PT Shamrock's April 2020 Newsletter

PT Shamrock's April 2020 Newsletter

"Arguing that you don't care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than you saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say."
- Edward Snowden

In this issue:

* Welcome To Freedumbville USSA!
* Bend Over!
* Food for thought
* The District of Criminals
* Police State
* Red Hot Product!
* Advisory
* How to Retire in Vietnam: Costs, Visas and More
* Shamrock's Missive
* Letters To The Editor
* Quote of the month!

*** Welcome To Freedumbville USSA!

I am an American constitutional lawyer – and I see our government using Covid-19 to take away our fundamental rights
- Robert Barnes

Do we really think "it can't happen here" in America? Could we quarantine the constitution? Are we doing it already?

Panics from pandemics unleash unchecked governmental power. The very premise of popular films like V for Vendetta reveal this: a group uses a virus to seize power and create a totalitarian society. Anyone could witness this from far-off lands, watching the news about China locking people up in their own homes and then removing them screaming from those homes whenever the state wanted. World War I and the Great Depression birthed virulent forms of governments with leaders like Hitler, Mao, Mussolini and Stalin.

Lockdowns, curfews. Troops on the streets. Governments handing out free cash. This utter madness was entirely avoidable.

Governments across America already used the pandemic, and the media-stoked panic around the pandemic particularly, to limit, restrict or remove First Amendment freedoms of speech and free association, with officials complaining about the potential restraints the freedom of religion imposed upon them. Others denied or declared the right to deny Second Amendment rights of gun purchase for personal safety (at a time governments are issuing no-arrest and no-detention orders for a wide range of crimes in their community while publicly freeing inmates from jails and prisons). They want to coordinate with tech companies to surveil and spy on your everyday movements and activities, in violation of the Fourth Amendment and potentially waive, unilaterally, your medical right to privacy in multiple contexts. Stay-at-home orders deprive you of your profession, occupation, business and property, without any due process of law at all beyond an executive fiat in violation of the Fifth Amendment right to due process. Governments request the authority to involuntarily imprison any American on mere fear of infection without any probable cause of crime or clear and present danger of harm by that person's volitional conduct, deny access to personal counsel in an unsupervised, un-surveilled manner in violation of the Sixth Amendment, and act as judge, jury and executioner in violation of the Seventh Amendment right to a trial by jury, as jury trials themselves get suspended around the country in the nation's quieted courts and fear-muted public.

The real pandemic threat is here. It's the panic that will quarantine our Constitution.

First Amendment Quarantined?
Already, governments in America suspended the First Amendment freedom of millions of citizens with shutdown, stay-at-home, curfew orders that prohibit obtaining a petition for a public protest, or even being physically present for a public protest. Indeed, even meetings in "more than ten" are prohibited by various governing jurisdictions within the United States. Surprising places like Missouri did so. Towns like Hartford did so. Maryland soon followed suit. The effect of the stay-at-home orders of New York, California, Nevada, Illinois and Pennsylvania effectively achieve the same outcome. Other governing officials recognized the dubious lawlessness of these orders, but remain outliers. Remember the Hong Kong protests? Gone. Remember the Yellow Vest protests? Soon to be gone. Seen any protests on American streets today? A pandemic is here. Protests gone. Constitution quarantined.

Second Amendment Quarantined?
But that is not all. Under the guise of "unnecessary businesses," "emergency powers," or simply by furloughing or reducing staff in the background checks department, governments show the willingness to limit Second Amendment rights as well as First Amendment protections. Mayors declare the right to ban gun sales, governments declare no background-check personnel to process a background check, delaying gun sales indefinitely, and other governments simply shut down all gun sales businesses entirely. Most worrisome, this happens while governments release inmates into the streets, and discussreleasing even more, and, at the same time, issue no-arrest and no-detention orders from Philadelphia to Fort Worth for a wide range of criminals. Want to defend yourself, give yourself a deep sense of personal protection that comes with gun ownership for many, as the Second Amendment safeguards? Well, no luck, according to too many of our governing overlords. A pandemic is here. Self-protection sacrificed. Constitution quarantined.

Fourth Amendment Quarantined?
Few protections are more American than the right to privacy against coerced, compelled, secretive, subversive invasion. The government operates like a virus in a case of a pandemic panic, infecting our minds and bodies, monitoring speech, association and movement, with tools of surveillance unthought-of to the founders. Coordinating with private companies (unrestrained by the Fourth Amendment; why do you think NSA uses them to gather all your emails, conversations, texts, and internet searches, at the first stage?), governments used the panic about the pandemic, a panic the government itself stoked with aid of a compliant, complicit press, to waive your medical privacy and invade your personal privacy, looking for tools to monitor your every movement, associations, activities, and behavior. The watching eye in the sky can now be the Alexa in your home, the camera on your computer, and the phone in your hand. A pandemic is here. Privacy ended. Constitution quarantined.

Fifth Amendment Quarantined?
The protection for our right to make a living arises from the Fifth Amendment right to property without deprivation by due process of law, and the obligation for the government to compensate any such takings. Yet, governments across America did just that to millions of businesses, workers, and property owners, stripping them of their ability to make a living, or even to engage in a free market of commerce, by shutdown orders, curfews, and stay-at-home orders. The political and professional class ensconced in its work-from-home environs fails to appreciate the hardship this imposes on working people. No compensation. No substitution. No wages. No revenues. No opportunity. Labor lost that can never be recovered, ever, while it leaves our economy teetering on the edge of a worst-ever depression. The foundation of government is to protect the pursuit of happiness. Now all we get to pursue is Netflix-and-chill and hope miracles happen to pay next week's bills, and pray the market doesn't crash like in 1929. A pandemic is here. Opportunity & property gone. Constitution quarantined.

Conclusion
Our founders were intimately familiar with pandemics, viruses and plagues, yet they did not allow any to suspend our Constitutional liberties. Not one word in the Constitution about plagues or pandemics to exempt the government from any of our Bill of Rights. Why do our current courts allow it? Because the public is asleep at the wheel. Think the pandemic threatens to kills us all? A review of the data shows the pandemic is more panic than plague.

Time to wake up. Maybe it is time in the motto of V for Vendetta, to "Remember, remember the fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot." As that film's lead character well said: "People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people." Only when an awake public asserts their human liberties to protest the loss of their liberties will, then, governments quit using public health crises to seize power that does not belong to them. The answer to 1984 is still 1776.
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*** Bend Over!

The Times of London is reporting that Russian agents are in Ireland probing transatlantic communications cables.

Ireland is the landing point for undersea cables which carry internet traffic between America, Britain and Europe. The cables enable millions of people to communicate and allow financial transactions to take place seamlessly.

Garda and military sources believe the agents were sent by the GRU, the military intelligence branch of the Russian armed forces which was blamed for the nerve agent attack in Britain on Sergei Skripal, a former Russian intelligence officer.

This is nothing new. The NSA and GCHQ have been doing this for decades.
- Boing Boing
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Food for thought

Whenever you visit a website -- even if it's HTTPS enabled -- the DNS query that converts the web address into an IP address that computers can read is usually unencrypted. DNS-over-HTTPS, or DoH, encrypts the request so that it can't be intercepted or hijacked in order to send a user to a malicious site.

But the move is not without controversy. Last year, an internet industry group branded Mozilla an "internet villain" for pressing ahead the security feature. The trade group claimed it would make it harder to spot terrorist materials and child abuse imagery. But even some in the security community are split, amid warnings that it could make incident response and malware detection more difficult.

The move to enable DoH by default will no doubt face resistance, but browser makers have argued it's not a technology that browser makers have shied away from. Firefox became the first browser to implement DoH -- with others, like Chrome, Edge, and Opera -- quickly following suit.

I think DoH is a great idea, and long overdue.
- Slashdot thread
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*** The District of Criminals

More on Crypto AG
- Crypto-Gram

One follow-on to the story of Crypto AG being owned by the CIA: this interview - https://www.npr.org/2020/03/05/812499752/uncovering-the-cias-audacious-operation-that-gave-them-access-to-state-secrets - with a Washington Post reporter. The whole thing is worth reading or listening to, but I was struck by these two quotes at the end:

...in South America, for instance, many of the governments that were using Crypto machines were engaged in assassination campaigns. Thousands of people were being disappeared, killed. And I mean, they're using Crypto machines, which suggests that the United States intelligence had a lot of insight into what was happening. And it's hard to look back at that history now and see a lot of evidence of the United States going to any real effort to stop it or at least or even expose it.

