Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Brussels Cancels Looming Ban on Internal Combustion Engine Cars

 


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Wednesday 29 March 2023

The UK's plans to achieve net zero ahead of any other developed nation was dealt a blow yesterday and the proposed ban on the sale of new internal combustion engine cars by 2030 was thrown into chaos when the EU Commission (de facto ruling committe of the European Union,) scrapped its own proposed restrictions on the sale of petrol and diesel fuelled cars after opposition from Germany's powerful auto industry.

Senior figures in the industry warned that British rules due to take effect in 2030 are untenable following the European climbdown, which will allow internal combustion engines as long as they burn carbon-neutral petrol alternatives.

The European Union will go ahead with its ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2035 but will now allow these so-called e-fuels, which have been reclassified as carbon neutral following a backroom compromise forced on it by the German negotiators on Tuesday night.

Sources in Brussels and London suggested the UK government was considering following the Commission’s lead by also allowing an e-fuel exemption. British carmakers Aston Martin and McLaren are already understood to be examining e-fuels as an option for powering future models.

Critics of the Government’s Net Zero plans claimed a victory for common sense on learning of the EU decision, with some going so far as to demand a total review of 'net zero' policy is needed. Ecoloons representing Greenpeace, Extinction Rebellion and Just Stop Oil have said that it could slow down electric vehicle adoption although recent sales figures suggest take up of EVs is declining as owners become aware it is almost imposssible to offload an electric car in the second hand market.

The former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith said: “The 2030 deadline for the elimination of petrol and diesel engine cars in the U.K. is simply not achievable. Unless we delay, we hand a massive boost to the Chinese car manufacturers. They are already dominant.”

Britain is to ban the sale of new cars that run on petrol and diesel only in seven years’ time under plans drawn up by former Prime Minister Boris Johnson but this policy now looks to be in jeopardy.

The EU’s e-fuel exemption will allow a synthetic alternative to petrol which is made by mixing carbon dioxide captured from the air with hydrogen obtained by splitting water molecules using renewable energy.

Currently this is expected to be more expensive than petrol, however, Benedetto Vigna, the boss of Ferrari, said this week that he expects the price to fall as the market grows and economies of scale become viable. Industry experts believe synthetic petrol and diesel could be the beginning of a return to sanity that would allow carmakers to focus on collaborating with chemical companiesproducing lower-cost e-fuels instead of expensive battery powered cars.

Andrew Graves, a car industry veteran and professor at the University of Bath, said: “I think it’s a very exciting technology that we’re looking at, so that we can not only use it for things like motorsport, but we can also more importantly use it for keeping existing vehicles on the road. I think there’s a lot of things that the Government needs to look at before it goes hell bent on just having a blanket ban on diesel or petrol.”

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Global Corporate Power versus The Farmers On Their Tractors

 

In this blog we have reported in detail for around six months now, the tractor protestes staged initially by farmers in The Netherlands, but later spreading to Belgium, France, Poland, Italy, Spain and Germany. Hundreds of farmers have driven their tractors into towns and cities, moving slowly through streets and arterial roads to cause gridlock, in protest at new environmental protection policies imposed by the European Union (EU) to force farmers to reduce the numbers of livestock they keep and to limit the amount of commercial fertliser they are permitted to use. It should surprise nobody then, that attempts by member state's governments to implement the policy have sparked massive protests by farmers, who see it as a direct attack on their livelihoods or that the recemty formed small farmers party, the   BBB  (slogan — “No Farms, No Food” ) resonated with voters to the extent that the party emerged as the largest contingent in the Dutch senate after elections earlier this month. 

But aside from concerns about the impact of the measure on the country’s food security, and on a centuries-old rural way of life integral to Dutch national identity, the rationale behind this drastic measure is also questionable. Agriculture currently accounts for almost half of the country’s output of carbon dioxide, yet the Netherlands is responsible for less than 0.4% of the world’s emissions. No wonder many Dutch fail to see how such negligible returns justify the complete overhaul of the country’s farming sector, which is already considered one of the most sustainable in the world: over the past two decades, water dependence for key crops has been reduced by as much as 90%, and the use of chemical pesticides in vast greenhouses has been almost completely eliminated.

Given the irrational nature of the EU policy, which seeks not only to limit Carbon Dioxide emissions but also emissions of nitrogen, an inert gas that forms 78% of the air we breathe, many protesting farmers believe the folly cannot be blamed solely on the urbanite “green elites” currently running the Dutch and other EU member states' governments. They suggest one of the underlying reasons for the move is to squeeze independent farmers from the market, allowing their land to be bought out by multinational agribusiness giants who recognise the immense value of the country’s land — not only is it highly fertile, but it is also strategically located with easy access to the north Atlantic coast (Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe). They also point out that prime minister Rutte is an Agenda Contributor of the World Economic Forum (WEF), which is well known for being corporate-driven, while his finance minister and Minister of Social Affairs and Employment are also tied to the body. The struggle playing out in the Netherlands would seem to be part of a much bigger game that seeks to “reset” the international food system by concentrating control in the hands of a few global corporations.

