Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Oct.7: The worst ever.....

It's bad enough that the newspaper - which is laughingly described as a breakfast newspaper - hasn't arrived before 11 a.m. for almost a year. It's even bad enough that it hasn't arrived at all today - and it's now 2 p.m. Worse, this is the most vapid copy of the Moncton Times and Transcript I have ever seen. (I finally bought a copy from a news stand.)  And I've seen some real stinkers.

The Oland saga is front page, again. Also front page news is the gripping tale of a new club to open at the Moncton  Library.   It will feature colouring books for adults.

B4 has a fast-breaking story that Cadillac Fairview, which owns Champlain Place, is putting up new signs all over the shopping centre with its new title, CF Champlain. Yes, it's a new brand strategy "...ultimately about the promise of a prime experience for our shoppers." Hold me back. I might slip on the drivel.
The editorial says fixing the Petitcodiac River is the priority for our next government. Well, I will grant that is not as brainless as saying the priority of our next government is to prevent a woman from taking the oath of citizenship while wearing a niqab. But it's close.  

Norbert is reasonable on schools. Cormier is irrelevant. Malloy is annoying and condescending. He dumps on people who, when looking for a job, have the nerve to ask what the pay and hours are. They act, he says, as if they're entitled. Well, Malloy, people are entitled to ask questions like that. Tell you what, Malloy, write a column about really entitled people - like the ones who think they're entitled to buy our forests at bargain prices - and entitled to escape paying taxes, and entitled to appoint the minister of finance for our elected government

Alec Bruce is highly readable and engaging.  But as I came to punchlines of the last five or six sentences, I had no idea what the point might be.

Section A is blah.

Section B combines blah with propaganda.

The best example of the propaganda is on B1, "Bucking a trend toward private schools."
First, it starts with a report from the Fraser Institute which refers to that institute as an "independent research organization."   Independent of  what? The word tells us that this institute is a free spirit, and therefore to be taken seriously.

In fact, it's  no such thing. And even a reporter for a church bulletin should know that. Like Atlantic Insistute for Market Studies, it's a propaganda front financed by big business. It's job is to put out the propaganda that the rich want us to believe. It's bad enough  reporter didn't seem to know that. It's worse that an editor seems not to have known that, either.

Actually, they probably both knew it. Normally, the Fraser Institute is not referred to in the news as independent. So why was the word stuck in here? Because the Irving press was deliberately lying.

Then the story implies - with no evidence whatever - that private schools are superior. They aren't. Their teachers have exactly the same training I got when I was in teacher's college. In fact, they were in the same college as me. Nor do I remember the ones who went into private  schools as being a distinguished group.

Nor are the students intellectually distinguished. In university, I taught many children from private schools. I remember most of them as nice kids - but I can't think of one who was an A student.

In fact, many children are sent to private schools because they aren't very bright. One I knew well was a close relative who was both stupid and obnoxious. It must have taken many hours of coaching at one of Canada's most prestigious private schools to get him to a passing level  for high school. In fact, when I met him years later, he was as brainless as he had been in his childhood.

Then there's snobbery. There are many people who feel that having money makes them better than the rest of us. And they don't want their children to mix with - you know - lower types.

And, oh, our governments can be so cruel (the story actually uses that word)....It seems some governments don't even give grants to those poor rich families for their private schools. I mean, surely people who are rich are entitled.

Some provinces, like Quebec, are more undestanding. They provide up to 80% of private school funding.  Well, as a teacher and an historian, I can tell  you why Quebec does that.

Historically, the French public school boards of Quebec have been dominated by the rich and their followers. But their only interest in the public schools was to keep the cost of them down. That's why the French schools of Quebec, at least into the 1980s, were dreadfully inferior, and commonly ended at grade 9 or earlier.

Generally, English school boards were better because most of them grew out of the Scottish system in which almost all children went to public schools, including rich kids. That gave the board members a stake in the quality of the public schools.