To me, the history of the Crypto operation helps to explain how U.S. spy agencies became accustomed to, if not addicted to, global surveillance. This program went on for more than 50 years, monitoring the communications of more than 100 countries. I mean, the United States came to expect that kind of penetration, that kind of global surveillance capability. And as Crypto became less able to deliver it, the United States turned to other ways to replace that. And the Snowden documents tell us a lot about how they did that.
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*** Police State

Coronavirus Opens The Door For The NWO

Pandemic crisis presents unique opportunity for globalist power grab
- Jon Bowne

In the wake of the Coronavirus hysteria, total suspension of individual freedom hangs in the balance for an unsuspecting town near you.

The Communist model is spreading just as aggressively as the Coronavirus. For example, Israel is already paving the way. As Zero Hedge reports, "After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced last Saturday that authorities will tap the country's 'counter-terror' technology and systems to combat the 'invisible enemy' of Covid-19, Israeli media is now reporting the government is actually considering the 'total suspension of individual freedom.'"

Israel's public health services chief is now urging just that: Sigal Sadetsky told the Knesset Subcommittee on Intelligence and Secret Services this week that "A lockdown and personal monitoring of people, and a total halt to personal freedoms is urgently necessary."

In the United States, the Continuity of Government directives that had been quietly strengthened after they failed miserably during 9/11 are beginning their nefarious introduction to the public by the mainstream media. As Newsweek reports, "According to new documents and interviews with military experts, the various plans – codenamed Octagon, Freejack and Zodiac – are the underground laws to ensure government continuity. They are so secret that under these extraordinary plans, 'devolution' could circumvent the normal Constitutional provisions for government succession, and military commanders could be placed in control around America."

Meanwhile, the DOJ is asking Congress for totalitarian power. As Politico reports, "In one of the documents, the department proposed that Congress grant the attorney general power to ask the chief judge of any district court to pause court proceedings 'whenever the district court is fully or partially closed by virtue of any natural disaster, civil disobedience, or other emergency situation.'"

Strap yourself in America, it's going to be a bumpy ride.
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*** Advisory

Income Tax Havens: These Seven Countries Have No Income Tax
- The Indian Express

Income tax is levied by most countries today and is paid at varied rates depending on a country's tax laws. Income tax is essentially a tax charged on the net income of an individual or a business. This tax has to be filed annually by the taxpayer and it acts as a source of revenue for governments.

In 2019 the highest income tax was collected in Sweden where individuals with highest incomes paid more than 50 per cent of their taxable income. Countries situated in Northern Europe and North Atlantic generally have greater income taxes.

On the other hand there are some countries with minimal and virtually no income tax at all. Such countries are either tax havens or they are countries whose economies are highly dependent on natural resources like oil. The revenues obtained from these oil rich countries stabilize their economies to a degree that they can do without collecting income tax from their residents.

Countries with zero income tax rates are generally situated in the oil rich Gulf region and the Caribbean islands. These countries known around the world for being popular destinations for foreign investors and expatriates.

Here is a list of some countries without income tax:

1. United Arab Emirates

This Arab country is highly rich in natural resources like oil and its free trade zones that are open to foreign ownership and zero taxes make this country a popular destination for global investments.

UAE has zero income taxes for individuals granting them the privilege of tax-free salaries. Corporate tax is levied only on foreign banks and oil companies leaving other industries tax free. Excise duty is levied on a handful of goods and services whereas Value Added Tax (VAT) is imposed on a majority of goods from 2018.

UAE also grants the avoidance of Double Taxation on overseas investment to all public and private companies and other companies operating in the country under the Double Taxation Agreements (DTA).

2. The Bahamas

This Caribbean country has tax friendly laws which makes it an attractive destination for business investments and foreign financial institutions. This 'tax haven' does not collect taxes on personal or corporate income. Corporate taxes are levied on international companies operating in the Bahamas only if the revenue is derived locally. Other areas that are tax-free include wealth, inheritance and capital gains. The tax-free income benefits can be enjoyed by the residents of the country irrespective of getting a citizenship.

3. Qatar

This Arab nation grants tax-free personal income to individuals. However, commercial activity is subjected to company taxation that entails 10 per cent of the company's total state income and has to be paid annually. A 10 per cent fixed tax rate is exacted from rental income too.

Its tax-free environment and sophisticated infrastructure attract a number of expatriates to this country. However, expatriates from specific countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Ireland and South Africa are subject to taxes according to the tax laws of their respective governments.

4. Kuwait

Anyone residing in Kuwait, irrespective of their nationality, is granted the privilege of tax-free personal incomes. This essentially means that the Kuwait's tax law does not define the concept of resident and non-resident. However, a corporate tax is levied on foreign corporates in the country. These foreign companies have to pay 15 per cent of their income to the Kuwaiti government.

5. Monaco

Monaco's personal and business laws related to taxes makes it a well-known tax-haven. It does not collect taxes from personal incomes of its residents. A person residing in Monaco for six months or more becomes a resident and is thereafter exempted from paying income tax.

This city state also does not collect taxes on capital gains and net wealth. Residents can enjoy tax-free property ownership in Monaco, however 1 per cent tax is collected from rented properties annually.

Monaco also does not have a general corporate tax. Only certain types of companies whose profits are 25 per cent or more on their operations existing outside the country gets subject to taxation.

These tax laws along with a high regard for financial secrecy and data privacy makes this country a highly appealing destination for expatriates and foreign investors.

6. Oman

This Gulf nation has lenient and business friendly tax laws. It does not collect taxes on personal incomes of residents or non-residents. Wealth, capital gains along with property all come under the ambit of these tax-free laws.

Business and companies are subjected to 15 per cent tax collection on their taxable income. However companies involved in petroleum operations have to pay a 55 per cent tax. An income tax can be imposed on expatriates.

7. Panama

Panama is considered a pure 'tax haven' country with flexible legal structure and tax friendly laws. It does not impose income taxes on individuals as well as offshore companies. Offshore companies that engage in business outside the country are granted zero income and corporate tax. However, offshore companies engaged in business locally will be subject to minimal local taxes.

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*** How to Retire in Vietnam: Costs, Visas and More
- SmartAsset

As one of the most welcoming and mysterious countries in Southeast Asia, Vietnam has a lot to offer retirees. With over 2,000 miles of coastline, small fishing villages, and ancient Buddhist temples, Vietnam is a popular retirement destination for those seeking tranquility on a budget. But, before you take the leap and retire in Vietnam, it's important to understand what the move entails so you can properly plan an overseas retirement.

Cost of Living in Vietnam

Before you sell your home and buy a one-way ticket to Vietnam, you should compare the cost of living. As many financial advisors would tell you, you'll want to assess the total cost of living in another country versus the cost of living in the United States. According to Numbeo, a website that collects pricing data from citizens, the average cost of living in Vietnam is 46% lower than in the United States, not including rent.

In Vietnam, rent is on average 70% cheaper than in the United States. The U.S. national average cost for a one-bedroom apartment is $1,306, whereas a the average costs of a one-bedroom in Vietnam is $394 on average.

While your cost of living and rent will depend on your lifestyle as well as the city you live in, your dollar will go much further in Vietnam than in most U.S. cities. A three-course dinner for two at a mid-range restaurant is about $20. Gasoline runs approximately $3.40 cents per gallon, and a bottle of medium quality wine will set you back some $11.

Visas in Vietnam

While Vietnam does not have a retirement visa, there are several options for individuals who want to retire in Vietnam. Americans can apply for a visa to Vietnam through any Vietnamese embassy and will be approved for either six months or one year but can only stay in the country for three months at a time.

If you plan to live in Vietnam, you then have two options: make "visa runs" every three months or get an extension on your visas. Getting a visa extension incurs high costs, so most people make a visa run. This means that they leave the country for periods of a few hours to a few days. Then, they can return to Vietnam and their three-month "visit" can begin again.

Taxes in Vietnam

If you become a resident of Vietnam, you will be subject to taxes on any income you earn regardless if it was earned in Vietnam or not. These tax rates do not exceed 5% unless it comes from an inheritance or gift, which is taxed at 10%. Non-residents are taxed on income earned inside Vietnam at a rate of 20%. They are not taxed on income earned outside the country.

Keep in mind, that even if you live outside the U.S., you'll still need to file a U.S. tax return as an expatriate. You'll also have to file even if you don't end up having to pay any U.S. taxes. If you'd like to forecast your tax burden more specifically, you may want to consult with a tax expert who is familiar with both U.S. and Vietnam tax laws.

