Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Krugman on the TPP ...

... can be found here:

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/19/the-mis-selling-of-tpp/?module=BlogPost-Title&version=Blog%20Main&contentCollection=Opinion&action=Click&pgtype=Blogs&region=Body

Notice that the red herring put forth by the supporters of TPP always touts the low tariff BS, never the real problem, which is the surrender of sovereignty to corporate dispute panels.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A frightening, but illuminating, insight into why things are deteriorating

In the game of life, it seems, we peasants are not even playing by the same rules as the rich.  In fact, we aren't even aware of the actual rules.  We're still operating on the myths from the post-WWII boom when prosperity became a expectation for the average Joe.


http://prospect.org/article/political-roots-widening-inequality

Corporations uber alles!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

More horror stories about so-called free trade deals ...

Check out this description of recent events:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/26/1380441/-Another-Reason-To-Say-No-To-TPP?detail=email

The real purpose of these agreements is to gut the powers of nations to control their own resources and laws.  Corporations are to be allowed to do anything they want, anywhere, as long as their potential profits are not affected.  Countries are not allowed to do anything that could potentially lower these profits.

Only corporations are to be allowed to reap profits.  Nations will not be allowed to do anything profitable; any such activities must be turned over to corporations.  Examples include the privatization of highways, water supplies, airports, education and health care and the concept of mineral rights that allows corporations to develop mines and 'frack' under land that they do not even own.  The hapless land owner (local government, for instance) is always left to clean up the mess after the extraction process is finished and the corporate shareholders have pocketed their profits.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The TPP is not a trade deal ...

..., it is a means of giving corporations the power to overturn or avoid any laws that limit their ability to make profits:

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/30441-the-battle-over-the-trans-pacific-partnership-and-fast-track-gets-hot

Safety, environmental, health and even tax laws could be repealed if businesses don't like them.  The citizens of the country don't get to have a say in how their country will be run.

Why the TPP (TransPacific Partnership) trade deal should be rejected absolutely

More explanation of why this agreement will be horrible for people, but excellent for corporations:

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2015/04/bill-black-obama-tpp-every-one-doeth-evil-hateth-light.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NakedCapitalism+%28naked+capitalism%29

All the really successful thieves wear suits, and act strictly in accordance with the laws that they created that allow them to control the game.  You have more chances of winning at a casino than you do when dealing with corporations.

There is no longer any hope that any government will act in the best interests of its populace.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Why Bill C-51 should be rejected absolutely

This article explains the real purpose of Harper's Bill C-51, in a broad context.  It is worth reading, if only so that we can look back on it when the hammer falls.

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/30270-the-canadian-ministry-of-truth-reality-is-whatever-we-say-it-is

Only masochistic ignoramuses could vote for this bill.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Canadian lawsuit attempts to restore the Bank Of Canada

Here is an interesting development:

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/02/05/canadians-sued-the-bank-of-canada-won-mainstream-media-government-blacks-out-story/

This case could be monumental if it succeeds.

Banks usurp democracy ...

... by controlling the money supply.

Read this article:

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/30093-how-america-became-an-oligarchy#

It seems that all the votes in the world do not matter since all governments are indebted to private banks, most of which are multinationals.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wikileaks exposes the TPP draft. This is important.

Here are the details about the Transpacific Trade Partnership that our governments are now secretly negotiating.  Thanks to Wikileaks, we finally get a glimpse into the horrors of these trade agreements:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/25/1373335/-BREAKING-WikiLeaks-Leaks-TPP-Draft#

Here is a look at the effect such agreements could have on our food supply:

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/29861-this-trade-deal-will-make-you-sick

So much for governments working for the people.  It's all about corporate greed.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Welcome the totalitarian state ...

... that's on its way to your neighbourhood!

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/03/17/whats-scarier-terrorism-governments-unilaterally-blocking-websites-name/

There is a good look at Harper's new plan to ban thoughts and dissent in Canada in the article above.

Corporate America fights back against dissent from the party line

Google has leapt to the defense of the US military's new lust for war in the middle east by censoring all ads on Antiwar.com:

http://antiwar.com/blog/2015/03/18/google-disables-all-ads-on-antiwar-com/

...

...

...

Why they hate us ...

... is quite obvious from the pictures at this site:

http://www.antiwar.com/news/?articleid=8560

The 'values' demonstrated by the captors in these recently released photos are certainly worth fighting against.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

An insight into the miserable flying process ...

... to which we are now routinely subjected:


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/01/1355081/-Why-Airlines-Collude-To-Make-Flying-As-Miserable-As-Possible

Of particular interest is the comment that industry 'deregulation' has not resulted in any of the benefits that were promised when the old regs were abandoned.  The same applies in every case where deregulation has occurred, particularly wrt banking and infrastructure like highways and water systems.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A great source for Documentaries

Here's some good stuff that you will not see on TV:

http://thoughtmaybe.com/

A huge vault of documentaries about all sorts of important topics is found in this website,

US government recruits, trains, funds, supplies and actively assists terrorists ...

