More than once I've had someone slyly explain the golden rule to me as "the one with the gold makes the rules" This corruption of Jesus' famous teaching of "doing to others what you would have them do to you' upsets me, perfectly true though it certainly is.
I think it was Mayer Amschel Rothchild in the 1800's who famously stated: "Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws!" His point, of course, is that money is power, control and absolute dominance.
To hammer it home yet one more time, my Greek colleague in the machine shop I worked in my twenties in whitehorse once asked me, "you know what it means to have money, Dougy? The world is yours!"
Well, money does have its limitations but it sure makes life easier too. I found that out early in life when I ran out of food nearly a week before payday and spent the rest of the time working hard physically on my feet with my belly button pretty close to my backbone, on a pretty low tank, having to look up to see the bottom of the barrel you might say.
But why do we pay any attention to money at all? I've never met a moose with a wallet and after all It's just bits of paper or plastic or third-rate metal, or even less impressively, a number on a computer screen, created literally from nothing at all by an index finger on a central bank computer key somewhere?
Someone oughta... someone otta? (kinda like that phrase) anyway someone oughta make a movie about our little blue rock's human inhabitants losing their trust in currency completely. I think this will actually happen soon as it has in Venezuela where the streets are littered with paper bills which have lost all their buying power. This is the inevitable result of governmental financial diarrhea, the currency moves to its true value of ZERO over time.
As proof of this, when I moved back to the yukon in 1998 with my family I considered buying a one ounce gold coin for each of the kids at 500 a pop but left them there in the store. (sorry kids). Today, gold is tickling 1800 an ounce and gold always tells the truth! Is the gold actually "worth more" than it was in 1998? Same exact stuff!
What has happened then? Inflation? Nope, though that is what nearly everyone thinks and talks about. What's really happening is the value of the currency is rapidly moving to its final resting place of ZERO. This creates the appearance of inflation and people get excited when the value of their house increases as the shingles fall off but the fact is, the value is often decreasing as the price increases. Ponder this and it will come to you on the bus. By this accurate measure, the canadian dollar has lost almost three quarters of its buying power in the last 20 years!! Holy Canola Batman!
And the more govt central banks "print" which happens whenever money is borrowed by a person, a business or the state, the lower the value of our money goes until it's just crap. In fact, the only thing that gives it any value at all is the trust we place in it. Add to that the fact that people's money is normally held in banks, adding another potential layer of potential theft, (sorry confiscation) and it kinda makes you wonder if your "savings", your "pension" or your "stocks" or even your "gold certificates" are "worth the paper they're....."
We could go down even deeper and question what exactly we mean by the term ownership. Ownership, is of course, is also based on societal trust and is a sort of bedrock on which to build a civilization and there are arguments both pro and con, but that's a topic for another day.
Keeping the Visa monster fed has become a national passtime in canada, with canadians owing, on average 176 percent of their gross incomes, after tax. But don't feel bad, your govt has even worse financial diarrhea than you do: http://www.debtclock.ca/
I want to talk about my own personal battlefield experience with the visa monster in the hopes that something I've experienced may be helpful to someone, who like me, was taken in by instagrat plastic.
In my case, I was going to get ridiculously rich with an initial investment of 20,000 in silver fox ranching.
I lacked the funding, Dad co signed, the bank poofed the money out of thin air, handed me a visa card and things looked promising! The foxes failed to breed, the price of fur slumped 70 percent, interest rates soared to 20 percent plus, and I had a perfect storm on my hands!
Some of you wish you owed 30,000 today, but back in 1980, for a single guy without a job, before the massive devaluation of the currency, the problem seemed almost insurmountable. Interest rates over 20 percent meant I needed to earn 6,000 a year after taxes just for the situation to be maintained as it was.
In retrospect, I should have immediately sold everything I owned, hitchhiked back to the yukon, taken my old job back as a machinist and welder in Jacobs industries, lived in a cardboard box by the river, and put every cent into paying that steaming pile of debt down to ground zero. Could have disappeared my debt in a year. Tragically, I tried to hang onto my stuff and suffered under that debt for many years.
