Tuesday, July 30, 2019

July 30: A bad, bad day.

https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/longform/shifting-ground

Don't worry. There is no climate change. If there were, the Conservative Party would have told us.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/being-china-support-hong-kong-carrie-lam-protests-1.5228707

I think (  I very much fear) that China is going to take a hard line on this. And there is, I think, nobody in a position to moderate.  On the contrary, China is likely to take a very hard line.

My Hong Kong students followed me back to Montreal. I think now of their farewell trip back home....of the e mails that some have sent me over the years..and I fear the worst...
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https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/29/met-office-confirms-new-uk-record-temperature-of-387c

Relax. This can't be true. The Canadian Conservative party says there's no rush and no big deal.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/baltimore-donald-trump-comments-al-sharpton-1.5229439

This is deliberate. Race hatred. And Trump is not suffering in the polls for it. Is Trump encouraging race hatred? No. He's encouraging what has always been there.
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These are Trump's "killers" and "gangsters".

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/jul/29/guatemala-climate-crisis-migration-drought-famine

Much of this famine is all over the world as we have ignored the effect of climate change. It's going to get much, much worse as we block migrants at our borders or push starving people back to die at sea.
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Like this.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/26/migrants-rescued-from-sea-kept-at-libyan-centre-hit-by-airstrike
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/29/ethiopia-plants-250m-trees-in-a-day-to-help-tackle-climate-crisis

Meanwhile, Canadian loggers like the Irvings of New Brunswick just cut and spray with poisons.
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/07/push-free-speech-charter-alberta-campuses-will-privilege
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/council-canadians-blog/2019/07/attawapiskat-water-crisis-continues-despite-urgent

Well, aboriginal Canadians who live on reservations are probably sick, anyway.
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https://www.thenation.com/article/environmental-polluting-agency/
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https://www.therecord.com/opinion-story/9515926-gwynne-dyer-boris-johnson-is-quite-possibly-the-last-prime-minister-of-the-united-kingdom/
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Canadians, vote Conservative. Then the sea levels won't rise. Yeah.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/30/we-are-climate-emergency-warn-experts-and-aoc-greenland-ice-sheet-faces-possible
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https://consortiumnews.com/2019/07/29/new-westminster-cabinet-far-to-the-right-of-thatchers/

The days of Britain are over. The world will not miss them.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/07/with-criticism-crushed-in-the-west-israel-can-enjoy-its-impunity

Israel is not what Judaism is about. Murder, land theft are not what Israel should be about.
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___https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/07/23/Will-Trudeau-Rein-In-Export-Development-Bank/____________________________________________________________

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52001.htm

The purpose of all that military spending? It's to provide huge profits for the U.S. war industry.
That means it is doing enormous damage to education, to those living in poverty...
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And how are we heading?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51992.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51997.htm

This is possibly the greatest defeat in American history. How come our news media don't mention that.

And Canada's parliament sent Canadians to kill and to die there in a war that had nothing to do with Canada.

The United States is a nation in profound collapse socially, governmentally, economically, morally... And Canada is next door to it.
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__https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/07/30/news/vancouver-companys-green-generators-are-pumping-clean-power-film-industry__________________________________________________________

https://off-guardian.org/2019/07/29/why-should-iran-be-defended/
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and this - is a remarkably stupid man.

https://theantimedia.com/trump-kill-10-million-people-afghanistan/
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https://theantimedia.com/us-venezuela-clap-sanctions/

A remarkably stupid and vicious man. And Canada is his nearest ally.
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https://truthout.org/articles/noam-chomsky-life-expectancy-in-the-us-is-declining-for-a-reason/

Here's a luck at reality - and it's very different from the record of the U.S.
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https://truthout.org/articles/hong-kong-protesters-chinese-workers-point-the-way-to-new-internationalism/
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Let's be real. We live in a world dominated by greed and privilege. It's always been that way. It was like this in the middle ages. It  was like this in Ancient Rome. And the pattern repeats itself. The greedy and privileged assume power (and call it civilization.) Then, driven by its own greed, the privileged class sends itself crashing down.

This is what is happening to Britain today.  That is what is happening to the U.S. And to Canada. A sample of Canada's decline?

We have an election coming up. The Liberals have been no  wunderkind. But the Conservatives are even worse. And the Canadian vote is drifting to the Conservatives. It may be our dreadful news media that have kept Canadians so ignorant. But whether they go Liberal or Conservative, we're toast. The reality is that Canadians are crashingly ignorant of their own society - and their news media are a big reason for that.

And the news media, most of them, are owned by greedy and lying billionaires, all of whom support only Liberals and/or Conservatives.
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Saturday, July 27, 2019

July 27:A bad, bad day.

A reader sent a post to this site requesting information. However, the site given by the reader does not seem to exist.
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This is a profoundly depressing day for me as I realized a truth about western society.
The U.S. will not accept refugees fleeing Latin America. It says, with no evidence, that they are killers and perverts. (This from a U.S. which has the largest prison population in  the world - and the world's most heavily armed population.)

Yes. All those children you see in wire cages are killers and thieves. (The reality is that US billionaires have plundered their lands for a century and more.)

As well, it is widely believed that Americans are God's chosen people who can only be tainted by Latin Americans. And Americans, the same ones who won't let Latin Americans escape the horror the U.S. has carried out on their home countries, are God's chosen people to save the hungry and the poor....

How is it possible for a nation to believe such lies?

"Bring me your tired, your huddled masses yearning to be free."

Something much the same is happening in Europe where refugees, fleeing the poverty and death inflicted on them by Europeans and Americans in Africa and
and the middle east, head for sanctuary in Europe, often in overpacked rafts, and often to die when European governments force them out to die in the open sea.

As I thought about this, I remembered a book I had long ago read. The author, like Americans and Europeans today, branded some people as evil, and necessarily to be killed in order to preserve our western purity. Those people were Jews. And the book was called Mein Kampf.

Our leaders are today's Hitlers. And our murderous followers (and dupes) are.....
us. Yes. We are today's Nazis. And no. I'm not exaggerating.

(I have not written this well.I'm sorry. It's hard to right anything convincing about how we are as murderous and plundering as any people in history. But we are. We are plundering people all over the world, inflicting misery, starvation, death.
And the plunderers and killers among us plunder us, too - and bankroll politicians like Ontario's Doug Ford and New Brunswick's Irving family.)
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/un-greeland-europe-ice-heat-record-1.5225980
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ocean-plastic-liberals-fact-check-1.5212632_
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/refugee-detention-1.5216860
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We are getting rather little news about Iran. Here's my guess about what's happening.

The idea of war against Iran was created by John Bolton and, though he was a cabinet minister, it seems unlikely he told Trump what he was doing. In many, perhaps most, countries Bolton could and should have been shot.

Trump, in all his time as president, has shown no great desire for a war with anybody bigger than Venezuela - though he may be under pressure from his oil billionaires on this one so they can steal all of Iran's oil.

Iran, sensing Trump's reluctance to go to war, is playing hard ball, realizing Trump wants to back off.

And why on earth is Bolton still in the cabinet? That suggests that other people of very great influence do want a major war.

