Mr. S.D. spotted this story(for which a big "thank you"), and I have to warn you now, this story is deliberately following yesterday's story about the Chinese hacking, and the geopolitical consequences following therefrom. The hypothesis that I will be advancing is, of course, all high octane speculation.

That speculation concerns the Mouse that Roared (see That's right, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is in the space news again, having previously drawn our attention when Elon Musk's Space X launched a military satellite for the Grand Duchy. And that, I averred last February when I blogged about it, meant that Luxembourg intended to become a "space power" or "space player." The question is why is the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg emerging as a "space player"? One can understand France, Germany, China, Russia, India, Japan &c, but Luxembourg? Back in February, I wrote the following about Space X's launch of the satellite, a military surveillance satellite:

My high octane speculation and intuition is that this is a first practical step on the build-out of redundancy into the financial clearing system, but with a unique twist: a surveillance capacity-for-hire comes with it, and this capacity could thus signal that non-territorial actors are being deliberately courted as the "target market" for the capability. Hence, the relationship with Musk's Space X is significant, for it presages more such launches of similar payloads in the future. Indeed, if certain of the satellite's capabilities are "reserved for governments and institions", one wonders exactly what those institutions are: banks, foundations, corporations come to mind, as also more salacious organizations.

In effect, Wibberly's fictitious Cold War scenario of the Mouse that Roared and The Mouse on the Moon is, in a way, becoming reality: Luxembourg means to be a player in the emerging space-based financial, communications, surveillance system.

And that means, more significantly, that Luxembourg will have to develop the means to defend those assets, and that, to my mind, is where those unnamed "institutions" and organizations come in. It will, in short, have to learn how to roar, and to acquire the means to do so.

In that context, consider now the article offered by Mr. S.D.:

Three American space startups to establish offices in Luxembourg

Now consider these details:

Three U.S. companies will set up offices in Luxembourg, the latest sign of an ongoing effort by the small European country to diversify its space economy.

The government of Luxembourg announced Sept. 27 that CubeRover, Hydrosat and Made In Space will all establish facilities in the country, in many cases working with local universities and companies. The work those companies do in Luxembourg will range from development of robotic arms to small planetary rovers.

“The success of our development strategy for the space sector, including the recent launch of the Luxembourg Space Agency, is confirmed once more with the settlement in Luxembourg of three space companies that plan to employ up to 85 people in the Grand-Duchy by 2023,” said Étienne Schneider, deputy prime minister and minister of the economy of the Luxembourg government and the driving force for the country’s recent space initiatives.

The largest agreement, in terms of jobs created, goes to Made In Space. That company, best known for additive manufacturing work on the International Space Station, plans to work on a low-cost modular robotic arm for in-space applications, and will create up to 50 jobs in the country.

“While we believe this product will reduce satellite makers’ barriers to greater capability on orbit, we also see our robotic arms as being integral to constructing space gateways, building lunar habitats and assisting in the in-space construction of future space stations,” said Jason Dunn, the founder of Made In Space, in a statement.

The company said that doing that work in Luxembourg allows it to “effectively partner” with European aerospace companies, although the company did not identify any specific partners.

It's that last sentence, I suspect, that gives away Luxembourg's - and Europe's - game, and that, of course, brings us to today's trademark High Octane Speculation. Luring American companies to the Grand Duchy could, of course, be a way of tying Europe's space industry to the USA in "another tie that binds." But I think not. Consider the recent news: the German finance minister Heiko Maas floated a trial balloon for Europe to create a financial clearing system as an alternative to the American-dominated SWIFT system. This was expanded into a Special Purpose mechanism to continue trade with Iran and by-pass US sanctions. Additionally, lest we forget, the Grand Duchy is Europe's other great international banking center/tax haven, conveniently located between Belgium, France, and Germany. So we have a banking center/tax haven that wants to be a major player in space, via the corporations it lures to Europe and does business with.

Then there's the other story that emerged this week, in my opinion a story that will have massive long-term geopolitical implications, that story being the Chinese hacking of many systems in the West via small computer chips placed in systems sold around the world. That's not just a national security issue for the USA, it's a security issue for Europe and all its component powers and smaller nations with technological capacity and engineering infrastructure (France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, &c). All that carefully built-up space technology infrastructure that the European Space Agency has constructed over the past decades is at risk if it is being built on chips from China. So is the military equipment, the railroads, you name it.

