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Dutch Treasury Collects Windfall Billions

by Oui Tue Sep 20th, 2022 at 11:11:36 AM EST

Cabinet of Rutte IV collected 'unsuspected' tens of billions extra from tax revenues on elevenfold natural gas prices, coupled from higher elektriciteit revenues sourced from sustainable solar and wind energy ... above which VAT of 21% really did the trick, also tax collection for inflation and surge in cost of living. The Dutch energy SCAM. Very troublesome ... "Ukraine fighting Russia for our freedom requires our solidarity" ... major bull in a scammed war narrative of arms peddlers close to the Pentagon and NATO. Fossil fuel corporations are primary recipients of our loss of income. Trend in family cash balances, income, and expenditures

NOS Ipsos poll new crisis where the cabinet fails to solve existing crisis

Motto of new cabinet Rutte IV - coalition agreement

Taking care of each other, looking to the future

From minimum wage to childcare: a roundup of Rutte IV's proposal | Dec. 15, 2021 |

Leaked Budget Day pieces show tens of billions more income than expected

The cabinet has plenty of money to compensate for the high energy bill. Because the high gas price and inflation are a burden on citizens, but mainly benefit the state treasury.

Prinsjesdag 3rd Tuesday in September

Preparations for budget were last minute, still discussion and agreements late last night. Risk of a farmer's protest, the Capital The Hague is protected by Dutch Armed Forces ...

Mayor of The Hague: 'Either the tractors leave, or they will be confiscated and towed away'

Protest as the delegation of the Royal family passes the High Court building towards the Royal Opera, a stand-in as the historic buildings of parliament and the Ridderzaal are being renovated.

On social media there will be messages opposing protest on such a glorious day f*ck the farmers!

After months of spending time on the Ukraine war narrative, cabinet IV of Mark Rutte refused to take decisive measures to meet the surge in gas and electricity bills for majority of the people. Waiting for the first suicides?

Coalition wants ceiling on energy bill from 1 November | Politics & More Latest News Here

ABN Amro states there is no crisis yet ... don't spend tax money on compensation schemes for consumers #energypoverty

Banking crisis 2008/09: What did ABN AMRO cost the State? The State has made a total of €28 billion in capital expenditure and has provided loans and guarantees. Now AbnAmro calls for postponement of energy support measures: Take your money away from this state bank.

Dual bank headlines in Dutch Financial Times

A bit of Dutch hypocrisy build in the new generation, not taking responsibility, no solidarity with the minority in lower income or even healthcare workers disabled due to LONG COVID.

  • "Wait with support package, says ABN Amro, extremely high energy bill is still rare"

  • "ABN Amro compensates staff for expensive energy and groceries"
  • Dutch pay more than double the energy price compared to neighbour Germany which country is buyer of Dutch natural gas. Free market is the motto of Libertarian leader VVD, prime minister Mark Rutte.

    So there is no energy crisis?

    Dutch major bank of money laundering calls for support of businesses due to ...

    Natural gas is paid dearly | AbnAmro Sustainability |

    Expensive gas is at the expense of the financial viability of many companies. Industries, from chemicals to steel, have already warned that they may have to close factories and cut production due to higher energy costs. And the European economic powerhouse - Germany - is now preparing to launch the second phase of its contingency plan to mitigate the effects of the gas crisis. It's all hands on deck.

    Natural gas consumption in the Netherlands

    More than three quarters of the total Dutch natural gas consumption is attributable to economic activities in sectors. The largest part of this is consumed by industry (with a share of 40%), closely followed by energy supply (with more than 37% share). The agricultural sector follows at some distance with a share of 12% in total consumption by sectors. The three sectors together account for almost 90% of gas consumption by Dutch sectors.

    The industry is therefore dominant. A lot of gas is used in particular in the production of foodstuffs, paper, chemicals, petroleum, building materials and base metals. These six industrial subsectors together accounted for 85-90% of total industrial gas consumption in 2020, of which chemicals (57%) food (15%) and oil (13%) are the real major consumers.

