Thursday, August 2, 2018

August 2:The New Brunswick Disaster

Okay. Change of plans. It looks as though Saturday is the day I'll be frolicking in the waves. So I'm likely to have no blog that day.
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http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/el-nino-2018-noaa-prediction-1.4768316

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/wildfires-california-1.4769425

http://medialens.org/index.php/alerts/alert-archive/2018/875-world-on-fire-climate-breakdown.html

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/01/heatwave-climate-denial-summer-2018-sceptics

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/01/state-of-the-climate-report-noaa-2017-third-warmest

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/08/01/hottest-july-ever-recorded-united-states-californias-death-valley-busts-own-record

https://www.globalresearch.ca/global-fires-and-droughts-the-media-cover-up-of-climate-change/5649392


None of this has appeared in the pages of our irving press.
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https://news.vice.com/en_ca/article/mbxyw8/rcmp-files-say-violent-aboriginal-extremists-are-undermining-pipeline-plans

This is a theme I shall return to in the second half of today's blog. To be blunt, the police are trained to see protesters as evil and dangerous - and so the police almost always act in favour of big money and, indeed, in close cooperation with big money 'security' companies.
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http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/north-korea-us-war-remains-1.4769448

Gee! how terrible of them! The U.S. killed 30 percent of the population of North Korea - mostly civilians. I wonder how many dog tags the U.S. preserved from them.

And I wonder how many dog tags are being preserved of the 20 million Yemeni who are being starved to death by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. (And let's remember Canada's share in this. A Canadian company illegally built and sold armoured cars to Saudi Arabia though Canadian companies are not supposed to sell weapons to countries like Saudi Arabia.)

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/un-yemen-humanitarian-aid-1.4677934
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http://m.france24.com/en/20180731-venezuelas-president-admits-economy-has-failed

This news report admits that the U.S. sanctions and other intrusions are what destroyed the Venezuelan economy. It was a deliberate act by the U.S. But that essential truth gets lost in just one line close to the end of the story.
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Another story that didn't - and won't reach the pages of the irving press.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/31/canada-richest-families-same-wealth-12-million-people-report
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Trudeau, like his predecessors has done nothing to deal with the indignities and plundering we have forced on native peoples. And this is despite promise after promise for a couple of centuries and a recent, but dead letter, national apology to native peoples for all these years of theft and plundering.

When the native people of Rexton in New Brunswick protested the intrusion of a fracking company, the irving press ran to hysteria with a report that a few of the demonstrators had guns. Well, they did. But so did the many, many police there have rifles and pistols - and many more of them. And, with the help of an irving 'security' company, they attacked the demonstrators. However, the irving press never mentioned that.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2018/07/reconciling-energy-and-indigenous-rights
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http://rabble.ca/babble/canadian-politics/canada%E2%80%99s-oil-king-trudeau-and-his-love-affair-big-oil
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Very late in my professor days, I was offered the job of president of my university. (The offer came from the chairman of our board of governors, a guy named Molson.) It was tempting. The pay was big, and was mine for life even if they fired me after the first day. Yes, I was tempted.

But, after thinking it over, I said no. As I thought about it, I realized this job was really being a front man, a gofer, under the control of the very big business men who made up the board of governors. They - who know nothing about education or scholarship - they are really the ones who control our universities though they know nothing and care nothing about about the search for knowledge and understanding.

Yes, these are the people who run our universities today. And their main interest is in ensuring that the universities help their profits. Thus the tremendous spread of commerce business programmes in the universities. Thus, in New Brunswick, the rush of university presidents to respond to the irving call to assist him in his self-appointed (and very inappropriate) role of planning the provincial budget some years ago.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/campus-notes/2014/07/we-must-compete-corporate-elite-leveraging-public-universities-p#at_pco=smlrebv-1.0&at_si=5b6314f6fa66926a&at_ab=per-2&at_pos=1&at_tot=5

Boy. I coulda used that money.
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https://countercurrents.org/2018/08/02/bipartisan-dysfunctionality-puts-the-world-at-risk/
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http://gwynnedyer.com/2018/iran-no-plan-b-2/

A problem to add to the one discussed above is the problem of the ineffectiveness of the world's most expensive military - that of the U.S. It has been remarkably ineffective except against the smallest and most feeble states since 1945.
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This next one looks interesting. But I'd like to know more before cheering.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/08/01/debunking-pundits-and-corporate-democrats-new-poll-finds-unabashedly-left-agenda
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News in the irving press?

