Archive for September, 2019

We Eat Meat Therefore We Think, Thus We Are

September 30, 2019

Man self created above ape, thanks to the trick of eating meat (and making war to predators) in a much more effective fashion than chimpanzees could. That was no mean feat: in some cultures, chimpanzees are obsessed with meat, and can eat more than a pound of it a day, every day. They chose to cling to the trees. Our ancestors, instead, went where chimp didn’t try to dare go before; the savanna. Now we have Moon, Mars, Europa, Enceladus to go to.

So evolutionary speaking, the creation of the human species adapted to the ecological niche of the carnivorous, savanna ambling killer ape we created for ourselves. Yes, it was red in blood, claw, and tiny weapons. So important are weapons and meat eating to creating thinking, this is so true that Homo Floresiensis, who derived directly from Homo Erectus (and not the Homo Antecessor then Archaic Homo Sapiens route) was found with plenty of tiny but extremely lethal weapons.

I meat therefore I think: not even tragic, and certainly true.

A way of life creates a way of metabolizing food. Rats, when they exercise more, synthetize  vitamin C more. Not so humans, who don’t synthesize vit C: they are supposed to pick it up inside fruits, because our ancestors ate fruits from tropical trees, for dozens of millions of years.

Now massive meat eating has characterized the human ancestors and driven their evolution, for more than 5 million years. So it’s very unlikely that human physiology has not adapted to that fact: our deep human physiology is carnivorous. Hence not eating meat is healthy… simply because it is, literally, inhuman. 

For million of years, no human population had a vegan diet, for the good and simple reason that it kills (from lack of vit. B12, L Carnitine, etc.). Not even gorillas, chimps or orangutans, or even bonobos have it, either. All love meat, and need it.

We need to get re-acquainted with reality. Our reality. Our conquest and control of the planet, now our true and good spaceship Earth, arose from our creator, evolution. We have been master of our destiny. We now need to control what drives evolution, survival.

“God” is another word for sorcery… without the magic.

The magic was in the meat, and the culinary arts.

Patrice Ayme

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P/S: The preceding is related to an article in the New York Times:

Eat Less Red Meat, Scientists Said. Now Some Believe That Was Bad Advice.
The evidence is too weak to justify telling individuals to eat less beef and pork, according to new research. The findings “erode public trust,” critics said.

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Sept. 30, 2019

Public health officials for years have urged Americans to limit consumption of red meat and processed meats because of concerns that these foods are linked to heart disease, cancer and other ills.

But on Monday, in a remarkable turnabout, an international collaboration of researchers produced a series of analyses concluding that the advice, a bedrock of almost all dietary guidelines, is not backed by good scientific evidence.

If there are health benefits from eating less beef and pork, they are small, the researchers concluded. Indeed, the advantages are so faint that they can be discerned only when looking at large populations, the scientists said, and are not sufficient to tell individuals to change their meat-eating habits.

WHAT IS MORALITY? A Moral Government Is A Sustainable Government & Reciprocally

September 28, 2019

Here again, I address the question at the largest civilizational scale: where does morality come from? What justifies it?  (That brings an immediate problem, as regimes, let alone governments, are constantly shifting; consider in China alone the “Warring States”, followed by Qin, followed by Han, then Tang, Sung, Yuan, Ming, etc; these are called dynasties, but they were actually different regimes, constantly shifting; however, pretty much the same morality; so I introduce meta-governance, meta-civilization, etc.)

A criminal regime has criminal laws. They, of course, can be more or less criminal.

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Wayne Straight Indeed but it got me to thinking about whether there is or can be any such thing as a “moral” government. One of my long-time original (at least I think it’s original) quips is that any large organization is only as ethical or moral as it’s least moral member. That would seem to be particularly apt when applied to governments.

Serious Abomination was always legal, making it even more abominable… [Actually the Holocaust of Jews was not even legal according to the Nazis own laws passed in 1935. The Wannsee Conference attempted to persuade the Justice minister and others to allow the bending of Nazi laws… to exterminate Jews, and others…

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Answer to Wayne: One has to define first what “moral” is. For doing this, it helps to go back to the etymological root: moral is from Old French moral (14c.) and directly from Latin moralis “proper behavior of a person in society,” literally “pertaining to manners,” coined by Cicero (“De Fato,” II.i) to translate Greek ethikos (see ethics) from Latin mos (genitive moris) “one’s disposition,” in plural, “mores, customs, manners, morals,” a word of uncertain origin.

Conclusion? Morality is defined in a society as what enables sustainability, of said society.

For example neither Assyria, not Imperial fascist Rome, nor the Mayas, nor the Aztecs, nor the Nazi or Stalinian regime were moral, because they were not sustainable. But of course they were more or less sustainable, thus moral: Rome and the Maya lasted millennia, Assyria, centuries, whereas Stalin’s regime lasted 30 years, the Nazis, 12.

Another related notion is meta-governance. Morality arises from meta-governance, not simple governance, because morality is a civilizational notion (after the Nazis were killed by the Allies, Germans immediately recovered the moral sense coming from Western civilization; same thing happened in Russia after the demise of Sovietism).

The West has had metagovernance even as the Occidental Roman state crumbled and partly collapsed: Goths, Burgonds, Franks and remaining Romans agreed, in their various states/kingdoms, upon the basic civilizational structure, namely, mostly that of the Roman state.

Within a century, the Franko-Gallo-Romans had installed a Roman like metagovernance (everybody became a Frank while Frankish and Celtic languages faded, replaced by bastardized Latin).

In the details, the IMPERIUM FRANCORUM looked extremely gory: Frankish leaders, having done away with Goths and Burgonds, and the like, were busy killing each other, in most unpleasant manners. However, on the largest scale, the Imperium Francorum was an important moral advance. The Imperium Francorum became so highly moral, it superseded morally the Greco-Roman meta-civilization preceding it.

Indeed the government of the ruling monarch, the Frankish queen, Saint Bathilde, outlawed the slave trade (of Frankish citizens) around 655 CE (1,210 years before the good old USA outlawed in turn slavery…)

In contrast, metagovernance of Mexico, pre-conquista, was terrible, highly immoral: Aztecs insisted to eat their enemies, so Cortez found plenty of allies, multiplying his army by a factor of 40 or so. That gigantic army overwhelmed the Aztecs (who had boasted countless times that Cortez will never have enough men to kill them all). The immorality of the Aztec regime was the direct cause of its demise: it gave the Spaniards the excuse and capability to exterminate it.

A similar mechanism occurred with Nazism, and other fascisms, of course: their very immorality caused them a mass of enemies bigger than themselves, and provided those enemies with plenty enough motivation, namely the enemies will to survival, for the extermination of the fascists. Nazi laws were so immoral, so unsustainable, the Nazis themselves couldn’t obey them (they had to bend them, hence the infamous Wannsee conference).

So then what to extract from the preceding drastic moral fundamentalism, looking forward?

Well, any new ways and means increasing humanity’s potential survival will define a new and better morality, looking forward.

Patrice Ayme

P/S: What happened to the ethological (somehow genetically, or congenitally imprinted) morality (which advanced animals can be experimentally determined to have)? Well, it’s subjacent and implied in the preceding discourse: the exact same force, the WILL & IMPLEMENTATION of SURVIVAL, which established morality at the civilizational level, established morality ethologically and etiologically at the scale of the evolution of species.

Trump, Globalization & The Fall Of The Roman Republic

September 27, 2019

Trump has demolished much of the international plutocratic order which exported jobs, power and Intellectual Property to distant powers, first of which, China, a dictatorship. This exportation of all power overseas was a major betrayal and, had it proceeded further, would have lethally wounded democracy.

