Thursday, November 7, 2019

Nov. 7: WOW1 Three Cheers for New Zealand.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/07/new-zealand-wins-global-praise-historic-law-bring-net-carbon-emissions-zero-2050

So. Why can't the rest of us do that?
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/06/billionaires-super-rich-extreme-wealth-political-influence-inequality-gates-bezos-buffett

Would any Canadian or American newspaper run this opinion column? Not likely. They are more likely to be the tools of the billionaires.
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Contrary to  common belief, Canada is and always has been a quite racist country. There have been blacks in Canada since the age of slavery. (Yes, there was a long period of slavery followed by an even longer one of exploitation and rejection. Until very recently, they were forced to live in black ghettos, and denied most employment.  It was only in the late 1950s in Quebec that Blacks were permitted to teach in public schools. Nor is that treatment restricted to blacks.

It applied to our native peoples, to Chinese who were murderously exploited in building our railways, then largely confined to ghettos. Exceptions were made for those Chinese who were allowed to live in "Chinese laundries" where parents and children had to work long and hard hours to make a bare living.

In 1914, Sikhs coming to Canada were turned back even though it was well known that a German warship was hunting somewhere off our Pacific coast. ( In Canada's recent   election, the NDP's Sikh leader was widely criticized for wearing a turban.)

Canada has even discriminated against foreign dress habits - as in Quebec today where Muslims are being discriminated against - by law.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/06/canada-overdue-reckoning-anti-black-racism
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This article is a criticism of British news media. But it applies with full force to Canada and the U.S.

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=rm&ogbl#inbox/FMfcgxwDsFfdtzqLzHPZLZmzZzkrGmXz
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https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=rm&ogbl#inbox/FMfcgxwDsFfdtzqLzHPZLZmzZzkrGmXz

 Quebec is so obsessed with maintaining the superiority of the French language ( and destroying it's once large English population) that storekeepers are instructed not to serve customers in English. As well, English signs are discouraged and, in many situations, illegal. And, as the item above shows, even French people who are capable of speaking English can find themselves in trouble. (And since when does a province have the right to decide who is permitted to immigrate?)

Curiously, English movies have never been banned. Even when I was a child going to a Saturday movie at the local French church hall with it's 95 + %  French audience, all the French kids would boo if a French film was shown.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/07/macron-warns-of-nato-brain-death-as-us-turns-its-back-on-allies

NATO is close to dead. And that began a long time ago when the U.S. coerced it into declaring war on North Korea. That was a war purely for American benefit. It's real purpose was to defeat North Korea, and make it a base for the U.S. to invade China. And that was in order to make China and its huge market a part of the American empire.  Canadians died to make American billionaires happy.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/07/quebec-law-banning-religious-symbols-derails-womens-careers

Hey! Quebec ain't racist------much.
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/07/global-investment-in-cutting-greenhouse-gases-fell-by-11-in-2018

Will your local newspaper carry this story?
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Remember how American and some other consulates in Cuba complained of illnesses generated in their quarters and offices? The American government immediately closed its Cuban embassy,    blaming the Cubans for some sort of poisoning. And our news media took up that theme with a vengeance.

well....

The latest evidence shows there were no evil Cuban tricks about it. In fact, there was nothing man-made about it.  Scientists now say it more likely was the result of insects or of pesticides.

But will the American and Canadian news media report this? Not bloody likely.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/07/uk-diplomatic-cables-shed-light-on-cuba-sonic-attacks-scare

The U.S. will probably continue it's ban on it's Cuba office.  Canada has already
reduced it's Cuban presence - in obedience to Canada's American masters.
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/nov/06/trump-impeachment-inquiry-ukraine-testimony-bill-taylor

So, Trump did use the government of Ukraine to spy on his Democrat opponent.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/07/couple-rare-ice-eggs-finnish-beach

'Extremely rare' 'Happens only under rarest of climate changes.'  Gee, I wonder if......
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/05/mexico-police-dont-stand-chance-against-drug-cartels

Mexico is at war with itself. It has been for a very long time. Police in armoured trucks with machine guns patrol the streets of Mexican cities. The Canadian government requires that it's agents in Mexico city must NOT walk anywhere.
They MUST travel in armoured cars.

The enemy are drug gangs that actually outclass the Mexican Mexico's police. But these drug gangs are useful to Donald Trump in portraying most Latin Americans as drug dealers.  He uses them to blame almost all Latins for the drug trade, giving him a (lying) reason to stop all Latins, most of whom are fleeing from the poverty and hunger the U.S. has imposed on Latin America.

In reality, drug dealers would be the last ones to move to the U.S. Of course. The heart of their power is in Mexico.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/04/saudi-arabia-mass-arrests-of-dissidents-and-torture-allegations-continue

God bless the thugs who rule Saudi Arabia. They are the very best friends of freedom-loving Israel and freedom-loving America.
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https://www.thenation.com/article/biden-2020-trump-nafta/

A high proportion of Americans are not much different from Republicans. And a high proportion of Americans (like a high proportion of Canadians) don't think a whole lot before voting.
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https://www.thenation.com/article/debt-is-holding-black-americans-hostage/

Student debt in both the U.S. and Canada is scandalous -   even, though not nearly,  so scandalous as those for Blacks in the U.S.   Even in days when it was relatively cheap, it took me 15 years to pay mine - and that even though I got a scholarship for the last three and didn't have to borrow any more.
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Modern Chile is very much a product of American greed. The U.S. put the murderous dictator Pinochet into power from 1973 to 1990. A friend of mine, making a film in Chile, got out just ahead of the mass murder squads.