Well, the lead story is almost a repeat of yesterday's lead story - a boy died while playing a game of choking. The difference is that this one tells us  that his mother feels terrible about it.

I have no doubt she does. And I feel every sympathy for her. But this is not a news story. This is simply an exploitation of grief of the sort called a 'sob-story', a cheap abuse of a news story.

There is also a story that the Liberals are rolling in election money and the Conservatives are almost broke. (An easily missed sentence tells us this is a misleading statistic.) As well, it doesn't mention that the Conservatives have a full (and free) coverage from the irving press.

Almost all of section 1 is trivia. And there is not a single story about what, if anything, our provincial and municipal governments are going to do in dealing with climate change. What plans do they have for dealing with the problems this will create? (Indeed - what  have they defined as the problems they will face?)

Norbert Cunningham has his usual, highly prejudiced column favouring private business operation for our water supply over public operation. Why?  Well, he says that people who favour public operation are left-leaning and therefore stupid, unlike right-leaning bigots like him.  That, instead of any attempt at analysis, is the total of his thinking.

And he says the only people favouring public operation are the Labour Council, the New Brunswick Federation of Labour, CUPE, the Common Front for Social Justice, and the Council of Canadians. All of these people, he points out, are self interested (unlike those nice, private interest capitalists),  and therefore stupid.

This is an ignorant, smearing commentary. On the good side, it's better than Norbert's usual work.

David Coon, leader of the Green Party has a commentary on the facing page that is a real commentary and a real party platform. tI lays out the moral principles on which Green Party is running. The Liberals and the Conservatives have yet to produce anything like that.

Canada and World section? Brief - only some 2 pages. No mention of the horror of the war in Yemen. No mention of the American defeat in Syria. No mention of the Iran crisis that could lead to a world war.  Two big,  but unimportant stories about Trump.

There's another big story from The Washington Post that a restaurant is angry at a customer for posting a video of a worm wriggling on one of their fish dinners. And another Washington story that a man suffered an infection from dog saliva that made it necessary to amputate his hands and legs.

The news YOU need to know.

This is a newspaper designed to keep people under control by keeping them ignorant of all that is happening. I guess that's why it  hasn't run this story....



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 2, 2017

Fredericton

Stop Spraying NB releases report card to members of 58th NB legislature

Stop Spraying NB (SSNB) has released a “report card” on the performance of the three political parties in the 58th NB legislature on their record on the issue of herbicide spraying on public land to mark beginning of the annual herbicide spray season in the province.

SSNB, which is calling for a ban on herbicide spraying on crown land in New Brunswick,   has given all three political parties in the Legislature a failing grade when it comes to bringing about such a ban, although the Progressive Conservatives and Greens did make some efforts on the issue.

Clearly the New Brunswick Liberal party, under leadership of Brian Gallant, has shown no interest to act on 35,000-signature petition from constituents, which has been submitted to the legislature. Restigouche West (Liberal) MLA Gilles Lepage and Fredericton South (Green) MLA David Coon tabled 6000 petition signatures each in May, 2016. David Coon tabled and verified the remainder of the 35,000 signatures between December 2015 and November 2017. The PC Party proposed a motion late 2017 that would have stopped spraying for a period of review for 9 months while a working group made of government departments and outside stakeholders was formed and drafted a report on the effects of spraying, However, that came after the annual spray program.

The Liberal Party successfully reduced the motion to nothing by amending this to only request an update from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer on its Glyphosate Report (released early August 2016), which never considered the impact of glyphosate in forestry in NB.

Even though Green Party MLA David Coon has always been a supporter of SSNB's mandate, his vision was a little blurry on the day of the PC motion debate; he left the legislature after commenting, and MISSED the vote on the motion to attend an appointment with his optometrist.

Marks issued to members of the 58th legislature of NB:

- 'F' for all MLAs for failure to implement legislation for a ban on public land spraying (crown land, NB Power, CN Rail)
- Mixed marks for effort: 'F' for the Liberals, 'C' for the PC party, a blurry ' B-' for NB Green Party MLA David Coon.

