Poland Sued by EU at Behest of Soros!

The EU Commission is suing Poland!  Poland lowered the retirement age of judges from 70 to 65 which effectively terminates 27 of their 72 judges.   According to a statement issued by the EU, the foregoing is the reasoning behind such a bizarre move:   “The European Commission maintains that the Polish law on the Supreme Court is incompatible with EU law as it undermines the principle of judicial independence, including the irremovability of judges,”

Judicial independence means separation of power.  Typically, this meant that other assemblies of government could not influence the decision making process of sitting judges, given they were independent.  But the government continues to pay them.

Judges in many countries are granted ‘life tenure’, but are nonetheless forced to retire at 70 or 75.  So life tenure is a meaningless clause and the real issue is thus rather crumbly.

But then the EU Commission has been in a row with Poland of late and this would seem to be the strumming of a Soros agenda – tit-for-tat.  I doubt this EU move will likely make any fast friends among the Polish people as more meddling in internal affairs is generally not taken well.

But then the Polish President, Andrzej Duda, has indicated he would like a relationship with Trump, and that may have been the real catalyst for Soros who has quite an influence over the EU Commission.

According to the EU, the new age limitation for judges is a means for Poland to drain their Swamp. But whether life tenure means 70, 75 of 65, it is interesting that the EU would even have the right to make that determination.  With the EU fighting BREXIT, with Hungary also following anti-EU ideals, with Italy staged to follow, the EU Commission is rightfully seeing it’s base of funding disappear, and it’s globalization agenda – fray.

Austria is in the midst of a row with the UN and EU over the migration crisis.  Relations with Putin have added to the Soros miff, as Russia continues the race of the Tortoise and the Hare.

Therein, the EU defines Judicial Independence as a Human Right.  In a recent poll, Europeans were asked to rank what they deem as most important from a list of European Values.   EU Values have frequently been cited by Merkel as being far superior to US Values.  Following is how the people of Europe would rate their value structure:

Human Rights, Human Life, Peace, Democracy, Individual Freedom, Rule of Law, equality, Solidarity, Tolerance, Self, Respect for Other Cultures, Religion – in that order.

A notable sad realization is that ‘religion’ came in last place garnering just 5% of the poll’s position.

So how is Poland’s Reformation of it’s Judiciary considered a ‘Human Right” violation?  Because according to Poland, many of the older judges are actually remnants of the 1980’s Communist era and need to be replaced. The globalists disagree and claim that the Reformation will allow politicians to place in office judges who fit their particular agenda.

But the government isn’t ‘selectively’ eliminating judges, they simply changed the retirement age and lowered it by five years.  Judges will continue to be nominated according to the same process that has been used for decades.

Soros’ efforts to destabilize from within have been called out.   Since booting out Mrs Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the Open Dialog Foundation, this past August, Soros has been busily working on retaliatory actions.  But even more enlightening, what this highlights is the incredible power-influence Soros has over the EU Commission!  They will do his bidding no matter what it is, no matter if their actions are idiotic!   Some EU countries have quite simply risen above his influence and are fighting back.

Perhaps Poland’s desire to have a permanent US military base in Poland named after Trump, isn’t so much about fears of a Russian invasion as the US media would have us believe, but of an EU invasion…

Just a thought.

EU Commission: Gluttonous Spending

The EU Commission is embarking on a massive mission of garnering sought after revenue by suing major US companies including; Google, Amazon, Starbucks, Qualcomm and Apple. The woman behind the coup is Denmark’s, Margreth Vestager, a Socialist Liberal.   Vestager was the primary instigator in leveling a fine on Cyprus Airlines that ultimately resulted in their going bankrupt and the loss of 550 jobs.  By all accounts, she is – brutal.

The Google fine is heavy, weighing in at an astounding $5.1 billion as well as a demand that they change their business model to allow greater competition in the European market.  Whether this affects the share price is debatable, but the fact that the EU is specifically targeting US firms is of more interest as the Commission revenues have floundered and an appeal for funds is most likely the driving force, especially when BREXIT is finalized and 14 billion euro’s result in a significant shortfall.

The Trade War Behind The Trade War

This is not the first time the EU Commission has made headlines and enemies in trade disputes. IN 2004 Microsoft was ordered to pay $497 million which was the largest fine to date.  In 2006, they again attacked Microsoft and imposed an additional $448 million for competition violations.   And again in 2009 imposed $1.44 billion in fines.  And again in 2013, 561 million Euros.  In 2009, the EU Commission fined Intel $1.45 billion.