    Letting go of climate reins

    The gas crisis in the Netherlands is putting the spotlight on many companies. Business continuity is at stake and that takes precedence over everything else. Today's high gas prices are forcing industrial companies to diversify current energy sources and use energy more efficiently, where possible. Also at a national level, more gas-saving measures are more crucial than ever. An emergency measure was the abolition of the production restriction for coal-fired power stations, in order to be able to replenish the gas stocks in the Netherlands for the coming winter. This mission has been accomplished. These stocks have now been filled to 80% again.

    "No gas, no beer", the German brewery boss of Veltins summed it up. With that, the crisis is of course complete. Breweries mainly run on gas, which means that the beer supply is also at stake. And in the German glass industry, the switch has now been made to light fuel oil, with the necessary investments in technical implementation and permits for extra emissions. As a result, the gas crisis suddenly makes the 'hard' climate rules of the government a lot more flexible.

    At most stadiums beer is delivered in kegs or larger containers, but Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen is famous for a unique feature: 5-kilometre pipeline connecting the stadium with its supplying brewery. Except it only works one way, pushing beer into the stadium.

    Just In Time

    Unimaginable, Bavaria without beer! 😂

    As our only habitat to survive as human beings is slowly but steadily destroyed ... 🌎 🌍 🌻

    EU's 3 billion trees by 2030 goal: where we stand | EurActiv |

    Two years on, however, the EU is far from that goal. A tracker launched in December 2021 to monitor progress shows that, as of 15 June, the EU has planted 2,946,015 trees - not even 1% of the three billion goal.

    That means there are 2,997,053,985 left to plant in the next seven and a half years.

    The Dutch quite late and slowly awakening ...

    During the night, the city of The Hague was shut down for tractors

    In the early morning hours, a number of tractors were confiscated and transported by Dutch military on low loaders ... instead of tanks.

    Farmers ignore emergency order The Hague, tractors confiscated

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 20th, 2022 at 12:27:01 PM EST

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 20th, 2022 at 01:01:06 PM EST

    Full text of King Willem-Alexander's Prinsjesdag 2022 speech in English

    In 1948, the King's grandmother Queen Wilhelmina exclaimed "Prosperity for The Netherlands".

    Members of the States General,

    "Together we will work for the good of the Netherlands," my grandmother said in 1948. They are words that remain as fitting today as they were all those decades ago. In these uncertain times, let us find hope and renewed faith in the knowledge that change in our country has always been a gradual process, and one achieved through cooperation. So it was in the past, and so it is today.

    Geography of rich and poor The list of the tenth penny of Amsterdam (1562) in GIS

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 20th, 2022 at 01:32:16 PM EST
    Exile memories and the Dutch Revolt. The narrated diaspora, 1550 - 1750

    In 1725, Johannes Lehnemann, elder of the Netherlandish congregation of the Augsburg Confession in Frankfurt, wrote a history of his congregation in the city of Antwerp from where his Lutheran ancestors had migrated 140 years earlier.1 In this work, titled Historische Nachricht, he described the establishment of the Lutheran congregation in early sixteenth-century Antwerp, its persecution by the Catholic Habsburg authorities and the migration of its members to Frankfurt in 1585.

    In that year Antwerp, which had been ruled by a Calvinist-dominated magistrate for almost seven years, was taken over by Habsburg forces after a long siege, and all dissenters, Reformed, Lutherans and Mennonites, were forced either to leave within four years or to convert to Catholicism if they wished to stay.

    The Habsburg takeover of Antwerp and many other rebel towns in the Southern Low Countries led to a mass exodus of Protestants to the Dutch Republic, the Holy Roman Empire and England. In May 1585, three months before the city surrendered to its besiegers, a group of Antwerp Lutherans, among whom the converted Sephardi minister Cassiodorus da Reina, founded their own congregation in Frankfurt.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 20th, 2022 at 01:43:51 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 20th, 2022 at 02:32:57 PM EST
    Latest ...

    Average household will pay €290 a month for energy with price cap

    Details of the deal agreed between the finance ministry and energy companies still have to be finalised, but the plan is expected to save households around €2,000 a year.