Donald Bowser, SSNB Vice-Chair remarked, “SSNB is deeply disappointed in the performance of the current political parties to act to stop spraying in NB. Despite the tabling of the largest petition in the history of the legislature. It has failed to enact a ban and listen to these voices. None of the political parties has engaged in meaningful dialogue with SSNB and our coalition partners to develop draft legislation, and we can only hope the members of the 59th legislature will.”

On a positive note, SSNB has enjoyed support at a municipal level from Petitcodiac Mayor Gerald Gogan and Moncton Mayor Dawn Arnold. Also,Sackville, Cap-Pelée, Tide head, Paquetville, Tracadie, Miscou support this movement.


SSNB has the following questions to candidates running in NB's provincial general election, to be held on Monday September 24, 2018:
- Will you work to stop taxpayers' funding of the herbicide spray program?
- Will you work to ban herbicide spraying on public land?

SSNB's Chair, Dr. Caroline Lubbe-D'Arcy, and Vice Chair Donald Bowser both held up a large mock cheque issued by NB Tax Payers for $2.8 million and asked voters, "Do you want to sign an annual cheque for herbicide spraying to forestry corporations for another 4 years? If not, then vote for candidates and political parties that vow to stop this practice.”

Lubbe-D'Arcy states that SSNB has had commitments in writing from three of the five political parties in NB to stop spraying: NB Green Party, People's Alliance Party of NB (PANB) and NBNDP. No response has been received from the PC party and the Liberal Party.

SSNB will issue a tool kit to supporters, which will help voters evaluate candidates at the door and at candidate meetings. SSNB will continue to sell signs and bumper stickers, so that candidates and 

Donald Bowser, SSNB Vice-Chair remarked, “SSNB is deeply disappointed in the performance of the current political parties to act to stop spraying in NB. Despite the tabling of the largest petition in the history of the legislature. It has failed to enact a ban and listen to these voices. None of the political parties has engaged in meaningful dialogue with SSNB and our coalition partners to develop draft legislation, and we can only hope the members of the 59th legislature will.”

On a positive note, SSNB has enjoyed support at a municipal level from Petitcodiac Mayor Gerald Gogan and Moncton Mayor Dawn Arnold. Also,Sackville, Cap-Pelée, Tide head, Paquetville, Tracadie, Miscou support this movement.


SSNB has the following questions to candidates running in NB's provincial general election, to be held on Monday September 24, 2018:
- Will you work to stop taxpayers' funding of the herbicide spray program?
- Will you work to ban herbicide spraying on public land?

SSNB's Chair, Dr. Caroline Lubbe-D'Arcy, and Vice Chair Donald Bowser both held up a large mock cheque issued by NB Tax Payers for $2.8 million and asked voters, "Do you want to sign an annual cheque for herbicide spraying to forestry corporations for another 4 years? If not, then vote for candidates and political parties that vow to stop this practice.”

Lubbe-D'Arcy states that SSNB has had commitments in writing from three of the five political parties in NB to stop spraying: NB Green Party, People's Alliance Party of NB (PANB) and NBNDP. No response has been received from the PC party and the Liberal Party.


SSNB will issue a tool kit to supporters, which will help voters evaluate candidates at the door and at candidate meetings. SSNB will continue to sell signs and bumper stickers, so that candidates and voters are reminded to keep this issue in mind when they head to the voters’ booth on Sept. 24, 2018
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https://fernwoodpublishing.ca/book/policing-indigenous-movements

https://halifax.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1955345135_policing_indigenous_movements

Here is an important book. Its point is that police are trained to take the side of
big money and 'the establishment' when there are demonstrations.  I've seen many demonstrations. I've seen riot police in their busses parked in an alley, waiting for things to get wild enough to justify police violence. It surprised me to realize they wanted violence - and that's why they were waiting.

I've known police from my street-gang worker days who looked forward to moving in on quite peaceful demonstrations so they could  punch out those "anti-nuclear trouble-makers".

There is a bond between police and people with wealth and power. Police are indoctrinated to that early in the game. And when the wealthy meet to determine how they shall get even more out of the rest of us, it's not the wealthy the police  club. It's those of us who are on the receiving end of greed.

When the native peoples of Rexton protested against a fracking company that was moving in on their land, the police didn't come down on the fracking company. It came down on the people trying to defend their land.

