|SKULLTRIPPER: BLOG OF DOUG|
commentary on political issues
Since returning to the Yukon in '98 I have, with one exception, provided the firewood for the local campground every summer..
At the beginning, the work was done on a handshake; make wood, submit the bill and we're done. It worked well. It's a bit different now!
This year In order for me to deliver dead wood to my local campground here is what is required:
- 2 million of commercial liability insurance
- Workmens Compensation (even if self-employed)
- Valid business license
- Proof the dead wood is cut legally and all fees and stumpage have been paid
- Even if the dead wood comes from outside the yukon, proof the wood is legally cut is required
- You must bring a large amount of dead wood almost immediately but cannot start too soon or deliver between 9pm and 9am.
-(nope, still not done.) You will also need an import stamp from Energy Mines and Resources
- A 4 car garage, red rubber boots and 6 Caucasian kids who never steal (ok I made that last one up)
- Next you must bid lower than anyone else to get the contract. Done all that? Now get to work!
This is in order for me to haul firewood ten miles from my yard the local campground. Now without speculating on who might behind this legal shmoozle, it is a fact that tweeking the law to benefit large contractors is a well-known tactic in the oil industry.
And what these exciting new rules ultimately achieve is this: By squeezing out the hippies with the old Fords and the babies crying in the kitchen, there's nothing to stop a big company from charging $800 a cord.
But why should you care? Because all you hippies with the old fords end up paying these bloated bills through higher taxation which is rather "unequal", I would say. Another name for this craziness is "fascism", (the unholy union of business and government) and it has all but destroyed this resource-rich country by driving us all into unrepayable debt.
But Im not all that upset. This is how this world spins and I can occupy my spare time doing something much more interesting. However, you may be impacted when you go off to your fav campground in a few years for a weekend outing and find firewood is not free anymore. If this should happen, you will know the reason. It became too expensive because of fascism, the unholy marriage of business and government. You're welcome.
Now in fairness, it is hard to argue with the basic premise that the one who can provide the service to the public in the most cost-effective manner should be the one to do the work. Could this principle be carried over to the the public sector? Should federal employees have to provide evidence of compliance with all requirements as well as bid for their public positions? I don't know.
Stepping a bit farther back and viewing the globe from a distance you would see that what i have just described is but a microcosm of what is going on all over the globe. Business has embedded in government to such a depth that the two have become inseparable like an extremely old couple, deeply in love. It isn't a problem for those reaping the rewards but it sure is for the rest of us. Ultimately we all become slaves to ever-increasing government debt, owed to central banks which are privately owned. We don't really notice or complain when taxes are added to our restaurant tab or the price at the pump seems a bit high or, or, or.... But the reality is that really what is being unjustly extracted from us is our time, the time it takes us to earn the money to replace what has been "extracted" by force.
The source of the problem is our currency and that is where the solution lies. In avoiding the use of it wherever possible. We need to re-learn the ancient art of barter and provide as much as we can by our own work. Alternatively, we could just prepare to live a much more humble life in the future as more and more time is extracted from us and our grandchildren by force to feed the global debt machine.
Switzerland: cheese, chocolate, mountains and money; all of these are there in great profusion, but on my second visit I found a few more things!
I've come to the conclusion after 20 years in the yukon that November through the first half of January are the months to leave to the wolves and the mouth-breathing lunatics who willingly stay without considering their options.
And so when the opportunity came to spend 6 weeks in "the island without oceans" I didn't hesitate, nor was I disappointed! What switzerland lacks in sharks and starfish it more than compensates for in splendid scenery, hiking trails everywhere, excellent food, friendly people, skiing and hockey
If you choose to pay the Swiss a visit, bring money. My first small cup of Starbucks pike (and last) cost right around $7 Canadian! However, there is no cause to panic because with a little effort, deals like good quality bakery bread for a couple of francs can easily be found.
This is a partial list of what my friend and I did in the region of Biel, near the French border:
We attended a hockey game with 17000 fans, most of them standing shoulder to shoulder thru the entire game, and yes there was yelling.
