Saturday, April 23, 2016

April 23:Obama Humiliates Britain. God Save the Queen.

Obama's talk to Britain yesterday about the importance of Britain staying in the European Union wasn't a chat. It wasn't advice. It wasn't an old friend speaking. It was blunt threat. 'Stay in the EU or we will destroy British trade.' For all of Britain, and for all the world to hear a whole nation getting a spanking That was a threat and a humiliation.

Britain is, supposedly,  a sovereign nation. That is, it makes its own laws. But what they heard was "you are not a sovereign nation. You are a colony of the U.S. And you will do what your are told."

No leader speaks to another nation like that unless they are enemies. And Britain and the U.S. are enemies. The U.S. used both world wars to destroy British economic power. And it succeeded. There are no friends between nations.
Now, it is the duty of Britain to help fight America's wars along with the rest of that super- American colony we call NATO.

And never kid yourself that Canada's stature is any higher.

The Irving press, of course, hasn't noticed it.

There's a lot the Irving press doesn't notice or just forgets. I came across some notes I had made several years ago. They were about a phone call to the provincial government concerning the health hazards of the site of the 'events' centre. The man I spoke to confirmed that the site was polluted (Not surprising for an old railway yard). And he said the law required that much of it would have to be dug out and hauled away.

I have seen such an operation; and it's not something  you can hide. It's a long process using lines of trucks, a dump site commonly hundreds of kilometres away, and a large watertank truck to spray the road. But we haven't seen any of that in this case. And it doesn't seem that the editors of the Irving press really give a damn.

So - Are we really planning to build an events centre and shops and offices on polluted land?

Then there's the business of tax havens. If you shoplift a chocolate bar, you have a good chance of getting your name and picture in the paper, and action is taken on your immediately. So   where's the action on those people who steal chocolate bars by the billions? Where's the commentary on it?
And the beat goes on.  In today's paper, there's a story that Irving oil has launched a $23.5 million dollar suit against an insurance company which refused to contribute to a $74 million dollar settlement to compensate Lac Megantic for the devastation of the town and for the lives of 47 people killed when  trainload of Irving oil hit the town like a bomb.

Well, that's reasonable. After all, it wasn't the fault of Irving.  No. It was all the fault of that terrible train driver who was driving the train all alone half-way across Canada. Now, if he had used just half of his pay to hire a brakeman for the trip, this would never have happened. I'm sure there are no hard feelings in Lac Megantic for Mr. Irving.

Oh, big story. "Man acccused of robbing teens outside   burger joint..." There's not yet a decision on whether there's enough evidence to justify a trial.  But the man's name is given. Now....

Imagine this story. "Man accused of robbing governments of billions in taxes...." Imagine they give his name (think of your favourite one) in the story. You have to imagine it because you'll never see it.
The editorial and the column by Mike Murphy are, once again, 'feel good' stories that really aren't commentaries at all. Then there's one from the Moncton Wastewater Commission that isn't a commentary, either. It's a news story. Alec Buce has nothing to say at all. So he tells us he likes Moncton.

The best commentary (and the only real one) is by Norbert Cunningham on palliative care and assissted suicide.

Yesterday, Gwynne Dyer had  what might be the most important commentary we shall ever see. Nobody picked up on that theme. Nobody enlarged on it. Nobody attacked it. It just lay there. Is there nobody at that paper who can recognize a serious issue?
Canada and World has 8 pages. Four of them are ads. Then, over a half a page is given over to Trudeau who has now formally signed the Paris agreement on climate change. What it doesn't mention is that Canada and the U.S. are among the worst polluters in the world. And that, if Dyer's column is at all correct, we many not have the thirty plus years that the  Paris agreement is based on.

Perhaps the closest thing to a real, world story in this paper is that Nova Scotia is going to permit blind people to bring along their seeing-eye dogs when they go shopping.
For those who are still convinced that climate change isn't happening, here's another scientific study about where we're heading. This study says the earliest effects will be felt by poor countries. But that doesn't mean it will affect only those poor people. It will have a tremendous effect on our food supply, our  various mining and other cheap labour investments, and on our ability to maintain world order.
The Irving press is never interested in the subject of drones.
This one is about the very different treatments handed out to people guilty of passing on state secrets in the U.S.
There is lots of news on the oil front. All we ever get in the Irving press is reports of what gas will cost you this week. But there are more important things. The U.S. has been holding down world prices on oil; but not so that oil billionaires will sell us cheap gas. It's to break the Russian economy which depends on expensive gas prices.

In addition, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are not friends. No two countries are. So far as the U.S. is concerned, Saudi Arabia is a an American satellite, just as it once was a British satellite. And it's in very deep trouble.

And Saudi Arabia is the country, of course, that Justin Trudeau  thinks we must sell weapons to so it can kill some of the poorest people in the world.
And this one is an interesting comment on our sense of values.
Here's another story of a policy that's now blended with the American determination to destroy the Russian economy. It's the story of rigid U.S. control over governments in South America.  (And it's been a very brutal story, indeed.)
U.S. police are very close to maintaing their kill rate of last year. This is important because the U.S. is very likely to be in a very unstable condition by the end of this election process. And more such killings could be the spark.
Climate change is not as 'foreign' as it used to be.

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