Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Dec. 31. We have to change - soon - because our eonomic masters won't - not ever.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/29/moscow-resorts-to-fake-snow-in-warmest-december-since-1886

Don't worry.   Doug Ford, the premier of Ontario himself, says there is no such thing as climate change. And he  knows, you know, things.

Thirty years ago, we were warned about climate change. We have since been warned we have only ten years or so - until 2030 to take action.

And since then, we have done worse than nothing. We have actually lost ground. Canada has been particularly disgraceful as neither the Liberals nor the Conservatives have lifted a finger. Quite the contrary. The federal liberals have actually promised to build a pipeline for Alberta oil. (What kind of scam is this? Since when do taxpayers have to pay big money to provide facilities for corporations. Aren't corporations supposed to build their own facilities?)

Worse, the Liberals plan to build it over indigenous land - which is not ours to give away. And they have indicated a willingness to kill to make the oil barons happy.

At the present (backward) pace, I can see no possibility of our reaching the 2030 deadline.

And the response of most Canadians? Check the last federal election. Canada is a nation of wimps - as is most of the U.S.  Canadians are also, thanks to their propaganda news media, ignorant of what is happening.

You think we will get our act together in the next ten years? I see not the slightest sign of it. Our governments and the majority of our voters have, in thirty years, only made things worse. And, if we are going to wake up in the next ten years, there is so far no sign of it  among the Liberals or the Conservatives.

( l live in a province that was dumb enough to elect a Doug Ford as premier - and that's the sort of ignorance that has characterized our recent federal election.)
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https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/dec/30/australia-victoria-bushfires-evacuated-east-gippsland-fires-news-live-latest-updates

And so the prime minister of Australia yawned, and cut his Hawaii holiday short.

Since 1945, western Europe led by the U.S., has created a hell on earth with endless wars - and all of them fought to benefit the west's leading capitalists in what has been an orgy of mass murder and plunder. Now, the end of the planet is getting close. And our billionaires don't care because there is no end to their greed and to their control of what used to be (at least sort of) our western democracies.

If you (or our veterans' organizations) have any sense at all of what our soldiers, sailors and airmen fought for in World War Two, it was surely not for a world driven to a terminal collapse by mass murder and unending greed.

The time is short. Indeed, it may already be too late. Already, all over the world, we are watching the collapse of agriculture and a resulting hundreds of millions fleeing the horror of destruction and hunger and poverty that we have created. And while we stuff them into horror camps or just push them back out to drown at sea, we spend money we could usefully spend on help and food - and give it out, with much corruption, to our industries that manufacture weapons for the final war that nobody will win.

This is why we fought Hitler? This is why Hitler was evil and we were good? No. This is an insanity of power, greed, and slaughter that the world has never before seen. And there is not the slightest chance that any of us can survive it. If  climate change does not kill us, it will be because our own weapons and the mindless greed of capitalism had already done it.

Why don't our news media tell us this obvious truth? That's because most of our news comes from media owned the most brutal and greedy people this world has ever known.

And we have very little time to wake up.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/opinion-child-welfare-1.5367654

Tough luck for millions of children. but we need all the money we have to make weapons manufacturers rich so our billionaires can kill and starve more children. And we need that money to build wire cages on the Mexican border where starving children can be separated from their parents. We need that money to bomb schools in Yemen, and to steal oil from Syria, and to murder more civilians in Afghanistan- oh, and to build an oil pipeline from Alberta costing tens of billions of dollars to make billionaires happy.

How can we be so ignorant as to not realize how evil we are?  (Okay. We aren't evil. We're just submissive wimps.--- No. We aren't. We're evil.)
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/climate-change-failure-1.5400663

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/dec/31/australia-fires-live-news-nsw-victoria-bushfires-latest-updates

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/31/what-we-know-so-far-about-the-australian-bushfires-crisis-on-new-years-eve

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/31/australia-bushfires-towns-devastated-and-lives-lost-as-blazes-turn-the-sky-red

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/31/the-bushfires-are-a-national-catastrophe-for-the-city-and-country-how-are-we-going-to-live-like-this

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/12/30/australian-bushfires-coming-near-you/

Yes. It's happening.  Yes. It's real. Yes. It's going to happen to all of us.

In 1945, we had the chance to create a world of opportunity for all. But instead we allowed  the politics of economic greed and empire to continue as they had for thousands of years. Britain and America, in particular - but along with others - have allowed a hidden upper class to rule
Capitalism has not worked. It never has. And it's not going to work. But still we vote for the failed policies of the Liberals and Conservatives, the Republicans and large numbers of Democrats. These are the policies that worked for the super wealthy and nations like Britain, France, Belgium, the U.S., the policies that have meant poverty and death for billions over the centuries. And all of it cloaked in a travesty of religious values.
I hope we have time. But, at best  we don't have much.
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The quality of North American news media is appalling. And that lack of quality is a large part of the reason that both Canadians and Americans suffer from a dangerous ignorance of all  that information we need to make intelligent electoral decisions.

So, yes, I have been pledging monthly help for the news media like rabble.ca and Information Clearing House.

https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/rabblecas-staff-blog/2019/12/make-resolution-strengthen-canadian-independent-media
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Many years ago, when the world and I and Gwynne Dyer were all young, I used to see him and hear him when he and I used the same studio (CBC Montreal) for our weekly broadcasts. It was obvious then he was a commentator of the highest quality. And he's still that today (and even better).

https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-russias-hypersonic-missile-doesnt-change-current-nuclear-strategy
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Are there Naziis in power today?

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/31/un-expert-calls-detention-chelsea-manning-open-ended-progressively-severe-coercive

Of course there are. Americans routinely choose them for president to rule and plunder the American people and the American empire. Earlier, for several centuries, the world's Nazis were to be found in the British Empire - and the Dutch and the Belgian and the French empires.

Let's not kid ourselves that we are good and whoever we are killing at the time is evil.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/30/wake-hanukkah-attack-sanders-calls-us-stand-together-defeat-bigotry-violence-and

While I am no admirer of Israel, my experience of Jewish communities in North America (mostly in Montreal but also in other parts of Canada and the U.S.) is that they are informed, charitable, and caring - all those things Christians are supposed to be but, usually, aren't. And, most certainly, North American Christians have a long if unacknowledged history of racism and anti-semitism.
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https://www.commondreams.org/further/2019/12/27/heart-darkness-trumpian-fascism
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/12/hypersonic-putin-and-gonzo-weaponry
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/us-uses-false-flag-op-legitimize-bombing-iraq-syria/5699153
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/us-has-killed-more-than-20-million-people-in-37-victim-nations-since-world-war-ii/5492051
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/global-war-on-humanity-americas-unceasing-pursuit-of-hegemony/5698569

The U.S., taking it's lead from the British Empire, is now looking at an American empire to rule the world. The American people will get no benefit from this of course. After all the American people got no benefit from the slaughter of indigenous people in the U.S. or from the misery and poverty inflicted on the people of Latin America.

