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GLENN: You know, if you had a bank document that said, "The transaction you have with this bank is nothing but legal," shouldn't that be a red flag that's probably not legal and there's something shady going on? You know, when you're performing transactions with the ever popular Central Bank of Nigeria? Kind of a clue, am I being suckered here. I mean, the king of Nigeria has left, I mean, isn't that scam the biggest scam out there? I'm trying to -- I mean, that's like doing business with a guy whose actual name is Three Card Monte. Maybe it's just me. Now, all right. So the transaction you have with this bank is nothing but legal, tip number one. Tip number two, Central Bank of Nigeria. And tip number three, they are asking you to wire over a two year period over $400,000 to this crazy bank and they have given you nothing in return. All so you can get a piece of the fortune of your long lost grandfather in Nigeria. I'm thinking the warning bells go off but maybe it's just me. Well, according to Janella Spears, we should check if it's the same Spears family.

She's a nurse who teaches CPR and she's a minister who has married many couples. She couldn't believe that they knew her grandfather's name. Now, usually if you go, isn't your grandfather's name Ed? I'm like, are you kidding me? Hang on, let me wire half a million dollars to you. I mean, if you know my papa's name, then I just start bleeding cash but maybe that's just me. Spears said she doesn't think she's a sucker or an easy mark. She just got sucked into an elaborate scam. Janella, you might want to reevaluate that assessment. I'm just saying. What happened is Janella opened up her e-mail one day and little did she know it would change her life. The picture's a familiar one. Well, fairly familiar at the most. Apparently not so much to general Nell. Your grandfather, J. B. Spears, has left tens of millions of dollars behind. Just send us some money to help release the funds and we'll give you $20 million for your trouble. They also told her that George W. Bush and FBI director Robert Mueller, spelled wrong, spelled M-U-L-L-E-R were involved. But why would you check that on the Internet? I guess at no point would Janella Spears think, hmmm. Why wouldn't George W. Bush just send them $100 if he wanted his share of pop pop's fortune? Instead she was thinking, gosh, this administration is so stupid. Even if free money is staring them right in the face, they screw it up. Little me, Janella Spears. You know, I don't need help with this complicated transaction; all I do is send them money? Boy, what idiots.

Well, she sent $100 and she thought, this is going to be the easiest $20 million I've ever met. At least I think that's what she must have been thinking. But her luck was about to get even bigger. As soon as she transferred that $100, the amount she was going to receive jumped from $20 million to $26.6 million. Oh, my gosh! These Nigerians are so generous. She kept getting promises of bigger, bigger payments as long as she sent them money and so she kept doing it. She kept sending the money because "They kept telling me the next payment would be the last one and they said the money was inbound." She kept paying for two years. Everyone she knew, including law enforcement officials warned her this was a scam. I'll bet you her dog knew as well. But Spears, no word yet on relation to Britney Spears but I wouldn't doubt it, said she wouldn't listen. When she doubted the scam, the scammers boosted her confidence with -- and try not to laugh here because general Nell has feelings. The scammers boosted her confidence with letters from the president of Nigeria. Well, you don't think that. FBI director, still spelled wrong, Muller, and President George W. Bush himself. Yes, general Nell, George W. Bush is writing you letters encouraging you to wipe out you and your husband's retirement accounts so you can keep sending money to Nigeria. For two years she sent tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars to the scammer. T

he total ended up to be $400,000. The only reason she stopped, the Oregon Department of Justice accidentally stumbled onto the scam in progress. They were investigating another fraud case when they noticed somebody sending $144,000 to Nigeria in three weeks. They threatened to charge her with a crime if she didn't stop. She went, "Okay." That finally did the trick and now some guy in Nigeria is sitting on almost half a million dollars just from her. So what is it that we're supposed to learn from this, I guess? That greed is good? Greed blinded her. It's what caused her to dump almost her entire savings out the window. Greed. It's unbelievable -- hang on just a second. I'm getting -- hang on. I'm getting an e-mail here. I was going to say it's unbelievable... dear Glenn, we need your help. A prince left me $400 gazillion. I need you to send me $100 and for your trouble, I'll give you $22 of the $400 gazillion. Hmmm. Should I trust this? Along with the $22 gazillion, I will also send you The Christmas Sweater that you lost when you were a young boy. Holy cow, they knew about the Christmas Sweater. How could you possibly know about that? "How much money do you possibly need? Glenn." Yeah, I'm sorry. What was I saying?

Faced with an oppressive government that literally burned people at the stake for printing Bibles, America's original freedom fighters risked it all for the same rights our government is starting to trample now. That's not the Pilgrim story our woke schools and corporate media will tell you. It's the truth, and it sounds a lot more like today's heroes in Afghanistan than the 1619 Project's twisted portrait of America.

This Thanksgiving season, Glenn Beck and WallBuilders president Tim Barton tell the full story of who the Pilgrims really were and what we must learn from them, complete with a sneak peek at the largest privately owned collection of Pilgrim artifacts.

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Saule Omarova, President Joe Biden's nominee for comptroller of the currency, admitted she wants to fight climate change by bankrupting coal, oil, and gas companies. Alarmingly, Biden's U.S. special climate envoy, John Kerry, seemed to agree with Omarova when he said "by 2030 in the United States, we won't have coal" at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, earlier this month. But that could end in massive electrical blackouts and brownouts across the nation, BlazeTV host Glenn Beck warned.