Here's an interesting account of the American situation.
https://www.thenation.com/article/iran-diplomacy-trump-war/
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http://rabble.ca/babble/canadian-politics/2019-seat-projections-minority-government

I think I'll just cry.
Canadians are really, really badly informed and hopelessly out to lunch. If the Conservatives win, count on disaster on the environment front.
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/07/ford-keeps-popping-conservatives-chagrin

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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/26/unprecedented-wasteful-and-obscene-house-approves-148-trillion-pentagon-budget

1.48 TRILLION for the Pentagon. Almost all of that is for lavish contracts for the friends of the government - nothing for health, education, housing, poverty - who gives a damn?
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https://themindunleashed.com/2019/07/russia-warning-us-iran.html
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It's been a terrible day for this blogger. I couldn't believe how many Canadians are planning to vote for the Conservative party - a party so corrupt and so sold out to big money that it beats even the Liberals.

Nor does it have anything intelligent to say about the biggest challenge facing us - climate change. Give them four years in office, and it may be game over for ever dealing with that. They can actually read reports of severe climate change all over the world every day - and still lack either the honesty or intelligence to deal with it. And they are tools of a very wealthy business class that plunders us every day, constantly taking money out of our pockets to give to the very, very rich.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

July 24: to hell with everybody...

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/24/summers-second-heatwave-set-to-break-records-across-europe

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/climate-change-2000-years-1.5222258

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/europe-heat-wave-breaks-records-could-go-even-higher-1.5224284

Hey! Don't worry. The Conservative party says it ain't happenin'. And they know things.

Look. We have thrown away thirty years when we should have taken action. There comes a point where we can't take action. (We may already have passed it.) People all over the world are going to suffer terribly and die.

And our oil billionaires will have to turn up their air conditioners.

Death to all has begun. And we have  voted Conservatives into power in half of the country.  Yes. Death to all.  Us humans can be amazingly stupid. And oil billionaires can be amazingly greedy.

Wake up!
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Yep. Britain has a Trump for leader. And he's going to make it the greatest place on earth, which will drop the U.S. into second place. (Mind you, he needs work on his hair.)

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/boris-johnson-brexit-pm-parliament-1.5224435

Mind you, this could well be the end of a united Britain. Scotland, for example, is a good bet to dump the England connection.
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/24/trump-presidential-seal-doctored-russia-golf-turning-point
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American billionaires like the Brazil president. He's their kinda guy. 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/25/amazonian-rainforest-near-unrecoverable-tipping-point
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/25/trump-administration-climate-crisis-denying-scientist
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https://www.therecord.com/opinion-story/9515926-gwynne-dyer-boris-johnson-is-quite-possibly-the-last-prime-minister-of-the-united-kingdom/
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/25/deadly-heat-waves-sweep-globe-research-shows-planet-warming-rate-not-seen-2000-years
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https://consortiumnews.com/2019/07/17/cnns-amazing-dishonesty-in-smearing-assange/
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/07/iran-seizure-of-a-british-tanker-more-than-tit-for-tat
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https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/07/15/Canada-Divisions-Hardening/
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Hitler won! Israel has no connection with Judaism.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190723-amnesty-israels-mass-demolition-of-jerusalem-homes-a-war-crime/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51971.htm
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/07/22/news/canadian-high-school-science-courses-behind-climate-change-says-ubc-study

Hey. That  ain't nuthin'. They're even further behind on Canadian military history.
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https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/arctic-forest-fires-record/
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Strangely, I have not come across this report in other news media.

https://off-guardian.org/2019/07/25/venezuela-defeats-new-power-sabotage-in-hours/
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Most governments, especially large ones, have no morality whatever.

https://theantimedia.com/uk-sold-810-million-arms-saudi-arabia-khashoggi-murder/

God save the Queen. "Send her victorious, happy and glorious"? That's the part about murdering and plundering all over the world.
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https://truthout.org/articles/eventually-we-will-all-be-climate-refugees/

Don't worry. We have premier Doug Ford of Ontario and the Conservative party of Canada and Donald Trump to protect us.
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https://www.voltairenet.org/article207083.html
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I have never had such a hard time writing this blog as I have had in writing this issue. Our levels of greed and arrogance and brutality and stupidity - and our acceptance of those levels may have reached levels without precedent. And, on a more piddling level, the support for the Conservative Party of Canada is a disgrace for the this nation.

I'm not crazy about the support for the other parties. (That for the NDP and the Greens is way below what an intelligent nation should produce - and at that, I think    both of those parties pretty cold soup.)

In 1945, we were going to create a whole new world order. I remember as a kid hearing that. But we didn't do it  (That's part of the reason why,  in Trump's term, the U.S. national debt has risen by two trillion dollars. And that's not because of spending on the American people. It's because of massive contracts to the war industries  - gifts for billionaires.

We are showing every sign of nations in terminal decay. In Canada, the Conservative   party is the poster boy for ignorance, waste and greed - with the Liberals not far behind. The U.S. is actually worse.

Our education systems have not advanced since the 1920s - they were then and they are now designed to favour the very rich - to let the poor stay poor.

And at a time when oil is killing us, our leaders are encouraging the spread of it.

We have created a system designed to collapse and, quite likely, to take all of us with it.

Thank you premier Ford and all the rich morons of this world whose asses we kiss.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

July 23:"This is the way the world ends....

Not with a bang, but a whimper."
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/20/britain-lured-into-deadly-trap-on-iran-by-trump-hawk-john-bolton

I thought Trump had quietly, with saying so, dumped John Bolton. Apparently, he hasn't. And Iran is now a super dangerous war for the whole world.

And what is Trump doing? He seems to be working on racism to win his next election.
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While doing some research on the American war in Vietnam  (the one in which it happily burned children alive and powdered them with Agent Orange), I was astonished to learn that The Canadian Legion accepts the membership of Canadians who fought for the U.S. in that war. (There were some 30,000 of them - at the same time that Americans were fleeing the draft by coming to Canada.)

This was an extraordinarily brutal war on the American side which involved horrible slaughter of children, poisoning of most vegetation, and permanent brain and physical damage to horribly deformed children who would never live beyond seven or eight.

The war had nothing to do with Canada. It was just one more chapter in the American determination to establish their armies in Asia.

And the Canadian Legion accepted Canadian veterans of that unCanadian war as members???

And it played a role in giving those veterans a share of Canadian veterans' government benefits?
What the hell....

The Legion was formed to offer benefits to Canadians who served. Hell, if they're going to give them benefits for a role that had nothing to do with Canada or the Canadian people or The Queen or even the National Hockey League....

Hey gang, I got some great tips for you. How about offering membership to Canadians who serve in mercenary armies and kill whoever they are told to kill? And if you were going to accept such people, why didn't you accept Hitler's Gestapo in 1945?

Our legionnaires fought to defend Canada. And now they accept a crowd who had nothing to do with Canada. Indeed, they accept a crowd who fought one of the most greedy, vicious, immoral, and brainless wars in history. And  they didn't do it for Canada.

But we're going to kiss their asses for Canada?

Legionnaires, you need serious discussion of what it is you are about. I well remember being at the Senate when it's spokesmen worked hard to lie about events of World War Two. (Yes, our soldiers did some not-nice things. That happens in a war, so there's  no need to lie about about them.)

Think hard.

What is the Legion about?
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/21/hong-kong-police-fire-rubber-bullets-as-protests-turn-violent

Hong Kong is determined to get democracy. The government of China probably figures it cannot allow that. It probably feels that any democracy given to Hong Kong would create a demand for it in China. (Britain, incidentally, did NOT establish democracy in Hong  Kong. Late in the day, it  made some improvements. But it stopped short.)