The arrogance, hubris and stupidity of these technocrats is so profound it’s almost comical – if it wasn’t so tragic. If you force  a Dutch farmer to cull their herd by say 1,000 animals, you aren’t doing anything to help the environment. Demand for these animals won’t magically disappear. The supply will simply be filled somewhere else.

And because the Dutch are maybe the most efficient and productive farmers in the world, production will almost certainly shift somewhere much less desirable, where the environmental footprint is significantly worse. So now we get some farmer in Brazil burning down 1,000 acres of rainforest so he can create the pasture to fill the market void left by the Dutch.

Meanwhile, in Holland you’ve made some farmers wealthier, but unproductive. They will likely invest their money in real estate or some other financial instrument that doesn’t produce tangible products or jobs.

None of these policies are based on a holistic knowledge of the likely impact they will have, they are not formulated by people with experience of farming or food production but by people who have spent their working lives cocooned in universities studying mathematical models of food production. There will be endless unforeseen consequences. For instance, insects feed on animal dung. No animals, no dung, no insects, no wildflowers. Globalist policies are recipes for the sterilisation of the earth.

Technocrats, like socialists, never seem to learn from their past mistakes. Their anthem is always ‘this time it will be different’. But it never is different and once again this time a few people who are already obscenely rich, and obscenely powerful because their great wealth has enabled them to buy political influence without having to endure the inconvenience of getting elected, will gain much more wealth and power from this nonsense while the rest of us will pay for the folly. 

The poorest will pay the most whether the lower income cohort in developed countries or the subsistence farmers and their ilk in the poorest countries.

 This whole green movement has been captured by the wealth globalists with a few self - interested stooges and well intentioned puppets to do the shouting. The wealthy will eat their Steak and the poor will be lucky to get enough of the powdered bugs and genetically modified beans. Eating insects for many will be about scavenging (Mopani Worms in Africa for example) and not buying in lab grown protein.

In the past I was frequently angered by the daily torrent of environmentalist propaganda we have regularly  been fed through mainstream media news organisations, with the BBC being by far the worst culprit.  Much of this is mindless repetition of themes such as "humanity is destroying the planet," for which there is no empirical evidence, only the output from mathematical models based on outrageous assumptions. Yet apparently ‘intelligent’ individuals, absorb this uncritically or suspend disbelief and allow themselves to be swept along on the current of mob hysteria. 

The phrase: “If you tell a big lie and repeat it often enough it becomes the received truth!” is often credited to Josef Geobbels, propaganda chief in Hitler's regime, but despite its odious antecedents it has become dogma for the cult of globalism. Anyone capable of remaining detached and giving an objective and critical reading to the dailt news torrent could only conclude the aim is to brainwash the public into a state of dependency on the state, and if the state - controlled broadcaster is at the forefront of the brainwashing campaign that only adds to the credibility of the propaganda.

 In the UK government policy appears to be fixated in the insane ambition of being the first developed nation to achieve ‘Net Zero’ , a carbon neutral industialised society rather than dealing with problems like energy security, food supply stability, and shifting domestic agriculture towards food self-sufficiency for the nation. Let the people eat insects, the ecoloons chant.Let the people eat insects, the ecoloons chant.

Better to have ‘rewilded’ farms thus getting rid of cattle and their environmentally destructive farts, if we reduce beef production it will benefit wildlife, although nobody has yet explained how the rewilding lobby's plan to reintroduce wild boar, wolves and bears to the British countryside will benefite the vegetation they destroy or the deer, hares and rabbits they eat.  

It seems nothing can stop this madness. The Lords of Misrule have somehow hijacked the apparatus of government.

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Monday, March 27, 2023

Zelensky Admits Ukraine Already Ran Out Of Ammo

 

Authored by Andrew Korybko via TheAutomaticEarth.com,

The US-led West’s Mainstream Media (MSM) began reporting more accurately on the military-strategic dynamics of the NATO-Russian proxy war in Ukraine since the start of the year, but the true test of their comparatively improved integrity will be whether they raise awareness about Zelensky’s latest damning admission. In an interview with Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, he candidly told his interlocutors that “We do not have ammunition. For us the situation in the East is not good.”

This is a major revelation for several reasons.

  • First, it proves that Russia is winning NATO’s self-declared “race of logistics in the sense that its armed forces still have ammo to continue fighting while the West’s Ukrainian proxies already ran out of that which their patrons provided over the past year.

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  • And finally, it can therefore be expected that Zelensky and his agents of influence across the West will beg for even more aid, arguing that the failure to pay up would risking making their prior investments in this proxy war all for naught if Kiev ends up losing to Russia. The problem, however, is that no amount of money can make ammunition appear out of thin air since it requires a lot of time to scale production accordingly to meet these newfound exorbitant needs.

