The Fall of the House of Bilderberg

As loyal readers will recall I hitched a ride to the Bilderberg Conference with Bill Gates and Hank Kissinger because my former personal assistant Armando

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neglected to order Beluga Caviar for the Rocinante – my private jet.

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What?

Yes. I know. The resemblance IS amazing.

Anyway, I intended to return to the United States the same way I arrived, but events and actions (my own) at the conference put the kibosh on those plans.

Bill snubbed me and suggested I find another way home. Hank was kinder. Before they climbed aboard Bill’s jet, Hank shook my hand, slapped my shoulder a couple of times and said in the best Country & Western accent he could summon “Atta boy Cowboy. I’m proud of ya. You did good.”

I was touched.

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The Look of the Dead Fish: A Nick Alwaes Detective Novel by [Fountain, Jamie N]

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The conference started well enough for the majority of attendees. They were pleased to see the cool reception President Trump received at the G7 meeting in Canada. After all, to them, he is the greatest obstacle to One World Government they’ve encountered since the reign of Ronaldus Maximus.

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Nothing throws a wrench into the machine of the New World Order more than a man who embraces the power of the Individual over the power of the Collective. It’s understood by most attendees (excluding your beloved ThoughtMarauder of course) that empowering the Middle Class is a yuuuuge no-no if you’re intent on World Domination.

I did a lot of hand-shaking and gossiping the first two days of the conference (you’d be scandalized if I told you what Ursula (that’s Ursula von der Leyen, the German Minister of Defense) told me about Mutti Merkel.

Can you say Mommy Dearest?

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Ouch.

It wasn’t until Saturday (Day 3 of the conference) that the party got fun for me. I was invited to participate in a discussion regarding Populism in Europe. One of the few things I like about the Bilderberg Conference (besides the Maid service ;-7)

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is their adherence to what’s known as the Chatham House Rule:

“When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.”

In other words, attendees may speak freely, confident that anything they say will remain within the confines of the room.

I listened attentively while

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the Secretary of State of Vatican City – the second most powerful man in the Catholic Church behind only Pope Francis – decried the turning away at sea of over 600 “refugees” from Libya. He carried on about the “dignity of all human beings” and our “moral obligation” to assist those in need. The Cardinal was joined in his lamentations by a former Kenyan-American politician (whose name you won’t find on the “official” list of attendees) who chimed in about the “outrageous” expulsion order given to 60 imams and their families, and the closing of seven mosques by the Austrian Government.” Others around the table chimed in with their support. I heard the terms “islamophobes, racists” and “xenophobes” being kicked around by a room full of obscenely rich white people (excluding the Kenyan) whose only exposure to the Glory of Diversity is when they walk across their Turkish Rug

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on the way to their desk in their estates far removed from the Diversity they publicly claim to support.

Diversity for thee

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But not for me

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I smiled and listened quietly while they bemoaned setback after setback of their plan to rid the World of national borders and eliminate the Middle Class.

When the room finally quieted down, Mark Carney, Governor of The Bank of England

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cheered the room up by reminding them of the successful apprehension, silencing and imprisonment of Tommy Robinson – the Middle Class Englishman who has been leading a crusade (heh) against muslim rape gangs and their campaign of terror against thousands of young English girls – some as young as 8 and 9.

Despite their collective desire to enjoy my silence, they were compelled by Bilderberg rules – which dictate that everyone in attendance offer their opinions or find themselves unofficially uninvited to future soiree’s – to hear me speak.

I looked around the room and offered a fact – “there are a lot of really smart people sitting here, but not one of them has a lick of common sense.”

Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization) the Leader of our roundtable, spoke up immediately and chastised me for insulting the other members in attendance and demanded an apology.

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I told her she could expect one immediately after I – and millions and millions of others like me – received an apology from her and the others at this table for attempting to destroy the cultural heritage of America and Western Europe by flooding them with uneducated, uncivilizable Third World people.

The Cardinal slammed his fist on the table, “this is an outrage! I won’t listen to this!”

