The Veritas Morgue
Some Essays on the General Situation
other 'outside the box' readings
"Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth." - Henry David Thoreau
It's every man for himself, the elephant said as he danced among the chickens.
- Tommy Douglas
In this world, we are all butterflies and we need to be mindful of what can happen when we flap our wings
- David Suzuki
Case study: Canada - a managed democracy
Oct 2 2006
One of the few Canadian columnists (in the MSM at any rate) who sees clearly and speaks honestly: James Travers at the Star - Zaccardelli must resign — or be fired: "...Senior bureaucrats are now reassured that this government won't demand more from them than the last. Ethics, accountability and responsibility are just wispy concepts with no real-world application... If that's good enough for Conservatives, then Conservatives aren't good enough for Canada."
October 2/06 Ottawa Sun
In the box: Night of the Living Dead - nothing serious about the column in itself, Weston is one of the better Sun columnists (somewhere around the middle of the political spectrum like most Canadians, seems to have some intelligence and use it rather than being another rabid brainless slobbering ')!!!!' neocon attack dog like so many of them), but the column just points out with some factual stuff what a farce (at best, criminal activity a lot of the time) the whole party system not only is, but has been for many, many years, since honesty and integrity got booted from Canadaland in general, at least those aspects of your society that 'govern' y'all there. Yea, this stuff was going on before the neocons took over, but it was much more circumspect, and there were a lot of people who apparently actually understood the concepts of 'public service' and integrity and the better human qualities in older days, and the corruption was sort of under the table stuff - now, as the kids say, corruption rules, and with no apologies, get over it (can you recall anyone actually apologising for the crap that went on during the so-called 'Adscam' scandal that was exposed like slime coating the whole political system during the Gomery investigation etc? Not a frigging word from ANYone of apology!!!)! - actually, as various judges have pointed out the last few years in cases I cannot be bothered to look up, Canadians who expect 'honesty' or 'truth' from politicians really ought to grow up. Canadaland. Capitalism. The modern world. Get over it. Get on the train or get left behind, loser! But some of us can't accept it that easily. So there's Green Island. It's interesting to note that all the MSM carry this story in one form or another, but there is not - a - single - WORD that maybe, just maybe, this kind of stuff indicates the entire system is in need of some serious overhauling - they can't do that, because the power of the corps and the elite to run the country sort-of surreptitiously, as they have been doing for a long time, is very much tied to this party system of government - think as you read on how easy it is to corrupt and control the relatively small number of people who control the parties - and how utterly impossible it would be to control all or most of the people in a real democracy ..... (and you can see the rest here)
Sept 30/06 Toronto Star
In the box: - it is always of interest to those observing these things from a distance how a major Canadian newspaper - one that is supposed to be representing the 'left' point of view insofar as that point of view gets represented at all in the Canadian media, can find room to carry literally dozens of stories each week of no more actual importance to the running of the world as this - Brad Pitt has another passion—architecture - and yet,
Out of the box: - - it can not carry any mention at all of something like this, a story that has a great deal of bearing on the future of Canada, that Canadians ought to be debating at length - Toward a North American Union. But then again, that is the difference between a democracy of, by and for the people, such as we enjoy on Green Island, where We the People make all important decisions, and a 'democracy' of, by and for the corporate elite, such as you have there in Canadaland, where the citizens get their instructions from their tv sets, and otherwise let the rulers get on with the important business of running the country, something the plebes are much too unintelligent to ever be allowed to participate in in any real sense. (And I say that in the most sincere way, not mocking or sarcastic or anything like that at all - if the citizens of Canadaland were intelligent enough to be participating in the running of their country, they would be doing so. That they are not (participating, that is), says about all that needs to be said, and there's not really much point in ragging on about it.)
If I ask you how many fingers I am holding up, Winston, does that question have any meaning to you at all?
Sept 30 Toronto Star
In the box: Students doing their homework — on how to cheat - and various pious comments about how to control those darn dishonest students .....
