French President Approaches Cliff, Steps on Accelerator

January 19, 2016

France has been dirigiste since Louis XIV centralized all power under him, and the French leadership has been trapped in that intellectual straitjacket ever since. The idea of lowering the burden of government and letting market forces work is probably inconceivable to President Hollande — and most of his people.

International Liberty

When I wrote back in 2012 that France was committing fiscal suicide, I should have guessed that President Hollande would get impatient and push for even more statism.

Sure enough, the BBC reports that France’s President has a new plan. The ostensible goal is to reduce unemployment, but the practical effect is to expand the size and scope of government.

President Francois Hollande has set out a €2bn (£1.5bn) job creation plan in an attempt to lift France out of what he called a state of “economic emergency”. Under a two-year scheme, firms with fewer than 250 staff will get subsidies if they take on a young or unemployed person for six months or more. In addition, about 500,000 vocational training schemes will be created.

Needless to say, if subsidies and handouts were the key to job creation, France already would have full employment.

In reality, real jobs are created

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Oh noes! A handful of climate skeptics may ‘derail’ Paris treaty – so let’s revoke their credentials

December 7, 2015

Sounds like the Climate Cultists are desperate for their own “safe space,” where no contrary opinions are ever heard.

Watts Up With That?

getout

Activists demand UN ‘revoke’ credentials of ‘climate deniers’ in Paris – Claim ‘Climate Hustle’ film is ‘full of lies’ – without seeing it – Warn skeptics may ‘derail’ UN treaty

THE AUSTRALIAN, DECEMBER 7, 2015 12:00AM

Graham Lloyd – Environment Editor
Sydney: Green groups want alternative views on climate science silenced in Paris, with a call for delegates with contrarian opinions to be ejected from the UN talks.
Sceptic groups such as the Heartland Institute have started to arrive in the French capital, sparking fears among environment groups that they will derail proceedings using funds from fossil fuel interests.

A new documentary, Climate Hustle, was due to be premiered in Paris tonight (Monday). Producers claim it will be for nonbelievers what Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth was for the converted.
Climate change action lobby group SumOfUs has pushed back with an international campaign to raise funds for a counter offensive.

The…

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The core of the Paris #ClimateConference is anti-capitalism

November 30, 2015
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Green consultant

Hey, don’t take my word for it. That’s the assertion of a high UN official overseeing our fight to save the Earth from… something.

At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.

“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said.

Referring to a new international treaty environmentalists hope will be adopted at the Paris climate change conference later this year, she added: “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”

As the article points out, that “economic development model” is capitalism, which is responsible for vastly improving the lives of billions in the last century-and-a-half.

Why? Well, the answer isn’t “climate change” or “global warming.” That’s just the excuse. Forty years ago, it was the fear of a new ice age, or the myth of overpopulation. Now it’s a super-heating world… that hasn’t warmed for over 18 years.

The real reason is the pursuit of the massive redistribution of wealth from developed countries to the “underdeveloped,” and control of that redistribution through the agency of transnational, democratically unaccountable bureaucracies. Ones from which the leaders, such as Sra. Figueres, will profit handsomely even as our economic prospects are hamstrung.

“Profit?” Oh, yes. This is the Solyndra subsidy and crony investment scheme on a global scale. In Ms. Figueres’s case, her Wikipedia entry provides a clue:

Christiana Figueres has not only been active in the public arena and in the field of NGOs, she also collaborates actively with private sector companies that align themselves with climate friendly goals. Ms. Figueres served as Senior Adviser to C-Quest Capital, a carbon finance company focusing on programmatic CDM investments.[40] She was the Principal Climate Change Advisor to ENDESA Latinoamérica, the largest private utility in Latin America with operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru. She was also Vice Chair of the Rating Committee of the Carbon Rating Agency, the first entity to apply credit rating expertise to carbon assets.

Do the words “consulting fees,” “board memberships,” and “stock options” ring a bell? I’m sure you can spot the conflicts of interest and self-dealing.

That’s what the Paris conference is really about.


#ParisAttacks Jihad plotter meets gruesome end, world says “Darn.”

