardent Nazi and founder of Fatah and the PLO (now the Palestinian Authority).

Because of the confusion between political ‘left’ and political ‘right’, there is a problem of nomenclature with BLM. It is a race-based movement, very similar to the Nazi movement but lacking the nationalism of the Nazis, or rather, paying heed to a ‘Nation of Farrakhan’, where Louis Farrakhan is a kind of race-based cult using the name of Islam as an image enhancement.

In the USA the ‘woke’ movement is using race, and particularly skin colour, to divide the American people, whereas the Communists traditionally used class, which was only relevant in Europe. This flexibility demonstrates just how close Nazi socialism and Communist socialism are.

So the USA now has a pseudo-Nazi political religion which is currently as untouchable as a First World War trench system, surrounded as it was by the old barbed wire upon which it is all so easy to get oneself hung.

The German Nazis showed how easily democracy could be destroyed by an extreme party which, because ‘the ends justify the means’, could lie, cheat and steal in order to exploit democratic vulnerabilities, and thus end the democratic process and replace it with tyranny. Democracy requires that participants to be willing to defend democracy by undemocratic means if necessary, but that the participants believe in the overall benefit of democracy.

The particular vulnerability that the Nazis exploited was that the role of Chancellor and of President could, under the Weimar constitution be held by one person, thus giving the one person, in this case Adolf Hitler, plenipotentiary powers to dismiss the Reichstag and rule by executive decree.

The US Constitution is a lot more difficult to crunch, and the separation of powers inbuilt into the system means that no one person can hold ultimate power. But we are seeing before us a wholesale attempt to bring down any form of constitutional government and replace it with a one-party system. Although the Democrat Party appears to be the vehicle for this, hijacking the Democrat party has been part of the process.

The vulnerable points of the Constitution are the respective roles of the Supreme Court and the role (or non-role as the case may be) of the media as the established major critic of balanced government policy and the purveyor valid information to the people.

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Bang a Gong Against the Call of the Muezzin


Protesting with spoon and pot against the muezzin call

Many thanks to MissPiggy for translating this article from Westfalen-Blatt:

Why does Marcel Bauersfeld makes noise in front of the Herford Mosque during Friday prayers?

The police were already waiting for him: Marcel Bauersfeld in conversation with the two officers in front of the Ditib Mosque. After a lengthy discussion, the 37-year-old is sent away. But he says, “I’ll be back next Friday.” Photo: Moritz Winde

Herford, Saturday July 11

When the muezzin calls to prayer at the Ditib [Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs] Mosque, Marcel Bauersfeld stands on the sidewalk of Bielefelder Straße — again. He hammers with a spoon on a cooking pot. Shortly afterwards, the police come and send him away

by Moritz Winde

Is this freedom of expression, or does the 37-year-old interfere with religious freedom with his actions? “Two fundamental rights collide,” said the police spokeswoman Simone Lah-Schnier. However, as soon as there is a suspicion of a criminal offence, the police may, as in this case, issue a dispersal order. According to the government spokeswoman, the man from Herford has never had a police record, but he is now being charged with disturbing religious freedom.

On July 3, Marcel Bauersfeld had also made a lot of noise in front of the mosque. A week ago he used a cowbell. “That was confiscated by the police. That’s why I’m here with the pot today,” he says. The case is currently before the Bielefeld Public Prosecutor’s Office. Simone Lah-Schnier says that it will be examined whether it is a criminal offence. For the time being the cowbell will remain in the custody of the authorities.

For the third time in a row, the 37-year-old is protesting this Friday against the Islamic call to prayer that Mayor Tim Kähler had allowed the Turkish community in mid-June. Since then, the decision of the head of the administration has caused controversy. The CDU, led by mayor Anke Theisen, had criticized the decision. A majority of the City Council, however, regards the call to prayer as a fundamental right.

