Saturday, January 7, 2017

Jan. 7: A bad day for the world.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/global-warming-hiatus-never-happened-say-climate-scientists-1.3922378

The story above is rather an important one. Climate change is happening; and the results will be quite terrible for all life on earth. But the above story was not important enough to make the pages of the newspapers in this province.

Those papers are all owned by an oil billionaire. Coincidence.
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This one was sent by a reader. It raises serious doubts about the official story that Putin interfered with the U.S. election.

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2016/12/exit-obama-cloud-disillusion-delusion-deceit/

Funny how Americans routinely interfere in elections in other countries - including overthrowing the elected government, and installing their own dictators.
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Then, this very disturbing one - also from a reader. The language in this item shows more bias than I care to see. But its major points are not affected by that.

http://thesaker.is/mind-manipulations-to-influence-election-results/

The reality, I'm afraid, is that Hitler has  had a major effect on how we (the major western powers, at least) operate. Trump's Jews have been Mexicans and Muslims. Trump's gestapo is and will be his country's massive domestic spy system ( one emulated by Canada). And his twitters will build the mystique of personality.
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And now, an apology. I had been feeling sorry for myself for months because I had stopped receiving comments on my blog. Now, I have discovered that I have been getting them - but they are now separate from the rest of the blog - and I  haven't figured out how to get them onto the blog so I can answer them - except one at a time. So here's the first one.

A reader said, "Not at all looking to defend the Iraq war, but I'm wondering how you came up with 1.5 million? This website mentions 264 000 (which is still 264 000 too many). "

This one refers to my figure for the death toll of Iraqis in the Iraq war. American figures, especially if from the U.S. government run much lower. The figure of 1.6 million, much denounced in the American press, comes from a British journal of very, very high standards, The Lancet. I trust it far more than I trust the American press or the American government.

A friend who is currently doing research on death rates in modern war recently told me that he has found American official figures to be absurdly low. Indeed, the killing in Vietnam was so great we may never know how many million Vietnamese were killed. And the official statements of death by drones have been rare and provenly lying.

American warfare, particularly in the use of bombing, unavoidably runs up big scores. And the U.S. uses bombing, including of civilians, very, very heavily. It does so because Americans at home get very nervous if American casualties are too heavy. In fact, that is why the U.S. had to call it quits in the Vietnam war. And that is why it has been relying mostly on those people it officially calls terrorists to do the fighting in Syria.

And that is why it cannot fight a conventional war against Russia and China. It would have to go nuclear.

Bombers are particularly useful for mass killing of civilians to destroy productivity and morale of the enemy. And, in countries that don't have air forces of any significance to defend themselves, bombers don't take many casualties.
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Here's another story on climate change that didn't make the irving press.

http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/01/07/2016-goes-down-as-hottest-year-on-record/

In the face of this, the oil industry keeps pushing for more oil, more pipelines. You have to wonder about people like that. Their's is not rational behaviour. It's the obsessive greed of child with a pile of chocolate bars. During his time as president, Obama dropped thousands of tons of bombs, mostly on civilians, and mostly to meet the greed of the oil industry.

(Dealing with the oil industry is not just  matter of switching to high-mileage cars or sinking electricity producing turbines into tidal waters. It's a matter of fundamental change to the way we live. But I don't know of any political party or business group that is even thinking of that.)

"Burp", says the Chamber of Commerce.
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Great illustration on this one.

http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/01/07/the-anti-russian-warmongering-is-as-bad-as-the-anti-iraq-warmongering-of-2003/
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And this one, surprisingly (amazingly) is by a Canadian oil executive.

http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/01/07/the-insane-circus-now-going-on-in-washington-is-a-sad-parody-of-joseph-mccarthy/

For those who have never seen or heard Senator McCarthy , enter his name at  youtube. He had the U.S. paralyzed by  his witchunt for Americans he accused (without evidence) of being communists.
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Well. What can I say?  This next item is different from any other I have seen. I don't agree with it at all. There are hints of what it says in Trump's statements. But just hints. There's not enough in this article to convince the reader of anything. But - let's  give the other side a chance.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article194055.html
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Oh, those terrible Russians hacked U.S. computers you say? Well, Americans would never do that.

