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The other day, I posted on the Democratic Party origins of the fake Russian narrative used against President Donald Trump.

This post will explain further why the Democrats are opportunistic hypocrites, especially when it comes to Russia.

Last year, I summarised the Clintons’ and Podestas’ close links to Russia: the uranium deal and banking connection, respectively. The latter popped up in the Panama Papers. If you are unfamiliar with either of those topics, please read my post. You can’t get much closer to a warm, comfy relationship with the Russians than the Clintons and the Podesta brothers.

Two prominent Democrats currently braying the most about Trump’s supposed Russian connections — again, a fabrication — are Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA).

In March 2017, Schumer was intent on finding out the ‘truth’ about Trump’s notional Russian connections. Trump’s director of social media replied with pictorial evidence from 2003 of one of Schumer’s own meetings with none other than the man himself, Vladimir Putin:

Trump had tweeted the same picture that day with this comment:

We should start an immediate investigation into @SenSchumer and his ties to Russia and Putin. A total hypocrite!

Heavy reported on the tweets and Schumer’s love-in with Russia (emphases mine):

The photo originates from September 2003, when Putin visited New York to celebrate the first Lukoil gas station opening in the U.S. after it bought Getty Petroleum in 2000 and began re-branding Getty stations. According to press reports at the time, Putin did not make any public remarks and was only at the gas station convenient store for 10 minutes. That was long enough for Schumer to give Putin a Krispy Kreme doughnut. Lukoil President Vagit Alekperov was also at the meeting.

“When I showed the president of Russia a Krispy Kreme doughnut and he ate it and said it was good, that was one of the more surreal moments I’ve had in politics,” Schumer said at the time.

After Putin left the scene, Schumer told reporters that it was good for the U.S. to have a gas station owned by a company based in a non-OPEC country. “The more competition there is in oil, particularly against OPEC, the better New York will do and the better America will do,” Schumer said.

Schumer also wrote a 2008 Wall Street Journal op-ed, in which he said Russia needed to take a big role in talks with Iran during the George W. Bush administration.

The back-and-forth between the president and Schumer came just a day after Attorney General Jeff Sessions agreed to recuse himself from any potential investigation into Russian ties with the Trump campaign and the election, if one was to happen.

Sessions’s recused himself because:

he met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice in 2016, before the election.

That wasn’t enough for Schumer, though. On March 2, he took the hypocritical high moral ground:

Schumer said Sessions should resign from his post as attorney general. He called on the Trump administration to agree on the creation of an independent counsel to investigate.

On May 17, the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed the independent counsel, former FBI director Robert Mueller.

As for Pelosi:

Politico reported:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday that she’s never met with the current Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak …

But a file photo from Pelosi’s 2010 meeting with Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev shows Kislyak at the table across from Pelosi — then House speaker — and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). Medvedev had been in the country for a meeting with President Barack Obama a day earlier and stopped in on Capitol Hill to meet with congressional leaders as well.

Note the semantics that Pelosi’s spokesman used:

Asked to square Pelosi’s comments with the photo of the meeting, a spokesman said Pelosi simply meant she never had a solo meeting with Kislyak.

“Of course, that’s what she meant,” said the spokesman, Drew Hammill. “She has never had a private one-on-one with him.”

It’s not wrong for either party to meet with Russian officials as part of their work.

The issue is that Democrats are denying their own meetings with them then piling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions for meeting with Ambassador Kislyak when Sessions was a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee at that time in 2016.

Another reason Sessions felt duty bound to recuse himself — perhaps more pertinent — is that he was also involved with Trump’s presidential campaign at the time. Is it probable that there was overlap in those conversations with Kislyak? We don’t know, but given Sessions’s integrity, it’s doubtful. In any event, he probably did not want to put up with a lot of bloviating, hypocritical Democrats.

Politico also found out that another Democrat, Senator Claire McCaskill (MO), similarly denied meeting with Russians:

Yet, she communicated directly with them in 2013 and 2015.

She was in the same room with them in 2013:

In 2015, McCaskill discussed the situation in Iran with the ambassador:

McCaskill’s denial was an attack on Sessions:

Her claim was designed to underscore what many Democrats view as the impropriety of Sessions’ one-on-one meeting with Kislyak last year, which the Trump administration claims was a routine part of his service on the armed services panel.

Republicans returned fire:

Republican operatives quickly blasted McCaskill as misrepresenting her record, citing the Democrat’s tweets about a 2013 group meeting with Kislyak and a 2015 call with the ambassador to discuss the nuclear pact with Iran.

“Just like Hillary Clinton, Senator McCaskill has a major problem with the truth,” Scott Sloofman, spokesman for the conservative America Rising PAC, said in a statement. “In her rush to stand with Nancy Pelosi and Elizabeth Warren to score political points, McCaskill exposed herself as both a liar and a hypocrite.”

The Democrats and the media must put this absurd Russian narrative to bed.

Of course, they will not because it serves their purposes in assassinating the character and integrity of the president and members of his administration.

Low information critics of Trump will know only what they read in the papers and see on television news.

What paupers.

Get online: read and watch what Big Media refuse to report.

The claims by Big Media and the Left about Russian hacking refuse to die.

Many centrists and conservatives are wondering why the Democrats — so close to Russia in spirit — are driving this narrative.

The Millennium Report had a good explanation on March 18, 2017. I am not a regular reader of this site and some of what is in ‘What’s really behind all the fake anti-Russia hysteria?’ is too conspiracy-driven for me, but the article makes some excellent points.

A summary with excerpts follows. The subheads and emphases in purple are mine.

AAA below refers to the ‘Anglo-American Axis’.

The Deep State fears peace with Russia

The article opens with an Executive Summary which says, in part:

The Deep State now fears a “partnership for peace” between the United States and Russia more than anything else.  It used to fear the natural alliance between Russia and Germany, since the Anglo-American domination of the world would be genuinely threatened by such a powerful geopolitical relationship.  The two World Wars were engineered to pit Russia against Germany in order to preclude such a bloc from forming. The same Neocon cabal has been very busy setting up Europe for yet a third world war by manipulating Merkel’s government against Putin’s Kremlin. The immigrant crisis that began with the wars in the Middle East and North Africa was literally manufactured to destabilize Europe as a precursor to World War III.

However, in the wake of the Trump presidency, Deep State now has a much bigger ‘problem’—the very real prospect of a United States-Russian Federation entente.  For this reason, the C.I.A. and MSM (mainstream media) have been beating the war drums like never before.  Russia has, overnight, become the whipping boy for everything wrong with the Democratic Party as well as the scapegoat for every major intel security lapse in the USA.  The U.S. Intelligence Community will continue to fabricate patently false stories about the Trump Administration with respect to Russia as pre-emptive strikes to make any meaningful dialogue politically precarious.  At the request of the C.I.A., the MSM will also continue to publish fake news and naked propaganda about the same in order to greatly inflame anti-Russian sentiment.

With the rise of populist and nationalist movements around the world, the New World Order is under threat as it has never been before:

After the controlled demolition of the global economic and financial system, the cabal considers war — World War III — as their only real option (just as they created the Great Depression to set the stage for World War II).  Inciting extreme Russophobia has always been their means to starting the real big wars. WW3 will be no different, unless Trump and Putin meet in broad daylight and declare Deep State the archenemy of We the People everywhere.  

The article states that the CIA is orchestrating the campaign on behalf of the globalists.

The NWO likes a perpetual war economy and in the 20th century engineered both world wars.

Why the NWO is upset with Putin

The NWO is upset with Vladimir Putin because:

he left the neoliberal reservation and started taking back what was stolen from Russia.  He also began the process of national social transformation by gradually bringing Russia back to its conservative roots.  

Then there’s the Middle East:

If there’s one transgression that the Neocon cabal will never forgive, or forget, it is Russia’s unanticipated entry into the Syrian theater of war.  This sole act of defiance by President Putin showed the whole world that the combined US and NATO war machine wasn’t nearly as invincible as it appeared to be.  Putin’s generals ran roughshod over the CIA-trained ISIS terrorists and Al-Nusra Front mercenaries.[2]  Actually, they first ensured their military success by totally controlling the airspace above ISIL raining bombs and missiles on their most strategic strongholds and supply lines.

In so doing, the entire NWO agenda has been significantly curtailed.  No other individual can be given so much credit as Putin for throwing a wrench in the Zio-Anglo-American juggernaut.  The cabal has gotten so desperate that they have been using Saudi Arabia to carry out all sorts of military operations (e.g. Yemen), as well as terrorist attacks whenever and wherever they are needed.

Therefore:

With this understanding of Putin’s role in the prevention of a totalitarian One World Government via the ever-unfolding NWO agenda, it should be clear why the cabal forever crucifies him in the press.  Truly, Vladimir Putin is a personification of everything the New World Order is working hard to destroy.  He is, at once, a nationalist president and a genuine peacemaker, a spiritually advanced leader and a world-class statesman, a master chessman and rugged individualist.  In short, Vlad scares the heck out of the Neocon cabal.

