Thursday, May 31, 2018

May 31: A mad, mad, mad, mad world.

Here's a commentary on Justin Trudeau and his purchase of the western pipeline with our money. But you'll never, ever see this in the page of the irving press.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/29/justin-trudeau-world-newest-oil-executive-kinder-morgan?CMP=fb_gu
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India has told the U.S., quite correctly, to get stuffed with its trade sanctions on Venezuela and Iran. It says the U.S. has no right to impose any such sanctions, and no right to demand that other countries follow U.S. orders.

http://theantimedia.com/india-only-recognizes-un-sanctions/

Not surprisingly, Canada's wimp prime minister and Canadian business leaders will trip all over themselves to please their American masters.
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https://www.mintpressnews.com/un-10-million-more-yemenis-expected-to-starve-to-death-by-end-of-year/242906/

God bless America.

And get used to it. Modern war, with Churchill leading the way in 1920, means war against civilians, against children...it means starving innocent people to death. Well, I mean, they're evil. And Americans are good. Americans have Christian values.

And that suggests Christians should be ashamed.
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Puerto Rico is an American territory. But the billionaires who own the U.S. government don't give a damn about the people of Puerto Rico.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/29/harvard-study-puts-hurricane-deaths-puerto-rico-nearly-6000-people-70-times-official

Neither of the above stories is likely to make the irving press,  not even in that section its editors humorously call Canada and World.
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An overstatement - but......

https://consortiumnews.com/2018/05/26/south-korean-president-moons-bolton/
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Gee, it's almost court time for an irving-owned railway. I wonder if irving press will carry the story.

http://hazmatmag.com/2018/04/new-brunswick-southern-railway-pleads-not-guilty-to-charges-related-to-oil-transport/
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Israel not only denies Palestinians the right to have ships enter its waters to deliver goods; it refuses to allow any Palestinian ship (or canoe) the right to go out more than six miles - and then only for fishing.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israeli-warships-surround-gaza-boats-1446901463
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Until World War Two, Britain was the world's bully - rather like the U.S. is today. Like the U.S., Britain murdered and plundered all over the world. A Winston Churchill starved millions to death, pioneered the targeting of civilians in war. And, like Donald Trump's killing and bullying, the murdering and plundering of Churchill benefited only the very wealthy. (That's why the British  people voted him out of power in 1945.)

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/29/britain-glorify-violent-past-defensive-empire-drug
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And - a reminder that George Orwell was right.

https://off-guardian.org/2018/05/29/of-fake-news-and-history-suborned-in-war-and-peace/
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The U.S. has trade wars not just with Canada but with just about everybody. Of course. The American theme for at least a couple of centuries has been that the U.S. has the right to rule the world. And a handful of American billionaires have made it their business to ensure that ruling the world means profits for them - but certainly not for the rest of the American people. Thus the trade wars with Mexico, Canada, China.

https://countercurrents.org/2018/05/31/us-trade-war-with-china/
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The Israeli destruction of Judaism....

http://rabble.ca/news/2018/05/gazas-toxic-biosphere-war-unescapable
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The price of pleasing billionaires. (There is no need to 'join' this site to see its film.)

https://vimeo.com/17401973
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49530.htm
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The U.S., Britain and France are building military bases in Syria to steal its oil fields. (The irving press didn't have room for this story because it's whole World section was needed for 'breaking' news in New Brunswick - such as "Man hospitalized after car  hits building",  "Drug dealer who sold to cop cries entrapment" - the news YOU need to know.)

http://theantimedia.com/us-uk-france-new-military-bases-syria/
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It looks as though U.S. billionaires may soon be again asking the American taxpayers to bail them out of crises the billionaires have been creating.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/31/paving-way-next-taxpayer-funded-wall-street-bailout-trump-fed-unveils-plan-gut

(Oh, the irving press today has its usual commentary from a propaganda house, The Frontier Centre for Public Policy, an organization funded by your favourite billionaires.)
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Here's an American problem that's very much a Canadian problem and, especially, a New Brunswick problem - though one that will NEVER be reported by the irving press.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/30/trump-epa-attacks-workers-and-environment-trio-lawsuits-takes-aim-outrageous-pro

Enjoy the gentle drops of poison courtesy of mr. irving.
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Trudeau is an American puppet who has made puppets of all of us. Capitalism makes American servants out of Canadians as they were once servants of Britain.
There is every likelihood Canada will soon fight more American wars. American capitalism commands. And Canadian capitalism hears it's master's voice.

 https://www.globalresearch.ca/trudeaus-reckless-support-for-kinder-morgan-billions-of-tax-dollars-to-buy-an-unbuildable-financially-doomed-pipeline/5642333

Capitalism is based on greed as a virtue. It has no respect whatever for any of the values represented in any religion I have ever heard of. But our churches doze through this - as they always have.
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And here's something to think about.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/imperial-recovery-and-disappearing-workers-imperialism-expands-living-standards-decline/5641854
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And here's a whole edition of Canadian news - none of which has been covered in the irving press.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/region/canada
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Our governments are owned - and we are owned - by people at least as greedy and thieving as any in history, people who show no sense of anything but greed. They have brought us within inches of the greatest war in history. You might want to ask about that as you attend the seasonal opening of the Irving Chapel.
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Here's a story that has not yet made the irving press. When and if it does make it, you can be sure the irving report will not be an honest as this one.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-31/ukraine-faces-international-fury-over-staged-fake-news-murder-russian-journalist
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Okay. I said in my last post that I would talk about the labels we give our political parties. Sorry it's so long. But you can stop reading it any time you like. I won't tell.

Few people have any idea what their party labels mean.

When I was ten, I thought of myself as a liberal. It was logical. The word 'liberal' suggested to me generous, free-spirited, all that good stuff. Thinking I was a Liberal made me feel good.

But Liberal is one of those words that few people really understand. Instead, the sound of it conjures feelings in our minds - for some the feeling is of generosity, modernity; for others, it implies people of mindless and even hateful ideas. bozos who we call  'pinkos'.

In its origins, Liberal meant to create greater freedom (though often that freedom was only for the privileged class and, until very recently, for men only.) But in reality, the general thinking of what we call the Liberal party has not been very different from that of the Conservative party. (That's why New Brunswickers can happily vote for Liberals one time, and Conservatives another - and nothing changes because there is no difference between the two.) Still, some people insist on calling themselves Liberals (or Conservatives), though neither word has much meaning.

As the word liberal originally meant to favour change, the word Conservative meant the opposite - to preserve existing institutions - like the monarchy, the aristocracy. The existence in Britain of the House of Lords as a part of government is an example of Conservatism - as, in a vague sort of way, is the Canada's Senate. These days, both the House of Lords and the Senate have a sort of antique and cobwebby image. Luckily, neither has much power.

In reality, and for all the qualities that some people see in each of them, there is no significant difference between the two parties. Liberal and Conservative are just labels of two identical products. But these labels are still powerful not because they mean anything but because they represent images and feelings that people have, images and feelings that they may not be aware of themselves.

(I won't go into Progressive Conservative because that one is just an absurd label. Common sense should tell us that one cannot believe in preserving existing institutions while at the same time favour progressiveness in changing them. The label Progressive came in the 1930s when the Conservative party needed a new leader. The man they wanted was the western leader of a party called Progressive. But he would take the leadership only if the party changed its name to Progressive Conservative. However, there was really nothing progressive about the Progressive Conservatives - as, indeed, there had been nothing progressive about the Western Progressive Party. It was just a label.

I vividly remember a Conservative m.p. saying to me passionately, "Graeme, I'm a Conservative; but I'm a PROGRESSIVE Conservative."

It didn't really mean a damn thing. But people get taken in by labels. Many, many words convey emotional feelings that are really quite false.)

That takes us to communist.  O-o-o-h evil. That is the reaction of people all over the western world - though communism has nothing to do with evil. In fact, during World War Two, our news media which had been very hostile to the Soviet Union became a great admirer of it once Hitler invaded it. The Soviet Union wouldn't be evil again until the autumn of 1945.

These days, we associate communism (and 'understand' it) with the brutalities of Stalin's Soviet Union and China's Mao. But, in fact, neither of those was a communist. No. They weren't. Indeed, I don't know of any country that has ever been communist.

Communism was, of course, born in the writings of Karl Marx. But there was nothing brutal or vicious about Marx. His philosophy of what government should be arose out of the principles of Judaism and Christianity. He proposed that all people should be truly equal, and that the national economy should be based not on exploitation of the poor but on respect and cooperation among all people. "love they neighbour as thyself" was Marx's principle. (It's not surprising that western capitalists and the media they owned should find that objectionable.)

