Telling It Like It Is……

When I served, the Israeli military was the most moral in the world. No more

Once there was widespread Israeli outrage over the bombing of homes in Gaza. Now there is just indifference

  • I have been waiting along time to read something like this..and of course, comments were closed by the time I found it..still, absolutely worth reading.
  • Here is a woman who could, with a certain moral force,  speak the opposite of what we read here, and  be supported in that stance.
  • This  opinion, this blog, will surely cost her, but she  obviously felt that she had to speak..and I am so grateful for her  words.  Anyone reading this who can still justify what is happening, the  genocide  that Israel is practicing on civilians, on children,  in Palestine must be insane..or as, she says of the Israeli population, indifferent.
  • All my Jewish relatives and acquaintances are always horrified when I equate  the situation with Nazi Germany, with the apartheid  decades in South Africa…Could they read these words and still believe the  lies that Israel, along with the right wing governments who support  that country(Canada and The US, talking to you) keep  telling us via the media?
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Corporate Bullies, Then and Now……

ANALYSIS

Big box bullies: Discount pricing squeezes small suppliers: Dianne Buckner

Selling to big chains like Target, Wal-Mart a mixed blessing when they demand a discount

By Dianne Buckner, CBC News Posted: Jul 25, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 25, 2014 5:00 AM ET

Nothing new here, folks…you can move on…

As a child, I  was  handed over to my father on weekends, like many others.  One of the things that sometimes happened was that, on the way to his  home, we would stop in at small machine shops that did contract work with the big aerospace companies where my father  worked as a quality control engineer…I actually enjoyed being fussed over by all the  men, sat on a high stool and fed cookies while my father  spoke with  the manager or inspected small shiny silver parts of machines that  of course I had no knowledge of..

As I got older, my father told me about how many of those  small shops got  what he called ‘bushwhacked’ by companies like S**rs,  that would contract them for vast amounts of goods, to the point that they were working exclusively for the large  store, only to get told that they had to deep discount, or else…many of them, with no other contracts  and entirely reliant on  the big store with the big contract, went under…Others were forced to  lay off  workers who had been with them for many years.

And so it goes..my father’s point was that when I  asked why he refused to shop at S**rs, was that their ruthless behaviour  resulted in the loss of employment for many  talented tradesmen, and that made him mad…he pointed out that ‘house’ brands  of various  companies were in fact made by small contractors, and that the  resulting discount demands meant that  not only was there a loss of jobs in the US,  but that  the products, now built overseas, were no longer worthy of the good reputation for dependability they once had…all this happened back in the 60’s….

And now?  Nothing changes, does it?

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Should We Pillory Hillary?

Hillary Clinton must reject the stigma that abortion should be legal but ‘rare’

Agreeing with anti-choice activists on even that single word hurts women and the cause of reproductive rights

 

Although this article  is referring to our  neighbors to the South and the possible next Prez,  and although Canada has, comparatively,  broader rights than  many or most in the US, thought I would chime in since this is a question that often simmers just below the surface of right wing politics here, always threatening to rear  its ugly head, and send  women back to the Stone Age regarding rights over our bodies..so my stance may surprise many…

Have to respectfully disagree with the author..I too am pro-choice, and the word ‘rare’ should stay..here’s why…aside from  the obvious interpretation, in a land of almost 400 million, the word ‘rare’ could be described as relative…
If abortion became the preferred means of birth control, instead of the alternatives (and a truly ‘safe’ birth-control pill does not yet exist) then men would, once again, be exempt from any sense of, or need for, responsibility – and women who have multiple abortions, out of stupidity or laziness, would have the perfect excuse to continue.
Yes I am pro choice, but I am also pro-education and pro-research money being devoted to the concept of safe birth control being found…right now, that consists of condoms and abstension, neither of which is particularly popular with men or women…Like many broadly philosophical questions of this sort, it is a difficult legal quagmire to  consider, and like it or not, most of our legislators are men, and women who are heavily influenced  by men.

To truly think for yourself is oxy-moronic in the  Team philosophy of modern politics, and it is a rare leader  who allows a free vote on any question, especially one fraught with emotional drop offs like  abortion. Can any leader of any ‘free’ nation say the ‘right’ thing to the largest number of potential voters?

Those of us without religious  hindrances can say ‘yes’ to that question, which means that  rights must be freely given with no conditions, and that would be fabulous  except for two  things…who pays, and how many times? For it is, by  far, the poorest of us who  have unwanted pregnancies,  and then the question becomes an economic one  as well….

I am not  a huge Hillary fan, I find her too right-wing by far to  be supported as a Democratic candidate, but in this case, she must in all conscience support not only women’s rights but  appease those of the citizenry who would deny women any rights at all, including the right to bear, or not, children…after all, in any democracy, the  successful candidate  must take into consideration the will of all the people, not simply her rabid supporters (sarcasm intended)…what happens after an election is successfully realized is another story altogether, as we all painfully must admit….

Poor Hillary, caught between her own often outraged sense of entitlement and the more practical needs of a potential presidential run….

 

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Desperation and Distraction, but a Little Satisfaction?