If you are in a situation like that today, bankruptcy of course is (and was) a viable option. In my case, dad would have been hung with my debt, a situation I was unwilling to conscience.
So the fight began. And eventually I won so apparently I didn't do everything wrong.
Here are a few tricks which helped me on the debt-battlefield:
- Negotiate for a lower interest rate or any advantage you can gain, such as debt reduction. (this is one I Should have tried) In my case, a merciful bankerette showed me how to reduce my rate to something affordable.
- Use every opportunity to pay down your principle. I literally took 20 bucks in there as soon as I had it in my pocket.
- Obviously, it is going to be a fact of life that luxuries such as dining at rotten ronnie's, cable TV, indulging in new shoes and so on are going to be severely curtailed. However, I found that the odd treat helped me enough psychogically to be worthwhile.
- And about diet: Living on peanuts actually works! It's amazing how much energy you get from a handful of those babies.
- Hunting, fishing and gathering wild edibles such as berries, mushrooms, and many other plants reduces the need for new debt. In addition, it is soul-satisfying and completely by-passes govt tax-rape.
- Coffee grounds can be re-used. Just add a bit of fresh on top of the filter and make a second pot.
- Some Free stores are full of decent clothes, neatly arranged. Every dollar you save in this way saves closer to 2 when you consider the fact that your earnings are being taxed on so many levels.
- Of course, some people make a career of dumpster diving, saving so much money that they don't even appear on the tax-roster. I'm not suggesting that as a career choice, but rather pointing out some opportunities that exist, which I have found helpful.
- Being self-employed is probably one of the best ways to earn enough to pry yourself out of a sucking debthole. "Be willing to do what others aren't" and you'll always have an income. And the advantage of self-employment is you can work 20 hours a day. In my case, I pushed myself far beyond what I thought myself capable of accomplishing. I'm no stranger to working after midnight when an opportnity presents.
- Vehicles are a whole 'nother subject. They can provide a big advantage, obviously, but they can keep you in the financial backseat for good, too. Get an older, low-mileage type. Millions of good ones out there with low readings on the odometer. Look at it like this: how much pop is still left in this can? Yesterday a guy drove onto my yard with a nice-looking dodge halfton with a canopy which he scored for 700 bucks. It starts in 30 below, runs well enough and gets him around. That isn't even your first bi-weekly payment on some new trucks, I guess!
- If your situation allows, don't even drive. Cycle to work or take the public transit.
Many other opportunities exist such as home gardening and so on. "In the age of information, ignorance is a choice." Look them up. Learn how to do as much as possible for yourself and bypass the need for more income all the time. The trick is to minimize expenses and use all available revenue to pay down debt principal. Hope this helps someone out there, who, like me learns his lessons the hard way. One thing I found absolutely essential was humility. I often remembered during my struggle, laughing at an eagle who tried to pick up too big a fish and spent an hour slowly flopping his way to shore...
And one last tip, and some of you would rather bite down on a file and have it ripped out of your mouth than do it, but having a talk now and then with the "man upstairs" surely did no harm to my own situation. Millions of people have found comfort and strength through trusting the one who walked on water, and raised the dead. He gave me my life back and showed me the path to the decent life I now enjoy. Bet he'll do the same for you.
Best wishes in your struggle with the visa-monster!
Like many events in life which at first appear profoundly negative, divorce is not without its benefits!
One of these in my case was that I had the luxury of being able to spend a lot of time reading articles on and researching events and political movements in different parts of the world. I formed some online acquaintances in various countries and learned some research techniques that would never have been learned surrounded by family members and all the attendant duties and pleasures that come with that.
At first, facebook was one of my main news sources as I don't have the dish so watch nearly no alphabet news. Again and again references to twitter were happened upon and I started an account which grew to about 300 followers. I learned some really interesting things on there, one of which was that it was possible to follow and comment to specific individuals who were on the scene and participating in major events. When Oscar Pistorius was convicted of murdering his girlfriend I was in the courtroom "with" a journalist uncovering the event. I was even able to make some supportive comments to the victims family.
