The Happy Saga!

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The glorious saga of me charting and selling music is still going strong ๐Ÿ™‚ After weeks of charting on Amazon.com with my 2014 release “2 Guitars – The Classical Crossover Album” I’m back in the top 10 once again! As I’ve already said in previous blog posts it has been going in and out of the charts since its release in late 2014, being in the top 5 countless times, even hitting nr.1 ๐Ÿ™‚

It makes me VERY HAPPY to see how popular this idea is and I’m looking very much forward to releasing new material!

My manager and I were able to create a great buzz when I was doing Heavy Metal in the beginning of my career, we scratched our heads a bit since the music industry wasn’t really catching on to what we did, it didn’t really make much sense when you think about how much Metal bands normally struggle and how long it takes for these acts to break even when given the opportunity to release their material on a label! I successfully crossed over in late 2013 into classical music and have proven my worth continuously from my 1st single release to my full length album. I was dealing with a Major Label in 2016 working on something very exciting and classical related, but sadly became ill and lost over a year of my life to poor health. It therefore makes me extra happy to see that my release is still hanging in there for weeks at a time and that my latest video on YouTube passed 50k views yesterday!

It proves that we are doing something very right in an age where people complain about not selling records. Selling physical records was never an issue for me, or it hasn’t been to date. I feel very optimistic about the future when I see my numbers despite having a limited reach on my Facebook. That social media platform in particular used to be very important to me, and I think it is a great shame that you are being put in the position of “follower blackmail” as the social media giant keep on tightening its grip. It’s a shame for small, independent businesses and “free thinkers.”

It is good news however to see that my latest video could get good views so quickly without any mainstream media exposure; I’m grateful that Truth In Shredding gave me a mention and thank them for that, now I’m waiting to see if any of the big guys will actually catch on to this. The meme isn’t dying, at least not for now.

I’m looking forward to releasing new music! What I will release next will be original material, for the simple reason that I’ve been ill for a while and wanted to come back to music doing something that was a bit lighter, the second that I’m done with my 3rd album I will get back to classical!

Thanks again to those of you who pay for my work and keep an eye on what I’m doing! If you want to support my creative endeavours and hear new music as well, then please check out my Patreon ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks a million! โค

I’m also charting on Easy Listening!

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On Top Again!!!!!

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Whaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! I can’t believe it! Every single time I nearly faint and fall off my chair! I’m stoked! 4 years and still going strong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not that long ago I blogged about my album hanging in the charts once again, even jumping up, well now my fans decided that the album deserved to be in the top spot once again! For all I know maybe it went to Nr.1, because I haven’t really been checking the charts since my last long joyous outburst on here! – Actually now that I think of it I did see that it had jumped up to 25, but forgot to post about it! Turns out I didn’t have to promote it because it went up even further anyway! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Wo-ho wo-ho wo-ho wo-ho!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

On the 1st of May I was here:

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But now I’m here:

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I’m also here:

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Thank you and thank you and thank you and thank you! Just imagine if I had a proper marketing ย budget for this thing! Wha-ha wha-ha I know I have a hit! ๐Ÿ˜€ A hit!!! A hit!!! Ti-hi-hi-hi-hi-hi-hi-hi-hi-hi-hi-hi-hi-hi-hi-hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was super stoked when it initially charted pretty low in Germany, the USA, and whatnot, during the release week in 2014, then I nearly died when it went up to Nr.1 in early 2015, I don’t know what to say anymore because this thing just keeps on charting in various categories as well ๐Ÿ˜€ Zombie album deluxe – I’m so glad!!!!! Nothing feels better than to sell music ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m the most grateful and happy musician ever!!!! Thanks, thanks,thanks, thanks, thanks & thanks again! โค ๐Ÿ˜€ โค ๐Ÿ˜€ โค ๐Ÿ˜€

Here are my two latest videos by the way, if you haven’t seen them! ๐Ÿ™‚ โค ๐Ÿ™‚ โค ย ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

 

A 30 min Guitar Lesson Video + More New Music!

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Today I released a 30 min guitar lesson video for those who pay 10$ and up on my Patreon account! I also released my 2nd update for this month; so if you want to hear more music from my 3rd album then make sure that you sign up here:ย My Patreon!

Yesterday before I went to bed I saw that myย classical albumย had jumped up on the Amazon Bestseller chart after falling down. On the 22nd it was down on 44, yesterday it was up on 29, and now it had gone up to 27! That is really cool since albums usually don’t chart that long for independent artists! Earlier this year it was hanging in there for over 2 weeks on the chart, and without any new videos or anything! I clearly have to release more classical recordings! But first I’m going to put out a whole bunch of original material that I feel very strongly about! ๐Ÿ˜› Make sure that you check out my Rock’n’Roll music as well ๐Ÿ˜›

Thanks again to all these Americans who buy my music!!! The U.S.A. have always been my nr.1 country when it comes to fans, followers & buyers! โค Thanks a million & God Bless!!!!!

Charting position on the 19th of April.

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Charting position on the 22nd.

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Charting position last night around midnight.

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Charting position on the 30th of April.

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Lyric Book – Signed Physical Copies!

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A little while ago I received my 1st printed version of my Illustrated Lyric Book ๐Ÿ™‚ It made me so happy and proud to actually have a physical copy in my hand! I was positively surprised at the amazing quality as well; it certainly looks very exclusive when you hold it in your hands!

Signed Physical Copies of this book will only be available through myย Patreon Pageย ๐Ÿ˜€ If you are keen on a digital copy of my Amazon Bestseller Lyric Book, you can get yours here:ย eBook.ย The eBook version is shorter since the Physical one also includes some pages with only artwork; I’ll give you a sneak peek here:

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I’ve also released my 1st Blog Book; which is why a number of my entries have been set to private here on my blog. If you want a chronological insight into my Blog writing from my 1st entry up until Christmas 2016, then check this out. I’ve not included Music Industry related entries as these will be released as a separate book.ย Buy My Book Here!

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If you like my drawings then make sure that you check out my very 1st book; my Amazon Bestselling illustrated children’s book “The Freezing Snowman.”

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Lent for the 1st time.

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Sometime after lent had commenced I decided that maybe I ought to try it, not that I was aware of when it started exactly, as the local church is somewhat neglected by the church authorities and don’t even have a service every Sunday; but that’s ok, the most important thing is that the church hasn’t been closed and is still standing strong, open at all times, after all these years. (It’s Norman and an absolute beauty).