“Suit yourself,” I said and carried on. “There’s not a person in this room, or this building, who personally gives a shit about any of the Abdul Hussein Mohammeds or Humumba Bugabes or Carlos Roberto Sanchez’s of the world. They only have agency to you as pawns to over-run your own countries to bring about the One World Government you’re all so keen on.

“How dare you!? ” said the Kenyan-American. He stood up and acted as though he were going to come around to my side of the table and get Red with me.

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I strode confidently around the table and was prepared to meet him with fisticuffs.

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Fortunately for him, my friend Hank Kissinger intervened. We deferred to his powers of persuasion and returned to our respective sides of the table.

I began again.

“The condescension you apply to the very people you claim to support is stunning. If the people of Africa, Central and South America and the Middle East are so desirable, how is it they have failed to organically create anything resembling a modern society without the aid – financial, technological, political and otherwise – of the nations represented in this room. Do you think the Civilization Fairy is gonna wave a magic wand and these people are going to magically become productive members of your New World Order? They can’t even dig a fucking Well without Western assistance. And you think they’re going to take the jobs of  the White Middle Class you seek to destroy?”

I stopped to take a breath, then carried on again.

“If they were inherently capable of organically creating high-functioning governments, technological advancements and civil society, there would be no reason for the Bilderberg organization to exist.

But they’re not.

Audrey, tell me how many UNESCO groups do you send each year to Canada? or the U.S.? or the UK? or the Netherlands?”

I didn’t wait for her to reply.

“None. That’s how many.

Why?

Because our countries are all high-functioning nations, that’s why!  We don’t need the people of other nations to take care of us.”

I stopped and looked around the room. Only Hank seemed to have the glimmer of understanding in his eyes. I wasn’t surprised. He’s been around long enough to know that wishing all people were equal in Intellect and Civility – and that they all wanted the exact same things we do – was a fools game only played by children – and politician’s.

I could’ve gone on for hours with real-world examples of their folly but it would’ve been pointless.

So I ended with this –

“At this very moment, while I’m speaking, 80,000 mostly military-age men from Syria, Turkey etcetera etcera are marching through Eastern Europe

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on their way to your country, Thomas (he is the CEO of Airbus SE headquartered in Germany), and your country, Charles (Prime Minister of Belgium). To all of your nations,” I said and pointed to all of them. “500 years ago your ancestors, the ones who built this continent with their blood, sweat and brains, would have recognized this as an invasion and acted accordingly. They would have taken up arms to protect their nation, their wives, their children, their culture and their way of life.

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But you “men” here, you roll out the Welcome Mat. I can’t even imagine the depths of self-loathing and civilizational masochism that makes you believe that cultural suicide is in anyway acceptable.

For God’s sake! Why won’t you stand up like Men and defend what is yours!

All of you are working toward a One World Government with the purpose of ending all wars and suffering, but what you’re doing is creating an environment where war is inevitable. People are Tribal – not racist.

Always have been – always will be.

The fire is starting and the War is coming. And it’s gonna be an ugly war. There will be fighting in the streets with sticks and knives. And after they’ve expelled the people you’ve welcomed in, they’re gonna come for all of you. Mark my words. They are gonna come for each of you for making this happen.

Every last one of you is gonna swing – or kneel.”

Can you say Viva la Revolution?

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Bastille Day isn’t just a great song

– it’s your future.”

I was tired. I thanked everyone for allowing me to speak and then quietly left the room.

Niroki gave me a wonderful massage

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after I returned to my simple room

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to help me relax after the stress of the day.

I was looking forward to participating in the Current Events roundtable on Sunday Morning but when I arrived at the conference room I was informed by the security guard manning the entrance that I was no longer on the Attendee’s List.

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It crossed my mind, just for a moment, to ask why I’d been uninvited, but I knew why. Once again the ThoughtMarauder stepped on too many toes. About 10 of them by my count.

I shook the young man’s hand and turned to head back to my room.

“Sir,” I heard him say.

“Yes?”

He offered me his hand.

I took it.

“Thank you. On behalf of all the guards and staff here. Thank you. We heard what you said yesterday. And you’re right. We’ve all had enough.”

“You’re welcome,” I said and peeked at the name on his badge, “George. I call ’em like I see ’em.”