Out of the box: - - in which we note there is not a single word in the story that might indicate this problem extends far beyond the students themselves - that is to say, the students are just following the examples of what they see in their society, in which they realise that any talk of 'honesty' or 'integrity' and stuff like that is just sh** for the sheep - the 'real winners' in society, which of course they all want to be, understand that s/he with the bucks rules, and any way you get those bucks is fine, as long as you don't get caught. Capitalism in a nutshell - and which you will NEVER hear a word about in vain in the MSM.
How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?
An out-of-the-box 911 Thought Experiment
Sept 29 - Honorary Green Islander
We Don’t Need Them - by by Joe Carpenter: "...Time to wake up, time to grow up. We’re not children. We do not need to ask permission to live like sane, reasonable, thoughtful, compassionate human beings. We do not need to beg or bow or kneel. We do not need to look to government or to experts or to the rich and famous. Whatever we need, we can get it ourselves. Whatever we want to stop -- we can stop it ourselves. Whatever must be done, we can do it ourselves. We do not need them; we need each other. " - well said, Joe. On Green Island, we understand. In Canada, apparently not.
And Joe begins with a quote from a guy called Orwell, who surely dreamed of Green Island, as he described the dystopia he watched taking over his world, that is getting closer and closer to our own - "...But the proles, if only they could somehow become conscious of their own strength, would have no reason to conspire. They needed only to rise up and shake themselves, like a horse shaking off flies. If they chose, they could blow the party to pieces tomorrow morning. Surely, sooner or later, it must occur to them to do it? And yet . . . "
How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?
Sept 28/06 Gov of Can
This is right off the gov web page - Canada’s New Government cuts wasteful programs, refocuses spending on priorities, achieves major debt reduction as promised - "Canada's New Government...." (a guy was actually fired in BC a couple of weeks ago for refusing to use this phrase in EVERY email or communication he had with anyone anytime, although he did get rehired after someone realised how totally idiotic they all were looking, not to mention some much unkinder things they could be called) - I can't get into this, if you do not see the utter juvenileness of this, which reflects the entire mindset of all of these people, there isn't much hope. But then again, it appears that is the case - there doesn't seem to be much hope. Dumbing down is showing through - the idiots really are in charge, and proud of it, and the average Canadian evidently doesn't much give a fuck. Remember when you write to your friends in the future to mention (with caps!!) - Canada's New Government... - in some way or other (but you'll be much less likely to receive a visit from the thought police if you have something nice to say about Canada's GREAT New Government rather than otherwise.)
How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?
Sept 28/06 - CBC Radio, Charlottetown
In the box: - they just had a long interview with some lady saying how bad it was that the province was relaxing the regulations for car seats for children. I don't want to get into that particular argument, just the somewhat larger one of 'what is the role of the public radio station in Canada'? - to promote government programs, or to provide 'neutral' news and commentary to the people it is supposed to be serving? I suppose, of course, you have to first define all of that stuff, and then decide WHO defines it (that is to say, I have little doubt that basic sorts of terms like 'family values' or 'freedom' would have considerably different definition from, oh say, a guy called Harper and a citizen of Green Island). Is it the role of the media to be promoting the inherent values of one of these groups or another, or not? It really goes to the heart of the society - are the government and media working together to try to get the people to behave in a certain way? If so, for whose benefit? And if so - how do you call that society a 'democracy'? Are you going to pretend that everyone believes that all of these 'do this to protect yourself!!!!' laws are desired by the people? I would wager that most people would say such things make sense, but they do NOT want those things as laws (why do you suppose NO political party has EVER offered support for such laws as a campaign promise? You know as well as I - any party that ever said "We will make a law to force everyone to (for instance) wear seat belts!!!" - would ensure their defeat - people do NOT like much this kind of law. So the parties get elected, and then for some odd reason decide they need to pass all of these paternalistic (or maternalistic, take your pick, I'm as much worried about 'Do as Mother Says!!!' these days as Big Brother) laws.
