Ireland Set To Become First Country To Totally Dump Fossil Fuels

 

The Irish have a reputation for stupidity. They are, taken as a whole, no more stupid than the English, French, Germans or any other nation. I’ve known many Irish people who are highly intelligent and very well educated. My wife is Anglo – Irish, born in England to Irish parents, one half of the family are very cultured, the less said about the other half the better.

Now and again however, Ireland as a nation seems to be seized by an urge to prove there is truth in those old jokes about the thick Irishman. One such occasion was when they elected a leftie, globalist shirtlifter as their Prime Minister.

And now they have apparently let that clown lead them in anm attempt to totally destroy their country’s always fragile economy. They are going back to donkey carts for transport and will use turn fires for cooking and heating their homes.

This report by
Jessica Corbett for The AntiMedia
explains the latest politically correct insanity.

Climate activists across the globe celebrated Thursday after the lower house of the Irish legislature passed a divestment bill with support from all parties, effectively ensuring that Ireland will become the first nation in the world to fully divest public money from the fossil fuel industry.

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“This week, packed with divestment announcements from churches, universities, and now the first full divestment by a national government, is sending a clear signal that breaking the ties with fossil fuel companies is becoming the new norm: investing in them is no longer economically viable nor morally right,” responded Nicolò Wojewoda of 350.org Europe. “The only way to meaningfully address the climate crisis is to stop funneling money into the fossil fuel industry and instead to support the momentous rise of renewable energy.”

“The groundswell that’s been building around the planet for divestment derives its power from everyone working together toward the same end. It’s all one big fight. And we’re winning more and more of that fight,” declared 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben.

“Irish activists have done amazing work to make this happen—I’ve watched with awe as activists from environmental groups and the Catholic social justice movement have transformed the debate in the country,” McKibben added, turning to Twitter to highlight a few key groups:

It seems these green idiots have not heard of Germany’s green energy disaster, Denmark’s wind power crisis or Spain’s solar screwup or Portugal’s wave power Waterloo. Green energy does not work, the power it generates is intermittent, which is not suitable to supply the consistent currents required by the baseload.

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Illegal Immigrants In Paris No-Go Zone Suburbs Passes 400,000 Mark

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In the northern suburbs of Paris public spaces have been taken over by illegal immigrants (Picture source: blazingcatfur.ca )

A report from two members of the French National Assembly claims could be up to 400,000 illegal immigrants living in Seine-Saint-Denis department. According to their figures between eight and 20 percent of the population of Paris’s troubled northern suburbs may be constituted by illegal immigants and that many live on the streets because of the strain put on social services by the magnitude of the influx, Le Figaro reports.

The department, consisting of three northern suburbs, Saint Denis, Hauts de Seine and Val de Marne suffer the highest poverty rate in the Paris conurbation at 28 percent and an unemployment rate three percentage points higher than the city to the south.

The report was authored by representatives from different parties, Rodrigue Koukouendo, a member of President Emmanuel Macron’s Le Republique En Marche (LREM) party and  François Cornut-Gentille of the conservative Republicans, with both authors emphasising that social services and police in the area were struggling to cope with the huge numbers of illegals.

The two MPs suggested a reform of the way the government collects statistical data to help government departments understand the problem they are dealing with, writing: “To identify urban phenomena of ghettoisation, to explain educational difficulties, to combat discrimination and to adapt the resources of the police and the judiciary to a specific population, the question of establishing so-called ethnic statistics is raised.”

The report’s conclusions can only point to more trouble in store for the boy Macron who is already suffering record negative ratings after statking is presidency on his ability to sell French voters the ideas that part of the solution to the immigrant problem is to increase immigration levels and abolish border controls.

 

 

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EU leaders SCRAMBLE to salvage free movement as desperate Merkel sparks CHAOS

from Daily Express

ANGELA MERKEL’S desperate bid to save her own job has sent the European Union into disarray with the bloc’s most influential leaders all squabbling over how to respond to questions on migration policy.

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Angela Merkel threatens to disrupt the EU’s free movement areas with new policy plan

The German Chancellor was put under pressure from her Bavarian allies the in the Christian Social Union, whose leader Horst Seehofer threatened to resign as Germany’s interior minister unless the country toughened up its border controls.