Healthcare in Vietnam

Healthcare in Vietnam does not enjoy a great reputation. The World Health Organization ranks the nation's healthcare system as 160th out of 189 countries. Vietnam has a universal healthcare system that combines Eastern and Western medicine. Everyone in Vietnam has access to basic medical care, and the cost and access to healthcare can range quite a bit between rural areas and cities. In urban areas, both public and private hospitals exist. Expats tend to favor the private hospitals because they more closely match the standards of care that they are used to in their home countries.

Most expats will get private health coverage while living in Vietnam. Most experts will advise that you get a plan that will reimburse you for any costs while in Vietnam so that when you pay for coverage, you can get your money back. Health insurance typically costs about $60 per month in Vietnam. Public hospitals typically only charge a few dollars for services, but private institutions do not charge much more. A consultation at a private hospital typically starts at about $30.

Housing

Many retirees choose to live in beach towns such as Nha Trang or Da Nang. It's important to note that whether you choose to live in one of these cities, or a larger city like Hanoi, your cost of living and housing costs will vary.

The average home cost in Nha Trang is about $482 per square foot in the city center. This is in comparison to New York City, where homes cost on average $1,372 per square foot. Overall, the cost of housing in Vietnam is significantly lower than in the United States.

Home Buying Process in Vietnam

In Vietnam, only Vietnamese people can purchase a property. This is because Vietnam is a communist country and the land is all owned by the state. However, foreign residents can purchase homes, they just can't own the land that it sits on.

A foreigner can buy a 50-year lease on an apartment or home. With this lease, the buyer gets all rights to the apartment and can renew after 50 years. If the building that the apartment is in has to be sold, the buyer will get a portion of the proceeds. It's important to note that foreigners can not sublet these homes.

Safety in Vietnam

While the United States government does not have any restrictions to visiting Vietnam, there are a few things that you may want to consider before moving there. These include:

The large cities in Vietnam such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh often have smog advisories that can be irritating to some people's health.

The driving is very different from at home, so most people struggle to learn the customary driving skills.

The crime rate is very low in Vietnam, but the access to Western healthcare is limited, so personal safety may also be of issue to some foreigners.

The Bottom Line

Vietnam has dreamy landscapes, friendly locals, a low crime rate and inexpensive living. However, it also has no retirement visa scheme. And access to healthcare, while improving, is still not up to Western standards.

Tips for Retiring Overseas

Consider talking to a financial advisor about making a plan for retiring overseas. Finding the right financial advisor who fits your needs doesn't have to be hard. SmartAsset's free tool matches you with financial advisors in your area in five minutes. If you're ready to be matched with local advisors who will help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.
An essential part of saving for retirement is making sure the money you save remains untouched. Dipping into your savings may seem tempting if you're low on cash, but you'll pay for it down the line. Consider creating an emergency fund so you can deal with life's little challenges without raiding your nest egg.
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Shamrock's Missive:

We trust those reading these words are safe, happy and healthy. Like us, recently, you must have been bombarded by the news of Coronavirus that slammed the whole world. At this very moment, we would like to express our sincere wish for the well-being of you and your family.

The EARN-IT Act

Prepare for another attack on encryption in the U.S. The EARN-IT Act purports to be about protecting children from predation, but it's really about forcing the tech companies to break their encryption schemes:

The EARN IT Act would create a "National Commission on Online Child Sexual Exploitation Prevention" tasked with developing "best practices" for owners of Internet platforms to "prevent, reduce, and respond" to child exploitation. But far from mere recommendations, those "best practices" would be approved by Congress as legal requirements: if a platform failed to adhere to them, it would lose essential legal protections for free speech.

It's easy to predict how Attorney General William Barr would use that power: to break encryption. He's said over and over that he thinks the "best practice" is to force encrypted messaging systems to give law enforcement access to our private conversations. The Graham-Blumenthal bill would finally give Barr the power to demand that tech companies obey him or face serious repercussions, including both civil and criminal liability. Such a demand would put encryption providers like WhatsApp and Signal in an awful conundrum: either face the possibility of losing everything in a single lawsuit or knowingly undermine their users' security, making all of us more vulnerable to online criminals.

Matthew Green has a long explanation of the bill and its effects - https://blog.cryptographyengineering.com/2020/03/06/earn-it-is-an-attack-on-encryption/ -
The new bill, out of Lindsey Graham's Judiciary committee, is designed to force providers to either solve the encryption-while-scanning problem, or stop using encryption entirely. And given that we don't yet know how to solve the problem -- and the techniques to do it are basically at the research stage of R&D -- it's likely that "stop using encryption" is really the preferred goal.

EARN IT works by revoking a type of liability called Section 230 that makes it possible for providers to operate on the Internet, by preventing the provider for being held responsible for what their customers do on a platform like Facebook. The new bill would make it financially impossible for providers like WhatsApp and Apple to operate services unless they conduct "best practices" for scanning their systems for CSAM.

Since there are no "best practices" in existence, and the techniques for doing this while preserving privacy are completely unknown, the bill creates a government-appointed committee that will tell technology providers what technology they have to use. The specific nature of the committee is byzantine and described within the bill itself. Needless to say, the makeup of the committee, which can include as few as zero data security experts, ensures that end-to-end encryption will almost certainly not be considered a best practice.

So in short: this bill is a backdoor way to allow the government to ban encryption on commercial services. And even more beautifully: it doesn't come out and actually ban the use of encryption, it just makes encryption commercially infeasible for major providers to deploy, ensuring that they'll go bankrupt if they try to disobey this committee's recommendations.
It's the kind of bill you'd come up with if you knew the thing you wanted to do was unconstitutional and highly unpopular, and you basically didn't care.

The above comments are courtesy of Bruce Schneier.

See you next issue

Shamrock

"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."
- Edmund Burke, 1784
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Quote of the month!

"The law is like a spider web where the little flies get caught and the big flies fall through."
- Aristarchus, Greek Philologist
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Go to church, go to jail

RICHMOND, Virginia, March 25, 2020 (CNS News) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued an executive order on Monday that is aimed at stopping the new coronavirus — and, in the process, makes it a criminal offense to hold a church service attended by more than 10 people.

Yes, his order makes it a crime for more than 10 people to gather in a church.

There are two passages in the text of the governor's order that are relevant to this.

Paragraph 1 says: "Therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article V, Section 7 of the Constitution of Virginia, by § 44-146.17 of the Code of Virginia and in furtherance of Executive Order 51, I order the following: 1. Effective 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020 until 11:59 p.m., Thursday, April 23, 2020, all public and private in person gatherings of 10 or more individuals are prohibited."

The second relevant section of the order says: "Violation of paragraphs 1, 3, 4, and 6 of this Order shall be a Class 1 misdemeanor pursuant to § 44-146.17 of the Code of Virginia."

Indeed, the actual text of § 44-146.17 says: "Executive orders, to include those declaring a state of emergency and directing evacuation, shall have the force and effect of law and the violation thereof shall be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor in every case where the executive order declares that its violation shall have such force and effect."

Northam, in his executive order, declared, "Violations of paragraph 1" — which states that "all public and private in person gatherings of 10 or more individuals are prohibited" — are Class 1 misdemeanors. Thus, under Virginia law, they are Class 1 misdemeanors.

What can the government do to you for committing one of these Class 1 misdemeanors?

The Code of Virginia spells out the punishment in § 18.2-11. It says: "The authorized punishments for conviction of a misdemeanor are: (a) For Class 1 misdemeanors, confinement in jail for not more than twelve months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both."

Now, attending a typical church service — like, say, a Catholic Mass on Sunday — would seem to fall within the scope of "public and private in person gatherings of 10 or more individuals."

Northam's executive order does not use any terminology that specifically indicates it applies to churches or other places of worship. Nor does it include language listing churches and other places of worship among those "essential" locations that are not subject to the ban on gatherings of 10 or more people.

But a "Frequently Asked Questions" sheet that his office published about the executive order does address the issue.

The fifth question it answers is: "What about religious services? Can I still go to my church, synagogue, or mosque?"

The answer: "Virginians are strongly encouraged to seek alternative means of attending religious services, such as virtually or via 'drive-through' worship. Places of worship that do conduct in-person services must limit gatherings to 10 people, to comply with the statewide 10-person ban."

