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  • Macron is to give 'I'm Sorry' TV address as he unveils more tax cuts after 'Day of Rage' [tr]

    12/09/2018 10:47:28 AM PST · 101 of 103
    Billthedrill to C19fan
    This is what the French people were looking at:

    To meet the $49 per gallon tax hike recommended by the U.N., fuel taxes in France would have to go up 17-fold.

    As the note in Reddit stated, for 20 years they've been exhorted to go diesel by the same government that has now decided to make that prohibitively expensive. If you happen to live in a city and can get everything you need by bicycle, it's somebody else's problem, at least until your grocery stores' shelves start to empty as they have in Venezuela. At that point the damage is done. It isn't simply a matter of farmers raising the price on grain to cover the expense, it's a matter of them not being able to grow any.

    The same is true of immigration. Even a brief glimpse reveals that those newcomers aren't farmers, plumbers, electrical linemen, or anyone who might actually supplement or supplant the working classes. They're mouths to be fed. They aren't net contributors to social services, they're net consumers, and the people who will have to feed them are being choked out of their ability to do so.

    So this isn't about a 25 cent a gallon tax hike any more than the American War of Independence was about tea. It's about a mania for transforming society that has gone too far and has entrenched itself in the highest seats of power. Macron is only one of many.

  • Violent Protests Spread from Paris to Belgium and now, the Netherlands

    12/08/2018 9:04:50 PM PST · 21 of 71
    Billthedrill to SeekAndFind
    My, my. I didn't expect to see this for years, perhaps not in my lifetime. And here we are.

    This has been building for some time, and it isn't about prices at the pump. Refer if you please to This Speech. It reads, in part:

    The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?

    It has been 18 months since that speech. Something is moving, and it's very big.

  • Merkel: Trump has almost destroyed 'New World Order'

    12/08/2018 4:57:22 PM PST · 32 of 141
    Billthedrill to MNDude

    Oh, it’s far more resilient than that. What Trump has actually done is shine a brilliant spotlight on a movement that has wallowed in sanctimony, self-congratulation, and an international brotherhood of thievery and manipulation. They’ll scatter but it will remain to us to find them and end their game once and for all.

  • Pathetic Clintons resort to Groupon trying to get people to show up and fill some seats

    12/08/2018 12:10:46 PM PST · 13 of 44
    Billthedrill to goldstategop
    People just want the Clintons to go away and leave them alone.

    Absolutely, especially the Dems. The problem is that the Clinton Crime Machine still has deep hooks into the DNC and isn't letting go, and DNC Chairman Tom Perez isn't exactly facilitating a breakaway. And for some unfathomable reason she's still a media darling, that clown car apparently more intent on a 2016 do-over than progressive change and still smarting from that spanking. Talk of changing the DNC rules to prevent control of the super-delegates from dominating the convention has come to nothing; that would, after all, constitute a loosening of DNC power and the big donors aren't happy with that.

    And we've already seen what happens when progressive enthusiasm runs up against entrenched power when all the intentions of bypassing Nancy Pelosi for the Speaker slot disappeared like dust in the wind. Money talks, and we know what walks.

  • Pathetic Clintons resort to Groupon trying to get people to show up and fill some seats

    12/08/2018 11:52:35 AM PST · 3 of 44
    Billthedrill to rktman
    If people don't want to come to the ballpark how are you going to stop them? - Yogi Berra

    I wouldn't go if you paid me. Literally.

  • MACRON CRISIS: EU may NEVER be able to TRUST President again, experts warn (Frexit?)

    12/08/2018 11:33:33 AM PST · 55 of 63
    Billthedrill to MarMema

    Thanks for the link and a BTT.

  • France and Germany tell EU states ‘to take refugees or pay’

    12/08/2018 11:12:47 AM PST · 54 of 57
    Billthedrill to Texas Fossil
    ...EU member states pay into the EU’s budget for developmental projects in Africa.

    So, the advantage to joining the EU in the first place was economic, and now they'll take that away and give it to somebody else. Such a deal.

    What this tells us is that the ruling class has decided it doesn't even need to disguise its aims anymore. World socialism now!

  • MACRON CRISIS: EU may NEVER be able to TRUST President again, experts warn (Frexit?)

