Oskar

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    Oskar reacted to Anglepoise in Bye bye Treason May?   
    Avi Yemeni from yesterdays march
     
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    Oskar reacted to Funn3r in The Most Racist Countries on Earth   
    "How do you tell a Finnish extrovert?" "He looks at your shoes when he talks to you instead of his own shoes."
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    Oskar got a reaction from mattydread in Rotherham child abuse enquiry   
    I showed the guardian article on this to my French/Tunisian lady project manager who is super pro migration and she nearly cried. She said the main thing that surprised her was that the authorities knew but chose to bury it.
    She and I have found some common ground at last.
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    Oskar got a reaction from mattydread in Rotherham child abuse enquiry   
    I showed the guardian article on this to my French/Tunisian lady project manager who is super pro migration and she nearly cried. She said the main thing that surprised her was that the authorities knew but chose to bury it.
    She and I have found some common ground at last.
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    Oskar got a reaction from Carl Fimble in In Latest Humiliation For Brussles, Viktor Orban Wins Hungary Elections In Landslide Victory   
    Of course. Aiding illegals is a crime.
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    Oskar got a reaction from Carl Fimble in In Latest Humiliation For Brussles, Viktor Orban Wins Hungary Elections In Landslide Victory   
    Some heartening news from Hungary from the Mrs. Don't bother clicking the link as it is a wall of random letters which the locals insist is a language. http://magyarhirlap.hu/cikk/128597/Hetfoig_kell_bevallani_es_megfizetni_a_bevandorlasi_kulonadot
    Tomorrow is the last day for any foreign NGO working in Hungary to file their new tax returns and pay a 25% tax on money for "projects". This new windfall will be spent by the government on security and defence.
    Essentially Hungary is going to build a bigger wall and Soros is going to pay for it.
    I really am starting to think the ruling Fidesz party is now completely focused on trolling Soros/EU and is getting its political advice from 4chan. Hajra Magyarorszag!
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    Oskar reacted to The Masked Tulip in Italy to act on illegal immigration?   
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    Oskar got a reaction from Van Lady in Owen Jones   
    Fantastic! The fact it just loops adds to the joy of it.
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    Oskar reacted to Captain Cavey in Refugees   
    Was flying from Istanbul to LHR recently and there was a second and more thorough check of passports at the gate (ie after security), particularly of any explodey looking beardy types and darkest Africans. Presumably the airlines get bollocked if they let “migrants” on the plane.
     I, of course, invoked my white male privilege and breezed through to the front.
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    Oskar reacted to DTMark in Owen Jones   
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    Oskar reacted to XswampyX in Islamification of Europe   
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    Oskar got a reaction from Carl Fimble in Budapest   
    Can't add much else to Austin's list except to try a dinner here (you will need to book but they speak good english) https://www.facebook.com/firkaszbp/
    If you want to do some shooting these guys have good english and a very wide range of toys to play with. http://www.celeritas-sch.com/
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    Oskar reacted to Dave Bloke in Macron - how long before wheels fall off   
    That is France, it is basically a state socialist regime and has been since the end of WWII. The government appoints many of the corporate bosses from the ranks of the ENA. If you are interested the book "la Caste" discusses this in much more detail (ISBN-13: 978-2348037702) although is a somewhat partisan viewpoint.
    To come back to the Gilets Jaunes and why there are protests. I'm sorry this answer is rather long.
    France basically had a pact whereby the state taxed people heavily but provided benefits from the the upper middle classes downwards. For example large, Catholic families, typically from the castes of Doctors and Lawyers, were encouraged. With big tax breaks from 3 kids and up and family allowances. These families also had access to elite state schools - prepas,  grandes écoles, École polytechniques etc. Fenby's book "On the brink" gives an overview of this system. Everyone was happyish.
