Sunday, October 28, 2018

Oct. 28: After the disaster - to several more disasters

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/franklin-d-roosevelt-speaks-of-four-freedoms

As November 11 approaches, it's important to remember what we told Canadians they were fighting and dying for in World War Two. And Freedom of Speech was top of the list. Yes, we were fighting for the freedom to read and to think and to say what we thought was true.

In that context, the Oct. 27 issue of the Moncton Times and Transcript featured the most disgusting news story I have ever seen. It's on page A8.  It's about Tessa Lyons who lived, for a time, in New Brunswick. But her mother is a Canadian diplomat, so Tessa has lived around the world. She attended the very, very ritzy Ashbury College in Ottawa, the one that caters to rich kids that aren't smart. She graduated from Harvard with a BA in that delightfully vague area called Social Studies. And she went to work for Facebook where, at now the age of 29, she is something called a Project Manager.

Ah, yes. This is a golden child. And what does she do at Facebook? She decides what she thinks people should be allowed to read.  In particular, she slashes out social media which she says are not honest.

Yes. She decides what is honest in  news media and what she will allow us to read.

She doesn't censor our commercial media (like the ghastly Brunswick News, and virtually all the commercial news media.) No. The assumption is that they are good and honest. Yes.

But in her view social media people like me - and especially the really big ones like The Canadian Observer or Rabble.ca or Information Clearing House - are liars, Yes, they are. She brands it all as fake news. And she should know. I mean, her mummy is a diplomat and travels all over. And Tessa went to Harvard. So she knows things. And now she decides what us common people are allowed to read. And she feels that we are dishonest or too stupid to understand these things. I mean, she's 29. So she knows things. And the social media, the ones who transmit their writings through Facebook, are liars. Yes, they are. But being sophisticated like she is, she calls it Fake News. So her job is to  kick them out of Facebook.

Among those being kicked out are world scholars like Noam Chomsky, David Suzuki, and award winning journalists like Seymour Hersh,

Now, commercial news media don't need this kind of checking. No. They always tell the truth..... Tessa Lyons studied at Harvard, but it wasn't History or Journalism because anybody who has ever studied either of those knows  that our modern commercial news media, from the start,  were liars and propagandists. They invented fake news.

The modern commercial news media, which date to 1870 or so, were and are owned by very wealthy people who use them to generate propaganda for their business interests. The Montreal Gazette was typical of the sort. When Britain invaded South Africa to murder the Dutch settlers and steal their gold mines, the Montreal Gazette was a cheerleader that urged Canadians to go kill for the Queen. Of course. Wealthy Montrealers were then heavily dependent on British business leaders so we sent Canadians to die there just as more recent Gazettes encouraged Canadians to kill and die in Afghanistan and Libya to please our American masters.

Almost all of the commercial news media in the world distribute fake news in that way.  The Brunswick News is pretty openly a propaganda house for its owner.

But a 29 year old woman knows better than all the scholars who have studied this subject. And, though she offers no  evidence of training or experience in the field, she can tell that Brunswick News is honest. Indeed, she offers no evidence of training or experience as a journalist. Lady, I had a full time job as a university teacher for forty years. And in my spare time for those years, I was on radio several times a day, frequently on TV, and wrote hundreds of newspaper columns. I have a  Ph.D. in history.  Tell us your experience and education, lady.

 (She offers a section of 10 tips on how to spot fake news. Most of them are quite useless. It's obvious she knows nothing about journalism.)

I read some commercial news. The best that I know of in the English language is Israeli's Haaretz. The Guardian, though not what it was a generation ago, is still pretty good. CBC is pretty good - but it sometimes has to lie. And that's about it.

Why did the Brunswick News run this absurd story? That's because it runs fake news all the time - so it really wants all the social media out of the way.

Tessa Lyons - lah di dah world traveller and graduate of Harvard with a BA, no less, in social studies,  is here to tell us what we're allowed to read. This arrogance is precisely the kind of thought control that George Orwell warned us about in "1984". And, as journalism, this story is low even for the Brunswick News gutter.

What is she really about? On this day when we should be thinking about why Canadians died in World War Two, and freedom of speech means, she is here to impose a thought control that Hitler would have envied.  Yes, this woman with a well-connected mother (which may be what got her this job), this woman who knows nothing of journalism, this woman who has obvious contempt for us peasants, is here with her la-di dah ways,  here to tell us what we're allowed to read.

Get stuffed, lady.

And American readers, look out. She now lives in the U.S., and is doing the same  destructive work there because the U.S., too, has commercial news media as destructive and lying as our own Brunswick News.

This is a lying news story. It's a smug and destructive story. And it's one hell of a warning of what kind of a world we are being set up for.
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Another victim for Tessa Lyons.

https://consortiumnews.com/2018/10/24/facebook-censorship-of-alternative-media-just-the-beginning-warns-top-neocon-insider/

We were told we were fighting for The Four Freedoms. But, obviously, we were lied to.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/climate-change-canada-1.4878263

Here's the sort of thing the "honest" Brunswick News doesn't want us to read.
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Under the law, migrants have a right to flee terrible conditions and to enter another country with a request for citizenship. But Trump is sending troops. There is no limit to how tragic this could be.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/24/the-guardian-view-on-the-migrant-convoy-a-heroic-journey
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https://www.thenation.com/article/pittsburgh-shooting-result-trump-nationalism/
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Canada and the U.S. have been on a steady drift to increasing poverty for most people combined with increasing wealth for a tiny number. Editorials in the irving press commonly support this.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/10/27/premier-ford-driving-race-bottom-ontarios-lowest-paid-workers
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/10/26/while-rest-world-burned-billionaires-made-more-money-2017-any-other-year-history

