Down To Brass Facts

“The earth is flat.” you say, and they look at you with a blank stare.

It only takes a moment but you can feel it coming.

“You’re crazy,” They say.

And then the adventure begins...

People around you might not understand what you are getting at when you tell them the earth is flat.

That's OK.

Not everyone understands it the first time.

With Down To Brass Facts, you can help with the transition.

This game is an evangelism tool.

This game is a library of knowledge.

You play. You learn.

This game is a device structured to envelop all parts of the brain to drive home information, facts, and logic about the largest lie of the last 500 years.

Down To Brass Facts not only challenges the mind of the average person with game mechanics such as Strategy, Logistics, and Tactics… The game feeds information to the players, almost by osmosis.

I made this game because of two problems:

1) The earth is flat and we know it and want our friends to know it.

2) Finding ways to introduce flat earth to friends can be tricky.

So I created two solutions:

1) We need to get our friends to open their minds to the concept.

2) We need to engage our friends' minds in a fun way that they won't resent.

Here’s the story:

I was laying in bed one day after moving to Savannah, Georgia. Here we are, my wife and I trying to sell our house in Lafayette, Indiana with no cash immediately... But I really can't get a J-O-B because I'm going to be buying a house down here and renovating it in a month, so what do I put on my application: "I will quit soon but hire me anyway."?

Dumb idea Pauly.

So then I was all like: "Well, dang. I'll just write another book. I like that. But my soul was really impatient with the idea ever since the publication of my last two Flat Earth books: "My Flat Earth" and "Biblical Cosmology". Shucks… I felt compelled to find more ideas on how to preach flat earth.

In my second Flat Earth book, "My Flat Earth", at the end, I had included a section on team building games that involved the flat earth, but they were for groups and children...

Coincidentally, I had just watched “The Queen’s Gambit” on Netflix. It’s about a girl who is gifted at chess. I remember playing my dad as a kid and he would slaughter me every game. He loves strategy games and taught me a lot through them.

He's a geologist and laughs at me when I tell him things like "The earth is enclosed" or "The earth is 6000 years old" or "Oil is a renewable resource" or even: "Dinosaur bones are actually Nephilim bones."

Right… And I’m the crazy one.

But he's a chess wizard. Though never a chess champion, he's still a strategist at heart. Maybe I should write a game that he would like. Yeah. Write a game for my dad about the Flat Earth! Splendid idea!

So I hopped out of bed and started writing.

That was October 2020.

Today, I've built a "Flat Earth Game" that I think he would play. He might laugh all the while when he is playing it, but I'm using his left brain to play the game while the right side of the brain reads the flat earth proofs and leaks over.

My scientist father will become a flat earther some day... Well... We all know we are all flat earthers, but I NEED my dad to acknowledge it.

Need, need, need.

It doesn't help that my grandfather, a Seismology Engineer, trained his sons to believe what their college professors told them, and not to do any of the research themselves. Even though my Grandfather knew the moon landing was filmed in a desert on earth, he still believed in a Heliocentric cosmos. Science runs in the family: My dad is a Petroleum Geologist, and his older brother (my uncle), is an Astrophysicist.

But what DOES help is that my dad had me memorize Psalms 1 when I was a child, which says: "And I will meditate on His Word, day and night." And I sure try to, And the more I read it, the more I understand that The Bible is a flat earth book from cover to cover.

So I made a Flat Earth card game.

GAME DESIGN!!! What a weird world!!! I've done some research on the subject. Basically if I send a game to someone like Parker Brothers unsolicited; they will throw the game in the trash. I want them to buy it so it can have the distribution it deserves.

How do I do that?

By using a small publisher. Then you show a large publisher your sales and numbers, then you ask them to buy it.

When a board game of Monopoly is made, it's price is around $20 or less. They sell for $40 and someone is making loads of cash. That's not my immediate goal because I have a very niche market. You're the market.

But it’s a little higher than $40 initially. I’ve actually split the game up into smaller versions. The first version had seven colors and many additional items, and the price was over $100.

The versions I’m working on now are much more affordable to the general public.

When it comes in the mail, we get to have all the fun.

Down to Brass Facts is the product. We buy it (I've bought one obviously) and play it with our friends. We focus on the game and let them ask the questions. We do it on Saturday night, we provide food and drinks and let the game do the talking.

That's it. Simple.

You play. You learn.

And if the game is met with scorn and derision... So be it. You can blame me.

But Is it worth it?

Let me ask you this:

In two weeks when the friend you had over to play the game calls you asking about the 6 different shadows from the moon landing, and how that's possible with only one light source... How big will you smile?

How happy would that make you?

And when they invite themselves over that night to play the game again, or to watch a video or borrow a book on the subject... How happy will that make you?

THEY ARE WHY I MADE THE GAME.

They are the mission field.

Let me ask you this:

How happy would you be if your spouse found the game and started playing it. One night, as the house has quieted down, they ask simply: "But why does the horizon rise when you go above sea level?" And you smile gently, give them a kiss, and tell them: "Because your eyes are being opened."

So here's my sales pitch:

I ain't Parker Brothers. I ain't rich, and I don't mean to be rich soon... And if I do, it will be through my own merit and not from anyone else's pocket-book. But single print games that are independent are run from small shops who cater to small sales... So the price is higher than the normal board game.

But is it worth it?

I say: "Yes."

The game is for sale today.

Enjoy it.

I will also be developing the websites to host more information as time goes on.

DownToBrassFacts.com or Down2BrassFacts.com

-Pauly Hart

Flatoberfest 2020 Part 2: The Morning of

 It started this morning early. I had gotten to bed around 1AM after publishing the first part of this story and I was zonked. I checked for bedbugs in the Motel 6 room I had booked. None there, thank God. So after some fitful sleep, around 6AM I got up and went into action. I got up, checked out of the motel and wandered around for a bit. The pavilion that we had partied at was vacant, except for the sleeping homeless man, so I walked the site, picking up the trash from the party the night before.




Fast forward to 10AM - Here I am at the site. Mark, a cool guy sitting in his car, waiting on the event to open, says hello. Well… I walked up to him and said hello first. Cool guy. He’s a dad, just making his way through life, paying the bills holding a stop sign for a living… And he’s here at the Flat Earth Conference. Wow. Even red necks like me make it to this thing.