Whether Mr Seehofer’s ultimatum was truthful or not, Mrs Merkel travelled to Brussels for June’s European Council summit with one goal in mind – secure her job by delivering a common European migration policy.

After nine excruciating hours, European leaders eventually reached an agreement on how they should proceed to tackle the perceived migration issue plaguing the EU’s stability.

Their deal, which was not enough to satisfy Mr Seehofer, failed to offer a shared responsibility for migrants arriving in Europe, instead allowing “voluntary solidarity” for the Continent’s efforts to tackle legal immigration with so-called “disembarkation platforms” to dissuade people from making the often fatal Mediterranean crossing

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Farage Blames EU Drunkard Juncker For Merkel’s migration ‘CATASTROPHE’

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As German Chancellor Angela Merkel fights for her political life while the immigration crisis theatens to split the coalition which governs germany, former UKIP leader and the man who did more than anyone to ensure Britain voted to leave the corrupt, failing EU, NIGEL FARAGE  European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker – insisting he should take credit for the ‘catastrophe’ that is the European Union’s migration policy.

The former Ukip leader said the EU’s open doors on immigration has been a “complete disaster”.

Speaking in European Parliament on Tuesday, said: “As citizens look on at changes in their communities that none of them ever asked for, governments will be blamed. But I think it is unfair that everyone is blaming Mrs Merkel for what has happened in Germany.

“Credit is due, I think, to the man on my left, . It was he that opened the doors back in 2015 to a million people crossing the Mediterranean.

“So, I think, credit clearly is due to Mr Juncker for this catastrophe. As borders and walls are being constructed all over Europe, isn’t it about time that everybody here faced a couple of realities?”

Ms Merkel’s political future has been in the balance  for several weeks, since her interior minister, CSU party leader Horst Seehofer threatened to take his party out of the government coalition if the country does not adopt a stronger stance on immigration.

With migration at the centre of discussion at the EU summit at the end of June, European Council President Donald Tusk urged Brussels leaders to get “tough” on migration, warning that “time is short” to resolve the crisis.

What a turn round from a few months ago, when Merkel and Tusk, with the boy Macron in France and Juncker the drunkard were trying to bully anti immigration government to fall into line behind Brussels policy and welcome all comers without any identity checks at all

Is Germany Disintegrating Like Yougoslavia Did?

All sorts of centralized organizations that appear rock-solid may well melt into air as the disintegrative dynamics gather momentum.

Germany has long been seen as the rock on which the European Union is founded. Never mind that the formation of the EU’s first incarnation, the 6 member Common Market came only a few years after the defeat of the Nazi attempt to unify Europe’s culturally and economically diverse nations as a single political, financial and cultural entity under a common flag, or that the plainly stated goal of the Common market’s founders was from day one the political integration of Europe, somehow the ruling elites were either stupid enough or perhaps, given that they might have been singing from a very different song sheet to us punters, cunning enough to let Germany sieze a pivotal role in this new ‘free trade’ organisation, or that Britain was kept out until German domination was well established.

But with nationalistic feeling resurgent in Italy, Spain, Poland and many of the smaller EU nations and the push for ‘ever closer integration’ encountering increased resistance almost everywhere, suddenly we find that all is not well in Germany, that purported bastion of political and economic stability and social cohestion

Rising political and social discord in Germany, as in the rest of Europe, is generally being attributed to “populism” as the national elites and Brussels bureaucrats try to pretend everything is under control, but  may actually signal the re-emergence of the ancient geographic and cultural fault lines that led to the formation of Europe’s many nations. An often-overlooked manifestation of this might be the nation-state of Germany.

It may be convenient and expedient for politicians and the media to blame “populism” for the fracturing of the status quo in Germany, but to do that is to conveniently forget that Germany does not have the thousand plus year history of some other EU member states such as Britain, Sweden, Denmark, Spain and Portugal (in spite of several hundred years of Muslim incursion,) and Austria, but only became a single nation in 1870 when Otto von Bismarck united a number of independent principalities and grand duchies.

