Friday, June 24, 2016

June 24:Brexit - What we don't know...

We commonly speak of people as being semitic or anti-semitic. And we're usually wrong because semite does not mean Jewish. It refers to people who speak a number of similar lanuages called semitic.  It can include Jews. It also includes Palestinianns, in fact, all  Arabs. Yes, Arabs are a semitic people.
Hebrew is a semitic language; but Jews of Europe and the Americas use the language sparingly, and almost entirely in a religious context. The common language of German Jews, for example, was  Yiddish, which was derived  heavily from German, (and is, perhaps the world's best language, for telling jokes. Yes, even a goy or shiksa would laugh. Only a schlemiel would keep a straight face).

And all that means that if we hate people for being semitic, we hate them because of the language they speak - which is pretty silly. Oh, it also means that when Netanyahu of Israel preaches hatred of Palestinians, he's being anti-semitic.
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The biggest story, by far, in today's irving press is that the remains of a human settlement of 12,000 years ago right here in New Brunswick have been found near Marysville. It was a campsite on the beach of a glacial lake which covered what is now Fredericton. (Sounds like a good idea.) I look forward to learning much more about this.

It's the biggest story in the paper. But it didn't make the front page headline. Instead, it's at the bottom of A1. The lead story is that vandalism at the vacant Moncton High, over the years, has cost the province thousands. Well, the big hit apparently, was when the school fire-extinguishers were sprayed all over the assembly hall. The cleanup cost $3,000. (The story also lists the hundred times higher cost of general upkeep.) So why do we get that sensationalist headine of vandalism costing thousands when that has been a very minor part of the cost?)
Well, halfway through, the story becomes one about the importance of moving the public library into the school. This story isn't about vandalism. It's a propaganda pitch to build up support for developers.

From there, section A goes from trivial to laughable. One story is headlined "Company launches donair-flavoured chips". Hey, that's for real. It's on A6.
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The editorial says police should crack down on bad drivers. It appears, really, to be about motorcyclists, but with car drivers added to sound impartial.
Norbert Cunningham has a quite reasonable column about the failure of the Gallant government to make good on its election promise of jobs. Well, Norbert will show Gallant what's what. Next time, he'll advise New Brunswickers to vote Conservative. So there.

Justiin Ryan has a touching column that gives a hint of what refugees from fighting in the middle east are suffering.

Cecile Cassista has a blistering column on  how New Brunswick has the worst and most expensive care for seniors in all of Canada. (The costs are not just higher. They are stunningly higher; and much of that is because the government has handed much of it to the private sector.) She also points to the importance to keeping seniors in the community rather than warehousing them in homes.) This is a real commentary. And a good one.

For obesity, smoking and drinking, New Brunswick is reminiscent of some of the less desirable parts of the U.S. This, blended with working conditions, computers and other problems led Alec Bruce to a column warning us about out bad habits.
This is well worth a read. I would add only the brain-deadening effect of TV, and of android phones.
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And Canada&World? Lord love a duck. The only world story is that there were tornadoes in Illinois. Seriously. In a world flirtiing with world war and even nuclear war, with mass starvation, with refugees in almost unheard of numbers and dreadful suffering and millions of deaths by drowning, exposure and starvation, with the European Union close to collapse, with much of South American in collapse, the big, world story is about tornadoes in Illinois.

The longest story in Canada and the World is that businessmen just down the road from Moncton are rallying to support fracking. In the whole story, there is no mention of any person in the whole region who is opposed to fracking. Not one.

This isn't a news story. This is a cheering section. And that's an unethical as journalism can get.

And why do we see all businesses, large and small uniting on this?

Part of the game plan of big business is to convince those in smaller business that they're all one, happy group of buddies with everything in common. That fraud is part of what chambers of commerce are about.

The reality is they don't have anything in common. If fracking turns out to be dangerous, Corridor Resources will just move on. But the storekeepers, restaurant owners, motel operators will be stuck to face the consequences.
This kind of propaganda journalism is what puts the irving press in the journalism gutter (where it has lots of company).

