Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Nov. 13: Section A has a abig story on a new store opening...

... P.2 has a big story about a black bear. In fact, it is essentially the same story the paper had two days ago. But I guess they ran it again because it was popular. And that's it for section A.
The big item in world news (section C) is a repeat of a six year old story about how  "Dennis Oland recalled 'good old days'" that he spent with his father. There's also a big story about how our federal finance minister predicts budget surpluse this year. This one was also in yestereay's paper. The TandT sure gets lots mileage out of its stories. Then there's lots of car ads, and then two big stories about Mr. Alward saying he's going to say something.

The editorial is  ga-ga about yet another store coming to the city. Again, this is a retread since the paper also had a story about it a couple of days ago.

Norbert has read yet another book. As a column, it's as trivial and pointless as they come - but Norbert maintains his tradition of having at least one glaringly ignorant opinion per column. This time it's "the British aren't particularly known for their effeiciency..."   Really? Never hear of the industrial revolution, Norbert? of the invention of the steam engine? Of a couple of hundred years in which the British dominated industrial power in the world? Check out the electric trams of Hong Kong, built in Scotland in 1905 and still providing mass transit superior to anything in Moncton - and for pennies a ride.

The British also pioneered an efficiency that became the model for the Irvings - the efficiency was keeping all the money for the rich while leaving everybody else in poverty. (The Irvings haven't quite perfected it yet as some ordinary people in New Brunswick make fairly decent salaries. But I'm sure they'll fix that.)

There are two pages of letters to the editor. I have no idea why.

So let's just give the whole, damn thing a miss - and talk about what isn't in the TandT

It seems that for some years now, Mr. Robert Irving, owner of the Moncton Wildcats, has been receiving large sums of money in a curiously circuitous way from the city government. Isn't that nice of us?  Gee! I wonder why the city never told us. I wonder why Mr. Irving hasn't publcly thanked us for our philanthropy.

Robert Irving, along with others of the clan, really needs to take a course in the meaning of capitalism. The original idea would that enterpreneurs would risk THEIR OWN money, then compete freely against similar entrrpreneurs.

But the Irvings seem to prefer a sort of welfare system, one which means welfare only for the very rich who don't need it. I'm so glad Robert Irving has found a calling in life by owning a hockey team. A man needs a purpose in life. But I'm damned if I can see why we should pay for it when he has plenty of money of his own.               

Funny how the TandT should miss such a big story that directly concerns Moncton. And funny how it hasn't mentioned what Robert Irving's role might be in the drive for an 'events' centre.

The US Department of Defence announces that American veterans are committing suicide at the rate of 22 per day. That beats the battle losses in Iraq and Afghanistan. As well, some 63,000 veterans are homeless, a number than can only rise spectacularly as the US cuts its forces by over a million in the coming months. Oh, and add 40% of US veterans who are living on food stamps - which are about to be cut.

Why is this happening? Shouldn't Canadians be concerned about this? After all, our veterans  fought in the same conditions as American veterans. And it seems just yesterday we were giving fine speeches about how much we owe our veterans.

What are the problems faced by our veterans? Do they suffer a high rate of suicide, depression, poverty....?  But maybe we'll never know. The Harper government has so far declined to offer us any information. The Irving press hasn't asked for any. And without information, nothing can be done.

This problem of returned veterans is one reason the US in militarizing its police forces  - to fight against veterans, the poor, and native peoples as they rebel against that great, man-eating beast we call big business.

Yesterday, a reader wrote to me that it might be possible the use of "paramilitaries" at Rexton may have been an exercise in preparing them for more challenging fights coming up - especially in BC. I think he's right. It's not a coincidence that most of the REMP's armoured personnel carriers are in BC.
Clothing - in it's Montreal days, it was called the schmatta trade. It was the business of making clothes - and it was notorious for long hours,and terrible pay. It got worse in the 1930s. Then women, mostly in the Jewish district which was then one of the poorest in the city, worked even longer hours than before, and for much less money - Typically a few dollars a week. That's why companies like Eaton's continued to make huge profits through the depression.

But away with these evil things here in Canada. Now, we get them done even cheaper in countries of desperate poverty where women will work seven days a week, twelve hours and more a day, in terrible conditions to make a dollar a day and less. You can find their products all over Moncton.

Yesterday, such women in Cambodia went on strike.  But law and order was upheld.  One woman was killed and eight injured by the forces of law and order.

It couldn't happen here in North America? Big business and governments think it could. And much bigger. They are particularly worried about opposition to pipelines in BC. And native peoples have a strong case. That's why Harper has been selling us racial hatred on issued concerning native peoples.  And that's another reason  why Canada and the US now have police in combat camouflage using military weapons.

Yesterday, I mentioned Canada's new, billion dollar spy agency in Ottawa. That, it seems, is (like similar American agencies) largely at the service of big business. In Latin America, for example, they spy on the mining  business, them meet with leaders of  Canadian companies to give them an edge making bigger profits our of their investments in those countries. Our tax dollars at work.

Israel has made it impossible for Palestine to continue peace talks with it. Israel chose this time of peace talks to announce it is kicking more thousands of Palestinians off their  own land so it can be given (illegally) to a planned 20,000 Israeli settlers.

That's similar to the financial deals it arranged to induce  France to wreck the Iran peace talks. In company with Saudi Arabia, Israel wants at least three wars - Syria, Iran and Lebanon - possibly Libya - to establish it as the dominant power in the region.

So get ready for at least three wars, all three probably bombing wars with very heavt and indiscriminate loss of life. And - possibly wars that Pakistn, China and Russia cannot stay out of.

But don't worry about any of this because it will never happen in the world of the TandT. Sit back. Relax. Read that story again about the black bear, and the one about how happy Dennis Oland was with his father.

And how we really owe it to build an events centre for that nice, Robert Irving.

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