Friday, May 31, 2019

May 30: Donald Trump

https://globalnews.ca/news/5240800/donald-trump-facebook-bans/

The creators of Facebook  have been threatening to monitor its social media sites (like this one) and to destroy those that are irresponsible. (As they would surely think this one is.) The Donald Trumps of this world are in complete agreement because, as we all know, The Donald Trumps of this world are never, ever, ever untruthful.)

Whoops! I just remembered. The producers of the Post newspapers in Canada are among the worst liars and propagandists in Canada. (That includes the Montreal Gazette which used to be - sort of -honest.) Then we have the chains like Irving newspapers in New Brunswick which cater to readers of low, low entelligence and stunning ignorance. In fact, in both Canada and the US our commercial press is and always has been lying and propagndist. That began way back over a hundred years when the Hearst papers ran big stories about how the cruel Spanish in Cuba sank a sweet and harmless American ship.

In fact, that American ship blew up because it's captain never cleaned it. No matter. Out of that, the U.S. grabbed  Guantanamo as a base, and kicked out the government of Cuba to install a series of murderous dictators

That's why such papers publish opinions from "think tanks" that they know are simply propaganda mouthpieces for their owners and the wealthy in general.

The only honest newspaper in the English-speaking world that I know of is Israel's Haaretz. However, a British paper, The Guardian, still has some of the honesty it started with.

The only reason we have blogs on the web is because our commercial news is so corrupt. Even the CBC, one of the world's best news services, gets interfered with by people in government. Many years ago, I was fired from CBC because I was on the executive of  the English rights group in Quebec. The show I was on had nothing to do wiith politics. But CBC had separatists in its management. They didn't likeme. And they insisted I be fired.

Are the blogs always correct? Of course not. Some are naive. Some are dishonest. Some are good. On balance, they come out ahead ahead of our commercial news. (Of course. It wouldn't be possible to come out worse.)

So why threaten to shut down the social media but not the commercial news media? Because that's the sort of thing that the Hitlers and Mussolini of this world have alway done. And don't kid yourself. We have lots of our own Hitlers and Mussolinis - and Stalins.
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The story below is two years old, but it's a good example of how news media run propaganda as news stories.

https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/private-schools-dominate-in-fraser-rankings

What's wrong with this one?

For openers, the Fraser Institute is a propaganda agency for the very wealthy. And they would dearly love to see all education privatized to produce profits for them. They plant stories like this all the time - and most news media run them as big stories.

Are private schools better? In some ways. First, they have smaller classes. But if we had smaller classes in out public schools, they would be better, too. It's not being private that makes schools better. It's smaller classes.
Then there's the fact that this report is inompetent.

The article says public schools  with large working class populations do badly. Duh - yeah. But that has nothing to do with the quality of the schools and everything to do with the effect of poverty. I know this because I was one of those 'poverty' kids.

We were raised to have no expectations. So we had none. Our parents had none. When I was kicked out in grade 11, I was celebrated as a success story for my neighbourhood. We had no expectations. Our parents had none. Of course, we did badly. Governments made it worse by cutting funding for the public schools, and overloading classes - while subsdizing the private schools.

Are private school teachers better teachers? No. I went to teachers'   college with them. They were just like the rest of us. But they would go on to teach children who had grown up with the expectations that poor kids never had. And they had the luxury of smaller classes.

In French Quebec in particular, the Trudeaus and thei social circle always had private schools with small classes and high expectations. The rest of the French kids?         They got stuck in terribly underfunded public schools.

What's the real point of this story in the Gazette? 1.It encourages contempt for the public schools. 2.It encourages the attack on public schooling. 3.It encourages more and more education - for private profit. 4. And it encourages public spending for the profit of private school owners.

Beware of 'think tanks'. Almost all of them are propaganda houses. And all of them are welcomed in the pages of our propaganda newspapers.
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https://theantimedia.com/scott-warren-trial-begins/

God bless America. Stuffing this guy into prison, and taking very youg children from their parents and stuffing them into wire cages for years is what Jesus would have done. (Jesus has nothing but contempt for Latin Americans.)
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2019/05/climate-change-and-biodiversity-should-be-top-headline-news
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/05/us-threatens-iran-ignores-world-climate-emergency-what-does-canada-do
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/05/assange-bulletin-the-journalist-can-barely-talk-moved-to-prison-hospital

A resporter is supposed to expose those things that governments want to keep secret. That's a major part is what journalism is about. But American governments - just like Chinese and Russian and Canadian governments prefer to keep the people in ignorance of what they're doing.

So much for democracy.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/05/the-bilderbergers-in-switzerland

We don't get much news about the Bilderberg Group. This is an organization of of the world's wealthiest people. They think that democracy is a big mistake. They think that billionaire business people should rule the world.
Canadian politicians and business leaders have been prominent at these meetings -
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Bilderberg_participants#Prime_Ministers

Yep. Jes' folks - Stephen Harper, Jason Kerry,.. Very active iin the group is Frank Mckenna, a former premier of New Brunswick who recently told a group of billionaires meeting in Ottawa that they should - now - destroy Canadian democracy and take it on themselves to run the whole country. Yep. Get rid of democracy.

The meeting attracts royalty, too. Of course. What Bilderberg advocates is a return to the middle ages when kings and aristocrats ran countries, and us peasants lived in filth and ignorance and poverty..

The organization holds huge conferences. (But you aren't invited.) And the conferences are super   secret. And so we have a US government that wants to imprison an Asssange who did nothing illegal -  but which also has leaders  who think that destroying democracy would be a great idea.

And it's all very, very secret - which is why you won't see any report of it in your newspapers. Yep. An Assange who tells the truth faces prison. But our political leaders who want to hand over us and all our rights to the greediest people in the world - well - that's our kinda folks.

Don't waste time looking for a full report in your news media.

This is real. This is bloody dangerous.
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9/11-----I remember that day well. I was doing a broadcast with Gord Sinclair (son of the Gord Sinclair of TV fame - but a far better person and better broadcaster..).
Then we were slipped a note about the World Trade Centre attack. We could both only stare at each other in shock - as we both realized that our world had changed forever.

https://countercurrents.org/2019/05/the-betrayal-of-america
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/05/despite-assanges-ill-health-swedish-court-rejects-delay-to-hearing

Kill! Kill! Kill!
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/30/lets-be-clear-says-mexico-environment-minister-parasitic-and-predatory-neoliberalism
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/29/democrats-clamoring-trump-impeachment-after-mueller-statement-pelosis-response

There's a serious difficulty here. With the exception of Biden and his followers, Democrats are pretty much the same as Republicans. Both parties have been bought by billionaires a long time ago.
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https://www.commondreams.org/further/2019/05/29/now-we-are-spreading-freedom-gas-around-world-and-we-are-definitely-doomed
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https://consortiumnews.com/2019/05/30/us-emergency-arms-sales/

America's patriotic heroes - it's soldiers and airmen who murder children, and it's patriotic weapons makers..
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https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/05/23/Early-Voters-Guide/

My computer is giving me grief. I hope finish this on May 31, and send all of it on.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

May 28: Hitler in Canada

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/facebook-grand-committee-tuesday-1.5152436

When Hitler won power in Germany, he didn't do it on programs or policies. He did it on hatred,, in this case a hatred of Jews. He  invented Jews into a hatred with his campaign speeches. It was all nonsense. But it worked.

