Sometimes, one can't call the news in The Moncton Times&Transcript either good or bad. There's just is nothinig there.
The biggest New Brunswick story of the year has been the one of shale gas. But the newspaper has said almost nothing about it - indeed, nothing at all until the protests could no longer be ignored. And this exploration has been going on for years. Most of them without a word.
I have yet to see anybody raise one of the fundamental questions. If the people of New Brunswick have all this shale gas, if it is ours. Why on earth are we even thinking of leasing it out for a private company to make the profits out of it? If it's as safe as we are told, why can't we be the ones to train our own citizens in the work, keep the jobs in New Brunswick, and keep the profits to ease our tax load?
Maybe Mr. Irving's private committee to plan OUR economic future and to dictate it to Mr. Alward (aka The Listener) will examine this issue and tell us the whole range of options we will be allowed to choose from - ranging from having a private company develop shale gas to having a private company develop shale gas.
Mr. Alward has announced, all by himself, that his government will begin an information campaign. Wowee! Does that mean we will now get full and unbiased information? Dream on.
Mark Mackenzie of Moncton has a letter to the editor that drips righterouness on the fracking issue. The law must be respected. I quite agree. That's why George Washington and William Lyon MacKenzie and the rebel leaders in Libya and Egypt should have been hanged for taking their protest to violence. They had no right to break the law. That's why we should honour those naziis who reported and arrested Jews. They were supporting the law.
No, I don't support breaking the law. But I also don't support governments and private companies who ride roughshod over the wishes of the people. When violence happens, it is commonly caused by those who claim to be upholding the law. If you want to find out who is guilty for provoking violence, look first at the drilling companies, Mr. Alward, and NBMedia.
Brian Cormier contributes a touching remembrance of Jack Layton, full of admiration for his principles, and says "Canada Needed Jack Layton". Wonder why he never said so when Layton was alive?
There's a suggestive article on, of all places, the Business page. It's about a drone observation plane designed for use in the desert. (Obviously designed to defend Canada. Those desert countries are always invading us.) Now in use in Libya, it joins the new warfare of killing without needing an army. The US and Israel have used more deadly versions of such drones to kill many thousands of people, most of them probably civilians, with no risk at all. The Israeli ones operate on screens very much like computer games. Pretty random in their choices of targets, they have killed many dozens of innocent people, including babies, in Gaza. You won't find much about this in the North American press, though. Try an Israeli paper, el Haaretz.
Similarly, the US has killed uncounted numbers of people, largely civilians, with drones in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia - and other places you won't read about.
War, always a killer of civilians. has, at least since 1914 increasingly killed more civilians - women an children - than it militants. The US, whose citizens have lost the urge for service in the military, increasingly relies on hired thugs and and hi-tech, both of them inflicting there greatest damage on the helpless and innocent. And we are not the only ones who know how to make drones.
Why is this story on the business page? Hey! Building drones is good for business.