Anyway, the point is not that the CBC has such people on the show, they should, really, that's what public radio is for, for everyone to get a chance to air their views, if they want to do that - but the announcers should not be acting as if such people were preaching 'these are just such good and commons sense things that everyone should be doing them what is WRONG with you?!?!?!' - they should be a great deal more neutral about it all, and also offering some equal sort of time to people with opposing points of view. It is NOT the role of the media to be leading people around hand-in-hand with the gov - OUR media, the PEOPLE'S media, should be just giving us a full spectrum of news and views, and not only letting, but EXPECTING, that We the People will decide what is to be done. NOT accept being told what to do by those who know best on the CBC or anywhere else.
That is to say - whose friggin country is it, anyway?!? (On Green Island, we know the answer to that - do you there in Canadaland?????!!!!!!!?????? - think about it........)
Sept 28 Toronto Star
Ooooeeeee!!! Is that smelly mama!!!! - Memo shows Tories fear Ignatieff most - the last few days there have been a few stories about how various polls were showing that Rae was looking good as the front runner, which the Big Guys probably didn't like too much, as Rae still has those nasty old socialist ties. He's a capitalist socialist, really, pretty in the box guy, but still closer to the 'grassroots' than Ignatieff will ever be; I don't think it really makes that much difference, it's all the old shell game, but I suspect Bay St would be happier with Ignatieff. Anyway, this 'story' really smells - it's sort of like a hint to the Lib candidates this weekend, right? Do you really want to beat the Harpers? Then THEY feel most afraid of Iggy, so go for him!!!! - it's pretty classic and simple 'lead the mark where you want him to go but make him think he got there himself' stuff - but Canadians have shown a great susceptibility to that kind of thing over the years, so why shouldn't they keep doing it? Here on GI, of course, we do real democracy and not this phony party stuff, so most people aren't that interested, except in a theoretical sort of sense - how can people keep doing this, and keep thinking they are 'free'? is the question of the day - but most of G Islanders don't spend much time worrying about it, got real lives to be getting on with and stuff like that. Our sympathies, though, and if you ever want to break out, we'll be here for ya.
Sept 25/06 CBC (The Current)
In the box: U.S. Midterms: - in which we hear a very boxian discussion of the upcoming US midterm elections, between a Rep and a Dem, both very much insiders in the know, sparring heatedly but with no particular animosity, good folks with honest disagreements about the proper way to run the country, etc. Not a single word or even hint about all the controversy the last few years about fixed or stolen elections there - which it seems is almost a certainty, really, the whole system has been a bad joke since the "supreme" court appointed Bush the first time in 2000 (to a rather deafening silence from that great democratic protector the US media, not to mention the Dems themselves - who speaks for the average American? Certainly not the average politician or mainstream media.) to the stunning discrepancies between the exit polls and final results a couple of years ago.
Out of the box: - - well, just google Diebold (or for the most recent and thorough examination of the situation, Robert Kennedy's recent article in Rolling Stone). Most interesting that the CBC wants to have its readers believe there is nothing, no sir, nonono!! absolutely NOTHING!! controversial about the American electoral system that it wants its listeners thinking about - whatever happens in the US mideterms, it will be the Reps vs the Dems in a fair contest, and the outcome will certainly express the clear will of the great American people. I knows, it makes me wanna barf too just writing it. No more. But here in Green Island, we carry stories like this, so our people can see just exactly what a bunch of lying propagandists these folks really are. Good propagandists, they pay well and get good people, not shrill idiots like you see on Fox or the cheaper Canadian media outlets (some of the columnists in the Sun papers are real idiots, no doubting it) - but propagandists nonetheless. And they can get a bit shrill sometimes when they have to have someone on they don't really like to keep up appearances of being 'fair', and that person manages to get outside their desired script a bit - but that doesn't happen often.