Below it is a small story about how Prince Edward gave a funny speech in Regina. The joke? He said that some of the audience people were so tall, they might hit the ceiling. Haw! That must have had the news editor rolling on the floor.
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Read just the top five stories in The Guardian (site is below)on the British exit from the European Union. And don't pay much attention to any opinions. It's far, far too early to do that. As well, I would not pay attention to opinion in The Guardian on this. It's editorial stance and its reporting suggest that The Guardian has not been impartial. New Brunswickers, in particular, should be cautious about opinions because we have been told almost nothing of what it's all about.

What we do know so far is that British Prime Minister Cameron (Conservative) has resigned.

Scotland voted to remain. That means a Scottish vote to separate from England is almost a certainty.

The wealthy British voted to stay. The lower middle class and the poor voted to get out. (except in Scotland). This means the issue has created a sharp class divide. But it is not yet clear why. It might mean that the EU was a good deal for the rich and a bad one for the poor - but we don't  yet have evidence on that.
It might mean a breakdown of most of the EU. There is some, considerable distaste for the EU in other countries.

Will it have an effect on markets and the British pound? Of course.  Any uncertainty always affects the markets and the currency for at least a short time. A sneeze at the wrong time can do it.

The campaign for this referendum has been an extremely bitter one, and it leaves England divided, to a large degree, on class lines. We don't know enough yet to even guess where that might go.

We don't yet have much information about whether or how much this issue is related to the desire of U.S. capitaliststs to control European economies. And most of our news media are most unlikely even to mention the possibility. We do know that they have long wanted a fully privatized British banking system - such as exists in other Eruopean countries -so that they and not governments can control economic policies.

Nor can we speculate yet about the effect this will have on NORAD. And again, our news media are not likely to be of much help in this. NORAD has long since ceased to be a defence organization. It is a military arm of the U.S. empire, used to fight wars for the U.S. (as Britain did in Iraq) and to threaten Russia - as it now is doing in eastern Europe with the help of Canada). NORAD is also important as the second largest customer after the U.S. for the U.S. defence industry.)

As usual, nothing is what it seems. And nothing is even like what our news media will tell us.

Oh, some people say that the ones who voted to leave the EU did it because of their racist feelings toward refugees. I shouldn't be surprised if some did vote for that reason. But why the class split?  after all the British wealthy take a back seat to no-one in their past and present as racists.

http://www.theguardian.com/international
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Much of the news out of South America is dismaying. Economically and politically, the problems are severe . And it doesn't seem to matter whether the governments are on the left or right. The only difference is that the ones on the right, with American support and coaching, are the more murderous.
I don't have an explanation for it. But I expect that well over a century of U.S. invasion, U.S. dictatorships, mass killings and hired killings of  honest people who threaten profits has something to do with the limping development of South American democracy.

Apparently, the mistress of Brazil's  president helped the Chinese to get a big contract in Brazil. It just goes to show you can never trust them Latins. A Hillary Clinton would never dream of being corrupt.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/24/bolivia-evo-morales-press-freedom-gabriela-zapata-child
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What Hitler did that caused World War Two was to invade countries that were no threat to Germany. That was and is illegal under international law - and it calls for the death penalty.

U.S. policy in Syria (as in general) has been a non-stop disaaster from the start. It was illegal for the U.S. to support Syrian rebels in the first place That is an act of war against a country that had not attacked the U.S.

"Regime change" is illegal. No country has the right to change the government of another. No matter how much we may disapprove of another country, who governs it is none of our business. That's been law for a century now. But the U.S. has been invading and changing regimes before and ever since that  law was enacted.  It has invaded at least 70 countries in the last 70 years, and all of them illegal invasions. Obama calls it "American Exceptionalism".

The war in Syria has been yet another disaster, particularly since Rusiia has intervened (legally) on Assad's side. So Obama is now under pressure to intervene directly by bombing and with troops.    (And Canada has lent itself to this illegal plan.)

Gee! Russia and the U.S. on opposite sides in the same war....what a great way to start a nuclear war!