    The government will set a maximum unit price for both fuels that will cover the first 1,200 m3 of gas and 2,400 kWh of electricity - the annual fuel consumption for an average household.

    The exact rates have not been finalised, but are expected to be around 70 cents for a unit of electricity and €1.50 per cubic metre of gas. That would result in an annual bill of €3,480 for the average household.

    Any energy used above that level will be charged at an uncapped rate based on market prices.

    Gas providers will be compensated by the government for the difference between the capped price and the market price. The measure is expected to cost the government at least €5.4 billion. A separate deal has been struck to cover the last two months of 2022 so that the savings will apply for most of the coming winter.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 20th, 2022 at 02:35:40 PM EST
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    I went looking for absolute volume of "indigenous" gas extracted p.a. in the Single Market. This is what I found so far, and the unit of measurement is not bcm or mcm. LOL!


    by Cat on Tue Sep 20th, 2022 at 03:34:59 PM EST
    Minister Sigrid Kaag crashes through glass ceiling ... first woman as minister of finance in Dutch history ...

    The future of the Netherlands is European - 30 years after the Maastricht Treaty. In conversation with Sigrid Kaag

    Mrs. Kaag earned her position riding the Green Waveinto national elections in Spring 2021. In Rutte III she was Minister of Foreign Affairs until ...

    Dutch Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag quits over Afghanistan chaos | BBC News - Sept. 16, 2021 |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 20th, 2022 at 05:04:26 PM EST
    'Looking out for each other, looking ahead to the future'

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 20th, 2022 at 05:06:15 PM EST
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    Unheard of ... the new Minister of Finance disowning responsibility for the Dutch crisis by a long lecture how Europe was surprised by the invasion of Eastern Ukraine. Weren't the Russian military stationed at least 18 months for exercises at the long stretched border of a thousand miles. Biden wanted the confrontation and the EU Commission and 27 nations folded to the wishes of Joe Biden. #Blitzkrieg

    This evening Mark Rutte added his disinformation, we have no choice but to show our solidarity with Ukraine ... it's just as much OUR FREEDOM.

    Rutte following the White House war narrative to fight Russian imperialism. #stupidity

    Speech by Minister Kaag at the presentation of the Budget Memorandum in the House of Representatives, 20 September 2022

    Mrs. Chair,

    'Thoughtless fear, the mind
    runs like a pack ass
    on scorched-earth-
    nothing to ponder now
    fait accompli around us.'

    These are the first words from the poem Poet Laureate Lieke Marsman wrote the day after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

    We woke up that morning in another world. A fait accompli that we would rather not have known. Fear, a great unknown to many in our part of the world,
    penetrated the living rooms anyway. Are we as safe as we thought? What does this mean for our freedom?

    2022 was not the year we hoped for.

    First and foremost for the Ukrainians, who have now spent more than 200 days
    fight in a war they didn't choose. And although the tide seems to be turning, the end is far from in sight. We don't know the exact numbers, but there are countless deaths
    lamented, people driven from their homes, cities destroyed. Our support for Ukraine is undisputed - and we will continue to do so.  

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 20th, 2022 at 05:10:18 PM EST
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    Listening to discussion about the budget for 2023 ... proposed policy to (partial) compensation ... placing in context of new proposals being discussed in Brussels ... falsifying facts ... lame explanation how Germany, France and the UK managed to cap energy prices from January on forward. Silence on the fact Germans get 50% lower energy bills.

    The price cap proposal presented with a big hurrah 😃 is now based on the already high natural gas price of January 2022. That price was already three-fold compared to the average of 2021.

    By chance I managed to sign a new long-term energy contract mid-January at rates lower than the Government's proposal to protect the most impoverished. All arguments today by Rutte, Kaag and Jetten are NOT based on facts.

    I have heard enough ... 🤥🤥🤥🤥🤥 5 Pinocchios for ministers in Rutte IV.

    Majority of persons cannot do math, they do not understand numbers, percentages and comparisons. So easy to deceive.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 20th, 2022 at 05:41:13 PM EST
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    Failed diplomacy ...

    Occupied territories ready to declare independence from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation.

