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Re: 2019 : Revolution ?

PostAuthor: Piling » Sun May 05, 2019 5:41 am

Many in the grassroots movement, which lacks a leadership structure, said President Macron's proposals last week, which include tax cuts worth around 5 billion euros , did not go far enough and lacked details.


Macron's speech & proposals were just bullshit. :D
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun May 05, 2019 10:43 am

Piling wrote:
Many in the grassroots movement, which lacks a leadership structure, said President Macron's proposals last week, which include tax cuts worth around 5 billion euros , did not go far enough and lacked details.


Macron's speech & proposals were just bullshit. :D


Typical PM X(

I am sure you have heard that EVERYONE wants May to leave 8-|

I think May has become the most hated PM ever in UK history =))
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Re: 2019 : Revolution ?

PostAuthor: Piling » Tue May 07, 2019 4:43 am

I got a lumbago by doing housework. Definitively, virtue does not pay.

I am going to buy a gigot today. A sudden greed for tender lamb meat… :ymdevil:
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue May 07, 2019 8:31 pm

Piling wrote:I got a lumbago by doing housework. Definitively, virtue does not pay.

I am going to buy a gigot today. A sudden greed for tender lamb meat… :ymdevil:


I see NO dinner plate in this field [-(

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Re: 2019 : Revolution ?

PostAuthor: Piling » Wed May 08, 2019 5:47 am

Don't cry. The market did not have lamb and I ate chicken instead :-D

But today, ham at lunch and steak at dinner. :ymdevil:
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed May 08, 2019 11:27 pm

How could anyone eat a fun loving piglet :((

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Or a sensitive intelligent cow :((

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I hope you had indigestion :p
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Re: 2019 : Revolution ?

PostAuthor: Piling » Thu May 09, 2019 5:50 am

I notice you have zero compassion for chicken.

Today I eat tuna and omelette. Cry for fish and eggs. :-D
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Re: 2019 : Revolution ?

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat May 11, 2019 12:02 am

Macron ordered to SCRAP fuel tax
or Yellow Vest riots will RAGE ON


What began late last year as a peaceful backlash against rising fuel costs quickly morphed into a sometimes violent working class rebellion against inequality and the political elite

M Philippot, the former vice-president of the populist Rassemblement national (RN) party, told France 2 television: “[The spike in fuel prices] will penalise the French, in particular, those who have no choice but to drive to work. We could do without VAT on fuel. Doing so would immediately lower the prices at the pumps.”

Petrol and diesel prices have climbed dramatically since the start of the year and are now almost back at the levels which triggered the anti-government yellow vest movement. The price of unleaded petrol at the pump, for example, reached €1,58 a litre (£1.36) this week – a level not seen since 2013.

M Philippot warned the Macron government against allowing fuel prices to spiral out of control, saying that crippling pump prices would inevitably spark a fresh round of violent street protests.

He said: “[High fuel costs] are what, at the beginning, prompted people to slip on a yellow vest and take to the streets. And now pump prices are actually higher than what they were when the movement first started.”

M Philippot continued: “I suggest an over-taxation of [French] oil and gas giants. They should contribute to increased solidarity and help implement a policy designed to boost the purchasing power of the French.”

Asked whether this surcharge should be permanent or cyclical, he said: “I think we can over-tax them specifically when there is an increase in pump prices like the one we are seeing now … I don’t see why [oil and gas] behemoths should not have to do business in a way that fosters solidarity.”

In a separate interview with the French news channel CNews on Tuesday, M Philippot lashed out at France’s 41-year-old president, saying that M Macron’s first two years in office had been “catastrophic”. :ymdevil:

Indeed, M Macron is struggling to shake off the yellow vest revolt, widely billed as the worst political crisis of his presidency.

The movement – so-called because of the high-vis jackets worn by protesters – began in November with the aim of highlighting the squeeze on household budgets caused by higher fuel prices, but quickly ballooned into a broader rebellion against M Macron’s perceived indifference to the struggles of ordinary citizens.

While support for the movement has ebbed, the protests are now in their 25th straight week.

After the first slate of emergency measures put forward last December failed to quell the unrest, M Macron was forced to make new policy proposals last month in an effort to end the crisis that has shaken his authority.

The former investment banker and economy minister said he wanted a significant cut in income taxes, saying it would be worth around €5 billion, financed by closing loopholes for some companies.

Along with the tax relief, M Macron said government spending would be slashed and that the French would have to work more to build up social contributions, an announcement that is likely to prompt a backlash in a country known for its 35-hour week.

He also pledged to lift a freeze on pension increases for low-income retirees, which the finance ministry said would cost around €1.4 billion.

The total cost of measures to lower taxes and increase buying power in response to months of heated anti-government demonstrations now stands at around €17 billion, according to Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire.

M Le Maire told France 2 television last month: “The tax cuts will mainly be financed by lower public spending.”

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Re: 2019 : Revolution ?

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat May 18, 2019 1:04 pm

Police everywhere, justice nowhere
Gilets Jaunes on the streets of Nîmes


As the Gilets Jaunes movement continues, we republish this article by Paul Cudenec of the Shoal Collective. The article results from participant observation among the Gilets Jaunes in the Southern French town of Nîmes, it was originally published by Winter Oak

I had been warned not to say anything to anyone about the meet-up point for the Gilets Jaunes protest in Nîmes on the afternoon of Saturday December 29. People were going to be heading there in dribs and drabs. Some had been spending the morning together on private land, out of sight of the police. This was to be a surprise.