The Roman Republic fell precisely from the same mechanism. Because power was diverted from Italy to overseas territory, by the wealthiest Romans, for the wealthiest Romans. In particular, that exportation of power made local Roman law, and taxation, impotent. That process quickly made the average Roman citizen unemployed, or sub-employed, impoverished, exploited, begging, powerless. It all came down to “panem et circenses” as Juvenal said around 100 CE.

Hence Trump’s demolition of the unhealthy relationship with China (inter alia) was a laudable, extremely important task. Far from acknowledging this the “Democratic” elite has rolled it out as Trump crime number one. By contrast with Trump international democracy mitigation, the Biden business in Ukraine and China is the paradigm, the epitome of what is wrong with the old global, Davos plutocratic order: political elite doing business with political elite, exchanging wealth, power, relationships, in the process. The goal of reining in global plutocracy, all progressives, such as yours truly, who want no more billionaires, applaud.

The Fall Of Rome was no accident. In truth it took well above 550 years… to fall in the West… So I say, this is one of my pet ideas. By the time Rome assassinated and exterminated Carthage, Corinth, Numantia, Rome was mostly controlled by a rabid plutocracy (although it would wait another century, with the assassination of Caesar, to acquire full control). It took another 1,000 years, for Rome to fall in the Orient… By then it had been distanced and rendered obsolete by its Frankish offspring…

Trump’s posturing on climate is grotesque, but of relatively small consequence, so far: US states still proceed towards a green economy. Arguably, Obama’s encouragement of fracking was the real hurt on climate, and Trump bellowing for coal (which Obama tried to export), is just funny: plants are closing anyway from lack of profitability, lawsuits…

The editorial board of the New York Times recognizes it has long decided Trump was “unfit for office” (see September 27, 2019: “Why the Trump Impeachment Inquiry Is the Only Option“). That i equivalent to saying the anti-democratic world plutocracy is fit to rule. The board says the president should have made a request to ferret the Biden corruption through  the FBI… because the board is indignant that the president uses his office to help with his re-election… something all presidents running for re-election have done. OK, but we are in extraordinary times. A top French scientific panel came out a few days ago with the possibility of a seven meter (23 feet) sea level rise. Democracy needs to be boosted. That’s done by passing progressive laws, not by trying to turn into a martyr a clown in chief coming for re-election in 13 months.

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This was a comment of mine to the NYT (which claims they read them all, so I am clinging to the ridiculous hope that they will understand what I am alluding to, from the pinnacle of civilization’s pterosaurian eye view). A reader sort of disagreed:

O, MD, @Patrice Ayme:

“OK, I can actually agree with some of this. Especially the part of no more billionaires, the export of jobs, etc. 

But Trump is most definitely not the answer, and he is anything but someone who wants to destroy the plutocracy. How could he be, if he signed a 1.5 trillion dollar tax bill that was aimed toward the rich?

How could be that, if he selects craven billionaires as part of his cabinet?

The fact is that he campaigned on, and then re-enforced with this inaugural address, that he was the champion of the lower classes. And then proceeded to govern in exactly the opposite way. 

And I most certainly cannot agree with the comment “…US states still proceed towards a green economy.” Did you miss the headline last week that the administration is seeking to revoke the California exemption?

I fully understand how a certain percentage of people who express the ideas you have expressed above voted for Trump in 2016, but I cannot understand how all of them do now not understand that they were tricked.”

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Answer @O:

The war between Trump and California is interesting: both sides are correct, and hopefully, both will win, where they are correct. The piles of excrement and squalor in San Francisco Bay Area streets, which the EPA condemned are facts. I live there, and also observe that excrement and squalor are not found where the millionaire “Democratic” loud mouths live. This has got to stop, even the WHO said so. Now California is proceeding with green energy: starting January 1, 2020, all new homes have to have solar. Trump and California can even concur: the administration found the hydrogen fuel cell buses operating around Berkeley-Albany worked beyond all expectations (Obama had killed hydrogen fuel cell research… a US tech which got Apollo to the Moon [1]). The main problem California is having with green energy now is how to store it (34% of the electricity is green now, ahead of schedule). Trump of course is a billionaire, and was made so by US banks, part of a corrupt system lending to the wealthy. His cabinet, like Obama’s is full of extremely wealthy people and even more pull the strings, as under Obama. Depressing: that was supposed to a “Democratic” administration. But Trump is different. He is more like a viper one can make good anti-venom with. Global plutocracy escapes local laws: this is how Rome fell. If Warren becomes president (which I wish), she will be able (Congress willing) to tax US billionaires. Global wealth is more of a problem… which Trump is mitigating now.

Patrice Ayme

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[1] Why Obama killed hydrogen can only be explained by corruption: it would prevent storage of sustainable energy. I had vicious exchanges with plutocrats who stood shoulder to shoulder with French or US presidents about that. And I was actually retaliated against! (My lawyer would probably prevent me to say more)

Running Out Of Oxygen (III). Prof. Denning’s Answer

September 26, 2019

Scott Denning

Professor of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University

In reply to Patrice Ayme

Patrice Ayme,

Thank you for this thoughtful comment. I agree with almost all of what you’ve written, and you seem to agree with almost everything I wrote in the article.

First and foremost, I completely agree that burning forests is a terrible thing for many reasons. You are quite correct that CO2 produces carbonic acid in the oceans in addition to heating the climate. Also, as you write, without strong policy to eliminate CO2 emissions it is likely that carbon in permafrost will thaw and decompose over a period of some centuries.

For all of these reasons, it is urgent that we decarbonize the entire world economy as soon as possible. The nations of the world have agreed to limit warming to no more than 2 C above preindustrial temperatures, and have also indicated that they prefer a target of 1.5 C. Achieving this means driving CO2 emissions to near zero in the next 20 years.

Indeed forest clearing is a part of CO2 emissions, perhaps 10%, and the recent fires in thee Amazon are a fraction of that 10%. But let’s not forget the other 90% too!

Regardless of our 100% agreement on these facts, calculating the effect of fossil fuels and warming on atmospheric oxygen is a matter of arithmetic.

Every atom of carbon that is burned or decomposed consumes one molecule of oxygen. There are about 35 x 1018 molecules of oxygen in the world, but only about 1.7 x 1017 moles of organic carbon on land – yes, this estimate includes all of the carbon in permafrost.

If (God forbid!) all of the terrestrial organic matter on Earth were to burn – every plant, microbe, leaf, and grain of frozen muck – the loss of oxygen would be (1.7 x 1017) / (35 x 1018) = about 0.5%.

It would certainly be possible to measure the change from 100% of our current O2 to 99.5%. But of course there would be nobody to make such a measurement since everyone would already have been oxidized!

Regarding the oceans, carbonate chemistry has no effect on dissolved oxygen. Only the organic parts of marine organisms participate in the CO2 and oxygen dance of photosynthesis and respiration.

If all life on Earth were to perish, in some kind of planetary disaster the likes of which have never happened in all the long story of our blue gem, then indeed the remaining air would eventually become anoxic. This would happen over geologic time as the minerals themselves slowly oxidized.

I have dedicated my professional life to explaining the climate crisis, to researching the problem and possible solutions, and to writing and speaking about the urgency of a just transition to a carbon-free civilization. A fair reading of the article will show I am no sycophant of catastrophe.

But it’s simply not true that there is now or any time in the coming thousands of centuries any reason to expect atmospheric oxygen to become scarce.

Best regards, Scott Denning

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Here is a picture of (melting) permafrost on Herschel island:

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Dear Professor Denning:

Thank you for your kind and considerate answer. This is how communications about the fate of Earth’s biosphere should be done:frank and thorough. I thank you for your time. 

