It’s A Mad World

When it rains, it pours.

What a world we’re living in.

It’s fascinating to watch the obvious (and painfully slow) train wreck happening, while at the same time most of the rest of the world appear to be oblivious to what is going on.

Whoever designed this video game called life is a genius!

How does one create something out of nothing? I don’t know, but many managed to do it: fake boogeymans, fake currency, fake news, fake and inflated egos… it’s near impossible to find something that isn’t fake in today’s world, actually.

We’re living in interesting times. And it’s about to get even more interesting by the looks of it.

Okay, not THAT interesting yet… But we’ll get there. Don’t you worry.

All I really wanted to do was to return to Japan and enjoy life there, but instead I’m here freezing my butt off in the cold North while watching the world around me burst into flames. Here’s hoping the heat reaches Finland soon enough.

Considering our AI overlords haven’t cut all means of communication (yet), I guess we can spend a moment contemplating what will lead to the inevitable collapse of just about everything.

Back to the stone age we go.

But first:

How Did We Get Here?

Source: Stephen Hui

I guess there are many ways one could approach this question. One could start from the beginning of time. What actually happened? Who or what or how was the universe created? But let’s not go there right now. It would be indecent to spoil the fun of discovery from the reader.

Let’s instead focus on more recent history. World War One began with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. He and his wife were killed by a man named Gavrilo Princip and several other revolutionist students, together with some members from the Black Hand (a secret military society). This event then caused the First World War, where the Triple Entente (France, Russia, and Britain) fought against the Triple Alliance (Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy). It sounds a bit like describing a football match, but this is the official story and we shall not question it.

What happened during the war?

For the purposes of this article, I’m not going to explain the whole story. I’m just going to point out that it was during World War I when European governments introduced border passports in order to control emigration of people with useful skills (in other words, to keep people from leaving). These procedures remained after the war and later became standardized.

Tourists complained at the time that they didn’t like the passports and felt uncomfortable with the idea of having to carry a license with their photograph and their physical attributes.

It wasn’t the first time in history passports were introduced, but it has been since then that it has been a standard.

Passport were standardized in 1980 under the observation by the specialized UN funding agency ICAO. The standardization caused passports to also contain a machine-readable part. Passports have since evolved to also contain biometric data, together with a RFID chip.

After 911, the air travel industry went through a phase of changes. Because of the attacks people didn’t travel as much, which eventually meant that smaller airlines and airports went bust, which then led to consolidation of these industries. Due to the consolidation, certain new procedures were added to the travel routine. Long lines (as a result of added security procedures), full body security scanners/checks and lower quality travel became the new standard.

Since 2020, travelling has been made even more infuriating. Notice how once a procedure is added, it is never later removed.

“Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.”

Milton Friedman

Interesting passport and air travel development over the years.

What happened after the war?

Treaty of Versailles was signed between the Entente Powers (France, Britain, Russia, Italy, Japan, and the United States) and the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, Bulgaria).

Treaty of Versailles was the peace treaty that ended the state of war at the time. This treaty there also contained the War Guilt clause (also known as Article 231) that caused Germany to disarm and reduce the size of its army, make territorial concessions and pay war reparations to the Entente Powers. The total cost of the reparations would be an estimate of around 132 billion gold marks at the time (442 billion dollars today). Quite the hefty sum, and some even called it excessive at the time.

Needless to say, Germany suffered economically from these reparations.

Source: Aditya Joshi

The World War I ended in 1918, and it also led to the creation of the Weimar Republic (the federal constitutional republic of Germany from 1918 to 1933).

The Weimar Republic is perhaps best known for its hyperinflationary period from 1918 to 1923, but there were other problems as well, such as political murders and assassinations and at least two attempts at a military coup.

In 1924 Germany was able to bring its economy back to it tracks as well as its political climate. With this being the case, Germany benefitted from “roaring twenties” together with the rest of the world. This was until the Global Economic Crisis hit the world in 1929, and it was also then when Germany was back in pit with its economy. The unemployment was already high, but Germany’s President Hindenburg used emergency powers to cause further havoc, which then resulted in even more economic and political turmoil in the country. This led to even more unemployment in the country.

