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    Mariannes de France
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    Aside from each side not knowing who to surrender to when the French fight the French.... you've got to admire the Froggies. They know how to protest. Can't wait for the piles of manure, slurry an burning hay bales to begin. Might pop over for the weekend for a nosy.
    Originally Posted by bsnub "No wonder I drive a tesla"

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    More balls than ameristanis and brits put together.
    Either you forgot to toss the Kangaroos & Kiwis,...into that ^ crystal-ball mix,...or,...were you just being polite?...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TuskegeeBen View Post
    Kangaroos & Kiwis
    The only thing of note in kangaroo land is the Sydney Opera House.I took a Japanese lady to see Madam Butterfly. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

    We were both sobbing at the end. Wonderful night.

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    This is fun. TV channel France3 caught in the act scrubbing the word RESIGN from a placard at a demonstration. State Owned News channel that prides itself in impartiality and its neutral stance blah blah same as all other state owned channels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    The only thing of note in kangaroo land is the Sydney Opera House.I took a Japanese lady to see Madam Butterfly. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

    We were both sobbing at the end. Wonderful night.
    Great place is Oz, lots to do, fun people, far away from the world and not so stuck up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post





    This is fun. TV channel France3 caught in the act scrubbing the word RESIGN from a placard at a demonstration. State Owned News channel that prides itself in impartiality and its neutral stance blah blah same as all other state owned channels.
    Could never be a revolution with a shameless establishment media, they would need to be neutralised first; danger then is it overcompensates the other way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    This is fun. TV channel France3 caught in the act scrubbing the word RESIGN from a placard at a demonstration. State Owned News channel that prides itself in impartiality and its neutral stance blah blah same as all other state owned channels.
    Apparently it was "human error".


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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Apparently it was "human error".

    Seriously? They said that?


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    Hotels in Paris are the cheapest I’ve seen since 1990s

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Seriously? They said that?

    They seriously did!

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    Are there rules as to what offensive and defensive weapons can be used by either side?

    Can both sides be armed with shields, batons, helmets, body armour, visors, Tazers, tear gas, water cannon, drones, ..... large people?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    The only thing of note in kangaroo land is the Sydney Opera House.I took a Japanese lady to see Madam Butterfly. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

    We were both sobbing at the end. Wonderful night.
    I would suggest people should ignore someone whose idea of seeing the sites is having a wank in Maos tomb.

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    10th consecutive weekend!

    I am afraid that a righteous country (please no names here) will invade Paris to liberate the citizens from the yellow vests occupation. And/or from their young president who does not know how to provide wellfare for his citizens. One or other reason will be same good anyway.

    Something like was the intention (and still has been) to help the poor Venezuelan people to rid of their dictator.

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    Ok the yellow vests were literally on my door step with the police charging and throwing grenades, founding myself right in the middle of it after I was out for a bit of grocery shopping

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    a bit of grocery shopping
    Pictures of your purchases perchance?

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    Nobody can acuse the french of apathy. When they feel they have a just cause they get off their ass and do something and I admire them for that.
    Unfortunately decades of political correctness has stopped the Brits asking anyone the time of day for fear of offending someone without a watch. Meanwhile 15,000 k/m away in my own country,sad to say, my fellow compatriots are more likely to stick a hot poker in their eye than protest, as long as they have enough money to buy a piece of meat, a beer and a bottle of gas for the barby, "She'll be right mate".
    Or as Blackadder would say,"they are as likely to move as a Frenchman who lives next door to a brothel".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post

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    If that had happened in Australia someone would have yelled out "Nice Tits"! (beaux seins)

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    The 'Gilets Jaunes' Are Unstoppable: "Now, The Elites Are Afraid"



    "The gilets jaunes (yellow vest) movement has rattled the French establishment. For several months, crowds ranging from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands have been taking to the streets every weekend across the whole of France. They have had enormous success, extracting major concessions from the government. They continue to march."

    Back in 2014, geographer Christopher Guilluy’s study of la France périphérique (peripheral France) caused a media sensation. It drew attention to the economic, cultural and political exclusion of the working classes, most of whom now live outside the major cities. It highlighted the conditions that would later give rise to the yellow-vest phenomenon. Guilluy has developed on these themes in his recent books, No Society and The Twilight of the Elite: Prosperity, the Periphery and the Future of France. spiked caught up with Guilluy to get his view on the causes and consequences of the yellow-vest movement


    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-21/gilets-jaunes-are-unstoppable-now-elites-are-afraid



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    Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition;
    And gentlemen in England now a-bed
    Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

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    What happens when the Yellow Vests meet European Debt Crisis II?


