Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Commissions

Les gens qui lisent mon petit livre sur la vente de sous-marins français à l'Australie imaginent immédiatement que j'ai dû toucher des commissions importantes de la part de l'entreprise DCNS (now known as Naval Group). Hélas, ce n'était pas le cas. Au contraire, je n'ai jamais reçu un seul mot de remerciements de la part de ces gens-là (qui me prennent sans doute pour un idiot)... et mon compte en banque est actuellement à découvert.

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People who read my little book about the sale of French submarines to Australia imagine immediately that I surely earned big commissions from the DCNS shipbuilder (now known as Naval Group). Alas, that was not the case. On the contrary, I've never received a single word of thanks from those people (who think of me surely as an idiot)... and my personal bank account is now overdrawn.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Péripéties personnelles

Dernier conseil de mon voisin
Jacques Ageron à Gamone, vers 11h15,
sur la route devant ma propriété : 

"Tu ferais mieux de retourner dans ton pays."

Jacques Ageron est un xénophobe de la pire espèce,
bête et particulièrement méchant.
Son épouse "Fafa¨ Riboulet et leurs deux filles
sont du même acabit.
04 76 38 14 92

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"You should go back to Australia."

Jacques Ageron is a xenophobe of the worst kind,
idiotic and particularly vicious.
His wife and their two daughters are similar specimens.
33 4 76 38 14 92

Sunday, September 10, 2017

L'affaire est close... pour le moment


Citation du Nouvel Observateur :


Quant à moi, j'ai été longtemps dupé...

Puis il y a son adjoint atteint de cacophonie : 

                                                                    extrait du Figaro

                                                                                                   LCI

                                                                                                20 minutes

J'ai dit bien "pour le moment".

60 jours depuis mon envoi à Macron

J'ai fait mon premier envoi
à Emmanuel Macron
le mardi 11 juillet 2017...
et il ne m'a pas encore répondu.

Ce président se comporte comme un sourd.
Il n'écoute pas ses citoyens. 

Assez ! J'arrête de compter les jours. 
Je finis par penser que mon envoi du 11 juillet
aurait disparu pour toujours. Et 60 est un joli chiffre...

 Ne pourrait-on pas le remplacer par Manuel Valls ?

 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Je ne suis pas un misanthrope


Au contraire, il n’y a rien de triste chez moi,
j’ai un grand sens de l’humour,
et j’aime profondément tous ceux
qui aiment leurs sœurs et leurs frères.
A la rigueur, je m’inspire un peu d’Edmond Dantès,
le Comte de Monte-Cristo.
Je mets en place un petit ensemble de pièges,
et ce sont les vilains tricheurs eux-mêmes
qui tombent mathématiquement là-dedans,
sans que je n’aie besoin de faire quoi que ce soit.
Il suffit de ne rien oublier...

59 jours depuis mon envoi à Macron

J'ai fait mon premier envoi
à Emmanuel Macron
le mardi 11 juillet 2017...
et il ne m'a pas encore répondu.

Ce président se comporte comme un sourd.
Il n'écoute pas ses citoyens.

Friday, September 8, 2017

58 jours depuis mon envoi à Macron

J'ai fait mon premier envoi
à Emmanuel Macron
le mardi 11 juillet 2017...
et il ne m'a pas encore répondu.

Ce président se comporte comme un sourd.
Il n'écoute pas ses citoyens.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Phone conversation with Dr Ross Babbage

I've just been on the phone with Ross Babbage, former chairman of the Kokoda Foundation, which was replaced 7 or 8 years ago by the Institute for Regional Security.

This was in fact our first phone conversation, and I was delighted to discover that he is such an amazingly intelligent and friendly individual. A visionary thinker in the domain of submarines.

Here is his email that reached me five minutes ago :

Dear William,

It was good to talk on the phone a few minutes ago.
Some of the history of the Kokoda Foundation can be found at the website of the Institute for Regional Security at:


If you wish to read some of the relevant CSBA reports, let me suggest that you visit:


If you would find it helpful to scan some of my background, I also attach my short bio details.

I hope that this is of some assistance.

With regards,

Ross
Here is his biography :

Dr  ROSS BABBAGE  AM

Dr Ross Babbage is Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Forum Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation committed to fostering high-level discussions and debates on the primary security challenges confronting Australia and its close allies.

Dr Babbage is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) in Washington DC. In addition he is Managing Director of Strategy International (ACT) Pty Ltd, a national security consulting and education service delivery organization.

Dr Babbage has provided consulting services to the Department of Defence and to many other Australian Government departments and agencies. He has also provided consulting assistance to major corporations and is currently a member of Accenture’s Advisory Board. In addition, Dr Babbage is a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Menzies Research Centre.

