Pollyanna — Please Come Home

In the following essay MC tackles the dire state of affairs in the fragmented country formerly known as the United States of America.

Pollyanna — Please Come Home

by MC

I truly believe that Communism/Nazism/Socialism is Satanic. Whilst the useful idiots may actually believe that they are doing the “good works” of Socialism, to Yah they are as “filthy rags” (in the Hebrew this is understood as “used sanitary towels”): “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” (Isaiah 64:6)

Socialists of all stamps seem to feel righteous and superior when they inflict their ‘good’ doctrines upon us. But their coercion and forcible conversion are essentially meaningless in the realm of Yah’s knowledge of Good and Evil, and they too will be judged against the Ten Commandments. They will be held accountable for their theft (redistributive taxation) and their murder as well as of throwing their ‘gods’ in Yah’s face (first commandment in Hebrew).

In Acts we read of a community of “followers of the WAY (of Yah)”. The important thing to understand is that this was a totally voluntary community, no coercion; people were happy to share what they could bring to the community. Anas and Safira sought to deceive and were struck down, not by the community, but by God himself.

But this Acts community is not Socialism or Communism where the community is not voluntary and the ‘pigs’ exploit Snowy — Snowy must join the bread queue whilst the ‘pigs’ have their food brought to them by servants.

Many point out the nasty side of the Bible, the death penalty for sodomy, adultery and fornication, for example. But this was for the same voluntary community structure that we read about in Acts. You keep the Commandments, leave and go to one of the refuge cities, or be put to death.

What is missing from Socialism is the “voluntary” element. The few who believe themselves ‘enlightened’ and thus qualified to dictate to the rest of us how we should live. This is forcible conversion, not to a ‘religion’ as such, but to a much nastier and more ruthless political religion.

The COVID-19 vaccine mandate falls into this category of forcible conversion. Everything about the SARS-COV-2 saga is a lie. But an effective one that has panicked half the world into compliance.

I have never been a fan of vaccination. From the days of Edward Jenner it has been a huge revenue-earner, and this always seems to have been of greater priority to medical professionals and their Big Pharma owners than the safety and effectiveness of the products.

This link sums up the Naturopathy view of vaccines: dangerous biologicals for the treatment of non-dangerous (in clean and well fed-people) diseases.

If the Covid vax were safe and effective, then why worry about a so-called “pandemic of the unvaccinated”? Why are the unvaccinated deemed to be a danger to the vaccinated? Is this a political stunt rather than a medical one? The evidence that it is becomes more and more convincing as we listen to the vaccine effectiveness countdown, now at 3% and dropping.

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Nice Work If You Can Get It

It seems that German politicians can expect golden parachutes. Maybe even platinum ones.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Bild:

“Pension With 60” ++ €1100/Month Per Year of Work

You have to be an ex— (Government) Minister ! An average earner would have to work for 132 YEARS

Pension from 60, more than 1100 euros per month on account and mini-deductions in the event of early retirement! Sounds like a pension land of milk and honey, but it really does exist: You would have to be a minister of the outgoing federal government…

There are these extra special pension favours for departing ministers. Amount: After four years of office, there is currently around €4500/month as a pension — so €1100 per year [of work]. If the Bundestag is dissolved prematurely, the pension is already available after two years of office! For comparison: an average earner would have to work for 132 YEARS!

Retirement age: Officially, ministers also have to raise their retirement age to 67 years. But: on request, you can collect your pension at 60. In comparison: employees can only retire after 35 years of work, at 63 at the earliest.

Nine of the ministers still in office could benefit from the “retirement at 60”. Including the Union Ministers Helge Braun (Chancellery), Anja Karliczek (Education), Julia Klöckner (Agriculture), Andreas Scheuer (Transport) and Jens Spahn (Health).

Discounts: These also exist for ministers, but they are capped at 14.4%. If ministers were treated like retirees, the discount would actually have to be 25.2% if retirement were brought forward by seven years. Even in politics, the pension privileges for ministers are viewed critically. The FDP applied for the abolition of some extra special pension favours last year, but failed in the Bundestag. As a likely future ruling party, it could now ensure that the federal ministers also arrive at the pension reality.

Nuclear Power Goes Green

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from the German-language service of RT:

France first: Ten EU countries are calling for nuclear power to be classified as green energy

A group of ten EU countries, led by France, has asked the European Commission to recognize nuclear energy as a low-carbon energy source. The technology is intended to contribute to the EU’s transition to climate neutrality, which has been planned for decades.

In view of the ongoing energy crisis in Europe, ten EU countries wrote to Brussels in favor of nuclear energy as an “important affordable, stable and independent energy source” that could protect EU consumers from “being exposed to price fluctuations”. The document, initiated by France, was sent to the EU Commission with the signature of nine other EU countries, most of which already include nuclear energy in their national energy mix: Bulgaria, Finland, Croatia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

Nuclear power plants generate over 26 percent of the electricity produced in the European Union. “The rise in energy prices has also shown the importance of reducing our energy dependence on third countries as quickly as possible,” the letter reads. Over 90 percent of the natural gas in the EU is imported from abroad, with Russia being the main producer. For the signatories of the letter, this appears to be one of the main factors behind the rise in energy prices. They write:

“Supply outages will occur more and more frequently, and we have no choice but to diversify our supply. We should be careful not to increase our dependence on energy imports from outside Europe.”

