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Troubling Times for Fortress Europa

by Oui Sun Aug 28th, 2022 at 08:13:25 AM EST

Robert Schumann Meets anti-Christ Joe Biden

The European Union and the legacy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    President Roosevelt was always a voice of optimism …

      ”We face the future with
      confidence and with courage.
      We are Americans.”

Troubling Times for Fortress Europa | July 2016 |

In 1942, French lawyer and economist Robert Schuman joined the French Resistance after two years as a prisoner of the Nazi political police known as the Gestapo. For the remainder of the war, he spoke out about the eventual defeat of Nazi-controlled Germany and Europe's need for post-war Franco-German reconciliation.

Just a few short years later, as Prime Minister of France, he proposed a framework for the European Community Single Market, a trading partnership whose aim was "to make war not only unthinkable, but materially impossible." In May 1950, he presented a new government policy in a declaration that became the founding of the European Coal and Steel Community: the first supranational European union and the building blocks of the European Union.

"Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan," he wrote. "It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity... The pooling of coal and steel production... will change the destinies of those regions which have long been devoted to the manufacture of munitions of war, of which they have been the most constant victims..."

In 1957, the Treaty of Rome created the European Economic Community (EEC), a six-nation organization dedicated to integrating the national economies of Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany. 

Joe Biden the master of America's foreign policy is an advocate of the devil and has a track record of war crimes. The enforcement of more and sophisticated arms pouring into Europe is an advocacy of war, promotion of the Military Industrial Complex on a unprecedented scale. Forever war, chaos and division.

Dwight Eisenhower warning Military Industrial Complex

Unfortunately the Eisenhower warning fell on deaf ears in America. Europe with Social Democracy managed to live in peace for over a half century ... overtaken by America's military might through NATO expansion. The world will not ever be the same ... our way of life has been revamped against our will. A grand failure of EU leadership and key nations that should have kept trust in the founding principles of the Four Freedoms and Franklin D. Roosevelt ... America has turned the page and now lives by the dogma of Barry Goldwater and his acolytes.

h/t Cat Parl.uk | CA/SCL Psychographic targeting for Britain, 2015, proposal for LeaveEU

Not Just Meta ...

Always figured he was personally involved as lobbyist for Israel to defeat the Iran lovers of the nuclear deal ... sorry Hillary.

Key words | Republicans | Cambridge Analytical | campaign Austin, Texas Steve Bannon election campaign 2016 Trump  

Money, denials and stalling: How Trump, the Mercers and the GOP beat the FEC | CNBC - Nov. 21, 2021 |

Institutions or causes you don't like ... just defund them 😂 UK Tories - Conservatives - Dutch PM Mark Rutte - UK PM Liz Truss profile for tomorrow ...

    The FEC has been criticized for years for not having enough funding, manpower and time to enforce election laws, and it appeared to have those same problems in this case.

From article in The New Yorker ...

Cambridge Analytica is essentially a shell company created by the British firm Strategic Communications Laboratories. During the 2016 campaign, according to Cadwalladr, C.A. was staffed primarily by non-U.S. citizens, in possible violation of American campaign-finance laws. This included the contractors the firm brought to Austin, Texas, to work with Trump's digital team there.

Trump's digital team, headed by Brad Parscale and Jared Kushner. Alongside all of them were Facebook employees who were embedded with the Trump campaign to help them use Facebook's various tools most effectively--including the so-called "dark posts," used to dissuade African-Americans from showing up to vote.

In a statement, Mark Zuckerberg could only chalk the whole saga up to "a breach of trust between Kogan, Cambridge Analytica and Facebook." The company is aided in maintaining this position by privacy policies that are as obscure as they are lax.

F*cked up America and economic policy across the globe democracy  No 3rd term for Trump, down with MAGA hats. Republicans and UK Tories have stolen democracy.

Tories Rise to Power Subliminal Messaging

The Australian strategist behind Boris Johnson's mayoral campaigns is to work for the Conservatives, Tory chairman Grant Shapps has said | BBC News - Nov. 18, 2012 |

    ... his appointment could prove controversial. Last month former deputy party chairman Lord Ashcroft said it would be a mistake to hire Mr Crosby, who could be a "recipe for... conflict and confusion".

