Saturday, November 30, 2019

Nov. 30: Our Seventy-Five Years of Failure to Make a Better World.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/china-belt-and-road-central-europe-1.5370854

Like it or lump it, China has made huge economic progress since 1945. And, unlike the U.S., that progress has also benefited the huge numbers of Chinese who were abused and impoverished by Britain, the U.S., Germany and others.

But many western countries have used those years to create greater poverty - as in Africa, Latin America and even in their own countries. (Alberta has just announced the firing of 750 nurses and thousands of   civil servants - you, know - to save money - though I've no doubt they will blame Canada for it.)

And, much worse, despite big promises in 1945, we have done nothing, nothing whatever to create a better world order. Even the UN just became a toy for major power aggression (as in the Korean War.) And so it is likely that China will become the next (and perhaps last) great power.
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And, like I said.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-public-service-cuts-1.5379582
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/brazilian-president-accused-inciting-genocide-1.5377622

Of course.   He's following the lead of the U.S. and, to a lesser degree, of Canada. And, indeed, of much of Latin America.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/opinion-robert-fraser-leter-to-western-canada-1.5359091

Will anybody in Alberta listen to this?  No.
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Canada, the U.S., Britain - like many other countries - are each governed by a ruling class.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/29/countries-from-siberia-to-australia-are-burning-the-age-of-fire-is-the-bleakest-warning-yet
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/28/the-guardian-view-on-china-hong-kong-and-xinjiang-will-the-truth-hurt

For all of China's progress, it has not moved towards any sort of democracy. And it almost certainly won't. That was very clear to me in the time I spent in China. This is a   situation that can only get worst. And Trump's telling China what to do is just making it worse. It almost guarantees that China will made no concessions.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/27/jair-bolsonaro-international-criminal-court-indigenous-rights

And note that Trump  does not give advice to his murderous friends in Latin America.
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For a century the west (notably Britain and the U.S.) has murdered and plundered all over middle east. The result is that almost all of them have been driven to desperation.  At this point, even their rebellions don't have much meaning.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/26/the-guardian-view-on-irans-protests-unrest-is-crushed-unhappiness-endures

(And so we see same thing happening in Latin America.)
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ditto for Iran. I'm not at all sure Iran has a good government. But I'm quite sure it's latest crisis has a lot to do with U.S. interference in it's economy. American billionaires want all the oil - and cheap.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/26/the-guardian-view-on-irans-protests-unrest-is-crushed-unhappiness-endures
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https://rabble.ca/news/2019/11/leaders-bolivias-right-wing-coup-will-oversee-and-control-new-elections

Of course, us broad-minded Canadians have often elected indigenous prime ministers and premiers - like----you know.
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https://rabble.ca/news/2019/11/its-time-we-turned-our-idling-cars-suvs-and-trucks
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/29/new-poll-finds-majority-americans-across-political-spectrum-back-warrens-ultra

This world needs more action - and fast. Allowing the wealthy to run off with their tax money makes no possible sense at all - and it causes terrible suffering
for millions in Canada and the U.S.

But we let them get away with this massive robbery every year. What's wrong with us?
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https://consortiumnews.com/2019/11/30/psychologically-tortured-assange-victim-of-british-rogue-state-london-conference-hears/

The spirit of Hitler lives on in the governments of the U.S. and Britain.
Assange must die, preferably before trial, for telling the truth.
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https://consortiumnews.com/2019/11/29/john-pilger-visiting-britains-political-prisoner/
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/11/when-the-world-observes-the-international-day-of-solidarity-with-the-palestinian-people

Hitler  murdered over four million Jews in Europe. The survivors left the camps knowing that we had never cared what happened to them. And no, we hadn't.
We knew what he was doing to Jews even before the war. And we didn't care. In fact, we would not even help those who escaped.

Then, when the war ended, we gave away somebody else's land to the European Jews - so that they would come to Britain or the U.S. or Canada. And we created Israel.

But the holocaust changed those who had suffered in it. They knew their enemy was not just Hitler. It was us. And it was anyone - like Palestinians - who got in their way. And so Israel was created as a holocaust for Palestinians.

And, of course, with that sort of world view, Judaism could not survive, and Israeli Jews became ---like the rest of us.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/11/alex-lo-tells-us-what-we-already-know-the-u-s-chooses-whose-and-what-rights-matter

I know the South China Morning Post from my Hong  Kong days. And I can assure you it is not left-wing.
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https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/11/29/Government-Face-Reality-Fossil-Fuel-Industry-Collapsing/

Our oil barons know, of course, that this is happening. But they are determined to continue pumping the stuff to get as much as they can before the full collapse -
even if that means destroying the planet. And, oh, they have good friends in
Canada's Liberal and Conservative parties.
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https://www.google.com/search?q=the+tyee&oq=the+tyee&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l6j69i60.4480j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/new-york-times-long-history-endorsing-us-backed-coups/5696316

The New York Times has a great reputation as a newspaper, so great that millions would claim it to be the best newspaper in the world.

And it is great in it's number of pages and special sections on books, clothing, etc.  But on foreign news, it can't be trusted. I discovered that many years ago, and it was a great disappointment.
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/trump-claims-nicaragua-national-security-threat-legitimize-u-s-economic-aggression/5696261

Yes, it is just terrible how American children on their way to school are
terrorized by naked Cubans, Guatemalans, Haitians, Venezuelans who wait to
attack them.
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And here's the shocker of the day.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52638.htm

And it's quite true. China IS a power equal to the U.S, and still climbing. Any war between them would finish all of us.
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https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/boris-johnson-women-column-specatt_uk_5ddee7e2e4b0d50f329bd4af?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5pbmZvcm1hdGlvbmNsZWFyaW5naG91c2UuaW5mby8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAMTpQDf3VN7Wvpep5aZyL7sBdcSPfUn5xu3b-Uc4RC9n--hqU6lEKEJlT7SLYbCctujTJW6q5p0wMKR0QA6EfFoxZz322LvLOw7YvJOcvNDBbX8aY9uXJbcljloNbuVG4XhIy8qqIT53cHBVgkGhbZZaE694HYqFSlgUr7JhVGf6
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__https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/11/28/analysis/will-kenney-budget-powder-keg-explode

But not to worry. Albertans will find somebody else to blame - perhaps Prince Edward Island.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/11/30/opinion/renewing-confederation-we-rise-climate-emergency-modest-proposal

