Tuesday, July 5, 2016

July 5: the coming world disorder.

Canada is sending a thousand troops to Latvia. There was no debate in parliament.  There was no vote. Now, with Syria, we have two recent occasions in which we have committed ourselves to what could be wars. Justin did it because Obama told him to. (Certainly, I heard no clamouring in the streets that we should do this.)

Nor have I heard a whisper from The Canadian Legion, despite the fact that our history books tell us that one reason we fought World War One was to win the right to declare war through our elected parliament.

Why did we to it? Because Obama said so. His reason is that the Russians are threatening to invade Eastern Europe. The Russians are threatening? Do they have missile sites along the Canadian, American, and their own borders? Is the Russian navy patrolling our coasts?

Even the Ukrainian 'revolution' against its elected government was sponsored, organized and financed by the U.S. government. That much is on public record from the U.S. government official who was behind it.  NATO navies routinely patrol the Russian coasts. Since 1974, the U.S. has invaded some 70 countries (at least), and has killed millions.

But, oooh-oooh, those Russians are threatening.

However, even if they were, the NATO force we are sending makes no sense. At 4,000 the total force is far too small to to hold back a Russian assault. For openers, the Russians would easily overrun the American nuclear missile sites on their border. Can you seriously believe the U.S. would not fire those missiles immediately? And can you imagine the number of nuclear missiles that would send off around the world? (I can't. But it would be in the thousands.)
A conventional military force in Eastern Europe makes no sense whatever. So why  has Justin agreed to it?

Well, first of all, it's because Justin recognizes to a degree most prime ministers have not that Canada is a U.S. colony. Justin is an American puppet. That's a reality you better get used to.

And why is the U.S. taking such a risk?

Remember " Project for the new American Century". Remember "American Exceptionalism". American business leaders, who own the Bushes and Obamas and Justins of this world are determined to conquer to world in order to control its trade. But time is short.

The U.S. has run into blockages all over the world. It's national debt is the biggest, by far, in history. Its internal problems - rising poverty, confusion, hatreds, loss of faith in democracy, racism have led to an internal chaos that could well destroy the country.

It's now or never. And the super-wealthy and super-greedy are willing to risk killing tens of millions, maybe everybody, to get what they want. Remember, many of these are the oil barons who have denied and still deny climate change, and who have put the brakes on any attempt to deal with it.

Their brain capacity is not impressive (in most cases their wealth is inherited), and they never heard of morality - except when there's an award for it. They are pure greed and self-interest that we have allowed to run loose.

And, so far, I have seen no sign that Justin has any sense of social goals or vision that  extends beyond getting re-elected.
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Today's headline is that the federal government is going to admit 2,000 skilled immigrants to Canada - and place then in the maritimes. Well, I'm  happy to see immigrants. I grew up with them. But why can't the maritimes train 2,000 of the young people who live here? This sounds like a scheme for employers more than for the rest of us.

There's nothing else worth even a look in Section A news. One story is on the death of motorcyclist killed by a police car. (The notorcyclist had fallen to the road after hitting a moose.) It's the same story they ran yesterday.) People in Richibucto are going to eat a lot of scallops.

Where's the real news? Any idea who the New Brunswickers are who have money in tax havens? Any idea how much that costs us?

Norbert and the editorial will be a gripping pair of reads for anyone who is really, really interested in trash collection.

One of the commentaries is good. But it's really a news story, not a commentary. It's on testing fresh water. There's an excellent, a real commentary and one with a punch, on stopping private blood clinics.

There's almost a whole page on how Americans celebrated July 4 by eating hot dogs and having parades. Who woulda guessed?

The story on our NATO effort  highlights the fact that the U.S. approved of what we had done. (I'm so proud.) Then it goes into propaganda about how we aren't spending as much on defence as other NATO countries are. As is typical of such stories, it never mentions how much of NATO spending in all countries, especially the U.S., is pure graft and corruption. Keep an eye on this story. I wouldn't be surprised if Justin were to buy the most expensive fighter aircraft in history - the one that doesn't work.
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Section C4 has an excellent column by high school student/journalist Jana Giles. She notes that the new Moncton High, unlike the old one,  has dreadful accomodation for the performance arts like plays, but superb ones for sports. There's an explanation for that.

