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031130(HAHAHAA-WEE bit late)- Justice for Sam??

Man - I thought I'd found a new, unexpected ally after the small commentary on the "justice" system in Canada last week - sort of a strange bedfellow, given that it was a guy named Fantino, who is head of the Toronto stormtroopers hahahaha excuse me police force which has been so Vaderian in its response to any kind of citizen protest the last few years, the OCAP one a couple of years ago at Queen's Park but the most famous showing of their ready, even eager, tendency to turn to jackboots and violence to contain such things - anyway, here is the headline that got me - Fantino wants crime inquiry - first line - "...Toronto police Chief Julian Fantino repeated his call for the federal government to hold a public inquiry into the criminal justice system after another bloody weekend of violent shooting deaths in the city..." - wow!!! - I've been looking for a serious inquiry into the Canadian justice system for many years now, along with a lot of others! - but, of course, you know I'm just funnin with ya - Fantino's ideas of what is wrong with the Canadian justice system are somewhat different than mine - right opposite, one might even say - whereas I think the whole thing is crooked and fixed from the top down, his only concern is that it isn't repressive enough, they need to put more people in jail for longer, sort of like in the great USofA - well, we'll just let him put it in his own words from the TOs Finest website - he starts off with Chief Julian Fantino Renews Call For Public Inquiry Into Justice System - “A level of violence that would have been unknown five years ago is now depressingly commonplace." Actually, this appears to be, shall we say, debatable, at best - here the Star says that violent crime is actually down a lot over the last ten years or so - Editorial: With crime down, inquiry not needed - "Fantino makes a poor case when he cites crime victims as proof that the system is failing. Police statistics, produced by Fantino's own officers and available on the department's website, undercut his argument. They indicate violent crime fell 4.8 per cent in 2002 from 2001. They also detail drops in Criminal Code offences generally, and sharp drops in robberies, bank holdups, apartment break-ins, assaults and car thefts. That decline isn't a one-time blip. Overall crime has dropped by more than 35 per cent since 1992...." Well, facts disproving their justifications never bothered people anxious to beat up on other people for whatever reason - I'm sure many recall protesting their innocence to a schoolyard bully anxious for some little defenceless kid to pound, or Bush's litany of lies earlier in the year as he desperately tried to justify going and bombing the fuck out of yet another defenceless country. Fantino goes on to say - "The criminal justice system is broken. It does not work. We have the victims to prove it. .... We must put fear back where it belongs – on those who choose to break the law – not on innocent citizens...” Fear. That is what it is all about, really. But he gets a little outside the truth there when he says he doesn't think innocent civilians should be afraid - he doesn't want innocent civilians to fear anyone but the cops, who want EVERYONE to fear THEM - shoot first and ask questions later sort of thing - and they don't want any competition for that fear!! - but again we are right up against the myth-reality gap in modern society - the dick-and-jane-see-spot-run school training that the cops are our friends, to serve and protect, etc and etc - faced with the reality - well heck isn't that just another coincidence!!! of something more like this report - Report blasts RCMP for excessive violence - "...The anti-globalisation protest in April, 2001, sparked massive riots by tens of thousands of demonstrators as police used more than 1,500 canisters of tear-gas, as well as plastic and rubber bullets and pepper spray to keep them away from a fenced-in perimeter during the three- day meeting...." - well, that's the REAL police in action (just for perspective, imagine if we read a story in our paper about police in some country we officially consider to have a bad government - Cuba say, or Libya, dozens of others - and they used "...more than 1,500 canisters of tear-gas, as well as plastic and rubber bullets and pepper spray..." to keep citizens from protesting something - wow - editorials and commentary coming out the ol ying-yang about repressive police tactics, and probably some more in the Pispot about how George ought to go and democratise them damned anarchist-commy-terrorists by bombing the fuck out of them, etc and etc. True or no?!?!?! HAHAHAHAHA!!!! OF FUCKING COURSE IT IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!) - the cops-citizens thing demands fear if they are to be effective - not fear from Jane and Joe Sixpack who are good little citizens, never break the law, go to the mall on weekends and watch their 4-5 hours of tv every night - these people aren't the problem - the problem is people who don't watch much tv, and ask a lot of questions about how things are being run, and why things are going wrong - THESE are the people that need to be controlled, and that is what the story is really all about.