The essence and strength of his messaging 😂🥹‼️

Next chapter ... Liz Truss too has made sure to profit of the strategists. Britain's Divide and Conquer in the digital age of social media.

Boris Johnson to reunite with veteran Australian political strategist to save job | SMH - Feb. 1, 2022 |

Exploiting Basic Instinct Fear

Corporate and political campaign strategist Crosby Textor Group

Crosby has had several high profile political advisory roles in Australia and the UK.

These roles often led to controversy, with Crosby's tactics widely criticised as being "inflammatory" and exploiting voters' basic instinct of fear (e.g. on issues like immigration, refugees and crime).

Despite Crosby's controversial campaign tactics, he was awarded a knighthood in 2016 for "service to politics" in the UK.

Xenophobia and Islamophobia Roots of Today's Triad of Evil
[link: https://www.eurotrib.com/story/2018/6/18/181317/413]

Earlier diary …

Foreign Policy: Boris Ally Lynton Crosby and CTF
[link: https://www.eurotrib.com/story/2019/8/3/10932/01526]

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    After 'Order Of Liberty' Honour, Boris Johnson Now Enters Ukraine Railways' 'Loyalty Club'

    UK PM Boris Johnson became the first owner of the loyalty card of Ukrainian Railways, 'Ukrzaliznytsia.' The Ukrainian railways has made the announcement.

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    Boris' Buddy Biden (BBB) and Quid pro Quo ...

    "You award me a medal, I'll award you one."

    Zelensky to Receive US Liberty Medal

    Ukraine's President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy will receive America's 2022 Liberty Medal at a ceremony in October for "his heroic defence of liberty in the face of Russian tyranny," according to the National Constitution Center.

    In a statement, president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen said "President Zelensky has bravely led the Ukrainian people in their defence of freedom against Russian tyranny, and his courage has inspired people around the world to defend liberal democracy and the rule of law"

    The Liberty Medal is awarded to those who work to ensure the blessings of liberty for people all over the [Anglo-Saxon] world. It was established in 1988 to commemorate the bicentennial of the US Constitution.

    NCC's Jeffrey Rosen on McCain receiving the Liberty Medal award - Oct. 2017

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 28th, 2022 at 10:40:00 AM EST
    Liz Truss Vows 'to Expose Putin's Playbook' Globally If She Becomes Next UK PM: Report

    'Putin cannot prevail under my leadership': Truss

    "If I become the Prime Minister, I will do everything I can to ensure the flame of freedom in Ukraine continues to burn bright. Putin cannot prevail. Under my leadership, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will have no greater ally at this dark hour than the UK," Truss remarked. Notably, a recent poll indicated that Truss has a 32-point lead over her rival and former UK chancellor Rishi Sunak as the race to the country's top post inches closer. According to the YouGov survey, 66% of Conservative members support Truss, while 34% are in favour of Sunak.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 28th, 2022 at 10:41:20 AM EST

    Is leading Tory PM candidate Liz Truss about to win a poisoned chalice. The biggest cost of living crisis in a generation, a crumbling NHS, a summer of strikes, an impending recession. Becoming prime minister of the UK in 2022 is less like inheriting a 10-bed mansion than a rat-infested shed.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 28th, 2022 at 01:06:58 PM EST
    Beware of the US masters of propaganda, who work for the wealthy and powerful oligarchs ... (h/t hermit @MofA)

    Here is Franklin Delaney Roosevelt, 29 April, 1938, from his, "Message to Congress on Curbing Monopolies"

    Unhappy events abroad have retaught us two simple truths about the liberty of a democratic people.

    The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism--ownership of Government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.

    The second truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if its business system does not provide employment and produce and distribute goods in such a way as to sustain an acceptable standard of living.

    Both lessons hit home.

    Among us today a concentration of private power without equal in history is growing.

    This concentration is seriously impairing the economic effectiveness of private enterprise as a way of providing employment for labor and capital and as a way of assuring a more equitable distribution of income and earnings among the people of the nation as a whole.

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt on Democracy and Fascism - April 14, 1938

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 28th, 2022 at 09:08:35 PM EST
    A Very American Coup (Almost) | by DeAnander on Aug 3rd, 2007 |

    This coup is mentioned in the enduring isolationist and anticorporate classic, War is a Racket by Smedley Butler.   Butler was a disillusioned career soldier who -- after advancing to the rank of General -- became so angry about the disconnects between his conscience, US official propaganda, and the actual military/imperial ops in which he participated, that he resigned and wrote his whistleblowing book.

