Thursday, June 21, 2018

Canuck the Crow Loses Chicks

Canuck the Crow is a well known
(throughout the world) Vancouver
Avian Celebrity

It was very sad to read in the local news last evening that Canuck the Crow, who I have posted about before on this blog, and his mate Cassiar lost their nestlings this year.  Here is the report from Canuck's official website and I will have more comments to follow:

With nesting season, there is a lot that goes on. With the building of the nest, egg laying, nest sitting, hatching, feeding, protecting, and teaching; Crow parents definitely have their work cut out for them.
There are many ups and downs throughout this time of year, and I was there to experience it all. There will be future posts showing all of these experiences, but for now a statement needs to be made.
It is my sad duty to inform all of you that Canuck and Cassiar's babies did not survive this year. I will go into more detail in future posts however right now I'm going through quite the emotional roller coaster ride and can't bring myself to discuss the details at this time.
To be blunt, I'm devastated. The parents are doing okay but are visibly sad. I'm not a Crow expert, but I now know what it looks and sounds like when a Crow cries.
I will be taking a few days for myself to recuperate mentally, and to spend time with my friends Canuck and Cassiar as they deal with their loss.
Thank you everyone.

Shawn" 


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Greencrow says:  The news item was brief and did not give details other than that Cassiar, Canuck's mate, had laid some eggs which had hatched but did not survive.  As someone who watches crows in this neighbourhood all the time and has, over the years learned a lot about them, I can make some educated guesses as to what may have happened to the chicks.  First, there are other birds, eagles, hawks and owls that prey on the young of smaller birds.  Second, there are other predators, squirrels and rats...yes, city rats will attack a nest of baby crows when the parents take their eyes off it even for a second.  It wouldn't surprise me if raccoons and cats also prey on baby crows in the nest.

It is a very dangerous world for crows. I saw a documentary about crows years ago on "The Nature of Things", a TV science show narrated by Vancouver scientist David Suzuki.  In that documentary they tagged a group of crows and were astonished that none of the tagged birds lasted more than a year.  The mortality rate for urban crows is very high.

There are two crows in my own neighbourhood that I follow.  I call them "Fatstuff" and "Slimboy".  They feed on peanuts I leave in a birdbath in my front yard.  When I had house guests and we were talking on the back deck, Fatstuff and Slimboy came, perched nearby and examined the newcomers with interest. It was like they were invited guests at a gathering. Whenever I'm in the backyard gardening they do "fly overs" to see what I'm up to.  This spring they disappeared for a while and I assumed they were tending a nest.  Then just last week one of them came and sat on my roof while I was on the back deck.  He or she was cawing/crying.  It was quite clear that the bird was distressed.  I asked him or her if she had lost her babies.  That's what I suspected from his or her behaviour.

Then the other evening there were about 30 or so crows sitting high in the trees of the nearby park.  It was quite obvious that the parents had taken their fledglings out for an evening "flying lesson".  You could tell from the behaviour.  Older, larger crows flying around and noisily urging the smaller young...who perched precariously on the branches...not having acquired their stability quite yet...to take flight.  So while many survive...and this is a very crow-friendly neighbourhood...many neighbours also feed the crows...every year some crows do not.  Many succumb to injuries associated with foraging, such as broken beaks (quite common) and lame feet.

I know the neighbourhood that Canuck the Crow lives in. It's a very crowded urban center with few natural amenities.  It would be a hard life for a crow family at the best of times.  My thoughts are with Canuck, Cassiar and their human friends.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

As Russia Rises Geopolitically, it Creates Ripples and Waves

Russian documentary film explains why Putin
 is always asking Russian expat oligarchs to come home

The Western "anti-Knowledge Defense System" media considers it's mission is to prevent Westerners from finding out what's really going on regarding Russia.  If we truthers talk to the average bloke in the street and ask a few simple questions regarding what they think Russia is all about...it takes several days to recover from the emotional trauma of being exposed to their ignorance and mis-information.  So after a while we avoid the topic.  It makes no difference anyway as they WILL NOT be enlightened!  They are perfectly happy and content in their ignorance.

That is why it takes an effort to search out and find sources of information about Russia.  I found two interesting links recently that I want to share with readers.  The first is from The Saker and is about how Russia has been increasingly invited into small, militarily weak but resource-rich African countries [like Canada, incidentally].  Slowly and without fanfare, Russian "security police" are taking up residence, sometimes replacing US agents who formerly did the same "work".  These Russian agents are tasked with protecting the Russian-friendly rulers of the country and the hub/nexus of government.  It is like a "regime-change" defense system.