So I’m sitting with the early birds, down at the same area around back of the Shriner Building where I slaughtered Karoke the night before. It was pretty epic. Met Margarita from Lithuania and two other cool guys. We talk about all sorts of stuff, and end up walking to the main gate because it’s almost 11:30AM, when the doors open… So we go up to the door and sit around the little table and wait.


Lo and behold! More cool people enter my life. Travis, and Steve and a cool kid named Skye. More epic conversations and then the doors open to the Shriner Building. Yeha. It’s hilarious how, here in South Carolina, we can have an event where we don’t have to wear masks. What a glorious time we shall have. And it’s funny that there was a cheer that went out during the opening announcements about not wearing masks. Hilarious.


Karen B, the hostess of the event goes through what will happen today. Good, normal stuff for a conference… Even if the paradigm for the whole event is not on the bell curve of normality. She goes into the next speaker, Mark Sargent.


And Mark takes the stage. He goes into a little of what 2020 means and how maybe there’s a conspiracy to polarize the Normies away from the Flat Earthers, and how maybe some of 2020 happened because of what we’ve been doing. Maybe. He says. It’s an interesting supposition, and he laughs it off, maybe. Maybe.


Then he takes some Q&A and the questions are mostly from the new people needing to understand satellites and moon phases and the like. There is some commotion about Nathan Thompson’s site on Facebook, that had reached hundreds of thousands, that it’s been deleted… There was some ruckus over that… But I got up to ask a question because it’s been burning in my mind. So I ask: “If Patricia Steere, Brian Mullin, Mad Mike Hughes, Phillip Stallings, and even Nathan Roberts can be taken out by “The Powers That Be” then what is the “Target on Mark Sargent’s head?” - Or is there one?


And he says: Just be yourself. Act like everything you say is being recorded. Be nice. Don’t Swear… And you should be ok. And he’s right… But will we be safe, I wonder? What is the price of greatness in the Flat Earth Movement? What is my price, I wonder?


After a short break, Jason Lindgren takes the stage to a wonderful and dynamic presentation about the social engineering of manned space flight and the “Space Age” in the culture. Pretty interesting stuff. “Space Age in Pop Culture” information abounds.


Jason is taking questions about “The Red Scare” with Communism and Space Programs. Was it all connected? Jason thinks so. A question from a chill brother named Dennis brings up the idea about Nazi and NASA and how, maybe, just maybe, it’s all connected.


So it’s break time now, and I’ve met David and David and a bunch of Steves. Cool people all. I find Mark Sargent talking to some people and want to touch base with him on the question that I asked in public. He’s all smiles and reiterates what he told me from the stage. He tells me that it’s about networking and connecting… Something that I’ve never been good at. I tell him that I need to work on it and he comments on my shirt: “The Oasis.” I mention that it’s from: Ready Player One and mention that it’s a flat earth book, something that he hadn’t considered before. Interesting man, a good man. I just hope that the powers that be decide to leave him alone.


Mike Williams is up on the platform giving us his interpretations of the older earth theories from lost cultures. Not really my cup of tea, and a little bit cultish, saying that Christ is Saturn and all. My belief system stems from a more non-astrological system, basically, the Protestant Canon of the Bible. I believe that there is an intelligent designer, and His name is YHVH. But oh, ok, now Mike is talking about the black carbon cube and black cube worship… That’s interesting. I would like to know more, but now he’s pushed on into the Atlantean age. Iron Age, Bronze Age… Etc. Pretty interesting.


You know what’s really interesting? How all of these big religions have Pedophilia as a common denominator. Interesting to find that Muhammad was a pedophile and how all those Jesuits did the same to their conquests.


And here’s the final thing Mike is talking about: “The Great Reset.” 


Scary stuff.


But now Mike is on about the Electromagnetic Toroid Fields and atomic tests in the atmosphere. Wow. Very interesting. Dude, I really can’t even keep up while I’m typing, this guy moves so fast from subject to subject so fast. So, in effect, if the torsion fields are this large (he says) then maybe the earth disc is at the bottom of the larger bubble dome. Whaaaaat? Mike is a beast. He’s doing Great Conjunctions and numerology. 777 Lightning Flash of the Soul, by Crowly. Nuts man. Crazy nuts. More numerology stuff, this last bit is on 9/11.


Wow. So I ordered some food during Mike’s speech. Good food. The nice ladies and gentlemen running the concessions are doing a bang up job. The people sitting near me left earlier and I was trying to find them, because the lady left her shirt on the table… Oops, they’re back. Got a hug out of returning the shirt. All good, it’s like we’re all family here anyway. Mike’s almost done. He’s preaching the evils of wearing a mask and how you’re under a spell when you do so. Anything the media tells us is a lie, he says. This reality is designed to be what it is, it’s a classroom. Interesting. Thanks Mike. That was pretty deep stuff.


Wow. Can’t wait for tonight. It’s break time.


Flatoberfest 2020 Part 1: Pre-party

 FLATOBERFEST - The Day Before

Friday, October 23rd, 4PM - The City Park

There they were, Trey and Tico. Smiling and offering their hands out towards me; their

knowing eyes bewildered that I was already a flat earther. Their smiles, a little downcast, upon

hearing that I already had the knowledge they were trying to offer.


There’s Joshua, buddy of my friend Joe Hill, down from Minnesota. His Youtube channel,

Authentic Intent, is pretty cool. We’re standing in the sun, talking. It’s a Friday in late October

and he’s happy to be in the sun… It’s snowing cats and dogs up north.

There’s other people here, but I don’t feel like talking to anyone else. Some fella named: “Rich” made me put on a name badge. Meh. The gang of 100 or so is at the pavilion grilling up hot dogs or something, and I’m kinda on one of the outside tables, taking notes, being all talked out.

The evangelism is already in progress, however. A mom with two teenagers kids took some photos of themselves in front a “Research Flat Earth” banner. Quickly did the FE Preachers descend on them and hand them literature. It wasn’t as awful as I supposed it would be. The preachers were genuinely polite and the people were genuinely interested.

The gig here started at 4PM and it’s a little after 5PM. The grill is smoking, and Mark Sargent has seven people around him and he’s obviously teaching them important things. I saw Karen around here somewhere, and Jack too… But I suppose in the running of the event, one can’t take the leisure of intro/retro[spect] in the middle of an event you’re trying to push along. I know, I've been in their shoes before.

From somewhere in the crowd, a voice calls out: “THE EARTH IS!!!” There is an unsteady pause and one brave soul yells: “FLAAAAT!” To which the call goes out again: “THE EARTH IS???” And now that everyone knows what to do, the call comes back: “FLAT!!!” It’s full of fun and lots of people are left with smiles on their faces.