The   American people - like the victims in Latin America, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, and so on - are themselves the victims of the greed and inhumanity of their tiny ruling class of multi-billionaires         - you know, the ones who clap hands for the soldiers who kill innocent people to make the billionaires rich even as they make sure their own sons and daughters don't take any risks.

Donald Trump is an example. He's always prominent to praise his troops, routinely tweeting them as splendid young people, so splendid  that he went out of this way to pardon one who was found guilty by a court of war crimes involving torture and murder.

But you'll notice that Donald Trump never served. Nor has anybody else in his family.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52771.htm

Most of our news media are a lying disgrace. And that frequently includes even the venerated New York Times.  For Canada, the only major news medium that even tries to be honest is CBC - and it's always under pressure from the top to lie.

I don't know of any commercial Canadian newspaper that's worth reading. (I still remember my years in New Brunswick reading the dreadful Irving newspapers.)

 I still remember the day I was on air in a radio studio when there was a news flash that the body of a Canadian missionary killed in Guatemala in the 1950s had been brought to Montreal for study. That was it - and there was no further story. So I had to track down the doctor who was conducting the autopsy.

I seems there was a brutal invasion of Guatemala by the CIA - an American operated army of hired mercenaries from all over the world. Led by that saintly Christian, George Bush Sr., they slaughtered Guatemalans, torturing and killing at least 200,000 innocent people - with a special emphasis on Christian missionaries and priests and nuns. One of them was the Canadian missionary from New Brunswick that was in Montreal to be examined for torture. He was then sent home to New Brunswick for burial. But the New Brunswick news media never mentioned it. In fact, none of that story of the horror inflicted on Guatemala has ever appeared in any western news medium.

But the funeral of George Bush sr. was a marvelously Christian ceremony for this saintly man who, with his son, George jr., was an ardent Christian. Christianity has one hell of a lot to answer for.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52774.htm

Seen anything about this slow torture and murder of a journalist who told the truth?  Anything about it in your local news media?  Probably not. And you probably won't  ever see it.

We are the Nazis of our time. And that is not what Canadians and Americans died for. Perhaps the Canadian Legion might give that some thought.

But it probably won't.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52773.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52772.htm
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/12/18/news/climate-crisis-looms-large-canadas-top-weather-stories-2019
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/12/31/news/7-numbers-show-how-dire-climate-change-got-decade
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https://truthout.org/articles/worlds-500-richest-people-gained-1-2-trillion-in-wealth-in-2019/?
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https://www.voltairenet.org/article208612.html
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Alas! There's nothing new about this. We humans have always produced a small number of people of greed and arrogance  who rule whole societies for their own benefit. They, historically, have been called emperors, kings, surrounded by their own thugs whom they call dukes; earls - and so on. That's been the history of humanity for several thousand years.

They murder and plunder while the rest of their people do the dirty work for little or no reward.  That's what the British Empire was all about. That's what the American empire is all about today.Until a century ago, the children of the rich and powerful went elite private schools while the children of the rest of us went to work in factories at age 5 or 6. The U.S. (and Canada) are  moving in that direction again as we subsidize private schools for the children of the rich while cutting budgets for the public schools.

And, as the very rich now hold trillions of dollars - on which  they pay no taxes - we hammer the rest. And no gifts of taxes or subsidies for the rest of us. Hey! After we hand over our taxes to give non-tax paying oil barons many billions of dollars  in, say, oil pipelines, there's no money left to feed the hungry or house the homeless.

As we enter 2020, we have not advanced at all in thousands of years. Indeed, we have become worse. We could, after 1945, have created a world of sharing and mutual aid. But the super rich would not allow that. For them, the only purpose of nations for them was to serve them in enslaving smaller and weaker countries.
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Saturday, December 28, 2019

Dec..28:- abd, I hope but doubt, a better year for 2020.



Forgive me. This one got long because the coming year will probably be a dangerous one - and possibly a very dangerous year for North America.

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/27/russia-deploys-first-hypersonic-missiles-nuclear-capable

How evil! I'm sure the U.S. would never dream of threatening a country with nuclear attack - well, unless it was the Christian thing to do.
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/27/revealed-microplastic-pollution-is-raining-down-on-city-dwellers
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The laugh of the day.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/27/home-alone-2-trump-scene-cut-in-canada-angering-supporters
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https://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/inourbackyard/

Not to worry. The utterly incompetent and lying (and stupid) premier of Ontario
 says climate change isn't happening. And he must be right because his Conservative party is now the best financed party in the province.

Well, course.

Canada's billionaires just love Doug Ford and they stuff campaign money into his pockets.  And the people of Ontario are dumb enough to let this happen.
In fairness to Ford, he is a remarkably stupid man. And it's quite possible he's too stupid to know any better.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-political-fundraising-2019-1.5406985
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https://www.thenation.com/article/korea-war-nuclear-arms/

U.S. big business gives every sign it wants a war in North Korea and China. And at the present pace, it could happen very soon.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/28/submarine-to-explore-why-antarctic-glacier-is-melting-so-quickly
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And this is the world our billionaire oil barons say isn't happening...

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/australia-wildfires-koalas-1.5409811

We face a world of rapid death and destruction by climate change. We have, maybe, 20 or thirty years to get control. But we are nowhere even close to planning what we have to do - let alone actually doing something. On the contrary, the major powers - led by the U.S. - have been busy killing millions who live in oil countries so that they can steal  the oil and pump out even more of it.

And the oil companies, of course, don't pay a cent for these wars. They're all paid  for with our tax dollars. And we are fools enough to hand over the billions of dollars that costs. And those billions are used to impoverish nations, starving millions to death with the 'economic sanctions' imposed by the Donald Trumps of this world. And the greatest sufferers from these economic sanctions are the children of countries like Venezuela, Iran, Bolivia.....

We are living through a period even more vicious than the Roman Empire at it's worst. And we are heading for a crash even worse than the fall of Rome. Even worse than Rome have been the modern Romes of our 'Christian' world.

