Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April 12: Is the Irving press deliberately brainless?

The Liberal and Conservative parties exist for one purpose - to get into power. Since 1867, both have followed that purpose by chasing for the support of big money. That goes from John A. Macdonald to Justin Trudeau. Even Pierre Trudeau held to that principle - if one can all it a principle. And it has paid off.
Ever since 1867, the news media, mostly owned by big business for all of that time, have supported the Liberals and the Conservatives.

The only exception I can think of was New Brunswick's R.B.Bennett  who began as a traditional politician, but changed his policy radically as the hardships of the depression became clear to him. It was too late to save Bennett; but the Liberal Mackenzie King wisely recognized the need for the changes Bennett had suggested. He cherry-picked the ones that big business would allow him to get away with; and that set up the Liberal dynasty of the war and post-war years, the Liberals who adopted policies of Bennett and of the CCF that could no longer be ignored - like pensions and medicare..

But fundamentally, the Liberal party never forgot its real purpose for being in politics, to get power. And it was returning to its old ways even before Pierre Trudeau won power. The movement was very much accelerated by President Ronald Reagan who turned the clock back to days that the wealthy remembered with fondness. That's why Canada and the U.S. are today run by governments that exist to make the richer richer, and to reduce the whole world to cheap labour.

That's why the NDP convention was so remarkable. It wasn't the vote against Mulcair that was the shocker. That should have been expected.  The surprise was a general plan for the future called 'the Leap Manifesto.'
Typically, the Irving press gave only a brief outline of it, and devoted most of its analysis to an interview with provincial NDP leader Cardy - who wasn't even there.

The Leap Manifesto is presented in summary. I see nothing wild-eyed about it. It wants to do away with fossil fuels by 2050. Are there people out there who seriously think we can still be using them by 2050? If so, have those people given any thought whatever to notice that climate change is already cause massive droughts, rises of ocean level, flight of refugees by the millions from suffering lands.... How can anyone miss what is already happening? And, even if it has no direct impact whatever on New Brunswick, we will still feel it in refugee pressures, shortages of some foods, damage to our farming and fisheries...... We don't even know how habitable Moncton itself will be by 2050.
It want us to clamp down on non-renewable energy products like pipelines, fracking. Of course. Quite aside from the danger of spills, such projects simply enourage more extraction of oil for years to come. After all, these projects take years to make a profit - so they guarantee a heavy reliance for more years that we can't afford.

Have you noticed that Trudeau has not said much about his plans for dealing with this? That's because he doesn't plan to deal with it in any serious way.
Remember the words you heard as a child. "You can't have it." I know it's inconvenient. I know you just love your car. But you cannot go on using it.  I know oil creates jobs. For that matter, a nuclear war would create jobs - for a little while. But we have to tell ourselves;    we have to tell Mr. Irving, "You can't have it."

Somebody has to say it for the sake of billions now alive or yet to be born. I know it's tough to deal with. But we can't have it.

In the story, Dominic Cardy speaks for those in the NDP who want to get elected, but without offending anybody. You can. But if that's what you want, vote Liberal or Conservative. The idea of the original CCF and the NDP was to create a party that would deal with real people, with their problems, with what they needed to survive. The CCF was founded by people who had lived through the dreadful  treatment that people got up to the 1940s, at least. It pioneered government that made the treatment of people far better - medicare,  pensions, employment insurance, working conditions----you know, none of those things that made life better for us came from the offices of JDIrvingltd.

Too bad nobody at the Irving press knows enough about this even to report on it intelligently, much less to comment on it. And if anybody did, Mr. Irving would spank him.

For people who want to vote without thinking and without being aware of what's needed, we already have two parties. We need a third one to make people aware, to make them think, to help them face reality and to deal with it.

Oh, the headline is "Federal NDP heading down 'dark path,' says Cardy". He  goes on to portray the people who wrote the Leap Manifesto as rich dilletantes That's just plain dumb - and presented with no evidence at all. Certainly, the youth wing supported that manifesto. But rich, young dilletantes rarely join the NDP. Rich, young dilletantes know that they don't need to join anything because daddy will look after them. They don't even need to join the Conservatives or the Liberals because daddy has already bought them.________________________________________________________________________________
Below is a tough-minded reminder of how and why we so severely damaged native peoples. Though the author doesn't mention it, the impulse for this in Canada and the U.S. has been capitalism. Uncontrolled capitalism first wanted most of the lands of these people. Then it wanted the resources of what land they had left. Conservative and Liberal governments cooperated fully with big business in killing, starving and abusing native peoples.