The old, British aristocracy and other levels of the higher class which ruled Britain for centuries had gradually developed mental weaknesses as a result of inbreeding. This is still a serious problem for the British Royal family - and for much of the British aristocracy.

So the question became how to justify government by kings and earls and dukes and others who had very limited intellectual ability. It was a major school for the upper classes, Rugby that that is credited with finding the answer about 1850. (Credit is usually given to a headmaster, Thomas Arnold - but this is unfair to Arnold who was more intelligent than that.)

The theory that developed was that a member of the upper classes developed character, judgement, honesty, gentlemanliness by playing sports - but only sports that had rules, and were accepted by the upper classes.

Cricket was accepted. Fox-hunting, of course. Golf. Tennis. And at Rugby, it was the old, school game -  Rugby which became football.

Women were not permitted to play most of these sports.  After all women didn't need character and judgement. Similarly, the  poor and the middle class males were excluded, too. That's why the Grey Cup and the Stanley Cup were intended for amateurs. That effectivly excluded the poor and most of the middle class because they couldn't affored to play for free. Olympics were amateur for the same reason.

Certain sports were chosen because  they, supposedly, were the ones that developed leadership and character. Brains were not important. Leadership came from character, and character learned from certain sports. This thinking was immediately scooped up by the universities - and then by the high schools.
Thus the lavish spending on high school sports facilities, and the neglect of fine arts.
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I was disappointed to read the following on the possibility of Bush and Blair being tried for war crimes. Funny how the U.S. and Britain had no  trouble finding Saddam Hussein of Iraq guilty of  war crimes (which he hadn't committed, and which, it seems, weren't against the law in the first place.)
 And the logic of this, if  true, is that the U.S. is not guilty of murdering uncounted millions over the past seventy years.

And if it's true that UN sanctions can't be applied to nations, how come national governments have not lifted a finger to fix that? And how come Canada has sent troops and/or aircraft to kill people on at least five occasions, four of them without UN approval?

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/05/tony-blair-in-the-dock-fantasy-wars-aggression
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And here is the result of a war that was fought for one reason, and only for one reason - to make American oil billionaires richer.

Tell me again about how God blesses America. Tell me again how it's the leader of the Christian world. Tell me again about those moronic, lying clergy who open the meetings of Congress with prayer.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/05/the-view-of-chilcot-from-iraq-only-those-with-the-wounds-feel-the-pain
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This next one struck a chord for me. I grew up in a Montreal in which boys played ball hockey in the streets. There were no adults. No authorities. It was all pure kid. That's how Dickie Moore started out just a few streets from me.
But i haven't seen it for years - and never in Moncton.

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/jul/05/decline-street-hockey-canada-cities-game-children

In fairness, I should add that on icy days we would hitch rides, holding on to the rear bumpers of devlivery trucks to see how far we could slide.  Neat.
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Here's a counter-view that Tony Blair should go on trial for war crimes and mass murder. And that war is really still going on, and threatening more each day to become a world, nuclear war.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45033.htm

I have just two corrections to it. Britain is not planning to send troops to Libya. It has already sent them - as part of a French intrusion.

And it is not true that being a public figure and rich still leaves you open to punishment for disobeying the law. Being a public figure and rich means you have a free hand to murder, to destroy whole societies, and to endanger all humanity.
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"Rebel" groups in Syria, financed and supplied by the U.S. and its friends, are carrying out terrorist attacks, kidnapping, torturing as a matter of routine. Only a reader of the irving press could be surprised to hear that.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/syrian-rebel-groups-accused-abductions-torture-and-summary-killings-535345364
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Julian Assange released documents showing the U.S. government was  lying about what it was doing in the world. Now, he points to 1,200 leaks of Iraq war documents by Hillary Clinton. And those are just the tip of the iceberg.
If the U.S. get its hands on him, Assange will spend the rest of his life in prison ( or  hanging from the end of a rope). And what does the Attorney-General think of Hillary Clinton's leaks of documents?
No big deal.

https://www.rt.com/usa/349492-wikileaks-iraq-clinton-emails/
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This is a pretty good source, and it takes a  hard look at what laws Hillary Clinton has broken.

http://www.countercurrents.org/2016/07/05/hillary-clintons-email-operation-violated-at-least-six-u-s-criminal-laws/
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Oh, yes, according to the CBC and NATO the Canadian commitment in eastern Europe is open-ended. That means we've signed up for the whole game - no matter what it turns out to be. We will learn the hard way  that the Liberals and the Conservatives are the same party.