When Hitler rose, we were summoned to fight his evil. Our news media daily wrote of that evil, and of the bravery of the poor British who suffered through the war. In reality, the British at the peak of their imperial power were far, far more murderous and evil and abusive than Hitler. And, as usual, it wasn't all the British who were so evil. It was the upper classes who led the mass murder of over 400,000,000 people with, like the U.S. today, the deliberate starvation of millions all over the world, with a slave trade that made life hell for uncounted millions more, and with a horrible abuse of the British working class right down to children. (The U.S. was - and is - remarkably similar.)

Our heroes in World War Two were people like Winston Churchill who happily murdered millions of innocent people - as in India - by starvation. China today, for all its faults, feeds and houses its people, provides them with medical care, and is a major power. This is the China that, under a long history of British rule, starved, was abused, and plundered by the Winston Churchill's of this world.

Poverty is rising spectacularly over much of the world as the super rich become spectacularly rich in their plunder of the world. We humans have a long history of abuse and exploitation by our self-appointed rulers. It's a long history - with a very short future.

As for the example set by the Christian churches for over 2,000 years, "Jesus wept."
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational/reporting-during-the-hong-kong-protests-1.5407595
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/27/billionare-funded-protests-america
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/cathy-crowes-blog/2019/12/canadas-brutal-decade-homelessness

Onward, Christian soldiers....
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/12/albertas-energy-war-room-spreading-disinformation
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https://www.thenation.com/article/religion-faith-rebuke-trumpism/
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-small-fry-face-swift-saudi-justice-in-khashoggi-murder
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/27/worlds-500-richest-people-gained-12-trillion-wealth-2019-analysis

Is this the world we fought for in WW2?

No. But it is the world we have been killing for since 1945.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/12/the-right-to-healthy-food-poisoned-with-pesticides
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/impeachment-distraction-heavily-scripted-vote-demonstrates-democracy-really-dead/5698777
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No nation can survive a major war.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52761.htm

So why are we preparing for one?
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52770.htm
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https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/03/29/asia/churchill-bengal-famine-intl-scli-gbr/index.html?__twitter_impression=true

Winston Churchill, for all his image, was a man of utter contempt for any person that wasn't white. And, for all the image he became in World War 2, he had nothing but contempt for  anyone, even white, who was not, like him, a child of the British aristocracy.
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https://themindunleashed.com/2019/12/cleveland-church-homeless.html
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52757.htm
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/12/18/news/climate-crisis-looms-large-canadas-top-weather-stories-2019
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/12/21/connecting-the-dots/

The U.S., if it's very, very lucky, will survive as at least a sort of democracy. My guess is that it won't. What's more likely, is the rise of a police state - and very, very soon. The constitution will disappear. That's not a matter of guessing. No matter who wins, the U.S. will come out of the election as a form of dictatorship by the the super-wealthy. And it's not impossible something similar could happen with Canada.

The very rich already own the Republicans and the majority of Democrats in the U.S. - just as they own the Liberals and Conservatives  in Canada. It's now just a short step to a police state.
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I think I have already run the following story. But it's worth re-reading for the kind of world we may well be headed for.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/20/monstrous-docs-show-canadian-mounties-wanted-snipers-ready-shoot-indigenous-land
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And now the part I don't want to write. For a start, the Canadian Legion will hate me for it. In fact, this is in no way a criticism of those who have served Canada in wars. They served, and did it at terrible cost.  But it's also not a 'three-cheers' for war that most leaders of the Legion seem to love.

It's also a subject I've touched on before.

In 1900, Canada sent troops to fight a war that had nothing whatever to do with Canada. So why did Canada send them? It sent them because Canadian big business was heavily dependent in those days on the British wealthy for a market and for investment. And so it was that Canadians were sent to kill and die in a fully unjustifiable war against the indigenous people of South Africa, and their Dutch settlers.  What reason was given? We told our soldiers that they were going to 'serve the  King", whatever the  hell that means.

It was actually a war so wealthy Brits could steal the gold mines of South Africa, and at the same time force the native South Africans to work at dirt cheap wages, and to live as an inferior people.

South Africa was no threat to Canada or Britain. But Canadians died to enrich thieving British billionaires. And, no doubt, everybody sang God Save the King.
And why did Britain  put pressure on Canada to fight in that war?

It was because Britain knew that a war in Europe was coming - and it wanted a precedent for Canadians to kill and die in British wars to enrich  the British super wealthy.

Then came World War 1. This was really a war between the capitalists of various European nations. And that is all that it was about - greed. And all the capitalists of Europe fought the war on that basis.

Of course, Canadians needed a little more encouragement. So our news media spread the word that capitalist countries like Germany were evil. And, oh, they were a threat to the king, God bless him. So Canadians signed and thousands died to satisfy the greed of British and French capitalists. Yes. They were, they were told, fighting to defend the Christian virtues of the royal family.....

No one nation was responsible for starting that war - it was Britain, it was France, it was Germany, Austria - all were major players. That's why at the peace, no country was to be penalized.

But Britain and France, prodded by their leading capitalists, placed crushing penalties on Germany and Austria - of course. It was done to destroy German and Austrian capitalist competition.  And that is what laid the ground for the rise of Hitler. (Though he called himself a national socialist, Hitler was, in fact, very close to the leading German capitalists.)

British, French and American capitalists just loved Hitler during his rise. He was going to stop the spread of communism. Indeed, the Rockefeller family in the U.S. supplied Hitler with all his oil fuel FOR THE WHOLE WAR, right up to 1945.  Did our governments know that? Of course they did. You can't hide all those tankers for all those years.

When the U.S. entered the war, it had nothing to do with fighting German aggression. The U.S. entered it to get control of middle east oil fields for it's capitalist friends and, hopefully, the get control of the old, British exploitation of the Chinese.

I remember, when I was very young, the boys from my father's scout troop coming to say goodbye, proud in their uniforms - and then my father off into the navy.

They thought they were doing it for abstractions like their country, or the royal family. That's the kind of propaganda Canada fed them. They were, of course, being used to make our capitalists richer.

Then came Korea, another war that had nothing to do with Canada. It was a war fought to occupy North Korea as an American base to invade China, and drive it back to the horrors of British plunder, but this time carried out by American capitalists. I well  remember the Canadians who went there. I was just a few years younger than them. They died not to bring democracy to anybody or to stamp out evil. Indeed, quite without realizing it, they were serving evil.

Then there was Afghanistan where young Canadians were, again, cannot fodder for American and Canadian billionaires. And oh, all over Canada we had highways of heroes. Yes, we were proud of our gallant lads. In fact, the war was illegal. And we were killing Afghans, mostly civilians, of stunning courage. They were the ones who had fought off and defeated the Russians. They were people who fought and still fight to this day with amazing courage against the U.S and Britain. Their losses, for almost fifty years, have been brutal.

