Saturday, April 21, 2018

April 21:Forgive me again....

...for starting with my local newspaper chain, the Brunswick News. It's so intellectually and morally corrupt it screams for attention. It also is a prime example of what's wrong with almost the whole news industry. What's its most important story in the whole world today? Well, it's about a man who creates fake explosions for TV and movies. Wow! Read all about it.

It also has an indignant editorial that our government paid a company to open a head office in this city. That is wrong, of course. As the editor says, we need that money for public services. But what do the editors think the government has been doing for our local oil baron for decades while he has been hiding his money from taxes? And while we have been handing him things like our forest for a song - and even toss in $2 million dollars worth of free spraying of poisons on our forest, our wild life and us every year?

But I have never seen an item in this paper that criticizes him.

Our news media have always been liars, propaganda agents for their wealthy owners. The Toronto Globe was founded to spread propaganda for Toronto's business elite - which, in its founding days, was Liberal. Montreal's business leaders had The Gazette which consistently supported the Conservatives in its early days.

Both papers also supported what British big business wanted - such as Canadian troops to  kill South Africans so that the British super-wealthy could plunder South African gold. Today,  they support American big business because Canadian  big business depends on the U.S. In short, almost all news media in the world are propaganda machines.

A Canadian exception was (and still sometimes is) the CBC. But the politicians and their wealthy masters constantly interfere with it, and cut its budget when it reports things that big business doesn't want reported.

In all this scumbag world of journalism, the irving press of New Brunswick stands out as one of the scummiest. And that was very noticeable in my April 20 copy of The Moncton Times and Transcript.

It's big, lead story for the day is that New Brunswickers will no longer to able to buy cheap beer in Quebec to drink it it in New Brunswick. That brought a lead commentary to the irving press from the Macdonald-Laurier Insitute, a collection of liars for rent paid for by wealthy business leaders.  In their view, the right of New Bruswickers to buy cheaper beer in Quebec and bring it across the border is a fundamental issue of human rights. Yeah. That issue is one to keep us awake at nights.

 But the big, repeated story of the day is that we should embrace the Kinder Morgan oil pipeline because that's what the majority of Canadians want.

Forget the opinions of just about all the scientists in the world. Don't even think about the survival of the planet.

To make sure we get that message,  there are two commentaries on the commentary page.  One is by a  Postmedia columnist (propagandist) named Jackson Doughart. He feels we must push the pipeline from which we would immediately benefit. (Don't worry about rising temperatures, the melting Arctic and Antarctic, ignore all those stupid scientists.) As it is, we're way behind schedule on meeting climate targets. This guy is one, rare twit.

In the finely trained mind of Jackson Doughart who has, probably, an  undergrad degree in journalism, the world's leading scientists are morons.  And people who believe the scientists? Mr. Doughart calls them names. Boy, that'll settle it. He says they're radicals. (Alas, in his limited education Mr. Doughart never learned the meaning of 'radical'.  It doesn't mean fanatic. It means to go to the root of a problem. This guy not only knows nothing about science, but doesn't even understand his own language.)

Beside that is another big column on the topic, this one from the Fraser Institute which calls itself an independent research body. In fact, it's a propaganda house for big business, a collection of liars for hire. And, oh yeah, we just gotta move that oil. It says the key thing is that a majority of Canadians favour an oil pipeline.

Right. And a majority of Germans favoured Hitler.

This sort of brainless bilge is standard fare in the pages of the irving press. It must, at some point have had a commentary, at least one, which showed concern about climate change. But I must have missed it. The irving press doesn't serve the New Brunswick people. It serves only one master.

And the crisis in Syria? The probability that the White Helmets were lying when they talked about a poison gas attack? The U.S. attack which was not only illegal under international law but which sets the stage for a U.S.-Russia confrontation that could go nuclear? We're being stampeded into a world war. And it's based on one day's news that we now know (or should know) was a lie. But there's not a word on it. In fact, there's not much of a word on anything.

The big, international story is that China may be nearing world leadership in computer development. There's no mention at all of the far bigger story that China is now carrying out naval exercises to make it clear it is serious about its claims to sovereignty over Chinese waters. The greater message is that the U.S. navy will have to back off on it's claim to have the right to use anybody's waters.
This, in fact, is a direct challenge to the U.S. to back off in all of Asia. We are looking at one, huge change in the balance of world power.

Since 1945, the greatest issue in the world has been the U.S. determination to rule the world. All of it. This is not a secret, except in our news media. The purpose of this is not to spread democracy or to kill evil people. It's to give U.S. capitalists power to control the economies of the whole world for their own benefit. And a rag-tag Britain and France - and Canada - and others have to join in because U.S. capitalists and their news media have whipped them into line.

But don't expect to learn this from the irving press. Once you get past the obituary pages, there's not a damn thing worth reading.
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The thought for today.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/us-provides-military-assistance-to-73-percent-of-the-worlds-dictatorships/5611021

Who is evil in this world? Who is greedy beyond control?
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Here is why a newspaper needs critical reading. Even the best can 'load' the news.

https://off-guardian.org/2018/04/20/the-guardian-fulfills-george-orwells-prediction-of-newspeak/
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Here's a commentary on the climate change that us real smart people know isn't happening.

https://countercurrents.org/2018/04/21/achieving-100-renewable-energy/
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Here is a story that has received little attention in the western press - and what attention it has received is carefully neutral. Can you imagine the journalistic fuss if these shootings of unarmed civilians were being carried out by Mexicans shooting at Americans at the border?

https://countercurrents.org/2018/04/21/israeli-army-kills-four-more-gaza-protesters/

Palestine, over the years, has been systematically impoverished and destroyed by Israel.  There really is no such thing as a Palestinian nation. And very, very little medical care for the hundreds of civilians who have been shot.

And please don't say we're allowing this to make up for the horror of the holocaust. The reason Israel exists is because we made it exist - and we made it exist because most western nations, including Canada and the U.S. were as anti-semitic as Hitler's Germany, and didn't want Jews migrating into their countries.

Anti-semitism in Canada was a powerful force well into the 1970s, and often still is.
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As we all know, Syrians are evil. And we are good. I mean, we read all about in our papers.

https://countercurrents.org/2018/04/21/syria-another-victim-of-u-s-led-barbarism/

For over a century of invasion, murder, exploitation, plundering, the western powers have been making a hell out of Africa and the middle east. It's been more than a century of unlimited greed and murder. That, not the evils of the local people, is why that region is a chaos now.
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Some of the most abused people on earth are Americans. Trump's tax cuts, for example, gave billions to billionaires, but only small change to minimum wage workers. And the spending of tax money goes mostly into the pockets of the billionaires.

Why can't Americans see that? Because they are raised on a mythology that the U.S. is a land of freedom and equality.  It isn't, and it never was. But American political parties don't offer any alternative view. The result is the election of a Trump, a person who is (vaguely) against, but really not FOR anything at all.

And Canada is very close to that.

https://countercurrents.org/2018/04/20/trumps-budget-billions-for-guns-and-crumbs-for-working-people/
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We don't have anything that could be called a moral economy. Instead, our economy is based on pure greed, unlimited greed by a tiny handful, and unlimited murder. The closest political leader to something better is American Bernie Sanders. I guess that's why our press so rarely mentions him.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/04/20/recognizing-working-class-pain-doesnt-make-cnn-sanders-and-rev-barber-call-building
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Stories like this are the only hope for our society based on greed. I guess that's why most of our news media don't carry them.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/04/20/demanding-arizona-put-schools-over-corporate-tax-cuts-teachers-approve-statewide
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Some common sense you won't find in your daily news.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49268.htm
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This is a long one, and worth every bit of its length.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49267.htm
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The American military has not performed well for over seventy years. Despite its size and equipment and ruthlessness, it could not defeat Vietnam and cannot defeat Afghanistan. To make matters worse, it's army is now half made up of mercenaries, hired thugs at huge wages from all over the world. Its chances of winning a conventional war against say, Russia or China, are slim. And its chances of world conquest are close to zero - unless it goes for nuclear war.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49269.htm
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Here's an informed look at the Korean situation - the sort we have never seen in our media which just play good guys/bad guys.

The good part is it might lead to U.S. acceptance of a union of the Koreas. The bad part is that Trump may be looking at a new approach to the conquest of China.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49266.htm

And remember this. The U.S. is a rapidly fading power. It has, maybe, a dozen years to conquer the world. (And that's why people like John Bolton have been brought in.)
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Is Trump in charge? I doubt that very much.

https://www.unz.com/pbuchanan/trump-prisoner-of-the-war-party/
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Remember back when it was discovered that the U.S. was routinely torturing prisoners in Afghanistan? Among other things, that's against international law. So how come the UN never laid charges?

The U.S. has invaded at least 70 countries since 1945, killing at least 20 million people.