“I’m protecting these people today, but a year from now,” he said and shrugged his shoulders, “who knows? I’m part of the #Resistance,” he said with a stern smile.

I winked at him.

“#MeToo, George, #MeToo.”

I retired to my room. I discharged Niroki and Nadia so I could relax alone.

What swell girls they were.

I flipped on the TV and watched the Reds game. When everything else fails, there’s always Baseball.

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It’s the calm eye of the perpetual hurricane that never stops swirling around us.

We won 6 to 3 over the hated Cardinals – but we’re still in last place.

There’s always next year – isn’t there???

 

#FreeTommy

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The Ghost of Albert Henkelstam by [Fountain, Jamie N]

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My Bilderberg Diary..Genesis

For those of you unaware of the genesis of the Bilderberg Group let me give you a brief history –

The meetings were first held at the Bilderberg Hotel in the Netherlands in 1954 (hence the name)

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with the intent to counter increasingly anti-American sentiment amongst some leaders of Western Europe by promoting shared Democratic goals.

The original plan was to invite one “Liberal” and one “Conservative” member from each Western European nation drawn from a pool of “elite” individuals representing different segments of society – Academia, the Media, Industry and Finance. The goal was to find common ground on political, economic and defense issues.

It didn’t take long for conspiracists to come to their own conclusions regarding the “real purpose” of the Bilderberg Group – world domination and the creation of a New World Order.

Who could blame them? When 120 to 150 of the wealthiest and most influential people on Earth gather for a secret pow-wow lasting four days once a year and not one note is taken or interview given, people are bound to think what they will.

And they’re not wrong!

The stated goal of many attendees over the years confirms the conspiracy theorists assertions.

From Bilderberg attendee David Rockefeller –

“For more than a century ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents such as my encounter with Castro to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure–one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”

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and from Denis Healey, an original Steering Committee Member –

“To say we were striving for a one-world government is exaggerated, but not wholly unfair. Those of us in Bilderberg felt we couldn’t go on forever fighting one another for nothing and killing people and rendering millions homeless. So we felt that a single community throughout the world would be a good thing.”

On the surface, One World Government doesn’t seem so bad does it – one set of agreed upon Laws applied equally to all, an end to all wars caused by ethnic nationalism, religion and natural resources. Jobs and housing and healthcare for all.

Can you say Utopia..or Shangri-La..or Heaven on Earth!

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Sure you can………Comrade.

You CAN have it all..All you have to give up is your freedom, your voice and your vote.

Your elite betters know what’s best for you so just sit back and let them do what’s necessary to bring this perfect society to fruition.

How will they achieve it?

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Open your eyes, it’s happening all around you.

Destruction of the Middle Class is the highest priority because they are the hardest to control.

Why?

Because the Poor can be bought and the Rich benefit from the decline.

How do you destroy the Middle Class?

  1. Introduce drugs into their midst. Normalize drug use. Legalize Marijuana. Allow the Government to authorize the creation and prescription of Opioid-based painkillers they know are highly addictive.

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Cutoff the prescriptions leaving the users addicted with no alternative but Heroin to satisfy their need. Their deaths are eventual. In 2015 over 62,000 Americans, primarily Middle Class, died of Heroin overdoses.

2) Eliminate national borders. America and Europe are being flooded with Third World people.

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As American and European birthrates decline, due to apathy and selfishness, Third World “immigrants” have an average of six children per couple. In fifty years America and Europe will be ethnically and demographically non-existent

3) Take away their jobs. Millions of manufacturing jobs have left the United States for other countries – Textiles, Automobiles, Steel etc..and what jobs are left are low-skilled/no-skilled low-paying jobs happily taken by the Third World “migrants”.

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4) Make them doubt their own morality. Attack God and Christianity. Promote un-natural behavior as the norm

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https://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/06/06/transgender-freshman-sprinter-born-a-male-wins-two-girls-state-championships

5) Promote moral decay through Video Games –

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Music –

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Is it a coincidence that Suicide, Drug Overdoses and Alzheimer’s Disease – from poor diet – another part of the plan) are the only 3 increasing causes of Death in the United States since the turn of the Century?