When Donald Trump came to power, he did it on a hatred. In his case, the hatred was immigrants, especially Latin Americans, and he roused his followers with tales of how child migrants would grow up to murder loyal Americans in their beds, and would spread drugs over the U.S.

Increasingly, Hitler is the model of modern politicians. the politics of hatred. It's been true in the recent European elections.  It's been true in the election of Trump - and in the provincial elections of Ford and Kenney.

Often, these politicians can count on the support of the commercial news media. Of course. Most of those news media are owned by the very wealthy people who own the politicians. Hatred works for them. It gives support to their lies/

Do the commercial news media lie? You bet they do. They always have. In Canada, the first news media in Montreal were owned by those business leaders who lived by British trade  their reporting reflected that. Toronto business was more interested in western expansion - and their papers reflected it.

The wealthy owned the news media - and that means the media reflected the interests of the wealthy. And today, that is more the case than ever.  Our commercial news media are owned by the same people who finance the politicians. That's why you will rarely see articles in The National Post critical of big business. And how often have you read stories about how the wealthy don't pay income tax -and they wallow in our tax money that governments hand out to them (without telling us.)

That's why the British Empire at its peak had monstrous wealth in the hands of very few people while millions of their workers lives in the foulest slums of Europe and while working class children worked12 hours and more a day for pennies at the age of six.

Our commercial news media lie. They lie constantly to serve their masters. And this has really exploded since 1945 as most of the money has been drifting from the poor to the rich.

And how often have you seen commercial news media that report that? Now. what we see mostly is trivia, lies, and propaganda. And that is the meat of our elections. And this is why elections are largely reported as coping with evil (any country that wanst to control it's own affairs, any country we have impoverished (like Venezuela or Iran or Iraq....)

We, most of us, are back in the politics of Adolph Hitler. And our commercial news media play a major role in keeping us there as we starve children by the tens of thousands al all over the world - as in Venezuela and Yemen - and it's all their fault - yeah. And so we become the ones who pay big money to crooked politicians (who pass on much of it to crooked editors.

Sieg Heil.

Now, the attack is on what are called social media - news opinions like this one, only most of them better. These have to be destroyed. And that explains the news story at the top of this, in which friends of the rich say we should forbid columns like this one - social media.

In fact the operators and the owners and the operators of commercial news media are pretty much the scum of the earth. And they intend to be the only ones allowed to have opinions. Watch Kenney's Alberta as a leader in the move.

I remember, as a child in WW2 years, seeing the slogan that we were fighting for freedom of speech. But we are dangerously close to a world in which freedom of speech is denied to all but very rich liars.

(Yes. I know some social media writers are bad news.But that's for us to decide, and not to be decided by viciously greedy liars -(fill in  names like Trump, Ford, Jason Kenney, etc. And remember that if we approve a world in which only these people can express opinion,, we are in terminal trouble.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/28/while-hastening-climate-apocalypse-big-oil-agenda-trump-reportedly-moving-end-long

You better hope there is no climate change. You better  hope that just about all the scientists in the world are wrong. You better hope that all the temperature change, arctic ice melting, change of ocean heat, etc. just ain't nuthin'- because I don't see any hope of any government doing anything about it.
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https://thetyee.ca/Mediacheck/2019/05/28/Start-Reporting-Climate-Change-Emergency/

Most of our news media have had very little to say about climate change - which may explain why we're so dozey about it.
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Canada is a puppet that supports U.S. policy - just about any U.S. policy. And there is every possibility the US will someday decide that Canada should be a part of it.

http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/05/us-threatens-iran-ignores-world-climate-emergency-what-does-canada-do
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For Britain, it went from the power and glory of imperial conquest to failing state in just the few years from 1939 to 1945.And it's going to fall a lot further. That happens to empires.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/05/28/theresa-may-was-a-bad-pm-but-her-resignation-will-do-nothing-to-arrest-britains-long-term-decline/
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/05/28/we-must-defend-assange-to-save-democracy-from-american-despotism/

Assange got information the government was hiding for its own benefit. Getting such information is what a reporter is supposed to do.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51677.htm
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North Korea has nuclear weapons. It is evil.It has never used them.

The U.S. has many more nuclear weapons It is the only country that has ever used them

Israel has nuclear weapons But that's okay because I think it's in the old testament.

Iran doesn''t have nuclear weapons. But it's a major threat to the whole world.
Them eyeranins is real sneaky.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51666.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51669.htm
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Canada's Post-Media has a long, long record of intellectual corruption and outright lying. It's perhaps Canada's worst example of a lying, propaganda press.

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/05/17/news/postmedia-lobbies-get-involved-jason-kenneys-oilpatch-war-room

And it owns papers across the country.

But the Conservative Mr. Scheer doesn't want to investigate it. No. He wants to investigate CBC which, for all its faults, is still far the best news outlet in Canada.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/05/27/analysis/surprise-most-canada-track-hit-our-2020-climate-target

Guess who ruins it all for all of us.
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https://theantimedia.com/us-sanctions-leave-millions-venezuelans-without-water/

Can you imagine the fury if some country had cut of U.S. water? Think of the raging American speeches that this was illegal. But in Cuba, Venezuela, Iran and other countries all over the world it is quite proper for the U.S. to throw other countries into chaos and misery.
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For many years, the middle east has been in a chaos imposed by the U.S. It's going to get much, much worse as the U.S. continues to interferer in that region.

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/turkey-begins-large-scale-operation-in-northern-iraq-video/
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The U.S. has been faking chemical attacks by Syria for at least a couple of years now. It even set up a film on the subject just in time for the academy awards.
This is all lying propaganda. In fact, the last big chemical attack I know of was the horror it unleashed on Vietnam with Agent Orange. It still plagues that country with horribly twisted babies that die within a few years.

And the American press still insists it's those evil Syrians who are doing it.

God bless America.

https://theantimedia.com/mit-rocket-scientist-leaked-syria-chemical-attack/
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I hope this next story is true. But however the press may have changed it's mind, I expect the government won't.

https://theantimedia.com/public-opinion-assange/
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https://theintercept.com/2019/05/28/arms-manufacturers-investors-iran-business/

Three bloody cheers for America and the American god.
The small g is a deliberate choice because the American god is one hell of an evil and corrupt one.
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This has been a most depressing day of blog writing. Maybe, I think,, we are savage beasts of low, low intelligence. With the strong possibility of the collapse of our whole world, most of our elected leaders are focused on how they and their rich friends can make money out of it.

We steadily increase poverty all over the world, including in our home countries so that more and more money can be stuffed into the pockets of a small number of people who already have more money than they could spend in a thousand lifetimes.

We elect politicians of no scientific training whatever who decide that the greatest disaster ever to strike this earth should kill us all to make billionaires richer.

We murder all over the world. We murder in the millions. We murder children. We murder babies. And we call it heroism. We destroy whole nations, creating millions of refugees - not just in warring nations but inside the American empire just as we did in the old British Empire. And when the survivors flee for their lives, we let some settle in misery; we let uncounted numbers die as they try to cross oceans in their terror. And we, the ones who created their misery, blame them for it - as Trump is doing at the U.S. border. We are destroying them. We are destroying ourselves.

And over it all, we see the intellectual rubble which is much of all that is left of 2,000 years of Christianity.