The signatories call on the Commission to include nuclear energy in the EU’s green taxonomy. This is a technical guide to help governments and investors determine which projects comply with the Paris Agreement and which violate its climate targets. Activities that fall under the taxonomy must make a “substantial contribution” to at least one environmental objective of EU climate policy and at the same time avoid significant damage to one of the other objectives. In addition, projects that fall under the taxonomy must meet a minimum level of social guarantees.

France versus Germany

The Commission has already included an extensive catalog of sectors such as solar, geothermal, hydrogen, wind, hydropower and bioenergy in the guide. When Brussels presented the taxonomy in April, however, one sector was missing: nuclear energy. Despite the self-set goal of tackling climate change, member states are still unable to reach consensus on whether nuclear energy is a green or a dirty source of energy. The Commission has postponed the important decision to allow the countries to close the debate.

On the one hand, Germany, which plans to shut down all of its reactors by 2022, is leading the anti-nuclear movement along with Austria, Denmark, Luxembourg and Spain. “We are concerned that the inclusion of nuclear energy in the taxonomy would permanently damage its integrity, credibility and thus its usefulness,” wrote the federal states under the leadership of Germany in July .

On the other hand, France, which gets over 70 percent of its electricity from nuclear power plants, is fighting for nuclear power to be classified as sustainable under the taxonomy. As the new letter shows, Paris has the support of several eastern states that have already allocated millions to nuclear projects. “While renewable energy sources play a key role in our energy transition, they cannot produce enough low-carbon electricity to meet our needs in a sufficient and constant manner,” says the letter, in which nuclear energy is considered a “safer and more innovative” sector that has the potential to retain one million highly skilled jobs “in the near future”.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s energy policy is what he calls an “both-and” strategy. He wants to build new, small nuclear power plants (SMR), but at the same time renewable energies are to be expanded. However, the mini-reactors are not yet ready for production. A single model is currently running in Russia. In addition, French industry shows little interest in the small reactors, as they produce relatively little electricity and cannot replace conventional nuclear power plants.

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Hi-Yo Silver!

For his entire career after leaving the army, my father was employed by the NSA as a cryptographer. His work sometimes required him to travel. In the early days, when I was a small child, he often traveled to Germany, the North of England, and Alaska. Many years later, long after he retired, I realized that those locations must have been listening stations where the agency was picking up the SIGINT that he was tasked with decrypting. I also realized that that was the reason why he had a Russian-English dictionary and a Russian grammar on his bookshelf (he also had a Swedish-English dictionary, but I’m not sure why he needed that).

Later in his career, as his work became largely administrative, his travels were generally more mundane. In 1964 he paid a visit to St. Paul, Minnesota (maybe there was an NSA field office up there) and stayed at the Twins Motor Hotel. For some reason he brought back a menu from the motel’s coffee shop, and I’m glad he did, because it gives me a little window into restaurant prices back then. I was still too young to pay much attention to prices and inflation, so I wouldn’t have otherwise remembered.

Just as a thought experiment, imagine that my father bought the “Burger Steak Supreme” with a cup of coffee. Salisbury steak, fries, cole slaw, and rolls for $1.25. Coffee was a dime. My father was decent tipper, so he probably handed the waitress a dollar bill, two quarters, and a dime, and told her to keep the change.

The dollar bill would have been a Silver Certificate, and not the Monopoly money — Federal Reserve Notes — that circulates nowadays.

You could take a $1 Silver Certificate down to the bank and exchange it for a silver dollar. I remember doing just that, and getting one of those beautiful Morgan dollars. I was still little, so it felt huge and heavy in the palm of my hand.

My dad wouldn’t have used a silver dollar, though. They still circulated, and you would occasionally see people spending them (usually the later Peace Dollars, which were much less attractive), but quarters and half dollars were used most of the time.

To continue this thought experiment, let’s imagine that he paid for his meal with two Franklin halves, two Washington quarters, and a Mercury dime. Roosevelt dimes were more common by 1964, but Mercuries (strictly speaking, Winged Liberty dimes) were still in circulation, and were more pleasing to the eye, so I prefer to imagine one of those.

Now let’s imagine that he decided to spare his waistline, forgo his lunch, and use his $1.60 in silver to open a savings account for the benefit of his young son. In those days banks were statutorily required to pay 4% annual interest on savings accounts. I remember my passbook, with occasional small deposits noted inside, and the line where a little bit of interest was added each quarter.

At some point between those halcyon days and 1980 the rules changed, and banks no longer had to pay 4% on savings accounts. Interest rates became paltry, and anyone who wanted their savings to accrue significant interest found other vehicles for their money.

But let’s pretend that somehow that little savings account kept chugging along at 4%. When I reached my majority I eschewed withdrawing the money, and left it in the account. As of today it has managed to increase in value to $14.96.