You want brutal and murderous behaviour? Forget communism. Look at the records of the capitalist west over the recent centuries. Look at the British, French, Dutch, Spanish which have killed millions to plunder their countries, and made slaves or near slaves of the survivors.  Look at American capitalism which has slaughtered millions, which has enslaved much of Latin America, that ignores its poor while pouring billions into the pockets of its very rich. And, under capitalism, our own Christian and Judaic principles get quite lost.

 Note that the most hating and murderous people in the U.S. are the Christians who support Trump. They attack birth control. But they happily starve and bomb millions of foreign children to death. And they  have no problem with killing people of other religions - though I can't remember Jesus ever suggesting this.

Will communism ever come to power? I don't know. I rather doubt it. Much as I can respect the spirit of it, I'm not sure us humans have all that much goodness in us. And that's after 2000 years for Christians and even more for Jews of studying goodness.

Socialism? Some will cheer at it. Some will denounce it. On balance, it may be a very useful intermediate step. The principle of socialism throughout its many variants is, again, based on the Judaic/Christian principle of caring for each other. It doesn't mean the whole economy has to be socialist. There is room for private ownership. But that private ownership has to be brought under control. There are large areas of the economy  (health, education, equal opportunity,...) that are being destroyed by capitalism which, by its nature, has no room in its thinking for anything but it's own benefit. That's why big capitalists dislike socialism. They are not social beings. They live in their own world. And they are interested only in themselves and their own greed.

And where that is taking us, very quickly, is to monstrous suffering, death, and economic and social destruction. We are already seeing a great drop in prosperity for most Americans. In the rest of the world, we are seeing mass murder and starvation created by capitalism. We have to get it under control - and soon. We're not talking centuries. We're talking decades - if that long.

There is no sign the Liberals and Conservatives have anything to offer. Quite the contrary. They are both owned by the people who are the problem. And alas! There is no party in New Brunswick that goes anywhere near  to solving the problems.

Double alas! Part of the problem is the people of New Brunswick. They're scared. They always have been. With almost universal agreement by scientists that climate change is affecting us now and will get much, much worse with food shortages (already happening), fatal weather attacks (already happening), massive melting of Arctic and Antarctic ice (already happening), massive dislocation of millions of people (already happening), destruction of species (already happening), people mumble about how our business leaders will fix all this.

There is not the slightest chance they will or want to.

But many, many people, especially in places like New Brunswick and Alberta, ignore all the certainties and ignore all the experts. They ignore all the experts who know what they're talking about - and listen to the business leaders who have not the faintest competence to pronounce on this, and who have never in the history of this country (or any other) given a damn about the rest of us.

And it will soon be too late.

Oh, I recently discussed this with a man whose opinion was that the very wealthy are all that makes New Brunswick prosperous at all. Not true. They don't and they never have. The very wealthy are not in business to create wealth for others, only for themselves. The commonly avoid taxes, federal, provincial and municipal, costing the rest of us many billions of dollars. They pay the lowest wages possible. They routinely expect government handouts (our money). We handed over our forests at bargain prices without a whimper.

Read some history. You'll find this is a constant pattern. The very wealthy actually create poverty. Kings did it by viciously attacking and exploiting the peasantry. Empires did it by starving their own people even as they plundered foreign lands for the benefit of the very rich. The U.S. today follows that same pattern. So does Canada.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Meaning of Sleaze

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/michael-cohen-lobbying-donald-trump-1.4678567

This is by no means limited to the Republicans. It is the way the system of U.S. 'democracy' has always worked.
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And then there's fake news...

Alas! The CBC has lots of it. It  has the best journalists in Canada. And it usually has honest news. But not always. I've been followings its stories on the election in Venezuela. It''s very hostile and negative in reporting on that election. It repeats the line of the most of the western press - that the Venezuela election was rigged, that Venezuela is a threat to the world, that it is a dictatorship..and on and on.

1. Venezuela's sin is that it is socialist. And it has huge oil reserves. American (and Canadian) capitalists want control of those reserves.

2. That's why the U.S. has imposed trade sanctions on Venezuela.  Funny thing...I've never seen a CBC story asking questions about those  trade sanctions. Trade sanctions forbid a country for trading with others. They are a means of impoverishing nations to force them under the control of American capitalists. There are such trade sanctions by the U.S. on Cuba, North Korea,  Iran, Venezuela... And one might reasonably ask - what the hell right does the U.S. have to tell other countries who they can trade with?

3. The CBC reports the story that Venezuela is a dictatorship. O-O-O-H, evil. But wait a moment. That good friend of the U.S., Saudi Arabia, is a dictatorship - and it's the cruelest one in the world. So how come Americans and Saudis are buddies?  After all Saudi is a dictatorship that cuts off heads and hands every day, that illegally invades other countries, that treats women like slaves.... And the Saudis NEVER have elections for anything. Where is our indignation at that?

I don't know whether the government of Venezuela is a dictatorship. I've seen no evidence of it. But I do know that the U.S. set up Iran as a dictatorship in the 1950s so American capitalists could plunder its oil. I know the U.S. overthrew the elected leader of Haiti to impose a dictator. I know it has imposed and supported dictators in Guatemala and other countries in Latin America.

Shouldn't the CBC make us aware of this contradiction?

4. And then there's the Venezuela election of last week. The U.S. has charged that election with being fixed - and the CBC has been careful to report that. But there were things it decided not to report.
     a) The U.S., Canada, and the European Union had refused to recognize the              election from the start.  Of course. The U.S. wanted a puppet government -          and it called on its puppet governments in Canada and Europe to follow its          lead. (In Trudeau, we  have probably the wimpiest prime minister in                      Canadian history.) And you can be sure that the Canadian government told            the CBC what news it wanted to see.

     b) The CBC story did NOT mention that some 40 countries sent observers to           cover the Venezuela election. Among them was Canada - but none of those           came from Canada's wimpy government. No. They came from dangerous,             radical groups like the United Church of Canada (gotta watch all them                  commy ministers ) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers.

         According to all these observers, the election was honest and correctly
           done. But the CBC didn't mention that. (Nor did it mention that it didn't              even have a reporter in Venezuela.)

I worked for the CBC for some time. I know its journalists are good. But I also know that they often have to obey the government when it wants a news story to be broadcast as a piece of fake news. And that's been the truth from the beginning of this Venezuela story.

(In fairness, the CBC is not as bad as the irving press. Only the irving press could be that bad.)

Oh - a footnote. Former president Jimmy Carter, perhaps the most honest and idealistic person ever to be president, is the founder of the Carter Institute which monitors elections all over the world. That institute  says that Venezuela has one of the most honest electoral systems in the world.
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And speaking of tax systems, here's a story that will never appear in the irving press or in a Liberal or Conservative platform.

http://www.taxfairness.ca/en/news/canadian-tax-haven-use-remains-300-billion
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Canada is NOT a force for good in the world. It never has been. After fighting three of Britain's wars, it's now one of the chief bootlickers of US aggressors.  For example, we assist the U.S. in policing its trade sanctions - though the U.S. has no right to impose such sanctions in the first place.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/yves-englers-blog/2018/05/canada-should-step-belligerence-bus-korean-peninsula
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This next item is not news, it's history. But we need history to understand how we humans behave. We need to understand that brutality and mass murder and greed are not just acts of those people our news media highlight as evil. It's in all of us. (Yes, even Canadians. One of the following stories tells of how the British used concentration camps in the Boer war to kill thousands of Boer women and children. But what it does not say is that Canadian troops were major players in those concentration camp deaths.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IGHByjToO4
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And here's another one. You need to understand these brutalities and greed because these are major lessons from history.The motivation for all these brutalities was the greed of capitalists. Like most dictatorships, capitalism thrives on greed and indifference to the suffering of others. That, on a smaller scale, was the story of the great depression of the 1930s. While most Canadians suffered severely from hunger and vile living conditions, the wealthy of Canada did virtually nothing to help them.

It's a mistake to point the finger of evil on a racial basis. People of all races act with this greed and brutality. It's the evil of a capitalism that has run wild that we need to deal with. It's not starving foreigners who threaten us. It's our own greed-driven capitalists.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4jV6heuNac
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/29/canada-kinder-morgan-pipeline-trans-mountain

So much for the Liberal (or Conservative) commitment to cut down on fossil fuels. So much for their obligations to native peoples. So much for their giving a damn about the environment. - your tax dollars at work - for billionaires.

Gee, I wonder if this has anything to do with the the irving press enthusiasm for Conservatives in the coming provincial election.  (Remember, journalists at the irving press don't have opinions. They write what the boss tells them to write. That's why the cartoonist, de Adder, has consistently attacked the provincial Liberals in his daily cartoons.)

