Monday, May 24, 2021

Racism as a Peace Issue - Two Less Obvious Reasons! 

The peace group that usually focuses on nuclear weapons, the costs and sale of arms to Saudi & Israel for use against Yeminis, Palestinians and others, asked members to think instead about racism; consider if we held prejudice unconsciously & then how we should respond to racism. 

I believe humans shouldn't get to decide when any living being dies. But all people cling to what they’ve got, whether it's fairly allocated or not. #Racism

The Black Lives Matter rocked but then I woke up to read this tragedy this morning...they clearly WERE credible death threats weren't they, the police just did not give them the credence needed. 

Racism that's important for a peace group? No. 1 must be the 70 million displaced people. No. 2 How can we build respect between long-term oppressors and occupants of occupied territories.

That subgroup we refer to, of white, wealthy males who have any say, is getting smaller and soon will be just artificial intelligence at the top, orchestrating debilitating outcomes for every race, species and the whole environment.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Legacy of Banks So Far...Far Enough?

 I'm delighted to report that the public banking submissions are still to be found, at the bottom of this document. The link is

Banks with a public mandate are important if you read this short summary by the Forum, much of which they credit to Professor Werner's book Princes of The Yen.

Our’ Celtic Tiger or the ECBs Balloon?

  • Enabling the transfer of the fiscal and budgeting powers of Ireland, Greece, Spain & Portugal to the EU, the ECB instructed the Central Banks in all four countries to increase credit creation to extraordinary levels (over 20% p.a. from 2004). This created an artificial economic boom.

  • The rest of Europe had the same interest rate during this period, but had no boom because of restricted credit creation.

  • We bought the overpriced houses and borrowed to set up businesses to service the unsustainable demand of an artificial boom.

    The Balloon bursts; the ECB claw-back!

  • The ECB then withdrew the supply of credit; creating the bust. The stranglehold of credit restriction was not released until fiscal and budgeting powers were handed over to the EU.

  • Businesses failed leaving a giant sinkhole of debt, a sizeable portion of the Irish public and private sector debt burden which peaked at €430bn.

  • The grossly overpriced mortgages taken out in this manufactured boom were securitised (repackaged for sale by the banks).

  • In Ireland banks were bailed out with €73bn of tax-payers money.

  • Now the Bailed-out banks are taking people’s homes, and seek to recoup the fictitious equity that was created in the ECB-manufactured boom. The banks are backed by a complicit judicial system and uninformed, compromised politicians.

  • The ECB is unelected, unaccountable and unregulated. It is a breach of the Maastricht treaty to even attempt to influence their actions.

  • The EC, an unelected group whose aim is to build a United States of Europe, has a vested interest in weakening individual Governments and the influence of the elected democratic parliaments of Europe.

    Information mainly from the work of Prof Richard Werner and ‘The Princes of the Yen - Central Bank Truth Documentary’ (Freely available on youtube.)

    Similar deception continues today; mainstream news is the establishment’s propaganda.

    Professor Werner's Princes of The Yen Documentary

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Civil Nuclear In Military Service

 Talk about synchronicity. The #IAEA looked up my LinkedIn profile just when we have an important question to ask them. Why are governments so committed to civil nuclear power, when the radical acceleration of renewables is so much CHEAPER (cost of solar has reduced 900% and civilian nuclear will tie customers into a 30-year commitment) SAFER (Already 30,000 barrels of nuclear waste at one site. Melt-downs and the H&S breaches that are hidden rather than addressed. And FASTER: None of the new generation modular reactors are even developed yet, while the UK installed 10 gigawatts off shore wind, more power than the proposed nuclear plants in total. We keep hearing that civilian nuclear is to support military nuclear, with expertise and money. The UK government released an Energy White Paper with no costings in December 2020; the incongruity between nuclear and every other alternative to fossil fuels must have been too great to write down side by side. Meanwhile, there are some unlikely supporters: Greens for Nuclear. Extinction Rebellion pro nuclear – a nuclear accident would render the planet uninhabitable. And Mothers For Nuclear; what about the Future Generations Bill? Isn't civilian nuclear perpetuating massive public misspending on military objectives. #FutureGenerationsBill

Please put those documents back and we will ask no more questions

In the last few weeks all the expert public banking submissions we need for other parties to study, understand, debate and choose between, have disappeared!