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/those_times_the_nsa_hacked_americas_allies_20170107
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Not very well written - but a  topic we need more information on.

http://truepublica.org.uk/global/enemies-state-financial-services-industry-destroying-democracy/
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This is quite a shocking item about Taiwan - which Trump has been courting, thereby creating a quarrel between the U.S. and China. The people of Taiwan are the remainder of those pro-U.S. Chinese led by Chiang-kai shek in the 1930s and 40s. Interestingly, Taiwan now compares miserably to China in education - and just about everything else.

http://truepublica.org.uk/global/taiwan-ignorance-danger-of-war-and-a-high-school-parade/
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We often ignore the extraordinary violence imposed  by the U.S. on most of the world. It has      certainly stretched the anger of 9/11 a long way.

http://journal-neo.org/2017/01/05/nonexistent-merits-of-the-us-led-coalitions/
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The next is a video. I don't vouch for its statement that Yemen is winning. But I include this video because we hear so little about the war.

http://journal-neo.org/
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Here's a story that's common in Latin America. But we almost never hear about it. It's about the murder of an environmentalist - a common story in Latin America where Canadian and American capitalists and the U.S. and Peruvian governments find it a quick way to deal with unrest by the common people.

http://bostonreview.net/editors-picks-world-us/lauren-carasik-blood-honduras-silence-united-states
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Republicans in the U.S. are determined to destroy Obamacare. For a start, that will deprive 20 million Americans of health care, victims of a private health system that has a long record price-gouging. (Remember the Canadian woman who was charged a million dollars  for having her baby in a U.S. hospital?)

Capitalism is -a very hungry beast with no morality whatever. That's why it has to be controlled.

Canadians should be watching for similar moves in this country. (we're already seeing them.) And I can guarantee the irving press will support those moves. The world is watching a feeding frenzy it has never seen before.
In this case, the change in the U.S. will also cost trillions of dollars. But don't worry. The rich won't have to pay it.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/06/gop-doesnt-want-public-know-how-much-obamacare-repeal-will-cost-study-shows-it-could
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And it could happen in Canada. There was recently a big conference in Ottawa with leading figures in Canadian medicine on the future of health care in Canada. It was paid for by big pharma, the pharmaceutical industry's tigers in the U.S. for promoting privatization.

It's a long story. But the Conference Board of Canada has been holding conferences on the future of health care with rather high participation from private industry and American sources.

It's hard to get much information about it. One source, that I cannot confirm, says that big Pharma in the U.S. is a major sponsor. How thoughtful of it. Certainly, Trudeau seems to be dumping responsibility for health care on the provinces.

http://www.conferenceboard.ca/networks/cfh/default.aspx
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Still no word on the great Canadian government and press hunt for  who is avoiding taxes by using tax havens - and how much it costs the rest of us.