I found it is possible to verify or villify? the truth of a news item quite quickly by doing a search on the names of affected people. Often they have accounts with twitter or other social media which, if you are fast and get them before they are deleted, can get you the rare and unfiltered news. And when you have done that a few times, it becomes apparent that the official narrative and what's actually happening in real time aren't always on the same page.
These days, the alphabet outlets are desperately trying to put the cat back in the bag as the internet has exposed it's ugly underbelly. The main technique so far appears to be labeling everything contrary to the official version as "Fake news". Now I'm not denying that falsehoods appear in people's stories. Probably we can agree that people lie from time to time, some more than others, and that people cannot always be relied upon to tell the unvarnished truth all the time. And yet, when an otherwise disinterested individual witnesses a crime or an incident and posts video or images or text about it, I'm of The mind that it's probably being done for the same reason I would tell a friend about my household war with cat-hair. That is, just for the sake of general interest.
Not so with the alphabet media! These outlets are profit driven and ultimately the stories are crafted to suit the ends of the owners. This fact shouldn't shock or surprise anyone. Business owners require profit in order to exist. Shareholders demand growth and dividends, which come from selling products and influencing govt policy towards that end.
The way to view the alphabet outlets is to understand their motives and watch them to see which way they are attempting to channel public opinion. Mass shootings sell the idea that govt needs to confiscate firearms. Stories about foreign dictators abusing their citizens sell you on the need for US military intervention which of course would be profitable for the military-industrial complex.
Is everything on the internet true? Of course not. But the central difference is that I tell the internet what I want to see. The television throws whatever it wants at you. Same, same, but different, eh?
A long time ago, one of our big game hunters, an Italian man from Chicago, gave me a piece of wisdom I've never forgotten: "we still cut a tree down at the bottom."
Little did I know at the time how much a part of my future this small phrase was to become!
In fact, after 30 more years, I "still cut a tree down at the bottom". It is, it appears, still the very best way. I have attempted the reverse in a few delicate situations, but while possible, it is time-consumptive and not a little bit more dangerous.
As with all gems of wisdom, many applications of this one are possible. And the question of our day is how can we apply this one to free ourselves from the uber-elite, ruling class globalists who appear to rather despise and perhaps loathe the very people who toil with their hands and minds to make their luxurious, protected and pompous lives possible?
The lowly tree, once again provides the clue to the defeat of the present day aristocracy: "we still cut down a tree at the bottom."
The whole system, from the lowliest custodian to the Rothschilds themselves rests on a big fat base of fiat money. Now this fiat (printed and digital) money used to represent something tangible but it does so no more.
In fact, the dollar has an intrinsic value of exactly zero. It is by itself useful for absolutely nothing, zilch nada. The only thing that gives it value is our acceptance of it based on our trust that it will be accepted when we, in turn, go to spend it. And this trust is being eroded by the day as central banks print it and create more and more of it, like small children blowing bubbles in a park, in a deliberate attempt to punish the savers in the working class and prevent them gaining full benefit from their work. Remember the dollars you saved when you were a child? The ones that actually bought something? They've been deliberately devalued and will continue being diluted until they are finally recognized for the garbage they are.
We forget that paper and digital currency are not the only forms of "money". Just about anything you can name has been and will be used. We've just forgotten how. We need to be reminded that money was simply created as a convenience, so people wouldn't have to go to the city with their pockets full of cows and so on.
Gold and silver are reliable stores of wealth, being rare and virtually impossible to destroy. But getting back to the topic of trees, if I may, even firewood can be stored for long periods of time and used as cash when needed. Call it "wood bullion" if you will, to give it an authoritative sounding currency name.
Avoiding the use of fiat currency accomplishes many things you see. It is much more difficult to tax a swap than a sale! Loans between trusting friends avoid the loss of interest to the banking system...
But whatever we choose to use in place of cash, we need to re-learn the ancient art of bartering, I'm thinking, just to shake the tops of the trees a bit and see what might drop out of them.
Living beside the Alaska Highway gives a guy a chance to make some determinations on traffic patterns. The most glaring one: heavy in summer, light in winter, would be difficult for even a whitey, neck-beard to miss.