Why Trump is hated

The NWO hates President Donald Trump because:

Were President Trump to take his intentions one step further, a Russo-American accord would guarantee that the New World Order agenda would effectively be terminated.

Given the multi-century crime spree committed by those at the very peak of the pinnacle of  the World Shadow Government, they understand that they would eventually be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  The world’s premier law enforcement agencies possess untold volumes hard evidence of crimes against humanity in the form of countless war crimes, several premeditated genocides and numerous acts of state-sponsored terrorism.

The members of the cabal, both covert decision-makers at the top and overt collaborators in the middle, know that they are all facing unprecedented existential threats.  And, that they must use every ruse and stratagem to nullify those threats.  Therefore, they simply fall back on what they have always done best and assert that “The Russians are coming!”  After all, the Russian Red Scare has worked like a charm for many decades, so why should it fail now?

However, what the cabal has quite deceitfully failed to tell the people is that it is they who represent the real Red Scare of the 3rd millennium.  Their One World Government is nothing but a supranational and tyrannical ruling body that is answerable to no one save its hidden masters. Their furtive plans are all carried out to turn the whole world into a monolithic, communist superstate. Their future unelected totalitarian government is closely modeled after the European Union’s, which has proven to be the bane of existence for countries and citizens all over the Continent. EU Exposé: A Planned Totalitarian Superstate to Destroy Europe

Because Trump cuts a similar profile to his Russian counterpart, he has been hoisted even higher in the public square and made the victim of nonstop ridicule and unwarranted persecution.

Deep State is now clearly on the defensive as it takes every offensive measure it can think of to neutralize both Putin and Trump. By fabricating one accusation after another against Trump, they hope to keep him in the state of constant agitation.

The article says that Trump and his team will suffer a figurative PTSD. I sincerely doubt that. Trump knows what has been going on. He never lived in isolation from powerful people, whether they were businessmen or politicians.

This next excerpt is particularly crucial:

With the planned election of warmonger Hillary Clinton, the cabal had hoped to finally push the world into a WW3 scenario.*  It really does appear that they never counted on Donald J. Trump showing up and being ready for active duty—as Commander-in-Chief.

*Key Point: It’s an historical fact that Democratic Administrations have been used to start and prosecute the World Wars as well as most of the regional wars since 1900.[3]

The hacking narrative

The article states that there are several levels to the Russian hacking story. Some operate on a Deep State level but there is also a political level to it:

Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign chairman was John Podesta.  Both Clinton and Podesta have gone down in U.S. presidential election history as the two of the biggest losers of all time.  Bear in mind that this was Clinton’s second humiliating loss after being blindsided by Barack Obama in 2008. Not only did these two very bad losers need a very good excuse for all the livid donors, they were also desperate for a story that would pacify their ultra-sensitive and still-crying liberal base.

It says that the Pizzagate story wound Podesta up. His name surfaces whenever the topic is written or talked about:

This is when the anti-Russian campaign was really racheted up because the very future of the Democratic Party was hanging in the balance as was his political fate

Most expediently, the concocted “Russian hacking” narrative by Podesta perfectly plays into the Neocon machination to provoke Russia into a regional war (e.g. Ukraine) on the way to triggering a full-scale WW3.  The war propaganda also feeds into their desire for massive war profiteering in the form of gun running, human trafficking, drug smuggling, artifact black marketing, oil theft and other illicit enterprises which are easily covered up in the fog of war.

The article points out that neither Clinton nor Podesta blame themselves for their loss.

Clinton also projected — and the Democrats continue to project — her own ties with Russia onto Trump.

During the campaign Clinton made many smears against Trump by saying he has ties to Russia, so the Democrats feel free to continue the narrative now that he is president:

When such bad actors enter politics, their incorrigible criminal behavior mixes with those of similar ilk, and then all hell can break loose as it is across America today. This link explains the surreptitious process of ponerization in much greater detail: PONERIZATION: How the American Republic was taken over by political cliques of criminally insane psychopaths

What must be done

Trump and Putin must meet in person as soon as possible to fend off the Deep State and the globalist agenda:

Remember, Deep State knows that it will  be like the Titanic colliding with the iceberg should Trump and Putin cooperate to expose the real “Beast” that has terrorized the planet for so long.  And Deep State will be the Titanic.

there is no reason why Putin and Trump cannot bring the world together under one big tent marked by mutual respect and good will. Since both are professed Christians, there is plenty of common religious ground upon which to convene their historic peacemaking venture.

My thoughts

I agree and pray for that outcome.

Having read the article, it explains why:

  • Hillary cried uncontrollably for nearly an hour on election night;
  • Anyone in a prominent position, whether business, politics or media, loathes Trump;
  • Anything related to Pizzagate — a broad set of human trafficking/child exploitation crimes — is shut down or ridiculed;
  • The Left are paying useful idiots (in the truest sense of the term) to create chaos all over the United States;
  • Why the West is in complete disorder: the head globalists want it that way so they can control us.

The unravelling of the Deep State/NWO plan will not be pleasant.

It is worth recalling what the late David Rockefeller, who died in March 2017 at the age of 101, said 26 years ago:

https://anarchist335.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/david-rockefeller-1991-nwo-speach-to-msm.jpg?w=481&h=316

We are beginning to see what real evil looks like — and how embedded Big Media are in rolling out the NWO narratives.

This is more than a socio-political situation. It is also a spiritual one.

On January 2, Sundance at The Conservative Treehouse posted an excellent article about America’s Gang of Eight.

I’m sharing the link and excerpts here because Sundance says:

My spidey senses are telling me that understanding these facts, and understanding the construct of this oversight, will be an important reference point for all Americans in the very near future.

The Gang of Eight, comprised of Democrats and Republicans alike, are the reason why nothing ever gets properly investigated. Benghazi is one such event.

First, who are the Gang of Eight?

A position within the Gang of Eight comes as a result of holding one of the following eight positions: 1. The Speaker of the House, 2. The Minority Leader of the House, 3. the Majority Leader of the Senate, 4. the Minority Leader of the Senate, 5. the Chairperson of the House Permanent Committee on Intelligence, 6. the minority leader from the same committee; 7. The Chairperson of the Senate Intelligence Committee and 8. the minority leader of the same committee.

Why Americans should pay attention (emphases mine):

It is important to understand that everything the White House, CIA, NSA, and U.S. State Department does is approved by these eight members who are accountable to the U.S. electorate.  These eight representatives are the intelligence oversight “check” within the constitutionally established check and balance inside our federal government.

It is also important to understand that nothing ever happens without these eight members of congress being briefed on the occurrence.  If the United States are carrying out a covert CIA mission in Benghazi, these representative would know about and have approved.  If the United States is carrying out a covert CIA effort in Syria, these eight members would have to approve.

They are also capable of covering things up:

In the modern UniParty era, this construct also means neither party has any objective toward truthfulness.  Both parties are at risk.

This UniParty construct is why we knew the House Select Committee on Benghazi was never going to go anywhere

When you consider all of President Obama’s foreign policy failures, it is critical to remind yourself of the Republicans who held oversight on every CIA endeavor.

Never forget this undisclosed motive to advance cover-ups.

There are two Republicans in the Gang of Eight who are not particularly keen on Donald Trump. They are Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. I now understand why they would not want him to be president.

Also of note is this:

♦There are only three Gang of Eight members remaining from the time of the September 11th 2012 Benghazi attack in Libya (Pelosi, McConnell and Feinstein).

Five of the 2012 Gang of Eight members have resigned or retired from Congress (John Boehner -R, Mike Rogers -R, Harry Reid – D, Charles Ruppersberger -D,  and Saxby Chambliss – R).   This is not accidental.

Hmm.

Trump will have a field day later this month. He sent a message in a recent press conference about notional Russian hacking. Stay tuned:

Speaking of hacking, I wonder how much Trump knows about real hacking that has taken place during the Obama years. Computer World wrote about it in 2014:

The State Department joins the White House, the United States Postal Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on a growing list of hacked government agencies. Expect to hear of more government networks infiltrated as a Georgia Institute of Technology report on emerging cyber threats in 2015 (pdf) states, “Low-intensity online nation-state conflicts become the rule, not the exception.”  

There’s more at the link. If this occurs during a Trump administration, you can be sure it would be front page news for months. However, because Democrats have been in charge, the media have chosen to remain silent.

Posts over the past two days have looked at Communist influences in the Catholic Church. See Sunday’s and Monday’s — ‘Liberation theology — part 1’.

Before I start, this post explains how liberation theology spread widely in parts of the world.

This does not mean that there were never any Communist or Marxist influences in the Church before then. There were several:

The origins of ‘social justice’ — you might be surprised

Communism and the Protestant ‘social gospel’ — a long history

The left-wing origins of ‘What would Jesus do?’