Given the undertones of ethnic/religious bias attached to “populism,” this allows media-savvy politicians to paint opponents as racist by using the the code-word “populist” as a substitute. In fact populist does not equate to racist, Hitler may have been a populist and a racist, but Mohandas K Gandhi was also a populist and a nationalist but nobody would call him a racist.

Labeling dissenters “populists” as the Merkel government and other establishment parties along with left wing extremists like the greens and Marxists have doesn’t explain or predict anything. In terms of economic classes, it’s more insightful to distinguish between the Protected Class (insiders and favored elites) who benefit enormously from the status quo and the Unprotected Class (outsiders, marginalized workers, those without privilege or access to cheap capital).

But this wealth gap doesn’t exhaust the sources of profound social discord. As historian Peter Turchin explained in Ages of Discord, historical eras are either integrative, in which people find reasons to cooperate, or disintegrative periods in which reasons to split apart become dominant. Clearly, the geopolitical order is entering a disintegrative phrase, and dismissing those who dissent from the establishment’s all-joi-hands-and-sing-kumbaya narrative as “populists” is not going to reverse that. For insight on how the disintegrative phase may manifest in Germany, let’s turn to Mark G.’s commentary:

Merkel faces own ‘German BREXIT’ Chancellor’s immigration crisis is ‘Threat to Europe’

The breakdown of the Bavarian CSU and German CDU center-right coalition (refounded post WWII by Konrad Adenauer) is historic. And it has definite regional implications. I think we could be watching the beginning moves not in a “German Brexit” but in the political collapse of the modern German state into multiple components. As I mentioned last year, I personally expect this because modern Germany is a rump survival of Bismarck’s Wihelmine German Empire. It has lost all strategic rationale for its existence. And under Frau Merkel it has almost no military forces and no control of its own borders. Such a ‘state’ cannot long endure.

“Mr Seehofer – who is also the chairman of coalition partner the Christian Social Union (CSU) – has agreed to give Mrs Merkel two weeks to try and thrash out a Europe-wide migration policy with other leaders at the European Council meeting at the end of the month.”

Merkel has zero point zero chance of reaching any Europe-wide agreement on immigration given the present composition of the governments of Austria, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia, Czechia and Poland. Since 2015 all of them have been electorally remodeled into populist based governments with fundamental anti-refugee and anti-migrant views. As an example, when we passed through the Sudetenland last year in Czechia the highway billboards openly proclaimed “No Islam – No Terrorism”.

Their thinking is vastly closer to Seehofer’s than to Merkel’s. Merkel can’t even control her primary CSU coalition partner any further. What is more likely to occur is the German government, or multiple successor German governments, will move much closer to the eastern European position.

And if Merkel attempts to construct a hard left domestic coalition consisting of the CDU, the SDP, the Greens and “The Left” (Die Linke) to continue her present policies, then I expect the CDU itself to experience an internal split and also further hemorrhaging to Alternativ fur Deustschland. Its difficult to see her retaining her position in the CDU after presiding over the collapse of the historic CDU/CSU coalition.

New elections are highly likely in these circumstances. And in the last elections the main Center parties – CDU/CSU and also SDP – all lost significant numbers of supporters to the AfD and Die Linke. Another round at this point will probably produce a much larger AfD, plus political gridlock as the Establishment attempts to ignore the democratic result.

On an anecdotal basis, last year I again met individuals in Rheinland-Pfalz who in 2015 had been members of The Greens. Come 2017 they all had left the Greens and were wavering between the CDU & AfD.

On a related issue: it seems to me the present migration induced political crisis in German politics will cause the PIGS to attempt to rebid and renegotiate the terms of their ECB/IMF bailouts.

In the light of points made in the above extract it is fair to say that Marx’s famous summary of the disintegrative forces inherent in capitalism–“Everything solid melts into air”– aptly describes the core dynamics of disintegrative phases.

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If we look at a map of the states which make up modern Germany circa 1866 and ask if the geographic, political and cultural lines visible on this map still pertain beneath the surface of a monolithic modern state. All sorts of centralized organizations that appear rock-solid may well melt into air as the disintegrative dynamics gather momentum.