It would seem that the EU Commission is pocketing quite a bit of revenue from fines which, according to Article 83 of the EU Commission Protocol, are not reported as revenue but instead are held in a ‘special fund’ portfolio of high quality sovereign bonds with no designated purpose. 

In 2014, the Commission reported that of 70 separate fines imposed on various businesses, they collected $2.2 billion in ‘funds’.   In 2016, the EU Commission expenditures topped 136.4 billion Euros with roughly 8 billion going toward ‘Administration’.  Of course, it is important to note that administration is not an all inclusive of salaries and wages given that each sub-section absorbs costs that are ‘allocated’ to the specific project.   The two largest projects are;  Sustainable Growth Natural Resources, and Smart and Inclusive Growth which combined absorb over 90% of expenditures.

What the heck?

Smart and Inclusive Growth is supposedly targeting infrastructure and jobs in the least developed EU countries.   Sustainable Growth targets increased agriculture productivity.

In 2013, an external audit revealed that £109 billion out of a total of £117 billion spent by the EU in 2013 was “affected by material error”.  In fact, the audits for the previous 19 years all revealed similar deficits.  At the same time, the Commission was demanding additional sums from the UK in the amount of 1.7 billion creating  a havoc of hypocrisy and distrust.

The newly released budget for the Commission is slated at 1.14 trillion Euro.  The largest expenditure is applied to ‘foreign aid’ for countries wishing to become EU members – 123 billion Euros.

Given such an astronomical budget, what exactly has the EU Commission accomplished over it’s lifetime?

1)  It ratified the Paris Climate Accord

2)  It initiated the phasing out of export subsidies to allow poorer countries the opportunity to compete in agriculture

3)  It banished the death penalty

4)  It created a single market

5)  It ‘theoretically created open borders that meant passports were not necessary – although in reality due to the EU’s refuge and immigrant abject failures this open border policy is no longer being followed.

But most of the funding supports Research and studies that tackle various concerns including a project that determined cargo ships use less fuel than lorries, a mobile app to monitor weight loss, a publication of our galaxy, the design of an electric car for aging people, continuing research to expand renewable energy supply which now accounts for 5% of all energy output, and a project in which busses were subjected to a three year trial to determine if hydrogen fuel is a viable alternative…

While these projects all have relevance, it would seem the cost of funding the commission is rather extraordinary in comparison to the actual economic benefits achieved.

BY contrast, it would appear the US does not reciprocate in embarking in lawsuits against EU businesses that violate trade competition.

G7 Summit Ruled by EU Commission

The G7 Summit is taking place in Quebec under the tutelage of Trudeau.   The purpose of the Summit is to talk about global topics chosen this year by Trudeau to include:  ocean pollution, trade tariffs, and climate change.  The Summit was originally created in 1973 by George Schulz.  It was to be attended by the finance ministers of four countries;  West Germany, UK, US and France.  It has historically evolved to include Canada, Italy, Japan, and Russia, although Russia was expelled in 2014.  

The President’s of these countries basically get together, have some food, meander around the property, and talk.  The only spouse to accompany her husband was Macron’s.  After two days, they go home and nothing changes.  From the perspective of a businessman, it is a huge waste of time.  From the perspective of the various politicians attending it gives them airtime. For Macron, it gives him hug time.

For example, in February 2009, the group of finance ministers met in Rome and pledged to take all necessary steps to stem the financial crisis.  That was the sum total of the meeting.  Seems to me a phone call could have accomplished that at a considerable fraction of the cost.

But it has become a media hype and everyone wears their Sunday best.  Furthering division, the summit conspicuously omits other global countries; Ireland, India, Scotland, The Netherlands, China, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, etc.., etc…  Instead it is more of a good ol’ boy platform wherein tradition is the only rationale.

The end result of this meeting seems to be that Trump and the EU will talk about trade in two weeks. Macron thinks the US should be expelled from future summits.  And as representative for ALL EU countries, Merkel stated that they all agree Russia should remain expelled.  I wonder if the ‘other countries’ were notified of their agreement before or after her statement?

Apparently, the new PM of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, stated that he felt Russia should be reinvited. However, the EU Council President, Donald Tusk, speaking on behalf of Conte said that Italy would toe the line and be a follower, not a leader.  I wonder if Conte is royally miffed!

