Friday, January 29, 2016

Jan. 29: We are very close...

The headline of today's irving press? It's about how the provincial premier will use the state of the province to set the stage for his budget. In other words, there is no news. The premier is doing what every premier in the history of Canada has done at budget time. This time, the speech was set at a black tie dinner (translation: an expensive dinner for rich people.)

The other story (with big photo) by fearless reporter Brent Mazerolle is that a local couple has just adopted a dog.

And the rest of section A news is just as good.
The editorial is an attack on the failure of the provincial government to cut out such frills as education and health services. And the writer has no idea of what he or she is talking about. The writer makes a big point out of saying that New Brunswick has more hospitals than Edmonton with the same population. This is an editorialist who has a great future doing 'research' for the Fraser Institute or the Atlantic Institute of Market Studies.

He or she has not noticed that New Brunswick covers a whole lot more ground than Edmonton does. As for school class sizes in New Brunswick, they are on a par with the rest of Canada. And, we are told, it is sinful that all those public servants should be there just to hand out public money. But not to worry, my child, they handle much of public money out to rich people. Kiss. Kiss.

This is all just a shrill rant of ignorance.

The Commentary below the editorial is yet another gem of thought from a CEO who thinks that government should be run by business methods. He's probably sincere (slow, but sincere). A business exists to make profit. It has no other purpose. A government exists to serve the needs of a society. (Now, close your eyes, Mr. CEO, and think really, really hard.)

The commentary page begins with Cole Hobson's column which is really a free ad for a game developed in Moncton.

The commentary by Brian Murphy is a well-reasoned one on our judicial processes, and well worth a read.

And Alec Bruce seems to have become a real, all-out Irving staffer. His column is on the Energy East pipeline, and it's a shameless defence of people like Irving, and an attack on those who disagree with our masters. He even quotes The Fraser Institute. I never dreamed he would stoop to quoting an organization that exists to hand out toilet paper to the very rich. And anybody who disagrees with him is “utterly mindless”. Could be. But I would rather risk utter mindlessness than display utter servility.

Like the rest of this newspaper, he never mentions the calamitous oil pipeline spill in California. No, it's all perfectly safe. Nor does he mention that the cost of such a pipeline would need 30 years and more to make it worthwhile. Yep, thirty more years of the foulest oil on earth. And then? Well, then it probably won't matter, will it?

Maybe this would be more reassuring if the world's oil barons showed that they are aware of climate change, what causes it, and what it means. But far from showing any such concern, they are plunging into very long term projects that will make it worse; and they are spending billions of our tax money to murder millions of people to secure the oil for personal profit.

Anyone who would put the world at risk as our oil barons are doing is certainly greedy, of course. And also wretchedly stupid.

Nor are they the only ones.

Their buddies in mining and manufacturing are doing much the same with terrible damage to environments and to human life, seemingly unaware that they will suffer the results of that just like us ordinary people who don't get invited by the premier to black tie dinners to hear about the budget.

(I must confess to having a particular distaste for the back tie set. Usually, these are small-timers in the business world who like to kid themselves they have something in common with the big kids.)

There's a story missing from today's paper. Just a few years ago, the very wealthy of this world, the ones who owned half off all the wealth in the world numbered well over 300. Today, that number is down by four-fifths. And it's going to get worse, much worse, with the European and Pacific free trade deals.

Capitalism does NOT create jobs and spread wealth. It's only purposes are to create as few jobs as possible at the lowest wages possible. What it has created is a world in which poverty and hunger are rising – along with the murders of millions who get in the way of super-wealth. And not all the 'philanthropy' in the world can change that.

Can capitalism be reined in and regulated by governments made much bigger and more powerful? I don't know because, as things are now, big capitalism owns the major governments which make sure that voters are raised to believe all sorts of absurd myths, and are assisted in this mass lying by almost all of the private news media.

(I watched part of a Trump rally last night. There was a woman who said he would be good at running a country because he had made a fortune starting with nothing. In fact, he had not started with nothing. He was rich from birth. And, anyway, running a country is not at all like running a business. He's also gone bankrupt several times. What a collection of twits!)

Section B, Canada and World, takes us to grander vistas. They don't have anything on the war in Yemen. But, more important, they have a story on school buses in New Brunswick. It seems they're expensive to operate. Well, school boards, it's not hard to fix that. In the cities, use public transit buses, the ones we have idling their engines most of every day. They could be free for students. Keep the yellow school buses for rural students.