    During the period of 3% post war economic growth all this could be financed and full employment could be maintained but France was to suffer a series of shocks that would eventually break this social compact. First the Algerian civil war meant a large influx of French ex-pats who had to flee Algeria with little more than the clothes they stood up in. France was booted out of other colonies such as Vietnam. Society was still hidebound, women couldn't divorce easily (a husband could move his mistress into the family home if he wished) and had to ask their husbands permission to open a bank account, they only got the vote at the end of the war, abortion in 1975. All this exploded in the 1968 revolts (incidentally the last popular revolt in France not under the control of the unions and hence the govt.). The '68 revolts were largely led by bourgeois students, like Danny Cohn Bendit (son of the German ambassador) who believed in communism and wanted, among other things, an end to selection for France universities (yes, that's right, in France your Bac or 'A' level results don't affect which university you can go to). The final shock was the petrol crisis in 1973-75. France has not run a balanced budget since but has replaced growth with borrowing. At the same time the decolonization was not a great success with former colonies turning into overpopulated shitholes with mass immigration to the old motha-ship. Initially these immigrants could find jobs in the factories but as the state demanded more and more taxes to maintain the system factories either outsourced or automated as much work as possible (hence the good productivity levels for France).
    Little by little the government rowed back on the social pact, increasing taxes for the upper middle classes, then, more recently, tapping into the lower middle classes, artisans, self employed etc. Child and tax benefits for the middle classes were capped or stopped, taxes, social insurance and local taxes slowly increased. There is only money left for the immigrant underclasses and only because the state fears them even more than the "kulaks". At the same time the state is a huge, massive, inefficient behemoth. There are 600k paid politicians and the state sector consumes 57% of GDP but struggles to offer value to citizens.
    The lower middle classes had to flee the cities and towns as they were slowly taken over by militant immigrants. Local taxes - split between a "land tax" and a local tax have become expensive as mayors raise money to pay for the sink estates (who don't contribute to budgets) - the land tax is the obvious target as only home owners have to pay and they have little choice.. Hence the long commutes many of the Gilet Jaunes suffer as they now live in the outer suburbs. It is also extremely expensive to move house. Rental accommodation in places where there is work, is expensive. In Paris, prohibitively so. The many laws and rental controls also make it very hard for anyone but the well off with good jobs and employment history to rent. Moving house has its own taxes and estate agents charge fees in the 5-7% range.
    So people are paying more and more taxes but at the same time seeing the quality of services such as hospitals, schools etc go down hill especially as a succession of governments have tried social experiments to try and encourage mixing between the muslim, ex-colonial population and the French (note the Gilets Jaunes themselves have been very clear about avoiding the horny issue). To give an example of how far the lunacy (IMHO) goes you can move into a nice area of Paris and have your kids sent to the other side of the city to a sink school in the hope they'll raise the standard of kids there (London bankers, don't put your kids into French schools). If you think you can escape to the private sector your kids will be discriminated against later when they want to access higher education (the 68tards are still setting policy in the education department which is run by SJW communists).
    Salaries are also not that high. Employer charges are around 80% of your salary. I'm a senior software developer but take home 1750 euros per month... and I'm considered well off. I have 1200 euros petrol to pay per year. Local taxes have doubled since I moved into my house 15 years ago - now around 2500 euros per year. Insurance has sky rocketed as the government uses it as a way of financing some of its bad decisions - like allowing houses to be built in flood zones, and by flood zones I mean below sea level.
    But lets take a typical Gilet Jaune who is probably on minimum wage and taking home 1150 euros / month. They'll have rent to pay, petrol, medical insurance, electric and gas (both of which have increased a lot and there is a special social tax which provides cheap electricity to the underclass), insurance (with the state taxes to fund disasters) and local taxes. People really have been squeezed until the pips have squeaked.
    There is another elephant in the room. House prices. Paris is now one of the most expensive cities in the world but anywhere where there is some work housing has become unaffordable for a lot of people. At one time a lower middle class Frenchman would have a flat in the city and a country retreat. Now they'll be saddled with a mortgage for life.