“Big woo, Baron,” I hear you say. “That doesn’t even beat inflation.”

No, it doesn’t. But the funny thing is, neither does the current value of the silver. More on that later.

If my father had hung onto those five silver coins, and I had inherited them, as of today they would be worth approximately $33.60. If I took them down to the local silver dealer, that’s about what he would give me in Federal Reserve play money for their “melt value”. A savings account would have had to pay roughly 5.5% annual interest in order for the deposit to have accrued that much value since 1964.

Now let’s think about what the same meal would cost you today. As it happens, I ate almost the same lunch a couple of days ago at a diner in the little town in the hinterlands where I went to visit relatives. I had a more upscale vegetable than cole slaw (greens), but I had to order it à la carte. Since the diner wasn’t as swank as the Twins Motor Hotel, we’ll just assume they more or less even out. With the coffee (which costs a LOT more these days) and tip, my meal came in at just over $19 in pretend money. That’s more than the 4% savings rate would have given me on the original $1.60, but less than the current value of those silver coins.

However… Restaurant prices haven’t inflated to the extent that other commodities have. Consider what a car or a new house cost you in 1964. Back in the late 1950s my parents paid $22,000 for a custom-built three-bedroom, two-bath brick ranch on a large lot. If I still owned it, that property would be worth about a million in today’s market. In comparison, 22,000 silver dollars are now worth about $460,000 — less than half as much.

So what gives? Why didn’t silver keep up?

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I bring all this up because one of Francis W. Porretto’s recent posts discussed Silver Certificates, the Federal Reserve, legal tender, and currency in general. It got me to thinking about changes in the currency since 1964.

As it happens, 1964 was the last year that the Treasury minted silver coins. At that point no silver dollars had been minted since 1935. From 1965 on dimes, quarters, and half dollars were made of a copper-nickel “sandwich”. People called the ugly new coins “Johnson slugs” because they were introduced during the Johnson administration.

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Why is China so Dangerous?

H. Numan sends this follow-up to his earlier essay about China.

Why is China so dangerous?

by H. Numan

A response from a reader encouraged me to continue my essay about China. His points are valid, and will be exploited to the max by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the near future. China is a dangerous dragon, despite having fairly blunt teeth and very short claws. It remains a terrible danger, simply because of its size. 1.4 billion people can’t be wrong, though they may not have it right.

Let’s look at the People’s Liberation Army. The whole lot of them, army, navy, air force, rocket force and the auxiliary navy. The last are civilian registered ships, operated by navy personnel under military command disguised as fishing trawlers. Yes, the PLA is a powerful force on first glance. However, first looks are deceiving. What they lack is combat experience. They have no veterans. None whatsoever.

You can train someone to become a soldier, easily. But you can’t train someone to become a veteran soldier. Only combat does that. No matter how hard you try. Lots of very promising cadet officers proved to be worthless under fire. Not just freshly-minted lieutenants; it happens to generals, too. Especially if they themselves avoided any hazardous duties, managing desks from as far away as possible, and got promoted based on their relatives, not on experience. In other words: all Chinese generals, admirals and air-marshals.

The current price for three stars (lieutenant general) is 2.5 million dollars. Any Chinese with the right connections and at least that amount of money can become a general. That kind of corruption seeps through down below. A corrupt general (that’s all of them) isn’t going to promote a bright keen honest colonel over his not so bright but corrupt and therefore controllable colleagues. That would be suicide. That bright keen incorruptible colonel cannot be influenced, and makes everybody look bad. Imagine that pest becoming general! What hell can he unleash? Corruption breeds corruption. Only officers with enough money get promoted. Almost the same goes down the line: you need $25,000 to enter the cadet school. Even joining as a humble private costs you hefty $2,500. Which is good news for us: if need be, you simply buy a few generals! It happened in the past. Sun Tzu wrote about it, as a valid strategy in The Art of War [pdf].

Next, almost as bad, is the total lack of experience. China hasn’t fought a war since 1979. A war they lost. All officers, noncoms and soldiers with any kind of experience have since retired. And… they are treated like dogs**t Chinese civilians. Veterans regularly don’t get their retirement. It’s pocketed by the Veterans Administration. So often, that veterans have to demonstrate to get something. Demonstrating is not something you do for fun and games in China. High-ranking officers have often complained about it to the party leadership. With zero results. You think US veterans have it bad? That’s nothing compared with Chinese veterans.

The only reason one joins the People’s Liberation Army is career advancement and material profits. If a bright ambitious officer cadet longing to die for China doesn’t realize that when his parents shell out $25,000 to get him into the academy, he will long before graduation. He’s got two choices: either he coughs up $75,000 for a nice comfy posting in Beijing. Or he doesn’t, and will be posted to the dark side of the moon (Tibet). Where he remains a second lieutenant, until either he finds the required $75,000, resigns or dies. Whichever comes first. The PLA is truly democratic: the same applies to all ranks. With progressively lower fees, of course. Loyalty does not exist in China, least of all within the PLA.

