Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May 24: And the state of the world is not my fault.

Let's not even pretend that section A has any news. The headline,  the big story YOU need to know, is that city councils in New Brunswick are sworn in with pipers, poets and cadets. And it doesn't get better. There's also a big story that a three legged cat still likes to jump. So, as a public service, I offer these suggestions for stories that the irving press might consider for the future.

1. We are facing climate change - and that means we have to make changes in the way we live. One of those changes is in our housing. A city of tinder dry,  wooden housing in the middle of a forest is insane. We need housing that is fire-resistant.

We also need housing that is more compact because we are going to have to become efficient in heating them.

The fire-resistant material isn't a problem. Size is. We have become accustomed to houses larger than we need. And that costs energy. Luckily, there has been a good deal of work down on more compact housing. Even an Irving press editor should be able to find it. Such an alert editor could also find such houses that heat themselves with solar panels. It may sound terrible to live in a smaller house - but it commonly makes sense in many ways. As well, I grew up in flat of, at most, 400 square feet - and without any sense of inconvenience.

We are going to have to make changes in the way we live. A newspaper should be giving us information about that.

2. A series of stories on what impact climate change is likely to have on us. and some sense of when that change is likely to happen would be useful in raising awareness and responses. There are plenty of scientists in this region who are competent to discuss this.

3. It would be useful - through a story and a large map - to get a picture of exactly what the city plan (if there is one) for Moncton is. For this, too, it would be useful to interview experts on the subject - not real estate developers. (And maybe it would be useful not to have real estate developers run for mayor - as happened in Moncton's election. Luckily, he lost).

4. We are fast approaching a condition in which machines and robots will replace people on the labour market. How do we prepare for this? Will we let the free market take its course - and make the rest of us just cheap labour? Or shall we explore ways so that all of us - not just billionaires - benefit from the change?

5. What is the record of our prison system? How many of the people in it are reformed by their experience of it? The American record of reform is a very bad one, indeed. Most prisoners  (Conrad Black springs to mind) come out of it quite unchanged from what they were when they went in. In my own time of prison work, I met many prisoners. But I never met one who showed any change after release. Why is this? Is there something we can do about this? What are the experiences of other countries. (There are other countries that do get results.)

6. Then here are projects that might provide both enlightenment and entertainment.

 Professor Saillant of U de M wrote a book on the disastrous state of the New Brunswick economy. It put the blame on New Brunswickers in general and, quite pointedly, not on the wealthy. It was wildly applauded by the irving press. Since then, we've learned a good deal about tax havens - a possible factor that was not mentioned in the book.

Is it possible that these tax havens have been a problem for the New Brunswick economy? Is it possible that the professor of economics had never heard of tax havens?

Whatever the case, shouldn't the Irvinig press be considering the implicatons of all this?

Mind you, I'm sure we can still blame the poor and the middle class by writing editorials about how they avoid taxes by using tax havens.

7. New Brunswick entrepreneurs have been spraying its forests despite widespread concerns that these sprays are toxic -   something denied by the forestry entrepreneurs. I'm sure they're right because they'd never do anything bad for us. So wouldn't it be educational for a bunch of senior forestry execs to be placed in a large room with TV and comfortable chairs for a couple of days while forest sprays are pumped into the room?

Just a few suggestions to make the newspaper more newsy.
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Both the editorial and Norbert are quite acceptable and professional today.
The commentary page has a superb one on the seeming insanity of moving the library to the old Moncton High building. This is a very expensive proposition that fits into no scheme of city planning that I can imagine. In short, I think this is a scam, and we are being taken on a shakedown scheme. This is going to cost us a bundle for no benefit whatever to us.

Below this commentary is one that I groaned at as I began it. It's about garbage collections.  But I was wrong. This is an excellent column on what we can do to prevent some very nasty accidents to garbage collectors.

Alec Bruce talks about getting older, and what that means - a message that struck all too close to home for me. But it's an excellent column. And today has been the best I have ever seen for the two,  opinion pages of the irving press.
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Section B, Canada&World, isn't good enough to wrap garbage in.

South America is in a chaos of rising poverty, U.S. interference,  overthrown government - and there's not a word about it in this paper.  The US placing of missile sites along the Russian border has hugely increased the risk of nuclear war. But not in the pages of the Irving press. There's a big story about Trudeau arriving in Tokyo - but it has nothing to say. Curiously, paragraphs 8, 9, and 10 are quotations from the Japanese ambassador that are so bizarre as to suggest a hopeless ignorance of Canada, and of geography in general.

