Friday, November 15, 2013

Nov. 15: "City hall leaks hurt developmemt:mayor"

Moncton's mayor was speaking of leaks concerning a deal which gave Robert Irving some $86 thousand a year (at least) as an incentive to keep the hockey team in town - or to make diapers here - pick your favourite reason. And m. Leblanc is so right about the leaks.

I mean, how can a government do its job if the public knows what it's doing? We need, as the mayor said, openess and transparency in government. But how can you have openess and transparency when the public knows what's happening?

And Mr. Irving has been very generous in donations to the city. Oh, well, then that makes it perfectly all right for him to demand we give him money to keep his hockey team in town.

So - how many other goodies have been handed out to Mr. Irving and his like? And why should we believe there are no other goodies with a city hall that prefers to keep secrets?

And, dare I whisper this? How many of the 160,000 people in this area give a damn whether we have a junior AAA team in hockey? The attendance figures don't suggest more than three percent or so. We have fast food outlets that do better than that, far better. And we don't have pay them 86 thou a year to come here.

Do we? Please say we don't.

And is there another secret deal we don't know anything about? And does it have anything to do with an events centre?   

Like almost all Canadian news media, the Irving press has lost track of the central issue of the senate scandal.  They're all focussing about what should be done about the Senate. Look, the senate has been what it is for over a hundred and forty years. The big question here is the one of what should be done about the prime minister.

First, he assigned senate positions illegally, contrary to what is plainly stated in the constitution. That alone, is pretty serious stuff for a prime minister. Then, there is strong evidence that he knew about the scandal from the start, and that he played a major role in trying to hide it. A  judge would surely have something to say about that. And it seems quite clear he has lied to parliament and to us about it. 

Those are the issues. And they are far more serious than bloated spending by a few senators. It raises serious questions about the integrity of the PM. It's a pretty dozey press that misses that.

And we have another demonstration against shale gas. And that will take us back to the old and irrelevant argument about the need for law and order.

Who has created thiese demonstrations? Mr. Alward and the gas industry have. They have lied to us consistently. They have kept information from us. They have ignored expert advice. They have hired frauds like prof. Lapierre to mislead us.

That's why we're  'having  demonstrations. Government has been so corrupted, and industry is so ruthless that they don't give a damn about us, what we think, or what we need. They are determined to ram their scheme through - whatever the damage may be to this province or its people.

So the government invokes law and order - as though law and order were a "good thing" all by itself. It is not. Hitler's Germany had law and order. So did Stalin's USSR. Yes, we need law and order - but we need a law and order based on justice and freedom - not on greed and corruption. We need police to deal with the cause of the disruption of law and order. That's why we don't need th police arresting grandmothers on the road. We need them tramping down with shields and clubs and guns on those wretched gangs of politicians and gas executives.

On a related topic, the debate about climate change is over. The oil industry and it's hired hands like Mr. Alward still insist that their is no climate change. But there is - and there is no point is wasting time arguing with people who understand only personal greed and corrutpion. Climate change is happening. The storm in The Phillippines, the worst ever recorded,does't prove that all by itself. It's just the period at the end of the sentence.

In the Pacific, rising water levels have left islands under the water - islands that people have lived on for at least hundreds of years. Arctic ice has vanished over huge areas - for the first time in 140,000 years. Shattering storms and massive crop failures have become common.

There is not the slightest doubt this is caused by greenhouse gas emissions created by our use of fossil fuels. The fuel industries can spend millions (and more) on their hacks in think-tanks to raise doubts and to insist it's okay to continue using fossil fuels. (That's a big help in holding on to the loyalty of the "duh! we need jobs" crowd.) But the reality is that climate change is here; and it's happening quickly.

And Canada has one of the worst records in the world for just letting it happen. Harper destroyed virtually all research one it, has destroyed virtually all environmental protection, and has opened the the doors to resource business to do whatever it likes. (and please forget that crap about shale gas being less destructive. I won't waste time even arguing that because it doesn't matter. That's like arguing that poison A is better than poison B because poison A is 20% slower in killing you.)

Harper is the most destructive prime minister we  have seen.  I often wonder, quite seriously, about the sanity of him and of oil industry bosses. Yet, these are the ones who claim the right to impose their law and order on all of us. And so we march, like Jews at Auschwich, to the killing rooms.

David Suzuki takes a more optimistic tone in his column. I hope he's right. I hope I'm wrong.
The op ed page has a column by Lee Cowley, a think-tank hack who used to be head of Atlantic Institute of Marketing Studies. It's on the Senate and, as most think tank comments, it seems logical, even wise and scholarly. In fact, it says nothing except that the Senate should be elected.

The tone is smug and the language pretentious. But it uses neither evidence nor anything that could be called logic, and there is nothing whatever in this that has not been said before by people of less than average intelligence.

There are two, excellent letters to the editor - ""Shouldn't we all share our beautiful home?" and "Society disagrees with columnist". These are the two, class acts of today's TandT.

And now the heart-warming news.

1. The Afghanistan opium crop (well over 6 tons of it) is the biggest in history, and more than half of all the opium produced in the world.

Before the US invasion, the Taliban had destroyed the opium industry in Afghanistan. But, under the protection of the US army (seriously) it has been restored to its former prosperity. The current crop was made possible by a delberate protection of the opium fields by the US army.

Somehow, I think there's a story in there.