    NATO states are balking in New York

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 20th, 2022 at 06:32:32 PM EST
    King Abdullah of Jordan Urges the UN not to forget Palestine and it's right for Independence .. a long wait since 1948.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 20th, 2022 at 06:33:17 PM EST
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    Once states revert to war due to lack of diplomacy, it's extremely difficult to find a route to cessation of warfare and a peaceful resolution. Both sides aim to go all out for a military victory.

    Momentarily listening to speech by Emmanuel Macron ... somehow it does remind me of the emotional speech in 2003 ahead of the American and UK invasion of Iraq.

    Only difference the French FM was on the right side of history ... about today's conflict history will judge. Washington's campaign for a NWO by division and calling out Russia and China as adversaries in a capitalistic world order of US version of "democracy".

    Macron now refers to the poverty and hunger stricken in Africa ... a bit late isn't it Emmanuel ... he adds climate change and the failure of the War on Terror.

    As The World Turns ... 🌎 🌍 the Report of Rome of 1960 ... many crisis ago. 😡

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 20th, 2022 at 06:34:37 PM EST
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    Not all the time and not against the enemies of the United States 🇷🇺 🇨🇳 🇮🇷 🇨🇺 🇻🇪

    The White House as the bully pulpit ...

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 20th, 2022 at 07:20:44 PM EST
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    Biden again indicates that US will defend Taiwan 'militarily' - does this constitute a change in policy? | The Conversation |

     #NoMoreWar #peace ☮️ #joebiden #WeAreNato #AUKUS

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 20th, 2022 at 07:25:47 PM EST
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    Moscow appeals Washington's decision to deny visas to Russian diplomats for participation UNGA

    Members of the United Nations condemn Russia in a call for diplomacy ... all territory gained by Russian forces needed be returned first. This includes foremost the Zaporizhzhia NPP.

    Further Escalation in NATO Proxy War

    On The Upcoming Putin Speech And Announcements

    Moscow has made a decision how to proceed in the proxy war with NATO in the Ukraine.

    We do not yet know what the decision is.

    My hunch is that Russia received information over some weapon systems the U.S. is secretly providing to the Ukraine. This could be missiles with several hundred kilometer range or other types of weapons that could seriously threaten Russia's towns and cities.

    If so, Russia has to do something now to end the war before its becomes more than a nuisance for Russia and its people. Ending means of course by winning it.
    Training up a mobilization force takes about three months. It would put it on the front in the mid of winter, a season during which Russian forces can operate quite well.

    Russian stock exchange dropped 15% today ...

    Russia's Stock Exchange Crashes as Mobilization Rumors Swirl | Newsweek |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 20th, 2022 at 07:37:31 PM EST
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    That meas it's working!
    by Cat on Tue Sep 20th, 2022 at 08:40:11 PM EST
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    Bolivia Asks for Peace and Blames Capitalism for Conflicts | teleSUR |  (Video)

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 21st, 2022 at 06:54:43 AM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 26th, 2022 at 12:26:50 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 26th, 2022 at 12:27:06 PM EST
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    Pitiful David Sanger. Pitiful me.

    Last night I watched Zero Days (2016). The scale of the exploit and culumny heaped on mendacity is more perverted than I had imagined, when the story broke in '14.

    Which thoroughly re-animated my contempt for G7 "laws of war," including but not limited to "Media Freedom" and "Emergency Instruments" d/b/a cybersecurity.

    by Cat on Mon Sep 26th, 2022 at 04:09:30 PM EST
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    Israel Lobby is Leading in Attack on Corbyn | Aug. 2018 |

    This week on Al Jazeera ...

    The Labour Files - The Purge

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 27th, 2022 at 09:56:02 PM EST
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    All members of Cabinet Rutte IV walk out of Parliament when Thierry Baudet fulminated conspiracy theories damaging Minister of Finance Sigrid Kaag who has gotten extra security due to death threats.

    The Chairwoman Vera Bergkamp lacked the courage to silence speaker Baudet who has been warned before.

    Only the Parliament has the authority to regulate its debates and invite members of the cabinet to appear. This is a complete mess!