Half an hour after the wildcat march set off from outside the football stadium, the reason for the caution became clear. Hundreds of protesters in their now-iconical hi-vis yellow jackets streamed on to the concourse of the city’s police HQ, the Hôtel de Police. As helmeted riot cops emerged from the building to protect it from the intruders, a large banner was unfurled, condemning police violence.

“France isn’t the country of liberté any more,” remarked Lionel, standing at the edge of the crowd. “Most of the police brutality is hidden. By the media, yes, but also everything that people put on the internet is erased.”

Nîmes is a good-sized city, the 19th biggest in France, but it hardly has a tradition of political unrest. It is better known for its Roman architecture, its bull-fighting culture, its celebratory ‘ferias’ and the cloth that originally came “de Nîmes” and is now globally known as denim. It is a sign of how far the roots of the Gilets Jaunes reach into deepest France, that the nîmois have been pouring out on to the streets in huge numbers, blocking the motorway, torching toll booths, closing down the main railway line.

From the police HQ, we headed into the centre of the Occitanian city. Outside the 1st century Roman amphitheatre we were joined by a squadron of motorcycling Gilets Jaunes, revving their engines furiously in support. Then it was into the maze of narrow pedestrianised streets, where the police escort was repeatedly shaken off and their reappearance greeted with boos.

“Police everywhere, justice nowhere!” went the chants. “Macron resign!” “Everyone together!” Social justice lies at the heart of the Gilets Jaunes’ cause – it is the first thing all of them want to talk about. Martine is a retired company boss who describes herself as middle class. She said: “I could stay at home if I wanted to, but I can’t. I can’t stand seeing people not having enough to eat at the end of the day. And these are working people! France is the most envied country in the world for our culture, our know-how and our economy, but we are turning into a country in need”. Those running the country were completely out of touch, she said, and had no idea of the everyday reality that people were living.

Lionel, who is also retired, likewise named poverty as the main reason why he was on the protest. “People are living in misery. There are shanty towns, even here in Nîmes. People are badly paid and live in abominable conditions, but they are not necessarily on the street. We don’t see them.” Lionel stressed it was not his own personal situation he was complaining about: “You have to protest for other people as well, not just yourself”.

Corporate media in France and beyond have made much of the involvement of some far-right elements on the fringes of the Gilets Jaunes, suggesting that the protest movement represents a slippery slope towards populist fascism. I raised this issue with Riton, a libertarian communist from nearby Alès who had made the 25-mile trip to join the protest. He assured me that the far right was very much a marginalised minority in the Gilets Jaunes movement. “The movement is really about the class question, although it is not expressed in that way. It rejects the idea of leaders and is against all kinds of division. Racist arguments just don’t wash. There is also the criticism of the police and the calls for self-government. The extreme right is finding it harder and harder to identify with the movement.”

The “inter-class” flavour of the revolt had also faded after commercial traders whose businesses had been affected by the Gilets Jaunes realised the protests conflicted with their own personal interests and dropped their support, he said.

Riton said it was true that Gilets Jaunes often talked about “the people” and about being French. “But you have to see what they mean by that. For them, being French is about being in revolt, about solidarity”. As the Gilets Jaunes waved their tricolours and sang La Marseillaise, I realised he was right, in a way British people find it hard to grasp. There is, after all, a world of difference between national anthems and flags that sing the stale praises of monarchies and empires and those that are the fruit of a living revolutionary tradition.

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Re: 2019 : Revolution ?

PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu May 23, 2019 8:55 pm



CONGRATULATIONS :ymparty:

It looks extremely impressive and very detailed :ymapplause:

I loved the Otori clan and how Lian Hearn used his knowledge of feudal Japan to restore it to a fantasy world. And then I devour the Roman of Baïbars, this great epic tale of the Ottoman period inspired by the life of the Sultan, between the moment he is sold as a slave and the one where he becomes ruler of Egypt.

There was this whole universe that I know well, that of the medieval and mystical Orient: the forty anonymous Saints, the complicity between brigands and Sufis, the ismailians... And also this fantastic work of Georges Bohas and Jean-Patrick Guillaume to transpose the different levels of languages and dialects: the Arab Sabir of the Turks, the archaic talk of the Bedouins, the mountain dialect of the Ismaili, the slang of the mobsters of Cairo ...

Unfortunately, the translation stopped at the tenth volume. I thought to myself: what a pity that such an epic does not happen a century earlier!, because the ayyubide-Seljuk period was my favorite, by my studies on Kurdish history. And I realized that this novel, there was only me who could write it. :ymapplause:
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Re: 2019 : Revolution ?

PostAuthor: Piling » Sun May 26, 2019 8:39 pm

3 days of festival, now it is the end and I am exhausted.

Very good appreciations of "professionals" : journalists, Booksellers (in France booksellers are great specialists of literature, as librarians).

I bought a kit of runes carved in blue agate at a Canadian stand of dragons' breeder :D

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Re: 2019 : Revolution ?

PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon May 27, 2019 12:40 am

VERY glad things are going so well for you :ymapplause:

I expect your sales will skyrocket :D
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Re: 2019 : Revolution ?

PostAuthor: Piling » Mon May 27, 2019 7:01 pm

My next festival : 2 "tables rondes", one of them with Alan Lee, the great illustrator.

I am impressed :-ss
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Re: 2019 : Revolution ?

PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon May 27, 2019 11:28 pm

Piling wrote:My next festival : 2 "tables rondes", one of them with Alan Lee, the great illustrator.

I am impressed :-ss


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I have been looking at some of his fantastic artwork:

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