In 1933, President Hindenburg appointed Adolf Hitler as the Chancellor at the head of a coalition government. By the end of March that year, the Reichstag Fire Decree and the Enabling Act of 1933 were used to create a (perceived) state of emergency, which gave Hitler the power to act outside the parliamentary control. This made Hitler the de facto dictator and single-party ruler of Germany. The Second World War followed soon after these events.

The Third Reich lasted until 1945. The war bit is more of distraction, so let’s skip it for the purposes of this article.

By the way, any of this sound familiar?

What happened after the Second World War?

Europe got split up between the East and the West. Between them the “Iron Curtain.”

Soviet Union was left to do its thing. The thing it was doing didn’t work, and it was eventually dissolved between 1988 and 1991.

The West created the European Coal and Steel Community, which became the European Economic Community, which then became the European Union in 1993. The original purpose was to prevent war between France and Germany, and to help the member nations trade natural resources with one another. The EU became a monetary union between 1999 and 2002. Not everyone agreed or understood what the implications were, but history moves on.

United Nations were created in 1945 in place of League of Nations. Fiver major Allied powers were at the helm of the United Nations Security Council during its creation: United States of America, the United Kingdom, France, the Soviet Union and the Republic of China. To this day, these countries are the five permanent members of the Security Council (with the Soviet Union being replaced by Russia, and the Republic of China meaning the mainland China).

In 1948, the UN adopted The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Soviet Union didn’t vote on it. The US did not ratify the social and economic rights sections.

History can teach us and remind us of certain things. History also has the bad habit of repeating itself. Humanity never seems to learn from history, but at least the individual can.

What we just went through was a rather brief look back at historical events. The reader is free to do his or her own research further into these matters.

Hint: the wars themselves usually aren’t as interesting as what happened before and after the event(s).

Here’s a song that says it all about war, and human nature (lyrics):

Gotta divide it all right in two

History is interesting enough, but we must be on our way.

Disasters On The Horizon

Source: mostafa meraji

Ever since 911 we’ve been on a accelerated downward spiral towards humanity’s doom.

Technology enabled us to advance too quickly for the human mind to fully comprehend it all.

Having been born in the 90’s myself, I can still somewhat remember what it was like without all the devices. I also got to travel a little bit before it was made so restrictive.

At the same time, I don’t remember ever having lived in the “good times,” so to say. In the early 90’s there was a recession, in the late 90’s to early 2000’s we had the tech boom and bust, followed up by 2007/8 financial crisis. All of this happened before I fully understood what was really going on.

There was a time in history when this boom/bust cycle wasn’t on a constant repeat. For a while I couldn’t really put my finger on the why, but there was something artificial about it. Then I realized the game was rigged from the start.

But instead of dwelling on it, let’s skip ahead to today.

The global economy is slowing down. To the more observant, this was obvious as soon as the restrictions hit. Unfortunately, only a few seem to have gotten the memo.

First things first, there’s an energy crisis is looming ahead (well, it’s already here):

Thank you for all the research, Neil.

Energy prices are already high as they are. It doesn’t help that there’s this “greening of the economy” happening at the same time. Sooner than later, reality is about to hit fantasy on the nose, hard.

In Europe energy prices have gone up anywhere between 10 to 50%, depending on where you look. I saw a news story where someone paid over 1 000 euros for their personal (household) energy bill in the Northern part of Finland. That’s more than what some pay for their rent. And it’s going to get worse.

Energy prices will lead to a food crisis:

It’s not energy alone that is the cause of this problem. It is more complicated than that.

There’s higher demand in general. Transportation costs have gone up (and will continue to go up), together with supply chain disruptions (did you know that thousands of truckers are protesting the goings-on in both Canada and Australia?). There are obvious labour shortages. Droughts and flooding were/are a thing. People are stockpiling (as should the reader…), and much more.

What one must understand, I and many others knew the food crisis was coming years ago. There are attempts at trying to explain it away by using unusual weather events as a cover, but much of it is a manmade problem.

As the energy and food crisis is happening, this means that the economy will slow down as well. Though, this is kind of like the chicken and the egg problem, which one came first? Neither is the answer in this case, and they also happen to feed off of each other.

With the inflation surging, it should eventually hit the stock market (we’ve seen some of that action recently):

Thank you for going through the data once again, Steven.

High inflation should lead to lower prices in the more speculative sections of the market.

Though, some believe “fed put” is a thing and thus, the market will never go down! Actually, I think Yellen said something to that effect as well. Don’t worry about it then.

