Thursday, March 14, 2019

March 14:This VERY Dangerous Time

https://www.guardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/12/us-college-admissions-scandal-corruption-rigged

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/us-college-scam-court-cheating-1.5055097

Some universities have always been places of privilege and snobbery. That doesn't mean they are good. It's just snobbery. It can run very deep - throughout the whole administration and and faculty. The universities - American and Canadian - are powerfully affected, too -by the wealthy who sit on their boards.

Result? Many an esteemed university is not better than the others. It's just more snobbish. In Canada, this tendency is boosted by a popular magazine which runs an annual special edition which purports to rank Canadian universities by quality of education. But these rankings essentially reflect the snobbery of universities in judging themselves.

N.B. The American universities have known about this scam all along and university administrators have fully accepted it.
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An item I missed almost a month ago is  that Donald Trump says that Maduro of Venezuela has to go because he is a socialist.

Well, for openers, Maduro is many things. But a socialist isn't one of them. He predecessor was - but not Maduro. As well, I seriously doubt whether Trump knows what a socialist is. But Trump made it all worse. He says that the U.S. cannot permit socialists to come to power. By strong implication, he has the right
to invade countries that vote socialist - you know, dangerous things like medicare, housing for the poor, public education.....

He has the right to invade countries like that...? Yes. In Trump's world, he has the right to attack countries whose politics he doesn't agree with.

So much for democracy.

In passing, I am a socialist. No, that does not mean massacring them by millions. No. That is what we call capitalism. My socialism is one that demands, as a start, that government exists to serve all, beginning with the poorest, and working our way up. That, and not killing people, is what patriotism is about.
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There was once a time when Christian churches in Canada were, you know,, Christian.

http://www.rabble.ca/columnists/2019/03/richard-allen-explored-role-faith-canadian-left-history
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2019/03/government-should-heed-unistoten-message
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https://www.thenation.com/article/plastics-pollution-crisis-fracking-petrochemicals/
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A hundred and twenty years ago, Canadians died in a war in South Africa that had nothing to do with Canada.The died because of patriotism - sort of. They died because Britain wanted a precedent that in future, Canadians would routinely fight British wars because, well, because we were patriotic and sang God Save the King.

That's why thousands of Canadian died in World War  1. (No. It wasn't because the Germans of 1914 were evil. In fact, the British had a record of murder and plunder far, far worse had a record far, far more evil than German did.

And so, at the age of six, I learned to sing God Save the King and 'pledge allegiance to THIS flag, the Union Jack....' and the old boys of my father's scout troop would drop in to say goodbye as they headed to the war - soon to be joined by my father.

Oh, yes, Hitler was evil. But he was kid stuff compared to the record of the British Empire - or the growing American empire.

Anyway, Canada soon after the war dropped the Union Jack and  God Save the King (Queen) schtick (schtick is your Yiddish word for the day).  To be patriotic now meant to fight wars for the U.S. - as in Korea, Afghanistan, Libya and (quietly) in Syria and Eastern Europe. It is now as if we saluted the Star-Spangled Banner in the morning as we kiss Trump's rear end in supporting his imperial attack on Venezuela. (In practice, patriotism means doing whatever our current imperialist wants us to do.)

For those of us who once sang Rule Britannia, the words now mean nothing. Indeed, Britain is now  on the edge of an economic collapse that could well mean the breakup of Britain into England, Scotland and an enlarged Ireland.

But who gives a damn? We now owe our patriotism to America which, I am reasonably informed, is blessed by God.

What does patriotism mean? As always, it means obedience to whoever is boss at the time.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/03/14/ahead-global-climatestrike-she-inspired-16-year-old-greta-thunberg-nominated-nobel

When I was sixteen, my idea of patriotism was still saluting the Union Jack and singing God Save the King.
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  https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/03/14/rights-group-charges-trumps-prolonged-detention-children-completely-illegal

To a Trump,kids should all be locked in wire cages.
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 https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/03/13/new-report-shows-trumps-tough-crime-stance-doesnt-extend-lawbreaking-corporations
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  https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/03/13/historic-us-senate-passes-war-powers-resolution-end-complicity-worlds-worst  
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/03/13/ecological-foundations-society-risk-warns-un-hope-resides-urgent-global-action

We have, maybe, a dozen years to deal with this. But in both Canada and the U.S. action is virtually barred as the wealthy buy off the Liberals and the Conservatives, and in he U.S. they buy off Republicans and many of the Democrats.

