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Bare-Breasted 'Mariannes' Face Off With French Police; Tear Gas, Pepper Spray Used On Protesting Yellow Vests Week five of Yellow Vest demonstrations turned violent after protesters in Paris began to scuffle with police. Just under 70,000 police have been mobilized across France in an effort to contain some 33,500 estimated protesters - a much lower turnout than in previous weeks, while the Yellow Vest movement itself has spread to several countries across Europe, as well as Iraq, Israel and even Canada. Meanwhile, in stark contrast to the bright yellow vests worn by most protesters - a groupd of half-naked women posing as Marianne, the Goddess of Liberty and a symbol of French patriotism, have faced off with police in Paris. Donning blood-red hoodies and coated in silver paint, the women paid homage to the French revolutionary hero on Champs-Élysées avenue on Saturday in a silent demonstration. Seven people in total have died during the Yellow Vest demonstrations, which has gone from a fuel tax protest to an anti-government movement. "Last time, we were here for taxes," said 28-year-old called Jeremy told the AFP news agency. "This is for the institutions - we want more direct democracy," he said, adding that people needed to "shout to make themselves heard". https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-15/paris-protests-turn-violent-again-police-use-riot-measures-yellow-vests
The Guns n' Roses guitarist believes commercial forces had a negative impact on the genre as bands were pressured into making their songs radio friendly rather than doing something new and exciting, prompting fans to find what they're looking for in other genres such as rap and hip-hop. He told Billboard Radio China: "When Velvet Revolver came out, there was definitely a movement that started in the early to mid-'90s that held up all the way through the end of that decade and went into the millennium. And so we came out and there was tons of new rock and roll bands. And they weren't 'nu metal' and they weren't indie bands, but there was definitely this kind of indie-esque feel to them. "And I think one of the reasons that Velvet Revolver was as successful as it was had a lot to do with [singer] Scott Weiland, because he was still a holdover from that kind of thing, with Stone Temple Pilots, that came from the '90s and blah blah blah. Anyway, but it was all cool. "And then, as we got down the line, it seemed that rock sort of got... More than anything, the commercial approach to rock and roll that the industry forces on bands, or forces people to think that this is how they have to go about it to succeed, and it just turns into this generic mishmosh that manages to get on the radio but doesn't really turn anybody on, and it's just dull and boring and people start looking elsewhere."
The Republithugs Act Out to Knee-Cap Incoming Governor Tony Evers! It is Another OUTRAGE! From the JT: Local legislators split upon party lines regarding reaction’s to outgoing Gov. Scott Walker signing the controversial extraordinary-session bills in Green Bay on Friday, less than a month before he leaves office. The bills were passed in an extraordinary session in which Democrats argued that the legislation reduces powers of the governor and attorney general. In November, Democrat Tony Evers defeated Republican Walker, and Democrat Josh Kaul defeated incumbent Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel. Republicans have argued that the legislation does not reduce the power of the governor but rather makes the State Legislature a more equal branch of government. https://journaltimes.com/news/local/gov-walker-signs-extraordinary-session-bills/article_b3ac00ce-2c78-54c6-84c0-334377201749.html#tracking-source=home-top-story
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No surprise here: Pinnamaneni’s interview with economist Swenson reveals his view that the village is “betting the future of the town with money they don’t have, assuming technology that they don’t understand and benefits that are going to be distributed widely but not necessarily in their community. That’s a fool’s bet.” By contrast, in the interview with David DeGroot, the Village President offers a childlike exuberance for the deal, offering little understanding of the impact on residents or potential financial implications. Regarding his local delegation trip to Osaka, Japan, DeGroot says, “I’ve seen the future, and it’s coming to Mount Pleasant.” DeGroot describes the Japanese factory by saying, “It was big. It was massive. There’s, there’s robots that are absolutely ginormous.” https://urbanmilwaukee.com/pressrelease/podcast-shines-light-on-mount-pleasants-rush-to-win-foxconn-deal/
Dear City of Racine Alderpersons, It is time to end the lies and deception which City of Racine bathes in.... From the Journal Sentinel: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, other news media and open government groups have won the right to challenge a Racine County judge's decision to seal the entire file of an alderman's public records case. A three-judge panel of the District II Court of Appeals this week ordered Racine County Circuit Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz to "determine which specific documents" from the record, "if any," should remain blocked from public view, including the docket listing pleadings, orders and hearings. The appellate court order notes that Gasiorkiewicz had sealed the whole court record before deciding some documents in the underlying action were privileged and some were not. "It appears to this court that the circuit court's order sealing the entire record is, at the very least, broader than necessary to protect the interests at stake, given the presumption of openness in public records." Once the case returns to the Court of Appeals, the City of Racine, the original plaintiff Sandra Weidner, an alderman there, and the news media will have 30 days to file briefs. https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/wisconsin/2018/12/07/wisconsin-news-media-groups-win-right-challenge-sealed-court-case/2240440002/ Secret court proceedings, connected Insiders deciding what is public and private - it is WRONG! Especially when it involves taxpayer money - aka co-mingled funds - ALL OF US TOGETHER - THIS PRACTICE MUST END! Today - Insider, Bankster, and well connected French President Macron got the Revolution he predicted: Update3: As the evening wore on, French officials said that 125,000 protesters took to the streets during "Act IV" of the Yellow Vest anti-government demonstrations, with 10,000 protesting in Paris. In total, 1,385 people were arrested amid an incredibly heavy police presence. 