But, as always, we have  glamorized even that war. And so it is with our kissing up to the U.S. while overthrowing the elected government of Haiti, while our capitalists plunder the mines and foods of Latin America, while we cooperate with the U.S. in trying to plunder Syria, and Iran.....

And we are even now, considering assisting the U.S. in destroying China to satisfy the greed of our master.

None of this is a criticism of our veterans. We lied to them. We abused what they had won by sacrifice.  They did and will do what WE have been doing for over a century - killing under the delusion that we are fighting evil when the reality is that WE are the evil. And we are now on the verge of entering the greatest and final evil.

No. I have no criticism whatever of our veterans. They served, and they did it at terrible cost to themselves.  Well - one criticism. The Legion is unduly guilty of seeing war as glorious. That's why it invariably supports every war that comes along.  It should give some serious thought to criticizing our wars so the their children and ours   will not have to suffer as they did.

If billionaires want wars, let them to the fighting - and not spend their wars as they usually do by getting daddy's help to put them in a safe office.

As for the rest of us, it's time we started to get serious about the brutality and Hitlerian evil of  our capitalism.







Sunday, December 22, 2019

December 24: Watch out for a star. It might be a rocket crashing into us.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/dec/23/nsw-fires-live-news-near-sydney-new-south-wales-south-australia-bushfires-victoria-latest-updates

The future - for all of us. Unless we wake up.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/22/hong-kong-police-clash-with-protesters-after-uighur-rally

Hong Kong is now protesting China's treatment of Muslims. Isn't that strange?
What does it have to do with the Hong Kong protests we've been hearing about?
And how can supporting it help Hong   Kong?  On the contrary. It will make matters much worse. And it costs money and organization to rally such a turnout.  Where is that coming from?

This looks very much like American and British money at work. It does NOT look like anything regarding the Ughurs. And, for those Hong Kongers anxious to hammer out a better deal   with China, it almost certainly destroys any chance they had. And they're simply being used by western billionaires and politicians.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/oxbow-christmas-concert-controversy-1.5406381

They should call it Oxhead.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/23/weatherwatch-reindeer-adapted-snow-climate-change

We're losing whole species as a result of just minor changes in climate. We have, maybe, 30 years of this until it's too late to do anything. (We have just wasted thirty years.)

These changes are happening all over the world. And, as they happen, we too are among the dying species.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/24/indigenous-people-outraged-at-canada-polices-possible-use-of-lethal-force

From the start, Canadian governments have happily showered billionaires with, probably, a trillion and more of our money to keep them happy. And we have dishonored our   debt to our aboriginal peoples. Worse. This is not just a legal debt. It has been a callous and even murderous debt. (Think of the many aboriginal children who were taken from their homes to die in residential schools.)
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/24/food-stamps-billionaires-nutrition-assistance-bernie-sanders-rashida-tlaib
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https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/24/home-affairs-warned-australian-government-of-growing-climate-disaster-risk-after-may-election

Yes. Climate change is happening. Yes. It will happen to all of us all over the world. I weep, of course, for the suffering this will cause for oil billionaires who may have to cut their Christmas gift lists. But it is happening. People are already dying. We may - or may not - if we hurry, be able to prevent the final days of this planet - and of us.

How can our governments be so blind? Do they think it's just us common folk
who will die?
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/23/jamal-khashoggi-killers-sentence-death-detoxify-saudi-ariabia

Saudi Arabia - one of the best friends of Canada and the U.S. And the country that supplied the terrorists of 9/11 who bombed New York and Washington.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/21/french-forces-kill-33-islamic-extremists-in-mali-says-macron

When Muslims kill Americans and British and French who have been invading their countries, they're extremists. But Americans, British and French who have murdered Muslims  and others, by the millions are never called extremists in our news media. No. They're freedom fighters.
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-small-fry-face-swift-saudi-justice-in-khashoggi-murder
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/24/okay-merry-christmas-everyone-says-mcconnell-after-admitting-gop-has-zero-plan
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/24/firefighters-australia-say-situation-out-control-prime-minister-denies-request

Well, of course. He doesn't want people to get worried.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/23/bernie-blackout-strikes-again-despite-iowa-poll-average-showing-sanders-solid-2nd

Most of our news media are simply propagandists and liars.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/23/trumps-epa-goes-bat-bayer-company-fights-25-million-verdict-roundup-cancer-case
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https://www.thenation.com/article/children-forever-war/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52755.htm

The American people are paying for this. But they won't get any benefit from it.
The benefit will go to the U.S. super rich (who don't pay taxes) in their determination to get control of the whole world no matter how many millions ( or billions) will have to die for that to happen.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52756.htm
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https://twitter.com/BenjaminNorton/status/1208228606905856001

God bless America ---Stand behind her and guide her....
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/12/23/features/jailed-climate-activist-plans-his-next-move

A good Christmas story. (But oil barons don't like good Christmas stories.)
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https://theintercept.com/2019/12/24/loujain-al-hathloul-torture-saudi-arabia/

Saudi Arabia and Israel - our greatest "friends" in the middle east.  Oh, and nearby Congo.
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https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/12/23/Against-Private-School/

In my professorial days, I taught many a graduate of private schools. I very rarely ever taught one who seemed to have superior grade school education.  Indeed, most seemed to be decidedly inferior.
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Enough on this Christmas Eve and Hanuka Eve when Christian billionaires are murdering all over the world, and when Israel is killing Muslims and stealing their land.
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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Dec. 21:A Merry Christmas and a murderous New Year. okay also murderous Christmas

I'm starting to write this one early because Christmas is crashing in on me, and my children are arriving, and shopping to be done - but the world doesn't stop at   all. So I'll start with........

Almost all wars are fought at the wish of the greedy. But that's not how our news media report them.

World War One was not a war of good against evil. That was the idea pedalled by the news media on each side. And it was a lie.

The nineteenth century had been a century of rapid growth of capitalism in Europe. Each country had it's capitalists  who wanted a war against it's capitalist competition in other countries.

But our news media never report it that way. As they report it, the other side is always the evil one. And so it became our sacred duty to kill the evil ones. Only, we were taught to call it fighting for our country.  And what did that mean?

Well, nobody really knows. But that hid the real meaning of what the war was about, and fed our allegiance to  fighting for our country - whatever that meant.

This is not a criticism of our soldiers - or any body's soldiers. Hell, they were young. Fighting for the country seemed a noble thing. So, in Canada, young men died - to satisfy British capitalists so they could destroy German competition. But to our news media, they were killing Germans because Germans were evil.