It is as if just when we have cross party support for the urgent implementation of public banking, the fifteen brilliant submissions made to government in 2015 - describing how to do it - are TAKEN DOWN from the government’s website. 


I am not saying for definite that these crucial documents are being hidden, on instruction from Fine Gael and the private banks themselves, but they are the party who were in government. They also commissioned the Indecon report on Irish banking needs, which notably did not mention the insolvency of private banks and the related peril to all existing Irish savings, let alone a future productive economy and/or just society. But it shouldn’t matter, right, when we have a coalition –“a group formed when three political parties, in this instance, agree to work together temporarily in a partnership to achieve a common goal?”


Sadly, the Minister for Finance has held his position all this time, 2015 and on into the coalition and therefore still has some say. For example, when businesses were claiming insurance for loss of earnings, due to lockdowns, the minister met with the bank to discuss if insurance companies should have to pay their claims. Insurance companies are just subsidiary services of banks. Handily and profitably, the public have to ‘take out a new 'loan' (we all thought they were policies) every year for a number of things, from car to house insurance. Therefore, unsurprisingly, the banks said No. Even in the UK, which is not known for its business ethics, Government mandated that insurance companies must pay business loss claims to contribute to economic recovery. 

Department of Finance Change of Heart

We have to accept that our Minister for Finance is not a public servant in the old-fashioned understanding of holding a public office. I have written to the department often and to give them their due, they were the only department to give me an in depth and reasoned response to the public banking proposal I submitted this time last year. So, I remain hopeful in two ways: Maybe they have children and will suddenly realize the legacy we are leaving for future generations. 

Secondly, this yea,r there is a public and political movement. It is like an unexpected effect of raising environmental awareness. Everyone knows now that we have something special in Ireland; water, land and skilled, inspired people who kind of love each other. We love the old, we love the young, we love the animals and we love the fun. Instead of noughts on a screen added by an artificial intelligence and lining the pockets of technology, banks and pharmaceutical companies, people want real reserves in our banks. It makes sense to us that these valuable resources we've identified stay untouched but we can recognize our worth and work and build on it. Not a hand out with strings attached from the banks, keeping it small and disempowered like the credit unions but big, prosperous and belonging to and benefiting the places and people.   



Public Banks invest differently than Private Banks 

So let us recap on why Ireland and indeed Europe need public banks in every county.

It is not, as is sometimes thought, so that old Betty who has difficulty with on line banking has a local branch and a friendly face to talk to about her money. It is not so the organic bakery feels safe and not ripped off, interest-wise, to take a loan of 10,000 euro to expand and take on staff. No, it is what the private banks invest in that is the matter, of extreme embarrassment, for the human race. Take weapons technology (which is of course all technology now: Individual GDPR soars, while ownership of our complete identities, data, savings, debts and homes, lies with the banks).


We were taught money was a means to an end

Why is this embarrassing? Because we know that money and technology are only means to social ends but we have let the power slip out of our hands: It doesn’t matter how much we write to the banks and implore them to divest from funding destructive industries and arms manufacturing and for financial services to pay tax on transactions to help with the recovery. They are just going to say No. 


We Have The Power - Let's Do it!

But even that is not what is embarrassing. We do have the power. The exact same power as the private banks. States and banks with a public mandate can create credit but we have continued to choose not to. We have chosen to borrow from private banks instead, with huge interest rates and appalling profiteering on the basis that we can’t seem to get our heads around the ‘fractional reserve mechanism’. It is not rocket science. 

Fractional Reserve For Dummies

It is the idea that if a bank has one million in gold, they can ‘lend’  8 times that to the public for people to do what they need to do and create new money. Unfortunately private banks saw the opportunity to do this mainly through mortgages and lend people vast mortgages on over-priced houses so that that they could create more new money to the tune of 8 times (or more) than the over-priced asset. Hence all credit now is produced as debt. It doesn't have to be this way! This is also why they are insolvent. The banks got greedy and there lending bears no relation to their reserves. This should have been flagged by the auditors years ago but they are all complicit.