In short, Europe needs its own domestic "Silicon Valley," and I strongly suspect that what we're watching is the careful positioning of the Grand Duchy to become just that. I realize that this sounds insane and far-fetched. But again, consider its location, dead center between Europe's two largest economies and most technologically advanced nations.

What we may be watching, in other words, is the creation of a kind of "space version" of the old Republic of Venice: a banking center, fronting for transnational financial and corporate interests, collateralizing loans with trade it conducts all over the Mediterranean and Europe, and which had the money muscle to found a state arsenal and buy the technology to protect its interests with short, sudden, sharp applications of military force if need be; it was The Godfather, with cannons.

Luxembourg is already a banking center, and has now lured companies specializing in robots and space to its borders. Next, if my prediction proves to be correct, will be the computer tech industry itself. It may not happen soon, but given the Chinese hacking story, my bet is it will happen eventually.

See you on the flip side...


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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Pierre on October 14, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    sorry, wrong you are on this one Dr Jo. It’s the youknowwho’s as usual.
    I’d personally trust the Chinese if they brought out a Chinese Chip, even with their own backdoors, if it wasn’t for the way in which China , communist and capitalist, has come about in the same way ‘we’ have diminished as they were given the technology as Russia was prior as US was per Paperclip..
    The alleged ChinChip is the size of a grain of rice? easy to spot. ( again). measure the energy consumption of your computer when it is turned off to see what back doors are present and operating.

  2. Peter Sazonoff on October 12, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Just to keep more plates spinning, did anyone notice the recently breaking story (Lee Stranahan) about the HSBC – Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation – scandal, and its ties to Russiagate/Bill Browder? James Comey jumping from HSBC’s board of directors to head the FBI while the former was under US sanction for money laundering! Tip of the iceberg, and what an iceberg!

    • Gaia Mars-hall on October 13, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      Yes…very important link!

    • Robert Barricklow on October 14, 2018 at 11:34 am

      Thanks for pointing this out.

  3. Peter Sazonoff on October 12, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    No one seems to care for the plight of the poor overworked hackers. So many targets! So many players! PTSD anyone?

  4. Robert Barricklow on October 11, 2018 at 11:21 am

    This posts is extraordinary in sight and stitching the pieces in a coherent picture of where events are leading!

    • Robert Barricklow on October 11, 2018 at 11:23 am

      in insight…

  5. marcos toledo on October 9, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    Prepare yourselves for the underworld pirate alliance in space think 16th through 19th-century high sea shenanigans of the European powers around the world.

  6. goshawks on October 9, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    I made a long comment in February on this situation:

    My key paragraph: “This leads to: Who is the mover-and-shaker to force this ‘network’ into being? Obviously, way up on the PTB. My high-octane guess is one of the Anunnaki, now residing in Luxembourg…”

    It is becoming obvious that the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has been ‘chosen’ to be the Venice of the Space Age. Note how the Most Serene Republic of Venice was a ‘nothing’ place until the PTB of the time made it the center of the post-Rome world. Follow the money…

    The most interesting part of Joseph’s cited article was the Made In Space company. “That company, best known for additive manufacturing work on the International Space Station, plans to work on a low-cost modular robotic arm for in-space applications…” Look for mostly-robotic shipyards in space (Venetians had a large shipyard) constructing true spaceships with additive manufacturing in zero-g. Hmmm; maybe the SSP needs more manufacturing capability, or qualities that can only come from ships constructed in zero-g…

  7. Enigma3 on October 9, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Ah Luxembourg. The great European snake in the grass. A de facto Rosthchild state now wanting in on the space race. Now we will see how much money the Rothschilds are willing to ante up to play this game. It has always been curious to me that, up to now, no European state has attempted to set up a “Silicon Valley” there. Follow the money.

    • zendogbreath on October 10, 2018 at 1:12 am

      money? enigma, what are you goofy? why would they pay money? when they can pay in 1933 US treasury bearer bonds?

  8. Lost on October 9, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Except there’s basically no evidence for the “Chinese chip” hacking.

    And anyhow, that’s not how such a wide spread hack would be effected by any party attempting it.

    • Dule on October 9, 2018 at 9:06 am


      I wonder why Joseph ignores this.