At the end of the war, it was at first agreed that, really, no one country was responsible for it. But that wasn't good enough for France and Britain. After all,
they wanted Germany's capitalists destroyed as competition. So they insisted on clapping enormously high  financial penalties on Germany to destroy it's capitalists.

That horribly impoverished Germany - and it created the rise of Hitler.  Hitler was evil - but it was Britain and France that opened the doors to power for him.
(Incidentally, there was nothing good about the capitalists of Britain or France.
They were murdering millions and plundering nations like India, China, French   Indo-China to a degree that matched the brutalities of Hitler.)

British and French  were as much to blame for World War 2 as Hitler was. But, of course, our press never mentioned that. And,of course, Hitler had been kissing up to Germany's capitalists for a repeat of World War 1. But you would never guess that from British, French, Canadian reporting.

They had had at first been pleased at the rise of Hitler as the man who would stop the Russian threat to Britain, France and the U.S. (In fact, Russia was not communist. It was just another old-fashioned dictatorship. But western capitalism didn't like the threat of competition.)

But Hitler's first attacks were on French and British capitalists. And that, as our news media never told us, is why the French and British empires had to respond.

The U.S. was still staying back because it's capitalists saw the chance of cashing in on the British Empire in places like India and China. They really didn't give a damn for the capitalists of Britain and France. Not until the end of 1941 would American capitalists seize their chance at grabbing China, India, the middle east oil fields - but succeeded only with the oil.

But none of this was told to us by our news media. And again, young people in Canada, Australia, South Africa were told only of the evil of the other side, and were urged to rally to the British  Empire - the old fighting for one's country delusion.

None of this is a criticism of our young people in any war. It was all presented to them in terms of glory and honour. So they rushed to serve with a strong sense of duty.  What else could they think? The news media had lied to them from the
start.

After World War 2, there was North Korea. Now, South Korea was scarcely a democracy. In fact, it's government was a brutal dictatorship ruled by the men who had been collaborators with Japan in World War Two. So why was the U.S. so eager to take it's side against the north?

It certainly wasn't to bring democracy to anybody. In fact, the Japan collaborators  remained in power for many years after the Korean war. And they became  such good friends of the U.S. that it has had troops there ever since.

Yes. The real purpose of that war was to get American control of North Korea so that it would become a base for a capitalist invasion of China. And no, that was not to make China a democracy, either. It was to help American and British capitalists to recapture their old, brutal looting of China.

But our news media have never said that. And again, young Canadians died. And, were told, "fighting for their country". Nobody ever mentioned precisely what that meant.

Again, this is no fault of those who served. They were never told the truth by our news media. Ditto with Libya, Afghanistan, Syria.......
Get used to it. Our news media lie. Commonly, they are owned by the big capitalists who want wars.

All the killing all over the world is to serve the interests of a small number of very greedy and murderous capitalists. American capitalists have been doing it non-stop in Latin America since 1900.  In Europe and Asia, this is why the U.S. - with help from Canada, Britain and others - has killed over 20 million since 1945. This is why we are in the greatest danger of the final world war - soon.

The people who demand lies are very wealthy capitalists. And they also own our commercial news media. And almost all of them have used their ownership of news media to lie. And that has been true since the early days of the popular press in the late 1800s.

As Pogo observed - We have met the enemy. And he is us.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/20/canada-indigenous-land-defenders-police-documents#img-1
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https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/20/climate-of-chaos-the-suffocating-firestorm-engulfing-australia

Luckily, our oil barons have told us that climate change is not happening. And if you can't believe the oil barons, who can you believe? I mean, they know things.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/amateur-hour-lrt-announcement-shows-tories-can-t-get-past-blaming-liberals-1.5403214
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/21/it-is-beyond-cruel-ice-refuses-to-reunite-girl-with-the-only-family-she-has-left
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https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/dec/21/downward-spiral-of-war-crisis-and-need-to-worsen-in-2020-fears-top-un-official
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/21/the-brazilian-jaguars-sea-fishing-to-survive-aoe
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/20/brazil-jair-bolsonaro-homophobic-outburst-corruption-scandal

And this is the greatest friend of the U.S. and Canada in Latin America. Well, maybe Colombia is our greatest friend.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/19/debate-goes-dark-in-beijing-as-topics-turn-to-chinas-human-rights-violations

Yes, yes. The U.S. was chosen by God to bring peace and justice to the world. That's why it has been murdering and plundering all over the world.
I suggest that American Christians take time off from shouting hallelujah, and use that time to read what Jesus was talking about.

The U.S. is by far the nation leading in mass murder all over the world. But, certainly, the U.S. would never ever  kill Muslims. No.  Well, if necessary....

"physician, heal thyself."
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https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/21/waiting-for-a-megafire-the-battle-against-australia-biggest-blaze-gospers-mountain
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https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/21/waiting-for-a-megafire-the-battle-against-australia-biggest-blaze-gospers-mountain
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https://rabble.ca/news/2019/12/year-started-and-ended-snc-lavalin
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https://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/12/populism-comes-and-goes-it-defines-our-own-era-politically
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/12/rebranded-war-room-aims-measured-tone-doesnt-quite-succeed
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https://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/12/canadian-bankers-get-bleak-15-billion-payout
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/20/icc-probe-alleged-war-crimes-palestine
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/20/icc-probe-alleged-war-crimes-palestine
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/20/amid-impeachment-furor-gop-hijacking-courts-continues-mcconnell-rams-through-12-more

The U.S. supreme court is now under the control of the most right wing, pro-business judges in American history. And they will be in power until they die.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/19/story-cellphone-tracking-most-important-article-you-should-read-today-period

Secret police who spy on everyone. Hitler would be SO jealous. God bless America, the land of the free.
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I think I ran this one before. But it's worth repeating as a Canadian sample of American-style murder by police.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/20/monstrous-docs-show-canadian-mounties-wanted-snipers-ready-shoot-indigenous-land

This has to be the lowest Canada  has ever sunk, preparing to murder indigenous people so oil barons can steal  their land. Well, maybe  not  the lowest if you count all the betrayals of indigenous rights in this country - like the slaughter of ingenous people of the plains so the super rich could push through a railway, and so land speculators could have land to sell to immigrants.
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https://consortiumnews.com/2019/12/20/how-journalists-demonize-venezuelas-government-in-their-own-words/
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/12/medical-opinion-torture-and-julian-assange

Nazi Sweden. Nazi Britain. Nazi U.S. And, yes, that is what we have come down to in our adoption of democracy as dictated by billionaires.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/12/protest-against-caa-held-in-the-hague

A ban on Muslims? Gee. Why does that remind me of the U.S. and Quebec?
I mean, if we let them in they'll soil our Christian streets. Yucky-Poo.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/12/still-angry-still-looking-still-waiting
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/12/20/indias-government-is-going-to-war-against-its-own-people/

India is in a turmoil. And, just like Quebec and the U.S., it's a religious war with Muslims as the targets of bigots. Is it because Muslims all over the world are fighting wars?

