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Guest Post: Do The Swiss Know Something The Rest Of Us Don't?
ZeroHedge ^ | 10/7/12 | John R. Schindler

Posted on 10/08/2012 5:35:18 PM PDT by Kartographer

Do the Swiss know something the rest of us don’t?

Ueli Maurer, the Swiss defense minister, has been making coy statements about the European crisis getting ugly – as in really ugly, like needing armed troops to deal with it. This sounds more like Greece, where the rioting is regular and increasingly scary, than anything in Central Europe, but where the whole EU furball is headed does seem less than clear of late.

The Swiss are famous for preparing for everything and having an absolutely huge army, relative to their population, to deal with any eventuality. They maintain their special military system, based on training for nearly the whole male population but a very small active duty cadre (plus a few, tiny UN peacekeeping-type missions abroad, since the Swiss have an actually defensive defense force): the Swiss can call up over 200,000 trained troops, which is but one-third of what was on-call twenty years ago – like everyone, they have downsized as the threat has receded since the fall of the Soviet bloc – but that’s still pretty huge in Swiss terms. In America, that would mean a mobilization strength of nearly 8,000,000 for the U.S. military (it’s a hair under three million, in case you were wondering).

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: preparedness; preppers

1 posted on 10/08/2012 5:35:21 PM PDT by Kartographer
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!!


2 posted on 10/08/2012 5:37:42 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

cheese

3 posted on 10/08/2012 5:37:58 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Kartographer

How to make hot chocolate?


4 posted on 10/08/2012 5:44:49 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Kartographer

I don’t know Switzerland’s looking better and better all the time especially if Obamanation is allowed to stay on and finish his abomination the creates desolation.


5 posted on 10/08/2012 5:45:52 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: PapaNew

I’ve been scoping Iceland.


6 posted on 10/08/2012 5:51:35 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: PapaNew
I don’t know Switzerland’s looking better and better all the time...

I hear ya....folks are preppin'...I'm studying how to get a Visa into the Confoederatio Helvetica...

7 posted on 10/08/2012 5:51:35 PM PDT by IrishPennant (Dr Erkel and Mr. Jive...lurking the streets of DC)
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To: EEGator

Icelandic is hard to learn.


8 posted on 10/08/2012 5:56:54 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30

True. I think they almost all speak English a second language. Citizenship takes 7 years or 4 if you marry an Icelandic chick. Plenty of time to learn. I hope they need electrical engineers...


9 posted on 10/08/2012 6:02:09 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

English a second = English as a second


10 posted on 10/08/2012 6:03:00 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

FYI, Islandic singles http://www.metrodate.com/is/ GUILTY!


11 posted on 10/08/2012 6:14:12 PM PDT by WellyP (question!)
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To: WellyP

This one is a LOT BETTER! http://www.doulike.com/locals/Iceland_single_Women.html
Very GUILTY!


12 posted on 10/08/2012 6:17:00 PM PDT by WellyP (question!)
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To: WellyP
There are some good ones too. They don't need to advertise.
13 posted on 10/08/2012 6:20:29 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

I’ve been to Switzerland.

Zurich is a typical big dirty city. But where I stayed, in Bern, it was absolutely beautiful. People swim in the river that goes around the city. In July, the water temp. was 50deg F. Quite chilly. But I did it half a doz. times. The river flows really fast. And there are many sets of steps on the side along the river. So you go upstream and jump in and the river carries you really fast. I saw little girls doing it so I said what the heck I can do this. What a blast that was. But if you miss the last set of steps, you hit the dam where they get hydroelectric power! Not while I was visiting, but someone did die that way.


14 posted on 10/08/2012 6:28:31 PM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: Jonty30

Swiss, on the other hand, is easy to learn.


15 posted on 10/08/2012 6:31:36 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: bicyclerepair

I know Switzerland is made up of Cantons. What did they primarily speak in the one you were located in?


16 posted on 10/08/2012 6:31:42 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Kartographer

I love Switzerland. My home away from home. Every household is armed. The food is good, the people are nice.


17 posted on 10/08/2012 6:32:23 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Kartographer

The Swiss could teach us a lot of things. About healthcare, about the presidency (rotated there among canton leaders), about serving alcohol in coffee houses, about dogs in restaurants, about the ability of citizens to organize referendums and wipe out any laws, about how to make cheese and watches.


18 posted on 10/08/2012 6:35:10 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Kartographer

I’m one quarter Swiss and go there every now and then...
Yes, they are prepared but most are smug and rude...
They’d rather sell their oldest child than get involved in anything that doesn’t directly benefit them....
Just sayin’ ......


19 posted on 10/08/2012 6:36:08 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: EEGator

They are more federal than we are. The cantons are fully autonomous within reason, different holidays,etc. they speak German French or Italian and usually by the name you can figure out which language. Oh, yeah — they don’t exactly speak “high German” but a delightful Ebonics style dialect known as Schwiizerduuetch, in which somehow I became fluent.


20 posted on 10/08/2012 6:36:28 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: IrishPennant

Don’t do it...
Too damn expensive...


21 posted on 10/08/2012 6:37:31 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: Revolting cat!

And the women are just as pretty.


