Wednesday, May 30, 2012

May 30: No bigger fool than me....

Yesterday, a reader sent me a post that I have not mentioned the lawyers in Montreal - and what happened at the courthouse. Damn. He's right. I didn't mention it - and it's key to understanding the Quebec student strike and what it has come to mean. (If I get any dumber, they'll want me to be editor of The Moncton Times and Transcript.)

Two days ago, students were in the streets, publicly breaking the new law (Bill 78) that restricts public demonstrations. The lawyers at the courthouse, still wearing their courtroom attire, went out into the streets to join the students. Now, think about that.

Have you ever before heard of a demonstration of lawyers? Have you ever heard of lawyers deliberately and publicly breaking what the law? Do you think that lawyers do that sort of thing just to help out a bunch of kids who are spoiled brats who want to go to university free?

This is an extraordinary development which gives a pretty strong hint that the Montreal demonstrations are not about spoiled brats. There are profound meanings to it. But, oh, it is taking the Canadian news media a long time to figure that our. We are in the middle of one of the most important turning points in Canadian history. And you can learn as much about it from The Moncton Times and Transcript as you could in chatting with the local drunk sitting on a curb.

And I forgot to mention it. Damn.

Anyway, it's my topic for the next meeting the the current events group, Tuesday, June 5 at 7 p.m. Bring a friend from The Moncton Times and Transcript.

If  you are a betting person, it may soon be time to place your bet on a NATO war against Syria. No, it's not for any reason you'll see reported in the TandT - since most of that is propaganda and hearsay. Neither NATO nor most of the rebels have the slightest interest in democracy. Indeed, many of the rebels (the ones supposedly on our side - supplied, trained and even paid by our side) appear to have Al Queda sympathies. And whoever wins this mad game gets control of the Syrian weapons system - which probably includes chemical weapons.

What NATO wants is for its own puppets to win. Thus the likliehood of a NATO invasion. For a little more money, you can safely bet that Harper will volunteer Canada's help.

And only a fool would bet where this war will lead us.

Page 1 has a big, propaganda story on boosting Main St. Interestingly, there's a novel by Sinclair Lewis with the title "Main Street".  It's about a small town on the US prairies in the 1920s,  a dreary, uninspired place with  no imagination but big on local boosterism - all of if materialistic and shallow. He wrote another novel on the same theme, "Babbitt". Read either of them. Cut out the front page of today's TandT,, use it as a bookmark,and re-read the book mark now and then as you go through the book.

Oh, yeah. Be sure to include the other big story on the page "Moncton council urged to push for growth".

There's also an excellent story on page 1 that children aren't getting enough play time. This is an important story. Play time is learning time. Play time is when children learn to socialize with others, to develop a range of interests, to mature. And one thing (besides computers and TV) that kills play time is adults who insist on organizing it. Now, adult involvement can help in youth groups that are geared to stimulating minds and attitudes, and when they encourage socializing.

But what's death for learning is a play activity forced to work under adult rules and with adult control. In Canada, the prime offender is organized hockey. It crushes creativity and imagination, and retards maturity.

Oh, I know. The coaches will say it develops leadership. Right. Give me a list of the great Canadian leaders produced by organized hockey. Tell me all the NHL players who went on to become national leaders. (Though I have a suspicion most of our city councillors must have played pee wee hockey.)

This is a front page story that is worth reading.

There is also a distrubing story on the front page that we should know more about. (The story, about the breast centre at the Dumont hospital is well done; but it relies heavily on infomration from the Moncton hospital/ I've dealt with both hospitals, found both to be excellent and both far more accessible that hospitals in Montreal. But I've also noticed strained relations between the two.) We need more information from both sides about this issue -and before this turns into a brainless, shouting match.

The reporting from Syhria (NewToday) is highly suspect. It gives the strong impression the killing of over a hundred people was done by government artillery. It doesn't mention other reports they were assembled and killed up close - by rebels.

And the indication of outrage from the UN and the NATO powers is pure hypocrisy. Where were they when NATO invaded Iraq and killed innocent people by the hundreds of thousands, and created five million refugees? Or when the US killed a quarter million in Guatemala?

The editorial is silly. But Norbert Cunningham does well, indeed. The kid can still come through when he puts his mind to it...

The op ed page is its usual dish of irrelevancies.

Letters to the Editor is really quie good.  Worth a read.

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