Well, as a matter of fact, western Christians have fought far, far more wars and killed far, far more innocent people than Muslims could ever imagine. And where they are fighting wars is where Christians have been invading to slaughter Muslim men, women and children in order to  steal oil and other plunder.
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https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/12/16/Alberta-Poison-Wells-File/

Our bastard billionaires.
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Really, how is it possible for the U.S. to murder millions all over the world while never looking at it's own world champ murderous ways. How is it possible for the American people to believe in their purity?

This is the nation that is aiming at conquering the whole world - which is more, much more than even Hitler ever dreamt of.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/who-has-given-americans-right-syria-china-asks/5698316
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/afghanistan-fiasco-decline-fall-american-military/5698318

The American military can still win a big war - but only with the use of nuclear weapons. And others would respond.

We are very, very close to our final war. And we are our own Nazis.
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/war-is-good-for-business-and-organized-crime-afghanistans-multibillion-dollar-opium-trade-rising-heroin-addiction-in-the-us/5664319
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52738.htm

This is reality. Almost all of our news media are controlled and designed to keep us in ignorance. And that has been true since the appearance of the daily newspaper about 150 years ago.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52739.htm

And that's why we have been re-electing  thoroughly corrupt politicians who betray us.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/12/19/news/provinces-say-indigenous-opposition-pipelines-shouldnt-outweigh-others

Absolutely. And Trudeau should insist on a pipeline through his backyard as an example for all of us.
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/12/21/review-creative-destruction-how-to-start-an-economic-renaissance/

I remember, even as a very young child, the pain and hunger of the dirty thirties,
and how we got out of them only by going to war.
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https://truthout.org/articles/doctors-prescribe-more-of-a-drug-if-they-receive-money-from-company-tied-to-it/

Jesus Heals. American billionaire drug companies steal. And they now want to steal from Canadians and British.  (Count on Albertans to clap hands.)
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I don't know whether this next item is true. It's quite possible it is. China is not nearly the media liar that the West is.  As well, it's certainly true that the west has been interfering with news from China, and it is encouraging violence within China.  (Don't kid yourself that the U.S. gives a damn about Hong Kong, either.
It, with Britain, denied democracy in Hong Kong for a hundred years and more.)

https://www.voltairenet.org/article208556.html

And no. I don't applaud China's behaviour in this affair. But I, unlike Britain and the U.S., don't think triggering a nuclear war is worth it. Do you?
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My next blogs may not be regular for a week or so as relatives crash in for Christmas - you know the big holiday for Christian Americans who think that Jesus came so their capitalists could rule the world. Check The Bible. It's gotta be there somewhere.
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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Dec. 19: Let's face it. most of the world, including Canada, is ruled by thieving bastards

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/wildfires-sydney-nsw-state-of-emergency-1.5402008

Well, that just proves there is no climate change happening. Right?
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/greece-samos-migrant-camp-1.5402117

And how typical of Christians in the western world!
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/australia-hottest-day-on-record-1.5400409
Nope. Not a sign of climate change.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-wilson-raybould-snc-lavalin-1.5401353

SNC Lavalin broke the law with the help Justin Trudeau's  Liberals. Their penalty? Trudeau has forgiven them, and given back what they had stolen. Wake up Canada! And no. That does not mean allowing more stealing by Conservatives.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/19/italian-politicians-and-police-among-300-held-in-historic-mafia-bust
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/19/trump-impeachment-charges-absolutely-made-up-says-putin

Well, well, well - and what is this in aid of?
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The Chinese  government is showing a love of shooting itself in the foot. It would be much, much wiser - and better for China - to move to democracy.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/18/china-cuts-freedom-of-thought-from-top-fudan-university-charter
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/14/the-historical-case-for-abolishing-billionaires

Capitalism is not as new as one might think. It is simply the very, very old tradition of  plundering the majority to benefit a very tiny group of the privileged. It's now raging out of control. And it we don't stop that, we have no hope for any future. (Note that the leading people to deny   climate change are the billionaires.)
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/27/billionare-funded-protests-america
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/12/no-more-pipelines-another-ucp-talking-point-debunked
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https://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/face2face/2019/12/robert-fisk-journalism-fake-news-and-truth

The reality is that almost all of the world's commercial news media pedal trivia and lies for their wealthy owners. Even worse, the newspaper ones - yes- up to the New York Times - can't be trusted.

Most of them specialize in propaganda and, in recent years, trivia. The trivia part is especially noticeable in the newspaper ones since they have been forced to run on the cheap for some years due to competition from TV and sites like this one.
That means fewer and less qualified  (and cheaper) reporters, and lots and lots of ads.

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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2019/12/cop25-politicians-equivocate-while-activists-organize
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/12/jason-kenney-battles-carbon-tax-his-war-room-tussles-local

Albertans are brain-washed to believe what their corrupt government tells them.
Is there Conservative government also stupid? Quite possibly. Historically, it often has been.
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https://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/talking-radical-radio/2019/12/defending-public-health-care-alberta

As I said, Albertans have long been brainwashed to think that billionaire abuse is good for them.
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Capitalism all over the world enriches a tiny few - and impoverishes millions.

https://www.thenation.com/article/democrat-debate-poverty-california/
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https://www.thenation.com/article/executive-order-free-speech/

Hitler murdered Jews. That does not permit Israel to impoverish and murder Palestinians.
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-missing-all-the-exits-on-road-to-climate-doom

The time is getting very short for the hugest project ever undertaken by humanity. And with thirty years of opportunity behind us, we have made it worse.

Are our super rich beyond caring about anything but their own greed?  No, of course not.

Are we brainless and gutless?

Yes.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/19/red-lights-flashing-australia-smashes-heat-record-just-day-after-previous-record-hit

So - are we brainless and gutless?
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/19/trump-bad-jews-full-page-ad-progressive-jewish-group-condemns-president

I have a lot of confidence in North American Jews. When I lived in Montreal (most of my life) I always found them more progressive and caring than Christians.