Marcel Bauersfeld makes it clear in an interview with this newspaper: “I am neither left- nor right-wing. Nor do I have anything against other cultural practices. The only thing that bothers me is the muezzin call, which in my view is nothing more than calling out a Caliphate. I don’t want to have Sharia law here.’

The protester says he has studied the Koran in detail and believes with the permission for the muezzin call, a Pandora’s box was opened. “Other Turkish communities could claim the same right.” He calls for the city of Herford to revoke the permit for the muezzin call.

The 37-year-old has announced he will be back next Friday. “I’m curious to see if I’m prosecuted for a cowbell or a cooking pot,” he says.

The Ditib community could prevent this if it obtains an injunction from the local court to impose a restraining order. This means that Marcel Bauersfeld is only permitted to approach the mosque up to a certain, fixed distance.

YouTube Cracks Down

The following video by the German vlogger Unblogd discusses YouTube’s recent crackdown on “hate speech”, which took out Stefan Molyneux’s channel, among others. The purge was part of a larger Night of the Long Knives staged by Big Tech against users who dissent from the Woke party line on BLM, Coronamadness, etc.

In the video below, Unblogd refers to his earlier report on the terror incident at a Paris shopping center, which was almost immediately taken down by YouTube. Fortunately, Vlad’s version at 3Speak is still available.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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Rasmus Paludan Bunged Into Chokey

The Danish “Islamophobe” Rasmus Paludan is well-known to regular readers of this site, thanks to the dozens of videos of his street demonstrations that Vlad Tepes has uploaded over the past four or five years. Vlad has lost a lot of channels during that time, but he recently re-uploaded last September’s interview with Mr. Paludan in Quebec. This time it’s on the 3Speak platform (in five parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5), so it’s less likely to disappear from the web.

Denmark used to be bastion of free speech. Thirteen years ago, when I first started paying attention to Danish politics, there was a greater degree of free speech in Denmark than anywhere else in Western Europe. And maybe there still is — but in the years since then, free speech in Western Europe has all but disappeared.

Rasmus Paludan was recently convicted of “racism” in a Danish court, and will spend a month in jail if his planned appeal is unsuccessful. Below are two articles about the verdict, first from Reuters:

Danish far-right party leader sentenced to jail on racism and defamation

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) — The leader of Danish far-right party Stram Kurs, lawyer Rasmus Paludan, was disbarred from the legal profession and sentenced to three months in jail on Thursday after being found guilty of racism.

Stram Kurs (Hard Line) was close to getting into parliament in the last election in Denmark with a policy based on banning Islam and deporting hundreds of thousands of Muslims.

Paludan first came to public attention in 2017 when he started making anti-Muslim Youtube videos. His stunts have included publicly burning the Koran, sometimes wrapped in bacon, in what he said was a tribute to free speech.

Paludan was sentenced to 14 days of conditional imprisonment in 2019 for racist speech. He will now face one month of imprisonment with two additional months of suspended sentence after being found guilty of 14 different accounts of racism, defamation and hazardous driving.

Additionally, as part of his sentence, Paludan was disbarred for three years, had his driver’s licence suspended for one year and was fined around 40,000 Danish crowns ($6,012.23), the district court said in a statement.

Paludan denied all charges.

The second report is from the BBC:

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Malign Foreign Influences in Dutch Mosques

The Dutch Parliament has concluded a study on the influence of non-free countries on Muslims in the Netherlands. Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from De Dagelijkse Standaard:

Parliamentary commission concludes Dutch mosques influenced by non-free countries

by Michael van der Galien
June 25, 2020

The parliamentary commission that conducted an investigation into the funding of mosques and Islamic schools has concluded that they are influenced through “financiers from non-free lands who want to exercise their political-religious influence in the Netherlands.” This concerns “fundamentalist messages that reject the core values of our society.”

The Tweede Kamer needed a commission in order to conclude that? Literally, everybody knew all along that there were problems, but oh, oh, the Second Chamber had to first investigate it thoroughly, and only then could they could say it.