When the World stops making sense, some people just check out. Sad..

Members of the Bilderberg Group are patient. They know it will take several generations for their efforts to pay off – but they believe it’s in the best interests of the planet (and more importantly themselves and their offspring) so they will wait until the Middle Class becomes extinct. Once they are gone – our Elite betters will have the Earth to themselves.

It’s a great (in theory, not in practice) plan – with only one flaw. Suppose someone comes along who champions the Middle Class and fights for them and their jobs and their nation and their national character.

Can you say President Donald J. Trump!

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He may not be the Hero the Middle Class expected, but he’s the Hero they need..

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The Ghost of Albert Henkelstam by [Fountain, Jamie N]

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My Bilderberg Diary..

Good Gravy! Am I tired!

It’s been a couple of weeks since the last time I was in Europe.

This time I’m here on more important business. I decided to accept the invitation extended to me by the Steering Committee for this year’s Bilderberg Conference in the Italian Alpine city of Turin.

I had planned on taking my Embraer Kyoto Airship

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(I call it Rocinante) but my (former) personal concierge, Armando, neglected to order the Belluga Caviar so I had to secure another flight.

Good help is truly hard to find..smh

Fortunately, my friend Bill (Gates, not Clinton) was in the neighborhood so he landed in town long enough to pick me up before heading to Washington D.C. where it turns out he’d offered to give our mutual friend Henry a lift.

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Old Hank –

Here’s a little known fact: As a young boy in Germany he always wanted to be a real Wild West Cowboy called Hank, but ended up as a premier Diplomat and Intellect called Henry, because his mother wouldn’t allow him to drop out of high school and  join a Dude Ranch. He only let’s close friends (like the ThoughtMarauder) call him Hank-

So, as always, Hank was the life of the flight. He regaled Bill and I with funny anecdotes about Dick Nixon and told so many dirty jokes that Bill almost peed his pants. Hank Kissinger is a total laugh riot!

Anyways, after many hours of Transatlantic flight we finally landed in Turin this morning.

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All of us climbed into a bullet-proof, grenade-proof, rocket launcher-proof black Escalade with black windows and cruised through lovely downtown Turin on our way to the Grande Palazzo just outside of the city limits where the Bilderberg Conference is to be held beginning tomorrow. We toyed with the notion of stopping at one of the small cafes that dot the city for a morning aperitif (Turin is renowned for them) but passed on the notion – “too many rabble-rousers and communist sympathizers in town to protest our meeting” Dr. Kissinger wisely noted in that distinctive voice of his that has more gravel in it than my friend’s driveway in the country.

We parted ways in the magnificent Grande Foyer

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and followed our respective servants

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upstairs to our modest accommodations

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FYI: Dr. Kissinger was assigned a room on the first floor owing to his age and frail health.

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Upon my arrival I was pleased (but not surprised) to find a masseuse (flown in especially from somewhere in the Orient) to “ease” my jet-lag

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and a French “Maid” to clean up the mess.

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Now that I’m totally relaxed I can focus on the topics of discussion for the weekend:

  • Populism in Europe
  • The inequality challenge
  • The future of work
  • Artificial intelligence
  • The US before midterms
  • Free trade
  • US world leadership
  • Quantum computing
  • Saudi Arabia and Iran
  • The “post-truth” world
  • Current events
  • Russia

I’ll create another post tomorrow to keep you in-the-loop.

If you’re curious how you’re favorite Working-Class Nero secured an invitation to the Bilderberg Conference where our Globalist/Elitist betters decide how to divvy up the world’s wealth, it’s because…………….I’m one of them.

Yeah, I know. You’re shocked!

I quietly own over 75% of the world’s Media sources..you might say I’m the Rothschild of News..You won’t even see my name on the guest list printed in the newspapers because…I AM THE NEWSPAPERS..sometimes the way we control events isn’t so much by what we print as it is by what we DON’T print..

The ThoughtMarauder started out from humble beginnings and retains the same MidWestern American values he learned from his mother and father, perhaps that’s why he’s fighting the war against Globalism/Elitism from the inside…and the outside..stay tuned.

