Monday, November 21, 2016



Front cover of TBR's November-December 2016 issue

(Note: an audio interview with the author about this article, featuring expanded information, is scheduled for release on or about December 26, 2016. When released, a link will be provided here.)

The November-December 2016 issue of The Barnes Review has been released. This issue features the blogger's article on Minidoka National Historic Site in Southern Idaho (operated by the National Park Service). December 7th is Pearl Harbor Day, remembering the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. What is seldom remembered is the reasons behind the attack, nor is the fact that 120,000 or more Japanese-Americans were incarcerated in concentration camps by the US Army. The article alludes to ten camps, but there were more scattered throughout the US. There were also some 26 camps housing Germans, Italians and others. This piece of writing features a small tidbit about the Japanese at Minidoka, near Jerome, Idaho. Minidoka National Historic Site is open free of charge to the public the year around and features displays along a self-guiding trail. We think you find this article interesting. TBR is an unabashed  "politically incorrect" History Magazine priced at $46 annually for six issues. If you want more information or wish to subscribe, simply visit their website:

      Thank you for reading my article! Here are a few color photographs of exhibits, park service literature and the location:

     Minidoka National Historic Site as it looks today, showing the original entrance and the restored guard tower and parking lot.

      There are two other National Park Service sites within about an hour's drive from Minidoka. They include the huge and fabulous Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, west of Arco, Idaho, and Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument at Hagerman Idaho. The monument features a large display of horse-fossils from a by-gone era. Minidoka, which is self-guided, is under the care of the Superintendent at Hagerman.

Written Photographed and Posted 
 Harald Hesstvedt Scharnhorst 

Monday, November 14, 2016



     Some years ago, when he was elected as the new Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi was variously described as either "The Savior of India" or "India's Worst Nightmare!"
For some he has become the worst nightmare! 
     All countries seem hell-bent on destroying their currencies. They do it by spending more money than they take in. Since they all live beyond their means by promising things they cannot deliver, they must create more money out of thin air. The more money in circulation, the lower its individual value and the more things cost. Sometimes such activity is not readily noticed, but at other times, particularly in times when things get completely out of control, governments are induced to "do something." And boy, do they! It is purely draconian!
     India's currency problem drives middle and upper class people into Gold. It is simply a time-tested means of retaining value. It is also a primary means of dowry in India. It's price may vary over time, but its value cannot be debased because it takes time and capital to find and manufacture the metal. 
     India makes the same mistakes as other countries have. They know that Gold is the enemy of their paper notes, so they try to restrict its importation by taxing it. That makes Gold expensive. The intent is to keep people from buying the metal and instead invest in currency. Eventually, Gold smugglers decide that they can make a profit by smuggling gold and selling it on the black market. This enrages the powers that be so they make it illegal to import without tax. Since smugglers are not deterred by that as long as there is demand, they continue. This leads the government to take more serious measures. Since smugglers use notes to buy and sell Gold, the Government of India decided to arbitrarily and without prior notice, suspend the value of notes, effectively but temporarily ending smuggling. But smugglers are always smarter than governments, they simply will move to other currencies or use a barter method to accomplish their goals.
     The problem with killing the notes and making them worthless, is that millions of people in India who are very poor, need notes to survive. By killing the value of the notes and making them worthless, these people are ruined. Instead of killing off smuggling, this idiotic policy destroys the people who most need money in the form of notes. Such policy is a symptom of insanity.
     An Indian friend of mine who is American educated, lives in India and is CEO of a company there, writes me there are millions of people in India who have been devastated by this policy!
   He further writes that this has created chaos: "Half (our) nation does not have electricity. Quarter (of our) nation has no bathrooms. 85% (of our) nation never uses internet. Baby girls are killed. Only 2% of all sales happen online and in that 98% are cash on delivery. Leaders these days are living in Facebook and Twitter and its leading to a total disconnect with the majority. I travel a lot especially to the poor folks. I went into this slum kind of area yesterday. A guy saved up to buy a bike for his would-be son in law as dowry. To buy a bike you don't need a bank account or tax number. Just give cash and drive off. Since the notes he had were useless, the marriage got called off. Many folks (are) like this, a farmer dies of (a) heart attack because his notes were useless."
     He also says:  "Ours is a country dependent on hard cash. Poor folks are panicking. Our PM (Prime Minister Modi) only talks great like Obama. So in order to do something he did this. There are 30 million in our country who do not have access to a toilet, yet instead of trying to do something more important, they did this. Our earlier RBI (Reserve Bank of India) governor Rajan was fired because he didn't let the govt do such crazy stuff."
     He also makes the point that what India needs is a "Trump" and that may happen in their next election come 2019. This fellow is pretty sharp. Four months ago he predicted a Trump win this election in the United States! He was right!
     The current situation is a tragedy for the people of India. To add insult to injury, they have now printed new notes with Gandhi's image on them! Gandhi would turn over in his grave to see his image misused like that! The worst part is, instead of exchanging bills to perhaps deter smuggling, the government of India made them worthless. The people have to start over. Can this sort of thing happen elsewhere including here? Yes indeed, the "war on cash" may spread. Unfortunately, it is stuff like this of which popular revolutions are made!

 Harald Hesstvedt Scharnhorst

Wednesday, November 9, 2016



     Over the last year, people in the United States and much of the Western World have been treated to the most destructive, most damaging, most nasty tirade of garbage spewed in politics that I have personally ever witnessed. It did not matter which Jewish-owned news source you went to, they all had the same lies almost word for word. I have alluded to that in my previous post titled "THE JOCKSTRAP MEDIA."
     In my judgment, one of the worst media "reporters" is CNN's biased "Wolf Blitzer," hence my moniker-title above. He is so bad he has even forgotten to act, he simply spews his venom like an angry cobra.
     It must have been particularly galling to him to have to report about the character at a Trump Rally who hollered "JEW-S-A" so loudly that even CNN had to pick it up! Whether it was a set-up or not, matters little: It was SAID!
     People have lost their jobs, their teaching positions and a lot more for saying things like that. Now, finally, after all these years,  CNN of all places, airs that! Does that mean Wolf Schlitzer is an anti-Semitic?! It is a fair question, because that's what he calls everybody that brings up the subject of Jewish control of media, banking and so on. 
     Perhaps what we owe the flamboyant Trump is a debt of thanks for finally making being outspoken, direct and honest, a mainstream thing. Maybe this is the beginning of the end of Political Correctness, which is just another euphemism for communism!
     Will Trump make a difference? That remains to be seen. Personally, I expect more of the same, regardless who is "in power!" But one thing is sure, the World will never be the same!
     CNN asked the question: How did the polls get it wrong? The answer is simple, they were all rigged, slanted or bogus. It was the European SPORTS-BETTERS who had 5 to 1.5 odds on Trump! They got it right! While sports-betting is not permitted in the US, it is popular elsewhere in the world. When more than 135 million dollars were bet as of Election Day morning, that tells a story worth repeating!
     CNN claims the election delivered a stunning rebuke to the elites. Well, that is good news, too. Maybe they need some rude rebuking! CNN also says the World is shocked! Really? Why so, have the Sheeple in the Western World been that asleep at the switch they cannot see what is being done to them?? Perhaps an honest answer is YES! That's what too much socialism will do for the brain!
     Yes, truly folks, we live in interesting times!

Harald Hesstvedt Scharnhorst