The very fact that Ukraine is out of ammunition proves that the West’s defeat in its self-declared “race of logistics” with Russia might already be a fait accompli by this point since it’s clear that Kiev can’t keep pace with its opponent despite being backed by all of NATO’s military-industrial capacity. ... Continue reading >>>

 

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Eminent Oxford Scientist Says Wind Power "Fails On Every Count"

 

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It could be argued that the basic arithmetic showing wind power is an economic and societal disaster in the making should be clear to a bright primary school child. Now the Oxford University mathematician and physicist, researcher at CERN and Fellow of Keble College, Emeritus Professor Wade Allison has done the sums. The U.K. is facing the likelihood of a failure in the electricity supply, he concludes.

“Wind power fails on every count,” he says, adding that governments are ignoring “overwhelming evidence” of the inadequacies of wind power, “and resorting to bluster rather than reasoned analysis”.

Professor Allison’s dire warnings are contained in a short paper recently published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation. He notes that the energy provided by the Sun is “extremely weak”, which is why it was unable to provide the energy to sustain even a small global population before the Industrial Revolution with an acceptable standard of living. A similar point was made recently in more dramatic fashion by the nuclear physicist Dr. Wallace Manheimer. He argued that the infrastructure around wind and solar will not only fail, “but will cost trillions, trash large portions of the environment and be entirely unnecessary”.

In his paper, Allison concentrates on working out the numbers that lie behind the natural fluctuations in the wind. The full workings out are not complicated and can be assessed from the link above. He shows that at a wind speed of 20mph, the power produced by a wind turbine is 600 watts per square metre at full efficiency. To deliver the same power as the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant – 3,200 million watts – it would require 5.5 million square metres of turbine swept area. ...

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Sunday, March 26, 2023

Europe: Green Tyranny Versus The People

 

We have reported in this blog on the latest green nonesense, namely EU demands for unreasonable cuts to nitrate fertiliser use and to numbers of livestock kept on farms, in order to reduce the agricultural sectors notrogen emissions which are alleged to be harmful to the environment. The real reason for thos new war in nitrogen, an inrert gas which forms over 75% of our breatheable atmosphere, is more likely to be necessitated by a desire among the European bureaucratic elite's desire to satisfy their ivory tower environmental and climate rules thus enabling the self righteous elitists to feel virtuous. With threats of severe financial punishments for nations which don’t comply with the required cuts this policy must be seen as a direct attck on Europe's food producers.

When angry voters kick out the politicians attempting to impose these unpopular cuts, as happened in regional elections in Netherlands last week, the EU claims their hands are clean, because it was the elected politicians who actually voted to accept EU recommendations as policy, and impose the penalties for non compliance which has led to the populist backlash. But the EU are still there in the background, setting targets and demanding cuts which cannot be net by any practical means and compliance can only be enforced by abuses of power.

Have elected politicians in Netherlands, and Germany, Poland, Belgium, France, Italy and Spain, nations to which the farmers' tractor protests have spread, really been reduced humandroids, capable only of carrying out the bidding of unelected EU bureaucrats? No matter which politicians are elected, they quickly get a visit from the EU, the real leadership, and receive a long list of demands, attached to severe penalties for non-compliance.

I hope the BoerBurgerBeweging / Farmer-Citizen Movement has the testicular fortitude to call the EU’s bluff. This EU green tyranny, can only maintain its grip on power so long as it operates from the shadows. If the BBB calls the EU’s bluff, and forces the EU to show their hand, to openly start ordering Netherlands politicians to comply, the situation would rapidly run out of control. After last week the position of the ruling coalition in the National Assembly is untenable. It is hard to imagine the people of The Netherlands would put up with such blatant abuse abuse of their democracy and national sovereignty and accept their elected government, being openly ordered around like hired hands. Anyone who thinks they will does not much about the nistory of The Netherlands and Dutch people.

But there is a pattern here that has been building for severasl decades.  The EC seems to be assuming more power than it was ever meant to have. Only more states quitting the EU, as the UK did, will stop this madness (and, even then, maybe not). If nitrogen is to be demonized, as CO2 has been, will someone tell these politiical clowns and the idiots who  advise them, (idiot, I much conclude, has become a synonym of scientist,) just what proportion of the atmosphere nitrogen represents

To get some clue as to what is really going on we have to consider why there is such a strong commitment to green lunacy from the political class in Europe. One is the memory of the lessons of WWII. Its a constant underlying unspoken memory, but it influences everything. Deeply buried under it and never spoken of, but there, is the sense that the EU is the only conceivable way to make a world with a united Germany safe, but there’s also the feeling that they cannot conceivably go back to the Europe of fully independent nation states in any case. 

Thus, since the original Common Market of 6 nations transformed into the European Economic Community in the 1960s or 70s and began to expand the thrust has been for 'ever closer union.'