The heresy of Modernism explained simply

Modernist thought and rhetoric influence our world

The heresy of Modernism — seriously

Modernism: 1922 illustration proven true a century later

SHOCK: Communist Catholic clergy and Vatican II – Agent AA-1025’s story

Communist infiltration of the Church – introduction — Protestant infiltration; social justice; Catholic Agent AA-1025

Insight into Communist infiltration of Catholic Church – Jesuit agents; destroying parishoners’ faith

The curious Vatican omerta on Communist infiltration – Pope Paul VI, Vatican agents, Vatican II

More on Communist infiltration of the Catholic Church – seminaries, parishes with sleeper agents

La nouvelle théologie — heretical menace to Catholics and Protestants

With that out of the way, let’s look at how the KGB masterminded propaganda to help spread liberation theology throughout Latin and South America.

On May 1, 2015, the CNA — Catholic News Agency — published an interview with Ion Mihai Pacepa, a Romanian dissident who defected to the United States in the 1970s. Pacepa was the highest-ranking defector that decade.

Pacepa spent his career up to then as general for Communist Romania’s secret police.

What follows are excerpts and a summary of what he said about liberation theology — a concept from the KGB which is now, as planned, a basic way of thinking for millions in Central and South America. Emphases mine below.

In the 1950s, Pacepa worked for Soviet General Aleksandr Sakharovsky, communist Romania’s chief razvedka (foreign intelligence) adviser. In 1956, Sakharovsky was promoted. He became the head of:

the Soviet espionage service, the PGU1,  a position he held for an unprecedented record of 15 years.

On October 26, 1959, Sakharovsky was working for Nikita Khrushchev. Pacepa says that the two went to Romania which, in Soviet eyes, was a Latin country (linguistic reasons). It was notionally a six-day vacation for Khrushchev, his first of such a long duration, however, as Pacepa explains:

Khrushchev wanted to go down in history as the Soviet leader who had exported communism to Central and South America. Romania was the only Latin country in the Soviet bloc, and Khrushchev wanted to enroll her “Latin leaders” in his new “liberation” war.

It was difficult for the Catholic News Agency journalist to research Sakharovsky. Pacepa replied that he was one of many KGB agents during the height of the Cold War who went undetected by Western and Israeli intelligence. That said:

Sakharovsky played an extremely important role in shaping Cold War history. He authored the export of communism to Cuba (1958-1961); his nefarious handling of the Berlin crisis (1958-1961) generated the Berlin Wall; his Cuban Missile Crisis (1962) brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.

As for liberation theology, Pacepa stated:

The movement was born in the KGB, and it had a KGB-invented name: Liberation Theology.

The KGB enjoyed creating ‘liberation’ movements, including these:

The National Liberation Army of Columbia (FARC), created by the KGB with help from Fidel Castro; the National Liberation Army of Bolivia, created by the KGB with help from “Che” Guevara; and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), created by the KGB with help from Yasser Arafat are just a few additional “liberation” movements born at the Lubyanka — the headquarters of the KGB.

Liberation theology started the year after Sakharovsky and Khrushchev visited Romania. They worked quickly, didn’t they? This part is very important:

The birth of Liberation Theology was the intent of a 1960 super-secret “Party-State Dezinformatsiya Program” … This program demanded that the KGB take secret control of the World Council of Churches (WCC), based in Geneva, Switzerland, and use it as cover for converting Liberation Theology into a South American revolutionary tool. The WCC was the largest international ecumenical organization after the Vatican, representing some 550 million Christians of various denominations throughout 120 countries.

It sounds like a somewhat impossible goal. However, Pacepa explains that, in order to accomplish it, the KGB created an intermediary organisation, the Christian Peace Conference (CPC), headquartered in Prague:

The new Christian Peace Conference was managed by the KGB and was subordinated to the venerable World Peace Council, another KGB creation, founded in 1949 and by then also headquartered in Prague.

Pacepa said he managed the Romanian operations of the World Peace Council:

It was as purely KGB as it gets. Most of the WPC’s employees were undercover Soviet bloc intelligence officers … Even the money for the WPC budget came from Moscow, delivered by the KGB in the form of laundered cash dollars to hide their Soviet origin. In 1989, when the Soviet Union was on the verge of collapse, the WPC publicly admitted that 90% of its money came from the KGB3.

By 1968, the Christian Peace Conference was bearing fruit and:

was able to maneuver a group of leftist South American bishops into holding a Conference of Latin American Bishops at Medellin, Colombia. The Conference’s official task was to ameliorate poverty. Its undeclared goal was to recognize a new religious movement encouraging the poor to rebel against the “institutionalized violence of poverty,” and to recommend the new movement to the World Council of Churches for official approval.

The Medellin Conference achieved both goals. It also bought the KGB-born name “Liberation Theology.”

Pacepa thinks there was probably some active connection between the KGB and the most prolific authors of liberation theology books, but he has no concrete evidence. Yet:

I recently glanced through [Gustavo] Gutierrez’s book A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics, Salvation (1971), and I had the feeling that it was written at the Lubyanka. No wonder he is now credited with being the founder of Liberation Theology. From feelings to facts, however, is a long way.

Moral of the story: stick to the Gospel message as related in Scripture.

There are a lot of useful idiots, to borrow a Soviet expression, who have been drawn in by liberation theology, including prominent clergy. As a layperson, don’t be duped into feeling guilty for being a struggling member of the middle class who, in their eyes, has too much but, in reality, is just trying to have enough to live on.

The call for service is another aspect of this. Note that it’s not service to poor or otherwise needy members of your congregation but service to ‘the poor’, a general term encompassing much. Take care of your own congregation’s needs first, then exercise outreach to others.

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In closing, after I wrote this post I read the comments to the CNA article. They were incredible. Many commenters did not believe what Pacepa said.

More fools they.

It is now understandable how Obama could have won two terms.

It is worse how none of these Catholics knows church history, especially from 120 years ago.

Please pray for these people.

May God grant them the grace and the Holy Spirit the discernment to recognise their error, through Jesus Christ our Lord, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

This is the third — and final — instalment of FBI Anon’s comments on 4chan.

Please read Part 1 and Part 2 to understand not only what is going on in the Clinton case but also for clues on geopolitical developments.

Part 1 explains more about FBI Anon and how he came to be somewhat of a regular on the 4chan Ask Me Anything (AMA) posts. Part 2 has a comment on his credibility, probably 90% with some ‘nonsense’ thrown in so he can keep his job.

N.B.: Both Parts 1 and 2 ended up on discussion boards here and here. (Thanks!) Both threads speculate on whether FBI Anon is Steve Pieczenik, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist who is a regular on the Alex Jones Show and has his own website. Obviously, no one can say for certain, but, personally, I doubt it. FBI Anon is working on the Clinton case and is most probably an FBI agent. Pieczenik worked for the State Department in the 1970s and 1980s in specialised operations such as psychological warfare, hostage situations and terrorism. It would seem that both men share the same worldview and have access to similar — but not identical — information and people that would cause them to arrive at similar conclusions.

What follows comes from the FBI Anon chat of October 17. Given the current resumption of the Clinton email investigation , it is probable that this is the most up-to-date information we are likely to receive before the election on Tuesday, November 8.

By October 17, the Billy Bush video of Trump had already circulated.

I have divided his comments up by topic, cleared up salty language, corrected spelling and added more information in brackets. Emphases mine below.

Is the CIA involved in the Clinton investigation?

No. The Intelligence agencies are like modern-day gangs, owing allegiance to no one and cooperating only when necessary and even then, only to a limited degree.

The polls

Trump is winning by around 20% with a 5% MOE. The election is a landslide right now, but the MSM is trying to engineer his downfall. Ironically, women voters liked that Trump tape.

[Someone objected to the 20% figure] You’re forgetting millions who have not voted before. Many polls only sample registered voters or people with a history. Trump will bring in millions who have never voted, including people too shy to be vocal about their support. Independents, which are also a huge shadow bloc, have also moved en masse to Trump. We have internal polls for our own projections as well, and so do the campaigns and the national committees. I guarantee they all see the same thing: a Trump landslide.

If he was not winning, what would be the point [of poll rigging]? They could simply ignore him and do what they did with Ron Paul.

I remember seeing an infograph a while back where someone plotted the oversampling of democrats in polls. That is a very useful tool.

Is there more to come on Trump?

I know they have a tape of him making a lightly off-color remark about blacks [referring to an ‘Uncle Tom’ remark on The Apprentice], but beyond that I have no idea. They really can’t find much on him, hence why the MSM has resorted to crafting narratives out of thin air.

Rigged election and the Clinton campaign

It depends at this point. The political mood right now favors a Trump landslide. HRC and the global elite have two ways to stop him:

1) Slander him to the point of extreme unfavorability, even with core supporters

2) Rig the polls

They are concerned because Trump has brought attention to #2, which was the exact same strategy with Bernie. Therefore they are attempting #1, but the issue is whenever people attack Trump viciously, his support grows. He maintains strength by always finding a new enemy to attack, and the last month he is pulling out the big guns and naming the true face of all of our problems: large, multinational corporations and their leaders.

