Thursday, January 9, 2014

Jan. 9: Yesterday was my lucky day.

I found a free copy of the St. John Telegraph at a Macdonald's which obviously draws a more intellectual clientele than the others. (the others had only the TandT.) So I turned to the editorial page. What a suprise!

The editor of the Telegraph chose the same topic for his editorial as his counterpart for the TandT. It was the book from a The Carlisle Institute, an organization that exists to serve the rich. In this case, the book urged lower taxes for the rich (already very low, indeed) as the solution to the world's economic problems.

And guess what? Both editors thought this was a wonderful idea. I mean, just think about it. There are over thirty newspapers in New Brunswick, all of them owned by Irving. That means a total of 60 lips all reaching to kiss the same rear end. My, it must get crowded in there.

I presume that Rod Allen is not familiar with yiddish. That would explain why he did not delete the word schmuck in the last letter on the Letters to the Editor page. Commonly, the word is used simply to denote a person who is a jerk. But the real meaning is coarsely sexual. It is a word that would surely have been deleted if it had been written in English.

(I won't tell you the meaning here, because children might read it. But you and the kids could check out yiddish schmuck in Google. Hint - a schmuck is not a person, just a part of one. And a lady cannot be called a schmuck - even if she is.)

Also avoid the term shiksas when referring to the virtuous ladies of your local church.  And putz - no, no, never.

The front has two items that are not news so much as they are propaganda to please the real bosses of that TandT. Both are written in a  highly fanciful style, aimed to build consent more than to encourage any thought.

Under "Development prospects excite Moncton native" and "Events centre a catalyst" are two stories that are short on information, and long on soppiness. One for example, dwells on how the purchaser of land at Highgate Square bought it because he's from Moncton, and wanted to renew his roots in the city.

(He now lives in Toronto. But I guess he misses the exciting cultural life of Moncton, and watching the tidal bore).

Heck, he already owns the Crown Plaza Hotel. I should have thought that would have given him enough motive to check in every year or so.

The other news story that isn't a news story has Brent Mazerolle at his web slinging best in saying this just proves what a great idea the hockey rink (sorry, Events Centre) is.

This is simply and simple-minded hype to suck us into debt at the worst time to go into debt since 1929.

Concerning the Plaster Rock train derailment, there's a whole page of pictures on C3 that tell us nothing. However, it's safe to print lots about the Plaster Rock affair. There appears to be nobody important from New Brunswick involved in this one.

But I wonder how the police raid at Irving offices concerning the 47 killed at Lac Megantic went. I haven't seen anything about it.

The biggest news is the editorial page. The editorial writer, Norbert, and Alec Bruce all write on climate change - and they all agree it's real. Norbert's column is a little tangled as he tries to find middle ground by admitting change is happening, but arguing against the politicization of climate change.

How on earth could one wake up the world to climate change without politicizing it? Politics is how we deal with these issues. It's what politics is for.

The climate change deniers have been heavily politicized from the start - handing out money to  "think tanks" and politicians (and newspapers) to play down the idea of climate change. One of their greatest conquests has been Stephen Harper and he has certainly politicized the issue by claiming it's not happening, and refusing to do anything about it.

Rod Allen reverts to type, and writes a column that trivializes the whole thing. Despite his title, I cannot believe he wrote the editorial that accepted the reality of climate change.  If he did, then he must suffer a dreadful personality disorder.

Then, in a bizarre touch, we have a final opinion column written by a former big-time exec who says all this talk of environmental problems created by resource development is nonsense. (Climate change IS an environmental problem, and it IS caused by resource development like, say, oil. And to say, as this retired exec does)  that oil spills don't happen is just absurd. There have been so many of them, I doubt whether anyone has an accurate count).

Is this CEO lying? Probably not. He's probably one of those people who believe - honestly, intently, and absolutely whatever they want to believe. I've know many of the type. They're called ideologues.

And now, I must rush off to a medical appointment to find out how much of an environmental risk I am.

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