Saturday, December 8, 2018

Dec. 08: more than 70 years after 1945......

----we have not done any of the things we said we fought that war for.

The ring is closing on Trump. Alas. That could mean it's closing on all of us.Trump's responses to charges against him have always taken the form of personal attack on his critics. This is not a man who will  ever recognize that he has been wrong. His ego will  never permit that. The question now is how far will his ego take him.

It is quite possible he will take  the power of the president well beyond the limits imposed by the constitution. And we can only guess at the chaos this will create across the U.S. as his followers defiantly follow him......not to mention the chance of a war as a distraction.

Of course, the rich nations aren't paying their share. They are the nations - like the U.S., Canada, Britain who are owned by the billionaires who make money, in the short term, because of climate change. The oil industry is just one example.

And here's another.

Onward Christian Soldiers....

I was very lucky. My father was a reader, and he encouraged me  to read from the age of six. When visitors came in the evening, he would get me up to recite

'Your may talk of gin and beer
When you're quartered safe out here
And you're sent to penny fights and Aldershot it.
But when it comes to slaughter
You will...........on water
And you'll lick the bloomin' boots of 'im that's got it.'

The disturbances in France have the potential to become much, much more serious.

The following looks like a good - if humiliating answer to climate change. Alas! Even if the oil barons bought into it, they'd still cheat.

We're all in a tizzy over the murder of an innocent man by the Saudis. Hell, the U.S. and Britain do it every day.

Now, this scares me. How do you think the U.S. would react if Russian ships sailed into the Caribbean? (We don't have to ask. It happened in the time of JFK and the U.S. reacted before the Russians even got there..)

With time quickly running out, the record of Canada and of Justin Trudeau on climate change has been dismal. At a time when we need dramatic change to reduce carbon emissions - a very, very short time - our government is actually planning to build a new pipeline for those nice billionaires in the oil business.

I really don't know what to make of this next story. I have noticed that reports on it in the commercial news media have been very, very vague.


The sin of Juslian Assange was that he told the truth about American government torture and murder. Some Americans might not like that. But it is not a crime to tell the truth. But what is truth has nothing to do with this case. American authorities are determined to imprison him for life. For telling the truth.

It's possible we are watching an explosion of dissatisfaction in much of the world. Trump was elected  - out of dissatisfaction. So was Doug Ford. Something very similar could be happening in Britain, and in parts of Europe - and Canada.
It's the sort of dissatisfaction that encourages disorder and anger without ever providing answers.
And - as a counter-balance the media's maudlin coverage of Bush's funeral.

Israel has discriminated against its arab citizens from the start. It forced them into ghettos, it restricted their rights. It kicked them out of districts Israeli wanted. It humiliated them by submitting them to the sort of humiliation suffered by Blacks in the worst days of American racism - such as not being permitted to sit on public busses - or being forced into arab sections and, of course, to give up seats to Israelis as the bus filled.

As for those Palestinians living in their own land of Palestine, it stole their land and houses so that almost no Palestine really exists. Israel starves the Palestinians (and the U.S. has helped by cutting their food supply). Israel routinely cuts off electricity every day to Palestine. Every hardship, humiliation is used to make life miserable for Palestinians

It's hard to believe that Jews and Palestinians lived together in peace and even friendship for over two thousand years. Yes. They did. Then European Jews swarmed in, and acted as though it was Palestinians who had caused the holocaust.  Indeed, treatment of Jews has been, for centuries, far worse in North America and Europe, Indeed, the Jews of Israel bear a strong resemblance to the behaviour of Anti-semitic Christians in Europe and North America.

And the U.S. - which still has a good deal of anti-semitism in it - is helping the Israelis to destroy the people they lived in peace with for many centuries.

So where is all this taking us?

We are headed for climate disaster. Whey are we being so stupid? Well, I wish I knew much more about human behaviour. The oil industry has used all its considerable power to block dealing with climate change. And it is not possible that the industry leaders are all so stupid that they cannot see what they are doing.
No. What they are caught up in ia the very human refusal to see what they don't want to see. That's why government set stunningly long term objectives for dealing with this. That's why Trudeau has set a long, long objective of doing nothing by using our taxes to pay for a pipeline to make our oil bosses happy - at a cost of 12 million dollars month just in interest,a  project that will last for 30 years and more.

Why do Canadians accept this? I really don't know. The world's leading scientists tell us we have, maybe, a  half dozen years to make substantial progress. But we sheepishly follow our oil bosses and Trumps and Trudeaus.

What can we look forward to in international relations? Lots of chaos (as in France, as in electing Trumps, as in the rise of naziism in much of Europe. Lots of turmoil - but with no clear objectives.

At the same time, we can expect a rapid decline of the U.S. It is happening  now, combined with a  rapid rise of China. The great danger here is that western capitalists will react by demanding a world, nuclear war.- a war we will all lose.

What it is hard to find in this world is any major power with social values. We are very, very dangerous people - to ourselves.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Dec. 6: Forgotten promises

1945 was a year of promises. We were going to create a new world of peace, sharing, cooperation,,, and, right from the start we betrayed all that we said we had fought for and that so many had died for.

He handed real power back to the billionaires of this world who used it as they had always used power - to murder and plunder. Even the Korean War, which we were told was to  protect the freedom of South Korea, was a lie. South Korea was not free. It was a dictatorship made up of those who had been collaborators with the Japanese. The purpose of the war was not to free anybody. It was to give the U.S. a base for the invasion of China to make it a part of the American empire so that it could be plundered by American billionaires.

We now seem to have come to a point that is most dangerous, France is in serious disorder. Naziism is enjoying a revival in Europe - and the naziis, as in Ukraine, are on our side.

The U.S. failed utterly to pass on any of the benefits of peace to the American people. Instead, all power went to billionaires - and the result of that was the utter destruction of democracy. Poverty levels, despite Trump's blogs, are high and growing much higher. Virtually nothing is being done about climate change  because that would annoy our billionaires.

All of this is why, I think, we are seeing political aberrations like populism, widespread anger, and undirected  hatred.

Added to that, the U.S. seems to be on the edge of a serious economic and military decline, so serious it may actually break up the country. The future seems to lie with an expanding China which is spreading its influence on all continents - including South America and Africa.

Meanwhile, climate change is very likely to give rise to an American desire to annex Canada. No. That's not hokum. Wake up. The U.S. is perhaps the only country in the world which has spent almost every year of its history invading - somebody.

None of this leads us to anything predictable - but lots that is dangerous.

We desperately need to find our way back to the ideals we spoke of in 1945.

Just over a week ago,   I moved from the province of New Brunswick to Ottawa, Ontario. After 15 years of New Brunswick's propaganda press I was looking forward to getting a real newspaper.

Big mistake. The Ottawa Citizen lies just as much as the Irving papers and, oh, it's bland and trivial. I read a story about the funeral of George H.W. Bush, what a wonderful man he was, and how his loving son wept. (I shall pass lightly over the facts that Bush jr. did not weep for the two million or so that he slaughtered in Afghanistan and Iraq in illegal wars in which most of the casualties were civilians and children. Like  his daddy, George Jr. was the eager servant of American billionaires  who want to rule the world.)