Before reading this article, I had no idea that Russia was becoming more active in Africa.  But when you sit down and think about it.  This is the way nature works.  Weaker forms of a species will seek protection from those they perceive to be stronger.  In studying birds, I've seen groups of crows paling around with several large seagulls.  I wondered about this association, until one day a hawk or an eagle started circling the sky above.  I saw the seagulls and crows take flight after the hawk...with the bigger and stronger seagulls in the lead.

So, now that Russia has announced that it has a new arsenal of several unmatched weapons, it would seem natural that smaller nations would gravitate towards Russia for protection from USrael, which has been a predatory nation for a century now, and has totally destroyed five or six countries just in the past 20 years.  And that is primarily why I think Canada's Le Dauphin Prime Minister Trudeau is so grossly stupid.  He can't see the geopolitical upside to taking a respectful stance towards Russia.

But the other interesting link I discovered is the video above.  This Russian-made video provides several important clues to solving the riddle that was the UK's recent Spy vs Spy caper called "The Skripal Affair".  The maker of the documentary gives the background as to why there are so many ex-pat Russian oligarchs living in the UK.  In the early days after Putin took over Russia back in the late 1900's the business environment was totally corrupt.  An entrepreneur couldn't make it off first base unless he bribed all and sundry...but particularly government officials.

Also there was a predatory environment where a young, smart businessman would have an idea, start up a business, make a lot of money, only to be preyed upon by other businessmen who threatened to destroy him unless he gave them part, or all, of his business.  If he refused to give in to the extortion, they would rig up some false charges against him, pay off some police, judges and ruin him...sometimes having him arrested and jailed.  So many of these oligarchs fled Russia to the US or to the UK.  There, they sat around trying to clear their name back in Russia so they could return.  It was a long, slow and torturous ordeal dealing with the Russian bureaucracy from thousands of miles away.  The documentary maker interviews four such expat oligarchs, who all tell roughly the same story.

One of the oligarchs' experience was a bit worse.  He said he was approached by some UK government officials who tried to force him into making false statements against Russia and Putin at the height of the Skripal affair.  He refused and ended up having to flee the UK for Croatia.  He was even pursued by Interpol once in Croatia to extradite him back to the UK...but finally, he was given asylum in the Russian embassy in Zagreb.

This particular oligarch's story sheds light on what may have happened to Sergei Skripal and supports my notion that he was being forced to get involved in some anti-Russian activities...such as providing an authentic Russian "flavour" to the "pee dossier" against Trump that emerged via M-I6 after Trump's election.  We know that Skripal had written President Putin asking permission to return to Russia.  I have believed for some time that Skripal's "poisoning" was punishment for not going along with some of the anti-Russian tasks set out for him.  He knew too much and could NOT be allowed to return to Russia.  If MI6 went to all the trouble to have Interpol chase down the Russian Oligarch through the streets of Zagreb...you can just imagine what they did to Skripal.

But the good news is that, according to the documentary, Putin has been more or less successful in cleaning up the massive corruption in Russia.  IMO, this is one of the main reasons he is hated by the West, particularly UK.  UK was the beneficiary of endemic Russian corruption.  The Very Rich Oligarchs were granted asylum in the UK [primarily London] and spent oodles of lucre there.  Now the party is over.  Putin has publicly invited exPat Russian Oligarchs to return to the motherland several times now.  He has set up a special bureau of the government to deal with them and their claims that injustices have been done to them.  Every one of the four oligarchs interviewed in the documentary insisted he wanted to return to Russia.

Yes. The Party is over for the UK.  And was that why Skripal was poisoned?  As Russia emerges from the shadows to take a more prominent role in global geopolitics we will see many more of these ripples and waves in the main$tream media.  It's the role of truth bloggers to go beneath the surface of the M$M and discover the deep, strong currents that are creating the surface ripples and waves.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Trump announces "Space Force". Does this mean another "War On" project? Like the "War on" Terror?

Russian Soyuz Rocket June 2018



Yesterday, Trump announced that he had ordered the US Air Force to subdivide itself to make room for another department of the military which he called a "Space Force". Already spokespersons for the military are complaining that the Air Force is going to be "ripped" apart to make way for this new service branch.  If there were a modicum of truth tellers within the US government establishment...they would be complaining not that the service was going to be "ripped" apart but that it was going to be corrupted into yet another Potemkin village false front like NASA.  An astute observer would ask the obvious question:  "What is so wrong with NASA that it can't be utilized as a "Space Force"?  Of course, that obvious question was never asked in the several articles I read on the topic.  Obvious questions are always the last questions that are asked, if they are asked at all...when it comes to NASA or anything to do with the United State's history in space travel.



