These families are fleeing the hell created by among others, wealthy individuals who hold stock in Canadian companies in Central America. But Brunswick News didn't think that part of the story was interesting.
Here is a very gentle account of the horror Israel has been inflicting on Gaza.
I guess we all like to kid ourselves that we, as a nation, are special. That's really a racist assumption - as though all those in any nation are a distinct people, generation after generation. Imagine my shock when I learned that my French name, Decarie, is actually Spanish - though the family has been established in France for a thousand years or more.
In the same way, Israeli's Jews see themselves as a race a distinct people descended of thousands of years in the Holy land. (In fact, Hitler had defined them in that same say. That was the basis of his drive to destroy them.)
Canadians are not a race. English are not a race. French aren't. Or Germans.
But it takes courage to say that in this world. So enjoy this slice of reality from Israel.
As we recently remembered World War 1, how much did Canadians hear about the Chinese who served and died for Canada - almost always as labour at the front? Our aboriginal people? Canadian Blacks?
Here in New Brunswick, we have just elected a premier who feels his first priority is to revive fracking in the province. Think of that.
We have - maybe - twelve years of serious work to prevent climate disaster from becoming the final disaster. And Mr. Brian Higgs figures his first priority is to generate more climate change - fast.
As I read that, I wondered - how stupid can this man be? We are facing the greatest crisis in human history - and all he can do is make it worse by creating profits (for a very little while) for people of astounding greed, arrogance, and indifference to human suffering? And how can a society be so sheeplike as to allow this?
The obsession of the wealthy is easy enough. Mr. Higgs and those he serves understand only profit - and only for themselves. They are not necessarily stupid. But greed blinds them to any reality. So it is that they spread poisons on us, and they refuse to recognize that climate change is happening. They are trained to believe that they can have anything they want. There is a long history of this self indulgent obsession, of the mass murder it creates and, in the end, the terrible suffering.
And they get away with it because so many of the rest of us are sheep. That's the history of the rise and fall of every empire I have ever heard of.
Brian Higgs is a useful tool for such people. I was struck, several days ago, when he reacted to plans for a government programme. His reaction? It was quick and brief. "This should be given to private business."
He gave no reason for that. But the reason was simple. This is a man who has spent his life working for people whose only purpose in living is making profits. It's the kind of thinking that led to the U.S. creating the disaster of privatizing education. Privatization didn't create better schools. But it create profits. And profit is the only thing the Brian Higgs of this world understand.
We are destroying the planet? The Brian Higgs of this world have no room in their heads for thinking of this. All that counts is making profits for billionaires.
Nothing else has any meaning at all.
People's Alliance, what are your featherhead leaders thinking of in supporting this intellectually defective man?
What are we thinking of? We create horrors out of the nations we exploit. And when millions flee the horrors we have created, we block them. We have created the millions who are fleeing hunger, hopelessness, war - Hells that WE have created. Then we punish them for fleeing.
Julian Assange told the truth about American war crimes, torture, starvation, murder..... And now, the land of the free intends to crucify him.
Perhaps the most stunning event in history has been the failure of Christian churches to have any significant effect on our murderous and greedy behaviour. On many days you can see them outside hospitals and holding up anti- abortion signs. Okay. Where the hell are those self-righteous twits when the U.S. have deliberately killed millions of children, and is now starving the babies of Yemen to death?
The U.S. leads the world in arms production. Why does it spend so much? Because it means monster profits for arms companies. 6 trillion dollars in the last 16 years. That's why Americans can't get medicare. That's why there are millions of homeless. That's why higher education is prohibitively expensive for most families.
This is a massive redistribution of wealth in the last 16 years in which the U.S. military has not preformed brilliantly, and has not fought any opponent close to its own size.
No. This is nothing to do with military needs. It has to do with redistribution of wealth from almost all Americans into the pockets of a small number of the very wealthy. That's why the U.S. now has by far the biggest national debt in history.
And that's why it's all going to crash.
But don't worry. The wealthy have all hidden their money in secret accounts.
We have, almost without noticing it, slid into a an era - not a new one really, but rapidly expanding one of government.
At some point, perhaps three centuries ago, we slipped from government by the aristocratic born to government by the wealthy.. It was always covered by glib posturing.
The American revolution was not a revolution for the granting of power to all. In fact, the U.S. Senate was designed to interfere should the 'people' - represented in the House - get uppity. (Though modified, it still sometimes carries that role.) Similarly, those of low income were originally denied the vote - as were women. And, of course, slaves.
Nor was the revolution really an attempt to kick out the British. It was to get a free hand for wealthy Americans - like George Washington - to steal aboriginal lands.
The Confederation of the British colonies had nothing to do with people coming together in love and joy. It was to create the setting for a transcontinental railway that would hugely benefit British capitalists.
From the start, it was capitalists who got power, a power which from 1880 or so they controlled with the new and cheap daily newspapers that they owned
The newspapers gave the wealthy tremendous control over what news would be distributed. As well, the emergence of democracy meant that the politicians who had money to campaign with had a tremendous advantage. If they were obedient, they could get election funding from the very wealthy..
Thus the election victory of Mr. Higgs in New Brunswick. This corruption shaped our 'democratic' politics from the start. And it has now risen to such a pitch that democracy in most of the world has simply ceased to exist. We are now very largely governed by the very, very wealthy.
It's glaringly obvious in the U.S. for both Democrats and Republicans as the two parties have, for many years, represented the wishes of the very wealthy. The system is wildly and even openly corrupt. Canada is not much different with both its Liberals and Conservatives.
That's why we are now having so many wars. The wars enrich the wealthy though plundered resources, and the steering of government money into war spending which is good for war - and also for the pocketbooks of billionaire corporations like Boeing.
And this is going to send us into financial collapse which, in itself, will cause a really big war. Meanwhile, with bootlickers like Mr. Higgs, our politicians avoid dealing with the greatest crisis of world history - the impact of oil on our future.
No. Climate change is not a myth. It is real and it is close. Leading world scientists, some of them almost as intelligent as Mr. Higgs, agree that climate change is on us, and that we don't have much time.
We need massive programmes to deal with this. We don't have much time. And we're doing nothing - worse than nothing.
You have children? Do you hate them? Why are you setting them up for this?
On Nov. 22, at the command of my daughters, I shall be moving to Ottawa where they can keep an eye on me. I'm sorry to leave. But I shall continue the blog - including keeping an eye on New Brunswick, and including my usual summer visits to New Brunswick.
However, I shall certainly miss a few days.starting with Nov. 22. How much I miss will depend on how long it takes me to get settled in - probably a week.