Carol Roth, author of "The War On Small Business," joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain what experts say you can do now to prepare your family for potential coming power outages.

"It's interesting. Usually when I go out and talk to experts in areas that are not 100% core to my area of expertise and I say, 'I would like to give you credit.' Usually I get, 'OK, here's how you credit me.' But everyone is like, 'No, no. Let me tell you what happened, just don't use my name.' And this is across the country," Roth said. "This isn't just a California issue, which obviously [California] is leading the nation. But even experts out of Texas, people who are monitoring the electric grid are incredibly concerned about brownouts or blackouts now, already. So forget about 2030."

"You want to have a backup source of power," she continued. "Either a propane, diesel, or combo generator is something that you're going to want to have. Because in a state, for example like Texas, I'm told that once the state loses power, it will take a minimum of two weeks to restore plants back to operations and customers able to use grid power again. So, this isn't something that we've got nine years or whatever to be thinking about. We should be planning and preparing now."

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This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims and their Wampanoag allies in 1621. Tragically, nearly half of the Pilgrims had died by famine and disease during their first year. However, they had been met by native Americans such as Samoset and Squanto who miraculously spoke English and taught the Pilgrims how to survive in the New World. That fall the Pilgrims, despite all the hardships, found much to praise God for and they were joined by Chief Massasoit and his ninety braves came who feasted and celebrated for three days with the fifty or so surviving Pilgrims.

It is often forgotten, however, that after the first Thanksgiving everything was not smooth sailing for the Pilgrims. Indeed, shortly thereafter they endured a time of crop failure and extreme difficulties including starvation and general lack. But why did this happen? Well, at that time the Pilgrims operated under what is called the "common storehouse" system. In its essence it was basically socialism. People were assigned jobs and the fruits of their labor would be redistributed throughout the people not based on how much work you did but how much you supposedly needed.

The problem with this mode of economics is that it only fails every time. Even the Pilgrims, who were a small group with relatively homogeneous beliefs were unable to successfully operate under a socialistic system without starvation and death being only moments away. Governor William Bradford explained that under the common storehouse the people began to "allege weakness and inability" because no matter how much or how little work someone did they still were given the same amount of food. Unsurprisingly this, "was found to breed much confusion and discontent."[1]

The Pilgrims, however, were not the type of people to keep doing what does not work. And so, "they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery."[2] And, "after much debate of things" the Pilgrims under the direction of William Bradford, decided that each family ought to "trust to themselves" and keep what they produced instead of putting it into a common storehouse.[3] In essence, the Pilgrims decided to abandon the socialism which had led them to starvation and instead adopt the tenants of the free market.

And what was the result of this change? Well, according to Bradford, this change of course, "had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been."[4] Eventually, the Pilgrims became a fiscally successful colony, paid off their enormous debt, and founded some of the earliest trading posts with the surrounding Indian tribes including the Aptucxet, Metteneque, and Cushnoc locations. In short, it represented one of the most significant economic revolutions which determined the early characteristics of the American nation.

The Pilgrims, of course, did not simply invent these ideas out of thin air but they instead grew out of the intimate familiarity the Pilgrims had with the Bible. The Scriptures provide clear principles for establishing a successful economic system which the Pilgrims looked to. For example, Proverbs 12:11 says, "He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread." So the Pilgrims purchased land from the Indians and designated lots for every family to individually grow food for themselves. After all, 1 Timothy 5:8 declares, "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."

We often think that the battle against Socialism is a new fight sprouting out of the writings of Karl Marx which are so blindly and foolishly followed today by those deceived by leftist irrationality. However, America's fight against the evil of socialism goes back even to our very founding during the colonial period. Thankfully, our forefathers decided to reject the tenants of socialism and instead build their new colony upon the ideology of freedom, liberty, hard work, and individual responsibility.

So, this Thanksgiving, let's thank the Pilgrims for defeating socialism and let us look to their example today in our ongoing struggle for freedom.

[1] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

[2] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[3] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[4] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

Like most people, biologist and science journalist Matt Ridley just wants the truth. When it comes to the origin of COVID-19, that is a tall order. Was it human-made? Did it leak from a laboratory? What is the role of gain-of-function research? Why China, why now?

Ridley's latest book, "Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19," is a scientific quest to answer these questions and more. A year ago, you would have been kicked off Facebook for suggesting COVID originated in a lab. For most of the pandemic, the left practically worshipped Dr. Anthony Fauci. But lately, people have been poking around. And one of the names that appears again and again is Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance and a longtime collaborator and funder of the virus-hunting work at Wuhan Institute of Virology.

If you watched Glenn Beck's special last week, "Crimes or Cover-Up? Exposing the World's Most Dangerous Lie," you learned some very disturbing things about what our government officials — like Dr. Fauci — were doing around the beginning of the pandemic. On the latest "Glenn Beck Podcast," Glenn sat down with Ridley to review what he and "Viral" co-author Alina Chan found while researching — including a "fascinating little wrinkle" from the Wuhan Institute of Virology called "7896."

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