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 21st, 2022 at 08:49:52 PM EST
    The entire Cabinet walked out of a critical debate in the Tweede Kamer after the leader of the far right Forum voor Democratie (FvD) party, Thierry Baudet, lashed out at Finance Minister Sigrid Kaag. The discussion on the upcoming year's budget, considered the most important debate of the parliamentary year, was then adjourned. Baudet was not allowed to continue his planned remarks.

    The Cabinet members left because of Baudet's comments about Kaag's education at the University of Oxford. He said the college where she studied was notorious as a spy school. Baudet's speech was largely about conspiracies.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 21st, 2022 at 09:25:06 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 21st, 2022 at 09:26:08 PM EST
    I watched and listened to the most important debate of the year in Dutch Parliament Algemene Politieke Beschouwingen 2022  ... the policies on inequality, energy poverty and the Budget for 2023. How impoverished are the people in the debate, more like a barroom fight sowing division and void of responsibility. So very sad. As soon as the transcript becomes available, I want to publish some excerpts.. Mind boggling.

    As largest group in the opposition, Geert Wilders gets the floor to present his criticism of the policy of Rutte IV ...

    Geert Wilders complete: 'You should be ashamed of yourself'  [Video nearly 12 hours]

    Plays no role in any debate, the war in the Ukraine is viewed as a fact and the Dutch are wholly behind NATO sending lethal weapons into the conflict zone. A part where past positions are used in arguments why sanctions that hurt the Dutch people more while Russia profits of the tenfold energy prices.

    Paternotte of Green Party D66 accuses Geert Wilders of being a poodle in service of Vladimir Putin. In 2014 Wilders accepted that Crimea would be part of Russia. Geert Wilders received an honorary distinction from the Duma in Moscow.

    Geert Wilders
    February 27, 2018 ·

    Russia. Moscow. Duma.
    Stop the Russiaphobia.
    It's time for Realpolitik.
    Partnership instead of enmity!

    Time for repentance ... what a world of idiots rolling into another global conflict.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 22nd, 2022 at 10:35:53 AM EST
    by Cat on Thu Sep 22nd, 2022 at 01:38:37 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 22nd, 2022 at 05:24:49 PM EST
    Energy crisis: How to tax excess profit from energy companies? | The Brussels Times - Aug. 30, 2022 |

    Belgian PM De Croo was invited to speak at an international conference in Norway. When comparing the current crisis to the 2008 financial crisis, De Croo said: "What did we do then? We intervened directly in the markets."

    Currently, De Croo is positioning himself in the context of a big political debate at the start of the new political year, namely the taxation of 'huge windfall profits' made by companies, especially by companies in the energy sector.

    #Flemish #Walloons #Waterloo

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 22nd, 2022 at 05:26:55 PM EST
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    In Dutch debate, a week ago Mark Rutte wasn't ready for additional compensation for consumers and small business ... he wished to wait on the EU Commission who will come with new policy on European energy market.

    One year ago ...

    MEPs debate EU solutions to rising energy prices | Oct. 6, 2021 |

    By a new crisis, Libertarians can shape policy in a year of utter chaos. Strategy.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 22nd, 2022 at 05:28:37 PM EST
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    Czar Peter the Great studied shipbuilding in Zaandam in 1697.

    Dutch friendship treaty and trade were long established before John Adams of the New World became ambassador to Holland in 1782.

    Early in the seventeenth century, at the time the Pilgrim Fathers lived in Leiden ahead of their long trans-Atlantic journey. These emigrants were educated in modern medicine by Boerhaave.

    German priest, heretic Martin Luther and the flight from religious persecution

    In a brief coup, Prins Maurits marched with his army from city to city, disbanding the militias and removing all Remonstrants from civic office, replacing officials and soldiers with sycophants loyal to the new regime. The new sheriff in Leiden zealously pursued Catholics, Remonstrants, and Lutherans, extorting large sums of money in exchange for release of their leaders from summary imprisonment.

    In June, 1619, a law was proclaimed forbidding all dissident religious services, declaring all contracts closed in them (marriages) to be invalid, and prohibiting all their independent collections for support of ministers or poor care.