Economic Justice

It is illegal for the bank to lend that 800,000 mortgage loan if they do not have the reserves in the bank. If public banks or government or both in tandem got on the case and clear on this, we could demand that banks forgive all household debt. Would that or would that not aid a good recovery and a just transition?!

The private banks are milking their credit creation capacity, lending this against that like it is going out of fashion.And charging for every financial transaction but refusing to pay tax on financial services. The European Budget Commissions is fighting that corner for them. Very much like Ireland's government fighting the corner of Apple and the Queallys and Kerry Group meat and dairy industry to make sure they aren't asked to contribute anything or even abide by basic laws of the land. 

So as we have the power to create the money we need to inject into productive businesses (I’m talking about growing nutrient-rich foods, growing the flowers and shrubs to support our pollinators, making the ‘sunny South East’ rich through solar power. Giving the creation of beautiful low impact homes to the local people and materials, ... we should probably get on with it. 

Who wants broadband without food security? Who wants a home to be a 30 year noose of debt? We can sort this out ourselves and not expect private bank enthusiasm or need their say so.


If you were thinking, oh the banks are not that bad, we need them to help us out, just consider how invested they are in this pandemic. They are a mortifying disgrace:  


A Profiteering Case Study

The Chinese biological laboratory in Wuhan is owned by Glaxosmithkline (Paid 3 billion in just one settlement, plus 750 million for poor manufacturing practices) 

Which owns Pfizer (had to pay 2.3 billion in just one settlement) who makes the vaccine against the virus Which was started at the Wuhan Biological Lab 

Which was funded by Dr. Fauci, who promotes the vaccine.
GlaxoSmithKline is managed by the finance division of Black Rock 

Which manages the finances of the Open Foundation Company (Soros Foundation), Which manages the French AXA.
Soros owns the German company Winterthur

Which built a Chinese laboratory in Wuhan and was bought by the German Allianz

Which has Vanguard as a shareholder

Who is a shareholder of Black Rock 


And manages about a third of global investment capital.
Black Rock is also a major shareholder of MICROSOFT, owned by Bill Gates

Who is a shareholder of Pfizer, which sells a vaccine. 

 Who is also now the first sponsor of the World Health Organization (WHO)

So when someone asks how a dead bat sold in a wet market in China has infected the whole planet, we have to include in our answer that it was very good for businesses: Financial services, as we must all use card transactions now and borrow to manage and possibly still face repossessions; Technology. Billions of public funds have been designated for a digital economy and digital agriculture. This may be smart but it is devoid of humanity and ill-equipped to serve us. And remember technology is largely unregulated, with no safety testing or accountability for the effects of new technologies on biodiversity or human/animal/plant health. And, of course, carte blanche for big pharmaceutical companies.  With track records of legal settlements for medical fraud, false claims and other public health catastrophes, they are now enjoying an open public cheque book, to fill with research, to create vaccines that they are allowed to patent and not disclose ingredients and method, the effects of which they are not legally responsible for anyway and be heralded as a saving grace. 


So, no, we have let banks and profit lead the way for long enough. We don’t need to take them on, we just need to be putting a little away for a rainy day, somewhere where they can’t get it. It’s silly really, because as I keep saying, if we could make some real money through our own ingenuity and assets and multiply it by the fractional reserve, it is a win win. The banks will get paid back their debts in double quick time. 



Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Tusla and Gardai, what a terrifying racket for children and parents

Tusla and Gardai, what a terrifying racket. 

This poor guy had his children at a socially distanced mass last Sunday...and filmed the gardai arriving all disruptive and disrespectful...but that was nothing compared to the following Saturday night 3am where they burst into his home, took his children, and then he himself into custody, claiming that they had received a report from his own mother that he was a threat to the children's safety. His mother has actually been dead for more than two decades.

The Irish Inquiry recorded the video yesterday, after this May Day event: "GARDAI USE SECTION 12 TO REMOVE MIDLAND CHILDREN.

