Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Feb. 23: We need an Irving to be King Canute

Al Jazeera and The Guardian carry the story of a rapid rise of sea levels, the most rapid in 2800 years. This is the claim of a study conducted by NASA which blames the rise on our burning of fossil fuels. The greatest rise will be on the East coast of the Americas. (That's us.)

But what does NASA know? Anyway, we need a pipeline so the world can burn even more fossil fuels. And we'll make regulations so tough that the sea won't dare rise. We can trust people like Mr. Irving on this. He loves New Brunswick. I know that because he said it in a big ad just last week. And if you can't trust an ad, what can you trust?


The Irving press doesn't have the story. It needed the space for yet another story on Dennis Oland that says nothing.
In fact, the whole of today's issue of the paper has only one story worth reading - the one about Russia, U.S. and Syria arriving at a  cease fire agreement. And hold the joy on that because it's most unlikely to last.

The editorial writer had a good idea for an editorial - making the fluoridation of water a city election issue. Alas, it seems to lose focus half way through so that by the end, the reader has lost track of what it was all about. The final paragraph is just three words that really isn't even a sentence. It reads,
The Polio vaccine.

I'm serious. that's what it says. It doesn't seem to be connected to anything.

Norbert has another brainless rant about education. The civil servants who run it are incompetent, says Norbert. He claims he has given evidence of this. Actually,  he never has. He's spit bile. But that's all he's ever done. Apparently he's unaware that there are many rankings of education for every country in the world. All of them show Canada, including New Brunswick, to be among the best.

And, apparently, he's never heard of the impact of social conditions on education. Jewish chidren, for example, tend to do better than Christians. Ditto for Chinese vs. Canadians. It's not because they're smarter or their schools are better. It's because their societies encourage learning.

New Brunswick society doesn't. That's why New Brunswick society reads columns by a Norbert Cunningham who writes for the incompetent, trivial, propaganda papers of the Irving press. That's why we never get a report on the killing and starvation in Yemen. But we get trivial gossip stories on Dennis Oland every day.

Norbert closes by saying we should look at teaching practices all over the world. That's dumb, Norbert. I have taught in several parts of the world. And every year, I taught students from all over the world. I have taught in The Netherlands where my students were commonly fluent in four or five languages. I have taught in China where all my students were at least bilingual, and  where teaching methods are less advanced than in Canada. But their work was still of high quality. I have taught hundreds of Jewish students whose work was commonly as good as that of Christians and better - though both groups had come through the same school system.

It's not just the schools that teach children. It's the society they grow up in. New Brunswick is not a thinking society. (Get serious, Nobert. If New Brunswickers did think, who would read your dreadful newspapers)?

I don't know, Norbert. Maybe you're just a born ranter. Maybe you're kissing up to Mr. Irving because he wants more privatization of schools. Maybe you attack civil servants because they get in Mr. Irving's way while  he's looting this province.

But I do know one thing. This column is ignorant and utter crap. It reminds me of a bad imitation of a retarded Donald Trump suffering a bout of severe ignorance.

Alan Cochrane writes a 'commentary' about the Oak Island Mystery. I do wish the Irving press editors  would tell their columnists what a commentary is. I understand the VP of the Irving press is an Irving (of course) who went to journalism school. He must have been absent the day they covered commentaries.

The best read in the paper is on C12. It's by Jana Giles, a grade 12 student at Moncton High. Our critic of education, Norbert, wouldn't be able to write something as intelligent and insightful as this one.
You may have noticed that the irving press hasn't said much about the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership that we may well  become a part of. Essentially, it has two purposes. One is to isolate China and Russia. The other is to complete a process that began several hundred years ago.

In its early days, capitalism needed the help of the nation-state. In particular, it needed it to provide soldiers to fight the wars of capitalism, the ones we call 'empire building'. In the process, as  capitalism grew, it was able to buy governments, making it easier to be sure of getting warships and armies when they needed them - and at no charge.

With the rise of democracy from the eighteenth century to today, democracy itself  could be bought off because of the cost of elections. Very early, lobbyists became a familiar sight in Washington. (The were called lobbyists because they met in the lobby to make deals with congressmen.)

