Friday, April 22, 2016

April 22: The best (and worst) Irving paper ever.

It looked like a normal day as I turned to the Opinion and Commentary sections of the Irving press. The editorial was yet another half-baked one about reviving downtown  by opening a former jail as a tourist attraction. It's not an old jail - not unless you consider the 1980s the Middle Ages. And the writer still hasn't caught on. If we want to revive downtown, we need people living there - especially older people in walking distance of the stores on Main St.  We need buildings that can house people as well as shops and offices. And those buildings also have to supply recreation.

Norbert has quite a decent column about our provincial government bailing out the Bas Caraquet shipyard at great expense. He thinks this is wildly irresponsible. I think he's being kind. This whole deal has a strong smell to it.
Then there's a guest column that's really a fee ad for another politician. And there's a good, if not gripping column, by Alec Bruce.  Then there's Gwynne Dyer....

It is, quite likely, the column of the year. All of us, except for our diminishing ostrich population, know that we are living in steady and dangerous climate change. Based on this steady rise in temperatures, politicians have been basing their planning on gettinig the change under control by 2050 or so. But...

....Dyer informs us that the change is not steady. It can change pace at any time and in any part of the world. And, he says,  there has been a frightening increase in the pace of change over the last, three months. Worse, we are fast approaching the point at which climate change keeps going on its own, even if we eliminate all emissions.

This might be good reading for those people who just days ago, were denouncing the NDP's manifesto on, among other things, climate change as silly and ill-informed. Norbert Cunningham and Alec Bruce spring to mind.

We also should remember the wise words of people like the Koch brothers and the oil industry in general for assuring us it's all perfectly safe. And a special thanks to all those twits telling us, "Duh. It creates jobs."

Oh and a round of applause to the Gallant government for sending its recommendation for the Energy East pipeline off to Ottawa without telling city councils - expecially Fredericton City Council which has opposed it as a threat to its supply of drinking water.
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The rest of today's paper won't take long. Concerned citizens will be pleased to hear that Boo, the black cat who was rescued from a fire is in stable condition. They ran the same story yesterday; so this could turn into another news marathon like the Dennis Oland trial.

The head of NB Power says a recent rate increase is justified. Gee!  Have you ever heard a CEO saying that his/her rate increases aren't  justified?

 Canada&World is still at least half about New Brunswick. There are only two things that happened in the 'world' that editors of the Irving press thought important. Donald Trump supports transgender bathrooms. (The real story, surely, is that this is a major issue in the U.S. leadership campaigns.) The other one is that Ecuador will raise taxes to pay for earthquake damage. Who would have guessed?

But the front page headline story for Canada and the World is that the CEO of Horizon Health will retire. Zounds! I must inform Beijing.

The only story of importance in Canada and World (sound of trumpets) it that New Brunswick is "near bottom of pack on international  climate report card".
Yep, New Brunswick, the province whose colmunists and whose politically transgendered NDP leader thought the NDP was wrong and backward in voting for more aggressive action on climate change.
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Here's the estimate of how much money a list of poor countries needs for the fight against climate change. And this is just to meet the modest goals of the Paris agreement.

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/apr/22/climate-change-study-poor-countries-4tn-2030-avert-catastrophe-paris-agreement

(Something seems to be happening at The Guardian. It seems to be that for some months, now, it's been becoming tamer.)
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Here are some pictures of refugees that the Irving press doesn't consider important enough to report on. Notice that nobody has any significant luggage. Take a good look at the children. Do they look so very different from ours? These are just a few of the many millions who now have no homes and no futures because it is God's will that American oil billionaires should control the middle east.

God bless Donald Trump for facing the real issues - like transgender washrooms.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2016/04/families-flee-isil-iraq-160419093744425.html
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Obama is visiting Britain. We haven't been given any clear reason for the visit. But the this one sounds plausible.

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2016/04/21/us-assaults-british-sovereignty-paul-craig-roberts/

Countries have reasons for forming alliances like NATO. And they have nothing to do with national friendships or shared values. They are formed for political and economic reasons, reasons of importance to the economic bosses of at least one of the countries. NATO is a major defence of the American economic empire. That's what the U.S. has made of an organization originally for the military defence of Europe.  Those smaller countries who support it had little choice because the Soviet Union was a threat to them. That threat, despite scare mongers, has pretty much faded. But NATO remains to provide the U.S. with assistance in its many wars. It's important, even in US domestic politics, for the U.S. to speem as a spreader of freedom and democracy - despite its long record of doing the opposite.

Why is Canada in it? It's not to defend Canada from Russia. Any attack on Canada would get an immediate response from the U.S. in any case because the U.S. could not possibly allow such a foothold on what is, essentially, American property.
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Here's a full discussion of the Senator Duffy case with some blunt proof of Harper's willingness to abandon people. It also, though, suggests that Duffy is by no means an innocent victim.

