Friday, October 7, 2011

Oct. 7: another day of non-news?

Another start at a blog on the night before.  What stories will not be in the Moncton Times and Transcript tomorrow (Friday)?

1. The US war in The Phillipines. Operation Enduring Peace has been going on for ten years. It supports the Phillipines government against terrorists. Supposedly, the US just supplies military aid. In fact, it  has some 600 (at last count) special ops on the ground - as well as  "trainers" and "advisors": It is just one of an uncounted number of unreported wars the US is engaged in around the world.

2. On Oct. 8, there will be a mass protest in London, England, along the lines of Occupy Wall Street.

3. You Tube is censoring coverage of Occupy Wall Street, often  refusing to run videos of police violence.

4, A leading Republican has called for the impeachment of Obama on grounds that are quite sound - He ordered the murder of an American citizen. That illegal under the American constitution. Obama has even said publicly he did it. (But the TandT never ran that story, either.)

5. In Libya, NATO bombers attacked a hospital. (Let's hear it for our boys.)  Meanwhile, the rebels are rampaging through Sirte with raping, looting, and random murder. This is happening on the same day that Canada welcomed the rebels as a democratic force. (Three cheers for our side.)

6. After ten years of war, thousands of rioters filled streets in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, demanding we and the US get out.

7. (This is a prediction). The TandT will NOT publish the information about fracking it has promised. If we're lucky, we'll get corporate propaganda. But we many not get even that. ( I mean, why change now?)

A reader has asked for a list of news sources we can get on google to learn this. Well, for a start, there's google news which is not great - but better than most North American newspapers.

The only Canadian newspaper I can recommend is The Globe and Mail - and that only for columnist Jeffrey Simpson, crossword puzzles and book reviews. (I find its news heavily influenced by big business, and its choice of words often loaded.)

Avoid MacLean's like the plague. Ditto for most news magazines. The Economist (UK) is good, though it has some "conservative " bias. (I put conservative in brackets because most people who use it don't know what it means. And I have a respect for real conservatism.)

The Financial Times and the New York Times are probably the best in the US. The New York Times was the only paper that I know of to publish the story that Clinton had publicly apologized for the CIA directed slaughter of 200,000 Guatemalan native peoples - but at that, it buried it on p. A8. And there was no followup. (Did the Moncton TandT every publish it? One of the victims was a Catholic lay missionary from New Brunswick.)

The Guardian is the best British paper I know of - though The Indendent can be very good. As is Le Monde in France. Without a doubt, it's Haaretz (Israel)for the middle east.

The best news channel is probably BBC (though it's sometimes timid). The best in North America is CBC - with the same proviso.

Al Jazeera was very good, indeed, though there are signs it isnow  tailoring itself to win acceptance in the lucrative American market.

Private radio stations in general are a joke so far as news is concerned - and their phone-in shows are worse.

For a round up of news sources on the web, a good place to go is International Clearing House. It's a one man operation, with selections from all over the world - and much disliked by the American government. It often looks one-sided - and it may be - but that's partly because it goes after stories the other news news media ignore.

There's also a large blog called The Mark. It appears daily as a  collection of commentaries from Canadians - and it's usually well balanced and well done. I find, though, that it can get timid on some subjects.
Thursday morning - Wow! A perfect record for the Times and Transcript. No mention of any of the stories I listed. The closest was the report from Reuters that the fighting is still going  on in Sirte. But it still says the resistance is made up of  ghadaffi loyalists. (The people getting out of Sirte say it is made up of local residents who know what the rebels, our democratic friends, are going to do with them.

Our reliance on bombing means the death toll among civilians must now be high into the tens of thousands. Canadian tax dollars at work. But don't worry about it. We'll never get an honest report on the kill. Meanwhile, babies are dying of starvation in Somalia. (Yawn)

The TandT also forgot another incident of yesterday - a speech to the nation by Obama. He expressed sympathy with the Wall Street protestors. Well, the Tand T haven't said much about the protesters in the first place - so who gives a damn what Obama said.

Much more important was a gushing and kissup report on a speech by
Donald Trump in St. John. So far as I can tell, it was pretty shallow entertainment, and utterly devoid of  anything worth listening to. It was, we are told, jammed with power brokers and executives. I'll bet it was.  They were so excited, there must have been a long lineup at the
 washrooms when it ended.

Interesting story on C6. A leading professor of ecology, one who says the oil sands of Alberta are an environmental disaster, will be speaking at Mount A next week. (cancer deaths among native peoples are skyrocketing in communities downstream from the drilling.)

This is a curious choice, since most university boards are dominated by corporations and their hired hands. Understandably, such a guest speaker is highly unusual for a university. I wonder how the TandT will cover it.

For information on the speaker, google David Schindler Alberta.

For the editorial, the big question in this world of mass murder, starvation, edge of World War Three, and signs of rebellions in the western world, is a rethinking of our disposal of wet and dry garbage. At the, the editor is still over his head. I think I would put him in a blue bag.

There is a very sensible column by Alec Bruce who stands out as a rose in a bed or weeds.; and the usual intelligent and informed one from David Suzuki.

But for the rest, this paper isn't bad. It's disgusting.



  1. Other recommended reading?

    Other then books, do you have any books that you can recommend? For example, I went out and got the First Casualty at the library after you mentionned it, do you have any more books of the sort to recommend, about any subject. thanks.

  2. Ah Decarie -- if only you had strong opinions, you'd be a dandy blogger.

  3. You think the news editing is bad now, ya shudda seen it post-Colpitts.