In the U.S., Trump is the model of ignorance and greed and hate. And in Canada, Justin Trudeau is Trump's wimp. The Conservatives are, of course, even worse. But there is little sign that either Liberal or Conservative voters have woken up from their stupor of 150 years.

I'm sorry to be so depressing. But it's painful to live in a world so dominated by its ignorance, greed,and sheer stupidity.

And its hypocrisy.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

May 25: Time is almost out...

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/patagonia-ice-field-split-climate-change-1.5147759

Hey, /don't sweat over this. Don't mean nuthin. We know that because our oil bosses said so. So let's all pull together and concentrate on killin' them  filthy eyeranians.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/us-troops-middle-east-1.5148606

There is not the slightest chance that Iran could attack the U.S. Nor has it threatened to do so. The threats are being made by the U.S.  to get control of the Iran oilfields for American oil billionaires.

In no way is this a legal reason to attack Iran.Indeed, the U.S. has attacked at least 50 countries since 1945 - up to 70 or so if you count drone strikes and other illegal attacks.

In no case was it even remotely possible for the victim to win. (Well Afghanistan might pull that one off.)

And the attacks are of no benefit whatever to the American people who are steadily getting poorer. These are wars fought to satisfy the greed of American corporations - who don't pay a cent of the cost of these wars because they don't pay any taxes.

This is a disaster for the world - and a disaster for the American people.

But God wants American billionaires to rule and plunder for American corporations. Yes, it's part of God's great plan because he loves Americans (at least, the rich ones) over all others.
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In Canada and the U.S., the drug industry has a history of absurdly high drug  prices. In the U.S. in particular, this can mean a thousand dollars and more for one pill.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/who-high-drug-prices-secrecy-transparency-clinical-trial-costs-canada-transparency-resolution-1.5148401
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/mainland-moose-nova-scotia-decline-1.5148572

This is happening to a great many species all over the world.

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It's nice to find a columnist who really knows what he's talking about.

https://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/9367698-on-iran-no-one-is-in-charge-gwynne-dyer/
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/24/big-76-retired-us-generals-and-diplomats-warn-trump-against-war-iran
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Does Assange rape women? I don't know. In fact, nobody knows. So why does the press play on this? Is he an obnoxious person? I have no idea. But the press plays this up too. Maybe he cheats at cards or goes shop-lifting. But, despite this being a constant theme in our news media, that has nothing to do with this case..

The purpose of news media is to inform the public about what our political and military leaders are doing. That is what Assange has done,

But people with power don''t like people who tell the truth about them. Forget this 'government  secrecy' crap.  In a democracy, people have to know what is going on. But governments, like  other forms of  gangster life get very angry at anyone who tells what they are doing.

There is nothing wrong with revealing government and military secrets. We have a right to know what they are planning. That's one reason we call ourselves democracies. And if we don't know the truth about what our leaders are doing, how can we possibly make informed decisions?

Assange, whatever his faults might be did what a journalist is supposed to do in a democracy. He informs us. But the politicians and the military don't want us to know what they're doing. And because they didn't want us to know, Canadians and Americans died in places like Afghanistan and Korea.

Assange is not the enemy of the people. The enemies are governments, military bosses and, of course, corrupting capitalists. That's why government, big business, and the military have worked so hard to make us to see only personal faults that he might (or might not) have.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/05/25/governments-indictment-julian-assange-poses-clear-and-present-danger journalism________________________________________________________

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/05/24/how-many-times-must-assange-be-proven-right/
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Here are some of the wikkileaks revelations that our masters don't want us to know.

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/05/16/the-revelations-of-wikileaks-no-3-the-most-extensive-classified-leak-in-history/

Mind you, many, many Americans happily accept the fact that their heroes over seas constantly torture and murder thousands of people.It was horrifying when we learned that Hitler did it. But when the U.S. does it, well, that's different.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/05/mainstream-under-reporting-of-the-climate-crisis
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/05/children-in-conflict-zones-and-imperialism

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https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/05/21/Pipeline-Myths-Albertans-Tell-Themselves/

Alberta has plunged itself into a very deep hole. Part of that is the problem that it will cost at least 275 Billion dollars to clean up the oil fields of that province. And who well pay that? The oil companies?

Dream on.

Huge areas of Alberta have been made uninhabitable for man or beast. And nobody is going to pay to fix that.
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/05/24/canadas-meddling-in-venezuela/

We are an American colony.
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Perhaps the most disgusting news item in today's blog.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/05/24/the-amputation-crisis-in-gaza-a-us-funded-atrocity/
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Britain has groups of commandos assigned to the Iran area. Why?
Is Iran about to attack Britain? Is it a threat to British women and children? It's currently assigned in small groups to oil tankers off the coast of Iran. Gee! I wonder if those are the same oil tankers that suffered very minor explosions - and that western news media blamed as being Iranian attacks?If so, four very feeble attacks on those ships must have been carried out by some very retarded Iranians.

Why is Britain doing dirty work for the U.S. in the first place? Wasn't Britain the  empire on which the sun never set?

Well, yes. But that was before Britain, like Canada, became a patsy for the American empire.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51647.htm
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https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/how-melting-arctic-affects-world/
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The closest friend of Israel and the U.S. in the middle east is Saudi Arabia - the least democratic and most brutal government in the world. This is the government which the God Bless Americans supported in its deliberate starvation to kill at least tens of thousands of Yemen children.

https://theantimedia.com/trump-fake-emergency-sell-weapons-saudi-arabia/
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https://theantimedia.com/only-trump-can-stop-mohammed-bin-salman/

Only Trump can stop the brutality of Saudi Arabi. But he won't.
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I've known a few Israelis who stole Paliestinan lands, and killed their Palestinians owners. In Canada, they were - as they were in Israel and Palestine - the most viciously selfish and self-worshipping people I have ever known. And, alas, it's understandable. They remembered the holocaust - and and how nobody, inlcuding us, would life a finger for them.

https://theantimedia.com/video-shows-israel-settlers-started-west-bank-fires/

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These are grim times. Our lives are dominated by the greed and complete immorality of our very wealthy. And they - certainly not a dymanic group of world scientists but, rather, people driven only by greed -have decided to ignore all the warnings of just about all the world's scientists.

With a greed that trashes all common sense, they have been committing us since 1945 to mass murder (for their profit) The have killed millions for their profit. And they are too greedy to understand that all of us (yes, even them) stand to die for the political puppets who buy them and who will themselves die    -  the Cheneys, the Fords, the Trumps, almost the whole of the U.S. congress.

And we're letting them do it.

So let's kill  them eyeranians and Venezuelans. We get nothing from the killing - all the profit goes to our billionaire masters. But we've been doing this forever. Now, we're  into the last act of a mass murder/suicide of humanity.

If we are ever going to say no, the time, the last chance, is now.

Get real. In 1945, we defeated Hitler's Naziis. Now, we are the Naziis. But on a world scale.
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Thursday, May 23, 2019

May 23:: A bad, bad day.

I sit here in tears. Once in a while, I hit a key - I don't even known which one - and it wipes out hours of work. And it just did it again - after four hours of writing.

This will, I"m afraid this will be a short blog as evening approaches amd I laden with tears, go to bed. I just don't have the heart to do the destroyed part again.

Damn!
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https://www.thenation.com/article/bernie-sanders-public-education-plan/

One of the great  advances in human history was the development of the public school in the 19th century. For the first time, the poorest had a the same chance as the rich.