I remember seeing a TV news report on a performance of Gorecki’s Third Symphony, attended on some EU occasion by the EU dignitaries (including the UK PM of the time, David Cameron). There was no doubt why it had been included.

The second reason the EU will probably survive this pushback  against its authoritarian control freakery is because like all bureaucracies its institutions are surprisingly adaptable. Bureaucrats' greatest skill is to protect their careers, incomes and privileged lifestyles, the organisations they manage find ways through every crisis by fudge and compromise. So this kind of opposition to green tyranny we are seeing now may be encouraging to those of us who oppose authoritarianism and globalism, but it would be foolish to write off the bureucrats so soon, they have a way of muddling through through somehow.

The thing that may at some point break up the Union is an external shock of the right nature and scale (a collapse of the global banking system for example.)  But you have to ask yourself what will replace it in such a case. To go back to the Europe of nations, boundaries, independent currencies would cause enormous and costly upheaval. The yearned for  United States of Europe may have become an impossible dream but the current 27 member EU contains too many economic basket cases among its membership to simply break up. But as we have seen over the past two weeks, a collapse of the global banking system is more likely than any of us want to imagine. So we must stay in the game and hope the dice in those casinos known as the financial markets roll our way.

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Germany’s interior minister, Nancy Faeser, is trying to fend off claims that she has faked statistics on refugee numbers to hide number of illegal immigrants claiming entry to Germany by posing as asylum seekers since the beginning of this year. While official figures show only 57,647 refugees have been admitted to Germany, the federal police have registered 101,900 arrivals of undocumented migrants since January

Who Blew Up The Nordstream Pipeline
So whodunnit? Sabotage of undersea gas pipe will escalate tension and move the world closer to nuclear war, but who is behind it, Russia in a bid to put more presure on Europe, Ukraine in an attempt to drag NATO into direct action, or the USA using a CIA false flag event to advance its own agenda.

An Energy Crisis In Tandem With A Food Crisis On Top Of An Economic Crisis And A War. This Cannot End Well
As politicians in North America and Europe try to deflect from their own failure that have contributed to the current plethora of crises by blaming Russia and Vladmir Putin for all the current problems, while the war in Ukraine is a contributory factor in each, the real blame lies closer to home.

Swedish Media Outlet Publishes Leaked U.S. Document On How to CRUSH Europe Economy via Ukraine War Effort
Swedish news organisation Nya Dagbladet has published a leaked top secret US plans to use the war in Ukraine and an induced energy crisis to destroy European economies. The report claims the RAND Corporation a defence and foreign policy think tank founded by military aircraft maker Douglas has the official aim of improving policies and decision-making, is the source of its evidence.

Has Putin Has Pushed Europe Into Economic Depression, Hyperrinflation and Currency Collapse?
Though it was entirely predictable and indeed had been expected for some time, the news over the weekend that the Nord Stream 1 pipeline which feeds gas from Russia to northern Europe via The Baltic route had been shut down completely by The Kremlin in retaliation for the continued financial and military support given by NATO and EU member states to Ukraine in the conflict with Russia. The European Commission, governing body of the EU, immediately put the community on something close to a war footing, ...
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Jingoistic Western Triumphalism Will Not End The War In Ukraine Or Cripple Putin, But It Is Crippling Western Nations
As the war in Ukraine grinds on and Russia steps up its economic war against the west and in particular The European Union, claims made recently by the idiotically 'woke' leaders of Europe's main economic and military powers that the West has a once-in-a–generation chance to severely weaken Russia’s capabilities, both militarily and geopolitically, look increasingly hollow. Putin's critics have cited 'Western unity' as one of the main reasons why Russia will be economically destroyed and politically humiliated when the Ukraine's military finally claim victory.

European Union Is Again Close To A Meltdown As Eurozone Economy Collapses
Once more we return to the political instability and economic fragility of the European Union as the conflict in Ukraine combined with loonytoons Climate Change mitigation policies, the failure of 'sustainables' to meet ever increasing demand for electricity, fod shortages and rampant price inflation put economic and social pressure on governments of member states ...

Debunked: The Great Renewable Green Delusion
The war in Ukraine has not caused the global energy crisis of early 2022 byt merely exacerbated it. Currently the nations currently in conflict with Russia over its incursion into Ukraine are those which are most dependent for their energy needs on Russian oil and gas. And now their loonytoons 'net zero' green energy policies have failed they are biting the hand that feeds them.

Putin, Macron To Hold Urgent Talks To Halt Military Escalation In Ukraine
Even though the leaders of Ukraine itself are talking down the threat of war with Russia over the breakaway region of Donbas, America and Britain are still beating the war drums and demonising Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Russia insists they have no plans to invade Ukraine and one western leader at least, France's Emmanuel Macron, seems to be listening to messages coming out of the East European trouble spot...

