Friday, March 13, 2015

march 13:--And now, a word from the competition...

There's good, single sheet newspaper out of Fredericton. You can can see it at

It's called The Brief. Currently it was a good story on our gift of forests to Irving. There's another good one on Maine residents who are objecting to an Irving request to weaken environmental regulations so he can open a mine. There isn't even a payoff in jobs - just in Irving profits.
Today's front-page, whiz bang headline and front-page story is pretty much the same one as yesterday. It wasn't a headline story yesterday, and it hasn't become one since.

On the same page, the Moncton Chamber of Commerce says , oh, the events centre will create jobs and make us rich. Yeah...We will in a city where many people don't have enough to eat, or a place to sleep- even in this tough winter. We live in a city that has no adequate daycare at a reasonable price. We live in a city in which a high proportion are poor, in which schools and hospitals are short of money. That's why we have to rely on volunteers and contributions with all those dreadful newspaper photos of people holding up cheques as though this were something to be proud of - to leave citizens in need up to volunteers.

But, oh, we can easily afford a hockey rink. All we have to do is call it an events centre.

Government starts with the needs of people, not with things to make money for people who are already rich.
Start with people. What are our priorities?

While we're on this, has anybody ever thought that the city might give a little more money to the library? It's one of the worst funded in Canada.

On A4, the chamber of commerce continues its lament for the rich with fears we have offended SWN because of our shale gas moratorium, and it will take its money elsewhere. In the first place, SWN has not left. It is requesting an extension, and hoping to return in a year. In the second place, it shows a stunning sense of greed to allow drilling to go ahead without thinking of its effect on people. Remember PEOPLE.

Members of the chamber who were surveyed said they supported fracking if it's done in a responsible way.
Sure.  I'll bet. That's why they've been fighting so hard to go ahead now, now, now. They've been real leaders in doing things in a responsible way.

All of this seems to have come as the result of a speech to the chamber by Jean Charest. I had to follow the career of Charest when I was on radio, and he was a graduate of the Mulroney school of political sleaze. Mulroney, the only prime minister in Canada to be caught for gross corruption and for lying about it. And Harper patted him on the head, and let him go back to his mansion. Lucky thing for him he wasn't wearing a veil over his face.
The editorial doesn't say much. But it's reasonable.

Norbert has read another book. But hang in. Start at the middle of the second to last column in which he talks about a society of people who elect lizards to be their rulers. Think of New Brunswick where we elect lizards However, we don't let the lizards actually have power.

We give power to the vultures.

Justin Ryan writes about seniors in Canada - and in other societies. Again, skip the first, two columns. The meat is in the last two. And it's good.

Cole Hobson talks about the problems of our basketball team. You don't usually see that on the only two pages for serious discussion of major issues.It goes in the sports section.

Alec Bruce has a mostly impartial and reasonable column about the mess the Conservatives created in the shale gas issue, and the failure of the Liberals to do anything at all.  Alas! He also quotes Jean Charest.
He says we need a fact-based discussion on shale gas.  Not likely, says Alec Bruce. Of course not. Alec Bruce and  his newspaper and his provincial boss will never allow a fact-based discussion on anything.

And Charest should the last person to preach about fact-based discussion. He's pure politician. The only purpose in his life has been to get elected. So far as I could tell, he never had any principals or any philosophy. It was all just about getting elected. That's why he was able to leave a leading position in the Conservative party to become leader of the Quebec Liberal party without any change whatever in the principals and philosophy that he never had, anyway.
Canada&World has a big, front page story about Bob Rae. I have no idea why. He says that politics today is too much about image, and not about substance. ( When wasn't it?) And he says that Gallant has the right idea because he talks directly to people.

Oh - and what does he say? I haven't heard of him saying anything of substance or political principals - or anything. And he hasn't done anything. That makes him interchangeable with  Alward or Shawn Graham.

Page one also has the news that the Liberal government has no timeline for a review of its forestry. plan. Gee - and we already sold most of it cheap to Irving - and with no forestry plan. There is a map of conservation areas, and, tirumphant ta da , it is half the size of PEI. Wow! That must be almost as big as Monaco.