 

http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2014/07/the-increasing-desperation-of-stephen.html

Two things have me momentarily distracted these days, and both are all about the lack of traction that the Cons are getting from attacking both Junior and the NDP..vis a vis the ‘scandal’ that never was re their supposed illegal Parliamentary postal charge avoidance..what happened with that?
Sadly (IMHO) the NDP are falling in the polls, yes, but I think that redemption may be at hand, at least in the form of continuing to be the Loyal Opposition after Junior’s team get elected..yes, I fear the writing is on the wall, I honestly don’t think that Mulcair will be our next PM because the concept of strategic voting seems ingrained now, among those who will do anything to un-elect the Cons…..
Whatever the outcome, it will be fabulous to see those ConJobs tossed on their respective rears.
Then again, last night I saw a tape of Rob (the Slob) Ford walking around glad-handing supporters, women with children in their arms acting as if he were some sort of Hollywood celeb, posing for pictures, selfies etc…I find that shocking beyond belief but it shows they are still out there, and probably willing to vote, too, so who knows, truly, if Harper will lose? Most of us cannot conceive of anything worse than another era of Cons, but unless and until people are truly willing to get out and vote, not just, whine, snivel, satirize and make sure that they have the cool jeans for the season, but get off their collective asses and be the change they say they want to see…all this is for squat. Anew slogan might just be – never mind the selfies, how about a little self-respect? The pundits always go on and on about how  seniors are keeping the Cons in power, which I think is  ridiculous, I’m a senior and all I know practically are seniors and none of them would ever vote for those creeps..it ain’t about who does vote for who, it’s about who doesn’t vote at all…and they are the ones who really piss me off.

Nope I will absolutely not stop going on and on about this…at least not until after the next Federal election, when I hope I am  going to be congratulating and thanking the populace for performing what should be, again IMHO. a mandatory duty to vote. Although I agree in principle that our system needs a huge change to make democracy valid (something along the lines of Scandinavian socialism would be a good start) the problem is that capitalism trumps democracy every time, if voters aren’t willing to do the absolute minimum ever few years…and we all know  deep down inside that we can never change it with a rightwing whack job in power….

So let’s all do the right thing, instead of the rightwing thing, and get  out the vote, and vote ourselves….it’s kinda like vacuuming, nobody wants to drag the damn thing out of the closet and  unwind the stupid cord and hump it around the house…but everybody eventually gets tired of living in their self-produced dirt..benign neglect is no excuse.  Let’s all be sure, come the next  election , to groan, stand up and shuffle off to the polling booth and do what little we can to preserve what little we have left….while we still can.

And try to remember that Harper tried to gut Elections Canada to prevent them from advertising re getting out and voting..they know that the fewer people who vote, the longer they stay in power…

 

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Incoming? Nah, Outgoing….

Guaranteed $20K income for all Canadians endorsed by academics

Advocates enjoy resurgence of plan to ease poverty

The Canadian Press Posted: Jun 30, 2014 9:53 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 30, 2014 11:31 AM ET

 

 

A great idea, but like many academic ideas, not too practical in the sadly real world we live in…Scandinavian countries  do it successfully, but they have intelligent  well-designed social programs and a population that is onside..a far cry from N. America. where getting rich and climbing the  wealth ladder is tantamount to sainthood, and damn the  undeserving poor..
They probably didn’t take into consideration the fact that with every raise of, let’s say, welfare rates here in BC (not anecdotal, the truth) all the (grotty hotels) places that rented to them would raise the rents by the exact amount of the raise given…and seemingly nothing goes up as far as compensation of any kind is concerned without prices for everything going up…
Without price controls on essentials such as shelter and food, without a complete overhaul of the philosophy of private ownership, the result would continue to be that the rich will get still richer..
Look to the States for a classic example of the attempt to level the playing field..Walmart workers make so little money that they are entitled to food stamps (which of course are paid for by taxpayers) so in fact taxpayers are subsidizing Walmart owners by allowing their profit margins to stay the same and instead of forcing the owners to pay a decent living wage, thus are adding to the problem..

When  we are educated enough to  accept that a level playing field is not only required but desirable, then maybe, but right now all that  ‘fair’ income represents is an opportunity for us to be well and truly screwed, yet again, by those who are in the best position to do so, that infamous  1%… who probably paid for the research  to get this thing published, to increase their own wealth…wouldn’t surprise me even a little bit…

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Our Home Is Native Land….

Tsilhqot’in First Nation granted B.C. title claim in Supreme Court ruling

Top court’s decision today resolves legal questions following 2012 B.C. Court of Appeal ruling

CBC News Posted: Jun 26, 2014 9:59 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 26, 2014 11:21 AM ET

As I’ve always sung it, and now  I can feel a bit more smug about it:

Oh Canada – Our home is native land

Thanks to the   Supremes, once again, for  their ruling, and for so not being the US Supreme Court, and not politicizing, but instead voting unanimously for  the right decision…

Now that the HarperCons have decided to further gut the  news programs of the CBC to make sure that we only get the approved message, have to wonder how much longer  the people of this country will remain informed of anything not modified and sanitized by Big Brother Steve…who will be very unhappy about this decision, as it throws still another legit monkey wrench into his pipeline pipedreams…..

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School is Out, Do the Teachers Get Ready?

B.C. teachers’ strike: government agrees to Vince Ready as mediator

Teachers have been calling for a mediated solution to their strike since Thursday

CBC News Posted: Jun 20, 2014 2:58 PM PT Last Updated: Jun 20, 2014 7:13 PM PT

 

A four year bachelor’s university degree, or a Master’s Degree for secondary teaching, coupled with something along the lines of an unpaid internship (PDP- Professional Development Program) where you are interning with in the system , unpaid, and put in 12-16 hour days for the duration, then spend, if you are lucky, several years of poorly paid service as a substitute (since the government insists on closing schools and shrinking numbers of instructors and special needs teachers)…gee, sounds so good that I decided I didn’t want to teach, after all..
I have nothing but respect for teachers and their ‘demands’ considering that the Supreme Court has back ed them up, fined the Province and then backed down over paying that fine, resulting in the Lieberals feeling they can run roughshod over the teachers and the entire educational system..now it seems that the public is less than sympathetic with the government’s stance, and with the advent of a threat of lawsuits to get tax refunds, they have been forced into mediation..let’s hope.

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