Coming Soon, to a Country Near You

Prior posts have alluded to Denmark’s major role as a test bed for the policies of the hidden hand, before they get rolled out to bigger nations.  Perhaps it’s to do with being a country of 5.5m people, not spread over a huge area, or maybe it’s even to do with general level of (misplaced) trust, built up over many years in the framework and institutions.   Size, perhaps in this case, is everything, as it’s interesting that some of the countries I see as elite test-beds are Denmark, New Zealand and Finland.  Similar population sizes and look at how all 3 currently have identikit female prime ministers – out with the old guy in a suit and in with the new model to help prove to the masses democracy is working and their vote does count.  It doesn’t of course, but a new broom every now and then to sweep clean helps maintain the illusion.

I had an argument with someone at work today.  Or at least I raised my voice a bit.  I really have had enough of condescenDanes, who think they know it all and the udlændige are second rate.  I had mentioned to him last week, in response to his comment that he couldn’t believe the UK still allowed people to gather freely, eat in restaurants and go the pub, that I actually agreed people should live their lives freely.  That I’d seen no evidence of this illness yet and that anyway, how come the world didn’t stop for the flu?  This week he saw me again and was keen to mention how the UK now had the same disease as Denmark – no not the lovely COVID-19, but the disease of lockdowns, restrictions and closed businesses.  Except he didn’t see it as a disease, but something that had to be done for the good of society.  I’ve not changed my mind at all, in fact I said, come back in a year and we can discuss how many of these freedoms that have been taken away you have actually got back.  The conversation turned to democracy being a wonderful thing, which I also disagreed with and got told “If you don’t like it here why not go and live in Saudi Arabia?”.  This is the standard response of Danes, when they find you disagree with the things they hold dear and is, I suspect how they’ve always achieved their concensus.  If you disagree, you’re an outlier and need to be got rid of.  Maybe the Vikings dealt with outliers in more direct fashion – an accidental axe to the head while raiding Lindisfarne, killing the peaceful monks and stealing the booty, perhaps?  It’s why all the rich danes live abroad – they could never be comfortable here with the envy, criticism and desire to bring them down to common denominator level.   It’s why, at this point, I snapped and told him this – I have encountered this stock answer about leaving the country many times.  Accept people have different views and are entitled to voice them.

Watching this crisis unfold, along with hearing the calls of citizens for further curtailments to their freedoms, got me thinking that I really do see the future here.  As much as I really don’t want to see it and wish I wasn’t really here at all.  I’ve lived through various taxes, intrusions into my private life and forced introductions to new systems such as nem-id and e-boks, to realise that I should write it down and try to warn the rest of the world.

So let’s look at what’s happened here in the past week or so :-

  • Borders locked down – only Danes and foreign workers allowed in
  • No gatherings of more than 10 people.  So no konfirmation.  unlucky
  • Schools, Universities, Restaurants, Hairdressers, tanning salons – all closed
  • Mandatory vaccinations for anyone suspected of having the virus
  • Up to 75% of salary paid for employees as an alternative to firing anyone
  • Extension of all this to April 13th, at the earliest

Let’s ignore that officially, at least, the vaccine hasn’t even been invented yet.  On a personal note, I am one of only 2 or 3 people who goes into the office now and of those, I’m the only one who does a full day there.  I really refuse to work from home, it does me no good and besides, zig while the world zags – petrol prices are down 20% in 2 weeks, the roads are empty and I can assess the situation outside.  Drive while I can – that may well be an unaffordable luxury at some point in the future.

The clues were there, if you looked closely and worked it out.  Denmark built a 5ft high border fence across the border with Germany last year.  Ostensibly to keep out the swine flu, but it did seem a bit suspicious and ensured all border traffic went through official chokepoints only.  Considering the rest of Denmark only has access by sea and air, it’s relatively easy to lockdown this nation if you really want to – interestingly, you can say the same of another elite test-bed, New Zealand.   The surveillance society tightened it’s grip with the mandatory implementation of smart meters – every house had to have one by December 2019, due to a law that was signed in 2015.  One house avoided that bullet, at least for the time being.  Then there’s been the war on cash – a gradual enforcement of policies to ensure people pay with debit cards, contactless preferred, of course and finally, the tracking of people with mobile phones.  Yes, Denmark has been big on this, and the global sharing of mobile information became clear to me back in 2018, when I received a letter from Skat, informing me of my English bank account – doesn’t matter that it only had £20 in it, Skat was keen to tax the interest.  How did they match up this account?  Why, using my mobile phone number of course.  Think about that when you happily gift this important personal identifying key, a new world social security number, to any website out there.