We hiked up to the "Grand Canyon of Switzerland, the great Creaux de Van and took too many pictures of the cliff and the "Ibex" or "Steinbok" which dwell there. We camped up there on new years eve and enjoyed a birds eye view of the fireworks in the countryside below.
We hiked three canyons near Biel, we pedalled around Biel lake one afternoon, about a 40 km jaunt, good for me!
We visited Lucerne, Bern, Zurich and Interlaken, all enjoyable and interesting places to visit. And of course, we visited Eigar, Jungfrau and saw some skiiing but way too much fog to see the mountains! These things happen in January sometimes... I was repeatedly told that January is not the best time to visit Switzerland, but if it is the worst, it is still not all that bad!
The political system operates quite differently from our "choose your dictator" for the next four years nonsense, with seven people ruling the country rather than just one. The other major difference is that every expense over a certain threshold triggers a referendum, and although this can slow decisions, it is also an effective way of preventing authoritarian rulers from running in ways contrary to the public good. We would benefit from such a system here in the west!
My general impression is that the Swiss have things well under control with a high quality of life. In six weeks I don't recall seeing a single homeless person. If they are, it is only because they choose to be. Probably as a consequence, crimes occur only sporadically; the streets, trains, buses and buildings seem well-maintained, and the people I met were polite, friendly and helpful. I very much enjoyed my time in S'land and definitely intend to return!
We sit near the window, in a parisian city bus, taking in the sights and sounds as the bus waits for a light at an intersection. I watch with interest as a lady with a can of soap approaches a stopped car, blowing kisses to announce her love for all. Unbidden, she slops soap and water over half the drivers windshield, totally obscuring his view. Irritated, he gestures she should leave but she continues in her mission, even after the wipers are activated. Clearly, it's a ploy to garner a little cash, though likely ineffective in this case, though it obviously works occasionally and is probably more effective than merely appealing to random stranger sympathy, thin soup at best..
My visit to Paris was different this time. The first time I saw it was in th 80s and we visited mainly the tourist spots. I was impressed with Napoleans exploits and also his fantastic tomb. The tower never fails to impress although the rudeness of the girl selling confections who made it clear she was not a fan of english-speaking men lingers. Notre Dame, the Louvre, Versailles and a trip on the Seine were all enjoyable but what struck me the most at the time was the War Museum. Powerful, stirring images of the tragedy of war still affect me, prompting me to do my bit to prevent a repeat if at all possible.
This time we made our way to Gare' Est and stayed in the Killiad Hotel. The room was clean and well done. The building a relic from centuries past. A great marriage of past and present. We travelled in the vicinity of this "gare" or train station over the next few days discovering an excellent crepery with my friends name, "Lulu" painted on the glass of the front door. And we visited what could be called "little India" where I had a taste of being in the minority and where cries of "Marlboro! Marlboro!" pinpointed sources of the local favourite smoke. I felt no particular fear in this crowded foreign market and in fact saw mostly only faces eager to return my smile or engage in conversation, even if it was only to sell me a belt or a cellphone.
And we found, after some searching, an access point for the old abandoned railroad which encircles Paris. We spent a little time there, photographing the amazing grafitti in surrounding buildings and stone walls. I found the little spots where homeless people had "camped" particularly sad and wouldnt have been surprised in the slightest to find a cadaver wrapped in a plastic sheet, curled up in a forgotten inset in the concrete tunnels the traintrack ran through.
I expected to find more desperate refugees in paris and may have, had we travelled through the right spots in the city. However, about the worst example was an Arabic woman with two children begging in a subway station transfer point. It was heartening to see a man returning with a supply of food and drink for the woman and her kids. However, I was warned that some of these are setups to defraud with men running the beggars almost like prostitution rings...possible I suppose but wht to do? Seems best to provide real goods rather than cash, for this reason and also to prevent possible substance abuse.
Paris: friendly faces, reasonable prices, interesting architecture, and great crepes!
