Tuesday, April 30, 2019

April 30:The most dangerous day ever?

https://pressprogress.ca/corporate-canadas-pile-of-cash-in-offshore-tax-havens-has-hit-353-billion-for-the-first-time-in-history/?fbclid=IwAR2HX4jHXNy6qNDQ99hlMJqnVMoPFawJk9-eAZbZtL-6AcF6sSSySanUddU

353 billion dollars. That's our money. It's the money we should have have to finance education, poverty programmes, health care.....  If most of us refused to pay our income tax, the government would take action against us. But the wealthy can refuse to pay hundreds of billions. And not a word is whispered.

I am reminded of Irving, the billionaire of the province of New Brunswick. Some years ago, this man who does not  pay income tax on his fortune, made a relatively small donation for the poor. The newspapers got hold of the story. (Mr. Irving owns all the newspapers in the province.) And they slobbered the story all over their pages.

That threw the Chamber of Commerce into an ecstasy of praise for this man who gave thousands to the poor (while avoiding taxes in the many, many millions) So the business community wet its pants to hold a worshipful dinner for Mr. Irving. And he, of course, agreed to speak and be praised at it. (But not by the poor. They couldn't afford a Chamber dinner.)

And, again, Mr. Irving's newspapers carried the story, slobbering over their owner.

Our billionaires create jobs? Yes,   lots of them, at minimum wage. And then they hide their massive profits.   In effect, they create poverty by stealing what should be our money.

But cheer up, Canadians, the bill in the U.S. must be way over a trillion.

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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/venezuela-guaido-final-phase-maduro-1.5116327

This story is not as informative as it should be. In the first place, and despite American propaganda reports, Guaido was never elected to the Venezuela legislature - so he has no claim whatever to being president. Then there's the problem of the Russian and Chinese troops...

...I presume they're still there. This could turn into one hell of a confrontation with the possibility of sparking a world war. And, obviously, the U.S. in backing Guaido is prepared to risk that. Good luck to all  of us.

The idea that the U.S. wants to restore democracy to Venezuela is pure rubbish. The American record in Latin America for over a century has been to create and support dictatorships - and, frequently,  to mass murder helpless thousands as it did to  the Maya people in Guatemala, as it did when Chile became a dictatorship, as it did during the Castro revolution in Cuba.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/climate-change-floods-1.5115447

Pay no attention to scientific claims our current flooding is a result of climate change. If that were true, our billionaires would  have told us, and would start paying taxes so we could deal with it. (But they don't want their billions to get all wet.)
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/trump-sues-banks-block-house-subpoenas-1.5116320

Is it possible that Donald Trump is one of those people who hides his money from taxation? Hey! Do you think it's possible that he's not?
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/26/hurricane-maria-puerto-rico-youth-mental-health-study-report

When Puerto Rico suffered a murderous hurricane that killed thousands, Trump gave minimal help - though Puerto Rico is an American territory. (He needed the money to give tax breaks to billionaires - seriously.)
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/29/call-it-crisis-new-report-details-failure-cable-and-network-outlets-accurately

Too true. And it's always been that way. Our news media,  quite accurately portrayed Hitler as evil. And that was true. But the British Empire of the time was a lot more evil. (and so was Churchill.) But you will rarely, if ever,  find a newspaper that mentioned that. Muslim warrior groups of our time are  often referred to as terrorists. Okay. Ever read a story calling Americans terrorists for their mass murder of civilians and children (as in Yemen, Iraq, Guatemala...?)

Most of our news media are extremely biased - and lying.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/27/inescapable-200-250-trillion-global-carbon-debt-increasing-by-16-trillion-annually-gideon-polya/

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https://thetyee.ca/Mediacheck/2019/04/30/Way-Canadian-Journalism-Used-To-Be/

It's even worse than it used to be, though not all have fallen as low as The Post of Toronto. CBC has  the best journalists. But even it is under constant pressure to be less than honest.

A site I refer to commonly is rabble.ca. It was founded by an excellent CBC journalist. And it is honest.

The lying came early. When Baden-Powell (later founder of the Boy Scouts), the news media went wild with joy when he was relieved after  his long defence of Mafeking. Britain and its news media went wild with joy. The army command did not.

The fact is that Baden-Powell was not supposed to be defending Mafeking. And the British army  had a terrible time getting him out of it.
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Like I said, most of our news media lie.

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=rm#inbox/FMfcgxwCgVRJbNGBSdzZrSGJXJXSnCpr
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51514.htm

This is not similar to an act of war. To attack a ship at sea IS an act of war. The U.S. has effectively declared war on Iran  (perhaps with the help of its democracy loving friends in Saudi Arabia.) And this is a war with the potential to draw in many more nations - among them  Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and, indeed, the whole region.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51511.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51516.htm
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/04/30/features/province-wide-tuition-waiver-gives-former-foster-kids-fighting-chance

A rare, good news story.

I grew up in a very poor district. We were all kids from families that had always been poor. I still remember how, in my first year class, only one of us - a girl - would go to university. (I would, too,  but it never looked that way and I never finished high school.) My parents weren't at all upset when I announced I had been kicked out. The understood that people like us were, at best, working class - and we were forever going to stay there. Schools do that to you. They would later get very angry when I quit my awful job to sneak into university. I was trying to rise 'above my station'.

That doesn't happen with kids of a higher income family. They grow with friends who are raised to know that Kindergarten is the first year of  university studies. We need schools that teach children they have a right to be ambitious. But they can't because schools don't have the money. Our billionaires don't pay the taxes to make that possible.

The bright lights (in high school) were the Jewish kids in my high school. There is a strong tradition of learning in Judaism. And that produced children who were as poor as I was but who didn't allow that to  bog them down.
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https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/indonesia-jakarta-climate-change/
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/04/29/tipping-point-the-gilets-jaunes-are-winning-whats-next/
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https://truthout.org/articles/making-us-schools-less-great-again/

In Canada and the U.S. education systems are mostly a mess. Of course. You can't allow billionaires to avoid taxes - and that means you can't afford a decent education system. Anyway, any money that governments have left over has to be saved to give back-door deals to billionaires, and to help pay bills for the schools their children go to.
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This has been a frightening day. Trump is without doubt the most juvenile president in the history of the U.S. If he is moving in on Venezuela as seems to be the case, we  could be in one hell of a world war. Remember, both China and Russia are there. And both, like the U.S. are nuclear armed.

I never thought I'd say this, but we're lucky Putin is in charge of Russia. Putin, whatever his  faults might be, is probably far the most intelligent of  the world's leading politicians.

And Trump is just a spoiled brat.

This is a VERY dangerous situation. Anything could trigger a foolish action that would trigger the massive firing of American nuclear missiles that the U.S. has lined along the Russian border. (And damn fools in the European states allowed the U.S. to do that.)