I want to take a nap, but I’m starting to feel a little crick in my neck..I think another massage may be in order ;-7

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The Ghost of Albert Henkelstam by [Fountain, Jamie N]

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When Virtue-Signaling meets Reality – The O Canada Version

It appears, according to this article, that the government of Canada, led by Justin Trudeau

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has come to the “real world” conclusion that accepting multitudes of “migrants” from 3rd world nations such as Haiti, El Salvador, Nigeria and Somalia is not as “culturally invigorating” as he thought it would be.

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In fact, not so long ago, he made a point of shaming President Trump, and by extension all Americans, for their callous rejection of millions of unskilled/low-skilled emigres from failed nations around the globe.

Do you remember these Twitted words from Prime Minister Trudeau on 29 Jan 2017 after President Trump talked about a temporary travel ban involving unvetted travelers from seven primarily Muslim nations until better methods could be established to identify them:

“To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada,” he tweeted.

The ThoughtMarauder imagines that after he sent that Tweet he closed his eyes and envisioned himself receiving the Nobel Peace Prize and started writing his acceptance speech for his induction into the Progressive Hall of Fame.

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Regrettably, as so often happens, reality crashed the feel-good party.

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Over 27,000 people have crossed into Canada since that Twit was Tweeted (hehe) causing a huge backload of cases in their Immigration department, not to mention the massive cost of housing, feeding and providing medical care.

The Canadians are discovering that when you fling open the doors of your Welfare State it doesn’t take long for the “guests” to arrive.

Can you say California?

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And once they arrive you better keep providing the goods lest you be accused of – dare I say it – RACISM.

The Prime Minister would have been wise to keep his Tweets to himself because once the “Wonders of Diversity” Genie gets rubbed it don’t like gettin’ unrubbed.

America has been dealing with this problem for years now and taking jabs from other countries (and from people inside our own) decrying our “lack of compassion.” Perhaps now the Canadians are discovering what we already know.

Reality bites!

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The Ghost of Albert Henkelstam by [Fountain, Jamie N]

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Mostly what I need from you…

Democrat/Socialist/Communist Bernie Sanders

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– and others of his kind – are fond of citing the successes of D/S/C policies in European nations such as Denmark, Sweden, The Netherlands and Belgium as models that America should emulate in order to ensure more “equality” for all citizens – particularly as it relates to Healthcare – but tax, labor and immigration policy are in the mix too.

The thing that strikes me immediately when they cite these examples are the specific geography of these “successful” models. Why is there never a mention of the wildly successful Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela, the incredible prosperity of Post-Castro Cuba and other Central and South American nations that have tried on the old Marxist/Leninist/Maoist suit? Why not a word about Cristina Kirchner’s failed Argentina, Correa’s Ecuador, Daniel Ortega’s Nicaragua or El Salvador’s Ceren? Is Bernie Sanders, and those who support him, racist?

Hmmm..

What these Democrat/Socialist/Communists proponents fail to mention – intentionally (they’re too smart to not know this) – is that these “successful” socialist European nations are able to fund their government largesse on the backs of the American taxpayer.

How so?

Because approximately 72% of the NATO military budget is paid for by the United States.

How much money is that?

How about 650 BILLION dollars!

Every year!

That’s 650 BILLION dollars not contributing to rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure (try driving the teeth-smashing pothole-dodging highway’s of my Middle American city), paying down the national debt, providing prevention and treatment for those suffering through the Opioid epidemic etc..

But, because they are relieved of the major financial responsibility of defending themselves, they can use the money America saves them by providing Healthcare for all. It is disingenuous of Senator Sanders and others to omit this when trumpeting their support for this American-subsidized Healthcare system.

One other point not mentioned is population size. Most reasonable people would admit that Government entities are not masters of process and/or project management. Government’s have no incentive to be good at it. Why should they? No one’s competing for their business. If you don’t like the way they do things, tough shit! GTFO!