Why would the EU Commissioner and EU Council President be at the G7?  They are not countries. 

In 1977, the UK PM, James Callahan, made the unilateral decision to henceforth include the EU Council and EU Commission as a part of the summit.  Supposedly, Juncker and Tusk are there as a united front to represent the remaining EU countries that are not invited.  Why?   Why not let sovereign nations speak for themselves?   Because in reality they are not sovereign, their voice is censored.

If the G7 Summit is really about the EU, and given Canada is a parcel of the Queen of England, why would the US or Russia have any desire to participate?  Both Tusk and Juncker are representatives of ‘open society’ and globalization.   They have collectively taken over the Summit which was originated in the US.

After losing a re-election bid in Poland, Tusk became the EU Council President.   He has since been openly accusatory that the current President of Poland and his conservative party are puppets of Putin.  In addition, he claims that the EU values are quite polar opposite from the values of Poland under conservatism and nationalism. In 2017, Juncker initiated an investigation into the President and his Party claiming ‘judicial independence concerns’.  

The bottom line is the fact that according to the EU any country that is not governed by a Socialist Party towing the line of the EU ‘values’, is operating under a fascist government and sanctions will be levied including being stripped of voting rights.

Hungary is also facing potential sanctions by the EU for their stance on conservatism.   Hungary has come under attack for expelling Soros and refusing to bow to the EU demands for African immigrant quotas.

Slovakia is facing condemnation for similar stances.

BREXIT is meaningless as long as Theresa May continues to be a pawn of MI6 and the Merkel.  What is more relevant is the growing number of countries that are standing up to the Royal Arm of the EU Commission and Council who tend to act much like the Wizard of Oz – behind a red curtain.

Which country in the EU will be next?

Germany: The Wolf in Disguise?

Op-Eds are determined to paint Trump’s various actions as alienating “allies and friends”.   Citing the Iran Nuclear Deal and the Paris climate Summit as examples of Trump being a really ‘mean’ guy, the editorials are otherwise rather hollow in terms of actual journalism that might delve into the ‘why’, the ‘wherefore’, and the ‘who’, and simply spew a column of vacant opinion.  And while an Op-Ed, is an ‘opinion’, in true journalism fashion, it would include rationales, reason, evidence, description, and factual basis. Instead, today’s Op-Ed’s are just – blather.

So.  Trump is alienating allies and friends.   Who might that be?   Germany certainly is miffed.    And given that Germany now rules the EU Commission, the EU Commission is miffed.  And given the EU Commission supposedly represents all EU states, that would imply all the EU is angry at Trump…  But in reality – that just ain’t so.

Many EU countries are back pedaling from the dictatorship of Germany over their sovereignty.  They have come to realize that their country is no longer theirs, but instead is a mini-state of Germany, and that’s not going over very well:   Spain is in its own flurry and chaos given the Catalonia disruption which is based on division of wealth.   Italy is now facing a Coup d’Etat politically.  Hungary has expelled Germany’s puppet master, Soros.  Romania and Trump just struck a new trade deal.  The UK is mired in Swamp revelations.  Sweden has succumbed to migrant chaos and destruction.

The problem with the Op-Eds as currently initiated is these consequences are directly related to internal political corruption, and/or dissatisfaction with an abysmal economic profile – NOT Trump.  But the opinion pieces fail to provide dissertation or factual backup.

Journalism has come to represent slanderous yapping, instead of the reporting of statistics and facts.

Some Op-Eds reference Canada as a lost ally because of Trump.  However, they fail to reference the current internal chaos that has lodged a wicked knife in the heart of Canada’s economy under Trudeau.   Headlines include:

  1. Expanded Canada Pension Plan could decrease investment in Canada by up to $114 billion over next dec
  2. Lack of pipelines will cost Canada $15.8 billion this year
  3. Rate of small business startups in Canada down nearly 50% in 30 years.
  4. Record high gas prices show need for gas tax reform (taxes represent 33% of the cost of gas)
  5. One million Canadians waited for medical treatment in 2017 costing $1.9 billion in lost wages

This is an insight into the ally with whom we want to model and align our economic decision making?

Australia, another ally that follows liberal policies and politics.  Over the last ten years their GDP growth rate has rarely broken 1% and never reached 1.5%.   Their forecast outlook is completely flat.   The US remains Australia’s second highest trade partner, after China.  The top exports to China include Iron Ore and coal, two of the most polluting commodities.  And while Australia would ‘like’ to boast of the their advanced immigration statistics – Muslims and refugees barely make the list given that they have tough requirements in order to qualify including advanced education and degrees.