So how come the UN never laid charges?

The U.S. has gone on torturing on a grand scale even after it said it would stop.

So how come the UN has never laid charges?

The new head of the CIA is scheduled to be the woman who was in charge of the U.S.'s massive torture programme. Obviously, being a torturer has affected her career, if anything, for the better. So much for law. So much for basic morality. And onward, Christian soldiers.

On balance, we're right up there with Hitler. This is the world our service people died to make possible in World War 2? Come off it. And wake up, The Canadian Legion.

On Nov. 11, let's remember those who served. And let's also remember how miserably we have betrayed them.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

April 19: The news that wasn't in today's paper.

Is the Russia Times a propaganda medium? Of course it is. The difference from the western news media is that the Russia Times doesn't lie. It simply avoids anything that might make Russia or its allies look bad. That means gaps in the news. But my experience is that the news they deliver is true.  Here's a daily sample.

https://www.rt.com/
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By contrast, my local daily, The Moncton Times and Transcript, happily spreads lies. But it also specializes in having no news worth reading at all. Today, for example, with the world on the brink of nuclear war,  it's biggest story in 'world' news is that a local chain store's owners are fighting over the wills of the founders of the chain.

The news YOU need to know.

In fact, the closest thing to world news is that the Queen's pet corgi died. Nor is there any significant local news. This paper is the most unspeakable trash. It's so bad that this couldn't happen by incompetence. This is deliberate trash to keep people in ignorance. And it's working.
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-long-suppressed-korean-war-report-on-u-s-use-of-biological-weapons-released-at-last/5629882

Yes. The U.S. which is morally indignant at nations who use biological weapons has itself used them, and on a large scale. And not just in Korea. Not surprisingly, this is the same U.S. which is outraged by the story (false) that Syria or Russia used poison gas on Syrian children, killing ....quite a few... But it's the same U.S. which is also starving millions to death in Yemen.

Funny how our news media rarely mention that.

Oh, yeah, and the U.S.  hates the president of Syria because he's not democratic (though, in fact, Syria does have elections.) At the same time the major and much loved partner of the U.S. is Saudi Arabia, perhaps the most undemocratic government in the world - and the cruelest.

But let's start earlier when the western press went wild with the British pm's announcement the Skripals (a Russian spy and his daughter now living in England) had been attacked  with a chemical made ONLY in Russia, and an unspeakably poisonous one. She also said the attack had definitely been carried out by Russians. The US. congress screamed for retaliation. Oddly, very oddly, Trump did not join the cry.

Our news media went wild on the evils of Russia.

Then the truth became available. The British P.M. had lied. Nobody knew who carried out the attack. Far from being hideously killed, both Skripals got over it. And the chemical was not made just in Russia. It was made in other places including Britain and the U.S.

But most of the press didn't report all this. It just let the story drop.

Just over two weeks ago, the news media went wild again with a story from the White Helmets that Russia and Syria had used a deadly gas to kill Syrian children. It got huge attention - evil Russians, evil Syrians killing children.

None of the news media even mentioned that the White Helmets are a propaganda front whose very similar report of a year ago was a proven lie. (In fact, most of the press has never to this day mentioned that.)

This time, the U.S. government rose in righteousness, condemning the evil Russians and Syrians, imposing heavy sanctions on Russia, and threatening to open war on both Russia and Syria.

But even as all this was announced, very credible sources at the scene are reporting that no such attacks occurred. And,  indeed, there was no possible reason why Russia or Iran should have made such attacks.  Funny thing, though.

I opened my Wedenesday morning paper to see no mention of how the lie of the White Helmets has fallen apart. In fact, the irving press, which practically screamed for nuclear war at the start of this, didn't even mention Syria in today's paper.

With Russia and the U.S. and, possibly, China poised for what could be nuclear war, the big, world story that day was about the death at age 91 of President George Bush jr.'s mother.

Is there such a thing as false news? You bet there is. And you get it every day from just about all of our mainstream news outlets.
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Yeah. I know. The world's climate isn't changing. All those world scientists are kooks. If you want to find out what's happening, hang out at the general store and listen to real folks because they listen to oil barons who are real smart. Our own Mr. Irving went to Acadia. He dropped out early. But you don't need to finish when you're born real smart. And rich.

https://countercurrents.org/2018/04/19/overpopulation-leading-into-other-troubles/
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The most alarming thing about climate change is that most governments (like Canada and the U.S.) have not come up with any plan on how to deal with it. There is no progress on taming oil or on finding alternatives to it. And our politicians show not the slightest interest in any such plan.

https://countercurrents.org/2018/04/19/saving-the-world-top-down-or-bottom-up-a-review-of-the-latest-report-to-the-club-of-rome-come-on/
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Yep, there's no problem. Just keep sprayin' those trees and deer and moose and rabbits  (and people).

https://countercurrents.org/2018/04/19/human-footprint-devastating-wildlife-an-article-for-earth-day/
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Hey! Some things in the news don't mean nuthin'.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/19/caribou-south-selkirk-us-canada-extinction

We still got lotsa pictures of them.
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Contrary to what this story says, the stepping down of Raoul Castro will make a  change for Cuba. For some 70 years,  the U.S. has forced poverty on Cuba, bombed it, blown up one of its passenger airliners, crippled its trade... And that's likely to get worse. Cuba's sin is that it has been the only one in Latin America to successfully hold off American aggression. American capitalism cannot allow that defiance to go on.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/18/raul-castro-cuba-step-down-leader-miguel-diaz-canel
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The Moncton TandT hasn't even noticed this story. Trudeau has, as expected, caved into the oil industry. (Well, doing so doesn't effect his long term plan for the environment because he doesn't have one.)

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/true-north/2018/apr/16/whos-defending-canadas-national-interest-first-nations-facing-down-a-pipeline
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I find The Guardian declining in what was once the world's outstanding English news medium.  So off-Guardian is a help.

https://off-guardian.org/2018/04/18/pentagon-is-concerned-about-results-of-syria-strike-prepares-to-launch-internal-probe-sources/

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Here's another kind of important story that hasn't attracted the attention of the irving press.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/china-taiwan-strait-petricic-1.4626232
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Another story that wasn't important enough for the irving press.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational/documents-suggest-canada-s-spies-lied-to-sudan-to-keep-an-innocent-man-in-prison-1.4624343
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I regret that Haaretz limits itself to headlines and just a few lines after. However, in this case, it's story of a kibbutz (socialist community economy) that has trounced its capitalist equivalent. (Of course, we all know that couldn't happen. Capitalism creates wealth. That's why New Brunswickers are so rich.)

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-a-tale-of-two-kibbutzim-capitalism-doesn-t-always-trump-socialism-1.5984224
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Seven months after a devastating hurricane, capitalism rides to the rescue of Puerto Rico (I don't think.)

http://theantimedia.com/puerto-rico-island-wide-blackout/
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So much for a free press.

http://theantimedia.com/top-100-papers-syria-strikes/

Those air strikes were illegal under international law. The U.S. has no right under international law to even be in Syria. It had no right under international law to attack the 70 or so countries it has attacked since 1945. The invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan were illegal. (So the Canadian entry into that war was also illegal under international law. And so was the Canadian bombing of Libya and the presence of Canadian troops in Syria.) The U.S. practice of putting trade sanctions on countries is illegal.

The enforcer of international law is supposed to be the UN. In fact, it has never done so (except, possibly, in Korea).

The practice of the U.S. is to act as though it rules a world empire, and is free to do whatever it likes. It's not just a practice. It's also a belief of American capitalism that God wants it to rule the world.

That is not what Canadians died for in World War 2. We were told we were fighting for a world in which the UN would enforce international law. Yes. That is what Canadians fought for - not just to provide self-righteous speeches and parades on November 11. And, to the Canadian Legion - that is what you were supposed to be fighting for.

And, in a betrayal of all those who suffered and died in that war, we have allowed the UN to become a wimpy tool for American capitalism. It has never once spoken on the hundreds of times the U.S. has ignored international law to murder people by the tens of millions.

The Moncton Times will no doubt praise our dead for their sacrifices in our wars. And I would certainly join in respect for those who sacrificed. (As a child, I even knew some of those who never returned.)

But, damn you all, I will not join in those fatuous memorial day events in which millions of hypocrites memorialize the deaths of all those we have,  in fact,  betrayed.
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Duh? What? Me worry?

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/04/since-2016-half-the-coral-in-the-great-barrier-reef-has-perished/558302/

Come off it. What do those dumb scientists know?
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And here's a story you will never, ever see in the irving press. (Guess who was deeply involved in the Lac Megantic disaster.)