Anyway, the intro grows longer than the story!!! - I thought I'd write Chief Fantino a little note about all this stuff, as he doesn't, in my opinion HAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!!!, seem to have his eyes open to what exactly he ought to be doing - probably a waste of time, under the circumstances, but you never know until you try - he may actually be a wonderful person, and is being misled by sneaky capitalist handlers or something (wouldn't be the first time - I recall before I started getting more involved in this stuff a few years ago, around the time of the MAI - we started writing letters to MPs, and a lot of them (LOT of them, really) denied any knowledge of the so-called "investment treaty" at all - and the thing is, I don't think they were all lying (some of them undoubtedly were - lying is to politicians as water is to fish, or something - they can't not, if you see my meaning, the instinctive gut reaction when faced with anything they aren't sure about but just might put them in a bad light - LIELIELIE!!!!!) - but they were just supposed to sit in their back benches, read the speeches they were given and otherwise do as they were told - and it wasn't deemed necessary to tell them - OUR FUCKING REPRESENTATIVES!!!!!! - about a new treaty that was meant to remove even more power from the government (OUR fucking government, in theory!!) than FTA-NAFTA had. Nope - the handlers didn't think it necessary to tell them anything about it - and thus they denied that such a thing even existed when we started questioning them about it. Anyway - I don't think that is really the case with Fantino HAHAHAHAHAHAAA - but what the hell - you never know until you try.....)

Dear Chief Fantino, (you can write him to if you want, c/o Chief Fantino
Greetings from one who is not a resident of your city (although I was born there), but who does have friends and relatives there, and has also lived there for short periods of time in the past, and thinks that Toronto is one of the great cities in the world. I too feel concern about the increase in violent crime in your city, as you expressed in your news release of Monday Nov. 25, and sympathize considerably with your desire to take steps to decrease the incident rate of this problem, including a review of the Canadian criminal justice system. I do, however, feel that you are thinking along the wrong lines with your call for more police presence, cracking down on gangs, longer prison sentences, etc - it seems to me that meeting violence with violence is rarely conducive to true and lasting solutions to any problem, and I would like to suggest a couple of perhaps "outside-the-box" ideas you might add to the mix when considering how to deal with this problem in the future.

What you - and the city and province and police, really, all working together (with the involvement of the federal government, for that matter! - and all the citizens of the city and province and country should certainly have a say as well! - as this problem is not confined to Toronto, and any real solution would have to be implemented across the country) - need to do is to look at the actual roots of the problem of gangs and violence, and tackle the problem at its source, or sources, if the solution is to be effective and long-lasting. Are the gangs doing this just because they like violence and what not - or is there perhaps a deeper cause that might be more effectively addressed?

I believe there are three main sources to the current problem of crime in Canada, which, if addressed, would go a long, long ways to reducing the crime rate in Toronto - and elsewhere in Ontario and Canada, for that matter.

First, we must look seriously at the problem of poverty in Canada, and Ontario and Toronto - as a recent report in the Star pointed out, the income gap between the "ok" citizens and the "poor" citizens has increased over the last few years - I don't really think I need to go into any detail about the very direct relation between poverty and crime, as this relationship has long been understood and acknowledged by all civilised governments and those parts of such governments involved with fighting crime, of which your police force is certainly central (I think perhaps this relationship may have been somewhat less understood by the Harris so-called "Progressive Conservative" government which ran Ontario for the last 8 years, thus adding to the increase in both poverty and crime in general the last few years, but now that that extremist sort of government has been banished rather forcefully by the citizens of Ontario, perhaps you can join with the new Liberal government in helping to reverse those trends. We all can see how ineffective such Draconian measures are in, for instance, the United States, which has some of the harshest and most punitive laws and the highest prison population in the world, and also huge crime rates - quite obviously, the punishments are not having any great impact on the crime rate there - and the US also has one of the highest poverty rates among industrialised, modern countries). In any event, actually passing laws to help the poor by various methods is, obviously, not your direct mandate, but you could lobby the government and the public, as you do so well in various ways, to pass laws and undertake various other things to reduce the serious poverty rate in Toronto and Canada - were you to acknowledge this direct link between poverty and crime, and indicate your wish to combat the crime problem by going to its source and fighting poverty, the elected officials would have to listen to your voice of experience.