    12/08/2018 10:37:36 AM PST · 45 of 63
    Billthedrill to RoosterRedux
    he [Macron] was not only rash in his earlier pronouncements but guilty of a major error of political judgement.

    That may be accurate. This tax plan was a bad sales approach as well as a lousy idea. This sort of punitive taxation alone causes resentment in its target, but this was worse, this was not only a punishment for purchasing and running a motor vehicle, it made it difficult to impossible for the owners to get rid of that vehicle because nobody would want it. So they rightly viewed themselves as stuck. Still worse, someone on Macron's staff told the media the revenue raised would be redistributed to third world countries to offset their fictitious climate change damage as a part of Macron's widely touted Paris accords. So in essence what the middle and working class stiffs got was (1) moral disapproval, (2) higher taxes, (3) an inability to sell the offending vehicles, and (4) the people instituting the taxes publicly patting themselves on the back for giving the money away. Yeah, I'd be a little angry too.

    When one feels that one is not represented by anything or anyone, and that one cannot reform the system from within, one seeks to free oneself from the established order and create a new system with its own rules.

    Resemblance to the Declaration of Independence is not accidental.

  • How Japan’s victory at Pearl Harbor lost a war

    12/07/2018 7:19:33 PM PST · 107 of 141
    Billthedrill to fugazi
    In his Second World Wars Victor Davis Hanson makes a very interesting speculation. (Book is highly recommended, BTW). Had Japanese strategic planning been more flexible they could have accomplished all their initial strategic aims without provoking the United States by attacking Pearl Harbor and the Philippines, and without provoking the British by attacking Singapore. Consider that casus belli was the U.S. embargo on oil, which incidentally not even the pro-U.S. article reminds the reader was done to put pressure on the Japanese to stop their butchery in China. The oil they were after and ended up getting was in Indonesia, then the Dutch East Indies.

    Would a Japanese land campaign against those assets have succeeded? No need to speculate, it did. Could the Dutch have responded? No need to speculate on that one either, by December 1941 the Netherlands had been under Nazi occupation for a year and a half. Would that have sufficed to bring the oil assets under Japanese control? Again, no speculation is necessary, because it did.

    We may speculate whether the U.S. or Great Britain would have bothered to respond given that none of either's assets would have been directly threatened, and Hanson considers it unlikely. Add too that the primary focus of Churchill was, naturally, on Europe, as was Roosevelt's. Again, no speculation on the latter is necessary because the "Europe First" doctrine remained in force long after Pearl Harbor.

    So why did they go forward with the attack? The answer may lie in a Japanese cultural tendency not to deviate from a plan once made, and pursuit of an ideological objective, the Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere, which was as unobtainable in the short term as Hitler's ideological drive toward lebensraum in the East turned out to be. Both were at least a generation away, possibly more. These are fine things to write speculative fiction about but not proper subjects for the planning of imminent military operations.

    And in the process, as Hanson points out, both countries managed to provoke the largest industrial power in the world without the means to attack it. In both cases, in order for either country to do so much as shoot at a single infantryman, the United States had to oblige them by sending him. This is not the stuff of any strategic victory; in fact, it is madness.

  • Nostalgia Keeps Yugoslavia Alive A Century After Its Ill-Fated Creation

    12/03/2018 10:24:09 PM PST · 17 of 19
    Billthedrill to nosf40
    If France and Germany could cooperate after WW2 within EU, why would it be impossible for ethnic groups in Bosnia to live in relative harmony during Tito’s regime?

    "Harmony" enforced by an iron hand. I'll answer your question with a question - if they were in such harmony, why did it break down?

  • Nostalgia Keeps Yugoslavia Alive A Century After Its Ill-Fated Creation

    12/03/2018 1:04:38 PM PST · 12 of 19
    Billthedrill to nosf40
    What basis do you have for your statement?

    All of Balkan history for the last couple thousand years or so.

  • UC-Berkeley student gov unanimously approves resolution to fund migrant caravan

    12/03/2018 12:58:58 PM PST · 6 of 28
    Billthedrill to reaganaut1
    ...proposed that the student government allocate $1500 to be donated to a non-profit organization with the intent of helping to fund the caravan.

    I understand the Clinton Foundation is taking donations again. If they can help the caravan the way they helped Haiti I'd say we have a win-win situation.

