Halifax International Symposium on
Media and Disinformation
Halifax, Nova Scotia
July 1-4, 2004
Dude, there's MORE
to the story!!
International Citizen's Inquiry Into 9/11
Phase 2, Toronto, Canada
May 25 30, 2004
0624-Not with a bang
0620-Charlie Brown Election
0530-Hit the road Jose..
0523-the Occam thing...
0507-There I said it again..
0430-again and again...
0423-How many columns...
0416-fish rot from the head
0410-The Box II
current Top Of The List!
Change - we know the problem - what the fuck are we going to DO about it is the question...??
Ammo - selection of very good commentary from other writers on important stuff - FAAAAARRRRR BETTER THAN TV!!!
Canadians for Canada Coalition (CCC) - United Left, if you will - but bottom of the line - Get Rid of Corporate Government in Canada - 2004 Federal Election may be your last chance - act NOW PLEASE!!
The Debt Conspiracy Theory Fact - do you believe people who email you from Africa wanting to give you 10 million bucks? No? Well WHY DO YOU BELIEVE THE NATIONAL DEBT IS LEGITIMATE?!?!? (Sorry - I get excited about this...)
911 - as important as the debt scam - ask yourself why you are so afraid to admit the truth here, even when it's been kicking you in the face almost since it happened? When the world you live in is operating under a lie this big and obvious and monstrous, you have no security whatsoever.
Word Warriors and Others of Note
Unbrand Your Life
Hand of Mordor
Happy Canada Day
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human
face - forever.
George Orwell 1984
"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
mama mama who dat scary man mama??!!
HAHA HAHAHA HAHAHAHA !!!!!!!!!!
040624-Not with a bang...|
Response needed to Klein's threat - so Ralph wants "... "more patient participation in financing health care" ..." - well, geez, somebody ought to stand right up and say out loud - "Hey, Ralphie! - I (that'd be Mr/Ms Average Canadian) - I paid over $20,000 bucks in taxes last year! (I base this on the very reliable Fraser Institute idea (nudgenudgewinkwink HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.... sorry!!!!! - but, as they say, live by the sword die by the sword or whatever) that "tax free" day comes sometime in mid-June, and the average Canadian family income is around $50,000, according to most stats (mymymy that serendipity song again - here the next very day in the Star - Ontario Tax Freedom Day falls on June 27) - I thought I already WAS participating quite a bit!!!" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA - but of course, nobody ever will - or maybe somebody MIGHT, but they would NEVER get a small box in any of the national media to do so. For some odd reason HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I wonder if we might consider asking the Canadian corporate sector who are still in the midst of laughing all the way to the banks HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH about the 100 Billion dollar tax break a couple years ago - or those banks and "investors" who are STILL raking in 50++BILLION per year in "service charges" on the National Debt Scam, for that matter) - if THEY might "participate" a bit more in maintaining the Canadian health care system rather than continually whining about lowertaxes lowertaxes lowertaxes etcetcetc blahhhhh - they are, after all, prime beneficiaries OF the Canadian health care system in that they don't have to provide very pricey medical insurance for their employees, as do most American firms, for instance .... oh well, nobody ever said that the same traits that allow one to accumulate great wealth (primarily a lack of morals or ethics and an attitude of "me first fuck you jack") had much to do with intelligent behaviour....
Dude, there's MORE to the story!!!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA another wacko idea I know I know I know HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA
Vote-splitting could hurt in West, Tories say - "..."Independents typically don't have a voice in government," Mr. Komarnicki said. "Why would you gamble with an independent?"..." - and there ya got it in a nutshell - why "party politics" ought to be banned. Actually, the question that is a whole lot more relevant, it seems to me, and truthful - is why would you gamble with a "party" that you know to be controlled by Bay St and Big Business, which again you KNOW is going to pass laws favoring Bay St and fucking the rest of us??? The whole thing is getting out of hand, with Martin running around telling everyone a vote for the NDP is wasted at best or a vote FOR the Harper Repaginations - Dear Mr Martin sir I'll vote for who I fucking well please! - and insofar as it IS a "wasted vote" (which is to some extent what I have been saying lately about voting Green or CAP for instance - although an update on that below!!!) - Mr. Martin - would you tell us then why you BLOCKED an NDP motion last fall that was going to ask Canadians if they wanted to switch to a PR electoral system, under which, had you passed that motion and held off on this election for another year, EVERY vote would have counted for the party it was given too and resulted in much more real "representation" than we see with the corporate 25% majorities, and NOT been wasted at all???!!! - oh well, the word "hypocrisy" has never been anywhere near strong enough for the average Bay St big-time professional politician. Which is why they are held in such great esteem all across this great country of ours.