Of course, the ruling class couldn't accept that. So they used their power to make sure the classes were overloaded - and the children were hidden from any learning that might given them silly ideas about being just as good as the rich.

This still goes on. Premier Ford of Ontario is making  the classes too  crowded for anybody to learn anything. (When I became a teacher for six years, I learned how seriously we were restricted.Then, as a prof, I realized how history was used to stay away from reality and teach propaganda.) (The universities were even worse.For all the handicaps they dealt with, school teachers knew how to teach. Professors, for the greater part, don't have a clue.

Just to make sure poor kids don't start thinking "above their station" - and to make personal profits out of the system, the U.S. permitted the spread of Charter (privately owned) schools. So much for the end of 200 years of public education. The keeps  the poor in their proper place and, without doing anything for rich kids, it sets them up to move in the best circles,

In terms of democracy and opportunity, this sets the U.S. back at least a century.

(Canada also has schools for rich kids - Not as many.- but just as socially destructive.)
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https://www.thenation.com/article/the-new-york-times-vs-bernie/

Yes. The New York Times often lies.
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I guess all us humans are remarkably sttupid.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/china-responsible-ozone-depleting-emissions-study-1.5146269
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/wikileaks-julian-assange-new-charges-1.5147422

His crime? He told the American people what his law-breaking and murderous government wouldn't tell them.

Goodbye to democracy which the U.S. abandoned from the start. And now, the most murderous nation in the world is going to prosecute Assange for telling the truth. It's been some years since I visited the U.S. I never want to see it again - the nation of child murdering heroes who get cheers for killing them and civilians in general, all to please the stunning greed and immorality of their billionaires.

And I wonder....what is the penalty for those presidents and congressmen who happily murdered millions of innocent people?
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Israel is a betrayal of Judaism. The U.S. is a betrayal of just about everything. Saudi Arabia,  their close friend and ally is the world most vicious and backward nations.  And Canada is a lap dog.

https://truthout.org/articles/an-attack-on-iran-would-violate-us-and-international-law/
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/22/making-struggling-workers-and-families-foot-bill-corporate-america-paying-lowest

Ditto for corporate Canada. We are heading for financial disaster for most of us.
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For ignorance, lying and corruption this may well be the darkest period in Canadian history.

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/05/23/Early-Voters-Guide/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51653.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51649.htm

Israel has done what Hitler couldn't do. It has destroyed Judaism.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/05/23/news/postmedia-hopes-it-can-thread-needle-between-kenney-and-trudeau

The Last Post, founded by Conrad Black, has been from its first day the most contemptible and lying newspaper in Canadian history. And that was true from day one. It was designed by Conrad Black to print propaganda that would spread Black''s views - which were simple enough - rich people should be given anything they want. (I shared office space for once a week radio broadcasts with him. What a self-absorbed ass!)
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https://theantimedia.com/assange-170-years-prison-espionage-act/

And what does Trump get for murdering 40,000 Venezuelan children?

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https://www.voltairenet.org/article206547.html
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We are within inches of world war. (As it is we have helped the U.S. create crisis,  poverty, starvation all over the world.) The real problems - such as American poverty, climate change are ignored. They are ignored because solving them will do nothing to make the rich richer. This is  the triumph of greed, indifference to real, human need - and  the most stupid president the U.S. has ever produced.

But the U.S. and Canada are smothered in news media that lie - and always in favour of the rich. Our people are largely ignorant of what is happening - and lied to about the bits we get.

This is the way the world ends...
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Somewhere in this computer is a post as long as the one above. But it's getting late. I need to sit, relax, dry my tears, and jump off the balcony.



Tuesday, May 21, 2019

May 21:;For Christ's sake world, wake up.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/trump-kushner-deutsche-bank-money-laundering-specialists-new-york-times-1.5142279

Oh, for pete's sake, of course Trump and Kushner are a  part of that small class who don't pay taxes, who get big payoffs, and give nothing.

Check on Wednesday at Gallup Poll Trump. See if it has any change in Trump's popular support. I doubt that it will. Those southern Christian fundamentalists are one hell of thick lot.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/harper-trudeau-migrants-immigration-human-trafficking-1.5141288

"...the true north strong and free..."
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/billionaire-morehouse-college-pay-it-forward-student-debt-1.5142866

It's scandalous how Canada and the U.S. have allowed their universities to be out of reach of so much or our population.
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https://www.straight.com/news/1213261/author-gwynne-dyer-says-automation-creating-opportunities-political-demagogues-around
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https://www.thenation.com/article/abortion-bans-conservatives-traditional-family/
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https://www.thenation.com/article/trump-lies-eric-alterman/
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https://www.thenation.com/article/bernie-sanders-public-education-plan/

U.S. public education is a disaster area, designed to make sure that the poor remain poor. And the private, charter schools ensure that the rich will remain rich. In effect, it locks  U.S. society into a medieval  structure of peasants nnd lords. And Canadian education has been moving in the same direction.

Both follow the same principle. The rich must be served, And the hell with the rest.
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/brent-patterson/2019/05/us-vice-president-will-visit-ottawa-push-big-oils-free-trade
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https://truthout.org/articles/russians-have-meddled-in-36-elections-the-us-has-meddled-in-81/
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https://truthout.org/articles/russians-have-meddled-in-36-elections-the-us-has-meddled-in-81/
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/21/outrage-texas-senate-passes-unconstitutional-bill-would-hit-pipeline-protestors-10
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/05/custers-last-stand-meets-global-warming

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https://countercurrents.org/2019/05/children-in-conflict-zones-and-imperialism

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https://countercurrents.org/2019/05/eyewitness-in-venezuela-a-14-year-perspective

How very different from the news in our news media! Funny how our readers, relying on western news, get nothing like this. Reading our news media one can get the impression that it's Venezuela that is attacking the U.S.

The reality is that the American Empire is simply aa repeat of the old, British Empire - one of the most vicious, destructive, murderous empires in  history.
(Of course, in our school history books it's all glory,, glory, glory...

And the American slaughter of native peoples? It just shows how brave Custer was.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51641.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51642.htm

This was a story that any reporter should have  realized was a lie. Four tankers are bombed by expert Iranian special squads?? Oh. really?
I well remember looking at the original story. It was a obviously a lie.

An Iranian specialist squad hit 4 tankers? That was one, sloppy squad. It's bombs were so feeble, that none of the ships was seriously damaged. Didn't American journalists note that?
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51640.htm

The U.S. journalistic world has no qualms about pushing false news.
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Governments and news media have lied constantly about Assange. Yeah. He's a rapist. Yeah.

Assange has been freely accused without ever   having a trial. I have no doubt he's become a profoundly troubled person, a confused one ---that happens when you have to spend years of your life locked in a small room

And he leaked U.S. secrets?  Well, yes. That what a journalist is supposed to do - to tell the truth. To reveal what government hide from us.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51643.htm
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And here's a good example of government lying.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51632.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51634.htm

I hope this is true. But  I have yet to see any hope that the U.S. will back off and let Iran run its own affairs.
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The story that won't make our western press.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51631.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51636.htm
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2018/11/23/news/alberta-officials-are-signalling-they-have-no-idea-how-clean-toxic-oilsands-tailings

AND - I doubt very much were the province of Alberta has anything like the money needed to do the job. And don't even kid yourself about about the oil companies paying for it.
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https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/satellites-measure-emissions-real-time/
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https://theantimedia.com/reporters-without-borders-israel-shot-journalists-intentionally/

Gee, I haven't noticed this story in our daily news.
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https://theintercept.com/2019/05/21/ice-solitary-confinement-immigration-detention/
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I  have not written much with the entries for this edition of the blog. The reason is that I am overwhelmed by the dangers (and disasters) of what we are doing - and it had become impossible to keep up with the murder and greed.