There is no possible answer to this collision but violence. And that, I fear, will be horribly brutal.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/afghanistan-response-trump-comments-1.5221433
He's a child, a spoiled child.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/u-s-accuses-chinese-company-of-buying-iranian-oil-1.5221381

O-o-h, Iran decided for itself who it can sell oil to. How evil.
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/23/animals-failing-to-adapt-to-speed-of-climate-crisis-study-finds

Ain't true. If it were, our oil barons and their political hacks like Doug Ford would tell us. So relax. Doug Ford is willing to risk your life.
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https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2019/jul/23/could-trump-racist-rhetoric-win-him-re-election-in-2020

Hitler lives. God bless America.
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-boris-johnsons-obsession-with-saving-conservative-party-could-doom-uk

Many, many years ago, I  sat each morning in the CBC building waiting my turn on the air. Every morning I listened to Gwynne Dyer on his turn. And, oh, he was brilliant. Then I would hear the self-worshipping garbage press magnate Conrad Black doing his piece. (He always closed his eyes as he spoke. That was because he wanted to concentrate on the beauty of hearing his own voice.)
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/07/calgary-opts-cut-public-services-it-subsidizes-hockey

Bastards.

This cutting of essential services to  us common people so we can give millions more to the rich has become a feature of Canadian life
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/brent-patterson/2019/07/we-need-have-talk-about-capitalism-our-struggle-climate

I've written before about the plundering of this world by the very rich as government does the work for them by stealing from all of us to hand the money over to the rich. That is, in fact, the history of the world. And it is reaching such a level that we are facing disaster. In real terms, for example, Canadians and Americans are poorer today than they were twenty years ago. And the very rich are much, much richer.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/23/satellite-images-ignite-alarm-over-unprecedented-scale-and-planet-heating-emissions

Yes, and insect species vital to us are dying off.   Migrants? We have entered far the greatest movement of desperate people - millions now,  and a billion or more later as their habitats are destroyed. And it's happening now. And yes, parts of the U.S. will be producing migrants - will demand passages at the Canadian border as Latin Americans now demand it at the Mexican border.  After all, they're Americans.

Agricultural land is disappearing. Our food is disappearing.

The problems are immense. And we are doing - nothing. In thirty years and more, we  have done - nothing. This is the most challenging period the world has ever faced. And we have done nothing - except to elect politicians who do - nothing.

I hope the rich have found a place to go.

I hope it's hell.
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https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/07/23/how-john-bolton-tricked-clueless-uk-tories-confrontation-iran

I don't understand why Trump has allowed John Bolton to run wild on Iran. (Bolton has been a dangerous and murderous crackpot for many years. Most presidents have had the sense to keep him at a distance. But what appears to have happened here is that Bolton wants a war with Iran - and Trump is not stamping on him. I don't think Trump agrees with Bolton. And so I don't understand why he's letting him run wild.)
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And Boris Johnson? There is every possibility he will do what Hitler could not do - destroy Britain as a nation.
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/23/boris-johnson-denounced-liar-racist-and-donald-trumps-poodle-elected-tory-party
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/22/bolton-gambit-succeeded-critics-warn-top-trump-adviser-has-put-uk-path-war-iran
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/22/ethnic-cleansing-impunity-israel-denounced-demolishing-dozens-palestinian-homes

Israel and it's destruction of Judaism.
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Hey! We gotta cut taxes on the rich.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/23/unconscionable-trump-usda-proposes-new-rule-strip-food-stamps-over-3-million
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/07/if-the-us-truly-wanted-a-humanitarian-operation-in-venezuela-it-wouldnt-intentionally-cut-people-off-from-medicine-and-food
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Women serve in our armed forces. That surely makes them members of the The Canadian Legion. So what is the reaction of the legion to this development? Why haven't we heard from it?

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/military-sexual-misconduct-settlement-1.5216307
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John Bolton is creating a big war. Say thank you to the nice man.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51956.htm

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51957.htm
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A few nights ago, I sat out in a stifling heat after a day what was the hottest in History for my area. We've been getting these hottest days for some years now.  The process may be slow. But climate change is happening. The whole planet is dying. We've known it or should have known it for several decades now. The people who tell us this are the world's leading scientists.

So who do we listen to?

Well, for a start, Canadians listen to the  brainless and easily bought twerps of the Conservative party - the premiers of Alberta,BC,  Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario, and the Champion kissup, Doug Ford of Ontario.

None of those has any significant training in climate science. None has ever explained to the public why it is okay to ignore the world's leading scientists. But the lives of millions - including our families, our children - and grandchildren - depend on these ignorant and uninformed people.

By the way, read some Canadian history. The Conservative Party has been corrupt going back to John A. MacDonald - and earlier. And I mean big time corrupt. And these are the people we are handing our children over to.

So why do such people go into politics? To sell themselves to the highest bidder.

And why do we vote for them? Because we're damned irresponsible fools. Let's not kid ourselves on that.

And the Liberals? Alas! They have some conscience - but not much  - and are low on guts.

And the NDP and the Greens? Well intended, at least. But with little sense of the horror that faces us.

And Canadians vote for these irresponsible asses.

We face the destruction of all life on this planet. We don't know how soon - but it will be soon.

The oil companies scarcely even bother to listen to us. Nor are they big on conscience. Since 1914, they have been ripping off the world, and have murdered uncounted tens of millions of people. We're about to see samples of that in Venezuela and Iran.

And us? We sit here with our faces hanging out.

YOU! Wake up. This is your world. These are your children.

Do you give a damn?

Saturday, July 20, 2019

July 20: Down and Dirty Time

https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/trump-approval-ratings/

Does this matter? Probably not. The leading Democrat is Joe Biden whose major advantage is that he doesn't spout extreme views as Trump does - but is really not much different in general policies. The U.S. has a long way to go to reach the 21st century. Or even the twentieth.

And the Democrats, for the most part, are no different from the Republicans in kissing up to the rich. American democracy was lost a long, long time ago. And Biden is not going to change that.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/20/gulf-crisis-tanker-retaliation-iran-hormuz

Let's cut the crap on these stories. The U.S. has only one goal in the Iran affair. It wants to force Iran to hand over all its oil to the American billionaires that  Trump makes money out of. In short, it's exactly the same as the American attacks on Venezuela.

Forget the fancy arguments. Like the British Empire before it - and the Portuguese one before that, the American empire exists to steal resources of other countries for American oil companies And to murder those who object. It's really as simple as that.

To do that the U.S. sacrifices the lives of its soldiers - the ones Trump gets so weepy about. And this does not in any way benefit the American people because the oil gluttons don't pay a cent in taxes to pay for those wars. No, the American tax payer gets ripped off - and they also lose in the shape of health care and salaries and public education, ripping off the American people while most of their news media cheer.