The bluest states Trump can win

He will win PA and CA

[The next two comments concern California]

Most likely.

1) Trump will do well with Hispanics
2) Trump’s LGBT stance has more of an effect on liberal yuppies than you think
3) California’s population is declining, and only older, more affluent people are voting, i.e. Trump’s primary demographic.
4) The shy Trump supporter effect will take place en masse in CA

NY is Hillary’s no matter what.

The lack of GOPe support for Trump

They attempted a coup because they are bought by the same interests as the Dems. They believed it would hurt Trump, but it only makes them look like fools. Paul Ryan‘s political indecision is one example.

[GOPe McMullin’s chances] No one cares about Egg McMuffin

The chances of a Trump victory

95% Trump victory.

Can voters really beat the fraud and the rigging?

Yes. The rigging works by counting the votes to a higher percentage based on the MOE. So HRC’s votes may count for 1.2 votes isntead of one. Therefore, an overwhelming majority will give Trump a win.

Trump can win, but not without overwhelming support.

Will they ‘mess around’ with electoral votes?

They always do

Will Hillary and the Democrats contest a Trump win?

They will contest, but a re-check will yield the same result.

Trump’s presidential agenda

Trump fully intends to clean house in Washington and with the power brokers of major corporations.

He wants to Make America Great Again. He despises the powerful who have enabled themselves by throwing smaller people under the bus.

[Could he put George Soros in jail?] No.

[There would be an] increase in utilities, industry, and energy sector

Would it be good to enlist in the military during a Trump presidency?

Yes.

The possibility of a third party winning in future

No third party will take control in America for a long time

Possible Obama pardon for Hillary

If HRC loses, she will be pardoned by Obama. O will then proceed to deteriorate our relations with Russia even further.

What would happen if Hillary won and Americans revolted?

It is very likely HRC would institute martial law and permit the military to conduct safety drills against the revolt

Hillary and gun control

She intends to do an Australia-style gun control, with strict tax punishments for people who refuse to take part in the system.

Sectors favourable under a Hillary presidency

Boost to financials and healthcare

Secret Service opinion of Hillary

HRC is awful. I actually had a conversation with a former secret service agent friend of mine (female). She was assigned to Bill back in the day but she hated Hillary because apparently Hillary hated the Secret service.

Hillary is the least charming person on the planet

Hillary’s sporadic bursts of energy

… whatever she is on is designed to make her energetic for long periods of time.

Hillary’s health

… most likely … Parkinson’s

What does Hillary smell like?

[a few reports and interviews have been circulating claiming she smells like sulfur]

She smells like hair spray and cardboard

Is Clinton involved in satanic activity and/or into extraterrestrials?

Black magic yes. Extraterrestrials I cannot answer.

[Podesta emails point to his interest in extraterrestrials. Articles have also indicated a Clinton interest in UFOs.]

[re satanism and a reference to the Clintons’ close relationship with the late Cardinal Bernardin, also rumoured to be a satanist] Correct.

Are there incriminating Hillary tapes?

No. But there is one of her talking about how blacks are disgusting and poor.

I don’t possess it. You will see it in time. It is kind of funny.

Is there a Bill Clinton ‘rape tape’?

I am not sure.

Is Assange dead?

No. Very scared, but still alive. Whether or not that will change in the next few days is questionable.

[Re Hillary’s remark on droning him] She wants to.

[Re Assange and John Kerry] I have no idea. I am waiting to see what those keys were that they released on Twitter. They are threatening someone.

2016 deaths ‘linked to Clinton’

Potentially 20, confirmed 6

[Latest one] A man in Pennsylvania who knew about the voting machines.

Justice Antonin Scalia’s mysterious death

The common assumption is Scalia was murdered to help bring about gun control via another justice. But then any justice could have been sacked. What was Scalia doing before he died? What topic was he interested in?

Clinton camp’s biggest worry

The truth about the disgusting delights of the Clintons and the global elite coming to light

How did the Clintons get to be so awful?

Bill is a political mastermind. Hillary wasn’t always so corrupt, but once she saw the ptential for power, it drove her to what you see now.

HRC loves power and death.

Does Jeffrey Epstein have anything on the Clintons?

He has nothing.

Mark Cuban

Cuban wanted some loopholes and goodies to remain, but in private conversation Trump let it be known that he intends to fully wipe the slate clean. Cuban did not like that, so he went full HRC because it ultimately benefits him more.

Huma Abedin

She helps the Muslim Brotherhood hold HRC’s ear

Can’t the DNC see what a mistake they made?

There has been significant regret since her 9/11 incident. Unfortunately, there is nothing anyone can do. The Clitnons have bought and paid for the presidency again, the only thing stopping them is Trump.

USS Mason/Yemen situation

The rebels we supported are firing at us with our own tech because they’re too dumb to realize who sold them weapons.

China

Currently China is shutting down power in major cities in small bursts to test our power grid.

Russia

[Re Obama starting aggression against them before Trump can take office] No, but the goal is to erode relations to the point where Russia will be withdrawn to whoever is President. Even Trump will not take acts of aggression lightly. Obama will flirt with war as long as he can, just enough to make the Russians think poorly of Americans under any scenario. Then Trump will have much more work to restore relations when he gets in.

The Trump Campaign headquarters attacks are all orchestrated. Virtually everything going on right now is a distraction from the imminent threat of war with Russia.

[Possibility of nuclear war with the US] Yes (Russia just did a nuclear bombing drill in Moscow with 40 million people – the US population is still unaware anyhting major is going on)

World War III

I suspect a major war in the next year or two regardless of who is elected. I had hoped that Trump would be able to bring about more peace, but the people he is fighting are determined not to allow it.

[Global elites to trigger it?] Based on recent events, yes.

[Could it start before the end of 2016?] Maybe.

[What country will start it?] Israel or the United States (expect another 9/11 style false flag)

[Countries involved] It will be the US & Japan Vs. China, India, and Russia. I had previously thought India was on our side, but it looks like they may swap allegiances.

[Re India] They have been making deals with Russia, and by proxy they will warm up to China should the US pose a serious threat. Try reading the news.

Savings and production are what drive an economy. China will be hurt by war, but they have savings and a strong production base. Even with a ton of debt, they can pull off a war. The US, on the other hand, is a result of the spend/invest mentality. We have no manufacturing base which can compete globally.

EU will be in WW3, but the collapse of the EU will render them militarily impotent for the most part.

Should people watch out for false flags?

Yes

The next false flag may deal with an explosion of a plant or facility controlled by an electrical grid

The NWO

The ruling class simply wants to rule over an indifferent mass. However, many do believe that in the end times, a war of ideas will occur and they will prevail through the intervention of a “messiah”. Which makes it scarier because there are powerful people who legitimately believe through mass war and death, peace will come.

[Really?] Yes

The Owl of Minerva is an important gesture in upper circles

They don’t see the world as you do. They live in an insulated world of riches and power, and they do not know what it is like to struggle of live paycheck to paycheck. Even though Hillary did as a child, she is so far removed now it doesn’t matter.

[Does George Soros have the Spear of Destiny used to pierce Christ?] No

Who really runs the US government?

George Soros and anyone who considers themselves a Zionist.

[This type of control happened in] 1913

The possibility of conflict involving ‘Constitutional Americans’

Truthfully, I don’t know.

What are the ‘good guys” chances if civil war breaks out?

Who knows at that point?

If Hillary is elected, civil war is a near certainty.

[Could she die before then?] Not likely. Death in 2018-2020 after starting war

The validity of The Citizens Audit

It is asking the right questions, and yes, many of HRC’s PACs and even her campaign solicit foreign money and shadow money.

Credibility of 4chan’s Knowledge Bomb threads

[Part of the question: ‘Some of the things he says make sense, but others seem really out there (like members of the EU being part of a sex club involving refugees).’]

His information is legit.

Is Podesta WikiLeaks email 2010 important?

Very important

FBI Anon’s accuracy

I’ve been wrong a few times, but in my job, being right is not a prerequisite. I only plan for things that may or may not happen.

I have been answering and *mostly giving out correct info for months. The only reason why there is so much doubt now is because CTR and other PAC’s are flooding this board trying to sow doubt wherever they can, and it is unfortunately having an effect. This board was once vehemently pro-trump, but many are beginning to feel doubt.

[Regarding not using consistent self-identification] Because it gives me enough plausible deniability in case someone should want to come looking for me. It’s also the reason why sometimes I give disinformation – it helps give just enough doubt to keep serious people from prying.

I have not claimed to be anything other than someone with knowledge of HRC’s case.

I try to limit these to once per month.

FBI Anon’s wife

Thank you, my wife is giddy to be remembered. Too bad these are dark times.

Which is more important: WikiLeaks or the Clinton Foundation?

The next few batches of the WikiLeaks dumps should help answer this. It will all start to make sense when you connect the dots.