    The mood of the mob had become ugly towards minorities, and in April, 1619, Pilgrim James Chilton was stoned by a group of youths as he was on his way home from church, leaving him senseless in the street. True enough, he had been mistaken for a Remonstrant, but it was sufficient that he was not of the Dutch Reformed to arouse the suspicion of his attackers. The prospect of renewed help from England in the war against Spain was also threatening, because King James had promised the help on condition that he would have direct control over all the English congregations in Holland. Assimilation to the state church of either Holland or England was thus to be enforced. Leiden was no longer a haven for the dissident oppressed. Life among the savages, even reputed cannibals, might be safer!

    Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova found her resting place in capital The Hague

    Dutch violinist Emmy Verhey brought the original writings of Sakharov's 1968 essay to the Free World.

    Indeed, the daughter of Putin lived for some time in a penthouse in Voorschoten, close-by to my barber.

    Putin is a close ally of the prime minster Jan Peter Balkenende who urged the Dutch to renew the colonial era of the Golden Age

    As sign of Dutch-Russian friendship and special relation to St. Petersburg, Putin offered an Heritage Museum in Amsterdam. Wonder if all Russian art has been confiscated as a sanction of war.

    Dutch are willing to hold a referendum across Russia ...

    Could just as well be a fast-track to EU-membership through the back-door ... just like a Trojan Horse in cyber warfare.

    By a next invasion of a far-away country like Iraq in 2003, you can be on our side!

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 23rd, 2022 at 12:07:22 PM EST
    Boatloads of war refugees and convict transfers. woot.
    by Cat on Fri Sep 23rd, 2022 at 12:17:11 PM EST
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    euronew | Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson: "we need a price cap for Russian gas"
    Kadri Simson:There were many questions about how we will secure our security of supply before this winter and next year. But we do know that Russia doesn't have alternative pipeline connexions that allow them to sell the gas that they will not sell to their existing buyers who do have valid contracts. They don't have the chance to sell it to someone else. And that's why the price gap might be a way further so that they still have the only opportunity to earn some revenue. But they are cut off from surplus revenues that are currently available for them too.
    What's the phrase? o. right. "mind boggling".
    archived @KadriSimson strategic strategy formulations
    by Cat on Sat Sep 24th, 2022 at 09:47:31 PM EST

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 07:33:34 PM EST
    Before the last crisis Schiphol Airport had an excellent classification ...

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 07:34:48 PM EST
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    From His Master's Voice #joebiden

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 10:03:25 PM EST

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 04:56:12 PM EST
    Mighty white of 'em.
    by Cat on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 08:09:54 PM EST
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    After weeks of criticism ...

    House improvements and investment last 2 years in solar panels and high quality HR++ glazing resulted in new Energy label "B" instead of "D". Just In Time 😊 ... and on a 3-year fixed price delivery contract to add.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 04:57:01 PM EST

    Germany faces scrutiny from EU peers over massive €200 billion aid scheme to cushion high gas bills

    Reading from July urging solidarity across the EU-27 nations ...

    National policies to shield consumers from rising energy prices

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Oct 5th, 2022 at 05:10:32 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 10th, 2022 at 05:36:03 PM EST

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 10th, 2022 at 05:38:13 PM EST
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    Germany faces scrutiny from EU peers over massive €200 billion aid scheme to cushion high gas bills | EuroNews - Oct. 7, 2022 |

    The scheme, announced on Thursday, appears to have caught Brussels and the other capitals off guard, both for its enormous scope and for its particular timing - a day before EU energy ministers met to endorse the first package of common emergency measures to address the crisis.

    Although officials have expressed sympathy towards Germany, a country that was highly dependent on Russian gas and is now scrambling to find alternative suppliers, there are growing concerns the multi-billion euro plan might trigger a negative spill-over effect beyond borders and distort competition in the single market.

    The German initiative has also highlighted the divide between wealthy EU countries that can accommodate new borrowing and cash-strapped governments that are desperately looking for new funds.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 10th, 2022 at 05:40:34 PM EST
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