Tuesday, June 21, 2016

June 21: The irving press: The New Brunswick form of opium.

I've been watching the large number of hits I'm getting from the U.S. I warned readers weeks ago that this could be domestic espionage. But I don't think it is. The numbers would be massive overkill for that purpose. More likely, this is a large scale sample of what has happened before. Other blog sites incorporate mine into theirs.

In this case, what has probably happened is that somebody has incorporated it into some mass circulation site -  like Facebook.
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Then there's this story from CBC. This is what happens to scoundrels and thieves if they're rich scoundrels and thieves.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/panama-papers-victor-dahdaleh-york-university-honorary-degree-1.3644284

Nor are their 'honorary' doctorates the full story. The money they give the university  in order to get the doctorate normally has to be used to glorify them by naming buildings and programmes after them. And, commonly, it has to be used to turn university training into a kind of  dog-training that is useful for them.

The  irving press doesn't carry stories explaining this. Nor does it like running stories, like this one, that have a connection with tax havens.
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The headline story is actually a story. It's about proposed changes to the Canada Pension Plan. But the tone taken by some of our politicians is disturbing. They say, for example, that many people don't save enough for their retirement. How the hell do people save for retirement on an average New Brunswick salary? They can't all put their money into tax havens. And how do they save when their children want to go to university?
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The editorial writer is incapable of understanding that there are people in this province; and we should think first and most of them when we are planning for the future. Today, it says that pending trade agreements will be a boon to our airport.

Perhaps. But what will they do to our people?  The trend in trade agreements is to use them to destroy the powers of government (the only powers we have). They are there to make the rich richer while they destroy the quality of living for people. Take a good look at the city of Chicago for that - now mostly a ghost town. We've seen poverty and homelessness  growing in the U.S. as a direct result of such trade treaties.

Norbert, once again, rants on a subject he knows nothing about. it's true that the report on literacy in New Brunswick has nothing much to say. But neither does Norbert. Norbert thinks like some of the bureaucrats that literacy tests show that NB literacy is lower that it should be.

That's true. I knew that as soon as I saw my first copy of the irving press. But that does not prove there's something wrong with the teaching of it. Think hard, Norbert. Literacy tests show there is something wrong. But they don't show what the something wrong is. The something wrong is not necessarily in the schools. It's far more likely to be somethng wrong in the society. And that something wrong is encouraged by the brainlessness of the irving press.

In my elementary school, a very high proportion of my friends was illiterate. And they would be for life. I read heavily. We all had the same teachers. I read. My friends didn't. The cause was not the schools. The cause was that we lived in a part of town where large numbers of parents were either illiterate or didn't care. But my father read. And every Saturday he brought a book home for me. That made a difference for the rest of my life.

Illteracy is a social problem more than it is an academic one. I don't have a magic wand to cure it. But I can think of something that would help. The irving press could develop columns designed for weak readers at various age levels. And it could make it a point to have something meaningful to say in these columns.

Think, Norbert. Don't rant.

There's a commentary that's critical of the attempts to force rural communities to amalgate their local governments. I know nothing about this subject - but the commentary seems worth a read.

Below is yet another piece of propaganda from the Fraser Institute.
Alec Bruce writes on how we will see the reduction, mostly of low paying jobs, in the near future as automation replaces those jobs. That's bad news for a very large part of the New Brunswick population. The government plans to adapt to it by developing an autmation industry. Very nice. But that's not much help to those in low paying jobs.

Read Bruce's last paragraph carefully. We and our politicians  (and the editor) are going to have to stop thinking just about geegoshwhizbang sure moneymakers like the events centre, and to start thinking more about people.
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Canada&World is a miserable three pages of nothing. There is no mention of the out of control suffering and   corruption that is throwing South America into chaos, no mention of the war games near the Russian border, no mention of aggressive U.S. patrols in the Pacific...really, nothinig about anything.

The fourth page is, again, pictures of people holding up cheques.
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Media Lens is a British site that concentrates on the sins of news media, mostly in Britain. But what it says applies to most news media in the world. This time, it aims a well-deserved kick at the seat of the BBC which once was a superb news medium, but has since fallen on bad times.

http://medialens.org/index.php/alerts/alert-archive/2016/821-the-fairy-tale-of-the-self-questioning-bbc.html
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The is a long one about the damage done by corporate media  (like the irving press.)

http://www.medialens.org/index.php/alerts/alert-archive/alerts-2013/719-jousting-with-toothpicks-the-case-for-challenging-corporate-journalism.html
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I rather like Media Lens. It's written by professional journalists who know what to look for when they're left alone.

http://www.medialens.org/index.php/alerts/alert-archive/2016/820-how-the-press-hides-the-global-crimes-of-the-west-corporate-media-coverage-of-chad.html
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This one might be a shocker. Where is the worst corruption in the world? What is the cause of it?  What is the world's major centre of corruption? Who is creating the corruption?

The one is a bit of a long read, and it takes time to to get to the point. But it's worth following the whole trail. And, at the end, you will find some of the 'very best' people.

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/jun/21/which-most-corrupt-cities-in-world
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The Guardian is conducting a long-term study of gun violence in the U.S. So far, it has no answers. But it has questions that most of us haven't thought of.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/21/gun-control-debate-mass-shootings-gun-violence
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And here's what really happens in foreign news - but you'll never see it in the irving press. This is what the 'economic leaders' of world society do.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/21/berta-caceres-name-honduran-military-hitlist-former-soldier
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Then there's a new book about the Clintons. The lesson is that anything bad you've said or though about the Clintons was too kind.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3635882/Hillary-Clinton-called-disabled-children-Easter-egg-hunt-f-ing-ree-tards-referred-Jews-stupid-k-s-Bill-called-Jesse-Jackson-damned-n-r-claims-Bill-s-former-lover.html

No, the Daily Mail is not a great source. But the book it reports on seems to be.
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This looks overstated. It's not. Influential leaders of  the U.S. economy and its politics said it on the web almost twenty years ago. They intend to conquer the world. It's all in The Project for the New American Century. Bush and Obama have both publicly supported this. it just never made our news media.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44921.htm
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In the U.S., prisons are either privatized - or turned into deals with private companies. This one is a useful reminder of how big business abuses people whenever it can get away with it.

http://otherwords.org/the-civil-war-didnt-end-slavery-after-all/
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I had doubts about running this one. It's highly critical of evangelical Christians. But there's some truth in it. Christians, expecially the evangelical ones, believe in believing. But they don't believe much in asking questions. (Check out the Faith page for proof. It  always has answers, but no questions.)

In the U.S. Donald Trump is getting large support from evangelical Christians. Now, Donald Trump's views don't seem to me to have much to do with Christianity or any other religion I have ever heard of. So why this massive support for Trump?

http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/why-many-evangelicals-love-trump
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And here's another prison labour story.

http://www.countercurrents.org/2016/06/21/u-s-study-finds-immigrants-imprisoned-to-boost-prison-corporation-profits/
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And here's a warning about what trade alliances really are.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article192440.html
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Enough. Time for a break to watch Thomas the Tank Engine. I need to make notes on it in case the Chamber of Commerce asks me to give a speech.

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