Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Carbon trading fraud sees Brits charged

If I have said it once, I have said it twice, or maybe more.
Carbon trading = scam.

Three Britons charged over €3m carbon-trading 'carousel fraud'

• Belgium alleges VAT scam over carbon emissions permits
• Europol fears fraud will be used in energy trading markets

The move came too late to stop the an estimated £5bn believed fraud, which critics argue has largely to have been siphoned off successfully by criminal gangs. In December, French authorities arrested four people suspected of a €156m carbon carousel fraud on France's BlueNext exchange. Britain lost about £10bn from VAT fraud in 2006 and 2007


  1. I read about this - can you find these individuals names anywhere? So far all I see is them being identified as 'Brits' or 'Dutchmen'...

    Let's have some names.


  2. Who woulda thunk it, eh? Of course, no one could have predicted it. It's just jolly bad luck, that's what it is.

    Anyway, I'm for moving on. No sense in brooding away mulling over the past. Lets all look to the future instead and be positive about it.

  3. No, I saw no names mentioned.
    If the guardian hasn't named names it is unlikely anyone will be named.

    Yes, James, it is just bad luck and you know, mistakes were made, there were failures, oh well nothing can be done, nothing to be seen here.

    How many times do we hear that kind of stuff in regards to every corruption and manipulation and false flag terrorism.
    Why do people believe it?

  4. oh, yeah, James, tongue in cheek, tongue in cheek

  5. "How many times do we hear that kind of stuff in regards to every corruption and manipulation and false flag terrorism.
    Why do people believe it?

    Hi Penny. I imagine your question is half rhetorical but half in genuine frustration like us all. Here's a possible answer.

    Arthur Silber writes-
    "Why the Stories We Tell Matter So Much" examines certain aspects of stories and our need for them. It also analyzes the great dangers that arise when our favored stories are false. In the political realm, and in the case of the United States, every major national narrative is false and dangerously misleading. We see today the disastrous consequences of insisting on the truth of a story which is fundamentally wrong. Yet most Americans have an inexhaustible willingness, even an enthusiasm, for believing lies. As I have remarked, lies are the diet that sustains us, the poison we will swallow time and again, without end. And still worse: "Truth is the enemy; truth is to be destroyed." It is far from obvious why so many people should enthusiastically embrace a lengthy series of lies, particularly when those lies continually result in death and destruction on a vast scale, as they do today, as they did yesterday, as they will again tomorrow. It is a question that merits investigation."

    Silber has written an excellent series of essays on Tribalism which I think you would find fascinating, Penny, if you haven't read them already. This essay, Meaningful Connections gives an introduction to it with links the various parts of the series.
    A lot of his work is based on the books of Alice Miller whom I've mentioned before. Arthur Silber has written many essays based on her work. You can find a listing with abstracts here

  6. No problem with the 'tongue in cheek', Penny. It's a national pastime here in Oz, approaching an art form in some cases!

  7. thanks for all the links, more reading!

    it seems there are not enough hours in the day for this sometimes.

    However, these sound really interesting..

  8. Penny,
    I came across a succinct summary by Arthur Silber of Alice Miller's thesis. It neatly links violence and obedience and loss of autonomy together. So if you are ploughing through lots of reading looking for the bottom line, here it is:-

    "In Part II of this essay, I excerpted several passages from Alice Miller's work. To focus this discussion on the issue I now wish to address, let me summarize my understanding of Miller's central argument. By demanding obedience above all from a child (whether by physical punishment, by psychological means, or through some combination of both), parents forbid the child from fostering an authentic sense of self. Because children are completely dependent on their parents, they dare not question their parents' goodness, or their "good intentions." As a result, when children are punished, even if they are punished for no reason or for a reason that makes no sense, they blame themselves and believe that the fault lies within them. In this way, the idealization of the authority figure is allowed to continue. In addition, the child cannot allow himself to experience fully his own pain, because that, too, might lead to questioning of his parents.

    In this manner, the child is prevented from developing a genuine, authentic sense of self. As he grows older, this deadening of his soul desensitizes the child to the pain of others. Eventually, the maturing adult will seek to express his repressed anger on external targets, since he has never been allowed to experience and express it in ways that would not be destructive. By such means, the cycle of violence is continued into another generation (using "violence" in the broadest sense). One of the additional consequences is that the adult, who has never developed an authentic self, can easily transfer his idealization of his parents to a new authority figure. As Miller says:

    "This perfect adaptation to society's norms--in other words, to what is called 'healthy normality'--carries with it the danger that such a person can be used for practically any purpose. It is not a loss of autonomy that occurs here, because this autonomy never existed, but a switching of values, which in themselves are of no importance anyway for the person in question as long as his whole value system is dominated by the principle of obedience. He has never gone beyond the stage of idealizing his parents with their demands for unquestioning obedience; this idealization can easily be transferred to a Fuhrer or to an ideology."

    For completeness, the full essay is here

  9. thanks james, I printed the "why the stories we tell matter so much"

    when I scrolled through that, yikes!

    But, I have read through the first few pages so far and it is very thought provoking.

    I will check this other link out and probably print it out also.

    thanks again.