Tags: The Telegraph

London’s Mayor Says We Should “Thank the Super Rich” – Calls Them “Tax Heroes” and Compares to the “Homeless and Irish Travelers”

If you thought you had seen it all when it comes to sob stories of the “super rich” following the comparison of the criticisms of banker bonuses to the lynching of black people in the south by AIG’s CEO in September, think again. The latest groveling, inane defense of the “super rich” comes from none other than the gatekeeper of the largest oligarch whorehouse on planet earth. The Mayor of London, Mr. Boris Johnson.

Now I warn you, do not read the following Op-Ed on a full stomach. The vapid, nonsensical, Onion-like prose may very well induce fits of nausea and uncontrolled regurgitation. This is quite frankly one of the worst things I have ever read in my life. It echoes like a sort of grandiose ass-kissing ritual one would have encountered in a Middle Age court from an aspiring manservant of the realm, desperately trying to rapidly advance a coupe of notches up the social strata of some decadent feudal kingdom. Simply put, Boris Johnson should be ashamed to show his face in public after writing such disingenuous garbage.

Now for some excerpts from the UK Telegraph:

The great thing about being Mayor of London is you get to meet all sorts. It is my duty to stick up for every put-upon minority in the city – from the homeless to Irish travellers to ex-gang members to disgraced former MPs. After five years of slog, I have a fair idea where everyone is coming from.

But there is one minority that I still behold with a benign bewilderment, and that is the very, very rich. I mean people who have so much money they can fly by private jet, and who have gin palaces moored in Puerto Banus, and who give their kids McLaren supercars for their 18th birthdays and scour the pages of the FT’s “How to Spend It” magazine for jewel-encrusted Cartier collars for their dogs.

I suspect that the answer, as Solon pointed out to Croesus, is not really, frankly; or no happier than the man with just enough to live on. If that is the case, and it really is true that having stupendous sums of money is very far from the same as being happy, then surely we should stop bashing the rich.

So he starts off right away with complete idiocy. Sure, I genuinely agree that having that much money is more of a curse than a blessing, but that doesn’t mean we should stop bashing oligarchs. Not all (but most) oligarch wealth has been created or maintained and coddled via Central Bank policies that favor their class, bailouts and crony capitalist deals. That’s why the rest of us aren’t benefiting from this phantom “economic recovery.” Perhaps he forgot the saying by Honore de Balzac:

“Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.”

Now back to bumbling Boris.

A Political Earthquake Hits France: Is a European Union Referendum Next?

I will negotiate over the points on which there can be no compromise. If the result is inadequate, I will call for withdrawal. Europe is just a great bluff. On one side there is the immense power of sovereign peoples, and on the other side are a few technocrats.

– Front National Leader Marine Le Pen

I haven’t been paying as much attention to Europe as I was a few years ago. After all, monitoring the oligarch theft, shit-show in my own backyard is a full time job. Even back when I was watching the Continent more closely, I never paid particular attention to the happenings in France. That needs to change.

Ambrose-Evans Pritchard of the UK’s Telegraph has written an excellent article detailing the extraordinary success of Marine Le Pen’s Front National in recent elections. What was once seen as a fringe right-wing party is now collecting a surprising amount of votes from socialists attracted to the anti-bank/anti-euro platform. With all the talk of Greece, Italy and Spain over the past several years, wouldn’t it be ironic if France was the one country that ended it all…

From The Telegraph:

We have a minor earthquake in France. A party committed to withdrawal from the euro, the restoration of French franc, and the complete destruction of monetary union has just defeated the establishment in the Brignoles run-off election.

The Front National is now the most popular party in France with 24pc according to a new Ifop poll. Both the two great governing parties of the post-War era have fallen behind for the first time ever. The Gaullistes (UMP) are at 22pc, and the Socialists at 21pc. 

Asked if she intended to pull France of the euro immediately, she hesitated for a second or two and then said: “Yes, because the euro blocks all economic decisions. France is not a country that can accept tutelage from Brussels.”

Officials will be told to draw up plans for the restoration of the franc. Eurozone leaders will face a stark choice: either work with France for a “sortie concerted” or coordinated EMU break-up: or await their fate in a disorderly collapse.

“We cannot be seduced. The euro ceases to exist the moment that France leaves, and that is our incredible strength. What are they going to do, send in tanks?”

