...for Dec. 14. Too bad it didn't make the Moncton Times and Transcript. The European Court of Human Rights found Moslem terrorists guilty of holding an American citizen prisoner for almost four years, sodomizing him, beating him, torturing him. And it was all a case of mistaken identity.
Oops - typo there - It did happen. But the man was a German citizen. On the request of the CIA who thought the man might be a terrorist, and with the connivance of the German government, Macedonian police arrested him, beat him severely for a couple of weeks, then handed him over to the CIA.
The CIA immediately gave him "capture shock" which began with shackling, blindfolding, beating and sodomizing. There was more of the same until the CIA realized this was a case of mistaken identity. So the man was was again blindfolded, shackled, taken to Albania, and dumped on a roadside.
For nine years, American courts refused even to hear the case. And the US, Germany, and Macedonia all inisisted it never happened. Now, the European Court of Human Rights has found the CIA guilty. It made world news. But not much in North America, and certainly not in the pages of The Moncton Times and Transcript. Of course not.
The editors of the TandT just take the standard handouts, and publish them at random. Nobody there knows enough about world news, anyway.
However, if it had been done to an American citizen by Moslem terrorists, can you imagine what the headlines have been right across North America.
It's just lucky certain other countries weren't involved in this case. Countries that have been known to cooperate with the CIA in the illegal torture of "suspects" are Britain, France, - and Canada with its very own CSIS.
Oh, here's another big story for the TandT. The CIA has chaplains. I guess the agents need a round of spiritual refreshment and reflection between sodomies.
The front page headline for today is about plans to spend $2.5 million for highway work. As usual, the story simply repeats official statements from a few people. There are no questions, though it would nice to know who much of this money is going to private contractors, and how much work will be done by the province. Is there any pattern of this over the years? How do costs compare between the two sectors? Is there evidence that going to private contractors is cheaper? If there is a difference in costs - either way - why do we maintain two systems? Reporters are supposed to ask question, not to simply hold up recorders.
That's it for section A, unless you really, really, give a damn for a full page story about a bridal shop opening in Shediac.
For foreign news, don't waste your time with NewsToday. You can get more and better on Google news - and you would have had it yesterday. There is, though, an intriguing story that isn't foreign news.
When Atcon needed a 50 million dollar loan from the NB government, it had to, reasonably enough, give a statement of its assets to the government.
It got the loan, went broke anyway; and on p. C3 we learn that Atcon exaggerated its assets - by over $35 million dollars. Now, let's just suppose Atcon did that deliberately. If so, this would be fraud, theft, a criminal offence.
Despite lengthy quotations from politicians, all we get from them are political games. There is not a hint of investigation for laying a criminal charge. The general tone is let's forget it, and move on.
Well, no.If you or I defrauded anybody for 35 mil, we'd be looking at spending the rest of our Christmases in jail. This is a question which seems not to have occurred to the reporter. In fact, no question seems to have occurred to the reporter. Will there not be any criminal investigation? Was the government in any way complicit in this? Will our provincial government just throw 50 million at you if you tell them you have millions and millions? Don't they check? If a welfare recipient gets overpaid in error by, say a hundred dollars, he or she is hounded for years for repayment with interest. In fact, there's a case like that going on right now. (Of course, it didn't reach the pages of the TandT).
Let's get th is straight. A company got 50 million out of the government, and did so by giving faulty information. And nobody at the TandT or in the government even asked whether there might be something wrong here? Nobody suggested an inquiry? Nobody wondered at the gross incompetence or, possibly, the corruption of two political parties that treat this so lightly? (Or, in fairness, we have to consider that both parties may be composed largely of people who are morally defective due not to greed but to sheer stupidity).
And it never occurred to an editor that questions should have been asked. And the editorial writer is so out to lunch that he or she thinks the great question of our time is whether we should be better organized in giving out turkeys and toys one day a year?
Oh, and just to rub these lessons home, read the second editorial, "Minister does right". There's the kind of tough-minded attitude we need. An overpayment of welfare is ----a crime. It goes on to say that if you ask any victim of a crime, he or she will tell you that.
Now take a look at the laid back attitudes of our political and media leaders toward a false statement from Atcon for which we were victimized to the tune of 50 million dollars.
Why to I have an urge to right ignorant, fatheaded, self-righteous, incompetent ass?
Alec Bruce gives fair, even kind treatment to the F-35 mess. I would just add it's a bigger mess than it seems because there has never been an analysis of what we will need it for - or even what the world will be like during the F-35 service life. Just a few factors:
1. Development is already well along for unmanned fighters to be controlled, like the drones, from remote stations as if war were a computer game. Since they don't have to consider the limitations of the human body, they can fly at higher speeds and tighter turns. And they will be in service BEFORE we get even our first F-35. In other words, the F-35 is already obsolete.
2. According to a report by US intelligence, the American empire is closing down. The American century is over. By 2030, it says, the Asian economies will be bigger than all of western Europe and North America put together (Guess why Harper is so eager for trade deals with China.)
Trade has a good deal (a great deal) to do with who our enemies are, and what we need to fight them. Any reading of Canadian history will show that. 2030 is not far off. Any government that committed us to such a deal without getting some idea of future needs is wildly imcompetent.
3. The F-35 deal was arranged without competitive bidding. A government that does that is usually very stupid or very corrupt. And it's certainly very arrogant.
David Suzuki has a column that sounds just sweetly gentle. But it's a lot more than that. It's not just true. It's so profoundly true that its meaning can take a long time to sink in. Our minds are so cluttered with complicated lies that that its hard to understand a simple truth. Suzuki suggests a new way of looking at things that is not only better than we do now. It's essential.
Several days ago, when Harper very apologetically announced his oil deal with China, he made a very revealing comment. He said he was very opposed to dealing with state companies of any sort. Essentially, he said that only business has a role in the economic life of a society. That tell us all we need to know about Harper. It even tells us why we are watching the fall of the US.
Today's blog is too long to fit this in. I'll try to remember it for a slow day.