      “In 2013, whistleblower Edward Snowden released documents showing that the NSA had a secret program called PRISM that allowed the agency to access private data on cloud services. A number of companies, including Apple, issued carefully worded denials. Several of them focused on claims in the initial Washington Post story that the NSA had “direct access” to user data. But while some of these details may have been wrong, the basic thrust of the story was correct: major tech companies really were participating in a secret NSA spying program called PRISM.

      This has led some people to wonder if something similar might be going on regarding Apple and Supermicro. But Apple’s broadly worded denials—and its decision to continue hammering away at the story days later—seem to rule that out.”


      NOTE: carefully worded denial VS. continue hammering away at the story

      • Dule on October 9, 2018 at 9:08 am

        also, from the same article:

        “And so far, no one has produced a Supermicro circuit board with a spy chip embedded in it. Bloomberg claimed that nearly 30 companies were affected by the attacks, so you might expect someone from at least one of those companies to report finding a modified board—again, as far as we know, this hasn’t happened.”

        • goshawks on October 9, 2018 at 3:39 pm

          Dule, your comment very early in the last thread – which ‘disappeared’ until recently – was very interesting. (I recommend folks check-out the URL in his comment. Frightening. Just gloss-over the techno-speak and read for consequences.)

          Given the Intel ME situation described in the article you referenced, the Chinese hack – whether real or not – pales in respect to the ME installed ‘vulnerabilities’. Care to comment on this aspect?

          From 3rd comment to Dule-cited article:
          “I believe it tells Boot Guard to start an alternate boot chain in a microOS alternative to ME that you don’t have available (and probably never will unless someone leaks it) to test with. We know that ME allows for remote access and control of machines where it is up and running, and can automatically download and update firmware for the CPU and subsystems on the motherboard. We know it allows all sorts of remote monitoring if those options are enabled. I wouldn’t be shocked that certain three-letter-acronym customers would rather that system be disabled entirely before system boot and their own ‘in-house’ trusted boot stack and control/monitoring software run instead of ME long before the system comes up and online into the OS and then network.”
          (Digest that, and apply to any Intel system in the world…)

  9. Miguel Oniga on October 9, 2018 at 7:25 am

    Would Joseph comment or speculate on Michael Salla’s book ‘Antarctica’s Hidden History’?

  10. anakephalaiosis on October 9, 2018 at 5:30 am

    Originally, Europe was founded on Druidic judiciary, and America on masonic judiciary. Difference is total vs partial transparency.

    Subsequently, American transparency finds its origin behind closed doors, whereas Druidic judiciary is culturally seeded, for everyone to see – and verify.

    Wild ox is great horns, 
    ferocious and brave beast,
    forward and fighting.

    Symbolizes protection of childbearing.

    • Kahlypso on October 10, 2018 at 4:05 am

      Can everyone please just remember… Sigfrid of Luxembourg.. and Melusina.

      • anakephalaiosis on October 10, 2018 at 7:15 am

        In case, Charlemagne rounded up a Saxon tribal truce in 782AD, and baptized and beheaded 4500 chieftains and their sons, then so-called “holy roman empire” is founded as wolf’s-head in sanctuary, spawning Viking age in retaliation.

        Keep that in mind, when European politicians are awarding themselves Charlemagne prizes. Anyone, associated with Charlemagne, is no friend of Widukind’s bloodline of Danes. No water spirit can balance scales not blindfolded.

        • Kahlypso on October 11, 2018 at 2:39 am

          Charlemagne subjugated the Germanic tribes (saxon)nd réinstated the Holy Roman Empire. The Danes and the Franks had a ‘truce’ of kinds. .but it came at the assassination of King Godfred who was trying to help the Saxons get refuge from the Franks “liberation and cultural enhancement” Charlemagne didnt really have any trouble from the Danes.. that was for his incomptent sons to deal with..
          Christianity killed the Norse Gods ‘Church’.. Thou God is a Jealous and Proud god…

          • anakephalaiosis on October 12, 2018 at 3:33 am

            Slaughter at Verden 782AD is a consequence of Synod of Whitby 664AD. The underlying plot can ONLY be explained by Runic symbols, since the reduction of the Druidic system is social engineering.

            What appears to be religious, is in fact judicial. This particular argument cannot be made, without reconstructing the Runic symbols, that were the crux of the matter.

            The Runic symbols expose the claim of “divine right to rule” as climate change hoax. The Runic toolbox had to be wiped out by the oligarchs, and therefore we unbottle that genie of fine wine.

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