Monday, November 2, 2015

Nov. 2: Let's deal quickly with the Irving press...

It's really hard to come up with something in a newspaper that says nothing. Today, the big,  front page news flash is that a local politician has refused to tell reporters whether he expects to be in the new, federal cabinet. Reporters asked "Can you tell us?"  He said, "no".

Are you wondering how the reporter could get a full story of that? The answer is, she couldn't. Nobody could. Most of the story is actually about a provincial government meeting. The story tells us that the conferees sat around a table, and had their pictures taken. That's it.

There is a good story, part of a series, on the endangered salmon fishery. And that's pretty much it for the city news.
The editorial is nice. It's an ad for a worthy cause. And that's nice. But this is not the kind of analysis and opinion an editorial is for.

Norbert has a column that looks good. It criticizes health care workers who are nervous about proposed changes the the health care system in this province. What he doesn't mention is the other side - the government board that is making the changes. Is it competent? Is it unbiased? Is it motivated solely by the best interests of the people of this province? How come we've had no analysis of that group?

Craig Babstock's column looks like something written by an overexcited pre-adolescent. He just can't wait to see the latest "Star Wars" movie.

Good column on education by Alec Bruce.
Canada&World opens with a big story that's both brainless and useless. "Rookie Liberals bring diversity to caucus." For a start, any group of 127 people will have diversity. Then, as an example of the incredible diversity, the story gives us a woman who is a  lawyer and who has given some lectures at UofT. Wow! Talk about diversity, I'm sure we've never had an mp like that before.

Some guy in Toronto likes the BlueJays so much he got a tattoo of one of them on his leg.

There's little of most of the world. There's no analysis of the meaning of it. Most of the stories are worth 2 sentences, at best.

That makes it a pleasure to turn to other news sources.

Haaretz has a story about a news source; but it's really about almost all news sources in the world. The owner of Israel's largest news sources (and of many other things including the telephone landline system) pumps out nothing but praise for Netanyahu and his whole family.  In return, Netanyahu uses his position as both President and Minister of Communications. to help the news man get richer.

There's an important sentence in this story. "A robust democracy cannot permit a major news agency to be used by a magnate for regulating favours." Wow!" It's a good thing New Brunswick doesn't have to worry about that sort of danger.

Of course, the reality is that most of the commercial news media in the world exist to lie, to hide the truth in order to please their wealthy owners. That's why Harper (and Martin and Chretien) so disliked the CBC. It has a pesky habit of offending billionaires that the Liberals and Conservatives like. Both parties have a bad track record of treatment of the CBC.

Both parties will be angry at the CBC story below about how there is considerable evidence that Enbridge Oil corrupted some people at the University of Calgary. Funny how the Irving press missed this story. I suppose it's because this sort of thing never happens in New Brunswick.

The Canadian privately-owned news sources probably won't defend the CBC. For that, you have to go to al Jazeera.

In fact, read that whole issue of al Jazeera. It makes the Irving press look like a newspaper put out by a junior Sunday School class.

Then there's a story about the ebola plague, and how it started. It's at the site below. This explanation is more than a year old. It  blames it all on bats - though  without evidence. But even if it started with bats, this isn't the whole story. (Forgive me for not giving the source for the more recent explanation. I've lost it, and can't find it.)

You'll note that in the above story, the village was in an area that had been deforested. Now, the bats in this region are forest dwellers. But the forests have largely been destroyed by logging, clearing for agriculture, and for mining.

Running out of habitat would force the bats to live among human populations. Thus - ebola.

Our planet evolved over millions of  years to become something that is habitable for us. Changing that  environment as we are doing now, makes it something that is not habitable for us.

This is happening all over the world, especially in the Americas, Africa and much of Asia where "developers" are interested only in immediate profit. That's why we have a massive fire in Indonesia, whole countries in Latin America destroyed by mining and deforestation. That's why large parts of Alberta have become dangerous for wild life and people. Oil wells not only pollute the land; they leak poison gasses forever.

And I guess that's why none of this ever gets reported in the Irving press.

Oh, and meanwhile there are now over 700,000 refugees in Europe. Most of them are living in the open. And winter is on us. Many more of them are going to come. And many more are going to die. What has created all this?

Some day soon, I'll have to cram over five hundred years into one blog to explain that.

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