But, first, let's ask what likely prompted Trump to make what on the surface looks to be yet another of his headline attention-grabbing diversions/distractions.  I believe it was timed to respond to the Russian rocket launch photographed over the skies of Moscow [above]. Here is the Russian description of that event from RT:

A scheduled launch of Russia’s Soyuz rocket with a satellite aboard turned into quite an event in Russia after pictures of it heading into space baffled the whole country.

People across Russia took to social media to post dazzling pictures and videos featuring a mysterious object flying over them in the night to Sunday. Searching for an explanation, some said it could have been a UFO. Others said the white oval object leaving a massive trail could be a sign that Russia’s state of the art ICBM Topol-M had been launched.
Of course, there has to be a "war" for the United States administration made up of the Congress and Senate, to allocate any money to a project.  So that's why Trump called the initiative a "Space Force".  Presumably this "army" will fight the "war on junk" in Space.


Trump announces plan for 'Space Force' to become new branch of the U.S. armed forces

'When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space'


American dominance in space?  Don't get me goin' on that one!  When has the US ever dominated Space?  The first satellite in space was sent up by the Rooskies.  The first man in space was Yuri Gagarin.  The first Space Station was/is a product of Russian engineering.  US uses Russian rockets to shoot its satellites into space.  I could go on.  But, but, but....you say.  What about the Apollo voyages to the Mooooooooooon.  What about Neil Armstrong..."One Small Step"...etc.

The only heroes associated with the Lunar Voyages were the courageous truth tellers like Bill Cooper and Dave McGowan.  These two intrepid explorers of the truth went boldly into the frontier of official lies...where no man had ever gone before....and came back to report on their findings.  Here is Bill Cooper's report:



William Cooper on the Lunar Hoax



And here is the report from Dave McGowan which he called "Wagging the Moondoggie".  BTW, unlike Neil Armstrong and the other putative astronauts, Bill Cooper and Dave McGowan didn't survive their voyages to live out long lives.  Both of them were cut down relatively early in life.  Bill Cooper was shot by marauding US Sheriffs just outside his home...and Dave McGowan was killed by a "fast acting cancer." (TM)

So it's quite clear that it is far more dangerous to travel into the unknown frontiers of official government lies and mass deceptions...than it is to travel on a Stanley Kubrick-directed studio set "Trip to the Mooooooooon".  Of course, old Stanley himself didn't live much beyond his tell-all last movie, "Eyes Wide Shut".

No, it would be better if the US just stuck to its "pretend" space program... and left the real thing to the Rooskies.  Or, if they started a meme.... like the following tidbit I read the other day in "Mashable".  According to a "pew survey", Americans haven't gone back to the moon because....wait for it.....they just don't want to.

Monday, June 18, 2018

CawRANT Events #66

CawRANT  Events #66

Good morning everyone!  I didn't post much last week because I was off doing family time activities and of course, yesterday was Father's Day.  As the weeks of summer come upon us, I will likely be taking longer breaks between posts as I enjoy summer activities such as gardening and sailing.  I am also working on three fairly complex wood carving projects that will be taking up time.  The lower mainland Vancouver has just begun our first heat wave of the summer and it is over 20 degrees Celsius at the moment.  Yesterday, it was close to 30 and getting uncomfortable in the evening and during the nights.  Looking forward to walking my dogs in the warm summer air later this morning...but right now, it's time for my bi-weekly [gawd willing] CawRANT.

In looking over the newz headlines on the Internet over the past few days I'm struck by how comparatively "quiet" it is in geopolitics at the moment.  Could this be the lull before the storm?  Normally the M$M is working on one or two false flags or false flag hoaxes at any given point in time.  At the moment there are absolutely NO false flag headlines in the Western press...which is unusual.  Given that the World Cup of Soccer has begun in Russia...it is almost a certainty that there will be some major distractions and anti-Russian provocations in the very near future.  Most likely they will have to do with Ukraine and/or Syria where Russia has some national security/military involvement.  In the coming paragraphs I will mention a few other hot spots that could siphon away some of the positive energy that Russia is building globally.  That is what the Satanists are all about.  They feed on negative energy and hate it when things are going well, people are working together, having fun at sporting events and the like.  For them, to take a good time and turn it into a horrific time...is like feasting on a banquet of delicacies.  The more blood the better.

Here's an interesting headline:  A prince in Cambodia was hurt in a car crash where his wife was killed.  Apparently a taxi crossed over the median and hit the car they were driving in head-on.  The coincidence is that there is an election going on in Cambodia...and the prince was a member of the opposition party.  Hmmmmm.  The prince, while injured, survived.  Wonder if he will withdraw from the election given that he is likely in grief over his wife.  The entire incident sounds very suspicious...given that Cambodia is one of those countries that the West considers strategic...but, hey, don't they consider the entire world strategic to their over-arching hegemony?