November 20, 2015
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Well done, mes amis!

Forgive me for being uncharitable, but the only thing I regret about this is that this savage didn’t spend days dying in agony:

The suspected mastermind of the Paris terror attacks was killed in yesterday’s dramatic police siege on his safe house, prosecutors have confirmed.

Belgian jihadist Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 27, was first hit in the head by a police sniper and then blown to pieces by numerous grenades during the raid in the suburb of Saint-Denis.

His body was so unrecognisable it has taken more than 24 hours for forensic tests to confirm he is now dead using DNA from his saliva.

Paris prosecutors said his body was ‘riddled with bullets’, adding that it was unclear whether Abaaoud had detonated a suicide belt.

Now the French authorities will have to explain how they allowed the known terrorist, who was thought to be in Syria, to operate so freely in their country, killing 129 people in the process.

‘This is a major failing,’ said Roland Jaquard, from the International Observatory for Terrorism.

The deuce you say, Roland.

Reports the day after the shootout said French police (and perhaps military) unloaded about 5,000 rounds at Abaaoud and his suicide-bomber companion. Let no one accuse Paris of “holding back.”

Meanwhile, I’d like to think, but sorely doubt, that our president would take note: this how you deal with jihad-terrorists, not bemoan the lack of a jobs program for them.

PS: I despise Vladimir Putin, but this was a nice gesture on his part.


To defeat ISIS and the jihad, we need a successful climate-change conference. Really.

November 17, 2015
No way!!

Are you nuts??

I’m not sure what’s worse: that some moron could write such a smarmy, morally bankrupt piece of leftist, eco-warrior drivel, or that the author is French:

“However, people forget that the war that’s been declared on us is also psychological. The report released by ISIS to claim the massacre in Paris uses all the tools of conditioning and psychological manipulation: a turning of tables, presenting the Islamic State as a victim instead of an assassin, while promising to continue to spread terror, and criticizing policy makers for creating internal divisions– a criticism intended to bring about self-doubt.

“Our first response should be to understand this psychological tactic, so that we don’t allow them to win. No, we do not have to be guilt-tripped into fighting these barbaric groups that slit throats, rape, torture and kill innocent civilians in the most cowardly ways possible. No, our values are strong enough to refuse to sink to their level, and instead, to turn towards reinforcing national unity against their aggression. No, we do not doubt that enlightenment and democratic progress are strong enough to stand up to such behavior, which is sending us back to prehistoric times. No, we are not afraid, and it’s because we have no doubt that we will continue to live as we choose, and to defend the policies (1) that we believe to be essential.

You can almost see the progressive bogeyman forming in her mind: naturally, anyone advocating a robust, forceful, and yes violent response to ISIS’ massacre of hundred in Paris will, acting out of guilt, inevitably sink to the level of barbarity shown by these jihadist savages. The insulting moral equivalence aside, this is just delusional: modern Western militaries, while deploying awesome power, go out of their way to avoid civilian casualties when at all possible. And to imagine they would “sink to the level” of ISIS is to indulge in leftist fantasy worthy of The New Republic.

But wait! It gets better!

After this fool has warned us against being guilt-tripped into destroying maniacs who had just murdered hundreds (and want to kill far more), she offered up a better solution, one sure to end the jihad once and for all. What this crisis calls for is… (drum roll)

… a successful climate-change conference! We’re saved!!

Amongst these is the climate change issue, which will determine, in the long term, the survival of mankind, and, in the short term, the demographic balance. Because, contrary to what many people would say –especially those who are excited about averting the dangers that an agreement on climate change may pose for them– there are definitely several undeniable links between these barbaric and fascist acts by radical Islamists and the climate.

Lord, where do I begin? I… I can’t even.

Has climate change played a roll in the movement of peoples and been a cause of turmoil? Quite likely. I’m a bit of a geographical determinist when it comes to history and, sure, famine caused by a lack of rain could lead one group of people to attack another in order to take their more fertile land. I won’t claim that hasn’t ever happened.