When I wrote my comment, I was actually aware of the alleged “official in 2019”, quantity of carbon in the permafrost which is the core of your logic…

Here is what the International Panel On Climate Change says on this, Sept 24, 2019:

 Arctic and boreal permafrost contain 1460–1600 Gt organic carbon, almost twice the carbon in the atmosphere (medium confidence). There is medium evidence with low agreement whether northern permafrost regions are currently releasing additional net methane and CO2 due to thaw. Permafrost thaw and glacier retreat have decreased the stability of high-mountain slopes (high confidence).

I am very skeptical of the permafrost carbon number. Moreover, there is more “carbon” which can rot away in regions which are cold now, although not frozen.

Well, I disagree strongly with professor Denning’s position, and I have a strong philosophical argument or two, going that way, and several half-baked scientific points too, which I can add to the mix and which boost my philosophical positions (all of this in coming essay(s)).  I do not believe professor Denning and his colleagues have any counters to all these points.

Yes, I believe we can run out of oxygen on the scale of at most a few centuries, the way things are going, and I can prove it. Sort of. Let’s say it’s definitively in the realm of possibilities.

First a reminder, six years old:

https://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/global-hypoxia/

I don’t think we know for sure how much carbon is in permafrost, by an order of magnitude.. Melting permafrost, Herschel island, Canada, 2013…

Patrice Ayme

Chirac Damnatio Memoriae

September 26, 2019

Chirac, a prominent French dictating (and cackling!) as the great French leader. He was one, and decided Chirac presided over the degeneracy of the French Republic. So this prostitute (the true name of most politicians most of the time: they are paid and honored for the most disgusting feats, most of them, most of the time), just died, and everybody with official worth is very sad and howling their sorrow to the stars (including Angela Merkel). My way to address Chirac good riddance is a variant of the times immemorial Roman notion: a significant variant of damnatio memoriae. Whereas the Roman elite wanted to hide the fact that some of its members had been the worst of the worst, I prevent to condemn, as harshly as possible, but full exhibit, precisely to teach why and how the elite principle, in politics, is hell on Earth, and feeding it some more.[1]

Some will say Chirac doesn’t deserve so much opprobium (opprobe in French: righteous scathing censure). But the principle of celebrating such oligarchic creeps as Chirac should certainly be condemned (OK, Trump will probably say that Chirac was “beautiful”, I can already see it from here, as Chirac, followed by Trump, opposed Bush’s Iraq folly).

Does that mean I condemn all and any politicians and their actions? No. Although Direct Democracy (People-Power, people vote directly the laws) is a must and should rule, so-called “representatives” will keep on having their uses. For example even Chirac, first Paris mayor, ever, in that function, had some positive use (and I am 100% behind Anne Hidalgo the present mayor of Paris, a socialist, who pursues pro-construction and anti-car policies I approve; I enjoyed her 3.80 Euro all day all transport ticket, during the Paris peak heat day in July, 43.6C, two whole degrees above the all time preceding record…) 

Selecting the lesser devil is selecting a devil. The problem can be mitigated in politics, by introducing more direct, real democracy. Then we have to select ideas, not devils.

Chirac was one of the vision deprived leaders presiding over the decay of France in the name of a half-baked, half-finished construction of the European Union. 

Chirac was indeed loquacious, but not eloquent. Most electable politicians are loquacious, not eloquent; they have nothing deep to say, besides feel good sentiment spread all around, so as to better reflect onto their self-obsessed selves. 

However, we are in times which require depth never imagined before. Hugging Germany,as Chirac did, is nice, but Germany is now a real republic (not a fake one like Weimar, truly the “Second Reich”). One needs to tell Germany the truth (its economic and ecological policies are medium term disastrous)and go much further to integrate Europe in a timely manner, and there Chirac was a brainless zero. (OK, Britain prevented any in depth integration, preferring to call the European Union a “club”)

Jacques Chirac led France primordially for no less than four decades, including a long stay as Prime Minister, Mayor of Paris, and then 12 years as elected king (“president”). So much importance for one man is not just insulting, it is a disease the planet is dying from: a small number of seducers (“elected politicians”) take all the decisions, among themselves, while serving who will pay them next, the wealthiest and most powerful persons on the planet. The result is that there is no debate, and disastrous policies are followed.

Chirac correctly opposed the Iraq invasion by W. Bush, preventing its formal approval by the UN. 

That, only that, can be celebrated.

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However, overall, the fact remains that professional politicians are ruining the planet. Honoring the memory of one of them, and, through them, the principle of a leading oligarchy, is not just morally wrong. It is celebrating the engine of destruction of the biosphere and, potentially, humanity. 

Patrice Ayme

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[1] Damnatio memoriae means “condemnation of memory”, from Latin damnare “to adjudge guilty; to doom; to condemn, blame, reject”. The Romans used it by excluding that person from official accounts. There are and have been many routes to damnatio, including the destruction of depictions, the removal of names from inscriptions and documents, and even large-scale rewritings of history. The practice came from Egypt, where it was used, forever. A famous case was the eradication of Egyptian pharaoh Hatshepsut in the fourteenth century BC… probably because she was a woman, and her successor was leery, after three decades of a powerful reign, to admit he owed his position to a mighty female) Soon after, the highly controversial dictators of monotheism, Akhenaten and Nefertiti were also eradicated when the ancient socio-religious Egyptian system was re-established after their death. The Romans may well have learned those ways from Egypt…

Damnatio Memoriae could be passed by the Roman Senate on traitors and criminals who brought discredit to the Rome. However, I disapprove of official scrubbing; instead, the abominable person (say Louis XIV, Napoleon, Heidegger, Clinton) should be condemned, again and again, for pedagogical and cultural reasons

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[2] I also approve of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren wealth tax campaigns: hopefully they will persuade the semi-educated rabble out there.The new “No More Billionaire” slogan of Bernie, I have used in the past… Wealth control at the billionaire scale should be authorized only for companies legislated as of “public utility”. An example would be Bezos’ “Blue Origin” rocket company. 

So politicians like Warren and Sanders communicate and propagate themes intellectuals such as your truly have advocated previously. That’s good and necessary. Just like the decisions making of Trump against global plutocracy implement policies I have advocated for decades.

(And what did Obama do? Basically nothing… and that hurts.)

Trump Impeachment Targets… Elizabeth Warren!!!!

September 24, 2019

Representative Democracy is neither. Nor is the maneuver of impeaching Trump at all what it pretends to be. Actually, it’s the exact opposite: instead of being a progressive agenda, it’s a plutocratic ploy.

Impeaching Trump is targeting the progressive ideas that divas such as Alexandra, the famous AOC, claim to be promoting. They want to spend the next few months doing nothing, but trying to bother daddy Trump unfairly… and that’s exactly what Trump wants! Trump wants the minnows to scream insults at him, get to him, insult him, threaten him with great harm: all those ludicrous efforts make him stronger, and more justified.

When looking at a politician, wondered who paid to get them elected, and whom they are supposed to please to get cushy jobs tomorrow, and have lots of influence today. Fake leftists are even more so.

Yeah, I am looking at you, cute kid, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, playing bitchy on TV, to excite further the salivating masses. Nice costumes, though…. I don’t believe you are as stupid as you make yourself on TV, evoking Trump’s (imaginary) offenses. I believe you have been coached, and you don’t care what your sponsors are up to. Well, they are plutocrats, and they want to stop the Elizabeth Warren bandwagon. This is why they enticed you to attack Trump. That Trump also wanted you to do this may get you a job someday in the Trump organization, right.

Why do Democrats suddenly want to impeach Trump? They tried for years, to persuade all of us Trump was a Russian agent… when Trump was saying in the 1980s exactly what he is saying now, and then, Putin was a nothing, just barely out of school. 