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44949.htm
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And, on a lighter note, the Koch brothers, the multi, bulti-billionaires (sorry, philanthropists) who don't believe in climate change have launched a huge campaign to bring about social equality. Yes. The way to do it is to let the rich do whatever they want, and not pay any taxes.

http://www.alternet.org/right-wing/kochs-biggest-joke-billionaires-pretend-care-about-inequality-latest-ad-blitz

4 comments:

  1. What the heck has NORAD to do with Brexit or the EU?

    I agree that it's too early to tell about Brexit. Every twit/region/socio-economic group/age group who feels badly done by the vote are now squawking about this and that. Vancouver Island went NDP in the last election here - maybe they should agitate to leave Canada because they don't feel welcome. Scotland just stirs up shit like Quebec did - these people should remember they're part of one country. If every Tom, Dick and Harry, people who feel slighted, hamlet and village and region think they can squawk about majority votes and threaten to leave the party because their poor little feelings are hurt, there's no point in having a country in the first place.

    Perhaps every person should be a government, then issue currency, laws and regulations while negotiating free trade deals with other persons. This is the Conservative ideal, until some psychopath decides he'd prefer to boss everyone else around, and society starts. If we want to return to the Stone Age it'd be the way to go. These days, people should be grown up enough to accept an actual majority rather than carp about this and that. The feelings of entitlement are shocking. The UK needs a leader to set these squawkers straight until Brexit is complete - the problem is there doesn't seem to be anyone to rally around unless it's Boris, and he's so into himself, he'd delegate the job to simple servants while swanning around basking in the applause rather than leading. Plus he's so far right, he's wrong.

    What a mess.

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  2. European Union has everything to do with Norad. Almost all wars are fought for economic reasons. NATO exists to force Russia into an economic corner so that U.S. business can rule the world.
    It is not a coicidence that the EU was formed, and has the full support of American big business. An EU that is also a united, military force has one, essential purpose - to put down a Russia (and later, a China) that would be competitors to U.S. economic power.
    Militarily, it actually makes no sense at all. Any war in eastern Europe would destroy all of Europe (and probably all the rest of us) with nuclear bombs.
    As to the idea that people should stick with their countries, that has never happened in history. A German nation didn't exist until some 150 years ago. Britain is a country made up of four countries. Something similar is true of the whole world.
    Note it is the working class of England that voted against the EU. That's because this artificially created 'country' has, and uses, the power to control economic and social programmes in member countries. And they, so far, have all been controlled to roll the clock back to the good old days of cheap labour and no social programmes.
    Peoplel should accept the voice of a majority? Okay. the majority in england says it wants out.
    Will it happen? That's still an open question. The forces against the majority are tremendous.


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  3. European Union has everything to do with Norad. Almost all wars are fought for economic reasons. NATO exists to force Russia into an economic corner so that U.S. business can rule the world.
    It is not a coicidence that the EU was formed, and has the full support of American big business. An EU that is also a united, military force has one, essential purpose - to put down a Russia (and later, a China) that would be competitors to U.S. economic power.
    Militarily, it actually makes no sense at all. Any war in eastern Europe would destroy all of Europe (and probably all the rest of us) with nuclear bombs.
    As to the idea that people should stick with their countries, that has never happened in history. A German nation didn't exist until some 150 years ago. Britain is a country made up of four countries. Something similar is true of the whole world.
    Note it is the working class of England that voted against the EU. That's because this artificially created 'country' has, and uses, the power to control economic and social programmes in member countries. And they, so far, have all been controlled to roll the clock back to the good old days of cheap labour and no social programmes.
    Peoplel should accept the voice of a majority? Okay. the majority in england says it wants out.
    Will it happen? That's still an open question. The forces against the majority are tremendous.


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  4. sorry. blunder. I meant NATO, not NORAD.
    Ever notice that the U.S. first hated Russia because it was communist?
    So now it hates Russia because it's not communist? Or is it because russians racially evil just like those people in Guatemala and Cuba and Iraq who are always picking on poor little America which hates war, but has to fight them all the time to protect itself from savages like the people of Yemen.

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