Beyond that, there is this: Typically (and this is just a guess), 30 semis pass my door going up the highway in the winter, and many, many more in the summer and doubtless everyone of them is packing a load. Be it tires, grub, diesel, propane, gasoline, LNG, mining equipment, or bombs, some thing is making the trip north at any given moment of any given day.
Now you would think, that in the interests of reciprocity, an equivalent amount flows back down the highway on the backhaul. But this is definitely not the case. I'm guessing, (again) but I don't believe more than 5 percent of the southbound 18 wheelers are packing anything more than rollled up tarps and bleary-eyed road warriors.
What's going on here? Money! And a whole lot of it! The Yukon Territory just proudly announced a mere 5 million dollar deficit budget this year on a billion and a half dollar annual "budget". Wow! Way to tighten the belt guys! That's just 40 grand for every man woman, pusher and wet-behind the ears, newborn punk who calls the yukon home!
That old guy on the street with his cap upside down on the sidewalk in front of him? 40k. That college kid flippin burgers? 40k. And on and on it goes. And tragically, if my math is right, only 30 percent is being raised here through taxations! In other words, if it weren't for the nanny state, our taxes would instantly triple in order to keep the cash burning machine smoking!
May I humbly suggest that a population of 37,000 souls should be producing something other than bloated landfills? But lets be fair, there is that toothbrush factory... nope. That clothing factory? Nope. Well then, all those new bicycles we ship south? Nope. What do we actually produce for the world in order to justify our existence?
And more to the pointy end of the stick, what will we do when the country decides we aren't worth the strain and the struggle anymore and chuck us under de bus? Personally, I won't blame them a bit but that's just me.
But to end this on a positive note, maybe we could give some thought to attracting a light manufacturing business of some kind or enhancing our tourism sector by leaving a few old cabins in the bush and letting operators do their thing without the ever-increasing regulation?
Fishermen are the best people!
AFTER 2 YEARS OF INVESTIGATING TRUMP FOR COLLUDING WITH RUSSIANS, PULLING EVERY STRING THEY COULD FIND TO LOCATE THE REASON FOR HILLARY-FAIL, WE'RE ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT GIVING ILLEGAL RESIDENTS THE RIGHT TO VOTE IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS??
Maybe I'm splitting hairs but how on God's blue golf-ball is this possible in light of their massive apopletic outrage over the mere possibility that "RUSSIANS" somehow may have indirectly influenced the outcome of the last election? How do you square this with the newborn desire to let non-citizens of the USA actually physically participate in the election of the new president?
Wouldn't this mean: a) that an aircraft carrier full of Russian marines could enter the states on election day and cast their vote for Trump because "freedom" or b) that a neck-bearded Canadian wood-cutter could walk into a polling station in Seattle and vote for Trump because reasons?
c) or that good ol' shirtless Vlad himself would be free to board his personal jet and participate too, on camera and in real time?
What are we talking about here? Should any of the above happen and if the democrats complain that only hispanic illegals qualify for the exciting new, illegal vote, how wouldnt this violate their rabid desire for "equality" ?
Maybe I'm getting old but this is all sooo confusing!!
For the last decade or two, we've been subjected to a good many sermons and sermonettes on tolerance and how we need to have more and yet moar of that wonderful social perfume.
And most of us have complied rather gallantly. We've tolerated feminism: the preliminary, advanced and even the psychotic versions.
We've been tolerant of same-sex attraction, gay marriage, our tax-dollars funding abortion, the financial support of terrorists by our own officials, unjustifiable murders by law enforcement, and all sorts of hideous evils.
We've tolerated perpetual warfare, regime change of foreign nation-states for fun and profit, transsexual bathrooms for all, ridiculous amounts of taxation, the destruction of national monuments, emblems and statues.
We've tolerated vast cultural shifts in the movies and shows we watch. And we've said little to nothing as the evening news on both sides of the border was transformed into its current perpetual slandering of the president elect.