Well now that you mention it…

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If Flying into the UK, Your Phone Can Be Seized and Data Downloaded Without Suspicion

The next time you fly into Heathrow, you may want to guard your phone with your life. That, or erase all the personal data you don’t want to fall into the hands of some nosey bureaucrat. Incredibly, officers can seize your phone and retain its data for “as long as necessary” without reasonable suspicion. From The Telegraph:

Officers use counter-terrorism laws to remove a mobile phone from any passenger they wish coming through UK air, sea and international rail ports and then scour their data.

The blanket power is so broad they do not even have to show reasonable suspicion for seizing the device and can retain the information for “as long as is necessary”.

Data can include call history, contact books, photos and who the person is texting or emailing, although not the contents of messages.

Mr Anderson said: “Information downloaded from mobile phones seized at ports has been very useful in disrupting terrorists and bringing them to justice.

Here we go again, the state claims it can do anything as long as they swear they are protecting you from some phantom enemy.

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British Newspaper Calls for a 3rd Obama Term

This Op Ed by Mary Dejevsky in the UK’s Independent consists of such rampant propaganda and drivel it is almost impossible to believe she is not on the official payroll of the Obama Administration.  Who would’ve thought the second British Invasion would consist of Piers Morgan and Mary Dejevsky?  I miss the Beatles.

Prepare for a sense of overwhelming disbelief as you read the following excerpts.  From The Independent:

What a difference four years make. When Barack Obama delivers his second inaugural address, as he will on the Washington Mall on Monday, he will do so confident that he is hitting the ground running.

Really, then why does a recent Gallup poll say Americans have never been so downbeat on the nation?

And while a second term frees him from many of the constraints that curb the ambitions of all first-term presidents, the sense already lurks that his presidential promise is only starting to be fulfilled.

What promise?  Continuing and expanding Bush’s unconstitutional policies under the guise of “liberalism?”

Yet there are compelling reasons why two four-year terms may not be enough for a competent and popular US president today. The first, and most obvious, is that a maximum eight-year lease at the White House is short by international standards.

Silly me, for a minute there I thought we were a sovereign nation capable of making our own decisions.

Now here is where she really loses it…

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Corrupt Chinese Politicians are Buying Billions in U.S. Real Estate

Many of us spent much of 2012 confused about how the U.S. real estate market was improving within the context of a broke and unemployed citizenry.  Well as time has passed the answers to our questions have been revealed.  The criminals are piling in.  I first explained a couple of weeks ago how the financial oligarchs in the United States are currently in a bidding war to become America’s slumlords in my post:  America Meet Your New Slumlord: Wall Street.

Now we also discover that part of the bid to U.S. real estate has come from another criminal class. In this case, we are talking about corrupt Chinese officials who are pulling their ill gotten gains from their homeland and desperately placing it in real estate all over the globe.  From The Telegraph:

As China’s new leaders intensify a campaign to root out corruption, thousands of Communist party officials have been panicked into a fire sale of their illicit properties while billions of pounds have been smuggled overseas.

It said the volume of deals had intensified by “a hundred times” after Xi Jinping, the incoming Chinese president, warned that corruption could kill the Party and put one of the country’s most vigorous and resolute politicians, Wang Qishan, in charge of stamping out graft.

It also claimed that an astonishing $1 trillion (£630 billion), equivalent to 40 per cent of Britain’s annual GDP, had been smuggled out of China illegally in 2012.

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Vatican Employees to be Issued Microchip Tracking Devices

I have covered Vatican scandals on my site ever since I launched it last April.  Most recently in my post Vatican Money Laundering Scandal Grows…JP Morgan is Involved of Course and before that Vatican Claims the Devil is Trying to Destabilize it.

It seems the Vatican has finally had enough leaks for one lifetime and is moving to track its clergy and employees with microchips.  From the UK’s Telegraph:

Vatican clergy and employees will be issued with an identity card complete with a microchip-tracking device in sweeping new security measures designed to prevent a repeat of the Vatileaks scandal.

See how things work these days.  When scandalous activities are leaked at powerful institutions the answer is not accountability for the guilty, but rather increased surveillance so that the crimes can proceed without fear of being leaked to the public.  You ready for your chips?

Full article here.