Page 6 has the story that Canada can't agree to all requests for its role in fighting ISIS. It doesn't matter. The very idea that the U.S. Britain, France, Russia need Canada's help is absurd. The U.S. wants us there strictly for PR reasons. I wouldn't risk a single Canadian for that. And there are other reasons to stay away.

1. The U.S. created the rebellion in Syria – because it wanted to replace Assad who was too friendly with Russia. This has nothing to do with us.
2. The only people who stand to gain from this are some oil billionaires. And we don't even have an oil billionaire in their class.
3.. The crumbling of the middle east to what it is now is a product of of the illegal, U.S. invasion of Iraq. Let the U.S. clean up its own mess.
4.ISIS has been a proxy ally of the U.S. in invading Syria. It got many of its weapons from Saudi Arabia, undoubtedly with American help. It got many of its fighters from American mercenary suppliers. The U.S. cooperated with Turkey in getting the oil ISIS has been taking from Syria, transporting it to Turkey, and putting it on the world market.
5. If we were to intervene in the war, it should be to help the legitimate government of Syria, not to help the illegal American invasions and the American-created 'rebel' forces.
6. Movements like ISIS are the result of constant invasion and looting by the western powers in Moslem countries. The US has actually formed such terrorist groups and trained them to use in proxy wars. That's how the Taliban and Al Quaeda got started.

We are most unlikely to destroy movements like ISIS. In fact, well over a trillion dollars and fifteen years of killing have only led to the creation of more radical and dangerous groups.

In short, the problem is NOT one caused by Muslims. It is caused by the greed of the U.S. and Britain.
Treating this as a conventional war, even if we kill every member of ISIS, will simply spread the revolt all over the Muslim world – and that's a very large world. Any such war will be dreadfully bloody with a high probability of going nuclear.

The only solution to this is some very serious bargaining, coupled with peacekeeping forces. This, if anywhere, is where Canada should see its role.

But the Canadian government isn't going to do that. It's going to be sucked in to the conflict, with the only role of the Canadian government being to be as wimpish as possible about its kissing up to American oil billionaires.

Does anybody seriously believe these wars would be happening if there were no oil in the middle east?

This war already has all the makings of World War Three. Russia and the U.S. are both in it – and for different goals. That means it is really a war between the U.S. and Russia. Britain and France are in it because they are dying (actually, dead and decomposing) powers. And now China is showing an interest.

And the U.S. is in it to help the Syrian people? Come off it. It won't even offer significant help to the millions who have fled its killing.

No. This has to be settled in a peaceful way. Big business doesn't know how to operate a government. And it doesn't know how to fight a war. All it understands is its own greed. That's why we're on the edge of World War Three. And we could pass that edge any day, perhaps even any hour.

Expect nothing useful from the Canadian government. Expect insanity from the U.S. ( But they'll call it Christianity.)
There's a story about a source of air pollution we seldom think about. The Irving press missed it. But -

This story also has a warning in it – the possibility of a new war in Libya. Gee, and just after Canada helped to make Libya such a lovely country by destroying Ghaddaffi.

The following piece is a peek into a world that a Donald Trump knows (and a Prince Edward and a Conrad Black and a Bill Clinton).

This from a site called Vice. I know little of it except that it was founded in Montreal – and it has a TV show somewhere that I can't find – and it has a very wide, world coverage, with sources even within ISIS. It looks like something put together by journalists who had become fed up with the lying and propaganda necessary in their profession. I shall try to learn more from journalists I know in Montreal.

Meanwhile, it's worth spending some time just searching it at random. brings home to Canada the meaning of wage gap and the spread of inequality. Funny how the Irving press missed this.

This one is by a pretty good journalist, and its topic is one that interests me very much. It's about the destruction of thinking in public schools (for which much of the blame rests on parents). To that one could add the destruction of thinking by most of our news media.

Trump is the poster boy for non-thinking – and he really knows how to use it to his advantage.
Naziism was always powerful force in Kiev's Ukraine (our side). It is to this day. But our news media rarely, if ever, mention it.

the next site, RT, is one I always treat with caution. It has a bias. But the bias affects its choice of topic, not what it says about the topic.

The following commentary might seem biased. It's not. Over the years I've ready many, reliable accounts of how the U.S. (with the help of Canada) has held Haiti in poverty and misery and hopelessness.

I still have lots of stuff – but I'm hungry for supper.

Another day.

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