And, as an aisde, when you are reading Podesta’s e-mails, remember that the Clintons deal in weapons, drugs, and people. Some terminology in use is far more nefarious than many of you suspect.

“cards” [Child Abduction Rapid Deployment]

“favors”, “extras”, “officers”

[What next WikiLeaks will reveal] Evidence of favors for foreign nationals including the sale of human beings.

I know a lot of info regarding their movements of people and children.

Will we see all 33,000 emails?

The NSA has them, it’s just a matter of time before someone hacks them or releases them.

Vote in person or by mail?

Vote in person, always.

Voting in person allows you to be sure your vote was cast the way you desire. You never know what happens to your paper after it is mailed in.

What the public can do

You should be [fighting hard to make sure Hillary is not elected].

Sign up to be an election watcher.

Have faith in Trump, fight hard against the shills.

Vote. Encourage everyone you know to vote. Explain that a vote for Hillary is a vote for mass war and death.

Do not give up hope.

Yesterday’s post featured FBI Anon’s July 2 conversation with members of 4chan.

The background to an anonymous agent communicating with a group of young, interested and informed people is in that post.

This post covers his conversation about the Clinton case as of September 25, just before the first presidential debate that evening.

One more will follow — from October 17 — which is the subject of tomorrow’s post.

N.B.: Take or leave this information. It’s up to you. People tend to dismiss it because they are decent souls who find it too incredible. However, this is what one of the 4chan members says (two-thirds of the way through the thread):

A lot of stuff has been correct, some stuff is wrong. Just look up the first two threads and you’ll see what I mean. I’d say about a 10% incorrect rate. Since he admits he mixes in deliberately wrong [stuff] and also fully admits he of course doesn’t know everything and is giving some things educated guesses, this doesn’t necessarily disprove him. If he’s a roleplay[er], he’s a good one, and he’s pointed diggers in some useful directions.

To make it readable, I have again divided the information into topics. I have also taken out the salty language, corrected spelling and added explanatory notes where necessary. Emphases mine below.

Angry FBI agents

Most senior Intel guys are furious with Comey and the DOJ in general. Grunts at the bottom are confused and do not know enough.

So much of my faith in the system has been destroyed this past year.

Rigged polls

If the election were held today, the result would be ~15% HRC and 50% DJT. The other 35% are independent/undecided. So yes, HRC will try to rig the polls, which is why Russia is getting blamed for messing with our election. Of course they are meddling, but they have no real effect. We will simply blame them so Microsoft can gain total control over the machines and make sure the vote is counted “properly”.

Voting — in person or by mail?

It is better to go in person, but it ultimately does not matter because the votes are machine counted.

What are the chances of voter intimidation involving La Raza and/or BLM?

100%

Trump’s safety

Assassinating major figures is very difficult and very dangerous, especially today. There are eyes everywhere, so the best way to kill someone is to assassinate their character, which is why the MSM constantly goes hard after Trump.

Black markets are betting in favor of his assassination, I don’t see it happening.

Trump’s chances of winning

95% probable Trump victory.

College is not a representative sample of the voting populace. The voting public is not even representative of the general public. Among people who are voting or have voting histories, Trump is winning, and he’s adding way more people who have never voted. A Trump victory is baked in.

If Trump wins

DJT will put her in jail.

I cannot say for sure, but I expect it will be a major issue at the forefront of his presidency.

The Fed will be a main target of Trump I am sure, since they manipulate so much economic activity in favor of the wealthy.

If globalism dies out in the US, what is the next targeted country?

Try China

WikiLeaks

We suspect they have something big. Before I thought they were blowhards with no information, but now I am starting to think they got a hold of something damaging.

I do not know what WikiLeaks has, and am very much looking forward to reading their material.

Russian involvement

We know the Russians got a hold of something in her servers. Tbh, I believe she was planning to start a war with Russia, and that the Russians have given select info to Wikileaks to help destroy her campaign. Russia is not the greatest country on earth, but they do not want to be at war with us. The world is weary of conflict.

Any war started with Russia will involve a false flag.

[If Hillary is elected] I expect within one to two years.

Muslim Brotherhood involvement

They are involved, but not as much as people think. They are dangerous, and they do want to subvert US to Islam.

Iran

Iran’s actions are the focal point of what is coming next. Saudi Arabia will collapse, as they’ve been [mess]ing around with oil prices too long to recover. Good riddance.

Enemy countries with nuclear capabilities

They want world domination. Our ICBM defense is very substandard compared to China and Russia.

Hide-outs in case of World War III

The US will probably be the safest place, given the large mountainous regions with plenty of hiding places/natural resources.

World War III will largely be fought ‘on the plains of Africa’

Sub Saharan Africa

Credibility of ‘insider’ information

The “insiders” are giving out information. Not all of it is correct, some is just fun to think about, others are clearly trying to help me point you in the right direction.

What about the plausibility of Clinton Foundation (CF) and child trafficking?

The CF always operates in countries where birth records are difficult to maintain. Let that sink in for a moment.

Or the CF and missing persons?

Haiti was a disaster for a number of reasons, but as regards to the CF, a number of people went missing in [the Bahamas] shortly after the CGI [Clinton Global Initiative] set up shop. Maybe someone can find out why.

[Original statement said ‘Haiti’, which he later changed to the Bahamas.]

Anywhere the CF is peddling their HIV/AIDS solutions, inevitably missing people and questionable organizations with enormous cash flows appear.

Did Obama really use a pseudonym in his emails?

We leaked this. It just goes to show how corrupt the whole of government is.

[Politico has the story from 2015. Those were State Department email leaks.]

Was stonetear trying to wipe Obama’s email headers?

Yes

[Stonetear actually went on to a Reddit forum to ask how to do this for a ‘VIP’ customer of his. The comment below relates to how anyone could be so stupid.]

You are under the false impression that our government is competent in anything.

Could Obama be implicated in the Clinton investigation?

Obama would be impeached if the truth were out. Unfortunately, the entire government would collapse, and Americans would revolt tomorrow, assuming most people believe the truth. Once you know what the real deal is, it is hard to have faith in people anymore.

Obama’s final months and foreign policy

The president is doing last-minute stuff to try and convince world leaders that America will remain as it is. The problem is, no one wants America’s policies to continue.

More on Obama

Obama is an atheist liberal with Muslim sympathies. He was born in the US, but spent a good portion of his childhood overseas. He also has Chicago mob connections through his father.

[His father — Frank Marshall Davis of Chicago??]

Hillary’s health

We believe she has Parkinson’s.

Hillary influenced by the Rothschilds

Their relationship is mentor/protege

The Billary marriage

Theirs is a political marriage, they barely spend any real time together.

Stories about Hillary and Moloch

Disinfo

Gary Johnson (Libertarian)

Gary Johnson’s true support is hovering around 1%. No one cares about that idiot. I actually have met him at a party one time, and he is actually incredibly cringy. My wife thought he was gay.

Is the NSA competent?

Not really. Do they have a … ton of info? Yes. Do they share it? No. Do they even know what they have? No.

CIA in the media

[Anderson] Cooper and [Wolf] Blitzer are both former CIA

Americans and the media

Right now we know the public no longer trusts the media, so when they report on things people fact-check, which is why they dropped the “Pepe is bad” story this week. As soon as they reported it, people started flocking here en masse.

[Pepe is the unofficial Trump campaign mascot. He is a comic book frog. Read more in my post about the Deplorables, near the end.]

The financial papers are usually better reads because they are written for businesspeople, and usually big money decisions require solid info. Stay away from politically oriented sources though. I like to read Investor’s Business Daily, the Wall Street Journal, Drudge Report, Mish’s Global Economic Trends, Al-Monitor, Government Executive, The Hill, and Asia Times. Those are just a few of the sites I read though. I use Feedly to aggregate all my news.

What about attacks and bombings going on in the US last summer?

Bombings were false flags, everything else is media hype. BLM is a waste of time. The crime rate among blacks is virtually unchanged, it has always been high, the only thing different is the media attention.

Was the Alabama gas pipeline break an attack?

Yes

Clintons’ involvement with immigration

I do know they helped push immigrants through the border, just like every other politician, but that is the least of their sins.

The latest smoking gun

The latest FBI doc dumps. The redactions aren’t hard to figure out if you’re putting 2+2 together

Why and how FBI investigation stalled at that time

Imagine I have three guys working on a project. It’s in the purple or SAP [Special Access Program]-[above top-secret] level, and none of them know who is working on said project with them or what the big picture looks like. They’re isolated from one another. I tell two to pause and one to stop completely, the project never gets finished and no one knows why. That’s the type of stuff going on in the department right now. because I am a big picture guy, I know it’s to stall so HRC can run out the clock.

Why the immunity agreements?

They can take the 5th or get immunity from us. We grant it because we want to know how deep this [hell]hole goes, and they take it because they believe they will be pardoned. We can terminate immunity agreements if the information prosecutes someone without an immunity agreement, i.e. HRC.

Why doesn’t FBI Anon do something himself?