Here are the posts to me. I'll try to answer a few at a time.
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Not at all looking to defend the Iraq war, but I'm wondering how you came up with 1.5 million? This website mentions 264 000 (which is still 264 000 too many). https://www.iraqbodycount.org/ on Dec. 28: forgive me for getting annoyed.
Anonymous
on 12/28/16
Predictions: Trump will involve Canada in the Ukraine and other countries. Combined with Trudeau's Neoliberal policies and his complete subservience to US foreign policy, Canada will become a disaster. Happy Holidays Graeme. on Nov. 23. Merry Christmas. Anyway.
on 12/24/16
You make some very good points, Graeme. Keep up the good work! And, Merry Christmas! on Nov. 23. Merry Christmas. Anyway.
on 12/23/16
World Trade Center - 1991? I think maybe you mean 2001. Although there was the 1993 bombing. on Nov. 23. Merry Christmas. Anyway.
on 12/23/16
Romanian Hacker “Guccifer” Sentenced to 52 Months in Prison for Computer Hacking Crimes Marcel Lehel Lazar, 44, of Arad, Romania, a hacker who used the online moniker “Guccifer,” was sentenced today to 52 months in prison for unauthorized access to a protected computer and aggravated identity theft. According to admissions made in connection with his plea agreement, from at least October 2012 to January 2014, Lazar intentionally gained unauthorized access to personal email and social media accounts belonging to approximately 100 Americans, and he did so to unlawfully obtain his victims’ personal information and email correspondence. Lazar’s victims included an immediate family member of two former U.S. presidents, a former member of the U.S. Cabinet, a former member of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and a former presidential advisor, he admitted. In many instances, Lazar publically released his victims’ private email correspondence, medical and financial information and personal on Dec. 9: Donald Trump - Hero!
Anonymous
on 12/20/16
I believe the author of the article http://www.countercurrents.org/2016/12/16/o-little-town-of-bethlehem/ is UCC - United Church of Christ [US] - similar to United Church of Canada - but, different. on Dec. 16: Trump - Same Old Same Old.
on 12/16/16
Yup, we were told about asbestos dust problems in our NS rural High School Science class, Grade 9, 1959/60. The book was called "Science in Action", and for some reason I can't find it to quote the relevant passage. That's because I've dragged it out before as reference and put it somewhere or other where I wouldn't forget it. Naturally. At work, the huge building I worked at for a provincial electrical utility had all its asbestos removed in 1986 - what an exercise that was. Two years later, we had removed all PCBs provincewide as well -I was involved in that exercise. Why it takes the numbskulls at Federal Public Works until 2017 to get around to examining their buildings for asbestos is beyond me. Of course Harper reaffirmed export of asbestos outside Canada, particularly to India during his imperatorship, looking for a few votes in the Scheffervill area. And Australia banned the stuff for brakes and clutches in cars back in 2003, so we're hardly bleeding edge here in Canada. As on Dec. 14: A very ugly day.
Anonymous
on 12/15/16
Imo, Canada long ago needed to realign with countries whose outlook mirrored our own. We were so proud of accomplishments such as our once coveted health care system and being on the right side of history during the war years. Had democratic socialism and a closely monitored capitalistic growth been the order of the day, our strengths would have been in our standard of living and our reputation as peace-keepers. Instead we've become weapon manufacturers and a global threat to indigenous peoples through our corporate resource extraction policies. Drawing a firmer line down the 49th is now a formidable task. on December 10: Fake News
on 12/11/16
"Up-to-the minute breaking news every day." That's just brainless. How can news be up-to-the minute when the paper goes into print hours before we see it?... They have a website dude. I'm guessing that they mean that they're "up to the minute" online (even though they aren't). on Dec. 5: The most contemptible, lying..........
Anonymous
on 12/8/16
Re: The Mafia State. Some may take solace in the view that such doom and gloom will be short lived if the earth shudders from the weight of it's current dominant inhabitants. on Dec. 5: The most contemptible, lying..........
on 12/7/16
If business elite threatens to remove jobs that's fine. We will continue to tax their properties. Without an income they will eventually lose their properties to pay the unpaid taxes. Patience is needed, but eventually the people can win back what was lost. on Dec 3: They said it! The U.S. runs dictatorships for mass murder
NB Coward
on 12/4/16