I've know quite a number of senators. My experience is that few are chosen for either intelligence or wisdom. They are chosen for partisan reasons. Nothing else. Senator Linda Frum has no record of any significant work experience What she does have are severely intolerant right-wing views, and a genuine hatred of those who disagree with her. And, to my knowledge, a genuine hatred of anyone who isn't rich.  And that was enough to get her a lifetime job with a generous pension.

We really don't need the senate.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/karl-nerenberg/2016/04/duffy-found-not-guilty-on-all-charges-harper-does-not-look-goo
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And an editorial note on my own. For all the nice things said about the Report on Truth and Reconciliation with our native peoples, I have not seen much action from our governments, and no imagination at all.

As one looks at the suicide rates, prison population, disappearances of native women, it is surely naive to think we can remedy these problems by throwing money at them. I will not even pretend to be an expert on this, but the severity of what we are watching surely suggests that these people want the right to be different from us. That surely means they need much more power to control their own affairs, their own lives.

For centuries, we have tried and failed to absorb them into our society. Money alone is not going to end our long failure. We shouldn't be thinking just about individuals here. We should be thinking in terms of communities.
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And here's a disappointed look at former PM Harper ---and at current PM Trudeau.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-saudi-arabia-arms-transparency-liberals-conservatives-neil-macdonald-1.3547714
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And here's another strong note on President Obama's meddling in British politics. Can you imagine what the reaction would be if, say, Trudeau publicly told Obama how to run the U.S.?