I have tried explaining this, but since some of you are too dense, I will try again.

I could go into my office, pull all the docs (though I would get arrested shortly after), come home to my pc and upload tons of dirt on HRC right here. But do you know what will happen?

Google will remove it, and then this website will be shut down. It will go down with no reason, no explanation, the founders will all be investigated by the DOJ, and though they may not be found guilty the harassment will be long enough to stop them in their tracks. Nothing will get done.

Instead, I layer the truth with just enough [nonsense] to make my story believeable. Now, people are looking at in, some don’t care, others doubt me, but the bottom line is this board has become a place where anti-Hillary sentiment reigns supreme. And because the anti-hillary sentiment is so strong, the MSM is attacking this very board because it knows people are coming to see what is going on, and what is going on does nothing for HRC’s campaign.

FBI Anon’s safety

Last time I made a thread (which was a few months ago, I don’t remember exactly) things got a bit too close. People started asking questions, but most people from all over the government don’t suspect anyone because I make sure to post enough nonsense that no one will believe or take seriously. Nuggets of truth.

My wife is well, though she doesn’t like when I do these anymore. She doesn’t want me to get suicidal.

I don’t need recognition, I just don’t need Hillary Rodham Clinton to become president of the United States. It’s gotten to the point where my wife and I have made a suicide pact if she actually gets elected and serves enough time to do damage.

I came back [to 4chan] because I left you guys in the fog, and though it’s tempting to think I am doing some secret stuff, I’m really a normal guy with a family and stuff to do.

My wife is a housewife, and she knows how to handle herself. She’s a great woman.

Jason Chaffetz (Republican congressman for Utah, head of House Oversight Committee and hearings on Clinton investigation)

I know him personally. He is furious over what has happened, but is constrained by the DC beltway groupthink. If DJT gets elected, expect him to unleash his full fury on HRC.

Victoria Nuland (Assistant Secretary of State, career dating back to Bill Clinton’s presidency)

You are on the right track.

Mysterious deaths, including Justice Antonin Scalia’s

Not sure about Scalia, the Clinton Kill List is very, very legit. Some are natural causes, but the ones that seem too outrageous, actually are. I forget his name, but the one who claimed to be investigating the Octopus who ended up in a duffel bag locked from the inside [happened in London], he was investigating the Clintons.

4chan /pol/ (political threads)

I do my part by coming here and answering questions. It has been a while, and unfortunately the investigations have stalled so I am not very helpful, but you guys collectively are fighting against the negative perceptions. Everyone thought they couldn’t make a difference, now the MSM is openly trying to frame this board and others as right wing extremists to discredit us. That should send a clear message as to how threatening this board actually is.

Keep making noise and bringing people on the board.

Many of my colleagues openly discuss 4chan. We share our thoughts in private, but most of us know what she did was illegal. Even basic intel people have briefings that can last for 10 hours telling us what we can and cannot do with information. You do not need intent to prosecute. We are told this every day, we can be negligent and still get [messed about].

They [the media] know you won’t find anything concrete, they are worried that you are creating negative perceptions of HRC that cannot be whitewashed (which was the whole point).

We have no moles in her campaign.

I am on /pol/ pretty much every day. I don’t always browse every thread, but I keep up (mostly). I spend a lot of time on /fit/, /wsg/, /wg/, and /b/ though. My wife loves /fa/ and /v/.

Sign off for the thread

Unfortunately it’s bedtime, my friends. I have a long day of cooking and watching Trump beat the [heck] out of Hillary in the debates tomorrow. If you were in this thread, be sure to take a few shots for me.

What the general public can do

In my opinion, the topics which you should focus on … should take priority in reverse order. Details of the Clinton’s dirty dealings in China and Haiti are icing on the cake, details which most Americans could care less about because they have no perception of these countries.

Hillary’s health is huge, but the best topic to my mind is her intimidation and silencing of the women Bill has raped/assaulted. These women are numerous, yet few have managed to tell their story, let alone have anyone care. You all can make that happen.

Like I said, keep doing what you are doing. Countering the psychological narrative being pushed on people is having an effect.

Volunteer to be a Trump election watcher. Try to set up an organization which will conduct independent exit polls (many states no longer require them since most of them showed the Democrat primaries were rigged).

FBI Anon’s prediction that Trump’s victory is ‘baked in’ comes true only if everyone votes. Make it a Monster Vote to defeat voter fraud and vote flipping, which is happening now.

Tomorrow: FBI Anon’s latest thread from October

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This one is from The People’s Cube:

On Monday, English home cook, author and former food journalist Mary Berry — star of The Great British Bake-Off and her own television shows (BBC) — introduced the British public to the traditions behind Good Friday and Easter foods.

The first of two episodes of Mary Berry’s Easter Feast on BBC2 saw her explore traditions in England, Jamaica, Russia and Poland. I highly recommend it. Below is a synopsis of the first programme with additional information from other sources.

Berry, an Anglican, told us that she is a regular churchgoer. She said she goes to Sunday services because ‘it is important to give thanks’. Easter is her favourite religious feast. (Finally, there’s someone who loves Easter as much as I do.)

Easter is the Church’s greatest feast. It has always been celebrated, from the earliest days after Christ’s death and resurrection. Christmas celebrations did not come about until much later.

Hot cross buns

Berry went to St Albans Cathedral to find out more about hot cross buns.

The cathedral’s historian explained that, in England, the precursor of this bun was the Alban bun. In 1361, Brother Thomas Rocliffe, a monk at St Albans Abbey, made highly spiced buns which the monks gave to the poor who appeared at the refectory door on Good Friday. The historian added that Brother Thomas was likely making peace with the locals who resented the Church. Monasteries at that time held an enormous amount of power.

St Albans Cathedral website tells us that their hot cross buns are still made locally — at Redbournbury Mill, which the abbey once owned. Anyone interested can find them the old fashioned way, by going to the Abbot’s Kitchen. They are available throughout Lent to Easter Monday.

The historian gave an Alban bun to Berry, who said it was much spicier than conventional hot cross buns. There is also no pastry or paste cross on the Alban bun, rather one which is formed with a knife before baking.

Although Berry and the historian did not discuss the significance of the bun’s ingredients, the spices symbolise those used to embalm Jesus after His crucifixion. I cannot find anything about the meaning of the dried fruit in them, but years ago, I read that it represents the gentle character of Jesus. I have also read that the fruit pieces suggest the drops of blood He shed for us.

For centuries, people ate hot cross buns only on Good Friday in contemplation of the Crucifixion. These days, sadly, they are available nearly all year round.

During the Reformation, England’s Protestants — and, later, Puritans — condemned the eating of hot cross buns as Catholic superstition. During Elizabethan times, one could only purchase them in London on Good Friday, Christmas or for burials.

Historians point out that fruit breads with a cross existed in ancient Greece. The cross made it easier to divide the bread into four pieces.

A number of superstitions about hot cross buns abound. As for them not going stale, I can assure you that they must be eaten within 12 to 18 hours. They get hard as a rock after that. And, yes, they also go mouldy.

Mary Berry makes hot cross buns for her family during Lent. The BBC has made her recipe available.

Jamaican bun

Berry spent time with Bettina, who is originally from Jamaica and belongs to a Baptist church in Nottingham.

Bettina makes Jamaican buns for the ladies at her church during Lent. They are actually large cakes, served in thin slices, often with Jamaican cheese. The buns are also very dark, because they have stout in them. This recipe looks like the one Bettina uses.

Escoveitch fish

Bettina also made a standard Good Friday dish of escoveitch (ceviche) fish for Berry to try. After marinating in a ceviche manner, Bettina pan fried the fish, basting it regularly. It looked delicious.

She served it with peppers, chocho and chilis. This recipe is like Bettina’s.

Bettina explained that marinating fish in vinegar dates back to the Moors, who introduced it to Spain. The Spanish, in turn, took the technique with them to the New World.

Russian devilled eggs and pascha

Berry met with a Russian Orthodox home cook and a priest, who explained how their Church observes Lent.

Father Peter explained that church members continue to follow the centuries-old vegetarian Lent, which starts two weeks earlier than the Catholic and Protestant one. They do not consume any food at all on Good Friday. Lenten fasting does not end until the Easter Vigil service ends, which is sometime between 3:00 and 3:30 a.m. Afterwards, everyone — including children — enjoys a feast.

Holy Thursday, which the Orthodox call ‘Clean Thursday’, is a busy, yet contemplative day, Father Peter said. It is the traditional spring cleaning day and it is also when the Easter cake, pascha, is made. Pascha is the word for Easter.

Pascha is a cheesecake with dried fruit. It is put into a pyramid mould with a Russian Orthodox cross on one side and ‘XB’ (‘Christ is risen’) on the other.

Another Russian Easter favourite is the devilled egg. A home cook made this for Berry. It involves peeled hard boiled eggs which are left to steep in beet juice. The programme did not mention this, but the red juice symbolises Christ’s blood. After several hours, the eggs are cut in half, the yolks devilled and piped back into the egg white centres. Caviar is a favourite topping.