Elijah David, a prepubescent photojournalist, just sat down with me, to have a brief conversation on the metaphysical realities of aliens in an intra-terrestrial setting. Wow. And to preface the whole conversation, he asked me if I wanted to: “hear something surreal.” Uh, yes, young prophet… Speak on.

I circle among the white men in their mid 40’s, introducing myself to this person or that, just getting a gauge on all of the people there. It’s intriguing, finding the assortment. It’s interesting, finding target audience. I think that maybe I’m the target audience, being a 49 year old white male… And I must have fallen in with all the right crowd here tonight.

As the sun set, I encountered a few wonderful people that I knew from Facebook and from other Flat Earth Meetups before. Justin, who I met in Chicago, was here. And as it turns out, he’s the one who sent me the link to this conference in the first place. Oh happy day to meet someone that I had already known before. Greg Wiska is also here, and we have a lovely reunion. He may be my oldest “Flat Earth Friend” here that I’ve known, or maybe it’s Nathan Thompson (pictured in his globe mask on the cover of this article.)

Good old Nathan Thompson, always up to his crazy and zany antics. What a swell fella. I had written a short story with him and I at a diner being chased by the Smithsonian, that appeared in my latest Horror Collection, Adelphoi. He tells me thanks and that, yes, he received his signed copy. Funny guy. He brought along his hound dog and sandwiches for all the folks who may have been a little hungry after the barbecue.

Speaking of food, a groovy bunch of cats decided to cook up some authentic German Fare and it was on like Donkey Kong. Mixing in with all the food was the Blueberry and Raspberry smells from exotic E-Cigarettes and Marijuana. Ah what a delightful mix of peoples. I did partake in the food and had a hand in flipping some Chicken breasts… Miss Kay claimed to have been “roped in” to chicken flipping as well… So I gave her a break and did my best grill work… I did help with the food, but did not partake in any smoked substances during the shin-dig. That’s just me.

I talked to Jennifer, another person [on the spectrum] like myself that was Torah Observant as well as Flat Earth. We shared our common woes of being misunderstood for this and for that again and again. God bless the people of the non-mid-bell-curve mind… We are a blessing to those who love us.

Travis #1 and Travis #2 were entertaining wistful musings about the moon and how there just may be 28 of them, all different… All moving in a large circle. I applauded Travis #2 in his search to find truth. I do not know if his quest will pan out anything substantial… And yet, I smile at his zeal. We need more open eyes. Real Eyes Realize Real Lies.

So it’s 7:00 and the good old sun has set and the pavilion lights shut off. It’s still “The Golden Hour” so there’s just a wee bit of light left, but I’m a little concerned. I know that the group has the area until 9:00 so I, being a former stage-tech, set out to find the problem. I find a dial and crank it over and three of the nine lights come on. That’s alright, but not quite enough, so I find the maintenance phone number and ask him to call me back. After a while I give up, set an alert in my mind to watch the dial and two more lights pop on, giving just enough illumination. Maybe we’ll be alright. It’s not my gig, so I let Karen B know about it, but she seems overwhelmed, so I leave good enough alone.

Around 9, I start grabbing volunteers to help me with the trash. I grab the 55 gallon containers that were stationed by the locked Mens’ and Women’s restrooms, and start dumping. Travis #1 is right there with me. I told him that I wanted to find him tomorrow and chat more. Cool guy.

I check in on Rich (who is now seated with another Rich) and ask about the head count again. We count the name badges and come up with the number 130, but I suspect that those coming and going were around 150… Rich was inebriated enough by this time to not give me an accurate account, but that’s alright… I’ll see everyone tomorrow.

An announcement goes out - Someone’s lost their key fob for their Viper! What? So now I’m out there scrambling with my flashlight on my phone to try to find it in the grass. Whoops. Someone found another fob, not the one we’re looking for, and lo and behold, the first one was found as well.

Randomly, there's three fellas eating Street Tacos that I haven't seen before. Who are these fine gents? I need to say hello. This ought to be interesting. I walk up to them and ask them if they knew the earth was flat. One brave soul asks me to tell him all about it. So I launch my best prepared speeches and he's right there with me. It's obvious that we're teasing each other but the diversion is appreciated and it's kinda hilarious. They laugh as they finish... Obviously on to better things that little old me... I'm sure I'll see them tomorrow. I gather up their trash to their surprise and tell them I'm going to go find more trash. 7 Corona Bottles, 6 Dixie Cups, 18 cigarette butts later...

And I'm almost done cleaning when the call goes out by the main event logistician (that’s what I call the guy who gets stuck with the grunt work and the sound board and moving chairs) comes by and tells us to vacate. I grab some more trash and empty beers and we’re out of there, headed across the street to the Shriner’s Club, who actually have a super-cheap bar. I get a Malibu and Pineapple for $4, tip $1 and move outside to the Karoke and the Bon-fire. Cool.

After many folks work up the nerve to get up there, I figure it’s my time to kill it. And I do. System of a Down’s Chop Suey has never sounded more horrible, but who cares? It’s just a silly song. I laugh at myself with the audience, changing one of the lines to: “And I don’t even know this song!” telling them that I sang it once in the shower and it sounded great… Ha. Good times.

So I hit the head, say bye to folks and head back over to Motel 6. Now I’m in my birthday suit, writing this and it’s almost Midnight… In twelve hours the one day conference will begin.

I’m sure to have just as much fun tomorrow as I did today.

Flat Earth people are wonderful.

The more I read the WORD, the farther away the WORLD becomes

I suppose that the closer I get to Jesus' face, the more I love His Word, and the more I love His Word, the more I believe it. The more I believe God's Word the more I desire to submit to it.
The more I meditate on it, the more I want to do it, as Psalms 1 says. So I submit to the Word's commands, as I come to meditate on it. It becomes so real that believing it is actual nature. Torah... The Word... becomes life itself.

And so, one of the first things I come to realize is how evil everything in the world is.

The more I read the Word, the more I understand Hollywood to be a temple of Molech.

The more I read the Word, the more I understand the White House to be a temple of Ishtar.

The more I read the WORD, the farther away the WORLD becomes.

Believing the Word changes every paradigm...

So it wouldn't be a stretch to say that when I read about the continual world-wide effects of Operation Starfish Prime, I believe that:

The US didn't care what the world thought and did it anyway.

And that they must have been taking orders from a higher source.