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/rabblecas-staff-blog/2018/04/qu%C3%A9bec-national-assembly-right-call-judicial-inquiry-lac
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Canada and the U.S. are getting quite a dose of brainless politics. New Brunswick Liberals and Conservatives have no policies whatever - except to please the man who pays for their elections. But that's generally true across North America.

http://rabble.ca/news/2018/04/compare-ontario-party-platforms-and-youll-find-huge-differences
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Of course, this didn't make the irving press.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49248.htm
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The recent airstrikes in Syria by the U.S. and Britain are a sign of much worse to come. And they can get away with them because our news media lie to us.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49230.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49247.htm
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Remember this on November 11.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49240.htm
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'nuff said.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/journalists-found-boy-filmed-in-white-helmets-douma-chemical-attack-video-he-did-it-for-food/5636811
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There's a lesson for New Brunswickers in this next story.

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/44194-tax-day-2017-a-bonanza-for-corporations-and-the-military

Do you understand now why your governments go into deficit spending? Do you understand now why we have so little money to deal with poverty and hunger? Do you understand why university fees have to be so  high?

Forget our half-wit newspaper cartoons about how our provincial government squanders money. It's not the politicians' fault that this happens - except that they, like the irving press, kiss up to the wealthy who don't pay taxes.
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It is quite possible that Trump is no longer the man in control in this U.S. And it is quite possible that the billionaires who really have all the control are among the greediest this world has ever seen.

https://www.unz.com/pbuchanan/trump-prisoner-of-the-war-party/
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The world is controlled by what are now, quite probably, the greediest this world has ever seen. There are no limits to the killing they will do to get more money. There are no limits to the damage they will inflict on us to get more money.

There are, alas, severe limits to their intelligence.

We are in a more dangerous time than this world has ever seen. And, in this time, we are controlled by people whose greed destroys even their common sense.

And to the Christian readers of this blog, I would point out that Christianity has utterly and completely failed to deal with the extraordinarily unChristian values these super-wealthy have. In fact,  the Christian churches are so irrelevant in this crisis that most of their clergy seem happy to pimp for the super greedy.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

April 17: Very, very bad...

We are trained by our news media and political leaders to see war as a virtuous excercise  when it is practiced by us, evil when it is practiced by others. That is what makes it okay to torture, starve and execute people on the other side.

I don't know how often I have read that Sadat is evil, just as we read that Kim jong-un is evil and 'unpredictable'. Oh? Is Kim Jong more unpredictable than Bush or Obama or Trump? And tell me about the evil Sadat has done. Has he practiced mass torture like the'good' US? Has he murdered millions like the 'good' US? Has he starved millions like the 'good' US in Yemen?

In fact, Sadat has held his country together after years of attacks by a 'rebel' minority joined with terrorist and foreign groups - all subsidized and equipped by the God-fearing U.S.

I have no idea whether he can fairly be called either good or evil. But we are the ones who point the finger.

When an outfit like White Helmets say that Sadat gas bombed children, our news media push it as truth, so Sadat is evil. In fact, we do not yet have the slightest evidence of it.

And so we see the whole world as a morality play in which we are always good and the rest always evil. In reality, I suspect the most evil force in today's world is the system of capitalism that dominates all the major nations. Capitalism has become greed unleashed.

And that raises the awkward question of patriotism.

We called it patriotism as a come-on, but there was nothing patriotic about sending Canadians to kill and die in South Africa in 1900. That war had nothing to do with Canada. And if we did it to please the King, that makes one wonder why we were so morally corrupt as to please such a king.

We sent Canadians to fight and die in Afghanistan in a war that had nothing to do with Canada (no. there is not the slightest evidence that Afghanistan had anything to do with 9/11.) What was patriotic about fighting a war to please American capitalists and their Canadian hangers-on?

That is not to place the slightest blame on those Canadians who served. I'm sure they believed they were being patriotic - because that was the lie fed to them by their national leaders.

The reality is that we have for over a century fought wars on behalf of foreign capitalists because our capitalists depend on the good will of those foreign ones.

There is such a pride as patriotism - a pride in serving one's country. Tommy Douglas proudly served his country in introducing medicare, a gift to millions since then. Volunteers show their patriotism in helping the poor and the homeless. But patriotism does not mean killing foreigners to please local capitalists.

Patriotism as a come-on and a delusion has been a device that goes way back. Through the 19th century as Britain sent out its young to mass murder and exploit for the rich all over the world, the soldiers and sailors who got paid virtually nothing for the killing were hailed as 'patriots'. But they did nothing for Britain - only for the very wealthy one percent who sent them to kill and die.

And, magically, patriotism can switch sides. George Washington was a very wealthy British patriot
who happily fought for Britain against the native peoples. But when Britain asked him and his people to help pay for the wars that had been fought for them, George became a traitor. But of course, we never call it that. No. He had become an American patriot.
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Some preliminary reads on today's news that didn't make the irving press.


from VeteransToday

Editor’s note:  The US has made a glaring error, one that exposes more than simple fake terrorism.  The alleged “gas attack” in Douma, just outside Damascus was staged assuming that US controlled terror groups were planning on holding out until an American air attack could save them.
Instead, they surrendered hours later and were transported out of the area leaving Russian troops to immediately move in.  No gas victims were evacuated with the terrorists, no doctors found, no “White Helmets” and no dead.
None of it even happened, worse yet, it all seem to have been filmed in Idlib, over 200 miles away.  Filming locations don’t exist in Douma.
Worse still, the area was immediately opened to the press but nothing was reported.  No video was taken, no victims examined, live or dead, but none of this was reported either.
This is living proof there is 100% control of Western media.  This is also why Russia is angry enough to risk a full scale war with the US.
We have pushed too far.  Where are America’s political and military leaders?
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https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/04/09/threshold-war-paul-craig-roberts/
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The chemical poison used to attempt the murder of the Scripals in Britain was NOT made in Russia. It IS made in both the U.S. and Britain. In other news,  the British Prime Minister lied to the world when she blamed the attempt on Russia.  and she knew she was lying. Now----why did she lie? Obviously, she wanted to start a war; she had immediate support in the US cabinet. But not from Trump.

So what was this all about?

https://off-guardian.org/2018/04/16/the-skripal-case-the-perils-of-a-rush-to-judgment/
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Here's a report on the Alberta-BC pipeline that you won't find in the irving press. At most you'll get a lying opinion about it.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/true-north/2018/apr/16/whos-defending-canadas-national-interest-first-nations-facing-down-a-pipeline

Will Trudeau kiss up to the oil bosses? You bet he will. So would a conservative leader. (And I'm not as confident in the NDP as I used to be.)
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In general, The Guardian seems to be taking an increasingly obedient line - so this is a nice exception.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/14/syria-airstrikes-bombing-assad-war
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Oh, check out today's front page story in the irving press on the death of a young woman. It begins " 'She was fierce and sassy': Family mourns woman killed in Moncton.' " That sort of reporting has    become common on the front page. In journalism, that style of writing is called a sob story.

In short, the editor plays the story not as news but as a pretty maudlin sentiment. To such editors, the important part of the story is not what happened or what is being done or what we need to know. The important part is pure, sobbing sentimentalism.

The important thing about news is not to make people think or to take action. It is simply to make them say a-a-a-aw. That's a big reason why the irving press keeps its readers ignorant of almost everything.
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You won't find this in the irving press at all. But Trudeau's support of the U.S. in this case is very dangerous for Canada - and also illegal. The US has no right, under international law,  to be in Syria in the first place. It certainly has no right to fire off rockets there. At both levels, these are acts of war that are illegal under international law. And by giving them his blessing, Trudeau is breaking international law.

The next, logical move is for Trudeau to send troops. And the village idiots of the irving press will cheer that as patriotism.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/yves-englers-blog/2018/04/canadians-should-oppose-trudeau-government%E2%80%99s-support-air
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https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-today-s-israel-desecrates-the-memory-of-raanan-my-fallen-friend-1.6011180

Israel, on its 60th anniversary, has become everything that Judaism is not. It is thieving, bullying, arrogant, corrupt and vicious. And we did that.

I have known many friends who survived the death camps, who settled in Israel - and who were forever changed by the experience.

They came out of the camps determined never again to fall into such a trap, never again to accept such abuse. They came, a once loving people now converted to utter hatred. They hated Germans, of course. They also hated us because they knew that we had not lifted a finger to help them. And they knew we still didn't want them.

As they fled to Israel, the whole world was their enemy. And they took out their hatred on the Palestinians, stealing their land and treating them worse than animals. They trusted nobody, including the U.S. That's why they killed a large part of the crew of an American communications ship that was listening in on their war with Egypt.

The Jews that I grew up with were people of generosity,  compassion, social activism. And that Judaism has largely disappeared to be succeeded by a very understandable hatred and distrust of anybody who isn't Jewish.