The provincial Conservatives support fracking for oil and gas. The Liberals don't.  But the irving press ignores this aspect of the election. It just follows the line of de Adder's half-wit cartoons about the Liberals spending too much.
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https://off-guardian.org/to-protect-and-serve-the-empire/
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rabble.ca has excellent, Canadian journalists writing for it. That's why it has an excellent account of the Venezuela election. That why the irving press - and most of the western news media - lied about it.

http://rabble.ca/news/2018/05/vultures-venezuela
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You and I are about to hand over 4.5 billion dollars to an oil company so it can betray our native peoples, pipe oil to BC's environmentally fragile coast, and generally add to the world's pollution and climate change.

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2018/05/29/buying-kinder-morgan-losing-gamble-says-council-canadians

But I'm  not worried. Mr. Irving says oil and gas are perfectly safe And he'd know. I mean, he was two years at Acadia university. And David Suzuki never  even went to Acadia at all.
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Yes! America is strong! It will rule the world. Why, in only eighteen years it has held the Afghan rebels to only a little more than half of the country.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/05/28/memorial-day-us-troops-still-dying-afghanistan-half-country-lost

(The irving press very rarely even mentions this war. Of course, it very rarely mentions anything that matters.)
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Bernie Sanders has been the only major U.S. politician to take a lead on governing the U.S. for the benefit of the American people, rather than just for the benefit of billionaires. Meanwhile, the billionaires who drain that country for more billions in weapons and wars (and who don't pay taxes) dominate both the Republicans and Democrats - while the news media sit around with their faces hanging out.

But that may be changing.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/29/amid-grassroots-push-medicare-all-winning-big-democratic-primaries
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Prominent among American heroes are the members of the Navy Seals Teams and similar groups in the CIA and the army who specialize in assassinations, typically involving illegal attacks in foreign countries. (Some were recently honoured with special medals for their murdering.)

https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-cias-plan-to-assassinate-kim-jong-un-history-of-cia-sponsored-assassinations/5626116
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Glorifying war, deploring peace.... This article is a criticism of U.S. memorial day. But the same could be said of Canada's armistice day. While we remember those who died, we completely forget why we sent them to die. We have betrayed them. How come The Canadian Legion has never challenged that? Why does it allow itself to be a cheerleader for war?

It is quite possible Canada will be drawn into another war, this one in Venezuela and for the benefit of a handful of oil billionaires. And the irving press will tell us how glorious it is.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/memorial-and-veterans-day-reality-glorifying-war-deploring-peace/5642159
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Empires kill. They all do. And they always have. And they impoverish their own people as well as the nations they conquer. That was true of the Roman Empire, the British Empire...and it is true now of the American Empire. And Canada plays along with that,  hurting its own people so that Canadian billionaires can kiss up to American ones.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49501.htm
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Humanity means nothing whatever to billionaires and the politicians they own.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49508.htm
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Without mr. irving New Brunswick would be poor? Actually, it is poor with him. And that's not a coincidence.

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/05/capitals-share-income-way-higher-think.html
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God bless America. But hurry up!

https://theintercept.com/2018/05/29/zero-tolerance-border-policy-immigration-mass-trials-children/
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Another story that won't make the irving press.

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/44626-don-t-treat-us-like-animals-outrage-builds-after-border-agent-kills-indigenous-guatemalan-woman
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I taught elementary school and then high school for six years. I taught  history - and that was bad. If I had told the truth about history, I would have been fired by the businessmen who sat on the school board. And that's still true.

But the big push by business is that it wants control of the schools so it can make profits out of them.  Business leaders in New Brunswick have been wetting their pants over this for some years. In the U.S., this is much more 'advanced'. Children who have any hope of getting into a university have to attend private, charter schools. That cuts out most American children right there. Meanwhile, the public schools are being battered with painfully low budgets.

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/44623-in-defense-of-refusal-teacher-rebellion-rejects-corporate-assault-on-public-education

Mind you,  the process of corporate rule is well advanced in Canadian universities. Some years ago, Mr. Irving announced he was, in effect, becoming a member of the government (without getting elected), and would plan the provincial budget with a huge committee he was forming. It was all quite illegal and quite undemocratic. But the university presidents jumped out of their pants to become members of his committee.
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As soon as it was created, Israel began stealing and plundering the land of other nations. (Israel's leaders have imperial dreams.) Much of Palestine has been stolen. And it's remaining people must have Israeli permission to allow ships into or our of its ports. Even Palestinian fishing boats need Israeli permission to go out. (There will probably be a story about this within days. But the irving press won't carry it.)

Israel's behaviour is so bad that many, many North American and Europeans Jews have become terribly disappointed by it.

Now, it wants a piece of Lebanon - and the oil under it.

https://www.sott.net/article/386738-Oil-interests-Trump-will-recognize-the-occupied-Golan-Heights-as-Israeli-territory
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Most of our news media lied about the Venezuela election. And the irving press editors were right up there with the best of the liars. In fairness, though, I have to wonder whether editors at the irving press have enough brains to lie.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article201289.html
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As I was writing the introductory part of this blog, I became concerned about my regular use of words like capitalist, communist, socialist, liberal, conservative.

These are all words that are commonly misunderstood. Capitalists like to dodge the word capitalist. (They prefer 'free enterprise'). In any case, major capitalists are neither capitalist nor free enterprise.

Communist? Very, very few people, including well educated ones, know what that word means. Hint - The Soviet Union and China were never communist. In fact, I don't know of any country that has been communist. Socialist? Yes. We have seen touches of socialism. But it's not incompatible with capitalism.

Liberal and Conservative? Very few (and none of them in the Liberal or Conservative parties) have a clue what those words mean. Both of them are servants of big business; both are essentially the same party. Neither of them can reasonably be called either conservative or liberal.

But that 's a topic for another blog.


Saturday, May 26, 2018

May 26: The World as Seen by our Betters...

New Brunswick's irving press published the story of Trump cancelling the summit with North Korea. At four, short paragraphs, it is the shortest report of a major world event I have ever seen. And it lies...

It did mention that Trump accused Kim Jong of making an angry statement. But it didn't mention why Kim Jong had done that. (It was because John Bolton and other leaders in the Trump government had publicly and loudly threatened to kill him.)

Does the irving press have news on the starvation of children in Yemen? The crisis in Iran as the U.S. and its allies threaten to attack it? The election of an Iraq government that hates the U.S.? The American threat to go to war against the recently elected government of Venezuela? The Israeli wounding and killing of thousands of unarmed Palestinians? Of the boats, including a Canadian one, now on the way to challenge Israel's behaviour? Of the involvement of the U.S. governments in the smuggling of cocaine and opium? Of Canada's shameful silence about the American threat to Venezuela?

Nope.

Then there are the opinion and commentary columns. In a real newspaper (of which there are few), these columns are written by knowledgeable and impartial observers.

So let's see.

There's one column by a Sheri Somerville - who is CEO of the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce. In other words, she's a front for business. How's that for impartiality? And insight? Well, there's lots of ranting. But not much sign of any insights at all. For example, she attacks NB government for overspending. But she doesn't mention the role played by the wealthy of this province in refusing to pay taxes, and constantly insisting on handouts. This 'commentary' is heavily biased and intellectually pretty shallow stuff.

Then there's a regular 'commentary' by Justin Ryan. As always, it's a cute little story - but a pointless one  - that has no real commentary in it at all.

Above it is a big commentary from some outfit called the Coalition of Concerned Citizens. It's a long list of "good things" for government to do. Alas! The list is trite. For all the bluster, it's pretty trite and really quite vague. Essentially, it could have been reduced to one sentence - "The government must do good things."  This is not what an informed commentary is.

Then there's one by a Progressive Conservative MLA.  In other words, this a free election ad for the Conservatives. But it is not a great insight into any problem. In short, its message is that parents should be nice to their children. Well, okay. But that's scarcely a flash. (Is it possible the Conservatives are going to run on a policy of being nice to children?)

So there you have it - four 'commentaries' of no  great insight or value. And three of them come from special interest groups. How's that for impartial analysis?  Even better - I would guess that three of these columns cost the irving press nothing at all. How's that for running a newspaper on the cheap?
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http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/trump-north-korea-summit-kim-1.4675946

If you read this CBC story, you get the very clear impression that Kim-Jong Un, by his intransigence and insulting note to the White House, was demonstrating what an irresponsible flake he is. And that is far from true.