Lent was interesting as it functions like a habit-breaker, I was not entirely successful but at least I gave it a go and tried my best. The biblical reason for this strange “celebration” is that Jesus was wandering around in the desert for a while and withstood temptation from the Devil ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

I personally have not reached this section of the Bible as I’m still working my way through the Old Testament; I’ve largely been a protestant-in-name-only, (or secular protestant) my entire life, gradually turning to Christianity over the last few years. So lent was pretty new to me (just like attending Holy Communion), but a valuable lesson nonetheless.

The Church of England is struggling greatly; they don’t have enough funds to look after England’s numerous and beautiful places of worship, and most people who I’ve run into complain about dwindling numbers when it comes to attendance.

It is rather sad since England is an Anglican country and so far I have to say that I’ve really enjoyed whatever services I’ve come to; I also heard complaints about general low attendance over in Norway last time I was there. There also seem to be many women who take it upon themselves to keep the faith alive by becoming priests.

The Old Testament is proving a very interesting read as it illustrates how various tribes interact with one another; how everyone travels to Israel to shower the Jews with gifts and praise when they are strong and under tough leadership, while everyone tries to take advantage, looting and conquering the Jews once they are seen as weak! The work is repetitive, as I’ve also written in the very looooong review that I’m writing about it; it is hard to read due to the fact that it was not written to be a page turner. Names of entire Jewish families are listed over and over and over again, which certainly makes for tiresome reading. I therefore decided to check out “The Lion Encyclopaedia of Jesus.,” just to get a more “in-depth” introduction to Jesus; in comparison to what little I already knew.

If you feel like helping persecuted Christians then please read this: “Persecuted Christians around the World.”ย If you live in England then maybe this will be of interest: “The Vulnerability of the Poor & Our Shared Cultural Heritage.” Here are some interesting petitions to check out:ย Petitions To Sign & Share.

Here are more books on spirituality & self-help:

โ€œAn Angel Saved Meโ€ by Theresa Cheung.

\m/ Spiritus Gladius \m/

The Map of Heaven โ€“ by Dr. Eben Alexander & Ptolemy Tompkins.

Spooky Cults, Online Shaming and Alcoholism.

โ€œDonโ€™ts for Weddingsโ€ from 1904.

Abortion.

Is Christianity & Islam Compatible?

Patron Saints of Europe.

Intellectual vs. Popular vs. Physical Satanism.

St.Patricks Day a Christian Holiday??????????

A History Magazine from Norway.

Ancient Greek Myths โ€“ The Universe, The Gods, And Mortals told by Jean-Pierre Vernant.

The Odyssey โ€“ for children.

Boosting Energy So You Can Play More!

The Occult Symbolism of Led Zeppelin

How To Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie.

Willing To Win.

Taking Back Your Time. (goodbye April, hello May)

Bli Best Med Mental Trening by Erik Bertrand Larssen.

The Chimp Paradox.

Live Better & Longer by Michel Cymes.

Lโ€™ Art De La Simplicitรฉ By Dominique Loreau.

The Clever Guts Diet by Dr. Michael Mosley.

When You Think You Are Healthy ….

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Yes; I’ve written about the problematic nature of micro plastics and thought to myself that I would try to separate myself from this carcinogenic heresy.

Apparently this is easier said than done as plastic permeates all aspects of our convenient, civilised, societies. The picture on top of this entry perfectly illustrates the macabre comedy of the situation: behold a gluten-free, tree-hugger-friendly, lactose-free, over-prized, politically-correct loaf, wrapped in *drum roll* plastic. :/

I guess I’ve realised that the only way to fight this insidious invention is to grow your own vegetables, hunt game, and/or keep farm animals, while making every meal from scratch. Considering how quickly it is possible to devour cheese and crackers, sandwiches or chips for an instance, I don’t even want to think about the amount of work that would go into such an endeavour.

Respect to our ancestors who actually had 6-7 kids on average, while running households without any of our modern appliances, not to forget looking after the farm while the man was out fighting whomever.

Yes our societies are convenient, but this convenience is creepy. Now that I’ve been made aware of that plastics leak into our food and water; I have a hard time not noticing it. Our parents did not grow up with it the same way we Millennials have done, so I wonder what people will say about the plastic obsession in the future and whether or not it will all be banned. :/

 

Ancient Greek Myths – The Universe, The Gods, And Mortals told by Jean-Pierre Vernant.

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Those who’ve experienced the elementary education offered in Southern European countries can consider themselves lucky, as you really get an introduction to the “Western Civilisation” perspective, rather than the post-modern version void of “the classics.” I remember how we had several volumes of history books for each school year, thick books as well, that offered way more than what my peers and relatives were presented with up North. I recall that the Italian public school system was four years ahead the Norwegian one which is quite something to think about. Even though that was the case there was little that was given away when it came to WW2 and these type of things, probably because of Italy’s role, I can only assume.

If you find yourself in a similar situation to mine, there will be a need for a brush up at one point or the other, which is precisely why I decided to check out the Greek Myths once again.

Some of it made me remember, some of it was new. It was an interesting read and a reminder of how people find new ways to express the same ideas and concepts. The idea of a death ray, for example, is nothing new, as “War of The Worlds” echoes the evil Cyclops who can grill you with their eye, the same can be said of Maleficent from ย “The Sleeping Beauty” , which brings to mind the story of the Golden Apple, thrown into the midst of a party by a disgruntled entity who was not invited, (indirectly or directly depending on how you want to look at it,) starting or laying the foundation for the Trojan War.

Jean-Pierre Vernant is an extremely gifted writer, the preface was stellar and the main text was impossible to put down. I would highly recommend this work!

It is especially interesting to notice how women are being portrayed. There is this popular myth out there that Christianity was created to oppress women in particular, like a vicious plot, since women were empowered under paganism. However, it certainly doesn’t come across as such, when reading how “sexist” the Greek Myths are/were; with the first woman being practically blamed for everything, much like Eve in Christianity. I have not read the Norse Myths yet, but female characters are apparently severely sidelined with male entities of war taking centre stage. This is of course very interesting when thinking about modern narratives…..I’m assuming that our current age of egalitarianism is unprecedented; at least that is the impression I have as of now; but I might come across something that will change my mind in the future.

Here are some cool quotes from the work; as always: I choose to highlight what I consider to be of interest, it is always best to read the original text in its entirety….

How women are described in Greek Mythology.

“Now, the stories show this Pandora, like her whole genos-the whole “race” of feminine women who descended from her – with a particular characteristic: She is always dissatisfied, demanding, self-indulgent. She is never content with what there is; she wants to be sated, surfeited.”