Israeli writer Gilad Atzmon recently came out with an analysis in PressTV [the Iranian national news source] that the US is dropping out of yet another UN body, the United Nation's Human Rights Council (UNHRC):


US not superpower, operates as colony of Israel: Author

The Trump administration’s plan to quit the United Nation's Human Rights Council (UNHRC) over the body’s “anti-Israel bias” comes despite the regime’s well-documented and widespread human rights abuses, a Jewish author in London says.

“What is fascinating is that America is doing it [quitting from the UNHRC] for Israel, the number 1 abuser of human rights in the contemporary world,” Gilad Atzmon, an Israeli-born British novelist, political activist and writer.

“This suggests that America is not a superpower; it basically operates as an Israeli colony,
” Atzmon said Saturday in a phone interview with Press TV.

“This is quite embarrassing for [the] American people, but I assume most of them are probably used to the idea by now,” he added."

Gilad Atzmon is one of those Jewish writers that I point to when some geopolitical pundits say that Every Single Jew is part of the cabal.  I say that these individuals such as Norman Finklestein, shine out like diamonds in a pile of feces....and should be acknowledged and supported.  Regarding what he said about the US withdrawing from the UNHRC, this is a steady and formulated strategy to close down the United Nations and leave the world without a governing body and ready for the chaos that will lead to the "Order" of the One World Government led by the neocons.

It will probably take a few more years, but they're making slow but steady progress.  The United States of Israel has already dropped out of the cultural body of the UN and are working on nullifying the Security Council [kicking out Russia].  I have been saying for years that the United Nations should be moved out of New York City...to a remote island in an ocean somewhere.  Come to think of it, Diego Garcia is a perfect location for the United Nations!  The deep sea port and underground facilities are already there!  And, hey if they can land and "disappear" an entire jet load of passengers [from MH370] the infrastructure/capacity of Diego Garcia is very much underreported.  Having the UN located on a remote Island will help to focus the representatives on solving the world's problems.  And the US doesn't even own the island...it was a colony of Great Britain...but like all of the regions and lands of the earth, was originally an independent nation associated with India.

Speaking of Israel and False Flags...and it's pretty hard NOT to speak about Israel and False Flags in the same breath--because they are the past masters of the "by way of deception" strategy...we are again hearing about threats to Iran's nuclear capabilities coming from Israel.  It seem plausible that if and when the next False Flag occurs it could be a cyber attack aimed at Iran's energy infrastructure.  Those who have been "awake" for a while are well aware of the Stuxnet virus that was perpetrated against the Iranian nuclear infrastructure a decade or more ago.  The Stuxnet virus was developed by Israel and the US [this is what their scientists were doing....while the Russian scientists were developing all the paradigm-shifting weaponry that Putin unveiled back on March 1, 2018] to mess with the fail safe controls within the nuclear facility, particularly the water required to cool the radioactive "rods" within the reactors.  Well, Iran discovered the virus prior to it inflicting any mass fatality-causing damage.  This was an amazing feat, considering that Israel was assassinating Iran's nuclear scientists at an alarming rate...shooting them as they responded to a knock on their door...that kind of cowardly attack.  But, as I say, Iran was spared the horrific earth-threatening repurcussions of the Stuxnet attack.  Not so the Japanese who had the same Siemens computer software controlling their nuclear fail safe mechanisms at Fukushima.  First, there was some kind of huge explosion in the deep trench off the coast of Japan [probably a nuclear detonation] then earthquakes, then a tsunami hit the reactors, which were stupidly located right on the Japanese coast!

Some researchers, examining photos and videos of the Fukushima Nuclear plant taken during the nuclear crisis, suspect there were also explosives placed in or near some of the towers.  In any case, the fail-safe mechanisms controlling the cooling water needed to protect the radioactive rods failed to operate as intended and there was a "melt down" which is ongoing to this date...with radioactive water pouring out into the Pacific.   It is absolutely amazing and a total condemnation of humanity that this planet-destroying environmental catastrophe is allowed to fester...without the nations of the world banding together to solve it.  Putin offered assistance to Abe of Japan a few years ago during a meeting.  Nothing firm has been announced since.

All the above about the Stuxnet virus is prologue to what kind of cyber attack Israel is coming up with next for Iran.  When Israel plans a cyber-attack on a nuclear facility, they prove ipso facto that they are not humans at all...but some other form of life...a form of life that hates this planet and humanity.

I wrote a post last week about the "Pie in the Sky" promises made by Trump to Kim and vice versa at the Singapore meeting.  Significantly, all the four "points of agreement" in the communique were dross.  The only real breaking newz arising from the meeting was the kind-of promise that Trump made to suspend the provocative drills the US Navy and South Korea take part in regularly off the coast of North Korea.  I have a different perspective of that "promise".  IMO, what really happened is that South Korea pre-emptively decided NEVER to take part in another "drill" and has already told that to North Korea.

