Friday, June 17, 2016

June 17:Lots of news.

But not in the Irving press.

Here is the report on the "Russian mobilization for war" that the editors of the irving press figure we don't need to know.  Read it carefully, especially the early parts.

http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/1.725212

Note well----

1. Russia is retooling its military "for a fight".
Every country that can afford it is retooling its military for a fight. That's what militarys are supposed to do. The leadiing nation - by far - in retooling its military is the U.S. And it is spending more for it than all the rest of the world put together. It is also the leading nation by far in actually going to war. And it is certainly the leading nation in doing so illegally in the face of international law.
So why doesn't CSIS, a Canadian agency,  advise our government to bolster Canadian defences against the U.S.?

2.  Russia is 'possibly' mobilizing for war.

Lots of countries are mobilizing for war. Again, the U.S. is far the leader. The U.S. has sited nuclear missiles on the Russian border. It has been mobilizing eastern Europe for war. The warships of the U.S., Britain and Canada and others routinely patrol just off Russian territorial waters. The Russians would be damn fools not to be mobilizing in case of a U.S. attack.

And it's only 'possibly' mobilizing? How vague is that 'possibly'? Our proposed reaction would very, very possibly trigger a world, nuclear war. Is the Russian 'possibly' such a strong one that it justifies the strong risk of such a war?

3. And what is the source of the information coming from out intrepid CSIS? Uh, well. It's 'outsiders'. What the hell does that mean? Characters who  pass around fake information to get paid for it?

4. And the U.S. is so impressed by this information from our mostly domestic intelligence agency, that is prepared to fight a war that it knows will almost certainly go nuclear. ("Gee." says Obama, "if a Canadian domestic spy agency says this, it must be true.")

This whole story smells of setup. it's also insanely risky and, I suspect, it's really an attempt to provoke a war. If you read history, it soon becomes apparent that many - even most - wars start this way.

And patsies like the irving press have always cooperated with this sort of lying, greed and insanity.
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Section A of the irving news is, again, a useful therapy for the very lonely.

The editorial is about how we need realistic solutions in the face of a possible recession. Well, yes. That's so much better than unrealistic ones. I know. What about an irving press series on who doesn't pay taxes in this province? And how much we lose that way? (This blog will have some information on that further down.)

For the editor, of course, the only solution is building a pipeline and encouraging fracking - and possibly poisoning more of our forests (and ourselves) with herbicides.

Norbert is a better read than the editorial is. - just one, little point. He has a habit of blaming government and the civil service for everything. Come on, Norbert. We all know who runs this province. And it isn't the government or the civil service.

Newcomer Ammar al Asmi (from Syria) has an eminently readable commentary on how Syrians are settling in to Moncton. It's not really a commentary - but  it's still very much worth a read.

Then we  have the el cheapo guest commentary, this time by a politician. As usual, it's really just a free ad for a political party.

Alec Bruce has a good column on the Orlando killings.  I have a quarrel with just two points.

He (like Obama) refers to the killer as a terrorist. That's getting to be a sloppy word. In modern parlance, it usually refers to a Muslim who kills as a strategy to make people react in a way that is of benefit to the terrorist. Commonly, that means creating a reaction that brings more support to the terrorist's cause. That's what the attacks in Brussels and Paris were about.

It also refers to a method of war that terrorizes people in order to weaken their will to continue the fight. That was widely used by all sides in World War Two and every war since.  (But we never call it that when we do it.)
Orlando was neither of those.

It certainly caused terror. But I've seen no reason to think that the killer's thinking was nearly as sophisticated as that. His thinking seems to have been pure hatred coupled with a self-hatred. It had nothing to do with Islam or any religion or race.

I'm also edgy at the use ot the term "our shared values". Where is it written what our shared values are?