British Government Laundered Fake U.S. 'Intelligence' On Ukraine
The British government on Saturday accused Russia of organizing a plot to install a pro-Moscow government in Ukraine, as the Kremlin masses troops near the Ukrainian border. The U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office gave relatively little information about the intelligence unveiled Saturday other than to say that the Russian government was considering trying to make a Russia-leaning former member of Ukraine’s parliament, Yevhen Murayev, the country’s new leader. Continue reading >>>

European Union Is Again Close To A Meltdown As Eurozone Economy Collapses
Once more we return to the political instability and economic fragility of the European Union as the conflict in Ukraine combined with loonytoons Climate Change mitigation policies, the failure of 'sustainables' to meet ever increasing demand for electricity, fod shortages and rampant price inflation put economic and social pressure on governments of member states ...

Italy Pondering Total Ban On Unvaccinated In The WorkplacesItaly's unelected governments, which has already faced riots and massive resistance to its authoritarian measures to strip away citizens rights and liberties under cover of pretending their actions are necessary steps to deal with the pandemic, now risks plunging the country into greater chaos by mandating vaccines for the workplace.

Thousands Protest In Germany Ahead Of COVID Measures Set To Go Into Effect Tuesday
Thousands of people took to the streets of Germany on Monday in protest over COVID-19 restrictions that are set to go into effect on Tuesday.The demonstrations were biggest in Mecklenburg, northern Germany, where roughly 15,000 demonstrators took to the streets to protest against tighter measures, according to local reports. In Rostock, a city along the Warnow River on the north coast of the country, roughly 6,500 people demonstrated, while in Schwerin there were roughly 2,700 and in Neubrandenburg, around 2,400 joined a demonstration. Continue reading >>>

The Absurdity Of Vaccine Passports, Lockdowns and Segregating The UnvaxxedAfter reintroducing lockdowns from the beginning of this week in its two regions with the highest rates of COVID cases, Austria today became the first country in western Europe to reimpose a full, national lockdown which will start on Monday, November 22. The Austrial government is likely to be quickly joined by neighboring Germany, a statement from Berlin warned [...] Some commentators in Austrian capital Vienna were cynical enough to ask if the whole point of this latest escalation is justify more restrictions
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EU's Top Eurofederalist admits EU wants an empire
The leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe (ALDE)
told CNN that plans to reform the EU and devolve power from Brussels back to the nation-state proposed by the populist paries that have spring up in member states, and led by Matteo Salvin's Lega (League) in Italy, Marine le Pen and her Rassemblement National in France and Hungary's Victor Orban, leader of the Fidesz party would mean that the bloc “will die inside.”

Brussels Foreign Affairs Chief Mogherini Still Wants Turkey to Join EU

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said in Malta on Friday that accession talks with Turkey have not been halted, following a Turkish referendum that gave President Erdogan dictatorial powers. Despite this rejection of the democratic principle all EU members are in theory expected to uphold, Mogherini still wants the predominently Islamic middle easter nation, to join.

Holocaust Comments Made by Her Deputy Dent Marine Le Pen's French Election Campaign Progress
Marine Le Pen's bid to emulate the Brexit and Trump shocks and in the face of adverse polling figures win election a risked a setbacks President of France received a potentially damaging blow on Friday (April 28) when her deputy, who is currently leading the Front National (FN) party leaving Le Pen to focus on her campaign was forced to step down in order to defend himself against charges that he shares the views of Holocaust deniers.

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Saturday, March 25, 2023

Europes Tractor Protests Spread To Germany And Now Include Fishing Trawlers

 from Breitbart Europe, 24 March 2023

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Hundreds of farmers have descended in their tractors on a small German coastal town to protest measures imposed by the European Union as part of the Great Reset and the bid to 'save the planet' by reducing CO2 emissions from cow farts.

400 tractors reportedly gathered in the North Sea fishing port and tourist resort of Büsum on Wednesday to protest what is probably the most insane environmentalist policy dreamed up by the EU idealogues to day, to reduce the amount of nitrogen emitted by agricultural processes by attacking the way farmers produce our food. The policy is of course being gleefully and zealously being implemented by politicians in Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, Madrid, Warsaw and other EU member states on their behalf.

The protest by German farmers follows a pattern set bu similar mass demonstrations in Belgium and the Netherlands, all of which were organised to express opposition the European Commission’s plan to reduce nitrogen pollution across the European continent, even if that means forcibly closing farms in some areas deemed to be problematic. What mystifies sensible people most about this policy is that nitrogen makes up over 75% of the eart's atmosphere and is essential to plant and animal life.

Such green agenda policies have angered many people in Germany, both in and beyond the agricultural sector with thousands of ordinary citizens joining the hundreds of farmers descending on Büsum to attend the three-day protest against green agenda rules imposed by regional, national and European authorities. 

While the policies of Germany’s ruling coalition, apparently dictated by the far left Green party and the Green farming minister Cem Özdemir are portrayed as being about animal welfare and a transition to organic farming, critics point out the inevitable results of these sound-good policies are farms with fewer animals producing less food, thus inevitably leading to higher food prices and more pressure on living standards.