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This is a screen capture of the question-and-answer in the "Frequently Asked Questions" sheet published by Gov. Ralph Northam's office that says places of worship "must limit gatherings to 10 people, to comply with the statewide 10-person ban."

To make certain that this meant that the law making it a misdemeanor criminal offense to have gatherings of more than 10 people applied to churches, I addressed a question to Northam's press secretary, Alena Yarmosky.

I asked her via email: "How about a simple yes or no: Are church attendees and churches exempted from the misdemeanor penalty that applies to other individuals and organizations that violate the governor's Executive Order and have gatherings that bring together more than 10 people?"

She responded by email: "The Governor's EO 53 bans assemblies of more than 10 people, statewide. That includes gatherings at private schools, private clubs, parties, as well as any other social get-together, and religious services."

Conclusion: The governor has issued an executive order that "bans" religious services that bring together more than 10 people. His executive order expressly states that any "violations" of the paragraph in the order that bans "gatherings of 10 or more persons ... shall be a Class 1 misdemeanor." Virginia law says that when a governor's executive order states that violating that order is a Class 1 misdemeanor, those violations are indeed Class 1 misdemeanors.

Virginians now live in a state where holding a church service attended by 11 people has been unilaterally declared a crime by the governor.

The same executive order that creates this church-attending crime also declares that Virginia's state-owned liquor stores are "essential retail businesses" that "may remain open during their normal business hours."

How can a person walk into a liquor store, exchange a glass bottle of whiskey and money with a clerk and keep his social distance? Could 11 people in a church — praying the rosary together — stay further apart physically than the buyers and sellers at a Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control store?

The Catholic dioceses of Arlington and Richmond had already voluntarily determined to close their Masses to the public to limit the spread of the coronavirus — before the government ordered them to limit their gatherings to 10 people. They gave witness to the virtue of prudence. But prudence also counsels against the sort of edict Northam redundantly issued this week ordering churches to close under penalty of law.

What would St. Thomas More think of a government that made it a crime to gather and pray in church?

What would the framers of the First Amendment think?

What future "emergencies" will inspire future governors to act on Northam's precedent?

Adelphoi is published

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As many of you know, I am a flaming, red-hot Christian, on fire for Jesus.

And, as many of you others know, I write books.

What some of you may not know is that I write horror stories.

As you may be able to tell from the creepy cover, this latest work is a book of horror stories.

But what does a horror story written by a Christian look like?

There's two answers for this, but before I give them to you, I would like you to read the preface in Adelphoi.

Once you're done reading the Preface text (or before - whatever you want really), let us suppose that we can clarify that horror is just a story about survival. Horror is "making it to the end of the story" with your life... Not necessarily in one piece, but alive nonetheless.


Classically, "Jurassic Park" and "Arachnophobia" are horror movies. Just survive to the end. The monsters are a little more tame than, say, Dracula... But they are monsters and you have to live.

Sometimes the monsters are so overwhelming that they can be supernatural. "The Mist" movie is one of the most horrible of all supernatural horror movies I've ever seen. Almost everyone dies and the hero is made to choose unthinkable things.

But let me put to ease your questions about my sanity, calling myself a "Christian Horror Writer."

Horror is a story that you have to endure through. Christianity is the belief that the Son of the Intelligent Designer sacrificed Himself so that we wouldn't die. Conclusion? A Christian Horror writer is a person who writes about horrible things and the power of Jesus to overcome them.

So what are the two answers for "What does a horror story by a Christian look like?"

Answer 1) A story about a horrible thing, with a saving grace at the end.

Answer 2) A story about a horrible thing, with a tragic ending and a moral purpose.

I think that's pretty straight forward.

So there may be some "raw life" in the story. So what? Do Christians pretend to sit around with harps and halos? No. We get dirty just like the rest of the world. Real life and even, in this instance, imagined life, is harsh and cruel and violent. And there are some violent scenes in the book that I wrote. There's also some cool stuff, like angels and guns. But just because the story is a "good story" doesn't mean that the bad guy doesn't rip off an arm or two in the telling.

I'm not saying that the ends justify the means. Far from it.

What I am saying is that good stories are visual and have an impact on the reader. I want these stories to evoke emotion and to be memorable. I want you and everyone who turns the pages to feel what the characters are going through.

In the end, life is hard but God is good.

I hope you enjoy reading the book.

Jesus loves you.

-Pauly Hart
February 14th 2020

#AdelphoiBook #Brom #BromArt

Adelphoi - My latest book

Here is a tease of pages 1-3 of my new compilation or anthology... Or, whatever you call a tome with several stories inside of it.

This is a screenshot of my MSWord document that is receiving attention currently. Mark Fruci, my editor, is still slogging though the end of the book, so I figured I might as well work on the guts, so as not to waste time.

I'm super excited y'all. I really am happy with most everything that's happened during this entire project. From the cover creation to the hiring of a super-genius editor, to all the support I have received from family and friends... This has been a really fun book.

It's also been stress-relief. So often, during the course of my week, I get to a place of frustration with everything. Lately, my boss took a mission trip to Africa and left me in charge of the work. I had six subcontractors that I was in communication with, and the boss... Well... He fired me after the first week. I thought things were fine, but halfway through his fortnight adventure, he texts me telling me to not work on anything until he gets back.

It was all very abrupt and hurtful. But all is well in the end. I was able to buckle down and work on this and other projects to relieve my mind. So, while having an unexpected week off of work was extremely hurtful, it did allow me to focus on the book, for which I'm grateful for the opportunity.

As you may already know, the cover art was painted by Brom, and I got the rights to use it for a steal. I'm super excited to put it in the marketplace, and I hope to gain more expertise when it comes to picking cover art for my books. The mockup shown here is actually the banner I had printed. The novel cover will obviously be similar, for Brom's art is the only art for the exterior of the book.

So far, the reading list includes: 16 Shorts, 5 Poems, 1 Canto, and 3 Novelettes. I am super excited about the Canto (which is basically a really long poem) because it is one of my original books that I published as a chapbook back in 1996. I am pleased that: "Indigo Dark Burn" is finally coming into professional publication. It's been too long.

As far as the other poems are concerned, this will be a first. Writing poetry is tough, but writing horror poetry? Come on. Edgar Allan Poe I am not, but I do think I gave them a professionalism that few would argue is sophomoric. The Novelettes I am somewhat concerned with. I have three listed, but I might just nix one and leave it at two. I am still torn about that. But here we go, let's talk "short stories" because that's really the meat of the whole book.

Of the 16 Shorts listed, the majority of them are not new to the printed page. But they are the best one's I've written. I've featured some of them in my magazine: "Microzine" but the readership on that Periodical is not blowing up the machines at the Amazon printing press. So, I figured, by putting them in their own collection, they would have the opportunity to shine as they should, along with their peers - other horror stories.

I've pushed the publication back again. It will be ready in February. Hopefully very early in the month... Just in time for you to get your hands on it for St. Valentine's Day... If... If you're into that kind of thing, I mean.

I will see you soon.

Pauly Hart
Noon/26/1/20

#AdelphoiBook
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Juliet Marillier gives great advice

When Kiwi writer, Juliet Marillier came to the United States, my wife almost lost her sanity. Screaming like an insane fan-girl, she came running into my office.

"We have to go see her!"

And so we went. Not being the kind of person to drive 100 miles for just one thing, I commented on Juliet's Facebook page that my wife and I would love to buy her a cup of tea after her presentation at the book convention. To my delight and surprise, she said yes. On the day of the event, we found ourselves seated with her, drinking tea and talking about her life as a writer and her wonderful books that she's brought into the world.
My wife still can't believe all this is real

Of course this would become one of the best things I have ever done for my wife, but, it was selfish of me, to be honest. Here was someone who had made it. Here was someone who had made cut. Here was a lady who had her "big break" and could live the life that I've always wanted. A small house, some cute pets, and my word processor. I loved it and learned so much.

This last November, Juliet was featured at Supanova in Brisbane. Here's her words of wisdom.

“I usually have three bits of advice. The first one is: you need to read. You’re never going to be a successful writer if you’re not a reader. And don’t just read in the genre you want to write in. Read as widely as you can… because that is the best way to soak up style and technique without necessarily having to go to classes to learn it. Be a reader first.

The second is: don’t write what you think will sell. You don’t write to become rich and famous; you write because you desperately need to write. You want to write and you’ve got a story that you really need to tell.