I expect a Tessa Lyons would see this as 'fake news'.
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https://countercurrents.org/2018/10/27/khashoggi-versus-50000-slaughtered-yemeni-children/
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At last. Russian capitalists have something in common with Canadian and American capitalists - unlimited greed.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50501.htm
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...and greed and stupidity go hand in hand.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50502.htm
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2018/10/23/news/trudeau-vows-give-money-back-ontario-residents-through-climate-plan

One of the provinces to benefit from this is New Brunswick where people will get tax rebates. But the Moncton Times and Transcript editorial attacking this effort to deal with climate change (Oct. 27) doesn't mention this aspect. Indeed, it reports as if Ottawa were stealing from us. I guess that means that our oil barons don't like the plan.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2018/10/22/news/trudeau-impose-climate-change-policies-provinces-have-not-shown-leadership

Hey. Not to worry We might have a dozen years before climate change becomes irreversible. Relax. Enjoy. Go for a drive.
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https://off-guardian.org/2018/10/27/desperate-west-bashing-russia-china-left-and-right-literally/
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgXv6igtW3c
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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/26/business/facebook-blocks-nyt-yemen.html

Three cheers for Tessa Lyons who protects us from yucky-poo pictures.

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https://www.rt.com/news/442407-russia-war-preparation-inf/

Of course Russia is preparing for war. The U.S. is conducting war games near Russian borders though Russia, to the best of my knowledge is not conducting war games on American borders. And the U.S. is the one that just broke the nuclear weapons treaty.
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https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/412928-middle-class-is-disappearing-in-california-as-wealth-gap-grows

This can hardly be a surprise. It's happening all over North America as our new aristocracy shovel all the money into their pockets.
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https://truthout.org/video/israeli-human-rights-group-slams-countrys-new-zero-tolerance-policy-at-un/

Do not assume that the government of Israel in any way represents the Judaic faith.
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Yes.We have allowed billionaires to take over the western world. They own our commercial news media. They have busy little servants like Tessa Lyons to make sure that we don't learn too much about the power and greed - and starvation and murder - they represent..

https://truthout.org/articles/billionaires-made-more-money-in-2017-than-any-other-year-in-history/

We all pay a heavy price for that. And it's going to get a hell of a lot heavier.
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There's nothing amusing about Trump. He is cast from exactly the same mold as Hitler. And what we are learning - or should be learning - is that a great many Americans - and Canadians - want a Hitler.

https://theintercept.com/2018/10/27/here-is-a-list-of-far-right-attackers-trump-inspired-cesar-sayoc-wasnt-the-first-and-wont-be-the-last/

And Hitler, incidentally, also got massive financial support from the very wealthy, the ones that Tessa Lyons tells us we should obey.
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This next story is a long one. But it's revealing about things we were never told.

https://theintercept.com/2018/10/27/trump-inf-treaty-cuban-missile-crisis-nuclear-war/
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Democracy in America.

https://theintercept.com/2018/10/27/voter-suppression-georgia-election/
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The end of the nuclear arms deal - from the other side.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article203651.html
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https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/trump-migrant-caravan-climate-change_us_5bd3374ee4b0d38b5882f000
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https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/trump-world-series-tweet_us_5bd58f45e4b0d38b58845e5b

There has always been a pronounced streak of anti-semitism in Canada and the U.S. I do not mean that we criticize Israel out of anti-semitism. As a nation, Israel has to take responsibility - and blame - for its own behaviour.

But the attack on a synagogue and the mass murder of those in attendance has nothing to do with Israel. This is an expression purely of hatred and  hatred for all Jews simply because they are Jews. This was not an  attack on Jews for any reason - except for them being Jews. The danger of  this is always present - but many times more so in a U.S. which has become obsessed with hatreds. The resemblance to Nazi Germany is not a coincidence.
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https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/bolsonaro-set-win-bitterly-divided-brazil-polls-open-181028054940476.html

Our Brunswick News hasn't said much about the elections in Brazil. But Brazil is a very large country  with perhaps the world's largest rain forest. And yes, the survival of that forest is a major factor in dealing with climate control.

The leading candidate in the election is an admitted believer in murder, torture, all sorts of violence, with an open contempt for democracy - all of which is why Trump does not ever criticize him. He also is ambitious to invite capitalists to enter Brazil to develop (destroy) the rain forest and its people. It will be interesting to see how many American and Canadian billionaires show interest in this. Of course, though, we aren't likely to hear much about it from our commercial news media.
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1 comment:

  1. "Servicemen and women for Australia, in particular, were being celebrated, but had suffered in wars that lacked the backbone of necessity, lending a heavily tragic air to the proceedings.  “In an objective assessment of them,” Deane notes, “no service personnel [participating] can legitimately claim to have been wounded in the defence of Australia.”"

    Barring the very few left from WW2, no Canadian serviceperson has been wounded in the defence of Canada either. Just in our various excursions to back up the Americans. That is what the Legion doesn't get. Nor most Canadians for that matter.

    https://dissidentvoice.org/2018/10/the-arms-behind-the-invictus-games/#more-85817

    BM

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