Unfortunately though the nominally centrist Social Democrats (SDP) are the largest coalition partner, they are held to ransom by The Greens without whom the SDP could not form a sustainable coalition. Thus while claiming to be a moderte government the coalition is enacting increasingly extremist policies, especially on environment, immigration and social issues.

Özdemir for his part has said that while he takes “hunger very seriously”, nevertheless he believes “you shouldn’t misuse it as an argument to make compromises in terms of biodiversity and climate protection.” 

This is, of course, nor far removed from 'Let them eat cake,' and though Özdemir may not lose his head for making such a crass and ignorant remark, Germany's coalition government is looking increasingly unsustainable with the pro - business Free Democratic Party (FDP) having effectively quit due to losing half its support because it has supported far left policies imposed by The Greens.

The farmers protest in Büsum has been joined by at least 60 trawlers, the fishermen are set to hold a demonstration at sea in protest of an EU ban on certain types of trawling, a move that is set to severely damage Germany’s shrimp fishing industry. The EU says the fishing technique is harmful to the environment. Surprisingly perhaps, the Cultural Marxist idealists of the European Commissioners have not gone as far as to claim fishing is racist.

In spite of repeated repeated warnings from academics, business and welfare agencies that food production in the Europe is now under threat largely due to energy prices and the war in Ukraine, The Bureaucrats of Brussels have simply pressed ahead with their policy of making life impossible for farmers, in line with their ideological aim to shift wealth from Europe's prosperous liberal democracies to third world shitholes run by tyrannical dictators. To this end they have forced governments of member nations into implementing various restrictions on what fertilisers and pesticides they can use, often justifying any bans with totally spurious and pseudoscientific references to the environment.

By far the worst of these measures are those aimed at curbing the nitrogen content of European soils, with officials in Brussels outright ordering authorities in the Netherlands to forcibly shut down farms in the country in order to hit green targets set by EU bureaucrats which make no sense at all in either practical or scientific terms.

The threat of these forced farm shutdowns has been the trigger that provoked mass outrage in the country over the last year, culminating in the small FarmerCitizenMovement (BBB) party coming first in the country’s local elections last month.

Update 25 March 2023: Though unrest over EU climate policies has been growing since 2018, tomorrown (26 March,) voters in Berlin will get an oportunity to show how far out of touch with the rest of the nation the capital is when they go to cast votes in a referendum on whether the city should go carbon neutral by 2030, fifteen years before the entire nation is scheduled to achieve that impossible target. ...Stand by for more protests.Read more on this story at DW.com 

 

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Study: Bill Gates’ Fake Meat Causes “Turbo Cancer” in Humans
According to a disturbing new study, Bill Gates’ lab-grown meat causes cancer in humans who consume it. Gates and other globalist elites at the World Economic Forum say that lab grown cultures of fake meat and eating bugs are the solution to so-called climate change. However, this fake food has now been shown to cause “turbo cancer” via the immortalized cell lines used to manufacture it.

Net Zero Will Lead To The End Of Modern Civilisation, Says Top Scientist
In a recently published science paper, Dr. Wallace Manheimer said Net Zero would be the end of modern civilisation. Writing about wind and solar power he argued it would be especially tragic “when not only will this new infrastructure fail, but will cost trillions, trash large portions of the environment, and be entirely unnecessary”.

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With oil and gas prices rocketing and the highly propted sustainable energy sources performing way befow expectations the energy crisis currently gripping Europe (with worse to come as food shortages start to bite, polticians still seem more intent on pandering to the green lobby and chasing the dream of a fossil fuel free world rather securing the energy and food supplies needed by the people they serve.

New UN Report on Climate Change – Nothing New, Nothing True
The latest United Nations (“UN”) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (“IPCC”) report, published this week, once again, in scaremongering tone and the language of the panic stricken, claims that the planet is in peril (we are facing climate disaster, the clock is at one minute to midnight, we must take urgent action to destroy civilisation if we are to save the planet, the usual over - dramatised guff designed to spread fear and panic,) basically the same claim as they have been making at least twice a month for the past 20 years.

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When Boris Johnson revealed the UK Government plans for achieving 'net zero' carbon emissions by 2050 it emerged the much teased clean, green replacement for gas boilers as our main source of domestic heating is to be heat pumps. The Daily Stirrer counters the pseudo-scientific bollocks and reveals this 'new technology has been around for a hundred years.

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Friday, March 24, 2023

Top News Stories From Around The Web - 24 March 2023

 

France Burns As Million Protesters Rage Against Pension Reforms

France is engulfed in turmoil following President Emmanuel Macron's controversial decision to raise the retirement age. Over a million people participated in nationwide protests on Thursday, transforming urban areas into scenes of chaos. These demonstrations, the largest in years, have triggered fuel shortages, hundreds of arrests, and even claims of "civil war." 