  • Lawyers want porn star to pay Trump $340K in legal fees

    12/03/2018 12:54:13 PM PST · 9 of 47
    Billthedrill to be-baw

    She should definitely start a GoFundMe page. Oh, wait a minute, her lawyer already did. And kept the money. Oh well.

  • Yellow Jacket' protests in France leave gas stations running dry; Paris riots worst since 1968

    12/03/2018 12:48:22 PM PST · 15 of 88
    Billthedrill to SeekAndFind
    Macron says the increased fuel taxes are part of his effort to combat climate change, wanting to persuade French drivers to exchange diesel-fueled cars for less polluting models.

    Sure, because everyone can simply sell his car and buy a different one at a moment's notice. And in the presence of an idiot social engineer who simultaneously is making it impossible to sell the old one in the first place. And who is not only stupid enough to do all that, he's stupid enough to announce that he's doing all that. And then is stupid enough to wonder why they're mad.

  • Denmark to banish foreign criminals to remote island

    12/03/2018 12:28:02 PM PST · 18 of 21
    Billthedrill to C19fan

    Hmm...you know, there’s an island three times that size in San Francisco Bay we could use. It has services and housing and a ferry to the mainland as well. Even a catchy name: Alcatraz.

  • Nostalgia Keeps Yugoslavia Alive A Century After Its Ill-Fated Creation

    12/03/2018 12:20:21 PM PST · 9 of 19
    Billthedrill to CondoleezzaProtege

    Anyone who remembers that part of the world as an example of peace and inter-ethnic comity is on industrial-strength drugs.

  • James Lewis: The EU Reich versus Britain

    12/03/2018 12:11:25 PM PST · 21 of 23
    Billthedrill to RoosterRedux
    But the only "union" in the E.U. is the unelected ruling caste, which rules with an iron hand...

    I don't think the historical parallel is with Hitler at all, I think it's with the dynasties, in particular the Habsburg one. Consider the EU's ambitions and their resemblance to the late Austro-Hungarian Empire: polyglot, multinational, autocratic, ruled by an insular elite (so tightly controlled that the Spanish branch of the ruling family turned into inbred freaks), heavily taxed, fissiparous, and when it finally did disintegrate in a haze of mud and poison gas it took the continent with it. It is not quite true that Europe wants its aristocracy back; the only Europeans who do are the would-be aristocrats. As usual.

  • France's Meltdown, Macron's Disdain

    12/03/2018 11:25:29 AM PST · 12 of 15
    Billthedrill to RightGeek
    The small minority of French people who still support Macron are not affected by these measures. Surveys show that they belong to the wealthy layers of society, that they live in affluent neighborhoods, and almost never use personal vehicles. The situation is painfully different for most other individuals, especially the forgotten middle class.

    There remains a real problem here - Macron apparently said that he felt that the "lower classes" were suffering, but in fact it's the middle classes who are feeling the load. Marx was wrong, but not by much - when the middle class becomes a revolutionary class, look out, and and the French of all people should remember that. Louis XVI was unavailable for comment.

    Of course people who have to juggle their dwindling budget from paycheck to paycheck grind their teeth to hear jet-set celebrities and politicians bleating "we're all going to have to shoulder the burden of saving the planet" when they really mean "you are." When a French citizen who needs to drive to make a living is told that he's going to be squeezed out of that by a government that knows better than he does what's good for him, and the fellow who is telling him that has just returned from an international conference in Buenos Aires with the carbon footprint of an entire city, he isn't going to be happy. This isn't difficult.

  • Census confirms: 63 percent of ‘non-citizens’ on welfare, 4.6 million households

    12/03/2018 11:00:21 AM PST · 56 of 65
    Billthedrill to central_va
    The Cloward-Piven ™ strategy at work.

    That it is. Milton Friedman said it: you can't have both a welfare state and open borders. Cloward and Piven added, unless you actually do want to break the system.

  • Black college student arrested for fake hate crime

    12/03/2018 10:23:42 AM PST · 21 of 24
    Billthedrill to SeekAndFind
    A number of students flocked to the space on Friday afternoon to sign a list of seven demands.

    Demands, huh? Sorry kids, "I had to fake a hate crime to prove they're real" isn't a very convincing argument. No deal.