And while we are pondering supidity and ignorance, how can Americans believe the story that the U.S. is doing this to restore democracy to Venezuela? Pu-leeze. The U.S. has spent over a century destroying any attempts at democracy in Latin America. John Bolton doesn't give a damn about democracy. He wants to capture Venezuelan oil to benefit his billionaire friends.




Saturday, April 27, 2019

April 27::The scum of the earth rule over us...

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It's 1930s fascism all over again - but on a far wider scale.  The world hasn't learned a thing from the Second World War.

By the way Mussolini and Hitler (despite the latter calling himself a National Socialist) were both ardent capitalists.
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/26/joe-biden-democrats-2020-fundraising

And guess who paid out that 6.3 million. And guess what they expect in return.
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The oil industry has no intention of dealing with climate change - not ever. Think hard now. Virtually all of the world's scientists say that climate change will destroy us all. And there is plenty of evidence of this, destructive evidence, every year.

And our oil barons - none of whom have any significant scientific training and none of whom have produced any evidence for their claims -  completely ignore the experts.

Let's think a little bit about this. Billions are going to die. Indeed, we are already seeing the changes and the deaths. Are we stupid enough to accept this? Apparently so.

What can one call these people? Stupid? Immoral? Greedy? Vicious? Lying? And we are letting them do it.

And what are we for allowing them to do it? What are we for electing the Trumps, the Fords, the Cheneys. And what are they for accepting pay-offs from oil?

We can't change them. What we can change is our own gutlessness.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/25/us-oil-gas-boom-climate-change-report
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/25/us-oil-gas-boom-climate-change-report
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/26/judge-gives-trump-admin-six-months-identify-thousands-children-it-ripped-families

God bless America - or whatever it is that God does to a nation that imprisons very young children is ad hoc cages.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/26/i-hope-youre-happy-middle-nra-speech-trump-signs-order-withdraw-global-arms-treaty

American need their guns to protect themselves from evil Mexican children who would kill them all.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/27/inescapable-200-250-trillion-global-carbon-debt-increasing-by-16-trillion-annually-gideon-polya/

Will the oil industry pay for that? Dream on. It won't even pay the 275 million dollar tab for cleaning the Alberta oil fields. (Funny how premier Chenney hasn't talked about that.)
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/27/corporate-joe-biden-enters-the-presidential-race-binoy-kampmark/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51494.htm

Trump the killer - for money.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51498.htm

It's true. The U.S. is really the bastard child of the old British Empire - but even more murderous. And, no coincidence, both the U.S. and British Empires have been products of capitalism.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51500.htm
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/04/26/news/doug-ford-says-somethings-going-devastating-floods-return

Yes, that's the premier of Ontario, the one who has just destroyed the budget for climate change - now saying he thinks climate change is happening. But he doesn't intend to do anything about it.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/04/26/news/scheer-no-apologies-secret-meetings-oil-executives
Note - this long meeting with oil executives happened DURING the election campaign. How can voters allow slime like this to have such a special voice?
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/04/25/analysis/canada-pace-meet-paris-climate-target-two-centuries-late
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/04/26/obstructiongate________________________

https://off-guardian.org/2019/04/27/tony-kevin-speaks-out-on-assange/
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Why I stopped reading time over half a century ago.

https://thesaker.is/putin-won-time-magazine-annoyed-that-he-does-more-than-superman/
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Can we deal with this peacefully? I don' t know.
We have a public that is listless, a listlessness made worse by our propaganda news media (which is almost all of it.) The wealthy provide endless streams of their money to keep us in a stupor. The Liberal and Conservative and Democrat and Republican parties are largely servants of the very wealthy. None of  those parties has done anything of significance.

The NDP and the Greens are at least honest. But neither of them has the fire that this crisis demands. And it is almost certain that the very wealthy would drop violence on them if they gained popularity. Of course they would. Our old parties are corrupt,  have been corrupt for centuries, and have obeyed the wealthy for centuries.)

The U.S. wealthy and their politicians want the final war of world conquest - now. And few, if any of us, would survive it.

And then there's climate change.

We are very, very short of time.


Thursday, April 25, 2019

April 25:What can I say?

Great news from our freedom and democracy loving allies in Saudi Arabia.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/saudi-execution-prisoners-un-amnesty-human-rights-1.5109158
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Climate change is real. It is  happening. Virtually all scientists who deal with this have warned us.

But they are blocked by just a handful of the greediest and selfish people in history. Yes. It is going to happen. Yes. Billions are going to die. And they exert huge influence because they own so much of the world and of its news media and of its politicians. That's why, when we should be controlling emissions from this planet, we are still increasing them.

The  best informed people in this world  have made a clear warning. But the warning is being blocked by billionaires of stunning immorality, by politicians who are for sale (or are stupid), and by gutless and lying news media. (And, I must add, by a hell of a lot of ignorant and/or gutless voters.)

Time is running short,very short. We are not going to deal with this by the usual political process. That hasn't happened for thirty years, and it's most unlikely to happen. So it's up to us. All of us. Otherwise, we are giving up the future for ourselves and our children - and all to please the not-very-intelligent-or-moral billionaires of this world.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/24/greta-thunberg-general-strike-action-climate-change

Am I advocating disorder? Well, maybe. Or maybe it's time to warn billionaires and their political and journalistic fops that life is the property of all of us. Years from now, our children will not thank us for bringing hell down on them.
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/25/death-by-a-thousand-cuts-vast-expanse-rainforest-lost-in-2018
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/25/us-oil-gas-boom-climate-change-report#img-1

Oil pipelines are good for you? Actually, they aren't. And once built, it takes at least 30 years and more to pay for them. And that means we are committed to pushing more oil - and destroying any chance of avoiding the death and destruction that will mean.

Can you imagine the greed (and stupidity) of our oil billionaires? And what can one say of a provincial premier like Doug Ford? Here is a man who has an education only very, very slightly above high school. And he's saying  he knows better than all of the world's scientists. Nor does he give the slightest example of of why he knows better. Nor does Jason Kenney, the United Conservative just elected premier of our oil province, Alberta. Then there's the Conservative premier of New Brunswick, Brian Higgs who is developing fracking for oil (with the blessing of that province's oil baron who really runs that province and has been bleeding it dry all his life.)

These people are evil, greedy and ignorant. They will destroy us even as we sit around with our faces hanging out. Wake up! These are people who make Hitler look like a sweetheart.

