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)

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

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:

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.

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:

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:

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:

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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:

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:

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:

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

We need to Redefine the Middle East wars

Every so often someone comes up with a good suggestion;

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.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Why they hate us - Mideast version

A good summary of the actions of western corporations and governments in the Mideast over the last bunch of years.

No wonder they do not like the west.

How can anyone like these actions?

The Euripean Trade deal has been accepted by the gov"t

So just what are they details of the European Trade deal that the Liberal gov't just approved?

I look forward to seeing the text.

Monday, January 25, 2016

The pot calling the kettle black, or

...Hypocrisy???  What Hypocrisy???

I am forced to suggest that ours stinks as bad as theirs.

How conservative policies bankrupted a province

All the Conservative party supporters should be forced to come up with answers to rebut the FACTS presented in this little article about Alberta's woes:

One of the hallmarks of intelligent people is their ability to recognize when they are wrong when faced with facts. 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The truth about western nations' interventions "in support of democracy"

Read this and decide if the west can still be considered the good guys in geopolitical discussions:

 For many parts of the world, the US and its supporters are the terrorists, and have been since the WWII fire- and atomic- bombing of major cities that did nothing but kill and incinerate civilians.

Monday, November 16, 2015

An alternate approach to dealing with ISIS

This article examines another way of dealing with the mess in the middle east that has been created by western interventions:

I am starting to think that the real purpose of the suicide bombings and terrorist attacks launched by ISIS types is to demonstrate to western populations the conditions under which millions of Iraqis, Afghans, Syrians, Yemenis and assorted other arab people live on a daily basis.  These are conditions which have resulted from western interventions, regime changes, and anti-terrorist drone bombings over the last 15 years or so.  To the best of their ability they are exporting shock and awe back to the western states that have been interfering in the middle east for decades.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The truth about the US drone assassination program ...

... is not to be found in major American newspapers.

About 90% of the people murdered by US drones are not the intended target.

Even the US military acknowledges that the program undoubtedly creates more new terrorists than it kills.  IE., the US is the source or the new terrorists in the war on terror. How stupid is that!!??

Monday, September 14, 2015

Here's what's wrong with the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership

This article sums it up very well, and exposes the unmentioned real purpose of this agreement:
to ensure corporate profits supersede the will of a state's citizens.

Not one politician has dared argue these provisions of the agreement in a public forum.  The news media never question the implications of surrendering sovereignty to corporate profits.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Remember when you used to yell "You stink!" to your childhood 'enemies'?

Apparently, this is becoming a technical reality among crowd control officials.

Geez, we live in a sick world!

The difference between the US and China

This article shows that exactly the same sort of people are running both the US and China.

It's interesting that the masses still think that the terms communism and democracy still mean something to those in power.  It's striking how similar is the behaviour of the powerful in both countries.

9/11 and the road not taken ...

This article really points out the horrible mindset that has pervaded western governments for years, and suggests that maybe we are to blame for the terrorism created on our behalf.

The Harper gov't still thinks war can accomplish good things.  He is a murderous fool.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

A summary of freedoms lost ...

... in the USA:

Canada is now much  the same.

Despite these wars on drugs, terrorism, immigration and wealth, the governments involved continue to say they are necessary.  But wait, doesn't that mean that these policies have been a failure wrt their original stated intent?  What do you do with someone who cannot accomplish what they set out to do?  You fire them, or at least admit that what you wanted done cannot be accomplished by that method.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Euro's evil explained

Greg Palast has some very incisive comments regarding the Euro's true purpose:

Not a coin, a virus

Tsipras’ claim that Greece can keep the euro while rejecting austerity is crazy-talk. The fact is that German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Cruella De Vil of the Eurozone, will ignore the cries of the bleeding Greeks and demand we swallow austerity--or lose the euro.
But, so what if we lose the euro? The best thing that can happen to Greece, and should have happened long, long ago, is that Greece flee the Eurozone.

That’s because it is the euro itself that is the virus responsible for Greece’s economic ills.
Indeed, the sadistic commitment to “austerity” was minted into the coin’s very metal. We’re not guessing. One of us (Palast, an economist by training) has had long talks with the acknowledged “father” of the euro, Professor Robert Mundell. It’s important to mention the other little bastard spawned by the late Prof. Mundell: “supply-side” economics, otherwise known as “Reaganomics,” “Thatcherism” – or, simply “voodoo” economics.

The imposition of the euro had one true goal: To end the European welfare state.

For Mundell and the politicians who seized on his currency concept, the euro itself would be the vector infecting the European body politic with supply-side Reaganomics. Mundell saw a euro’d Europe as free of trade unions and government regulations; a Europe in which the votes of parliaments were meaningless. Each Eurozone nation, unable to control neither the value of its own currency, nor its own budget, nor its own fiscal policy, could only compete for business by slashing regulations and taxes. Mundell said, "[The euro] puts monetary policy out of the reach of politicians… Without fiscal policy, the only way nations can keep jobs is by the competitive reduction of rules on business."