An excellent idea. But Albertans are more likely to just sit around their beers, and blame Canada.
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https://theantimedia.com/msm-spins-opcw-leak-russian-disinfo/
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https://theantimedia.com/israel-11000-new-illegal-housing-units-jerusalem/

Israel is based on a form of Judaism that has no Judaic values. I remember the jubilation at the founding of Israel. I was sixteen or so at the time, and most of my school friends were Jewish. I remember feeling the exhilaration they felt. But it was not to be what we cheered for..
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https://theantimedia.com/iraqis-revolt-against-16-years-of-made-in-the-usa-corruption/

Well, I wouldn't just blame the U.S for that sort of thing. The British before them were pretty much the same. In fact, I'm not sure one can blame nations.
No. One has to blame the dominant economic philosophy of their time. And that has been capitalism. And it's something that millions of British and Americans have suffered under.
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https://truthout.org/articles/many-evangelicals-excuse-anything-trump-does-because-hes-the-chosen-one/

And, yes, he could win re-election.
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Behind all this is a cold truth. Most countries have a ruling class. For Canada, the U.S., Britain that ruling class is made up of the wealthiest. And this has ALWAYS been true. We have Never been democracies. No, not even with the American revolution. The British ruling class owns the the British Conservative  Party. The U.S. ruling class owns the Republicans and a majority of the Democrats. Canada's Liberals and Conservatives are both the property of the very, very wealthy.

And their greed is leading us all into one hell of a crash.
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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Nov. 28: A very dangerous world.

Maybe I was was wrong in my last report on Iran. I looked at a Russia Today report. (Oh, I know. I know. Russian news media lie and American and Canadian media tell only the truth. Yes.)

RT is a species of propaganda news in that it is never - or rarely- critical about Russia. However, I have usually found it accurate - if concentrating on the bad parts -  about the western countries. Is it all really written by Russian secret agents? Well, actually, the writer of this first item is a professor at Oxford.

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/474464-iran-protests-economy-sanctions-government/
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https://www.rt.com/news/474486-iran-arrest-cia-protests/

But oh, I'm sure the CIA would never do anything improper.
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read this one carefully, and note the additional sites at the base of it.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/chinas-power-editors-note-1.5373823

Would western capitalists answer this challenge with a massive nuclear attack on China that could  kill a billion innocent people?

You can bet they would. Over the years with the British Empire, the U.S. Empire, the French Empire, the Belgian Empire, the Dutch Empire, the German Empire, the Italian Empire, the western capitalists have murdered so many hundred millions that it's already over a billion. (No. That might not be found in your high school history, but think about the millions of indigenous people murdered by these countries - and also, as with the U.S. and Canada, their indigenous and native peoples.)

I remember well the signs on D-Day. 'We've won the war. Now we've got to win the peace."  But we didn't win the peace. We won non-stop global war. And that non- stop war was created, almost entirely, by the greed that is the fundamental face of capitalism.

And, in the case of Christian nations, at least, by their refusal to act on the faith they claim to have.

A world based on murderous competition is not going to survive.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/trump-mexico-cartels-1.5374926

Great idea! And there could be an even better one. Invite Mexican troops to go into the U.S. to kill American gang leaders who buy the drugs.
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/27/climate-emergency-world-may-have-crossed-tipping-points

Hah! Scientists..what do they know?
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https://www.rt.com/usa/474514-trump-signs-hong-kong-bills/

Trump's act is worse than doing nothing. To make a worldwide show of this - as Trump has done - is to guarantee that China will not back off.

And this come from a U.S. government that once murdered two hundred thousand quite innocent Guatemalans without our news media giving even a whimper about it. In fact, it has been murdering uncounted thousands all over Latin America for 120 years. And it murdered at least 1.5 million Iraqis, mostly women and children, in a war that was illegal. Physician, heal thyself.

And where the hell are those evangelist Jesus-jumpers who vote for Trump?

The threat to China is even worse because China is not the place I knew some 40 years ago. Despite recent bumps in the road, it has been the fastest growing economy in the world (some economists say "...in the history of the world." The change in housing, the massive reduction in poverty, the provision of social services, the penetration into world markets, the huge improvement of it's military mean that it is very near to being the world's dominant power.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/28/eu-parliament-declares-climate-emergency

Hey! Who are you going to believe? All them funny-talkin' foreigners? Or real smart people like Doug Ford and Scheer and Trump?
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/27/impact-of-air-pollution-on-health-may-be-far-worse-than-thought-study-suggests

Don't waste  your time looking for this story in most North American news media.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/27/future-united-kingdom-election-parties

Empires can disappear with amazing speed. Britain could well cease to exist in the near future.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/26/the-guardian-view-on-irans-protests-unrest-is-crushed-unhappiness-endures

This is a very complex story with lots of villains on all sides.
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/gwynne-dyer-we-must-not-be-deflected-diverted-or-distracted-from-climate-change-fight

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https://www.thenation.com/article/subway-cops-protest/
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https://www.thenation.com/article/climate-criminals/
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https://www.thenation.com/podcast/bernie-sanders-democrats-2020/
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And is something that should be obvious - but won't be done.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/views-expressed/2019/11/car-truck-collisions-could-be-sharply-reduced-if-truck
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This next story is about American (and Canadian) behaviour in Guatemala - and it's part about the long war there, engineered by American and Canadian capitalists who murdered hundreds of thousands of Guatemalans, including large numbers of priest and missionaries, one of which was a Canadian, without any Canadian or American news medium bothering to mention it.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/kairos-witness/2019/11/women-land-and-water-defenders-are-real-peacebuilders

So where is all our Christian outrage? (Probably busy organizing a December tea).
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2019/11/failure-address-climate-crisis-puts-children-risk

Well, they are our children. And we do have some responsibility for them.