“…Pandora has a voracious appetite, she never stops eating, she must always be sitting at the table … But any household with a woman in it will develop that insatiable voracious hunger. In this sense the situation is similar to what occurs in beehives …”

“Similarly in the human households, on one hand there are the men, who sweat over the fields, break their backs digging the furrows, tend the grain and then gather it; and on the other hand, inside the houses sit the women who – like the drones – ย  swallow up the harvest.”

“Not only does she swallow up and exhaust all the resources, but that is precisely a woman’s main reason for seducing a man: What she’s after is the barn … she sings the young bachelor her big seduction aria because she actually has her eye on the grain stores. And every man – like Epimetheus before them, all agog, transfixed by her looks – every man falls captive.”

“Indeed, woman, the wife, is a fire burning up her husband constantly, day after day, desiccating him and making him old before his time.”

“If a man marries, his life will pretty certainly be hell, unless he happens on a very good wife, which is extremely rare. Conjugal life is thus and inferno – misery after misery. On the other hand, if a man does not marry, his life could be a happy one: He would have his fill of everything, he would never lack for anything – but at his death, who will get his accumulated wealth? It will be scattered, into the hands of relatives for whom he has no particular affection. If he marries it is a catastrophe, and if he doesn’t, it’s another kind of catastrophe. Woman is two different things at once: She is the paunch, the belly devouring everything her husband laboriously gathered at the cost of his effort, his toil, his fatigue; but that belly is also the only one that can produce the thing that extends a man’s life – a child.”

The greatest threat to men:

“Throughout the long journey to follow, at every moment, behind all Odysseus’s adventures with his companions, this forgetting – the erasure of any memory of the homeland, any desire to return to it – forgetting is the constant danger, the evil.”

How the mob is described in Greek Mythology.

“Men make too much racket. There is the ethereal, silent realm where the gods withdraw to think and gaze upon one another, and then there are these humans, jumping about and agitating, shouting themselves hoarse with quarreling. So from the gods’ standpoint, a good war every now and then solves the problem: back to peace and quiet.”

“… the gods shift over to men the responsibility for decisions they shy from, the same way they sent them the misfortunes or baleful fates they wanted to avoid for themselves.”

How the Greeks identified gender….

“He sees some fifty girls there; Achilles does not stand out among them. Odysseus opens his sack and displays cloth and needlework, clips and jewels, and forty-nine of the girls crowd around to exclaim over his trinkets. But one of them hangs back, indifferent.

Odysseus then takes out a dagger, and that pretty little girl lunges for it. Outside the walls a battle trumpet blares: panic in the women’s quarters, the forty-nine girls dart away with their bits of frippery, while just one – with a dagger in hand – heads for the marching music.

Odysseus has unmasked Achilles just as Nestor unmasked Odysseus – and Achilles in turn is ready to go to war.”

“Identitarians” ย according to the Greeks:

” … Those who embodied the unconditional attachment to the unchanging, who proclaimed the need to preserve traditional values against whatever is other from themselves, against whatever questions them or forces them to see themselves differently – these “identitarians,” the Greek citizens confident of their superiority – are the very ones who topple over into absolute otherness, into horror, into the monstrous.”

Just like the Vikings described men of the East as effeminate, well so did the Greeks.

” … Pentheus harbours the idea that a monarch’s role is to uphold a hierarchical system in which men take their proper place, women stay at home, foreigners are not let in, and Asia – the East – is considered to be populated by effeminate folk in the habit of obeying a tyrant’s orders, whereas Greece is populated by free men.”

How feminists are described in the Greek Myths…

” His mother snatches up her son’s severed head, sticks it on the tip of a thyrsus, and marches about in delight with the thing, which in her delirium she imagines to be the head of a young lion or bull impaled on the end of her pike. … she boasts of having been hunting with the men and like a man, of showing herself to be even better at hunting than they. With that mob of demented, blood-spattered women, Agave goes over to Dionysus, who is still garbed as a priest.”

How Warriors are described by the Greeks:

” Cadmus does as instructed … sows the dragon’s teeth. Hardly has he finished than from each tooth springs up a warrior – already full grown and armed in military gear, with helmet, shield, sword, lance, leg guards, and breastplate. Once up and out of the ground, they eye one another with contempt, snarl, and hurl challenges the way men do who live for slaughter, warfare, and belligerent violence – soldiers through and through. Cadmus understands that they could easily turn on him.”

When offered immortality Odysseus turns it down, since he values his family way more, not evenย his encounter with Achilles can change his mind:

“Odysseus had visited the land of the dead; there among the spectres he had heard Achilles say how dreadful it is to be dead, how this phantom with no life or consciousness that a person becomes – this nameless shade – is the very worst future a man can imagine. And now, after his long journey and all his ordeals, Calypso offers him the chance to be immortal and to stay forever young, no longer to fear death and old age.”

“What Achilles says in The Odyssey is the opposite of what The Iliad proclaimed: that Achilles had the choice between a short, glorious life and a long life without glory, and he had never hesitated or doubted for a moment: He would choose a glorious life and heroic death in the flower of youth, because the glory of a short life ending in a fine death was worth far more than anything else. Now he says exactly the opposite: Once a man dies, given the choice he would rather be a poor louse-ridden peasant alive in the most benighted backwater of Greece than great Achilles in the world of the dead.”

What Odysseus sees when he visits death:

“They form a vague mass of beings who used to be individual persons but can no longer be distinguished. From that mass swarming past him there rises a terrifying, unidentified sound. They have no name, they do not speak; it is chaotic noise.”

The island of the sun god.

“The place does belong to the sun, that all-seeing eye.”

Sirens at work:

“But meanwhile, even as these beauties are revealing the Truth with a capital T … their island is ringed by a mass of corpses, flesh decomposing in the hot sun on the beach. These are the bodies of all the men who succumbed to the Sirens’ call and died. … What they say to Odysseus is in a sense what will be said of him when he no longer exists, when he will have crossed the frontier between the world of light and that of shadows, …”

 

New Video!!!!! Hear me sing the “Queen of The Night” Aria from The Magic Flute :D

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I’m really happy about this :):):):):) It is really cool to have reached this point in my singing ๐Ÿ˜€ If anyone is interested in vocal lessons they can get those here:ย Bel Canto.

Here are some earlier videos & my first aria recording taken from my #1 Amazon bestselling Album released in 2014. Solveig’s Song.

Norway’s Worst Nazis by Bernt Rougthvedt.

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During one of my visits to Norway I saw a book about “Norway’s Worst Nazis” while passing through the airport. I thought that this was interesting since the only narrative we love to share is the one of “resistance” and “contempt” for “the occupation.” So this time around I made it my mission to track down the work! I was really happy that I was able to find it since I had forgotten what the title was which meant that I had to go through lots of WW2 books over in Bergen, as I was only able to recognised it due to the “wording” or the author’s writing style on the back of the book.