That leads on to the next bit of advice, which is writing because you feel passionate about it. You’ve got a story that is busting to get out. Keep working at it. Do a little bit every day. Work on your craft and polish it. Get people to look at it and give you feedback and you’ll eventually get there.” - Juliet Marillier

This is golden advice and I would like to add some followup statements that I have found to be true as a new writer.

Reading never let anyone down. To and understand what is good and quality literature, you need to read literature. Then you will know what is good and bad, and ugly. If you throw the book into the trash bin, there are probably hundreds of others who have done the same. Pull it out of the trash and find out how not to write this way. Learn why you hate bad writing... But more importantly, learn why you love great writing.

On the second note. I cannot say that nothing has ever been more true. Who are you as a writer? Are you yourself or are you a shill and a sham? To become a great writer is to be true to the writer within you. We aren't in school anymore. We aren't out here to impress anyone, really. We have the tools and we have the wherewithal to accomplish the great story within us. Let's not be harlots to the industry.

Finally, on her third note, we must remember that every large work did not just happen instantly, saving for the acts of God, we cannot create something immediately. The procedure must inundate our existence. If we are writers, then we must write. If we are people who write, what would propel us into becoming  writers. If we are those who sometimes write things, what would be the thing that would push us into becoming someone who writes? Push on, good soldier, push on.

Snowden on Rogan

PT Shamrock's Mid November 2019 Newsletter

PT Shamrock's Mid November 2019 Newsletter

"On the road to healing, there is pain."
- Grigori Rasputin
Apologizes for this tardy newsletter issue!
In this issue:
* Welcome To Freedumbville USSA!
* Bend Over!
* Food for thought
* The District of Criminals
* Police State
* Red Hot Product!
* Advisory
* Shamrock's Missive
* Letters To The Editor
* Quote of the month!
*** Welcome To Freedumbville USSA!
People are throwing away their Fitbits over fears about privacy after Google announces $2.1 billion buyout of the wearable tech company
Google purchased the San Francisco-based wearables company on November 1
However some Fitbit users are concerned about how the firm will handle data
In a blog post Google promised not to sell health data or use it for advertising
- Ian Randall
If Twitter is anything to go by, the last steps measured by many Fitbits over the past week were taken to the fitness trackers' final resting place — the bin.
Unhappy Fitbit users announced they were ditching the devices over privacy concerns following Google's purchase of the activity tracking firm on November 1.
San Francisco-based Fitbit Inc, which boasts 28 million worldwide users, was purchased for $2.1 billion (GBP1.6 billion).
In response, many Fitbit users threatened to switch to other wearables instead — including smart watches made by rivals Apple and Garmin.
Unhappy Fitbit users announced they were ditching the devices over privacy concerns following Google's purchase of the activity tracking firm. Pictured, the Fitbit Versa 2 +5
Unhappy Fitbit users announced they were ditching the devices over privacy concerns following Google's purchase of the activity tracking firm. Pictured, the Fitbit Versa 2
Unhappy Fitbit users threatened to switch to rival trackers such as those by Apple and Garmin
How Do Fitness Trackers Work?
Fitness trackers such as Fitbits or smart watches monitor heart rate using a technique called photoplethysmography.
The tracker sends green light through the skin which is partially absorbed by arteries.
As you exercise, these arteries expand as blood flow increases - meaning more green light is absorbed rather than reflected back to the tracker.
The tracker estimates your heart rate by seeing how much light is reflected back.
The amount of light that passes back through the skin to the tracker can be affected by the amount of melanin in the skin, and any tattoos.
'It seems impossible, but #Google is about to increase its obscene #surveillance program dramatically,' wrote Robert Epstein of the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology.
'It's buying #Fitbit to monitor our sleep, activity, exercise, heart rate & more. Fitbit doesn't use such info to manipulate us; Google will. #BeAfraid.'
'My @Fitbit will go in the bin — who owns @Garmin?' replied Twitter user Janet Duffy.
Meanwhile, Claire Alexander wrote: 'My @Fitbit Charge3 is now In the bin. Data/account deletion request made.'
'Do you really think your UK customers #trust or will accept @Google FFS, seriously!'
'Let’s see how the #EUdata position unfolds... #applewatch here I come'
Both Fitbit and Google have been quick to respond to the negative reactions of these users.
'Strong privacy and security guidelines have been part of Fitbit’s DNA since day one, and this will not change,' said Fitbit co-founder and CEO James Park.
'The company never sells personal information and Fitbit health and wellness data will not be used for Google ads.'
Twitter users responded negatively to the purchase of Fitbit Inc by Google for $2.1 billion +5
Twitter users responded negatively to the purchase of Fitbit Inc by Google for $2.1 billion
'My @Fitbit Charge3 is now In the bin. Data/account deletion request made. Do you really think your UK customers #trust or will accept @Google FFS, seriously!' wrote Claire Alexander +5
'My @Fitbit Charge3 is now In the bin. Data/account deletion request made. Do you really think your UK customers #trust or will accept @Google FFS, seriously!' wrote Claire Alexander
'Strong privacy and security guidelines have been part of Fitbit’s DNA since day one, and this will not change,' said Fitbit co-founder and CEO James Park. 'The company never sells personal information and Fitbit health and wellness data will not be used for Google ads' +5
'Strong privacy and security guidelines have been part of Fitbit’s DNA since day one, and this will not change,' said Fitbit co-founder and CEO James Park. 'The company never sells personal information and Fitbit health and wellness data will not be used for Google ads'
Late last week, a Google executive addressed these concerns in a blog.
'With wearables, we will be transparent about the data we collect and why,' Google vice president Rick Osterloh wrote.
'We will never sell personal information to anyone. Fitbit health and wellness data will not be used for Google ads,' he added.
'We will give Fitbit users the choice to review, move, or delete their data.'
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*** Bend Over!
Edward Snowden: How Your Cell Phone Spies On You - https://youtu.be/VFns39RXPrU
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Food for thought
Oakland bans the use of facial recognition, becoming third US city to do so
- Christopher Carbone
The Oakland City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to prevent city employees, including the police, from using or acquiring facial recognition technology.
Amid increasing scrutiny of the technology, which has been labeled as biased by lawmakers like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Oakland joined San Francisco and Somerville, Mass., which both passed similar bans this year.
A report prepared by City Council President Rebecca Kaplan cited limitations of the technology, the lack of standards around its implementation and its potential use in the persecution of minorities. In particular, the report cited research that concluded the software is less accurate for women and dark-skinned people, and particularly inaccurate for black women.
"Decisions about whether we want to hand the government the power to identify who attends protests, political rallies, church, or AA meetings should not be made in the secret backroom of a police station, lobbied by corporate executives that market this technology. These decisions should be made ... through an affirmative vote by their elected representativesm," Matt Cagle, technology and civil liberties attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, told Fox News via email.
Fight for the Future is calling for a total ban on facial recognition technology at the federal level.
One digital rights organization, Fight for the Future, is calling for a federal ban on the technology due to the potential for misuse and privacy concerns.
"The tech industry is disingenuously calling for regulation of facial recognition because they want to keep raking in profits by selling it to governments who want to use it for authoritarian surveillance. Some technology simply shouldn't exist in the government's hands," Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, told Fox News.
Although Oakland police have not obtained any facial recognition software, other agencies across the U.S. have, including the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, which scans its mug shot database with facial recognition software, according to a report by Oakland police.
AOC, SANDERS DEMAND PROBE OF AMAZON'S 'UNSAFE' WORKPLACE CONDITIONS
Report: FBI, ICE agents scanning driver's licenses using facial-recognition technologyVideo
Other agencies at times access San Mateo County's database through the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center.
Oakland police has argued that the council should continue to allow that use of facial recognition software and ban it only in real-time applications, such as scanning an active surveillance camera for wanted suspects.
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*** The District of Criminals
Mr. & Mrs. Blahsheblu - reprinted from 2016
Once upon a time there was a hardworking couple named Mr. & Mrs. Blahsheblu, pronounced "blah-she-blu."
Mr. & Mrs. Blahsheblu were happily married for 17 years with three young children, owned and operated a successful business employing 52 employees for more than 15 years. They also had an upper class home, fully paid off mortgage of recent date and everything was just hunky-dory for them!
One day out of the blue, a squad of government alphabet agents showed up with guns drawn at their business, unannounced and without warning. The head alphabet honcho flashed his badge/ID card and boldly announced that they (the alphabet agents) had a criminal search warrant and were there to inspect the business, building and question all the employees. Naturally Mr. Blahsheblu was shocked, surprised and quite unset by this occurrence, but complied with all the agents' demands.
Mr. Blahsheblu was bodily searched (for guns?) and not allowed to make any calls to anyone, including his attorney until the alphabets departed.
The inspection of the business and the grilling of the employees lasted all day. In fact, the alphabet agents ordered pizza for lunch and left pizza boxes, soda cans, paper coffee cups and cigarette butts all over the business when they finally departed late that evening. Mr. Blahsheblu was forced to keep the business opened for three hours after the normal closure time, whilst having to pay overtime to his employees. At the end of this very stressful 'inspection' and interviews of all 52 employees, the head alphabet agent and alphabet agents finally departed.
Mr. Blahsheblu was so upset by this invasion by the alphabet agents that he couldn't sleep for three nights. He then immediately called his attorney. The attorney said he would try to find out what was going on, but as it was afterhours, nothing could happen until Monday, as this happened on a Friday payday at Blahsheblu's business. All the attorney got Monday from that particular alphabet agency was they could not comment on an ongoing criminal investigation.
After a few days all appeared to return to normal and Mr. Blahsheblu got back into the swing of things with the business once again running smoothly and efficiently, or so he thought.
The next inkling of trouble occurred about two and a half weeks after the 'inspection' by the alphabet agents. Mr. & Mrs. Blahsheblu's payroll cheque's to their 52 employees bounced. After frantically calling the bank to find out what the problem was, Blahsheblu learnt that not only was his business account frozen and all business funds were sequestered, but Mr. & Mrs. Blahsheblu's personal chequing, savings and brokerage accounts also faced the same fate, i.e., frozen and sequestered.
Later that same morning Blahsheblu received a registered letter from the alphabet agency stating what Blahsheblu already knew, his funds were frozen and sequestered plus he was being investigated for criminal activities and employee abuse and discrimination. What alleged criminal activities were not disclosed!
Once again Blahsheblu called his attorney and faxed him a copy of the alphabet order or letter. The attorney said he'd get back to Blahsheblu and did so about an hour later. Blahsheblu's attorney said this matter was way over his head and recommended a criminal attorney associate of his and then arranged a meeting the following Wednesday, two days away.
At the meeting with the criminal attorney, who was a former employee with the same alphabet agency that raided Blahsheblu's business, the criminal attorney said this was a serious matter and would take a good while to sort out. He then requested a US$50,000 retainer if Blahsheblu wanted to retain his services and informed Blahsheblu that his services were US$500 per hour plus expenses. Ouch!
As Blahsheblu had difficulty raising the 50,000 USD due to the seizure and sequestering of all his funds, it took him a few days to borrow the money from friends and relatives. However by the end of the week he obtained the $50,000 for the criminal attorney's retainer and the soon to be long drawn out matter started its slow snail like bureaucrat process.
Naturally this was all over the news and TV and even class mates of their children said that their father (Mr. Blahsheblu) was a crook and were told by theirs parents not to play with Blahsheblu's children. Nice people eh?
Matters went from bad to worse during the next ten months. The banks called in their loans to Blahsheblu, which he couldn't repay on such short or no notice. Long time employees left by the droves and replacement employees had to be trained, all placing an incredible amount of stress on Bladsheblu. Suppliers wanted cash on delivery for anything ordered. Vendors drastically cut back ordering from Blahsheblu and financial matters finally came to a head ten month after the raid… The Blahsheblu's had to file for bankruptcy protection in order to salvage what was left of their life, finances and in hopes of saving their home.
The coup de grace came when Mr. Blahsheblu was served with divorce papers after returning home from work one day to find an empty house. Mrs. Blahsheblu had taken the children and went to live with her parents' on the other side of the country without the decency of telling him face to face.
To make a very long and sad story short, after spending $350,000 on legal fees or one sort or another, filing for bankruptcy, having a divorce with unfair alimony and child support (based on what he was earning BEFORE this debacle started,) losing his home, business, life savings and family, plus his health as well, Blahsheblu learnt that a disgruntled former employee had filed numerous complaints with 3 or 4 alphabet agencies until one agency took notice and acted on their complaint. Apparently the disgruntled employee claimed racial discrimination, sexual harassment, and claimed that Blahsheblu personally instructed employees to operate machinery in an illegal manner, all of which was a total falsehood.
Although the criminal case was eventually dropped, a consent agreement was mandatory if Blahsheblu wanted to put this matter behind him. In the order, which he signed to get rid of this once and for all, he was to pay a $500,000 fine and penalty, which couldn't be discharged in bankruptcy because he had filed for bankruptcy recently to try and save his business and home as well as agreeing not to discriminate, harass and otherwise instruct employees to do anything illegal. At this point, he didn't matter, because Blahsheblu had already lost everything, including his business which was sold off at auction for pennies on the dollar after 15 years of hard work and starting from scratch.
Now if you don't believe something like the above with Blahsheblu could ever happen to you, fine and very well. You can delete this missive and get on with your life. Good luck to you and we will wish you well.
However be advised within the united States (correct spelling,) there is a 99% probability that during sometime in their life before one reaches the age of 60, they will be sued civility or criminally (or both,) divorced and or attached by some alphabet governmental agency, especially the IRS!
If you are in dispute with a Federal Regulatory Agency, it is very easy for a low grade bureaucrat to press a button on his PC. He enters your social security number, and is able to quickly identify your bank accounts, securities, and real estate. Another few buttons are pressed ... and just like Blahsheblu, your property is "frozen," and your personal, business bank and brokerage accounts are transferred to the government. Bye bye ass and assets!