The most important criticism is directed towards Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. There imams are trained and indoctrinated with an extreme version of Islam, and then sent out to the Netherlands. “Muslim communities are also bombarded with strict religious messages via social media.”

The commission also whines about Turkey— The Diyanet (Turkish agency for religious affairs) is said to “hold a political grip on the visitors to the mosques and the Turkish Dutch”. If that was true, then you still ask yourself what would be illegal about it. It is completely logical that a country wants to have contact with its citizens, even if they live elsewhere. The Netherlands does no different. And the message from Turkish Diyanet imams is really never anti-democratic and never affects the fundamentals of the democratic constitutional state. Perhaps the connections with Turkey are underscored, but yes, in the Netherlands, we have allowed the people to have two passports. So it is logical and even defensible that Turkey contacts its people and treats them as Turks. Which they always are.

As regards the anti-democratic, anti-West messages that are preached in Arab and Moroccan mosques: This must naturally be discussed directly with the countries. Possibilities to stop it must be looked at… if the possibilities are legal.

Because yes, in the Netherlands, we have religious freedom. Foreigners can be influenced by the content of religious leaders’ speeches.

Oh no, does Michael really write now that they are free and must be free?

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Dr. Heinrich Fiechtner: “Our Country is in Serious Danger”

Dr. Heinrich Fiechtner is a hematologist and oncologist, and a former member of the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany) who serves in the Baden-Württemberg regional parliament.

Last Wednesday the president (i.e. speaker) of parliament, Ms. Muhterem Aras (Greens), ordered that Dr. Fiechtner be ejected from the chamber, and suspended him for a term of five sessions of parliament. The following video is his response.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Whatever You Do, Don’t Mention Kanaken

Boris Reitschuster is a German journalist and vlogger, and was featured here earlier this month in a report on the BLM riots in Berlin. More recently he was censored by YouTube over the use of a single word, Kanaken, which is a pejorative German term for Turks, Persians, and other “southerners”, roughly equivalent to the English slang word “wogs”.

Before we move on to what happened to Mr. Reitschuster, here’s the relevant audio message from a police officer that was recorded during last weekend’s riots in Stuttgart. The accompanying footage is from the streets of Stuttgart on the same night, but is not necessarily coterminous with the audio track.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

The article below from Politically Incorrect (also translated by MissPiggy) describes what happened to Boris Reitschuster after he uploaded the audio to YouTube:

“Parts of This Voice Message Could Unsettle the Population”

YouTube censors voice message from desperate Stuttgart police officer

by Torsten Groß

Just a few hours after the unbelievably violent riots in Stuttgart city centre, committed by a motley mob of mostly foreigners, refugees and Germans with a migrant background, a private voice message by a police officer in action — completely upset — appeared on social networks, which has already been heard by millions of people.

The obviously extremely shocked officer describes the events experienced quite realistically from his point of view. The video platform YouTube has now classified the video as “Hate Speech” and censored this moving voice message, which contradicts the first reports of the vast majority of mainstream media.

Here’s the link to the video that the blogger Boris Reitschuster posted on Sunday of the voice message by the Stuttgart police officer on his video platform page on the video platform YouTube with pictures of the civil war-like scenes. The upload was uncommented.

Within a few hours, the video produced by Reitschuster had tens of thousands of views.

The blogger Boris Reitschuster writes about this censorship on his blog:

“Yesterday I uploaded to YouTube the audio message of a policeman from the night of riots in Stuttgart. In the recording, an officer describes what happened there. Among other things, he says: ‘Here in Stuttgart is war, if you wear a uniform, then you’re just the victim, a miracle that no one has been shot. There’s more to come!’ The video was viewed nearly 30,000 times in less than 24 hours.

“YouTube has now blocked the video, claiming that it is ‘hate speech’. The network belonging to Google has taken it off the network and issued me with a warning. The reason: ‘It violates the guidelines on hate speech.’ And further: ‘It is your first violation; this is only a warning. If you receive another warning, your channel will be warned and you won’t be able to upload videos, post, or stream live content for 1 week. If you receive a second warning, you are not allowed to publish content for 2 weeks. If you receive 3 alerts within 90 days, your channel will be permanently deleted. We want you to stay on YouTube. Please note, therefore, the following:…’ A training lesson follows.