The time to design a new world was 1945. But we didn't do it. We allowed the same old gang of the greedy and not very intelligent create the world that THEY wanted. The plundered all of humanity for themselves. Their greed has no limits. They give nothing. The don't pay taxes.They don't share the world''s wealth. They murder on a world scale.

We are watching a steady decline in real income for almost all of us. We are watching mass hunger and homelessness even in rich countries. We daily watch the mass murder of children and civilians (by people we call heroes).

Our economic bosses are the ones who prosper and prosper wildly in the billions of dollars while most people in this world can't get basic medical care or, even in North America, decent education for the bulk of the population.

Most of our news media - owned by the very wealthy - lie constantly - even some of the 'great' ones.

We ignore hunger, sickness, poverty all so we can pour what should be money for all us into the pockets of the unspeakably greedy. Many (most of us) die sooner than we should. Almost all of us live more miserably than we should.

At the end of world war 2, we should have created governments that worked for us. Instead, we have have thrown money at the greediest bastards this world has ever seen. And they ARE our governments. The own our governments. And owe they are murderous and - frankly, they don't care who they murder - civilians, children (Do you seriously think  the babies of Yemen are evil? The millions of children who were killed in Korea?...)

Before they finish, they will scrape us all to the bone - and that will happen in the lifetimes of today's children. Compared to these people, Hitler was at least okay. These people  have no nationality. They have no patriotism. They have only greed. It is very likely that they will destroy all human life - and soon. Because they[re not just greedy and murderous but because they are stupid. Can you seriously believe an Irving family will ever stop plundering and impoverishing the people of New Brunswick?  Will Doug Ford of Ontario ever do anything but throw money at the already rich? Will Jason Kenney of Alberta ever to anything but look for oil billionaires with their pants down so he can kiss them?

And our time might be getting short - very, very short.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

May 18: It's been a long day.....

https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/cmhr-colonialism-genocide-indigenous-peoples-1.5141078

At last. Canada's record has not been as brutal as the U.S. record. (nobody could be that brutal.) But, yes, it has been a genocide - and I know of no sign that anything is improving.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/17/trump-takes-war-on-abortion-worldwide-as-policy-cuts-off-funds

We are watching a U.S.do down the path Hitler followed with Germany. Find hatreds - and encourage them. Hitler's victims were Jews. Trumps are Latins - and women who want to control their own lives. And this covers the whole world. Expect it to come to Canada.

But not to worry. It will still be Christian and virtuous to murder children  by starvation and bombing.

Will this affect Canada? Quite possibly. Remember. We are a part of the American empire. That's why Trudeau slobbered all over Trump to support his illegal attack on Venezuela.That's why Canada has so often been packed into U.S. wars - as in Korea and Afghanistan. And Syria. And Cuba.And that's why Trudeau supports the U.S. in its illegal behaviour toward Venezuela.
And all that might why the U.S.has suddenly become nicer to Canada.
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/17/john-bolton-iran-north-korea-venezuela-trump

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/exxon-mobil-pulls-iraq-staff-iran-concerns-1.5141642

It's getting hard to follow this Iran 'war'. Is Bolton the one in control? Or has it suddenly dawned on Trump that the president is the one who decides on war or peace?
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/18/this-is-a-wake-up-call-the-villagers-who-could-be-britains-first-climate-refugees

Nah. It ain't happenin'.  If it were, smart people like Trump or Ford or Jason Kenney would tell us.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/16/john-bolton-trump-iran-nuclear-deal-danger
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/13/venezuela-news-latest-guaido-us-military-help-maduro
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https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/opinion/dyer-assessing-the-possibility-of-a-gulf-war-1.23825474

A touch of sanity. This is the best article I've seen on  Iran.
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https://www.thenation.com/article/irs-taxes-trump-audits/
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https://www.thenation.com/article/americans-pro-choice-democrats-act-like/

Think of it. All those anti-abortion people are the same ones who 'patriotically' support the country that is the world's biggest killer of children - by bombing and starvation.
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Despite  his age, Bernie Sanders appears to be the only intelligent presidential hopeful. Alas! His Democratic Party seems to be down in the 19th century with the Republicans.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/17/sanders-launches-petition-urging-lawmakers-block-military-action-against-iran
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/05/chinese-purchases-of-iranian-oil-raise-tantalizing-questions
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/05/targeting-iran
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https://thetyee.ca/Culture/2019/05/15/War-On-Women-New-Phase/
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https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/05/17/Singh-Must-Oppose-Horgan-Become-Climate-Champion/

Sixty years ago, Canada had a political party that could be defined as religious. Clergy Ware prominent in it, and it was genuinely focused on the needs of all Canadians - not just the billionaires. These were, I guess, the last years when the Christian churches were still Christian. This was the party that brought medicare to Canada.

But, alas, it costs lots of money to sustain a political party - and ordinary people don't have that much money. So the CCF had to find a way to get some. And it most certainly was never going to get money from the very wealthy.

So the CCF became a partner with the labour unions, and became the CCF.

Alas! The labour unions didn't give much of a damn about all people in general. And many of the Christian  principals that had driven the CCF disappeared - and the NDP became - pretty bland stuff. That's why it is getting pushed around now by the likes of The Greens.

And that's very nice. But The Greens and other parties have a very narrow view of what we need. And their view down not have much sense of what human needs are.

Mind you, I don't think we should have a party based solely on Christian principles. Almost all religions   (despite their crackpot outshoots) are based on meeting human needs. And right now we don't have any party based on human needs. (The Greens are a good step to what we need - but that step    doesn't go nearly far enough.)

That's why the Liberals and the Conservatives   (both of whom don't give a damn about human needs, and both of whom are owned by the greediest and least principled people among us) still dominate.

We need a party based on principles. Those principles are to be found not just in Christianity but in virtually all religions. Understanding that can draw us together and end our suffering under the billionaire parties.
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/05/17/trump-and-the-middle-east-a-long-record-of-personal-failure/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51624.htm

The Bible says that Jews are God's chosen people. Perhaps that's why Jews do not have be worry about "Thou Shalt not kill."

It's very sad to watch the collapse of any Jewish principles since 1948. Fortunately, that collapse has mostly affected Israeli Jews.
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The following is rather a gentle outline of American murder and plundering in Latin America. Yes, all those dignified billionaires who pay U.S. governments to kill for them (and who don't pay any taxes) are killers as evil as the Hitlers and British imperialists of the past.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51623.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51628.htm

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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51613.htm

At last, the  American world Empire is losing it's charm.
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Capitalism is based on greed ----No------capitalism IS greed, pure greed. That's why, when it gets involved, it does damage to public education,, housing, health.....

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51620.htm
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Capitalism does NOT bring wealth - except for those who are already super-wealthy. For the rest of us, it brings debt, hardship, poverty... Think for just a minute. The American standard of living has been in decline for a long time. American are NOT getting richer. They are getting poorer. The same is true in Canada.

