Thursday, October 30, 2014

Oct. 30: October thirty, part two....

Nothing changes. The TandT is still running "news stories" (ads) about the wine expo on page 1. Page A2 still has ads for itself disguised as news stories. A6 has a story  "Refinery benefits of Energy East project questioned". It's about a report from the Council of Canadians and Greenpeace which says the oil industry is lying about the benefits that Canadians will get from the pipeline. It looked promising.

Then I noticed that the greater part of the article was about the oil industry responses. Well, I guarantee that the Council of Canadian and Greenpeace are already on our Gestapo's suspicious list. And the oil industry never will be.

A7 is also about energy. At the top we have p.m. Gallant in a photo of him doing what he does best, looking lost. He's says he's looking into 'types of moratoriums' for exploration of shale gas. Conservatives said, quite reasonably for change, there is either a moratorium of there isn't. The real message of this story? The real message is it's game over. Gallant is poking about for a cover story. But the reality is he intends to go ahead with shale gas.

The page also has a hot, hot story "Exclusive: Mine would face 'profound implications' if cut off from natural gas."  Exclusive! Extra. extra, read all about it.  And this time,there is no response. The reporter didn't even bother to ask if there is anybody who disagrees with that.

"Exclusive".  Right. I'll bet the whole media world is eating its heart out for missing that one.
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Almost all the editorials are about raising money. Today's starts out as if it were a eulogy at the death of a much loved grandparent, in this case the former amusement arcade at Crystal Palace. But it's soon evident it's really about making money with the old rides. Then, it gets ominous. It mentions that the family which purchased the rides are the owners of Magic Mountain water park.  And - the city should approach them to open a dialogue.

Gee. And I'll bet the owners never even thought of that.

Alec Bruce has a good, common sense look at the tale (tail?) Jian Gomeshi. Unfortunately, more of it is something of a tirade against scientists (and other "eggheads") who say that the Harper government's passion for secrecy often means they are forbidden to publish results of their research. He also names the people like those in Wikkileaks who publish the truth about what government do as "provocateurs".

Right. We should never be allowed to know what our government does that is hidden and often criminal.

Now tell us, young Bruce, if they are provocateurs (for telling the truth), exactly who are they provocating for?

Norbert writes a very intelligent and compassionate article about the man who murdered three RCMP officers in Moncton. This one is really good. Rod Allen has a column that is unintelligible, partly because it's so badly written as he attempts to stuff every sentence with adjectives and adverbs and to peddle what deludes him to think of a sense of humour. If you intend to read it, bring at least one meal and some liquid refreshment. Better still, drink the refreshment first.

Jody Dallaire has a solid column on the need for a national child care programme. New Brunswick, like most of Canada and all of the US, serves most of our children (and their parents) very badly, indeed.
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The headline of B1, NewsToday, is an important one. "Shooter not terrorist, says Mulcair" He makes the point that it is obvious the killers in Ottawa and St. Jean were both seriously deranged. The RCMP, Trudeau and Harper all insist they were "politically and ideologically motivated".

Well, of course they were. Deranged killers are always motivated by something. Of course. The RCMP use motivation as an excuse to brand him as a political terrorist, perhaps even trained and armed by some terrible foreign agitation group in Canada.

Look, the link with terrorists foreign or Canadian, is absurd. I have seen reference to the Ottawa killer as using a double barreled shotgun. And others saying it was an old, Winchester 30/30. Look, super-sleuths Harper and Trudeau and the RCMP commissioner, if any terrorist group organized such an attack using either of those guns, it would be kicked out of the terrorist club.

The shotgun would have two shots. That's it. And the shooter would be dead before he could reload - which, in fact, is what happened. As for the Winchester, it's an antique with a relatively small magazine, takes a long time to reload the magazine, and, using a lever, has a relatively slow rate of fire.

The Ottawa killer was amateur hour. There was no organization behind it. If there were, he would have had a semi-automatic with a combat sized magazine.