Meanwhile, for all the cheers, American living standards are NOT rising. They are dropping because the billionaires need all the money they can steal. And it will only get worse.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/19/canada-sexual-misconduct-victims-payout-military

960 cases in one year. Well, any comment from The Canadian Legion? It has women in it's membership, hasn't it?
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/07/trump-hits-new-racist-low-attacks-congress-members
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https://www.thenation.com/article/puerto-rico-protests-scandal-rossello/

Never allow any part of your country come under American control.
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https://www.thenation.com/article/trump-racism-impeachment/

What makes Trump dangerous in this is that the U.S. is a profoundly racist country.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/19/total-disgrace-outrage-trump-epa-says-it-wont-ban-pesticide-linked-brain-damage

And it's not just in the U.S. Check out the record of Irving enterprises in New Brunswick.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/18/noaas-finding-last-month-was-hottest-june-ever-recorded-bolsters-calls-radical

Yes. Climate change is real. And the people who ignore that are the oh-so respectable of our society. And one of the ones who will die could well be you.
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https://consortiumnews.com/2019/07/15/john-kiriakou-if-dan-coats-leaves-no-tears-goodbye/
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https://consortiumnews.com/2019/07/17/generals-ambassadors-security-experts-church-leaders-female-nobel-peace-laureates-all-say-no-war-on-iran/
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/07/reason-why-west-is-determined-to-ignore-chinas-success

Yes. I know  I have criticized China for its treatment of Hong Kong. I still do. Yes China is expanding in power. But that does not excuse its brutal treatment of Hong Kong.
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https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/07/16/Leah-Gazan-NDP-Candidate/

The reality is that we are owned by billionaires. That has recently been obvious in the   Conservative leadership of Ontario's Doug Ford. When he took power in Ontario, he cancelled a huge list of projects to assist the average wage owner. Then he gave much of the money to the very wealthy. And then he destroyed most of the beginning the province had made to deal with climate change. ( Mr. Ford denounced the   findings of almost all the world's environmental scientists. And he relies on his own education which ended about the age of seventeen.)

The wealthy have always owned Canada and the   U.S. (and Britain and many others. They now are launching their final assault in the shape of the Bilderberg Group, an organization of the world's wealthiest whose objective is to force us all  to accept government by the wealthy. And, yes. They are quite serious.)

The most frightening thing is that so many people accept this idea. They really do. But why be surprised? This is precisely what Germans accepted when they put Hitler in power. Funny. In 1945, we chased down Nazi officials. But nobody said peep about the business leaders who happily served them - and used them.
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_https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/07/19/why-the-canadian-government-is-bullying-venezuela/_

Canadian capitalists are interchangeable with American ones. Canadian Conservatives and Liberals are interchangeable with American politicians.
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/07/19/a-trump-plan-to-throw-50000-kids-out-of-their-schools/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51933.htm
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Judaism was   (and still  is in many parts of the the world) a wonderfully active and open-minded religion. But Hitler's Christians (yes they were Christians) destroyed much of that - and gave us a state of Israel that resembles Nazi Germany.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-has-almost-as-many-religious-restrictions-as-iran-report-says/
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/07/19/news/no-canada-isnt-danger-splitting
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/07/09/news/exclusive-doug-ford-didnt-tell-you-ontario-cancelled-227-clean-energy-projects

How could a big, well educated province like Ontario elect such a lout?
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/19/giving-upper-hand-corporate-polluters-epa-drops-surprise-inspections
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https://truthout.org/articles/fox-news-is-intensifying-its-racist-attacks-to-prop-up-trump-2020/

It's quite possible that Fox News is the most dishonest and propagandist news programme in North American. (But it's quite possible there are some even worse.)
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https://theintercept.com/2019/07/06/brazil-amazon-rainforest-indigenous-conservation-agribusiness-ranching/
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I took a break to sit outdoors. It didn't last. Yesterday and today have been unspeakably hot in Ontario. Indeed, a general review of the world shows that recent weeks have been the hottest in recorded history. And as that continues, people die. As it continues, agricultural land is destroyed. And as that continues, life on this planet ceases to exist.

Oil executives must know that but, like our dimwitted premier, they prefer not to know. That's why their news media friends don't take this seriously.

It is happening. Our climate has been changing. It has now reached the worst levels the world has ever seen. We might last until 2100 or we might not. Some experts who have actually studied the subject say we won't last that long - not by a long shot.

Our premier recognizes none of this. He has no advanced education. The biggies  give him his orders. And he is stupid enough (or corrupt enough) to follow them.

The oil executives? All they care about is their profits. Nothing else exists. As people die - and we're close to seeing that -all they care about is their profits. There is not the slightest possibility they will do anything useful.

And oh, it's going to get quite terrible.

For a start, this climate change is destroying agricultural regions. Even now, millions are dying for lack of food. And the oil execs don't give a damn. Up to a hundred million are those looking for a place to stay alive. But it's not going to get better.

And we will just kill them - as we are already doing. In the not very distant future, they may well reach over a billion. And will we help them?

Like  hell we will. Most countries won't touch them. They'll do as the Italians have and the Americans and push them back out to sea to drown. Canada is one of the better nations in treating them - but it's annual acceptance of migrants is very, very small. The U.S., of course, is even worse, especially as Trump is now using such people for his hate machine.

Most of us are racists. We are watching a horror of suffering and you can bet on it that as the numbers grow we will get worse. We already have killed millions fleeing climate change. We're going to see many times worse what we have seen. Climate change will, for example, extend into the U.S. which will then demand that Canada give, say, Alberta to the U.S. to maintain its strength.

We have known about this for  thirty years and more - and we haven't done a damn thing. All we can do now is kill.

And this we are already seeing as Trump leads the U.S. into it's Nazi phase of racism for mass murder of the desperate. And Canada, under the leadership of its wealthy elite, will help the U.S. in mass murder.

Mass murder is not new for U.S. big business. It murdered almost all - men, women and children - of its native peoples. Nobody knows the total dead - but it far, far exceeds the holocaust of World War Two. Nobody knows how many Latin Americans it has murdered. When it killed   some 200,000 Guatemalans in the 1950s, the news media never even carried the story.

The oil industry will kill countries that try to operate their own oil fields. That's what Venezuela and Iran are about.

I know this is impractical. But this is what capitalism has long been about.

The British Empire (splendid lads, splendid) murdered some 350 million people in its conquests and plundering. If you think it's impossible for rich people to behave that way, I suggest you read some history.

The U.S., especially it's oil industry, has been murdering it's way since World War One. Indeed, it fought in World War Two largely to steal British oil in the middle east - and it worked. (Nobody knows how many it killed because nobody cared.)

Canada deal with this? Possibly. But I don't see much action from the Liberals -  and the record of Conservative voters is, to say the least, dismal.

Both the NDP and the Greens are better - but we have to deal with unscrupulous bastards in the oil industry. And I fear it's going to take more than an election to deal with that.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

July 18: a sick computer

Computers make me cry. I had a July 16 edition of my blog. It was on the screen. I published it . It appeared as my blog.

The next day it was gone. I begged it. I hit it. It just laughed.
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https://www.rt.com/news/464461-iran-seizes-foreign-vessel/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=push_notifications&utm_campaign=push_notifications

Can you trust Russia Times? Well, you can trust it not to lie. It may leave out parts that make Russia look bad -  But otherwise, it's quite honest.Trump is drifting into a terrible war.
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/16/july-on-course-to-be-hottest-month-ever-say-climate-scientists

Nah. It ain't happenin'.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/18/climate-crisis-extremely-hot-days-could-double-us-study
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 I  had an interesting note from my nephew.Here it is.......