So, in order to "save face"...from the humiliation of having to go "solo" on a drill in the coastal waters off North Korea...which would be a defacto admission that the US has lost it's raison d'etre puppet South Korea...the US pretended that STOPPING THE DRILLS WAS ITS IDEA.  And the other stakeholders in the region...China, Russia and South Korea are going along with the face-saving charade as the "cost of doing bidness" with the US.  The results are the same...so whatever.

So much of the US's foreign policy and history is made up of charades, smoke, mirrors and outright lies that it's hard to identify any major historical event regarding the United States that happened as written in the history books our children are forced to read in school.  That's why I virtually quit reading books a decade or more ago.  All the bookstores, such as Chapters/Indigo here in Canada are owned by Zionists and they also have the franchise to publish all the textbooks the kids use in the schools.  Open any book.  Look at the name of the publisher...is it Jewish?  Is it a Zionist company?  Of course it is.  Doesn't matter who actually WROTE the book.  In the days when the Vatican ran the West you weren't allowed to read a book that didn't have the Latin words "Imprimatur" and "Nihil Obstat" on the first page.  It's the same now...the same illuminati but now a textbook can't be used in a classroom if it isn't pre-approved by the Ziofascists who have the publishing industry as tightly controlled as the "Jew Spew" mainstream media.  It makes me physically ill to think about the lies that are being shoved down our children's throats on a daily basis at school.

That preamble was in support of this link about "Why the United States will never Apologize about the Iraq War" started by the Bush Administration under false pre-texts...that is still going on in a more muted form. Angelina Jolie went to Mosul the other day and walked through the streets of absolute devastation caused by US bombing.  She noted that there was still a heavy stench of rotting bodies in the air. This bombing was ostensibly to get rid of ISIS.  In fact,  the bombing was done to deliberately destroy the infrastructure of this oil-rich region so that the Iraqis could not readily return to the area of their country and recover their industry and...presumably, make oil contracts with countries like China and Russia to extract the oil.  Not many people remember that at the time of the Iraq invasion in 2003, Iraq under Saddam Hussein had signed several significant oil contracts with China and Russia...in addition to announcing that Iraq was going to divest itself of the petrodollar. THAT was the real reason for the Invasion.

As to Why the US will never apologize for "mistakenly" attacking and destroying Iraq?  That's simple and can be summed up in two words:  "legal liability".  They don't want to have to pay retribution to Iraq for the destruction of the country...never mind the millions of casualties.  Just like what happened in Viet Nam.  Viet Nam is still trying to get compensation for the destruction caused by the use of Agent Orange and other chemicals poured all over their country in the 1960's and 1970's.  The idea of being a hegemonic power is that you get to "rape and pillage"...the land and its people.  It's no fun being a hegemonic power if you have to pay the piper afterwards...and after a while the "rapist and pillager" tends to go broke.  So the United States doesn't apologize and it doesn't clean up its messes...including leaving stinking bodies under the rubble to rot in perpetuity.

Cleaning up messes is left to others...other than the Satanic cabal.  Cleaning up the messes caused by war to humanity and infrastructure is left to the victims.  Cleaning up the stinking rot of lies, False Flags and False Flag hoaxes is left to truth-telling historians...such as little moi ; )...but vastly more importantly... infamous truthtellers like the imprisoned Julian Assange.  Assange was left with the job of cleaning up the stinking military/political/legal messes in the United States so-called "democracy"....with all its international tentacles.  Without people like Julian Assange...the stench of ethical and moral rot left behind by the perps of 9/11...who are very much alive, well and busily throwing steaks off the getaway truck to distract the hound dogs of justice....would easily make their get-away.  Only to come back and pull over even bigger and more destructive heists than 9/11.

So, in closing I am going to urge all readers to do what they can to support Julian Assange.  As it says in the report linked above...it would appear that we are getting down to the last chapters of his story.  Remember, you would never have seen that video of the US military helicopter gunners playing video war games with the citizens of Iraq...picking them off from the air as they walked the streets...and then picking off the ambulance first responders when they came to the assistance of the victims.  This is the kind of truth Assange has given the world [by way of heroes like Chelsea Manning].  If we value this kind of truth...we must speak out on behalf of Assange and on behalf of his [and our]  inalienable right to tell the truth!