Dr Babbage is a Founding Governor and Fellow of the Institute for Regional Security, a not-for-profit research corporation that works closely with Australian Government agencies on Australia’s future security challenges. He is also Founder of the Kokoda Foundation and for the first five years of the Foundation’s existence, he served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

 Dr Babbage served as a special advisor to the Minister for Defence during the preparation of the 2009 Australian defence white paper. He also served on the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London for a maximum six year term.

Dr Babbage’s career background is unusual in Australia as he has served as a senior government official, a senior executive in the corporate world and also as a senior academic. In all of these roles he has worked closely with high-level Australian defence personnel and also with those of Australia’s close defence allies and partners.

Dr Babbage served for 16 years in the Australian Public Service holding several senior positions, including Head of Strategic Analysis in the Office of National Assessments, and leading the branch in the Department of Defence responsible for ANZUS policy. Dr Babbage was Assistant Secretary, Force Development in the late 1980s, carrying responsibility for the analysis of all major defence capability proposals and the preparation of recommendations for the senior Defence committees and for Cabinet.

Through the 1990s, Dr Babbage moved to the corporate sector, working with the team that reformed and re-shaped the Office of Defence Production with its loss-making, government-owned defence factories. What emerged was a modern, profitable corporation known as ADI Limited that grew to become Australia’s largest defence company.

In 2000 Dr Babbage was appointed the inaugural Director of the Centre for International Strategic Analysis in Perth. In 2003 and 2004 he served as Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University.

As Founder, Chair and CEO of the Kokoda Foundation, he designed, developed and organized the first high-level Strategic Dialogues between Australia and the United States and subsequently he organized the first trilateral Strategic Dialogue between Australia, the United States and Japan. During this period he organized and chaired almost 200 closed workshops that addressed a range defence and security challenges and frequently involved very senior officials.

Dr Babbage has Bachelor and Master degrees in economics from the University of Sydney and a PhD in International Relations from the Australian National University. Amongst his publications are: A Coast Too Long: Defending Australia Beyond the 1990s (Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1990), Rethinking Australia’s Defence (University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 1980), Australia’s Strategic Edge in 2030 (Kokoda Foundation, Canberra, February 2011), Game Plan: The Case for a New Australian Grand Strategy (Menzies Research Centre, Canberra, 2015) and Countering China’s Adventurism in the South China Sea – Strategy Options for the Trump Administration (Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and Strategic Forum, Washington D.C. 2016).

Professor Babbage was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia on 26 January 2011.

I take this opportunity of pointing out that Ross descends
from the great Charles Babbage [1791-1871],
the "father of the computer".

PS Dr Babbage was not surprised when I told him
that a certain Romain Parlier,
spokesman for the Australian Embassy in Paris,
had never even heard of the Kokoda Foundation.
let alone its chairman.

57 jours depuis mon envoi à Macron

J'ai fait mon premier envoi
à Emmanuel Macron
le mardi 11 juillet 2017...
et il ne m'a pas encore répondu.

Ce président se comporte comme un sourd.
Il n'écoute pas ses citoyens.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

56 jours depuis mon envoi à Macron

J'ai fait mon premier envoi
à Emmanuel Macron
le mardi 11 juillet 2017...
et il ne m'a pas encore répondu.

Ce président se comporte comme un sourd.
Il n'écoute pas ses citoyens.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

DCNS aussi difficile à contacter que l'Elysée

Depuis hier matin, je tente d'entrer en contact avec la direction de DCNS, qui s'appelle désormais Naval Group. Rien à faire. Les lignes sont totalement bloquées. On a les meilleurs moyens de communication imaginables... mais on communique de moins en moins bien.

55 jours depuis mon envoi à Macron

J'ai fait mon premier envoi
à Emmanuel Macron
le mardi 11 juillet 2017...
et il ne m'a pas encore répondu.

Ce président se comporte comme un sourd.
Il n'écoute pas ses citoyens.

Monday, September 4, 2017

54 jours depuis mon envoi à Macron

J'ai fait mon premier envoi
à Emmanuel Macron
le mardi 11 juillet 2017...
et il ne m'a pas encore répondu.

Ce président se comporte comme un sourd.
Il n'écoute pas ses citoyens.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

53 jours depuis mon envoi à Macron

J'ai fait mon premier envoi
à Emmanuel Macron
le mardi 11 juillet 2017...
et il ne m'a pas encore répondu.

Ce président se comporte comme un sourd.
Il n'écoute pas ses citoyens.