Meanwhile, all over the world the rich are getting much, much richer. And where will this take us? To one, tremendous crash - perhaps quite soon.

But don't worry. The very rich are so rich they won't notice anything. These are people who avoid millions in taxes EVERY year. These are the ones who send our young people out to steal more and more money for them. And we, suckers that we are, pay the WHOLE price for wars that do us no good at all.\\These are the ones who run up such enormous deficits to fight their wars with our sons and daughters - and they call this patriotism - and hand out stacks of medals for the millions of innocent adults and children who they kill to satisfy the very rich.

You think  Hitler was bad? Our super rich are worse. This greed has been running loose for thousands of years. And it has now reached a state of perfection that can destroy all of us.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51614.htm

And wake up! This WILL crash - and probably sonner than later.\
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/05/17/news/doug-ford-cuts-70-cent-money-centre-helping-first-nations-protect-wildlife-and

Well, he has to save money. I mean, he  lets the very rich off free of charge - So he has to save money somewhere. It is very, very frightening that Canada's biggest and richest province is covered by an ignorant lout with nothing but contempt for anyone but the rich.

It's quite possible he actually believes what he says. He's a man of astonishing ignorance and indifference to the needs of most of the people while showering money on the already rich.
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Many, many (most) commercial newspapers lie. That's not new. It was true in the earliest days, just over a hundred years ago  when American newspapers lied that an American warship was torpedoed in Havana harbour - a lit that set up the American invasion of Cuba.

Almost all of them lie almost all the time. My daily paper in New Brunswick was and is owned by a billionaire oil pedlar. So the paper frequently had stories about how oil is good for you. It also routinely carried stories from the so-called "think tanks" like the Fraser Institute. (Almost all of these a propaganda houses.)

My New Brunswick paper also routinely carried major columns (all propaganda) about how good big business is to us. I might add that the sleazes who wrote these columns were frequently university professors. There aren't many professors sleazy enough to do this - but they do exist.

Perhaps the most contemptible in Canada (after the Irving papers of New Brunswick) is The National Post - a Toronto paper founded by Conrad Black, a Toronto publisher given to long rants of his stone age opinions. (Black is the man who spent three and a half (deserved) years in a rich man's prison for fraud. He was recently given a pardon by Trump (for kissing Trump's rear end.)

The National Post remains one of Canada's most contemptible newspapers - but, oh, it has company.

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/05/17/news/postmedia-lobbies-get-involved-jason-kenneys-oilpatch-war-room
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https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=373697047018228084#allposts

Pre school and then public school can be crucial stages in a child's life. They can make the child. Or they can trap the child.

I remember well my first grade class. This was in a very, very poor district. And not one of them finished high school

Well, what the hell...we were poor. Nobody, including our parents expected us finish school. I still remember the day I was kicked out in grade 11. My parents thought nothing of it. Our family had always been poor. And we always would be. As for my friends, most of them dropped out in grade 9.

We weren't stupid. But nobody expected anything of us - including us.

Schooling needs to start with expectations that we can do well. It needs to start early. It needs small classes.

The U.S. solution? Create private schools for rich kids -small classes, families with high expectations. Dump the rest in overcrowded class rooms (which is what Ontario premier Ford is doing.

The only exceptions I saw to this were Jewish kids. Their parents had ambitions for them, hopes, encouragement - and it paid off. For years in Montreal, the highest grades in final high school exams were those of Jewish children.

Anyway,  that wasn't me. And I remember on my first job in a filthy and low pay factory standing in a doorway, looking out a door into the filth of a lane and thinking, "This is it. This is  the rest of my life."

Somehow, and without ever finishing high school, I got a PhD - and a life I would never have dreamed of.  But that was luck,  pure luck.

We need public schools - for everybody. We need smaller classes. (The lout that we call the premier of Ontario is now doing what public schools all over North American are doing - overtuffing classes to save the tax money of the very rich, subsidizing the privvate schools of the rich......

And destroying lives by the millions
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The biggest liars are often the ones on "our" side.

https://theantimedia.com/leaked-opcw-report-chemicals-attacks-syria/
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https://thesaker.is/the-anglozionist-empire-a-hyperpower-with-microbrains-and-no-cred-left/
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Thursday, May 16, 2019

May 16: VERY dangerous times

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/05/14/bernie_sanders_john_bolton_wants_to_lie_us_into_war_in_iran_like_he_did_in_iraq_like_they_did_in_vietnam.html

A war in Iran is unjustified.  Much, much worse, this could drag in the whole region - and Russia and China. And the man pushing for it is John Bolton, a man with a long history of lusting for wars. And he seems to be running the show, with Trump piping up now and then.

Saudi Arabia wants the war because of it's hatred of Iranian Muslims because they diverge from the Saudi ones. Israel wants a piece of Iran just like it wants  all of Palestine. The U.S. - wants its beloved oil barons to control Iranian oil - just as it wants the oil of Venezuela and of the North Pole.

There are no limits to the greed of the American oil  industry - no matter how many it kills, starves to death....and Israel has that same quality.

Will Canada support such as war?  You bet it will just like it has supported the U.S. in starving Venezuela's children to death.

And the American Christian churches? They never saw a murderous capitalist they didn't like - just like the Christian churches of Britain in its imperial days. Indeed, in 2,000 years,  the Christian Churches blessed just about every plundering, murderous gang that came down the road.

And John Bolton? He seems  to be running the show. And he has a long, long record, quite an insane one, as an advocate of extreme killing and torture.

This is the most dangerous war we have seen since  1945 - and it's quite likely, if it happens - if being the worst war this world has ever seen.

None of the above is an exaggeration. And many a Christian clergyman over these 2000 years has blessed the swords and spears and machine guns and bombs of armies.

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition - in the words of a spiritual ditty of 1942.
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School history books are full of lies. In the books, the Americans were always guys, fighting only to  defend rights. The reality is that the U.S. was plundering and murderous from the start.

Ever notice how Mexican names extend all over the American North and West - as in San Francisco? That's because the west (and the north going all the way to Canada) were Mexican. So the Americans stole it. Then they butchered the native peoples.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Territorial_evolution_of_Mexico#1821%E2%80%931824

Gotta keep those Mexicans out. Gotta keep American pure.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/phoenix-costs-137-million-ibm-1.5135545

Yep, ya gotta admit it. Those billionaire companies know how to.......You know....do  things.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/15/cash-credits-and-crisis-life-in-the-new-european-precariat
It's happening in the U.S., too. It's happening in Canada. The world's billionaires are robbing even the people of their own countries. This is big money gone wild. So far as it's concerned, the whole purpose of life in plundering others, even those in your own country.

Where will it lead? To a world recession and profound suffering.
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Carbon dioxide levels in China and the U.S.  have reached what are far the highest level in recorded history/ The responsible minister in the U.S. who,  by coincidence was a long time advisor for the industries that produce this says everything is fine. No problem. No problem at all.

Look. People are going to die from this. They are, almost certainly, already dying - and they're going to die by the millions. It's not an act of genius to figure that out. But leaders in government are actually stoking the hell we are going to live - and die - in.

