First some updates on some Canadian stories I've been following:
Firstly, The Leviathan II capsizing was in the news again last week. Apparently some of the passenger survivors of the whale-watching boat capsize are suing the boat company. It's very mysterious that we have this lawsuit without yet having a formal report on what caused the boat to capsize. Again, I fault the media for not getting an interview with the captain shortly after the incident. We needed to hear from him before the authorities got to him. I don't think there's a law against interviewing someone after an accident involving loss of life. There shouldn't be such a law if there is one. The public deserves the truth.
Next up, the Turks and Caicos
Every thirty or forty years...the topic arises of Canada making the tropical islands called the Turks and Caicos into Canada's 11th province. It came up again last week. I remember the first time it came up back in the '50's. At the time, being young, I thought it was a great idea to have some tropical paradises as part of Canada...to balance off the frozen north...as it were. But the prime minister at the time, Louis St. Laurent...yes, I do go back that far...put an immediate kibosh on the matter. I remember him giving a speech where he said that "Canada is not and never will be an empire...and so we will not be having colonies." Right! I agreed. Yes...we don't want to be an empire because then we will have to get involved in foreign wars to "protect" our colonies. Well..."they" found ways via the Imperial Army--NATO--to get Canada involved in foreign wars of Empire ("Afghanistan") anyway...even though we have no colonies. There is absolutely NO benefit to Canada to have some random tropical islands in the Caribbean that we have to support and protect.
Besides, how can we support some tropical islands down south when we can't even maintain healthy aboriginal communities in our Canadian North? For the past several weeks, stories about suicidal youth in the remote northern community of Attawapiskat (on the shores of James Bay) have made international headlines. I've written several posts on the issue. Since the news went public..there have been protests and sit-ins at "Indigenous Affairs Offices" spread across Canada. This begs the question...when did "First Nations" people start being called "Indigenous" here in Canada? I can see a trend in the Canadian media of dropping the term "First Nations". Why? It seemed like a very respectful and honest way of describing the people we stole the land from hundreds of years ago (and ongoing). My guess is that...like everything else...we're not supposed to be different than our neighbours to the south...who, BTW, are still erroneously calling the aboriginal people down there "Indians". They would never call their first nations people as such...as it might give them too much power. So, no doubt for the sake of the ongoing North American Union harmonization project...perhaps the PTB have settled on the word "indigenous". Indigenous is one of those vague, academic, anemic, neutral terms that doesn't confer any rights or anything dangerous like that.
US Election Update: Donald Trump says "System is Broken" and "It's going to be a Rough July"
Donald Trump is casting a bright neon flood light into the dark and mouldy recesses of the US political system. The illumination shows it is not...and never has been..."democratic". Granted, it used to be more democratic than it is now...but the PTB found that if they didn't control at the front end (the election) it could get very messy (and bloody) to have to regain control at the back end...through assassination. So they now do their dirty business up front and right in the open and let the chips fall where they may.
The only way to create change in the US or in any "so-called Western Democracy" is something that I've repeated many times on this blog...but have not done so recently...so it bears repeating. Public demonstrations don't work anymore...the perps just penetrate and infest them with saboteurs and provocateurs. Voting doesn't work anymore, because they just rig the vote. The only thing that will work are the strategies of Gandhi....peaceful resistance and non-compliance. Strikes, in particular, are the only thing that will bring the perps to their knees. The police can't go into every home in the nation and force people to go to work...can they? Of course, the government can cut benefits (and services such as electricity) so citizens would have to carefully plan before calling a general strike. But that, my friends, is the only alternative to the ever-increasing oppression from the PTB.
Syrian War was always about Israel stealing Syrian land
Finally, Netanyahoo came out and said publicly what everyone with half a brain has always known...the fight against Syria and all the other "Seven Countries in Five Years" has always been about Israel stealing land. Just the other day Bibi declared that the Golan Heights would always belong to Israel.. Syria immediately responded with the declaration that the war (against it by the USrael proxy army ISIS) would never be won until Syria regained its traditional territory of the Golan Heights. It's a positive move....at least to force Israel out of its comfort zone...hidden in the dark shadows...and publicly declare it's after the land. For Israel...every public move is a sign of weakness.
And, finally: The Big One?
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