Paris Climate Accord:   So after receiving billions in Grants, what has the Paris Climate Accord accomplished?  Because Merkel is fuming over the fact that Trump is not offering any more money..  The Accord has re-distributed money from various countries into a global pocketbook that would be deposited with the UN and disposed of via ‘private sector asset owners’.  Which sounds an awful lot like a giant subsidy for the world’s largest corporate polluters to draw from when they are sued for polluting…

In essence, the ally that is most disrupted by the Trump administration is Germany.  And in essence, given Germany is fundamentally a Globalization cabal statehood with the Rothschilds and Soros leading the government, and by default, The Swamps, they would not be so much an ally – as a wolf in disguise.

Europe Pick A Side – A Tectonic Shift

Europe is now being faced with a diehard question – pick a side.  Which side?

The media are quick to proclaim that Trump has shunned Europe, but is that really true?  Was Europe ever a true ally? 

While Merkel is staunchly standing her ground even if it means her country dissolves into oblivion, it would appear Macron is nervously trying to ascertain whether now would be a good time to jump the Rothschild ship and plunge into the mania that Trump is powering.

With the shadows of Norway and Sweden ever closer to evolving into third world countries, and the conservative eastern blocs swiftly gaining traction, a monumental tectonic shift threatens the mainstay, the mainstream, and the global Swamp.  Plan, A, B, and even C seem to have fallen flat, and the Rothschild cabal are seeing their stronghold ripped apart.

The Mueller shill is outed. Comey is finding his backside whipped by his good ole buddies, and the winners are – losing.   The Swamp tactic for global control was to bomb the smithereens out of any country they wanted to take control over.  The systematic ideal was to claim the bomb campaign was for the greater good, and would ultimately prove a profitable greater good as rebuilding what they destroyed became the elite agenda.

The ‘sky is falling’ Libertarians and Liberals are convinced that Boeing lost a $20 billion contract, 100,000 jobs, and a peaceful partner in Iran.   But Boeing shares didn’t respond, they never were 100% committed to the contract knowing the iffiness, and have several years of backlogged contracts to fill.

The more conservative EU and Eastern Bloc countries now include:  Poland, Croatia, Hungary, Belarus, and the Czech Republic.   But Italy is also joining the ranks with a coalition of the Five Star Movement and the anti EU Lega Party taking power.

That being said, when the media refers to the European partners, the European concerns, the reference includes exactly two:  Merkel and Macron.  If Macron jumps ship and decides he wants join the winning bandwagon, Merkel’s power will be nonexistent given her soon to be third world buddies will be devoured into – well poverty and Germany will be left holding the bag for the remaining EU member states.

In the midst of the tectonic rift, the EU Commission is blustering as it continues to lose precious ground – and by default $$$$ – that it desperately needs to fill their burgeoning pockets as they do virtually – nothing.

While Germany’s Soros funded, government funded media, Deutsch Weil, DW.com, would have us believe that Merkel and Putin are collaborating, the hoax is replete as they attempt to find an alliance where none will ever exist as long as the Soros cabal continue to manipulate Merkel’s strings.  In fact, with Merkel begging Putin for help in the Iran Deal she opens the door for the lifting of Russian sanctions by the EU.  Once she convinces the EU Commission that this is the only way to maintain her credibility with Iran, Trump merely has to revive an Iran pact with a new Nuke deal.  Thus Merkel will have opened the door for the US to follow her lead in releasing Russia from sanctions, and Trump will have won both the Iran and Russian debacle at the behest of the EU.

Putin will be back on track, North Korea is salvaged, Germany will become the new Muslim nation, and Iran will be business as usual, albeit most likely with a new and improved democratic government…  a gift from Bibi.

Ahhh, and The World Turns.  Checkmate.

US Trade Deficits: A Tariff Equalizer

While the EU is blistering as they attempt to retaliate against Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs, they are now attempting to target peanut butter and orange juice.   But the trade war isn’t simply the US vs the EU, it is also the EU against the UK!   However, the commodities their economic experts target is rather odd; Brazil accounts for 50% of all global orange juice. US production is in a downward spiral, has been for years, exasperated recently by Florida crops destroyed by Hurricane Irma and – exports are “flat”.   Which means the tariff on orange juice is worth $0.00.  