P. 3 has two stories worth reading. One is about critics of the anti-terror bill. This isn't getting the attention from Canadians that it should. It's actually quite a big more important than anything on the front page of the paper. If this bill passes, the Canada with some measure at least of freedom is gone. This is a very serious business. This is a decision to stamp out whatever democracy and freedom we still have.

The same page also tells us that Ottawa plans to deport a man it says is a terrorist who was planning to blow up  buildings in Toronto. And he was caught in time by our diligent spy service. Okay, so they have a very dangerous prisoner. And all we're going to do is deport him? It sounds to me as if our diligent spies don't have a case.

Then, somebody says Canada needs a political debate over a woman who claimed the right to wear a full-face veil while taking the oath of citizenship. The man who says that is the Ambassador of the Office of Religious Freedoms.

Look. We either have religious freedom or we don't. If we have it, the women can wear a veil. If we don't gave rekious freedom, then Harper will tell us what our religious beliefs are. I'm not sure we need Stephen Harper to tell us what our religious values are, and which we are allowed to have and which we aren't.

I don't even know if Harper has any religious values. If he has, they have been well-hidden through his years in office. Nor am I sure that Canada can be said to have religious values. I see no reflection whatever of any religious values in the whole business world of the country. In fact, I see a denial of them. (Unless, of course, you're one of those who thinks going to the Irving chapel in summer  with all those nice flowers and everything reflects a value.)

Indeed, the Christian churches are in serious trouble across Canada. Many, many Canadians really have no religion at all - and many, many of those who pretend to don't show it in any way in their daily lives. Any public debate on religious freedom will be a debate largely carried on by bigots and hypocrites.

We don't need a debate. We need to hold on to every bit of freedom we have, and religion is part of that.

There is a must-read story on B4. All us Canadian Christians should read it. It's about our treatment of native people, using the example of a reserve in Ontario.

That's it. The rest of the world, it seems, must have fallen off or drifted away. In a world in which Obama has declared poverty-stricken Venezuela a threat to American security and is making very aggressive gestures, where we face utter chaos in the middle east, and dangerous moves in Ukraine that could destroy the world, there's not a word.

I often look at the National Post for a break. It's not really better than the Irving press, it's just more intelligently spreading propaganda and bigotry and lying. Conrad Black was always good at that.
Yesterday, it had a big story that Venezuela's economy was sinking because of the dropping price of oil. (Venezuela depends on oil sales to survive. The Post had an article yesterday that this proves Venezuela's socialist government doesn't work.)

So that's why Alberta is having trouble. It's socialist. And that's why Russia is having trouble. It's socialist. In fact, of course, none of those is socialist. On the contrary, all of them - and the US and Canada - are oligarchies. That means they are ruled by a small group of men - whether civilians or military. In the case of all the above countries, they are ruled by a small group of extremely wealthy men. And, obviously, New Brunswick is an oligarchy. Small businessmen are encouraged to believe that they are real capitalists. And small business owners are real capitalists. But Irving and others use organizations like chambers of commerce and rotary clubs to kid them that means they have a lot in common with Irving, and they're all on same side with him. They don'.t. And they aren't.

Anyway the low price of gas has nothing to do with either capitalism or socialism. It has been deliberately set up to weaken the Russian economy, Once that's done, North American billionaires will control the world oil market. Then the price will go up.

It is not possible that a journalist writing for a big paper like The National Post doesn't know that. It's not possible his editors don't know that. This is simply lying.

The UN assigned a torture expert to deliver a report on Guantanamo and on US prisons in general. The US government denied him access. Funny the TandT never mentioned that. And, yes, the US does use torture extensively in its civil prison system. It has for years. And, in other progressive news, the state of Utah is bringing back the firing squad.

check out landdestroyer.blogspot/en/2015/03/us-war-on-isis-trojan-horse.html

This is a theory. But it makes sense and fits the evidence we have. ISIS was created by the US and Saudi Arabia in order to destroy Syria. That means it's just like the "rebel" army in Syria (which is doing badly) and like Al Quaeda. The US also wants the arab nations divided. ISIS does that neatly. It may also do what the "rebel" army can't do - destroy Syria and kill Assad.