This work features 60 Nazis who had influence in Norway during the “occupation years.” Some of them were ideologues others were guilty of torture, some were actual Germans, the most hated ones were Norwegians aiding the occupants, some received a sentence that they deserved when the war was over, others escaped very cheaply from their crimes…(Gestapo man Georg Wolf became a journalist for Der Spiegel for example….. some other German nazis apprehended in Norway were deported back to their homeland where they got themselves normal jobs………)

The book makes for a sad read that’s for sure, especially because some of the most heinous crimes depicted in this book came from Norwegians mistreating, torturing and killing their fellow country men over ideology…

Written about Thorvald Thronsen: ” 30.ย November he led a group of 15 “hird-men” in an outright attack on students andย teachers at the Oslo “Handelsgymnasium.” They wanted to set an example after a “hird-boy” at the school had been in conflict with other students. During the attack they forced themselves into the school building and classrooms mistreating both headmaster, teachers and students.” (direct translation by me from the Norwegian text).

Written about Ole Wehus and his torture of Tor Njaa: “Njaa developed gangrene in his wounds, and over time he was incapable of standing upright. Big meat-chunks the size of the palm of a hand came off his body. The stench in his cell was intolerable. Sipo-SD however never managed to get any information out of him … He died under a transportation to Dachau in september 1944. This was however not the only time that Ole Wehus was active during the interrogation of a prisoner. He had tortured and mistreated more than 90 people before the war was over.” (direct translation by me from the Norwegian text).

“Germans deported 644 students to Germany, after Jews, military officers and police officers had suffered the same fate.” (direct translation by me from the Norwegian text).

There is special focus on the ship SS Donau in the book, probably because this was the first “shipment” of un-wanted people (jews). There were more individuals who were deported though not mentioned in the book. Out of the 532 prisoners on SS Donau only 9 survived the war, more deportations (and escapes) followed suit. 767 Jews from Norway were deported during the occupation, the majority ended up in Auschwitz, only 26 survived. Internment camps were also erected in Norway.

“Nasjonal Samling” Norway’s only legal political party during “the occupation” were literally “puppets” for the Germans, they were butting heads though as Germany’s vision for Norway differed. Quisling was very keen on Norway re-gaining its sovereignty and his main ideologue emphasised “Norwegianness” which clashed with Germany’s view of Norwegians as a sub-race to “รœbermensch” Germans. It is believed that Quisling’s main ideologue, along with his wife, was assassinated by the occupants, when his car officially slipped off a ferry drowning him. The couple was apparently asleep in the backseat when it happened, but it wasn’t legal at the time to drive/leave a car with passengers inside the vehicle onto that type of boat. As the men on board were Germans, and things were politically tense, the accident gave birth to conspiracy theories. The Germans were not happy with Norwegian patriotism, but Quisling, funny enough, managed to get a promise from Hitler himself, that Norway was to regain its sovereignty after the war…..

The book reminds me of a real life “Game Of Thrones” in many ways, with all of these different characters, many of them extremely intelligent and successful, competing for control and power. There seems to have been many assassinations carried out by the Norwegian resistance during “the occupation.” ย The most popular targets were Norwegians aiding the Nazis, Quisling even asked for 10 000 personal pistols to “his people” so that they could protect themselves from the rebels.

An interesting character that stood out to me was Halldis Neegaard ร˜stbye who through a letter written to Quisling tried to delay or postpone the Jewish deportation, advocating for imprisonment in Norway instead, as the country was facing so much instability internally that she felt that a “moderate” direction would benefit NS more. ย She also proclaimed that it was “un-aryan” to kill people slowly prolonging the suffering of ones enemies. Yet she also knew what the deportation entailed for the unfortunate victims as she wrote that: “it is granted that “the final solution” should be brought to completion without sentimentality when it comes to securing our own people and Europe from a new Jewish foray.” (my own direct translation based on the Norwegian text). “She meant that ” the jews are no race,” but viewed Judaism as a religious sect where followers had been guilty of inbreeding, isolating themselves from the outer world for centuries.” (my own translation based on the Norwegian text).ย 

It is interesting to note that the Jewish community was criticised since they did not integrate but rather created parallel societies within European countries…….

Even in Norway properties and belongings were confiscated, something that disgusted certain individuals within the Nazi/NS regime as it was seen as tasteless and corrupt theft of other’s property.

There was a lot of internal division. Some nazis were full on supporters of the Germans only, others of only Quisling, the majority of the population probably hated the whole scenario, while some of the resistance fighters appears to have been full on communists. Written about Per Imerslund: These groups formed a left-ish oppostion to NS, who they accused of being a capitalist party managed by freemasons. The Ragnarok-group … was just as anti-capitalist as it was anti-communist.” (translation by you-know-who).

It is also interesting to note that those who were reluctant to partake in the horror-regime were sometimes threatened with deportation themselves from their superiors: ” his subordinates feared him, because he threatened to send them to concentration camps or kill them with his own hands if they disobeyed ย his orders.” ( Written about Ernst Weiner p.173, translated by guess-who).

It was also part of the plot of course to infiltrate the church, the education system and entertainment industry, in order to win the culture war and sway public opinion – and we all know who won that war in the end……*cough*The ghost of Marx*cough*cough*

The book is an interesting read for sure. I think it would have been good if a “map” of all the different Nazis mentioned had been included though, depicting how NS and the various German institutions overlapped, along with the personnel included. Since the perpetrators are presented to the reader in alphabetical order, you’ll find yourself going back and forth within the book to connect the various dots.

I would certainly recommend this book. I liked it.

 

 

We Have Always Lived In The Castle.

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Shirley Jackson’s “We Have Always Lived In The Castle” offers the best literary description of mob mentality and social anxiety that I’ve come across so far. Jackson display her extraordinary ability of realistic descriptions of human beings and their strange quirks. Especially amusing and tragic are her characters attempts at keeping up a normal life, when their circumstances are anything but. The change of atmosphere in the ย Blackwood’s family home at the arrival of their male cousin is very realistic. The relationship between the sisters suffer a strain when the oldest one, realises how miserable her existence is. With the arrival of Charles, Constance longs to escape her suffocating, pantomime of a life. Her character displays clarity for the first time in the story, but only due to a man’s influence. Gravity shifts from Merricat to Charles, who now enters the household as the most dominant character. Both Merricat and Charles are negative forces in their own right, influencing and/or destroying those around them in order to get what they want or to make a point. Charles is more obvious and by shaking up the relationships within the family change the atmosphere of the household completely. Merricat internalize her contempt, is vindictive by nature and more subtle. She displays an “us vs. them” attitude in regards to the villagers, but only in her own thoughts. The ending of the story is very tragic and can be read as a warning of what can happen if someone never leaves their comfort zone. The sisters are pretty much buried alive in a fantasy, that only death will liberate them from.