Here on GI, we just carry it all, and let our citizens sort it out - it's their Island, it's their job to decide who is reliable and who is not - our job at the Veritas is just to make sure they get it all, not decide what they should have. I guess the Canadian MSM and the Green Island Veritas are similar, in a way, we are both free, and both responsible, actually - it's just that the Canadian MSM are responsible to their corporate masters above all, and we are responsible to the people of Green Island. (Chomsky has some thoughts on how and/or why it is that the media can be such propagandists at some times, and yet at others seem to be truthful, which is one of the more serious questions those who deny the propaganda role of the media try to use to keep people believing - he says, in a quote copied from here:
Noam knows. And that reasoning surely applies to the major Canadian media such as the CBC, the Star, the Globe, Macleans, etc - the Canadian elite media. And others.)
Sept 21 06 (Happy Autumn!)
Letter to Lib Leadership candidate Martha Hall Findley: A bit more substance, please ....
HI Martha, firstname.lastname@example.org
- greetings from Thailand, where I came as a CUSO volunteer in 1994 and find myself still here - not with CUSO, but teaching English at the medical faculty of a university in the south here. I really don't like Canadian winters, at least the PEI version of them, and also have poor job prospects in Canada given my disinclination to be a corporate wage-slave, compared to here which is quite comfortable really. But I have been watching and writing about and even occassionally active in Canadian politics for over 20 years (my last job actually before coming here was spending a year working with Mel Hurtig's National Party and then running as a candidate in the 93 election in PEI, not that I have any political ambitions but we promised to run candidates in every riding and we were short, so I did it. A learning experience in many ways. But I know you must be very busy, so I won't get into any of my history, just a brief note that I have some creds for my comments.) I write because I heard your interview on the Current yesterday morning (Thursday Sept 21) and was quite impressed. We desperately need some of the things you were talking about in Canada, primarily a lot more bottom-up input into what gets done by the Canadian government, rather than top down, as we seem to increasingly have had, esp since Mulroney and the neocons took over the country. This did not improve much under the Libs of Chretien and Martin, unfortunately - they talked a better show as their part of the 'good gov-bad gov' game we've been playing since the Mulroney era, but the realities didn't change much, got worse actually as Martin bragged about taking social spending back to levels not seen since the early 1950s. Tweedledee-Tweedledum government, for all practical purposes, a big shell game show for Canadian voters, many of whom are starting to understand this, and who are also increasingly understanding that the trust they once had in their government has been used and badly abused and is, to a large extent, now lost. A trust which you talk about restoring, which is a good idea.
Unlike Charlie Brown, however, my trust, once broken, is not easily regained (and I suspect, given voter turnout in Canada and many polls, a lot of Canadians feel as I do). There are some things I wonder about in the aftermath of your interview, and after a look around your website. I know I am but one voice in the wilderness, but I also know I am not alone in the wilderness of Canadian politics, and you just might attract a lot of attention from a potentially large constituency if you could give some satisfactory answers to the following questions: (and you can see the rest here)
Veritas recommends: - things you would never find in the Canadian MSM, who prefer, as do all gatekeepers, to direct their readers to certain places, or away from others, but on Green Island we offer to our fellow citizens as wide a range of views as we can, for everyone to peruse and discuss and put into their knowledge banks, to consider when making decisions about what to do, because we want to make the best possible decisions for all of us, and that means the more we all know the better (somewhat contrary to the Canadian MSM, of course, who actually want to guide the average Canadian citizens in certain ways that benefit the Canadian Elite at the expense of the average citizens, and thus knowledge of many things would make that difficult to do):
Who's dumbing down the CBC? - who indeed? (the report I just heard from the UN about the Iranian president's speech was pure bias-masquerading-as-'journalism', very shameful stuff for the CBC, full of loaded words and lies - the reporter said the pres's talk was full of 'vile suggestions' or something like that, and at one point he (the reporter) said 'although he didn't once again suggest Israel be wiped off the face of the earth' - but the Iranian pres never did say that! - it was a rather intentional mis-translation. But the CBC doesn't care much about truth anymore, or 'fair and unbiased' reporting. I listen to a couple of the shows quite often, and the female announcers make no secret about which people they like (easy questions, calm tone of voice, etc) and those they don't (real chippy and challenging, tone of voice mocking and aggressive, etc) - this is NOT how the greats of the past behaved - fair interviews for all was the order. It's called professional - they aren't anymore, they're a cut above Fox or somebody as they still get the odd interviewee on from a perspective they aren't pushing (more propaganda and amateurishness), but they're sinking fast, in the wrong direction.