If either father or son was glorious, then Hitler was a saint.

And a story that wasn't important enough for the Ottawa Citizen.

The quality of The Guardian can vary a great deal. It's virtue, unlike most of our news media, is that it at least sometimes tells the truth.

I met Dyer some forty years ago when I worked in the same studio with him at CBC Montreal. I thought he was good then. I think he's brilliant now.

This next story wasn't important enough to make the Ottawa Citizen.

Canada can afford medicare for all it's citizens. Cuba, despite crippling sanctions by the U.S., can afford medicare for it's people It can also afford free university education,  and it can supply much of the Latin world with doctors.

But the poor, little U.S. can't afford any of this.

And over much of the world, governments are doing nothing whatever to deal with this. The wealthy don't want anything done. They make their money out of oil and coal. They seem not to realized that it will kill them, too. There is a real sickness here we need to deal with.

I don't know why it continues to surprise me. Children have been major targets of war for almost a century - going back to Churchill's order to the RAF in 1920 to bomb undefended Kurd villages. The U.S. has been taking this to an ever higher level since the bombing of Dresden in World War 2, and then the unspeakably savage bombings of North Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya Yemen......

We are told that Jesus loves the little children. I certainly hope He does because     us Christians and our churches certainly haven't done it.

85,000 not enough for you? Well, cheer up. many millions are starving, and likely to die.
The British Empire, the one that Canadians fought two wars to defend, was one of the most brutal and murderous in history with estimates of its dead running to hundreds of millions. Of course, the British people, for the most part, got nothing out of it. While they lived in some of the world's worst slums, it was the British upper class who go the profits. And that's still true as the British wealthy, like other wealthies all over the world hide their money in tax shelters. And that means trillions of dollars stolen from revenues - which is why the U.S. can't afford health care, free university tuition or even decent public education.
Canada is much the same.


France could be facing a revolution.

And it may not be retricted. The French demonstrations, lie to spread of populism in the form of people like Trunk and Ford, looks eerily like a general collapse of any sense organization or direction in the western world, at least.

The U.S. is facing a similar division - and it's quite possible these divisions will lead to national break-ups.

Not everyone admires Canada's Justin Trudeau.

More important for those who live in Canada, he has been stunningly inert on the whole issue of climate change. Alas, I see little difference in the positions of the parties who tell us they are concerned about climate change - and the Conservative party is off in another world altogether.

Here's a story from Haaretz about our 'democracy-loving friends' in Ukraine who want us to invade Russia for them.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Dec. 4: These final days.

Brian Mulroney - an excellent choice to deliver the obituary for George W. Bush. Bush, like his son, was a mass murderer to please the rich. Mulroney took his love for the rich out in corruption. He is, to my knowledge, the only Canadian prime minister to get  caught being 'on the take'.

(Well, yes, John A MacDonald was on the take. So was Charles Tupper - VERY big time. And MacKenzie King could be careless. But John A and Tupper were never caught. Mulroney was.)

In the case we know of, a man had supper at the p.m.s residence, presenting him with two large suitcases stuffed with money. And this was certainly not a virgin stab at being on the take for Mulroney. Luckily for him, another Conservative was prime minister when Mulroney was caught. So he got off easy.

I often drove past his magnificent mansion in Montreal. Our tax dollars at work

Mulroney is a political sleaze. He has to be to satisfy a wife who lives for  high-priced shopping. Pretty scatter-brained - but not evil.  Bush was a mass murderer and torturer.

What is now the U.S. has been an empire since the day the pilgrim fathers landed at Plymouth Rock. They and their successors built the new land into their empire step by step, massacring the native peoples who already lived there. The American revolution was fought so that the Americans could expand into the west, slaughtering more of the native peoples as they went. It fought a war against Mexico to steal the land that became Texas, Nevada, Arizona, California. It invaded Canada three times for the same reason. It took over Hawaii without the consent of the people of Hawaii. and parts of Asia.Then it turned itself loose on Central and South America, then overseas in the middle east.

But, almost certainly, it's imperial days are dying as China and Russia move in. Especially China.

It has been disgusting to follow news coverage of the death of George H.W. Bush.
For seventy years, the U.S. has been torturing and murdering huge numbers of the people of Guatemala. It has used the CIA to destroy any elected government. It mass-murdered the native, Maya people. To this day, Guatemala is a wretchedly dangerous place with a homicide every 90 minutes - and a conviction rate of  2%.  The whole nation has effectively been destroyed by people like George H. W. Bush in order to please American and Canadian mining companies.

George H.W. Bush and his idiot son would have fit right into Hitler's Germany.

But none of this is in our news media. No. We're getting a sweet, old man who loved his family. Let's get real. Hitler, too, loved his mother - so much that he helped her Jewish doctor to escape the holocaust. What a sweetheart!

Our news media are, almost without exception, disgusting. And now that I've moved to our capital, Ottawa, I'm finding it's Ottawa Journal to be as big a stinker as the irving press of New Brunswick.

This is what has scared me from the start about Canada's involvement  in Ukraine. There is no reason, none whatever, why Canadian troops should be there. We are being sucked into a  crisis created by the U.S. and Ukraine. As  in Afghanistan and Korea we run the risk of fighting somebody else's wars.

That is something that began over a century ago when Canadian troops went to South Africa to kill Dutch farmers so that wealthy British could steal the South African gold mines. That, too, had nothing to do with Canada. Indeed, like most of the British empire, this had nothing to do with most of the British, either. They got nothing out of the empire but slums to live in and factories that bled them.


This story hasn't made much of a splash in Canadian news media.

The Ukraine-Russia confrontation may be the most dangerous development since 1945. And Canada is up to its ears in it with Canadian troops there to train a Ukrainian army which is openly Nazi.

This all began when the U.S. organized and financed an uprising against the elected Ukrainian government, and brought a pro-Nazi, pro-U.S. party to power. And you imagine that U.S. reaction if Russia had done that in Mexico to bring an anti-U.S. government into power?

This one is very, very dangerous. And Canada, which has no business being there, has troops in the middle of it.

Civilians, especially children, have been the main targets for killing ever since 1920, at least. That's when Winston Churchill, as Secretary of State for the Colonies, ordered the RAF  to bomb undefended Kurd villages. It became worse in World War 2 with all sides murdering civilians on a grand scale. The U.S., Britain, and Canada made that clear in World War Two with their bombing of Dresden.

(When this was revealed in a Canadian film by the National Film Board, The Canadian Legion pulled out all the stops to kill the story. To it, war was about heroism and glory. But the reality is quite different. And the legion should be the first organization to tell us that instead of being the first to lie about it. Nobody blames our veterans for it - and nobody should blame them. The orders come from higher up. I remember well testifying on all this to the Canadian Senate. A veteran bomber pilot was in tears because his grandchildren asked if he had killed children. Hell, it wasn't his fault. He was barely more than a kid himself at the time..)

