Friday, November 13, 2015

I had hopes.  The headline seemed to be about Moncton welcoming Syrian refugees. But it was really a pretty shallow story about all the things that have to be done.

I went to school with Syrians. I played with Syrians. It was a good experience. They were from the first generation to be born in Canada. Most became quite successful. And, with friends who were Syrians, Italians, Poles, African-Canadian, Japanese, I learned it was great to grow up in a society with diversity, lots of diversity. It really shook up our human tendency to be all like each other, and to be afraid of being different, of not conforming. The Maritimes desperately need diversity.

The only other big news is that Gentleman Jim's restaurant has been closed for renovations.
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The editorial picks up on the benefits of accepting refugees. Norbert has a quite decent column though, as in all his writing about provincial finances, he refuses to look at what the very rich are taking out of this province, legally or illegally, every year. Oh, and they're also doing it through executives who get paid as much per person as all other employees put together do. And don't kid yourself that it's okay because the these people will spend their money here. They don't. And they won't.

Cole Hobson writes an opinion column about St. John's United Church and Rev. Aaron Billard. It's a good story. Too bad it had already appeared on yesterday's front page as a news story.

Brian Murphy tells a long and pointless story about his childhood home. He ends with a short paragraph of excruciatingly banal lessons about life which he says he learned from that experience.

Alec Bruce, as usual,  has a sensible and solid column about those who protect us from our governments - officials like the auditor-general and the official languages commissioner.
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The only interesting part of Canada&World is the sentence under a photo of everybody smiling with insincerity as two men shake hands. Try to make sense out of that sentence - Chief electoral officer Michael Quinn, Official Languages Commissioner Katherine d'Entrement, and auditor-general Kim MacPherson shakes the hand of Standing Committee on Procedural, Privileges and Legislative Officers chairman Hedard Albert in the provincial legislature on Thursday.

B5 has a half page "Canada&World story" that is really a free ad for a  Moncton clothing store. Another half page ( out of only 8 for Canada and the whole world) is pictures of people holding up giant cheques. Another full page is taken up with a big ad, and a news story that a 20-room mansion has just been sold in Quebec.
I needed to know that.

It must be a dreary job for a news editor to spend his days to find stories crappy enough to fit the style of the Irving press.

Belowis what I founnd in other news sources is less than an hour.
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For those who don't believe in climate change - do you believe in glaciers? One of them has just collapsed, dumping 10 billion tonnes into the sea. And there's more to come. Get ready for a really interesting tidal bore in Moncton.

 http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/nov/12/collapsing-greenland-glacier-could-raise-sea-levels-by-half-a-metre-say-scientists

Slavery still exists all over the world - including Canada, the U.S., Britain. Recently, refugees have added to the numbers in slavery in Britain. But it's all over the world. (Except in the Irving press.)

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/nov/13/perpetrators-modern-slavery-devastating-environment-deforestation-pollution

The next comment warns us about the theory shared by capitalists of this world and their servants like Norbert and most politicians that shovelling all the world's money into their pockets and letting them do what they like will make us all rich.  It never has. And it's going to have dangerous consequences for all of us.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/11/us-uk-politics-economics

The following item tells us something about the collapsing society of the U.S.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/11/its-so-dangerous-to-be-a-black-american-ive-sought-asylum-in-canada

Then there's this one on how global migration is a part of Europe's future. It's a part of Canada's future, too - far more than it ever has been. It's not only because of the wars our capitalists ( with our help) have forced on other countries. Increasingly, it's likely to be drought and flooding.

Speaking of the future of Canada and the U.S. and Europe, the following is a warning about Europe - but it's just as true for us. Greed is very, very destructive.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/12/the-guardian-view-on-global-migration-its-part-of-europes-future

The piece below is one I would normally by wary of. But the writer has a pretty solid record and reputation. It's worth considering.

http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/the-iraqi-war-wasnt-waged-for-oil-greg-palast
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On a sombre note, the U.S., which has taunted China by sending ships through waters claimed by China, is now flying bombers over them. China may well be in the wrong - but it is not up to the U.S. to deliver vigilante justice. It's up to international courts.

As well, this is one hell of a dangerous thing to do. It will take just one misstep, by either side, to turn this into a world, nuclear war. We're doing the same thing in Syria. This is much more serious that even the nuclear crisis of the Kennedy era.

So why is  the U.S. tempting fate? Do you seriously think this is all to bring peace and freedom to the world? Or is it very, very dangerous brinkmanship?

Or is it a deliberate provocation to set up a war?

1 comment:

  1. Perhaps some of our disillusion with education stems from the fact that a university degree is not required to work at McDonald's. The only option we seem to have in this province for a job is to become a low wage corporate minion. I think that we have come to the point of realization that even though we can all get university degrees now, we can't all have a high paying management position in a corporation. So what's the solution? Work less, enjoy life and just get by seems to be our mantra.

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