    Smedley Butler is a name with which you may not be familiar, even though he twice won the Congressional Medal of Honor. If he were to appear on television today, he would be identified as "Maj. General Smedley Butler, USMC (ret.)" But even if he were still alive, he would not appear on any network television news shows because, late in life, he openly expressed his opposition to the war system.

    He went on to expose the symbiotic relationship existing between the institutional interests of corporate America and the state. Many former top generals and admirals have written memoirs around the theme "war is hell," but Gen. Butler went a step further, writing a book titled War Is a Racket.

    Prescott Bush's 1933 fascist coup attempt in the US - Business Coup stopped by Smedley Butler

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 28th, 2022 at 09:09:58 PM EST
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    Some 2,000 mostly Russian-speaking protesters marched in the western city of Cologne on Sunday to demand Germany stop supporting Ukraine and drop sanctions | US News |

    The rally, organised by Russian-speaking diaspora groups in the city, was met by a few dozen counter-protesters who had also gathered in the shadow of Cologne's hulking Gothic cathedral to express support for Ukraine.

    Germany is home to some 3 million people of Russian ethnic background, many of them heavily exposed to Kremlin narratives about the world via state-controlled Russian television, which is widely available.

    Sputnik News and Russia Today blocked in Germany [Feb. 2] and all of Europe. It has been US/NATO war narrative across all of Europe.

    Google Blocks RT, Sputnik YouTube Channels In Europe As EU Readies Sanctions Against The Media Outlets

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 4th, 2022 at 07:22:13 PM EST
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    Chancellor Olaf Scholz speaks at the Charles University in Prague

    "When, if not now, will we create a sovereign Europe that can hold its own in a multipolar world? And who, if not us, can protect and defend Europe's values - both at home and abroad?", said Chancellor Olaf at the Charles University in Prague. "Europe is our future. And that future is in our hands."

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    Wouldn't be surprised ... a decision void of any human emotion ... meet Aladdin.

    This Robot Already Owns Everything (And it's just getting started) : Blackrock Aladdin

    Blackrock has a secret weapon that has made it the most powerful company in the world: Aladdin. If you're ever wondered how Artificial Intelligence could impact our lives, here's the answer. Aladdin is the brainchild of Larry Fink, and it already controls more assets than the GDP than the US. It's growing by $1 trillion to $2 trillion new assets in its control each year.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 30th, 2022 at 02:06:21 PM EST
    Larry Fink's $12 Trillion Shadow | Vanity Fair - March 2, 2010 |

    Though few Americans know his name, Larry Fink may be the most powerful man in the post-bailout economy. His giant BlackRock money-management firm controls or monitors more than $12 trillion worldwide--including the balance sheets of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the toxic A.I.G. and Bear Stearns assets taken over by the U.S. government last year. How did Fink rebound from a humiliating failure to become the financial fulcrum of Washington and Wall Street? Through a series of interviews, the author probes his role in the crisis, his unique risk-assessment system, and the growing concern he inspires.

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    Billionaire money manager Larry Fink becoming top conservative adversary

    Larry Fink is many things -- BlackRock CEO, billionaire, environmentalist, philanthropist, and, increasingly, a major punching bag for some on the right.
    Fink has used his influence running the world's largest money manager, which has more than $10 trillion in assets under management, to push for environmental, social, and governance standards and has led the corporate shift away from shareholder capitalism toward stakeholder capitalism.

    BlackRock Letter - Texas Attorney General

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    MofA analysis

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 30th, 2022 at 07:17:07 PM EST
    KHERSON "counter offensive" WATCH

    NSA briefing 29 Aug, feat. John Kirby, audio (EN) 00:14:50

    NB. This session is obviousl not the full briefing. More on hat TK.

    by Cat on Tue Aug 30th, 2022 at 08:18:56 PM EST
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    another UA counter offensive "mandatory evacuation", perhaps?
    by Cat on Wed Aug 31st, 2022 at 02:26:05 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 30th, 2022 at 08:06:20 PM EST

    Tinne VDS who continues to refer to Doel 3 and Tihange 2 as 'cracks power plants' is unworthy of a minister. This is pure scaremongering and anti-nuclear dogmatism.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 30th, 2022 at 08:08:02 PM EST
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    "We are going to extend the two youngest nuclear power plants on my initiative, at my request." @TinneVdS, @terzaketv. Are we hearing that correctly? As if @groen was the initiator for the extension of the nuclear stations?! Talk about a distortion of reality.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 30th, 2022 at 08:13:26 PM EST
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    "Europe's thoughtless and impulsive sanctions under US pressure are having an effect, only in the wrong direction.