Don't we?
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/activist-toolkit-blog/2019/11/public-education-under-attack-interview-alberta

This is happening all over Canada and the U.S. It's understandable. I mean, you can't let the wealthy keep all their profits, and still give a decent education to the common people. And the rich send their children to expensive private schools which, incidentally, commonly receive grants from the taxes of us slobs.
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/11/no-way-conservatives-will-admit-they-look-foolish-calls
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/11/land-grabbing-growing-concern-climate-change-threatens-food-production
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A footnote to rabble.ca (in case anybody there reads this.) You asked your readers for money. Alas, for all my effort, I could not work my way through your process. Can I get help on this?)
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/27/why-are-drug-prices-rising-so-much-pharma-exec-admits-no-other-rationale-profit
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/27/just-one-week-after-trump-rolled-back-safety-measures-chemical-plant-explosion-rocks
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/28/existential-threat-civilization-planetary-tipping-points-make-climate-bets-too
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/11/britains-chief-rabbi-is-helping-to-stoke-antisemitism
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/11/chinas-renewed-coal-boom
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https://thetyee.ca/Culture/2019/11/28/Turbulent-2020s/
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/tory-pm-johnson-wants-britains-national-health-service-privatized/5696230

Hey! It's time. There's no reason to educate the general public or even to keep them alive.
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/most-enduring-media-cover-up/5696152
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52628.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52630.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52622.htm

In world war 2, Hitler died. But naziism won. And it still thrives all over the world. (But we've changed the name of it.  We call it capitalism.)
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/11/26/news/these-ontario-kids-are-taking-climate-protest-streets-courthouse

Gee! Funny I haven't seen this story in the papers here in Canada's capital of Ottawa. And this is a part of Ontario.
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https://thesaker.is/member-of-ukraines-parliament-leaks-trove-of-biden-financial-records/
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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Nov. 26: A world out of control

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/greenhouse-gases-1.5371968

And we have thrown away thirty years of the little time we have until it's too late.
Of course, real smart people like Ontario premier Doug Ford  say all the world's scientists are wrong. And he should know. He has a high school leaving certificate.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/forest-fires-glyphosate-1.5366185

It's also very harmful to people. But I don't know of any big business forestry programme that doesn't use it. And I don't know of any government that protects it's people by dealing with this.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/china-uighurs-camps-secret-documents-1.5368925

This is terrible. Europe, for example, gets large numbers of Africans desperate to escape what British, European and American  capitalists have done to their countries. And Europe, for a time, sent them to vile, primitive fields, often in tents through the winter. But that's over.

Now Europe just kicks them back to drown in the sea.

Similarly, the U.S. has been plundering the resources of Latin America, enforcing poverty and hopelessness. But as the  people  fled, the U.S. set up prison camps, some for adults and some for thousands of children taken from their parents. How thoughtful.

And, in Canada, Quebec has made it clear it will accept Muslims from lands we have torn to pieces. They just have to speak French all the time, and get rid of all their silly clothes like hi jabs.

Oh - and as long as they don't look Muslim.

So what should we do about Muslims in China?  Well, Europe and the U.S. and Canada could accept them. But there's not a chance that we we 'Christians' will do any such thing..

Will we save these Chinese victims by force?  No. The U.S. and Europe and Canada don't want them.  Should we go to war with China over this? Get real. Any war between nuclear powers would become a nuclear war that no side would win.

Oh, and if we could attack China without going nuclear? Get real again, The U.S. is the country that can't, in twenty years, defeat even the small part of Afghanistan that is in rebellion. That small part,  by the way, is also the one that beat off the Russians.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/24/hong-kong-residents-turn-up-for-local-elections-in-record-numbers

I wish I could be cheered by this. But I'm not. China, like all great powers in history, (Britain and the U.S. spring to mind), is not likely to make any concessions here -    just as Britain made no concessions to the victims of it's empire, and the U.S. has made no concessions to Latin America or to the middle   east. We need a world  -wide response to ALL of  this world's bullies.
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https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/nov/24/leonard-cohen-adam-thanks-for-the-dance-interview

I saw Leonard Cohen only once. He was sitting on the steps of the YMCA in downtown Montreal. He liked people. And he wanted them to talk to him. And, yes, I was impressed by him.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/25/wexit-alberta-canada-independence-separatism

Yes. Jobs in Alberta are being lost at a terrible pace. But that's because their oil industry is failing. And, as this article points out, Alberta still has the highest incomes in Canada. But, oh, all those Canadians are always picking on poor Albertans.
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https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-the-truth-our-empire-killed-millions-404631.html

This was typical of the British empire in India, China, Africa..... it murdered, starved at least 400 million people - and it touched it all off with it's brutal treatment of most of the people of English, Scotland, and Ireland.

Now, tell me how, in two world wars, the British were good guys and Germans were evil. And while you're checking out good guys and bad guys, take a look at the U.S. in Latin America and the middle east. Oh, and take a look at our Canada for what it is doing in supporting a gang of murderous puppets in Bolivia. We are doing it, of course, to kiss up to U.S. billionaires - which is making all Canadians into criminals.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/ice-free-arctic-this-century-1.5370504

Don't worry about it. The Conservative Party will.........whatever.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/pro-democracy-opposition-wins-landslide-hong-kong-elections-1.5371889

Unless China makes major concessions - which it almost certainly will not do - Hong Kong is a lost cause. I can only wonder about the excellent students I had there - and grieve for them.

China won't make major concessions. We should understand that. The U.S. will not make concessions in Latin America, where it murdered at least 200,000 innocent people in Guatemala, and is now imposing a brutal dictatorship on Bolivia. There are no good guys. We are all evil. And 2,000 years of Christianity have not made so much as a dent in this.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/un-emissions-report-1.5373154

We have done nothing in 35 years. We haven't even come to grips with the millions  of migrants who have to flee changing weather conditions in their countries. At the Mexican border, the U.S. simply puts adults into prison camps, and puts their children into cages.  In Canada, the Conservatives have done nothing at all - in fact, they have made it worse.  The Liberals? Conditions have worsened under them, too.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/opinion-canada-foreign-policy-latin-america-1.5369302

Canada won't change it's kiss-up behaviour. We used to murder Dutch settlers in South Africa to please British capitalists. We now kill to please American (and Canadian) capitalists.
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New Brunswick is a Canadian province ruled by the billionaire Irving family who own just about everything - including all the provinces newspapers. Many years ago, when the chief medical officer warned about the dangers of glyphosate spray, she was simply pushed out of her job.

