Thursday, December 19, 2013

Dec. 19: the inevitable headline: Snow buries metro again....

Good thing I read the paper before going out. I was planning to go for a stroll in my bathing suit and bare feet.

The only story of interest in Section A is the one about our Annual Christmas Box Campaign - with some quite impressive pictures of the intensive work  done by  volunteers. 1.750 families are getting help. But the volunteers are short of the $40,000 needed to feed 500 of those families.

And at that, one box of supplies isn't going to go far for people have to live not just Christmas week but 51 more weeks in the year.

All credit and thanks are due to those volunteers and to those who contributed. But there is something wrong with a society that has so many people hungry in a country that is, even in hard times, relatively rich.

Now, on an issue like this, I'm a   conservative. In fact, the only differences between me and Alward on this is that I'm a REAL conservative, and I know what the word conservative means.

Part of real conservatism means a belief that we are all dependent on each other, and we have obligations to each other.

In that sense, the Conservative party and this province's business leaders don't have a trace of conservatism in them. They all have a belief in a sort of twisted version of nineteenth century (and twentieth century liberalism, a belief they have no obligation to anyone but themselves, and no guide but their own greed.

There are a lot more than 1750 needy families in this city. They cannot be looked after by volunteers, no matter how hard those volunteers work and, somehow, scrape up the money. They simply cannot be looked after by volunteers, and they should not  have to be.

There's no money in New Brunswick? There's piles of it. The corporations of this province are making their biggest profits in history - and keeping them. One man in this city, already rich, is getting paid $80,000 a year by the city just to keep his hockey team here. We have a city council desperate to borrow 120 million or more to build an events centre.

All credit to the volunteers. They are real   conservatives, and a credit to this city. The news story is not a credit to anything.

Here is a typical Irving press coverup. By heaping praise on a cause everyone will support, it ignores the cause of the problem. The needy are not the cause. The cause is corporations that rip every penny they can out of this province, giving back as little as they can, - and to hell with those who suffer for their greed.

Here is a news story that deliberately avoids the real problem, smothering it under warm and fuzzy prose.

There's a dismaying story in NewsToday from the lips of John Baird, our minister of Foreign Affairs. Baird, rarely capable of intelligent speech even on a good day, this time wants Donald Snowden. the man who revealed the wide and illegal espionage carried out by the US on foreign governments, foreign companies, and virtually every American and, probably, every Canadian should surrender to US authorities. He would then, of course be tried and hanged.

The US, says Baird, has a free and fair justice system.

Baird, sometimes you are even dumber than you look.

The US has a justice system under which the president - without charge or trial - can imprison a person in solitary for life, impose torture, and even death. How's that for free and fair?

Showden has done, says Baird, serious damage to national security of the free world. Free world? Is that the world made up of dictatorships created by the US - like Saudi Arabia, most of Central America? Is Germany a part of the free world. It usually is considered so. But it's mad as hell at the US for its spying. So is Brazil, and it's surely a part of the free world. In fact, can Mr. Baird tell us any country of the free world (with the exception of a slobbering, submissive Canadian government) that feels Snowden has betrayed anything?

Nor does he appear to be aware that the spying on Brazilian companies was done to supply information to wealthy, US insiders who could make money on it.

Amnest International is very much on Snowden's side. But Baird hasn't read their report, and says he doesn't intend to. (Don't that make you proud to be a Canadian?)

Amnesty International says, correctly, that Canada has lately dismissed and ignored its human rights obligations as defined by the UN. Amnesty International is quite right.

Alas! We're still stuck with Baird.

NewsToday also covered statements by CEO Deepak Chopra of Canada Post. Unfortunately, at least two of his best statements did not appear.

1.When it was pointed out that Canada had a large population of seniors, visually-impaired, and otherwise handicapped people who would find it difficult (if not impossible) and even dangerous to get mail at community mail boxes rather than at's Chopra's reply - the exercise will be good for them.

2. He warned this must be done immediately with almost no time for discussion by parliament. The delay, he said, would cost millions of dollars a day.  A few sentences later, he said the changes would, within five years, save us $950,000 a year.


No changes will cost us millions a day. Big changes wil save us $950,000 a year?

Are you counting on your fingers again, Deepak?

This whole story smells. Chopra's intent seems to be to make Canada Post a purely commercial venture- a move that would smooth the way to breaking it up for privatization - which is what his "think-tank" wants.

But Canada Post is NOT a purely commercial venture. And it is not at all clear that it should be. In any case, such a decision should be made by the government and people of Canada, not by a CEO who just happens to be on the board of a group that would love to see Canada Post privatized so they could make a lot of money out of the deal.
There's a very sensible editorial, a clever and enjoyable Alec Bruce column, and an acceptable one by Norbert.

Op Ed has an excellent column by Beth Lyons.

And then there's another column by Rod Allen about Rod Allen. Somebody should tell him why newspapers are called NEWSpapers. Rod, readers really need some columnist who could analyze the meanings in, for example, the Canada Post story. That's the sort of thing an op ed page is for. It is NOT for a once-a-week chance to see Rod Allen looking in a mirror.
There is nothing in this paper on the tensions between China and the US over coastal waters claimed by China. But it's a long way off. Right?

Well, yes. But numerous nuclear explosions would have an effect even on us. So what is this thing all about?

It's not complicated.

The US wants to keep China boxed in and vulnerable to US attack. Otherwise, a growing China might challenge US business throughout Asia and beyond. It does the boxing in through many, many bases near China, and through frequent naval patrols just outside Chinese waters.

China has, therefore, broadened its claim to how far its territory extends - and it actually has a strong, legal case for doing so.

You think that's bad of China? Okay. Consider this.

How about China establishing bases in Mexico and Canada, and operating regular naval patrols just outside American waters? Think the US would just let that pass?
Do you read the Washington Post for the latest inside story on what's happening in the US? Lots of people do. In fact, for serious readers, the Washington Post is probably the major source of news for what is happening at the federal level.

The Washington Post is owned by one man.  He is also a major owner of Amazon. Amazon just got a $600,000,000 contract from the CIA. But that didn't make the  Irving press.

There was also silence about the NSA spy agency in the US. It now monitors and records every pnone call by every person in all of the United States.

Like Baird said, it's a free and fair country.

1 comment:

  1. John Baird sold his soul long ago. So has Deepak Chopra for $500,000 plus 30% and benefits. No wonder our national debt just keeps on growing with this criminal class in charge.

    The world is a corporation. This is how selfish individuals see it. Israel is in the grips of psychopaths, but then again, so is the U.S., and so is Canada.

    I missed adding a comment to your post of yesterday's including your mention of 9/11, but wonder how many people also realize both Sandy Hook and the Boston Bombing were staged drills designed to manipulate and condition us?

    Sofia Smallstorm has a fairly good doc: 'Unraveling Sandy Hook' on YouTube