But what goes around...
it's almost as if a higher power has decreed that perhaps those screaming the loudest for tolerance need a lesson in it themselves! And so, today, we have the entire left-leaning population along with a lot of "moderate rights" screeching continual hate and intolerance for the guy who just wanted to make America Great Again. In short, they can't begin to tolerate the fact that they lost the last election. And the latest great rising star in their midst, is demonstrating the most insane degree of intolerance yet seen on the international stage.
Is Nancy showing us her idea of what our tolerance should look like? Is stubbornly standing in the way of the will of the majority what we should be doing in regard to all of the above mentioned items?
If so, we have a lot of backing up to do on a whole lot of moral, financial and legal issues!
As someone wisely opined: "those who yelled 'appease, appease!' were hung by those they tried to please!"
The insane members of the left will not be quieted by any amount of appeasement. That has been thoroughly shown to be the case by a great many political figures who won't quit screeching their hatred until the blood of their "enemies" finally quits pumping onto the ground of the country so cursed as to be overrun with such intolerant preachers of tolerance.
Some things are simply Not tolerable, and that is absolutely OK.
Diversity we are told is the Great Thing and division is to be avoided at all costs. After all, division is so foul a thing and it's stench so putrid that any enlightened liberal recoils at the very thought of being separated from his fellowperson, even everso briefly!
Personally, I am OK with divisive politics. There are some specific individuals in this world I would prefer to enjoy on the other side of a wall of some kind, even forever. After all, the Great Division is not too long awaiting behind the curtains so we might as well begin the process here and now.
And before the words "racist busturd" spring to mind, let me assure you I am only a little rascist as I stand a paltry 5' 9" in thick woolen socks and actually am still naive enough to believe there are good people on every rocky spit of land and evil ones on every hill of power and I hardly even notice skin darkness anymore. Well actually it's the first thing I notice but I have detected that there actually are real human beings with real emotions inside some of them and it doesn't matter any...blah blah yada yada...
Another election looms in Canada, land of snowmen and ice castles and the time is short. Those of us, and a mighty frozen throng we are, who wish to see Justin return to his former role of part-time drama teacher, have to work extra hard in the meantime, "interfering" in Canadian politics. I'm OK with that too, even in fact if some of you on other soils decide to join in the fray. After all, politics has become an international exercise, with election results impacting people in foreign countries continually. Why shouldn't we all interfere in foreign politics? I can't think of a single reason. Lord knows, Open Borders certainly has no misgivings about it!
So here's how to get Justin Castro out of office in the most humane way possible:
Almost everyone recognizes by now that handing Canada's sovereignty over to the United Nations is a recipe for massive immigration from the middle east. And as those of us who follow European news on the great internet well know, this misguided compassion for mountains of young male "refugees" comes at an enormous financial cost, and even at times in the spilled blood and virginity of our youngest and brightest.
I am not without pity for the genuinely afflicted, but why is our Great Chairman so blinded to the plight of white South African farmers, who are being slaughtered in the most gruesome ways and having their land stolen from beneath them by a viciously racist, governing authority? Can't we offer them a fresh start here in Canada as well?
Or what about the christians all over the middle east and Nigeria especially who are currently being murdered in great numbers mostly by adherents of that unmentionable so admired equal religion? Would they appreciate a home in a democratic, tolerant country, rich in resources?
If millions of people are fleeing the middle east specifically, could there be a reason for that?
What we need to oust the PM and his tribe of trained walruses is a wedge issue and even more to the point a poster child for mass immigration from conflict countries and for that, we need look no further than France, England and Germany. Great countries, built on principles of kindness, generosity and hard work. Now being destroyed by a foolish disregard for which individuals are being let in the door. A great foolishness shared by one Justin Trudeau.
Yellow vests anyone?
Socialism can be very simply defined as "wealth redistribution by force" , a principle a great many South African white farmers are learning all about these days as the product of generations of labour and effort is being stolen by their home state in the interests of their home state.
Wealth redistribution by force sounds wonderful to the poor, but will the poor get jack after the smoke has cleared and the bodies burned and buried? Or will they find themselves under a real tyranical system run by overlords who have not the most basic understanding of how real wealth is created in the first place?