The book yields few “stand-alone” quotes and has to be enjoyed and valued in its entirety.

” It was a fine April morning when I came out of the library; the sun was shining and the false glorious promises of spring were everywhere, showing oddly through the village grime.”

“Their throats will burn when the words come out, and in their bellies they will feel a torment hotter than a thousand fires.”

My only criticism is the excessive focus on food in the story.

“Trump – The Art Of The Deal” by Donald J.Trump & Tony Schwartz.

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If there is one thing I never really read it is business books, in fact this is the 1st one I’ve ever completed.

The work was recommended to me by my mother who studied economics and is a life-long Trump fan. She had previously read “The Art Of The Deal” many years ago ( it was published in 1987) and bought it again after Trump’s election victory over in the U.S.A.

The work is very easy to read, but not in a dumb or condescending fashion. If you have a curious mind it will keep you occupied into the early morning hours. I finished the book in less than a day. Those who are searching for bigotry will find themselves disappointed as Trump mentions how he likes to hire women since they are so efficient and competent (to paraphrase), among other myth-busting statements. It is also highlighted that part of Trump Tower’s success is that they did not engage in “discrimination” towards potential buyers. Getting hold of an apartment in New York is described as being rather difficult, since you as a person have to be assessed before you’re allowed into “the club.”

The work is off to a strong, but overwhelmingly energetic start, following a typical work-week in Trump’s busy business life. His network is nothing short of impressive and is the first thing that stands out. He lifts up the phone and seem capable of reaching any decision maker in any multi million/billion dollar industry whenever he likes.

What he is depicted as doing comes across as very complex for sure, as he seems to be everywhere and involved with everything at any give time. It certainly sounds like a more cerebral activity than just repeating and focusing on one activity over and over, which is what artists and athletes do.

He displays great “cunning” in his autobiography which would have scored him lots of points with the Vikings or the Greeks. It is nothing short of staggering what one person can accomplish during a lifetime. Donald Trump’s legacy will ring out through the ages I’m sure, after first establishing a business empire, leaving many buildings after himself (in his name), even becoming president of the U.S.A. Movies will be made in due time, probably statues as well.

When talking about his childhood he describes a privileged background in comparison to most. He was groomed for the property business working along his father. It is also mentioned that his grandfather came from Sweden, which instantly made me wonder what Trump’s impression would be if he went over there and saw “Swedish conditions” for himself. A funny story is shared of how Trump built skyscrapers with Lego as a child.

It is of great interest that Trump the adult is depicted as brushing shoulders with the same sort of people who have now all of a sudden thrown him under the bus. My guess is that everybody wanted his money back then and to pose next to a successful, glamorous developer. Trump used to be pop (and still is with his supporters and fans), but was all of a sudden somewhat disowned by an entertainment industry and a media establishment now depicting him as retarded and evil. I’ve previously credited this to him simply being politically conservative.

Questioning the mental capacity of someone who’ve built a business empire, branding him as a “buffoon-reality-show-President,” is nothing short of hilarious. You cannot be an idiot and become successful in the line of work where Trump has made his name. His critics must see him as a threat (he criticises corruption ย within the political establishment in New York in his book), he gets back at his haters (before Twitter-Trump, there was letter-writing-Trump), he was able to get back on his feet after bankruptcy, he has always (by judging from this book) called a spade a spade, he comes across as a real-life monopoly player with an unblemished background after numerous bureaucratic assessments and in addition he is the definition of a capitalist, and I guess that is the issue more than anything else.ย 

More worryingly for his enemies: he is described as engaging in economic “sieges,” certainly adding a militaristic flair to the Trump phenomenon. The business environment is obviously described as competitive and filled with jealousy, so you have that element as well. Maybe there are other businessmen out there who wish they had run for office themselves … there are probably many money-makers out there who wish they were Trump……

In the book he constantly talks about “the market;” it is because of his ability to read “the market” and see “the market,” that he wins. This of course clashes with people from proper old-money, or those who are more elitist in their taste and feel that the “masses” are dull, stupid, uninteresting, you name it. Donald J.Trump is all about understanding what and how to sell. That seldom goes along with arrogance or an outright refusal to “sell out.” He shares his admiration for other people who also cater to whatever “market” that is relevant for the line of work that they are in.

He describes how an artist friend of his makes lots of money by simply pouring paint over a canvass, making a mess, selling it as modern art; ย which is a con-trick I’ve come across myself when I was introduced to an Asian female painter with three studios around the world who made her money by pouring paint unto canvasses, and folding and unfolding said canvasses. This was how she made her money, with eager buyers psychoanalyzing the emotional meaning behind her work…..

This “market” obsession is what a lot of “true” (or much better written: TRVE) artists and musicians turn away from in total disgust. If you choose to do proper classical crossover for example, there will be an understanding that this doesn’t hang as high as catering to the niche, elitist, market of “proper classical music.” Crossover acts sell more records, but that doesn’t really matter….

I also posses a certain snobbish flair when it comes to food and art (which I attribute to being European), but this is something that is only good in certain doses. I have myself turned down certain TV offers in the past, because I felt that appearing on such shows would hurt my brand; like it would taint me somehow. Such behaviour cannot be a constant factor though as you’ll never crossover into the mainstream in any sort of way, which I’ve thankfully done by being visible on some of the most mainstream TV-shows in my country of origin, yet even when I said yes to these things, I knew that there was a certain sense of “selling-out,” yet the opportunities seemed too fun and too good to turn down, and I was very right about that. I love doing TV.

I do know that great art a lot of times isn’t supported by “the market” but need “patronage” in order to survive. History proves this to be the case. People who really have “the attitude” though would scoff at “circus-entertainment,” or anything catering to the so-called “masses” such as a U.S. President eating burgers from McDonald’s. Capitalists such as Trump win financially because they seemingly don’t care about the snobs; offering apartments for sale in New York without discrimination, is a very good example, making a reality-show is another not to forget; bothering about the ordeals of so-called “commoners” like Annabel Hill; which paints the picture of a capitalist with a heart. And what can possibly beat strong leadership combined with compassion?

Even the story of Trump trying to kick out tenants who were paying ridiculously low rent as a result of “rent-control,” is an interesting case study, as these individuals who got a bargain and took advantage of the “system,” felt that they were being harassed when Trump’s people tried to run the building in accordance with the low rent they collected. This was seen as an act of harassment by the tenants. To quote Trump:

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the rich, it’s that they have a very low threshold for even the mildest discomfort.”

