Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Dec. 11: Check your mail carefully...

In recent days, I have had delivered to my house an expensive brochure (our taxes at work) giving me information I need for this winter. For example, as a form of entertainment, I can go for walks in the snow. Who would have guessed it?  And it has the rules for Christmas tree disposal.

This is all stuff that could have been put very cheaply into the newspaper and on the air.

But it needed an expensive brochure format for it's main pictures - head shots of the councillors, and a full length, collectible photo of Mayor Leblanc.

I also got a calendar, free of charge (except in taxes) of our loved MP, Robert Goguen. Better still, every month has a photo (all the same) of Robert Goguen with that dreadful smirk that must be a birth defect.

It's s full life.
I now return for just a moment to yesterday's report of Alward's speech to the Chamber of Commerce. People often use words in ways that give away their prejudices.

In his speech, Alward thanked SWN for its "perseverance" in searching for shale gas at Rexton. Strictly speading, that's a correct use of the word.  But preserverance, like many words, is one that carries warm and fuzzy feelings that have nothing to do with its real meaning.

For example, a bully who beats a man until he kills him is showing perseverance. But we would rarely use the word in such a sense. The way we use it usually carries some idea of an admirable quality of sticking to the job. Perseverance, not in what it really means, but in its warm, fuzzy associations,  is what we hear.

Similarly, outsider simply means someone from out of the province. Stephen Harper is an outsider. But I can't imagine Robert Goguen would ever call him that because as we hear the word, we associate it with "hostile", "trouble-making". And that was how Alward meant them.

Now, SWN perservered only in the sense that a man beating a person to death perseveres. As for outsiders, where does he think SWN is from? Berry Mills? And those nice men in camouflage suits and carrying rifles - were they all local people? In fact, isn't much of our police force made up of outsiders?

Mind you, I do not accuse Mr. Alward of deliberately using words to manipulate. I have seen no evidence he is bright enough to do that. I think he was just revealing his own prejudices. People who bully others to death for something he wants have perseverance. Outsiders who don't agree with him are bad.

P. A1 has the story that the RCMP will investigate some shale gas protesters. P.A 3 has the story about the New Brunswick Anti-shale Gas Alliance wanting an investigation of the police behaviour at the protest.

That makes eminently good sense. There are questions about those police cars that were burned, about the massive police assault that discovered three guns and some knives, leading Mr. Alward to say this was an armed camp.

Will the police investigate the protestors? You bet.

Will there be an investigation of the police? Dream on.
The circus that is Mandella's funeral goes on, with Canadian news sources all eager to claim that Canada was a leader with Mendella in putting an end to official racism in South Africa. In fact,the world leaders who actually helped Mandella were ones  like Fidel Castro - whom our news doesn't mention.

Our side was more notable for labelling him a terrorist, and sending help to the white rulers of  South Africa. The one, Canadian prime minister who did help the South African blacks never gets mentioned in our news reports. He was John Diefenbaker.

The rest of them labelled him a terrorist because in his early days he led an armed rebellion. How terrible! People who lead armed rebellions are terrorists - like George Washington.

There is also a story that Putin is reacting to Canada's claim to the North Pole by "sabre rattling" and threatening to militarize the north.

Uh, well, Canada has been talking of militarizing the north for decades. In fact, it is now putting an ice breaker fleet in the Northwest passage to assert Canada's claim to it. But I have never seen a Canadian newspaper refer to that as "saber rattling".

In fact, Canada has no claim whatever to the North Pole. And it is unimaginable that any international court would recognize it.

We do have some claim to the Northwest Passage. And we have often attempted to enforce it. But the US has consistently refused to recognize our claim, and has openly defied it. Our new ice-breakers won't change that.

What is more likely is that Canada and the US will quietly settle their part of the quarrel when Harper gives US companies full permission to do whatever they like in the North - which means mostly giving a free hand to the US oil industry. (The oil industry isn't much interested in polar bears.)

Editorial and op ed has a good column by Alec Bruce. Nothinig else.

But, oh, the Letter to the Editor bless us with another letter from George Wallin, the seer who invariably knows better than all the world's scientists and all the doctors in New Brunswick. Next time you have a heart attack, send for George Wallin.

He admits, though, that Harper has relaxed "some" environmental regulations. Yeah. Like eliminating almost all of them, and killing all environmental research.

I've occasionally wondered whether Mr. Wallin is a pro spin doctor working for the gas industry. But I don't think he is. His style is cute, but too heavy-handed for a pro.

Is there any news the TandT missed? Well, yeah. Most of Africa, except for much the same story over and over about the Mandella funeral and the Canadian politicians at it. It's been, I think, some five days now. Give it a rest.

Meanwhile, the whole continent is on the edge of an explosion - thanks to western interference. We might want to look at that.

Then there's a little bitty story about a greenhouse gas in the atmosphere that we didn't know about, and that is seven thousand times as powerful as the ones we know of, and that lasts some 500 years. But this story comes from Toronto, so we won't pay any attention. Toronto people are outsiders.

And, as you know, Harper is working on plans to get tough on crime and create longer jail sentences.  The US has been there, done that.

Today, 25% of ALL PRISONERS IN THE WORLD are in US prisons. Many are there for life with no parole. That includes children as young as fifteen who are in for non-violent crimes. Can you imagine that? A fifteen year old in prison for the rest of his life for shoplifting?

The cost, of course, is enormous. Per year, it costs more to keep a person in prison than to attend the most expensive universities in the US. But that's okay because many of the prisons are privately-owned, with owners who live well off the tax payer. They also use the prisoners as cheap, even free, labour to be leased out to corporations with factories inside the prison. That's one reason a lot of Americans can't find jobs.

And the conditions are harsh, including lots of brutality, torture, solitary confinement.

Amazingly, it doesn't cure criminals. In fact, it makes them worse. Go figure.

God bless you, Mr. Harper, for getting tough on crime to keep us safe. (It's also good to get votes from the village idiot section of the population.)

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