    "There is a lot of talk about which economic bubble will burst first and burst the worst (sounds like a gangsta rap song, no?)

    The stock market, real estate, luxury goods, corporate debt and government bond bubbles, and other lesser bubbles, all jockey for the titles. It’s the “Everything Bubble” for good reason.

    The “good reason” is: the 1% owns everything of high value, so if Western governments make it their policy to inflate those valuations even higher, then the 1% regains everything they lost in 2008. Welcome to Western Liberal Democracy – if you have a seat in the House of Lords I’m sure you’re not suffering too badly.

    Because of that “good reason” I listed all of these bubbles are worse now than in 2008. Nothing was learned and nothing was delivered: I am not a doomsdayer, but these kind of facts make me write that Great Recession II (Great Depression II?) is around the corner.

    However, not all bubbles are created equal:

    The luxury goods bubble, for example. It’s mildly interesting, from a sensational news aspect, that the most expensive bottle of wine is now worth $558,000…but the luxury goods market is a minuscule part of every nation’s “real” economy, excepting France, Italy and Switzerland. Back in 2008 a half-million dollars set the record for largest lot of wine ever – 27 bottles – so these stories only prove the existence huge asset inflation (bubbles) – 1/27th in the area of wine sales.

    The stock market bubble is also mainly a rich-person’s problem – we only hear about it so very often because…the rich own the media in the West, and the coverage thus reflects their interests. Yes, 52% of Americans own stock, because it’s a huge part (stupidly, rapaciously) of the American private pension system, but only 18% own stock directly and can buy and sell at will. We all know that stocks no longer have any correlation to a company’s actual performance and prospects; those really paying attention also know that the Great Recession’s bailout money has been used for stock buybacks, which raise the stock price. That bubble is ending, too: taxpayer-funded stock buybacks were higher than ever in 2018 and yet produced the worst market results since 2008.

    This now-failing tactic of buybacks is the source of the “corporate debt bubble”. The stock market bubble’s bursting is not that important to the everyday person, no matter how much media coverage will be devoted to it – the real economy will not not sink because of it, no matter how much less your 401k pension is now worth. The related corporate debt bubble is far more impactful: instead of using that cheaply-borrowed money from the government to hire or for RnD, corporations are thus not prepared for capitalism’s next inevitable crisis, which translates into layoffs, which translates into a huge “real economy” hit as workers are not buying lunch, paying rent or buying decidedly non-luxurious but still-necessary goods.

    The real estate bubble affects many more people, and not just in the construction market. Just over 50% of Germans are homeowners, rising up to 70% as you get in the former Socialist Bloc nations, with the US around 65%. Amazingly, home prices have surpassed the prices in 2008 in the US. But it’s rarely remembered that houses are only worth what a bank will loan you to pay for them. Banks are getting money from governments cheaply, but instead of “real economy” investments they inflate houses (which they own) with incorrect valuations. When credit is so low that borrowing is near free, why not pay yourself more? So that means more dumb loans have been dangled and signed. When this bubble bursts it will hurt but it won’t bring the entire economy to a total halt."


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    There appears to be some kind of backlash to the gilets jaunes.


    "Enough!": Pro-Macron "Red Scarf" Activists Bussed Into Paris To Counter Yellow Vests


    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-...r-yellow-vests

    The streets of Paris are becoming littered with other hues. No news of these other multi-hued groups, "Red Scarves" and now "Blue Vests", being seen elsewhere.

    Rumour has it, (the source who was not authorised to speak, being domicile in a northern Thai village overlooking the Mekong River), that the "Red Scarves" were led to the Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile





    by an unidentified man, waving the Russian Tricolour flag, whilst riding an exceptionally well turned out filly.




    All being dismissed as a foreign intervention and hence fake by our knowledgable reporter based in the ME fleshpot of Bahrain.

    Other reports that the unnamed foreigner was seen that evening riding, without a crash helmet, a 75 horsepower foreign motorcycle.

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    "Red Shirts" - 2nd-hand, plenty of them bought for bargain at Chatuchak...

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