“It happens to be very easy to vacate a building if, like so many landlords, you don’t mind being a bad guy. When these landlords buy buildings they intend to vacate, they use corporate names that are difficult to trace. Then they hire thugs to come in with sledgehammers and smash up the boiler, rip out the stairways, and create floods by cutting holes in pipes. They import truckloads of junkies, prostitutes, and thieves and move them into vacant apartments to terrorize holdout tenants. That’s what I call harassment.” (This clearly illustrates “people used as weapons.” Which ย  ย  ย can be compared to how migration is handled by some).

The scenario described illustrates once again how a privileged few, convinced other people not as fortunate as themselves, to gang up together to fight a common enemy whose defeat ultimately would have profited the tenants who had the biggest flats the most. Trump’s dislike of wealthy people taking advantage of rent-controlled apartments can also be a reason as to why some people strongly dislike the current President, since people aren’t too keen on separating with their perks. Many celebrities taking advantage of “rent-control” are mentioned within the book….

Trump ends up fantasizing about offering the homeless his vacant apartments in said condominium, so that snobbish New Yorkers can share their living space with the less-fortunate. He backs down from this idea after his lawyers warn that it will become almost impossible to remove rough sleepers to prepare the building for demolition if he first initiates such an endeavour.

I’m suspecting that I’ve hit the nail somewhat on its head when it comes to why show-biz people have turned their backs so violently on the current U.S.President. Messy, absent-minded, artsy types seem to have an innate disgust towards suit-wearing money-makers like the ones Trump describes in his book. I wonder if the mentality goes both ways as the world described by someone like Donald J. Trump starkly contrasts any music industry related book. There is a personality contrast (on average) I’m suspecting, which is probably why artists have a tendency of being outspokenly anti-corporate, even if benefitting from major corporations and patronage from such people. This “night and day” contrast with deadline averse, unorganised artists on one side, and a no bullshit, no time to waste, mentality on the opposite spectrum, might illustrate my point.ย Artists would ironically enough be able to relate to business guys struggling to get financing for unique and new ideas, but I guess there is no interest in finding common ground if you as an artist hate and fight “the system,” while business people (might) think of artists as annoying, ungrateful, weirdos, with a strange dress-sense.

There are a great number of artists out there who are openly communist and would cringe at the idea of having their music placed in an ad, for example. Rather than seeing this as a golden opportunity, there would be many who would be opposed to such a thing. Licensing music for use in commercials should be the dream of any musician; I personally do not understand the official anti-business stance of a lot of show-biz characters since you are starting a business anyway the moment that you are selling a service or a product. You can might as well think big and aim high.

The greatest comedy in entertainment is when radical artists are in the receiving end of proper corporate backing and feel clever since they feel like they are fighting the machine from within, using capitalist tools. The capitalists also feel clever since they are making a profit off approved opposition and dissent, getting rich off anti-establishment punks, who actually enrich the very institutions that they criticise… This sort of oddity can to a certain degree be witnessed by anti-gun celebrities who’ve made their names by being gun-wielding action heroes, or #MeToo male feminists in show-biz unmasked as sexual predators.ย A box that Donald J. Trump’s critics have tried their best to place him in. The second that “locker-room” talk from the current President could be used as a tool to remove him from the 2016 election, his critics edited out what they needed and jumped at the opportunity to use it, only to see him win in the end anyway. It is particularly telling that the ace up their sleeve now come in the form of a certain lame storm that passed many, many, years ago.

There is a Russia-link funny enough on pages. 26-27 and on page 364 … This book however was published in 1987 and I’m guessing that Trump travelling to the Soviet Union to scout for potential prospects with his first wife doesn’t count… I’m willing to bet that Trump’s critics haven’t bothered to read his book. They should. Maybe they’ll turn around.

When you read “The Art Of The Deal” you get an insight into those who run the world; in other words: those who know how to handle money, make good business deals and don’t want to waste time on bullshit. Trump even meets with a Cardinal.

Politics and the world of real estate are closely linked and certainly puts into question the myth of property-rights in the Western world. I’ve previously mentioned in my entry: “An Insight Into The State of A European Nation โ€“ Election in Norway/Valg i Norge 2017.,” how easily rights gets compromised when red-tape and bureaucracy infringes on what a person can do with his/her property. It contradicts freedom and liberty to have politicians interfere with how or what ย you build on a piece of land that you’ve purchased, unless there is a concern for buildings of a historical value. If we are to have rights in the Western world, it would be good if these could be respected, if not they are merely a mirage….

Politicians are depicted as fishy weather-wanes in Trump’s book, obsessed with their own vanity, living in fear over any bad publicity since this can cost them votes. They are depicted as largely incompetent and untrustworthy.

I particularly enjoyed reading about “value engineering” and “quality control.” I’ve had a ridiculous amount of different addresses in my short life and know how sneaky landlords can be. They paint over blemishes and pretend like nothing, which is why it is crucial to hire a nosy “inspector” if you ever intended to rent, and especially buy something. More often than not you’ll find “fire traps” and/or “hazardous materials.” I would recommend people to smell the walls of their flats and/or houses, in order to detect any mould that has been painted over or any potential rot. It might make you look crazy, but at least you’ll know if someone is trying to be clever…

My favourite chapter was the one about the rebuilding of the Wollman Ice Rink in Central Park.

After reading Donald J. Trump’s book I’m sure that he is thrilled over bureaucrats and feet-dragging within the political establishment that he now finds himself in…

A future President and world-leader can be seen when Trump says: “…I felt there was a bigger issue at stake. I’ve come to believe Ed Koch is so incompetent and destructive to New York that someone has to stand up and say so, publicly.

Nowhere can this President-in-the-making be sensed clearer than in the “What’s Next” section of the work: “ But what I admire most are people who put themselves directly on the line. I’ve never been terribly interested in why people give, because their motivation is rarely what it seems to be, and it’s almost never pure altruism. To me, what matters is the doing, and giving time is far more valuable than giving money. In my life, there are two things I’ve found I’m very good at: overcoming obstacles and motivating good people to do their best work. One of the challenges ahead is how to use those skills as successfully in the service of others as I’ve done, up to now, on my own behalf.

Conclusion: Donald J. Trump comes across as a very likeable guy, sharp, not someone you could easily fool, interested in the whereabouts of real people and what actually happens in the real-world. He comes across as someone critical of a political establishment only interested in enriching itself, and at odds with New York snobbery. He comes across as a successful “man-of-the-people,” in love with everything HUGE and beautiful. Those looking for anything Hitleresque will find themselves disappointed. Read this book whether you like President Trump or not.