What happened is that American leaders, like John Bolton and Pompeo and Spence - and Trump - made public and insulting - and murderous - threats against Kim Jong Un. The latter responded, not surprisingly, with an angry statement. In fact, the U.S., including Trump, has been issuing a steady stream of murderous threats to North Korea for almost seventy years,, including threats to the lives of its leaders.. (When Trump announced Kim Jong's agreement to a meeting, he also set up American military manoeuvers on the South Korean border. Very diplomatic! And he has almost daily threatened Kim Jong  Un. How's that for setting up peace talks?)

Oh! wasn't it rude of Kim Jong to get angry?

The CBC story, though a long one, doesn't mention the role of American threats and public attacks in causing this incident. And that's what's called 'fake news'.

And this sort of fake news is a standard feature of our news media including, sometimes, even the CBC.
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Here's a story that our irving press didn't have - and won't.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/26/tree-sitters-appalachian-oil-pipeline-virginia-west
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And that reminds me of another question that has been bothering me. The irving press has been pretty openly supporting the Conservative party in the coming provincial election. Why? After all, both parties are pretty much in the pockets of the wealthy.

This might explain it.

http://www.noshalegasnb.ca/category/fracking-news/

There has never, ever been any criticism of fracking in the irving press.
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And here's an example of good reporting - with a fair look at attitudes on both sides.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/26/kim-jong-un-moon-jai-in-korean-leaders-hold-surprise-meeting

Will Trump ever agree to a peace with North Korea? I doubt it. Powerful members of his government, like John Bolton, have made it clear. They want war. And if it grows into a war with China, so much the better.
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The Guardian is not the paper it used to be. But it still outclasses any commercial newspaper in Canada. Here, for example, is an opinion the irving press will never report. (It hits too close to the snivelling irving press.)

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/true-north/2018/may/25/doug-ford-isnt-for-the-little-guy-hes-a-mercenary-for-the-millionaire-class
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We Canadians who are concerned about the future of our environment owe a huge debt to our indigenous people. And that's another story that will never make the irving press.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/true-north/2018/apr/16/whos-defending-canadas-national-interest-first-nations-facing-d
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And, gee, who woulda guessed?

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/true-north/2017/oct/26/revealed-oil-giants-pay-billions-less-tax-in-canada-than-abroad

Certainly, the irving press, the Liberal party and the Conservative party have never guessed. Now, let's have a nice little talk about why we don't have enough money for our hospitals, for our education system, for a decent basic wage, for free tuition at our universities....

For centuries, western capitalists have plundered the world - including their own nations. That's what empires are all about.
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And here's a reason why the irving press dropped Gwynne Dyer as a columnist.

http://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-arctic-warming-may-hit-sudden-tipping-point
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/24/highly-secure-security-guards-us-nuclear-weapons-base-used-lsd
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49496.htm
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The following commentary is a long one. But it's an important history of what capitalists and their empires are all about. And their home countries over the years have been brutalized, starved, abused almost as much the colonies they have stolen and plundered. And today's American empire is very much like the earlier ones. Capitalists are entirely about making money - for themselves. That's why most Americans, at the peak of national power are making less money and getting fewer services while their millionaires become billionaires and maybe some day trillionaires.

Any nation that has trusted its wealthy has been burned.

https://countercurrents.org/2018/05/25/500-years-is-long-enough-human-depravity-in-the-congo/
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Humans have destroyed countless forms of animal life. Now, we're working on bees. But that's not a priority for the New Brunswick conservatives. They're busy making profits for shale gas.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/death-of-the-bees-in-america-honey-bee-colony-losses-2017-2018/5641680
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This is really an old story. But the western press still hasn't caught on to it. And it won't. And, for sure, the irving press won't lead the way.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-war-on-terror-is-a-fraud-syrians-do-not-wish-to-live-beneath-the-tyranny-of-western-supported-terrorists/5641633
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The democracy that never was....

https://off-guardian.org/2018/05/26/to-protect-and-serve-the-empire/
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Don't worry about the following story. If there was a problem, mr. irving would tell us.

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/44587-for-400-straight-months-the-global-temperature-has-been-rising
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https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-26/end-stimulus-and-start-crash
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The American military commander in Europe wants more money, troops and weapons in Europe for a war with Russia. Brilliant!
1. Russia, far from preparing for a war, is cutting its military spending which was already far below that of the U.S.
2. The huge and lavishly armed military of the U.S. has not been able, in 18 years, to overcome peasants in Afghanistan.
3. Any war in Europe is guaranteed to go nuclear immediately.

So what's this really all about? It's probably about more contracts for private business - at the expense of taxpayers. (Of course, when I say taxpayers, I don't mean the wealthy.) And the military commander is quite possibly, even likely, to be in the pay of billionaires.

http://theantimedia.com/curtis-scaparrotti-europe-troops-resources-target-russia/
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What does being patriotic to your country mean? In reality, it means being ardent supporters of the people who control it. In Nazi Germany, then, it meant, supporting Hitler and killing Jews. In the U.S., it meant supporting the mass murder of Iraqis, and it means supporting a policy of starving the civilians of Yemen to death.

Only a damn fool is always patriotic. That's why all people in a democratic society have a right not to be patriotic. (And may I point out that George Washington, a general in the British army and sworn to support the monarchy, was being unpatriotic when he led a revolution).

In the U.S., this principle of free speech and independent belief is rooted in the U.S. constitution. But Donald Trump  doesn't believe in any of that fancy talk. That's why we supports the NFL in forbidding football players from kneeling at the playing of the national anthem.

You think it's disgraceful to be unpatriotic? Well, you would just have loved living in Nazi Germany where you could have been a super patriot betraying Jews in hiding.

http://truthinmedia.com/trump-nfl-ruling-suggests-kneeling-players-shouldnt-be-in-country/
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In effect, the western world (and, increasingly, Russia and China) is dominated by people of extreme greed and self-worship, of lack of any morality, and no sense of the future - rather like the medieval days of knights and aristocrats, like ancient Rome....look at the past. Do you really want to live there?

Thursday, May 24, 2018

May 24: Not a cheery day

Well, no surprise - Trump has cancelled his meeting with Kim Jong Un. Trump, of course, says its all Kim Jong's faults for saying angry things about him. He didn't mention that those angry things related to threats of invasion and murder that came from the White House.

But don't blame Trump. He's an ass. But he's not the problem. The problem is American multi-billionaires ( dare I call them capitalists?) who are determined to control and to loot the whole world. That's why the U.S. has racked up an unpayable debt by spending on weapons and the military. Luckily for the multi-billionaires they don't have to pay any of that debt because they don't pay taxes. And that's why Americans are being driven deep into poverty and the schools are a mess and there is no medicare, and uncountable numbers sleep on the streets.

http://www.cbc.ca/news
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Europeans are angry at the U.S. interference of their trade with Russia and Iran. It may not amount to much in the near future - but expect Europeans increasingly  to be pressing for an end to arbitrary American dictats. Canada is in the same boat as the Europeans. But there is no chance that either Liberals are Conservatives will even whimper.

http://theantimedia.com/europe-us-alliance-trump-iran/
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http://canadaboatgaza.org/

https://consortiumnews.com/2018/05/22/a-new-flotilla-steams-towards-gaza/

When I was in my mid-teens, the state of Israel was created. At that time, I was frequently in what was then the Jewish ghetto of Montreal to visit my friends there.  I remember - and shared - the jubilation of my Jewish friends when Israel was created. Ten years later, I would lose a girlfriend who moved to Israel. (Her mother used to look at me across the dinner table, sigh, and say, "Oy, Graeme, if  only you were a Jewish boy."

Alas! Israel itself, by it's seventy years of brutal treatment of Palestinians, makes me think, "Oy, Israel, if you were only Jewish and following the principles of Judaism..."

In the news which, for the most part, has not made the irving press, Israeli snipers (at close range and behind a wire fence)  have shot and either wounded or killed thousands of unarmed Palestinians. These include the deliberate shootings of journalists and medical personnel - and children down to a baby.

(The irving press did have one story on this. But that was only because one of the victims was a doctor from New Brunswick who was shot in both legs.)
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No, there is no room for any important story in the irving World News as I begin this blog on May 23. Nor was there room to the continuing murder of millions in Yemen by starvation and disease. (They are being killed by American and Saudi  heroes who are 'fighting for God and country'.)  No room for the failure of the biggest and most expensive military in the world, for 18 years, to defeat a rebellion by only part of the population in Afghanistan. No room for what looks like the deliberate killing of peace talks with North Korea. No room for the completely unjustified threats against Iran which could cause a major war. No room for the American threats to attack Venezuela so that American capitalists can steal its oil. (And, as I remember it, at least one Canadian oil capitalist had an interest in Venezuelan oil). No room for what appears to be the rise of Russia and China as the real power brokers in the middle east.