But, not only is it cynically, foully exploitive of this former environment minister to use the atrocities in Paris to pump up the climate conference scheduled to take place there soon, but it ignores the far more real reason (2):

The attacks were the result of Muslims choosing to wage jihad against non-believers —as their religion demands— in return for great rewards (including sexual) when they reach Paradise, and not in some “acting out” against an imaginary carbon-dioxide demon.

Really, just how soul-dead and ideologically botoxed do you have to be to see hundreds of your countrymen murdered and think “I can use this to rally people to my fading cause and use it to boost my statist agenda!”

I’m surprised she isn’t a Bernie Sanders adviser.

via WUWT

Footnote:
(1) By the way, one means to spot the statist is when they prattle on about “defending policies,” not their country or their people or their civilization. Government is all that counts, baby.
(2) Come on, you all know what I think about anthropogenic climate change.

 

 


Payback: France bombs Raqqa, ISIS’ “capital.”

November 15, 2015
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La guerre commence.

After the jihadist atrocities in Paris last Friday, French President Hollande promised retribution: “pitiless war” was the term he used.

Today France began to make good on his promise:

French fighter jets bombed a series of ISIS sites in Raqqa, Syria, on Sunday in what officials described as a major bombardment.

The airstrikes came two days after a series of terrorist attacks in Paris. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which France’s President described as “an act of war.”

ISIS claims Raqqa as the capital of its so-called caliphate. The targets in Sunday’s airstrikes included a command center, a recruitment center, an ammunition storage base and a training camp for the terror group, said Mickael Soria, press adviser for France’s defense minister.

Twelve aircraft, including 10 fighter jets, were involved in the airstrikes, Soria said. Twenty bombs were dropped, he said, and all of the targets were destroyed.

An ISIS media wing claimed the sites had been abandoned before they were hit and said there were no casualties.

Good. And I hope a large number of those brave knights of Islam were killed in the process. Even more, I hope this is just the start. Not just a raid or two, but boots on the ground with the mission to destroy these monsters, to hunt them down and kill them all. For the dead of Paris, for all those slaughtered by ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and for the women sold into slavery. No more gestures, no more light shows, no more marches “in solidarity,” for real solidarity now means picking up a gun.

ISIS delenda est.

I just wish our president would see fit to get involved in more than the pathetic, diffident manner he’s chosen so far.

via Hot Air


Massacre in the City of Lights as the jihad comes to Paris. Update: deaths near 100

November 13, 2015
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Vive la France!

Damn these monsters to Hell:

Paris is gripped by terror tonight as multiple, apparently coordinated attacks have unfolded in the French capital.

As many as a dozen people were killed as multiple gunmen opened fire on a busy restaurant in Paris: Le Petit Cambodge, a popular Cambodian eatery at Rue Ailbert and Rue Bichat. A witness who was at the restaurant, which was crowded on a Friday night, told FRANCE24 that she heard about 25-30 shots.

There were also two explosions, perhaps grenades, just outside of the national stadium.

French President Francois Hollande was reportedly attending a soccer match between France and Germany at the Stade de France when the attacks occurred, and was evacuated safely. Hollande and the interior minister were coming together in an emergency meeting.

French TV is reporting that hostages have been taken at the Bataclan concert venue. There are also reported fatalities at the location.

Jihadis online are celebrating on Twitter under the hashtag #FranceUnderAttack.

Per a more recent update, the death toll has climbed to at least 40 as security forces deal with the emergency and try to rescue hostages.

France has declared martial law in Paris and sealed the country’s borders.

Memories are evoked of the Mumbai jihad atrocities of 2008.

Godspeed to the people of Paris and the security forces now in battle, and may France’s just retaliation be swift, devastating, and merciless.

This is war, not a police matter.

UPDATE: The death toll is climbing.

Agence France-Presse is reporting “around 100″ dead in the Bataclan concert venue at the conclusion of the hostage standoff.

President Obama issued a statement including the usual boilerplate about “bringing the perpetrators to justice.” There is only one justice that fits here, Mr. President, and it’s not a court of law:

Hunt them down and kill them all.


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