These are recent population numbers (rounded) for the above referenced European nations:

The Netherlands – 17,100,00

Belgium – 11,600,000

Sweden – 10,100,000

Denmark – 5,800,000

California alone has more people than these countries combined (and look how swell things are going in that Socialist country ;-7)

Whatever “success” these countries are having with their socialized Healthcare systems is largely attributable to the small size of the bureaucracy required to run it. Can you imagine the size and ineffeciency of the bureaucracy that would be required to manage a government run America-sized Universal Healthcare system charged with satisfying the needs of over 300 million citizens.

Good grief!

I’m going to get in line at the doctors office now for the MRI scan I’m gonna need in 2024..

I don’t mind having a debate about Universal Healthcare or any other topic, but I do insist we arrive at the table armed with every ounce of relevant information available – whether it suits our agenda or not.

Honesty is mostly what we need..

 

 

As The World Burns..

In this episode (which repeats itself over and over and over and over and over again) we discover that a “gentleman” by the name of Odinga Odinga (I swear I’m not making that up) is upset that Ambassadors from First World nations (the United States included) have urged him and his followers to accept the results of the most recent national election won by Uhuru Kenyatta of the Jubilee Party (I swear I didn’t make that up either).

Mr. Odinga Odinga responded to these International entreaties by stating, “We want to tell them (the United States and the International community) in clear terms that Kenya is an independent country and the problems of Kenya will be solved by Kenyans themselves. They can only be, but observers.”

That is a fine sentiment by Mr. Odinga Odinga. He wants no involvement in his country by First World representatives. How admirable – at least until such time as he somehow becomes President of Kenya, in which case I’m sure he’ll welcome the influx of First World dollars that he will use to improve the quality of life for all Kenyans regardless of their political or tribal affiliations.

Ha Ha! Just kidding. Mr. Odinga Odinga will do what every other African leader does. He’ll cram as much foreign aid money into various secret bank accounts around the world for himself as he can, pay friends and family members ludicrously high wages for non-existent jobs, pay off military leaders to not overthrow his regime and leave the people dirt poor and starving in the streets.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Mr. Odinga Odinga is also angry that President Kenyatta has harassed and jailed members of his opposition party and deported a lawyer and vocal critic of the Jubilee Party, Mr. Miguna Miguna (I promise you I couldn’t make these names up if I tried).

Mr. Odinga Odinga is calling for new National Elections by August 2018.

If at first you don’t succeed in winning an election, try and try and try and try and try and try again. If that still fails, pick up a weapon.
And just in case you thought disputed elections are the select province of Africa, think again.

Every time I hear bitching and moaning from the American Left and Right about our current state of political affairs, I just crack open the Internet and read some International News. I can always find plenty of stories to remind me why The United States of America is unquestionably the greatest nation on Earth, primarily because of the faith we have in our institutions. Without abiding faith in each other and our branches of government, we’d have nothing.

We’d be Kenya – or Honduras – or Venezuela

Most of the rest of the World are simply incapable of sustained, high-functioning representative government.

Just because people want it to be so, doesn’t make it so.

**Originally Posted on 12 Feb 2018**

Shaking my not-Catholic American Head

A Vatican-Based Bishop Extols China

I had to read this headline a few times to make sure I was reading it correctly. There’s no way a high-ranking member of the Vatican could possibly suggest that a Communist nation implements Church teachings better than the United States or other Free nations of the World, could he?

The sad answer is Yes.

Bishop Marcelo Sorondo has proved himself to be what the Communists like to call “a useful idiot.”

One of the very first things a Communist regime does is persecute “religious believers.” Communists are convinced that God is a nuisance and a troublemaker who gives people hope that their individual lives have value – which is totally antithetical to the Communist narrative where everyone is bound to one another for the “Greater Good.” The “Greater Good” of course is decided upon by their Godless Communist “Betters” at the Politburo.

Because members of the ruling Politburo are smarter and more well-connected than you are they get to set Policy – which they enforce thru a system of spies who literally rat their fellow “citizens” out to the Party if they say or do anything contrary to the “social order.”

Why would anyone speak out against Communist Government Policy?

Here’s a few reasons right off the top of the ThoughtMarauders pea-sized brain:

1. The Two-Child policy: Remember the bad old days when Mao dictated that no family is ALLOWED to have more than 1 child? Well, the Chinese Communists abolished that cruel policy and replaced it with the much more generous Two-Child policy. Now they let you have two kids.