Let me be clear - I am not advocating simply throwing a lot of money at poor people and encouraging a life of leisure for lazy people, living their lives on government handouts (we have far too many doing that already - the "leisure class" clipping bond coupons leading the way - but I'll not get into that here!) - most poor people would be more than happy to be given the opportunity to improve their lives through education and a decent job, and if we made channels available to them to do this, they would gladly and thankfully avail themselves of the opportunity. But instead we give them barely enough to live on through welfare payments to which we attach severe social stigma (many political figures shamefully referring to "welfare bums", "welfare moms", etc), thus further demoralising them and making them depressed and resentful rather than confident and hopeful while they work their way out of the poverty trap, and stick them in slums where violence and crime are daily occurrences, and then criticize them for living there - and demand extra police protection for citizens in nearby areas! We deny them decent educations and then deny them decent jobs because they have no education. One could be forgiven for looking at such a situation and thinking the government and other leaders of our society actually encourage such living conditions, and the inevitable resulting crime, rather than actually wishing to alleviate the situation!

But the people in these slums are still human beings, Chief Fantino, with human emotions and desires - and nobody welcomes such a life, and most aspire to something better - and if they are denied the "civilised" options of education and a decent job - then many will inevitably turn to crime.

I am especially bothered about the children raised in such circumstances - look if you will at some pictures of young children - children, at least, who have not yet been brutalised by severe poverty or violence as they are in many areas of the world - look at the innocence and wonder and trust and beauty of their small faces, and in their eyes - it has always bothered me that we take this innocence and beauty and potential and during the course of their young lives in slums such as I talk about above we turn them into resentful, violent young adults we see all around us and that form the core group of your crime problem - I can think of no greater condemnation of our species and society that we do this to these children, no greater sign of our essential unfitness to call ourselves a "civilised" society - and this speaks very, very directly to the crime you are so concerned about, whether or not the rates are actually increasing. The young people in the gangs - or older people - were once these young and beautiful children - they did not carry a gene of some sort that said that when they were older they would become gang criminals practicing theft and intimidation and violence - no - they were taught to be like that - taught by those that came before them, of course - but also taught that this was a valid option for survival in our society by the lack of decent alternatives offered to them during their very formative young years in the slums and ghettos of our large cities, or other places in the country.

So, Chief Fantino, if you are truly interested in tacking the crime rate in Canada, this is where you must begin - by removing the breeding ground for most criminals, the slums of poverty where children are given no opportunity to aspire to "the good life", but learn only that WE have condemned them to a second-rate existence - which many of them simply do not accept - and turn to crime as a way out of the slum. And it does no good whatsoever to say that the money is simply not available - there are tens of billions of dollars available, provincially and federally, of which only a small amount relatively speaking would do amazing things to alleviate this poverty - it is all in the priorities. We seem to have no trouble spending huge amounts of money on police and junkets for politicians and tax breaks for wealthy businessmen and their companies and bids for Olympic games and government advertisements to tell the people what wonderful jobs they are doing and any of a thousand other things - or we can take just a fraction of that money and see to it that EVERY child in the city of Toronto or anywhere in Canada is guaranteed a decent home to live in, enough food to eat and clothes to wear, a neighbourhood where people have options other than crime, books to read and study from, after-school activities to participate in, and so on. It's a matter of policy, Mr. Fantino, not money. Unfortunately, for many years now, the policy has been to treat the poor as 3rd-class citizens, and this policy quite inevitably turns many of them on the criminal path. It need not be so - indeed, as you are undoubtedly well aware, in 1989 the government of Canada passed a resolution that by the year 1999 there would be no poor children in Canada - shamefully for everyone involved, there are actually more poor children now than there were then. And we are paying the price, in many, many, many ways - and will continue to do so until this terrible situation is rectified.