US peanut butter export partners include Canada, Mexico, Europe and Japan. The European consumers are concentrated in The Netherlands, the UK, Germany and Spain.   Unlike other European countries, The Netherlands top export partners include the UK and the US with Germany being the number one destination.   In 2016, Spain’s highest trade surplus partner was the UK at $8.2 billion, an increase of 3,014%.

The EU has already initiated a trade war with the UK using BREXIT as blackmail.   However, in their tit-for-tat plundering, it would appear they haven’t considered the consequences to countries in the EU other than Germany and France. Given they are the fundamental leaders of the EU decision making schematic, they don’t appear to be making wise choices.

Currently, the UK’s largest trading partner is the EU, with the US coming in a close second. If the EU cuts off the UK and imposes tariffs, the US is calmly waiting in the shadows ready to pick up any slack.   While the EU already slaps a 10% tariff on the import of US automobiles, by contrast, German automobiles are charged an import duty of just 2.5%. The hypocrisy of the German government and by default the EU Commission is beyond comprehension.

It would seem that the EU and Germany are playing a game of chicken without realizing their engine is out of gas.

In 2016, 54% of UK imports came from within EU countries.   If the EU hardlines trade, the UK will slowly shift partners. Currently the largest trade partners include: Germany, Spain and The Netherlands (the same countries that like all the US peanut butter…weird).

While the EU has been considered an ‘emerging superpower’ over the last decade, its share of the global economy has been steadily declining. Add to the fray the growing welfare as a result of refugee and immigration policies, the demand that the EU fund their own military, and Economic policy decisions now seem to be playing a game of chicken without a car…

And the media is at the wheel.

The EU Commission has grown into a Fat Walrus with a budget closing in on $160 billion Euro’s and most assuredly rising. Taxing, penalizing, overseeing, demanding, and fining seem to be their role.   Air pollution is a problem in the EU and despite targets being established in 2005 and 2010, 23 of 28 countries don’t meet the goals.   It’s a joke.

Sanctions on member states not meeting ‘refugee quotas’ was another EU brainchild that has backfired.

And yet, we continue to forget the sage fairy tale that recounts the race between the tortoise and the hare.   While the EU Commission has stated that a) this has been in the air for some time, and b) they will retaliate, and c) they will take this to the WTO, retaliation is not a defense recognized by most courts…  

The US trade deficit in goods is $811 billion, with the largest categories being commercial aircraft, automobiles, and food. The largest deficits were earned with China, Japan, Mexico and Germany.  Germany imports autos, aircraft and pharmaceuticals, while it exports autos, industrial machinery and medicine.   China charges a 25% tariff on US imports of automobiles.

For the Democrats and the GOP to gasp at the horror of equalizing tariffs, they would seem to have ulterior motives that don’t include the prosperity of the US.   Most recently, Trump announced that his goal was to create just that – a direct constant equalizing of all tariffs – thereby eliminating ‘inequality’ – the same catch-all phrase employed by Democrats about – everything Democrat…

But after all the hrumphing and blubbering and demanding, it looks as though the EU, Japan and Australia are begging for their own exemptions.   Bottom line? Trump is looking to close the trade deficits – China, Japan and Germany – it is now your call.

Media Censorship

While Rome burned… Germany has just officially launched a 29 member fake news panel that will oversee all media, but most specifically Facebook, SKY, Twitter, Google and RTL.   Why those sources in particular? Because they proliferate in the schematic of Blogs, a media outlet that is currently, unregulated and uncensored.

Today, most media outlets are censored by the government, censored by the military, censored by a cabal whose goal has been for decades to control what the public hears and knows in order to educate them according to their interpretation of Truth. And in many cases, to educate them through the elimination of Truth.

Within this targeting of offensive and fake news, even more unnerving is how the ‘offending posts’ will be determined. Anyone can take a picture of whatever post they feel is bigoted, offensive, fake or otherwise and submit a complaint. The complaint is then referred to a self regulating panel within the social media front and if it is not removed, it is referred to this very independent 29 member panel within the German government for review. If the panel finds the comment or blog or article offensive or fake, they will then inform the media outlet and demand retraction within 24 hours. If the company does not retract the offensive post it can be fined upwards of $60 million. (The 24 period may be lengthened in very specific legal circumstances).

Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I imagine that would also apply to fake or slanderous speech. Hence, the line of censorship is quite comparable to the propaganda of Nazi Germany.