And how this was one of the reasons that they exiled and dethroned the kingship of Hawaii in the first place.

And how they blamed their need for the test on Dr. Van Allen, because he mistakenly thought that the radiation came from a belt and not the actual dome.

And how, the US would make a power play in the Pacific at any rate, so they might as well do it right.

And by doing it right, I mean doing it wrong by using a Hydrogen Bomb one hundred times larger than the bomb on Hiroshima.



At age ten when I was baptized with water in Paul Fahnestocks swimming pool, I was also baptized in the Holy Spirit. At the time of baptism, I was also anointed with the Holy Spirit: The mystery of the physical manifestation of glossolalia bedazzled my mind and boggled my senses. It was a very humbling experience, to not be able to speak my own tongue.

That being said...

More importantly, the Holy Spirit unblocked an iron wall from my mind and I was able to understand the Bible as I read it.

No longer the dusty tome of history, it became the revealing life to my heart. It became living water.

My father, having me made memorize many passages of the Bible, was quite pleased at this. Sure, I was still human and had many difficult issues that still affected my childhood, but the root had been changed. The old roots were pulled away and a new root was planted.

The root of David was alive in me, and I in it.


So.


When I read the Bible, I agree with the commands of Torah, I agree with the supernatural manifestation of healings and miracles, I agree with the Biblical Cosmology of a motionless earth... I literally believe the Word to be true.

Let me repeat that.

I literally believe the Word to be true.

So my question is this:

If you profess to be in Israel, or profess to believe in the Messiah of Israel...

Why don't you believe what He says?


Or did Christ die of crucifixion for nothing?

Did He become sin so that you might ignore Him?

Did He become separated from the Father so that you might trample Him underfoot?

Is He but a dog to be ignored?

For Christ is the LITERAL begotten Word from the Father.

The Ruach of Elohim YHVH.

And you profess that the Logos of YHVH is good for meat...

But you mock the Ruach of YHVH.


When I tell you that I keep the feasts and wear the tassels...

Do you think I submit to strange customs or Holy Sacraments?


Ask yourself this question the next time you hang holly and fir trees in your living room.

Trump is stealing mailboxes

Opinion: Unhinged liberals are trying to scare people with post office conspiracy theory

[[text stolen from courier-journal dot com]]


There are two ways to win an election — thrill voters by nominating someone exciting and lovable, or, in case you nominate someone who sucks, scare the bejesus out of people so they vote for your guy anyway.


The Democrats have settled on the latter for 2020. Yes, Joe Biden is presently winning the presidential race against President Donald Trump (although CNN’s Sunday night poll had it effectively tied), but most reputable polling indicates little enthusiasm for the former vice president, and Democrats know it.


Therefore, worried about maintaining a shaky lead, Democrats and their conspiracy theory-crazed followers (led by High Conspiracy Priestess Nancy Pelosi) have plunged headlong into a plan to scare people to death in the hopes they will overlook how aggressively mediocre Biden is.


The latest conspiracy theory (following the ones about Russia, Ukraine, and that the Trump tax cuts would cause “Armageddon” and mass death) is that Trump is sabotaging the post office with a Republican donor who apparently has the power to single-handedly stop all Democratic ballots and Social Security checks.


The conspiracy theory went full mainstream Sunday night when House Speaker Pelosi called her chamber back into session to deal with the “crisis.” Immediately, every Democrat and those most severely afflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome joined in her hoax.


Even former basketball player/turned iPhone thief/turned misinformation purveyor Rex Chapman tweeted a picture of some locked mailboxes in Burbank, California.


“In your entire life have you ever seen a LOCKED mailbox at the USPS? Now you have. A disgrace and immediate threat to American democracy. Shame on them. Shame on the GOP. Where are you [Mitch McConnell]?” Chapman alarmingly tweeted, garnering tens of thousands of retweets and likes.


Rex’s brick was immediately disproven by a reporter named Chuck Ross, who used a highly sophisticated research tool called Google to find a 2016 article explaining why the boxes are locked:


“Turns out that fishing, or stealing mail, has become so common that postal officials have been retrofitting boxes around the San Fernando Valley and other areas to make them more tamper proof, said Richard J. Maher, spokesman for Post Office operations in Los Angeles and Orange counties.”


Set aside for a moment that Chapman is spreading a baseless conspiracy that would make even the most committed Russian operative blush. Does he think that California is a swing state? Or that a Senator from Kentucky controls the mailboxes in Burbank? Or that people can’t mail a ballot from their house?


You may want to get your political news somewhere other than Rex’s twitter feed. But the former Kentucky Wildcat is hardly the only unhinged liberal going on about the post office.


Pelosi herself, in her weekend letter, announced the U.S. House had to convene to, among other things, make sure people can still get their Social Security checks.


Wait… what?


Back to Google, where we find out that President Barack Obama stopped sending Social Security checks in 2010, moving virtually every recipient to direct deposit. We also find that, in 2016, the U.S. Postal Service removed some 12,000 mailboxes during Obama’s second term, another tenet of the “Trump is sabotaging the post office to steal the election” conspiracy theory.


Google also tells you that in 2012, Obama tried to cancel Saturday delivery of the mail, a significant attack on mail access for rural voters (who really disliked Obama, by the way). But no conspiracy theory or national uproar emerged over Obama’s postal moves.


Why? Because it wasn’t a conspiracy! And neither is today’s postal dust-up. Republicans and Democrats have a major policy disagreement over the post office, which boils down to this: Liberals want to give it a bailout, and conservatives want to reform it.


That’s it. That’s all this is about, but Democrats are purposely conflating these issues with disagreements over mail-in voting to scare the bejesus out of people, especially older voters. The post office has plenty of money and capacity to operate the 2020 election, no matter what the Democrats say, and Trump himself has blessed a coronavirus relief bill that would send billions in additional funding to the Postal Service.


While Democrats and the media howl about Republicans embracing conspiracy theorists and misinformation, Pelosi, Chapman and countless others are spreading flat-out lies to freak people out. It is wrong, and voters will hopefully see through it come November no matter which method they choose to cast their ballot.

What Does Islam Teach About Slavery

Does Islam condone slavery? Does Islamic teaching allow Muslim men to keep women as sex slaves?

Islam neither ignores nor condemns slavery. In fact, a large part of the Sharia is dedicated to the practice.