First examination of the evidence: “Democrats” want to impeach Trump because “Democratic” leaders know they can’t defeat him at the Ballot box in 13 months! That is correct, indeed, they know this, but it’s not the ultimate truth, which is infinitely more sinister…

“Democrats” accuse Trump of “betrayal”. The concept of treason is huge in their psyches. Why? Because they are themselves betraying. Huge time. And they can’t get over the enormity of what they are doing… So, everywhere they look, they see “betrayal” looking at them in their faces. They can’t get rid of the concept. It haunts them.

Why can’t “Democrats” defeat Trump? It depends what one means by “Democrats”. If one means by this the plutocratic establishment posing as “Democratic”, the Clinton-Pelosi-Obama-Biden crowd, those know they will fail. Their hero, Biden, is doomed (and this is why Obama didn’t endorse him).

Why will the “Democratic” plutocracy lose the election to Trump? Because the corruption of the Biden family is now obvious for all to see (most “Democrats” are in denial, for now, but only now; in modern civilization, even fools can read). So Biden loses, for sure. Except if one impeached Trump? Not even. At worst, Pence would be president a few months…So what is going on? Trying to impeach Trump is not a way to get rid of him, so then what?

In a little while, it will be obvious to all, even the hysterical, Trump hating fake left, that the Obama administration was so corrupt, that the “Democratic” establishment doesn’t even know, has no idea, that they are abysmally corrupt, for the whole planet to see. And voters have 13 months to figure it out.

So what will voters do? Well, if “Democratic” voters are smart enough, knowledgeable enough, fast enough, they will prefer the clean Warren, and her all too hot program, and vote for her in the primaries. That would be a catastrophe for the plutocratic (=”Democratic”) establishment.

So now it has become primordial for the plutocracy to stop Warren. How does one do this, now that Biden is mortally wounded? Well, of course, one gets Trump re-elected! One gets Trump to beat Warren! And the best way to do this? An unfair and unhinged impeachment “inquiry”… and the more it stains the left, the better! So Alexandra Ocasio Cortez is part of the plutocratic plot.

Because visualize this: when voters realize that the “Democratic” leadership considers that Trump has to be impeached… because Biden is corrupt, it is clear that Trump will win re-election

Even if “Democrats” come to their senses, and select Warren, not Biden, the left, which is idiotically supporting a doomed impeachment, and doing nothing else, but howling about their hatred for Trump, will be stained…by all this demented shierking.

Thus Senator Elizabeth Warren will be stained by an attempted impeachment against Trump… which is exactly what plutocracy wants, and the core of that Machiavellian maneuver. Now, right, all the fools out there will not understand any of this, anymore than crocs want to devour chicken when they see chicken.

Don’t you find me pretty? Here I dance for Boston University! “Representative” Alexandra Ocasio Cortez was always a diva. Here she is a few years ago, in a well-known promotional video. OK, she dances well. All politicians are seducers, they want to enter, dominate your life, and prostitutes and tyrants… At least in a non DIRECT democracy. Because in non-real, non-direct democracy, they are the end-all, be-all. So now the seductress above is leading the world, into distraction and stupidity… while the biosphere is dangling on the brink of collapse, and she just obsesses about her sugar-daddy…

[For those who don’t know, and may be surprised by my vehemence, a letter from AOC decided the “Democratic” leadership to take action… or gave them the excuse they were looking for… and they had to rush as Trump was going to release the famous phone conversation: he formally announced it…]

So we have this weird situation that Trump wants an attempted impeachment (as it will shoot down Biden first and then stain Warren second) and so does the “Democratic” establishment… If Democrats get anything on Trump, Biden gets elected. If not the other Pluto (Trump) stays president. 

Twenty-Nine year old Alexandra Ocasio Cortez (“AOC”), I just listened to her, doesn’t even believe in what she is saying about the “offenses” of Trump. She has been coached, as a good little robot, posing as leftist on TV, to say that if a president doesn’t present any document to Congress, the prez shall be impeached.

Nancy Pelosi, looking hypnotized by the enormity of what she was saying, launching an “impeachment inquiry”, not stupefied by the sort of plastic surgery that such a wealthy diva can afford, knows all of this. But she has to say, and do it: that’s what plutocracy wants. The plutocracy now claims that, if a president holds back a document pertaining to an exchange with a foreign leader, for less than a week, that’s an impeachable offense (so ALL US presidents should have been impeached). Never mind that Trump will release the document tomorrow (Trump had to ask his colleague, and interlocutor, the Ukrainian president first…)

Nancy also knows that’s what Trump wants, an impeachment which has no possibility of succeeding. But well, there could be a miracle saving her honor. 

And, hopefully, once again, We The People won’t notice they have been thoroughly fooled. 

There is a protection envelope, for the plutocracy: it has inculcated in tender, accultural and non historically minded US brains that believing in conspiracies is akin to astrology and dementia.

What was described above is a conspiracy, just as Nazism was a conspiracy… and a set of plots. All not were on the same plot. The famous Wahnsee (a lake in Berlin) conference was held, precisely to synchronize the plots enough to proceed with the final part of the “solution”. US leadership is, of course, much more complex than Nazi leadership (I have long argued that the latter, unbeknownst to itself, was vassal to the former).

In particular the US system is characterized by armies of “consultants” providing “access” (both ways: politics to plutocracy and vice versa). There are those who can tell aides to Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez  what to think, what to feel.

Of course, Nancy Pelosi is smart enough to realize that the entire “impeachment”strategy  is meant to shoot down the left… But, well, she is herself a political princess of America (her father was Congressman and mayor of Baltimore), and she did her best to make Obama’s presidency into plutocratic heavens. 

A bit late to want anything different. So let Nancy keep on dilating her eyes with the enormity of what she was forced to do: she saw a huge monster, her own soul.

Patrice Ayme

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A partial version of the same flow of ideas was published by the NYT as a comment of mine yesterday. Here it is:

There are so many absolutely critical issues in the world, which require really urgent attention. For example the CO2 catastrophe, and other man-made disaster affecting the ecology, or then Launch-On-warning, where a short-circuit could launch thermonuclear war… And now this.

Either Biden could be hurt by inquiring, or not. If he couldn’t, no harm done.

If he could, that means his son was corrupt (as seems to be the case: $60,000 a month to be director of a gas company? Billion dollar business in China, coincident with Biden VPing there?) and his dad knew it (said Hunter Biden).

So the entire thing, which is propelled by Republicans (notice the hint), smacks of a (rather gross) Machiavellian trap. Trump acts as if he has something to hide, as if he blackmailed Ukraine about Biden, everybody “Democratic” gets super-excited: impeachment, at last, finally a way to beat Trump, if not at the ballot box.

But then it may just turn out that there were serious questions about the corruption of Biden’s son… and this is all what the inquiry will produce… In any case, the evidence for what should be called global corruption in the Biden family is overwhelming. Those who claim that this is jumping to conclusions are, obviously corrupt themselves. .. because they consider doing “business” as Hunter Biden and his associates princelings did is ethical. No, it’s not.

Instead of falling in that gross trap, Democrats should help prepare Warren to defeat Trump. Forget Biden!

 

Greta The Child, And Growth, The Way

September 23, 2019

Hmmm… Greta went to the United Nations. I agree with her tone and her mood. However, as she said, she should be back at school… my school. Her attacks against growth and technology are as intelligent as hitting one’s head on a wall to escape a prison, instead of going through the open door, just on the right.

Indeed solutions to the CO2 crisis, or, more exactly, catastrophe, exists, right now… But powerful fossil fuel interests and fake ecologists enabling them, have prevented to grab those solutions.