There are 2 interesting things happening in the financial world. Deutsche Bank is falling apart, and the oil shale boom is ending in Texas and North Dakota. Apparently the drillers have been losing money for years and the banks are finally turning off the taps. This gets no attention at all in the press. 
American oil production hit a low of less than 5 million barrels per day in 2008 and has risen to 12 million barrels per day since then-an astonishing rise. I never would have thought it was possible. Unfortunately the drillers lose money on almost every barrel so it’s a funny situation. 
Oil production at this level is ridiculous. It can only end in calamity and it seems to be hitting a speed bump now. Obviously the republicans know this. I wonder if one of the reasons for belligerent activity in the Middle East is to try and keep oil prices higher to please producers in USA?
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I don't entirely agree with it. (never entirely agree with nephews. It makes them uppity.) I don't agree with the final sentence. But the  lust for cheaper oil to be had from Venezuela and Iran  could well explain the sudden persecution of these countries. And the resort to starvation in both cases.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/trump-tweets-1.5214229

Let's see now - if you disagree with the government, you don't like living in the U.S. So you should go back to where you come from.    Right? Well, let's think about that. Every American president since George Washington has disliked the government before him. That's why all those guys ran for election. Women  suffragists didn't like not to have a vote , so they complained.
Oh, and Donald Trump didn't like the U.S. Isn't that why he ran for election. Indeed, isn't dissatisfaction the reason we have democracies and elections?

Well, this won't change the minds of the southern evangelicals who support Trump.
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https://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/9509028-u-s-ready-to-abandon-afghanistan-gwynne-dyer/
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/07/who-killed-oscar-and-valeria-the-inconvenient-history-of-the-refugee-crisis
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https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/07/16/Leah-Gazan-NDP-Candidate/
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And now, more computer grief. Whenever  I enter the title of an item I want to send, the computer switches my entry. It becomes a long, long title which announces that the site I have requested doesn't exist. And if I persist, the screen offers a message that there is no such site.

The cost me a very good report on Canadian political party attitudes to the idea of climate change. Not surprisingly, the Liberals, Greens and NDP members take it very seriously. For Conservatives,  the percentage believing this is a threat is 6%.

Anyway, I shall be going to see my computer repair man. - and hope to be back in action on Friday.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

July 13: Dreadful

About 1900, Canadian troops were fighting a British war in South Africa. (The enemies were Dutch settlers called Boers. Much of the Canadian role was to guard Dutch families in prison camps where thousands men, women and children died.

But why on earth were Canadians there in the first place? Because the British asked them to be there? Well, yes, but Canada was not under any obligation to fight imperial wars.And this war had nothing to do with Canada. This was purely a British war. And,, worse, it was a war not to help anybody, but to steal the gold mines of South Africa for the benefit of a small number of British capitalists.

It even had nothing to do with the British people as it was the rich ones who got the gold. Most of of the rest got nothing but the filth and poverty they had been getting for centuries. So what did all this have to do with Canada?

Nothing.

So how do you induce people to go to war when that war is of no possible benefit to them?

You tell them they are doing it for their country. And exactly what the hell does that mean?

Nothing.

Oh, and they were also doing ti for their king? Well, there would be a bit of payoff for the royal salary. That hardly seems good reason to kill Dutch farmers. But it sounds. good. Another perennial favour is they did it for Canada - as in "O Canada...." Whatever that is supposed to mean.

In the end, 270 Canadians were killed. But that was good compared to the deaths in in the prison camps suffered some 28,000 deaths, most of them children.

All countries freely use the terms 'serving one's country', serving one's king. But they really don't mean a damn thing. Nazi soldiers at the death camps were, I suppose, serving their country. Or in an opposite sort of case, uprisings against the government could be serving their country.

These are really just terms that sound good, but mean nothing.

American soldiers today are assembling to "serve their country" in Iran. How is killing Iranians and stealing their oil "serving our country". This is silly. All they are serving is American billionaires who are greedy for that oil.

I remember, when I was a kid, the big kids joining up  to fight in Korea. You know, serving their country - as they would later in Afghanistan and Libya - and perhaps as they will be in Iran. You know, they were serving their country - or possibly their king or queen. What nonsense!

The Korean War was  not fought to do anything for Canada. It was a war of the dictatorial south against the dictatorial north. It was a war the U.S. government wanted us all in - because it was looking to use that region for a war against China. What did that have to do with serving the Canadian people? And so we fought in Afghanistan and Libya, dying to serve  U.S. billionaires who wanted to get richer by killing foreigners. But this had nothing to do with serving the Canadian people.(I knew some of the kids in that war. None of them had any idea what it was about. I remember watching one, an old friend from my early childhood as he died my years later from "serving his country" after years of suffering from his wounds.

And so it was for those who served in Libya and Afghanistan and perhaps to serve in Iran.  And people like Donald Trump who offered their services to anything but themselves will cheer those we send to die.
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The reality of war is that almost all wars are fought by the rest of us to make billionaires richer. That's what serving the emperor or the king or the people is usually about. The Americans who want war with Iran have no intention of fighting it themselves. They want the rest of us to do that. They want us join in fighting their wars as we did for their father''s wars.

The billionaires want us to kill and be killed - for them, only for them. They want Iranians to die for not agreeing to give their land and resources to billionaires, who will, as they have done many times, promptly steal them and add to the plunder by ripping off the people of Iran.

This behaviour is as old as history. This was the history of Rome, of Egypt, of Spain, of Britain......It was always damaging for all but the wealthy classes. But we now live in a world that will take us the final step beyond this idiocy of slaughtering and calling it 'serving one's country"
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And a word for the Canadian Legion. You see yourselves as being there to protect and remember our veterans. And so you are there for that reason - you think.  Alas! From its start, The Legion has been an organization less interested in helping victims of yesterday, today and tomorrow as in helping out those who benefit from war.

When the Korean War broke out, when the U.S. stomped the halls of the UN to send troops, the Canadian Legion was a cheerleader. One could almost see the pom-poms. It should have been obvious that this was a war to benefit nobody but the wealthy. But not a peep out of the Legion.

So it was with Afghanistan. A child should have realized that this was a war that had nothing to do with Canada. (The Legion should be there to serve our military - not to slice up Canadians as the day's menu. The Legion should have given the government hell for sending Canadians to die in that war. But not a whimper.)

It is quite possible we shall come under pressure to take part in American attacks on Venezuela and Iran. It's quite obvious who such wars would be for. Not even for the American people, but for American billionaires.

The legion should be there to help veterans, to help our soldiers not to become cannot fodder  to people greedy capitalists. It is supposed to be on the side of our veterans. But it almost never has been.

This is not an attack on veterans. It is an attack on those in leadership of the legion.About 1900, Canadian troops were fighting a British war in South Africa. (The enemies were Dutch settlers called Boers. Much of the Canadian role was to guard Dutch families in prison camps where thousands men, women and children died.

But why on earth were Canadians there in the first place? Because the British asked them to be there? Well, yes, but Canada was not under any obligation to fight imperial wars.And this war had nothing to do with Canada. This was purely a British war. And,, worse, it was a war not to help anybody, but to steal the gold mines of South Africa for the benefit of a small number of British capitalists.

It even had nothing to do with the British people as it was the rich ones who got the gold. Most of of the rest got nothing but the filth and poverty they had been getting for centuries. So what did all this have to do with Canada?

Nothing.

So how do you induce people to go to war when that war is of no possible benefit to them?

You tell them they are doing it for their country. And exactly what the hell does that mean?

Nothing.