A bullet proof offshore trust
With your assets held abroad in an offshore trust it is not possible for a creditor to locate them with any precision. In fact it is virtually impossible to confiscate trust assets. Why? The lawyers of bureaucrats and plaintiffs don't like difficult investigations and long, drawn out court procedures. Especially if lawsuits must be filed and pursued abroad. As a result, in most foreign jurisdictions (unless the local governments are collaborating), not even Big Brother can get at your assets.... even if they know where they are!

While Americans cannot expect any protection in Canada or vice-versa, co-operation in seizing the assets of Americans in most countries only comes into play when the issue is involved with serious crime, such as drug dealers, child porno rings, or bank robbers. Conversely, with our recommended offshore trust it becomes possible for you to personally access your funds, instantly, in cash, twenty-four hours a day, anywhere in the world.
It is also likely that if your offshore trust assets are earning excellent returns, you won't simply pull funds out for consumer spending. It is more likely that when you need cash you will borrow against these offshore assets. In view of this probability a credit line can be arranged in advance.
Shark Repellent
It is well known that ambulance-chasing lawyers are constantly sniffing out potential defendants by identifying high net worth individuals. By keeping some of your assets in an offshore trust you can lower your visible level of wealth. This makes you a far less attractive victim.
Before a contingent fee lawyer will file suit, he always gets a full report on his target's assets. Since funds and properties held in an offshore trust are invisible (or at least less discoverable) much litigation can be avoided or favorably settled.

The same reasoning, reducing your visible net worth, goes for repelling other blood sucking pests and predators who seek an unwarranted share of your wealth. The list includes burglars, kidnappers, extortionists, ex-spouses, tax-collectors, disgruntled business associates, disgruntled employees, crooked cops, insurance sales people, and bent bureaucrats seeking bribes.
You're Word
Particularly where your heirs are likely to squabble over their inheritance, it is likely that most of your estate could be eaten up in legal fees. Also, in some jurisdictions, the "forced heirship" law provides that you must leave all or a certain percentage of your property to a forgotten separated spouse, or to a child who detests you (and vice versa).

Assets in an offshore trust can, upon your demise, be given to any person or be used for any purpose you designate. Once again you have the right to choose who gets the benefit of your estate. You don't have to let the State make those choices for you.
Mobility
Many countries have controls on foreign remittances that make it impossible to move money to where it is needed. Many Chinese-Americans were criminally charged years ago for simply sending subsistence money to aged parents on the mainland. Expat Cubans faced similar risks recently.