Greta says the best thing to do is “INFORM YOURSELF” (right) and “DEMOCRACY” (but that has to be really understood, what the concept of democracy is). Well, I am informed: hydrogen, nuclear, photovoltaics, and… referenda…

Greta Thunberg to “world leaders” accusing them of “your betrayal”:

“My message is that we’ll be watching you.

“This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you!

“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!

“For more than 30 years, the science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you’re doing enough, when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight.

“You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency. But no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that. Because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil. And that I refuse to believe.

“The popular idea of cutting our emissions in half in 10 years only gives us a 50% chance of staying below 1.5 degrees [Celsius], and the risk of setting off irreversible chain reactions beyond human control.

“So a 50% risk is simply not acceptable to us — we who have to live with the consequences.

“To have a 67% chance of staying below a 1.5 degrees global temperature rise – the best odds given by the [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] – the world had 420 gigatons of CO2 left to emit back on Jan. 1st, 2018. Today that figure is already down to less than 350 gigatons.

“How dare you pretend that this can be solved with just ‘business as usual’ and some technical solutions? With today’s emissions levels, that remaining CO2 budget will be entirely gone within less than 8 1/2 years.

“There will not be any solutions or plans presented in line with these figures here today, because these numbers are too uncomfortable. And you are still not mature enough to tell it like it is.

“You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you.

“We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not.

“Thank you.”

4,000 fourth generation, or Thorium nuclear reactors could produce all of the world’s electricity, and plenty enough “green” hydrogen to operate hydrogen trains (yes, those exist, they are made by French company Alstom, and are being deployed in Germany: they produce only water) hydrogen ships, too, etc. [1]

There are no technology to suck up CO2, this side of thermonuclear terraforming reactors… aside from big old trees, sequoia style…

A cocktail of hydrogen, photovoltaics and nuclear, all of them existing technologies could solve the CO2 crisis 100% (modulo a number of political reasons).

Greta Thunberg “refuses to believe” our leaders are “evil”. Why? So she can socialize with them some more, and feel good so doing? Why does she think they are leaders, like Greek tyrants of old? If not perverted by greed for power? She is angry against the creeps, but then she says they aren’t evil… But, once again, all these solutions could have been implemented 20 years ago. They were not, out of sheer perversion. When looking at political leaders, one looks at perversion, most of the time, so history tells us.

Instead what? Germany decided to shut down nuclear power, while opening lignite coal, full throttle. But, don’t worry, said those fools, we will put a windmill in every backyard.

Except windmills, 200 meters tall (700 feet), are noisy, unsightly, and kill birds… So now in parts of Germany, after huge protests, those monstrous installations turn only at slow speed in the day, to spare the birds… supposing they allow to let people sleep… So, yes, wind doesn’t work well, but photovoltaics, in combination with hydrogen or ammonia, for storage, works splendidly… At low or medium latitudes…

“… fairy tales of eternal economic growth” Greta says, making growth sounds tumoral, or like the Nazi extermination program… Well, we are going to Mars, preferably with nuclear rockets… What about that? We need to spread the growth out of our primary spaceship, Earth. So doing we will learn spaceship ecological tricks we can back apply to our main starship, Earth. Once we learn how to live in lava tube on the Moon, or Mars, the rest should be easy….

We need to grow out of this…

Lao Tseu and others tried to look for “the way”. Amusingly, this CO2 catastrophe shows us the way, the one and only way: more and better tech and wisdom!

Patrice Ayme

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[1] Advanced tech would enable us to make nuclear reactors which can’t be weaponized (Thorium), or with little waste (Thorium again, but also fourth generation reactors), or even ways to destroy nuclear waste (using thermonuclear torches)… The gross propaganda against nuclear is fossil fuels in disguise… This doesn’t mean I support second generation, weaponizable nuclear reactors: I don’t.

Biden Family Corruption: So Common A Thing Democrats & Their Pluto Media Didn’t Notice

September 22, 2019

REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY IS NEITHER: Biden, Or When Main Stream Media Refuses To See Blatant Corruption.

[This is not a pro-Trump essay; indeed, as the essay makes clear, Biden’s presidential bid is over for mentally retarded corruption; and my candidate is Warren; this is definitively an anti-plutocratic, anti-corruption, anti-representative democracy essay, though.]

Biden’s Son Was Director Of A Giant Ukrainian Company, While His Dad Asked the Prosecutor Of Said Company, To Be Fired. But Most of Biden’s Son Business Was With China: 

Biden is frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. His son Hunter was on the board of a Ukrainian gas company while his father was US vice-president. Doesn’t that sound like corruption to you? Instead Pluto media focuses on Trump inquiring!

There are two classes in this world: the owners and deciders of the planet… And the rest of us. 

Biden, as a US Senator, a professional politician, made sure in the 1980s, that Reagan’s oligarchic laws passed, by the elite, for the elite, against We The People. In the 1990s, Biden passed laws which sent millions of minorities in prison on drug charges (the “new Jim Crow“), while the upper crust was using those same drugs and flaunting it (see Obama writing, even boasting that he used cocaine).

The elite was not bothered by the Biden laws, they were not applied to them… whereas it should have been the opposite, as leaders, by definition, lead, and, if they lead in drug usage for all to see, they should be punished for wrong leadership through example, as some of the hanged Nazis at Nuremberg, who were hanged, just for writing the wrong thing. (And it was right to hang them for wrong leadership.)   

The Vice President of the USA says the circular logo. Actually, his son, Hunter… who loved to pose as if he really was the VP (there are many pictures of Hunter giving various speeches behind that sign, as if he were really the US VP)

Hunter, Biden’s son, related that he talked to his dad about Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas company he was directing. According to Hunter, Joe said about Burisma: “I hope you know what you are doing”… and Hunter:”Yes, dad I know”. The second had no expertise in energy. He went to China, did the same, made a billion, and several of his business associates in other countries, were arrested. 

In 2013, then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden flew aboard Air Force Two to China. Twelve days later, Hunter Biden’s firm signed a $1 billion private equity deal with a subsidiary of the Chinese government’s Bank of China. The deal was later expanded to $1.5 billion. The Chinese government funded a business that it co-owned along with the son of a sitting vice president. Hunter Biden, a lawyer, had little expertise in private equity (a lawyer confided that they had to employ Hunter, an incompetent lawyer, because he was the VP’s son).

Biden is not alarmed by China. Biden shrugged off concerns over the China threat on democracy. “Come on, man,” Biden said. “I mean, you know, they’re not bad folks, folks. But guess what, they’re not competition for us.” Biden had used nearly the same terms to qualify the threat posed by billionaires and plutocrats…. And of course; China fed the Biden family business, China has not meaning, but for plutocrats exporting work there. 

The lucrative deal of Biden with the government of China (=Chinese plutocracy) was hidden until the publication of the book, “Secret Empires”. No one knew the deal took place, because the MSM didn’t want to look at… itself. However, Biden’s son was pretty blatant: see him pose behind the VP of the USA logo above. The Ukrainian gas company paid him $50,000 a month (600 K a year). 

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I am quoting extensively Peter Schweizer in the postscript. One will see that even extreme tech has been compromised (nuclear energy). Right, the French government has done just as bad… with China (surprise).

I am not trying to shoot down Biden: he is clearly finished, Warren will be the Democratic candidate. Biden is finished because of his family corruption.

Biden is also finished because of something else: he is mentally deficient. Biden said in an interview that there were “720 million women” in the USA. Biden is so obsessed with China, he confuses it with the USA! Then he hesitated, mumbled, pondered, and reconfirmed that there indeed “720 million women” in the USA… Biden: best yes man for plutocracy

But then the question: how come Democrats in the street fell for a corrupt mental retard? Same general reason why so many still admire monsters such as Louis XIV or Napoleon? (I am not mentioning Bismarck, because Bismarck did good things on his own.)