It would be foolish to compare Germany to Yugoslavia in the early 1990s? But the social and economic problems in Germany  and other European Union member states, 25 years after its founding is a warning signal of the dangers of trying to foist changes beneficial to the elites onto the mass of working and middle class populations. In particular the immigration policy imposed by Brussels of simply allowing in all arrivals has been a social disaster.

The EU’s central bureaucracy along with the main advocates of political integration, Germany and France have long portrayed the union of European states as a political, economic and historical success story. But the downside of this merger is all too often ignored – and this is increasingly endangering its future.

The Maastricht Treaty, the 25th anniversary of which passed last week, was the European Union’s founding document and the point at which all pretence of the EU being nothing more than a free trade area was abandoned. For a few years after the treaty was signed, it seemed that no one was able to recognize the European Union’s innate defects, or those that did were dismissed as right wing reactionaries.

Ever since Maastricht one of the European Union’s faults has been the ineptitude of its attempts to put together a common approach to foreogn policy. First its inability to correctly assess the conflicts in Yugoslavia, which were going on at the time or to exert a moderating influence on the warring parties and to prevent civil wars in the region. Before it even evolved into the EU, the European Community was inconsistent and unconvincing when it came to applying the values it claimed to represent to its dealings with Yugoslavia.

One of the main reasons for this has been the fact that the main EU power, Germany, still suffering an enormous guilt hangover from the 20th century’s two great wars, has declined to act but has by inaction, by failing to lead, prevented the rest of the EU from doing what needed to be done.

With the signing of the Maastricht treaty, Germany transferred not only its economic power and postwar instinct toward non – intervention to the EU but also it’s moral authority. And a bunch of smooth cheeked deal makers, which is what the EU Commission, the committee which effectively controls the EU, are always going to shirk moral responsibility, preferring to take refuge in rules and regulations.  Just like West Germany during the Cold War, the newly constituted union of states was an economic giant, but a dwarf in the foreign policy arena.

This dwarf has barely grown in the past quarter century. Occasional forays into international conflicts while hanging onto America’s coat tails have ended disastrously for the people the effort was supposed to help, while purely diplomatic initiatives  have all failed. Thus today, for example, there is no consistent foreign policy line on the Balkans – and the western Balkans are, again, increasingly unstable.

Meanwhile in Germany, Angela Merkel’s fragile coalition totters on the brink of collapse as the Christian Social Union (CSU), a conservative party which dominates the federal province of Bravaria threatens to quit is support of Merkel and thus bring down her government over her idiotic insistence on maintaining the ‘open doors’ immigration policy that has allowed millions of illiterate, culturally backward and unemployable third world peasants to flood into the country.

“With populist parties AfD (Alternatif fur Deutschland) and FDR (Free Deomcrats) having made vast gains in last year’s inconclusive election, if Merkel falls Germany could end up with an anti – EU coalition vehmently opposed to mass immigration in power. Yet some German states are very left wing and collectivist and would find this intolerable.

So where could federal Germany go from there?

‘He’s as popular as a rattlesnake in a lucky dip’ Fury as Blair orders Brexit POSTPONEMENT

In an incendiary speech, the former Labour prime minister claimed the UK could negotiate a new membership deal with a reformed EU that could address the concerns of Leave voters by tackling “the issue of immigration decisively”.

Blair, who was on the global banking cartel’s payroll when whe was UK Prime Minister, is obviously labouring under the misapprehension that he is still a powerful figure in European politics, rather than a widely despised has been, has been intent on raising tensions in the Brexit debate by likening anti-globalisation political movements across Europe and the US to the rise of the Nazis and other extremists in the 1930s.

In fact is is globalism that resembles Naziism, Hitler was often quoted as having said, “The Third Reich will rule the world for a thousand years.”

Blair’s latest call for halting or delaying Britain’s departure of the EU was firmly rejected by Downing Street last night. Theresa May’s spokesman said: “The Prime Minister has been clear that we are leaving the EU and that will take place on March 29 2019.

And Mr Blair’s latest intervention in the debate about Britain’s European future, on the eve of an EU Council summit in Brussels where Theresa May will discuss progress in the Brexit negotiations with the 27 other EU leaders, provoked a furious backlash from Leave-backing MPs.In an incendiary speech, the former Labour prime minister claimed the UK could negotiate a new membership deal with a reformed EU that could address the concerns of Leave voters by tackling “the issue of immigration decisively”.

