Unliveable Series 2023

Imagine, your bank can block 'YOUR MONEY' because they think you are spending too much money at your local supermarket, or they block your savings withdrawal to pay for an overseas operation in a foreign hospital, or you want to pay for a new car with cash—Well, it's happening in Holland right now. Worse still, all Dutch banks can collectively ban you from having an account at all, even if you have never done anything wrong!

Translated from Dutch

Banks [in Holland] may jointly examine the transactions of all their customers if it is up to the cabinet [government]. A new bill would give banks the option to exchange transactions and customer data en masse to detect money laundering. Each bank already monitors its customers individually. But that sometimes goes wrong, with dire consequences. That is why critics fear that the bill will lead to a "banking dragnet" that makes it more difficult to become a customer of a bank.

It is hard to imagine that Ruud Zonneveld launders criminal money. He is a 'neat saver', he says himself, who does not invest his salary in crypto or in cash but keeps it in the bank - ING [Bank], in his case. He, therefore, does not understand why he and his wife have received successive messages from ING [Bank]. [The Bank is asking] why did Ruud pay thousands of euros to Albert Heijn [a local supermarket] in his area last year? (The answer: groceries.)

The spring sun warms my face as it shines through an open office window. The sky is a special kind of blue, a blue which can only come from an ocean's nearby reflection. Small birds chirp with joyful tunes as they go about their business. Tiny buds are beginning to turn green on the trees in my garden and small flowers are in bloom. Spring is here in Northern Europe and I have a wave of excitement running through my bones—Except. . . It's the first week of January. It shouldn't be like this, but it's the third January in a row of record warmth here.

We are indeed living in strange times, fantastic times, wonderous times, dark times, dangerous times, as Bob Dylan wrote—The Times They Are A-Changin' and of course, they are changing —Faster than a speeding bullet.

On January 1st 2020 our world, once again changed forever when we learned of a dangerous new virus sweeping China. SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) The eventual pandemic of Covid-19 was seen by the elites as a remarkable chance to usher in a new era for mankind called 'The Great Reset.' Or—the Fourth Industrial Revolution. See the picture left.

We are only one week into 2023 and already stories of incredible record-breaking weather events have been dominating the news. Now, before many of you shout me down screaming, " but it's winter, or, it's summer," let me remind you, I wrote "record-breaking," which means it has never happened before or hasn't happened in hundreds or thousands of years.

Just before Christmas, thousands of people became stranded after desperately trying to reach loved ones and families for the Christmas holidays in the US. Thousands of flights were cancelled due to the unprecedented conditions, and millions of people were without power.

Unliveable 22

Unliveable 2021 

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