Saving our children and their children will never begin with our politicians, and certainly not with our oil executives. If we want to save humanity, it has to start with us.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-tree-planting-program-cut-1.5110282

Tree planting is essential for the survival of our planet. But premier Doug Ford needs the money to reduce the terrible tax burden on the rich.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/syria-raqqa-u-s-coalition-deaths-amnesty-1.5110348

What a pity! They'll miss all the victory parades.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/25/capitalism-economic-system-survival-earth
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http://rabble.ca/books/reviews/2019/04/big-stall-details-how-neoliberal-think-tanks-blocked-action-climate-change
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https://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/9299718-gwynne-dyer-ireland-s-deadly-past-is-back/

Actually, the "Irish troubles" go back to the astonishingly brutal years of English rule. This is not something created by Irish Catholics.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/25/us-led-bombing-campaign-syria-killed-1600-civilians-and-left-raqqa-most-destroyed

God's will (American style) be done.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/25/hours-after-entering-2020-race-biden-attend-big-money-fundraiser-hosted-comcast-blue
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/24/unprecedented-un-finds-us-backed-forces-killed-more-afghan-civilians-taliban-and
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/25/continued-detentions-the-intended-role-for-chelsea-manning/

Crucify them. Crucify them.
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Note the qualifications of the writer of this next piece.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51480.htm
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/04/23/opinion/belot-albertans-have-been-fooled-myth-about-pipelines-and-oilsands
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/04/23/lessons-of-the-past/
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https://truthout.org/articles/without-impeachment-were-lowering-standards-for-all-future-presidents/
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https://truthout.org/articles/in-10-years-half-of-elders-wont-be-able-to-afford-housing-and-medical-care/

And Canada will be under pressure (as it is now, really) to follow the U.S. lead.
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A comforting thought - for some.

https://www.voltairenet.org/article206265.html
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https://www.voltairenet.org/article206179.html
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

April 23: a bad, bad, bad, bad day.

Today's blog is a disaster - and my computer has to go in for serious repairs
tomorrow. And if the computer doesn't need serious repairs, I do. I'm not even sure this will work enough to send out anything.


https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/us-iran-oil-sanctions-1.5106403

The U.S. has no right to impose trade sanctions on anybody. This is Donald Trump playing ruler of the world. Ever since 1945, the U.S. has extended it's empire to include the whole world. Master of the planet. We all kneel for our American masters.

Well, not all of them. Most of the American population doesn't count. The only ones who really count are the multi billionaires who own the politicians. So the U.S. feels that it is the only country in the world with the right to tell other countries who they are allowed to trade with. And in this case, nobody is allowed to trade with Iran because Iran refuses to allow American billionaires to own and operate it. Anybody who defies this diktat would find it's oil tankers blocked by American warships.

In short, this is an act of war by the U.S.

Can you imagine the fluttering in the U.S. if any country's warships attacked an American tanker?

And one of the countries the U.S. has  warned is China. and that means  they U.S. is committing an act of war  against China. And that mean Russia almost certainly has to take China's side.  It also means it is likely that other countries will detach themselves from U.S. arrogance and bullying.Watch Europe getting nervous, and looking for new alliances.

And Trump has done this while Russia and China are, by invitation, in Venezuela.

Get ready Canada. This has the makings of a nuclear war. The U.S. has committed all of us to the greatest danger this world has ever seen. And guess which side the U.S. will tell us to be on.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/17/canada-jason-kenney-and-united-conservatives-win-alberta-election
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http://www.catholicteachers.ca/News-Events/News/Releases/PC-Government-Creating-Crisis-In-Education
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/oilsands-carbon-emissions-study-1.5106809

Hey! If you can't trust oil billionaires who can you trust? What a great start in Alberta for the oil-loving premier Cheney!
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The U.S. has privatized it's election system. Brilliant And a some of this is going on in Canada.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/22/us-voting-machine-private-companies-voter-registration
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/23/comedy-ukraine-volodymyr-zelenskiy

The sadder part is that Ukraine has no choice. It was the U.S. that paid for and organized the rebellion that organized the government of Ukraine. It was, as might have been expected, a government of profound corruption - and quite openly Nazi. The U.S. interference left Ukraine with not much of a choice.
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https://www.commondreams.org/further/2019/04/22/stomach-churning-and-not-welcome-telling-it-it
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/23/irans-revolutionary-guard-threatens-to-close-hormuz-strait/

And what is the war over? Oil  - the last thing this world needs more of.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51474.htm

Nice to see a report on Assange that doesn't miss the point of it all.
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This next is a long account - but it has to make up for the lies and omissions of our news media.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51470.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51469.htm
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Saturday, April 20, 2019

April 21:Us Damn fools.

https://theconversation.com/trump-declares-economic-war-on-cuba-115672

Take this seriously. The U.S.believes it has the right to rule the world. It has the right to impose its version of democracy on nations that don't want it. Indeed, American democracy itself is largely a farce in which presidents are, in fact, chosen and bought by the wealthy.

Accompanying this we have John Bolton, a very cranky, judgmental, and crashingly ignorant old fart who believes the only worthwhile political values are those he composes in his own twisted mind.

He wants now to crush the Cuban government because it is not the same as that wretched lot we call the American government. And, no coincidence, Cuba is very close to the U.S.

Canada is close to the U.S. We have programmes objectionable to an old crank like Bolton. Can Canada come under the American gun?

It will.

I'm not exaggerating here. Read the U.S. political speeches. Note how determined the very wealthy Americans are determined to get the world that they want. And it's a world that has no room for medicare, for example. It has no room for controls of any sort on big business.

This is an ideology of pure greed. There is no room for 'the people' in the American agenda. The ideology of greed has no room for ordinary people. Now, it  has John Bolton, a crackpot by any standard I can think of and an intolerant bullying crank who is the man Trump chose as his senior cabinet member. It's not hard to see Bolton being teamed up with the United Conservative Party.

We are in one hell of a dangerous tunnel. And it's not the mass of the American people who have put us there. It's the billionaire class that took over control of American politicians a long time ago.
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/04/fighting-normalization-right-wing-ideology-ford-kenney_
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http://www.rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/brent-patterson/2019/04/land-and-water-defenders-resist-mining-eastern-guatemala

It must take enormous courage for the Maya people to take action. The last time they complained about the behaviour of foreign companies in Guatemala, the U.S. murdered 200,000 of them. That was in the 1950s. But it wasn't important enough to make the news.
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/04/justice-and-security-palestinians-way-peace-gaza

Alas! Israel has no interest in justice and security for Palestinians. This could all end within a year in a remarkable flashback to Hitler's Final Solution.
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/04/jobs-pipelines-help-way-or-maybe-not-election-hot-takes-alberta
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2019/04/when-does-plant-and-animal-species-loss-become-societal-crisis
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/20/andre-vltchek-russia-warns-bolton-monroe-doctrine-remarks-are-insulting-to-latin-america/

In the American view, Canada, too, is part of the American empire. Watch for the next war when Canada will be told to fight an American war.  (We've already fought  several for our American masters.)
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/20/uk-home-secretary-demands-climate-change-protesters-face-full-force-of-the-law/
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/20/ways-to-save-the-world/

Greed is one hell of a powerful force. And these people seem not to understand that they will die with the rest of us.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/20/jim-miles-hey-justin-there-will-never-be-two-states/

Canada the cowardly. Canada the sleeze.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/19/robert-hunziker-the-blue-ocean-event-and-collapsing-ecosystems/

Yes, despite the wisdom of  Canada's Doug Ford with his high school education, and despite deep training of a rich kid, the climate is crashing. It's time to toss the morons overboard.
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https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/04/17/Ottawa-Politicos-Wilson-Raybould-Philpott/
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https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/04/17/Jason-Kenney-Wins-Alberta-Fierce-Conflicts-Ahead/

Yep. If we get that oil flowing, everything will be okay. After all these years of education, Canada can still  produce suicidal stupidity sufficient to run a province.
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We are very, very close to nuclear war. And there is not the slightest chance of any real survival.  There would be no winner. But there are people, especially in the U.S., who are looking forward to it.