With the Korean and Vietnam wars, the U.S. air force made civilians and children its major targets, a pattern that continued in Afghanistan and Iraq - and now Yemen.

This is just one, small sample of why our major, commercial news smedia are so dishonest.

New Brunswick - the province owned by an oil baron. The province whose new premier used to be a senior official in the oil baron's pocket. (and who still is). Watch for violence on this one, violence which the local news media (owned by the oil baron) will blame on the opponents of fracking.

Of course, I should add that the oil baron of New Brunswick is a highly educated man, so he doesn't pay any attention to what crackpot scientists say about climate change. He doesn't have to. He went to a university for all of two years before dropping out. So he knows - things.
Most (almost all) news media are liars and propagandists. That's been true since the origins of the modern newspaper in the late nineteenth century. It was a natural development. The modern news medium requires a large staff, expensive printing equipment - all to deal with mass circulation. Only the wealthy can afford to own that. Thus their use of the news media to serve their investment purposes.

The model was Randolph Hearst who used his press in the U.S. to promote wars with Spain in order to get control of the Spanish empire in Latin American and the Phillipines. And, in both cases, it promoted the use of dictators in lands it 'freed' from the Spanish.

Sometimes the reason for the lying was to boost morale and sell papers. That was why the British press made a hero of Baden-Powell in the Boer War. It was a war that needed a hero as the British were doing rather poorly. The bright spot was a 'courageous' Baden-Powell in defence of Mafeking.  The problem? He wasn't supposed to be defending Mafeking. The British command was furious with him. But because the press had made him a hero, it had to report him to general.

Baden-Powell used his fame to create the Boy Scouts. In World War 1, he offered his services to the army again. But it refused, saying his work with the Boy Scouts was too important.

The Canadian press pushed hard for Canada to join Britain in the Boer War. It wanted that because the capitalists who owned the Canadian press wanted a close connection with Britain on which they depended for investment.  (Canada then had no obligation to fight British wars. But British capitalists wanted to change that because they knew that a war was coming with Germany - and they wanted a precedent that Canada would fight all British wars. And so it was that Canadians were sent to kill and die in the Boer War - murdering Dutch farmers so that British capitalists could steal the gold mines of South Africa.  The Canadians, incidentally, were also in charge of concentration camps where some 15,000 Dutch civilians died, almost all of them the elderly, women and children, of malnutrition and and general neglect).

But some newspaper were honest. The Guardian (Britain) was probably the best of them. It still can be good - but its reputation has suffered in recent years.)

(In this context, I am reminded of Conrad Black with whom I shared a radio studio and more time than I wanted to in Montreal. He was a stunningly successful newspaper owner - he was also a stunning liar and egoist. He never listened to anyone. In conversation, he would close his eyes to glory in the sound of his own voice.

Check the language of  your newspaper. Any act of murder carried out by Muslims is commonly referred to in our papers as 'terrorism'.

The biggest killer in the world since 1945 is the United States. But it's murderers are never called terrorists. More likely would be heroes. (Actually, a very large part of today's U.S. army is made up of  hired killers. Unlike ordinary soldiers, they are very, very highly paid - and a great many are not Americans - rather like the French foreign legion. These are people who would fight for either side. And right now the American side pays better.)

That's a subtle form of propaganda that our news media specialize in. The other side in war is always evil. Russians became heroes when Hitler invaded. There were even movies about the heroic Russians who, surprisingly, were portrayed as being exactly like Americans. But then, in  1945, they all became evil again.

Let's try to put much of this into a context. I say earlier in this blog that our news media constantly lie. That lying often takes the form of speaking of "the enemy" as invariably being evil while we are invariably good. Let's just think about that.

The Western plunder of the rest of the world begins with Christopher Columbus.
He murder and plundered millions. He enslaved. He tortured. But it's only very recently that our history books are catching up to that. I can remember as a child being told what a wonderful man Christoper Columbus was.

Then there followed the Portuguese, Spanish, French, Dutch empires - then the biggest of them all, the English speaking empires of England, Scotland, Ireland, and the U.S.

They killed, enslaved, plundered, tortured all over the world with Britain the champion killer. The British carried that role to North America with the earliest English settlers. The American revolution changed nothing as the new US continued its massacre of native peoples, it's massive theft of their land, it's mass murder to plunder Latin America (which still goes on - and with the avid cooperation of British and Canadian corporations, especially in mining.

Indeed, the English-speaking people also plundered, murdered and abused their own people. At the peak of British power as the wealthy splashed about in their stolen treasure, working class children were sent out to work at the age of six for as much as fifteen hours a day in factories. And while the rich splashed about in the country estates, the working class lived in some of foulest slums known to history. Indeed, that still happens. Go to The Gorbals on your computer to see what a real slum can look like.

It was very similar in Canada and the U.S. In Toronto in the late nineteenth century, a teen age worker lost his arm to a piece of dangerous and exposed machinery. He was immediately fired and sent home minus his arm.  (That  story caught my attention because I once worked in a factory like that when I was a teenager.)

There was no medical care for the poor. (There still is very, very little of it in the U.S.)

The powerful force behind all this was the emerging economic system called capitalism.  It was and is an elevation of unlimited greed based on no moral principles whatever. That is particularly noticeable in the U.S., but also, increasingly, in Britain. And with threats rising in Canada.

Just recently, a former premier of New Brunswick hosted a conference in Ottawa to which only the wealthy were invited - and only those from New Brunswick. He advised them to return to New Brunswick and to take over the running of the government. Yes. He actually advised a corporate take over of the province.  (In fact, that corporate takeover has largely happened many years ago. The province is now effectively owned by an oil billionaire of no social conscience whatever - who also owns all its newspapers which never mentioned a word about this revolutionary meeting.)

In the U.S. this process is well under way in a nation that has long ago destroyed democracy. Where will this take us?

It's already taking us there. It's been taking us into deeper poverty for decades now. We are governed almost entirely by the pure greed of a small number. That almost certainly will lead to a dreadful crash. As well, rule by greed has made it impossible to make progress on climate change. And in a very short time, that will become a permanent condition.

Meanwhile, capitalism exploits our sense of patriotism to murder anybody who opposes us. Killing Afghans is patriotic. Starving the children of Yemen is heroic. And God, of course, is on our side. (Read all the smarm about that murdering bastard George F.W. Bush to get a sense of that.)

We are, all of us, headed into economic and social disaster, led by people of unspeakable greed who, with their narrow sense of capitalism, will destroy us - and them.

Meanwhile, their newspapers egg us on to help them kill and torture and plunder.
Ever notice that in our news media, our side is always good, and the other side is always evil. Notice it. The people of Yemen are evil. We are starving their children to death - but we are heroes, and they are evil.

World War 2 was fought on this myth.

Hitler was evil. Well - yes. But that's not why we went to war. The notion that we went to war for that reason is rubbish.

For a start, Hitler's murders in the 1930s came nowhere close to the British and American mass murders of several centuries. Estimates of killing by the British run to over 350 million people. The U.S. has been at war almost every year of its existence - and there's no guess at how many millions it has killed.