It wasn't Netanyahu who created the horror of this change. It was us.
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To the Liberals and Conservatives, Canada is an American colony.

http://rabble.ca/columnists/2018/04/texas-boardroom-sets-agenda-justin-trudeau-trans-mountain-pipeline
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Robert Fisk is a journalist's journalist. He's the best. And he's dead honest. That's why he never makes the pages of New Brunswick's irving press.

https://countercurrents.org/2018/04/17/robert-fisks-douma-report-rips-away-excuses-for-air-strike-on-syria/

When I was in hospital, I thought of almost nothing but the so-called chemical poison attack on Douma. I knew it was a lie. I knew that as soon as I saw the first reports. The sources and the choice of words told me all I needed to know this was a lie.

But our news media still don't even hint at this, not even with all the evidence that has poured in.

And, alas, CBC has been right in the sewer with the rest.
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And Canadian mining companies all over the world have been up to their ears in this sort of behaviour.

https://countercurrents.org/2018/04/09/swiss-mining-corporations-in-flagrant-violation-of-human-rights-swiss-government-complicit/
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Here's a useful piece of understanding of how propaganda works.

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/04/16/british-propaganda-and-disinformation-imperial-and-colonial-tradition.html
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Here is an uncheerful look at the future.

https://thesaker.is/alas-this-is-far-from-over/
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In spite of the blathering of the irving press and it's pet economic authorities (such as professor Don de Savoie and The Fraser Institute and The Atlantic Institute  of Market Studies) the rich do NOT make us rich. We just have to look around us to see that. And it's going to get much, much worse. Capitalism creates greed without end. Running loose as it does it will destroy you and your children - if it allows us to live long enough to be destroyed in the first place.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/04/17/trump-declares-americans-are-winning-tax-day-common-good-faces-grim-future-thanks
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I know that God blesses America which is what gives it the right to invade, murder and plunder at will. Nobody else in the world has that right. And Canadians, watch out! In the eyes of the very greedy, Canada is just another target for plunder.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/how-the-us-has-illegally-occupied-30-of-syria-containing-most-of-its-oil-water-and-gas/5636586
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Recently, most news agencies carried a story about evil people it called oligarchs.
They are, of course, Russians. Irving press did not carry the story because, I'm sure, nobody at the irving press knows what it means. Here's an interesting report on it and, Surprise!, it's not just Russians who are oligarchs. In fact, we have a few right here in New Brunswick.

https://consortiumnews.com/2018/04/13/do-u-s-oligarchs-exist-not-in-mainstream-media/
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The signs are strong that Trump is no longer in charge in the U.S. Alas! His replacements are worse.

https://www.unz.com/pbuchanan/trump-prisoner-of-the-war-party/
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And here's a long view of what Syria is all about...

http://www.voltairenet.org/article200729.html

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None of the options on the table is good for most of us. We desperately need to do what we should have done in 1945, begin the development of a new world order whose priority would be human needs and human rights.

Instead, all over the world, we handed over unlimited power to the greediest people in our societies who use the rest of us to kill each other to make themselves richer and greedier.

We really have to so some thinking and take some action to save ourselves before it's to late.  But don't expect any help from the very greedy. They don't even know how to save themselves.

Perhaps churches could do some thinking about the role Christianity could play in this process.....

Nah...sorry to wake you guys up.
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And here's a very late entry. The suffering in Douma may have happened - but not because of Syrian chemical gas.

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/syria-chemical-attack-gas-douma-robert-fisk-ghouta-damascus-a8307726.html

Sunday, April 15, 2018

April 15: I"m sorry. I'm sorry. I'm sorry.



Back on April 9, as I was preparing this, I was struck with a horrible chest pain of a degree I had never known. Thinking it was a heart attack, I went to the hospital where the pain persisted and even worsened for a good twelve hours. Dying would have been welcome. (seriously) And hospital, itself, is a pretty deadening experience.

But it turned out to be a gall bladder infection.

While in  hospital, I thought of nothing but the report that Syrians had attacked civilians with poison gas. I didn't believe it because of the source of the story and because it made no sense.  I realized that Trump was lying and that our news media, including the CBC, were lying in unison. It is not possible that honest journalists could believe that. The source of the story (the White Helmets) is a proven propaganda gang - and the story much resembles the recent lies of the British PM in a similar case.

Below is what I realized at the time I got sick, and as I worked on it in the hospital.

Sorry to be very late with this blog. And I may ask you to be indulgent if I do not proofread this.
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First, this next is what I was writing about just before the poison gas story hit.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/apr/07/global-inequality-tipping-point-2030

And that is the result of the pure greed that impoverishes billions and kills on a world scale. And which, in the end, destroys its own, greedy self.

But the irving press routinely tells us this is good for us because it 'creates jobs'.
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And here's background you need for to the story of poison gas in Syria. (Yes, I know it's from Russia. But I've learned that RT doesn't lie. It's selective; it dodges around the whole truth in what it cares to talk about. But it doesn't lie.

https://www.rt.com/news/424149-skripal-poisoning-bz-lavrov/

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/sryia-douma-gas-attack-1.4610278

http://thesaker.is/poison-gas-weapon-of-choice-for-false-news/

And this is a story we've seen before. What is the source of this story? Surprise - it's the "White Helmets", a propaganda gang formed by the U.S. using muslim terrorists that the American press calls 'rebels'. This is the bunch that reported a heavy use of gas some months ago which led to a propaganda movie about it and an Oscar.

No proof has ever been found for the original charge. And the "White Helmets" are  unlikely to produce any this time. But our press is all agoggle. My goodness! How terrible that Mr. Saddat is!  Not at all like American presidents and British prime ministers.....  Oh?

The U.S. used chemical weapons in Vietnam - Agent Orange that killed uncounted civilians and that still produces horrid birth defects. It used napalm that burned children alive. It has used cluster bombs that still lie in wait for children who think they're toys. It is deliberately starving millions of children and other civilians to death in Yemen. In fact, the world's biggest killers of children for the last  seventy years have been those nice, American presidents.

Do you seriously think the U.S. gives a damn about what happens to children?

What we have  here is an unconfirmed story from a very unreliable source, And our news media runs it anyway, and does it in loaded language. I do know this is a lying source and our news media plays it up while ignoring the far greater massacres of children by the western world, especially the U.S.

And that gives that nice Mr. Trump a boost to kill more children. Trump, by the way, just yesterday I believe, is the man who demanded to know why his commanders did not bomb more civilians!!!!

You won't find these stories in our commercial press. But here's a reliable account from a year ago - and it's much worse since.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/president-trumps-air-war-kills-12-civilians-per-day

The looks very much like a deliberate attempt, along with the lying story about a spy who, as we are told in a story that since has proven completely false, was killed by Russia. The purpose of all this is to force World War Three with the hope of creating a world controlled by big capitalism. Won't that be nice?

Now the U.S. will send more troops to Syria. And Canada may well be asked to "do it's share". And so we'll tell  our young people that this is their chance to be heroes - yes - and to 'fight for their country' by killing Syrians.

This is not the world our serving people fought and died for in 1939-45. In fact, the Hitlers are now the leaders on our side. Who is it The Canadian Legion thinks its helping by ignoring all that its predecessors fought for?
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There's a lot of material on this, some sent to me by readers. It's so much I can only list it.

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/423624-douma-syria-russia-attack/

Yes, I know this is from evil Russians. But I've seen enough of the whole spectrum of reporting to know that this Russian one is more accurate than anything you are going to find in major, western news media.
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Does Russia have it's own line to push with Russia Times? Of course. It does that, usually, by just not reporting anything that would make Russia look bad. But the part it does report, in my experience, is the truth.

In the following item from RT, you can find much the same view that you will find in the Israeli paper, Haaretz.

https://www.rt.com/usa/423341-abby-martin-israel-youtube-blocked/

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Our news media has played this horror game twice in just a few weeks. The British claim that Russia chemical-poisoned a spy and his daughter had fallen apart. Britain has had to admit it gave false information. (Though most of our news media haven't mentioned that.)

Now, by coincidence, we get a second report of Russian/Syrian evil in Syria - similar to one that proved wrong some months ago. (And why would anyone seek to use chemical poisons on a dozen or so children? What could they possibly achieve with that?  Oh, I know. It's because they're evil - unlike us.)

This looks very much as though Bush is being pushed aside by big money and by people like Bolton in his cabinet. They want a war with Russia. They need it now, before the U.S. economy and military diminish even more in relation to Russia and China. And if they get it, it will be the last war this planet will ever see.
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What struck me is how all our commercial news media reported by simply handing out the official line. They all read like the same report. They all accepted the official line and reported it that way though they must have seen this was rigged.

1. They ran it with no confirmation except from White Helmets, the outfit that lied about poison gas a year ago.

2. They all played heavily on the children aspect, though children were no the prime targets (if there were any prime targets).