(Actually, we won't. We haven't learned it in almost a hundred a fifty years. So I guess we won't now.)
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Here's an item about the Trans-Pacific Partnership our government and, certainly, the irving press have been notably silent about.

https://theintercept.com/2016/07/05/despite-what-media-says-tpp-isnt-about-free-trade-its-about-helping-corporations/
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I am not a Roman Catholic. I intensely dislike ritual.   But I find Pope Francis one of the few religious leaders worth reading. In this one, note the final paragraph - and compare it to the dreadful stuff we get on the Faith page.

JUBILEE AUDIENCE: On Works of Mercy

Posted by ZENIT Staff on 30 June, 2016

Pope at Jubilee Audience
Below is a ZENIT translation of Pope Francis’ address during his eighth Jubilee Audience that was held at 10 o’clock this morning in Saint Peter’s Square, a meeting that Francis decided to hold for pilgrims and faithful coming to Rome for the Jubilee of Mercy.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!

How many times, during these first months of the Jubilee, we have heard talk of the works of mercy! Today the Lord invites us to make a serious examination of conscience. In fact, it is good never to forget that mercy is not an abstract word, but a style of life: a person can be merciful or not merciful; it’s a style of life. I choose to be merciful or I choose not to be merciful. It is one thing to speak of mercy and another to live mercy. Paraphrasing the words of Saint James the Apostle, (cf. 2:14-17), we can say: mercy without works is dead in itself. It is in fact like this! What renders mercy alive is its constant dynamism in going to meet the needs and necessities of all those in spiritual and material hardship. Mercy has eyes to see, ears to listen, hands to resolve …

Daily life enables us to touch with our hand so many needs regarding the poorest and most tested persons. Requested of us is that particular attention that leads us to be aware of the state of suffering and need in which so many brothers and sisters are. Sometimes we pass before dramatic situations of poverty and it seems that they do not touch us; everything continues as if there were nothing, in an indifference that in the end renders us hypocrites and, without realizing it, it results in a form of spiritual lethargy, which renders our mind insensitive and our life sterile. People that pass by, who go forward in life without being aware of the needs of others, without seeing the many spiritual and material needs, are people that pass by without living, people that do not serve others. Remember well: he who does not live to serve, does not serve to live.

How many aspects there are of God’s mercy to us! In the same way, how many faces turn to us to obtain mercy. One who has experienced the Father’s mercy in his own life cannot remain insensitive in face of the needs of brothers. The teaching of Jesus, which we just heard, does not allow ways out: I was hungry and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me to drink; I was naked, a refugee, sick, in prison and you assisted me (cf. Matthew 25:35-36). One cannot beat about the bush in face of a person who is hungry: he must be given to eat. Jesus says this to us! The works of mercy are not theoretical subjects, but concrete testimonies. They oblige one to rollup one’s sleeves to alleviate suffering.

Because of the changes of our globalized world, some material and spiritual poverties have multiplied: hence let us make room for the imagination of charity to identify new operative ways. Thus the way of mercy will become ever more concrete. Requested of us, therefore, is to remain vigilant as watchmen, so that it will not happen that, in face of the poverties produced by the culture of wellbeing, the eyes of Christians are weakened and become incapable of looking at the essential. What does it mean to look at the essential? To look at Jesus, to look at Jesus in the hungry, the imprisoned, the sick, the naked, in the one who has no work and must lead his family forward. To look at Jesus in these brothers and sisters of ours; to look at Jesus in one who is alone, sasd, in one who errs and is in need of counsel, in one who needs to walk with Him in silence, to feel he is in company. These are the works that Jesus asks of us! To look at Jesus in them, in these people. Why? Because that is how Jesus looks at me, looks at all of us.
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Above all, watch the American election. What we are watching is the social collapse of the United States. Americans are angry and frustrated. But there is nothing in the permitted beliefs that allows them to understand why they are angry and frustrated. Thus there is no solution to what is going on.

It's like the province of New Brunswick, but on a bigger scale.

That kind of social collapse is happening all over the world. And it's happening with no sense of any alternative. The prime cause is the stampeding power of people we call capitalists who are not, in fact, capitalists at all. These are simply the greedy, amoral, and not very bright aristocrats of a couple of centuries ago.

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