As to Hitler's killing of Jews, that was never the reason for going to war against Hitler. Indeed, anti-semitism was just as powerful a force in Britain and North America as it was in Germany - just as anti-central American is today a hate force in the U.S.

In fact, western capitalists just loved Hitler. He was their barrier against communism. Great guy Hitler.

No. What turned western leaders against Hitler had nothing to do with him being evil. It had to do - especially for Britain and France - with the way Germany was emerging as a business rival. That's what the war was really about.

In fact, it was World War 1 all over again. Despite the news stories about Germans being evil then, that was never the reason for either war.

Similarly, the U.S.joined the war for reasons that had nothing to do evil enemies. The U.S. joined the war  ( Yes, I know all about Pearl Harbout - but the US had decided on war long before Pearl Harbor) - the US joined because it wanted to rip off the British empires in China, India. There were fortunes to be made in that. They also hoped (and succeeded in) ripping off much of the British Empire in the Middle East.

The U.S. saw World War Two as its chance to conquer the world. That's why it invaded North Korea - as a staging area for an invasion of China.

Yes, I know we should be proud of the patriotism of Canadians who have fought in our wars. And, indeed, we should be. We should also apologise to them. It's not their fault that now, over seventy years later. we have failed to do anything we said we were fighting for in World War 2. Certainly, we never thought we would now be helping out in murdering children in Yemen, or protecting a Saudi Prince.

We have utterly failed in every thing we should have done after the two world wars. We have allowed the wealthiest in our world to lie to us through their news media, to rouse us to more killing of innocent people. 1945 was a wonderful chance to get us past wars, and to create a world of cooperation. But we didn't.

And so, led by the greediest people in history, and effectively made into their puppets, we are now poised for the final stage of the history of this world because, alas, our real leaders are not only our greediest people - they are also our least intelligent.

Sorry. It's getting late - and I'm just too tired to correct all this tonight.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Dec. 1:George H.W.. Bush - murderous friend of the wealthy.

A_A_A_AH....After two hours of writing, I hit some idiot button I wasn't supposed to hit. And I lost everything. Damn! I wanted to get bigger print - and I got no print at all.

 Okay, a quick rewrite of the first part...

About 1990, was relaxing in my radio studio, taking a break while the news was on. One story was about a Canadian from New Brunswick, a lay missionary to Guatemala who died there and was buried in Guatemala about 20 years earlier.

The body was being brought to Montreal for an autopsy. There was no mention of why. So I made some phone calls.

The lay missionary was, it seems,was  murdered in a civil war in Guatemala. That puzzled me. There had been no news of a civil war in Guatemala. But this one, I was told, had killed 200,000 Guatemalans.

200,000? I couldn't find any reports of this war. It's still hard to find anything about it on the web. So I contacted a clergyman who had been there. It seems there had been a slaughter of government people and clergy who took the side of the Guatemalan people against Canadian and American mining companies that were plundering the country, starving its cheap labour, and murdering anybody who didn't like their plundering and environmental destruction. Whole villages from babies to the elderly had been murdered and dumped into great pits. This clergyman had been in a priest's office just after he was shot. A great many nuns, too, had been murdered. One of the dead missionaries was Raoul Leger of New Brunswick. I should add that the newspapers of New Brunswick never, never carried a word of this story. Of course not. All the newspapers of New Brunswick are owned by the the Irving family who are billionaires based on oil, and who have a fondness for the stocks of murderous Canadian mining companies.

I knew that Canadian and American mining companies had a brutal and exploitive record in Guatemala. But I had no idea how bad it was. And, to this day, it is very, very difficult to get information on this.

Raoul Leger was reburied in his home town. very close to a chapel owned by the Irving family and modestly named after itself. It's a safe bet that the sermons never mention Raoul Leger who lies just down the road.

Much of the killing was organized and carried out by the American CIA - under the direction of George H.W. Bush. In fact, he did similar service to please American (and Canadian) corporations in various parts of the world - just as his son would later serve America's wealthy by murdering people in places like Afghanistan and Iraq.

Similarly, Canadian and American corporations feel that environmentalists are a real pain. That's why Latin America has become a vast killing ground of environmental agitators.

In Canada and Britain, the wealthy are putting great pressure on government to privatize health care, taking the rest of us back into the dark ages. But the U.S. still leads the way - a fact reflected in its dismaying life expectancy figures. Similarly, the American wealthy have done enormous damage to public education by privatizing much of it.

In a more dramatic move, a former premier of New Brunswick, Frank McKenna has been calling on the wealthy to take over from governments in running the country. (Actually, Canada is already run largely by the wealthy, though less so than the U.S. is. Democracy is largely history.)

And a story that's very bad news for me.

Worth thinking about....

As a footnote, public education was introduced in western society well over a hundred years, give the opportunity, at least. to complete 11 or 12 grades. That's nice. But 11 or 12 years of accessible, free education with opportunity for all, However wonderful it may have been over a century ago is no long enough.
We need free education all the way through university. We also need some serious planning for adult education.

As it is, we ignore the need for equal opportunity. And we do not produce enough educated adults to be able to function as anything resembling a democracy.

Our western world may well be the the world's greatest killer of children. This began, perhaps, when Winston Churchill, back in 1919 or so order the RAF to  bomb civilian villages the middle east , the invention of terror bombing that specialized in civilians.

This was picked up in World War 2 - not so much by the Germans as by our side in the bombing of Dresden. By the time of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and then of North Korea, the murder of civilians, including children, had become the main means of war. The Naziis were small-timers compared to us in this respect.

Some years ago, I appeared before a Senate commission to testify about the deliberate bombing of civilians and children in Dresden. It was a waste of time, of course. The Senate had already been primed to decide against the children. And it was, of course, assisted by The Canadian Legion which, I sometimes think, should have serious discussion about why we fought wars instead of just automatically obeying war lovers.

George HW Bush lied and murdered. So did most other U.S. presidents since 1940. But Julian Assange committed the ultimate sin. He told the truth.

The Guardian is still at least the second best commercial newspaper in the English language. But it has slipped over the years. (The best is, possibly, Israel's Haaretz. But it's focus is narrow, and it is usually impossible to send it on the web.)

It couldn't be clearer. But it's still pretty dim to most people.

In this, as in so many other ways, it is essential for Canada to break it's connection with the U.S. Of course, the U.S. might well then decide to invade us. But what the hell! It is almost certain to invade us anyway.

Why is the U.S. fighting to longest war in its history against a country who's  government is on the U.S. side?

Is it revenge for 9/11? No. Afghanistan had nothing to do with 9/11. In fact, the government of Afghanistan had from the start offered to surrender any accused Afghans to the international court at The Hague. (There were a few of those, But very few. The bulk of the 9/11 plotters seem to have come from our good friends in Saudi Arabia.) So why was the U.S. so gung-ho for a war. Largely it was because, like the British of the nineteenth century, it wanted Afghanistan's resources. It also wanted Afghanistan's border with Russia.

