Wednesday, June 13, 2018

June 13: Thanks re scams.

I cut yesterday's blog short to get it posted right away - just in case the story from Revenue Canada was real. If it was rigged  by a political enemy, the whole blog could have been erased before I had a chance to stop it.

As it happens, though, it was a  scam. And Revenue Canada had nothing to do with it.  And my little heart is beating more slowly again.

So here's the rest of the June 12 blog.

As birds and animals and fish disappear, so do we.
Take a look at the REAL unemployment figures. And there's a very worrying factor in even this. A growing portion of the unemployed are people who were replaced by automatons that could do their work. And the automation of the work place is just beginning.

All of the benefit of automation is going to the very wealthy. Workers continue to get low pay, and to lose jobs.

I include this next item only out of indignation that it claims football to be a uniquely American sport. NO. Dammit. It is not.

The U.S. did NOT invent North American football. Canada did, in the late nineteenth century at McGill University in Montreal on a field that I passed every day on my way to high school.

And at that, what Canada developed was a variation on the British sport of rugby. (Canada's upper classes - the ones who's sons (mostly) attended universities - wanted to copy Rugby because it was the game of the British upper classes. But rugby had few written rules - and in rewriting the rules, the Canadians invented a new game - football.) That's why football has quarterbacks, halfbacks and fullbacks. In Rugby, the quarterback was so called because he played halfway back on the field. Halfbacks played halfway back, and fullbacks all the way back.

Canadians changed the roles and positions of those players.

And why was it a game of the upper classes? That was because the British believed it developed character - which was unnecessary for ordinary people but essential for the upper classes who ruled. That class training is why football became the big, university game. The working class was discouraged from playing because they would taint the game by their class inferiority. Yes, football was created out of snobbery.

That's why the original Grey Cup was for amateur champions only. It was important to keep out the riff-raff who needed money to play.

The same is true of cricket. It was a game for 'gentlemen' only because it built character, and only the rich needed character. "Common people" had to be let in as the game commercialized. But to this day, many British cricket stadia have two entrances. One is marked "Players" for those lower class who get paid to play. The other is marked "Gentlemen" for the better sort who can afford to play without getting paid.

Hey, you can't understand the present without understanding the past.

The very greedy will do anything to make even more money as billionaires lust to become trillionaires.

and they use disease as well as starvation...

And the British upper classes are old hands at being greedy. They need lessons from no-one.

We are watching a complete breakdown of order in the world as our very, very greedy can never get enough.

But don't worry. We can expect the U.S. military to do its job as the heroes they all are.

The American government is stunningly corrupt,  and in bed with the greediest of American billionaires. Of course, New Brunswick's Conservatives and Liberals would never do such a thing.  Well, not as often....maybe....
God bless America.

America needs all the blessing it can get.

Hey. Accidents happen. No big deal. That's why the irving press didn't carry this story.

I haven't listed anything about Trump's meeting with Kim Jong. That's because I'm not sure that anything happened at that meeting. I think it will be months before we have some clear idea of what that was about.

But Norway has leaped in by nominating Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019.

It's much too early to take this seriously, especially since Trump is up to his ears with a slaughter in Yemen, and is likely to be involved in a war with Iran and another in Iraq. As well, if there is peace in Korea, it will owe more to the intervention of China and the good relations between North and South Korea than it will owe to the U.S.


  1. I played rugby at school in England in the '50s, before we emigrated to Canada. Then in NS high school it was football run by a Brit Phys Ed teacher. No way he was calling it soccer, thanks all the same. To him from Brum, Canadian football, where foot scarcely touched ball was not worthy of the name.

    As for Canadian football, and eventually Yankee football, the breakthrough was the forward pass, STRICTLY not allowed in rugby. Although I've seen amazing kicks used as forward passes. The real class distinction hogwash was the upperclassmen of McGill, Toronto, Princeton, Yale and Harvard playing their Football in exclusive teams against each other. No hoi polloi allowed.

    The "common" man's rugby football in Blighty is Rugby Union played in the North, usually called rugger. And it's pro not amateur unlike international games - France has been in it since Moby Dick was a minnow as well. You make far too much of the class differences about Rugby and football (soccer) in the UK, sorry. You have a rather determined class view unwilling to bend. But like you in Montreal as a child, I was there in Portsmouth. I knew the reality, and went back for five years to the UK in the '70s for postgrad in London. I know of what I speak. Read this:

    You go off on a wrong tack about cricket as well. I was cricket mad as a kid, went to three day long county cricket games in the summer, was on the school team. On summer vacations I played with "working" class kids in the park every day and anyone else who wanted to join in. County cricket is no snob's game. Village greens have cricket matches every weekend. Your class stereotyping is way off base from reality. And 300 million Indians and Pakistanis, Ceylonese, Aussies Kiwis, and Caribbean island types play cricket with relish. Usually better than the Brits internationally.

    No cricket in NS when we arrived. Just schoolgirl's rounders, renamed as baseball and softball, virtually the same rules and not even with a straight bat, but what we called cowshots, holding the bat sideways. Now there's my particular snobbery shining through.


  2. Admittedly, the class element is not as strong as it once was. But at the origins of those games, they were very strong, indeed. Rugby was developed at, of course, the private school for the wealthy that was called Rugby. There's lots written history on this, and there is not the slightest doubt that Rugby was intended to be only for the upper classes of Britain. The theory was that it developed character for these favoured children who would come to rule - unlike the peasantry.

    The same was true of these games in Canada about 1900. That's why the Grey Cup is officially for amateurs only. Same with the Stanley Cup. And, in London, I did see the the signs at the stadium entry - Gentlemen and, separately, players.

    Canadian hockey players into the 1920s, at least, were required to be amateurs. So players commonly collected salaries from largely fictitious jobs in companies owned by the wealthy.

    As well, elite clubs for the wealthy (as they were then) like the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association would raise players from the working class - by giving them fictitious memberships in their clubs so they could play. That's how my father was able to play 'amateur' football in the early 1930s.

    Yes. Cricket is now widely played all over the world. But that was not the case a century ago. Cricket 'built character' - and there was no point to wasting character on common people.

    And, if you check the records for the British army units serving in Canada, you'll find that the 'gentlemen' sports were not permitted for common troops, only for the officers. The enlisted had to settle for 'crude' sports like wrestling.

    Until very recently, the olympics were for amateurs only. Again, that was intended to keep out the riff raff. The Olympics were for the 'better sort' only.

    Class lines in Britain are still strong. Read Agatha Christie stories. Notice how most of the stories are about upper class circles. The others don't matter.

    And class lines in Canada and the U.S. are more pronounced than most people think they are.