... so that it can arrest them and put on a show trial to convince the masses that it is doing something to keep us safe.

I do not invent this stuff:

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/01/16/latest-fbi-boast-disrupting-terror-u-s-plot-deserves-scrutiny-skepticism/

Talk about propagandizing you own population.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The idiocy of voting Conservative ...

... is demonstrable when one looks at the effects of conservative governments on income distribution over the last 30 years, as described in this article:

http://www.ipolitics.ca/2014/12/10/the-gap-between-rich-and-poor-is-killing-growth/

Basically, most people who voted for conservatives ended up greatly impoverished as a result.  That is akin to a starving person eating his foot to survive.  It only works in the short term, then you die as a result of your self inflicted wounds.

It is amazing that people allow their beliefs to override the evidence of their own suffering.

If you like enriching millionaires, continue to vote conservative.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Torture of Canadians

Glenn Greenwald reminds us of our complicity in the US torture orgy in this article which also references Canada's Maher Arar as one of its innocent victims.

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/12/16/u-s-tv-media-gives-ample-platform-american-torturers-victims/

There has to be trials of the people responsible for allowing this torture  to proceed, including those in Canada who facilitated its operations and covered up its existence.  I would submit that our Prime Minister and many cabinet ministers are guilty of violating our treaty obligations wrt torture and thus should be charged, at the very least, with abrogating their 'duty of care' to uphold Canada's laws.

Unfortunately, the society in which I live is too frightened, bigoted and bloodthirsty to understand concepts like the rule of law.

Monday, November 17, 2014

ISIS et al are the direct result of western interference in the middle east

Here's is an article that points the finger at 'us' (lower case) as the proximate cause of the extremism in the middle east.  If we want them to stop attacking us, our governments must stop inflicting violence over there.

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/27308-i-love-a-paranoid-country

Given the absolute failure of all our attempts at solving the problems in the middle east, why not try something different.  Let's walk away and let them solve their own problems.  They will still sell us oil, because they need to do so in order to survive.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

See - it's not just me!

Others have noticed the destruction of Canada's values by the Harper gov't:

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/mark-taliano/canada-war-crimes_b_6127190.html

Let's hope Canadians realize it as well before the next election.  Maybe the damage can be repaired.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

'False Flag' operations in Canada ... ?

Given everything that has been revealed about the US involvement in other countries' affairs, this article strikes a ring of truth:

https://truthandshadows.wordpress.com/2014/11/08/canadas-false-flag-terror-fingerprints-of-u-s-involvement/

There is no doubt that Canadians are now prepared to allow Harper's gang to take away more of our rights as a result of the recent murders.  It would not surprise me if he was just following orders from Washington.

Excuse me while I polish my tinfoil hat, but there are many examples of this sort of interference by US 'interests' in the affairs of sovereign states.  Canada would just be another example to add to the folder.

There is a difference between a war and a soldier ...

Check out this article, and be prepared to think:

http://warisacrime.org/content/war-not-soldiers

It is interesting that all the babble about respecting veterans and troops never includes a discussion of the efficacy of the battles they fought; both for the troops themselves and for the average person in all the countries involved.

Corporations are the only beneficiaries of war.  Money is taken from the citizens and poured into corporate bank accounts, with nothing left to show for it all after the violence ends except mangled bodies and destroyed cultures.

When will we ever learn?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The police state edges closer

Harper takes advantage of soldiers murdered because of his policies, in order to steal our rights to privacy:

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/27/greenwald-harper-government-exploiting-recent-attacks-expand-powers

Monday, October 27, 2014

Harper's gift to Canada: Homegrown Terrorists

It has been noticed that Canada's military involvement with the world has changed from a peacekeeping to a warmaking state.  This has consequences for Canadians that were predictable  but strangely absent from the statements by all those who wished to get out there and kill people.

This article offers a view of this policy change from abroad:

http://original.antiwar.com/paul/2014/10/26/once-peaceful-canada-turns-militaristic-blowback-follows/

Is it really wise to allow the guy who got us hated by jihadists to attempt to solve the problem?  At what point do we demand competence from our government wrt protecting Canadians?  Even fools know that stuffing your face into a hornets' nest will result in stings.  Doing it repeatedly will only result in more stings.  It won't scare off the hornets, they are protecting their way of life in the only way they know.

Even worse, after all the bombs and bullets have been expended, Canada will gain nothing from the violence it will have inflicted.  If its lucky, Canadians' security might be back to the pre-9/11 level, but we will never regain the freedoms that the Harper government is planning to take from us as it rolls out the next steps to a police state.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bitcoin's importance explained

Here's a good explanation of Bitcoin and its relation to 'real' money:

http://original.antiwar.com/Nozomi_Hayase/2014/10/08/bitcoin-rises-in-the-death-throes-of-empire/

Obviously any government issuing money does not want Bitcoin to succeed, and that explains why we peasants always hear negative things about Bitcoin from 'official' sources.

The key element of Bitcoin is its independence from government influence and the ability to verify/thwart counterfeiting attempts.  It cannot eliminate crooks, but at least you would know when something has been stolen.