The US wouldn't be so murderous? Tell that to Vietnam and Iraq.

Then try

This is a Russian site that I treat with caution. (as I do Voice of Liberty and all other government sites.) But this one confirms much information I have already found in proven sources, and it fits in with what is going on all over Europe.

Ukraine, like  Ireland, Greece, Spain, Portugal, etc. is broke. International bankers who caused the recession that drove them broke are now lending them money - but on very, very tough terms, so tough that the money will not help them, but will actually drive up suffering and malnutrition.

Then there's the story below. If you're a Canadian, our air force is already 20 years out of date. That's like fighting World War Two with a World War 1 biplane. Thank you Stephen Harper and Peter Mackay. Worse, we don't even have any defined purpose for the Canadian armed forces. That means we have no idea what equipment to get. So all we can do is provide cannon fodder for US wars - as we are doing now.
Gee. I'll bet that when Harper told Putin to get out of Ukraine, he had Putin shaking in his boots.

I thank a reader for sending me these three, last stories.

Forget the F-22 and F-35, this is a real Super Maneuverable Fighter plane: the Russian Su-35 Flanker-E

"....some sources say it can detect stealth planes like the F-35 at a distance of over 90 kilometers), but once engaged in a WVR (Within Visual Range) air-to-air engagement, it can freely maneuver to point the nose and weapons in any direction, to achieve the proper position for a kill."  [Graeme -- look at the video]
And an earlier fighter:

Su-30MK Beats F-15C 'Every Time'

The Russian-built Sukhoi Su-30MK, the high-performance fighter being exported to India and China, consistently beat the F-15C in classified simulations, say U.S. Air Force and aerospace industry officials.
In certain circumstances, the Su-30 can use its maneuverability, enhanced by thrust-vectoring nozzles, and speed to fool the F-15's radar, fire two missiles and escape before the U.S. fighter can adequately respond.

As for missiles, this is what I found quickly but no comparison.  I recall reading somewhere that the Russians had an anti-missile system that would be difficult to penetrate.  If so, the likelihood of an attack on russia itself seems remote, except by cutting the price of oil, etc.

Russia's SS-27 Makes Bush's
Missile Defense A Fantasy

By Charles Assisi
The Times of India

the Topol RS 12 or the Topol SS 27, as it is known in military circles around the world, had to be the fastest thing man has ever seen......But the Topol isn't attracting attention for its speed alone. It has got more to do with the sheer viciousness it demonstrates. A conventional intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), once deployed, takes off on the back of a booster. After attaining a certain altitude, it follows a set flight path or trajectory. When it reaches the intended target, it lets loose a set of warheads that home in on the target with devastating accuracy. Given these dynamics, military establishments build defence systems that can intercept an ICBM before it strikes. Often, the defence works.

With the Topol, these dynamics simply don't come into play. To start with, the damn thing can be manoeuvred mid-flight. This makes it practically impossible for any radar system in the world to figure out what trajectory it will follow.

The other thing is the kind of evasion technology built into the missile. That makes it invulnerable to any kind of radiation and electromagnetic and physical interference.

Then there is the question of ground-based nuclear warheads traditionally deployed to stop ICBMs in their path. Until now, any ICBM can be taken down by detonating a nuclear warhead from as far as 10 kilometres. The Topol doesn't blink an eyelid until the time a nuclear warhead gets as close as 500 meters. But given the Topol's remarkable speed and manoeuvrability, getting a warhead that close is practically impossible.

That leaves defence establishments with only two options. Target the missile at its most vulnerable points - either when it is on the ground or when it is just being deployed (also known as the boost phase).

Apparently, the Russians have gotten around that problem, too. Unlike virtually every ICBM that exists on some military base or the other, the Topol doesn't have to be on a static base. All it needs is the back of a truck. And trucks can be driven anywhere, anytime. That makes it practically impossible for any country to monitor.......
"The Bush administration's dream of a viable NMD has been rendered fantasy by the Russian test of the SS-27 Topol-M.. To counter the SS-27 threat, the US will need to start from scratch."

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