For 25 years now i've cut and hauled firewood. It keeps me fit and i imagine, preserves my "youth" while keeping the bill collectors out of work. It's a great business, fun, dangerous enough to be interesting, though not very profitable, but that's not what this story is about.
I delivered some wood to an 81 year old man yesterday. He worked vigorously alongside me and we talked when the saw fell silent. He had grown up in Berlin in the late '20s. His family was told, f** your contract, get out of this house! So they spent the winter in a cabin and burned the floor to stay alive. He remembers going to school in mismatched shoes through deep snow, no socks. Said it taught him not to be wasteful. Some of us have yet to learn that truly valuable lesson.
There is a total disconnect between what we are hearing about global warming and what our leaders are doing. Have you noticed? In Canada our new PM is all wet and sweaty about adding a carbon tax to the working man's bulging pack of rocks. Simultaneously (and also at the very same time even!) we continue to escalate and involve ourselves in nearly every conflict on the planet. Has any research been devoted to the effect warfare and particularly nuclear warfare has on the planet? What about the fuel burned to move an aircraft carrier across the seat? What about the heat generated by just one hellfire missile? What would a few nukes do to my garden greens i wonder? Any numbers? All I've heard from the lamestream media on this topic is crickets but then, i've ditched almost all television many, many years ago. How about you? Have you seen a single report on the question of how war affects the temperature of the planet?
This sort of double-dating would be sad if it were not so funny! Punish me for driving 20 kms to work whilst provoking Russia with sanctions, anti-Putin propaganda, moving troops back and forth across the sea, droning tonnes of terrorist babies at will from the comfort of your air-conditioned bunkers and selling vast arrays of weaponry to virtually every bullying dictatorship on the planet?
Talk about "do as i say, not as i do"! It seems that christians aren't the only ones on the planet who are guilty of hypocrisy and double-standards! But as Kermit the frog says in those famous memes of his, "that's none of my business."
Weve spent a lot of time and energy discovering and discussing the problems of global indebtedness, corporate involvement in governing, taxation, and legislation schemes favoring these corporations. It's pretty clear what is gong on. Politicians jump when the money walks in and all their previous assertions that they are there for the little guy are promptly forgotten.
In contrast, not a lot of solutions have been put forward. Due to the incredible powers governments have handed themselves, even criminal offences go totally unpunished in the ruling elitist clubs.
Military corporations thrive on conflict and huge money is made through the destruction of lives, homes and public infrastructure. Again, what to do. What to do...
Can the lowly potato offer a solution?
Most of the evils of our time can be traced to the "love of money" It may further be noted that what passes for money these days is mostly nothing more than numbers on a screen and that these numbers are totally disconnected from any direct comparison of value. They have exactly the value that the possessor feels they have and no more. The value of fiat currency is constantly fluctuating based on the amount there is available for purchasing purposes. In fact, most of what we call money these days has been borrowed on a future we can only hope will meet our expectations. In these areas, governments, military and other corporations are extremely vulnerable.
Every gardener has probably noticed that what he produces in his own yard is free of taxation. He can grow his own food, harvest it, cook it and eat it in his own home without triggering a tax. Not so if he harvests his crop in the local grocer! The money he spends on the food from the store is not the only money he gives up as he has first to pay to travel to work to earn it, pay the income tax and all deductions and only then can he use the funds left over to buy his food. The same of course applies to hunting, fishing, berry-picking, fuelwood harvesting and so on. A huge indirect benefit for the hunter-gatherer. A side benefit is you get to make a little cut in the funding of the military industrial complex.
The same thing applies to bartering. Your neighbor and you can conspire to produce products you are unwilling to produce for yourselves and simply swap without triggering taxation. And again, a little less revenue flows to the empire.
Now, I'm not suggesting that if we all grow potatoes, wars will cease the world over and bluebirds will sing in every tree. Far be it from me to hint at such a lofty result. In fact, all manner of evil is likely to go on through the bloody future of this thing called mankind. Central banks would simply inject more cash into the banking system, resulting in higher and higher paper profits for the wealthy and hyper-inflation for anyone requiring their products.