    The diesel thing was a catalyst. The government encouraged the French to drive diesel, it suited the car industry at the time. Then the govt runs out of money and decides it can hammer diesel car owners under the grounds of an "green tax". At the same time if you go buy a new car they govt. will penalize you for buying petrol compared to diesel. People are not stupid, they can see they are being taken for a ride. Macron's answer was to tax people more and offer some people a 50 euro per month "cheque energie". The Gilets Jaunes know they wouldn't be seeing this and rejected the idea of "more taxes".
    When tax is finally deducted as source in January things will probably kick off again given that Christmas will clean out many of the Gilets Jaunes.
    I'm reminded of the words of Jean-Baptise Colbert, a French finance minister "The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to procure the largest quantity of feathers with the least possible amount of hissing" - clearly a lesson Macron needs to learn.
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    Oskar reacted to Cunning Plan in Daily Mail   
    The in laws get all their news from the Mail. I told them yesterday that the editor had changed.
    Once the penny dropped they were very relieved. They though they had been slowly going mad.
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    Oskar got a reaction from whocares in Macron - how long before wheels fall off   
    it's coming. This Saturday will be fun, luckily I will arrive on Sunday when they have hopefully out the fires out and washed away the blood.
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    Oskar got a reaction from DeepLurker in Macron - how long before wheels fall off   
    Probably, but the fun is in the revolting if you are French.
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    Oskar got a reaction from mattydread in Have I been radicalised?   
    The Mrs has been saying similar recently, that the situation now reminds her of when she lived under communism in the 70s and 80s. Parrot the party line in public and save the real talk for when you are with family and close friends. Then like now you could be locked up for saying the wrong thing, hate crime legislation really scares the shit out of her.
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    Oskar got a reaction from mattydread in Have I been radicalised?   
    The Mrs has been saying similar recently, that the situation now reminds her of when she lived under communism in the 70s and 80s. Parrot the party line in public and save the real talk for when you are with family and close friends. Then like now you could be locked up for saying the wrong thing, hate crime legislation really scares the shit out of her.
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    Oskar got a reaction from mattydread in Have I been radicalised?   
    The Mrs has been saying similar recently, that the situation now reminds her of when she lived under communism in the 70s and 80s. Parrot the party line in public and save the real talk for when you are with family and close friends. Then like now you could be locked up for saying the wrong thing, hate crime legislation really scares the shit out of her.
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    Oskar got a reaction from mattydread in Have I been radicalised?   
    The Mrs has been saying similar recently, that the situation now reminds her of when she lived under communism in the 70s and 80s. Parrot the party line in public and save the real talk for when you are with family and close friends. Then like now you could be locked up for saying the wrong thing, hate crime legislation really scares the shit out of her.
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    Oskar got a reaction from Chewing Grass in Have I been radicalised?   
    Spot on. The weird thing is when you are with "normies" watching it and they can't understand why you get irate at the bollocks.
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    Oskar got a reaction from mattydread in Have I been radicalised?   
    The Mrs has been saying similar recently, that the situation now reminds her of when she lived under communism in the 70s and 80s. Parrot the party line in public and save the real talk for when you are with family and close friends. Then like now you could be locked up for saying the wrong thing, hate crime legislation really scares the shit out of her.
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    Oskar got a reaction from mattydread in Have I been radicalised?   
    The Mrs has been saying similar recently, that the situation now reminds her of when she lived under communism in the 70s and 80s. Parrot the party line in public and save the real talk for when you are with family and close friends. Then like now you could be locked up for saying the wrong thing, hate crime legislation really scares the shit out of her.
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    Oskar got a reaction from mattydread in Have I been radicalised?   
    A few of her EE friends have had their radars twitching as well. I guess it ingrained into that generation of lived through it.
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    Oskar got a reaction from mattydread in Have I been radicalised?   
    The Mrs has been saying similar recently, that the situation now reminds her of when she lived under communism in the 70s and 80s. Parrot the party line in public and save the real talk for when you are with family and close friends. Then like now you could be locked up for saying the wrong thing, hate crime legislation really scares the shit out of her.