Babka

Berry went to meet a Polish family in Cambridgeshire. They explained the importance of getting their Easter food blessed at church on Holy Saturday. I wrote about that in 2010.

In addition to coloured eggs, onto which the children were busy etching designs, olives are also an important Easter food for the Poles, probably because of their egg-like shape. Both symbolise life.

The husband made Berry a babka, the traditional Easter cake, which takes three days to make properly. Most of that time involves the rise of the enriched dough, similar to a brioche. He used a babka mould, similar to a kugelhopf mould, and added a chocolate insert. You could use a bundt cake mould.

Those who do not care for chocolate can add dried fruit instead.

A number of babka recipes exist, however, I have not been able to find the one this man used, which is the traditional one. He used his mother’s and, watching him make it, that’s definitely the original. Beware of ‘quick’ or ‘easy’ babka recipes. If anyone can point to one, please share the recipe or a link by commenting below. Many thanks!

Incidentally, he explained that ‘babka’ is also a complimentary word for a woman and a gracious name for a grandmother.

I’ll watch next week’s show and let you know what else Mary Berry discovers in the world of Easter food traditions.

Hope AcademyThe history of the Christmas tree dates back to the ancient world and is not as straightforward as we might believe.

(Photo credit: Hope Christmas Trees)

Pre-Christian winter foliage

The practice of decorating one’s home with greenery during the winter was widespread in the ancient world near the Mediterranean and the lands that would become Europe.

At winter solstice, Egyptians used to bring green date palm leaves into the home to symbolise life over death.

Romans celebrated the shortest day of the year by honouring Saturnus, the god of agriculture. They decorated their homes with greenery. Those who displayed laurel leaves did so in honour of their emperor.

Much further north, Druids in ancient Britain used evergreen branches in their winter solstice rituals and placed the boughs over their doors to ward off evil spirits. They also regarded holly and mistletoe as symbols of eternal life.

Other ancient peoples in Europe cut down fir trees and planted them in boxes inside their homes during this time.

Christianity’s effect

Once Christianity began to spread, some early theologians told their followers to discontinue the practice of displaying greenery in mid-winter because it was a pagan practice.

In the 2nd century, Tertullian objected equally to displaying laurel leaves in honour of the Roman emperor:

Let them over whom the fires of hell are imminent, affix to their posts, laurels doomed presently to burn: to them the testimonies of darkness and the omens of their penalties are suitable. You are a light of the world, and a tree ever green. If you have renounced temples, make not your own gate a temple.

Later, around 700, the missionary Boniface — later canonised — was spreading the Gospel message in what is now Germany, where the people worshipped Thor. In Geismar, Boniface chopped down the Oak of Thor where human sacrifices were made and worship took place. The stories differ as to what happened next. One says that a fir tree sprung up in its place, causing the missionary to think it was a providential sign that the evergreen should be a Christian symbol. Another version says that Boniface pointed the people to a fir tree which he said symbolised the Holy Trinity because of its triangular shape as well as the love and mercy of God.

Paradise trees

During the Middle Ages, Christmas Eve was the feast day of Adam and Eve.

Churches used to feature dramas as part of Christmas worship. The plays tied in biblical themes and linked the Creation story to the Nativity. Churches had as backdrops ‘paradise trees’, which were draped with fruit.

By the end of the Middle Ages, the plays were no longer performed in church but out in the open air. Not surprisingly, these outdoor performances soon turned into rowdy, drunken events.

When the Reformation took root in the 16th century, many places banned the plays from the public square and the trees from churches. People began to put up paradise trees in their homes instead. These displays were called paradises even when they were simple boughs.

People decorated their paradises with round pastry wafers to symbolise the Eucharist. This developed into the tradition of decorating trees with sweet biscuits and the near-universal use of round ornaments.

The Reformation

The use of Christmas trees was controversial from the time of the Reformation through to the mid-19th century.

Legend tells us that Martin Luther had one in his home, although Christianity Today says this has little basis in fact. My Lutheran readers are welcome to tell me more in the comments.

The story has it that, in 1500, Luther was walking through a wood on Christmas Eve. The snow shimmering on the boughs of the fir trees moved him to bring a small evergreen in to his home for his children. He decorated it with candles which he lit in honour of Christ’s birth.

The tradition of Christmas greenery continued and returned to church sanctuaries. In the 17th century, however, some Lutheran ministers made their dislike for it known. Johann von Dannhauer said these displays distracted from Jesus Christ, the true evergreen tree.

Trees displayed in church often had a wooden pyramid of candles standing next to them. The candles represented families or individuals who belonged to the church. Later these pyramids were placed on the tree itself. It sounds like quite a fire hazard, but this gave us the tradition of a tree with lights.

In the early United States, Dutch and German immigrants brought the Christmas tree tradition with them. Hessian troops who had helped to fight in the Revolution also made the festive trees popular.

That said, the Puritans in New England banned all Christmas celebrations and decorations. Schools and commerce ran as usual on December 25.

American displays of trees in churches sometimes courted controversy. In 1851, a minister in Cleveland, Ohio, had to defend placing a tree in his church. He nearly lost his job.

The 19th century

In England, the Georgian kings from the House of Hanover carried on their displays of Christmas trees. German immigrants to England did so, too. However, the public resented the German Monarchy and wanted nothing to do with such traditions.

It was only with the popularity of Queen Victoria that the Christmas tree tradition spread across the country. Her consort Prince Albert, of German descent, set up a grand tree at Windsor Castle for the family in 1841. At this time, presents were hung on the branches where possible.

Elsewhere, members of the European nobility popularised the tradition. In 1808, Countess Wilhelmine of Holsteinborg lit the first Christmas tree in Denmark. Although unaware of the Countess’s experience at that time, Hans Christian Andersen wrote The Fir Tree in 1844. Princess Henrietta of Nassau-Weilburg introduced the Christmas tree to Vienna in 1816. It wasn’t long before all Austrians had one. In France, the Duchesse d’Orléans had a tree in her home in 1840. The Russian royal family also had a Christmas tree.

In the United States, civic leaders were unhappy with the way that Christmas Day turned into revelry. Clement Moore’s 1822 poem, known today as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”, and other similar works helped to change the nature of Christmas to a family-oriented celebration focussed on the home.

In 1851, a farmer in the Catskills (New York) named Mark Carr loaded two ox sledges with evergreen trees and took them to New York City. He sold every one of them.

20th century and later developments

By 1900, one in five American families had a Christmas tree.

By 1920, nearly all American households had one.

A decade later, during the Depression, tree growers were unable to sell fir trees to companies for landscaping. There just wasn’t enough money for that type of thing. Nurserymen decided to convert their businesses into Christmas tree farms. They soon discovered that the public preferred cultivated trees for their symmetrical shape.

Today, Christmas trees are big business. Ordering them online requires purchasing in November to avoid disappointment. For those who prefer artificial ones, aerosol pine sprays give that unforgettable scent of Yuletide cheer.

Whatever we choose to display, it seems that displaying greenery is an atavistic part of winter celebrations and the anticipation of new life. For believers, that new life is the Infant Jesus.

My thanks to my reader Lleweton who sent me a link from American Conservative with predictions for the modern world by the late sociologist Pitrim A. Sorokin.

American Conservative‘s source for Sorokin’s five points is Morris Berman’s site. Berman is an American social critic and historian who has been living in Mexico since 2006. (Regarding the ensuing comments, the tenor of what Berman has to say is in sharp contrast with what he posted. Readers, be warned!)

This is what Sorokin wrote. This comes from his magnum opus Social and Cultural Dynamics, written between 1937 and 1941:

  1. The boundary between true and false, and beautiful and ugly, will erode. Conscience will disappear in favor of special interest groups. Force and fraud will become the norm; might will become right, and brutality rampant. It will be a bellum omnium contra omnes, and the family will disintegrate as well. “The home will become a mere overnight parking place.”
  1. Sensate values “will be progressively destructive rather than constructive, representing in their totality a museum of sociocultural pathology….The Sensate mentality will increasingly interpret man and all values ‘physicochemically,’ ‘biologically,’ ‘reflexologically,’ ‘endocrinologically,’ ‘behavioristically,’ ‘economically’…[etc.].”
  1. Real creativity will die out. Instead, we shall get a multitude of mediocre pseudo-thinkers and vulgar groups and organizations. Our belief systems will turn into a strange chaotic stew of science, philosophy, and magical beliefs. “Quantitative colossalism will substitute for qualitative refinement.” What is biggest will be regarded as best. Instead of classics, we shall have best-sellers. Instead of genius, technique. Instead of real thought, Information. Instead of inner value, glittering externality. Instead of sages, smart alecs. The great cultural values of the past will be degraded; “Michelangelos and Rembrandts will be decorating soap and razor blades, washing machines and whiskey bottles.”
  1. Freedom will become a myth. “Inalienable rights will be alienated; Declarations of Rights either abolished or used only as beautiful screens for an unadulterated coercion. Governments will become more and more hoary, fraudulent, and tyrannical, giving bombs instead of bread; death instead of freedom; violence instead of law.” Security will fade; the population will become weary and scared. “Suicide, mental disease, and crime will grow.”
  1. The dies irae of transition will not be fun to live through, but the only way out of this mess, he wrote, is precisely through it. Under the conditions outlined above, the “population will not be able to help opening its eyes [this will be a very delayed phase in the U.S., I’m guessing] to the hollowness of the declining Sensate culture…. As a result, it will increasingly forsake it and shift its allegiance to either Ideational or Idealistic values.” Finally, we shall see the release of new creative forces, which “will usher in a culture and a noble society built not upon the withered Sensate root but upon a healthier and more vigorous root of integralistic principle.” In other words, we can expect “the emergence and slow growth of the first components of a new sociocultural order.”