Gotta get out into that sunshine! Until my next CawRANT, bye for now. 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day

Hi Everyone.  Just a quick note to wish all those fathers out there a very Happy Father's day.  The above photo is of my better half with our first son...back in the day.  I have been busy the past week with Family Matters and today it's more of the same business.  Hopefully, I will catch up with blogging next week starting with CawRANT Events #66 tomorrow.

"You Make Lovin Fun"
Rumours Album came out
the Summer we met...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

North American Union (NAU) to Host 2026 World Cup of Soccer - One More Nail in Canada's Coffin

Proposed Flag of North American Union


World Cup 2026: Canada, US & Mexico joint bid wins right to host tournament


At this time when the newz is full of Trump's bellicose "attacks" on Canada and Mexico --threatening tariffs and walls...we have the interesting counterpoint announcement that the three "countries" will be co-hosting the 2026 World Cup.  I agree with some of my blogging colleagues that Trump is just an actor and, lately he has been playing the role of "Big Blue Meanie" in the triad represented by the NAU flag above.  He's pretending to respect the sovereignty of Canada and Mexico by pretending to fight their nationalistic  trade and border laws.

It's all a "drama" filled-distraction from the backdoor "full speed ahead' efforts that have been going on unabated for decades--to absorb [harmonize] Canada and Mexico into a North American Union. Every so often the true agenda rises to the surface of the continental geopolitics...as it has this morning with the announcement that the NAU will host the World Cup in 2026.  There it is in black and white.  Please read the following report from the BBC and I will have more comments to follow:


The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico after their joint bid beat Morocco's proposal to host it.

The 'United 2026' bid was selected by Fifa member nations, winning 134 votes compared to 65 for Morocco. The 2026 tournament will be the biggest World Cup ever held - with 48 teams playing 80 matches over 34 days.

"Football is the only victor. We are all united in football," US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said. "Thank you so, so much for this incredible honour. Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege."

Of the 211 Fifa member nations, 200 cast a vote at the 68th Fifa Congress in Moscow on Wednesday, with the winning bid needing a majority of 104. Canada, Mexico, Morocco and the US were exempt, while Ghana was absent after the country's government said it had disbanded its football association amid allegations of "widespread" corruption.

Three US territories - Guam, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico - were among the other member nations to not vote.

Both Mexico (1970 and 1986) and the United States (1994) have previously hosted World Cups. Canada staged the Women's World Cup in 2015.


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Greencrow says: Frankly, my dears, I don't give a damn about soccer.  I find it excruciatingly boring...especially when compared to my favourite sport--hockey.  And, given my age, I likely won't even be around for the 2026 games.  But I have to acknowledge that soccer is probably the most popular sport in the world and in modern times has come to represent nationality...each country in Europe and Asia particularly identifying their national pride with how well their soccer team does! So when the rest of the world looks at the 2026 cup...what will they be thinking about the hosts?  They will be thinking that the US is holding the world cup and that it owns Canada and Mexico as peripheral colonies.  That is the reality.  Maybe some people don't mind that reality...perhaps even a majority in Canada and Mexico don't mind [but I somehow doubt it], but I mind.  I can remember a time when Canada could have hosted the World Cup on its own...like tiny Morocco wanted to. 

Here is a more detailed breakdown from RT of how the World Cup will be hosted.  Please read and I will have final comments to follow:


The North American joint bid comprising the USA, Mexico and Canada has won the right to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The decision was announced at FIFA's annual congress in Moscow on Wednesday.

The bid beat off competition from Morocco and was chosen in a vote by 203 of FIFA’s 210 member federations present in the Russian capital, one day before the World Cup 2018 opener in the city between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.

The 'United Bid' for the three North American countries won 134 votes compared to 65 for Morocco. The North American bid was seen as a safer bet than Morocco, whose proposal was deemed "high risk" in several key areas. The North American tournament will see games take place in up to 16 stadiums, the majority of which will be in the USA. All of the stadiums already exist, and will only require renovation ahead of the tournament. The expanded format in 2026 will include 48 teams, playing a total of 80 matches. The US would host 60 of those games, while Canada and Mexico would hold 10 each.
The Moroccan bid offered a tournament spread across 14 stadiums in 12 cities, but would have involved an estimated $16 billion spend on stadiums and infrastructure. An inspection report on Morocco by FIFA had highlighted three “high-risk” areas – stadiums, hotels, and transport – which were widely seen as undermining the country’s efforts to bring a second World Cup to Africa. There were also concerns over “unexplored risks” in the area of human rights.

For the USA it will be a second time as World Cup hosts, following the tournament in 1994, while for Mexico it will be an unprecedented third time after holding the event in 1970 and 1986. It will be a World Cup first for Canada. In his acceptance speech, US Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro said: “Thank you so, so very much for this incredible honor,” AP reported.