In Liberty,
Mike

EU Poster Includes the Soviet “Hammer and Sickle” Symbol

The euro is irreversible!  Let’s hope not.  Take a look at this EU poster.  Notice something a little unusual, you know, like the symbol of the Soviet Union?

As Daniel Hannan, MEP for South East England describes it in The Telegraph:

For three generations, the badge of the Soviet revolution meant poverty, slavery, torture and death. It adorned the caps of the chekas who came in the night. It opened and closed the propaganda films which hid the famines. It advertised the people’s courts where victims of purges and show-trials were condemned. It fluttered over the re-education camps and the gulags. For hundreds of millions of Europeans, it was a symbol of foreign occupation.

Pure insanity…Full Telegraph article here.

In Liberty,
Mike

First Catalonia in Spain; Now Venice Wants to Leave Italy!

As I have written about and predicted for years, EU bureaucrats’ attempts to consolidate and federalize all of the Continent will not only prove unsuccessful, it will ultimately lead to increased decentralization as individual countries themselves are likely to fragment.  We have been seeing signs of this in Catalonia recently, which I addressed in my article: Forget the Euro…Will Spain Ultimately Break Up?

Now it seems an independence movement is picking up pace in Venice to break apart from Italy!  The following excerpts from The UK Telegraph’s recent article on the matter make the key points:

Recent surveys show widespread support for independence among Venetians, who speak a distinct dialect and feel geographically and culturally distant from Rome.

A poll conducted by Corriere della Sera in September found that 80 per cent were in favour of independence.

A more recent poll by Il Gazzettino, a local newspaper, found a slightly lower but still overwhelming level of support – 70 per cent.

“The economic situation here is really desperate, with the recession hitting small and medium-sized businesses. Meanwhile of the 70 billion euros we pay in taxes to Rome, we get back about 50 billion euros, directly and indirectly. We are losing out on 20 billion euros a year,” said Prof Pizzati.

But the euro is irreversible. Got it.

Full Telegraph article here.

In Liberty,
Mike

28,000 “Cash For Gold” Outlets in Italy as Serfs are Forced to Sell

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how the Portuguese citizenry was being forced to sell its gold in order to eat.  It seems that the Italians have now joined this illustrious club.  I mean what do you expect when you allow Goldman Sachs to impose technocrat dictator Mario “Three Card” Monti as your political leader?  Here are some excerpts from an article in The Globe and Mail:

Times are now so tough that Valerio Novelli, a ticket inspector on Rome’s buses, is planning to sell his old gold teeth.

“I can’t get to the end of the month without running up debts,” said Mr. Novelli, 56, who has to support an ex-wife and daughter. “I know I won’t get much, but I need the money.”

In a country suffering from economic crisis, buying gold off desperate people has become one of the few boom industries.

“Since I was a child I remember that gold was given as a gift on various occasions and people used to say: ‘Put it aside’,” said Ivana Ciabatti, who represents gold– and silversmiths at employers’ lobby Confindustria.

“We used to laugh at it, but they turned out to be right. Many families are surviving thanks to this gold.”

So people are barely surviving based on the gold passed down from generation to generation, yet the mainstream media here in the U.S. continues to mock gold constantly.  Got it.  How about this last line from the article:

The pawnbrokers, by contrast, can hardly keep up with business. They normally have the gold quickly melted down and sent abroad, making it one of Italy’s fastest growing exports. Official gold sales to Switzerland leaped 65 per cent last year to 120 tonnes, up from 73 tonnes in 2010 and 64 tonnes in 2009.

That’s not just gold being exported, that it wealth being exported.  China says thanks.  At least you protected your bankster class from taking a hit on their bond portfolios.

Meanwhile, this whole theme fits in perfectly with an article from The Telegraph yesterday with the fitting title “Unilever Sees ‘Return to Poverty’ in Europe.”  That article begins with:

Aug. 27 (Telegraph) – Unilever will adopt marketing strategies used in developing countries in order to drive future growth in Europe.

Then we find out that Unilever will market to Europeans like they do to Indonesians:

“In Indonesia, we sell individual packs of shampoo 2 to 3 cents and still make decent money,” said Mr Zijderveld. “We know how to do that, but in Europe we have forgotten in the years before the crisis.”

Once again, at least the banksters got bailed out at 100 cents on the dollar.  No wonder the elites laugh at the sheeple.

Read The Globe and Mail article here.

Read The Telegraph article here.

In Liberty,
Mike