Shooting people is a shared value for many, especially in the U.S. Police killings are close to the highest in the world per capita. They are now at 491, on track for a new record - or close to it. Mass murders happen almost every day. The great American heroes have been "The American Sniper", the pilot who dropped the A bomb on Hiroshima. The army that killed a million people, mostly civilians, in Iraq, the pilots who dropped napalm on civilians in Vietnam and who carpet bombed Cambodia. Watch the number of killings on U.S. TV shows. Think of the heroes of the wild west - Davey Crockett, the slave trader and land speculator who killed Mexicans to take their land, Billy the Kid and, later, Bonnie and Clyde. Remember "Have Gun will travel"? He shot at least one man every show. And, until early in the 1940s, lynching blacks was practically a sport in the southern U.S. Not long ago, the good  people of a county in California strapped on their guns to run black students at the local university out of town. The sheriff is, last time I looked, a man with Ku Klux Klan connections.

Killing IS a shared value in the U.S. Hatred of LGBTQ was, until very, very recently a shared value. And for many, it still is.

Beware of words like terrorist, shared values - oh - and culture. Proud as I am of my Scottish, French and Spanish ancestry, I do not play the pipes.  I speak only a street French. And I have no desire to wave a red flag at angry bulls.
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Canada&World means, as usual, mostly Canada, one story on Orlando, and one about a really foolish statement be Senator McCain of the U.S.  Most of the section is trivia.

The exception is a story on B6 about a 94 year old Norwegian veteran of World War Two who has been denied a bed at Camp Hill hospital in Halifax - though a bed is available.
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Send a copy of this one to your favourite oil magnate.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/17/shattered-records-climate-change-emergency-today-scientists-warn

And Moncton's plans are?
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And here's a story you won't see every day. Be sure to read all of it.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/17/argentina-ex-minister-convent-cash-jose-lopez
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And here's a story about an organization that has principles.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/17/refugee-crisis-medecins-sans-frontieres-rejects-eu-funding-protest
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The U.S. has been interfering in Latin America going all the way back to the 1840s. it has fought wars, sometimes openly and more often secretly to make government conform to what U.S. business wants. It has routinely murdered elected heads of state. The mass murder of Guatemalan civilians in the 1980s was only one of many such crimes against civilians who protested American government and business control. It overthrows governments it doesn't like. It reinforces poverty. It has set up dictators. Much of this is done through a stooge organization called the Organization of American States.

None of this ever appears in the Irving press. So here's a sample of the latest interference.

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Evo-Morales-to-John-Kerry-Latin-America-Is-Not-Your-Backyard-20160614-0039.html
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Here's a report about refugees. It's from UNICEF - and it's horrifying and disgusting. But don't worry. The Irving press will never print it.

http://www.alternet.org/world/horrifying-unicef-report-refugee-children
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And, in the    Antarctic, the carbon dioxide in the air has reached its highest level in four million years. But, hey, don't worry. Pipelines and fracking are perfectly safe. And we need them because, duh, they create jobs. isn't that right, editor Duh?

http://www.alternet.org/environment/antarctica-hits-highest-co2-level-4-million-years
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I couldn't resist this one. It relates to my objection to the way the news media and politicians misuse words with the result that we react to some  emotional meaning of the word, rather than its true meaning.

Today, terrorist means Muslim. And the U.S., which killed almost 300,000 civilians in Guatemala? Well, that's not terrorist.

Muslims who kill anybody are also 'extremists'. (Unless they are doing the killing for our side. Then, they're 'moderates'.)  Americans who have killed Vietnamese, Iraqis, Afghanis and others by the millions are neither terrorsts nor extremists. They are brave people serving their country. - many of the Iraqis who died were serving their country, too. But that doesn't count.)

https://theintercept.com/2016/06/17/why-is-the-killer-of-british-mp-jo-cox-not-being-called-a-terrorist/
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This one is for those with a lot of time to read. It's the first release of the Snowden files on CIA operations. This opener deals with 2003. I have had time to glimpse only a bit of it.

https://theintercept.com/snowden-sidtoday/
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Then there's this delightful series that tells you all you need to know about the Irvings and what they've done for (to) us. Check out the high property taxes they don't pay in St. John.

Makes y' wonder, don't it?

http://www.nationalobserver.com/special-reports/house-irving

Funny this never appeared in the irving press.
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Oh, in breaking news, Obama is considering a proposal to bomb Saddam's forces in Syria. Putin has warned him not to.

Now, there's another nuclear war possibility. But it's worth it. It would give the U.S. oil industry control over more oil it could sell to whatever is left of the world. So, like eastern Europe, it's worth the risk.

Right.
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