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Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin told French media outlet CNews on Friday morning that more than 900 fires were reported in the streets of Paris on Thursday night -- in one of the most violent days of protests in a while. 

"There were a lot of demonstrations and some of them turned violent, notably in Paris," Darmanin said. He said more than a million people marched yesterday. 

Police warned anarchist groups were infiltrating marches across Paris and other demonstrations. Men wearing hoods and facemasks were seen smashing windows and setting fire to trash piles and, in some cases, burning buildings. In the southern city of Bodeaux the town hall was set on fire by protestors. ... Continue reading >>>

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Germany's Chancellor Scholz says 'No Reason To Worry' As Deutsche Bank Bloodbath Reignites Global Bank Crisis Fears

Last night, amid assurances from the US Federal Reserve that a global banking crisis had been averted, market watchers noticed an unprecedented ($60 billion) surge in foreign official Repo (repurchase agreemen: a financial instrument for short term borrowing,) under the Fed's new FIMA repo facility, which means that the foreign banks or institutions desperately needed access to USD. 

The assumption was that it was Credit Suisse (or their new owner UBS) shoring up some shortfalls, but with the action of the last couple of days, others are worrying that there is more trouble brewing in the EU banking sector. 

After brief respite earlier in the week, European bank stocks are cratering once again, now at 3-month lows (catching down to Senior Financial CDS)... Deutsche Bank stock has crashed to 5-month lows... Deutsche Bank CDS, (Credit Default Swaps, a method of insuring lenders agaist borrowers defaulting on interest payments,) is soaring Commerzbank is also rising rapidly both are now higher than at peak of the COVID lockdowns... 

Notably, Deutsche Bank unexpectedly announced its decision to redeem a tier 2 bonds on Friday in a reassuring effort. “Deutsche’s decision to redeem (having received all required regulatory approvals) should be a reassuring signal to credit investors,” Autonomous analyst Stuart Graham wrote in a note on Friday. But instead, other Deutsche Bank AT1 bonds have plunged in price (with yields soaring above 16%). With the Credit Suisse meltdown only a week old, it looks like deja vu all over again. MORE posts on Banking and Finance


EV battery scratched in accident? Your insurer might have to write off the whole car.

(Source: Reuters) On top of all the other draw.backs of owning an electric vehicle, unhappy owners are now finding their cars are being wriiten off and scrapped when they make an insurance claim following even a minor accident. Even seemingly trivial damage to the battery pack can have catastrophic results and there is no way to repair or even properly assess damaged battery packs after accidents. Lithium, the main component of EV batteries is a highly volatile material and a damaged battery can pose an unacceptable risk of spontaneous combustion, resulting in a fire that cannot be put out by conventional means (i.e. water, CO2,) forcing insurance companies to write off cars with only a few miles on the clock. Inevitably this is leading to higher premiums and undercutting gains from going electric.

Additionally, and in spite of ecoloons claims to the contrary, there is as yet no way of recycling battery packs and not imminent advances are likely to change that so clapped out and damaged EV battery packs are piling up in scrapyards in some countries, a previously unreported and insurmountable obstacle in what was supposed to be a "circular economy."


 

"We're buying electric cars for sustainability reasons," said Matthew Avery, research director at automotive risk intelligence company Thatcham Research. "But an EV isn't very sustainable if you've got to throw the battery away after a minor collision."

Battery packs can cost tens of thousands of pounds, dollars or euros to replace and represent up to 50% of an EV's price tag. The cost of installing a replacement battery pack can often exceed the second hand value of the car they have been installed in, making it economically unjustifable to replace them.

While some EV makers like Ford Motor Co (F.N) and General Motors Co (GM.N) say they have made battery packs more easily repairable, Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) has taken the opposite direction with its latest Model Y, the new structural battery pack of which has been described by experts as having "zero repairability."

Tesla have not responded to requests for comment.

A Reuters search of EV salvage sales in the U.S. and Europe shows a large portion of low-mileage Teslas, but also models from Nissan Motor Co (7201.T), Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS), Stellantis (STLAM.MI), BMW (BMWG.DE), Renault (RENA.PA) and others have been scapped after minor accidents.

"The number of write offs is going to increase as EV sales increase, so the handling of batteries is a crucial point," said Christoph Lauterwasser, managing director of the Allianz Center for Technology, a research institute owned by Allianz (ALVG.DE).

Unless Tesla and other EV manufacturers can produce repairable battery packs and provide third-party access to battery cell data so that independent mechanics and electricians can work on them, already-high insurance premiums will keep rising and more low-mileage cars get scrapped after collisions, insurers and industry experts said as reports were circulating that second hand EVs are practically unsaleable and everyday drivers are coming to realise that while EVs are fine as taxis or delivery vehicles, for the private motorist they are expensive city runabout or rich boys' toys.