3. None questioned why Syria would launch such an attack when it was in the final stage of winning.

4. None mentioned the vastly greater American killing and starving of millions of children.

5. Trump attacked the Syrians to save the children? I have never even heard of a war that was fought to save the children. We happily slaughtered them at Hiroshima and Nagasaki - not to mention our refusal to help Jewish children who had escaped from the death camps. Not to mention the killing of North Korean civilians in the heaviest bombing campaign in history. Or the hundreds of thousands killed in Iraq. And in Vietnam.

Civilians (and children) are major targets for air forces in every war. That began back in 1920 when dear, Winston Churchill ordered the RAF to bomb Kurdish villages that had no defences or military presence of any sort.

6. CBC, I am sorry to say, not only uncritically ran this story, but added it's own propaganda touch. The story page at CBC opened with a photo of a very young child, about 7, with heart-wrenching big, brown eyes. Why was that the pictorial lead? She obviously had not been gassed. She was well dressed, happy looking...
Why on earth pick that as the lead for a story about a gas attack?

Because the suckers will drop a tear as they look at her
 sweet face, and think "to hell with those Syrians."

7.No report made the obvious connection with Britain's accusation that the Russians had attempted poison to kill a Russia spy and his daughter in Britain. In that case, as in this, the British made the attempt to whip up of frenzy of anger, claiming the poison was undoubtedly Russian, and could be found nowhere else.
In fact, the poison didn't even work - as both survived. And that poison was one that could be found in many countries - including Britain.

And, in fact, most of our news media have still not reported on all the false statements in the British claim.

8. And nobody has asked the obvious question - What did Syrians and Russians have to gain by poison gassing a small number of children. (Oh, I know. It's because Syrians and Russian are evil - not like our leaders who are bravely starving children to death in Yemen.)
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A standard method of building support for a war is to invent a poison gassing that never happened.  So what is really going on here?

US capitalists want absolute control over all of Africa and the Middle East. This is part of the drive for the new American century of world rule by the U.S. (through politicians bought by its capitalists.) Big capitalists develop an insane greed for wealth and power that can never be satisfied.

But they have been thrown off balance in Africa, notably in the middle east, by the rise of Iran, the independence of Husseins' Iraq (which is the real reason they killed him), of Anwar Sadat which is why he and perhaps a million Syrians will have to die.

But now American capitalists have been thrown off balance by the interventions of China and Russia.

The capitalists, for the most part, don't pay taxes of any sort. But they can hit the pocketbooks of average Americans to pay for their wars. And they can use the bodies of young Americans to die for them. And, possibly, of young Canadians.

In all of this, I suspect that Trump is scampering to look like a president. I suspect the real big kids - the oil bosses and other capitalists - have taken over. They are the ones who set up these hysterias. And their people, like John Bolton, are taking over day to day government.
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This has been on my mind for a full seven days, unable to write it down.

And now to bed.




Saturday, April 7, 2018

April 7: A long one for today.....

Here's a story we're not likely to find in the irving press when,  in fact, it should have made the April 6 edition.

And will we ever get an opinion on it from the eagle eyes at The Fraser Institute or The Atlantic Institute of Market Studies? Will we get an insightful editorial?

Not bloody likely.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/nb-southern-railway-charges-irving-megantic-1.4607498
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Will the irving press ever have this next story?

And if it does, will  theirs be a report that makes Israel look bad? Or will it soft pedal?

http://theantimedia.com/unarmed-gaza-protesters-murdered-by-israeli-forces/
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And it almost certainly does not have this story.

http://theantimedia.com/americas-looming-war-venezuela/

The U.S. has imposed sanctions on Venezuela to destroy its economy. (The U.S. has no right to impose sanctions on anybody.) As a result, Venezuela, though with massive oil reserves, is living through an economic chaos. There is every possibility that the oil bosses of North America will demand an invasion of Venezuela. And Trump has given every sign he intends to do just that.

And Canada,  America's pussy cat since 1945, has agreed to support the Trump  sanctions. And guess what that might mean if Trump invades?

He might well want Canadian to join in. (After all it would look better if this were a combined operation - you know, to bring freedom to Venezuela as it brought freedom to Haiti and Guatemala.) If Trump asks, I feel quite sure that Justin would send Canadians into that war just as we sent them into Afghanistan, into Syria as trainers, and sent Canada's air force to kill Libyans, and to show how much Canadians love American billionaires.
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I write this a day later. Israel, thanks to U.S. support, is ignoring the UN and going on with its killing and wounding of Palestinians. Of the wounded, many will die because Israel has long since destroyed the chances of medical care in Palestine.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/06/israel-warned-un-protesters-head-for-gaza-demonstrations

Does this mean Judaism is evil? Not at all. It means that a great many Jews - like a great many Christians - are so wrapped up in their own self-righteousness that they have long forgotten what their own faith is about.
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Then, the U.S. is placing sanctions on Russia saying its government operates only to benefit billionaires and government elites. True enough. But isn't that what the American government operates for?

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/apr/06/trump-russia-sanctions-election-meddling-latest
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Here's a story to make our Christians proud - the general who became a mass murderer, including of priests and nuns, because he was a devout Christian. It's not entirely accurate. His killings were far more numerous than the story suggests. And the U.S. did NOT restore democracy to Guatemala. And both Canadian and U.S. news media assisted in his mass murder by not reporting it even to this day. (And I might add that our Christian churches have never mentioned it, either.)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/02/gen-efrain-rios-montt-obituary

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The story of Britain's claim that a Russian spy and his daughter living in Britain were the victims of an attempted killing by Russia never made sense from the start. It seemed obvious the British were lying. But that didn't stop the western media from believing all they were told. War-like preparations were made - as in the expulsion of Russian diplomats. Sanctions were imposed. And they still are.

It should have been obvious from the start that this was all a lie. But our news media were so obedient that most people probably still think this was all a scene of Russian villainy. And one that has taken us much closer to nuclear war.

Here is the best story I have seen on it.

https://off-guardian.org/2018/04/07/the-rapidly-evolving-skripal-story-evidence-of-the-destruction-of-an-anglo-american-plan/
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The biggest economic threat Canada faces is the determination of the very wealthy not to pay a cent in taxes. They steal  - and, yes, steal is the right word - uncounted billions from us every year. Then their news media tell us governments should cut their spending and privatize everything  (so that most people can't get anything out of it.)

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/rabblecas-staff-blog/2018/02/canadian-governments-revenue-would-soar-billions-if-tax#at_pco=smlrebv-1.0&at_si=5ac8eb02261b7886&at_ab=per-2&at_pos=0&at_tot=5
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On the same note, this is an old story - but still an important one. (The writer, now retired) was Canada's ace reporter on our federal government.)

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/karl-nerenberg/2016/11/new-canadian-study-explains-why-working-class-should-be-angry#at_pco=smlrebv-1.0&at_si=5ac8ec69efe330b8&at_ab=per-2&at_pos=3&at_tot=5

The biggest problem we face is greed and the political power of the greedy. It has all the potential to economically destroy all of us.
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This one gives some insight into how our news media lie. Assad's foes in Syria were routinely called 'rebels' in our news. Well, for a start, most of them were what our news media called terrorists, not rebels, when they fought the U.S. And most weren't Syrians. So how can one be called a rebel against Syria while not being a Syrian?

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/karl-nerenberg/2016/11/new-canadian-study-explains-why-working-class-should-be-angry#at_pco=smlrebv-1.0&at_si=5ac8ec69efe330b8&at_ab=per-2&at_pos=3&at_tot=5

The U.S. is also in Syria illegally under international law. But I have never seen that in our news. They also quote Trump in his statements that the U.S. entered Syria to defeat ISIS. Oh? So how come the U.S. is the one that supplied ISIS with weapons and training?
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The following story should not cause any surprise. Civilians have been the major war targets for 98 years now - ever since Winston Churchill mandated the British airforce in the middle east to concentrate its attacks on civilian, Kurd villages.

http://theantimedia.com/trump-drone-strikes-killing-civilians/

Today, the major U.S. targets in Yemen are children who are being killed by starvation. God Bless America.
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And here's  a picture you won't see in the irving press.

https://theferret.scot/hundreds-of-thousands-yemeni-children-face-starvation/
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Small business owners like to kid themselves they have a spiritual bond with the billionaires. That's why the small business members of New Brunswick recently held a kiss-in when Mr. Irving made a 'philanthropic' contribution (instead of paying taxes).  They really should get off their knees. Small business people have nothing in common with the biggies.

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2018/04/06/republican-tax-cuts-are-failing-small-businesses-new-report-finds
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The story that was obviously a lie from the start...and that most of our news media have not caught onto. When the British prime minister told what was obviously a  lie and one that could (and still might) trigger a nuclear war, that was one hell of a serious offence. But I've seen no sense of that in our news media.