    Waiting and watching until the boat is in splinters, apparently the 'pretend and extend' is a given in Europe.."

    Energy costs present companies with existential questions
    Which production will be feasible in the future?

    "Sanctions are working."

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 30th, 2022 at 08:14:59 PM EST
    Combination of recession and inflation plus high energy prices will be structural lasting for years ..

    Belgian inflation climbs to highest level since 1976

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 30th, 2022 at 08:21:32 PM EST
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    "pretend and extend"
    < wipes tears >
    or vice versa
    by Cat on Tue Aug 30th, 2022 at 08:25:43 PM EST
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    The Dutch paid the highest energy price in Europe from January forward. Germany, France and the UK had price caps in place and as a consequence no gas savings in Germany ... tough months ahead. #solidarity watch this winter 🥶☃️ ❄️

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 31st, 2022 at 03:13:55 PM EST
    No choice, no offers for long-term contracts one-two-three years 😡

    Flex charge is the top 💰for trader profit ... end user losing out ... again.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 31st, 2022 at 03:16:44 PM EST
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    Agreement reached on next year's budget after 14-hours meeting

    Rutte and Kaag refused to give any details about the agreement. The Cabinet will announce the budget on Prinsjesdag on September 20. The Council of State still has to evaluate the plans for potential problems. The government's deadline to submit the budget to the Council was today.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 31st, 2022 at 03:18:10 PM EST
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    Earlier this year Rutte cabinet promised a rise in minimum wage of 2.5% per year 😡

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 31st, 2022 at 03:20:34 PM EST
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    by Cat on Wed Aug 31st, 2022 at 04:48:00 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 31st, 2022 at 09:40:12 PM EST
    I'm not surprised. I have been surprised to learn that the EU had ever offered RF nationals Schengen-like transit. I'm so old, I remember when EU members and associates couldn't agree reciprocity. I'm so old, I remember when 30-day tourist was the only "visa" offered at airport.
    by Cat on Thu Sep 1st, 2022 at 12:54:40 AM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 1st, 2022 at 04:45:12 PM EST
    Just watched a press briefing of EU President Von der Leyen with German Union leadership Merz and Dobrindt. What does VDL lead, the EU, Germany or both ... or neither 😡

    CDU/CSU: Union urges government to act

    Against the background of the energy crisis, the Union faction is urging the government to act. At the start of the parliamentary group retreat, chairman Friedrich Merz called on the coalition to exhaust all possibilities for energy production and curb the rise in electricity prices. If the traffic light continues to hesitate and hesitate, Germany is threatened with "a cold winter," warned CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt.

    Friedrich Merz criticized the federal government's inability to act in times of high inflation and an impending global economic crisis.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 2nd, 2022 at 10:29:30 AM EST

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 2nd, 2022 at 10:30:09 AM EST
    EU President, former German Defense Minister Von der Leyen explains ...

    Putin, Putin, Putin ..

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 2nd, 2022 at 10:31:45 AM EST
    Facts check: Baerbock quote falsified and exploited

    Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Alliance 90/The Greens) spoke on Wednesday at "Forum 2000", a conference in Prague that dealt with threats to democracy and, above all, with the war in Ukraine and at which the EU Foreign Ministers to meet informally.

    In addition to Baerbock, other foreign ministers, such as the Ukrainian Dmytro Kuleba, also spoke at a panel discussion at the opening event. Among other things, the discussion, which was held in English, dealt with the question of how long European countries can or should maintain support for Ukraine and sanctions against Russia.

    You can read a translated transcript of Baerbock's testimony at the event here.

