Thursday, February 13, 2020

Feb. 13: Not a good day.

BP (British Petroleum) will lead the way in dealing with climate change? Duh, not likely.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2020/feb/12/bp-statement-on-reaching-net-zero-carbon-emissions-by-2050-what-it-says-and-what-it-means
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https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/feb/12/venezuela-crisis-babies-die-malnutrition-depression-deprivation-infant-mortality

As this story shows, much of the blame for this horror rests on the government of Venezuela. But that's not the whole story. Much of it also comes from the government of the United States with it's severe sanctions on Venezuela (and those sanctions come with kisses from the Canadian government.)

Babies are dying. Yes, the Venezuelan government is much to blame for this. But so are we. Canada and the U.S. could ease the suffering. But they won't.
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Insects are essential to human survival. Oil wells are not.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/12/car-splatometer-tests-reveal-huge-decline-number-insects
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/13/antarctic-temperature-rises-above-20c-first-time-record

Not to worry. Donald Trump and Canada's Conservatives say it's not happening. (The Liberals say it is happening - but they aren't going to do anything.)
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The U.S. has made itself hated in much of the middle east. But our press doesn't see it that way. No. It sees the problem as Muslim "terrorism".

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/13/syria-us-troops-mission-qamishli-quagmire

Our dreadful treatment of the middle east and of Africa in general goes back well over a century to the horrors comitted by Britain, Belgium, France,  the U.S. - with occasional help from Canada. Indeed, counting the slave trade in Africa, it goes back several centuries. And the U.S., with British help, has murdered millions of men, women, and children.

So which side is made up of 'terrorists'?
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/teck-frontier-cost-benefit-leach-olszynski-1.5460151
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Yes, Canadians can be and often are just as racist as Americans. Nova Scotia probably has the worst record for anti-black racism - but the rest of Canada is not far behind. My uncle was a boxing coach who had to travel with his boxing teams. But finding a hotel or a restaurant that would accept blacks was always a problem.

https://rabble.ca/news/2020/02/mothering-black-lives-matter-movement
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2020/02/alberta-sheds-jobs-while-rest-country-creates-them
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https://rabble.ca/columnists/2020/02/jason-kenney-treated-kid-gloves-indigenous-protesters-assault-rifles
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2020/02/albertas-war-room-attack-democracy
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/12/surprised-no-disgusted-yes-study-shows-deepwater-horizon-oil-spread-much-further
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And here is a story that is not likely to appear in our Ottawa newspapers.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/12/saddest-thing-wont-be-breaking-news-concentration-co2-hits-record-high-416-ppm
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/12/mass-murder-new-report-says-air-pollution-fossil-fuel-combustion-causing-45-million
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In all wars, most news media define the actions of an enemy 'evil' or 'terrorist'. The same actions by our side  are 'splendid courage'. That's why so much of our news is and always has been propaganda.

When Britain invaded South Africa to steal its gold for British businessmen, it was glorious. When Canada sent it's army to help the British kill Boers (the Dutch), it was splendid - just like when we sent Canadians to kill Afghanis.

(This is not a criticism of Canadian soldiers. It's a criticism of the rest of us Canadians who have sent them to wars they should not have been sent to. From it's origins, the Canadian Legion has automatically praised wars we should not have fought - like the Boer War, Korea, and Afghanistan. We have sent Canadians to die for British and American billionaires.  Oh, and the "peacekeepers" we sent to Haiti to please our American masters. The Legion should be protecting our military from this abuse, not glorifying war.  Yes. We had to fight Hitler and Japan. But that does not justify sending Canadians to kill and die in all the wars of our British and American masters.)
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https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/02/13/no-1-sponsor-terrorism-us-media-name-iran-overlook-candidate-closer-home
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https://consortiumnews.com/2020/02/12/lynching-preachers-how-black-pastors-resisted-jim-crow-white-pastors-incited-racial-violence/