Liberal MP faces Layton, brimming with confidence and ignoring the polls - "....Barely a week after a national pollster said that New Democrat Leader Jack Layton should easily win this riding, the four-time Liberal incumbent is claiming he is the one with the stranglehold.... There is, he senses, the beginning of a backlash -- in metropolitan ridings, anyway -- against Stephen Harper's Conservatives...." - man I don't know if it's fun or a pain in the ass always asking questions about stuff like this - but I read stuff like this and thoughts just LEAP into my poor frazzled brain - I mean - really?!?!?!?! - HOW MANY PEOPLE are REALLY thinking shit like this?!?!? - "OHMYGOD!!! Harper might win I better vote Liberal!!!" - ????? Really?!?!?!?!! - is that something that would spring into YOUR mind without some prompting???? Why not ANOTHER sort of thought - that is to say, something like - oh - "Hey!!! The Libs are in trouble, and nobody likes Harper's New Repugnanticons - so let's get out them votes for the NDP and get them goldarn neocon country-wreckers and privateers and medicare-wreckers the hell out of here once and for all?!?!?!" - EHHHH???? - I mean hell, THAT thought has been running around my head for a long time now, and I know at least a few others think the same - odd isn't it that it would NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVERRRRRR occur to someone writing for the Great Free Demofartic Canadian media ?????? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA
Surrrrrrrrrrrrre it is HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA - LOOKOUT MARTHA HERE THEY COME WITH THEM CRAZY COINCIDENCE THEORIES AGAIN HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH - fucking short-haired neocons HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
- an idea - if you're one of those few who pays attention to what's going on around you in Canada and the world - just see how many "backlash" sorts of stories you see this week (sort-of subtly telling you to vote Liberal instead of NDP if you don't like Harper - all house-edge stuff - nothing too obvious, but an undeniable, cumulative effect overall) ........ and think about who's pulling YOUR strings. You ok with that???? Why not vote for the person you think would best represent you?? Or if nobody suits - write in on your ballot NONE OF THE ABOVE!!!!!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAA - fuck it must be nice to be a simple-minded coincidence theorist and never worry about stuff like this - hey martha what's on tv tonight? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA
Martin promises open health meeting - and here goes Paul again with the promises - "Hey!! Look at all the absolutely WONDERFUL things I'm gonna do if you
suckers hahahahaha excuse me!!! good voters elect me again!!!" - hahahahaha indeed - he doesn't seem to understand how much most Canadians have been turned off by the incessant lies of pretty much ALL elected politicians the last few years. IF he was serious about anything, he would have waited for a year to call the elections - it's only been three and a half years since the last one - and used the last six months and the next year to SHOW people what he's going to do - and then looked back and said - "Look! I said I was going to do good stuff and I have!" - and then a few folks MIGHT trust him a bit more, if any of the stuff he did had been more useful than more huge tax breaks for the wealthy. Such as - he yaps again and again about health care - well, Paulie!! - lemme tell ya something!!! - a HUGE majority of Canadians said they really wanted the Romanov report implemented IN ITS ENTIRETY a couple of years ago - and it still sits on a shelf where you're all trying to ignore it for some odd reason - a REALLY good sign of your sincerity about helping all us poor folks would simply be to implement that!!!! - since that would really go a long, long ways towards restoring a working health care system in this country, the fact that you are NOT doing anything with this report, but run around saying you have great plans to fix the health care system, without telling us what they are beyond "it has to get better!" and "I'll have a meeting with some people about this" - well - you're not being very credible, my friend, not very credible at all - and on top of everything else that's been going on - well -
???? The Romanov report would cost a lot of money, you say???? Well - that little hundred billion dollar tax break awhile back was pretty expensive too!!! - bad message, there, Paulie, bad bad optics - you're willing, even anxious, to spend a very large sum of money on your corporate buds - but when it comes to money for we poor folk it's a little harder to come by????