We cannot survive a nuclear war. There would be no winner. Doesn't that make it insane to plan for one?

The first thing we should have done in 1945 was to settle on peace as a normal condition. Instead, the decisions were made  to kill us all. In 1945, we should have come together. It was surely clear that, soon, none of us would survive a nuclear war. Soon has come. But we  have done nothing to deal with war. Instead, we (particularly the U.S.) has been constantly killing - and all of that killing to satisfy the greed of its billionaires.

With that - and the rise of this world's Jason Kenneys   - we have decided for universal destruction....oh and giving contracts to the war industries.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51461.htm
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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-bolton-russia/russia-says-it-will-help-venezuela-cuba-to-weather-us-sanctions-ria-idUSKCN1RU0NL

Oh, those evil Russians are defying that nice Mr. Trump.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51462.htm
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/04/18/news/ontario-may-let-developers-pay-fee-lieu-onerous-endangered-species-act-protections

The priorities of Doug Ford. Where does Canada dig up these creatures?
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/04/16/news/jason-kenneys-united-conservatives-issue-warning-suzuki-foundation-after-winning

Suzuki has a doctorate in  studies related to climate change. And most of the world's scientists agree with him. Kenney has no such training.
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https://theantimedia.com/70000-killed-yemen-war/

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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/20/yellow-vests-demonstrate-paris-notre-dame-donations-highlight-wealth-inequality
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https://truthout.org/articles/trump-appointed-fossil-fuel-insiders-to-federal-agencies-its-backfiring/
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https://truthout.org/articles/trump-wants-to-maintain-us-empire-but-without-the-alliances/

The U.S. rules the world - and plunders it. It's all part of God's great plan.
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This is the most depressing issue of  the blog I  have ever written.

All the wealth of all the world is being gathered  into the arms of a very few people They need billions to be happy. So they plunder the meager incomes of billions of the population (and who they keep poor).

Do they have a need for that money? Not likely. Indeed it would take millions of years for them to spend that money. The result is a world population that ranges from desperate down to dying.

The only way this game can go on is increase the plundering every  year. And as they do it, they murder millions and starve hundreds of millions at least.

What to make of a man like Jason Kenney of Alberta? He has no significant training in climate sciences. But he has decided to ignore the opinions of all the major authorities in the world. He has even threatened the David Suzuki Foundation if it disagrees with him. So much for democracy.

He plans to develop Alberta oil - for many, many years to come. So much for ever dealing with climate change. On the advice of billionaires who know nothing about climate change we are setting out to make Alberta unlivable. Ditto much of the rest of the world.

As it is, we face a 275 billion dollar price to clean up the oil fields. Do you think the oil barons will pay for that? Good luck.

Do you think premier Jason Kenney is a scientific authority climate change? So far, I've not seen that he's an authority on anything. Kenney is greedy and, I should think, stupid and utterly without moral values. The billionaires who paid his way to victory are without doubt, greedy and stupid - and indifferent and indifferent to any needs of humanity.

(Have  you ever seen a report of any of those oil barons explaining why oil is good for us?) Not likely. These oil barons are, by any standard, ignorant and without any morality.

And that takes us to the population of Alberta. Those who voted for Kenney must be a rare collection of louts. Seriously. They have decided that they are smarter than the world scientists.

Hitler was evil? He comes nowhere close to the evil of the oil industry and its destruction of human life.

And the rest of us are damn fools to sit here with our faces hanging out.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

April 18: We are gpverned by the greediest and most immoral of humans.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/18/billionaires-donations-notre-dame-france-inequality

Well, you can be sure that none of these billionaires will be poor as a result of their donations. I am reminded of the New Brunswick oil billionaire who gave a (much, much smaller) donation to the poor. The province's wanna be billionaires gave him a lavish dinner, and the local newspapers (owned by the billionaire) wet their pants in pages of praise.

And the billionaire is, of course, one of those who doesn't pay income taxes. In fact, he doesn't pay much in the way of property taxes, either. He lets the poor do that.

The Guardian does have it's bad moments. But when it's good, it's very, very good.
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"A definite creep:a probable rapist" That's how most of our press describes Assange. The fact is that this label equally applies to - say - Donald Trump. In any case, being a creep is not a crime. And we have not seen that he is a 'probable' rapist.

This is really all part of a hate campaign to find excuses for the U.S. to punish him. They have said very little about their real hatred of him - which was of exposing facts the government didn't want the people know about.

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=rm#inbox/FMfcgxwCgLmnCBPBzzFbpkfpmwDGPMXs
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/18/trumps-attacks-on-ilhan-omar-aim-to-stoke-fears-ahead-of-the-2020-election

Sieg Heil!
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/18/decades-of-denial-major-report-finds-new-zealands-environment-is-in-serious-trouble

Don't worry. Donald Trump and the new premier of Alberta say none of this is happening. And they would know - like - y'know....
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The U.S., like Britain, France, Spain, has plundered all over the world. But nobody is allowed to touch American property. Next the U.S. will tell us it wants to make Cuba a democracy. this come from the U.S. that kept Cuba under a dictatorship for decades until Cuba freed itself. Nor has the U.S. said anything about it's campaign of torture and murder when it ran the country.

But that's okay. Americans are God's chosen people.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/17/cuba-trump-new-restrictions-canada-europe
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-as-unpleasant-as-assange-is-he-still-deserves-constitutional-protection
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/18/us-slides-down-annual-press-freedom-ranking-watchdog-calling-nation-problematic
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/18/shaye-wolf-walruses-are-jumping-off-cliffs-to-their-deaths-yes-because-of-climate-change/
Not to worry.  Premier Ford of Ontario and President Ford of the wackier portion of the U.S. tell us this isn't happening.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/18/trump-vetoes-congressional-resolution-to-end-yemen-war/

Makes sense. There's still a lot of babies to starve to death.
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https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/04/18/jimmy-carter-us-most-warlike-nation-history-world

Well, I guess that's what God wants.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/18/war-versus-peace-israel-has-decided-and-so-should-we/
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https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/04/17/Jason-Kenney-Wins-Alberta-Fierce-Conflicts-Ahead/

Alberta politics have a long tradition of crackpots. Albertans decided that premier Notley was just not in the Alberta tradition.
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/04/18/russiagate-is-dead-long-live-russiagate/

Hey! You have to remember. God is an American.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51446.htm
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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/report-korean-war-era-massacre-was-policy/

Of course American soldiers killed women and children. Indeed, those have been the major casualties in almost all wars the U.S. has  fought. This goes back to the days of slaughtering native peoples. It became official policy with the bombing of Dresden in World War 2, and it has been increased in every war since then.