Muslims are encouraged to live in the way of Muhammad, who was a slave owner and trader. He captured slaves in battle; he had sex with his slaves; and he instructed his men to do the same. The Quran actually devotes more verses to making sure that Muslim men know they can keep women as sex slaves (4) than it does to telling them to pray five times a day (zero).

Quran (33:50) - "O Prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives to whom thou hast paid their dowers; and those (slaves) whom thy right hand possesses out of the prisoners of war whom Allah has assigned to thee" This is one of several personal-sounding verses "from Allah" narrated by Muhammad - in this case allowing a virtually unlimited supply of sex partners. Other Muslims are restricted to four wives, but they may also have sex with any number of slaves, following the example of their prophet.

Quran (23:5-6) - "..who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess..." This verse permits the slave-owner to have sex with his slaves. See also Quran (70:29-30). The Quran is a small book, so if Allah used valuable space to repeat the same point four times, sex slavery must be very important to him. He was relatively reticent on matters of human compassion and love.

Quran (4:24) - "And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess." Even sex with married slaves is permissible.

Quran (8:69) - "But (now) enjoy what ye took in war, lawful and good" A reference to war booty, of which slaves were a part. The Muslim slave master may enjoy his "catch" because (according to verse 71) "Allah gave you mastery over them."

Quran (24:32) - "And marry those among you who are single and those who are fit among your male slaves and your female slaves..." Breeding slaves based on fitness.

Quran (2:178) - "O ye who believe! Retaliation is prescribed for you in the matter of the murdered; the freeman for the freeman, and the slave for the slave, and the female for the female." The message of this verse, which prescribes the rules of retaliation for murder, is that all humans are not created equal. The human value of a slave is less than that of a free person (and a woman's worth is also distinguished from that of a man).

Quran (16:75) - "Allah sets forth the Parable (of two men: one) a slave under the dominion of another; He has no power of any sort; and (the other) a man on whom We have bestowed goodly favours from Ourselves, and he spends thereof (freely), privately and publicly: are the two equal? (By no means;) praise be to Allah.' Yet another confirmation that the slave is is not equal to the master. In this case, it is plain that the slave owes his status to Allah's will. (According to 16:71, the owner should be careful about insulting Allah by bestowing Allah's gifts on slaves - those whom the god of Islam has not favored).