Wealth taxes and other taxes eat away at your savings and profits. An offshore trust can help you save on taxes, and allow you to spend or invest your own money as you please. Certain "roll-up" investment funds convert taxable income into non-taxable, unrealised capital gains.
Don't be like poor Mr. Blahsheblu, a should of, could type of person who didn't act when he had the time to… before any attacks against him started.
Don't be obtuse. Act now to protect your assets for your family, heirs and yourself.
Email for full particulars about our "offshore trust" by emailing and placing "offshore trust" in your subject heading.
See you next issue
Shamrock
"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."
- Edmund Burke, 1784
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*** Police State
Pink Triangle
The Nazi persecution of gays
Journalist Danny Lee gives a concise rundown of the events that led to the deaths of at least 15,000 gay men at the hands of the Nazis
Before World War II, radical artistic movements – such as the Dadaists (who were deliberately anti-art and anti-sense) – and political groups such as the Communists flourished in Berlin. The city, famous throughout the world for its relaxed attitude towards sex, was also the centre of Germany's gay community.
In addition, the German capital was the site of the Institute for Sexual Science. This had been founded in 1919 by pioneering sexologist and homosexual reformer Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935). His term to describe homosexuals – 'the third sex' – was in common use in the city at the time.
From freedom to tyranny
Despite Berlin's vitality, the city was like an isolated ship in a storm-tossed sea, thrown from crisis to crisis. In November 1918, from two Berlin balconies less than a mile apart, the leaders of both the Social Democratic Party and the Spartacists (who later formed the nucleus of the German Communist Party) proclaimed rival German republics.
However, the following January, after a Spartacist uprising, the movement's leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht were tortured and murdered by right-wing army officers with whom the Social Democratic government felt it had to make a deal to ensure its survival. After the election of a National Assembly a few days later, Weimar, a small town outside Berlin, was made the new capital.
The Weimar Republic proved to be notoriously unstable. In the year of its birth, 1919, Adolf Hitler joined the German Workers' Party, one of many small, equally violent, racist groups. They had considerably less appeal for Berliners and other northern Germans than they had in parts of southern Germany, such as Bavaria. Nevertheless they played successfully on anxieties about out-of-control inflation, rising unemployment and feelings of humiliation and frustration left over from the country's defeat in World War I and the massive reparations that it had been compelled to agree to. By offering up the Jews and anyone they considered to be 'deviant' as scapegoats for all that was wrong, these parties began to grow in size. And Hitler and his National Socialists, or Nazis, began to achieve increasing importance.
On 30 January 1933, Germany's president Paul Hindenburg appointed Hitler chancellor. Among other restrictive actions, the Nazis began closing all gay bars and clubs and, in February, opened the first concentration camps. A national boycott of all Jewish businesses and professions was ordered at the beginning of April. And, in May, Hirschfeld's Institute for Sexual Science was closed and, a short time later, all of his books were burned – a fiery end to the first gay rights movement.
'The Night of the Long Knives'
In 1936, Heinrich Himmler, Reichsführer SS and head of the Gestapo, told the Germans: 'Just as we today have gone back to the ancient Germanic view on the question of marriage mixing different races, so too in our judgment of homosexuality – a symptom of degeneracy which could destroy our race – we must return to the guiding Nordic principle: extermination of degenerates.' But it had taken the Nazis some time to reach such a clear view against homosexuality.
Although the Nazi Party had always been officially anti-gay, in its early years many groups who opposed these Fascists lampooned them as homosexual. Hitler's 15-year friendship with the chief of staff of the SA (Sturmabteilung – storm troopers or 'Brown Shirts'), Ernst Röhm – who was publicly known to be gay after he appeared in court on homosexuality charges in 1925 – lent credence to this propaganda. Despite the gossip about his sexuality, Röhm was central to the Nazis' rise to power, transforming the Brown Shirts from a few embittered ex-soldiers in the early 1920s into the three-million-strong vehicle for Nazi terror that the storm troopers became in the early 1930s.
The Nazis' initial ambivalence towards gays evaporated quickly when, in 1934, Röhm and 300 others were charged with conspiring to overthrow Hitler, who ordered their execution without trial. Following this purge – the 'Night of the Long Knives' – Röhm's homosexuality was cited as another reason for his murder.
Paragraph 175
With the SA chief out of the way, Nazi attacks on the gay community escalated rapidly, and in 1935, the Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honour was passed. This amended the existing Paragraph 175 of the Reich Penal Code:
An unnatural sex act committed between persons of male sex or by humans with animals is punishable by imprisonment; the loss of civil rights might also be imposed.
However, whereas previously the only punishable offence had been anal intercourse, the new Paragraph 175a ushered in 10 new possible 'acts' between men as crimes worthy of punishment, including kissing, embracing and having homosexual fantasies. Despite this, many anti-Nazis still attacked the Fascists as homosexual, and in revenge, the Nazis became increasingly vicious, later exporting their persecution of gays to the countries they occupied.
Diseased, not sub-human
Nazis did not refer to gays as Unter Menschen (sub-human) in the way they did Jews. Homosexuals were regarded as diseased and in need of treatment. As a result, thousands were subjected to torture, often ending in death, in an attempt to deter them from being gay. Nevertheless, the 'diseased' tag did not protect gays from incarceration.
When homosexuals first began arriving in prisons and concentration camps, they were marked out with 'Paragraph 175' written on their backs. As hundreds of inmates turned into thousands, this badge was changed to a pink triangle, in the same way that the label Juden ('Jew') was changed to a yellow Star of David. Pink triangles were also used for sex offenders such as paedophiles, further associating gays with 'perverts'.
Since Nazis regarded women as mere vessels for bearing children, lesbianism was never a major issue. Gay women were never attacked in the same way that gay men were persecuted. Homosexual men were seen as a threat to the state and likely to reduce the potential for waging war and purifying the Germanic race.
A long history of worldwide persecution
Nazis were by no means alone in their persecution of gays. The infamous Paragraph 175 had been added to the Reich Penal Code as long ago as 1871, more than 60 years before Hitler took power. It was just one more development in a long line of legislation around the world aimed at punishing homosexuals.
In England, for example, there is an extensive history of persecuting gays: as long ago as 1290, carrying out homosexual acts was punishable by death. At the same time as the Nazi persecution in Germany, the oppression of gays on the other side of the Channel was also accelerating. According to Richard Davenport-Hines’ 1990 study Sex, Death and Punishment, in 1938 Britain there were 134 prosecutions for sodomy and bestiality, 822 for attempted sodomy and indecent assault and 320 for gross indecency. In 1952, there were 670, 3,087 and 1,686 prosecutions, respectively. Through a law known as 'the blackmailer's charter', homosexual acts between consenting male adults remained illegal in England until 1967. Even today, schools are restricted in what they can teach about homosexuality.
However, some progress has been made. The Civil Partnership Act 2004 now allows same-sex couples in the UK to form a legal relationship in which they are treated in the same way as opposite-sex couples who have been married in a civil ceremony.
In Germany, homosexual acts remained criminalised until the late 1960s, and gays convicted under the Nazis were not pardoned until 1998. Unlike other victims of the Nazis, none of them has received compensation for what they went through.
How many died?
The number of gay men who died at the hands of Hitler's Reich has never been fully established. It is not clear how many people lived in the gay community before or after World War II, and since many who were executed received no trial, there is only patchy evidence of how many were imprisoned or sent to their deaths.
Nevertheless, researchers estimate that some 50,000 men were convicted for committing homosexual acts, and that 15,000 gays died in Auschwitz alone, often as a result of being worked to death. At present, according to the historian Rictor Norton, the estimates for the total number of gay men who were killed by the Nazis range from 10,000 (undoubtedly too low) to 430,000 (probably too high).
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*** Advisory
4 Reasons Why Socialism Fails
Socialism cannot bring prosperity because it destroys the market functions of private property
- Antony P. Mueller | Mises.org - September 10, 2018
The new "democratic socialists" want to make their followers believe that one could redistribute wealth and income and socialize a large part of the economy without harming production and productivity.
They claim that a comprehensive control of the economy by the government would bring more justice and more prosperity. The democratic socialists want more planning and less market. Yet this postulate ignores that socialism does not fail by accident or circumstance. Socialism fails because it suffers from four fundamental design defects.
* First, socialism eradicates private property and markets and thus eliminates rational calculation.
* Second, socialism allows soft budgets, so there is no mechanism in place to discard inefficient production methods.
* Third, abolishing private property and replacing it by the state distorts the incentives.
* Four, the socialist system with its absence of private property and of free markets inhibits the economic coordination of the system of division of labor and capital.
The Importance of Market Prices
Socialism cannot bring prosperity because it destroys the market functions of private property. Under socialism, private ownership of the means of production no longer exists, and thus there are no market prices for capital goods available. Institutionally, socialism consists in abolishing the market economy and replacing it with a planned economy. By doing away with private property of the means of production, one wipes-out market information and valuation. Even if the socialist administration puts price tags on the consumer goods, and the people may own consumer goods, there is no economic orientation about the relative scarcity of capital goods.