More relating to the Trump administration & the US Presidency:

Warriors & Citizens โ€“ American Views of Our Military edited by Kori Schake & Jim Mattis.

Link to An Interview With The White House Chief of Staff.

Amusing Articles From The Political Correctness Police โ€ฆ

โ€œDecision Pointsโ€ by George W. Bush.

A Crash Course In Politics. (What It Is And What It Is Not).

4 Things I really like and agree with from “The Art Of The Deal”

  1. It doesn’t matter if you own something a 100% if what you own is worthless.
  2. It doesn’t matter if you have a stellar product if no one ever hears about it.
  3. There are lots of people out there with unfulfilled potential because they were never put in a setting where they could properly bloom.
  4. ย Leading a meritocratic operation will get out the best in people.

Selected Quotes from “The Art Of The Deal”

” … politicians don’t care too much about what things cost. It’s not their money.”

“You can’t ย be imaginative or entrepreneurial if you’ve got too much structure.”

“… if you’re right, you’ve got to take a stand, or people will walk all over you.”

“The way I see it, critics get to say what they want to about my work, so why shouldn’t I be able to say what I want about theirs?” – after writing a letter to a critic who ” …was knocking a design he hadn’t even looked at yet.”

“That experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you’re generally better off sticking with what you know. And the third is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make.”

“The worst things you can possibly do in a deal is seem desperate to make it.”

“It pays to trust your instincts.”

“The state official who cross-examined Hefner said afterward that several commissioners hadn’t liked Hefner’s demeanour and style on the witness stand.” On why some get licenses from the bureaucracy and why some don’t.

“There is nothing to compare with family if they happen to be competent, because you can trust family in a way you can never trust anyone else.”

“To this day not many people or companies are willing to go through the nightmare of licensing in New Jersey, which gives Nevada a big advantage in attracting new investors.”

Trump on the business of Sport: ” Porter bluntly outlined a multipart plan for declaring total war on our league, by employing numerous anti-competitive strategies. His two-and-a-half-hour presentation was divided into sections such as “Offensive Strategies,” “Guerrilla Warfare,” and “The Art of War – China 500 B.C.”

Trump on politicians: ” It’s fortunate for those city officials that they chose to go into city government rather than business. The deal they were suggesting was far worse for the city than the one I’d originally offered. I wasn’t about to fight them at my ย own expense.”

“…raise the possibility of bad press, even in an obscure publication, and most politicians will jump.”

“It irritates me that critics, who’ve neither designed nor built anything themselves, are given carte blanche to express their views in the pages of major publications, whereas the targets of their criticism are almost never offered space to respond.”

Trump on celebrity buyers of his apartments: ” Obviously, we were a natural choice for people connected with show business, in the sense that we’d created something very glamorous.”

“The truth is that we never hired anyone to do public relations, and every star who bought an apartment – Johnny Carson, Steven Spielberg, Paul Anka, Liberace – and many others – came to us.”

 

 

 

Link to An Interview With The White House Chief of Staff.

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This is a very good interview with The White House Chief of Staffย (ret.) Marine Gen. John F. Kelly

I also came across this article yesterday:ย Trump’s Catholic Warriors.ย Really cool.

A bonus article from theย National Catholic Registerย about the Met Gala. Very well written.

For Female Readers, Vol.II

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When I started out playing my instrument I found it very discouraging that the only thing that women in bands spoke about when interviewed was “sexism.” I contemplated not pursuing what I wanted since other female musicians constantly complained, painting a picture of a very dangerous and anti-female industry.

This was one of the reasons as to why I made a conscious decision to be more optimistic and upbeat whenever I was asked about being a female in music, because I didn’t want young women to walk away from their passion. Music and entertainment is all about ideas and I fear that much valuable input and diversity can be lost if young female writers and creatives turn their back on their dreams. It is more productive to look forward and approach life in an upbeat way!

Yet what I’ve come across of articles these last few months are shocking and beggar belief, due to their grotesque nature. Whatever stories I’ve come across certainly describe genuinely dangerous behaviour, stories that make my own experiences with real sexism pale in comparison.

Nothing has probably shaken me more than the revelations regarding the dubious cult “Nexium,” where women were recruited by female celebrities to become slaves of an extremely unattractive bizarro known as “The Vanguard.” This cult was promoted as a self-help, self-improvement group….

While that caught my attention I couldn’t avoid hearing about a somewhat similar story:ย Eric Schneiderman.

When you know that these type of predators are for real it makes the extensive data-gathering (and sharing of private information) that we are currently experiencing even more spooky. Not to forget the so-called “dark web.”

You have to be careful when it comes to what you joke about and what you casually throw out there without thinking. Before you know it you’ll get approached by weirdos seeking to “empower you” by introducing you to “The Vanguard” or whatever! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Freaky.

& speaking of whichย this is the kind of stuff that I would joke about. Only that this chick actually meant it. Good heavens. Nuts. Hysterical to read about though ๐Ÿ˜€ But probably not for the guy who experienced this craziness.

Anyway, such a shame that there are people like Schneiderman & Weinstein out there. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I hope the victims can get back some light in their lives โค

https://nypost.com/video/schneiderman-thought-he-was-above-the-metoo-movement/

US President Trump’s Haters, Vol.II – The Lousiest Puppet Show.

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I haven’t really written much about the never-ending political drama unfolding on both sides of the atlantic lately, but I’ve certainly had my thoughts…

I’m not sure how anyone can justify ย the amount of exposure rewarded to a certain “storm-of-a-non-weather nature,” I’m certainly asking myself why on earth I even know about such a thing … if we lived in the age of my great-grandparents then maybe I could have understood the desperate attempt at creating some sort of scandal, but it is all a play to the gallery, not that I’m sure who’s watching or who cares.

While a certain administration is probably celebrating the return of three liberated hostages, the pacification of an Asian nuisance with the worst hairdo in the pantheon of villains, jobs brought back thanks to a magic wand, and a myriad of other accomplishments; there are other forces desperately trying their best to “isolate” the US President or to make him miserable by breaking up his family and undermining whatever cohesion that is necessary for his administration to work.

The cherry on top of the pie is how people who openly support said President, (or other politicians like him over here in Europe), will get heckled/trolled online and/or in the media, so as to discourage other people from supporting their views, attempting to create an illusion of ideological dominance, that is nothing but false; in addition to making the target feel alienated and hated by everyone, which is also false.

It’s a witch hunt and a lame one indeed.