Oh, and they were also doing ti for their king? Well, there would be a bit of payoff for the royal salary. That hardly seems good reason to kill Dutch farmers. But it sounds. good. Another perennial favour is they did it for Canada - as in "O Canada...." Whatever that is supposed to mean.

In the end, 270 Canadians were killed. But that was good compared to the deaths in in the prison camps suffered some 28,000 deaths, most of them children.

All countries freely use the terms 'serving one's country', serving one's king. But they really don't mean a damn thing. Nazi soldiers at the death camps were, I suppose, serving their country. Or in an opposite sort of case, uprisings against the government could be serving their country.

These are really just terms that sound good, but mean nothing.

American soldiers today are assembling to "serve their country" in Iran. How is killing Iranians and stealing their oil "serving our country". This is silly. All they are serving is American billionaires who are greedy for that oil.

I remember, when I was a kid, the big kids joining up  to fight in Korea. You know, serving their country - as they would later in Afghanistan and Libya - and perhaps as they will be in Iran. You know, they were serving their country - or possibly their king or queen. What nonsense!

The Korean War was  not fought to do anything for Canada. It was a war of the dictatorial south against the dictatorial north. It was a war the U.S. government wanted us all in - because it was looking to use that region for a war against China. What did that have to do with serving the Canadian people? And so we fought in Afghanistan and Libya, dying to serve  U.S. billionaires who wanted to get richer by killing foreigners. But this had nothing to do with serving the Canadian people.(I knew some of the kids in that war. None of them had any idea what it was about. I remember watching one, an old friend from my early childhood as he died my years later from "serving his country" after years of suffering from his wounds.

And so it was for those who served in Libya and Afghanistan and perhaps to serve in Iran.  And people like Donald Trump who offered their services to anything but themselves will cheer those we send to die.
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The reality of war is that almost all wars are fought by the rest of us to make billionaires richer. That's what serving the emperor or the king or the people is usually about. The Americans who want war with Iran have no intention of fighting it themselves. They want the rest of us to do that. They want us join in fighting their wars as we did for their father''s wars.

The billionaires want us to kill and be killed - for them, only for them. They want Iranians to die for not agreeing to give their land and resources to billionaires, who will, as they have done many times, promptly steal them and add to the plunder by ripping off the people of Iran.

This behaviour is as old as history. This was the history of Rome, of Egypt, of Spain, of Britain......It was always damaging for all but the wealthy classes. But we now live in a world that will take us the final step beyond this idiocy of slaughtering and calling it 'serving one's country"
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And a word for the Canadian Legion. You see yourselves as being there to protect and remember our veterans. And so you are there for that reason - you think.  Alas! From its start, The Legion has been an organization less interested in helping victims of yesterday, today and tomorrow as in helping out those who benefit from war.

When the Korean War broke out, when the U.S. stomped the halls of the UN to send troops, the Canadian Legion was a cheerleader. One could almost see the pom-poms. It should have been obvious that this was a war to benefit nobody but the wealthy. But not a peep out of the Legion.

So it was with Afghanistan. A child should have realized that this was a war that had nothing to do with Canada. (The Legion should be there to serve our military - not to slice up Canadians as the day's menu. The Legion should have given the government hell for sending Canadians to die in that war. But not a whimper.)

It is quite possible we shall come under pressure to take part in American attacks on Venezuela and Iran. It's quite obvious who such wars would be for. Not even for the American people, but for American billionaires.

The legion should be there to help veterans, to help our soldiers not to become cannot fodder  to people greedy capitalists. It is supposed to be on the side of our veterans. But it almost never has been.

This is not an attack on veterans. Well, it is an attack on those in leadership of the legion.

Since 1945, the U.S. with occasional help from us. has murdered well over 20 million people in wars that had no purpose, and it has driven uncounted millions into poverty and chaos. These are Donald Trump's 'brave lads'. A very high number of their victims have, quite deliberately, been children. There is now every possibility Canada will be asked to help with the killing in Venezuela and Iran. In both cases, these will be wars of pure greed on the part of American capitalists.

As a footnote, these wars have gradually been making Canadians and Americans poorer as they serve only to enrich billionaires. Yes, it's true. Our standards  of living have been dropping.

Is this the world our veterans fought and died for in World War Two?

And our western billionaires, thanks to cockroaches like Ontario premier Ford, have been lining of public schools, universities, medical programmes,  to make it worse. They are creating a world in which everything exists only to make money for the already wealthy - and to keep the poor wretchedly poor.

Oh, and it it would seem to be the opinion of The Canadian Legion that we need to kill our children with oil.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/refugees-asylum-seekers-canada-1.5210093

Are you impressed that Canadians lead the world in accepting refugees? You shouldn't be. The number we accept is in the thousands. The numbers fleeing the horrors our billionaires have created is in the tens of millions and more.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/turkey-russia-us-nato-1.5209358

Isn't it awful the way some countries defend themselves? We would never do that? And the U.S.? It uses its military only for parades.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/13/demonstrators-and-police-clash-in-hong-kong
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/12/the-guardian-view-on-britain-and-iran-a-game-for-losers
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-bullied-by-the-u-s-iran-begins-slow-march-to-nuclear-weapons

Americans are allowed to have nuclear weapons. But that's because they're Christians.
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https://www.thetelegram.com/opinion/columnists/gwynne-dyer-the-real-refugee-problem-332301/

But climate change isn't happening. We know that because oil billionaires and their political servants (real smart people like Doug Ford and the Irvngs ) tell us that. (Mr. Ford finished high school. And Mr. Irving completed two years of university. So they know things.)
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https://www.thenation.com/article/oil-is-driving-the-iran-crisis/
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https://www.thenation.com/article/climate-change-refugees-open-borders/

In fact, our borders have not been open for the migrant crisis. We are letting people die - and it's going to get much, much worse.
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/07/wheres-urgency-ndps-politics

This is the problem that I, too, have with the NDP.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/13/despite-congress-providing-46-billion-additional-funding-border-pence-says

Hey, Mr. Pence. You are Vice-president. How could this all be the fault of the party that isn't even in power?
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/13/despite-congress-providing-46-billion-additional-funding-border-pence-says

Israeli Jews remind me unpleasantly of North American Christians - especially evengelicals.
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Interesting people, evangelical Christians. Interesting how they have translated the philosophy of Christian love into one of Christian hatred and even murder

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/07/11/evangelical-christians-risk-setting-middle-east-on-fire/

They give strong support to Trump. Perhaps someone can tell me what Christian values they see in Trump.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/07/the-resigning-ambassador-sir-kim-darroch-on-donald-trump
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/07/billionaires-vanity-and-modern-democracy
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51906.htm

Israel has, admittedly, been an unattractive state which has brutally treated its arab population and those in Palestine. Yes. Israel's behaviour has been wrong - and profoundly - well, unJewish. But before we get all self righteous about it, we should remember that we Christians are the ones who set up Israeli racism.

In world war 2 AND AFTER nobody wanted to help Europe's Jews. Canada, f or example, would not accept them before, during, or after World War Two. Ditto for the U.S., Britain and most of the western world. That's why European Jews stormed into Israel after 1945, disrupting a Palestine where Jews and Muslims had lived together in friendship for generations. The European Jews stormed into Palestine,,, abusing, killing Muslims on the way.