Speaking of - it's a bit rich to hear all the journalists the last day or two, including the CBC, teeing off on the cops and spies after the Arar report, considering that all of the booga booga they have been doing the last 5 years probably contributed considerably to the attitude of the cops/spies etc that they were doing the right thing by lying to 'protect' the country from the monsters attacking it - after all, better that a few innocents are inconvenienced than a lot of innocents suffer, or something, seems to be the general mindset of all involved. The media, all of them, have been anything but 'fair and balanced' the last few years - so why would they expect the cops to act any different? It was always a failing of the O'Connor inquiry that the role of the media in helping to establish the general climate in the country in which this occurred was never examined - a failing, but not a surprise - as we sort of laugh cynically when we hear about the cops investigating themselves (they ALWAYS find that whatever happened they acted just wonderfully, and the perp shot himself or whatever), we shouldn't be that surprised when about the last thing you might expect of the Canadian MSM is an honest evaluation of their weaknesses and faults (which are not inconsiderable, although you'd never know it from listening to them). Some day. Some day, they will be called to explain a few things as well - and they are not going to look a hell of a lot better than the RCMP and CSIS etc do in the Arar report.
IAEA exposes US committee’s lies on Iran’s nuclear programs - World Socialist Web Site - always good articles on what is really happening in the world. We always know what the Bush and Harper people are
Ludicrous Diversions - a film about the London subway bombings last year - there's no way to tell what really happened here, or why, without a full investigation (which we are unlikely to ever get) - but for the same reasons the whole 911 conspiracy theory falls apart when looked at even a bit closely, so does the official version (conspiracy theory) of this. We are not going to be safe around here until we get rid of the liars and criminals who are running our countries, and the very first step in doing this is to start digging for truth. These folks may or may not be 100% correct about what they say - but they sure have a lot of questions that really need to be answered. And they're not the only ones. Speaking of films, for instance, you ought to check out 911 Mysteries - 1 Demolitions - a new entry into the 911 searching for truth movement (Loose Change and In Plane Sight are the other two main ones, although there's quite a few others around, check both Google Vid and YouTube for starters), and very well done, kind of makes it hard to believe in the official conspiracy theories. There's 3 half hour segments, you can dig up the other two at the same place. Some time in the future people are going to look back at this time maybe like we look back at the way Germans followed Hitler after the Reichstag fire, or maybe the way the people a few hundred years ago simply killed people who dared say the earth might be round, shaking their heads in wonder, at how so many people could look at those buildings falling down, so obviously some kind of controlled demolition to anyone with a functioning brain and any sort of knowledge of how the world works, and wonder where and how the mass delusion took over that their destruction was caused by a plane crash and small fire. Related to 'dumbing down', I suppose, where I started, that has been going on for some time. Watch tv, believe what you are told, don't think for yourself that's what 'experts' are for.
But that's all changing - here on Green Island, anyway, where we insist people think for themselves. No lemmings allowed, no mass indoctrination machines like tv, no 'lies 'r' us' governments or media, no dumbing down, no lots of stuff the masters in Canada insist on - just freedom. it's kinda like sex, scary at first, but then you wonder why you didn't start sooner.
And one more, a very good writer from England, William Bowles, who publishes at INI (Investigating New Imperialism) - not the catchiest title, but his writing is very good, and he's a real truth lover. He'd like Green Island.
September 17 2006 Dear Ms Johnstone, September 16 2006 September 11 2006, Canadian Association of Journalists, (re CNEWS/ Ottawa 'Sun') Dear Canadian Association of Journalists,
Dear Ms Johnstone,
September 16 2006 September 11 2006, Canadian Association of Journalists, (re CNEWS/ Ottawa 'Sun') Dear Canadian Association of Journalists,
September 11 2006, Canadian Association of Journalists, (re CNEWS/ Ottawa 'Sun') Dear Canadian Association of Journalists,