2. George Bush, a born-again Christian has signed on to a Christian group dedicated to converting Jews to Christianity.

Well, their thinking is pretty sharp and clear. By their reading of The Bible, Christ cannot return and the world cannot be ended (with people like you and me being tortured by scorpions, then dumped into a great pit) until all the Jews have been converted.

They have flooded Israel to such a degree that you cannot open your door there without seeing a smile and a pamphlet being thrust at you. And so, on the web, I saw George, the man who lied to create a war in Iraq in which he murdered over half a million people, mostly innocent civilians, holding hands with an assortment of Christians and Jews with his eyes closed, and praying - presumably to God.

Most Jews are not crazy about this movement. The reluctance of Jews to convert (and so to hasten the end of the world and the return of Christ) was a major cause of European and North American anti-semitism.

If I had George's record of brutality, theft, lying and murder, I'm not sure I'd be so eager to bring on the scorpions. Somehow,  he has that detachment from reality that reminds me of Harper.



  1. Graeme Decarie:

    Thanks for yesterday's screed. It was great!

    The great thing about leaving Canada is that one can speak honestly about the illicit rule of the Harper junta, the Alward oligarchy, and the rented ruffians such as political traitor, Roger Brown, who ensure that popular democratic sympathies remain within politically acceptable boundaries. Those boundaries are [as we know] dictated by a foreign political entity known as Southwest Energy, which has acquired the Government of New Brunswick as a material asset. The Province [of course] exists to administer SWN policy in New Brunswick, on behalf of SWN.

    As things stand, I'll say for the record that the aforementioned individuals are participants in political crime. The claim of the Harper/Alward/Brown et. al. alliance of evil to the dutiful allegiance of the citizenry registers somewhere between public blasphemy and an obscene joke. In contrariety to your accurate depiction of the citizens of New Brunswick, the asses of evil are not to be feared, not to be respected, not to be served, not to be obeyed and [above all] not to be believed. They together – with the iniquitous, ubiquitous ‘Great Free Canada’ creed are a lie.

    In Canada, freedom’ a lie; it is an instrument of social control. This propaganda piece is based on the premise as simple as it is ingenious as it is effective, namely: if you think you ARE free, you won’t try to BECOME free. You will instead be a nice, quiet, passive, manageable, doting respectful little taxpayer, a model citizen who lives a second-hand life, tailored to the interests of political hucksters, and who lives for simplistic, political benediction – what an outstand citizen you are!

    It’s time this creed was delivered a stinging smack to the snout every time it makes a public appearance. Our so-called government has become a foreign political power. It is foreign to the vision [as much as they have a vision; survival has become an all encompassing concern] and lived reality of Canadians everywhere. Policies essential to just and legitimate government [to say nothing of what is essential to Canadians’ wellbeing] are precluded systemically from civic discourse. And where public ideology is challenged … well … rented ruffians watch closely. Do not doubt for a moment that the Retainers of Capitalism’s Malfeasant Policies are in ongoing dialogue with Canada’s recently disgraced spy agency.

    This is to say that Canadians in general and New Brunswickers in particular should see and think of themselves in a situation analogous to that of France, Belgium and Holland during the German occupation. Needed is a separate political consciousness based on a lived recognition that the people have no government of their own. This narrative should be taught to children and grandchildren. Bury the traitors with narrative.

    It’s a good thing that we’ve never met, Graeme. You know what they say … either of them alone is trouble enough. But if they get together – watch out!

    Keep kicking, my friend. Keep kicking the treasonous Sons Of Belial.

    Oh yeah ... Wouldn't it be nice to acquire a copy of the Moncton City budget? I mean the big one, the one with the full breakdown. Every penny. You'd think that this would be a public document. You'd think that they'd put it on the internet.

    Howdy to any CSEC Spy lords out there!

  2. "Before the US invasion, the Taliban had destroyed the opium industry in Afghanistan. But, under the protection of the US army (seriously) it has been restored to its former prosperity. The current crop was made possible by a delberate protection of the opium fields by the US army."

    Ignorant people would guffaw at anyone's suggestion that the US government would have an interest in perpetuating drug flow. Bear through the somewhat scattered beginning of the video 'til you get to the meat of it where Ruppert pieces together varied informational elements to create a narrative that begins to illuminate reality.

    I've long thought that, as Anonymous says above, the children need to be taught political vocabulary from a very young age if they are to have much chance at seeing through the propaganda that they will be immersed in throughout their formative years. When I first was exposed to Chomsky, it was fairly difficult reading because so many of the terms used didn't have any associated imagery or history behind them. How many NB'ers in their early 20s even, would have any idea what you were talking about if you threw the word Oligarch in a sentence? Likewise, varied moral/ethical lessons from all the world's moral philosophies or authors, so that they might not grow up to become bankrupt "Liberals".

    As Don Jia commented on a Hedges video:

    "I've been reading Empire of Illusion , and while to me the things he talks about aren't quite new, I'm just really taken by his style. His years in the seminary come out in his writing like in his speech, to which he brings a kind of moral toughness as in the best Christian tradition - I mean the guy commands respect, and I can't help but feel the left now is more in need of unashamedly righteous men who tell it like it is, and aren't scared to moralize."

    The last great moralizer was JFK himself:

    While he may have had terrible personal weaknesses, I firmly believe that he strongly held these views and that he would have pursued them to the betterment of the world. Yes, the world, because this kind of talk, coming from a man in his position, was becoming an infectious inspiration to hundreds of millions, not only in the US, but also world wide. This is what the wealthy feared most, this is why they "needed" to silence him, which is why they did.

    Sorry for my talk going all over the place.