So-called “representative democracy” puts too much power in too few hands: it’s intrinsically oligarchic (olig-arch from the Greek, few rule). The corruption is all over. Look at France. French Attorney General François Molins requested in mid-July the referral to the Court of Justice of the Republic of former Prime Minister Edouard Balladur and his former defense minister François Léotard in the Karachi corruption case (submarines against under the table cash for an electoral campaign). That was 23 years ago (and people, including French citizens, got killed in that case, dozens of them).

“Representative democracy” has to be used to some extent, but, overall, politics is too serious to be left to professional prostitutes alone to do as they please: direct, real democracy has to counterbalance representation.

Patrice Ayme

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Peter Schweizer, the author of “Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends” (Harper), says:

“Without the aid of subpoena power, here’s what we know. The businesses of Hunter Biden and his partners created a series of LLCs involved in multibillion-dollar private equity deals with companies owned by the Chinese government.

The centerpiece of these deals is Rosemont Seneca Partners, an investment firm controlled by Hunter Biden and his associates: Chris Heinz, who is John Kerry’s stepson, and Heinz’s longtime associate Devon Archer [Heinz makes good ketchup, making Chris wealthy]. The trio founded Rosemont Seneca in 2009 and quickly began making deals through a series of overlapping entities under the Rosemont name.

Less than a year after opening Rosemont Seneca’s doors, Hunter Biden and Archer were in China meeting with top Chinese officials. To assist in their new venture, they partnered with a Massachusetts-based consultancy called the Thornton Group, headed by James Bulger, son of former Massachusetts state Sen. Billy Bulger. James Bulger has the dubious honor of being named after his uncle, the notorious mob hitman James “Whitey” Bulger.

The Thornton Group’s account of the meeting on their Chinese-language Web site is telling: Chinese executives “extended their warm welcome” to the “Thornton Group, with its US partner Rosemont Seneca chairman Hunter Biden (second son of the now Vice President Joe Biden).”

The purpose of the meetings was to “explore the possibility of commercial cooperation and opportunity.” Curiously, details about the meeting did not appear on their English-language Web site.

The timing of this meeting was also notable. It occurred just hours before Hunter Biden’s father, the vice president, met with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Washington as part of the Nuclear Security Summit.

Twelve days after Hunter stepped off Air Force Two in Beijing, his company signed a historic deal with the Bank of China, the state-owned financial behemoth often used as a tool of the Chinese government. The Bank of China had created a first-of-its-kind investment fund called Bohai Harvest RST (BHR). According to BHR, one of its founding partners was none other than Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC.

It was an unprecedented arrangement: the government of one of America’s fiercest competitors going into business with the son of one of America’s most powerful decisionmakers.

Chris Heinz claims neither he nor Rosemont Seneca Partners, the firm he had part ownership of, had any role in the deal with Bohai Harvest. Nonetheless, Biden, Archer and the Rosemont name became increasingly involved with China. Archer became the vice chairman of Bohai Harvest, helping oversee some of the fund’s investments.

Troublingly, some of those investments had major implications for national security.

In December 2014, BHR became an “anchor investor” in the IPO of China General Nuclear Power Corp. (CGN), a state-owned energy company involved in the construction of nuclear reactors. In April 2016, the US Justice Department would charge CGN with stealing nuclear secrets from the United States — actions prosecutors said could cause “significant damage to our national security.”

Of particular interest to CGN were sensitive, American-made components that, according to experts, resembled components used by the US on its nuclear submarines.

That Hunter Biden had no experience in China, and little in private equity, didn’t dissuade the Chinese government from giving his company a business opportunity in place of established global financial brands like Morgan Stanley or Goldman Sachs. In fact, the Chinese government wasn’t done funding deals with Hunter Biden.

Also in December 2014, a Chinese state-backed conglomerate called Gemini Investments Limited was negotiating and sealing deals with Hunter Biden’s Rosemont on several fronts. That month, it made a $34 million investment into a fund managed by Rosemont.

The following August, Rosemont Realty, another sister company of Rosemont Seneca, announced that Gemini Investments was buying a 75 percent stake in the company. The terms of the deal included a $3 billion commitment from the Chinese, who were eager to purchase new US properties. Shortly after the sale, Rosemont Realty was rechristened Gemini Rosemont.

Chinese executives lauded the deal.

“Rosemont, with its comprehensive real-estate platform and superior performance history, was precisely the investment opportunity Gemini Investments was looking for in order to invest in the US real estate market,” declared Li Ming, Sino-Ocean Land Holdings Limited and Gemini Investments chairman. “We look forward to a strong and successful partnership.”

The plan was to use Chinese money to acquire more properties in the United States. “We see great opportunities to continue acquiring high-quality real estate in the US market,” one company executive said. “The possibilities for this venture are tremendous.”

Finally, in 2015, BHR joined forces with a subsidiary of Chinese state-owned military aviation contractor Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) to buy American precision-parts manufacturer Henniges. Because Henniges manufactured technology with possible military applications, the transaction required approval by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. CFIUS reviews are required for business transactions that have potential national security implications.

The Biden-Bank of China fact-pattern is arresting in its bravura and scale. Moreover, it turns out that the Biden dealings didn’t just take place in China, but in Ukraine, as well.

Consider the facts. On April 16, 2014, White House records show that Devon Archer, Hunter Biden’s business partner in the Rosemont Seneca deals, made a private visit to the White House for a meeting with Vice President Biden. Five days later, on April 21, Joe Biden landed in Kiev for a series of high-level meetings with Ukrainian officials. The vice president was bringing with him highly welcomed terms of a United States Agency for International Development program to assist the Ukrainian natural-gas industry and promises of more US financial assistance and loans. Soon the United States and the International Monetary Fund would be pumping more than $1 billion into the Ukrainian economy.

The next day, there was a public announcement that Archer had been asked to join the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian natural-gas company. Three weeks after that, on May 13, it was announced that Hunter Biden would join, too. Neither Biden nor Archer had any background or experience in the energy sector.

The younger Biden, for his part, tried to put the best possible face on the deal. He claimed that by joining the board of the natural-gas producer, he would “contribute to the economy and benefit the people of Ukraine.”

The choice of Hunter Biden to handle transparency and corporate governance for Burisma is curious, because Biden had little if any experience in Ukrainian law, or professional legal counsel, period. But that didn’t stop Burisma from paying the younger Biden what The New York Times has reported was as much as $50,000 a month while the company was under investigation by officials in both Ukraine and abroad.

Joe Biden’s trip to Kiev in March 2016, and his threats to withhold $1 billion in foreign aid if Ukrainian officials didn’t dismiss the country’s top prosecutor, Victor Shokin, take on added meaning when you consider that Shokin’s office had been leading an investigation into Burisma’s owner.

According to a recent New York Times report, Biden helped recruit an American consulting firm as well as former Deputy Attorney General John Buretta to help Burisma fight corruption charges. In an interview with the Kyiv Post, Buretta described his negotiations with Yuriy Lutsenko. Lutsenko became Ukraine’s general prosecutor after Joe Biden had lobbied for his predecessor’s removal. Apparently, the negotiations worked as the case was dismissed in the fall of 2016.

Joe Biden later bragged about his efforts to get Shokin removed, though he claims Shokin’s removal was needed due to his mishandling of a number of cases in Ukraine. Hunter Biden insists he never spoke to his father about the investigation into Burisma.