But that’s not all, there are also rumours of wars all around the globe as well:

Thanks, George.

There’s some tensions building up between Ukraine and Russia, and as a result of that the EU, Nato and rest of the world.

Personally, I don’t think anything will happen. It all seems like theatre; a distraction from something else. But who knows, it certainly would make things more interesting.

That’s not the only place on Earth where tensions are rising:

Thank you for the excellent reporting, Chris.

The Beijing Olympics will be held this year. Quite soon actually. So, I’m not sure how this scenario could play out, but it is a possibility. Not sure how high the probability ends up being in this case.

But it’s not just what is happening in America, Europe and Asia. I recommend the reader pays attention to Africa as well. A coup happened in Burkina Faso. On top of this, leaders have been mysteriously disappearing all across the continent since 2020. You know, “disappearing” like the president of Haiti disappeared in 2021.

It’s impossible to keep up with it all honestly. Welcome to the New World Disorder I suppose:

A fine discussion between Doug Casey and Jake Ducey.

It’s a great discussion. I have nothing much to add to it. The world’s gone barking mad, or perhaps this was always the case.

With all these news piling up, one could say the end is near. But so was the case in the 90’s, the 2000’s and even 2010’s.

Perhaps it is time for humanity to experience an enema (the song is from 1996, and couldn’t be more relevant today):

Listen to the lyrics. Learn to swim.

Part of me is praying humanity finds its way back to reason. The other part of me is praying we see Armageddon soon, as I don’t see the first scenario happening.

I recommend having a laugh about it all. It is beyond insane where the world is at and where we’re going.

And let me just remind you, this is the President of the free world:

I recommend following JP for… news content?

Not that anyone believes its him pulling the strings anymore, but he’s the perfect representative for the world as it currently is.

Let’s make a detour and have a look at Finland, shall we?

Nobody Cares About Finland

Source: Romanas

Oh yea, I forgot about that.

Well, let’s do it anyway.

Regional elections were held in Finland. Less than 50% of the population voted. Of the (less than) 50% that voted, many decided to protest vote by voting on parties they normally wouldn’t. This essentially means that roughly 30 to 40% of the population of Finland actually support the government and its doings at this point.

The Coalition party got most of the votes. The Coalition party is seen as the snobbish elite type party who only cares about businesses and the banksters. I assume they got the most votes this time because people realized the ultra left is not the way to go. At least the Coalition party has people with some business and economic sense in it, which is a rare trait in other political parties in Finland.

That being said, the Coalition party voted for the joint loan between EU nations, essentially handing away Finland’s sovereignty. They could’ve voted no as well and changed the outcome, but it would have led to worldwide recession much sooner. Some more backbone would’ve been appreciated, but it was also seemingly a difficult decision to make.

I suppose the most optimistic/hopeful voters (those who believe politics will change things…) chose to vote for the Coalition party. In a way, the right party won.

The Green Party suffered severe losses. I guess people finally figured out that the Green Party, and any other “green” agenda, is actually a watermelon: green on the outside, red on the inside.

I’ll just point out the obvious. This is the Prime Minister of Finland:

She is also part of the WEF’s Young Global Leaders ‘Community.’

Finland has adopted the Sustainable Economic Goals, touted by the WEF, together with the rest of Europe.

She also appeared on the cover of Time Magazine:

They actually gave her the “devil horns.”

I don’t really understand how she is supposedly so influential all of a sudden? I mean… We’re talking about the Prime Minister of Finland. Not to take anything away from her or Finland as a country, but in the grand scheme of things, it isn’t exactly the biggest global player in the world now is it? Or perhaps I’m not privy to some arcane knowledge.

I see no one talking about her in the global news (well, Elon Musk did tweet about her, but that’s about it). Where is the supposed influence coming from?

Side note: Trump got the “devil horns” treatment as well on his Time Magazine cover, and then he was linked to Hitler, who was also on the cover once upon a time.

Finland is a high trust society. By default, trust isn’t easily gained in this country. But once you do gain our trust, it is difficult to lose it. If you somehow manage to lose it… it is near-impossible to get it back.

The police and the army have both (according to the mainstream media) shown to be reluctant to follow the wills of the politicians as of late. And so have the people. The latest election results pay homage to these findings.