Here’s how it works. To join the Eurozone, nations must agree to keep their deficits to no more than 3% of GDP and total debt to no more than 60% of GDP. In a recession, that’s plain insane. By contrast, President Obama pulled the USA out of recession by increasing deficit spending to a staggering 9.8% of GDP, and he raised the nation’s debt to 101% from a pre-recession 62%. Republicans screamed, but it worked. The US has lower unemployment than any Eurozone nation.
As Obama scolded the European tormentors of Greece: “You cannot keep on squeezing countries that are in the midst of depression.” Cutting spending power only leads to less spending which leads to further cuts in spending power – a death spiral we see today in the Eurozone from Greece to Italy to Spain—but not in Germany.

“Not in Germany.” There’s the rub. Normally, a nation such as Greece can quickly recover from debt-induced recession by devaluing its currency. Greece would become a dirt cheap tourist destination once more and its lower-cost exports would zoom, instantly increasing competitiveness. And that’s what Germany can’t allow. Germany lured other European nations into the euro in order to keep them from undercutting Germany’s prices in export markets.
Restricted by the 3% deficit rule, the only recourse left for Eurozone debtors: pay the piper with “austerity” measures.

Tsipras in Wonderland

So therein lies the lie. Tsipras tells his fellow Greeks that we can live in a Looking Glass world, where we can have our euro and eat it too; that we can stay handcuffed to the euro but run free without austerity.

The nonsense continues: Following the announcement of the official results of the referendum on Sunday night, Tsipras tweeted that the Greek electorate voted for a "Europe of solidarity and democracy," while the now-resigned finance minister Varoufakis tweeted that "Greece's place in the Eurozone is non-negotiable," claiming that he would not allow the "only alternative," the old drachma trading alongside the euro.

SYRIZA's euro-fetish was already evident in its pre-referendum proposals to the IMF and European Bank, a 47-page document which included 8 billion euros in new austerity measures plus a new round of sell-offs of state industries, the maintenance of a primary surplus of 1% this year which would increase in the coming years, the increase of the retirement age to 67, and making permanent the previously "temporary" taxes upon an already overtaxed populace. In Tsipras’ own proposal, there was no word of a debt write-down or stoppage of payments, despite the fact that the government's own Debt Audit Commission announced on June 17 that the bulk of Greece's debt is illegal, “odious,” and should not be paid.

Instead, Tsipras has come out in support of the IMF's proposal for a mere 30% "debt haircut" and a 20-year grace period, effectively sweeping the problem under the rug. Greece is currently running a deficit, meaning that in order for the 1% surplus to be achieved, SYRIZA must cut, cut, cut. Exactly as Mundell and the supply-siders intended.

Death by “Reform”

Like Obama, Tsipras knows that cutting pensions, privatizing and closing industries, slashing wages – in other words, “austerity” -- or, to use the latest jargon, “reform” – is not just cruel, it’s plain stupid: it can only push a nation in recession into depression.

That’s not just theory. The Troika (the European Central Bank, IMF and European Commission) first imposed their vicious austerity measures on Greece in 2010. Greeks watched their annual salaries plummet to half of a German’s paycheck. Greece's supposedly generous pensions have been cut eight times during the crisis, while two-thirds of pensioners live below the poverty line. Everything from Greece's airports to harbors, the national lottery to prime publicly-owned real estate was sold off, while schools and hospitals were shuttered.

And, for the first time since World War II, widespread starvation had returned. 500,000 children in Greece are said to be malnourished. Students fainting from hunger in frigid schools which cannot afford heating oil is now a common phenomenon.

This cruel “belt tightening,” the Troika promised, would restore Greece’s economy by 2012 (and then 2013, 2014, and 2015). In reality, unemployment went from a terrible 12.5% in 2010 to a horrendous 25.6% today."
Now, the Troika demands more of the same, a continuation of this disastrous policy.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Euro, Greece, theft etc.

Greg Palast has a lot to say about the Greek crisis and the Euro as a tool of theft:

Privatization rears its ugly head again.  Corporations gain control of a country's assets, pocket the profits, and leave the people to starve.

The Greek financial story we were never told ..

... but Greg Palast has the info:

Once again, the big banks/financial institutions prove that they care for nothing except their own bottom line, ... ... ... and they will break every law and ethical canon to get more profit regardless of who suffers from their profit-taking machinations.

Ain't capitalism grand, particularly when it gets to write and enforce the rules under which corporations operate?

Friday, July 3, 2015

Our governments are wasting their time and our money fighting terrorism!

Here's what has been accomplished in the 'terrorism' war recently:

All that seems to emerge is the fact that your death matters a lot more if it happens in a 'terrorist' incident, than if your messy death happens in a more mundane way (ie shot while being mugged, for instance).  Also 'terrorists' don't really kill all that many of us, while we seem to be collaterally killing a lot of 'them'

The real obscenity emerges when you consider what could have been accomplished if the money wasted on the 'terrorism' shenanigans (in excess of $2,000,000,000,000 since 9/11/2001) had been spent on something useful, eg:
       leprosy treatment
       malaria vaccinations
       safe drinking water provision
       alternate/renewable energy sources
       eliminating tax havens for corporations
       expanding medical care
       medical research
       transit infrastructure
       etc., etc.,

All of these alternative uses of funds would have been of more benefit to the people of the world than the paltry results of the failed 'war on terror'.

But notice that the banks, corporations, mercenaries and Wall St. types would not have benefited as much as they have in the last 15 years.

There is a lesson to be learned in all of this ...