Speaking of optics - NDP MP Robinson charged with theft - and less than a week before the election in which the NDP are looking better than the Libs and Cons every day that goes by - isn't that just the GOLDARNED-est coincidence that a story like this would come out now!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA - OF COURSE IT IS YOU GOLDARNED CONSPIRACY THEORIST HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA (I checked out one of the originals - Auction accepts Svend's apology - in which the place he allegedly stole the ring from say they didn't think laying charges was necessary ...... as it points out in this story, this office that laid the charges was also responsible for the Glen Clark charges a few years ago, which was one of the more egregious and obvious cases of police corruption in Canada the last few years, with the RCMP acting VERRRRRRRYYYYYY suspiciously, not to mention the prosecutors, in their treatment of an NDP government - and here they are, still with their nice jobs, seeing how they can influence politics - seems to me there's laws against that sort of stuff - problem being, of course - if the cops and courts are corrupt - who's gonna charge em?!?!?!?!?!?! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA - shouldn't laugh - it's one of the CENTRAL problems in the country today, and large parts of the world... (and don't start thinking silly thoughts like civil court or citizen's arrest and shit like that - great stuff in the movies to make you BELIEVE you can do that sort of stuff - but in actual fact, don't even CONSIDER it if you can't afford to spend several million bucks at least on it just to get started - with that figure rising as the level of corruption you want to expose rises..... I wrote the Judicial Oversight Committee of Canada or whatever they call themselves a few years back, suggesting that the corruption in the PEI courts was really, really bad - which it was and is - and a few days later got a letter back telling me that if the PEI court system required investigation for anything, the Canadian Judicial Committee was confident they would request one... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA - man ya gotta laugh or shoot yourself HAHAHAHAHAHAHA) - sort of like Fantino the Great investigating his own cops - better not start that one today!!!!
Too few med students pick family practice: Study - "...just one-fifth of students entering medical schools consider family practice as their first career choice a continuation of a more than decade-long trend that is eroding Canadians' access to primary-care practitioners across the country, a new study suggests....." - and a bit further one - ">.. In 1992, 44 per cent picked family medicine for their residency positions; by 2003, that proportion had dropped to 25 per cent the lowest ever leaving dozens of family practice residencies in hospitals unfilled this year, they said....." - now, the astute journalistic mind (or any other actual "mind" for that matter I guess) might put a couple of things together - the time period here is basically the same time period as Martin's reign as finance minister in Ottawa, when he cut health care funding and every other kind of funding except handouts to the rich (not to mention Harris's time in Ontario - same program) - and think to ask Mr. Martin if he might have any comment on all this (or Harper). One might also note that this is the time of neocon ascendency in the land (first moves in the 70s, growing power in the 80s, "WE WON FUCK YOU HAHAHAHAHA!!!!" in the 90s) - most "professional" people are in "the game" now, and that means that all that matters is making more and more and more money - I'm not saying that there aren't some good people out there still, sure there are - but as this story shows, the dedicated doctor who sees patients is giving way to the dedicated-to-money doctor who sees "consumers of a medical product" and figures they should be able to maximize their returns on their services or something like that. Not to ignore the influence either of grossly rising student debt, which is also undoubtedly a factor. More stuff to thank the neocons for.
As Canadians appear to be about to do!
FYI - Speaking of elections - a good piece by Joan Russaw, former leader of the Canadian Greens, now gone to the NDP - Greens vs. NDP: who's greener?
Honest to fuck!!!!!!! - this is one of the most pathetic pieces of propagandistic shit I've read in awhile - and that's saying a LOT!!!! - coming from a "Canadian" columnist - All the president's sin By Peter Worthington - although Worthington has made no secret for some time that he thinks America is great and Canada kind of pathetic - another of those whose continued presence in this country is a mystery - why would someone stay in a place they hate so much?!?!?! - I guess for the silver money, writing shit like this, full of lies. I won't even bother taking it apart - don't want to loose that much bile on my system and wreck the whole day.