Some people, many people, prefer to be ignorant of all this. Many, many people are like that. And the rest of us will die from their ignorance - and from the vicious greeds that government officials cater to.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/15/interior-secretary-david-bernhardt-c02
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To understand the following story, it helps to know something about Conrad Black, who was the founder of The National Post, one of this world's most dishonest newspapers, a propaganda sheet for Black. I had some acquaintance of him years ago. We both appeared on the same radio station (CBC), he before me. We occasionally talked to kill time.

Black never really listened. In reply, he would point his chin up, close his eyes,  and recite a long argument. I later realized he always did that because he so much likes listening to his own voice. This is a man of enormous ego.

He spent three and a half years in an American prison for fraud. But weep not. It was a prison largely for rich criminals. He says he committed no crimes. Nonsense. There is a   video showing him committing them. It was on TV news.

And now, Trump has pardoned him.  Why?

Possibly because Black wrote a book in lavish praise of Trump. (Funny that CBC news didn't mention that part.)

https://www.vox.com/2019/5/16/18627631/trump-conrad-black-pardon
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/16/alabama-abortion-ban-us-women-state-senate

Oh,  I know, I know, The Bible says thou shalt not kill. Except, of course, it's perfectly reasonable  to starve tens of thousands of children to death in Venezuela and Yemen. It was okay to kill hundreds of thousands in Iraq - and over a million in North Korea. And, of course, you can kill all the adults you like.

God bless America. God bless its hypocrites and mass murderers. But aren't all their medals pretty?
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/16/thinning-of-antarctic-ice-sheets-spreading-inland-rapidly-study

No time for this. No time. We gotta kill more Yemen babies. And watch out for those babies at the Mexican border. The grow up to push narcotics and murder God-fearing Americans.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/15/angela-merkel-interview-europe-eu-unite-challenge-us-russia-china

The worst enemies we face in this world are Russia, China ---and the U.S.
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-trumps-sabre-rattling-on-iran-may-get-him-what-he-doesnt-want
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__https://www.commondreams.org/further/2019/05/14/planet-fucking-
fire
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https://consortiumnews.com/2019/05/16/the-revelations-of-wikileaks-no-3-the-most-extensive-classified-leak-in-history/

When Naziis tortured in WW2, it was evil. When American do it, they are magnificent patriots....
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https://nomadicthoughts.blogs.sapo.pt/venezuela-for-useuropeanwestern-dummies-302
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https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/05/13/On-Climate-Canada-Hero-Or-Villain/
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/05/16/what-50-countries-are-backing-guaido-who-knows-who-cares-if-the-media-say-it-enough-it-must-be-true/
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https://www.nationalpriorities.org/cost-of/war/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51612.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51607.htm

"Thou shalt not kill".  Unless it's absolutely necessary. The gospel from the Book of John Bolton.
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https://swprs.org/opcw-douma-was-staged/

Hey, if you can't trust your news media, who can you trust? Oh, what the hell, of course you can't trust your news media.
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https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/14/politics/border-patrol-mcallen-texas-pictures/index.html

Yesterday, four of those migrant children died in American 'care'. Well, what the hell! Most Americans can't afford medical care. So why should migrants get it?
And as climate change worsens and the world is flooded with migrants, What will the U.S. do?

Well, it will abandon those large parts of the U.S. that can no longer support life - and it will annex parts of Canada.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51606.htm

Our friends in all of this will be some of the most murderous and backward countries of the world - like Saudi Arabia and the Emirates. Oh, and Israel which has already stolen most of that land.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/05/16/news/bank-canada-warns-fire-sales-carbon-intensive-assets-could-destabilize-financial

To die?  Or to die?
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Trump did NOT authorize the present showdown with  Iran? It was done by Bolton and Pompeo and their gang?

I think I suggested in the last blog that this seemed likely. That was why I was alarmed that such warlike moves appeared not to have been ordered by the president. This is one hell of a situation. The U.S. is facing a war it's government has not authorized. I thought that as soon as I saw the public statement came from Bolton. The U.S. is running out of any sort of democratic control. And this could be very, very dangerous.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190516-trump-anger-at-warlike-planning-over-iran/
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Our best friend - and Israel's best friend - in the middle east is one of the most vicious and anti-democratic countries in the world.

https://theantimedia.com/saudi-arabia-un-security-council-denouncing-iran-houthis/
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Under international law, an embassy is not the territory of the host country. It is under the jurisdiction of it's mother country. Police, therefore, have no right to enter an embassy.

But who cares about rules?

https://truthout.org/articles/us-illegally-evicts-protectors-from-venezuelan-embassy/
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http://rabble.ca/news/2019/05/big-battle-over-climate-change-just-starting
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I would agree that the NDP is far too wimpy, and needs a more aggressive platform.

http://rabble.ca/news/2019/05/federal-ndp-must-stand-tall-its-commitment-boldly-progressive-agenda
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/independent-jewish-voices-canada/2019/05/unconditional-support-israel-unconditional
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Chelsea Manninng is a person of courage, integrity and principal. That's why she's not in politics or business.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/chelsea-manning-jail-wikileaks-1.5139391
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2019/05/we-must-reverse-biodiversity-loss-save-ourselves
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http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/face2face/2019/05/something-air-new-film-demonstrates-effects-air-pollution-may-be
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https://theintercept.com/2019/05/04/climate-change-book-end-of-ice/
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In an earlier blog, I expressed surprise that John Bolton and Pompeo had been the ones to inform reporters that they had sent American warships to Iran. This wasn't a declaration of war - but it was just an inch from it. I have never heard such a statement coming from anyone but the leader of a country.

Now, I have leaned since then that even Trump didn't know this was coming.

Amazingly, Trump has reacted only in quiet announcement. And this is dangerous.

The president has been pushed aside and, possibly, has created a war without even bothering to tell the president. Even in a weak government this is so dangerous that those men should be have been fired and, possibly, jailed. But nothing happened. Their highly dangerous instruction is still in effect. The president has been tossed aside. Debate has been tossed aside. Military advice has been ignored.

Quite apart from the danger that this creates of war in Iran - a war that Russia and China probably cannot ignore - the President of the U.S.  has been trashed. And this is very, very dangerous indeed. Dangerous for Iran, dangerous for the U.S., dangerous for Russia and China, dangerous for the whole region, dangerous  for the world.

It's not just that Bolton and Pompeo are insane killers. This well could create a crisis in the whole structure of U.S. government. The news media seem not to have noticed this.

Well, of course not.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

May 14:It doesn't get better.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/un-global-warming-climate-change-1.5132888
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There is lots of news on a resurgence of anti-abortion movements in the U.S.
Anti-abortion....these are the same people who cheer their  hero military for  starving children children to death in Yemen, and murdered children by the millions all over the world.

And why limit the word of the Lord to children? The American military are dripping with medals for murdering over twenty million humans just since 1950.

Beware of virtuous hypocrites - and morons.

Hey - it's not my fault that so many of our self-righteous idiots and hypocrites are on the political right.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/12/lawsuit-44-states-accuses-pharma-giants-multi-year-conspiracy-hike-drug-prices-over

In a capitalist society, the only purpose of medical drugs is to make billionaires richer. A close look at the Canadian industry would be worthwhile. But our commercial news industry isn't going to do that.
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https://www.thenation.com/article/gaza-cease-fire-2019-siege/

Palestinians and Jews lived together in peace for centuries in what we used to call the "holy land". In the 1930s and  40s, it was not Palestinians who murdered Jews. That was Naziis. AND THE NAZIIS WERE MUCH ASSISTED BY BRITAIN, CANADA, AND THE U.S. who refused to give Jews refuge, and who took no action against the death camps even after they knew what was happening.