Alas! This is a province that obeys it's masters.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/glyphosate-new-brunswick-roundup-1.5365249
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/nov/26/santa-barbara-fire-california-los-padres

Not to worry. It can't be climate change because that's not allowed.
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/nov/26/billionaires-us-elections-2020-president

It doesn't change anything. Most American presidents have been paid off by billionaires, anyway.
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-true-democracy-a-pipe-dream-in-hong-kong-despite-election-results

I'm afraid Dyer is right. And that's something to think about because China is quite likely to be the world's next super-power. And we can expect it to be as evil as  the fading U.S. super-power.
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/11/what-media-misses-about-national-rail-strike-cn-train-crews-and
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http://rabble.ca/news/2019/11/trudeau-drives-stake-through-heart-any-hope-electoral-reform
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http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/talking-radical-radio/2019/11/parents-fighting-cuts-public-education-ontario

Well, this sort of thing is common all over the world. They need the money to subsidize private schools for rich kids (seriously) and to reduce taxes for the rich.
As a rule, the real purpose of public schools is to keep the poor--um--poor. That's not an exaggeration. That was my experience when I was a kid living in a poor district. My class mates weren't stupid. But the silent message was that we should realize our low expectations. And most of our society still thinks that way.
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https://www.thenation.com/article/bloombergs-billionaire-democratic-plutocrat/
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https://consortiumnews.com/2019/11/25/the-prosecution-of-julian-assange-calls-for-public-defense-of-free-speech/

His crime? Telling us the truth about U.S. murders and torture. And for that, he is being tortured to death. And the British and American people seem to think this is a good idea. China is brutal? So it is.  Now, try to remember that for centuries, Britain was the world's most brutal nation, as today, the U.S. is.

But neither Brits nor Americans will recognize that. They prefer to stand around with their faces hanging out.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/11/is-netanyahu-ready-to-inflame-war-to-escape-his-legal-troubles
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/11/26/climate-change-is-a-war-crime/

Will the military around the world stop pouring poisonour fumes into the air? Dream on.
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/11/25/most-people-pay-a-higher-wealth-tax-than-the-wealthy/
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https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/11/22/Enviros-Tools-Russians/
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/netanyahu-real-crimes/5695967
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/netanyahu-real-crimes/5695967

Wake up, Americans and Canadians. There is going to be one hell of a price massive thievery by  the very wealthy. And, probably, soon.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52617.htm

Hitler lost world war 2? On the contrary, we are living in Hitlerian world.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52613.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52611.htm

Americans used to believe (and most still believe) that the U.S. was chosen by God to rule the world. But it looks as though that is rapidly changing.
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https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/uk-and-us-forces-ran-secret-prisons-iraq-after-2003-invasion

Sieg Heil.

Oh, a footnote - we all learn how the Statue of Liberty says "Send me your poor, etc. yearning to be free" and all that. Well, actually, the American government changed that almost a hundred and twenty years ago when it severely tightened immigration rules. (No. That didn't begin just with Trump.) But children still learn to recite it as if it were real.
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https://metro.co.uk/2019/11/24/skeletal-baby-yemeni-hospital-lays-bare-heartbreaking-cost-conflict-11209773/

Well, look on the good side. It's been a gold mine for Christian Canadian and American weapons makers.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2016/06/13/investigations/turmoil-irving-oil

One of my favourite sub-humans. I almost met him and his brother when I was a student at Acadia University. (They had both just dropped out after two years, figuring you don't have to be educated to inherited big bucks, and you don't need any brains to get even richer. And they were right.)
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/11/25/hunger-games-food-abundance-and-twisted-truths/
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Of course. Obama was always the servant of the very wealthy.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/26/obama-privately-considered-leading-stop-bernie-campaign-combat-sanders-2020-surge
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Not all Christians just stand around with the faces hanging out.

https://truthout.org/video/pope-francis-calls-nuclear-weapons-immoral-as-catholic-activists-face-jail/
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And here is a large dose of what climate disruption means.

https://truthout.org/series/climate-disruption-dispatches/
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https://theintercept.com/2019/11/25/iraq-children-birth-defects-military/
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https://theintercept.com/2019/11/25/michael-bloombergs-right-wing-views-on-foreign-policy-make-him-a-perfect-candidate-for-the-republican-nomination/
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When analyzing current events, get real.
Almost all wars ever fought have been for the benefit of the very wealthy. We tart it up with blather about how our side is good, and the other evil. But that's the reality only when the we're the big guys killing the small ones.

The British Empire was as evil as they come. And when it come to racist leadership, Brits likeWinston Churchill took a back seat to nobody, not even Hitler. Churchill starved millions of helpless people in India. He also happily bombed Kurd civilians - deliberately aiming at civilians. Churchill's great hope was to recapture China during World War Two so the British wealthy could go back to the glory days of plundering that country, starving millions, impoverishing all..... If you wonder at China's brutality, wonder no more.  That brutality is the reaction against all the years of Britain's brutality.

And the American Empire? It's been right up there with Churchill and Hitler. That goes for the massacre of U.S. native peoples, several invasions of Canada, the slaughter for oil fields, the impoverishing of Latin America to satisfy the unsatisfiable greed of American billionaires - and the wars against some twenty plus countries around the world - and who know hows many CIA murders. (By the way, did  you know that a very large part of the U.S., including Texas, Arizona, the whole   West Coast was taken by the U.S. by killing the Mexicans and native peoples who  owned them.)

It's been the same with much of North Africa, like the horror of the Belgian Congo,the  Dutch century of profound brutality towards the native people of South Africa, French murder and torture in Vietnam (French Indo-China), British and American killing and plundering for oil.

And when capitalist countries get together against each other - that's when you get world wars. Despite what our news media told us and what school history books say, World War One had nothing to do with good guys and bad guys. Almost all of the countries were going through enormous industrial development - and looking scared at neighbours who were becoming serious competition.

Capitalists in those countries all planned for a war against each other. France was no angel. It's capitalists wanted a war to reduce competition. Almost all of the countries in that war were in for that reason.  That's why, in the peace treaty, when everyone knew that no one country was guilty for the war, Britain and France insisted on a  clause that made Germany pay them huge amounts, so huge it's economy was destroyed. And that, incidentally, is what caused the rise of Hitler.

World War Two? It was the second act of World War One. Britain and the U.S. at first, saw this as great. Hitler would be the foe of Russia, saving British and American billionaires from the cost of doing it.

That's why Britain took a long time about declaring war, and why the U.S. took  years. American capitalists were great admirers of Hitler - Rockefeller supplied Hitler with almost all his oil right up to 1945.

The U.S. entered the war late - and only because it thought it could  steal China from the British, and plunder it as the British had. It fought in the European/African war to plunder the British billionaires - notably to get control of the Middle East oil fields, a task it's still killing for.

Meanwhile, millions are trying to flee from countries being destroyed  by climate change. Europe won't help them. The U.S. puts them in cages. Canada is, to put it kindly, unwelcoming - expecially Quebec.