Democracy proved to be a superb system for the rich because most people couldn't afford to buy congressmen. But the rich could. In that way, they acquired the real ownership of whole nations. That's been strengthened even more for the last century by ownership of almost all news media by the very rich. That's been true of  the U.S., Canada, Britain, and many others. So, if Hillary wins in the U.S., she will have done it with most of her money coming from the war industries. Guess what that will mean in terms of corrupt and inflated contracts, and in wars.

Gets what it means in terms of housing, social services, food, pensions, education for 99% of our people.

The result is we have a legal framework of government by the people. But our real government is by the very wealthy. We have now come to the point at which the very wealthy are so powerful, they no longer need the framework of the state. As well, elections can go  wrong. Democracy long ago became a fiction. Now, it has become simply a nuisance for the wealthy.

The Trans-Pacific trade deal gets rid of that nuisance by making it illegal for governments or their people to interfere which what big capitalists want. It will be, for example, illegal to protect our environment. Oh, technically, it might be possible - but only by paying huge sums to capitalists who don't want it protected.

This is close to the final step in destroying the nation-states and their nuisance democracies, and to make the super-capitalists the kings of the world
Here's an outline and an opinion in al Jazeera. (You're not likely ever to find it in the Irving press.)



The Guardian's business columnists see the deal as a disaster.


Even the Charlottetown Guardian published a criticism that was a letter to the editor.

But the Irving press doesn't like to get readers over-excited.
Perhaps the most depressing thing I saw in today's Irving press was a letter to the editor. I'll just put a few extracts here because, though I have a printer, it's only a printer.

The letter says that the mayor of Montreal opposes an oil pipeline because a spill would endanger the Beluga whales of the gulf. But, it goes on, the mayor of Montreal has approved the spillage of sewage into the St. Lawrence.

True enough. but how does one, anti-environmental act justify commiting another one?

Then it says that such people as the mayor of Montreal would rather use petroleum from the middle east and Venezuela where people have no rights.
Ahem. Usually, the reason these people have no rights is because we support governments that destroy civil rights - as in Egypt, Turkey, Guatemala, Saudi Arabia. The destruction of rights is common in Africa and South America because we encourage the destruction of rights, often with armed force and mass murder. It pleases our capitalists who have investments there. We have murdered hundreds of thousands to destroy rights. We  have installed dictators. We did it in Haiti and Cuba and Guatemala and many others.

The U.S., by the way, has been destroying human rights in its own country for many years. The President of the U.S. has, and uses, the power to imprison and even murder American citizens without charge or trial. It has no legal authority to torture, but uses it, anyway. It has the power to spy without warrant, on its own people. Parts of the above are common in Canada, too.

U.S. police forces are being equipped with armoured cars, even tanks, machine guns... Those are for use against people demanding their rights. Canada is doing the same, if in milder tone. The use of special RCMP in camouflage suits and with combat rifles at Rexton was in step with U.S. methods. It was incompetent, perhaps to the point of insanity, to station such militarized police in front of a crowd that was overwhelmingly a peaceful one. It would have been impossible to fire those rifles without killing large numbers of innocent people. And I notice there has been no investigation into that incident.

Then it has the remarkably dumb statement that we need oil unless we want to return to the dark ages.    In fact, oil did not come into use until well AFTER the dark ages. And continuing to use it will take us back to the days BEFORE the dark ages when there were no people at all.

How can a person be so illogical and simplistic? How can a person not see the destruction of rights and of people when we are doing the destroying?

I learned why even as I read it. It read just like a commentary in the Irving press, perhaps one by Norbert. The owners of our news media deliberately make us blind to the evil we do. They deliberately encourage an emotional logice that isn't logic at all. And that produces the attitudes we see in this letter - and all of it done with the indignation of righteousness.
And there's an excellent column, as always,  by Paul Craig Roberts about 'presstitutes'. I thought of the Irving press as I read it.

The U.S. is, by far, the world's largest exporter of murder. Its arms industry (like Canada's) sells pretty much to anybody who has the price. Here's a sample of it in Yemen - the country the Irving press pretends isn't there.

And, for those Irving staffers (Norbert Cunningham springs to mind) who babble about how private business is so much more efficient than public ownership in operating a medical system, the following item is a useful corrective.


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