It looked like a normal day as I turned to the Opinion and Commentary sections of the Irving press. The editorial was yet another half-baked one about reviving downtown  by opening a former jail as a tourist attraction. It's not an old jail - not unless you consider the 1980s the Middle Ages. And the writer still hasn't caught on. If we want to revive downtown, we need people living there - especially older people in walking distance of the stores on Main St.  We need buildings that can house people as well as shops and offices. And those buildings also have to supply recreation.
Norbert has quite a decent column about our provincial government bailing out the Bas Caraquet shipyard at great expense. He thinks this is wildly irresponsible. I think he's being kind. This whole deal has a strong smell to it.
Then there's a guest column that's really a fee ad for another politician. And there's a good, if not gripping column, by Alec Bruce.  Then there's Gwynne Dyer....
The is, quite likely, the column of the year. All of us, except for our diminishing ostrich population, know that we are living in steady and dangerous climate change. Based on this steady rise in temperatures, politicians have been basing their planning on gettinig the change under control by 2050 or so. But...
....Dyer informs us that the change is not steady. It can change pace at any time and in any part of the world. And, he says,  there has been a frightening increase in the pace of change over the last, three months. Worse, we are fast approaching the point at which climate change keeps going on its own, even if we eliminate all emissions.
This might be good reading for those people who just days ago, were denouncing the NDP's manifesto on, among other things, climate change as silly and ill-informed. Norbert Cunningham and Alec Bruce spring to mind.
We also should remember the wise words of people like the Koch brothers and the oil industry in general for assuring us it's all perfectly safe. And a special thanks to all those twits telling us, "Duh. It creates jobs."
Oh and a round of applause to the Gallant government for sending its recommendation for the Energy East pipeline off to Ottawa without telling city councils - expecially Fredericton City Council which has opposed it as a threat to its supply of drinking water.
____________________________________________________________________________
The rest of today's paper won't take long. Concerned citizens will be pleased to hear that Boo, the black cat who was rescued from a fire is in stable condition. They ran the same story yesterday; so this could turn into another news marathon like the Dennis Oland trial.
The head of NB Power says a recent rate increase is justified. Gee!  Have you ever heard a CEO saying that his/her rate increases aren't  justified?
 Canada&World is still at least half about New Brunswick. There are only two things that happened in the 'world' that editors of the Irving press thought important. Donald Trump supports transgender bathrooms. (The real story, surely, is that this is a major issue in the U.S. leadership campaigns.) The other one is that Ecuador will raise taxes to pay for earthquake damage. Who would have guessed?
But the front page headline story for Canada and the World is that the CEO of Horizon Health will retire. Zounds! I must inform Beijing.
The only story of importance in Canada and World (sound of trumpets) it that New Brunswick is "near bottom of pack on international  climate report card".
Yep, New Brunswick, the province whose colmunists and whose politically transgendered NDP leader thought the NDP was wrong and backward in voting for more aggressive action on climate change.
_________________________________________________________________________
Here's the estimate of how much money a list of poor countries needs for the fight against climate change. And this is just to meet the modest goals of the Paris agreement.
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/apr/22/climate-change-study-poor-countries-4tn-2030-avert-catastrophe-paris-agreement
Something seems to be happening at The Guardian. It seems to be that for some months, now, it's been becoming tamer.
________________________________________________________________________________
Here are some pictures of refugees that the Irving press doesn't consider important enough to report on. Notice that nobody has any significant luggage. Take a good look at the children. Do they look so very different from ours? These are just a few of the many millions who now have no homes and no futures because it is God's will that American oil billionaires should control the middle east.
God bless Donald Trump for facing the real issues - like transgender washrooms.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2016/04/families-flee-isil-iraq-160419093744425.html
_______________________________________________________________________________
Obama is visiting Britain. We haven't been given any clear reason for the visit. But the this one sounds plausible.
http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2016/04/21/us-assaults-british-sovereignty-paul-craig-roberts/
Countries have reasons for forming alliances like NATO. And they have nothing to do with national friendships or shared values. They are formed for political and economic reasons, reasons of importance to the economic bosses of at least one of the countries. NATO is a major defence of the American economic empire. That's what the U.S. has made of an organization originally for the military defence of Europe.  Those smaller countries who support it had little choice because the Soviet Union was a threat to them. That threat, despite scare mongers, has pretty much faded. But NATO remains to provide the U.S. with assistance in its many wars. It's important, even in US domestic politics, for the U.S. to speem as a spreader of freedom and democracy - despite its long record of doing the opposite.
Why is Canada in it? It's not to defend Canada from Russia. Any attack on Canada would get an immediate response from the U.S. in any case because the U.S. could not possibly allow such a foothold on what is, essentially, American property.
________________________________________________________________________________
Here's a full discussion of the Senator Duffy case with some blunt proof of Harper's willingness to abandon people. It also, though, suggests that Duffy is by no means an innocent victim.
I've know quite a number of senators. My experience is that few are chosen for either intelligence or wisdom. They are chosen for partisan reasons. Nothing else. Senator Linda Frum has no record of any significant work experience What she does have are severely intolerant right-wing views, and a genuine hatred of those who disagree with her. And, to my knowledge, a genuine hatred of anyone who isn't rich.  And that was enough to get her a lifetime job with a generous pension.
We really don't need the senate.
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/karl-nerenberg/2016/04/duffy-found-not-guilty-on-all-charges-harper-does-not-look-goo
___________________________________________________________________________
And an editorial note on my own. For all the nice things said about the Report on Truth and Reconciliation with our native peoples, I have not seen much action from our governments, and no imagination at all.
As one looks at the suicide rates, prison population, disappearances of native women, it is surely naive to think we can remedy these problems by throwing money at them. I will not even pretend to be an expert on this, but the severity of what we are watching surely suggests that these people want the right to be different from us. That surely means they need much more power to control their own affairs, their own lives.
For centuries, we have tried and failed to absorb them into our society. Money alone is not going to end our long failure. We shouldn't be thinking just about individuals here. We should be thinking in terms of communities.
________________________________________________________________
And here's a disappointed look at former PM Harper ---and at current PM Trudeau.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-saudi-arabia-arms-transparency-liberals-conservatives-neil-macdonald-1.3547714
______________________________________________________________________
And here's another strong note on President Obama's meddling in British politics. Can you imagine what the reaction would be if, say, Trudeau publicly told Obama how to run the U.S.?

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/barack-obama-united-kingdom-european-union-brexit-1.3546531

This is  the kind of control the U.S. commonly imposes on its 'friends'. Obama is doing it to Cuba, too. But he'll never have to do it to Trudeau. Good dog.

2 comments:

  1. I think you repeated the blog somehow today.

    I took a peak at RT's website today (don't trust it anymore than you do) but it had a glaring piece of propaganda. An article on a Russian nuclear missile that can not be intercepted by current anti-missile systems.

    https://www.rt.com/news/340588-hypersonic-warhead-sarmat-tested/

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  2. Yes. I wondered a bit about that missile. One of the (many) difficult things about war is that nobody can tell how they will turn out. Nobody was prepared for the mud of WW1. It made cavalry close to useless. In WW2, Germany had not understood the need for a heavy bomber and, of all the compatants, only the Russians were ready with a knowledge of how to use tanks, and what kind of tanks were needed.
    If the Russians had such a missile, why would they reveal it? There's a similar story about a Russian system that knocks out all power on ships, including the power to fire missiles. Again, why make that known.
    It holds true even when major powers invade very minor ones. Nobody forecast that AFghanistan would prove such a trap, that Iraq would trigger a middle east crisis, or that Syria would survive so long.
    Even the best laid plans often don't work out.
    If the Russians now have such advanced weapons, why on earth advertise it?

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