Of course, they want Israel to survive. But they don't approve of it's greed and malice toward Palestinians.
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https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2019/12/19/ferc-order-props-fossil-fuels-dooms-climate-efforts
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https://consortiumnews.com/2019/12/16/peace-for-war-war-for-the-rich/
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/12/australian-climate-criminality-heat-stress-deaths-australian-aboriginal-ethnocide
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https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/12/18/Trump-Impeachment-Imperial-Presidency-Republicans-Kill-Principle/
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https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/12/18/Oilsands-Firms-Death-Destruction/
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https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/12/16/Alberta-Poison-Wells-File/
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https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/12/12/Harper-Comeback/

Will Canadians support the return to power of Harper, the faithful servants of oil and the super rich?  Of course they will.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52725.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52727.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52723.htm
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/12/09/opinion/mcgill-still-investing-fossil-fuels-and-has-no-plans-stop

Of course. Decisions like this are made by a board of governors that is drawn from the richest and greediest business leaders that are, essentially, the ones that run all universities. University presidents are mostly decorative.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/12/18/news/climate-crisis-looms-large-canadas-top-weather-stories-2019
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/12/19/news/provinces-say-indigenous-opposition-pipelines-shouldnt-outweigh-others

You bet it can't outweigh others, Not when "others" means oil billionaires.

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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/12/19/news/pm-says-he-welcomed-outcome-snc-lavalin-case

I knew Justin's father, Pierre. Our politics didn't agree; but he was an honest man. So I know he would have had contempt for his son.
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https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/uk-gender-equality-rankings-2019/
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https://theantimedia.com/un-peacekeepers-fathered-hundreds-of-babies-with-girls-in-haiti-as-young-as-11/
Gee! Weren't Canadian troops involved in that?
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https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20191218-us-senate-approves-new-sanctions-on-syria-iran-russia-over-war-crimes/

Of course. But the Americans, in murdering over 20 million all over the world - and counting huge numbers of civilians and children - very seldom get charged with war crimes. And those who do get forgiven by Trump.
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I had a long ending of my own to add. But it's very late, and I have just got over an attack of severe pain. I'll try to remember that ending for Saturday.















Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Dec. 17: Capitalism - a form of moral illness.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/opinion-border-crossing-rights-1.5382547

Canada - a piece of the American empire.
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https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/dec/16/apple-and-google-named-in-us-lawsuit-over-congolese-child-cobalt-mining-deaths

This treatment of children in Canada, Britain, the U.S. and others was common until the 1920s. The minister who baptized me was sent down deep into the  cold, dark and filthy coalmines of Wales when he was six. During breaks, the men gathered to read from the Bible under the light of their mining lamps: and that's how he learned to read. And to read well enough so that he could study for the ministry.

He then became a missionary to The Congo, where he learn that mining capitalists could be even more brutal there - as we are today in Latin America and the Middle East.

Billionaire greed is going to destroy all of us, and quite possibly soon.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/kenney-s-claim-carbon-tax-damaged-alberta-economy-is-refuted-in-court-documents-1.5396454

Premier Kenney is a liar, of course. But most premiers of Alberta have become liars  because it's the easy way to get re-elected.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/unhcr-refugee-forum-1.5398929
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https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/17/australian-heatwave-records-forecast-to-be-broken-as-temperatures-surge-past-40c

Not to worry. Our oil kings assure us that there is no climate change.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/17/israeli-military-law-stifles-palestinian-rights-watchdog-says

Most Israelis are not Jews in any religious sense.
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https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/dec/14/trump-netanyahu-biography-america-israel-books

After their early enthusiasm, a very large number of American and Canadian Jews, perhaps a majority, do not support the behaviour of Israelis.
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https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/dec/16/apple-and-google-named-in-us-lawsuit-over-congolese-child-cobalt-mining-deaths

Belgian capitalists were the first to murder and rape the people of Congo. Early on, British and then American capitalists joined in. And, yes, some of Canada's leading billionaires jumped in.

And it still goes on.
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https://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/talking-radical-radio/2019/12/defending-public-health-care-alberta

Why are our wealthy so keen (with the help of the Liberals and the Conservatives who they own) on private health care? Is it the speedy service? Is it a higher quality of health care if it's privately owned? Does it in any way help most Canadians?

None of the above. It is pure greed. Under privately-owned health care, millions die because they can't possibly afford it. But the very rich don't give a damn. And the very rich in Canada also own the Liberals and Conservatives.
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/taking-sides/2019/12/climate-change-policy-must-include-indigenous-ecological

From the beginning, Canada has (at best) ignored it's indigenous people.
Will it go on ignoring them? Almost certainly.
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https://www.thenation.com/article/empire-democracy-simon-reid-henry-book-review/

World War One was a war between the capitalists of the countries who took part in it. (Most of them never fought in it, of course.)  And World War 2? It began a a war of capitalists against capitalists. And yes, Hitler was the servant of German capitalists. Americans resisted the war at first. But it was American capitalists who insisted on joining it so they could enjoy taking over the old, European empires. Americans and British and a great many Canadians, including leading capitalists admired Hitler in the 1930s. He was their great white hope for destroying Russian 'communism'.

(Of course, nobody said that. No. The young were told they were doing it for the King, God bless him - or for the "country" whatever that meant.) And now, even in the face of the destruction of all of us, our billionaires insist on more wars.
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thenation.com/article/north-korea-missile-christmas/
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https://www.thenation.com/article/domestic-violence-russia/
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https://www.thenation.com/article/pentagon-budget-william-hartung/

All that war spending is why public schools are failing, why millions of Americans die for lack of medicare, why streets are filled with the homeless, why there is no money to deal with the horror of climate change.......

Who gains? Those are the super wealthy who wallow in billions preparing for a war  that nobody can win. The price we are going to have to pay for greed.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/16/astonishing-trump-rule-could-let-banks-classify-nfl-stadium-investments-aid-poor

This sort of handout to the very rich happens, too, in a Canada ruled by Liberals and Conservatives.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/16/amazon-chevron-and-starbucks-among-91-fortune-500-corporations-paid-0-federal-income

Billions for the rich. Nothing for adults and their children who sleep in our streets. (And yes, it's the same in Canada.)
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/16/top-global-scientists-call-profound-food-system-transformation-combat-extreme

"...and then there were none.)  But don't worry about it. So long as  billionaires control much of this world, there won't be all that many decades left.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/16/100-doctors-demand-julian-assange-receive-safe-passage-australian-hospital-it-too

There is no chance Assange will be moved to a hospital. The U.S. is determined he must die - preferably in jail. And wimpy  Britain has been the Assange torturer and murderer for years.

