Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Privacy redux

While we've been distracted by all the Trumpiness going on, the surveillance state has figured out how to get around all those annoying little laws about privacy rights. This article describes how it is being done:

Monday, June 26, 2017

Depraved-Heart Murder

This interesting concept is endorsed proudly by many of our politicians and governments.  This article explains it in the context of the current health care fight in the USA, but it is applicable to many of the actions our governments undertake in the name of austerity, fighting terror, creating jobs, etc.

https://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/24/1674954/-Well-Senator-Hatch-If-Not-Murder-Then-What-Would-You-Call-It?detail=emaildkre

Sunday, March 26, 2017

How the right insinuates its policies into liberal/left leaning political parties.

This is very instructive and explains a lot about recent activities by Canada's 'Liberal' government as well as the US Democratic party's behaviour.

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/39986-third-way-democrats-are-trying-to-push-the-party-rightward




Thursday, January 19, 2017

Bye-bye privacy

It's official, you now have no expectation of privacy in the US:


http://original.antiwar.com/andrew-p-napolitano/2017/01/18/a-parting-shot-at-personal-freedom/


Can Canada be far behind?

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Obama's failings ..

... are outlined in stark detail in this article.

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2017/01/13/the-foolish-optimism-of-hoping-for-chelsea-mannings-freedom/



His reputation is only good in comparison to the republican horrors that bracketed his term of office.  

Friday, November 11, 2016

A great source of new ideas ...

... to think about:

https://www.opendemocracy.net/uk/oliver-sylvester-bradley/disrupting-capitalist-democracy

A very new idea is that democracy has become 'corporatized' - ie it is being reshaped to serve only corporate goals, and 'we, the people' are now just in the way but necessary to fund the  activities that governments now undertake for the corporations.  A worthwhile read.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Secret Law explained.

This article show how secret interpretations of laws allow gov'ts to justify torturing prisoners, spying on all citizens, and starting wars without legislative approval.  It's the modern modus operandi, and avoids all that pesky public discussion that so often hinders dictators.

https://www.brennancenter.org/publication/new-era-secret-law

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Posting New Secret Trade Docs, Wikileaks Further Exposes Corporate Plot

The ongoing effort to turn our democracy over to the control of corporations is clearly explained in this article:

Posting New Secret Trade Docs, Wikileaks Further Exposes Corporate Plot


Unfortunately, we place to much trust in the glib pretty faces of our politicians to be able to do much about it.  Our elections are never about the important ideas, they are always about trivial crap and red herrings placed into the corporate-controlled media to to make sure our attention never focuses on, indeed, never even notices, the behind the scenes deals that are in all these so-called trade deals.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Here are the values you espouse when you "support the troops"

A thoughtful dissertation on the implications of our worship of the military

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/37975-the-bullying-of-us-militarism-pervades-the-entire-society

The ubiquitous presence of the military does not speak well for our values.  It just indicates that we are violent bullies at heart.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Deep State explained

Here is a good explanation of the real governing force in our so-called democracy.

http://www.unz.com/article/deep-state-america-2/

If your vote is important, why don't we ever get to vote on the important stuff? 

The Whistleblower's Ethic

Here is a good discussion of  secrecy, information leaks, government suppression and persecution, rule by the elite few, and the duty of citizens to their democracy.



http://original.antiwar.com/Nozomi_Hayase/2016/09/20/assange-manning-snowden-standing-conscience-truthtellers/

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

This really captures what life has become in our North America since 9/11

Truly worth a read:

http://reverbpress.com/features/morning-thoughts-countrys-wounds/

The definition of self-serving hypocrisy

The one thing that the US really fears is LAWFARE.  The double standard at work again.



http://news.antiwar.com/2016/09/12/white-house-to-veto-911-lawsuit-bill/



Would that the congress had the balls to override a presidential veto.  The world just might improve.

Monday, September 12, 2016

A fascinating list to consider

A great compendium of the US's efforts to install the 'right' government in various countries can be found here:
https://williamblum.org/essays/read/overthrowing-other-peoples-governments-the-master-list

I didn't realize that there were so many governments that needed to be replaced.

Yet another 9/11 inspired summary of our descent into tryanny

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/09/11/911-treason-empire/

Some 9/11 consequences that are worth considering

This article reminds us how far from freedom our society has been taken by the savages conducting the war on terror.  



http://original.antiwar.com/jwhitehead/2016/09/11/the-tyranny-of-911/

Friday, August 19, 2016

Here is one way people can regain control over their country's money

This could be the start of a great trend for the world's people (not corporations)

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2015/12/30/switzerland-follows-iceland-in-declaring-war-against-banksters/

Canada could also do the same, particularly if the lawsuit described in my posting  of Apr 9, 2015 is successful.  Check this out:

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



Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016

What has become of our values and the rule of law?

This article discusses how our governments are regularly engaging in murder, with predictable and horrible consequences domestically:



http://original.antiwar.com/engelhardt/2016/07/17/extrajudicial-executions-became-war-policy-washington/

The war crime that still is in progress

Everything that the US has done in the middle east following 9/11 has been a war crime and no legal entity in the US will do anything about it. 



http://original.antiwar.com/Kristen_Breitweiser/2016/07/17/29-pages-revealed-corruption-crime-cover-911/



There has never been, nor is there now, any justifiable reason for the Iraq/Syria/Libya/ISIS wars.