Think of that. Your children and grandchildren - and quite possible you - are likely to die because of the greed  and stupidity of billionaires. We have, maybe, a dozen years. And the very wealthy are doing ---nothing. Instead of starving children to death in Yemen, this is the war we should be fighting.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/03/14/parenting-the-climate-change-generation-or-will-they-parent-us/

I applaud the children for what they are doing. But we don't have time for them to do it. We  have allowed the very wealthy to make all decisions for us. I know of no evidence that the wealthy are intellectually gifted. In the province of New Brunswick where I lived for some years, the leading billionaire is a man who inherited his money - and whose education would not qualify him to be a senior clerk in any company. But Mr. Irving has billions, owns all the newspapers in his province, owns the Liberals and Conservatives...and routinely rips off  the budget of the province to get government donations to himself.

I have seen no evidence that our economic leaders are of anything more than very average intelligence. And they are of no social or moral understanding at all. And these are the people who control our futures.

Our world has always had such a social class.-, one that kept most of society in poverty to enrich themselves. And much of that is our fault. We are timid. We fear being different.

But now,  time is running out. We are fearful. Our economic leadership is greedy and unintelligent.

Wake up.
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In 1945, we were going to create a new world of peace and international cooperation. But we did nothing whatever about it. We went right back to the  pre-war world of and uncontrolled capitalism and imperial conquest. And the pieces below tell where this has taken us.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51269.htm

Is a war with Russia and U.S. coming? You bet. And it may not matter who 'wins'.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51268.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51270.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51262.htm
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https://www.propublica.org/article/the-story-behind-jared-kushners-curious-acceptance-into-harvard
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/03/14/opinion/canadas-official-opposition-lacks-climate-plan-govern

Gee. Who woulda guessed?.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/03/11/news/snc-javelin-announced-confidential-deal-feds-four-days-after-trudeaus-first-throne

Trudeau is Canada's national equivalent of Ontario's Doug Ford.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/03/11/opinion/snc-lavalin-affair-just-business-usual-canada
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/03/13/opinion/dianne-saxe-calls-ontario-faith-leaders-stand-climate-what-are-ontario-bishops

Well, in fairness, what have they ever done about anything?
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/03/13/douma-chemical-attack-still-waiting-for-an-apology/

A thought - has any of your local news media ever told the truth about who the "White Helmets" are?
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https://theantimedia.com/coup-venezuela/
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https://truthout.org/articles/with-trillions-in-safety-net-cuts-trump-budget-is-a-new-level-of-cruelty/
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https://thesaker.is/of-demagogues-and-their-business-of-global-asset-strips/

We face the future with an American president who suffers severe mental illness. Worse, we live, in the western world, at least, under the control of a business class distinguished by greed, irresponsibility and indifference to human life.
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Trump bafflegab of the month. Some weeks ago, Trump announced he was withdrawing troops from Syria because the rebels (Isis, etc.) had been defeated. But, duh, for several years the US has been the one SUPPORTING the rebels. It has armed them, equipped them, funded them.

Then he announced a pause in the withdrawal.

Now, he has resumed some some bombing of the Syrians - to help the rebels that he said he had defeated.
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We are in very great danger of a world war - soon. The chances of anybody winning it are very, very poor. In fact, they are zero.

The U.S. is run by a gang of idealogues. It is, by far, the most dangerous gang we have ever seen. Nor does it have even some sense of values to be preserved. It exists only to rage - with no concern whatever for the needs of the American people.

At this point, it may well be that the only hope for the rest of us - and for the U.S. - is a second American revolution.

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