Will the Senate investigate Joe and Hunter Biden’s actions in China and Ukraine? We don’t know, but they should. If a two-year investigation of President Trump, Russia and the Trump family was justified to ensure the president isn’t compromised, an investigation into Joe Biden, China, Ukraine and the Biden family is imperative.”

Schweizer’s newest project is The Drill Down, an investigative video project dedicated to exposing cronyism and corruption.

Brexit Will Happen, Here Is Why, Why No Big Deal

September 20, 2019

I used to say that Brexit will not happen, because it was racist in essence. Yet Brexit’s true motivation was that British and world plutocrats wanted to escape the EU law which says that, within three months, egregious tax evasion by EU citizens, within the EU, will be illegal… so the UK will exit 2 months exactly before that deadline.

Bexause exit it will: now things have changed. An article claimed “Boris Johnson Is in Trouble With Brexit. Many Voters Don’t Mind.” Here is my comment, a New York Times “pick”

Don’t underestimate Boris Johnson. He likes being PM too much. There will be Brexit. With an accord. That will consist in putting much of the EU/UK border in the middle of the Irish sea. No more backstop. Parliament will have to vote for it, under the threat of annihilation.

Considering Boris’ popularity and the British First-By-The-Post voting system, Boris I should get a majority after elections, because he is insured of 50% of the electorate, roughly…

Another point in favor of Brexit is that Macron (who joked around with Boris, who put his shoe on the French Elysee palace furniture, more or less at the suggestion of the french president…) also wants the UK out by October 31 (preferably with a deal, and J-C Juncker is supposed to get it) The Franco-British relationship is too important and close to not do what the British PM wants, especially when the French president wants it too…

Well, actually, it was a joke… Mr Macron joked with Mr Johnson and telling him the table could be used as a footstool… inciting him to make a fool of himself..

So here we are: Brexit started as a plutocratic ploy for the wealthiest to escape the egalitarianism of the EU (equality is not just in the French Constitution, but also in the Charter of Human Rights of the United Nations, both enshrined by the EU). To rally popular enthusiasm in the abysmal project of sparing taxes for the wealthiest, the usual tribal call, in other words, racism, was used:’We have to get out of the EU because of immigration of dirty Europeans inside the UK’ (in truth most immigrants to Britain didn’t come from the EU).

Enter Mister Johnson: he decided to push for Brexit after long hesitating: perfectly French bilingual, Boris, brought up in Brussels, knows very well Britain is in Europe, and can’t really get out, but he also knew Brexit offered a plausible ploy for him to become PM. So here he is: PM at last!

Boris’ plan is obviously to formally exit the EU without really exiting (because that can’t be done… but something like Switzerland’s arrangement with the EU can be done).

Boris showed this clearly by going to visit a thermonuclear reactor, MAST, saying Britain was going to sell such wonderful machines all around the world, thanks to scientists coming from all around the world from immigration reform (in other words, more of what Brexit was supposed to cure!)… MAST is actually financed by EURATOM, which is part of the EU, which the UK is supposed to Brexit… That may sound like colossal hypocrisy, but it’s a ploy: Boris will turn around and say the UK is European a la carte… Europe is good, when it finances the likes of MAST (compare with Switzerland getting EU financing for the EU Brain Project…)

Meanwhile Boris doesn’t have to speak about all this money the UK owes to the EU.

And what does Macron gets if Brexit happens forthwith? Simply to succeed, thanks to Boris, where Napoleon failed: unite continental Europe against Britain…

What is there not to like?

Seriously, Brexit may be good by bringing in some welcome competition… For most of the last millennium, the world’s most important competition was between France and England [1] (the English monarch renounced his claim to the French throne in 1815… So 1337 CE to 1815 CE; before that there was the struggle between Plantagenet,  king of France, Aquitania and its Eleanor, etc…)

After that exit with a provisional deal, the real treaty will have to be worked on… It will probably end with some other referendum…

Curious world ruled by men putting their shoes on tables, and joking about it, while we are supposed to call this democracy. Tyrants can spit in the soup, and the common folks are only too happy to have the honor of eating it.

Patrice Ayme

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[1] For a tiny example: steam power. Denis Papin, soon a Protestant refugee from France, student of physicist Huygens (financed by Louis XIV!), taught steam power at the highest level in England… And the Brits stole his (and Huygens) steam invention (see Watt for the unit of power… It should be the Papin…)

Another example is “Newtonian” mechanics, which was pretty much an Franco-Italo-English show (from Buridan to Laplace… from 1350 CE to 1800s)

Europe United States’ (Of America!) What Deep Greek and Frankish History Teaches On Brexit Pettiness

September 17, 2019

Brexit repeats a mood of enmity from hysteria and pettiness, seen in Ancient Greece, feeding Greek hatred for Greeks. That self-defeating obsession was Greece’s undermining, enabling Rome to subjugate Greek mindfulness with Roman greed. Greece subjugation, when not outright annihilation, brought, in turn, two millennia of fascism and plutocracy, thereafter, having forgotten what democracy truly is.

However, the Greeks had the excuse of variegated origins, and the intrusion of an alien superpower, Rome. Instead, right now the USA and the Europe have a common origin, the latter being not just parent of the former, but having long been one superpower made of bits and pieces. Common Euro-American origin undermines the division ideology, not just because we don’t want to go down the Greco-Roman, dog eats dog suicidal slippery slope, but also because this common origin deprives division of its motivation.

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Empires are a fact. Not just a theory, but a fact. “Empire” means the government is endowed with imperium, a powerful, sometimes lethal command of elected authority. It does not necessarily mean fascist dictatorship. The Roman Republic was an empire, before it got rotten, fascist, mass exterminating and inhuman. The USA is certainly an empire, and a representative democracy, and nearly a direct democracy in California. Empires present advantages, by breaking down barriers, and petty local regulations, corruption, creating big markets, powerful defense, etc. Ancient Greece failed because it failed to constitute an empire. Athens tried, and failed, because of the plutocratic alliance of Sparta and Persia. A century later, Macedonian plutocracy imposed plutocracy to Athens. Later, while Greek city states fought each other, Rome came in, and annihilated Corinth, viewed as too democratic because it was fighting Sparta. Then Rome proceeded to reduce all of Greece into slavery (with a few tiny counterexamples, to justify the rest).

This shows only a fraction of the Greek world (which extended to Egypt, Libya, Crimea, Georgia, etc.) Moreover the map itself oversimplifies. For example Thessaly, in blue, south of green Macedonia, was, itself, a CONFEDERATION of cities. So this is a map of confederation, mostly! So far, so good, but they were actually fighting each other. So cities with, say 20,000 citizens, fought each other… And the Roman legions showed up. Republican Rome in 150 BCE had a population of at least three million, and that expanded enormously, by a factor of ten, as many states (say other Italians, Provincia (“Provence”), Africa, Iberia) became part of the empire. With a demography at least 40 times the most populous Greek city-state, Athens, Rome could do whatever its increasingly brutish instincts told it to do with Greek civilization. Civilizationally speaking, Rome, relative to Greece, was a big noise and fury, signifying nothing… Had the Greeks being federalized, with a Greek army, Rome could not have subdued them. But that was completely impossible: cities such as Sparta and Athens had just the love of (their own) freedom in common… Whereas the USA is the child of France and Britain 

There was no Ancient Greek empire, because the Greeks were too busy developing crazed out peculiarities, and putting lots of pride in this… similar to Brexiters. The ancient Greeks were obsessed by their little selves and quirks [1]. A Greek empire could have instilled some reason, and enabled ancient Greek civilization, the most advanced to survive. Same nowadays in Europe.