Robin Hood, who famously stole from the rich to give to the poor, set an example for all who envy the wealth and privilege of the elite among them. He didn't let old-fashioned principles like "thou shalt not steal" stop him from his self-appointed mission. And any objections from the "wealthy" went largely unheard as they found themselves newly impoverished. And hahaha went the crowd of "poor" , happy to be the beneficiaries of Robin's bold and illicit actions. Much like today!
Do we hear many objections from the millions benefiting from the effects of massive amounts of taxation inflicted on today's "elite" which includes pretty much everything with a pulse? No, nary a complaint is harvested from the beneficiaries. Shockingly we do not. This is sarcasm for those who need this pointed out.
So back to the initial question now, will the "poor" benefit from the major wealth redistribution by force increasingly likely to take place all over the planet, or will they find themselves even worse off than they were at the hands of that hideous monster, "capitalism"?
Any expectations of the current Robin Hood behaving any better than " capitalists" after taking full control of every aspect of our lives is patently false. More information, more power, more control over the lives of others only feeds the lust for more, a fact demonstrated all over the planet ever since Eve discovered the control they wield over men in ????AD when she figured that out in Eden.
As the movie "my Big Fat Greek Wedding" informs us: "the man is the head of the family, but the woman is the neck, and she can turn the head wherever she wants!" But I digress. Lol.
No. We don't need to do more than take a stroll through any of our major cities to find examples of individuals whose needs are being completely ignored by the machinery of the state, often to and beyond the point of death. Another stroll through Gov't office buildings yields another story. Starvation, ill-fitting, smelly clothing and faces looking hopefully for a donation are noticeably absent in those corridors.
And this is why attempts to change the situation as it now stands are practically hopeless. I'm going to go way out on a limb here and suggest that ever more taxation, ever expanding Gov't control over the population is the most likely outcome we can expect until the entire top-heavy system crashes and burns due to the sheer mass of it all bearing down on the few actual producers of consumable products.
In fact, this would likely have happened a long time ago in most nations were it not for the invention of modern mechanization making it possible for an individual to produce massive amounts of product while most of the social framework, takes its ease.
The question occurs then: is there a problem? Well there definitely is for those who fall between the floorboards and are not able to access either meaningful employment or social benefits. Other than that, restlessness and despair, addictions and other self-destructive tendencies are a by-product of lack of a meaningful and productive lifestyle.
As a friend once quipped: "idle workshops are the devils hands."
Also the inevitable jealousy that results when too much wealth is concentrated in the hands of, (this time) those who did not earn it but rather confiscated it with threat of force and forgot the second part of Sir Robin's mandate...
What a time to be alive!
Yesterday I made a trip into town and looked up an old native Tlingit friend, and I do mean old: he's about 84. And I do mean friend, we've been friends for 20 years. He is a guy who would think nothing of driving for 2 hours to check on me when I was cutting firewood, bringing me drinks and sandwiches from the store.
But a decision has been made that he is unable to look after himself; references have been made to a deteriorating mental state. In my experience, I'm talking to exactly the same mind I spoke with 20 years ago. And yet, these perceptions in someone's mind are enough to stick him in the home, tearing him from his paid for home and belongings and moving him into a new community, away from his friends and enemies.
I finally found Matt in a ginormous new care home in Whitehorse and was able to have him released to make a trip downtown to get a few dollars from his account in CIBC. We parked in front and he made his way very slowly across the ice into the bank with his walker and waited in line for a good half hour while the 2 people in front of him were served by the one available teller. Finally he made it thru the queue, produced his documents and we both discovered they can't give him a single dollar from his account because it's being handled by the public trustee.
If this is the case, perhaps we should all pull our money from the bank. I understand the rationale of protecting an infirm person from bad financial decisions but to deprive an 84 year old of *all* his personally owned money is a new level of cruelty and an indignity to the aged. Matt has worked for what he has and I am witness to that.
Perhaps this idea of a nanny state caring for us by seizing our possessions for our own good needs to be revisited.