    At the event, Baerbock gave the following, very long answer to the question about the goal that is now being pursued in Ukraine:

    "We stand by Ukraine for as long as they need us. And because we all agree on that and it's nothing to applaud because it's something normal when you think about justice and freedom in the world And that's where I would like to start a discussion about your speech, which I really appreciated, but I disagree on one point when you said that we shouldn't talk about the fact that this war could drag on for a long time

    Because if I, as a politician, make the promise - and fortunately in a democracy there is a possibility that people will contradict me and say in four years: 'You didn't tell us the truth' - but if I make this promise to the Ukrainians : 'We will be by your side as long as you need us', then I would like to deliver, no matter what my German voters think, but I would like to deliver for the Ukrainian population. And that's why it's important to me to always be very open and clear.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 2nd, 2022 at 11:48:47 AM EST
    Statement of Baerbock in discussion forum ...

    Back Ukraine 'no matter what my German voters think' - Baerbock admits support [and sanctions] may cause unrest

    In whatever language, the Foreign Minister was quite clear ... Baerbock on a fool's errand. Pitiful, citizens and business will suffer, after decades hard work, their dreams come to an abrupt end. Biden's Blitzkrieg across Europe, playing hegemon games to destroy Russia, decades in the making. Green Party Baerbock and Habeck are suckers, dreamers of Zero Emissions ... thinking Europe can beat Wall Street and the fossil fuel lobby? Watch the German economy one year from now ... losing any competitive edge with America, Middle East and Asia.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 2nd, 2022 at 11:49:33 AM EST
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    There's a remix of that classic Palestinian wedding song that was worth a bitter laugh.
    by generic on Fri Sep 2nd, 2022 at 08:17:43 PM EST
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    by generic on Fri Sep 2nd, 2022 at 08:09:30 PM EST
    EU exports return less USD to CB reserves. Less USD reserves produce more expensive USD-denominated "energy". More expensive USD-denominated "energy" produces fewer EU27 commodities for export. Buh-bye surplus.

    by Cat on Fri Sep 2nd, 2022 at 08:34:01 PM EST
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    As a result Gazprom shuts down Nord Stream 1 ...

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 5th, 2022 at 11:11:11 AM EST
    🔥 🔥 🔥

    Throw the bums out!

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 5th, 2022 at 11:14:18 AM EST
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    by Cat on Mon Sep 5th, 2022 at 04:56:39 PM EST
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    Opinion: Kissing Hands? What's rotten in the UK

    Liz Truss receives power as every other prime minister by Kissing Hands with the Queen. And we lap it up. The UK clings to its traditions, when all else fails. What happens when they fail, too, ask DW's Zulfikar Abbany.

    Symbols of splits in a four-nation union 

    As I peer over my shoulder at the tiny island that had the temerity to leave the European Union and hear all the hullaballoo about Truss and the outgoing PM, Boris Johnson, flying up to Balmoral in Scotland, where our immobile monarch currently resides, in separate planes no less, during a fuel, food and cost-of-living crisis, when they could take a train (didn't we invent the railways?), that ceremony strikes me as the most glaring reflection of the parlous future facing UK communities.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 6th, 2022 at 02:53:59 PM EST

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 6th, 2022 at 09:24:40 PM EST
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    Kyiv Independent | Germany paid for Russian gas with its "security and independence", 28 Aug
    German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock told the German newspaper Bild that Germany had to "put an end to the self-deception that we ever received cheap gas from Russia." "Ukrainians paid for it thousands of times with their lives," she said. Baerbock also called gas pipelines "weapons in a hybrid war," accusing Russian dictator Vladimir Putin of stopping the gas flow and being responsible for Russia's war.
    (Encore performance? Or troll call? RIA Novosti reprised this remark, purportedly heard today at a German Foreign Ministry event which I could not verify)

    eadaily | "You must burn everything but tires!" -- Kaczynski addressed the freezing Poles, 6 Sep

    At a meeting with voters in the city of Nowy Targe, the politician said that "everything except tires or similar harmful things" should be burned.
    "Nowadays, you have to burn everything, except for tires and things like that, of course. Because Poland just needs to be warmed up. There is a certain tradition of burning here, by the way, in many places there is still such a tradition of burning wood, so it is safe to burn in this way,"  said Jarosław Kaczynski.
    Polish political scientist Mateusz Piskorski , commenting on the politician's words, gives a historical parallel...
    archived It's time to learn lessons
    by Cat on Wed Sep 7th, 2022 at 02:36:50 AM EST
    Baerbock: Keine neuen Abhängigkeiten von Autokratien bei Energie

    BERLIN (dpa-AFX) - Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has warned against becoming dependent on autocratic systems when looking for energy suppliers for Germany. Reliable partners will be needed in the future, said the Greens politician on Tuesday at the Federal Foreign Office at the business day of the heads of German missions abroad under the motto "Business for climate protection and sustainability". "The principle of hope, things won't get that bad with these autocratic governments, we can't afford that a second time," she added. The minister did not say which countries Baerbock meant.