“In my view, this is censorship. I can’t detect any hate speech in the audio recording. Once the official makes an insulting statement when he says, ‘Just Kanaken’: As much as I distance myself from such terms — although similar references such as ‘dirty potato’ or ‘pork-eater’ for Germans pass through without problems — the ban on ‘Kanaken’ is completely excessive. Especially since the term is also considered by the judiciary to be at least partially not relevant to criminal law. Is an offensive word a reason to block an entire statement? In a country where women politicians can be called ‘F…’ with impunity? And where in the TAZ has openly asked to dispose of policemen in the garbage dump because they tend to be Nazis? So far, no one has made any attempt to block this article.”

The worldwide Internet doesn’t just consist of YouTube, Google and Co., who have recently only too gladly bowed to the “leftist-green zeitgeist” and its defenders in politics and the mainstream media — especially since the legal “thumbscrews” are gradually being tightened.

The moving voice message of the Stuttgart police officer, which everyone should listen to, may also be found in other places on the net that do not rush to censor according to New German standards.

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You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide

The following (somewhat disturbing) spam email message appeared in my inbox this morning:

From: joanna
To: nedmay
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2020 9:48 AM
Subject: access control face recognition

Hi,

Here share you one of the fever detection product kFace-M882 face recognition, which is widely used inoffice lobby/building,shopping center,supermarket…

It can be installed on a barrier for access control and temperature measuring ,if people get fever , Audible alarm will alarm and light turns red.
What’s more, The barrier won’t open..

The software can connect to a big data collecting screen , which you can easily check the records , who is in high temperature , whose is normal .

More details please contact us.
Joanna

Additional lines of white-on-white text (to help foil spam-detection software) were interleaved with the readable text, but I’ve omitted those — they were just random excerpts from literary sources.

The image was in-line MIME, rather than linked externally, otherwise it would have been blocked by my email client, and I wouldn’t have seen it.

First of all: I seriously doubt the sender of this message is named Joanna. Something like Yumei seems far more likely.

Secondly: This is, in effect, Chinese government spam. The research and development for facial recognition and fever detection equipment was funded by the Chinese government. So some CCP tech firm is trying to amortize the ChiCom regime’s development costs by sending out masses of spam.

How many customers do you think they’ll acquire via this strategy?

Killing Free Speech, Yet Again

Regular readers will remember Michael Hansen, the independent Danish-American filmmaker who produced the documentaries Killing Europe, Killing Canada, and Killing Free Speech, among others.

Amazon has now removed the first part of Killing Free Speech from its listings. Which is ironic, given that the film is a documentary about the threats to freedom of expression posed by Antifa and its allies in the media and the Democrat party.

A second part of the documentary, focused on the power of Big Tech, will be released shortly.

This is the second time that the documentary’s creator has been censored by Amazon. As Breitbart News reported last year, Hansen’s previous documentary, about mass migration and Islam in Europe, was also censored by the Big Tech platform.

Breitbart has a report on Amazon’s action against Killing Free Speech.

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All That Vanished Glory


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The central preoccupation of Americans — those who are literate enough to be preoccupied with history — is the Civil War, a.k.a. the War Between the States, a.k.a. the Recent Unpleasantness. The degree of preoccupation varies according to the distance between where one lives and the areas where most of the fighting took place. Since Virginia is the state where most of the battles were fought, any Virginia family — black or white — of sufficiently long lineage can tell you stories that have been passed down from generation to generation for a century and a half.

Mind you, I’m not talking about the hysterical preoccupation with “racism”, “slavery”, and “oppression” that is raging in the land as I write these words. I’m talking about a deep and abiding interest in the tragic years 1861-1865 generated by the impact they had on one’s family and environment.