Please email:, and

No one knows where the children are. He last saw one of them running around the garden in terror, with the guards chasing. They may never know he is looking for them. Will he get them back? This advocate says that in her whole career, she has never known a parent to pass the parental capability tests and yet the professionals between them who conduct them make 10,000 euro per report. Months go by. Soon he'll be in court, with no representation, with Tusla, psychologists, gardai, barrister and wider legal team and judges all known to each other. The special court arrangement is called the 'in camera rule' which means the case will be heard in private chambers and no public are allowed to attend. Commenting on the case after such a hearing is a punishable offence in itself... That is how they keep people silent. 

Oh, the money they are are all making. The outrageous corruption. Oh the desperation caused. And he may think of going to Barnados or any of those children's charities but any money they get is approved and paid through he has, um, nobody on his side and no witnesses even to what is said in a hearing. Presumably, the more stressed he becomes, the less likely he will ever see his children again. Sure those foster parents are lining their pockets too and planting the seed of doubt in the children's minds. What a nightmare.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

The Programme For Government Will Help Stop The Wind Farms This Time



Putting the wind farm applications through the 

principles of the Programme For Government


Health and Well-being

Wind farms reduce the quality of life, health and mental health of people living nearby. We have all seen the videos of families fastening duvets and layers of other sound-proofing material to their windows and living in incessant darkness, rather than try and ignore the vibration and whirr of the blades. These are not some small cottage-style mills turned naturally by the wind, they use grid power to start them up. They need an engine.   



They are outdated technology. Elsewhere in Europe, wind power is generated in horizontal dishes, that are visually inconspicuous, require less foundations, do not threaten birdlife etc. Ireland is continuing to buy the windmills made that no one else wants and are considered redundant.



Also there is off-shore wind, which the UK, for example, has installed to provide 10 gigawatts of power (one gigawatt can power 300,000 homes). Off-shore wind could belong to its coastal community, and provide jobs and cheap energy.


Planning and Spending

The cost of wind has come down over the last decade by 70% but solar has come down by 900%. It is my understanding that if farmers were grant-funded to install solar on their barns and feed it back to the grid, it would produce at least as much as this massive unwanted wind farm in Co. Kilkenny.


Farmers are being led on by the carrot but beaten back by the stick: They are only allowed to generate enough power through solar panel installations to run their operation plus 30% which can be sold to the grid. There is no reason in the world except for money interests why they should be limited to 30%. 


Programme for government:

Develop a Solar Energy Strategy for rooftop and ground, based photovoltaics, to ensure that a greater share of our electricity needs is met through solar power.” 

Our entire power needs could be provided by individually-owned rooftop photovoltaics. Our renewable resources are far larger than their foreseeable demand. This means that we cannot only deliver the electricity needs of the country but also the transport needs, via electricity, of the country from the available, viable renewable resource. When I surveyed farmers and asked what was the main thing, which would engage them in the green transition, they identified this pointless limitation which made the retrofit and related schemes too much work for the arbitrarily small benefits. 


Making An Objection

Lets look at the wind farm companies who have made the planning applications There are several companies who applied simultaneously during the lockdown for different parts of the massive Kilkenny wind farm. This means that not one objection will suffice but the public must pay to object to each separately and support those objections with new biodiversity and other environmental reports. Each one is hugely expensive and time consuming. People are jaded here. We fought this wind farm application 10 years ago. We fought the Eirgrid pylon fiasco ten years ago. Maybe we will be able to track down the groups and get copies of the supporting environmental reports but more than likely those people have gone to ground, like everyone during the pandemic. 


Programme For Government:

“Finalise and publish the Wind Energy Guidelines, having regard to the public consultation that has just taken place.” 


This suggests that the government does want to regard public opinion in its planning.  Perhaps they would ask An Bord Pleanala to look out (from their own archives) all the work done and submissions made last time that succeeded in blocking the wind farm development. 


And has the public seen the “finalized and published Wind Energy Guidelines”? Maybe more importantly, do the wind farm planning applications demonstrate knowledge of and a will to adhere to those guidelines? 