My point is really, that the more independent we can as individuals become, the more difficult it will be to simply tax us all into slavery to a government gone mad with power. We on the ground need to pull together a lot more in the future and not let ourselves be divided by those who profit from division and conflict.
what if we could get to a point where we ourselves could become independent from the financial system to the point where we would refuse cash for our services and request payment in useful products or hard silver, gold or copper instead? Now wouldn't that be neat? No income tax!
Of course, this sort of mass disobedience would surely result in a counter-assault of some kind such as escalating property taxes payable immediately in public currency and that sort of thing. The beast will not be happy. Yet it's becoming clear enough to anyone even half awake that our world leaders are leading us into worldwide famine, mass public uprisings and likely nuclear conflict. Something has to be done.
So Rrrroll up your sleeves and grow some spuds !
What is this picture all about? Is this sand on a seashore? No, it is a part of a million-strong crowd of people in Yemen shouting their opposition to being killed by the war machine. Shouting "We will not break" en masse, they have gathered as if to say, "You saudis, you americans, you like to drone bomb us at our weddings, our markets, our hospitals? Well let us make it easy for you. Here we are all in one place so go ahead and get it over with."
And overhead, Saudi jets scream through the air, dropping bombs nearby to frighten a crowd which is not going to give way to fear this time.
There is a time to stop running, to stop obeying false masters,, to stop yielding to cowardice and even rational fear, to stand up and say, "That is enough! This is all we are going to take from you. Do your worst.!"
Will this be the turning point in the middle eastern struggle with death and destruction or will it be a new chapter in mankinds bloody history as the Saudis decide to let all hell loose on the people? The scene reminds of the scenes from the movie Ghandi, where the faith and courage of that diminutive man brought about the end of British dominance in India. I was touched deeply by the scene at the railroad where again and again, like a sickening gif, men stepped forward only to be struck down by the British officers until the officers strength gave out and they were forced to admit defeat in the face of indian passive resistance. And I am deeply moved by the courage of the people in Yemen today.
We have it in our hands to do the same. We can sit at home, beer at hand, watching the olympics and brushing away the troubling scenes from the middle east like we would a housefly near our french fries, or we can do something about it politically. I am no expert on the middle east obviously. I am no expert on a whole lot of other things too, but after five years of online research, it is pretty clear to me that the worlds ruling elite are doing their level best to bomb the world into submission so they can establish their precious one world government. I am all for one world government provided the Lord Jesus Christ is the Man in charge. As for the soros, bush, rockefeller, rothschild, onerheim crowd and whoever they appoint, not so much.
Civil Disobedience: Its usefulness and limitations.
"Folly is wrapped up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him." Well the rod of discipline did drive some of my folly from me, but there still seems to be a piece in there that feels like doing me own thing. Maybe that's true for you as well?
Consider the conditioning we all go through from childhood on as others attempt to rein in our unruly behavior. First it's the parents and grandparents, then sometimes even total strangers, then the skool tries to get us speling corekt. Then, cops give us tickets for speeding and so on and on. We eventually all cave in and obey any and all we perceive as anyone in an authoritarian position. This makes us ripe for the pickin' by the political elites of the day.
And so, we need no longer wonder how Hitler, Stalin and Mao ruled their worlds as successfully as they did. The pre-conditioning for the subservience of the sheeple was already in place, and they were ready and in many cases eager to follow any order given, even to carry out the most awful crimes against other human beings.
Someone has recently pointed out though, that when an officer carries out a command to steal or murder or rape or whatever, that the person actually committing the violence is the most guilty one in the chain. Whether you agree with this belief or not you must decide but it does effectively eliminate the excuse of "just doing my job" and i think that's a good thing. To avoid the consequences of all evil behavior by claiming one was just following orders is absurd. At every point we have the choice to disobey. We all have choices all the time and sometimes the moral thing to do is to disobey!