    Qatar did not make a good offer for liquid gas, Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) said last week. Now the FDP is asking Chancellor Olaf Scholz to take action himself.

    "This principle of hope - it will work out somehow - we paid dearly for that. We're paying dearly for that now. And other people are paying for it with their lives," said Baerbock, referring to Germany's dependence on Russian gas. "In reality, we never got cheap gas from Russia. The price may have been cheap at certain moments. But what led to a cheap price was just blind dependencies or swapping of infrastructure, which was actually a security risk." Russian gas was "paid for twice or three times with our national security".

    Baerbock said that if Germany now enters into energy partnerships in the liquid gas sector, it is clear: "It will be switched to climate-neutral gas in the future. To green hydrogen. That is the only way we can go with our new energy partnerships."

    With a view to the economy's dependency on raw materials from China, Baerbock appealed to company representatives not to turn a blind eye to what was happening in the country. That applies to the planned China strategy of the federal government. "And I hope that also applies to your other economic activities," she demanded. Even the economy cannot afford to act according to the "business first credo" again, "without taking into account the long-term risks and dependencies".


    What a f*cking dreamer ... wrecking people's lives ... the surge in energy price is not sustainable ... setting her goal of 2030 or 2035 is outright an attack on Germany. Europe has been divided by cultures and there is and will be no cohesion. The European project has come to an end with a Big Bang. The planet is dying and we have an arrogant minister of foreign affairs sitting on the coattails of Joe and Jens. Ukraine is destroyed and what did anyone gain?

    A major shift of global wealth to authoritarian states Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Azerbaijan, Russia and to an unstable United States delivering dirty LNG from fracking.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 7th, 2022 at 11:26:44 AM EST
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    "We lose money on every sale but make up for it in volume."
    by Cat on Wed Sep 7th, 2022 at 01:23:21 PM EST
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    trip to woodshed facility
    This pine is so sappy!
    by Cat on Thu Sep 15th, 2022 at 06:26:41 PM EST
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    Reminds me of good old times in the States shortly after arrival in 1957 ... is a 3 room bungalow shed all we had was a kitchen stove burning wood.

    Today family members in both Normandy and in The Netherlands have stocked wood for their multi-fuel burner. In new Europe style - #solidarity #poverty #ourfreedom #Ukraine 🇺🇦

    Energy Poverty in Central & Eastern Europe

    Stated in the European Pillar of Social Rights --to affordable energy as an essential service-- new report released by the Right to Energy (R2E) Coalition

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 15th, 2022 at 09:17:04 PM EST
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    Americans see Tesla, Bentley, Lamborghinis as luxury-auto market booms | Sept. 7, 2022 |

    Bentley, Lamborghini sales surge as American wealth is booming ...

    Sales of all Lamborghini models are on the rise (2021). The Urus Super SUV holds its place as the top-selling model (2,796 units, +35%), thanks to its ability to combine top-level performance with outstanding versatility, followed by Huracán (1,532 units, +46%) and Aventador (524 units, +21%).

    In terms of markets, the United States is once again in first place (1,502 units), followed by China Mainland, Hong Kong and Macau (602), which leapt to second place, Germany (391), the UK (318), Japan (258), the Middle East (226) and Italy (197). Sales distribution is well-balanced in the three macro-regions of America, EMEA and Asia-Pacific.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 8th, 2022 at 11:12:59 AM EST
    Cheaper electric vehicles coming despite high battery costs, 8 Sep MSRP
    A $30,000 EV that checks all of the boxes is just a little above the price of a comparable small gas-powered SUV. The Toyota RAV4, the top seller in the segment and the top-selling vehicle in the U.S. that isn't a pickup, starts at just over $28,000.