(It's obvious, too, that this lie was told in cooperation with leading figures in the U.S.)

https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-skripal-affair-is-a-hoax-if-russia-is-no-longer-to-blame-what-next/5634711

Think about it. They were attacked with a poison so strong that even a tiny touch of it was instant death. So, determined to die pleasantly, the man and his daughter strolled to the park, and sat on a bench , where they fell unconcious but didn't die. A doctor and others who touched them a good deal didn't get any sickness at all, even though this was a hyper killer drug.

And now they're both better. That's one miserable sort of poison! They would have been in more danger with an overdose of aspirins. And our news media haven't noticed the oddity of all that.
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This is what happens when the rich don't pay taxes.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/04/06/amid-massive-teacher-revolt-over-starving-schools-kentucky-gop-passes-huge-tax-cut-1

The irving press babbling about the need for the government to cut deficits ignores this reality. Sure. You can let the rich off. The price is cutting yourself off from education, from health care... The U.S. has already sentenced a large part of its population to early death  by privatizing health care. The same move is going on in provinces across Canada.

There is one hell of a price we all pay for letting the big capitalists run wild.
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Here's a look at a reality you will never find in our commercial news media.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49150.htm
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The British Empire that had plundered and murdered all over the world , that had benefitted only the wealthiest of British and left the rest in poverty, collapsed in the 1940s. Since then, Britain has scrambled to attach itself to the U.S. Alas! Now the U.S. empire is collapsing, too.

These two, doddering empires have, perhaps, a decade or so to re-establish themselves, but only at the impossible price of a world, nuclear war. And that appears to be what they are aiming at.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49157.htm
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The following view, though I'm not entirely in agreement with it, has a lot of truth to it. It deals with the famines that once blighted China, and how communism has eliminated them.

It is true that China does seem to have eliminated famine - though I don't see how this can be credited to communism since China has never actually been communist. (Forgive me. I know what the word communism means.) What China has done is to introduce elements of socialism, and some restraints on capitalism. And, whatever it is, it is working. Our unrestrained capitalism is not working. It never has.

https://thesaker.is/daring-to-go-beyond-western-propaganda-on-the-great-leap-forwards-famine/
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Capitalism and the creation of poverty and despair in Puerto Rico. Compare this to those idiot commentaries we get in the irving press about how the wealth of the very wealthy trickles down and makes us all rich.

https://theintercept.com/2018/03/20/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-recovery/
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The next item is speculation and, like all speculation it's, well, it's speculation. It's quite likely though, that the U.S. has suffered major defeat in the Middle East.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article200519.html
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I don't know of any country in the world that has achieved real equality for its people. In just about every country, one has to be born a billionaire to become one as an adult. The idea that there is equal opportunity for a Trump or an Irving or a Bush as for a kid from rural New Brunswick or the child of a working class family is absurd.

The wealthy of the world are, for the most part, an aristocracy by birth, and guaranteed - even the most dim-witted and self-centred of them - to themselves become the aristocracy. That's why the Roman Empire created a Nero.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/04/06/kings-dream-included-economic-equality-too/
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The news is very bad, perhaps the worst I have ever seen.

Let's take a quick look at the dreadful idiocy of the irving press, the only newspapers in this province.

April 6 - There is a dreadful column by a 'senior fellow' with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy - one of the propaganda houses that the irving press thinks are fonts of wisdom.

The column begins as a rant against North Korea for bristling with nuclear weapons. Bristling? Come off it. The U.S. and Russia probably have ten thousand between them. Britain and France have hundreds. Israel has hundreds. So have India and Pakistan.

Oh, but North Korea is unstable. Yeah. Unlike the U.S. under Trump.

OOOOO- but the U.S could be in range of North Korean missiles. So? U.S. missiles cover the world. They're right up close to Russia. They were planted for a good forty years on the border of North Korea. Anyway, it's most unlikely that North Korea has any impressive stockpile and, indeed, no responsible news outlet says it does.

Oh, but North Korea is unstable. Yeah. Unlike the U.S. under Trump. Unlike Israel which could well use them in a war with Iran.

The author then says Iran might have them. That, along with the story that Syria had one, is absurd.  Israel certainly has them, but we know that Israel, which has stolen most of Palestine and is now threatening both Syria and Iran, is too nice ever to use a bomb.

Saddam Hussein of Syria is, the writer assures us, a madman - unlike George Bush who killed over 2 million in Iraq, unlike the nice, American presidents following him who have been starving millions of civilians to death in Yemen. In fact, go back, and you find an American madman who nuked two Japanese cities even though he knew the war was effectively already over. President Truman also wanted to nuke North Korea, and ordered the most horribly destructive bombing campaign there in  history.

The writer opens with an early statement that Kim Jong un is unpredictable. Obviously, the writer thinks this is a sign of evil. But I wonder how many leaders are predictable. Was it predictable Obama would order the starvation of millions of men, women and children in Yemen? Has Trump been predictable? This is just using a buzzword that means nothing, but which can trigger an emotional response.

This is a brainless column by a man who has no idea what he is talking about. To make it worse, he is writing for a propaganda house which exists to spread lies. A real newspaper, one with editors with brains and standards, would never have run this piece of garbage.

There's also a column by a professional propagandist, Andrew Coyne. He writes that we shouldn't get worried about climate change. No. After all, polls show that only 60% of Canadians think that climate change is even happening.

Great! So Mr. Coyne says we should ignore all this talk about climate change. What we should do is cut taxes. Right! I guess nobody told Mr. Coyne that we cut taxes for the very rich a long time ago. They don't pay any.

And, gee, if we cut taxes, wouldn't that mean we would have to cut services like education, health care? Have none of these writers never heard of how the rich all over the world are stealing trillions from us every year? Is it just that they're too shy to talk about it?

Then there's a commentary by two puppets from another propaganda house, The Fraser Institute. They have a plan to minimally help the working poor. Raise wages?  Oh, no. The people who finance The Fraser Institute wouldn't like that. No. We'd give them some minimal help.

Again, these two propagandists have never heard of the real problem. the worldwide theft of our money by the wealthy who don't pay taxes.

The Canada&World section has no world news. Nada.  And most of the news it does have is pure trivia. One of the big stories, with picture, is about a man who operates a brewery (we aren't told where it is or where he is). He also makes his own commercials which, since he drinks 18 cans a day, can be on the groggy side.

Canada and the U.S. are full of propagandizing, lying newspapers. But I have seen nothing that sinks to the level of the irving press.

But don't worry. New Brunswickers will show them. Next time, they'll vote liberals out and conservatives in. Boy, that'll make a big change.
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Finally, a quick look at reality.

First reality - the U.S. super-wealthy are determined that they will rule the world. In that, they are supported by fading British, Canadian, French and other capitalists. They are quite ready to risk the survival of the planet to achieve that.

This is probably what the foofaraw in Britain, accusing Russia of an attempted killing in Britain, is all about. The British P.M. was certainly lying about this. But it has worked. The U.S. is now rattling its nukes at Russia and China. Funny how the Frontier Centre for Public Policy never noticed that.

It's going to get much, much tenser if the U.S. continues its policy of threatening and invading Venezuela.

As well, the U.S. and Britain have given themselves the right to control Chinese shipping all over the world. Is that legal? No. Would the U.S. and Britain give China the right to control their shipping?

Second reality - whatever happens, the super-wealthy of the U.S.  (and others) to bleed all the wealth out of us and hiding trillions for their greedy selves is going to continue. If we survive the violence of their greed, our national economies will still be disasters - with terrible consequences for all of us.

And while we babble about the terrible threat of North Korean weapons, the real threat is all the rest of us and the weapons we have.

Wealthy capitalists all over the world, led by those in the U.S., are determined to own the world. And it has to happen for them, probably, within a decade.

These are the most dangerous days the world has ever known.

Wake up. For centuries the very wealthy have murdered and plundered all over the world. In the process,  and while stuffing their own pockets with huge sums, they have turned their own cities into slums and their own people into beggars.

We have to control capitalism. And we have to do it very, very soon. And, above all, don't count on the Liberals or the Conservatives to lead the way.
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As a reminder from the past, consider these pictures. In the late 19th century, southern Scotland had industrialized. The capitalists who owned the industries lived in splendour, became immensely wealthy, mingling only with their fellow super-wealthies, setting up those class barriers that create a tiny wealthy aristocracy steeped in a sense of its own superiority, and with utter contempt for the workers who made them rich.

In addition of course, the wealthy expected the poor to die in wars that made the rich even richer.

