Thursday, August 16, 2018

August 16: Let's get real. It's happening.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/aug/14/extreme-temperatures-especially-likely-for-next-four-years

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-declares-state-of-emergency-as-hundreds-of-wildfires-burn-across-province-1.4785983

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/marine-heat-waves-wildlife-1.4786355

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/education-age-climate-change/2018/08/what-do-we-teach-while-world-burning

https://www.globalresearch.ca/as-america-burns-from-climate-change-trump-officials-attend-denial-conference-to-discuss-why-climate-change-is-fake/5650596

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/warm-2018-2022-1.4784746

https://countercurrents.org/2018/08/15/undeniable-human-agency-in-climate-change-while-disasters-multiply/

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2018/08/cool-solutions-mean-hothouse-planet-isnt-inevitable

Look. It's real. We have been lied to by the irving press. We have had years of commentaries telling us fossil fuels are perfectly safe if properly controlled. But there is no proper control. And there can't be any.

It's real. We have, maybe, ten years of serious world-wide effort to deal with this.  And at best, we face years of massive starvation, crop loss, millions of refugees.

That means there's a new reality. We cannot possibly afford wars. We cannot spend our time and money on feeding those billionaires who produce and sell weapons to anybody will pay for them - as Canada supplied armoured cars to Saudi Arabia so it could murder starving children.

For decades, our leading capitalists have told us there is no global warming. And those decades have set us up for one hell of a challenge in the next ten years. For decades, they have paid off politicians to ignore all the warnings. Trump, in particular, has exposed this whole continent to profound danger and suffering. And he's had Trudeau on his side.

And let's not forget our very own irvings and our brain-dead conservatives in New Brunswick. These are the people who want us to press ahead even more with fossil fuels. All they can see is the short term profits for themselves - and to hell with the rest of the world. And surprise, surprise. The conservatives are led by an irving puppet.

New Brunswick has to develop some morality and some intelligence - and some guts. And it doesn't have much time to do it.

Let's forget the chatter about nice little things in this election. Let's get real. There is a monstrous threat hanging over us all. But we live in a province that has almost no truthful information at all. And we have a population which has rarely,  very rarely shown any political courage or originality at all.

This issue is something to be angry about. We have been lied to for decades about climate change. And now it's  happening, and happening suddenly and viciously. And our politicians and our news media are talking (and lying) about cutesie issues.

Get real. Get angry. Develop some courage. Climate change is happening. We have no time to babble about minor issues, about wars. The greatest war humanity will ever see is happening now - it's happening here and it's happening to us.

To the people of New Brunswick and their churches, I would say, For Christ's sake, wake up and show some courage.

Can we handle this? I don't know. It's hard to know how the stupidity of other nations on this issue will harm us beyond hope (Trump and the American oil barons come to mind.)

But don't kid yourself. A whole world has become obsolete. Its wars cannot be won. The massive corruption invoked by capitalism, the greed, the abuse, can no longer be tolerated. The climate change that our scientists warned us of twenty years ago and more is here. So who do we trust? Thousands of highly trained scientists? Or a handful of greed-dripping capitalists of very, very limited intelligence?

Since 1945, we have been watching the collapse of democracy all over the world, the mass murder of nations that our billionaires want to plunder, the growing poverty of the rest of us while the billionaires bleed us dry and run up the greatest profits in history.

All this is heading for a terrible crash unless we act now..

Wake up, New Brunswick.l
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/12/saudi-arabia-spat-canada-mohammed-bin-salman-true-colours

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/trump-abandons-canada-in-saudi-human-rights-fight-1.6366171
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/16/yemen-school-bus-bombing-one-of-50-strikes-on-civilian-vehicles-this-year

Let's drop all the phony sorrow. The deliberate mass murder of civilians and children has been a feature of war since it was developed by Winston Churchill in 1920 when he ordered the RAF to bomb undefended Kurd towns. Hitler picked up the idea at Guernica. Britain and the U.S. revived it in World War Two with the bombing of Dresden. The U.S. did it in its bombing of Japan. And the U.S. has deliberately killed millions of civilians and children since then in every war it has fought.

Let's not kid ourselves about 'heroism' in war. Let's not kid ourselves that wars are fought to defend "Queen and country". That's the myth we pump into those we sent to fight and die in war. Almost all wars - on one side and, often, on both - are fought to make the wealthy even wealthier. That's what Yemen is about - and Iran - and Syria - and Korea - and Afghanistan-----

And smaller nations, like Canada, have to kiss up to the bigger ones - as when Canada sent it soldiers to die in Afghanistan. Even Britain, the empire that we once thought we have to fight for, is now just a puppet colony that fights American wars.
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Am I being unpatriotic in what I'm writing above? I'm sure that members of The Canadian Legion would say so. But this suggests no disrespect for veterans. My point is that we have abused many of our veterans - and our sending them off to kill and to die for billionaires is something The Canadian Legion should be protesting. Not supporting. (And the clergy who officiate at Nov. 11 ceremonies might be wise to remember that, too.) Yes. Our veterans served, and served damn well. We owe them for that. But we also owe it to remember that we often lied to them about what they were fighting for.