Times change. White Americans now demand that Latin American children should be separated from their parents, and put into wire cages and/or prisons.
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https://countercurrents.org/2020/02/concentration-of-co2-hits-record-high-of-416-ppm
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I'm not sure I agree with the following item. I think we need to learn a lot more before jumping to conclusions.

https://countercurrents.org/2020/02/western-anti-chinese-propaganda-exaggerates-coronavirus-danger-creates-panic
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This one seems more reasonable.

https://countercurrents.org/2020/02/america-united-the-politics-of-the-coronavirus
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Has Australia learned that it has to deal with climate change? No. And a major reason for the stupor is Australian news media- rather like Canadian and American news media in that respect.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/02/13/coded-messages-about-australias-big-burn/
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/02/13/timber-industry-wants-to-rape-and-run-on-our-national-forests/

This is happening in Canada, too - notably in New Brunswick, a province owned by  the Irving Oil family.
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/02/12/wall-street-invading-wetsuweten-territory/
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https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2020/02/11/Canada-Arbitrarily-Detains-Migrants/

Many Canadians will, of course, get tough on migrants in order to maintain Canadian culture. In fact, there never has been a Canadian culture. No, not even in French Quebec. We have always been subject to waves of immigration - French, English, Irish, Germans, Greeks, Chinese, Japanese and many, many others. Each of these have sent us into panic for the "loss of our culture" - though few even know what that means. Indeed, no society has just one culture. Even without migrants, we all have the "cultures" of the poor and the "cultures of the rich".

I attended schools with rich, poor, Japanese, Jews, Brits, Syrians, Italians, Blacks, Chinese ......And we all seemed pretty much the same.

I lived most of my life in Quebec where French separatists are convinced they must segregate all the non-French to accomodate the French as the original settlers. 1. The French culture of my childhood, a culture of Catholicism, has almost disappeared. So shouldn't they be passing laws to force people to be Catholics?  2. French were not the original settlers of Quebec. Those were and are the indigenous peoples of the region. So shouldn't the French of Quebec go back to France, and let indiginous peoples have their land and cultures back?
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52973.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52975.htm
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/02/13/news/story-wetsuweten-protest-line
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60 percent of Canada's indigenous people died of European diseases from 1700 on. In Newfoundland into the 1800s, all of them died. Some were killed by the French and English settlers, though not by the mass murder that was inflicted on American aboriginals. In more recent times, at least 4,000 aboriginal women have disappeared, most of them probably murdered.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/first-nations-canada-european-settlers-diseases-killed-almost-60-genetic-study-british-columbia-a7418441.html
Sieg heil.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/02/09/features/how-oil-industry-pumped-americans-full-fake-news
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/02/12/opinion/elizabeth-may-asks-what-cost-canada
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/02/10/opinion/jason-kenney-blackmailing-canada-wont-solve-climate-crisis
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https://theantimedia.com/iraq-and-russia-prepare-to-boost-military-ties-as-us-threatens-sanctions/

75 years ago, we had a chance to end wars. Instead, the U.S. set out to conquer the world - all for the benefit of American billionaires. The U.S. isn't going to conquer the world. However, there is every possibility it is going to destroy it.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://www.mintpressnews.com/abby-martin-lawsuit-state-georgia-over-bds-law/264798/
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I have no cheering words. The greed and irresponsibility - no - the stupidity and arrogance of our leading capitalists is what is in control.  A world war is very possible, even likely. And no-one can even imagine the horror of that. Added to that is the determination of the very wealthy to go on producing oil. (Nor, I suspect, is it even possible at this late date to stop our destruction of humanity.)
In the face of any future war after 1945, the whole world had to restructure it's values and priorities. But we didn't do it. Instead, we allowed the world to destroy itself, and this time for a final destruction.

In particular, forget any possibility that Canada or the U.S. or Britain or Russia or China will make any attempt to deal with the threat of climate change. They have done nothing for thirty years. And there is not the slightest sign  they intend to do anything now.

And the Canadian and American people? They simply stand around with their faces hanging out. We could, maybe, be saved by an intelligent and informed public. But that's exactly what we don't have.
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