Under international law,, the American attack is illegal. Under international law, Britain's participation is illegal. Under international law, Canada's entry into that was was illegal.

I has also been a military disaster - as well as a moral one.

Finally, it is a warning that the U.S. is not capable of creating the world empire it has been seeking since 1945. On the contrary, the U.S. is destroying its own power with it's squandering so much of its wealth on greedy weapons makers who weapons cannot possibly lead to victory. The old effect it is happening to to make the weapons industry hugely profitable while depriving Americans of the services they desperately need.

Would this work? Oh, yes. That's why it can't be allowed to work. As it is, grossly excessive profits flow to the economic gluttons of the private health industry.And that can't be allowed. Better to let millions of Americans suffer and die before they should.

The U.S. financed and organized a coup to overthrow the elected government of Ukraine, and to install a government with heavy, Nazi leanings. Brilliant. So now it's ruled by a president so crazy he thinks it's worth the risk of a world, nuclear war by using such a war to save his job.

The world's biggest terrorist by far is  the U.S.

This one made me fwo up. Geroge H.W. Bush was one of the most murderous bastards in history who specialized in the mass murder of the poor to make the rich richer.

Hey! What's wrong with killing one, lousy reporter? Any American president of the last 20 years has killed far, far more.

So where does all this take  us? It takes us to the end - of everything
War never did settle anything.

At one time war did make nations rich. And that's what almost all of them have been fought for. Wars made Spain and France and Britain rich. (Britain killed some 350 million in the process. But it paid off at least for the wealthy British).

The U.S. has been at war almost non-stop since 1775. The American revolution was fought so the rich could be free to gobble up native lands and murder their people. Americans invaded what was Mexico to steal what became Texas, Arizona, Nevada, much of California. They needed all that land for their slaves. Then came its continuing wars with South America to plunder its nations. But World War Two, American capitalists were hungry to steal the old British empires in the middle east and China. Alas, China was the big prize, and the U.S. lost.

What those wars have created is mass starvation, impoverishment, destruction of whole nations into millions of refugees with many, many more to come.

Can the U.S. push this to become the world conquest that the U.S. wants?  (You don't think the U.S. wants world conquest? Check out a very influential American group called "Project for the New American Century".

Anyway, it can't. It can't because nobody now can win any war. Not in a world of tens of thousands of nuclear missiles that are being added to every day.

And the final touch? We cannot survive capitalism. It is a system built on pure greed. So much greed that even in the U.S., the world's richest, capitalist nation, almost half the population lives in poverty.

Capitalists have no notion of a human purpose for capitalism. It is not designed or intended to benefit all people. It exists only the serve the greed of a very small part of the population. Thus the astonishing spread of poverty in our capitalist world.

The world simply cannot survive these forces.

Patriotism is of no value at all in the world we face. Indeed, patriotism has always been a gimmick to make us volunteer to kill whoever the rich and powerful want us to kill.

You think World War Two was fought because Hitler was evil? Get real. The world's capitalist adored Hitler through most of the 1930s, and some still did well after that. Hitler was their barrier against communism. they thought his naziism admirable. The didn't change their minds until they saw that Hitler was building a German economy that could threaten their profits.

You think we went to war because of his treatment of Jews? Hell. We didn't give a damn about that. In fact, the British, Canadians and Americans did nothing to help the Jews throughout that war.

And why did the U.S. enter the war? No. It wasn't Pearl Harbour. That attack became the American excuse for entering the war. What it wanted was to steal the British Empires in China and India - and in the middle east. Alas! It got only the latter.

What we have now is a world of greed and exploitation that nobody is going to control. Inevitably, that world model will destroy us all.

We need to weaken the nation state so we can deal the need to share the problems of all the nations as the only way to survive ourselves We need to replace the system of capitalism because it does not permit any notion of a government as something to serve the needs of all.

We need to deal the problem of climate change which has emerged as a product of a capitalism that doesn't give a damn about human needs.

And we have very little time to do it

Here I am going to indulge myself by not proofreading. It's been a long, long day as a result of my messing up and wasting two hours on my computer blunder..

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Nov. 29: This is the way the world ends....

IN case Atlantic Canada  readers of this blog haven't noticed....

People who are even smarter than Donald Trump, Doug Ford, and all our oil barons have noticed that the world is changing - quickly.....

The most important priority for the whole world is to stop climate change. Without that, all human life comes to an end. Think about that. ALL HUMAN LIFE COMES TO AN END.

And so far our oil industries and their political servants don't care. And so far, because we are doing nothing, we don't care, either.

But think positive. Think of how nice it will be to meet all those oil barons in hell.

Let's close our eyes and think hard about this one.

The Ukraine government has threatened Russia with war because it blocked several small Ukrainian ships from passing though waters claimed by Russia.

Ukraine is going to go to war against Russia?  Get real! It would be hopeleslly destroyed in such a war/ So why is the Ukraine making a war issue out of a minor encounter? Well, that could have something to do with a Ukraine government which is not a popular one. So it has chosen to boost support by looking tough.

But it can't possibly fight a war against Russia. So it needs other countries on the scene. And there are such troops nearby that would be drawn into a war. Some of them are Canadian troops. But Ukraine needs more. So it's calling on a general US and NATO involvement.

Meanwhile, Trump has been caught with his pants down as his lawyer has confessed to lying about Trump's business dealings with Russia. He needs something to divert the public - something like a major threat to Russia.

This is essentially a petty issue which is being used in a very dangerous way by politicians who are creating the possibility of a world, nuclear war.

Think hard. How many people - including you - are willing to kill billions of people so that Ukraine can have free use of waters claimed by Russia?

On the cheerful side, if this did trigger a world, nuclear war, we wouldn't have to worry about climate change, would we?

Meanwhile, Canadians might think about why the hell we have placed Canadian troops so close to the Russia border. Isn't that just a little provocative. (and isn't it just throwing away Canadian lives?)

Of course, on the good side, it would help to get Trump out of a financial scandal.

Perhaps the greatest - and least reported - scandal of our time is the plundering of our money by the very wealthy. Most of them, all over the world, don't pay income tax. Commonly, too, they pay little or no property tax for the corporations they own. And that's only a small part of the ripping off because, while refusing to pay the taxes we do, they demand handouts of our tax money to them from governments.

We fight - and pay for - their wars with our money.

That's why university education is such a killer for us. That's why, in countries like the U.S., there is no adequate medical care. That's why public schools can't get enough money to operate on. That's why there is little housing for the poor - and none for the homeless. That's why the U.S. has the biggest military spending in the world - so Americans can hand over even more billions (and trillions) to corrupt war industries.

Oh, if this weren't enough, we also have the happy capitalists of GM in Canada who, over the years, have happily accepted Canadian loans and grants in the billions. But they have now  decided to fire 2500 Canadian employees (many more to follow).

This, incidentally, is not what capitalism means. This is pure, criminal theft.The greatest thieves and murderers in our society are not to be found in our prisons. They sit in the executive offices of our corporations.