Why does Canada support these criminals?  Why will our government not indict the perpetrators for the war crimes they have committed?

Saturday, July 16, 2016

NAFTA allows corporations to sue for potential profit

A Canadian company feels that the US denial of the Keystone pipeline might cause it to be less profitable.  It is therefore suing the US for $billions.  Here's the what, why and how:

http://www.occupy.com/article/transcanadas-15-billion-suit-against-us-corporate-nationhood-its-worst

The ability to sue for the loss of potential profits is at the heart of ALL of the so-called free trade agreements.  Effectively foreign companies can override the wishes of governments, which can have immense negative effects on environmental, health and safety regulations.  The TPP et al turns over to the corporations the traditional powers of governments, but saddles them with none of the responsibilities of government towards the citizenry.  Cute.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A good look at "us"

Sometimes it is worth thinking about how others perceive us:

http://original.antiwar.com/engelhardt/2016/07/12/met-alien-us/



Makes you wonder who the bad guys really are, doesn't it? 

The war on terrorism has been a war against freedoms

Here's what has actually happened since 9/11:

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/07/12/myth-war-terrorism/

Net result?  More terrorism everywhere, more authoritarianism at home and no privacy.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

It's been BS from square one ...

The "war on terror" that is.
http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/07/12/myth-war-terrorism/


It really is time to stop our governments and get back to reality.  We are not in danger from external threats!  The military/industrial/corporate crap is what we need to fear.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

NATO is a threat to Canada's security

NATO no longer serves any valid defensive purpose for Canada.  It 's time to extricate our country from this expensive messy contract which only serves to keep generals busy inventing imaginary 'enemies', like Syria.  The UN could serve the our defensive treaty needs just as well.

Here's a detailed summary of the situation:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/07/04/nato-necessary/DwE0YzPb8qr70oIT9NVyAK/story.html

Monday, June 27, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

We should close down NATO before it kills us

Here is a reasoned discussion of NATO's latest ploys.  It is scary.


http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/whats-wrong-with-these-people/

There is no reason for NATO to exist anymore.  All it does is start stupid wars which Canada is expected to jump into and waste our scant military resources for nothing but dead soldiers and wasted weapons in return.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Another attempt to destroy an idea with bombs

Once again, stupid American congressmen attempt to deal with the problems created by their wars, by starting another war.

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-skeptics/declaring-war-islamist-extremism-nonsense-16652

The definition of insanity involves expecting a different result when one repeats the same actions.  I think this could be the real meaning of American Exceptionalism.

Ron Paul still knows what's happening

Here he points out that the only gov't response to the Orlando shootings has been to allow more warrant-less spying on the population based upon prejudice, racism and mindless fear.


http://original.antiwar.com/paul/2016/06/20/orlando-new-911/


Every disaster is used as an excuse to turn the country into an Orwellian dictatorship.   Oh ... wait ... that's already happened.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

How the primary system works to defeat democracy

Here is a text book on how to avoid responding to the will of the majority of voters:

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/36408-was-the-democratic-primary-just-manipulated-or-was-it-stolen

The expediency offered by political parties seems to have given us a system wherein the individual voter's preferences are subservient to those of the party.

This is not a good system.

Some truth about the terrorism prevention industry

Vested interests created by governments are often the primary/root cause of terrorist incidents.  Check out this summary of recent events:



http://original.antiwar.com/AntiMedia_org/2016/06/14/fbi-instead-catching-orlando-shooter/



I don't understand why the agents who controls these informants and provide them with arms, explosives, technical training, transport, support, etc. are not charged with aiding and abetting terrorism.  

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Here the real scoop about the bank of Canada

The people of Canada own this bank, and are entitled to share in its profits.  The government of Canada is supposed to borrow money from the Bank of Canada.  Thus, a federal deficit becomes an investment, not a liability for the people of Canada.

Given the availability of the Bank Of Canada as a source of funds, would someone please explain why Canada borrows from charter banks?

Here's and detailed description of the issues:

http://www.watershedsentinel.ca/content/canada-infrastructure-bank-21st-century-trojan-horse

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

We need to Redefine the Middle East wars

Every so often someone comes up with a good suggestion;



http://original.antiwar.com/engelhardt/2016/05/31/americas-sinkhole-wars/



Why are all the political leaders so afraid of re-justifying the fighting in the Middle  East?  What really do they expect from all of the blood, guts, and hardware being destroyed over there?  Is it really only about continuing to produce weapons so that corporations can get rich?  I think that must be the answer.



If it was just oil, we could simply buy it for much less than is being spent on munitions.  Hence, the main purpose seems to be keeping the gunmakers happy.  Nothing else makes sense.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

"Terror" is a phony problem

A useful analysis of how propaganda has stilted the ability of people to see the truth in their own world.  BS is accepted as the norm.

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/35030-blowback-donald-trump-is-the-price-we-pay-for-the-war-on-terror