"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

WHEDFU Part Cinco Millones

His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama, the Ocean of Wisdom, has been busy lately. He's announced that he is to resign his position (unheard of - it's a position that can't be resigned);  he's given his support to the Action for Happiness campaign and has now called on the people of Ireland not to give up hope. I saw HH in the mid-90s and I've rarely been as moved or felt such an understanding of the way things are.  Sadly, it seems HH has decided that joining politicised quangos is a way forward for him.

China kidnapped the true Panchem Lama many years ago and designated another, government-approved, child in his place.  I guess that's par for the course.  World organisations talk of human rights but stood, and still stand aside, while Tibetan people, their monks, nuns, religion, are wiped from the face of the earth by China.  We think we've got it tough in England - you should try being a Tibetan monk or nun at any time since 1949.

The Tibet Society

Ariel and Persil fined for fixing prices
Global giants Procter & Gamble and Unilever will pay fines of 211.2 million euros and 104 million euros respectively after reaching settlements with the European Commission which polices business abuses across the European Union's market of half a billion consumers.  Germany's Henkel was also listed as a member of the cartel that operated for more than three years at the start of the last decade but it escaped any fine, having revealed the sharp practices initially in 2008.
"I will not name the brands but they all feature prominently on the shelves of supermarkets," EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia said.
"I'm sure you know all the brands that were involved."

Increasing the cost on 'dirty fuels' aka diesel and coal means we all pay more at the sharp end.
EU taxation commissioner Algirdas Semeta said the target date for adoption after negotiations with the states and the European Parliament would be 2013 -- but that industry would get until 2023 to adapt.
I really, really hope the EU construct doesn't last that long.

Hungary fights shy of the euro.  The country seems to be on the brink of opting out of the euro-zone, and who can blame them?  I bet poor old Estonia, who joined at the beginning of this year, is kicking itself and hoping its subsidies won't be affected.

After Italy called for 'solidarity' between EU member states on immigration and France closed its borders in response, Open Europe has THIS analysis.  How delightful to see that, when push comes to shove, Schengen means nothing except what Europrats want it to mean.  Poor Ventigmilia - half French, half Italian and its walls still riddled with bullets.

The EC, not to be out-manoeuvred, has offered Tunisia a cash-for-migrants scheme in the form of increased aid to Tunisia  if they take back some of their migrants.  That sounds pretty much the same sort of deal Gaddafi had with the EU.

I'm giving up the will to live already but I still have about eighteen euro-links to sift through.  I may be some time.

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