In 1933 Nazi organizations made up lists of books they felt should not be read by Germans, ultimately they raided libraries and book stores whereby they confiscated and torched books deemed unacceptable.   Textbooks were rewritten to portray a singular view of Nazism and the world.  All newspapers, media, theatre, art, music, and radio came under the auspices of Joseph Goebbels and his Storm Troopers.  

Signed into law October 2017, it was not effective until January 1, 2018 and despite heavy criticism, is now in force. Labeled NetzDG, the law is hugely vague as to what constitutes a violation.

Stories that would have been blocked and considered fake by the panel would have included;   “Who invented the story of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in 2003 to reduce a whole region to rubble? Who propagated and supported the Maidan movement in Ukraine in 2014 as a supposed “revolution” in order to strengthen right-wing extremism and nationalist forces and foment conflict with Russia? Who used the lie about mass rape in Cologne on New Year’s Eve 2015/2016 to ignite a wave of anti-refugee sentiment? And who spread images of alleged “left-wing extremist” violence at the G20 summit in Hamburg to criminalize left-wing opponents and ban left-wing websites such as linksunten.indymedia.org?” 

This model of censorship is also being utilized by the EU Commission which has published guidelines to “proactively identify and remove illegal content. The press release states that the EU Commission will “closely monitor and evaluate the progress of online platforms in the coming months,” in order to decide whether “legislative measures to complement the existing legal framework” may be necessary.” 

As such the EU has surpassed its Socialism and officially entered into the first phase realm of a communist state. With Germany once again at the helm.

In 2016, during the Presidential campaign, recording artist Moby was contacted by the CIA and told to publish “rumors about Trump’s supposed collusion with the Russians”. A rumor.   Would the CIA be subject to NetzDG? If Moby’s account had been targeted would the CIA defend him and allow the rumors to proliferate? When Hollywood takes out their dirge of commentary in which they threaten Trump’s life, would those comments be eradicated? Of would they remain via defense implemented by the Soros cabal?

Who decides? Who is this independent panel?

Facebook implemented their panel of 500 employees in Essen Germany whose sole function is to eliminate content they feel violates NetzDG.   Self regulation was the first order as demanded by the German Socialist government.  Of course, this form of censorship has already been highly tagged in the Facebook scandal wherein young ‘curators’ used their personal political agenda to scrub conservative sites from the trending topics searches.

Twitter has come under fire for their “curators’ who recently targeted the feed of AfD deputy group leader, Von Storch, who responded to an Arabic-language Twitter post by Cologne police on New Year’s Eve by writing: “What the hell is happening in this country? Why is an official police site tweeting in Arabic? Do you think it is to appease the barbaric, gang-raping hordes of Muslim men?”

The post was deleted and her Twitter account suspended as it was deemed ‘hate speech’.

What Germany has created is a “legal means” for Social Media to censor the expressions of people whose political views do not align with their own. Unfortunately, the political views of Twitter and Facebook CEO’s are hugely Liberal and thus their regulation has allowed them to feed a biased, false, faked agenda of what is Truth.

“The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.”  Vladimir Lenin

“Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.”  Joseph Stalin

EU Commission: Fines and Sanctions, a corrupt policy

Spain and Portugal have failed to comply with the EU rules regarding budget deficits so the EU Commission is contemplating fining the countries up to .2% of GDP and .5% of their respective EU subsidy payments. Really? Exactly how much revenue does the EU Commission collect from ‘fines’?

The EU Commission apparently attempted to fine Greece on numerous occasions – once after a toxic waste dump was not closed down. They asked nicely in 1992 and in 2001, they finally fined Greece $19,000 per day until the dump was shut down. In 2005 the EU Commission again fined Greece for its failure to crack down on illegal landfills. This time they imposed fines in the neighborhood of $25m Euro. Greece subsequently defaulted on its payment to the IMF.  Surprise!

The concept reminds me of debtors prison – since you can’t pay some of your debts we’re going to eliminate your ability to pay ALL your debts by putting a strangle hold on you. Logical?   No of course not. So the threat looses it’s value because there is ‘no win’.

How do you create a win-win?   Incentive.

Years ago California had a great idea (once) – they offered a highway contractor a monetary incentive to finish the project early and a decentive for every day they were late. Surprise! The project came in early. Despite the fact that it was a great success, the concept was tabled. Why? Because it set an example, it proved a point, and the unions and lobbyists knew the far reaching ramifications could affect every contractor going forward. Pffft.