Below is the result of a study conducted by Army Times in the U.S. Note all the American legion branches that support it. The Canadian Legion, too, should be supporting those who served, not those who lied to them.

https://countercurrents.org/2018/08/15/187-organiszations-call-for-mass-protest-against-military-parade/

(Some readers may have noticed there are TWO web magazines named countercurrents. They are quite separate. The other one is an American site, and quite different from the other. The American site is edited by a white racist of extreme right-wing opinions.)
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News about most of  us.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/15/age-of-obesity-shaming-overweight-people
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The REAL news that you'll never see in the irving press - or any other commercial press in North America.

https://countercurrents.org/2018/08/15/what-really-happens-to-nicaragua-venezuela-and-ecuador/
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We happily allow billionaires to avoid paying taxes, to buy our governments, and to hold down the minimum wage to us peasants  (because too much money would spoil us.) That's why whenever there's a dollar rise in the basic income, we get a rant in the irving press about how it spoils the poor. And that's a sentiment that's often picked up by all of us who should know better.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2018/08/doomsayers-chicken-littles-and-conservatives-get-it-wrong
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Another story you'll never see in the irving press. It's about how our billionaires feed our military with lies about how they need to fight "for Canada" when, in fact, they are only fighting for billionaires.

Damn. Why isn't the Canadian Legion protecting our own military? Why is it forever kissing up to the wealthy?

http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/needs-no-introduction/2018/08/globalization-war
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For all their talk, Canadian governments have done close to nothing about indigenous peoples in this country.

http://rabble.ca/tags/21-things-you-may-not-know-about-indian-act
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2018/08/why-are-people-destitute-canada

Apart from the Liberals and Conservatives, the worst enemy the poor have is all those middle class twits who say that giving the poor decent living conditions would just spoil them.
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Keystone XL is the oil pipeline for which Trudeau is using our money to help out those nice billionaires who just want to create jobs for the poor. (And New Brunswick's Conservatives have a similar plan for this province.)

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/08/16/stalling-trumps-illegal-rubber-stamp-keystone-xl-federal-court-orders-full_
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This one came as a shocker to me.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/08/16/dont-be-stupid-be-a-smarty-why-anti-authoritarian-doctors-are-so-rare/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50045.htm

Israel also can and does interfere in Canadian affairs. I've seen a good deal of this up close. The dirty work is done by Canadians forming what is called "The Israeli Lobby". Their job is to make sure that any public criticism of Israel is squashed, and that only praise gets through.
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For many years, U.S. multi-billionaires of the arms industry have been supplying weapons for all sides in the world's wars. And, no, it doesn't mean great employment for Americans. What it means is an immense loss of tax money to feed to arms makers who then, of course, hide their money from taxation.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50040.htm

The U.S. is even the major supplier to its enemies. It's all in the name of profits.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50035.htm
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https://off-guardian.org/2018/08/16/nato-actions-contradict-their-values/
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https://therealnews.com/us-backed-coalition-bombs-yemens-new-cholera-treatment-center-after-unleashing-worlds-largest-outbreak

Onward Christian soldiers.
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This next story is not a coincidence. Children and civilians in general are now and long have been the deliberately chosen major targets in war.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180816-unicef-66000-yemen-children-die-annually-from-preventable-diseases/

Sort of makes you wonder where the hell our Christian clergy are. And I suspect hell might be the best place to look for them.
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Gee. Funny this didn't make the irving press.

https://theintercept.com/2018/08/16/trello-board-uk-canada/
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You have to pay to get Haaretz. But, oh, it's one, great paper.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israel-oks-delivery-of-ten-tons-of-palestinian-mail-held-since-2010-1.6387227

This is in a class with Israel's action in cutting power every day even to hospitals in Palestine, and illegally preventing ships getting to or leaving Palestine, kicking Palestinians out of their homes, stealing their land.......
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New Brunswickers, you have to wake up. The current provincial election is the dreariest, drabbest, most boring one I have ever seen. Look. Despite all the crises we face, despite the risk of world annihilation, Mr. irving and the Conservatives with their irving flunky leader and their well-meaning but politically moronic candidates seem determined to unleash the hell of fracking on us again.

And the Liberals intend to continue the irving spraying of poisonous glysophates over us. (I can find nothing else of any significance in either of those parties.)

The Greens and NDP would certainly be an improvement - though both are more timid than we need.

New Brunswickers have been political sleep-walkers all the way back to the earliest days of elections. They have routinely elected the friends of the wealthy, and they have routinely been bled dry as a result. The only province so willing to commit suicide every four years has been Prince Edward Island.

The stakes this time are the biggest ever. They include not only the conditions of living here, but the very survival of all life. The adjustment to public meetings, open discussion, debate will be a difficult one. But we owe it to our children - and maybe to ourselves in just ten years.


4 comments:

  1. Mr Graeme, please oh please record that first section rant, the one about climate change and waking up, and post it in youtube. Sadly, the written word does not bring in the crowds as it used to, nor as it should. Put on your serious face and let er rip! I'd be the first to pass it around to the many allies that share your views.

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  2. Gladly. But how do I put something on youtube?

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  3. Alas. If I could persuade a friend to film and upload it, even make you an account and instruct you on it's use, would you be receptive to that idea? I could myself, but am in Browns Yard and still driving truck for a living.

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