The Farce be with you.

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Over several days I made calls to Sean at Skellig Boats.

“Hello Sean, How’s it looking today for the crossing?”

“There’ll be no sailing today, there’s a terrible swell.”

I never made that trip!

The Skellig Rocks are towering sea crags some 8 miles off the Kerry coast in South West Ireland. They have UNESCO World Heritage status. Skellig Michael is the site of a 6th century monastic settlement annually attracting pilgrims and tourists, weather permitting, whilst the Skelligs are one of Irelands largest breeding colonies for many species of seabird, Gannets, Kittiwakes and Puffins, to name a few. This is the chosen location of Disney LucasFilm to shoot scenes for the interminable Star Wars saga.

The Minister of the Arts, Heather Humphreys in a cloak-and-dagger application submitted at 5pm Friday and issued 9am Monday granted a license to Disney LucasFilm. The license permitted Disney Corp. to fly helicopter sorties around the Skelligs which last year caused a large number of fledglings to be swept to their death. The Corp. has returned to shoot further scenes for the sequel with an initial estimate of 30 sorties per day, landing actors and equipment on the site.

The potential for further desecration to the unique site goes unsaid. Disney LucasFilm manifesto in an eggshell is profit for investors, with a ‘loaves and fishes’ miracle concession for the Irish economy. Interestingly there is a restriction on tourist numbers visiting Skellig Michael in any year but the mighty mammon overrides all restrictions, and the potential for aficionado tourist interest in the site will increase exponentially with the release of the film.

Riding roughshod over people, nature and heritage is prevalent in the Corp. mindset and can be witnessed in the osmosis to the psyche of Dream Factory progeny. The battle of Malibu, where the breed-apart occupants of the beachfront houses lay claim to the beach itself, employing security and signage to enforce an illegal ban on non-residents walking the beach, i.e. the land between high and low tide.

The notion of ownership is pervasive and expansive in the rarified atmosphere of the corporate bubble. The beneficiaries, an ever decreasing percentage of humanity, believe and propagate this notion of ownership, privilege, and privacy on their terms to the detriment of a positive human experience for all human beings.

Transatlantic Trade Investment Programme

TTIP

“In days of old we’d both agree

that I am you and you are me.

What has happened to us two

That I am me and you are you?”

Anon.  Sanskrit Poem

 

TTIP. It’s curious that most people have no idea what this small grouping of letters denote. If the proposed agenda is realized it will have seismic repercussions for all European countries. We are being sold a pup.

Transatlantic Trade Investment Programme is none other than a land grab by a consortium of large corporations and multinationals under the auspices of a beneficent US government. The UK’s Conservative government has bought the pup and is selling it on as a boost to Britain’s trading opportunities with the US, therefore a boon to the British economy.

Now if you buy that you may be interested in sharing your bank and credit card details with me as I have instruction from the estate of Horatio van Horten, late of the Horten Diamond Consortium, to redistribute his vast fortune to a very select few.

The problem with TTIP is that negotiations are currently conducted for the benefit of the European economy without consultation with the electorate. This is a land grab of the greatest magnitude that will allow the faceless Multi’s and Corps to steal our democracy for the benefit of the small percentage of ultra rich. When you take into account that Nestle were exporting water from Canada during a drought, and their ex CEO stated that ‘water was not a human right’; Monsanto are attempting to establish copy right on seed stock; AngloGold, Rio Tinto, and other giant mining corps are responsible for land grab, human rights abuses and pollution, something is amiss don’t you think. In the interests of profit (greed) governments in Asia have been persuaded to back the corporate land grab with the might of their armed forces to subjugate and murder their own citizens. Is this where we are headed? Are we to bow to the superior greed of this alien breed who lack empathy for us mere mortals? With a population of 7 billion and counting I think we can win this battle.

 

‘TTIP a proposed agreement between the EU and US ( aimed at creating the worlds biggest trade-free zone spanning the north Atlantic ) runs the real risk of reducing the ability of future governments to regulate for healthier food systems by, in effect, prohibiting regulations that could hit the profits for foreign investors’

Lucy Siegle. Obs. Aug 31