The U.S., while never admitting it to itself is at the head of a huge empire - much of it stolen from the British as their empire collapsed. But the American empire is in decline in the face of growing Russian and Chinese power.

I hope Dyer is right. But I worry about the players. It was extremely foolish of Canada to send troops into that region - at the urging of the U.S. And Trump is now using the flare-up to cover his own problems.

Stories like the one below are what worry me.

I have not been an admirer of Quebec premier Legault - until now.

This has not been a good day for humanity.

We may well be on edge of a pointless war with Russia, a war being created for reasons that have nothing to do with defence. Indeed, if it does turn into a war, the primary cause of it may be the mental illnesses of our political leaders.

And speaking of mental illness, we  have the terminal threat to all human life being put to us by oil billionaires, like Irving in Canada and those in Britain and the U.S. who, sitting of vast heaps of wealth - much of it due to their non-payment of taxes - who are so deranged that they persist in threatening all human survival with their greed for oil profits. And this when they are sitting an heaps of money so great that it could not be spent in a thousand lifetimes.

And, in sll this madness, we are shifting most - and soon almost all - wealth into the pockets of a very few. We are watching not only the collapse of all moral values - but of all of us.

As a sample of this new world, I think of New Brunswick where I lived until recently. In effect, it is ruled by just one man - a man who makes millions as sideline as he steals money from our taxes though he already has more than he could ever spend. He is a man who gives nothing to his province except for the occasional, relatively small grant to the poor which is really an exercise in self-praise as his newspapers and our fawning, slobbering chambers of commerce praise it to the hilt. ( He would do a  hell of a lot more good for the poor if he simply paid his taxes like the rest of us do. And we do it without getting festive dinners of slobbering chambers of commerce.)

And in New Brunswick, the people voted for this man's leading kiss-up. Worse, he is sustained by the support of a brainless People's Alliance Party which is happily taking part in the destruction.

In the near future, we are facing the real possibility of a world, nuclear war and financial collapse (a result of massive greed) and destruction of all human life.

We are witnessing all but gutlessness that T.S. Eliot saw in us.

"This is the way the world ends.....Not with a bang, but a whimper."

And even the wealthy will go down with us.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Nov. 27: A very dangerous world.

But don't worry about it. This report by government scientists means nothing according to Donald Trump. And he would know. Because he's rich.

We get lots of reports from these artsy fairy scientists. But you will notice that the wealthy of this world are saying nothing. I have just left New Brunswick where the wealthiest family, whose wealth is based on oil, have said not a word about climate change. And, I mean, they'd know. I mean, they're rich. So they know things.

Well, yes, there are other ways of looking at this. It's possible that the oil barons are not nearly so smart as they think they are. Add to that the reality that these are people who understand only profits - and who care only about profits - and don't give a damn for people. They are those whose greed has made them stupid and insanely immoral..

Think of it. Almost all the world's leading climate scientists tell us that we are facing climate changes - now - whose effects will destroy all human life on the planet. But our oil barons and their political hacks, who have minimal, if any, knowledge of   science (or anything else except counting their profits and dodging their taxes) tell us that nothing is happening.

These, though not outstandingly bright, are  probably of average intelligence. But whatever intelligence they have is smothered by their greed - leaving us with their mania for profit and their lack of any moral values at all. And with an arrogance that goes beyond arrogance to a form of mental illness.

Trump has all these characteristics. So do  the irvings of New Brunswick. Either we stop these people now or our children die as many of us, all over the world, have been dying already from hurricanes, fires, and the hunger of ruined lands.

If we wimp out - as we are doing now - humanity will not survive.

We have, perhaps, 12 years...not twelve years to change it all, but twelve years to lay the groundwork for our survival. After that, at best, we still face climate hardship, starvation, death for generations.

In short - For Christ's sake - in every sense of that term - get active now and challenge the insanity of our Trumps and irvings......

May God bless our oil barons and their political pimps. But there's no reason why the rest of us should.

I lived most of my life in a Quebec in which the public exposure of religious symbols was essential - so long as those symbols were Roman Catholic. All government offices and court rooms had crucifixes on the wall. Roman Catholic festivals demanded and got monopolies for huge processions and demonstration on the streets. Catholic schools all had crucifixes. A high proportion of their teachers were nuns and monks, all labelled with crucifixes. We were smothered with religion.

But now, the proportion of Quebecers - especially French ones - that is religious is in steep decline. So now, nobody is allowed to be religious.

Bigotry takes many forms. In the past, Quebecers were bigoted against all but Catholics. Today it is bigoted against all religions. Plus que ca change, plus que c'est la meme chose.

Think your news is always balanced and complete? Well, the U.S. has invaded over 70 countries since 1945. It  has killed some 20 million people. In no case was it responding to any attack by the other country. In no case did it declare war. It killed those people with bombs, napalm, chemical poisons....

And you know what? There is not a single case of the UN criticizing the U.S. for this. When the U.S. was helping the Guatemala dictatorship to massacre native peoples in that country, it murdered a Canadian lay missionary in that country. The Canadian government said nothing - and most the Canadian news media never mentioned it. The silence of most Canadian news media is notable because that includes the news media of  New Brunswick, the home province of the missionary.

So who cares what the UN thinks? Mr. Trump and Mr. Irving are smarter than the UN.

Well - the migrants trying to cross into the U.S. are, says Trump, are criminals, perverts, thieves, murderers.....  Great! They should fit right in with much of the U.S. population.

I wish a Canadian political leader would say that.

God bless America.....

There's a popular belief, shared by most of our news media, that billionaires are good for us because they create jobs. Sounds good. But it's bunk. Billionaires are not in the business of creating jobs. What they do is the lower buckets into our tax money - using that to create the jobs and pay for them - along with some extra tons of our money to make themselves feel good. They don't create jobs. We do.

Good news. The Canadian people are not as dozy as most of their news media are.

This is happening all over Canada - though we happily give away billions every year to people who are already billionaires - and who don't pay taxes.

Don't blame the Pentagon. It's simply a money machine for those war billionaires who control the politicians so the U.S. can spend ever more money on profits for them instead of decent salaries, better education, and medicare for the whole population

Here's a story you won't find in your local paper. Indeed, most of our news media haven't yet noticed the prominence of leaders in Ukraine who are not only Nazi, but who maintain an idolization of Hitler.

This next is very dangerous. When the U.S. organized the overthrow of the government of Ukraine, it installed very large numbers of very extreme Naziis. And that's not name-calling. This is the real, Hitler thing.

It now has every possibility of a flashpoint for a war that could go global. Britain is making it worse my sending troops. Canada has troops next door for no good reason - but who might well be forced into a conflict that we should have nothing to do with.

Another story not important enough for our news media.

God bless America.

In New Brunswick, where I lived until a few days ago, the irvings have been spraying glyphosate with abandon. When the province's chief medical officer warned this would kill people, she was disposed of - in the usual New Brunswick way. The provincial government, made up of flunkies of the irvings,  got rid of her.