But back to these wind farm companies. Before permission is granted, we must find out if the companies are here on a foreign direct investment basis. I found out that all the Gaeltec wind farm engineers were from Portugal and not one Irish person was employed – except perhaps in management. Who will pay them? Are they government subsidized, under the illusion of contributing to Ireland’s climate action objectives? Will they pay tax and at what percent?


Programme for government

“We are all committed to the rapid decarbonisation of the energy sector. We will use this as an opportunity to create new, quality jobs across the country.”


I don’t believe that the wind farm will create new quality jobs across the country, whereas solar really could. Any number of electricians and small manufacturers could produce and install solar panels and other micro generation schemes – including water and wind. These are also to be encouraged, as per the Programme for Government: 


“Prioritise the development of microgeneration, letting people sell excess power back to the grid by June 2021.”


These priorities are shown through farm scheme payments but to what and to whom do we owe the pleasure of this re-application for the much feared giant wind farms. They are not microgeneration and differently to the set price per unit for private grid tie units, we need to know if these major providers will be paid the same per unit for the power their wind farms generate?


Why, we must ask, is Ireland not pursuing off-shore wind instead? Is it because the companies making applications are intending to use out-dated technology that was otherwise going to be stock-piled elsewhere? Is it that they do not have the capability to install off-shore wind? Are these wind farms being applied for again because Fine Gael wanted to give the companies the contracts a decade ago and now see an opportunity to get them through, under the guise of meeting a Green Party stipulation for going into Government? There has been no upgrade in technology or change in planning site from the last application to this year’s.


Current contract prices, in off-shore wind are still going down and are already at €40 per MW/h. The problems of intermittency and inter-seasonality of renewables are talked about as a problem but found to not actually affect the cost greatly. The figures of 56-73 MW/h for on-shore wind, 53-56 MW/h for large scale solar and 69-85 MW/h per MWh for off-shore wind are ‘enhanced levelized costs’ by BEIS, which means that they include any pessimistic calculations as to intermittency of supply. Therefore, the argument is over on cost. Why are these on-shore wind farms being pushed? There is no question that the public consultation will have pointed out the problems.


Programme for government:

“Ensure that community energy can play a role in reaching at least 70% renewable electricity, including a community benefit fund and a community category within the auction.” 

I don’t know what ‘the auction’ is but wind farms have no community energy role. They are as bad as Shell, with no community discount on energy bills, no community involvement in generating the energy, local people installing the windmills or other infrastructure, let alone allowing the community to form a green business plan, as in a way to make an income from the installation. 


Somebody will have to find out if the energy generated is actually Irish owned or if we continue to pay the companies or some other corporation beyond our revenue’s visibility. I’m sure Transparency and Accountability are in the Programme for Government somewhere but I didn’t come across it this time.

It does say:

“Continue to work with the EU to agree community participation as an integral part of installing new renewable energy and a route for community participation in the projects”. 


The only public participation in wind farms is in objecting to them. (This is on a multitude of various personal, health, biodiversity, other environmental and economic terms such as the reduction in the value of their properties and being unable to sell and move elsewhere, when it becomes unbearable. 


Only the land owners will receive a one-off payment for their land: A payment I’m sure they couldn’t refuse, seeing as, of our 180,000 small farmers over 100,000 of them are sustained by subsidies.  In our objections we can ask whether there is that “community benefit fund” set up, as promised, for us all to benefit from this series of planning applications. If not, let’s not deliver planning permission for them. 


Future trends and risks. When we hear that solar is the way we want to go, really, rather than on-shore wind, in terms of what people want and this marked reduction in cost over time (900% decrease for solar, only 70% for wind), alongside the statement in the Programme For Government: 

Conclude the review of the current planning exemptions relating to solar panels, to ensure that households, schools, and communities can be strong champions of climate action.” 


It makes us ask, are these messages getting through to local planning offices, or An Bord Pleanala, let alone Eirgrid?


Programme For Government:

Continue Eirgrid’s programme ‘Delivering a Secure, Sustainable Electricity System’ (DS3).” 