Palestinians have received no  fair treatment from the west. Indeed, Israel has been encouraged to murder them, starve them..and destroy them in every way.

The West has been murderous and hateful thoughout this issue.  Israelis  have been calculating in their long effort to destroy the Palestinian people - and we may be approaching the late stages of this game.

And Israelis have succeeded in what Hitler could not do. They have destroyed the principles of Judaism.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/satellite-images-show-no-major-damage-to-sabotaged-ships-1.5134905

This is a strange story. As first appeared, the story was that  saboteurs (probably Iranian)  had set bombs in them. U.S. officials, in particular, held this view. But now, it seems, there was little to no damage.

Well somebody was lying.

Here's a fuller story - but still with no sense of who did it. Iran is not the only possible suspect - though it's the one the American press will jump on.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/13/europe-urges-mike-pompeo-and-us-to-show-restraint-towards-iran

People on both sides will leap to conclusions. American news media will say Iran did it. But what on earth does Iran gain by such a slight attack? The U.S., on the other hand, would gain by it as providing an excuse for war with Iran.

What on earth would Iran possibly gain with small explosions on those tankers?
Answer - nothing. What would the U.S. gain?

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/14/warnings-gulf-tonkin-20-trump-officials-blame-iran-tanker-attack

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/05/14/the-mysterious-sabotage-of-saudi-oil-tankers-a-dangerous-moment-in-trumps-escalating-conflict-with-iran/
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https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2019/may/14/britain-risks-heading-to-us-levels-of-inequality-warns-top-economist

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/may/14/you-cant-really-win-4m-britons-in-poverty-despite-having-jobs

Well, well, well - the British working class is so badly paid that it's almost as badly off as the American working class. Actually, the Americans are even worse off since health care is something they can only dream about.That's what happens when you allow billionaires to run loose in a country.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201905141074978151-US-Official-Initial-Assessment-Iran-Involved-Ship-Explosions/
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/flood-plains-1.5135336

Nah. Climate change isn't happening.
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An intelligent analysis of what is happening in the Iran crisis.

https://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/9353204-gwynne-dyer-war-in-the-gulf-someone-should-tell-trump-that-a-conflict-with-iran-would-not-end-well/
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Then, for a change, an impartial assessment of Assange.

https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-as-unpleasant-as-assange-is-he-still-deserves-constitutional-protection
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When I lived in New Brunswick, it was (and still is) run by its ruthless (and possibly murderous) Irving family. The Irvings, who owned the forests as everything else, sprayed them - and the people and animals below - with Monsanto pesticide

When the chief medical officer raised alarms about this, those puppets New Brunswickers call the government, got rid of her. And the spraying went on (and the people of New Brunswick, wimpy as always, allowed the Irvings to go on spraying them.

Now...

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/14/historic-verdict-jury-orders-monsanto-pay-record-2-billion-couple-roundup-cancer

Will  the Irvings stop the spraying?   I doubt it very much. Will the people of New Brunswick rise up against this? I doubt it very much.

Enjoy the New Brunswick beaches this summer. Don't breathe too deeply.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/14/middle-road-climate-plans-centrist-democrats-wont-save-us-warns-aoc-green-new-deal

Middle-of-the-road Democrats are indistinguishable from Republicans. American government has been corrupted in that way almost from the start.
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Whatever his faults might be, the sin of Assange is that he told the truth that American governments didn't want the American people to know - though they had every right to know it - and a journalist had ever obligation to report it.

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/05/09/the-revelations-of-wikileaks-no-2-the-leak-that-exposed-the-true-afghan-war/
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/05/venezuelan-communes-protect-the-state
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https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/05/13/On-Climate-Canada-Hero-Or-Villain/
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http://www.rabble.ca/news/2019/05/big-battle-over-climate-change-just-starting
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51600.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51597.htm

The risks in a war with Iran are very, very serious,  indeed. And I'm particularly alarmed that the man behind the war is John Bolton. He is quite crazy, always has been. I'm astonished that even Trump     would have him in his cabinet. And also astonished that Trump appears to be off playing golf while Bolton sets the U.S. off on such a course. That's why I paid so much attention (above) to the very strange incident of the tankers that were 'attacked'.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/13/we-dont-know-planet-co2-levels-hit-415-ppm-first-time-3-million-years

We have done nothing for 30 years. And I see no indication of our governments doing anything for the next thirty.
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Despite popular belief, Americans are not - as a nation - the most wealthy in the world. The British, my no means rich, are better off than Americans. And, considering cheaper access to education all the way through university, considering health care, the people of many countries are better off than Americans.  Of course.

The U.S. is a nation that robs most of its people blind And it's getting worse.
The U.S. is a nation that gives no thought whatever to the needs of its middle class and it's poor. And with the likes of premiers Ford and Cheney, of any New Brunswick premier I  have ever heard of, and of blood-sucking wretches like the Irvings of New Brunswick, it's getting worse.

And voting Canadians, by their own intellectual laziness, continue this.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/a-decade-after-the-recession-40-of-us-families-still-struggling/
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Hitler was  his own worst enemy. In 1940, France was defeated. So was Britain - and Churchill knew it. And the U.S., though it could defeat Japan, was out of the picture in Europe. Hitler had won.

Then it was Hitler who lost the war. He invaded Russia.  Essentially, it was the Russians, at terrible cost to themselves,  who destroyed Germany. Funny how few of our war histories mention that.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51596.htm
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How come the U.S. didn't go to war with Germany until several weeks after Pearl Harbour? Because American capitalists didn't give a damn about Britain or France. It wanted a war with Japan so the U.S. could steal the immense plunder of China. It set this up by cutting off Japanese oil supplies. It knew that Japan must have that oil, and that it would retaliate. (They just didn't expect the retaliation would be on Pearl Harbour.)

That's why the U.S. bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was to end the war before Russia could steal china.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51592.htm

I spent most of my working life as an historian. And I can tell you. If you want lots of lies, read history. If you want lots and lots of lies, read American history - or Canadian - or British...
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As a child, my sympathies in 1945 were for the Jews of Europe. That was natural. I had Jewish friends. And there was no doubt of the horror of Hitler. To this day, most of my friends are Jewish. But they are not Israeli Jews. Today, the murderers of the Holocaust are Israeli Jews. Today, Netanyahu is Hitler.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51586.htm

And most of my Jewish friends would agree with that appraisal.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/05/14/news/canary-canadas-boreal-forest-woodpecker
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We are in an age of millions of people fleeing their homelands because of starvation resulting  in sending their flight to save their lives. Our reaction? Check out Trump at the border. Check out the wrecked boats in European waters, boats whose passengers have all drowned.

Their number will soon be hundreds of millions, many hundreds of millions, at least. And we Christians have a long history of being murderous bastards.

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/05/14/opinion/governments-are-planning-climate-driven-migration-worst-way-possible
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https://truthout.org/articles/minimum-wage-would-be-33-if-it-had-kept-pace-with-wall-street-bonuses/

Capitalism creates poverty. It's designed to do that. It's basic force is greed, pure greed - and with no responsibility.
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https://thesaker.is/iran-squeezed-between-imperial-psychos-and-european-cowards/

Quite so. And one of the cowards is most of Europe - and all of Canada.
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