Remember when Germany invaded Austria, in 1938? People were lining the streets with flowers and cheering the invading Wehrmacht. It was even better than a walk in the park! Of course the official poll where 99.75% voted in favor of unification was rigged. It was not only stupid; it wasn’t even necessary. Almost every party was in favor of unification anyway. At least 60% would have voted yes. Probably a lot more.

However, the Wehrmacht couldn’t take that for granted. It was possible (though unlikely) some units of the Austrian army might resist. Or that parts of the crowd might turn hostile. What do you do then? What if a truck or an armored car breaks down? Do you leave it there or repair it on the road? Or do you tow it? Do you need to post guards around it? Fair questions they simply couldn’t answer in advance. Something you have to experience, and decide on the spot. Only then you can write a combat manual about it. The peaceful invasion of Austria gave the Wehrmacht its first real combat experience since 1919. Something that’s worth gold.

Notice the utter lack of PLA units operating in UN peacekeeping forces. Asians don’t like losing face. That’s worse than stepping into a fat smelly turd with your bare feet. Why do Western units participate? Simply to gain valuable experience. Sure, you’ll make mistakes. Lots of them. Some of them even tragic. But overall they gain lots of combat experience with very little fighting.

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Our Chinese Woes Get Ever Grander

Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan takes a look at the current crises in China.

Our Chinese woes get Ever Grander

by H. Numan

Seems like the only real quality items coming from China are pandemics and crises. We can’t blame them for the Black Death. However, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) denied any responsibility for SARS and now again for Covid-19. They added something new to that deadly duo, as if the Covid-19 pandemic weren’t enough. The Chinese real estate developer Evergrande is going bankrupt. With it, China. And the rest of the world as well. Don’t believe for a minute the crisis can be contained to China only.

Imagine the biggest real estate developer in America goes bust. Add to it a real estate bubble running for decades. All of a sudden, the value of houses drop by 75%. Would that impact the economy of America? Of course it would. Not just America, but the rest of the world as well. It’s Lehman Brothers all over again.

By now you surely have heard of Evergrande. Two weeks ago it all of a sudden popped up in the news. It’s the second biggest Chinese real estate developer, going bankrupt. Evergrande doesn’t do just real estate; it’s a huge conglomerate doing much more. However, real estate is the core — and there isn’t enough money to pay the bills. At the moment the total outstanding is $300 billion. With 200,000 jobless employees and +1.5 million highly unsatisfied customers.

How did that happen? The Chinese have very little opportunity to invest their savings. It’s a communist country, after all. Chinese money may be internationally recognized and a world reserve currency; internally it’s more like coupons to buy goods with. You can’t invest on the stock exchange, the only thing you can do is to invest it in leasing real estate. I stress leasing, because you can’t buy land or properties in China. It all belongs to the CCP. You can lease it for 70 years. Provided you’re really nice to the local party bosses who grant those leases. That’s what everybody in China did.

Local governments (provinces, cities) don’t get much money from Beijing. Most of their income they get out of selling leases to real estate developers. Those developers happily pay the price, plus a nice fat bonus to the local CCP boss, and start selling properties from the drawing. Nothing has been developed yet. Not a stone has been laid. In many countries buying based on a drawing is illegal. In China you have to pay in full upfront for a house. That money they used to buy more leases. And so on. That’s the basic concept of a Ponzi scheme.

Another factor is the failed one-child policy. Chinese prefer boys over girls. If they are allowed only one child, it better be a boy. Many parents had girls aborted. Which resulted in a surplus of boys. Do the math. The policy started in 1979, and ended in 2015. That means a lot of baby boys are now grown man desperately seeking a wife. Each possible wife can pick whoever she wants. They can literally say: for you? Ten others! A man really needs at least one house plus a nice car to be considered for marriage. Having two or more houses is even better. The demand for houses outstrips supply by a huge margin.

The third factor is the lack of spendable income. The average Chinese middle-income worker earns considerably less than his American or European counterpart, about ⅓. Add to that horrendously high real estate prices in China. He makes one third of what you earn, but has to spend at least ten times as much on buying a house. To the Chinese, houses in California are ridiculously cheap.

Something made of quality died long before the Great Leap Forward. Those hugely expensive apartments are shoddily build at best. It’s quite common for large buildings and bridges to wobble or even collapse. That doesn’t get into the news often, as it is local news. China doesn’t allow bad news to go worldwide.

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László Földi: “She Delivered a Bigger Punch on Germany Than Hitler”

László Földi is a Hungarian national security expert, a former intelligence service agent, and a former operations director. A couple of days ago I posted a translated summary from PolitikStube of remarks made by Mr. Földi during a panel discussion on Hungarian state TV about Angela Merkel’s legacy in Germany.

Below is the original Hungarian video of Mr. Földi’s analysis. Many thanks to László for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling. Thanks also to CrossWare for checking and confirming the translation:

Video transcript:

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What Would Vladimir Ilyich Do?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about FedGov infiltration in advance of the “Justice for J6” rally in D.C. on September 18. As it happened, fortunately, not many people participated in the rally. Some of those who attended said it looked like the media, the feds, and the Capitol Police outnumbered the actual protestors.