How generous of your Government to “LET” you have two
kids.

What happens if you accidentally get pregnant with a third unauthorized child? The answer is easy. Duh. Your government drags you to the hospital where a forced abortion is performed. I imagine as a bonus they give you a free hysterectomy to prevent further transgressions.

I wonder if the Bishop got to see one of these operations while he was a guest of the Chinese Government?

2. China has over 1000 active “camps” where those accused of “thought crimes” – chastising the Government, praying to God, questioning the Police, accessing unauthorized Websites and Media (the list is long, I won’t bore you with the other hundreds of others) – are forced to do hard labor until they get their minds right.

Can you say “re-education?”

For those who are unwilling to be re-educated, or seem like good candidates, they can look forward to being murdered and having their organs stolen so they can be stored and used to replace the organs of more deserving comrades who tow the Government line.

I wonder if the Bishop got to see one of these camps while he was a guest of the Chinese Government?

3. The Communist Chinese Government is one of the most repressive regimes on Earth and regularly leads the World by a factor of Five or more in executions.

Drug Users? Kill ’em.

Member of an “unauthorized Religion?” Can you say Falun Gong? Kill ’em.

Member of an “unauthorized Political Party?” Kill ’em.

I wonder if the Bishop got to see one of these Executions while he was a guest of the Chinese Government?

The ThoughMarauder has stated in the past that America is a far from perfect place – Freedom is messy and loud and complicated – but I can assure Bishop Sorondo that America is light years ahead of Communist China regarding the application and practice of Catholic Doctrine.

Shame on him.

**Originally Posted on 8 Feb 2018**

Speaking Truth to Power

Zimbabwe –

http://ewn.co.za/…/moyo-zimbabwe-faces-bloodshed-if-illegal…

Zimbabwe

Honduras –

http://www.foxnews.com/…/protests-against-honduran-leaders-…

Ethiopia –

http://foreignpolicy.com/20…/…/11/ethiopia-is-falling-apart/

Ethiopia

Haiti –

https://www.theguardian.com/…/haiti-history-earthquake-disa…

Haiti

South Africa –

https://www.theguardian.com/…/anc-leader-vows-to-fight-corr…

South Africa

Venezuela –

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/…/Starving-mob-beat-cattle-death…

Venezuelan Grocery Story

Maduro Venezuela

I could go on and on (Somalia, El Salvador, Sudan etc..etc..) discussing the failure of many nations to coalesce around high-functioning representative forms of government like those found in the United States, The UK, France etc.

So many nations of the world seem incapable of effective self-governance.

Why?

The collective inability of their respective populations to sublimate their own selfish desires (wealth, power) for the greater good of society (trust in institutions, faith in Property Rights, civil society).

“Shitholes” is an un-artful way to describe these countries. I believe it more aptly describes the “Governments” of these countries rather than the people themselves – but one has to wonder why the citizens of these countries tolerate these systems.

After all, according to the 18th century French Philosopher and Statesman Joseph do Maistre, “doesn’t every nation get the government they deserve?”

**Originally Posted on 13 Jan 2018**

Idle Minds are Freedoms Workshop

So the Mexican standoff between the United States and China continues.

Mexican Standoff

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-10/china-officials-are-said-to-view-treasuries-as-less-attractive

The US and China have been pointing metaphorical pistols at one another for quite some time now, at least for as long as the quasi-communist Chinese abandoned “pure communism” for a more market-driven type of communism (consider that your oxymoron for the day).

What is going on exactly?

Easy.

The Chinese government owns over 3 TRILLION dollars of US debt, primarily in US Treasury Bonds. The Chinese know that if they were to cash in some or all of these Bonds at once, the United States would be devastated.

Can you say “Depression?”

The Depression

Interest rates would soar, inflation would return and the entire financial landscape of America would be transformed (for the worse).

Why will this never happen?

Easy.

The Chinese make most of the junk (and I do mean junk, as in low quality) that Americans buy. The barbecue grill on your patio, the TV on your table, the watch on your wrist – I could go on and on and on and on.