NDP: high energy, high hopes and flat polls by Jeffrey Simpson - "...Green candidates are running in all 308 ridings... the Greens are undoubtedly draining support from the NDP. How much is difficult to say with precision, but a few percentage points in close races can spell the difference between NDP wins and losses..." - now Jeffrey's putting some facts on the paper, but sort of ignoring some of the first questions that would occur to an old "conspiracy theorist" - running candidates in 308 ridings is an expensive proposition - ask the CAP, for instance, why they aren't doing the same??? (or think of the original Manning "Reform" party, with its backing of the oil people out west, the same type whose only use for government is to collect enough taxes from the small people to pay for the cops to protect the rich from them ....) - now just WHERE do you suppose all that money is coming from - money that has been there for awhile, to get the organisations into place .... ya gotta ask - cui bono or whatever the hell the phrase is?? - Who Benefits???? - in this kind of race, where the people are pissed at the Libs, and pretty untrustful of the Harper Republicans, and just MAYBE ready to turn to the WORST NIGHTMARE of the Bay St Boys, the NDP (in spite of the constant media barrage against them) - welllllll - although most of the media seems completely incapable of joining dots (look at either the 911 situation or the Great Canadian National Debt Scam for irrefutable evidence that the media is NOT going to figure anything out that Bay St doesn't TELL them to figure out...) - but MAYBE a few Canadians MIGHT figure it out - HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA - yeayeayea, that'd be the 5% of us who already know what the fuck is going on, and who do NOT get printed anywhere in the Great Canadian Corporate Media (a few token lefties excepted - carefully screened lefties who have not broken through the brainwashing barrier about the Debt Scam yet, and are only vaguely, distantly starting to realise that just MAYBE George Bush wasn't telling the WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH when he said that Osama did 911, and Saddam helped him, and just MAYBE there really WAS a nefarious reason the whole entire greatest Air Force in the History of the World sat on the ground for two hours, in defiance of years of SOP and training exercises, while their country was being "attacked" around them - right next door for the Andrews AFB guys in Washington - etc and etc - check out the new link up top there and following - Michael Moore's new film looks like it might open a few eyes - has already, for that matter - an interesting column from a former Bushie here - AM-bushed - Turns out peaceniks were the real patriots all along by one Rick Bell in the Calgary Sun - sounding very much like a person who honestly believed somebody lying to them, and is now a bit pissed about it. Now as soon as a few million others start to wake up about this and some other stuff - maybe, just MAYbe we can start getting our countries and governments and lives and planet back. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAA - wonder if that's asking a bit much?!?!?!?!?! HAHAHAHAHAHA
For more on the 911 stuff, and the Moore film, check out
Serious - if you still think Osama, with his HQ in a cave in the Afghanistan mountains, did the 911 stuff all by himself, and the US Air Force spend two hours running around in confusion just not knowing what to do that day, and the big towers all fall down go boom because of burning kerosene - maybe it's time you stepped out of the sandbox for awhile.
Geezus sidetracked again!!! - didn't finish with Simpson and the Green Party - don't lose sight of the original question - isn't it just a bit suspicious that the Green Party has so much money available right now, when they are drawing votes away from the NDP, just when the NDP MIGHT have been the place where voters completely pissed off at the Libs and still not liking the New North Republicans might have turned?!?!?!?!
OF COURSE IT IS!!!!!! - but Canadians aren't going to think about that if someone in the Sun or the Blob or the Star doesn't tell them to first, which, I can assure you, is NOT gonna happen anytime quick.
Not with a bang, not with a bang, not with a bang - but a whimper.*
That will be on the RIP Canada stone in the Great Universal Graveyard for countries that had a chance to be great but decided to suicide themselves instead in the service of their corrupt masters. Or in fear thereof - don't much matter - same result - neither the stupid nor the fearful make good heroes - or role models for others.
Ain't that right god? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA
*(yeayea - it's TS Elliot, a poem called, I think, The Hollow Men - but don't hold me to that - it's been a loooooong time!!!!)
040620-Oh Charlie Brown!....