Donald Trump helped discourage his supporters from showing up by telling them they were being set up, which of course they were. A hilarious photo of a group of look-alike “undercover” federal agents inspired hundreds of memes. With their shorts, their shades, their haircuts, and their identical watches, they looked like they had been 3D-printed using the same template.

This wasn’t the first time the feds have massively infiltrated a “deplorable” event in an attempt to set up the patriots, and it certainly won’t be the last. However, it’s encouraging that the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy seems to have wised up about what’s being done to them.

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The responses to my post on infiltrators prompted further thoughts on the topic. However, before I get to the meat of this essay, I’ll post a selection of the comments from that earlier post, followed by expanded versions of my replies.

Charley Waite said:

Reminds me of Gen Joseph Johnston facing the Union advance at Richmond. He retreated and retreated and retreated because the circumstances were not favorable until he found himself “at the gates of Richmond” about to lose. At what point does “cool heads” keep waiting until it’s almost too late?

Our problem is that we can’t assemble the troops into a force large enough for a general to command. Anything above squad size has been infiltrated.

Any operation that we plan is known in advance to the enemy. Every detail of strategy and tactics is passed back to Leviathan, which then marshals all its immense resources to counter us.

And Leviathan is very skilled at psychological warfare. That’s what we’re seeing now. The heavy-handed push for a forced vax is a deliberate psy-ops strategy designed to bring the patriots onto the field bearing arms, with every fifth man being a federal government plant.

Any general — if one ever arises — will have to take those facts into account. He will have to design his operation knowing that every detail of the plan will immediately be relayed to the leaders of the opposing force, which is much better funded and supplied and has been wargaming this situation for decades.

I have no idea how a successful operation might be organized under such conditions, but I do know that any plan that does not take the above into account is doomed to failure.

This hypothetical general has a handful of trusted subordinates that he knows are not enemy agents. Below that level in the chain of command, he is certain that he is riddled with informers. How does he deal with that fact?

I realize I’m being a broken record, but COUNTERINTELLIGENCE must be the primary focus. No large, concerted, coordinated action can be undertaken successfully without addressing this issue.

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Mens Bellator said:

If I might ask, because I see this advice a lot — that is, wait, it is not yet time for armed resistance — when will it be. It is like Picard and the Borg — they advance, we fall back. When will it be time? Will it be too late? At some point patriots will need to do things that make them look evil — they will have no choice.

The time for action is when the infiltrators have been identified and neutralized. By “neutralized” I don’t mean killed; I mean rendered harmless by feeding them nothing but innocuous information — or better yet disinformation — to be reported back to their superiors.

Until you neutralize the informers, planning meaningful action that has even a remote chance of success is simply impossible.

A corollary to all this is to stop using smart phones and similar devices for communications, except for sending false information as a diversion. Over the last few years it has become abundantly clear that all standard forms of electronic information are fully available to federal intelligence agencies. You might as well just phone it in to the FBI.

I consider cell phones to be baby monitors. If you have one, and the battery is in it, it can report your location and relay audio, even if it’s turned off. Those features are highly prized by the CCP. When Chinese dissidents meet, they not only turn their phones off and leave them in a separate room, they take the batteries out.

WRSA frequently posts links to detailed resources on the use of more traditional forms of communication, which may be cumbersome to use, but are far more secure.

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Night Driver said:

The Bundy Ranch stand-off is a situation which shows what happens when FREEFOR surprises FED/LEVIATHAN. NO ONE on the FED side expected the numbers of FREEFOR people that showed up. YES, they were infiltrated, but most of the infiltrators were eventually neutered.
LEVIATHAN was COMPLETELY taken aback at the numbers.

MANY of the FED troopies had never seen opposition and CERTAINLY were HIGHLY unfamiliar with the view from the OTHER end of the scope when FREEFOR folks zeroed in on them.

We need to keep FREEFOR actions to be a surprise every time. A surprise of SOME sort, whether of numbers, or character, or venue or design. GOTTA keep them on their toes.

Exactly.

The events at the Bundy Ranch took the feds by surprise. However, they learned their lesson that time, and planned the next one carefully. That’s why the Malheur Wildlife Refuge fiasco happened the way it did.

From the first-hand reporting at the time, I remember that the groups at the ranch knew they were infiltrated, and had sussed out at least some of the plants. The infiltration wasn’t thorough enough to allow the feds to control the situation.

By the time we got to January 6, 2021, however, the FBI had learned to play the patriot movement like a fiddle.

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After thinking about these issues for a while, I realize that I’ve been doing a disservice to all those groups who have dealt with the issue of infiltration shrewdly and effectively. I’m certain they’re out there.

Since I’m a lone operator, I don’t know any of them. I’m acquainted with a few patriots here and there, but I know nothing about their groups. And that’s the way it should be — I don’t want to know. If they’re any good at operational security, they’ll keep such information from me, which is what I prefer. That way, when the sunglassed operatives from the Bureau for the Protection of the Republic show up and drive the bamboo shoots under my fingernails, I won’t be able to tell them anything.