Under Pinochet, just about everything was privatized - even water - at high prices. Massive damage to satisfy greed was done. And, even in the years since 1990, that plundering still continues.

https://www.thenation.com/article/chile-protest-art/
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https://www.thenation.com/article/north-korea-trump-kim/
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/11/ucp-gets-ready-make-its-first-move-restrict-reproductive-rights

Do you oppose abortion? Bless you. So don't get one.  But before you do that,
What do you think of the British and U.S. wars that have deliberately aimed at women, children, and babies? (And yes, Canada has done a bit, too.)

Yes, we all have.  Think Yemen. Think Afghanistan. Think Korea. Think North Korea. Think Syria........

Oh, by all means think about your religion and observe it. But, hey, observe ALL of it. Until you do that, don't think of preaching to all the rest of us.
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/11/trumps-denial-climate-crisis-impeachable

I'm not sure it is impeachable.  But I am sure it's worse than impeachable.
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https://www.dailypioneer.com/2019/columnists/more-to-this-than-meets-the-eye.html
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/07/taxing-bill-gates-100-billion-counters-bernie-sanders-could-end-homelessness-and

Our greatest disgrace is allowing billionaires not to pay income tax. That means the rest of us have to pay more - and even at that poverty is rising, while uncountable sums in the U.S. go to the billionaires who are the biggest weapons dealers in the world.

How can we be so placid as to tolerate this mass robbery? Canada's overseas secret bank accounts hold at least 240 billion dollars. The U.S. must be closer to trillions.

Of course, this is all money that otherwise would be wasted on medicare or schools or decent wages.....
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/07/despite-global-refugee-population-70-million-how-many-us-took-last-month-none

Think of that next time you're looking at the Statue of Liberty....
"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door....

God, if there still is one down there, bless America.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/06/fires-rage-worlds-largest-rainforest-nasa-warns-human-activities-are-drying-out

Not to worry. Donald Trump thinks this is okay.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/06/despite-front-seat-last-four-decades-us-politics-biden-repeats-claim-gop-epiphany

Biden is a walking disaster for the Democrats. It's even possible his candidacy would help Trump win.
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https://consortiumnews.com/2019/11/06/us-congressional-panel-plots-next-phase-of-dirty-war-on-syria-occupy-oil-fields-block-reconstruction/

This will made billions for most Americans in taxes. It will make even move billions for U.S. billionaires - but it won't cost American billionaires a cent. They don't pay income tax.
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https://consortiumnews.com/2019/11/05/this-election-not-about-brexit-its-about-common-human-decency/

Conservative governments have always meant poverty for very large numbers of the British. That's why the British surprised the world when, at the end of the war, they voted Churchill out, and the Socialists in. Churchill was a crashing elitist with utter contempt for the British poor just as he had for all the  millions of Africans and Indians he murdered all over the British Empire.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/11/microsoft-should-not-fund-israeli-spying-on-palestinians
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https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/11/06/BC-Universities-Like-Corporations/

The same is largely true of universities across Canada - and more so in the U.S.
And there's not a whimper from the professors and the administrators.

I learned that lesson early in my teaching days. Many, many, many professors are fully occupied with their own egos.  And many, many, many have no idea  how to teach. There is NO teacher training for university professors. We make it a point to train public school teachers.  But not profs.

 I have known only one professor who was fired because of his teaching.  It was appallingly bad. Whole classes would quit the room after his first class. And in all my years of teaching, I cannot remember a professor whose annual work review included the quality of teaching. I well remember one who, when I gave him this teaching assignments for the year, said in shock, "Graeme, I can't do that. If I taught those classes I would have to live in Montreal"

"Oh, where were you planning to live?"

"In Boston."

I often think of how little I remember from classes in the BA and even from one teacher in the MA and (the worse one) in the Ph.D.  There are some very, very bad teachers we turn loose in our universities.

Speaking to public audiences happens - sometimes - but not for as much as one would think. No. All prestige comes from publication (usually to small numbers of readers. And the greatest sin is writing critical reviews of them. I remember well standing beside a leading U of T professor while we were answering questions to a Senate hearing. I had recently written a review of his book. And one sentence was mildly critical.

He whispered to me, "I saw what you said. You said I had a mistake in my book. I won't forget that."

There are, indeed, many professors who avoid teaching whenever possible.
Ain't no ego-building prestige in it. Nope. The wealthy on university board can have all the self-serving control they like.

All that matters to too many professors is their egos.
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/bolsanaro-brazil-dams-ticking-time-bombs/5694257
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52502.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52501.htm
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https://outline.com/5bEeBv

Israel has become almost everything that Judaism is not.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/11/06/news/almost-half-all-first-nations-families-are-food-insecure-10-year-studypoor. And we have done nothing about that.

Canada has long been indifferent to it's first nation problems. We made them become poor and without direction.
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https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/unignorable-tower-toronto-poverty/
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https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=373697047018228084

I would have ignored this sort of reporting except - I knew one of his teachers who told me all about his strange tastes.  Even as a teenager, he was obsessed with sex. And it was always a very odd form of sex. And I once saw a photo of him undressing in a room f ull of young, naked women.

There's also a sub-story to this. Epstein, the ultra-pimp who served the wealthiest men of the world at his island "Paradise" was earlier said to have died.  Later and more detailed reports say he was murdered.
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https://theintercept.com/2019/11/07/california-wildfires-green-new-deal
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/nov/07/is-america-a-democracy-if-so-why-does-it-deny-millions-the-vote
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https://www.voltairenet.org/article208106.html
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A-A-Ah. I forgot to publish the Nov.5 blog. It's now, I hope, in place.



















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