With BREXIT, the EU Commission lost a gainful ante into their pool of euro’s. They have a choice; either increase the net revenues each remaining member must ante, or find alternate sources, as in new members. What they cannot do is alienate their current members with excessive penalties and sanctions unless they want to unravel the entire EU.

So why are they picking on Spain and Portugal?

The problem is that just about every country in the world rides a budget deficit. The exceptions are: Kuwait, South Korea, Germany, UAE, Uzbekistan, Switzerland, Singapore, Qatar, Oman and Norway. The worst offenders are: US, Pakistan, Japan, India and the UK.

Technically, if the UK had remained in the EU it would be subject to severe austerity cuts and sanctions! And the US would never even make the cut.

The Commission most recently proposed fining EU countries that refused to comply with their refugee quota’s. The fine – 250,000 euro per refugee!  That’s a lot of moola!  At 500,000 refugees that would amount to $125billion.  What would the Commission do with all that money?  Would they give it to the refugee?  Nah.  It would become a part of the sludge of the uncategorized ‘pool’/corruption.

It would appear that the EU Commission makes quite a bounty imposing fines that tag upwards of 30+ per year on various individuals, companies, and countries. The latest haul came just this year when the Commission fined Google $3.4 billion for anti-trust violations. Intel previously had the dubious honor of having the largest fine imposed by the EU – 1.1 billion euro. And last year eight companies faced fines totaling $132million for colluding in anti-competition policies, but that was only a small part of the more than $3 billion the Commission tallies annually.

Who suffers as a result of anti-competition?  The people.  Who reaps the benefit of antitrust fines?  The government. The revenue is classified as ‘other income/revenues’ and is used to support the bureaucracy.   There is no rebate, no award given back to the victims.

But corruption within the EU is considered massive amounting to approximately 120-900 billion euro’s per year, far more than revenues from fines!

So why isn’t the Commission focusing their priorities inward, on the much more lucrative source?   Because the corruption is within the political structure and within the Commission itself. The hypocrisy is classic. Laws are made for everyone – else.   Hillary?

BREXIT: Who is Next

While the media exploits the fear of British expatriates living in Spain, France and Portugal, the truth is far far less intimidating. The fact is, expatriates are creating revenue, they own businesses, they own property and these EU countries reap the benefits of their investment in the economy. International law protects them in the event that a government might attempt to alter the rules of engagement, and their incentive is quite nil.

In fact, Spain and Portugal have historically generously opened their arms to expatriates from everywhere, including the US, offering the same easy transition and assistance. For years, the aura, the beaches, the lifestyle, the stress-free environment of these countries has called to foreigners and they have come eager to acclimate and set-up shop. Tourism is healthy, refugee influx is light, and while crime is an issue in Barcelona and Madrid, it fades dramatically in smaller towns and villages. Although the State Department has issued warnings about the crime rates in Spain, a quick statistical check indicates that the US surpasses their murder rate 5:1, their rape rate 8:1, violent crime 9:1, and total crimes in the US were 85% higher than Spain.

Does that mean the State department should issue a warning for foreigners coming to the US?

While EU expatriates are assured of their status and their rights, incoming expatriates may not have the same rights which should become a negotiation between the respective countries governments going forward.

And despite all this being made clear months ago, despite all the assurances, the media would like to provoke tension and fear with a story of one families fear. Stoking the embers so as to invoke a full fledged fire. In fact, the stories of expatriates is quite the opposite, life has been grand in Spain and Portugal, and returning the the strife and chaos of London simply isn’t an option, nor is it a goal.

The larger issue is the rumbling of EU collapse as other wealthy countries advocate for their freedom. Freedom from what? From a corrupted Commission government that has no transparency, stifling expenses, unaccounted wages, and demands that are not representative of the people, but instead are representative of the Commission. A Commission that needs the wealthy countries to prop up their livelihood and justify their existence – a two government system requiring higher taxation to support.

Not only does the Commission gain it’s livelihood and income from membership taxation, but from excise taxes. Those taxes would not be imposed on countries leaving the EU, and thus their ability to be more competitive in trade negotiations is the attraction, leaving the remaining EU countries scrambling.