We  don't see it or even hear much about it, but our big business is just as greedy and murderous and destructive in Latin America, Africa, wherever there is something it wants. And our government have invariably played ball. I see not the slightest sign that Justin Trudeau will be any different.

When you hear a political candidate talking about how his or her experience in running a business was excellent training for government - tune out. A government is not a business. We need candidates who understand that government is about people, and human needs.

Oh, you'll note the Irving press didn't publish the piece below.  I notice it usually ignores issues dealing with native peoples - except when it wants to criticize them.

The following item has the good news that ISIS is attracting only a small, minority support among young arabs. There's a lesson here the U.S. government should heed - but won't. ISIS knows very well that its support is not nearly great enough. That's why it works so hard at making the west hate ISIS - by attacking western cities with suicide bombers.

ISIS knows that western politicians will use this to spread hatred and fear of Muslims in general. And it works. The Donald Trumps of this world have done a great job of recruiting for ISIS. So has the European treatment of refugees. We are again, as we did in Iraq and Libya, creating terrorism and terrorist groups by treating this as if it were a business problem.

ISIS can certainly be beaten. But the problem is much bigger than ISIS. The problem is western big business which has exploited and abused the arab peoples for a century because all it cares about is itself and its profits.

And, we have to remember that we are dealing with people.

Other countries are still talking about the Panama Papers. Think of them this way.  Much of this world lives in a depth of poverty created by very wealthy people who use their power over politicians to keep them poor. No schools or social services pay off for the rich who can then get away with paying ever lower salaries.

(This is encouraged by middle class twits who blame poverty on those lazy poor. Sure. The economy crashed in 1929 to create the great depression. But the real reason it happened in the eyes of twits is because millions of people suddenly got lazy. Luckily, the rich are born with busy-busy genes so they never got poor but,  as other suffered, they actually got richer. )

I look forward to professor Savoie's book on this phenomenon.

Well, I've filled a lot of space just talking, and haven't yet come to the Irving press. There's not much to come to.

Reading section A is trivia. The headline is a sad one about a  mother and son who were killed in a car crash. The certainly should appear in the paper. But not as the lead headline for the big news of the day. As well, a proposed supermarket has been downsized. Yawn.

Look. We're facing municipal elections. What are the issues? How will they affect us? Is there, will there be, some thinking about the future of this city? Climate change, for example, is happening. Any thought about how that will affect Moncton? For a start, think of water levels in the river. Think of the properties along the shore like the Champlain Mall, the hotels.... Think of city planning. Does it make sense to go on building 1950s suburban style developments? This makes it an expensive job for dealing with water and sewage and sidewalks and snow clearing.  What are we going to do about public transit? If we want to enliven Main St., that's the way to do it. As well, a public transit system for a population scattered in endless rows of bungalows is never going to work.

Couldn't we have some news in section A?
In the editorial, the great issue facing Moncton  is the need for a stop sign on a highway out of town.  I know there was a terrible accident there and, yes, a stop sign sounds reasonable.But there are even bigger issues that an editorial should discuss.

Norbert has a column about the municipal elections in which he has nothing to say. This one would stun a moose in heat.

Then there's one about a new company to deal with buildinig a cybersecurity ecosystem. It's written by the CEO of the company. It's written entirely in bafflegab. It's boring. It's tedious. Frankly, I suspect this commentary is here because the Irving press got it for free.

There's a column by the ombudswoman for the paper. It's about the correct use of the word  'schizoprhrenia.' It's well written but, perhaps not one of the burning issues of the day.

Alec Bruce writes on the salary increases that city hall gave itself. Fair enough. And its point is well taken. It's the only item in secton A that's worth reading.
Canada&World opens by largely ignoring the NDP convention and its adoption of the Leap of Faith manifesto. Instead, we get some very one-sided opinions from Dominic Cardy and several others. This is a prime example of propaganda written to appear like news. I expect this is quite deliberate. There are, I'm sure topics Mr. Irving doesn't like to be discussed.

The biggest story is actually two stories - one about Kerry's visit to the Hiroshima memorial, the other about how some foreign ministers are encouraging other world leaders to visit the memorial too. All of this could have been told in two, short paragraphs.

Oh, yeah, it also says visiting the memorial will encourage the world to begin nuclear disarmament.

Yeah. Sure.

The world leaders already know what nuclear bombs do. They've known it for 61 years. And they haven't lifted a finger.
It can't be an accident. The Irving press is designed to feed people trivia and propaganda so that they  have no idea what's going on in the world, and will do whatever Irving press wants them to do - sleep and vote, doing both at the same time.

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