In Korea, women and children were the major casualties. We blamed Hitler's Germany for starting it with Guernica in Spain. In fact, the pioneer of it in the twentieth century was Winston Churchill who had nothing but contempt for 'inferior peoples'. That's why he ordered a regular bombing of Kurd villages that had no defences in 1920.

Think of next time you're watching a TV parade of American soldiers with chests covered in medals, and when Trump is calling them national heroes. He doesn't mention that most of those they have killed were women and children.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51434.htm

And Trump tells us that he wants to bring democracy to Venezuela.  Yeah.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51434.htm

And you think that our American friends would never dream of attacking Canada?
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/04/16/news/oilsands-polluted-more-entire-economies-bc-or-quebec

There's also a debt, a deep debt that Alberta faces. The clean-up of the oil fields is going to cost at least 250 billion dollars. And where is that money going to come from? I can assure you it isn't going to come from all those rich buddies of the government.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/04/17/news/suzuki-foundation-tides-and-other-groups-brace-impact-jason-kenneys-new-war

Will the new premier of Alberta revive the economy? Almost certainly not. What he will do - and already has done - is to increase the wealth of the already rich, and increase the poverty of the already poor. (Just read the statements he's already made).
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It's a grand time for pompous asses and liars.

https://off-guardian.org/2019/04/18/no-one-is-above-the-law-you-have-to-be-kidding/
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The Palestinian holocaust and the Israeli Nazis. We still don't recognize that the Nazi treatment of Jews- and our refusal to help the Jews - has made some of the most peaceful and tolerant people in the world into the most vicious, and most like the Nazis.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190418-world-bank-palestinian-economy-on-the-verge-of-collapsing/
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Western arms dealers are selling as they have never sold before, often even selling to both sides.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190418-world-bank-palestinian-economy-on-the-verge-of-collapsing/
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https://truthout.org/articles/trump-wants-to-maintain-us-empire-but-without-the-alliances/
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https://truthout.org/articles/trump-campaign-pulls-in-unprecedented-fundraising-in-first-quarter/
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https://truthout.org/articles/trump-wants-to-end-regulation-that-cut-mercury-pollution-by-81-percent/
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https://truthout.org/articles/who-really-got-a-tax-cut-this-year-corporations-and-the-wealthy/
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https://truthout.org/articles/who-really-got-a-tax-cut-this-year-corporations-and-the-wealthy/
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This has been a dreadful news day. So let's do a little bit of thinking.

The U.S. is an empire. Of course it is. Indeed, it always has been - murdering millions, stealing their lands and resources. The U.S. has murdered at least 20 million people - most of them, usually, civilians and children. It  has invaded and murdered and set up dictatorships in almost all of Latin America.

Since 1945, Britain has been a colony of the American empire. It jumps in eagerly to help Americans fight their wars. It invariably supports whatever the US wants it to at the UN. When Trump decided to invade Venezuela, he had the support of 50 or 60 European countries who had no business interfering. But the U.S. told them to jump and they jumped.

Let's not kid ourselves. Canada was a colony of the British empire. That's why it joined our British masters to kill Boer farmers in South Africa. But that ended when the British empire collapsed   (with American help).  When Trump made it clear he intended to invade  Venezuela, our colonial prime minister Trudeau jumped up to cheer. Is it possible Canada will send troops to Venezuela?
It is very possible. And we will murder people to please our U.S. masters. In fact, we already have in Afghanistan, Haiti, Syria, Libya - and other places.

The U.S. expects we will fight its wars when it tells us to. And when climate change becomes severe enough, it will simply add Canada to be American states.
Yes. That is exactly what will happen.

And Europeans aren't dumb. They have no desire to be American colonials. And their only alternatives are Russia and China.

And the Christian churches? I don't think they've ever seen a war they didn't like.
As the British Empire murdered 350 million people, stole their land, impoverished the rest to be British slaves, the British  (and Canada/British) churches cheered.

And the Canadian churches still cheered when they launched into an illegal war with Afghanistan - and Libya - and Syria - and Haiti - happily killing to please Canada's masters.

(In fact, I can't think of any war in history in which the Christian churches disapproved of our sending troops. Indeed, the churches were often on both sides in World War Two  in Europe. The churches supported our side, of course. But they also supported Hitler in Germany and Mussolini in Italy.)

When it comes to war, you can expect a moral vacuum on both sides.

No. This is not a cheerful blog. In reality, we are governed by some of the worst murderers in history. These people happily murder civilian women and children. In fact, they are not the major targets. That happened in Iraq and Guatemala among many others.

Our economic and political leaders are, as a group, the most vicious, rapacious, immoral people once could possibly encounter. They are also very stupid, stupid and greedy and vicious with no limits as they head us straight into economic catastrophe.

Our churches have long ago become useless or, worse, the puppets of the billionaires. Trump's support is a good example of that. We  have been made into a people  who are taught to hate and to fear; we  have tremendously increased racism.

And if this continues, we crash into economic disaster unless a world nuclear war cuts it all short. And a world nuclear war is exactly what Trump is playing with.


















Tuesday, April 16, 2019

April 16: Our final days?

Trump and his village idiots (like John Bolton) are discussing - with his generals - a possible invasion of Venezuela.

Russia and China are both in Venezuela - by invitation. They have ever right to be there. The U.S. has no right to be there or to threaten it.

Russia, China and the U.S. are nuclear powers.

It is also very possible that any American attack would inspire uprisings by the puppet states where the U.S. has established dictators.

But don't worry. Americans are God's chosen people. Yes, they are.
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We humans have a wonderful power to lie to ourselves, and to believe our lies.

Christians, for example, will publicly mourn Hitler's murder of over 4 million Jews. And when they do that, they are lying to themselves. We knew, even before the war, of the brutality of the Nazi treatment of Jews. And our governments, at least, knew of the death camps during the war. That whole period was treated as evil by our news media. We knew what was going on.

But we didn't lift a finger to help the Jews. Starting well before the war, we refused to accept Jews who escaped. For several years after the war, we refused Jews who had survived. In effect, throughout the Holocaust we were,, for all our bluster and virtue, on the side of the Nazis when it came to dealing with Jews. And that's what produced a Netanyahu who has attitudes toward Palestinians remarkably similar to Nazi attitudes toward Jews. Hitler tried to destroy Jews. Netanyahu has gone a long way to destroying Judaism.

The British empire was remarkably racist. That's why it could slaughter millions of Chinese and Indians and Africans without a qualm. This was particularly true of a Winston Churchill. Indeed, Churchill was a racist as only a descendant of the British upper class could be. He absolutely refused to help the Jews of Europe.

And the U.S., does it have a history of racism and slaughter that compares to Hitler's Germany? You bet.