Yes, I'm sure I'm in the minority in objecting to this trampling on Canadian sovereignty. I'm a "party pooper" to those soccer enthusiasts who don't care where the games are held...so long as they can go and watch.  Well, blogging is definitely NOT a popularity contest.  Someone needs to speak out about this back-door relinquishment of national sovereignty by the Canadian government.  Folks...this is how they're going about it.  They're going to put Canadians and Mexicans to sleep and then behind their backs...steal the little bit of sovereignty left.  This is what is going on with NAFTA--what do you even need a "free trade agreement" for anyway?  The next step will be when Canada "is not allowed" to host sports events without "permission". 

Just take a look at how the "National Hockey League" is run and how many times Canadian teams get to make it to the final.  I have always said that Canada should have its OWN CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE...just like our "Canadian Football League"...with only Canadian teams and representative teams from all the provinces and territories.  I would gladly relinquish the Stanley Cup to the US-run "National Hockey League"--if only Canadian teams could pull out of the NHL and become part of an all Canadian league.  Then in the Spring each year Canadians could watch Canadian teams competing for a "Canada Cup".  But Noooooooooo.  This will NEVER happened because ITS NOT ALLOWED!  It would threaten the NAU. 

But back to the World Cup.  One silver lining to this morning's depressing announcement is that Vancouver will not be hosting any of the 10 meagre games allowed to Canada.  Here is that detail as reported in the National Post:


The mayors of two of Canada’s host cities celebrated the early-morning announcement on Twitter. Both Valerie Plante of Montreal and John Tory of Toronto retweeted a video of the bid team reacting to the news, with Tory adding, “”We won! The 2026 World Cup is coming to Canada, the U.S. & Mexico!”

Vancouver will watch from the sidelines after the B.C. government, citing concerns over the possible costs of being a host city, was unable to come to terms with the bid committee. Chicago and Minneapolis also withdrew, citing similar worries.


Now that the NAU has actually won the bid for the World Cup...there will be enormous pressure put on Vancouver to host some of the games.  But if they don't...that will be good for naysayers like me-- who don't want to be reminded that we are not being allowed to host the games as a sovereign nation [like little Morocco wanted to].  At least we won't have the humiliation rubbed in our faces...at the local level.

Yes, the North American Union is coming at us faster than ever.  With the coming collapse of NAFTA and, as Trump just suggested, "No tariffs at all!"...[hello....isn't that what happens when there's only one federal administration????!!!!] and with the enormous world-wide public perception of one country that will prevail after the NAU hosts the World Cup. I don't see Canada surviving another decade.  But if that's what Canadians want?  Who am I to stop them...after all...I likely won't be around anyway.  In fact, I very much look forward to NOT being around if and when Canada ceases to exist as a country.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Pie in the Sky By and By - Results of Kim/Trump Meeting

Pie in the Sky By and By

The old saying: "Pie in the Sky By and By" comes to mind while reading the reports about the meeting and the document signed yesterday by US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un amidst great pomp and circumstance.  As Stephen Lendman and other analysts have said already, there isn't much meat on the bones of the four point agreement.  Here are the four points from Stephen Lendman:


The document includes four major terms agreed on with no elaboration:
1. The US and DPRK commit to establish new bilateral relations in pursuit of peace and prosperity.
2. Both countries will work toward building a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean peninsula.
3. In accordance with the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
4. Both countries commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
Follow-up talks between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his North Korean counterpart will be held “at the earliest possible date.”

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Greencrow says:  The above four points remind me of times, back in my university days when I was writing an exam that called for detail.  If I was unprepared then I would write some ideas in point form that "stated the obvious", hoping the fact that I had separated and numbered the items would hide the fact that I didn't know any specific details about the topic.  This distinct lack of substance was also noted in a BBC report. Please read and I will have further comments to follow:


Observers say the document lacks substance, in particular on how denuclearisation would be achieved.

However, speaking to reporters after, Mr Trump said:

The US would suspend "provocative" war games it holds with South Korea. Mr Trump said he wanted to see US troops withdraw from the South. A spokesperson for the US forces said they had yet to receive any new guidance

On denuclearisation, he said that Mr Kim had agreed to it being "verified", a key US demand ahead of the meeting

Mr Trump said Mr Kim had also agreed to destroy a "major missile engine testing site"

But he said sanctions would remain in place for now and argued "we haven't given up anything".

Several reporters asked whether Mr Trump had raised the issue of human rights with Mr Kim, who runs a totalitarian regime with extreme censorship and forced-labour camps.

Missed chance to discuss human rights, says defector

The US president said he had, and did not retract his description of Mr Kim as "talented".

"Well, he is very talented," Mr Trump said. "Anybody that takes over a situation like he did at 26 years of age and is able to run it and run it tough. I don't say he was nice."

