Monday, March 27, 2017

March 27: My day of pessimism.

Our Moncton paper is just bursting with the news you need to know.    On the front page, residents of a neighbouring town have decided not to repair some of their sidwalks. On an ingger page, a new, lingerie store is being built right here in this city.

In Opinion and Commentary Norbert Cunningham displays a massive ignorance in telling us that privatizing aspects of health care would make it cheaper. But he offers not a word of evidence it would do so.

Then we get our regular treat of a propaganda column from the Fraser Institute which, like Norbert Cunningham, is a kiss-up for the wealthy.

Alec Bruce mourns that our governments are broke - without a  hint that the reason they are broke is that most of the wealthy don't pay taxes. You've never heard of tax havens, Alec? You've never heard of tax loopholes for the rich?
Down the road,  and not very far down it, we are going to pay one hell of a price for giving away money and power to the greediest of our society or - as they might prefer to put it - to the most philanthropic of our society.

The Canada&World section consists of four pages. The big story is that untreated sewage from Seattle, millions of tons of if, are being dumped in the nearby waters. Too bad the paper has shown no interest in investigating the New Brunswick beaches were people have been swimming in human fesces for some years now.

There's not a word on the tens of  millions of people starving, blown up, refugeed by our good friends of Christian values in the U.S., nothing of how Canadian armoured cars are busily murdering some of the poorest people in the world in the ruins of Yemen.

Oh. Big story. A man in Halifax punched a woman. What's the world coming to?

Oh - another big story. it's a follow up to a terror attack in London that killed four people. We all mourn when people on our side get killed. But it makes not a dent on us to know that for centuries, Britain killed millions all over the world for loot and cheap labour. It's still doing it.

Some day, someone must tell us exactly what our Christian values are. Based on what I've seen, it must be a short list.
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Harvard University, with the help of Washington Post, issued a list of popular media that it says spread fake news. For openers, I would not trust any source - including Harvard, that would publish such a list from Washington Post. That paper has one of the worst records for lying journalism.

I haven't had time to look at all of these sites yet. So far, there are a couple I find questionable. Before Its News is one of them. But there are many that I have used, and have found pretty good - and certainly far superior to the Washington Post.

21st Century Wire

Activist Post

Antiwar.com

Before Its News.com

Black Agenda Report

Boiling Frogs Post

Common Dreams

Consortium News

Corbett Report

Countercurrents

CounterPunch

David Stockman Contracorner

Fort Russ

Freedoms Phoenix

Global Research

The Greanville Post

Information Clearing House

Intellihub

Intrepid Report

Lew Rockwell

Market Oracle

Mint Press News

Moon of Alabama

Naked Capitalism

Natural News

Nomi Prins

Off-Guardian

Paul Craig Roberts

Pravda.ru

Rense

Rinf

Ron Paul Institute

Ruptly TV

Russia-Insider

Sgt Report

ShadowStats

Shift Frequency

SJLendman.blogspot.com

Solari

Sott.net

South Front

Sputnik News

Strategic Culture.org

The Anti-Media

The Duran

The Intercept

The People’s Voice

The Saker

The Sleuth Journal

Third World Traveler

Voltairenet

What Really Happened

Who What Why

WikiLeaks

Zero Hedge
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Speaking of fake news, remember how most of our news media condemned the brutality of the Russian bombing of Aleppo? Remember the picture of the little boy 'saved' by the White Helmets? - the story that became an Oscar winner for documentary film?

Gee, I   wonder where the story is that deplores the American and coalition bombing of Mosul? Hint  - don't look for it in the Washington Post.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/25/mosul-airstrikes-aleppo-vladimir-putin-donald-trump-islamic-state
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There are few in South America who believe, like Norbert Cunningham, that capitalism brings prosperity for all. Those few are the very rich - who get the full support of the U.S. very rich.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/26/argentina-poverty-crisis-towns-activism
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Are Muslims violent? Sometimes. But when it comes to violence, nobody beats the record of Christianity. Nobody. Onward Christian killers.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/27/should-blame-islam-terrorism
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Here's a story from Commondreams, one of the sites the Washington Post condemns. In fact, the story seems quite factual. And it's important because its subject, Bernie Sanders, is the only politician of any discernable policy that is fundamentally different from Trump's.  Funny how the Washington Post and most of the other commercial media have paid no attention to him.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/03/27/thunderous-applause-welcomes-sanders-call-medicare-all
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It took me some time to decide to publish this next one. I agree that a change of the sort the author mentions is happening. I'm not at all sure it's going to be such a joyous occasion as he suggests.

And I can quite agree we are watching the collapse of the last of the western empires

What I don't see is what we are replacing these with.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46734.htm
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Here's a refreshing look at some of the real villains of the last 16 years or so. But don't ever expect to find this in the Washington Post.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46735.htm
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I have just finished reading Consortium News. It is always intelligent and insightful.  It's problem is that the writing tends to be more than a little dense. Here's a sample of it.

.https://consortiumnews.com/2017/03/26/the-unwinnable-vietnam-war/
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In Canada, the debate between NDP contenders showed that the party still looks too much like the Liberals to be of much use.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/2017-03-27t000000/ndps-youth-leadership-debate-highlights-differences-style-not
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Trump has a plan for peace in Syria. The catch is that its real purpose is not to bring peace to Syria but to keep Syria and most of the middle east under U.S. control. And that's not a recipe for peace. It's a recipe for a much longer and wider-ranging war. And I much more dangerous one for all of us.

http://journal-neo.org/2017/03/27/trump-s-syria-strategy-is-in-place-now/
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Think Washington cares about human rights? Think again.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/03/washington-show-human-rights-hearings-170326102511868.html
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What's most disturbing about going through the news every day is that almost none of it is about what is being done for the common good. Almost all is about wealthy and influential groups seeking to make themselves wealthier and more influential.

Almost all the news is about greed. Humanity has never overcome that weakness. And it's fatal. Even for the wealthy.

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