Well, as Canadians get ready to "choose" another government, about the most apt metaphor that occurs to me is - well, here we go again, Charlie Brown! - I'm sure most people will figure it out - Lucy telling Charlie to kick the football just ONE more time, and she'll hold it for SURE HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA - and then poor Charlie winds up on his back again - just like Canadians are going to do, with most of them voting Bay St Boys 1 or 2, as programmed (the analogy is only a bit twisted - Lucy tells Charlie kick the ball one more time!!! I won't move it!! You'll have a great time!!!! - and here, the entire Elite are telling Canadians ONE MORE TIME DO NOTNOTNOTNOTNOTNOTNOTNOT VOTE FOR THEM DAMNED SOCIALISTS WE'LL BE REALLY GOOD TO YOU THIS TIME IF YOU ELECT US ONCE AGAIN EVEN THOUGH WE'VE FUCKING DESTROYED YOUR COUNTRY THE LAST 20++ YEARS!!! - and Canadians appear to be buying it. You'd think people would learn sometime. But I suppose, being brought up since childhood, anyone alive now under the age of 55 or so, as are most of us, to be pretty much told what to do by people on the tv and in the newspapers, for those few who read them, they don't even realise what it is they are doing, or what it is they DON'T know - like Charlie believes Lucy again and again because he trusts her, Canadians believe their media and leaders again and again because they trust them, and refuse to vote for the NDP - and again and again, they lose. Bill Moyers has known for awhile - he writes about the US, but it applies, it would seem, to most Canadians -
The Fight of Our Lives - ".... I thought the mass media might awaken Americans to the reality that this ideology of winner-take-all is working against them and not for them. I was wrong. With honourable exceptions, we can't count on the mass media...".
So it's another Charlie Brown election. Like Lucy, the Bay St boys must laugh long and loud behind their closed doors at the top of their Toronto Barad Durs at the simplicity and naivete of their victims - the Canadian people.
Here's a place worth a boo - Secret Trials - and then thinking about when was the last time you read much about THIS stuff in the Great Free Democratic Canadian Media (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA) - awards and all? Did any of the prizes the last couple of times I've talked about all their self-praise tell us about these guys being locked up for years, can't even find out what the charge is??? Naaaaaa. I think it was that crazy commie Jesus who said something like "What ye do unto the least of yourselves, ye do unto me..." - at least according to the King James translators who apparently have made some errors - but the sentiment is good enough - and if YOU can sit back and say or do NOTHING about these people in prison (and these are only the ones we KNOW about - obviously the idea is to keep the whole thing as secret as possible, so it's a pretty sure bet there's lots more in holes in the ground somewhere we DON'T know about....) - then exactly who do you expect to help YOU if the RCMP or CSIS come along with either a trumped-up warrant about your contact third hand with some terrorist or outright lies from some secret phone call from somebody who doesn't like you for whatever reason???? (did you read RM lately???? You just gotta KNOW that bad dudes like THAT MUST be in cahoots with terraists who HATE our country!!!! - so if you ever READ RM (and we can tell by your computer you do!!!!!) - then by golly, that's a good enough reason to drag you into some secret cell on a secret warrant on "suspicion of terraist activities!!!" - crazy, eh??? Well - I bet most of the guys in jail right now thought the same thing.
One of the things they always talk about about places like Stalin's Russia was the terrible "secret trials" - and now here we are doing the same thing. And nobody seems to give a shit. Charlie Brown don't know, don't care bout that stuff man - long as they leave me alone, everybody look out for themselves, right man??.
The government is all for this secrecy too - Ottawa 'acted appropriately' over Arar: statement - ".... "There are significant aspects of this case that cannot be heard in public," the federal statement filed today says....". Right. Charlie Brown. You believe me just this ONE more time, don't you?!??!?!? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHsucker.
