Friday, May 26, 2017

May 26: ----- just disgust.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/14/business/monsanto-roundup-safety-lawsuit.html?_r=0

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/topic/monsanto

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/15/health/roundup-herbicide-cancer-allegations/

Don't waste your time on Brunswick News. It will never carry this story - though it has been an issue in this province.

Norbert Cunningham has a Churchillian column on the Manchester bombing. He dwells on the evils of bombing innocent people, and talks of how we shall overcome. Norbert, where were your words when the U.S. and its friends  (like us) were killing innocent people - and children - by the millions? And we still are.

And how can a columnist pour out this mindless crap when the U.S. is deliberately starving millions of innocent people to death? Norbert calls the bomber 'inhuman'. Quite so. But what are we?

Nor has this newspaper ever said a word about why our side is killing so many people. Most of the killing is because our billionaires want to loot the resources of other countries. That's been the history of the western powers since Columbus.  But Brunswick News would never say that. Instead, it gives us mindless and self-righteous blather.

The editorial cartoon is just as bad, and another sample of kissing up to the wealthy. A steam engine labelled employer is valiantly pulling two passenger cars labelled jobs. But those nice employers are being held back by a huge anchor that represents worker safety.

Damn right. If workders want jobs, they should accept risks. Risks are good for profits. The Brunswick News NEVER criticizes business.

Nor will it ever examine  what appears to be a coverup at the highest levels regarding our beaches. They have been polluted for ten years - without notice of pollution ever being given. At a minimum we  should be examining that for 1.gross government neglect and 2.criminal conspiracy. But that's not going to happen. And the people of New Brunswick are just going to sit there with their faces hanging out.

We cannot have a democracy as long as our people are kept in ignorance by propaganda news media. Worse, we are facing an era in which the very wealthy are progressively increasying their share of national wealth while the rest of us get poorer. We are also in for dramatic increases in  'defence' spending which will further enrich the wealthy but destroy fundamental services like education and health.

Common sense should tell us we cannot survive such a gross shifting of all the wealth to the already wealthy. We can't survive it. And, for that matter, the wealthy can't , either. They need us. But they're very, very greedy and, despite the slobbering worship of the chamber of commerce, they aren't very bright. We are heading for a major crash.

But don't worry. The  Brunswick News will blame it all on Muslims and unions.
And New Brunswick will go back to sleep.
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I recommend this article strongly. Justin Trudeau is quite possibly the shallowest prime minister Canada has ever had.  And no other has been able to match his success in making the news while, for the most part, doing nothing.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/26/justin-trudeau-jogging-yoga-shirtless-photos-pr-stunts
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Trump is, of course, an ass. But it's a mistake to blame him for everything. To a large degree, he fits into a pattern of presidential and big business thinking in the U.S. Yes, it's terrible he ignores the dangers of climate change. But he is scarcely the inventor of ignoring climate change. That's been a characteristic of the wealthy in almost every country - particularly those connected to the industry. (It's as though they think climate change won't affect them because they are, after all, upper class.)

Canadians might note that Justin Trudeau has been much like Bush and Trump on this issue.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/25/pointed-present-trump-pope-francis
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In the midst of mourning Manchester, we forget.....

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47121.htm

And this is only a small part of the tens of millions killed by the U.S. since 1945. On Nov.  11, as we remember World War 2, we should also remember why  (we were told) it was fought.  One reason was to create a UN that would enforce international law on war. The U.S. has broken that law every year since 1945 with invasions, drones, Seals (assassins). And not a peep out of our news media or the U.N.
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American foreign policy has been a disaster, particularly in the last 17 years. There is nothing to be gained in AFghanistan to justify the cost of that war. (And no sign it will ever be won.) the middle east is a hopeless mess which Trump now plans to make worse with a war on Iran. In Syria,  the 'rebels' are, for the most part, not Syrians. And the Syrian government has withstood years of attacks on it despite the massive supply of the U.S. to the 'rebels' and to jihadists. There seems no possibility of an American victory there and, certainly, no victory that would not risk a confrontation with Russia.