17 members of French law enforcement and over 100 protesters were injured, including a man whose hand was blown off after reportedly picking up a grenade fired by police. https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-08/paris-lockdown-watch-live-hundreds-arrested-tear-gas-deployed-during-fourth-week Arab Spring - European Winter - American Awakening! It is a TRAVESTY that the Common Council locked steps with property tax cheat Cory Mason - and now there are 5 "Administrators" in the Mayor's office at Taxpayers expense. Just say NO! to Corporate Fascism and the Blue Fist Looting of the Belle City! And ... *FIRE* City of Racine Attorney Scott Letteney and his entire staff! It is time to clean house! Sincerely, Tim & Cindy No more Tyrants
Wisconsin Residents just don’t realize how badly they have been scammed by the Republicans and Fox-Scam, and they should be *OUTRAGED*! First, Foxconn said it would build a 10 Gen manufacturing facility – but when Corning Glass didn’t agree to build a plant next door – it is a requirement…. well, that plan got kicked to the curb. Note: Corning Glass IS building the required facility in China. Second, Foxconn admitted it didn’t realize that Wisconsin workers needed to be paid more than the $2.50 per day that they pay Chinese and Indian workers at their respective manufacturing facilities there. In addition, the workers work 12 hour shifts and sleep in dorms at those manufacturing facilities! Then Foxconn said it would produce 6.5 Gen screens in MTP – but would heavily rely on robots and Chinese H1B employees. Later on, in a meeting with the head of the Racine Water Utility, Keith Haas, Foxconn couldn’t even give an answer to what they would produce at the proposed manufacturing facility! Now – in Lame Duck session: WEDC would use audit spot checks, business owners’ word to verify job creation under lame-duck bill MADISON – The state’s jobs agency would rely on a business owner’s word and outside audits of a portion of businesses receiving taxpayer funds to confirm jobs are being created under the state’s tax credit programs, rather than independently verifying all promised jobs, under the lame-duck action by lawmakers this week. Tucked inside a bill passed early Wednesday as part of a legislative session called before Gov. Scott Walker leaves office is a provision repealing a requirement that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. verify information submitted to the Department of Revenue and WEDC by companies before providing them tax credits in exchange for jobs. The bill was passed after an all-night session mainly out of the public’s view. The proposed change comes after the agency has sought to overcome past criticism over a poor track record in verifying the money businesses get is actually resulting in new jobs in Wisconsin. https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2018/12/07/wedc-would-use-audit-spot-checks-business-owners-word-verify-job-creation-under-lame-duck-bill/2239529002/ This is an incredible *OUTRAGE*! And don’t forget – that under Cap and Trade – Foxconn will be able to sell it’s pollution credits! Pollution credits with lax guidelines and little to no oversight given away by Cathy Stepp who is a former City of Racine Developer, and DNR head under Scott Walker! Cathy Stepp serves as the Regional Administrator for EPA Region 5. Her responsibilities include overseeing environmental protection efforts in the Great Lakes states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, as well as 35 federally recognized tribal governments. One of her roles is manager of EPA Great Lakes National Program, in which she leads restoration and protection of the largest freshwater system in the world. Before joining Region 5, she was principal deputy regional administrator for EPA Region 7. Ms. Stepp served as the secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from 2011 to 2017. As state cabinet secretary, she led the third largest state agency with about 4,000 employees and was responsible for state enforcement and protection of wildlife, fisheries, state parks, trails, forests and environmental permitting. Ms. Stepp also served as a Wisconsin state senator from 2003 to 2007, where she represented nearly 160,000 constituents and authored and advanced legislation on regulatory reform, job creation and other issues. Prior to entering public service, Ms. Stepp owned a small business, a home-building company. https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-administrator-epas-region-5-office-chicago The Walker/Vos whirlwind of lies and deception is about to destroy SE WI. Lax oversight of the multi-billion dollar give-away is just a another feature of the Fox-Scam. Foxconn will sell those pollution credits and let Beijing China choke in the smog! Better them than us.... Better have that Plan "B" (as in Bankruptcy) ready when the Fox-Scam doesn't materialize to "Save the Day"! Sincerely, Tim & Cindy PS: Our congratulations to Foxconn CEO Terry Gou - who proved that Corporate Greed and endless devotion to Industrial Civilization would ultimately lead to collapse.