Oh, I know. I'm criticizing our soldiers who risked their lives in two world wars and Korea.

No. I'm not. Even as a kid I was impressed by them.

I remember them coming to our house to say goodbye. I remember those who died. I realize now they had no idea what WW1, WW2, Korea, Afghanistan and others were about. And our news media and our politicians and, yes, our billionaires have never told them. And they never will.

Right now, the very wealthy are flirting with the idea of World War 3.   (You know, for honour). And very few of us will survive that.

Hitler is still alive. He's in Europe and the Americas and Africa and Asia. And he's saying Heil to both sides.
















Saturday, November 23, 2019

Nov. 23: Dangerous Days.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/471542-poll-finds-sharp-swing-in-opposition-to-impeachment-among-independents

Yes. In fact, it begins to look as though Trump could win re-election. It's hard to know what to think of this. Not that it really matters. The leader for the democrats is  Biden who is the same old, same old that Americans have been electing for many years.

The only change possible among Democrats is Bernie Sanders. The people like him and he does represent useful change. But most of the Democrat party is simply the Republican party in drag.

Watch for much increased violence in the U.S.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/opinion-canada-foreign-policy-latin-america-1.5369302

Canada now has to kiss up to the U.S. - to fight it's wars and  to cheer for it's puppet rulers in regions like Latin America. There is very little chance that Trudeau will change that, and no chance whatever that the Conservatives will.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/opinion-alberta-bill-22-election-commissioner-upheaval-1.5370196

Premier Kenny is now on a trip to Texas to attract American oil corporations to Alberta. It's no likely they will. Oil companies are pulling out of Alberta. In the real world, Alberta oil is very, dirty. In fact, it the second dirtiest oil in the world. (The worst is Venezuela. The best is Saudi Arabia. No doubt Albertans will now say the other provinces dirty it's oil.)

For some time now, Alberta has been forced to clean it's oil That's expensive. And that's why Alberta oil is very expensive. And that's why oil biggies  have recently been getting out of Alberta. And it gets worse.

Cleaning Alberta oil releases huge quantities of CO2 into our atmosphere - and that is a major cause of climate change.

All of this is the decline in  the interest in Alberta oil. And that decline in interest, not Canadian hatred, is why employment in Alberta is dying. What is needed now is an Alberta-Canada rebuilding of a healthy and prosperous Alberta. Alas! There seems no chance of this happening.

What blocks the way has been premiers like Kenney who win elections by convincing Albertans that all the other provinces hate them. It's a tradition in Alberta - rather   like Quebec.

All this is a great danger to Canada.....  And I see no reason to place any trust in a Liberal government in Ottawa.                                     
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/23/belgium-begins-to-face-brutal-colonial-legacy-of-leopold-ii

Britain, France, the U.S. all have massive records of murder and plunder and slavery. (The U.S. has created hells in Latin America, the middle east, and in Africa and in the mass murder of it own indigenous population - and is preparing for the final war.) My son-in-law pointed out that perhaps the worst killer and plunderer, considering it's small size, was Belgium in the Congo. Very true. And note that all of them were essentially Christian.

I often think of day in 1945 when the teacher sent me home for being late - and my mother, without a word, took me to a monster street celebration   with people insanely cheering and marching. And that's when I saw the sign. "We've won the war." "Now we've got to win the peace." I was puzzled by the second sign. If we had won the war, surely we had won the peace.

But, as we can see now if we look, we have not won the peace. Capitalism murders and plunders all over the world. And it keeps all the profits for it's billionaires as even as 'rich' nations have massive and growing poverty.

We beat Hitler. But we lost to the greed of our own billionaires. And worse. We still vote for Liberals, Conservatives, Republicans, Democrats who have all been been selling us out from the start.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/23/netanyahu-bibi-trump-pact-wrecked-prospects-regional-peace
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https://www.theguardian.com/membership/2019/nov/23/reporting-on-automated-poverty-how-tech-is-punishing-the-poor#img-1
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https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/nov/21/children-as-young-as-five-make-up-most-of-madagascars-mica-mining-workforce

This is a reminder of the abuse of children in Canada, the U.S. and Britain as late as the 1920s.
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https://www.thenation.com/article/china-hong-kong-media/

I'd feel more cheerful about this if our news media were not controlled by billionaires.
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/11/slow-return-respectability-anti-semitism
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/22/coal-knew-too-explosive-report-shows-industry-was-aware-climate-threat-far-back-1966
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/11/theyre-killing-us-like-dogs-a-massacre-in-bolivia-and-a-plea-for-help

Bolivia is doomed. The U.S. has a large population of Jumpers for Jesus. And it has often turned them loose in Latin America.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/11/rising-seas-threaten-us-pacific-nuclear-dump

No problem. If seas were rising, leaders like Trump would tell us.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/11/fighting-for-americas-soul

Does this sound extreme? It's not. American democracy is almost dead - dead and fried and eaten up by the very wealthy.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/11/fighting-for-americas-soul
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/11/evil-hour-in-honduras-a-banana-republic-lives-on
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/11/peoples-protests-pass-more-than-a-month-in-chile

Canadians and American have been pretty passive. And there election choices have been close to suicidal. Democracy withered a long time ago. Both Canada and the U.S. have long since permitted the billionaires to rule.

And we are going to pay one hell of a price for that. In fact, we are already paying it with political leaders who cheer us on to destroy essential services so we can shovel more millions into the pockets of billionaires.

Democracy in the U.S. and Canada has been at least something of a farce since the start. And Canadians and Americans just sit there with their thumbs up their rear ends. (The recent federal election in Canada revealed that we are a people quite out of touch with any reality.)
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/11/22/the-prosecution-of-julian-assange-calls-for-the-publics-defense-of-free-speech/

The United States, Britain and Sweden have been torturing Assange to death for years. And Canadians? They just sit there with their faces hanging out.