In a post-summit interview with ABC News, the president said he was confident that the agreement meant full denuclearisation.

"Yeah, he's de-nuking, I mean he's de-nuking the whole place. It's going to start very quickly. I think he's going to start now," he said.

"I think he trusts me and I trust him," Mr Trump added.

What's the reaction been?

Largely positive. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who held his own meeting with Mr Kim earlier this year, said the "two Koreas and US will write new history of peace and co-operation".

A spokesman, though, also said the "exact meaning and intention" of what Mr Trump had said "needs to be assessed".

China, North Korea's only major diplomatic and economic ally, also said the meeting created a "new history". The foreign ministry said sanctions on North Korea could be eased if it stuck to UN resolutions.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe praised President Trump's "leadership and effort", saying he supported North Korea's pledge on denuclearisation as "a step towards the comprehensive resolution of issues around North Korea".

But Russia warned that the "devil is in the detail" and Iran said North Korea should not trust the US. Mr Trump recently pulled the US out of a nuclear deal with Iran.

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The only time that Trump didn't veer from his chosen path of "saying nothing"... was when he said in comments to the press AFTER THE MEETING WITH KIM, that the US would stop its provocative "war games" off the North Korean coast.  Here is the report from Iran's national news site PressTV:

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Trump says to end 'expensive', 'provocative' war games with South Korea 



"US President Donald Trump says the United States was stopping “very provocative” and expensive military exercises with South Korea to facilitate denuclearization negotiations with North Korea.

The United States and South Korea hold regular military drills to the fury of North Korea, which has long seen the drills as preparations to invade it.

“The war games are very expensive, we pay for the majority of them,” Trump told a news conference on Tuesday in Singapore after a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

“Under the circumstances, that we’re negotiating ... I think it’s inappropriate to be having war games.”

According to Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi:
“U.S. has a long history of broken promises of international treaties [and], we believe that the North Korean government should be cautious of U.S. repetitive failures to fulfill its obligations and pledges,” Ghasemi was quoted as saying.
Following Tuesday’s summit Iran again repeated its warning against trusting any deal with U.S. President Donald Trump:
“We are facing a person who backtracks from his signature as he travels on a plane”, Fars news agency quoted an official.".
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Greencrow says: So, it would appear we have something new and tangible from Trump out of his trip to Singapore after all. He said that the US military will stop its war games off the North Korean coast. Unfortunately, he forgot to tell his military about this promise. In the past, US Presidents and Secretary's of State [notably John Kerry re Syria] have made similar commitments-- only to have them immediately (if not sooner) broken by the military--one or the other half of the divided [MosCIAd vs. Pentagon] military that have been warring with each other in an undeclared civil war in the US for years now.
I am going to bet, here and now that Trump probably didn't vet the commitment to end war games with the military and they will continue the drills and provocations as per usual.  Remember, you read it here first.
But Trump was totally reliable in one respect.  In each and every encounter with a foreign head of state, ever since he came to office...he has faithfully committed at least one social gaffe.  These are precisely the kinds of gaffes that make you wonder whether he's not at least in the early stages of dementia.  They show a level of childlike narcissism, a social illiteracy, a labile affect that is far beyond the norm.  Most children are taught by their parents the social rule that, when in polite company: "Personal remarks are Never in good taste!"
Here we have Trump making a "fat joke" at his and Kim's expense.  From RT:

Footage from the event shows US president and the North Korean leader preparing to take their seats on opposite sides of a dining room table at the Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa. A buoyant Trump then addresses the photographers, saying: “Getting a good picture everybody – so we all look nice, handsome and thin and perfect.”

The camera then pans to the rotund Kim who seemed startled and a little embarrassed as his translator repeats Trump’s comments back to him. Journalists in attendance reported that the North Korean leader appeared “stunned” by the remarks – although he reportedly smiled after sitting down.

"....So that we look handsome, thin and "perfect".

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What is the definition of Labile Affect?

Labile Affect

Pathological emotional expression, generally due to neurological degeneration or other complications; may or may not be mood-congruent. In other words, the patient might sob uncontrollably in an only moderately sad situation (an excessive but mood-congruent reaction), or he or she might also cry when upset or angry (a mood-incongruent reaction). Labile affect is also known as pseudobulbar affect, emotional incontinence, or involuntary emotional expression disorder (IEED).
Example: In describing her marriage, a woman is sobbing bitterly one moment, then laughing wildly the next.

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Trump is pathologically obsessed with physical appearance.  This is a symptom of something deeper and should be professionally assessed because, at the very least, it could affect his judgment during a negotiation, when he is so distracted by superficialities.  Just sayin'.