No, the irving press needed its world news section for a really big story about Prince Harry's ducal ancestors, one of whom some 200 years ago believed he had the greatest voice in history. (I needed to know that.)

Also in 'world news' is a big story about how hard it is to be a farmer. (Actually, it's not a news story at all. It's a sort of commentary.)

In other 'world news', a New Brunswick school encourages children to walk to school, pretending they are a  walking bus. Oh, and hold your hats, there's a big story about a comic book artists convention in Moncton. This is real 'wow! wow!'  World News up to date and breaking by the minute.

The editorial looked promising. But wasn't. It was about provincial government spending on handouts to private business. The topic sounds worth doing but...

1. It never mentioned that the main reason we have such big deficits is because the wealthy of this province don't pay any taxes. But it wouldn't be nice to criticize the wealthy, would it?
2. The editorial hit on some businesses. But it didn't mention the irving businesses which pay only a small fraction of their property taxes in St. John, which got our forests for a song, and for whom we spray those forests with poisonous glyphosate for at least a million a year of our tax money. Oh, joy!
3. Over the years, we have routinely handed out money to the irvngs. Piles of it. So how come the irving press editorials never mention that?

Are the editors  (and the editorial page artist) of the irving press stupid?  No. Nobody is that stupid.

They are gutless and, as journalists, wildly unethical. They produce a newspaper designed to keep the people of New Brunswick ignorant of what is happening, and sheeplike. That's why New Brunswickers are now eagerly debating whether to vote Liberal or Conservative - when both of those parties are the irving parties.

As well, 'World News' stories like today's about Prince Harry and children walking to school in Shediac are probably a lot cheaper than real news.

Like most commercial news media, these papers are designed to create nations of the living dead. The only difference with the irving press is that it is, perhaps, the champion stinker of this unsavoury lot.
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Looking after YOUR safety. New Brunswickers beware. Will the irving press carry this story? They haven't as of today.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/agent-orange-gagetown-eyewitness-1.4673641
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I include this next one as a sample of how The Guardian, once an outstanding newspaper, has become just another source of fake news.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/23/venezuela-dictator-democracy-nicolas-maduro-venezuelans

1. Note that the writer does not mention that the Venezuela election was followed closely by an international team, including Canada, which said it was a fair election. And Maduro won it.

2. The story is by a British writer calls on the west to 'restore democracy'?  Puh -lease. The British happily installed dictatorships all over the world for centuries. So has the U.S. - as in most of Latin America and The Phillipines, for example. The latter was an American controlled dictatorship from 1900 until many years after 1945.
The closest buddy of the U.S. and Britain for a hundred years has been the brutal state of  Saudi Arabia. For some years after the Korean war, the U.S. supported a dictatorship in South Korea that was based on the support of those who had collaborated with Japan in World War Two.

American governments have never cared a damn about people who have to live under dictatorships. The American government, itself, has long been a dictatorship by billionaires.

There was a time when The Guardian would never have considered a lying 'opinion' like this one. Alas! those days are long gone.
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Britain and the U.S. have a long history of promoting drug use. Britain actually forced opium on the people of China in the days when it controlled China. And U.S. government agencies are major players in the Colombia drug trade. In Afghanistan, a major source of cocaine, the government of that country was doing much to close down the trade. Then the U.S. invaded. And now Afghanistan cocaine is back in the big time.

https://off-guardian.org/2018/05/23/drugs-threat-to-world-and-factor-of-us-policy/
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Here's a story about the Venezuela election that the irving press WON'T have. I don't want to accuse the editors of deliberately lying. They could actually be incredibly ignorant.

http://rabble.ca/news/2018/05/vultures-venezuela
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Venezuelans living in Canada wanted to vote in the Venezuela election. Normally that is accepted. But not in this case. A gutless Canadian government kissed up to the U.S. by refusing that right to vote. - and that's another story you won't see in the irving press.

http://rabble.ca/babble/international-news-and-politics/fm-chrystia-freeland-bans-venezuelans-voting-canada-resign
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Canada is a puppet state for American billionaires. And much worse is coming.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/yves-englers-blog/2018/05/canadas-role-brazilian-rights-violations
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The following story can't be true. If it were, I'm sure the irving press would have told us.

http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/rabble-radio/2018/05/climate-change-numbers
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Alas! I can send on only a few lines of this. But it's criticism of the Christian churches is well-earned. We live in a world dominated by greed and mass murder. But our clergy just brush off their clerical garb and call for another chorus of "Jesus wants me for a sunbeam".

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-how-to-persuade-terrorists-to-lay-down-their-arms-1.6115480
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Trump says the U.S. unemployment rate is the lowest ever at about 3.9 percent. New Brunswick usually says its unemployment rate is about nine percent. Don't believe either of them.

Most governments lie about unemployment rates. They assume that most of the unemployed are not looking for work because they've given up. Accordingly, they are no longer unemployed. At one time, when Canadian unemployment was officially 7%, I discussed it a friend who was a senior person in Employment Canada. He's they one how told me they don't count those who have given up. If they had, the real unemployment rate would have been close to 20%.

I don't know that the real unemployment rate in Canada and the U.S. is now. But I know it's a hell of a lot higher than we are being told.
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http://www.voltairenet.org/article201159.html

For the full, propaganda treatment of the above story, read the irving press World News section for  Friday.

(Of course, it might not have even that. Today's big story is that a sinkhole is developing on the White House lawn. Wow! There's also a story about how chaos in West Africa was caused by a Ghadaffi who the U.S. murdered seven years ago. Yep, all his fault. There's no mention of the chaos and horror caused by a century of British, French, and U.S. aggression and interference - plundering and murder.)
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New Brunswick has been ruled from its start by its wealthy. In early days, it was the forest owners who had almost the only jobs available in the colony. Like today, those bosses owned the parties. You had to vote then by casting your vote in a loud, clear voice before the spectators and officials. If you voted for the wrong man - forget about getting a job anywhere.

Even with today's secret ballot, the old fears remain, and new Brunswickers are a very submissive people.

There is an election coming up. And, without doubt, either the Liberals or Conservatives will win. It will probably be the Conservatives because it's obvious that the irving press is cheering for them. Not that it matters. Both parties have a long history of being patsies for the irvings. And that means the irvings will continue to avoid taxes, and get lavish handouts. Why, we might even get the thrill of seeing fracking come back to the province.

Whatever - we will see the history of this province repeated with neglect of human needs and contempt for the average person - while the wealthy of the province burp their greed in our faces. Why can't the other, so-called third parties do better?

Well, in the first place, there are too many of them. In the second place, none of them deals with the whole problem. I certainly support the greens' ambitions. But cleaning up our environment is only one part of government. The NDP, alas, has nice thoughts - but pretty damn vague ones. And that's been true since it was founded.

The opposition needs to unite in one party. And that party needs to  have a philosophy of what government is about. The Liberals and Conservatives do  have a philosophy. They  believe in serving the rich. They believe, especially if they are lawyers, in doing favours for the right people and getting advancement from it.

But politics is not just about having vaguely defined principles. One needs to have a sense of what human rights are or should be, of what services are essential, of what a society can tolerate in the behaviour of the wealthy. And I haven't seen much sense of that in New Brunswick.

They also have to decide how to deal with the wealthy who are not above dirty tricks, and how to communicate with a public that is not intellectually active at the best of times, and which is at the mercy of a lying press.

Political physicians - before you can heal the bad times this province is facing,
heal yourselves.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

May 22: The coming decline of the U.S. empire.

I'm opening with a lot of Anti-Media items because it seems to be the only source that has a lot of coverage of recent developments. (The only world news in the irving press - seriously - is  "There's a magic to it: Harry and Meghan are married."  Seriously. That' the only thing in the world that happened yesterday. Well - three days ago.

Local news? The big story is about what it's like to be a local wife whose husband is working in the Alberta oil fields.  And that's  about the most exciting story for Moncton.

New Brunswickers have almost no source of news. The irving press is both biased and trivial (with inane cartoons by de Adder). This is a province incapable of being democratic because it's hopelessly uninformed.