What they are doing is illegal. Assange's revelation of what the U.S. and Britain were doing in the world was not illegal. It was information we needed (though desperately ignorant Swedes, British, Americans and Canadians made it a point not to read it anyway. This world is full of people who don't like to think.)
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https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/11/22/Enviros-Tools-Russians/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52601.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52602.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52610.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52608.htm
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/11/21/news/bank-canada-announces-plan-prepare-climate-shocks

Will this story appear in Alberta newspapers? Or New Brunswick'? Not likely.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/11/21/analysis/independent-alberta-would-be-worlds-worst-climate-polluter
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/11/21/news/beyond-disturbing-ford-government-remained-silent-year-massive-sewage-spill

Why did the people of Ontario ever vote for such an ignorant and dishonest man?
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https://truthout.org/articles/even-with-a-wealth-tax-economic-policy-ensures-billionaires-will-exist/
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https://thesaker.is/russia-is-readying-for-robot-wars/

And it is a safe bet that other countries are doing the same. So who will the robots kill? They will kill living people on the other side. And most of those will be civilians - men, women and children.
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The twentieth and twenty first centuries (so far) are centuries of almost non-stop war. Indeed, I don't even know any reliable opinion of how many wars have been  fought. Why is that so?

Oh, I know, teacher. See - my hand is up. It's because we are good and all the other sides have been evil. duh..... Actually, that's not true.

World War One happened because most of the Europeans were in fierce competition with each other for control of markets. And they all fought each other to beat off competition that could trouble them. That's why German, Britain, France, Austria and others went to war. All of those countries were capitalist, and all were determined to beat off competition.

This had nothing to do with Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South African blacks. No. They were serving the King. Rah! Rah!

That's why Britain and France ignored  promises made at Germany's surrender in 1918, and forced the Germans to pay a crushing war debt. And that was used by Hitler to gain power so that Germany, too, could join the old game of plundering the world; (Actually, the Allies in World War Two had much in common with Hitler. And most countries on both sides in both wars were in them to please their capitalists.)

And World War Two? It was like World War One. In the twenty years of peace, the old national capitalist rivals were back at where they had been in 1914.

Hitler's mass murder of Jews had nothing to do with it. No major western country in the world gave a damn about the Jews. Nor did Canada and the U.S. The war was a war between capitalists on both sides.

The U.S. entered World War 2 for two reasons. American capitalists wanted to control the British colonies in Asia - like China and India. They also wanted the French colony of French Indo-China (Vietnam), and they wanted to plunder them as Britain and France had. The U.S. also wanted the British controlled oil fields of the middle east. (and they got most of them by killing never to be known millions.)

The Korean War was fought (and lost) to get a base to attack China for the plundering that Britain had done for so long. That's why Roosevelt back in 1945 had ordered Britain not to take control of Hong Kong as the war was ending. Roosevelt wanted it for wealthy Americans. (Churchill ignored Roosevelt's order.)

In short, all or mostly all wars fought for the last century and more were fought to make capitalists richer.

But don't waste your time reading your high school history books to learn this.

And now, our capitalists are preparing the grand finale - in the form of oil.
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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Nov. 21:An ugly World.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/nov/20/trump-impeachment-hearings-gordon-sondland-testimony
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/fossil-fuel-overshoot-1.5365974

I'm afraid it is not possible to clean up our act in time. The fuel industries won't allow it.

And don't kid yourself. It's not our votes that matter a damn. The politics of the 'democratric' world have always ---ALWAYS---- been controlled with billionaires pulling the strings. They control the Liberals, the Conservatives, the Republicans and the majority of the Democrats. When a Canadian nation was created, the Conservatives were the loyal servants of the Montreal elite. Liberals listened to their bosses in Toronto.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/20/bolivia-el-alto-violence-death-protest

This disaster was deliberately created by the U.S. or - more accurately - American corporations who wanted a Bolivia that was desperately poor and backward. (cheap labour.) And Canada, as always, is kissing up to the murderers.
Gotta  please American billionaires. -oh, and Canadian ones.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/debottleneck-enbridge-oilpatch-pipelines-wcsb-1.5361021

And so, as we rush toward the final disaster, we add more oil.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/drought-southern-africa-hunger-1.5367589

Nah. There's no such thing as climate change. And I read the Toronto Post, so I know things.
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https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/21/victoria-issued-code-red-bushfire-warning-amid-thunderstorm-asthma-threat
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__https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/nov/21/south-australia-fires-nsw-bushfires-victoria-vic-qld-queensland-sa-emergency-warning-code-red-weather-thunderstorm-dust-asthma-live-latest-updates
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/21/israeli-prime-minister-benjamin-netanyahu-indicted-for-bribery-and

It's been known for a long time that the Israeli PM and his wife are common thieves on a grand scale. Now, even the North American press may have to report on it - maybe.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/21/even-isis-wouldnt-shoot-at-us-medics-on-frontline-of-baghdad-protests

Our news media have told us very little about the century of confusion in Iraq.
It began in World War One as Britain forced Iran to supply oil for the whole British navy - free of charge.

In 1941, British, Russian and U.S. troops entered Iran to 'defend' it. (Oh, this was in August, long before the U.S. entered the European war. So guess why it was so keen. This, in fact, was the beginning of the American campaign to get control of British-held oil fields in the middle east.

But in 1951, Iran elected Mossadegh as premier. And he did terrible things. He introduced social services and - horrors - he kicked out the British oil companies and nationalized the oil industry. Well, the British just showed him...

In 1953, the Shah returned - with the help of Britain and U.S. (the latter in the form of the CIA, America's killer squad) took over power again and, along the way, the U.S. stole control of most of Iran's oil

And Mossadegh? He spent the rest of  his life as a prisoner.

Iranians kicked out the Shah out in 1979, and directed it's oil sales to Russia. Alas! It now faces the problem of governments controlled by Islam. Thus the latest rebellions and their brutal crushing.
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https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/nov/21/rights-activist-almaas-elman-shot-dead-in-mogadishu

This made me remember a very young woman who recently visited Canada.
(Have you ever heard of an oil boss taking risks and getting shot for it?)
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-a-second-iranian-revolution-could-trigger-same-in-arab-countries
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/11/fords-destructive-cuts-will-have-sweeping-effects-health-care

Why on earth did the people of Ontario vote for this dolt who was born stupid and a kissup to the very rich?
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https://www.thenation.com/article/palestine-debate-bernie-sanders/

Bernie Sanders is a departure from most American politicians. He has a brain.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/20/projected-fossil-fuel-production-dangerously-out-step-global-climate-goals-un-report

By 2030 it may well be impossible to save this planet. But, what the hell....
the oil industry is happy to take the risk...
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/20/bolsonaro-facing-blame-surge-amazon-deforestation-says-destruction-wont-end-because

Bolsonaro is, of course, greatly loved by the American government.
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https://consortiumnews.com/2019/11/20/americas-arms-sales-addiction/

Well, of course God wants Christians to kill people.  Children in American schools are taught that god wants them to kill. It's in their history. George Washington is a hero in the books, partly because of his slaughter of native people to take their land. And here,  in Canada, I was taught that the British empire was glorious in its mass murder around the world.