PT Shamrock's August 2020 Newsletter

"Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
- George Santayana
In this issue:
* Welcome To Freedumbville USSA!
* Bend Over!
* Food for thought
* The District of Criminals
* Police State
* Red Hot Product!
* Advisory
* Belarus's Lukashenko Slams Global Elites, Says They've Made 'Trillions' as Economy Burns to Pandemic
* Shamrock's Missive
* Letters To The Editor
* Quote of the month!
*** Welcome To Freedumbville USSA!
30,000 college football fans unknowingly captured by facial-recognition test at Rose Bowl
- Nick Givas
Over 30,000 fans who attended the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., this past January were being watched before they even got to their seats because their features were captured by facial-recognition software from a company called VSBLTY.
As fans showed up to see the Oregon Ducks take on the Wisconsin Badgers, there were four hidden cameras underneath digital signs near the FanFest activity area that were secretly scooping up data on those who passed by, according to OneZero.
Cameras reportedly analyzed their age, gender, if they were carrying a weapon or not, and if they were on any government watch lists. One of the fans who was surveilled spoke with OneZero and said he was not given any advanced notice that he was being filmed.
"I actually had no idea they were using that type of tech at the game, nor was I informed that I would be recorded or analyzed by such tech, Benjamin Mercke of California told OneZero. "Actually, that's incredibly concerning to me.
VSBLTY, based in Philadelphia, issued a statement calling the exercise "an audience study," which helped obtain data that would be used to enhance the consumer experience.
Microsoft joins Amazon, IBM in vow to not sell facial recognition software to copsVideo
"Traffic count and other venue data collected, when combined with machine learning, can help improve operational efficiencies and venue logistics. Facts about fans, their habits and actions—in addition to demographic and psychographic information—will help plan audience activities as well as serve as a tool to validate the value of on-site advertising impressions to sponsors," the statement read.
"High tech video cameras combined with video display signage were strategically placed in front of the stadium where pre-bowl game fan activities were staged to collect key audience information through signage analytics," the message continued. "Along the pathway to the stadium, four cameras were deployed at different locations among "Fan Fest activities that included two FESCO units displaying archived videos of Rose Bowl legendary players and advertising messaging."
The statement concluded by championing the combination of personal habits and data with artificial intelligence, to interact with consumer audiences on a more direct level.
"The strategic use of digital signage paired with machine learning and artificial intelligence to understand how audiences act and react is proving to be one of the most important and effective audience analytics tools for sports and entertainment venues as well as transportation hubs and other public places," the company wrote.
This news comes just one day after Microsoft President Brad Smith said they'd be following in Amazon's footsteps and not sell facial-recognition tools to U.S. police departments until Congress passes a law clarifying the matter.
Smith was speaking with "The Washington Post Live" and expressed concerns about such technology being unleashed upon the public, especially given the current chaos in major cities.
"We have been focused on this issue for two years," he explained. "We've decided that we will not sell facial-recognition technology to police departments in the United States, until we have a national law in place, grounded in human rights, that will govern this technology."
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*** Bend Over!
You might want to change your password after this shocking study
- Brooke Crothers
After big security breaches, users rarely change their password, which is a big mistake, a new study says.
The research from Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab said only one in three people who had accounts on breached websites changed their passwords. And only 13 percent of people with accounts on these websites changed their password within three months of the breach announcement.
That's surprising, says the study, especially in the wake of a steady stream of news of major businesses and websites getting hacked and sensitive user information getting pilfered.
"Many may find these findings alarming, given the ubiquity and growing number of corporate data breaches in recent years," wrote Carnegie Mellon's Daniel Tkacik in a blog post about the study.
Major breaches include the "Collection #1" data breach in January of 2019 that impacted more than 770 million unique email addresses and more than 22 million unique passwords.
In April 2019, third-party Facebook app datasets were exposed. One database had more than 540 million records with account names, Facebook IDs and other personal data.
A few months later, in July 2019, a data leak at First American Financial, the largest real estate title insurance company in the U.S., exposed transaction records of 885 million individuals.
This and many other data breaches that don't make it into the news means the chances that your personal data has been stolen are very high, Tkacik said.
So what should consumers do?
One of the most effective ways to keep your accounts safe is to never reuse passwords, Lujo Bauer, CyLab faculty member and professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Carnegie Mellon and an author on the study, told Fox News.
"Reusing the same or a slightly changed password across accounts is a huge source of risk," Bauer said via email.
"If -- really, when -- one site gets breached and the passwords used on that site are stolen, attackers can -- and do -- try using the stolen passwords to log on to other sites as well. Supposedly this is how Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest accounts were hacked," he added.
The upshot is, always create uniquely different passwords for different accounts.
"Of course, it's next to impossible to remember as many different passwords as we have accounts, so many of us use password managers, which make it easy to ‘remember' a different password for each account," Bauer said. "On top of that, password managers typically offer to create strong passwords for you, so you don't even have to worry about whether your password might be easily guessed by an attacker."
Gerald Beuchelt, Chief Information Security Officer, LogMeIn, a remote connectivity software company, agrees.
"Some of the most common ways people are leaving themselves vulnerable online is by using weak, easy to crack passwords, and then re-using those same passwords on their other online accounts," Beuchelt told Fox News.
"Taking just a few simple steps to improve your password behavior can lead to a significant increase in your online security," he said.
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Food for thought
My retirement income is just $16,600 a year, but I want to retire in a beach town 'where the sky is blue and the water warm' — where should I go?
- Catey Hill
Dear Catey,
I read your story from the couple who had $95,000 in retirement income and wanted a beach town to retire in. Well, my retirement income is $16,600 per year. Is there a place I can go where the sky is blue and the water warm? Where can an average person like me retire?
R.S.R.
Dear R.S.R.,
I hear you — it's frustrating to read about people who get to live large in retirement when your reality (and frankly, most Americans' reality) is very different. The average Social Security retirement benefit in 2019 was $1,470 a month or $17,640 a year, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Even with benefits of that size, though, there are options for a beachy retirement. Here are affordable spots at the beach for you to consider.
If you'd like to stay in the U.S.: Gulfport, Miss. (with some part-time work)
I'm not going to sugarcoat this: It's tough to live in the U.S. on $16,600 a year, especially in a beach town. That said, if you can supplement your life with some part-time work, it's doable.
One town for you to consider: Gulfport, Miss., which is one of the most affordable beach towns in the country.
The cost of living is nearly 19% lower than the U.S. average, according to Sperling's Best Places, and you can find small apartments to rent for under $600 a month. Plus, Mississippi is tax friendly to retirees, with SmartAsset noting that "Mississippi exempts all forms of retirement income from taxation, including Social Security benefits, income from an IRA, income from a 401(k) and any pension income.
Gulfport offers warm weather and nice beaches — and other perks, too. "This city is having a serious comeback moment … and there's a bounty of cool, hip new businesses," Vogue writes of Gulfport. "One gem in particular is Fishbone Alley: a funky destination that backs up to a handful of restaurants and bars, boasting original local art along the buildings." The downsides include muggy, hot summers and the risk of hurricanes.
If you want to stay close to the U.S.: Mazatlán, Mexico
Heading south of the border can help you stretch your funds more effectively than is generally possible in the U.S. — and you'd be far from the only American there. Indeed, as I reported last year, plenty of people receive their U.S. Social Security checks in Mexico (behind only two countries, Canada and Japan). Of course, certain parts of Mexico have downsides including hot summers and high crime.
But, as I wrote in this recent column for a woman looking to retire near the ocean on between $800 and $1,000 a month, there are some places that fit within your budget. I suggested she consider Mazatlán — a Pacific coastal resort town with "cobblestone streets, neoclassical and French Baroque architecture and cultural amenities like theater and art galleries." (We also talked to a woman who retired to Mazatlán on $1,000 a month, and she doesn't feel she's pinching pennies too much.) Note that Mazatlán itself is in the state of Sinaloa, which the U.S. government advises Americans against traveling to, though this exempts parts of Mazatlán, as we have reported.
One hiccup: There are monetary requirements for Mexican residency that you may not currently meet, as they stipulate a certain monthly pension income or a minimum value held in investments (these numbers change with the exchange rate and other factors, but you can read up on that here.) Thus, if all your $16,600 will come from Social Security and you have no savings and investments, retirement there might be a problem; if, however, you have a larger investment account to draw from, it can work.
If you're up for an adventure: Pedasi, Panama
This chilled-out town on the Pacific Ocean, roughly 4½ hours from Panama City, is "unpretentious and laid-back," writes Lonely Planet, adding: "Pedasi has streets lined with tiled colonials and leafy spaces. For years this sleepy retreat came to life only at festival times. But outsiders are discovering the big appeal of small-town life and relatively unspoiled beaches."
To be sure, this town is small, with fewer than 5,000 residents, and rural, but as International Living puts it, "Pedasi is rural living at its best." It's surrounded by green pastures and grazing cattle yet lies within a 10-minute drive of the ocean, according to International Living, which adds that "miles of unspoiled beach and little development" are found locally.
You can also live here on your budget, though it may, as International Living notes, require "boots-on-the-ground investigating with the locals" or moving a bit farther from the ocean to get a better deal on rent. (Though, they point out, paying $500 a month for an apartment is doable.) Even if you pay a bit more in rent, you'll benefit from Panama's pensionado program for retirees (which has income requirements of roughly $1,000 a month) as it offers tons of discounts for older people on everything from entertainment to prescriptions.
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*** The District of Criminals
TSA to take mug shots of domestic air travelers
- Edward Hasbrouck
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has officially although quietly announced that, as it has planned for years, its deployment of mug-shot machines at airport checkpoints will move from pilot projects to the new normal for domestic air travelers.
According to a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) released last week, the TSA plans to integrate facial recognition into the Secure Flight profiling, scoring, and control system used by the TSA and other linked agencies to decide who is, and who is not, "allowed" to pass through TSA checkpoints to exercise their right to travel by airline common carrier.
Cameras to photograph would-be travelers' faces will be added to each of the stations at airport checkpoints where TSA employees and contractors currently scan would-be passengers' travel documents (boarding passes and, if they present ID, ID documents).
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in collaboration with airlines and airport operators, already collects photos of many international travelers. CBP has been moving in fits and starts toward making mug shots mandatory even for U.S. citizens traveling internationally. As of now, mug shots are still officially "voluntary" for U.S. citizen international travelers, although many U.S. citizens have reported not being allowed to opt out. But last month, as we noted in an earlier blog post, the CBP official in charge of deployment of facial recognition said CBP plans to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for mandatory facial recognition of international travelers before the end of this year.
We expect that, consistent with the TSA's "biometrics vision for all commercial aviation travelers", deployment of facial recognition at TSA checkpoints for domestic air travelers will follow the same steps as have been followed by CBP in rolling out facial recognition for international air travelers: first pilot projects, then universal deployment of "optional" mug-shot cameras at airports (on an allegedly "opt-out" basis), then increasingly adverse treatment (delay, more intrusuive and in time of pandemic dangerous groping, etc.) of those who opt out, and eventually — if most travelers "voluntarily" submit to mug shots — denial of travel to those who don't. The PIA doesn't say how soon any of this will happen.
The time to say "no" is now, while you still can. Don't consent to being photographed at TSA checkpoints or airline check-in counters or kiosks. For your own safety as well the protection of your civil liberties, don't remove your mask! TSA checkpoints, check-in counters, and all kinds of kiosks are among the places at airports where transmission of contagious diseases is most likely. We are very interested in hearing from any traveler who is ordered to remove a face mask.
The TSA claims that domestic air travelers will be allowed to "opt out" of facial imaging, but it will be up to you to spot the cameras and stay out of their field of view. Notably, the TSA's Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) doesn't say what, if any, notices will be posted for travelers to see before they come into range of the mug-shot cameras.
The required notices are dictated by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) and the Privacy Act, but the TSA has ignored both of these Federal laws in its facial recognition plans.
Even if a "collection of information" (including biometric information) by a Federal agency such as the TSA is voluntary, the PRA requires that it be approved in advance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and assigned an OMB control number. That OMB control number and other notices specified by the PRA must be provided to all individuals from whom information is to be collected.
Pursuant to the PRA, no penalties may be imposed for failure or refusal to provide information unless these approval and notice requirements are complied with.
The PIA for facial imaging at TSA checkpoints doesn't cite an OMB control number, and so far as we can tell, there is none. If TSA checkpoint staff ask you to take off your face mask so that they can take your mug shot, ask for the OMB control number for this information collection and a copy of the applicable Paperwork Reduction Act Notice.
The TSA says that facial images collected by the TSA "will be retained for no longer than 24 hours after the flight departure time ". But regardless of how long this data is retained, any retention of personal identified information such as mug shots is prohibited by the Privacy Act unless the agency has previously published an applicable System Of Records Notice (SORN) in the Federal Register. Operation of a system of records without proper notice is a crime on the part of the responsible agency officials.
The new PIA for the TSA's facial recognition scheme for air travelers claims that the data collected would be covered by the Secure Flight SORN promulgated in 2015. But facial images collected at checkpoints are not among the categories of information listed in the SORN as included in that system of records.
The bottom line is that the TSA facial recognition scheme described in the latest PIA would violate both the PRA and the Privacy Act. To the extent that it would require or induce travelers to remove their face masks, it would exacerbate the pandemic hazards of travel to the health of travelers and airline, airport, and TSA staff and contractors.
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*** Police State
This Is Exactly What Is Going To Happen If Police Departments Are "Disbanded" Or "Defunded" All Across America…
- Michael Snyder
By now, you have probably heard that the Minneapolis City Council plans to completely disband the Minneapolis Police Department, and other major cities are considering significant cuts to the funding that their police departments receive. Needless to say, such moves will only make our streets even more unsafe, but a lot of people out there are so upset about police brutality that they are ready to support such drastic measures. In the aftermath of 9/11, police departments all over the country were heavily militarized, and thousands of troops returning from our wars overseas were hired as officers. This shift in policing culture caused enormous problems, and complaints about police brutality soared. But instead of reforming law enforcement, many have now decided that the best approach would be to get rid of the police altogether.

