Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Nov. 7:

There's little to say about today's Moncton Times and Transcript that has not been said before.
Page A3 is cute. It has a story about inductions into the Junior Achievement New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame. (Curiously, though, the inductees all seem to be pretty senior juniors.) All are, of course, the usual suspects. But it is the existence of such a Hall of Fame that is intriguing.

People in some fields, not many, lust after public recognition and awards and titles.  People in most fields don't.

Professors, for example, crave titles, preferably in Latin, and ever more letters after their names. The champs are probably athletes. It must a very minor sport, indeed, that does not have its Hall of Fame. There was a period when I was frequently invited to suppers, roasts, testimonials for professional athletes; and they were always wonderful, character-filled, just great guys. These were always feasts of testimonials, love, praise - with more for dessert.

Yon don't usually see that for accountants, dentists, even politicians.

However, a Hall of Fame for aging junior businessmen actually exists in New Brunswick.

The editorial and op ed pages are slightly better than usual. de Adders has managed a funny cartoon. Quite clever, really. The editorial does its usual pimping, this time (again) for the 'events centre'. Norbert has a good column on bicycle helmets. (But this is a pretty trivial issue when one considers what he could be dealing with - shale gas, absurdly low taxes for business, the level of business intrusion into government.....
Jim Irving, for example, a member of the Junior Achievement New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame (and therefore now to be referred to as Jim Irving, JANBHF), was once advisor to the Minister of Finance. Isn't that nice? Yes, just like hiring a wolf to look after the sheep.

Alec Bruce has s sobering column on the outcome of the US election. It is one of the few intelligent summaries I have seen of the campaign, the election, and what is likely to happen in the next four years.. Obama may be better than Romney. But not much and not nearly enough. And, in any case, there has been no change in the people who really run the country.

Eric Lewis and Brian Cormier, as usual, manage to fill an otherwise attractive blank space  with babbling.

So what to expect now that Obama has defeated Romney? The same as what happened after Obama defeated Bush - more of the same old same old.

The American election, as usual, was financed by the super-wealthy. Who even knows the names of those parties which also ran but did not have the support of the super-wealthy? Obama (the 'leftist" in American terms) won. But Obama collected as least as much from the super-wealthy as Romney did. In fact, there is no left or right, no conservative or liberal in American politics. There is only big business and what it wants.

Big business depends on its control of foreign markets and foreign resources. It must have the cheap labour of Haita and most of Central America, the cheap labour and resources of Africa. It must spend heavily on 'defence' because that is the only way it can stop China and Russia from moving in on the resources and markets of Africa, Latin America and Asia. American business has always been built on the military - from the invasions of Canada and Mexico, the annexation of The Phillipines, the creation of dictatorships in Central America, the support and the shuffling of dictators (as in Libya and Iraq where Saddam and Ghadaffi were originally close friends to US business).

But the American empire is in serious trouble.

It began when its puppet in China, Chiang Kai-Shek was defeated. This not only meant that US big business had lost its dream of controlling China. As we now know, it meant the US would face a powerful competitor.

That is the reason for most of the wars since 1950. Not only must American big business hang on to the old, European empires it has inherited, it must also recapture old colonies it lost - as in Latin America. That's why there have been Canadian 'peacekeepers' and police in Haiti. They aren't there to protect Haitians. The US invented a crisis, used it to send the democratically elected president into exile, then set up what was really an army of occupation so it could then hold a largely phony election to install another American puppet.  There are many more Haitis still to come all over the world. (Why was he president of Haiti bad? He was going to tax American businesses in Haiti and waste the money on hospitals and schools.)

But the money for eternal war has long since run out. And the American people are so fed up with war that recruits, even in a recession, are hard to find. In Afghanistan today, well over half of the American army is made up of hired thugs, the mercenaries called private contractors.

Reading the daily news is little help in understanding what is happening. You have to have some sense of the bigger picture in which the day's news is happening.

What's happening is that a vast, commercial empire built on military power is collapsing. And it has the world's largest arsenal of nuclear weapons.

Do you think countries go to war to bring justice and peace or, perhaps, to punish bad people like Saddam?
If tomorrow's paper is as dull as today's, I'll touch on that. To get ready for it, think of this....

World War Two was, we were told, a war fought to defend freedom. Okay. So here's the question. If the war was fought to save freedom, why did it take the US so long to join in?

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