The only bright spot  in today's irving press is a commentary by Geoff Martin, a teacher at Mount A. (It's so intelligent, I'm surprised the irving press published it.)   Mr. Martin (presumable Professor Martin) is a member of the N.B. Prosperity not Austerity Coalition. reading this commentary suggests that this is a group worth knowing more about.)
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This next report is worth thinking about.

http://theantimedia.com/israel-war-lebanon/

The situation in the middle east may be even more complicated than it looks. First Britain, then the U.S., have been killing and plundering middle east states for almost exactly a century. They are hated by Muslims all over the world. And it's not because Muslims are evil - as our news media might suggest. It's because western capitalists are evil and murderous.
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Here's another sample of western evil. The U.S. wants to destroy the government of Iran - because it is an elected government, and the choice of the people of Iran. But U.S. capitalists want its oil, and so the U.S. happily works to destroy the Iranian economy and also plans a takeover of the elected government. This is not unusual. An American government did this once before to Iran, setting up a brutal dictatorship.

http://theantimedia.com/pompeo-regime-change-iran/
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And here's a warning for the U.S.

http://theantimedia.com/russia-europe-china-iran-nuclear-deal/

There are two points of interest here. One is the warning that Russia and China are ready to draw a line in the sand.  The second one is one that surprises me. The European Union is very opposed to the U.S. breaking the nuclear treaty with Iran. I knew that. Though I didn't think the EU would carry out its anger and disagreements with Trump.

But it has. This has never happened before. The EU has, since 1945, been a U.S. puppet. Now, it's cooperating with Russia and China. This is a tremendous rejection of U.S. leadership. It's as if Canada were to reject U.S. leadership, and develop its own policies with the rest of the world.

The U.S. is looking for a world war. It needs one. American capitalism has been overreaching itself for 70 years in trying to rule the world. But it's been losing economic ground to China. Now it's losing economic ground and political ground to Russia and China. And now there's a weakening of the U.S.  hold on Europe.

If the U.S. does not rule the world in - perhaps - ten years, it never will. (And I doubt very much that it can do it at all.)  I'm quite sure that we are watching the fall of the biggest (and shortest) empire in history. And that fall will turn loose chaos in the U.S.  It's coming, and it's probably coming soon.
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Venezuela has just had an election monitored by foreign observers (including Canadians) who say it was a legitimate election. The U.S. says it wasn't - a view which reflects the wishes of American oil capitalists who want control of Venezuela's oil, and who have been working hard to destroy the Venezuelan economy.

An American invasion is possible. And it is quite possible that Canada will be asked to 'do its share' by sending troops. Another possibility is that it will be asked to send troops but call them 'peacekeepers' - as was done in the case of overthrowing the elected government of Haiti.

Major capitalists ask a lot of us, especially considering that most of them don't pay any taxes.

https://www.mintpressnews.com/us-refuses-to-recognize-venezuelas-elections-results-new-sanctions-already-planned
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When I was a mere lad at Montreal High School, it was in a part of the city soaked in prestige. McGill was across the street. The game of North American football was invented in a field I walked through on the way to school. "Flanders Fields" was composed by a man who had lived around the corner. Another local became China's medical hero in Mao's revolution. And just a five minute walk up the street was one of the world's most celebrated medical buildings, the Allan Memorial Institute.

And while I was at Montreal High spending my days duking school and getting kicked out, the American CIA infiltrated the Allan, using it to conduct highly damaging brain-washing experiments on patients who were there to be treated for illness - not given it.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/project-mkultra-families-meet-1.4662321

Yes. The CIA did terrible damage to innocent Canadians. Betcha the irving press won't have this story on Tuesday.
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The U.S. approach to 'negotiations' is to threaten and punish. That pattern is repeating itself with North Korea. And that means the 'negotiations' won't work, and  may not even happen.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/388709-pence-north-korea-talks-will-end-like-libya-is-kim-jong-un-does-not

Kin jong un would be a fool to even think of negotiating in the face of threats. Particularly so with the recent statement from the U.S. that he will end up like Ghadaffi of Libya - with a knife up his rectum. God bless America.
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Here's the same approach in dealing with Iran. In fact, the U.S. doesn't really even have a quarrel with Iran. But it is punishing Iran anyway.

http://theantimedia.com/pompeo-iran-strongest-sanctions-history/
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Even South Korea is worried by the American notion of negotiation.

http://theantimedia.com/south-koreans-john-bolton/

The U.S. is looking for wars, any one of which that could go nuclear. And once that happens,  it's game over for all of us. It has also built up a hatred of Americans that now covers well over half of the world's population.

At the same time, the U.S. is impoverishing its own people while shoveling the nation's money at the wealthiest.

In all of this, the Democrats are almost identical with the Republicans. The only light in the Democratic party is Bernie Sanders - but the corrupters of American democracy who bribe governments, own the news media, and who we call major capitalists will make sure Sanders gets nowhere.

Put that all together and we are looking at a major social, political, economic, and human crisis for the United States and, possibly, the world.
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The next item is a bit of self-indulgence. I taught for a time at the University of Grotingen  in The Netherlands. I found it a great pleasure to be able to  use a bicycle for local trips almost every day of the year. The bicycle paths are well off the road, and bicycles commonly outnumber the cars.

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/may/16/welcome-cycle-heaven-moved-family-netherlands-houten-utrecht
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This, not killing foreigners to steal their resources, is the sort of issue we need to deal with.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/21/human-race-just-001-of-all-life-but-has-destroyed-over-80-of-wild-mammals-study
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The U.S., which for centuries has happily put dictators into power in Latin America, in Iran, in South Korea (during and after the Korean war), is accusing  Venezuela's government of winning an election. Watch for the follow-up. Watch out for Canada being asked to participate.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/20/venezuela-president-nicolas-maduro-election

The U.S. sees itself as having a right to interfere in national governments all over the world. But it happily works hand-in-hand with dictatorships that obey their American, capitalist masters..
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Americans commonly believe they have a right to rule the world, to interfere in the affairs of other countries, to kill foreigners by the tens of millions... but the military and economic muscle to do this is in decline.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49475.htm
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Here's a commentary you certainly won't ever see in the irving press.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49479.htm
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Here's an article about the U.S. that applies at least equally to New Brunswick.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49469.htm
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No surprise.

https://www.rt.com/usa/427451-trump-moon-korea-summit/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=push_notifications&utm_campaign=push_notifications
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A reminder of what some Canadians are doing to help the people of Palestine. (You're not likely to find any mention of it in the irving press).

http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/talking-radical-radio/2018/05/international-direct-action-support-people-palestine
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I'm afraid the NDP lost its virginity the day is was founded.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/yves-englers-blog/2018/05/ndp-mps-should-withdraw-canada-israel-interparliamentary
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Well, some people think climate change is happening. But many of those people are fuzzy-headed scientists. Here in New Brunswick we have the guidance of a man who knows just about everything - and he knows fossil fuels are good for  the world. So there.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2018/05/flooding-bc-wont-help-albertas-case-kinder-morgan
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https://countercurrents.org/2018/05/22/boycott-pro-apartheid-us-australia-for-backing-israeli-gaza-massacres-apartheid-theft-palestinian-genocide/
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Gee! A story about Canada's kiss-up foreign policy  (kiss up to the U.S.) which was missed by the eagle-eyed editors of the irving press.

https://countercurrents.org/2018/05/22/canadas-adventures-in-neoliberal-imperialism-continue/
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I knew Justin Trudeau's father. And Justin ain't nothing like his father.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/at-the-u-n-trudeau-opposes-an-investigation-into-israels-shooting-of-unarmed-civilians-including-a-canadian-doctor/5641427

Incidentally, the doctor who was severely injured by Israeli snipers is from New Brunswick. The irving press has mentioned that - but without any comment on the Israel sniping of unarmed civilians - including the doctor working with other medical people well removed from the shooting gallery and well marked to show who they were.
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Why is the U.S. being so threatening to Iran over its nuclear  programme? Iran has complied with all the rules set down by the U.S. for its nuclear industry. Iran is not trying to produce nuclear weapons (though it has to sit next door to an Israel that has some 200 nuclear weapons aimed at Iran.) The Iranian programme has been regularly inspected, and shown to be following the rules. So why is the U.S. so aggressive?

It's because the real purpose of this circus is to destroy Iran's elected government, impose a U.S.-friendly one, and put American capitalists back in control of Iran's oil. It's as simple as that.

Will it work? Probably not. In fact, it has already badly shaken the European Union. And the U.S. is wading into waters over its head when it alienates the French, Germans and even the British who have been its kissups since 1945.

Trump, Bolton, Pence, etc. are not just murderous fronts for American big capitalists. They are also stupid.

By the way, have you noticed there's been no more reporting on the former Russian spy living in Britain with this daughter when both of them we were told by the British pm were definitely poisoned by Russia. She had evidence, she said. That was many weeks ago. The doctor and his daughter are recovered. But we're not hearing any more about it. Why?

Because prime minister May was lying in the first place. and the whole story has unravelled.
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People worry too much about climate change. If it were really happening, Mr. Irving would tell us. And he's real smart. He went to university for two, whole years. Take that all you smartass scientists.