After more than seventy years of aggression, the U.S. position in the world is weaker than it was at the start. That's what happens when governments are controlled by big business.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/26/iraq-and-afghanistan-6-trillion-bill-americas-longest-war-unpaid
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Another story missed by Brunswick News. The  Philippine president has been stunningly murderous in his own country. But he's still a good friend of the U.S.

https://theintercept.com/2017/05/23/read-the-full-transcript-of-trumps-call-with-philippine-president-rodrigo-duterte/
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Wikileaks is a site loaded with information. And it's all from American government sources - and if you can't trust information from the American government, whose information can you trust?

https://wikileaks.org/+-War-Military-+.html#
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Remember that news video of the jihadist 'white helmets' supposedly rescuting a child from Syrian government forces? The is the one that got a special Oscar in Hollywood. (That video had a good deal of fakery in it - but we'll skip that part.) Here are those same 'white helmets' making themselves useful at terrorist executions. And it's all paid for by the U.S.

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/05/yet-another-video-shows-u-s-funded-white-helmets-assisting-public-executions-rebel-held-syria.html
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When Trump announced a more than $300 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, he said it was good because it would create jobs in the U.S. Well, yes. So would feeding the starving peoples of the world. So would providing housing and education for the millions of middle east refugees.

https://consortiumnews.com/2017/05/25/trump-plunges-deeper-in-mideast-chaos/
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And, of course, the U.S. is still arming and financing jihadists it claims to be fighting.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-and-israeli-made-weapons-in-hands-of-isis-terrorists-discovered-by-syrian-government-forces/5591949
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Well, it's getting late, and it's been a hard day. So I haven't proofread this blog. So sue me.

Americans recognize memorial day, and Canada Armistice Day in memory of the people we sent to fight and, often, to die. I was wildly jubilant street in Montreal on the day World War 2 ended. I remember the exulting crowds. I remember thinking my father would be coming home at last. I remember a poster, a new one, that said "We're won the war. Now we've got to win the peace." It puzzled me. Of course, why had won the war. Didn't that mean we now had won the peace, too?

No. It didn't. We had the chance, but we threw it away. The only ones who  have   achieved peace are those many who have closed their minds to what we are doing to the world and,  ultimately, to ourselves.

1 comment:

  1. Two links:
    The United States of insanity
    Trump's America may seem like a cruel new psychology experiment but US society has been sick for quite some time.
    Since the ascent to power of US President Donald Trump, two discussion topics have become increasingly popular: whether or not the man is insane and whether or not it's appropriate to talk about whether or not the man is insane.
    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/05/united-states-insanity-170522104610470.html
    Mental Health Professionals Warn About Trump
    Charles M. Blow (column, nytimes.com, Feb. 9) describes Donald Trump’s constant need “to grind the opposition underfoot.” As mental health professionals, we share Mr. Blow’s concern.
    Silence from the country’s mental health organizations has been due to a self-imposed dictum about evaluating public figures (the American Psychiatric Association’s 1973 Goldwater Rule). But this silence has resulted in a failure to lend our expertise to worried journalists and members of Congress at this critical time. We fear that too much is at stake to be silent any longer.
    Mr. Trump’s speech and actions demonstrate an inability to tolerate views different from his own, leading to rage reactions. His words and behavior suggest a profound inability to empathize. Individuals with these traits distort reality to suit their psychological state, attacking facts and those who convey them (journalists, scientists).
    LANCE DODES
    JOSEPH SCHACHTER
    Beverly Hills, Calif.
    Dr. Dodes is a retired assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Schachter is a former chairman of the Committee on Research Proposals, International Psychoanalytic Association. The letter was also signed by 33 other psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/13/opinion/mental-health-professionals-warn-about-trump.html?_r=4&mtrref=www.aljazeera.com&assetType=opinion

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