Please feel free to discuss this in the comments.

Here’s my take.

I agree with nearly all these points. However, a few bones of contention follow.

First, I disagree with the last sentence in point 1: home will become an overnight parking place. There is no explanation as to why he said this. Therefore, I’m working on assumptions here.

Sorokin was a sociology professor at Harvard from 1930 to 1968. Living and travelling in the Northeast, he no doubt witnessed the rise in what were then known as ‘dormitory communities’, or suburbs, as we call them today. Men, particularly near New York, worked in Manhattan then returned home via commuter train to Long Island, New Jersey, Westchester County or Connecticut. A 1960s example is Mad Men‘s Don Draper.

These days, that still holds true, however, more businesses are moving to the suburbs. Their offices are located off of turnpikes and tollroads. There are also more people working from home, at least a few days a week. So it seems most of us still enjoy the charm of our own four walls.

The only men I know who like being away from home are thirtysomethings with young children. They love hopping on a plane for overnight business trips. A generalisation, I know, but those are the managers I’ve worked for in the past.

My second point of disagreement is with the last statement in point 3 regarding artistic masterpieces appearing on banal, albeit useful, objects. Ask young people if they know who Michelangelo and Rembrandt are. Most school leavers would give you a blank stare. Furthermore — and sadly — classical art is nothing more than a collection of museum pieces these days. Portraiture, classical painting and sculpture are no longer taught in art schools anywhere. Today, it’s all about photography or installation art.

Finally, the item I disagree with most is point 5. However, in order to understand it, it is important to know that Sorokin’s work relies on the following principles:

“ideational” (reality is spiritual), “sensate” (reality is material), or “idealistic” (a synthesis of the two). He suggested that major civilizations evolve from an ideational, to an idealistic, and eventually to a sensate mentality. Each of these phases of cultural development not only seeks to describe the nature of reality, but also stipulates the nature of human needs and goals to be satisfied, the extent to which they should be satisfied, and the methods of satisfaction. Sorokin has interpreted the contemporary Western civilization as a sensate civilization dedicated to technological progress and prophesied its fall into decadence and the emergence of a new ideational or idealistic era.

Except that in all his research on the subject, he found only two eras in the whole of history which he considered idealistic. Varacalli Nichols, writing for Catholic Social Scientists, explains (p. 6 of PDF, emphasis mine):

In 1937, in the first three volumes of Social and Cultural Dynamics, Sorokin provided the first relatively full statement of Integralism, although he used the term “idealistic culture mentality” for it.13 This mentality was defined as a harmonious blend of two fundamentally opposed premises about reality/value: that it was spiritual (ideational premise) and that it was secular (sensate premise). Within the idealistic synthesis, the ideational component retained primacy. Although some persons in all eras had idealistic mentalities, idealistic systems of culture and society were relatively rare and short-lived. The fourth century B.C. and the twelfth to thirteenth centuries of the Christian era in Europe were the only two examples Sorokin found over a period of twenty-five centuries.

Therefore, it hardly seems realistic to expect another anytime soon.

Yet, Sorokin strongly believed in utopian society. His obituary in the Harvard Crimson of February 12, 1968, tells us:

In 1949, he founded the Harvard Center for Research in Creative Altruism. As the Center’s first and only chairman, he was often criticized. His research into the lives of 4600 Christian saints, and 500 living American altruists, his descriptions of five-dimensional love, and his study of Raja-Yoga techniques led some to regard him mistakenly as a ludicrous eccentric.

Sorokin knew that. He said:

Since governments, big foundations, and better brains seem to be absorbed mainly in the promotion of wars and in the invention of increasingly destructive means for the extermination of man by man, someone, somehow, and sometime had to engage in the study of the phenomena of unselfish love, no matter how inadequate were his capabilities or how low the esteem of colleagues for his engaging in such a ‘foolish enterprise’.

He believed Man is basically good. Humanity just needs to be channelled into doing good things for others in order for utopia to happen. Once we put away our selfishness and antagonism, we will have fewer wars and greater harmony.

Hmm. If we were basically good, we would not cajoling to be altruistic. Scripture tells us we have lived in a fallen world since Original Sin. Nothing will change that, although the effects can be ameliorated somewhat.

Sorokin was brought up in a Russian Orthodox peasant household in Komi, near the Finnish border. He attended Russian Orthodox school prior to studying at the University of St Petersburg. He became involved in the Social Revolutionary Party whilst in school. Unlike the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks, the Social Revolutionaries were the only ones open to bringing together peasants, the proletariat and intellectuals.

Sorokin ran into trouble with the Tsarist police, then the Bolsheviks. He was no stranger to arrest or imprisonment. Nonetheless, he was far from being the only political activist to encounter such things. He completed his studies and, by 1914, was lecturing at the University of St Petersburg’s Psycho-Neurological Institute.

For a time, he served as secretary to Prime Minister Alexander Kerensky in the Russian Constituent Assembly. After the October Revolution, he refused to tow the Bolshevik line and was imprisoned. Lenin sentenced him to death but released him in 1918. Sorokin resigned from the Assembly and sent a letter to Pravda accordingly. Lenin published his own lengthy response to Sorokin’s letter. Lenin wrote:

Pitirim Sorokin is representative of the Menshevik Socialist-Revolutionary trend, an extremely broad public and political trend. That this is a single trend, that the difference between the Mensheviks and the Socialist-Revolutionaries in their attitude towards the struggle between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat is insignificant, is especially convincingly and strikingly borne out by the events in the Russian revolution since February 1917. The Mensheviks and the Socialist-Revolutionaries are varieties of petty-bourgeois democrats—that is the economic essence and fundamental political characteristic of the trend in question. We know from the history of the advanced countries how frequently this trend in its early stages assumes a “socialist” hue.

Soon afterward, he founded the University of St Petersburg’s sociology department. However, he was arrested again in 1922. He and his wife were able to migrate across Europe towards the United States.

Once in the Midwest in 1923, universities invited Sorokin to lecture on the Russian Revolution. The University of Minnesota offered him a professorship in their sociology department. By 1930, he had accepted a similar position at Harvard, where he taught for the next 38 years.

Sorokin, drawing on his background, did several years’ work in rural sociology, which encompassed the changing countryside landscape, including farming and family life.

Afterward, in 1948, he obtained funding from the Eli Lilly Foundation to research altruism and how it could be made into more of a commonplace social practice.

No doubt Sorokin was able to use much research and many insights which gave him — and others — hope for the future.

In early 1917, Vladimir Lenin was living in Zurich, Switzerland, with his wife who needed a goiter removed. They were in Bern and Zurich to seek an expert surgeon and have the procedure done.

The Great War was in full flow, with Russia and Germany on opposite sides.

Lenin was eager to get back to Russia to further his plans for revolution, which began only months later. He was also unhappy with what some prominent Social-Democrats, among them Bolsheviks, had been saying and doing in his absence.

With war raging in the countries surrounding Switzerland, Lenin, his family and friends spent much time discussing the best way of returning to Russia.

The Swiss Communist Fritz Platten appealed directly to the German Foreign Minister’s office for help. Germany was only too glad to help. If Lenin started the Revolution upon his return, Russia would be forced to exit the Great War in chaos and disgrace.

The Germans provided a specially sealed train — one carriage, possibly with blackout shades or windows — to transport Lenin’s group along with other Russian exiles from Switzerland through Germany. Two German Army officers were also on board.

In Young Stalin, Simon Sebag Montefiore tells us that upon boarding, Lenin immediately implemented a smoking policy — a near ban (p. 329). Smokers could light up only in the lavatory. Non-smokers were given ‘first-class’ priority to use the lavatory over the smokers. One can imagine the consternation over the ensuing three days before the group finally arrived at the German port which ran the ferry to Sweden, the group’s next stop.

Another pet peeve of Lenin’s was listening to music (p. 330). He loathed it because it distracted him from beating people ‘on the head without mercy’.

It took another four days to reach St Petersburg. Once there, Lenin barked invectives and criticism at those who came to greet him (pp. 330, 331).

And there we see the mindset of an early anti-smoker in action.

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