Moreover, if skilled patriot groups are thoughtful about what they do, they’re invisible. They blend into the background of the communities in which they live. They don’t show up at the Capitol and do stupid things. They just train quietly and methodically, preparing for the grim time they know will eventually come. Why would they expose themselves by saying, “Hey, Baron, you’re wrong — we’re not infiltrated by the feds.”?

So here’s to the pros, who know how to do the job right. Skol!

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The Rude Awakening is Yet to Come!

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Epoch Times:

The rude awakening is yet to come!

German inflation rate over four percent mark

Fueled by high energy prices, inflation in Germany exceeded the four percent mark for the first time in almost 28 years.

Consumer prices rose in September compared to the same month last year by 4.1 percent, as the Federal Statistical Office announced on the basis of a preliminary calculation. The Wiesbaden statisticians last determined a four with a decimal point in December 1993 at 4.3 percent.

Higher inflation weakens the purchasing power of consumers because they can then buy less for one euro than before. Rising inflation rates are also bitter for savers who, for example, park money in low-interest overnight money accounts. The bottom line is that your balances lose their value.

According to preliminary data, consumer prices remained unchanged in September compared with August. Inflation has been fueled by rising energy prices for months. In the course of the economic recovery after the Corona crisis, the demand for crude oil has increased significantly, which is driving prices up.

In Germany, since January, €25 per tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2) that is created when diesel, gasoline, heating oil and natural gas are burned have come due. Both are causing energy prices to rise.

Inflation rate of five percent possible

In September, consumers had to pay 14.3 percent more for household energy and fuels than a year earlier, according to preliminary data. Food prices rose 4.9 percent. Services cost 2.5 percent more than in September 2020.

The withdrawal of the temporary VAT cut is now having a full impact on the inflation trend. In order to stimulate consumption during the Corona crisis, the federal government had temporarily reduced VAT from July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. The regular VAT rates have been in effect again since January 2021, so goods and services are tending to become more expensive again.

Inflation rates of around five percent in Europe’s largest economy are considered possible this year. However, economists see the rise in inflation as a temporary phenomenon.

They currently do not see the increased risk of a prolonged or even out of control price spiral. In the coming year, inflation is likely to weaken again, in their opinion.

“As long as the wage agreements remain moderate, there is not much to suggest that we run into permanent inflation,” said Veronika Grimm recently, for example.

Afterword from the translator:

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Russia vs. Google: Who Will Win?

RT is an official Russian news and video service. YouTube has just suspended RT’s two German-language channels, thereby provoking the ire of the Russian government.

Google is richer and more powerful than most sovereign states, so a dispute between it and Russia very much resembles an international diplomatic crisis. If Google were a country, Russia would have just recalled its ambassador from it.

Below are three recent German-language articles from RT translated by Hellequin GB. The first two appeared before YouTube’s suspension of RT’s channels.

The first article features an interview with a Russian philosopher about the recent German general elections:

Alexander Dugin on the results of the federal election: “German politics is characterized by self-hatred”

The general election that took place on Sunday puts an end to the Angela Merkel era. In an exclusive interview with RT DE, the Russian philosopher Alexander Dugin comments on the election result and its consequences for Russian-German relations.

After the general election on Sunday, RT DE spoke to the Russian philosopher, political scientist and sociologist Alexander Dugin. In an exclusive interview with the broadcaster, the 59-year-old commented on the election result and its consequences for German-Russian relations. The political scientist described the previous general election as unusual. He pointed to the “colossal” defeat of the CDU and the CSU. The result means a blow against the right-wing center and the right-wing liberals, with whom Russia has had good relations. At the same time, Dugin recalled that the bilateral relationship had been even better during the chancellorship of SPD politician Gerhard Schröder.

“Relations between Russia and Germany have a much deeper dimension and go beyond this or that governing coalition.”

According to Dugin, only something extraordinary, such as a Greens victory that many had prophesied, could radically worsen that ratio. The political scientist described Annalena Baerbock as a representative of the movement of US investor George Soros and accused her party of being more globalist than green. Dugin pointed out, among other things, that the Greens had spoken out against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

“The Social Democrats, who have now won, and the CDU/CSU represent a continuation of the status quo for Russia.”

In his conversation with RT DE , the philosopher said that relations between Russia and Germany were anything but wonderful. He cited the dependence of German foreign policy on the US government as the reason for this, even though the country was economically very strong and sympathized with Russia.

“Germany is completely dependent on US politics. It is not a sovereign state. …In this respect, it has been an occupied territory to a certain extent so far.”

Dugin described the US military presence in Germany as a continuation of the post-war occupation despite the Soviet troop withdrawal. Although Germany tries to defend its economic interests, it only partially succeeds. The thinker, citing several colleagues, announced that the country was facing a turbulent period with a possible political and social crisis. Too many contradictions have accumulated.

“The Germans are indeed very chaotic. All of their order stems from the fact that they know this and are terribly afraid of this chaos.”