The irving press, of course, never told this side of the story. No. When a couple of guns were discovered, the irving press branded the very large native peoples goup as "an armed camp".   I was there and looked around. Yes, there was an armed camp.  It was dozens of armed police with clubs and guns. It was a large group of soldiers with rifles facing the crowd. (That was really dangerous - placing riflemen in front of a large crowd with many, many women and children. Funny how the press never noticed how dangerous it was to place riflemen in front of a closely packed crowd.)

There was also another riot group that our news media never mentioned. It worked very, very closely with the police. It was a 'security company' called Industrial Security Company. And guess who owned the company. It was Mr. Irving who had his own thugs - which suggests something else the irving press never told us - that Mr. Irving had a big stake in the fracking company.

These security companies are quite common, and invariably work with the police. (In other words, big money can beat people up and threaten their lives. But people trying to save their land aren't allowed to.)

This is common over much of the world. Protesters trying to protect their lands and their homes face the risk of massive retaliation. Billionaires who are trying to steal those lands and homes get the police, their own thugs, and most of the news media on their side.

We've read or heard of violence in the U.S. as oil companies moved in to lands and waters important to indigenous people. We're seeing it shape up in western Canada where indigenous people are desperately trying to save their lands.

The use of police against the losers in society is an old story. Canada used the NWMP in the west  to starve indigenous peoples by preventing them from hunting. Similar police forces and private 'security companies' formed by, say, Canadian mining companies commonly work together all over Latin America to beat down the native population.

Are you a  super wealthy person who wants somebody's land to make money out of it? Bless you. You are guaranteed the support of the state. You are an ordinary person who wants to protect his land? You're on your own. You think the indigenous people of Rexton were wrong? Think hard. Who owned the news media that told you the story?

And that takes us, I think, to the present New Brunswick election campaign.

It's a strange campaign. Neither the Liberals nor the Conservatives has a platform of any substance. The irving press has had almost nothing to say about it - except to criticize the Liberals. ( They deserve criticism. But the stuff we're seeing is pretty trivial - mostly about the Liberals overspending though, of course, it doesn't mention the reason they have to overspend is because the irvings don't pay income tax -and very, very little property tax. And they also   expect frequent gifts.)

There is, as I've said, little of any substance in the Liberal campaign. But the Conservatives are even worse! That suggests the Conservatives are working on something they don't want to talk about.

Then there's the leader of the Conservatives. He's spent his working life as a senior executive for ---Mr. Irving. In other words, when he opens his mouth to speak or waves his arms to a crowd, the strings reach back from his mouth and his hands into the hands of Mr. Irving.

And why would he leave a big-paying job for Mr. Irving to become premier, almost certainly at a lower wage? That would be because Mr. irving wanted him to as his political stooge. And why would Mr. Irving want that?

That takes us back to the big demonstration of several years ago of indigenous people against fracking. Mr. Irving wanted the fracking to happen. That's why his 'security' thugs were there. And he still wants it.

So - a coincidence. The new Conservative leader is interested in re-opening the fracking issue. But he hasn't make a big point of it. After all, there are quite a number of people who know what fossil fuels are doing to our world; and they know the danger of that.

That's why both the Conservatives have been quiet about it. And that's why the irving press has scarcely even mentioned it.

Why have the Liberals been so quiet? I'm not sure- but it's possible that the people of New Brunswick, learning all they know of the world from the irving press, have no idea what dangers are being opened up. So the Liberals would just lose votes by being honest and intelligent.

This looks, again, like a New Brunswick election of pure sleaze and lying.

New Brunswick has some serious issues to face. The opposition NDP and Greens should be working on those more vigorously than they are but they have at least opened the door to issues that are even more important than Mr. Irving's greed.

Too bad the irving press isn't going to report most of what the NDP and Greens have to say. They're going to have to campaign hard to get any audience past the sleaze and silence of the irving press.

A world of fossil fuels has become an international crisis. Climate change is here. This summer has made it world news almost everywhere but in the irving press. It's real. It's deadly. And we don't know how much time we have to deal with it. It's even possible that we don't have any.

But the only political issue in New Brunswick is how to satisfy irving greed.

And the answer is - we can't ever satisfy it. And electing one of his flunkies for premier is going to send us into violence and crisis.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2018/07/reconciling-energy-and-indigenous-rights
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Sorry to be so heavy on New Brunswick today. It's made necessary because we are very possibly heading into a very, very dangerous time.


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