It kills. But, obviously, the irvings don't give a damn.New Brunswick doesn't need a world nuclear war. It has the irvings.

In our world, there is no man more evil than one who tells the truth about our billionaires and their political hacks.

The most murderous terrorist in the world since 1945 has been the U.S.

The U.S. is almost certainly in a major decline. But that will help no-one as, in decline,, it's capitalists will decide to settle on the nuclear option - the war that nobody can win. That would come right after the American war to annex Canada to compensate for climate devastation in the U.S.

How did the world get into this position? I'll talk a bit about that in the next blog. Warning - don't read it if you just loved Churchill's books about the glories of Britain.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Nov. 21: extra

I had not intended to  write a blog today because I'm up to my ears in packing. So this will be short.

Trump has forgiven the prince of Saudi Arabia for murdering a Saudi journalist. It was justified,  he said, because the journalist was an enemy of the state.

What is an enemy of the state? Well, anyone who opposes it - including the elected opposition if there is any.

Where is the law that you cannot be such an 'enemy of the state'?

There is no such law.

And what was the process of law and judgement in this case? There was none.

Ever heard of this reason being used before to murder somebody - without trial, without anything but an order to some thugs? Think hard.

Think Adolph Hitler. think Jews. This is exactly why and how Hitler murdered over 5,000,000 Jews.

Christians in Germany just looked on - and even took part. Trump has that same sort of Christian support. Trump IS the Hitler of our time.

Will Americans rise up against this Hitler? I doubt it. For a start, Bible Belt Christians in the U.S. have exactly the same outlook on foreigners, any foreigners,  and any non-Christians Hitler's Naziis did. I shall be very surprised if this makes even a slight dip in Trumps popularity ratings.

The U.S. has, for 70 years, been committing mass murder all over the world to satisfy the greed of its capitalists. Now, it's turning the final, dark corner with this "enemy of the state" pronouncement, as the U.S.  goes all the way into Naziism.

Don't underestimate this. It's the real thing.

And we're next door.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Nov. 20: Our Last Chance?

I don''t know quite what to make of this piece of sensationalism/

Of course we could lose the next world war. In fact, It is almost certain everybody would lose it. The question is not whether we would lose it. The question is why would we fight it in the first place?

The U.S. military record since 1945 has not been brilliant. That alone should give us warning. And this is when the U.S. has spent more on weapons than all the rest of the world has spent put together. In fact, U.S. military spending has always been nothing more than a freeforall looting of the American people to turn out huge profits for military arms makers.

Nor would it be of any use to us if the US did win. We have surely figured out by now that any such victory would simply lead to a multi-billionaire plundering of the whole world, including the U.S.

But there won't be any winner. That's been obvious for 70 years.

We have to prepare because the other side is evil? Hell. No side beats ours in evil, plundering and inflicting horror over the last seventy years. And before that, the champ in evil was the British Empire and the other European empires.

With Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the writing was on the wall. Nobody can win a world war. The world has to devote all its efforts to preventing war, and to put a lid on our plague of war profiteers.

Gee! I wonder if it's possible that the CIA organized this 'spontaneous' demonstration.

Trump sees and hears only what he wants to see and hear.

Capitalism, in particular, has created hell-holes of nations all over South America, Africa, the Middle East....Well over a hundred million people have been displaced. Children are living destroyed childhoods, losing out on any chance for education - for family life, and even survival. And we are gong to pay one hell of a price for all that.

Funny how Brunswick News seems to have missed this part of the story.

And here's a story that reminds me of Brian Higgs, the new premier of New Brunswick, and his partners in greed and idiocy, The People's Alliance of New Brunswick.

The irving press of New Brunswick has been surprisingly indifferent to this story.

Migrants from Central America are typically described, by the U.S. government, as criminals, terrorists, etc. In fact, they are often from nations driven into poverty and desperation by American and Canadian mining companies. The capitalism which Mr. Higgs so much admires has been the mother of starvation, murder and homelessness of over a hundred million people all over the world. And everywhere they flee they are treated as human trash.

Is this the world we fought for in  1939-40? In fact, western world capitalism has murdered more people than Hitler did.

We created Hitler starting in 1918. We punished Germany for starting World War 1 when,  in fact, all of us started it. But as punishment, we inflicted severe economic suffering on Germany. And's what turned Germans to Hitler, and World War 2.

Then Hitler created Netanyahu. Jews realized from the start that the west was sending them to Israel to get rid of them. They realized from the start that the West was quite as anti-semitic as Germany had been. And that's what produced a Netanyahu.

Gee. That's even worse than when patriotic Canadians volunteered to fight for the king to bring modern civilization - and so that British capitalists could rip off their gold. A part of Canada's heroic role in that war was to operate prison camps of Boer children, mothers and the elderly. And I'm sure it wasn't their fault that some 16,000 or so died of malnutrition.

You didn't learn about that in school?

Israelis are humans just like the rest of us. Alas!

The biggest welfare recipients in the western world are corporations owned by billionaires. Here is the story of just one of them.

Very  true. And  this is one more reason why it could be a fatal mistake to submit Canada to more trade deals with the U.S.

And what is happening here in the real world of Canada's most exciting province?

Well, in the Canada and World News section, the lead story that 2 local women have been reunited as sisters thanks to DNA testing. Well, that certainly changes the way I look at the world.

And there's a big story about a woman angry at the condition of a McDonald's washroom in Saskatchewan.  Meanwhile, in the greater world, North Carolina is having an outbreak of chickenpox. The news YOU need to know.

The first section has a big story on what the province's new premier is going to do. (The commentator's  obviously don't know what he's going to do - but what the hell - it fills space.)

But there is one safe bet. He's going to open up shale gas - and not just in one place. Yep, with the whole world likely to be permanently trapped in it's death throes as a result of gas development, we're going to see a whole string of shale gas operations.

And he will get away with it because he will be supported by the People's Alliance Party leader. And think hard. What does this tell you about the People's Alliance and its leader?

(Don't look to the previous, Nov. 19 edition. It's lead story in world affairs is about two, local high school teams which will stay in their league. Wow! Stop the presses.)

That last copy also has a heated column about how we need to drop corporate taxes in this province.  He obviously has never seen the evidence that corporations and their owners don't usually pay taxes, anyway. The writer of this  commentary is a big business type who sits on the boards of two universities. And that explains why universities are badly run, and why so many profs write kiss-up stories for big business.

Let's get real. Our fuels are going to kill us. And, in the process, they are going to generate more climate disasters like the one in California. There is no doubt about it. We face a disastrous future. Soon.

Why don't the oil barons and their political hacks like Brian Higgs notice this?
Can they be so stunningly stupid as not to see what is happening?

I really don't know. I have often wondered why they cannot recognize something that is so obvious, something that will kill them, too. I can only think this is a sample of the very human stupidity of refusing to see what we don't want to see. And that seems to be a characteristic that includes Brian Higgs.

Nor is there any hope in fleeing the province when so many other premiers,(Doug Ford springs to mind), are equally stupid.

