Monday, September 4, 2017

A Bad News Day

A couple of days ago, some unqualified bootlicker (director of 5 corporations) wrote a column for the irving press in praise of privatizing some of our medical services. And - surprise! surprise! a couple of days later it happened. What an amazing coincidence!

Of course, we are told it won't cost more. (not right away). This is part of the steady creep to medical care for profit - not for people.

I often wonder what kind of braying ass one has to be to work as an editor for the irving press?

And, no, I don't think that commentary column in the irving press by the director of 5 corporations was a coincidence. I'm quite sure it was deliberately placed there by people who already knew that the provincial government was going to do that.

That commentary telling us that privatizaion of health is good for us was a piece of scumbag journalism.
It reminds me of a certain newspaper in Montreal which always sent a reporter to cover talks on current events that I gave at a library in Montreal. I did it every month for 14 years to an audience of some 300.  The newspaper served the Jewish community. And my audiences were almost entirely Jewish.

I was puzzled why the reporter was always there because, after several years of this, his paper still never had a report on any of my talks. Then it did carry a story. And it was a big one. In it was an account of a criticism I had made of the government of Israel; and it was  written in a style to make me appear as a wretched Jew-hater.

Of course. That is why the reporter had been sent to cover my talks. The newspaper editor was a front man for the Israeli lobby in Canada. His job was to make sure that nobody in Montreal ever heard any criticism of Israel. I was the evil one, the 'anti-semite' in their midst. He wanted me fired from those talks.

(The library  - a Jewish library - told him to get lost.)
Here's news that's a year old, but hasn't made the irving press, yet. And never shall.
Philanthropy very often isn't philanthropy at all. It's buying off  institutions like universities. It's people who feed off whole provinces and whole countries, people who don't pay taxes, who demand frequent gifts of our tax money. It's people who throw back a bone from all the chickens they take from us - and then seek praise for their generosity.

If we want to be a democracy, we should be the ones deciding where the money is needed - and why. And, for a start, that has to mean making the wealthy pay their share of taxes just like the rest of us have to.

We are developing a very dangerous gap between the very rich and the rest of us. The very rich have more than enough to buy governments  - and they do. The result is that we are allowing big business to run wild so that poverty is rising, higher education is becoming ruinously expensive, and the wealthy are pocketing the biggest fortunes in history.

The greed of the wealthy has led us to continuous wars since 1945. (They have really all been one war - the war for world control by the very greedy.) Those wars have killed millions, are starving millions, and run up such a monstrous debt that the people of the U.S. will never be able to pay it - and will see their backwardness in health and education and their poverty get worse.

And the Canadian wealthy have joined hands with their American brethren who have also joined hands with the wackier Christian preachers to publicly pray to God for a blessing on their greed.
In Saturday's paper, Professor Donald Savoie has yet another column about how making the rich richer will make us ALL rich.

Sure prof. That's why  Guaemala is rich (and almost all of Latin America) - and Haiti and Pakistan and Greece. That's why Canadians and Americans have so much money in recent  years we can afford to get rid of government boondoggles like health care and education.

Why, I can remember my early childhood in the depression years when the rich--- the rich we never saw in our end of town --- got even richer while my elementary school classmates got shabbier and hungrier.

Stuff it, prof.
Front page, irving press, - Canada&World section - Saturday - "Weekly wages drop in province". This is a case for prof. Savoie. Hurry! Let's give more money to the wealthy, and then we'll get rich too.

There's also a big, fast-breaking story from Paris. A car that was stolen 38 years ago has been found. Wow! Tell me more.

Yemen? Pakistan? North Korea? China? Russia? Syria? Iran? Venezuela? Who cares? I mean, if the U.S. asks us to send troops to them, we will. You know. Good neighbours.
While the irving press poured out stories on the ordeal of Texas, it has ignored the far, far greater tragedies - many caused by us in the west - in other countries.
The tragedy behind all of them is that we ignored all the opportunities of 1945 to make this a better world. Instead, we made a crippled UN; the U.S. (along with a whimpering Britain)  set off on the longest string of wars in history; we turned loose a vicious and unrestrained capitalism that ignores the great problems we now face - climate change with all its ramifications of agricultural loss, refugeeism - we have left hardly a stable government or social system anywhere in the world. No, the quarterly reports of profits are more important than anything else.

We know we must get control of climate change now. We know that. But, first it's more important to spend our money on more pipelines and more oil wells   and more wars.  This is insanity.
Then there's North Korea. The time to come to a settlement with North Korea was back in the    1950s. But we didn't. And we didn't because our leaders only were interested in North Korea as a base to attack China and Russia. You think Kim Jong is a wild man? We created him. We created him by destroying a third of the population of North Korea, and then putting it under sanctions to make recovery harder. And we make it worse by carrying out deliberately provocative war exercises on the North Korean border.

And now he has fired a nuclear missile into the sea off Japan. Gee! Who would do an evil thing like that?

Oh, yeah. The U.S. did it. Only it dropped its two bombs over cities and people. And it did it after it was clear that Japan wanted to surrender. Then it bombed Pacific islands in tests, making them uninhabitable. But the people on them still have to live there because they have nowhere else to go.

Luckily, it's not likely that even the North Korean leaders would launch a real nuclear attack. (For a start, the U.S. has 7,000 bombs to retaliate with.) But any attack on North Korea would almost certainly draw Chinese and Russian involvement.

There are things we cannot do. We cannot go on destroying our climate. We cannot risk nuclear war. But we have spent over 70 years doing those things we cannot do - because there's money in them.

But we have forgotten nothing. And we have learned nothing.

Back in the 1950s, the sweet talk was that nuclear weapons would deter war. And we've had nothing but war ever since then. Want to get really nervous? Israel is looking at Iran. Israel needs more land in a climate change that threatens its food supply. So it's looking at Iran, Palestine, possibly Syria and Lebanon.
Israel has a very large stockpile of nuclear weapons.

But, contrary to what our political masters think, we cannot solve our problems by blowing people up.
This one is a little too kind to Russia - but otherwise good.

Oh, a footnote. I'm  not sure we should blame Hitler for inventing the murderous Reich. All the major powers were doing that for centuries before Hitler was born. And they're still doing it. Only our history books call it building 'glorious empires'.
Another story that wasn't important enough for the irving press.
Yes, it's really, really true. Climate change is more important than the quarterly report on corporation finances. Yes, I know we just love oil and other fossil fuels. But we can't have them and still survive. Yes. There are things we cannot have.

Why aren't we dealing with this problem? Because we have governments controlled by people who can't see the future more than three months at a time.
Here's a story I recommend to the editors of the irving press and their dream world of how private business in, say, medecine, is more effective than government is. Prof. de Savoie might find this a stimulating read, too.

Cuba, a relatively poor country, and kept that way by the U.S. has a lower mortality rate than the wealthy U.S. In fact, it has one of the lowest mortality rates in the world. Gee! And that's with a government medical care system.
Norbert Cunningham of irving press fame often tells us that big business creates jobs and prosperity. In fact, it seldom does. Usually, as in Latin America and Africa, it creates deep and hopeless poverty. And in the U.S. it's even worse than I thought.
What our news media rarely tell us is that the 'other side' has reasons for what it does.

The U.S. has been looking for another reason for war with North Korea since the 1950s. And it's a very dangerous game.

Bernie Sanders, the 'socialist' Democrat, is doing well in recent polls. I don't think he can ever win, partly because he'll have a rough time getting election money from the wealthy, partly because we may be watching the public collapse of an American democracy which, privately, collapsed long ago.

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