Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sept. 7: Worst yet for The Moncton Times and Tribune?

(I skip the Labour Day edition because I just read it, and it's all filler.)

The big story, front page - there's going to be a CFL game in Moncton. Big picture - Tim Horton's will be selling football doughnuts. Pages A4 and A5 are thrilling pictures of local churches. I  have no idea why. P.A6 is pictures of children splashing in the water. Who could believe that children splash in water?

Again, there's a story on Libya and, again, it tells us nothing. I have listed in earlier posts the involvement of Al Queda with the rebels. the presence of people the US lists as terrorists among rebel leaders, the American government providing funding and weapons for Al Quaeda  (which is against American law) - information to be found in news media all over the world. But not in NBnedia.

No mention that Libyan, American and British intelligence  have been working together closely for years - though it's all over the British press - and could blow into a major scandal.

No mention that we dropped 30,000 bombs on Libya.  (Not one of which, of course, harmed any civilian in any way.)

Somalia didn't make The Times at all, and hasn't for weeks. The death toll from starvation is now in the tens of thousands, with half of them children. But who gives a damn? I mean, it's like fracking. The only people who care are tree-huggers. .

Think for a moment of what it must look and smell like. Tens of thousands dead. Who is there to bury so many people? Are there tractors ploughing them into pits? Not likely. What is likely is tens of thousands ob bodies ranging from babies to the elderly rotting on the roads and in the brush, being eaten by wild animals, and swarms of birds and insects... That's what happens when it's more important to drop bombs than food.

The story on a poll of how Canadians remember 9/11 mentions that Canadian are confused about our mission to Afghanistan because "...the message is not communicated clearly..."  In fact, it hasn't been communicated at all. That's because the government has no intention of telling us the truth about Aghanistan - and most of our journalists have no intention of asking them.

It's like fracking that way. There's a  sudden silence from the frackers. They are saying nothing. The government is saying nothing (Alward's only talent is listening). The NBmedia are saying nothing. Soon, they will accuse us of being uninformed.

On B3, we are told Israel has announced it will "tolerate" civil protests by Palestinians complaining of Israel's effective conversion of Palestine into a concentration camp. (It does not mention that Israeli has also given it forces permission to shoot at protestors. You have to go to The Guardian to learn that.)

On Sunday's blog, I gave a list of stories that were public knowledge in Europe, but not in North America. As I expected, not one of those stories has made it into The Moncton Times and Tribune.

One of those stories is that Israel has been seeing massive demonstrations against the government for its fattening of billionaires while keeping living standards for most Israelis low. Many of the demonstrators are also fed up with Netanyahu's lack of interest in peace. This weekend, some 450,000 Israelis took to the streets in protest. Now, if that had happened in an arab country, it would have been played up as the "Arab Spring". But it wasn't important enough for the Moncton T&T to even mention it..

While we're on the matter of protestors, it was protestors in Moncton that got the city to reconsider chopping down magnificent, old trees. The anti-fracking protest has been enough to destroy Alward's self-delusion that he is open and honest and a great listener. There is a rise of protest all over the world. And it's happening even in New Brunswick.

The response of governments (and hacks for the frackers) is to say these protestors are simply bullies and even criminals. That hasn't worked in putting down the protestors anywhere; and it won't work here.  Protest, everywhere in the world, is on a sharp rise. Maybe instead of calling people names, we should look at why so much of the world is protesting.

Or, maybe, we should just say, "Wow! what about that football game, eh?"

And then Horton's could send the leftover football doughnuts to Somalia. (for a tax deduction and admittance to the Order of New Brunswick).

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