Savagery and death were inflicted on slaves in far, far greater numbers than Hitler's holocaust. Then there were the native peoples. From ten million at the start, their number fell to less than 3000 by 1910.  Yes, many died from disease. They also, men, women and children were killed by war and were killed for profit. The U.S. long paid white Americans money for scalps they cut from men, women, and children. The final touch, from 1865, was  to massacre them with gatling guns at 200 shots per mnute - men, women and children.

For five hundred years, we white folks of the western world have been happily slaughtering uncountable millions of people who aren't white. We have done it on a far, far greater scale than Hitler did. Like Hitler, we were racists.

Funny how our news media told us that Hitler was a racist murderer. But they never told us that we were (and still are) racist murderers. (The U.S. murder of 200,000 Maya men, women and children in Guatemala never even made our news.)

So now Donald Trump is gearing up to kill even more men, women and children. (It Makes America Great Again). And we, like Hitler's Nazis, will purse our lips to kill even more.

And, like the Nazis, it won't even occur to us that we are murderous bastards - just like the Nazis.
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Canada and the U.S. are flooded with "think-tanks" which are really propaganda agencies funded by billionaires. They lie constantly. Here's a gem from Canada's major one, The Fraser Institute. It argues that private schools are not subsidized with public money. In fact, and as the author admits, these schools for rich kids are heavily subsidized with government money. The author of this lie is just playing word games. In Canada, 370,000 children go to private schools which offer smaller classes, and social connections. And the rest of us pay half and more of their fees.

http://ftw.fraserinstitute.org/article/private-schools-are-not-subsidized
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/15/rebellion-prevent-ecological-apocalypse-civil-disobedience
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Notre Dame was  our world of almost 1,000 years ago. That's why it took over 150 years to build it. We were a world almost no mechanical devices, no electricity, no power drills to cut stone, no chain saws.....I don't know how many men it took to build it over all those years. But it's stunning to think of the thousands of manual labourers it must have taken to building it. It's stunning to think of all the brutal work of cutting, moving the stones, then raising them by hand in their tons.

Then there's the astonishing engineering of a building that could last for centuries. I can think of few (no) great buildings of our time that could last for so long. It was an unimaginably great triumph of will, faith, and sweat by ancestors so distant we can scarcely imagine them.

But we also need a sense of the vitality of a society that could do that. For that purpose, I ran a scene from the opening of The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Charles Laughton. It's set in the early days of that church, with the mobs and soldiers and tower bells and beheading and lashing - and sanctuary - of the church.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/16/hypocrisy-without-borders-ivanka-trump-trip-africa-ethiopia-ivory-coast
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Can there be anybody who seriously believes that Trump pays any income tax? Well, yeah. Maybe those people in the Bible belt.

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/apr/16/seth-meyers-trump-jimmy-kimmel-taxes
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The critics are right. Sometimes the The Guardian is dishonest. Here's an example.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/24/the-guardian-view-on-venezuela-its-people-deserve-better

This is pure propaganda. The U.S. must be in the right in Venezuela because Canada supports the U.S.? Of course Canada supports the U.S. Canada is a U.S. bootlicker. It has been since 1945. 50 countries support the U.S. position? Of course. These are all countries that kiss the American bum.

Maduro has mismanaged the economy? Probably so. But the real hardship in Venezuela comes from the U.S. using force to destroy the economy. And the real ruler of Venezuelan politics is?????? Well, the U.S. says he[s a man - who was not even a candidate in the election. Come off it.

This story in The Guardian isn't news. This is propaganda.

The reality is that U.S. billionaires want to control Venezuela oil. And Venezuela would be kept poor by the U.S. because that's the U.S. pattern all over  Latin America - and the U.S. for that matter.

To The Guardian - "Liar, liar, pants on fire"
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https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/16/more-than-100-people-arrested-in-london-climate-change-protests-extinctio

Don't kid yourself. Fighting climate change is one hell of a battle. But people in the oil industry don't give a damn about climate change. The only thing they care about is their own profit. And if the planet is destroyed because of that - tough.

Canada is still nowhere close to the planning and the action that it needs. Billionaires kill. That's why the U.S. has attacked some 50 to 70 countries since 1945. The Donald Trumps and Doug Fords and all their kind may seem to be fools - and they are fools - but they are also very serious killers.
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-netanyahu-appeals-to-israeli-right-with-ultra-nationalist-stance
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/cathy-crowes-blog/2019/04/anatomy-heat-wave
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/15/attendees-secret-meeting-us-military-assault-venezuela-revealed

This may be the most dangerous move ever taken. Russia and China are, quite legally, in Venezuela.  Russia, China and the U.S. are all nuclear powers. And, yes, wars can go off by accident. The American government is being dangerous? No. The American government is being insane.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/04/arctic-permafrost-no-longer-freezes-even-in-winter/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51431.htm
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https://www.nationalpriorities.org/cost-of/war/

No. The U.S. can't afford health care, education, living salaries..... But it can spend billions to starve babies to death.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51430.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51428.htm
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http://medialens.org/index.php/alerts/alert-archive/2019/900-assange-arrest-part-1-so-now-he-s-our-property.html
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/04/15/reviews/humans-are-villain-netflixs-new-series-our-planet
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/04/14/ukraine-admitted-to-interfering-in-the-2016-us-election-on-clintons-side/
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Justin Trudeau is, as usual, a kisser for bent over U.S. presidents. He supported the US assault on Venezuela from the start. I have always feared he would get Canada wrapped up in a war on Venezuela - Canadians dying (and killing) to please American oil billionaires.

So far as the U.S. (and Canada's  Liberals and Conservatives are concerned) Canada must now be a colony to the U.S. as it once was to Britain. Now, Trudeau is taking us very, very close to sending Canadians to kill Venezuelans. And again, Canada can watch it's dead coming back along the "Highway of Heroes".

Stuff the Queen. It's time for us to sing God bless America. What a fraud patriotism can be!

https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/14431
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https://truthout.org/articles/trumps-new-proposal-cheats-8-million-working-people-of-overtime-pay/
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https://truthout.org/articles/trump-wants-to-end-regulation-that-cut-mercury-pollution-by-81-percent/

The amazing thing is that such large numbers of Americans will accept this plundering.
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https://truthout.org/articles/house-democrats-subpoena-deutsche-bank-as-part-of-trump-finance-probe/
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https://truthout.org/articles/who-really-got-a-tax-cut-this-year-corporations-and-the-wealthy/
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We are as murderous and greedy a society as the world has ever seen.

https://theintercept.com/2019/04/15/saudi-weapons-yemen-us-france/
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https://thesaker.is/lesson-learned-russia-is-now-doing-in-venezuela-what-it-failed-to-do-in-yugoslavia-syria/

This may be one hell of an indicator of where the U.S. is taking us with Venezuela. And Justin Trudeau is wimpy enough to take Canada into the same path.
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https://www.voltairenet.org/article205987.html
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Get used to it most of our societies are controlled by the greediest and most immoral people in history -   who control the majority of our politicians. That's a theme that runs through the whole history of Canada and the U.S. - though our history books say very little about it.