Hundreds of people attempted to address Eirgrid’s scheme to put high voltage pylons all across Ireland. They set communities against each other by proposing four ‘possible corridors’ through County Kilkenny, leaving it to us to engage experts and locals (neither are at all easy to engage and it will be even harder a second time), to find the species and risks and damage that the corridor would do in their stretch and make objections. Each group incurred individual costs and huge strain as we were unable to share data with other groups, as the priority was to at least get Eirgrid to choose another corridor to ruin. With any joined up thinking, the 400 volt lines would have been laid underground beside the road, when they built the new motorway 12 months earlier. 


Why are wind farms not good for people or the environment?

It is interesting because I can always be bothered to defend people, animals and nature but this evening I can hardly be bothered to articulate again, all the problems with wind farms. Think about how deep a foundation they have and the materials used. Think about the electro magnetic charge conducted through the land, disorientating flying birds and insects and often electrocuting grazing animals and other less visible disruption to their systems. What about the effects on aquifers and ground water. What about the additional infrastructure needed. What about the people trying to live nearby. There are countless studies about these exact sites for which planning permission is being sought again. Kilkenny and Carlow county council Planning Departments have all they need to refuse these re-applications.


Even personally, I have paid over 300 euro to object to Eirgrid’s plans, in the past. Over 50 euro to object to Gaeltec wind company. Over 150 euro to object to Shell. Is the government sure it wants public participation? If they really do, they should make sure individuals do not have to pay to lodge an objection. It would be really helpful if they also did not allow these detrimental developments get this far. What if there was a Canadian company? With the new trade deal CETA, we might not be able to refuse them as it would affect their profits. 


Who knows what happened to those objections we all made to the wind farms. My dream is that (instead of many of them by email being deleted and those by post ignored) by great chance, the ‘public consultation’ mentioned in the programme for government, included a review of these all-important, well-founded, documented and submitted objections, to previous applications. That would be brilliant. 


It does seem a little incongruous that, in the Programme For Government, it commits to  “Planning guidelines and biodiversity protection for EV charging points” but not for huge great pylons, wind farms and wifi masts. 


Can we put the onus back on government and An Bord Pleanala to look at peer reviewed studies on the environmental and health impact of wind farms, the ratio of energy used to start them and the amount generated - as many communities report that the windmills in their vicinity are rarely moving or working. Alternative newer wind technology. Why not off-shore instead? Respond to why these companies were even allowed to apply again. Comparison and consideration of increased solar sales to grid as an allowance for farmers, coastal communities sale to the national grid, for off shore wind power generated and household solar panel grants also grid-tied if wanted (and not such that the household has to get a €10,000 loan first and still not be repaid it, if it turns out that their after-the-installation BER rating is not good enough, which is what is happening currently). And a government statement about whether the companies are Ireland inc. Foreign Direct Investment recipients who will, like so many others, pay no road tax for their profitable drive-by, supermarket sweep through Ireland’s struggling economy. 


These are all commitments in the Programme For Government and we would like to see them met instead of permissions considered for wind farm developments. 


Could we add to these commitments that risk reports from all big developments build on the horizon-scanning work that the Government Office of Science undertakes. If Ireland has a Government Office of Science? I hope it isn’t just the big electricity and technology firms conducting the health and safety research, is it? 


If government really wants ‘a revolution in renewables’ they will not allow wind- power technology that was redundant and outdated ten years ago to be installed now.  


Further related promises:

These are four more things we have been promised: Sustained leadership from Government and the Oireachtas. Sustained engagement with citizens, sectors, and regions. Support for the workers, sectors, and regions most exposed, in order to help them to benefit from the new economic opportunities afforded to us by the transition to a low-carbon, digital economy. Protection for vulnerable families and communities least equipped to make the transformation. 

And yes, here it is: “Develop a new model of engagement with citizens,  Dialogue on a structured basis, so that the diverse elements of society can contribute to the process.   A process of accountability on progress, including an annual review.  The promotion of citizen, sectoral and regional involvement in delivering actions within their own sphere of influence.”  

Let’s see if we can hold government to their own vision for a green and just transition.

(And, for starters, stop the onshore wind farm plans permanently. We don’t want them and we don’t need them. I think we’ve made this quite clear in Kilkenny already).