We didn't beat Hitler. We copied him.
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https://consortiumnews.com/2019/12/16/corbyns-defeat-has-slain-the-lefts-last-illusion/

Of course the British election was won with money of billionaires.  Billionaires who gave the Conservatives big money to fight the election, and whose newspapers cheered the Conservatives, got the vote of the British sheep. It was all just like American and Canadian sheep.

And all who do that are destroying all of us.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/12/our-vanishing-world-birds
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/12/17/the-free-college-battle/

University is monstrously expensive. There's the cost of living away from home.
There's the cost of very high university fees. In my day, I owed at the end a debt that I took fifteen years to pay - though I had scholarships for the last three of 9 of those years. A great many young people can't even think of going through that. (I knew some rich kids who had unlimited cash. But not many. Almost all my classmates were living on loans and eating as little as possible.)

In addition to the handicap of loans, teenagers who grew up in poverty were also severely discouraged from even thinking of university. That was the atmosphere we lived in. Many times, my parents warned me that I was trying to rise above my station.

Public education has now been with us for nearly 2 centuries. Surely, we should by now be ready for public higher education. Surely it's time for all of us to enjoy the opportunities now easy pickings for children of the rich.

Oh, sorry. That might mean the super rich would have to pay taxes like the rest of us.
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__https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/12/16/climate-from-catastrophe-to-cataclysm/

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https://www.globalresearch.ca/child-christmas-forgot-how-would-jesus-fare-american-police-state/5697994

For Evangelical Christians, try to bear in mind that the message of Jesus was NOT to ensure that just you would get to heaven. For Israelis, your Talmud and Torah were NOT advice on how to kill Muslims.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52714.htm

ALL wars are about murder, torture, and starvation. We are not different from Hitler's Germany.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52710.htm

And this is being done by----us.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/12/17/features/downstream-oilsands-death-cancer-comes-too-often
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/https%3A//give.unhcr.ca/page/52680/donate/1%3Fea.tracking.id%3DSOC19_Yemen_NO
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/12/17/how-can-the-us-lecture-china-on-the-rights-of-muslims/

I really don't know the whole story on how China is treating Muslims. I do know that the U.S. was deliberately brutal in murdering it's indigenous people so that only some tens of thousands were left in 1900. And I do know the U.S. has been guilty of mass murder in the deliberate bombing of civilians and children, and in the starvation of the children, in at least tens of millions since 1945.

But our news media don't tell us these things.
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/12/11/the-dirty-war-on-the-nhs/
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https://truthout.org/articles/trumps-north-america-trade-deal-is-poised-to-worsen-climate-change/
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https://truthout.org/articles/since-paris-agreement-financial-firms-have-sunk-745-billion-into-new-coal/

Their is not the slightest possibility the oil and coal firms will do anything to help deal with the crisis that is ending anything life for this whole planet. In 30 years, they have made things worse. And they own what we in the western world call democracy.
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https://truthout.org/articles/paper-genocide-the-barriers-to-an-accurate-count-of-native-people-in-2020/
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https://theintercept.com/2019/12/17/murray-energy-bankruptcy-climate-change/

Do the coal and oil bosses know that they are killing their own children.
Perhaps they don't care.
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Many people say that it's good for the rich to have piles of money because that money trickles down to us. In the real world that doesn't happen. It never has, not in more than 2,000 years of the world's history. At the peak of Rome's power, the people of Rome suffered dreadful poverty. And the dead of those masses of the poor were simply dumped in vast pits.

The emperors of countries like China lived in vast luxury even as people starved to death in the  streets. The Czars of Russia and that country's aristocracy lived in vast palaces while the nation starved. That's why Russians fought so badly in World War One. That's why, when Russians overthrew the aristocracy late in that war, our aristocracies like Britain and the U.S. fought  to return the aristocracy to power - and lost.

Stalin was a pretty awful person. And Russia never did get a communist system in place. But it's overthrow of the aristocracy was the decisive factor in our defeat of Hitler. And, incidentally, Hitler was the Guardian angel of German billionaires. That's why big capital in the west smiled on him. That's why the Rockefellers supplied him with all his oil before and through all of World War2.
Big capital was the reason why we didn't go to war with Hitler until very late in 1939.  That's why to this day, the western world supports murderous dictators all over places like Latin America.

At the financial peak of the British Empire, all the rewards of the Empire went to the tiny class of billionaires. The rest of the British got (and still get) nothing.
At that peak, the mass of British children of 5 and older were sent to work in factories and mines at 15 hours a day for pennies. The same could be seen in Canada and the U.S. as late as 1920.

Capitalism is a system based on pure greed. There is not, and never has been,
any trickle down to the rest of us. And that pure greed is holding us down for the final destruction.

Many of us are profoundly worried about the destruction of this planet. It is not a coincidence that there is not a single billionaire in that camp. Many thousands of  scientists all around the world - in fact almost all of them - tell us we are facing destruction. So far as I know, all of the world's billionaires - almost all of whom have no scientific training at all - refuse to believe that.

Capitalism is greed, pure greed, brainless greed. It is quite possibly the worst greed this world has ever seen. For several hundred years, it has been the worst greed this world has ever seen. And it's greed has been the greed of almost every war. American greed, has been, from the days of the Pilgrim Fathers, non-stop.
American capitalists have starved, butchered innocent people all over what is now the U.S. and Latin America.

What it has wanted since 1945 is control over the whole world. And it has killed an unknown number of people - gently estimated at something over 20 million since 1945, most of them civilians. And Britain, now the American bum kisser, has followed it.

Why has the U.S. now been throwing vast sums of money at defence? Much of it is to enrich the capitalists
. But it's also true that the American government, with British cooperation, has been planning for the great and final war, largely against Russia and China - but with enormous killings with the nuclear war this would be all over the world including Britain, Canada, and the U.S.

We live under a system that has no obligations to anybody - except billionaires.
That's where greed has brought us. When is this planned to happen? There's no date set, though the planners have estimated this should happen in about four years. (I got this from a reliable source that was reporting on plans laid by both Democrats and Republicans a couple of years ago.  And, alas, that source vanished before I could save it.)

Meanwhile, we have almost no sense of all this. That's because almost all our news media are owned by the very wealthy.

We think we have democracy. But the nature of capitalism is that it destroyed democracy from the start. And Americans, Canadians, British, all sorts of people,
have been foolish enough to vote for their own destruction.

If we are to have any sense of survival, we have to destroy capitalism. We need political systems to serve the needs of all of us, not just the terminal, immoral and brainless greed of the very, very rich.
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