Secondly, and at least as important, is the rather serious matter of the laws of Canada themselves, many of which create criminals where no real criminal action has occurred (that is, no other citizens were violated in any way through the activity which creates the "criminal") - which obviously adds a great deal of work to your job, being forced to spend a lot of time chasing and charging people with things, and wasting more time in court, about things which no civilised society would criminalise. I speak, of course, of the criminalisation of such things as using recreational chemicals (especially marijuana), prostitution, and gambling. These things may be distasteful to some people, but "distasteful" is hardly sufficient grounds for calling something a crime and creating a whole new class of criminals - you can hardly deny that many people participate in such activities, and few people actually support their criminalisation (almost all surveys I have read in recent years, for instance, indicate that 70%+ of Canadians support legalisation of marijuana) - thus it is not only a waste of time, but very undemocratic for you and police forces all across the country to be spending your time trying to stop people from participating in these activities.

More importantly, by making such activities illegal, you provide a very fertile breeding ground for the "organised crime" and gang activities which you are finding to be such a problem. And I might point out that there is a very negative synergistic effect in the creation of such crimes - many women, for instance, turn to prostitution for no other reason than to support their drug habit - which, if it was legal, they would not need to do; the creation of this twice-"guilty" "drug"-prostitute then leads to the encouragement of those most distasteful of all underworld creatures, the "pimps", who would have no rock left to crawl under were prostitution legalised and legally regulated brothels or whatever established; and the great profits to be made from selling illegal drugs, of course, or trafficking in women in the illegal prostitution underworld, gives this underworld and youth gangs a great deal of money with which they can support and expand their criminal activities. I strongly suspect, all rhetoric aside, Chief Fantino, you know as well as most of us that simply legalising marijuana alone would immediately result in a 50-75% drop in all criminal activities in major cities in Canada!!! And add to that the legalisation of prostitution, and there would hardly be anywhere left for these gangs which are such a problem these days to find any activity from which to make the money they need to operate (the next biggest organised crime trip these days seems to be cigarette smuggling - and the obvious solution is simply to remove the ridiculous taxes, and once again you deny the criminals their money, and save huge amounts of policing costs!!! (and there is no _serious evidence available that reducing cigarette taxes would result in overloaded hospitals from people with cigarette-induced cancers!! - none at all - check it out!)

Also synergistically, but in a more positive sense, imagine the resources of the police forces that would be freed up to go after more serious criminals were you no longer required to supervise the harmless drug use activities of the people of your city!!

So point 2 - if you are truly serious about reducing criminal activities, you must use your considerable influence to demand that the government stops wasting your time pursuing and charging these innocent people by removing these laws that attempt to make criminal activities out of activities that the state has no real business in.

Well - I had thought to go on further, pointing out the very detrimental effect on all "normal" citizens of seeing that the rich people in the country seem to have a different set of laws, or are at least subject to a somewhat different interpretation of the same laws by everyone in the "justice" system from police through judges, which engenders considerable disrespect for the justice system as well, which should be the true focus of any inquiry into the Canadian justice system, which I do feel is long overdue - but the letter grows lengthy, and I am sure you are quite busy these days, so I will leave it here - the above points, poverty and senseless laws that create criminals from otherwise good citizens and waste a great deal of time that should be devoted to more relevant pursuits, are the main ones I wished to emphasize.

So I wish you well in your endeavours, Chief, and do hope you will take what I have said seriously, and begin the path towards a truly fair and just society, which is undoubtedly what we all want to see here in Canada, for ourselves and our children, and their children yet to come.