The wealthy French who sat on the French boards made sure that the private schools their chldren went to were excellent - and well funded with tax payers' money. The private schools of Quebec were (and are) the schools of the elite. Almost every premier in the history of Quebec has been the product of a private school. French children in the public schools got terrible English instruction. But the rich kids got excellent English teaching - thus we have a Pierre Trudeau and a Justin Trudeau.

The point of this article seems to be that New Brunswick should fund private schools. (Funny how the rich always want the rest of us to give them money.) The sub-theme is that we are cruel to the rich. (That's close to a quotation.) And in all of this article, there is no indication whatever of the quality of these schools. (The French ones in Quebec are good. But I've never seen any others that struck me as oustanding.)

This is a very shallow and misleading story. It shows no understanding. And no research whatever. This is pure propaganda for us to give more money to the rich while we're cutting back on services to our own chldren.

B3 tells us "$1-billion pledge is key to industry's survival." Bizarre. This one is about the auto industry and the Trans-Pacific Trade Deal. Here, we're told, is the greatest deal in history - and we'll all benefit. Well, if we're all going to benefit, why has Harper so far offered a total of over $5 billion to two industries affected by it? And, frankly, $5 billion   won't save anything.

The only real, world news is two stories on essentially the same subject - the claim that Russian aircraft have twice entered Turkish air space. Both stories are essentially beating the drum about how evil Russians are, and possibly laying the groundword for another war.

Come off it. The U.S. invades airspace every day with drones, bombers... We can't guess how many countries that has happened to in recent years. But it must be at least twenty. And if you add invasions by special ops troops, then you're looking at well over a  hundred.
CBC news has a story that the eagle-eyed editors at Irving press missed. A senior officer in Canada Revenue left his job to bring his expertise to a lobby group that sets billionaires up with tax havens. I don't rremember the estimate for Canadian money in tax havens. (I think it's around $400 billion.) The estimate for the U.S. is well over two trillion dollars.

And guess who advised our hero to leave Canada Revenue to go to work for the tax haven game - it was Canada Revenue.

Due, I guess, to its need for space to tell the exciting story about how Champlain Place with now be called CF Champlain, the Irvinig press didn't have room for a couple of stories about the niquab.
The woman who wants to wear a niqab for the citizenship ceremony has won her case in federal court. (But Harper will appeal that, of course.) Harper has also said he is considering to make wearing the niqab while working for the civil service illegal.

When I have said we are reliving the 1930s as it was in Hitler's Germany, I was not exaggerating. The niqab has become, thanks to Harper, the most important issue in this federal election, and it's given him a boost in the polls. So what does this tell you about Harper?

Like Hitler, Harper is willing to use the fears and hatreds of what we called racism when Hitler did it.

And what does it tell you about Canadians?

A very great many of them are racist.

Then there's the story of what free trade is really all about. And if you doubt the source for this story, check out one of the two authors. Joseph Stiglitz is a Nobel laureate in economics, was Chairman of President Clinton's economic advisers, and Senior VP and Chief Economist of the World Bank.

One of the telling points will have meaning to those who remember the days when it was discovered that asbestos was a killer. If we have another such crisis - and we will - the concerned industry all over the world will have the right to sue us for billions if we do anything that cuts into their market. That's what the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement means.

The good part of all this is we seem to be internationalizing corruption and graft. Apparently, one of China's multi-billionaires gave piles of money to president Clinton, was invited to dine at the White House on 10 occasions, and is now giving large sums to Hillary. At last, capitalists are free to do what they like anywhere in the world. The world of government by nations has become the world of government by billionaires. This is, at last, the triumph of fascism and Naziism.  (and don't criticize my choice of words, Norbert. I know what both words mean.)
There's much more to talk about. Yemen is worsening under bombing, starvation and lack of medical supplies. And it has become, along with Syria, a part of the refugee crisis. Then there's Central African Republic, a country created in the devastation left behind by European colonizers. It's been going on for years. Now, the U.S. has   special ops in there - and there are some doubts about whose side they are on. But don't waste your time looking for news about it in the Irving press.

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