22 posted on 10/08/2012 6:38:58 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Yaelle

I know a dude from Switzerland who speaks Swiss German. He has a French wife. It was fun to talk politics and business with them.


23 posted on 10/08/2012 6:39:10 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: matginzac

damned money always gets in the way...


24 posted on 10/08/2012 6:47:43 PM PDT by IrishPennant (Dr Erkel and Mr. Jive...lurking the streets of DC)
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To: Revolting cat!

Healthcare for SURE. their quality and hygiene are less than ours, and their doctors cant be sued so they are little gods, but their insurance system is far superior. I worked in human resources there. Best is that everyone buys their own insurance, it’s not tied to the employer. There are three tiers, really cheap so even an elderly pensioner can afford it, called “ward” — meaning your care is less but still “decent.” You are in a big room in the hospital, a ward. Then the typical semi- private level, with your typical middle class care for pretty much everyone. And of course a private level for the wealthy, or special circumstances ( say you have a very sick child - you could decide to give him private).

And they are geniuses when it comes to accident insurance. They have no cottage industry in ripping off employers, because employers pay for ALL ACCIDENTS. No need to figure out if it was work related. A broken leg skiing, the employer pays. No one tries to get anything “over” on their employers. There is not much you can sue for. So the amounts of accidents are far less, as most Swiss prefer to work than to shirk. Doctors routinely write sick notes or injury notes excusing workers for weeks, and just as routinely the worker shows up much sooner. Every missed day is paid, so they don’t have the drive to fake sick days. It’s a different mindset. People prefer to be thought well of, so often they work sick, even though they are fully paid when ill.


25 posted on 10/08/2012 6:49:27 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: EEGator
I know Switzerland is made up of Cantons. What did they primarily speak in the one you were located in?

Cantonese.

26 posted on 10/08/2012 6:53:05 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (ua)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Oh man, that was horrible!


27 posted on 10/08/2012 6:55:39 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: ClearCase_guy

Damn! Beat me to it.


28 posted on 10/08/2012 7:02:10 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Travis McGee

Ping; don’t know if you’re on this ping list. This ZeroHedge article is worth checking out.


29 posted on 10/08/2012 7:25:04 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: PapaNew

I was in Zurich years ago. One thing I did notice is that I actually saw dudes go into corner stores with a firearm.


30 posted on 10/08/2012 7:41:09 PM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: Kartographer

“Shoot twice and go home.”


31 posted on 10/08/2012 7:44:50 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Kartographer
See you guys. The Oklahomans and I are going to stay and beat on Obama's butt if he wins a second turn. Once we get him done, we're going to see about lettin' y'all back it. Gonna cost you many, many krona, francs, yuan and yen. Plus, you're going to have to pass American History and English as well as civics. And no, we won't accept transcripts. So go on, get outta here.

By the way, if you're from New York City and you leave, I'm sorta hoping you'll just stay where you are.
32 posted on 10/08/2012 8:28:43 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: max americana

Lived between Zurich and Zug 2008-09. Nearly every home/apartment had a bomb shelter (law changed recently, new homes don’t have to have one). Beautiful place to visit - too expensive to live there.


33 posted on 10/08/2012 8:33:22 PM PDT by LibertyOh
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To: Kartographer

The Swiss don’t know anything we don’t about the situation. They are doing as they always do. We are doing what we always do.

But someone got an article out of it anyway, so it’s all good.


34 posted on 10/08/2012 8:55:20 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....The days are long, but the years are short.....)
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To: Revolting cat!

>> “Swiss, on the other hand, is easy to learn.” <<

.
French, Italian, a little German...


35 posted on 10/08/2012 8:59:10 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor

And the always exciting Romansch.


36 posted on 10/08/2012 9:00:31 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: matginzac

>> “Yes, they are prepared but most are smug and rude...” <<

.
Arrogant is the word I’d use.


37 posted on 10/08/2012 9:01:41 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: LibertyOh

Sweet! Did you head to Lucerne too?


38 posted on 10/08/2012 9:03:05 PM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: SaxxonWoods

The Swiss know that Europe is coming down fast, and they have been planning for it for a long time; wishing for it too.


39 posted on 10/08/2012 9:09:08 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: EEGator
"There are some good ones too. They don't need to advertise"

DNA studies have indicated that the Viking stopped in Ireland and picked up the women from there on their way to Iceland.

Male DNA is from further north and female DNA is from Ireland.

40 posted on 10/08/2012 9:21:19 PM PDT by blam
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To: Kartographer

no offense to those that serve, but i will be in a militia before being conscripted and forced into the us army.


41 posted on 10/08/2012 9:22:58 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Kartographer

Folks, you can keep Switz. and Iceland, or Belize, or Outer Butthurt, or wherever you like.

I and countless others are staying. This is OUR land, OUR fight, and we will defend ourselves against Fedzilla, their EBT-card-wielding pawns, and all others who will make up the target-rich environment to come.


42 posted on 10/08/2012 9:42:44 PM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: WellyP
This one is a LOT BETTER! http://www.doulike.com/locals/Iceland_single_Women.html Very GUILTY!


43 posted on 10/08/2012 10:02:03 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Doogle

Whadda cutie :)


44 posted on 10/09/2012 10:03:21 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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