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It might be no harm (if you have time) to study the phenomenon of "mass hysteria". You can google "Mass Hysteria" where you will find a few great examples and there may be books in the libraries. If you search "Books Mass Hysteria" you will find several books for sale there at a reasonable price. These would make excellent winter reading. It is a well recognized human phenomenon and medical phenomenon. Thankfully it seems they harm no one but themselves, but primitive tribes buried babies alive and carried out other ritualistic things which may have their roots in mass hysteria. I once witnesses an 18 year old girl sit motionless on a bench seat for 7 hours without ever moving an eyelid and her bowels or bladder never moved during that time. In fact it is reasonable to suggest, that societies can't exist without frequent isolated bouts, but there may be bouts afflicting wider populations. It would explain the phenomenon of climate change hysteria and the ridiculous measures deployed to tackle it. Wind energy, solar energy and electric vehicles come to mind. Huge efforts have been made to snap the world out of this bout without success. However, we may be tackling it the wrong way. Previous bouts must have ended or being brought to an end by the intervention by someone in authority. Perhaps if we could discover the best way to end bouts, we could make better progress at ending what to the normal among us is laughable
Leap frog pay claims were part of Irish, British and European industrial relations scene from 1970 to 2008, The promised productivity improvements never materialized. Awards were paid for by printing money. A typical public servant's pay in 1970 was 22 pounds and in 1980 it was 230 pounds. The EU for all its faults, keeps inflation very low with the result that pay rises cannot be paid for by inflation. They will have to come from other sectors of the economy. as carbon taxes are stifling our economy and driving manufacturing to China and India and agricultural output is under attack from the Green rump, something else has to give. Add energy taxes to the cost of living providing more grounds for rises. What is the weakest link? A lot of Brexit voters were ex-union workers, their jobs were pulled away by globalization and their own greed.. We are seeing leap frog pay claims again, I now suspect it is this which will destroy the EU. Its a lot harder to keep pay claims reasonable than it is to stay in the EU
According to today's Daily Express, France has declared a state of emergency over the state of its economy. Germany is also in deep economic trouble. Meanwhile Der Spiegel on line reports. 3.6% electricity price rises. quote: " For many electricity customers it will be more expensive from January. A total of 139 utilities will increase prices in 2017, an average of 3.6 percent. For a four-headed family with a consumption of 4000 kilowatt hours, additional costs of 42 euros per year. This is the result of an evaluation of the consumer portal Verivox, SPIEGEL ONLINE." This while the price of coal, gas and oil drops. So everything we have been saying is happening.
The way co2 works is it is scarce in the air. An increase in the air stimulates plant growth. Tomato growers feed co2 into their greenhouses. This keeps the balance and reduces co2 levels. We need more co2 in the air at present, not less.