Longer term, they are implementing so many horrific policies in the style of an expert sleight-of-hand magician, that it’s impossible to keep up.   I saw the UK also implemented a salary bail-out of 80%, just like Denmark (see how these test bed policies catch on?).  Why, to me this could almost seem to be an implementation of the new Universal Basic Income policy they’ve been talking about for a few years.  It sounds great (and free) on paper, to just give a basic income to every citizen, but next up it’ll come with conditions – with deductions for socially unacceptable behaviour and rewards for really, really good socially acceptable behaviour.  Define socially good – they will write the rules for that themselves in the year ahead and if you want that money, you better read the right books, newspapers and be a good citizen in exactly the way that they want.  Then there’s the isolation and separation of old people, Logan’s run is coming.  Then when, if ever, do you think airlines will be reopening?  I had to say goodbye to my trip of a lifetime to Panama last week, and I seriously wonder if I’ll ever get that chance again.  Then what about being socially distant and working from home?  I see the dehumanisation agenda, a future world where AI and robots come to the fore being another step closer, when your colleagues are nothing more than photographic pixels on a computer screen.  How long before some of them are replaced by robots and you never even notice?

Amongst it all, the saddest thing is that a lot of people are clamouring for this – please give us our free money, please lock us in our prison cells, please, please, please.  Just like my Danish colleague there.  I don’t blame him actually and I’m sure our little spat will be forgiven – with a lifetime in one of the ultimate test beds, of course he will love his system.   No, the saddest things were probably :-

a) People reporting other people to the police for such serious infractions as – having a gathering of over 10 people in their own home, a business owner opening up his shop in contradiction of the new law and a supermarket that didn’t have a bottle of the now legally-required alcoholic handwash on the door.  These were all locally-reported cases in my area, so multiply that across the nation and, furthermore, the world.

b) The Danish queen being applauded for her wonderful TV-delivered speech telling everyone to keep socially distant from each other, never leave the house except to shop essentially and do as her various enforcement agencies (skat, police, government) say.  I’m sure someone in a 100-room mansion, with staff to do everything for her, is a great role model for us all.

c) An overbearing intrusion into my weekend from the Danish police and Danish health authority.  The police actually sent out an SMS to every mobile number in the whole country (they’ve got it on file and they are tracking you, remember?).  On the surface, it was to remind you they care, but underneath, it was sent on a Sunday and sent a message of omnipresence, with threatening undertones.  It was also a great data gathering exercise – which numbers worked, who had their phones switched on and who read it.  Should definitely help when they start the location tracking.

All in all, I am reminded of some quote from 1984 by George Orwell, perhaps, that says something like when the taking away of freedoms comes, the people will not be angry, they will be screaming for it, demanding it and just a few months ago I would have laughed and thought it impossible that it would come this way and so soon.  I was wrong.  If I was now to predict the future, I would say a bank is about to go bust – perhaps I need to refer back to my own book from 2007, How to Invest in Gold and Silver?  Perhaps it’s time to remember that…

When laws become unjust, just men become outlaws

 

 

No Milk Today

As part of investigating what a post-apocalyptic world might look like, I went up for a walk to the local supermarket, Rema 1000 yesterday.  Actually, there was another motive behind this, which was that, rather mundanely, I actually did want to buy some milk.  There almost was, quite literally “No Milk Today”, as Herman’s Hermits once sang.  Rather shocking for a country that is one of the world’s largest dairy producers.  There was no trace of the full-fat stuff and just a few cartons of semi-skimmed Letmælk, then loads of the watery nothingness of Skummetmælk, the one with all the fat removed.  I must congratulate Danes on hoarding the one with the highest vitamin value, if nothing else.

The shelves were also denuded of bread, although plenty of Pittas remained, and mince – no pork or beef, except a few packs of the ultra-expensive organic variety.   I’m not quite sure what insight this gives us into the dietary habits of the nation.  All the Rye bread had gone, but plenty of toilet paper was left – major overstocking here in fact.  I sense it’ll sell out faster as the rye bread is consumed.

Also in line with my previous post there were national and international moves.  Bill Gates announced he was standing down as the head of Microsoft – perhaps he’s heading for the bunker as his conception turns into reality?  Did I forget to mention his part in an eerily similar pandemic simulation last year, with something called Event 201?  Denmark also announced a further lockdown, as I correctly foresaw.  I’ve lived here long enough to know Denmark is straight there when it comes to anything agenda-related, be it financial, social or military.   With the last one, they somehow get away with hardly ever being mentioned with regard to their involvement in everything, from Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, Denmark is always there.  Now you can only get into the country if you are a citizen or resident, or have business/family reasons for your visit.  Even if you just fancied coming as a tourist, my advice anyway would be not to bother – there are many cheaper and more interesting places in the world to see.  I am interested to see how this affects my big international trip that I’ve been planning for months – no clues as to destination, but the second leg takes 12 hours and right now, I can still get there and come back.   As long as I get there, I couldn’t care less about the coming back part.  I’ll make sure I read the travel insurance small print though.