Look at those people! The make more money in a year than most of us could  make in hundreds of lifetimes. These are the ones who starve our public schools. In the U.S., these are the ones who leave ordinary people ---to die.

Oh, I'm sure they work very hard for their money. Yes, yes. So do most of us.

Can we solve this without violence? I wish we could. But the very rich can hire the thugs to keep us poor.

And Venezuela could be an example of how murderous they can be.

Would the Liberals or the Conservatives support such a slaughter of innocent people? You get they would. They'd run after the American killers like dogs with their toungues hanging out.


















Saturday, April 13, 2019

Aprill 13:Don't "keep right on to the end of the road."

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/climate-change-atlantic-ocean-dfo-report-1.5094133

Nah. There ain't no climate change. If there were, New Brunswick's Mr. Irving would have told us in all them provincial newspapers he owns. And he's smarter than them scientists. He had two years of university. So there.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/arctic-warmest-in-10000-
years-1.5094392

Note that this is the kind of story that CBC carries frequently. Most of the commercial news media don't. (I guess they don't want to confuse us.)
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational/national-today-newsletter-afghanistan-us-crimes-lil-nas-x-1.5088647

Well, of course. The U.S. would never commit war crimes. You can ask any of the dead babies in Yemen, and they'll tell you that. And torture? No. Americans treat prisoners like guests.
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https://www.checkpointasia.net/imf-deal-for-ecuador-paved-way-for-assanges-arrest

Onward, Christian soldiers....
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/12/ivanka-trump-world-bank-pick-father-confirms-consideration

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/12/julian-assange-extradition-wikileaks-america-crimes

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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/brent-patterson/2019/04/united-nations-special-rapporteur-toxins-visit-canada

Yes, it's not just Africans and Latin Americans these Canadian corportations poison. It's also us.
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/04/why-arent-we-hearing-about-growing-threat-nuclear-war

One of the great betrayals of our veterans of World War Two was to fail to deal

One of the great betrayals of our veterans of World War Two was to fail to deal  with the danger of nuclear war. Remember that on Armistice Day. And it would be nice if the Canadian Legion remembered it instead of spending it's time  encouraging our wars for billionaires.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/12/i-felt-americans-needed-know-insurance-industry-whistleblower-gives-glimpse-effort

Yes, the opponents of health care in the U.S. kill people - for profit.Could we see this  in Canada? You bet we could. The private health industry thinks only of itself.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/12/citing-assanges-work-exposing-us-atrocities-uk-labour-leaders-speak-out-against

Asssange's sin was exposing the lies of the American government. And this is a crime in God bless America.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/12/threatening-swift-retaliation-if-us-israel-or-allies-probed-trump-celebrates-iccs

The U.S. increasingly reminds me of the British imperial days. The British never admitted to war crimes, either, though they murdered, starved over 300 million to death. But they called it glory, and thanked God for making Britain great.

The U.S. is imperial Britain all over again. The U.S. starved tens of thousands  children and babies to death in Yemen. It murdered some 200,000 Maya - and priests and nuns - in Guatemala. It smothered Vietnam in poisonous chemicals that are still killing.  It tortured (and still tortures) thousands all over the world. It set up a brutal dictatorship in Chile.....  But, like the British Empire, it's all glory, glory...

God save the Queen. Hail to the Trump. Ain't no war crimes here.
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Incidentally, we commonly refer to Jews as Semite's. And those critical of Israel are labelled as anti-Semites.

But Arabs are Semites, too. Yes, they are. Semite is a very wide ranging language group. So when Netanyahu attacks Palestinians, he's being an anti-Semite. And based on  his murderous behaviour, he's one of the world's biggest anti-Semites.

I remember the day - I was about 15 - when I was visiting Jewish friends in what was then Montreal's Jewish ghetto. There were joyful signs in story windows and smiles all the people around me. A state of  Israel had been created - a homeland for Jews. I was excited and as joyful as any of my friends.

Most of us now profoundly regret the racist state that is Israel.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/13/john-pilger-the-assange-arrest-is-a-warning-from-history
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/13/craven-us-lackey-australia-betrays-australian-world-hero-julian-assange-free-journalism/

So - when does Bush go on trial for his illegal wars and mass murders in Afghanistan and Iran?  When does Trump ( and his predecessors) go on trial for deliberately murdering children? When do many presidents go on trial for mass murders in Latin America?

And when will any Canadian prime minister have the guts to criticize what the U.S. is doing?

And, for that matter, when will any Canadian commercial news medium have the integrity to tell us what is really happening?
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Alberta is not ready to be a democratic, self-governing province.

https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/04/12/Eleven-Ignored-Issues-Albertans-Should-Think-About/
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The next article is good - but very long, very complex and written with no concern for us slow readers.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51413.htm
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Check out information clearinghouse in general. It has many good articles about Assange.
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https://theantimedia.com/arrest-julian-assange-threat-journalism/

I'm not sure I agree with this one. The world of journalism has rarely been honest since the advent of mass media in the late  19th century. Most news media, then and now, have been propaganda agencies for their wealthy owners.
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https://truthout.org/articles/trumps-new-proposal-cheats-8-million-working-people-of-overtime-pay/
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It's been a dreadful day for news. Russia and China have, quite legitimately, established themselves in Venezuela to the anger of the U.S. So we have a gathering of the world's three leading nuclear powers. And a nuclear war is very possible, not even from some deliberate choice but from over-tension and a moment of panic from one of the nuclear bases spread all over the world.

Is it possible that such a stupid thing could happen? Well, it did happened, almost, some years ago. A Russian officer at a nuclear base got the the order that western missiles were on their way. And if he had fired, this would have been game over for the world. Luckily, this was an officer not afraid to think - and he delayed just long enough for the order to be cancelled.

Then we have the case of Alberta whose voters seem to want further development of it's oilfields. Duh - they create jobs.

Duh,  yeah. They also poison the world. The election will almost certainly be won by the party that wants to poison the world, the United Conservatives. (I wonder where these idiots breed.)

Someday soon, the order will have to go out to end all oil production. When that happens, the jolly oil barons who have been pumping the stuff will scamper off with the loot - leaving all those Alberta voters with a bill for some 270 BILLION dollars to clean up those fields.

Most of our prominent politicians are bought. And they have proven they don't give a damn for the health or welfare or even the survival of humanity in this world.

Meanwhile, Europe is getting very nervous about American leadership. Watch for it to be looking eastward. (Britain is not a factor in this. It is a puppet state of the U.S. - but the U.S. won't be doing it any favours.)

The U.S., meanwhile, is heading for disaster. It's government is not only slow in setting basic projects to support human life (like medical care), it's military is a spending chaos as the government cannot track down some 75 TRILLION dollars in defense spending. It is also in  the midst of  developing the most expensive fighter plane in history.