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/44535-an-extreme-climate-forces-extreme-measures-as-worst-case-predictions-are-realized
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Justin Trudeau kiss-kisses Trump.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article201194.html

(You're not likely to read about this in the irving press.)
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North Americans, in general, don't have the faintest idea of what's going on in the world. And the most important thing that's going on is a wide and growing hatred of the U.S. - which is a little unfair to the American people because they are kept in ignorance of what is happening by their lying news media.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article201159.html
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Zero Hedge is, as its name suggests, essentially an economic journal. And we could be close to paying a price for the greedy antics of our business leaders.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-22/unexpected-warning-goldman-sachs-something-not-quite-right
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New Brunswick is facing a general election. It's not a cheering prospect. The Liberals and Conservatives don't have any social philosophy at all. They both see government as something like running a convenience store, but on a provincial basis. And they both see helping big business to be more important than helping the people of New Brunswick.

The NDP became a party of no particular political philosophy from the day it was founded. And the Greens are too narrowly focussed to accomplish anything.

New Brunswick needs a party with a social philosophy. And it needs only ONE.

As things are, making any change in New Brunswick is impossible.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

May 19:not a day of optimism

The purpose of a commentary page in a newspaper is to offer informed analysis of the news. What does all this news really mean? You really can't tell just from the bare story.  But any such analysis raises the risk of bias. So a good commentary page editor will keep out commentaries that are unduly influenced by bias - and look for commentaries by people who are well-informed, and are not obvious propagandists.

And that takes us to today's commentary page in the irving press. As a stinker, it's the usual collector's item for these newspaper.

The lead commentary is by the premier of New Brunswick. It's an ad for himself in the election that is approaching. And such an ad has nothing to do with informed and impartial analysis of anything.

Then there's a real gem by somebody named Jason Limongelll who is impartial in the eyes of irving editors because he's vice-president of Woodlands for J.D. Irving Ltd.  And this little gem of analysis concerns a CBC report that his forestry buddies may have been a factor in the recent flooding of the Saint John River Valley.

He tells us at length that his company follows all the rules, so no blame can rest on it. Unfortunately, this overlooks a major point in the analysis. Are the rules adequate? I'm sure that the irvings follow all the rules in spraying glyphosates on our forests (and wildlife and us); but New Brunswick has a pretty limp history of setting rules the irvings don't want.

This column is a stinker. It's not an analysis of anything. This is simply, like the rest of the irving press, company propaganda. But the closing sentence is a collector's item.

It comes after a paragraph about all the wonderful things that JDIrving is doing for the people who are suffering from the flooding. It concludes,

"We do this because this is home and these are our neighbours."

A-a-a-a-w, isn't that sweet? I really must drop in for a neighbourly coffee with the Irvings.

Well, at least this time we aren't hit with another 'commentary' from the usual  irving propaganda houses like Atlantic Institute of Market Studies or the Fraser Insistute.


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The following story cannot be true. It it were, Mr. Irving would have told us. Once again, he has a keener insight than all of the world's scientists put together.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/17/climate-change-on-track-to-cause-major-insect-wipeout-scientists-warn
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American Christians rally for Israel.

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/what-happens-when-pro-trump-christians-weaponize-the-bible-1.6097388

Well, in fairness, most Canadian Christians probably don't really give a damn one way or the other.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/19/china-says-air-force-lands-bombers-on-south-china-sea-islands

This story, like most world news, wasn't important enough to make the irving press. But it is important. The U.S. has been increasing interference with North Korea and with waters claimed by China.  (The U.S. is allowed to  have bases wherever it like all over the world. China isn't.) This is a warning from China to back off.

We are very, very close.....
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Here's a story the irving press did carry. But that, I suspect, was because the victim grew up in New Brunswick.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/17/canadian-doctor-wounded-gaza-israel-palestinians-gaza
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For Canada to send troops to Afghanistan at the request of the U.S. was morally and legally wrong. Under international law, we had no right to send those troops. And it was immoral because we sent Canadians to kill and to die in a war that had nothing to do with Canada.

The Canadian Legion should have been the first and loudest to condemn this. Alas, The Canadian Legion, which should see itself as the defenders of those in our armed forces, usually sees itself as the providers of killers  (and victims) for billionaires.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/18/britain-young-afghanistan-trump-demands-defence-policy
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Much of the world is heading into fascism - and much of it is already there. And the answer is not in giving the rich even more free passes from paying taxes.

http://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-universal-income-can-fix-our-broken-democracy
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Contrary according to the gospel of the editors and 'commentators' at Irving press, the rich do not create jobs and wealth for us all. The purpose, the only purpose, of the big capitalist is to create wealth for himself. It's we, the purchasers, who create those jobs by buying what they produce. Capitalism does not exist to put money into a society. It exists to take it out in profits. 

People know they're being abused in this process. But they don't know the cause of it. Result? We get puppet rulers like the Liberals and Conservatives. We get frustrated. We get angry. But we don't see the cause of our problem.

That's what lies behind the rise of what are called populists - like Donald Trump, like Doug Ford in Ontario, like the government of France,..... And what those populists ultimately do is to take us back to fascism and naziism.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/18/sanders-slams-us-inequality-report-finds-nearly-half-americans-cant-afford-basic

Most Canadians would be lost without medicare, without free and public education, without at least a minimum wage, without at least a basic pension. And note that none of those was brought to us by big business. Indeed, big capitalists are more noted for trying to put an end to all those.

Anyway, put aside your 'populist' vote. Instead, put heat on the third parties to get tougher.
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Here's a statement by The Pope that the irving press will never report. Alas! The leaders of our Christian churches aren't likely to report it either.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/18/pope-bashes-global-financial-system-blasting-ticking-time-bomb-derivatives-rampant
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The U.S. has imposed trade sanctions on both Russia and Iran because...well, because... The U.S. is the only country in the world that is allowed to do that. And if they break the trade sanctions, the U.S. assumes the right to bomb, sink freighters and do other, Christian things. The U.S. has assumed the right to rule the world.

And NATO and the Europeans in general are drawing the line against U.S. arrogance.

But cheer up. I think they'll back off this time.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/19/eu-and-iran-will-attempt-salvage-nuclear-deal-following-trumps-breach-agreement
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So the CIA, whose job consists largely of murdering people all over the world, destroying governments, slaughtering native peoples as it organized in Guatemala, has a torturer and a murderer for its new chief. And she's a real sweetheart. Here's the sort of thing she organized.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49458.htm

God Bless America.
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The U.S. many years ago gave itself the right to murder people in foreign countries. That's why, in countries all over the world, people look up at the skies in fear for the robot bombers that attack at random - critics of the U.S., children going to school, wedding parties...they're all fair game for the U.S. But don't ever expect to read about it in the irving press.

https://countercurrents.org/2018/05/19/26787/
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It is possible, even likely,  that Trump will ask Canada for troops to invade Venezuela.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article201159.html
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The great crisis for the world is getting close. Trump is trying to push China and Russia into a corner. Both Russia and China are avoiding any aggressiveness. But they aren't really backing off. However, don't blame Trump for this crisis.

Yes, Trump is an ass. But he's not the cause of the problem. The cause, and one that affects all of us, is greed. That has turned loose wars all over the world. That is what has created a hundred million or more refugees. It is the same sort of greed that marked the Spanish empire in Latin America, the French Empire in Africa and Indo-China, and the British Empire over much of the world. Now, it is the greed of big capitalism in the U.S. that demands the right to rule  (and impoverish and torture and kill ordinary people all over the world - including those in the U.S. and Canada.)

That's why the U.S. happily helped to break down the older empires after World War 2, while building its own. But don't blame Trump. This goes way back before him. It goes back in the history of a nation whose children are taught in school that they are a nation favoured by God (as British and French children were taught in their schools.)

It goes back in the history of a nation whose children have not been taught that the capitalists of their nation abused them terribly - with a period of slight relief from 1939 to  the1970s or so, but then a descent back to the old days of mass poverty. Since then, the nation's wealth has been pumped into the pockets of a very small number of capitalists. (The three wealthiest families in the U.S. now have at least as much money as 100 million American families at a lower level. And it's getting worse.)

Pure greed is running wild in the U.S. (and much more in Canada than we like to think). Big taxes are imposed on the leading capitalists. But they don't have to pay them. It's the minimum wage people who have to pay taxes. The very, very wealthy of Canada and the U.S. bleed us dry.

In the U.S., the return to savagery in the form of the selling off of the prison system to capitalists who do nothing for the prisoners but make them cheap labour. Medical care for most Americans is out of the question. Instead of putting money into the public schools, The U.S. gives schools to billionaires for their own profit, a system that is a serious drain on the whole middle class, and a colossal disaster for the public schools, most of whose students will be disadvantaged for life. (Canada does the same thing with its university system. We have to put university beyond the reach of most children so that billionaires won't have to pay taxes.)