(Elementary and high school history books are, most of them, crap.)
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/11/neoliberalism-backfires

And that's why the rest of have become the 'mob' of the Roman Empire which was kept quiet by offering them free shows of other poor people getting murdered.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/11/fighting-for-americas-soul
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/11/facebook-and-google-surveillance-giants-threaten-human-rights-says-amnesty
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/10/31/the-ethnic-cleansing-of-palestinian-christians-that-nobody-is-talking-about/
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https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/11/20/Trudeau-New-Cabinet-Promises-More-Of-Same-Mostly/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52585.htm

Gee! I must have missed this story in our Ottawa papers.
We have lost democracy in years of control by politicians on the take from corrupting billionaires.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52583.htm

Are American capitalists building an empire characterized by crushing democracy, murdering millions, and by plundering. Of course it is. The the old British Empire is being replaced by the American empire. And this power to plunder has been the American purpose from the start. That's what Trump's MAGA - Make American Great Again - is all about.
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This U.S. move alienates China - without doing a thing for the Hong Kongers.
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And a very unusual act of independent opinion from Canada.

https://theantimedia.com/their-news/229668/

It even makes political sense. A great many Canadian Jews have been appalled by the behaviour of Israel.
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https://truthout.org/articles/noam-chomsky-democratic-party-centrism-risks-handing-election-to-trump/

Historically,  the  Democrats have been  as bad as the Republicans. Bernie Sanders has been the only person to challenge both parties.
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https://truthout.org/articles/billionaire-funded-criminal-justice-reform-actually-expands-carceral-system/
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This next one is long, but something of a thought provoker.

https://thesaker.is/can-russia-or-iran-survive-without-china/

My view is that it is quite likely that China could be the super power in the not very distant future. (The U.S. despite - or because of - it's massive military spending and because of its very spotty military record could well be only number two or even lower.)
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The people in my city, Ottawa, have newspapers that are often (usually)  propaganda sheets - and often of quite astounding ignorance. The  prize for today goes to a columnist named Walter E. Williams. And he is - wait for it -
a professor of economics at a university I have never heard of - but will certainly avoid.

His theme is that the thousands of scientists all over the world who are warning us about climate change. Yes. It seems those evil people are really using the climate change issue to scare us all into destroying capitalists and becoming socialists or communists. He quotes a Chrstine Stewart, former Canadian minister of the environment. In fact, Christine Stewart had urged action on the problem of climate change. She never did much. But she did urge action on it.

Then he says rising sea levels has been happening for 20,000 years. Quite so. But
it's now rising a hell of a lot faster. None of Williams' evidence is scientific. Of course not. He has no scientific training. But, oh, he must must have proof that thousands of scientists around the world are trying to make us all communists.

This  kind of inanity - and vicious and ignorant propaganda - are standard columns in the Ottawa Sun. And the world is full of arrogance and lies in many, many news media.

Above this column is one by another Ottawa Sun columnist, Anthony Furey, who is furious that Don Cherry got fired. After all, he writes, it was just a disagreement.

No, Anthony, it wasn't a disagreement. Don Cherry was fired because he delivered a racist statement against identifiable Canadians. And if he had made it against the Anthony Fureys of this world, they would have been screaming for his blood.

What a garbage press Ottawa has!
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Our world has usually been governed by the very, very wealthy - and the very, very wealthy have almost always used their power to debase, plunder and generally abuse the rest of us.  And now, it's even worse than it was in history.

As a result, we face a great crash, possibly quite soon. And we are also within inches of a world, nuclear war.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Nov. 19: The Worst News Ever.

The  following is a story that has received surprisingly little attention from the western news media.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/china-xinjiang-1.5363107

This is even more disturbing, much more, than Quebec's abuse of it's Muslim population. But less so than America's world-wide slaughter of Muslims. China has imprisoned a  million Muslims. The U.S. has killed many millions to please it's oil industry. Forgive me if I can't find any good guys in this.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/18/hong-kong-protests-up-to-800-trapped-as-police-lay-siege-to-university

And the case of Hong Kong is very close now to the use of troops. Sadly, the students have long overplayed their hand. They should have stopped short of complete separation from China - and they had their chance to do so.

Now, they are attacking police with bricks, fire bombs, - and arrows. How do you think Ottawa or Washington would react to  that in Canada or the U.S.?
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https://www.rt.com/news/473677-hong-kong-university-rioters/
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https://www.rt.com/news/473702-indian-general-rape-kashmir/

We live in a collapsing world order.
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Gee. Why does this next story remind me of Donald Trump?

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/nov/18/the-party-prince-how-andrew-got-his-bad-reputation
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https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/nov/18/killer-drones-how-many-uav-predator-reaper
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https://www.rt.com/news/473741-us-israel-settlements-legal/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=push_notifications&utm_campaign=push_notifications

Sure. Israel is the only country in the world with the right to steal a neighbouring countries land - and to  kill those who object. That must be the same law that makes the U.S. the only country in the world with the right to murder millions all over the world - especially those people who live in countries with oil fields.

Let's get real. The U.S. today is like the British Empire of the past. As in the U.S., the British Empire murdered millions (over 400,000,000) so that wealthy British could plunder their countries.

Almost all wars are started by the greed of the wealthy and powerful. And today's greeds are rooted in capitalism. And soldiers are raised by telling them they are doing it for the Queen - or for America, God bless it.

Canada now fights American wars as it once fought British wars. (In the real world, Canada has not been attacked since the Americans did it in the 1860s.)
In 1904, Britain, in the face of American threats, refused to defend Canada. But it still conned Canada into fighting British wars.

And the beautiful thing about all this is our saintly capitalists don't have to pay for the wars they send the rest of us to die in. No. They don't pay income tax. So they just keep what should be our money, and hide it away with the rest of their stolen billions.

And where does this take us?

To the ultimate nuclear war which is very,  very close. And unwinnable by either side

And it also takes us to world economic collapse thanks to the greed of weapons manufacturers and capitalists in general. And the capitalists, for that, thank our corrupt democracies for their willingness to destroy us.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/more-than-100-fires-burn-across-australia-s-east-coast-1.5364507

Trust the Conservative party. Climate change is good for you.