No - for a start, the opposition has to get united. In practical terms, that means the NDP and the Greens have to unite.  (Let the People's Alliance hang on with its Conservative buddies. Any party that would support the Conservatives is bad news.)

In the process, the Greens and the NDP have to become a good deal more radical. Mr. Higgs is very, very radical indeed. It's going to take a considerable effort to block the extreme measures he is talking about, and to propose something sensible. (I always thought that when the CCF abandoned its principles to become the NDP it was a huge mistake. And I have seen nothing to change my mind about that.)

The new party would need frequent meetings with local groups. Churches, for example. - and space.

It also needs a newspaper. which could be in print or on the web - dealing only with New Brunswick. It shouldn't be hard to do that once a week. I've been doing it alone three times a week.

The Higgs government is insanity. That's no exaggeration. And we have very little time. In fact, saying we have twelve years does not mean we have twelve years until we act. We have to complete 12 years of progress along the path - starting now.

And now, I'm off to Ottawa; so the next blog should appear in a week.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Nov. 17: The crunch is here.

Forgive me. I should proof read this. But I've been working on it a long time - and I have a terrible feeling that usually means I'm catching a cold.
Very late news - glyphosate spraying in dangerous in more ways than I thought.

Boy, good thing we have an alert premier like Mr. Higgs.

As I write this, the California death toll  in the Paradise fire is up to 63  - and is expected to rise to as much as 600. The oil industry is, of course, terribly upset but is too shy to say so. As well,  it has not announced any plans to do anything about climate change or even to recognize it is happening. (It doesn't want to upset people unduly.)

Here in New Brunswick, Premier Higgs is continuing his struggle to develop fracking. He and the oil industry leaders are saints. That's what they are.

(The above was written on Friday.  It is now Saturday, and the death toll is now 71 - AND WITH 1,000 Missing. But don't let that bother you, Mr. Higgs. You go right ahead encouraging fossil fuels from that nice Mr. Irving.)

Yes. It is happening  even in Canada ---especially in Canada. But it's all for the good. We don't want to see our oil billionaires sleeping on the sidewalk, do we?

Five degrees - more than enough to bring the California wildfires to New Brunswick and it's forests that reach into it's cities. And it's cities are largely wooden.

If you want to know why millions are fleeing Venezuela, don't waste your time with any of the North American commercial news media. And don't waste your time listening to Donald Trump or his little boy Justin Trudeau.

And watch out. It is very likely that Trump will ask Canada to send troops - and very likely that Canada will respond. (But we'll call them 'peacekeepers'.

This is the deliberate destruction of a nation for the benefit of our oil barons.

Brazil's new, fascist president has been hailed as a great democrat by the U.S. Republicans. Now, he' and his foreign minister will also be heroes for New Brunswick's premier Brian Higgs.

This is desperately bad news for Trump who is eager to defend the Saudi royals, his best friends in the middle east. And there is something else worth nothing in this.

The CIA is not an organization of high moral codes and values. It's secretive, carries out assassinations, and generally unpleasant. It normally does whatever nasty things the president tells it do do. So why did it suddenly get honest? And honest in a way that puts Trump in a very difficult position?

Lend this to a Conservative who can read - if you know one.

Here's an important story about Canada - but not important enough to make the Moncton Times and Transcript.

Here in New Brunswick, mr. irving would never ask for handouts from the government. No. He's a great believer in.....something.....

Here's a problem that Canadian universities  have done nothing about, Instead, they devote much of their time hiring propaganda hacks, give them fancy titles, and pay for them to lie to us through the news media.

We are also paying high prices for professors who have no training whatever in teaching - and, often, no love for it.

Yeah, yeah, I know. They're criminals. a buck 45 a day is all they deserve. But think of this. They come largely from privately owned prisons. And how much do the prison owners get in these deals?

We have very little time to deal with climate change - if we have time at all. Think of that next time you hear an  idiot statement from premier Higgs of New Brunswick.

If Canada goes on as a very junior partner in obedience to its American masters, Canada will not last long. The U.S. does not have allies and partners. It owns other nations. That has been the clear message of Trump's trade 'negotiations'.
Added to that is climate change which is profoundly weakening  the US. It is going to want Canada - and want it very soon as a group of American states. Then forget medicare. Forget decent minimum wage. Forget all that Canadians have made of themselves.  (Mind you, the irvings of this world and the Conservatives of New Brunswick would find that very, very attractive.)

That's why the trade talks with Asia are important for Canada. As a puppet of the U.S. Canada cannot survive. It needs alliances to suit its own needs, not American ones.

As for New Bruswick's newspapers, what can I say? This morning, reading the whole paper took me less that two minutes. They have a huge staff of reporters and editors and hack columnists who offer nothing but gossip, sob stories, trivia....

Working my myself in just a few hours, I found 17 news stories of some importance. There was not a single story in today's paper that had anything to say. The lead story, the big one on page one, was about the sadness of a mother who lost her daughter to suicide 6 years ago.

One can certainly feel sympathy for that mother. But as a news story? There's nothing we can do about it. This is information which is of no use at all to us. And this sort of story is common for the front page of Brunswick News.

Where is the news we need? Where is the big story about how the wealthy of this province pay no income tax at all? Where is the big story how the wealthy pay little property tax? Where is the story about how we give huge sums of of money from OUR taxes to the wealthy? Where is the story about the California wildfire - and what that says for all of us? Where is the story about the Central American migrants, perhaps the most dreadful displacement of millions since the American slaughter of aboriginal peoples? Where is the story that the U.S. wealthy have been raging to get control of the whole world since 1945, have illegally invaded over 70 countries in that time, and have murdered at least 20 million people, the majority of them civilians. Where is the story about our creation of at least 70 or 80 million refugees all over the world?

What about the fact the we have a premier who wants to encourage climate change  by fracking? This could (will) have harmful effects on all of us. Where is the column raising questions about this? This insanity is happening over much of the world - but Canada and the U.S. are leading among the most insane ones.

If New Brunswickers are going to get serious and save something of a livable world for their children (and maybe for themselves), they need to get a lot better organized.
1. they need to develop one party with one set of values to be brought to bear.
2. They need to take united and stronger positions on fracking, the oil industry in general, on decent housing and income levels.
3. They need to get private business under control. We now have an ex premier, who is urging private business (the richer ones) to take over running the province - this is something that no free people can afford to tolerate. We have have this idea from a former premier - and in the current premier we see that same notion that private business should be allowed to operate without controls.
That cannot be allowed. All human institutions have to be controlled. If not, they will destroy us and themselves - as big business is destroying so much of humanity now.
4. We need to understand that we are in a war for survival against greedy and arrogant people (and irresponsible) people.
5. We need very active political organization and debate everywhere. And we have very little time.

And, in a lost hope, it would be nice to see our Christian churches give a little  thought to the mass murder, hatreds, and abuses that have come to characterize the "Christian" world. Jesus stood for more, much more, than getting us a free pass into heaven. Perhaps our clergy could use a crash course on the worldly gospels of Christ.