For example, Great Britain is corrupt. Corrupt in a way peculiar to Great Britain. Thus, being part of a larger ensemble may enable the UK to come out of this corruption. Indeed, the EU tried to make Great Britain less corrupt, but the corrupt ones rebelled, and, through their dominance of the minds of their unenlightened subjects, got them to decide against their best interest.

113,000 potential taxpayers are living in Britain while also being a ‘non-domiciled’ in the U.K… as far as taxes are concerned. Those extremely wealthy individuals control the UK media… to the point even intelligent Brits don’t know any better.

Tax avoidance by the global elite is eating the world’s social structure with extreme inequality. It was high time to do something about it within Europe, starting with the most egregious behavior.

EU member states have until 31 December 2019 to make this sort of blatant tax avoidance scheme by plutocrats illegal in their own national law. British plutocrats paying tax? Unimaginable! God save the queen of tax evasion!

This tax evasion is the driving force behind Brexit: the advocates of Brexit, pigeons paid by some of the world’s richest individuals have imprinted millions of parrots, who love to imagine themselves as “Non-Doms”. Why isn’t this motivation advertised more?

Why? Consider France: the media there is owned by plutocrats too, just as in the UK, and they have huge tax avoidance schemes in place as laws in the tax system. If the Pluts were stupid enough to call attention to the non-Dom reason for Brexit, they would bring along a mood questioning tax avoidance schemes in general…. and in particular, the schemes contrived in the legal system they profit from…

British Plutocracy Hates Losing Its Tax Advantages, hence Came To Hate Europe. And made sure to make the minds of the British that way, through its control of media. We The People should control control of the media by the few and wealthiest. It is a case where absolute control is needed.

The world is divided in empires, and some are vassal to others. One empire is dominant: the USA. One recently decided to be uppity: China. It’s put back into its proper place by its former sponsor, the USA.

The European UNION is an empire, yet just a subsidiary of the USA, and will stay that way forever, just as parents become dependent upon their child. A standing alone UK would be even more of a US puppet.

The present world picture is enlightened by considering what happened in the Middle Ages, or in Ancient Greece. In the Middle Ages, the two superpowers, England, the child, and “France”, the parent, were in conflict. The kings of Francia, a number of Valois, versus the Plantagenets, the guys who planted genets… It was a big mess, roaring about, signifying nothing.

The EU is a confederation vassal to the USA, similar to the “free” Greek Confederacies, themselves made of many city-states, vassal to Rome in the First and Second Centuries, BCE. The UK breaking away from the EU is similar to a Greek city-state separating from the Confederacy it belonged to. It happened many times, fostering divisions among the Greeks… thereafter to be gobbled up by Roman fascism…   Brexit is more of this petty hysterical nationalism which characterized the Greeks, while Rome was thinking universally…

However, on second, deeper inspection, the relationship between France, Britain, Germany, the USA (and their ideological satellites, including Australia and Italy) is not as in between Greek city-states, or Greece and Rome. Indeed Greek city-states had just one language, but various origins.

And Rome was still something else, tracing itself to Ilion (Troy). Whereas, in the “West”, all can be traced to Celts, Romans and Greece, through the gauntlet of the Franks (Imperium Francorum, by 800 CE the Renovated Roman Empire, RRE).

Things get even more complicated, when one realizes that France and Britain, in a number of ways, gave birth to the USA.

Now, indeed, the Greeks brought to the Romans knowledge, and even the alphabet (through “Magna Grecia”,as in Neopolis, “Naples”, to the south). So this way, Greece gave birth to Rome, intellectually speaking.

But in Western Europe, most of the Greco-Roman law, organization, moods, let alone language, and religion, survived through the Franks, and then drove the unification of Europe, complete by 800-1066 CE. See the Franks conquering all of Germany by 800 CE, and Eastern Europe, finding silver there, thus relaunching a currency economy, which Rome didn’t have enough precious metal to run; see the Franks conquer England by 1066 CE, and freeing the slaves… Or conquering Sicily against the Muslims, a few years later.

This is this united Europe, yet fighting with itself, which gave birth to the USA. As I said, even when fighting itself, as Greece was fighting itself, Europe was much more united than Ancient Greece, because of the common Greco-Roman-Frankish origin: the Greeks never had any such unification event: even when they went to attack Ilion/Troy, that was an alliance of city-states with very different origins (for example Sparta had nothing in common with Athens, their origins, Dorain for the former, were different).

European unification is actually very old, older than Rome: the big god of the Celts was… Hermes, the Greek god of commerce, travel, etc. Later, the rising Roman military power depended upon (purchased!) Celtic metallurgy.

Delusional Brexiters claim California will someday want to secede. They don’t understand that the US empire is an advantage and amplifier, for California. Why would California want to leave an Union it leads by the nose… with an average of a few referendums every few months?

The real problem of Europe right now is not enough local, direct democracy. Switzerland should be imitated, instead of going the Napoleonic route favored by Boris I Johnson… Because that the funny thing: Brexiters are proposing to impose the Napoleonic “Continental System“… complete with blockade…

Certainly, if the British people understood that the Brexit scheme was just motivated by having the wealthiest British citizens keeping on avoiding taxes, they would vote through referendum for exactly what the EU is trying to impose on December 31, 2019. That sort of EU decisions is taken actually by all the elected governments getting together inside the European Council, and hashing down a consensus. It would be better if such decisions were assisted by global EU referendums.

The EU will stay vassal to its child, the USA. Because the US is a stronger federation (some of its strength due to luck, some to diligence). The US is already a European Union… But on its own (conquered) continent.

Meanwhile, the pettiness of Brexiters waste all Europeans’ time away from more significant issues. And it will never end: the present drama is just about the transition period. After that, there will be ten years of exit negotiations. Brexit is Brexinfinity, because Britain is in Europe, whether it likes it or not, and whether it’s led by Henry VIII, Boris I, or Napoleon… Dumb stuff.

Meanwhile an hostile agent (Iran or proxies) made at least 17 impacts on the world’s largest oil installations, in Saudi Arabia, using GPS guided cruise missiles. (yes GPS is a US system). That took out 7% of the world oil production (5.7 million barrels out of 81 millions). At the limit, that doesn’t’ affect the ruling empire, the USA… which is the world’s top oil producer, and also the world’s top sustainable energy producer. But it does affect its European vassals, which are livid… And soon to feel much more affectionate to Uncle Sam, and its big muscles… Trump doesn’t want a war, especially now with a tough election ahead. Iran knows this. But, when the Deep State is really smart, and really capable, it knows nothing beats maximal force.

In an empire, force, applied well and best, is more important than elections, because survival is more important than formalities [2]. Not just my opinion: the Roman Republic, the longest Republic, ever, lasted five centuries. Rome had the function known as the “dictatorship” (for special emergencies as when a Gallic horde sieged, sacked, and blackmailed Rome, before being justly annihilated…)

Patrice Ayme

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P/S: The preceding is not meant to assert that, say, British fishermen are wrong, when they complain French fishermen come over and fish in their more fish rich waters… That seems to be true, and is, at first sight, an injustice. However, the first reasoning is fishy, because much, if not most, of the British fish production is sold on the continent… Without custom duties! The EU, as it exists, doesn’t have the means to impose its laws: they are enforced by the member states. The fish quarrel can, and should be, solved on a local level. There are thousands of those, no problem.

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[1] As I said, Athens had an empire for a while… and needed one because of its wheat coming from the Pont (hundreds of kilometers east of Byzantium). That empire was broken because of the satanic alliance of Sparta with Persia… And later, again, by Macedonia’s Antipater…

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[2] Greek city-states, most of them real, that is, direct democracies (to Cicero’s disgust), had emergency provisions to suspend all laws in case of vital emergencies… Just like the Roman Republic.