That's where we have been before. And that's where we're heading now. The picture below is The Gorbals of Glasgow. The picture is a recent one. It was a far, far worse place when my grandmother was born there back about 1890.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/castlekay/3647622447

There are 60.000 and more homeless people in London, many of them children, and many on the route of the carriage for the coming royal wedding of the prince. Authorities are concerned that the presence of so many homeless people on the route might spoil the wedding, and have been looking for ways to move them.
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A final and pessimistic note. We and our governments have betrayed everything that we told Canadians they were fighting for in World War 2. We were going to create a better world? We have allowed the wealthy to make it infinitely worse.

I often wonder why The Canadian Legion, if it gives any damn at all for those who died in World War Two, has never raised this issue with our governments.
On Nov. 11, we have solemn gatherings with lots of safe speeches. But there is never anyone to speak for those who died under the impression they were dying to create a better world.
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Thursday, April 5, 2018

April 5:

Readers of the  irving press are getting a thrill out the papers' attacks on the provincial Liberals for deficit spending. That's obviously the official line until the next election. And it would be so easy to fix that. We just  have to stop wasting money on medical care and schools and social programmes in general. And it would help to spend more on useful projects like events centres that, unlike hospitals and schools and social projects, are useful.

We also need to help the very rich. We've made a start by letting the big ones out of paying  taxes at all and by giving them handouts (like our forests and free spraying for them).

Yes, all we have to do is shovel all our money to the rich, get rid of all their taxes, help them hide their money in tax shelters, and then all that wealth will trickle down to the rest of us - just like it has in Congo and Guatemala and Haiti...

We need more articles from Dr. Savoie of U de M on this.

So far as the irving press is concerned, though, the big story on money is that some people beg for quarters on the street. Disgusting. Now tell us more about the good ol' boys who hide billions in tax havens.
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And, of course, in banks we trust.....

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/money-laundering-banks-terror-1.4603064
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Think this couldn't happen in Canada? It has. And it does.

http://rabble.ca/news/2018/04/us-remembers-dr-king-while-new-jim-crow-ravages-lives
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Thanks to the purchasing power of our wealthy and the  acceptance of pay-offs by our politicians, Canada is way, way behind on its commitment to dealing with climate change. David Suzuki, a highly-trained scientist in this field says we are in danger.

But don't worry. Our local oil billionaire (a university drop-out) says it's perfectly safe.  So why should we pay any attention to a David Suzuki?

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2018/04/audit-exposes-canadian-climate-failures
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Our commercial news media sometimes lie. In fact, they often do, and they've been doing it for almost a hundred and fifty years. By definition, they are owned by wealthy people. And those wealthy have always used it for their own propaganda.

https://off-guardian.org/2018/04/05/uk-govt-rewords-ambassadors-speech-makes-it-appear-he-didnt-say-novichok-came-from-russia/

It's now obvious (except in most of our news media) that British prime minister May lied when she announced she had proof that Russia had tried to kill a former Russian spy living in Britain. The  unanswered, and very important question is - why did she lie? Does western capitalism want a war with Russia NOW?

It would certainly seem that way. But, curiously, the one person who did not support May from the start was Donald Trump.

Note, too, that Canada has not covered itself in glory. As the story broke, Canada's Liberal government immediately joined in the expulsion of Russian diplomats. (Justin has always been a prompt kiss-up.) And the other parties have pretty much acted like the puppets they are.
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Our news media often carry stories about our 'enemies' who practice germ warfare. That was the widely reported story on why Britain and the U.S. invaded Iraq. In fact, the war proved that Iraq had no such weapons of mass destruction. But our news media didn't bother with that.

The reality is that the world leader in developing 'weapons of mass destruction' has been the U.S.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/u-s-dropped-plague-infected-fleas-on-north-korea-in-march-1952-crimes-against-humanity/5634639
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The following story is surely not true. I mean, if you can't trust a major oil company, who can you trust?

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2018/04/05/new-documents-reveal-what-shell-knew-about-climate-change-decades-ago
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Another story on the environment that was not important enough for the irving press. It needed the space for death notices, stories about cute dogs, a gossipy court case somewhere in the U.S........

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/04/04/trump-interior-department-issues-death-sentence-nearly-300-threatened-species
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Here's a story you're not likely to find in most of our commercial news media.

https://countercurrents.org/2018/04/05/getting-the-militarys-carbon-footprint-alone/
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Another story that won't make the irving press.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/palestinian-slapped-israeli-soldier-was-sexually-harassed-says-lawyer-236580385

Many, perhaps most, wars create what they claimed to be fighting against.

The Russian revolution against Tsarist dictatorship produced the dictator called Stalin. World War 1, supposedly against German 'evil', created German evil in the person of Hitler. World War Two which our side claimed (falsely) to be against the massacre of European Jews produced, instead, an Israel that horribly abuses Palestinians.

If we had been honest, we would have created a Jewish state in Canada or the U.S. And that would have been of benefit to all of us. Instead, we created a Jewish state on somebody else's land - and that Jewish state is increasingly acting like Hitler's Germany.
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Major water crises have been growing in the U.S. for many years now. The latest is reflected in the actions of Nestle which has demanded, and received, the right to take more water from Lake Michigan. Too bad, Nestle has a bad record for polluting the water it now takes and poisoning citizens of the region. Tens of thousands opposed the request with only hundreds in favour. So, of course, Nestle got permission to go ahead and take 400 buckets of water a minute from Lake Michigan.

Oh, yes, that means it will affect the Canadian Great Lakes, too. But, what the hell, that's what neighbours are for.

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/nestles-bid-pump-water-michigan-approved-despite-major-public-outcry/
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Allthough the irving press hasn't noticed, it seems possible that the U.S. has suffered a major defeat in Syria. (I'm a little  cautious in saying that because it's not yet quite clear that the U.S. is pulling out.)

However, it does look like a major defeat with the possibility of echoes throughout the whole region. Even Saudi Arabia is now looking cautiously toward Russia as a 'friend'.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article200519.html
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What are the policies of the British government? Why did it lie - and obviously lie - about the Russian government attempting to kill a former Russian spy in Britain?

Is it possible that Britain is trying to bring the U.S. into a war with Russia? Is it possible that Britain, ina state in decline since 1945, now sees its future in a recreation of the great British Empire? Certainly, Britain is back to its ugly, old self as a state effectively ruled by a small, inner circle, supported by an arrogant upper class, and ignoring the needs of a growing working class - indeed with utter contempt for the working class. Has Britain learned nothing after its many, many years of class snobbery?

And does it now see its future in an alliance with the wealthy of the U.S.?

http://www.voltairenet.org/article200375.html
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And this makes more sense than anything else I  have read about prime minister May's now proven lie about the attempted killing of a Russian spy in Britain.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article200232.html
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Some concluding thoughts.

1. The U.S. is a dying power. China is a growing one.

2. The U.S. depends on its military heavily. But its military has not been impressive for a good, seventy years. In any case, nobody can win a major war today when the world's weapons are far, far more destructive than the nuclear bombs of 1945.  Nobody can survive a major war.

In the meantime, the American weapons industry - which supplies much of the world - is a sample of the mindless greed that, for its enormous expense and deficit creation, is going to destroy the American economy.

3. We face a climate change that it may already be too late to deal with. We need to put all our effort into that. There really is no choice.

4. Western democracy has long since disappeared. Almost all governments in the west are now owned by the very wealthy.

5. There is no significant party in New Brunswick or Canada that is worth voting for. The Liberal and Conservative parties have been sellouts for the whole history of this country. The NDP and the Greens are more interested in looking respectable than in dealing with our problems. If we want to change Canada, we need parties that recognize real change, not just parties pretending to be nicer variants on the Liberals and Conservatives.

6. If New Brunswick is going to have any future at all, its people are going to have to develop the courage to think and discuss, not just to repeat nonsense and slogans by people who write propaganda and trivia for the irving press.

7. And let's forget all this drivel about how our enemies are evil. The reality is that war itself is evil. And, certainly, countries like Britain, France, the U.S., Russia have been as evil as they come in the deliberate starvation of civilians, the use of chemical weapons, the deliberate bombing of civilians, the illegal invasions of countries...all for pure greed.

We are facing a profound moral question. And our morality has been at least as low as that of any of the evil people in history.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

April 3: Days of computer hell.....


My apologies for being late with this. The last two days in my home have been days of computer chaos - now, I hope, behind me.
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https://www.rt.com/uk/423162-russia-poison-government-twitter/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=push_notifications&utm_campaign=push_notifications

The story above did NOT appear in the irving press - or in most of the western press. (I know. I know, it comes from  the evil Russian press. But British scientists have been saying the same thing for quite a while - and even the British government now admits it's original charge was, to say the least, overdone.)
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The reactions to the attempted killing of a former Russian spy living in Britain remain strange - even without the story above.