Many supporters of socialism suppose that business management is nothing more than a kind of registration or simple bookkeeping. Vladimir Lenin believed that the knowledge of reading and writing, and some expertise in the use of the basic arithmetic operations and some training in accounting, would be enough for the conduct of business operations. The socialists promote engineering and science, but they believe that there is no need for the entrepreneur. The regime may spend heavily on education but when there is no entrepreneurial economy, the people will stay poor, nevertheless.
The Role of Scarcity
The socialists ignore scarcity. They assume that a plan could stipulate the allocation of goods and services according to needs and wants. Yet the planners must answer how such a plan should find its standards of valuation. Without prices and markets, there is no orientation about which factors of production are more and which are less valuable. The socialist planners have no knowledge of the costs of the production process. Without markets, the prevailing value structure remains unknown.
Supply in relation to want makes goods valuable. In a market economy, the relative prices show the degrees of scarcity. By observing the prices, the market participants receive the information that guides them to align their economic decisions to the market signals. The price system informs about relative scarcities. There is no need for a comprehensive system of detailed information about the origin and nature of the scarcity beyond the prices to make a rational decision. The price system reduces complexity for the individual decision maker to the single number of the price. In a market economy, the economic participants need only partial knowledge to act rationally. In capitalism, the motivation to gain profits and to avoid costs work as an incentive to behave rationally. In a market economy, the prices provide information and incentives simultaneously for the seller and the buyer.
All production faces the problem of an almost unlimited number of ways how to produce a good. One can manufacture a commodity with very different raw materials, technologies, and combinations of the production factors and in an endless variety of designs.
Setting Priorities
Along with the technological feasibility of a project, one must calculate its profitability. Without costs in relation to sales, a technical evaluation makes no sense. That a project is technically viable does not mean that its realization is also worthwhile. What appears efficient from a technical point of view need not be so in terms of economic expediency. With costs left out of the consideration, socialist production is blind to the risk of producing goods that cost more than they are worth. In a socialist economy, even a benevolent dictator could not provide the right mix of goods in terms of price and quality
Socialists suppose that to implant their rule on the economy all that is necessary is to socialize the private companies, replace the management, and install worker councils, and the new economic order would flourish. The early socialists expected that abundance would follow not least because now the workers would get what before went into the hands of the capitalists as profits. Yet the socialists ignored that the socialization of the means of production was just the beginning. They failed miserably in running the economy.
The error of socialist economic planning is to assume that business management could also continue as before after socialist operators take over the capitalist management. While the socialist regime can train administrators and engineers and put the party members in the position of directors, these new leaders cannot decide according to relative scarcities because there is no longer a private property-based entrepreneurial price system available.
The reality of socialism is the command and obedience. Without orientation from markets and prices, brute force rules the allocation of the goods. The claim to combine socialism and democracy is as much a fraud as the assertion that socialism would bring prosperity. Socialism's true face is totalitarian despotism.
It is no wonder that even a degenerate capitalism produces more prosperity than the best socialism. Therefore, the task ahead cannot be to remove capitalism in favor of socialism but to make capitalism better. In other words: make it more capitalist.
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Shamrock's Missive:
"When they started demanding papers and arresting those that didn't produce them, I knew trouble loomed on the horizon. We departed soon after I was stopped the third time (1937.) I
begged my brother and his family to go with us. My brother and his family stayed. They died in the camps ... we survived thank God, and prospered."
- Holocaust survivor
*** The below letter was first published in our February 2000 newsletter, i.e. nineteen years ago this month. Due to numerous requests for this article, we spent a bit of time browsing our old newsletter issues over the upcoming holidays and finally located it.
We reprint it in hopes you learn well from this old man's lessons about governments.
PT Shamrock - Mid November 2019
Horror Stories: "My grandparents fled Russia with my father during the 1917 revolution and because of the killing of Jews! Unfortunately they fled to Germany! I remember clearly the stories my grandmother told us as children about the old days. We learned our lessons well.
My mother and father saw the handwriting on the wall in Nazi Germany. Fortunately my father had (illegally) stashed away enough money in a numbered Swiss bank account, which enabled us to flee to South America in the nick of time. He did this even though it was a death sentence
in Nazi Germany for ANYONE having a bank account outside Germany. I recall vividly people having to take a wheelbarrow full of old German marks to buy a loaf of bread. They didn't break any 'laws' at the time, but they did end up penniless or dead with the inflation and eventual collapse of the Mark and the country.
In particular I recall my father begging my aunt, uncle and upstairs neighbour Mrs. Rothstein, to flee before it was too late. I recall quite well what Mrs. Rothstein (our landlady) said in reply: 'Leave? We can't leave. What am I going to do with my mother's rocking chair and keepsakes? Our Synagogue and all our friends are here. I was born and married in this house and my parents are buried down the road. Our Rabbi says everything will be all right. Leave? How can you suggest such things?' All of our relatives and friends that didn't pay attention to my father's warnings died in the holocaust. They died as result of not taking action after seeing clear signs that something was very wrong.
After 15 years in South America we saw many similar government policies taking hold and left for the United States. I got married and we started a business and did very well for ourselves for more than 40 years. We are grateful to America for the opportunity it gave us. Our children and grandchildren were born in America and have had a great education. Unfortunately we see the very same warning signs my parents and grandparents saw before us, now taking hold in this once great land. My wife and I are leaving for good. Our children aren't, which we feel is a great mistake. Everyone is entitled to live their own lives and make their own choices.
You asked what the straw was that broke the camels back in our decision to leave? There wasn't any one thing, rather a series of events over a long period of time. Being fined by OSHA for a dry cleaning business we had just purchased under threat of being shut down and losing our entire investment. Then sued by HUD for discrimination! Can you imagine that, a Jew discriminating against someone? Our insurance company paid the claim though we denied any
wrong doing and wanted to go to trial to defend ourselves. But the insurance company decided (against our wishes) it was less of a risk for them to pay, rather than face a possible larger judgment by a less than friendly jury. Result? After the insurance company settled the
lawsuit they dumped us and we had to get insurance at 5 times the cost that we previously paid annually!
Then there was the time my wife was denied boarding a flight to visit our grandchildren because she didn't have any picture ID with her, (she doesn't drive.) We eventually got there but missed our original flight because of new 'safety' laws. We were never told prior to our
flight that this was a requirement even though we booked direct with the airline. The airline staff told my wife to go to the motor vehicle department and get a state issued ID card with her picture and social security number on it for future flights!
Perhaps it is the fact that our neighbours 15 year-old daughter is pregnant or that our 7 year-old grandson is checked for guns and other weapons while going through a metal detector prior to being allowed into school! And of course there is the inevitable run in with the IRS. Anyone in America who is successful and makes money will 100% for sure have a run in with the IRS. The IRS is the closest agency to resemble the Gestapo yet! I know because I've dealt with and seen
what both can do first hand. I recall one particularly nasty audit when the IRS agent asked me if I had a foreign bank account. I replied no and the female IRS agent said, "That's good because if you do and don't report it, that is a serious offence and all your assets will be frozen."
At first my wife and I discussed these and other concerns but for a long time we both were in denial. Then one day while I was looking for a particular book, I found a letter my grandfather had written to my father just before my grandfather died. He told my father: 'Never forget that religious and personal freedoms aren't taken away all at once. Rather it's done a little at a time so no one sees or realizes what's happening. If people are lied to often enough, most begin to believe the lie. All of a sudden you wake up and realize what you thought was there, isn't any longer. When your leaders are liars and cheats, it's time to leave!'
The freedom loving America that we came to and loved no longer exists. The freedoms and privacy of 40 years ago are gone forever. People don't seem to notice or care anymore. People say; America, love it or leave it. Well, we love America but lost faith in the people running it so we are leaving those people that run it.
If you feel this letter could benefit just one person, then you have my permission to reprint it if you change our name and new country of residence."
See you next issue
Shamrock
"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."
- Edmund Burke, 1784
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*** Letters to the Editor:
Keep them postcards and letters coming' folks, 'cause we
done mailed the rosebushes!
Dear Shamrock,
Long time reader here, thanks for everything.
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G.K.,
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Quote of the month!
"Arguing that you don't care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than you saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say."
- Edward Snowden
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"The right to privacy is a part of our basic freedoms. Privacy is fundamental to close family ties, competitive free enterprise, the ownership of property, and the exchange of ideas."
PT Shamrock - issue one; 1994
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