[[[a rather polite little note, would not you agree?!?!? HAHAHAHAHAAAAA - I shall publish any response herein at such time as it is received.... - man, wouldn't it be nice if change was this easy?!?!?!? HAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!]]

More examples of "justice" in Canada this week (there's always a few make the papers - which really makes you wonder how many do NOT make the papers - undoubtedly hundreds of cases of "justice" gone astray every week in the country, that do not get covered because the mainstream media has no time for injustice in general when only the poor are the victims - but a few do get through, when one of the few real journalists in the country gets interested for some reason, or one of the equally few decent lawyers gets involved, and raises a fuss - but not most of them) - Ont. judge rules in Zundel Charter case - so here is a man who has been in a Canadian jail since last February, who has not been charged with a fucking thing!!!!! - but the police and sandbox-spies and government and judges are all conspiring to keep him there on the incredibly spurious idea that he MIGHT represent some kind of "security threat" - and the great free Canadian democratic media don't seem to care much either - you know, a great deal of one's credibility concerning such ideas as "justice" or "freedom of speech" can be judged by how one treats those one does not agree with - and by fuck, Canadians look pretty bad in this case - Hitler would have been proud of us, condemning a man for no other reason than his words are distasteful to us (and I would encourage you to give a moment's thought to the implications of this, and the new Canadian 'terrorism" laws - so what, you say about Zundel, it's only some "Holocaust-denier" - who gives a fuck?!?!? - but think of the Rev. Neimuller story, and the fact that by your NOT protesting this kind of thing, you are giving carte blanche to the government to do it anytime they want - I mean, when they come for you, you can hardly protest, because the government is just going to say that the precedent under which they are grabbing you is already well-established in law. Sauce for the goose, to use a Thanksgiving metaphor!!!....HAHAHAHAHAAAA!)

Or `Vindictive' JP fired over conduct in court - Convicted man for wearing headgear. Probe uncovers `irrational' abuses of judicial power - like the headline says. You might protest that HEY! - the guy got fired! - meaning the system works because it gets rid of the few bad ones like this - to which I would reply HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!! - no way!! - these guys are all over the place, and only the very worst of them get fired - they get lots of rope to play with, and all the benefit of the doubt, until for some reason they go too far, get somebody important pissed off, or whatever, as above - all of the "judges" in PEI, for instance, that I used to see made irrational decisions time after time, and there was no way they were accountable to anyone, as the story I told last time about writing to the Canadian judicial council indicated or other times, as long as the irrational decisions only fucked around the poor, or supported the ruling clique in that fair little isle (and this kind of thing gets no attention in the Island media, with the odd exception as noted above)

Well - I just gotta put in a link to this, it is so, so fucking true - Take no prisoners in The War on Stupidity by a writer called Brad Spangler, and a site called Rational Review - great title, but then again we need to define things before we agree with them, to make sure we are talking about the same stuff! - these guys are fairly hardcore Libertarian, a camp I have felt a calling to at times in the past for their notions from minimal state control of individuals, but they are much too mindlessly individualistic as a group I think - huhnuu!!!??? - well, yes, I am obviously pretty individualistic myself HAHAHAHAHA!!!! - but I embrace my individualism while recognising my membership in the community - a community of individuals, committed to our COMMON good while fully leaving us individually alone to pursue our PRIVATE good is where I want to be - very anarchistic as well - but this idea of looking after one another - and being able to accomplish the things we accomplish together, and building on our common heritage - is what sets us apart from the other creatures on the earth - no individual, acting on his own, is going to build a rocket ship or a hospital or a computer or any other thing that enhances our lives, and it is just blind (yes - and fucking stupid!) to arrogantly pretend that is the case - while wearing clothes someone else made for you, eating food someone else produced, and writing stuff on a computer and sending it out along the internet that are the collective efforts of tens of thousands of others, over decades. Our brain and our collective efforts are the things that have set us apart on the evolutionary track, and it is by making full use of these that we will prosper - or not. There are far, far, FAR fucking more failed evolutionary branches than successful ones. Given the length of the existence of Home "sapiens" (yea I added the "", for reasons I've gone over previously HAHAHAAAA) on the planet, and the fact that we are currently within a whisker of ending that existence through our own "free will" and stupidity - well, the odds of us joining the list of failures rather than successes is somewhat higher.

