This morning, I checked the gallery for my paper. None. Okay. So turned to Google to get my computer edition.
The date Feb. 11 came up. And a picture of snow, obviously from Saturday. So far so good.
But then I noticed that most of the stories were ones I had seen before. That's not unusual for the TandT which often runs the same story two days in a row or even twice in the same edition.
So, I clicked to the get the whole of today's edition. And all I could get was the whole of Saturday's edition.
So - muttering words usually used only for the most perverse versions of sex or in religious services, I bundled up to walk to the store for a copy. But Lord, Lord, Lord, there was nothing in it. The thing I can recommend you read is the last letter to the editor. Otherwise, there is zip in this edition.
For example, page one has a story which draws on psychologists to explain why most people will not react to help in an emergency situation. They just stand and watch. (This story arises from the unusual response of Joey Leblanc who, alone in a group of people who were watching a woman die in a burning car, ran forward to save her life.)
Mr. Leblanc (despite his age, he has certainly proven he deserves the respect of the title) certainly should be recognized. But they ran this same story, complete with psychologist opinion, ON SATURDAY. Furthermore, the psychology of the "passiveness of the crowd" has been well understood and well publicized for at least 50 years. It became common knowledge internationally that long ago with the murder of a New York Woman whose screams brought no help from the hundreds of people who heard them.
Yes, people in a crowd are passive. New Brunswickers, of all people should know that. That's why they get the governments they do. That's why they allow corporate bosses to bully them. But I don't think the TandT is likely to interview psychologists about that.
The story of the former Los Angeles police office who shot three people and is now on the run made p. C1. But it's not the whole story. (In fairness to the editor of that page, he probably doesn't know the whole story - on this or anything else.)
Take a look at the picture of the police officer. Notice he doesn't look perfectly white?
The Los Angeles Police Department has been notoriously racist, brutal, and thuggish for decades - and deliberately so. In the 50s and 60's and later, it actively recruited whites from the old south - men who were guaranteed to be the most brutal of racists.
There's a reason why LA has had riots in its African and Mexican population.
The reputation became so bad that the LAPD turned to television to win public opinion over. That began way back in the 50s with a show called, I think, Dragnet - with detective sergeant Joe Friday. The basic formla was the police were alway polite and honest. It was the general public that tended to be caustic, unreasonably angry or hysterical - "Just the facts, ma'am," said Joe Friday.
Then there was Adam 12, the story of two LAPD officers (not coincidentally, both were white) who were always honest and polite and reasonable. It was the ordinary citizens who were irrational and uncontrolled and even violent.
The LAPD was, to say the least, closely involved in both shows.
Such programmes still appear, still with LAPD cooperation, though now with the mandatory appearance of the occasional officer who is not white. However, the force remains as racist and thuggish as ever.
That does not, of course, excuse the shootings. But it does give a better sense than the TandT story does of what it's all about.
There is a curious story on C, p. 1. Much of the world wants Canada to ban the trade in polar bear parts. They mention heads, skins, etc. They don't mention other parts, like testicles, which have a big market in China to restore virility and other ailments.
Canada offers two, pretty silly arguments against the ban. The first is that a ban on selling bear parts would not affect the survival of the species because the Inuit hunt the bear for meat - and there is also the polar bear hunt for sport. Well, yes. But the profitable trade in parts offers an additional and powerful motive for killing. It's financially worth killing a polar just for the testicles.
As well, the official Canadian position is that it is not the hunt which endangers polar bear survival. It is climate change. But thats can't be true.
Mr. Harper, himself, has repeatedly said that there is no climate change.
Well, we may run out of polar bears. But we'll still have a dinosaur for Prime Minister.
The only useful story in the paper in on D2. It 's about the dangers of deep-fried foods - and how they bring on strokes and well as levels of obesity that cut lives short. It associates these foods especially with the US Deep South.
Yes, indeed. It reminded me of that hamburger I had in New Orleans - meat, cheese, onion, lettuce, tomato, bun - all of it - all - deep fried. With French fries on the side.
Norbert is beneath contempt. I'll have some respect for him the day when he uses his slurs like 'sense of entitlement' and 'culture of dependency' when he uses them on the Irvings and their buddies as freely as he does on those of us who have no choice but to be dependent.
I can understand a man I disagree with. I cannot understand an intellectual and moral coward and bully.
And that's it for today's Moncton Times and Transcript.
I guess there's two things worth reading - the story on deep fried foods and the last letter to the editor, "Poliical culture due for a change".
Unlike the writer of the letter, I am not optimistic that the people of New Brunswick will change. I think they will continue to be passive, to be scared, to be bullied, to be lied to and propagandized by their newspapers, to be betrayed by their political leaders, and to be cheated by their economic leaders. I think they will continue to let democracy die.
But I agree with the writer on his main point. If this province is ever to get better, the change can only come from the people of New Brunswick, themselves. It will not come from miracle shale deposits or from more gifts to the Irvings and friends. It will not come the slogans and catch phrases of politicians; it certainly will not come from penalizing the elderly, the sick, the poor for the schools for the poverty the rich of this province have created.
If this province is to get better, then the people have to act more like Joey Leblanc, and less like the slack-jawed crowd who stood around with their faces hanging out while a woman's life was in danger.