Of course, the U.S. debt is staggering, especially since American billionaires, like Canadian ones, don't pay taxes. This has meant a steady increase in taxation for the rest of us. It also has meant we have to cut spending on 'frills' like health care, medical care, education, basic survival expenses.....

In effect, we are ruled by the greediest of our greedy. And it's getting progressively worse. The road we're on is going to crash.

Oh, it's a bad day for writing a blog.
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

April 11:Warning - Depressing

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/venezuela-guaido-trump-pence-un-security-council-1.5092760

A lesson in hypocrisy and ignorance. There are many millions of Americans who will believe that the U.S. wants to restore democracy to Venezuela. They still don't know that this is the same U.S. that murdered 200,00 Guatemalans to destroy  democracy there. It is the same U.S. that destroyed democracy in  Chile for 15 years. It is the same U.S.  that built up a brutal  dictatorship in Cuba, and wants now to push it back into that dictatorship. The closest buddy of the U.S. is Saudi Arabia,  one of the most brutal dictatorships in the world.

To American readers - take your "will of the people" and "God Bless America" - and stuff them. (Not all American readers. But a hell of a lot of them.)
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Don't write to me that the U.S. wants to restore democracy to Cuba. The U.S. was in control of Cuba for  years - and what it maintained was a dictatorship run by torture, mass poverty, rape.....

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/cuba-castro-shortages-trump-1.50929

Mind you, Trump will have no trouble selling this to Americans. He's a very talented speaker. Watch him speak. This is the Adolf Hitler of our time. And his Jews are Latins.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/provincial-memo-teacher-cuts-1.5085851

On the good side, there will be no cuts in government grants for corporations.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/assange-arrested-london-1.5093405

Well, it was bound to happen. Both Ecuador and Britain belong to the American empire.
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https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/apr/11/julian-assange-ecuador-president-lenin-moreno-evict-from-embassy
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/09/the-guardian-view-on-julian-assange-it-would-be-wrong-to-extradite-him
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/11/the-trump-netanyahu-relationship-is-sowing-disaster-for-both-countries
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Western government do not help refugees. They abuse them and make them into migrants. Then it's the hell with them, and let them drown.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/10/stranded-ship-runs-low-on-vital-supplies-for-migrants-and-refugees

We don't want to endanger our Christian purity.
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http://rabble.ca/news/2019/04/trudeau-government-panders-fears-invasion-refugees
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/views-expressed/2019/04/ontario-education-cuts-mean-fewer-teachers-fewer-courses-and

Well, yeah. But it will also make more government money available to corporations. Anyway, you can always send your children to a private school for rich kids. In public schools, children just meet a low class bunch of bums. But in private schools they meet a much higher class of bums.
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/04/why-arent-we-hearing-about-growing-threat-nuclear-war

The fact is we cannot fight a nuclear war with any significant survival on either side. But our who system of government - all over the world - encourages war. This was the issue we had to deal with in 1945. We had we had to develop a world government. We talked about it. But we didn't do it.

The old ways are just about over. The next repeat of them - like nuclear war, like a world war - is the end of the game for all of us.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/11/report-offers-bleak-picture-rising-inequality-and-soaring-costs-drive-young-people

Hey! We have to feed our billionaires first - and last - and all the time.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/11/bolstered-trump-tax-scam-number-us-corporations-paying-not-dime-federal-taxes

We are being robbed blind by our billionaires - who also own our major newspapers.
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//countercurrents.org/2019/04/11/julian-assange-arrested-at-the-ecuadorian-embassy/

Only a fool could believe that Assange will get a fair trial. He'll be up before a court of Trump-appointed judges.
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/04/11/free-julian-assange-and-all-political-prisoners/

You want to put somebody on trial for the mass murder of innocent people in Iraq? Well, you should be taking a look at George Bush Jr. who went to war on false pretenses. (Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction - and Bush knew that.)
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51409.htm

God bless America.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/04/11/news/bc-introduces-law-require-cars-trucks-sold-2040-be-zero-emission
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What insanity, greed, and stupidity look like.

https://truthout.org/articles/the-f-35-fighter-jet-will-cost-1-5-trillion-its-time-for-new-priorities/

Schools? Hospitals?Nah. No money in those. Do what your billionaires tell you do to. I mean - they know how to make money.

Oh, yeah. And close your churches. They gave up on Christian principles almost 2,000 years ago. Going to church can only make you a hypocrite.
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The pictures in this next one aren't much use - but the text is.

https://theintercept.com/2019/04/07/combat-obscura-afghanistan-war-documentary/
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https://theintercept.com/2019/04/10/netanyahu-set-victory-israelis-vote-never-ending-military-rule-palestinians/

Real Judaism still exists. But not in Israel. In fact, Israel has been Hitler's greatest success story.
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https://thesaker.is/will-the-trump-administration-goes-to-war-next/
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https://www.voltairenet.org/article205987.html
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This has been the most depressing blog I have written. We live in a world which is, really, very unmodern. Real power in this world is held by a social elite who are in positions of power largely because they were born there. That has been the whole history of us. It's a social elite that has always be cruel and self-serving That was true of the Roman Empire, the ones before it and the ones after it.

There is no connection between this social elite and brains or morality.  It is there simply because it was born there. That has been the curse of mankind throughout the centuries. This social elite, as always, thinks only of its own wants. In our time, it is a social elite made up of billionaires with a dreadfully destructive greed that the rest of us have to die for.

The billionaires call it patriotism.

And we are very, very close to being the final victims of their history of greed and arrogance.

If we are to survive, we have to deal with these people. We have to have the courage to stand up against greed and stupidity. The alternative is a saturation  of death in the nearing war. A nuclear war would destroy not only billions of people. It would also destroy agriculture for most of the world. Indeed, there would be no world left for  human existence. But a nuclear war is precisely what the very greedy are preparing for.

These people are wildly irresponsible. (and not very bright, and without an ounce of morality.)  Millions have died for them in the past. (I know, I know. Hitler was evil. But that's not why World War Two was fought. The Churchills of this world didn't give a damn that he was evil. They didn't give a damn about the Jews.For that matter, the American war with Japan was not caused simply by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. It ha much more do with the eagerness of American business to take over the China trade now that Britain was getting kicked out.)

The news is no help. Almost all major news sources are owned and controlled by billionaires who use them for their propaganda. That's why they never told us what the Korean War was really all about. That's why an extremely foolish Canadian government  sent Canadian troops into war in Afghanistan - and into  "peacekeeping" in Haiti, and other operations that had nothing to do with Canada.

We have had almost nothing but wars, especially in Latin America and the middle east - and almost all of them started by U.S politicians who are bought and paid for by U.S. billionaires. In effect, we live in a  world largely governed and controlled by extremely greedy people of no great intelligence.

It's been over 30 years since we learned of climate change. And these very greedy people have not lifted a finger to deal with it. Nor will they.

You want to see evil? Take a look at the history of western capitalism. We are in very great danger as we approach the crash time.