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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Dutch voters are rising up against elite eco-mania

 from Spiked, 23 March 2023

The stunning success of the farmers’ party has shattered the cosy, green consensus.

by John Lee Shaw

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In last week’s provincial elections in the Netherlands, an insurgent party, the Farmer-Citizen Movement (BBB), took the largest vote share in all 12 Dutch provinces.

This is a remarkable win for the farmers’ party. The BBB (BoerBurgerBeweging) was only founded in 2019. It was born out of sympathy for the widespread Dutch farmers’ protests against the government, a populist movement which is still going strong today. The party is focussed on issues related to agriculture and the countryside. Among its proposals are a ministry for the countryside and allowing farmers to have more say in matters of agricultural policy. It also hopes to reduce the power of the European Union in the Netherlands, saying that while the Netherlands should remain a member state, the EU should aim to be merely a trading bloc, not a federal superstate (if only).

This unlikely victory means much more than just local seats. The provincial councils determine the makeup of the Dutch senate, its Eerste Kamer (first chamber). The Eerste Kamer functions much like Westminster’s House of Lords. It scrutinises the governing lower house (the Tweede Kamer) and has the power to reject proposed legislation.

In May, the new crop of provincial leaders will elect the Eerste Kamer, with the BBB projected to gain 17 seats, the largest of any party. This has the potential to massively shake up Dutch politics – particularly so given the scale of the losses endured last week by the current ruling coalition, comprised of prime minister Mark Rutte’s VVD party, the centrist D66 party, and the Christian-democratic CDA and ChristenUnie parties. After a weak performance in the provincial elections, the coalition parties are projected to end up with just 24 senate seats in May, down from their current total of 32.

In a chamber with just 75 seats, such swings are hugely significant. Parties with only one or two seats will now have an opportunity to really make their presence felt by teaming up with the BBB. Some of the ruling coalition parties may even be tempted to take up more populist policies, which are less likely to be blocked by a BBB-dominated senate. There is a real potential here for government policy to be brought more in line with voters’ concerns.

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Vaccine damage is now indisputable, say top scientists

 by Neville Hodgkinson, TCW Defending Freedom,

USE of the gene-based Covid vaccines should be halted pending a detailed investigation of where the jab’s products travel in the body and for how long they last, a multinational team of scientists has declared in a report out this month.

The appeal comes from a group of ten scientists, including the top American cardiologist Dr Peter McCullough, who have reviewed evidence of the mechanisms through which they believe millions may have been harmed.

Their highly referenced paper has received minimal attention. The language is technical, but it implies a strong possibility of long-lasting damage from the jabs, and caution over such claims is understandable. Nevertheless the paper makes much sense in the light of warnings from many other scientists, and may be one of the most important to date.

Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford AstraZeneca and Janssen injections all transmit code instructing our body cells to manufacture the toxic spike protein of SARS-CoV-2, the microbe that causes Covid. The hope was that our immune system would respond to the jab by forming life-saving protection against the actual virus. But this was ‘the drug development miscalculation of all time’, McCullough says in a blog drawing attention to the review findings. 

There is now solid evidence, the authors say, of an unintended effect from the vaccines on many different body tissues, including the heart and brain. The immune system sees spike-producing cells as foreign, and starts to attack them. Inflammation caused by this autoimmune process is the likely mechanism behind heart problems linked to the jab, seen especially among young people. ... Continue reading >>>

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Cooking Oil Shortage Looms As Biofuel Demand Surges Due To 'Climate Solution'

from Zero Hedge, Mar 23, 2023

A key ingredient commonly found in kitchens could face a shortage in the coming months as global biofuel consumption surges due to climate change initiatives. 

As reported by Bloomberg, Western nations are increasingly adopting plant-based energy sources, such as soybean or canola oils, or even animal fats, in a move to reduce carbon emissions by transitioning away from fossil fuels. This shift has presented a profitable opportunity for vegetable and palm oil producers to redirect some cooking oil supplies toward the transportation sector rather than their traditional use in food production. 

Hot demand for biofuels combined with the war in Ukraine disrupting ag flows and extreme weather in Argentina curbing vegetable oil supplies and other top producers reeling from declining production could push vegetable oil production into a deficit in the second half of the year, according to Thomas Mielke, executive director of Hamburg-based Oil World.

Mielke pointed out biofuels account for a large share of the vegetable oil market but only a fraction of energy demand. He's alarmed that biofuel targets pushed by governments might spark a cooking oil shortage. 

Soaring demand for biodiesel, renewable diesel, and biojet fuel has primarily been concentrated in the US, Europe, Brazil, and Indonesia. 

However, the global palm oil market could struggle to meet demand. Their production levels stagnate, with Indonesia and Malaysia responsible for 85% of global supply. 

"In periods of supply shortages, the necessary rationing of demand must not take place only on the shoulders of the food consumers.

"This is a lesson we have to learn from last year," Mielke said.

Global decarbonization efforts might result in unintended consequences for consumers, who could soon face the prospect of rising cooking oil prices or potential shortages. 

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