Hat tip to RdM: The EU is about to destroy the Internet.
How? A tax on internet links. The EU is going to “tax internet links to websites and online data that serve as sources for commentary and opinion.”
Only large media companies would be able to pay the taxes. Small ones would be bankrupted. I wouldn’t be able to publish links to news articles on this blog without paying the tax.
And the EU parliament is due to vote this into law in 30 days time.
I’m not surprised that the EU is doing this. The EU is all about top down control of absolutely everything. It never does anything else but introduce more and more crippling and obstructing and hampering legislation.
And now it seems that the EU has set out to destroy the internet and the multiplicity of opinions available in it, and return us to the days when just one or two large media outfits controlled the news.
Of course here in the UK we voted to leave the EU. But will we ever actually leave? I don’t think the UK political class ever wanted to leave the EU. They’ve all been wedded to it for years. And the same is true everywhere else in Europe.
As far as I can see, the UK political class has decided to just drag out the process of leaving the EU to the point where we never actually get round to leaving it. It’s been 2 years since the British people voted to leave, and as far as I can see absolutely nothing has been done about leaving. And I suspect that nothing ever will be done.
Fifty years ago, the EU (then the EEC) was something everyone wanted to join. I did too. But now, as its undemocratic and top-down-controlling nature has become more and more manifest, everyone is beginning to want to get out. Except the political class in every country in Europe, who are now all bought and paid for by the EU, and enjoying enormous perks/pensions/immunities that nobody else has.
I think the political struggle in the EU over the next 10 or 20 or 30 years is going to be the struggle of nation states to escape from the EU, in the face of EU moves to prevent anyone from escaping. Only 2 or 3 days ago I drew attention to news that the EU-bought-and-paid-for Italian President, Sergio Mattarella, had blocked the formation of a populist new government in Italy. Italians are going to have to vote again. And they may have to keep on voting until they get their vote right. EU budget commissioner, Guenther Oettinger, said that “the markets will lead Italians not to vote much longer for the populists” (although he’s apparently retracted it since).
I was going to write about my idea for a Glacium today. And in future I’ll probably only be able to write about my own ideas. So don’t be too surprised if that’s all I ever talk about in future.
I got the idea for a Glacium (right, click to enlarge) this morning, over my first cup of tea, and my first cigarette. I’m currently building a computer simulation model of a geological column extending from the surface of the Earth to its core, with an atmosphere on top. The Glacium is the same model, but constructed using real air and snow and ice and rock.
The top half of the Glacium would be filled with air at -20ºC, with a snow machine at the top continuously dropping snow into the air, which would fall to the bottom and form a layer of ice. Above the snow machine there’d be a radiant sun lamp. The bottom half of the Glacium would made out of solid rock or sand or earth, and would have a heater at the bottom.
The entire glacium would be surrounded by a thick layer of insulation, to minimise the effect of the external environment on it.
When the Glacium was working, snow would build up on top of the rock, and act as insulation, causing it to slowly warm up. When the top surface of the rock had risen above 0ºC, the ice above it would start to melt, and melt water would run out of the side of the Glacium. When all the ice above the rock had melted, the rock surface temperature would start to fall, and gradually drop back to near 0ºC. Snow that had been melting when it landed on the warm rock would then start to settle, and ice would start to build up again on the surface of the rock.
In this manner the Glacium would demonstrate a cycle of “ice ages” and meltings. Varying the rate of snowfall, and sunlight from the sun lamp, and rock types, and heat from below, would allow the Glacium to simulate anywhere on Earth.
I reckoned that the Glacium would be about 3 storeys high (maybe more). The top half walls could be made of glass, so people could watch what was happening. In fact, there might be a little sloping auditorium with seats in it, like a cinema. And you could buy day tickets to sit in the auditorium and watch the snow build up, and then melt away. There’d be spacy music playing, following the events in the Glacium. And you could buy ice creams (how apposite) from hot blonde usherettes in ice blue swimsuits. And of course you could smoke.