sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Unpopular French Weather Tax

The violent riots and attacks in Paris began on 17 November as a protest against the Macron government’s carbon tax. Violence was pronounced in Paris on 1 December and forced the closure of museums, galleries, high-end auction houses and shops. 

A tax on the weather is unpopular in France, where
unemployment remains high and taxes are higher.
The breakdown of civil order has continued for 16 days, Organizers are calling for another surge in protests on 8 December. Three people have died, and 263 people were injured nationwide, with 133 injured in the capital, including 23 members of the security forces. 

The list of grievances has expanded, to cover the government program of economic reform; high taxation and social injustice in general. The yellow vests charge the government with favoring the rich and the business community that can afford to pay increased fuel taxes.

The Interior Ministry said 136,000 people protested nationwide on 1 December. Cell phone service has aided the territorial expansion. Disruptions have been reported at border crossing points with Spain. Some provincial authorities have decried the President’s lack of touch with the problems of the provinces.

After the weekend riots, the French police have requested army assistance to restore order. About 10,000 French soldiers are assigned to guard monuments and sensitive locations around France, but they have not been ordered to intervene. 

President Macron insists he will not backdown by cancelling the carbon tax. Another weekend of disorders would be a cumulatively significant drag on commercial activity and deterrent to tourism. The economic impact empowers Macron’s opposition which might force Macron to make concessions.

Powerful anti-green interests are financing the yellow vests (protesters). The vandalism and looting on Saturday, 1 December, suggest that trained provocateurs joined the protests and were responsible for inciting the violence.

The French police have expressed more solidarity with the protesters than they have with the government that employs them. If this trend continues, Macron may be forced to use the army to maintain peace and to restore order. Will the army side with the public or with its masters? Now that is the question isn't it?

Tuesday Considerations

#Me Too

There is an article at Legal Insurrection that mirrors everything that I've seen. I've told friends, "you'd need a screw loose to hire a woman." I stand by that statement and my company, which consists of independent contractors, does not include women. I do work with men of all ethnicities. In the areas where we often go (we don't operate in the USA), a woman, alone is a rape target. Why put a woman in that situation? The third world is not politically correct.

It's funny to watch USGOV send women into places to serve in posts, best served by men. No Mexican general or admiral will give an American woman the time of day, unless they are receiving sexual favors. That applies to all of Latin America, all of Africa, The Middle East (with the possibly exception of Israel), all of Asia and the Asian Subcontinent, and Russia. 

Sorry women, it's just reality. In many parts of the world that the liberals and progressives seem to favor, women are chattel. The much of the Muslim world their daughters are sexually mutilated while they are still girls, their women are denied education and the ability to do anything without a male chaperon (because they'd be raped if they were out, alone). It's a pretty horrible situation. Latin America is better than that, but by degree. Yes, some elite families in Mexico City or Rio send their daughters to private schools and they get jobs in daddy's corporation but it doesn't extent to the common people.

USGOV and many corporations are being held to an American/Canadian and European standard and it causes disfunction. Not my problem. If they want something to get done, they can hire me.

The Fourth Estate
The term Fourth Estate (or fourth power) refers to the press, and news media, both in explicit capacity of advocacy and implicit ability to frame political issues.
I don't have much in the way of praise for our current crop of journalists. Some of you may leap on me like sabertooth tigers on a wounded mastodon for generalizing. I've known journalists who are adrenalin junkies and are hot after the next big story. They live to report the story and do not want to BE THE STORY. Some of them become "war correspondents" and risk their lives to tell the story fairly.

But a lot of them are lazy bums, sexual deviates and charismatic charlatans who have never held an honest job in their lives. There are a lot of those same well-funded young people take liberal arts courses and receive their PhD in journalism studies so that they can teach it. Most flecks would resort to being bar stewards in knocking shops if they were fired from the paper or the university. I can't change the truth.

Then we come to Lawyers

I can't trash journalists without at least mentioning the legal profession. We hear a lot these days about Creepy Porn Lawyer, Robert Mueller and the scum who circulate inside the Beltway. Lawyers are almost always their own worst enemies as a profession.

Lawyers of today occupy positions that were taken by priests, shamans and necromancers in epochs past. Priests told potentates what was right and wrong. Lawyers tell people what is legal and illegal - in a world where "right" does not exist.

The CIA was started (Gen. Donovan) by a lawyer and the place is filled with them. You can't swing a dead cat around your head with out hitting a lawyer or a shrink there at Sodom-on-the-Potomac. There is a learning point to all that.  Donald J. Trump surrounded himself with attorneys. He wasn't careful enough in his selection.


If you're in trouble you call a cop, a doctor, a lawyer or a priest. Most people don't call journalists. Not first anyway.