The milk’s been spilled all over the floor already, but perhaps the politicians still have a chance at winning back the trust of the people. Time will tell whether they manage to do it or not. Personally, I’m not too optimistic (though, this is probably the most obvious point of the entire article).

When I talk to my foreign friends about Scandinavia, they say “Oh, you mean Sweden?” When I mentioned Finland, they go “It’s not really part of Scandinavia, you know.” This is true. Finland isn’t really a part of anything. Nobody cares about Finland, but I was hoping at least the Finnish people and politicians did.

Let’s talk about the other stuff.

The Other Stuff

It was during the 2008 to 2010 period when I realized what really was going on. It hit me hard at the time. It made me lose focus on give up on life for a moment.

By 2015, I was finally able to come to terms with it. It was also around that time that the bad news started to pile up even further.

If you don’t play video games, you probably don’t know about the whole Gamergate debacle. I’m not going to go into it too much, but basically it was a bunch of feminists blowing things out of proportion. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but it ended up spelling the end of creativity in video game development, and “it” (the social correctness) even spread to Hollywood movies and other popular culture.

The creators and writers of movies, comics and games today are, in general, morally bankrupt. They lack backbone and do not have any ideas of their own. This is because they are afraid of the backlash that may come from having the “wrong ideas.” Comedy is for the most part dead, too. All of these are now used to spread the socially correct ideas to people (also known as propaganda). It is difficult to find a piece of media that doesn’t toe the line of social correctness.

People are afraid to say what they really think. This leads of self-censorship, and thus, nobody talks about potentially dangerous problems anymore. It is socially incorrect to do so.

Yuri Bezmenov warned about this. It is all part of the demoralization of the public:

It was easy to target and bully socially recluse people (gamers), but as the movement spread, it gained ground and destroyed everything in its wake. It became the mainstream culture.

Europe has suffered greatly from this social correctness. It was also socially incorrect to talk about the problems caused by it. But I suppose things are so far down the toilet now that people can finally talk about it without getting completely banned from life.

This is what happens thanks to “social correctness”:

Many have never heard of the rape gangs of Europe. Or the ghettos. Or what happened in Germany, Cologne in 2015, New Year’s Eve (where about 80 women were raped by migrants).

According to this 2016 article, Germany is facing a rape crisis:

  • Only one in 10 rapes in Germany is reported and just 8% of rape trials result in convictions, according to Minister of Justice Heiko Maas.
  • Up to 90% of the sex crimes committed in Germany in 2014 do not appear in the official statistics, according to André Schulz, the head of the Association of Criminal Police.
  • “There are strict instructions from the top not to report offenses committed by refugees. It is extraordinary that certain offenders are deliberately NOT being reported about and the information is being classified as confidential.” — High-ranking police official in Frankfurt, quoted in Bild.

All of this was directly taken from the article.

This was 2016. Things have only escalated and gotten worse since then. Media doesn’t report on it, and online people are (were?) being silenced for talking about it… why?

This is just to point that the downward spiral of humanity has been an on-going process for a long, long time, and it’s been getting progressively worse. 2020 was NOT the year everything went wrong. It simply was the result of everything that happened before.

It is bewildering to me people do not notice the path we’re on. The path we’ve been on. Not just for a moment, but for decades, if not centuries.

That’s a story for another time perhaps. We’ve got other places to be.

The World Is A Mirror

Source: Jonathan Forage

The world is a mirror. Everything you put out there will eventually be reflected back at you.

If you think of negative things, negative things will come to you. If you think positively, your day might be a little brighter tomorrow.

It’s good to keep this in mind, but its also prudent to be realistic about your own situation.

In the grand scheme of things, humanity itself is a reflection of its values and morals.

Humanity gets the leaders it deserves. And the leaders get the people it deserves. Today it is a perfect match: both humanity itself and its leaders are totally and completely morally bankrupt.

Let’s take the biblical route this time.

You know how the Bible says man is created in the image of God? One can’t really see or say that of people today (myself included, by the way). Nobody’s perfect, so don’t beat yourself over it too harshly.

Well, since humanity has fallen so far from grace, what has replaced the good values and morals? Here’s a list everyone knows:

  • Lust
  • Gluttony
  • Greed
  • Sloth
  • Wrath
  • Envy
  • Pride

It’s the seven deadly sins. And the humanity is full of it today.

Maybe there was something to it after all.