There is nothing unusual about any country killing somebody in another country, and doing it illegally. It happens every day. Britain and the U.S., for example, illegally invaded Iraq and killed what is now estimated at over 2 million people. They also illegally invaded Afghanistan, killing a number of people we will never know. (Afghanistan had been quite willing to hand over people to an international court - which was the proper, legal thing to do. But Britain and the U.S. refused that. For their own reasons, they wanted an invasion.) The American attack that killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan was illegal. (Yes, I know Osama was not nice. It's still illegal to invade a country to kill anybody. The correct procedure is to demand that the country hand him to an international court.) The U.S. has used other attacks to kill presidents in Latin America - one thinks of the case of Chile, for example. It also made many attempts to kill Fidel Castro. Those were all illegal. It uses drones every day to murder people all over the world. That's illegal.

So why the excitement over a very minor Russian spy in Britain? Why the drama of cutting diplomatic relations? Why are the news media in such a flutter over a very minor affair? And why are they pushing the British version of the affair?

The moral outrage of the British government is obviously fake. (And the moral outrage of a U.S.  that has illegally killed tens of millions since 1945, and is now starving millions to death (largely unreported) in Yemen makes no sense at all.

And the outrage of Justin Trudeau? Canada has illegally bombed Libya. It has illegally sent troops to Syria. It was involved in the illegal killing of Afghanis.
Canada cooperated in the torture of prisoners taken by the U.S. Canada knew all about the U.S. and Guatemalan mass murder of the Maya people  and the death of a Canadian missionary. And we didn't lift a finger.

It'a little late for Canadians (or Justin) to flaunt their virginity.

So why all this fuss about the (very unproven) story that Russia attempted to kill a very minor Russian spy in Britain.

There seems only one possibility. The British government, with encouragement from elements in the U.S. but not necessarily from Trump, wants a war with Russia. And western Europe is willing to fall into line.

But why?

Well, for a start, Britain is a much, much faded world power, both militarily and economically. There are those who would see such a war as a possible solution.
There are those in the U.S. who fear the same fate for their country. And we're looking here at a time frame of only a decade or so.

The Asians are now the class act for economic growth with North America substantially lower and western Europe lower still. Trump does not seem to be willing counter this with force - which may explain why John Bolton suddenly appeared as a major and warlike figure in the Trump cabinet. (He may not have been a Trump choice. Trump has been notably silent about the attempt to kill a spy in Britain, has recently been friendly to Putin, and, perhaps, to Kim Jong un.
It may well be that the bigger billionaires are the ones calling the shots in the U.S.)

And another factor may be in play. The U.S. western Europe, and Canada  have for many years been encouraging the plundering of their own countries - especially the U.S.

They have been permitting the very wealthy to avoid paying taxes. The cost of that to the world is trillions of dollars. And we shall never see that money again. This has been the greatest plundering of nations in history. The effect of that is very noticeable in the U.S.

Annual deficits in government spending are forced on the American people every year. Lacking the taxes they should be getting, American governments are borrowing at a tremendous rate. It is, therefore, not possible in the U.S. to provide anything more than a third rate public education. It is not possible to provide anything close to fundamental health care. It is not possible provide even the most basic help for the elderly, the poor, the homeless.

And almost all the borrowed money ends up in the pockets of the very wealthy who own the stunningly corrupt field of military spending. They need wars to justify their contracts. (And, as always in history, poor and the middle class also have to fight the wars. The wealthy, like George Bush Jr., do their 'service' in the home guard.)

In short, the very wealthy are looting countries, and at an increasing pace in the last 50 years. That is money we aren't going to see again. Not ever. And, inevitably, that will lead to a crash.

The wealthy don't give a damn about creating jobs. If it were possible, they would do away with employees altogether, except for their multi-million dollar executives.  Capitalism is not a movement for social improvement or brotherly love. It exists only for personal greed.  (That might be a good sermon for the Irving Chapel this summer.)

If we fall for this 'attempted murder of a Russian spy in Britain' game, it may well be the biggest - and last - thing we ever fall for.
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Isn't it nice that our oil industry bosses are so much smarter than all the world's leading scientists? That way we don't have pay any attention to these silly billy stories about climate change.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational/the-national-today-newsletter-climate-change-homicide-rate-syria-rebels-1.4592951

Just to make the point even clearer, maybe the irving press could give us a list of the academic credentials of all the world's oil billionaires. They must be real,  real smart.
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Here’s nice change to start the day – a prison that doesn’t need guards, one that actually de-criminalizes people and equips them to live in a new world. For some years, I visited prisoners in Canadian prisons – and I saw nothing like this at all. Very, very few criminals are made honest by their Canadian prison experience.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/apr/02/no-thought-of-escaping-inside-brazilian-prisons-with-no-guards

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Commentators who write for the irving press are forever telling us how private business, capitalism, is better at doing things than government is. In fact, there’s a column by one of those twits in today’s paper, “Capitalism, not big government, improves the environment”.

Right. Just look at how our oil barons are working to improve the environment.

In fact, capitalism is and always has been a monstrously destructive force. A prime example is the mining industry which daily destroys lives all over the world. The ultimate horror show for that is Congo, where capitalists, including eminent Canadians, have been starving, torturing and murdering people for almost a hundred and fifty years. (Curiously, we send missionaries to convert the people of Congo, the victims of this horror. shouldn’t we be sending them to convert the capitalists?)

The horror still goes on in Congo. Take a good look at the man in this picture in the story.

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The irving press, by the way, also has a big column on selling more fossil fuel from Canada. Yes. It’s good for us. (Actually, it takes more jobs than it gives. On balance it costs us money because the wealthy who own the fuel pipelines don’t pay taxes – and that money promptly goes out of Canada and into a hidden bank account.

The column on selling more fuel comes, of course, from one of the propaganda houses of the very rich – the Fraser Institute. People who work at the Irving press much have no shame at all.

The standard opinion of the irving press is that capitalism creates jobs and makes us prosperous. Oh? So how come after all these years of job creation, New Brunswick is still one of the poorest parts of Canada?

Oh, and in a world on the edge of nuclear war as well as terminal environmental destruction, the big, big story in in irving press World News is that a man, many years ago, brought a lot of pizzas to a Vancouver hotel, and spread them out to an open window to cool them. But that drew a horde of sea gulls who trashed the room. The man was ‘forever’ barred from the hotel. But it recently lifted the ban.

The news YOU need to know from the newspapers designed to keep you in ignorance and under a fog of propaganda.


Another story missing from the irving press is that Canada has joined the U.S.  in imposing trade sanctions on Venezuela. Now, Venezuela is a country in economic crisis. So why impose trade sanctions on it?

Because the oil industry likes Venezuela to be in economic crisis. It wants to return to the good old days when Venezuela was under the thumbs of American and Canadian billionaires who wanted put an end to the evil days in which Venezuelan governments tried to help all Venezuelans, not just the rich ones.

And now our Justin has joined in kissing the rear ends of the billionaires. Gee! You'd think the irving press would be proud of that, and have a big story about it.
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You weren't impressed by the Russia Times story that the British government lied about  having evidence that the Russians were the ones who poisoned a   Russian spy in Britain?  Well, The Guardian says so too.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/04/boris-johnson-liability-porton-down-russia

But not to worry. You'll never see this in the irving press.
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And so the insanity goes on. In all the wars the west has fought for many centuries, the cause has been the greed of the very, very wealthy. They are never reported in that way, of course.

But World War One was not started by Germany. Nor were Germans  particularly evil - as our news media said from the start. The war happened because a rising German industry threatened to outclass  British and French industries. That's why Canadians died.

World War Two? Well, Germany had become pretty evil. But Britain, France and the U.S. couldn't have cared less about that. Indeed, capitalists in the western world rather liked Hitler because he was the obstacle to a communist Soviet Union. Yes, he killed Jews. But the reality is that most western capitalists had no objection to killing Jews. So that had nothing to do with going to war. Nor did the west care about Hitler killing democracy. Western leaders had been killing democracy for centuries.

No. Wars were and are fought for private profit.

We just pay for them. And our sons and daughters do the dying.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49124.htm
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And here's an American general who feels the same way.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49125.htm
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In the U.S., as in Canada, the cost of university is a challenge for middle class families - and it's a horror for the working class. There are countries in which the poor are really equal and have a chance at education. But Canada and the U.S. feel that it's more important to let the wealthy hide their tax money in secret bank accounts.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/04/03/more-one-third-college-students-struggle-food-and-housing-insecurity-study-finds
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I wouldn't worry about the following story. If there were any problem of climate change causing Antarctic ice to melt, I'm sure the irving press would tell us, and I'm sure Mr. Irving would stop selling gas.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/02/underwater-melting-of-antarctic-ice-far-greater-than-thought-study-finds
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I'm going to end  today's blog here because I soon have to start another one for tomorrow - and between now and tomorrow, I'd really like to have a life. Accordingly, I have not corrected my spelling.