Fuck - sidetracked again! - the article on stupidity is very much on, though - he talks about how we have let the governments of our countries do some very bad things (we are not a fuck of a lot better than the US in this regard - do you know what Canadians are doing right now in Afghanistan, and why?!?!?! - think about it!! - or bombing the fuck out of Yugoslavia a couple of years ago?!?!? - think about standing in front of your god, if you have one, and explaining some of that - go on, just try...... HAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!!!), through a combination of apathy and stupidity on the part of most citizens, something with which I very much agree. Things will get better, as I have often said, when we ALL get off our asses and MAKE them better. One quote from Brad that sums things up nicely - "Governments derive not merely their "just" powers from the consent of the governed (as the saying goes), but all of their powers." You cannot hide from accountability in front of your tv.

Remember Sam!!!! - I'm seeing way more things than I like to lately about despair, too many of our internet band of - what? rebel forces??? - saying that the bad guys are winning, the planet is irrevocably doomed, oil's gonna run out, population crash, ozone layer disintegrating, oceans dying, no hope no hope no hope!! etc and etc - this is a sign that the bad guys are winning for sure, wearing us down, winning where it counts, in our hearts - remember Saruman the White!!! - he gave up - and not only stopped fighting himself, but giving in completely to his despair became Sauron's chief ally, chief in the sense of most powerful - and this worries me quite a lot - LOTR is of course only a tale (and the final part will be here in a couple of weeks!!!) - but I think it also works as allegory on many, many levels, and this is one of them. That is also one of the deeper meaning in the little Pogo cartoon up above somewhere - "We have met the enemy and he is us!" does not only refer to our own governments turning into the bad guys both here and abroad - but it refers to our own hearts, when we give up and embrace the dark side, if you don't mind mixing allegories - they are all branches of the same tree, anyway.

The night is darkest before the dawn...

We have nothing to fear but fear itself...

Falling down is not failure .... not getting back up is.

Don't give up. Ever. THAT is when they win.

What we need around here is a new Renaissance of some kind - right now the main "vision" in the world seems to be greed, which is pretty depressing for everyone not in the top 1% or so of moral-less predators who are willing to do the killing and stealing to advance in this kind of game - people who want to work together, who want to make a peaceful pleasant prosperous world for everyone to live good lives are at a serious disadvantage when faced with these kind of people - we will ALWAYS be the last one to shoot, and are very, very disinclined to go after people with 2x4s, figuratively or otherwise, from behind, tactics these people favor and are very experienced at and have no qualms whatsoever about using when their positions are threatened. (hahahahaaa - I just realised - the street fighting gangs Chief Fantino of Toronto is so concerned with above are in almost every important respect exactly the same as the Big Business street fighters that the rest of us are so concerned with - they have exactly the same tactics - they like to attack from behind with serious force, so that the fight is essentially over before their opponent knows the fight has even been contemplated!!!)

But how to get beyond them, to the sane world, remains the question of the times, when they control virtually everything of importance, from the governments to the banks that they have forced us all to be dependant on to simply provide for our day to day lives, to the media whereby societies supposedly share information and discuss the public weal and direction, to the military-police forces which they use to suppress any kind of movement that threatens them. What are we to do to arouse the masses - the matrix bodies in their self-contained cocoons that allow no input of information the controllers do not want them to have?

