Article copyOver the years, the French State carefully preserved the gains it appropriated for itself when it had to precipitously relocate to Vichy in 1940 - in order to generously leave the best palaces' room, Champaign and gracious yet rarely depilated Parisian bimbos to the
Among these can be found the pension by repartition
The Marechal Pétain and his gang of Social Nationalists were also the firsts to concoct the embryo of what was to become the glorious French "Allocations Familiales" a system of family subsidies so juicy that the Al-Qaeda cells in the Parisian suburbs don't give a damn anymore about bin Laden's financing and that, even though polygamy is forbidden by law in this country, the radiant Daddy of multiple children fathered
Fortunately, most of the French tax payers don't know this interesting fact that I personally learned from the Enemy's Mouth. So don't be a brat and don't go repeating it, or they might get egotistically upset and spoil all the fun and good times the State and its Radiant Patrons are having at his expense.
A part of the heritage of Vichy, and this is actually where I wanted to lead you (sorry for wasting your time proposing things for you to read on this blog) is the French National ID card and the obligation for the French citizen to be able to prove his identity at any time, at the request of the police (among others).
We should notice that, probably to stay coherent, the French State also kept the monopole of the railroads, having already efficiently used the ID card/Cattle wagon transport combo with a consequent part of its own citizens, unarmed and helpless yet perfectly identified and dully registered at the prefecture.
The National ID card is not an obligation in itself - yet - (they're just weightily "advising" you to get one) but since one is required to prove one's identity at anytime and since the number and sort of "valid" papers is very limited (namely, the National ID, the driver's license or the passport) the result is much about the same.
Honest people are tagged like criminals, while criminals and terrorists can pay the high price for a perfectly valid ID. Or even a dozen of them.
So many civil servants eager to be corrupted, so little time...
Now, after decades of immunity, Britain is currently threatened with this high evil.
I've been following the watch of some fierce people, braced for the defense or their civil liberties and their relentless vigilance, caring as much for them than I do for me, their country being among the top...er, two I selected as an alternative to the French citizenship.
On active duty, David Carr asked a blunt and pertinent question yesterday, to the people who believe there's no problem in having people filed, indexed and identified by a little plastic tag with names and numbers on it.
David's point was already strongly exposed, yet I had the unconcealed pleasure to read Tim Haas' appeal at the dissident frogman in the comments, and the ineffable joy to answer it.
Taking back David's elements of crime and the title of this document from the British Parliament, I'm glad to offer you the following desktop wallpaper: Identity Cards, the
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