The political scientist also commented on the fate of so-called European continentalism under Angela Merkel as Federal Chancellor. Dugin stressed that the positions of continentalism had been stronger under Schröder. Against the backdrop of the Iraq war in 2003, the Paris-Berlin-Moscow axis emerged, but was later destroyed by the so-called Atlanticists. Under Merkel, continentalism took a few steps backwards. Although the Chancellor tried to smooth out certain currents, she was in the wake of US Atlanticism and a “docile” politician. There are, however, tendencies towards continentalism in the SPD, the Left and the AfD.

Dugin also explained the AfD’s loss of votes, although he himself had previously predicted an upturn in the party. The AfD is challenging the consensus of the liberal pro-Western elites, walking a fine line by accusing them of extremism. However, the AfD is bourgeois through and through.

“Sometimes the German philistine simply breaks the patience. That’s why he has to formulate his views much harder, and that’s why he votes for the AfD.”

However, this party had started to crumble and failed to find a plausible ideological model. It didn’t take the chance and lost votes because of the internal disputes. At the same time, Dugin expressed the opinion that Germany needed a party that would criticize liberalism, Atlanticism and globalization. During the turbulent times ahead, the AfD will strengthen its positions if it is smart enough to seize the opportunity.

In his exclusive interview with RT DE , the philosopher also commented on the record number of votes for the Greens. He described environmental protection as the last refuge for politicians who had nothing to say.

“The absolute lack of a political philosophy is being replaced by simplified notions about the need to protect the environment.”

Dugin linked the success of the Greens to infantilism, myopia and hysteria. The political scientist was very pleased that the result for the Greens was more modest than previously forecast. If they came to power, there would be no more international politics in Germany. For Russia, the strengthening of their positions would be anything but positive. The political scientist compared the actions of the Greens with fascism. In Germany, due to the excessive striving for order and rationality, this ultimately degenerated into nationalistic madness.

“Today it is the other way around: the idea of freedom, relaxation, humanity, charity and indulgence in vices and diseases now lead to the opposite pole by virtue of the same German excessiveness.”

Since the Greens are against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, among other things, nothing good can be foreseen for the bilateral relationship with Russia in the case of their government. According to Dugin, the project is beneficial for both Berlin and Moscow. German industry needs Russian mineral resources in order to maintain the status quo in the economy and the pace of growth.

Dugin described relations between Washington and Berlin as not an equal dialogue. The US government treats Germany like a colony that has long been economically autonomous and independent.

“This very contradiction causes the American-German relationship. The Germans would pay a high price to increase their sovereignty even a little, but the Americans hold it as George Floyd was once held so that he couldn’t breathe.”

This contradiction is anything but healthy. After the Second World War, the German ideology was that the German people should hate everything German. Dugin called this phenomenon “politics of self-hatred”. This contradiction also shapes the relationship between Berlin and Moscow. Germany is only to be pitied in this situation, especially since it already suffers from a kind of Stockholm Syndrome.

Afterword from the translator:

Looking in from the outside as an expat for over 30 years, I think Dugin nailed the German psyche. Personally — during the three times I’ve actually been back to Germany — I cannot find any common ground with most Germans. Their self-pitying, self-restricting self-hatred is and was anathema to me from a young age onwards, and was one of the main reasons why I left at the end of 1988 for the Dark Heart of Africa.

Next is an interview with former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev:

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“Taking Advantage of This Unfortunate Situation Called the Covid Pandemic”

Ettore Gotti Tedeschi is an Italian economist and the former president of the Vatican Bank. In the following video Mr. Tedeschi discusses the opportunity provided by the COVID-19 pandemic to implement the Great Reset. I find it interesting that he describes the upcoming Great Reset as an attempt to rectify the mistakes made during the previous Great Reset some fifty years ago.

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

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The Crash of Civilization

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The Crash of Civilization

by Fjordman

The terror attacks of September 11, 2001 were the type of shocking event where many people remember exactly where they were and what they did that day. Personally, I was living in Egypt at that time. I had started studying Arabic language at the University of Bergen in western Norway. In 2001 I continued these studies at the American University in Cairo.

My linguistic skills in Arabic were mediocre. Since I left the Middle East in 2003 and haven’t practiced the language since, my Arabic has deteriorated and is now quite poor. For me, studying Arabic primarily became a door into studying Islam and Islamic culture. I was far better in this field of study, and continued my personal studies of Islam for years. I am at heart not a linguist, but rather an analyst with a strong interest in history.

Before September 2001, I was already growing more skeptical of Islam based on my own studies and personal experiences. Still, living in the largest city in the Arabic-speaking world during the September 11 Jihadist attacks was certainly interesting. The Mubarak regime imposed a curfew on Tahrir Square and parts of downtown Cairo that day. Perhaps they feared that some local Muslims would publicly celebrate the attacks, the way some Palestinian Muslims did. When Egypt received billions of dollars in aid from the USA, this would not have been good publicity.

