Thursday, May 21, 2020

May 21: The meaning of evil.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/20/climate-change-turning-parts-antarctica-green-say-scientists-algae

Not to worry. Our oil barons who are real rich and smart say it's good for us.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/19/no-argue-noam-chomsky-roger-waters-monia-mazigh-and-100-others-canada-does-not?utm_term=AO&utm_campaign=Daily%20Newsletter&utm_content=email&utm_source=Daily%20Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

This is the point I was making in my last blog. The U.S. is the major Nazi state of our time. In that it is the successor to the evils of the British Empire. And Canada now obeys the murderous U.S. as it once obeyed the murderous British Empire.

And running through all of this is the murderous world of Capitalism.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/20/climate-change-turning-parts-antarctica-green-say-scientists-algae

Not to worry. All our clever billionaires know we can continue to plunder this planet as long as we like.
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 The end of this could be far worse than what it now is. The U.S. is profoundly divided with consequences that could be very severe indeed. Added to that is that America's capitalists can see the end of their world leadership coming soon. And that will lead them to a desperate surge of world violence - like a nuclear war.
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This is very saddening. I taught in Hong Kong for two summers. It had a lot wrong with it - most of the wrong was carried out by it's  British rulers. When the British left Hong Kong but gave Hong Kong  a good deal of independence,  that looked good. Alas, China couldn't leave good things alone.

So Hong Kong is now a part of China. It is a part of China with no freedom at all. That was quite unnecessarily brutal and perhaps even as dreadful as British rule. I often think, sadly, of the students I  taught there.
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I haven't noticed any reaction to this in Canada's newspapers. In this, and like Trudeau, Canadian newspapers kiss the U.S. ass.
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I include the next item only because it is so silly it reminds me of the newspapers I read on a visit to Texas. Banning guns makes sense because it is not possible to have a system in which only "trained and responsible" people would buy guns. Nor do we have any system to ensure only "trained and responsible" people would be able to buy guns. For that matter, in my gun nut years I knew many other gun nuts who were responsible on the range - but damn fools away from it. (And sometime I was one of them.)

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Karl Nerenberg was, for many years, an  oustanding reporter for CBC - perhaps the best.
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But the American government won't reduce defence spending because defence spending is highly profitable for American billionaires who can sell it to, say,
Saudi Arabia to murder children in Yemen. There's money in killing.
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Big money has a big influence in most universities. I learned  that in my years of teaching in them. The lesson came home to me when I was summoned to a meeting of the Board of Governors. (These are boards of people from outside the universities - typically, people from the world of business, and almost always dominated by some very, very wealthy people.)

They wanted me to become the president of  the university. When I went to the meeting of the board, I was overwhelmed by a squadron of lawyers with wonderful promises of how much money I'd make. It was exciting. But....yeah....

It was obvious that the real power was to be in the hands of the governors - none of whom had any training in education. I would be just a front. (Too bad. I could have used that money.)

So they dropped me and hired a more agreeable person. Not surprisingly, the new president hugely expanded and enhanced the School of Business Studies. What that university needed is what most universities need - training in how to teach. Think of it - all those thousands and thousands of professors who have no teacher training whatever. Well, except for the small number who are professors of education.
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The Heart of the Mayan World is a film that is both charming and dismaying.
(You can get it on Netflix.) I strongly advise you take a look at it if you want to understand how the leading western powers have been wretched and as evil as Hitler over the last several hundred years. No - the film doesn't show this. So here's what you need to get a whole meaning out of it.

In the 1950s into the 1980s and beyond, the U.S. (represented at first by George Bush Sr.) hired an international army of thugs to invade and murder at least 200,000 in Guatemala. This was and is "The Heart of the Mayan World".  In the film, it is a beautiful, historic and very Christian land.

So it was.

And the Christians were the targets of GeorgeBush's killers. They made a specialty of killing priests, nuns (lots and lots of nuns) and missionaries. (One of those missionaries was a Canadian whose body, years later, was buried near his home in New Brunswick.) This story of a deliberate mass murder of Christians was NEVER reported by any American or Canadian news medium though the war lastrf for many years. The only report of it I have ever found is a film by National Film Board of Canada.


This is what the U.S. (stand up, stand up for Jesus) has been doing all over Latin American for 120 years. (With Canada helping out in Haiti while our press goes clap, clap.)

The Nazis are still with us. And we are them. And for centuries, Britain, France, Spain, The Netherlands, and the U.S. have been even worse than Hitler all over the world.
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Figures for Canada would not be much different.

In many, many years and wars and many, many millions of deaths and slavery and massive poverty, we haven't learned. Capitalism is one hell of a destructive force.
It has not served most of us for centuries - and it never will.

Though our news media don't have much to say about it, Canada's Liberals and Conservatives - and America's Republicans and the majority of its Democrats are servants of the super rich. They still are even as millions now live in poverty.
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Bastard.
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Christian churches all over the world have ALWAYS supported our Hitlers and Empires and American mass slaughters.

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Ontario's Ted Ford premier has grabbed a lot of TV time with regular appearances to discuss our crisis. But it's important to remember that he was and still is a big name in destroying the province's enviroment. He's also a big, big friend of the very rich.

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In 1945, we has to remake the world into one of friendship and helpfulness. Instead, we made it a world of hatreds. The hatreds. lately were encouraged particularly by the U.S. to satisfy it's unsatisfiable super rich. And they were products of Europe's most greedy and murderous. They were and are the people we call 'capitalists'. In the U.S., these are the people who have, just in recent months, actually raised their income by 343 billion dollars evem as millions of American drop into poverty.

That has been the pattern, even before capitalism, for almost every society I have ever heard of. We have always sent off millions to die or to live in deep poverty.
And we have very little time to change that now.

(As I write this, I think of Raoul Leger who was ignored by most Canadian and all American news outlets. even in New Brunswick where he now lies in his grave. 
The New Brunswick news media have never mentioned him. Of course not. The newspapers of New Brunswick - and the people of New Brunswick - are owned by the Irvings, and the Irvings, in their massive greed and arrogance,  own the people of New Brunswick.
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