    The only EVs with starting prices under $30,000 (including shipping) now are versions of the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Bolt. Both are smaller than a typical gas-powered compact SUV. The Mini Cooper Electric, Mazda MX30 and Hyundai Kona Electric are in the $30,000s, according to Edmunds.

    Kia's Niro EV, Hyundai's Ioniq 5, Ford's F-150 Lightning pickup, the Volkswagen ID.4, Kia EV6, Toyota b24x, Ford's Mustang Mach E, Audi's Q4 e-tron, the Subaru Solterra, Polestar 2, and Tesla Model 3 all have starting prices in the $40,000s....

    Hankyoreh | "Stabbed in the back": S. Korea bemoans Inflation Reduction Act snub, 5 Sep
    by Cat on Sat Sep 10th, 2022 at 01:21:18 PM EST
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    Steve Bannon's stuttering European adventure | Politico - March 2019 |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 17th, 2022 at 05:20:21 PM EST

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 17th, 2022 at 05:21:54 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 17th, 2022 at 05:23:42 PM EST
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    Public Opinion Survey: Residents of Moldova | Feb - Mar 2022 |

    Moldova Freedom as the Americans Are Coming [date unknown]

    Quid Pro Quo

    Moldova extends licence of metal plant in break-away region Transinistria in exchange for energy supply

    Socialist Party leader Dodon posted photos of the border control at Sculeni on Facebook ...

    Former Moldovan President Igor Dodon arrested on suspicion of corruption | EuroNews |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 17th, 2022 at 05:25:05 PM EST
    EBRD plans $30 mln loan to Moldovan gas company Premier Energy, 13 Sep ENTSO outreach?
    The loan is pending approval on October 19, according to the document. The financing project is part of a $60 million capex programme which will be co-financed by a parallel loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for an equal amount.
    Premier Energy is the largest and solely privately owned electricity distribution system operator [DSO] in Moldova, maintaining and operating the distribution grid in the central and southern parts of the country including Chisinau. It operates an electricity network with a total length of 35,642 km and provides connections to more than 820,000 consumers, having a domestic market share of 70%.

    Premier Energy is 93% owned by Czech private equity firm Emma Capital Limited, a private limited liability company incorporated in Cyprus and ultimately controlled by a number of Czech individuals that has investments in energy, consumer finance and gaming....also operates in Moldova's neighbour Romania, serving over 115,000 customers as of December 2021.

    archived Ukraine will increase electricity exports to Moldova, Romania 5 Sep
    by Cat on Sun Sep 18th, 2022 at 01:17:13 AM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 20th, 2022 at 07:15:31 AM EST

    Will NATO troops make a move on Budapest?

    The Soviet Union and the 1956 Crises in Hungary and Poland: Reassessments and New Findings

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 20th, 2022 at 07:17:31 AM EST

    Relief for the fascist leadership of Poland ⁉️ #WeAreNato 🇵🇱  🇺🇦

    EU Sanction on Poland based on Rule of Law Conditionality Mechanism

    CJEU Dismisses Actions against Rule-of-Law Conditionality to Safeguard the EU Budget | Feb. 16, 2022 |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 20th, 2022 at 07:21:11 AM EST
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    Hungary 🇭🇺 United States 🇺🇸 Israel 🇮🇱 UAE 🇦🇪

    Jared Kushner calls on Saudi Arabia to follow in Emirates' footsteps and recognize Israel | Atalayar - Aug. 18, 2020 |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 22nd, 2022 at 08:34:39 PM EST
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    #empress #Brussels

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 23rd, 2022 at 09:28:10 PM EST

    "We have been in a massive asset bubble and debt crisslis for years, fuelled by money printing. The Fed bailed out the banks again in 2019 and no one noticed. This has to stop. The banks have to be allowed to fail. Otherwise the risk taking will just continue."

    "When those banks fail the central banks will step in with CBDC."

    In 2016 ..

    Banks cry for central bank help as shares tank, woes persist | DW News - Feb. 16, 2016 |

    'Help,' Mario!

    European investment banks got clobbered in Q2 -- here's what you need to know

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Oct 2nd, 2022 at 06:36:02 PM EST

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 3rd, 2022 at 02:43:35 PM EST
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    Europe's car output could plummet by millions amid energy crisis, S&P predicts

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Oct 16th, 2022 at 12:08:53 PM EST

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