Health care stuff has been in the news a bit the last few days as well - spurred I suppose by the human propensity for anniversaries - it was about a year ago this week the Romanov Report came out - sure you remember it!! - them fucking lefties trying to steal more money from the rich to spend on the poor!!! - good thing our Free Democratic Press reported it a couple of times and then forgot about it - like all the Free Democratic Governments in Canada HAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA who had no fucking intention of wasting more money on health care for them damn welfare bums in this country, not when there were still a few pennies (of citizen taxes!!!!) left in the Public Purse to hand to the Bay St Boys in tax breaks (that fucking Harris even had the gall to take something like 700 million from the feds that was supposedly earmarked for the healthcare budget he was whining about and give it directly to the wealthy and the corps in tax breaks!! - no fucking wonder these people are completely opposed to Romanov's Health Council which would try to set some acountability for the spending!!!!) - anyway, at least a few columns in the Star noted the anniversary, and the complete lack of followup on the part of the governments - you could, actually, hardly find a better example of the great divide between the people of the country here, who almost unanimously supported the Romanov Report and wanted "their" (HAHAHAHAH!!!!!) government to act on it and implement it ASAP - and the governments of, by and for the Bay St Boys, who wanted basically nothing to do with this socialist shit after close to 20 years of rolling back all those things and getting the citizens used to doing with less (while they got MORE MORE MORE!!!!), but had to make some pacifying noises to them citizens, pretending to be democratic and representing their interests, etc and etc, but still by fuck bound and determined to get rid of the public health care and turn as much of that money as possible over to private providers like in the Great God USA - and they are as determined now as they were then, and with the help of the media, who refuse to speak for the people of Canada on this or any other issue (again honourable exception of a few columnists in the Star!!!). (one by a certain Walter Robinson is scheduled for dissection here very shortly)

Properly funding the health care system is not, as they so like to pretend, "throwing money" at it wastefully any more than you yourself "throw money" at the local grocery store or farmer's market when you buy a decent amount of healthy food to feed your family - imagine, to carry the metaphor a bit further, that you had been underfeeding your family for years now, and they were all somewhat malnourished, and when you suggested to someone you wanted them fed properly, they accused you scornfully of "throwing money away" - ridiculous, right? Same with health care. To the wealthy, of course, who get their health care at the Mayo Clinic or some such wealthy world-class private hospital in the US where they don't have to mingle with the peasants, any of their tax money, small as it is, targeted for health care for OTHER Canadians is, certainly, in their eyes "wasted" or "thrown away" - but why in the fuck we should listen to them and the crap in their papers is beyond me. Then again, most of what they tell everyone to think, and many listen to, is beyond me - I do not represent majority opinion HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!! - actually, that's not all that funny - I am also sane, which puts me in the same minority, and since the majority seem bound and determined to listen to the lies of those who want to finish off the planet that I also live on - well - there is a point where ya gotta stop laughing.

Leading of course to the Dauphin - the King to Be in Waiting!! - always things to watch for, such as Paul Martin: A cynical beginning by Murray Dobbin RM archive copy- as we have talked about before, Paul Martin is being given a free ride by the Canadian press, and being heralded as the New Saviour of Canada - in the fine tradition of Mulroney, Jean "Cancel NAFTA & the GST" Chretien, and Mike Harris. It is a free ride that, as far as the non-Bay St Boys people of Canada are concerned, he does not deserve. Murray talks about that (again!!! he's been doing a bit of it!), But tying it in to the health care stuff, Martin seems to be speaking in riddles or something (geee!!! a Canadian politician not being completely truthful and forthright in the runup period to an election!!!! Isn't that something!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!!!) - anyway - here he is saying that I want more than one term Martin: But he says the dwindling surplus means there will be hard choices aheadOttawa Citizen Nov 29/03 - "..."There are going to be tradeoffs that are going to have to be required, choices that are going to have to be made...." - evidently getting corps and/or the wealthy to pay a bit more taxes is not on the table though - we could surmise that, but it's not necessary - Finance Minister (retiring) Manley assured a New York audience that "...We have introduced the largest tax reduction program in Canadian history, a multi- year initiative that will be complete by the end of this year. This tax reduction plan has created a distinct Canadian advantage, with an average federal/provincial corporate tax rate now below that of the U.S., and expected to fall even further in the future..." (Speech by the Honourable John Manley, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, to the Americas Society/Council of the Americas Nov 24/03.

