Wednesday, April 10, 2013

April 10:

If you look at the comments below yesterday's post, you will find that a reader warned me that Colchester County in Nova Scotia plans to dump over a million litres of fracking wastewater, complete with its chemicals, into the sea. So I checked.

It's even worse than I thought. Windsor, Nova Scotia, has already dumped over four million litres into Minas Basin. And there's lots more to go.

The Nova Scotia government assures people - without evidence - that the dangerous parts have been removed. (Oh? And where are they?)

But if it's so easy to remove the dangerous parts, why is New Brunswick going to all the trouble and expense of building holding tanks that will never, ever, ever leak?

What we're seeing is just the beginning. Harper's destruction of environmental protection has set Canada up  for destruction - all so that people who keep their money in tax havens can make some quick profits for a short time - maybe.

Meantime, it might be as well to resist the urge to go wading at Hopewell Park this summer.
Meanwhile, the only thing worth reading in section A is on page 3. It's an ad for a sale on tombstones. But it ends on April 30, so rush down and die now to save money.

NewsToday is almost as bad. Stephen Harper, who couldn't spare time to attend a meeting on the imminent dangers of world drought, will have plenty of time for the funeral of Margaret Thatcher, the woman who economic ideas made Britain the disaster area it is.

Health Minister Flemming reached out to us common folk who attended a Rotary Club dinner to watch him foam at the mouth over doctors. Tickets were a hundred dollars each to reach out to even the  humblest in our comunity. And - people were allowed to ask questions. Democracy in action.

Keith Ashfield, federal minister of something, wants a national debate on the cost of health care. Of course. We're going to see a big push for privatization.

Actually, as the US case shows, privatization costs far more than state medicare, while leaving most people without care at all. But that's private money so it's like, you know, it's different. It's spending more money but also saving on taxes - and tax money is different from private

In the US, the leading cause of bankruptcy among seniors is health care. But that's good. I guess.

Mr. Ashfield did not mention whether the national debate on the cost of health care would look into the issue of the cost to us of tax havens for the super rich.

In fact, there's not a word about the tax havens scandal in the whole paper. There's a story about a circus elephant in Mississippi which was shot. There's a big story on MP Ashfield touring port facilities and boosting the pipeline. But not a word on the 27 trillion hidden away to avoid taxes.

And no mention, of course, of who the 450 Canadians involved are. Any guesses, folks?

The only real news item in NewsToday that  is honest and worth reading is "Resident rallying support over mine concerns". It's about a proposed mine in New Brunswick which will cost tax payers a bundle (perhaps money saved from being wasted on keeping people alive), and might well destroy a river and much of the land around it.

There is an amazing story on D1. "Beyonce's trip to Cuba approved by US government". God Bless America, the land of the free....  These are free people who can go anywhere they like - just so long as they get permission from the US government.

And why was this one approved? Well, it's cultural.Like - well - they'll be eating at fine restaurants, and listening to music in clubs - you know, cultural - and they won't be doing anything communist like going to a beach or talking to anybody official.
The editorial is pimping again - and this time pimping again for an events centre and a pipeline.

Norbert opens with a rant against critics of cuts to EI. He says it's crazy to talk about the death of democracy in Canada. Oh? A key to democracy is information. Norbert - you work for a company who major role is to make sure we don't get information - just propaganda from your boss. We live in a country which seems to have had electoral fraud committed by government party workers over the last ten years of federal elections - and the federal government has shown no interest in it at all and, in fact, has offered no cooperation.

Then he shows his ignorance of the last centurty and more of history by saying governments don't create  jobs, that jobs are created only by private industry. Norbert, do you know nothing about the great depression? About the recovery from it? about how private industry creates jobs usually with massive grants, loans, tax rebates, etc. from government?

In fact, he contradicts his own point in the final section of his column when he tells of how a call centre  "created" jobs in Moncton only with massive help.

And, oh, yes, Norbert, at the bottom of your first column, you write "...none of which are...". Now, think hard, Norbert. "Are" is plural. Is "none" plural"?

You see - you could have said "...all of which are..."  That would have been okay because "all" is plural.  But it's "...none of which is..."  because none is not plural. I look forward to more of your deep thoughts.

Eric Lewis and Brian Cormier are both a waste of space that is badly needed for informed opinion. Instead, we get these two staring at their own navels. And while Brian Cormier argues for politeness in the social media, he might take time to look at the vicious tone and bias that characertizes the paper he works for - and that he seems to find congenial.

In the whole paper, there is one news story worth reading. And just one column - Alec Bruce's on Margaret Thatcher.

Now, here's a story that isn't in the TandT. Australia and China have agreed they will not use American currency in their trade with each other. They will use their own currencies.

No big deal?

Well, the US dollar has no real backing - not in gold, not in resources, not in nothing. It's really useless paper. All that saves it is that the US has been able to force other countries to use it as their standard for international trade.

Iran broke away from that. that's one reason - just one -why the US wants to nail Iran. Venezuela broke away from it. And that's one reason - just one - why we can expect massive American interference in the Venezuela election.

Then China broke away (though it's still happy to pay with its hoard of American dollars to get rid of them).

Then New Zealand broke away. And now Australia - though both depend heavily on American support.  So what will the US do?

Maybe that's what we're watching in the Korean peninsula.

1 comment:

  1. All the information I'm reading and listening to also points to a very possible implosion of the US greenback within the next couple of years.

    That is, if the Fed continues to print money. Hell, even if they were to stop now, too much damage might be done.

    Every time they print additional money it creates the potential for much more inflation with continued Washington supported quantitative easing in which the Fed buys treasury bonds from the likes of Goldman Sachs, instead of simply purchasing it directly from the treasury. This creates profits in the stock market, but also volatility.

    Essentially, this is a continuation of the bank bail-out ponzi scheme begun under Bush, but moved forward to greater heights with Obama, and is simply outright stealing from the average US citizen as they see their money depreciate as a result in the face of rising necessity costs, while their wages remain the same or even decline.

    Not looking very pretty. The real question is; this just grand corruption and greed, or is this purposely being orchestrated as others are alluding to?