Yes, there was an ideological factor involved. He was also deranged. The two are quite compatible. Just look at Harper.

So who wins by this? Well, the RCMP commissioner will gain powers that will shoot a big hole in the credibility of a force with a heroic history.

Harper will get the excuse to establish the police state he has always wanted, one that will be spending billions researching all who have ever disagreed with him. What added protection will the added police power give us? None whatever. What it will do is to make the police the enemies of all of us (except the very rich and,  perhaps, the clergy - who are harmless).

We  are living through what historians are likely to say is the defining moment of Canadian history - the completion of the police state and the crushing of democracy with the transfer of all power to the very rich.. Well, that's what they'll say if our fuehrer of the day will let them..

There's also an article "Canadian jets join anti-ISIL campaign". It really says nothing, but has some intriguing points. it said, for example, authorities in the region broke up a "suspected" ISIL cell. Fourteen were tried and  sentenced in Saudi Arabia. Curiously, there is no mention of what the sentences were. Care to guess?Hint. In Saudi Arabia, the standard punishment for even the most minor offences is beheading.

By the way, I taught several of our airmen. They were strongly motivated by ideology. They were passionate believers in democracy, and in service.  Ideology, despite the way it's used in our press, is not a dirty word. Harper is an ideologue. He uses his ideology as a means to intimidate people. Under Canadian criminal law, that's a crime.

The story also talks about a crackdown on the internet because it might spread "radicalism".I don't know why they were calling for it. After all, the crackdown on the internet has been going on for years.

B3 says "Privacy, information czars want more eyes on spies." And I guess czar is the right word because the last czar was the man most responsible for the Russian revolution. Lenin and Trotsky could just ride on his coattails.  It says that our czar, Harper, is thinking of news laws to make it easier to arrest people who haven't done anything wrong, and outlawing the glorification of political extremism.

yeah. Arrest anybody who looks at  you cross-eyed, Be alert. It could be anybody - especially anybody who's ----different.

As for political extremists, like anybody in, say, the NDP, we've always spied on them. But, Harper is, without question, the most extreme pm this country has ever had. Does that mean he gets arrested? In fact, can you think of a single far right wing conservative who would be arrested for being extreme?

And we'll arrest them for glorification of political extremism? Exactly what do glorification and extreme mean. Hey! I'm alert. So I'm going to report Norbert Cunningham for his column on Moncton's mountie killer.

B4 has the fascinating story "Quarantine ordered for returning U.S. troops."  According to a US spokesman," The are not running away from Ebola but walking toward the burning building." And she urged other countries to do more.

Now, start at the beginning. The US has a thousand COMBAT troops in Ebola with another three thousand COMBAT troops to go; and they aren't walking toward any burning building.  They are kept in seclusion So they cannot come in contact with anyone who might have Ebola.

How the hell can they help people if they're not allowed to go near them, and if they are combat troops with no medical training whatever? And the spokesman had the nerve to say other countries should be doing more. In fact, many other countries are doing a lot more than the US is. Tiny and poor Cuba has sent well over 200 doctors who will actually be touching patients.

And don't get fooled by any aid figures the US government might toss out. Sending over combat troops is expensive - but it's not going to be a whole lot of aid. In any case, almost all US foreign aid is funneled through private (and thoroughly corrupt) private companies who rip most of it off for themselves.

That was the deal when Bush promised to rebuild Iraq after the war. The money's been spent - but with little effect on Iraq. Most of the contracts were awarded to vice-president Cheney's former employer, Haliburton. In fact, he was still an employee collecting paycheques from that company the whole time he was VP.

Oh, a final story that didn't make the Irving press. The UN General Assembly voted almost unanimously to recognize Palestine as an independent state. Only nine countries voted nay. One was Israel, of course. Then there was the US, Czech Republic, Marshall Islands, Micronesia. Nauru,  Panama, Polynesia - and Canada. Harper has really built up our status as an international leader.

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