I followed the news and newspapers back home via the Internet. They claimed that all Arabs and Muslims were sad and horrified by the attacks. This is not true. I know. I was there. Some of my Egyptian Muslim neighbors celebrated with cakes and said openly that they were very happy about the attacks.

To me, the most shocking thing about this was not that many Arabs and Muslims hated the West in general and the USA in particular. I already knew that. What was truly disturbing was that virtually the entire Western world seemed to be in complete denial about this fact. This was an entire civilization which once used to cultivate logic and reason, yet now seemed to have lost the ability to think rationally. That really scared me.

The Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu completed his book The Art of War around the year 500 BC. Despite being more than 2,500 years old, it remains surprisingly fresh and relevant. This is because Sun Tzu focused mainly on the psychological aspects of conflict. While human technology has changed greatly in 2,500 years, human psychology has changed a lot less. One of the most famous quotes from The Art of War is this:

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

From what I observed in September 2001, it seemed that the Western world had forgotten who our enemies are. Far worse, though, was that we had even forgotten who we are, and the roots of our own civilization.

A decade later, another terror attack would have an even more direct impact on my life. Both attacks became national traumas. Yet the 2011 attacks in Norway were carried out by a single individual acting alone, whose alleged terrorist network only existed inside his mentally disturbed head. The 2001 attacks in the USA were carried out by many different individuals from a real international terror network whose ideology has adherents worldwide. Moreover, when a small country is attacked, this is bad for that small country. When a large and powerful country is attacked, this has geopolitical consequences.

By 2011, I had been living in the same flat in Oslo for eight years, since my return from the Middle East. When the July 22 attacks happened, some people blamed me personally for the atrocities. I suddenly found myself near the epicenter of an international news story. This was extremely unpleasant, but in some ways also educational. If the 2001 attacks weakened my trust in Western mass media, the 2011 attacks totally destroyed it.

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Jacques Attali: “The Stupid Will Believe It And Ask To Be Treated”

Jacques Attali is a French writer, civil servant, and former advisor to President François Mitterrand. He appeared here briefly in a couple of videos last spring (here and here) featuring Eric Zemmour, and more recently in a translated article, which includes an excerpt with some of the same text read out in German in the video below.

The text quoted in the video is from a selection in a book published by Mr. Attali in 2006, but it was written in 1981, when he was an advisor to President Mitterrand.

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

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All Your Gold Are Belong To Us

Back during the Great Depression the Roosevelt administration outlawed the private possession of gold. Based on the following report, it looks like Germany is headed in the same direction. It makes me wonder if global financiers are expecting a sudden increase in the price of gold — real, deliverable physical gold, that is, as opposed to a piece of paper or digital record that says you “own” gold.

I assume that the same sort of thing will soon be starting here in the USA, given the unprecedented amount of fiat money that is being injected into financial institutions. The price of gold should have skyrocketed several years ago. Maybe the Powers That Be have determined that they won’t be able to keep the price of gold artificially low for much longer.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Altersvorsorge Neu Gedacht:

Selling gold and silver in Germany is made even more difficult

Since August, anyone who wants to sell two ounces of gold has to be able to document the origin of the gold at the bank. Anyone who no longer has an invoice for the gold purchase will be rejected.

Since August, the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) has asked banks to provide proof of origin for amounts of more than 10,000 euros for cash deposits. So if you want to pay a correspondingly large amount of cash into your account, you have to provide proof of the origin of the money. This also applies if the customer pays in several partial amounts under EUR 10,000, but the total amount exceeds EUR 10,000. If this proof is missing when making the payment, the bank customer must submit the proof immediately.

According to BaFin, suitable evidence consists of payment receipts for cash payments from other banks or savings banks, savings books in the name of the customer in which the cash payment can be seen, receipts for cash transactions, e.g. for a car sale, payment receipts for currency transactions (exchange with foreign means of payment), evidence of inheritance such as a certificate of inheritance, will or testamentary disposition as well as donation notices or donation agreements.

In the case of gold, you have to provide proof of origin beginning at €2,500

If a bank customer wants to pay in foreign means of payment or precious metals at his bank that is not his house bank, he must already indicate the origin if the value of the deposited funds exceeds €2,500. For example, anyone who no longer has proof of their two Krugerrand gold ounces because they were bought many years ago and the receipt has been thrown away or faded will be rejected by the bank. In addition, the banks have an obligation to report in accordance with Section 43 of the Money Laundering Act.

The banks had long fought against the new rules. The German Savings Banks and Giro Association as well as the Federal Association of German People’s and Raiffeisen Banks had declared that the BaFin stigmatize cash without creating any added value in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing. The required documents can hardly be checked for authenticity by a bank employee. In addition, it will be impossible for many customers to provide evidence. The banks are also often contractually obliged to accept cash as a deposit.

The Sparkasse Osnabrück, for example, writes on its website: “Purchases of precious metals and sorts (purchase of foreign means of payment, editor’s note) are handled by our contractual partner BayernLB. A corresponding proof of origin is required for an amount of €2,500 or more if the customer cannot provide proof of origin in such an occasional transaction, the institute must refuse the transaction.”

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