Canadian Government regularly violates the laws of Canada

This article states that our current Canadian government is regularly in violation of international treaties to which Canada has subscribed dealing with privacy rights.


https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/10/15/un-investigator-report-condemns-mass-surveillance/

And silly me used to think we were a nation subject to the rule of its laws.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

9/11 Scorecard, again

Here's a good summary of the effects of the 9/11 events on the western world:

http://www.unz.com/proberts/911-after-13-years/

and for further consideration:

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2014/09/12/never-learn-anything-from-911/

I'm struck by the level of ignorance, incompetence, greed, malevolence, willful blindness, political opportunism, and savagery that has been displayed by our governments in response to the 9/11 incident.

I am saddened by the degree to which our rights to privacy, freedom of association, free speech, freedom of movement, and basic rule of law have been subverted in the name of keeping us safe from the people whose resources and countries the west has been violently pillaging for over a century.

I despair over the opportunity costs that are associated with our governments' actions.  Canada has spent over $22 billion on its Afghanistan debacle.  That money could have been spent on medical research to eliminate things like malaria, leprosy, or even ebola.  It could have been used to create refineries so that the tar sands oil profits would stay within Canada and our energy independence assured for the relatively near future.  So many opportunities lost, along with our vaunted military capabilities that were dumped into the Afghan deserts.

We are behaving like stupid serfs inside an American empire.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Finally, some rational thinking about the Middle East ...

... and it is not uplifting:

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/07/22/beautiful_dream_of_israel_has_become_a_nightmare.html

Why is it that none of the loudmouth politicians/leaders who open their blood-stained mouths to justify their actions can see things as clearly as the author of the article above?

Perhaps they do ...

 ... and that is truly terrifying!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Your government is giving your country away to foreign corporations

Check out this article:

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Global-Action/Scholars-Speak-Out-Against-Troubling-Corporate-Courts-ISDS-in-TTIP

If the TIPP is signed in its current form, citizens will have no control over their own country's laws, assets, or resources but will be left to take care of all the residual damage that industries inflict on the lands in which they operate.

Wow!

Friday, July 18, 2014

John Hubbard, musician, RIP

I just learned of the death of one of my friends from Hong Kong, John Hubbard.  Here's one article:

http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/1502519/blue-notes-robin-lynam

John was a great player who was also instrumental in the formation of The Discovery Bay Jazz Band (1996-1998) and introduced me to many of Hong Kong's finest players and its musical 'culture'.

I'll miss him.

Here's a pik of him with his Victoria Jazz Band at Grappa's Cellar in Hong Kong, Nov 2, 2011 when we revisited there.  Click on it to see it - in its full, grainy glory.


Monday, June 2, 2014

Chomsky clarifies the Snowden effect

Noam Chomsky reflects on what has been revealed by the Snowden documents.

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/24071-noam-chomsky-edward-snowden-the-worlds-most-wanted-criminal

Does anyone still believe that their government is working for the good of the little man?

What was won in Iraq?

Here is one version which resonates with me:

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/05/23/iraq-the-biggest-petroleum-heist-in-history/

Big oil would seem to have a lot to answer for, according to this author.  I submit the same forces are driving many other foreign policy initiatives of the so-called western world.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The end of the republic?

If this is the case in the US, can Canada be far behind?

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/05/13/the-american-republic-is-dead/

Harper's boys have been only to happy to do everything that the US says and does so far, and I cannot conceive of them showing any restraint on his government's power grabs at this stage of the game.  Far too much money and resources still to be given to the corporations.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Another loss of our privacy, ...

... this time to the private sector that then sells the info to the government and police, and ANYBODY ELSE WHO PAYS.  Read on:

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/03/17/1756license-plate-tracking-database/

Here is how the ACLU sees this technology being marketed:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZTWOL_U-OMg

It's nice to know that someone cares about what I'm doing, have done, and might do. 


Monday, February 24, 2014

Cancer harm is caused by doctors diagnosing it!

That remarkable conclusion is the sort of thing that results when people accept the reasoning described in the following article:

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/02/21/judge-tosses-muslim-spying-suit-nypd-saying-damages-caused-reporters-exposed/

Similarly, I suppose that someone embezzling your money causes you no harm until you become aware of the fact that the cash is gone.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

More about our governments' love of free expression

Just in case you ever thought that our governments welcome debate and discussion, here's an article about recent activities designed to shield us from knowledge about the activities undertaken by taxpayer-funded organizations that claim to be working for our good:

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/article/2014/02/18/snowden-docs-reveal-covert-surveillance-and-pressure-tactics-aimed-at-wikileaks-and-its-supporters/

A subtle thug is still a thug.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

So here's how the first free trade thingy (NAFTA) panned out ...

for Canada and for workers:

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/21370-the-workers-scorecard-on-nafta

Wow!  Who would have guessed that the only beneficiaries of NAFTA would be corporations?  I bet that won't happen when the next pair of secretly negotiated free trade agreements kick in.

Your government working on your behalf (NOT!!!!)