If they destroy the US economy by calling in their Bonds, Americans would be buying far fewer products. That means demand for all products – Chinese products – would sharply decline, meaning 1 Billion Chinese citizens would find themselves either out of work or facing significantly reduced hours.

Why is this bad for the Chinese?

Because idle minds are Freedoms workshop. The un-elected / Self-Appointed “leaders” of the Chinese know if they can’t keep their citizens working and happy they will have a revolution on their hands (much like what is happening in Iran right now – unrest fueled by a failing economy).

Can you say Tianenman Square?

Chinese Revolution

So every now and then the Chinese cock the trigger of their bond-buying gun to show us who’s boss, only to quietly lower it again when the US threatens Trade Sanctions in return.

It’s a tiresome game with no end in sight – and world-shattering implications if one or the other actually pulls the trigger.

You can add this to your list of 317 things that keep you up at night.

(Not me though. I’ll sleep like a baby – as always)

News reading tip #1 – When reading the sentence below the main title of the article notice these few words – “what they feared COULD be the end” – any time you see the word “could, might, may, maybe, possibly etc..assume you are reading a speculative piece of journalism or an opinion piece. I think that’s what they call “clickbait” these days..

Words have power.

**Originally Posted on 10 Jan 2018**

The Future of The Hermit Kingdom

Judging by this story:

https://hotair.com/…/happening-north-south-korea-restart-p…/

it appears likely that Kim Jong Un read this ThoughtMarauder post from 29 November 2017 and concluded that in order to save his head he should engage his South Korean brothers in Peace Talks.

Yep, there goes the ThoughtMarauder influencing Geopolitics again with his keen insight.

Be that as it may, I am not the only one responsible for pushing the man with the coolest haircut ever (I think you could literally land a small aircraft on that flat-top of his)

Kim Jong Un

to reconsider his belligerent behavior.

You can also thank President Trump. As stated in my post of 29 November, thirty years of appeasement, ineffective sanctions and “strategic patience” (wtf!) by Leaders of both political parties has gotten us where we are today.

Much is made of the President Trumps un-artfulness and deficit of intellectual heft, but tell me who else has forced this much movement on the matter?

The answer is no one.

President Trump has compelled China to reduce shipments of refined petroleum to North Korea along with a total ban on the importation of textiles to the Hermit Kingdom.

This is what progress looks like. Maybe it’s ugly – and scary – but the President is not going to kick this can down the road any longer.

Not only do we owe it to our allies in the region to address this threat – Japan particularly, since they are prohibited from keeping a standing army, navy or air force by Article 9 of their Constitution – but we must do it to protect our own national safety.

This is a very delicate dance we are engaged in, but this is how it’s going to end (assuming Flat-Top Kim doesn’t end up as I posited in my original post):

The communist Chinese live in mortal fear of their own people getting a whiff of anything that even remotely smells like Freedom, and they know that if the current North Korean regime were to disappear it’s likely that re-unification with South Korea would occur, essentially placing American style democracy at their doorstep.

With this in mind, they are going to squeeze and squeeze and squeeze Kim Jong Un using heavy sanctions – and perhaps even threats to his life – to abandon his nuclear program. This would clearly please everyone in the International community.

What does everyone get when this eventually happens?

North Korea: Kim Jong Un gets to keep his life and all sanctions are lifted. Life returns to some sense of twisted normalcy for the people of North Korea (for all the people in the Free World who complain about oppression, would you like to trade your current “oppression” for NK style oppression

North Korean Justice

because I guarantee you they’d trade theirs for yours).

China: The buffer zone (North Korea) keeps the smell of South Korean political freedom away from their border.

North Korea China Border

Japan: Peace of mind knowing the North Koreans won’t be lobbing Nuclear-tipped missiles at them.

United States: One less threat to World Peace, an effective projection of Peace thru Strength (American Style, hello Iran) and a yuuuge political victory for President Trump.

President Trump and the Nobel Peace Prize
PS: Note the effective barrier separating North Korea and China in the attached photograph. Every sovereign nation has the right to control its border.

**Originally Posted on 6 Jan 2018**