Those that advocate for such an approach seem to believe that most people are inherently good, and that if the police are removed from the equation that we could build a police-free utopia where we all learn to get along with one another just fine.
But there is just one huge problem.
People are not inherently good. That has been true all throughout human history, and it is most definitely true today.
Given the opportunity, there are a lot of people that will burn, loot, riot and harm others without even feeling bad about the pain that they are causing to others. By nature, humanity is deeply selfish, and it has not been easy to organize us into civilized societies. In order for a society to be governed by the rule of law, a relatively high level of morality is required, and for much of American history that has been the case.
But now we have raised a new generation of Americans in an environment where we have rejected the core values that once governed our society, and we are beginning to reap the consequences. If you doubt this, just look at what has happened to the city of Minneapolis. Large areas of the city have been utterly destroyed, and the Minneapolis City Council has decided that the way to fix things is to "end policing as we know it"…
A veto-proof majority of Minneapolis City Council members announced Sunday during a rally at Powderhorn that they are planning to disband the police department.
City Council members said they will invest in community-led safety initiatives instead of the police department.
"Our commitment is to end our city's toxic relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department, to end policing as we know it, and to re-create systems of public safety that actually keep us safe," Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender said at Sunday's community meeting.
So without any police, who is going to stop criminals from raping, looting, stealing and killing?
If you are reading this, perhaps you are thinking that you will just gun them down if they show up at your home.