And here is right where i expect to lose a lot of readers. Disobedience a virtue? Yes, in some cases disobedience is the greatest moral decision one could possibly make, and as with many thorny moral issues, to choose to disobey is often an incredibly difficult thing to do because of the inevitable consequences. Think Snowden living in Russia, giving up almost all association with friends and family in the States as he made the decision to disobey the worlds greatest empire.
I hasten to add that many laws of the land are good. If we were to all embrace civil disobedience for its own sake and drive everywhere with the gas pedal gorilla-taped to the floor, well.... No, what's being discussed here is having the biological components needed to stand up to those who issue orders to commit violence of whatever type against those who don't deserve it. Being able to stick to your guns and not do things you know to be evil simply because you are told to do them. It is a huge distinction!
The libertarian viewpoint is that we should all be able and allowed to do whatever we want so long as we don't initiate violence against our fellow-man. It makes a lot of sense. Surely, any country which embraced a system as logical as this would prosper as never before because people have a natural inclination to better their lives, acquire useful things and help one another and over-regulation/taxation inhibits all of this. Libertarianism then is something like being Liberal but just without the government-part. We really should give it a try sometime. Begin today by refusing to do evil because you are "commanded to".
If true democracy in its purest form was represented by a brightly colored ball of yarn, you could start at what's left of the ball and travel from here to Tobago without coming to the end of it. Yep, its come completely unraveled.
Consider the absolute insanity of having an election between two or three party-chosen candidates every four years and have that one individual, through manipulation, basically make all the decisions for a population of millions. Of course it doesn't really work like that; the reality is much worse.
And why is this so ? Over the decades large business interests have learned that they can prosper when regulations force small operators out of business. This is a well known problem with no simple solution as there are always new ways to be discovered for getting around conflict of interest regulations. I"m reminded of a method a race car driver once used to get around the fuel tank maximum capacity rule. He simply routed the fuel through the cars roll bar and thence to the carburetor, thereby increasing the number of laps he could run before refueling, also thereby conveniently giving himself an unfair advantage. Humans can be creative! The final result is that the country is not being run by the person the people elect, but by shadowy, wealthy individuals you will most likely never even see on the evening news.
One possible solution, and one that makes a world of sense, would be to simply follow the Swiss example and bring every major decision to the voting public. At times, it's true, the voting public will opt for unhealthy results, but at least, we'd be operating without some of the frustration we are currently going through constantly waiting for the next election so we can "throw the bums out".
But then, a solution this simple couldn't possibly work here. Although the Swiss seem to like it, it would take a dickens of an effort to force our politicians to give up that much control.
An elderly friend once advised that if you keep on rebelling, you will end up like a dog in the middle of the lake, not knowing which way to swim. He's pretty good with these analogies of his. And now, we see whole nations in that exact state. Highly educated people not knowing what to do to put things right.
This recently from Deutch Bank: "Banks might also pay borrowers to buy houses via negative interest rates.". Apparently central banks in Europe are wrestling with the problem of being unable to trigger economic growth through quantitative easing which has benefited largely the very rich by merely increasing the size of the numbers on their business balance sheets. The "trickle down" ain't apparently happenin' either in America as 47 percent of Americans can't come up with 400 bucks in an emergency without borrowing or selling something. Hmmm, maybe if they would have simply handed the cash to the masses in the form of "helicopter money" and let it trickle up for a change? Oh well.
Next plan? Reduce interest rates into the negatives and punish selfish people for depositing money in their pathetic little bank accounts. Or maybe banks could even pay them to buy houses! Oh and yes, of course another wealth tax. This shore or that shore, where should we swim?? Do you still not smell the panic arising in the halls of power? It's almost as if the money we are using in our daily lives has lost all of its value and we just haven't realized that quite yet!!