The European Union is trembling on the edge of break-up. But not a mention in the Irving press. Yemen? Nope. spreading starvation in Africa? Who cares?  Israel's Netanyahu could well have engineered a crisis. He has also introduded a bill to legalize hanging of arab terrorists. But Israeli terrorists will  not be subject to it. There's no story on the crisis in Ukraine where the government established by the U.S. has led the country into bankruptcy and poverty. It doesn't matter whether the irving press resports on it because almost all of its reports on that nation have been lies.

The only story worth reading is of the meeting between Pope Francis and a major Islamic leader. There's honest leadership here that we haven't been seeing from our politicians - or journalists.
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"The Counted" (the record of killings by U.S. police is back on display again. With 397 killed already this year, American police are on track to matching and even beating last year's score. With this killings, and with the biggest prison population in the world, the U.S. is a very violent and unstable country - something an election is likely to make even worse.
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Here's a story from a source sympathetic to Russia. However, the information in it is quite correct. And it shows a flaw that has developed in our thinking. Judging from our news reports, the U.S. has a right to overthrow foreign governments - so long as they call it 'regime change'.

Now, no country, including the U.S., has the right to change any country's government.  And it doesn't matter what government people have. Who the government might be or what kind of a government is no business of us or of the United States. And,  in fact, the governments the U.S. has imposed after regime change (like Haiti or Iraq or Afghanistan) have almost invariably been dictatorships or puppets or incredibly corrupt - often all three.

Contrary to wide belief in the U.S., God has not given the U.S. the right to intervene in the affairs of other countries. ( And the crazy thing is that this is a wide belief. not just in the U.S. but in Canada. It's the mark of the old, arrogant imperialist mentality.)

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44724.htm
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And then there's this - a column by a Jewish writer who agrees with a prominent Israeli general that Israelis are developing a nazi streak. (Yes, I know there has been no Palestinian holocaust. Neither I nor the general says there has been. But marked nazi traits are certainly observable.)

The first trait is racism. Israelis believe they are a race. There is, in fact, no evidence that there is such a thing as race - at least not in the sense we usually use that term. But the belief in race enables Iraelis to treat Palestinians as an inferior people, just as British and French racists treated their empires, and just as Hitler treated Jews - and we treated native peoples.

Racism is the underpinning of the right of Jews to a claim to Israeli. God, it seems, promised it to the Hebrew tribes. If so, then God was having a  sloppy day. The Hebrew tribes were not, in any way, a race. They were, in fact, of much the same origins as all the people around them.

(Indeed, most of the Jews from Europe have nothing to do with the Hebrew tribes. They are much later converts to Judaism.)

But Israel commonly treats arab Israelis as inferiors in Israeli law, routinely destroying their homes, forbidding them passage with Jews in public transport. regularly stealing Palestinian land, and kicking out the people living on it, refusing to make payments it owes to Palestine, and controlling Palestinian trade by cutting off access to the borders and territorial waters of Palestine.

No. It's not as bad as Hitler. But it's on track. And it's coming under heavy criticism from large numbers of Jews in North America.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44722.htm
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And here's the story you won't find in the irving press - or most of all the North American news media.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44719.htm

The US' South American empire could be on the edge of a major revolt.
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This next one is VERY disturbing reading. But I'm afraid it's quite true. And the same thing is happening in Canada.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44726.htm
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The next one is about a report that is due on Tony  Blair's lies that led to the Iraq war. The Blair and Bush lies opened  the way to one of the great mass murders of history. And they plunged the U.S. and Britain into a strategic disaster that they can't escape. Neither, thanks to the Trudeau government, can we.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3602942/Chilcot-report-savage-Tony-Blair-absolutely-brutal-verdict-attack-key-figures-Jack-Straw-Sir-Richard-Dearlove-says-former-minister.html
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According to the Israeli state comptroller, Netanyahu has illegally diverted government funds, and done other, financial misdeeds. There's not enough information on it  yet to give any details. Watch for it in the irving press. (Good luck.)
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Here's a general look at the world by Noam Chomsky. It's not pretty. But he's almost as smart as the editors at irving press.

http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/chomsky-gop
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Enough. Life rushes in on me.

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