While the UK currently has a negative trade balance with their top exports being cars, oil and gold, that VAT tax becomes a hot issue as it is no longer a necessary prop for the Commission. The UK’s major export partners include the US, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and France. Obviously, the US is not a part of the EU, but then neither is Switzerland an EU member, and only a part of The Netherlands is a member.

Although the initial impact on the UK will be rooted in more fear than fact, the larger agenda of what is being manipulated to be the new EU, becomes a more interesting question. And Germany most certainly has the most to lose, the largest economy, and largest import of refugees.

I’d be watching Germany.  Not because they have any intention of Germexit, but because they have to ante more and more to cover the refugees, and now the lost revenue of the UK.

Hollande bestows French Legion of Honor Medal – on Saudi prince

Which is worse? Obama getting the Nobel Peace Prize when he’s done nothing peaceful? Or the Saudi Prince getting the highest medal of honor from France’s Hollande, for human rights and fighting terrorism…?

Is this insane or what?

Hollande has obviously spurned himself to the lowest of scullery maids in bowing and scraping to the Saudi’s. But he has also made the award, The Legion of Honor, – worthless for all future potential recipients. As did the Nobel Peace Prize panel.

While Bush was scurled for the Afghan war, Obama has been instrumental in A) continuing that war, B) instigating the Ukraine civil war, C) destroying Syria D) allowing for the takeover of Iraq by ISIS, E) destroying Yemen, F) failed coups in Egypt, Turkey, Argentina and Brazil, and G) creating the worst racial divide not seen since the 1950’s and 1960’s!  Gee, that’s definitely deserving of a “Peace Prize”! In the meantime, the US would seem to have fewer and fewer friends left and many allies that would seem to be instrumental in helping ISIS and love beheading people. Not good….. not good at all.

The Saudi Prince is no better:    supporting ISIS, ethnic cleansing in Yemen, ethnic cleansing in Syria, beheadings, bombing of schools, hospitals, and civilians indiscriminately…   Worthy of a medal for Human Rights and fighting Terrorism…  And France bestows upon them the highest nationalist award in the country.  WOW!

But the topsy-turviness continues –

After David Cameron resolutely decried that Trump was devisive, wrong, Islamaphobic and stupid on banning refugee immigration, today the UK Metropolitan Police Commissioner declared that the UK was facing the threat of ‘enormous and spectacular attacks by ISIS’, and Cameron stated that the UK would not join in the EU migrant quota to divvy up refugees… So I guess that makes Cameron – divisive, stupid, wrong and Islamaphobic.

In addition, the UK has launched the HMS Enterprise, a British warship, in the Aegean Sea to pick up migrants and return them to Libya. Something similar to building a wall, only this would be termed a sea barrier…so I guess that’s different…

These referendums come on the heels of the upcoming vote as to whether Britain should exit the EU or remain. While Cameron clearly wants to remain, many within his cabinet are not so keen. Why? Fears rule. While the UK would thus be free of the regulations, rules, and doctrines imposed by the European Commission, trade tariffs would apply. But the bigger fear is that the wealth of the EU would be further diminished given the wealthiest Norwegian countries are out, and more and more impoverished nations vie to gain access to the pool of EU Commission benefits.  The countries that have the highest ‘net benefit’ from the EU Commission are Poland, Greece, Portugal, Hungary, Romania and Czech Republic. Other countries that have net benefits are: Slovakia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Latvia, Estonia and Luxembourg.  That means of 28 member countries, about 18 receive ‘net benefits’ – 64% get back more than they pay.

Why Luxembourg? They have the second largest GDP per capita in the world, why would they have a net benefit from the Commission?  Agriculture subsidies. According to Farm Subsidies, the transparency of who-what-why Luxembourg would be such a recipient is oddly unaccounted. No one will talk – not the Commission or Luxembourg. Reporting is scarce to non-existent despite Commission requirements.  More Commission sticky fingers.

In the meantime, the ever emboldened Erdogan smiles deliciously as he offers to ‘take back’ all the non-Syrian refugees he released into Europe – for a price – a pretty penny price of about $3.3 billion. Calling it ‘cooperation’ a term that is better defined as ‘Bribery’. And no doubt the EU will comply, maybe just as the UK makes it’s Brexit thus preserving their ‘fair share’ of the $3.3 to perhaps $20 billion that Turkey may ultimately demand. Of course we can completely trust Erdogan at his word…

Hollande spits back that the UK will suffer ‘consequences’ should they exit. And Germany will be left to absorb the bill.  But hey, the governments know what they are doing – right?