Related - I CAN'T REMEMBER," SAYS JUDGE BLAIS - the Zundel case - odd things like this don't manage to get any attention in the election - SOME of us might like to know what our great democratic leaders would think about this shit - what's gonna happen to ANY of us they decide they don't like, and accuse of "terrorist" activities on "secret" information, and lock us up and throw away the key??? And the media, bless their little elitist hearts, aren't gonna say shit about it! (very interesting that the rightwingers at Canwest and elsewhere were SOOOOOO fucking offended last week at the decision of the supreme court somewhere to NOT let them spend unlimited amounts of money on candidates of their choice during an election claiming it's a violation of their right to free speech - have sweet fuck all to say about this Zundel guy being locked up for over a year now because HE tried to speak his mind about something he believes in ...... if you're gonna have credibility, ya gotta be consistent, and not flipflop here and there depending on what suits your particular interests at a particular time - people like the Aspers, and their Canwest minions, lost all credibility a long, long time ago, for this among other reasons....)
It's all part of the "creeping" fascism (racing I guess would be a better word) - a couple more dots in the picture for those who are able to stand back a bit from the big fray and see the emerging picture (and haven't yet - which, I suppose, would be to say if what has been happening the last 20 years hasn't clued you in already, a few more dots aren't likely to make much difference - your mind, as the saying goes, is pretty much made up and you don't want to be dragged away from the great tv lineup tonight to be bothered with a few facts....) - anyway - does anyone here know the word "soma"? What about "zombie"? - Bush plans to screen whole US population for mental illness (and this from the British Medical Journal, not exactly a freakie lefty commie internet conspiracy theorist...) - the thing is - reading, as always, between the lines, and understanding that what is NOT said in stuff like this is usually at least as interesting as what IS said - is that the underlying assumption has to be that the people running the US - Bush and the gang - are very models of psychiatric health!!!!!!!!!!!!! Think about it!!!!! - there's nothing in the article that would suggest the drugs will be administered to people who go around the world using the US military to bomb the fuck out of whoever they want, and lie and lie and lie and lie about it all while doing it, and those who support this kind of shit in the media and whatnot!!!! - nosiree bobsyerfuckingunclejack!!! - THESE folks are just fine!!!!!!! - but (a bit deeper between the lines) - you can be preeeeetttttty darn sure that those malcontents who get together in crowds to protest the actions of these psychotics will be tagged for little psychiatric evaluations, and force-fed some of these fine meds to make them happier with life, and more understanding and accepting of what their fine leaders are doing to bring democracy and freedom to those poor underprivileged people in the world who
have resources the Bushies need HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA sorry!!!!!!! need their help. The rationale is pretty obvious - aside from removing a growing physical threat to the dictators, like justice, democracy must not only be done, it must be seen to be done - and streets full of people saying they don't think their government is legitimate just doesn't LOOK very good, does it? - the western media sure as fuck screams loud enough about such demonstrations in countries they want to invade and need some excuse to do so!!! - So let's get them fuckers off the street!!!!
And if it's coming to the great old USofA - it won't be far behind in Canada HAHAHAHAHAHAA - just ask ol Stephie there, who you're about to elect - all things American ROCK baby!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA
- and here's another one for ya too - Sweeping stun guns to target crowds - "....Weapons that can incapacitate crowds of people by sweeping a lightning-like beam of electricity across them are being readied for sale to military and police forces in the US and Europe...." - nowhere do they ask the "police forces" involved exactly WHY they need such weapons for "crowd control" - that is to say, all of these countries are supposed to be democracies, right? - and in "democracies", people DO have the right to gather in crowds to protest things they don't like, right?!?!?!?!?! - HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA - rhetorical question!!!! Don't call for the Mental Health Assessment Unit just yet, ok?!?!?!?! - but it's pretty obvious the governments in question are looking forward a bit into the future (something most of the "citizens" around here (I enclose that word in quotations because it seems to me that to qualify as a "citizen" in a democracy implies some responsibility to take an interest in what is going on in your country and government, which it seems to me most people in this country are NOT doing....) seem to be completely unable to do....) and seeing a time when the demonstrations against their activities are going to become even greater than today (now why would that be, one might wonder?!?!?!?! HAHAHAHAHAAA) - and are planning for it with great modern new "crowd control" measures - we can think back - people like Stalin would have LOVED shit like this - although brutally murdering people has its uses too, of course, as the Americans show they understand so well in Iraq, as before in the Nam - but ya need stuff like this, or you face the danger that someday, somewhere, that damn crowd is just gonna get SOOOOO big that it overthrows the fascist government - and THEN the guys who were running it usually lose a lot of power and stuff - their heads, for instance.