Those are the Jews WE created by our own anti-semitism. And they and we are the ones who destroyed traditional Jewish values. I detest most of the Israeli leadership we have seen.  But that leadership is not a product of Judaism. It's a product of Christian bigotry.
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_http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51907.htm
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In two of my grad years in university, borrowed so much just to eat   (and little of it), I ran up enough debt to be paying it for ten years. At that, I was lucky because in my last three years of grad school I had scholarships. I now have threee children in university, and despite savings going back to their infancy, they will owe far, fare more than I ever did.

University is impossible for most working class kids. They can never get the benefit of more education  . It's just out of their life circle. They're down, and they stay down. They lose - and we lose what they could have been. University expenses are what keep down millions of children. They are what preserves a social structure that maintains a rigid hold on one's place in life. So it is that rich morons can drift into life at a comfortable level, while poor geniuses can stay at minimum wage.

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/07/10/opinion/governments-can-afford-make-student-debt-disappear-so-why-dont-they
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https://theantimedia.com/palestinian-boy-shot-head-israeli-forces/
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Thursday, July 11, 2019

July 11: Keep an eye on Iran.

For much of the nineteenth   century, Iran has been a democracy - if sometimes a limited one. Until right after World War Two, it was often a limited one - limited by the clerics and limited by the British who regarded Iranian oil as its own -free of charge.. That's why, after World War One, Britain forced Iran to supply all of the oil for all of the British fleet - forever. Britain also kept the people of Iran in poverty.
Well, that's what empires do. They plunder the resources of their colonies, and
they pay the colonists starvation wages.

As soon as World War Two ended, Iranians looked for a way   to get rid of British leeches. It turned to a man of democracy, and a man much concerned with providing social services for a nation that sadly lacked them.  His name was Mohammad  Mossadegh.

This did not please Britain or the U.S. Britain didn't matter much because Britain was getting kicked out of Saudi Arabia by 'friendly" U.S.. capitalists. And American capitalists were glad of the opportunity to take over from their American 'friends'. Mossadegh was overthrown was overthrown by the CIA, imprisoned for three years, then under house arrest for the rest of his life.

Nominal power was handed to the (unelected) Shah of Iran whose job was to do whatever Britain and the U.S. (mostly the U.S.) told him to do. Today, Iran is a democracy again   - though much controlled by it's clergy. (In this, it resembles the U.S. whose government is entirely controlled by its billionaires.)

The cause of all this interest in Iran was its rich, oil resources. And British (and now more importantly the U.S.) wants control over them.  Thus, Iran - like Venezuela - is not to be permitted to decided who to see its oil to. Nor is social legislation to be permitted. Empires like their subjects to be poor. (Britain, at its peak was immensely wealthy. It's very rich were the richest in the world based on plunder and cheap, cheap labour. But most of the British people got nothing from this. Most of the British lived in quite wretched poverty with children going to work for fifteen hours a day, six days a week at the age of six. The British slums in those days were generally regarded as the foulest in Europe.  (Check out working class salaries in the U.S. They have risen slightly in the last thirty or forty years- but the cost living has risen a lot faster.)  Despite Trump's boasting, Americans are actually getting poorer. But, like the British wealthy of a century ago, the wealthy are doing just fine.

The U.S. (and a shambling Britain) aim to drive Iran and Venezuela   into poverty. And what will Trudeau do? Canada really has no stake in this. But our  Liberals and Conservatives (backed by Canada's wealthy) want the U.S. to like them.        I think there is going to be a war over Iran. I think it very likely Canada will be asked to play a role.

But will The Canadian Legion rise to challenge this debasement of Canadian values? Will it rise to hold back Canadians who may well be asked to take part in murder that has nothing to do with them?

Not bloody likely

This something closer to the whole story on Iran. Funny how we haven't seen it in most of our news media..
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-ford-education-cuts-1.5208212

This is much, much worse than it might seem.

Historically, most of us have lived in hierarchical worlds. There's the rich and the poor. World War 1, the British army was led by an incompetent ass. But he was was rich incompetent ass. So he remained in command.

Common soldiers? They just got killed.

The offspring of a Donald Trump and others like him will become rich. The offspring of the poor will become cheap labour.

And we will continue to suffer bad leadership. Public school determines the rest of our lives for most of us. Almost all of the kids in my elementary school were born poor, and would stay that way.  And neither they nor their parents expected anything better. The kids in pricey private schools  will grow up to be lawyers, executives - though often having no brains at all. It's simply expected of them.

The only way to break this cycle is to provide better public schooling. A premier like Doug Ford doesn't understand any of this. That's why he is destroying public schooling. That's why he's preserving a system that serves the rich but leaves  the rest floundering with no opportunity to develop..
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/11/uk-ships-in-gulf-on-high-alert-after-royal-navy-trains-guns-on-iranian-ships

British and Americans are allowed to steal oil tankers. Iranians are not.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/11/the-guardian-view-on-abortion-in-northern-ireland-standing-up-for-womens-rights

Christian thought - abortion is evil. bombing and starving babies to death is acceptable.
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https://www.dailypioneer.com/2019/columnists/iranian-war-is-unwinnable.html
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https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-bullied-by-the-u-s-iran-begins-slow-march-to-nuclear-weapons/wcm/5cd0c48d-026e-4637-85ab-05eb3929eb32?utm_term=Autofeed#Echobox=1562679270
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/10/cia-torture-unredacted-four-year-investigation-reveals-what-was-hidden-us-senate
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In my last blog, I was critical of  the NDP for its tameness. Here's the NDP view.

http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/07/ndp-remains-committed-democratic-socialism-despite-claims-contrary
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http://rabble.ca/books/reviews/2019/07/new-book-challenges-mainstream-understandings-violence-latin-america
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http://rabble.ca/books/reviews/2019/07/new-book-challenges-mainstream-understandings-violence-latin-america
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51891.htm

In it's looting of the world , big business has, as always, remember that the U.S. is a great place for them to loot.  Big business has no patriotism, no nation, no fellow citizens. All that counts is plunder. And if Americans starve and suffer - tough. They will abuse that as they happily abused and murder Afghans and Iranis.
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The Canadian government isn't doing a damn thing about keeping an eye on the wealthy.  Who woulda guessed?

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/07/11/news/advisors-storm-out-and-accuse-trudeau-government-dithering-corporate-watchdog
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/07/11/news/new-brunswick-college-instructor-fired-after-taking-irvings-over-controversial

Yep. That's life under the irvings. I  remember it well. It's a family of no noticeable brains or morality. And it combines this vacuum with a stunning arrogance.
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https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/un-global-goals-climate-change/

Don't mean nuthin'. If it did, Mr. Irving would tell us. and he has high school leaving And two years of university courses in something.
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https://truthout.org/articles/washington-meddling-in-haiti-neglected-by-u-s-press/

Haiti. This is the place that the U.S. invaded to overthrow the elected government and set up a puppet president. And this is where kiss-kiss Canada sent "peackeepers" to make the U.S. seem generous. Neither the U.S. nor the Canadian press bothered to tell the truth about all this.
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https://truthout.org/articles/the-mainstream-media-wont-name-us-military-aggression/