Media Hysteria

Picture the scene, everyone tuned into the media, listening intently as some major catastrophic event hits planet earth.  The media continues the story with updates over the coming days and weeks, the people respond by fleeing or panic buying.

Sound familiar?  I’m not actually referring to the Corona Virus, or Covid-19 as some people seem to trendily refer to it as.  It is in fact exactly what happened in 1938, when Orson Welles read War of the Worlds as a series of newcasts on the radio and yes, it’s exactly how thousands of people responded, thinking it was all true.  How we laugh now, of course at such stupidity – we can identify a fake media story, all us superior intellectual, mobile-phone owning humans, can’t we?

Yet, stop and look around you just for a moment.  Has anything really changed?  Apparently some global pandemic has hit planet earth and we need to act now, now, now – can’t our leaders just do something?  The clue is in the name as to what they want us all to..panic.  Sadly, it seems we are.  Even my own office has been informed today that you can self-isolate (what a lovely hyggelig term that is) and work from home until the end of March.  I’m actually sitting in the office almost on my own, only one colleague here and that only because his VPN failed.  I don’t see the point in packing up and going back to that empty house.  I may even stay late and see how empty and post-apocalyptic the streets look.

The clues to why this is happening are quite possibly right in front of us.  Or were.  Massive protests in Hong Kong, Paris, Ecuador, Chile – all with good intentions behind them have suddenly stopped.  Perhaps the hidden hand realised that there was no other way to get rid of them.  I wonder if those protestors even realised how they’ve been duped.  Add to this the other clues – the WTO was quick to say that passing banknotes was a major carrier of this disease and that the cashless society was a solution to that.   Pharma and governments are already announcing they are working on a vaccine, which is interesting, since patents for this were filed last year by some dubious organisations with even more dubious affiliations and funding sources.  Step forward Bill Gates of Microsoft fame, for example.  It ties nicely in with a scaled-up version of the mandatory vaccinations imposed on the island of Fiji last year.  The one where an epidemic hit and it just so happened that the necessary vaccines for every human on the island happened to be in storage on the island.  What a lucky coincidence!  So much for the right to choose, we’re all going to lose that eventually.

Look also at Greta Thunberg and her sponsors.  They’ve been preaching how we all need to become not just low-carbon, but zero-carbon – an impossibility surely, since it’s what we’re made of?  No matter, their low carbon dream of people not travelling and staying in their homes, isolated and susceptible to what media and government tell them is almost here.  Remember that old alien invasion film advice that used to be on films in the 1950s – Stay in Your homes?  It’s come true and we just accepted it without a dicky bird of protest.  They’ve been trying for a fair few years to get people to do it – pubs, the British social equaliser, where free speech was practised and anti-fascist state plots were formed (Guy Fawkes, for example), have been almost obliterated in the UK.  I’m sure other countries have had the same done to their social equivalents.  I see it myself in Denmark and Finland after 5pm every evening, even in larger cities such as Helsinki, the streets are deserted, the people are home, absorbing media and using their electronic devices non-stop.

Against this, I still find myself wondering if there is even a virus and if there is, how bad is it really?  I’ve seen no proof whatsoever – not a single person with the illness, only the impacts of some people supposedly having it.  I believe in colds and flu – I have seen those and experienced them personally.  I also know there are many different strands of the flu – I had a particularly bad one myself back in january that knocked me out for almost 3 weeks – was it actually Covid-19?  Even if not, how come we don’t have an occasional shutdown of everything when a flu like this hits the planet, killing 1,000s of people worldwide every single year?  Maybe in 3-6 months time I will be proved wrong, but even if so, it’d still be nice to compare the Covid death count against influenza and perhaps even road accidents in the same time period.

Living in Denmark, I have come to realise it’s a test bed for many of the hidden hand’s plans.  From turning the TV licence into a media licence that encompasses having an internet connection, to a tax on fat, to introducing e-boks, an enforced electronic mailbox that demands you give an email and mobile number to the state so they can send out their demands electronically and psychologically bully you into submission, Denmark is there first.  They’re also great fans of foisting smart meters onto the population through statute of law and they’re way up there on the disintegration of the traditional family, with no rights for fathers and the highest solo household count in the entire world.  The country has been straight there in closing down all institutions, schools and universities, due to the supposed threat and I am left wondering what comes next.  Possibly a travel lockdown that leaves me imprisoned in this vile place?

There’s a new saying being used in managerial meetings I sometimes attend – “It is what it is”, seems to have been usurped by “We don’t know what we don’t know” and, as much as managerial phrases annoy me, this one at least has some truth in accepting as a human that there are many things you don’t know about.  It’s just a shame not many people apply it to everything in life – unless you’ve seen it with your own eyes, accept you don’t really 100% know.  That, it seems, is very hard for us all to do.