Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Oxt. 19:2011 A Valiant attempt to say nothing at all

The big story for people who MUST know is that businesses on Main Street call for more parking spaces to make it a poplar shopping street again.  Right. And while we're planning for the future, we'll almost make it a dirt road for horses, install hitching posts, and rebuild the stables that used to be there.

The only main streets that survive as shopping streets are those served by excellent, frequent, cheap, and scheduled mass transportion. That is what Moncton should be planning. That is what real cities do, many of them not encouraging cars on main street, but discouraging them.

Our city planning for the future is for a society based on private cars? Are they cazy? Get real.

That's pretty much it for news in section A. Over half of it is ads.

NewsToday, as usual, is slim, shallow, and lying by omission. As usual, it comes from Reuters; and if  any civilians have been killed, Reuters has not noticed it. Most of Sirte is rubble. The  hospital was heavily bombed while so filled that patients were lying in the corridors. The schools were bombed. Apartments were bombed. Thousands of tons of bombs and artillery shells were dropped in a city smaller than Moncton.

And no Reuters reporter saw any civilian dead? Thank you, God, for yet another miracle.

And if Sirte was being defended by lightly armed mercenaries for such a very long time and against such hopeless odds.....sorry...it is not possible to believe that.   (Where are the reports of the piled bodies of merenaries. Did they all go up to heaven in the flesh right away?) 

No, Sirte was almost certainly defended by it's own citizens against the terror of the well-know love of the rebels for rape, pillage and murder. I wonder which side  history will choose as the heroes of Sirte?

Amusing story on theYour Business page. The American government, with business support, is looking to protect itself against foreign competition. Geewhizgolly, aren't these the same people who said that free trade is good for everybody? Why the suddent change?

Actually, business in Canada and the US for over a century was opposed to free trade. It favoured a high tariff to keep out competition. The idea was to protect their profits (and make us pay more for everthing.)

Then, the gospel suddenly changed in the 1970s as North American business realized that free trade could open up markets for it.

But it backfired. The cheap labour of other countries meant they could undersell American companies.
Oo-oo-o-ooh. So the corporations are suddenly changing their minds. Free and trade are nasty words.

The protest movement is downplyed again to p. B7, with almost no story. As well, it repeats the old propaganda line.that the movement has no stated demands. No?

1. It wants an end to control of our elected governments by large corporations.
2. It wants real democracy in which we control our governments.

Is that hard to understand?

The Times and Transcript  wants the opposite -corporate control (which is why it has said nothing about the blatant takeover of provincial finance planning by Mr. Irving. It doesn't want democracy. That's why it has allowed the secret development of the shale gas scandal.

Celebrity Gwen Stefani (who?) says she will give up her career to raise her children. I'm so relieved to hear that.

The first sentence of the editorial is "First let it be stated we are all in favour of democracy,,..."  My stomach just wasn't up to going further. The Moncton Times has never shown it is in favour of democracy. The corporate rulers of this world have never shown it. The Conservative and Liberal parties in this province have never shown it. (That's why people voted against the Liberals last time and, if they have any brains, will vote against the Conservative next time.)

Today, for a change the whole op ed page is given over to staff writers. The first one, by Eric Lewis, is useful in reminding us of an old problem, bullying, that we have never really dealt with.

Brian Cormier's column is by, well, Brian Cormier.

Two letters from the editor tell us about two more problems our society has - some people who write letters to the editor.

One person says same sex marriage is wrong because The Bible says its wrong. Okay, The bible also says the  people who lead us in worship must be physically perfecet.

So when do we get the see the annual inspection of naked clergy? That could be next summer's attraction at Magnetic Hill.

Another writer says the 'occupiers' are whiners.  Canada is a land where success is limited only by one's abilities and work habits - thanks to democracy and capitalism. Quite so.

Mr. Irving is a wealthy man who got ahead entirely on his own abilities and hard work. We have all seen him sweating, aching, tired, and tumbling into bed of straw.. He was a poor lad who came from nowhere. It's enough to make you cry with joy.

We don't have capitalism. Read Adam Smith, the prophet of nationalism, some day. Learn what the word means.

We have representative democracy? You're joking. Right?

We do have whiners. They're the billionaires who whine that they can't afford ten dollars an  hour for people who work a hell of a lot harder than they do.

2 comments:

  1. Graeme...you skipped over the fun stuff in the top line story about downtown parking....
    References to "cord", abdicating, costumers.....,,,,,instead of chord, advocating and customers. No proof readers, no editors and apparently nobody who knows how to use spellcheck

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  2. And I did miss it. It was such a dreary edition to read through. Even to comment on the childish idiocies in it was a chore.

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