They will eventually claim that all of this shit is for fighting "terrorists" - but really?!?!?!?!?! - how fucking stupid do they think the people really are?!?!?!?!? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA - another rhetorical question!!! - they KNOW the people are pretty fucking stupid overall, especially after the last 20 years of lies and thievery, and the people not doing a fucking thing about it, except buying the lies and going back to the tv - naaaa - this shit ain't for fighting "terrorists" baby, unless you consider YOURELF a "terrorist" - because that's who it's all for - for YOU when that day comes somewhere down the line that you have decided your government has to go, and you go into the street to fight for that - THAT'S who these crowd control weapons are for. You and me baby. You and me. For you see, the definition of "terrorist" to a modern rightwing government (yea, that's most of em these days, from Reagan and Thatcher and Mulroney to now....) includes anyone who wants to get rid of them - anyone, that is, who believes in actual democracy.
isn't that right, Charlie Brown?????? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
New ballot option: None of the above - now, this is a good idea overall, one I've suggested many times, leave people the option to say they don't care for ANY of the people who want to "represent" then - try again Jack!!! - but ol James here, usually a pretty astute guy, throws in this line - "...Quebecers can dismiss Liberals by handing what now looks like the balance of power in the next Parliament to the Bloc Que'be'cois, a party created to destroy Canada..." - now that is, of course, the modern Canadian mythology, that Quebec separating would "destroy" Canada, that people accept without even THINKING about questioning it, sort of like "Canada is a GREAT democracy!!!" or "governments printing money cause horrible inflation" and other shit like that - but let's do a WHOOOAAAA-jack-let's-back-up-a-minute minute, here, and just look at that popular myth. Wouldn't it be just maybe a bit more accurate to say that it would CHANGE Canada, for sure - but not necessarily "destroy" it??? When you have a family with mom and dad and a few kids, and mom has a fight with one of the kids and the kid leaves home - the family is only destroyed if it lets itself be - if there are some mature people in the family (not necessarily a given in this dysfunctional society), it could easily hold together - shit happens, and you either get through it or you don't - you let the vagaries and nasty people in the world run your life - or you run it yourself, and recover from the shit - don't, as someone once said, get mad - get even. Don't fall apart - the best response to people who throw shit at you is not to fall on the ground whining about how dirty you are and how your life has been wrecked, but to wash it off, and carry on even better than previously (and smash the fucker who threw the shit at the FIRST opportunity HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA but I digress....)
Anyways, about Quebec - I just don't get why people think Canada would be destroyed - we'd lose some tax money, and lose a lot of federal tax obligations at the same time. We'd lose a lot of programs that a lot of people didn't like requiring people to speak French where very few French-speaking people ever came. We'd have one less province in the country, and a few million less people - but we'd still have 9 provinces and 3 territories, and stretch from sea to shining sea (to shining sea), and have oceans and mountains and prairies and forests and way over 20 million people, most of whom were pretty well educated, and had a pretty good infrastructure to work from, and a pretty good government (yea yea the last couple are pretty damaged right now after the last 20 years of neocon rule, but the basics are still there, and COULD be fixed - not saying they will be, but they COULD be...) - and on and on and on - not "destroyed" at all, unless you're one of those hysterical small-brains who falls apart at the first sign that your world may have to change, or may not even be what your little fantasy said it was in the first place (a lot of people going to have to wake up to that one day soon, after they vote for Harper, and then go to the hospital next year and find out they have to give credit card info and pass a test to get in.... but I digress...) -
Me, I say work it out amicably - never mind this all or nothing shit, 50.1% take all crap - let's divide the place up! - get the Separatists to draw up some boundaries of what they think would be fair (we get this, you get that sort of thing...), and those who want to stay in Canada to do the same, and then the people in Quebec get to vote on which plan sounds best (if neither plan gets strong support, try again, or call it a draw and quit the separation talk...) - the winning plan gets adopted - that is, maybe the Separatists get to keep Quebec City and and northern Quebec and the Gaspe, and the non-Separatists get to keep the townships and Montreal and some land around Ottawa - I don't know, whatever - but never mind this mentality of "winner-take-all" - let's be civilised and divide the place up in a civil way - what's the point of keeping the kid locked up in a closet all his life if he wants to be free, and strike out into the big bad world on his/her own???? It's gonna be a bit hard for the Separatists to claim ALL of Quebec, when around half of the Quebecers don't even want to leave Canada. (It is also gonna have to be dealt with at the same time that the Cree Indians have a pretty serious claim to most of the good hydro-producing land around James Bay and have said they'd like to form their own nation apart from the Quebec and/or Canadian govs, and if it's ok for parts of Quebec to separate from Canada to please the Separatist Quebecers, then it's pretty much gotta be okay for the Cree to take their land and separate from Quebec (it's not clear to me if they want to start their own country too, or stay with Canada rather than go with Quebec - but we could sort it out).