Pity those with fixed pensions they are counting on and all those dependent on the stream of payments they are living on whether earned or unearned. These payments may in fact continue to arrive on time but the only realistic means of paying off trillions of dollars of national debt is to devalue the currency which at least a few nations have already done, Venezuela for one. Absolute panic and chaos has resulted with incredible shortages of basics. Government employees are reportedly down to a two day work week with even electricity in extremely short supply. Oh, and the coroners can't keep up with all the new business being generated by Venezuala's failed dalliance with "socialism". Why work when everything is free?
Of course, devaluing the currency to pay off a national debt results in unbelievable levels of inflation making it impossible for those whose pensions have been devalued to go on meeting expenses for luxuries like food.
Well, apparently we aren't quite there just yet. First we can try penalizing people for saving money with a savings tax and then we can tax the rich lard bottoms some more and if all that fails we can start up the printing presses and starve everyone.
All I can say is keep an eye on your overlords when they come a knockin' and tell you "gimme a buck, I know your Dad." It might just be some kind of a trick!
Whether you consider Jesus of Nazareth to be a prophet, the Christ, or a fictional character who never even existed, he certainly said some unusual things. One of these was "What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet loses his soul?"
Was he perhaps referring to the global banking elite of our time, the owners and operators of the worlds largest banking cartel, the IMF, the Federal Reserve and allsuch?
When the discussion turns to the massive debt so many of the countries of the world are currently running, the question arises, "who do we owe the money too?" Now just the fact that hardly anyone in Canada knows the answer to this question should tell us all something about our educational system and our media. We owe a trillion to whom, exactly? Come on, people of the hard-working rat, we should all know the answer to that!
To be fair to my fellow Canuckistanians, It is a bit fuzzy to get to this information but apparently there are some families so wealthy they don't even need to appear on the Forbe's richest People list, a family with assets well into the hundreds of trillions. ($500,000,000,000,000?) And like most wealthy individuals, how will they acquire more, seems to be the problem eating up most of their waking hours. By the same means which has worked so well for so many decades, enslaving nations through debt, of course! ( A favorite ploy is to borrow money for weapons to two warring opponents at the same time and debt-enslave them both)
First of all, it is necessary to understand that even your local bank is not really all that financially interested in helping you pay back debt. They are more interested in keeping you hanging in there so interest can continue to be charged. A bank with no interest is uninteresting, you see? I first noticed this tendency when trying to get my first mortgage for like 15k. I had the devil's own time getting it and was told by the realtor that had i applied for a larger sum, i would have experienced less trouble!
Now the Global Central Bank, and the Federal Reserve can print fiat dollars with mere keystrokes. A nice perk, for sure. For them, easy money! For us, perpetual debt. Our politicians perhaps are bought off by these folks or to be more kind, possibly truly believe they are helping us by borrowing this "currency", "boosting the economy" (can we please dump this stupid phrase in the nearest sewage lagoon?), and generally partying it up. As a consequence, nations all over the world today are drowning in unrepayable debt. As proof of this, many governments are proud when they manage to only go a little deeper in the filth with each passing year.
Now if the last three nations which are not yet under the soul-crushing control of the World Banking cartel, (namely from my research North Korea, Iran and Cuba), and they fall similarly under its strangling, nothing I'm aware of is stopping them from raising interest rates to 20, 30 or a hundred percent a year and bankrupting all of the countries of the world at once.
They can then emerge as our saviors and offer to forgive all the "debt" under the following conditions: One world bank, one government, one religion, no borders, one currency, an rfid implant in every forehead and guess who's gonna be king? Not the healer from Nazareth, at leaast not just... yet...
On an "unrelated" note, (I've noticed that when i search Youtube for "Rothschild Global Banking", almost none of the videos want to play.)
Well, just let me say I've definitely taken the road less travelled. From a farmkid in Saskatchewan to commercial fisherman, welder, machinist, log builder, wilderness tourism guide, Ive got a wealth of memories but still often manage to forget some pretty basic things! I currently operate a fishing charter/canoe trip business in the southern yukon. Check my site! http://www.nisutlinoutfitting.com Oh and by the way, opi