The American (and most Canadian)  keep us in ignorance or worse. Across North America (and much of the rest of the world) the news media lie. The result is a public that is in ignorance .And that ignorance leads the public into war and mass murder.
 That has always been true. Not surprisingly, the reaction of government has not been  to become honest or to urge honesty on the news media. Quite the contrary, it attacks those who tell the truth. And that's going to get much, much worse (and dangerous for all of us).
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I had never watched Fox News after the first time I saw it. It was always a lying medium.  But I returned to to it a few days ago.  The lying is breath-taking.This is the worst news medium I have ever seen.It makes The Washington Post and    Canada;s National Post seem intellectual and honest.

    https://theintercept.com/2019/07/10/the-problem-at-fox-news-is-not-just-tucker-carlson-its-the-murdoch-family-that-owns-and-controls-the-network/
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There is goodness - dare I say real Christianity out there.

https://theintercept.com/2019/07/10/mediterranean-migrant-rescue-pia-klemp/

And no, she is not one of those southern evangelicals or (so far as I know, a traditional Christian. She may not be formally a Christian at all. But, oh, she's the model of what all those Christian hypcrites should be.
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https://www.voltairenet.org/article206955.html
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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

July 9:Very bad news

Iran has never threatened the U.S. But the U.S. has (illegally) pronounced who it will allow Iran to trade with. That illegal move is already causing suffering for Iran - including the children of Iran. Clearly, the U.S. wants a war with Iran. The death and destruction will be enormous. (Oh, it won't be enormous in the U.S. - just in Iran.)

Some Americans will die, though. These will come from the ranks of those Trump was praising on July 4 for their bravery in bombing schools, hospitals, children, - everything. Most of that will be done, of course, by bombing from the air. As a part of their bravery, they may even have the courage to go nuclear.

(The Iranians might come up with a bomb - but it would be a tiny  threat compared to the thousands of nuclear bombs the brave soldiers of the U.S. have. Nor is there the slightest possibility any Iranian nuclear bomb could reach the U.S.)

When did the U.S. last make war on Iran? That was way back when the U.S. with its faithful dog, Britain overthrew the elected government of Iran and installed the Shah as a dictator.  But those nasty Iranians overthrew the American dictator to restore a democracy.

Why are these nice, young American men preparing to bomb those evil Iranians again? Well, that's because all those nice American oil barons want to control Iran's oil, and install another nice dictator.  (In the years since 1945,  Iran hasn't attacked anybody. The U.S. has attacked at the very least some 60  or more countries, And, once again, the flunky of rich Americans (Britain,  - with a heavy attention to children and civilians,, and killing over 20 million.)

Israel, and Saudi Arabia) want to  get a piece of the action.

Will it demand that Canada join the parade? I hope not. I don't think so. Not for this one. But it will happen.

Hitler, you may be dead. But you are with us in spirit. So hum a divine chorus of God Bless America.
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Poor Donald Trump. Some people criticize him even as he's trying to do his best.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/09/donald-trump-calls-theresa-may-foolish-as-diplomatic-row-escalates

The problem is he doesn't have a best.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/09/glacial-melting-in-antarctica-may-become-irreversible

And this is just one glacier.
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For some years, the U.S. has been destroying public education. And we have watched this spread into Canada. The pattern is enormously destructive. For most children, it is the only hope they have of becoming valuable and productive in our society. It is their only hope to escape poverty.  In broader terms, it is the only possibility for raising children out of that pit called the working class. And  Canadians are destroying it, partly because the very rich don't give a damn what happens to most children. So the very rich don't pay taxes

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/jul/09/world-leaders-damning-figures-education-helen-clark
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/05/canada-pension-fund-divests-us-migrant-detention-firms
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/05/o-captain-my-captain-sailors-who-risk-jail-to-save-migrants-lives
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The U.S., which constantly criticizes other countries for having nuclear programmes is itself the world's major producer of such weapons. It is the only one every to have used them. And it encourages the 'right sort' of countries  (Britain, Israel and Saudi Arabia  to have them.).

https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-bullied-by-the-u-s-iran-begins-slow-march-to-nuclear-weapons
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/09/completely-terrifying-study-warns-carbon-saturated-oceans-headed-toward-tipping

Hey. who are you going to believe? A billionaire oil executive?  A Conservative party hack? Or most of the world's scientists?
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http://rabble.ca/babble/canadian-politics/we-need-start-moving-people-away-coastal-areas-warns-scientist
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/07/migrant-detention-debate-new-york-times-hits-back-at-trump-claim-of-phony-story
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/07/the-riptide-of-american-militarism
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/07/heat-hit-alaska-baked-temperature-touched-record-mark

Ain't true. If it were, the Conservative Party would have told us.
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We have no money for our public schools. But, oh, we have it to spare for our private schools of the rich.

https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/06/03/British-Columbians-Want-End-To-Private-School-Subsidies/

I had a relative whose daddy had money - so my relative (who was spectacularly ignorant ) went to private school. When he graduated he was still ignorant - but it was, like, sophisticated ignorance.
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I'm afraid this next story is quite true. We are going to get nowhere with piddling changes to our system. The forces massed against us are huge. We cannot beat them with slingshots.

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https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/07/08/Moderate-NDP-Has-Not-Worked/
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Reality.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/07/09/the-seizure-of-an-iranian-tanker-and-the-lethal-toll-of-sanctions/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51891.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51880.htm
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Too true.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51874.htm

And that is only the beginning.
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Here is a reality that never appears in our commercial news media.

It's ugly. It's murderous. It's real.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5428.htm

And there are no  nice guys. 1945 was time to deal with this sort of brutality. But we didn't do it.
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In the last years of British rule in Hong Kong. I very much sympathize with their anger at Chinese rule. But let's  not kid ourselves. In those years of British rule, The British were detested (deservedly) by the Hong Kongers. As so often happens in these situations, the British were disgustingly arrogant, and with utter contempt of the people of Hong Kong. And there are no people to match the British in arrogance.

I knew perhaps the most powerful person in Hong Kong. He was a relative by marriage. He was British. And like all colonial rulers he had nothing but contempt for the common people of Hong Kong. For over a century, the British did nothing for Hong Kong except rob it blind.

It would be nice to see the people of Hong Kong get a break this time. But it's not likely.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51882.htm
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/07/09/news/exclusive-doug-ford-didnt-tell-you-ontario-cancelled-227-clean-energy-projects

Dog Ford - the ignorant, bastard premier of Ontario. I live in this province. I see news of him daily. Ontario is large, fairly prosperous, decently educated. How could it elect such an ass?
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https://truthout.org/articles/un-warning-that-climate-crisis-disasters-now-occur-weekly-provokes-calls-to-act/
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Americans really should read the truth about their history. (Well, all nations should show better knowledge of their own history than they do.) The U.S. lives in a version of its own history that is entirely false How else could they not know about the extraordinary  slaughter of it's own native peoples? It wasn't cutesy cowboys and Indians affairs.  It was a slaughter that lasted centuries 
and murdered so many millions of men, women and children (  Yes. those brave soldiers murdered millions of children by cutting their throats, crushing their skulls, shooting them...) It's on a scale of brutality  I have seen matched only in other empires - like Britain.

And evangelical Americans might get over their idiocy that God especially loves them - them and their long history of savagery against native peoples and slaves.
This is a nation drenched in delusions about itself, and about the "American Destiny.

We are well into the most dangerous period this Earth has ever known. And we are held there by men of monstrous greed. The end of World War 2 turned them loose. We forget all about creating a better world in 1945. And now, we aren't even trying to get that.                                                                       

We are in a situation far worse than our parents were in the early Hitler years.