Thursday, October 16, 2014

Oct. 16: Sometimes it's easier to talk about what's not in the Irving press...

...than to talk about what is. For example...

The Wall St. Journal for Oct. 14 says that the reason third world countries lack enough health workers is because Canada, the US and Europe encourage health workers in those countries to emigrate to them. The poor countries pay the bills to train them. Then we grab them, free. The result is that the poor countries can't even deal with normal conditions, let alone crises.

Really, rich countries should be offering free university training to produce adequate numbers of health workers. A tiny and poor country like Cuba can do it, and it has supplied large numbers of doctors to Liberia as well as to South America. Big and rich countries like Canada and the US can't afford it. There's something wrong with this picture.

However, if you have femophobia (fear of women), relax. The US has them under control. One-third of the women in jail all over the world are in US prisons.

The American soldier who, in the Iraq war, raped a 14 year old girl, then killed her and her parents, has at last explained why he did it.  As a result of his military training, he didn't "...think of Iraqis as humans." Of course not.

It's long been known that most soldiers don't like to kill. That's why it takes tens of thousands of shots for each kill. They deliberately miss targets, and often deliberately shoot to miss. The phenomenon has been noticeable since the invention of the musket; and it was studied by psychologists during and after World War Two. Their advice? During their training, imbue soldiers with a hatred of enemy; convince them that the enemy is not a real person as we are, make killing into something to enjoy. And the enemy was EVERY native of the country being invaded - young, old, anybody. They also advised that soldiers be trained to have contempt for women. Women were to be  used, then killed.

That has long since been built into military training - with a gratifying saving in ammunition as it now might take a few as twenty thousand shots per enemy killed, way down from the sixty thousand or so of wars in the first  half of the twentieth century.

Iraq. by the way, is no longer a nation. The army is ineffective and has been replaced largely by Shia fanatics  (that's the ones on our side) are carrying out extortion and slaughter of Sunnis and Christians.  Odd. You'd think the owners of the Irving Chapel would want to spread the news at least of the killing of Christians by "our side".

The New York Times, obviously unread by the Irving press, carried a dreadful story about the war on Saddam's Iraq. US troops discovered large stocks of chemical weapons that had been buried. No, these were not Saddam's "weapons of mass destruction". But you might wonder why George Bush didn't announce this at the time as proof of how evil Saddam was.

Well, it was awkward. The chemical weapons were American design, and were supplied to Iraq by the US when it was friends with Saddam, and using him to kill people in Iran. No. This had to be kept secret. Soldiers were assigned to dispose of it, and  some became very ill, indeed, as a result. But the American government denied them treatment, and they were forbidden to talk about it.

This had to be kept a secret. But if those soldiers were treated, the secret would get out. To this day, those soldiers  have received no treatment or compensation.

Get used to it. American foreign policy has caused wars within wars in the middle east as Saudi Arabia is in the coalition to fight terrorism - even as it finances it. Our good friend, Turkey is killing Kurds (the ones on our side) because they are a threat to Turkey. The US, which is attacking ISIS, was a major factor in creating it. In any case, the US doesn't care about Iraq or the Kurds. It's real purpose in this war is to cause the disintegration of Syria so that evil man, Assad won't be able to open trade with Russia.

For the next round of excitement, watch for Israel to take advantage of the crisis to get rid of the Palestinians, and to annex all their land.

Ukraine is a basket case. It's broke, and worse than broke. It depends on Russia for fossil fuel; but has never paid for it. It demands now to keep getting it, but only paying (maybe) for new supplies, not for the old ones.  The US agrees. (American oil companies have always been generous - just giving the stuff away.) The Ukraine has only one use now - to provide an excuse for a war with Russia.

And Canada has generously committed itself to war in the Middle East and war against Russia. Brilliant.

Oh, yeah. The world price of oil is heading for the toilet. The impact on existing operations in Canada will be serious, and possibly fatal. So much for the thousands of permanent jobs that were about to be created. So much for the pipelines. I never expected Gallant to oversee an honest moratorium. But now the shale gas might make an honest man of him by putting its plans on hold.

However, you won't find any of this in the Times and Transcript.
Wednesday's paper has nothing much in section A. The editorial is about making money out of tourism. Have you noticed that the editorial is almost always about making money? In fact, the central purpose of government is to determine social needs, and then move from there to the financial end. Too bad our government doesn't understand what government is for. Isn't there anybody in the editorial room who does know?

de Adder is back in excellent form. Alec Bruce is not. His column this time is the sort of personal reminiscence we usually get from Brent Mazerolle. This time, Bruce's column, while very well written, indeed, is not an opinion column. It's just a little story.

Norbert has another puerile suggestion for improving democracy. He suggests that government daily get advice from the general public through a web site. He also claims that it was tried in Buenos Aires where it was a big success. (Actually, it wasn't ever used; but in the most recent election, 1,5% of the population voted for it.

Norbert, in a democracy when you elect a government, you elect it to govern. You don't elect it to tell it what to do. Nor does the vote have any validity when there is no number mentioned that should be required of public opinion for the government to do what it says. Thirdly, How can people vote intelligently when they depend on private media that lie, and distribute nothing but propaganda and trivia?

Wednesday's section A is , like all of the  Irving section As, heavy on court news, most of it trivial. But it's a cheap and easy way to fill space. The only interesting news story is on A1, "Community service in NBCC curriculum". It sounds interesting, but I can't tell if it's a good idea. Like almost all reporting by the Irving press, it's covered simply by quoting a spokesman. There's no research, no digging, to give us a very clear idea of what it''s to accomplish except, vaguely, offering credit for community service.

Alec Bruce is back in top form with a column, a real opinion column, on a federal daycare programme.As he points out, it really makes sense both for families and for our government budgets. Rod Allen calls one of his children Brat no. 2.  Ho, Ho......hum.

Jody Dallaire has an excellent column on the cost of sexism in the workplace and in the home. It's an opinion - which a column is supposed to be. And it's intelligent and well-argued - as not all columns are.

Both NewsToday sections are the  usual, shallow stories from a few news services, seemingly chosen at random to fill space. There is, amazingly no story about the crash of oil prices, and what effect that might have on Canada. There is no story about the UN warning that we have just 60 days to contain ebola. No story about the very dangerous position Ukraine is in. And no mention that almost all the ceasefire violations in that country have been committed by Kiev troops, and have killed mostly civilians.

This sort of gap is not just ignorant editing. It's damned lazy.

The business news YOU need to know is on the businss page "Moncton's Tide and Boar open new ballroom". And the Chamber of Commerce is having yet another gala in which the members give awards to each other.

Sorry to be late with this. It's been a busy day.

1 comment:

  1. Wouldn't it be fulfilling to run a newspaper in which the truth was shared for a change?

    You also never hear about how lousy much of the building lumber is at Kent Building Supplies.

    I don't know who's doing the lumber grading, but I suspect they're either on heavy narcotics, or instructed to only care about profits, and not the quality or longevity of the housing industry in the province.