One could say that the devil, Satan, is trying to take what God has created, twist it, and the current state of the world is his attempt to create a world and humanity in his image instead. If that is the case, then he has been more than successful at his job.

Lust? Look at OnlyFans and the like.

Gluttony? AMERICA… I mean, everything’s bigger in the land of the free.

Greed? I don’t have enough fingers to point.

Sloth? Guilty as charged.

Wrath? Look at social media.

Envy? Number one cause of depression and suicide today.

Pride? It is always the boastful to stand out the most, and not always for the best of reasons.

Source: Tyler Lastovich

The Bible recommend people repent during the end times. Not quite sure whether we’re there yet, or if the Bible itself is entirely (or at all) true, but at least the individual can rid him or herself of these sins, one by one.

Lust: Chastity or self-control. The opposite of “Do as thou wilt.” Use the energy for the good of others instead.

Gluttony: Don’t eat as much. If you aren’t fit, you’ll end up being a burden to others… but mostly to yourself.

Greed: Charity cures greed. Give something to others and don’t just hoard everything. Giving this way also means not expecting anything in return.

Sloth: The Bible recommends using diligence or zeal to cure slothfulness. Certainly works for me at times.

Wrath: Patience and understanding. Let God be the judge. World is a mirror after all; they will get what they deserve.

Envy: Kindness is the cure. A desire to help others (rather than only oneself) will replace any kind of envy.

Pride: Humility cures pride. This is the most obvious one on the list, but somehow it is also one of the more difficult ones to cure.

There is no way humanity is ready to heed this message at this current moment, but perhaps it will in the coming months and years.

It’s going to get rocky from here.

You don’t have to be a religious fanatic to see some value in teaching in the Bible. The teaching often make sense on logical level, too. The book isn’t all about spirituality. Parts of it are just good common sense, believe it or not.

One could also take the path of self-improvement to reach same goals. Works well for many, and I personally recommend it.

Here are some somber words from king of taco’s sitting on top of the cardboard kingdom:

Time to finish this article.

It’s Going To Get Weird

Source: Bruce Warrington

The history is full of examples of this.

Angels sitting on the sideline, puzzled and amused.

Why did Father give these humans free will? Now they’re all confused.

Monkey killing monkey killing monkey over pieces of the ground.

Don’t these talking monkeys know that Eden has enough to go around?

Apparently not.

4 thoughts on “It’s A Mad World

  1. Dear Joseph

    Hello from the UK. Many, many thanks for this post. I care about Finland and the rest of the world while I am about it! I read a very interesting book about someone from the UK travelling through along the EU Iron Curtain border on a cycle route. He spent the start in a bitterly cold mainly snowy Finland. I don’t know how he did it and I am a keen cyclist myself.

    I know a little about Finland, mainly via the Winter war with Russia in 1940 which I read up about again more recently via the book above.

    As regards the end times we are in them and have been since the madness started in 2020. By my reckoning, April 1st, April Fools’ day here in the UK. The day has not yet ended.

    As regards your comment ‘One could say that the devil, Satan, is trying to take what God has created, twist it, and the current state of the world is his attempt to create a world and humanity in his image instead. If that is the case, then he has been more than successful at his job.’

    This is true. But he is a twit, and quite mad. I call him loopy Lucy now. He will not win. The Bible makes this clear.

    Many thanks again, and may I take the opportunity to wish you a very happy new year.

    Kind regards

    Baldmichael Theresoluteprotector’sson

    Please excuse the nom-de-plume, this is as much for fun as a riddle for people to solve if they wish.

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    1. Hey Michael,

      Thank you for the comment.

      I had a look at your blog, funny stuff! I personally can’t and won’t be talking about the big cough in detail here. People should do their own research regarding it. I have a ‘colourful’ base of readers, and so I’m sticking mostly to my areas of expertise + other weird personal opinions.

      I’m not too worried about the goings-on in the world. It is mad to be sure, but it’ll be fine in the end.

      I wish you a happy new year as well.

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      1. Hi there. Thank you. Well, as I say people should always double check everything, including what I write.

        So many don’t and just follow the herd to their destruction. It will turn out just fine as you say (but not perhaps for those who let themselves be destroyed).

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      2. Those who want to be fooled, will be fooled.

        Father gave them free will, and this is what they choose.

        It’s a soul test. There’s nothing to worry about.


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