Social aids have been cut drastically in the U.S., raising poverty levels for all except those who can afford to live in Trump Tower.

Canada is drifting into the same position. Here in New Brunswick, the very rich are eager to feed on the medical system and the school system - oh and on energy. Canadian and American billionaires are equal opportunity buzzards that soar over both countries.

Where will this take us? Well, if our leaders allow us to live long enough, it will take all of us to economic disaster. But cheer up. It is quite possible their greed will first take us into the final war. And their editors will tell us how happy we are.

The U.S., without quite understanding why, is a confused, directionless, valueless mass of people whose history is largely mythical, and who have lost any sense of right and wrong, and any sense of purpose. Thus the rise to power of a Donald Trump and a John Bolton who play to people's fears and ignorance.

In the face of this massive greed, the people are quite directionless and whose only senses are fear and hatred. It's not just because of guns that American school children are killed.  (And Americans in general.)

The United States is a place of fear, panic and hysteria - all created by the greed of a ruling class of the greediest.  And Canada is much closer to that than we like to think.

Really, we don't have time to play the games the very greedy want us to play. Even if we avoid a world, nuclear war, we have to deal with huge problems of climate change, of the mass starvation we have created in much of the world, of the millions, even billions of refugees who are coming, of more invasions by the greedy  (and in this latter case, Canada will be a prime target for the U.S. greedy.)

Meanwhile, watch for Canada to be asked to fight wars for American billionaires. Watch for European billionaires to begin moves to break out from the control of American ones.

And watch for a U.S. thrashing about in the terrors of its social, moral and economic structures.  Soon.
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Here's another person who isn't nearly as smart as Mr. Irving.

https://countercurrents.org/2018/05/22/an-orwellian-climate-and-the-faustian-bargain/
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

May 17: Time to Wake Up.

Ever notice that the U.S. no longer declares war? It just starts killing. The U.S. has not declared war since December of 1941. Since then, it has attacked over 70 countries, killing millions of people.

But the American people have no voice in that decision. In effect, the decision to kill  is made by the major capitalists who own American governments.

So much for 'government by the people'.

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The irving press for My 16 had a glaring error. The headline was a co-pilot almost being sucked out of the aircraft when a window was smashed. But the story it headed was about China complaints over an American T shirt with a map of China on it.

Most newspapers spend the time and money to proofread, and make sure such errors don't occur. But I have noticed that such errors are common in the irving press.

It can also go on the cheap with its commentary page, often using what look like freebie columns by politicians and other interest groups. This is a paper that isn't only trivial. It also seems to operate on the cheap - or possibly the stunningly incompetent.
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The big news of the day  (which may or may not make the irving press) is that Kim Jong has withdrawn from the peace talks with South Korea. Of course. He'd be a fool  not to.

He has withdrawn because the U.S. has chosen this stunningly inappropriate moment to conduct massive war exercises on the border with North Korea. There are lots of people in U.S. big business who want a war with North Korea. They don't want peace. And their boy in the White House is Trump choice for National Security Advisor, John Bolton. Bolton has openly campaigned for world, nuclear wars for decades. He represents those leading capitalists who want America to rule the world because American billionaires rule America.

Despite the goo-goos of the American press, it wasn't Trump who set up the peace talks in the first place. It was China that leaned on Kim Jong. And China cannot possibly stand by while the US sets out to destroy it.

This is very, very dangerous. And it is probably not a coincidence that this crisis and Iran should both happen in Bolton's tenure. American big capitalism has very little time left to conquer the world. And it is willing to destroy the world to conquer it.

And where does Trump stand in all this? Well, unlike the maniacal Bolton, he seems not to have any consistent policies.

http://theantimedia.com/north-korea-peace-talks-south-korea/

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This next article is a long one, but a good one, about our news media lying to us. It's largely about British news media (including The Guardian). But, at that, the faults of BBC and The Guardian are  relatively modest compared to those of the rest of Europe and the Americas.

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/16369676e3d79123
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The World Health Organization say glyphosate sprays are dangerous to health. But Mr. Irving says they're good for us. Guess which version the Liberals and Conservatives of New Brunswick believe.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/16/new-study-raises-alarm-about-exposure-glyphosate-pesticides-levels-epa-claims-are

And guess why the irving press won't even report on it.
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Because of climate change, the world's fish are being forced to change their habitat. (You know. That's the climate change that isn't happening. I mean, if it were, Mr. Irving would be the first to tell us.)

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/17/worlds-oceans-warm-hundreds-fish-species-forced-swim-their-lives
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/16/trump-north-korea-nuclear-summit-john-bolton

Bolton has a long and fanatical history of demanding world rule by the U.S.
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Bigotry and abuse of native peoples is alive and well in Canada.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2018/may/17/separating-sick-inuit-kids-from-their-parents-is-medical-colonialism-all-over-again
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To understand what is happening now, we have to understand the background to it.

https://off-guardian.org/2018/05/17/on-u-s-imperialism-capitalism-and-fascism/
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Only a headline and a sentence -  but this tells us more about the western Jewish reaction to Israel's behaviour than you will ever see in the western press.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-trump-base-celebrates-jerusalem-embassy-move-u-s-jews-mourn-gaza-deaths-1.6092560

Israel is Jewish ---like the U.S. is Christian if you think about it.
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Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, may have a limited future in politics.

https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/qatar-kushner-and-cohen-the-latest-trump-scandal-rocking-d-c-1.6096437
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So far, the irving press doesn't give a damn about the Canadian boat to Gaza.

http://rabble.ca/rabbletv/program-guide/2018/05/watch-canadians-sailing-right-just-future-palestine
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Some years ago, I knew a man who had been a Jewish 'settler' in Gaza. "Settler" means he and his friends had armed themselves, crossed into land that did not belong to Israel, forced the legal residents out, killing some, and stealing their homes and their land. He often told the story with great joy.

https://countercurrents.org/2018/05/17/israeli-settler-colonialism-and-occupation-fact-sheet/
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The CEO at Macdonald's gets some $27 million dollars a year. (and he almost certainly hides it from taxes.) The median yearly salary for a Macdonald's employee is about $7,000. Gee! The CEO must work really hard. At that salary, he could work for a year, then retire for life, and live in comfort. His employees will have to work forever, and with no hope of ever having a decent income.

Salaries of the already wealthy are skyrocketing. Salaries of the rest of us are - struggling. We live in a society crushed by greed, and ground into eternal poverty. Well, New Brunswick will show the world. Yes. Next election, it will vote Conservative.  Duh...

We face an enormous crisis. Power in this world is wielded by a tiny group of the extremely wealthy - who have no discernable sense of morality or even of average intelligence.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/16/detailing-ceo-worker-pay-gaps-high-5000-1-its-clear-why-corporate-execs-did

And that's why, for example, we routinely get sprayed with poisonous chemicals.
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Why Americans (and many Europeans and Canadians) have become the naziis of our time.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/17/language-fascist-trump-denounced-racist-rant-calling-immigrants-animals
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/gaza-killings-names-and-faces-of-those-killed-by-israeli-forces-this-week/5640681
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Israeli soldiers killed a baby with tear gas. Gee! Isn't tear gas a chemical weapon?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49435.htm
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These massive distributions of wealth are returning us to the middle ages when almost all available wealth went into the pockets of a tiny minority of aristocrats.  The rest of the population survived on incomes of around $20 a year - often less.

A capitalism that has been allowed to run wild is taking us back to that.

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-pentagon-cant-account-for-21-trillion/
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Our father which art in heaven help us to torture more people today...

https://theintercept.com/2018/05/17/gina-haspel-cia-director-torture/

The U.S. tortures prisoners by the thousands. It's illegal, of course. But what the hell....  Onward Christian torturers...

I could say that we're going into a moral decline. But we've been going there throughout history. Moral decline is what all of  the empires are about. Moral decline is what uncontrolled capitalism is about. And much, much worse is on the way.
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And a useful reminder.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article201160.html
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New Brunswickers are very passive, indeed. And the price for that will be heavy.
The very wealthy are driving up their own wealth while ignoring the needs of the rest of society. They are also increasingly driving us into wars that we  (but not they) have to pay for in money and lives. And the war they are driving us to now is one that nobody can survive. (And a U.S. that cannot defeat Afghanistan in seventeen years is not likely to defeat the world.)

We have no sense of the problems facing us. But not to worry.

I feel sure New Brunswick will vote Conservative next time, and all our problems will be solved.
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