Graeme, I have been negligent in my reading of your Reports, I have been spending my time with the Strike talks by the Teachers. I realize that you were once a very good Teacher etc, however I think that the Time for Unions to be replaced has come. Do you have any Suggestions.The Teachers say that they are very concerned about the Safety of Children, if the Government Locks them out. I wonder who cares for the Children during July,August and all the other Teacher Time off? Your Comments would be appreciated. Thanks on Dec 3: They said it! The U.S. runs dictatorships for mass murder
on 12/4/16
Graeme, I have been negligent in my reading of your Reports, I have been spending my time with the Strike talks by the Teachers. I realize that you were once a very good Teacher etc, however I think that the Time for Unions to be replaced has come. Do you have any Suggestions.The Teachers say that they are very concerned about the Safety of Children, if the Government Locks them out. I wonder who cares for the Children during July,August and all the other Teacher Time off? Your Comments would be appreciated. Thanks on Dec 3: They said it! The U.S. runs dictatorships for mass murder
on 12/4/16
It has been your column which got me reading articles in the alternative press. Engrossed study has eventually led me to the conclusion that a lot of it is underdeveloped logical tripe, particularly the US stuff authored of course by Americans who cannot really exorcise the America-centric-ness of their opinions. The US is still the only place that counts to them and a world viewpoint is always missing, unless they are first generation citizens. PC Roberts has swung himself from branch to branch of the barking-mad tree in the last nine months, and the rest of the commentators are lightweights. I get bored putting on my US spectacles to read US opinion - they all still really think they are part of the "exceptional" nation and fulminate accordingly. Of the world commentators, Vlychek seems to be off in a socialist dreamworld somewhere or other that is so pure as to be both unattainable and unexplainable in normal words. I have come to really appreciate a mere three authors: T P on Dec.2: The world on the edge.
Anonymous
on 12/3/16
on 12/3/16
Fidel Castro is gone however l still believe it is relevant and unbelievably atrocious that a Castro is still in charge as a dictator who is suppressing free speech and journalistic freedom. There is no question that the Cuban revolution was necessary as the government that was replaced was totally corrupt. That being said nobody deserves to live under any type of dictatorship. In 2003 Fidel Castro imprisoned 75 dissident thinkers including 29 Journalists, Librarians, Human rights activists and democracy activists. Graeme Decarie would have been jailed too l think. This was done by the way on the day of the Iraq war invasion so that the rest of the world would not take as much notice of it. Arrests and imprisonments have continued and in 2011 a Juan Wilfredo Soto a Cuban dissident died 3 days after his arrest and beatings by the Cuban police and came 15 months after the death of an arrested human rights activist Orlando Zapata who died on a hunger strike protesting prison on Nov. 26: Castros' death - and our dead newspapers
on 11/29/16
I read your blog many times a week and I truly look forward to hearing your thoughts on different matters. I beg to disagree with yoir views on Castro. Throwing innocent people in jail is ok because the USA tried to assassinate him? I admire Castros (and Chavez's for that matter) willingness to stand up to the USA, but what is the point of having high literacy if it is to be arrested. I had the honor of spending a month in Cuba. While not an expert, I was able to make some observations. The health system is pretty good, but it is better for the cuban elite and foreigners. The local Hospital that I visited looked like a dump. Later on, a canadian friens of mine was injured and taken to the Hospital, with much better standards. on Nov. 28: Castro and our contemptible news media.
Anonymous
on 11/29/16
Fidel Castro is gone however l still believe it is relevant and unbelievably atrocious that a Castro is still in charge as a dictator who is suppressing free speech and journalistic freedom. There is no question that the Cuban revolution was necessary as the government that was replaced was totally corrupt. That being said nobody deserves to live under any type of dictatorship. In 2003 Fidel Castro imprisoned 75 dissident thinkers including 29 Journalists, Librarians, Human rights activists and democracy activists. Graeme Decarie would have been jailed too l think. This was done by the way on the day of the Iraq war invasion so that the rest of the world would not take as much notice of it. Arrests and imprisonments have continued and in 2011 a Juan Wilfredo Soto a Cuban dissident died 3 days after his arrest and beatings by the Cuban police and came 15 months after the death of an arrested human rights activist Orlando Zapata who died on a hunger strike protesting prison on Nov. 26: Castros' death - and our dead newspapers

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