He also risked raising tensions in the Brexit debate by likening anti-globalisation political movements across Europe and the US to the rise of the Nazis and other extremists in the 1930s.

His call for delaying Britain’s departure of the EU was firmly rejected by Downing Street last night.

The man is an idiot. Throughout the attempts to negotiate an exit deal that will benefit all parties, the EU negotiating style has been characterised by a refusal to concede ground on any point.

Theresa May’s spokesman said: “The Prime Minister has been clear that we are leaving the EU and that will take place on March 29 2019.

Mr Blair’s latest intervention in the debate about Britain’s European future, comes on the eve of an EU Council summit in Brussels where Theresa May will discuss progress in the Brexit negotiations with the 27 other EU leaders, and has provoked a furious backlash from Leave-backing MPs while attracting little support from Remainers. In fact one Remain supporting MP said, “He’s as popular as a rattlesnake in a lucky dip.”

 

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Angela Merkel was not handed the lifeline she hoped for at the EU’s mini-summit on migration yesterday, instead she now knows that with the exception of the arch sycophant Macron, the bloc now agrees that migrants, particularle the uneducated, illiterate bones who refuse to learn the language of their host nation and integrate with its society, must be kept far away from civilised European societies.

With Sunday’s mini-summit on migration in Brussels behind her and no prospect of a pan European deal on resettlement of economic migrants masquering as refugees or asylum seekers ahead, can Chancellor Angela Merkel hope to present her partners in Germany’s ruling coalition and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer with an answer as to how refugees can be packed off back to Italy? No. Merkel must work out a bilateral solution if she wants to achieve any progress on this front. Given the self-confident new government in Rome, which is laying down the terms on which Italy’s immigration policy will operate, one can only wish her good luck with that.

More than one EU head of state said after the Brussels meeting ended that the event was not intended to throw Merkel a lifeline as she faces domestic political challenges over how best to handle asylum-seekers coming to Europe. However, she seized the occasion on Sunday to wrap up a move to the right in migration policy.

There was a lot of chatter from Merkel and Macron over how to better secure external borders, a key part of the migration debate. Yet the EU’s few land borders to the south have already been secured in unilateral actions by member states. Barbed wire fences could be made taller, and more border guards could be stationed there, but the barriers are already in place. ~It was also suggested rather spuriously, that EU member states could receive more money to put toward strengthening their own border efforts. The EU Commission has called for 10,000 border guards to give the impression of a well-protected Europe.

A guard stands watch in front off a barbed wire fence (Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images)

Barbed wire fences are already present on many of Europe’s southern borders

 

Things have moved on since 2015 however,  now the border issue is actually about closing off the Mediterranean Sea route. Italy has already asked other EU countries for patrol boats — a request aimed primarily at its Mediterranean neighbor France. In principle, French President Emmanuel Macron supports the Rome government’s position that responsibility for rescuing refugees out of the waters of the Mediterranean, especially those near the Libyan coast, lies with the coast guard there, which should be rewarded with more equipment and money. Austria’s conservative chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, also is quite excited about France’s movement on this issue.

When discussing migration, President Macron likes to wax lyrical about European values, but he is one of the first to disregard them (a typical French trait is to talk the talk but leave others to walk the walk.)

Hundreds of thousands of economic migrants from impoverished, culturally and economically backward African nations are currently trapped in Libya. Handing them over to face the brutality of the militias would be inhumane and potentially unlawful. ?Delivering them into the hands of organised crime networks involved in people trafficking is tantamount to murder.  They are no longer humans; they are merely undesirables that Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini can refer to as “meat” or “goods” without causing an outraged uproar.

What has any of this to do with the EU values Macron talks about but has never tried to define? Still the guy was an investment banker so what else should we expect?

The new populists ruling Italy will continue to push the remaining EU members along in the debate over migration. Macron has joined ranks because he does not want to offer France’s far-right extremists any room to attack. In the same fold are the right-wing populist Austrian government and the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU), which is challenging Merkel. Chancellor Merkel can only go with the flow if she wants to save her own skin.