It's another anniversary this week past - 40 years since Kennedy was assassinated. By who remains sort of an open question, although "we" (that would be we CTs - oh yea, we go back a looooooooooong ways HAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!) are pretty sure it had little or nothing to do with Lee Harvey Oswald and a lot to do with the CIA. Some stories about that this week (now remember, if you're working on your list to Santa, don't read this shit right now!!!! It will give you all sorts of bad ideas!!! HAHAHAHAAA!) - JFK, 9-11, and the REAL America: Tying It All Together by Jon Phalen RM archive copy - as the author describes it - "...An organic reconsideration of US history and major "conspiracy theories" of the past 40 years, including those pertaining to the 9-11 attack, and how they shed light on America's present drift into fascism....". My personal endorsement of this - long, but so what??? - you can't do history in soundbites! - perhaps the best overall piece yet written on 911, and a lot of other stuff - there is a pattern here, a vast conspiracy going back at least decades. You just cannot read stuff like this, and put it together with what you know, and think otherwise.

THE COALITION OF THE SHILLING - The Iraqis will have to learn democracy someplace else By Sam Smith - Sam is the owner-writer of the Progressive Review website, which has been going for a long time, nowhere near as long as Sam or the print copy though - and it is one of the best reads on the web.

And now I gotta go read some fucking hop leaves or something, and figure out what I’m gonna do next HAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (man it was a grim week)

George Orwell: During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act

"I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it would be the truth." - Morpheus

- and insofar as this grasshopper understands it, so it is.

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” (Upton Sinclair - great writer - reading stuff like this helps understand how the problems of today are NOT new!!! - and is a clear indication of the truth of the old saying that he who does not know history is destined to repeat it, or whatever)

"Your failure to be informed does not make me a wacko." — John Loeffler

Write if ya want (ya gotta take the xxx off the front - I'm trying to reduce the intake from the spam assholes (oh yes you fucking are - it is NOT amusing - get a fucking life why don't you, instead of bothering people. Fuck.)).

What direct action did you take today to do something to get rid of corporate government in Canada? Do you feel that it was enough, given the situation? Will you feel content telling that to your grandchildren, should they survive, and the country, and the planet?

So much left to say, so little time to say it in - probably only a few months until the next federal election - do you want to try to save Canada in that frantic four weeks when big Paul drops the writ and EVERY friggin advantage is his - or would you like to start now, when we have some sort of outside chance? Canada for Canadians Coalition - get involved.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: With thanks to the Editors of the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, Ch'town Guardian, Vancouver Sun, and others I cannot think of at the moment, for their refusal to print my letters over the last few years on various issues of national import - had I even a hope of being printed occasionally in these fora and my voice acknowledged in the national debate, I would undoubtedly not have bothered putting all this together. Cheers!

(for the legal-minded types - all this stuff not otherwise credited to some newspaper or something IS original, and thus copyright by Rude Macedon - I don't even have to say it - check it out - but given that, repost at will, with acknowledgement. Letting me know would be nice too - and we do want to be nice people in a nice world, don't we? Isn't that why we are doing what we are doing, to get rid of the liars and crooks (NOT nice people) who are running things now?)

8,978,976,745 people (that'd be yer SCpoll, correct within 0.5 percentage points, 18 or 19 times out of 23, as long as it's Tuesday and the moon is full where you sit, and there hasn't been a special dispensation by Neptune cancelling those caveats under security code X37.25, and nobody was lying or trying to get off the phone quick because they were watching Survivor or Bangkok Ladies on Motorcycles) have visited this site in the last 13 or so hours, Chretien's still PM and George Bush is talking to GOD on his red phone, direct line, as you read. Which of those statements do you find the most unbelievable? Why?