Foxconn will receive refundable tax credits for the jobs they create - actual cash from the state which is estimated to be at least $200,000 per job. Under this new provision, WEDC will perform "spot-checks" to determine if they and other companies are actually creating the jobs they promised to create. One Republican State Senator voted no, saying: "How can we know whether the (job-creation programs) work or not?" he added. "Where the contract (between the state and company) says there will be 10 jobs or 20 jobs or whatever it might be, well, we ought to know." Another Republican State Senator who voted yes on the bill, said he didn't know this provision was included in the bill and was never discussed in committee. What could possibly go wrong? https://www.facebook.com/abettermtpleasant/posts/800434566955406?__xts
Update3: As the evening wore on, French officials said that 125,000 protesters took to the streets during "Act IV" of the Yellow Vest anti-government demonstrations, with 10,000 protesting in Paris. In total, 1,385 people were arrested amid an incredibly heavy police presence. 17 members of French law enforcement and over 100 protesters were injured, including a man whose hand was blown off after reportedly picking up a grenade fired by police. https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-08/paris-lockdown-watch-live-hundreds-arrested-tear-gas-deployed-during-fourth-week
Caelan MacIntyre says: 12/08/2018 at 8:46 pm KunstlerCast 310 — With Shaun Chamberlain, Editor of the Late David Fleming’s Book “Lean Logic” “Shaun Chamb: ‘If you take our present society and you plugged into it some perfect energy source– you know– cold fusion or whatever– and it’s got no pollution concerns and… no limitations on supply, you absolutely don’t get a sustainable society, you get a great economy that can then grow even faster and cause all the destruction that it’s causing even faster… JHK: ‘Ya, it’s like pouring sugar into a yeast jar…’ SC: ‘So… the key to the energy issue was demand reduction… We need to stop looking at the supply side and squeezing ever more out of the planet, ultimately… We need to learn how to adjust our energy needs to our energy availability and that was why he… came up with this idea of essentially energy rationing…’ “ Death of a Resumé Financial markets are closed today for Bush’s funeral, which Trump will attend. Everyone who is anyone in the Deep State, Military, Intelligence, Corporatocracy, Entertainment, Academia, and extortion racket known as Politics and Government will be there. Only a country that’s completely corrupted by the scourge of all-powerful government would put up with this farce. What does it say about a country that not just puts up with it, but embraces it? Power is what George Herbert Walker Bush and the entire Bush clan craved, sought, and attained. It requires only one episode in Bush’s “illustrious” career to demonstrate what that pursuit did to the man, and what it’s done to his country… Taxes are everywhere and always the key issue in the political firmament. Ask Emmanuel Macron, the first in what will be a long line of politicians dealing with tax revolts. When a government has first claim on income and those who earned it are entitled only to a residual—or nothing at all—politics becomes a scabrous scrum, divvying up the loot. There is no middle ground on taxes. You either own your own life and what you produce or the government does. Any ‘compromise’ is the government taking a little less than it wants to take, which is everything. To allay the suspicions, Bush said, ‘Read my lips, no new taxes.’. Bush had no principled objection to the income tax—nobody in Washington does—but saying he wouldn’t raise them helped him get elected. Bush was pragmatic, Washington-speak for unprincipled. Washington is the world capital of pragmatic. You go nowhere in that cesspool if you’re not pragmatic. Coercive power, its stock in trade, is always unprincipled. When coercion and violence are your means, your announced ends are only mendacious cover for your essential immorality. Bush reneged on his promise… As the deaths of McCain and Bush sickeningly demonstrate, the devotion to power wins Washington’s highest honors and accolades. It is the root of evil and it has led the US down the path of debt, destruction, death, and ruin. There is no middle ground between freedom and voluntary interaction on the one hand and coercion and violence on the other. To seek the middle ground is to choose the latter. That is the most important lesson from the life of George Herbert Walker Bush, and the most important thing that can be said upon his death.” http://peakoilbarrel.com/eias-electric-power-monthly-november-2018-edition-with-data-for-september/#comments