But what if the criminals greatly outnumber your family and they have even bigger guns than you do?
During the looting that just happened in southern California, a Los Angeles Times reporter asked a few of the looters why they were looting. In response, one of the looters truthfully admitted that "we're doing it because we can"…
The young man flanked the shattered entry of a ransacked CVS in Santa Monica, where people had swept the shelves clean of everything from diapers to detergent. The man, who did not cover his face, admitted he was a looter. He did not apologize.
"We've got no other way of showing people how angry we are," he said.
Out of the store ran another young man, this one holding a carton of eggs. He grabbed a friend and started scanning the street for targets: police cars. "We're doing it because we can," he said.
If heavily armed police officers had been stationed on every street corner, the looting would not have happened because there would not have been an opportunity to loot.
But given an opportunity to indulge the selfish human nature, these looters gleefully grabbed it.
Down in Houston, rioters were actually filmed attacking a children's hospital. What an incredibly evil thing to do, and this is more evidence of how much our society has decayed.
If those young people had been raised in an environment of faith and morality, perhaps they would have turned out much differently. Unfortunately, we have been teaching our kids that good is evil and evil is good for decades, and so what is happening now shouldn't be any sort of a surprise.
Taking the police off the streets will not solve anything. Instead, it will just give criminals a lot more opportunities to commit crimes.
Unfortunately, radicals are running many of our major cities now, and it looks like police budgets are about to be slashed all over the United States…
In New York City, lawmakers and policing reform advocates have called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to slash millions in police funding as the state budget faces what one official called "economic devastation not seen since the Great Depression." In Los Angeles, four City Council members have introduced a proposal to reverse the mayor's planned 7 percent police funding increase. In Durham, North Carolina, protestors gathered at a local theater this week for a "Defund the Police" protest. In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the African American Roundtable—backed by more than 65 organizations—called on the city to divest $75 million from the police department and to reinvest $50 million into public health, with the rest going to housing cooperatives. In Philadelphia, where the mayor has proposed a $14 million increase in police funds, activists have been signing up in droves to testify virtually at a city budget hearing next week in protest.
If we want lots of civil unrest, rioting, looting, death, destruction and chaos, this is the right path.
In the end, the truth is that we need the police. Yes, police brutality is a major problem in this country and I have been writing about that for many years. Police culture in the U.S. must change, because that is the only way that public faith in the police will ever be restored.
But abandoning our communities to the criminals is not any sort of a solution at all. Instead, it will just unleash a torrent of evil on our streets.
As things stand, approximately four out of every five Americans already feel as though "things in the country are out of control"…
Four in five registered voters in a new poll feel "things in the country are out of control" as the death toll from the coronavirus pandemic approaches 110,000, unemployment remains at a level not seen since the Great Depression and protests continue across the U.S.
According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday, just 15% of voters think matters in the USA are under control and perceptions of the economy are at their worst since the end of President Barack Obama's first term, when the country was still recovering from a recession.
Sadly, this is just the beginning.
More civil unrest, rioting and looting are coming, and it is going to be a very dark chapter in our history.
If the rioters come to your neighborhood, the first thing many of you will do will be to pick up the phone and call the police.
But if you live in one of the communities where the police will be disbanded, they soon won't be on the other end of the phone to answer you.
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*** Belarus's Lukashenko Slams Global Elites, Says They've Made 'Trillions' as Economy Burns to Pandemic
- Ilya Tsukanov, Sputnik
One of the only countries in Europe not to institute strict lockdown measures amid the coronavirus crisis, Belarus has so far managed to keep virus-related fatalities impressively low.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has taken a shot at the world's elites, accusing them of taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to put "trillions of dollars in their pockets while the global economy burns.
"The coronavirus has put the whole planet into a state of psychosis...I call it a psychosis because someone clearly needs this. And you've probably noticed yourself who. It's the same as always: after the swine flu, the bird flu, SARS…today we're facing another pandemic, another pneumonia, only in a new form. And you remember who took advantage of these situations in the past, who put billions in their pockets," Lukashenko said, speaking to officials in Mogilev region on Saturday.
"The whole world today has stopped; the global economy has not just stalled, but been demolished. But leading companies, leading billionaires and states have put trillions of dollars in their pockets," the president added, referring to the current crisis.
"That's why I have always asked the question, going back three months ago, as you may remember: Who needs this? Is this a man-made event – this health pandemic? So far I do not have an answer to this question, and hope that you don't either," Lukashenko noted.
Belarus's President Warns Global Elites Using COVID-19 Crisis to Try to Reshape World Order
The Belarusian president also went after his critics, recalling how media and the internet joked about his 'advice' to treat coronavirus with vodka, sauna, tractors and work in the field. "I said this as a joke, and it became a kind of a 'Lukashenko brand', used to say 'see, he's crazy, he doesn't know how to treat people,' even though behind these comments were very serious ideas," Lukashenko said, recommending that people take up sports and engage in outdoor exercise to build up their immune systems and prepare for any possible 'second wave' of infections. "I emphasize again: everything that people say criticizing me is a bluff: nobody knows what's going to happen tomorrow," the president concluded.
Belarus faced the wrath of media and medical experts around the world after refusing to institute mandatory lockdown measures, with the country's factories, farms, schools, shops, restaurants and other amenities remaining open throughout the past several months even as its neighbours closed down. However, recently published data have shown that while the country's per capita infection rates are comparable to other European nations and the US, its mortality rates have been among the lowest in the world, ranking 45th among 49 countries with 10,000 or more cases where sufficient data is available.
This week, the Institute for Policy Studies, a Washington-based think tank, concluded that in the US alone, billionaires have added $565 billion to their fortunes since mid-March, with their total wealth up by 19 percent since the pandemic began. The figures were published amid reports that close to 39 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits amid the crisis. Similar trends have been observed in countries across the world, from Europe to Asia.
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Shamrock's Missive:
Mr. & Mrs. Blahsheblu
[Reprinted by request from our September 2016 Newsletter.]
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 persons 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 establishment 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 after hours, 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 check'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 having been sequestered, but Mr. & Mrs. Blahsheblu's personal checking, 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 and financial burden 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 of one sort or another, filing for bankruptcy, having a nasty 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, and worse of all, his family!
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!

Hope springs eternal - A bullet proof offshore trust
With your assets held abroad in a bullet proof 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 bullet proof 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 discover-able) 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 heir-ship" 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, unrealized 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 "Cook Islands bullet proof offshore trust" by emailing and placing "Cook Islands 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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*** Letters to the Editor:
Keep them postcards and letters coming' folks, 'cause we
done mailed the rosebushes!
Dear Shamrock,
I'm between a rock and a hard place and am contacting you for your advice please.
Because of this Covid-19 lockdown business we've all been going throw, many of my friends and associates, including myself, have been hard hit financially from this debacle. I have therefore vowed never to allow this to happen to myself and family again. Hence my contacting you.
I've read previously in your past newsletters and recall some opportunities that made money working anywhere with an internet connection. I don't have much money but am willing to invest it along with my time and best efforts to build something secure over the next years. Do you think you could advise me regarding similar opportunities today? If so I would be most grateful.
Thanks in advance and your kindest is much appreciated.
G. C.
Dear G. C.,
Thanks for your kind words.
Hope springs eternal! Perhaps you should become a fortune teller because an old longtime associate is just now retiring and selling his online business, which is similar to PT Shamrock's web site. The best news is that he is selling it for what I believe to be at a rock bottom, very affordable cost, i.e., just one Bitcoin or the US$ equivalent via a bank wire.
You can email for details by return email and place "Online Business" in your subject heading and we'll send you the full details.
Trust this helps and we wish you and yours a safe, healthy and prosperous future.
Kindest regards
PT Shamrock
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Quote of the month!
"There's no art which government sooner learns than that of draining money from the pockets of the people."
- Adam Smith
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