I wrote about such matters in my poem “Sayler’s Creek” (the full text is here), which opens with these stanzas:

There is too much history here in Virginia;
we are drowning in its muddy flood.
Every April sweeps its pontoons from their moorings
on the North Fork of the Shenandoah
with Federal soldiers watching helplessly from the bank.
Every pitcher toeing the mound
scuffs up a lode of Minié balls.
A metal detector swept over any ravine
uncovers the belt buckles and canteens
urgently shed by fleeing infantry.
A faded daguerreotype of General Lee
stares down from every wall,
a stern reminder of all that vanished glory.

The top drawer of every dusty dresser
in every second-hand shop
opens to reveal a brittle bundle of worthless banknotes.
Everyone’s great-great-uncle Theophrastus
led the charge at the Crater.

That poem was written in 1996, when one could still see photographs of General Lee here and there in public places. Those days are gone, alas. A rearguard action is even now being fought against the removal of his statue from Monument Avenue in Richmond, but the cause is just as lost as it was the spring of 1865. The Wokerati will prevail. The last depictions of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson will eventually be erased from public view in the Commonwealth, no matter what the average Virginia citizen might think of the matter. All objective accounts of Confederate history will be removed from high school and university curricula. The stories will be passed down by word of mouth only. The artifacts and written accounts of the events of those years will be confined to private collections and family attics.

And one such attic will obviously be mine.

There are little pieces of family lore in the stanzas of my poem. My mother’s great-great uncle was famous for leading the charge at the Crater in Petersburg, but his name wasn’t Theophrastus. He was Brigadier General David Weisiger (pronounced “Wizziger”, for readers who live outside the Richmond area), and was renowned, at least in Virginia, for his heroism on that day.

I am also in possession of a brittle bundle of worthless banknotes from the period. For many years they were kept in the top drawer of Dymphna’s and my dresser.

My grandmother’s first cousin (i.e. my first cousin twice removed) was the only daughter of the eldest daughter (there were five daughters, no sons) of David Weisiger’s brother, so she inherited most of the family heirlooms from the plantation. She never married, and when she died the various items were divided among her cousins.

The largest pieces of furniture went to my uncle and my mother. The item that I coveted most was a plantation medical kit, which was a wooden cabinet with little drawers and cubbies for medicinal substances, surgical implements, etc. I remember one drawer was labeled “Opium”, and there was a dried black tarry residue at the bottom of it. I really wanted that cabinet, but it went to one of my cousins.

One of the few things I received (which I had also wanted) was an envelope full of Confederate money. I’ve scanned some of the notes to display here.

In my bundle of worthless banknotes are two hundred-dollar bills, one twenty (not shown here), eighteen Confederate tens, one Virginia ten, and three pieces of fractional scrip from the City of Richmond — 25¢ (not shown here), 30¢, and 75¢. That makes a total of $411.30, which was a lot of money in 1862, especially since it was presumably received in exchange for gold and/or silver coins. I’m certain those were sorely missed in April of 1865.

This is the back of the hundred-dollar note shown at the top of this post:


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The interest rate paid on the note was 2¢ daily, which is an APR of 7.3%.


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There’s no indication that any interest was paid on the tens and twenties.

The fractional notes issued by the City of Richmond are worn and wrinkled, indicating that they saw wide circulation. The other bills were in better shape, and may not have circulated much before coming to rest in the family strongbox.

For the higher-denomination notes, the Confederate government promised to pay the bearer the face amount on demand six months or two years (depending on the note) after a peace treaty was signed with the United States. It was hoped that the delay would allow the nascent state to accumulate enough gold and silver through taxes and tariffs to be able to pay off its promissory notes.

Alas, no peace treaty ever came. The surrender was signed by General Lee on April 9, 1865 (which day I refer to in my more sardonic moments as “the Confederate naqba”), and all those Confederate, Virginia, and Richmond banknotes suddenly became worthless pieces of paper.

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