Well, there's some good news about the Irving press. Today, Gwynne Dyer is back. He's more optimistic than I am, and this column is his usual, very sound and sensible stuff. But, in the Irving press, it really is a petunia in a field of onions. Note in particular what he says about the Syrian rebel army (the ones on our side, and against Assad). Our news media constantly tells us that these rebels are “moderate” Muslims. In fact, they are exactly the same as ISIS. And the U.S. has been supplying ISIS and the rebels from the start.
Dyer thinks the danger of nuclear war is small. I don't think it is. Not at all. We are very close to one by accident – and perhaps even not by accident.
Apart from Dyer, there's no news and no opinion worth reading in the whole paper. Norbert is back to ranting, though always in a vague sort of way. One rant he repeats is that the education system needs to be revised. If he would take the trouble to read the student columns in his own newspaper, he'll find they're quite a bit better than his – and that's evidence that the schools have improved enormously since his days.
There are days when one can only get angry. Today, in the supermarket, I noticed the magazine Hello, Canada which is full of gush about Harry and Kate and the Queen and Charles. Prince Charles, an obvious inheritor of the royal family's lack of brains (a lack that goes back for centuries), lives in a palace, and has over a hundred and fifty personal servants. Harry's stunningly brainless brother who lives for nude parties with expensive hookers, will routinely fly half way around the world for a round of golf. The Duke of and Duchess of Windsor (with the Duke holding the record as probably the most brainless and useless one of the bunch), lived for decades, travelling around the world, and living in the most expensive hotel suites – and all on the taxpayers' shillings.
Meanwhile, thousands of British children live on the streets, and the rate of poverty in Britain is rising.
(Oh, doesn't baby George look sweet?)
On the climate change front, we're heard hints about action from governments – though only hints. And we've heard nothing at all from the oil industry. In fact, it is pushing wars, investing money in exploration and processing and this can only mean it plans to keep selling oil forever. There really isn't much that came out of the Paris conference. I think the greed and arrogance of big oil won the day.