Trust the Liberal party to do very, very little.
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"Christian" nations may well be  the biggest killers in world history. How the hell have their church leaders just stood by with their faces hanging out?

https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/opinion-neil-macdonald-war-crimes-1.5363254

Prominent in glorifying killing have been the evangelical Christians who massively support Trump - and whose favourite hymn is "I'm going to heaven, and you're not."
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https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/nov/19/global-heating-supercharging-indian-ocean-dipole-climate-system
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/19/trump-is-systematically-ending-the-viability-of-a-future-palestinian-state
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/19/we-have-nothing-somalia-floods-raise-spectre-of-famine

Quick, Mr. Trump. Send them weapons from your manufacturers.

And here is what it was like BEFORE the floods.
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/aug/29/severe-hunger-threatens-millions-somalia-climate-emergency-deepens

But don't worry. I'm sure that our western, Christian nations won't let them in.
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And here's a story you're not likely to find in most Canadian news media.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/18/high-debts-and-low-yields-push-canadas-farmers-to-the-brink
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/19/hong-kong-protests-hundreds-surrender-to-police-after-university-standoff

This looks like the end, not just the end of the protests but the end of the Hong  Kong we knew.
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/20/australia-needs-policy-to-deal-with-health-effects-of-climate-change-says-chris-bowen
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https://www.theguardian.com/law/2019/nov/17/british-government-army-accused-covering-up-war-crimes-afghanistan-iraq

Well, yes. Killing is what soldiers are trained to do. And contempt for ALL of the 'other side' comes naturally. The 'brave lads' of the British army are the sons of the British armies who murdered over four hundred million people in the days of Empire.   The U.S. soldiers who Trump praises and forgives for their war crimes are much like  the ones who slaughtered America's native peoples. And the U.S. has long had a policy of targeting civilians and children - as in Dresden, North Korea, Lebanon, Guatemala.......
It's not the common soldiers who are the villains. It's the politicians and the billionaires.

Almost all the wars in history have been fought for the benefit of the very wealthy - and often that's true of both sides.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/16/protests-erupt-in-iran-after-government-raises-price-of-gas-by-50#img-1

This one is very, very dangerous. The government of Iran is not a 'good one'. The only good government of Iran was the one the British and Americans destroyed so they could install a dictator. Now, the U.S. oil industry is eager to install another dictator so it can plunder Iranian oil.

That oil has been going to Russia. And Russia, and to some degree, China are anxious to establish a presence in the middle east. This has the makings not just of a war - but the final world war.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/15/us-accuses-russia-of-exploiting-conflict-in-libya

How evil! Russia should know that only the U.S. is allowed to exploit conflict in Libya and all over the world.
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Pay special attention to the last, few sentences

https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-tribalism-drives-much-of-todays-democratic-politics

We are repeating history, the history of 1920s greed and power of the very wealthy. In that period - as today - the wealthy are getting richer while everybody else gets poorer. And that is what is destroying democracy - and setting us up for a repeat of the dirty thirties - only worse.
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/11/alberta-law-lets-kenney-hijack-teachers-retirement-funds
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http://rabble.ca/babble/international-news-and-politics/deep-state-its-prop%C3%A1ganda-and-cbc

I know from many experiences that the CBC sometimes lies, And I know it lies in obedience to many pressure groups (Quebec separatism,  Israeli propagandists, all sorts of  professorial liars.) The BBC gave up even trying to be honest many years ago.It's even worse with private radio because it has very, very few reporters - usually only one.

But, for all the pressure from the top, the CBC still has honest journalists. And it's probably the best of the major news sources in North America.
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https://www.thenation.com/article/climate-change-national-security/
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/19/what-momentum-looks-sanders-becomes-fastest-presidential-candidate-history-reach-4
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https://www.commondreams.org/further/2019/11/18/north-korea-trump-see-you-soon-your-dreams-sucker

The U.S. "world empire" is not going to happen.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/18/trumps-child-separation-policy-absolutely-violated-international-law-says-un-expert

The U.S. long ago followed the track of the British Empire in its vilest,  greediest, and most murderous wars.

Virtually all wars are fought out of that greed. When the British did it, all the benefit went to the very rich while  most of the British people got nothing but poverty and misery. Today, we see the same pattern in American wars. The very rich are running wild. Average Americans are paying for the greed of their rich masters.
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https://consortiumnews.com/2019/11/18/inequality-higher-in-some-states-because-of-corporate-welfare/

Who is the enemy? You are.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/11/venice-is-flooded-a-look-at-our-coastal-future
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/11/19/student-protesters-are-walking-a-tightrope-in-hong-kong/

Too true.
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/11/19/how-western-media-bias-allows-israel-to-getaway-with-murder-in-gaza/

The nation of Israel has no Judaical values. It is, in fact, the result of Hitler's holocaust. It is a repeat of the holocaust, this time carried out by Jews (with the blessing of Donald Trump - a blessing he had no right to give).

Certainly many, perhaps most Jews all over the world reject the Nazism that Israel has adopted.

But the horror Israel has created is reminiscent of the hatred so many nations, including us, felt toward Jews up to the 1950s (and more).  Israel is a denial of the Jewish faith. And we Christians created that denial with our hatred of Jews.
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https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/11/18/Trudeau-Climate-Change-Math-Incomplete/
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https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/04/04/Seven-Jason-Kenneys/

Jason Kenny thinks it's a sin to kill innocent babies by abortion. However, like most of the anti-abortion crowd, he thinks its neat to bomb babies, including the unborn babies, to death. Or to starve them to death.
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https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/04/19/Equal-Access-Health-Care/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52564.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52569.htm
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https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2019/01/chapter-3-israeli-settlements-and-international-law/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52561.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52560.htm
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/11/19/news/doug-ford-throwing-away-millions-kill-ontario-clean-energy-programs
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/11/13/news/wildfires-disease-food-scarcity-scientists-predict-grim-century-canada
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/11/19/news/how-climate-crisis-killing-us-9-alarming-charts
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/11/19/evo-overthrown-but-bolivian-socialism-will-be-victorious/

Perhaps over-optimistic. But I could use some good news.
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https://themindunleashed.com/2019/11/bolivian-soldiers-tanks-join-indigenous-protests-against-coup-regime.html
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https://truthout.org/articles/humans-arent-inherently-destroying-the-planet-capitalism-is/
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I have kept my interventions to a minimum in hopes of avoiding another disaster.
Will we beat climate change? Not at this pace.