Meanwhile on the other side of the pond … it is said that the leaders of our continent are saddened by Trump pulling out of the Iran deal and want to do their best to keep the initiative alive. The USA is letting everyone know who is boss (if you think about the Tweets, America visibly going its own way, etc;) and that the glory days of European leverage is long gone, unless something drastic happens on this side of the Atlantic. An important thing to keep in mind if European Nations want trade deals where we aren’t sold poisonous chicken and other dubious foodstuffs. We are diseased enough as it is already….

When I reviewed โ€œWhere To Invade Nextโ€ by Michael Moore., I mentioned that one of the reasons as to why we’ve been allowed to spend a lot on Utopian projects in Europe is because our Nation States have relied on the American Empire’s Military to have Europe’s back. Maybe our leadership will wake up and realise that such priorities are reckless. We have enemies within and without and our culture needs to change in order to face new challenges. The Nations of Europe cannot expect victory without a serious boost in morale internally, and for this to happen there has to be a change in narrative, so that people know that they are not being lied to as they open up their front door and step out to face the new reality of the New-Europe; a derelict post-modern construct erected upon maggot infested delusional ideas, in desperate need of a reset back to the old, if our part of the world is to continue. It is a great enough challenge to cope with inter-ethnic diversity for any continent.

The U.S.A. and the various nations of Europe both West & East have to stand together, including Australia, Russia and Canada. This is more important than all other exotic alliances. Just take a look at what’s happening in South Africa. There have been many white people who’ve been chased out of Africa without anything. Where do we go if we end up being chased out of Europe as well?

I struggle to see why anyone in the U.S.A. would champion excessive liberalism if you contemplate how an Anglo-Saxon construct in a completely alien territory came to be in the first place. If your ancestors are successful conquerors, it doesn’t resemble anything that you would facilitate a similar victory for other groups on the land that you’ve inherited. Maybe American youths need to learn a bit more about their own history. Then they would know the importance of a wall, secure borders and demographics. Not to forget that Americans did not “invent” slavery. There should be no need to school Europeans on these things, after all, haven’t we had an ongoing problem with a certain expansionist cult for centuries? A certain cult that was pushed out from wherever it had gained ground ? Why do we have all of these fine fortresses and castles of ours? Can someone please remind me? And if our Nation States vowed “Never Again” after WW2, then why lay the groundwork for one hell of a mess?

Love Thy Neighbour As Thyself………

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The place where I live is absolutely lovely … there is just one tiny, little thing that doesn’t quite work:ย When Your Neighbour Surveils You Without Permission.

Yes that’s right. Back to that minuscule detail again….

This year I decided that I was going to get back to my organic, vegan, vegetable growing practise; but decided to think bigger, and hopefully better. ย This year I have ambitious plans and decided to brave the elements by cleaning out the whole lot. Back in the day when my lovely Dragon was still with me I constantly had to wade through super long, horrible weeds to get to the faucet; but now I decided to annihilate everything in my way. A funny detail to note is that some of my neighbours had decided that they wanted to plant something, but rather than clearing out everything, they just took what they wanted, so as you can tell, I’ve literally surrounded their patches; in addition I’ve also created a new path to make access easy to the aforementioned faucet.

Since I was the only one who bothered to clean up everything, I decided that this is now all mine to do what I want with; but was of course very happy when my family decided to get involved with my expansionist vision. The more the merrier, and the more the more muscle power, which is sorely needed when you’ve decided to clear out other parts of the garden as well! This project has now become a major family affair. This is good news as I’m extremely keen on “prepping.” The preparedness level of people in general is horrendous. Modern people have no idea about how to survive, unless operating within a high-functioning, convenient, modern setting. Remember: we were the only people who had a working fire-place this winter! This enabled us to cook food on the open fire and keep warm when the power was down!!!

While I was engaged in the initial project of clearing out the big patch pictured, even finishing my cleaning business off by crawling on all fours to get the last annoying roots out of my way, a most unpleasant character, with no interest in the vegetable patch at all whatsoever decided to make a guest appearance and harass me, since I had the audacity to sit there and actually clear out the whole thing. I was not the only one who was treated like crap; one of the two gardeners who work at the property was threatened with getting fired since he dared to neglect his garden duties for 5 min. while speaking to me about compost…….

I do not think of it as good taste to write negatively about others or start fights, unless there is a very good reason for it. I was very angry when I published my 1st entry about one of my neighbours; since she was breaking the law by spying on not just me, but everyone else who lives here as well. In addition there were other vicious things; but the spy camera really sealed the deal for me. Even though the police was involved it took forever before the cameras were eventually taken down, in fact the police couldn’t scare her, she actually wrote an email and complained to them about their parking after they had spoken to her … eventually it was some new-comers to the property who managed to get her to remove them; yes she actually added another one after everyone had complained!

That neighbour in particular was so overly contact seeking that I couldn’t walk out of my front door without getting hijacked ย by her every time, in the beginning when I lived here. Wherever I or anyone else in the family went she appeared; and this is someone who has shouted and/or harassed anyone remotely associated with this building. Whether visitors, guests, tenants, owners, contractors, lost tourists, workers; you name it.

The neighbour who decided to pay me a visit and make me feel like crap the other day, was another colourful character who wondered if I had received “permission” to sit there and remove the weeds (that nobody else on the property have bothered about) as if though I was some kind of naughty intruder. The very unpleasant neighbour also appeared but kept herself in the background, since she is not allowed to have any contact with us; she did take the liberty to scold the gardener though, as one does, (if full of crap). A fun fact is that they both came “running” out of the house the second that they saw that we were getting garden tools out to do something in that area. It didn’t even take 10 min. before they came out in full force.

The reason as to why I bother to mention this uninteresting episode is because it illustrates how unfair certain people are in their treatment of others. How arrogant some are. How petty. How conflict seeking, and how difficult it can truly be to deal with such people and situations…

A funny thing to note is that there are others who’ve obsessed a lot over ill-treatment at the hands of the evil people who live on this property, and in such situations it is of course natural to utter things such as: “Don’t think about it” or “just ignore it.”

It is especially a sign of being new to this estate that people cannot stop talking about how the place seems like a mental-asylum … I truly have no idea why people would get that impression….*cough*cough*cough*

Yet yesterday I found myself in the same situation that so many others have found themselves in. I really struggled to let go and not talk about the pettiness and bad behaviour.

It was a reminder of how some people seem to just exist to be a pest to all of those unfortunate enough to be around them; and the worst part is that if you don’t stand your ground and speak up for yourself you’ll only lose. You’ll literally be forced into a conflict situation by petty people who have nothing better to do with their time but to make others feel miserable.ย What a waste of everyone’s time and energy. What a waste indeed.

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Nothing is more beautiful than a dead tree coming back to life!