Seems to me that most of the Maritimes wants to stay in Canada, although maybe the Newfs would like to go it alone too, and live off their oil revenue, if so, same deal as Quebec! - so we'd have to work out some transportation things - maybe the Eastern Townships of Quebec and the south shore of the St Lawrence or something to keep a transportation link open, whatever, although Quebec will probably want a solid link with the US so we'd have to work something out there - or maybe we could work out a deal with the US, and part of Maine could join Canada (Stephen King's income would probably do nice things for our GDP - but we could leave Kennebunkport - allowing the Bush family into Canada would be very, very, very, very, very bad in every conceivable way...), and in return maybe we could let southern Alberta join the US, since they seem to want to - I THINK most of BC wants to stay with Canada, but not sure - but whatever, a realignment of a bunch of stuff like that would be ok, I mean it's crazy to keep country borders writ in stone - EVERYTHING in life changes, and it's just unrealistic not to have some re-arrangements sometimes of countries [[[HAHAHAHAHAHAA - I MEAN DEMOCRATIC ONES OF COURSE!!!! - NOT AMERICAN-STYLE "WE'RE TAKIN OVER" SHIT!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAAA]], to keep more people happy - and what we would wind up with, is a Canada where the people who stayed here wanted to be fucking Canadians, supporting our "look after each other" social programs with their taxes willingly, and maintaining a peaceful society and stuff like that, and the warmongers and "every-man-and-woman-and-kids-for-themselves"-ers could join the US, where they like that kind of stuff (I expect a goodly part of the west coast of the US would want to join us here in return, which might complicate things - but hell!!! -we could work it out!!!) - of course, those of us remaining in Canada would be looking at re-negotiating things like the NAFTA and WTO shit, and keeping our resources for ourselves, or at least the income to be made from them - you know, the oil that we're currently selling most of to the US at cut rate prices while paying world prices ourselves, and our water and forests, things like that - but hey! we could work it out.
But seriously - there's a BIG difference between "destroying" something, and "changing" it - and it doesn't help the debate at all when we let hysteria take over. Hell, what I figure is, let Quebec go on their own for a few years, trying to tell the US they all have to learn the French language before they can do business there, and they'll pretty soon see that they had a far better deal here than they're going to get anywhere else, and come knocking back at the door pretty soon, like the wayward teenager so many families have who goes stomping out the door one day in a hissy fit "YOU DON'T LOVE ME!!!!" - and then a few days later heads home again when he or she finds out that the rest of the world thinks even less of them - and yea, we let em back - why not? - that's what you do with family ......
- and THAT'S the TRUTH! - something else you ain't gonna read much about in the Canadian media, for whatever reason - figure it out yourselves, I gotta go now.
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.
Justice Louis Brandeis
I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.
"The most powerful weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed..." -Steven Biko
"I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it would be the truth."
- and insofar as this grasshopper understands it, so it is.
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. - Dr Seuss - man he was smart....... I gotta read some of that stuff again ..... that's almost as good a play on words as the great old line about comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.....
George Orwell: During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act
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 - how fucking stupid can you be?? If you were the last fucking product on earth I wouldn't buy anything from you!! Fuck.)).
What direct action did you take today to do something to get rid of corporate
government in Canada besides deleting spam? 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?